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Bayern Munich's general manager Uli Hoeness has dismissed the possibility of the Bundesliga side signing Jens Lehmann as a replacement for Oliver Kahn, who will retire at the end of the season. "It would be relatively senseless to replace one 38-year-old with another," he said.

Aston Villa

Stoke could enquire about a loan move for striker Marlon Harewood after Villa manager Martin O'Neill admitted the forward will struggle to get regular games at Villa Park. "He has to get past Gabby Agbonlahor, who's been brilliant," O'Neill said. "And John Carew is the perfect foil for Gabby."

Birmingham City

Alex McLeish has said the club won't now be signing the Lazio defender, Guglielmo Stendardo. He had been looking at a deal to bring the 26-year-old in on loan. "Stendardo won't be happening," the manager said. "Lazio have got a bit of an injury crisis right now. He won't be going anywhere."

Blackburn Rovers

Zurab Khizanishvili has signed a three-year deal with the Ewood Park side. The 26-year-old Gerogia captain joined Rovers permanently in 2006 from Rangers. He is now under contract until 2011 and will hope to improve on his appearance record this season, as he has played just nine times.

Bolton Wanderers

Gerald Cid has criticised the training regime at the club after joining Nice earlier this month. "People say I was mad to leave," he said. "But as soon as the door was open I did not give it thought. I worked less during training than I ever did in France. To me training sessions are important if you want to improve, and that was not going to happen."


Czech international Petr Cech believes the club can reach the final of the Champions League this season. The Blues have been beaten semi-finalists in three of the past four campaigns but Cech believes his team can go one better this year. "We want to reach the final this year," he said. "We definitely have the potential to make it."

Derby County

The midfielder Mile Sterjovski has been granted a work permit and has become the Rams' sixth signing of the transfer window. "He will make a fantastic addition," manager Paul Jewell said of the 28-year-old, who joins from Genclerbirligi. "I am delighted with the decision."


Tim Cahill believes David Moyes can lead the club to "something special" in the League this season – Everton currently lie fourth in the table. "He is a great manager and has done very well," the midfielder said. "He is building something special. He can see a goal and we are all part of this."


The club last night completed the signing of the United States striker, Eddie Johnson. The 23-year-old leaves Kansas City Wizards for a three-and-a-half-year deal after his application for a work permit was successful yesterday. He joins new arrivals Leon Andreasen and Brede Hangeland.


Defender Alvaro Arbeloa and striker Andrei Voronin will both miss this weekend's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Havant and Waterlooville. Arbeloa limped out of Monday's 2-2 draw with Aston Villa with an abdominal problem while Voronin injured an ankle in training yesterday.

Manchester City

Forward Rolando Bianchi should complete a move to Lazio today, subject to the striker passing a medical. "I want to thank the City fans from the bottom of my heart," the £8.8m summer signing said. "They have welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like one of them."

Manchester United

Manager Alex Ferguson has challenged midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo to score 30 league goals this season. The Scot believes he will reach that figure in all competitions but has set the more testing target. "It is a big ask," he said of the Portuguese. "But if he does manage it, I'll pay him more money."


Mido continued his recovery from a pelvic injury by playing 45 minutes for the reserves against Newcastle on Tuesday night. "It was the next step up from training," manager Gareth Southgate said. "It was good to see him back on the pitch. When he returns it will give us a lift."

Newcastle United

Lazio striker Goran Pandev claims the Magpies have approached the Rome club over his possible transfer. "[Kevin] Keegan's club want the negotiations to start soon," the forward said. "Several days ago we agreed with Lazio for me to stay up to June, but anything is possible."


Milan Baros is deciding whether he wants to move to Fratton Park on loan after manager Harry Redknapp confirmed his interest in the Lyons striker. "Milan is still hesitating," agent Pavel Paska said. "He will make his decision within this week or, at the very latest, the beginning of next week."


Royals manager Steve Coppell said he has hopes of making more signings before the transfer window closes in a week's time. "We've got a number of targets," he said. "If someone becomes available we'll make a move. But those players are not quite as available as we'd like."


The Black Cats last night completed the signing of Sweden international Rade Prica for £2m. The striker joins from Aalborg AB, where he finished top scorer in the Danish League last season. The 27-year-old becomes manager Roy Keane's fourth signing of the transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur

Radek Cerny has admitted he would be keen to explore a move to Queen's Park Rangers following interest from the Championship club this week. "Considering my contract is up in the summer I must be looking for a different club," he said. "If QPR were it then I would go there."

West Ham United

Julien Faubert will prove to be a valuable addition to the Hammers' team, striker Carlton Cole believes. "The whole team will benefit when he starts," Cole said. "He's quick, he's fast and that's what the squad needs." The Frenchman ruptured his achilles in July and had to wait until earlier this month for his debut.

Wigan Athletic

The Latics have received international clearance for new signings Erik Edman and Maynor Figueroa and the defenders will now be available to make their debuts in the FA Cup fourth round tie with Chelsea this weekend. Kevin Kilbane had previously been filling the left-back slot following Leighton Baines' transfer to Everton last year.