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Rumours on Tuesday 25th March

last updated Tuesday 25th March 2008, 9:36 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is preparing a £4m bid for Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard. (The Times)

  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is interested in signing Lyon's £17m-rated winger Hatem Ben Arfa. (Various)

  • The Gunners boss is also keen on Barnsley goalkeeper Heinz Muller, who would cost about £2m. (The Sun)

  • Chelsea striker Didier Drogba remains determined to leave the Stamford Bridge club and has told friends he will do so in the summer. (The Times)

  • Wigan manager Steve Bruce is interested in signing Derby midfielder David Jones and is ready to bid £1m. (Telegraph)

  • Tottenham manager Juande Ramos has his eye on £8m-rated Udinese defender Andrea Dossena. (Daily Mirror)

  • Everton boss David Moyes has bid £6m for Standard Liege midfielder Marouane Fellaini, but the Belgian club are holding out for £10m. (The Sun)

  • Aston Villa are keen on £5m-rated Hull keeper Boaz Myhill, who has just been called up by Wales. (Daily Express)

  • Manchester City striker Emile Mpenza is wanted by Leicester. (Daily Mirror)

  • Meanwhile, Hull have been told to forget about trying to sign on-loan Manchester United striker Fraizer Campbell permanently. (Daily Express)

  • Barnsley are to sign defender Aurelien Collin from Scottish Premier League crisis club Gretna. (Daily Mirror)

  • Bolton defender Abdoulaye Meite has turned down the chance to join Ipswich on loan, despite the clubs agreeing a deal. ( The Independent)
  • As England prepare to face France in Wednesday's friendly, Brazil legend Jairzinho has claimed that English players lack basic skills. (The Telegraph)

  • Stuart Pearce has revealed it was he not coach Fabio Capello who gave the team-talk to the England side before they went out to play Switzerland last month. Pearce says it is to avoid any uncertainty that may arise because of Capello's basic grasp of the English language. (Various)

  • However, Capello was able to make himself understood during an impressive training session on Monday when he stopped this players to ask: "Why can't you play like this for your country? Why can you play like this in training but not in a match situation?" (Daily Mail)

  • It is widely expected that Capello will hand John Terry the England captain's armband on Wednesday. (Various)

  • Dubai International Capital is set complete a £400m takeover of Liverpool in the next three weeks, according to a source close to the proposed deal. (The Independent)

  • Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants to sell the club - and is ready to accept a knockdown price of £200m, which is £150m less than his original asking price. (The Sun)

  • Arsenal midfielder Gilberto is ready to quit the club after being left out of the squad for the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday. (The Sun)

  • Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has criticised striker John Utaka after his lacklustre performance in the 2-0- defeat at Tottenham. "He is so laid back, you have to keep at him," said Redknapp. (Various)

  • Blackburn forward Jason Roberts has admitted his future may lie away from the club as he seeks first-team football. (The Times)

  • Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will seek advice from his father, Peter, before deciding whether to leave the club. (Various)

  • Arsenal's William Gallas faces a fight to hang on the captaincy amid reports he has upset his team-mates as a well as manager Arsene Wenger. (Daily Mirror)

  • Gunners goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has hinted he will retire at the end of the season, when his contract expires. (Various)
  • Former Wimbledon hardman Vinnie Jones is set to continue his movie career by playing a vampire in his next role. (Daily Mirror)

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