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Fellaini "ready to fight" for Manchester United future

Marouane Fellaini, Manchester United. Credit: PA

Marouane Fellaini will not give up on his United career without a fight and is ready to convince Louis van Gaal he has a future at Old Trafford, the Manchester Evening News reported today.

It's been claimed van Gaal has sent word back from Brazil he wants executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to set up a sale for the Belgian midfielder as he attempts to clear the decks at Old Trafford before starting work after the World Cup.

But M.E.N. Sport reported no such message has been passed on and the 26-year-old’s exit has not been on the agenda, neither has talk of a reported £22m move to Juventus.

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Liverpool FC reach agreement with Lille for Origi

Divock Origi for Belgium at the World Cup. Credit: PA

Liverpool FC have agreed a fee for Lille’s Divock Origi, but the striker will head back to Lille on a season-long loan as part of the deal, the Liverpool Echo is reporting.

The newspaper says the club has agreed an initial £6million fee that could rise to £9.5million.

Talks with the Belgian 19-year-old are set to take place this week.

It's also been reported that Liverpool have also been in talks with Benfica over Lazer Markovic and are set to agree a fee in the region of £25million for the Serbian winger.

Lazar Markovic, Benfica. Credit: PA

Tony Hibbert hoping for bigger role at Everton

Tony Hibbert at Everton Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Everton defender Tony Hibbert is optimistic about his potential playing time next season after signing a new contract with the club.

The 33-year-old Toffees youth academy product has made only 10 appearances in all competitions over the past two campaigns, with injuries and the form of fellow right-back Seamus Coleman both contributing to his time out of the side.

Hibbert - confirmed on Tuesday to have put pen to paper on a new two-year deal - says he is now "fit and ready to go", though.

And he hopes the greater number of fixtures Everton have next term due to their Europa League involvement will work in his favour in terms of getting first-team action.

"I picked up a few injuries (last season) but I'm fit and I'm ready to go," Hibbert told evertontv.

"Because of the amount of games that we are playing and the way the manager (Roberto Martinez) likes to keep people fresh, he might introduce players who haven't played the week before.

"The games will come thick and fast, so it is very important to have a good, strong squad."

Regarding Everton's official player of the season Coleman, Hibbert added: "Seamus has been unbelievable and deserves his place for the way he is playing.

"It's one of them where we need players in the squad that will keep fighting for each other and pushing each other for places."

Burnley sign former Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks

Former Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks signs for Burnley Credit: Burnley FC

Burnley have signed the former Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

The Scotland international, who was a free agent, becomes the Clarets' second signing of the summer after agreeing a two year deal at Turf Moor.

The 32 year old will link up with his new team mates on the players return to pre-season training later this week.

Liverpool close in on Southampton striker Lambert

Rickie Lambert Credit: PA Images

Liverpool are closing in on a deal for England and Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, according to reports.

A figure of £4million plus add-ons is the anticipated fee, with BBC Sport saying Lambert could complete a medical on Saturday ahead of England's trip to Miami the following day.

A similar bid from West Ham for the 32-year-old was rejected in January but Lambert is believed to be keen on a move to Liverpool, where he spent five years as a youth player before being released.

The former Bristol Rovers, Stockport and Rochdale forward scored 14 goals in 39 games for Saints last season.Liverpool were unavailable for comment when contacted by Press Association Sport on Thursday night.

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Premier League payments to clubs for 2013/14

  • Liverpool £97,544,336
  • Manchester City £96,578,329
  • Chelsea £94,106,163
  • Arsenal £92,870,080
  • Tottenham £89,663,884
  • Manchester United £89,161,831
  • Everton £85,027,727
  • Newcastle £77,379,252
  • Southampton £76,915,298
  • Stoke £75,679,215
  • Swansea £74,173,056
  • West Ham £73,671,003
  • Crystal Palace £73,207,049
  • Aston Villa £72,666,897
  • Sunderland £71,700,890
  • Hull £67,026,634
  • West Brom £65,790,551
  • Norwich £64,554,468
  • Fulham £63,318,385
  • Cardiff £62,082,302
  • Total £1,563,117,350

Liverpool top Manchester City in Premier League prize fund

TV camera at Anfield. Credit: PA

Premier League champions Manchester City earned £96.5m in prize money from this season's campaign.

But second-placed Liverpool were the top earners with £97.5m because more of their games were screened live by broadcasters.

Manuel Pellegrini's men appeared in 25 games broadcast in the UK by either Sky Sports or BT Sport, compared to Liverpool's 28.

City's windfall was almost £36m more than Manchester United's earnings during their title-winning 2012/13 season.

The league's new £5.5 billion broadcast deal meant bottom-placed Cardiff received £62.08m in finishing 20th this season, compared to United's £60.8m for winning the 2012/13 title.

Manchester United will get £89m from the fund this year, followed by Everton with £87m.

The total fund for the league was £1.5 billion.

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