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      PSG have shown interest in Luka Modric  


      PSG have shown interest in Luka Modric

      PSG have joined the chase for Tottenham striker Luka Modric, according to French reports.

      The French club has offered £36.5million for the Croatian international, according to French newspaper 'Le Parisien'.

      Modric is the must have signing of the summer at the moment with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United all in the chase.

      While PSG show their interest in Modric moves to clinch the player by Chelsea and Manchester United have cooled.

      Chelsea are now focusing on Brazillian Oscar while Ferguson is focused on a move for Lucas Moura.

      Luka Modric has previously said that he would prefer a move to Spanish club Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho has  said he would be nicely placed to work with Xabi Alonso in midfield.

      Ancelotti has now declared his admiration for Modric, a player he knows well from his time in England with Chelsea.
      "I did not need to see him at the Euro to know how much talent he has," said the Italian.

      "I knew his capabilities before. Now he has confirmed his high quality for those who did not know."

      Pressed on the likelihood of a move for the 26-year-old, though, he told AS.com: "I know that is what matters most now, but I am sorry to disappoint you. I cannot speak publicly about the transfer market.

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    • Moura to make it a hat-trick as Fergie unveils new boys Kagawa and Powell


      New faces: Lucas Moura (left) battles with Paraguay's Aureliano Torres - and he could be set for a move to Old Trafford

      New faces: Lucas Moura (left) battles with Paraguay's Aureliano Torres - and he could be set for a move to Old Trafford




      Manchester United are closing in on Brazilian teenage forward Lucas Moura after unveiling their first two signings of the summer.

      While manager Sir Alex Ferguson paraded Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell at Old Trafford, chief scout Jim Lawlor was in Sao Paulo to tie up a £25million deal for the highly rated playmaker.

      Lawlor flew to Brazil on Wednesday evening and club secretary John Alexander is also believed to be on standby to complete the transfer as United look to secure Moura’s signature before he plays in a pre-Olympic friendly against Great Britain at Middlesbrough next week.

      Sao Paulo claim they have already rejected a £32.4m offer from Chelsea but United are hopeful of signing the 19-year-old if they can improve on Inter Milan’s unsuccessful bid of £20m. Brazil midfielder Anderson could also be included as part of the package.

      Ferguson, who continues to monitor Robin van Persie’s situation at Arsenal, said: ‘It’s possible we could bring in one or maybe two more. When there’s a European Championship or World Cup on there is a delay in the transfer industry. Now that’s over we’re still trying to get maybe one player in.’

      Flanked by the boy from Kobe and one from Crewe, Ferguson set about trying to re-establish United as champions of England following that dramatic title race with neighbours Manchester City.

      Asked how he had reflected on losing the Barclays Premier League title on the last day of the season, the Old Trafford boss joked: ‘Red wine helps!’

      Bringing in Kagawa and Powell for an initial joint cost of £16m might not be seen as the most emphatic of statements but Ferguson continues to build carefully for the future amid persistent questions over his spending power. One question about the Glazers was cut short quickly.

      The 23-year-old Japanese attacking midfielder was a major force behind the German side’s double last season.

      His performance in the 5-2 German Cup Final win over Bayern Munich convinced Ferguson to spend £12million on a man he believes will help reinvigorate his side.

      Fergie said: “He can give us that bit extra in the final third of the field.

      “If his goalscoring record continues, he could be a very good player for us.

      The Japan midfielder will go on the club’s pre-season tour of South Africa and China, and could even start the season if Ferguson is satisfied the language barrier is not too great.


      New boys: Sir Alex Ferguson with signings Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell

      New boys: Sir Alex Ferguson with signings Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell


      Watchful eye: Ferguson brought playmaker Kagawa to Old Trafford

      Watchful eye: Ferguson pounced to take playmaker Kagawa to Old Trafford


      Dream move: Nick Powell moved from Crewe to Manchester United

      Dream move: Nick Powell moved from Crewe to Manchester United



      ‘I’m sure he’ll improve his English over the next few months,’ said  Ferguson. ‘He won’t understand my Scottish when I lose my temper anyway so it doesn’t matter!

      ‘Once he adapts and knows some of the football phrases our players use then he can start in the first game.

      ‘He plays in behind the striker, he’s quick and he’s got good vision. He can give us that bit extra in the final third.’

      Kagawa’s popularity in the Far East was clear from the number of Japanese media at Old Trafford.

      ‘I definitely feel the attention of the media globally now that I’m a member of a great club like Manchester United,’ said Kagawa. ‘But I think I can take the pressure. I’m confident I can adapt to the Premier League style.

      ‘Now that I’m training here I can really see the difference. Everything is on a high level and when all the other players join us it will be even higher. This is definitely the greatest  challenge of my career.’

      If Kagawa is aware of the increased interest, imagine how Powell feels after just two seasons at Crewe in League Two. Ferguson says he sees the 18-year-old’s future in central midfield, but Powell is prepared to be patient following his £4m move.

      He said: ‘At Crewe it was one camera and one person, but Manchester United is the whole world. I want to be a United player and show what I can do. But obviously I’ll bide my time.’

      Edited by zocoss 13 Jul `12, 9:22AM
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    • John Terry trial a case of 'straightforward racial abuse'

      Prosecution and defence lay out final arguments in trial of Chelsea captain for alleged abuse of Anton Ferdinand

      Chelsea captain John Terry arrives at court for the closing arguments in his racial abuse trial

      Chelsea captain John Terry arrives at court to hear the closing arguments in his racial abuse trial.




      The Chelsea football captain, John Terry, has been "seeking to provide a plausible story" to explain his racist outburst at Anton Ferdinand "ever since it happened", the prosecution at his trial has claimed.

