Sport Eliaquim Mangala has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain

The Frenchman has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain

Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young

Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young pledges to undertake military service for South Korea

Arsenal striker Park Chu-young has boosted his chances of representing South Korea in the London Olympic Games after pledging to do military service, local media reported today.

Rangnick holds Albion talks

West Bromwich Albion have held talks with the former Schalke and Stuttgart manager Ralf Rangnick, as they look for Roy Hodgson's successor.

Ranieri appointed Monaco head coach

Claudio Ranieri has been appointed the new coach of Monaco, ending speculation linking him with a move to West Brom.

Emmanuel Adebayor – Manchester City (on loan at Spurs)
Currently on loan until the end of the season at Spurs, the Togolese striker has proved that he would be a coup for any of Europe’s top sides with a handful of goals and some superb performances. Although he won’t be going anywhere in January, speculation about his next move will surely begin to emerge in the next few months.

Emmanuel Adebayor reveals on Twitter attempts to make Tottenham move permanent

Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed talks are being held with Tottenham over making his loan move from Manchester City a permanent deal.

Dong-Won Ji of Sunderland battles with Fulham's Mahamadou Diarra

Mahamadou Diarra signs new deal with Fulham

Fulham have agreed a one-year contract extension with midfielder Mahamadou Diarra.

Barcelona fans hold a placard with a message of support for Eric Abidal, during their La Liga match against Getafe at the Camp Nou

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal recovering well after liver transplant

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is recovering well after undergoing a liver transplant yesterday, club president Sandro Rosell has said.

Djokovic sets up Murray final after Nadal withdraws

Defending champion Novak Djokovic claimed a 6-0 7-6 (7/5) win over Argentina's Juan Monaco to book his place in the Sony Ericsson Open final against Andy Murray.

Murphy is in contract talks with Fulham

Fulham signing Mahamadou Diarra has nothing to prove says Martin Jol

Fulham manager Martin Jol does not believe new boy Mahamadou Diarra has anything to prove despite being without a club since last summer.

Mahamadou Diarra won two league titles with Real Madrid

Mahamadou Diarra relishing Fulham opportunity

New signing Mahamadou Diarra is excited by Fulham's ambition and is looking forward to proving his worth in west London.

Mahamadou Diarra won two league titles with Real Madrid

Free agent Diarra signs up for Fulham campaign

Fulham yesterday signed the Mali midfielder Mahamadou Diarra until the end of the season, pending a visa being granted.

Mahamadou Diarra won two league titles with Real Madrid

Fulham sign Malian midfielder Mahamadou Diarra

Fulham today announced the signing of former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, pending the successful completion of a visa.

Enjoying my first visit to Elland Road as the new Leeds manager
Ken Bates on Neil Warnock: 'He has a proven track record... and gets value for money out of players'

Warnock's pep talk inspires Leeds

Leeds United 3 Doncaster Rovers 2: New manager delivers half-time verdict and then watches as his new squad complete comeback

Harry Redknapp

Jury out in Harry Redknapp trial

Jurors at the Harry Redknapp tax evasion trial retired today to consider their verdicts.

Harry Redknapp is rushed, in vain, from court to City Airport yesterday – his flight to Liverpool was grounded by technical problems

Redknapp's QC rounds on reporter

Spurs manager's lawyer attacks News of the World story as 'repugnant to all basic instincts of fairness'

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