Laudrup reveals cancer battle

Former Denmark forward Brian Laudrup has revealed he is undergoing treatment for cancer.

Insua joins Galatasaray on loan

Emiliano Insua has left Liverpool for Turkish giants Galatasaray on a season-long loan with an option to make the deal permanent.

Liverpool snap up Konchesky in Fulham swap deal

Defender Paul Konchesky has been reunited with former manager Roy Hodgson after finally completing his move to Liverpool from Fulham.

Italy coach backs Inter to win Serie A

New Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has backed Internazionale to walk away with another Serie A title at the end of the upcoming season.

Prandelli takes heart from debut defeat as Italy look to rebuild

Italy have a new coach, a gaggle of promising new players and a new outlook after their disastrous first-round exit from the World Cup. But still the Azzurri cannot find a way to win.

Jordan hopeful over Defoe's fitness

Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan hopes Jermain Defoe will win his fitness battle to face Manchester City in the opening game of the new Barclays Premier League season.

Transfer Talk: Redknapp grows frustrated over Spurs' lack of movement

Tottenham Hotspur's attempts to bring reinforcements to White Hart Lane this summer have been hampered because the Londoners have struggled to sell peripheral members of their squad, manager Harry Redknapp has claimed.

King focuses on regaining fitness for opener against City

Ledley King is confident of being fit for the start of the season after coming through his first 45 minutes of football since the World Cup unscathed.

Redknapp rages at timing of international friendlies

Harry Redknapp has delivered a strong personal attack on the upcoming international fixture programme, warning that it could wreck Tottenham's preparations for their most important start to a season in years.

Hodgson looks to add Bridge in Liverpool rebuilding job

New manager keen to sign City left-back while Cole describes move as 'no-brainer'

Celtic keen to sign David James

Neil Lennon hopes to convince David James to join Celtic after describing the England goalkeeper as an ideal replacement for Artur Boruc.

Cole goes north after snubbing Tottenham and Arsenal offers

Midfielder signs £90,000-a-week deal at Anfield in major coup for new manager

Liverpool sign Joe Cole on four-year deal 

Liverpool have signed former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole on a free transfer.

Hodgson not concerned by Mascherano silence

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson insists he is not concerned that he has not heard from Javier Mascherano since trying to contact the midfielder last week.

Football round-up: Downpour means Hodgson must wait to take the plunge

Roy Hodgson will have to wait until Wednesday for his first game in charge of Liverpool after their planned friendly match in against Al-Hilal in Austria had to be called off because the pitch was waterlogged. That means he will start the latest chapter of his interesting and varied career against one of his former clubs, Grasshopper, in Switzerland.

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Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links