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Liverpool set to sign Dorus de Vries from Wolves

Liverpool set to snap up 750k Wolves keeper De Vries before landing 15m Allen

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UPDATED:

21:20 GMT, 25 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is poised to sign Wolves goalkeeper Dorus de Vries in a 750,000 deal.

The move for another former Swansea player comes as the Welsh club reacted angrily to details of midfielder Joe Allen’s contract clause becoming public.

Sportsmail revealed Liverpool are to sign Allen for 15million and the deal is to be completed after the Olympics.

Anfield bound: Wolves goalkeeper Dorus de Vries is on the move

Anfield bound: Wolves goalkeeper Dorus de Vries is on the move

A Swansea statement read: ‘The club are extremely disappointed that speculation regarding aspects of his contract have been released by parties outside the club.’

De Vries, 31, joined Wolves on a free transfer last summer.

Liverpool are expected to off-load keepers Brad Jones and Alexander Doni.

Carl Froch wants to fight Mikkel Kessler

Froch sets sights on Kessler rematch but world champion may have to bide his time

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UPDATED:

12:00 GMT, 6 July 2012

Carl Froch only has eyes for old rival Mikkel Kessler as he maps out his fighting future.

The three-time world champion will return to action against a leading contender in November before facing Lucian Bute in a rematch in Montreal in March 2013.

However, his overriding priority is the chance to settle a score with Kessler next summer after the Danish warrior beat him in a close decision two years ago.

Hammer blow: Carl Froch (left) stunned Lucian Bute in May

Hammer blow: Carl Froch (left) stunned Lucian Bute in May

Nottingham veteran Froch, who turned 35 this week, told said: 'The rematch with Kessler is the fight I really want because he's got the win against me on his record and on my record.

'That's something I want to rectify and it's also a big fight for the fans. It's a massive fight for the fans.

'Me and Kessler gel as fighters and it makes for a really good spectacle. That's the fight I want more than anything else, it really is.'

Champion again: Carl Froch

Champion again: Carl Froch

Froch tore Bute apart en route to a fifth-round stoppage to claim the IBF super-middleweight belt in May and few expected the Canada-based Romanian to exercise a rematch clause.

However, Bute's team have taken that option and both men will have a fight later this year before doing it again next spring.

Froch – who has garnered huge worldwide respect for his punishing run of fights against elite opposition – is not planning to take an easy voluntary defence now.

'I don't want to fight any stiffs or have any easy fights,' he said. 'I want to fight someone who is credible. So whoever is in line who is credible, I'll fight.

'But the big one for me, the fight I want, is Mikkel Kessler. Whether it be this autumn or early next year, if it makes more sense to have it at the City Ground, bring Kessler over here, that would be a massive occasion.

'It would be fantastic and a chance for me to set the record straight in terms of that defeat.'

Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn has no doubt the Kessler fight will happen.

He said: 'I think if I looked at mapping out Carl Froch's next three fights from a financial and career-prolonging point of view, I would take a top-10 defence this autumn, perhaps at the Nottingham Arena, then fight Bute in Montreal and go and do a job on him again, then in the summer have a big outdoor fight with Kessler.

Previous: Froch is desperate to avenge his narrow defeat to Mikkel Kessler

Previous: Froch is desperate to avenge his narrow defeat to Mikkel Kessler

'That Kessler fight will happen, 100 per cent. Whether it's October or spring or summer, that fight will happen. It's too good a fight not to happen.

'It's just a case of getting all the financial details in place and making sure both boys are happy. Carl is a lot easier to deal with in that respect than Kessler but they have both got their demands, their numbers that they think they are worth.

'It's a huge fight which we know will sell out every stadium in the country.

'It's probably going to sell out every football ground in the country. When you've got that kind of interest and that kind of money involved it is a fight that has to happen.'

Jan Vertonghen says Tottenham transfer unlikely because of contract clause

Vertonghen admits dream Spurs move is on the rocks thanks to contract clause

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UPDATED:

05:44 GMT, 28 June 2012

Jan Vertonghen's move to Tottenham is on the brink of collapse thanks to a contract clause which Ajax are unwilling to fulfill.

