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Sportsday Live - Friday 2 September

All the build-up to tonight's international football, Steve McClaren vows to stay as Nottingham Forest manager, plus more.

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1801: That's it from Sportsday Live, which will resume on Monday at 0800 BST. You can follow Chris Bevan's Euro 2012 qualifying live text commentary on the BBC Sport website as England face Bulgaria in Sofia, Wales host Montenegro, Northern Ireland face Serbia and the Republic of Ireland play Slovakia.

1758: GOLF - US Open champion Rory McIlroy is among four players tied for the lead at the halfway stage of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, along with England's Simon Dyson and Gary Boyd and Jamie Donaldson of Wales.

1755: TENNIS -Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick will be in action at the US Open on Friday, along with Britain's Andy Murray, who is due on court against Robin Haase of the Netherlands at around 2030 BST. You can follow all the action from Murray's match on the BBC Sport website and there will be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

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1746: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport website's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter ahead of England's game against Bulgaria: "Match officials now inspecting the pitch at the Vasil Levski Stadium. It's not good chaps. Not good at all."

1734: RUGBY LEAGUE - Welsh club Crusaders have applied to join the Co-operative Championship next year after they withdrew their application for a Super League licence. A decision is set to be made by the Rugby Football League board of directors within the next 14 days.

1731: FORMULA ONE - BBC Sport's Andrew Benson on Twitter: "Renault say they and Nick Heidfeld have reached "amicable settlement" and will part with immediate effect. @BSenna to race rest of year."

1728: FOOTBALL -FC Sion, who had beaten Celtic 3-1 on aggregate, had been due to play Atletico Madrid, Udinese and Rennes in the Europa League group stages.

1725: FOOTBALL -Celtic say they have been reinstated into the Europa League after Uefa throw out FC Sion after a protest into ineligible players. However, the Swiss club can still appeal against the decision.

1720: EQUESTRIAN - Germany's Simone Deitermann leads the Burghley Horse Trials at the end of the dressage event after scoring 39.3 penalty points. Britain's William Fox-Pitt is close behind in second on 39.7 with fellow Briton Mary King third, just ahead of New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson.

1709: MOTO GP - Defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo topped the standings after the second practice session for Sunday's San Marino GP. Lorenzo clocked a time of one minute 33.929 seconds - 0.076secs clear of Casey Stoner with Dani Pedrosa third. Lorenzo was a second adrift of Stoner in sixth after free practice one, but was pleased to have improved his performance in the afternoon session.

1701: FOOTBALL - New Arsenal signing Mikel Arteta tells Sky Sports News that he believes his sale by Everton will help ease the financial burdens which currently surround Goodison Park. "I think the club is in a situation where they need to sell someone," he said. "They don't want to put the team and the club in a situation when in one or two years time this club is in bits."

1653: CRICKET - Ahead of the one-day series against India which starts in Durham on Saturday, BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham looks at the impact that Surrey bowler Jade Dernbach has had on the England side.

1643: CRICKET -Tino Mawoyo carries his bat for an unbeaten 163 as Zimbabwe are bowled out for 412 before Pakistan came roaring back to close on 116-1 at close of play on the second evening of their one-off Test in Bulawayo.

1637: CYCLING - Switzerland's Michael Albasini of the HTC-Highroad team wins the 13th stage of the Vuelta a Espana from Sarria to Ponferrada. But Britain's Bradley Wiggins retains the overall leader's red jersey.

1634: FOOTBALL - It is a busy night in football with a big programme of Euro 2012 qualifiers involving, among others, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Already Greece have beat Israel 1-0 in their Group F qualifier to move four points clear at the top.

1618: RUGBY LEAGUE -Widnes continue to add to their squad for their return to Super League next year by signing Castleford three-quarter Willie Isa on a two-year deal.

1613: TENNIS - Action has got underway at Flushing Meadows on day five of the US Open . Andy Murray will take on Dutchman Robin Haase at around 2030 BST. There will be live text commentary of the game on the BBC Sport website and coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

1602: ATHLETICS - As the World Championships continue in Daegu and the controversy over Usain Bolt's false start in the 100m final rumbles on, former Olympic 200m silver medallist Darren Campbell talks BBC Sport through the psychology of the sprint start.

