SUNDERLAND were hoping to complete the signing of England striker Darren Bent Darren Ashley Bent (born February 6, 1984 in Tooting, London) is an English footballer of Jamaican descent, currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur.
There is some confusion over Bent's birthplace with nearly all biographies available - typically of a brief nature - saying from Tottenham today.
Black Cats assistant manager Eric Black Eric Black (born 1 October, 1963 in Bellshill, Lanarkshire) is a former professional football player who played for Aberdeen and Metz. He played in attack. He won 2 international caps for Scotland. has confirmed the club have moved "very close" to tying up the deal, which is expected to involve a transfer fee of around pounds 12million.
LIVERPOOL midfielder Xabi Alonso's future remains unclear despite the club holding talks with Real Madrid officials in Spain at the weekend.
Real have tracked the 27-year-old for several weeks but have been unwilling to meet Liverpool's pounds 30m asking price and negotiations are continuing.
ASTON VILLA were aiming to complete a deal for Leeds teenager Fabian Delph Fabian Delph (born 5 May 1991) is an English footballer who currently plays for Leeds United. Delph was given his debut at Leeds as a substitute in the final match of the 2006-07 season against Derby County on the 6 May 2007. today after the clubs agreed on a fee.
Martin O'Neill's side seem to have beaten several rival Premier League clubs in the scramble for the talented England Under-21 midfielder's services.
CHELSEA have issued a hands-off warning to Tottenham after they were linked with a move for England midfielder Joe Cole Joseph "Joe" John Cole (born November 8, 1981 in Romford, East London) is a professional footballer who plays for Chelsea of the English Premier League and the England national team. . Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is a long-time admirer of the former West Ham player, but Chelsea moved to quash suggestions Cole could leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
WEST HAM will continue talks with Lucas Neill this week in an attempt to keep him at Upton Park. The Australia international captained the Hammers last season but his contract expired at the end of last month and he is currently listening to offers.