Sunday’s gossip column – transfers and rumours

TRANSFER GOSSIP
Sir Alex Ferguson has asked the Manchester United board to bring back former winger Cristiano Ronaldo, 27, who is said to be unhappy at Real Madrid.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Meanwhile Ronaldo and Real Madrid are preparing a joint statement to put an end to uncertainty about his future.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Spartak Moscow are ready to test Arsenal’s resolve to hang on to forward Theo Walcott, 23, by making a bid for him in the January transfer window.
Full story: The Metro

Manchester United winger Nani, 25, is threatening to run down his contract at Old Trafford and leave the club on a free transfer.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted he will try to sign Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda, 32, in the January transfer window.
Full Story: Mail on Sunday

Swansea are set to sign Dutch defender Dwight Tiendalli, 26, who was released by FC Twente at the end of last season, for the year as cover for the injured Neil Taylor.
Full story: Wales Online

Liverpool will set up a “technical committee” for transfers after failing to add a striker on deadline day.
Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Reports that Arsenal made a bid for Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia, 25, late in the transfer window were apparently sparked by a hoax offer.
Full story: The Metro

OTHER GOSSIP
Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has revealed the union are looking into the combination of boots and studs being worn by players after Wayne Rooney’s recent injury. The Manchester United and England striker suffered a deep gash on his thigh in a challenge with Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega.
Full story: The Sun on Sunday

Rooney has said that the cut was a millimetre away from ending his career.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Arsenal’s 19-year-old midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will receive a dressing down from England boss Roy Hodgson after slacking off in the second-half of Friday’s 5-0 win in Moldova.
Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Hodgson believes England’s Tom Cleverley, 23, can perform the same role as Spain star Cesc Fabregas.
Full story: The Observer

The Premier League is refusing to scrap its pre-match handshakes despite Chelsea’s John Terry and Anton Ferdinand of QPR due to meet for the first time this season next weekend.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Peter Crouch, 31, believes his double act with new Stoke signing Michael Owen, 32, could earn both players a recall to the England squad.
Full story: The Sun on Sunday

AND FINALLY
Wayne Rooney says he never held a grudge against Cristiano Ronaldo – despite his then Manchester United team-mate seeming to help get him sent off during England’s defeat to Portugal in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

QPR’s Spanish newboy Esteban Granero, 25, who joined from Real Madrid last month, claims he will recite poetry to his new team-mates.
Full story: Sunday Express