From the Back Pages, July 6: Toby Alderweireld’s Tottenham transfer blocked by Southampton legal threat

From the back pages
From the back pages

Tottenham’s bid to sign Toby Alderweireld is set to be blocked by Southampton taking legal action. Saints claim Atletico Madrid will be in breach of an agreement if they sell the Belgian defender to Spurs - or anyone else. (The Mirror)

David De Gea has said he is returning to Manchester to report for United’s pre-season training on Monday. The Spain international has been in Madrid in recent days, touching down in the Spanish capital on Thursday. It sparked rumours that his proposed move to Real Madrid was progressing. However, the player himself said he was in Madrid simply to “rest”. (The Independent)

Doubts over a long-standing shoulder injury mean Newcastle United are only prepared to pay £12million for Queens Park Rangers frontman Charlie Austin. (Daily Mail)

BRENDAN RODGERS will this week match the £32.5million buy-out clause in Christian Benteke’s Aston Villa contract to continue his summer spending spree. (The Express)

On a stage decided largely by inclement weather, it seemed weirdly appropriate that the main beneficiaries should be Sky. Chris Froome could barely conceal his delight following the first mass-start stage of this Tour, in which Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana lost major chunks of time following a mid-stage split in a bunch paralysed by anxiety in extreme weather conditions. In stark contrast, for Mark Cavendish it was a day of frustration and irritation as the Etixx-Quick Step rider finished out of the money but slap bang in the middle of a potentially explosive confrontation with his team-mates. (The Guardian)

Ivo Karlovic blasted his way towards a possible fourth-round match with Andy Murray on Saturday after dispatching Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets. (The Telegraph)

Mum was in the corner with a glass of bubbly, for the first time allowed to listen in to her son lifting the lid on the emotions of life as a winner. Lewis Hamilton had pointed into the swelling crowd of spectators and well-wishers who spilt on to the Silverstone track at the end of an enthralling British Grand Prix yesterday to pick out Carmen. (The Times)

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