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Tottenham sign Clint Dempsey

Spurs beat of competition from Villa and Liverpool to land 6m Dempsey

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UPDATED:

23:11 GMT, 31 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Clint Dempsey has completed a shock move from Fulham to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for 6million.

Dempsey arrived on a three-year deal after Aston Villa and Liverpool failed to land the United States forward.

Where to now Aston Villa, Sunderland and Liverpool all seem to have missed out

Where to now Aston Villa, Sunderland and Liverpool all seem to have missed out

Fulham accepted a 7m bid from Villa
earlier on Friday and turned down 4.5m from Liverpool but the forward
held out for a move that suited him better.

Dempsey joined Fulham in 2007 from New England Revolution, scoring 60 goals in 224 appearances for the Craven Cottage team.

Roberto di Matteo"s Chelsea are Barcelona lite

Can Di Matteo's new look Chelsea team pass the test as Barcelona lite

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 10 July 2012

For years they have been the heavyweights of the Barclays Premier League. With Didier Drogba bulldozing opposition defenders, Chelsea won three League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League in eight seasons.

Now they are tearing up the rule book and starting again. It’s time for a mini revolution at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are bringing in small, exciting players whom they hope can ape Barcelona’s tiki-taka passing style. Roman Abramovich and Roberto Di Matteo want pretty football – being efficient but unattractive to watch is no longer an option.

Viva la revolution: Chelsea's style will inevitably change next season

Viva la revolution: Chelsea's style will inevitably change next season

Out have gone much of the old guard.
Drogba is in China with Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou has signed for
Lille and Florent Malouda and Michael Essien could also leave.

In their places have arrived Eden
Hazard from Lille and Marko Marin from Werder Bremen, with Oscar due to
join from Internacional. All three are creative players to sit behind
Fernando Torres, who needs service in a way Drogba did not.

You have been warned: Eden Hazard

You have been warned: Eden Hazard

Add Juan Mata and Ramires into the mix and you can see that Chelsea are thinking big by thinking small. They want to kill teams with passing, not strength.

The club are making sure their new
signings are getting special treatment as they prepare for something of
a culture shock at Stamford Bridge.
Indeed Abramovich’s personal bodyguards chaperone Hazard and Marin into
training each day. They are important members of the Chelsea squad,
part of the future for this team.

Di Matteo has been obsessive in his
approach to the season, beginning his day at 8am and finishing long
after the players have left the training ground.

It has echoes of the long hours
Andre Villas-Boas used to put in but the atmosphere at the training
ground is far more relaxed under the Italian.

He will experiment in pre-season,
using Frank Lampard in the withdrawn role in which he excelled during
the Champions League. He will sit in front of the back four alongside
John Mikel Obi or Ramires.

Then come the little men. The plan is
for Marin, Hazard and Mata to work behind Torres, providing the 50m
striker with enough chances to finally kickstart his Chelsea career. The
trio will have the licence to swap positions, making them difficult to
mark and track.

Next in: Highly-rated young Oscar from Brazil is close to completing a 25m move

Next in: Highly-rated young Oscar from Brazil is close to completing a 25m move

Oscar, set to be the latest addition
to the revolution, can replace any of them. He will need to as
Chelsea’s fixture list will pile up with the campaigns in the Premier
League, Champions League, World Club Cup, FA Cup and League Cup.

Di Matteo knows this is the start of
another journey for Abramovich, reaching for the stars as the framework
is put in place to carry on competing with other European heavyweights.

Only this time they will be
heavyweights of a different kind. Chelsea have won the Champions League
with defensive might, now they plan to mesmerise.

Changing face of Chelsea

Carlos Bocanegra says Celtic will win SPL by Christmas

Celtic will win by Christmas! Furious Bocanegra blasts SPL for killing Scottish football

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UPDATED:

22:12 GMT, 9 July 2012

Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra has accused the SPL of killing Scottish football — and tipped Celtic to wrap up next season’s title by Christmas.

The USA international captain returns to Glasgow on Friday to start pre-season training with newco Rangers but his future with the club remains shrouded in uncertainty.

In what could yet be a parting shot, the 33-year-old insisted he expects next season’s top flight to be so uncompetitive following the SPL clubs’ decision to exclude the newco that Neil Lennon’s team, the current champions, will retain their title in record time.

Furious: Carlos Bocanegra said Celtic could win the league by Christmas

Furious: Carlos Bocanegra said Celtic could win the league by Christmas

‘Celtic are going to win the league in December. It’s frustrating,’ said the American.

