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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.'

Raheem Sterling signs new Liverpool contract

Sterling ends speculation by signing new long-term contract with Liverpool

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UPDATED:

14:53 GMT, 21 December 2012

England whizzkid Raheem Sterling has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The 18-year-old winger has been in negotiations with the Anfield club for weeks over a new deal.

But, as revealed by Sportsmail this week, both parties have shaken hands on a deal for Sterling to stay with the Merseysiders for the foreseeable future.

Signed, sealed, delivered: Raheem Sterling agreeing his new contract with Brendan Rodgers

Signed, sealed, delivered: Raheem Sterling agreeing his new contract with Brendan Rodgers

'It's every 18-year-old's dream. I'm just really grateful to be at such a big club like this,' Sterling said.

'There's a lot more to be done. I haven't begun yet, as the manager has said. Hopefully I can kick on after the New Year and try to do my best for the team and the football club.'

Manager Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool provide the ideal environment in which Sterling can flourish.

There was a slight hold up to the deal being finalised as negotiations had to be thrashed out over the scale of his pay rise – from a reported 2,000-a-week to nearer 40,000.

But Rodgers insisted extended discussions were also about football as well as financial decisions.

Shake on it: Sterling with Liverpool boss Rodgers

Shake on it: Sterling with Liverpool boss Rodgers

'It was just making sure that we take
care in terms of the financial – but also the football – plan for the
player,' said the Reds boss.

'This was about a young player who
has rocketed from playing in the youth teams and the reserves into
becoming a full England international.

'A lot has happened in his young life and it was just about making sure that there was that protection for him going forward – both in his financial situation and his football plan.

'I have always been confident that this was going to be the best place for him and thankfully the kid is very focused and devoted to Liverpool.'

Jamaican-born Sterling had just 18 months left to run on his existing contract and ensuring the teenage sensation penned an extension was a top priority for the club.

And after several meetings between managing director Ian Ayre and Sterling's representatives the England international can now concentrate on establishing himself as a key member of Brendan Rodgers' plans.

A number of the Premier League's elite were lining up to take advantage of the uncertainty regarding Sterling's future next month.

Both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea have watched Sterling extensively with a view to swooping for the forward in January.

Sterling, who started his career at Queens Park Rangers, has made rapid progress for Liverpool since breaking into the first team under Kenny Dalglish last season.

And his impressive breakthrough culminated in his first England cap, as he started in the defeat against Sweden last month.

However, he is still eligible to play for his native Jamaica given he has not played for the Three Lions in a competitive fixture yet.

Ayre said: 'This is another positive step forward for the football club in securing the long-term future of one of the country's brightest young talents.

One to watch: Sterling has come to the fore this season under manager Brendan Rodgers

One to watch: Sterling has come to the fore this season under manager Brendan Rodgers

'The negotiations were very positive and both parties acted in a very responsible way to reach an outcome that benefits both Raheem and Liverpool FC.

'Since the summer, Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Jonjo Shelvey and Suso have all signed new long-term contracts and it's a clear indication of our intent to keep the players we believe are crucial to bringing success on the pitch.

'It also shows the belief the players have in the vision and leadership of Brendan Rodgers and everyone at this football club.'

Sunderland want John Guidetti from Manchester City

O'Neill to turn to City's Guidetti to solve Sunderland's goalscoring problems

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 5 December 2012

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill wants to revive his bid to sign Manchester City striker John Guidetti on loan in January.

O’Neill tried to sign the 20-year-old in August but the Sweden forward was struggling after a paralysis virus which he picked up in April.

However, Guidetti, who scored 20 goals in 23 games in Holland for Feyenoord last year, is on course to be fully fit for the next window.

Wanted: Manchester City's John Guidetti (right) is a target for Sunderland

Wanted: Manchester City's John Guidetti (right) is a target for Sunderland

Other clubs are also interested but Sunderland will offer a loan with a view to a 6.5million deal.

City defender Karim Rekik, 17, has signed a new long-term contract and the club are also monitoring Colombia Under 20 defender Pedro Franco of Millonarios.

Yohan Cabaye out with groin injury until January

Blow for Newcastle as star midfielder Cabaye is ruled out until January with groin injury

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UPDATED:

16:02 GMT, 19 November 2012

Crocked: Cabaye was injured while he was away with France

Crocked: Cabaye was injured while he was away with France

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fears midfielder Yohan Cabaye could be sidelined until the new year.

The Frenchman sustained a groin injury on international duty and it appears the player may be out for longer than expected.

'Cabaye looks like he could be out four to six weeks,' the Magpies boss told the Evening Chronicle.

'Cabaye might possibly have to have a little surgery on that groin.

'It could be we run all the way to the end of January before I have my first team to pick from.'

Pardew is already missing Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic to longer-term injuries.

The concern for him is even when Cabaye gets fully fit he will still not be able to select a first-choice midfield as Cheick Tiote is likely to be involved in African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast.

