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Last Updated: Friday, 24 February 2006, 03:51 GMT
Friday's gossip column

Real Madrid have secured a "firm agreement" to sign Arsenal full-back Ashley Cole. (Daily Express, Daily Star)

Martin O'Neill has turned down the chance to manage Newcastle, preferring to stay in the running for the England job. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea will get rid of Asier del Horno at the end of the season, with Real Madrid interested in him as a replacement for Roberto Carlos. (Daily Mail).

Terje Hauge, the referee who sent off Del Horno against Barcelona, has received death threats. (The Sun, The Guardian)

The Blues will appeal against the red card Del Horno received against Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid are lining up a 15m move for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan boss Paul Jewell is a surprise contender for the vacant Newcastle manager job. (Daily Mirror)

Hull boss Peter Taylor says he would jump at the chance of managing England. (The Times)

Chester's Sean Hessey could face an FA ban after being accused of biting another player. (Daily Mail)

Edwin van der Sar says winning the Carling Cup will not make up for Manchester United's failure to make an impact in the major competitions. (Daily Express)

Soaring costs have tipped the overall expenditure on the new Wembley Stadium towards 1bn. (The Guardian)

Negotiations have restarted between Celtic and Stephen McManus about a new contract until 2009. Shaun Maloney is in talks about a new deal despite having 17 months left on his present one. (Daily Mail)


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