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Football rumours on Sunday 12th July 2009

last updated Sunday 12th July 2009, 10:50 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Chelsea and England captain John Terry has demanded the opportunity to speak to Manchester City during crisis talks with Blues owner Roman Abramovich. (Various)

  • If Terry does join City, Chelsea will replace him with Newcastle's England Under-21 centre-back Steven Taylor. (Sunday Express)

  • Alternatively, Chelsea have three potential replacements in mind for Terry: West Ham's Matthew Upson, Porto centre-back Bruno Alves and Genoa's Domenico Criscito. (People)

  • However, Man City will switch their sights to Portuguese centre-back Alves if they miss out on Terry. (Star on Sunday )

  • Chelsea are ready to offer £50m plus Portuguese duo Deco and Ricardo Carvalho for Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (News of the World)

  • Inter boss Jose Mourinho is ready to move again for Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas after his move for Deco hit the skids. (People)

  • Liverpool have rejected an offer for striker Fernando Torres, believed to be around £60m, from an English club other than Manchester City, says Reds manager Rafael Benitez. "It was a proper offer, a big one, but we said no and he wanted to stay here," said Benitez. (The Times )

  • Alternatively, Liverpool have in fact received three such bids for Torres, from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. (Star on Sunday)

  • Liverpool will make a last-ditch plea to want-away duo Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso to stay another year and help the club win the Premier League title. (News of the World)

  • Manchester United are poised to snatch Samuel Eto'o from under the noses of Manchester City with a £25m bid. (News of the World)

  • United are set to sign 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa from Gremio for £20m. (Sunday Express)

  • Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has emerged as Manchester United's top transfer target with Sir Alex Ferguson poised to offer £25million for the England winger. (Star on Sunday)

  • Tottenham are preparing a £25m swap deal, involving midfielder David Bentley, to bring Young to White Hart Lane. (Mail on Sunday)

  • Villa will shell out £10million for Stewart Downing - even though the Middlesbrough winger will be out injured until November. (People)

  • Spurs could help fund a move for Young by offloading Michael Dawson, with Sunderland reportedly set to bid for the defender. (News of the World )

  • The Black Cats are also favourites to sign Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos for £5m. (Sunday Express)

  • Sunderland are also leading the race to sign Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch, with Fulham also keen. (Mail on Sunday)

  • Aston Villa will turn their attentions to Werder Bremen's German international midfielder Mesut Ozil after seeing a £6m offer for Leeds midfielder Fabian Delph rejected. (News of the World)

  • LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will consider a sensational comeback to the Premier League if his dream return to AC Milan falls through. (News of the World)

  • Everton boss David Moyes is in a transfer tussle with Hull City for Cardiff City's Welsh midfielder Joe Ledley. (People)

  • Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is lining up an audacious move to bring former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira back to the Premier League. (People )

  • Portsmouth and Birmingham have joined Blackburn in the race for Paris St Germain's French midfielder Jerome Rothen. (People )

  • Celtic could move to take Barcelona defender Martin Caceres on a season-long loan but face competition from Galatasaray, Real Zaragoza and Sporting Lisbon. (News of the World)

  • Celtic's Tony Mowbray is considering a move for Juan Carlos Mensequez, the winger he had on loan from San Lorenzo while manager of West Brom. (Sunday Mail)

  • Energie Cottbus midfielder Stanislav Angelov says Celtic are interested in his signature. (Sunday Express)

  • Twente Enschede boss Steve McClaren hopes a £3m offer will secure England Under-21 winger Andrew Driver from Hearts - £1m more than Burnley offered. (Sunday Times)

  • Rangers have dismissed reports suggesting they have expressed an interest in Juventus striker David Trezeguet. (Sunday Times)

  • Falkirk manager Eddie May will convert Scotland central defender Darren Barr into a right-back this season. (Various)

  • Falkirk have targeted Partick Thistle and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jonathan Tuffey. (Sunday Mail)

  • Hamilton have rejected a £2m offer from an English club for teenage Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy. (Sunday Mail)

  • Hamilton defender Brian Easton will edge closer to a £300,000 transfer to Burnley this week. (News of the World)

  • Hamilton have secured Tomas Cerny on a permanent basis after agreeing to pay Sigma Olomouc, who had loaned the goalkeeper to Accies, £180,000 in two instalments. (Various)
  • Alan Shearer is holding out for the Newcastle job - but the long-running takeover saga is set to run for a further week. (Mail on Sunday )

  • Southampton's prospective new owners are ready to offer Alan Shearer an emotional return to the south coast - after being turned down by old boy Gordon Strachan. (People )

  • Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is in line to take over as manager of Southampton but could face competition from Nigel Pearson. (People)

  • Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has admitted he considered bringing Michael Owen "home" to Anfield this summer. (People)

  • Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie turned down big money offers from Chelsea, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Juventus before signing his new four-year deal with Arsenal. (Sunday Mirror)

  • The takeover of Portsmouth by United Arab Emirates businessman Sulaiman Al Fahim could be delayed until next month, raising fresh concerns over the deal. (Observer)

  • Striker Daniel Sturridge hopes his move to Chelsea from Manchester City can help him do a Theo Walcott and sneak into England's 2010 World Cup squad. (People)

  • Falkirk winger Neil McCann, who had applied to be manager, is looking to negotiate a release from his contract after falling out with the new management team. (Mail on Sunday)

  • Falkirk manager Eddie May is unhappy at the prospect of losing veteran Neil McCann, who has lined up a new club. (Sunday Mail)

  • Glasgow-born striker Ikechi Anya says he would be interested in playing for Scotland after signing a four-year deal with Sevilla but is also eligible to play for England, Nigeria and Romania. (Sunday Express)
  • Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will receive the same levels of protection given to Pope John Paul II 30 years ago during Real's pre-season tour of Ireland. (Sunday Express)

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