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    Transfers Speculations (February):

    TRANSFER RUMOURS

    Chelsea face competition from Italian giants Inter Milan for the signature of Hamburg's 20m-rated Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart in January. (The Sun)

    Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has told clubs lining up a bid for striker Peter Crouch that they are wasting their time. (The Sun)

    Manchester United are tracking Partizan Belgrade's Stevan Jovetic, the 17-year-old striker who could cost 7m. (Daily Mail)

    Roma are preparing a January transfer window bid for unsettled Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi. (Various)

    Arsenal will welcome back Mexican striker Carlos Vela, 18, in January. He is on loan with Osasuna and soon qualifies for a Spanish passport, meaning he can move to England. (Daily Mirror)

    Portuguese legend Luis Figo, 35, says he could join David Beckham in Major League Soccer in the United States. (Daily Mirror)

    Wolves winger Lewis Gobern is a target for Crewe. (Daily Star)

    Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley is refusing to rule out a permanent 1m move to Sheffield United, where he is currently on loan. (Daily Mirror)

    Kilmarnock striker Colin Nish, 26, has turned down the club's offer of a new contract and could leave at the end of the season. (Daily Record)


    OTHER GOSSIP
    England's defeat in Russia almost certainly spells the end of Steve McClaren's tenure as manager. (Various)

    Russia coach Guus Hiddink said he outhought McClaren tactically to earn victory in Moscow. (The Guardian)

    Football Association chiefs will ignore the clamour for a homegrown boss if McClaren goes - with Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klinsmann all in the running. (Daily Mirror)

    Bolton chairman Phil Gartside wants to get in Real Sociedad coach Chris Coleman to replaced the sacked Sammy Lee. (Daily Mail)

    However, on Wednesday, Birmingham refused to give Gartside permission to speak to their boss Steve Bruce. (The Sun)

    Actually - the Trotters want Paul Jewell to end his five-month exile from the game. (Daily Star)

    Or do they? Gary Megson, Graeme Souness and John Collins are really the ones on the Bolton shortlist. (Daily Mirror)

    Meanwhile, League Managers' Association chief Howard Wilkinson has accused Bolton of "burying bad news" by firing Lee on a day when England were playing. (The Sun)

    Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves says his injury nightmare is over and he can start to prove himself to the supporters. (The Sun)

    France striker Thierry Henry broke Michel Platini's goalscoring record when he struck his 42nd and 43rd goals in the 2-0 win against Lithuania. (Various)

    Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has told 6m signing Alan Smith to clean up his act - Smith is banned for Monday's game against Tottenham. (The Sun)

    Chris Mort, the Magpies chairman, insists the club have never tried to prevent Michael Owen from playing for England. (Daily Telegraph)

    Welsh striker John Hartson admits he could retire if his three-month loan spell at Norwich does not work out. (The Sun)

    Mark Stimson will be appointed the new manager of Gillingham within the next 24 hours. (Daily Star)

    Preston keeper Wayne Henderson will be out until the new year after a back operation on Wednesday. (Various)

    Ian McParland - who had a caretaker spell in charge of Nottingham Forest - will be named the new boss of Notts County by the end of the week. (Daily Express)

    Injured Rangers defender Steven Smith has vowed to play again, despite being out of action since December with a recurring pelvic injury. (Daily Record)

    Dunfermline are threatening legal action against Hearts over 40,000 of unpaid ticket money. (Daily Record)


    AND FINALLY
    BBC Radio 5live commentators Alan Green, Mike Ingham and Graham Taylor were forced to describe the action from Moscow on mobile phones as their booked ISDN lines were not available.

    If England fail to qualify for Euro 2008, it will cost the economy at least 1.25bn. (Daily Star)

    Rio Ferdinand had gone 1,021 minutes without conceding a goal for Manchester United and England before Roman Pavluchenko struck. His next spell lasted four minutes. (The Times)

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    Re: Transfers Speculations (october):

    TRANSFER RUMOURS

    Manchester United are preparing a second bid to sign Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho from Barcelona. (Daily Star)

    And Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso wants to move to Old Trafford to play with fellow Portugese Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.

