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All Rumour are going to be on this thread everyday from the 23rd June... Yesterday ;)

Transfer Rumours 23 June 2006

Silly Season Has Started a Look at The Current Transfer Gossip

The silly season has begun and here are a few of the rumours being talked about in the media at the moment.

Klose on his way To Premiership

Germany's Miroslav Klose's World Cup form has made him a popular man for the premiership top boys. Fergie is said to be renewing his interest in the 15 million rated striker with the impending departure of Van the man. It looks like Fergie will face competition from his old pal Arsene as Lehmann urges his boss to bring Klose to North London.

Wigan to Raid the Fizzy Pop League.

Paul Jewell is looking to raid the fizzy pop league as he tries to build on an excellent first season in the premiership for Wigan. Highly rated Crystal Palace defender Fitz Hall is believed to be in talks with Wigan over a Ł3m move to the JJB. Jewell has also shown interest in Birmingham center back Mathew Upson but will have to fight of interest from Aston Villa and West Ham. West Brom's Zoltan Gera is supposedly another target with the player asking to be placed on the transfer list but could cost up to 3 million and Jewell is also looking to bring back striker Ellington and sign defender Curtis Davies a target for Spurs and Arsenal.

West Ham To Sign Carr

West Ham look to have given up on trying to bring Luke Young to the Boleyn and have now turned their attentions to Newcastle right back Stephen Carr. Carr has not settled in the North East and is looking for a move back to London and luckily Pardew is looking for a right back. Newcastle have rebuffed claims that Carr handed in a transfer request, so he'll probably be on his way to the Boleyn next week. Pardew could also be stepping up his interest in trying to bring Owen Hargreaves to the premiership but will face stiff competition from Spurs and Arsenal.

Some more Gossip for ya

Spurs could have captured the signature of Ivory Coast midfielder Didier Zokora for Ł6m, Blackburn have launched a 3 million bid to sign ex-Tottenham striker Mido, Franck Quedrue could be on his way to Fulham as part of a deal that will bring Steed Malbranque to Middlesbrough, Liverpool will wrap up the 10 million signing of Sevilla defender Daniel Alves and hope to beat Newcastle to the signature of Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt .

Rumours on Saturday 24th June

All the latest football rumours from the todays newspapers.

Newcastle want Wigan striker Henri Camera as a replacement for Michael Owen. (Daily Star)

Ruud van Nistelrooy wants peace talks with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson to revive his Old Trafford career. (The Sun)

Blackburn defender Lucas Neill is being lined up for a dream move to Barcelona. (Daily Star)

West Brom have rejected a £10m bid from Wigan for Curtis Davies, Zoltan Gera and Nathan Ellington. (The Sun)

Fulham are set to bid £1m for Portsmouth defender Matthew Taylor in a four-year deal. (Daily Express)


Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann admits it would be a disaster if his side was knocked out of the World Cup before the semi-finals. (Daily Star)

Michael Carrick will fill a "quarterback" role in England's midfield for the World Cup second-round game against Ecuador. (Daily Mail)

Joe Cole wants to repay Sven Goran Eriksson's loyalty by firing England to World Cup glory. (The Sun)

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon claims the match-fixing scandal rocking Serie A will not affect Italy's World Cup chances. (The Sun)

Sergei Rebrov insists Ukraine are not a one-man team despite relying heavily on Andrei Shevchenko. (Daily Mirror)


Portugal midfielder Costinha admits he is an avid collector of Panini stickers and is even collecting them from this year's tournament. (Daily Star)

Landlords expect to serve 32 million pints during the England v Ecuador match. (The Sun)

Sweden's Christian Wilhelmsson faces Germany on Saturday trying not to be distracted by separation from his beloved pet parrot. (The Independent)

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Rumours on Sunday 25th June

All the latest football rumours from the todays newspapers.

West Ham look to have beaten Manchester City to the signing of Fulham's Steed Malbranque. (News of the World)

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce is lining up a £7m move for Ghana World Cup striker Sulley Muntari. (The People)

Manchester City are set to sign Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell for £2m. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United and Chelsea are locked in a £25m battle to sign Spanish international Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid. (Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle are preparing to bid £12m for Charlton striker Darren Bent. (News of the World)

But £10m-rated Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt is also one of Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder's top targets. (Daily Mirror)

Benfica have put a £14m price tag on winger Simao with Liverpool and Chelsea both interested in the player. (Daily Star Sunday)

Reading are lining up a £2m swoop for Ghana defender John Mensah. (Daily Star Sunday)

