Football Rumours - West Ham cool Lampard interest

Frank Lampard is “not available at any price” insists Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, despite continued speculation over the England midfielder’s future at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea manager – the first to drop Lampard from the starting line-up in recent weeks – has again rubbished claims that the 33-year-old could be snapped up by rival Premier League clubs, with West Ham and Manchester United both touted as possible suitors.

United have tempted legendary midfielder Paul Scholes out of retirement, while West Ham have seemed to have cooled their interest in their former player.

AVB has instructed Lampard to adapt to his new role within side, and denied that there has ever been a rift between the two.

Manchester City want-away striker Carlos Tevez faces the prospect of enduring another six months as an outcast after AC Milan appeared to cancel transfer negotiations last night.


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This has made way for Inter Milan to emerge as favourites to sign the Argentinean, who has remained absent from the first-team picture at the Etihad Stadium after that infamous night in Munich last September when it was alleged he refused to come on as a substitute.

AC Milan were believed to improve on their January loan offer plus �25million permanent summer deal – which City rejected yesterday in London – but the breakdown of Alexandre Pato to Paris St-Germain on Thursday halted talks.

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Chelsea defender Alex has turned his back on a move to QPR – because he no longer wants to stay in England.

Andr� Villas-Boas, the Chelsea manager, confirmed that a bid had been made for the Brazilian who has only played just nine games for the club since the Portuguese arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Chris Samba wants to leave Blackburn after slamming owners Venky’s for a lack of ambition and broken promises.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean will hold talks with Chris Samba today to determine if his captain is in the right frame of mind to face Fulham after he indicated he wanted to leave Ewood Park.

Martin Jol is being coy about the possible departure of Fulham striker Andy Johnson to Blackburn but has pinpointed Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes as the man to replace him if the money is available.

Chelsea told Lille to name their price for Eden Hazard – on a day when they were left frustrated by the Gary Cahill saga.

QPR manager Mark Hughes is considering a cut-price move for Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City, and is also making a move for Tottenham’s Steven Pienaar.

Meanwhile, Niko Kranjcar is being offered an escape route out of Tottenham by CSKA Moscow, Chelsea’s teenage starlet Josh McEachran will join Swansea on loan net week, Juventus plan to raid Manchester City for Aleksandar Kolarov and Newcastle have made an improved offer of �1million for Manchester United’s Ravel Morrison.

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