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Rumours on Friday 21st November

last updated Friday 21st November 2008, 9:08 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Middlesbrough will compete with Bolton to sign £2m-rated Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde in January. (Various)

  • Bolton are also chasing Hannover's 25-year-old winger Szabolcs Huszti. (Daily Mail)

  • Blackburn are trying to out-muscle Wigan in the race to sign Ecuador striker Cristian Benitez. (Daily Mirror)

  • Neil Warnock wants to bring Chelsea striker Ben Sahar, 19, to Crystal Palace. (Daily Mail)
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not strip William Gallas of the captaincy following his outburst about his team-mates' lack of courage. (The Guardian)

  • Or, yes he will - but not before the Gunners' game against Manchester City on Sunday. (The Times)

  • Newcastle interim manager Joe Kinnear's much-hyped meeting with the club's reluctant owner Mike Ashley will not now take place after the trip to Chelsea on Saturday. "The goalposts have moved," said Kinnear. (Various)

  • Alan Shearer has already selected his backroom staff, should he be offered the Newcastle job on a permanent basis. Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee would become Shearer's assistant, with former coach John Carver rejoining the club. (Daily Express)

  • Manchester City players Michael Ball and Dietmar Hamann refused to warm up as subs during Sunday's 2-2 draw at Hull. Manager Mark Hughes sent the pair to play in the reserves on Tuesday as punishment. Hamann, however, says he didn't hear his manager's instructions. (Daily Mail)

  • Everton boss David Moyes is back in trouble with the FA just days after receiving a fine and warning about his future conduct. This time he has branded the FA "a law unto themselves". (Daily Star)

  • Juande Ramos, sacked at Spurs earlier in the season, wants to return to the Premier League. (The Times)

  • Dimitar Berbatov may miss the first Manchester derby of the season after suffering a thigh strain in Bulgaria's friendly against Serbia (which they lost 6-1) on Wednesday. (Guardian)

  • Sir Alex Ferguson's injury problems at Manchester United are mounting, as Wes Brown's ankle surgery looks set to keep him out until January. (Daily Mail)

  • Javier Mascherano, newly-appointed Argentina skipper under coach Maradona, insists he does not covet the captain's armband at club side Liverpool. (Various)

  • Carlton Cole is poised to sign a new four-year contract at West Ham. (Daily Mirror)

  • Portsmouth will send Jermain Defoe to doctors for tests following his half-time withdrawal in Wednesday's victory over Germany. Officially the striker came off with a calf injury, but club manager Tony Adams is worried about Defoe's recurring cramp problem. (Various)

  • Michael Appleton is in line to become Huddersfield manager - the former Manchester United and West Brom midfielder has been interviewed after Aidy Boothroyd, who turned down the post, recommended him. (Daily Express)

  • Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws will be offered a pay rise to stay on at the club, with Nottingham Forest, Doncaster and Huddersfield all chasing him. (Daily Mail)

  • Rangers chairman Sir David Murray has expressed a wish for Ally McCoist to succeed Walter Smith as manager of the Ibrox club, providing Smith can reclaim the league title from Celtic. (Herald)

  • Fabio Capello "lost his temper" with the England squad when a training session on Tuesday went wrong, according to goalkeeper David James. (The Guardian)

  • Capello earns £5.4m a year in his capacity as England boss, but has "lost" £1m of that converting it into Euros due to the economic crisis, in which the pound has fallen sharply against the European currency. (Daily Star)

  • The Football Association and Premier League will try to tailor next season to give Capello the maximum amount of time with his players ahead of the 2010 World Cup - but top-flight clubs will vote down the plans. (Daily Express)

  • Goalkeeper Scott Carson insists there is no comparison between his mix-up with John Terry for Germany's goal this week, and his disastrous performance against Croatia. (Various)
  • Boxers Ricky Hatton and Pauli Malignaggi have been comparing dads ahead of their Saturday fight. Hatton's dad, Ray, played for his beloved Manchester City between 1966 and 1971, while Malignaggi's father Sebastiano played football professionally in Sicily. (Daily Express)

  • While Fabio Capello basks in the glow of adulation from every single British back page, former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is sweating over his job as Mexico coach following an away defeat to Honduras. (Various)

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