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Football Rumours on Saturday 11th February 2012

last updated Saturday 11th February 2012, 9:38 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are set to fight it out for Ajax's Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen, 24, in the summer.

  • Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck says he believes Liverpool want to sign their 26-year-old Congolese striker Dieumerci Mbokani.
    (Inside Futbol)
  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson reckons the longevity of 38-year-old winger Ryan Giggs is down to his yoga regime.
    (Daily Star)

  • Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has cheekily hinted that rival boss Ferguson should be the next England manager.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Demba Ba has backed Papiss Demba Cisse to find the net regularly for Newcastle Newcastle striker Demba Ba says his new forward partner, and Senegal team-mate, Papiss Cissé can fire Newcastle into the Champions League.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Aston Villa keeper Shay Given has told fans to lay off under-fire boss Alex McLeish - and blame the players instead for their recent below-par performances.

  • McLeish and winger Charles N'Zogbia were involved in a dressing room bust-up following the club's defeat by Newcastle.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manager Mick McCarthy has delivered a heartfelt message to Wolves fans - declaring he wants results to improve for them.
    (Express and Star)

  • Blackburn striker Yakubu has revealed he rejected interest from QPR in January to help preserve Rovers' Premier League status.
    (Lancashire Telegraph)

  • Tottenham have been told to forget about recruiting David Moyes as their next manager - by Everton defender John Heitinga.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Meanwhile, Everton boss Moyes has admitted to serious worries over Jack Rodwell's fitness after the midfielder suffered his third hamstring injury in three months.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused the Spanish press of trying to unsettle Robin van Persie after the player was quoted as saying he would be interested in joining Real Madrid.
    (Daily Mail)

  • West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson has refused to throw his name in the hat for the England job.
    (The Sun )

  • Newcastle manager Alan Pardew ruled out replacing Fabio Capello as England manager because of the media pressure that comes with the job.

  • Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has dismissed the prospect of managing England on a part-time basis for the European Championships.
    (Daily Express)

  • An Italian television programme has presented Capello with a special statuette for enduring a week to forget - the third time he has won the award.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Gareth Barry has been championed for the England captaincy by his Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder has admitted he could have joined the Red Devils during the January transfer window.
  • Former England captain David Beckham has been captured on camera showing his sensational skills on the foosball table.
    (The Sun)

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