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Fulham are preparing a January bid for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana. (Daily Star)

Ronaldo - the original Brazilian version, who is battling to overcome a serious knee injury - claims to have been offered a contract by Manchester City. "It is the best offer I have received and it will be very interesting to play with Robinho. Together we can score more than 50 goals." (Various)

Arsenal have cooled their interest in out-of-contract Brazilian midfielder Mineiro, clearing the way for Birmingham and Chelsea to pursue the 33-year-old. (Daily Star)

Sheffield United are set to sign Republic of Ireland international Ian Harte. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

David Moyes is ready to sign a new contract at Everton. (The Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has been assured that he is not expected to deliver Champions League football this season. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea had to settle for a figure of about £1m in compensation for their long-serving assistant boss Steve Clarke joining West Ham. (Various)

Clarke has taken a substantial cut in pay in order to make the switch to Upton Park. (The Guardian)

The Blues have no immediate plans to replace Clarke. (Various)

Liverpool may offer centre-back Daniel Agger a new deal, with the Danish international growing frustrated at his lack of opportunities. (The Times, Daily Mirror)

Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie may face an additional Football Association ban for his tackle on Hull striker Craig Fagan. (Various)

Arsenal are set to choose between Peter Lawwell, the Celtic chief executive, and Paul Donovan, who holds a similar position for a major part of Vodafone, as their new chief executive. (The Guardian)

Former Huddersfield manager Andy Ritchie and Grimsby assistant manager Stuart Watkiss are the early favourites to replace Alan Buckley at Blundell Park. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, executive director Dennis Wise and vice-president Tony Jiminez were all in Dubai on Monday to seek a new buyer for the club. (The Times)

But attempts to "cold call" representatives of Dubai International Capital (DIC) appear to have been fruitless. (The Guardian)

Ashley is still hoping to sell up to a local consortium of north-east investors. (The Independent)

The Magpies have approached Amanda Staveley, the highly rated businesswoman who helped negotiate the Manchester City takeover, to assist in finding a buyer but she is "too busy to help". (The Guardian)

The club's fans are preparing for an "attritional campaign" to force out Ashley, with a mood of "constructive militancy" holding sway. (The Times)

More than 40 applications for the vacant manager's job have been received but Kevin Keegan is still the bookmakers' favourite to take the post. (The Times)

AND FINALLY

Jose Mourinho is still ruffling feathers in his new role at Inter Milan, with his criticisms of opponents Catania prompting their director Pietro Lo Monaco to say the former Chelsea boss "deserves a smack in the mouth". (The Times)

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Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has turned his back on a £1m a year move to Arsenal. (Sun)

Lawwell will take on the role, and the appointment will be confirmed on Thursday. (Times)

West Ham, Blackburn and Ipswich want 16-year-old Australian striker Joe Gibbs from Manly United. (Daily Star)

Plymouth striker Jermaine Easter has asked to be taken off the transfer list after the club failed to receive a single offer. (Daily Star)

Tottenham pulled out of a deal to sign Real Zaragoza striker Sergio Ramos last month because of the price. (Guardian)

OTHER GOSSIP

American shareholder Stan Kroenke will join the Arsenal board this week as the club attempts to ward off a takeover from Russian Alisher Usmanov. (Times)

Everton boss David Moyes will be charged with misconduct today after being sent to the stands in the 3-2 win over Stoke. (Daily Mail)

But Moyes could be helped out by referee Alan Wiley, who will ask the FA to be lenient because Wiley made the wrong call on a possible penalty for Everton. (Daily Mirror)

The Premier League wants to introduce a new rule next season which will mean every club must include two under-21 players from their academy. (Daily Telegraph)

The Abu Dhabi United Group will complete their £200m takeover of Manchester City in the next 24 hours and will immediately give manager Mark Hughes a vote of confidence. (Times)

It was Hughes who persuaded the new owners not to sign the former AC Milan and Barcelona striker Ronaldo. (Times)

Owner Mike Ashley is asking for £481m for Newcastle - a profit of £230m. (Sun)

A consortium linked to Dubai Sports City has emerged as the frontrunner to take over Newcastle. (Daily Mail)