      Dismissing the 31-year-old centre-back's claim that he was merely repeating an accusation made by Ferdinand, prosecutor Duncan Penny said Terry was using "straightforward racial abuse" at Ferdinand, 27, a QPR defender.

      However, the defence QC, George Carter-Stephenson, urged that Terry, 31, be acquitted. This was not a case about racism and there was "an abundance of evidence" to prove that, he argued.

      Claims and counterclaims over the interpretation of words came during closing submissions to chief magistrate Howard Riddle as the trial neared its end. At one point Riddle referenced a French novelist to point out that the argument was about the use of everyday language: "We're not talking about Balzac."

      At another point, the defence claimed Terry may have misheard or misinterpreted what he thought Ferdinand had said as he made a fist pump gesture on the pitch, taunting Terry over an alleged affair with former team-mate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend.

      Terry could have mistaken the word "Bridge" for "black", said Carter-Stephenson. Or even heard a voice in the Loftus Road crowd say "black" simultaneously with Ferdinand's lip movements.

      The former England captain denies a racially aggravated public order offence of calling Ferdinand a "fucking black cunt" during the Premier League derby at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011. He claims he simply repeated back the slur that he thought Ferdinand had used towards him.

      Penny claimed Terry had used the word "you", before the racial obscenity, and had also used the word "and" followed by another word obscured on video footage.

      He suggested Terry had said "and yours", in response to the taunt by Ferdinand as an abuse about Ferdinand's girlfriend.

      "If it's rhetorical repetition, why does the word 'and' feature at all? Why are there any other words spoken by Mr Terry at all, beyond 'a black cunt'?" asked Penny. Those words were Terry's and "nobody else's".

      Penny said it was unlikely, in the final minutes of the game, Ferdinand would have had "the motivation or frankly the sophistication" in the heat of the moment to make up the allegation that Terry had used racial abuse.

      He also asked what was in it for Ferdinand, who was a "reluctant" witness?

      "This case will follow him for the rest of his career. "You may wish to ask yourself the question, whether in truth he was brave to give evidence in this trial?" he told Riddle.

      But Carter-Stephenson urged the magistrate to treat Ferdinand's evidence with caution.

      The QPR player was "inconsistent and unreliable both on word and events".

      "No matter what the words actually were, if they were or may have been Mr Terry repeating back what he believed Mr Ferdinand had accused him of, then that's the end of this particular case."

      There was no evidence, from anyone other than Terry himself, as to what he had said.

      He dismissed claims Terry had snapped over Ferdinand's alleged goading.

      "Can it really be right that Mr Terry totally loses his cool, as suggested by the prosecution, in relation to a further taunt by Mr Ferdinand about shagging his team-mate's missus?"

      That was "inherently implausible" for a man who had 600 games behind him spanning 14 years of top-level football, and who had only been sent off four times, "never in relation to his language".

      It was "inconceivable to suggest that the taunt from Anton Ferdinand", which he had heard hundreds of times, and far worse, made him snap, Carter-Stephenson said.

      A verdict in the case is expected on Friday.

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    • Spurs finally get their Jan: Ajax defender Vertonghen completes move after passing medical 

      The Belgian's move had more false starts than a Hercile Poirot investigation


      Nice to meet you! Andre Villas-Boas with new signings Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen





      Tottenham have finalised the signing of Jan Vertonghen from Ajax after the centre-half passed his medical.

      The 25-year-old, who captained the Amsterdam club, agreed terms with Spurs at the weekend and has now completed the formalities.

      Tottenham confirmed the news on their official Twitter feed, writing: "We are delighted to announce that Jan-Vertonghen has completed his transfer from Ajax after passing his medical."

      Spurs had been tracking the Belgium international for several months, with Vertonghen winning last season's Eredivisie player of the season award as Ajax won the league.

      Vertonghen's move was briefly delayed, however, amid reported interest from Arsenal while the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas as manager in place of Harry Redknapp also created some upheaval.

      Speaking after agreeing terms, Vertonghen welcomed the chance to ply his trade at White Hart Lane - regardless of who is in charge.

      "I am very relieved," he told Sky Sports News.



      Vertonghen, last season's Eredivisie player of the season  



      "It went on for a long time, but I'm glad I'm a Tottenham player right now and I'm looking forward to playing for the club.

      "I am 25 years old now and I feel ready to play in the Premier League. I heard that Harry Redknapp really wanted me to play for Tottenham, but now it's Andre Villas-Boas. To me, that doesn't matter.

      "I just want to play for the club and I hope I can please the fans at the club."

      He follows Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in signing for Tottenham since Villas-Boas arrived.

      Edited by zocoss 12 Jul `12, 11:12PM
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    • End of the road: Fergie all but admits Darren Fletcher's playing career is over


      Man United boss also hints at further new signings to come

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      Sir Alex Ferguson has effectively admitted Darren Fletcher's playing career is over.

      Midfielder Fletcher has been out of action since December suffering with the bowel condition colitis.

      And the Manchester United boss suggested Fletcher, 27, was unlikely to make it back to playing ever again.

      "Darren has not started training with us," said Ferguson.

      "He has got challenges that we are happy to be patient with. But he won't be starting the season.

      "It's a shame because he's such a magnificent professional and nice guy.

      "If it doesn't work out for him he knows he has always got a position at this club."

      Ferguson's hinting at a coaching role for Fletcher comes after the midfielder helped out with the reserves last season, during his enforced absence.

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    • Fergie unveils Kagawa and Powell

      NEW RECRUITS ... Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell with Alex Ferguson
      NEW RECRUITS ... Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell with Alex Ferguson



      Dream move: Nick Powell moved from Crewe to Manchester United

      Dream move: Nick Powell moved from Crewe to Manchester United


      More to come? Ferguson is looking to add more signings to those of Kagawa and Powell

      More to come? Ferguson is looking to add more signings to those of Kagawa and Powell




      ALEX FERGUSON admits he is eyeing one more summer signing.

