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Fulham seal first summer signing
Fulham have signed Joao Palhinha from Sporting Lisbon for an undisclosed fee.
Palhinha is the first new arrival at Craven Cottage since Marco Silva's men won the Championship to seal an immediate return to to the Premier League.
The defensive midfielder, 26, made 27 league appearances for Sporting as they finished second in the Portuguese top flight last term.
And Cottagers vice-chairman Tony Khan was delighted to win the race for his signature.
Khan said: "Joao has excelled in Portugal playing both club and international football. He’s been one of our top targets in this window.
"While there were other prominent clubs aiming to secure his signature, we’re thrilled he chose to come here and that he wants to play for Fulham under our great coach.
"We believe Joao will be a valuable addition to strengthen the squad to compete this season in the Premier League."
Palinha cannot wait to go toe to toe with some of the world's finest players in the English top flight.
He said: "I'm very glad to be here. It's a big opportunity for me, for my career, to play in what is — in my opinion — the best league in the world.
"I've signed with a great club. The club wanted me, and I chose them, so I promise the fans I will do my best. I hope we can win so many things this season."
Young one signs new deal
Age is no barrier for Ashley Young, who has signed a new one-year deal at Aston Villa.
The ex-England international, who turns 37 on Saturday, returned to Villa Park last summer and made 25 appearances across all competitions in 2021-22.
And boss Steven Gerrard has opted to keep the experienced utility man in his squad as Villa look to improve on last term's 14th-placed finish.
Young spent four years at Villa between 2007 and 2011 before moving to Manchester United. Across two spells, he has played more than 200 times for the club.
Leeds sign City midfielder
After selling midfielder Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City, Leeds have confirmed Darko Gyabi has moved the other way.
The Whites have handed the 18-year-old ace a four-year deal at Elland Road.
He did not make a first-team appearance for City after switching from Millwall’s academy but shone for the club’s Under-18 and U-23 sides.
Gyabi is expected to challenge for a first-team spot in Jesse Marsch's side and is Leeds' fourth signing of the summer, following Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca through the door.
AFCON disruption in 2024
The next Africa Cup of Nations will once again take place in the middle of the Premier League season.
Organisers had pencilled in the next tournament to be played in June and July 2023 in the Ivory Coast.
They wanted the competition to fall in line with other major international tournaments, which take place during the European summer months when the biggest leagues in the world are not being played.
But that would have put the 2023 edition in the middle of the Ivory Coast’s rainy season and heavy floods are predicted to hit the West African country.
The CAF Executive Committee met in Morocco on Sunday and confirmed it would move to January and February 2024.
That means clubs in the Premier League and elsewhere in Europe will be without some of their big names for a large chunk of the 2023-24 campaign.
Moutinho's Wolves stay
Joao Moutinho has signed a new one-year deal at Wolves ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Portuguese legend Moutinho, 35, has made 176 appearances for the Molineux outfit since first moving in 2018.
He has been a key figure for the club as they continue to push on in the Premier League and Wolves technical director Scott Sellars was thrilled to get a new contract sorted.
"In Joao's time at the club, he's been vital, bringing real experience and quality to the group, so to get him resigned is a massive boost for us all," Sellars said.
"With contracts, it’s about getting to a place where everybody's happy, the club and the player, and it isn't always easy, but in the end what matters is the outcome and we're very happy with it.
"He's a huge influence in the dressing room, with the younger players, and sets standards that they follow.
"His and Bruno's relationship is very important. As a coach, you like players who can solve things on the pitch, and Joao is certainly one of them."