DEAD CERTS LONG SHOTS
TOTTENHAM Hotspur rejected Birmingham City's increased offer of £9m for Roman Pavlyuchenko last night and demanded to recoup the £13.9m that they paid for the Russia forward.
Harry Redknapp's signing of Eidur Gudjohnsen all but guarantees the exit of Pavlyuchenko.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy prides himself on not selling players at a loss and is aware that the Blues, who play the North London club at St Andrew's today, are under pressure to make a high-profile signing with £40m available to spend on players after a takeover in the summer.
Steve Bruce was last night discussing personal terms with Benjani Mwaruwari's agent after Sunderland agreed an undisclosed fee with Manchester City for the forward. Bruce reiterated that Kenwyne Jones would not be leaving Wearside.
Stephen McManus has joined Middlesbrough from Celtic on loan for the rest of the season.
Burnley have approached Tottenham about signing forward Danny Rose on loan. Hull City, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion have asked to sign Kyle Naughton on loan from Tottenham.
Midfielder Jack Wilshere has joined Bolton Wanderers on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.
Fulham's bid for Egypt striker Mohamed Nagy has been rejected. Pedro Mendes is close to returning to Portugal after Rangers agreed a fee with Sporting.
Lyon have failed to sign Anderson on loan from Manchester United. Alex Ferguson is thought to have been prepared to let the midfield player leave on loan.