Friday's gossip column


Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez will increase the acrimony with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson by trying to sign Carlos Tevez, whose loan at Old Trafford ends at the end of the season. (The Times)  
Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho wants to go back to his former club Chelsea in order to sign midfielder Deco. (Daily Mirror) 
Wigan boss Steve Bruce has his sights set on defender Nathaniel Clyne from ex-club Crystal Palace. (Daily Express) 
Birmingham are keen on bringing Manchester City keeper Joe Hart to the club on loan if they are promoted. (Daily Mirror) 
Stoke boss Tony Pulis will join Sunderland and Blackburn in the battle to sign Liverpool centre-back Sami Hyypia. (The Sun) 
West Brom boss Tony Mowbray will increase his efforts to sign Swindon striker Simon Cox, who is also a target for Derby, Leicester and QPR. (The Sun) 
The Baggies also want Plymouth striker Ashley Barnes but face competition from Fulham. (Daily Star) 
Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc could become a £7 million target for German club Bayern Munich. (Daily Record)  


Chelsea have succeeded in their attempts to bring in AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager after he agreed to join the Stamford Bridge club. (Daily Star) 
Liverpool boss Benitez says Manchester United boss Ferguson "can see that we are the better side" as he insisted he would continue to stand up to his rival manager. (Various) 
West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola and his assistant Steve Clarke will sign new four-year deals with the club. (Daily Telegraph) 
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has issued a "don't leave us" plea to team-mate Tevez. (The Sun)
Roy Keane has wasted no time courting controversy in his new job as Ipswich boss as he has said former team-mates and now Premier League managers Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes have "potential" but are not "successful managers" yet. (Various) 
Southampton will appeal against the decision to dock them 10 points by the Football League. (Various) 
Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist believes the club's captain Barry Ferguson still has a future at the Ibrox. (Various) 
St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson wants at least £1m for midfielder Andy Dorman. (Various) 
Hamilton goalkeeper Tomas Cerny, who is on loan from Sigma Olomouc, has agreed personal terms on a permanent deal with the Scottish Premier League club. (Various) 


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be at Anfield on Sunday cheering on Oyster Martyrs - a team managed by his Uncle Richie and including his younger brother Graham as well as cousin Tommy - in the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup final against Scot Grey. (Daily Mirror)