QPR fighting Blackburn for signing of Murphy – report

QPR are in talks with Danny Murphy but face a fight with Blackburn for his signature, the Daily Mirror say.

The veteran midfielder, whose Fulham contract expires this summer, played under R’s boss Mark Hughes when the Welshman was manager at Craven Cottage.

It is claimed that Murphy has spoken to relegated Rovers about joining them on a two-year deal but will move to Rangers if they match the Championship side’s terms.

The Daily Mail report that Fulham have offered £1.6m for Vitesse Arnhem left-back Alexander Buttner, have also shown interest in Sevilla’s Argentine centre-back Federico Fazio and remain keen on Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes.

And the Daily Express say Fulham have turned down a £1m bid for teenager Kerim Frei from Turkish club Galatasaray, who are now planning to make a £2m offer.

Chelsea face competition from Arsenal for the signing of Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa, according to the Mirror.

The Magpies winger has attracted interest from Chelsea for some time, but it is suggested that Arsenal are now strong contenders to sign him.

It is also claimed that Ben Arfa fears he would not play regularly if he were to move to Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, the Express say Chelsea are to increase their bid for Wigan’s Victor Moses to £5.5m.

The Sun suggest Wigan are prepared to double Moses’ wages in order to keep him.


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