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TRANSFER RUMOURS Chelsea are bracing themselves for a £15m summer bid from Bayern Munich for winger Arjen Robben. (The Times)


Tottenham have been told by Newcastle that winger Kieron Dyer is not for sale. (Daily Mirror)


Spurs however, could move for Benfica's Greek international utility man Kostas Katsouranis. (Daily Mirror)


Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell is believed to be on the way to Newcastle this summer on a free transfer. (The Times)


Bolton have been linked with Switzerland Under-21 midfielder Gelson Fernandes - who is valued by FC Sion at about £2m. (Daily Mirror)


St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown claims that no-one wants to see promotion rivals Gretna in the SPL. (Daily Record)


Celtic boss Gordon Strachan insists departing skipper Neil Lennon is irreplaceable. (Daily Record)






OTHER GOSSIP Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has told chairman Phil Gartside that he is going to leave the Reebok Stadium in the summer - with Manchester City his possible destination. (Various)


Former Fulham manager Chris Coleman is favourite to take over from Peter Taylor at Crystal Palace in the summer. (The Sun)


West Ham striker Carlos Tevez says he does not feel any guilt over the £5.5m fine dished out to the Hammers in the wake of his summer move to Upton Park. (The Sun)


AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi has recovered from a thigh injury and could return to the starting line-up for the Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Manchester United next week. (The Times)


Former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has made a £108m takeover bid for Manchester City. (The Sun)




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AND FINALLY... Tottenham boss Martin Jol has used the threat of Intertoto Cup competition next season as a way of motivating his players to qualify for the Uefa Cup.


"The players are certainly aware that a top-seven finish would mean they won't have to start early in the summer," said assistant manager Chris Hughton. (Various)

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