Wednesday's gossip column


Manager Rafael Benitez will try and solve Liverpool's striker crisis by making a £12m move for West Ham's Carlton Cole in January.(Daily Star) 
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp will take a look at Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses at a behind-closed-doors friendly this week.(Daily Mirror) 
Tottenham are also interested in Watford's England Under-21 goalkeeper Scott Loach.(Daily Star) 
But Harry Redknapp has been told that he will have to sell players before he can add to his squad in the January transfer window, despite Spurs announcing record pre-tax profits of £33.4m.(Daily Express) 
One player that could leave White Hart Lane is out-of-favour striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, with Zenit St Petersburg prepared to pay £10m plus add-ons.(Daily Mail) 
The agent of Barcelona's Yaya Toure says the midfielder could leave the Spanish giants in the summer but has ruled out a switch to Manchester City.(The Sun) 
Toure's availability will alert both Arsenal and Manchester United, who are ready to battle it out for the £15m-rated 26-year-old next summer.(Daily Star) 
Brazilian forward Robinho says he is so unhappy at Manchester City that he does not want to stay at the club beyond the January transfer window, with Barcelona his favoured destination.(Daily Express) 
And City accept that Robinho will leave the club in the new year, with Benfica forward Angel Di Maria lined up as a replacement.(The Guardian) 
However, Manchester City insist that Robinho is going nowhere.(Daily Mirror) 
The speculation surrounding Robinho is exasperating City, with executive chairman Garry Cook claiming that "some people are trying to make mischief when they talk about him leaving".(The Independent) 
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson sat next to transfer target Simon Kjaer at an awards ceremony in Denmark on Monday night. Kjaer, a central defender, plays for Italian side Palermo.(Daily Mirror) 
United are giving a trial to Austrian goalkeeper Michael Langer, who plays for German club Freiburg.(Daily Mail) 
Cardiff have renewed their interest in Hull striker Daniel Cousin. (The Sun) 
Cardiff manager Dave Jones has targeted Ipswich midfielder Owen Garvan for a loan switch to be followed by a permanent move. (The Mirror)


Lord Coe, non-executive director of the 2018 World Cup bidding team, has held emergency talks with Football Association chairman Lord Triesman amid concerns that England's attempt to stage the finals is faltering.(The Times) 
Rock star Sting has backed the bid from the Newcastle United Supporters' Trust to take over the club. Actors Jimmy Nail and Tim Healy have also lent their support.(The Sun) 
New Brighton manager Gus Poyet rejected the chance to join Real Madrid as an assistant boss after leaving Tottenham.(Daily Express) 
Referee Peter Walton will not officiate in the next round of Premier League games after awarding Liverpool the controversial penalty which gave them a draw with Birmingham on Monday.(Daily Mirror) 
Former Reading manager Steve Coppell and ex-Wycombe boss Peter Taylor are on the list of candidates to replace Darren Ferguson at Peterborough.(Daily Express) 
And Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is one of the favourites to succeed Ferguson.(The Times) 


France midfielder Patrice Evra has seemingly developed a curious superstition ahead of Saturday's crunch World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. The Manchester United player has given up drinking Sprite because the green label reminds him of his nation's opponents.(The Sun)