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  2. Liverpool complete deal for Hull's Robertson
  3. Stoke sign Chelsea's Zouma on loan
  4. Barcelona reportedly made a bid for Liverpool's Coutinho
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By Libby Dawes and Sean Livesey

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That's all from us today.

Keep up to date with all the live sport including The Open, and the Tour de France on the BBC Sport website or social channels....

Have a great weekend - Sportsday will be back on Monday.

Tour de France stage 19....

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Fulham target stalls on move

Sky Sports say that Fulham target Diego Rolan is stalling on a move to Craven Cottage, despite visiting Fulham's training ground twice.

Fulham were confident of landing the Bordeaux striker on a £5m deal but the player has yet to agree a contract, and could well be holding out for interest from Spain or the Premier League before he signs for the Cottagers.

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Racing abandoned at Haydock

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More from Haydock now as racing has been abandoned following an incident involving a stalls handler.

Course clerk said: "He's been been flown to hospital off site in an air ambulance, so we've abandoned racing".

The incident involving the stalls, from which horses begin races, happened before the race due off at 15:30 BST.

A statement from the British Horseracing Authority said: "The stewards held an enquiry following a report from the starters that a member of the stalls team had been injured prior to race four.

"They interviewed both starters and the clerk of the course, who was representing the racecourse executive.

"The clerk of the course stated that the racecourse executive had taken the decision to abandon the remainder of the day's racing as the police had been informed of the accident and were due to arrive to conduct their enquiries."

Stewart completes move to Hull


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So as Andy Robertson leaves Hull for Liverpool, midfielder Kevin Stewart has finalised his move back the other way, joining the Tigers in a deal worth a reported £4m.

The 23-year-old left the Reds’ pre-season tour of Hong Kong on Wednesday, and underwent a medical the following day.

BreakingRacing abandoned at Haydock after stalls handler 'seriously injured'

Horse Racing

Racing at Haydock has been abandoned on Friday after a stalls handler was seriously injured.

An air ambulance was called after the handler was run over by the starting stalls.

More on this as we get it.

BreakingStenson burgled in Liverpool


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Open champion Henrik Stenson is doing fine out on the course at Birkdale, which is remarkable considering he's had his house burgled while he's been playing.

Here's a statement from the Swede: “When I finished my round on Thursday I was informed that the house where I am staying had been burgled. It is obviously very special for me to be playing here in front of the fantastic Birkdale crowds as the defending Open Champion so I am going to try not to let this spoil the week in any way.

“I am extremely grateful that my family were not in the house at the time.

“As many of you know the Claret Jug was returned to The R&A on Monday but unfortunately, along with some valuable personal items, they have taken all of my clothing for the week.”

BreakingRobertson completes Liverpool move


Left-back Andy Robertson has completed his move to Liverpool from Hull City on a 'long-term' deal after the clubs agreed an £8m deal that could rise to £10m.

Scotland international Robertson, 23, will be the Reds' third summer signing.

"It feels a wee bit surreal just now. Obviously I’m delighted. There’s been a lot of speculation over the last couple of weeks but I’m glad that the deal’s finally been done and I’m a Liverpool player" he told LFC TV.


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"Great gold v Great white"..... sort of


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US swimming legend and most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps has raced against a great white shark to launch Discovery's "Shark Week".

But before you get excited about seeing the greatest Olympian of all time almost eaten, (kidding), it isn't actually as crazy as it sounds.

"We weren't in the water together and we had 14 safety divers underneath me when I was racing so safety was the number one thing" Phelps told the MLB Network.

"The biggest thing for me was trying to overcome the obstacle of 53F water (approx 16C). I'm used to swimming in 78-80F (approx 26C) so it feels absolutely freezing and basically puts your body into shock" he added.

The result of the race will be revealed on Sunday.

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So more of a time trial against a shark rather than a "race". I have to be honest - this is teetering on the edge of an "overhype" but who are we to judge...

Swansea reject Reading bid for Barrow


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Swansea City have rejected a bid in the region of £1.25m for forward Modou Barrow from Championship side Reading.

Gambian international Barrow joined the Swans in 2014 for £1.5m from Swedish side FK Ostersunds.

The 24-year-old spent the final part of last season on loan at Leeds United.

Barrow is currently with the Swansea squad in the United States preparing for their match against North Carolina on Saturday.

Dasilva signs new Chelsea contract but is staying at Charlton


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He captained England Under-19s to their first win at the European Championship this summer and now Jay Dasilva has signed a new four-year deal with Chelsea.

Not a bad few weeks for the lad.

The full-back will rejoin Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan.

