* Birmingham City have confirmed to the Stock Exchange that they have received a potential takeover approach, but stressed yesterday that talks "are at a very preliminary stage and the directors note that there is no certainty that a transaction will result". Reports over the weekend said that an unnamed
* Detectives investigating Joey Barton's alleged training-ground confrontation with Ousmane Dabo have asked
*Anelka, "I meet United fans and they ask me why I haven't signed for them. The truth is some of the big clubs won't come in for me. It's not because I am not effective on the pitch but because of my supposed character.
"People can call me what they like because it doesn't bother me. The most important thing is that I do my job on the pitch and have fun. That is why I am not going to get into a crazy game of trying to reply to the critics all the time. People who know me well in football know what I'm like. I've never had any problems with anyone."