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Newcastle recall defender from Wolves loan spell

Struggling Newcastle have recalled central defender Mike Williamson from his loan spell at Wolves as they attempt top drag themselves out of relegation trouble.

Williamson is heading back to Newcastle for a relegation fight. Credit: PA

Williamson, 32, joined the Sky Bet Championship club until January in October, but is returning to St James' Park after Jamaal Lascelles suffered a hamstring injury during Saturday's 5-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace.

A Newcastle spokesman said: "Newcastle United have recalled defender Mike Williamson from a loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers after Jamaal Lascelles suffered a minor hamstring injury during Saturday's defeat at Crystal Palace.

"Williamson made five appearances for the Championship side after heading to Molineux in October, and was due to remain in the Midlands until January."

Man United midfielder addresses transfer speculation

Man United midfielder Ander Herrera has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

Reports in various newspapers this morning claim the Spanish midfielder feels like his career has stalled at Old Trafford this season.

First team appearances have been reduced for Herrera with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin challenging for places.

But the 26 year-old took to Twitter this morning in a bid to end transfer speculation, by posting a screen shot of an interview he gave last week.

Speaking about his time at United, the pull-out quote reads: "I don't want this dream to finish. I have to play as well as possible if I want to play as long as I can at this club."



Spending on agents rises as Liverpool top pay-out table

Premier League clubs paid out nearly £130million to agents last year - a £15million increase on the year before.

Liverpool topped the list. Credit: PA
The amount spent by Liverpool on agents fees last year.

Liverpool spent the most of any club, £14.3million, followed by Manchester United (£13.8m) and Manchester City (£12.4m) with the total reaching £129.86million for the year ending September 30. Chelsea and Arsenal both spent £11.9million while at the other end of the scale newcomers Watford spent £1.6million.

The total spent in the Championship was £26.1million, £3.2million in League One and just £1million in League Two. Fees are not just paid to agents when transfers happen, but also when players sign new contracts.

During the period in question, there were 172 inbound transfers and loans in the Premier League, 542 new or improved contracts and 573 outbound transfers and loans - a total of 1,287 transactions, all of which could have led to an agent's fee being paid.

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