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Last Updated: Monday, 16 October 2006, 07:07 GMT 08:07 UK
Monday's football gossip

Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally...


Wayne Rooney has opened 'contract-for-life' talks with Manchester United. (Daily Star)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is ready to move for Hibs' exciting 3m-rated attacking midfielder Scott Brown. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Southampton are trailing rookie Crewe striker Luke Varney. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool and Newcastle are set to go head-to-head in a battle for Blackburn defender Lucas Neill. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are lining up a 1.5m bid for versatile Crewe teenager Billy Jones. (Daily Mirror)

AC Milan midfielder Rino Gattuso could be back at Rangers in a couple of years. (Daily Record)


El Hadji Diouf was dragged away by Bolton officials after a tunnel bust-up following the final whistle of their win at Newcastle. (Various)

David Beckham's Real Madrid career was thrown into more doubt when he was subbed in Saturday's defeat at Getafe. (The Sun)

Chelsea will call for referee Mike Riley to be punished for making Chelsea keeper Petr Cech crawl off the pitch to receive treatment. (Daily Mirror)

Cech, who could need a metal plate in his head, wanted to play on despite his horrific collision with Reading winger Steve Hunt. (Daily Express)

Chelsea's third-choice goalkeeper Henrique Hilario, who will be thrown in at the deep end against Barcelona on Wednesday, has terrible memories of facing the Spanish giants. (Daily Express)

Fulham's Jimmy Bullard will find out whether an initial operation on his damaged knee has been a success when he returns to the United States in December. (Daily Express)

Celtic's preparations for their Champions League tie with Benfica were thrown into chaos by a series of injuries. (Daily Record)

FA chief executive Brian Barwick missed England's trip to Croatia because he had an important meeting about the imminent Wembley peace deal with Multiplex. (Daily Mail)

Wembley will open early next year and be ready to host the 2007 FA Cup final. (The Daily Telegraph)


Some newspapers who cannot recoup their airfares from Steve McClaren's aborted trip to Seattle to learn from their NFL side are considering sending cardboard cut-outs of the England coach to meet Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren instead. (Daily Mail)

Max Clifford fears Steve McClaren will be left exposed without his nous and guidance. (Daily Mail)

Sunday's football gossip
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