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Monday's gossip column

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Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz is ready to tell new manager Sam Allardyce that he will quit the club next month. (The Sun)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is keen to sign West Ham striker Craig Bellamy. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock believes he will lose his young stars in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

Bolton boss Gary Megson will make a move for Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle want to sign centre-half Matthew Upson. (The Independent)


Gus Poyet or Aidy Boothroyd will be named as manager of Leeds following the sacking of Gary McAllister. (The Sun)

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson is also in the running for the Elland Road hot-seat. (Daily Mail)

Football Association chairman Lord Triesman will try to convince Fabio Capello to stay on as England boss past the 2010 World Cup. (The Sun)

Lord Triesman also believes that Prince William and David Beckham are the right ambassadors to help bring the 2018 World Cup to England. (The Sun)

New AC Milan signing David Beckham wants to do "everything possible" to match Bobby Moore's record number of England caps. (Daily Express)

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear has laughed off suggestions he is about to take over at Sunderland. (various)

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is set to miss at least one Champions League tie following his sending off against Liga de Quito. (various)

Dundee United trio John Daly, Lee Wilkie and Sean Dillon are expected to sign new contracts this week. (The Courier)


Everton reckon 6ft 4in Belgian striker Marouane Fellaini is getting a raw deal from referees because he sticks out so much. He's has been booked eight times and assistant coach Steve Round said: "I think referees need to book him on merit rather that because it's 'big' Fellaini." (The Sun)

Sunderland striker Djbril Cisse's hair raised a few eyebrows against Hull on Saturday. Caretaker boss Ricky Sbragia said: "He looked like a snooker table. He can dye it tartan if he wants."

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see also
Sunday's gossip column
21 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
20 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
19 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
18 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - December 2008
19 Dec 08 |  Football

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