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Rumours on Thursday 11th January 2007

last updated Thursday 11th January 2007, 8:34 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

Fulham's bid to sign American defender Oguchi Onyewu from Standard Liege has been hijacked by Inter Milan. (Daily Star)

Fulham are trying to hijack West Ham's bid to sign ex-Chelsea midfielder Alexei Smertin. (Various)

Major League Soccer team the LA Galaxy are the hot favourites to sign David Beckham if the former England captain leaves Real Madrid. (Various)

Barcelona are lining up a summer swoop for Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo - with star midfielder Xavi heading to Old Trafford in return. (Daily Mirror)


Inter Milan defender Marco Andreolli is a target for Newcastle United. (The Guardian)

Charlton boss Alan Pardew is lining up a raid on former club West Ham, with £4m Marlon Harewood his top target. (Various)

Tottenham want Manchester United's Wes Brown and are ready to slap in a £5m offer. (The Sun)

Wigan will sign £3m Chinedu Ogbuke from Lyn Oslo on Thursday. (Daily Mirror)

Celtic have been told to increase their offer if they want to land Swiss wonderkid Zdravko Kuzmanovic. (Daily Record)

Portsmouth have been priced out of the race for Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg and Southend striker Freddy Eastwood. (Various)

Jon Stead is set to complete a move to Sheffield United after Sunderland accepted a £1m bid for the striker. (Daily Mirror)

Charlton are leading the race to sign unsettled Sevilla striker Kepa Blanco. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are closing in on Blackburn defender Lucas Neill and Italy Under-21 goalkeeper Daniele Padelli. (The Times)

Blackburn are eyeing a move for West Ham full-back Paul Konchesky - if Lucas Neill leaves Ewood Park. (Various)

Middlesbrough are ready to sign Manuel Fernandes - currently on loan at Portsmouth - from Benfica. (The Sun)

Coventry have beaten Sheffield United to the signature of Maltese striker Michael Mifsud. (Various)

Ipswich are ready to make a £150,000 move for Wigan's David Wright. (Various)

David Beckham will have showdown talks with Real Madrid after the club's bosses backtracked on claims they would dump him at the end of the season. (Various)

New Rangers boss Walter Smith has vowed to get rid of the boozers if he discovers a drinking culture at the club. (Daily Record)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has become frustrated because he is unable to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window. (Various)

England's Euro 2008 qualifier in Andorra will be switched to Barcelona's Olympic Stadium because of fears over the tiny country's 1,300-capacity national stadium. (Various)

Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has said boss Rafa Benitez must share the blame for the 6-3 Carling Cup defeat to Arsenal. (Various)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be offered a huge new deal to stay at the club and develop the Gunners next generation of wonderkids. (Various)

John Terry has put his Chelsea comeback on hold as he struggles with a back injury. (The Sun)

Richard Branson's new Virgin TV will bid against Sky Sports for the right to show future England games and FA Cup ties. (Daily Express)

Noise levels experienced by players at Fratton Park, Old Trafford and Anfield are often in excess of 90 decibels - meaning that players may be given earmuffs to protect their hearing under health and safety legislation. (The Sun)

Oldham can expect crowds of more than 120,000 when they become the first English club to tour Bangladesh in May - their average home gate is around 6,000. (Daily Star)







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