Zabeel Investments, part of Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al-Maktoum's Dubai Holding, have told Ashley to lower his £480m asking price. (Star)

Zabeel have already told Kevin Keegan he will get his job back back if their takeover succeeds. (Daily Express)

However, Zabeel may only be showing an interest in Newcastle in order to force Liverpool's owners to sell. (Guardian)

Ashley's attempts to sell the club in the Middle East have not been helped by his claims that he and his family have been threatened with violence. (Guardian)

Ashley suffered huge financial losses as the value of HBOS shares - of which he has a sizeable holding - tumbled. (Independent)

No representative from Newcastle turned up at a Prince's Trust Charity dinner in aid of disadvantaged children, which did attract stars from Sunderland and Middlesbrough. (Sun)

AND FINALLY

Gillingham are giving a trial to Roland Benedict, the son of the actor who played Face in the A-Team. (Daily Star)

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West Brom are lining up a second bid for Cardiff's Roger Johnson in the New Year, having had a £4m bid rejected on deadline day. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea want former Stamford Bridge hero Ray Wilkins back at the club as part of boss Luis Felipe Scolari's coaching team. (The Sun)

Sheffield United's Sun Jihai could be in trouble after refusing to leave the field following his red card against Coventry on Tuesday. (Daily Star)

Tottenham boss Juande Ramos says Dimitar Berbatov's last-gasp move to Manchester United was their biggest blow as it left them no time to sign a replacement. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham striker Dean Ashton will be out for up to four weeks after twisting his ankle in new manager Gianfranco Zola's first training session. (The Sun)

Derby could fine Tyrone Mears six weeks wages' after he went on trial at Marseille without their permission, before sealing a loan move to France. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused Dynamo Kiev players of trying to "destroy" Theo Walcott in their Champions League match. (Daily Express)

Burnley owner Brendan Flood wants to bring Middle Eastern money to the club, telling Arabian Business magazine they have "super-sized ambition" and need someone with a "super-sized chequebook". (Independent)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the continental quota system could be changed to allow more non-European teams to qualify for the World Cup. (Daily Telegraph)

David O'Leary could take temporary charge of Newcastle while the club sorts out its future. (The Sun)

Hull striker Craig Fagan may take legal action against Danny Guthrie over his broken leg. (Daily Mail)

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West Ham fans have started a petition to get the Bobby Moore cancer fund logo on their sponsor-free shirts after the collapse of travel company XL. (The Times)

Aston Villa's Stiliyan Petrov is such a big star back in Bulgaria that his wedding was shown live on national television. (Daily Star)

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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. (Daily Mirror)

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. (Daily Star)

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

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

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. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

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". (Daily Express)

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

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. (Daily Express)

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. (Daily Telegraph)

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. (The Sun)

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". (The Sun)

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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."

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Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari lit the fuse for Sunday's clash with Manchester United by confessing he would love to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. (Various)

Unsettled Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, 23, is a £6m target for Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

Brazil striker Ronaldo has again claimed he is in talks with Manchester City, despite denials from Eastlands. (Guardian)

Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson will seek a cut-price move to QPR in January. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Damien Comolli's future at Tottenham as sporting director is secure after the club refused to blame him for the departure of Dimitar Berbatov. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits if his side cannot retain the title, he would rather see Arsenal win the Premier League than Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

Defender Richard Dunne thought he was on his way out at Manchester City until new boss Mark Hughes personally intervened to persuade him to stay. (Various)

Tottenham skipper Ledley King admits the club's poor start to the season is because their new players have yet to gel with the team. (Times)

Arsenal hope to appoint a new managing director shortly, with Vodaphone's Paul Donovan linked with the vacancy. (Independent)

Arsenal's wage bill has risen by 13 per cent to £101.3m, despte the departure of several highly paid players. (Times)

Striker Obafemi Martins fears the growing crisis at Newcastle could lead to a player exodus. (The Sun)

New West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola believes his old Chelsea team-mate Dennis Wise is getting a raw deal by being singled out by Newcastle fans in the wake of Kevin Keegan's departure. (Times)

