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Football Rumours on Tuesday 20th July 2010

last updated Tuesday 20th July 2010, 9:05 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • Didier Drogba's agent has revealed he is in talks with Manchester City over the Chelsea striker making a £20m move to Eastlands.
    (The Sun)

  • Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is refusing to give up on his dream move to Barcelona but may be forced to submit an official transfer request to force his exit from the Emirates.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Barca hope to hold talks with Arsenal to discuss the Premier League club's grievances over their persistent pursuit of Fabregas before submitting a second bid in an attempt to bring the Spain international back to his homeland.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Greek side Panathinaikos have stepped up their efforts to sign out-of-contract Gunners defender Williams Gallas, offering the Frenchman £25,000-a-week wages and a signing-on fee of almost £1m.
    (The Sun)

  • Liverpool hope Joe Cole's arrival at Anfield on a four-year deal worth £18.7m can convince Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to commit their futures to the club.
    (The Guardian)

  • Sevilla's Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano says he may remain in Spain, despite a summer of speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.
    (The Sun)

  • West Ham remain in the hunt for Nice striker Loic Remy but may face competition from Liverpool for the £12m-rated player.
    (The Sun)

  • Alternatively, West Ham have turned their attention to Rosario Central's Argentine striker Milton Caraglio.
    (The Mirror)

  • Manchester City officials have travelled to Italy to close the £35m deal for Inter Milan's 19-year-old striker Mario Balotelli.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Sunderland are considering a £5m move for Wigan defender Titus Bramble, who Black Cats boss Steve Bruce previously worked with at Wigan.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Bruce is the favourite to sign centre-back Sol Campbell, a free agent after his Arsenal contract expired at the end of last season.
    (The Sun)

  • Sunderland and Bolton are vying for £6m-rated Algeria midfielder Karim Matmour, who helped his country hold England to a goalless draw at the World Cup.
    (The Sun)

  • Newcastle are keen to sign St Etienne's 23-year-old centre-back Yohan Benalouane.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Birmingham have been approached about a deal for Monterrey's Chile striker Humberto Suazo and have expressed an interest in Argentine midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme, who is a free agent.
    (Daily Mail)

  • David James will open talks with Celtic after Portsmouth withdrew their contract offer for the 39-year-old England goalkeeper.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Fulham manager elect Martin Jol is eager to bring Tottenham striker Robbie Keane to Craven Cottage after being promised a £20m transfer kitty by club owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is set to table a £10m bid for Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady.
    (The Mirror)

  • Celtic have been forced to give up their hopes of signing Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard because the 31-year-old's family are settled in Yorkshire.
    (Daily Record)

  • Stoke midfielder Liam Lawrence expects to complete a £2m move to last season's Scottish Premier League runners-up Celtic.
    (The Sun)

  • Middlesbrough's French midfielder Didier Digard is ready to sign for French side Nice in a permanent cut-price deal.
    (The Mirror)

  • Boro boss Gordon Strachan has stepped up his bid to land Dundee United's Craig Conway, but the Championship club will be forced to pay at least £1m for the midfielder.
    (Daily Record)

  • Marlon Harewood has been offered a two-year deal at Rangers. The striker is a free agent after leaving Aston Villa.
    (The Mirror)

  • Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee is prepared to battle it out with Hearts for free agent Paul Hartley.
    (Daily Record)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson insists he is not concerned that he has not heard from Javier Mascherano since trying to contact the midfielder last week. The Argentina captain is still on holiday after his World Cup exploits and is not due to return for pre-season training for another week.
    (The Independent)

  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says his club do not need to spend heavily this summer to regain the Premier League title from Chelsea.
    (The Sun)

  • Midfielder Paul Scholes says reclaiming the Premier League title is Manchester United's top priority next season, over success in the Champions League.
    (The Mirror)

  • Martin Jol will be unveiled as Fulham boss before Thursday's friendly with Halmstad. Caretaker boss Ray Lewington took the Cottagers on their pre-season tour to Sweden but his future is now in doubt because Jol wants his brother Cornelis to join him as assistant coach.
    (Daily Star)

  • Football Association bosses have reduced ticket prices by up to 33% for August's friendly against Hungary at Wembley following the national team's disappointing World Cup campaign.
    (The Sun)

  • The FA has hinted that it could again look abroad when appointing a successor to Fabio Capello as England manager.
    (Daily Telegraph)
AND FINALLY...
  • Newcastle's Joey Barton claims he is "as good as anyone in the country", including fellow midfielders Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and Chelsea's Frank Lampard.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Tottenham may have become the first Premier League team to ban vuvuzelas from their ground.
    (Daily Mail)

  • But top-flight newcomers Blackpool have become the first club in Britain to encourage fans to bring the instruments, which were a prominent feature at this summer's World Cup in South Africa, to matches.
    (The Sun)

  • Efrain Juarez revealed his delight at joining Celtic - via Twitter. The Mexico defender returned home to finalise a visa after completing his medical and celebrated the £2.5m move by Tweeting: "I'm so happy to have signed for a historic team in Celtic!"
    (Daily Record)








































































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