Friday's gossip column


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is weighing up a move for Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, 23, who currently plays for CSKA Moscow. (The Sun) 
Mexico striker Guillermo Franco, 32, says he is joining West Ham after his deal with Villarreal expired last month and a move to South American champions Estudiantes fell through. (The Sun) 
Hull are giving a trial to former Manchester City defender Glauber Berti, the 26-year-old Brazilian is currently unattached.(Daily Mirror) 
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is set to launch a £2m bid for Hull striker Caleb Folan, 26. (Daily Star) 
Stoke defender Leon Cort is wanted by Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. (Daily Mail)
Coventry boss Chris Coleman is battling Championship rivals Swansea and Doncaster to land Wolves' 19-year-old striker Sam Vokes. (Daily Star) 
Sheffield United will move for Ipswich's Northern Ireland centre-half Gareth McAuley, 29, in a long-term loan deal with current Blades centre-back Matt Kilgallon, 25, being targeted by Wigan and Newcastle. (Daily Star)


England boss Fabio Capello, who reportedly earns £6m a year, picked up a £1m bonus for guiding England to the World Cup in South Africa. (The Sun) 
And Capello will earn a £2m bonus if England win the World Cup next summer. (The Times) 
Scotland boss George Burley will hold talks with the president of the Scottish FA, George Peat, next week to discuss his future after Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup. (The Times) 
Meanwhile, Burnley boss Owen Coyle says he has no interest in replacing Burley as Scotland boss. (Daily Express) 
However, three names in the frame for the Scotland job, should Burley get the sack, are Rangers boss Walter Smith, former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan and Dundee United boss Craig Levein.(Daily Record) 
Bryan Robson is being lined up as the next Thailand national team boss to replace Peter Reid, who is Stoke's new assistant manager. (Daily Mail) 


Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, who has been banned for nine months after ephedrine was found in his system, has been nicknamed "Benylin Bill" by his teammates in a bid to cheer him up. (The Sun)