Teddy puts his boots back on
Non-league Beckenham Town have confirmed they are in talks with the former England international Teddy Sheringham. The 43-year-old, who retired last summer following a spell with Colchester, is wanted for the Kent League club's FA Vase games next season.
"I'm having talks with Teddy about the situation," Beckenham chairman Chris McCarthy said of the former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United forward. "But these things do take a lot of sorting out. I'm hopeful that between us we can make the situation a reality. It's an exciting prospect."
Blades star Kyle in demand
Aston Villa and Tottenham have joined Everton in the chase for Sheffield United full-back Kyle Naughton. The Merseyside club agreed a £5m fee with the Blades last week and the 20-year-old was given permission to talk about personal terms. Spurs are now believed to have bettered the Toffees' offer for the defender. "I don't want to lose my best players," the Blades manager, Kevin Blackwell, said after a friendly last week. "[But] sadly, that was his last game for the club."
Black Cats add to recruits
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce yesterday followed the signing of Fraizer Campbell by securing a deal for Paraguay international Paulo da Silva.
"I'm delighted to have signed a player of Paulo's experience." Bruce said of the 29-year-old defender who joins from the Mexican club Toluca. "He is captain of his country and has played at the highest level in South America, so will bring leadership qualities to our side."
Easton boosts Clarets push
Burnley's debut in the Premier League has been boosted after they agreed a fee with Hamilton for defender Brian Easton. The 21-year-old will undergo a medical before joining Burnley's pre-season trip to the US. Easton follows Hibernian's Steven Fletcher in swapping Scotland for Turf Moor. "We wish to record our appreciation of the way [Burnley manager] Owen Coyle conducted negotiations," a Hamilton statement read. "And good fortune to Brian."
Delap extends stay
Stoke midfielder Rory Delap has signed an extension to his contract at the Britannia, tying him to the Potters until 2011. The 33-year-old made 36 appearances for Stoke last season. "I'm delighted," he said. "I'd like to stay for as long as I can, and as long as I feel fit. We exceeded everybody's expectations last year and we've got to do it again next year."
Gunners miss out on targets
Arsenal appear unlikely to sign either Felipe Melo or Gokhan Inler, as Arsène Wenger looks to strengthen his midfield. Brazilian Melo appears set to join Juventus from Fiorentina, while Udinese's Swiss international Inler has said he is unaware of any official interest from Wenger.
Bafana star to join Fulham?
The South Africa midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi has been linked with a move to Fulham, after interest from Portsmouth was denied. The 24-year-old impressed in last month's Confederations Cup. "I have not heard anything from Portsmouth," said the player's agent, Mike Makaab. "I get on well with Peter Storrie and he would ring me if they were interested. Fulham have been interested, but have yet to take things on. I have yet to discuss a fee, but I am sure it will be reasonable. He would be suited well to the Premier League." Meanwhile, the Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell could leave the club. "I don't know if anything is going to happen with Portsmouth now," the 34-year-old's agent, Sky Andrew, said. "He's been keeping himself busy."