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Seamus Coleman signs new Everton contract

Coleman seals new Everton deal which keeps him at Goodison until 2018

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UPDATED:

11:36 GMT, 31 December 2012

Everton defender Seamus Coleman has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with the club.

It means the 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international has extended his stay at Goodison Park until the summer of 2018.

'I'm over the moon. I'm glad to get it all done and to sign for so long at a club like Everton is a great achievement – I want to be here for as long as possible,' he told evertontv.

Long term: Seamus Coleman has committed his future to Everton

Long term: Seamus Coleman has committed his future to Everton

'Signing a contract here is fantastic and I'm really looking forward to the next couple of years.

'I'm going to keep working as hard as I have done since day one and keep improving every day in training to impress the manager.

'I'm really happy to have signed for the length of time that I have.'

Loyal: Coleman says he wants to stay with the club for as long as possible

Loyal: Coleman says he wants to stay with the club for as long as possible

Coleman has missed the last three games through injury but has proved to be an increasingly useful addition on the right-hand side.

Having joined from Sligo Rovers in January 2009 for just 60,000 he made his debut against Benfica in October that year and later went on loan to Blackpool in their promotion-winning year.

He was rewarded with a new three-year contract in May 2010 and signed an improved four-and-a-half-year deal in January 2011 in a season in which he made 24 Premier League starts, his best to date.

Manager David Moyes found a place for him on the right of midfield for many of those early first-team appearances but has since slotted him back into the side on the right of defence.

Harry Redknapp in talks with Liverpool over taking Joe Cole on loan to QPR

Redknapp in talks over taking Cole on loan with a view to buy… if QPR stay up

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 30 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is closing in on a reunion with Joe Cole.

Sportsmail revealed the Loftus Road club’s interest in Cole on November 30 and Rangers have now opened talks with Liverpool — who beat them 3-0 — over a January switch for the midfielder, 31, who was given his professional debut by Redknapp at West Ham in 1998.

London-bound: Joe Cole has started talks with QPR about a loan move in January

London-bound: Joe Cole has started talks with QPR about a loan move in January

Redknapp is hoping to seal a loan deal ahead of a permanent move if Rangers avoid relegation.

But if Cole and Liverpool agree a severance package for the 18 months left on his 90,000-per-week deal, he could join permanently next month.

Fresh faced: Harry Redknapp and Cole in 1999

Fresh faced: Harry Redknapp and Cole in 1999

Bayer Leverkusen keen to take Chelsea winger Marko Marin on loan

Leverkusen keen to take Chelsea winger Marin on loan for rest of the season

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 30 December 2012

Bayer Leverkusen are showing interest in Chelsea winger Marko Marin.

The Germany player is keen to go out on loan after a disappointing debut season at Stamford Bridge which has been dogged by injury.

The 23-year-old former Werder Bremen star has held talks with interim manager Rafa Benitez.

On the move: Chelsea winger Marko Marin is wanted by Bayer Leverkusen

On the move: Chelsea winger Marko Marin is wanted by Bayer Leverkusen

Ryan Shawcross could leave Stoke City

City consider Shawcross bid as Stoke skipper stalls on signing new deal

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UPDATED:

23:48 GMT, 29 December 2012

Stalling: Shawcross has been offered a six-year deal

Stalling: Shawcross has been offered a six-year deal

England defender Ryan Shawcross may be a shock departure from Stoke in the transfer window if he doesn’t sign a six-year deal offered recently.

The club are unhappy at the prospect of the 25-year-old running down the last 18 months of his deal. Manchester City like him, and could be tempted to make a move for the former Manchester United man.

Shawcross, who made his England debut in November, has earned rave reviews this season as Tony Pulis' side have gatecrashed the top half of the Premier League.

London Welsh sign up Tonga"uiha and Bateman on long-term deals

Ambitious London Welsh sign up Tonga'uiha and Bateman on long-term deals

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UPDATED:

14:51 GMT, 27 December 2012

London Welsh duo Hudson Tonga'uiha and Greg Bateman have signed new deals with the Aviva Premiership club.

