Latest transfers speculations Wednesday 12.03.08

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Wednesday's gossip column

Chelsea are lining up a bid for Werder Bremen's 25m-rated Brazilian playmaker Diego, which could throw Frank Lampard's future into question.

Dwight Yorke is set to quit Sunderland and is considering heading back to Australia to play for Sydney FC.

Manchester United and Arsenal have tabled bids for Cardiff prodigy Aaron Ramsey. The 17-year-old, who is valued at around 5m after only seven starts for the Bluebirds is being courted by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger - with Old Trafford believed to be his likely choice.

Chelsea have launched a 7m bid for Uruguayan centre-back Martin Caceres, who is currently impressing in a loan spell with Spanish side Recreativo Huelva. Parent club Villarreal rate him at 14m.

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Thierry Henry has put Premier League clubs on alert by throwing a tantrum after being substituted by Barcelona in their 2-1 defeat to Villarreal. His old Arsenal pal Robert Pires, who played in the side which beat Barca, said: "If I were to say that Henry was happy, I would be called a liar."

Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz is wanted by Benfica as their next manager after the Portuguese giants sacked boss Jose Antonio Camacho.

Barnsley's FA Cup heroes - who bagged 1,000 per man for knocking out Chelsea - have been promised 10,000 each if they can do the same to Cardiff and reach the final.

Arsene Wenger reckons Cesc Fabregas and Mathieu Flamini are the best central midfield partnership he's ever had at the club - even better than Patrick Viera and Emmanuel Petit. "Before, we had players with impact and now the player's strength is in mobility," says the Arsenal boss.

Alan Curbishley will fly to Italy this week to meet Gianluca Nani, the general manager of Brescia who is set to become West Ham's technical director in the summer.

Stuart Pearce does not think Theo Walcott is ready for full England honours and wants him to stay in his Under-21 set-up for the time being rather than being elevated into Fabio Capello's plans.

Southampton pair Bradley Wright-Phillips and Nathan Dyer have each been fined two week's wages after apparently being captured on CCTV in an alleged nightclub theft.

Former England manager Graham Taylor is branching out from football and is set to become a patron of the Government-backed DanceEast Academy in Ipswich, which opens in September.

Chairman and owners of English football clubs have been warned they risk being branded "a bunch of racists" if they do not take immediate action to address the fact that there are only two black managers out of all 92 league clubs.