From the back pages, August 4: Kevin Pietersen gives England hope of draw but Australia are in charge

From the back pages
From the back pages

Just occasionally Kevin Pietersen can do pragmatic. At a sun-kissed Old Trafford, which is unlikely to be the case throughout the last two days, Pietersen delivered just what was wanted. His 23rd Test century, which means that he is two behind Alastair Cook in a healthy race, gave a hesitant England side a glimpse of the haven that is a draw, but at this stage only a glimpse. (The Guardian)

A potential world-breaking transfer to arguably the planet’s biggest club might seem a glorious fulfilment of Gareth Bale’s professional ambitions, but joining Real Madrid could just be the start of his journey into sport’s commercial stratosphere. (The Telegraph)

Brendan Rodgers has insisted Luis Suarez will not leave Liverpool, but has admitted that he is worth a fee closer to the £100m being rumoured for Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid. (The Independent)

NAPOLI could turn to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud as they look to sign another striker after a move for Porto’s Jackson Martinez stalled. (he Express)

Clint Dempsey has secured a return to Major League Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur have announced.Though the Premier League club did not specify which club he was going to, it is thought Seattle have won the race to sign the 30-year-old. (Dai ly Mail)

Cesc Fabregas’ move to Manchester United could be back on - after Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino admitted the midfielder will make the final call. (The Mirror)

Ben Watson, the hero of Wigan’s FA Cup final victory last season, was again to take a starring role as Wigan got their bid for an immediate return to the Premier League off to an impressive start with a 4-0 mauling of ten-man Barnsley at Oakwell. (The Times)