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1st August

Ashley Cole has told Arsenal he will never play for them again. (Various)

Chelsea have leapt to the front of the queue to sign Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres. (Mirror)

Manchester United are considering a bid for £12m-rated Feyenoord striker Dirk Kuyt, who is a long-time target of Liverpool. (Independent)

Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd is preparing to table a club record £3m bid for Preston striker David Nugent. (Star)

Former Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira has hinted he could be keen on a move to Manchester United. (Star)

Tottenham want Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge and are ready to meet the Blues' £4m valuation. (Sun)

Newcastle have turned down the opportunity to sign former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell. (Guardian)

Martin O'Neill will take over as Aston Villa boss and is even prepared to work alongside chairman 'Deadly' Doug Ellis. (Telegraph)

Tottenham have offered Danny Murphy and Andy Reid in part exchange for Wigan defender Pascal Chimbonda. (Times)

Wigan are demanding £5.5m in cash for Chimbonda, who was late for his first training session after handing in a transfer request in May. (Guardian)

OTHER GOSSIP

New England boss Steve McClaren wants Teddy Sheringham, Paul Ince or Tony Adams to take up the role of 'conduit' between the players and the coaching staff - a role rejected by Alan Shearer. (Express)

A massive anti-riot operation is planned if Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Manchester United in a friendly at Oxford United next Tuesday. (Sun)

FUNNIES

Fulham's German defender Moritz Volz is a massive fan of David Hasselhoff, describing the former Baywatch star as "like some higher spirit".

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Celtic player sacked?!

Charlie Mulgrew has been released by Celtic (according to the Daily Record) allegedly after having a blazing row with manager Strachan while on an away trip to Poland. We have been trying to find out for a while what the reasons were but today the Daily Record announced it was because Strachan fined the players for being Eleven minutes late. We have delved a bit deeper and have found out that Strachan did inded go nuts as he had every right to. Discipline in a team is important and if The senior players can behave then the younger players in the squad can make the effort.

We were told last week that manager Strachan had latched onto the fact that Mulgrew did not have access to cash and decided to double his fine in front of all the other players and asked Mulgrew to pay the fine NOW. Mulgrew either had the choice to tell Strachan in front of the senior players that he had no available cash and not wanting to do this he decided to argue his case and the fine was immediately increased and Mulgrew was again asked to pay it NOW.

Our Source who was present with Celtic on the tour also told us that a senior Celtic player spotted that Mulgrew had no funds on his person and stepped in to pay the fine before things got out of hand and that manager Strachan did not appreciate his offer. Aiden McGeady was also involved in the Fracas but it was only Mulgrew who has been told he will no longer be a Celt says the Daily Record

Was Gordon right to deal with the players the way he did? did he go over the top and Bully a young player he knew was skint?

Fraser?! Any coments?!

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2nd August...

Manchester United will bid to seal a £4m deal for Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna after unveiling their new £18.6m signing from Tottenham Michael Carrick. (Daily Telegraph)

Blackburn midfielder Brett Emerton looks set to join Middlesbrough. (The Guardian)

Sunderland manager Niall Quinn has been told he must be patient if he is to lure Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips back to the Black Cats fold. (Daily Express)

Crystal Palace boss Peter Taylor expects to make several signings before the transfer window closes on 31 August. (Daily Telegraph)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal defender Ashley Cole, who is expected to join Chelsea, has been banned from using official Gunners photos for his controversial new book. (The Sun)

Aston Villa are confident of unveiling Martin O'Neill as their new manager within 48 hours. (Daily Mirror)

England defender Gary Neville gave Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo the cold shoulder on his return to training with Manchester United. (The Sun)

Ex-Everton star Thomas Gravesen was thrown out of a Real Madrid pre-season training session in Austria after brawling with Brazilian winger Robinho. (Daily Star)

Liverpool striker Peter Crouch says Liverpool's players do not want to set foot in Israel to play their Champions League qualifier with Maccabi Haifa because of the crisis in the Middle East. (Various)

Ex-England coach Terry Venables has agreed in principle to join new national boss Steve McClaren's staff and talks have started over his salary and title. (The Independent)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has written off Liverpool Premiership title chances. (Various)

Celtic chairman Brian Quinn wants the fans to banish sectarian chants at games - or risk Uefa punishment. (Daily Record)

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Millwall have completed the signing of Hearts winger Chris Hackett, who becomes the 15th player brought to The New Den, on a two-year deal. The 23-year-old arrives hot on the heels of French duo Samy-Oyame Mawene and Zoumana Bakayoko, who also signed for manager Nigel Spackmans new troops on Wednesday.

