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Footy Talk: Football news and rumours - 30th December 2016

Football News and Rumours - Updated throughout the day!
Updated: 30 December 2016 17:45 IST - Published: 30 December 2016 09:19 IST
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That's it from Footy Talk today. We'll be back tomorrow with the news, views and rumours from the world of football. Until then, this is Aaditya Narayan signing off. Cheers!

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Clattenburg will consider China offer

The English referee Mark Clattenburg, who was recently named the best referee in the world in 2016, has said that he will not rul eout a move to the Chinese Super League. He said, "There is no offer on the table but if they made an offer it would be under consideration. But at the moment I still enjoy working for the Premier League and UEFA."
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McClean signs new West Brom deal

McClean has been an integral part of Tony Pulis's West Brom side


James McClean has signed a new deal to keep him at West Bromwich Albion since 2019. The Republic of Ireland international has been an important player for Tony Pulis this season. 

The manager said, "James’s attitude and commitment to the group is first class and I’m delighted to see that approach rewarded in this way.”
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West Ham hope to sign Defoe

David Moyes is determined to keep his star striker until the end of the season


West Ham United are confident that they can sign Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe in January, according to the Daily Mirror

Slaven Bilic has told the Hammers' hierarchy that West Ham need a striker in the summer. Their need for a striker will be accentuated by Diafra Sakho's injury and Andre Ayew's commitments with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations. 
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Honda prefers MLS move over China

Honda has barely featured for Milan this season


Keisuke Honda’s agent confirmed that the AC Milan midfielder rejected offers from Chinese clubs saying, “we definitely prefer MLS”. 
 
The Japanese has made just one Serie A start so far this season, playing only 96 minutes in all, and is expected to leave the San Siro in January.
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Bob Bradley was nicknamed 'Ronald Reagan' by members of the Swansea staff

Bob Bradley was sacked by Swansea after just 11 games in charge

Swansea's coaching staff nicknamed their sacked manager after the former US President towards the end of his time at the Liberty Stadium. It is understood that the name came about because of his archaic training methods. 

The Daily Mail reported that towards the end, Swansea's players were not responding to Bradley's training methods. It was reported that the players had no problem with the manager on a personal level. 

Meanwhile, Bradley has claimed that he found the club in 'turmoil' off the field with fans frustrated at a takeover by Americans Steve Kaplan and Jason Levein.
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The Kante effect

N'Golo Kante has lost to only Arsenal and Liverpool since he arrived in the Premier League. Last season, Leicester lost 5-2 and 2-1 to Arsenal and 1-0 to Liverpool. This season, Chelsea have lost 2-1 to Liverpool and 3-0 to Arsenal.
The Premier League table since N'Golo Kante arrived in England in the summer of 2015
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