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Northampton's football club set to be sold off

Northampton Town football club is set to be taken over by an Indian consortium.

Chairman and owner of the League Two side, David Cardoza, has signed a 'heads of terms agreement'.

The deal includes 100% of the company that owns the lease on the land.

Click below to watch a report from Sixfields by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft

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Northampton Town set to be taken over by Indian consortium

The consortium wants to redevelop Sixfields, Northampton Town's ground. Credit: PA Wire

Northampton Town Football Club is set to be taken over by an Indian consortium.

The club have announced they have reached an "initial agreement with the new owners" who are committed to redeveloping the club's Sixfields Stadium.

Northampton Town Chairman David Cardoza has confirmed he has signed a Heads of Terms agreement with a party interested in buying his controlling share in the club.

Contracts are yet to be signed but are being worked on by lawyers for both side.

Northampton chairman David Cardoza says the move is very positive for the club. Credit: Northampton Town Football Club

"This would be a very positive move for the club. I hope supporters recognise that while they might always agree with my decisions, I have always acted in the best interests of the club and I am doing the same again here.

“The deal includes 100% of the company that owns the lease on the land to be redeveloped and is a major investment in Sixfields and Northampton as a whole and benefits the wider community, not just the football club.

– David Cardoza, Northampton Town Chairman

Norwich City manager Neil delighted with Mulumbu swoop

Youssouf Mulumbu has signed a two-year deal at Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City have signed former West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu on a two-year deal.

Mulumbu joins former Baggies teammate Graham Dorrans in making the switch to Carrow Road this summer.

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The 28-year-old has a wealth of Premier League experience after spending six years at the Hawthorns.

However, he fell out of favour when new manager Tony Pulis took over and was allowed to leave on a free transfer at the end of last season.

Youssouf Mulumbu was released by West Brom at the end of last season. Credit: PA

Now, the Canaries have moved quickly to snap him up and add to their midfield options.

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"The fact that we've been able to pick Youssouf up on a free transfer is a fantastic piece of business.

His arrival will add to the competition for places. We have a strong squad with a lot of players that have done well in the Premier League and Youssouf will bring that competition to the squad.

He has vast experience of the Premier League but he's still at a good age. You generally say that a player comes into their peak between 27 and 32, and he's right in the middle of that.

He's another fantastic player to add to an already-strong squad going into the Premier League."

– Alex Neil, Norwich City manager

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Colchester United bring in Briggs on permanent deal

Matthew Briggs (in yellow) in action for Colchester United last season. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed left-back Matthew Briggs on a permanent deal.

The 24-year-old had a successful loan spell with the U's last season and was let go by fellow League One side Millwall at the end of the campaign.

He's now agreed a two-year deal in Essex.

Briggs was once the Premier League's youngest player when he made his debut for Fulham at the age of just 16 years and 65 days in 2007.

Matthew Briggs was released by Millwall at the end of last season. Credit: PA

"He has got a lot of the attributes we’re looking for and he showed at the end of the season that he’s improving with games.

You're looking at him fitting into the back four as an attacking left back and he has a real physicality and technical ability. He has got those attributes in abundance."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Norwich City reportedly set to sign Mulumbu, and Tottenham star Yedlin also linked

Youssouf Mulumbu looks set to join Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City are reportedly closing in on the signing of former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu.

The 28-year-old was released by the Baggies at the end of last season after six years at The Hawthorns.

The DR Congo international was a key player at the Midlands club before the arrival of new manager Tony Pulis.

If he does sign, Mulumbu would join fellow ex West Brom man Graham Dorrans in making the move to Carrow Road this summer.

Tottenham's DeAndre Yedlin has also been linked. Credit: PA

The Canaries have also been heavily linked a with a loan move for Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin who themselves are set to sign Burnley's Kieran Trippier.

Southend United boss Brown pens new deal to stay at Roots Hall

Phil Brown celebrates victory over Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley. Credit: PA

Southend United manager Phil Brown has agreed a new three-year contract with the club.

The former Hull City boss guided the Shrimpers to promotion last season with victory in the League Two play-offs.

Brown's side will travel to Fleetwood Town on the opening day of the League One campaign.

"It's been a long process, but I'm really pleased to be staying at Southend United long-term.

I've really enjoyed my time at the Club so far and hopefully we can make some more memories together not just next season but beyond that as well.”

– Phil Brown, Southend United manager
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