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Football Rumours on Friday 11th February 2011

last updated Friday 11th February 2011, 9:23 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • Real Madrid want first refusal on Cesc Fabregas if Arsenal decide to sell the Spain midfielder, who has been repeatedly linked with Barcelona.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is lining up a £25m summer move for Real Madrid playmaker Kaka, who played under Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at AC Milan.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned Chelsea and Manchester United that he will not sell Slovakia playmaker Marek Hamsik for less than £35m.
    (talkSPORT)

  • Manchester United want to sign full-back Jose Enrique from Newcastle in the summer and are prepared to pay £12m.
    (Caught Offside)

  • Sir Alex Ferguson's club are also considering a summer move for Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo after AC Milan put contract talks on hold with the veteran midfielder.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Having failed in his pursuit of Germany keeper Manuel Neuer, United boss Ferguson has set his sights on signing Netherlands stopper Maarten Stekelenburg in the summer.
    (Metro)

  • Meanwhile, Liverpool are planning a summer raid for Barcelona's Bojan Krkic, although the 20-year-old will cost £18m.
    (Caught Offside)

  • But the Reds face competition from Newcastle in their summer quest to sign Lille's £10m-rated Ivory Coast winger Gervinho.
    (talkSPORT)

  • Liverpool are also interested in Denmark's 18-year-old Ajax forward Christian Eriksen, who was watched in Wednesday's friendly against England by Reds assistant Sammy Lee.
    (Daily Mail)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • Manchester United are on the brink of being sold to Middle Eastern group Qatar Holdings for £1.6bn.
    (Daily Express)

  • Former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will be confirmed as West Brom's new boss next week.
    (The Sun)

  • The prospect of former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton taking over as Baggies boss has hit a snag over a bonus clause.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Tottenham will consider legal action if West Ham are selected as preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium.
    (The Guardian)

  • Spurs will consider moving to a new site away from White Hart Lane if, as expected, West Ham get the ground.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • England coach Fabio Capello will not be asked by the Football Association to remain in the post once his contract expires after the 2012 European Championship.
    (The Sun)

  • The FA will ban players from Premier League games if they fail to report for England duty. The national team were hit by the withdrawal of 24 players from their four representative teams this week.
    (The Mirror)

  • England Under-21 head coach Stuart Pearce has revealed for the time that he would be honoured to lead a Great Britain's team into the 2012 Olympics. Full story: the Times (subscription required) Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards is furious with claims made by by former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman that he bullied the FA board.
    (The Guardian)
AND FINALLY
  • Blackpool striker James Beattie could end up playing in goal if the Seasiders fail to gain special dispensation to sign a new keeper. With Matt Gilks already out, the Tangerines are down to one shot-stopper after Paul Rachubka damaged his knee in training - leaving only the half-fit Richard Kingson available for Saturday's visit of Aston Villa. And Beattie has put his name down to fill in for Kingson, who has already needed substituting once this season because of injury.
    (The Mirror)

  • Manchester City have ordered the closure of the Facebook site of the club's groundsman following an expletive-laden post about Manchester United ahead of Saturday's derby at Old Trafford.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • City will become the first club to officially warn their players of the dangers of social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.
    (Daily Mail)
























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