Josh Brownhill: Burnley sign Bristol City midfielder for £9m, with Nahki Wells moving in other direction

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Josh Brownhill has scored 16 goals in 145 league appearances for Bristol City

Burnley have signed midfielder Josh Brownhill from Championship side Bristol City on a four-and-a-half-year contract for around £9m.

City boss Lee Johnson was reluctant to lose his 24-year-old captain, who he brought to Ashton Gate in 2016 after working with him at Barnsley.

The former Manchester United youth team player started his professional career at Preston.

He scored 17 goals in 161 appearances in three-and-a-half seasons at Bristol.

“I've always wanted to get to the top,” said Brownhill, whose new contract has the option for a further 12 months. “It's been mine and my family's goal ever since I played football as a kid.”

Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol: “I felt like I was selling my son, if I'm honest.

“I'm very, very proud of Josh, signing him for the fee that we did, developing him in every element of his life – let alone his football game – and seeing him then flourish in to one of the best, if not the best, attacking midfelders or number eights in the Championship.”

In a separate transfer, striker Nahki Wells has moved in the other direction joining on a three-and-a-half year contract, with Bristol paying in the region of £5m.

Wells, 29, joined the Clarets from Huddersfield for £5m in August 2017 but has never started a league game for them and spent the first half of this season and most of 2018-19 on loan at QPR.

He scored 15 goals in 29 appearances for the London club this campaign before being recalled earlier this week.

“Nahki is a player with so much talent and he is a proven goalscorer at this level,” said Johnson. “I have spoken before of our ability to create a lot of chances and I think Nahki will help us in terms of that clinical edge which we have needed at times.

“I'm really looking forward to working with him and I think he will be a great fit in our squad, as we set our sights on a strong finish with 18 matches left.”

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Transfer rumours: Richarlison, Bale, Haaland, Jose, Piatek, Mertens, Rakitic, Soares

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Everton have rejected an offer of 100m euros (£85m) from Barcelona for Brazil forward Richarlison,. (Sky Sports)

Everton remain adamant that Richarlison is not for sale and plan to build their team around the 22-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)

Spanish champions Barcelona are working hard to bring in a striker before the transfer deadline after losing Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, 33, through injury. (Sport)

Tottenham have held talks over a shock deal for Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30. (Mail)

Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland has a release clause of £63m. (Bild – in German)

Haaland's release clause will become active in the summer of 2021. (Mail)

Chelsea have opened talks with Napoli for Belgium forward Dries Mertens, 32, who could be available for £6m. (Mail)

Mertens, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has emerged as an alternative to Paris St-Germain's 32-year-old Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani. (Guardian)

Chelsea are in a race to complete a deal before the transfer deadline but Napoli do not want to sell Mertens so late in the window. (Telegraph)

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have refused to offer PSG more than 15m euros (£12.6m) for Cavani. (Le Parisien – in French)

David Beckham's new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami have made a late bid for Cavani. (AS – via NBC)

Tottenham are negotiating a deal for Real Sociedad's 28-year-old Brazil striker Willian Jose, who has a 70m euro (£59m) release clause in his contract. (ESPN)

Hertha Berlin are close to reaching a deal with AC Milan for Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 24, who is a target of Tottenham. (Sky Sports)

Hertha will land Piatek for £23.5m after Spurs would only offer a loan move. (Mail)

West Ham have made an approach for Hertha Berlin's Ivory Coast midfielder Salomon Kalou, 34. (Express)

Manchester United have contacted Barcelona regarding the availability of Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31. (ESPN)

Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, will not be moving to the Premier League this month despite interest from Manchester United. (Sun)

Manchester United target Thomas Muller, 30, has not ruled out leaving Bayern Munich after the striker lost his guaranteed spot in the German club's starting line-up. (Bild – in German)

Arsenal have made a late move to sign Southampton's Portugal full-back Cedric Soares, 28. (Sky Sports)

Southampton are keen to cash in on Soares, who will be available for free at the end of the season. (Standard)

Soares could move to Arsenal for around £5m. (Mirror)

But Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, is still pushing for an early exit from his loan deal with the Gunners. (Express)

Everton will miss out on Uruguay international Matias Vecino, 28, with the midfielder set to remain at Inter Milan. (Star)

Borussia Dortmund's hopes of signing Juventus and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 26, have been dealt a blow. (Kicker – in German)

Dortmund's Spain forward Paco Alcacer, 26, is close to sealing a move to Villarreal. (Marca – in Spanish)

Chelsea's 19-year-old England defender Tariq Lamptey has received a pre-contract offer from Lille. (Mail)

Sporting Lisbon's Portugal midfielder Miguel Luis, 20, could be set to join Rangers on loan. (Star)

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Bruno Fernandes: Manchester United agree deal with Sporting Lisbon

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Bruno Fernandes joined Sporting from Sampdoria in 2017

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.