Hackett had spent the past two weeks on trial at Millwall but negotiations with Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov have now been concluded. "I was always confident it would go through," Hackett said. "It was just about the final details of the agreement. I am just looking forward to playing now."

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Portsmouth are planning a £2m swoop for Manchester City goalkeeper David James. (The Sun)

Newcastle may attempt to hijack Middlesbrough's £3m move for Real Madrid midfielder Thomas Gravesen. (Daily Star)

Wigan are set to try to sign Nathan Ellington from West Brom - a year after selling him for £3m. (The Sun)

West Brom's rebel midfielder, Jason Koumas, is confident of sealing a £2m switch to Cardiff before the start of the Championship season at the weekend. (Daily Mirror)

Derby are preparing a £1m bid for Nottingham Forest striker Nathan Tyson. (The Sun)

Wolves striker Carl Cort has turned down a move to Crystal Palace, where he had the chance to link up with his brother Leon. (Various)

Fulham midfielder Steed Malbranque has refused to discuss a move to Middlesbrough, despite a £4m fee being agreed. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are targeting a £7m move for Empoli striker Francesco Tavano. (The Sun)

Liverpool are preparing to make a renewed bid for Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt. (The Sun)

Dunfermline have failed in a bid to sign Mark de Vries from Leicester on loan because of the striker's wage demands. (Daily Express)

Hearts have told Dunfermline and Motherwell they will not allow Calum Elliot to go on loan until they themselves sign another striker. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal will name Ashley Cole in their squad for next week's Champions League qualifier, and if he plays he would be Cup-tied should any move to Chelsea materialise. (Various)

American billionaire Randy Lerner is on the brink of a takeover of Aston Villa. (Various)

Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker looks set to be recalled to the England squad by new national boss Steve McClaren. (Various)

McClaren wants to recruit a full-time manager for the England Under-21 side but it won't be Peter Taylor. (Guardian)

The publishers of Chelsea target Ashley Cole's autobiography are ready to delay its release in order to include the Arsenal defender's final bust-ups with the Gunners. (Daily Star)

Everton defender Tony Hibbert will miss the start of the season after being struck down by a mystery illness. (Daily Mirror)

Midfielder Luis Garcia has warned Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho that he will regret writing off the Anfield club's title chances. (The Sun)

Manchester United team-mates Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo are photographed together for the first time since their World Cup bust-up in the match between England and Portugal but spent much of the training session apart. (The Sun)

Celtic forward Shaun Maloney faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the Champions League campaign in September because he will have a double hernia operation on Friday. (Daily Record)

Southampton boss George Burley will not allow technical director Clive Woodward to take any first-team coaching sessions this season. (Daily Express)

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Valencia launch Ronaldo bid

VALENCIA have launched a cheeky bid to land United star Cristiano Ronaldo, offering the Reds £17million plus defender Roberto Ayala.

United have slapped a "Not for Sale" tag on their 21-year-old Portuguese winger, but Valencia are convinced that the player wants a move away from Old Trafford.

The addition of Ayala into the bargain is unlikely to impress United either. At 33 years old, he hardly fits the Reds' ongoing plans to lower the average age of their squad.

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Ferguson has confirmed that United will leave Ronaldo, Louis Saha and Mikael Silvestre behind when the squad travels to the Amsterdam Tournament next weekend, but that Carrick will make his first appearance in a United shirt in Holland.

Meanwhile, Owen Hargreaves has reiterated his desire to play for one of the top clubs in the Barclays Premiership at some stage in his career.

