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Defender linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City

Gareth Bale in action for Wales against Serbia

Real Madrid unlikely to overburden £86m signing Gareth Bale

The former Tottenham player is due to make his debut this weekend

Juan Mata has played just 65 minutes of competitive football this season but insists he is happy at Chelsea

Transfer news: Juan Mata admits he is happy at Chelsea despite falling out of favour after speculation over a deadline day move to PSG

Mata has played just 65 minutes of competitive football this season but insists he wants to win more trophies with the Blues

Martin Paterson celebrates for Northern Ireland after scoring against Russia

World Cup qualifiers: Northern Ireland v Portugal match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park

Mohamed Sissoko

Reading 'target' Mohamed Sissoko released by PSG

The former Liverpool player has seen his contract terminated by mutual consent

Chelsea's Juan Mata has interested Arsenal

Transfer news: Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata in talks with PSG after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho - reports

Spaniard could be the answer to French champions' creativity problems

The Europa League trophy

Europa League draw: Tottenham, Swansea and Wigan all find themselves drawn with far-flung opponents

Trip to Russia awaits all three Premier League clubs

Besiktas' ban from Europa League confirmed

Exclusion due to role in match-fixing

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata had been a target for Arsenal and Tottenham
Wayne Rooney alongside David Moyes

Manchester United v Chelsea: David Moyes selects Wayne Rooney in starting XI

Mourinho's side starts without a recognised striker

Sebastian Coates in action for Uruguay against Japan last week

Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates ruled out for majority of the season after suffering a torn knee ligament

Uruguayan had been on international duty and now faces up to nine months on the sidelines, with Brendan Rodgers now looking to strengthen his defence

Gareth Bale looms large over New York City's Times Square

Transfer news: Tottenham winger Gareth Bale could complete move to Real Madrid tomorrow after Franco Baldini arrives in Spain to complete negotiations

Spurs' technical director has been responsible for their £60m spending spree with deals for Willian, Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic still to go through but Real's focus tonight is on the return of Raul

New Crystal Palace signing Dwight Gayle in action for the club against Tottenham today
Roberto Soldado opened the scoring on his Tottenham debut with a penalty in the 50th minute

Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 match report: Roberto Soldado and Co show there can still be life after Gareth Bale

£26m Spanish signing gets Andre Villas-Boas' side off to winning start

Robin van Persie puts Manchester United ahead with an acrobatic effort in the champions’ win

Swansea 1 Manchester United 4 match report: Flying Dutchman Robin van Persie sets David Moyes on fast track to glory

Two goals from RVP and Danny Welbeck's double lift new manager as Wayne Rooney returns to the fold

Michael Dawson

Michael Dawson warns Tottenham against slow start ahead of Crystal Palace trip

Spurs have a dreadful opening day record which they will aim to put right at Selhurst Park

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home