Friday 07th March gossip column


Arsenal, Reading and Portsmouth are tracking Ryan Gates, 12, who has scored 95 goals for Havant and Waterlooville Under-12s this season. (Various)

AC Milan will offer 15m for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in the summer. (The Sun)

Manchester United and Arsenal target Karim Benzema will sign a new long-term deal with Lyon. (The Sun)

Blackburn have handed a trial to former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune. (Daily Mirror)

Derby have told Rangers they will have to pay 2m for striker Kenny Miller in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus are keen on Manchester City defender Micah Richards and Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy. (Daily Mail)

Senegal defender Lamine Diatta has rejected an offer to join Newcastle United. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle centre-back Steven Taylor is set to agree an improved deal - if the Magpies avoid relegation. (Daily Mail)

Wolves are poised for a 1m-plus summer bid for Hearts defender and captain Christophe Berra. (The Sun)

West Brom are confident of signing on-loan Roman Bednar for 2.3m from Hearts in the summer. (The Herald/The Scotsman)

Everton will not move to sign midfielder Thomas Gravesen when his loan period ends in the summer. (The Sun)

Aberdeen contract rebels Lee Miller and Barry Nicholson have until next week to accept new contract offers. (Record)

Defender Ross Tokely has done a U-turn and decided to stay with Inverness Caledonian Thistle beyond the summer. (The Sun)


Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United manager in 2011, when he is 69. (Daily Mirror)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter wants life bans for players guilty of reckless challenges. (The Times)

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he would love to get his old job back at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)

David Beckham wants to extend his England career until the 2010 World Cup finals. (Daily Mirror)

BBC pundit and former England striker Gary Lineker could become the face of the Football Association's bid to host the 2018 World Cup. (Daily Express)

A multi-million pound takeover at Sheffield Wednesday could collapse unless boss Brian Laws keeps the Owls in the Championship. (Daily Star)

Chelsea defender John Terry feels his side's style of play is as pleasing on the eye as Arsenal's. (The Guardian)

Lawyers representing Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks will travel to Dubai next week for talks with Dubai International Capital (DIC). (Various)

DIC could complete a deal for the Reds this weekend. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool frontman Dirk Kuyt believes his Anfield team-mate Fernando Torres is the best striker in the world at the moment. (Various)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has rejected claims by ex-Gunner David Bentley that Theo Walcott must leave the Emirates Stadium to be a success. (Various)

Sheffield United want ex-England boss Graham Taylor to be head of football at Bramall Lane. (Daily Mail)

East Lothian businessman Eddie Ramsay is in talks about buying Livingston and making Almondvale a leading greyhound racing venue. (Daily Record)

Stirling Albion chairman Peter McKenzie has dismissed reports that the club will sell Forthbank and ground-share with Alloa Athletic next season. (Daily Record)


Barnsley have offered Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich a free pie if he turns up at Oakwell for Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final. (Daily Star)

Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho needed to drink two bottles of beer from the press-room bar before he could present a post-match urine sample for drug testers after his side's win over Olympiakos on Wednesday night. (The Guardian)

Alan Shearer pulled on his old Newcastle kit on Thursday as he prepared for the Sport Relief Super Cycle challenge at the Magpies' training ground. (various)

Dundee striker Derek Lyle is out of his side's Scottish Cup tie with Queen of the South after falling through his coffee table. (Daily Record)