Key man: Cabaye has starred for Newcastle since arriving in the summer of 2011

Key man: Cabaye has starred for Newcastle since arriving in the summer of 2011

'When Cabaye comes back, Cheick will be gone. It is tough for us at the minute,' Pardew added.

'You have seasons when you lose players and you have to be able to cope with it.

'If I had everybody available then losing Cabaye would not be such a blow.

'At the minute we cannot afford to lose anybody.'

Liverpool 3 Wigan 0: Luis Suarez scores brace

Liverpool 3 Wigan 0: Suarez at the double as hosts cruise to victory over Latics

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UPDATED:

17:28 GMT, 17 November 2012

Striker Luis Suarez proved just how valuable he is to Liverpool with two goals and an assist to help secure only a second home win of the season.

The Uruguay international struck twice in nine second-half minutes and also played a part in the third which saw Jose Enrique score his first goal for the club.

Reports this week that Manchester City were ready to make a 40million bid for the striker in January were dismissed by Roberto Mancini and Brendan Rodgers, with the latter confidently stating his prize asset was not for sale.

At the double: Suarez scored two goals as Liverpool cruised to victory over Wigan

At the double: Suarez scored two goals as Liverpool cruised to victory over Wigan

Match facts

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Agger (Carragher 82), Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suarez (Shelvey 87),
Fernandez Saez (Henderson 36).

Subs Not Used: Jones, Sahin, Cole, Coates.

Goals: Suarez 47, 58, Jose Enrique 65.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell (Gomez 69), Figueroa, Boyce, Watson (Jones 32), McCarthy, Beausejour, Maloney, Di Santo (Miyaichi 69),Kone.

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Stam.

Booked: Figueroa, Caldwell, Di Santo.

Attendance: 44,913

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

And in any case, scoring in five
successive matches to take his tally to 10 in as many appearances would
appear to have boosted Suarez's price tag by several million more.

Not that Liverpool would consider –
or could even countenance – selling a player who is so vital to any
chance of success in the short- to medium-term.

Without the 25-year-old's input this
season – from goals and assists – the Reds would be in the bottom three.
It is difficult to put a price on exactly how much that is worth to a
team still growing into Rodgers' way of working but it is safe to say it
would likely take much more to replace what he has brought to the side
this campaign.

Yet Suarez was strangely subdued in a
first half which had very few talking points. With goalkeeper Jose
Reina making his first appearance since October 7, Rodgers reverted to
back four having opted for three centre-backs at Chelsea last weekend.

Kop idol: The Uruguayan celebrates after netting a double

Kop idol: The Uruguayan celebrates after netting a double

Somewhat surprisingly he selected
Enrique on the left of midfield but before the half was out he had
tinkered with his tactical line-up having seen his side fail to get a
grip on the game.

The hosts began well with Suarez's
cross turned behind by Ben Watson and Daniel Agger's header from the
corner tipped just wide by the outstretched hand of Ali Al Habsi.

After Reina shrugged off some of the
rustiness with a routine save from Arouna Kone's long-range effort both
Agger and Suso headed over.

Kop that: Enrique put the result beyond doubt after scoring his side's third goal

Kop that: Enrique put the result beyond doubt after scoring his side's third goal

It was virtually the young
Spaniard's last involvement as just past the half-hour he was replaced
by Jordan Henderson with Gerrard moving forward to play in the hole by
Suarez in an attempt to get more support for the Uruguay international.

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Net gains: Suarez wheels away in celebration after scoring his second goal in nine minutes

Andre Wisdom's pass into space gave
Sterling, who had also had an uncharacteristically quiet 45 minutes, the
chance to nip in front of Maynor Figueroa and run at the Wigan defence.

When he crossed for Suarez the
Uruguayan's first-time shot, assisted by a slight deflection of Ivan
Ramis, beat Al Habsi. If the goal energised the home side it ignited
Suarez, who was rampant after that.

Enrique drove infield from the left
and poked in a through-ball which still required plenty from Suarez but
in his current form there was only going to be one outcome and he easily
beat the goalkeeper. The third goal had a touch of fortune but only in
its origin.

Up for the battle: Gerrard was back playing in a Liverpool shirt after featuring in his 100th game for England

Up for the battle: Gerrard was back playing in a Liverpool shirt after featuring in his 100th game for England

A throw-in down Wigan's left should
have gone to the visitors but the officials awarded it to Liverpool and
it was from that they finished off the game.

Suarez again had major part to play,
sliding a pass through the inside-right channel to Sterling whose shot
was parried by Al Habsi into the path of Enrique who could not miss from
a few yards out.

The Spaniard, benefiting from his
advanced position, celebrated only his second goal in five years in
English football, his first coming for Newcastle against Nottingham
Forest in March 2010.

Confidence was now surging through a
Liverpool side who had previously been so timid and reticent in front
of their own fans in 2012 – having previously only won three league
matches at Anfield all year.

