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News balls: Transfer deadline day special!

For football managers, transfer deadline day must be like Christmas Eve – a mad, sweaty dash to find a half-decent bargain before the shops shut. And more often than not, you end up having to settle for second-best, 'cause they'd run out of what you really wanted.

Here's who wants what, according to the ever-reliable red-tops:

Sp5_1 Real Madrid's Julio Baptista (pictured) must decide today if he wants to move to Arsenal. If he does, then perhaps Juan-Antonio Reyes can move in the other direction [The Sun]
Patriotic Sunderland boss Roy Keane in for Irish trio of Liam Miller, Andy O'Brien and Jonathan Douglas [Mirror]
Liverpool still keen on Lucas Neill, Blackburn's unsettled Aussie [Mirror]
'Desperate' Martin Jol waded back in to rescue Stewart Downing from 'Boro… [Mirror]
…But Boro laughed in his face, forcing Spurs to turn their attention to Harry Kewell (see what I mean about settling for second-best) [The Sun]

August 31, 2006 in Rumours & gossip | Permalink

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