The 25-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder's stock rose considerably thanks to his performances for England in the World Cup, and he was arguably the best player on the pitch as the team were eliminated on penalties by Portugal in the quarter-finals.

While Hargreaves still seems settled in Germany, he remains in favour of a move to England in the future.

"I'm still only young and I have been fortunate to have had a lot of great experience at a great club, one of the best in Europe, but getting the opportunity to play at one of the top teams in the Premiership would be great for me," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

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Valencia have launched a £12m bid for Manchester United's want-away winger Cristiano Ronaldo. (Daily Star)

Michael Owen has contacted Thomas Gravesen to try and make sure the Real Madrid midfielder joins Newcastle in a £3m deal. (Various)

Derby boss Billy Davies is making a £1m move for Portsmouth defender Andy O'Brien. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes is hopeful of signing Chelsea's Robert Huth because Middlesbrough want to pay a lower fee. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham outcast Andy Reid could be set for a £2m move to Championship side Leeds. (Daily Express)

But Reid's former Nottingham Forest team-mate David Prutton, now at Southampton, has failed a medical at Elland Road. (Daily Telegraph)

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is still interested in Ghana captain Stephen Appiah. (The Times)

Reading's £3.5m bid for Rennes defender John Mensah has been rejected by the French club. (The Times)

St Mirren have failed in an ambitious attempt to sign former Scotland international striker Duncan Ferguson. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Martin O'Neill is set to be unveiled as the new manager of Aston Villa at a news conference on Friday. (Various)

Though the former Celtic boss must talk it over with his family before finally accepting. (The Sun and Daily Express)

Chelsea defender William Gallas has given up on his battle to quit the Blues. (The Sun)

But Gallas will be forced to make a humbling apology to his team-mates after missing the pre-season tour of America. (Daily Mirror)

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Steve McClaren to be a successful England manager after his former assistant popped in to see United train on Thursday. (The Sun)

Juventus striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to take legal action in order to leave the Serie B side. (The Independent)

Goalkeeper Steve Harper is likely to remain at Newcastle despite interest from West Ham. (The Times)

Theo Walcott is set to make his Arsenal debut in next Tuesday's Champions League qualifier. (The Sun)

Peter Taylor says Steve McClaren would be right to axe him as England Under-21 boss. (Daily Star)

Hearts head coach Valdas Ivanauskas is on the brink of the sack after being involved in a furious bust-up with owner Vladimir Romanov. (Daily Record)

FUNNIES

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce says he was forced to sell son Alex to save him from the "daddy's boy" jibes. (Daily Star)

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Fulham boss Chris Coleman is weighing up a move for Saturn midfielder Simon Vukcevic.

The 20 year-old Montenegrin was watched by Coleman during a scouting trip last month to Russia.

Vukcevic already has five caps with Serbia & Montenegro and has been touted as a replacement at Fulham for want-away playmaker Steed Malbranque.

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Di Vaio moves on...

Italian striker Marco Di Vaio has joined Monaco from Valencia on a two-year deal, the Ligue 1 club announced on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old was loaned to the principality club by the Liga side last January.

The former Juventus forward, who was omitted from the Italian World Cup winning squad, has scored five goals from 15 appearances in Ligue 1.

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5th Augst 2006 Rumours

Chelsea are unwilling to spend more than £20m on England and Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole. (Daily Star)

Shaun Wright-Phillips can leave Chelsea for £12m - a £9m loss on the player signed last summer. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are closing in on Feyenoord striker Dirk Kuyt with AZ Alkmaar's Joris Mathijsen and Inter Milan's Obafemi Martins also targets. (Mirror)

Martin Jol remains adamant Wigan's Pascal Chimbonda will be playing for Tottenham in the coming season. (Sun)

And Spurs are set to make a shock swoop for Roma striker Mido, who was on loan at White Hart Lane last season. (Star)

Manchester City are set to complete the capture of Ajax and Tunisia right-back Hatem Trabelsi next week. (Mirror)

Charlton will bring in Djimi Traore from Liverpool for £2m and Portsmouth's Amdy Faye for £2.5m. (Mirror)

Portsmouth will stop in their efforts to sign Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen if a £4.7m bid is rejecetd. (Mirror)

