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Eto'o hours away from Arsenal deal

New Chelsea signing Eto'o claims he was hours away from Arsenal move.
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New Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has revealed he was 'hours away' from joining Arsenal in 2000.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has had a dig at Arsenal's club record £42.5 million signing Mesut Ozil after claiming he cost too much.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is interested in taking Spurs' outcast striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan.

Fit-again Hull City striker Matty Fryatt, 27, has been urged to go on loan by Tigers boss Steve Bruce.

Leeds United winger Ryan Hall is being chased by Brentford, Leyton Orient and Crawley Town.

Cristiano Ronaldo showed Gareth Bale what he thinks of the threat to his superstar status at Real Madrid with a two-footed tackle in training.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho predicted the tightest Premier League race he has experienced and claimed the top six are all better.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is demanding that his new foreign signings stop being so "shy", and stops training to force them to use English terms on the pitch.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says striker Andy Carroll's latest foot injury is one usually suffered by basketball players or ballerinas.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is set for a shock Premier League comeback today.

Gareth Bale was clattered yesterday, by Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in training.

Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran, 28, turned down the opportunity to quadruple his wages by signing for Arsenal, instead choosing to sign a new four-year deal at the Spanish club.

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Chelsea will send a senior scout to their Premier League match at Everton on Saturday to look at Toffees midfielder Ross Barkley, 19, who earned his first senior England cap against Moldova last week.

England defender Joleon Lescott's run in the Manchester City first team is unlikely to prevent him leaving the club in January.

Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut on Saturday night after surviving a training session with the team's new hatchet man Cristiano Ronaldo.

New Manchester United signing Marouane Fellaini was joined on the training field by Darren Fletcher this week, giving manager David Moyes two reasons to feel happier after a rather difficult summer transfer window.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has questioned Daniel Sturridge's return to fitness for Liverpool days after being ruled out for England.

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has wanted to secure a loan deal with Manchester United for former Eagles winger Wifried Zaha on transfer deadline day.

Wayne Rooney is in contention for a surprise return to action for Manchester United against Crystal Palace today, less than a fortnight after being ruled out for three weeks with a head wound.

Mark Hughes has confirmed that Steven Nzonzi will be in Stoke's squad today after the midfielder was spoken to by police over an incident in which a cyclist was allegedly knocked off his bike.

Andre Villas-Boas, the Tottenham head coach, believes that Arsenal "paid heavily" to add Mesut Ozil to their squad on transfer deadline day.

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has the talent and mental strength to do for England what Zinedine Zidane did for France, according to Arsene Wenger.

David Moyes has denied Manchester United had a disappointing transfer window despite buying only one player, Everton's Marouane Fellaini, who cost £27.5million in a frantic scramble on deadline day.

Adam Johnson has told his Sunderland team-mates they must be strong enough to accept the direct criticism of manager Paolo di Canio.

Alan Pardew insists Yohan Cabaye has "turned the corner" and will successfully resume his Newcastle career after his proposed move to Arsenal fell through.

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