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Rumours on Friday 20th July 2007

last updated Friday 20th July 2007, 7:09 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • West Ham will swoop for £4m-rated Newcastle winger Kieron Dyer after new signing Julien Faubert was ruled out for six months.(Various)

  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has refused to sell Arjen Robben to Real Madrid. (Various)

  • Robben will instead sign a new five-year contract with the Blues worth £80,000 a week. (Daily Express)

  • However, sources close to the winger say Robben will be presented as a Real Madrid player on Monday. (Independent)

  • Manchester City are close to completing £12m signing of Middlesbrough striker Yakubu. (Daily Mirror)

  • Sunderland hope to open talks with Wigan defender Leighton Baines on Friday over a £6m move. (Daily Mirror)

  • But the Black Cats have abandoned their interest in Hearts keeper Craig Gordon. (Daily Record)

  • Everton have stepped up their bid for Manchester United's Alan Smith after seeing James Vaughan ruled out for three months. (Various)

  • Middlesbrough have had a £6m bid for Smith accepted but the player is reluctant to move there. (Daily Star)

  • Arsenal are closing in on a deal for South American teenagers Angel Di Maria and Pedro Silva. (Daily Express)

  • Sevilla have told Portsmouth Fredi Kanoute will cost £8m. (Daily Mirror)

  • Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka has turned down a move to Lyon. (Sun)

  • Fifa will decide whether West Ham should release Carlos Tevez from his contract so he can join Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

  • Liverpool will turn their attentions to £7m-rated Juventus left-back Giorgio Chiellini after Man Utd snubbed their offer for Gabriel Heinze.(Daily Star)
  • Stan Kroenke is stepping up his bid to complete a £650m takeover of Arsenal and will bring back ex-vice-chairman David Dein. (Various)

  • Owen Hargreaves could miss the whole of Man Utd's Far East tour because of tendonitis in his knee. (Daily Star)
  • Chelsea stars Frank Lampard and John Terry chatted with Paris Hilton, Serena Williams and actress Tara Reid at a team party in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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