In the Papers Today



Frank Lampard has turned down a new Chelsea contract that would have made him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
Arsenal are trying to hijack Manchester United’s bid to grab Carlos Tevez.
Ageing Italian hero Christian Vieri is a shock target for Manchester City boss-in-waiting Sven Goran Eriksson.
Sam Allardyce expects Michael Owen to be with Newcastle next season.
Real Madrid are trying to force Arsenal to let Jose Antonio Reyes go on the cheap.
AC Milan have warned they will not pay over the odds for Andriy Shevchenko with Samuel Eto’o their number one target.
Sunderland will enter the rcae to sign Brazilian striker Afonso Alves who is being tracked by Manchester United and Chelsea.
Liverpool are closing in on Atletico Bilbao wonderkid Mikel San Jose.
Former Arsenal ace Quincy Owusu-Abeyle has been handed the chance to return to the Premier League by Birmingham.
Spurs face a fierce battle with Arsenal for defender Curtis Davies.
Reading are planning a £1million bid for Bristol City starlet Cole Skuse.
Fulham are ready to step up their bid to sign David Healy from Leeds.
Middlesbrough are tracking AZ Alkmaar right-back Gretar Steinsson.
Charlton are lining up a £4million swoop for West Brom striker Nathan Ellington.
West Brom are on the verge of signing Celtic’s Scottish striker Craig Beattie for £1.75million.
Fulham are set to land Aston Villa ace Steven Davis in a £4.5million deal.
Watford want to take Fulham striker Heidar Helguson back to Vicarage Road for £1million.
Ipswich will seal a £1million move for Francis Jeffers.

Arsene Wenger will this week table a £20million bid for Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o.
Tottenham are ready to move for Celta Vigo’s Borja Oubina and Kevin Prince Boateng of Hertha Berlin.
Javier Mascherano has not signed for Liverpool in a full-time transfer yet and could move on this summer.
Flying Dutchman Royston Drenthe will check in with Chelsea this week.
Sunderland are in talks with Manchester United over winger Kieran Richardson.
Sammy Lee wants to take Danny Murphy to Bolton.
Middlesbrough are on the brink of landing AZ Alkmaar right-back Gretar Steinsson.
Teddy Sheringham is set to play in the Championship next season with Colchester.
Blackburn are ready to give skipper Ryan Nelsen a new contract.
Birmingham are closing in on Amady Faye from Charlton.
Hull are to move for Colchester’s Richard Garcia.
Reading are to battle with Charlton for Hayden Mullins.
Derby boss Billy Davies will follow his capture of Robert Earnshaw with a £1million bid for Norwich midfielder Dickson Etuhu.
Leeds boss Dennis Wise is swooping for midfielders Tommy Miller from Sunderland and Norwich’s Andy Hughes.
Bradford boss Stuart McCall wants Everton youngster Scott Phelan.

Sven Goran Eriksson wants to take Nicolas Anelka back to Manchester City.
Barcelona star Thiago Motta is heading to England with West Ham, Middlesbrough and Manchester City in his sights.
Liverpool have signed Barcelona teenager Dani Pacheco.
Tottenham, Blackburn and Birmingham are set to slug it out for Brazilian winger Nene.
Carlos Tevez has been told by West Ham they will match any wage offer to keep him at Upton Park.
Southampton are set to bid £750,000 for Birmingham midfielder Stephen Clemence.
Wolves are ready to make a £1.5million move for unsettled Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell.

Chelsea remain on collision course with contract rebels Frank Lampard and Arjen Robben.
Sunderland are in talks with West Brom over a £5million move for Paul McShane and Paul Robinson.
Newcastle want to sign three players from Chelsea, Geremi, Wayne Bridge and Lassana Diarra.
Yakubu is set to become Sven Goran Eriksson’s first signing as Manchester City manager.

Newcastle have been given the green light to sign Eidur Gudjohnsen from Barcelona.


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