Real Madrid are set to offer Chelsea £13m for Dutch winger Arjen Robben. (Daily Star Sunday)

Sheffield United want Ghana star Derek Boateng and will bid £1.5m for the ALK Stockholm player. (The Observer)

Harry Redknapp hopes to end Jean-Alain Boumsong's unhappy spell at Newcastle by bringing the defender to Portsmouth. (The People)

Spurs are ready to make a £7m bid to bring Chelsea winger Damien Duff to White Hart Lane. (Sunday Mirror)

Blackburn's Lucas Neill is a target for European Cup holders Barcelona, after being recommended to the Spanish club by Australia coach Johan Neeskens. (News of the World)


Sven-Goran Eriksson has ordered his England stars to take ice baths and drink gallons of water to beat the heat in Stuttgart. (News of the World)

Bryan Robson has urged Sven-Goran Eriksson to abandon his zonal marking system for the clash with Ecuador. (News of the World)

Thierry Henry has been criticised by former France team-mates Frank Leboeuf and Christophe Dugarry over his World Cup performances. (News of the World)

Ecuador and Aston Villa star Ulises de la Cruz has labelled English football racist. (News of the World)

Sweden's Henrik Larsson says England can still win the World Cup, despite Michael Owen's injury. (Sunday Mirror)

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton believes John Terry should be England captain, rather than David Beckham. (Sunday Mirror)

Sven-Goran Eriksson is on a shortlist to replace Guus Hiddink as manager of Australia. (Sunday Express)


Sven-Goran Eriksson grew up in Sweden with the nickname "Two Pancakes" because he was so skinny. (News of the World)

Ecuador's players have been promised a herd of cattle each by the country's president if they beat England on Sunday. (Daily Star Sunday)

Fans who paid up to £65 to see Elton John at Hove, near Brighton, are selling off their tickets for just 99p because the concert clashes with England's game against Ecuador. (Sunday Express)

Spanish newspapers are claiming soothsayer Nostradamus predicted Spain will win the 2006 World Cup. (Sunday Mirror)

Meanwhile, an Israeli biblical scholar claims that the Book of Numbers says that Argentina will win the World Cup 3-0. (The Observer)

German tabloid Bild has analysed Bastian Schweinsteiger's name and revealed that it means God Protects The Man Who Slept In The Barn With The Pigs. (The Observer)

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Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is making a new £12m bid to bring back striker Yakubu from Middlesbrough. (Daily Mirror)

Pompey are lining up a £5m move for sign Celtic's Stilian Petrov. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Boro will attempt to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Rudolphe Douala on loan later this week. (Daily Star)

West Brom are set to pay £2m to bring Wigan striker Jason Roberts to the club. (The Sun)

The Baggies are set to sign John Hartson after the Welsh hitman said goodbye to his Celtic team-mates. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United could step up their bid to sign England international Michael Carrick from Spurs. (The Sun)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is threatening to pull out of the deal to sign Seville winger Dani Alves. (The Sun)


England captain David Beckham revealed a Wayne Rooney ribbing inspired his goal against Ecuador. (The Sun)

Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was unaware before the game that David Beckham, who was sick on the pitch, had been feeling unwell. (Daily Mail)

England's win will provide a £100m boost to the UK economy. (The Independent)

Oliver Kahn says Jurgen Klinsmann owes him an explanation for replacing him as Germany's first-choice goalkeeper. (Daily Express)

Manchester United's Mikael Silvestre says Spain coach Luis Aragones should have been sacked for his racist attack on Thierry Henry in 2004. (Daily Star)

Former Aston Villa manager Dr Jozef Venglos has tipped Tomas Rosicky to be a huge hit at Arsenal. (Daily Star)

Australia striker Tim Cahill has revealed he is being cheered on by an army of Everton fans who have switched allegiance from England. (The Sun)

Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez admitted his stunning extra-time winner against Mexico, which sent his side into the quarter-finals, was a fluke. (Daily Mirror)


The England wives and girlfriends warmed up for Sunday's match by splashing out on a huge £550 bottle of champagne on a Saturday night out in Baden-Baden. (The Sun)

Restaurants in the Indian city of Calcutta have started naming dishes after players at the World Cup. The "Beckham Free-kick" is a roasted lamb dish while "Ronaldinho's Skill" is a fish dish with cashew nuts and cheese. (The Independent)

The Reverend Neill Archer cancelled his normal Sunday service in Wiltshire to show England's victory on a big screen. (The Sun)

Some 25,000 England fans in Stuttgart missed Beckham's goal when their giant TV screens cut out just before his free-kick. They got to see the replay. (Daily Mirror)