‘Sometimes, I don’t understand. The people in the league, they want to punish (Rangers) for wrongdoing, but then they are just hurting themselves.’

Referring to this Friday’s meeting of SFL clubs to decide on which league the newco will play in, Bocanegra added: ‘Hopefully, they don’t put them down there (to the Third Division) because I think that is going to set Scottish football back so far.

‘Rangers is such a big institution, such a big club. I love going to work there every day. It is seriously the coolest club that I have ever been a part of.’

Bocanegra is free, however, to leave Ibrox for no fee under the terms of the wage-cut agreement signed when the club went into administration in February.

At the weekend, he admitted he would consider a return to the MLS in his homeland after eight years away, with New England Revolution keen to land him.

He has already watched as Rangers’ biggest stars have walked away from Ibrox, including Steven Davis (Southampton), Steven Naismith (Everton), Allan McGregor (currently unattached), Steven Whittaker (Norwich City), Jamie Ness (Stoke City) and Kyle Lafferty (Sion).

Left and leaving: Players are abandoning Rangers

Left and leaving: Players are abandoning Rangers

But Bocanegra agreed with former
Rangers boss Walter Smith that no blame should be attached to those
players, whom he could shortly be joining, in heading through the Ibrox
exit door.

The defender added: ‘A lot of the
fans are now starting to turn on the players because that is all they
have left to get angry at. It is just a very tough and unfortunate
situation.

‘Anybody who is leaving Rangers or staying there, it’s just a personal decision for those guys. You can’t blame anybody.'

Bocanegra plans to seek an urgent meeting with boss Ally McCoist on his return from the United States this week.

He said: ‘I have got to explore my options. I need to speak with the manager, as well. We kept missing each other. It wouldn’t be fair to speak out of turn if I haven’t spoken to him yet.

Goodbye Bocanegra could leave Ibrox for the MLS

Goodbye Bocanegra could leave Ibrox for the MLS

‘I would never rule out this (MLS). I like the league. I started there. I think that it is a good league with stadiums like the one here (New England Revolution) and in Kansas City and New York.

‘It’s awesome how much the league has grown. It’s certainly not a second-tier league.’

Meanwhile, Portsmouth are lining up a deal for former Rangers midfielder Rhys McCabe, even though the Fratton Park club are themselves in administration and currently cannot sign any players as they are under a Football League transfer embargo.

But the club are hopeful that their troubles will soon be behind them and that they can land the promising young midfielder.

Meanwhile, international clearance has not been granted by the SFA yet for the five players — Naismith, Whittaker, Davis, Lafferty and Ness — who have found clubs since refusing to transfer their registrations to the newco club.

Everton plan second bid for Clint Dempsey

Everton plotting second shot at Dempsey but Arsenal and Spurs lurk for Fulham star

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 27 April 2012

David Moyes plans to make another move to lure Clint Dempsey to Everton this summer, although money could prove an obstacle again.

Moyes had scouted Dempsey extensively when he was at New England Revolution but did not have the funds to match Fulham's 2million bid in January 2007.

He asked the America star to wait until the summer but Dempsey was keen to move to the Barclays Premier League and Revolution agreed to push through the Fulham deal.

Hotshot: Clint Dempsey (second left) has scored a magnificent 22 goals this term

Hotshot: Clint Dempsey (second left) has scored a magnificent 22 goals this term

The 29-year-old has scored 22 goals in 42 games in all competitions this season and has only one year left on his contract. An improved three-year deal has been on the table for some time but remains unsigned.

Dempsey's form and contract situation have attracted the attention of Arsenal and Tottenham. However, Moyes hopes Dempsey's close friendship with USA team-mate Tim Howard may work in his favour, but he is unlikely to pay more than 5m for the forward.

Moyes also played down speculation that he was leaving Everton in the summer. 'That is not my plan and it is not in my thoughts,' he said.

Newcastle sign Romain Amalfitano

Newcastle's French revolution continues as Amalfitano agrees three-year deal

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UPDATED:

09:05 GMT, 24 April 2012

Newcastle have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Romain Amalfitano from French club Reims.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been on manager Alan Pardew's radar for several months as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of a potential Champions League campaign.

And French media have now claimed Amalfitano, who is available on a free transfer, has signed a three-year deal.

Done deal: Newcastle have reportedly signed Romain Amalfitano (right)

Done deal: Newcastle have reportedly signed Romain Amalfitano (right)

Newcastle fans will be hoping the club's scouting network has unearthed another star after the success of Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse.

