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Transfer News and Speculation, 9 June

The teenager Aaron Ramsey is leaning towards joining Arsenal rather than Manchester United or Everton after talking to all three clubs. The talented Cardiff City midfielder has spoken to all three clubs after he flew to Switzerland at the weekend to meet Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. Ramsey had already spoken with the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and officials at Everton.

The Cardiff chairman, Peter Ridsdale, said: "I spoke to Aaron on Friday. He told me he'd had a great day at United and was on his way to see Arsène. After that, the final decision is up to the boy. Aaron spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson before visiting United. He's a sensible lad."

Davis deal close to completion

Rangers are closing in on a permanent move for Fulham midfielder Steven Davis, according to his agent. The Northern Ireland international is expected to be sold by Fulham following his impressive loan spell at Ibrox. Rangers could face opposition from clubs in the Premier League, but Davis has spoken of his desire to continue playing for his boyhood heroes. The 23-year-old's agent, Rob Segal, said: "I think the clubs will be speaking this week and there's a willingness to do the move. Fulham are prepared to listen to offers."

Samba attracts Seville interest

Christopher Samba, the Blackburn Rovers centre-half, has attracted the interest of the Spanish club Seville. The Congo international signed a five-year contract at Ewood last October, so the club will command a substantial fee if he moves on. Blackburn are without a manager following Mark Hughes' departure for Manchester City, and so Samba may consider a switch.

Boro close in on deal for Davis

Middlesbrough are closing in on a deal to sign the Portsmouth midfielder Sean Davis. The 28-year-old, who has played for Fulham and Tottenham, made 25 appearances last season but missed out on a starting spot in the FA Cup final. He is further down the midfield pecking order than Pedro Mendes and Papa Bouba Diop. The fee would be around £1.5m.

Bridge to remain in west London

*chelsea The defender Wayne Bridge is set to sign a new four-year contract at the club despite failing to dislodge Ashley Cole from the left-back position. There were rumours linking the England player (right) with a move to Portsmouth but Bridge is set to accept an offer of £70,000 per week to stay at the club as the back up full-back. Harry Redknapp, the Pompey manager, is now likely to turn his attention to trying to sign Nicky Shorey of Reading.

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