Tuesday's gossip column


Manchester City are prepared to let Brazilian forward Robinho leave the club, with Barcelona his likely destination, if they can bring in French midfielder Franck Ribery from Bayern Munich as a replacement.(Daily Mail) 
Tottenham are lining up a £5m move for Club Brugge defender Vadis Odjidja in January.(The Sun) 
Sheffield United defender Matthew Kilgallon will leave the Blades in January after rejecting a new £20,000-a-week contract. The £4m-rated 25-year-old is wanted by Wigan, Bolton, Celtic and Middlesbrough.(Daily Mirror) 


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to avoid a touchline ban for his remarks about referee Alan Wiley's fitness by citing as his defence the precedence that no manager has been banned for post-match comments and that they were made away from the technical area.(Daily Mirror)
Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is ready to leave Notts County and take up the Sweden managerial post - only three months after joining the Magpies as director of football. (Daily Mirror) 
Eriksson, though, has apparently already spoken to the Swedish FA about the national team coaching vacancy behind Notts County's back, according to his agent Lars Sternmarker. "(Swedish FA president) Lars-Ake Lagrell has talked both to Sven and me," said Sternmarker. "But what we talked about and further quotes about this you have to ask Mr Lagrell."(The Sun) 
If Eriksson does quit Notts County for the Sweden national job he will be forced to take huge pay cut on his £10m-deal with the League Two side.(Daily Mail) 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he plans to remain in football as long as he lives and cannot imagine ever retiring from the game. "If I have health, I want to work as long as I live but adapt to my potential," said Wenger.(The Sun) 
Newcastle caretaker manager Chris Hughton will be offered the job at St James' Park on a permanent basis this week - with owner Mike Ashley also preparing to take the club off the market.(Daily Mirror) 
Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni is ready to steal Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill from under the nose of England boss Fabio Capello. Cahill, who has featured in a number of Capello's England squads but has yet to play, qualifies for Ireland via one of his grandparents.(Daily Mirror) 
Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny will use Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro's escape from a drugs ban as part of his defence in Tuesday's appeal against a nine-month suspension for taking prohibited substance ephedrine. Cannavaro failed a drugs test after using cortisone to prevent an allergic reaction to a bee sting but was given a reprieve.(Daily Mail) 
Former Hull striker Dean Windass wants to replace Mike Newell as the new Grimsby manager.(Daily Mirror) 
Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorenson has agreed terms on a new two-year contract with the club.(Daily Express) 


Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey incurred the wrath of Fabio Capello last week by flouting the England manager's rule on mobile phones. The 31-year-old was caught texting at the dinner table. (The Sun) 
England coach Capello's patience may also be tested by photos of Tottenham striker Peter Crouch out partying in a nightclub with teammates in the aftermath of Spurs' 2-1 victory over Portsmouth last Saturday.(Daily Mail) 
Liverpool will search Manchester United fans ahead of this Sunday's clash between the sides at Anfield for any items, including beach balls, which could be thrown onto the pitch and potentially cause a repeat of the "freak" goal scored against the Reds by Sunderland's Darren Bent last Saturday.(The Guardian)