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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Aston Villa sign Rudy Gestede from Blackburn Rovers on five-year deal

Rudy Gestede scored 22 goals for Blackburn Rovers last season.

Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Rudy Gestede from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

Gestede, 26, signed a five-year deal at Villa Park on Friday, becoming Villa's second signing of the day after the Premier League side brought in France under-21 midfielder Jordan Veretout from Nantes.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood told...

Balestier waste chance to go second after sharing S.League points with CYL

Balestier missed an opportunity to go to second place in S.League standings when they were held by Courts Young Lions on Friday. Photo credit: S.League

Balestier Khalsa missed a golden chance to climb to second place in the standings following a sensational comeback by Courts Young Lions. The home side forced a 2-2 draw after trailing by two goals in a thrilling Great Eastern Yeo's S.League clash at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday night.

The Tigers were coasting with goals from Zulkiffli Hassim and Miroslav Kristic. However, goals from Jordan Webb and Suria Prakash orchestrated the home side's heroic comeback.

Signs of future wastefulness were...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Aston Villa sign Jordan Veretout from Nantes

ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains Tim Sherwood's breath of fresh air for Aston Villa last season, but now must do without Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph.
Veretout scored seven goals in 36 Ligue 1 outings last season.

Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of French midfielder Jordan Veretout from Nantes for an undisclosed fee.

Veretout, 22, starred for the Ligue 1 club last season and Villa have made the France under-21 international their fourth signing of the summer.

Villa manager Tim Sherwood told the club's official...

New Zealand appeals expulsion from 2016 Olympics qualifying tournament

New Zealand Football has appealed the disqualification of its under-23 team from the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament for use of an ineligible player.

President Deryck Shaw said New Zealand lodged an appeal with the Oceania Football Confederation on Friday against both the process and the grounds under which its team was ejected from the tournament in Papua New Guinea.

Shaw said New Zealand Football is also reviewing internal processes and obtaining information "on the small number of players...

Chelsea's Diego Costa and Gary Cahill fit for Community Shield clash

The ESPN FC crew debate which top four Premier League club need to make more signings to challenge Chelsea for the title.
Former Chelsea man Frank Leboeuf insists that Chelsea will repeat as Premier League champions.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add his first piece of silverware of the season ahead of the Community Shield against Chelsea.

LONDON -- Jose Mourinho has said Diego Costa and Gary Cahill will be fit to face Arsenal in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley.

Costa was taken off during Tuesday's friendly victory over Barcelona in the United States and Mourinho said afterwards that the Spain international "felt a little thing in his hamstring."

The Chelsea boss had also said Cahill "has a chance of a broken nose" after he picked up an injury in the same match, but he told journalists at a news conference on Friday that the pair...

Vitaly Mutko set to take control of Russian football union

Vitaly Mutko will take over the vacant position of president of the Russian Football Union.

MOSCOW -- Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko is expected to take control of the country's football association.

Mutko is running unopposed for the vacant presidency of the Russian Football Union after cutting a deal with his only rival in the race, nationalist member of parliament Igor Lebedev.

As well as his ministerial role, Mutko is also chairman of Russia's 2018 World Cup organising committee and a member of the FIFA executive committee.

Lebedev told Russian news agency Tass he had pulled...