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Lennon: I will not be bullied by Manchester United or Liverpool to sell Victor Wanyama or Gary Hooper

Lennon: I will not be bullied by Man United or Liverpool to sell Wanyama or Hooper

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UPDATED:

01:08 GMT, 14 December 2012

Neil Lennon expects to have the final
say on any bids for his players next month and insists Celtic will not
be bullied by wealthy English predators.

The Parkhead boss is well aware that
his side's achievements in the Champions League have attracted the
interest of some leading Premiership clubs. Liverpool and Southampton
have been linked with moves for Gary Hooper, while Victor Wanyama
continues to feature high on Manchester United's wanted list.

Impressive: Victor Wanyama

Impressive: Victor Wanyama

Lennon, though, remains adamant it would take an 'astronomical' offer for Celtic to part with one of their prize assets during the January transfer window while they chase success in four competitions.

And the manager believes it should be down to him – rather than the board – to make the decisive call about whether any cash put forward is acceptable.

'As I have said before, everyone has their price and I think I will have a say in the decision if a huge bid comes in for any of the players,' said Lennon.

'But I don't want them to go. I want them to see this season out anyway and make a real fist of the competitions. There are not many teams still going on four fronts – including the Champions League – with half the season gone.

'Will I have the final say I'd like to think so, yeah.

'At the time when Aiden McGeady was going (to Spartak Moscow for 9.5million in 2010), I felt it was good business.

Warning: Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Warning: Celtic manager Neil Lennon

'It was a good offer and something where we could use the money on the team. We are now in a totally different scenario. We don't need to sell.

'It could be the case that I don't want to stand in the way of a player going to one of the bigger clubs. But I hope I don't have to face that scenario.'

Lennon is confident Celtic are close to agreeing a new contract with Hooper, whose current deal expires in the summer of 2014, while talks also remain on-going with Wanyama's agent.

If there is no conclusion to those discussions in the coming weeks, it could persuade English suitors to test Celtic's resolve with take-it-or-leave-it bids just as the January window is about to close.

Lennon, though, is adamant that tactic would not work as it would leave little time for the club to invest the money recouped.

'If it's the last day of the window, then it's too late,' added Lennon.

'I wouldn't have time (to replace the players) and you've all month to put a bid in. It does happen, but it will not happen here – not to any of our major players anyway.' Lennon would be comfortable to see out the season with his current squad but is in the market for left-sided reinforcements next month.

He also confirmed Celtic are keen on pursuing a deal for US international striker Juan Agudelo, who impressed during a recent training period with the champions.

The 19-year-old, who became his country's youngest-ever goalscorer aged 17, is currently with MLS side Chivas USA.

Inflatable model of Brazil 2014 mascot removed after vandal attack

What a letdown! Inflatable model of Brazil 2014 mascot removed after vandal attack

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UPDATED:

13:13 GMT, 10 October 2012

An inflatable model of Brazil's 2014 World Cup mascot has been removed after being attacked by vandals, the second such incident in less than a week.

The seven-metre high inflatable armadillo was removed from its spot near Brasilia's Esplanade of the Ministries, an enormous boulevard flanked by public buildings, after youths attacked it with knives, Brazilian media said.

Photographs showed a pile of earth and iron railings where the grinning mascot had previously stood.

All smiles: The mascot stands proud in outside the Monumental Axis, in Brasilia

All smiles: The mascot stands proud in outside the Monumental Axis, in Brasilia

Last week, another model was damaged after it was attacked during demonstrations in the southern city of Porto Alegre.

Models of the mascot have been placed in several Brazilian cities, including Sao Paulo.

The mascot was unveiled one month ago and a its name – Amijubi, Fuleco or Zuzeco – will be decided by a public vote.

Three-banded armadillos, an endangered species indigenous to Brazil, live mainly in the arid northeast region and are threatened by habitat destruction.

They are unusual among armadillos in that they can roll into a ball to defend themselves from predators.

Punctured: The mascot has been removed after being vandalised

Punctured: The mascot has been removed after being vandalised

David Silva will cost 80m, Manchester City tell Real Madrid

Silva will cost 80m in gold if Madrid are to move for City star

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 1 July 2012

David Silva will cost Real Madrid an astonishing 80million if they want to pry him from the grip of Manchester City.

The club believe the prohibitive price tag will dissuade the Spanish predators from their pursuit of City's star player.

Star: David Silva (right) is a Real Madrid target

Star: David Silva (right) is a Real Madrid target

Spanish reports suggest Madrid boss Jose Mourinho would be able to spend up to 45m on the player as he tries to consolidate his La Liga winning squad.

The Sunday Mirror report that he is also willing to offer Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain to sweeten the deal for Roberto Mancini.

Rivalry: Silva sees off Portugal on the way to the Euro 2012 final

Rivalry: Silva sees off Portugal on the way to the Euro 2012 final

The Italian has already begun contract talks with 26-year-old Silva as they aim to tie him down until 2016.

Another signature City are aiming to obtain is that of Robin van Persie.

If they can get Emmanuel Adebayor to move to Tottenham it would open the door to signing the Dutch hitman.