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Huddersfield complete Pritchard deal from Norwich

Alex Pritchard has moved from Norwich to Huddersfield for an undisclosed fee. Credit: PA

Huddersfield have completed the signing of Alex Pritchard from Norwich for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club have announced.

The Terriers have agreed personal terms with Pritchard after an improved undisclosed bid for the 24-year-old had been accepted earlier in the week.

"We're delighted to announce that @pritch_93 joins #htafc from @NorwichCityFC for an undisclosed free, signing a three and a half year deal," Huddersfield revealed on Twitter.

Francis Coquelin swaps Arsenal for Valencia

Francis Coquelin had fallen down the pecking order in Arsenal's midfield. Credit: PA

Francis Coquelin has agreed to join LaLiga side Valencia on a four-and-a-half-year contract following a decade with Arsenal.

Coquelin, 26, arrived at Arsenal from French side Laval in 2008 and went on to make 160 first-team appearances.

The combative midfielder spent several loan spells away from the Gunners before establishing himself as an integral part of an Arsene Wenger side which won the FA Cup in both 2015 and 2017.

French-born Coquelin was also a target for Premier League clubs including West Ham and Crystal Palace but instead opted for a four and a half year deal in Spain.

Despite a sizeable three and a half years left on his contract Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has deemed Coquelin surplus to requirements and will look to utilise Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in the heart of his side.


Chelsea appoint new chief executive Guy Laurence

Chelsea have been operating without a chief executive since 2014. Credit: PA

Chelsea have announced the appointment of Guy Laurence as chief executive.

The Blues have been operating without a chief executive since Ron Gourlay's departure in October 2014.

Gourlay had succeeded Peter Kenyon in the role, following the former Manchester United chief executive's departure in 2009.

Laurence will begin his role in February and report to the board, comprising chairman Bruce Buck and directors Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum, all key confidants of owner Roman Abramovich.

Laurence will "take overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the club, including the continuing development of our commercial activities in the UK and around the world, focusing on increasing club revenues", Chelsea said.

Buck welcomed the imminent arrival of Laurence, who was most recently president and chief executive of Rogers Communications in Canada. He has also held senior roles at Vodafone, including as chief executive of the telecoms giant's UK division.

Laurence has also been a director of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA's Toronto Raptors and MLS' Toronto FC.

Buck said: "We look forward to Guy joining the club during an exciting period for Chelsea on and off the field.

"He will be working with the owner and the Board to increase our commercial revenues and maximise digital opportunities, identifying new ways to best serve our supporters here in the UK and further grow our international fan base."

Man United ready to hijack Man City's Sanchez move

Alexis Sanchez has been linked with Manchester City as his contract situation rumbles on. Credit: PA

Manchester United are reportedly ready to hijack any Manchester City move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

Former Barcelona forward Sanchez, 29, is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium this summer and has been linked with a January switch to City.

However, Sky Sport Italia claims Jose Mourinho's United are plotting to snatch Chile international Sanchez from under City's noses.

United boss Mourinho, who said he was unlikely to buy anyone in January, recently bemoaned his club's inability to invest up to "£700 million" in new players, claiming Premier League leaders City have the advantage of unlimited spending power.

Beating Pep Guardiola to Sanchez's capture would therefore represent a major coup for the Old Trafford side and for Mourinho.

The reports further claim that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been offered as a makeweight in any deal with Arsenal.

Armenia international Mkhitaryan has struggled to hold down a first-team place at Old Trafford this season and Sky Sport Italia reports that Arsenal are keen on the former Borussia Dortmund forward.

City, meanwhile, remain tight-lipped over a potential approach for Sanchez in the current transfer window but midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said on Wednesday he believes the player would "add something" to the squad at the Etihad.

Liverpool's Salah & Sturridge train ahead of Man City clash

Daniel Sturridge has not played for Liverpool this year. Credit: PA

Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge took part in Liverpool's training session on Wednesday ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with leaders Manchester City.

Forward Salah, the Reds' top scorer with 23 goals in all competitions this season, has missed the last two matches because of a groin problem.

Sturridge has not been involved in a game since the Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow on December 6 having suffered with illness and injury.

Liverpool announced on their website on Wednesday that the pair had taken part in a session earlier in the day at Melwood.

Sunday's encounter with City at Anfield will be fourth-placed Liverpool's first match since the departure of Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

Coutinho signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Barca on Monday as a transfer that could be worth up to £142million to Liverpool was finalised.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, his compatriot, on Wednesday posted a message on Instagram saying "Liverpool is no longer the same without" the "magical" Coutinho.

Accompanied by a picture of the two players in Liverpool shirts with arms around each other, the message said: "Liverpool is no longer the same without the magical bro, I wish the infinite success for you, that you enjoy life. And realise all your dreams brother!!

"God is always protecting you and the whole family!! It was an honour wizard (to) play this time together with you."

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