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Arsenal make bid for Angel Di Maria but Manchester United are scuppering deal

Arsenal are eyeing PSG star Di Maria as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who is wanted by both Manchester clubs this month. Yet Spanish website Don Balon say the north London giants face a fight persuading the Argentina international to sign on, with memories from his nightmare time at United still on his mind. The Red Devils splashed out £60million to sign the player from Real Madrid ahead of Arsenal in 2014 in Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge. A bright start then followed with Di Maria blossoming on…

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Rangers transfer news: Official approach made for Hamilton star Greg Docherty

It’s understood Accies value the 21-year-old at £1million plus add-ons. Cardiff City are also keen on Docherty, who has come through the youth ranks at New Douglas Park. Rangers boss Graeme Murty has already brought in midfielder Sean Goss on loan from QPR and Jamie Murphy in a similar deal from Brighton. Meanwhile, Murty believes the number of top players keen to sign for Rangers proves that the club remains a major draw in European football. Scotland striker Stevie Naismith is desperate to return to Ibrox, but Murty admitted he…

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Ross Barkley to Chelsea: Everton boss Sam Allardyce tried to stop exit – Farhad Moshiri

At least that’s what Farhad Moshiri has claimed while speaking at the Toffees’ Annual General Meeting at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall this evening. Barkley racked up 179 first-team appearances for Everton after coming through their youth ranks and making his debut against QPR in August 2011. His time at Goodison Park came to an end last Friday though when Chelsea snapped him up in a £15m deal after he refused to sign a new contract. Allardyce had conceded numerous times that Everton had likely lost Barkley prior to the move being…

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Southampton 1 Huddersfield 1: Laurent Depoitre saves point for Terriers

Austin fired Saints into the lead but later avoided sanction despite catching Huddersfield keeper Lossl in the nose in a bad-tempered south coast affair. The striker could face retrospective punishment from the Football Association for his actions, with a three-match ban a possibility, while Lossl managed to play on undeterred after lengthy treatment. Austin’s fifth strike in five starts was cancelled out by Laurent Depoitre’s third goal in as many games however, as the Terriers fought back for a share of the spoils. Saints frontman Austin later hobbled off with…

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Leeds United managing director drops big hint about January transfer plans

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen has repeatedly stressed that he is happy with his current squad but director of football Victor Orta is on the hunt for potential signings.  A £500,000 deal has already been agreed for Japan international midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi but he could be the only addition ahead of the second half of the campaign.  Kinnear wrote in the match-day programme: “The ability of the squad to cope so admirably with a number of injuries and the undeniable quality that has been shown by players taking their chance in…

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Leeds news: Chris Iwelumo explains the big negative of Felix Wiedwald’s blunder

That is according to Championship pundit Chris Iwelumo, who believes Wiedwald cannot use an “awkward bounce” as an excuse for QPR’s freak goal in Leeds’ 3-1 win at Elland Road.  The Whites were leading 2-0 with only injury time left to play when he misjudged Rs full-back Pawel Wszolek’s speculative punt into the box. “I feel for him,” Iwelumo said on Football on 5: The Championship. “I think it is another [howler].  “I don’t really know what he’s thinking. I think he wants to come out and claim it.  “It’s…

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World Cup: Socceroos drawn with France, Denmark and Peru

The Socceroos will start their 2018 World Cup campaign against former champions and tournament fancies France, with group matches to follow against Denmark and Peru. Australia avoided another group of death when the draw was made in Russia overnight, but will be doing well to reach the knockout rounds after being drawn against three teams ranked in the world’s top 12. France are the most formidable opponents. Les Bleus are ranked as one of the favourites in 2018 – behind only Germany and Brazil – and were responsible for knocking…

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Man Utd news: Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand my toughest opponent ever – Robinho

And former Manchester City star Robinho has now revealed just how tough it was coming up against the ex-England international. Ferdinand joined the Red Devils from Leeds United in a deal worth £29m in July 2002, making him the world’s most expensive defender at the time. And he justified that fee over the next 12 seasons, helping United win six Premier League titles, the Champions League and seven other trophies. Ferdinand retired in 2015 following a year-long stint at QPR and is remembered as one of the top flight’s best…

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Wolves vs Fulham LIVE STREAM: How to watch Championship clash

Championship leaders Wolves host last season’s play-off semi-finalists Fulham in this evening’s live game (7.45pm). Wolves returned to the top of the table on Tuesday night, following their 2-0 win at Norwich City and Sheffield United’s defeat at QPR. Defender Conor Coady said: “You cannot let it (being top) affect you, we are not thinking about anything else but the next game now. “Against Fulham on Friday night, it is on the television, it is a big game, we know how they play. “We are going to go into it…

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Birmingham vs Aston Villa LIVE: Second City derby updates, team news, highlights

PA Birmingham vs Aston Villa Birmingham vs Aston Villa – Express Sport brings you live coverage of the Second City derby from St Andrew’s. 22: Steve Bruce sends a number of Aston Villa subs out to warm-up and the Birmingham fans launch their cardboard clappers at them.  16: BOOKING! Robert Snodgrass and Che Adams exchange words, Cheikh N’Doye and John Terry pile in before referee Andy Madley breaks it up. Madley then shows Snodgrass and Adams a yellow card each. 15: SAVE! Robert Snodgrass whips in the resulting corner, John…

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