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Rumours on Friday 22nd February 2008

last updated Friday 22nd February 2008, 8:08 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Fulham will sign Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia in the summer - providing they stay up. (Mirror)

  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has made Lyon striker Karim Benzema the club's top summer transfer target - but Lyon want £45m. (Guardian)

  • Wes Brown has rejected a third contract offer from Manchester United and looks set to leave on a free transfer in the summer. (Telegraph)

  • Barcelona are preparing a £13m bid for Liverpool's Xabi Alonso. (Mail)

  • Frank Lampard could leave Chelsea at the end of the season, with £12m Luca Modric set to replace him. (Star)

  • David Nugent's loan move to Ipswich has been put on hold after the Portsmouth striker picked up a groin injury. (Sun)

  • Everton are lining up a £3m bid for Barnsley Cup hero Brian Howard. (Sun)

  • Keeper Mark Schwarzer is set to leave Middlesbrough in the summer after 11 years at the Riverside. (Sun)

  • Chelsea will not sign Ronaldinho from Barcelona because the Brazilian is too old. (Star)
  • Frank Lampard will start the Carling Cup final on Sunday, while Didier Drogba will be partnered by Nicolas Anelka up front. (Sun)

  • Liverpool defender Daniel Agger could make a surprise return against Middlesbrough on Saturday. (Guardian)

  • Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp says he will not allow former club Bournemouth to go out of business. (Express)

  • Russian Alisher Usmanov is now Arsenal's biggest shareholder with a 24.2% stake. (Sun)
  • England boss Fabio Capello is paying £2,100 a week for his two-bedroom apartment in central London - not the reported £4,500. (Times)

  • Capello says his English is improving. "The only difficulty is that different people in different accents talk to me and in some instances I can hardly understand a word." (Times)

  • Carling will give up to £20,000 to charity if fans are in their seats in time for the second half of the Carling Cup final on Sunday. (Telegraph)

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