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Manchester 250: Thursday 25 October

Simply Red call it a day and City transfer rumour

Published on October 25th 2007.

RUSSELL WATSON is critically ill in hospital with a brain tumour. The 40-year-old Salford-born singer is being treated at the Alexandra private hospital in Cheshire. He was admitted to hospital on Wednesday afternoon where he is due to have surgery on what his agent, Richard Thompson, has described as a ‘major’ tumour.

BOLTON council has banned foie gras from all its buildings. The controversial French delicacy has been described as a product of torture by protestors. Councillors in Bolton voted in favour of the motion to have the paté banned with the hope that eventually it wont be sold anywhere in the UK.

SIMPLY RED are to split up, 25 years after the group formed. Frontman, Mick Hucknall has said he wants to concentrate on solo material. The 47-year-old who recently became a father for the first time said in an interview on Gold Radio: “There will be an end to Simply Red. I've kind of decided that the 25 years is going to be enough. I feel the time has come now to just put a book-end to the [Simply Red] story."

MANCHESTER CITY are rumoured to be targeting French international Karim Benzema for their January transfer window. The 19-year-old Lyon player is currently rated as one of the best strikers in European football and has had interest from a number of top clubs in recent months. It has now been reported that Sven Goran Eriksson is making the player his main transfer priority, despite his £15m price tag.

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