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John McCririck released from hospital

McCririck released from hospital with wife claiming Channel 4 axe caused illness

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Rod Minchin

PUBLISHED:

12:21 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:08 GMT, 15 March 2013

Veteran racing pundit John McCririck will have to watch today's Cheltenham Gold Cup race on television after being released from hospital.

McCririck, 72, known for his distinctive sideburns and deerstalker hat, is convalescing at home after being detained in Cheltenham General Hospital.

He complained of feeling unwell during the first day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

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Unwell: John McCririck, pictured on day one of the festival, has been released from hospital

Unwell: John McCririck, pictured on day one of the festival, has been released from hospital

The former Channel 4 pundit had said earlier this week that he planned on returning to Prestbury Park to watch the highlight of the four-day National Hunt festival.

But after being released from hospital he has returned home to recover.

Mr McCririck's agent Patsy Martin said today: 'John is resting today.

'He is not going racing today and the next race meeting he will be attending will be Doncaster on Saturday week.'

John McCririck.

Horse Racing - Royal Ascot - 4th Day John McCririck English Horse Racing Pundit at Ascot

Larger than life: But McCririck was taken ill, with wife Jenny blaming the stress of his Channel 4 dismissal

In January Channel 4 dropped McCririck from its racing coverage when it unveiled its new presenting team, headed by Clare Balding.

McCririck announced he was to sue the broadcaster for 3million, claiming it axed him from its racing coverage because he was too old.

His wife Jenny told the Daily Mirror she believed the stress from a continuing disagreement with his former employer caused his illness.

Mrs McCririck told the newspaper: 'Look at the stress from Channel 4. He was perfectly OK, he had a check-up two weeks ago, but Channel 4 have done this to him.'

Some of John McCririck's memorable moments from Channel 4 Racing

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Phil Taylor hints he could quit darts after world championship final

Is the Power going out Tired Taylor hints he could be ready to take his final bow on the oche

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22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012

They may have been the words of a tired and cold-ridden man, but Phil Taylor threatened that he could be playing the final match of a darts career without equal at Alexandra Palace.

The Power, who takes on Holland’s new wonderkid Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Championship, was disgusted by his behaviour after semi-final victory over Raymond van Barneveld on Sunday night.

An emotional Taylor mistook a Van Barneveld handshake for a provocative gesture and acted aggressively towards his friend and long-time rival in a sour finale to a thrilling match.

Shout bout: Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld clash on Sunday

Shout bout: Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld clash on Sunday

Ashamed: Taylor has apologised for his behaviour

Ashamed: Taylor has apologised for his behaviour

Disagreement: Taylor and Van Barneveld exchanged words as they left the stage

Disagreement: Taylor and Van Barneveld exchanged words as they left the stage

Tale of the tape

Taylor said: ‘I’m ashamed of myself and I feel terrible. I’ve texted Raymond and spoken to him and there is nothing else I can do, only apologise for it. It will never happen again.

‘I don’t care about darts at the minute. I know I’m in the final but I don’t feel excited or chuffed about it. I feel very down. I could just walk away tomorrow night and retire — go out on top. I’m a bit disillusioned about everything. Obviously I’m not feeling very well and I need a break.

‘To put the record straight, Raymond is a very strong lad and when he shook my hand and pulled me he hurt me a little bit. That was all it was and I reacted disgracefully.

Whatever the PDC decide, chuck the book at me, they can do whatever they want. I’m ashamed because I really like Raymond. It’s upset me.’

Is this the end Taylor was pushed all the way by Van Barneveld and says he needs a break

Is this the end Taylor was pushed all the way by Van Barneveld and says he needs a break

Winning feeling: Taylor shows his emotion after winning the semi-final

Winning feeling: Taylor shows his emotion after winning the semi-final

Whether or not Taylor is serious about retirement, he is not underestimating the task facing him if he is to claim a 16th world title tonight. Van Gerwen has been the star of this World Championship, bullying his opponents into submission with a scoring ability only Taylor has ever attained on a consistent basis.

