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Football rumours on Thursday 14th May 2009

last updated Thursday 14th May 2009, 9:11 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • West Brom are set to beat Fulham to the signature of Stockport striker Oli Johnson. (Daily Star)

  • Manchester United are favourites to beat Liverpool in the £20m race for Wigan winger Antonio Valencia. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are also interested in the Ecuadorian. (The Sun)

  • United are also set clinch the £6m signing of Brazil defender Dodo from Corinthians. (Daily Mirror)

  • Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has his eye on former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan, who is now at Atletico Madrid. (Daily Star)

  • Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, who has been linked with a host of top clubs, will not be leaving Anfield this summer, according to his agent. (The Guardian)

  • Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant believes the club would be making a mistake if they allow striker Didier Drogba to leave this summer. (The Sun)

  • But Drogba will depart and the club are lining up Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor as his replacement. (Daily Mirror)

  • Carlo Ancelotti will bid for Aston Villa's Ashley Young if the AC Milan coach takes the job as Blues boss this summer. (The Sun)

  • Chelsea will send Ricardo Quaresma back to Inter Milan but the Portugal winger is then likely to make a permanent switch to Benfica. (The Sun)

  • Current boss at Stamford Bridge Guus Hiddink has recommended the club go for £15m-rated CSKA striker Yuri Zhyrkov. (The Sun)

  • Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz will turn down Arsenal and Tottenham if he can secure a move to Manchester City or Liverpool. (The Sun)

  • But Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is determined to sign Cruz after putting the Paraguay forward top of his wanted list. (Daily Mail)

  • One player on his way to Blackburn is defender Gael Givet, who will complete a £4m permanent switch from Marseille. It will also pave the way for Stephen Warnock to leave Ewood Park. (Daily Mirror)

  • Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko says he expects to remain a Tottenham player next season, insisting he has received assurances over his future. (The Independent)

  • Newcastle manager Alan Shearer wants Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner. (Daily Mirror)

  • Sheffield United and Blackburn are competing for the signature of Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan. (The Sun)

  • Bolton are ready to make a £4m bid for Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil.

  • Birmingham have cleared the way for goalkeeper Joe Hart's arrival on loan from Manchester City by loaning out Colin Doyle to Swansea. (Daily Mirror)

  • Coventry have turned their interest from Hearts winger Andrew Driver to former Sky Blues striker Gary McSheffrey, who is now at Birmingham. (Daily Star)

  • Cardiff are closing in on Norwich's 25-year-old midfielder Sammy Clingan. (Daily Star)

  • Kidderminster defender Mark Creighton is set to join Oxford. (Daily Star)

  • Tranmere's Charlie Barnet is wanted by Barnsley and Blackpool. (Daily Mirror)

  • Crystal Palace are keeping an eye on Norwich's out-of-contract winger Lee Croft. (Daily Star)

  • QPR's Liam Miller has been linked with move to Cork City when his contract expires this summer. (Daily Star)

  • Striker Barry Hayles is in talks with Cheltenham and Walsall after being released by Leicester. (Daily Star)

  • Forward Lloyd Owusu is thinking over offers from Brighton and Adelaide after being released by Cheltenham. (Daily Star)
  • Newcastle manager Alan Shearer insists striker Michael Owen has a big part to play in their relegation battle. (The Sun)

  • Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland is on the verge of signing a new contract at the the club, worth about £80,000 a week. (Various)

  • Arsenal's billionaire investors are poised for a showdown over the club's future strategy, with Alisher Usmanov ready to suggest that Stan Kroenke and others join him in making a commitment to tackle the club's £318m debt. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Reading want Watford manager Brendan Rogers to replace Steve Coppell, while also on their list of candidates are Tony Adams, Nigel Pearson and Lawrie Sanchez. (The Sun)

  • Also on Reading's list are Adrian Boothroyd, Phil Parkinson and Gus Poyet. (The Times)

  • Meanwhile, ex-Royals boss Coppell is being lined up to take on a new role developing future England stars as Premier League chiefs want him to take on a new Head of Youth job. (The Sun)

  • Colin Calderwood is yet another name being touted as the next boss at QPR. (Daily Mail)

  • Former Ipswich boss Jim Magilton is in the frame to be the next manager at Loftus Road. (The Sun)
  • Former Newcastle, Tottenham and England star Paul Gascoigne has signed up to appear on TV show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. (The Sun)

  • Former Liverpool and West Ham Ham striker Titi Camara was named Guinea's coach - by military dictator Captain Moussa Dadis Camara. (The Sun)

  • Kevin Poole, 45, is aiming to become the oldest player in the Football League by signing a new contract with Burton. (Daily Star)

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