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Republic of Ireland chiefs would consider Jermaine Pennant's desire to play international football if he made contact.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have announced the signing of forward Stephen Hunt from Hull City, for an undisclosed fee.
Hull's board will continue to meet throughout the week in an attempt to address the club's perilous financial problems.
Hull owner Russell Bartlett has claimed the club can "trade through" their current financial difficulties.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy heads into tonight's FA Cup fourth-round replay at Crystal Palace admitting he is frustrated at not being able to do more business before the transfer window closed.
Midfielder focused on fight for survival after club reject Wolves' deadline-day bid
Hull today rejected an improved £5m bid from Wolves for winger Stephen Hunt and insisted they did not expect their Barclays Premier League rivals to attempt a further approach.
Stoke striker James Beattie is among Wolves boss Mick McCarthy's potential targets during the January transfer window.
Stephen Hunt has warned the World Cup play-off big guns that the Republic of Ireland are ready to claim a big scalp.
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O'Neill moves to secure Wigan forward despite informal Anfield agreement
Petr Cech insisted yesterday that it was possible he could be back in action in two weeks – despite having 50 stitches inserted into a face wound and undergoing plastic surgery after accidentally being kicked in the head by his team-mate Tal Ben Haim.
Rather like dog bites man, manager condemns referee may not be news. Steve Coppell questioning one certainly is. Andthis was one of the rare occasions when the Reading man-ager allowed that normal stoicalvisage to slip.
It was fitting, on the eve of Cheltenham week, for Steve Coppell to hail the Irish influence at Reading that has helped to lengthen their odds against being relegated. Perhaps his opposite number, Sven Goran Eriksson, would have been wise to introduce his own Stephen Ireland from the Manchester City bench to try to reverse their poor form.