could complete the signing of Manchester United
midfielder Nicky Butt
within a week after making a decisive move. It is
understood most of the work for a move thought to amount to 2.5million has been done and that only a series of minor issues now need to be finalised
before the 29-year-old England international can be unveiled at St James' Park. Butt is currently in Chicago with Sir Alex Ferguson's side and is not
due to return until the weekend, although it remains to be seen whether or not he will be allowed to fly home early to seal his switch to Tyneside.
hope to be able to announce Michael Owen's
new contract when they return from their three-match trip to the United States. The
deal should be complete before the Reds' first game of the season a Champions League qualifier on August 11.
bid to sign Tunisian right-back Hatem Trabelsi
from Ajax is on the brink of collapse as manager Arsene Wenger continues to
insist Patrick Vieira will not be leaving the Gunners for Real Madrid.
boss Steve McClaren will hope to make his fifth and final summer signing within days as the club closes in on a permanent deal
for Bolo Zenden.
It is understood that the Teessiders are close to agreeing terms with the 27-year-old Dutch midfielder which will see him
remain at the Riverside Stadium following his successful loan spell.
have said they expect Youri Djorkaeff
to leave the club shortly but remain confident of signing former Real Madrid skipper
Manager Sam Allradyce has held talks with 36-year-old defender Hierro, currently out of contract following a season in Qatar,
and is hopeful of tying up a deal within the next 48 hours.
have had a second bid of 3million for Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid
rejected by the Championship club. Forest
rejected a 5million approach from Spurs for the Ireland international in the January transfer window, and manager Joe Kinnear has suggested he values
his chief asset in the region of 10million. Tottenham sporting director Frank Arnesen has made a fresh approach just 24 hours after Reid criticised
Forest for failing to strengthen the squad over the summer.
have firmly denied that Portugal midfielder Rui Costa
had signed a two-year contract with Manchester United.
A report in
the Portuguese press claimed that the player had agreed to join United but the Italian champions say he will play for the Rossoneri next season.
looks set to head back to Italy, after Fiorentina's
offer to loan him was accepted. Middlesbrough
looking to trim their forward line over the summer, following the acquisitions of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka. Joseph-Desire Job penned a
new deal earlier this summer, which meant Boro were looking to shed the wages of other players.
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