Date: 7th August 2008 at 9:17am
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Vital Wigan takes a quick look at the stories making the headlines of the sports pages this Thursday morning.

The Daily Mail

Liverpool could have raised some of the cash to finance a move for Gareth Barry with the sale of Dirk Kuyt but the Reds scared off Hamburg with their £16m valuation of the Dutch striker.

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is set to test Blackburn boss Paul Ince’s resolve with a £7m bid for Ewood Park striker Benni McCarthy.

Aston Villa are close to securing the signature of Middlesbrough right-back Luke Young for about £5m and Reading left-back Nicky Shorey for £4m.

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has been told he needs to sell players to raise the funds to buy Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul.

The Daily Mirror

West Ham will bring in defender Gael Givet from Marseille for £1.75m.

Birmingham midfielder Sebastian Larsson will hold showdown talks over his future with the club next week.

Crystal Palace are weighing up whether to sign midfielder John Oster after his summer release by Reading.

Daily Star

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan insists Alan Smith still has a future at the club, despite reports linking the striker with a move to Everton.

Chelsea captain John Terry says winning the Premier League is the club’s priority for the upcoming season.

The Sun

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes wants talks about the situation at the club following reports that owner Thaksin Shinawatra wants to sell the Eastlands outfit.

Former Tottenham winger Chris Waddle is not happy at striker Dimitar Berbatov apparently wanting to leave the club and fears Spurs could become a feeder club.

The Times

Deportivo La Coruna claim they have agreed to sell centre-back Fabricio Coloccini to Newcastle.

The Guardian

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is not worried by the speculation sorrounding Thaksin Shinawatra and insists that if any investors come in they will not have an impact on his transfer plans.

Wigan Evening Post

French ace Antoine Sibierski reckons Wigan Athletic can challenge for a top-10 finish in the Premier League this season.

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