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Rumours on Saturday 6th December

last updated Saturday 06th December 2008, 9:54 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Rafa Benitez could place £20m striker Robbie Keane on the transfer list in January. Benitez will rest Keane against Blackburn with the former Spurs star struggling to find the net. (Various)

  • Mark Hughes has dismissed earlier rumours linking Manchester City with nine-figure fees for top European players as "outlandish". (Times)

  • However, Hughes could offload misfiring striker Jo to the Brazilian's old club, CSKA Moscow. (Mirror)

  • Joe Kinnear expects to have £12m to bring two or three players to Newcastle in January. (Independent)

  • Roman Pavlyuchenklo wants his Russia team-mate Andrei Arshavin to join him at Tottenham. (Sun)

  • Left-back Herita Ilunga has labelled West Ham a ­second-rate club and revealed he plans to use the Hammers as a stepping stone to get a move. (Daily Star)
  • Sunderland could try to lure Phil Brown away from Hull City to fill the managerial position vacated by Roy Keane. (Various)

  • However, Sam Allardyce is the bookies' favourite for the job. (Various)

  • The new chairman of the company that owns Sunderland, Per-Magnus Andersson, says Keane's "unstable personality" made him unsuitable for management. (Guardian)

  • Arsene Wenger says he came so close to signing Cristiano Ronaldo for Arsenal that he even had a shirt made up with the Portuguese winger's name on the back. (Various)

  • But Wenger only managed to seduce Ronaldo's mum, Maria Dolores - Ronaldo instead decided to join Carlos Queiroz at Old Trafford. (Sun)

  • Meanwhile, Ronaldo - who played a role in Wayne Rooney's dismissal when England met Portugal at the 2006 World Cup - says he would not hesitate to help get Rooney sent off should the two meet again in an international. (Daily Star)

  • Blackburn boss Paul Ince says there is a campaign against managers like himself and Roy Keane by people "out to get us". (Various)

  • Ince faces the sack after Saturday's game against Liverpool, with Graeme Souness in line for a return and Sam Allardyce lined up as an alternative. (Daily Mail)

  • Luiz Felipe Scolari is coming under pressure at Chelsea after a series of team meetings in which players vented their frustrations. (Sun)

  • Kevin Keegan has been warned he could face a painful and costly case if he pressed ahead with his legal battle against former Newcastle United employer, Mike Ashley. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez says Chelsea are "too old" to win the title. (Sun)
  • Manchester City striker Jo has revealed the real reason behind fellow Brazilian team-mate Robinho's widely-reported bus trips around Manchester. "I'll tell you why Robinho got the bus," said Jo. "It's because he hasn't learned how to drive on the left-hand side of the road yet. He only knows how to drive on the right." (Sun)

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