Premier League - Transfers: Cole wants United

Eurosport - Tue, 22 Jun 08:52:00 2010

Joe Cole looks likely to have his choice of clubs this summer as his Chelsea contract expires - but has apparently set his heart on a move to Manchester United.

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The Sun claims that Cole "told pals" he favours a move to Old Trafford, despite strong rumours that Arsenal would win his signature.

Manchester City have agreed a 29 million deal to bring Spanish superstar David Silva to Eastlands.

The Daily Mail reports that City boss Roberto Mancini has hammered out a four-year deal that will be worth 160,000 a week to the 24-year-old Valencia midfielder.

Chelsea and Real Madrid were also reported to be keen, but neither would match City's inflated offer. Silva is believed to be a key part of the club's revamped midfield alongside Aston Villa's James Milner and Barcelona's Yaya Toure, with The Sun reporting that efforts to sign both players - each for around 25m - have been ramped up in the last week.

The Mirror goes further, claiming a 27m deal for Toure will be confirmed within a week.

And what will Barca do with the money? Buy Argentina and Liverpool defender Javier Mascherano, if the Daily Mirror is to be believed. The midfielder's price tag is rising after solid performances at the World Cup, with Barcelona now ready to offer 30m to the cash-strapped Reds.

Sunderland's hopes of landing Schalke defender Heiko Westermann are on the rocks: the 6m man has no interest in leaving his club with top European competition imminent. "I don't want to miss out on a Champions League campaign," said the 26-year-old.

Birmingham look set to be similarly frustrated in their attempts to sign Bobby Zamora from Fulham. Zamora has decided to sign a new contract with the Cottagers instead of heading to the Midlands, the Daily Mirror claims.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is set to offer Newcastle 6m for striker Andy Carroll.

Carroll was a key figure in Newcastle's Championship-winning season, but off-pitch problems - including an alleged incident that left team-mate Steven Taylor with a broken jaw - could persuade the Magpies to let him go.

And speaking of controversial players, jailbird Marlon King will be offered a way back into top-level football on his release from prison.

The 30-year-old is currently serving an 18-month sentence for sexual assault and ABH following a conviction last October, and is likely to be released in time for the new season.

Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd - who was King's manager for his successful spell at Watford - wants to bring him to the Ricoh Arena, according to the Daily Mail.


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