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SUMMER SALES

<strong>Baggies seek &pound;2m for Mowbray </strong><br />WEST BROM are standing firm on a &pound;2m compensation fee for manager Tony Mowbray to fend off interest from Celtic.<br /><br />The Baggies confirmed the SPL giants had made an official approach for Mowbray to replace Gordon Strachan but chairman Jeremy Peace is holding out for &pound;2m. &ldquo;Most people would regard it as a fair figure,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It is non-negotiable.&rdquo;<br /><strong><br />Martinez ready to rejoin Wigan</strong><br />WIGAN chairman Dave Whelan expects to confirm Roberto Martinez as the club&rsquo;s new manager tomorrow.<br /><br />The Latics held talks with their former player and agreeing a &pound;1.8m compensation fee with Swansea City. Whelan said: &ldquo;Everything is almost agreed. I&rsquo;m in Majorca, I&rsquo;m due back on Wednesday. The deal will be completed then.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Gunners close in on Vermaelen</strong><br />ARSENAL are poised to begin their summer spending by signing Ajax captain Thomas Vermaelen, after the Belgian said a move to north London was imminent.<br /><br />Vermaelen, 23, yesterday confirmed the rumours, insisting a deal, expected to be worth around &pound;10.5m, was on the verge of completion. &ldquo;Moving to Arsenal is the right path for me,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br /><strong>Berbatov will stay at United</strong><br />DIMITAR BERBATOV&rsquo;S agent says the striker will be a Manchester United player next season. The Bulgarian&rsquo;s future at Old Trafford remains unclear after mustering just nine goals from 29 league starts.<br /><br />But agent Emil Dantchev said: &ldquo;Dimitar will play next season in Manchester United. There is no desire from the management for any separation.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Benitez refutes Lavezzi link</strong><br />LIVERPOOL boss Rafael Benitez last night dismissed claims linking him with a move for Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi.<br /><br />&ldquo;We never contacted Lavezzi and we have no intention of doing so,&rdquo; the Spaniard said. &ldquo;We want to put a stop to these rumours.&rdquo;<br /><br />Young Reds striker David Ngog has been linked with a loan move to Ipswich.