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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

Etienne Capoue signed for Tottenham from Toulouse today

Transfer news: Tottenham sign French international Etienne Capoue in £9m deal

Midfielder moves to White Hart Lane from Ligue 1 side Toulouse

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado sets target of 20 goals for new season

The £26m arrival has high expectations of himself in his debut season

Rio Ferdinand's testimonial ended in defeat for Manchester United against Sevilla

Manchester United 1 Sevilla 3 match report: Rio Ferdinand testimonial ends in defeat as David Moyes is off to a shaky start

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Juan Mata

Juan Mata insists he is 'happy' under new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Reports suggested Mourinho was not a big fan of the Spanish playmaker

A huge image of Bale has gone up in Time Square, New York

Transfer news: Gareth Bale to sit out Tottenham friendly as Real Madrid plan talks breakthrough

Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to be without Gareth Bale for their final friendly of the summer against Espanyol at White Hart Lane, as the club awaits a decisive move from Real Madrid in the saga surrounding the Welshman’s future.

Gareth Bale

Transfer news: £26m Tottenham signing Roberto Soldado desperate for Gareth Bale to remain at White Hart Lane

It appears likely the Wales international will depart for Real Madrid

The Sport Matrix: Friday 2 August 2013

Captain’s slog puts Australia in Old Trafford boxseat

Tottenham complete deal for Roberto Soldado – all you need to know about the £26m signing

A look at the 28-year-old Spaniard's career to-date after he agreed a deal to join Spurs

Roberto Soldado looks set to join Spurs after a deal was agreed with his current club Valencia

Transfer news: Tottenham confirm £26m deal has been agreed for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado

Spurs are believed to have agreed a £26m fee for the Spaniard who will move to White Hart Lane upon completion of a medical

Roberto Soldado looks set to join Spurs after a deal was agreed with his current club Valencia

Transfer news: Valencia announce £26m fee with Tottenham agreed for Roberto Soldado - but it's not yet a done deal

Fee has been agreed although talks are on-going between Spurs and the player's agent

Transfer news: QPR midfielder Joey Barton attempts to force move to Everton - 'the club he loves'

Barton supported the club as a young boy and is said to be willing to take a significant pay cut in order to join the Toffees

Fernando Torres

Transfer news: Valencia could bid for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres should Tottenham complete signing of Roberto Soldado - reports

Valencia newspaper Superdeporte are reporting that the Spanish club could make a £25m bid for Torres to try and replace out-going striker

Transfer news: Nani offers David Moyes reminder of what he can offer Manchester United with two goals against Crewe

Portuguese winger bags two-goals in pre-season friendly against Crewe after he was linked with a move to AS Monaco

Fact file: Oscar Garcia

Brighton and Hove Albion's new head coach Oscar Garcia has had an interesting career to date, including a playing career spent entirely in Spain and a management career that has included a stint in Israel.

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