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Real Madrid fail with UEFA appeal over Diarra and Huntelaar

Real Madrid have been knocked back by Uefa in their bid to register both Lassana Diarra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to play in the Champions League knockout stages.

Bilic to leave Croatia at end of 2010 qualifiers

Slsaven Bilic has announced he will stand down as Croatia coach in November at the end of the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

No Real offer for Valencia yet says agent

Antonio Valencia's agent claims he has not had any contact with Real Madrid but admits the Wigan winger would jump at the chance to secure a move to the Bernabeu.

Diarra passes Madrid medical

Lassana Diarra has passed his medical with Real Madrid and will be presented as the Primera Liga champions' latest signing this afternoon.

Real Madrid rule out Benzema bid

Real Madrid have ruled out making a January move for Lyon hot-shot Karim Benzema.

Valencia deny bankruptcy fears

Valencia have dismissed reports that the club is on the verge of bankruptcy following a worsening of their financial situation.

Real Madrid seal Huntelaar deal

Real Madrid have announced that they have reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for an initial fee of 20 million euros (£17m).

Ajax confirm Real Huntelaar talks

Ajax confirmed today they have opened talks with Real Madrid over the possible sale of captain Klaas Jan Huntelaar to the Spanish champions.

Calderon vows big January signings

Spanish club presidents tend not to be shy, retiring types. So yesterday the top men at Real Madrid and Seville took to the airwaves again. Ramon Calderon, president of Real Madrid, announced the club are to make two major signings in January, adding, improbably, he did not know who.

Barry's cool finish tips balance for Villa

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Huntelaar fee puts Tottenham off

Ajax's asking price for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is thought to be an obstacle if Tottenham pursue a deal for the Holland striker to join Roman Pavlyuchenko as a White Hart Lane arrival.

£30m or Berbatov will stay with us, warn Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur have told Dimitar Berbatov that he is running the risk of "rotting in the reserves" for a season unless Manchester United pay the transfer fee being demanded for the striker.

Manchester United look elsewhere as Berbatov deal stalls

Tottenham are still refusing to compromise on their £30m valuation of Dimitar Berbatov, prompting Manchester United to look elsewhere according to reports.

Ronaldo is in long-term plans, says Ferguson

Cristiano Ronaldo still harbours long-term thoughts of life on the Iberian peninsular but Sir Alex Ferguson – who made it quite clear yesterday that he had laid down the law to his prodigal player – believes he may sign a new contract and even settle down to an entire career at Manchester United.

Friendly round-up: Bent reaches double figures as Spurs fly past Dortmund on way to Feyenoord trophy

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