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Former Derbyshire cricketer has heart attack

The former Derbyshire and England cricketer, Bob Taylor, has suffered a heart attack, and is in hospital awaiting a bypass operation.

Wicketkeeper Bob Taylor in action for England against Pakistan in 1982 Credit: S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

The 73-year-old suffered the heart attack last Wednesday, according to Derbyshire Cricket Club.

Bob is a legend of the game and has been a tremendous supporter of cricket in the county following his retirement from the game.

We have passed on the best wishes of everyone associated with Derbyshire County Cricket Club and the county's cricket communities to his wife Cathy and his family and will continue to hold them in our thoughts."

– Chris Grant, Derbyshire CCC chairman

Taylor played 57 Tests and 27 one-day internationals for England. In his first-class career he scored 12,065 runs, taking 1,473 catches and 76 stumpings in 639 matches.

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West Brom in talks over takeover

West Brom could get new owners very soon. Credit: PA

The sale of West Brom has moved a step closer after chairman Jeremy Peace confirmed exclusivity has been granted to one interested party.

Discussions have taken place with several groups after Peace made the decision earlier in the year to offer up his 88 per cent share of the Baggies as he "considered strategic options for the future development and legacy of the club".

Speculation has linked a Chinese consortium with the club but there has been no confirmation of the identity of the party to whom exclusivity has been granted.

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Odemwingie extends Stoke contract by another year

Peter Odemwingie flashed a big thumbs-up and an even bigger smile as he signed a one year extension to his Stoke City contract.

The Nigerian forward once famously turned up at QPR's Loftus Road ground on deadline day, only to be told by his club at the time, West Brom, that he wasn't going anywhere.

Stoke are also reportedly in talks with former Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri after agreeing a £12m fee with Inter Milan for his signature.

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QPR reject £12m offer for star striker Austin

Charlie Austin will almost certainly leave Loftus Road this summer. Credit: PA

Leicester City have had a £12million bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin rejected.

The 25-year-old forward scored 18 Premier League goals for the Rs last season but could not help keep the west London club in the top flight.

Austin, who was in Roy Hodgson's England squad for last month's fixtures with the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, is entering the final year of his current deal at Loftus Road but QPR are not prepared to lower their valuation of one of their prized assets.

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Gueye arrives in Birmingham for Aston Villa talks

Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye flew into Birmingham on Thursday morning with a view to tying up a £9million switch to Aston Villa.

Idrissa Gueye could be on his way to Aston Villa. Credit: PA

The 25-year-old Senegalese player jetted in to hold talks and undergo a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee on Wednesday.

If the deal is completed, Gueye will become manager Tim Sherwood's third summer signing following the arrivals of Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair from Manchester City, and Villa's biggest outlay on a player since they signed striker Darren Bent from Sunderland for an initial £18million in January 2011.

Gueye has made more than 130 appearances for Lille and helped the club to eighth place in Ligue 1 last season.

Coventry City sign defender Chris Stokes on one-year deal

Coventry City have agreed to sign defender Chris Stokes on a one-year deal, with a further year option.

Chris Stokes Credit: Coventry City FC

The Sky Blues have secured the defender after his performances impressed manager Tony Mowbray last season.

Stokes was released from Conference side Forest Green Rovers. The left-back made 16 appearances for the Sky Blues whilst on loan last season, scoring one goal in the 2-1 win over MK Dons at the Ricoh Arena.

New Burton Albion signing looking to give '100 percent' to the club

Burton Albion signing Timmy Thiele has spoken about his excitement at joining the club on a one year contract.

I’m happy to be here and I would like to give 100 per cent and I hope I can help the team."

“In England you play good football, very fast and it’s a good fight. I’m a fast player and I hope I can make a good contribution."

– Timmy Thiele

The German striker joins the Brewers from the reserve team of Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and believes he can make a valuable contribution to the team.

I can shoot with both feet and I can also play on the right or left side, wherever I’m needed.”

“I’m happy to be here and I would like to give 100 per cent and I hope I can help the team. The team has already been great with me."

– Timmy Thiele
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