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Rumours on Thursday 24th May 2007

last updated Thursday 24th May 2007, 7:56 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Villarreal have joined Juventus in the battle to land Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze. (Daily Mirror)

  • Wales and Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is understood to have told countryman Gareth Bale how good life is at Old Trafford in the hope that the Southampton defender will move to the Red Devils instead of Tottenham. (The Sun)

  • Arsenal may be on the brink of selling midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Real Madrid. (Daily Star)

  • Liverpool failed with a last-ditch bid to sign defender Sylvain Distin, who has joined Portsmouth after leaving Manchester City as a free agent. (Various)

  • New Sheffield United manager Bryan Robson wants to sign Manchester United midfielder Kieran Richardson. (Various)

  • Sunderland are targeting Blackburn defender Andy Todd. (The Sun)

  • Leeds striker Richard Cresswell is set to join Leicester. (Daily Mirror)

  • Wigan striker Henri Camara wants to join Paris St Germain so he can be nearer his family. (The Sun)

  • West Ham are watching Ecuador striker Carlos Tenorio, who plays for Al-Sadd in Qatar. (Daily Star)

  • Watford want to bring Fulham striker Heidar Helguson back to Vicarage Road. (Daily Star)

  • Wolves will check on Blackpool midfielder Wes Hoolahan in the League One play-off final against Yeovil. (Daily Mirror)

  • Crewe want to sign Liverpool striker Craig Lindfield, 18, on a 12-month loan deal. (Daily Star)

  • Macclesfield want to sign striker Steve Fletcher after holding initial talks with the former Bournemouth player.(Daily Star)
  • Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admitted "my heart is in two pieces" after Liverpool lost 2-1 at the hands of AC Milan in the Champions League final.(Daily Mirror and Daily Express)

  • Reds manager Rafael Benitez says missed chances led to his side's defeat in Athens. (The Sun)

  • Benitez was furious that the referee did not play the full three minutes of injury time at the end of the match. (Daily Star)

  • Liverpool boss Benitez has pledged a drastic overhaul of his side following the defeat by AC Milan. (Daily Mail)

  • Sam Allardyce has been assured his job as Newcastle manager is safe after billionaire Mike Ashley launched a £133m takeover bid. (Various)

  • Allardyce was stunned by the news of the takeover bid and said: "I am as shocked about this as chairman Freddy Shepherd. I will be talking to the chairman to see what it all means and we will go from there." (The Sun)

  • Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who was on loan at Birmingham this season, wants to force his way into the first team after agreeing a new five-year deal with the Gunners. (The Sun)

  • Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele, who has a year left on his contract, does not know if he still has a future at Stamford Bridge. (Various)

  • Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams, who is currently the number two at Portsmouth, has revealed he is desperate to manage the Gunners at some point in his career. (Daily Mirror)

  • Morecambe manager Sammy McIlroy has pledged his future to the Football League new boys after ruling himself out of the running to be Northern Ireland manager.(Daily Star)
  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will travel to Ghana next week to raise awareness for sports charity Right to Play. (Daily Mail)

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