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Tottenham have turned their attention to Brazil midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso, external-link22, who could be available for around £8m from Santos, after missing out on Portugal's Joao Moutinho.

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Paulo Henrique Ganso has won seven caps for Brazil

Stoke want to cut their wage bill after signing Michael Owen and are preparing to loan out Michael Tonge, 29, Diego Arismendi, 24, Danny Higginbotham, 33, Mamady Sidibe, 32, Wilson Palacios, 28, and Kenwyne Jones, 27.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Bordeaux midfielder Yoan Gouffran,external-link 26, is available for a cut-price £3m in January and could be a target for Fulham, Everton and Aston Villa.

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Senegal defender Cheikhou Kouyate,external-link 22, has revealed that he had contact with Arsenal during the summer before deciding to stay at Anderlecht.

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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 34, rejected a deadline day offer from Italian club Juventus, worth more than £4m a year, to stay in China with Shanghai Shenhua.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link


Playing with welcome pace and fluidity, England secured their biggest away win in 19 years, dating back to their 7-1 victory over San Marino. Tom Cleverley was neat and nimble, always a positive presence around the Moldova box as England began qualifying for Brazil 2014 in style.

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This first of the Three Lions' 2014 World Cup qualifiers was as comfortable as it gets. Despite all the calls for England to go with youth in every department, [Roy] Hodgson has faith in the ageing combination of skipper Steven Gerrard, 32, and [Frank] Lampard - who is two years older - in central midfield.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Sporting convention has it that, from the boxing ring to the tennis court, you can only beat what is in front of you. England did more than beat Moldova. They terrorised them.

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As England flew out of tumbledown Chisinau, three points safely tucked away with the minimum of fuss and comfortably exceeding what Glenn Hoddle's side did here 16 years ago, the prevailing thought was a simple one. Maybe Uncle Roy does know what he is talking about, after all.

Tom Cleverley
Midfielder Tom Cleverley was making his first competitive start for England against Moldova

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Something miraculous may well be required in Rio, as Steven Gerrard has suggested, but a stroll was more than good enough in Moldova.

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Trouble usually transpires upon England's arrival at a tournament, of course, but any lingering concerns the trip to Chisinau could be something of a banana skin upon which [Roy] Hodgson could only slip, were quickly massaged away.

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Defender Alan Hutton, 27, says he is training alone after being frozen out at Aston Villa by manager Paul Lambert.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Chile's under-23 coach Fernando Carvallo says 18-year-old striker Angelo Henriquez has made a big mistake signing for Manchester United.

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Defender Micah Richards, 24, is ready to give Manchester City's Champions League hopes a boost by returning to training by the end of the month. Richards is nursing an ankle injury which manager Roberto Mancini feared would keep the player out for 10 weeks.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his relationship with the club's owners remains strong as he urges everyone to move on from their transfer deadline day disappointment.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he sees a future for Nicklas Bendtner, 24, despite sending the Denmark striker on loan to Juventus after spending a season with Sunderland.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

The relationship of midfielder Florent Malouda, 32, and defender Paulo Ferreira, 33, with Chelsea is at breaking point after the pair were ordered to play for the reserves in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

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Phil Jones
Defender Phil Jones has not played for Manchester United since 13 May

Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones, 20, could be set for a lengthy injury lay-off after injuring his right leg after only just returning to training following back spasms.

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Tottenham midfielder Clint Dempsey, 29, says his departure from Fulham left him close to tears.

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A meditation and relaxation class to help Liverpool players "deal with the stresses of club football" is one of the new methods introduced by manager Brendan Rodgers, a new fly-on-the-wall documentary capturing life behind the scenes at Anfield has revealed.

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Uruguay were going to play a World Cup qualifier against Colombia in local second division side Solo Junior's away strip until their kit arrived an hour before kick-off in Barranquilla.

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