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Rumours on Friday 9th November 2007

last updated Friday 09th November 2007, 8:55 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is closing in on £10m-rated Russian international Roman Pavlyuchenko - the striker whose two goals have left England's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008 in tatters. (The Sun)

  • Eriksson is also trying to prise Partizan Belgrade teenager Stevan Jovetic away rivals Manchester United. (The Sun)

  • Former Spurs boss Martin Jol is holding out for the Holland job after turning down the head coach role at PSV Eindhoven. (The Times)

  • Wigan are sounding out a potential move for England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce and are also interested in Scotland manager Alex McLeish. (Daily Mirror)

  • Southampton boss George Burley is keen to sign Plymouth midfielder David Norris on loan. (The Sun)

  • Leicester are eyeing former Burnley boss Steve Cotterill to fill the hole left by Gary Megson. (The Times)

  • Meanwhile former Fulham manager Jean Tigana will fly in for talks with Foxes chairman Milan Manderic, while Joe Royle has also been linked with the vacant manager's job. (Daily Mirror)

  • Arsenal are watching Villarreal's Martin Caceres, currently at loan with Recreativo in La Liga. (The Sun)

  • Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen could be set for a return to the Premier League with West Ham, Portsmouth and Manchester City all interested in signing the former Chelsea striker. (The Sun)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • Sir Alex Ferguson says "he has absolutely no intention" of letting utility player Gerard Pique return to Spain, where Real Zaragoza lead a group of interested clubs. (The Times)

  • Scotland boss Alex McLeish believes the pressure will be on Italy when the world champions travel to Hampden for next week's Euro 2008 crunch match at Hampden Park. (Daily Record)

  • Michael Essien admits Chelsea are missing John Terry - but are coping in his absence. (The Guardian)

  • West Ham are open-minded about a potential groundshare with Tottenham, believing it would boost their funds for a new stadium. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Rafael Benitez wants his Liverpool players to use the memory of the 8-0 thrashing of Besiktas and make Anfield an impenetrable fortress. (The Guardian)

  • Derby boss Billy Davies will not gamble on Kenny Miller's fitness against West Ham, handing Alex McLeish a massive boost ahead of Scotland's match against Italy. (Daily Record)

  • Didier Drogba insists he deserves to be named European Footballer of the Year ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka. (Daily Mirror)
AND FINALLY...
  • Jose Mourinho has been involved in a playground spat with a 12-year-old boy. The former Chelsea boss was not so special when he was forced to write a formal apology to one of his daughter's classmates after pulling the child's hair. (Various)
























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