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The Sun continues to lead with our bid for Andy Johnson. Apparently, we’ve managed to outbid Wigan and have had a £10.5m bid accepted.

Everton left him out of their friendly with Preston last night. Make of that what you will.

The prospect of Jimmy Bullard returning to Wigan has got everyone worried. Some people reckon that £6m for Bullard would fund our unexpected outlay this season – it would, of course, continue our entirely regrettable policy of selling our best players.

Fulham have insisted that Bullard is not for sale, the Daily Mail reckon his spell at Fulham has been a disappointment, Sky seem to have backtracked on the story, while the Football Editor of the Times – in a sarcastic response to an irate email from a TIFF poster – says Bullard was offered to Boro.

Meanwhile, Bullard’s cousin and his sister say he’s going nowhere. Yes, the silly season’s in full swing.

If you didn’t know, our Far East tour kicks off today – although, nobody’s sure what time. Remember Ian Pearce? He’s on trial at Brentford. Sounds like he might a useful addition at that level. I’ll personally never forget that one-legged goal against Portsmouth.