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TRANSFER RUMOURS

 

 

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri wants to lure midfielder Frank Lampard away from Stamford Bridge to join him at Juventus. (Daily Mirror)

 

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has urged the Blues to sign Lyon winger Florent Malouda before he joins Liverpool. (Various)

 

Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton, who signed for Newcastle on Tuesday night, will bank £12m over five years if he completes his contract at St James' Park. (Daily Mirror)

 

Manchester United striker Alan Smith will not be offered a new contract, which is set to spark a bidding battle between Tottenham, Everton, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa. (The Sun)

 

Middlesbrough are poised for an £8m double swoop for Portsmouth midfielder Sean Davis and Porto defender Jose Bosingwa. (Daily Mirror)

 

Chelsea are chasing Brazilian wonderkid Pato, 17, who plays for Internacional and who has also attracted the interest of Juventus and AC Milan. (Daily Star)

 

Everton are prepared to cash in on striker Andrew Johnson - but only if West Ham pay £20m. (Various)

 

Leicester want to swap Patrick McCarthy, plus cash, for Charlton midfielder Matt Holland. (The Sun)

 

Portsmouth are considering a £3m bid for Wigan striker Henri Camara. (Daily Mirror)

 

Derby are battling Watford for the signature of Norwich striker Robert Earnshaw. (The Sun)

 

West Ham's former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley wants to buy Darren Bent from his old club but the Addicks have told him the striker will cost £18m. (Daily Mirror)

 

Birmingham want to sign Arsenal defender Johan Djourou on a season-long deal. (Daily Mirror)

 

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hinted that his team-mates expect Gunners striker Thierry Henry to join Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

 

Laryea Kingston's agent says a permanent Hearts deal for the midfielder, who has been on loan from Terek Grozny, must be struck by midnight. (Daily Record)

 

Wigan boss Chris Hutchings has pleaded with chairman Dave Whelan not to sell midfielder Lee McCulloch to Rangers. (Daily Record)

 

Ipswich want defender Chris Perry after he was released by West Brom. (The Sun)

 

West Brom striker Diomansy Kamara is a £2m target for Middlesbrough. (Various)

 

Sevilla defender Daniel Alves, whose agent held talks with Chelsea last week, has left the door open for a last-gasp bid from Liverpool - if the "economical factors" are right. (The Sun)

 

Manchester City are interested in Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse, who has been on loan at Marseille. (The Times)

 

AS Roma, Everton and Newcastle are reputedly tracking Boudewijn, who has been released by Liverpool. (The Times)

 

Portsmouth want to sign Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka. (Various)

 

Striker Leon Best is set to join Nottingham Forest after making it clear he wants to leave Southampton. (Daily Star)

 

West Ham face a battle to hang on to Yossi Benayoun after the midfielder turned down a five-year contract worth £50,000 a week. (Daily Mail)

 

 

OTHER GOSSIP

 

 

Liverpool striker Peter Crouch is set to earn an England recall in the Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia. (Various)

 

Reading are set to open talks with left-back Nicky Shorey about a new contract. (The Sun)

 

Lithuania boss Algimantas Luibanskas has hit out at Hearts striker Andrius Velicka, who was dropped from the squad after his attitude was questioned by the manager but who has since said he will not play for his nation while Luibanskas is in charge. (Daily Record)

 

Former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra hopes to conclude his takeover of Manchester City within the next fortnight. (Various)

 

 

AND FINALLY

 

 

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told Manchester radio station Key 103 that he considered giving up football when his playing days ended to cook in and run a restaurant. (Various)

Edited by Scottish Mag

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