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Manchester City could enter the fray to sign Real Madrid's French youngster Raphael Varane. The 19-year-old, who can play as either a defender or midfielder, has become a regular this season.

Raphael Varane
Varane scored Real's goal in their recent 1-1 draw with Barcelona

Dutch teenager Adam Maher says he will leave AZ Alkmaar in the summer but insists he won't be joining Arsenal. The 19-year-old midfielder had been tipped to join the Londoners by Alkmaar boss Gertjan Verbeek.

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Brazilian striker Neymar, 20, is set to disappoint Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid by staying with Santos in his native country until at least the 2014 World Cup.

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Stuart Pearce is facing an uncertain future as England Under-21 manager after preliminary talks about whether the Football Association wants him to stay in the job were put off until the summer.

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West Brom midfielder Steven Reid says the Baggies squad will only accept striker Peter Odemwingie back if the club order them to. Odemwingie, 31, drove to Loftus Road on transfer deadline day in an apparent attempt to negotiate a move to QPR without West Brom's permission.

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QPR are still in a pay-off dispute with former manager Mark Hughes, who was sacked last November.

Phil Jones
Man United's versatile Phil Jones may be out for some time with a bout of shingles

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Manchester United could be without Phil Jones for up to four weeks after the 20-year-old defender was forced out of England's Under-21 international by a bout of shingles.

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New QPR signing Loic Remy, 25, could be out for up to two months with the groin strain the French striker picked up in training last week.

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England captain Steven Gerrard, 32, insists team-mate Ashley Cole deserves respect from all England fans as his fellow 32-year-old left-back waits to earn his 100th cap for his country.

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The owners of Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain have been warned by Uefa that they cannot "cheat" their way around the rules for greater financial stability in football, following the publication of a report showing that combined losses among top European clubs have hit a record high.

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David Beckham is at the centre of a political row in France because of his minimum wage deal at new club Paris St-Germain which will see the 37-year-old former England captain pay virtually no tax.

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Former England cricketer Ronnie Irani has revealed that he and BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans put Paul Gascoigne on a plane to Arizona where the former England midfielder is set to receive treatment for alcoholism.

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Former Barcelona and AC Milan playmaker Ronaldinho, 32, who will be playing for Brazil against England at Wembley on Wednesday night, says that Italy's Paolo Maldini and John Terry are two of the toughest men he has met on a football field.

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Spanish midfielder Isco, 20, says he heard the news of his first international call-up from a message sent to his mother via a mobile messaging service.

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is out for two weeks with a torn hamstring. The club hope he will be back in action for the first leg of the Champions League match against AC Milan at the San Siro on 20 February.

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has promised to get a 'mohican' haircut in the style of new AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli should his team win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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