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Aston Villa have been told they must increase their offer to £18m to buy Dean Ashton from West Ham in January. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says reports linking him with a move to Manchester City are wide of the mark. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal are hoping to revive their interest in Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah who is a free agent after being released by Fenerbahce. (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham were also interested in signing Appiah but their hopes look to be fading. (Independent)

Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed fears rivals Manchester City are reportedly interested in taking Cristiano Ronaldo for a record £135m. (Daily Telegraph)

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell plans to snap up Coventry's wantaway Maltese striker Michael Mifsud. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Alan Shearer has ruled himself out of becoming the next Newcastle manager because he wouldn't be able to work with a system that didn't allow him the control of buying new players. (Sun)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is preparing to sell the club for £250m after accepting he's lost his popularity with the fans after Kevin Keegan's departure. (Daily Mirror)

Kevin Keegan stunned owner Mike Ashley by asking for £200m to bring in David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard to Newcastle before he quit. (Sun)

Tottenham assistant coach Gus Poyet is the bookies' favourite to get the Magpies job. (The Daily Telegraph)

But Tottenham have warned Newcastle to keep their hands off Poyet, insisting he is on a long contract at White Hart Lane. (Sun)

Ex-Italy boss Roberto Donadoni has emerged as a favourite for the West Ham job after being interviewed for an hour by chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson. (Various)

Former Upton Park idol Paolo di Canio insists the West Ham shirt feels like a second skin to him and he'd love to manage the Hammers. (Sun)

And a third Italian in the mix, former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini, is due to fly in for an interview with West Ham on Saturday. (Daily Express)

But Croatia manager Slaven Bilic is still the number one choice for most of the board and an approach will be made after his country's clash with Kazakhstan on Saturday. (Various)

West Ham are even confident of appointing Bilic as their new manager after Wednesday's World Cup qualifier with England. (Daily Mail)

AND FINALLY

Andorra midfielder Manolo Jimenez, a painter and decorator who plays for his country for nothing, is relishing going head-to-head with England's £151,000-a-week Frank Lampard in Barcelona. (Sun)

Tottenham's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric says that his family were so poor when he was young his father made him shinpads out of wood. (Sun)

Big-hearted Millwall players will be sporting dodgy moustaches in aid of team-mate Neil Harris' Everyman cancer charity in their League One clash with Hartlepool. (Daily Star)

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes wants to sign Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Chelsea's Michael Essien in January. (News of the World)

But City have been told to forget about signing Valencia striker David Villa by the player's agent. (News of the World)

AC Milan's Brazilian forward Kaka will consider joining City next summer if they can qualify for the Champions League. (The Observer)

Crystal Palace are hopeful of tying up a loan deal for Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury. (News of the World)

Ipswich want to sign Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson, 21, and Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, 20, on loan deals. (News of the World)

OTHER GOSSIP

Aston Villa will offer midfielder Stiliyan Petrov a two-year contract extension. (News of the World)

Blackburn will offer midfielder David Dunn a deal that would keep him at the club until 2012. (News of the World)

Kevin Keegan could be back as Newcastle manager in a matter of days if owner Mike Ashley sells the club. Indian businessman Anil Ambani is interested in buying the Magpies and he is eager to reinstate Keegan. (Various)

AND FINALLY

David Beckham has revealed he would like to own a football club when he retires from playing. (Sunday Express)

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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. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa will give a new contract to Stiliyan Petrov. (Sun)

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

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

Plymouth are keen to seal a loan deal for Stoke midfielder Glen Whelan. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

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

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

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

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. (Times)

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. (Daily Express)

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. (Various)

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

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

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

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

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

The Croatian FA has threatened legal action if West Ham try to speak to Bilic before the game against England on Wednesday. (Daily Mirror)

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

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. (Daily Mail)

AND FINALLY

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

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. (Daily Mirror)

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

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Manchester City will launch a bid for 23-year-old Bayern Munich and Germany striker Lukas Podolski in January. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill will launch a bid to sign 30-year-old Wigan striker Emile Heskey in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

Valencia and former Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes has said he would welcome a move back to the Premier League with Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)

Stephane Mbia has pleaded with his club Rennes to let him join Arsenal in January after the Gunners failed with a bid for the 22-year-old during the summer as the French club are holding out for £10m. (The Times)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also keeping an eye on 21-year-old Juventus midfielder Sebastian Giovinco, who impressed for Italy during the Olympics. (The Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, 25, could be out for six months after injuring his cruciate ligaments playing for Ghana on Friday. (The Sun)

