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Football Rumours on Thursday 23rd June 2011

last updated Thursday 23rd June 2011, 9:40 AM


Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is set to miss out on Santos forward Neymar, with the Brazilian teenager instead likely to join Spanish giants Real Madrid.
    (talkSPORT)

  • Brazil legend Pele has backed Neymar's move to the Spanish capital after calling the Premier League too rough.
    (The Mirror)

  • Defender Gael Clichy is keen to move to Liverpool after talks stalled on a new deal at Arsenal.
    (The Sun)

  • Sunderland's bid for Ipswich teenager Connor Wickham may come to nothing as the striker is waiting for a move to Liverpool or Arsenal.
    (Metro)

  • Manchester City are back in the race for winger Alexis Sanchez after Barcelona youngster Jeffren rejected the chance to join Udinese to fund a move for the Chile midfielder. The Catalan side had offered £28m, plus Jeffren, while City's package is reportedly in the region of £35m, plus £4m in bonuses.
    (Metro)

  • However, Sanchez does not want to move to Eastlands and, although he was cleared to visit City for talks, he refused to board a flight.
    (The Mirror)

  • Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni has moved a step closer to joining Fulham after the Cameroon international admitted he "would love" to play in the Premier League.
    (talkSPORT)

  • Liverpool have been told they will need to pay £13.5m to sign St Etienne winger Dimitri Payet. Aston Villa's Stewart Downing had been Reds boss Kenny Dalglish's target for that position but Payet could be an alternative.
    (talkSPORT)

  • Manchester City are closing in on £20m-rated Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho.
    (The Sun)

  • Chelsea have valued their England Under-21 defender Ryan Bertrand at £5m. However, he may be allowed to go out on loan for a season, with West Brom, Wolves, Bolton, Fulham and Nottingham Forest all interested.
    (The Sun)

  • New West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is weighing up Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith.
    (talkSPORT)

  • Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll has moved for Blackpool's Jason Euell and Richard Naylor of Leeds, who are available on free transfers, and is also keen on Sheffield Wednesday's £200,000-rated defender Tommy Spurr.
    (The Mirror)

  • Arsenal are monitoring 21-year-old Toulouse and France midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
    (The Times)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas believes he has to lead Chelsea to the quadruple to keep owner Roman Abramovich happy.
    (The Sun)

  • Manager Sam Allardyce will not change West Ham's style of football to a more direct game after he conceded that "playing the right way is about entertaining the public". He said: "Everywhere I've been I entertain the public, irrespective of the perception from the media that Sam Allardyce plays long ball."
    (Press Association)

  • Former Scotland player Bobby Lennox said he would be worried about getting ostracised by the Scottish Football Association if he chose to play for Team GB at London 2012.
    (The Times)

  • London Olympic organisers have estimated that sales of Team GB replica football shirts could be worth as much as £8m in revenue.
    (Daily Telegraph)
AND FINALLY
  • Former England, Newcastle and Ipswich manager Sir Bobby Robson labelled Andre Villas-Boas, who has been appointed the new manager at Chelsea, as "something special" a decade ago, according to ex-Tractor Boys boss George Burley.
    (The Mirror)
























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