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Strachan keen for McManus to rejoin Boro

Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan is adamant that he will sign Stephen McManus on a permanent deal from Celtic.

McManus enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Championship side last season after he was recruited to the Riverside by his former Hoops boss.

Boro have yet to agree a fee with the Parkhead club for the player, but manager Strachan was bullish about the prospect of adding the Scotland defender to his squad.

"Stephen wants to be here and we want him to be here," Strachan said. "We will make it happen one way or another. But I can't say when it will happen."



Bolton happy with new pair

Bolton manager Owen Coyle expressed his delight after completing his first two summer signings in Martin Petrov and Robbie Blake. Bulgaria midfielder Petrov, who agreed terms with the club last week after being released by Manchester City at the end of last season, has penned a two-year deal.

"He's someone I've admired for a long time because he's a top-class player and this is a tremendous signing for the club," Coyle said of Petrov.



Baines signs Everton deal

Leighton Baines has signed a new five-year deal at Everton.

The 25-year-old, who moved to Goodison Park from Wigan in 2007 and still had two years remaining on his deal, was a member of England's provisional 30-man World Cup squad but did not make the final 23 for South Africa. Baines said: "I'm more than happy to be staying here and committing to the club and it was nice for the club to want me to stay."


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