LITESPORT 34 Monday, 27 July 2009 London Lite CITY TURN TOArsenal defender on brink of move after Terry sticks to Blues MANCHESTER CITY are reported to have agreed terms with Arsenals Kolo Toure after missing out on Chelseas John Terry. Tour -- who has a year left on his contract -- will move for around 15m and Evertons England defender Joleon Lescott is likely to follow as Mark Hughes splashes out on his back-four. Toure, 28 (below), will be Citys fifth summer buy. The clubs billionaire Abu Dhabi owners have already secured the services of Aston Villa midfielder Gareth B a r r y, B l ack bu r n striker Roque Santa Cruz, Manchester Uniteds Carlos Tevez and Arsenals Emmanuel Adebayor as Citys spending approaches the 100m mark. But City will remain p e e v e d b y Te r r y s emphatic public rejection of their advances, which have been ongoing for the past nine months. Cityarebelievedtohave offeredChelsea45mand aweeklywageof 200,000, which would have made him the best-paid player in the Premier League. Terry claimed that the recent uncertainty over his future had nothing to do with the reported 150,000-a-week new contract he has been offered to make him the best- paid player at Stamford Bridge. Terry said: Its never been about a new deal, weve never spoken about a new contact over the past five weeks. Its never been about a new deal for John Terry. Ive got three years left on my contract. Ive been at Chelsea 14 years now and I aim to finish my career here. Terry said he was more concerned aboutkeepingthecurrentteamtogether, holding on to players like England team- mate Frank Lampard. I want these kind of players around me and I want these kind of players at Chelsea Football Club. Terrys official state- ment, released yesterday, said: There has been a lot of speculation recently about my future and I want to clear this up once and for all. I am totally committed to Chelsea and always have been. Chelsea have also made it clear to me consistently that there was never any intention to accept any kind of offer. When you are linked with anyclub,orwithamanagerwho I have huge respect for, it will always make headlines, but me leaving Chelsea was never a possibility. I know there has been comment thatIshouldhavemadeastatement earlier. However, throughout this period there have been numerous discussions between myself, the owner and the Chelsea board and we all agreed that the timing of any state- ment would suit everyone involved in those talks, not any outside influences or agendas. What is clear to me following those discussions is that Chelseas ambition remains as high as ever. This has been further proved by the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti. I am certain that he will take this club on to the next level. Another important factor was knowing that Chelsea would be securingkeycurrentplayersforthelong term. The strengthening of the squad around this core is crucial to pushing us on to greater success. I am as committed as ever to helping driveChelseaforwardandIwillbeproud to lead the team as long as I can. JERMAIN DEFOE is thrilled at the prospect of being reunited with his former Portsmouth teammate Peter Crouch. The little and large duo flourished together under Harry Redknapp at Fratton Park for the first six months of last season, before both former West Ham men defected to White Hart Lane. Redknapp, whose side looked way off the pace in yesterdays 2-0 Wembley Cup defeat against Celtic, is close to concluding a 10m deal for the England striker. While the majority of Spurs fans view Crouchs impending transfer as an unimaginative move -- Real Madrids Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is their preferred target -- Defoe believes Crouch can become an instant hit at the club at which he launched his career. He said: I have always said that Crouchy is a great player and he is someone who will score goals. If you bring someone like that into the club it is only going to help. I love playing with him. We have got a lot of fantastic players at the club and Im sure everyone will look forward to him coming in. After seeing Defoe, want-away Darren Bent and Robbie Keane all struggle over the course of the weekend, Redknapp realises he is in desperate need of adding a striker with a physical presence to his ranks. He said: Crouch gives you an option and hes played for me a few times before. Hes always done a job and hes great on set-plays at both ends. Tottenhams shambolic defending will be of equal concern to Redknapp, who is likely to be missing Jonathan Woodgate, Ledley King and Michael Dawson for the start of the season. Despite that crippling injury list, Redknapp dismissed reports he is interested in West Hams Matthew Upson. He said: He belongs to West Ham and please God for West Ham he stays there. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Inbrief Zamora staying with Fulham BOBBY ZAMORA has become the sixth striker to reject a move to Hull this summer and will be staying with Fulham. The striker scored twice in Saturdays 3-3 draw at Peterborough and has opted to stick with the west London club. Roy Hodgson said: He wants to stay and Im delighted. Zamora could be joined at Craven Cottage by his former Hammers teammate Dean Ashton, who has emerged as a target. Bendtner Guns down rumours NICKLAS BENDTNER will reject the overtures of AC Milan and fight for his first team place at Arsenal. The Italian giants have been frustrated in their attempts to sign Sevillas Brazil striker Luis Fabiano and were reportedly read to turn their attentions to the 21-year-old Dane. Bendtner said: As far as I know I am totally with Arsenal. This is something special and I want to be a part of it. Nothing Posh about fan shirt DAVID BECKHAM has clashed with a fan just one week after an ugly confrontation with spectators during his first home for the LA Galaxy after returning from Italy. Becks exchanged words with a male in the crowd, who was wearing an England shirt, during the Galaxys 1-1 draw with the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday. He shouldnt be wearing that shirt -- what he was saying about my wife was a disgrace, Beckham said. Shearers still in Toon limbo ALAN SHEARER has admitted he is still in limbo with regards to the managerial situation at St James Park. I know as much as you, said Shearer, who delighted a 33,000 crowd at St James Park with the winning goal for an England XI in a 3-2 victory over a Germany side in the Bobby Robson Trophy. I would dearly love it to be sorted out one way or the other then the club can move forward -- I am in limbo. Orient revel in Toon thrashing JASON DEMETRIOU said after Orients 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle on Saturday: Its hard not to get carried away when you get a result like this. There were millions of pounds worth of players out there and for us to match them as we did was fantastic. But well knuckle down and take this as a big boost for our confidence. We want to take it into the start of the season. 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