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Football Rumours on Wednesday 17th Oct 2012

last updated Wednesday 17th October 2012, 10:07 AM

  • Roberto Mancini has identified Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, 24, as Manchester City's next big-name signing and wants to reunite the Spain World Cup winner with Yaya Toure.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Chelsea target Neymar, 20, has put the Premier League on red alert after revealing he wants to learn English.

  • Manchester United midfielder Nani, 25, is being targeted by AC Milan as the Italian giants look to secure a cut-price £12m deal to take the player to the San Siro next summer.

  • Brendan Rodgers will not make a £20m bid for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, 23, but the Liverpool manager is interested in a deal if he is allowed to take him on loan to begin with.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Chelsea are considering making another move for Marseille striker Loic Remy, 25, in January as a possible replacement for Sturridge.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Fernando Torres has revealed the full depth of his despair at Chelsea last season, admitting it reached the stage when he and other team-mates no longer cared whether the team won or lost.
    (El Pais)

  • Queens Park Rangers midifelder Joey Barton, who is serving a 12-match ban, has been pictured squaring up to Istre's Guy-Roland Niangbo during a friendly match for Marseille, where 30-year-old Barton is on loan.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Arsenal have arranged a behind-closed-doors practice match at their London Colney training ground against a Chelsea XI in an attempt to hasten 20-year-old Jack Wilshere's return to first-team football.
    (The Times)

  • Hard-up Hearts have told the bulk of their first team - up to 12 players - that they will have to wait again to get their wages after their monthly salaries failed to be paid yesterday.
    (Daily Express)

  • Hearts are already under a transfer embargo following last month's delay in paying player salaries.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama's agent says it would be premature to say the midfielder is close to an agreement over a new contract, despite the 21-year-old being offered an extension beyond the summer of 2014.
    (Daily Express)

  • Ross County manager Derek Adams plans to slash wages from his squad budget to release funds for new signings in January.
    (The Herald )

  • Queen's Park are likely to ditch plans to move to Partick Thistle's Firhill Stadium during the refurbishment of Hampden Park for the 2014 Commonwealth Games - and instead choose Airdrie United's Excelsior Stadium - because of the possibility of their Glasgow rivals being promoted to the Scottish Premier League, which frowns on groundsharing.
    (The Scotsman)


  • After Tuesday's World Cup qualifier was postponed in Poland, the weather forecast in Warsaw is for showers on Wednesday. England manager Roy Hodgson has already expressed concern over the time it will take to repair the surface, which was relaid only last week at a cost of £115,000.
    (The Guardian)

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