Fifa had to block emails to its website from four million South Koreans after one disgruntled fan organised a petition suggesting that the game against Switzerland would be replayed if five million people complained. (The Guardian)

French star Thierry Henry swapped shorts, rather than shirts, with Togo's Mohamed Kader after their group match. (Daily Telegraph)

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Middlesbrough have made a £5m offer to Fulham for their French midfielder Steed Malbranque. (The Times)

Crystal Palace and Cardiff are leading the chase for Charlton's out-of-favour striker Francis Jeffers. (The Sun)

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech underwent a shoulder operation on Sunday on a long-standing injury. (The Daily Telegraph)


Wayne Rooney has told England's coaching team that he is now fit enough to play for 120 minutes plus penalties if required to do so on Saturday against Portugal. (The Sun)

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson wants John Terry to deliver a motivational speech in the dressing room before Saturday's match against Portugal. (Daily Mail)

Bookmakers are angry with Fifa's striker-friendly attitude towards "dubious goals" incidents, particularly as those so favoured have tended to be contenders for the Golden Boot. (The Guardian)

Spain coach Luis Aragones once again refused to apologise for racially abusing France striker Thierry Henry in 2004 - Spain play France in Hanover on Tuesday. (The Guardian)

Shops in Spain have run out of the team's official replica shirt after selling more than 300,000 in recent weeks. (The Sun)

Inter Milan are set to make a £12.5m offer to Villarreal for their Argentine play-maker Juan Roman Riquelme - one of the stars of the World Cup so far. (The Times)

The Italian media says the inquiry into the match-fixing scandal surrounding the sport in that country has been widened to include a number of smaller teams including Empoli, Reggiana and Siena. (The Guardian)

Rafael Marquez, the Mexico captain, is ready to sign a contract extension to keep him with Catalan giants Barcelona until 2010. (The Times)


England left-back Ashley Cole admitted to Mexican reporter Ines Sainz in a post-match interview on Sunday that the diamond in his ear was a fake. (Daily Mail)

Michael Carrick's girlfriend Lisa Roughead sang ABBA's Dancing Queen during a karaoke session at the England WAGs' favourite bar in Baden-Baden, Garibaldi. (The Sun)

Against Italy, Australia fielded two players, Marco Bresciano and Vince Grella, who speak to each other in Italian. This comes after Germany's Polish strike force of Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski played against Poland. (The Times)

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sorry for not doing of the 28th.. but...

Spurs will finalise the signing of Didier Zokora from St Etienne for around £5.7m - this clears way for Michael Carrick to move to Manchester United. (The Independent)

Liverpool have been given permission by Benfica to make a new bid for Portugal star Simao Sabrosa. (Daily Mirror)

Atletico Madrid have put a £41.4m price tag on striker Fernando Torres, with AC Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle all tracking him. (The Sun)

Manchester United number two Carlos Queiroz will be given the task of convincing his Portuguese compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Old Trafford. (The Sun)

Portsmouth are told they will have to raise their bid for Celtic midfielder Stilian Petrov to £4.5m. (The Independent)

Gerard Houllier, the Lyon manager, has ruled out the chance of Mahamadou Diarra joining Manchester United this summer. (The Guardian)

Crystal Palace are set to sign Hull defender Leon Cort for £1.2m after failing with a lower offer. (Daily Mail)

Spurs defender Calum Davenport is being chased by Birmingham, Reading and now West Brom. (Daily Express)

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari claims Bolton are interesting in signing him. (Daily Mirror)

Norwich manager Nigel Worthington wants to sign Stoke's former Manchester United winger Luke Chadwick. (Daily Mirror)


The US want Jurgen Klinsmann to take over as their coach after the World Cup is over. (Daily Express)

England practised penalties in training on Wednesday and only David Beckham and Steve Gerrard scored all of their attempts. (Daily Mirror)

Sven-Goran Eriksson is talking to publishers about a tell-all biography that could earn him as much as £2m. (Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, The Sun)

Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo is winning his race to be fit to play England on Saturday. (The Sun)

Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says his country should opt for a foreign coach again to replace Guus Hiddink. (The Sun)

Argentina play-maker Juan Roman Riquelme has had the most touches of the ball at the World Cup with 399, Italy's Andrea Pirlo is second with 365. (The Independent)


Wayne Rooney has revealed that England fans sent him weird "cures" to help his foot heal faster. (The Sun)

Argentine referee Horacio Elizondo, who will officiate England's quarter-final against Portugal, enjoys writing romantic poetry in his spare time. (The Sun)

