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Manchester City have first refusal on Nathan Redmond

Redmond to remain with Birmingham but champions City wait in wings

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

11:43 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 24 January 2013

Birmingham's Nathan Redmond is set to stay at the Championship club until the end of the season despite their financial troubles.

Manchester City have first refusal on the highly-rated 18-year-old winger but are in no rush to make an offer.

The Premier League champions agreed the deal when Joe Hart was loaned to St Andrew's for the 2009-10 season.

Staying put: Nathan Redmond (left) will not leave Birmingham this month

Staying put: Nathan Redmond (left) will not leave Birmingham this month

Redmond has impressed for the Midlands club in recent seasons having been on their books since he was spotted as an eight-year-old.

He has represented England at Under 16, 17, 18 and 19 level and has made 27 appearances for his club this season.

Redmond has less than 18 months left on his contract and West Ham Liverpool and Tottenham are all interested but must wait until City show their hand.

Off: Jack Butland (right) looks set to leave Birmingham for the Premier League

Off: Jack Butland (right) looks set to leave Birmingham for the Premier League

Cash-strapped Birmingham, who are struggling to pay their bills, are however expected to offload England goalkeeper Jack Butland in January.

The owners have made it a condition of the sale
that around half of the 6million fee they are demanding is made as a
down-payment.

Birmingham's
coffers are due to be swelled by around 500,000 when Chris Burke makes a
switch to Nottingham Forest in the next few days but it is Butland's
sale that will enable Lee Clark's club to pay their way until the
summer, surviving the threat of administration.

Gareth Bale should join Real Madrid, says Luka Modric

Come and join me! Modric tells former Spurs team-mate Bale to move to Real Madrid

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UPDATED:

14:13 GMT, 17 October 2012

Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has revealed that he wants Gareth Bale to join him at Real Madrid.

Spurs winger Bale, 23, has emerged as one of the most sought-after players in world football after setting the Premier League alight for the past couple of years.

And Modric, who left Spurs for Real in a 33million deal this summer, believes that the Welshman has the ability to fit in at the nine-time European Cup winners.

Old friends: Bale and Modric (right) chat on Tuesday night

Old friends: Bale and Modric (right) chat on Tuesday night

Forward burst: Bale gets past Croatia's Ivan Strinic in the World Cup qualifier

Forward burst: Bale gets past Croatia's Ivan Strinic in the World Cup qualifier

'He should play for Real Madrid and I
hope he’ll come,' said Modric, who played for Croatia on Tuesday night
as they beat Bale and Wales 2-0 in Osijek.

'It would be amazing and I think he can [play for Real Madrid],' he added. 'He’s a good enough player.'

Bale's
contract with Spurs runs to 2015 but the partnership that the club
signed with Real in the summer has fuelled speculation that he could
leave in a 40m deal at the end of the season.

Spurs have insisted that the partnership
does not allow Real first refusal on the club's players, but Modric's
transfer suggests a clear hierarchy in the deal.

Eyes on the ball: Andy King of Wales tries to pinch the ball from Modric

Eyes on the ball: Andy King of Wales tries to pinch the ball from Modric

Bale had netted six goals in his previous eight games for his country, but he was unable to find a way past the Croats on Tuesday night.

The former Southampton man accepts that his rise to fame now makes his a marked man.

'It is normal now I think,' Bale said after the match.

'I’m never going to stop doing what I do and hopefully I can continue to play well.'

Rangers in crisis: Charles Green bid could be in doubt

King claim may derail Green bid as Rangers crisis takes another twist

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 20 May 2012

Charles Green’s bid to take control of Rangers was confronted with another potential obstacle on Sunday — as director Dave King claimed he had been granted first refusal on Craig Whyte’s 85-per-cent shareholding.

Although Whyte categorically denied the claim, the prospect of a court battle over what King describes as a ‘legally valid’ promise could yet delay or derail Green, who insists he has an irrevocable agreement to purchase the disgraced owner’s majority stake.

Doubt: Charles Green faces a new challenge to his Rangers takeover

Doubt: Charles Green faces a new challenge to his Rangers takeover

King says the deal to buy Whyte’s shares ‘at whatever price anyone offers and Whyte is willing to accept’ was sealed in Glasgow on September 29 last year, explaining: ‘It was verbally agreed over lunch but is legally valid.

‘It suited him at the time — and I will hold him to it. I have first option on those shares and I will not forego this unless I am absolutely certain any proposed transaction that excluded me was in the best interests of the club. I have yet to see such a proposal.’

Crisis: Rangers have been in administration since February

Crisis: Rangers have been in administration since February

Green insists he has already done a deal to buy Whyte’s shareholding, essential to any successful buy-out, as part of the mystery consortium’s 8.5million bid accepted by administrators Duff & Phelps.

Liverpool lead chase for Hector Herrera

Liverpool closing in on deal for Mexico winger Herrera

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UPDATED:

10:12 GMT, 14 April 2012

Liverpool lead the race to sign Pachuca winger Hector Herrera after it was revealed the Merseyside club have agreed a first-refusal deal for the Mexico international.

