Keegan chases City defender

We take a look around Monday's national newspapers.

THE GUARDIAN: Manchester City defender Micah Richards is one of three players Kevin Keegan hopes to sign for Newcastle United before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.

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THE SUN: Alex Ferguson faces an FA probe after TV showed him appearing to make two crude gestures at Reading. The fiery Manchester United boss allegedly made obscene hand movements to home fans after Wayne Rooney hit their opener in Saturday's 2-0 win at the Madejski stadium. Then he made an aggressive clenched-fist celebration at home coach Wally Downes after Cristiano Ronaldo's goal.

Also: Liverpool were left red-faced again last night as Tom Hicks was forced to deny he had already sold the club...Portsmouth last night rubbished suggestions that Sol Campbell walked out in a huff and demanded to join Newcastle.

DAILY MIRROR: Portsmouth last night denied Sol Campbell had walked out of the club to become Kevin Keegan's first signing at Newcastle. The England centre-back sparked the speculation on the south coast by his last-minute withdrawal from Saturday's home win over Derby with a 'back injury'. Campbell is known to be upset by his public dressing down from chief executive Peter Storrie last week following his criticism of the club's transfer policy.

Also: Birmingham are set to complete the 1million loan signing of Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate.

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is to make a cheeky move for Blackburn's Steven Reid - as part of a deal for Jason Koumas.

DAILY MAIL: Tom Hicks was embroiled in a 300million-plus game of brinkmanship over Liverpool's future last night after rejecting initial overtures from Dubai International Capital to buy him out. As he braced himself for an angry backlash from fans over his treatment of manager Rafa Benitez, Liverpool's co-owner dismissed claims that a deal had been done with DIC and issued a statement insisting he and George Gillett would remain in control at Anfield 'for many years to come'. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson faces an FA probe after allegedly making obscene gestures at Reading fans in Manchester United's 2-0 away win...Frank Lampard fears he will miss Fabio Capello's first game in charge of England after suffering a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury.

Everton are set to offer Portsmouth 2million for midfielder Sean Davis.

DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson could face an FA probe after being pictured gesturing to Reading fans during his side's win at the Madejski Stadium. TV cameras showed Ferguson pumping his fists in what appeared to be an obscene fashion after Cristiano Ronaldo scored United's second goal. Earlier, the fired-up manager rowed with Reading coach Wally Downes, appearing to make another gesture to the former Wimbledon player.

Also: Tom Hicks is playing hardball with the future of Liverpool Football Club after rebuffing overtures from Dubai International Capital to buy his stake.

DAILY STAR: Harry Redknapp is set to deliver a second snub to Newcastle by foiling Kevin Keegan's bid to land Sol Campbell. Keegan wants the 32-year-old central defender to be his first Toon signing. But the Portsmouth boss, who turned down the Newcastle job nine days ago, will tell him Campbell is not for sale.

Also: Reading yesterday launched an investigation in a bid to find the Cristiano Ronaldo shirt thief.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: A new bid for Liverpool from Dubai International Capital was hanging in the balance last night after the club's co-owner, Tom Hicks, blocked talks between the investment company and his bankers, the Royal Bank of Scotland.

THE TIMES: The ownership crisis at Liverpool threatens to drag on after it emerged last night that Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr have rejected an initial proposal of a 300million offer for the club from Dubai International Capital (DIC).

THE INDEPENDENT: The England international Nicky Shorey is among those in Kevin Keegan's sights as the Newcastle manager tries to add a few names to his squad before the end of the month, as well as speaking to Alan Shearer about the possibility of him joining the back-room staff at St James' Park.


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