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Pool signing Origi ‘can light up world football’ — at Lille

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Divock Origi "can light up world football" after the Belgium striker completed his £10 million (€12.6m) move to Anfield yesterday.

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Vidal not going to United, says Allegri

Manchester United’s transfer ambitions suffered a significant setback yesterday after new Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri insisted midfielder Arturo Vidal will stay in Turin for the forthcoming season.

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New signing Berget ‘perfect match’ for Celtic, says Deila

Ronnie Deila believes Jo Inge Berget is a "perfect match" for Celtic.

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Everton’s McCarthy flattered by reported interest from United

Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy admits he’s flattered by the reported interest from Manchester United and has revealed just how close he came to joining Spurs last year.

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Schneiderlin fumes as Saints rule out further sales

Morgan Schneiderlin last night accused Southampton of destroying his six-year spell at the Saints after chairman Ralph Krueger declared that neither the midfielder nor Jay Rodriguez will be sold this summer.

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Barkley rewarded with new four-year Everton contract

Midfielder Ross Barkley believes his new four-year contract proves performances on the pitch bring their own rewards.

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Gold blames jetlag for derogatory tweet about Hammers boss Sam

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has blamed jet-lag for a social media act that suggested he wanted to see Sam Allardyce leave his role as the club’s manager.

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Van Gaal shrugs off José’s mind-games

Louis van Gaal will not get drawn into any mind-games with Jose Mourinho this season and he says he still regards the Chelsea manager as his "friend".

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Ferdinand: I was ready to become TV pundit

Rio Ferdinand admits he was ready to turn to a television career and retire from football before Harry Redknapp offered to bring him to QPR this summer.

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Calum Chambers

Chambers completes Gunners switch

Arsenal have signed full-back Calum Chambers from Southampton for an undisclosed fee, the London club have announced.

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Lovren seals £20m deal to join Liverpool

Liverpool last night completed the signing of defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton on a long-term contract for a "significant fee’" thought to be in the region of £20 million (€25.3m).

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Election delight for Fitzgerald

Tony Fitzgerald became the first FAI president from Cork for 28 years on Saturday when he was elected unopposed at association’s AGM in Athlone.

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Smalling excited with new United formation

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is confident he can slot perfectly into Louis van Gaal’s first-team plans this season.

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Dundalk send clear message to rivals

Airtricity Premier Division: Dundalk 5 Bray Wanderers 1

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Vertonghen Spurs boost

Jan Vertonghen insists he wants to remain with Tottenham and has confirmed he has been offered a new five-year contract to remain with the north London club.

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Financial strain adds to pressure on O’Neill

Instead of providing answers on the Football Association of Ireland’s financial outlook, Saturday’s AGM in Arklow only served to raise further questions on the matter.

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Falcao could make return from injury at Emirates

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim expects Colombia striker Radamel Falcao to make his long-awaited comeback from injury at the Emirates Stadium next weekend.

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Pep has Bayern job for life, says Rummenigge

Pep Guardiola has been told he has a job for life at Bayern Munich.

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Lenihan out of hospital after suffering concussion at Bohs

The injury suffered by Cork City’s Brian Lenihan in Friday’s loss to Bohemians is not as serious as first feared.

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Wilshere expresses regret over ‘unacceptable’ smoking mistake

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has expressed regret after being photographed smoking while on holiday in Las Vegas, admitting it was "unacceptable".

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Costa nets debut goal as Chelsea come back to win

Diego Costa scored on his Chelsea debut as the Blues came from behind to beat Slovenian outfit Olimpija Ljubljana 2-1 away in a friendly yesterday.

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