Football: Parma keeper linked with United switch: RUMOURS

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MANCHESTER UNITED have found the man they want to succeed Peter Schmeichel in the 21-year-old Italian Gianluigi Buffon, according to the People, who say United have offered pounds 4m for the Parma goalkeeper. But the report suggests that Milan are also in the hunt and Parma may hold out for pounds 5.5m. The same paper reckons former United target Mark Bosnich has put off Roma by asking for pounds 60,000 a week.

West Ham, it seems, could sell three players to Liverpool if they wanted. The Sunday Mirror says the Anfield manager, Gerard Houllier, has his sights on Frank Lampard Jnr as well as Rio Ferdinand, while the News of the World quotes Eyal Berkovic as saying it is "70 per cent certain" he will start next season with Liverpool.

Both the News of the World and Mirror say that NTL, the American media corporation bidding to take control of Newcastle, wants to restore Kevin Keegan to the manager's office at St James' Park. The Mirror says the Football Association has lined up a pounds 1m incentive for him to stay in charge of the England side, but that NTL will pay off Ruud Gullit and offer a pounds 10m five-year deal once Keegan's four-match England stint is over.

The Mail on Sunday says Everton and Sheffield Wednesday are in a pounds 2m battle for the Utrecht striker Michael Mols. The Mirror reckons Everton's Olivier Dacourt is attracting interest from Aston Villa, Arsenal and Chelsea.

The People says Everton are among four clubs keen on pounds 2m-rated Rosenborg Trondheim centre-back Andre Bergolmo, the others being Tottenham, Leeds and Newcastle. The News of the World reports that Stan Collymore has rejected a chance to leave Aston Villa to return to Nottingham Forest, while the People says Villa's Alan Thompson may return to Bolton if they go up.

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