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Eva And Chelsea Face Off In Court And Lord Bendtner Seeks Wolfsburg Exit Door Plus More News
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1. Collins on the move
Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins has headed out on loan to League Two Northampton Town. Collins had started the last 12 matches for League One Shrews, often captaining the side, as well as adding 7 league goals this season but admits it was financial issues that caused him to leave, as the Shropshire side struggle to make ends meet. "I think there are some budget issues at Shrewsbury and it's not going the way we wanted," he told BBC Northampton. "We thought it would be best for all parties to make way and free up some money." The Cobblers had seen previous loan pair Ryan Watson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin return to Leicester City and Sheffield United, respectively, after their loan spells expired.

2. Leeds complete their first January transfer window signing
Not quite as exciting as that might sound for fans of Leeds United. The January transfer window's first signing is a loan extension! Admittedly it is a player that the fans seem to have wanted to stay after his initial emergency loan period, Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt. While the defensive midfielder has struggled to make any impression in the Premier League with the Mackems, he was very comfortable and impressive before they bought him from Brighton & Hove Albion at this level. He did seem to settle in well on his return to Championship football, and now manager Steve Evans has been able to complete the deal to keep him until season end. "I'm really pleased to have my number one target on board at this early stage of the window," Evans told the Leeds website. "I like players who prove a point and Liam has done exactly that since he first arrived. He's made a big impression here and has become a fans' favourite in short space of time. Liam has consistently produced performances of an extremely high standard for us, which is all the more impressive when you consider he hadn't played any league football this season prior to joining. He's fitted into the group seamlessly and getting him signed up again comes as very positive news for us to start the New Year with. We've got him until the end of the season but if he continues the way he has been playing, then it puts us in a good position to speak to Sunderland about keeping him in the summer."






3. Young Cardiff duo back at the club
Cardiff City youngsters Tommy O'Sullivan and the extravagantly named Jazzi Barnum-Bobb have returned to the Bluebirds from their loan spells with Newport County. While Cardiff were happy to extend the loan spells with the Exiles, Newport have so far shown little interest in a return for the two, despite both impressing. Both have played fairly regularly for the League Two outfit, but it seems that they will not be returning for more time there on loan.

4. Lord Bendtner looking at exit door
Niklas Bendtner has fallen out of favour at Bundesliga side VFL Wolfsburg this season, with rumours abounding that the former Arsenal striker had already said his goodbyes to team mates there. While Bendtner has dismissed those rumours, he has admitted that he is considering his future there. 'I did not say goodbye to anyone. I play for Wolfsburg and I remain committed to working there,' he told bt.dk. 'My situation is undoubtedly unsustainable, but I am in no way released. As long as I have a contract with Wolfsburg then I will respect it.' The Danish forward has scored just 3 times in 28 appearances.



5. Ripley extends Mothers stay
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Connor Ripley has extended his loan with Scottish Premiership side Motherwell. The 22 year old keeper has been an ever present for the Steelmen, managing 22 appearances, and will now see out the season north of the border. "I've always said my preference was to stay and see it out," Ripley told Motherwell's official website. "I've really enjoyed my time here. We've had some highs and lows, but I think my experience here is making me a better goalkeeper."

6. Boro recall winger early
Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol has ended his loan spell with fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town four months early. The Gambian was meant to be with the Terriers for the season, but, after fifteen appearances and three goals, he has returned to Boro early. Huddersfield's manager, David Wagner, felt that the club has enough alternatives to no longer need the 27 year old. "We have many alternatives in this position; an overload," Wagner told Huddersfield's official website. "Along with Joe Lolley, Harry Bunn, Sean Scannell and Jamie Paterson, Kyle Dempsey and Duane Holmes are also able to play there. Mustapha was the player in this position on loan and I like to work with our players that are under contract, so we have made this decision." The return of Carayol has opened up a space in the Huddersfield squad for a player that the club do need.



7. Victory add new winger
A-League champions, the appropriately named Melbourne Victory, have swooped in to snatch winger Jai Ingham from fellow Australian side Hume City. The 22 year old, formerly of Brisbane Roar, impressed Victory when he faced them in a friendly last year, scoring a goal in the process. "Jai is an exciting prospect and we're confident he can make an impact at Melbourne Victory," manager Kevin Muscat told the club's website. "He proved during the 2015 NPL season and in the FFA Cup that he was comfortable competing against high-quality opposition. He has shown some encouraging signs in training over the last few weeks and we believe he will complement the squad and play his role when he gets his opportunity." With Victory set to lose five players to the Olyroos, for their Olympic qualifying tournament this month, the signing of Ingham will be a boost to the squad.

8. USL forced to take control of Rhinos
The USL, which is the second tier league in the USA, has been expanding in the last couple of years, from just 13 teams to the current 28, but has now been forced to take control of one of the longer term teams, Rochester Rhinos. The Rhinos were 2015 champions and are the only team from outside of the MLS to win the US Open Cup since the MLS began, when they won it in 1999. Rhinos have also won USL championships in 1998, 2000 and 2001, after they joined the USL in 1996. Now the USL have been forced to act to keep the club alive, terminating the ownership deal with Adirondack Sports Club and taking control of the team in the short term. Adirondack had hit problems with the city of Rochester over the lease and operation agreement for the city-owned Sahlen's Stadium. The USL stepped in after the lease was terminated following non-payment of rent and fees.



9. Atletico president apologises to Vallecano fans after obscene hand gestures

Atletico Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0, but the match's biggest talking point was what was happening in the stands, as Atletico president Enrique Cerezo got involved in a dispute with Rayo fans. Cerezo was caught on camera as he argued with opposition fans, exchanging verbal abuse and obscene hand gestures with them. He has now issued a public apology for his actions. "I would like to offer my sincere apologies," he told Radio Marca. "It was an incident I did not think about, and it is something that is rare for me. Nor I or the fans that usually go to football games have to discuss these things. I am happy to be able to return to the Vallecas stadium".

10. Eva and Chelsea set to face off in a hearing
Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro's constructive dismissal case against the London club is set for a tribunal hearing later today. This is just set to be an initial hearing to set up the timetable for the full case to be heard, which is likely to be sometime in June, according to legal experts. It is still possible for the two parties to come to a settlement. Carneiro also has a separate legal action against former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, in which she alleges that she was victimised and discriminated against by Mourinho. Carneiro, a 42 year old doctor, and Jon Fearn, the first team physio, were publicly criticised by Mourinho after going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard, after the match referee indicated they should, on the opening day of the season. Mourinho criticised their actions, which left his team down to 9 men, calling them "impulsive and naive." Carneiro was demoted from first team duties following the incident, which has overshadowed a large part of Chelsea's season.

Written by Tris Burke

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