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Rumours on Wednesday 14th May

last updated Wednesday 14th May 2008, 9:52 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Manchester United's hopes of signing Wigan winger Antonio Valencia have been boosted after Liverpool reported cooled their interest.

  • Rafa Benitez has cooled his interest in Wigan's £10m-rated Ecuadorian to concentrate his efforts on signing Aston Villa's Gareth Barry. (Manchester Evening News)

  • Newcastle United have finally opened contract talks with striker Michael Owen. (Newcastle Journal)

  • Chelsea striker Didier Drogba looks certain to leave the club this summer, with either AC or Inter Milan his preferred destination. (The Times/The Sun)

  • However, Chelsea are poised to land Barcelona wonder kid Giovani dos Santos, who has been dubbed the new Ronaldinho. (The Sun)

  • Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is sweating on a new contract, with the Frenchman having only one year left on his current deal. (Sun)

  • Newcastle striker Michael Owen could turn his back on English football and Japan could be a possible destination. (Daily Star)

  • Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has stepped in to try to broker a £15m move for Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o. (Star)

  • Meanwhile, Tottenham could bid for Blackburn winger David Bentley, who would cost about £15m. (Sun)

  • Spurs are also lining up Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, with Paul Robinson moving in the opposite direction. (Daily Mail)

  • The White Hart Lane club are also keen on Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who is also valued at £15m. (Daily Express)

  • West Ham manager Alan Curbishley is hopeful of signing Manchester City captain Richard Dunne for about £6m. (Daily Express)

  • Wigan boss Steve Bruce looks set to raid his old club for midfielder Olivier Kapo.(Sun)

  • Former Manchester United striker Alan Smith is wanted by Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate. Smith joined Newcastle for £6m in 2007. (Daily Mirror)

  • Arsenal look to be closing in on £11m-rated Lyon winger Hatem Ben Arfa. (Independent)

  • Aston Villa are keen on Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes. (Mirror)

  • Portsmouth are lining up a £5m move for West Brom defender Ishmael Miller. (Mirror)

  • Tottenham are considering an approach from PSV Eindhoven for left-back Lee Young Pyo. (Times)

  • Sunderland manager Roy Keane will be given at least £50m to spend in the summer as he attempts to consolidate their place in the Premier League. (Telegraph)
  • West Ham will begin contract negotiations with Dean Ashton in an attempt to keep the highly rated striker at the club. (Times)

  • Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has warned the Gunners to start spending big in the transfer market or risk falling further behind Manchester United and Chelsea. (Mirror)

  • Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged the club not to waste time during the summer but must focus on strengthening the squad. (The Guardian)

  • But manager Rafa Benitez must first present his spending plans to feuding co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks. (Star)

  • Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of an unlikely move to Manchester City. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has given a bizarre reason for handing in a transfer request, claiming that London is too noisy for him to settle down in the city. (Sun)

  • Newcastle pair Charles N'Zogbia and Abdoulaye Faye had to be pulled apart before their final game of the season against Everton. The pair are said to have rowed over wages. (Sun)

  • Birmingham midfielder Olivier Kapo showed his generosity by giving his boot boy James McPike a £30,000 car as an end-of-season thank you. (Daily Mail)

  • Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has branded his team-mates complacent and careless ahead of the Champions League final against Manchester United on 21 May. (Various)

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