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Spurs sign Giovani Lo Celso on permanent deal

Tottenham have exercised their option to convert the loan signing of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis into a permanent deal, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. The Argentine midfielder joined Spurs in August on loan but has now signed a contract for a reported fee of around £27 million ($35 million), keeping him at the club until 2025. “We are delighted to announce that we have exercised the option to convert the loan of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis Balompie to a permanent transfer,” Spurs said in…

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Eriksen could not wait for Inter move

Christian Eriksen said he was desperate to join Inter Milan this month after completing a protracted move from Tottenham on Tuesday. Eriksen, 27, has signed a contract until 2024 with the Italian giants after the clubs reached an agreement for a reported transfer fee of 20 million euros (£17 million, $22 million). “I couldn’t wait to join” Eriksen told reporters. “It’s wonderful to be here and I’m happy to be a new Inter player.” “I’m very excited and can’t wait to introduce myself to the fans. I’ve already experienced their…

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Solskjaer hints at Sanchez return to Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has bemoaned the “difficult” nature of the January transfer window and hinted at a possible Manchester United return for Alexis Sanchez. Solskjaer could not provide an update on the pursuit of Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and while there is still a chance the Portugal international can arrive at Old Trafford with a deal still to be done within the two clubs, United have less time to complete a move before Friday’s deadline. United remain some way apart on what they are willing to pay and what Sporting…

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PSV gives Bergwijn green light to complete Tottenham move

Steven Bergwijn has been granted permission by PSV to travel to England as a prospective move to Tottenham nears completion. The 22-year-old winger has been heavily linked with Spurs and, following reports of the two clubs agreeing a £27million (€32m) fee, PSV have allowed Bergwijn to finalise his departure. A club statement, also confirming the impending exit of apparent Cagliari target Gaston Pereiro, read: “Steven Bergwijn and Gaston Pereiro are not training with PSV on Tuesday morning.” “Bergwijn has received permission from PSV to travel to England with a view…

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Man United in ‘advanced talks’ with former PSG Sporting Director Antero Henrique

Manchester United are rumoured to be in talks with former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique, with suggestions that negotiations regarding the Portuguese official joining the Old Trafford club are already at an ‘advanced’ stage. United have flirted with the concept of a sporting director or director of football for some time, but latterly the idea was thought to have been shelved. That is why the sudden claims about possible talks with Henrique come as something of a surprise. French outlet Foot Mercato initially reported ‘advanced negotiations’ were taking place.…

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Pogba steps up injury comeback for Man United

Paul Pogba has had his ankle cast removed as he steps up his attempt to return from injury for Manchester United. The France international has only started one Premier League match since August in a campaign heavily interrupted by his fitness woes. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unable to put a timescale on Pogba’s return to action ahead of Wednesday’s derby against Manchester City in the EFL Cup. But Solskjaer reported Pogba has made a key step in his recovery following surgery, as has fellow midfielder Scott McTominay, who…

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Man United fail in late bid to hijack Leeds move for Augustin

Manchester United made a late inquiry for Jean-Kevin Augustin before he decided to join Leeds United on loan for the rest of the season, according to reporters. Championship side Leeds signed Augustin on loan from Red Bull Leipzig with a view to a permanent move on Monday. The France Under-21 international, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Monaco, is Leeds’ third signing during the January transfer window. Augustin progressed through Paris St Germain’s youth system, making his first-team debut in April 2015, and was signed…

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Homophobia keeping gay players away from football — James Wilson, VMFC

Village Manchester Football Club midfielder, James Wilson believes a lot of gay footballers are staying away from the sport because of the backlash they receive. There has been a lot of clamour for an end to homophobia and equal treatment for players with different sexual orientation but very little success has been achieved in that regard. The English Premier League goes as far having players wear rainbow boot laces and rainbow armbands for club captains that show a sign of identification with people and players with contrasting sexual preferences. Wilson…

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Australian Open: Halep, Muguruza close on hat-tricks in quarter-finals

Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza are each chasing a hat-trick of Grand Slam titles as they head into Wednesday’s quarter-finals in an Australian Open where most of the top seeds have fallen by the wayside. History-chasing Serena Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka were chief among six of the top 10 women’s seeds who tumbled out in round three. After top seed Ashleigh Barty, Halep is the highest remaining seed at four and is in full flow, not dropping a set in reaching the last eight. Despite several shocks in…

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Moffi bags man-of-the-match in Belgium

Nigeria youngster Terem Moffi won his first man of the match award in the Belgium First Division after his heroics in  KV Kortrijk’s come back 2-2  draw against  Club Brugge on Sunday. The Bruggeers raced to a 0-2 lead thanks to Simon Deli and Federico Ricca before Ilombe Mboyo pull one back with three minutes left to halftime.  Substitute Moffi had just spent a minute on the field after replacing compatriot Imoh Ezekiel at half time before netting pass Simon Mignolet in the 47th minute to draw level for  his…

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