Jurgen Klinsmann arranged for Germany's national archery coach to give his players some tips to help them concentrate - as well as archery, Klinsmann has tried go-karting and a watch-making course as alternative training methods. (Daily Mirror, The Sun)

Adidas are beating Nike in the battle of the brands as they supply shirts to three quarter-finalists and Nike only two. (Daily Mail)

Ronaldinho has been repeatedly playing as Manchester United in computer football game competitions within the Brazil camp. (Daily Mirror)/p>

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Arsenal defender Sol Campbell is on the verge of signing a £50,000-a-week deal with Portsmouth. (Daily Express)

Big Phil Scolari has overtaken Sven-Goran Eriksson as favourite to become Real Madrid's next boss. (The Sun)

Manchester United are ready to up their bid for Tottenham midfielder Michael Carrick to more than £15m. (The Times)

Lorenzo Sanz, the Real Madrid presidential candidate, also wants to sign Carrick if he gets elected on Sunday. (The Times)

Niall Quin will offer Martin O'Neill £2m to manage Sunderland. (Daily Mirror)

Valencia defender Fabio Aurelio is set to sign for Liverpool on a free transfer. (The Times)

Sir Clive Woodward will follow Rupert Lowe out of the door and possibly out of football if the Southampton chairman is deposed this week. (Daily Express)

West Ham are set to sign Chelsea's Carlton Cole for £2m. (The Sun)

West Ham will also sign Luke Young from Charlton for about £4m. (The Times)

West Brom are offering Spurs £1.3m for defender Calum Davenport, 23. (The Sun)

Charlton defender Chris Powell is to join Watford on a one-year loan. (The Sun)

Liverpool have set their sights on World Cup stars Hatem Trabelsi and Dirk Kuyt. (Daily Express)

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has made a late swoop for striker Francis Jeffers. (Daily Mirror)


Frank Lampard twisted his ankle in training on Thursday but should be fit for England's quarter-final against Portugal. (Daily Star)

David Beckham, Gary Neville and German legend Franz Beckenbauer have all hit out at Fifa boss Sepp Blatter for criticising England's performances. "I don't listen to Sepp Blatter and I don't want to listen," said Neville. (various)

Portugal have not practised a single penalty in Germany, according to captain Luis Figo. (Daily Star)

Gary Neville's return at right back means Owen Hargreaves will be England's midfield enforcer against Portugal at the expense of Michael Carrick. (Daily Mirror)

France's most-capped player Lilian Thuram denounced National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen for saying there were too many "players of colour" in the national side. (The Guardian)

German legend Franz Beckenbauer hinted he will stand for Uefa president next year. (The Guardian)

Brazil legend Pele: "England have not played as badly as some critics suggest. The fans expect too much sometimes. (Daily Telegraph)


Tough-guy actor Ray Winstone has written and filmed a rousing motivational speech, including lines from Churchill and Shakespeare's Henry V, to be played to the England team ahead of the Portugal quarter-final. (various)

Oddsmakers Paddy Power have opened a book on which legend will appear more times on TV during the Germany v Argentina game - Franz Beckenbauer (13-8) or Diego Maradona (4-9). (Daily Mirror)

The high-profile activities of England's WAGS (wives and girlfriends) are to be discussed at an FA summer meeting next month. (Daiy Mail)

Sven-Goran Eriksson's belief in David Beckham has been vindicated by World Cup technical committee statistics which show 15 goals so far have come from a set-piece on the left by a right-footed player. (various)

Rio Ferdinand's gran, Joan Lavender, 77, says England "should get a bit dirtier" in their style of play. (The Sun)

Brazil's team bus rings to the sounds of Ronaldinho on bongos, Gilberto Silva on guitar and Robinho on vocals. (The Sun)

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Chelsea have put Hernan Crespo up for sale following his World Cup exit with Argentina. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool have been told Feyenoord striker Dirk Kuyt will cost them £14m. (The Sun)

Blackburn Rovers refused Wigan's bid of a player plus cash for Robbie Savage. (The Times)

Norwich have told Blackburn boss Mark Hughes that Robert Earnshaw is not for sale. (The Times)

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has sounded out Birmingham about a £3.5m deal for Birmingham winger Jermaine Pennant. (Daily Mail)

West Ham sign Chelsea striker Carlton Cole and Charlton full back Luke Young but pull out of a move for Fulham's Steed Malbranque. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver is wanted by Sheffield Wednesday. (Daily Mirror)


Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to face England. (various)

Phil Scolari has teased the FA by declaring he would again consider becoming England manager if they approached him in the future. (Daily Express)

England will play under a closed roof in Gelsenkirchen as temperatures are set to soar to 30C.

