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Football Rumours on Friday 13th August 2010

last updated Friday 13th August 2010, 8:51 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • Manchester City have offered Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic a four-year deal worth £96m - or roughly £500,000 a week.
    (The Sun)

  • Manchester United are set to miss out on the signing of Werder Bremen's Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil.
    (The Guardian)

  • Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli is close to sealing his move to Manchester City, according to the player's agent.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Aston Villa midfielder James Milner is expected to complete his £26m move to Manchester City before the start of the new Premier League football season on Saturday.
    (Daily Express)

  • Manchester City are beating Chelsea in the race to land Benfica's £27m-rated Brazilian defender David Luiz.
    (The Mirror)

  • Manchester City have entered into negotiations with two unnamed clubs about a £20m-plus deal to sell forward Robinho.
    (The Guardian)

  • Tottenham are to step up their £25m double swoop for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young and Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy with Spurs striker Peter Crouch set to join Sunderland.
    (Daily Star)

  • Celtic are still keen on Bellamy but the Welshman would have to take a £70,000 a week pay cut to join the Scottish side.
    (The Mirror)

  • Manchester City will not allow Craig Bellamy to join Tottenham with Fulham, Everton and Newcastle United expected to make approaches for the forward.
    (The Times)

  • West Ham are closing in on the loan signing of Manchester City's out-of-favour-striker Felipe Caicedo.
    (Daily Mail)

  • West Ham's Scott Parker is close to signing an improved deal at the club ending speculation that he could move away from Upton Park.
    (The Guardian)

  • The Hammers have handed a trial to former Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere.
    (The Times)

  • West Ham will step up their efforts to sign Nottingham Forest keeper Paul Smith after reserve Peter Kurucz was ruled out for the majority of the new season with knee ligament damage.
    (talksport)

  • Hammers boss Avram Grant is lining up a £4m bid for FC Twente star Cheik Tiote.
    (The Sun)

  • Everton boss David Moyes is also weighing up a move for Ivory Coast international Tiote.
    (talksport)

  • Blackburn Rovers are back on the trail of Norwegian striker Erik Huseklepp after he scored twice against France on Wednesday.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Rovers are the latest Premier League club to make an offer for Arsenal's 19-year-old midfielder Henri Lansbury.
    (talksport)

  • Blackburn are also set to make a last-gasp attempt to to hijack Stoke striker James Beattie's move to Rangers.
    (The Mirror)

  • Rovers striker Jason Roberts has priced himself out of a move to QPR after demanding £30,000 a week.
    (The Sun)

  • Arsenal are considering a move for Lyon's Brazil international winger Michel Bastos.
    (caughtoffside)

  • Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has gone on strike in an attempt to force through a loan switch to Newcastle.
    (The Mirror)

  • Fulham hope to pip Birmingham to the £5m signing of AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele.
    (The Mirror)

  • Wantaway Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer has pleaded with new manager Mark Hughes to let him join Arsenal.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Birmingham, Sunderland and Stoke are all keeping tabs on Charles N'Zogbia with the Wigan midfielder set to hand in transfer request.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Stoke are tracking former Portsmouth midfielder Hassan Yebda who currently plays for Benfica.
    (talksport)

  • Sunderland are pressing ahead with an £8m bid for Rennes striker Asamoah Gyan as defender Anton Ferdinand heads for Palermo on a season-long loan.
    (Daily Mail)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has admitted falling out of love with life in England and is looking forward to the day he returns to Argentina.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Chelsea have been accused of "harassment" by Brazilian club Santos over their attempted signing of teenager Neymar, with Santos threatening to report the Blues to Fifa.
    (The Mirror)

  • England goalkeeper David James's arrival at Bristol City is believed to have contributed to Steve Coppell's shock resignation as manager.
    (The Mirror)

  • Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia will quit the club if he is not manager Arsene Wenger's number one choice this season.
    (Daily Star)

  • Birmingham are keen to tie manager Alex McLeish to a new deal, especially with neighbours Aston Villa looking for a new manager.
    (The Sun)
AND FINALLY...
  • Theo Walcott has revealed that David Beckham helped him to get over the disappointment of being left out of Fabio Capello's World Cup squad with a stream of phone calls and emails.
    (The Mirror)








































































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