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Koeman says Man United offer 'wasn't serious'

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has told Manchester United they will need to improve on their initial offer for Morgan Schneiderlin if they want to sign the French midfielder this summer.

Koeman insists Man United will have to improve their offer. Credit: PA

Koeman confirmed the Saints had received a bid from Old Trafford for Schneiderlin, who was absent from the club's first training session of the new season on Monday, but said "it wasn't serious".

The Dutchman also said Southampton were hopeful of retaining Toby Alderweireld despite revealing Atletico Madrid, the defender's parent club, are resisting their move to make his loan deal a permanent one.

"Morgan was ill but he is coming to training tomorrow and he will travel with the rest of the squad to Austria," said Koeman ahead of Southampton's pre-season trip. The Saints play RB Leipzig in the first game of their tour on Wednesday.

"He was not feeling well, so he had contact with the doctor and he stayed at home," Koeman added.

"Two weeks ago we had a big offer from Man United but it wasn't enough. It wasn't serious and no more bids today."

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Juve confirm Andrea Pirlo has joined New York City

Pirlo has joined New York City Credit: PA

Juventus have confirmed that Andrea Pirlo has decided to join New York City after four years at the club.

The Italian midfielder, 36, enjoying something of a renaissance with The Old Lady, clinching four Serie A titles on the spin and reaching last season's Champions League final.

He joins fellow high-profile acquisition David Villa at New York City, who were formed in May 2013 and play in MLS.

A statement from Juventus read:

Andrea Pirlo has ended his magnificent four-year stay at Juventus after officially completing a move to MLS outfit New York City.

It has been an honour and a privilege to have shared these four fantastic seasons with Andrea and all associated with Juventus Football Club wish him the very best for the future.

Thanks for everything, Maestro, and good luck.

– Juventus club statement

Middlesbrough in sensational swoop for West Ham winger

Downing could be heading back to Teesside. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough are hoping to pull off a sensational swoop to bring Stewart Downing back to Teesside this week.

Boro are in talks with West Ham over the 30-year-old England international, who began his career with his home-town club after emerging as one of its Academy's star graduates.

Press Association Sport understands the player would not be averse to a return to the Riverside Stadium if he proves to be surplus to requirement at Upton Park as new manager Slaven Bilic re-shapes his squad.

However, should that be the case, Sunderland, with whom Downing had a loan spell earlier in his career, too have an interest in him and can offer him Barclays Premier League, rather than Sky Bet Championship football.

QPR midfielder extends contract at Loftus Road

Henry has plenty of experience in the Championship. Credit: PA

Karl Henry has extended his contract with QPR by another 12 months.

The former Wolves midfielder exercised a clause in his deal that allowed him to stay with the relegated side, who finish at the foot of the Premier League last season.

Henry, 32, told qpr.co.uk:

"I'm pleased to have taken up my year’s option. I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead with this group of players.

“Hopefully we can bounce back from last year’s disappointments and give the fans something positive to shout about."

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Sherwood 'bets' Benteke won't join Liverpool

Benteke is wanted by Liverpool. Credit: PA

Tim Sherwood says that Christian Benteke will be at Aston Villa next season despite Liverpool wanting to secure the Belgian striker's services.

Sherwood won a bet with a reporter for £100 that Randy Lerner wouldn't sell the club last season and when asked if Benteke would be at the club for the upcoming campaign, the Villa boss responded: “Yes, another £100 that he will."

"We want Christian here,” Sherwood told Sky Sports News. “We want to keep our best players and Christian is certainly one of those”.

It's been reported that Liverpool have bid for Benteke but are unwilling to meet his £32.5million buyout clause.

Watford break club-record fee for Spurs midfielder

Capoue has joined Watford. Credit: PA

Watford have announced the signing of midfielder Etienne Capoue from Tottenham for a club-record fee.

The 26-year-old has penned a four-year contract with the Barclays Premier League new boys, and is now set to join up with the Hornets for pre-season training.

Capoue made 24 league appearances for Spurs after arriving at White Hart Lane in 2013 from French side Toulouse.

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