Steven Gerrard revealed that Frank Lampard is suffering a crisis of confidence. (Daily Mail)

The head of Fifa's referees committee has refuted accusations of poor officiating at the World Cup. (The Independent)

Lucas Neill could be the next Australia captain if Mark Viduka retires from international football. (The Times)


Goalio, the World Cup mascot, was banned from a local school in Germany because he does not wear any pants. (Daily Mirror)

England defender Ashley Cole says he will do a Peter Crouch-style robot dance if he scores during the World Cup.

England bench-warmer Theo Walcott is making a video diary of his time in Germany. (The Sun)

Sports minister Richard Caborn has hinted there will be a national holiday if England win the World Cup. (Daily Express)

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lol already know al that, about crespo... I don't think it's because of his world cup performance. He wasn't a first-evelen player @mourinho, which is a shame!!!

Next season i think Duff / Joe Cole / Drogba must fear for there places.. With the new signings of Shevchenko en Kalou they have superb attackers...

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lol already know al that' date=' about crespo... I don't think it's because of his world cup performance. He wasn't a first-evelen player @mourinho, which is a shame!!!

Next season i think Duff / Joe Cole / Drogba must fear for there places.. With the new signings of Shevchenko en Kalou they have superb attackers...[/quote']

no cole will keep his place

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the cannavaro one really makes me laugh.. being a Fulham supporter!

Manchester United assistant coach Carlos Queiroz has been told to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Old Trafford. (News of the World)

Arsenal will try to hijack Manchester United's bid for Michael Carrick by selling Ashley Cole to Chelsea for £20m and using the proceeds to buy the England midfielder from Tottenham. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United are lining up a move for £5m-rated Ukraine World Cup star Maxim Kalinichenko. (Daily Star Sunday)

Argentine World Cup star Juan Riquelme will snub a big-money move from Villareal to Manchester United. (News of the World)

French winger Frank Ribery will also turn down Sir Alex Ferguson in favour of a move from Marseille to Lyon. (News of the World)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hopes to replace William Gallas with £6m Serb Milan Stepanov. (News of the World)

Manchester United will splash out £14m on Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa - if they lose Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid. (News of the World)

Liverpool will offload striker Harry Kewell if they receive a work permit for Chilean Mark Gonzalez. (News of the World)

Newcastle could claim more than £9m in compensation from the Football Association if they take legal action over Michael Owen's knee injury. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea's Damien Duff will sign a two-year contract extension this week. (News of the World)

Barcelona have ruled out a move for Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United are ready to offer Spurs £15m for Michael Carrick and Atletico Madrid £20m for Fernando Torres. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham are to make a £8m move for Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing. (Daily Star Sunday)

Tottenham and Portsmouth are locked in a £7.5m war to land West Ham striker Marlon Harewood. (News of the World)

Portsmouth are lining up a £5m swoop for Croatia star Darijo Srna. (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal are interested in Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt, Kolo Toure's brother Yaya and West Brom's Curtis Davies. (Daily Star Sunday)

Charlton lead the hunt for Ukraine World Cup star Andriy Voronin. (News of the World)

Charlton are confident they can fight off Manchester City to snatch Steve Sidwell from Reading. (Daily Star Sunday)

Antonio Barragan is set to leave Liverpool for Deportivo La Coruna. (News of the World)

Liverpool keeper Chris Kirkland is likely to make a move to Wigan this week. (News of the World)

Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has revealed he was forced out of Anfield by boss Rafa Benitez. (News of the World)

Reading boss Steve Coppell has made a £4.2m bid for Ghana's John Mensah. (News of the World)

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp is keen to poach £4.2m Ghana star Shulley Muntari. (News of the World)

Aston Villa boss David O'Leary is on the trail of Manchester City's Danny Mills. (News of the World)

Hamburg are bidding to sign Aston Villa striker Milan Baros for £5m. (Daily Star Sunday)

Joel Drogba, brother of Chelsea star Didier, could be on his way to QPR. (Daily Star Sunday)

Sunderland and Middlesbrough are chasing Austrian star Roland Kollmann. (Daily Star Sunday)

Fulham are set to swoop for Juventus star Fabio Cannavaro - if Juventus are found guilty of match-fixing and relegated. (News of the World)

Wigan boss Paul Jewell is targeting World Cup stars Niko Kranjcar and Denny Landzaat. (Daily Star Sunday)

AC Milan have joined the race to sign Blackburn defender Lucas Neill. (Daily Star Sunday)