Taylor added: ‘I’ve not seen a dart player like Michael in all my career. Only myself really. I think he’s the next one. His scoring, passion, his will to win, his aggression, Michael’s got the full package.

‘He’s phenomenal. He’s different to all the players I’ve seen and I’ve seen nearly four generations of players. Pretender to my crown He’s no pretender. For me to beat him is going to take a lot of concentration and a lot of effort. I can do it but it’s going to take a lot. I had a 109 average and lost to him the other week, but I can get him.’

The man of the moment: Michael van Gerwen is a player in form

The man of the moment: Michael van Gerwen is a player in form

Champion in waiting Van Gerwen beat two time champion Adrian Lewis and James Wade on the way to the final

Champion in waiting Van Gerwen beat two time champion Adrian Lewis and James Wade on the way to the final

Van Gerwen was just nine months old when Taylor claimed his first world title in 1990. Remarkably, he didn’t pick up a set of darts until he was 13, playing with friends at their homes in Boxtel, a small town near Eindhoven in southern Holland.

He turned professional four years later in 2006, recording a televised nine-dart finish and winning the World Masters at the age of 17. He has never been a respecter of reputations.

Van Gerwen said: ‘I don’t like watching darts. Even now, most of the times I don’t bother. I played Phil for the first time when I was 17. I knew nothing about him before that. It would be great if I could become world champion 10 years after playing for the first time.’

Malaga banned from next season of European competition for failing to pay debts

UEFA get tough on finance: Malaga banned from European football for one season after failing to pay debts

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15:20 GMT, 21 December 2012

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Malaga have been banned from competing in the next Champions League or Europa League competition they qualify for after failing to meet financial obligations.

The Spanish club will be allowed to play FC Porto as planned in the last 16 of this season's Champions League, but they will be excluded for one season if they qualify for European competition between 2013 and 2017.

Banned! Malaga will not be allowed to play the next season of European football they qualify for

Banned! Malaga will not be allowed to play the next season of European football they qualify for

They will be banned for a second season during that four-year window if they fail to prove that outstanding debts to employees and tax authorities have been paid by the end of March.

It is the first indication of the strict punishments UEFA will hand down to clubs under new Financial Fair Play regulations.

On the move Malaga's talented midfielder Isco may have to be sold

On the move Malaga's talented midfielder Isco may have to be sold

Malaga reacted by quickly releasing their own statement claiming that the decision was 'disproportionate and unjustified' and the club would work 'energetically and without rest to achieve justice'.

'Malaga Club de Futbol wishes to communicate its total disagreement with today's UEFA decision,' the statement read.

'The measures taken against the club are absolutely disproportionate and unjustified given the club's situation. We consider that the club is being punished unfairly and used as a 'Turk's head' example to others.'

'Given the total and absolute indignation and consternation on the part of the club, Malaga CF wishes to state that it will work energetically and without rest to achieve justice, using all available necessary means.

'Malaga CF wishes to add that it does not understand, and considers totally incomprehensible and abusive, that after having received this judgement it must now wait an unknown period of time to know the evidence upon which it was taken.'

Testing times: Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini may have to make some difficult decisions in the January transfer window

Testing times: Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini may have to make some difficult decisions in the January transfer window

The statement went on to refute claims that it was unable to pay its own players and keep up with debt repayments to other clubs.

It added that their Qatari backers remained committed to their 'project.'

Malaga, who are currently fourth in La Liga and in strong contention for a Champions League return, were also fined 300,000 euros (243,000).

The Spaniards finished top of a tough group including AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg and Anderlecht to set up their tie with Porto.

Five other clubs face similar one-year bans during any of the next three seasons unless they can convince UEFA they have cleared the stipulated debts.

They are Hadjuk Split and Osijek from Croatia, Rapid Bucharest and Dinamo Bucharest from Romania, and Partizan Belgrade from Serbia.

