12pm Sports News: Featuring Soldado, Germany's women and Phil Taylor

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A round up of the latest news stories from across the world of sport.

Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on a deal for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. A deal is thought to be close with Spurs agreeing to pay the £26 million demanded by the club, which would be enough to trigger the buy-out clause in the player’s contract. Spurs have insisted their interest has no connection to the future of Gareth Bale.

Lewis Hamilton says he is delighted with his first win as a Mercedes driver following victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Brit said: “I really couldn't be happier and I hope there is many more to come. If we can make the tyres last here, we can do it anywhere. I think you could tell I was hungry for it. I was going all out.”

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor won his 14th World Matchplay title after beating Adrian Lewis in the final. Taylor found himself 6-4 down with Lewis holding the break before coming back to secure an 18-13 win: “It's probably one of the best finals I've been in and he was very tough to beat,” he told Sky Sports.

England have recalled James Taylor, Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett for the third Ashes Test match against Australia. Taylor is cover for Kevin Pietersen, should he not be available, Tremlett is a direct replacement for Steven Finn and Panesar could feature later in the series as the second spinner.

Germany’s women have won the 2013 European Championship, securing their sixth title. The Germans secured a 1-0 win over Norway in a dramatic match which saw the Norwegians miss two penalties thanks to the heroics of German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer. Anja Mittag scored the only goal of the game.

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