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Manchester City mascot confused during Sunderland handshake

VIDEO: What's going on City mascot confused during Sunderland handshake

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UPDATED:

16:16 GMT, 27 December 2012

Flashbulbs, television cameras, tens of thousands of people, household names and an unforgettable afternoon.

Well, who wouldn’t want to miss their chance of soaking up the atmosphere, especially when you’re a Manchester City mascot

This young man will have probably spent hours every weekend watching Premier League action, including the traditional handshakes before each kick-off.

But sometimes the dazzling nature and anticipation of a top flight clash can make you forget the rituals.

Forget, that is, until a friendly hair-ruffling from the opposition’s Carlos Cuellar brings you back down to earth.

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confused kid

confused kid

confused kid

Stuart Broad ruled out of final Test in India

Injured Broad to fight his way back after being ruled out of final Test in India

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 12 December 2012

Over the last four years Stuart Broad has been, when fit, one of the first names on England’s team sheet. Now, he is on the outside looking in.

Broad was ruled out of Thursday’s final Test with a recurrence of the heel injury suffered in the second warm-up game.

It is the latest setback for the seamer, who was omitted from the third Test in Kolkata after two wicketless matches. He now faces the biggest challenge of a career that has seen him, at 26, take 172 wickets in 52 Tests.

Blow: Stuart Broad will miss England's final Test in India through injury

Blow: Stuart Broad will miss England's final Test in India through injury

A decision will be made over Broad leading England in the two T20s which follow the Tests but surely he would be better off going home and taking stock.

This tour will go down as his worst. Passed fit for the first Test, he struggled in Ahmedabad and Mumbai, and the second Test win was followed by what seemed a kick up the backside from bowling coach David Saker, who said world-class quicks always find a way to get wickets on the subcontinent. Ouch.

Earlier Broad had a Twitter spat with Sir Ian Botham, questioning the right Sky pundits had to criticise him when England had not won a series in India for 28 years. Botham took 13 wickets, and hit 114, in Mumbai in 1980.

Big fan: Andy Flower has faith in Broad but he has not been at his best

Big fan: Andy Flower has faith in Broad but he has not been at his best

Then Broad told the world he was not well during the Mumbai Test; England had denied he was ill. Much of this feistiness is what attracts team director Andy Flower to Broad, who has vowed to work harder than ever to earn his place back.

In 2011, he responded to criticism with some of his best bowling despite three major injuries that year. Even this year, he has 40 wickets. Last week Nasser Hussain said Broad should be a certainty for the 2013 Ashes. Now Broad must prove him right.

Cardiff 24 Montpellier 35: Blues out of Heineken Cup

Cardiff 24 Montpellier 35: European dream over for Blues as Williams sees red

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15:09 GMT, 9 December 2012

Fourteen-man Cardiff had their Heineken Cup aspirations ended as they fell to a third straight Pool Six defeat at the hands of Montpellier.

Teenage fly-half Rhys Patchell slotted seven penalties and a drop goal for the home side, who had scrum-half Lloyd Williams sent off after 25 minutes for a tip tackle on opposite number Benoit Paillaugue.

Pierre Berard, Mamuka Gorgodze and Timoci Nagusa all crossed for Montpellier, with the classy Paillaugue kicking 20 points.

Godzilla: Mamuka Gorgodze goes over for Montpellier

Godzilla: Mamuka Gorgodze goes over for Montpellier

The Blues' defeat adds to the gloom that has enveloped Welsh rugby, with the regions managing a collective one win from nine Heineken Cup matches to go with the national side's run of seven straight defeats.

The injury-ravaged Blues, without Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny, Jamie Roberts, Bradley Davies and a host of others, did make a good fist of the opening quarter against a Montpellier side resting several of their first-choice names.

Patchell had the hosts on the board inside four minutes with a penalty and fell just short with a long-distance effort just seconds earlier.

But there were already early warning signs for the Cardiff scrum, an Achilles heel throughout the season.

