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Mad­di­son worry

James Mad­di­son’s hip in­jury could rule him out for more than a fort­night and most of Le­ices­ter’s bid to se­cure Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball. The England mid­fielder, 23, missed the vic­tory over Crys­tal Palace and the draw at Ar­se­nal af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing the prob­lem when he came off the bench against Ever­ton. Tests ahead of the trip to Bournemout­h on Sun­day will de­ter­mine whether he has a chance of fea­tur­ing in the cru­cial fi­nal matches of the cam­paign when Le­ices­ter face teams chas­ing

Euro­pean qual­i­fi­ca­tion — Sh­effield United, Tot­ten­ham and Manch­ester United.

Ajax eye Ho­jb­jerg

Ajax have joined the race for Pierre-Emile Ho­jb­jerg but Tot­ten­ham are in pole po­si­tion to land the Southamp­ton mid­fielder. The

Den­mark in­ter­na­tional, 24, has been re­placed as cap­tain at St Mary’s af­ter fail­ing to agree an ex­ten­sion to his con­tract, which runs out in a year and could see him leave for free. Jose Mour­inho wants to bol­ster the Spurs mid­field for next sea­son but Ajax have also now shown in­ter­est in a £15mil­lion deal and can guar­an­tee Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball, although it is un­der­stood stay­ing in the Pre­mier League is an at­trac­tive op­tion for Ho­jb­jerg, who has also sparked in­ter­est from Ever­ton coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Knock­aert deal

An­thony Knock­aert has joined Ful­ham on a per­ma­nent deal from Brighton fol­low­ing a loan spell. The 28-yearold French winger, who moved to Craven Cot­tage on loan last July and has scored three goals for the club in the Cham­pi­onship this sea­son, has signed a deal un­til the sum­mer of 2023 with an op­tion for a fur­ther 12 months

Ar­se­nal sign­ing

Ar­se­nal have signed Aus­tralia goal­keeper Ly­dia Wil­liams from Mel­bourne City. Wil­liams, 32, who has won 88 caps for the Matil­das, be­comes Ar­se­nal’s sec­ond sign­ing of the sum­mer fol­low­ing the ar­rival of com­pa­triot Jess Cat­ley. Wil­liams has twice been named Aus­tralia’s Women’s Foot­baller of the Year and was part of the Aus­tralia squad that reached the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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