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League two team Morecambe open their turnstiles for free to local supporters as attendance numbers drop

League Two side Morecambe open their turnstiles for free to local fans

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

13:36 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:24 GMT, 7 January 2013

The economic climate has left some small football clubs in such dire need of support that they are having to offer free tickets to the locals.

League two side Morecambe have suffered low attendance rates all season, and are now allowing any supporters free entry to their tie with Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday.

‘It’s a chance to get the community behind the team and see if we can generate some atmosphere,’ club boss Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Morecambe has had an average attendance of less than 2,000 this season

Struggling: Morecambe has had an average attendance of less than 2,000 this season

‘If we can get three points and play well, hopefully they’ll come back as paying customers.’

‘The situation that the club’s in is not ideal,’ said Bentley of the lack of funding that’s left him unable to search out additions to the squad.

‘Everyone’s feeling the pinch and attendances haven’t been what we predicted.

‘We’re not in a position to go out and get players. We’ve got to work with what we’ve got and we’ve got a squad that will give their all.

‘It will be great if we can get a good number (of fans) in and, as I say, they can come back as paying customers. It’s the town’s football club and we need more and more people to back it.’

The Globe Arena has had an average attendance of fewer than 2,000 this season. It comes close to being the least supported team in the League. The highest it’s reached this year has been 3, 635 for their draw with Bradford on New Year’s Day.

Those in attendance have had little to cheer for so far, with Morecambe currently sitting at 19th in the table.

Mario Balotelli snubs manager Roberto Mancini as he is replaced in Manchester derby

Mancini blasts Balotelli as striker storms off after being replaced in Manchester derby (…and fans then mob his camouflaged car!)

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19:50 GMT, 9 December 2012

Roberto Mancini has ordered Mario Balotelli to 'start thinking about his job' after the Italians stormed down the tunnel after being replaced just minutes into the second half of the Manchester derby.

The Manchester City boss gambled on his mercurial striker, handing him a start over the in-form Carlos Tevez at the Etihad Stadium.

But his decision backfired as United stormed into a two goal lead before Tevez came off the bench to help launch a comeback, only for Robin van Persie to steal all three points in the dying seconds.

And Balotelli's day didn't get any better after the final whistle – as he tried to escape the ground in his camouflaged Bentley Continental GT, he was mobbed by Man United fans.

Frosty: Mario Balotelli shot this disapproving glance at Roberto Mancini after being substituted

Frosty: Mario Balotelli shot this disapproving glance at Roberto Mancini after being substituted

Frosty: Mario Balotelli shot this disapproving glance at Roberto Mancini after being substituted

Mobbed! Balotelli tries to escape in his camouflaged Bentley Continental GT after the match but is rumbled by Man United fans

Mobbed! Balotelli tries to escape in his camouflaged Bentley Continental GT after the match but is rumbled by Man United fans

'I love Mario but it is important for him to start to think about his job,' said Mancini.

'He has everything to play well but he can't continue to play like today. We wanted more from him.

'When you have a player that has Mario's quality, you cannot understand why he continues to throw it out of the window. It is incredible.

'I have seen players in my life with fantastic quality. But in the end, they did nothing.

'I don't want Mario to finish like these players. It would be bad for him.'

Early bath: Balotelli headed straight for the changing room after being replaced

Early bath: Balotelli headed straight for the changing room after being replaced

Watching on: City fans and the Man United bench, including Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, watch on as the Italian walks down the tunnel

Watching on: City fans and the Man United bench, including Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, watch on as the Italian walks down the tunnel

Don't look back in anger: Balotelli continued to stare at Mancini as he walked past

Don't look back in anger: Balotelli continued to stare at Mancini as he walked past

He did later return to the bench to watch the remainder of the game, in which a City side energised by Tevez's introduction did manage to fight back to 2-2 before succumbing 3-2.

