SoccerLens Archives for January 2017

Three Serie A clubs currently tracking £63m Bayern Munich midfielder

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Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan are reportedly monitoring Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez, who could be cutting his loan deal short with the Bundesliga side after struggling for game time and form, says the Mirror.

The 26-year-old has made just one league start for Bayern since his two-year loan move from Real Madrid in the summer, and was an unused substitute in October’s 2-2 draw away to Hertha Berlin and Bayern’s 5-0 win over SC Freiburg on Saturday.

On This Day in Football: Competitive football begins in Scotland, First ever Milan derby kicks off

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On this day in 1873, Renton beat Kilmarnock 2-0 in the first ever Scottish Cup match.

League football in Scotland did not commence until 1890, therefore making this game the first ever competitive match in Scottish football history. Renton reached the semi finals stage of the competition, losing out 2-0 against eventual champions Queen’s Park.

Former Everton star tips Koeman to be sacked; board won't tolerate failure

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Kevin Kilbane believes Ronald Koeman faces an uphill battle to avoid the sack at Everton.

The Dutchman is the odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his position following Craig Shakespeare’s exit from Leicester City.

Kilbane told the BBC that he thinks Koeman will find it difficult to improve Everton’s fortunes over the coming weeks.

Chelsea legend blasts Arsenal, says club has "too many false dawns"

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has backed Watford striker Troy Deeney over his criticism of Arsenal.

Deeney infuriated Arsene Wenger by accusing Arsenal of lacking “cojones” after inspiring Watford to a 2-1 victory over the Gunners on Saturday.

Lampard says Deeney’s comments were fully justified and he insisted Arsenal are a soft touch.

Former Man Utd defender fears Tottenham could lose Kane; 'pay the man the money'

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Rio Ferdinand believes Tottenham are running the risk of losing Harry Kane if they don’t offer him a new deal.

Kane, who helped Spurs to a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, has scored 15 goals in his last 15 games for club and country.

The striker has been linked with both Madrid and Barcelona in recent weeks and Ferdinand insists chairman Daniel Levy should pull out all the stops to hang onto his star man.

Barcelona and Chelsea battling for £53m-rated defender

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Chelsea have competition in their pursuit of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, with Barcelona reportedly keen on the Senegalese defender, according to The Sun.

Antonio Conte’s side tried and failed to sign Koulibaly last year, seeing their £43m bid knocked back. The Blues went on to re-sign David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain for £34m, but it looks as though Chelsea will renew their interest in the commanding Napoli defender in January.

Everton and Chelsea hopes dashed as transfer target signs new deal

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Everton and Chelsea target David Brooks has signed a new four-year contract with Sheffield United.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League after impressing this season.

He earned a call-up to the Wales senior squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Georgia.

Former Rangers star urges Celtic to move to England citing lack of competition in Scotland

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Celtic have been Scottish Premiership champions for six years running. Lack of competition coupled with rivals Rangers’ faltering fortunes has made the Hoops undisputed challengers for Scotland’s premier competition.

Former Rangers midfielder Jorg Albertz has the opinion that Brendan Rodgers’ side should move to the English Premier League to suit their ‘high profile’.

Former Liverpool star backs unlikely candidate for Arsenal job, fans of current club can rest easy

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Jamie Redknapp believes Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will be in the frame to be Arsenal manager once Arsene Wenger leaves the club or retires.

Wenger has been under pressure at the Emirates Stadium in recent years, with many fans wanting him to quit the club.

The Frenchman has failed to guide the club to the Premier League title in a decade, although Arsenal have won the FA Cup three times in the past four seasons.

Levy not keen on selling Spurs star, clubs will have to pay this amount if they want him

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid recently.

The England international has been outstanding for Spurs for a while now and it is no surprise that the elite clubs are interested in securing his services.

According to The Times, Daniel Levy is unwilling to let go of Kane just yet.

Man City linked with move for Dortmund midfielder; ideal replacement for Toure

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Manchester City are eyeing a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl.

