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Rumours on Thursday 6th November

last updated Thursday 06th November 2008, 9:46 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Manchester City are lining up a £10m bid to bring Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra to the club in January. (Daily Mirror)

  • Sunderland striker Michael Chopra is poised to rejoin Cardiff on a two-month loan deal. (Various)

  • Congo striker Tresor Mputu will fly to England next week for a trial with Blackburn after Arsenal's interest ended when they refused to pay the £4m asking price. (The Sun)

  • Bolton manager Gary Megson is set to make a £6m bid for 19-year-old Standard Liege midfielder Alex Witsel. (Various)

  • Leeds chairman Ken Bates has told Sunderland and Arsenal to forget about signing high-rated teenager Fabian Delph. (Various)

  • Robbie Savage has flown to Beirut for talks with Lebanese champions Al-Ansar about a possible move. (Daily Mail)

  • Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny is close to agreeing a new deal at Sheffield United which would double his wages to £26,000 a week. (Daily Mirror)

  • Hungarian goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly wants to leave Burnley after being relegated to third choice. (Various)

  • Leicester are set to sign free agent defender Marc Edworthy for the rest of the season. (Daily Star)

  • Leeds are poised to sign Preston winger Simon Whaley on loan. (Daily Star)

  • French giants Marseille are weighing up a shock January swoop for Rangers' 26-year-old Algeria defender Madjid Bougherra. (The Scottish Sun)
  • The pressure on West Ham owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson to sell the club has been increased by the reported collapse of his main business - Samson Holdings - in Iceland. (Daily Mail)

  • Former Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd has rejected an immediate return to management with Huddersfield. (Various)

  • Referee Martin Hansson has admitted he was wrong to award Liverpool a last-minute penalty which earned Rafael Benitez's men a draw against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. (The Sun)

  • Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is tempted to talk to former Arsenal team-mate Dennis Bergkamp about a coaching role at Portsmouth. (Various)

  • Elton John is to resign as life president of Watford "in light of developments over the past few months", according to a spokesman. (The Sun)

  • The linesman who gave the infamous "phantom goal" to Reading against Watford in September returns from suspension from Nottingham Forest's Championship game against Birmingham on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)

  • Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will attempt to solve Heurelho Gomes' confidence crisis by making an approach to Portsmouth for goalkeeping coach David Coles. (Daily Mail)

  • Sheffield United's £4m-rated right-back Kyle Naughton, 19, could find himself at the centre of an international tug of war, with both England and the Republic of Ireland checking up on his availability. (Daily Star)
  • The ex-girlfriend of suspended Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been arrested on suspicion of trashing his £40,000 Porsche. (The Sun)

  • Diego Maradona is locked in a power struggle with the Argentine Football Association which threatens to disrupt his reign as national-team coach just days after it started. The row centres around the make-up of Maradona's coaching staff. (Daily Mail)

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