United will pay an initial fee of around 55m euros (£47m) for the 25-year-old, though add-ons could increase the overall cost to 80m euros (£67.6m).

Fernandes' move is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms.

The two clubs have been negotiating throughout the transfer window with a breakthrough made on Tuesday amid reports of interest from Barcelona.

“I'm delighted that we've agreed [the deal] with Sporting,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“There have been good negotiations with the club and we know, through history, these two clubs have been good with each other.

“Now we've reached that agreement, hopefully we can get the boy's contract over the line and the medical done and then, hopefully we can announce it.”

United, linked with the 25-year-old last summer, initially refused to meet Sporting's demand for 80m euros up front.

For the Portuguese club to receive the full amount, a series of conditions must be met – including United's qualification for the Champions League.

United would pay an additional 5m euros (£4.2m) if they achieve Champions League qualification, with a further 5m euros subject to player participation. The remaining payment of 15m euros (£12.6m) is based on individual player prizes.

Fernandes joined Sporting from Sampdoria for £7.2m in 2017 and has gone on to score 64 goals in 137 matches in all competitions, winning the Portuguese Cup with Sporting in 2018-19.

He has played 19 times for Portugal and was a member of the squad that won the Uefa Nations League.

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Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes translate his talent and confidence into success at Old Trafford?

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Bruno Fernandes has made 19 appearances for Portugal and helped them win the Nations League in June 2019

At the age of 21, Bruno Fernandes walked into one of Italy's most famous clubs and declared he would be wearing the number 10 shirt.

The Portugal midfielder, now 25, is poised to join Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in a £47m deal which could rise to £67.7m – and he is a player not afraid to take on responsibility.

After joining Novara in Italy from Boavista at the age of 17, without having played a first-team game in Portugal, he moved to Udinese.

He stayed for three years before causing a stir on his arrival at Sampdoria by taking on the jersey forever connected with club legend and current Italy boss Roberto Mancini.

“It was quite a big thing at the time moving to Sampdoria and demanding the number 10 shirt,” says Italian football writer Danielle Vieri.

“At Udinese he played a number of roles and at times operated in an Andrea Pirlo type position in front of defence.

“So he showed confidence because people were talking about it being Mancini's shirt and if he was capable of living up to the expectations that came with that.

“Again in the Rio Olympics in 2016 with Portugal, he decided to wear the number 10 shirt and I think he started to see himself very much as someone who could perform in that playmaker role.”

With Fernandes' on-off January transfer saga about to end, can he go on to translate his standout talent – and confidence – from the Italian and Portuguese leagues into success at Old Trafford?

Dominating Portugal

Fernandes joined Sporting from Sampdoria for £7.2m in 2017 but until then had enjoyed a relatively low profile in his homeland.

“The surprise was Portuguese clubs did not look at him seriously until Jorge Jesus, the current Flamengo boss decided to sign him,” said Portuguese football writer Jose Delgado.

“In the media we were asking why Benfica, Sporting or Porto were not going for Fernandes because you could see he was a fantastic player. He was a sure bet and it has proved a great success.”

The numbers back that up.

Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Fernandes has topped the Portuguese Primeira Liga rankings for the most goal involvements (67), most goals outside the penalty area (9), most chances created (239), most shots (271) and most shots on target (114).

And that's before you get to the 32 goals he scored in all competitions last term for Sporting or the 14 goals he has racked up in 28 matches for club and country this season.

Bruno Fernandes at Sporting Lisbon
Competition Games Played Goals Assists
League 83 39 28
Portuguese Cup 13 7 0
League Cup 13 5 6
Uefa Europa League 19 11 7
Champions League 6 1 1
Total 134 63 42

He was captain of a Portugal under-21 side brimming with talent, with the likes of Joao Cancelo, Ruben Neves, Renato Sanches and Goncalo Guedes all playing alongside the midfielder before Sporting took him to the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

“I first saw him play when he was at Udinese in Italy but he used to come back to Portugal to play for the Under-20 side and the Under-21 team,” said Delgado.

“We had strong teams but it was noticeable that he better than most of the other players.”

Lampard-esque – or not?

Fernandes' involvement in 33 league goals in the 2018-19 season was higher than any other midfielder across the top divisions of Europe's leading leagues – England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Portugal and the Netherlands.

And given his penchant for scoring goals, it has led to invariable comparisons with Frank Lampard, Chelsea's record goalscorer.

“He is a player who scores lots of goals and in terms of his attributes he is very good from 25 yards out,” added Delgado.

“He finds space better with a classic number six working next to him and is more of a Lampard than say Paul Scholes type of player.

