That was the weekend that was: Rumours: Monaco prepare deal to tempt Bergkamp

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WHILE THE News of the World says Arsenal lead the chase for the highly-regarded young Wolves striker Robbie Keane, the People reports sensational plans by Monaco to put together a pounds 20m package aimed at tempting Dennis Bergkamp to join them as player-coach.

The Sunday Mirror and People agree that Brian Kidd is planning to tempt one of his old Manchester United charges to move to Ewood Park, but are at odds over his identity. The former says the midfielder Nicky Butt is a pounds 7m target for the Blackburn manager, the latter that he has his sights on the striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whom they reckon would cost pounds 8m.

The People are tipping United to offer pounds 12m plus Teddy Sheringham in the hope that West Ham will part with Rio Ferdinand.

The People takes the rumoured bust-up between Alan Shearer and Ruud Gullit a step further by suggesting the England striker will be a leading target for David Platt at Sampdoria provided he keeps the Italian club in Serie A.

The News of the World believes Aston Villa could complete the pounds 18m signing of Juninho from Atletico Madrid this week, although the Express says Middlesbrough could take the Brazilian back to the Riverside for as little as pounds 4m because the Spaniards still owe a large chunk of the pounds 12.5m fee they agreed to pay when Middlesbrough sold him.

The Sunday Mirror says Tottenham have had a pounds 5m offer for Chelsea's Michael Duberry turned down, the News of the World reckons Everton are interested in signing Bradford's Lee Mills and - along with West Ham - the Blackburn front man, Nathan Blake.