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Rumours on Friday 23rd May

last updated Friday 23rd May 2008, 11:29 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura will stay on with Scottish Premier League champions despite claims that he would return to his old J-League side Yokohama Marinos next season, and reported interest from Everton. (AFP)

  • France striker Thierry Henry has admitted that the prospect of retiring from international soccer after next month's Euro 2008 tournament has crossed his mind. (L'Equipe)

  • Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka has voiced his discontent at being used as a winger by coach Avram Grant and insists he must play centre forward next season. "I didn't come here to play on the right or on the left," he said. (L'Equipe)

  • Juande Ramos is set to bring Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet to Tottenham for £2.5m. (The Sun)

  • Bolton boss Gary Megson is battling Aston Villa to sign Spurs keeper Paul Robinson in a £5m deal. (Daily Star)

  • Chelsea could sign Barcelona's talented Mexican teenager Giovani Dos Santos in a swap deal for £14m-rated Florent Malouda. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre will sign for Bordeaux on a four-year deal. (Daily Telegraph)

  • CSKA Moscow's Brazilian striker Jo has arrived in England and is expected to complete a move to Manchester City despite reported interest from Everton. (Daily Mail)

  • Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is hoping to sign Udinese left-back Andrea Dossena. (The Times)

  • Thomas Ince, 16-year-old son of ex-England star and MK Dons manager Paul Ince, has signed for Liverpool. (Daily Star)

  • Ipswich boss Jim Magilton has lined up a raid on Nottingham Forest for Northern Ireland midfielder Sammy Clingan, while Forest striker Grant Holt is set to join Bristol Rovers for £100,000. (Daily Star)

  • Manchester City hope to finance a £12m deal for Zenit St Petersburg's Andrei Arshavin by selling defender Richard Dunne and midfielder Stephen Ireland, with Roy Keane's Sunderland leading the chase. (Daily Mirror)

  • Everton have inquired about signing Maik Taylor, the Birmingham City and Northern Ireland goalkeeper, as a reliable understudy to number one Tim Howard. (The Times)
  • Chelsea have decided to sell striker Didier Drogba, with the club's patience snapping with the petulant star after he was sent off in the Champions League final. (Daily Mail)

  • Carlos Vela has been given the green light to play for Arsenal. The 19-year-old Mexican striker has completed a three-year spell in Spain he needed to acquire a work permit. (The Sun)

  • John Terry has furiously denied spitting at Carlos Tevez during Wednesday evening's Champions League final. (Daily Star)

  • Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are set to leave Ninian Park before next season, according to Cardiff City chairman Peter Ridsdale. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Chris Mort is to stand down as Newcastle chairman with current deputy Derek Llambias set to replace him. (Various)

  • Portsmouth trio Sean Davis, Lauren, and Milan Baros could be on their way out of Fratton Park after it was revealed that none of them turned up for the FA Cup winners' parade through the town on Sunday. (Independent)

  • Falkirk manager John Hughes has said he would welcome Pedro Moutinho back to the club despite the Portuguese forward rejected the offer a of a two-year-deal to head back to his homeland. (Daily Record)

  • Raith Rovers have resolved their goalkeeping problems with the capture of Morton's David McGurn. (Daily Record)
  • Bristol City's Brazilian goalkeeper Adriano Basso only came to England because his girlfriend ordered him to. "Alessandra was studying in London and she said 'Unless you come to England now and marry me, we are finished'. What choice did I have?". (The Sun)

  • Simply Red singer and Manchester United fanatic Mick Hucknall was reluctantly dragged away from watching the Champions League final penalty shoot-out by concert organisers at a charity function he was performing at. (Daily Express)

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