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Partridge in Stockport loan

Former Liverpool star Richie Partridge has joined League One side Stockport County on loan for the rest of the season.

The Dubliner moved to MK Dons in the summer but had a frustrating time at the club and spent part of the season on loan to non-league side Kettering, but this week Stockport boss Gary Ablett has brought in Partridge on a loan deal.

Meanwhile, current Ireland U21 cap Cian Hughton has signed a long-term deal with League Two outfit Lincoln City.

SHEFFIELD United manager Kevin Blackwell hopes to complete a £500,000 deal to sign Irish midfielder Mark Yeates from Middlesbrough later today.

"We're talking about a permanent deal and hopefully Mark will become our player," said Blackwell.