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Sheffield United players get 'balls out' into interview

What's going on at Sheffield United?

Goalkeeper Mark Howard and left-back Bob Harris both managed to mention the phrase "get the balls out" during an interview with our friends over at ITV Calendar today.

The pair even managed to get sports reporter Chris Dawkes to repeat the phrase in a question to manager Nigel Adkins, who replied with a wry smile.

United begin their League One campaign at Gillingham on August 8th.

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Valencia tie-up deal for Belgium winger Zakaria Bakkali

Valencia have completed the signing of Belgium international Zakaria Bakkali on a five-year contract.

Bakkali is thrilled to be joining Valencia in La Liga. Credit: PA

The 19-year-old winger has joined the Spanish outfit as a free agent after recently rejecting a new deal to remain at PSV Eindhoven.

A statement from Valencia read: "Valencia CF have reached an agreement with Belgium international Zakaria Bakkali until June 30, 2020."

Bakkali, who was strongly linked to Atletico Madrid last year, is thrilled to have joined Los Che:

I'm very young and for me this is a great step to join a club like Valencia CF that has tradition and a high level," he said on the club's official website.

The Primera Division is an attractive and competitive league. I've come here ready to work hard and help my new team-mates. Since I decided to move on from PSV and conclude my chapter there, I've had many offers but Valencia and the Spanish league is a dream come true for me.

– Valencia forward Zakaria Bakkali

Blackpool Supporters' Trust offer Oyston £16m for club

Blackpool Supporters' Trust has tabled a £16m bid to buy the club from owners Owen Oyston and his family.

Owen Oyston is under pressure to sell Blackpool. Credit: PA

BST has sent an open 'letter of intent' to Oyston, who bought the club for £1 in 1987, urging him to sell "and thereby prevent any further damage being done to Blackpool FC, its reputation and its future prospects".

Blackpool were in the Barclays Premier League five years ago but have since been relegated to the third tier.

Fans have protested loudly at the way the club has been run for the last two years and relations between them and both Owen Oyston and his son Karl, the club chairman, reached rockbottom at the end of last season.

BST opened its letter:

The action you take in responding to this bid is just as important to the future of the Football Club as was your decision to buy the Club for £1 in 1987.

The question now facing you and your family is whether you still care enough about the well-being and reputation of Blackpool FC to sell it (ie. your complete shareholding in Segesta) to the Trust for just over £16million.

– Blackpool Supporters' Trust

Man United agree deal to sign Italian international

Darmian appears to be on his way to Man United. Credit: PA

Man United have agreed a £12.7m fee with Torino for Italian right back Matteo Darmian, according to Sky Italia.

The 25 year-old has won 13 senior caps for Italy since making his international bow in a friendly against Ireland at Craven Cottage in May last year.

He was included in Italy's 2014 World Cup and played all three of Italy's matches in Brazil, including the 2-1 victory over England.

Juventus chief offers Man City hope in Pogba pursuit

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has provided a glimmer of hope for Manchester City and other clubs interested that Paul Pogba is not a certainty to remain with the Italian champions next season.

Where will Pogba be playing next season? Credit: PA

The Turin giants already turned down a reported 80million euros offer from Barcelona for Pogba last week.

Reports in England claim Manchester City have made a 100million euros bid to Juve for the French international midfielder, who is also a reported target of Paris St Germain and Barcelona.

When asked if Pogba was not on the market, Agnelli said to Turin sports newspaper Tuttosport: "In football everything is possible.

"I remember that some years ago we wanted to keep (Christian) Vieri at Juventus.

"The player was considered non-transferable but a few days later, Vieri was sold to Atletico Madrid.

"Hence, my players are non-transferable from September 1st."

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French defender Adil Rami joins Sevilla from AC Milan

French defender Adil Rami has passed a medical to complete his permanent transfer to Sevilla from AC Milan.

The 29 year-old has signed a four year deal. Credit: PA

The 29-year-old has put pen to a paper on a four-year deal with the Europa League winners.

A statement from Sevilla read: "Rami has passed a medical (on Tuesday) morning."

Sevilla were eager to strengthen their defensive line after selling Aleix Vidal to Barcelona last month.

Rami returns to the Primera Division just 18 months after leaving Valencia to join Milan.

Leighton Baines ruled out of Everton pre-season tour

England defender Leighton Baines will miss Everton's pre-season visit to Singapore.

Baines is still recovering from ankle surgery. Credit: PA

The 30-year-old left-back underwent ankle surgery in May and missed the final two games of the Premier League season as well as England's Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez revealed at the end of last season that Baines had been struggling with the problem for the past three years but said the surgery was "straightforward".

"Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo are missing from the squad (for Singapore), with the trio recovering from injuries which saw them miss the end of the 2014/15 campaign," the official Everton website said.

Gibson has a broken foot and Oviedo a broken toe but new signings Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu have been included in a 24-man squad.

Southampton complete signing of Cuco Martina

Martina is a natural right-back who can play across the back line. Credit: PA

Southampton have announced the signing of defender Cuco Martina from FC Twente for a fee believed to be around £3m.

The Curacao international has signed a two-year deal at St Mary's after boss Ronald Koeman revealed on Monday that a move for the 25-year-old was close.

With left-back Ryan Bertrand having undergone knee surgery, Martina will now link up with his new team-mates for a pre-season tour of Austria knowing there is a chance to establish himself in Koeman's side before the new Premier League season kicks off.

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