Herrera, 22, played a major part in the Under 23's Olympic qualification campaign and and is now excited by thought of playing in the same league as his Mexico team-mate Javier Hernandez.

A Liverpool scout has already met with the midfielder, but herrera concedes no deal has been firmly agreed yet.

Red alert: Herrera (centre) could be heading to Anfield

Red alert: Herrera (centre) could be heading to Anfield

Herrera said: 'I watch games on TV and it will be fabulous to play against Chicharito.

'I was only introduced to him (Liverpool scout), he didn't tell me anything specific.'

Andres Fassi, Pachuca’s executive director, announced that the Merseyside club have priority in signing the midfielder but insisted that no offer is yet to be made.

'We have a sort of deal between the two clubs, in that Liverpool would be the first in line should the player emigrate to Europe,' Fassi revealed.

London calling: Herrera (back) with team-mates after qualifying for Olympics

London calling: Herrera (back) with team-mates after qualifying for Olympics

'There's no formal offer yet, only interest, no verbal agreement or pre-contract. Liverpool's people came to Mexico on a general scouting trip, there's a declared interest in Herrera.

'Their scout was here for four practice sessions and now they want to watch him in the Olympic Games.'

Michael Owen sells half share of Brown Panther

United striker Owen sells half share in Brown to Black

Manchester United’s Michael Owen has sold a half-share in his St Leger runner-up Brown Panther.

Owen will now share the Royal Ascot winner he bred with Andrew Black, joint founder of betting exchange Betfair and a partner in the striker’s Cheshire stable.

Owen said: ‘During the last few months I have received numerous offers, culminating in one I could not refuse.

Sold: Michael Owen has sold half his stake in Brown Panther

Sold: Michael Owen has sold half his stake in Brown Panther

'Prior to accepting, I informed Andrew of my decision and offered him first refusal to buy 50 per cent. I am delighted he accepted.’

Trainer Tom Dascombe is planning a racecourse comeback for Brown Panther in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester’s May meeting.

Dascombe said: ‘He got outpaced in the St Leger because the ground was too quick and I am keen to campaign him at a mile and a half.’

Oriol Romeu could return to Barcelona in 2013

Romeu considering return to Barcelona despite Chelsea impact

Champion: Oriol Romeu

Champion: Oriol Romeu”s combination of power and flair has seen him impress in a Chelsea shirt

Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu could return to his homeland in 2013.

Romeu joined the Blues from Barcelona in the summer and has already forged a place as Andre Villas-Boas’ preferred defensive midfielder ahead of John Obi Mikel.

The 20-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge has, however, already been questioned because Barcelona have a buy-back option at the end of this season, as well as in the summer of 2013.

Chelsea have refuted that, stating only that Barca have first refusal if they were willing to sell – a scenario that looks increasingly unlikely as Romeu establishes himself – but it is widely understood that Barcelona will be able to take the player backif they desire.

While the midfielder is keen to repay Chelsea’s faith, their hopes of holding onto the player in the long-term could be jeopardised by his apparent desire to one day return to Barca.

“Will Romeu return His dream before leaving was to be a Barcelona player and that still stands, but we cannot ignore the opportunity Chelsea have provided,” his agent Javier Magico Diaz said.

“We’ll have to see if it’s appropriate for the club and the player (to return to Barca).

Signed: Andre Villas-Boas brought Romeu to the Bridge in the summer

Signed: Andre Villas-Boas brought Romeu to the Bridge in the summer

“We need to know if he’ll keep developing at Chelsea and playing.

“Maybe it will be more convenient to stay for another year and then return in 2013.”

Despite that Diaz said Romeu, who had been restricted to Barcelona’s B team before his move to England, felt indebted to Chelsea for giving him his chance at the top level.

“Oriol has made a name for himself in the Premier League and is playing regularly,” he added.

“We’re committed to the club and we cannot leave them hanging.”

Aston Villa want Josh McEachran on loan

EXCLUSIVE: Villa to rival Bolton in McEachran loan chase in January

Josh McEachran is a January loan target for Aston Villa after being told he can leave Chelsea to gain first-team experience.

Alex McLeish has had a strong interest in McEachran, 18, who has played just one Premier League game this term, since the teenage midfielder impressed against his team in pre-season.

Villa, who have lost on-loan Jermaine Jenas for the rest of the season after an achilles injury, have approached Chelsea but face competition from Swansea and Fulham, who are keen on the midfielder.

Wanted: Josh McEachran will be in high demand during January

Wanted: Josh McEachran will be in high demand during January

Bolton are also interested and hold an ace because Chelsea want centre back Gary Cahill and are prepared to sweeten the deal by clearing McEachran to move to the Reebok until the end of the season.

Owen Coyle could have first refusal because of the progress he made with striker Daniel Sturridge last season and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in 2010.