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The United captain gave the 2006 medal to former team-mate Giuseppe Rossi

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Jurgen Klinsmann insists he is happy in his current role as United States head coach despite speculation that the he could take over as Tottenham manager should Harry Redknapp depart for England.

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The Tottenham forward turned heads when he won a seat on a regional council in Stavropol krai, in south west Russia. Pavlyuchenko was one of six listed candidates for Vladimir Putin's United Russia party and was elected when his party received 66 per cent of the vote. Due to his Spurs duties Pavlyuchenko does not attend council meetings, but offers advice on the development possibilities for exercise and sport.

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The former Everton striker adds experience to the Spurs squad, says Kevin Bond

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Kevin Bond, the Tottenham assistant manager, is excited with their January transfer dealings, even if some Spurs supporters are not.

David Bentley had been loaned to West Ham but suffered a serious injury

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David Bentley could make a shock appearance for Tottenham before the end of the season after he was named in the club's 25-man squad for the rest of the current campaign.

Ryan Nelsen

Ryan Nelsen completes Tottenham switch

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of defender Ryan Nelsen from fellow Barclays Premier League side Blackburn in a statement on their website.

Goodwillie grabs point for Blackburn Rovers

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Stephen Ireland hitches a lift after Darren Bent's goal

Donovan stars as Keane has to accept bit part

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Potential bargains in the January transfer window

With the January transfer window due to open, there could be some bargains on offer.

Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert celebrate Everton's winner last night

Moyes calls on Drenthe to keep high standards

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