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1556 BASKETBALL: Great Britain basketball star Luol Deng, on Twitter: "Losing hurts but it will never break my spirit or my believe. We will get there I promise."

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1549 CRICKET: BBC sports reporter Kevin Howells, on Twitter: "Kent docked 8 points for poor pitch against Essex. Uneven bounce was cited."

Breaking news
1542 FOOTBALL: Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren has quashed rumours that he was set to quit the club by stating, on the club's website, that he is going nowhere. He said: "Contrary to reports, it has never been my intention to consider leaving. I'm no quitter and I am as enthusiastic about the task as I was on the day I arrived in Nottingham in June."

1540 FOOTBALL: As part our our daily football forum, Dan Walker is looking ahead to the weekend in Friday Focus on the BBC Sport website.

1531 FOOTBALL: Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup is under way. China came from 1-0 down at half-time to record a 2-1 victory over Singapore in their opening qualifier, while South Korea thrashed Lebanon 6-0 and Australia edged past Thailand 2-1.

1523 FOOTBALL: Brighton have signed former Spain midfielder Vicente Rodriguez. The 30-year-old, who won 38 international caps, picked up two La Liga titles and the 2004 Uefa Cup at Valencia, before leaving the club in the summer.

1518 BASKETBALL: Great Britain have suffered a third successive defeat at the European Championships in Lithuania. They were beaten 86-69 by defending champions Spain. Luol Deng top scored for GB with 17 points while Daniel Clark scored 14 points and picked up 12 rebounds.

1513 ATHLETICS: LJ van Zyl has defended the decision to drop Oscar Pistorius from South Africa's 4x400m relay quartet for the final in Daegu earlier today. Double amputee Pistorius ran in the qualifying round but Van Zyl said: "We had the agreement before the first round that the slowest guy in the heats on the splits is not going to run the final and I'm going to take his place. Unfortunately Oscar's split was a 46.2 and he was the unlucky one. He's only allowed to run the first leg in the relay and he's not the fastest guy out of the blocks." South Africa finished second behind the United States, meaning Pistorius won a silver medal.

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1505 FOOTBALL: More from BBC sports news correspondent Matt Slater, on Twitter: "Despite taking £7m off wage bill since Xmas Plymouth will go bust this month if new owner isn't found, need £1.2m to c season out."

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1502 FOOTBALL: BBC sports news correspondent Matt Slater, on Twitter: "Good news at Plymouth is players accept 40% pay deal + will play at Burton, bad news is administrator awol + pref bidder potless."

1458 GOLF: Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy has just double-bogeyed the ninth hole at the European Masters to drop out of the lead. The US Open champion was on nine under after an eagle two on the par-four fifth and birdie on the seventh. England's Simon Dyson and Gary Boyd are the clubhouse leaders on eight under.

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1452 RUGBY UNION: BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan, on Twitter: "RFU Council deciding whether to publish Blackett Report right now (1st agenda after lunch) - expect news 4/5pm - expect them to do so"

1448 FOOTBALL: Darren Fletcher returns as captain for Scotland's Euro 2012 qualifier against the Czech Republic on Saturday (full team in 1425 entry). It will be the Manchester United midfielder's first international match of 2011 - he has played only two competitive matches since the beginning of March because of a virus.

1443 FORMULA 1: Brazilian veteran Rubens Barrichello has urged Williams to put their faith in experience by re-signing him as lead driver for the 2012 season. The 39-year-old, who has driven in 315 Grands Prix in a 19-year career, said: "Unless Williams have money problems, they should stick with what they have right now - a very experienced and very motivated driver with a young driver developing himself."

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1440 ATHLETICS: World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene, on Twitter: "I was in the [4x400m] relay team but withdrew myself during warm up, body was hurting, I didn't feel I could do the team justice. Tough call to make."

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1436 FOOTBALL: England striker Wayne Rooney, on Twitter: "Can't wait for game later on. Trained on pitch last night and it was full of stones. So it will be a test for us. Were [sic] confident we will win."

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1432 CRICKET: Pakistan have bowled Zimbabwe out for 412 on day two of their Test match at Bulawayo. Opener Tino Mawoyo carried his bat for an unbeaten 163.

Breaking news
1425 FOOTBALL: The Scottish FA has announced, via Twitter, the Scotland team for Saturday's European Championship Group One qualifer against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park. It is McGregor, Hutton, Caldwell, Berra, Bardsley, Naismith, Fletcher, Adam, Brown, Morrison, Miller.