Watford are close to hijacking West Brom's move for QPR defender Danny tu, despite the Baggies agreeing a £1.5m deal with Rangers. (Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

William Gallas will be fined two weeks' wages - Chelsea's maximum club fine - for his no show in LA. (Sun)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is unimpressed by Chelsea's summer signings and the manner in which the Londoners spalsh cash on ageing stars. "I'm producing a team that will last years," he said. "When you have an old team then maybe all the challenges have gone for them. Youngsters have hunger." (Sun)

FUNNIES

Millwall are getting infuriated because referees keep pocketing the Molton Brown bubble bath and shower gel they put in the officials' changing room. (Sun)

Shaun Derry has said no to sex so he can focus all his energies on the start of the season. The Leeds midfielder kicked his wife out of the matrimonial bedroom and feels in tip-top condition ahead of the new campaign. "I told her to go into another room," he revealed. "Fair play, she's been fantastic and it's really helped." (Star)

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Lampard: Chelsea wanted to give me free transfer!

Chelsea star Frank Lampard has revealed he was almost dumped by the club's former regime on a FREE TRANSFER!

In his book, Totally Frank, which is being serialised in The Sun, Lampard wrote: "Chelsea's final game of the 2002-03 season against Liverpool had been labelled The £10million Knockout because the winners would qualify for the Champions League.

"But in our hotel the night before the game, we found there was much more on the line than that. We had our team dinner as usual but were told we had to go to a room where someone wanted to give us a talk.

"This was quite unusual and everyone was silent when the chief executive. Trevor Birch, came into the room.

"He said: 'I'm not going to kid you. The club are in severe financial difficulty.

"'In fact, we have reached a point of financial crisis. In order to ensure that Chelsea FC will still exist next season you have to make the Champions League. In short, if you fail to beat Liverpool then the club will go out of business.'

"Claudio Ranieri obviously knew what was going on behind the scenes but wanted us focused on football.

"We were determined to get the win and thankfully we won 2-1. But I look back now and wonder what would have happened had we lost. I later learned that when Birch had taken over at the start of that season he'd reviewed all the players' contracts.

"He had looked at mine - which was considerable and still had four years to run - and proposed that it might be better to release me for nothing and save on my wages.

"Funny how the world changes ..."

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6 th august rumours

William Gallas will snub Chelsea's £80,000-a-week deal and move across London to Arsenal. (News of the World)

The Gunners will add to their attacking options with the £16m capture of Marseille's wantaway international winger Franck Ribery. (The People)

Arsene Wenger will raise the necessary funds by off-loading Jose Antonio Reyes. The winger will join Real Madrid for £16m this week. (The People)

Lens' £4m-rated midfielder Alou Diarra has also caught Arsenal's eye. (NotW)

Arsenal have made enquiries about Luca Toni, who has also interested Newcastle and Manchester United. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United are in secret talks - make that were - for Argentina striker Carlos Tevez. Brazilian club Corinthians want £15m. (Sunday Express)

Marcos Senna has secured his £4m move from Villarreal to Manchester United, which will go through this week. (NotW)

Sir Alex Ferguson will then turn his attention to prising striker Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid. (People)

Sol Campbell has agreed to join Portsmouth. (NotW & Sunday Mirror)

And Newcastle. (The People)

Pompey are also set to swoop for Danny Murphy, offering Tottenham £2m for the midfielder. (NotW)

Harry Redknapp has made a £2m offer for Bolton's Tal Ben Haim. (The People)

Are Portsmouth the poor man's Chelsea? They will also throw cash at Manchester City to sign Sylvain Distin for £4m and David James for £2m. (NotW)

Manchester City will sign Hatem Trabelsi if Ajax's Tunisian full-back drops his wage demands. (NotW)

Liverpool are also monitoring the Trabelsi situation - along with Monaco and Paris St Germain. (The People)

Stuart Pearce is also tracking Rennes goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson. The Sweden international will cost £2.5m and is also interesting Charlton. (NotW)

Wigan will let Pascal Chimbonda join Tottenham for a cut-price compromise deal - £6m down to £5.25m. (The People)

