Gossip column: Nani, Falcao, Reus, Manolas, Hoddle
Manchester United are prepared to offer winger Nani, 27, to Sporting Lisbon in a bid for Argentina World Cup defender Marcos Rojo, 24.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, 25, could yet join Manchester United next summer, according to Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer.
Liverpool remain keen on a deal for Monaco’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 28, but face competition from Juventus.
Arsenal are targeting a £6m deal to buy Greece defender Kostas Manolas, 23, from Olympiakos.
Tottenham are willing to let Cameroon defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 30, leave for nothing because he has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.
Former England boss Glenn Hoddle has emerged as a surprise contender to take charge at managerless Crystal Palace.
And Martin Jol – sacked by Fulham last season – is also in the frame to become the new man in charge at Selhurst Park.
Malky Mackay is in pole position to take over after a second round of talks with Palace co-chairman Steve Parish.
But according to The Sun Tim Sherwood is set to get the Palace job after holding talks to replace Tony Pulis, who left last week.
West Brom captain Chris Brunt, 29, says the dressing room atmosphere was “dead” under their former manager Pepe Mel last season.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 27, says he is ready to battle with new arrival Willy Caballero, 32, for the right to be first choice at Manchester City.
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Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, 38,
during a family day out in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.
QPR midfielder Joey Barton, 31,
of his side’s 1-0 defeat at home to Hull – with a little help from Opta. He concluded: “Would be interesting to see a stat for bad luck eh?”
Crystal Palace striker Kwesi Appiah, 24, on loan at League Two side Cambridge United, is a little bemused by the new ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ trend,
“Everyone talking like this #IceBucketChallenge is a big deal. Been sitting in ice baths for who knows how many years!”
Corinthians midfielder Petros, 25, has been punished for shoving a referee from behind during a match – with a six-month ban.