Martin Hardy

Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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England’s Steph Houghton has no more time for frivolity

Steph Houghton: Taking it all one game at a time

England must be inspired, not intimidated, by tough Euro challenge, Steph Houghton tells Martin Hardy

Jozy Altidore in action for AZ Alkmaar against FC Den Bosch

Sunderland set to announce £6m deal for American forward Jozy Altidore

Phil Bardsley has emerged as a target for Fulham

Alan Pardew remonstrates with his team during their final day defeat to Arsenal

Alan Pardew insists he never considered his Newcastle future following the arrival of Joe Kinnear

Pardew expresses anger of PSG's public courting of Yohan Cabaye

Christian Benteke: the Belgian striker has scored 18 goals this year

Liverpool and Chelsea on alert after Christian Benteke hands in transfer request at Aston Villa

Christian Benteke has stunned Aston Villa by handing in a transfer request, leaving the path now open for a bid from Chelsea.

Alan Pardew: 'I'm my own man and will manage this club to best of my ability'

Alan Pardew insists he has the final say at Newcastle United - not Joe Kinnear

New director of football has shaken hierarchy at St James' Park

Luis Suarez

Arsenal must increase £30m bid if they want to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

Initial offer rejected out of hand by the hierarchy at Anfield

Joe Kinnear

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew reveals Joe Kinnear has apologised for getting names of players wrong

Kinnear was appointed director of football last month

Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes

David Moyes: New manager would do well to heed Sir Alex Ferguson's first words at Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson became manager of Manchester United 27 years ago, and that now feels like a completely different age.

Nicolas Anelka

Signing Nicolas Anelka is a risk, and if West Brom think he is a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku, they could be in trouble

The former Chelsea striker has returned to the Premier League, but is far from the peak of his powers

Gonzalo Higuain

The signing of Gonzalo Higuain signals an end to the stagnation at Arsenal

The arrival of the Real Madrid striker is more than a statement of intent, he is the right player for the Gunners

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