Balotelli has scored just three times this season for City and once for Italy and today's tantrum will only heighten speculation that Balotelli may look for a move away from City in January.

Ineffective: Balotelli was marked out of the game by United's defenders during his 50 minutes on the field

Ineffective: Balotelli was marked out of the game by United's defenders during his 50 minutes on the field

Confrontation: Balotelli did find time to argue with United defender Rio Ferdinand however

Ricky Hatton exclusive interview – I want to redeem myself

Ricky Hatton exclusive: 'I want to redeem myself. I want my kids to be proud of me'

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UPDATED:

22:46 GMT, 19 November 2012

The house that Ricky built stands up the road from the tough council estate where he grew up and from which he came out fighting.

Electronic gates open on to the driveway where he parks his Bentley but it still matters hugely to the Hitman that the fruits of his punishing labours do not cut him off from his gnarled roots deep in the suburbs of Manchester.

If you want to find the real Ricky Hatton go to Hyde — and seek. It is worth the journey to remind yourself there is no less spoiled, more honest sportsman in the land.

Hard work: Ricky Hatton is just days away from making his comeback in Manchester

Hard work: Ricky Hatton is just days away from making his comeback in Manchester

Who else would call his home Heartbreak Hotel Part tribute to Elvis Presley, part deference to the blows his hard old game inflicts.

Who else would have spent many days since he announced his comeback telling everyone interested that his girlfriend had to stop him slitting his wrists because he felt he had let down her, the kids, his fans and the country

Go also to be reassured — despite the scandal and self-destruction into which he descended during the three years since his last fight — that he is still the Pied Piper of hope for all the worse-off folk who live down the hill.

The 20,000 tickets for Saturday night’s comeback at the Manchester Arena sold out within hours even though the identity of his opponent was unknown.

‘Support like this gives me goose-pimples,’ he says. ‘Always has done. The people see me as one of their own and I am. They know I always give everything I’ve got, win or lose. That’s why they get behind me.’ Just as he gets behind Manchester City.

The sparring on this particular afternoon has been ferocious. ‘More like a proper fight, that was,’ he chuckles after beating up an eastern European duplicate of Vyacheslav Senchenko, the Ukrainian against whom he has to re-prove himself.

In conversation: Hatton talks to the Daily Mail's boxing correspondent Jeff Powell at his gym

In conversation: Hatton talks to the Daily Mail's boxing correspondent Jeff Powell at his gym

In conversation: Hatton talks to the Daily Mail's boxing correspondent Jeff Powell at his gym

The relentless toil was prolonged, too, with Hatton insisting on extra rounds. So we have to hurry back to the house because City v Ajax in the Champions League is coming up on the telly.

There is also work still to do. It is dark, cold and wet but he pulls on the trademark floppy hat and runs back out into the night to join a training partner in their regular 15 sharp sprints up a nearby hill.

As he goes he hugs Jennifer, his lady who stood by him through all the drink and drugs-related madness after his flattening by Manny Pacquiao, and asks: ‘Would you mind getting my tea ready The game will be kicking off.’

The pasta, greenery and tomatoes are duly waiting on the table. Then he and son Campbell are out of the hi-tech kitchen, through the kids’ playroom, past the indoor swimming pool, via the home gym and into the private cinema.

We miss kick-off but no sooner do we sit down than we’re on our feet again, in dismay. Ajax greet us by going two up. ‘What’s happened to defending in this country’ Hatton demands to know, banging the leather arm of his seat.

The Hitman’s link to his fervent public runs through football. The people’s fighter shares their love affair with the people’s game.

Hard at work: Hatton in the gym with his trainer Bob Shannon

Hard at work: Hatton in the gym with his trainer Bob Shannon

So much so that he has named one of the family dogs after an all-time City hero. This Franny Lee bears an uncanny resemblance to the original. He is a short, stocky, lively, lovable Shih Tzu who darts quickly hither and thither like a fox in the box — and has plenty to say for himself.