Centre Tonga'uiha, who has 24 caps for Tonga and made nine Premiership appearances for the Exiles in their debut season in the top flight, joined prop Bateman in extending his contract with the Oxford-based side.

Welsh head coach Lyn Jones told the club's official website: 'I'm absolutely delighted that Hudson and Greg have committed themselves to London Welsh.

Hudson Tonga'Uiha of London Welsh in action against Leicester Tigers

Greg Bateman in action against the Exeter Chiefs

Long-term aspirations: London Welsh want to secure their Premiership future

'Hudson has really stepped up to the mark this year and has thrived in the Aviva Premiership. Greg has grasped his opportunity with both hands and is evolving into a decent Premiership player with the potential to go further.

'These two re-signings signify the ambitions and long term objectives of London Welsh RFC.'

Bateman said: 'I've improved a lot in my time here and I'm looking forward to what I can achieve in the future.

'Lyn's worked a lot with me on areas of my game where I can improve and I take that very seriously. I want to push to be involved in the first XV more and more.'

Joey Barton is hoping to stay in Marseille for longer and terminate his contract at QPR

Barton and QPR ready to terminate contract and make French holiday permanent

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UPDATED:

11:19 GMT, 27 December 2012

Joey Barton could stay at Marseille for longer than his 12-month loan as it is understood QPR chiefs have encouraged him to terminate his contract by mutual consent.

He has won over the Olympique Marseille club and fans since going on loan at the end of August and, as he is still in receipt of almost 300,000 a month from his parent club.

QPR are keen to do both themselves and the Ligue 1 title challengers a favour and make him a free agent.

Barton has quickly become popular amongst Marseille supporters in his seven matches

Fans' favourite: Barton has quickly become popular amongst Marseille supporters in his seven matches

He has made seven appearances for Elie Baup’s side, and despite being banned from making his debut until late November, has certainly settled in.

According to Le Phoceen, QPR bosses have already spoken with Barton to raise the issue, and the player has gone on record to say he will not be returning to Loftus Road.

The controversial midfielder has lost nothing of his aggressive side since his move to France

No holding back: The controversial midfielder has lost nothing of his aggressive side since his move to France

The 30-year old may, however, choose to return to England or move elsewhere in Europe.

Valencia have previous reported interest and he has also been touted as a potential replacement for Marouane Fellaini at Everton.

Jonny Evans signs new Manchester United contract

Ferguson backs Evans to lead United for next decade after defender pens new deal

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UPDATED:

13:09 GMT, 21 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson expects Jonny Evans to be a mainstay in the Manchester United defence for the next 10 years after the centre back signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Old Trafford club.

The 24-year-old Northern Ireland international made his United debut as a teenager in the League Cup against Coventry in September 2007 and has now committed to the club until June 2016.

And Ferguson hopes he will remain with the club for the rest of his career.

Done deal: Jonny Evans (right) has signed a new contract at Old Trafford

Done deal: Jonny Evans (right) has signed a new contract at Old Trafford

'Jonny Evans has signed a new contract. We’re very happy
about that and it’s in keeping with our normal policy that when the younger
players get to the second last year of their contract we have to do something
about it,' Ferguson said.

'He’s had a fantastic career for us, progressing all the
time. He’s had one or two injury situations that are hopefully behind him now.
He’s fit for Sunday’s game [against Swansea].

'He fought his way in with his performances last year and when him and Rio played consistently our results improved. We spoke about losing the goals against Manchester City and the leaking of goals at that particular time and those two playing regularly and improved that.

Main man: Evans has grown into his defensive role at Manchester United

Main man: Evans has grown into his defensive role at Manchester United

'Jonny has been
with us since he was a kid. When he was 12 he was at our school of
excellence in Belfast and he always had a talent. When he was younger I
wasn’t sure if he’d be a midfielder or a centre-back because he was a
really good footballer.

'He’s
played over 140 games now and he is established but he’s still young. A
centre-back at 24, he should play for the next 10 years and hopefully
it’s at United.'

Evans added: 'I'm delighted to sign my new contract. I am so proud to play for such a great club, and there's no better feeling than playing football in this team and winning games.'

He added: 'I would love to play here throughout the rest of my career.'

