Monday's gossip column


Wigan are closing in on Ecuador forward Cristian Benitez, with the Santos Laguna striker valued at £7m. (Daily Mirror) 
Benitez's arrival may signal the £17m departure of midfielder Luis Antonio Valencia from the Latics to Manchester United. (Daily Mirror) 
Manchester City are keen to sign Real Madrid's unsettled defender Fabio Cannavaro. (Daily Mirror) 
Ipswich are hopeful of signing Stockport keeper Owain Fon Williams. (Daily Mirror)  


Michael Owen's England future looks to be over, with national boss Fabio Capello preferring Tottenham's Darren Bent ahead of the Newcastle striker. Owen was told he represented Three Lions "history" by boss Capello. (Various) 
England captain John Terry has warned his team-mates to beware of striker Andriy Shevchenko ahead of Wednesday's clash with Ukraine. Terry believes the former Chelsea striker still has something to prove after he failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge. (The Guardian) 
Scotland manager George Burley admits his country's World Cup hopes will be over if they do not beat Iceland at Hampden on Wednesday. (Various) 
Meanwhile, the Scottish FA will move to kill off the notion of a British football team at the 2012 Olympics within the next two months. (Daily Record) 
The SFA's stance also looks set to end their hopes of securing a money-spinning friendly against England. (Daily Mail) 


South Korean electronic giants Samsung claim they are the latest company to be approached by Manchester United, with a view to becoming their next shirt sponsors. Saudi Telecom and Indian companies Sahara and Tata have also made similar claims. (Daily Star)