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The lowdown on Arsene Wenger's latest transfer target

Manchester United 'line-up' £30m Benzema

Manchester United are ready to launch a £30m bid to lure Lyon striker Karim Benzema to Old Trafford, according to various reports today.

Lyon 'powerless' to keep Benzema

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted he could be powerless to keep Karim Benzema at the Stade Gerland.

Peter Bills: Perpignan victory will see the Catalans celebrate for months

The travel agents' windows in the town have suitcases and kitbags stuffed full of club clothing; caps, T shirts and socks.

Ashington Group: The pitmen painters, National Theatre, London

Miners who struck an affecting seam

No Tottenham bid for Fred say Lyon

Palmeiras remain the only team to have made an offer for wantaway Lyon striker Fred, according to the French club's president Jean-Michel Aulas.

West Ham's Faubert eager for Lyon switch

West Ham midfielder Julien Faubert is desperate to clinch a move to Lyon because he believes it would enhance his prospects of a return to the France squad.

N'Zogbia keen on Lyon switch

Wantaway Newcastle midfielder Charles N'Zogbia has issued a 'come and get me' plea to Lyon.

Newcastle get 'worse and worse' says N'Zogbia

Newcastle midfielder Charles N'Zogbia has admitted he wants to leave St James' Park because "every season is getting worse and worse".

Pandora: How to get on with people – kill other species

Eric Clapton has explained his unlikely passion for country sports. Over the past few years, Clapton has not only given regular support to the Countryside Alliance but is also the co-owner of the Mayfair shop Cordings – the favoured outfitter of the huntin', shootin' and fishin' brigade.

Picture Post: All eyes on the prize - the season's silverware

As another season draws to a close, European football's officiating bodies have been handing out the silver. While some trophies would make any glass cabinet proud, others are bizarre, even ugly. Take the disc-shaped objet raised by Lyon boss Jean-Michel Aulas. Was his team winner of France's Ligue 1 title? Or did he scoop regional bank manager of the year? On open-top buses right across Europe, the situation last weekend was almost as bad.

Fergie: 'I'd pick Scholes for Euro final on sentiment'

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he will pick Paul Scholes in his team for "sentimental" reasons if Manchester United go on to reach the Champions' League final this season.

Iraq promises its own inquiry as fury mounts over civilian killings

Tensions rise as new government rejects US verdict clearing American troops of deliberately shooting 11 Iraqis

Blair has 'cordial' private meeting with the Pope

At a "cordial" meeting lasting 35 minutes, Tony Blair and Pope Benedict XVI yesterday discussed terrorism, globalisation and related issues.

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