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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs is to be offered £200,000 a week to finish his career in Dubai. United midfielder Paul Scholes and defender Gary Neville can also expect lucrative deals from Middle East clubs. Top outfits in the UAE League, including Al Ahli, have already discussed signing the trio next summer.
Full story: the Sun

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to bolster his central midfield options and has put Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich and Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone at the top of his wish list.
Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea are also keeping tabs on Schweinsteiger who is a free agent at the end of the season.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile Ferguson is considering an audacious double swoop to bring Napoli's attacking pair Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani to Old Trafford.
Full story: caughtoffside

Sunderland have put a £20m price tag on midfielder Jordan Henderson, who is being tracked by Manchester United.
Full story: Daily Express

Manchester rivals United and City are to lock horns again in the pursuit of River Plate's young Argentine striker Rogelio Funes Mori.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal are tracking Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes. The 22-year-old German has been a regular since making his debut at 17 and can play at full-back or centre half.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool are ready to offer Roma's want-away striker Mirko Vucinic an escape route in January.
Full story: TalkSport

The Reds are rumoured to be lining up a January move for Blackpool's attacking midfielder Charlie Adam.
Full story: caughtoffside

And Liverpool have been offered Lyon's Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham are battling Sevilla to sign Getafe's Ghanaian midfielder Derek Boateng.
Full story: TalkSport

Spurs are also continuing to monitor Karim Benzema's situation at Real Madrid but fear being priced out of an impending auction for the French striker. Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is preparing to let striker John Carew leave Villa Park, and may replace him with Manchester City forward Roque Santa Cruz.
Full story: Daily Mirror


Blackburn Rovers' prospective new owners are considering selling the naming rights to Ewood Park.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Former Chelsea and West Ham assistant manager Steve Clarke has failed to agree personal terms with Newcastle over a deal to become Chris Hughton's number two at St James' Park.
Full story: the Sun

Hughton and Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson are 6-4 joint-favourites with bookmakers to be the next Premier League manager to get the sack. West Ham boss Avram Grant is 7-4. (Racing Post)

With the Hammers bottom of the table after picking up only six points from nine games, Grant has two games to save his job.
Full story: Daily Star

Hodgson says he has discovered Liverpool's answer to Chelsea centre-back John Terry - and it is Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos. The Reds boss says Kyrgiakos can head the ball as well as Terry, former Arsenal defender Tony Adams and ex-Leeds centre-back Jack Charlton.
Full story: the Sun

Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel is set to play into his forties with the club ready to offer the 39-year-old American a new contract.
Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has called for players who dive to be banned for three games.
Full story: the Sun

Administrator Andrew Andronikou has revealed cash-strapped Portsmouth twice came within hours of being closed down.
Full story: Daily Star

Premier League clubs are Europe's top earners when it comes to shirt sponsorship deals. Top-flight English sides are pocketing £112m this season - £9m more than Bundesliga teams.
Full story: the Sun

The Inland Revenue will move to close the tax loophole used by Premier League footballers to protect their multimillion pound salaries. The EFRBS - employer-financed retirement benefit schemes - are legal and have been routinely offered by clubs as part of contract negotiations with top players. They allow high earners such as footballers or City bankers to pay 50 per cent of their income at source into trusts, which prevents the Revenue from taxing them fully.
Full story: the Independent

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has promised not to bow to intimidation even though his house was attacked in the aftermath of Sunday's Old Firm game against Rangers.
Full story: the Guardian

Former referee Kenny Clarke has hit out at Celtic manager Neil Lennon for his recent criticism of officials.
Full story: Daily Record


Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar, who turns 40 today, has set his sights on another Premier League and Champions League double before calling time on his career.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool players will wear poppies on their kit this November after the personal intervention of manager Roy Hodgson. The Anfield club were one of only two Premier League teams to have commemorative strips over the Remembrance weekend last season. Manchester United, the only other, have not said whether or not they have had a change of heart.
Full story: Daily Mail

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see also
Thursday's gossip column
28 Oct 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
28 Oct 10 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
27 Oct 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
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