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Wednesday 22 November 2017

In Brief: Celtic complete Ljungberg deal

Freddie Ljungberg completed his move to Celtic yesterday after passing a medical.

The former Sweden international, who made his name playing for Arsenal in the Premier League, will be officially unveiled as a Celtic player in Glasgow today and the 33-year-old could be in contention for a place in the squad for Sunday's Old Firm derby with Rangers, subject to international clearance.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but it is believed Ljungberg has signed until the end of the season, with a view to extending the deal if the move is successful.

The former Arsenal midfielder won 75 caps for Sweden during his career. Since 2009, he has been playing in the US, first for Seattle Sounders and more recently for Chicago Fire.

Fabregas linked with £35m Madrid move

CESC FABREGAS was yesterday linked again with a move to Spain, but to Real Madrid rather than Barcelona, with Spanish newspaper 'Marca' claiming Madrid are determined to beat their bitter rivals to his signature and are planning a £35m summer bid.

For now, however, Fabregas remains committed to the Arsenal cause and he was unhappy with the performance of referee Lee Probert in Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Wigan.

He used Twitter to convey his feelings about the official, who refused to penalise Wigan's James McArthur when Samir Nasri's last-minute free-kick clearly hit his hands. There was more bad news for Arsenal yesterday when Abou Diaby was ruled out for several weeks after picking up a calf strain.

Houllier at odds with Agbonlahor

Gabriel Agbonlahor has become the latest Aston Villa player to find himself at odds with Gerard Houllier after the manager said he was spending too much time building his physique.

The 24-year-old striker took to the gym last summer on the orders of former boss Martin O'Neill, who said he needed to bulk up so that he could hold off opposing defenders more effectively. Houllier thinks the England international has gone too far.

"The fact is I think he's too stocky. I have told him to lay off the weights. The Gabby I saw when I was watching TV in France was different to what I see here. He was thinner, more wiry and, wow, quick."

  • Sheffield United have named Micky Adams as their new manager. The Sheffield-born 49-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Bramall Lane, leaving Port Vale to succeed Gary Speed, who departed earlier this month to manage Wales.
  • David Unsworth has been placed in caretaker charge of Preston following the sacking of Darren Ferguson. Unsworth (37) has already lost two players who were on loan from Manchester United after Alex Ferguson, father of Darren, recalled Joshua King and Richard DeLeitte from loan spells at Deepdale.

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