Monday's gossip column


Chelsea will go on a £100m spending spree this week and hope to sign AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero.(Daily Mail) 
Or Chelsea will be priced out of the market and miss out on the signing of Ribery as well as Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. (The Telegraph)
Liverpool have been warned by Valencia that their star forward David Villa is "priceless" and will not be joining the Premier League club. (The Sun) 
The Reds, meanwhile, are refusing to budge on their £30m valuation of midfielder Xabi Alonso, who is wanted by Real Madrid. (Daily Star) 
Liverpool have made a last-ditch attempt to keep Alonso, with Reds manager Rafael Benitez insisting he wants the Spaniard to stay at the club. (Daily Mirror)
But Alonso looks destined to leave after Liverpool's managing director Christian Purslow met his Real Madrid counterpart Jose Angel Sanchez in Barcelona to complete negotiations. (The Telegraph) 
Manchester City are expected to make an improved £20m offer for Everton defender Joleon Lescott.(Daily Star) 
Or Manchester City are set to withdraw their interest in Lescott and will instead pursue Chelsea centre-back Alex. (The Times) 
Everton have been offered Toulouse right back Albin Ebondo after missing out on the signing of Kyle Naughton, who has joined Tottenham from Sheffield United. (The Times) 
Tottenham will offer £10m to Chelsea for midfielder Joe Cole. (Daily Mirror) 
But Tottenham look like they will be beaten to the signature of Newcastle United defender Sebastien Bassong by big-spending Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)
Spurs striker Darren Bent is expected to complete a £12m move to Sunderland on Monday. (The Sun) 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful of beating Tottenham to the £750,000 signing of former Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira from Inter Milan.(Daily Express) 
But Arsenal have had their £5m bid for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh dismissed as "ridiculous" by club president Jean-Louis Triaud. (Daily Mirror) 
The Gunners are expected to sell defender Philippe Senderos, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan, to Everton for £6m. (Daily Mirror)
Tottenham are interested in Toulouse's £12m-rated midfielder Moussa Sissoko. (The Times)
Spurs are also keeping tabs on Brazilian midfielder Sandro, who plays for Internacional. (The Times) 
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful of signing Manchester City striker Benjani and Hajduk Split forward Nikola Kalinic for a combined £11m. (The Sun) 
Birmingham are set to secure the loan signing of Arsenal defender Armand Traore. (The Independent)
The Blues have also been linked with Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel and Aston Villa's Craig Gardner. (The Independent) 
Hull City are not prepared to meet Newcastle United's valuation of £4m for defender Habib Beye.(The Times) 
But Aston Villa are also keen on Beye and could launch a bid for the 31-year-old Senegal player. (The Sun) 
Villa will also battle it out with Inter Milan for Real Madrid's £16m-rated midfielder Wesley Sneijder. (Daily Mail) 
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is also monitoring Portsmouth defensive duo Sylvain Distin and Sol Campbell. (The Independent) 
Hull have made a £3m bid for Stoke midfielder Seyi Olofinjana. (Daily Mirror)
Portsmouth and England keeper David James has pledged his future to the south-coast club, despite interest from Tottenham. (The Sun) 
Leeds have slapped a £8m price tag on star midfielder Fabian Delph, who is wanted by Manchester City and Everton. (The Sun) 
Fulham are watching Kalmar FF midfielder Rasmus Elm and are preparing a £2.5m bid. (The Times) 
But Everton are also keen on the Swedish international midfielder and may outbid Fulham with £3m. (Daily Mirror)
Fulham have inquired about Sampdoria midfielder Daniele Dessena. (The Sun) 
Newcastle midfielder Geremi is keen on move to Turkish side Besiktas. (Daily Mail)
Lyon defender John Mensah has been offered to Sunderland and Portsmouth. (The Times) 
Wolves are preparing a bid for towering Rapid Vienna striker Stefan Maierholer. (Daily Mail)
Ipswich manager Roy Keane will make an improved £1m bid for Watford striker Tamas Priskin. (Daily Mirror) 
Reading are planning a £2m bid for Doncaster centre-back Matt Mills. (Daily Mirror)


Burnley manager Owen Coyle has revealed the Premier League new boys have only £16m to spend on new signings and player salaries this season. (Daily Mirror) 
Stoke boss Tony Pulis says the club's unfashionable image is frustrating him in his bid to sign better quality players. (Daily Express)
Hibernian striker Derek Riordan spent a night in the cells after being refused entry to an Edinburgh nightclub. (Scottish Sun) 
Midfielder Scott Brown, returning from injury, is unlikely to play from the start when Celtic visit Dinamo Moscow on Wednesday. (Times)


Los Angeles Galaxy and England midfielder David Beckham is to star alongside governor of California and former actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a television advertisement to promote tourism in the American state.(The Sun) 
Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo's new mansion in Spain will cost £8m and boasts 36 rooms. (The Sun)