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  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is debating whether to send keeper Ben Foster on loan to Coventry. (D Mirror)
  • Rangers will make a summer move for West Ham left-back George McCartney. (D Mirror)
  • Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan has joined the list queuing up for Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. (D Mirror)
  • Barcelona's Ronaldinho has ruled out a move to Chelsea because they do not play attacking football. (D Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson phoned referees chief Keith Hackett to complain after his side lost to Portsmouth in the FA Cup. (D Mirror)
  • Ferguson and assistant Carlos Queiroz each face a Football Association charge for criticising ref Martin Atkinson after their Pompey defeat. (Various)
  • Chelsea boss Avram Grant's side were beaten and embarrassed by Barnsley in the FA Cup and he faces the axe unless he wins the Champions League. (Various)
  • Liverpool co-owner George Gillett has agreed to sell 49% of his stake to DIC. (Daily Telegraph)
  • FA Cup semi-final ticket prices may be reduced to sell out Wembley after three clubs from outside the top-flight reached the last four. (Guardian)
  • Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has warned Liverpool his side are ready to make a Champions League comeback from 2-0 down. (Various)

AND FINALLY...

  • Cardiff manager Dave Jones has banned the bubbly for his FA Cup giant-killers until they win at Wembley. (Various)

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  • Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is lining up a pair of Argentine stars to replace Darren Bent and Pascal Chimbonda in the summer - £10m-rated Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito and Getafe defender Cata Diaz. (The Sun)
  • Sunderland manager Roy Keane is planning a £2m swoop for 20-year-old Leeds defender Rui Marques. (Various)
  • Manchester City and Tottenham have joined Liverpool and Newcastle in the race to sign highly rated English goalkeeper Scott Loach. The 6ft 4in Watford stopper, 19, has been winning praise while on loan with Bradford. (Daily Mirror)
  • Chelsea are plotting a £1m raid on cash-strapped Sheffield Wednesday for teenager Richard Beevers. The centre-back was voted the club's Apprentice of the Year. (Daily Star)
  • Coventry boss Chris Coleman wants to sign Bolton striker Heidar Helguson to boost the club's battle to beat the drop. (Daily Mirror)
  • Manchester United are to gazump Tottenham for £4.5m-rated Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni at the end of this season. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • West Ham are planning a summer bid to install former player Slaven Bilic as their new manager, with the club increasingly concerned with the direction Alan Curbishley is taking them in. (Daily Star)
  • Chelsea are poised to lose as many as 10 players - including top stars Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba - in a mass £60m summer clear-out ordered by owner Roman Abramovich. (Daily Express)
  • Former England managers Terry Venables and Steve McClaren are locked in a battle to become the new director of football at Sheffield United, while Graham Taylor is also in with a shout. (Various)
  • Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas says if he had stayed at first club Barcelona he would be recommending they get his current manager Arsene Wenger as boss. The 20-year-old declared: "He is the best coach I've ever had." (Daily Express)
  • Newcastle striker Michael Owen insists he is more concerned about helping Newcastle climb the league table than winning back his place in the England team. (Daily Telegraph)
  • Angry Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson ordered his players in for training on their day off less than 24 hours after their FA Cup defeat by Portsmouth. (Daily Mail)
  • Former Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson is set to leave behind the managerial world to become a global ambassador for Manchester United, for whom he made 345 appearances and scored 74 goals in his playing days. (The Guardian)

AND FINALLY...

  • Humble FA Cup giant-killers Barnsley are searching for a sponsor to put its name to the coach that takes the team to away games - a potentially major opportunity for the club to cash in now they have one, maybe two, trips to Wembley before the end of the season. (The Times)
  • Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is not impressed with Xabi Alonso, who did not travel to Milan with his team-mates to face Inter Milan in the Champions League because his partner was set to give birth, although the midfielder had wanted to fly out on the morning of the match. (Various)
  • After Portsmouth's Sulley Muntari knocked in the penalty that dumped Manchester United out of the FA Cup he blew a kiss and drew a heart for Menaye Donkor, a former Miss Ghana with whom he shares a home in Dorset. (The Times)
  • Cardiff FA Cup goal hero Roger Johnson has been the victim of a light-hearted ribbing from team-mates over his wife Melissa's 'Wag Workout' DVD. (Various)

