Sunday's gossip column


Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham says a return to AC Milan on loan is close to being 'finalised' as he looks to secure a place in the England squad for the 2010 World Cup.(Mail on Sunday) 
France midfielder Patrick Vieira is set for a move back to Arsenal from Italian club Inter Milan in the January transfer window.(News of the World) 
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is planning to offload a number of players who were signed by former Black Cats boss Roy Keane.(Sunday Mirror) 


Sulaiman Al Fahim has agreed to sell a majority stake in Portsmouth to Saudi property tycoon Ali Al-Faraj with a deal predicted to be done early next week.(Observer) 
Former England manager Steve McClaren is a contender to replace Ipswich manager Roy Keane, whose side are bottom of the Championship without a win so far this season.(Sunday Mirror) 
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has stoked the fire before his side's game with Liverpool by saying the Reds are not as good as they were after selling midfielder Xabi Alonso.(Daily Star Sunday) 
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has warmed his players up for the game by showing them a DVD compilation of how Wigan beat Chelsea 3-1 last Sunday.(Daily Star Sunday) 
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner is trying to drum up new investment in the club so they can compete with the likes of Manchester City.(Daily Star Sunday) 
Benitez's concerns over Daniel Agger could increase if he plays for Denmark in upcoming World Cup qualifiers as the defender has yet to make his first-team return after a lengthy injury absence. (News of the World) 
Former Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan has not ruled out a return to football management. (Mail on Sunday)
The Magpies are also close to being sold by owner Mike Ashley with Tyneside businessman Barry Moat nearing an £80m deal to buy the Championship outfit. (Daily Express) 
David Gold and David Sullivan are interested in buying West Ham after selling Birmingham City to Carson Yeung. Full story: (News of the World) 


Chelsea skipper John Terry missed the penalty which would have won his side the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United but he keeps the ball at his home in order for inspiration. (News of the World)