Sami Hyppia, 34, has said he would have considered leaving Liverpool if he knew he was not to be included in the Reds' 25-man Champions League squad. (Various)

Croatia manger Slaven Bilic has criticised Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson for not allowing Steven Gerrard and Owen Hargreaves to join up with the England squad. (The Sun)

Gerrard, 28, has told Benitez that he will not be ready to face Man Utd at Anfield on Saturday after participating in only one training session since a minor groin operation. (Daily Star)

Joe Cole has warned that no-one is assured of a place in the England team under Capello. (Various)

Tottenham assistant manager Gus Poyet is on the brink of becoming Newcastle's new manager after the 40-year-old Uruguayan met club officials in London. (The Sun)

Gianfranco Zola, Didier Deschamps, Roberto Mancini and Slaven Bilic are believed to be the names on Newcastle's managerial shortlist (The Gaurdian). Newcastle fans angry at the way the club is been run want to ban owner Mike Ashley from sitting amongst supporters and from wearing his black and white replica shirt at games. (Various)

Zola will be offered the manager's job at West Ham today after a second round of talks between the 42-year-old Italian and Hammers chief executive Scott Duxbury. (Various)

Zola will be offered the job after West Ham rejected Croatia manager Slaven Bilic's offer to take the job on a part time basis until January. (Daily Mirror)

Paolo Di Canio may also join the club to work under Zola, although Pierluigi Casiraghi is also tipped for a role at Upton Park. (Daily Star)

Former Italy manager Roberto Donadoni also remains in the frame to replace Alan Curbishley at Upton Park. (Daily Mirror)

AND FINALLY

According to a new survey the average cost of going to watch a Premier League match is £106.21 - a 35% increase over two years. The poll also revealed that 26% of fans would consider going to less games as a result. (The Sun)

England manager Fabio Capello has wasted little time in getting to grips with the English language after Joe Cole revealed the Italian knows plenty of swear words. (Various)

New Man Utd striker Dimitar Berbatov has moved into the Presidential Suite of the Lowry Hotel for the next 12 weeks at a cost of £42,000 while he searches for a new home in the north west. (Daily Star)

Manchester City's new owners, the Arab United Group for Development, plan to turn the club into one of the most recognisable brands in the world. The plan includes marketing soft drinks, cars, fast food restaurants and credit cards. (Daily Star)

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Robbie Fowler has missed out on a move to Norwegian champions Brann Bergen because of his excessive wage demands. (Daily Mirror)

Fowler now looks set to join Blackburn on a pay-as-you-play deal. (Daily Mail)

Or, the 33-year-old has already been offered a three-month deal by Rovers. (Daily Telegraph)

Blackburn boss Paul Ince hopes to sign young striker Nick Blackman from his former club Macclesfield. (Daily Mirror)

Birmingham City have taken West Ham midfielder Nigel Quashie on trial with a view to a three-month loan deal. (Daily Mail)

Watford hope to ease their cash crisis by sending players out on loan - Crystal Palace want Jobi McAnuff, Coventry are keen on Mart Poom and Ipswich are chasing Damien Francis. (The Sun)

Manchester United and Chelsea are fighting to sign 16-year-old Danish defender Nicolai Boilsen from Brondby. (Daily Express)

Crystal Palace want Sheffield United striker Danny Webber on a three-month loan. (The Sun)

Ipswich are keen to bring Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson to Portman Road on loan. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says Steven Gerrard could be fit to face Manchester United on Saturday after missing England's World Cup qualifiers this week. (The Sun)

Joe Cole will start England's crunch World Cup qualifier with Croatia on Wednesday. (The Sun)

Scotland captain Stephen McManus says Lee McCulloch's decision to desert the national team has created a climate of crisis around the camp. (Daily Record)

Secret plans have been drawn up by the Football Association to sell off part of the company that operates Wembley Stadium. (The Guardian)

Manchester City's prospective new owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group, could replace the club's current executive chairman Garry Cook with MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Guides or Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon. (The Guardian)

Aston Villa are set to offer Bulgarian midfielder Stiliyan Petrov a two-year contract extension. (Daily Star)

Gianfranco Zola has confirmed that he has accepted an offer to become West Ham boss and the club will announce his appointment on Wednesday. (Various)

Zola hopes to lure his former Chelsea team-mate Steve Clarke from Stamford Bridge as part of his new Upton Park coaching team. (Daily Star)

