Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football in Brief

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football in Brief

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CHELSEA are set to increase their offer for Sevilla wing-back Daniel Alves after the Spanish club rejected an initial bid of pounds 21.5m.

The player's agent remains confident the two clubs will soon reach an agreement - paving the way for Alves to move to Stamford Bridge.

Agent Geronimo Suarez said: "We are expecting a solution between the clubs and are confident they are going to reach a deal.

"He is determined to go there. He wants to close the deal as soon as possible."

GARETHSOUTHGATE admits he may have a job keeping Mido on the sidelines if the Egyptian's work permit comes through in time for Middlesbrough's Premier League trip to Fulham tomorrow.

The protracted pounds 6m transfer from Tottenham to Teesside will be concluded once the 24-year-old receives official clearance from the Government and he was set to be unveiled today as a Bora player.

Southgate said: "He's been training with us and he's eager to start, but we might have to rein him back a bit because he hasn't had any match practice."

SIR ALEX FERGUSON is banking on Carlos Tevez to fill the massive void left by Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo in Sunday's Manchester derby. …

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