Modric finally seals Real deal
Luka Modric will finally leave Tottenham Hotspur this week after a deal worth up to £33m was agreed yesterday with Real Madrid, sparking a frantic final few days of the transfer window.
Spurs will now push ahead to sign a replacement for the Croatian midfielder; they are in advanced talks to acquire Willian from the Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, who want £20m for the Brazilian.
The Modric deal falls short of the £40m demanded by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, but the club has decided it's in everyone's interests for him to finally leave.
He is expected to sign a five-year contract at Real, with part of the fee made up of bonuses and, interestingly, money to be received from exhibition matches, opening up the prospect of a friendly between the two clubs.
Michael Dawson is now expected to stay at White Hart Lane after QPR balked at the defender's wage demands, despite a £9m fee being agreed.
Arsenal must 'be strong'
ARSENE WENGER feels Arsenal must aim to dictate their own style on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon.
Wenger remains confident that if his side play their trademark quick passing game, then whatever Stoke may throw at them will not matter.
"It is a bit of a fight for who dictates his style. If we manage to do that I enjoy it, if we do not manage to do that I don't enjoy it at all because then you really suffer at Stoke," he said.
"It a question of being strong enough to dictate your style."
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is match-fit again after his ankle injury. France defender Laurent Koscielny will again miss out because of a calf problem.
Sunderland in pitch probe
SUNDERLAND have launched an investigation into why their newly-laid pitch became so heavily water-logged ahead of yesterday's postponed clash with Reading.
Heavy rain left referee Neil Swarbrick little option but to call off the fixture having consulted rival managers Martin O'Neill and Brian McDermott.
Becchio brace boosts Leeds
IN-FORM Luciano Becchio took his tally to the season to four with a goal in either half as Leeds bounced back from their midweek collapse at Blackpool to record their second win of the Championship season at Peterborough.
Michael Bostwick pulled one back for Peterborough.
Doyle on mark for Wolves
SUBSTITUTE Theo Robinson struck deep into injury-time to rescue a point for Derby away to Wolves in a 1-1 draw.
It had looked like Kevin Doyle's first-half goal would be good enough for Wolves.
Meanwhile, Blackburn manager Steve Kean continued to defy the critics as his men earned a 2-1 win over Leicester.
Italian flavour to Watford win
Gianfranco Zola's new-look Watford produced a blistering first-half performance to secure a 2-0 victory over Birmingham and hand their Italian boss his first home win.
The Vicarage Road revolution has centred around a handful of loan signings from Udinese, and two of those were on target inside the opening 20 minutes.
Almen Abdi stroked home the opening goal from the penalty spot in the fourth minute after Matej Vydra had been fouled.
Vydra then added the second himself.
Watt double lights up Celtic
CELTIC manager Neil Lennon said Tony Watt had put himself in contention for a Champions League debut after the teenager hit a double in a 4-2 win over Inverness.
The 18-year-old was a constant threat on his first start for the club as Celtic swept to a four-goal lead inside 64 minutes.
The former Airdrie player finished with aplomb in the 24th minute, and was on hand to net from close range in the second half.
And Lennon said he cannot rule him out of retaining his place as Celtic defend a 2-0 lead against Helsingborg on Wednesday.
"He has given himself a good chance," Lennon said.
Doyle seals points for Hibs
PAT FENLON'S Hibs made it two wins in a row in the Scottish Premier League with a 2-0 win against St Johnstone at Easter Road.
The home side were second-best throughout the half but took a 1-0 advantage into the break thanks to a 45th-minute goal by Paul Hanlon. Former Sligo Rovers striker Eoin Doyle added a second.
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