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Football Rumours on Sunday 18th October

last updated Sunday 18th October 2009, 8:59 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce believes he has found the long-term replacement for striker Benni McCarthy - Standard Liege's Congo star Dieudonne Mbokani, rated at £4m. (News of the World)

  • The threat of selling star trio Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano cannot be ruled out unless Liverpool sort out their debt problem. (News of the World)

  • Nani is fighting to save his Manchester United career after being left on the bench on Saturday and Sir Alex Ferguson may offload him in January if he can buy David Silva from Valencia. (News of the World)

  • Steve Bruce plans to raid north-east neighbours Newcastle in January to bring left-back Jose Enrique into the Premier League. (News of the World)

  • Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is monitoring midfielder Yossi Benayoun's situation at Liverpool as he prepares for the January transfer window. (News of the World)
  • A multi-national consortium, Intermarket Group, has launched a £100m to bid to buy troubled West Ham. They are confident of handing Gianfranco Zola a substantial budget for the January transfer window. The consortium is made up of wealthy West Ham fans and is led by Wall Street mogul, Jim Bowe. (News of the World)

  • Meanwhile, Zola faces a battle to hold on to some of West Ham's biggest young stars after a massive wage discrepancy emerged. Some of the youngsters in the first team are being paid just £400 a week. (News of the World)

  • Brazil will be paid 10 times as much as England in the Qatar friendly in November. The World Cup favourites are set to earn £4m from the match while England will collect just £400,000. (Sunday Mirror)

  • Two gambling firms which sponsor Premier League clubs have been condemned for offering live betting on academy games, with fears it puts teenagers at risk of corruption. Isle of Man-based 188bet and SBObet offer online betting on under-18 games, largely to satisfy their huge client base in the Far East. (The Sunday Telegraph)

  • Sir Alex Ferguson could be banned from the touchline for five matches. Key figures inside football he should not get away with his outburst against referee Alan Wiley, whom he branded as "unfit" following United's 2-2 draw with Sunderland two weeks ago. (The Mail on Sunday)
  • Fabio Capello stunned his England stars when he hurled a metal food tray against a hotel wall after spotting a player texting on his mobile phone during a meal while the team were in the Ukraine. (News of the World)

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