On City, Hatton says: ‘We’ve raised the bar by becoming champions. We all expect City to win the league again. That’s the No 1 priority for the supporters. I’ve felt all along that we’re still two or three years away from being real contenders for the Champions League. You have to pay your dues in Europe.’

Still, Hatton and son get excited as City come back to draw level with Ajax at 2-2. Then they jump into a high five as they appear to snatch a late winner. But it’s offside. So narrowly that we wonder how the distant linesman could see it. But offside nonetheless.

‘Yeah, OK, it was off,’ says Ricky. ‘Maybe for the best.’ In truth, the Hitman would prefer City to lose to Real Madrid tomorrow night and have done with Europe this time around. He explains: ‘I’d rather we finish bottom of the group than go into that waste of time called the Europa League. Maybe then we can take advantage in the Premier of playing fewer big games than the Reds and the rest through a key stretch of the season.’

Manager Roberto Mancini is on the screen. He is angry about the disallowed goal and the denial of a late penalty but he also looks disoriented.

Support: Hatton's girlfriend Jennifer (right) was distraught when he was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao

Support: Hatton's girlfriend Jennifer (right) was distraught when he was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao

Hatton says: ‘I like Mancini as a man but if it doesn’t come good in the League, I’m afraid it’ll be bye-bye to poor Roberto. Look, I can’t stand all the mugs in the stands who think they could do it better. I played a bit at right half (for the City academy among other teams) and I loved it.

‘I’m no football manager but I can see when a man’s struggling, the way I do in an opponent when I begin to get to him in the ring. Mancini sometimes is in danger of being hung on all these tactical switches of his.’

He takes no pleasure from that, saying: ‘It hurts when it’s one of the family. And unlike United and Chelsea and Arsenal, City are one big family — everyone from the players, coaches and directors to fans and stewards. It’s because we’re always fighting the shadow of big brother up the road at Old Trafford. If we’re going to win we all have to be in it together. So if one of the family can’t do his bit then I’m afraid he’s got to go.’

The family analogy hits home because Hatton has made a personal decision that is far more painful than paying off a multi-millionaire football manager.

The falling out between Ricky and his parents came to an ugly climax the night before he announced his comeback. The split had been festering and his father, Ray, went to Ricky’s gym to confront the issue. It is already a matter of infamous record that Dad took a swing at the lad, who rather than resort to his professional fists called the police.

All smiles: Hatton has turned his life around since deciding to return to the ring

All smiles: Hatton has turned his life around since deciding to return to the ring

Since Ray played for City and first indoctrinated Ricky in the club, many of their nearest are awaiting the reconciliation. They are to be disappointed.

Hatton keeps his counsel about the initial basis for the schism. But he is mortified by reaction on his own doorstep to the revelations of the drink and drug-fuelled excesses into which he sank.

As we sip tea by the hearth, he turns again to Jennifer and talks very candidly: ‘This lady went through more hell than anyone because of me. She had to stop me from killing myself when I had the knife to my wrists. She had more reason to feel angry than anyone but she was the one who stood by me when I needed it most. Never failed me.

‘I was at rock bottom and close to ending my life but Ray and my mum (Carol) never came round. Not once. I’m afraid it’s the finish for me as far as they’re concerned. It’s sad but it’s over. For good. There’s no going back now. Not for me.’

The silence is poignant but brief. He breaks it with a smile: ‘This is my family. Right here.’ A sweep of his tattooed arm takes in Campbell, Jennifer and their infant daughter Millie, as well as Franny Lee and their new puppy, a pet Chihuahua. ‘Look at my guard dogs,’ he says. ‘Such big, hostile beasts.’

The Hitman is laughing again. His comeback was launched out of fear of being remembered as ‘that fat idiot who won world titles but flushed it all down the toilet’. He adds: ‘I want to go down as a champion who redeemed himself, made up for letting everyone down and regained his self-respect. I want my kids to be proud of me.’