The 25-year-old Belgian defender is entitled to 15percent of the 9.5million Spurs are offering but the Dutch side do not want to pay it.

Vertonghen admits if the stand-off is not resolved he will begin the season an Ajax player and says he is not expecting a solution.

Blow: Jan Vertonghen is not confident he will be able to go to Tottenham

Blow: Jan Vertonghen is not confident he will be able to go to Tottenham

'This is a shame. I thought that it would be sorted out much sooner,' he told The Sun.

'As it looks now, I’ll be at Ajax on July 2. I’m hoping for a solution, but I’m not expecting a solution.

'I have one advantage: Ajax have got a good coach who knows me.

'I play in a good, stable squad. Let’s become champions with Ajax for the third time in a row.'

The Ajax captain could not believe that details of his contract had leaked.

In action: Vertonghen faced England for Belgium before Euro 2012

In action: Vertonghen faced England for Belgium before Euro 2012

He added: 'I’m shocked. The percentage is correct — it’s unbelievable.

'I know that at Ajax a lot of things are leaking.

'When you hear it about other football players, you don’t feel it. It’s different when it’s about yourself.'

Sebastian Vettel denies 2014 pre-contract Ferrari deal is in place, saying he is happy at Red Bull

Vettel denies 2014 pre-contract Ferrari deal is in place, saying he is happy at Red Bull

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UPDATED:

19:31 GMT, 30 May 2012

Sebastian Vettel has denied the existence of a deal which would see him swap Red Bull for Ferrari in 2014.

Speculation is rife that Vettel has signed a pre-contract with Ferrari, while an admission by Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko that there is a break clause in Vettel’s current deal has added weight to the reports.

But when questioned about his commitment to Red Bull beyond the end of next season, Vettel replied: ‘I know nothing about it. I’ve never signed anything and I am very happy where I am right now. I don’t want to move anywhere else.’

No deal: Sebastian Vettel says he will not be joining Ferrari in 2014

No deal: Sebastian Vettel says he will not be joining Ferrari in 2014

Meanwhile, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has claimed sparks from a KERS battery pack were responsible for the Williams garage fire following Pastor Maldonado’s Spanish Grand Prix win earlier this month.

Ecclestone, who wants the power boost system to be outlawed, said: ‘I think the fire was a lot to do with that kinetic energy thing which sparked. It should never have been introduced.’

Carl Froch and Lucian Bute under the weight limit

Froch and Bute weigh in under the limit ahead of world title showdown

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UPDATED:

14:30 GMT, 25 May 2012

Carl Froch weighed in comfortably under the limit ahead of his world title bout with Lucian Bute in Nottingham on Saturday.

The Cobra, who fights in front of a home crowd for the first time since 2009, came in at 11st 13lbs 5oz.

Bute, the reigning IBF super middleweight champion, weighed in slightly heavier at 11st 13lbs 12oz.

Raring to go: Carl Froch (left) and Lucian Bute weighed in under the limit

Raring to go: Carl Froch (left) and Lucian Bute weighed in under the limit

Froch said: 'He's probably brave and stupid, a bit of both, to come here. He's looking at my last fight against Ward and is thinking “maybe Froch is finished, he's coming off the back of a loss”.

'I don't know what he's thinking in his mind but I just think he's got the safety net of a rematch clause and he's stepping up now to this level. Does he know he can do it or not I'm not so sure if he's convinced.

'He'll be feeling the nerves and the pressure. He's got a lot to prove and he's got it all to do on Saturday against me in my hometown. It's going to be very difficult for him to get a win in Nottingham.'

Stoke will offer Jonathan Woodgate new contract

Stoke set to offer Woodgate new deal despite not hitting appearances contract clause

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UPDATED:

17:25 GMT, 6 April 2012

Stoke boss Tony Pulis appears poised to offer Jonathan Woodgate a new deal at the end of the season even if the centre-back fails to trigger an appearances clause in his current contract.

Woodgate signed for the Potters last summer on a free transfer from Tottenham eager to again resurrect his injury-hit career.

