Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Thursday July 31 2008
Vital Wigan takes a quick look at the stories making the headlines of the sports pages in todays papers:
Blackburn boss Paul Ince will try to complete a deal for £6m-rated Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant
Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre is wanted by Paris St Germain but is holding out for his testimonial at Old Trafford.
West Ham and Manchester City are chasing highly-rated Nancy defender Michael Chretien.
Portsmouth and Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Espanyol's £5m-rated goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.
Celtic defender Bobo Balde hopes to sign a one-year deal at Sunderland and move to Wearside on a free transfer.
West Brom are closing in on Charlton defender Madrid Bougherra after having a £2.3m-bid accepted, while boss Tony Mowbray has also made an offer for Bolton centre-back Abdoulaye Meite.
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is being targeted by CSKA Moscow to become their new manager.
Everton are close to securing manager David Moyes on a new contract worth £60,000 a week.
Arsenal stand to pocket up to £7m from David Bentley's move from Blackburn to Tottenham as part of the terms of his transfer to Ewood Park in 2006.
Gareth Barry will demand that Aston Villa sell him to Liverpool after Villa last night said the Merseyside club had missed a deadline to sign the midfielder.
Arsenal could also renew their interest in Gareth Barry in a player-exchange deal with Villa.
Tottenham Hotspur are poised to complete a £50m double swoop for Russian strike duo Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin.
Newcastle United have been told by Deportivo La Coruna to cough up £10m if they want defender Fabricio Coloccini while Spurs are also said to be chasing the Argentine.
Bristol City are close to signing Crewe striker Nicky Maynard after having a £2m bid accepted.
Younes Kaboul is set for a late £5m switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Portsmouth after the defender previously agreed terms with Sunderland.
Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to stay at Manchester United after arranging for two giant whirlpool hot tubs to be installed in his house in Cheshire.
West Ham boss Alan Curbishley says he's not a gambling man after finding himself as the favourite to be the first Premier League boss to be sacked this season.
Manchester City gaffer Mark Hughes has banned mobile phones, iPods, agents and unscheduled visitors at his team's Carrington training base.
Robbie Savage's career at Derby County looks dicey after the former Blackburn and Leicester City midfielder was left out of the pre-season matches with chairman Adam Pearson insisting he has to 'fight hard' to win his place back.
Chelsea are unlikely to allow Andriy Shevechko to rejoin AC Milan on a free transfer.
Hull City boss Phil Brown wants to re-sign Manchester United striker Frazier Campbell.
Steve Sidwell is hoping his £5million move to Aston Villa can set him back on course for an England call-up.
Mark Hughes has signed defender Tal Ben Haim and will now set about tempting Blackburn Roverswith a £15million bid for striker Roque Santa Cruz.
The Daily Record
Celtic have opened talks with Barcelona about signing midfielder Marc Crosas in a permanent deal but will have to stump up £2.5m to sign him.
Wigan Evening Post
Latics could let players leave before the start of the new season
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Date:Thursday July 31 2008
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