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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Transfer Watch: Boro reject City's offer for Johnson

MIDDLESBROUGH have turned down two "derisory" offers from Manchester City for Adam Johnson and expect the winger to remain at the club to the end of his contract in the summer, unless a significantly higher bid is made before the transfer window closes today at 5.0.

The 22-year-old wants to speak to City. Manchester United, Blackburn, Chelsea and Wolves have also expressed interest. City and Sunderland bid £4m on Friday. City raised their offer to at least £5m on Saturday evening.

Middlesbrough bid £500,000 for Aberdeen striker Lee Miller yesterday and have submitted an improved offer for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam, having had a £1.5m bid turned down.

Decent bets

SPURS are considering a move for David James after a deal for Asmir Begovic, his fellow Portsmouth goalkeeper, fell through.

Begovic had a medical at Tottenham on Friday, after a fee was agreed, but Stoke had also made an offer, of about £2.5m, and are favourites to sign him.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp admitted his interest in James on Friday. James' move to Stoke stalled, and cash-strapped Portsmouth are desperate to release the veteran because he would be automatically due a new contract should he play a handful more matches.

Tottenham have agreed to sell Alan Hutton to Sunderland -- the Scotland right-back was on Wearside last night.

Sunderland have failed with an attempt to sign Habib Beye from Aston Villa on loan.

The Black Cats' move for Benjani Mwaruwari has broken down over the fee, with the Manchester City forward's medical also an issue.

City are confident of signing Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga from Parma for £7m today. As part of the deal City striker Valeri Bojinov will move permanently in the opposite direction.

Rangers hope to bring in Bolton defender Danny Shittu.

Dead certs

Highly-rated young forward Victor Moses has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Wigan following his £2.5m switch from Crystal Palace.

"A lot of managers who have 'ummed and ahhed' are going to eat their words," said Palace manager Neil Warnock. Several clubs expressed an interest in Moses, but perhaps hoped to pick him up on the cheap because of Palace's severe financial problems

Long shots

West Ham are looking at three forwards: Ilan, the Brazilian who left Saint-Etienne last month; Frederic Piquionne, who is on loan at Portsmouth from Lyons and Daniele Cacia, of Reggina. (© The Times, London)

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