Jack Butland says he"s ready for Premier League as Liverpool lead chase for Birmingham keeper

Bring on the Premier League! Butland says he's ready for step up in class as Liverpool lead chase for keeper

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UPDATED:

08:44 GMT, 20 December 2012

Jack Butland insists he is ready to play at the highest level thanks to his summer spent at the Olympics and Euro 2012.

Liverpool, Everton, Southampton and West Ham are all interested in Birmingham's teenage star, who made his England debut against Italy in August.

The 19-year-old keeper is valued around 6million and Blues boss Lee Clark may have no choice but to sell up due to the club's financial struggles.

Jack the lad: Butland made his England debut in August at the age of 19

Jack the lad: Butland made his England debut in August at the age of 19

And Butland reckons he will have no problem in stepping up from the Championship when the time comes, having already performed under intense scrutiny for Team GB during the London 2012 Olympics.

He was also part of Roy Hodgson's squad in Poland and Ukraine last summer but did not make it onto the pitch.

'I have got confidence in my ability, I would always back myself,' Butland told the Mirror.

Team GB: Butland lining up alongside Neil Taylor (left) and Ryan Giggs (right)

Team GB: Butland lining up alongside Neil Taylor (left) and Ryan Giggs (right)

'I have been fortunate to play in quite a few big stadiums and I’d like to think I have handled myself very well.

'I don’t think the occasion would be a problem. I’d back myself and my ability. I want to be playing at the top level for as long as I can in my career.'

England batsman Joe Root: I was quite relaxed in the middle

I was quite relaxed in the middle, claims England new boy Root

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UPDATED:

20:43 GMT, 14 December 2012

Joe Root admitted his selection for a
Test debut in one of England's most important games of the year had come
as a surprise after he held India at bay for almost five hours at
Nagpur.

Root, who turns 22 this month, was
only told by captain Alastair Cook that he had replaced Samit Patel at
No 6 – as well as leapfrogged both Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan – the
day before the game.

Relaxed: England's Joe Root (file image)

Relaxed: England's Joe Root (file image)

'It was a little bit of a surprise,' he admitted after making 73 to help England reach 330 in their first innings. 'But I got myself into a good frame of mind once I found out and tried to get my head round it as quickly as I could.'

His selection completed a remarkable rise to prominence for the Sheffield-born batsman, who in his debut season of 2009 was presented with his chestguard – part of a Yorkshire dressing-room tradition – by former England captain Michael Vaughan, who played alongside Root's father Matt at Sheffield Collegiate CC .

Root added: 'I was delighted to get the opportunity, and to score a few runs at the same time was a real good feeling. It would be wrong to say there are no nerves when you're waiting to bat in Test cricket for the first time, but I've got a great team around me who were very encouraging and helpful.

'Once I got in the middle I was quite relaxed.'

Timely response: The 289-minute innings by Joe Root was the eighth longest on debut by an England Test batsman

Timely response: The 289-minute innings by Joe Root was the eighth longest on debut by an England Test batsman

Asked what advice he had been given as he walked out to bat with England struggling at 119 for four – soon to become 139 for five – Root replied: 'More than anything, it was just to keep your foot movements very precise and very quick and just grind it out. The guys who had gone in before said it was tough out there and it was quite a defensive field, so it wasn't fast scoring. It was about getting your bearings and being patient. You just try to adapt to the conditions and the situation.'

Was he disappointed to miss out on a debut hundred

'Thinking about it now, that's what you dream of as a kid going through your career. It just makes you more determined if you get another opportunity to make the most of it.'

Wigan want Manchester United starlet Angelo Henriquez as cover for striker Aruna Kone

Wigan want Man United starlet Henriquez as cover for striker Kone

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UPDATED:

23:10 GMT, 14 December 2012

Wigan are hoping to tie up a loan deal for Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez.

The 18-year-old Chilean moved to Old Trafford in the summer for 3.5million but has yet to figure in the first team.

Loan move: Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez

Loan move: Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez

Wigan want cover for their striker Aruna Kone, who is due to join up with the Ivory Coast for the Africa Cup of Nations next month.

Henriquez scored for Chile on his debut last month against Serbia.