An emphatic drive from the Montpellier pack allowed Paillaugue to slot a monster 50-metre penalty, and another strong shove gave the scrum-half his second three-pointer after Patchell had briefly put the hosts back ahead.

Patchell, showing a good degree of composure for one so young, replied with another penalty to make it 9-6 at the end of a scrappy opening quarter lacking in creativity.

No way through: Alex Cuthbert is halted by Pierre Barard

No way through: Alex Cuthbert is halted by Pierre Barard

But the Blues' hopes were dealt a major blow when Wales international Williams was dismissed.

The home crowd howled their derision at referee John Lacey, but the official was left with little choice after Williams lifted opposite number Paillaugue and dropped him on to the back of his neck after the ball had squirted out of a Blues scrum.

Paillaugue dusted himself down to level the scores from the resulting penalty, only for Patchell to again respond, this time with a well-taken drop goal.

But the home side's numerical disadvantage soon told as Montpellier built patiently through the phases to work an overlap on the left for wing Berard to cross, with the reliable boot of Paillaugue adding the conversion from the touchline.

Patchell kept Cardiff in it with yet another penalty, but when Dafydd Hewitt came in at the side of the ruck Paillaugue struck to leave the visitors 19-15 to the good at the break.

Try time: Timoci Nagusa scores Montpellier's third and final try

Try time: Timoci Nagusa scores Montpellier's third and final try

The Blues turned round with a strong wind behind them and Patchell used it to bring them within a point with a huge three-pointer from almost his own 10-yard line.

Montpellier should have made the game safe 15 minutes into the second half when Yoan Audrin picked off Patchell's pass.

The young fly-half did brilliantly to haul the winger down, but when the ball was recycled the visitors had a huge overlap, only for Gorgodze's final pass to Berard to be ruled forward.

Paillaugue did at least re-establish the four-point lead with his latest penalty, and the French side's second try followed with 14 minutes to go.

Fly-half Santiago Fernandez gathered in Paillaugue's kick to take Montpellier deep into Cardiff territory. Desperate scrambling defence kept out Berard, but Gorgodze stretched out to dot down through the ruck.

The hosts battled gamely and Patchell quickly slotted another two penalties to get the Blues back to within three points.

But Paillaugue steadied any French nerves before replacement wing Nagusa sealed the win by finishing smartly in the corner.

Micky Mellon on Burnley shortlist

EXCLUSIVE: Mellon joins Pressley and Dyche on shortlist for Burnley job

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UPDATED:

08:51 GMT, 26 October 2012

Micky Mellon is the third name on Burnley’s shortlist of candidates to succeed Eddie Howe at Turf Moor, Sportsmail understands.

Burnley are in no hurry to make an appointment and are happy for Terry Pashley to continue in caretaker charge, as he seeks a third consecutive win at Cardiff this weekend.

But they are closing in on a new manager and whittling down the list of names under closest review to replace Howe, who returned to his former club Bournemouth a few days ago.

In the frame: Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon

In the frame: Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon

Gone: Eddie Howe has taken over at Bournemouth

Gone: Eddie Howe has taken over at Bournemouth

Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that ex-Watford boss Sean Dyche and current Falkirk manager Steven Pressley are the top two under consideration. Dyche was a popular figure at Vicarage Road, and led Watford to their highest Championship finish in four years before being sacked to make way for Gianfranco Zola, while Pressley is seen as an up-and-coming young Scottish manager in the same mould as former Turf Moor boss Owen Coyle.

Mellon is next in line, after becoming Fleetwood Town’s first-ever full-time manager, in the Conference North, four years ago, and not only leading them into the Football League but quickly establishing them as one of the frontrunners for promotion from League Two.

As a further point in his favour, he is a former Burnley player and had a brief spell as youth team coach at Turf Moor before leaving to take over at Fleetwood.

St Johnstone’s former Northern Ireland midfielder Steve Lomas is another candidate, though Burnley have had to forget any approach for Wigan coach Graeme Jones after being told it would be rebuffed.