Bacary Sagna unhappy at Arsenal over stalled contract talks

Sagna joins list of disgruntled Gunners as talks stall over pay rise on 60k per week deal

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 8 November 2012

Bacary Sagna is the latest Arsenal star heading for a long-running contract dispute.

Initial discussions over an extension of the France international’s deal are believed to have stalled.

His current contract expires at the end of next season, but Arsene Wenger is keen to tie his first-choice right back down.

No deal: Bacary Sagna wants an improved contract to stay at Arsenal

No deal: Bacary Sagna wants an improved contract to stay at Arsenal

Sagna wants an increase on his current 60,000-per-week deal.

The 29-year-old is the latest Gunner whose future has come under scrutiny due to a disagreement over contracts.

Robin van Persie and Alex Song both left in the summer after failing to agree fresh terms, while Theo Walcott’s future is in the balance due to a contract dispute.

Sagna recently launched a scathing attack on the club, saying: ‘Everyone was expecting Robin van Persie to leave, but Alex Song — that was a surprise. I don’t understand that at all.

‘It is a big loss for the club. When you see two of the best players from last season leave, you ask a lot of questions.

‘I understand why the supporters are nervous. I am the only starting player left from 2007.’

Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand make up after Kick It Out T-shirt row

We're mates again… Fergie and Ferdinand put Kick It Out T-shirt storm behind them as United head into European showdown

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15:17 GMT, 22 October 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand were back working together in training 48 hours after the Manchester United defender refused to wear a T-shirt supporting the anti-racism Kick It Out campaign.

The defender defied Fergie on Saturday
ahead of United's 4-2 win over Stoke, leading his manager to state
publicly that the 33-year-old would be 'dealt with'.

But Ferdinand was at the club's
Carrington HQ as normal ahead of the Champions League encounter with
Braga at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Ferguson told a press conference on Monday: 'I spoke to Rio. The issue is pretty simple. There was a communication problem.

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All smiles: Fergie and Ferdinand have put the disagreement over the Kick It Out T-shirts behind them

All smiles: Fergie and Ferdinand have put the disagreement over the Kick It Out T-shirts behind them

Something to smile about Fergie shares a joke with the press at the pre-Champions League press conference

Something to smile about Fergie shares a joke with the press at the pre-Champions League press conference

'He felt I should have spoken to him on Friday and I didn't anticipate there would be any problem in the dressing room as far as the T-shirt was concerned.

;I have listened to the conviction of Rio and I think it is quite compelling. I can understand his stance.

'But I think you are always stronger as a union. There's more solidarity than as a single unit.

'The advice I would give is that he should take it up with the proper authorities. It is only through that he will make his voice heard.

'Obviously as the manager of the club when you lay down policy you don't want to see it being ignored. That's where my anger came on Saturday.

'But we have resolved the situation, there are no lingering problems and we move on. That is the end of the matter.'

The United manager also revealed he has decided to rest Ferdinand and Patrice Evra for the Braga game ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash with leaders Chelsea on Sunday.

Ferguson added: 'He and Patrice Evra will not play. There is a big game at Chelsea on Sunday. They will be the two main changes tomorrow.'

With Chris Smalling is still sidelined by a broken metatarsal, Ferguson has only Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and rookie Scott Wootton as fit central defenders.

Ferdinand and Ferguson had a training ground summit on Sunday to thrash out their differences over the controversy.

Ferguson told Ferdinand he was disappointed — not that the defender did not wear the T-shirt, but that he didn’t warn him.

Back to business: Fergie and Ferdinand share a laugh and a joke in training on Monday morning

Back to business: Fergie and Ferdinand share a laugh and a joke in training on Monday morning

Back to business: Fergie and Ferdinand share a laugh and a joke in training on Monday morning

Ferguson thinks this made him look foolish after he told the media on Friday that all his players would wear the T-shirts.