Another Chelsea old-boy, Pierluigi Casiraghi, will also be part of Zola's Hammers team. (Daily Star)

But Casiraghi insists he will stay on as Italy under-21 coach for next summer's European Championship finals. (Press Association)

Zola says he will play attractive attacking football to win over Hammers fans unhappy about his Chelsea connections. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham's assistant coach Gus Poyet has ruled out any chance of him becoming Newcastle's new manager. (Various)

Or, Poyet has been in talks with Newcastle but will make them wait before deciding if he wants to take over from Kevin Keegan. (Daily Express)

Poyet is reluctant to go to St James' Park because he is aware of the hostility between Magpies fans and the Newcastle hierarchy. (Independent)

Didier Deschamps has expressed an interest in the Magpies post but the club have learned he is likely to succeed Raymond Domenech as France coach if that position becomes vacant. (The Guardian)

Real Mallorca coach Marcelino Toral is another possible Newcastle target. (Daily Mail)

AND FINALLY

Boxer Ricky Hatton is kicking himself after giving up his VIP box at Manchester City's Eastlands stadium because he thought the club would struggle this season. (The Sun)

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Wigan boss Steve Bruce has blocked Sheffield United's attempts to sign Michael Brown on loan. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sheikh Mohammed has ditched Dubai International Capital and will use his own wealth to invest in Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool's owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are ready to sell the club but want £300m more than Sheikh Mohammed's valuation of about £450m. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal's injured Croatian striker Eduardo, who suffered a fractured left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle in February, hopes to return to action before Christmas. (Daily Express)

Crocked Hearts defender Robbie Neilson is also hoping to make a comeback before the end of the year following his Achilles tendon surgery. (Daily Record)

Rangers star Lee McCulloch will speak out later this week to reveal why he chose to quit the Scotland set-up. (Daily Record)

Hibernian boss Mixu Paatelainen tried to lure ex-Hearts star Antti Niemi to Easter Road in the summer before injury forced the Finnish goalkeeper to retire. (Daily Record)

The £80m National Football Centre at Burton-on-Trent has again become a low priority in Lord Triesman's plans as chairman of the Football Association. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes Reds defender Jamie Carragher will achieve his dream of becoming manager at Anfield in 10 or 15 years. (The Times)

Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola has agreed a three-year deal to be the new West Ham manager. (various)

Zola will be unveiled as Hammers boss at a press conference on Thursday. (Various)

However, he will not start work until Monday. (The Sun)

The Italian's contract at Upton Park is worth £4.5m. (The Sun)

Zola will appoint Chelsea number two Steve Clarke and ex-Blues fitness coach Antonio Pintus as his backroom staff. (The Sun)

Another ex-Chelsea man, Pierluigi Casiraghi, will stay with the Italy Under-21 side after Zola resigned from his post in charge of that squad on Wednesday. (Daily Star)

Hammers caretaker boss Kevin Keen will continue on the coaching staff, although ex-West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio is not part of Zola's plans. (Daily Express)

Zola is still working towards getting a Uefa Pro Licence - the required coaching qualification to become a Premier League boss - but that is not expected to stop him taking the job. (The Independent)

Newcastle want Blackburn boss Paul Ince to be their new manager. (Daily Mirror)

But Rovers are convinced Ince will not leave Ewood Park. (Daily Express)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants a new boss installed in time for Saturday's home game against Hull City. (The Sun)

Tottenham first-team coach Gus Poyet, Zenit St Petersburg boss **** Advocaat and Russia coach Guus Hiddink are all under consideration for the Magpies post. (Daily Telegraph)

Ashley is set to watch the match against the Tigers from the St James' Park directors box, rather than his usual position in the stand alongside Newcastle fans. (Daily Express)

AND FINALLY

Newcastle striker Michael Owen plans to build a £12m wonderland theme park on the Costa del Sol in the grounds of his new luxury retreat. (Daily Express)

Manchester City are spending £150,000 on a private plane to bring quartet Robinho, Elano, Jo and Pablo Zabaleta back from international duty in South America in time to face Chelsea on Saturday . (The Sun)

Or City will use outgoing owner Thaksin Shinawatra's private jet to fly the quartet back to Manchester. (Daily Express)

Scottish referee Stuart Dougal has been ruled out for two months with a broken wrist after slipping on colleague Dougie McDonald's kitchen floor. (Daily Record)

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Very interesting how Michael Owen wants to build a theme park. That doesn't happen every day if it did' date=' I'd demand chicken instead of cotton candy :D[/quote']

Maybe in a parellel universe Robinho could have ended up working there selling you that chicken;)

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Usain Bolt agrees to join Real Madrid!