‘Graeme is vitally important to what we are doing here, and this is the wrong time to be speaking to individuals about changing roles,’ said Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.

‘The summer is the time when that should be done. It is a compliment when there is interest in one of your players or members of staff, but I want to make sure nothing distracts from the job in hand. We are in the middle of an important season, and I would never allow my staff to be divided until we have finished what we set out to achieve.’

Sir Alex Ferguson replacement known at Manchester United, says Ed Woodward

Some shoes to fill! United claim they have list of names to replace Fergie… but it's under lock and key at Old Trafford

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UPDATED:

15:07 GMT, 23 October 2012

Manchester United have revealed that plans for Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement have already been discussed… and locked in a drawer at Old Trafford.

Vice-chairman Ed Woodward claims the list is known by a select view despite no date being set for the Scot to end his long reign at the helm.

He said: 'We have a view as to what that process [appointing a new manager] will look like in terms of finding a replacement and what type of manager we want and how and when we'll go about it.

Out of work: Pep Guardiola

Out of work: Pep Guardiola

Close to home: David Moyes

Close to home: David Moyes

Wants it: Jose Mourinho

Wants it: Jose Mourinho

'But it's in the drawer and long may it stay in the drawer.'

Names like Jose Mourinho and Pep
Guardiola, as well as David Moyes, have long been linked with the top
job at England's most successful club for when Ferguson eventually moves
aside. However, it remains some way away.

Speaking earlier this year at the celebrations for his 25th year, the 70-year-old said: 'I don't know how long I can last now but if my health stays up I don't think another two or three years would harm me any.

I'm the boss: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently celebrated 25 years at the helm

I'm the boss: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently celebrated 25 years at the helm

I'm the boss: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently celebrated 25 years at the helm
Pack your bags, lads…

Manchester United are considering touring Australia – where Alessandro del Piero and Emile Heskey currently play – and India next summer.

The club would support proposals for a Premier League wage cap.

The Glazers will NOT sell the club for 'many, many years' despite ongoing interest.

United will continue to buy established stars, if that is what Sir Alex wants.

'I think you need stamina in my job. I
am blessed with that. I'll know when I'm not enjoying it and if I got
to a point when I wasn't enjoying it I would definitely do it (retire).

'But I think you always want to go out on a winning note. Hopefully we can do that.'

Quite against Woodward's claims, Ferguson was adamant there have been no discussions about his thoughts on a successor.

'Never discussed it – it is a dangerous game,' was his response. 'At this moment in time there are about half-a-dozen managers doing very well in the Premier League, all the others are fighting for their lives.

'Is that going to be the same in two or three years' time when I'm ready to quit Some may have lost their job.'

Pepe Reina "likes" Brendan Rodgers" mind games

Reina backs Rodgers' envelope mind games and says Reds boss just needs time to bring success

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UPDATED:

16:30 GMT, 12 October 2012

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has supported manager Brendan Rodgers’ motivational techniques at Anfield.

The documentary Being: Liverpool shows Rodgers in an eve of season team talk using a psychological ploy involving three envelopes.

In an attempt to motivate his players, he tells them the envelopes contain three names of players who will let the side down this season.

Backing: Pepe Reina, who was preparing with the Spain squad this week, says he liked Brendan Rodgers' mind games

Backing: Pepe Reina, who was preparing with the Spain squad this week, says he liked Brendan Rodgers' mind games

Reina, who has struggled to retain his own high standards of form, said: ‘I never feared being in the envelope. No one can ever put my name in an envelope because of a lack of attitude or commitment.

‘It was a motivational speech designed to make sure we were focused and tuned in all year,’ Reina told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

‘I never feared being in the envelope. No one can ever put my name in an envelope because of a lack of attitude or commitment.

‘It’s the first time I have seen a manager do that and, personally, I liked it. It stands out.

‘It was a speech designed to motivate.’

Reina added: ‘In terms of the way we have played, there have been moments that have been very good.

