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Rumours on Friday 11th January 2008

last updated Friday 11th January 2008, 8:20 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Fulham have been told they must find £8m if they are to take striker Marlon King from Watford to Craven Cottage. (The Star)

  • Manchester United are preparing a £12m-offer for long-term target Klaas Jan Huntelaar. (The Sun)

  • Meanwhile, after recent interest from Real Madrid, Manchester United have said they will never sell prized asset Cristiano Ronaldo. (Various)

  • Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka is desperate to join Chelsea and has urged the Blues to up their offer to the £15m his present club want. (The Sun)

  • However, Chelsea manager Avram Grant is growing impatient with Bolton and may explore other possibilities this January. (The Guardian)

  • Tottenham are keen to bring Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing and Daniel Jarque to the club. (The Times)

  • Former Tottenham striker Freddie Kanoute has admitted he would love the chance to return to White Hart Lane and team up with former Sevilla boss Juande Ramos. (The Sun)

  • Meanwhile, Ramos has told his scouts to look for a new keeper with Ajax stopper Maarten Stekelenburg a possible target. (The Times)

  • Blackburn manager Mark Hughes wants to sign Wigan and Wales midfielder Jason Koumas for £3.5m. (Daily Mail)

  • Reading have told Sunderland to forget their interest in midfielder Stephen Hunt after the Black Cats made an improved £4.5m offer for the Irishman. (The Guardian)

  • Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is ready to make an improved offer for Everton forward James McFadden and Hibernian defender David Murphy. (The Telegraph)

  • Newcastle's proposed £3m move for Porto defender Marek Cech has been put on hold after the departure of Sam Allardyce. (The Mail)

  • Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is close to agreeing a deal for SC Heerenveen striker Alfonso Alves. (The Times)

  • Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra says his desire to leave the club left him in the wrong frame of mind to face Spurs on Wednesday. (The Guardian)

  • Aston Villa have insisted that striker Marlon Harewood is not leaving the club with Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace among the clubs interested in the former West Ham man (Daily Express)

  • Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has been rewarded with a new one-year contract. (The Mail)
  • Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is torn over accepting the Newcastle job after being tempted with a £20m transfer kitty. (The Mail)

  • Redknapp has been told that he can use owner Mike Ashley's private jet to fly him to and from his home on the South Coast. (Daily Express)

  • Portsmouth will be given £3m in compensation if Redknapp decides to leave Fratton Park for Newcastle. (The Sun)

  • The cost of sacking Allardyce and recruiting Redknapp could cost Newcastle £9m. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Portsmouth have vowed to hold on to manager Redknapp and have told Newcastle they face a fight to secure his services. (The Times)

  • If Newcastle fail to land Redknapp then Blackburn manager Mark Hughes is next on their list. (The Guardian)
  • Former England manager Steve McClaren has revealed that mickey-taking friends bombarded him with umbrellas for Christmas. He claims to have hundreds in his house. (The Sun)

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