Rafa Benitez could join David Beckham at Paris St Germain

Rafa”s return! PSG line up ex-Liverpool boss Benitez to form French dream team with Beckham

Former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager Rafael Benitez has been lined up as a replacement for Paris St Germain coach Antoine Kombouare.

The move could see the Spaniard link up with David Beckham who is also touted to join the French side.

The French giants are in pole position to sign the former England captain and as money is no object to the Qatari owners of PSG will offer Becks an 18-month contract worth almost 12million.

Allez! Benitez looks set to take over at ambitious French side PSG

Allez! Benitez looks set to take over at ambitious French side PSG

The Ligue 1 side look set to sack Kombouare and have approached Benitez, who is available after being dismissed from Serie A club Inter last December.

Benitez enjoyed success at Liverpool between 2004 and 2010, winning the ChampionsLeague in 2005 and FA Cup in 2006.

The Spaniard would be interested in taking over if Kombouare is sacked. However, no contact has been made.

PSG are currently second in the French top flight after they ended their three-game winless run with a 3-2 win over Auxerre on Sunday.

Qatar Investment Authority took control of the Parisian club in May and have invested heavily, bringing in big-name signings such as Javier Pastore and Jeremy Menez.

Crowd puller: Beckham is currently on a world tour with LA Galaxy

Crowd puller: Beckham is currently on a world tour with LA Galaxy

Beckham is out of contract after helping Galaxy win the MLS Cup and is set to return to Europe with French giants leading the charge to sign him.

Becks will take his time weighing up his next move and has suggested he will wait until the New year before making an announcement.

But with a huge cash deal on the table from the French, it is likely Beckham will snub the advances of Tottenham Hotspur who he spent time training with earlier this year.

All smiles: Becks

All smiles: Becks” time at LA Galaxy has come to an end but he hasn”t revealed next move

Seansea make offer for Cliftonville"s Rory Donnelly

Swansea step up interest in Donnelly with opening offer for Cliftonville striker

Swansea have made an outline offer of around 100,000 for Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly.

Manager Brendan Rodgers watched the teenager play last week and has followed up by opening discussions to rival interest from Burnley, Peterborough and Brentford in the 19-year-old who scored a 19-minute hat-trick at the weekend against Dungannon.

Striking it rich: Brendan Rodgers has made his move for Rory Donnelly

Striking it rich: Brendan Rodgers has made his move for Rory Donnelly

Tottenham to bid for Gary Cahill

Tottenham poised to launch 8m bid for Cahill as Redknapp eyes January sales

Tottenham are ready to make a late bid to prise England defender Gary Cahill from the clutches of Chelsea after Lokomotiv Moscow outlined an 8million offer for Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Manager Harry Redknapp has targeted a centre-back and striker for the January window but needs to sell to fund his rebuilding. Pavlyuchenko’s impending departure will now give him vital room for manoeuvre.

Redknapp still believes that 25-year-old Cahill represents the best value for a defender despite his sending off for Bolton at White Hart lane on Saturday.

In demand: Gary Cahill (left) is wanted by Chelsea and Tottenham

In demand: Gary Cahill (left) is wanted by Chelsea and Tottenham

Sportsmail revealed last month that Chelsea are the favourites to sign Cahill although a fee has yet to be agreed. Cahill is out of contract in the summer and Chelsea hope 7million will prove enough.

However, Chelsea’s dip in form and Tottenham’s resurgence has given Redknapp hope of pulling off a coup he narrowly missed out on in August. Tottenham could offer players in return such as Sebastien Bassong but a bid is likely to be more successful if it involves hard cash and players on loan.

Redknapp would also like to sign Chelsea’s Didier Drogba but the 33-year-old’s age and personal terms mean that is unlikely. Tottenham remain keen on Internacional’s Leandro Damiao but the 22-year-old’s price tag has gone up to 18million and his representatives recently held talks with Barcelona.

In the market: Harry Redknapp hopes to have money to spend in January

In the market: Harry Redknapp hopes to have money to spend in January

Redknapp would have to sell more players if he is to get the striker he wants. Vedran Corluka could yet follow Pavlyuchenko out of White Hart Lane while Giovani dos Santos and Niko Kranjcar remain available.

Tottenham are continuing to scout South America for new talent and are monitoring the progress of promising Cruzeiro defender Claudinho.

Italian sides Udinese and Fiorentina are also understood to be tracking the 21-year-old, who is under contract at Cruzeiro until December 2013 and valued at 6.9m.

Liverpool want Gaston Ramirez

Liverpool at head of queue for Bologna”s in-demand Uruguay star Ramirez

Liverpool have made further checks on young Uruguay playmaker Gaston Ramirez.

The 20-year-old has been watched by Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid but his club Bologna believe Liverpool are in pole position should any deal be discussed in January with his valuation at 15m.

Liverpool have also made strong enquiries for 22-year-old Eduardo Vargas of Universidad de Chile but look like missing out to Chelsea.

