The Rumour Mill - May 23

First published in Football transfer rumour mill

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is the man West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan want to succeed the sacked Avram Grant at Upton Park - but McLeish says he will now walk away from St Andrews.

Brad Friedel fears that Aston Villa might have to cash in on Ashley Young over the summer.

Chelsea want former Netherlands manager Marco van Basten to form a Dutch double act with Hiddink at the club.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will be accompanied by his pet dog Lucky on the club's open-top bus parade to celebrate their FA Cup triumph.

Dave Jones will tell Cardiff City's owners at a meeting today that he needs significant reinforcements to his squad. If he doesn't get the answers he wants, he could leave the Championship side.

Arsenal are set to make their first signing of the summer with the capture of Argentine midfielder Ricardo Alvarez from Velez Sarsfield.

Nicklas Bendtner is fed up of being a bit-part player at Arsenal and wants to quit the club. German giants Bayern Munich are the striker's preferred choice.

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