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Portsmouth look to extend Johnson contract

Portsmouth are hoping to agree a new four-year deal with in-demand full-back Glen Johnson.

Scholes happy to exchange jet-setting for domestic duty

Paul Scholes is confident Manchester United will benefit from a more "normal" second half to the season. United complete a memorable 2008 against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford tonight, needing a victory to keep themselves in touch with Liverpool and Chelsea as they look to complete a Premier League title hat-trick.

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Southgate won't sell players cheaply

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has told English football's big spenders to put up or shut up if they are planning January raids for his players.

Southgate warns of 'complacency' in the Premier League

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has warned English football that it must reassess its economics if the Premier League boom is to be sustained.

Johnson linked to La Liga

The list of Middlesbrough players apparently attracting interest from other clubs grew today when it emerged that Spanish giants Real Madrid were on the trail on young winger Adam Johnson.

Southgate dismisses Tuncay Chelsea speculation

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has laughed off suggestions that Chelsea could get their hands on striker Tuncay Sanli for £8m.

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The Middlesbrough manager, Gareth Southgate, is facing a defensive crisis as he prepares for Saturday's Premier League match with Arsenal. Boro have decided not to appeal against David Wheater's red card at Hull City at the weekend, and that means he will miss the Gunners' visit to the Riverside Stadium.

Hull bounce keeps Brown's stock rising

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FA to investigate Mido abuse

The Football Association are investigating racist chanting directed at Middlesbrough striker Mido during the Tees-Tyne derby against Newcastle on Saturday.

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Taylor apologises for outburst at fan

Middlesbrough defender Andrew Taylor today issued a public apology after becoming embroiled in a row with a fan.

Bolton expose the young ones with flying start

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