Monday Kickoff: England eyes Hodgson, Podolski to Arsenal confirmed, and more

Monday Kickoff: England eyes Hodgson, Podolski to Arsenal confirmed, and more

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Monday Kickoff: England eyes Hodgson, Podolski to Arsenal confirmed, and more

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The English FA has not gone far to find a replacement for former England manager Fabio Capello, pegging West Brom manager Roy Hodgson as the leading candidate to manage England at this summer's European Championships.

The FA has sought permission and has been granted permission by West brom to speak with Hodgson, who appears a good bet to beat out former favorite Harry Redknapp for the job.

Hodgson is most recently remembered for managing Liverpool during a disappointing stretch that came as the club was in the midst of a takeover attempt, but prior to that he also had the distinction of helping lead Fulham to the 2010 Europa League Final.

Here are some other stories to get your Monday going:

COLOGNE CONFIRMS PODOLSKI TO ARSENAL 

The long-rumored move to Arsenal by German striker Lukas Podolski has been officially confirmed by his current club Cologne. Podolski will join Arsenal via transfer this summer.

Podolski has enjoyed a strong season for Cologne, scoring 18 goals in the Bundesliga, and should be a key figure in Germany's Euro 2012 plans this summer.

LIVERPOOL SET SIGHTS ON DUTCH OPTIONS

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is sure to be busy this summer on the transfer market and there is already buzz about the Reds spending most of their money in the Netherlands, where two transfer targets have emerged.

Liverpool is reportedly interested in FC Twente striker Luuk DeJong as well as AZ Alkmaar midfielder Rasmus Elm. The two could cost an estimated £20 million in transfer fees.

MUAMBA COULD ATTEND BOLTON-TOTTENHAM WEDNESDAY

Just six weeks after suffering a heart attack that nearly killed him, Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba could attend the very match-up he was playing in when the incident occurred.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle says Muamba might attend Wednesday's Bolton-Tottenham match, which would give Muamba an opportunity to thank both sets of fans for their support at the match on March 17 when he fell ill.

That match took place at White Hart Lane, but Wednesday's match would allow Muamba to be received by Bolton's home fans at the Reebok.

GROUP BACKED BY FANS SUBMITS BID FOR RANGERS

Two weeks after withdrawing its original bid for financially troubled Rangers, a group of fans has submitted a revised bid. Forced into bankruptcy in February, Rangers is looking for a new ownership group and now administrators of the Glasgow club have two to choose from. The other bid put forth was by American businessman Bill Miller, and it is expected to be worth around $18.2 million. 

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What do you think of these developments? Like Hogdson as England's new manager? Think Podolski can make an impact at Arsenal? Hoping Liverpool makes a play for Clint Dempsey instead of some Dutch options?

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