“He plays in the same box-to box position, I would not say he is as physically as strong as Lampard was but Fernandes will be ready to play immediately. He played on Monday and he could play tomorrow, he is in fantastic condition.”

Bruno Fernandes has scored 39 league goals for Sporting Lisbon since the start of the 2017-18 season

However, former England winger Chris Waddle is hesitant to make that specific link.

“When I watched him with Sporting Lisbon he goes and gets the ball and has a wonderful range of passing,” Waddle said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“To compare him with Frank Lampard? I'm not sure. Frank was a player you felt, if there was an attack, he would get in the box and score. With Fernandes, he has wonderful vision but I'm not sure he'll score as many goals as Lampard did.

“United will have looked at him and thought he's a creative player and, for the pace they have got (in attack), he should suit them.”

Can Fernandes shine on big stage?

Fernandes has been a shining light for Sporting, even as the team struggled and also helped Portugal to Nations League success in June 2019 – the big question now is whether he can deliver for United?

“He is a good player with potential to grow,” added Vieri.

“What he has done in Portugal he has to prove he can do the same on a bigger stage. The pressure will be higher, opponents will be stronger and his team-mates will be better.

“I don't think he can say he has proven he can do it in a big European league yet but that's his challenge. In Italy he did well. In Portugal he has been a revelation so it is the right moment to buy such a player.”

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Jordan Sinnott: Further arrest over footballer murder

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A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a non-league footballer who was attacked during a night out.

Jordan Sinnott, 25, who was on loan at Matlock Town, died in hospital after being found unconscious in Market Place, Retford, on Saturday morning.

Two other men, also 21, remain in custody on suspicion of murder.

Tom Sinnott told Radio 1's Newsbeat his brother was “the best person” he had ever known.

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The midfielder started his career at Huddersfield Town

Mr Sinnott added he had been “overwhelmed” after asking for donations of football shirts with “Sinnott 25” on the back.

The shirts will be on display at his brother's funeral before they are donated to Sport Relief.

Mr Sinnott said: “He loved football so much. I thought, for his funeral, I want the teams he played for hung up at the funeral because we want to remember everything good about him. Then from that the idea kind of snowballed.”

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He said within an hour they had secured donations from Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and non-league clubs.

“It is overwhelming,” he added. “It just means the world to me to know Jord, even after he passed, is still bringing joy to people even if he didn't know them.”

He said there were “not enough words to describe” his brother, who would have turned 26 on Valentine's Day.

“Out of everyone, he was the best person I ever knew,” he added.

Mr Sinnott was found with a fractured skull at about 02:00 GMT on Saturday and died in hospital at about 18:00 the same day.

Three arrested men remain in custody, while a 20-year-old man was released without charge.

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Shkodran Mustafi: Arsenal defender needs scan on ankle after injury in Bournemouth game

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Shkodran Mustafi has started Arsenal's last three matches

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Shkodran Mustafi will have a scan after he was taken off on a stretcher in their FA Cup fourth-round win at Bournemouth.

The German defender landed awkwardly on his ankle after a collision with Gunners goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

“I hope I'm wrong but when a central defender is taken off on a stretcher it is not usually good,” Arteta said.

“We will find out more in the next days and we will assess it.”

The Gunners already have problems in defence with Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac all out injured.

Brazil defender David Luiz was also absent from their win on the south coast through suspension but will be available for their trip to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.

Mustafi, 27, has started Arsenal's past three matches. He was replaced by Rob Holding in an area of the pitch that Arteta has already determined needs reinforcement.

Arsenal have been in talks over a £10m deal for 26-year-old Flamengo defender Pablo Mari but the move has currently stalled.

Arteta added: “We are very clear in what we want to do in the market with the resources we have, so we will see what happens.”

The Spaniard however, was more forthcoming over reports linking forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a move to Barcelona in the January transfer window.

The Gabon forward, 30, who was serving the last game of his suspension after being sent off against Crystal Palace, is currently the Gunners' top scorer with 16 goals.

“I want Auba here 100%,” Arteta said. “I'm so happy with him and I can't wait to have him available again after suspension.”

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Jordan Sinnott: Third murder arrest over footballer’s death

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A third man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a non-league footballer who was attacked during a night out.

Jordan Sinnott, 25, who was on loan at Matlock Town, died in hospital after being found unconscious in Market Place, Retford, on Saturday morning.

Two 21-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of murder. A 20-year-old man is also now being held.

Another man has been charged over a separate assault.

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Connor Woodcock, 27, of Beehive Street, Retford, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm in connection with an assault thought to have taken place after Mr Sinnott was attacked.

His case has been sent to the crown court, where he will appear on 24 February.

Mr Sinnott was found with a fractured skull at about 02:00 GMT on Saturday and died in hospital at about 18:00 on the same day.

