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Rumours on Friday 14th November

last updated Friday 14th November 2008, 8:40 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Wigan boss Steve Bruce will launch a £10m bid to sign Ecuador striker Cristian Benitez from Mexican side Santos Laguna. (Various)


  • Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez is determined to fight for his future at Old Trafford. (The Sun)


  • Real Madrid are interested in the Argentina striker but he wants to stay with United. (Daily Telegraph)


  • Even if Tevez wanted to join Real in January, he would be unable to move because his contract at United forbids it. (Daily Express)


  • United want to sign Tevez - who is only on loan with the Red Devils - on a permanent contract. (The Independent)


  • The Red Devils hope to conclude the deal for the 24-year-old, which could cost them as much as £30m, before the Club World Cup in Japan in December. (The Times)


  • Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has warned he will not pay over the odds for players in January despite his club's new wealth. (Daily Express)


  • Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz, Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge and Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra are top of Hughes' list of transfer targets. (Various)


  • But Wigan striker Emile Heskey, Stuttgart forward Mario Gomez, West Ham front man Craig Bellamy, Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings and Blackburn left-back Stephen Warnock are also on Hughes' radar. (Daily Express)


  • Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha could be used as a makeweight in a deal for Santa Cruz, while left-back Michael Ball, midfielder Dietmar Hamann and strikers Darius Vassell, Felipe Caicedo and Benjani Mwaruwari would also be allowed to leave Eastlands. (The Times)


  • Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has targeted Chelsea winger Florent Malouda, who he signed for the Blues during his time as manager at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror)


  • Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez will step up his efforts to offload out-of-favour Reds midfielder Jermaine Pennant in January and Blackburn are expected to make a bid for him. (The Guardian)


  • Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill fears the club will face another battle to keep midfielder Gareth Barry at the club in January. (Daily Mirror)


  • West Brom boss Tony Mowbray will offload up to six of his first-team squad in January to fund new signings. (The Sun)


  • Middlesbrough and Bolton will fight it out for Deportivo La Coruna's £2m-rated Canadian midfielder Julian de Guzman. (Daily Mirror)


  • Ipswich have decided not to offer Alex Bruce a new deal and the defender, who is out of contract in the summer, is being tracked by Norwich, Fiorentina, Genoa, Napoli, Preston and Burnley. (Daily Mail)


  • Sunderland are chasing highly rated Ipswich midfielder Owen Garvan. (Daily Mirror)


  • Former Aberdeen defender Richie Byrne is interested in a return to the SPL after his short-term deal with Oldham Athletic expired. (Daily Record)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • Chelsea are set to fine striker Didier Drogba £160,000 for throwing a coin into the crowd during Chelsea's Carling Cup fourth round defeat to Burnley. (Daily Mirror)


  • The Football Association are poised to hand Drogba a three-match ban over the incident and the police will launch their own investigation. (Daily Mirror)


  • Drogba could get a longer ban if the FA decides to treat his single-finger gesture at Burnley fans as a separate incident. (Daily Mail)


  • West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola, a former Chelsea striker, has defended Drogba's actions and says Premier League players should be shown more respect. (Daily Mirror)


  • But Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, says Drogba should be banned. (The Sun)


  • Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of football, is set to quit his post following his criticism of youth development in England. (Various)


  • Referee Steve Bennett has branded misbehaving managers and players as "animals" while demanding support for the FA's Respect campaign. (Daily Mirror)


  • Newcastle's interim manager Joe Kinnear will be handed a one-year contract to stay on as Magpies boss if owner Mike Ashley fails to sell the club. (Daily Mirror)


  • At least one of the two American parties vying to buy the Magpies are engaged in the due diligence process. (The Times)


  • Sunderland boss Roy Keane admits he is under growing pressure after his side's run of poor results, which has left them second-bottom of the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)


  • Gianfranco Zola has held showdown talks with his West Ham players after seeing them pick up just one point in their last six games. (The Sun)


  • Former Tottenham striker Les Ferdinand has joined Spurs boss Harry Redknapp's coaching staff and will work as consultant to the club's strikers. (Daily Mirror)


  • Redknapp's plan is to use a series of specialist coaches for attack and defence, in the same way as NFL teams train. (Daily Star)


  • New Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is confident he will have money to spend in the January transfer window despite the Fratton Park club being up for sale. (Daily Mirror)


  • Diego Maradona has dismissed suggestions he will resign as Argentina coach unless he gets his choice of assistant. (The Guardian)


  • Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry is on a five-man shortlist for the chief executive role in England's 2018 World Cup bid. (Daily Mail)


  • Keith Harris, the dealmaker who has been asked to find a buyer for Everton, says a groundshare with Liverpool is the only way ahead for both clubs as they struggle to move plans for new stadiums forwards. (The Independent)


  • Argentina forward Lionel Messi hopes to be at Hampden Park to watch his side's friendly with Scotland despite being refused permission to play by his club Barcelona. (Daily Record)


  • Former Celtic star Mike Galloway has applied to be the new manager of Scottish Third Division side Berwick Rangers after Allan McGonigal's exit. (Daily Record)
AND FINALLY
  • Portsmouth goalkeeper David James is being forced to drive a clapped-out Reliant Robin by his team-mates after being voted the club's worst trainer. (Various)


  • Hull's Guinea international defender Kamil Zayatte's lack of English means he has to use sign language to communicate with team-mates during matches. (Daily Mail)


  • When he arrived at Tynecastle, Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo thought Jambos striker Christian Nade was a "fat student" who had turned up to watch the club train. (Daily Record)


  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Adam Rooney says his mum's Irish stew is behind his side's resurgence in form after introducing his team-mates to her cooking. (Daily Record)










































































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