Sunday's gossip column


Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is confident star defender Brede Hangeland - a target for Manchester City, Arsenal and Aston Villa - will remain at the club.(Premier League website)
Real Madrid had hoped to continue their incredible spending spree with the £65m signing of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, but Reds boss Rafa Benitez rejected the bid. (People)



Chelsea and England captain John Terry has demanded the opportunity to speak to Manchester City during crisis talks with Blues owner Roman Abramovich. (Various)
If Terry does join City, Chelsea will replace him with Newcastle's England Under-21 centre-back Steven Taylor.(Sunday Express) 
City will switch their sights to Porto's Portuguese centre-back Bruno Alves if they miss out on Terry. (Star on Sunday) 
Chelsea are ready to offer £50m plus Portuguese duo Deco and Ricardo Carvalho for Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (News of the World) 
Liverpool have rejected an offer for striker Fernando Torres, believed to be around £60m, from an English club other than Manchester City, says Reds manager Rafael Benitez.
"It was a proper offer, a big one, but we said no and he wanted to stay here," said Benitez. (The Times) 
Alternatively, Liverpool have in fact received three such bids for Torres, from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. (Star on Sunday) 
Liverpool will make a last-ditch plea to want-away duo Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso to stay another year and help the club win the Premier League title. (News of the World) 
Manchester United are poised to snatch Samuel Eto'o from under the noses of Manchester City with a £25m bid.(News of the World) 
United are set to sign 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa from Gremio for £20m. (Sunday Express) 
Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has emerged as Manchester United's top transfer target with Sir Alex Ferguson poised to offer £25million for the England winger.(Star on Sunday) 
Tottenham are preparing a £25m swap deal, involving midfielder David Bentley, to bring Young to White Hart Lane. (Mail on Sunday) 
Villa will shell out £10million for Stewart Downing - even though the Middlesbrough winger will be out injured until November.(People) 
Spurs could help fund a move for Young by offloading Michael Dawson, with Sunderland reportedly set to bid for the defender. (News of the World) 
The Black Cats are also favourites to sign Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos for £5m. (Sunday Express) 
Sunderland are also leading the race to sign Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch, with Fulham also keen. (Mail on Sunday) 
Aston Villa will turn their attentions to Werder Bremen's German international midfielder Mesut Ozil after seeing a £6m offer for Leeds midfielder Fabian Delph rejected. (News of the World) 
LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will consider a sensational comeback to the Premier League if his dream return to AC Milan falls through.(News of the World) 
Everton boss David Moyes is in a transfer tussle with Hull City for Cardiff City's Welsh midfielder Joe Ledley. (People) 
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is lining up an audacious move to bring former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira back to the Premier League.(People) 


Alan Shearer is holding out for the Newcastle job - but the long-running takeover saga is set to run for a further week. (Mail on Sunday) 
Southampton's prospective new owners are ready to offer Alan Shearer an emotional return to the south coast - after being turned down by old boy Gordon Strachan.(People) 
Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is in line to take over as manager of Southampton but could face competition from Nigel Pearson.(People) 
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has admitted he considered bringing Michael Owen "home" to Anfield this summer.(People) 
Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie turned down big money offers from Chelsea, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Juventus before signing his new four-year deal with Arsenal. (Sunday Mirror) 
The takeover of Portsmouth by United Arab Emirates businessman Sulaiman Al Fahim could be delayed until next month, raising fresh concerns over the deal.(Observer) 
Striker Daniel Sturridge hopes his move to Chelsea from Manchester City can help him do a Theo Walcott and sneak into England's 2010 World Cup squad.(People) 
Sam Allardyce wants to bring his former coach Ricky Sbragia to Blackburn Rovers.(People) 


Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will receive the same levels of protection given to Pope John Paul II 30 years ago during Real's pre-season tour of Ireland. (Sunday Express)