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Transfer news: Middlesbrough sign Adam Forshaw from Wigan Athletic

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Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Adam Forshaw from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

It is believed the 23-year old midfielder has cost Boro around £2million pounds.

He's signed a three and a half year deal and could make his debut against another of his former clubs, Brentford this weekend.

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Middlesbrough second in the Championship

Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough FC manager Credit: PA

Middlesbrough FC have moved to second in the Championship after beating Cardiff City 2-1 at home last night.

Patrick Bamford, who is on loan from Chelsea, netted the first goal from close range to put Boro in front. Lee Tomlin scored Middlesbrough's score goal at 79 minutes.

Kenwyne Jones headed in Cardiff's first goal with four minutes of normal time left, but Boro held on for the full three points to go just one point behind Championship leaders Bournemouth.

Middlesbrough have lost only one of their matches in their last 15 games.

Weekend's football results

Sunderland's new striker, Jermain Defoe, made his debut today against his old club, Tottenham.

He could not provide his new team with a win though. Tottenham clinched all three points in the final minutes and won 2-1.

Newcastle were also beaten 2-1 by Southampton. The Magpies were denied a late chance to equalise when a shot from Emmanuel Riviere was handled by Jose Fonte in the area, but referee Robert Madley decided not to award a penalty.

Middlesbrough have returned to winning ways in the Championship: they beat Huddersfield 2-0 at the Riverside.

There was no such good news for our teams in League Two, York lost 2-0 at home against Stevenage and Hartlepool were beaten, 3-0 away at Shrewsbury.

Sunderland to play Fulham in the FA Cup 4th Round

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Sunderland will play Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup, following the Cottager's victory over Wolves last night.

Heavy snow hit the Molineux during extra time, which ended 3-3, with goals from Cauley Woodrow, Ross McCormack, Dave Edwards and Rajiv van La Parra.

Hugo Rodallega's goal in the penalty shootout earned Fulham a 5-3 win on penalties against the Wanderers.

Fulham's Seko Fofana takes on the Wolverhampton Wanderers' defenders in the snow in last night's match Credit: PA

The game is on Saturday 24th January at 3pm.

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Transfer rumours: Sunderland targets Jermain Defoe

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England striker Jermaine Defoe could be making the move to Wearside, according to the national press.

Sky Sports are reporting Sunderland have held talks with Toronto FC, where he moved last year, over a possible deal to sign the former Spurs player.

The 32-year old has been training with Tottenham during the MLS off-season.

Pardew reveals reasons for leaving Newcastle

Alan Pardew has revealed the reasons why he left Newcastle United for Crystal Palace.

Pardew was announced as the new Palace boss last week and gave his first press conference to the media this afternoon. He said:

I think for me personally and professionally it was the right time and I think it's the right time for Newcastle too if I'm honest.

It was my decision. Steve Parish [Crystal Palace Chairman] met the clause in my contract, therefore I had a decision to make and I just thought it was the right decision for me... But also for Newcastle because I think four years under that type of monetary situation and the fact that they're trying to push and the history and everything else, is difficult for the manager.

– Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace FC Manager

Pardew also denied that his departure had been fuelled by rumours that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was considering selling the club. He said:

Mike never suggested that. That was never in the format. It was a simple equation really. Crystal Palace wanted me as their manager. They met the clause in my contract. Newcastle told me that it had been met and quite simply I had a choice of whether to stay or go.

– Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace FC Manager
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