Tributes have been paid to the footballer, who also played for Huddersfield Town, Altrincham, Bury FC, Halifax Town, Chesterfield and Alfreton Town.

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Phil Tooley, a former director of Chesterfield FC, said Mr Sinnott – who played for the club between 2017 and 2018 – was a “lovely lad”.

“I was privileged enough to get to know him a bit… he used to light up a room when he came in,” Mr Tooley said.

Matlock Town spokesman Ian Richardson said Mr Sinnott had scored his first hat-trick in his final game and the club was “devastated” by news of his death.

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Ian Richardson said the club had postponed its upcoming game against Grantham Town out of respect

Mr Richardson added: “For a young lad to go for a night out and not come home…is heartbreaking.

“He was a tremendous, polite and courteous lad who liked to be the fun in the dressing room.

“The tributes we've had from far and wide show what a grand lad he was.”

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Tributes have been paid to the footballer after his death

Police no longer believe a fight involving eight men and women at the Dominie Cross pub car park, in Grove Street, just after 23:25, was connected to Mr Sinnott's death.

Two other men were injured in later assaults, in which a 27-year-old man suffered a suspected broken nose and a 44-year-old man sustained a suspected broken jaw, police added.

Mr Sinnott, from Bradford, is the son of former footballer Lee Sinnott.

Earlier this month, he scored the first hat-trick of his career during a game against Basford United.

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Transfer rumours: Bergwijn, Ben Yedder, Piatek, Rodriguez

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Tottenham are closing in on PSV Eindhoven's Dutch international forward Steven Bergwijn, 22. (Mirror)

Barcelona have offered £67m to sign Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder. The France international, 29, would fill the gap caused by Luis Suarez's injury. (Foot Mercato)

Tottenham have reopened talks with AC Milan over Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 24. (Sky Italia, via Mail)

However, Chelsea have reportedly been offered Piatek. (Star)

Arsenal are set to battle with Everton to sign Real Madrid's Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, 28. (AS, via Mail)

Leeds are set to sign RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin, 22, on loan for the rest of the season. The Frenchman has been on loan at Monaco for the first half of the season. (Star)

Bournemouth are contemplating a late bid for Levski Sofia's Iceland defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, 29. (90 Min)

Charlton could be set to sign Paul Pogba's brother Florentin, the 29-year-old Guinea international who has been training with the club's under-23s following his release from MLS side Atlanta. (Sun)

Charlton are also keen to bring in Tottenham's Republic of Ireland international striker Troy Parrott, 17, on loan. (Mail)

Everton are close to signing Inter Milan's Uruguay midfielder Matias Vecino for £17m. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Manchester United are refusing to drop their £25m asking price for Chris Smalling despite a plea from Roma, where the 29-year-old English defender is on a season-long loan. (Sun)

AC Milan's former Liverpool midfielder Suso, the 26-year-old Spain international, is expected to join Sevilla. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United remain hopeful of a deal for Juventus and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 26, the former Liverpool player. (Express)

Burnley, Leeds, West Brom, Derby and Stoke are interested in St-Etienne defender Harold Moukoudi. The 22-year-old Cameroon international is available on loan until the end of the season. (L'Equipe)

Manchester United will offer Sunderland's highly-rated 16-year-old English defensive midfielder Logan Pye a five-year deal after he was linked with Arsenal. (Sun)

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St Mirren 0-0 Aberdeen: Visitors remain four points adrift of third

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Matty Kennedy (right) made his debut for Aberdeen but struggled to make an impact

Aberdeen were booed off after failing to make a significant dent in third-placed Motherwell's advantage over them following a turgid draw with St Mirren.

Derek McInnes' side passed up the chance to narrow the gap to two points so now sit four adrift of the Steelmen after this drab Premiership draw.

Jon Obika hit a post for Saints but the visitors were blunt in attack.

St Mirren do move a point further away from second-bottom Hamilton, now two clear of the relegation play-off spot.

Aberdeen named new signing Matty Kennedy in the starting line-up, but in three games in 2020 they have yet to score from open play.

More to follow.

