Wednesday's gossip column


Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce, the man who signed Joey Barton for Newcastle, could be interested in acquiring him for Rovers after the Magpies began moves to terminate the midfielder's contract. 
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has dropped hints he may leave the club, saying he speaks to AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani regularly and describes the club as "sexy as Beyonce". 
Porto left-back Aly Cissokho claims Tottenham are interested in him. 
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says he will not be put off making big-money signings, despite striker Robbie Keane's short and ill-fated stay at the club this season before returning to Tottenham. 
Sunderland have decided against making striker Djibril Cisse's loan move from Marseille into a permanent transfer. 
Portsmouth have failed in a £500,000 bid for Scotland's young player of the year, Hamilton midfielder James McCarthy. 

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has told his some of his older players that this year represents their best chance of winning the Champions League with this squad. 
Everton manager David Moyes says left-back Leighton Baines is sure to feature for England at the 2010 World Cup if he maintains his current form. 
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has admitted he does not know how the club will cope financially whether or not they avoid relegation from the Premier League. 
West Ham could miss out on a place in Europe next season because of doubts over their ability to satisfy the demands of the Uefa club licence that is required. The Hammers missed the initial deadline for applications, which was 30 April. 
Norwich are set to appoint caretaker boss Bryan Gunn as their full-time manager to try to avoid further upheaval after their relegation to League One. 
Celtic captain Stephen McManus may not play again this season because of a knee problem. 
Fans in Scotland are to petition the Scottish Parliament for the reintroduction of terracing at Scottish Premier League grounds. 

On-loan midfielder David Beckham and his AC Milan team-mates, plus former Arsenal stars Mathieu Flamini and Philippe Senderos were in the crowd to watch Manchester United beat Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday 
Manchester United striker Danny Wellbeck insists on buying his underwear from a budget clothing store and when £2,500-worth of designer undies were left in his locker as a gift, he gave them to reserve team players. (Daily Express)