    Jens Lehmann is heading for a showdown with Arsene Wenger over his Arsenal future after being left out of the squad to face Bolton. (Sun)

    Chelsea boss Avram Grant is ready to make a controversial new signing, by bringing in old mate Michael Emenalo as his new chief scout. (Mirror)

    Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is ready to bid for 17-year-old Nigerian striker Macauley Christantus. (Sun)

    Sunderland boss Roy Keane has urged the board to stump up more cash so he can boost his squad in the January transfer window. (Daily Mail)


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Sam Allardyce has refused to rule himself out of the running for the England job if Steve McClaren gets the sack. (Mirror)

    Leicester won't allow Gary Megson to talk to Bolton about succeeding axed manager Sammy Lee. (Mirror)

    Yossi Benayoun wants Israel to beat Russia next month and help England qualify for Euro 2008. (Mirror)

    Terry Venables has urged the FA not to sack Steve McClaren if England fail to make next year's finals. (Mirror)

    Sports finance expert Roger Faulkner is in secret talks to take over Derby County. (Sun)

    Steve Bruce will be unable to talk about his Birmingham future as prospective new owner Carson Yeung pulled out of Saturday's trip to Manchester City. (Sun)


    AND FINALLY
    Dimitar Berbatov grew up idolising former Newcastle striker and BBC football pundit Alan Shearer and even wore a Newcastle shirt in bed. (Various)

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    Re: Transfers Speculations (october):

    TRANSFER RUMOURS

    Derby are ready to bid 7m for Portsmouth striker David Nugent, and they also want Newcastle's Shola Ameobi on loan. (News of the World)

    Real Madrid want Chelsea centre-back Ricardo Carvalho. (Various)

    Manchester City are set to bid 10m for Heerenveen's Brazilian striker Alfonso Alves. (Various)

    Arsenal and Manchester United are locked in a battle to sign 19-year-old Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria. (News of the World)

    Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill wants to sign Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise. (The People)

    Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal are competing for the signature of Monaco midfielder Yohan Mollo. (The People)

    Newcastle will renew their interest in Barcelona's want-away Brazilian Edmilson. (The People)

    Manchester City are targeting Lyon's France international striker Karin Benzema but will need to pay around 14m for him. (The People)

    City also want Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge but face competition from West Ham. (The People)

    Tottenham are set to make a cut-price 1.5m bid for West Ham midfielder Luis Boa Morte. (The People)

    Arsenal are interested in signing Dynamo Kiev's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric. (The People)

    Manchester United are set to land 15-year-old Norwegian striker Joshua King from Valarenga. (The People)

    Tottenham are considering moving for Villarreal's Argentine midfielder Juan Riquelme. (The People)

    But Tottenham are set to lose out to Manchester United for the signature of Ghana youth international Ransford Osei. (The People)

    Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair is wanted on loan by Sheffield United manager Bryan Robson. (The People)

    Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko has told friends he wants to leave the club in January. (Mail on Sunday)


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Bolton have been told by Real Sociedad that prising manager Chris Coleman away will cost them 1m. (Various)

    As well as Coleman, Bolton are considering Gary Megson and Graeme Souness for their vacant manager's position. (The people)

    The FA would have to pay 21m as part of a complex pay-off to Chelsea if they want Jose Mourinho as the next England manager. (Sunday Mirror).

    But the ex-Blues boss says he does not want the job. (News of the World).

    However, Jurgen Klinsmann is interested in becoming the next England boss, having told friends he wants his next job to be in London. (The People)

    Aberdeen legend Wilie Miller reveals in his new book 'The Don' that managing the SPL side affected his mental health. (Sunday Mail)

    Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson says that Miller is "the best penalty box defender I have ever seen." (Sunday Mail)


    AND FINALLY
    Freddy Eastwood has come down to earth with a bump since his goals have dried up - his club Wolves put him on a Ryanair flight to return from Wales' trip to San Marino rather than the private jet he has been used to previously.

