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Blackburn and Sunderland Gossip, also Michael Owen and Others Transfer News...



BLACKBURN GOSSIP



Under-fire Blackburn manager Paul Ince will discover his fate when he meets Rovers chairman John Williams at the club's training ground on Tuesday. (The Sun)





Williams spent most of Monday in talks with his fellow directors and could dispense of Ince on Tuesday morning. (The Times)





The Blackburn board thrashed out a compensation package for Ince at a crisis meeting in Manchester on Monday. (Daily Mail)





Ince met Williams on Monday and was told he will be sacked unless Blackburn beat Stoke on Saturday. (Daily Express)





One of the reasons Ince is still in charge is that the Blackburn board are split over who should replace him. (Daily Express)





There are a lack of an immediately available, and suitable, replacements - and the Sunderland vacancy is seen as more attractive by some of the leading candidates for the Blackburn post. (Daily Express)





Ex-Bolton and Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has made it clear he sees the Black Cats as a more appealing option than Blackburn. (Daily Telegraph)





That leaves former Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini and ex-Blackburn manager Graeme Souness as the two leading contenders to take charge at Ewood Park. (Daily Telegraph)





The Blackburn board are unsure whether to make Ince's successor a short-term or long-term appointment. (Daily Mail)





Rovers' preferred choice is to appoint Souness as manager, with veteran Blackburn midfielder Tugay working under him as coach. (Daily Mail)





Blackburn's plan to replace Ince with Souness could fall through as Souness is set to jet to the United States on a skiing holiday later this week. (Daily Mirror)





The Blackburn board are unenthusiastic about the prospect of ex-Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley being appointed as the new boss. (Daily Telegraph)






SUNDERLAND GOSSIP



Sunderland are set to stick with caretaker boss Ricky Sbragia until after Christmas. (The Sun)





Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has gained favour in the Black Cats boardroom but no decision on former manager Roy Keane's successor is expected this week. (The Sun)




MICHAEL OWEN GOSSIP



England striker Michael Owen must take a £25,000-a-week pay cut - from £105,000 to £80,000 - as part of the new three-year contract he has been offered at Newcastle. (Various)





Owen, who has suffered from a series of injuries since moving to St James' Park from Real Madrid in 2005, could boost his basic weekly wage with bonuses that will be paid if he plays in 80% of the Magpies' games. (Various)





Owen, who is a free agent in the summer, could meet Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear to discuss the new deal on Tuesday. (Daily Mirror)




But the 29-year-old former Liverpool striker is likely to delay any decision until January when he is allowed to start talks on a free transfer and wait to see if any of the 'Big Four' - Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United - or even Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton are interested. (Daily Mirror)






Spurs and Everton are keen on signing Owen in January. (Daily Express)




TRANSFER GOSSIP


Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear wants West Ham centre-back Matthew Upson and Blackburn left-back Stephen Warnock, although he may have to sell before he can buy. (Daily Mirror)





Manchester City have offered Spanish side Espanyol the chance to sign midfielder Elano on loan in January with a view to a permanent move. (Daily Star)





Blackburn have upped their asking price for striker Roque Santa Cruz - a January target for City - towards the £20m mark. (Various)





Real Madrid are preparing a £25m bid for Aston Villa's England winger Ashley Young. (Daily Star)




Real's former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos also wants Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra and could return to his old club for Didier Zokora, Aaron Lennon and David Bentley. (Daily Star)





Diarra is likely to join Manchester City for £16m and Pompey could cash in if they receive offers for strikers Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe, defender Glen Johnson or goalkeeper David James. (The Times)





Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has been told he has no money to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window. (The Sun)





Scolari has accepted that he will not be able to sign a striker in January, despite having previously outlined plans to sign a new goalscorer. (Daily Telegraph)





Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is looking to bolster his squad by signing Portsmouth right-back Glen Johnson, West Ham centre-back Matthew Upson, Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing and Bordeaux striker Fernando Cavenaghi. (Daily Mirror)





But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy says the current economic climate means the club will not be involved in any big-money deals. (Daily Express)



Redknapp wants Lassana Diarra, Matthew Upson, Jermain Defoe and Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini but all four are likely to be unavailable in mid-season. (The Guardian)





Redknapp may have to settle for bringing in one or two players on loan instead. (The Times)




Celtic could allow winger Aiden McGeady to leave Parkhead in January if they receive a big-money offer for the Republic of Ireland international. (Daily Record)





Wolves, Birmingham, QPR and Crystal Palace are all battling to sign Chelsea's teenage winger Scott Sinclair on loan in January. (Daily Mirror)





Birmingham say Scotland striker James McFadden is staying at St Andrews unless they receive an offer of £18m. (Daily Star)





Hearts centre-back Christophe Berra, a target for Rangers and Bolton, admits it is his ambition to play in the English Premier League. (Daily Record)





Leicester are set to make a third contract offer to highly rated striker Matty Fryatt, who is wanted by Preston, Crystal Palace and Derby. (Daily Mirror)





Derby boss Paul Jewell is watching Chesterfield striker Jamie Ward, who is available for £250,000. (Daily Mirror)





Cardiff and Crystal Palace will fight it out for Watford midfielder Jobi McAnuff, who has been told he can leave the cash-strapped Hornets in January for £1m. (Daily Mirror)






Aberdeen are poised to secure West Brom full-back Jared Hodgkiss on a permanent basis in January. (Scottish Daily Mail)




Hearts fans are urging the club's owner Vladimir Romanov not to sell the Tynecastle side's big names in January. (Daily Star)



OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP



Former England midfielder Nicky Butt will sign a new deal with Newcastle this week, ahead of reaching the 19 appearances he needs to make this season to trigger an automatic one-year contract extension with the Magpies. (Daily Mirror)





Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has been warned he needs to achieve a top-six finish in the Premier League this season to satisfy the club's new billionaire Arab owners. City are currently 17th. (Daily Mirror)





Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes admits his side would rather be in the thick of the title race rather than in Tokyo contesting the Fifa Club World Cup. (Daily Mirror)





Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, now with Inter Milan, says the Gunners can forget about winning the Premier League title if they lose to Liverpool on Sunday. (The Sun)





Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes a successful Christmas programme will be the key to the Blues regaining the Premier League title. (Daily Mirror)





Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher could face Rangers at the weekend after being told the shin injury he sustained against Hamilton on Saturday is not as serious as first feared. (Daily Record)





Hartlepool caretaker boss Chris Turner could be handed the job on a permanent basis following former boss Danny Wilson's departure. (Daily Mail)





Rangers boss Walter Smith has hit back at critics of the Barry Ferguson and Pedro Mendes midfield partnership. (Scottish Daily Express)





St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson has backed Kilmarnock counterpart Jim Jefferies over his row with SPL chairman Lex Gold following their league summit snub. (Daily Star)




AND FINALLY



England coach Fabio Capello has had a bust-up over the length of grass at Wembley. Capello says each blade should measure 17 millimetres - and has even measured them with a ruler - but head groundsman Steve Welch is adamant it should be 2mm longer. (The Sun)





The stress of being a Premier League boss could be behind the spate of managers suffering from painful kidney stones. Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez had surgery to remove one on Monday - 48 hours after Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari was found to have three of them. (The Sun)





Junior side Lochee United's secretary Larry Duncan wants legendary weather forecaster Michael Fish to determine when his team's five-times postponed Scottish Cup tie with Ayr United will go ahead. (Daily Star).





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