Standing in his way: Hatton takes on Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena on Saturday

Standing in his way: Hatton takes on Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena on Saturday

Is Campbell proud of him ‘Course I’m proud of my Dad. Very,’ says this bright, polite youngster. So much so that he is itching to follow him into the ring, adding: ‘I want to be just like him.’

Campbell is a good footballer — a City fan of course — and a promising rugby union hooker. But he wants to fight, and his mother, a former girlfriend of Ricky’s, has issued the terms on which she might relent.

Campbell has come home with a school report card full of As and just the occasional B grade. Excitedly, he tells his Dad: ‘Mum says that when I get straight As I can start boxing.’

You sense Jennifer is thankful the decision is not hers. She was the last of those close to Ricky to approve his comeback.

He says: ‘She was traumatised by the knockouts by Mayweather and Pacquiao. But she’s settled her mind and she’ll be back at ringside.’

She says: ‘At first I wanted him to stay out of it but I came to understand why he has to do this. I also realise that it’s healthier for him to box than live the life he’d fallen into. This time — yes, this time — I believe him when he says he’s a changed man.’

The end Hatton was knocked out cold by Pacquiao in Las Vegas when he last fought

The end Hatton was knocked out cold by Pacquiao in Las Vegas when he last fought

‘We all have to grow up some time,’ says Ricky. ‘This isn’t just a comeback for me, it’s a lifestyle change.’

There is further evidence of that in the effort he makes to restrain the industrial language once he arrives home. He lets only one syllable of vernacular slip all evening and promptly tells Campbell: ‘Don’t do as I do, do as I tell you . . . when I’m not swearing!’ Then adds: ‘Mind you, I was never any trouble at school. I just didn’t study.’

For the most part, Hatton is focused on the ring located up the back stairs at his thriving health club. He admits: ‘I was nervous as a kitten when I first started sparring again. Even though it was only against a couple of kids in the club, I was all over the place.’

With the help of his new trainer, Bob Shannon, it has slowly come back together. He says: ‘I began working out for my health’s sake five months ago so by the time I went into training camp proper I had got off the extra five stones in weight. So for the first time in years I’ve only had to work on my boxing skills and technique. Thanks to that I feel better and stronger than before any fight for a long time. I’m not nervous any longer, I’m excited.’

All change: Hatton has shed the pounds

All change: Hatton has shed the pounds

The gym can be a liar but, from what I saw, the relentless Hatton of old is on his way back, complete with the murderous body punches. So, too, is some of the zigzag head movement which might have kept him away from the blows landed by Mayweather and Pacquiao.

The physical comparisons with football are on his mind later, as we watch City. Hatton says: ‘I wasn’t going to say anything because some of these lads are my mates but when it comes to training they don’t know they’re alive. I go out to the training ground sometimes and what they do isn’t close to what boxers go through. To be honest, none of them would last five minutes in the ring.

‘Good luck to them with their big wages but when I look around this house I’m not only grateful but I know that what we’ve got has come through a lot of very hard work.’

That is why, when you ask what is his finest hour, he does not reach for the tape of his epic victory over Kostya Tszyu, which landed his first world title. Instead he walks us to the swimming pool and says: ‘We never had things like this. So the first day it was filled and I came home and saw Campbell swimming in there with his mates . . . that’s my proudest moment. I’m also glad this place is on my home turf.’

Little Millie has long been in bed by the time we finish talking but as I head into the night I look back to see Ricky, Jennifer, Campbell, Franny Lee and the Chihuahua framed in the bright, warm light of the open door.

Whatever happens on Saturday night, Heartbreak Hotel is the happiest of homes now.

Hatton v Senchenko will be live on Primetime on Saturday from 8pm for 14.95

David Bentley joins FC Rostov – but who are they?

