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Liverpool's €60m bid for Juventus striker, Ireland attacker moves and today's transfer gossip

Elsewhere, the race for McGeady’s signature hots up, United keen on Schmeichel and Watford confirm deal for Malaga winger.

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€60m bid rejected for striker: Liverpool have had a huge bid for Juventus’ Alvaro Morata declined.

Liverpool told Long will cost £12m: Reds will have to up their offer for Ireland striker. They are also believed to be chasing QPR’s Rob Green as a back-up goalkeeper.

Stokes returns to Hibs: The Ireland international striker is back at Easter Road until the end of the season after a spell at the club in 2009/10.

Clubs in for McGeady: Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Spartak Moscow are believed to be interested in securing the Ireland winger on a loan deal.

Schmeichel to United: Kasper Schmeichel is being lined up as a replacement for David De Gea as Real Madrid are expected to speed up their pursuit of the Spaniard following their recent transfer ban.

Fellaini for sale: AC Milan have been told the Manchester United midfielder is for sale but will cost them £19m (€25m).

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Toon to splash cash: Newcastle are lining up an £18m (€24m) deal for West Brom striker Saido Berahino and a £14m (€18.5m) bid for Spurs winger Andros Townsend.

Amrabat seals deal: Watford have completed the signing of the Malaga and Morocco winger for a fee believed to be in the region of £6m (€8.6m)

Vidic has officially left Inter: The Milan club have confirmed that the former Manchester United defender is a free agent.

Marquee signing: Former Premier League winger Jermaine Pennant has become the highest-paid player in Singapore after his move to Tampines Rovers was confirmed. Pennant is expected to earn €53,000 per month in the S-League.

Retro Deal of the Day

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IT’S HARD TO rival Tony Yeboah when it comes to getting bang for your buck.

Few players made such a lasting and explosive impact on the Premier League in a relatively short period of time.

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The Ghana striker arrived at Elland Road on 5 January, 1995 for £3.4m from Eintracht Frankfurt. And Leeds manager Howard Wilkinson later admitted to knowing little about the powerful African.

“I’d never actually seen him play but I watched him a lot on Eurosport,” Wilkinson said a few months after signing Yeboah.

“I remember thinking, ‘Christ, what a player’.”

In fewer than three seasons Yeboah scored 35 goals in 69 games. But he won’t be remembered for being prolific — he’ll forever be associated with the extraordinary; particularly for two wonder strikes in the first two months of the 1995/96 season.

The first came against Liverpool on a Monday night — his ferocious, dipping volley rattled in off the crossbar and the goal’s impact was felt around the world.

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Kids all over the globe spent hours trying to hit volleys off the underside of the bar; a Yebooooooaaah was the pinnacle for young football fans in those days.

And then, less than five weeks later, he bettered that stunning strike with this screamer against Wimbledon.

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It was a special time for those keen to emulate the stars of the world game — in between Yeboah’s screamers Colombia goalkeeper Rene Higuita casually pulled out a scorpion kick at Wembley. And that inspired all sorts of awkward goal-mouth acrobatics.

Yeboah once said that he’d never tire of watching his wonder strikes against Liverpool and Wimbledon. He’s not the only one.

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