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Gus gets tough with Wickham

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has told striker Connor Wickham, whose contract expires next summer, to sign a new deal or he will be sold.

For me, Connor’s situation is clear. He needs to sign a new contract or we let him go – we sell him. There is nothing in between. He is an asset to the football club and we paid a lot of money for him.

– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

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Rumour: Ronaldinho to join New York Red Bulls

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Brazil legend Ronaldinho. Credit: PA

Brazil legend Ronaldinho, 34 (that makes him two years younger than Frank Lampard, by the way), is set for a swansong move to New York Red Bulls, according to reports in the Brazilian media.

As the Red Bulls only have two star players on salaries above the MLS pay ceiling (each club is allowed three), Thierry Henry (a former team-mate of Ronaldinho's at Barcelona) and Tim Cahill, they are in a position to pay the Brazilian the superstar wage he'd command – around £1.8m a season.

Ruud takes Dutch role

Ruud van Nistelrooy has been named as one of Holland's assistant coaches.

A tweet from the Dutch football association, the KNVB, announced that Van Nistelrooy, now 38, will work under new coach Guus Hiddink and alongside Danny Blind, who is due to take over from Hiddink in 2018.

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Spurs to offload Falque

Iago Falque
Iago Falque didn't do much at Spurs. Credit: PA

Iago Falque has become the fourth player to exit Tottenham during pre-season after signing for Italian Serie A side Genoa.

Genoa have a completed a deal for the 24-year-old Spanish winger, understood to be in the region of £4million, pending a medical.

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