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The Belgium international is keen on a move to the Premier League

Andre Villas-Boas's future at Tottenham is in doubt after the humiliating 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool

Andre Villas-Boas left to rue Tottenham trophy failure as he prepares to say farewell to English football

Villas-Boas is likely to return to management on the continent following unsuccessful spells with Chelsea and Tottenham

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to finish the Europa League Group Stages with six wins from six as they take on Anzhi Makhachkala

Andre Villas-Boas sacked by Tottenham: Factfile of the former Chelsea and Porto manager

The Portuguese manager has parted company with Spurs

Ryan Bertrand could be on his way to Liverpool
Hector Herrera’s (centre) transfer from Pachuca in Mexico to Porto may have earned Nicky Blair around $1m

Hector Herrera deal could see Nicholas Blair, son of former PM Tony Blair, join top flight of football agents

The midfielder's transfer from Pachuca in Mexico to Porto may have earned former British PM's son around $1m

GARY CAHILL: Along with Ivanovic had his hands full with Cardoza. Still had to make a saving tackle after Ivanovic’s goal. 6/10

Gary Cahill enjoying life at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho

The Blues take on Tottenham this weekend

Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham are genuine rivals to Chelsea

Postcard from... Porto

Porto’s Mercado do Bolhao market, the best known of northern Portugal’s capital city, is hugely colourful and bustling. But the two-storey market’s dense, twisting patchwork of tiny sales counters and stalls, offering everything from crates of live hens to wooden domino sets, port-tasting sessions and sackfuls of dujao and mantiga beans, contrasts painfully with the battered building it occupies.

Aly Cissokho has joined Liverpool on a season-long loan

Player analysis: Who is Liverpool's latest signing Aly Cissokho?

The lowdown on the French full-back who has agreed a move to Anfield...but it won't be the first time he has played there

Bernard of Atletico Mineiro

Transfer news: Arsenal and Tottenham target Bernard joins Shakhtar Donetsk for £21.5m

20-year-old Brazilian midfielder had been linked with a move to north London as well as Porto and Borussia Dortmund

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: 'My white hairs are a good sign'

The Blues boss says he has returned a better, and more experienced manager

Sporting Lisbon winger Bruma in action for Portugal Under-20's in the recent U-20's World Cup

Chelsea transfer target Bruma victim of an alleged kidnapping attempt

A Sporting Lisbon supporters group tried to kidnap the winger on Wednesday night according to his agent

Designer digs: One of the Four Rooms

B&B and Beyond: Four rooms, Porto - Discreet elegance in Portugal’s lovely second city

This converted townhouse offers design fans a serene and stylish stay in Porto’s old fishermen’s district, says Katie Monk

Andre Villas-Boas: Expects the new FWA Player of the Year Gareth Bale to stay
Andre Villas-Boas: Expects the new FWA Player of the Year Gareth Bale to stay

Andre Villas-Boas 'open' to talks with PSG after mega-rich side put him on short-list

The Tottenham manager has two years left on his deal at White Hart Lane

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has has scored 199 goals in 201 games at Real Madrid, is the world's most expensive player. Real Madrid paid Manchester United £80m. Click through to see the world's most expensive transfer deals...

Exclusive: Monaco set to make world record £85m bid for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

Super-rich French club poised to step in as contract talks between Portuguese winger

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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there