OTHER GOSSIP

New England head coach Steve McClaren will call up West Ham striker Dean Ashton for the friendly against Greece. (Various)

And McClaren is determined to persuade Paul Scholes to resurrect his international career, although he knows he has his work cut out with the Manchester United man. (The People)

The AV06 consortium looking to take over Aston Villa have pledged new boss Martin O'Neill a £50 transfer kitty - £30m now and £20m in January. (NotW)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is fuming at Fifa for not changing international dates at the start of the season after the World Cup was pushed back a month. It could jeopardise the club's Champions League camapign, Thierry Henry will play a friendly for France before donning Arsenal red this term and Wenger says it is "beyond ridiculous". (NotW)

Emile Heskey has criticised out-spoken Birmingham co-owner David Sullivan following his move from the Blues to Wigan. "I think he'd do better to keep his mouth shut," the striker said. (NotW)

Didier Drogba will sign a new four-year deal at Chelsea before the start of the season. (NotW)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has backed Sam Allardyce to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager. (Sunday Express)

Michael Ballack snubbed advances from Manchester United as he feels the club's best years are behind them, while Chelsea have it all to play for now and in the future. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov also turned down Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)

FUNNIES

In light of their financial problems down the years, advertising on Leeds United's huge East Stand seems apt. It read "Total Waste Management". (Sunday Mirror)

A Chelsea tradition for new signings is the initiation song. This year Michael Ballack won the praise - Songs of Praise anyone - from boss Jose Mourinho who described him as having "rhythm". But Salomon Kalou was booed off stage and Andrei Shevchenko's rendition of "We Are The Champions" was worth a "minus 10" according to Arjen Robben. The Ukrainian was booed off stage. (Sunday Mirror)

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new french skipper

France have appointed Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira as their new captain ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifiers. The former Arsenal player takes over the captaincy from Zinedine Zidane who retired from football after the World Cup.

Vieira"s first game as captain will be against Bosnia in a friendly on August 16. French Coach Raymond Domenech feels that Vieira is the perfect choice to lead his country.

"The captain will be Patrick Vieira and it is logical,"

The 30-year-old has captained his country on eight previous occasions and he has won 94 caps scoring 6 times for the World Cup finalists.

France start their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign on September 2 in Georgia.

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Robson suffers suspected stroke

Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson has been taken to hospital with a suspected stroke while watching Ipswich Town. Robson had been presented as Honorary President to the Portman Road crowd ahead of the Championship side’s match against Crystal Palace.

Ten minutes into the game the 73-year-old became ill and asked to see Ipswich's club doctor who transferred him to hospital as a precaution.

Ipswich Town Chairman David Sheepshanks was sat in the Directors Box with Robson and revealed how the ex-Town manager suddenly became unwell.

"Ten minutes before he was standing on the pitch with me being introduced as the new president of the club. He seemed OK, but 10 minutes into the game he began to feel unwell.

"He walked down to see the paramedics and was escorted to an ambulance where he was driven to Ipswich Hospital."

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new news on robson...

Doctors have delivered an upbeat bulletin on the condition of former England boss Sir Bobby Robson.

The 73-year-old was taken to hospital on Saturday after complaining of feeling unwell at the Ipswich Town v Crystal Palace game.

Prior to the game at Portman Road, Robson had been paraded to fans as the club's new honorary president.

But just 10 minutes into Town's 2-1 defeat, the septuagenarian was driven to Ipswich Hospital after feeling off-colour.

Some reports suggested the ex-Newcastle United and Ipswich boss had suffered a stroke, but that does not appear to be the case.

Robson has undergone tests and the hospital confirmed he will soon be allowed to leave and return home.

"I am pleased to tell you that Sir Bobby Robson is feeling very well this morning," Robson's consultant Dr Gerry Rayman told Sky Sports News.

"He had a good night's sleep and a good breakfast.

"Once we have completed our investigations, we will be letting him go home."

