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Frank Lampard jokes with Didier Drogba during training for the Champions League final

Victory would crown Lampard as the king of Stamford Bridge

It is one of the signings of the Premier League era, one that ranks up there with the acquisition of Thierry Henry by Arsenal or Roy Keane by Manchester United. For all the money that has been thrown around by Roman Abramovich in the last nine years, Chelsea have probably never spent a better £11m than that which they paid for Frank Lampard almost exactly 11 years ago.

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Liverpool players, including Alberto Aquilani, return to training

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and £35million record signing Andy Carroll both returned to pre-season training alongside one player who was back at Melwood for the first time in almost a year.

Allardyce promises promotion 'without sounding arrogant'

Sam Allardyce has a plan for West Ham now he has arrived at the Championship club as manager. This involves promotion back to the Premier League, at the first attempt if possible but certainly before moving to the Olympic Stadium in 2014. Then it is a question of challenging for honours and qualifying for Europe.

Birmingham step up manager hunt

Birmingham are stepping up their attempts to appoint a quickfire replacement for Alex McLeish, who will be unveiled as Aston Villa's new manager today.

Birmingham have six managers on short-list

Birmingham have identified six targets as they step up their bid to replace Alex McLeish as manager.

Gianfranco Zola backs Harry Redknapp for Chelsea job

Gianfranco Zola has claimed Harry Redknapp would be a success if appointed Chelsea manager.

Caretaker Kevin Keen hopeful of landing West Ham job

West Ham caretaker manager Kevin Keen believes he has served his apprenticeship and hopes to be considered for the job on a permanent basis.

West Ham hope to appoint British manager

West Ham expect to appoint a British manager to replace Avram Grant, co-owner David Sullivan has claimed, ruling out a potential return to Upton Park for fans favourite Paolo di Canio.

Where did it all go wrong? Five areas that doomed the hapless Hammers

West Ham's board made a host of errors – from hiring Grant to signing McCarthy – that led to their demise

Grant focusing on critical period for West Ham

Avram Grant's future at West Ham may continue to be the subject of intense speculation, but the Israeli remains fully focused on dragging his side off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

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