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  1. Everton sign Swansea captain Williams for £12m
  2. Ranieri signs new Leicester contract
  3. Premier League media launch today
  4. Borja Baston has Swansea medical before record move
  5. Manchester United defenders expected to join Sunderland

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

Good night

Thanks for joining us today on a quiet day bookmarked by Claudio Ranieri's contract and Everton signing Ashley Williams.

Plenty of Olympics coverage tonight - follow it all here.

Tonight's Scottish League Cup games

In Scotland there are three League Cup games.

Ayr v Aberdeen (19:45 BST)

Celtic v Motherwell (19:45 BST)

St Johnstone v Hearts (19:45 BST)

Read team news for those games here.

Tonight's EFL Cup fixtures

There are four EFL Cup first-round games tonight.

Burton v Bury (19:30 BST)

Fleetwood v Leeds (19:45 BST)

Luton v Aston Villa (19:45 BST)

QPR v Swindon (19:45 BST)

Read team news for each of those games here.

'Klopp vetos Lucas move'

Jurgen Klopp has blocked Galatasaray's bid to sign midfielder Lucas from Liverpool, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Turkish side felt they had a deal in place to sign the Reds' longest serving player but Klopp was worried it would leave them short.

Gala sporting director Levent Nazifoglu said: "We are no longer pursuing Lucas Leiva. We will continue efforts to sign alternative names instead."


Niasse to Eagles?

One player leaving Everton could be striker Oumar Niasse.

The 26-year-old cost the club £13.5m in January but has not even been given a squad number by Ronald Koeman.

The Liverpool Echo claim Everton have offered him to Crystal Palace on loan.

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Williams is third Koeman signing at Everton

Ashley Williams is Ronald Koeman's third summer purchase after Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

The Toffees, following their £49m sale of John Stones to Manchester City yesterday, are also in talks to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie and Sunderland defender Lamine Kone.

'Koeman is one of greatest centre-halves ever'

More from Ashley Williams on joining Ronald Koeman at Everton: "Everton is a great club with an unbelievable manager - a world legend in football - and I believe the club is going in the right direction. This is something I wanted to be a part of.

“I look forward to seeing what the manager’s plans are for me and the team. He’s been one of the greatest centre-halves to ever play the game, so I look forward to learning from him and seeing what he can teach me.

“What Everton fans can expect of me is an honest player, a hard-working player who will try to do as good as I can for my team-mates and the club. I’m not always perfect but I always have the right intentions and I try to leave it all out there on the pitch."

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'He is the kind of player we need'

Everton manager Ronald Koeman: “We wanted to bring in a strong player in the central defence position, a player who knows the Premier League and Ashley fits the bill for us very well.“He is an experienced defender and the kind of player we need in the team. He is a leader. He showed this at Swansea and he has shown it for his country and he is looking forward to his new challenge here at Everton.”  

'We reluctantly agreed to his request'

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins: “We are disappointed to lose Ashley. It is definitely not something we wanted to happen. 

“But having turned down Everton’s initial offer, Ashley expressed his desire for a new challenge at this time of his career. 

"Taking into account the excellent service Ashley has given this football club over the last eight years, including as club captain, we reluctantly agreed to his request to join Everton after they made an improved offer. 

“It goes without saying that we wish him the very best with his new challenge and thank him for his services." 

'Swansea hold special place in my heart'

New Everton defender Ashley Williams: “I’ve had eight great years at Swansea and, for me, the new challenge was something I felt I needed. 

“Obviously, Swansea was very memorable for me and I would like to thank every single fan, my former and current team-mates and all of the Swansea family for their unconditional support and friendship. 

"I wish everyone at Swansea all the best for the future and they will always hold a special place in my heart.” 

Williams signs three-year Toffees deal

So Everton have confirmed the signing of Swansea captain Ashley Williams.

The 31-year-old Wales centre-back has officially moved for an undisclosed fee but the BBC understands that it is £12m.

He signs a three-year contract with the Toffees, who moved quickly to replace John Stones.

My best Barca squad yet - Enrique

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique thinks his current squad is the best he has had so far as he enters his third season in charge.

The Spanish champions have signed midfielders Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez and defenders Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne this summer.

Fringe players Marc Bartra, Thomas Vermaelen, Adriano and Sandro have left. 

"On paper, this is the best squad that I have had in my three years at Barca," Luis Enrique said. "We have a squad that has been strengthened brilliantly."

