Last updated : 12 August 2004 By Editor

The Sun says our stop-gap striker will be Darius Vassell. Here's what they have to say: 'Aston Villa are bracing themselves for an official approach from Manchester United for Darius Vassell.

Villa’s continued pursuit of James Beattie has alerted Alex Ferguson to doubts now surrounding Vassell’s future.

And the vibes from the Midlands club last night suggested the England striker, 24, could be up for grabs if the price is right.'

The Guardian claim that Samuel Eto'o's complicated transfer to Barcelona is holding up St Michael's move to Madrid - Eto'o plays for Mallorca but is half owned by Madrid. Real had hoped to use Eto'o as a makeweight in the deal but naturally he prefers Barcelona to Liverpool.

Shelbourne hold Deportivo to a goaless draw in front of 24,000 at Lansdowne Road.

Real Madrid beat Wisla Krakow with Fernando Morientes getting a couple. This must put an end to the rumours that he was going to sign for us. Other results:

Basle 1 Inter Milan 1
Bayer Leverkusen 5 Banik Ostrava 0
Red Star Belgrade 3 PSV 2
Dinamo Bucuresti 1 Man Utd 2
Ferencvaros 1 Sparta Prague 0
Gorica 0 Monaco 3
Rosenborg 2 Maccabi Haifa 1
Shakhtar Donetsk 4 Club Brugge 1
Shelbourne 0 D Coruna 0
Wisla Krakow 0 Real Madrid 2