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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

SUNDERLAND GOSSIP

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn is in no rush to find a replacement for former manager Roy Keane before Saturday's bottom-of-the-table clash with West Brom. (The Sun)

Thailand boss Peter Reid, who managed Sunderland from 1995 to 2002, has a clause in his contract allowing him to speak to English clubs and is keen on the Black Cats job. (Daily Mail)

Former Bolton and Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is still the leading British contender to take charge at the Stadium of Light, while ex-Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier, former Chelsea manager Avram Grant and Hamburg boss Martin Jol are also keeping tabs on the situation. (The Sun)

Hull City boss Phil Brown feels Allardyce is the right man for Sunderland after working under him at Bolton. (Daily Star)

Brown has joined former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley in saying he is not interested in taking the Sunderland job himself. (Daily Express)

Sunderland's caretaker management team of Ricky Sbragia and Dwight Yorke are not serious candidates to take the post on a permanent basis. (Daily Express)

Sbragia is highly regarded by the Sunderland board and has not ruled himself out of the running. (Daily Mail)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Newcastle striker Michael Owen - who will be a free agent in the summer - is being tracked by Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari. (The Sun)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is poised to make a new bid for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham will offer 5m plus midfielders Aaron Lennon and Jamie O'Hara - valued at 10m and 5m respectively - to tempt Liverpool into selling former Spurs striker Robbie Keane. (Daily Mirror)

Hertha Berlin striker Marko Pantelic is available for around 1.5m and is wanted by West Brom, Wigan, Everton and Middlesbrough. (Daily Mail)

Wigan manager Steve Bruce has put a 10m price tag on striker Emile Heskey, with Aston Villa, Liverpool and Tottenham all interested. (Daily Express)

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp thinks Heskey will wait until his Wigan contract ends in the summer before leaving the JJB Stadium. (The Times)

Blackburn are keen on former Liverpool defender Steve Finnan, who joined Spanish side Espanyol in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Former Middlesbrough midfielder Carlos Marinelli is eyeing a move to Bristol City. (The Sun)

Swansea will make a fresh bid for Derry City winger Niall McGinn after having a 175,000 offer turned down last week. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra says he does not want to leave Ibrox despite interest from several English clubs and French giants Marseille. (Daily Record)

OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Under-fire Blackburn manager Paul Ince insists he has the backing of his players and Rovers chairman John Williams. (The Sun)

Ince will be sacked if Blackburn fail to beat Wigan on Saturday. (Daily Star)

CFR Cluj star Juan Culio - known to the Romanian club's fans as Draculio - says Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has disrespected his side by saying he will quit if the Blues fail to win their Champions League Group A match on Tuesday and qualify for the knockout stage. (The Sun)

Watford manager Brendan Rogers is yet to sign a contract at Vicarage Road and could still walk out if he does not get assurances over his wages budget and control of the transfer market. (Daily Star)

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola says his assistant Steve Clarke is the best signing he will ever make as Hammers manager. (Daily Mirror)

Zola fears he could lose Clarke if the former Chelsea assistant boss receives an offer to go into management in his own right. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth owner Sasha Gaydamak insists there will not be a January clear-out of players at Fratton Park despite putting the club up for sale. (The Sun)

Pompey boss Tony Adams has also insisted he will not be forced into a January firesale of his star players. (Daily Star)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, has told Liverpool that he has ended his interest in buying the club after an unsuccessful two-year pursuit. (The Times)

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is hoping for a warm reception from West Ham supporters when he returns to Upton Park with Spurs on Monday night. (The Independent)

The SPL are to launch an enquiry into why Saturday's games at Kilmarnock and Motherwell were postponed due to frozen pitches despite both clubs having undersoil heating. (Daily Record)

Falkirk striker Steve Lovell has warned his team-mates they are not too good to avoid relegation from the SPL after Saturday's home defeat by St Mirren. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

During his club's tour of New Zealand, LA Galaxy and England midfielder David Beckham looked nervous before attempting a 130ft bungy jump - but ended up enjoying it so much that he insisted on having another go. (Various)



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see also
Sunday's gossip column
07 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
06 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
05 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
04 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
03 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
02 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - December 2008
05 Dec 08 |  Football


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