All three players have been instrumental in guiding the Magpies to the verge of a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Amalfitano has impressed at Reims where he has become known for his late runs from midfield and eye for a pass.

Six Nations 2012: Tom Croft hails England victory over France

French revolution! England try hero Croft hails massive team performance

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UPDATED:

17:42 GMT, 11 March 2012

England flanker Tom Croft described their thrilling 24-22 win over France in Paris as 'absolutely massive' and another big step forward for the new-look side.

Croft's try with 10 minutes left helped England claim their third away win of this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship and lifted them up to second in the table behind Wales, who beat Stuart Lancaster's side 19-12 at Twickenham last time out.

Croft, whose side held off a late France fightback, told BBC1: 'It's absolutely massive, we said after the last match against Wales that we have to take that extra step when it comes to seeing teams off.

Decisive moment: Croft's converted try was the difference between the two sides in the Stade de France

Decisive moment: Croft's converted try was the difference between the two sides in the Stade de France

'We really dug in, it was close at times. It was massive effort from the boys, it was great to have the English support over here in France and it's another great step for this side.

'As a team performance it was absolutely huge today and obviously we've got another tough test at home against Ireland next week.'

Croft added of England's performances
in the competition: 'We're a very tight-knit group. We've only been
together for this tournament and we've come on leaps and bounds.'

England interim coach Stuart
Lancaster said: 'It was a great achievement to come here with a young
side… France have not lost here for 10 games now, it was fantastic.

Team performance: Croft hailed the team ethic which saw England through

Team performance: Croft hailed the team ethic which saw England through

Put it there: Croft is mobbed after scoring the winning try

Put it there: Croft is mobbed after scoring the winning try

'I thought Tom Croft's try was outstanding but credit to the French, they came back and almost fashioned a drop goal but I thought we deserved it to be honest.

'The character the boys showed, one to 22 including the management…we were quietly confident coming in here but equally we will keep our feet on the ground as we have a big week coming up.'

Lancaster again sidestepped questions about his chances of taking the coach's job on a full-time basis.

'It's my job to get the team ready for Ireland and it should be a great finish to the Six Nations,' he added.

Fly-half Owen Farrell, who converted all
three of England's tries from Croft, Ben Foden and Manu Tuilagi as well
as a penalty for a nine-point haul, added: 'It's massive to come here
and get a win like that, they've not lost here in I don't know how many
years.

Paris match: The England fans and staff celebrate the famous victory

Paris match: The England fans and staff celebrate the famous victory

Paris match: The England fans and staff celebrate the famous victory

'For us to turn up and do that to them, and play like we did, is very exciting. I feel very privileged to play at a stadium like this.

Farrell also insisted England were confident in the lead-up to the game that they could come away with a victory.

He said: 'We always felt we could (win), we've got great belief in this team and we work hard for each other, we fight and we've got good values about us.'

Asked about his side showing what they are capable of in attack after scoring three tries in Paris, he added: 'We gel more and more every week and it's just come together today.'

Group hug: The smiles say it all after England's memorable victory

Group hug: The smiles say it all after England's memorable victory

Frederic Piquionne to join Doncaster

West Ham striker Piquionne set to join Doncaster on loan

Frederic Piquionne is ready to join Doncaster's French revolution.

The West Ham striker, 33, was wanted by Martin O'Neill at Sunderland during the transfer window and attracted interest from Wolves and Auxerre.

However, he is expected to link up on loan with friend and former Lyon team-mate Lamine Diatta at Doncaster.

French fancy: The West Ham striker is set to join Doncaster

French fancy: The West Ham striker is set to join Doncaster

Roman Pavlyuchenko ready to quit Tottenham and join Anzhi Makhachkhala

Pavlyuchenko ready to quit Spurs and join Anzhi”s Russian revolution

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is ready to accept a move to Anzhi Makhachkala if he fails to receive any offers from England.

The 30-year-old has been offered to QPR and is under consideration at Sunderland and Aston Villa but is not their priority.

On his way: Roman Pavlyuchenko wants regular first-team football

On his way: Roman Pavlyuchenko wants regular first-team football

His representative Oleg Artemov said: “He wasn”t against going back to Russia, but not to the Makhachkala-based team, but Pavlyuchenko is tired of the uncertainty and the lack of match action. He has a concrete offer from Anzhi in his hand. This offer is very good and profitable. Roman will accept it unless he gets a better offer.”