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Rumours on Thursday 11th October 2007

last updated Thursday 11th October 2007, 9:47 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Leicester boss Gary Megson wants to sign Collins John from Fulham on loan. (Various)

  • Chelsea are concerned Frank Lampard could be a disruptive influence following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho and are prepared to sell the midfielder, with Real Madrid lining up a £9m bid when the transfer window opens in January. Didier Drogba could also leave following Mourinho's exit. (Daily Mirror)

  • New Chelsea boss Avram Grant wants to buy Brazilian Kaka from AC Milan even if he costs £100m. (Daily Express)

  • Man City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson will try to sign Jens Lehmann from Arsenal for £1m in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

  • Eriksson, meanwhile, will be able to buy Peter Crouch for £8m from Liverpool in the January transfer window. (Daily Mail)

  • Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack insists that he is happy at the club and wants to sees out the remaining two years of his contract. (The Sun)

  • Javier Mascherano has attempted to end speculation over his future by declaring he wants to sign a long-term deal with Liverpool. (The Sun)

  • Sunderland have decided against signing former Manchester City midfielder Kiki Musampa after a trial at the club. (The Independent)
  • John Terry could miss England's games against Estonia and Russia after injuring his knee in training on Wednesday. (Various)

  • Gareth Barry - and not Frank Lampard - will partner Steven Gerrard in the centre of England's midfield against Estonia on Saturday. (Various)

  • Gary Speed will be offered a coaching role at Newcastle if he cannot sort out his differences with Bolton boss Sammy Lee. (Daily Mail)

  • Man Utd defender Gary Neville has suffered another setback from his ankle ligament injury. (Daily Star)

  • Birmingham boss Steve Bruce wants face-to-face talks with prospective new owner Carson Yeung to discuss his position at the club. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Gillingham want sacked Crystal Palace boss Peter Taylor to become their new manager. (Various)

  • LA Galaxy star David Beckham has been told by doctors that he is not ready to return from his knee ligament injury. (The Sun)

  • Arsenal youngster Fran Merida has been told he must pay Barcelona £2.1m after leaving them for the Gunners, but the Premier League club are set to foot the bill. (Various)

  • Blackburn are unsure how long Roque Santa Cruz will be sidelined after a scan revealed tendonitis of the knee. (Various)
  • Portsmouth and England goalkeeper David James has revealed how he has now become a committed environmentalist - banning bonfires from his garden. (The Sun)

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