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Liverpool defender set to join Norwich on loan

Newly-promoted Norwich have agreed a loan deal for Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom.

The 22-year-old, who signed a new five-year contract with the Reds in May, is likely to complete the move in the next couple of days.

Andre Wisdom is used to going out on loan. Credit: PA

The Canaries will pay a loan fee of £1.25million for the England Under-21 defender, who can operate as a full-back or in the centre.

Wisdom spent last season on loan at West Brom, having previously impressed in the Sky Bet Championship for Derby in a temporary spell the previous campaign.

Chelsea confirm defender sale to Atletico

Filipe Luis only had one season at Stamford Bridge. Credit: PA

Chelsea have sold defender Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid after just a season at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian left-back has moved back to the Vicente Calderon, having won the Premier League and and Capital One Cup during his year in England.


West Brom agree deal for Hull defender

James Chester is off to The Hawthorns. Credit: PA

West Brom have agreed a deal worth up to £8million for Hull defender James Chester.

The 26-year-old is due at the club for a medical on Tuesday afternoon with terms agreed to move to The Hawthorns.

He is expected to tie up the switch within the next 24 hours after leaving Hull's training camp in Austria as Tony Pulis' recruitment drive gathers pace.

Platini to run for Fifa presidency

Michel Platini will take a run at the presidency. Credit: PA

Michel Platini is set to run for the Fifa presidency and an announcement could come as early as Wednesday to confirm his candidacy.

Platini, the Uefa president, held further talks with football powerbrokers at the 2018 World Cup draw in St Petersburg at the weekend and is now confident he has the support necessary to win.

The election to succeed Sepp Blatter will take place on February 26 in Zurich.


Putin backs Fifa president Blatter for Nobel prize

Russia president Vladimir Putin says outgoing Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel prize for his work at Fifa.

Blatter, who is set to leave his role of Fifa president this year, has received the backing of Putin after a meeting in St Petersburg on Saturday, as Russia prepare to host the 2018 World Cup.

Putin also offered his support to Blatter over the Fifa corruption scandal, saying he doesn't believe any of it.

Sepp Blatter, left, and Vladimir Putin, right, met at the weekend. Credit: PA

"We all know the situation developing around Mr Blatter right now. I don't want to go into details but I don't believe a word about him being involved in corruption personally," Putin told Swiss broadcaster RTS.

"I think people like Mr Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition. If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel prize, it's those people."

Chelsea boss Mourinho: Arsenal are title contenders

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal are in a position to make a serious challenge for the Premier League title.

Arsene Wenger has invested heavily in recent times, which should see them fight it out for top spot, according to Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho is backing Arsenal to show their worth. Credit: PA

"If you add up the amounts clubs have spent in the last three or four years I think maybe you will find a surprise," Mourinho, who allowed goalkeeper Petr Cech to join Arsenal in an £11million deal last month, said in the Guardian.

"If you put Ozil plus Alexis Sanchez, plus Chambers, plus Debuchy, you will find a surprise.

"It's a fantastic squad with good players, fantastic goalkeeper, they are more than ready to be a title contenders."

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