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Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is plotting an £80,000-a-week loan deal for Juan Riquelme. (The Sun)


Eriksson plans a fresh bid to sign Mark Bresciano in January. (Daily Mirror)


Thomas Sorensen is ready to quit Aston Villa after falling out with manager Martin O'Neill. (The Sun)


Chelsea are set to incur the wrath of Barcelona by trying to snatch boy wonder Giovani Dos Santos. (The Sun)


Ex-Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos came close to joining Middlesbrough this summer. (The Sun)


Nicky Shorey has hinted he wants to quit Reading for West Ham. (Daily Mirror)


Stoke have not given up hope of signing former Liverpool midfielder Salif Diao. (Daily Mirror)



Arsene Wenger's new deal at Arsenal is worth £4.5m a year - the same as Sir Alex Ferguson's but £2m a year less than Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mail)


US billionaire Stan Kroenke is to reassure the Arsenal board he has no intention of mounting a takeover bid for the club at present. (The Independent)


Paul Jewell has turned down the chance to manage Derby because he did not want to stab Rams boss Billy Davies in the back. (The Sun)


George Burley is poised to quit Southampton after growing tired of the internal politics at the club. (Daily Mirror)


Peter Reid has had secret talks with Leicester owner Milan Mandaric, who is also interested in Iain Dowie. (Daily Mirror)


Former England skipper Tony Adams says the current coach Steve McClaren reminds him of Graham Taylor. (The Sun)


McClaren may wait until the last minute to decide whether to risk injured midfielder Steven Gerrard against Israel. (The Sun)


But Gerrard has already declared himself fit to play, possibly even without painkillers. (Daily Mail)


The FA will play Luciano Pavarotti's Nessun Dorma before the England-Israel game in tribute to the opera singer, who died on Thursday. (Daily Mail)


Sir Alex Ferguson has jokingly told Man Utd's defender Patrice Evra not to bother coming back to Old Trafford if he helps France beat Scotland next week. (Daily Record)


Sir Bobby Charlton says England need to win Euro 2008 in order to get computer-obsessed kids interested in football again. (Various)


But Charlton has piled the pressure on McClaren by claiming the players lack the self-belief to win the tournament. (Various)


Leeds have been kicked out of the FA for not paying their debts. (The Sun)


Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston will give Pars manager Stephen Kenny time to improve the club's league position before discussing a new contract. (Daily Mail)


Livingston winger Joe Hamill has been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury. (Daily Express)


Leicester City owner Milan Mandaric says Paul Sturrock is not in the running to become the Midlands club's new boss. (Daily Record)



Wayne Rooney's brother Graham will represent Everton when he stars on a celebrity football show. (The Sun)


Ryan Babel says reading The Bible has helped him cope with his move to Liverpool. (The Sun)

Edited by bawan

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Must be hard, moving to a club like liverpool to play football, and being paid obscene amounts of money for it.


At the end of the day.. If he misses his family etc, then i can sympathise, however whenever footballers come out with stuff like this it looks really pathetic.

Edited by Row Z

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Ryan Babel says reading The Bible has helped him cope with his move to Liverpool. (The Sun)


Is he trying to find a message from god to explain why the place is such a shithole?


hes trying to learn the old forgiveness thing cos everything he buys is stolen

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