LITESPORT 36 Monday, 13 July 2009 London Lite Inbrief Fergie rules out further business SIR ALEX FERGUSON has declared Old Trafford closed for transfer business. Ferguson was expected to make further signings in addition to Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan. But Ferguson has decided his current squad is good enough to challenge for a fourth consecutive league title. He said: It is the end of our business, so all these stories about who were are supposed to be getting - forget it. Hammers nail non-leaguers WEST HAM kicked off their pre-season schedule with a workmanlike 2-1 win at Blue Square Premier outfit Grays Athletic yesterday. Julien Faubert, James Collins and Kieron Dyer were the only recognised first-team players in Gianfranco Zolas starting line-up, but the visitors nevertheless had too much quality for their non- league hosts. Zavon Hines and Cristian Montano got the goals. Prem player? Pray again Sam SAMUEL ETOOS hopes of a big-money move to the Premier League appear to be dwindling. After Manchester City publicly ended their attempts to sign the Barcelona forward on a massive contract last Friday, neighbours United have now distanced themselves from offering Etoo an exit from the Nou Camp as well. It had been suggested the Red Devils were ready to offer Etoo wages in the region of 150,000-a-week. Madrid in Real hurry to sign up MANUEL PELLEGRINI wants Real Madrid to conclude their transfer dealings by the end of the month. Madrid have already spent close to 200m on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Raul Albiol but are still looking to bring in more new faces. The sooner the better, said Pellegrini when asked his deadline for new players. July 27 would be good because thats when our internationals return. Manuel passes his English test ARSENAL goalkeeper Manuel Almunia will get his gloves on an English passport today after chalking up five years in this country. The Spanish keeper has been linked with a controversial call-up to Fabio Capellos England squad and that could now be a reality. The 32-year-old has already stated he would be proud to wear the Three Lions shirt. It would be an honour, he said. MANCHESTER CITY are eyeing a second high-profile raid on one of Londons top clubs in the shape of Arsenals Emmanuel Adebayor. The mega-rich Eastlands outfit are fighting hard to snare England captain John Terry from Chelsea and are now in talks to bring the Togo hitman north in a deal worth 20m. Adebayors stock with Arsenal fans fell to an all-time low at the end of last season when he criticised them for failing to sing his name, following a string of poor performances against Chelsea and Manchester United. That episode rep- resented the latest chapter in the tur- bulent relationship hehasenduredwith theclubhelookedset to leave last summer for AC Milan. Adebayor (right) sent out a number of conflicting statementsregardinghisfuture, before finally agreeing to stay -- but only after he had been offered a new 80,000-a-week contract. And Arsene Wengers patience with a player, who has been up to his old tricks again this summer appears to have snapped. When contacted and asked if Ade- bayor would like to leave the club, Stephane Courbis, the strikers agent, said: No, no. When pressed if Ade- bayor definitely wanted to stay at Arsenal, Courbis was clear. Yes. Its the same situation as last week, he said, referring to comments that it was up to Wenger to declare his position regarding Adebayor. Manchester City are also hopeful of clinching the signature of Carlos Tevez before they head off for a three-match tour of South Africa on Wednesday. Tevez has been tipped to land at Eastlands since informing Manches- terUnitedhewouldnot be making his lease deal permanent. The South Americans subsequentstingingattackonSir Alex Ferguson has not endeared him to the Red Devils faithful, nor former United striker and current academy director Brian McClair, who branded Tevez disrespectful for claiming he should have started the Champions League final defeat against Barcelona in May. WEST HAM manager Gianfranco Zola has hinted that he could be considering an offer for Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen as he looks to increase his attacking options. The Iceland international (right) is thought to be close to leaving Camp Nou and it has been claimed that Aston Villa, Everton and Fulham are monitoring the situation. But Zola has now indicated that he could enter the race for Gudjohnsen after witnessing the forwards ability first-hand during their time at Chelsea. The Italian holds his former team-mate in high regard, but recognises he will not be the only European manager aware of the 30-year-olds talents. Zola said: Eidur is certainly a very, very good player. I am sure West Ham are not the only team who are looking for a good player like him. Harry still hunting for a Tottenham Kenwynner TOTTENHAM have resurrected their interest in Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones but must sell Darren Bent first. Spurs tried to sign Jones in January but had a 20m bid turned down by Sunderland. The 24-year-old then signed a new four-year contract. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is still keen but a swap deal involving Bent is off since Sunderland signed Fraizer Campbell from Manchester United. Redknapp may turn to Portsmouths Peter Crouch as an alternative to Jones. FULHAM manager Roy Hodgson has warned Arsenal against any attempt to snatch Brede Hangeland away from Craven Cottage despite the defenders failure to sign a new contract. The Norwegian has not travelled with Fulham on their pre-season tour of Australia but Hodgson said: Hes our player, hes got a two-year deal. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Zolas gone to Iceland in search of Gud purchase Ballacks dropping hints to the unsettled captain MICHAEL BALLACK is confident Chelsea will win their first Premier League title since 2006 next season. In a clear message to captain John Terry, who reportedly claims he is unsettled by the lack of quality signings, Ballack (above) sees Chelseas settled squad as an advantage. Ballack said: It is our target every year to win the League and we are confident about winning the title. I think we had a good season last year but United have played at a really high level. 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