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Everton furiously rejected United's approaches for the England defender last summer and hope to tie down his future after a breakthrough in negotiations

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Fantastic voyage: Travels with Charles Darwin

As Britain celebrates Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, Simon Calder and Ben Ross chart the great naturalist's journey aboard the Beagle – a voyage that took in a natural selection of the world's top travel destinations

Johnson ponders summer move

Michael Johnson, one of the most gifted youngsters to have emerged from Manchester City's fabled youth academy and christened "FEC" – Future England Captain – in the club's dressing room just a year back, will give serious consideration to leaving the club this summer.

Rock star: The volcanic attraction of Tenerife

Tenerife offers winter sun in abundance – and has a brand-new water park to entertain the family. But it's the dramatic volcano at the island's heart that really takes your breath away

Manchester City waste £17m on de Jong

Reports suggest that Manchester City overspent on new signing Nigel de Jong by as much as £17m.

Hughes plans face-to-face Robinho talks

Robinho faces a grilling from Manchester City manager Mark Hughes when he arrives back from Brazil.

No problem with Hughes insists Robinho

Robinho insists he does not have any problems with Manchester City manager Mark Hughes.

Property abroad: Tenerife

Find solace, sun and inspiring architecture in northern Tenerife, says Laura Latham

Robinho walks out on Manchester City

Manchester City's record signing Robinho has left the club's training camp in Tenerife, it has been confirmed.

British expat is beaten to death with baseball bat in Tenerife

A British woman has been beaten to death with a baseball bat on the holiday island of Tenerife.

Spanish officials act over match-fixing claims

The Spanish Football Federation have asked state prosecutors to look into allegations of match-fixing in the Primera Liga at the end of the 2006/07 season.

Family travel: 'We want to fly light, but what about all the baby stuff?'

Q We are going to Tenerife for a wedding in January and flying on a low-cost carrier. Since we are only going for a long weekend (and having experienced suitcase-in-transit-disappearance in the past) we are aiming to take hand luggage only. However, we are also travelling with our six month-old twins and this will be the first time they have been abroad. Is there any way we can avoid checking in luggage (baby-liquids and so on)? P Lawton, Northants

Tips and deals: 30/11/2008

The gear

New from firebox.com, the Wrap-up Tripod is a protective case featuring an integrated stand. Attach the die-cast aluminium tripod to your camera's screw-in socket for use on the move with the minimum of fuss. Price £19.95.

Spanish airline suspends flights

A Spanish-based airline which flew to European hotspots from UK airports airport has suspended all flights due to its "financial situation".

Simon Calder: Sycophancy and scorn as the travel trade heads south

Choosing street names is not the most challenging task on the municipal agenda in Spanish towns and cities. Saints, military heroes and nobility provide plenty of scope, as demonstrated by a sequence of plazas in the middle of Madrid named for San Miguel, Comandante Moreras and Isabel II.

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