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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will make Frank Lampard his number one target if he takes over at Inter Milan. (Sunday Express)


But Mourinho has denied meeting Inter president Massimo Moratti for talks, saying: "It is just false to say that I am on the point of signing a contract with Inter Milan." (Independent)


Spurs will let Paul Robinson leave White Hart Lane for £2m in the summer, with Middlesbrough and Aston Villa believed to be interested in the England keeper. (The People)


Newcastle are chasing Seville's unsettled Brazil striker Luis Fabiano, 27, who is rated at £8m. (News of the World)


The Magpies will be busy in the summer as they are also targeting Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon and former Arsenal wideman, Jose Antonio Reyes. (The People)


Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, currently on loan at Coventry, is set to make a transfer request at the end of the season. The Dane has a buy-out clause in his contract believed to be in the region of £2.5m. (News of the World)


Liverpool could move for Schalke's Brazilian full-back Rafinha in the summer, while Reds boss Rafael Benitez has also been linked with two young players from South America. (Mail on Sunday)


Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes is ready to take on Everton in a £4.5m battle for Heerenveen's America midfielder Michael Bradley. (The People)


Scott Carson is preparing for a return to Anfield after Aston Villa told the goalkeeper's representatives that they would not meet Liverpool's £9m asking price. (News of the World)


Turkish rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce will offer £5m to Middlesbrough for striker Tuncay Sanli. (News of the World)



Sir Alex Ferguson is considering an offer to MK Dons boss Paul Ince to join his coaching team at Manchester United. (The People)


Defender Patrice Evra - who is in the final year of his three-year deal - admitted he is unsure of his Manchester United future after negotiations over a new contract stalled. (News of the World)


Stoke have agreed to pay a £575,000 'transfer fee' for their loan of Shola Ameobi, making the striker the most expensive loanee in English club history. The final figure could be near £1m if Stoke claim promotion via the play-offs. (Mail on Sunday)


Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is planning a pres-season 'sweat camp' for his players instead of a lucrative summer tour. (News of the World)


Uefa president Michel Platini says he will stop Premier League clubs from buying 16-year-old footballers from abroad. "The first football contract a player signs should be for the club who train him," said Platini. (Mail on Sunday)


Aston Villa are finalising a shirt sponsorship deal with children's charity, Acorns, that will see the club forfeit up to £2m to carry the name of the children's hospice charity on their shirts next season. (News of the Brummie) 


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TOTTENHAM v NEWCASTLE UTD-KICK-OFF: 3pm today EXCLUSIVE Keegan set to swoop for Spurs winger

By David Kidd

Newcastle have targeted Aaron Lennon - after learning that Tottenham are willing to listen to offers for the England winger.


Toon's executive director Dennis Wise has identified both Lennon and former Arsenal wideman Jose Antonio Reyes as possible summer recruits.


Lennon, who turns 21 next month, has so far failed to live up to his stunning early form at White Hart Lane and it is believed Spurs manager Juande Ramos would allow the player to leave for around £8million.


Toon boss Kevin Keegan wants a major overhaul of his playing staff in the summer, including the wide positions - where James Milner is likely to join Aston Villa and Damien Duff could also be ditched. Keegan and Wise are united in their belief that Lennon would be an excellent acquisition for the Toon.


And Paul Kemsley, a close aide of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, played a key role in Lennon's move from Leeds to Spurs three years ago.


People Sport revealed last week that Reyes, 24, is keen to return to England after falling out of favour at Atletico Madrid.





And Newcastle's Spanish speaking recruitment chief Tony Jimenez has been in contact with Reyes' representatives.



Reyes complained of homesickness during his spell with Arsenal but has now alerted Newcastle, Liver pool and Manchester City with his desire for a Premier League comeback.



Lennon is expected to start against Keegan's men when the two team's clash at White Hart Lane this afternoon.



For mer Newcastle stars Jonathan Woodgate and Jermaine Jenas are also expected to line-up as Spurs bid to avenge a 3-1 defeat at St James' Park back in October.



Keegan will stick by the same side that defeated Fulham 2-0 last week with Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins once again forming a three-pronged attack for the Toon




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Tottenham weigh up summer raid for Newcastle striker Michael Owen

Exclusive by Brian Mcnally and Simon Mullock 30/03/2008




Tottenham are weighing up a summer raid for Newcastle's £10million-rated striker Michael Owen.


And the Geordies are setting up a bid to recruit Jermaine Beckford, Leeds United's goal sensation.


Spurs, who entertain Newcastle today, have checked out injury-ravaged England striker Owen several times in recent weeks.


Spurs transfer supremo Damien Comolli and boss Juande Ramos both view Owen as a possible replacement for Dimitar Berbatov if the Bulgarian ace moves in the summer.



