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Football Rumours on Sunday 11th October

last updated Sunday 11th October 2009, 8:59 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • Premier League clubs have been put on alert by a possible hitch in midfielder David Beckham's proposed loan move from LA Galaxy to AC Milan in January. Milan have been asked to pay the full value of Beckham's contract for his stay, around £70,000 a week, but they do not want to give more than £40,000. (News of the World )

  • Milan want to swap Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar with Tottenham forward Roman Pavlyuchenko. (News of the World )

  • Portsmouth's David James wants to move to Tottenham to ensure that he goes into the 2010 World Cup finals as England's first-choice goalkeeper. (Sunday Telegraph)

  • Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is monitoring midfielder Yossi Benayoun's situation at Liverpool as he prepares for the January transfer window. (News of the World)

  • City forward Robinho could make a loan move to Barcelona in January, with the Manchester club hopeful that midfielder Yaya Toure will come in the opposite direction. (News of the World)

  • Arsenal defender Gael Clichy is a £16m target for Real Madrid - the Frenchman's representatives have been contacted by the Spanish club with a view to a deal next summer. (News of the World)

  • Former Barcelona, Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Boudewijn Zenden is set to complete a move to Sunderland at the end of this week. (News of the World)

  • Manchester United and Chelsea are checking on Brazil's 19-year-old Vasco da Gama midfielder Alex Teixeira Santos at the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt. (News of the World)

  • United have stepped up their search for a top goalkeeper after losing faith in Ben Foster. (Sunday Express)

  • Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is keen to sign Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique. (News of the World )

  • Bolton manager Gary Megson is preparing a bid of around £2m to sign Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith in January. (News of the World)

  • A contractual dispute is hindering Portsmouth's efforts to sign Zimbabwe full-back Onismor Bhasera from South African side Kaizer Chiefs. (Sunday Times )
  • The Football Association will make a formal complaint to Fifa after Ukraine fans hurled burning flares at the England players during Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Dnipropetrovskt. (Sunday Times )

  • Sven-Goran Eriksson is on the brink of quitting as Notts County's director of football. (News of the World )

  • Portsmouth still face the threat of administration despite the club's largest takeover - because of £10m of debts to tax authorities. (Mail on Sunday )

  • Pompey manager Paul Hart has just two games to save his job - he needs results against Tottenham and Hull or he will be sacked with new director of football Avram Grant taking charge of the team. (News of the World)

  • Sir Alex Ferguson's apology to referee Alan Wiley for any embarrassment caused by comments the Manchester United boss made about him has been snubbed by Wiley's colleagues.

    The referees' union Prospect has threatened to sue Ferguson after his statement of apology seemed to question the fitness of all referees. (News of the World)

  • Ferguson's apparent bid to escape a Football Association ban for his controversial comments may yet end in failure with Alan Leighton, head of the referees' union, calling for the Scot to be severely punished. (News of the World )

  • Tom Hicks has paved the way for Prince Faisal al-Fahad bin Abdullah bin Saud to become a major Anfield stakeholder by signalling his eagerness for a new investor to buy out George Gillett, following yet another fall-out between Liverpool's American co-owners. (Sunday Times)

  • American businessman Stan Kroenke still owes Arsenal board members £50m despite edging closer to taking full control of the club. (Sunday Times )

  • The average Premier League player's salary has reached £1m a season, total player wages are on the verge of hitting £1bn a season and Premier League clubs are collectively £2.8bn in debt. (News of the World )

  • Stuttgart midfielder Alexander Hleb says he made a huge mistake by quitting Arsenal for Barcelona in 2008. (News of the World )
  • Not content with trying to conquer the world as a player, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is already planning for future campaigns - as a football manager. The 23-year-old has become one of the youngest England players to begin trying to qualify as a coach, having commenced studies for his Uefa B licence. (Sunday Times)

  • Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard's latest knee injury was cured by renowned surgeon Dr Richard Steadman's use of a dead man's cartilage. (News of the World )

  • Referee Mark Halsey, who is suffering from cancer, has astonished colleagues by asking for a return to Premier League duty. Halsey has begged referees boss Keith Hackett to put him back in the firing line but Hackett cannot oblige until the 48-year-old official has beaten the illness. (News of the World)

  • Concerned by claims that the Football Association is not making great enough use of the Royal Family in its efforts to bring the World Cup to England in 2018, Prince Williams has let it be known that he is keen to take on a more prominent role. (Sunday Telegraph )

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