Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has denied that he has made a bid for Newcastle United defender Sebastien Bassong.
Reports suggested the former Portsmouth boss had had a £10million offer for the 23-year-old Frenchman rejected by the Championship side but Redknapp insists that is not the case.
Meanwhile, Hull City boss Phil Brown is refusing to be held to ransom by the Magpies over their valuation of Habib Beye.
Brown has had one £2million bid for Beye rejected by Newcastle, who are looking for double that amount for the 31-year-old right-back.
Reports suggest Australia international Lucas Neill could be set to sign a new contract with West Ham United.
The former Blackburn Rovers defender is a free agent after rejecting the Hammers' offer of a new deal earlier in the summer.
However, as Neill is still without a club, Gianfranco Zola has not ruled out the possibility of the 31-year-old returning to Upton Park.
It has been suggested that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has cooled his interest in Gremio's highly-rated teenager Douglas Costa.
A story in the News Of The World says Ferguson has grown wary of taking his interest in the 18-year-old further because of fears surrounding Costa's private life.
Costa was arrested by Brazilian police earlier this week for driving without a valid license. It has also been suggested that the teenager has recently been turning up late for training and leading a party lifestyle.
In cricket, Steve Harmison has revealed that he is desperate to play some part in this summer's Ashes series.
The Durham bowler has not been selected for the first three Tests against Australia and has seen his county team-mate Graham Onions impress, particularly in the tourists' first innings at Edgbaston.
The 31-year-old still hopes to get his chance in the final two Tests at Headingley and The Oval though.
Meanwhile, Brett Lee could hand Australia a boost by returning to the team for next week's fourth Test.
Lee has missed the first three Tests against England, who are the online favourites to regain The Ashes, with a rib injury but has been happy with his form in the nets.
Kevin Pietersen hopes the Achilles operation he endured last month will help to extend his England career.
The 29-year-old is unsure when he will be able to play cricket again but is frustrated to be missing the final three Ashes Tests of this summer.
Finally in rugby league, Stacey Jones has announced that he will retire at the end of the season after rejecting a new contract with the New Zealand Warriors.