      The Manchester United boss was speaking at a press conference to unveil new boys Nick Powell, signed from Crewe, and Shinji Kagawa, who has joined from German double-winners Borussia Dortmund.

      And the United manager is keen to add one more new face to his squad before the quest to regain the Premier League title from Manchester City begins next month.

      He said: "There will possibly be one more. We have always done well in terms of getting players in at the end of the season. That is the right time.

      “But always in a European Championship or World Cup year, there is a delay in the transfer industry.

      “That is over now and we are still trying to get one more in.”

      Edited by zocoss 12 Jul `12, 10:29PM
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    • Real Madrid's £40m offer for Luka Modric paves way for Joao Moutinho's move to Tottenham Hotspur

      Real Madrid have bid more than £40 million to sign Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur, paving the way for the midfielder to finally leave.

      Real Madrid's &pound;40m offer for Luka Modric paves way for Joao Moutinho's move to Tottenham Hotspur
      On his way out: Luka Modric is on the cusp of a move to Real Madrid Photo: REUTERS
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      Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also attempting to sign the 26-year-old Croatia international but it is understood that a deal could be struck with Real in the next few days.

      Real had cooled their interest, after an inquiry earlier this summer, in which they had offered cash plus Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin but talks are understood to have resumed over a straight cash offer.

      Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been quoting an asking price of £50 million for Modric but the Real offer is expected to be the best one he will receive with the player preferring to move to Spain rather than join PSG.

      Levy is adamant that if Modric quits Spurs then he will also leave the Premier League and the chairman will not even countenance an offer from Chelsea whose interest may, indeed, wane now that they have agreed a deal to sign the exciting young Brazil playmaker Oscar for around £22 million.

      That move came about after Chelsea hijacked Spurs’ bid to sign the 20 year-old from Internacional and should Modric go it is likely that Spurs will make a move for Joao Moutinho although they will not meet Porto’s asking price of more than £30 million for the Portuguese midfielder. A deal, however, does seem likely for Moutinho to eventually move to White Hart Lane.

      On Wednesday Spurs’ new head coach, Andre Villas-Boas, confirmed that the club would listen to offers for Modric after he once again informed them he would like to leave. “The interest Luka is getting from a number of different clubs is the same as he got last year,” Villas-Boas said.

      “Luka is a player of major importance for the football club and that is why he attracts so many clubs. At the moment, it’s in the hands of the chairman to accept the right proposition.

      "Chelsea was involved last year so there is nothing new in the situation. If the player’s ambition is to move to another club, we can respect that decision, but there are club interests that the chairman will defend and I think only when the right offer is met, there will be more news.”

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    • What a load of rubbish... No, really, Arsenal's new kit is made out of recycled waste...


      Deep purple: Alex Song, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny parade the new kit

      Deep purple: Alex Song, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny parade the new kit

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      Wing men: Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain model the new away strip, which is likely to split opinion





      It's official... Arsenal's new away kit is a load of rubbish.

      The Gunners have unveiled their striking purple and black hooped design - along with a garish bright pink goalkeeper's strip - and revealed that each set of shirt and shorts has been made using up to 13 recycled plastic water bottles. 

      The kit - modelled by Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Song, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny - is manufactured from Nike's ground-breaking recycled polyester, making it their most environmentally friendly kit ever produced, reducing energy consumption by up to 30 per cent compared to traditional polyester.

      While Arsene Wenger's men will no doubt be applauded for doing their bit to help the environment, the reaction to their unusual choice of colour remains to be seen.

      It's certainly a far cry from the traditional yellow away kit associated with so many Arsenal triumphs over the years, including the one worn by Michael Thomas when he scored a last-gasp title-winning strike at Anfield in 1989.

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      Liverpool to be first Premier League club represented at official LGBT event

      Club's managing director Ian Ayre said it underlined their determination to rid football of homophobia


      Liverpool fans

      Liverpool supporters hold up their scarves. The club is to be involved in next month's Liverpool pride march. Photograph: Marc Atkins/BPI





      Liverpool FC will become the first Premier League club to be officially represented in a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) event in Britain when a banner featuring its crest is carried by club staff and members of the women's team at next month's Liverpool Pride.

      Ian Ayre, Liverpool's managing director, said the club's involvement underlines its determination to rid football of homophobia. "We continue to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that equality and principles of inclusion are embedded into all areas of Liverpool Football Club and, for many years, we have taken positive steps to promote our stance against homophobia both on and off the pitch," he said.

      "The event is … an excellent platform to attract local communities and people from across the country to experience the diverse culture of our fantastic city."

      Liverpool FC will also have a stall at the festival's Waterfront site on 4 August and will provide signed merchandise for fund-raising auctions. The club has already worked with Liverpool Pride in establishing the Football v Homophobia tournament, which was hosted at the club's academy for the first time earlier this year. The club also supports the Justin Campaign, which campaigns against homophobia both at grassroots level and in the professional game.

      Liverpool Pride has offered other football clubs and their supporters the opportunity to join the march, whether they are professional or pub league outfits. Supporters not wishing to march behind a Liverpool FC banner can register as a separate club and bring their own banners.

      Zoran Blackie, the chair of Liverpool Pride, said: "Liverpool Football Club have been going through huge changes, and one of them is to work closely with all their supporters – and they've showed that before by hosting our Football v Homophobia tournament."

