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Fernando Torres To Swap Chelsea For Anzhi? Tottenham To Turn To Brendan Rodgers? (TRANSFER AND GOSSIP TALK)

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The "Harry Redknapp for England" bandwagon has cooled as Tottenham have slumped, but the Daily Express report Swansea City's Brendan Rodgers will be targeted as the 65-year-old's replacement, should Redknapp move from White Hart Lane to Wembley.

Yesterday it seemed inevitable Stuart Pearce would coach the Three Lions at Euro 2012, and The Daily Telegraph run with new Wembley FC employee Terry Venables stating that the delay in appointing a successor to Fabio Capello may harm England's Euro chances, as Pearce remains unconfirmed for Euro 2012.

Stephen Ireland, who said his grandmother had died in order to avoid playing for Ireland when she was very much alive, is ready to end his national exile - but not before Euro 2012, the Daily Star says.

They say there is no sentiment in football, and ex-Chelsea managers know that all-too-well.

But even those whose relationship with Roman Abramovich isn't as icy as Moscow in winter are supposedly coming back to his nest to free some of the Blues' playing flock. Fernando Torres is a £45m target for Guus Hiddink's Anzhi Makhachkala, Carlo Ancelotti wants Ashley Cole at Paris Saint-Germain and Jose Mourinho is eyeing Raul Meireles for Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mirror.

Torres however, could be tempted by the possibility of moving to Italy's capital with Roma, claim the Star.

Remaining with one of financial fair play's non-disciples, and Abramovich is preparing to make a £35m bid for Real Madrid's Angel di Maria. The 24-year-old is supposedly seeking to double his £40,000 a week wages, say The Sun. All of this transfer talk is a huge vote of confidence for the next Stamford Bridge manager.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill occasionally makes a habit of reuniting himself with past players, and now he wants a reunion with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Richard Dunne, the Mirror claim. He coached both players at Aston Villa when the Villans were bearable to watch.

Getting the final word is Diego Maradona. After roly-poly antics midweek, one of the game's greats chivalrously ran from the dugout to the stands to rescue his girlfriend from angry supporters during his team Al Wasl's 2-0 defeat to Al Shabab in the UAE League, state Gulf News.

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