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Dean Smith outlines ‘quality’ transfer plan as Aston Villa flop departs on permanent deal – Birmingham Live

Aston Villa daily digest – here’s a rundown of the latest transfer stories involving Aston Villa ahead of their Premier League opener against Sheffield United

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Premier League hits and misses: Manchester United’s rude awakening and the surprise early pacesetters – Sky Sports

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Remember how simple it was a year ago when the transfer window closed before the season started? Now, with the window allowed to be open for almost a month after the campaign has kicked-off, we are back to the peculiarity of Fantasy Football selections needing to be finalised before clubs have committed to the real thing and the awkwardness of every early season result being viewed through the prism of a fast-closing tr…

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Man Utd endure bleak start and Ed Woodward faces tough early-season questions – BBC Sport

Manchester United’s first game of the season did little to instil confidence that this will be a year of progress, writes Simon Stone.

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Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward watched from the stands on Saturday
There must be times when Ed Woodward wonders how his job has turned out the way it has.
About 19:20 BST on Saturday might well have been one of them.
As Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman sat in the Old Trafford directors’ box watching Crystal Palace celebrate a second successive Old Trafford win and the best top-flight start to a season in their entire history, it will not have been lost on him that on…

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Wolves boss Nuno: We are not a stepping stone – expressandstar.com

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves are ‘definitely not’ becoming a stepping stone after Diogo Jota’s departure for Liverpool.

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Jota has joined the Premier League champions in a deal worth up to £45million, while Matt Doherty left earlier this summer for Tottenham, for £15m.
Wolves, meanwhile, have snapped up young defender Ki-Jana Hoever from the Reds for an initial £9m.
And when asked if Wolves are becoming a stepping stone to the proverbial big six, Nuno said: “This is not my view. 
“Jota is a player who has been with us for three seasons with such high performances. 
“We’re not a stepping stone. Players that …

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