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Sunday’s gossip column: Bale, Aubameyang, Cavani, Fernandes, Mari, Rojo

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Tottenham are working on a permanent deal that would see Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, return to the club from Real Madrid before this week's transfer deadline. (Express)

Manchester United may decide to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if results do not improve this season, with England boss Gareth Southgate a leading contender to replace him. (Mail)

Barcelona are not expected to pursue a move for Arsenal's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, during the current transfer window and will focus on Valencia's Spain forward Rodrigo Moreno, 28. (Sport)

However, Aubameyang may be targeted by Paris St-Germain as a replacement for Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32. (Foot Mercato – in French)

Cavani, linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, has verbally agreed to join Atletico Madrid before the end of the January transfer window. (Goal.com)

Cavani rejected a contract proposal worth around £10m-a-year, plus a huge signing-on bonus from Manchester United. (Mirror)

Tottenham and Aston Villa will not pursue bids for Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the current window as neither is willing to meet Fulham's £40m valuation. The 25-year-old has an option to leave in the summer – if Fulham fail to secure promotion to the Premier League. (Star)

Arsenal are close to finalising the signing of 26-year-old Flamengo defender Pablo Mari. (Mail)

Manchester United remain interested in Sporting's Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, but the two teams are unable to agree a fee. (A Bola – in Portuguese)

Marcos Rojo is heading back to Estudiantes on loan – after Manchester United failed to find a buyer for the 29-year-old Argentine defender. (Mirror)

Southampton have held further talks with Tottenham over a deal for England Under-21 full-back Kyle Walker-Peters, 22. (Mail)

Birmingham are prepared to turn down any offers for England Under-17 international Jude Bellingham, and are confident of keeping hold of the 16-year-old despite interest from Manchester United and Liverpool. (90 Min)

West Ham's New Zealand defender Winston Reid, 31, has turned down the opportunity of joining Charlton on loan. (TeamTalk)

Former Blackburn and Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi, the 31-year-old France midfielder on loan at Galatasaray from Roma, is considering a move to West Ham. (Le10Sport, via Star)

Leeds are in talks over a deal for RB Leipzig's French striker Jean Kevin Augustin, 22, who is on loan at Monaco. (Mail)

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Jermain Defoe: Rangers agree permanent deal with Bournemouth striker

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Highlights: Rangers 1-0 St Mirren

On-loan Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Rangers on a permanent basis this summer.

The 37-year-old former England forward initially arrived at Ibrox in January 2019 and has scored 16 goals in 28 games this season.

Defoe has agreed a one-year contract with the Scottish Premiership club.

Manager Steven Gerrard described it as “fantastic news” about someone he says is “an incredible professional”.

“It's something we have been working on over the weeks and it is great to finally get that done and dusted,” he told Rangers' website.

“The way he goes about his work on and off the pitch, he is a credit to himself and his family.

“He is still contributing heavily – he is a major part of this group, this team and this squad and hopefully, together we can go and share some success as I think he deserves that.”

Defoe was “delighted” to extend his stay at a club he regards as “special”.

“When I first signed, as I've said many times, it was an easy decision because I have always known about the size of this football club and the history and the great players that have played for this club, so I think for it to get all sorted and for me to secure my future here for another year is really special,” he added.

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Sports Minister Nigel Adams says football is ‘too dependent’ on gambling

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‘There's too much dependency within football on gambling firm sponsorship' – Sports Minister Nigel Adams

Football has “far too much dependency” on sponsorship from gambling companies, according to the sports minister.

Nigel Adams MP says clubs “need to look at different sources of income”.

His warning comes amid mounting scrutiny of the close relationship between sport and the betting industry.

“We're going to be reviewing the current Gambling Act and I'm sure the link between sports – football in particular – will form a part of that,” said Adams.

In a wide-ranging interview with BBC Sport, the minister also said he met the EFL's new chairman Rick Parry this week to discuss ongoing financial concerns in the Football League.

Earlier this month the Football Association was criticised for selling the live streaming rights to FA Cup matches to betting firms via a third party.

Seven gambling websites were able to show some third round matches exclusively to anyone who placed a bet or put a deposit in their account in the 24 hours before kick-off.

The deal sparked outrage at a time when the FA were campaigning for mental health, and the betting companies then offered to give up their exclusivity.

But the controversy reinforced fears football is being used to normalise gambling among young fans via sponsorship of shirts, and advertising at matches and during TV coverage.

Half of all Premier League clubs have betting firms as shirt sponsors, with the figure rising to 15 in the Championship. The Football League itself is sponsored by Sky Bet.

Earlier this season, Huddersfield Town were fined by the FA after wearing a kit advertising a bookmaker's logo that breached regulations in a friendly.

“We have to look at this very carefully because problem gambling leads to serious social problems, and in some cases people have done drastic things and taken their lives, so we we are looking at this very closely,” said Adams.

“Occasionally it boils over and you get incidents like you had with some clubs who get into bother over it, like at Huddersfield Town, and the stunt there.

“So there's way too much dependency, and I'm sure the football authorities are aware of that.”

Last year, Britain's biggest gambling companies voluntarily agreed to a “whistle-to-whistle” television advertising ban, ending commercials during live sports broadcasts.

But the government is now to review gambling laws, and is considering regulating the way bookmakers advertise through football.

