Sunday's gossip column


World governing body Fifa is investigating 15 top transfers involving English clubs.(Mail on Sunday) 
Manchester United are planning a £25m bid for Valencia's attacking midfielder David Silva.(Sunday Express) 
Arsenal will sign 20-year-old Wales midfielder Jack Collison from West Ham in January - and may bring Matthew Upson back to the club as well.(News of the World) 
The Gunners will continue what already looks like a busy January with the completion of their convoluted deal for Marouane Chamakh, who will join from Bordeaux for £1.5m.(Mail on Sunday) 
Martin O'Neill plans to offload Nigel Reo-Coker to Tottenham after his bust-up with the Aston Villa manager.(News of the World)
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes expects to sign midfielder Yaya Toure from Barcelona once the January transfer window opens.(News of the World) 
Chelsea have evidence from the Football Association proving they had clearance to sign former Lens player Gael Kakuta, as the club plan their appeal against a transfer ban.(News of the World) 
Meanwhile, Manchester United are facing the prospect of their own transfer ban after the club's attempts to sign teenagers Paul Pogba and Alberto Massacci were referred to Fifa.(Mail on Sunday) 
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will recall Jamie O'Hara from his loan deal at Portsmouth as soon as he can. "I like Jamie as a player and I didn't want him to go," said Redknapp.(News of the World) 


Manchester City's players have already received £459,000 in win bonuses this season, with a further £9,000 each if the club beat arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday.(News of the World) 
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has lined up another mystery buyer for the club, prepared to meet his £100m asking price. Talks are said to have progressed to a more serious stage than with other recently reported bidders.(Sunday Express) 
That mystery bidder is Barry Moat, the Tyneside businessman previously linked with a bid for Newcastle, who has come up with the means to finance the deal.(Sunday Telegraph) 
Notts County have not yet provided the Football League with detailed information about their new owners, who have funded the signings of Sven-Goran Eriksson and Sol Campbell.(Mail on Sunday) 
Lakshmi Mittal may buy out fellow QPR investor Flavio Briatore following the latter's fall from grace over the Renault scandal in Formula 1.(Sunday Telegraph) 
Liverpool are hoping to earn £240m in a naming rights deal for their new stadium.(News of the World) 
Guus Hiddink could return to Chelsea as an executive director with sporting director Frank Arnesen set to leave.(Mail on Sunday) 
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola admits Dean Ashton's long-term ankle injury has put the striker's career at risk.(Sunday Times) 
David Nugent, on loan at Burnley from Portsmouth, says he "made a mistake" moving south and wants to stay at Turf Moor permanently.(News of the World) 


Emmanuel Adebayor's row with Robin Van Persie, which boiled over during Manchester City's game against Arsenal last week, began when Adebayor walked off with his then team-mate's boots at the end of last season.(News of the World) 
West Ham's Calum Davenport has thanked people who donated blood for transfusions which "probably" saved his life after he was stabbed last month.(Sunday Telegraph) 
Pele insists he is not the world's greatest ever footballer - but says Diego Maradona isn't, either.(Mail on Sunday)