Saturday's gossip column


The World Cup draw has given England the "best group since the Beatles" according to one newspaper as they face Algeria, Slovenia and the US.(The Sun) 
US star Landon Donovan says he will wind up LA Galaxy team-mate David Beckham ahead of their two countries' World Cup group clash.(The Sun) 
And Beckham is also facing flak from Luis Figo, who says the joint Portugal-Spain bid for World Cup 2018, which he fronts, will beat the former Manchester United star's campaign to host the tournament in England. (Daily Express)
Beckham may have cause to sweat, as some reports liken the England 2018 bid's promotional video to "a budget version of South Park".(The Independent) 
Slovenia, meanwhile, have chosen Wayne Rooney as their wind-up target, according to defender Bostjan Cesar. (The Guardian) 


Veteran midfielder Paul Scholes is set to leave Manchester United in the summer. (Various)
Manchester City will move for AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso after he turned down a new contract.(Daily Mirror) 
Neither City nor Chelsea are interested in Gattuso, according to AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani.(The Independent) 
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has told City they will never get their hands on John Terry.(Daily Star) 
Bordeaux say they have no intention of selling striker - and Arsenal target - Marouane Chamakh in January.(Daily Mirror) 
Former Manchester United target Adam Ljajic is "in psychological shock" after the club pulled out of a £9m deal to sign the Serbian.(The Guardian) 


Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, are having trouble refinancing part of the club's £700m debt.(The Times) 
Tottenham have overlooked Ledley King's knee problems to offer the defender a new £70,000-a-week contract.(The Sun) 
Liverpool believe a persistent groin injury may deprive Fernando Torres of the chance to play for Spain at the World Cup.(The Times) 


Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips keeps in touch with old Chelsea team-mates John Terry and Frank Lampard by playing Call Of Duty against them on the Xbox games console.(The Sun) 
David Moyes says he is considering naming himself in the Everton team to face Tottenham, as the club's injury crisis mounts.(The Independent)