Tuesday's gossip column


Chelsea lead the chase to sign £42m-rated striker Sergio Aguero after Atletico Madrid admitted they are ready to listen to offers for the 21-year-old.(The Sun) 
Villarreal goalkeeper Diego Lopez is a £15m target for Manchester United. (The Sun)
Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole is set to ignore interest from Tottenham and commit himself to the Blues.(Daily Mirror) 
Everton are set to make a January bid for Gimnasia de la Plata's Argentine midfielder Fabian Rinaudo. (The Sun) 
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is set to raid his old club by making a £4m bid for Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa in January. (Daily Mirror) 
Bruce is also looking to sign Deportivo Toluca's Mexican winger Nestor Calderon in January. (Daily Mail) 
Liverpool have joined the race to sign Spartak Moscow's Georgian midfielder Zhano Ananidze, who is also being tracked by Arsenal.(Daily Mail)
Blackburn are ready to snap up midfielder Camel Meriem, who is a free agent after leaving Monaco. (Daily Mirror) 


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he was wrong to brand referee Alan Wiley "unfit" after his side's 2-2 draw with Sunderland earlier in October and will plead guilty to a Football Association charge of improper conduct. (Daily Mail) 
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has rejected a new £80m offer from Tyneside businessman Barry Moat to buy the club, consisting of £60m up front followed by a later payment of £20m, insisting he wants the full asking price in one payment. (Daily Telegraph) 
American billionaire Stan Kroenke requires 636 more shares to trigger a mandatory takeover bid of Arsenal after he spent £85,000 on 10 shares on Monday to increase his stake to 28.87%. (The Times) 
England manager Fabio Capello admits he is "tormented" by Manchester United striker Michael Owen's constant omission from his national squad.(The Times) 
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand may be dropped from the first team because of fears that the 30-year-old is past his best. (The Sun) 
Former Notts County defender Sol Campbell, who walked out on the club in September, has been told he must agree to a five year 'gagging order' before they agree to release his registration. (Daily Express) 
Scottish Premier League side Rangers have until the end of the season to find a buyer, or risk losing half their squad. (Daily Record)
Ipswich manager Roy Keane is set appoint former Wycombe Wanderers boss Peter Taylor as his new assistant at Portman Road. (Daily Mirror) 
Former Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood has turned down an approach from Tranmere and will instead sign an 18-month coaching deal with Newcastle United. (Daily Star)


The cost of watching football may soar as top clubs face an extra £12m a year in stadium taxes. (The Sun)
Kasabian broke away from rock star traditions by celebrating their Q award for best album by watching Leicester City beat Reading to climb up to fifth in the Championship table. (The Sun)