FOOTBALL: RUMOURS: Fact and fiction from the Sunday papers

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YOU CAN take your pick over who will succeed Christian Gross as Tottenham's head coach after the Sunday papers revealed three different names as "red-hot favourite" to land the job.

Top of the list, according to the People, is the ex-Atletico Madrid coach Raddy Antic, who played under Tottenham's director of football, David Pleat, at Luton and is reported to have been helping Spurs in their search for new players.

However, the Mirror is adamant that Tottenham's first choice is their former player and current Wimbledon manager, Joe Kinnear, said to have been earmarked by Alan Sugar, and it confidently predicts he will be offered the job this week.

Not so, says the News of the World. The real target is the Leeds manager George Graham, with whom, the paper claims, top-level talks have already taken place prior to an official approach.

Worried Leeds supporters may be soothed by a report in the same paper that their goalkeeper, Nigel Martyn, is being tempted to stay with a four- year contract worth pounds 15,000 per week.

Meanwhile, the Mail is not saying who will get the Spurs job but reckons that the former England manager, Bobby Robson, was approached last week but declined because he is under contract to PSV Eindhoven.

The People, Mail and Mirror all report a pounds 3m West Ham swoop for Sheffield Wednesday's Andy Hinchcliffe, while the Mirror says Everton are to take the Lazio striker, Igor Protti, on loan, and the People reckons Nottingham Forest plan a pounds 3m bid for Croatia Zagreb's Australian forward, Marc Viduka. According to the Mail, Hinchcliffe's arrival might mean the end of the road for Julian Dicks.

In the People, Tottenham are supposedly keen to land Chelsea's pounds 12m-rated striker Tore Andre Flo and would be prepared to trade Darren Anderton in order to get him.

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