Gaël Clichy on verge of £7m move to City in new blow to Wenger

Manchester City finally began their summer's transfer business yesterday, moving towards a £7m deal for Arsenal's Gaël Clichy – yet another player who has been taken from under Liverpool's noses.

Shearer put off by financial problems at Cardiff

Alan Shearer accepts the career he covets in management must start with a period outside of the Premier League, even though the financial problems facing Cardiff City have deterred him from taking up the reins in South Wales.

Now is time for Wenger to splash cash, says Ramsey

Arsenal midfielder urges manager to spend big in summer to end trophy drought

Cardiff crushed by Long double as Reading head for Wembley

Cardiff City 0 Reading 3 (Reading win 3-0 on aggregate)

Cardiff to make late Bellamy call for second leg as Wembley awaits

Dave Jones will go into tonight's play-off semi-final second leg against Reading unsure whether captain Craig Bellamy is fit to play for Cardiff. Bellamy had to go off 17 minutes into the goalless first leg at the Madejski Stadium on Friday. The Cardiff manager said yesterday he would wait as late as possible before deciding whether to risk the 31-year-old Wales international.

Tevez in line for Cup final after impressing in training

Striker links up well with Balotelli in desperate attempt to prove he is fit for Wembley

Championship review: Overachievers, underperformers, the best signing and the goal of the season

Another pulsating Championship campaign has reached the final curtain in spectacular fashion, culminating in QPR being crowned as champions; once again proving the division’s ferocity with another blockbuster season.

Craig Bellamy vows to remain at Cardiff

Craig Bellamy has today insisted he will remain with hometown club Cardiff for as long as it takes for them to realise their dream of playing Barclays Premier League football.

Cardiff caught cold to dent their upwardly mobile thinking

Cardiff City 0 Middlesbrough 3

Rangers' party on hold despite Taarabt double

Cardiff City 2 Queens Park Rangers 2

League round-up: Bothroyd lifts Cardiff to top two

Cardiff City reclaimed the second automatic promotion berth in the Championship after a straightforward 3-0 win over Portsmouth. Seyi Olofinjana turned in Craig Bellamy's cross after six minutes before Pompey made the win easier when Ricardo Rocha was sent off for head-butting Jay Bothroyd. Bothroyd made it 2-0 on half-time, and Peter Whittingham's second-half tap-in wrapped up the victory.

Bellamy envisages bright Wales future without him

Where next for Wales? Not only did Gary Speed's home reign begin with a demoralising defeat but later Craig Bellamy revealed he will be considering international retirement. Surely a bad day to be burying that sort of bad news.

Terry's all gold as threat of Bellamy melts away

There was some trepidation in John Terry's heart, no matter how emphatic his claim that any England players who had issues with his reinstatement as captain might approach him privately – which sounded suspiciously like "I'll see you outside." Terry's fears were written on his face last week as he spoke, rapidly and without drawing breath, about his leadership qualities in a way that made his press conference sound like a job interview. He wants to be wanted.

Speed has Wales singing from same hymn sheet at the dawn of new era

It has almost gone unrecognised in the blizzard of talk about John Terry that Wales have an unresolved captaincy issue too, though the equanimity with which the favourite for the job – Aston Villa's James Collins – accepted the new manager Gary Speed's decision to keep the players guessing yesterday provided a contrast to the noises still issuing out of the England camp.

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