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Football rumours on Sunday 22nd March 2009

last updated Sunday 22nd March 2009, 8:45 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Fulham are planning a summer bid for Crystal Palace's 18-year-old England youth international Victor Moses. (The People)

  • Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson is also interested in recruiting Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone in the summer, with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp apparently willing to let the midfielder leave for £5m. (The People)

  • Manchester City are set to launch a sensational summer swoop for ex-Arsenal and current Barcelona striker Thierry Henry, after asking super-agent Pini Zahavi to set up a deal. (News of the World)

  • Gareth Barry has reopened the way for an £18m move to Liverpool in the summer after rejecting the chance to negotiate a new contract with Aston Villa. (Sunday Express)

  • Villa boss Martin O'Neill may soften the blow of possibly losing Barry by luring Wes Brown from Manchester United in a £3.5m deal. (The People)

  • Another player looking to resurrect a long-mooted move is Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing who remains keen on a £15m move to Tottenham. (Sunday Express)

  • Spurs will also make another move for Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones after failing with a £15m bid in January, with the Black Cats apparently now willing to sell. (The People)

  • French international Yohan Cabaye could be set for a move to Arsenal after the 23-year-old admitted he was "flattered" by reported interest from the Gunners. (News of the World)

  • One potential departure from Highbury is left-back Gael Clichy, who is a £14m summer target for AC Milan. (The People)

  • Everton have lined up PSV wonderkid Dirk Marcellis, who replaced Alex after the centre-back moved to Chelsea. (News of the World)

  • Newcastle are chasing Huddersfield's highly-rated young keeper Ben Smithies, as Shay Given's long-term replacement. (The People)

  • Nemanja Vidic has told both Milan clubs to forget about pursuing his signature as he is staying with Manchester United. (Daily Star Sunday)
  • Chelsea will appoint Frank Rijkaard as their new manager in the summer after the former Barcelona boss was given a glowing endorsement from fellow Dutchman and interim Blues coach Guus Hiddink. (Sunday Express and Daily Star Sunday)

  • Rijkaard's chances of securing the hot-seat at Stamford Bridge could be enhanced by owner Roman Abramovich's plans to promote Frank Arnesen - who wanted Rijkaard as boss before the Blue's appointed Luis Felipe Scolari - to director of football. (The People)

  • The Blues are also planning to lure former idol Claude Makelele back to Stamford Bridge in a coaching and ambassadorial role. (The People)

  • Meanwhile, Scolari has been offered a return to management in his native Brazil with both Santos and Fluminense looking to appoint for the rest of the domestic season. (The People)

  • Man City centre-back Richard Dunne has added extra spice to his side's clash with Chelsea today by accusing Blues striker Didier Drogba of "conning referees". (The People)

  • Hull boss Phil Brown says he will continue to get under opponents skin if it means helping the Tigers avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Daily Star Sunday)
  • Liverpool's Fabio Aurelio has credited his free-kick prowess to tutoring from Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who has scored 47 set-pieces for Aurelio's former Brazilian club. (The Times)

  • Real Madrid have snapped up one of Arsenal's top men - award-winning groundsman Paul Burgess, who will put his skills to good use on the playing surface at the Bernabeau from now on. (Sunday Express)

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