Sport Jermaine Pennant has left Stoke with immediate effect, the club have confirmed

The Potters chose not to activate a clause in his contract that would have seen him stay until the end of the season

Spurs sign new goalkeeper

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of veteran goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez from Spanish club Real Zaragoza.

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Gareth Barry's proposed move to Liverpool has been thrown into further doubt after chief executive Rick Parry said the quoted price was "too high".

Tottenham set to ditch Arshavin interest

Tottenham are set to end their interest in bringing Russia forward Andrei Arshavin to White Hart Lane but Roman Pavlyuchenko is among the list of players they are still looking at.

Moyes far from Moutinho deal

David Moyes indicated yesterday that he saw no sign of an imminent breakthrough in his pursuit of Sporting Lisbon's Joao Moutinho and, as an unconvincing pre-season tour of the US continued, admitted that his side need five or six new players, fast.

Moyes hoping for quick contract talks

David Moyes is expected to sign a new long-term contract before the new season starts next month.

Everton may consider sale of Johnson if price is right

Everton could be about to cash in on their striker Andrew Johnson to increase the amount of transfer funds available to the manager David Moyes.

Greece v Spain: Webb given chance to bounce back after flak

The final Euro 2008 match in the city of Salzburg may be a dead rubber but Greece's valedictory encounter with already-qualified Spain will not be without interest. For the Greeks the match offers the chance to say farewell to at least one of the heroes of their successful Euro 2004 campaign while the Spanish will be giving a run out to some less familiar names.

Fabregas wants hat-trick Villa at Arsenal

Cesc Fabregas last night called upon Arsene Wenger to join the race for David Villa after watching his Spanish team-mate score the first hat-trick of Euro 2008. The 26-year-old striker has been put up for sale by Valencia after the club's turbulent season and has expressed an interest in moving to Arsenal. Wenger is yet to reciprocate but was present at the Stadion Neu Tivoli in Innsbruck on Tuesday night when Villa scored his treble against Russia.

Transfer news and speculation, 6 June

Giovani dos Santos appears to be edging closer to a move from Barcelona to Spurs. "Next season I will be playing for Tottenham," the 19-year-old Mexico midfielder told Spanish newspaper Sport. Giovani has undergone an ankle operation since scoring a hat-trick for Barça against Real Murcia in the last La Liga game of the season and Spurs have been reported to be monitoring his recovery. Tottenham have also been linked with a host of players from Spain, the latest being Sergio Garcia, the Real Zaragoza striker, who made his international debut at the end of last month and has been named in the Spain squad for Euro 2008.

Transfer news and speculation, 28 May

Barcelona have agreed to sign the defender Gerard Pique from Manchester United on a four-year contract, the Primera Liga club said yesterday. The former Barça youth team centre back left for United in 2004 and played the 2006-7 season on loan with Real Zaragoza. He moves for a reported fee of around €5m (£3.9m). The 21-year-old is the club's second close-season signing after the Mali midfielder Seydou Keita, who joined from Seville on Monday. Barcelona finished third in the league earlier this month. "It's a dream to return to Barcelona. When I left I thought it would be very complicated to return and now the dream has come true," Pique said.

United defender heads to Barcelona

Barcelona have agreed to sign defender Gerard Pique from Manchester United on a four-year contract, the Primera Liga club said on Tuesday.

Eto'o's high wages set to scupper Spurs hopes

Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of signing Samuel Eto'o appear doomed to failure as the Barcelona striker is earning £128,000 a week – after tax. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to fly out to Spain to try to broker the deal and although the Premier League club believe they can cope with the transfer fee, and hope to negotiate Barça down from the £27m they are currently demanding, Eto's wages are prohibitive.

Voro in for Valencia to replace Koeman

The new Valencia coach Salvador Gonzalez Voro has said he is willing to allow players discarded by his predecessor Ronald Koeman back into the squad.

Raul and Higuain help Real stretch lead at top of table

Real Madrid took another step towards retaining their La Liga title with a 2-0 win at Racing Santander yesterday. Raul tapped in Robinho's cross early on and Bernd Schuster's men withstood some sustained pressure from Champions League-chasing Racing, before Gonzalo Higuain stroked in a second in injury time. Real's players swamped the Argentine to celebrate as the victory put them 10 points clear at the top of the standings with five matches left to play.

Derby County 0 Aston Villa 6: O'Neill dreams of Europe with 'sublime' Petrov

Aston Villa scored six goals and there were as many different scorers, but there was one strike that truly stood out. With 36 minutes elapsed and Derby in a state of shock – and, in particular, their goalkeeper Roy Carroll after two mistakes for the first two goals – Carroll sent a clearance only as far as Stilyan Petrov, standing on Derby's side of the centre circle.

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