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Rumours on Thursday 11th September

last updated Thursday 11th September 2008, 9:42 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Wigan boss Steve Bruce has blocked Sheffield United's attempts to sign Michael Brown on loan. (Daily Mirror)
  • Sheikh Mohammed has ditched Dubai International Capital and will use his own wealth to invest in Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)

  • Liverpool's owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are ready to sell the club but want £300m more than Sheikh Mohammed's valuation of about £450m. (Daily Mirror)

  • Arsenal's injured Croatian striker Eduardo, who suffered a fractured left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle in February, hopes to return to action before Christmas. (Daily Express)

  • Crocked Hearts defender Robbie Neilson is also hoping to make a comeback before the end of the year following his Achilles tendon surgery. (Daily Record)

  • Rangers star Lee McCulloch will speak out later this week to reveal why he chose to quit the Scotland set-up. (Daily Record)

  • Hibernian boss Mixu Paatelainen tried to lure ex-Hearts star Antti Niemi to Easter Road in the summer before injury forced the Finnish goalkeeper to retire. (Daily Record)

  • The £80m National Football Centre at Burton-on-Trent has again become a low priority in Lord Triesman's plans as chairman of the Football Association. (Daily Mail)

  • Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes Reds defender Jamie Carragher will achieve his dream of becoming manager at Anfield in 10 or 15 years. (The Times)

  • Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola has agreed a three-year deal to be the new West Ham manager. (various)

  • Zola will be unveiled as Hammers boss at a press conference on Thursday. (Various)

  • However, he will not start work until Monday. (The Sun)

  • The Italian's contract at Upton Park is worth £4.5m. (The Sun)

  • Zola will appoint Chelsea number two Steve Clarke and ex-Blues fitness coach Antonio Pintus as his backroom staff. (The Sun)

  • Another ex-Chelsea man, Pierluigi Casiraghi, will stay with the Italy Under-21 side after Zola resigned from his post in charge of that squad on Wednesday. (Daily Star)

  • Hammers caretaker boss Kevin Keen will continue on the coaching staff, although ex-West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio is not part of Zola's plans. (Daily Express)

  • Zola is still working towards getting a Uefa Pro Licence - the required coaching qualification to become a Premier League boss - but that is not expected to stop him taking the job. (The Independent)

  • Newcastle want Blackburn boss Paul Ince to be their new manager. (Daily Mirror)

  • But Rovers are convinced Ince will not leave Ewood Park. (Daily Express)

  • Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants a new boss installed in time for Saturday's home game against Hull City. (The Sun)

  • Tottenham first-team coach Gus Poyet, Zenit St Petersburg boss Dick Advocaat and Russia coach Guus Hiddink are all under consideration for the Magpies post. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Ashley is set to watch the match against the Tigers from the St James' Park directors box, rather than his usual position in the stand alongside Newcastle fans. (Daily Express)
  • Newcastle striker Michael Owen plans to build a £12m wonderland theme park on the Costa del Sol in the grounds of his new luxury retreat. (Daily Express)

  • Manchester City are spending £150,000 on a private plane to bring quartet Robinho, Elano, Jo and Pablo Zabaleta back from international duty in South America in time to face Chelsea on Saturday . (The Sun)

  • Or City will use outgoing owner Thaksin Shinawatra's private jet to fly the quartet back to Manchester. (Daily Express)

  • Scottish referee Stuart Dougal has been ruled out for two months with a broken wrist after slipping on colleague Dougie McDonald's kitchen floor. (Daily Record)

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