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Last Updated: Friday, 26 May 2006, 02:22 GMT 03:22 UK
Friday's gossip column

Wayne Rooney's scan has produced inconclusive results, and means his World Cup fate will be decided by meetings between Football Association and Manchester United medical staff. (The Times, Daily Mail)

The scan is actually "encouraging" and Rooney will play some part in the tournament. (Daily Mirror, Daily Express)

Rooney has told Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson that he is ready to play in the World Cup. (The Sun)

Man Utd will ask the FA to pay Rooney's wages if he comes back from the World Cup injured. (The Sun)

AC Milan have asked striker Andriy Shevchenko to write an open letter to the fans in an attempt to pressure him into staying at the club. (The Times)

Shevchenko is on his way to Chelsea, but the details of the deal - which could see William Gallas move to the San Siro - are still being ironed out. (Daily Star, Daily Mail)

Actually, Shevchenko is staying in Italy with Milan. (The Sun)

West Ham and Tottenham are among several clubs interested in Rennes midfielder Kim Kallstrom, a player who has been dubbed "the Swedish Steven Gerrard". (The Times)

Hammers boss Alan Pardew is prepared to press on with his move for Newcastle's controversial midfielder Lee Bowyer, despite likely opposition from fans. (Daily Mail)

James Milner is not certain to make his loan move from Newcastle to Aston Villa into a permanent deal, with Wigan interested in the 20-year-old. (The Times, The Sun)

Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson still favours a move to Everton, but the club may not be able to match the bids already made by Wigan and Bolton. (The Times)

Johnson's former Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie is also in demand after having talks with Middlesbrough, and could have his pick of the Boro or Charlton manager jobs. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea's Eidur Gudjohnsen will leave the club, with Newcastle and Seville among the clubs to have made enquiries. (The Times)

Scotland boss Walter Smith says he will not be supporting England at the World Cup. (Various)

Arsenal and Spurs are fighting it out to sign West Brom centre-back Curtis Davies. (Daily Mirror, Daily Express)

West Brom assistant boss Nigel Pearson is in talks with Ipswich over the vacant manger position at Portman Road. (Daily Mirror)

Premiership clubs will vote on whether to increase - from six to seven - the number of substitutes a manager can pick his three replacements from. (The Daily Telegraph)

Henrik Larsson had to reject a return to Celtic because he had already agreed to sign for Swedish side Helsingborg. (Daily Record)

Caretaker Valdas Ivanauskas will find out on Monday if he is to be appointed as Hearts' new manager. (Daily Record)

Grant Brebner set to sign for Australian outfit Melbourne Victory if the midfielder can finalise a pay-off from Dundee United. (The Sun)

Uefa are to inform Rangers that the club faces the prospect of an Ibrox stand, or stands, being shut down if there is any recurrence of the sectarian chanting that this week brought a severe censure and a 13,000 fine. (The Herald)

Neil Lennon could hold out for more money after Celtic asked the long-serving midfielder to take a second successive summer wage cut to earn a new contract. (Daily Mail)


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