DONE DEAL! Sunderland confirm permanent signing of Liverpool striker Fabio Borini

first_img New Sunderland signing Fabio Borini Sunderland have announced the signing of striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool in a deal reportedly worth up to £10million.The Black Cats have finally concluded their long pursuit of the 24-year-old, who spent the 2013/14 season on loan at the Stadium of Light, with the player penning a four-year deal with the club for an undisclosed fee understood to be £8m, with a further £2m in add-ons.Borini was a hit during his previous season stay on Wearside, with his goals proving crucial in their narrow escape from Premier League relegation, as well as a run to the League Cup final that season.He had the option to make his loan move permanent at the end of that campaign, but turned that, plus an offer from Queens Park Rangers, down in favour of proving himself at Anfield.However, having made just 18 appearances for the Reds last season, he failed to force his way into Brendan Rodgers’ long-term plans and decided to call time on his stint on Merseyside.Borini’s capture was confirmed by Sunderland on Monday afternoon.A club statement read:”Sunderland are delighted to announce the signing of Fabio Borini from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.“The 24-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light and returns to the club following a successful loan spell during the 2013-14 season, during which he became a fan favourite with ten goals including strikes against Newcastle United, Chelsea and at Wembley during the Capital One Cup final.” 1last_img read more

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Saracens 32-7 Toulouse: Owen Farrell stars as French heavyweights are swept aside

first_img Owen Farrell 1 Saracens encountered few problems as they launched their European Champions Cup campaign with an emphatic victory over French heavyweights Toulouse at Allianz Park.England star Owen Farrell kicked 17 points as Saracens beat the four-time European champions 32-7, with wing Chris Wyles scoring two tries and prop Mako Vunipola also touching down.Less than 24 hours after the horrifying Paris terror attacks that left more than 120 dead, it unsurprisingly looked as though the Toulouse players’ minds were elsewhere.They were the only French team in Champions Cup action this weekend, with games scheduled to be hosted by Racing 92, Oyonnax, Bordeaux-Begles and Toulon all postponed by tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby and French domestic rugby chiefs Ligue Nationale de Rugby.But there was still a game to be won, and English champions Saracens – beaten European finalists last year – took immediate charge of Pool One through a dominant display before heading to Belfast next Friday for an appointment with Ulster.last_img read more

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Fantasy Premier League transfers: Tips on the changes to make in gameweek 16

first_img In: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – £6.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Back with a bang against West Brom, Henderson is slowly getting his form after injury. A goal and an assist against the Baggies will have boosted his confidence and more points could come in their next three fixtures against Watford, Leicester and Sunderland. 12 12 12 In: Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke) – £4.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With the fantastic Jack Butland behind him, Phillip Wollscheid has racked up the clean sheets quietly this year and is the 17th highest scoring Premier League defender. He’s perfect to start or have as a cheap bench star who can guarantee points. 12 12 12 12 In: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £8.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Brazilian is back from injury having started against West Brom and he should slot straight into your squad. Prior to his absence, Coutinho hit four goals in three games and recorded one assist. Matches against Watford, Leicester and Sunderland are in their next three games so he should get some joy. Out: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) – £6.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The suspended German star won’t be back for the Red Devils until their clash with Chelsea on 28 December. Drop him until he’s back and Manchester United are playing better. The Christmas period is almost upon us so you better get your Fantasy Premier League team in shape.If you’ve not got the squad you want then any injuries and suspensions that may crop up could really scupper your chances of glory – and that’s before we even talk about poor form.So, as you devour some mince pies, and slump lazily after a week of Christmas parties, take a look through our top transfer tips for this Fantasy Premier League gameweek.Check out the move you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… Out: Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £7.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – One man feeling the full effect of the Red Devils’ uninspiring football is their mega-money summer signing. Martial’s earned managers more than two points just once since 26 September so should be transferred out until his form picks up. In: Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United) – £5.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Spanish striker changed the game when he came off the bench against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. His goal helped the Toon to victory and it’s likely manager Steve McClaren could slot him into his starting XI once more. If so he’ll be keen for more goals and against Aston Villa he could be in luck! 12 Out: Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) – £4.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Just as the Croatian was beginning to get a bit of form back, he has now been cruelly sidelined for a month. He’s an easy choice to oust from your side. Out: Dusan Tadic (Southampton) – £6.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Serbian has performed in fits and starts this campaign but with Graziano Pelle out of action the points could well dry up further. He’s only earned six points since 7 November, get him out of your team. 12 Out: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £8.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – For too long we’ve given Sterling the benefit of the doubt but maybe it’s finally time to drop the ex-Liverpool flyer. We’d rather see Kevin De Bruyne in our squad and with Sterling having failed to score more than five points since 17 October, it’s time to cut the expensive star. In: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – £8.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With injuries crippling the Gunners squad, Ramsey is going to be relied on over the next few matches. He’s got two goals and two assists in his last three games against all competitions – and we reckon he’ll get plenty more. 12 12 12 Out: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Hazard has endured a poor campaign and in the defeat to Leicester City injured his hip. The damage sustained has been the source of plenty of conjecture but we say ditch the out of form midfielder – there are better options out there. In: Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) – £6.4m – The spritely Spaniard is looking great at Goodison Park. Deulofeu is linking up well with Romelu Lukaku and the deadly duo should be good for more points in the coming weeks. At £6.4m he’s well worth a punt.last_img read more