Dasilva, 19, is yet to play for Chelsea but impressed in 10 appearances for the Addicks at the end of last season.

"He brings pace, talent, desire and a willingness to improve," Charlton boss Karl Robinson told the club website.

Speaking of Chelsea....

Costa was told he could leave in January - Conte


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This situation just keeps rumbling on and on... SOMEONE MAKE A MOVE PLEASE!

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says Diego Costa was told in January he was not part of their plans for the future.

Costa was dropped after a dispute with a fitness coach, amid rumours of a move to China, although Conte said he was "very happy to play" when recalled.

In June, Costa said Conte sent him a text telling him he would not be part of the squad for next season.

"In January, the Costa situation was very clear for the club, for him and his agent," said Conte.

Speaking in Beijing on Friday, the manager added: "I don't to like to talk about players that don't stay here - for me the situation is closed."

Bono to the rescue (again...)

Bono to the rescue (again...)
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Liverpool have rock band U2 to thank for a friendly with Hertha Berlin going ahead as planned next week.

A new pitch has been laid at Berlin's Olympic Stadium to replace the damaged surface after the Irish band performed a concert there on 12 July.

And a spokesperson for the stadium has confirmed to BBC Sport that U2 have paid about 90,000 euros (£80,000) towards the total cost of 130,000 euros (£116,000).

Hertha host Liverpool on Saturday, 29 July in a friendly to mark both clubs' 125th anniversaries.

More signings today...


Newcastle have completed the signing of former Liverpool and Sunderland defender Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid for an undisclosed fee.

The Spain Under-21 right-back has signed a three-year contract with the Magpies, who were promoted back to the Premier League last season.

"He has a lot of motivation because he has a point to prove," said Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez.

Some things are just better in black and white. ⚫️⚪️

#WelcomeJavier #NUFC

Some things are just better in black and white. ⚫️⚪️ #WelcomeJavier #NUFC

When your work bestie leaves...

Miss you already broooo ! 💙 @KurtZouma dont two foot me if we face each other 💙😂

Most loan deal contracts stipulate players are not able to face their "parent" clubs so this is unlikely to happen....

Stoke sign Chelsea's Zouma on loan


Stoke City announced they have signed defender Kurt Zouma
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While we were away, Stoke City announced they have signed defender Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The Blues also announced the 22-year-old has signed a new six-year deal with the club as he joins the Potters for the 2016-17 campaign.

Zouma, a France international, joined Chelsea from Saint-Etienne for £12m in January 2014.

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Co-leader Jordan Spieth is just beginning his second round at Royal Birkdale, as Rory McIlroy finishes his. American Spieth set the pace on five under on day one but will have to deal with high winds and heavy rain, if the forecast is accurate, this afternoon.

Rory McIlroy, who was five over after nine holes in round one, shot a two-under-par 68 in round two to move up the leaderboard. He is one under and probably won’t be too far off the lead tonight.

Matt Kuchar, who also jointly led with US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Spieth overnight, had a one-over 71 today and is the clubhouse leader on four under.

Welcome back all.

Going to kick the next two hours of Sportsday off with a bit of a golf update from Royal Birkdale...

Speaking of lunch, we are going to take a break for a couple of hours but we will be back around 15:00 BST to bring you more gossip and build up to tomorrow's pre-season games...


*Is "brb" still a thing?

Who wouldn't be a football mascot?

Imagine if your job was to travel (probably business class) around the world, put on a (probably sweaty) costume, pretend to mess about with other mascots and get paid to do it....

And the best bit - you can do it anonymously so no one knows who you are.

You just have to say, "I work for a Premier League football club" and people will be dead impressed....

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Who do I need to buy lunch to do that job?

Re: 12:31 - Palace close in on Chambers...

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Nick Mottram: Arsenal should give Chambers another season on loan. He did well at Boro & at the Euros; looks like he's coming of age.

Interesting thought Nick. Thoughts on giving him more game time with Arsenal? Will he not up his game even more? Devil's advocate and all that....

Back to the old "stopping" ground...

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Eddie Howe's Bournemouth will take the trip along the South coast to Portsmouth on Saturday (15:00 BST) where new Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic will face his former club.

He has told the Bournemouth Daily Echo he was sold at a difficult time for the club. A week after he was sold, the debt-ridden Pompey went into administration.

"I didn't particularly want to leave at that point but the financial situation at the club dictated that and I was sold, along with a few other players.

"I had a really good time there and it's a shame things didn't work out for the club the way they should have, because the club deserves to be at a higher level than it is."

Feels like it could be an emotional one for Asmir....

So, is there any football today?

There are no pre-season fixtures to update you of today but tomorrow it all kicks off again...

