Club facing battle for £10m wonderkid

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We take a look at all the football gossip making the back pages including news from Everton, Chelsea, QPR, Manchester United, Blackpool, Leeds United and Portsmouth.


•England boss Roy Hodgson has claimed striker Peter Crouch refused to be on standby for Euro 2012.

•Everton boss David Moyes will hold clear-the-air talks with midfielder Marouane Fellaini after reports that he wanted to leave the club.

•Chelsea keeper Petr Cech will wait until next summer to have surgery on his injured elbow.

•Joey Barton says “the chimp inside of me took over” as he tried to explain his behaviour on the final day of last season which saw him sent off at Manchester City and banned for 12 matches.


•Manchester United have ordered midfielder Nani, 26, to stop talking about his uncertain future at Old Trafford and focus on his football.

•Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin has banned his players from watching videos of World Cup opponents England’s 5-0 win over Moldova - in case his players are intimidated.

•Former Leeds and Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell is off to the Middle East after being unable to find an English club to join.


•Chelsea are fighting a battle to avoid losing 20-year-old Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu, who is wanted by Valencia.

•Defender Jonny Evans will risk the wrath of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson by playing for Northern Ireland tonight despite not being fully fit.


•Sulaiman Al Fahim is seeking to control Portsmouth for the second time, with claims that over £12m has been deposited into an account as takeover funds.