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Brazilian international sparks English interest

The 34-year-old versatile midfielder is in his second spell with the reigning German champions, either side of a season-long spell back in Brazil with Santos, and has made more than 150 league outings for the Bundesliga giants, not to mention 84 caps for his country.

However, the Brazilian, who was part of both of his country's unsuccessful World Cup squads in 1998 and 2006 - scoring against Ghana in the latter - is set to reject a one-year contract offer with Bayern in the summer in favour of a longer one abroad.

And several Premier League sides, including Newcastle, Fulham, Hull and Wigan are thought to be ready to meet Ze Roberto's demands.

"I feel fine being at Munich and I will discuss the offer with my agent as well as with my wife," he said.

"But I am at the top of my game actually and, honestly, a 12-month contract may not be long enough for me."

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Gregg Davies is the Chief Sub Editor of FourFourTwo magazine, joining the team in January 2008 and spending seven years working on the website. He supports non-league behemoths Hereford and commentates on Bulls matches for Radio Hereford FC. His passions include chocolate hobnobs and attempting to shoehorn Ronnie Radford into any office conversation.