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  • Chelsea are lining up a bid for Werder Bremen's £25m-rated Brazilian playmaker Diego, which could throw Frank Lampard's future into question. (The Sun)
  • Dwight Yorke is set to quit Sunderland and is considering heading back to Australia to play for Sydney FC. (Daily Star)
  • Manchester United and Arsenal have tabled bids for Cardiff prodigy Aaron Ramsey. The 17-year-old, who is valued at around £5m after only seven starts for the Bluebirds is being courted by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger - with Old Trafford believed to be his likely choice. (Daily Express)


  • Chelsea have launched a £7m bid for Uruguayan centre-back Martin Caceres, who is currently impressing in a loan spell with Spanish side Recreativo Huelva. Parent club Villarreal rate him at £14m. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Thierry Henry has put Premier League clubs on alert by throwing a tantrum after being substituted by Barcelona in their 2-1 defeat to Villarreal. His old Arsenal pal Robert Pires, who played in the side which beat Barca, said: "If I were to say that Henry was happy, I would be called a liar." (The Sun)
  • Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz is wanted by Benfica as their next manager after the Portuguese giants sacked boss Jose Antonio Camacho. (Daily Mirror)
  • Barnsley's FA Cup heroes - who bagged £1,000 per man for knocking out Chelsea - have been promised £10,000 each if they can do the same to Cardiff and reach the final. (Daily Star)
  • Arsene Wenger reckons Cesc Fabregas and Mathieu Flamini are the best central midfield partnership he's ever had at the club - even better than Patrick Viera and Emmanuel Petit. "Before, we had players with impact and now the player's strength is in mobility," says the Arsenal boss. (Various)
  • Alan Curbishley will fly to Italy this week to meet Gianluca Nani, the general manager of Brescia who is set to become West Ham's technical director in the summer. (The Times)
  • Stuart Pearce does not think Theo Walcott is ready for full England honours and wants him to stay in his Under-21 set-up for the time being rather than being elevated into Fabio Capello's plans. (Various)

AND FINALLY...

  • Southampton pair Bradley Wright-Phillips and Nathan Dyer have each been fined two week's wages after apparently being captured on CCTV in an alleged nightclub theft. (The Guardian)
  • Former England manager Graham Taylor is branching out from football and is set to become a patron of the Government-backed DanceEast Academy in Ipswich, which opens in September. (The Times)
  • Chairman and owners of English football clubs have been warned they risk being branded "a bunch of racists" if they do not take immediate action to address the fact that there are only two black managers out of all 92 league clubs. (Daily Telegraph)

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  • Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will submit a list of summer transfer targets to Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra, with Croatia midfielder Luka Modric top of the pile. But Chelsea remain in pole position to clinch a £17m deal with Dynamo Zagreb. (The Times)
  • Peter Crouch is also a potential summer target for Eriksson, who is disappointed with his team's loss of form in the past two months. (The Times)
  • Should Arsenal reluctantly lose French midfield enforcer Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer this summer, manager Arsene Wenger will make an £8m offer for West Ham's rising Englishman Mark Noble. (Daily Express)
  • Schalke 04 goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said he has yet to hear of any interest from White Hart Lane after reports linked him with a move to Tottenham. (The Independent)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Missing The Special One? Fear not because his adviser, Eladio Parames, insists "definitely he will be managing a top-flight club in Europe next season". His possible destinations appeared to have narrowed after Inter coach Roberto Mancini's U-turn means he is now likely to stay with the Milan club next season. (The Times)
  • Nathan Ellington is considering an international career with Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Watford striker, who is eligible for England and Jamaica, qualifies for the Balkan state because his wife is Bosnian. (Various)
  • Croatia coach and Hammers legend Slaven Bilic has described himself as "flattered" to be linked with jobs in England in the wake of his name being mentioned with the West Ham managers role. "On the other hand, it is getting on my nerves because I have my job to do with Croatia," he said. (Daily Telegraph)
  • England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce fears a breakdown of trust between footballers is to blame for the studs up tackle which is creeping back into the game. (Various)
  • The Football Association is exploring ways to change the rules of the FA Cup to make sure that more English players take part in a bid to aid home-grown talent and boost the player pool at Fabio Capello's disposal. (The Times)
  • Blackburn have clinched a £5m shirt sponsorship deal with former Liverpool sponsors Crown Paints. (Daily Star)

AND FINALLY...

