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HOTTEST WEEKEND gossip - as reported by the News of the World, People and Sunday Mirror - is that Frank Lampard, West Ham's England Under- 21 captain, will be the subject of a bid of up to pounds 7m from Aston Villa as John Gregory seeks to revitalise the Midland club's Premiership challenge.

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THE UEFA Cup favourites, Parma, may have envied Liverpool their journey to Kosice last week while they had to travel to the inhospitable likes of Istanbul - where they lost 1-0 to Fenerbahce - but the journey home for the Merseysiders, after their comfortable first-leg victory, was more like the trip from hell.

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Football: Venables launches new era at Palace

IF THINGS had turned out differently Terry Venables would have been heading off to France with England yesterday and not taking a slightly less illustrious flight with the Eagles into the First Division. The man of many clubs and many more headlines was back at Crystal Palace, his managerial career turning full circle.

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Football: Day when courage was not enough

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