Wednesday's gossip column


Manchester United have been stunned by claims from Nemanja Vidic's agent that the centre-back wants a move to Barcelona. (Daily Mirror) 
However, Vidic's adviser Paolo Fabbri has denied quotes attributed to him in the Spanish media that the Serbian international had been tempted by an offer to join the European champions.(Daily Expres) 
Everton boss David Moyes is set to make a £12 million double raid for Tottenham midfielder David Bentley and defender Alan Hutton.
Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell is seriously considering an amazing switch to Notts County after being offered a player/coach role by County director of football Sven Goran Eriksson.(Daily Mirror) 
Liverpool have made a £2m swoop for AEK Athens centre-half Sotiris Kyrgiakos.(The Sun) 
The Reds are also keeping tabs on Stoke's Ryan Shawcross, although the Potters are desperate to keep hold of the defender.(Daily Mail) 
West Ham defender James Collins has rejected a £5m move to Stoke.(The Sun) 
Hull are set to bid for Aston Villa's unsettled defender Luke Young.(Daily Mirror) 
Forward Victor Moses wants to quit Crystal Palace after being left out of their starting line-up against Ipswich last night.(Daily Mirror) 
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has ruled out a move for Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.(Independent) 
Redknapp is preparing an £8m bid for Celtic midfielder Scott Brown.(Daily Telegraph) 
Hull are also in the running to sign Campbell, but the Tigers are set to miss out on Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo who is set to join Real Zaragoza.(Daily Mirror) 
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce remains hopeful of pushing through a season-long loan deal for Lyon defender John Mensah.(Daily Telegraph) 
West Brom midfielder Jonathan Greening is set to sign for Fulham.(Daily Mirror) 


Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has told striker Fernando Torres to stop arguing with defenders and focus on scoring. (Daily Mail) 
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says that the rest of the Premier League is envious of Spurs for having Croatian midfielder Luka Modric in their squad. (Daily Express) 
Newcastle have opened talks with Tyneside businessman Barry Moat over a possible takeover at St James' Park. (Independent) 
Moat's group though is battling it out with two unnamed consortia for the club.(Daily Express) 
Manchester United are preparing to offer defender Nemanja Vidic a new contract amid uncertainty about his long-term future. (The Times) 
Hull midfielder Ian Ashbee's career is hanging in the balance as he faces surgery on knee ligaments he ruptured last May. (The Sun) 
Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor insists the club can still succeed this term without Gareth Barry and Martin Laursen. (Daily Mirror) 
Coventry boss Chris Coleman says he needs more funds for players if the side are to push for promotion this season. (Daily Star) 


The Manchester United players have assigned defender Patrice Evra as their pre-match DJ but are demanding when it comes to his music choices. "I have to change it every time," said Evra. (The Sun) 
Chelsea new-boy Nemanja Matic almost signed for Middlesbrough in January but the midfielder was put off by the weather. (The Sun) 
Birmingham's new left-back Gregory Vignal, previously with Liverpool and Portsmouth, was convinced to return to England after receiving advice from Manchester United legend Eric Cantona at a bullfight. (The Sun)