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Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to launch a bid to sign Bayern Munich's German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger as a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

United's pursuit of Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been dealt a blow after Massimo Moratti, the president of the Italian club, said the Dutchman would be staying with the European champions.
Full story: imscouting.com

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway says he could struggle to hold on to Charlie Adam if the Premier League's big clubs make offers for the in-form midfielder in January.
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool are reportedly considering an audacious swoop for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, whose contract at Goodison Park expires this summer.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing FC Schalke centre-back Benedikt Howedes.
Full story: imscouting.com

Stoke and Birmingham are battling it out to sign Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham have targeted Monaco forward Dieumerci Mbokani to boost their striking options.
Full story: imscouting.com

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is planning a big-money move for midfielder Gareth Bale from London rivals Tottenham this summer.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Blackpool are hoping to take advantage of Dundee going into administration and are poised to make a cut-price bid of about £150,000 for striker Leigh Griffiths. (the Sun)

Blackburn Rovers striker Nick Blackman is hopeful of extending his loan with Motherwell beyond January. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney did not watch his side's 2-1 win at Stoke on Sunday because he was relaxing in the pool during a holiday in Dubai. The England international - who celebrated his 25th birthday on Sunday - is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.
(Various)

Chelsea defender John Terry fears that Wayne Rooney's new five-year deal with Manchester United will kick-start his and the Red Devils season. "Wazza staying is massive for them," said Terry. "On the back of what has happened United will probably go and spend in January and at the end of the season."
Full story: the Sun

Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores has emerged as a potential candidate to manage Liverpool, who are ready to sack Roy Hodgson following the club's poor start to the season.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Former Hull City chairman Paul Duffen is ready to make a shock attempt to buy Portsmouth from new owner Balram Chainrai.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has laughed off claims that Spurs have approached Aston Villa and England winger Ashley Young.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Redknapp has offered his support to Peter Crouch in the face of criticism from fans over the striker's lack of goals. "He gives you something else," said Redknapp of Crouch, who has not scored in the Premier League since May. "You take Crouchie out of there and you've got to play perfect football to break teams down."
Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has claimed striker Andy Carroll and midfielder Joey Barton are good enough for England.
Full story: Daily Mirror

England head of football development Trevor Brooking has ruled out Wolfsburg boss Steve McClaren returning to manage the national side as successor to Fabio Capello.
Full story: the Sun

Former Fifa secretary-general Michel Zen-Ruffinen has called on soccer's governing body to allow an external investigation into the contest to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups following allegations of vote-selling.
(Swiss television)

Goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is set to quit Wigan if he remains second choice behind Oman international Ali Al-Habsi.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wolves striker Steven Fletcher has criticised Scotland boss Craig Levein for his negative tactics in the 1-0 loss to Czech Republic in the Euro 2012 qualifier on 8 October, and feels he is being frozen out of the national set-up.
(Daily Record)

West Ham manager Avram Grant insists his job is safe, despite a poor start to the season that has left his side at the foot of the Premier League table.
Full story: Daily Mail

Former Blackburn and MK Dons boss Paul Ince is hoping to return to management with Notts County, who sacked Craig Short on Sunday with the club 16th in League One.
Full story: Daily Mirror Hearts will today announce a debt-for-equity plan that, if approved by shareholders, will wipe £10m off the Scottish Premier League club's £35m debt. (the Scotsman)

Manager Walter Smith has told Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon, who complained about the referee, it was the Rangers side and not Willie Collum that defeated the Parkhead outfit in Sunday's Old Firm derby. (Various)

Former referee Kenny Clark says Willie Collum was wrong to award a penalty to Rangers in Sunday's 3-1 win over Celtic. (the Sun)

Former Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram says Willie Collum got it wrong when awarding a penalty against Celtic but that the Parkhead side's striker, Georgios Samaras, should have been sent off for a knee in the head of goalkeeper Allan McGregor in Sunday's Old Firm derby. (the Sun)

AND FINALLY

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, now playing for Perth Glory in Australia, got one over on the Aussie press this week when he told journalists his recent break back in England was actually an attempt to convince Wayne Rooney to join him down under. Perth boss Ian Ferguson said: "I'm actually gobsmacked this joke ran as far as it did."
(the Sun)

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher became the second-highest scorer of Premier League own goals after putting into his own net during Sunday's 2-1 win over Blackburn. The centre-back has now scored seven own goals, one behind Aston Villa's Richard Dunne, who had also scored at the wrong end this weekend in his side's 1-0 loss at Sunderland.
Full story: the Times (subscription)



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