Sport Patrice Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United pose with the Carling Cup trophy in the dressing room after their 2006 win

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Liverpool have agreed to sell outspoken winger Albert Riera to CSKA Moscow according to reports today.

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Contract talks with Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano are edging closer to a resolution but manager Rafael Benitez accepts there is still a little more work to do.

Grant insists Pompey will keep the faith

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Portsmouth have signed Spartak Moscow striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on loan, subject to international clearance.

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