Football: That Was The Weekend That Was - Rumours: Wilkinson favourite according to Venables

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THE "exclusive" revelation of the Mail on Sunday that Howard Wilkinson will be offered the job of England coach at least until the summer also appears, strangely, in the Sunday Express, while the News of the World's slant on the story varies only slightly. Their tale - also dubbed "exclusive" - quotes Terry Venables as declaring Wilko to be favourite. The Sunday Mirror, however, takes a different line, suggesting - "exclusively" of course - that Kevin Keegan, while publicly ruling himself out, has told friends that were he offered the job he would find it hard to say no.

On the transfer front, the People seems to confirm the suspicion that Harry Redknapp's dream is to field a West Ham team composed entirely of strikers. They say he is still chasing Kevin Campbell, whose future in Turkey remains uncertain, and now wants to buy highly rated Danish forward Carsten Fredgaard for pounds 1.8m from Lyngby. Meanwhile, he continues to pursue Liverpool defender Rob Jones and, according to the Sunday Mirror, will be ready to offer Newcastle's Rob Lee a return to London.

The News of the World says Liverpool want to ditch both Brad Friedel and David James and are lining up a move for Blackburn's out-of-favour Tim Flowers to fill their goalkeeping jersey. The People says Brian Kidd is looking at Manchester City's Nicky Weaver to replace Flowers while the Mirror reports that Sunderland's Lee Clark is Blackburn's target to replace the departed Tim Sherwood.

Both the Mirror and People say Newcastle have had a pounds 3.5m offer for Dan Petrescu turned down by Chelsea, while the News of the World and Express share the view that Mark Bosnich could change his mind and stay with Aston Villa after all.

The People say Tottenham are tracking Tranmere's 20-year-old midfielder Lee Mahon, who would cost pounds 2m.

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