James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics for over four years. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Premier League. He cites Brian Sears among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Stoke v Blackburn Rovers. On a good day.

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Etienne Capoue looks set to complete his move to Tottenham after a fee was agreed between Spurs and Toulouse

Player analysis: Who is £9m Tottenham signing Etienne Capoue?

The lowdown on the French midfielder who today made the move to White Hart Lane

<b>Christian Benteke</b><br/>
Spurs' lack of forward options cost them in key matches last season as they missed out once again on the Champions League, with Benteke impressing in his debut season at Aston Villa. The Belgian's height would help him lead the forward line at Spurs in a way Emmanuel Adebayor failed to do after securing his move, and with international team-mates Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele already at White Hart Lane, Benteke could complete the holy trinity and provide the missing ingredient in Tottenham's Belgian bun.

Who might Tottenham sign during the summer transfer window? Angel Di Maria, Leandro Damiao, Christian Benteke...

A round up of the players linked with a transfer to White Hart Lane

Poland and Ukraine increase pressure on England in Group H

Poland went above their Euro 2012 co-hosts and into third on goal difference after thrashing bottom side San Marino

World Cup qualifier: Mirko Vucinic strikes late to keep Montenegro on top

A late goal from Mirko Vucinic helped Montenegro maintain their two-point lead over England at the top of Group H last night, the Juventus striker scoring with 12 minutes remaining to earn a 1-0 victory in Moldova.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side could host Chelsea in the last eight

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Championship round-up: Ahmed Elmohamady's late winner lifts Hull back into second

Hull moved back into the automatic promotion positions in the Championship with a 2-1 victory over Derby, thanks to a late winner from Ahmed Elmohamady.

Neil Lennon has worked wonders in the Champions League this year

Neil Lennon changes nine for Juventus clash and Celtic still extend lead

Celtic changed nine players ahead of tomorrow's Champions League visit of Juventus as they came from behind to win 3-1 at second-placed Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.

Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng (left) and Kevin Constant wear anti-racism shirts before their game against Siena yesterday

Sepp Blatter: Kevin-Prince Boateng is 'running away' from racism

Fifa president claims AC Milan midfielder was wrong to walk off field in protest against fans

FA Cup fourth round draw: Cup holders Chelsea sent on the road once again

Chelsea will continue the defence of their trophy with a trip to lower league opposition after yesterday's fourth-round draw. Rafael Benitez's side will visit either League One Brentford or Southend, from a league below, at the end of the month, and after scoring 21 goals in four domestic cup ties so far this season, will be heavily favoured to progress to the last 16.

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