Lunchtime Report: June 21

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Mario Balotelli's Manchester City teammates have warned of the threat posed by hot-headed striker ahead of England's encounter with Italy on Sunday.

James Milner says he believes the Italian forward is a "special talent", while Joleon Lescott added he can "create something out of nothing."

France manager Laurent Blanc has admitted that his players were involved in a "heated" dispute after their disappointing defeat by Sweden.

Elsewhere, The Guardian reports Andre Villas-Boas could pull out of talks with Tottenham as he is unhappy about "mixed signals" from the club.


Manchester City have been linked with a move for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel - who could cost around £20million. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will have talks with striker Demba Ba this week in a bid to resolve his future. (Metro)

And finally, Robert Green has agreed a two-year deal with QPR after leaving West Ham on a free this summer. (Sky Sports News)

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