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The Morocco international ends his loan spell with the Cottagers to move to Serie A

Adel Taarabt

Transfer news: Adel Taarabt poised to leave Fulham for AC Milan switch

The Moroccan has failed to make much of an impression at Craven Cottage

Jonjo Shelvey (R) of Swansea City celebrates scoring the opening goal alongside Nathan Dyer

Swansea 2 Fulham 0: Michael Laudrup expresses relief following victory

The Swans were on a dreadful run of results

A view of West Ham's Upton Park

West Ham reveal increased debts

The club are currently in a fight against Premier League relegation

Michael Essien will leave Chelsea after agreeing a move to AC Milan

Transfer news: Michael Essien set for Chelsea exit after Blues reach agreement with AC Milan over departure

Essien has featured sparingly since Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge and has been given the go ahead to join the Italian club

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien could be on his way out of the club in January according to his agent

Transfer news: Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien to complete AC Milan move

Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Michael Essien to AC Milan, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Michael Essien

Transfer news: West Ham fail with last minute move for Michael Essien as AC Milan loan draws closer

Hammers miss out on Ghana international to AC Milan

Chelsea ready to pay-off Michael Essien's contract to speed up AC Milan switch

Transfer news: Chelsea ready to pay-off Michael Essien's contract to speed up AC Milan switch - reports

Blues willing to pay Essien a lump some to speed up move to AC Milan

AC Milan have got in contact Leicester City over availability of Kasper Schmeichel

Transfer news: AC Milan contact Leicester City over availability of Kasper Schmeichel - reports

Championship leaders put on alert after Italian giants are linked with former Manchester City 'keeper Kasper Schmeichel

De Jong and Lucas

Transfer news: Liverpool eye deal for Nigel De Jong if Lucas injury proves serious - reports

The Reds are set to turn their attentions to De Jong if Lucas' injury turns into a long-term problem

Clarence Seedorf takes charge of his first AC Milan match

Clarence Seedorf enjoys victory in first game in charge of AC Milan, before dedicating win to fans

The former midfielder returned last week as manager

The Portugal forward picked up a pass from Angel Di Maria on the left, cut inside and unleashed a powerful shot past home goalkeeper Stephan Andersen for his 21st league goal of the campaign

Round-up: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema thrill as Real thrash Betis

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took Real Betis apart to give Real Madrid a resounding 5-0 win yesterday that put them level on 50 points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Micah Richards admits he is savouring the good times having gone through the bad in 2007 when Manchester City didn't score in eight matches

Manchester City v Cardiff City: Micah Richards is savouring the good times having experienced the bad as City approach 100 goals

Richards was part of the side that went eight matches without scoring back in 2007 and admits he can't believe his eyes when he looks around at his teammates

Clarence Seedorf (centre) is mobbed as he arrives at Linate Airport in Milan

AC Milan confirm Clarence Seedorf appointment

The club's former midfielder has retired from playing in order to take up the role

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie could both miss the New Year's Day fixture with Tottenham

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie believes strike partner Wayne Rooney compliments his style to make him better

Van Persie feels that the pair can work together to make United even better in their attempt to secure a top four finish

Clarence Seedorf (centre) is mobbed as he arrives at Linate Airport in Milan

Is Clarence Seedorf the man to save AC Milan? There are doubts in Italy

Milan’s decision to appoint as coach a former player with no experience has raised many eyebrows. Glenn Moore reports on Berlusconi’s latest bombshell

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