Tuesday's column


BREAKING GOSSIP

The United States are keen on England's proposed training base for next year's World Cup. England boss Fabio Capello has been impressed with the Royal Bafokeng sports campus near Rustenburg but has delayed a final decision as he was unhappy with the grass on the training pitches. (Daily Mirror)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City could make a £12m bid for Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm in January.(The Sun)
Aston Villa striker John Carew is a £5m target for Turkish giants Fenerbahce.(Daily Mirror)
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is planning to make a move for former Inter Milan striker Adriano, who is available on a free transfer from Brazilian side Flamengo.(The Sun)
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has played down rumours of a move for Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko next summer. (Daily Mail)
Tottenham's out-of-favour striker Robbie Keane is a loan target for Celtic.(Daily Mirror)
Portsmouth's Algerian midfielder Nadir Belhadj is frustrated at being on the bench and is willing to quit the club in January in order to make sure of a place at the World Cup.(The Sun)
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has arranged a behind-closed-doors match in order to take a look at Angola defender Francisco Zuela, who plays for Russian side FC Kuban.(Daily Mirror)
Liverpool will complete the signing of highly-rated 16-year-old Kristj√°n Gauti Emilsson later this week. The central defender, who plays for Icelandic champions FH, has also had trials with Manchester United and Rangers.(Daily Mail)
Barcelona winger Jeffren Suarez, who was once a target for Arsenal, has been offered to Wigan, Blackburn and Everton. (Daily Mirror)
Nottingham Forest are to make a £2m offer for Plymouth striker Jamie Mackie. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

England manager Fabio Capello will not allow David Beckham to act as an ambassador for the country's 2018 World Cup bid during next year's tournament in South Africa.(The Sun)
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has apologised to his squad following reports of a bust-up with striker James Beattie after the 2-0 defeat by Arsenal.(Daily Mail)
Football's governing body Fifa has stopped Aston Villa's signing of Australian midfielder Reece Caira. Fifa rules state that the 16-year-old cannot play until he is 18, in January 2011.(Daily Mirror)
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says it is his midfield, and not goalkeeper Petr Cech, that is to blame for the defeat at Manchester City.(The Guardian)


AND FINALLY

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits his side are facing an uphill battle this season, because they are too small. The side that took to the field against Stoke on Saturday had the shortest average height of any of the Premier League clubs.(The Sun)
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