Not me: Rodgers told Liverpool players he had three names in separate envelopes of those he believed would let the club down this year

Not me: Rodgers told Liverpool players he had three names in separate envelopes of those he believed would let the club down this year

Many talents: Reina tried his hand at volleying towards goal in training with the Spanish national team

Many talents: Reina tried his hand at volleying towards goal in training with the Spanish national team

'We are trying to impose a new style with a new manager and that takes time.

‘There are mistakes at times because it’s not easy, but I prefer to make mistakes trying to do what the manager wants and trying to do the right thing.

‘We’re optimistic that sooner or later we’ll be fighting near the top again.’

Mind games: Rodgers (left) was filmed holding the envelopes in a behind-the-scenes documentary: Being: Liverpool

Mind games: Rodgers (left) was filmed holding the envelopes in a behind-the-scenes documentary: Being: Liverpool

Leighton Baines determined to take England chance

Baines determined to take his chance with injured Cole missing out for England

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UPDATED:

15:17 GMT, 5 September 2012

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Leighton Baines has no issue living in Ashley Cole's shadow – but he is eager to step into the limelight himself against Moldova on Friday.

Cole's hopes of becoming the first full-back to make a century of England appearances during this month's World Cup double header have been dashed by the ankle injury that has prevented him making the trip to Chisinau.

International ambition: Leighton Baines (left) wants to take his chance

International ambition: Leighton Baines (left) wants to take his chance

It means finally, two and a half years after making his debut, Baines will get to start a competitive game for the first time.

Yet the Everton man knows his place is only temporary. If Cole recovers in time for the visit of Ukraine to Wembley on Tuesday, Baines will be straight out of the team.

It is not something Baines' competitive instincts lets him willingly accept.

But the 27-year-old is aware enough to realise why the natural order has Cole at the top.

'Ashley has been fantastic over the years,' said Baines. 'It has been difficult for anyone to get a look in.

'The main thing, for club and country, is his consistency. He is one of the first names on the team sheet because he is such a reliable performer. He is an eight out of 10 minimum every week. We often depend on him.'

And though Baines, and Ryan Bertrand amongst others, are in direct competition, they can learn from the 31-year-old.

Crocked: First-choice left-back Ashley Cole (right) misses out through injury

Crocked: First-choice left-back Ashley Cole (right) misses out through injury

'He is someone, for the rest of us, for Ryan and myself and Kieran Gibbs, who is not in the squad but is a young left-back coming through, to look at and try to learn from.'

Baines has been regarded as Cole's deputy for almost all those 30 months.

Surprisingly though, he was left out of the World Cup squad by Fabio Capello amid claims comments made about suffering homesickness had been taken rather too literally.

As Capello never actually asked Baines about them, still less offered any kind of explanation why, after starting two pre-tournament friendlies, he was axed from the provisional squad in favour of Stephen Warnock, who had not featured for a minute, the former Wigan man can offer no insight.

It would not be out of keeping for Capello though, who ran a somewhat austere ship, where communication was kept to a minimum.

The Italian's successor is not like that. Roy Hodgson threw open England's entire training session to the media on Monday, something unimaginable when Capello was in charge.

New era: Baines is loving life with England under Roy Hodgson

New era: Baines is loving life with England under Roy Hodgson

And, as Baines has observed, the relaxed attitude runs right through the entire camp.

'There is a shift in mentality,' said Baines. 'When you are around the place you are more relaxed and enjoy each other's company a bit more.

'Maybe it was a bit stiffer before that. It is difficult to make direct comparisons but Roy has had a positive influence.

'He is an English manager, so it is a lot easier for him to get his points across to the players.

'Now he has more time with the squad it has given him more chance to implement those ideas.

'Hopefully you will see that out on the pitch.'

Stepping up: Baines (left) trains before heading to Moldova

Stepping up: Baines (left) trains before heading to Moldova

Cole's absence is just one injury blow Hodgson has suffered in the build-up to Friday's game.