From Tractor to Torpedo, the curious case of FC Rostov, David Bentley's new club

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14:43 GMT, 7 September 2012

Few will be surprised David Bentley has finally left Tottenham after a miserable four years at White Hart Lane, but nobody expected him to end up on loan in the Russian top flight.

But as the midfielder prepares to pack his suitcase with the warmest winter garments he can find, Sportsmail gives you the lowdown on his new side, FC Rostov.

So who are this lot

Rostov are a club that has undergone more name changes than Prince. Starting out in 1930 as Selmashstroy, they switched to Selmash six years later and Tractor in 1941, the latter being the flavour of the month when they played their first official match in 1950.

Yellow fellows: FC Rostov is the new - and surprising - home of David Bentley

Yellow fellows: FC Rostov is the new – and surprising – home of David Bentley

In 1953 they became Torpedo before the name Rostselmash was taken up five years later. They stuck with that until 2003 when FC Rostov was introduced.

And I thought Cardiff fans had it bad when their club switched the kit colour, have they at least played in the same area through all those changes

In fairness they have played at the Olympus 2 Stadium in Rostov-On-Don, which is around 100 miles from Donetsk in Ukraine, since formation.

The ground is an all-seater one-tier stadium and holds 15,840, but as part of their bid to host matches at World Cup 2018, the club have submitted plans for a new stade-of-the-art centre.

Any pots in the trophy cabinet

No major ones although they came close after narrowly losing the Russian Cup final to Spartak Moscow in 2003. While Bentley was sealing a 15m switch to Tottenham in 2008 they won the second tier championship in Russian football… if that counts.

For this: Rostov currently play in front of a capacity crowd of 15,840...

For this: Rostov currently play in front of a capacity crowd of 15,840…

To this: A new state-of-the-art stadium has been planned for the World Cup

To this: A new state-of-the-art stadium has been planned for the World Cup

No, it doesn’t. What's their highest league placing

Since becoming a member of the Russian top flight in 1992 their best placing was sixth in 1998. They have been relegated twice in the last 20 years but have won instant promotion on both occasions.

Any European nights

Consecutive appearances in the Intertoto Cup in 1999 and 2000 are their only continental showings to date. The first time around they were trounced 9-1 on aggregate by Juventus in the semi-final, while a year on in the third round, they lost their only tie against Auxerre 5-1 on aggregate.

Enough of the history lessons, who is the manager lucky enough to play the midfielder formerly known as the next David Beckham
That would be Miodrag Bozovic. He’s only been in charge since June but has a fair reputation in the top flight of dragging sides away from a relegation fight. The 44-year-old’s best success was guiding Amkar Perm to the Europa League for the first time in 2008.

Any star players we may know about

Man in charge: Miodrag Bozovic

Man in charge: Miodrag Bozovic

Bentley aside, Roman Adamov is a handy striker for the club and has been top scorer for the past two terms. After making a two-year loan deal from Rubin Kazan a permanent switch this year, the 30-year-old is back for a second spell following a period at Rostov between 2001-2004.

Alongside Roman Pavlyuchenko, he was the Russian league’s top scorer in 2007 and featured for Russia at Euro 2008.

Any other names we may know

Just a couple. Stipe Pletikosa became the club's No. 1 keeper last year following a short spell at Tottenham, while former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama Pongolle is also on the books. Not bad for a club that was suffering financial difficulties last season.

And it wasn't just financial difficulties that have had the club worried recently.

Correct, they struggled on-field as well, finishing 13th last season and only surviving the drop into the second tier by winning a relegation play-off.

In truth it’s like that every season. In a field of 16 they haven’t recorded a top-eight finish in the Premier division since 1999.

So what has DB got himself into How are Rostov doing this term

True to form, another battle against relegation. After seven games they lie 13th with just one win. The glory days of the Intertoto Cup look to be long gone.

