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West Ham want to offer Gabriel Heinze, whose proposed move to Liverpool has been blocked by his club Manchester United, an escape route. (The Sun)


After losing his attempt to force United to allow him to move to Liverpool, Heinze said: "I am not anti-United but I have to consider that my stay at United is finished." (Daily Mirror)


Portsmouth have failed in a bid to land Yakubu, despite offering fellow striker David Nugent to Middlesbrough, plus £5m. (Various)


Pompey want to hijack Everton's bid to sign Yakubu by selling David Nugent to Derby for about £4.5m and using the cash, plus £7m-rated Gary O'Neil, to buy the Boro star. (Daily Mirror)


West Brom are keen to offload striker John Hartson, who wants to join Swansea, before the transfer window closes on 31 August. (The Sun)


Reading contract rebels Nicky Shorey, who has been linked to West Ham, and Leroy Lita, who is wanted by Portsmouth, will not be leaving before the transfer deadline. (The Sun)


Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka has claimed the club could sell him before the transfer deadline because they need the money. (Daily Mirror)


Liverpool midfielder Anthony Le Tallec is being targeted by Sochaux. (Various)


Tottenham are chasing Juan Roman Riquelme, with Villarreal wanting £10m for the playmaker. (Daily Mirror)


Leeds are closing in on Hibernian defender Rob Jones. (Daily Star)


Southampton are poised to hijack Manchester City defender Danny Mills' move to Hull. (Daily Star)


Newcastle striker Albert Luque is being targeted by Feyenoord. (The Sun)


Manchester City are set to revive their bid for Palermo midfielder Mark Bresciano and are also weighing up Livorno keeper Marco Amelia. (Daily Mirror)


Sheffield United are poised to make an improved £2m bid for Wigan winger Kevin Kilbane. (Daily Mirror)


Midfielder Seol Ki-Hyeon is staying at Reading, despite buying a house near Fulham's training ground. Daily Mirror)


Southampton want Derby defender Darren Moore. (Daily Mirror)






Martin Jol will remain in his role as manager of Tottenham after Sevilla boss Juande Ramos turned down the offer of a £3m three-year deal to take over at White Hart Lane. (Daily Mirror)


Ramos, who is still in talks with Spurs, is unlikely to replace Jol because the Sevilla coach wants to eventually become Chelsea boss. (Daily Star)


England boss Steve McClaren will turn to Newcastle for the friendly against Germany because he has run out of fit strikers - so Michael Owen, who is short of match practice, and Alan Smith, who has also been used as a midfielder, are set to be in the team. (The Sun)


McClaren has pinned his hopes on midfielder David Beckham saving England's Euro 2008 qualification hopes and the England manager's job. (Daily Mirror)


England keeper Paul Robinson is facing a battle to keep his place for the Euro 2008 qualifiers in September, with the Tottenham player coming under pressure from recalled veteran David James. (Various)


BBC pundit Gary Lineker says England must turn the Wembley arch into a symbol of fear for opponents when they take on fierce rivals Germany. (The Sun)


Fulham captain Brian McBride must undergo surgery after dislocating his knee against Middlesbrough. (Daily Star)


Chris Baird believes Lawrie Sanchez can still have a positive effect on Northern Ireland, even though he is managing Fulham and Nigel Worthington has taken over as national boss, because a number of the players set to face Liechtenstein ply their trade at Craven Cottage. (The Sun)


Louis Saha will answer Manchester United's strike-force problems by returning to action against Tottenham on Sunday following knee problems. (The Sun)


Manchester United keeper Edwin Van der Sar is doubtful for the match against Spurs after suffering a leg injury in a training session with the Netherlands. (The Sun)


Thomas Sorensen has been warned his Denmark career is under threat is he is not Aston Villa's regular keeper. (The Sun)






Sunderland's Anthony Stokes failed to link up with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad but then claimed that Black Cats boss Roy Keane should have informed the Football Association of Ireland the striker had picked up a knock. (Various)


Former West Brom striker Lee Hughes will have to wait to make his Oldham debut because he was sent off when playing for prison side Featherstone FC, while serving a dangerous driving sentence, and was banned for 35 days, with another week still to serve of the suspension. (Daily Star)

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Guest alex
Fuck off. Hes like Beatties slower brother. Every chance hes had so far hes either shinned or fallen over

Much better than Shola, probably better than Viduka and younger too. We'll see how he does. I think you've written him off a little bit early though.

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