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Middlesbrough sign Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn

Middlesbrough have announced the signing of Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at the Riverside Stadium.

Rhodes joined Blackburn from Huddersfield for £8m in August 2012 and the fee is reported to surpass that figure at £9m.

Boro's aborted move for Rhodes was resurrected a day after the proposed transfer initially fell through.

Rhodes scored 87 goals in 148 appearances over three years at Huddersfield and netted 28 times in his first season in the Championship with Blackburn.

He scored 85 goals in 169 appearances for Rovers, 11 of them coming this season.


Viewers' pictures: 'mother of pearl' skies

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Viewers have sent in some stunning shots of nacreous clouds. Want to know more about them - click here

Sometimes known as mother of pearl clouds for their distinct appearance, nacreous clouds are laced with vivid iridescent light from below the horizon.

Witness appeal after mugging at knifepoint

Police are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was mugged at knifepoint in Durham City at the weekend.

It happened at 8.45pm on Saturday, January 30 as the 23-year-old victim, was walking on the south side footpath of Sunderland Road in Gilesgate, near to the junction with The Moorlands.

A man grabbed hold of her shoulder, turned her around and brandished a large, black handled kitchen knife in his right hand.

He demanded the woman’s brown leather bag, which was on her shoulder, and also her money. He left with the bag, which contained a small sum of cash, the victim’s Samsung mobile phone and various personal items.

The bag has since been found, in the Laurel Avenue area of the city without the phone and money. The robber is described as being in his twenties, of average height and wearing a grey hooded top with a balaclava over his face and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Perez signs 'long-term' deal with Newcastle

Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/PA Images

Newcastle United have confirmed that Spanish forward Ayoze Perez has signed a new 'long-term' deal with the club.

The 22-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a new five-and-a-half-year deal which will keep him at St. James' Park until the summer of 2021.

Perez joined the Magpies in June 2014 from his hometown team Tenerife. He quickly became an important part of the first-team squad at Newcastle and has scored 12 goals in 63 appearances in all competitions.

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