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Rumours on Wednesday 14th March 2007

last updated Wednesday 14th March 2007, 8:15 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Inter Milan have put Arsenal striker Thierry Henry on their summer hit-list of transfer targets as they believe they can lure him to Serie A. (Daily Mirror)

  • Chelsea have not offered Claude Makelele a new contract as punishment for speaking out against owner Roman Abramovich. (Various)

  • Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been told Porto defender Pepe will cost £14m to buy this summer. (Daily Mirror)

  • Blackburn are preparing a bumper deal to make sure Benni McCarthy is still at the club next season. (Daily Mail)

  • Rovers are hoping to strengthen their defence this summer with the signing of Southampton's Chris Baird. (Daily Express, Daily Star)

  • Everton's Mikel Arteta will be offered a long-term deal to keep him from the clutches of Atletico Madrid. (Daily Mail, Express)

  • Middlesbrough keeper Mark Schwarzer says fellow Australian Mark Viduka is close to signing a new deal with the club. (The Sun)

  • England players have told coach Steve McClaren not to pick Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton because of his attitude. (Daily Express)

  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will take the Real Madrid job if they agree to sign Frank Lampard. (The Sun)

  • Mourinho has apparently already been lined up by the Spanish giants and wants to take Lampard with him. (Daily Star)

  • Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre is out for the season with a dislocated shoulder. (The Sun)

  • Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce could lose his job tonight, but his team have already revolted and are fighting with each other. (Daily Mirror)

  • Pearce could miss out on the England Under-21 job as the FA is keen on Watford's Aidy Boothroyd. (The Sun)

  • Chelsea skipper John Terry will make his return from a head injury against City tonight. (Various)

  • Americans Thomas Hicks and George Gillett Jr have borrowed nearly £300m from the Bank of Scotland in order to fund their takeover of Liverpool. (The Guardian)

  • Former Liverpool and Scotland star Graeme Souness is prepared to spend £13m to buy Southampton. (Daily Mail)
  • The Football Association's lawyers have got involved after tickets for the England Under-21 game at the new Wembley stadium on 24 March were being sold for 25 times their value on an internet auction site. (The Times)

  • Former Manchester United star David Beckham finally ended his rift with manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his visit to Old Trafford for the charity game against a European XI. (Various)

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