      Liverpool Pride takes place at the city's Pier Head and throughout the Stanley Street quarter. The festival's Nautical but Nice theme this year, chosen in a ballot by the local LGBT, takes its lead from Liverpool's commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, while also celebrating the city's rich maritime history. More than 40,000 people were estimated to have taken part in the 2011 event which is the country's biggest free-of-charge gay pride festival outside London.



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    • Liverpool seeking clubs to take striker Andy Carroll on loan but £35 million player wants to stay at Anfield

      Liverpool have started contacting clubs to explore whether they want to take £35 million striker Andy Carroll on loan for the forthcoming season.

      Wanted man: Andy Carroll is being linked with a move away from Liverpool, and West Ham and Fulham are both keen on the striker

      Wanted man: Andy Carroll is being linked with a move away from Liverpool, and West Ham and Fulham are both keen on the striker



      Several clubs – including Tottenham Hotspur – who have previously expressed interest in Carroll were contacted on Tuesday. Liverpool's representatives are specifically looking for a season-long loan rather than, for now, selling the 23 year-old.

      Spurs have decided against making a move and will concentrate on securing the permanent transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City. A deal is understood to be close for Adebayor, who spent last season on loan at Spurs, and could even be announced this week dependent on the pay-off he is expected to receive from City.

      Newly-promoted West Ham would like to take Carroll and will make an inquiry of their own but their best chance of success may rest on the England international’s close friendship, forged at Newcastle United, with West Ham captain Kevin Nolan.

      West Ham manager Sam Allardyce also shares an agent, Mark Curtis, with Carroll and that might help their cause, but the club would want the player’s wages to be subsidised by Liverpool.

      It is understood Fulham are also weighing up whether to make a move and Liverpool, who are keen to sign Clint Dempsey from the Craven Cottage club, might be interested.

      Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has already suggested that the England international needs to prove he can fit into the 4-3-3 system he prefers or be sent out on loan, especially with an £11 million bid now submitted for Roma striker Fabio Borini.

      Rodgers said loaning Carroll is “something I would have to look at” and although he indicated he would give him time to prove he fitted into his plans, it appears Liverpool are, at the very least, testing the market to see if there is interest.

      They may face a battle to secure a deal — not least from the player himself. Carroll would rather stay at Liverpool and fight for his place.

      Liverpool have not had the sort of return they expected when they paid Newcastle United a British record fee for Carroll in January 2011. The striker did reasonably well for England at Euro 2012, yet it is difficult to see him slotting into the sort of system Rodgers deployed at Swansea.

      Carroll would not command anything like the same fee should Liverpool look to sell him this summer and it is only sensible Rodgers is contemplating a loan move for a player whose strengths seem at odds with his preferred style of play.

      Having broken back into the England squad under coach Roy Hodgson, Carroll needs to be playing regularly to stay there and it is unlikely he will remain opposed to a loan move if it becomes clear he will struggle to start games at Liverpool.

      One player who should have no trouble making the transition under Rodgers is Luis Suárez and there is even the prospect of a new contract being agreed with the Uruguayan.

      “I have had a good conversation with him over the phone,” said Rodgers when asked about Suárez’s absence from pre-season training because of his Olympic selection. We have exchanged lots of texts. He sent me a text on the first morning, wishing me good luck. He has really bought in to what we are trying to do.

      “He was really excited about how we played at Swansea last year. He is really keen and looking forward to playing in a similar sort of model.

      “We hope we’re getting closer to agreeing a new contract with him. There has been good dialogue. People always talk about the players coming, but what is important are the ones you already have. I look at this group and I see a really good group of players.”

      Rodgers will try to add to the squad he inherited from Kenny Dalglish, but has already made it clear there will not be a major change in personnel. The Italian international forward Borini is expected to become Rodgers’s first signing.

      The 21 year-old, who only moved back to Italy after failing to break into the first team at Chelsea last year, could link up with the squad in time to feature on their pre-season tour of North America.

      Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 20, has signed a new contract with Liverpool despite having made only 37 appearances since he joined from Charlton in May 2010.

      Edited by zocoss 11 Jul `12, 3:40PM
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    • Terry fights for his name! England star feels the heat in Ferdinand race case




      Day two: John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning

      Day two: John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning




      John Terry is fighting for his professional reputation after a savage exchange with the Crown Prosecutor in his race trial on Tuesday.

      Prosecutor Duncan Penny claimed Terry snapped and called Anton Ferdinand a ‘f****** black c***’ because nine-man Chelsea were losing a vital Barclays Premier League match.

      Although Penny conceded that the former England captain was not ‘a racist’ during the  ferocious exchange, the barrister claimed in  Westminster Magistrates he made a ‘racial’ slur.

      Terry took the stand in Court No 1 at 2.17pm on Tuesday and will be back to face further scrutiny in the dock on Wednesday morning.

      In several heated courtroom exchanges, Terry was forced to explain what level of abuse he considered to be in the ‘no-go area’ for professional footballers playing at the highest level.

      He was also challenged to admit in court that, although he is ‘not a racist’, in the words of Penny, he snapped on the pitch during the derby against Queens Park Rangers last October and made a racist comment. Terry denied this.

      Penny: You are not a racist, but you snapped and made a racial slur, didn’t you?
      Terry: No.
      Penny: You were fed up of being abused about your wife?
      Terry: Two years on I’ve heard it 100 times, a million times.
      Penny: Were you fed up that afternoon?
      Terry: Frustrated.

      The Chelsea defender was forced to admit publicly that conversations between players descend to degrading levels during the heat of battle in the Barclays Premier League.

      During several tense exchanges with Penny and under fierce cross-examination on Tuesday, Terry conceded that players routinely tell each other they ‘s***’ each other’s partners.





