The Wimbledon manager, Terry Burton, will stay at the club after holding emergency talks with his chairman, Charles Koppel. Burton said he was considering his future after Wimbledon threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Portsmouth on Wednesday, claiming afterwards: "The atmosphere at the club stinks."
But a meeting with Koppel has convinced him that he should continue despite Wimbledon's start to the season being overshadowed by the furore over the club's proposed move to Milton Keynes. "My players and I are working hard to make this club successful again," Burton said, "and I would urge all fans to get properly behind the team."
Wolves have confirmed that they are on the verge of signing Sunderland's veteran midfielder Alex Rae for an initial fee of £1m. The 32-year-old Scot will complete manager David Jones' rebuilt midfield as he seeks finally to bring Premiership football to Molineux.
West Bromwich are set to complete the £750,000 signing of Portsmouth's central defender Darren Moore after the deal appeared to break down in midweek.
Manchester City have responded to their 4-0 defeat at The Hawthorns last weekend by signing the 33-year-old Algerian midfielder, Ali Benarbia, on a free transfer from the French side Paris Saint-Germain.
Simon Donnelly has become the second Sheffield Wednesday player to be placed on the transfer list this week as the manager, Peter Shreeves, looks to cut the wage bill at Hillsborough. The Scottish international midfielder joined the Owls from Celtic on a free transfer in June 1999 but his time at the impoverished First Division club has been blighted by a series of injuries. The former Liverpool defender Steve Harkness has also been made available.
The Queen's Park Rangers supporter, Brian Melzack, moved one step closer to becoming the club's new owner after a bid from his biggest rival, Maurice Fitzgerald, was rejected by the administrators at Loftus Road. Melzack, a property developer, is set to enter talks to buy QPR for around £10m from owner Chris Wright.
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