Football: That was the weekend that was: Rumours: Gregory linked with Atletico vacancy

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BOTH THE News of the World and Sunday Mirror claim "exclusive" revelations of an Atletico Madrid bid to make Aston Villa's John Gregory their coach, after the dismissal of Arrigo Sacchi. The Mirror says the offer is worth pounds 2.5m-per-year to the Villa manager, who was in charge of Wycombe Wanderers just 12 months ago.

Gregory is still busy in the transfer market, however, offering an extra million to Celtic for their defender Alan Stubbs after his initial pounds 3.5m bid was turned down, according to the News of the World, who also say he is watching Chris Sutton's situation at Blackburn.

The same paper contends, however, that Chelsea are ready to make a pounds 10m swoop for the former Norwich striker to boost their firepower for the championship run-in. The Mirror says Chelsea have turned down pounds 15m from Juventus for Tore Andre Flo.

While the Mail on Sunday says Middlesbrough are poised for a pounds 5m raid on Nottingham Forest for the winger Steve Stone, the Express on Sunday reckons Riverside manager Bryan Robson is under pressure to quit to save his marriage, after revelations of an affair with ex-Football Association staffer turned TV presenter Clare Tomlinson.

The Sunday People reports that Lazio, with pounds 60m to spend, want to use a quarter of that to land the Tottenham defender Sol Campbell, while the Mirror believes Spurs could soon lose their Danish midfielder Allan Nielsen, who is upset with George Graham after falling behind Steffen Freund and Tim Sherwood in the White Hart Lane pecking order.

The News of the World reckons Sheffield Wednesday will clinch the pounds 3m signing of the Dutch striker Michael Mols from Utrecht early this week, although the Mirror reports Wednesday interest in the pounds 3.5m-rated Lens forward Pascal Nouma.