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Brighton weigh up move for King

Brighton are among the clubs in­ter­ested in Josh King this sum­mer fol­low­ing Bournemout­h’s rel­e­ga­tion from the Premier League. King, who has also been mon­i­tored by Ever­ton and Burn­ley, has one sea­son left on his con­tract at the Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium and looks set to leave in a deal worth be­tween £10mil­lion and £15 mil­lion. Manch­ester United made an un­suc­cess­ful bid in Jan­uary for the 28-year-old, but are now fo­cused on sign­ing Jadon San­cho.

New­cas­tle plan to tie down play­ers

New­cas­tle United are ready to make de­ci­sions on the long list of play­ers with con­tracts ex­pir­ing in less than a year. Isaac Hay­den, Fed­erico Fer­nan­dez and De­An­dre Yedlin are first-team reg­u­lars set to open talks on fresh terms while Fabian Schar, Dwight Gayle, Ciaran Clark and Karl Dar­low could also be of­fered ex­ten­sions. Leeds are con­sid­er­ing a move for Matty Longstaff, who can leave New­cas­tle for com­pen­sa­tion fee.

Fifa stand by pres­i­dent In­fantino

Fifa has said there “is ab­so­lutely no rea­son to open any in­ves­ti­ga­tion” af­ter crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings against pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino were launched in

Switzer­land. The pro­ceed­ings fol­lowed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into com­plaints over meet­ings in 2016 and 2017 in­volv­ing In­fantino and Michael Lauber, the Swiss lawyer who was in charge of in­ves­ti­gat­ing cor­rup­tion at Fifa. It was con­cluded there were “in­di­ca­tions of crim­i­nal con­duct” in con­nec­tion with those meet­ings.

Cardiff mourn stal­wart Pon­tin

Keith Pon­tin, the for­mer Cardiff and Wales de­fender, has died aged 64. Pon­tin, who played al­most 200 league games for Cardiff and won two in­ter­na­tional caps, was di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia aged 59.

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