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Football Rumours on Sunday 14th Oct 2012

last updated Sunday 14th October 2012, 8:53 AM


  • Chelsea and Manchester City are leading the chase for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 26, who has a release clause of £45m.
    (Sunday Express)


  • Liverpool and Newcastle will both compete for the signature of Celtic's in-form striker Gary Hooper, 24.
    (Metro)


  • Aston Villa bought Darren Bent in a £24m deal from Sunderland in January 2011 Aston Villa are ready to sell striker Darren Bent, 28, in the January transfer window.
    (People)


  • Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton is an early favourite for the vacant managerial post at Burnley, following Eddie Howe's return to Bournemouth.
    (Lancashire Telegraph)


  • Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will need his team to be successful in the Champions League if the club are to spend big money on future signings.
    (Sundy Mirror)


  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be given £35m to spend in the January transfer window - but the Frenchman is still not sure whether to spend it.
    (Daily Mail)



    OTHER GOSSIP

  • England winger Theo Walcott says his collision with San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini in Friday's World Cup qualifier felt like "[being] hit by a bus".
    (The Sun)


  • Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Gunners striker Olivier Giroud, 26, is the "main man" at the club.
    (talkSPORT)


  • Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 22, is not a good role model, says the club's football administrator Brian Marwood.
    (Sundy Mirror)


  • Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he often calls up former Villa manager Martin O'Neill for advice - and he has every intention of carrying on doing so.
    (Birmingham Mail)


  • Defender John Terry, 31, has damaged Chelsea's reputation, says former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman.
    (Sundy Mirror)


  • Former Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate says he rejected the chance to become the FA's technical director because he didn't have enough understanding of coaching.
    (Sundy Mirror)



    AND FINALLY

  • The FA's multi-million pound centre of excellence has attracted criticism for its admission charges. A basic visit to St George's Park in Burton costs £11 but the top tour, which features two hours of coaching and the use of the England dressing room, costs £2,275 for a group of 12.
    (The Sun)


  • A new report on Brazilian players reveals there are 606 playing in 40 top-flight European leagues, and 1,169 playing outside their own country.
    (The Observer)


  • Meanwhile, a Sun report claims 126 ex-footballers are in prison and that drug cartels in South America and Europe recruit vulnerable former players in the UK.
    (The Sun)


  • Former Juventus and Italy striker Alessandro Del Piero was overshadowed by ex-England forward Emile Heskey as Newcastle Jets beat Sydney FC 3-2 in Australia.
    (Metro)




















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