Spurs still sweet on Fabiano
Published 24/08/2010 | 05:00
Spurs remain confident they can persuade Sevilla to sell Brazil forward Luis Fabiano, who has one year left on his contract. The Spanish club's president, Jose Maria del Nido, indicated that Fabiano could stay, despite a willingness to sell to Marseilles until the deal fell through last week.
The wanderlust has gripped Mido once again, the striker leaving Middlesbrough for Ajax on a free transfer. The 27-year-old has moved to the Eredivisie side having been informed that he was not part of Boro manager Gordon Strachan's plans.
Egypt international Mido spent two years with the Dutch club early in his career, and Ajax manager Martin Jol believes his latest addition will give his squad added depth. "We needed an extra striker and we have limited resources," he said.
West Brom have had a second bid of £3m plus add-ons for Portsmouth's Irish star Marc Wilson rejected by the Championship club's administrator Andrew Andronikou.
"Steve Cotterill does not want to sell such an important player," Andronikou said. West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo remains interested in the 23-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield. Wilson was born near Belfast but has declared for the Republic of Ireland.
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed he hopes to sign Bulgarian striker Ivelin Popov this week.
The 22-year-old has been on trial at Ewood Park but Rovers denied claims by the player's club Litex Lovech last week that a deal had already been completed. "We are in tentative negotiations," Allardyce said.
Former Manchester City and Portsmouth forward Benjani (32) has also been training with Blackburn this month and Allardyce will give consideration to a deal.
The Upton Park club are reportedly in talks with Inter Milan over the possibility of signing their forward Victor Obinna.
With the club's bid to sign Felipe Caicedo from Manchester City on hold, Avram Grant is understood to be casting around for alternatives, and the Nigerian could be brought in on loan.
West Ham striker Alessandro Diamanti is understood to be discussing personal terms with Italian side Brescia.