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‘I don’t think our team is just Sergio Aguero’ – Manuel Pellegrini insists Man City are not a one-man team

first_imgManuel Pellegrini maintains Manchester City are not a one-man team despite Sergio Aguero’s latest rescue act, this time at West Ham.City twice had to come from behind with goals from their Argentinian striker to salvage a 2-2 draw at Upton Park on Saturday evening.Aguero won and converted a penalty to cancel out Enner Valencia’s first-minute opener, and dragged his side level again 10 minutes from full-time after Valencia’s second.But City boss Pellegrini insisted: “I don’t think our team is just Sergio Aguero. We are fighting for the title and involved in other competitions with a lot of injuries, so it’s important to have him 100 per cent fit.“But we have a squad which is the reason why we are fighting for the title.”City’s now notoriously shaky defence failed its first test at Upton Park after just 55 seconds.Cheikhou Kouyate strode past a non-existent challenge from Yaya Toure and into the area before cutting the ball back for the unmarked Valencia to slam under Joe Hart.Agureo, who also hit the post, hauled the visitors level after he had been tripped in the area by Carl Jenkinson, coolly sending Adrian the wrong way from the penalty spot.City were inches from taking the lead in the 55th minute when Fabian Delph’s low shot hit the foot of Adrian’s post – but moments later West Ham went back in front.Michail Antonio’s quickly-taken throw-in, of all things, caught the City defence napping and Valencia brushed off Nicolas Otamendi’s feeble challenge before prodding the ball past Hart.“Perhaps we were not concentrating,” admitted Pellegrini. “When there is a throw-in maybe you are not thinking there is danger, but we know Antonio has a long throw.“But Joe didn’t have to work too much in the second half. We didn’t have important problems in defence – just the concentration for the second goal.”last_img read more

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Chelsea’s possible starting XI after the transfer window, with £48m of new signings

