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Transfer talk: January 17 - Keane extends Galaxy stay, Vagner to Russia

The National's guide to the latest moves, deals and offers taking place across world football during the January transfer window.

Robbie Keane is training with Tottenham during the MLS off-season.
Robbie Keane is training with Tottenham during the MLS off-season.

Louis Saha has been told he is free to leave Sunderland.

The 34-year-old striker arrived on a one-year deal in the summer after being released by Tottenham but has failed to make an impact at the Stadium of Light.

"We have told Louis he is free to speak to other clubs and to leave if he can fix himself up somewhere," said Martin O'Neill, the Sunderand manager.

"We have come to an agreement whereby we will cancel the remainder of his contract, shake hands and go our separate ways."

O'Neill added that a move to South Africa was a possibility for the former Fulham, Manchester United and Everton striker.

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Vagner Love is to return to CSKA Moscow, just a year after leaving the club.

The Brazilian forward quit Moscow last January to join Flamengo, but he has now signed a three and a half year deal to return to the Russian Premier League team where he made his reputation.

"I'm happy to come back home," Vagner told Sport-Express.  "I want to start practising as soon as possible to continue scoring as I did in previous years and to help my team to win again."

Vagner scored 117 goals in 244 appearances for teh Russian side between 2004 and 2011, winning two league titles, five cups and the UEFA Cup before his return to Brazil.

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Vlad Chiriches looks set to move in the transfer window after Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali admitted he was ready to cash in on the in-demand Romania defender.

The 23-year-old stopper has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan, although Chelsea and Inter's city rivals AC Milan are also in the frame.

Becali admits if the right offer came in during the January window he would allow the player to leave for the San Siro.

"I'm prepared to let him go to Inter because Victor Becali (the player's agent) has promised that they would have first option on him," he told Romanian TV.

"If they give me 10 million euros for the player, I'll let him go right now, seriously."

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Los Angeles Galaxy have confirmed Robbie Keane has signed a "multiyear contract extension" to remain with the club.

The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland captain joined the MLS side from Tottenham in August 2011.

"The LA Galaxy announced today that the club has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with forward Robbie Keane," the team confirmed in a statement.

"The Galaxy MVP in 2012, Keane led the team with 16 goals in 28 regular-season games while adding nine assists. In the postseason, Keane led MLS in goals with six as he led the Galaxy to their second consecutive MLS Cup championship.

"Per club and league policy, details of the contract were not released."

Keane is training with Spurs for the next two weeks in a bid to maintain his fitness ahead of the start of the new MLS season in March.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy have also signed Juninho, their Brazilian midfielder, on a multiyear contract, although the player has spent the last three seasons on loan at the club from Sao Paulo.

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Loic Remy has completed his move to Queens Park Rangers from Marseille for a club record fee of around £8m (Dh47.2m).

The 26-year-old France international had been linked with a move to Newcastle, but revealed he had been swayed after talking to Harry Redknapp and Tony Fernandes, the QPR chairman.

"Harry played a big part in me coming here," he said. "I spoke to him and Tony Fernandes at length and they made it clear they wanted me here. They gave me the right motivation to join QPR.

"I want to develop my game here. This season the objective is to stay up but beyond that we have greater objectives.

"After seven years in France, this is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge."

 

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