Jason Roberts wants to move to Charlton after falling out with Wigan owner Dave Whelan. (Daily Star Sunday)

Real Madrid and Brazil star Ronaldo is the target of Red Bull New York, formerly the New York Metro Stars. (Sunday Express)

Michael Essien has urged DC United star Freddy Adu to join him at Chelsea and revert to his native Ghana from USA. (The Observer)


Fifa boss Sepp Blatter wants to meet England's players to explain his criticism of them in this World Cup. (Daily Star Sunday)

England captain David Beckham is determined to pass the 100-cap mark for his country and close on Peter Shilton's record of 125 caps. Beckham is currently on 94. (Sunday Express)

England World Cup reject Darren Bent was at Wimbledon on Saturday and refused to watch the quarter-final with Portugal. (News of the World)

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has revealed he was asked by Oranje boss Marco van Basten to assist him at Germany 2006. (News of the World)

Franz Beckenbauer has leapt to the defence of referees at the World Cup and instead blasted the players' attitudes and behaviour. "The players aren't making it easy when they fall over. It's so exaggerated now - players are simulating - we must protect the referees." (Daily Star Sunday)


Condom sales slumped by 63% before every England match, according to chemists Boots.

Researchers reckon the global audience for Germany 2006 is up 30% on four years ago, while 40% more women are watching than in 2002. (Sunday Express)

Gary Neville told off dad Neville before England lost their quarter-final for tempting fate by dancing ona table with a replica World Cup. (Sunday Express)

Takings in Garibaldi's, the Baden-Baden bar favoured by England's WAGs (wives and girlfriends), are up 500% on normal. (Sunday Express)

Brazil star Ronaldinho learned the tricks of his trade by dribbling for hours past his dog Romario. (Sunday Express)

France's Thierry Henry helped Brazil stay relaxed at the World Cup - maybe too relaxed after their exit to Les Bleus - by urging Arsenal team-mate Gilberto Silva to introduce his countrymen to the ancient Peruvian dice game Perudo. (Daily Star Sunday)

The rant of Chinese commentator Huang Jianxiang after Francesco Totti's last-minute winner for Italy against Australia is now hot property - as a ringtone. (News of the World)

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Glenn Hoddle will meet Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey on Monday to discuss his decision to resign as manager. (The Guardian)

Paul Ince leads the race to be new Wolves boss in the wake of Glenn Hoddle's departure. (Daily Mail)

Charlton boss Iain Dowie will offer Luke Young an improved deal to prevent him falling into West Ham's hands. (The Independent)

Manchester United are favourites to sign £2m-rated Derby midfielder Giles Barnes, who is also wanted by Everton, Liverpool and Newcastle. (Daily Mail)

Birmingham City are in talks with French defender Bruno N'Gotty, 34, who is out of contract at Bolton and available on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)

Sheffield United hope to pip Hearts in the race to sign Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng. (Daily Mail)

Everton are trying to lure Australia midfielder Brett Emerton from Blackburn for £1.5m. (Daily Mail)


A clampdown on tackling from behind and less frequent use of the elbow has resulted in a fall in the number of injuries compared to four years ago, according to Fifa's chief medical officer. (The Independent)

Italian coach Marcello Lippi had to throw open training in Duisburg on Sunday after hundreds of noisy fans turned up. (Daily Mail)


France's former striker Youri Djorkaeff was rumbled on Saturday after telling employers New York Red Bulls he was away attending a "family emergency". Djorkaeff was spotted in the crowd at the France v Brazil quarter-final. (The Independent)

The Pope will have divided loyalties when Germany play Italy in the semi-final on Tuesday. The Pontiff, who has lived in Italy for 40 years but was born in Bavaria, will support one team in each half. (The Sun)

The FA, already under-fire after England's exit from the World Cup, has received a battering from another source.

The groundsmen, on a special three-month secondment from Wembley, responsible for preparing England's immaculate training pitch in Baden-Baden were incensed at not being given any World Cup tickets. (Daily Mail)

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today, 4th July

Chelsea are planning a £20m bid for Arsenal's England full-back Ashley Cole, who is also wanted by Real Madrid. (Mirror)

Niall Quinn wants Martin O'Neill to be his manager at Sunderland when he takes full control of the Black Cats. (Mirror)

Charlton have told Newcastle that striker Darren Bent will not be leaving the club. (The Sun)

West Ham are turning their attentions to Preston defender Tyrone Mears, having failed to land Charlton's Luke Young. (Mail)

Real Madrid's newly-elected president Ramon Calderon has declared Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea winger Arjen Robben as his imminent transfer targets. (Independent)

Talks between Wolves and former boss Glenn Hoddle have been put back after Hoddle revealed a "family issue" would prevent him from meeting chief executive Jez Moxey. (Independent)

Tottenham have increased their bid for West Brom defender Curtis Davies to around £5.5m. (Times)

Rangers are on the brink of signing Lyon midfielder Jeremy Clement. (Daily Record)

Hearts rebels Rudi Skacel and Andy Webster have played their last game for the club. (Daily Record)


World Cup referee Horacio Elizondo insists that Cristiano Ronaldo's actions did not influence his decision to send off Wayne Rooney in the World Cup quarter-final.