first_img 9. Attacking midfield: Alex Teixeira – Liverpool are reportedly the frontrunners to sign the Shakhtar Donetsk player this month, but it wouldn’t be the first time that Roman Abramovich has landed his man ahead of a Premier League rival. If the Blues manage to seal a deal, Teixeira could be the no.10 that they have craved, stepping in for the inconsistent Oscar. Their defence has been woeful this season, but equally so, their attack has been short of ideas. With 22 domestic goals already this season, the Brazilian could be just the man required. 11 3. Centre back: Kurt Zouma – It has been somewhat of a breakthrough season for the Frenchman. Jose Mourinho utilised the defender sparingly last term, but this time around he has emerged as one of the first names on the team sheet, at the expense of Gary Cahill. Question marks still remain over his ability in possession, with a worrying amount of his energy used on atoning for his own errors, but it’s clear that he is the long-term project at centre back. The only issue remains who will settle as his regular partner, with John Terry reaching the end of his career and Cahill out of favour. 7. Centre midfield: John Obi Mikel – Nemanja Matic’s confidence has taken a worrying hit this season, and it could be some time before he rediscovers the form that saw him dominate the centre of the park for Chelsea in their title-winning campaign. Hiddink simply cannot afford to see if the Serb turns up or not. But one player who has surprisingly impressed under the Dutchman is Mikel. Having been frozen out under Mourinho, the Nigerian has relished the opportunity to play and could be a regular in the side over the next four months. 6. Centre midfield: Cesc Fabregas – Fabregas has been one of the most disappointing performers for Chelsea this season, but he has expressed significant signs of improvement since the departure of Mourinho, with his man-of-the-match display in the victory over Arsenal his best 90 minutes for some time. While the Spaniard is at his finest in an attacking position, with so much competition in this area and others offering more pace, he is expected to resume his deeper role. 11 11 Chelsea are yet to make any significant movement in the January transfer window, but with a week still to go, late drama cannot be ruled out.If new signings are to be completed, Guus Hiddink could therefore experiment with a new line up next month in a bid to lift Chelsea into the top half of the Premier League table.Could Diego Costa find his position under threat? Is a new no. 10 on his way to Stamford Bridge?Including a few new additions, take a look at a potential XI that the Blues could deploy over the next four months of the season by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 2. Right back: Branislav Ivanovic – Ivanovic was recently handed a one-year contract extension by Chelsea, and many have raised a judgemental ‘brow over the decision, lamenting his poor performances this season. While the new deal will have been agreed largely on his influence in the dressing room, it’s clear that the Blues must begin to look at other options at right back, if they are not already. Despite this, however, the Serb is expected to remain top pick in his position, as Hiddink has few other options available. 11 5. Left back: Cesar Azpilicueta – Last season, the ever-presence of the Spaniard forced the exit of newly-signed Filipe Luis, and a similar narrative could follow with Abdul Baba Rahman, bought in the summer for £21.7m. The chances of the Ghanaian, who has made just three Premier League starts, ousting Azpilicueta are slim, unless Hiddink opts for a reshuffle and moves the latter to his preferred right back position. 11 8. Right wing: Willian – Such has been his form this season that he may have even jumped ahead of Eden Hazard in the pecking order. While those around him have been sulking, the Brazilian has let his football do the talking, not getting dragged into the furore surrounding former manager Mourinho. When Pedro was signed in the summer, the expectance was that Willian would become a regular on the bench, but this has been far from the case. 11 11 10. Left wing: Eden Hazard – The Stamford Bridge faithful have been left frustrated by the Belgian’s lack of interest this season. His performances, at times, have suggested that he would rather be anywhere else than on the pitch. Despite this, though, he remains Chelsea’s most exciting player in the final third, on his day. His recent injury could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, if his confidence quickly returns and he puts the past six months behind him. 11 4. Centre back: John Terry – Terry’s form over the past six months has been a complete contrast to his commanding performances last season, but it’s his leadership that remains so crucial to Chelsea on and off the pitch. It’s such qualities as these that money simply cannot buy, and Hiddink will know how influential the former England international will be if the club are to improve their miserable domestic position. 11 11 1. Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – to see the XI that Hiddink could use after the January transfer window click the arrow above – Asmir Begovic deputised admirably when Courtois missed a large chunk of the first half of the season through injury, but there’s no question who the number one shot stopper is at Stamford Bridge. Bar a tremendous dip in form or fitness problems, the Belgium international is guaranteed to remain in between the posts until the end of the campaign. 11 11. Striker: Alexandre Pato – Many are torn over whether the former AC Milan hit-man is the player Chelsea need to get out of their current slump. It’s clear, though, that the Blues do require more options in attack. Diego Costa has little competition up top, with Loic Remy often ignored and Radamel Falcao injured, and the former Atletico Madrid forward shouldn’t get too comfortable at believing his position is safe. Pato would be a gamble signing, but there are few others available mid-season – he could be a risk worth taking.last_img read more

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Improved FIFA 16 Ultimate Team upgrades for football’s best players

first_img 10 10 10. Jamie Vardy: Leicester City and England striker – click the arrow above, right, to see 10 notable upgrades to player items on FIFA 16 Ultimate Team – Every Friday in February, EA Sports are releasing the player upgrades based on their real world performance this season. Here, talkSPORT reminds you about the first week, but check out EA Sports for the complete list. 1. Sergio Aguero: Manchester City and Argentina striker 3. Ivan Rakitic: Barcelona and Croatia midfielder 10 8. Jack Butland: Stoke City and England goalkeeper 10 2. Diego Godin: Atletico Madrid and Uruguay defender 4. Hugo Lloris: Tottenham Hotspur and France goalkeeper 10 7. Anthony Martial: Manchester United and France forward In the six years since it was created, FIFA’s Ultimate Team mode has become an obsession.It’s the most popular feature of the game’s series since it was introduced in FIFA ’09.Users can collect the best players in the world using packs of player cards, which can be purchased using in-game currency and you can trade or sell these to build your team.Now, every Friday throughout February EA Sports are releasing upgrades to player items.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see 10 notable ones and here for the full list ahead of the second week. 6. Javier Hernandez: Bayer Leverkusen and Mexico striker 10 10 5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker 10 9. Riyad Mahrez: Leicester City and Algeria attacker 10 10last_img read more