The 22-year-old is contracted to the Bundesliga club until 2021, but Spanish media outlet Diario AS has claimed City and Barcelona are both interested in signing the player.

With Yaya Toure and Fernandinho both out of contract next summer, City boss Pep Guardiola is on the lookout for midfield reinforcements and Weigl appears to fit the bill.

Tottenham ready to rival Arsenal for Paris Saint-Germain star

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Tottenham and Arsenal are on alert after it was revealed that Adrien Rabiot is yet to open talks regarding a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Ligue 1 giants are desperate to tie the influential midfielder down to a longer deal with his current contract due to expire in 2019.

The London rivals could move for the 22-year-old following reports by L’Equipe that discussions over a new deal with PSG have yet to start.

On This Day in Football: The city of Leeds gets a brand new football team

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On this day in 1917, Leeds United were founded following the disbandment of Leeds City.

City were formed in 1904. After one season in the West Yorkshire League, the club joined the Football League second division. Billy McLeod was signed from Lincoln City in the 1906-07 season.

Mike Ashley finally makes the right choice, Newcastle fans will be delighted with this

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has finally decided to put the club up for sale.

Last year, the club owner admitted that buying Newcastle was a mistake. He has endured a fractious relationship with the fans ever since he took over a decade ago.

Newcastle have had to deal with relegation twice during Ashley’s tenure and the Magpies are in desperate need of a new direction and investment.

Why Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is the best offensive player in the EPL so far

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Early results show that Manchester United fans had a reason to feel elated by the Romelu Lukaku transfer. Through the first 8 matchdays of the season, Lukaku sits at the top of the Most Valuable Offensive Players (MVOP) rankings.

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3-4-3 v Roma: Injury blow for Conte, Chelsea without these 3 first team players for vital clash; Team News, Stats & Predictions

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Chelsea vs Roma
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
18th October, 19:45 pm BST
Stamford Bridge, London
Live Stream: Watch Chelsea vs Roma live on BT Sport 3

Chelsea vs Roma Preview

Chelsea host Roma in the Champions League this week and the Blues will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss against Crystal Palace.

Lovren accuses Lukaku of intentionally kicking him in the face

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Liverpool and Manchester United had to settle for a dull 0-0 draw when the two sides met at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.

Despite the match being a dull affair, an incident involving Dejan Lovren and Romelu Lukaku has caused much stir among both sets of fans. The two players were involved in a scuffle just before the half time interval, resulting in Lovren rolling on the floor holding his face.

Guardiola explains how De Bruyne can reach Lionel Messi’s level

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the best players in the Premier League since his move from Wolfsburg in 2015.

The Belgium international has racked up an impressive 25 goals and 37 assists in a century of matches for the Mancunians. The former Chelsea player was in dazzling form once again in his side’s 7-2 drubbing of Stoke City at the Etihad on Saturday, drawing high praise from manager Pep Guardiola.

Newcastle legend calls for new owners who ‘get the club and the area’

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale. And former Magpies defender Steve Howey wants any potential new owner to be someone who ‘gets the club and the area’.

Ashley bought Newcastle back in 2007 for £134 million but the club has undergone two relegations since then.

4-2-3-1 v Bayern: Rodgers without this first team star for Celtic's tough away clash; Team News, Stats & Predictions

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Bayern Munich vs Celtic
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
18th October, 19:45 pm BST
Allianz Arena, Munich
Live Stream: Watch Bayern Munich vs Celtic live on BT Sport

Bayern Munich vs Celtic Preview

Bayern Munich face Celtic in the Champions League this week and the German outfit will look to pick up a comfortable win here.

Sky Sports pundit and former Celtic star blasts Craig Gordon ahead of Bayern clash

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A stern test awaits Celtic on Wednesday when they face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in a UEFA Champions league group stage tie.

The Hoops were demolished 5-0 by Paris Saint-Germain at Celtic Park in the group stage opener. A defeat against Bayern would essentially result in Celtic losing the second place spot in Group B.

