Monday's gossip column


Manchester City are set to make a renewed £20m cash-plus-players offer to Everton in an attempt to finally land defender Joleon Lescott. (The Sun) 
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has told Manchester United and Chelsea to forget about signing him after pledging his future to the German club. (The Sun) 
Liverpool are considering a bid for Bilbao's £10m-rated central defender Fernando Amorebieta (on photo). (The Sun) 
The Reds have also enquired about Dynamo Kiev central defender Pape Diakhate and have been quoted a price of £7m. (Daily Mail) 
Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero, who is a target for Chelsea, will not be sold so late in the transfer window according to a report in Spain. (The Times) 
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is ready to hand in a transfer request in order to force through a move to Everton.(The Sun) 
Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell is hoping to join Newcastle if Taylor leaves St James' Park. (Daily Mail) 
Stoke have agreed a £5m fee with West Ham for central defender James Collins. (The Sun) 
The Potters will also increase their £2.5m offer for Middlesbrough defender Robert Huth.(The Daily Mail) 
Manchester United could beat Liverpool and Everton to the signing of Stoke centre-back Ryan Shawcross. (Daily Mail) 
The injury crisis that has left United with five unfit defenders could force manager Sir Alex Ferguson to dip into the transfer market.(The Times) 
Portsmouth are chasing Amajita's South African striker Dino Ndlovu. (The Sun) 
Hull hope to complete the £12m signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo in the next 24 hours. (Daily Mirror)
Tottenham are interested in Manchester City winger Martin Petrov as well as Sunderland's Kieran Richardson. (Daily Mail) 
Spurs, meanwhile, have denied making a £10m bid for Celtic midfielder Scott Brown. 
Full story: (Daily Mail)
Burnley will look to tie up a deal for Manchester United right-back Richard Eckersley before the two sides meet on Wednesday. (Daily Mirror) 
Sunderland are expected to complete the season-long loan signing of defender John Mensah from Lyon on Monday.(The Times) 


Arab businessman Soulaiman Al Fahim's takeover of Portsmouth is in danger of collapsing.(Daily Mirror)
Norwich City want Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins to be their next manager following the sacking of Bryan Gunn. (Daily Mirror) 


Manchester City's Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has offered Oasis stars Liam and Noel Gallagher free Latin dance classes in exchange for a music masterclass for his band Piola Vago. (The Sun) 
England midfielder David Beckham has hit out at the standard of refereeing in the MLS after the LA Galaxy star was sent off for the ninth time in his career, following a studs-up challenge on Seattle's Peter Vagenas. (The Sun)