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The 20-year-old has been mainly used as a substitute this season, and may be valued at 15 million pounds ($24 million), the newspaper said.
Television replays showed the two players brushed shoulders as they passed before Barton delivered a blow to Pedersen’s stomach that sent the Blackburn player to the ground. Referee Mike Jones did not punish Barton for the incident.
Spurs Linked to Forlan
Redknapp is keen to add a world-class striker after missing out on Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano this summer, the Mail said. Real Madrid has also made a move for ex-Manchester United player Forlan, who was named the top player at this year’s World Cup, the newspaper said.
The 26-year-old player went home to the Netherlands for a second opinion and didn’t play against Lecce yesterday, also a 1-1 tie. He says his “whole body is exhausted,” the Sun said.
De Jong Targeted
City coach Roberto Mancini likes the midfielder, but the Dutchman may want to get away from the media coverage in England, the newspaper said.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway threatened to quit football if the Premier League tries to fine him for making 10 lineup changes in last night’s last-minute 3-2 loss at Aston Villa, the Daily Express said.
“I would pack it in,” the Express quoted Holloway as saying. “They can’t fine me for that. Let some person from the Premier League tell me how to do my job? I am serious.”
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