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Ten Football League stars Premier League scouts should be watching

Goal profiles 10 of the best players currently starring outside of the top flight who could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Hart<p><b>COMMENT</b> By <b>Oliver Platt</b> Follow on Twitter<p>Big-money buys from foreign leagues may dominate the Premier League's transfer window …

Man Utd prepare £100m Gareth Bale transfer bid for this summer

Louis van Gaal will be handed £100m to lure Bale to Manchester United<p>Louis van Gaal will be handed the funds <b>to lure Gareth Bale to Manchester United</b> this summer if the Wales winger signals an intention to leave Real Madrid.<p>With United standing to bank almost £100 million in extra earnings next …

Luis Enrique: Ibrahimovic's failure and Suarez's success at Barca baffles me

The Swede only spent one season in Catalunya before returning to Italy, while the Uruguyan has established himself as a star man for the Blaugrana<p>Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is baffled as to why Luis Suarez has succeeded where Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed by flourishing at Camp Nou.<p>Ibrahimovic arrived …

Radamel Falcao could return to Monaco from Manchester United - vice president

Monaco are waiting for Manchester United to make a decision on the future of Radamel Falcao and could welcome the Colombian back to Ligue 1, vice …

Chelsea transfer rumours: Jose Mourinho is fast-tracking move for £30m-rated Mauro Icardi

Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for Chelsea in 2015, with club interested in Inter hot-shot but unlikely to pull off Paul Pogba move<p><b>Chelsea</b><p>Chelsea are said to be preparing to fast-track an offer for £30m-rated Inter Milan hot-shot <b>Mauro Icardi</b>.<p><i>The Express</i> says that Icardi is set to leave …

The dark side of football transfers

Even with only his workaday shoes and a scuffed football, Souleymane Oeudraogo exudes instinctive talent. Close control skills, keepy-uppy, volleys on the spin: all are effortless. This spartan municipal training pitch in southwest Paris is his habitual terrain. But something is amiss. Oeudraogo …

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Swansea City open to bids for Liverpool and Tottenham target Bony

With Premier League big-hitters chasing the prolific Ivorian striker, Swans chairman Huw Jenkins insists that no contact has been made but is unwilling to rule out a sale<p>Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins says that there has been no approach for Wilfried Bony but refuses to rule out selling the …

Alternative sporting heroes of 2014

From Sam Burgess, a Pom who never whinged, to the driving force behind Yorkshire's Grand Depart and Kumar Sangakkara's annus mirabilis<p><b>Sam Burgess</b><p>Let us set aside, for now, those still-fresh images of Burgess taking his first tentative steps in the blue of Bath, charging awkwardly into the contact …

Arsenal transfer news: Inter Milan express interest in signing Lukas Podolski

German striker feels he has been squeezed out of Arsene Wenger’s plans and is keen to move in the New Year<p>Inter Milan have expressed an interest in signing <b>Arsenal</b> and <b>Chelsea</b> outcasts Lukas Podolski and Mohamed Salah.<p>Podolski was already a target for Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, before Inter …