      On trial: Chelsea captain John Terry
      Early start: John Terry at court on Tuesday morning

      Early start: Chelsea captain John Terry denies racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match


      It was a remarkable acceleration to the courtroom pace after Terry was initially invited to take the stand in a dramatic announcement by his defence QC, George Carter-Stephenson.

      Just moments after he was taken skilfully through his witness testimony and then shown the video of the controversial incident at Loftus Road, Penny raised the stakes in cross-examination.

      In several explosive exchanges in the courtroom, Penny and Terry clashed over the nature and the level of abuse between footballers. In one, Penny used a litany of swear words and sexual references and asked Terry whether players used these to goad rivals.

      Terry’s voice was so soft that, on occasion, he was asked to speak up. In front of a packed gallery, he was confronted by more embarrassing allegations as Penny continued to test him. The audience were gripped.


      Centre of attention: Chelsea skipper John Terry arrives at court

      Centre of attention: Chelsea skipper John Terry arrives at court




      Penny: Was your private life a no-go area, Mr Terry?
      Terry: Yes.
      Penny: You saw what Anton was doing — fist-pumping, let’s face it. You got an injunction, your reputation was at stake, the handshake…Friends and team-mates protect you, don’t they?
      Terry: No.
      Penny: No? You’re highly respected in the football world, aren’t you?
      Terry: I’d like to think so.
      Penny: So do your friends look after you?
      Terry: Yes, naturally.
      Penny: So when someone enters a no-go area you strike back, don’t you?
      Terry: I don’t know what you mean.

      An audio tape of Terry’s interview with the FA, recorded at Chelsea’s training ground five days after the match, was played in court.

      In it, Terry admitted using the words ‘black c***’ during the incident, but insisted that his comments had to be judged in context.

      The Chelsea defender claimed Ferdinand used the offensive phrase first and that he was responding to an allegation. This is denied by Ferdinand.


      Back to business: Anton Ferdinand (centre) led his QPR team-mates in training on Tuesday morning

      Back to business: Anton Ferdinand (centre) led his QPR team-mates in training on Tuesday morning




      Terry’s defence is that he was questioning Ferdinand’s allegation on the field when he used the phrase in indignation. The previous day his QC had challenged the accuracy of a lip reader’s account of the alleged racist abuse.

      Video analysts Prozone provided the court with details of the pair’s clash, which started when they collided in the QPR penalty area and abuse was exchanged for the first time. After being separated by the  referee, Terry ran back to the  halfway line and both continued hurling insults at one another.


      Duncan Penny QC Counsel for prosecution

      George Carter-Stephenson QC Counsel for Terry

      Anton Ferdinand QPR defender (gave evidence, alleged victim of racial abuse)

      John Terry Chelsea captain (Defendant)

      Susan Whitewood Lip-reading expert (witness)

      Laraine Callow Lip-reading expert (witness)

      Howard Riddle District Judge

      At the time Terry is alleged to have shouted his racial abuse they are 26 metres apart. After 14 seconds the gap is 18 metres and goes to 23 metres in the next five seconds.

      During their tense court exchanges, Penny repeatedly challenged Terry on what constitutes acceptable abuse between players on the field.

      Penny: What about if an allegation was made about your sister, your mum, would you repeat that back?
      Terry: He called me ‘black c***’.
      Penny: So you repeated those words back immediately?
      Terry: Hindsight is a wonderful thing, I think, I was shocked.
      Penny: The ‘n’ word — I’m not even going to repeat it in court, I’m not even going to say it in court. Would you use that?
      Terry: I would probably say that (back to the player).

      Terry, who has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following the incident at Loftus Road, denies the charge.

      Despite the drama on Tuesday, there were some light-hearted moments during the course of Terry’s two-hour stay in the  witness box.

      During the examination of Terry’s evidence, he revealed that he sits next to Ashley Cole, Frank  Lampard and Daniel Sturridge in the dressing room because of ‘superstition’.

      According to Terry’s admission, which brought laughter in the  London courtroom, the Chelsea players move places only if they lose.

      Terry claims he resolved his conflict with Ferdinand after he made a request to see the QPR defender in the away dressing room within ‘15-20 minutes’ of the match ending.



      Accused: Terry denies any wrongdoing after being charged with shouting an offensive comment to Ferdinand

      Accused: Terry denies any wrongdoing after being charged with shouting an offensive comment to Ferdinand




      Earlier, Terry’s legal team had attempted to have the case thrown out because of lack of evidence but this was dismissed later by the chief magistrate Howard Riddle.

      Terry’s police interview, which lasted four hours, was also distributed on Tuesday. In it, he was asked why he didn’t report Ferdinand for making a racial accusation and Terry responded by saying: ‘What can the ref do?’

      In his interview with the FA, Terry claimed ‘if it happened again,  I would report it to the referee’.

      During his FA interview, the court also heard that the game’s governing body urged him not to repeat racial terms in any context on the field.

      Terry admitted that ‘hindsight is a wonderful thing’ and accepted that the situation could have been ‘handled better’.

      The case continues.

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    • Fergie hurry: United make £20m quickie bid for Brazil superteen Lucas


      Manchester United now in official talks with Sao Paolo, but it's got to be wrapped up BEFORE Olympics

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      Little wonder: Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura gets his scurry on
      Little wonder: Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura gets his scurry on
      Rising in value: A good Olympics would sharpen the focus on Lucas
      Rising in value: A good Olympics would sharpen the focus on Lucas  





      Manchester United have made a £20million-plus bid for Brazilian wonder boy Lucas Moura - and want him signed before he plays in the Olympics.

      United are now in official negotiations for the Samba starlet who is their top target for the new season, as Mirror Sport revealed, and the opening offer could rise in the coming days.

      Boss Sir Alex Ferguson has given the go-ahead to spend a chunk of his budget on the Sao Paulo sensation who would walk into his side even at the age of 19.

