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Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has been banned for 18 months for breaking the Football Association’s agent regulations, the governing body has announced.
Announcing the ban, effective from February 1, 2017, the FA also confirmed Cellino had been fined £250,000, as had the club.
Cellino is also to attend and complete an education programme covering “the duties and responsibilities of an owner and director of an English football club”, while agent Derek Day has been fined £75,000.
The sanctions relate to the transfer of Ross McCormack from Leeds to Fulham in 2014.
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The full-back serves a one-game ban following his red card in the goalless draw at Cardiff last weekend, so Sebastien Pocognoli is set for a recall.
Midfielder Beram Kayal is back in training after two months out with an ankle injury but will not be involved.
Liam Rosenior is also close to returning from his ankle problem and is expected back in training next week, while fellow defender Uwe Huenemeier is out with a hand injury.
Leeds defender Liam Cooper is expected to return to the squad after shaking off the ankle injury that kept him out of last week’s home win against Aston Villa.
Eunan O’Kane was back in training on Thursday and could also return to the squad, but remains doubtful due to a groin strain sustained in the recent EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool.
Pablo Hernandez is still another two weeks away from a comeback after missing the last four matches.
Fellow midfielder Liam Bridcutt has also returned to training and continues to work his way back to full match fitness after fracturing a bone in his foot in September.
The Daily Mail reported the Italian would be suspended from football for 18 months and both he and the club would be fined £250,000 after being found guilty of breaching Football Association regulations.
But Cellino once again protested his innocence in a statement released by the club on Wednesday evening.
“I am surprised to read the news regarding the FA’s intentions to ban and fine me, as well as fine the club,” he said.
“I am not guilty and I will take the right steps to defend myself through the tribunal.
“I feel that I am guilty of one thing, protecting Leeds United since I took charge of the club.
“I ask the players, manager and my staff to continue to work with loyalty and professionalism and to keep fighting for the club everyday on and off the pitch.
“I am sure that the public in this country and the free press will take the time to look into this case and find the truth.”
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Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Everton are all keeping tabs on a highly-rated Norwich City winger, ahead of the January transfer window.
Jacob Murphy has been one of the standout performers in this season’s Championship having scored six and assisted three of City’s 34 goals so far.
The striker is the Canaries’ top scorer this campaign, and has recently signed an improved contract keeping him at Carrow Road until 2021. Murphy was named the club’s Player of the Month for November in what proved to be a bad month for the club, who lost three Championship games and dropped out of the play-off reckoning.
The side have been inconsistent in the league this season, but their 5-0 win over Brentford on Saturday – in which Murphy netted in, ended a run of five consecutive defeats.
The 21-year-old, who has represented England at under-18, U19 and U20 level, has been tipped as one of the hottest prospects in the country, along with his twin-brother, Josh.
The pair are both on the books at Norwich, but it’s Jacob who appears to be attracting the interest from the Premier League.
Murphy developed through the youth squad with the East Anglia club, but has had a number of loan spells across the country with the likes of Blackpool, Colchester United and Coventry City.
It is to be expected that the Premier League trio will keep Murphy on their radar over the winter period, and an attempt of any sort of bid could be on the cards as soon as the window opens.
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Manchester City are apparently ready to step up their interest in Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon.
This is according to Sportsmail, who state City targeted the 16-year-old in August and have been monitoring his progress this season.
However, they face competition from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, with the Gunners seeing a £3million January offer rejected.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is understandable keen to hold on to the young talent.
“He is a very interesting project as a player, but it is better not to put him under any pressure,” Jokanovic said.
The Serb, speaking to BBC Radio London, added: “He is a young player and he will participate in the future and help us. He has many years of being a player ahead of him.
“It is not a question of if someone is 16 or 36, if you are ready to play football, it is not important how old you are. Leeds was the first time he played in the Championship and he did a very good job.”
Sessegnon would not be the first high-profile Fulham youngster to complete a switch to the Sky Blues as Patrick Roberts made a £13million move to the Manchester.
Roberts, now on loan at Celtic, scored against his parent club in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with City at the Etihad Stadium.
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