Olympic champion Usain Bolt has agreed to go training with Spanish football giants Real Madrid, the Jamaican sprint king revealed on Thursday.

Bolt, who picked up three golds medals and world records in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the Bejing Games, said he was particularly looking forward to meeting Real's former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

"Raul and Van Nistelrooy, I think they're some of the best goalscorers ever," Bolt said.

"I've watched van Nistelrooy from when he was with Manchester United, so I know he's a great, great guy so I look forward to meeting these guys."

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Usain Bolt agrees to join Real Madrid!

Olympic champion Usain Bolt has agreed to go training with Spanish football giants Real Madrid' date=' the Jamaican sprint king revealed on Thursday.

Bolt, who picked up three golds medals and world records in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the Bejing Games, said he was particularly looking forward to meeting Real's former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

"Raul and Van Nistelrooy, I think they're some of the best goalscorers ever," Bolt said.

"I've watched van Nistelrooy from when he was with Manchester United, so I know he's a great, great guy so I look forward to meeting these guys."[/quote']

WOW, didn't see that coming :D

He'd be a great Winger for Real Madrid if he was actually playing a game because of his speed.

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Usain Bolt agrees to join Real Madrid!

Olympic champion Usain Bolt has agreed to go training with Spanish football giants Real Madrid' date=' the Jamaican sprint king revealed on Thursday.

Bolt, who picked up three golds medals and world records in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the Bejing Games, said he was particularly looking forward to meeting Real's former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

"Raul and Van Nistelrooy, I think they're some of the best goalscorers ever," Bolt said.

"I've watched van Nistelrooy from when he was with Manchester United, so I know he's a great, great guy so I look forward to meeting these guys."[/quote']

I'd like to see his celebration if he scored. He can match it with the best IMO

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Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari says Roman Abamovich over-ruled the purchase of Robinho allowing the Brazilian to sign for Manchester City instead. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Chelsea are poised to snatch Brazilian midfielder Mineiro from under Arsenal's noses to fill the void left by Michael Essien's long-term injury. (Daily Mirror)

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has accused arch-rivals Tottenham of inflating the fees they got for Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane. (Various)

Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has told Manchester City their millions could never tempt him to move to Eastlands. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Tottenham boss Gerry Francis has been offered a route back into coaching by Stoke boss Tony Pulis. (Sun)

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari insists his assistant Steve Clarke is making a 'big mistake' by opting to move to West Ham under new boss Gianfranco Zola. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have demanded almost £5m in compensation from West Ham for the services of Clarke. (Times)

Russia striker Roman Pavlyuchenko could be in trouble with new club Tottenham after he was pictured in a Moscow nightclub. (Daily Telegraph)

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan last night called on club bosses to sort out a new deal for defender Gary Caldwell. (Express)

Hibs goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay has revealed that tennis great Roger Federer gave him a pep talk at the Olympics. (Various)

SFA President George Peat has admitted the association could have handled Lee McCulloch's international retirement better. (Mirror)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley's bid to lure back Kevin Keegan ended in stalemate and talks look unlikely to be resurrected. (Various)

Blackburn manager Paul Ince has insisted he is "very happy" with his current job as speculation mounts he is a target to replace Keegan at Newcastle. (Various)

Tottenham's reserve team coach Clive Allen does not believe Gus Poyet will become the new manager at Newcastle because he is happy being Juande Ramos' assistant at White Hart Lane. (Press Association)

Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins is one of several stars considering their futures at the club because of the managerial uncertainty. (Sun)

Indian billionaire Anil Ambani, who was said to be interested in taking over Newcastle, is said to have now approached Everton instead. (Sun)

AND FINALLY

West Ham will remove the name of sponsors XL Holidays after the travel firm went bust. (Various)

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill wants to sign Wigan striker Emile Heskey for £3m but faces competition from the forward's former club Liverpool. (News of the World)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce will bid £6m for Middlesbrough striker Mido in January. Bruce wants the Egyptian to replace Heskey, who has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave at the end of the season. (The People)

Arsenal will go head-to-head with Manchester United for £16m-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso. (News of the World)

Chelsea have reignited their interest in Gareth Barry and are ready to bid for the Aston Villa midfielder in January. (The People)

