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Venky's continue to baffle, appoints Shebby Singh as Blackburn Director of Football

In a bid to resurrect their poor image and their flailing ambitions, Blackburn Rovers have appointed Shebby Singh as their director of football.

Former Malaysian International Singh, while not a known figure in England, is a household name in Asia, where he has for many years worked as a football pundit under the ESPN-Star Sports banner. The 43-year old will be utilised by Blackburn as an intermediary between the club's owners and the manager, and is expected to be handed a major role in rebuilding the club's stuttering image and position in the English football heirarchy.

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West Ham confirm capture of Wigan's Mohamed Diame

Newly-promoted Premier League side West Ham United have confirmed the transfer of midfielder Mohamed Diame on a three-year deal from Wigan Athletic. This news is sure to bring joy to the Hammers' fans even as leading Premier League clubs attempt to raid the Upton Park for keys players who orchestrated West Ham's return to the top flight.

In an official announcement on the club website, the Senegalse player said, "I'm very happy and very excited to have joined the club and I'm looking forward to the start of the season. I know the fans here get behind the team all the time and I'm looking forward to showing everybody what I can do on the pitch."

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Southampton sign Burnley hot shot Jay Rodriguez

Southampton celebrated their return to the Barclays Premier League by signing their first player of the summer in 22-year-old Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez. Rodriguez is rumoured to have been bought for close to 7 million and has signed a four-year deal with the Saints.

Burnley-born Rodriguez leaves a lasting legacy at Turf Moor, having started his Clarets' career in the club's Centre of Excellence before progressing through the youth team to sign his first professional contract in June, 2007. After a first-team debut as a substitute in December, 2007 and a loan spell with Stirling Albion, Rodriguez scored his first senior goal to give the Clarets a Carling Cup win over Fulham in September, 2008.

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Manchester United keen to land Ajax wonder-kid Viktor Fischer

Manchester United are chasing 17-year old Ajax starlet Viktor Fischer according to the Gazzette dello Sport. The striker is thought to be subject of an €11 million offer from the Red Devils as they look to snap up the young talent. The Danish striker arrived at Ajax only last year from FC Midtylland.

An U-19 international for his nation, Fischer has received rave reviews and alarmed top clubs with his exceptional performance in the Next Gen Series where he led his team to the final, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-0 demolition of Liverpool on the way.

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Kranjcar leaves Spurs for Dynamo Kiev

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Niko Kranjcar has confirmed that he will be leaving Spurs for Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev after the European Championships. Kranjcar, who after a couple of brilliant seasons at Portsmouth was bought by Tottenham for £2.5 million, has not been able to live up to his billing at White Hart Lane, with first team opportunities too, coming few and far between for the 27-year old.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp too, has at times regretted not being able to field Kranjcar more due to Gareth Bale's emergence, and only recently suggested that he was not looking to sell the player. Kranjcar however seems to have grown frustrated with his peripheral role at the club and has taken matters into his own hands, and on Wednesday told Croatian website that he was indeed seeking new pastures.

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Inter Milan join the race for Arsenal target Aleksandar Dragovic

Arsenal are facing competition to sign transfer target Aleksandar Dragovic, with Inter Milan considering making a formal bid for the Austrian centre-half. The Nerazzurri have been scouting possible replacements for Brazilian defender Lucio after the 34-year old confirmed his exit from the Serie A club this summer, and have pencilled in 21-year old Dragovic as an ideal candidate to step into his shoes.

Dragovic, who signed for Basel only last summer from home town club Austrian Wien and has a deal running till 2015, caught the eye of numerous scouts across Europe as the Swiss side made the knockout rounds of the Champions League at the expense of Manchester United.

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Arsenal target Youssef Msakni poised for Udinese switch

Fans with an intricate knowledge of Arsenal related rumour mongering would be familiar with the name Youssef Msakni, with the Gunners having been linked wit the Tunisian midfielder earlier this season. However, reports in popular sports website TalkSPORT suggest that Italian club Udinese have already got in touch with his club, Esperance Tunis to discuss the prospect of the player’s transfer and may complete the deal fairly quickly.

Arsene Wenger had been scouting the 21 year-old after his impressive performance at the African Cup of Nations, where Tunisia reached the quarter-finals of the competition. Speculation was rampant that the Gunners boss was in the process of making a bid for the versatile playmaker, but Esperance Tunis declared that they had not been approached with an offer yet. Wenger was looking to acquire the player to fill the void left after the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last season.

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