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Everton’s summer of stealth continues with capture of Delph | Paul Wilson

Having already secured the permanent services of André Gomes, the arrival of the England midfielder for a cut-price £8.5m should only add to sense of excitement at GoodisonThe consensus among the more excitable news outlets is that this is going to be …

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Steve Bruce faces tough task at Newcastle but he is used to adversity | Paul Wilson

Bruce’s happiest times were at smaller clubs and he starts his biggest Premier League job as a manager with eyes fully openSteve Bruce is normally a safe if somewhat unexciting pair of managerial hands, though as supporters of Sheffield United, Birming…

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Steve Bruce faces tough task at Newcastle but he is used to adversity | Paul Wilson

Bruce’s happiest times were at smaller clubs and he starts his biggest Premier League job as a manager with eyes fully openSteve Bruce is normally a safe if somewhat unexciting pair of managerial hands, though as supporters of Sheffield United, Birming…

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Steve Bruce faces tough task at Newcastle but he is used to adversity | Paul Wilson

Bruce’s happiest times were at smaller clubs and he starts his biggest Premier League job as a manager with eyes fully openSteve Bruce is normally a safe if somewhat unexciting pair of managerial hands, though as supporters of Sheffield United, Birming…

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Bolton left with seven players but will fulfil pre-season fixture at York

Club to field youth and development players on SundayBolton confident they can fill squad if takeover happens swiftlyBolton Wanderers intend to field a team comprising mostly youth and development players when they play their first pre-season friendly …

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Peter Crouch, the affable beanpole who won over fans everywhere | Paul Wilson

The former England striker, who has retired at 38, had an unusual skill-set and took the robot dance back to the massesWith the possible exception of Brent Sancho, the Trinidad and Tobago defender whose dreadlocks he grabbed when leaping to score a hea…

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Manchester City are favourites to win the Champions League. But should they be? | Paul Wilson

City are serial winners with a great manager and squad but their short price is unusual when they have never reached the finalThe second week of Wimbledon is probably far too early to be thinking about football and what may happen at the business end o…

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Paul Pogba stalemate a pain for Manchester United manager and fans | Paul Wilson

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is in a tricky position with United ready to sell the midfielder but at a price beyond Europe’s top clubsOle Gunnar Solskjær will seek face?to-face discussions with Paul Pogba before Manchester United make any decision over the unse…

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Maguire and Pérez show it still pays to shop in unheralded locations | Paul Wilson

Statement spending can work in the Premier League but for every Virgil van Dijk there is a Paul Pogba or Romelu LukakuMike Ashley is the Premier League equivalent of Captain Rum – the seafarer from Blackadder who runs his ship in a contrary manner to “…

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Recruiting Frank Lampard could be a change of culture Chelsea need | Paul Wilson

The club should take their lead from Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham and forge a real team ethosThe premise of Good Morning Transfers, a new Sky Sports segment that begins on Monday, is that the present transfer window is poised to be the biggest, bes…

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Six years on, David Moyes’ contract at Manchester United finally nears its end

It sums up recent Old Trafford troubles and the perilous nature of management that Moyes was so swiftly moved onIn the parallel universe of where Manchester United imagined they would be six years ago David Moyes is planning a little party this weekend…

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Six years on, David Moyes’ contract at Manchester United finally nears its end

It sums up recent Old Trafford troubles and the perilous nature of management that Moyes was so swiftly moved onIn the parallel universe of where Manchester United imagined they would be six years ago David Moyes is planning a little party this weekend…

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Liverpool and City make X-rated fees normal in scary pursuit of perfection | Paul Wilson

Reds were ahead of the curve with £75m Virgil van Dijk transfer but champions could trump that for Harry Maguire as a duopoly emerges in the Premier LeagueThere are weeks of the transfer window still to go, an opportunity to keep spending money stretch…

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Manchester United should sell Paul Pogba even if they make a loss | Paul Wilson

Talk of increasing the French midfielder’s wages to ensure he stays at Old Trafford is silly and misses the pointManchester United should not bother waiting for an astronomical offer for Paul Pogba, whatever Ed Woodward seems to be saying. If any reaso…

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Fabinho grows in stature to become key man in Liverpool midfield | Paul Wilson

Brazilian watched last year’s final knowing he would be moving to Anfield, this time he is central to their hopes of winning the Champions LeagueWhen Liverpool lost their Champions League final in Kiev a year ago it appeared their immediate reaction wa…

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Jordan Henderson: ‘City don’t stop at one trophy … we want more and more’

The Liverpool captain is determined that a Champions League final win over Spurs would be just the beginning for his sideIt is easy to see Liverpool’s place in the Champions League final on Saturday as a shot at redemption, a chance to make up for last…

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On Merseyside at the moment the spotlight is on us, says Micky Mellon

Manager is taking Tranmere to Wembley for the third time in three years, this one for the League Two play-off with Newport“Excited but contained” is how the Tranmere Rovers manager, Micky Mellon, feels about the possibility of back-to-back promotions. …

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Champions League no longer contest of champions but battle between leagues | Paul Wilson

While the old format never produced a same-nation final, this will be the seventh since 2000, as England steps into the void left by Spain. But there is no point weeping over lost romanceRichard Scudamore retired too soon! No sooner had the Premier Lea…

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Pleasure of promotion is potent despite likelihood of pain to follow | Paul Wilson

Suspension of disbelief will be necessary as fans of Norwich, Sheffield United and either Aston Villa or Derby contemplate Premier League life. Luckily football supporters are good at thatIt was a privilege to be at Elland Road for the play-off second …

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Fylde hope anti-freeze in the tank will unlock FA Trophy final glory

Dave Challinor and his players are back at Wembley to take on Leyton Orient a week after a below-par display against Salford dashed their hopes of promotion to League TwoAFC Fylde are back at Wembley for the second time in just over a week in Sunday’s …