Saturday's gossip column


Sunderland have accepted a bid from Stoke City for defender Danny Collins. (Sky Sports) 
New Portsmouth recruit Tommy Smith has put in a good word for his former Watford team-mate Mike Williamson, after the defender was also linked with a move to Fratton Park. (Press Association)


Everton's bid to complete a loan deal for Valencia's Argentine midfielder Ever Banega (on photo) has hit problems because his club cannot find a replacement for the 21-year-old. (Daily Mail) 
But Moyes is set to seal a £5m deal for Atletico Madrid's 25-year-old Dutch defender John Heitinga, who arrives hot on the heels of £5.3m signing Sylvain Distin. (The Sun) 
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate will swoop for Derby striker Rob Hulse to boost his forward line after Tuncay's departure to Stoke. (Daily Mirror) 
Tottenham have told Zenit St Petersburg they are ready to accept £10m for striker Roman Pavlyuchenko. (Daily Mail) 
Everton will ask Tottenham about taking David Bentley after being quoted £15m for the former Blackburn winger last week. (Daily Mirror) 
Bolton could swoop for Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford for £3m, who would be free to leave Elland Road for nothing in the summer. (Independent) 
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has given his blessing for Andriy Shevchenko to leave the club before the close of the transfer window with the Ukrainian striker expected to rejoin his former club Dynamo Kiev. (Times) 
Newcastle want Everton striker James Vaughan on loan because Shola Ameobi faces a month on the sidelines with a foot injury. (The Sun)
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is believed to have offered Nyron Nosworthy and Daryl Murphy as part of a deal for Hull defender Michael Turner. (Daily Mail) 
Wigan have launched an audacious bid to take Celtic's Australian striker Scott McDonald on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Record) 
Newcastle will attempt to prevent Kevin Nolan from rejoining Bolton Wanderers after Gary Megson announced his intention to take the midfielder on loan. (Northern Echo) 
Sunderland could provide England goalkeeper David James with the escape route out of Portsmouth. (Independent) 


Arsene Wenger has accused UEFA of a witch-hunt after they charged Eduardo with diving in the Champions League clash with Celtic. (The Sun) 
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned midfielders Anderson and Michael Carrick their places in the Manchester United squad are not guarenteed and they cannot afford to rest on their laurels. (The Times) 
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is the likely choice to boss Great Britain's 2012 Olympic team and and is becoming a serious contender to succeed Fabio Capello when he leaves the England job.(Daily Mirror) 
Fenerbahce's veteran Brazil defender Roberto Carlos has revealed he would like to team up with countryman Ronaldo at Corinthians once his contract at the Turkish club ends. ( 
Goalkeeper David James will get an England recall at the expense of Paul Robinson. (Daily Star)
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has admitted he is surprised no club has yet bid for defender Brede Hangeland, but he is still keen to hang on to his prize asset. (Metro) 


Such is the condition of Ledley King's knees, the only way the Spurs captain can keep fit is by cycling in the gym and having a 20-minute run-out in training the day before a match. (Daily Mail)