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Rumours on Thursday 6th December 2007

last updated Thursday 06th December 2007, 11:36 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Fulham are interested in signing West Ham's Bobby Zamora after striker Brian McBride suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury. (Express)

  • Wigan boss Steve Bruce has promised to spend money in the transfer window, regardless of how good his players are. "Even if every last one of them impresses me, I will still be looking to strengthen. We need competition for places and cover for injuries," he said. (Sun)

  • Celtic and Rangers could be interested in unsettled Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy. (Express)

  • Celtic manager Gordon Strachan will not be given a bigger transfer budget despite qualifying for the Champions League's last 16. (various)

  • Tottenham are lining up a move for Cardiff's 18-year-old Welsh international defender Chris Gunter in the transfer window. (Independent)

  • Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who is out of contract at the end of the season, will meet club officials next week to try and sort out his future. (Times)

  • Derby will try and sign Gary Speed and Kevin Kilbane in the transfer window. (Star)
  • Wolves boss Mick McCarthy turned down a 100% pay rise when he rejected the South Korean manager's job. (Star)

  • Southampton's George Burley says he would be interested in the Scotland manager's job. (various)

  • Gary McAllister wants his fellow former Scotland midfielder, Graeme Souness, to be the country's new boss. (Sun)

  • Gretna head coach Davie Irons thinks Kenny Dalglish's stature makes him top choice to be Scotland manager. (Record)

  • Motherwell manager Mark McGhee is surprised to be the bookies favourite for the Scotland vacancy.. (Record)

  • Sunderland boss Roy Keane says he has dropped £7m goalkeeper Craig Gordon to give him a much-needed break. "I'm delighted with him, but I have got to look at what's best long term and he'll get the benefits of it without a doubt, to miss a few games," he said. (Times)

  • Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is unhappy after Sven Goran Eriksson recommended Olof Mellberg to Juventus. "I'm not sure he should be saying things like that about a player unless he's aiming to take him himself! Maybe I should recommend some of his Manchester City players to Manchester United or Barcelona," he said. (Sun)

  • Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale says the legal action they face from creditors could jeopardise their future. "If we were to lose we would go straight into administration - it's a straightforward situation," he said.. (Guardian)

  • Younes Kaboul has been dropped for Tottenham's Uefa Cup game with Anderlecht after being taken off three times in his last five matches. (Telegraph)

  • Chelsea are likely to decide by the weekend when Didier Drogba should undergo a knee operation that is likely to sideline him for several weeks after a scan revealed the 29-year-old needs surgery. (Telegraph)

  • Rangers are offering a £100,000-per-man bonus to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. (Mail)

  • Scotland Under-21 striker Stephen Fletcher says he will sign a new contract with Hibernian before Christmas. (Record)

  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says midfielder Anderson has exceeded his expectations since arriving at the club. (Telegraph)

  • Ray Houghton will work with Don Howe and former U21 boss Don Givens to select the new Republic of Ireland manager. (Mail)

  • Leyton Orient boss Margin Ling has vowed not to leave the club to take the vacant Swindon manager's job. (Star)

  • QPR have sacked former Chelsea goalkeeper Ed de Goey as their goalkeeping coach after five months. (Sun)

  • Aberdeen will allow veteran defender Jackie McNamara to leave should he wish to become Dunfermline manager. (various)

  • Dundee's Uefa Cup victory over Vllaznia Shkroder in 2003 is under investigation as part of the European governing body's investigation into match fixing. (Express)

  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the new England manager has to be English. "What makes me sad is that I am more nationalistic than you are," he said. "You want to give it to Mourinho or Capello, and I am the only one who goes for an Englishman.". (Mirror)

  • FA chief executive Brian Barwick is poised to draw up a shortlist of candidates to be the next England coach, with Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klinsmann, Fabio Capello and Marcello Lippi believed to be on it. (Guardian)
  • David Beckham has been approached to be the face of England's 2018 World Cup bid after the role he played in the London 2012 Olympics campaign. (Express)

  • Former Tottenham manager Martin Jol says no-one could have done a better job than him at the club. "Not even someone like Jose Mourinho could have done better than me at this club under the circumstances," he says in the preface of his new biography. (Mail)

  • Albania's Culture Minister has written to Uefa asking them to investigate two of their Euro 2008 qualifiers, saying a "mafia group is trampling on the flag". (Guardian)

  • Dundee United are having a trial day exclusively for the city's Polish community on 15 December after signing youngsters from Rwanda and the Ivory Coast through a special refugee project in Glasgow. (Record)

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