French league champions had seen a £14m bid rejected but appear to have made a breakthrough in negotiations to open personal terms with the French midfielder
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Thursday 15 March 2012
Athletic Club de Bilbao are famed for their Basque heritage; only players from the region can represent the team, but the visit of Manchester United tonight will be a celebration of Anglophilia for a club founded by English quarrymen and local students who had studied in England.
Sunday 04 March 2012
London Wasps 18 London Irish 13: Youngsters' efforts and boot of Robinson edge former champions further from the drop zone
Saturday 03 March 2012
World Cup winner Jack Charlton was recovering in hospital last night after undergoing hip replacement surgery following a fall at his home.
Aviva Premiership round-up: Cockerill salutes his Tigers after five tries flatten flightless Falcons
Sunday 26 February 2012
After his team's 42-15 win at home to Newcastle yesterday, Richard Cockerill, the Leicester director of rugby, said: “You have to take the result in context of the ambition of the opposition.”
Sunday 19 February 2012
Newcastle beat London Irish 19-10 at home in the Premiership yesterday, to move within six points of Wasps at the foot of the table.
Friday 10 February 2012
Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole have been charged with criminal damage, after cars were allegedly vandalised close to the home of their arch rivals.
Wednesday 01 February 2012
The Leeds defender Andy O'Brien will receive the club's full support after receiving treatment for depression. The 32-year-old refused to play in Leeds' 2-1 win at Burnley in November, leading manager Simon Grayson to say O'Brien had no future at Elland Road. He has not played since.
Tuesday 17 January 2012
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was today closing in on a shock swoop for Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse.
Friday 13 January 2012
Europe's biggest holiday firm has launched a £100 austerity cruise for the peak summer season – with all meals and tips included. But hard-pressed customers who sign up for this recession getaway aboard a fully-fledged cruise ship will discover that the only way is Essex: the Thomson Spirit sails from South Shields to Harwich, taking only 16 hours and venturing no further than 30 miles from the English coast at Skegness.
Wednesday 11 January 2012
After a superb start to the season, aspirations have been lifted at the Sports Direct Arena and investment into the team will be welcomed by supporters hoping for European football into 2012.
Sunday 08 January 2012
A pedestrian has died after being struck by a police vehicle.
Friday 06 January 2012
"Talk of health and safety can too often sound farcical or marginal. People think of children being given goggles to play conkers," David Cameron said yesterday, explaining that 2012 will be the year when he wages "war on the excessive health and safety culture".
Thursday 05 January 2012
Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback has been rewarded for his early-season form with a two-year contract extension.
Tuesday 27 December 2011
Sale 27 Newcastle 19
Friday 09 December 2011
Surgeons have failed to reattach a man's finger after it was bitten off at a school nativity play.
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