Ronaldinho with Scolari

Transfer news: Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho set to sign for Beşiktaş - reports

Brazilian legend improves his chances of making the Brazil squad by securing Turkish move

Salomon Kalou

Transfer news: Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur look into signing former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou

Former Chelsea forward could be returning to England with Liverpool or Spurs

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has reportedly been told that he is free to leave Manchester City on loan for the remainder of the season

Transfer news: Tottenham have not bid for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott

Tim Sherwood denies Spurs have made move for the England international

Emmanuel Adebayor could be on his way out of Tottenham as they increase their interest in Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez

Transfer news: Tottenham keen on Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and will fund move with Emmanuel Adebayor sale

Andre Villas-Boas wants to strengthen his attacking options in January with move for out-of-favour Hernandez

Emmanuel Adebayor

Andre Villas-Boas admits he was prepared to let Emmanuel Adebayor leave Tottenham over the summer

The striker has been ordered to train with the reserves

Besiktas' ban from Europa League confirmed

Exclusion due to role in match-fixing

QPR striker Jay Bothroyd

QPR begin summer clearout by releasing striker Jay Bothroyd

Bothroyd moved to Loftus Road in 2011 on a free transfer from Cardiff

The Big Six: Bosphorus beds

From former alcohol warehouses to old Ottoman mansions

Alex Ferguson watches over Bebe

Manchester United misfit Bebe joins Rio Ave on loan

Bebe moved to United in a surprise £7.4m in 2010

Pops Mensah-Bonsu says Team GB's success is key to growing basketball's presence in Britain

Basketball: Pops Mensah-Bonsu says Team GB's success will help the sport to grow in Britain

The success of the British Olympic basketball team will enable the sport to gain popularity in the UK, according to Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

Besiktas 'suspended from European competitions' by Uefa

Uefa have suspended Besiktas from European competitions for one year and fined them €200,000 due to financial problems at the Istanbul club, Turkish media reported today.

Fabio da Silva: Less outgoing than his brother

Fabio da Silva to be loaned out by Manchester United to speed up development

Sir Alex Ferguson's preference is for Fabio da Silva to be sent on loan to a Premier League club, enabling him to monitor the progress of a player he feels will benefit from a time of independent development away from his twin brother, Rafael.

Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan (right) with Uefa's Michel Platini

Ministers discuss Turkish 'match-fixing' with Platini

The Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan and Uefa president Michel Platini discussed a match-fixing investigation which has overshadowed Turkish football in talks ahead of Uefa meetings in the country this week.

Jermaine Pennant denies Stoke punishment reports

Jermaine Pennant has denied reports he has been punished by Stoke for breaches of discipline and has again insisted he has not fallen out with boss Tony Pulis.

Tony Pulis has already seen his Stoke side qualify for the next stage of the Europa League

Jermaine Pennant plays down reports of rift with Tony Pulis

Jermaine Pennant has played down reports of a rift between himself and Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

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