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Rumours on Friday 8th September 2006

last updated Friday 08th September 2006, 8:17 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

Free agent Diego Tristan is being courted by four English clubs. He is flying in today for talks with - in no particular order - Bolton, West Ham, Charlton and Newcastle. (Mirror)

Charlton are also keeping an eye on USA international Clint Dempsey, who is keen to quit the New England Revolution. (Independent)

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce is in talks with Arsene Wenger about the possibility of extending striker Niklas Bendtner's loan deal to the end of the season. (Express)

Portsmouth had a £6m bid for Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe turned down on deadline day. (Variuos)

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has put a price tag of £6m on Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim to ward of interest from Pompey. (The Times)

Wanderers are set to pay Coventry £1m for Coventry's Temitope Obadeyi. The initial fee for the 16-year-old will be £150,000. (Mail)

Sheffield United have decided against signing Senegal midfielder Khalilou Fadiga because of concerns over his lack of fitness. (The Times)

Blackburn have told Shabani Nonda his loan move from Roma will become permanent if he bangs in the goals. (Mirror)

Stephane Henchoz will return to Blackburn as they seek to bolster their defensive ranks with Ryan Nelsen injured and Andy Todd unsettled. (Mail)

Hull's former England international Nicky Barmby is being tracked by Sheffield Wednesday with a view to a loan deal. (Various)

Coventry are set to sign Rafa Gonzalez after the Spanish goalkeeper impressed during a trial. (The Sun)

Wolves want to sign Newcastle winger Alan O'Brien on loan. (Various)

Tottenham striker Mido has gone on a crash diet over the summer as he will be fined if his weight rises above a certain level. To help avoid a pay-out the Egyptian is also now sporting a crew-cut. "I've lost about 22lb and the hair was about 7lb!" he said. (Various)

Wayne Rooney floored Michael Gray with one punch after the "sleazy" Blackburn full-back made unwelcoming advances to the England star's girlfriend Coleen in a trendy Manchester bar. (The Sun)

The Premiership is facing a new bungs scandal after an undercover BBC probe into illegal payments. (Various)

Simon Clifford, Sir Clive Woodward's right-hand man at Southampton, says the new BOA director of performance was too weak to make a mark in football. (Guardian)

Ashley Cole did not move from Arsenal to Chelsea for money. Winning titles and playing with superstars was his motivation. (Various)

Ronaldinho says Werder Bremen and not Chelsea are Barcelona's main rivals in their Champions League group. "The hype surrounding Chelsea takes my breath away," said the Brazilian. (Express)

Hearts star Saulius Mikoliunas hitched a lift back from Lithuania on a flight with the Tartan Army. (Daily Record)

Scotland outcast Richard Hughes has had a bitter swipe at manager Walter Smith. (Daily Record)

Neil Warnock tried to sign Jason Roberts and Benni McCarthy over the summer. Now he has to try and work out a way of stopping them as Sheffield United prepare to play Blackburn. (Various)

Liverpool new-boy Fabio Aurelio says team-mate Craig Bellamy reminds him of his superstar countrymen. If you're wondering, it is the way "he runs and hits the ball" that marks the Welshman out as an equal to Ronaldinho, Robinho and co. (The Sun)

Tony Gale has urged his former club West Ham to forget about bringing Sven-Goran Eriksson in as their new manager. "We saw what happened with Sven in the World Cup," he said. "I'd rather have Nancy (dell'Olio) in charge." (The Sun)

Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd is getting fed up of seeing himself on TV. "Wherever I go I have to run away. After seeing me on the screen my wife has told me I need a makeover!" (Various)




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