34 Wednesday, 8 July 2009 London Lite Inbrief Cities set sites on World Cup ENGLANDS football World Cup bid leaders start inspection visits next week to those cities hoping to be part of the campaign for the 2018 or 2022 tournaments. Some 15 cities, with 22 stadia, have registered ahead of tomorrows deadline. While Wembley is a given for the final, Old Trafford also seems a must. In London, Arsenals Emirates stadium and Spurs new White Hart Lane are also in contention. Ben seeking a Pompey return ZIMBABWE striker Benjani Mwaruwari admits he would love to get the chance to play for Portsmouth again but stressed it was up to Manchester City if they wanted him to leave. The 30-year-old, who moved to City during the 2008 January transfer window, feels there is a special relationship with the Fratton Park faithful. I left on a good note and I would love to play for them again, he said. Bowyer makes it 7-up at Blues LEE BOWYER is set to become Birminghams seventh signing of the summer. Bowyer is poised to join Blues from West Ham on a free transfer after a successful loan spell at St Andrews during the second half of last season. Birmingham boss Alex McLeish said: He will become a permanent Birmingham player and a worthy addition to our squad. He did well for us last season. Saints prepare for a Swiss role SOUTHAMPTONS future should be secured in the next 24 hours after a Swiss-based consortium agreed a deal in principle to buy the stricken Coca-Cola League One club. The takeover, which will see Saints become yet another club to fall into foreign ownership, comes more than three months after they entered administration with debts of more than 30m and follows Matt Le Tissiers failed bid. Fowler shrugs off Tranmere NORTH QUEENSLAND FURY striker Robbie Fowler has denied he is set to join ex-Liverpool team-mate John Barnes at Tranmere, insisting he will remain in Townsville. Fowler, 34, signed in February but has yet to take part in a full training session due to injury. He said: Ive got a two-year contract and Im a man of my word. My family has just arrived and they wouldnt have travelled if I had any intention to leave. LITESPORT CHELSEA chairman Bruce Buck insists new boss Carlo Ancelotti still has two big signings to come as he prepares for his first season at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are still interested in Alexandre Pato, David Villa, Wesley Sneijder and, despite endless arguments, Franck Ribery from Bayern Munich. RiberysaysmovingtoRealMadridishismainprior- ity but the Spanish clubs general director, Jorge Valdano, claims Madrid have resigned themselves to missing out on him this summer. Madrid are leading the race for the France winger, who earlier this week denied reports he wanted to quit Bayern to join the Florentino Perez revolution at the Bernabeu. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rum- menigge yesterday claimed his club have received just one bid for the 26- year-old and it did not come from Real Madrid. Valdano said: With Ribery there is a feeling that he will not leave this season, for Bayern Munich have found many ways to say no sometimes exhaustively say- ing no and sometimes talking about 80m euros, which is another way of saying no. Therefore, we are resigned to waiting for another oppor- tunity to come. The player has two years to fulfil on his contract and, well, life is long. Chelsea have so far signed Ross Turnbull, Daniel Sturridgeand Yuri Zhirkov but Buck insists: We said before the transfer season started that we expected four or five players in and a couple out. That is still our expectation. We are looking for a marquee name and are chasing a few but most of the big clubs are chasing the same players. We are only going to get one of those top-notch players if the price is right and he fits into our team appropriately. But we are optimistic. We think we know the right price for these players and there is still a lot of time left in the transfer sea- son so lets see how things work out. Buck (right) remains adamant that John Terry will stay despite reports the cap- tainwantstohaveshowdowntalkswith owner Roman Abramovich. Terry is on 135,000 a week and is looking for Chelsea to offer him a better con- tractasManchesterCityarewilling to offer him closer to 200,000 a week. Buck told Chelsea TV: As a Chelsea fan Id be devastated if Johnleftbutthatsnotgoingtohappen. And he added that in Ancelotti the club had finally found a manager who will stay for several seasons. Ambitious Chelsea in hunt for a star name BY NEAL COLLINS Bluesreadytospendbig:Buck who earlier this week denied reports he wanted to quit Bayern to join the Florentino Perez revolution at the Bernabeu. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rum- menigge yesterday claimed his club have received just one bid for the 26- year-old and it did not come from Valdano said: With Ribery there is a feeling that he will not leave this season, for Bayern Munich nosaytowaysmanyfoundhave sometimes exhaustively say- talkingsometimesandnoing to waiting for another oppor- tunity to come. The player has two and,contracthisonlfulfitoyears ts into our teamthe price is right and he fiplayers if appropriately. knowwethinkWeoptimistic.areweBut the right price for these players and there sea-transfertheinlefttimeoflotastillis son so lets see how things work out. Buck Terry will stay despite reports the cap- withtalksshowdownhavetowantstain owner Roman Abramovich. Terry is on 135,000 a week and is looking for Chelsea to offer him a better con- willingareCityManchesterastract ifdevastatedbeIdfanChelsea happen.togoingnotthatsbutleftJohn And he added that in Ancelotti the club nally found a manager who willhad fi stay for several seasons. NEIL WARNOCK has called for his former goalkeeper Paddy Kenny to be treated leniently following a positive drugs test. Kenny has been suspended by Sheffield United after testing positive for the stimulant ephedrine in a urine sample given after the Blades play-off semi- final against Preston in May. Warnock, who managed Kenny during his spell in charge at Bramall Lane, said: Anybody who knows Paddy will tell you he wouldnt have done this deliberately. Hes a smashing lad but can be a bit daft and because of that he can get himself into situations, and unfortunately this could be the biggest of the lot. There does seem to be a feeling that the FA will be looking to make an example of somebody but I hope its looked upon as a genuine mistake and he only receives a minimum ban. He is definitely not a cheat. Kenny, 31, will now be subject to an FA inquiry and could face a two-year suspension. QPRs Argentine JIM MAGILTON has made his first signing as QPR manager, snapping up Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin for 3.5m. Though his English is limited, Faurlin revealed fellow Argentine Carlos Tevez was the inspiration behind his move. He said: The football over here is very different to Argentina, but I will work hard to adapt to the English game. I want to show my qualities and I have already been very impressed with the quality of my team- mates. The standard and intensity of the training is very high and really impressive. I just want to play now. I feel very fit and cant wait for the chance to show the fans what I am capable of. I hope to achieve big things at QPR. 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