Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City football development executive Patrick Vieira scouted striker Stevan Jovetic, 22, during Fiorentina's 2-1 defeat by Inter Milan on Sunday.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of reviving a bid for midfielder Joao Moutinho in January seem to have been ended by the 26-year-old's statement that he wants to stay with Porto because he believes in their "project".

Full story: Record (in Portuguese) 

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has described Ashley Cole as the "best left-back in the world", with renewed speculation the 31-year-old could move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

Full story: the Guardian 

Walcott's contract runs out next summer and he has been linked to Liverpool and Manchester City

Walcott's contract runs out next summer

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp, 28, is set to ignore interest from Reading and Southampton and open contract talks with his current side.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson plans to watch Borussia Dortmund's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, against Manchester City on Wednesday ahead of a potential summer move. The Scot is considering selling winger Nani, 25, and centre-forward Javier Hernandez, 24, to fund the deal.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

OTHER GOSSIP

Roy Keane, 41, has delayed a decision about an offer to manage Turkish outfit Kasimpasa after being made aware of a potential interest in him from Blackburn Rovers.

Full story: Daily Mail 

But Keane's former Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 39, has emerged as a surprise candidate to become the next Blackburn manager if they fail in an attempt to appoint Tim Sherwood.

Full story: the Times (subscription required) 

Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics pundit Michael Johnson was at Arsenal's training ground on Tuesday. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger revealed the club collaborate with the American by sending younger players to Johnson's base in Dallas to boost their speed.

Full story: the Sun 

Former England general manager Franco Baldini has rejected an approach from Tottenham Hotspur to become the club's new technical director and is set to stay with Roma.

Full story: Daily Mail 

However, the 51-year-old could yet be without a club as his position at the Serie A side is under threat.

Full story: Evening Standard 

Centre-back Joleon Lescott is set to remain on the Manchester City bench for Wednesday's Champions League match at home to Borussia Dortmund. The 30-year-old was left out of the recent game against Real Madrid and Saturday's 2-1 win at Fulham.

Full story: the Times (subscription required) 

Aston Villa record signing Darren Bent, 28, has demanded talks with manager Paul Lambert, 43, after being dropped to the substitutes' bench for Sunday's game against West Bromwich Albion.

Full story: Daily Star 

QPR striker Bobby Zamora, 31, has claimed that a number of Fulham's squad do not see eye to eye with his former manager Martin Jol and that there are a lot of unhappy players at Craven Cottage.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Mark Hughes, 48, has been assured by owner Tony Fernandes that he retains the full support of the Queens Park Rangers board and there will be no knee-jerk reaction to the club's position at the bottom of the Premier League.

Full story: the Guardian 

AND FINALLY

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, 23, has been urged to sign a new contract by fans who have released a song begging him to "Sign Da Ting".

Full story: Metro 

Sergio Garcia, a member of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team, made a surprise visit to Swansea's training ground to visit his sister's partner Pablo Hernandez, 27, a £5.5m signing from Valencia.

Full story: Wales Online