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3.30pm Tottenham transfer news LIVE: Gedson Fernandes completes medical, Kane could miss Euro 2020, Diawara scouted

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DESPITE their frugal reputation, Tottenham could make the first big signing of the January transfer window.

Gedson Fernandes has completed his medical and is set to join the club imminently, while Krzysztof Piatek is likely to replace the injured Harry Kane.

Keep up to date with all the latest Spurs transfer news below…

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Saracens’ secret deals for England stars Itoje, Vunipolas and Ashton revealed in damning report on salary-cap scandal

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SARACENS’ “reckless” cheating was last night laid bare in a damning 103-page official report into the salary-cap scandal.

The English and European champs will be relegated at the end of the season for breaching Premiership Rugby’s £7million annual wages limit.

 Ex-Saracens chairman Nigel Wray and two other directors were accused of paying £1.6m for a 30 per cent stake in Itoje’s image rights company.

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Ex-Saracens chairman Nigel Wray and two other directors were accused of paying £1.6m for a 30 per cent stake in Itoje’s image rights company.Credit: Rex Features

Now the disciplinary panel has revealed the club had broken the rules on several occasions, with charges ranging in value from £800,000 down to £511.92.

The full details of the report — which Sarries initially tried to stop becoming public — showed the worst breaches involved a host of Eddie Jones’ England players.

These included Maro Itoje, Billy and Mako Vunipola and former Red Rose wing Chris Ashton.

Ex-Saracens chairman Nigel Wray and two other directors were accused of paying £1.6m for a 30 per cent stake in Itoje’s image rights company.

And that was a staggering £871,000 MORE than the shares were valued at by accountancy experts PwC.

Itoje was also paid £95,000 over three years by a hospitality company based at the club’s Allianz Park ground, which was run by Wray’s daughter Lucy — despite no evidence that Itoje attended any hospitality events.

The report noted Itoje was not paid ‘per event’ and it was therefore a salary benefit, while Sarries claimed it was a ‘commercial arrangement’ by an independent company.

Wray was also found to have made payments of £1.3m into joint property ventures with players.

 Sarries' “reckless” cheating was last night laid bare in a damning 103-page official report into the salary-cap scandal.

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Sarries’ “reckless” cheating was last night laid bare in a damning 103-page official report into the salary-cap scandal.Credit: AFP or licensors

He pumped £450,000 into a company majority-owned by  brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola, who starred at the World Cup in England’s run to the final.

A company named ‘Vuniprop’ bought a house funded 66 per cent by the Vunipolas and 33 per cent by Wray’s interest-free loan.

Wray said in his witness statement   these payments were “bona fide commercial transactions with a number of players based on the merit of those investments.

“Not, as Premiership Rugby Limited suggests, in order to provide an additional reward to  players for playing their rugby at the club.”

Saracens were also found to have breached the salary cap by £319,600.76, with regards to a £1.4m property bought by Ashton, but which Wray and another director were accused of paying 20 per cent towards.

Sport Resolutions compiled the explosive report, the details of which were broken by Sky News last night.

The suggestion was that this was a benefit and equivalent to salary in kind.

But Saracens’ defence is understood to have been that he left the club shortly after this property was bought — meaning it could not have been a benefit for playing Saracens.

There is no suggestion or evidence that any Saracens player was complicit in any of the club’s actions.

The panel, led by Lord Dyson, accepted the club’s actions were “not deliberate” and advised against relegation of Saracens.

They said: “We consider that to impose a deduction of 70 points in one salary cap year is disproportionate and is not required to satisfy the underlying purpose of the relegations.

“We accept that the breaches were not deliberate, but in our view they were reckless.”

 Saracens will be relegated at the end of the season for salary cap breaches

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Saracens will be relegated at the end of the season for salary cap breachesCredit: Reuters

But the five-time English champions could not prove they could comply with the Prem salary cap this year.

This was after being found to have breached the cap for three years running — with a total overspend of £2.1m.

So they chose to be move down a rugby division, rather than open their books for a full audit.

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11pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Bruno Fernandes to leave Sporting ‘for sure’, Martinez £100m battle, Piatek LATEST

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MANCHESTER UNITED’S search for January reinforcements rumbles on.

The Red Devils are looking at Spurs target Krzysztof Piatek, but AC Milan want any deal done this week, while there could finally be a breakthrough with Sporting for Bruno Fernandes.

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Ferdinand admits Solskjaer’s results are ‘not good enough’ after Man Utd’s woeful loss to Burnley as he rages at board

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EVEN Rio Ferdinand appears to have lost faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, describing Manchester United’s results as “not good enough.”

The former Old Trafford defender was one of Solskjaer’s most forceful supporters in the media, after he was appointed as interim boss in December 2018.

 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a night to forget as Manchester United lost 2-0 at home to Burnley
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a night to forget as Manchester United lost 2-0 at home to Burnley

But after United’s abject 2-0 defeat to Burnley, who won at the Theatre of Dreams for the first time since 1962, Ferdinand had no praise left.


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Clearly furious with the nature of the defeat, he raged in the pundit’s chair about the lack of competence from the club’s hierarchy.

It came against a backdrop of mass fan protest in the Stretford End, as the ‘Glazers Out’ movement grew even louder and fans left after 80 minutes.

Asked if Solskjaer should still be in a job, Ferdinand said: “The results would suggest not.

“I’ve played with Ole, he’s an ex team-mate of mine.

“But the results that are being churned out are not good enough.”

It marks a big comedown from Ferdinand, who bashed the BT Sport desk after Manchester United’s stunning comeback Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain and told Ed Woodward to give him the job on a full-time basis.

But he backed the under-fire Norwegian up on one big point.

Ferdinand added: “I will give him a little backing in one sense: injuries to big players.

“McTominay was the outstanding player before he got injured.

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“Pogba’s a huge player, most expensive player here, now Rashford is injured in the form of his life.

“So he’s had some big players injured, but still the big amount of money that has been spent to come off the wings.

“We’re relying on an 18-year-old at half time to come on and change our fortunes, that’s where we’re at.



“Look at the team now and the four best players this season are home grown talent.

“Williams, Greenwood, Rashford, McTominay before he got injured.

“That speaks volumes about the recruitment, how shoddy it’s been.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Man Utd’s loss at home to Burnley

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