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All Things Footie | Monday, July 2 | Jordan

Busy, busy, busy

I've just moved house and have no internet connection so updates will be pretty sporadic for the next few days, just a warning.

And now for the news...

Patrick Vieira has apparently apologised to team-mates after insulting them, saying his remarks were taken 'out of context'. It looks as though the damage has already been done though and Vieira may well be on his way. In the event, Wenger has a contingency plan - with a �15m bid for West Ham youngster Michael Carrick ready to push across the table.

Alex Ferguson has been chasing a hammer too, with Italian maverick Paulo Di Canio the object of the Scotsman's affection. The Londoners are thought to be demanding �6m for the Celtic, Lazio and Chelsea target - a fee Ferguson knows all too well the United board will not approve for someone turned 30. Fergie was going to offer Dwight Yorke in part exchange but Yorke has dug his heels in and refused a move.

Gianluca Vialli has targeted United full back Denis Irwin, out of contract and yet to sign a new deal with the Premiership champions. He would join recent signing Ramon Vega in the Hornet's defence. Middlesborough manager Steve McLaren is also interested in the Republic of Ireland international and Irwin's admiration for the ex-United coach is not a secret.

Manchester City are in pursuit of Australian international Simon Colosimo, the South Melbourne defender is best remembered for being the player Andy Cole nearly crippled in a friendly two years ago.

Gareth Southgate is making a move to strike, the player does not want to play in Villa's Inter-Toto cup games as this will cup-tie him for any European matches if he moves to another club. In the meantime Paul Merson has volunteered himself as first team coach after Gregory's number two Steve Harrison moved to Middlesborough earlier in the close season.

And finally.... black armbands and a minutes silence for Joe Fagan, the ex-Liverpool manager has died at the age of 80 following an ilness. He took over from Bob Paisley following the legends' retirement in 1983 and led Liverpool to a cup treble in '84 of the Championship, League Cup and European Cup. He retired after the Heysel disaster in 1985 after leading Liverpool to a second successive European Cup final.

Joe Fagan 1921-2001

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