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Aston Villa want to bring in Blackburn defender Scott Dann, 24, at the end of the season to shore up their back-line.

Olivier Giroud,
Olivier Giroud made his France debut in November 2011 against Belgium

In-form French striker Olivier Giroud,external-link 25, wants a move to the Premier League and specifically Arsenal, having scored 16 goals already this campaign for current club Montpellier.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Arsenal and Tottenham are both in the hunt for Sunderland midfield sensation Stephane Sessegnon, 27, who has been resurgent since Martin O'Neill took over at the Stadium of Light.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Fulham are set to sign former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra,external-link 30, for the rest of the season.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Manchester City's Spanish 18-year-old midfielder Juan Roman is set to move to Dougie Freedman's Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of the season.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link


Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez will play his first game for the club since September when he appears in a reserve team cup match against Preston. The game will be played behind closed doors to allow Roberto Mancini to assess the Argentine's fitness.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has been warned by Belgium assistant manager Marc Wilmots that his place in the national team will be under threat if he does not play more games at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Inside Futbolexternal-link

Former England manager Fabio Capello insists he will return to the dugout and not the boardroom.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Steven Gerrard has admitted he will have to make a decision about whether to retire from the England team and focus on Liverpool after Euro 2012.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

David Beckham remains a transfer target of Paris Saint-Germain, the club's sporting director Leonardo has revealed.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Manager Tony Pulis says he could not ask Stoke City to play the Swansea way because Potters fans would not put up with it.

Full story: South Wales Echoexternal-link

Shakira and Gerard Pique
Shakira and Gerard Pique met at a music video shoot for the 2010 World Cup song


Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has revealed that away from the beautiful game he chooses to spend time playing Scrabble with his glamorous pop star girlfriend Shakira.

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