appears to be heading for the exit door at St James' Park just as Kieron Dyer was attempting to ensure he did not follow his
team-mate through it. Dyer issued an apology to manager Sir Bobby Robson on the same day Woodgate was on the brink of a 14million move to Real
As Newcastle kept quiet over England defender Woodgate's expected transfer to the Spanish giants Dyer was doing his best to make his peace with Robson
and the club's fans. Dyer, who was booed during England's friendly win over Ukraine at St James' Park on Wednesday night, issued a heartfelt apology
for his refusal to play out of position at Middlesbrough. United refused to comment on the approach but it is understood the 14million offer has been
made and the Magpies are resigned to losing a player they bought barely 18 months ago from Leeds for 9million. The 24-year-old England international
is currently in Germany for a consultation over the thigh injury which has kept him out of action since April.
West Ham manager Alan Pardew expects Michael Carrick
to commit himself to the club's cause if his prospective move to Tottenham
down. The Newcastle-born player was withdrawn from the Hammers' reserve-team line-up for the game against Norwich on Wednesday night in order to hold
talks with Spurs. Portsmouth, Arsenal, West Brom, Everton and Crystal Palace have all been linked with Carrick as well and the player is out of
contract at Upton Park at the end of this season.
has signed for Bolton
on a season-long loan deal from Liverpool, subject to a work permit being granted. The 23-year-old
Senegal international striker, who joined the Anfield club in a 10million deal from French club Lens two years ago, will travel with the first-team
squad for Saturday's trip to Fulham but is unlikely to feature. The two-time former African Footballer of the Year becomes Sam Allardyce's eighth
signing of the season.
are ready to make a move for Serbia and Montenegro international defender Milan Dudic.
David Moyes was on Wednesday in Slovenia
to watch his latest transfer target for the second time. And officials for the centre-back's club side Crvena Zvezda, formerly Red Star Belgrade, have
claimed that Everton are on the verge of agreeing a 2m deal for the 24-year-old.
Juan Pablo Angel
is set to make a surprise return to the Villa side against West Brom on Sunday. The Colombia striker has been recovering from
a knee injury over the summer and made his comeback in a reserve match against Leeds on Tuesday. The 28-year-old was not expected to feature in the
first team until September but manager David O'Leary suggests he could be on the bench for the West Midlands derby this weekend.
have agreed a deal to sign Portugal Under-20 defender Nuno Morais
from Penafiel. The youngster was handed a trial by Jose
Mourinho earlier in the month and did enough to persuade the Blues boss to hand him a permanent deal. Morais has flown to England for a medical and
should complete the formalities of his move before the end of the week.
have confirmed Tottenham Hotspur
are interested in signing coveted Norway international Morten Gamst Pedersen.
exciting attacker is a target for a string of Premiership clubs and was the subject of a failed bid from Blackburn Rovers over the summer. Tippeliga
side Tromso are prepared to sell Gamst Pedersen for the right price but have yet to receive a suitable offer. Spurs, along with Premiership rivals
Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea, watched Gamst Pedersen in action on Wednesday in Norway's friendly with Belgium. Jacques Santini's interest in the
youngster has been acknowledged by Tromso but they admit they are still waiting for the right bid.
coach Fabio Capello has targeted former Chelsea man Marcel Desailly
for the coming season, but will face competition from
several clubs. Desailly is currently without a club after leaving Chelsea this summer, but several sides are hoping that he will continue playing for
another season. Manchester City have been linked with the powerful defender, but Capello is hoping to convince Desailly that a return to Italy would
have missed out on the chance to bring Charlton
starlet Jamal Campbell-Ryce
back to the club for a second loan
spell. The young winger was in sparkling form for The O's when he last played at the club two years ago on a three-month spell. However, Campbell-Ryce
has decided not to make a return to the club, with clubs in League One believed to be his preferred option.
Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid
have completed the loan capture of Salva Ballesta,
with the player to be presented to the press on
Thursday. The Valencia marksman spent last season on loan at Malaga, where in an impressive campaign he bagged 19 goals. Despite his prolific tally
away from the Mestalla, new boss Claudio Ranieri has deemed Salva surplus to requirements. Although Malaga, Monaco and Bolton were thought to be keen
on landing the striker, Atletico have now stolen a march on their rivals to claim his signature.
Ambitious Spanish side Levante
have completed their second raid on Ligue 1 by signing Marseille midfielder Fabio Celestini.
securing Bulgarian international Vladimir Manchev from Lille earlier in the week, Levante have now snapped up Celestini on loan. Celestini was deemed
surplus to requirements at Stade Velodrome by coach Jose Anigo, despite being a regular performer during his two years at the club.