Sport Clement Grenier could move to Newcastle to replace Yohan Cabaye after Newcastle made a reported £20m offer for the Lyon Frenchman

Magpies allowed Yohan Cabaye to join Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday and are looking to reinvest the £20m received in the highly-rated Frenchman

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew wants Newcastle to show 'true colours' against Bordeaux and Manchester United

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has challenged his players to find their best form for a tough double-header against Bordeaux and Manchester United.

Yohan Cabaye: Alan Pardew says Spurs did not bid for the midfielder in the summer

Alan Pardew: European success will keep stars at Newcastle

It felt like the Europa League had moved up a notch in terms of its significance in the North-east yesterday. That could have been down to the bold admission from Alan Pardew that his side is aiming to win it, the arrival of more credible opposition in Bordeaux or the potential problems when Newcastle United head to Club Brugge early next month.

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye

Europa League can help Newcastle United progress says Yohan Cabaye

Midfielder Yohan Cabaye has urged Newcastle to use the Europa League as a stepping stone towards sustained success after he did just that at Lille.

Marouane Chamakh

Fiorentina deny making bid for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh

Italian club Fiorentina have dismissed reports that they have entered into negotiations with Arsenal over Marouane Chamakh.

<b>Laurent Blanc</b><br/>
An outside bet considering it's unlikely he will want to end his time as manager of France. In his current role he's been doing an excellent job since taking over after the 2010 World Cup. But it's that record, along with his spell at Bordeux during which he won the Ligue 1 title, that have him in the reckoning. The former World Cup winner and Manchester United defender is considered one of the hottest properties in management right now.

Louis Saha wants to be managed by Laurent Blanc for France, not at Tottenham

Louis Saha is hoping Laurent Blanc stays as France coach beyond Euro 2012 despite being strongly linked with the vacant position at Tottenham.

Laurent Blanc has led France to a 23-match unbeaten run

Tottenham start talks with Laurent Blanc to succeed Harry Redknapp

Tottenham Hotspur have begun speaking to France manager Laurent Blanc as they start searching for a new manager to replace Harry Redknapp. Blanc, currently managing his country in Euro 2012, is thought to be one of a number of candidates for the vacant job at White Hart Lane.

Sylvain Wiltord had been playing for Nantes

Former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord announces retirement

The French Football Federation paid tribute to former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord, who has announced his retirement.

June 7, 2012: France's national soccer team midfielder Franck Ribery is seen in a sauna at the team's training center in Kircha, on the eve of the Euro 2012 football championships opening match on.

James Lawton: Hard graft is key if England are to bloom in the City of Roses

Though it hangs on to the grit-smeared old title of city of a million roses, a bit like the Rhondda Valley claiming to be Tuscany West, this is a place which like few others on earth has always insisted on the hardest work – whether you were part of a slave labour force or just someone battling to survive in the mines or the steel plant.

Hatem Ben Arfa enjoys his goal against Bolton

Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa included in provisional France squad for Euro 2012

Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa is the eye-catching name among the initial list of 12 overseas-based players selected for France's Euro 2012 training squad.

<b>Chris Samba</b><br/>
While Blackburn struggle this season both on and off the pitch, one of the few positives at Ewood Park has been the performances of central defender Chris Samba. The Congolese has been a rock at the back for Rovers and is easily Blackburn's most saleable asset. With the club reportedly in dire financial trouble they must be tempted to cash in, although it's rumoured they've put a price tag of £15m on his head. That's unrealistic, but so is the bid of £5m they received recently from QPR. Somewhere between the two could see the 27-year-old move, and with Redknapp a confirmed admirer, it could be to White Hart Lane.

Steve Kean happy with Blackburn transfer business

Blackburn manager Steve Kean is satisfied with his January transfer window business after he managed to keep hold of his star players.

Blackburn sign winger Marcus Olsson

Blackburn now have two Olssons on their books after manager Steve Kean today completed the signing of Martin's twin brother Marcus.

Anthony Modeste joins on loan from Bordeaux

Blackburn complete loan capture of Anthony Modeste from Bordeaux

Blackburn have completed the loan signing of Anthony Modeste from Bordeaux.

Modibo Maiga is reportedly a Newcastle target

Newcastle transfer target Modibo Maiga insists he is fit

Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga remains determined to play in the Barclays Premier League one day despite the apparent collapse of his proposed move to Newcastle.

Nicolas Anelka (right) poses with his new shirt and Shanghai Shenhua club investor Zhu Jun after signing a two-year deal

Jean Tigana set to join Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua

Former French international Jean Tigana will land in Shanghai on Saturday to put the finishing touches to a deal which will see him manage Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, the club told Reuters today.

Marouane Chamakh joined Arsenal in 2010

Marouane Chamakh considering Arsenal future

Marouane Chamakh admits he cannot remain a bit-part player with Arsenal "forever" and is hoping to get more chances to impress at Emirates Stadium.

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