Latest transfers speculations Monday 08.09.08

All the latest football gossip

Monday's gossip column

Deportivo La Coruna coach Miguel Angel Lotina says he has been contacted about the vacant Newcastle post but rejected the approach to remain with the Spanish club.

Indian tycoon Anil Ambani will fly into the UK on Monday with his sights set on taking over a Premier League club. Newcastle are top of his hit list but he will have to see off competition from a branch of the Abu Dhabi royal family.

Owner Mike Ashley said in an interview with Newcastle's official magazine in August that only players with Kevin Keegan's approval would be bought - contradicting the club's recent statement about their ex-manager.

Real Zaragoza coach Marcelino Toral has ruled himself out of the running to succeed Keegan.

Newcastle want Gianfranco Zola as their new coach, despite the former Chelsea striker being one of the frontrunners for the West Ham job.

Newcastle have also put another West Ham contender, Slaven Bilic, top of their list.

West Ham remain keen on Croatia coach Slaven Bilic as their new manager but they have yet to interview him.

Bilic says he is "not going anywhere" and has ruled out becoming manager of either West Ham or Newcastle.

The Croatian Football Federation has threatened legal action if West Ham try to speak to Bilic before the game against England on Wednesday.

The Hammers will interview Dane Michael Laudrup on Monday but Gianfranco Zola and Roberto Donadoni are the frontrunners.

Hammers director of football Gianluca Nani is keen for Zola to be given the job because he fears he would be forced out if Bilic is appointed.

Cardiff are keen to sign Ched Evans if the Manchester City striker finds himself out in the cold after the change of ownership at Eastlands.

Birmingham will sign Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on a three-month loan deal on Monday.

Plymouth are keen to seal a loan deal for Stoke midfielder Glen Whelan.

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

England defender Rio Ferdinand is still struggling with a back injury and may not be fit to face Croatia on Wednesday.

France coach Raymond Domenech will be sacked if his side do not beat Serbia on Wednesday after they suffered a shock defeat by Austria.

Aston Villa will give a new contract to Stiliyan Petrov.

Birmingham remain hopeful that midfielder Sebastian Larsson will sign a new five-year deal with the club.

Chelsea midfielder Deco believes the only reason Robinho swapped Real Madrid for Manchester City could be money-related.

David Dein's resignation as chairman of Alisher Usmanov's Red and White Holdings could pave the way for a possible takeover of Arsenal by the Russian billionaire.

George Burley could be set to call-up Hibs striker Steven Fletcher to try and rescue Scotland's World Cup qualifying campaign.

Lee McCulloch has said he will never play for Scotland again under George Burley after losing faith in the manager just four games into his tenure.

Manchester City's prospective new owners ADUG want to create club-branded energy drinks, fast-food outlets, phone cards and even cars and scooters.

New Manchester City signing Robinho told Real Madrid chairman Ramon Calderon he would "rather be a travelling salesman or sell cakes at the fair" than stay at the Spanish giants.

England keeper David James touched the ball six times in the 2-0 win over a defence-minded Andorra.