Stephen Hunt

McCarthy frustrated by lack of Wolves transfers

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.

Hull reject Wolves bid for Hunt

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.

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Cech will wear face mask with helmet

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.

Reading 2 Manchester City 0: Long's training in free expression sends

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.