But Labour – and anti-gambling campaigners – have called for shirt sponsorship by betting companies to be outlawed, as in countries like Italy. Adams would not be drawn on whether a blanket ban on shirt sponsorship by bookmakers was possible.

The EFL has said gambling companies contribute £40m to its clubs each year through sponsorship. In the Premier League the figure is estimated to be around £70m.

Adams' warning comes at a time of financial turmoil in the EFL. Last week, Derby County became the latest club to be charged for breaching financial rules over the sale of its stadium.

A review is also being conducted into the league's governance and financial sustainability after the collapse of Bury FC earlier this season, with a number of other clubs having struggled to pay wages.

“It's not a healthy picture. There aren't many football clubs in the EFL that are profitable,” said Adams.

“I have met with the new EFL chief executive (Rick Parry) and I'm encouraged by what he said in terms of their review into broader governance.

“It's not healthy to see clubs like Bury go out of the league. You've got question marks with clubs like Macclesfield. We're taking a very keen interest.”

The EFL told BBC Sport it has “open and regular dialogue with the Government and relevant stakeholders regarding football's ongoing relationship with the gambling industry”.

The EFL added in a statement it believes the gambling industry should make “a financial contribution back into football”.

“This is currently being achieved through commercial partnerships with the EFL and a number of our member clubs,” they said. “However, it is important that such arrangements are delivered in a responsible manner.

“With more than £40m a season paid by the sector to the League and its clubs, it continues to be an important part of the EFL's financial model alongside a domestic broadcasting deal worth £119m a year and a number of other key revenue streams including ticketing, sponsorship and negotiated solidarity payments achieved through the sale of media rights.”

Racism a ‘cancer in the game'

Adams also described the current issues around racism in football as “absolutely shocking”.

Incidents of racism have marred a number of Premier League games this season, while England's Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Bulgaria in October 2019 was halted on multiple occasions due to racist chanting by supporters.

“It's a cancer in the game that we've had for many years,” said Adams. “The thought was that now we're in 2020 we would have got to a better place. It's not happened.

“It's good the players are taking back control and we've seen that in a number of games with the England-Bulgaria game in particular. The football authorities, the Premier League, the FA, the EFL, they're very mindful of the problem.

“It's absolutely crucial we work with everybody because it's a societal problem, not just a football problem. Every time we meet with the football authorities we are being very clear and asking them for updates on where they're getting in terms of actions.

“I think what it might possibly take is some prosecutions. We need to, ideally, see the Crown Prosecution Service taking these cases forward and bringing people to book and that may very well have an impact.”

World Cup 2030 bid a ‘work in progress'

The sports minister also confirmed ongoing talks on a “potential bid” for the United Kingdom and Ireland to host the World Cup in 2030, though he has called for a more “transparent” bidding process after the controversy that surrounded England's failed attempt to host the 2018 tournament.

Since the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively in December 2010, widespread corruption has been exposed in the global game, including allegations of bribery and payment for votes.

“We want to bid for the World Cup in 2030, it's about time we had the World Cup here,” said Adams. “But it has to be far more transparent than it potentially was in the past and I believe that is happening.

“The prime minister is incredibly keen we land the World Cup. I want to see it here in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“As you probably know we've got some talks going on with the devolved nations and Ireland, I met again with the FA last week to discuss the potential bid.

“It's a work in progress but I think if we have the opportunity of being the European host nation option, I think we've got a very good chance.”

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Saido Berahino has scored just 19 goals in club and international football since his failed move to Tottenham in August, 2015

Saido Berahino has opened up about his failed transfer to Tottenham in 2015, saying he “couldn't get over it”.

West Brom turned down bids from Spurs for the now 26-year-old striker in the run-up to the August deadline.

Berahino's reaction – which included tweeting he would never play for chairman Jeremy Peace before going on strike – was widely criticised.

“I regret every moment of it, because I didn't handle it well,” he said.

Berahino attracted the interest of then Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino after scoring 20 goals in the 2014-15 season, aged just 21.

He was even touted for an England call-up, but his career quickly nose-dived.

In the five seasons since the transfer saga, Berahino has scored just 19 goals in club and international football.

“[That is] one moment in my life I can say I couldn't get over it,” Berahino told the BBC World Service.

“I didn't know what to do, I got caught up in the hype. I didn't handle the situation properly, I let it get hold of me. The people around me at the time didn't know what to do either. Bad news travels fast.

“The media is there to do their job, they build you up and when you are ready to come back down, you will come back down like a roller coaster. I wasn't focusing on the media, I was more concerned on my career and what I was going through emotionally.”

