BOSTON (AP) _ Will Gov. William Weld run against Sen. Edward M. Kennedy? It's a tantalizing political scenario that even has Weld intrigued, a newspaper said.

Despite his earlier statements that he plans to run for re-election, the Republican governor has been talking of trying to unseat the veteran Democratic senator, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.

The newspaper cited unidentified sources who gave differing accounts on how serious Weld is about the idea.

Some said Weld was whimsical, even puckish, in talking about taking on Kennedy, who has never faced serious Republican opposition since he first ran in 1962.

But others, including one person the Globe identified as a top Republican Party official, said the governor is bored with his job and seriously considering the idea. The newspaper's sources said Weld had a match-up between himself and Kennedy included in a poll his political committee is conducting.

Peter Berlandi, chairman of Weld's political committee, played down the reports.

''That's just a lot of people, particularly Democrats, spreading rumors,'' Berlandi said.