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SW challengers, incumbents face off in debate

first_imgSOUTH WHITTIER – Saying now is the time to embrace change and step up the leadership, four school board candidates gathered Wednesday night for a debate on the issues affecting the South Whittier School District, where two board seats are up for grabs in the Nov. 6 election. The two incumbents whose seats are up this year are longtime trustee Sharon Stys and current board President Jan Baird. They are being challenged by parents Ivan Tafoya and Josue Alvarado. The debate was held at Graves Middle School and organized by the Whittier League of Women Voters and co-sponsored by the Whittier chapter of the American Association of University Women and the Whittier-Pico Rivera Council of PTAs. For more on this story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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No club rules, dues to state your views

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It’s called the Gladden Group and it’s going into its 67th year in Glendale stronger than ever. It’s not losing members; it’s gaining them. “We have a wealth of gray hair, a mellow point of view, but still definite opinions on most topics, which makes for some spirited discussions,” says Harold Singer, who’s been in the Gladden Group for over 40 years. He’s never been president because there is no president. There are no officers at all. It was started in 1940 by Glendale civic leader John Gladden, who wanted some of the men in town to get together for lunch a couple times a month, smoke cigars and throw their local, national and world opinions around the table. They met at the old Verdugo Club, which didn’t allow women members at the time. Big mistake. Odds and ends from around the Valley: I’ve finally found a club Groucho Marx would join. There are no dues or rules. No topic is too bizarre to be discussed, no opinion too far out to be considered. Members have 10 minutes each to lay their ideas and arguments on the table, and everyone has five minutes to rip them apart or agree. “We finally moved out of there because how are you going to have fresh ideas and good arguments unless there are women around?” Harold said. Exactly. He figures they’ve argued over 1,500 topics and never repeated one. If any member feels the need to be nostalgic, they’re given five minutes before the heavy discussions begin to get it out of their system. Mideast oil, education reform and L.A. congestion trump the good old days in the Gladden Group. To join, give Harold a call at 323-849-4323. Kudos to the men and women at Canoga Park Elks Lodge 2190 for recently delivering more than $900 worth of supplies and clothes to the veterans over at the Sepulveda VA Care Center. This comes on the heels of the club’s 14th annual Police and Firefighters Appreciation Night. The honorees from the LAPD this year were Sgt. James Leiphardt, and Officers Esteban Olivares, Kenneth Hoover, Teresa Lincoln and Sean Dinse. From the Los Angeles city and county fire departments were Capt. Greg Peters and Firefighters Roger Fowble, Jeff Staden, Kenneth Bunch and Scott Rosefeld. Also, Deputy Jon Yip from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, and Officer Carlos Saantander from the Woodland Hills California Highway Patrol office were honored. The Woodland Hills Rotary Club held its annual Protector Award luncheon this week, honoring LAPD West Valley police Officer Ray Diaz, Los Angeles city Firefighter Jay Ceasar, CHP Officer Thomas Roman and Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Pat May. Our local American Legion Ladies Auxiliary has started a penny drive through March to raise funds for veterans with mental disabilities and USO programs. “Donation jars have been placed in all American Legion posts, and we are also clipping coupons to be sent to the USO and military bases for use by our troops,” said Ann Philcox, local president of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. If you want to help the ladies out with some pennies and coupons, give Ann a call at 818-901-9502. And finally, Southern California Easter Seals has opened a Pacoima Center to offer vital services to local adults with disabilities. There are employment services, adult day care and independent and supported living services available at the center, 12510 Van Nuys Blvd., No. 107. For more information, call Bathsheba Dorsey or Cynthia Fernandez at 818-996-9902, or go online to www.southerncal.easterseals.com. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com, 818-713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Mortgage proposal would freeze teaser loan rate

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Bush administration and the mortgage industry, trying to combat a massive wave of foreclosures, are hammering out a proposal to temporarily freeze interest rates on certain troubled subprime mortgages. If adopted, it would be the biggest action taken to cope with the unfolding crisis. The administration was still holding discussions on Friday, trying to work out details of the proposal, which could be unveiled as early as next week. Some indications of the outlines of the proposal may come in a speech Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is scheduled to deliver to a national housing conference on Monday. The talks have involved all the federal banking regulators and major players in the mortgage industry such as Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co. and Countrywide Financial Corp. The major thrust of the proposal would be to get lenders to extend for a number of years the low, introductory rates that were offered on subprime mortgages. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAn estimated 2 million of those initial low, teaser rates are scheduled to reset to much higher levels by the end of next year, pushing the payment on a typical mortgage from $1,200 per month to $1,550, an increase of $350. The concern is that many homeowners will not be able to meet the higher payments, triggering hundreds of thousands of defaults. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Eight Championship stars PL clubs could sign including Sissoko, Taylor and Ayew

