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Portsmouth boss Grant hits out at Premier League

Avram Grant has accused the Premier League of not giving Portsmouth a fair chance to avoid the drop.

Adebayor inspires City win over Pompey

Manchester City 2 Portsmouth 0

Portsmouth allowed loan and free transfers

Portsmouth yesterday won a partial victory in their battle to have their transfer embargo lifted, as they are now allowed to sign new players but only on loan or as free transfers.

Tony Pulis still working to capture David James for Stoke City

Stoke boss Tony Pulis will be striving to complete the loan signing of David James this week so the England goalkeeper can face his old club Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round.

Outside the Box: Leeds head for No 1 in charts as single may be re-released

The England squad may not be releasing an official World Cup record this summer – do these foreign managers not understand our culture at all? – but the football single is not dead. Leeds United supporter Dave Whittaker has more than 4,000 enthusiasts backing a Facebook campaign to re-release 'Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!' if the club win promotion this season. He has already held "positive" talks with the song's publishers and says that, like Simon Grayson's team in League One, "the aim now has to be to get to No 1. We all know promotion still needs to be won. But if we'd waited until the end of the season to get things moving, the moment would have passed by the time it went on sale." The song was originally the B-side to the club's 1972 FA Cup final single, which made No 10 on its first release. 'Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!' was last re-issued after the 1992 League Championship win and made, er, No 54. Its writers, Les Reed and Barry Mason, were hardly Leeds-supporting Tykes, being from Woking and Wigan respectively. They had rather more success with a little number for Tom Jones called 'Delilah', adopted for no obvious reason by Stoke City fans, who will treat the television audience to a full-throated rendition at today's home game against Arsenal.

Tottenham confirm interest in van Nistelrooy

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed the club are interested in signing Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy on loan.

Sorensen pledges future to Stoke

Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has pledged his future to Stoke after holding talks with manager Tony Pulis.

James' loan move to Stoke collapses in row over wages

Portsmouth shocked by suggestion they should keep paying part of keeper's salary

Stoke end interest in James

Stoke have ended their interest in Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, the club have confirmed.

James joins Stoke with an eye on World Cup

David James will only join Stoke City on loan until the end of the season because the 39-year-old believes that he can win a new contract in the Premier League in the summer on the back of what he hopes will be a successful World Cup finals with England.

David James set to join Stoke

England goalkeeper David James is set to join Stoke City according to reports today.

PFA issue Portsmouth warning regarding wages

Portsmouth's players finally received their wages for December amid a stinging rebuke from the Professional Footballers' Association.

Birmingham make £11m bid for Jones

Sunderland today found themselves at the centre of a flurry of transfer speculation as manager Steve Bruce and chairman Niall Quinn worked on their targets.

Redknapp hits back at Pavlyuchenko

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists Roman Pavlyuchenko will not be allowed to destabilise the club's season after revealing the striker's "head wasn't right" to play in a recent game.

Grant backs Portsmouth to avoid relegation

Avram Grant is convinced Portsmouth still have what it takes to survive in the Barclays Premier League, despite a resounding 4-1 home defeat to Arsenal and more financial worries.

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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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