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A mystery joker at League One side Walsall has been leaving dead rats in their team-mates' washbags - including that of former England striker Michael Ricketts. (Daily Mirror)

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Fulham are hoping to land former Rangers winger Peter Lovenkrands after nearly signing the 28-year-old Denmark international in the summer. (News of the World)

Newcastle striker Michael Owen is a target for Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton. The 28-year-old's contract expires in the summer and is free to talk to clubs in the new year and he would be available for a knockdown £4m in the January transfer window. (News of the World)

Manchester City want to sign Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez, who is yet to sign a permanent deal at Old Trafford, and will pay £30m for the 24-year-old Argentina striker. (News of the World)

Valencia winger David Silva has admitted he would consider a move to Man Utd, but his preferred destination would be Barcelona. (The People)

Chelsea are set to sign 33-year-old Brazilian midfielder Mineiro, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Hertha Berlin in the summer. (Sunday Times)

Paris St Germain midfielder Stephane Sessegnon, 24, is a £10m target for the Blues. (The People)

Villareal striker Giuseppe Rossi is a target for Sunderland, with manager Roy Keane prepared to pay £11m for the 21-year-old former Manchester United striker. (The People)

Chelsea and Manchester City are fighting over 15-year-old Wolves academy player Zele Ismail, with City already offering £2.5m. (News of the World)

Turkey international Arda Turan is being watched by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, but he could be put off by Galatasaray's £15m asking price for the 21-year-old winger. (The People)

Bolton manager Gary Megson is planning a £10m double swoop for 22-year-old Manchester City midfielder Gelson Fernandes and Cardiff's Joe Ledley, 21. (The People)

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is keeping tabs on 22-year-old Wolves striker Sylvain Ebanks-Blake. (News of the World)

Leyton Orient midfielder Jason Demetriou, 20, is a target for both Newcastle and Charlton. (News of the World)

Cardiff defender Roger Johnson is being tracked by Hull boss Phil Brown who will pay £2.5m for the 25-year-old. (The People)

OTHER GOSSIP

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he shares a special bond with Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and that the pair are close friends during their time with the Portuguese national team together. (News of the World)

Newcastle's search for a new manager to replace Kevin Keegan continues with eight managers already rejecting the chance to take over at St James' Park. (Sunday Mirror)

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has joined former Leeds and Aston Villa boss David O'Leary on owner Mike Ashley's shortlist. (Sunday Express)

Ashley will turn to former Football League chairman Keith Harris, the man who masterminded Roman Abramovich's takeover of Chelsea and Thaksin Shinawatra's Manchester City purchase, to help sell Newcastle. (News of the World)

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Roy Keane has said that his toughest moment in charge of Sunderland came just four games into his reign when he discovered his team listening to ABBA's Dancing Queen prior to a 3-1 defeat to Ipswich. (Sunday Mirror)

Wigan manager Steve Bruce has sent foreign stars Antonio Valencia, Wilson Palacios, and Amr Zaki back to school and ordered them to brush up on their English before Christmas. (Sunday Mirror)

The French Football Federation are to propose a tournament similar to rugby's Six Nations, with invitation likely to be extended to England, Spain, Italy and Germany. (Sunday Times)

Beleaguered Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has lost £300m after betting on the shares of bank HBOS, losing £800,000 for every penny the share price dropped. (Sunday Mirror)

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Thought I'd carry this on :)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to make a £6m raid for PSV Eindhoven's versatile 22-year-old midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, who has 11 caps for the Netherlands. (The Sun)

Manchester City are preparing to show off their new financial muscle with a mind-blowing £200,000-a-week offer to Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. (Daily Mirror)

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Juventus are weighing up a move for Arsenal's utility man Emmanuel Eboue in January and will attempt to lure the Ivory Coast international with the prospect of regular first-team football. (Daily Mirror)

Ipswich want to re-sign Charlton midfielder Darren Ambrose in a cut-price deal. (The Sun)

Liverpool have been knocked back in setting up a £5m January move for Borussia Dortmund's free-scoring Polish right winger Jakub Blaszczykowski. (Daily Mail)