  • United States striker Clint Dempsey has been bemoaning the fact that Fulham players don't share rooms on away trips. The Cottagers have a dreadful away record but Dempsey reckons their form on the road could be reversed if the club changed its policy of giving each squad member their own room. "It's crazy!" he said. "I'd prefer to have a room-mate on away trips because I get bored." (Daily Star)
  • Striker Carlos Tevez will have a price tag of £37m slapped on him when his move to Manchester United is made permanent, making him one of the most expensive players ever. (Daily Express)
  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his former Old Trafford charge Teddy Sheringham, who is set to retire at the end of Colchester's season, has the potential to succeed in management. "He's single-minded and a strong character," said Ferguson. (The Independent)

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  • Manchester United have jumped ahead of Barcelona as favourites to sign £10m-rated Argentine star Ezequiel Garay from Racing Santander. Lyon and Juventus have also shown interest in the in-form central defender. (Daily Star)
  • Newcastle are hoping to sign Sam Vokes, the 18-year-old Bournemouth striker, who is also being pursued by Aston Villa. (The Times)
  • Tottenham boss Juande Ramos, now busy planning a summer clear-out, has Portsmouth's Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari in his sights. Aaron Lennon could be the shock casualty as Spurs are willing to listen to £10m offers. (Daily Mirror)
  • Everton boss David Moyes is tracking Sevilla midfielder Seydou Keita. The Spanish club believe the Mali international can be as good as Michael Essien and will want £10m for him. (Daily Mirror)
  • Arsenal are weighing up a summer approach for Bosnian youngster Miralem Pjanic. The 17-year-old Metz midfielder has also caught the eye of Real Madrid. (Daily Star)
  • Hull manager Phil Brown wants to sign bench-warming Fulham striker David Healy on loan in a bid to rejuvenate his side's chances of promotion to the Premier League. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Frank Lampard, who scored four goals against Derby on Wednesday, has told Chelsea to sort out his contract immediately. The England man is apparently fed up waiting to open talks about a new deal to replace his current contract, which runs out next summer. (Daily Star)
  • Newcastle and billionaire owner Mike Ashley are becoming increasingly jittery about their Premier League future and have demanded that manager Kevin Keegan improves results over the next two games. (Daily Mail)
  • Thierry Henry has admitted that "the fact I have left Arsenal has freed up the other players". But, with the striker still finding his feet at Barcelona, he insists: "I still have plenty left in my locker". (Daily Express)
  • Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp reckons his keeper David James could be the new Dino Zoff - or John Burridge, both of whom played in their forties. "As he gets older he gets better and he is fit enough to keep going until he is 45," said Redknapp. (Daily Express)
  • Reading midfielder Marek Matejovsky has accused the club's strikers of being "selfish" and also claimed that manager Steve Coppell does "nothing during training". (Daily Mirror)
  • Eduardo, suffered a fractured left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle in February, paid a morale-boosting visit to Arsenal's London Colney training ground on Thursday morning. "He looked good," said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. "He is positive in his mind and a strong boy mentally." (Various)
  • David Beckham, stuck on 99 caps, will have the chance to impress the new England set-up because coach Fabio Capello's general manager Franco Baldini is expected to check on the midfielder at LA Galaxy's upcoming friendly in Dallas. (The Guardian)
  • Steed Malbranque has been labelled a 'bottler' by angry Spurs fans after he ducked out of Wednesday's penalty shoot-out against PSV. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY...

