Hearts appeal to Rangers for cash-generating friendly, Southampton bid £12.5m for Victor Wanyama and Kris Commons bats off Scotland criticism.
Hearts appeal for Rangers friendly
Hearts manager Gary Locke has spoken to Rangers manager Ally McCoist about the two clubs playing a pre-season friendly to help ease the Tynecastle club’s financial situation. Hearts need to raise £700,000 before the start of the new season. (Sun)
• The Tynecastle club’s hopes of making it out of administration have been dealt a further blow after it emerged that they will no longer be able to take payments for season tickets by debit card after online sales were suspended. (Express)
• John Sutton could be freed by Hearts after remaining undecided on whether he should join his team mates in accepting a pay cut. Jamie Hamill, Ryan Stevenson and Jamie MacDonald have all agreed to a 50 per cent pay cut (Mail)
Celtic agree £12.5m deal for Victor Wanyama
Southampton are set to sign Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama after the player flew south for talks with the Premiership outfit after a fee was agreed with he Parkhead club.
Celtic signed Wanyama from Beerschot two years ago for £900,000 with the Belgian outfit negotiating a sell-on clause.
If agreed, the deal will be the largest transfer Scottish football has ever seen - topping the £12m move of Tore Andre Flo to Rangers in 2000. (Scotland on Sunday)
• The Sunday Mail however reports that Wanyama’s move to Southampton is off after the player failed to agree personal terms
• The Parkhead club are also understood to be willing to accept a bid of £5m for striker Garry Hooper after the player made it clear he is not looking for a better contract and is keen for a move back to England. Hooper’s contract expires next summer. (Sunday Post)
• Celtic will go into the draw for the second qualifying round of the Champions League tomorrow where they will face an unseeded team
Gordon McKie leading consortium aiming to buy Hearts
Former SRU chief Gordon Mckie and a group of wealthy Hearts supporting businessmen from Edinburgh and London are working on a deal that could see them gain control of the Tynecastle club which is currently in administration. (Scotland on Sunday)
Kris Commons hits back over Scotland criticism
Celtic midfielder Kris Commons says he “doesn’t give a monkeys” about the criticism he received after pulling out of the Scotland set up to spend more time with his family and then posting a Twitter picture of him bound for Las Vegas on the eve of Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against Croatia. (Scotland on Sunday)