Ferdinand accepted this point and the two agreed to move on.

A
United source said on Sunday night: 'Rio wanted to make it clear that
he wasn’t deliberately trying to ignore his manager’s instructions while
the manager just said he ought to have been told in advance.'

With so many other players choosing not to wear the shirt, Ferguson would risk a lengthy dispute if he tries to fine Ferdinand.

On Sunday afternoon Ferdinand’s brother
Anton, along with five Queens Park Rangers team-mates, also refused to
wear a T-shirt before the 1-1 draw with Everton.

Rangers boss Hughes will not be taking any action against his players as he voiced concerns of his own.

He said: 'It's a personal thing but my
personal view is that any campaign that focuses on trying to take racism
out of sport and football is a good thing and we should try to support
it.

Let's put it behind us: Fergie holds court in training and there were no signs that Rio held a grudge

Let's put it behind us: Fergie holds court in training and there were no signs that Rio held a grudge

Let's put it behind us: Fergie holds court in training and there were no signs that Rio held a grudge

'Everyone will have a view about whether
or not enough is being done. Sometimes someone will take a personal
view that what's being done is not enough but you'll never get rid of it
totally.

'I don't think so. It's very, very difficult. There'll always be some idiot who feels that it's something they want to do.'

Euro action: United are preparing for their Champions League clash with Braga

Euro action: United are preparing for their Champions League clash with Braga

Euro action: United are preparing for their Champions League clash with Braga

The man who started the debate over the value of the Kick it Out campaign is set to meet the group for talks.

Reading striker Jason Roberts suggested players should not back the campaign because it was ineffectual.

Red alert: Sir Alex and Ferdinand have ironed out their differences

Red alert: Sir Alex and Ferdinand have ironed out their differences

Red alert: Sir Alex and Ferdinand have ironed out their differences

Now it is understood Roberts intends to
meet Kick it Out chairman Lord Ouseley this week to talk about ways to
make the organisation stronger.

Rio Ferdinand was criticised by former United defender Viv Anderson, the first black footballer to represent England.

Kicked into touch: Rio refused to wear the T-short ahead of the clash with with Stoke

Kicked into touch: Rio refused to wear the T-short ahead of the clash with with Stoke

Kicked into touch: Rio refused to wear the T-short ahead of the clash with with Stoke

Anderson said: 'It's not just the football club, it's the FA, the players' union, the managers' union, they all back Kick It Out.

'I know Rio's not happy but you can’t have things all over the place because it doesn't achieve anything.'

Badge of honour: Fergie sported the anti-racism message on his jacket

Badge of honour: Fergie sported the anti-racism message on his jacket

Opting out: Roberts also declined to wear the shirt before his game for Reading

Opting out: Roberts also declined to wear the shirt before his game for Reading

Video: Fergie and Ferdinand all smiles at Manchester United training session

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Steven Fletcher reveals regret over Scotland exile

Fletcher reveals regret over Scotland exile as striker prepares for return

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13:46 GMT, 8 October 2012

Top form: Fletcher has scored five times this season

Top form: Fletcher has scored five times this season

Steven Fletcher has admitted regret over the length of his international exile, but vowed to put his disagreement with Craig Levein behind him and focus on helping Scotland reach the World Cup finals.

The Sunderland striker is back in the squad for the qualifiers against Wales and Belgium after ending an 18-month impasse between himself and the manager.

Fletcher had not spoken to Levein since sending a text message to a Scottish Football Association official in February 2011 informing him he did not wish to be selected for the Carling Nations Cup game against Northern Ireland.

But he has enjoyed positive talks with Levein in the past week and is eager to get back involved.

In an interview on www.scottishfa.co.uk, Fletcher said: 'I had a good chat with the manager when he came to visit at the training ground last week and, while it was important we discussed the past and put it to bed, it was more important that we focused on the future.

