Paper Chase: Mou preps for London return

Each day we’ll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they’re always entertaining…


Jose Mourinho is looking for a new house in London – fuelling talk of a return to Chelsea.

Stuart Pearce has tightened his grip on the England job by ripping up Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 masterplan.

Carlos Tevez pulled on a Manchester City shirt for the first time in five months – but looked a long way from re-joining their title charge.

John Terry has vowed to return from surgery and lead Chelsea’s bid for a top-four spot.

Frank Lampard has been putting in extra training after his snub by stand-in England boss Stuart Pearce.

Manchester United and Arsenal have welcomed a deal between European clubs and UEFA to reduce the number of international friendlies.

David Silva has slammed Spanish giants Real Madrid for a smear campaign after he signed for Manchester City.

Contract rebels Paul Pogba and Ezekiel Fryers have been told to sign new deals in the next 48 hours or forget about playing for Manchester United again.

Gary Speed’s dad Roger will help rally the Wales team on what is set to be an emotional night in Cardiff.

Aston Villa’s losses soared to £53.9million last year as they forked out for two changes of manager.

Walter Samuel’s refusal to sign a new deal with Inter Milan will spark a three-way fight for his signature between Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea.

Keith Andrews is set to open talks for a longer stay at West Bromwich Albion.


Arsenal are closing in on a transfer that could help secure Robin van Persie’s future at the club after claims they have agreed terms with Germany striker Lukas Podolski.

Holland will ditch their famous orange shirts against England at Wembley tonight – and turn themselves into football’s version of the All Blacks.

Stuart Pearce last night promised that England will come first under his leadership and challenged his players to follow his example.

Carlos Tevez was back in a Manchester City shirt for the first time in five months yesterday – albeit in less glamorous surroundings than last time.

An emotional Craig Bellamy withdrew from the press conference ahead of tonight’s memorial match for Gary Speed.

Randy Lerner has lost £110million in the last three years at Aston Villa, even though they languish three places above the relegation zone.

Manchester United are among the Premier League clubs watching Torino’s attacking midfielder Alen Stevanovic.

Andre Villas Boas’ future at Chelsea looks bleaker than ever after remarks from an interview on Portuguese radio made a bad impression in the Stamford Bridge boardroom.


Jose Mourinho is ready to head back to the Premier League after agreeing to buy a new family home in London.

New Wolves boss Terry Connor has warned his players he is not afraid to wield the axe – after dropping skipper Roger Johnson.

Gary Speed’s sons, Ed and Tommy, will be led out by Craig Bellamy tonight in Cardiff.

Joe Hart is desperate to remain England’s lucky charm – and hoping his latest coach will get his name right.

Dutch legend Bryan Roy has slaughtered former team-mate Stuart Pearce as being "inexperienced" and not up to the job as England boss.

David Silva believes Manchester City are close to challenging Barcelona and Real Madrid for the title of Europe’s best team.

Carlos Tevez pulled on a Manchester City shirt for the first time since September – but lasted just 45 minutes.

Spanish giants Barcelona are turning the tables and making a move for one of English football’s hottest prospects – Chelsea prodigy Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Nottingham Forest misfit Ishmael Miller is being given a chance at Middlesbrough.

Leeds are giving a trial to Swedish ‘bad boy’ Dulee Johnson.


Roberto Mancini snubbed Carlos Tevez as the Argentine rebel failed to make an impression on his return to competitive action for Manchester City yesterday.

Rookie England boss Stuart Pearce flexed his muscles by insisting HE will decide how long Steven Gerrard plays against Holland tonight.

Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge will tonight be handed the chance to show they can fill Wayne Rooney’s boots at Euro 2012.

Stuart Pearce bought Joe Hart for just £600,000 because that was all Manchester City could afford.

Phil Neville was last night tipped to follow in the footsteps of Stuart Pearce and emerge as a key man in the England set-up.

Robbie Keane claims his spell at Aston Villa gave him a new lease of life – but the Republic of Ireland skipper has ruled out a permanent switch back to the Premier League.

Craig Bellamy will lead out Wales tonight – but has not yet told new manager Chris Coleman whether it will be his farewell appearance.

Asamoah Gyan looks certain to quit Sunderland on a permanent basis at the end of the season when his loan deal with UAE outfit Al-Ain expires.

Newcastle are confident Papiss Cisse will be fit for Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland.

Emmanuel Adebayor has challenged Tottenham to show the character of champions against Manchester United this weekend.

Sir Alex Ferguson has set his sights on April’s showdown with Manchester City as he turned up the title heat.


Stuart Pearce has launched ‘operation tournament’ by making the England players start penalty practice three months before the European Championship kick-off.

Carlos Tevez appeared in a Manchester City shirt for the first time in five months yesterday but did not manage a shot in a 45-minute outing with City’s reserves in a 3-1 defeat at Preston.

Peter Taylor says Stuart Pearce is in for the time of his life when he leads England out tonight.

Craig Bellamy will walk out into an emotional Cardiff City Stadium with Gary Speed’s two sons and will then also have to make an emotive decision about his Wales future.

Arsenal have made a move to steal a march on their rivals and agree a deal to sign Cologne striker Lukas Podolski before the European Championship.

Jan Vertonghen has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Tottenham after Harry Redknapp watched him in action for Ajax at Manchester United.


Stuart Pearce has been authorised to make changes to England’s European Championship preparations this summer as he looks to persuade the Football Association that he should stay on as manager beyond tonight’s friendly against Holland.

Robin van Persie has confided in his national team manager as he considers his future with Arsenal.


Stuart Pearce has given the biggest indication yet that he is prepared to lead England into the European Championship after stamping his mark on the squad during the build-up before tonight’s friendly with the Netherlands.

Gary Speed’s teenaged sons will lead out Wales in the company of Aaron Ramsey and Craig Bellamy tonight, after their grandfather has given the team-talk in the dressing room.


Stuart Pearce will call his England players together at 10am to name the team he hopes will win him the job for Euro 2012, a tournament for which he is planning so extensively he has asked the Football Association to change the warm-up programme Fabio Capello had put in place.

Aston Villa lost £54m in the year from 1 June 2010 to 31 May 2011, the club have announced.


When the dressing-room buzzer calls England players to arms, the last few words Stuart Pearce will tell the likes of Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones will be: "Go and express yourself. Go and show us your ability. You’re fighting for a place in a major finals this summer."

Joe Hart understands the public’s fascination with the England armband, which will be assigned by Stuart Pearce this morning ahead of tonight’s friendly with Holland.


Ibrox administrators were last night to ignore demands from furious Rangers fans to get the bulk of Celtic’s tickets for next month’s Old Firm clash.

Gutted Daniel Majstorovic is out of Euro 2012 and his Celtic future is hanging in the balance after he was rocked by an injury blow on international duty.