FOOTBALL: Rumours Fact and fiction from the Sunday papers

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Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is risking a year's ban and a pounds 30,000 fine by continuing to use disgraced agent Rune Hauge, according to the News of the World, who say the Danish international is ready to take Fifa to court is they try to punish him.

The Sunday Express predicts that Jack Charlton will step down as Republic of Ireland manager in the new year after being offered a pounds 250,000 golden handshake and a testimonial match against Brazil.

The People says that Leeds tried unsuccessfully to end the boardroom feud at Chelsea - by inviting Matthew Harding to become a director at Elland Road.

Champions Blackburn, it seems, have a queue of clubs waiting to relieve them of unwanted players. Tottenham, the Sunday Mirror says, are ready to make a pounds 3m swoop for striker Chris Sutton - to succeed Gary Mabbutt at centre-back, while Everton, Chelsea and former club Sheffield Wednesday are in a three-way tussle, according to the News of the World, for Paul Warhurst, valued at pounds 2m.

The People, meanwhile, forecasts a move by Alex Ferguson to take Wolves centre-back Dean Richards to Old Trafford.

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