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FIFA Rumour Mill- May 21, 2008

David JamesCorrespondent IMay 21, 2008


  • Falkirk striker Pedro Moutinho is set to move back to his homeland and sign for Maritimo. (Sky Sports News)
  • West Ham’s bid to take Juventus striker Davide Lanzafame on a season loan, looks in doubt after Palermo asked for fifty percent of his rights in the deal to take Amauri to the Stadio Delle Alpi. (Sky Sports News)
  • Inverness striker Dennis Wyness has signed for St Mirren on a two year contract. (Sky Sports News)
  • Portsmouth are interested in Rennes’ Ghanaian defender John Mensah and Tottenham’s France U-21 defender Younes Kaboul. Rennes are already looking at bringing in Dynamo Kiev’s Pape Diakhate as a replacement. (Sky Sports News)
  • Manchester United want to sign French youngsters Jeremy Helen and Daniel Situ. Both players are France U-16 Internationals, and are currently contracted to Rennes and Lens respectivately, although are looking at loop holes in their pre-contracts with the French clubs. (L’Equipe)
  • Napoli’s Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik has no intention of moving to Liverpool this summer. Despite reported interest from the reds. (Daily Mail)
  • Manchester City are reportively lining up big money moves for Espanyol’s Argentine midfielder Pablo Zabaleta for around fifthteen million and Zenit St Petersburg’s Russian International Andrei Arshavin for around twelve million. (Club Call and the Sun)
  • Barcelona are going to attempt to swap Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o for Inter Milan’s Romanian captain Christian Chivu, to bulk up there defence. (Football Italia)
  • Everton are after CSKA Moscow’s Brazilian defender Dudu, who spent last season on loan at Valencia. The full back would be available for around eight million. (Club Call)
  • Another player that has no interest in moving to Liverpool is Wigan’s Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia, who wants to stay at the JJB. (Various)
  • But Rafael Benitez is on the lookout for back up for Pepe Reina, with Scott Carson set to sign permantley for Aston Villa and Charles Itandje set to leave.  Possible targets are Newcastle’s Steve Harper, Birmingham’s Northern Ireland international Maik Taylor and Bordeaux’s Ulrich Rame. (Daily Mail)
  • Swansea City are set to sign Southend United captain Mark Gower. (Vitalfootball.com)
  • Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney is set to leave Cardiff City for league one side Millwall. (Various)
  • Rangers are taking a look at Hearts full back Lee Wallace, with a view to signing him in the summer. (The Sun)
  • Tottenham boss Juande Ramos is looking at Seville striker Luis Fabiano and Real Zaragoza’s Diego Milito after failing in a bid to sign Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o. (Daily Mirror)
  • Roy Hodgson is keen on bringing back Liverpool full back Steve Finnan to Fulham. The former Ireland international is believed to be available for two million this summer. (Daily Mirror)
  • Bolton and Middlesbrough are tracking Sporting Lisbon striker Simon Vukcevic. (Daily Mail)
  • Ajax striker Jan Klaus Huntelaar has left the door open for a possible transfer away for Amsterdam in the summer. The Dutch international said “I am playing in the Dutch squad and the rest is not in my hands.”
  • Alan Curbishly is prepared to sell star striker Dean Ashton and defender Anton Ferdinand, to bank roll moves for Newcastle defender Steven Taylor, and Everton striker Andrew Johnson. (Daily Mirror)
  • Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take over the red devil’s reserve team next season. (Daily Mirror)
  • Former Wycombe manager Paul Lambert is in line for the Leicester job or the Motherwell job if Mark McGhee leaves for Hearts. (Various)
  • Real Madrid have joined inter Milan in the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb. (Sky Sports News)
  • Liverpool are close to signing Udinese left back Andrea Dossena for eight million, although both Juventus and Tottenham are waiting in the wings, to sign the Italy cap. (Gazette delle Sport)
  • Ajax and Liverpool are both interested in signing highly rated French youngster Sofiane Feghouli from recently promoted Grenoble. (Sky Sports News)
  • Southampton will make a move for Sam Allardyce to be there new boss if Leon Crouch and Rupert Lowe resume power at St Mary’s. (Daily Mirror)
  • Former Newcastle coach John Carver, now manager of Toronto, wants to bring former charge Shola Ameobi to Canada. (Daily Mirror)
  • Manchester City will try and sign Real Betis’ Portuguese International goalkeeper Ricardo if Luiz Fellipe Scolari takes over at Eastlands. (Daily Mirror)
  • Portsmouth are in the running to sign Paris St Germain’s highly rated French teenage striker Gael N’Lundulu. (Daily Mirror)
  • Everton and Manchester City will battle it out to sign CSKA Moscow striker Jo

this summer. (Sky Sports News)

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