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Championship – teamtalk.com 27 Jul 11:31

Everton close in on Aston Villa star Gueye

Everton have triggered Idrissa Gueye’s release clause at Aston Villa, according to widespread reports.

The Toffees have bid £7.1million for the Senegal midfielder as new boss Ronald Koeman aims to make his first major signing of the summer.

But Gueye is attracting attention from elsewhere, with a return to France possible, and Everton face competition with more bids expected.

Koeman has only signed goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham for an undisclosed fee since moving from Southampton in June.

But former Leicester assistant manager Steve Walsh joined as director of football last week, which is now likely to signal the green light for Everton in the transfer market.

Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic is also reportedly a target as the Toffees try to improve following last season’s 11th-placed finish which cost ex-manager Roberto Martinez his job.

Gueye is one of the first they have moved for and Villa chief executive Keith Wyness insisted the relegated side want to keep him, even if the 26-year-old is likely to leave this summer.

He tweeted: “Re idrissa gueye (Gana), we do not welcome any interest in this player from any club #fightlikelions”.

Gueye joined Villa for around £9million from Lille last summer and made 38 appearances, scoring once, as Villa were relegated from the Premier League, winning just three games.

Boss Roberto Di Matteo is trying to trim his squad after they dropped out of the top flight for the first time since 1987, ahead of their Sky Bet Championship opener at Sheffield Wednesday on August 7.

Jordan Amavi and Jordan Veretout have also been linked with moves, while Brad Guzan is expected to join Middlesbrough.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 26 Jul 15:34

Wigan confirm signing of defender Buxton from Derby

Wigan Athletic have unveiled defender Jake Buxton as their latest new signing as they prepare for life back in the Championship

Buxton found himself down the pecking order at the iPro Stadium last season, making just three appearances in the Championship, all as a substitute.

New Derby boss Nigel Pearson is prepared to let Buxton move on with the club understood to be in the market for a new central defender this summer.

Buxton has established himself as a key man in the Derby side, making over 150 appearances for the Rams since joining the club from Burton Albion in the summer of 2009.

Championship new boys Wigan are keen to bolster their defensive ranks before the start of the new season after some indifferent results in pre-season and Latics boss Gary Caldwell sees Buxton’s experience as a vital addition to his squad.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 26 Jul 11:33

Crystal Palace ready to swoop for long-term Burnley target

Crystal Palace could capitalise on Burnley’s lack of progression in trying to land midfielder Dale Stephens from Championship side Brighton.

According to the Daily Star, the Clarets have identified Stephens as the ideal replacement for Joey Barton, who left for a new challenge with Rangers, but have seen three bids rejected by Brighton.

With Burnley pondering whether to make a fourth offer, Crystal Palace could reportedly steal a march on their Premier League rivals by agreeing to meet the Seagulls’ valuation.

Stephens, 27, has scored 11 goals in 75 league games since joining Brighton in 2014. The report also mentions that Brighton are braced for an £8m bid from West Brom for star centre-back Lewis Dunk.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 26 Jul 11:13

Liverpool plan second raid on Newcastle, but face competition

Liverpool have made a proposal to sign Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle, yet Jurgen Klopp will have to fight his former club Borussia Dortmund for his signature.

The 26-year-old, who admitted he is looking to leave Tyneside following his “10 out of 10” performance for France at Euro 2016, has been valued at £35m, but according to Le 10 Sport the Magpies have yet to receive a bid of this kind.

Sissoko currently has two contract proposals to consider, with Klopp’s ex-club Borussia Dortmund also keen on landing the former Toulouse midfielder. However, the Reds appear to be in pole position as Sissoko is thought to be favouring the prospect of staying in England rather than a move abroad.

Liverpool also have the resources to meet Newcastle’s demands. Following Joe Allen’s £13m switch to Stoke and Christian Benteke’s imminent departure, the Reds are set to recoup £100m from player sales alone.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 25 Jul 15:40

New Wolves owner pledges £30m for ?up to eight new players?

Fosun International representative Jeff Shi has backed Wolves boss Kenny Jackett and promised to splash the cash to build a bigger squad.

The investment group, which has links with Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, was reportedly in talks with newly appointed Spain boss Julen Lopetegui as a potential replacement for Jackett.

But Shi is keen to support the former Millwall boss as he bids to improve on Wolves’ 14th-placed finish in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Shi said: “I’m trying to give him all the support I can. We share the same opinions. I think the squad is too small. If necessary we can put more (than £30m) in.

“Before the takeover my only focus was on the deal. I had two meetings with Kenny, only talking about the squad.

“We have a very good structure and academy, history and legacy and very good fans. We just need to put money into the club for better players.

“We have five to six weeks, we want several players. Maybe five to eight players. We had a long list of players. Now the list is shorter, we’re confident about who can come here and who can’t.”

Chief executive Jez Moxey, who will leave his role in three months’ time, echoed Shi’s sentiments.

He believes the club should be proud of their achievements during his 16-year tenure, which has seen Wolves win promotion to the Premier League twice.

“Kenny is the coach going forward,” he added.

“When we went to the Football League, they talked about: ‘it’s nice to see a club being sold by a stable owner to someone not in distress’.

“It’s an incredible Chinese company with huge resources and real experience of investing in Europe.

“I think I’ve done my bit for Wolves. My job’s done, it’s time for somebody else. After 16 years it’s time to go out on a high and pass on this club.”

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