Barcelona are still looking to sign an attacking player for back-up to Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Luis Enrique

Meet Stockport County's new mascot

Steve Bellis with Peggy the Pig
Steve Bellis

What did we say about a slow news day?

Meet Peggy the Pig, new mascot of National League North side Stockport County.

County senior board advisor Steve Bellis took her to a pre-season friendly against Wigan Athletic under-21s, and Peggy was somethign of a hit.

“She was the star of the night, everyone loved her," Steve told the Manchester Evening News.

"And she must be a lucky mascot, because County won."

Stats. Get your football stats here.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba will be worth an extra 10 points to Manchester United this season, according to a sport analytics machine.

Pogba, 23, arrived at United this week for a world record £89m fee, while Ibrahimovic, 34, joined on a free.

Statisticians at the University of Salford ran tests to see how many points Jose Mourinho's side would win with and without the two new signings.

They found the pair increase United's chances of winning the league by 4%.

Read more here.


Wonder goal scored in EFL Cup

Yeovil Town's Matty Dolan scored a 60-yard goal last night in the EFL Cup win at Walsall that has seen him compared to David Beckham, via Somerset Live.

'Number of investors in Forest talks'

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Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi says he is discussing potential investment with "different parties".

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Which new Premier League boss will have the best impact?

Sean: Aitor Karanka, made some exciting signings. Boro could be this season's Bournemouth

Girish Bhatia: Pep, I am sure he will do a good job at Man City

Paddymc: Mourinho already having biggest impact but he's such a baby, just can't wish him well

Dyche defensive of British bosses

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was speaking to BBC Sport about negativity around British managers.

"There seems to be a grandeur to foreign managers taking a hard line approach to fitness and changing things like players’ diets.

"Yet if a British manager went and changed the same things they’d just think ‘oh, right’ and there’s no positivity to that.

"People think I’m talking about myself, I’m not. 

"If I was laying out a hard line approach and running players round the pitch people would say that I’m a dinosaur, but if a foreign manager did that they would view it with a positive perception saying ‘he’s getting them super fit to take on the challenges of the Premier League’."

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Noble backs Allardyce appointment

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is happy to see Sam Allardyce become England boss, perhaps unsurprisingly.

The 29-year-old, who played under Allardyce for the Hammers, has never won a cap.

"I feel buoyed because he’s the right man for the job," said Noble. "His man management and tactical skills are second to none. 

"You’ve got to be a big character to handle top players and Sam’s just got that way about him."

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'The market has gone mental'

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has been speaking to BBC Sport today at the Premier League media launch day.

He was asked if it is hard to adjust to playing at the London Stadium, rather than Upton Park.

"Yeah it is, but you’ve got to adjust quick because you’ve got to pick up points. 

"After last season everyone’s now thinking that we’re going to have a great season. Hopefully we are, we’ve made some good signings but so has everyone, the market’s gone absolutely mental now.

"West Ham’s a big football club now, we’ve been all around the world in pre-season so the brand’s getting out there.

"You’ve probably got top 10 places that will be a complete mix up. You’ve got Leicester then the big six, now Spurs are included in that, and you’ve got teams like us, Southampton, Everton – it’s going to be a tough, tough league this year."

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'What is anybody going to do?'

It's the Premier League media launch day today and executive chairman Richard Scudamore has been talking to BBC Sport.

"What are Leicester going to do? We don’t know. What is anybody going to do? We don’t know.

"Last season was a fantastic thing and we said we may never see the likes of it again, but that isn’t to say there aren’t huge stories and exciting times ahead with the management and playing talent that’s been assembled and the competitiveness.

"We try to put on a competitive and compelling competition and we think we’re doing that."

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Player, Captain, Assistant Manager...Happy Birthday to Roy Keane! 🇮🇪🎂

Van der Vaart joins Danish side

Danish side Midtjylland have signed former Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart.

The 33-year-old former Netherlands international was at Real Betis last season, but only made seven appearances - and none since January.

"Today is a great day for me and the club," he said in the news conference to announce his signing.

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Stewart turns down Birmingham switch

Brian McLauchlin

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Dundee forward Greg Stewart has turned down the opportunity to join Birmingham City after a fee in the region of £500,000 plus add-ons was agreed. 

Stewart, 26, has scored 32 goals in his two seasons at Dundee following his move from Cowdenbeath. 

Read more here.

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Donovan speaks about Swansea role

Former Everton and United States forward Landon Donovan has been speaking to NBC Sports about his role at Swansea.

