Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Latin flair on increase as the top-flight clubs search for next Suarez

The latest trend is to look to South America for bargain buys

Manchester City hope £38m Sergio Aguero will keep United quiet

'Noisy neighbours' make statement to arch-rivals as Argentina striker tweets 'Happy to be at this club'

Click and buy: How scouting embraced the 21st century

Manchester United completed one of the best deals of recent years with the capture of the Mexican striker Javier Hernandez for £7m from Guadalajara a year ago. "Chicharito" was scouted the traditional way – he was first flagged up by United's scouts in 2005 playing for the Mexican Under-17s and signed only after chief scout Jim Lawlor had spent three weeks in Mexico carrying out an in-depth assessment.

Click and buy: How scouting embraced the 21st century

Fewer cold nights in the stands watching prospects as sophisticated software lets clubs play <i>Football Manager</i> for real

Evidence grows that sport is a productive path for dyslexics

Tom Lewis's show at the Open boosts the theory of a link between on-field success and the medical condition

Villas-Boas takes backseat role and lets players drive Chelsea

No radical changes from the new manager in first game as he pledges to learn from established first-teamers

Offer for Modric set to reach &#163;30m

Chelsea are not giving up on their pursuit of midfielder Luka Modric and are expected to lift their offer to £30m in the next few days, despite Tottenham's repeated insistence that the Croatian is not for sale.

Chelsea closing on &#163;5m Parker loan deal

Chelsea are optimistic about securing England midfielder Scott Parker on a year-long loan from West Ham United in a deal worth £5m.

Modric hands in transfer request to force move

Tottenham Hotspur were hit by two pieces of bad news yesterday as the first team flew out to start their pre-season tour of South Africa. Luka Modric handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a proposed move to Chelsea, while the club fear that midfielder Sandro, who injured his knee on Copa America duty with Brazil, will require surgery that could keep him out for up to three months.

Fabregas determined to ignore Wenger

Cesc Fabregas is still intent on leaving Arsenal this summer for Barcelona, despite the optimistic noises coming from his manager Arsène Wenger about convincing the Spaniard to stay.

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