Sven-Goran Eriksson, who will continue to be paid by the English FA until his contract expires in 2008, has been told by his replacement Steve McClaren that it was wrong to pick Theo Walcott for the World Cup (Express).

Rooney has denied there is a rift with Ronaldo after the acrimonious match between England and Portugal (Guardian).

The USA intend to lure Jurgen Klinsmann away from the German team with a lucrative offer to replace Bruce Arena as their national boss (Telegraph).

Jamie Carragher has been labelled a "bottler" by former England fitness coach Ivan Carminati. (The Sun)


German businesses will miss out on an estimated £90m worth of spending from England fans of varying degrees of wealth and status, now that the team are out of the World Cup. (Times)

Meanwhile, England hope they will break even on the tournament, despite paying out for a block-booking at the team's luxury hotel, relaying the practice pitches and arranging for a state of the art media centre. (Guardian)

United States keeper Kasey Keller has labelled David Beckham "a total poser". (Express)

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5th July Rumours

Wayne Rooney could be hit with a five-match ban by Fifa if he does not decide to apologise for his sending off against Portugal. (Mirror)

Cristiano Ronaldo has told friends in Portugal that he does not want to go back to Manchester United. (Mail)

Fifa's decision to ban Greek clubs from European competition could allow Liverpool straight into the group stages of the Champions League. (Mail)

West Ham are poised to add to their summer spending spree by swooping for Chelsea's forgotten striker Carlton Cole. (Star)

Manchester City are trying to pip Bolton for the services of Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann. (Star)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is being linked with Celtic after being released by Middlesbrough. (Mirror)

Martin O'Neill is wanted by Australia as a replacement for coach Gus Hiddink. (Star)

Liverpool's injury-hit keeper Chris Kirkland is expected to agree a season-long loan to Wigan. (Star)

Reds boss Rafa Benitez may turn his attention to Birmingham winger Jermaine Pennant. (Sun)


World Cup legend Pele has blasted Sven-Goran Eriksson for playing Wayne Rooney as a lone striker for England. (Sun)

Gary Neville has insisted he will never announce his retirement from international football. (Sun)

Brand experts have forecasted that David Beckham's decision to stand down as England captain could cost the FA £20m in sponsorship revenue. (Sun)

Portugal boss "big Phil" Scolari has reacted angrily to claims that his team were cheats. (Express)

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wants club colleague Steven Gerrard to be named as the next England captain. (various)

England defender Rio Ferdinand has admitted he is embarrassed to go out after the team's sorry exit from the World Cup. (Sun)

Brazilian legend Zico has agreed a two-year deal to coach Fenerbahce in the Turkish league, after his four years in charge of Japan ended in Germany, where the side finished bottom of group F. (Times)

Karel Bruckner is expected to sign a new two-year contract to continue as Czech Republic coach, despite the team's failure to qualify for the knockout stages this year. (Times)

Sepp Blatter wants to pursue the idea of using two referees in matches. (Various)


Japan's Hidetoshi Nakata is busy making impressive plans after announcing his retirement from international football, preparing to launch a fashion brand bearing his name and considering enrolling at the famous Harvard Business School. (Times)

Girls Aloud star Cheryl Tweedy, girlfriend of Ashley Cole, has slammed the other wives and girlfriends of England players for "living off" them but excluded Victoria Beckham from criticism because "she has a career too." (Sun)

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6th July

Four leading Premiership players, at least one of whom is thought to be an international player, broke FA rules by betting on their own clubs last season, according to PR guru Max Clifford. (Express)

Real Madrid insist they were given permission by Chelsea supremo Roman Abramovich to sign Dutch winger Arjen Robben. (Sun)

David Beckham is expected to be offered a new three-year contract at Real Madrid. (Sun)

Spurs boss Martin Jol is planning an improved £7.5m bid for Middlesbrough's left-sided England midfielder Stewart Downing. (Mirror)

Portsmouth are planning to smash their transfer record and swoop for PSV Eindhoven's Peruvian striker Jefferson Farfan. (Mirror).

