Sunday's gossip column


Portsmouth goalkeeper David James admits he is "flattered" by the interest of Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and would be keen on a move to White Hart Lane to boost his England World Cup chances.(Sunday Telegraph) 
Fernando Torres is ready to quit Liverpool if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.(News of the World) 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering splashing out on a new striker in the January transfer window, with Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh top of his wanted list.(Mail on Sunday) 
Or Wenger could launch a £12million January bid for Toulouse's French international striker Andre Pierre Gignac.(News of the World) 
Arsenal have also emerged as shock contenders to sign Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy.(Sunday Mirror) 
Manchester United are ready to challenge Roberto Mancini's City for £12m-rated Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini. (News of the World) 
Birmingham are ready to launch an £8 raid for Wigan's former Newcastle's winger Charles N'Zogbia.(News of the World) 
Carlo Ancelotti will make a transfer window U-turn by offering a British record £45million for Bayern Munich's France winger Franck Ribery.(People) 
Manchester United striker Frederico Macheda, 18, is being linked with a loan move to Real Zaragoza.(News of the World) 
Liverpool are poised to mount a major effort to sign former Lazio striker Goran Pandev on a free transfer next month in a bid to boost their flagging season.(People) 
Ambitious Stoke manager Tony Pulis could make a suprise three-pronged raid for Liverpool misfit Ryan Babel, Aston Villa's Emile Heskey and Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones(News of the World) 
Inter Milan defender Ivan Cordoba has told new Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini he would love to move to Eastlands.(People) 
Sunderland have launched an attempt to hijack right-back Danny Simpson’s move from Manchester United to Newcastle.(Daily Star Sunday) 
Tottenham's Scotland fullback Alan Hutton is a January target for Stoke and Fulham.(News of the World) 
And Hutton's fellow out-of-favour Tottenham team-mate David Bentley is also attracting interest from spanish side Aletico Madrid.(News of the World) 


Jose Mourinho snubbed Manchester City's offer to become their coach because his dream is to step in when Sir Alex Ferguson finally retires at Manchester United. (Mail on Sunday) 
Manchester City believe they can lure Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in the summer as they see newly-appointed coach Roberto Mancini as just a stopgap. City have still not ruled out trying to persuade Jose Mourinho to take over either.(Sunday Express) 
Former Birmingham owners David Gold and David Sullivan will pull the plug on West Ham takeover talks on January 7.(News of the World) 


Newcastle may sit top of the Championship but the club is being forced to implement a clutch of cost-cutting measures at St James' Park - including switching off the escalator inside the new Milburn Stand during the week.(News of the World)