Most damaging is the gashed thigh that rules Wayne Rooney out.

Fellow striker Andy Carroll has been sidelined by a hamstring strain, while Gareth Barry has still not recovered from the groin injury that ruled him out of Euro 2012.

'The depth of the squad is going to be tested,' said Baines. 'There are a lot of players missing but we still have a strong squad and it is well capable of winning these two games.'

Eduardo says Arsenal were wrong to sell Robin van Persie

Arsene was wrong to sell stars, warns former Arsenal striker Eduardo

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 22 August 2012

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Eduardo insists Arsenal should not have sold Robin van Persie and Alex Song this summer and claims his former club have made a ‘big mistake’.

Van Persie was sold to Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester United last week and Song was allowed to leave for Barcelona. The departure of two high-profile names at the Emirates came 12 months after Arsenal let Cesc Fabregas join Barca and Samir Nasri move to Manchester City.

Eduardo, who joined Arsene Wenger’s side from Dinamo Zagreb in 2007 before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010, believes that Arsenal will never challenge for the title if they keep selling their best players at the end of each season.

Wrong move: Former Arsenal striker Eduardo says Arsenal were wrong to sell Robin van Persie

Wrong move: Former Arsenal striker Eduardo says Arsenal were wrong to sell Robin van Persie

He also suggests the sales of Van Persie and Song have jeopardised Arsenal’s chances of a top-four finish.

'It’s a big mistake to sell them — they were the most important players last season. When you lose players like that, your chance of finishing in the top four is less,’ he said.

'Every player comes to Arsenal as a simple player and Arsenal make them into a big player. But they can’t keep everyone together to fight for titles. Every year it’s similar — they lose players, buy players, make them class players and the next year they sell again. They are always in the same place.’

Big move: Van Persie made his debut for Manchester United after making his move for Arsenal

Big move: Van Persie made his debut for Manchester United after making his move for Arsenal

Brazilian Andre Santos has been read the riot act by angry Arsenal officials after he was clocked speeding at 130mph just yards from the club’s London Colney HQ. The Brazil full back was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving last Friday morning and will appear in court on September 12.

The club have been infuriated by Santos’s misdemeanour, with the South American likely to be fined by the club after he appears in court next month.

South Korea 0 Brazil 3 – London 2012 Olympics

South Korea 0 Brazil 3: Neymar stars as Samba Boys close in on elusive gold

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

21:54 GMT, 7 August 2012

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UPDATED:

22:59 GMT, 7 August 2012

Brazil stayed on course for that elusive Olympic gold medal, ending South Korea' s brave challenge in front of a full house at Old Trafford to set up a Wembley final against Mexico on Saturday.

Two goals from Leandro Damiao helped a Neymar-inspired Brazil to keep up their impressive record of scoring three times in all five games at London 2012, but statistics will matter little to coach Mano Menezes and his players as they chase the only prize in football to elude their country.

The South Americans may have won the World Cup a record five times – at every age-group, outdoor, indoor and even on the beach – but until now Olympic gold has eluded them.

On target: Damiao scored a brace for Brazil in the 3-0 win over South Korea on Tuesday night

On target: Damiao scored a brace for Brazil in the 3-0 win over South Korea on Tuesday night

Match facts

South Korea: Lee Bum-young; Yun Suk-young,
Kim Young-gwon, Hwang Seok-ho, Oh Jae-suk; Koo Ja-cheol (Jung Woo-young 59),
Ki Sung-yueng, Kim Bo-kyung; Nam Tae-hee, Ji Dong-won (Baek Sung-dong 77),
Kim Hyun-sung (Park Chu-young 71).
Subs not used: Jung Sung-ryong, Kim Kee-hee, Park
Jong-woo, Kim Chang-soo.

Booked: Ji Dong-won

Brazil: Gabriel; Rafael,
Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro, Marcelo (Hulk 76); Juan Jesus (Bruno Uvini
83), Sandro; Oscar, Romulo, Neymar; Leandro Damiao (Alexandre Pato 78).

