Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United are set to blow Liverpool out of the water in the race to sign Christian Benteke. United will meet the Aston Villa striker’s £32.5m release clause and are confident of closing a deal. (The Sun)Manchester United have told Real Madrid to accept a final bid of £35m for Sergio Ramos – or forget about signing David De Gea in return. (Daily Star)Tottenham are in talks to sell Roberto Soldado to Spanish club Sevilla. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants £11million for the striker, who has scored just seven Premier League goals – three of them penalties – since arriving from Valencia in 2013 for £26m. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not want to sell Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal, amid reports from Spain that Athletic Bilbao are close to completing a £7m deal. (Daily Mirror)Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Manchester City target James McCarthy is a “central part of his plans” and will not be sold. (Daily Express)Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis insists there is “no chance” star striker Gonzalo Higuain will leave the club this summer. The Argentina forward has been linked with a switch to the Premier League, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all mooted to be interested at various points through the summer. (Daily Mirror)Watford are set to continue their squad strengthening for their return to the Premier League with the £3.5m purchase of the Holland winger Steven Berghuis from AZ Alkmaar. (Guardian)Aston Villa are hopeful of completing the signing of Nice defender Jordan Amavi this week after agreeing a fee of around £9m. (Daily Telegraph)Claudio Ranieri could make former West Ham striker Carlton Cole his first signing. Leicester boss Ranieri is weighing up a move for free agent Cole as he knows him from his time in charge at Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)Slaven Bilic has confirmed West Ham are still hoping to sign Alex Song, despite his injury problems. Barcelona midfielder Song could face surgery on an ankle problem and his potential transfer to West Ham has been held up. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Louis van Gaal says Manchester United plan to sell goalkeeper Victor ValdesArsenal defender Nacho Monreal closing in on £6m move to Athletic Bilbao – reportsManchester United and Roma ‘in talks’ to sign Argentina international Sergio Romero on free transferJuventus ready to offer Juan Cuadrado early exit from ChelseaRoma poised to fight off Chelsea interest to land young defenderEverton target Ivan Perisic close to agreeing Inter Milan moveCrystal Palace and Swansea City chase Hull star Dame N’Doye after Besiktas deal falls throughArsenal, Man United and Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain will NOT leave Napoli, claims club presidentManchester United enter race to land former Manchester City manStuttgart striker to hold talks over future as West Ham linked with swoop
DINNER BY SEVEN, having finished second to the speedy imported filly JENNANDROSESGIRL over the straight on September 12, is tipped to go one better in the competitive looking restricted allowance race over the course for three-year-olds at Caymanas Park today.From the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the three-year-old filly was highly fancied to win over the distance last time out, but found JENNANDROSESGIRL too elusive and finished two lengths second in a good field of non winners of two.DINNEER BY SEVEN chased the winner relentlessly behind fast splits of 22.3, 45.3 and back in action with only 51.0`kg, will not go down easily in a race of this nature, especially from her favourable high number draw.The daughter of Liquidity-Colony Belle can expect stiff competition from TROJAN and ABBEY ROAD, along with the lightly-raced but promising pair of JESSE’s FAVORITE and GOLD MEMBER, both of whom impressed over the straight in maiden company last Saturday.biggest dangerTROJAN, who was behind DINNER BY SEVEN in fourth over the course on September 12, is poorly drawn at post position one and looks held by DINNER AT SEVEN coming from post position 13. The Richard Azan-trained ABBEY ROAD has trained well and set to carry 50.5kg for the services of new apprentice Bebeto Harvey, could prove the biggest danger to a very fit DINNER AT SEVEN, who I am expecting to make all on the stands’ side, with in-form Paul ‘Country’ Francis aboard.Elsewhere on the card, ENHANCE PROSPERITY, with promising apprentice Linton Steadman riding for trainer Donovan Thompson, is primed to win the third race over the straight for five-year-olds and up.She finished a close sixth to LORD STORM in a $350,000-$300,000 claiming race on September 12, beaten only 2 3/4 lengths in a better field than the one she runs in today. Having secured a favourable high number draw, ENHANCE PROSPERITY is preferred to GREAT BROWN and YOUR EMINENCE in a field of 13.I also like STIR IT UP in the fourth race, MONEYNEVERSLEEP in the fifth, LEGENDARY PLEASURE in the seventh and EXPRESS TRUCK in the closing race.