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Rumours on Monday 4th August

last updated Monday 04th August 2008, 7:52 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Fulham have stunned Everton by slicing £4m off their valuation of Andrew Johnson - they will not pay more than £8m after his medical showed signs of an old knee injury. (Daily Mail)

  • But Everton will give Fulham 48 hours to seal a £13m deal for the striker - or order him to return to Goodison Park. (Daily Express)

  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is on the brink of signing Liverpool's £16m-rated midfielder Xabi Alonso. (Daily Star)

  • Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp will make a £9m swoop for Tottenham's Younes Kaboul and Reading's Nicky Shorey this week. (The Sun)

  • Real Madrid striker Robinho says he wants to sign for Chelsea, who are still chasing a £27m deal for the Brazilian. (Daily Star)

  • Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry's hopes of completing his £18m move to Liverpool now lie in the hands of the Anfield club's American owners. (Daily Star)

  • Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy reckons Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Manchester United for at least another year. (Daily Mirror)

  • Birmingham expect to complete the loan signing of Spartak Moscow's former Arsenal striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie today. (The Sun)

  • Manchester City boss Mark Hughes wants to sign Marseille striker Djibril Cisse on loan. (Daily Mirror)

  • Striker David Nugent is set for a battle with Portsmouth by refusing to join Championship side Ipswich in a £5m deal. (The Sun)

  • Blackburn are making a shock move for Lens French midfielder Julien Sable, 27, al though Chievo Verona are also keen on a £1.5m deal. (Daily Mirror)

  • Coventry are close to signing striker Clinton Morrison and defender Stephen Wright on Bosman free transfers. (The Sun)

  • West Ham have quashed reports striker Dean Ashton will be sold to another Premier League club this summer. (Daily Telegraph)
  • Premier League bosses have drafted new plans to take clubs around the world, with five mini-tournaments taking place from January 2010 that would be worth £5m plus to each team. (Daily Mirror)

  • Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has a week to decide whether he wants to sell the club for £260m to Indian billionaire Anil Ambani. (The Sun)

  • Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari reckons Blues misfit Nicolas Anelka has a big part to play for the club this term after a successful pre-season campaign. (Various)

  • Manager Roy Keane will open talks on a new contract at Sunderland at the end of August. (Daily Mirror)

  • Paul Scharner has a £6m 'price clause' in his new contract with Wigan, in case a big club comes in for his services. (Daily Mirror)

  • Striker Didier Drogba will miss the first two games of Chelsea's season as he is still struggling for fitness after a knee injury. (The Sun)

  • Sunderland forward Kenwyne Jones will undergo exploratory knee surgery today that could rule him out for most of the season. (Daily Mail)

  • Former Burnley boss Steve Cotterill has landed a seven-week stint as manager of Minnesota Thunder. (Daily Mail)
  • Emmanuel Adebayor, who appeared to want to leave Arsenal during the summer before signing a new deal, was booed by fans during their friendly against Real Madrid, until the striker scored the winner from the penalty spot - and then kissed the club's badge. (Various)

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