      And the Glazers will also finance the move because of Lucas's age and potential 'sell-on value' - with the Americans under pressure to deliver a big name after a trophyless season.

      Fergie has been after Lucas for weeks but the attempt to land him has now got serious, with Inter Milan also in the hunt - and the youngster admitting he could possibly move.


      United do not want Lucas to light up the Olympics this month and push his value higher again. Sao Paulo scent a killing and are looking for a jackpot deal.

      The Brazilians claimed to have had a £32million bid from Chelsea last season and would like that figure. United are convinced they currently have the best offer on the table.

      Lucas has opened the door to a switch and said: "I cannot guarantee that I will stay until the end of my contract. Much has changed and the situation is not up to me anymore.

      "I don't have a crazy desire to leave but when the time comes I will speak with my family and decide what is best for my future.

      "I'm very calm and down to earth about it. My job is to play football so that these clubs continue to be interested."

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    • He has no choice as Spurs have lost most of their defenders at the same time, Harry didn't do a good job in this area. King may retire, Gallas is too old and may leave, Dawson is too injury prone. In midfield, Vdv could be on his way, Modric will also be going... In goal, Brad Friedel will be 42, Gomes is still a clown...

      If we look at the numbers that are going, the replacements are still not enough...

      Modric = Moutinho

      VDV = Gylfi Sigurdsson

      King / Gallas = Jan Vertonghen

      Friedel / Gomes = Hugo Lloris

      Adebayor = Adebayor . .  .   Laughing

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      • Stopper set for Spurs? Tottenham open talks with Lyon over keeper Hugo Lloris


        Franch newspaper L'Equipe reports the Lyon stopper is set to enter negotiations with AVB's new side

        Between the sticks: Hugo Lloris could be keeping goal for Spurs this season



        Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could be on his way to Tottenham after reports in France claimed the French side is in talks with the London club over his transfer.

        The France international is ready to leave Lyon and has a queue of clubs interested in bringing him to the Premier League, including Arsenal and Liverpool.

        Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aaulas admitted before Euro 2012 that the keeper had told him he could be tempted by an offer from a "great European club".          

        Now according to French newspaper L'Equipe it is Tottenham who are in pole position to snap him up, after they opened talks over the 25-year-old.

        The proposed fee is reported to be around 20 million euros.

        Tottenham already have Brad Friedel and Heurelho Gomes on their books, but Brazilian Gomes has fallen out of favour and Friedel is already 41-years-old and new boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen to bring in a younger replacement.

        The ex-Chelsea boss has already has already completed the captures of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen as he prepares for the new season.

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      • Porto star for Spurs: AVB closes in on Moutinho to leave Chelsea in pole position to sign Oscar 

        Tottenham are also set to sign Emmanuel Adebayor, but reports Chelsea have agreed a deal for Brazil starlet Oscar appear to be premature


        Heading for White Hart Lane? Porto star Joao Moutinho is closing in on a move to Spurs




        Tottenham were today closing in on a deal to sign Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho - after leaving the field clear for Chelsea to land Brazilian schemer Oscar.

        Andre Villas-Boas, who has already completed the captures of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen, is on the brink of adding Moutinho to give him the dressing room disciple he lacked during his short-lived spell at Chelsea.

        And that has left the Blues as odds-on to capture Oscar, with Tottenham sources insisting the club pulled out of any interest in the South American at the end of last week.

        Spurs had been tracking the Internacional midfielder and made an initial £11million bid for the 20-year-old.

        But as the move for Moutinho became more concrete, Spurs switched targets and White Hart Lane sources are adamant Tottenham told Internacional they were no longer interested in the youngster three days ago.


        Blue boy? Internacional's Oscar could be on his way to Chelsea  



        That leaves Chelsea the favourites to get their man although suggestions of a £25m deal having been struck appear slightly off target.

        Oscar's agent, Carlos Meinberg, told Brazilian paper Terra: "Chelsea did offer 25m (£19.8m) but there is still no agreement between the clubs.

        "That may happen in the next few days. Oscar's other agent, Giuliano Bertolucci, will travel to England to finalise the remaining details.

        "Tottenham also made an offer, but he should accept Chelsea's offer as there is more exposure there."

        Spurs will fund the likely £22m capture of the 25-year-old Moutinho, a huge success under Villas-Boas as he guided Porto to an unbeaten season in 2010-11, by the imminent sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid.

        Madrid have offered £28m plus former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is sticking to his demands for a package valued nearer £35m in order to assent to the Croatian's departure.

        Levy has made it clear he will not sell to a Premier League rival - both Chelsea and Manchester United were keen on Modric - and while the negotiations are continuing it seems a deal will be reached in the next few days.

        Levy also seems to be getting close to reaching an agreement with Manchester City to turn Emmanuel Adebayor's loan deal in N17 into a permanent move.



        Emmanuel Adebayor during training

        Thumbs up to Spurs: Emmanuel Adebayor is set to rejoin the club on a permanent deal



        City need to offload Adebayor - and Bosnian Edin Dzeko, a target for Bayern Munich and AC Milan - in order to find space for Arsenal's want-away Dutch skipper Robin Van Persie - and appear ready to accept a £5m bid for the Togo striker, who will bank a huge signing-on fee to get his wages more in line with Tottenham's normal policy.     

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      • Emmanuel Adebayor close to signing permanent deal at Tottenham Hotspur

        • Move opens way for Manchester City to sign Robin van Persie
        • Tottenham ready to pay large signing-on fee but lower salary


        Emmanuel Adebayor scored 17 Premier League goals for Tottenham while on loan

        Emmanuel Adebayor scored 17 Premier League goals for Tottenham last season while on loan from Manchester City.

