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England striker Michael Owen has a release clause in his Newcastle contract that would let him leave for only £6m. (The Times)


Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is set to be among those ready to test Newcastle with a bid for Owen. (The Daily Telegraph)


Striker Shefki Kuqi will meet new Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock to discover whether he has a future at the club. (Daily Mirror)


Manchester United full-back Phil Bardsley is set to sign for Bryan Robson's Sheffield United. (Daily Mirror)


Chelsea youngster Scott Sinclair could be farmed out on loan to Sunderland after being sent home after breaking a curfew when on England Under-19 duty. (Daily Mirror).




David Beckham will launch his bid to get back into the England squad when he makes his Los Angeles Galaxy comeback on Thursday. (Daily Telegraph)


Fernando Torres could miss Liverpool's next match - Saturday's Merseyside derby against Everton - after picking up a thigh strain in training for Spain. (The Sun)


Chelsea boss Avram Grant will attain the coaching qualifications needed to manage in the Premier League in a two-week programme in February. (Daily Mail)


Arsenal have been given a boost because striker Emmanuel Adebayor's Togo side failed to qualify for the African Nations Cup, meaning he will not miss any games for the Gunners at the end of January. (Daily Mirror)


Former Germany World Cup winner Pierre Littbarski wants the vacant Norwich City job and would keep Ian Crook as his assistant. (The Sun)


Former England manager Terry Venables has condemned the England fans who boo Frank Lampard as "appalling". (The Sun)



Liverpool forward Ryan Babel was only on the bench for Holland's Euro 2008 qualifier against Romania because of oversleeping. (The Times)


Midfielder Joe Cole is keen to rid himself of his Zizou nickname at Chelsea, after French legend Zinedine Zidane, because he doesn't think he matches up. (The Sun)

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