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In a week when a current Manchester United forward decided that remaining at Old Trafford was the preferable option after all, one of his former team-mates showed once again just what the club are missing.

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

West Ham miss out after World Cup Klose show

West Ham have revealed that they were to sign Miroslav Klose, but his excellent performances in the World Cup have now made a deal unlikely.

Villa completes Barcelona transfer

Spain striker David Villa has completed his move from Valencia to Barcelona, signing a four-year contract at the Nou Camp after passing his medical this morning.

Barcelona turn attention to La Liga

Their Champions League dreams over, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will need to pick his players up quickly or risk seeing their hopes of Primera Division glory suffer a major setback as well as the Catalan giants make the tricky trip to Villarreal this weekend.

No love lost as the Milito brothers prepare to resume family feud

Barça defender Gabi hopes that winding up striker Diego will help his side win tonight

Benzema denies under-age sex scandal reports

Karim Benzema's lawyer has denied allegations the Real Madrid forward had sexual relations with an under-age prostitute as reports continue to rage over a sex scandal concerning several France internationals.

Kaka embroiled in club versus country accusations

Real Madrid’s Brazilian ace Kaka has voiced his unhappiness at critics doubting the severity of the groin injury which kept him sidelined for six weeks.

Referees discriminate against small clubs, says Stoke's Pulis

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has claimed ahead of today's game at Chelsea that smaller Premier League clubs are being discriminated against in the choice of referees and the decisions they make.

Benzema back in Real Madrid squad

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini is confident striker Karim Benzema is "perfectly calm" after hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week.

Barça fear Walcott's pace can turn tide for Arsenal

The England winger is seen by some as an unfulfilled talent, but he is causing panic in the Catalan ranks

Video: Lionel Messi's recent goals

Lionel Messi comes to England tonight to take on Arsenal in the Champions League.

Fabregas, Messi, Pique: Class of 2002

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