Hot property: Bologna

Hot property: Bologna”s Gaston Ramirez (left) is wanted by a host of clubs

Martin O"Neill made dressing room appearance at Wolves: EXCLUSIVE

Exclusive: O”Neill already made impact after dressing room appearance at Wolves

Martin O”Neill could not wait to jump into his new job as Sunderland manager, making a surprise address to his players before the defeat by Wolves on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman signed a three-year deal on Saturday afternoon after Steve Bruce was sacked last week.

O’Neill formally began his duties ahead of his official unveiling on Tuesday.

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Getting stuck in: Martin O”Neill watched Sunderland in action at Wolves

He had a watching brief for the clash at Molineux, letting Bruce’s assistant Eric Black take control of the team.

But it seems the ever-enthusiastic 59-year-old could not resist the opportunity to get involved in first-team matters at the earliest opportunity.

O’Neill made his way to the away dressing room to talk to his new charges ahead of kick-off before taking his place in the stand, leaving Black to continue his touchline duties.

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Can”t help: But the home side came from behind to secure a vital win

The manager then reappeared in the Sunderland dressing room after the game to help his new side come to terms with the 2-1 defeat.

A source said: ‘He spoke with the players before and after Sunday’s game. Obviously, he just could not wait to get started.’

O’Neill will take charge of his first training session today.

Celtic cleared of breaching SPL rules pro-IRA singing

Celtic cleared of breaching rules by SPL despite fans chanting pro-IRA songs

Celtic were told they will not face any punishment from the SPL over pro-IRA chanting as they await Thursday’s verdict from UEFA.

An investigation by the top-flight hierarchy concluded that, while there was no dispute over the chants being heard during a match against Hibernian in October, the Parkhead club had done all they could to prevent such behaviour among a section of their fans.

The SPL cited the public condemnations delivered by Celtic manager Neil Lennon and chief executive Peter Lawwell as key contributors to the outcome.

Cleared: The SPL said Celtic had done all they could to eradicate the chants

Cleared: The SPL said Celtic had done all they could to eradicate the chants

Although not unexpected, the verdict will come as a relief to the Parkhead top brass as they prepare for their charge over ‘illicit chanting’ during a Europa League meeting with Rennes to be heard by European football’s governing body later this week.

UEFA, though, have proved in the past that they operate different criteria to the SPL.

A defence of having taken all reasonable measures to stamp out pro-IRA chants may not be enough to prevent further action in Nyon — most likely a small fine and a warning of greater sanctions if there are repeat offences.

It was match commander Eddie Smith of Strathclyde Police — a former top-flight referee — who reported the chanting at the Hibs match to the SPL delegate. An investigation was then set in motion that included meetings with various police and security personnel involved at Celtic Park.

Probe: UEFA will rule on chants from fans during their game against Rennes

Probe: UEFA will rule on chants from fans during their game against Rennes

A written statement was also received from the Parkhead club before the release of the summary findings.

‘It is not disputed that a small number of Celtic fans engaged in singing and chanting in support of the IRA,’ read an SPL statement.

‘Such behaviour is unacceptable and unwelcome at SPL matches. It is noted that Celtic FC has condemned such activity publicly on many occasions (most recently by chief executive, Peter Lawwell and by head coach, Neil Lennon).

‘It is important that such public condemnation should continue.’

Meanwhile, Celtic are taking teenage Norwegian striker Riki Alba on trial for a week at Lennoxtown.

The 16-year-old Valerenga forward will arrive in Glasgow on Friday in the hope of impressing the Parkhead coaching staff.

‘I want to learn as much as possible during my stay in Scotland,’ said Alba.

Arsenal"s Ryo Miachi could leave on loan

Miachi poised to leave Arsenal on loan as Valenciennes eye Gunners youngster

Arsenal starlet Ryo Miachi is wanted on loan by Valenciennes.

The 18-year-old has found first-team opportunities limited at the Emirates despite impressing during a loan spell at Feyenoord last season, where he scored three goals in 12 Eredivisie games.

Young Gun: Ryo Miyaichi could be sent out on loan by Arsenal

Young Gun: Ryo Miyaichi could be sent out on loan by Arsenal

Andy Murray"s mum Judy wanted as Fed Cup captain: EXCLUSIVE

Exclusive: Murray”s mum Judy lined up as Britain”s Fed Cup captain

Judy Murray is being lined up to take over the increasingly high-profile job of Britain’s Fed Cup captain.

The appointment in the female equivalent of the Davis Cup could also see the mother and mentor of the country’s one world-class player take a wider role in helping develop the youngsters who are promising a brighter future for the British game.

New role: Judy Murray has been linked with a key position at the LTA

New role: Judy Murray has been linked with a key position at the LTA

It is understood the Lawn Tennis Association are already in talks with Murray about a role that is likely to include coaching the national women’s team.

