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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will present his new manager with a list of the world's greatest footballers and let them have their pick of who they want to sign.

Tottenham centre-back Ledley King, 31, is yet to discover if he will be offered a new one-year rolling contract. The England international has been plagued by knee injuries in recent years and could be forced to consider retirement if his club decline to hand him a deal.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Italian giants Juventus are preparing for their return to Champions League football and are eyeing a double summer swoop for Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, 30, and Chelsea's Fernando Torres, 28.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt
Kuyt has scored 51 goals in 203 league appearances since joining Liverpool in 2006

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt, 31, could be set for a return to Feyenoord in the summer, with the Dutch club ready to offer him a coaching role as well as a playing deal.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Chelsea target Christian Maggio, 30, will not be moving to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to the player's agent. The Napoli defender impressed during both legs of the recent Champions League second-round tie between his side and Chelsea.

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Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, 28, has been told he can rejoin Bordeaux, providing he is prepared to take a pay cut.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Tottenham are the latest club to be linked with Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The 23-year-old, who is believed to have a buy-out clause of £18m, has already caught the eye of Manchester United and Liverpool.

Full story: Inside Futbolexternal-link

Defender Robert Huth, 27, will reject the chance to return to his native Germany with Schalke 04 and sign a new contract with Stoke City.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Tottenham Hotspur have rejected a bid from QPR for highly rated midfielder Alex Pritchard, even though the 18-year-old is out of contract in the summer.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Norwich and Fulham are set to compete to land £500,00-rated Aberdeen midfielder Fraser Fyvie, 19.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Fifa has told the Football Association it can change its rules on retrospective punishment to avoid situations like the one involving Mario Balotelli at Arsenal. The City striker escaped further sanction for his tackle on Arsenal's Alex Song because referee Martin Atkinson - who did not punish the Italian at the time - said in his report he had seen the incident.

Full story: Daily Mirror external-link

Frank Lampard, 33, appears to be staying at Chelsea after the midfielder was used to model the new kit for the 2012-13 season.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Tottenham's Ledley King
King has featured 21 times his season after he played just nine times in the previous campaign

Former Reading and Manchester City boss Steve Coppell approached League Two side Crawley Town over the possibility of joining the club as director of football.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott is hoping boss Arsene Wenger changes his formation next season so he can play in his preferred position as striker.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Fulham have bought 12 hens to live at their Motspur Park training ground to try to save £5,000 in the annual cost of providing the players with eggs.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Striker Marius Ebbers of German side St Pauli persuaded the referee to rule out his 'hand of God' goal against Union Berlin in Tuesday's Bundesliga II clash.

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was sent a packet of his favourite sweets by an eight-year-old fan to cheer him up following Sunday's defeat to Arsenal.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

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