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Tottenham will have to meet the £26m release clause if they want to land the striker

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Transfer news: Fulham announce deal for French midfielder Ange-Freddy Plumain

The 18-year-old arrives on a free transfer

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Transfer news: Barcelona must convince Cesc Fabregas to stay as midfielder 'considers his future' amid bids from Manchester United

Gerardo Martino’s first task will be to address future of midfielder who is ‘considering his options’

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Transfer news: Tottenham must meet €30m buy-out clause to sign Valencia striker Roberto Soldado

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Transfer news: Valencia announce no deal has been made in Roberto Soldado transfer to Tottenham

Spurs' technical director is pictured with the player's agent but they are yet to meet the £26m valuation for the striker

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Transfer news: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti denies a deal is in place to sell Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli

Reports suggested the striker was ready to move to Italy but the new Real boss has insisted that he remains one of his firs-team players until he is told otherwise

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Transfer news: David Moyes confirms Manchester United have made a £30m bid for Cesc Fabregas - but Barcelona set to turn it down

Moyes confirms second bid despite Barcelona insisting that the midfielder will not be sold under any circumstances

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It is not often supporters pay £60 to watch their team suffer a thrashing and feel they have seen value for money, but Bournemouth’s fans were at Dean Court last night to see their opposition.

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