Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has accused his former club of "stealing" academy youngsters Michael Woods and Tom Taiwo and has urged the game's ruling bodies to put an end to Chelsea's "continual flouting of the rules".

The 74-year-old, who made a £17 million profit when he sold Chelsea to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2003, believes financial punishments are a waste of time and has called for the Barclays Premiership champions to be suspended from the Champions' League.

Chelsea say they did not make illegal approaches for England Under-16 internationals Woods and Taiwo. A third Leeds youth player courted by the Londoners, Daniel Rose, opted to remain at Elland Road.

Tottenham Hotspur may be forced to look elsewhere for a new right-back after Wigan manager Paul Jewell said Pascal Chimbonda (below) would not leave until their £6 million price tag was met.

The right-back, who requested a transfer on the final day of last season, is coveted by West Ham and Tottenham whose latest bid of £3.5 million plus Republic of Ireland winger Andy Reid was rejected last Monday.

Premiership newcomers Reading manager Steve Coppell has confirmed they have made a club record bid for Rennes centre-back John Mensah.

The club have made an offer of £3.5 million for the Ghana-ian and Coppell revealed they were waiting for developments.

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes wants Australian pair Lucas Neill and Brett Emerton to give him an answer about their future in the next two weeks.

Full-back Neill has been linked with Tottenham while Middlesbrough are tracking winger Emerton. The players have a year on their contracts but both have been offered new deals at Ewood Park and Hughes wants to know their intentions.