PSV and Lyon take first-leg leads in Champions League qualifiers

Teams are vying for a shot at the play-offs to the full competition

Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain completes move from Real Madrid to Napoli

Arsenal had been hopeful of signing the striker

Gonzalo Higuain

Transfer news: Napoli manager Rafael Benitez delighted about signing Real Madrid player Gonzalo Higuain

The striker had at one stage appeared destined to move to Arsenal

Neil Lennon is at the centre of celebrations after Celtic clinch the title

Champions League: Celtic will play either Elfsborg or Daugava Daugavpils in qualifier

A trip to Sweden or Latvia awaits the Scottish champions

Daniele De Rossi in action for Italy during the Confederations Cup with Spain

Transfer talk: Daniele De Rossi move from Roma to Chelsea 'all-but-agreed'

Reports that Italian midfielder will join Blues for £11m with boss Jose Mourinho a long-time admirer of the 29-year-old

Combative midfielder: Leroy 'The Bouncer' Fer

Norwich turn attention to Leroy Fer after completing deal for Martin Olsson

The Blackburn defender joined yesterday on a four-year deal

Norwich complete deal for Blackburn Rovers defender Martin Olsson

The Sweden international joins on a four-year deal

Chris Hughton, Norwich's manager, will not be pleased to have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Luton

Norwich not finished in the transfer market as Russell Martin extends contract

The Scotland defender has signed a three-year deal

From success and redemption abroad to disappointment: Steve McClaren back in England after briefly rebuilding reputation

McClaren saved his career in the Netherlands after accepting the challenge to manage abroad for the first time in his career at Twente

<b>John Ruddy (Norwich)</b><br/>
<b>Age</b> 25<br/>
<b>Caps</b> 0<br/>
<b>England moment:</b> Uncapped at any level of English football.

John Ruddy is part of Norwich's pre-season plans, says boss Chris Hughton despite Chelsea interest

Chelsea's Jose Mourinho said to be interested in signing the goalkeeper but Hughton insists he has no intentions of selling the 26-year-old

Norwich's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel hopes for World Cup selection

Norwich's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel hopes an impressive debut season in the Barclays Premier League can end with a place in Holland's World Cup squad.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani in talks over Napoli future as Chelsea hover

Italian club president De Laurentiis refusing to sell striker for less than £53.6m release in his contract

Erik Pieters

Stoke reveal interest in Netherlands international Erik Pieters

Chairman admits club are seeking a left-back

Will Cesc Fabregas return to the Premier League with Arsenal, Manchester United or Manchester City?

The Barcelona midfielder is rumoured to be on his way out of the Nou Camp

Luis Suarez takes part in a Liverpool training session yesterday

Jose Reina: Luis Suarez ban absurd, unfair and shows English hypocrisy

The Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has criticised Luis Suarez's 10-match ban for biting as "absurd, out of proportion and unfair".

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