Rumours on Friday 7th December 2007

last updated Friday 07th December 2007, 8:44 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is set to make an £8m move for Newcastle's England striker Michael Owen in January. (Various)

  • Chelsea will allow striker Andriy Shevchenko to go out on loan in January and the striker is attracted by a move to Major League Soccer. (Mirror)

  • Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are interested in signing Arsenal's outcast keeper Jens Lehmann. (Mirror)

  • Brentford boss Terry Butcher has been given one match to save his job. (Sun)

  • Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is ready to launch a £1.5m bid for Derby striker Steve Howard. (Sun)

  • New Birmingham manager Alex McLeish wants to sign Sheffield United's Gary Naysmith - one of his old Scotland stars - in January. (Star)

  • Chelsea are confident they will clinch a £15m deal for Bolton's Nicolas Anelka in the transfer window. (Star)

  • Celtic will spark a transfer scramble by agreeing to sell striker Derek Riordan in January. (Record)

  • QPR have agreed a £2m deal for Sunderland's Daryl Murphy and a £150,000 move for Watford's Gavin Mahon. (Mail)
  • Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has held talks with Benni McCarthy and Robbie Savage after they became frustrated by his selection policy. (Mail)

  • Arsenal's Spanish keeper Manuel Almunia wants to play for England and is only a year away from becoming a British citizen, which will allow him to fulfil his ambition. (Various)

  • Didier Drogba is at war with Chelsea because they want to delay his knee operation while he wants to have it immediately. (Sun)

  • Former Derby boss Billy Davies is being lined up to succeed under-pressure Dave Jones as Cardiff manager. (Various)

  • Jose Mourinho has flown into England for secret talks with the Football Association about succeeding sacked coach Steve McClaren. (Various)

  • But the FA's director of football development Trevor Brooking is at odds with chief executive Brian Barwick over the choice of coach. Brooking wants another Englishman - and wants to return to old club West Ham for Alan Curbishley. (Mail)

  • Marcello Lippi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, is the surprise name on a short list of five for the England job, along with Mourinho, Fabio Capello, Jurgen Klinsmann and Martin O'Neill. (Mirror, Telegraph, Express)

  • Aston Villa manager O'Neill - who has publicly ruled himself out of the race - believes Mourinho would be "an excellent choice" to take over as England coach. (Times)

  • Jose's father Felix is, not surprisingly given that he is his dad, a big admirer and has given his "blessing" to him taking over as England coach. (Sun)
  • Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has ordered his players not to stay up late to watch the Ricky Hatton fight in the early hours of Sunday morning because he wants them fresh for Tuesday's decisive Champions League game in Marseille. (Various)

  • A well-known national newspaper stepped up its campaign to have Jose Mourinho appointed England coach by projecting a giant image of his face on to FA HQ at Soho Square along with the words "Call Jose". (Er, ok, The Sun)

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