Sampdoria have ruled out the possibility of former Real Madrid and Roma striker Antonio Cassano moving to Manchester City this winter, insisting he is not for sale. (The Independent)

OTHER GOSSIP

England coach Fabio Capello will start with a three-man attack consisting of Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey and Theo Walcott against Kazakhstan on Saturday. (Various)

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admits he would back salary capping for players if it stops clubs going bust amid the credit crunch. (The Sun)

Injury-hit Australian striker Mark Viduka could miss the rest of Newcastle's season after it was revealed he may need an Achilles operation. (The Sun)

Defender Micah Richards says Manchester City need a bigger squad after claiming the players are knackered. The Blues have already played 14 matches this season. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped centre-back Jonny Evans as Rio Ferdinand's long-term successor. (Various)

England striker Wayne Rooney says one day he wants to reach the same level of play and recognition as Fifa World Footballer of the Year favourites Lionel Messi and Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. (The Sun)

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has been appointed to the club's plc board, a move which was never granted to former favourite Jose Mourinho. (The Guardian)

Banker Keith Harris, the man charged with selling Newcastle for owner Mike Ashley, has admitted that finding a buyer for the club may prove impossible in the current financial crisis. (The Guardian)

Financially troubled West Ham could be snapped up by a buyer for a cut-price £100m by this weekend. (Daily Star)

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League Managers Association chief Richard Bevan says that 10% of its members have a gambling addiction. (Daily Telegraph)

Barcelona president Juan Laporta has claimed that arch rivals Real Madrid did not truly earn the last two La Liga titles which they won, but rather that the Catalan giants "lost" them. (Daily Telegraph)

Blackburn chairman John Williams wants to see the introduction of a salary cap to make the Premier League more competitive. "To make everything equal really excites me," he said. (The Times)

Rangers are set to be given the go-ahead for an ambitious £350m development around Ibrox Stadium. (Daily Record)

Misc

Watford star Al Bangura is in trouble with manager Aidy Boothroyd after flying to Africa to make his international debut for Sierra Leone without permission. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth have kept their pledge to supporters to peg adult ticket prices at £20 for their Uefa Cup games, despite being drawn against seven-time Champions league winners AC Milan. (Daily Express)

Barcelona's Belarussian midfielder Alexander Hleb has likened the regime of England boss Fabio Capello to communism, describing his bans on mobile phone calls and computer games "absurd". (Daily Mail)

Jaap Stam has made a surprise return to Manchester United as a scout. The Dutch centre-back was spotted in Brazil this week at a youth match involving players United are interested in. (Daily Mail)

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The Spanish national football team have each received a reward of their body weight in beer for winning the Euro 2008 this summer, their first trophy in 44 years. (Daily Telegraph)

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The Spanish national football team have each received a reward of their body weight in beer for winning the Euro 2008 this summer' date=' their first trophy in 44 years. (Daily Telegraph) [/b']

No wonder they won it with incentives like this :D . Seems a little bit unfair on Cesc Fabregas though :P

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to make a £6m raid for PSV Eindhoven's versatile 22-year-old midfielder Ibrahim Afellay' date=' who has 11 caps for the Netherlands. (The Sun)[/quote']

I think Afellay would make a great singing for us as he is a very talented player although i seriously do believe we would be better off buying a player in another position like a CM because we already well stocked in the two wide positions.

Juventus are weighing up a move for Arsenal's utility man Emmanuel Eboue in January and will attempt to lure the Ivory Coast international with the prospect of regular first-team football. (Daily Mirror)

While i am certainly not a fan of his i do believe that Eboue plays quite a big part in the success of Arsenal football club. Not because he brings a lot of talented to the starting 11 but because he is a utility player, like you said and he can play in various positions and he adds a lot of depth to the squad which is something we are seriously lacking. And personally i don't believe Eboue is that comitted to Arsenal so i think he might go if the money is better.

