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Soccer 
In The Press (06/02/09)

Catch up with all the latest gossip from the world of sport.

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Antonio Valencia after Wigan manager Steve Bruce conceded it is "inevitable" he will leave in the summer. (Various)

Real Madrid are set to top Manchester United's offer for on-loan Carlos Tevez, with the Old Trafford outfit set to put a £75,000-a-week deal on the table to try to persuade the Argentine to stay. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona are prepared to let Thierry Henry leave the Nou Camp in the summer for about £12m as they look to sign midfielder Franck Ribery for £25m from Bayern Munich. (The Sun)

Nottingham Forest want to sign Birmingham's Gary McSheffrey when the loan window opens next week. (Daily Star)

Ian Harte says he hopes to use a move to St Mirren to resurrect his dream of playing for Celtic. (Daily Record)

Tony Adams says he will not quit Portsmouth, despite facing a barrage of criticism from fans after the 3-1 defeat by Fulham. (Various)

Michel Platini is ready to ban clubs from European competition, if they spend beyond their means, after hitting out at Manchester City's "ridiculous" £108m bid for AC Milan star Kaka. (Various)

Xabi Alonso has lifted the lid on the power struggle at Anfield and admitted the club's American owners and Rafael Benitez are involved in a "tug of war". (The Sun)

Fabio Capello has hinted that he will hand David Beckham the chance to equal Bobby Moore's record of 108 caps in the friendly against Spain. (Various)

Charles N'Zogbia has hit out at former club Newcastle and believes they should sack manager Joe Kinnear as they need someone who can control the club properly. (Various)

James McFadden has been ruled out of Scotland's World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands next month after scans revealed he has ligament damage. (Various)


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