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Everton close on teenager

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed a deal is close for Anderlecht teenager David Henen as the Spaniard looks to bolster the club's youth ranks.

The 18-year-old Belgian will go into the under-21 squad once his reported £1.5million move has been done.

It is in the process of being completed.

He's a young, talented footballer who represents Belgium in the lower teams, in the under-18s and has had good experience in going to France.

He is a bright boy and we feel he is something different that we haven't got in the under-21s so we are hoping he is going to be giving us something different in that group.

We want a strong group. We have already got talented and very interesting footballers and I think David can fit in really well in that environment.

– Roberto Martinez speaking to the Liverpool Echo

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Shakhtar Donetsk to play in Lviv

Shakhtar Donetsk will base themselves in Kiev and play their home games in the western city of Lviv this coming season due to the ongoing troubles in eastern Ukraine.

Shakhtar beat Dynamo Kiev 2-0 in Lviv in the Ukrainian Supercup on Tuesday night, and coach Mircea Lucescu revealed after the match that the Arena Lviv - some 600 miles from Donetsk - would become a temporary home for the club until the situation in eastern Ukraine stabilised.

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Pellegrini confirms Negredo injury

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expects striker Alvaro Negredo to miss up to three months after having surgery on his broken metatarsal.

Alvaro had surgery today on his broken foot and he will probably be out for two or three months.

It is a blow for us because Alvaro is a very important member of our squad so obviously we will miss him.

– Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Carroll suffers ankle injury

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll is injured. Credit: PA

West Ham striker Andy Carroll will miss both games of the club's pre-season tour of New Zealand due to an ankle injury.

The 25-year-old missed the first half of last season with a heel problem, and the club are keen to do all they can to make sure he starts the new campaign fully fit.

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