Nice to see you are continuing this thread Sam. :)

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has made signing Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz his top priority in January. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is hopeful of signing loan striker Amr Zaki on a permanent deal from Cairo side Zamalek. (Daily Mirror)

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Ipswich are interested in signing crocked Portsmouth striker David Nugent, who has just had a second hernia operation. (Sun)

James Milner insists he is not frustrated at playing a bit-part since his £12million move to Aston Villa from Newcastle. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Charlton Athletic could become the latest club in English football to move into foreign ownership after receiving a cash offer from a group of Dubai-based investors. (Various)

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has prepared a three-year business plan in a bid to convince boss Roy Keane he should stay at the club. (Sun)

Coach Fabio Capello claims England are on the verge of a brave new era ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan at Wembley. (Various)

But Capello has begged England fans not to boo his side if they are struggling to score against Kazakhstan. (Sun)

Kazakhstan manager Bernd Storck has warned his squad they will never play for their country again if he spots them hero-worshipping at Wembley against England. (Daily Star)

Wales boss John Toshack laughed off jibes that his side will face a 'pub team' on Saturday by insisting that Liechtenstein will be no pushovers. (Daily Mail)

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Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie believes the days of massive transfer fees could be over as football begins to feel the full effects of the credit crunch. (The News, Portsmouth)

Former manager Kevin Keegan has told close friends he would return to Newcastle as soon as Mike Ashley sells the club. (Daily Express)

West Ham owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson has assured the club's board that he is not going to sell, despite claims he has lost more than £300million in the Icelandic banking crisis. (Daily Express)

Misc

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to have lost £12billion on the Russian stock exchange. Abramovich saw his fortune dwindle as the value of two of his companies, steel maker Evraz and mining company Highland Gold, plunged on the Moscow-based index. (Press Association)

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But Abramovich's advisers played down suggestions that the Chelsea owner's personal wealth had been badly affected by the stock market crash. (Daily Telegraph)

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Inter Milan have targeted Manchester City midfielder Elano - and the Brazilian admits he is flattered by coach Jose Mourinho's interest. (Daily Mirror).

England U21 winger Ashley Young is ready to sign a new long-term deal with Aston Villa. (Times)

Morten Gamst Pedersen could be a target for Fulham, West Brom and Middlesbrough in January after hinting he is fed up with being subbed by Blackburn boss Paul Ince. (Daily Mirror)

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Wolves will offer Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey a wage rise to keep him happy at Molineux. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

South African businessman Jonathan Cleland said he is "hopeful" of completing a takeover of Newcastle United with a consortium of investors. (Guardian)

Arsenal's Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has not ruled out the option of playing for England one day. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle's interim manager Joe Kinnear insists the club needs to sign at least five new players when the transfer window re-opens in January. (Various)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce has warned Emile Heskey he will put his dream of playing at the World Cup at risk if he returns to Liverpool and becomes a bit-part player. (Various)

Owen Hargreaves is close to a Manchester United recall after his tendinitis problems. (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham signing Diego Tristan will not be available for at least two weeks as he bids to get match fit. (Daily Express)

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists he would never be tempted to become England manager in the future. (Daily Telegraph)

Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta has laughed off rumours he would consider switching allegiance from Spain to England. (Setanta Sports)

Misc

Angry Tottenham players have complained to boss Juande Ramos they are too hungry to perform after being ordered to follow strict dietary rules. (Sun)

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Hibs fans are to wind up their Hearts rivals during Sunday's Edinburgh derby by waving fake notes of Tynecastle owner Vladimir Romanov's Lithuanian bank. The Gorgie club were recently embarrassed over delayed payment of players' wages. (Various)

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AC Milan have opened the door to a possible January move for David Beckham by revealing that they would have no problem if the midfielder wished to train with them once his season with Los Angeles Galaxy comes to an end. (The Observer)

Manchester United are holding their breath over talks to determine the fee to make Carlos Tevez's loan move permanent, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson anxious the Argentina striker stays at Old Trafford after reported interest from Real Madrid. (Sunday Express)

And Ferguson is prepared to off-load Owen Hargreaves after becoming fed up with his inconsistency and constant niggling injuries. (News of the World)

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Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari says he wants to sign two new players in the January transfer window to bolster his injury-hit squad. (Various)

Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to break the bank to lure Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas back to the Nou Camp. (Sunday Express)

