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Four players have signed new “long-term” deals with Exeter City. Matt Jay, Josh Key, Cheick Diabate and Harry Kite are the quartet.
Cheltenham Town defender Charlie Raglan has signed a contract extension which runs until 2023.
Daniel Johnson has extended his Preston North End contract until 2023.
Ilias Chair has extended his QPR contract until 2025.
Adam Thompson has signed for Leyton Orient from Rotherham United on a free transfer.
Northampton Town’s Joe Martin has returned to Stevenage for the rest of the season.
Aston Villa forward Indiana Vassilev and Reading striker Sam Smith have signed for Cheltenham Town on loan.
Reading goalkeeper Jokull Andresson has returned to Exeter City for another loan spell.
Newport County have looked into the Cymru Premier to signed Connah’s Quay Nomads defender Priestley Farquharson for an undisclosed fee.
Grimsby Town have taken Idris El Mizouni on loan from Ipswich Town.
Stevenage have completed the signing of five players. Oliver Byrne has signed a permanent deal from Blackburn Rovers. Ilias Chair of Queens Park Rangers has signed on a loan deal, while Bradford City’s Jordan Gibson, Fulham’s Elijah Adebayo and Plymouth Argyle’s Calum Dyson have joined on loan with a view to a permanent move.
Southend United have spent an undisclosed fee on Crawley Town midfielder Nathan Ferguson.
Exeter City goalkeeper Lewis Ward has signed for Portsmouth on loan.
MK Dons have sold defender Regan Poole to Lincoln City for an undisclosed fee.
Rotherham United defender Curtis Tilt has returned to Wigan Athletic on loan.
Celtic youngster Scott Robertson has joined Doncaster Rovers on loan.
Sunderland have signed Southampton youngster Jake Vokins and Rangers winger Jordan Jones on loan.
Burton Albion have spent undisclosed fees on Tom Hamer from Oldham Athletic and Jonny Smith from Bristol City.
Ryan Hardie’s loan to Plymouth Argyle from Blackpool has been converted into a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.
Free agent Sacha Bastien has joined Gillingham.
Yet another undisclosed fee has seen Oxford United sign defender Luke McNally from Irish Premier Division club St Patrick’s Athletic.
Charlton Athletic have sold striker Omar Bogle to Doncaster Rovers.
QPR have recalled striker Paul Smyth from a loan to Charlton Athletic and instead loaned him to Accrington Stanley.
Henri Lansbury has joined Bristol City on a free transfer from Aston Villa.
Wycombe Wanderers have signed Jordan Obita from Oxford United.
And another undisclosed fee has been paid to sign Ben Pearson from Preston by Bournemouth.
Free agent former Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has joined Watford for the rest of the season.
St Mirren midfielder Sam Foley has signed for Motherwell on a free transfer.
Galatasaray forward Mbaye Diagne has signed for West Bromwich Albion on loan with a loan fee of £1.4m paid for the privilege.
West Ham United have signed Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United for a loan fee of £1.5m.
Torino winger Simone Edera has joined Reggina on loan.
Watford’s former Barcelona and Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has signed for Udinese.
Stephan El Shaarawy has returned to AS Roma on a free transfer from Shanghai Shenhua.
Getafe have signed Soufiane Chakia on loan from Villareal.
Italian striker Pietro Iemmello has joined Frosinone on loan from Benevento.
Darnell Fisher has signed for Middlesbrough from PNE.
Al-Nasr of the UAE Gulf League have paid nearly £1.5m to signed Mehdi Abeid from FC Nantes.
Hulk has signed for Atletico Mineiro on a free transfer from Shanghai SIPG.
Saint-Etienne have paid a loan fee of over £500,000 for Pape Abou Cisse on loan from Olympiacos.
Cagliari have loaned Paolo Farago to Bologna.
Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda has been released by Botafogo.
Benevento have paid a loan fee of £270,000 for Adolfo Gaich from CSKA Moscow.
Parma have paid over £11.5m for Dennis Man from Steaua Bucharest.
Ji Dong-won has joined Eintracht Braunschweig on loan from 1.FSV Mainz 05.
Fulham’s French flop Jean Michael Seri has joined Girondins Bordeaux on loan.
Nottingham Forest have signed promising young Manchester United midfielder James Garner on loan. Also leaving the Red Devils on loan is Tahith Chong who has signed for Club Brugge.
Chelsea full-back Abdul Rahman Baba has signed for PAOK Salonika on loan.
West Ham United’s young Portugese defender Goncalo Cardoso has made a loan move to FC Basel.
Burnley have completed the permanent signing of on-loan French teenage midfielder Anthony Gomez Mancini. Mancini had been on loan from Angers.
Two Kilmarnock players tested positive for CV during the week.
The Premier League is to begin the trial use of concussion substitutes from Saturday 6th February.
PSG duo Marco Verratti and Abdou Diallo have both tested positive for CV.
SPFL secretary Iain Blair has retired and been replaced by the return of Calum Beattie to the role. Beattie was in the role of SPL secretary from 1998 until the merger with the SFL in 2013 saw him become Blair’s assistant.
Celtic’s chief executive Peter Lawwell is to leave the post at the end of the season to be replaced by Dominic McKay, who is current COO of Scottish Rugby.
Olympique Marseille’s former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he expects to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport have temporarily restored Confederation of African Football president Ahmad to power. The Malagasy was banned for five years by FIFA in November, but CAS have suspended the ban until after they have held a hearing on his appeal.
Rudiger Helps Out
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has put his hand in his pocket to help out the people of Sierra Leone, the home country of his parents, and his own home country of Germany. The German international centre-back has bought 60,000 facemasks for market traders in Sierra Leone, as well as donating money to the African nation’s Free Quality Education initiative. Rudiger has also helped the hospital where he was born in Berlin by providing foodstuffs to the hospital workers.
Sawyers Abuser Arrested
A 49 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of racially abusing West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers on social media. St Kitts and Nevis international Sawyers received a message which was described as “abhorrent” by WBA during the defeat to Manchester City. West Midlands Police are also investigating a report of another racist comment towards the player. The incident is just part of a recent spate of racial abuse on social media platforms which also included Manchester United duo Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial, as well as Chelsea right-back Reece James.
Marseille Riot Causes Match Postponement
A riot by Olympique de Marseille ultras has caused the match with Stade Rennais to be postponed. Around 300 fans attacked the Marseille training ground on Saturday. Video footage showed fans throwing flares and smoke bombs, setting a tree on fire as they attempted to storm the Jean-Louis Dreyfus Centre training ground. Earlier on Saturday Saint-Etienne’s training session was interrupted by protesting fans after they had lost 5-0 to Lyon in their previous game. The Marseille riot started as a protest march against the directors, before they bombarded the buildings at the training centre with flares, resulting in a tree catching fire. An official statement from Marseille read: “Olympique de Marseille strongly condemns the unacceptable attack on the club this afternoon inside the Robert-Louis Dreyfus training centre. A few hundred individuals from Ultras supporters groups broke into the site of the Commanderie’s training centre, including the professional group’s building, by force, and with violence. Despite the intervention of the police, an unjustifiable outbreak of violence endangered the lives of those present on the site (players, staff, law enforcement, security guards, employees). Thefts were perpetrated and vehicles were damaged. Five trees were burnt with the sole intention of destruction. Damage inside the buildings amounted to several hundred thousand euros.” Police arrested 25 as they attempted to deal with the protest.
Written by Tris Burke January 31 2021 05:15:34