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Arsenal legend joins Belgium national coaching staff

Henry will work with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has been named as an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

Henry will be part of the backroom staff alongside Graeme Jones, who was Martinez's assistant at Swansea, Wigan and Everton.

The announcement was made as Martinez named his first senior squad since taking the Belgium job after Euro 2016.

It means the former French international will work with a growing list of Premier League stars including Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke.

Stefan Johansen rejects Celtic contract to join Fulham

The lure of English football was too much for Johansen. Credit: PA

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen is closing in on a move to Fulham.

Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Norwegian was on his way out of Parkhead after failing to agree a contract extension.

"Stefan's going into the last year of his contract," Rodgers said. "I have found him a really good guy. He has worked over pre-season and it's been difficult because he's been unable to reach an agreement with the club.

"But I think he has always wanted to play in England, so the opportunity has come for him. He wasn't going to sign a new deal, so it's one that probably works well for both really.

"I don't think it's complete yet but it's something that could happen, possibly in the next couple of days."

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West Ham set to announce £24m signing from Italy

Slaven Bilic hopes Simone Zaza will provide the answer to West Ham's goalscoring problems.

Zaza was part of Italy's Euro 2016 squad. Credit: PA

Italy striker Zaza is closing in on a £24m move to east London from Juventus as boss Bilic attempts to pep up his threadbare attack.

The Hammers have lost Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll to injury and were also without chief creators Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini as they crashed out of the Europa League to Astra Giurgiu on Thursday night.

But Zaza, 25, could hand West Ham a welcome boost ahead of Sunday's trip to early Premier League pacesetters Manchester City.

"I don't know the details, but we were in talks and it was quite close," said Hammers boss Bilic. "I would love it to happen."

It was left to rookie Argentinian forward Jonathan Calleri, then substitute Ashley Fletcher and, by the end, centre-half James Collins to try, and ultimately fail, to break down Astra as West Ham lost for the first time at the London Stadium.

Veteran former West Brom and Barnsley midfielder Filipe Teixeira took advantage of some poor defending on the stroke of half-time to secure a 1-0 win, and 2-1 aggregate victory, for a team currently 11th in Romania's Liga 1.

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