WE take a look around the world of football for the latest news involving the usual names such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Sunderland.
THE INDEPENDENT: Liverpool are still in negotiations with Ajax to sign Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, although the Reds’ offer is £8m short of the Dutch side’s £21m asking price.
Kenny Dalglish admitted yesterday that a significant new signing would “whet the appetite” at Liverpool and help lift a club still stuck in an on-field malaise, nearly two weeks after his succession from Roy Hodgson. Also: Manchester City have sent Mario Balotelli, whose persistent knee injury is a source of growing concern to manager Roberto Mancini, for two weeks in the remote hills of Vermont in the United States, under the care of the specialist who helped Jonny Wilkinson through his career-threatening injury.
THE SUN: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp last night begged his old club West Ham not to move into the Olympic Stadium, warning: “You’ll turn it into a desolate graveyard.” Also: Steve Bruce has launched a stinging attack on Gerard Houllier.
DAILY MIRROR: Furious Steve Bruce last night rounded on Gerard Houllier as recriminations about Darren Bent’s move to Aston Villa escalated. Also: Britain has been warned that its reputation in world sport will be “dead” if it breaks its promise over the Olympic Stadium.
DAILY MAIL: Steve Bruce launched a personal attack on Gerard Houllier last night as the bitter fall-out from Darren Bent’s move to Aston Villa showed no sign of abating. Also: Ian Holloway has blasted Aston Villa’s attempt to ‘steal’ Charlie Adam and hit out at their bid for the midfielder in the week they spent £24million on Darren Bent.
DAILY STAR: Angry Sunderland boss Steve Bruce last night accused Gerard Houllier of lacking class, as the row over Darren Bent’s £24m move to Aston Villa rumbles on. Also: Ian Holloway has accused Aston Villa of deliberately unsettling Charlie Adam - and then trying to steal the midfielder on the cheap.
DAILY EXPRESS: Steve Bruce launched a withering assault on Gerard Houllier, accusing the Aston Villa manager of a “lack of respect” over Darren Bent’s £24million move to the Midlands. Also: Chelsea are hoping desperately that Frank Lampard is not set for another spell on the sidelines after he suffered a calf injury in training.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: The head of world athletics has warned that Britain will be guilty of a “big lie” and an act of “betrayal” if it breaks a promise to provide a sustainable athletics legacy in the Olympic Stadium by allowing Tottenham Hotspur to tear up the running track. Also: Manchester City have sent Mario Balotelli to a Vermont-based knee conditioning specialist in an attempt to resolve the injury that has forced the Italian forward to miss three months of the season.
THE TIMES: Fifa has backtracked on a plan to switch the 2022 World Cup finals from summer to winter amid growing opposition from European clubs over the disruption it would cause to their leagues. Also: The acrimony stirred by Darren Bent’s £24million transfer from Sunderland to Aston Villa continues to escalate, with Steve Bruce accusing Gerard Houllier yesterday of lacking “respect” and “decency” over his pursuit of the England striker.
THE GUARDIAN: Britain’s sporting reputation will be “dead” if Tottenham Hotspur take over the Olympic Stadium and remove the athletics track, according to the International Olympic Committee member who played a pivotal role in London being awarded the 2012 Games. Also: Steve Bruce has accused Gerard Houllier of behaving with a lack of decency and respect before Darren Bent’s £24m move from Sunderland to Aston Villa.