        Emmanuel Adebayor is on the brink of completing a permanent transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, as Manchester City remove one obstacle to their pursuit of Arsenal's Robin van Persie. Tottenham believe that they can secure the signature of Adebayor for £5m, although they may have to pay a slightly higher fee, and they are close to a compromise over his salary demands.

        Adebayor, who spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane, has one year remaining on his £170,000-a-week City contract. During his loan, City contributed £100,000 of his weekly wage. But Tottenham are ready to give the striker a massive signing-on fee and a lower salary to fit him into the chairman Daniel Levy's pay structure.

        Adebayor is keen to remain at Tottenham, where he scored 17 Premier League goals last time out and the club's new manager André Villas-Boas wants him to join permanently. Villas-Boas likes to play a 4-3-3 formation and Adebayor would fit in as the lead striker. Villas-Boas also has an interest in the Brazil and Internacional striker Leandro Damião.

        Tottenham's move for Adebayor has implications for Van Persie's future. City are resolved to sign the Dutchman after he made it clear last week that he wanted to leave Arsenal but, first, they must trim the number of strikers on their payroll, which currently stands at seven.

        Van Persie played with Adebayor at Arsenal but the pair are confirmed enemies after the notorious afternoon at City in September 2009, when Adebayor raked his studs across his opponent's face. Van Persie accused him afterwards of a "mindless and malicious stamp". "He set out to hurt me," Van Persie said. "The contact was only centimetres from my eye."

        There is no chance of Van Persie joining City while Adebayor remains at the club. City are poised to make an offer of around £15m for Van Persie, who has one year to run on his Arsenal contract and they do not want to go above £20m. Arsenal's valuation of the double footballer of the year is considerably higher.

        Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, said last season that there was no possibility of him selling Van Persie to City and the club have threatened to hold him to the final year of his contract, whether he likes it or not.

        Wenger has signed the strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud for a combined £24m.

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      • Park Ji-Sung: I will never forget my time at Manchester United

        The South Korean completed a move to QPR on Monday and has issued an emotional farewell to the Old Trafford outfit where he enjoyed a successful seven-year spell

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        Park Ji-Sung has insisted he will never forget his time with Manchester United after ending his seven-year stay with the club to join QPR.




        The South Korean, who joined the Red Devils from PSV Eindhoven in 2005, officially announced his departure to Loftus Road on Monday for an undisclosed fee.

        And the four-time Premier League-winning midfielder described playing for the Old Trafford outfit as a "privilege".

        "My time at United will last in my heart for the rest of my life," he told the club's official website.

        "It’s been a great privilege to be part of such a great team, to have won so much and to have played with special teammates and for the greatest manager in the game.

        "I would like to thank everybody at the club who give their best every single day to put every player in the best condition to enjoy their football and achieve success."

        Park, who enjoyed cult status amongst the club's fans, also had kind words for the Old Trafford faithful upon his departure.

        “The fans have been fantastic to me and I will always remember them with great affection," he added.

        "Now, I’m looking forward to giving everything for a new challenge at QPR, where I will bring all my ambition and spirit I have gathered at United. [Those qualities] will be with me forever."

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        Reds closing in: Liverpool boss claims 'exciting deal will be completed this week'


        There won't be many signings this summer says Brendan Rodgers – but Kop fans now braced for the arrival of a bundle of joy in next few days


        Press gang: Brendan Rodgers meets the media... and makes a surprise announcement





        Clint in their eye: Liverpool want to tie up deal for Dempsey before US tour starts next week  

        Fulham would sell star man to free up cash for new recruits


        Clint Dempsey: heading home with Liverpool?




        Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to bid £7.5 million for Fulham's American star Clint Dempsey in his first major transfer raid.

        Rodgers wants to snap up Dempsey quickly and tie up a deal before the Kop fly to the shooting star's homeland next week.

        Dempsey had a sensational season for Fulham but may have to be sold as his deal is running down and he fancies a 'glamour' move at this stage of his career - with the Anfield club prepared to pay.

        Rodgers wants a couple of new faces and has the funds to land Dempsey - with Fulham willing to sell and also open to a possible exchange deal involving one of Liverpool's fringe men.

        Sources close to the Dempsey camp claim a deal may be pushed through as soon as Wednesday.



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      • Korea opportunities: Ji Sung Park in the frame to replace Joey Barton as QPR skipper


        Mark Hughes also identifies Djibril Cisse as a potential candidate

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        Ji-Sung Park: yes, but can he quote philosophers on Twitter?
        Ji-Sung Park: turned down a monster Asian payday to go to West London as he still wants to play in the highest level.




        New QPR signing Park Ji Sung is in the frame to replace disgraced Joey Barton as captain.

        The former Manchester United midfielder, 31, has signed a two-year deal at Loftus Road.

        Barton has been banned for 12 games and fined £75,000 by the FA for his sending off in the Hoops’ last game of the season at Manchester City. The Scouser was also fined £420,000 by Rangers, stripped of the captaincy and axed from the club’s pre-season tour

        Boss Mark Hughes said: “I’m sure people will want the role and will step forward for it.

        “And Ji will get that ­opportunity if it is one he wants to take. We have other guys with experience, people who have won Champions League like Djibril Cisse.


        Djibril Cisse: will he stay on the pitch long enough to lead?




        “Characters in the dressing room who can take on that mantle.”

        Park turned down a monster Asian payday to go to West London.

        But he said: “I still want to play in Europe because Europe is the highest level in the world.”

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      • Carroll enjoying his time with the gals somemore... lol.

        Later he comes back his place gone liao...

