Arsenal in talks with Penneteau

Arsene Wenger is hoping to sign the French Under-21 goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau from Bastia as he sees him as the long-term successor to David Seaman.

The Arsenal manager believes that the 21-year-old Penneteau could cover for Seaman now or join in the summer if a fee cannot be agreed over the coming weeks. Club officials have met Penneteau's advisers in Paris. Bastia want £2.5m for the player.

Fulham, meanwhile, are set to clinch the signing of Tottenham's unsettled Ukrainian Sergei Rebrov for £1m in the next 24 hours.

The deal will pave the way for Glenn Hoddle to make his own transfer moves, with Bolton's Michael Ricketts the No 1 target for around £3.5m.

Gary Doherty will be allowed to leave Tottenham for £1m. The club are also set to release Les Ferdinand to West Ham and Tim Sherwood to Portsmouth.

Leeds United are to start negotiations with the Brazilian Kleberson after his 15-year-old bride-to-be agreed to his marriage proposal. Leeds are set to receive £7m for Robbie Fowler following his move to Manchester City and are willing to part with £4m of it.

Blackburn have failed in their attempt to sign the Spanish international left-back, Garcia Juanfran, from Celta Vigo. Celta were asking for £4m.

Nicky Butt returned to action for Manchester United's reserves on Tuesday after three months out with an ankle injury. Butt played 54 minutes and scored in a 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

The Newcastle United midfielder Gary Speed is in line for a return to action four weeks after hernia surgery. His colleague, defender Titus Bramble, is also nearing full fitness.

The Football Association has been warned that their flouting of rules on suspensions will be discussed by the sport's world governing body, Fifa, following the treatment of the Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini. The FA decided not to ban Cudicini even though his red card against Middlesbrough for violent conduct stands. Fifa laws decree that any dismissed player must be banned for at least one match in the same competition, starting the next week. However, the FA says this was only instituted in October and is unwilling to change its disciplinary rules midway through a season. The matter will be discussed on 15 March.

The Nigeria defender Ifeanyi Udeze has secured a work permit and could play for West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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