Date: 8th August 2008 at 11:02am
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Vital Wigan takes a quick look at the stories making the headlines of the sports pages this Friday morning

The Daily Mirror

Liverpool’s owners have failed to raise the cash to sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa and now the move could be off, again.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is set to incur the wrath of boss Kevin Keegan by demanding forward Alan Smith be sold to Everton.

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan wants to sign midfielder Sean Davis from Portsmouth for £2.5m.

Arsenal right-back Justin Hoyte is a £3m target for Middlesbrough after the Teessiders sold Luke Young to Aston Villa.

Blackburn will wrap up a deal for Ghanaian midfielder Anthony Annan after he impressed on trial from IK Start but they will miss out on a move for MK Dons captain Keith Andrews.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes he has the best squad at his disposal in his time at the club.

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says current Stamford Bridge manager Luiz Felipe Scolari only talks about him to get ‘free publicity’.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley insists he has no intention of selling the Tyneside outfit.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney seems to have had a quick recovery from his virus as he is pictured smiling and cheering during the filming of a commercial for a computer game.

The Sun

Everton boss David Moyes will up his bid to £13m for Joao Moutinho as he spends the money generated by the sale of striker Andy Johnson.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says that the number of foreigners in the Premier League is not to blame for England’s problems on the international front.

The Daily Express

Tottenham will switch their attentions away from Zenit St Petersburg forward Andrei Arshavin if his club do not lower their £19m asking price.

Daily Star

Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill will beat Portsmouth to the signature of Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul.

The Daily Mail

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is interested in bringing Reading striker Kevin Doyle to the club.

Premier League newcomers Stoke will bring in Charlton midfielder Amdy Faye for £1m.

L’Equipe

Rennes midfielder Stephane Mbia claims he is the subject of an offer of ‘more than 8m euros’ from Everton.

Wigan Evening Post

Star turns Amr Zaki and Antonio Valencia have been ruled out of Latics’ final pre-season friendly against FC Utrecht on Sunday due to visa problems

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