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Thursday Gossip Round-up

In today's installment,

Are pompey going under?
Ruud to Blackburn?
Germany's world cup advantage
cheapest football ticket ever?
Ryan Babel and Roman Pavlyuchenko to switch?


PORTSMOUTH DENY ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS


Despite all the rumours that Portsmouth were going under, an official says otherwise.

"Ali Al Faraj and his associates took over the running of the club and inherited a business that had substantial debts. Dealing with the finances has been the priority since Al Faraj came in to pay the players before taking over the club from Sulaiman Al Fahim.


"The club is not going into administration. If that were the case it would have happened at the end of September or early October. This week alone, HM Revenue and Customs were paid £2m and other historical arrears are being dealt with on an ongoing basis.

"The new owner has not had the benefit of TV revenue to aid the club, with the next major instalment due in January. However, he and his associates have already invested substantial funds to keep the club operating and will continue to do so.

"The owner remains committed to the club and has shown that through his investment to date. He will also provide manager Avram Grant with all the tools he needs to ensure the club reaches a position the players' performances deserve - away from the relegation zone."

Do you think pompey will go into administration?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/p/portsmouth/8405591.stm



RUUD VAN NISTELROOY HAS BEEN TARGETED BY BLACKBURN


Arsenal and Liverpool's interest in van Nistelrooy's has died down after his lack of interest in them. Now, Sam Allardyce is keen to bring the former Manchester united star back to England to play for Blackburn.

However, van Nistelrooy's agent, Barry O'Connor says that van Nistelrooy will remain tight-lipped about the move.


-"I can't discuss Ruud's move - it will remain private until such a time as when Real decide."

(This might just be me but I don't picture this happening.)

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/2765514/Ruuds-road-to-Rovers-return.html#ixzz0ZI0beKBH


GERMANY MAKE USE OF THE JUBULANI BALL


As the Bundesliga is sponsored by Adidas, Germany's clubs have been using the official 2010 World Cup ball, Jubulani. This has been bugging England's boss, Fabio Capello.

Adidas have offered England the ball but the FA is tied to a deal with Mitre.

An England source said: "Fabio knows small things can make a big difference at international level."

A fan added-
"Everyone should be treated the same. Free-kick takers and goalies would be particularly keen on getting the ball."

Adidas admitted: "There are advancements in this ball and the amount of practice you have with it might give you an edge."

The ball will also be used early next year in leagues in Argentina and, worryingly, the US- who play England in an opener in South Africa in June.

Does this worry you?
OLDHAM CHARGE FANS JUST TWO QUID FOR FOOTBALL TICKETS


Oldham will charge just two quid for tickets instead of the usual 20.

Oldham's marketing man-" Christmas is around the corner and there is a bit of doom and gloom with the results not going our way, so we thought we'd cheer the fans up a bit. We will not make a habit of it but for now it will lift morale. It's quite dramatic, I must admit, but we need a bit of a boost and we hope this will help.

"Of course, with more in the stands, the more atmosphere we will generate and the more the players will respond."


Will you be going?

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/2765560/Is-this-cheapest-football-ticket.html#ixzz0ZI1rgBRN


RYAN BABEL AND ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKO MAY SWITCH PLACES


Roman Pavlyuchenko has been looking for a new club because of the worrying state his career has been in at Tottenham Hotspur.

Pavlychenko's agent, Olev Artemov- 'We are not happy about his situation at Tottenham, so we'll do everything to ensure he can change club in January. There were contacts with Roma, but for now only by telephone. Spartak Moscow, Arsenal and Zenit St Petersburg are also interested in the player - anything can happen.'


Liverpool boss, Benitez, has been interested in Pavlyuchenko but has not had the proper resources to get a hold of him. Now, in times of bad blood with Ryan Babel, Benitez may consider a switch of Babel for Pavlyuchenko. Sources also caim that Babel has not matured into the type of player Benitez expects him to be.


Babel is insistent that Anfield is the place for him -
'I feel confident that I'm good enough to play a lot of games for Liverpool. I keep saying this. Hopefully, I'll get chances to show this. For every player it's nice to go to the World Cup and it's very important to do that in your career. 'As far as I'm concerned, the way to do that is to fight for my place at Anfield, definitely.'


So, Pav for Babel?




Tags: gossip, roman pavlyuchenko, ruud van nistelrooy, ryan babel
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