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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.'

Fulham eye transfer deadline day signing of Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe

Fulham ready to splash out again with last-minute deal for 6m Odjidja-Ofoe

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UPDATED:

08:20 GMT, 31 August 2012

Martin Jol is launching a late bid to go down as the transfer window's busiest manager after lining up a 6million move for Belgium midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

Flushed with cash after selling Mousa Dembele to Tottenham for 15m, the Fulham boss has already hailed Dimitar Berbatov's 5m signing as the biggest in the club's history and earmarked Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson for the left-back spot at Craven Cottage.

Now he is hoping to strengthen the heart of his midfield by recruiting highly-rated Bruges anchor man Odjidja-Ofoe, who impressed in last season’s Europa Cup tie against Birmingham City and laid on a goal for Joseph Akpala in the 2-2 draw at St Andrews.

New Fellaini Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe is wanted at Craven Cottage

New Fellaini Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe is wanted at Craven Cottage

The 23-year-old, capped three times and hailed as the new Marouane Fellaini in his homeland, attracted interest from West Brom last season and could be on his way to the Barclays Premier League at the second attempt, if Fulham can reach an agreement.

The 6ft 1in powerhouse joined Bruges from Bundesliga side Hamburg for 800,000 three years ago and has established himself as their midfield mainstay during a return of 14 goals from 117 appearances.

Adam Federici extends Reading deal until 2015

Federici thrilled to sign contract extension at Reading to keep him at the club until 2015

PUBLISHED:

18:23 GMT, 2 August 2012

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UPDATED:

19:16 GMT, 2 August 2012

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has signed a new contract committing him to the club until the summer of 2015.

The 27-year-old Australian international joined the club in 2004 and his previous deal had less than 12 months to run.

New deal: Federici

New deal: Federici

Federici said: 'It's absolutely great to have signed this new contract. I've been here a long time, I've put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears so it wouldn't have been right to do anything other than sign again.

'The club has got great backing, there's a really good feel around the place, the club is only going in one direction and that's upwards.'

Manager Brian McDermott said: 'I am really pleased to have secured Adam for another three years.

'I have known him for a number of
years now, it seems like time has flown and he has constantly been
developing into a top class goalkeeper.

'He is a lesson to young professionals about what is required to get to the top of your game.

'His workrate, diligence and desire are second to none and we're delighted he's chosen to commit to us again.'

Royals chairman Sir John Madejski said: 'Adam has been an absolute mainstay of our football club for nearly eight years now.

'He is part of our backbone and was so vital in getting us promoted again. He has a tremendous pedigree and I'm over the moon he has signed for us once more because he is without doubt one of the best goalkeepers in the country.'

The club's director of football Nick Hammond said: 'This is a very, very important signing for us.

'Adam was the best goalkeeper in the Championship last year and I think he will prove to be one of the best in the Premier League as well.

'He is a magnificent example to young players of what can be achieved when hard work and dedication are allied with talent. We are all delighted that he has signed.'

Tim Cahill to join New York Red Bulls

Everton star Cahill set for New York as Toffees agree terms with Red Bulls

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UPDATED:

21:59 GMT, 23 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tim Cahill is on the verge of ending his eight-year association with Everton by joining New York Red Bulls.

Everton have agreed a 1million fee with the Red Bulls and the Australian international, who had two years remaining on his contract at Goodison Park, will sign terms a lucrative deal in the next 24 hours.

Moving on: Cahill is set to end his eight-year association with Everton

Moving on: Cahill is set to end his eight-year association with Everton

Cahill has been a mainstay of Everton's
team since he arrived from Millwall in the summer of 2004 and his impact
has been so great that David Moyes has frequently described him as 'one
of the greatest signings I have ever made'.

His future has been the subject of significant debate this summer, though, and Cahill – who scored 68 goals in 278 appearances for Everton – was linked with moves to Saudi Arabia and China in the quest for a new challenge.

The switch to New York, however, offers the 33-year-old a exciting new opportunity and he will link up with former Arsenal star Thierry Henry.

Main man: Cahill was often among the goals during his time at Everton

Main man: Cahill was often among the goals during his time at Everton

This could turn out to be a summer of significant change at Goodison Park, as Everton also offloaded Joseph Yobo for 2.5million to Fenerbahce on Monday after weeks of haggling between the clubs.

