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Chelsea linked with double swoop

Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula and Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.
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Neil Warnock is being lined up for a comeback as Birmingham City's director of football - with pal Gianni Paladini closing in on a takeover of the club.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is due to address his team's striker shortage by attempting to sign Iceland's Alfred Finnbogason from Dutch club Heerenveen.

Liverpool are to allow England Under-21 defender Andre Wisdom go on loan to Championship Derby County for the rest of the year.

Brighton are in talks with Cardiff about taking striker Rudy Gestede on loan for the rest of the year.

Roy Hodgson and Rio Ferdinand must bury the hatchet after being named on the new FA commission.

The FA has promised a full-scale probe after a linesman was hit by a smoke bomb at Aston Villa yesterday.

Former Blackburn boss Steve Kean is heading for a shock return to management with Brunei DPMM in the Asian Singapore League.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says he has no fears golden boy Andros Townsend will get too big for his boots.

Jose Mourinho is expected to escape a touchline ban following his dismissal against Cardiff.

Greg Dyke has moved to try to end the revolt that has engulfed the Football Association by announcing Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson will join his England Commission.

The Football Association will launch an investigation after an assistant referee was struck by a smoke bomb thrown from the stands at Villa Park.

Rio Ferdinand will add his voice to the debate on improving England's fortunes after agreeing to join the Football Association's new commission, along with national coach Roy Hodgson.

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, 24, has been ruled out for at least another two weeks after suffering a setback on his recovery from abdominal surgery and will miss the next three games.

Greg Dyke failed to quell the unrest in his own Football Association board last night after Heather Rabbatts's revolt against the make-up of his commission into the English game continued, despite the addition of Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson.

Meanwhile, the FA has opened an investigation after a flare was thrown and struck assistant referee David Bryan after Tottenham's first goal at Villa Park on Sunday.

Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson joined Greg Dyke's commission yesterday as the FA chairman sought to defuse the row over the lack of diversity and heavyweight clout on his panel.

The FA launched an investigation last night after Dave Bryan, an assistant referee, was struck by a smoke bomb thrown from the stand holding visiting supporters at Villa Park.

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand is adamant he can put his difficult relationship with England manager Roy Hodgson behind him, after the two men were named by Football Association chairman Greg Dyke as members of the commission to improve the England team.

After a week of headlines, of hype, of his first England goal, his first front-page storm - and a new contract too - Andros Townsend made it very clear at Villa Park on Sunday that he is a footballer worth paying attention to.

Rio Ferdinand has been appointed to the FA's commission into the future of English football, two days after the chairman, Greg Dyke, faced stinging criticism from one of his board members over the ethnic makeup of the panel.

A sparkling performance by Andros Townsend in Tottenham Hotspurs' 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park was overshadowed when an assistant referee was hit by a flare thrown by a member of the visiting support.

Chelsea are poised to spend £50m on Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula and FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala in the January transfer window.

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