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Liverpool accept £13 million Stoke bid for Joe Allen

Liverpool have accepted a £13 million bid for Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Stoke, Press Association Sport understands.

Joe Allen in action against Belgium. Credit: VI Images/Belga/PA Images

The Wales star is currently on leave after his exploits in getting them to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, is in the final year of his contract.

Allen is looking for more playing time, having been restricted to mainly Europa League appearances last season.

Stoke's bid is roughly in line with Liverpool's valuation of a player with less than 12 months remaining on his contract - and would recoup most of the £15 million they paid Swansea four years ago - so the decision is now likely to rest with the player himself, who is not due back to pre-season training until July 26.

Wales Manager Chris Coleman to be offered the freedom of Swansea

Chris Coleman, manager of Wales football squad, is to be offered the freedom of his home city, Swansea.

Coleman and his team returned from France to a hero’s welcome after taking Wales to their first semi-final ever.

Chris Coleman is to be offered the freedom of his home city, Swansea. Credit: PA

Freedom of the City is the highest honour the people of Swansea can confer on one of its own.

And after the amazing, incredible exploits of the last month in France, I think I can safely say everyone in Swansea believes it’s richly-deserved.

In interviews Chris has been saying he hopes the France adventure has fully established Wales on the footballing map.

We can say it’s not just Wales but Swansea too.

To reach the European Championship semi-final is fantastic in itself. But the team has been outstanding ambassadors for Wales on and off the field, and the leadership Chris has shown truly demonstrates that being #TogetherStronger is a story of shared experience and shared character we can all be part of.

– David Hopkins, Lord Mayor of Swansea
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Chris Coleman was born in Swansea in 1970.

He went to St Joseph’s RC Primary School and to Bishop Vaughan RC Comprehensive.

He played for Swansea City 160 times and for Wales 32 times.

After leaving Swansea in 1991, he went on to play for Crystal Palace, Blackburn and Fulham, and later had spells as manager at Fulham, Coventry and Spanish side Real Sociedad.

He was appointed Wales manager in the tragic and difficult aftermath of the death of his good friend Gary Speed in 2012.

From there he built a team that qualified for its first major championships in 58 years.


Ronaldo front-runner for UEFA’s best player award - Bale fifth favourite at 16/1

Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are shortlisted for UEFA’s best player in Europe award. Credit: PA

On the back of the shortlist being announced for UEFA’s best player in Europe, William Hill makes Cristiano Ronaldo the 1/4 favourite to bag the award.

He is quite some way ahed of Lionel Messi, who at 5/1 is the second favourite and third favourite Antoine Griezmann at 7/1.

Gareth Bale is fifth favourite, with odds 16/1.

Cristiano Ronaldo has helped both his club and his country to glory this season and for this reason, he is the clear favourite to win the best player in Europe accolade.

– Joe Crilly,William Hill spokesman

Wales international Tomas Francis extends contract with Exeter Chiefs

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Wales prop Tomas Francis has signed a new deal with Exeter Chiefs, the Aviva Premiership side have announced.

Francis, 24, saw his current contract extended by the club and will now ply his trade at Sandy Park until 2019. The prop featured for Wales during the rugby World Cup and in this year's Six Nations.

The 14-time capped Wales international has impressed since moving to Exeter from London Scottish two years ago.

Speaking to the club's website, head coach Rob Baxter is pleased to have extended Francis' stay and wants to help him continue his development during that time.

I know he is delighted with that, and we are obviously very pleased that a player who came to us from the Championship and has been with us for a couple of seasons now sees his long-term future with us.

– Rob Baxter, Exeter Chiefs head coach


I Am Team GB: Get involved in biggest ever sports day

On Saturday 27 August 2016 our Olympic heroes will be helping create the nation’s biggest sports day and everyone is invited to take part.

There will be thousands of free events across Wales and the rest of the UK.

Called I Am Team GB and brought to you by ITV and The National Lottery, there will be free events taking place across Wales and the rest of the UK.

There are lots of ways to get involved, with sports clubs hosting events up and down the country. Here are just a few examples:

To find out about events happening near you, or to get your own club involved, head to I Am Team GB

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