Moyes, who has already brought in Scotland international Steven Naismith, will now aim to press on with completing the signing of Steven Pienaar from Tottenham and that business should be completed before the end of the week.

Once Pienaar arrived, Moyes will then look to bring in central defensive cover, bolster his midfield and land a striker to ease the burden on Nikica Jelavic and fill the void left by Cahill, who had a knack of scoring crucial goals for Everton.

Team-mates: Cahill will link up with Thierry Henry in New York

Team-mates: Cahill will link up with Thierry Henry in New York

Everton are set to fly out to Indonesia for a week to take part in the Java Cup.

They could have faced Galatasary in the Far East but the Turkish club have pulled out of the tournament at the last minute and their place has been taken by Nacional of Uruguay.

Petr Cech expects to commit immediate future to Chelsea

Cech expects to sign new Chelsea deal but doesn't rule out move in the future

Petr Cech expects to sign a new extended contract with Chelsea soon – but refuses to rule out the prospect of leaving the club one day.

The 29-year-old has been a mainstay for the west Londoners since joining from French club Rennes for 7million in 2004.

Reports suggested Andre Villas-Boas could sell Cech in favour of summer signing Thibaut Courtois – currently on loan at Atletico Madrid – but the Czech international is keen to sign a new contract.

'Yes, I think [I will sign a new deal] and we will not have a problem,' he told the London Evening Standard.

Keen to stay: Petr Cech joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004

Keen to stay: Petr Cech joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004

'There are a lot of matches at this time of year so we agreed [before Christmas] that both sides would prepare for the negotiations and meet to resolve it when there is time for that.

'The last few weeks have been hectic and we [agreed] to meet after New Year's Day. I have been here for seven years and I have been more or less a regular starter, so I'm more than happy to stay.

'Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be at a club who are among the best in the world. Chelsea are in the world's top competition, so I have no reason to leave. I would like to see myself staying here.'

Safe hands: Cech has racked up over 200 appearances in a Chelsea shirt

Safe hands: Cech has racked up over 200 appearances in a Chelsea shirt

While Cech is keen to commit his immediate future to the Stamford Bridge club, he refused to rule out one day plying his trade elsewhere.

'It is difficult to leave the best league in the world and if you take a look around, you will not see many teams of Chelsea's category that would be looking to sign a new goalkeeper,' Cech added.

'If I would like to try something new, then it would have to be a club of a similar level to Chelsea.

'You never know, everything happens fast in the football life. You can sign a 10-year contract with a club and then end up leaving after three years.

'I'm 29-years-old and I believe that there is still time for a possible change.'

Paulo Ferreira will wear a face mask after fracture

Chelsea star Ferreira becomes latest man in mask after face fracture

Paulo Ferreira is expected to wear a mask in Monday”s clash with Fulham after fracturing his cheekbone against Tottenham on Thursday night.

Ferreira spent Christmas Eve in London having a protective shield moulded in time for the Barclays Premier League game at Stamford Bridge and wore the mask in training on Christmas Day.

The 32-year-old could start at right back on Monday, but Chelsea will need permission from referee Kevin Friend for him to wear the mask.

Battling on: Paulo Ferreira will wear a face mask after fracturing his cheek against Tottenham

Battling on: Paulo Ferreira will wear a face mask after fracturing his cheek against Tottenham

He suffered the injury in a clash with Spurs midfielder Gareth Bale in the final minutes after coming on in the first half as a substitute for Branislav Ivanovic. Ivanovic”s hamstring strain means Ferreira has been given an unexpected chance in the Chelsea team.

Blues chief Andre Villas-Boas sent Ferreira to London after training on Christmas Eve because of fears that Ivanovic would fail to recover in time for Monday”s match.

Ferreira had made just two appearances for Chelsea this season before he was used in an emergency at White Hart Lane on Thursday.

Missing out: Chelsea

Missing out: Chelsea”s Branislav Ivanovic is set to be ruled out with a hamstring injury

His career at Stamford Bridge had appeared to be coming to an end, but Ivanovic”s injury could open up an opportunity at full back. He has been reduced to being a squad player under Villas-Boas and has been unable to force his way into the first team.

He was a mainstay during Chelsea”s two Premier League title triumphs under Jose Mourinho after arriving from Porto for 13million after their Champions League victory in 2004.

Ferreira went on to win another Premier League title under Carlo Ancelotti, but his chances have been restricted under Chelsea”s new Portuguese manager.