1420 FOOTBALL: Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio says striker Leon Clarke will never play for the club again after the pair came to blows following their Carling Cup defeat by Southampton on Tuesday.

1413 BASKETBALL: The second half of Great Britain's European Championship match against Spain is getting under way. Watch live coverage on the BBC Sport website. GB trail 38-32 going into the third quarter.

1406 RUGBY UNION: England's Jonny Wilkinson is looking forward to competing at a fourth World Cup and says he never stops improving his game, telling BBC Radio 5 live: "I feel like I've moved forward every time I've touched a ball."

1357 MOTOGP: Jorge Lorenzo sets the fastest time in practice for Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix. The Spaniard needs something of a miracle to retain his world title but was quickest around Misano ahead of Repsol Honda riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.

1352 RUGBY LEAGUE: Sam Tomkins has been in the news all week since his performance in the Challenge Cup final, but does he deserve to be booed by fans? BBC Radio 5 Live reporter George Riley discusses the matter in his new blog.

1345 FOOTBALL: Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was unhappy after Australia edged out Thailand 2-1 in their opening qualifier for the 2014 World Cup. He said: "It feels like a loss, but the positive is we got the three points. There's no excuses. We were all over the place and we didn't have any real shape."

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1340 ATHLETICS: Infostrada Sports on Twitter "Ngonidzashe Makusha's bronze in the Men's Long Jump was Zimbabwe's first ever world championships medal. Their previous best result was sixth."

1334 FOOTBALL: Bournemouth striker Steve Lovell has announced his retirement from professional football because of a persistent ankle injury. The forward played in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Hereford on Tuesday but has now called it a day.

1328 BASKETBALL: Great Britain are under way in their EuroBasket match against Spain and you can watch live coverage here on the BBC Sport website and on the red button.

1325 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has confirmed he made an unsuccessful attempt to bring Rangers midfielder Steven Davis to the midlands club before the transfer window closed.

1320 ATHLETICS: Stunning home leg from LaShawn Merritt gives the United States gold in the 4x400m relay. Oscar Pistorius wasn't in the four but will get a medal as South Africa take silver, with Jamaica winning bronze. Great Britain finished down in seventh.

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1314 ATHLETICS: The men's 4x400m final is about to get underway. You can follow live text commentary with Chris Whyatt here.

1311 CRICKET: Middlesex boost their promotion prospects by completing a 10-wicket victory over Leicestershire before lunch on the final day at Lord's.

Breaking news
1301 ATHLETICS: Confirmation that 400m hurdle champion Dai Greene is out of the 4x400m relay. Following his warm up he is not ready for it, the British team confirms, following yesterday's victory. The team is now Strachan, Levine, Clarke and Rooney.

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1257 ATHLETICS: Jamaica's Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown wins the women's 200m in 21.22 seconds at the World Championships in Daegu. America's Carmelita Jeter, who won 100m gold, takes silver with compatriot Allyson Felix third. Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

1252 ROWING: Great Britain have made up for the disappointment of the men's lightweight four by winning a bronze medal in the women's eight to qualify the boat for the London 2012 Olympics. The United States won the race, with Canada picking up silver.

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1248 ATHETICS: Dwight Phillips of the United States has won his fourth successive World Championship long jump with a leap of 8.45m. Britain's Chris Tomlinson finishes 11th after struggling with a heavily-strapped knee.

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1241 ATHLETICS: Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot completes the long-distance double at the World Championships in Daegu by winning the women's 5,000m, to add to the 10,000m she won last week. Britain's Helen Clitheroe was 12th. Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

1240 ATHLETICS: Usain Bolt has been talking to reporters for the first time since his disqualification from the 100m for a false start. Speaking after his victory in the 200m semi-final, he said: "For me it's all business. It's a job. You win some, you lose some. I'm over that now. You're not going to win everything. I made a mistake. I've got to move on past that."

1236 GOLF: The second round of the European Masters is well under way and England duo Simon Dyson and Gary Boyd lead on eight under par. Overnight leader Nick Dougherty is on seven under while Lee Westwood is one shot further back. Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer are also on six under par but they are yet to start their second rounds.

1230 CRICKET: Australia are closing in on victory in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. Set 379 to win, the hosts are 86-5 in the 40th over. Ryan Harris has made the early inroads for Australia and has figures of 3-24 so far.

