Tuesday's gossip column


Manchester City are ready to make a move for Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure in January.(The Sun) 
City boss Mark Hughes is also keen to sign Inter Milan full-back Maicon but, if he fails, will turn his attention to Osasuna right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.(The Sun) 
Chelsea target Angel di Maria, the 21-year-old Benfica winger, has admitted he could be tempted by a move to England.(Various) 
Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko could be set for a shock return to the Premier League with Birmingham. Ambitious new Blues owner Carson Yeung wants to sign the 33-year-old from Dynamo Kiev in January.(Daily Mirror) 
Sunderland look set to sign Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson, whose contract expires next summer, for £3m in January.(The Sun)  
And Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has abandoned plans to sign a new goalkeeper because he says number one Craig Gordon is proving to be the "real deal". (Daily Telegraph) 
Portsmouth are hoping to re-sign former striker Benjani from Manchester City and midfielder Gary O'Neill from Middlesbrough once their cash crisis eases in January.(Daily Mirror) 
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will use goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes's mistakes against Arsenal as evidence he should launch a January bid for Portsmouth number one David James.(Daily Express) 
New Hull chairman Adam Pearson is determined to ease the club's crippling financial problems by overseeing a squad clear-out in January. (Various) 
Bolton manager Gary Megson is plotting a £5m double raid on Bristol City for striker Nicky Maynard and midfielder Marvin Elliot. (Daily Star) 
Megson is prepared to let veteran midfielder Gavin McCann leave either on loan or permanently in January.(Daily Star) 
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola will make a January move for Bordeaux's Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh to bolster his attack. (Daily Express) 
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is lining up a £4m bid to make Sheffield United defender Matt Kilgallon his first signing since taking over on a permanent basis at St James' Park.(The Sun) 
Ipswich are looking to sign Senegal midfielder Ibrahim Faye on a free transfer from French side Troyes AC. (Daily Mail) 


Liverpool striker Fernando Torres could be forced to undergo surgery on a groin problem and may face two months on the sidelines.(Various) 
Torres' problem is a hernia and it might require surgery is he is over-played, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has been warned. (The Times) 
New Hull chairman Adam Pearson is investigating the club's signing of Jimmy Bullard from Fulham in January amid concern over the medical examination carried out on the midfielder.(The Sun) 
Hull are believed to have spent a staggering £5.5m in agents' fees in the two years Paul Duffen was the club's chairman and chief executive. (Daily Mail) 
Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes playing Champions League football with the Old Trafford club will help him secure a place in England's 2010 World Cup squad.(The Sun) 
Owen's fellow United forward Wayne Rooney will miss Tuesday's Champions League match against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford following the birth of his first child, Kai. (Daily Mirror) 
United defender Rio Ferdinand is set to miss his side's meeting with Chelsea on Sunday and England;s World Cup warm-up against Brazil on 14 November with a calf problem.(Daily Express) 
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is set to attend his first Manchester City game next week since completing his £210m takeover of the club in September 2008.(Daily Telegraph) 
Arsenal striker Andrey Arshavin believes his side have the quality to win the Premier League and Champions League this season. (Daily Star)
Former Reading manager Steve Coppell is favourite to become the new manager of Brighton after Russell Slade's sacking. Coppell had a brief stint in charge of the Seagulls in 2002/2003.(The Sun) 
England coach Fabio Capello will unveil a sculpture of England's 1966 World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey at Wembley on Friday. (The Sun) 
The Football Association's hopes of convincing Werder Bremen forward Aaron Hunt to play for England are unlikely to succeed after the Werder Bremen forward, who has represented Germany at youth levels but qualifies for England through his mother, pledged his future to Germany.(Various) 
Sheffield Wednesday are the latest club to be affected by a virus and the Championship club have told their players to train on their own. (The Sun) 
Ipswich made a loss of £10.3m in the 12 months to June 2009, bringing their total debt to more than £35m as the effects of Marcus Evans's ownership of the club were realised. (Daily Telegraph) 


The unusual name given to the newborn son of Wayne Rooney was picked by the Manchester United striker's wife Coleen. Kai, the 68th most popular name for baby boys in the UK, has several different meanings around the world. In Burma it means unbreakable, in Nigeria it can mean love, in Japan it translates as the ocean and in Chinese Mandarin it means victory. In ancient Persian it means Great King and in Scandinavia it can mean keeper of the keys.(The Sun) 

Sunderland striker Darren Bent has been urged to watch his words and avoid any controversy on his Twitter account ahead of Saturday's return to Tottenham.(Daily Mail)