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Middlesbrough will step up their search for new faces on Monday after being snubbed by Feyenoord striker Dirk Kuyt. (Various)

Manchester United will hold talks with West Brom on Monday to try and agree a deal for goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak. (Daily Mirror)

Stuart Pearce is considering a £2m bid from Portsmouth for England goalkeeper David James. (Various)

West Brom boss Bryan Robson is to make a surprise attempt to sign Togo World Cup striker Adekambi Oluufade on a season-long loan from Lille. (Daily Mirror)

Sol Campbell will complete his move from Arsenal to Portsmouth on Monday after agreeing terms with Harry Redknapp's side. (Daily Express)

Middlesbrough will complete a £1m deal for Blackburn defender Brett Emerton on Tuesday. (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace are closing in on a £200,000 deal for Ghana star Dan Quaye. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp will complete the £1.6m signing of Peru defender Juan Vargas on Monday. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Defender Ashley Cole, who is expected to join Chelsea, will be left behind by Arsenal as they head for Tuesday's Champions League qualifier with Dinamo Zagreb. (Various)

Tottenham new boy Didier Zokora says he can become the Patrick Vieira of White Hart Lane. (Various)

Charlton new boy Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he is not sure whether Andriy Shevchenko has what it takes to succeed in the Premiership. (Daily Mirror)

Former Scotland boss Tommy Docherty has criticised Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson, saying that most of the deals he has struck in the past few years have been 'crazy'. (Daily Record)

Joe Cole's damaged knee could rule him out of action until Christmas. (Various)

Terry Venables will be unveiled as England's number two on Monday after signing a contract with the FA on Sunday. (The Sun)

Chelsea's players want William Gallas to say sorry after the French defender missed the Blues' pre-season trip to the USA. (Various)

American billionaire is still hoping to takeover Aston Villa - and wants to build a Las Vegas-style super casino on land owned by the club. (Various)

FUNNIES

Porto boss Co Adriaanse says Man Utd are 'crazy' to spend £18.6m on Michael Carrick - and claims that sort of money should only be spent on a 'painting or a work of art'. (Daily Mirror)

Martin O'Neill got frugal Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis to open his wallet within hours of taking over as boss - but only to pay for a Chinese meal. (Daily Mirror)

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Hah Lee!

Coventry's attempt to bolster their strikeforce has been scuppered after Ipswich rejected an approach from the Sky Blues.

As well as fighting off interest in star striker Gary McSheffrey, Micky Adams wants to add another striker to his squad and Parkin is the latest option.

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Adams missed out on Francis Jeffers and Geoff Horsfield, while he has also been linked with a move for Blackburn's Shefki Kuqi.

Parkin was left out of the Ipswich squad for the weekend defeat by Crystal Palace but Town boss Jim Magilton has turned down the Sky Blues interest.

"There was an initial inquiry from Coventry and we rejected an offer but there's been nothing more since," boss Jim Magilton told the club website.

"Sam is still part of my thinking and will be in the squad for Tuesday's game with Wolves.

"He was in the squad, but didn't make my 16 because I felt his form in pre-season wasn't as good as the other players who were in the squad."

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Crespo back in Italy

Hernan Crespo has signed for Inter Milan, penning a two-year contract with the Italian giants.

The Argentinian international, 31, has moved to the San Siro on a free transfer but Chelsea have the option to take him back to Stamford Bridge at the end of the forthcoming campaign.

Crespo has never hidden the fact he struggled to adapt to the lifestyle in England and has continually spoken of his desire to move back to Italy - where he has had spells with both Milan clubs, Parma and Lazio.

"The fact is I love Italy. The money and success don't come into it," Crespo said recently, "Italy is my natural environment, it is the place where I will live when I retire and it is the best place to play."

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Correction he has signed a loan deal until the end of the season...

there is no such thing as correction... if chelsea dont want him next season he remains with inter coz he has a 2 yr deal... i think! lol, as far as i know thats how it is but im not going to contradict a chelsea supporter about it.... :o

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Hernan Crespo re-joined Inter Milan on a two-year free loan deal from Chelsea on Monday, with the Premiership champions retaining the right to take back the Argentine striker after the first year.

throw in Viera on his way to Milan tuesday i am guessing and they have added some nice players

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