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David Bentley

Petrov Bentley swap deal scuppered

Bulgarian international winger Martin Petrov will be staying at Manchester City although he wanted to move to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, his agent said today.

Allardyce to stay if Rovers go down

The Blackburn Rovers chairman, John Williams, will not even contemplate the thought, let alone discuss it at any length, but he will stick with Sam Allardyce even if they are relegated at the end of the season.

Spurs put pressure on Ferguson to pay up

The Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, is confident that he has all the evidence necessary should Sir Alex Ferguson continue with his threat to sue over Spurs' remarkably robust condemnation of the Manchester United manager's conduct in the Dimitar Berbatov transfer saga. Tottenham have what they consider overwhelming evidence that Berbatov has spoken to Ferguson without their permission.

James Lawton: Nothing too fancy, but not bad for starters

There were some shouts for David Beckham but they were as isolated as the scattering of cries breaking the 23-second silence for the Busby Babes. The German referee was plainly nervous about running to the full minute and wisely decided to end the tribute on a note of what might have been described as fragile decency.