Monday's gossip column


West Ham have been told to improve their offer if they want to sign Livorno striker Alessandro Diamanti(on photo). (Press Association)


Everton manager David Moyes will spend £10m on Lokomotiv Moscow's Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, 24. (The Sun) 
Moyes will also look to add a defender to his squad following Joleon Lescott's move to Manchester City - with Bolton's Gary Cahill and Middlesbrough pair David Wheater and Robert Huth under consideration.(The Times) 
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is ready to make a £6m move for Newcastle defender Steven Taylor. (Daily Mirror) 
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has given Villa a 48-hour deadline to come up with more than the £8m they have already offered for left-back Stephen Warnock. (Daily Mirror) 
West Ham are in talks to sell defender James Collins to Aston Villa for £5m, which will pave the way for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh to join the Hammers for £7m. (Daily Telegraph)
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is also close to bringing in Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen on a season-long loan deal. (The Sun) 
Manchester City are close to sealing a deal for Barcelona's Brazilian full-back Sylvinho on a free transfer. (Daily Mail) 
Wigan have agreed a £5m fee with Crystal Palace for Victor Moses, 18, but the striker will spend the rest of the season on loan at Selhurst Park as part of the deal. (The Sun) 
Ivory Coast striker Aruna Dindane is set for a £4m deal with Portsmouth after the Premier League agreed to cover the deal with Pompey's television cash if the club fails to pay Lens on time.(The Sun) 
Meanwhile, Portsmouth have expressed an interest in Nantes midfielder Aurelien Capouem, 27, who previously had an unsuccessful trial at Blackburn. (The Times) 
And Pompey are also set to sign Algerian midfielder Hadj Issa, 25, know as his country's Roberto Baggio, in a £400,000 deal from Wifaq Setif. (Daily Mirror) 
Nottingham Forest striker Rob Earnshaw, 28, is a £3m target for Newcastle. (Daily Mirror) 
Ipswich boss Roy Keane may sell defender Gareth McAuley, 29, to raise funds after the pair had a bust-up last week. (Daily Mirror) 
Hibernian striker Colin Nish is a £200,000 target for English Championship strugglers Scunthorpe. (Scottish Daily Mail) 
Hamilton Accies are having a look at Las Palmas winger Herlado and Cicero Casimero, once a £2.7m signing for Dinamo Moscow. (Daily Express)


Former Sunderland boss Peter Reid is set to be named as Stoke City's new assistant manager this week, once he agrees terms to leave his post as coach of Thailand. (The Times)
Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin believes the Gunners must spend money on new players if they are to maintain their impressive start to the season. (The Times) 
Portsmouth boss Paul Hart expects a mystery consortium fronted by chief executive Peter Storrie to take over the south-coast club this week. (The Sun) 
Hull's Brazilian forward Geovanni, 29, will pledge his future to the Tigers by signing a new deal.(The Sun)


Blackburn full-back Michel Salgado may have a difference of opinion with new boss Sam Allardyce regarding the Spaniard's defensive duties. Salgado's former Real Madrid team-mate Steve McManaman claimed the attack-minded defender knew two words of English: "cover me". (Daily Mail)