Football: Rumours- Fact and fiction from the Sunday papers

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After the ultimate failure of his Australian enterprise, Terry Venables is on the lookout for a Premiership club, and, according to the Express, Everton and Liverpool will be monitoring his movements. They would no doubt be encouraged by his avowed ambition to win a championship, though his being chairman of Portsmouth would have to be resolved.

Should the former England coach choose Everton, he may have to ask directions to their new ground. The People says under-fire chairman Peter Johnson has already agreed to sell Goodison Park's prime urban site to Tesco.

And Venables can delete Liverpool from his list of possibles, in any event, if the News of the World's sources are correct. They say Roy Evans has already been told he is to be removed from his post in favour of Norwegian Nils Arne Eggen, the Rosenborg coach.

On the transfer front, the People says Manchester United are ready to offload Karel Poborsky and Jordi Cruyff, neither of whom has been able to secure a regular place, while the News of the World predicts that Christian Gross will make his first signing for Tottenham by buying Croatian midfielder Igor Cvitanovic for pounds 2m.

The People names Middlesbrough and Sheffield United as possible destinations for Liverpool's out-of-favour Michael Thomas and reckons Boro could be rivals to Newcastle in pursuit of Everton's Gary Speed.

Queen's Park Rangers want Ray Harford to leave West Bromwich Albion and become their new manager, says the News of the World, while the People reports that Dwight Yorke is determined to fulfil his wish to play abroad after nine years at Aston Villa with Spain's Real Madrid or Barcelona his preferred choice of club.

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