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Afternoon Report: April 20

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HEADLINES

Sir Alex Ferguson says he has "had a word" with Ashley Young amid accusations of diving levelled at the England international midfielder.

Ferguson admitted Young "overdid" it when the United midfielder went to ground last weekend, winning a penalty for the second match in a row.

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle says he would not be surprised to see Fabrice Muamba return to action for the club next season.

The Bolton midfielder was discharged from hospital yesterday as he continues to make his recovery from a cardiac arrest suffered last month.

Kenny Dalglish believes former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will receive a warm reception when he returns to Anfield on Sunday with West Brom.

TRANSFER NEWS

Today's transfer news sees reports Gareth Bale is the top summer target for Barcelona - who see him as an "ideal" replacement for Eric Adibal. (Telegraph)

Chieck Titoe says has insisted he will stay with Newcastle amid persistent speculation Chelsea are targeting the Ivory Coast midfielder. (The Guardian)

And finally, Hamburg have confirmed their interest in Liverpool midfielder Dirk Kuyt, who is also a target for Juventus and Feyenoord. (talkSPORT)

 

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