How the goals dried up for Berahino
Season Team Appearances Goals
2014/15 West Brom 45 20
2015/16 West Brom 35 7
2016/17 West Brom 5 0
Stoke City 13 0
2017/18 Stoke City 18 0
2018/19 Stoke City 26 5
Burundi 6 2
2019/20 Waragem (Belgium) 14 5

Tony Pulis, who was appointed West Brom manager midway through the striker's breakthrough season, attempted to bring him back into the fold but slowly lost patience, saying his fitness and mental levels were not right after Berahino completed a £12 million move to Stoke in January 2017.

It was also reported he served an eight-week FA suspension at the end of his time at the Hawthorns for failing a drugs test.

It took Berahino 35 appearances to register his first goal at Stoke, by which time they had been relegated from the Premier League.

He would score just four more goals for the club before being released in June 2019, a month after being convicted for drink driving.

The Burundi-born forward is now trying to rebuild his career with Belgian First Division A side Waragem.

He scored three goals in his first four matches following a summer move and, after 14 appearances, has already equalled the tally of five goals he managed in two-and-a-half years with Stoke.

Berahino believes he is now slowly turning a corner and, thanks to help from new coach and mentor Francky Dury, is learning to accept the responsibility for his own actions – both on and off the pitch.

Berahino's current club SV Zulte Waragem, managed by Francky Dury, are eighth in the Belgian First Division A

He said: “The love of the game is there now, the passion, the responsibilities I have here have taught me so much about the game.

“The coach – we talk about the game every day and he has helped me be more open about football, help my teammates, speak more freely, be a leader.

“To be here for six months and given such responsibilities has made me happy and to be a role model for a lot of these guys. It has been a great challenge.”

Berahino's newfound leadership skills have also come in handy on the international scene, scoring twice as captain of Burundi in their successful qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations – the first time the nation had made it to the finals.

“During a game in Burundi everyone stops, everyone is watching,” he said. “When we qualified for Africa Nations Cup, the whole place stopped and we partied for four days straight. Me being captain is huge and the love you get from the fans is huge, It doesn't matter how bad you are, they will just lift your spirits to the max.”

Transfers that famously didn't happen

Peter Odemwingie – West Brom to QPR (January 2013)

The Nigerian striker's decision to drive to QPR to try to push through a deal, only to be locked out and pictured looking confused in the club car park, is the deadline-day drama that had it all.

Carlton Cole – West Ham to West Brom (January 2015)

English forward Cole had reportedly completed a medical and agreed personal terms only to get a phone call from Hammers manager Sam Allardyce 20 minutes before the deadline saying the deal had fallen through.

Dietmar Hamann – Liverpool to Bolton Wanderers (July 2006)

Hamann actually signed a pre-contract to become a Bolton player but had a “change of heart”. The German midfielder joined Bolton for less than one day before instead moving to Manchester City.

Benjani Mwaruwari – Portsmouth to Manchester City (February 2008)

This protracted deal did eventually go through but not before a last-minute hitch on deadline day after the Zimbabwe forward reportedly fell asleep in an airport while waiting for a plane to the North West and missed two flights.

Alan Shearer – Southampton to Manchester United (1991/92), Blackburn to Manchester United (1996)

Imagine what the footballing world would have been like if the BBC pundit had signed for the Old Trafford giants? According to Shearer, he twice came close to joining up with Sir Alex Ferguson, before plumping to sign for Blackburn and Newcastle.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Could Sunday’s FA Cup tie be his last match as Manchester United boss?

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Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as United manager – initially on a caretaker basis – in December 2018

Speculation about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future as Manchester United manager was dominating the headlines on Thursday after the 2-0 home defeat by Burnley.

Should they lose in the FA Cup on Sunday they will have been beaten in three successive matches for the first time this season.

Solskjaer will remain in charge for that match – a fourth-round trip to either Watford or Tranmere, who meet in their third-round replay on Thursday night – as BBC Sport understands United remain supportive of the Norwegian.

But, yet again, the club are facing fierce criticism, after a night when supporters chanted against their ownership and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward amid inconsistent results and a lack of new signings so far this month.

Solskjaer will face the media again on Friday morning, when the Norwegian conducts his scheduled press conference.

Could it be his last one?

FA Cup peril

Realistically, given they are 3-1 down following the home leg of their EFL Cup semi-final with Manchester City, the FA Cup and Europa League are United's only remaining chances of silverware this season.

United will start favourites to get through against either Tranmere or Watford in the FA Cup. But danger lurks.

Other than central defender Victor Lindelof, who missed the Burnley game through illness, Solskjaer will be calling on virtually the same squad that failed so badly on Wednesday night.

It is only five weeks since Watford got their first Premier League home win of the season – against United. They have lost only once in seven games since. Defeat by Nigel Pearson's men would be a body blow. Losing to League One Tranmere would be a catastrophe given Rovers have lost three successive home games in 2020 – to Coventry, Leicester Under-21s and Ipswich – by a combined score of 8-3.

