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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Hull are ready to drop their interest in Celtic striker Gary Hooper and pursue Burnley's Charlie Austin, who has been linked with the Scottish champions. (Daily Express)

Hibs manager Pat Fenlon is eager to arrange a permanent deal for midfielder Kevin Thomson, who played for free at his old club at the end of last season. (Various)

Scotland defender Andy Webster is mulling over a move to South African side Kaizer Chiefs while training with Kilmarnock. (Herald)

Released Hearts defender Darren Barr has been offered a deal by Kilmarnock. (Daily Express)

Kilmarnock are also taking a look at former Carlisle defender Peter Murphy in training. (Sun)

Aberdeen have drafted plans to be involved in a second-tier European summer League with teams from Scandinavia and other nations. (Daily Record)

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has been told he must cut down his squad in order to release funds for any new signings. (Various)

Released Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra has signed for MLS strugglers Chivas USA. (Daily Record)

Hibs goalkeeper Paul Grant is to join Berwick Rangers on loan. (Daily Record)

Scotland are lining up a Hampden friendly with Uruguay in November. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scottish golfer Paul Lawrie has ditched plans to have foot surgery because the recovery would take six months. (Sun)

Ernie Els has confirmed that he will take part in next week's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart. (Herald)

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