Football: That was the weekend that was: RUMOURS: Countless millions set aside for Keegan

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FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION officials will probably hope Kevin Keegan reads the People rather than the News of the World if they are determined to make him England's coach on a full-time basis. While the latter suggests Fulham's chief operating officer is to be offered a pounds 6m contract, including a salary 150 per cent higher than that which Glenn Hoddle was paid, the People says sponsors Nationwide are willing to help fund a pounds 10m deal. Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday says Fulham will pull out all the stops to tempt Ruud Gullit back to the capital should they lose Keegan.

The Sunday Mirror predicts a pounds 5m summer move by Leeds to lure the striker Michael Bridges from Sunderland, where he cannot hold down a place in Peter Reid's side so long as Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn continue to prosper. According to the People, however, Sunderland have dropped plans to bid for Manchester United's Paul Scholes, whose market value now exceeds the pounds 7.5m they were prepared to spend thanks to his England hat-trick.

Sunderland could switch their attention to Les Ferdinand, reports the News of World, with the former Newcastle striker set to leave Tottenham as part of an pounds 18m clear-out that could see Chris Armstrong join Sheffield Wednesday for pounds 4m. Ferdinand, also interesting Fulham, could cost as little as pounds 2.5m.

The Mail says Middlesbrough plan a pounds 20m spending spree that includes the Dynamo Kiev wing-back Oleg Luzhny, the Roma midfielder Luigi di Biagio, the West Brom striker Lee Hughes and an attempt to bring back the Brazilian Emerson from Tenerife.

Milan have Mark Bosnich and Fabien Barthez on a short list of two goalkeepers wanted for the next season, says the People, who also report interest from Fiorentina in Sheffield Wednesday's Benito Carbone.

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