  • Beleaguered Derby boss Paul Jewell has been clocking up the air miles in a bid to overhaul his stricken side. He and his staff took in matches in five different countries last weekend searching for fresh blood. "Next season can't come quickly enough," he said. "It's embarrassing having to sit there and squirm." (Daily Star)
  • To make things even worse for Jewell, the odds for Derby beating Manchester United at Pride Park on Saturday - 14/1 - are the longest offered for a home side's victory in Premier League history. (Daily Telegraph)
  • Everton captain Phil Neville has made a frank admission for an English player following his side's Uefa penalty shoot-out heartbreak against Fiorentina. "I know I don't enjoy penalties and I wouldn't give anyone advice on taking them but it's something we need to get better at," he said. (Daily Mail)
  • Former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba, now plying his trade in Qatar, was in such dire financial straights when at Old Trafford - despite his £75,000-a-month wage - that it is alleged he relied upon appearance and win bonuses to get by. It is also claimed he ran a fleet of 10 4x4 vehicles and juggled 30 bank accounts at the time. He was declared bankrupt in at a Birmingham court last September. (Daily Mail)
  • Ouch. Tottenham have released Terry Dixon, their reserve-team striker, after he suffered a dislocated kneecap for the third time. Dixon is only 18. (The Times)

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According to Daily mail, billionaire owners of QPR are ready to splash out on Figo.

The billionaires of Queens Park Rangers are close to completing the extraordinary signing of former Real Madrid star Luis Figo.

QPR owners Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone and steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal believe the 35-year-old former world player of the year can spearhead a return to the Premier League next season under the management of Italian Luigi De Canio.

Talks between Rangers and Figo's representatives have been taking place over the past few weeks and only minor details need to be cleared up before the Portuguese midfielder makes the switch from Inter Milan when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Figo, who left Real Madrid in 2006, has made 18 appearances for Inter this season and was on the verge of joining Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad last summer before pulling out of the deal.

He kicked off the era of the galacticos at Real Madrid when he joined in a hugely controversial £35 million deal from hated rivals Barcelona in 2000, which enabled Florentino Perez to be elected as club president and sign Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham in subsequent seasons. He was the 2000 European Footballer of the Year and voted FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001.

Formula One supremo Ecclestone and Renault team owner Briatore have already transformed the west London club with more than £2m of spending in the January transfer window, which has seen the club climb out of the relegation zone in the Championship and make an unlikely push for a play-off

Sincerely, i think he not deserves finish his career in a club like QPR...

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According to Daily mail' date=' billionaire owners of QPR are ready to splash out on Figo.

Sincerely, i think he not deserves finish his career in a club like QPR...[/quote']

I think he should retire at the end of this season, at Inter. :)

Playing another season won't really help him, because he might become a reserve by then.

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According to the german press Diego Ribas Cunha (23) would be still a player of Real Madrid. The brazilian would have found an agreement with Merengues that would fork out 30 million euros to Werder Bremen for end the purchase.

To make place to the Craque of Ribeirão Preto would be Javier Saviola. The player was observed since many time by Juventus, that have never hidden to have as first target the brazilian, even to has preferred to him Rafael Van der Vaart.

Other:

Real Madrid, Great interest for Pavlyuchenko

Barcelona, Manchester City will try to engage Henry

Portsmouth, Attempt for Mertesacker and eye Buzasky

Source:Tuttomercato

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New rumors..

Galatasaray' date=' Interest for Van Buyten

Fenerbahce, Targeting four strikers(Halil Haltintop, Vagner Love, Yassine Chikhaoui and Crespo)

Glasgow Rangers, Bafé Gomis in purchases list

Werder Bremen, For Kovacevic a great interest

Porto, Aston Villa on Bosingwa

Juventus, Continue the interest for Pique

Barcelona, Manchester City waiting for Deco

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TRANSFER RUMOURS

Dimitar Berbatov's future at Tottenham could again be in doubt after his agent made comments about prospective bidders for the striker. (Various)

Soccermanager forumer Eclipse doesn't believe Chelsea are chasing Hamburger SV's Rafael Van Der Vaart. :D

Spurs boss Juande Ramos says he has not yet decided which players have a future at the club. (The Times)

Defender Takura Mtandari may quit Spurs for West Ham or Fulham. (The Sun)

Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia says Manchester United are targeting him - along with Manchester City, Liverpool and Barcelona. (The Times)

Derby striker Robert Earnshaw is almost certain to leave Pride Park in the summer. (The Times)

