Tiago's reluctance to return to England threatens Everton deal

Everton are close to reaching agreement with Juventus to sign the midfielder Tiago Mendes on a season-long loan – with a view to a permanent £8m transfer – but face a familiar problem regarding the Portuguese international. Despite playing for Chelsea for one season, where he was one of Jose Mourinho's first signings, Tiago is not keen on returning to England as Tottenham Hotspur found last January when they negotiated a similar deal to acquire the 27-year-old.

Moutinho going nowhere

Sporting Lisbon president Filipe Soares Franco insists midfielder Joao Moutinho will not be leaving the club this summer.

Moyes free to spend after selling Johnson

The protracted transfer of Andy Johnson to Fulham was finally completed yesterday giving the Everton manager, David Moyes, a pocket full of cash to reinvest in strengthening his squad.

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.

Wyness quits on eve of stadium decision

Everton have been left to contemplate the atrocious timing of their chief executive's resignation, days before a Government ruling which could jeopardise one of the most significant moments in the club's history: their move from Goodison to a new purpose-built stadium at Kirkby.

Johnson's move to Fulham close to resolution

Fulham are confident that Andrew Johnson will join them from Everton – freeing David Moyes to place an increased offer for Sporting Lisbon's Joao Moutinho – despite the distance between the Cottagers and Johnson over his personal terms.

Johnson heads for Fulham

Everton striker Andrew Johnson was undergoing a medical at Fulham today ahead of a planned £12m transfer.

Transfer News and Speculation: 28 July

Sporting Lisbon confirmed last night that they had turned down a €15m (£11.8m) bid from Everton for the Portugal international midfielder Joao Moutinho despite the player's protests that he wants a move to the Premier League.

Transfer news and speculation, 18 July

Wigan Athletic are close to signing the Egypt international Amr Zaki after he arrived at the JJB Stadium for a medical. The club's manager, Steve Bruce, has agreed to pay Zaki's club El Zalamek £1m to loan the striker for one season. The Latics could then sign him for a further £5m if he impresses. The 25-year-old, who has scored 27 goals in 48 internationals, said he was looking forward to playing in the Premier League.

Switzerland 2 Portugal 0: Scolari humbled as Switzerland go out with bang

Five days as Chelsea manager and already the man is losing games: at this rate Luiz Felipe Scolari will be out of the job by September. OK, so it was only a dead rubber but Scolari followed this defeat to the hapless Swiss with a bizarre rant in which he covertly criticised the referee by sarcastically blaming himself.

SPL agrees to extend season if Rangers reach European final

The Scottish Premier League season will be extended by four days to 22 May if Rangers reach the Uefa Cup final. The SPL is to reveal two provisional fixture lists, one that will be implemented if Rangers beat Fiorentina in their European semi-final and one if they lose.

Aitken prepares to live his boyhood dream

Queen of the South defender Andy Aitken will live out a boyhood dream when he lines up against Aberdeen in today's Scottish Cup semi-final.

Sporting Lisbon 0 Rangers 2 <i>(Rangers win 2-0 on agg)</i>: Darcheville keeps the European dream alive

Second-half goals from Jean-Claude Darcheville and Steven Whittaker earned Rangers an heroic victory over Sporting Lisbon last night and a place in the last four of the Uefa Cup.

Sporting Lisbon 1 Bolton 0 <i>(Sporting win 2-1 on agg)</i>: Pereirinha keeps his head to end Bolton's resistance

Bolton's Uefa Cup run came to an end last night after a severely weakened side were beaten 1-0 in the second leg of their last-16 Uefa Cup tie. Wanderers, who drew 1-1 in the first leg, were unable to conjure the strike they needed to progress before an 85th-minute goal from Bruno Pereirinha secured victory for Sporting.

Bolton 1 Sporting Lisbon 1: McCann strikes but Sporting have edge

Another gallant effort from Bolton in the season's least expected European adventure – but it will need a performance to better those already conjured up in Munich and Madrid if the peculiar demands of balancing a Premier League relegation battle with a bid to reach the final rounds of the Uefa Cup are not to come to a close in next week's last-16 second-leg tie in Lisbon.

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