Championship rumour mill: Ex-Leeds United striker Michael Bridges wants managerial role

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Here are the latest Championship transfer rumours from around the web...

Has transfer silly season arrived already? Well, it appears so... we round up the latest rumours from the Championship and beyond. Here's the latest from the tabloids and around the web:

Michael Bridges is keen on taking his first step into management with Carlisle United.

Michael Bridges is keen on taking his first step into management with Carlisle United.

Former Whites striker Michael Bridges wants Carlisle United job

Former Leeds United and Carlisle United striker Michael Bridges is keen on taking the vacant position at Brunton Park, report the News and Star.

Bridges, who moved back to Australia following his retirement, had two spells with Carlisle between 2005 and 2009.

The 39-year-old has undertaken his coaching badges since his return home and is currently employed by various TV networks as a pundit but he has made no secret of his desire to get into management: "I’ve had a lot of clubs but the four places I’d want to go back to would be Carlisle, Leeds, Sunderland, Newcastle.

“It’s unlikely I’m going to get the Newcastle or Sunderland job, but it’s very realistic in the future to say I’ve managed Carlisle. You’ve got to have aspirations.”

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to confirm whether he will be in charge of the club next season. (Mirror)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says forwards Gareth Bale, 28, and Karim Benzema, 30, "will stay" with the club, despite speculation over both their futures. (Star)

Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac has left the club after a falling out with manager Jurgen Klopp. (Daily Record)

Crystal Palace's 27-year-old striker Christian Benteke, who has two years left on his contract with the Eagles, says he will discuss his future with the club at the end of the season. (Mail)

West Brom keeper Ben Foster, 35, says interim manager Darren Moore has "brought a lot more unity back to the team" and he would like him to become the permanent boss of the Baggies. (Telegraph)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola joked the Premier League champions could spend £1bn during the summer transfer window. (ESPN)