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Vital Wigan takes a quick look at the stories making the headlines of the sports pages this Wednesday morning

The Daily Mirror

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov after tabling a bid believed to be about £28m.

United have even delayed having their official team photo so they can include the Bulgarian.

Blackburn left-back Stephen Warnock, 26, has handed in a transfer request to push through a £4m move to Newcastle.

Fulham and Hull are tracking Osasuna's 32-year-old Uruguayan striker Walter Pandiani who played for Birmingham in the Premier League in 2005.

Anton Ferdinand has turned down a new £2m-a-year contract at West Ham a deal that would have trebled his wages.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has accused former Manchester City boss Sven Goran-Eriksson of duping him into signing a new contract at City. Schmeichel has slipped behind Joe Hart in the pecking order at Eastlands and said he only signed a new contract after starting last season as the club's number one.

The Sun

Blackburn Rovers have told Manchester City that striker Roque Santa Cruz, 26, is not for sale.

Former Real Madrid winger Jordi Lopez, 27, is on trial at Portsmouth after he was released by Real Mallorca.

Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley has said Kevin Keegan can keep spending despite the club owing £27m from past transfer deals.

Daily Mail

Aston Villa have renewed their interest in Newcastle midfielder James Milner who is valued at £6m.

Stoke City have tabled a £2m bid for Newcastle midfielder Abdoulaye Faye, 30.

Racing Santander are hoping to hijack Arsenal's move for Ghana international midfielder Anthony Anan, 22, after offering £2m to his club IK Start.

Cardiff are trying to signing 29-year-old Fulham striker David Healey for £1.2m.

The Daily Star

QPR are preparing a bid for 26-year-old Italian striker Davide Succiwho currently plays for Ravenna in the Italian third division.

Crystal Palace have bid £550,000 for 29-year-old Ipswich striker Alan Lee.

Chelsea captain John Terry has hit back at Manchester United claiming that the Premier League champions have hit their peak and that his side are capable of overtaking them this season.

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has reassured fans that he is not thinking about quitting the club, despite the controversy surrounding owner Thaksin Shinawatra.

The Times

Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski wants to move to Liverpool in an £8m deal, but the 22-year-old's club Borussia Dortmund are refusing to sell.

The Independent

Middlesbrough have submitted a bid for 23-year-old Arsenal full-back Justin Hoyte.

Wigan Evening Post

Star defender Paul Scharner is a major doubt for Latics' opener against West Ham.

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday August 13 2008
Time: 9:19AM


Scharner doubtful for Saturday reports the WEP
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