One to keep an eye on will be Chelsea against Arsenal at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium.

New Chelsea signings Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger will not feature, nor will Eden Hazard who is still recovering from a fractured ankle.

Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic are also not taking part in the tour to Asia while their future remains up in the air.

Gunner Nacho Monreal seems keen to get on with the game though...

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Palace close in on Chambers

Crystal Palace have yet to conclude any permanent transfers this summer, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek the club's only arrival from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.

Expect business to move up a step as Frank de Boer starts to make his mark on the squad, Callum Chambers could be the first permanent arrival at Selhurst Park.

The Guardian are reporting that Palace and Arsenal aren't far away from agreeing a fee for the England international who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough.

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Mahrez interest grows

Riyad Mahrez is clearly a wanted man, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has confirmed that the club have rejected a bid from Italian giants Roma.

Elsewhere the London Evening Standard are reporting that Tottenham are monitoring the winger's situation but won't meet Leicester's £50m price tag.

I think this one will run and run...

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James Binks: They could of paid nothing, had a nice sleep and woken up to the news that they lost.

James seems a wise kind of fellow.

Next stop for Barkley?

Is there an un-written rule that both Arsenal and Tottenham need to be linked with the same player?

This time it's Ross Barkley who the North London rivals are courting, the Express report on Ronald Koeman's anger at Barkley's failure to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.

Everton may well decide now is the time to cash in on a player who promises so much but arguably hasn't yet lived up to that lofty reputation.

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Rivals ready to swoop for City starlet?

Manchester City's Jadon Sancho could be heading to North London according to the Independent, the 17 year old academy talent is a player City want to keep hold of.

But with contract talks breaking down between the player and the club, both Arsenal and Tottenham think they could lure the player away from the Etihad.

Sancho had been due to join up with Pep Guardiola's squad in the USA but was removed from the squad due to the on-going contract talks.

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No 'suitable' offers for Perisic

Manchester United are yet to reach Inter Milan's valuation of Ivan Perisic, the Croatian winger is Jose Mourinho's main target after landing Romelu Lukaku.

The Mirror report that United tabled a bid of £44m for Persic but Inter's technical director Walter Sabatini says no suitable offers have been received.

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Ian McCormack: Why anyone would pay £7 to United for any reason is beyond me - I know I wouldn't.

People do strange things Ian...

Will he stay or will he go?

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho is subject of interest from Spain, with Barcelona preparing a £72m bid for the Brazilian midfielder according to the Daily Mail. The Catalan club see Coutinho as the ideal replacement for the ageing Andres Iniesta.

But the Liverpool Echo seem to think the bid is deemed to fail with Jurgen Klopp wanting to build his side around the 25 year old who recently signed a new five year contract at Anfield.

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How much is he worth?

In a world of crazy transfer fees it makes you wonder what some players would have gone for five, ten years ago...

How much would today's transfer fees have seen someone like Andres Iniesta gone for in his pomp? Maybe as much as this next fella?

City back in for Mendy?

The Daily Mail are reporting that Manchester City have had a £44.5m bid for Benjamin Mendy rejected by Monaco.

The Ligue 1 side are demanding a fee of at least £54m for the French full-back.

Monaco are willing to sell Mendy, but want to receive a similar fee to what City paid for Tottenham's Kyle Walker.

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Anyway, let's move on to some transfer gossip....


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This has got to hurt....

The broadcasting rights for Manchester United's pre-season tour belong exclusively to their in-house channel MUTV.

That meant many Manchester City fans in the UK had to get up at 03:00 in the morning, pay a £7.00 subscription fee for their rivals' TV channel and watch their team lose....


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Are some getting carried away by any chance?

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Manchester United's new signing Lukaku has posted on Instagram around 50 minutes ago so 04:40 in the morning in Houston... Sign of an Insta-addict.

"Thanks to all the fans who showed up in Houston! Happy with the win".

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High praise...

Manchester City and USA midfielder Carli Lloyd gave the 17-year-old a shout out after the game:

Great shift from @PhilFoden. Bright future!! 👍🏼👏🏼 #ManCity

So who is Phil Foden?

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The 'gift' Pep Guardiola spoke of after the game comes from the Manchester City-supporting heartland of Stockport.

Phil Foden has been at the club in some capacity since he was six and scored in last season's FA Youth Cup final against Chelsea.

He also netted for England in their European Under-17 Championship final defeat by Spain in Croatia, where he started every game.

Foden is also a fine passer of the ball and has an uncanny ability to get past opponents.

He is probably too small to be considered for Premier League duty in his favoured central midfield role at present but it is easy, looking ahead, to see him having a similar kind of impact at City as David Silva.