And, despite Kevin Keegan's claims that Newcastle should now be in contract talks with Owen, his Toon superiors have yet to make any new offer to the 28-year-old England striker, whose current four-year deal expires in June 2009.


Newcastle owner Mike Ashley must decide whether to cash in on Owen, who can start negotiating a Bosman free transfer from January.


Dennis Wise, Newcastle's director of football, worked with Beckford at Elland Road and has identified him as one of the emerging stars he wants to take to the Toon.


Leeds want to offer Beckford a new contract but the lure of the Premier League may be irresistible to the 24-year-old striker.

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Beckford's been shit this season apparantly, but he would be a better option than Shola/Chopra ever were.

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Lennon for £8m would be a very good bit of business for us. By no means the finished article, but would add some much needed pace and drive to our team.


Isn't his shooting and crossing meant to be a bit weak?

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Lennon for £8m would be a very good bit of business for us. By no means the finished article, but would add some much needed pace and drive to our team.


Isn't his shooting and crossing meant to be a bit weak?


He runs fast = he is mint.


The way it works.

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Lennon for £8m would be a very good bit of business for us. By no means the finished article, but would add some much needed pace and drive to our team.


Isn't his shooting and crossing meant to be a bit weak?


He runs fast = he is mint.


The way it works.


He's not amazing by any means. But N'Zog and Lennon on the wings could pin back any team. I think it would improve our balance and scare any opposition. £8m would be a reasonable price in the current market as well, imo.

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Souness has dig at United fans

Mar 30 2008 by Coreena Ford, Sunday Sun


FORMER Toon boss Graeme Souness has launched a scathing attack on Newcastle United’s loyal fans, labelling them “unforgiving, critical customers”.


Souness — paid a £3.2m golden handshake after being sacked in 2006 — rounded on them for their lack of loyalty to managers, saying he won’t return to football management because he’d been “sickened” by his 18 months at St James’s.


His astonishing outburst came yesterday on Ireland’s main radio station RTE Radio One, during an interview with sports presenter Eamon Dunphy.


During the hour-long show Souness, 54, who managed Rangers, Liverpool and Blackburn before coming to Tyneside in 2004, also criticised fans “up there” for assuming Newcastle is a big club.


He said: “The last job well and truly sickened me. The Newcastle one was a bad experience . . . I’m sure if you asked Sam Allardyce he would tell you the same, it was just an unhealthy situation there.


“I believe Newcastle is a club that gets 52,000 people paying to watch them every other week and they have 22,000 supporters and 30,000 customers. They are extremely critical.


“You ask yourself why are they so unforgiving? They’ve done nothing since 1969, so where this opinion comes from that they are a big club and should be winning things comes from . . . .”


“It should be a fabulous club and could be a fabulous club. I was there 18 months. We reached the semi-final of the FA Cup, the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup.


“I think it was nine consecutive wins which equalled the club record and I can remember going into that period where we had these semi-finals coming up and thinking ‘If we lose these they will be calling for our heads’ and that’s the way it is up there.” (The club actually won seven games in a row under Souness, and the club record is 11.) The Scott, whose unpopular reign as Newcastle boss ended in February 2006, also recounted the end of his tenure and the notorious home game against Aston Villa, in which teammates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were sent off for fighting.


He said: “They ended up fighting each other and they both got sent off. And that’s typical of that club.


“There’s just something about it. It should be a fabulous club but they all have to take a deep breath and count to 10, the supporters, and say to themselves we’ve got to give someone a chance.


“As far as I can see only Kevin (Keegan) or Alan Shearer would be given anything like the time needed to turn that club into a powerful club.”


Billy Furious, life-long Magpie fan and sports writer for Newcastle United fanzine, The Mag, said he and other loyal fans would be outraged by Souness’s comments.


He said: “Like Sam Allardyce, he walked away from Newcastle with millions of pounds of supporters’ money, which he didn’t earn or deserve. All they both do is look for someone to blame for their own inadequacies . . . and no one ever asked him to justify spending £8.5m on Jean-Alain Boumsong.


“And as for calling us critical, it’s because we know rubbish when we see it.


“The thing that most galled us about Souness is that he tried to tell us something was great when it clearly was not, and he chased all the decent players away.”


Michael Martin, editor of fanzine True Faith, was equally enraged.


He said: “It was his fault he failed at Newcastle and he got a big payout for it, and we’re a big club that bought very badly under his reign.


“He was a fantastic player but a disaster as a manager . . . a phony and a coward.


“If he wants to discuss it, I know a few people who would like to talk to him here, so maybe the big man can come here and say it.”


Last night Newcastle United weren’t prepared to comment.




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Lennon for £8m would be a very good bit of business for us. By no means the finished article, but would add some much needed pace and drive to our team.


Isn't his shooting and crossing meant to be a bit weak?


That's akin to saying Titus was a bit clumsy...


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