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Last updated at 01:36 04 January 2008


Manchester United

defender Jonny Evans

is to join Sunderland

on loan until the end of

the season — despite

offers from Wigan,

Birmingham and

Sheffield United.

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Evans, who was 20 on

Wednesday, was

arrested last month

over an allegation of

rape at United's

Christmas party — an

accusation he denies

— and has been bailed

until February 23.

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Jonny Evans in United kit

Manager Sir Alex

Ferguson has warned

the defender about his

behaviour and believes

Sunderland, under

former United captain

Roy Keane, is the best

place for him to


Keane, who still hopes to tie down

a deal for Blackburn

midfielder Robbie

Savage and Reading's

Stephen Hunt, had

Northern Ireland

international Evans on

loan last season.

Ferguson has yet to

decide on other

proposals for Phil

Bardsley, on loan at

Sheffield United, or

from Sunderland again

for Danny Simpson.

Paul Scholes says he is

on course to return at

the end of the month.

The United midfielder

has started running

again after spending

more than two months

on the sidelines

following knee

ligament surgery.

He said: "Everything

seems to be OK."

Everton have confirmed a

£1.5m deal to sign Plymouth

Argyle's Dan Gosling.

Sportsmail revealed last

month that Everton were

keen on Gosling, 17, who can

play in defence and

midfield. Everton manager

David Moyes said: "He is one

for the future."

Steve Bruce will appoint Nigel Spink as

Wigan's new goalkeeping coach after Gary

Walsh left to join Paul Jewell at Derby. Former

Newcastle winger Laurent Robert has also

arrived on a two-day trial at Derby, whose manager

Paul Jewell said: "We are going to have a look

at him and find out whether he is right for us."

Derby defender Andy Griffin is wanted by Stoke

to replace right-back Stephen Wright, recalled

from his loan spell by Sunderland.

Jens Lehmann looks

to have lost out on a

move back to Borussia

Dortmund after

demanding £40,000 a


The Arsenal keeper's

old club wanted him

to replace injured

Roman Weidenfeller

and sent director of

football Michael Zorc

to open talks with the Gunners, as revealed

in Sportsmail.

But while Arsenal

were prepared to let

Lehmann go, having

preferred to play

Manuel Almunia for

most of this season,

Dortmund say they

cannot afford the

£3million over 18

months that the 38-

year-old is asking for.

Blackburn have rejected

a Manchester City approach

for striker Roque Santa Cruz, who has 10 League

goals since his summer move

from Bayern Munich. Rovers

boss Mark Hughes is ready

to off-load another forward,

Jason Roberts, but has taken

Levski Sofia striker Valeri

Domovchiyski, 21, on a fiveday


Alan Curbishley has warned Dean Ashton he is

unlikely to be handed a starting place when

West Ham take on the top teams.

The striker has expressed his disappointment at

being left out against Chelsea, Manchester

United and Arsenal in recent weeks, but

Curbishley does not want to alter his policy of

playing a lone striker against the leading teams.

He said: "Carlton Cole is suited best to that role

when there's a lot of work to be done."