Thursday's gossip column


Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o is on Rafael Benitez's transfer target list at Liverpool. (Daily Mirror) 
Chelsea are putting together a list of English transfer targets, with Aston Villa's Ashley Young near the top of it. (Daily Mirror) 
They are also interested in Juventus striker David Trezeguet, who has recently fallen out with Juve's ex-Blues coach Claudio Ranieri. (Daily Express) 
Manchester City target Fabio Cannavaro has said it would "not be a huge drama" if he left Real Madrid when his contract expires in the summer. (Daily Mirror)  


Alan Shearer will earn around £1m for his eight games in charge of Newcastle, with an additional £1m to come if he keeps them in the Premier League. (Daily Mail) 
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has admitted he seriously considered walking out on the club before signing his new contract last month. (Daily Mirror) 
Robinho says he is benefitting from playing for Manchester City as he is getting more regular games than he did at Real Madrid. (Daily Telegraph) 
Wigan duo Mido and Amr Zaki have fallen out while away on international duty with Egypt. (Daily Mirror) 
The Football Association says any possible 10-point penalty on Southampton if they go into administration will not come into effect until next season. (Daily Mail) 
Cash-strapped Charlton are considering selling off their training ground and other facilities and laying off staff to try and tackle their £20m debt. (The Sun) 
Promotion-chasing Wycombe will be without defender Leon Johnson for the rest of the season after knee surgery. (Daily Star) 
Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith refused to back team boss George Burley after he dropped Allan McGregor and Barry Ferguson for the World Cup qualifier with Iceland on disciplinary grounds. (The Times) 
Burley will today be grilled by Scottish FA bosses on his decision to allow players to drink three days before the crucial World Cup qualifier against Iceland. (Various) 

John Terry's goal celebration for England against Ukraine was based on Wayne Rooney having given him a hair cut earlier in the week, and Peter Crouch's was inspired by comedian James Corden's Comic Relief sketch. (Daily Mail) 
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson said he thought it was an April Fool's joke when he received a phone call telling him about Alan Shearer's return to Newcastle. (Daily Mirrror) 
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov says he feels left out in the dressing room as he is the only one without a Premier League or Champions League medal. (Daily Express) 

Gordon Brown is to give the president of Brazil an England shirt signed by David Beckham during his visit as part of the G20 summit. (The Guardian)