Sunday's gossip column


Liverpool defender Daniel Agger could be on his way out of Anfield after snubbing a new four-year contract worth £10million. (News of the World) 
At least six Middlesbrough players, including Stewart Downing, Gary O'Neill, Afonso Alvez, Tuncay Sanli and Julio Arca, are ready to leave the Riverside Stadium if the club are relegated from the Premier League. (Mail on Sunday)
Tottenham are set to make an £8m summer move for Marseille striker Djibril Cisse, who is currently on loan at Sunderland. (News of the World) 
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also hoping to sign Chelsea's teenage midfielder Jack Cork for £2m. (News of the World)


The Football Association has sacked Wembley head groundsman Steve Welch as workmen began installing the seventh playing surface since the £757m stadium reopened two years ago. (Various) 
Liverpool have held talks with the GMR group, billionaire owners of Indian Premier League cricket team Delhi Daredevils, that could lead to huge investment and an eventual buy-out. (News of the World)
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is ready to sell the club for just £120m if they are relegated from the Premier League. (News of the World) 
Steve Coppell will end his 25-year managerial career by leaving Reading at the end of the season, regardless of whether they are promoted to the Premier League. (Mail on Sunday)
Watford manager Brendan Rogers is in line to take over from Coppell if Reading do not win promotion. (News of the World) 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the era of foreign players dominating the Premier League will soon be over because of the declining value of sterling and the imposition by last week's Budget of a 50% tax rate upon high earners. (Various)
Avram Grant has told friends the Portsmouth manager's position is his to turn down. (News of the World) 
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson will be handed a contract extension and a £750,000 bonus for keeping the club up. (News of the World) 
Roberto Mancini wants to succeed Mark Hughes as manager of Manchester City. (Daily Express) 
Former Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe could be set for a return to the club, with Guernsey businessman Tom Scott, a former associate of Lowe, the front-runner to save the club in a £10m takeover. (Mail on Sunday)
A consortium with substantial financial backing are on the verge of taking over Southampton and want Alan Shearer as manager. (Sunday Express) 
The Football Conference has been sounded out about the possibility of taking in Southampton should the club collapse during the close season. (The Non-League Paper) 
The Italian Ministry of Interior are are considering asking for uniformed British police to patrol the streets of Rome if two English teams reach the Champions League final in May. (News of the World) 

Alan Shearer may be confident that Newcastle can avoid relegation but some fans have detected signs of doom in last week's launch of the home kit for next season - there were no Premier League badges on the shirts in the promotional pictures, in contrast to those unveiled by Arsenal and Manchester City recently. 
That said, players modelling the kit did include Michael Owen, who many think will leave St James' Park whether the club stays up or not. (Mail on Sunday)