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January 9, 2014

Van Persie returns to Manchester United & targets comeback at Chelsea
16:53 GMT

The forward has returned to the UK after completing two weeks of specialist fitness work in Holland and is targeting the trip to Stamford Bridge as his next match

Negredo enjoying Manchester City partnership with Dzeko
15:35 GMT

The Spaniard scored his second hat-trick of the season, while the Bosnian netted twice, in Wednesday's 6-0 hammering of West Ham in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final

Tottenham rule out Lamela loan move
14:01 GMT

The winger has been linked with Inter & Juventus and is desperate for first-team football to boost his World Cup ambitions after a disappointing start at Spurs since his €36m move

English policeman-turned ref Howard Webb voted world's best despite 'scandalous' decisions
11:49 GMT

English professional referee Howard Webb, who officiates primarily in the Premier League, has reportedly been named the best referee in the world despite falling foul of the Manchester United and Liverpool managers over recent controversial decisions.

FIFA dismisses 'belief' 2022 Qatar World Cup will be held in winter
06:49 GMT

FIFA has reportedly dismissed the comments of the football governing body's secretary general Jerome Valcke that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held in the winter months that year, instead of the June-July tournament originally scheduled.

January 8, 2014

Xavi admits considering quitting Barca following Man U move rumours
15:19 GMT

Barcelona footballer Xavi has reportedly hinted that he may quit his current club.

Hodgson: Arsenal's Theo Walcott will return a stronger player
13:56 GMT

England boss Roy Hodgson has stated that Theo Walcott’s latest injury is a blow to the national side but he believes the setback will help the forward to become a stronger player.

Manchester City news: Pellegrini says transfer decisions will not be rushed
11:58 GMT

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that there is no need to make rash decisions when it comes to bringing in new players to the Etihad.

Vidic considering quitting Man U at end of season
08:44 GMT

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is reportedly considering leaving the Old Trafford side at the end of the season.

January 7, 2014

Why Walcott's injury may cost Arsenal the Premier League
16:40 GMT

Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the season and World Cup due to a knee injury, which is a crushing blow for Arsenal fans and their title chances.

Napoli manager Benitez linked with desires for Chelsea and Barcelona stars
16:39 GMT

Napoli made several big moves over the summer as the Italian side look to maintain their place as a resurgent power in European football. The arrivals of Dries Mertens, Gonzalo Higuain and others have gone a long way to putting belief into the fans that manager Rafael Benitez has a strong future for the club ahead of them.

Manchester United transfer news: List of targets grows with massive kitty
16:37 GMT

Several major outlets are reporting that Manchester United manager David Moyes has been given a massive £200m kitty to spend on players. The club have struggled since appointing David Moyes over the summer, but it looks as if the Glazier family is prepared to open the checkbook in order to get the club headed back in the right direction.

Arsenal and Manchester United monitoring Bundesliga strike star
12:12 GMT

Arsenal still are hoping to add some firepower to their front line this January as the Gunners are stretched thing in the forward ranks with both Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner struggling with injury.

Robbie Fowler expects England to 'struggle' in 2014 FIFA World Cup
10:00 GMT

Former England and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has said that he expects England will 'struggle' at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which he tipped one of the Latin sides to win.

Blatter accuses Brazil of being 'badly prepared' for 2014 FIFA World Cup
04:57 GMT

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has reportedly accused Brazil of being 'badly prepared' despite five months left before the country hosts the World Cup this year.