WarrenBartonCentrePartin Posted March 15, 2009 Share Posted March 15, 2009 Liverpool midfielders Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso have been targeted by Real Madrid in a £100m swoop. Gerrard's two-goal display against Madrid in midweek has led the nine-time European Cup winners ready to value the Englishman at £80m. (News of the World) Manchester City are emerging as favourites to sign Leeds starlet Fabian Delph. It is thought City manager Mark Hughes is ready to pay the £6m fee being demanded by Elland Road chiefs. (News of the World) Striker Dave Kitson's loan switch from Stoke to Reading will turn into a permanent move if the Royals win promotion. (News of the World) Sunderland are ready to swoop for Millwall's £1.5m-rated defender Zak Whitbread. (News of the World) Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil hopes to finally get his £4m-move back to Portsmouth in the summer. O'Neil and winger Stewart Downing have both been told they can leave once Boro's Premier League fate is decided. (News of the World) Dean Windass is set for a shock return to hometown club Hull — in a coaching role. (News of the World) Inter Milan boss Jose Mourniho wanted to sign Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas or winger David Bentley in January in a swap deal for Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma. But Mourinho was left feeling let down when the Italian club let Quaresma join Chelsea instead. (The Observer) Roman Abramovich will order a ruthless summer purge of Chelsea's pensioners. The billionaire Chelsea owner wants a clear-out of the club's ageing stars — including Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba and Deco. Juliano Belletti, Paolo Ferreira and Hilario look sure to leave while Chelsea will also listen to offers for Florent Malouda, Branislav Ivanovic and Salomon Kalou. (News of the World) Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is in line for a £1m-a-year pay rise. Villa owner Randy Lerner is determined to tie O'Neill down on a three-year deal. (News of the World) Newcastle have put together a package to keep managerial team Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood at the club until 2011. (News of the World) But according to the Sunday Express Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is ready to bring Terry Venables in to work alongside Calderwood and Hughton with Kinnear set to miss the rest of this season. (Sunday Express) Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is in talks over a new £180,000-a-week deal at Old Trafford. United are aware that Ronaldo can buy himself out of his current deal at the end of next season for £16m. (Sunday Express) Former Manchester united striker Ruud van Nistelrooy wants to hold peace talks with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. (Sunday Express) Angry Inter Milan fans demanded that Jose Mourinho leave the club. Hundreds of fans protested against the self proclaimed "special one" outside the club's training ground. (Sunday Express) Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is now wanted by Altletico Madrid as well as Real Madrid with both clubs facing major overhauls. (Sunday Express) Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane has given the biggest sign yet he is ready to return to management by taking coaching sessions at Benfica. (News of the World) Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart wants to go out on loan to help secure a place in England's World Cup squad. Hart has fallen behind Shay given in the pecking order at City. (News of the World) Everton's hopes of a move to a new 50,000-capacity stadium in Kirkby have been hit by another delay, The club a decision would be made by June but it has emerged a ruling will not be made until November. (News of the World) Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Bates has signed a new three-year deal with the club. Bates battled back twice from career-threatening cruciate knee ligament injuries. (News of the World) Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has revealed that he missed out on signing Robinho when the Brazilian was playing for Santos and Hiddink was in charge at PSV Eindhoven. (Sunday Telegraph) Premier League referee Peter Walton will make history — by refereeing in the Premier League at 50-years-old next season. (News of the World) Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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