He was part of the US group to take over the Premier League club this summer.

The 34-year-old said "the new owners admitted that they didn’t know a lot about football" and asked "would you be willing to help us, advise us and consult with us on certain things?"

He continued: "I said yeah, that would be great and that’s something I am certainly open to.

“I made it clear from the very beginning that this isn’t going to be a situation where I am going to be in there telling them what players to sign."

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Hull City nearing takeover?

Hull City owners Assem and Ehab Allam have taken a significant step towards the sale of the club, say the Hull Daily Mail.

They have reportedly staged advanced talks with a group of investors from China and Hong Kong.

The Tigers do not have a permanent manager, and only have 13 fit senior players.

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City have technically been up for sale since April 2014 since failing to change their name to Hull Tigers

Rochdale bring in goalkeeper Logan

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League One side Rochdale have re-signed goalkeeper Conrad Logan on a six-month deal.

The 30-year-old joined Dale on loan from Leicester City in 2014 but had to end his stay because of an injury.

The former Republic of Ireland youth international made 30 appearances during his 11-year stay with the Foxes.

Logan spent 16 months out injured but moved to Hibernian last season and helped them beat Rangers in the Scottish Cup final.

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Lee Phillips: Mourinho has a squad and the know-how to make Man Utd genuine contenders this season

Peterwari Soberekon: With the new signings, I see Mou having the biggest influence. Ranieri will have the least for overachieving last term

Matt Bray: Jose at United will make them the force they once were! The fear factor is back at old Trafford! League challenge on the way!

I'm not going to beat around the bush, it's a pretty quiet news day after the record-breaking deals we've seen over the past couple of weeks.

So while we're waiting for news on Borja Baston's medical before his Swansea club-record move, or Ashley Williams joining Everton, would you like some League Cup venue information from the Republic of Ireland?

What do you mean no?

Well, Limerick FC have been drawn at home in their EA Sports Cup final against St Patrick's Athletic on Saturday, 17 August. There's no neutral venue finals in the competition.

Cambridge end long wait for League Cup win

Cambridge United won a League Cup game for the first time since September 2002 last night. 

The U's, who spent nine of those 14 years in non-league, beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in extra time.

"There were some really mighty performances by everybody connected with the club," boss Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"As the game developed, and especially into extra time, I felt we deserved it and looked like the strongest side."

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Real Madrid not desperate for new players

Real Madrid have not ruled out making more transfers, but president Florentino Perez thinks their squad is strong enough without anyone new.

"Up until 31 August anything can happen, but we're really satisfied with the players that we've got. It's very difficult to improve our squad," he said.

"We've got an extraordinary squad. We've got the best players in every position."

Coach Zinedine Zidane said: "We've got a big enough squad, that's for sure. If we're not able to sign anyone we've got the numbers in the squad."

Soldado suffers cruciate injury

Former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado has torn his cruciate ligament, his club Villarreal have confirmed.

The 31-year-old was injured in a friendly against Deportivo.

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Forrest signs new Celtic deal

Celtic winger James Forrest has signed a new three-year deal with the Scottish champions.

The 25-year-old has already made 193 appearances, scoring 31 goals, for his only senior club.

He scored against Hearts in the opening Scottish Premiership game at the weekend.

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'Gunners have £30m Mahrez bid rejected'

Arsenal have had a £30m bid rejected for Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez, according to French media - via the Sun.

Riyad Mahrez against Arsenal
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Richards 'knows his obligations'

Cardiff City defender Jazz Richards has been reminded of the club's "traditions" and his "obligations moving forward" after a bizarre controversy on his debut.

The Swansea-born Wales international, 25, was urged by fans to "do the Ayatollah" - a Cardiff celebration which involves the tapping of the forehead with both hands.

He appeared to refuse to do so, although video footage suggests he eventually did it.

"I've spoken to Jazz at length and he's aware of the club traditions, he knows his obligations moving forward," said boss Paul Trollope. 

"I wasn't aware until later in the evening but we've got evidence and he assures us he did it, which I think some of the supporters saw. Moving forward he knows the tradition of the club and what he has to do. I don't think it will be an issue." 

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Happy Birthday

Andy Gregory (rugby league) - former Wigan and Great Britain scrum-half, born 1961 - 55 today

Riddick Bowe (boxing) - former undisputed heavyweight champion, born 1967 - 49 today

Lawrence Dallaglio (rugby union) - former England and Wasps flanker, born 1972 - 44 today

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