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FA Cup: Liverpool down Plymouth at the second attempt to advance to Fourth Round

A first goal in seven years from Liverpool stalwart Lucas Leiva earned the Reds a 1-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle in their FA Cup replay at Home Park on Wednesday night.

Jugen Klopp, criticized for fielding a youthful side the first time these two teams met at Anfield earlier this month, stuck largely to the same formula but was rewarded on this occasion as an 18th minute goal from Lucas from Philippe Coutinho's corner put Liverpool in the driver's seat early in this match.

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Chelsea and Liverpool hoping to land star Frenchman this winter

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Premier League giants Chelsea and Liverpool have enquired about the availability of Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia with an intent to sign him this winter, according to reports in France Football.

The 23 year old has found regular game time tough to come by at his club this season owing to the increased competition for first team places, and his English suitors are keen to make the most out of this opportunity by offering him a way out of his misery.

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Chelsea and Liverpool set to swoop for Jamaican sensation

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Premier League giants Chelsea and Liverpool are understood to be among a host of clubs looking to make a move for Genk winger Leon Bailey, according to reports in The Daily Mail.

The 19 year old, who is also believed to be a target for Everton and Bournemouth, was understood to be a summer target for the aforementioned sides. However, with his other suitors AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen known to be ready to table a £20m bid for his services this month itself, the player’s English admirers are also being forced to make emergency offers for him now.

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Chelsea looking to raid Premier League side for super quick winger

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Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a move for Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, according to reports in Sky Sports.

The 20 year old has impressed with his performances for Aitor Karanka’s side since moving to the club from Aston Villa last summer, with him having made 16 appearances for them so far this season. However, most of those stints have come from the bench, as a result of which it is believed that the youngster may have become unsettled at Riverside Stadium.

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Man United insert buy-back clause in Depay transfer deal

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Manchester United have reportedly accepted a £16m bid from Lyon for winger Memphis Depay, and the fee could rise to £21.6 million based on add-ons and performance related bonuses according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Interestingly, United have also reportedly included a buy-back clause for the 22 year old Dutch international, perhaps protecting themselves against the possibility of Manager Jose Mourinho leaving the club in the future and his replacement being open to work with the youngster, should he begin to perform.

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Forward Alex Morgan and Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris Win CONCACAF Awards

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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that Alex Morgan is the 2016 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year and Ashlyn Harris is the CONCACAF Female Goalkeeper of the Year as winners in twelve different categories for the annual CONCACAF Awards were revealed.

In an equally-weighted vote among Men's and Women's National Team coaches and captains of all the Member Association, media and fans, Morgan captured the award for the second time. Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica earned the honor for the first time. Harris (Orlando Pride) won the award for the first time.

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Xabi Alonso to retire at the end of the season

Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso will conclude his football career by the end of this season when his contract expires with German football champions Bayern Munich.

At the end of Bayern's recent winter camp, Alonso, 35, told the club's management that he did not want to renew his contract, German magazine Sport Bild said on Wednesday.

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