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Football Rumours on Wednesday 14th October

last updated Wednesday 14th October 2009, 9:56 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • Tottenham are prepared to listen to Italian club AC Milan about a potential swap deal involving Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko and Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. (Daily Mirror )

  • Meanwhile, Pavlyuchenko's agent has dismissed reports that the Russia striker has already signed a contract with Zenit St Petersburg. (The Independent)

  • Manchester City forward Robinho will ask for a January move if he fails to win first-team football at Eastlands. Barcelona are ready to make a £32.5m offer. (The Sun)

  • Barcelona could offer centre-back Carles Puyol or midfielder Yaya Toure as part of the deal. (Daily Star)

  • Or, Manchester City may use Robinho as bait to land Barcelona defender Eric Abidal. (The Times)

  • Manchester City and Spanish side Real Madrid will battle it out in the summer for Bayern Munich's £65m-rated Franck Ribery. (The Sun)

  • Blackburn and Sunderland are both keen on Stromgodset's £2m-rated Norwegian striker Marcus Pedersen. (The Sun)

  • West Brom have failed in a bid to sign former Notts County defender Sol Campbell, who is now a free agent after walking out on the club in September. (The Sun)

  • Portsmouth have reiterated their desire to keep hold of keeper David James, who is a reported target for Manchester United and Tottenham. (Daily Express)

  • Wigan are weighing up a move for Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey, who left the Latics last January. Heskey is keen to secure first-team football in order to cement his England World Cup place. (The Independent )
  • Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is likely to seek an explanation from midfielder Steven Gerrard as to why he remained on international duty despite aggravating a groin problem against Ukraine on Saturday. (Daily Telegraph )

  • Notts County director of football Sven-Goran Eriksson is being lined up to manage North Korea at the 2010 World Cup finals. (The Sun )

  • Eriksson is tempted by the move and has flown out to east Asia to hold final talks with North Korea football bosses. (The Guardian )

  • In other reports, Eriksson has turned down the opportunity to manage North Korea and is not interested in another national role. (The Times )

  • Meanwhile, Notts County fans are begging Eriksson not to bring in former England midfielder David Platt as manager to replace Ian McParland. (The Sun )

  • North Queensland Fury have dismissed reports linking striker Robbie Fowler with a move to League One side Tranmere as player-coach. (Daily Mirror )

  • Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri says he is ready for a return to first-team football having been out injured since July with a broken leg. (The Sun )

  • Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson has revealed it will be a "dream" to return to the club as manager one day. (Daily Record)

  • Newcastle United midfielder Nicky Butt has urged owner Mike Ashley to give temporary manager Chris Hughton the job full time. (The Sun )

  • Meanwhile, the American consortium aiming to buy Newcastle expect an answer on the success of their bid from Ashley this week. (Daily Mail )

  • Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will be protected by his own team of bouncers when he returns to old club Portsmouth on Saturday. (Daily Mirror )

  • Meanwhile, Spurs defender Jonathan Woodgate could be close to a return to action following a groin injury after coming through a practice match on Tuesday. (Daily Mail )
  • England manager Fabio Capello has held crisis talks with defender Rio Ferdinand about his defensive nightmare against Ukraine on Saturday. (Various )

  • Ruthless Capello also told midfielder David Beckham he was too tired to play in Saturday's game and banished him to the stands. (Daily Mail )

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