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Rumours on Thursday 10th July

last updated Thursday 10th July 2008, 10:27 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Fulham are poised to complete a £6m deal for West Ham striker Bobby Zamora on Thursday. (Various)

  • Hamburg left-back Tomothee Atouba's mooted move to Celtic hinges on Gordon Strachan's willingness to pay £2m for the Cameroon international plus wages of around £30,000-a-week. (Scottish Daily Express)

  • Algerian international Nadir Belhadj has sent a 'sign me' plea to Celtic boss Gordon Strachan after his countryman, Rangers midfielder Brahim Hemdani, sold the Lens wing-back on Parkhead. (Scottish Daily Mirror)

  • Arsenal midfielder Alex Hleb has agreed a four-year-deal with Barcelona and is set to sign for £15m. (The Sun)

  • The Gunners are also poised to lose Brazil midfielder Gilberto Silva to Greek side Panathinaikos. (Various)

  • But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will use the cash to complete a £11.5m deal for Marseille's Samir Nasri. (The Sun)

  • Arsenal are thought to have bid £19m for Andrei Arshavin but his club Zenit St Petersburg want £24m. But his agent hopes a deal can be struck. (Star)

  • The Gunners are also interested in 22-year-old Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who is rated at £8m by his club River Plate. (The Sun)

  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has personally blocked Inter Milan's attempts to buy midfielder Frank Lampard. (Various)

  • But Inter president Massimo Moratti will seek personal talks with Abramovich in the hope of ending the stalemate. (The Sun)

  • Lampard himself has told friends he is determined to leave Chelsea and says it is time for him to go. (Daily Express)

  • The Blues may need a replacement Didier Drogba, who insists he still wants to leave Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)

  • But Chelsea have been told by Real Madrid that it will cost £30m to sign Brazil forward Robinho. (Daily Star)

  • Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni has rejected a £4.5m move to Tottenham because the London club wanted a clause in his contract preventing him playing in the Africa Cup of Nations. (Daily Express)

  • Liverpool are interested in signing Valencia's Spanish international winger David Silva. (The Sun)

  • Reds manager Rafael Benitez has turned his attention to Silva after baulking at Valencia's £32m valuation of striker David Villa. (The Sun)

  • Benitez's transfer plans have taken a further knock after Juventus hinted they will not pay £15m for midfielder Xabi Alonso. That could affect Liverpool's chances of raising the cash to sign Aston Villa's Gareth Barry. (The Sun)

  • West Ham are set to miss out on Lazio's Switzerland international midfielder Valon Behrami, who instead wants to join Werder Bremen. (The Sun)

  • Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is ready to offload a whole team of players - plus five substitutes. Sixteen players, including Robbie Keane and Pascal Chimbonda, could be sold as Spurs look to raise £15m to sign Blackburn's David Bentley. (The Sun)

  • Sunderland have failed with a £4.5m bid for West Ham left-back George McCartney bur are set to return with an improved offer for their former player. (Star)

  • Andy Johnson is ready to tell Everton he wants to quit. Wigan's £10m bid for the striker will lead to a transfer scramble. (Daily Mirror)

  • Newcastle are closing in on Udinese's Swiss midfielder Gokham Inler after reaching the £5m buy-out clause in his contract. (Daily Mirror)

  • Blackburn are interested in signing £6m-rated Ecuadorian midfielder Segundo Castillo. (Daily Mirror)

  • Ex-Chelsea full-back Celestine Babayaro is training with Portsmouth. (Various)

  • The Cottagers also want Birmingham full-back Stephen Kelly. (The Sun)

  • Ipswich are poised to sign Southampton midfielder Rudi Skacel for £1m. But they have ended their interest in Preston keeper Andy Lonergan. (Star)

  • Cardiff are closing in on a £1.5m deal for unsettled Charlton striker Marcus Bent. (The Sun)

  • The Bluebirds are chasing Crystal Palace winger Mark Kennedy. (Daily Mirror)

  • Burnley are lining up a club record bid for Manchester United winger Chris Eagles. (Daily Star)

  • Swindon have opened talks with defender Sol Davis about a possible return six years after he left for Luton. (Daily Star)
  • Fifa president Sepp Blatter has told Manchester United they should let winger Cristiano Ronaldo join Real Madrid. (Various)

  • Manchester United look to have lost another Portuguese in the form of assistant boss Carlos Queiroz, who took over as Portugal manager on Wednesday evening. (Daily Star)

  • Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna has voiced his concerns that the club could be out of the title race by March. The Frenchman is worried that there could be a player exodus from the Emirates and believes that will damage the Gunners. (Various)

  • Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate insists he can lead the club into the Champions League. (The Sun)

  • Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has ordered his foreign stars to get fit quick in order to stave off another post-Christmas slump for the club. Hughes is putting them all through a gruelling boot camp in Germany. (Daily Star)

  • Reading boss Steve Coppell will tell Ibrahima Sonko he does have a future at the club. The defender refused to play in a reserve game last season, but Coppell insists the episode is now forgotten. (Daily Star)
  • England and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has been signed up as the face of fish oil tablets in the United States. A spokesman admitted: "This new deal is a bit less glamorous than David is used to." (Daily Star)

  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has splashed out £250m on the world's most expensive house. The Russian billionaire paid the record price for a hilltop villa overlooking the French Riviera. (Daily Star)

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