Latest transfers speculations Friday 19.09.08

All the latest football gossip

Friday's gossip column

Newcastle assistant boss Chris Hughton has told the Newcastle board to find a new manager quickly. The Magpies are no nearer finding a replacement for Kevin Keegan after owner Mike Ashley returned from the Middle East having failed to sell the club.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Keegan for quitting as Newcastle boss and Alan Curbishley for leaving West Ham "because they went on a matter of principle".

England striker Emile Heskey, whose contract expires next summer, insists he is happy with life at Wigan, despite being linked with a move away from the JJB Stadium.

Hamburg manager Martin Jol has a 3m bid lined up for Fulham's Leon Andreasen as the midfielder is struggling to make an impact at Craven Cottage.

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt could also make a January switch to Hamburg after admitting he would love to play for Jol.

Nottingham Forest boss Colin Calderwood wants to bolster his defence by securing a loan deal for Hull's Wayne Brown.

Stoke are preparing to reward Liam Lawrence's impressive start to the season with new terms - just six months after he penned his existing deal.

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

Former England boss Graham Taylor admits ITV's decision to broadcast the 14-year-old groundbreaking documentary 'An Impossible Job' that put the final nail in his managerial coffin has "opened up some sore wounds".

QPR fans plan to protest at the club's "outrageous" ticket price hike as some supporters face paying 50 to watch the Championship side.

Manchester United players admit that falling nine points behind Chelsea with defeat at Stamford Bridge this weekend would make winning the title almost impossible, even at this early stage of the season.

Arsenal are poised to invite Stan Kroenke onto the club's board in a move that will strengthen the existing ownership against any future takeover attempt by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov.

Aiden McGeady was dropped for Celtic's Champions League game against Aalborg because of a rift with manager Gordon Strachan.

Former Dundee United director John Bennett is stepping up his bid to buy Dundee.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has delayed the pre-match rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone at Anfield until just before kick-off. Historically, the anthem has been played while the players take the pitch, but the Spaniard said: "We thought it would keep the atmosphere right up until kick-off."