Fan fury

There will be no repeat of the mass pre-final whistle exit of Old Trafford from the United fans at Vicarage Road or Prenton Park on Sunday but a repeat of the songs belted out against the Glazer family and Woodward cannot be ruled out.

While views about Solskjaer as a manager are mixed at best, the majority of United fans believe their club's problems go much deeper.

They are angered at a combination of what they perceive to be a lack of investment, huge amounts of money exiting the club in share dividends and finance payments, and poor recruitment.

For that, they hold the Glazer family, who bought the club in controversial circumstances in 2005, and Woodward, effectively United's chief executive since the exit of David Gill in 2013, responsible, which is why they are being singled out for criticism.

Woodward in the spotlight

There is distrust amongst United's support about the role Woodward plays in recruitment. The failure to appoint a director of football, which the club said was on the horizon 18 months ago, is being laid at his door.

Woodward was not at Old Trafford on Wednesday but he is bound to be uneasy at the criticism being levelled at him and has employed an external public relations consultant to improve the way the club is viewed.

While Woodward, who was the single most important figure in the Glazer family getting their takeover through in the first place, retains the owners' support and is handsomely paid – £3.16m last year – to run the Old Trafford outfit, there must be a chance he may eventually grow weary of the criticism and decide to leave himself.

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for Simon Stone on Thursday – keep an eye on the BBC Sport website for his replies.

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Transfer rumours: Jose, Cavani, Muriqi, Rose, Pogba, Payet, Matviyenko

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Tottenham have targeted Real Sociedad's Brazilian striker Willian Jose and the 28-year-old is due in London for talks. (AS)

Chelsea have made a bid to sign Paris St-Germain's Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, on loan until the end of the season. (Times – subscription required)

Cavani's father says the striker will join Atletico Madrid if the Spanish club can agree a deal with PSG. (Guardian)

PSG want at least 5m euros (£4.2m) from Arsenal who are interested in signing France defender Layvin Kurzawa this month. The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid are prepared to discuss the return of Wales international Gareth Bale, 30, to Tottenham but have concerns over the structure of any deal. (Telegraph)

Leicester City are close to a deal to sign Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard, 27, after offering £15m for the Denmark international. (Sun)

Bayern Munich will not take up the option to turn 27-year-old Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho's loan move from Barcelona into a permanent deal. (Bild, via Mirror)

Tottenham are planning a second bid for Fenerbahce's Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi. (Aksam, via Sport Witness)

Six Premier League clubs are interested in signing Tottenham's English left-back Danny Rose, 29, this month. (Sky Sports)

Shakhtar Donetsk's Ukrainian defender Mykola Matviyenko, 23, who has also been linked with Manchester City, is in talks with Arsenal, his agent says. (Football.London)

Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli is set to triple his wages by the end of the season with the 18-year-old's form alerting Spanish side Real Madrid.(Mail)

Arsenal have been linked to Athletico Paranaense defensive midfielder Bruno Guimaraes but the 22-year-old Brazilian is set to join French club Lyon. (L'Equipe, via Mirror)

West Ham are interested in bringing former player Dimitri Payet, 32, back to the club. France international Payet left the Hammers in controversial circumstances in January 2017 to to join current club Marseille. (L'Equipe, via Mail)

West Ham have expressed an interest in Bournemouth's Scotland international winger Ryan Fraser, 25, who is out of contract in the summer and has also been considered by Arsenal and Liverpool. (Mirror)

Valencia are considering making a summer move to sign Argentina centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, 31, from Manchester City. (Sun)

Everton are still interested in Gremio's Brazilian forward Everton Soares, 23. (UOL, via Star)

Barcelona are seeking to finalise a loan deal for Valencia's Spain striker Rodrigo Moreno, 28, having failed with a similar move for Arsenal's Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30. (Sport)

Brighton are expected to complete a permanent £5m deal for Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy, 29, currently on loan from Huddersfield. (Telegraph)

Watford have made a bid for Reims' in-demand Hassane Kamara, the 25-year-old Gambia defender who has also interested Crystal Palace and Brighton. (Foot Mercato, via Inside Futbol)

Chelsea are considering selling Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25, in the summer and could move for Burnley's England international Nick Pope, 27. (90Min)

Netherlands winger Tahith Chong, 20, looks set to leave Manchester United at the end of the season. (Goal.com)

Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Guille Amor, 19 and Spanish forward Rafa Mujica, 21, are set to leave Leeds United this month. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

AEK's former Norwich and Portugal striker Nelson Oliveira, 28, linked with Wolves, has told the Greek club he wants a move to England. (Sport Witness)

Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Derby County are waiting to find out whether Bournemouth will allow English defender Jack Simpson, 23, out on loan. (Sky Sports)

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