Premier League - Paper round: Terry's big bonus

Sat, 06 Mar 11:02:00 2010

England's star players are meeting with their agents to push through big World Cup bonuses in South Africa this summer.

FOOTBALL England defender John Terry - 0

According to Charlie Sale in the Daily Mail, 'Team England' agent Terry Byrne will have a sit-down with deposed captain John Terry, super striker Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, among others.

England's players give their match fees to charity but bonuses for performing in South Africa are a different matter, with the players keen to at least match those in place for Germany.

Ze Germans are on £250,000 to win the trophy, £150,000 to reach the final, £100,000 to make the semis - and £50,000 for a quarter-final exit. Fifty grand it is, then.

Also reported is that plans for security at the tournament have been massively increased since the terrorist attack on the Togo team bus at the African Cup of Nations.

Several newspapers are gleefully jumping on the fact that the FA are to re-lay the Wembley turf which ended Michael Owen's season in the Carling Cup final for the fifth time in a year.

'Sod You' is the best headline, naturally in The Sun, for Alex Ferguson's moan about the surface at HQ.

Ferguson is tolerant of the anti-Glazer 'green and gold' campaign - but less so of Keith Harris's threat to lead a boycott of games at Old Trafford.

"Now that's a great idea. That's come from an intelligent guy, has it?" he said of the head of investment bank Seymour Pierce.

Everyone thought Birmingham had a bottomless pot of gold since the arrival of Carson Yeung - leading people to even question the lack of signings made by Alex McLeish at one stage - but all does not seem quite so rosy at St Andrews this morning.

The club have announced pre-tax losses of £20.5 million in the year leading up to August 31 2009, and the Scot has been warned about the 'pitfalls' of the transfer market by the board.

But that is small fry compared with the money spent by hated rivals Aston Villa. Randy Lerner has channelled £82.5m into the club in loans and equity since the beginning of last season, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Daily Record reckons Glasgow 'giants' Rangers are on the verge of being taken over by a London-based property group.

However The Sun claims a Far East consortium will trump them with a £60m bid.

On a day of sparse transfer gossip, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is willing to pay £4m for Espanyol striker Jose Callejon.

There's also the latest from former Spurs striker Mido in the Mail, who says he turned down £45,000 a week from another Premier League club to prove himself at West Ham. Could it have been Portsmouth?

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh knows he is in for a rough ride when he joins Arsenal in the summer, while the Gunners' ailing starlet Aaron Ramsey has vowed to return and wow crowds again.

The Mail also warns QPR fans that Flavio Briatore may still be lurking behind the scenes, pulling strings in a manner threatening to boisterous new boss Neil Warnock. Through his association with the people who provide matchday cuisine in the executive boxes at Loftus Road, apparently.

In his Independent column, Warnock says that he really didn't want to leave financial basket case Crystal Palace but was being slowly poisoned there.

His former boss Simon Jordan does not feel the same way, labelling Warnock immoral, disloyal, indecent and greedy in the Mirror.

And small boy Shaun Wright-Phillips's little heart is being broken by neighbouring City. Bless him.

Jonathan Symcox / Eurosport

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