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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Double deal

LONDON - Manchester United made a sensational double swoop on transfer deadline day to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco and Holland international Daley Blind from Ajax. Blind's arrival, in a STG14 million ($F43million) transfer, had been expected, but the signing of prolific 28-year-old frontman Falcao was a major coup for the ailing English giants.

Negredo signs

MADRID - Valencia have completed the signing of Spanish international Alvaro Negredo on loan from Manchester City. The La Liga club will then be obliged to complete the signing on a permanent basis next summer.

"Valencia football club have reached a agreement with Manchester City for the loan, with obligatory option to buy, of the Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo," said a statement on Valencia's website.

Ronaldo not happy

MADRID - World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has said he wouldn't have sanctioned the sales of Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso if he was in charge of Real Madrid. The European champions sorely missed both departed midfielders and the injured Ronaldo as they succumbed to a shock 4-2 defeat at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

"If I was in charge, I would not do it like this, but everyone has their opinion and is free to say what they think," Ronaldo said at a sponsor's event on Monday.

Transfer deadline

LONDON - Manchester United's mooted loan swoop for Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao was the headline news as the transfer deadline loomed closer for England's Premier League clubs on Monday. According to widespread reports in the British media, United have agreed a season-long loan move for the prolific 28-year-old marksman for a fee of around STG10 million euros ($F31million). Sources at Monaco told AFP that United would then have the option of making the deal permanent for a fee of around 55 million euros ($F141m).

Hernandez signs

MADRID - European champions Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Mexican international striker Javier Hernandez on a season-long loan from Manchester United on Monday.

"Real Madrid and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the loan of Javier Hernandez, who will be tied to the club for this season" the Spanish club said in a statement.

Socceroo in EPL

LIEGE, Belgium - Still coming to terms with being thrown into the English Premier League deep end, Jason Davidson is ready to give his Socceroos stocks another boost against Belgium. Davidson became the latest Australian to ply his trade in England's top flight when he joined West Brom last month and things have progressed quickly for the 23-year-old defender. Despite a lack of pre-season training following the World Cup, Davidson was thrust into Alan Irvine's starting line-up in place of injured first-choice left back Sebastien Pocognoli.

Facey on bribery charge

LONDON - Former English Premier League soccer player Delroy Facey has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, Britain's National Crime Agency revealed on Monday. The 34-year-old former striker, who played for Bolton Wanderers in the top flight between 2002 and 2004, has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into match-fixing in the United Kingdom.





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