That was typified by Glen Johnson's
run, starting on the halfway line close to the left touchline, which saw
the England defender drive just wide with his right foot from the edge
of the area.

Suarez eventually departed to a
well-deserved standing ovation late on as Rodgers protected his
investment on the back of seven-match unbeaten run.

Sunderland"s David Meyler rejoins Hull City om loan

Bruce raids former club Sunderland to get Meyler back on loan at Hull

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UPDATED:

15:01 GMT, 8 November 2012

Sunderland midfielder David Meyler has rejoined Steve Bruce at Championship side Hull City until January.

The Republic of Ireland international has had limited first team chances under Martin O’Neill and wants to enhance his chances of remaining in Giovanni Trapattoni's plans with games.

Meyler made his competitive debut for Ireland last month and was named in the squad which will face Greece in a friendly in Dublin next week.

To Hull and back: David Meyler has made the short-term switch to Hull

To Hull and back: David Meyler has made the short-term switch to Hull

Meyler, 23, joined Sunderland in 2008 from Cork City and made his first team debut under Bruce in December 2009, breaking into the first team squad before suffering a serious knee injury.

But he has made just five appearances for Sunderland in all competitions this season, as well as making his full Republic of Ireland debut against Oman in September.

He joins Sunderland midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady who is also on loan at Hull City, who are making a serious challenge for promotion under Bruce.

Fulham keen to sort Brede Hangeland future out before Christmas

Fulham set for crunch Hangeland talks to prevent him leaving for free

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 5 November 2012

Fulham want to call key defender Brede Hangeland in for showdown contract talks before Christmas in an attempt to prevent him leaving the club on a free transfer.

The Craven Cottage club are keen to tie down their 31-year-old captain to a new and improved long-term contract.

But if Fulham are not able to agree an extension with Hangeland then they are ready to listen to offers in January for the Norway skipper, who is understood to earn in the region of 40,000 a week.

Up in the air: Fulham want to sort out Brede Hangeland's future before the transfer window opens

Up in the air: Fulham want to sort out Brede Hangeland's future before the transfer window opens

Manager Martin Jol has made sorting out Hangeland’s future a top priority for the club’s board — but the centre half has so far resisted their efforts to begin negotiations.

As the situation stands, Hangeland — who has made 169 Fulham appearances since joining in 2008 from FC Copenhagen — can sign a free transfer pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.

James McFadden joins Sunderland

Sunderland snap-up former Scotland striker McFadden on a free

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UPDATED:

09:55 GMT, 26 October 2012

New start: Former Scotland international James McFadden has joined Sunderland

New start: Former Scotland international James McFadden has joined Sunderland

Free agent James McFadden has completed his move to Sunderland on a short-term contract.

Manager Martin O'Neill revealed on Thursday that the 29-year-old former Scotland international would put pen to paper within 24 hours, and the Black Cats have confirmed he has now done that as the attempts to rekindle his career.

Free agent McFadden spent six months at Everton last season after being released by Birmingham.

He will spend the next three months on Wearside as O'Neill assesses whether or not he can return to the form which brought him 48 senior caps.

Stoke"s Cameron Jerome to join Blackburn on loan

Managerless Rovers close to bringing in Stoke outcast Jerome on loan

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UPDATED:

10:09 GMT, 26 October 2012

Stoke striker Cameron Jerome is closing in on a move to npower Championship side Blackburn on a short-term loan.

The 26-year-old has only made three appearances from the bench this season and could now move to Ewood Park for a three-month loan spell.

New challenge: Stoke's Cameron Jerome is off to Blackburn on loan

New challenge: Stoke's Cameron Jerome is off to Blackburn on loan

Stoke boss Tony Pulis, who earlier this week said he would not let Kenwyne Jones or Wilson Palacios leave the club on loan, confirmed he had been in touch with Blackburn's caretaker boss Eric Black.

Pulis said: 'Eric rang up to enquire about Cameron. It would be a three-month loan with a recall available after 28 days.

'But it's a bit awkward as Rovers don't have a manager at the moment. It would be a good one for Cameron – he is the kind of player that needs game time.'

James McFadden poised to sign for Sunderland

McFadden poised to pen short-term deal with Sunderland after lengthy trial

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 25 October 2012


Another chance: James McFadden

Another chance: James McFadden

Scotland international James McFadden is on the verge of signing for Sunderland.

The 29-year-old former Everton striker, who is a free agent, will sign a deal until the January transfer window and has until then to impress Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill to win a longer contract.

McFadden, who has been on trial at the Wearside club for more than a month and played in two behind-closed-doors friendlies, could be eligible for Sunderland’ s clash at Stoke on Saturday.

O’Neill said: 'It will be a short-term contract that suits all parties.

'That gives him the opportunity to get fit, join the squad and then try to get into the team.

'The idea of signing him is that he can show what he thinks he’s capable of doing.

'We’ll have to see if it’s the James McFadden of old and if it is, that will benefit us.'