London 2012 Paralympics: Great Britain win boccia bronze

Final flourish for Murray as GB mixed team secure boccia bronze at ExCel

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12:36 GMT, 4 September 2012

Nigel Murray ensured he would end his final Paralympics with a medal after Great Britain's mixed BC1-2 team secured boccia bronze at the ExCel.

The 48-year-old is Britain's most successful boccia player ever, having taken two golds and a silver since making his Games debut in Sydney 12 years ago.

Murray came into his fourth Paralympics
much fancied to add to that haul, but saw hopes of retaining the BC1-2
gold won in Beijing ended after a heavy 18-1 semi-final defeat to
Thailand.

Bronze age: Daniel Bentley, Nigel Murray, David Smith and Zoe Robinson of Great Britain celebrate their medal

Bronze age: Daniel Bentley, Nigel Murray, David Smith and Zoe Robinson of Great Britain celebrate their medal

However, the team of Murray, Daniel Bentley, Zoe Robinson and David Smith picked themselves up brilliantly and beat Portugal 7-5 to secure bronze in front of a noisy home crowd at the ExCel.

'We are just elated we have won,'
Murray said. 'We put the disappointment of yesterday behind us and the
way we played. It took some time to get over as it was so out of
character for us.

'We knew that today was just another day and we saw this as a our gold medal match, really.

'We played Portugal, who we played
four years ago in the final in Beijing and it seemed quite apt really
that we should play them again. It felt like a bit of a bit of a football match out there with the crowd getting behind us.

'To be honest, we wanted the crowd to
be that extra person for us and give us that little bit of
encouragement because as a group of players we thrive on it.'

One of those supporters in the crowd was Prince Edward, who went to congratulate the players as they came off the court.

Murray mint: The experienced boccia player ended his games with a medal

Murray mint: The experienced boccia player ended his games with a medal

Murray mint: The experienced boccia player ended his games with a medal

'Prince Edward has seen us play before and he is a bit of a lucky omen for us,' Murray said. 'He saw us win in Beijing four years ago so it is just perhaps a shame he wasn't here yesterday for the Thailand game.

'It is fantastic that he has taken time from such a busy schedule to come along and to see us play.'

All four members of the team now turn their attention to the individual competitions that kick off tomorrow, with Murray hoping for more success in the BC2 – a competition he won in Sydney and took silver in four years ago.

'We all have high hopes and it would be lovely to get another medal,' he added. 'I am greedy, I want to play in front of this crowd again and hopefully get on the podium once more.'

Great Britain had come into the morning session with hopes of winning two bronze medals, although brothers Stephen and Peter McGuire just fell short against Canada.

Flying solo: The GB members will now fight for individual honours

Flying solo: The GB members will now fight for individual honours

The Bellshill duo have impressed on their Paralympic debuts and, having just lost out to the Brazilian world number ones yesterday, fell to a 8-2 defeat to Marco Dispaltro and Josh vander Vies for a place on the mixed BC4 pairs podium.

While disappointed with the result, the fact they even made it to the final four was impressive as Peter only returned from hospital an hour before yesterday's quarter-final clash with Thailand.

'Two nights ago I didn't think I would compete because I was in hospital,' he said. 'They took me out the village.

'They pumped me full of antibiotics and I am just glad to be back here. There is a mix of emotions now, though. I am just glad to be back playing. We've got individuals to go for now and that is what we have go to push for.'

Tottenham"s Daniel Levy jets to Ukraine in Willian pursuit

Tottenham chief Levy jets to Ukraine in hope of landing wantaway Willian

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21:30 GMT, 27 August 2012

Daniel Levy has returned from a mission to Ukraine hopeful of landing Brazilian playmaker Willian.

A new offer is to be made to Shakhtar Donetsk as chairman Levy looks to complete a typically late Spurs transfer splurge.

He met senior officials at the club at the weekend and, although a bid has been rejected, Levy will make an increased offer as he seeks a replacement for Luka Modric.