And Fabregas himself has rejected £90,000-a-week contract talks - paving the way for him to quit the Emirates at the end of this season. (News of the World)

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Aston Villa are set to battle Liverpool in their bid to sign Wigan striker Emile Heskey. (Sunday Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Roy Keane is on a collision course with Sunderland over his new contract. The Irishman's current deal with the Black Cats ends in the summer and a new offer worth £3m-a-year is on the table, but Keane has been slow to commit. (Sunday Express)

Legend Diego Maradona admits he would love to manage Argentina following the resignation of Alfio Basile. His first job would be to reinvigorate the country's underperforming superstars ready for a friendly in Scotland next month. (Mail on Sunday)

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England veteran David Beckham and former Liverpool winger John Barnes have been named as ambassadors for the Football Association's bid to bring the World Cup to England in 2018. (The Observer)

Under pressure Tottenham manager Juande Ramos has seven days to save his job. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says only one man could replace current manager Sir Alex Ferguson: ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. (Mail on Sunday)

Misc

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says he wishes he had punched Nemanja Vidic in the Champions League Final when he was sent off. (Daily Star)

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Rangers manager Walter Smith admits Kris Boyd is the "biggest enigma" he has seen in his career and has told the striker he must understand how managers view the best way to utilise his services. (Various)

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ready to make a cut-price double swoop for West Ham pair Matthew Upson and Scott Parker in January. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan are facing a battle to sign Premier League top scorer Amr Zaki after Liverpool entered the race to sign the striker, who is on loan at the JJB Stadium from Egyptian club Zamalek. (Daily Star)

Defender Lucas Neill, whose contract with West Ham runs out at the end of the season, is facing a wage cut if he wants to remain at Upton Park as the Hammers are not willing to match his current £60,000-a-week wages. (Daily Star)

Arsenal have joined Middlesbrough in the race to sign Standard Liege's £8m-rated captain Steven Defour. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn have rejected claims Manchester City target Roque Santa Cruz has an £18m release clause in his contract. (The Sun)

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is ready to offer Marseille £8m for France number one Steve Mandanda. (The Sun)

Sheffield United right-back Derek Geary, 28, is poised to join former manager Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace in a loan deal. (Daily Star)

Former Lazio striker Fabio Vignaroli hopes to join Kilmarnock after being released by Greek side Panthrakikos. (Daily Record)

Nottingham Forest and Swansea will battle it out for Walsall's highly rated goalkeeper Clayton Ince in January. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Spurs will sack director of football Damien Comolli next week but have told boss Juande Ramos he is safe - for now. (The Sun)

But the Tottenham hierarchy have encouraged Ramos to make changes in his backroom as there is a view at White Hart Lane the Spaniard is taking on too much. (The Independent)

Former England striker Alan Shearer, who was at St James' Park to watch his old club fight back for a 2-2 draw with Manchester City, has hinted he wants to become the next manager of Newcastle. (Daily Star)

Former England centre-back Graham Roberts has offered Spurs free defensive coaching to help his old team off the bottom of the table. (Daily Mirror)

Misc

Mikel Arteta says he could play for England on the five-year residency rule. Everton's Spanish midfielder, 26, said: "I've been here four years so that possibility will exist." (The Sun)

Former Manchester United and Celtic striker Henrik Larsson has admitted he will be roaring on the Glasgow club when the two teams meet in the Champions League on Tuesday.(Daily Star)

Instead of sitting joint top with Chelsea, Liverpool would be 14 points worse off if their matches had finished after 58 minutes. (The Times)

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Manchester United are battling Real Madrid for the signature of 18-year-old Brazilian Douglas Costa. (News of the World)

Liverpool will face a mutiny of their top stars, led by Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano, if manager Rafael Benitez leaves the club. (News of the World)

Portsmouth are considering offloading striker David Nugent to Bolton in January. (News of the World)

Arsenal look set to sign midfielder Yaya Toure, brother of Gunners defender Toure. (News of the World)

Tottenham want to sign Reading striker Kevin Doyle. (News of the World)

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is worried he will not be able to stop strikers Amr Zaki and Emile Heskey from leaving the club. (News of the World)

