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West Ham will swoop for £4m-rated Newcastle winger Kieron Dyer after new signing Julien Faubert was ruled out for six months. (Various)


Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has refused to sell Arjen Robben to Real Madrid. (Various)


Robben will instead sign a new five-year contract with the Blues worth £80,000 a week. (Daily Express)


However, sources close to the winger say Robben will be presented as a Real Madrid player on Monday. (Independent)


Manchester City are close to completing £12m signing of Middlesbrough striker Yakubu. (Daily Mirror)


Sunderland hope to open talks with Wigan defender Leighton Baines on Friday over a £6m move. (Daily Mirror)


But the Black Cats have abandoned their interest in Hearts keeper Craig Gordon. (Daily Record)


Everton have stepped up their bid for Manchester United's Alan Smith after seeing James Vaughan ruled out for three months. (Various)


Middlesbrough have had a £6m bid for Smith accepted but the player is reluctant to move there. (Daily Star)


Arsenal are closing in on a deal for South American teenagers Angel Di Maria and Pedro Silva. (Daily Express)


Sevilla have told Portsmouth Fredi Kanoute will cost £8m. (Daily Mirror)


Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka has turned down a move to Lyon. (Sun)


Fifa will decide whether West Ham should release Carlos Tevez from his contract so he can join Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)


Liverpool will turn their attentions to £7m-rated Juventus left-back Giorgio Chiellini after Man Utd snubbed their offer for Gabriel Heinze. (Daily Star)






Stan Kroenke is stepping up his bid to complete a £650m takeover of Arsenal and will bring back ex-vice-chairman David Dein. (Various)


Owen Hargreaves could miss the whole of Man Utd's Far East tour because of tendonitis in his knee. (Daily Star)






Chelsea stars Frank Lampard and John Terry chatted with Paris Hilton, Serena Williams and actress Tara Reid at a team party in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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Reporting that West Ham are goin to go for Dyer on talksport this morning - might be some mileage in this.


Not sure whether it is reassuring that there is no gossip about us buying anybody or not - cud mean that there are no leaks from the club and that all our business is being discussed privately - or maybe were just not in for anybody

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If West Ham want Dyer, I would be quoting them £6m. We're in a perfect position: their new bloke has just been ruled out for 6 months, they need to get a replacement in, and we know they're loaded and prepared to pay over the odds. We should be taking full advantage of it, and if it falls through then Dyer stays, which isn't the end of the world.

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Agreed - for once we are in aposition of power which we should take full advantage of - for all his detractors he still is more than useful and as such its got to be 6mill plus.

The papers are already talking about our inertia in the market which is disappointing because it is beginning to feel like that - fingers crossed we can start moving again soon

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