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London hotel prices on the rise

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London hotel prices on the rise Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A night in London does not come cheaply, with a new report finding hotel prices have risen in the first half of 2014. The first six months of this year saw a 4% rise in prices across London's hotels, with a 9% jump in just the first three months. According to the Hotels.com report, hotel prices across the world also rose by 4% but the sharpest growth was recorded in Latin America and the Caribbean. London also registered some of the highest visitor numbers, with 3.6 million people travelling to the city in the first half this year.

The Royal Mail to trial new hours

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The Royal Mail to trial Sunday opening hours Credit: PA Images

The Royal Mail is set to trial new Sunday opening hours starting this weekend.

Around 100 delivery offices across the UK will be open this Sunday and parcel deliveries will be made within the M25 area.

The move comes as the Royal Mail is experiencing higher than ever parcel volumes attributed to the rise in online shopping across the country.

The company says extended trading hours mean many of those who aren't able to collect their parcels during the week will now have the flexibility to claim their goods.

The trial will begin with opening hours between 12pm and 4pm.

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Gunners sign Welbeck

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Danny Welbeck on duty with England Credit: Reuters

Arsenal have announced the signing of England international forward Danny Welbeck from Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old, who is currently with Roy Hodgson's national squad ahead of fixtures against Norway and Switzerland, has signed a long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium to become Arsene Wenger's fifth summer signing - with the deal announced almost two hours after the initial transfer deadline had passed.

He leaves United after coming through the ranks at Old Trafford - developing his craft with loan spells at Preston and Sunderland - but new Red Devils' boss Louis van Gaal has allowed the player to leave in search of regular first-team football.

Happy Harry!

QPR have completed the signing of Brazilian international Sandro from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 25 year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal, after Rangers agreed an undisclosed fee with Spurs for the midfielder’s services.

He’s been a massive target of mine all summer and I honestly didn’t think we’d be able to pull it off – it’s a real statement from the club, from the owners, to bring in a player of his undoubted ability.

He brings energy, aggression, power and quality. They call him the Beast. He’s not only a top quality footballer, but a fantastic boy as well. He’ll lead by example for us.

Tottenham fans loved him and I’m sure the QPR fans will too.

– Harry Redknapp, QPR manager
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Deadline looms as QPR sign Sandro

With little under an hour until the transfer window closes, many managers are going to the wire.

This is the situation for London clubs:

ARSENAL It seems Arsene Wenger may be poised to act despite being at a charity football event in Rome. The Gunners have agreed a deal in principle to sign Manchester United's Danny Welbeck. However, talks remain ongoing and Arsenal may be going to the wire to get the deal over the line.

CRYSTAL PALACE Neil Warnock has said he wanted as many as four new faces today and has already brought two in as Tottenham's Zeki Fryers and Wigan's James McArthur have completed their moves after being spotted at the training round earlier.

QPR It's one of Harry Redknapp's favourite days although he uncharacteristically refused the offer of an interview from out of his car window. The club earlier agreed a fee of around £10million for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini although it is understood he has failed to agree personal terms. There is better news as Sandro joins the club! Jermain Defoe could join him, with QPR owner Tony Fernandes optimistic over bringing thim to the club. Nico Kranjcar could also complete a move too but a deal for Lassana Diarra has died.

CHELSEA Marco van Ginkel is the second Blues player to head to Milan in this window, following Fernando Torres on a one-year loan deal.

TOTTENHAM Lewis Holtby has left the north London club to join Hamburg on loan for the season although Spurs have boosted their midfield numbers with the signing of Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier.

Has Arsenal secured Danny Welbeck?

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Could Danny Welbeck be moving to Arsenal? Credit: PA

Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Manchester United and England forward Danny Welbeck as talks continue to complete the deal before the close of the transfer window.

The 23-year-old appears set to be given the opportunity to leave Old Trafford.

The Gunners must secure a deal before the 11pm deadline.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is at a charity football event in Rome.

Brentford sign striker Betinho

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The striker has joined the club on loan for the whole season Credit: Brentford FC

Brentford have signed striker Portugal Under-21 international Alberto Coelho from Sporting Clube de Portugal on loan for the 2014/15 season.

The 21-year-old attacker, better known as Betinho, arrived in London this morning to complete the move.

He will be part of the Brentford squad for the 2014/15 Championship campaign.

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