Blackburn want Racing Genk defender Eric Matoukou. (News of the World)

Manchester City players are living in fear that their jobs will be taken by big-money imports brought in by the club's new owners. (News of the World)

Meanwhile, City boss Mark Hughes has said there is no chance of him signing Brazilian striker Ronaldo. (Various)

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Sunderland boss Roy Keane is set for fresh talks over a £3m-a-year contract extension. (News of the World)

Hull manager Phil Brown wants to sign Newcastle striker Alan Smith initially on loan. (News of the World)

Sheffield United right-back Kyle Naughton, 19, is attracting the attention of Manchester City and Arsenal. (Sunday Express)

Celtic are set to make a £4m January transfer bid for Genk's Israel striker Elianiv Barda but face competition from Bolton, Borussia Dortmund and Heerenveen. (News of the World)

Hamilton Academical are considering offering a contract to freed Hibernian midfielder Brian Kerr. (Various)

Wolves and Sheffield United are leading the chase for Aston Villa midfielder Wayne Routledge. (News of the World)

Coventry will slash their asking price for Michael Mifsud from £1.5m to £750,000, which will alert Norwich and Crystal Palace. (News of the World)

Doncaster are ready to loan out striker Darren Byfield, with MK Dons and Millwall keen. (News of the World)

Kilmarnock are interested in taking Rangers' young Cypriot midfielder Giorgos Efrem on loan in January. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United's top brass have been discussing the possibility of bringing Jose Mourinho to the club to replace manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of next season. (News of the World)

QPR have made Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson their top choice to replace Iain Dowie. (News of the World)

But Rangers chiefs Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone are fighting Lakshmi Mittal to appoint Terry Venables as manager instead. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has turned up the heat ahead of Sunday's clash with Liverpool by insisting the Reds will never be considered great until they end the long wait for the Premier League title. (News of the World)

West Ham striker Craig Bellamy says new boss Gianfranco Zola has transformed the club since he took over and claims he is already a better player under the Italian's influence. (News of the World)

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New Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre believes the current crop of young Gunners can go on to be better than the youngsters that achieved so much success at his old club Manchester United. (News of the World)

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney faces the threat of an FA charge for kissing the badge on his shirt during the 1-1 draw at Everton on Saturday. (Mail on Sunday)

And Newcastle's Joey Barton could be in the same position after he also kissed his club badge in response to provocation at Sunderland. (Sunday Express)

England manager Fabio Capello is believed to have been unimpressed by David Bentley's attitude when the Tottenham player was called into the national squad, and an FA source says the midfielder is unlikely to get another chance. (News of the World)

David Beckham has revealed he is joining AC Milan on loan from LA Galaxy purely to save his England career. (Various)

Former prime minister Tony Blair will be asked to help lead England's floundering bid to host the 2018 World Cup. (Mail on Sunday)

Uefa president Michel Platini has claimed England will never win the World Cup as long as the Premier League is dominated by foreign players. (The Observer)

Former Dundee players Stevie Frail and Ray Farningham are poised to be named as the club's new management team. (Sunday Mail)

Misc

A group of Benedictine nuns have bought shares in Croatian side Hadjuk Split. The 19 sisters purchased 50 shares worth about £3,000, putting them among the club's top 20 shareholders. (Sunday Times)

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has become an official ambassador for Mercedes and they are considering using him to promote their luxury cars. (News of the World)

Chelsea have instigated a comprehensive financial audit of club expenditure in a cost-cutting exercise as the financial crisis begins to bit at the highest-spending club in football. (The Observer)

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear has earned £277 per minute since taking the reins at the club - despite having yet to guide them to a win. (News of the World)

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ENGLAND GOSSIP

Fabio Capello "lost his temper" with the England squad when a training session on Tuesday went wrong, according to goalkeeper David James. (The Guardian)

Capello earns £5.4m a year in his capacity as England boss, but has "lost" £1m of that converting it into Euros due to the economic crisis, in which the pound has fallen sharply against the European currency. (Daily Star)

The Football Association and Premier League will try to tailor next season to give Capello the maximum amount of time with his players ahead of the 2010 World Cup - but top-flight clubs will vote down the plans. (Daily Express)

