Gossip 1982 rewind: Whiteside, Armstrong, O'Neill, Bingham

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BBC Sport will be showing Northern Ireland's famous World Cup match with Spain from 1982. The match will be available to watch across four screens - PC, tablet, mobile and connected TV - from bbc.co.uk/worldcup or through BBC Sport apps.

(Friday, 25 June 1982)

The Times is reporting that Northern Ireland manager Billy Bingham is pondering replacing 17-year-old striker Norman Whiteside with the more experienced Bobby Campbell for the match against Spain.

The Times also says that although striker Gerry Armstrong has been unwell, he is likely to be fit for the crunch game against hosts Spain.

The Guardian reports that the Spanish press are astonished at the easy going, open-door policy of Northern Ireland as they relax between training sessions at their hotel on the Mediterranean coast.

The Daily Express feels that the leadership of Martin O'Neil in central midfield for Northern Ireland will be crucial to their chances.

The Sun is reporting that manager Bingham says "the Irish love a big stage and there will be none grander than the Louis Casanova stadium".

The Belfast Telegraph features Billy Huddleston and his wife Bertha, of Groomsport, County Down, in a happy mood after Billy won two free World Cup tickets to all Northern Ireland matches in a draw organised by Portadown Masonic Recreation Club, in which there were 60,000 subscribers.


Manchester United are back on the trail of their former midfielder Paul Pogba - now valued at around £60m by Italian champions Juventus. Pogba, 21, was a United target when David Moyes was in charge, and talks were at an advanced stage at the time the former manager was sacked. Sunday Expressexternal-link

Paul Pogba
Pogba's value has rocketed since he was last a Manchester United player

Didier Drogba is set to return to Chelsea this summer. The 36-year-old striker is currently with Turkish club Galatasaray, but Blues manager Jose Mourinho has never disguised his desire to re-sign a player who left Stamford Bridge after the Champions League final in 2012.Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

Southampton will hold another round of talks next week with Ronald Koeman, 51, as the Dutchman emerges as the favourite to replace Mauricio Pochettino, 42, as manager. Mail on Sundayexternal-link

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is interested in signing 32-year-old Norweigan centre-back Brede Hangeland, who was released last week by Fulham.Sunday Sun (subscription required)external-link

Manchester City will pay £25m to land Real Madrid defender Pepe, 31, as a partner for captain Vincent Kompany, 28. Daily Star Sundayexternal-link

Newcastle United have joined the chase to sign Hull City captain Curtis Davies. The centre-back, 29, is in demand, with Sunderland and Everton both ready to pay £8m to prise him away from Hull. Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

QPR and Stoke are ready to battle Everton for midfielder Gareth Barry, 33, who is available after being released by Premier League champions Manchester City. Daily Star Sundayexternal-link

Gareth Barry
Barry has played 53 times for England and spent last season on loan at Everton

Incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has spoken of his admiration for Arturo Vidal, 27, and admitted the Chile and Juventus midfielder is a player he "always wanted to buy". Vidal is wanted by a number of other clubs, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea.Mail on Sundayexternal-link

Arsenal hope to re-sign winger Carlos Vela, 25, from Real Sociedad in a £3.25m deal. Sunday Sun (subscription required)external-link

David Ospina, the 25-year-old Nice goalkeeper, may be wanted by Arsenal depending on his World Cup displays with Colombia.Sunday Mirrorexternal-link


David Beckham wants former Manchester United manager David Moyes to manage the Major League Soccer franchise he is establishing in Miami. Former United and England midfielder Beckham is reported to have floated the idea to Moyes via a third party. Sunday Times (subscription required)external-link

David Moyes
David Moyes could be in line for a return to football by working with David Beckham

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, 45, has emerged as a strong contender for the West Brom managerial job created by the departure of Pepe Mel.Sunday Express external-link

Manager Paul Lambert will name Roy Keane, 42, as his Aston Villa assistant coach later this week. Keane is currently on tour in the USA with the Republic of Ireland as manager Martin O'Neill's assistant manager, but pulled out of his ITV pundit duties at the World Cup. Daily Star Sundayexternal-link

Bristol Rovers, newly relegated to the Conference, have picked up £500,000 as part of a sell-on clause from the transfer of their former striker, Rickie Lambert, from Southampton to Liverpool for around £4.5m. Rochdale, another of the 32-year-old forward's old clubs, have also benefited by around £100,000. Sunday Expressexternal-link


Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has launched his own brand of red wine called "Sven". Mail on Sundayexternal-link

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