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    Re: Transfers Speculations (october):

    TRANSFER RUMOURS

    Tottenham are interested in Wolves' England Under-21 international winger Michael Kightly. (Daily Mirror)

    Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy could join Wolves on loan. (Daily Mirror)


    OTHER GOSSIP
    David O'Leary says he would jump at the chance to become the next Republic of Ireland manager. (Various)

    Sunderland manager Roy Keane has ruled himself out of replacing Steve Staunton as Republic boss, with Staunton expected to be sacked on Tuesday. (Various)

    Real Sociedad boss Chris Coleman has insisted Bolton have not asked him to fill their managerial vacancy. (Various)

    Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is set to make a fresh move for Leicester boss Gary Megson after his initial bid for talks - following the exit of manager Sammy Lee - was turned down. (Various)

    Former Aston Villa and Leicester boss Brian Little is the favourite to take over at Lincoln following the sacking of John Schofield and John Deehan. (Daily Mirror)

    Steve Bruce has reiterated he has no idea if he will remain as manager of Birmingham, with prospective owner Carson Yeung failing to give him any reassurances. (Daily Mirror)

    Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has insisted that there is no rift with midfielder Steven Gerrard, despite the Reds captain's shock substitution against Everton on Saturday. (The Sun)

    The SPL could grant Scotland manager Alex McLeish his wish of having domestic games postponed ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy. (Daily Record)

    AC Milan goalkeeper Dida has apologised to his club's fans for feigning injury against Celtic. (Daily Record)

    Celtic could risk Stephen McManus against Benfica despite the defender being knocked out during Saturday's defeat by Rangers. (Various)

    Ronaldhinho was dropped on Saturday by Barcelona after being disciplined for his late return from international duty with Brazil. (Daily Mail)

    Barcelona midfielder Deco will miss Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Rangers through injury. (Various)

    Dundee United will be forced to give 19-year-old Ewan McLean his debut against Rangers as their other goalkeepers are injured or suspended. (Daily Express)

    Former Palermo boss Francisco Guidolin is set to be unveiled as the new QPR manager, leading to the exit of caretaker boss Mick Harford. (Daily Mirror)

    Former England Under-21 boss Peter Taylor, who was axed as Crystal Palace manager this month, is in the frame to take over at Stevenage. (The Sun)

    Sheffield Wednesday striker Francis Jeffers faces a two-month lay-off after breaking an ankle against Stoke. (Various)

    Dave Kevan has left his role as assistant boss at Burnley for the same position at Notts County. (The Sun)

    Defender Glen Johnson hopes his first goal for Portsmouth - against Wigan on Saturday - will boost his chances of an England recall. (Daily Express)


    AND FINALLY
    Chelsea striker Didier Drogba must be far too busy thinking about his club future to sort out the smaller details in life - he was spotted driving his Porsche with an out-of-date tax disc. (Daily Mirror)

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    Re: Transfers Speculations (october):

    TRANSFER RUMOURS

    Striker Didier Drogba has attracted interest from French club Lyon after being quoted in France Football magazine that he "wanted to leave Chelsea". (The Times)

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is chasing 40m-rated Lyon forwards Karim Benzema, 19, and Hatim Ben Arfa, 20. (The Sun)

    Fulham are lining up a 2.5m bid for Burnley striker Kyle Lafferty. (Daily Mirror)

    Reading boss Steve Coppell is planning a January shopping spree after a poor start to the season. (Daily Mirror)

    Dundee United have offered to extend goalkeeper Grzegorz Szamotulski's loan from Sturm Graz beyond January. (Daily Express)


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Former Newcastle boss Graeme Souness has been added to the list of potential managers to succeed Sammy Lee at Bolton. (The Guardian)

    Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is considering offers to train with numerous English clubs during January - should he be required by England for Euro 2008. (Independent)

    Tottenham boss Martin Jol has played down substitute striker Dimitar Berbatov's refusal to warm up during the 3-1 defeat at Newcastle. (Various)

    Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who is now at Barcelona, says he wants to finish his playing career in the United States. (Mirror)

    Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage is prepared to end his two-year international exile - if John Toshack is sacked as Wales boss. (Various)

    Steven Gerrard has demanded talks with Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez to find out why he was substituted in Saturday's 2-1 derby victory over Everton. (Various)

    Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez can form the best strike partnership in his 20 years as Manchester United manager. (Various)

    Jobi McAnuff is keen to return to Crystal Palace on loan after falling out of favour at Watford. (Mirror)

    Sacked Leicester boss Martin Allen and Charlton number two Phil Parkinson have been interviewed for the vacant manager's job at Norwich. (Mirror)

    Hull boss Phil Brown plans to offer Jay-Jay Okocha a coaching role in a bid to keep him at the club when his 12-month playing deal ends. (Mirror)

    Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc says he did not shake hands with Rangers players on Saturday because he doesn't like them or their team. (Various)

    Barcelona's Ronaldinho wants revenge on Rangers for the Glasgow club's Uefa Cup victory over Paris St Germain six years ago. (Daily Mail)

    Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston has backed under-fire manager Stephen Kenny. (Various)


    AND FINALLY
    David Beckham's LA Galaxy side have been called a "pub team" by their own goalkeeper after a 1-0 defeat against Chicago ended their play-off hopes. (Various)

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    Re: Transfers Speculations (october):

    Wednesday 24th October gossip column

    TRANSFER RUMOURS

    Martin Jol's reign as Tottenham manager could end after Sunday's home match against Blackburn, with Rovers boss Mark Hughes in line to replace the Dutchman at White Hart Lane. (The Independent)

    Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov is stalling over a new Spurs contract. (The Guardian)

    Leicester City boss Gary Megson will be named as the new Bolton manager in the next 48 hours. (The Sun)

    Wycombe striker Jermaine Easter could be on his way to Bristol Rovers in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

    Birmingham have beaten Rangers to the signing of 17-year-old defender Michael McKerr from Irish club Glenavon in a deal that could cost 250,000. (The Sun)


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Fifa president Sepp Blatter is set for talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown about a potential England bid to host the 2018 World Cup. (Various)

    British Boxing Board of Control doctor Gordon Duff says Celtic should not risk captain Stephen McManus against Benfica after his head injury on Saturday. (The Sun)

    Celtic manager Gordon Strachan will let the club doctor have the final say on whether McManus will be fit to play on Wednesday night. (Daily Record)

    Didier Zokora believes the players - not manager Martin Jol - are responsible for Tottenham's terrible start to the season. (Daily Express)

    Keeper Paul Robinson fears boss Jol could be out by Christmas - if Spurs cannot turn their season around immediately. (Daily Star)

    Blackpool's Simon Grayson and former QPR boss John Gregory are on the shortlist for the vacant managerial post at Norwich City. (Daily Mirror)

    Former Hull City owner Adam Pearson looks set to invest 3.5m in Derby County - and could replace Peter Gadsby as chairman of the Rams. (Daily Telegraph)

    Barnsley are hoping to extend midfielder Anderson de Silva's loan deal from Everton. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson believes injured Bulgaria international striker Valeri Bojinov could be back in training around Christmas following cruciate ligament surgery. (The Guardian)

    Everton's Phil Neville believes England can still qualify for Euro 2008, despite the 2-1 defeat by Russia in Moscow. (The Guardian)


    AND FINALLY
    Striker Didier Drogba borrowed a line from Austin Powers when he said Chelsea got their "mojo working" in their 2-1 Champions League win over Valencia. (The Sun)

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    Re: Transfers Speculations (october):

    Thursday 25th October gossip column


    TRANSFER RUMOURS

    Birmingham have agreed a deal to sign Eintracht Frankfurt forward Semih Aydilek as soon as he receives a German passport. (Daily Star)

    Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has told the club's owner Thaksin Shinawatra he needs two more top players in January. (Daily Star)

    Charlton are looking to bring in a left-back on loan. (Daily Star)

    Fulham are prepared to splash out 4m to capture West Ham striker Bobby Zamora. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester United are looking at Athletic Bilbao teenagers Javi Martinez and Markel Susaeta. (Daily Mirror)

    The Football League have banned Coventry from signing Kasper Schmeichel until they settle a debt to Southampton for Leon Best. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester City are hoping to tie up a deal for Nigerians Macauley Christanus and Matthew Edile. (The Sun)

    Juventus have held discussions with Arsenal, Chelsea and Rangers about exchanging loan players in January. (Daily Record)

    Chelsea are interested in buying Brazilian youngsters Renato Augusto and Lulinha. (The Independent)

    Dundee United are set to keep Sheffield United striker Jordan Robertson on loan all season. (Daily Record)

    St Johnstone have been told by Gretna they will not be able to extend Kenny Deuchar's loan deal. (various)


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is being lined up to become the new AC Milan boss. (Daily Express)

    Norwich are considering making an official approach for Stoke manager Tony Pulis (various)

    Terry Venables is one of the candidates to replace sacked Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton. (Daily Mirror)

    Bolton are set to complete the appointment of Gary Megson as their new manager on Thursday. (various)

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has virtually assured prime minister Gordon Brown that England will host the 2018 World Cup. (various)

    Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce wants to raid former club Bolton to take goalkeeping coach Fred Barber to St James' Park. (various)


    AND FINALLY
    Chelsea are looking at whether they could build a new stadium on the site of BBC's Television Centre, which is being sold off. It would cost The Blues 300m - but may be too small at 13 acres. Their Stamford Bridge site is 12.5 acres.