'I understand why people want to know what changed, but the truth, as the manager said last week, was that the situation wasn't helping anyone. I am a proud Scot and it is a privilege to play for my country.

Exile: Fletcher had fallen out with Levein

Exile: Fletcher had fallen out with Levein

'Everyone knows it has been too long since we last qualified for a major finals and I want to do my bit to help us reach Brazil.'

Levein also expressed his regret last week that the situation had taken so long to resolve.

Fletcher said: 'I am desperate to play for Scotland again and, like Craig, I regret that it has taken this long to come about. I'm sure we have both done a lot of thinking during the last two years, but the country comes first.

'I think it just became apparent that we all needed to move on. The most important thing is that I can look to restart my international career.

'When I first spoke to Craig again it was fine and was not awkward at all. We both said our piece and agreed that whatever happened, the country comes first.'

Mark Robins named Coventry manager

Robins returns with lowly Coventry in bid to lift gloom at the Ricoh Arena

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16:58 GMT, 19 September 2012

Mark Robins has been named as Coventry City’s new manager.

He has signed a three-year contract and is tasked with reviving their poor start to life in League One.

He said: 'This is a great opportunity. Coventry is a club with great tradition and, although we find ourselves in League One, the squad that has been assembled is better than the results so far have shown.

'I am relishing the opportunity to turn things around and bring better times for the Sky Blues supporters. There is a lot to be done and I will get straight to work with the players and backroom staff.'

Sky Blue chance: Mark Robins looks set to be named the new Coventry manager

Sky Blue chance: Mark Robins looks set to be named the new Coventry manager

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Coventry’s board have had several
candidates under review since sacking Andy Thorn earlier this season and
were thought to have whittled the list down to three, until Portsmouth
boss Appleton unexpectedly came under review.

Former
Blackburn and MK Dons boss Paul Ince and ex-Derby and Hull manager Phil
Brown were the other two frontrunners, but Robins off all three rivals
after impressing during a series of interviews.

The one-time Manchester United striker
launched his managerial career with Rotherham and further enhanced his
reputation after leaving to take over at Barnsley three years ago.

He led Barnsley to their best Championship finish for five years before quitting in the wake of a disagreement over budget restraints.

He has been out of work since leaving Oakwell in May, 2011 but let it be known he is ready to enter the fray again.

The 42-year old faces a daunting task at Coventry, following their relegation to League One at the end of last season. But he has always backed his ability to build a winning team on limited finances and will begin work on reviving Coventry’s ailing fortunes with immediate effect.

Portsmouth could become extinct on August 10 – Trevor Birch

Pompey on the ropes as club warned they face extinction on August 10

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23:29 GMT, 24 July 2012

Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch has warned the club will go out of business on August 10 unless an agreement can be reached over the wages of their senior players.

Eight senior players were understood to be in disagreement over unpaid salaries, although Luke Varney has since joined Leeds.

Supporters group SOS Pompey handed over an open letter to the players at the club's training ground in a bid to persuade players to compromise on their wages and Birch has said former owner Balram Chainrai could pull out of a proposed deal to buy the club if more players are not moved on.

Through the wire: Portsmouth are clinging on to survival

Through the wire: Portsmouth are clinging on to survival

And Birch told ESPN Soccernet today: 'Everybody, including the players, have been served notice that the club will close down on August 10.'

Defender Tal Ben Haim and striker Kanu are among the players owed significant wages, with both players reportedly claiming around 3million in unpaid salary.

And Birch said. 'The only way the club can be saved is if the players accept compromise deals.

'The Football League are in constant touch and know the situation, the PFA are also aware of it and are doing all they can to help.

'If the new owner does not take over the liabilities and guarantee 10million to football creditors then the Football League will not transfer its share and the club will go under.

Deadline: The club come become extinct on August 10

Deadline: The club could become extinct on August 10

'To save the club we are frantically trying to negotiate with players such as Kanu and Tal (Ben) Haim. We have offered Tal (Ben) Haim a substantial compromise which he has turned down, so it is difficult to negotiate.

