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No Skjelbred switch agreed

Per Ciljan Skjelbred: Spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Hertha Berlin Hertha Berlin are continuing to discuss a permanent deal for Per Ciljan Skjelbred, but no agreement is in place as yet. The Norway international midfielder spent the 2013/14…

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Grounds signs for Birmingham

Jonathan Grounds: Former Oldham defender has joined Birmingham Birmingham have signed former Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Grounds following his release by Oldham. Grounds, released by the Latics at the end of last season, has put pen to paper on a two-year…

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Smith signs Barnsley deal

Oakwell: George Smith has signed professional contract with Barnsley Barnsley teenager George Smith has become the third academy graduate this summer to be offered his first professional contract. The 17-year-old left-back, who has been with the club since he was…

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Frankfurt snap up Hasebe

Makoto Hasebe: Will return to new employers after this summer’s World Cup Eintracht Frankfurt have announced the signing of experienced midfielder Makoto Hasebe on a two-year contract. The Japan international arrives on a free transfer from relegated Nurnburg. Hasebe finds…

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Mantell boosts English hopes

Simon Mantell: Notched late winner Simon Mantell hit a late winner as England men’s team beat India 2-1 to boost their Rabobank Hockey World Cup hopes in Holland. England had begun their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Spain in…

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Verratti to stay at PSG

Marco Verratti: Italy international happy with PSG Italy midfielder Marco Verratti has played down talk of a transfer this summer and says he is happy at French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The highly-rated Italian has been linked with a move away…

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Keane plans United stay

Michael Keane: Impressed during Blackburn loan but keen to shine for Manchester United Manchester United youngster Michael Keane wants to stay and fight for his place at the club, despite interest from Blackburn Rovers. The defender impressed during a loan…

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Villa seals New York switch

David Villa: Historic first signing for newly-formed New York City FC Spain international David Villa has completed his move from Atletico Madrid to newly-formed Major League Soccer side New York City FC. The World Cup-winning striker is the first player…

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Bradley concerned by collapses

Antrim manager Liam Bradley shakes hands with Pete McGrath after the final whistle Antrim manager Liam Bradley was unhappy with his side’s “schoolboy errors” during the narrow victory over Fermanagh. The Saffrons led by 12 points at one stage in…

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Coleman warns Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal: Manchester United under pressure to win trophies Wales manager Chris Coleman has warned new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal that he will be under pressure to bring silverware to Old Trafford next season. Coleman comes face-to-face…

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