Spurs close in on Sigurdsson
Tottenham Hotspur are confident of signing Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for £8m from under the noses of Liverpool.
Spurs are also stepping up their efforts to recruit a new manager after the sacking of Harry Redknapp, with Andre Villas-Boas remaining a strong candidate on the short-list.
Spurs sources maintain that the club intends to work its way through a "short short-list" which includes "a coach at Euro 2012", which has been interpreted as Laurent Blanc. However France's poor showing at the tournament, and the subsequent in-fighting, might cool interest in him.
Sigurdsson has still not agreed personal terms with Spurs, but the club expect to announce a deal next week for the attacking midfielder.
Sigurdsson could end up being a replacement for Luka Modric -- Spurs are braced for a bid from Real Madrid for the Croatian, with the Spanish champions set to offer cash plus midfielder Nuri Sahin. Chairman Daniel Levy is understood to want a package worth £50m for Modric, who is set to demand a move.
Modric's chances of leaving would appear to be greater this summer and Sahin, at 23, the Turkish international is another player who fits the age profile Spurs are trying to work within. Whether Spurs are interested in Sahin remains to be seen.
Elsewhere, former Huddersfield boss Lee Clark has been confirmed as the new manager of Birmingham. The 39-year-old succeeds Chris Hughton, who departed St Andrew's for Norwich almost three weeks ago.