Subs not used: Lucas, Danilo, Ganso, Neto.
Scorers: Romulo 38, Leandro Damiao 57, 64

Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic).

Brazil's failure is all the more surprising considering the calibre of teams they have entered for the Olympics in the past; the list of star names who have tried and failed is long and illustrious.

Now the class of 2012 are just one game at the home of English football away from ending the wait, and what a class they are.

In Neymar, Lucas Moura and Oscar alone, they have three of the hottest young properties in world football. The rest help make up the bulk of Brazil's senior national team. No wonder Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini watched admiringly from the stands here.

For a while their place at Wembley looked under real threat. South Korea made by far the better start and Alex Sandro and Thiago Silva both had to clear the danger when goalkeeper Gabriel was beaten inside the opening quarter of an hour, while Sunderland striker Ji Dongwon sent a super effort inches over from 25 yards.

Samba beat: Brazil are one step closer to sealing Olympic gold after beating South Korea at Old Trafford

Samba beat: Brazil are one step closer to sealing Olympic gold after beating South Korea at Old Trafford

Lee Bumyoung, the second-choice goalkeeper who came off the bench to knock out Great Britain by saving Daniel Sturridge's effort in a penalty shootout, had little to do until a poor backpass forced him to rush out and save at the feet of Leandro in the 20th minute, picking up a knock in the process.

He certainly looked out of sorts when Brazil took the lead seven minutes before half-time.

Neymar started it off by winning the ball near halfway and surging forward. He slipped a pass to Chelsea's new 25milion signing Oscar who fed Romulo and the Spartak Moscow player was able to beat the Korean keeper all to easily at his near post.

Fancy seeing you here, Roberto: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini watched from the stands at Old Trafford

Fancy seeing you here, Roberto: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini watched from the stands at Old Trafford

Neymar was also involved in Leandro's two goals as Brazil killed off the contest after half-time. The Santos star invited a finish by pulling the ball back from the byline after 57 minutes and although Marcelo completely missed his attempt Leandro did not, drilling it home from 12 yards.

And when Neymar teased Korea with another mazy run across the box in the 64th minute, Oscar's pass was deflected to Leandro who somehow dug the ball out from under his feet and into the bottom corner.

In so doing, he became the top scorer in the tournament with six goals. By reaching the final, Brazil have now matched their achievement at Los Angeles 84 and Seoul 88. Their predecessors couldn't finish the job. It's hard to see this team falling short now.

QPR confirm Craig Bellamy interest

Come in, Craig! QPR confirm Hughes wants Olympic star Bellamy once again

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UPDATED:

09:29 GMT, 24 July 2012

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QPR have discussed the prospect of signing Craig Bellamy, vice-chairman Amit Bhatia has revealed.

Liverpool striker Bellamy has been tipped for a move to Rangers after taking part in the Olympics with Great Britain.

New Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has expressed his desire to keep the 33-year-old at Anfield but Rangers could yet swoop for the Welshman, who has also been linked with a return to Cardiff.

On the move again: Craig Bellamy is wanted by Queens Park Rangers

On the move again: Craig Bellamy is wanted by Queens Park Rangers

Better together: Bellamy and Mark Hughes have worked together several times before

Better together: Bellamy and Mark Hughes have worked together several times before

Bellamy, who is entering the final year of his contract, played under QPR boss Mark Hughes both for Wales and at Manchester City and Blackburn.

Bhatia said: 'Craig is definitely a name that has been mentioned, a name we've discussed. There are a few options.

'We have been a fan of Craig Bellamy for the last few years, ever since he became available – that's not to say we have not been fans of other players.

'Many names have been tossed about, and who Mark settles on eventually will be his, and we'll do our best to support him.'

QPR have also been linked with Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and Bhatia told Sky Sports News: 'It would be hard to speculate at this point.

'It's not the right thing to do. Mark likes to have a long list of players! We'll see what happens. Many of the players we are after potentially have interest from other clubs also.'