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ESPN – Diego Costa unfairly painted as villain

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Craig Burley pick their transfer market winners and predict how Chelsea's signings will pan out this season. Football in general, and English football in particular, loves a pantomime villain. In recent years that position has been occupied by the likes of Joey Barton and Luis Suarez, characters who unite people in their condemnation as if they were the archetypes of what people despise about the modern game, juxtaposed against those who make it beautiful. The saturation of the sport provided by social media and tabloid newspapers demands that these personalities exist, and if they do not then they …

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METRO – Transfer window live blog – January 7th 2013

Will QPR boss Redknapp be frustrated in his pursuit for new recruits? (Picture: Action Images) It’s the morning after the FA Cup weekend before, and clubs are expected back at the negotiating table for another hectic week of the January transfer window – all of which we’ll bring to you right here at Metro. Whether your team is after a striker to fire them up the table, or a defender to stop them slipping down it, this is your one-stop shop for all the goings-on across the Premier League. There have already been plenty of moves so far in the window, with Daniel Sturridge, Joe Cole and Demba Ba already proving to be shrewd signings for Liverpool, West Ham and Chelsea respectively. But there’s still plenty more to be resolved, with Theo Walcott, Nani, Marouane Fellaini, Wilfried Zaha and Radamel Falcao just a few of the top names being linked with headline-grabbing moves this month. Metro’s Sport team will be providing regular updates and inside tips on what’s happening in the window, and you can leave your views by dropping a comment below.

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