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Under £200... Recuperate on a UK spa break

Secret Escapes offers a range of day spa breaks in the UK. Examples include access to The Malvern Spa in Worcestershire for £65 per guest, with a 30-minute treatment, use of the spa and a light lunch between now and March, when booked by tomorrow. secretescapes.com

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Moyes confirms second bid despite Barcelona insisting that the midfielder will not be sold under any circumstances

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Brighton and Hove Albion set to name Oscar Garcia as Gus Poyet's successor

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