City took no chances on the 32-year-old centre-back, handing him only a one-year deal, but with the guarantee of an extension should he play a certain number of times.

Deal: Stoke will offer Jonathan Woodgate a new contract

Deal: Stoke will offer Jonathan Woodgate a new contract

With 21 matches behind him for Stoke, Woodgate needs to play in just three more games to assure himself of a place in the squad for next season.

However, after only recently returning from a month out with a calf problem, the former England international has just seven matches to hit his magic tally.

Pulis, though, has indicated Woodgate, who has already made it clear he wants to stay, has seemingly done enough to earn himself the contract extension anyway.

'If he doesn't get the games in that doesn't mean we aren't going to offer him a new contract,' said Pulis.

'Woody has been brilliant, playing in a lot more games than people probably thought he could play, and he's good to have around.

'He's been very good for (Ryan) Shawcross and (Robert) Huth in lots of respects.

'So let's get the season out of the way and then we'll sit down and discuss everything with (chairman) Peter (Coates) and the family.'

One player definitely heading for the exit is veteran midfielder Salif Diao who has spurned the offer of a coaching role and working with the academy as from next season.

Pleased: Tony Pulis is satisfied with Woodgate's impact at the Britannia

Pleased: Tony Pulis is satisfied with Woodgate's impact at the Britannia

The 35-year-old, who has made 89 appearances in more than five years after joining on a free from Liverpool in January 2007, is convinced he can earn another playing contract elsewhere.

'We'd love to keep Salif because he is a fantastic lad,' added Pulis.

'We'd love to have him involved in the academy. There's a lot of money being spent on that over the next couple of years.

'I want to get certain players involved, those who have been the bedrock of this club over the last six and a half years, and one of those is Sal.

'But he wants to continue playing. He feels as though he is fit enough to do that, which is his decision and I respect it.

'So I'll be very sad to see him go. He was one of the signings that set this club in place, and he's been a credit to himself, his family and the game ever since he has been here.'

Offer: Salif Diao could be a coach if he so desired

Offer: Salif Diao could be a coach if he so desired

Pulis, meanwhile, has indicated he could again be in the market for another striker this summer given the lack of goals this year.

Ahead of Saturday's visit of relegation-haunted Wolves to the Britannia Stadium, where Stoke are seeking the three points they need to take them over the 40-point barrier, City currently boast the worst goalscoring record in the top flight.

Alongside Wigan, Stoke have managed to find the net just 29 times in their 31 games, despite spending 8million on Kenwyne Jones in August 2010 and 10million on Peter Crouch last summer.

'We've created good opportunities, but the final pass or delivery from crosses has not been as good as you would like it to be,' said Pulis.

'It's disappointing in some respects, but we need goals from all around the team rather than thinking of the two strikers, as well as Robert and Ryan. We need to get more goals from other areas.

'So I'm always looking to strengthen, to improve the team. As soon as I stop doing that then they should start looking for a new manager.'

Pulis has doubts over three players for tomorrow in defender Andy Wilkinson (groin) and wingers Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant (both ankle).

Mark Hughes exempt from axe if QPR suffer relegation

Hughes exempt from axe should QPR suffer relegation, says CEO

Mark Hughes will not be sacked even if he fails to keep Queens Park Rangers in the Barclays Premier League.

The Welshman pledged to see out his
two-and-a-half year contract after joining QPR this week and chief
executive officer Philip Beard said Hughes' is safe whatever league the
club compete in next season.

Back in business: Hughes will be in charge whatever happens this season

Back in business: Hughes will be in charge whatever happens this season

Beard said he 'hoped' Hughes would stay even if QPR were relegated and confirmed the former Fulham and Blackburn Rovers manager does not have a break clause in his contract that would allow him to walk away for free.

He added: 'As far as I'm concerned, Mark is here now to help us fulfil both on the pitch what we want to achieve and help me with his expertise and his team implementing a training ground we can be proud of for the club.

'I'd be crazy to say that I haven't even thought about what we'd be doing if we didn't stay in the Premier League.

