Sunday's gossip column


Manchester City are favourites to beat off neighbours United and Tottenham by signing Chelsea's Joe Cole on a free transfer in the summer.(Sunday Mirror) 
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is heading towards the exit door at Anfield after becoming fed up with their poor form. Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Manchester City wait with their cheque books at the ready.(Mail on Sunday) 
Tottenham have moved closer to sealing the biggest deal of the January transfer window by holding direct talks with Palermo about £11m defender Simon Kjaer.(Daily Mail) 
Argentina winger Angel di Maria has said 'no' to a move to Manchester City after a £38m bid was made for the 21-year-old at Benfica.(Sunday Mirror) 
Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson is wanted by Birmingham as part of Alex McLeish's Blues revolution.(News of the World)
Ruud van Nistelrooy will snub a move back to the Premier League and instead join Galatasaray in a £4m deal.(Daily Mirror) 
Sunderland want Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, but the £7m price tag may put them off with manager Steve Bruce unlikely to pay more than £5m.(News of the World) 
Manchester United keeper Ben Foster will be sold as the Old Trafford club wait to see what happens with Schalke's Manuel Neuer. (Sunday Express) 
While Sunderland and Stoke are considering a £4m move for the United and England keeper.(Mail on Sunday)
Portsmouth are hoping their transfer embargo is lifted this week to enable them to snap up Spurs midfielder Giovani dos Santos on loan.(News of the World) 
Wolves have bid £6.5m for Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson - but other clubs, including Chelsea, are monitoring the former England Under-21 star.(Daily Mail) 
Newcastle are lining up a loan move for Arsenal teenager Jack Wilshere for the remainder of the season.(Daily Mirror) 
New Bolton boss Owen Coyle has his eyes on Stoke's 25-year-old defender Andy Wilkinson.(News of the World)


Manchester United could be in line for a £1.2bn takeover after efforts by the Glazers, United's owners, to attract Middle East investment.(Sunday Express) 
The West Ham takeover saga is set to be resolved by Tuesday, with David Sullivan and David Gold now poised to seize control of the club.(News of the World) 
Liverpool and Manchester United would be banned from the Champions League if Michel Platini's "Financial Fair Play" criteria for European club competitions was introduced, according to senior sources within Uefa. Manchester City and Chelsea would also be at risk, despite their owners having paid off their debts recently.(The Times) 
Manchester United will decide on Monday whether striker Dimitar Berbatov needs an operation on his injured knee.(News of the World) 


Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has been approached about a coaching role at Old Trafford before stepping into the hotseat to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
Guardiola's agent Jose Maria Orobigt said: "A club has contacted me but there have been no discussions over money or the sporting project. Anything like that is up to Pep."(News of the World)