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Football Rumours on Wednesday 8th September 2010

last updated Wednesday 08th September 2010, 8:50 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • Tottenham will renew their attempts to sign Aston Villa and England winger Ashley Young when the January transfer window opens. The 25-year-old was close to a move this summer until Martin O'Neill resigned as manager at Villa Park, which meant any transfer activity was put on hold.

  • PSV Eindhoven's Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay, 24, claims he turned down a move to Everton this summer because he did not like "the feel" of the Goodison Park club.
    (The Mirror)

  • Fiorentina's Italian international playmaker Riccardo Montolivo has played down speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal, saying he is "fine in Florence".
    (The Mirror)

  • Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer hopes to sign a pre-contract agreement with a European club in January in a bid to leave Fulham on a free transfer when his contract expires next June. Cottagers boss Mark Hughes denied the 37-year-old Australian the chance to move to Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
    (The Mirror)

  • West Brom striker Simon Cox could return to Reading on loan. The 23-year-old began his career at the Madejski Stadium but only made nine substitute appearances during a three-year spell.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Yuri Zhirkov will consider his future at Chelsea if he remains a bit-part player. Zenit St Petersburg and Spartak Moscow could move for the left-sided 27-year-old, who joined the Blues for £18m from CSKA Moscow in July 2009.
    (Daily Mail)
  • Carlo Ancelotti hopes to still be managing Chelsea as he approaches his 80s, saying he wants to stay in his current job for another 25 years. The former Juventus and Milan boss turned 51 in June.

  • Portsmouth have accused the Football Association of giving Tottenham preferential treatment on transfer deadline day. Spurs' £8m signing of Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid was only ratified a day later, while Portsmouth's move for Stoke City's Liam Lawrence failed after they missed the deadline by a minute.
    (Daily Star)

  • Aston Villa's delay in appointing former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier as their new manager is because of fears of a player backlash over the potential demotion of caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald. Houllier wants Phil Thompson, the man he worked alongside at Anfield, as his number two. However, the Villa squad are keen that MacDonald retains some role in first-team affairs.
    (The Mirror)

  • Houllier has agreed a three-year contract to be Martin O'Neill's full-time successor but Merseysider Thompson will not be his assistant. The former Kop favourite has, instead, decided to continue with his television punditry work.
    (The Guardian)

  • Brian Flynn has emerged as the favourite to be the next Wales manager if, as expected, John Toshack steps as he is thought to feel he has taken the side as far as he can. Flynn would be a popular choice, having come close to taking the under-21s to the European Championship.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • The Red Knights - the group hoping to buy Manchester United from the Glazer family - is willing to play a waiting game. With the club £716.5m in debt for the year ending June 2009, the group believes a dreaded double-dip recession could force a sale.
    (The Times)

  • Manchester United summer signing Bebe, who joined the Old Trafford club for £7.4m from Vitória de Guimaraes, claims he was shocked by his inclusion in manager Sir Alex Ferguson's Champions League squad. "I never thought I would have made it," said the 20-year-old Portuguese striker.
    (Daily Mail)
  • Merseyside police could step up security for Wayne Rooney's return with Manchester United to former club Everton on Saturday, with the possibility the England striker could be the subject of heightened abuse from Toffees fans in the wake of newspaper allegations about his private life.
    (The Mirror)

  • Defender Kolo Toure, who lost the Manchester City captaincy to Carlos Tevez on Roberto Mancini's arrival as manager, believes the Argentine was given the armband to boost his popularity within the squad.
    (The Sun)

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