1225 ROWING: Australia win the lightweight men's four at the World Championships in Slovenia. Britain were the defending champions, but the quartet of Chris Bartley, Paul Mattick, Rob Williams, Richard Chambers were third.

1216 ROWING: Britain's Matthew Wells and Marcus Bateman finish last in the men's double scull as New Zealand defend their title at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. Listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or watch it live on the BBC Sport website, or on the Red Button.


1214 ATHLETICS: Usain Bolt cruises into the final of the men's 200m at the World Championships after France's Christophe Lemaitre wins the first semi-final. Christian Malcolm misses out on the final.

1203 FOOTBALL: BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy is following the Nottingham Forest story. He says Steve McClaren's representatives are currently holding talks with the club's board to discuss his future at the City Ground.

1153 ATHLETICS: Meadows misses out on a fastest loser spot as South Africa's Caster Semenya cruises to victory in the third semi-final, setting up a chance to defend her title.

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1149 FOOTBALL: Senior football reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter: "Don't believe Steve McClaren will quit Nottingham Forest. Maybe frustrated but not convinced that will see him walk away from Forest."

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1144 ATHLETICS: Jenny Meadows is OUT of the women's 800m at the World Championships.

1142 FOOTBALL: Tonight's internationals means there are no Premier League or Championship fixtures this weekend. So why not go along and watch your local non-league club instead? Saturday September 3 in Non-League Day, a celebration of the semi-professional and amateur game, with organisers urging fans to turn out in force.

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1129 ATHLETICS: Jenny Meadows finishes third in her women's 800m semi-final and faces an anxious wait to see if she qualifies for the final as a fastest loser.


1126 ROWING: British Paralympic champion Tom Aggar has won his fourth title at the World Rowing Championships with a dominant display in the arms-only single sculls in Bled, Slovenia. Listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or watch it on the Red Button.

1122 RUGBY UNION: Sale have signed former Bath three-quarter Andrew Higgins on a one-year contract. The 30-year-old retired from the game in 2009 after being handed a nine-month ban for refusing to take a drugs test as part of Bath's investigation into events at an end-of-season party, but returned to play for Exeter last term. He was released by the Chiefs and has now been snapped up by the Sharks.

1117 RUGBY UNION: The Aviva Premiership gets underway on Saturday. Warm up for the new season with BBC Sport's club by club preview.

1110 FOOTBALL: Shane Long has been ruled out of Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovakia with a calf injury. Long will be replaced in attack by Kevin Doyle.

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1052 ATHLETICS: A senior IAAF source tells BBC World Service's Alex Capstick that the false start rule is NOT on the agenda for the IAAF council meeting at the end of the World Championships this Sunday. Follow day seven from Daegu live now with BBC Sport's Chris Whyatt.

1050 CRICKET: Sri Lanka have reached 37-2 at tea on the third day of the first Test against Australia, chasing 379 for victory.

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1047 FOOTBALL: Senior football reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter: "Under Lothar Matthaus Bulgaria have lost one in 7 and that was an experimental side v Belarus in August. England in 9 previous meetings are undefeated v Bulgaria. 5 wins and 4 draws."

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1036 RUGBY UNION: Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio tells BBC Sport that England cannot be the best team in the world so long as there is in-fighting at the RFU. Listen to the 2003 World Cup winner live on BBC Radio 5 live.

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1033 FOOTBALL: Chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: Cahill v Jones as Terry's partner for England here in Sofia. If I was sticking 20 Lev on I'd say Cahill but Jones bolder pick.

1027 FOOTBALL: Anyone with transfer deadline day withdrawal symptoms should check out our at-a-glance guide to all 20 Premier League teams' summer dealings, with reaction from reporters and pundits.

1020 FOOTBALL: Former Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano tells Cadena Ser radio station that he expects Real Madrid and Barcelona to adandon Spain for some form of European league in the future because they have become too dominant for the Spanish League.

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1008 OLYMPICS: The list of candidate cities for the 2020 Olympics has been announced. The six contenders are Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar), Istanbul (Turkey), Madrid (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Tokyo (Japan).

1001 TENNIS: Great Britain's Elena Baltacha reflects on her second round exit at the US Open in her latest column for the BBC Sport website. The Scot says she is close to heading back to Glasgow for a break after six weeks on the road in the United States.

