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Luke Garbutt signs five-year contract to stay on with Everton

Luke Garbutt slides in for the ball in one of his Premier League appearances for Everton last season.

Everton defender Luke Garbutt has committed his long-term future to the club by signing a five-year contract.

The 22-year-old's new agreement was confirmed on Tuesday, just as his previous deal was set to expire.

Garbutt, who joined Everton's youth set-up from Leeds in 2009, has been linked with Premier League newcomers Bournemouth this summer.

The left-back made eight starts for the Toffees last season, four of which were in the Europa League, serving as deputy for Leighton Baines.

He also...

Hernan Crespo named manager of Italian Serie B club Modena

Hernan Crespo, pictured here as the youth squad coach of Parma, has signed on to manage Modena.

MODENA, Italy -- Italian Serie B club Modena says it has appointed former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo as its new coach.

Crespo, who had been coaching the youth squad of Parma, the club where he played twice during his playing career, has signed a one-year contract with an option for a further two years.

Crespo, who turns 40 on Sunday, joins a club that finished 18th in the 22-team second tier last season and had to come through a relegation playoff to avoid the drop.

Sammy Ameobi to sign with Newcastle ahead of Wolves loan - sources

Sammy Ameobi, left, will join Wolverhampton on loan after re-signing with Newcastle, according to sources.

Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi is set to sign a new deal and then join Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, sources have told ESPN FC.

Ameobi's current deal expires at the end of this month and he would be free to join another club, but the 23-year-old is expected to sign a new deal and then be farmed out on loan.

A host of clubs, including Real Sociedad, Crystal Palace and West Brom have expressed an interest in Ameobi, but the former England Under-21 international has opted to stay at St James' Park.


Chelsea up bid for Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic - sources

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes discuss what moves, if any, do Chelsea and Jose Mourinho need to make in this summer's transfer market.

Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after making a new improved £8 million bid for the Bosnian, sources have told ESPN FC.

Chelsea have made Begovic their top target as they seek a replacement for Petr Cech following the Czech Republic star's switch to Arsenal.

The Premier League champions saw their initial offer of £6 million for Begovic rejected by Stoke earlier this week, but they remain in talks with the Potters and are confident of reaching...

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Leicester City sack manager Nigel Pearson

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik reacts to Leicester's surprise firing of Nigel Pearson.
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson offered an apology to a reporter following a press conference in which he called the journalist an ostrich.
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson launches a bizarre rant at a reporter following Leicester's 3-1 defeat by Chelsea.
The ESPN FC panel respond to your tweets in regards to Nigel Pearson's ostrich comments, discuss the Avengers weekend and more.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Nigel Pearson's ostrich statements towards the media, debating whether or not the Leicester City manager was right to fire back at the media.

Nigel Pearson has been sacked as manager of Leicester despite keeping the Foxes in the Premier League last season.

Pearson took charge at the King Power Stadium for the second time in November 2011 and presided over promotion in the...