Monday's gossip column


Newcastle United are willing to splash out £5m for Leeds forward Jermaine Beckford. (The Sun)


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could be in trouble with the Football Association for expressing his displeasure over referee Martin Atkinson after Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Chelsea.
Disputing the free-kick that led to John Terry's headed goal and the failure to see Didier Drogba's foul on Wes Brown, Ferguson said: "You lose faith in the refereeing sometimes." (Various)(Guardian) 
Hull chairman Adam Pearson could be set to give manager Phil Brown until the end of the season to prove himself. 
With many predicting Brown's sacking on the back of Hull's poor run, the recently appointed chief said: "If you stay strong and dig in, then I think it is a decent solution."(The Sun) 
Former Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is being lined up to return to employment as manager at Brighton and Hove Albion. (The Sun)


Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe has revealed in a forthcoming book that David Beckham used to do everything for him.
On his former Old Trafford team-mate, Sharpe says: "He'd clean my shoes, make me cups of tea and even came in to one of my fan club afternoons." (The Sun)