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Everton set to announce double signing

Ramiro Funes Mori is on his way to Goodison. Credit: PA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he is confident of announcing deals for Ramiro Funes Mori and Leandro Rodriguez on Friday.

Argentina defender Mori will join from River Plate in his homeland for a fee in the region of £6million, while striker Rodriguez will move from River Plate in Uruguay.

Barton signs one-year deal with Burnley

Joey Barton is back in the game. Credit: PA

Burnley have confirmed the signing of free-agent midfielder Joey Barton on a one-year deal.

The 32-year-old was a free agent following his release from QPR at the end of last season when they were relegated, alongside the Clarets, out of the Premier League.

One-time England cap Barton was linked with West Ham but recently revealed he was not joining the Hammers and has opted for a move back to the north west instead.


Southampton boss blames ref for Europe exit

Southampton fell foul of poor refereeing decisions as their European adventure ended prematurely, according to their manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman saw his side lose 1-0 to FC Midtjylland in Denmark on Thursday night and, having only managed a draw at St Mary's seven days earlier, Saints crashed out of the Europa League at the play-off stage.

Ronald Koeman has pointed the finger at the referees. Credit: PA

"I have to say, and it's critical to both referees in both games, if you analyse both games, we had more chances," he said.

"We scored a normal goal last week and if you watch television and you see the free kick of Ward-Prowse - it's a penalty. So easy. But if you don't see it that still makes it more complex, more difficult.

"Then the final result, the final result of last week, is totally different (if the decisions are correct). Congratulations to Midtjylland. They play well, they play out of a good organisation and they scored today and we didn't.

"It's two mistakes. It's one penalty and one goal and it's a big influence on the result. It's different reasons. One of the reasons was the referee of today because it's a penalty. Last week it's a normal goal but we did a mistake and they scored for 1-1."

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