    It's official, Martin Jol's days as Tottenham boss are almost up. The reason? He has not been included on a new Spurs Monopoly board. (The Sun)

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    Re: Transfers Speculations (october):

    Friday 26th October gossip column


    TRANSFER RUMOURS

    Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has made it clear he would like to bring Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips back to Eastlands. (various)

    Southampton will be forced to sell England Under-21 midfielder Andrew Surman in January to avoid administration. (Daily Mirror)

    Wigan are lining up a move for Nottingham Forest's 24-year-old winger Kris Commons. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar wants a new contract. (various)


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Seville manager Juande Ramos will be installed as the new Tottenham boss this week, as a replacement for the sacked Martin Jol. (various)

    QPR are set to install former Napoli chief Luigi de Canio as their new manager. (The Sun)

    Reading boss Steve Coppell has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Republic of Ireland manager's position. (The Sun)

    Coventry boss Iain Dowie will quit to take over at Leicester. (The Sun)

    Birmingham manager Steve Bruce has vowed not to quit the club before he has talks with prospective new owner Carson Yeung. (Daily Star)

    Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has been warned by the club's owners they expect him to win silverware after spending 40m in the summer. (various)

    Blackpool boss Simon Grayson is in line to become the new Leicester manager to replace Gary Megson, who has left for Bolton. (Daily Mail)

    Robert Kraft, the owner of top NFL team New England Patriots, wants to buy a Premier League club. (various)

    Benfica's Brazilian defender Luisao insists the Portuguese side will beat Celtic at Parkhead and end the SPL champions hopes of last 16 qualification. (The Sun)


    AND FINALLY
    Portsmouth's plans for a new stadium by the sea have been sunk by the Royal Navy. The stadium, which would have jutted into the harbour, cuts into a naval exclusion zone. Pompey are now planning to build a new home on top of a rubbish tip near Port Solent. (various)

    West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson believes a Premier League fixture should be held in the US - in the same way the NFL is coming to the UK. "It would be good for the game," he said. (various)

    Scotland, manager Alex McLeish has blasted Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi for branding Rangers' Champuions League tactics: "anti-football" and says it's a compliment to the Scottish game.(Various)

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    Re: Transfers Speculations (october):

    Latest transfers speculations Saturday 27.10.07

    All the latest football gossip

    Saturday's gossip column

    Manchester United are tracking 4.5m-rated Bayern Munich right-back Willy Sagnol.

    Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has told Manchester City that they will probably not be able to afford Michael Owen after City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson expressed an interest in buying the England striker.

    Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson is trying to lure Bolton midfielder Gary Speed to Bramall Lane on a three-month loan deal.

    Newcastle and Tottenham are tracking Rangers and Scotland full-back Alan Hutton.

    Other gossip other than transfer news..............

    Spurs have launched an internal inquiry to find out who sent Martin Jol a text during the Getafe match to tell him he had been sacked before the board could break the news to him.

    Meanwhile, former Tottenham midfielder Gus Poyet has left Leeds to take the number two job at White Hart Lane.

    Sunderland manager Roy Keane has backed David O'Leary to succeed Steve Staunton as Republic of Ireland boss.

    New Bolton boss Gary Megson has vowed to win over fans who are disgruntled at his appointment.

    Chelsea boss Avram Grant says he will not be letting any players leave in the January transfer window despite rumours that Shaun Wright-Phillips is looking for a move.

    Liverpool's Rafael Benitez is baffled at reports suggesting he will be the next Premier League manager to be sacked after losing in the Champions League in midweek.

    England striker Wayne Rooney believes manager Steve McClaren has done a great job and it should be the players who are blamed if they fail to qualify for Euro 2008.

    Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has likened his side's style of play to that of Brazil.

    Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt believes Liverpool can put their Champions League problems behind them and win the Premier League.

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has promised Russia's players a 100,000 bonus if they beat Israel and stop England from qualifying for Euro 2008.

    Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric wants a second crack at persuading former Bradford and Wigan boss Paul Jewell to accept the manager's job.

    Norwich striker Dion Dublin says he wants to become the club's new manager.

    Juande Ramos, the man expected to be named the new manager of Tottenham, deliberately made his Rayo Vallecano team play with just 10 men six years ago because they were not trying hard enough while leading a game 2-0 - his Spanish side held on to win the game.

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    Re: Transfers Speculations (october):

    TRANSFER RUMOURS

    New Tottenham manager Juande Ramos wants to raid his former club Sevilla to take ex-Spurs striker Fredi Kanoute back to White Hart Lane and he is also keen to bring 23m-rated defender Daniel Alves with him. (News of the World)

    Portsmouth and Manchester City are both keen to sign 8m-rated Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen. (News of the World)

    Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill wants to turn Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson's loan move into a permanent switch for 10m. (News of the World)

    Chelsea are planning a 15m raid for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry. (People)

    West Ham will make a 9m bid for Everton striker Andy Johnson in the January transfer window. (News of the World)

    Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce wants to sign Liverpool striker Peter Crouch in January. (News of the World)

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is looking for a new striker with Bolton's Nicolas Anelka and Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov top of his list. (People)

    Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc is considering using a Fifa loophole to buy out his contract, which runs until summer 2009. (Sunday Mail)

    Meanwhile, Celtic will make a January move to bring Scotland midfielder Shaun Maloney back from Aston Villa. (Sunday Mail)


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Tottenham boss Juande Ramos is planning a massive clear-out at White Hart Lane starting with goalkeeper Paul Robinson. (Various)

    Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido plans to report Tottenham to Fifa and Uefa for 'tapping up' his coach Juande Ramos. (Sunday Express)

    Leeds chairman Ken Bates is also suspicious that Spurs may have tapped up his assistant manager Gus Poyet to become Ramos' assistant at White Hart Lane. (Sunday Express)

    Liverpool face being plunged 500m into debt by the club's American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks. (News of the World)

    Scotland manager Alex McLeish turned down the chance to manage Bolton, hours before chairman Phil Gartside offered the job to Gary Megson. (People)

    Former Newcastle and Liverpool manager Graeme Souness has thrown his name into the hat to succeed Steve Staunton as Republic of Ireland manager. (Sunday Express)

    Meanwhile, former England manager Terry Venables has refused to rule himself out of the running to become the new Republic of Ireland manager. (News of the World)

    Chelsea defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole are expected to be back in action within the next two weeks. (News of the World)

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and new Spurs boss Juande Ramos are on a five-man shortlist for the European manager of the year. Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan) Fabio Capello (ex-Real Madrid) and Roberto Mancini (Inter Milan) complete the list. (News of the World)

    Steve McClaren could remain England manager even if he fails to qualify for Euro 2008. (News of the World)

    Plymouth boss Ian Holloway is on the shortlist to take the vacant managerial position at Norwich. (News of the World)

    But former Leicester manager Martin Allen has had a second interview for the post at Carrow Road and could be appointed this week. (People)

    Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric wants former Everton manager Joe Royle to take over as boss at the Walkers Stadium. (News of the World)

    Former Coventry boss Gary McAllister, current Sky Blues manager Iain Dowie, and Plymouth coach Ian Holloway are also all contenders for the Leicester job. (People)

    QPR are set to name former Napoli boss Luigi de Canio as their new manager, replacing caretaker boss Mick Harford. (People)

    Newcastle plan to start negotiations over a three-year contract extension for Michael Owen before January to end speculation over his future. (News of the World)

    Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has backed manager Rafael Benitez's rotation policy at Anfield. (People)

    Gareth Southgate is running out of games to prove himself as Middlesbrough manager, and former Bradford and Wigan manager Paul Jewell is ready to step in. (People)


    AND FINALLY
    In a bid to sharpen up, Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has been secretly working on his fitness with British sprinter Darren Campbell on a tennis court at his house after former Blues boss Jose Mourinho banned the sessions from the training ground.

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