A fresh batch of rumours to warm the cockles of your heart….
Barcelona have finally come to terms with the fact that Cesc Fabregas won’t we swooping back into Catalan lives like a glorious midfield boomerang, as director Txiki Begiristain grumbled: “he cannot return”. (Various)
…Barcelona have now turned to the even less available Cristiano Ronaldo, and will try and jump ahead of Real Madrid in the queue for the £40million-rated winger’s signature. (Daily Star)
Liverpool have begun contract talks with lanky goalscorer Peter Crouch. (Independent)
…H’apparently his Yankee lordship Tom Hicks has saved up enough dosh to buy out ‘friend’ and co-owner George Gillett and take sole control of Liverpool. (Any newspaper with a pulse)
Wigan gaffer Steve Bruce is having a sniff around Levante striker Mustafa Riga with an eye to poaching him in the summer. (Mirror)
Ipswich manager Jim Magilton has issued an ultimatum to out of favour Pompey striker David Nugent, telling him to make his mind up about whether or not he wants to move to the East Anglian club or not… (Mirror)
Sunderland firebrand Roy Keane is up for bringing his old Manchester United mate Quinton Fortune to the Stadium of Light – offering him a mini-deal that will last until the end of the season. (Sun)