Goalkeeper Scott Carson insists there is no comparison between his mix-up with John Terry for Germany's goal this week, and his disastrous performance against Croatia. (Various)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Middlesbrough will compete with Bolton to sign £2m-rated Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde in January. (Various)

Bolton are also chasing Hannover's 25-year-old winger Szabolcs Huszti. (Daily Mail)

Blackburn are trying to out-muscle Wigan in the race to sign Ecuador striker Cristian Benitez. (Daily Mirror)

Neil Warnock wants to bring Chelsea striker Ben Sahar, 19, to Crystal Palace. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not strip William Gallas of the captaincy following his outburst about his team-mates' lack of courage. (The Guardian)

Or, yes he will - but not before the Gunners' game against Manchester City on Sunday. (The Times)

Newcastle interim manager Joe Kinnear's much-hyped meeting with the club's reluctant owner Mike Ashley will not now take place after the trip to Chelsea on Saturday. "The goalposts have moved," said Kinnear. (Various)

Alan Shearer has already selected his backroom staff, should he be offered the Newcastle job on a permanent basis. Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee would become Shearer's assistant, with former coach John Carver rejoining the club. (Daily Express)

Manchester City players Michael Ball and Dietmar Hamann refused to warm up as subs during Sunday's 2-2 draw at Hull. Manager Mark Hughes sent the pair to play in the reserves on Tuesday as punishment. Hamann, however, says he didn't hear his manager's instructions. (Daily Mail)

Everton boss David Moyes is back in trouble with the FA just days after receiving a fine and warning about his future conduct. This time he has branded the FA "a law unto themselves". (Daily Star)

Juande Ramos, sacked at Spurs earlier in the season, wants to return to the Premier League. (The Times)

Dimitar Berbatov may miss the first Manchester derby of the season after suffering a thigh strain in Bulgaria's friendly against Serbia (which they lost 6-1) on Wednesday. (Guardian)

Sir Alex Ferguson's injury problems at Manchester United are mounting, as Wes Brown's ankle surgery looks set to keep him out until January. (Daily Mail)

Javier Mascherano, newly-appointed Argentina skipper under coach Maradona, insists he does not covet the captain's armband at club side Liverpool. (Various)

Carlton Cole is poised to sign a new four-year contract at West Ham. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth will send Jermain Defoe to doctors for tests following his half-time withdrawal in Wednesday's victory over Germany. Officially the striker came off with a calf injury, but club manager Tony Adams is worried about Defoe's recurring cramp problem. (Various)

Michael Appleton is in line to become Huddersfield manager - the former Manchester United and West Brom midfielder has been interviewed after Aidy Boothroyd, who turned down the post, recommended him. (Daily Express)

Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws will be offered a pay rise to stay on at the club, with Nottingham Forest, Doncaster and Huddersfield all chasing him. (Daily Mail)

Rangers chairman Sir David Murray has expressed a wish for Ally McCoist to succeed Walter Smith as manager of the Ibrox club, providing Smith can reclaim the league title from Celtic. (Herald).

Misc

Boxers Ricky Hatton and Pauli Malignaggi have been comparing dads ahead of their Saturday fight. Hatton's dad, Ray, played for his beloved Manchester City between 1966 and 1971, while Malignaggi's father Sebastiano played football professionally in Sicily. (Daily Express)

While Fabio Capello basks in the glow of adulation from every single British back page, former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is sweating over his job as Mexico coach following an away defeat to Honduras. (Various)

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Re: The Forum Rumour Thread

Voted for a Complete Waste of Time as people interested in football rumours will probably check gossip columns, listen to radios etc, in my opinion they should not be using AN ONLINE GAME FORUM to find them out or in my view they cant be that interested in transfer rumours if they are using this thread to find the rumours out.

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Voted for a Complete Waste of Time as people interested in football rumours will probably check gossip columns' date=' listen to radios etc, in my opinion they should not be using AN ONLINE GAME FORUM to find them out or in my view they cant be that interested in transfer rumours if they are using this thread to find the rumours out.[/quote']

Well you're the life and soul of the party ain't ya pal??

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