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Rumours on Sunday 11th January 2009

last updated Sunday 11th January 2009, 10:06 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Arsenal will strengthen their midfield with the signings of Jimmy Bullard from Fulham and West Ham's Jack Collison. (Sunday Mirror)

  • However, Bullard is soon to be the subject of a £5m bid from Middlesbrough. (The People)

  • Manchester United have lined up Lyon striker Karim Benzema as their main summer transfer target, which means the end of Carlos Tevez's time at Old Trafford. (News of the World, Sunday Express)

  • Arsenal's attempt to sign Andrei Arshavin could be hijacked by Manchester City, who have agreed an £18m deal with Zenit St Petersburg. (Sunday Mirror)

  • Manchester City have also targeted Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso. (Sunday Mirror)

  • Manchester City will turn their attention to Chelsea's Carlo Cudicini should they fail to lure Newcastle's Shay Given to Eastlands. (News of the World)

  • And City manager Mark Hughes has been told he needs to offer £20m if he wants Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz. (News of the World)

  • Tottenham will offer winger David Bentley to Middlesbrough in an attempt to seal the signing of Stewart Downing. (Sunday Mirror)

  • And Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is lining up a £10m swoop for Wigan midfielder Wilson Palacios. (The People)

  • Everton are pondering a loan bid for Real Madrid's Javier Saviola - but the Argentine's wages could prevent any deal from happening. (News of the World)

  • And Everton could face competition from Portsmouth for Saviola, as boss Tony Adams looks to replace Jermain Defoe. (Sunday Telegraph)

  • Adams is also interested in VfL Wolfsburg's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko. (The People)

  • Newcastle are closing in on Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes (Sunday Express)

  • and Porto midfielder Raul Meireles. (News of the World)

  • The Magpies also want Aston Villa left-back Nicky Shorey, and are willing to offer Charles N'Zogbia as part of a swap deal. (The People)

  • And Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear is considering a £4m bid for Coventry goalkeeper Kieran Westwood, should Shay Given leave the club. (Sunday Express)

  • Wigan striker Emile Heskey will not leave the club in the January transfer window - but will go in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

  • Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has received a boost after hearing that striker Peter Crouch, who interests Tottenham and Aston Villa, intends to stay at Fratton Park. (News of the World)

  • Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has spoken to fellow Argentine Gabriel Heinz about a possible move to Real Madrid in the summer. (The People)

  • Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant is wanted by Spanish club Sevilla. (News of the World)

  • Aston Villa head the list of clubs chasing Reading striker Kevin Doyle, although the Royals will not settle for anything less than £8m. (Sunday Express)

  • Blackburn and Newcastle are battling it out for Sheffield United striker James Beattie, after his move to Stoke fell through. (The People)

  • Rangers are interested in signing John Utaka from Portsmouth, should the Scottish club sell Kris Boyd. (News of the World)

  • Arsenal face competition from two Italian sides in the race to sign Boca Juniors £4m-rated midfielder Sebastian Battaglia. (News of the World)

  • Lucas Neill's future at West Ham is under threat after the Hammers offered the defender a cut-price new contract. (The People)

  • Tottenham have offered £4m to Sunderland for former full-back Pascal Chimbonda. (Sunday Express)

  • Everton will make a £500,000 bid for Bristol City defender James Wilson. (Sunday Mirror)

  • Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt is keen on a move to the Premier League, with Everton, Middlebrough and maybe Tottenham all interested. (News of the World)

  • Stoke want Lens and Ivory Coast striker Aruna Dindane, who is rated at around £6m. (Sunday Mirror)

  • Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is wanted by Australian side North Queensland Fury. (Independent on Sunday)
  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has continued his war of words with Liverpool counterpart Rafa Benitez, dismissing the Anfield club's title ambitions. (Sunday Mirror)

  • David Beckham is set to turn his back on LA Galaxy after convincing AC Milan that he is worth a permanent contract. (Sunday Express)

  • Elton John and Graham Taylor are being lined up to make a comeback at Watford. (Sunday Mirror)

  • Liverpool's players gave manager Rafa Benitez their blessing before the Spaniard's tirade against Ferguson on Friday. (Sunday Mirror)

  • It does not get any easier for Benitez. After an eventful week, the Spaniard is set to return to hospital for another operation on his kidney stone problem. (News of the World)

  • Agent Pini Zahavi is heading a consortium which is lining up a Premier League club and make former Chelsea boss Avram Grant as manager. Newcastle and Portsmouth are the main targets. (Sunday Express)

  • Zahavi is already smiling following Wayne Bridge's move from Chelsea to Manchester City, as he pocketed £900,000 in commission. (Sunday Mirror)

  • Sunderland are still considering appointing a big-name manager in the summer, despite handing Ricky Sbragia an 18-month deal at the end of last year. (Sunday Express, The People)
  • Never one for hiding his light under a bushel, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given a typically forthright assessment of his time at the club. Mourinho, who will be at Old Trafford to watch his old club take on Manchester United, believes he "would have won the Champions League at Chelsea" and says former boss Grant "got the money, got the job but he did nothing". (News of the World)

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