Arsenal are set to sign Argentine striker Javier Saviola, who is being offloaded by Barcelona for as little as £2m. (Sun)

Robbie Savage has rejected the chance to become Wigan's highest-paid player and wants to remain with Blackburn. (Sun)

Wigan are prepared to match Birmingham's £5m asking price for former Leicester and Liverpool striker Emile Heskey. (various)

Arsenal are one of several clubs interested in Fenerbahce's Ghana captain Stephen Appiah, the combative midfield player, who is valued at around £7m. (Express)


Sven-Goran Eriksson will be approached about becoming the part-time coach of Jamaica (various)

Jurgen Klinsmann has been given until 16 August to decide if he wants to continue in his role as Germany coach. (Guardian)

A 22-foot statue of Ronaldinho in the south Brazilian town of Chapeio has been burned by angry fans, following the team's quarter-final exit. (Sun)

Former national boss Graham Taylor fears England may never win the World Cup again and may plummet like Scotland because of the high number of foreign players in the Premiership. (Mirror)


Former Bolton striker Youri Djorkaeff told his club New York Red Bulls he had to miss the league match against New England to return to France for a family emergency, but officials saw TV pictures of him in the crowd for the France-Brazil quarter-final. (Star)

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7th July

Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has held talks with David Beckham about a return to England in a £120,000-a-week deal with the Magpies. (Daily Mail)

Marcello Lippi will quit as Italy boss after the World Cup final and is being lined up to work alongside Manchester Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson. (The Sun)

Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello has offered Manchester United winger Ronaldo a route out of England and is willing to pay £22m to get him. (Various)

Italy World Cup star Rino Gattuso could be on his way to Manchester United if AC Milan are relegated because of the scandal hitting Italian football. (Sun)

Manchester United are making a £2m move for West Brom keeper Tomasz Kuszczak. (Various)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is a target for Sheffield United after his move to Celtic fell through. (Daily Mail)

Portsmouth also want Hasselbaink and are also closing on Peruvian striker Jefferson Farfan. (Daily Express)

Watford are primed to make a £1.5m bid for Tottenham's 23-year-old defender Calum Davenport. (Daily Mirror)

Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell is set to move to Charlton in a £2.1m move but Manchester City are also in the hunt. (Daily Mirror, The Times)

Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is set to join Marseille, according to the club's president. (The Times)

Sheffield Wednesday have reignited their interest in Liverpool keeper Scott Carson. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea midfielder Geremi will snub four Premiership teams and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge. (Mirror)

Bolton are among the clubs interested in Fenerbahce forward Nicolas Anelka - but he would prefer a move to Newcastle. (The Times)

Southampton and Leeds head the chase for Derby striker Tommy Smith after he refused to sign a new deal at the club. (Daily Mirror)


France boss Raymond Domenech has been reported to Fifa for a foul-mouthed rant at Portugal after beating them in the semi-finals. (The Sun)

Italy are the designated "home" team for Sunday's final and so will wear their traditional blue kit with France in white and red. (The Guardian)

German legend Franz Beckenbauer wants players and officials to get round a table and stamp out cheating in football. (Various)

Sir Clive Woodward has branded England's penalty shootout failure at the World Cup a "disgrace." (The Sun)

England's giant striker Peter Crouch was relaxing after the World Cup by playing a bit of tennis down at Wimbledon - in flip flops. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, unused England substitute Theo Walcott was out and out back home in England wearing a Brazil shirt (Various)

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is delaying signing a new contract because he wants to manage a top European club. (Daily Express)


The announcer at Germany and Italy's semi-final in Dortmund entertained the expectant crowd in the break before extra time by reading out alterations to the train timetables. (Daily Express)

Italy defender Fabio Grosso has ruled out naming his baby Marcello after his coach if Italy win the World Cup saying, "It wouldn't be fair on the child." (Daily Express)

German newspaper Bild is still flying the flag for the home nation by devoting 11 pages out of its 12-page sport section to Germany, including a feature called, "50 reasons why Germany are still the best." (The Guardian)

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Cant you just post a link to the bbc website? would save you having to copy and paste it everyday.

Just an idea...

do u really care? at least people wont have to stay going on the bbc website they can just see it here.. also I get it from www.fulhamweb.com and not from the bbc and since i see www.fulhamweb.com everyday and like seeing the latest rumours from there I just decide to paste it here for people who like it... if u dont i dont care but im gonna post of everyday for who is interested ;)

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