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McCombe parts company with York City

John McCombe (right) has left York City by mutual consent Credit: Lindsey Parnaby/PA Archive/PA Images

York City have confirmed that defender John McCombe has left the club by mutual consent.

The 30-year-old arrived at Bootham Crescent on a two-and-a-half-year deal in January 2014 after being released from League Two side Mansfield Town.

The central defender went on to play an integral part in the team which reached the League Two play-offs in 2014.

McCombe made 61 appearances for the Minstermen, scoring four goals.

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Magpies make reported £21 million for West Brom's Saido Berahino

West Brom are determined to keep Saido Berahino, despite reports of a Newcastle bid for the striker.

The Magpies have been continually linked with Berahino as boss Steve McClaren looks to buy big in January to safeguard their Barclays Premier League future, and reports emerged of a £21million offer on Sunday.

But Albion do not expect to receive an acceptable bid for the England Under-21 international this month, and chairman Jeremy Peace is unlikely to sanction a move this close to the transfer deadline.

Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

West Brom rejected four bids from Tottenham in the summer - which led to Berahino threatening to strike - and he has struggled for form this season.

Last year Berahino, whose contract expires in 2017, scored 20 goals for Albion, and boss Tony Pulis knows owner Peace will make the final call.

Florian Thauvin to return to Marseille on loan

Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin has returned to Marseille on loan until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old arrived on Tyneside from the French club last August, but has headed back to the Stadé Velodrome for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign.

Thauvin has made 16 appearance for the Magpies since his signing in August Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

There is no option for purchase within the deal, so Thauvin will return to Newcastle at the end of the loan.

Thauvin has made 16 appearances for Newcastle to date, five of which were starts, and has scored one goal.

Middlesbrough pull out of deal for Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes wanted too much, it would seem Credit: PA

Via ITV Football

Middlesbrough have confirmed a proposed move for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes has collapsed over personal terms.

Aitor Karanka's Sky Bet Championship side had a reported £11million bid for Rovers' Scotland international accepted on Friday night and he was left out of Paul Lambert's squad at Oxford on Saturday.

However, the move has hit the rocks following discussions between Boro and Rhodes.

A short club statement posted on Middlesbrough's official website read: "The club can confirm that we have held talks with Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes over the weekend but have failed to agree terms."

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