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Darren Anderton and Gerry Francis yesterday dismissed further reports that the Tottenham winger is to sign for Manchester United.

Anderton has been the subject of increasing speculation about a pounds 7m move, but the England player, who signed a five-year contract at the end of last season, said: "This is a complete mystery to me. As far as I'm concerned, my situation is the same as it has been since the summer. I'm under contract at Tottenham and I'm very happy here. It's a great club."

Francis, the Spurs manager, said: "I'm fed up with this rubbish about Darren going to Manchester United. He is not going anywhere. Furthermore he doesn't want to go anywhere."

The Wimbledon manager, Joe Kinnear, has escaped further punishment after two possible breaches of his touchline ban, which expires at the end of the month, were reported to the Football Association.

Kinnear was seen by the pitch during matches against Liverpool, when Andy Thorn was "sent off" but then recalled, and against Sheffield Wednesday, but the FA has accepted explanations from match officials at the two games.

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