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Odemwingie extends Stoke contract by another year

Peter Odemwingie flashed a big thumbs-up and an even bigger smile as he signed a one year extension to his Stoke City contract.

The Nigerian forward once famously turned up at QPR's Loftus Road ground on deadline day, only to be told by his club at the time, West Brom, that he wasn't going anywhere.

Stoke are also reportedly in talks with former Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri after agreeing a £12m fee with Inter Milan for his signature.

Former Man United defender pens new deal at Watford

Cathcart has committed his future to Watford. Credit: PA

Defender Craig Cathcart has signed a new four-year deal at Watford.

The 26-year-old Northern Ireland international made 30 appearances for the Hornets last season as they won promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Cathcart, who started his career at Manchester United, signed for Watford from Blackpool last summer.

Watford, under new head coach Quique Sanchez Flores, have already been busy during the close-season, with Matej Vydra turning his loan move from Italian side Udinese into a permanent deal and Gabriele Angella penning a new five-year deal on Wednesday.

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Bristol Rovers sign player sacked by Oldham

Cristian Montano was sacked by Oldham. Credit: PA

Bristol Rovers have signed winger Cristian Montano who was sacked by Oldham in December 2013.

League One Oldham dismissed the player after he was one of 13 footballers arrested in relation to spot-fixing, but the charges were eventually dropped.

Montano most recently played in his homeland of Colombia for América de Cali.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke said: "He comes with quite a lot of baggage.

"I know that he is desperate for another opportunity to play league football and I'm a firm believer in giving everyone a second chance."

QPR sign ex-Germany U21 striker on three-year deal

Polter has joined QPR on a three-year deal. Credit: PA

QPR have signed former Germany under-21 striker Sebastian Polter on a three-year deal from Mainz for an undisclosed fee.

The 24 year-old spent last season on loan with FC Union Berlin, who play in the German equivalent of England's Championship, where the 6 ft 3 in striker scored 14 goals in 29 games.

FC Union Berlin finished 7th last season, missing on the promotion play-off spot by 11 points.

Polter won ten caps for Germany's under-21 side between 2012 and 2013, scoring four goals, while he's also played for Wolfsburg and Mainz in the Bundesliga.

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Gueye arrives in Birmingham for Aston Villa talks

Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye flew into Birmingham on Thursday morning with a view to tying up a £9million switch to Aston Villa.

Idrissa Gueye could be on his way to Aston Villa. Credit: PA

The 25-year-old Senegalese player jetted in to hold talks and undergo a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee on Wednesday.

If the deal is completed, Gueye will become manager Tim Sherwood's third summer signing following the arrivals of Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair from Manchester City, and Villa's biggest outlay on a player since they signed striker Darren Bent from Sunderland for an initial £18million in January 2011.

Gueye has made more than 130 appearances for Lille and helped the club to eighth place in Ligue 1 last season.

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