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Cedric Bakambu: Villarreal forward set for African record £65m deal

DR Congo’s Cedric Bakambu has scored 14 goals for Villarreal in all competitions so far this season Cedric Bakambu is set to become the most expensive African footballer of all time after Beijing Guoan agreed to meet Villarreal’s release clause. The Spanish club set the clause at 40m euros (£35.3m) for the Chinese Super League-bound DR Congo striker. But the total fee will be around £65m because of taxation rules that have recently been introduced in China. That will eclipse the £34m Liverpool have paid for Mo Salah and Saido…

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Liverpool footballer Jon Flanagan sentenced for assault

Image copyright PA Image caption Flanagan has been handed a 12-month community order Liverpool footballer Jon Flanagan has been sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid work and a community order for assaulting his girlfriend. The 25-year-old defender pleaded guilty to common assault by beating of Rachael Wall at an earlier hearing. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard he kicked his partner in an attack in Duke Street in Liverpool city centre at around 03:20 GMT on 22 December. Flanagan has made more than 50 first-team appearances for the club. The 12-month community…

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Cyrille Regis was loved by so many – Brendon Batson

Brendon Batson has paid tribute to his former West Bromwich Albion team-mate Cyrille Regis, saying ”he was loved by so many”. Regis, Batson and Laurie Cunningham made up the Baggies’ famous trio, nicknamed The Three Degrees, in the late 1970s. On Monday, it was announced that Regis has died at the age of 59. Read more: ‘Pioneer to many, but to me he was just my uncle’ – Jason Roberts Source link

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Theo Walcott: Arsenal forward set for Everton medical before £20m deal

Walcott has scored 108 goals for Arsenal since joining in 2006 Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is set to have a medical at Everton within the next 24 hours before completing a move worth more than £20m. It seems the England international, 28, has played his last game for the Gunners, whom he joined from Southampton 12 years ago. Everton’s offer is expected to fend off rivals, including Southampton. Walcott is also enticed by the prospect of Toffees manager Sam Allardyce helping to reignite his career. He has scored 108 goals…

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BBC & Premier League start ‘Super Movers’

Arsenal Women’s captain Alex Scott MBE is a Super Movers ambassador The BBC and Premier League have started a campaign called Super Movers to help primary school teachers encourage children to become more active. The initiative intends to inspire children to become more active throughout their school day and enhance their learning. The scheme will also encourage families to live active lifestyles. A Super Mover Live Lesson will take place for all schools on Thursday, 18 January. Teachers can access content on the Super Movers website, while there will also…

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Chelsea stadium: £1bn Stamford Bridge plan moves step closer

The Crosthwaites’ home is dwarfed by what will be Europe’s most expensive stadium at £1bn Chelsea’s £1bn development of Stamford Bridge has moved a step closer after Hammersmith and Fulham Council passed a motion that will prevent an injunction blocking the plans. It was taken out by a neighbouring family, the Crosthwaites, who argue the stadium’s expansion to a 60,000-seater would block light into their home. At a meeting on Monday, the council agreed to acquire land at Stamford Bridge which ensured the injunction is not valid, as the family…

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Paul Lambert appointed Stoke manager

Lambert’s last managerial job was at Wolverhampton Wanderers and he left the club in May 2017 Stoke City have appointed former Aston Villa and Norwich boss Paul Lambert as manager. The 48-year-old Scot has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract after Mark Hughes was dismissed this month. Stoke are 18th in the Premier League table, a point away from safety, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two side Coventry City. Lambert will watch Monday’s match at Manchester United (20:00 GMT) from the stands and will take over on…

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Liverpool v Man City: Energy, belief and fantastic finishing – how Reds won it

Manchester City’s unbeaten run is over after their thrilling 4-3 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday but I certainly do not look at the Premier League leaders and think they are in trouble now. City will be annoyed that they gave away some sloppy goals at Anfield but Liverpool’s finishing had to be brilliant to punish them for that. What the Reds showed is what can happen when City are not quite at it, and face a high-energy team who press high and take risks. It meant that when Liverpool won…

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Liverpool 4-3 Man City: Guardiola says it’s ‘normal’ to lose a game after first defeat

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says it is “normal” that his team have finally lost a game after Liverpool ended City’s unbeaten start to the season in a thrilling game at Anfield. WATCH MORE: Klopp says he loved ‘historic’ game MATCH REPORT: Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City Watch all the highlights from Sunday’s fixtures on Match of the Day 2, on Sunday, 14 January at 22:30 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website & app. Source link

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