Wanted: Tottenham are hopeful of completing a deal for Willian

Wanted: Tottenham are hopeful of completing a deal for Willian

That sale to Madrid triggered a day of frantic negotiating with clubs across the globe ahead of Friday night's transfer deadline.

Shakhtar have rejected an initial 11.8million bid from Spurs for 24-year-old Willian.

The Ukrainian outfit want a fee closer to the 20m mark but White Hart Lane chiefs are confident that a compromise can be reached.

Target: Negotiations for Dzagoev (left) will continue on Tuesday

Target: Negotiations for Dzagoev (left) will continue on Tuesday

The swoop for Willian isn't the only deal on the cards as the Tottenham hierarchy seek to improve their playing staff.

Sportsmail understands CSKA Moscow's attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev has emerged as a late target.

Wishlist: Dembele could replace Modric

Wishlist: Dembele could replace Modric

Spurs have been quoted 25m for one of the stars of Euro 2012, and negotiations for the 22-year-old will continue today.

Tottenham have also enquired about Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele as they look to replace the creativity lost since Modric's departure.

Spurs are willing to use David Bentley or Jermaine Jenas as a makeweight in their attempts to land the Belgium star.

Andre Villas-Boas's first choice replacement for Croat Modric remains Joao Moutinho, but the White Hart Lane club are unwilling to match Porto's 30m asking price.

Tottenham are also interested in Manchester United midfielder Anderson and Yann M'Vila of Rennes.

Spurs also remain hot on the heels of Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and are hopeful of bringing the France captain to the capital before Friday's deadline.

However, their move for Leandro Damiao looks like failing, with the Brazil and Internacional striker understood to be reluctant to move to England.

Doncaster"s Kyle Bennett offered chairman"s Bentley for 20 goals

Talk about a bonus! Doncaster player told he can have the chairman's Bentley for 20 goals

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16:49 GMT, 24 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Doncaster Rovers footballer Kyle Bennett has been told he will be given the chairman's Bentley if he bangs in more than 20 goals this season.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been promised John Ryan's car, worth around 50,000 as an incentive to help the League One club earn promotion.

Ryan said: 'There’s method in my madness. If Kyle gets 20 goals, I think two things are likely to happen – he’ll be worth about 2m to 3m in the transfer market and we’re more than likely to be in the Championship, which is worth about 5m to 6m.'

Incentive: Kyle Bennett (right) could be the proud owner of Bentley, if he steps up to the plate

Incentive: Kyle Bennett (right) could be the proud owner of Bentley, if he steps up to the plate

Bennett explained the offer was made to him afer his side beat Walsall 3-0, a game in which he scored in, to make it two for the season. He scored six times last term.

The player said he 'did not want to get carried away' by the offer, before continuing: 'Even if he didn’t offer me the Bentley, I would still be looking to get that on the score sheet.

'It would be nice…There are 44 games to go in the season.

'He hasn’t said it to any other lads, just me. I think he’s said it as an incentive for me to score a few goals.'

Offer: John Ryan is hoping for goals (but maybe not too many)

Offer: John Ryan is hoping for goals (but maybe not too many)

'My aim is to just help get the team promoted to be honest. I think he is probably looking to get a new car anyway.'

It won't be easy though, as the chairman has looked to stop any cheap goals being scored by Bennett.

Ryan added: 'I’ve already told the manager – make sure he doesn’t take penalties.'

Luka Modric profile posted on Real Madrid website

Luka who's coming! Real Madrid in blunder as Modric profile is posted on club website

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09:12 GMT, 23 August 2012

That way to Madrid: Modric is set to leave Spurs

That way to Madrid: Modric is set to leave Spurs

Real Madrid were involved in an embarrassing gaffe on Wednesday when a profile of Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric appeared on the club's official website, listing the Croatian as one of their own players.

Modric's proposed moved to the Spanish capital is one of the summer's most protracted sagas, but, despite what you may have real on realmadrid.com, he remains a Spurs player for now.