The prospects here are encouraging with the ever-consistent Elena Baltacha, the re-emergence of Anne Keothavong and the rich potential of Heather Watson and Laura Robson.

The post of Fed Cup captain has been vacant since the summer when head of women’s tennis Nigel Sears left to coach former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic.

Feeling the benefit: Laura Robson

Feeling the benefit: Laura Robson

As in the Davis Cup, Britain are in the Europe/Africa zone of the Fed Cup (formerly the Federation Cup) with the next group stage due to take place in Israel in February.

There are hopes that World Group status could be attainable in the next couple of years. Murray is a former national coach of Scotland and is known within the British game to have one of the sharpest tennis brains around. She is used by her son, Andy, to scout opponents.

Alan Pardew could play Tamas Kadar for Newcastle

Pardew set to turn to rookie as Newcastle”s defensive crisis worsens

Alan Pardew could call upon a 21-year-old who doesn’t even have a first-team squad number in response to his defensive crisis this weekend.

The Newcastle boss may include Tamas Kadar in his match-day 18 for the trip to Norwich on Saturday after Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini were both injured in the defeat by Chelsea three days ago.

Baptism of fire: Tamas Kada could be named in Newcastle

Baptism of fire: Tamas Kada could be named in Newcastle”s squad

The Hungarian, who was signed in 2008, has seen his Newcastle career blighted by injuries. But he may get his chance because Taylor needs surgery on his achilles and is out for the season while captain Coloccini faces at least two weeks on the sidelines with a thigh strain.

Kadar is unlikely to start with James Perch, who came on against Chelsea, set to stay in central defence.

Plenty to ponder: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew faces a defensive reshuffle

Plenty to ponder: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew faces a defensive reshuffle

Mike Williamson, Pardew’s other recognised centre back, returned to training on Monday after a three-month battle with an ankle injury but is still not back to full fitness. A full back — Danny Simpson or Davide Santon — is more likely to start in the centre instead.

Perch, meanwhile, intends to make the most of his opportunity. He said: ‘Ryan Taylor is the perfect example of taking your chance. Jose Enrique got sold and Ryan has been there ever since and that’s what I intend to do.’

Euro 2012: Polish special forces in training

Better safe than sorry! Polish special forces in spectacular show of strength ahead of Euros

Poland is investing heavily in security for next year”s European soccer championship despite downgrading the number of visitors it expects.

Commandos have been simulating a multiple hostage situation in case criminals target the world”s second largest football tournament, which is being co-hosted with Ukraine next June.

The government now expects some 800,000 football fans to visit their four host cities – Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan and Wroclaw.

Armed and dangerous: Troopers storm a train as Poland

Armed and dangerous: Troopers storm a train as Poland”s Elite Special Forces Unit prepare for Euro 2012 with a week-long dedicated training programme

“We got above 100 million zlotys (20m) from the state budget this year that we are spending entirely on Euro 2012 security,” Polish police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said. “This money goes first and foremost for 600 new vans. Secondly, we are also buying helmets, epaulets, pads, shields, everything that a policeman is equipped with. Let”s just hope they won”t have to be used.”

The Polish police and special forces have also held a week-long training session to better coordinate their procedures.

Colonel Piotr Gastal, head of Poland”s top special forces unit GROM, said: “We are training for the things that our unit was set up to do, business as usual, but there are more preparations ahead of Euro 2012 as there is a need for more operators.

Hijack: The routines were to prepare against hostage situations on public transport

Hijack: The routines were to prepare against hostage situations on public transport

Hijack: The routines were to prepare against hostage situations on public transport

“The Polish police holds the main responsibility for security during Euro 2012, but in case of a multiple hostage situation our unit can enter as the police are not trained or equipped enough to handle that.”

Ready for anything: The machinery involved was formidable

Ready for anything: The machinery involved was formidable

GROM has rehearsed releasing 20 or more hostages from public transport and public buildings, such as hotels and train stations.

“We are not aware of any additional, specific risks in Poland, but the sole fact of organising such an event like the Euros may be a target and we have to be prepared for various situations,” Gastal added.

Poland scaled down the number of fans it expects to visit during Euro 2012 after last week”s finals draw meant more popular teams such as Germany and England will play in Ukraine.

“Still, I hope for some several hundred million zlotys of additional revenue from fans” spending during the games,” said Marcin Herra, head of the PL2012 company dedicated to coordinating the tournament.

Extreme lengths: Divers from the special unit also practised in the Baltic Sea

Extreme lengths: Divers from the special unit also practised in the Baltic Sea

Poland also pegged a large-scale building programme to Euro 2012 and is upgrading its antiquated road infrastructure for the tournament, largely thanks to European Union”s aid funds.

“These investments is worth above 96 billion zlotys (19.1m),” Mikolaj Piotrowski said. “This speeding up in infrastructure may add a premium of some 20 billion zlotys by 2020 to the Polish Gross Domestic Product, a premium we would not have if it wasn”t for the Euros.”