According to the Papers



Barcelona are plotting a secret bid to lure Chelsea’s Frank Lampard to the Nou Camp, while team-mate Michael Ballack has pledged his future to the Blues despite interest from Real Madrid.

Gabriel Heinze is calling in the Premier League to try and secure his move from Manchester United to Liverpool. Mikael Silvestre has told Sir Alex Ferguson he wants to leave Old Trafford.

Sam Allardyce could be forced to sell Obafemi Martins to ease Newcastle’s cash crisis.

Sunderland boss Roy Keane will move for former team-mate Andy Cole in the next 48 hours.
Derby are lining up a £5million swoop for Kenwyne Jones.


Argentine wonderkid Franco Di Santo will arrive in England this week to take his pick from 10 Premier League clubs chasing his signature – including all last season’s top six.

West Ham will table a £9million bid for former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen this week.

Fulham are chasing Blackburn’s £4million-rated striker Jason Roberts.

Rangers could move for Portsmouth defender Dejan Stefanovic, who has only a year left on his Pompey deal.

Reading are ready to cash in on Nicky Shorey – who has rejected an improved contract, with West Ham the left-back’s likeliest destination.

Aston Villa are set to beat Sunderland to sign Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon.


Chelsea will accept a double bid of £30million from Real Madrid for Arjen Robben and Michael Ballack.

Middlesbrough are considering a shock move for Manchester City flop Georgios Samaras.

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce will turn his attentions to Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini after the collapse of Hossam Ghaly’s move from Spurs.

Real Madrid are offering striker Antonio Cassano to Premier League clubs, with Bolton and West Ham interested in loan moves.

Arsenal have turned down a £10million bid for Gilberto Silva from Valencia.

Kieron Dyer is staying in home town Ipswich after his move from Newcastle to West Ham collapsed when the Magpies’ new owner Mike Ashley upped the price by £2million at the last minute.

Real Madrid are preparing a £28million bid for Michael Ballack and Arjen Robben.

Everton have won the race to sign Wigan’s Leighton Baines.


Middlesbrough are determined to hold on to striker Yakubu despite interest from Portsmouth and Manchester City.

Everton will take their summer spending to £20million with the signing of Leighton Baines.

Sven-Goran Eriksson will continue his Manchester City revolution by releasing eight players this month.

Kieron Dyer has no intention of returning to Newcastle after his move to West Ham collapsed.

Gordon Strachan is ready to offer free agent Andy Cole a footballing lifeline with Celtic.


Stiliyan Petrov has urged Aston Villa team-mate Shaun Maloney to stay at Villa Park rather than return to Celtic.

Motherwell have shelved plans to take Celtic’s Adam Virgo on loan.

Italian World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta hopes to play for Celtic one day – because he’s a fan of their famous hooped jerseys.

  • Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has told West Ham to up their bid or miss out on Kieron Dyer.
  • Leighton Baines will have to choose between love and money when he talks to Everton and Newcastle this week.
  • Bolton forward El-Hadji Diouf is ready to wreck Sammy Lee’s pre-season plans by pushing for a move to Lyon.
  • Derby boss Billy Davies is trying to arrange a £2.2million deal for PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mika Vayrynen.
  • Portsmouth are ready to sell midfielder Gary O’Neil, with Fulham the shock leaders in the battle for his £5million signing.
  • Manchester City have turned down a move for Greek striker Georgios Samaras from Middlesbrough – but they will sell if the price is right.
  • Ambitious Sunderland boss Roy Keane is hot on the trail of unsettled Tottenham striker Mido.
  • El-Hadji Diouf may be about to turn his back on Bolton for French champions Lyon.
  • Everton will find out later this week if their club-record £11million bid for Luis Gonzalez has been successful.
  • Sam Allardyce says Newcastle will not sell Kieron Dyer to Newcastle unless the Hammers up their bid to £8million.
  • Sven-Goran Eriksson is set to ease his Manchester City goalkeeping crisis by signing Marco Amelia for £5million.
  • Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has hit back at West Ham counterpart Alan Curbishley in the row over Kieron Dyer by saying: It’s your fault not ours.
  • Roy Keane wants Mido to join Sunderland in time for their opening game of the Premier League season…against Spurs.
  • Sven-Goran Eriksson will take his Manchester City spending to the £47million mark by signing Italian goalkeeper Marco Amelia and Australian midfielder Mark Bresciano.
  • Angry Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has hit back at Alan Curbishley in the bitter row over Kieron Dyer’s collapsed move to West Ham.
  • Derby have tabled a £5million bid for Southampton striker Kenwyne Jones.
  • Sven-Goran Eriksson is set to ease his Manchester City goalkeeping crisis by sealing a £5million swoop for Marco Amelia in the next 48 hours.
  • England boss Steve McClaren will try to persuade Jamie Carragher to come out of international retirement after John Terry was ruled out for a month.
  • Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has hit back at Alan Curbishley over the collapse of Kieron Dyer’s move to West Ham.
  • Gareth Southgate has claimed Middlesbrough were “in there right until the end” in the battle to sign Alan Smith.
  • Sven-Goran Eriksson is closing in on a £10million deal for Benfica midfielder Manuel Fernandes as he continues his Manchester City revolution.
  • Everton hope to wrap up a £17million double swoop for Porto midfielder Luis Gonzalez and Wigan full-back Leighton Baines this week.
  • El-Hadji Diouf may hit Bolton boss Sammy Lee’s plans for the new season by pushing for a move to Lyon.
  • Jay Bothroyd’s future at Wolves is in doubt after he flicked a V-sign at manager Mick McCarthy during the 3-2 friendly defeat by Reading.
  • Manchester City will become the Premier League’s biggest summer spenders this week with Mark Bresciano set to sign and Marco Amelia a possible recruit if Sven-Goran Eriksson can’t persuade Liverpool to part company with Scott Carson.
  • Sam Allardyce has told Kieron Dyer to “get on with it” at Newcastle, but the midfielder is furious with owner Mike Ashley after his move to West Ham collapsed.
  • Aston Villa are expected to make formal offers for Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon and West Brom central defender Curtis Davies in the next 48 hours as Martin O’Neill seeks to reinforce his squad before Saturday’s opening Premier League fixture against Liverpool.
  • England boss Steve McClaren will ask Jamie Carragher to reconsider his decision to retire from international football after John Terry injured his knee.
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