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Eddie Howe knows he needs more firepower in his side if they are to avoid relegation straight back to the Championship

Mbokani flattered by Tottenham transfer talk

Monaco striker Dieumerci Mbokani admits he is flattered by reports linking him with a January move to Tottenham.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Peacock Theatre, London

In a comedy drag ballet show, it's no surprise that the corps de ballet bump into each other. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, commonly known as the Trocks, take those basic jokes to dizzying heights. The corps dancers try so hard not to hit each other, wincing in horror as they see it coming. When disaster finally strikes, they have a glorious range of reactions, from anxious apology to passive-aggressive flouncing to the full-on diva strop.

Gudjohnsen now a permanent Potter

Stoke's transfer deadline day coup of landing Eidur Gudjohnsen from Monaco became even bigger yesterday after they converted his loan move into a contracted one-year deal.

Kishwer Falkner: Shouldn't the honour be enough?

Despite David Lloyd George's sale of peerages – allegedly for too little – there has never really been clarity on what membership of the House of Lords is worth – until today. At midnight last night a little-known clause in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act took effect which requires MPs and peers to be UK taxpayers in respect of their worldwide income.

A peerage? I'd rather give it back and cut my tax bill

For some people, to be granted a peerage is the peak of a lifetime's ambition, a hard-earned entry to the most exclusive club in London. There is the honour of a title, the intellectual stimulus of debating with colleagues more knowledgeable and more polite than the MPs next door, the fun of dressing up, and the perks. With membership goes access to free parking bang in the centre of London, subsidised bars and dining rooms, and an immense library.

Monaco prince to leave behind his scandalous bachelor years

Prince Albert II of Monaco is finally putting decades of bachelorhood and media scandal behind him to marry his long-term girlfriend, an Olympic swimmer 20 years his junior.

The Scouting Report: Lukman Haruna, Nigeria

Nigeria's creative young midfielder Lukman Haruna is certainly not short on self-confidence. When coach Lars Lagerbäck left him out of a provisional squad for the World Cup because John Obi Mikel was fit, the 19-year-old made his doubts perfectly very clear. "I would have expected that a few of the young midfielders would have been given a chance if only to train with the team in South Africa, but that was not the case," said the player, who first caught the eye as captain of his nation's under-20 team.

Hamilton hopes new helmet helps Monaco chances

Lewis Hamilton is hoping a new helmet design will lead to a change of fortune ahead of what he believes could potentially be "the most exciting and unpredictable Monaco Grands Prix for many years."

Gudjohnsen hopeful of Spurs move

West Ham livid as Monaco striker chooses to wait for rivals rather than complete Irons deal

I was Prince Albert of Monaco's private spook

Ex-novelist who ran intelligence service for Monte Carlo's royal family relaunches legal action against his old boss

Best year for Knight Vinke

Knight Vinke, the Monaco-based activist hedge fund that has campaigned against HSBC's management over the past 14 months, has said 2008 will prove to be a record year for the fund.

From London and Paris to Marrakesh, Monaco looks for windows on the world

As profits soar, the principality's state-owned hotels and casinos operator has a strategy to attract even more big-spending tourists

Redknapp rejects £12m Monaco bid for Kranjcar

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp yesterday claimed the club had rejected a bid of £12m from Monaco for midfielder Niko Kranjcar.

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