Amid reports that they had already made that decision and English clubs, including Newcastle United, were preparing deals to bring him home, Gascoigne said: 'I am very happy here. All this talk seems to be another case of building me up to knock me down. It is a lot of nonsense to say I am not settled. I have no regrets at all about coming here.'
Lazio's president, Sergio Cragnotti, was equally dismissive, saying: 'Gascoigne is a very important player for Lazio and there is no truth in the story that we want to sell him. He has a contract for five years and I would like to see him finish that contract with Lazio.'
Manchester City have completed the pounds 600,000 signing of the Norwegian international midfielder, Kare Ingebrigsten, from Rosenborg Trondheim after obtaining a work permit. Blackburn will sign another Norwegian, Henning Berg, a 22- year-old right-back from Lillestrom rated at pounds 400,000, as soon as permit and medical formalities have been completed. However, Portsmouth's attempts to sign a Norwegian defender, Jan Halvorsen, from the Danish club, AGF Aarhus, for pounds 100,000 have been halted by work permit difficulties.
The Football League have agreed to a 5pm kick-off for the Coca-Cola Cup final on Sunday 18 April after a request from ITV Sport, who will screen live coverage of the match at Wembley after showing the finals of the World Rugby Sevens in Scotland.Reuse content