Sunderland will have to smash their record transfer fee and pay £13m to make French striker Djibril Cisse's loan move permanent. (The People)

Manchester City have offered their 19-year-old striker Daniel Sturridge a £1.2m-a-year deal in a bid to thwart the attentions of Chelsea. (News of the World)

Blackburn boss Paul Ince is chasing versatile attacker Ugur Yildirim as the Dutchman, who plays for Turkish club Sivasspor, wants to play in England. (The People)

Chelsea are ready to make a £2m move for Wolves' 15-year-old attacker Zele Ismail - the hot prospect dubbed the next Theo Walcott. (The People)

Celtic's Japanese midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura wants to leave the club and return to Japan in the January transfer window. (Various)

Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald wants to be sent out on loan after being dropped following just one game under new boss Csaba Laszlo. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Brentford and MK Dons boss Martin Allen will be appointed new boss of Cheltenham on Monday. (News of the World)

Arsene Wenger has called on football's governing bodies to strengthen their enforcement of transfer regulations in response to the growing influx of foreign money in the English game. (The Observer)

Striker Alessandro Del Piero has hinted he might seek a move to the Premier League when his contract with Juventus expires in 2010. (The Observer)

The Scottish FA and Scottish Premier League are at loggerheads as to when the season should end, with the national body favouring 23 May, and the SPL a week later. (Sunday Mail)

The Scottish FA have been negotiating for the past week with their Portuguese counterparts about a possible friendly match at Hampden on 19 November. (News of the World)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will put the club up for sale, with a rich individual from China and a consortium from the north-east having expressed preliminary interest in buying him out. (Mail on Sunday)

Ashley is ready to tell fans baying for his blood: Give me £1,000 each and you can run the club yourselves. (News of the World)

Ashley is prepared to open one final round of talks aimed at reaching a compromise agreement that would pave the way for Kevin Keegan's return to St James' Park. (The Sunday Telegraph)

AND FINALLY

Everton manager David Moyes has stunned the Goodison Park board by missing out on £200,000 in wages. Everton chiefs expect Moyes to sign the record-breaking five-year deal but are struggling to understand why he has left the £60,000-a-week package untouched for nearly seven weeks. (News of the World)

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill wants to sign Wigan striker Emile Heskey for £3m but faces competition from the forward's former club Liverpool. (News of the World)

That is crazy! I believe it was Benitez who sold Heskey, so to buy him back would be weird. Heskey would fit in quite well at Anfield.

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Birmingham have permission to speak to Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng about a three-month loan deal. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea have told West Ham that they will need to pay £1.2m in compensation if they want to prise assistant boss Steve Clarke away from Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)

But the Hammers believe a figure of £600,000 is more realistic. (Daily Mail)

Clarke's proposed move to work with new West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola could end up in court, with Chelsea seeking up to £5m in compensation. (Various)

West Ham are willing to pay up to £1m to secure Clarke's services but the collapse of their shirt sponsors XL has left them with little room for manoeuvre. (The Independent)

The Hammers are also looking at alternatives to Clarke as an assistant for Zola. (Daily Express)

Setanta are expected to reach an agreement with either the BBC or ITV to ensure there are highlights of England's remaining away World Cup qualifiers. (Daily Mail)

England midfielder David Beckham was booed by Los Angeles Galaxy fans after they lost 2-0 to Kansas City Wizards - their 12th consecutive game without a win. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has been stripped of his ambassadorial role at the club. (Various)

Director of football Dennis Wise and managing director Derek Llambias will also leave the Magpies once owner Mike Ashley finds a new buyer. (The Times)

The Dubai royal family and Indian billionaire Anil Ambani are the favourites to buy the St James' Park outfit. (Daily Express)

Chinese property developer Xu Rongmao is keen on the north-east club, with a view to exploiting the commercially valuable land surrounding the stadium. (The Guardian)

Members of Newcastle's management team have been in Dubai over the weekend seeking a buyer for the club. (The Times)

Ashley is determined to at least recoup the £250m he has spent on the Magpies. (The Guardian)

Injured Newcastle stars Obafemi Martins and Habib Beye were denied entry by a member of St James' Park security staff on Saturday because they did not have tickets for the game against Hull. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who spent much of the summer angling for a move to Real Madrid, believes the Old Trafford faithful will forgive him when he returns to action. "I'm already in the history of the club," he said. "When I play the fans will love me again." (Various)

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