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Football rumours on Friday 26th June 2009

last updated Friday 26th June 2009, 8:35 AM


Football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is tracking Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell and Middlesbrough's Gary O'Neil. (Daily Mirror)


  • Hodgson may also look at bringing Villerreal's American forward Jozy Altidore to Craven Cottage. (Telegraph)


  • Manchester United are a step closer to a £30m deal for Lyon striker Karim Benzema after the French side made a £15m move for Porto forward Lisandro Lopez. (Daily Star)


  • Sir Alex Ferguson has offered Manchester United's Portuguese winger Nani to Wigan as bait in his bid to sign Ecuador winger Antonio Valencia. (Daily Mirror)


  • Brazilian club Gremio have rejected a request from Manchester United to take midfielder Douglas Costa on a three-week trial because they want a straight cash bid. (The Times )


  • Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor will become a target for Italian side AC Milan, if they miss out on Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko. (The Guardian )


  • Manchester City are favourites to secure the signature of Argentine striker Carlos Tevez. (The Sun )


  • Inter Milan's Brazilian right-back Maicon is also a £10m target for City manager Mark Hughes. (Daily Express )


  • Chelsea are closing in on a £4m deal for Charlton's 17-year-old forward Jonjo Shelvey, who is also being tracked by Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham. (Daily Express)


  • FA Cup winners Chelsea are also set to make a move for goalkeeper Ross Turnbull who has rejected a new contract at Middlesbrough. (Daily Express)


  • Liverpool will offload winger Sebastian Leto to Greek club Panathinaikos for £3m with defender Alvaro Arbeloa set to join Real Madrid in the next few days. (Telegraph )


  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis is ready to pay £5m for Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins. (Daily Star )


  • Blackburn are likely to be priced out of their bid to land Portsmouth's Peter Crouch because of the striker's £70,000-a- week wages. (The Sun )


  • Sam Allardyce will bid £4m to bring Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher to Blackburn. (Daily Express )


  • Tottenham are interested in Wigan's 21-year-old midfielder Lee Cattermole. (Daily Mail)


  • Gary Megson is ready to splash £8.5m on Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde and Reading striker Kevin Doyle. (Daily Mirror)


  • Burnley boss Owen Coyle is closing in on Newcastle defender David Edgar. The full-back has had a medical at Turf Moor, along with Derby ace Tyrone Mears. (The Sun )


  • Celtic defender Bobo Balde is considering contract offers from Birmingham and Burnley. (The Sun)


  • Hull are set to launch a bid for Celtic striker Scott McDonald. (Daily Record)


  • Wolves have been told they will need to pay £3m for Doncaster defender Matthew Mills. (The Guardian)


  • Sheffield United defender Matt Kilgallon is a £4m target for Wigan, Wolves and Birmingham. (The Sun)


  • Cardiff are eyeing a £1m move for Millwall defender Zak Whitbread. (The Sun)


  • Cardiff boss Dave Jones wants £400,000-rated Motherwell captain Paul Quinn, 23. (Daily Star)


  • And the Bluebirds are also after Motherwell striker David Clarkson, although they face competition for the the 23-year-old from Bristol City, who have tabled a bid in the region of £600,000. (Bristol Evening Post )


  • Middlesbrough have agreed a fee with Colchester for 24-year-old winger Mark Yeates. (Daily Star)


  • Former Reading striker Leroy Lita has opened talks with Crystal Palace. (Daily Star)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • Gareth Southgate wants former England team-mate Phil Neville to join him at Middlesbrough. The Boro boss has offered Everton skipper Neville, 32, the chance to join his backroom staff. (The Sun )


  • Preston North End manager Alan Irvine has emerged as the leading contender to succeed Tony Mowbray at West Bromwich Albion. (The Guardian )
AND FINALLY
  • Manchester United fans want their new rugby league-style kit scrapped before it goes on sale next month. The shirt has a 'V' across the front and has been accused of looking "too American". (The Sun )








































































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