0956 BASKETBALL: Watch highlights of Great Britain's disappointing 90-61 defeat by Turkey in their second Group A game at the European Championships o nthe BBC Sport website.

0950 ATHLETICS: Legendary 400m hurdler Ed Moses, who won 122 consecutive races, two Olympic and two World titles, has told BBC Radio Wales that newly crowned champion Dai Greene is the "man to beat" at the London 2012 Olympics.

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0943 ATHLETICS: British long jumper Greg Rutherford, whose World Championships were ended by injury, on Twitter: "Long jump final tonight guys. I wont be going down and watching as I'm on the crutches. Get behind Tomo [Chris Tomlinson]. He'll be the Brit out there."


0938 CRICKET: Australia have been bowled out for 210 in the second innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. The home side, needing 379 to win, are 5-1 in reply.

0931 ROWING: Live coverage of the World Championships in Slovenia is just beginning on the BBC Sport website and the Red Button. There are five finals today - the men's coxed pair, lightweight single scull, double scull, lightweight coxless four and the women's eight.

0927 HORSE RACING: Britain's leading female flat jockey Hayley Turner will be out of action for several weeks after suffering a broken ankle in a fall at Bath.

0922 RUGBY UNION: The Rugby Football Union is today expected to come under pressure from members of its own council to publish Jeff Blackett's report into events surrounding the dismissal of chief executive John Steele in June, just nine months after he took up the post.

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0915 ATHLETICS: World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene, on Twitter: "Reading interviews that my dad has given. Pretty sure he's meant to be fitting my new flooring today! Get to it :-)"

0905 ATHLETICS: Want to know the secrets behind Dai Greene's victory in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships? The BBC's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce has the answers in his latest blog from Daegu.

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0900 ATHLETICS: BBC Sport assistant editor Martin Gough, at the World Championships, on Twitter: "Oscar Pistorius's coach tells BBC World Service he was given no reason for the move to drop him from relay and that it is "very strange".

0855 GOLF: Nick Dougherty continues to lead the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland. The Englishman, who had missed 21 successive cuts, hit an eight-under-par 63 in Thursday's first round and is one under par through eight holes of his second round.

0850 TENNIS: British interest in the women's singles at the US Open was ended late last night when Elena Baltacha bowed out to the 15th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Scot, who is yet to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam event, was beaten 6-4 6-3.

0844 FOOTBALL: Gary Neville has claimed that England would not have won the 2010 World Cup even if his former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had been in charge.

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0839 ATHLETICS: British long jumper Greg Rutherford, whose World Championships were ended by injury, on Twitter: "So the early scan shows what seems to be a nasty tear. Utterly devastated. It shows how things can go terribly wrong."

0833 ATHLETICS: We also have highlights of Usain Bolt's stroll to victory in his 200m heat, Phillips Idowu's triple jump qualification and Christine Ohuruogu's return to the track in the British women's 4x400m relay team, following her disqualification in the 400m event.

0821 FOOTBALL: England continue their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with a game against Bulgaria this evening. BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty is in Sofia for the match and has blogged on how a young trio are cause for optimism for England.

0814 TENNIS: Over at Flushing Meadows, world number one Novak Djokovic gave a masterclass at the US Open, demolishing Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 6-0 6-0 6-2.

0810 ATHLETICS: Oscar Pistorius's World Championships appear to be over after he announced he had been left out of South Africa's team for Friday's 4x400m relay final. The double amputee, who reached the semis of the individual 400m, helped the team qualify third-fastest.

0806 ATHLETICS: The seventh day of the World Championships is well under way in Daegu, South Korea. Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt is safely into the 200m semi-finals while Britain's Phillips Idowu qualified for the triple jump final with his first leap.

0800 BST FOOTBALL: Good morning. We start, as always, with the best snippets from Friday's football gossip column: Tottenham have already approached Bolton for fresh talks in January over the signing of defender Gary Cahill (Metro). Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has denied his £250,000-a-week wage demands put the brakes on a move to Manchester United. (Daily Mirror). Agent Kia Joorabchian has revealed Manchester City offered his client Carlos Tevez to Inter Milan in exchange for midfielder Sneijder - but pulled out of the deal after signing Arsenal playmaker Samir Nasri. (talkSPORT)



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