Steven Fletcher joins Marseille in loan deal

In a surprise move, Scotland international striker Steven Fletcher has joined French Ligue One side Marseille on-loan until the end of the campaign, according to Sky Sports. The former-Hibernian star had fallen out-of-favour with Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce and has not appeared for the north east club in the last five matches. The 28-year-old has scored just four goals this season and England international Jermain Defoe has forced him out of the starting line-up in the past few weeks. Fletcher’s contract with Sunderland expires in the summer and he…

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Stoke set to bring in Giannelli Imbula

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has confirmed that Stoke are in talks with Porto to sign highly-rated French international midfielder Gianelli Imbula in a deal worth £18million. The mooted transfer fee would be a club-record one for the Potters, whose previous transfer record fee was the £12million they paid for Swiss international midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri from Italian giants Inter in the summer. Imbula is highly-regarded as a powerhouse defensive midfielder and as one of the best up-and-coming players in his position in European football. Potters boss Mark Hughes is confident of…

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Everton close to sealing deal for Senegalese striker

Everton are close to sealing a £13.5million deal to sign Senegalese international striker Oumar Niasse from CSKA Moscow, according to The Daily Mail. The striker has impressed in the Russian top-flight. Niasse arrived at the Toffees Finch Farm training ground earlier today and has now travelled to have a medical in Liverpool city centre. The striker has enjoyed a very good year for Lokomotiv Moscow and has scored 13 times in 21 appearances and also supplied eight assists in all competitions for Lokomotiv. The 25-year-old has previously been linked with…

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Newcastle sign striker and still interested in Baggies star

Relegation-threatened Newcastle have added to their attacking options by signing Senegalese striker Seydou Doumbia on-loan for the rest of the season from Serie A club Roma, according to the BBC. The Magpies are also reportedly looking into signing West Brom striker Saido Berahino. The 28-year-old made his name in European football at Russian giants CSKA Moscow, scoring a very creditable 66 goals in 108 league appearances for CSKA. Doumbia only moved to Italy in the winter transfer window in 2015, but failed to settle in the eternal city. The Magpies…

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Pep Guardiola signs three-year deal with Manchester City

Former-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will become the new Manchester City boss at the end of the campaign and has signed a three-year-contract with the Citizens, the club announced on its website. The news came on the back of current City boss Manuel Pellegrini announcing during his pre-match press conference that he will leave the club at the end of the season. The news was not surprising, but the timing of the announcement maybe was. Pep to City confirmation communique#MCFC pic.twitter.com/r6Madx18ST — AS English (@English_AS) 1 februari 2016 Guardiola who is…

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