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Arsenal forward given permission to find new club

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski looks set to leave the Emirates after his agent admitted he'd been given permission to find the German a new club.

Podolski spent a disappointing few months out on loan at Inter Milan at the back end of last season and has been heavily linked with a move to Galatasaray.

Lukas Podolski is off. Credit: PA

"We had good talks with Wenger," Podolski's agent, Nassim Touihri, told German newspaper Bild.

"He wanted to keep Lukas at Arsenal but could not guarantee him a starting position. That's why we agreed to make a transfer."

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West Brom in talks over takeover

West Brom could get new owners very soon. Credit: PA

The sale of West Brom has moved a step closer after chairman Jeremy Peace confirmed exclusivity has been granted to one interested party.

Discussions have taken place with several groups after Peace made the decision earlier in the year to offer up his 88 per cent share of the Baggies as he "considered strategic options for the future development and legacy of the club".

Speculation has linked a Chinese consortium with the club but there has been no confirmation of the identity of the party to whom exclusivity has been granted.

QPR reject £12m offer for star striker Austin

Charlie Austin will almost certainly leave Loftus Road this summer. Credit: PA

Leicester City have had a £12million bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin rejected.

The 25-year-old forward scored 18 Premier League goals for the Rs last season but could not help keep the west London club in the top flight.

Austin, who was in Roy Hodgson's England squad for last month's fixtures with the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, is entering the final year of his current deal at Loftus Road but QPR are not prepared to lower their valuation of one of their prized assets.

Man City set to complete deal for Turkish starlet

Manchester City will sign Turkish teenager Enes Unal for a fee of £2million from Bursaspor.

The forward, who has one international cap, arrived in Manchester on Thursday and will undergo a medical with the Premier League club, before completing the formalities.

Unal tweeted a photo of his plane ticket to Manchester on Thursday, all but confirming the deal.

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Former Chelsea striker joins Chinese side

Gudjohnsen was at Bolton last season. Credit: PA

Iceland's former Barcelona and Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen has joined the growing ranks of internationals moving to the Chinese Super League.

The 36-year-old, who played last season at Bolton Wanderers, signed a deal with mid-table Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, the Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Ever Bright are eighth in the standings in their first season in the Chinese top flight.

Chinese Super League clubs have flexed their financial muscle in recent days with Guangzhou Evergrande signing former Spurs midfielder Paulinho, while Shanghai Shenhua bought former Chelsea striker Demba Ba.

Watford sign Greek international left-back

Jose Holebas has headed to the Premier League. Credit: PA

Watford have confirmed the signing of Greece international defender Jose Holebas.

The 31-year-old has left Serie A runners-up Roma and signed a three-year deal with the Hornets.

Watford confirmed the news on Thursday night in a tweet which read: "Greece international defender Jose Holebas signs a 3-yr deal with #watfordfc after joining from Italy Serie A runners-up AS Roma."

Anelka returns to India as player-manager

Nicolas Anelka will return to Mumbai City FC. Credit: PA

Former France and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will return to Mumbai City FC as the team's marquee player-manager for the second season of the Indian Super League.

The 36-year-old, who scored two goals for Mumbai in the inaugural edition of the eight-team league last year, took on a similar dual role in 2012 for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

"I would like to say thank you to the Mumbai City FC staff for giving me the opportunity to coach the club," Anelka, who has played for a host of English Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, said in a statement.

"We are all very excited to start this new season. I'm personally very eager to take on this new role for the club and put a strong competitive team on the pitch," added the well-travelled Frenchman.

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