Transfer talk (Wednesday 10 June)

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Toffees move to tie down Pienaar

Everton are poised to offer Steven Pienaar an improved contract to end speculation over his future. "Who knows where I will be in two years' time?" the South African midfielder said of his contract's expiration in 2011. "It's been a happy two years and I am delighted to have played a small part in the success we have achieved."

Fletcher bhoyed up

Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher hopes to be reunited with Tony Mowbray should the West Brom manager be appointed at Celtic. "He was a massive influence, not just as manager but a friend too," the 22-year-old, who played under Mowbray at Easter Road said. "I want to push myself – if that means moving, so be it. I'm ambitious, if the opportunity comes again, now might be the right time to leave."

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Big Phil heads East

The former Brazil, Portugal and Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has been announced as the new manager of Bunyodkor. The 60-year-old former World Cup-winner has agreed an 18-month contract. "Uzbek football is on an upswing," he said. "Bunyodkor is a very dynamic club with great potential. I am at the right place at the right time."

Robin keen on Vermaelen

Robin van Persie has welcomed Arsenal's potential signing of Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen. "It's a good thing," the forward said of the proposed move of the 23-year-old Ajax defender. "We need this type of player."

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Owen move denied by Villa

Martin O'Neill has denied reports Newcastle striker Michael Owen has been offered a two-year deal by Aston Villa. "O'Neill has dismissed stories suggesting Villa have offered Michael Owen a contract," the club website read.

Tuncay to leave Teessiders

Tuncay Sanli said for the first time yesterday that he will leave the Riverside but intends to stay in the Premier League. "My team have been relegated but my aim is to remain in the Premier League," he said, following links with Chelsea and Liverpool. "I have been flattered to hear clubs in the Premier League are interested."