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Watford sign Etienne Capoue from Tottenham for record fee

Watford have signed Etienne Capoue from Tottenham for a club-record fee.

Etienne Capoue Credit: PA

Capoue struggled to hold down a regular starting spot and is out of favour with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. He was linked with a move away in the January transfer window but potential reported deals fell through.

The midfielder made almost 200 first-team appearances for Toulouse after progressing through the youth ranks at the French club, and was nominated for Ligue 1's young player of the year award in 2013.

Capoue has featured seven times for his country since being handed a senior international debut in a friendly against Uruguay in August 2012. He has scored once for Les Bleus, in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Belarus.

The promoted side have also been heavily linked with a move for another Frenchman from Spurs - Benjamin Stambouli - but so far there has been no update on apparent negotiations.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder joined the north London club from Montpellier last September.

Butchered swan found in shrubs after being 'killed for meat'

The remains of a 'badly mutilated, butchered' swan have been found in north London. The bird, which is a protected species, appeared to have been killed for meat.

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The dead swan was found in shrubbery by the train tracks close to the maintenance gate on Coppermill Lane, just south of Tottenham Hale station.

It had been badly mutilated it what appears to be a deliberate attempt to kill for meat. It was clearly the work of a person with experience of butchery and we are appealing for anyone with information to come forward to police.

This was a very distressing incident in which a protected bird was needlessly killed. We are working hard to find those responsible and would appeal for the public to assist us with any information which could help the investigation

– PC Stewart Galbraith, BTP

The RSPB said it was an 'appalling crime', and appealed for witnesses.

The mutilation of a swan may sound trivial against the backdrop of our daily news bulletins detailing acts of terrorism, murder and violence, but this is an appalling crime.

It’s an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, it is also offensive to our culture, as swans epitomise grace, peace, loyalty and beauty.

We fully support this witness appeal and the message it sends; London’s wildlife is precious and protected by law.

– Tim Webb, RSPB

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference E/B3 of 06/07/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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