The Rumour Mill - May 19

First published in Football transfer rumour mill

QPR manager Neil Warnock has denied that he is set to swap playmaker Adel Taarabt for Liverpool's Joe Cole, saying that his club could not afford Cole's wages.

SCUNTHORPE boss Alan Knill is ready to raid his old club BURY and wants to sign striker Ryan Lowe and Damien Mozika.

PORTSMOUTH are facing a fight with LEEDS over the signature of IPSWICH TOWN striker David Norris.

Brazilian forward Neymar, who previously rejected a move to CHELSEA, says he hopes the Blues make a bid for him again and that he would welcome a move to England.

SPURS are also considering cashing in on unsettled striker Jermain Defoe to raise money for an £8m move for Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster.

NORWICH manager Paul Lambert has emerged as a shock target for West Ham as they search for a new manager but former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton remains the favourite.

MANCHESTER CITY are set to allow Craig Bellamy to leave the club in a cut-price deal this summer but Emmanuel Adebayor's attempts to engineer a move to Tottenham may be hindered by his £180,000-a-week wages.

England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce is set to name Jack Wilshere in his squad for this summer's European Championship, against the wishes of the midfielder's club ARSENAL.

LIVERPOOL will face a battle to sign Fiorentina's Juan Vargas because his agent says the playmaker is being targeted by several clubs.

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