Everton are confident of signing on-loan midfielder Steven Pienaar permanently - but Arsenal and Valencia are on standby. (The Times)

Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz is being chased by Borussia Dortmund. (Various)

Fulham defender Dejan Stefanovic is wanted on loan by Ipswich. (The Times)

Manchester United keeper Ben Foster is a loan target for FA Cup semi-finalists Barnsley, who also have their eye on Aston Villa's Tomas Sorensen. (The Sun)

Roy Keane will move for Atletico Madrid's former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan - if Sunderland avoid relegation. (Daily Star)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to sign Barcelona striker Giovani Dos Santos. (Mirror)

Aston Villa are lining up a £5m bid for Valencia right-back Miguel after failing to lure Jose Bosingwa away from Porto. (Mirror)

Tottenham are interested in signing Brazil central defender Lucio from Bayern Munich. (Daily Express)

QPR are determined to sign on-loan Manchester United full-back Kieran Lee on a permanent deal. (Daily Star)

Nottingham Forest have lined up a loan move for Coventry keeper Demetrios Konstantopoulos. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering reporting Inter Milan to Uefa for tapping up midfielder Alexander Hleb. (Guardian)

Gunners winger Theo Walcott is set to be handed an England call-up by new boss Fabio Capello for the friendly against France. (Various)

David Beckham also appears likely to be included in the squad, which will edge him closer to achieving his dream of winning his 100th cap. (Various)

Chelsea boss Avram Grant has told Capello that England need John Terry more than the defender needs England. (Various)

Grant has also labelled Terry the "Zinedine Zidane" of Stamford Bridge - a comparison relating to the Chelsea skipper's loyalty to his club, apparently. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been branded the new Samson - because he has lost all his powers since having his hair cut and has not scored since the removal of his trademark braids. (The Sun)

Chelsea manager Avram Grant insists he will remain friends with Roman Abramovich, even if the owner of the Stamford Bridge club sacks him. (Various)

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TRANSFER RUMOURS

Dimitar Berbatov's future at Tottenham could again be in doubt after his agent made comments about prospective bidders for the striker. (Various)

Soccermanager forumer Eclipse doesn't believe Chelsea are chasing Hamburger SV's Rafael Van Der Vaart. :D

Spurs boss Juande Ramos says he has not yet decided which players have a future at the club. (The Times)

Defender Takura Mtandari may quit Spurs for West Ham or Fulham. (The Sun)

Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia says Manchester United are targeting him - along with Manchester City' date=' Liverpool and Barcelona. [b'](The Times)[/b]

Derby striker Robert Earnshaw is almost certain to leave Pride Park in the summer. (The Times)

Everton are confident of signing on-loan midfielder Steven Pienaar permanently - but Arsenal and Valencia are on standby. (The Times)

Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz is being chased by Borussia Dortmund. (Various)

Fulham defender Dejan Stefanovic is wanted on loan by Ipswich. (The Times)

Manchester United keeper Ben Foster is a loan target for FA Cup semi-finalists Barnsley, who also have their eye on Aston Villa's Tomas Sorensen. (The Sun)

Roy Keane will move for Atletico Madrid's former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan - if Sunderland avoid relegation. (Daily Star)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to sign Barcelona striker Giovani Dos Santos. (Mirror)

Aston Villa are lining up a £5m bid for Valencia right-back Miguel after failing to lure Jose Bosingwa away from Porto. (Mirror)

Tottenham are interested in signing Brazil central defender Lucio from Bayern Munich. (Daily Express)

QPR are determined to sign on-loan Manchester United full-back Kieran Lee on a permanent deal. (Daily Star)

Nottingham Forest have lined up a loan move for Coventry keeper Demetrios Konstantopoulos. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering reporting Inter Milan to Uefa for tapping up midfielder Alexander Hleb. (Guardian)

Gunners winger Theo Walcott is set to be handed an England call-up by new boss Fabio Capello for the friendly against France. (Various)

David Beckham also appears likely to be included in the squad, which will edge him closer to achieving his dream of winning his 100th cap. (Various)

Chelsea boss Avram Grant has told Capello that England need John Terry more than the defender needs England. (Various)

