Premier League Hot Gossip: West Ham, Everton, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United

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According to numerous sources a host of Premier League clubs are tracking FC Metz’s Senegalese defender Cheikh Gueye (various).

Gueye has recently extended his contract at the French club until 2012, but it is being reported that the Ligue 1 side are prepared to sell him at the right price. Top of the list to clinch the young talent’s services are Arsenal and West Ham, although Everton are also said to be monitoring the situation.

Since when has Arsene ever taken on a Frenchman? But seriously, according to those in the know, (i.e. not me), Cheikh’s performances helped secure promotion to the top-tier for Metz last term. However, they now find themselves at the bottom of the pile and maybe the lure of Premier League football will be too good an opportunity to pass up.

Former Tottenham striker Les Ferdinand is keen that the Spurs board finally come out and show their support for their under-fire manager. Ferdinand told The Mirror:  “I am a Spurs fan, in fact I’m a season ticket holder and I think Martin Jol is better than any manager I worked under while I was there, and I had quite a few.”

Les is saying what I believe a lot of loyal fans are thinking. Even after the trauma of last night, I am sure the Dutchman still has the support of the majority at the club, with Robbie Keane insisting he has the backing of all of the playing squad (various).

The comeback against Villa must have warmed BMJ’s heart, and even though it was still only a home draw and yet another disappointing performance, Tottenham’s amazing fightback could kick-start their season. It’s a shame they have to travel to Anfield on Sunday where they haven’t won in the league for almost 15 years!

Unemployed former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has had time to reflect on his Premier League lifespan and now admits he will miss the verbal bouts with Manchester United manager Sir Alex. The Portuguese supremo was apparently touched when Ferguson said he would not know with whom to share an after-match bottle of wine any more.

Jose said: “I tend to say that football without spice isn’t fun. Besides, I think Sir Alex Ferguson’s message was amusing. That’s what I’ll miss.” I am sure the ‘Special One’ won’t miss Roman Abramovich, though.