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Hull have made their first signing since winning promotion to the Barclays Premier League, turning George Boyd's loan deal into a permanent contract.

Alan Hutton in talks with Aston Villa

Alan Hutton was given permission to leave the Scotland camp today to discuss a move from Tottenham to Aston Villa.

Birmingham owner Carson Yeung refused permission to travel to UK

Birmingham owner Carson Yeung has been refused permission to travel to the United Kingdom by a magistrate in Hong Kong, according to local reports.

Alex McLeish delighted with Charles N'Zogbia capture

Alex McLeish confirmed today Aston Villa are edging closer to completing the capture of Charles N'Zogbia from Wigan and hopes his arrival can help compensate for the loss of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing.

Shay Given will show quality at Aston Villa says Alex McLeish

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has backed Shay Given to "prove his point" after ending a frustrating spell on the Manchester City sidelines with a move to the midlands.

Stephen Warnock has Aston Villa future says Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish believes out-of-favour full-back Stephen Warnock has "staked his claim" to be part of the future at Aston Villa with his attitude in pre-season training.

Alex McLeish demands right attitude from Liverpool target Stewart Downing

Alex McLeish expects Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing to maintain the right attitude and professionalism if his hopes of a move to Liverpool fail to materialise.

Aston Villa: potential summer transfer targets

It's been a turbulent summer for Aston Villa with the departure of manager Gerard Houllier, the controversial appointment of Alex McLeish as his successor and their rivals preying on their star players.

Carson Yeung charges will have 'no impact' on Birmingham

Birmingham chairman Peter Pannu insists the club's future is financially secure after owner Carson Yeung was charged with five counts of money laundering involving £59million in his native Hong Kong.

Aston Villa willing to sell Cuellar

Aston Villa will be willing to allow defender Carlos Cuellar to return to his former club Rangers - if the price is right.

McLeish hailed after meeting Aston Villa fans

New Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has been praised for "fronting up" to a section of the club's supporters.

Alex McLeish asks Aston Villa fans to give him chance

New Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish hopes fans upset at his move from Birmingham will keep their emotions in check as he prepares for "one of the biggest challenges of my life".

Aston Villa appoint Alex McLeish as manager

Aston Villa have confirmed the controversial appointment of former Birmingham boss Alex McLeish as their new manager.

Villa in talks with McLeish but fans cry foul

Aston Villa were accelerating their pursuit of Alex McLeish last night, despite a growing sense of anger among fans which culminated in a 600-strong protest outside Villa Park.

Craig Gardner unsure over Birmingham future

Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner admits he is unsure where his future lies after the departure of manager Alex McLeish.

Alex McLeish position at Birmingham 'untenable'

Alex McLeish quit Birmingham because he was not consulted properly over transfers and after his chief scout was sacked, according to the League Managers' Association.

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

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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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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
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