The profile, which described the 26-year-old as being a Madrid player since 2012 and listed 'Tottenham (2008-2012)' under his previous clubs, was quickly removed and blamed on a hacker – but not before thousands viewed it.

Madrid boss Jose Mourinho – who has made no secret of his admiration for the diminutive playmaker – is yet to make a signing this summer, having focused all of the club's attention on securing a deal for Modric.

Tottenham, however, are driving a hard bargain for the man they paid Dinamo Zagreb 15million for, demanding that Madrid stump up 40m for their No 1 target.

Modric's departure would be the latest in a long line of White Hart Lane exits this summer.

Six of last season's first-team have left already, with Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Heurelho Gomes all looking set to follow Modric out of the door and make it a dozen departures since new manager Andre Villas-Boas took over in June.

The Modric saga will be concluded before the transfer window closes next week.

Real Madrid Modric grab

West Ham offer 10m for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis

Allardyce tables take-it-or-leave-it offer of 10m for Wolves winger Jarvis

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21:30 GMT, 21 August 2012

West Ham have launched a final 10million bid for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis.

Wolves have so far rejected two bids with the last consisting of 6.5m up front and 3m in add-ons.

Jarvis, 26, has put in a transfer request but played against Leeds on Saturday and against Barnsley on Tuesday night.

On the move Wolves winger Matt Jarvis in action against Barnsley on Tuesday

On the move Wolves winger Matt Jarvis in action against Barnsley on Tuesday

Manager Sam Allardyce is eager to add pace to his side but is reluctant to go above 10m overall for the England international and is considering other options but are unlikely to go for Tottenham's David Bentley who is available on a free transfer.

West Ham's bargaining position may be eased slightly by the pending departure of Sam Baldock to Bristol City, despite late interest from Charlton. The 23-year-old was signed last summer from MK Dons.

Rennes winger Razak Boukari, 25, is expected to sign a season-long loan deal with West Ham on Wednesday while free agent Royston Drenthe's representatives have also discussed a possible deal.

David Bentley: MK Dons unlikely to move for Tottenham midfielder

MK Dons unlikely to move for Spurs' forgotten man Bentley

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13:47 GMT, 13 August 2012

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MK Dons remain interested in trying to sign Tottenham's David Bentley, however manager Karl Robinson believes he has a tough task to persuade the midfielder to join the npower League One club.

There was talk in February of Bentley attempting to reignite his career with a loan spell at stadium:mk.

The former Arsenal trainee, who joined Tottenham from Blackburn in a 15million deal in the summer of 2008, found first-team opportunities in short supply at White Hart Lane under then-manager Harry Redknapp over the last two campaigns and has not played for Spurs since November 2010.

New start Bentley's Tottenham career could be back on track after the departure of Redknapp

New start Bentley's Tottenham career could be back on track after the departure of Redknapp

'I'd love to take Bents, but the chairman says I'm not allowed,' joked Robinson on Talksport.

'David Bentley is a good friend of mine, he's someone I know well from Blackburn and we have the same agent.

'It's a deal I'd love to try and make happen but David Bentley has got tremendous quality and I'd be very, very surprised to see him playing outside of the Premier League.'

However, Bentley had time out of the top flight. He spent the second half of the 2010-11 campaign at Birmingham and returned to the Championship last season, playing five times for West Ham before undergoing surgery on a knee injury in October.

Loan star: Bentley left Tottenham to play at West Ham and Birmingham

Loan star: Bentley left Tottenham to play at West Ham and Birmingham

Loan star: Bentley left Tottenham to play at West Ham and Birmingham

But with Redknapp having now left Tottenham, the 27-year-old may look to get his career back on track at White Hart Lane under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

MK Dons have already signed one former England international this summer with Alan Smith, who finished last season on loan at the Milton Keynes club, agreeing a two-year deal after being released by Newcastle.