first_imgThe new Premier League season is upon us and teams are adding to their ranks. Preparations are well underway, with clubs tackling gruelling pre-season training and flying around the world for friendly matches. Vast amounts of money is being spent to recruit players from overseas, but Leicester City have showed you can find a lower-league gem who can hold his own in the top tier. Jamie Vardy, signed from non-league football when the Foxes were in the second tier, fired Claudio Ranieri’s men to the title last season.The Championship will welcome a number of Premier League stars from Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Norwich City, along with those up and coming players. Big-money moves has already seen players going the other way such as Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle going to Newcastle. So which players are worth a gamble?Click the arrow, above right, to see who makes our list of eight players who could be heading to the Premier League. 8 Lewis Dunk, defender: Has the Brighton centre-back earned his chance in the big time? – The 24-year-old is reportedly attracting Premier League interest, with Everton and Crystal Palace among those clubs linked. He has made more than 150 appearances for the Seagulls and will not come cheap, with the Mirror reporting in June that Albion have set a £10million asking price. 8 8 Georginio Wijnaldum, midfielder – Newcastle United man to stay in the Premier League? – The Dutchman moved to St James’ Park from PSV Eindhoven for a reported £14.5million last year and he went on to score 13 goals in 48 appearances for club and country. Of those goals, he shocked Fantasy Premier League bosses by netting four times in the club’s 6-2 win against Norwich. Wijnaldum is one of the bigger earners and has been linked with Spurs, but owner Mike Ashley does not appear to be in a rush to clear the wage bill. Jonathan Kodjia, forward: Swapping Bristol City for a Premier League club? – The 26-year-old striker only moved to Ashton Gate last summer – from Angers – but he soon found his feet in the Championship, firing 18 goals in 45 appearances to steer the Robins clear of relegation. He has been linked with Aston Villa in recent days, but the Ivory Coast international could be seen as a cheaper option for Premier League clubs. 8 8 8 Moussa Sissoko, midfielder: Newcastle star’s Euro showing put him in the shop window? Click the arrow, above right, to see which players may swap the Championship for the Premier League – The Magpies man impressed for France at Euro 2016 – most notably in the Stade de France final. Rafa Benitez and the St James’ Park hierarchy are determined to retain the 26-year-old by setting a £35m asking price. Sissoko has scored 11 goals, laying on 17 assists, in 118 Premier League appearances and has been linked with Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham as well as German club Borussia Dortmund. Jordan Ayew, forward: Jordan to leave Aston Villa and join brother Andre in the Premier League? – The 24-year-old moved to the Midlands last summer from Lorient, scoring 12 goals as the Villans failed to avoid the drop. He ended the season in red-hot form, scoring four goals in his last three Premier League matches, carrying it into pre-season with a brace in the 8-0 win over GAK Graz. According to the Express and Star, Ayew is in ‘no rush’ to leave Villa Park but the outlet reports he is a target for Southampton. 8 Charlie Taylor, left-back: Another Leeds United academy product to leave Elland Road? – After Lewis Cook’s departure to Bournemouth, Whites fans are now worried about losing their 22-year-old full-back, too. He became a reliable player in United’s team last season, making 43 appearances. Despite links with newcomers Middlesbrough and Burnley, the Leeds academy graduate is currently out with Garry Monk’s squad in Ireland for pre-season. 8 Jeff Hendrick, midfielder: Euro showing to earn the Derby County man a move? – Republic of Ireland international Hendrick caught the eye as Martin O’Neill’s men stormed to the last 16 of Euro 2016. The 24-year-old, who has two years to run on his contract, has more than 200 senior Rams appearances to his name and he was reportedly subject to a recent bid from Burnley. The Clarets could yet return with an improved offer, doubling their £3million opening bid. Ross McCormack, forward: Fulham striker to finally get Premier League chance? – Scottish striker McCormack has proved his ability in the Championship over the years, bagging 116 goals in 309 appearances, laying on 56 assists. Like his transfer from Leeds to Fulham in 2014, which reportedly cost £11m, he will not come cheap. Championship rivals Norwich are said to be readying a £13m offer and he could attract interest from clubs in the bottom half of the Premier League. last_img read more

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