'Perhaps he is playing a game of bluff. Perhaps he thinks we are bluffing that the new owner will save the club and still pay him or accept his liabilities going forward.

Veteran: Kanu is owed money by Portsmouth

Veteran: Kanu is owed money by Portsmouth

'We are now reaching a critical time, time is running out. I can only hope by serving notice that the club will shut down on August 10 that this will concentrate people's minds.'

Pompey are due to face Plymouth in the Capital One Cup on August 14 before starting their npower League One campaign – for which they will face a 10-point deduction – against south coast rivals Bournemouth four days later at Fratton Park.

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor earlier described the situation as embarrassing for the game and said some players had been 'unfairly intimidated', but agreed all parties had to agree to lose out if the club was to stay in business.

'It's about everybody getting in the same room, the players, the club, the administrators, the potential new owners and deal with the situation rather than looking at it separately,' Taylor told Sky Sports News.

'If not there's no transparency as to how serious the situation is. If this club is going to survive we need everybody to have something – but not all that they are owed, otherwise everybody's just going to get nothing.'

Taylor added: 'There's been a bit of unfair intimidation on a few of the high earners. There's about eight I think that needed to go, to get settlements done and half of those have gone now.

'We've managed to get some security from the Premier League, they've been very co-operative on parachute payments, the Football League have told the owners they can't get all the money back that they put into the club originally, so they've got to take a hit.'

Tottenham interested in Santi Cazorla

Spurs could move for Cazorla if Modric makes switch to Madrid

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12:43 GMT, 19 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham are considering a bid for Malaga's Santi Cazorla with Luka Modric in danger of leaving White Hart Lane.

The Spanish Euro 2012 champion has had a disagreement with his club over unpaid wages according to Madrid newspaper AS.

Spurs could offer Cazorla double his current salary – which would mean the 27-year-old might pick up 75,000-a-week.

Winner: Santi Cazorla (second left) picked up a medal at Euro 2012

Winner: Santi Cazorla (second left) picked up a medal at Euro 2012

Malaga paid around 17million to buy the creative midfielder from Villareal last summer.

Modric is likely to head to Real Madrid, with new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson hinting at a departure.

'He’s a world-class player but when you’re a top-class player you’re going to be linked with other clubs, and he’s probably going to one of the biggest clubs in the world,' explained the Icelander.

Steven Pienaar worried Spurs will scupper Everton return

Don't price me out! Pienaar fears Spurs could scupper dream return to Everton

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11:02 GMT, 4 June 2012

Steven Pienaar is concerned that he could be priced out of a return to Everton by Tottenham.

The Spurs midfielder hopes to secure a permanent return to Goodison Park after spending much of this season on loan at his former club.

Let me go! Steven Pienaar hopes for a return to Goodison Park

Let me go! Steven Pienaar hopes for a return to Goodison Park

Pienaar struggled to make an impact in north London, but hit sublime form during his loan spell on Merseyside.

Yet Spurs owner Daniel Levy is determined to make a profit on the South African.

Tottenham bought Pienaar for 3million in January 2011, Levy hopes to double that figure if they were to sell him.

The 6million asking price could prove too much for cash-strapped Everton.

Struggle: Pienaar (left) impressed for Everton and South Africa but failed to do so for Tottenham

Struggle: Pienaar (left) impressed for Everton and South Africa but failed to do so for Tottenham

Pienaar does not feature in Harry Redknapp's plans, and appeared for a paltry 14 minutes in Spurs colours this season.

According to The Sun, Redknapp has fallen out with owner Levy over Pienaar.

Redknapp has requested cash to bolster his midfield, but has failed to utilise the talents of Pienaar – something which Levy has taken issue with.

This disagreement threatens to disrupt the 30-year-old's move back to Everton, with Redknapp's valuation being lower than Levy's.