Backing: Beard (right) wants to see Rangers on a secure footing

Backing: Beard (right) wants to see Rangers on a secure footing

'My job is to make sure that the business can be effective for the medium- and long-term.

'My job is to try to do that off the pitch and I hope we've found the manager – the right person – to come and do it for us on the pitch.'

Mark Hughes: QPR is no stepping stone

Hughes in for the long haul as new QPR plans excite new boss at Loftus Road

Mark Hughes insists QPR's ambition means he is looking to remain at Loftus Road for the long term.

The former Manchester City and Fulham boss was appointed as the west London club's new manager days after Neil Warnock was sacked.

Hughes joins the Hoops with the club one point and one place above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, with investment essential if they are to retain their place in the top flight.

It's good to talk: Mark Hughes at his first press conference as QPR manager

It's good to talk: Mark Hughes at his first press conference as QPR manager

It is the Welshman's first job since he left Fulham last year citing their lack of ambition and expressed his wish to be involved in the Champions League.

Given Rangers' perilous position, Hughes was forced to deny the job was a stepping stone to something bigger.

Instead, he insisted the ambition of the club matched his and he was looking to the long term without any break clause in his contract.

Hughes said: 'My last couple of positions haven't lasted as long as I wanted them to so now I'm wanting longevity.

'I've just had my first day at the training ground – I'm certainly not thinking of leaving any time soon.'

Thirst for success: Hughes and QPR chief executive Phil Beard have big plans

Thirst for success: Hughes and QPR chief executive Phil Beard have big plans

Of his departure from Fulham, Hughes added: 'The situation at the end of last season is one that has happened.

'I made the decision that was the correct decision and I stand by that.

'This excited me. My thoughts now shouldn't be an issue to them. I'm looking forward and really happy with the decision I've made, very excited of what is ahead of us.'

Hughes added: 'I needed to get all the facts and understand the story QPR hope to have in the future. They are a club who want to go places and build from the bottom up – and that fitted very, very comfortably with where I feel my career needs to go now.'

The 48-year-old would not be drawn on his transfer targets but a bid is believed to have been made for Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha while Blackburn defender Chris Samba is also high on QPR's wanted list.

Hughes said: 'If there are quality players available and they're attainable then I'll be delighted – but it's difficult to manage the transfer window carefully.'

QPR CEO Philip Beard said: 'The decision (to sack Warnock) wasn't taken lightly. You can either stick with what you've got or make a difficult decision to change the manager.

'But we believe this is the right time to make this change… Mark was the person we felt shared our ambition.

'I think every QPR fan will feel we've made the right decision. It won't happen overnight but our ambition matches Mark's.

'When we first made contact I wasn't sure it was going to be an easy job to persuade someone of Mark's calibre to come to QPR – but we had some exciting discussions and the conversation started getting a lot closer in terms of what we can achieve here.'

Asked about speculation that the change of management was made due to player discontent, Beard added: 'That's not the reason we made the decision – the club belongs to the fans.

'Neil Warnock got the club to the Premier League for the first time in 15 years. We're passionate about what we want to achieve here and wanted to give Mark the chance to come in. We wanted to strengthen and needed to do it really quickly.'

Hughes added: 'It was very clear in my mind once I had spoken to Philip and the owners it is a club that matches my ambitions.

'We need to win football matches in the coming months, we'll work really hard to make sure that happens.'

Hughes also confirmed he would be given funds to strengthen the squad although he refused to reveal how much.

He did though admit the need to be clinical in front of goal was essential in the Premier League.

He said: 'Certain areas need addressing but I'll take my time. It is important to recognise the strengths of the group, I need to assess that.

'At Premier League level the ability to take chances and score goals is crucial.

'If I feel we need to strengthen in that area then we will look to do that.'

Joey Barton is the current captain and Hughes insists he has no concerns over the player's use of social media to air his sometimes controversial opinions.

Of his predecessor, Hughes had every sympathy for Warnock.

'Neil has done a fantastic job here. He created a great deal of success and has made a huge impact on this club during his time here.'