Transfer News and Speculation: 6 August

Sunderland will have to overcome three significant hurdles if they are to make Manchester United's Louis Saha their next summer signing, but it is thought that there has been an expression of mutual interest between the Wearsiders and the Frenchman, who will be 30 on Friday.

Transfer news and speculation, 18 June

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has warned Chelsea even a world-record transfer fee would not tempt him to cash in on striker Fernando Torres. Torres is reported to be a transfer target for the new Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari after 33 goals in his first season at Anfield. It was claimed at the weekend that the European Cup finalists were preparing a £40m bid, but Hicks is adamant that even if Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich offered to exceed the £47m Real Madrid paid for Zinedine Zidane in 2001, he would not contemplate doing business. "There is no price at which we would consider selling Fernando Torres," Hicks said.

Transfer News and Speculation, 13 June

Middlesbrough club officials were yesterday working hard to push home their interest in the French midfielder Didier Digard, having allowed Fabio Rochemback and Gaizka Mendieta to leave the Riverside this summer. The £4m-rated Paris St-Germain 21-year-old has been on Teesside for a medical examination and to open talks. Boro are optimistic that they will beat Newcastle and Portsmouth to his signature.

Transfer news and speculation, 31 May

Spurs and Crystal Palace are set for a confrontation over a fee for John Bostock after the young midfielder agreed to a move across London to White Hart Lane. The 16-year-old has confirmed he will sign for Spurs and the Premier League club expect to register him at the end of next month, but a tribunal is likely to be needed to decide how much Palace receive in return. Bostock, who made his Palace debut against Watford in the Championship last October aged just 15, is expected to play for Spurs reserves next season. However, give a change in the rules to allow seven substitutes, he could feature for the first team.

Doncaster Rovers 1 Leeds United 0: Doncaster triumph delivers misery for Leeds

Every Leeds United fan can remember where they were seven years ago, when their team reached the last four of the Champions League. It is no fault of their own that not so many Doncaster Rovers supporters can recall the last time their side were in the second tier of English football. Now a younger generation does not need to look at the record books to find it was 1958, because Rovers have returned.

Doncaster Rovers 5 Southend United 1: Coppinger's treble sends Rovers to Wembley

Sean O'Driscoll has cornered the market in understatement. Fortunately his football team are far more eloquent and expressive. They certainly justified their tag as the best exponents of the finer arts last night to book their place in the League One play-off final to give Gary McAllister, manager of opponents Leeds United, plenty of food for thought ahead of an intriguing Yorkshire argument at Wembley.

Carlisle United 0 Leeds United 2 (Leeds win 3-2 on agg): Local hero Howson sends Leeds on trip to Wembley

Leeds United may well have bottomed out. There remains a play-off final at Wembley against either Doncaster Rovers or Southend United on Sunday week, but Leeds head to London with a sense of renewal. Inspired by 34-year-old Dougie Freedman, on loan from Crystal Palace, Leeds sealed their progress in dramatic style when hometown teenager Jonathan Howson drilled in his second of the evening 17 seconds into injury-time.

Southend United 0 Doncaster Rovers 0: Doncaster's determined draw spoiled by Heffernan headbutt

Southend's rising hopes of making an immediate return to the Championship were offered a reality check here last night as a Doncaster side which was supposed to be down in the dumps after losing the second automatic League One promotion spot on Saturday refused to roll over in the first leg of the play-off semi-final last night, despite the 87th-minute dismissal of Paul Heffernan for violent conduct.

Leeds' points appeal rejected

Leeds United failed in their bid to overturn a 15-point deduction yesterday, leaving them in the promotion play-off places in League One and confirming Swansea City as champions.

Ex-Kingfisher chief Mulcahy to chair retail lobbying group

Sir Geoff Mulcahy, the man who built Kingfisher into a major retail conglomerate, is to join the British Retail Consortium as its next chairman in July.

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Sir Alex Ferguson: 'I apologise to the fans. They didn't deserve that. In my 18 years at the club that was our worst performance in the FA Cup'

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