Out-of-favour Manchester City forward Roque Santa Cruz, 30, wants to remain in the north west as he seeks new club.
Gareth Southgate turned down the chance to become the FA's technical director over concerns about the job description during lengthy negotiations.
Apparently he was NOT allowed to eat pizza in his lunch-hour.
Manchester United struggle to get to grips with a tricky opponent on their pre-season tour in South Africa - a giant snake.
Rumours in Manchester watering holes suggest that Roberto Mancini & Man City have bid £4 million for the snake with £10,000 a week wages.