Grant has also labelled Terry the "Zinedine Zidane" of Stamford Bridge - a comparison relating to the Chelsea skipper's loyalty to his club, apparently. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been branded the new Samson - because he has lost all his powers since having his hair cut and has not scored since the removal of his trademark braids. (The Sun)

Chelsea manager Avram Grant insists he will remain friends with Roman Abramovich, even if the owner of the Stamford Bridge club sacks him. (Various)

Sam you should post the Goal.com news aswell as I cba clicking on it every day to find out the latest.:P

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Thanks Sam :)

  • Arsenal are lining up St Etienne skipper Loic Perrin as a replacement for Matthieu Flamini, who could leave for free in the summer. (Daily Star)
  • Tottenham full-back Lee Young Pyo looks set to return to his former club PSV Eindhoven. (Various)
  • Spurs manager Juande Ramos has agreed to pay £4.5m for Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. (Various)
  • Everton will release Thomas Gravesen and Andy van der Meyde at the end of the season. (Daily Star)
  • Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is being chased by Galatasaray, who hope to beat Barcelona, Inter and Fenerbahce to his signature. (The Times)
  • Barcelona's attacking midfielder Guy Asulin is wanted by a host of English clubs. (The Sun)
  • Chelsea have been linked with £22m-rated Ajax striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, as a possible replacement for Didier Drogba. (Daily Mail)
  • QPR will make a £1m move for Newcastle defender Peter Ramage. (Various)
  • Barnsley are interested in signing centre-half Aurelian Collin from Scottish Premier League crisis club Gretna. (Daily Star)
  • Southampton want to sign West Ham goalkeeper Richard Wright to solve their injury crisis. (Daily Mail)
  • Hull want to sign on-loan Manchester United forward Fraizer Campbell on a permanent deal. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury says the club wants to develop its young players rather than spend on new signings in the summer. (Various)
  • Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins fears his new deal might not get signed off if the club are relegated. (The Sun)
  • Sunderland boss Roy Keane has brought in sports psychologist Bill Beswick to talk to the players in an effort to boost them as they battle against relegation. (various)

AND FINALLY...

  • Everton have snapped up a potential star of the future in seven-year-old goalkeeper Harry Yates, who was also wanted by Liverpool and Manchester United. (Daily Star)

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  • Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill will pay up to £5m to sign Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson in the summer. (Daily Mirror)
  • West Ham want Newcastle full-back Stephen Carr, who will be a free agent in the summer. (Daily Mirror)
  • Marseille's former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse says he wants to return to the Premier League. (The Sun)
  • Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro is wanted by Spanish side Villarreal. (The Sun)
  • Cardiff have made a fresh bid to sign Sunderland striker Michael Chopra on loan. (Various)
  • Bolton will sell defender Abdoulaye Meite in the summer after he refused to play the second half of Wednesday's defeat by Manchester United. (Mirror)
  • Hull City and Charlton want Manchester United striker Fraizer Campbell - who has been on loan at the Tigers - but will have to pay £4m for him. (Mirror)
  • Norwich want to re-sign Derby striker Rob Earnshaw on loan. (The Sun)
  • Nolberto Solano has turned down MLS side Toronto to negotiate a one-year extension to his West Ham contract. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Chelsea striker Didier Drogba had a blazing dressing room row with coach Henk Ten Cate after Wednesday's draw with Tottenham. (Various)
  • FA chiefs will launch a disciplinary crackdown to prevent a repeat of the way Chelsea's players treated referee Mike Riley in that game. (Daily Mirror)
  • England coach Fabio Capello will order his players to lead by example in showing referees respect. (Express)
  • Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has been given £10m to spend on new players in the summer. (Daily Mirror)
  • Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra says he will not be making huge amounts of money available to boss Sven-Goran Eriksson in the summer. (The Guardian)
  • Tottenham manager Juande Ramos believes Manchester United will win the Premier League title. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY...

  • England new-boy David Wheater appeared as an extra in the Oscar-nominated film Atonement. (Daily Mirror)
  • Wheater's preferred form of relaxation is a night out at the bingo with his girlfriend in his hometown of Redcar. (The Guardian)

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