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Former Spurs boss wants to link up with the 32-year-old once again as he attempts to lead the west London club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking

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The Ligue 1 side had been punished for crowd disturbances

Editorial: Qatar - too hot to handle the 2022 World Cup

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Diego Costa celebrates scoring for Atletico Madrid

Transfer news: Atletico Madrid refuse to sell Diego Costa despite £21m Liverpool bid

The Reds thought their offer would trigger a release clause in the striker's contract

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Radamel Falcao doesn't make the impression he will have hoped in his first outing for Monaco

£53m striker is booked for a series of rash challenges and hauled off by manager Claudio Ranieri at half-time after he kicks the ball into the crowd

Chris Froome, right, crosses the line in Paris with Sky team-mate David Lopez Garcia yesterday

Tour de France 2013: Chris Froome on top of the world

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Sam Allardyce will not rush £15m signing Andy Carroll back to action for West Ham

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