Football: Blackburn ready to sell Sherwood

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BLACKBURN ROVERS are ready to sell their captain, Tim Sherwood to Tottenham for pounds 5m. Rovers have rejected Tottenham's opening two offers, but are expecting an improved package today for their midfielder.

Sherwood is prepared to talk to Spurs if the fee is agreed and it seems certain that he would go to London, where he has a house. Blackburn will not stand in his way should the offer match their valuation even though they were counting on his services in Europe.

The Scottish international Billy McKinlay is available to fit into that role, although he has an Achilles tendon injury at the moment to complicate the timing of the deal. The sides will meet next week at White Hart Lane and a transfer may be tied up before the game.

Sherwood's pending departure is the latest bad news for Blackburn. Colin Hendry left for Rangers before his testimonial year, Kevin Gallacher and Martin Dahlin are unsettled, and the futures of Stephane Henchoz and goalkeeper Tim Flowers are in doubt. To make a bad situation worse, Rovers' promising teenage winger, Jim Corbett, is unlikely to play again until the New Year after breaking his leg during a reserve team game against Nottingham Forest this week.

Manchester City's new signing, Danny Allsopp, is willing to reject his home country of Australia and try to play for England. Allsopp, 19, has made a big impact at Maine Road since arriving from Port Melbourne Sharks and now he has his sights set on English international honours, and will not play for Australia.

The Portsmouth manager, Alan Ball, is hoping to complete the signing of Walsall's French midfielder, Jeff Peron, for pounds 150,000 within the next few days. Ball has agreed a fee and the Frenchman will sign a two-year contract at the First Division club subject to his passing a medical.

Crystal Palace have received work permits for their two Chinese internationals, Fan Zhiyi and Sun Jihai. Both should be available for selection for Palace's next match against Crewe on Tuesday.

Peter Shreeves yesterday revealed he is looking for a new challenge in London after leaving Sheffield Wednesday. Shreeves, who was the first- team coach at Hillsborough, parted company with the Yorkshire club on Wednesday. The Owls are expected to announce shortly that he will be replaced by Birmingham's Frank Barlow.

Shreeves said: "I have had two super years at Wednesday and I really took to the Yorkshire people. I think I did well for the club and the club did well for me. That door is closed now and I am back in London, looking for the next challenge."

The former Spurs manager added that he did not have a job lined up at this stage.

Real Madrid will open their European Cup defence against Internazionale on 16 September in Seville after losing their second appeal against a one-match home ban. Uefa imposed the punishment after spectators tore down goalposts before the start of last season's semi-final against Borussia Dortmund.