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      • Carroll blow as Liverpool go for £10m Roma striker Borini


        Wanted: Liverpool are hopeful of sealing a deal for Italy striker Borini (left)

        Wanted: Liverpool are hopeful of sealing a deal for Italy striker Borini (left)




        Fabio Borini is set to become Brendan Rodgers' first signing, as the Liverpool manager challenges Andy Carroll to show he can be part of the new Anfield regime.

        Having worked with the Italy striker at Chelsea and Swansea, Borini has been on Rodgers' wanted list for some time, and Liverpool have held lengthy discussions with his current club Roma over a deal that could be worth £10million.

        Borini was co-owned by Roma and Parma last season, but Roma concluded their own £3.95m deal to take full ownership of his contract last month, which has made Liverpool's negotiations for the 21-year-old go more smoothly.

        It is, however, a surprise that Borini is set to move to Anfield as he said last month that he was 'a Roma player' and 'it's not my business that there is talk about whether I go there (to Liverpool) or stay.'

        Rodgers wants to bring in 'three or four' additions, but aims to do that 'without throwing wheelbarrows full of money at it'.

        He is also confident of getting improvement out of the Liverpool players he inherited, Carroll included.


        Centre of attention: Carroll is yet to return from his holidays

        Centre of attention: Carroll is yet to return from his holidays



        The England forward has endured a turbulent 18 months since his £35million move to Anfield from Newcastle and it had been assumed that Carroll - who is being linked with a loan switch to AC Milan - will struggle to adapt to the intricate system Rodgers favours.

        Though Rodgers has not handed Carroll any assurances about where he will fit into the team, he is prepared to give him the necessary chances.

        'Andy is a player I want to assess and speak with,' said Rodgers, who received confirmation yesterday that Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates will represent Uruguay in the Olympics. 



        Welcome to Anfield: Rodgers was officially unveiled on Monday

        Welcome to Anfield: Rodgers was officially unveiled on Monday

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      • Exclusive: Chelsea win the Oscar... Roman beats AVB to grab £25m Brazil playmaker


        Star man: The Internacional striker is one of world football's hottest prospects


        Star man: The Internacional striker is one of world football's hottest prospects




        Full name: Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior

        Born: September 9, 1991 in
        Americano, Sao Paulo.

        Height: 5ft 10in.

        2009: Sao Paulo, played 11 games.

        From 2010: Signed for Internacional.

        Has scored 19 goals in 70 games
        for the club.

        International: Six Brazil caps.





        Chelsea have pulled off another transfer coup by clinching the signature of £25million Brazilian wonderkid Oscar.

        Despite already splashing out £42m on Marko Marin and Eden Hazard, Roman Abramovich's latest revolution shows no signs of abating after he moved in for the Internacional playmaker who is regarded as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Brazil in years.

        Chelsea had a bid of £32m for Luka Modric rejected but they have now agreed a deal for Internacional's Oscar

        To add further flavour to the European champions' deal, they have pipped their former manager Andre Villas-Boas in the process.  

        Tottenham's new boss thought he was in a strong position to land 20-year-old Oscar after making an offer last week.

        It was reported the bid was £11m, but sources in South America say it was much higher than that and a club-record offer of nearer £18m.

        Chelsea, however, have moved quickly to swamp Tottenham's offer and beat their former charge to his signature.  

        Oscar shot to prominence last summer when he became the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA Under 20 World Cup final against Portugal.

        The Brazilian - full name Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior - was also watched by Real Madrid and Barcelona.

        He is adept as a playmaker or in the role behind the striker and equally comfortable on the left or right of midfield. He is described as a 'typically brilliant Brazilian No 10'.

        The acquisition will put pressure on the position of Stamford Bridge idol Juan Mata, who is expected to be rested at the start of the season due to his participation in the Olympics for Spain.


        Losing battle: Tottenham's new boss AVB was also interested in the Brazil starlet

        Losing battle: Tottenham's new boss AVB was also interested in the Brazil starlet


        Chelsea fans will be able to get an early sight of the new signing as he is also a member of his country's Olympic squad.

        Chelsea came in for criticism for the way they won the Champions League with an obdurate defensive style. 

        However, the signing of Oscar is another bold statement of intent from Abramovich as he strives to make Chelsea a more fluid, attacking team in the mould of Barcelona.

        The signing boosts the Brazilian contingent at Stamford Bridge, where Oscar will be joining Ramires in midfield, David Luiz and exciting young prospect Lucas Piazon.



        Eden Hazard    Marko Marin

        Summer signings: Hazard and Marin have already completed moves to Chelsea



        Abramovich believes if manager Roberto Di Matteo can channel that flair alongside the defensive grit the squad showed to win the Champions League, then Chelsea will be well placed to mount more serious challenges on domestic and European honours.

        And his spending hasn't finished yet, with Chelsea also linked to another Brazilian star, 25-year-old striker Hulk of Porto.



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      • We're the Real deal: Madrid confident of beating Chelsea to signing of Spurs star Modric by using Carvalho as bait


        On the move: Luka Modric is expected to leave Spurs this summer

        On the move: Luka Modric is expected to leave Spurs this summer




        Real Madrid are confident of beating Chelsea to the signing of Luka Modric and have offered Tottenham Ricardo Carvalho as part of the deal.

        The Spanish champions are unmoved by Chelsea re-entering the race and believe they have already seen off interest from Manchester United in the Croatia midfielder. 

        The Bernabeu hierarchy are confident that Modric’s desire to join them gives them a clear advantage, even if they have been reluctant to meet Spurs’ £35million asking price.

        The new offer would be £28m plus former Chelsea defender Carvalho, according to Madrid newspaper AS, at the request of new White Hart Lane boss Andre Villas-Boas.


        Decision time: Modric is set to have offers from Real Madrid and Chelsea

        Decision time: Modric is set to have offers from Real Madrid and Chelsea