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Queen's Park Rangers Luigi De Canio has brought three players to Loftus Road, signing Akos Buzsaky, Hogan Ephraim and Matthew Connolly from Plymouth, West Ham and Arsenal respectively. Buzsaky makes a loan move permanent, while Connolly and Ephraim arrive on three-and-a-half-year contracts. All have joined for undisclosed fees. The Hoops are also in talks with the Preston striker Patrick Agyemang after having an initial bid accepted by the Deepdale side.

Cardiff City Dave Jones believes Michael Oakes will help the club overcome the loss of Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. "He's a good, steady, honest pro," Jones said. "And a good goalkeeper with it."

Bristol City The club have agreed a fee with Genclerbirligi for the Australian international Nick Carle. "Nick is busy trying to arrange a visa but doesn't foresee any problems in that respect," manager Gary Johnson said. "He will add quality to our squad and give extra options because he can play anywhere across the midfield and up front." Meanwhile midfielder Marvin Elliott has denied reports linking him with a move to Portsmouth.

Leicester City The Foxes manager Ian Holloway has been linked with a move for the Northampton midfielder Bradley Johnson. The 20-year-old was at the Walkers Stadium yesterday for talks over a move that could earn the Cobblers a record transfer fee.

Plymouth Argyle The Pilgrims have rejected an offer of 1m from Ipswich for the 26-year-old midfielder David Norris.

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Nottingham Forest Colin Calderwood said the club have lodged an appeal against Kelvin Wilson's sending-off during the 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town on New Year's Day. "We felt at the time there was nothing in it," Calderwood said of the incident that led to the dismissal. "And we feel the same way now."

Luton Town The Hatters have an extra four days to find a potential buyer, with a revised deadline set for Monday. The joint administrator Brendan Guilfoyle said "over a dozen" potential buyers have expressed interest in buying the relegation-threatened club.

Macclesfield Town The chairman Rob Bickerton has revealed he will stand down after Saturday's match against Morecambe. "I think it's the right time for me to seek new challenges," he said. "Five years in a role like this is a long time."

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