Having lost the Manchester derby it appears Manchester United could also lose out on Asmir Begovic after Fulham decided they were going to make a big fuss of trying to sign the Stoke goalkeeper this summer.
Begovic has been linked with United for some time, with speculation heightened in January after Stoke agreed a deal with Birmingham that would see their goalkeeper Jack Butland move to the Britannia Stadium for £3.5m at the end of the season. Fulham, however, are intent on making a firm bid for the 25-year-old, said to be in the region of £4m, after their manager, Martin Jol, made buying a goalkeeper a priority ahead of the new campaign, despite the excellent form of Mark Schwarzer.
Now, given a straight choice between United and Fulham you would presume any player would chose the former, but apparently Begovic is not much taken with the idea of sitting next to Mike Phelan on the bench at Old Trafford next season and watching David de Gea play in goal and so would in fact chose a move to Craven Cottage instead.
Also on his way to that part of west London is Simon Vukcevic, the former Sporting Lisbon and Blackburn midfielder who is going to be offered a trial by Fulham ahead of a possible long-term deal having left the Ukrainian club Karpaty Lviv last week. What's that you say: "I haven't heard of Vukcevic, is he any good?" Well he was one of the Montenegro players who made England look like a bunch of punch-drunk flyweights during that 1-1 draw in Podgorica last month, so yes, he can play a bit.
More news now on Liverpool's attempt to put a run of wins together and, you know, not draw at home to West Ham. Brendan Rodgers has apparently set his sights on the Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel and is prepared to pay up to £10m for the 25-year-old, who has also interested Tottenham and Marseille. Capel came through Barcelona's youth academy so should in theory be much better than Stewart Downing.
Other Premier League players who aren't that good include Adel Taarabt, Esteban Granero, Djibril Cissé, Bobby Zamora and Rob Green and so it is perhaps no shock that Queens Park Rangers are ready to let them all leave should they, as expected, be relegated to the Championship. Júlio César and Loïc Rémy, who are actually quite good, will also be sold but only because neither has any desire to play at Turf Moor on a wet Tuesday evening in November. Oh and because QPR could really do with getting them off their wage bill and preventing the onset of a financial meltdown.
Hang on a second, The Mill can hear laughter. It appears to be coming from Chelsea supporters. Oh, they must have heard the news that Arsenal are interested in signing Salomon Kalou. Yes, that's right, the one-time Stamford Bridge substitute could be on his way back to London having scored 10 goals in 24 starts for Lille this season and subsequently caught the eye of Arsène Wenger. Just think Arsenal fans, Kalou and Gervinho in the same side – the title is practically guaranteed.
Back to Manchester and Carlos Tevez looks set to join Real Madrid in the summer. The Spanish club are apparently happy to pay a lot of money for the Argentinian should he complete his 250 hours of community service in time for the UK courts to give him permission to leave the country. Now's there a sentence The Mill never expected to type.
Speaking of less-than-lithe strikers, it appears Norwich's Grant Holt could be on his way to Celtic with Gary Hooper moving in the other direction as part of a swap deal. The Canaries have long been interested in Hooper and made a few attempts to sign him during the last transfer window only to fail and buy Luciano Becchio instead. But Chris Hughton has not given up on his No1 target and will move for him again at the end of this season, this time offering Holt in exchange. The 31-year-old was Norwich's top scorer last season but has only found the back of the net on five occasions this campaign and not at all since late February.
And finally, Alan Curbishley has emerged as a strong contender to replace Neil Warnock as Leeds manager. Yorkshire, prepare yourselves for the arrival of the Less-Than-Interesting One.