WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers, Celtic, Manchester City, Arsenal, Stoke City, Manchester United, West Ham United, Liverpool, Birmingham City and Real Madrid.
DAILY MAIL: Ruud van Nistelrooy has issued a “come and get me” plea to Premier League clubs after the Hamburg striker opened the door to a summer return to England. Tottenham and Blackburn are both reportedly keen on the Dutchman.
The shambles of the FA Cup final taking place tomorrow on the same day as four Barclays Premier League matches - which has caused such outrage throughout the game - is to be repeated next year. Also: Celtic boss Neil Lennon was the target of yet more sectarian hate yesterday as a bullet was found in a package sent to Celtic Park.
DAILY MIRROR: Manchester City’s former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is ready to move to Tottenham this summer despite suffering abuse from Spurs fans just weeks ago.
Arsenal are plotting a double raid on French side Lorient for striker Kevin Gameiro and midfielder Morgan Amalfitano. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich are interested in Gunners striker Nicklas Bendtner and defender Bacary Sagna.
Next year’s FA Cup final will once again be held on the weekend of a full Premier League programme. Also: Roberto Mancini has splashed the Manchester City cash once again - and nicked the FA Cup final hotel from under Stoke’s noses... Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets could miss the Champions League final after being charged by UEFA for making an alleged racial slur in the semi-final against Real Madrid. AC Milan are ready to compete with Chelsea for Kaka. The Brazilian spent six years at the Italian giants before joining Real Madrid.
THE GUARDIAN: Twickenham’s search for a performance director turned into a shambles yesterday after the Rugby Football Union did an about-turn over its requirements for the position. Also: Kenny Dalglish has spoken of his desire to rebuild “something special” at Liverpool after finally being confirmed as the club’s permanent manager.
DAILY STAR: Javier Hernandez is set to hit the jackpot following his stunning debut season with Manchester United. They will offer Hernandez a bumper new contract that will treble his wages. Also: Carlos Tevez is being made to sweat on his FA Cup final place... Scott Parker has told West Ham: I’m off if we go down.
THE SUN: Robert Green is thinking of quitting England. Also: The FA Cup final will kick off at 5.15pm next season - and Premier League games could again be staged on the same day.
DAILY EXPRESS: Kenny Dalglish has set his sights on building “something special” at Liverpool after being handed the chance to create a second Anfield dynasty. Also: Tiger Woods hobbled off the course at the Players Championship in Sawgrass after just nine holes yesterday having shot 42 - one stroke off his worst ever score on the PGA Tour.
THE INDEPENDENT: The England manager, Fabio Capello, and his staff fear a goalkeeping crisis as it emerged yesterday that there are major concerns Robert Green will also retire from international football following hard on the heels of Ben Foster’s decision this week to take an indefinite sabbatical. Also: The Football Association chairman David Bernstein as good as confirmed yesterday that his organisation would not be voting for the FIFA president Sepp Blatter in his bid to be re-elected next month.
THE TIMES: The way was cleared for Sir Clive Woodward to return to Twickenham last night after the chief executive of the RFU was forced into a humiliating u-turn over the new post of performance director. Also: David Bernstein, the FA chairman, expressed strong reservations yesterday about the prospect of voting for Sepp Blatter at the FIFA presidential election.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Kenny Dalglish yesterday promised to do all he can to build a second “special” era at Liverpool after his permanent return to the Anfield managerial post he vacated more than 20 years ago was confirmed. Also: Manchester City board the train to London today with their manager, Roberto Mancini, insisting “it is time” they won a trophy.