Friday's gossip column


Arsenal have suffered a blow in their efforts to sign Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh after Italian side Juventus moved in for the player.(Daily Mirror) 
However, Chamakh's representatives are pushing for further talks with both Arsenal and West Ham after holding a meeting with Juventus in Turin on Wednesday.(Daily Mail) 
Norwich defender Gary Doherty has admitted that he expects to leave Carrow Road in the coming weeks after falling out of favour with new manager Paul Lambert.(Daily Mirror) 


Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill and midfielder Nigel Reo Coker had a training ground bust-up on Thursday which saw the pair wrestle each other to the ground.(The Sun) 
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says that his dug-out strop during the Champions League match against Besiktas in Turkey on Tuesday was because he was spat on by home fans and not because he was substituted.(Daily Star) 
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has begged manager Mark Hughes to play him against former side Manchester United in the derby match between the sides this Sunday.(Daily Mirror) 
England are planning a friendly with Japan in Austria as part of coach Fabio Capello's World Cup warm-up programme.(Daily Mail)
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is set to give midfielder Olivier Kapo a second chance to kick start his career at Wigan after he was seemingly on his way out of the club under former manager Steve Bruce.(Daily Mirror) 
Former Liverpool, Blackburn and Newcastle manager Graeme Souness says he never wants to manage again because he is not prepared to deal with rich, opinionated modern footballers.(Daily Star) 
Former Chelsea coach Avram Grant is being lined up as the new coach of Poland. (Daily Mail) 
Former Nottingham Forest coach John Pemberton is in line to take the manager's job at Lincoln City.(Daily Mirror) 
Burnley manager Owen Coyle believes Sunderland boss Steve Bruce can manage the England team in the future. (Daily Star)


Derby midfielder Robbie Savage has revealed that Rams defender Jermaine Johnson, who was set to join up with his new Stafford Rangers team-mates at a service station after agreeing a loan move to the club, got on the wrong coach and ended up travelling down the motorway with Tamworth FC.(Daily Mirror)