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Rumours on Wednesday 21 December 2005

last updated Wednesday 21st December 2005, 11:32 AM

All the latest football rumours from the today's newspapers.


Chelsea's Frank Lampard says Arsenal's players were acting in an attempt to get Blues players in trouble during their recent match. (Most papers)

Thierry Henry has given Arsenal a major injury scare for the crucial Christmas holiday period. The Gunners captain yesterday underwent scans at a private hospital to determine the extent of an Achilles problem. (The Sun)

Southampton, seeking a replacement for former manager Harry Redknapp, were yesterday linked with Mark Wotte, Feyenoord's technical director. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek is eyeing a move to Benfica to boost his World Cup hopes. (Various)

Birmingham's joint-owner David Sullivan is ready to splash out millions in a bid to ensure the struggling Blues' Premiership survival. (The Sun)

Steve Bruce was booed by his own crowd after waving to Manchester United fans during last night's Carling Cup flop. (The Sun)

Chelsea's Michael Essien says he is not a dirty player, but is competitive and fair. (Various papers)

Liverpool are lining up a £4m bid for Juventus' 27-year-old defender Jonathan Zebina. (Various papers)

Hungary claim they will be the first international visitors to the new Wembley by playing England in a friendly on 30 May. (Various papers)

Everton boss David Moyes is ready to turn to QPR defender Danny Shittu in a bid to solve the struggling Toffees' defensive problems. (Daily Mirror)

Sheffield Wednesday lead the race sign Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd, but boss Paul Sturrock faces competition from Rangers. (Daily Express)

Sports minister Richard Caborn thinks Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho should "grow up" following their alleged row over a Christmas card. (Various)

Arsenal have received the clearest indication yet that they will start next season without Thierry Henry after Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed that the striker will be the cornerstone of his campaign to be re-elected as the head of the Catalan club. (The Independent)

Ashley Cole will follow Thierry Henry to Spain in the summer by signing for Real Madrid. (The Independent)

Newcastle United boss Graeme Souness is ready to snatch Marseille's Ivory Coast World Cup star Abdoulaye Meite from under the noses of Bolton. (Daily Mirror)

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