World class Everton target wants to join Man City, Koeman needs someone like him

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PSG striker Edinson Cavani could leave the French outfit and join Manchester City if recent reports are to be believed.

According to Don Balon, the striker is unhappy since his clash with Neymar earlier this season and the Brazilian wants his teammate sold as well.

Cavani believes that he will succeed under Guardiola at Etihad and therefore, he is considering a move to the Premier League.

Pochettino urges Kane to follow Francesco Totti’s footsteps

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that Harry Kane should stay at Spurs for the remainder of his career and be a one club man like AS Roma legend Francesco Totti.

Kane’s stellar form in front of goal in the past two seasons has attracted the interest of some of the biggest clubs in world football, including Spanish giants Real Madrid.

4-3-3 v Napoli: Injury blow for Guardiola, these 2 Man City stars are ruled out with injury; Team News, Stats & Predictions

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Manchester City vs Napoli
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
17th October, 19:45 pm BST
Etihad, Manchester
Live Stream: Watch Manchester City vs Napoli live on BT Sport 3

Manchester City vs Napoli Preview

Manchester City host Napoli in the Champions League this week and it should be a fascinating encounter between two very good footballing sides.

On This Day in Football: Intercontinental woes for United

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On this day in 1968, Estudiantes won the Intercontinental Cup by beating Manchester United over a highly charged two legged final.

United travelled to Buenos Aires for the first leg expecting a hostile reception from the local fans considering the violence that marred the previous year’s final between fellow British club Celtic and Racing Club.

Five Things: Man Utd boss outfoxes Klopp, Silva embarrasses former Arsenal star, Rooney saves Everton

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The Premier League once again provided fans with plenty to discuss over the weekend.

Liverpool missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on Manchester United, Watford made a mockery of Paul Merson’s punditry skills and Wayne Rooney’s late penalty probably saved Ronald Koeman from the sack.

Former Liverpool winger says Chelsea title bid is over, too soon to write them off?

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Former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman believes reigning Premier League champions Chelsea can forget about retaining their title.

The Blues lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace on Saturday, as the Eagles netted their first goals in the league and picked up their first points of the season.

Antonio Conte’s side have now lost three matches in their opening eight games of the season and McManaman has already ruled them out of this year’s race.

4-2-3-1 v Real Madrid: Pochettino without these 4 Spurs stars for tough away game; Team News, Stats & Predictions

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Real Madrid vs Tottenham
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
17th October, 19:45 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Live Stream: Watch Real Madrid vs Tottenham live on BT Sport 2

Real Madrid vs Tottenham Preview

Real Madrid host Tottenham in the Champions League this week and Los Blancos will be looking to claim top spot in the group with a win.

Blow for Liverpool as 25-year-old transfer-target admits contract talks with Lazio

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Liverpool could be missing out on another transfer target, with Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij in talks with Lazio over signing a new contract, reports The Sun.

His deal expires in the summer, meaning the Reds could agree a pre-contract deal in January, but latest quotes made from the player hint at a willingness to stay at the Stadio Olimpico.

Man Utd legend questions Klopp's bravery, Liverpool manager's attacking reputation a myth

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Gary Neville believes Jurgen Klopp should have pushed harder to secure a victory for Liverpool against Manchester United on Saturday.

The two teams fought out a disappointing 0-0 draw, with many pundits suggesting United boss Jose Mourinho’s negative tactics had spoiled the game.

However, Neville says Klopp’s failure to apply more pressure in the second half cost his side the opportunity to pick up three points.

Everton want this big money target in January, would be a huge mistake from Koeman

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Everton are plotting a move for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho in January.

The Toffees are preparing a £31million bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder. Apparently, Koeman believes that the Portuguese international would be ideal for his midfield.

Everton already have two good defensive midfielders in Gueye and Schneiderlin.

Everton chiefs eyeing former Liverpool fan favourite as a replacement for this key man

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman is under tremendous pressure after a disastrous start to the season and the Dutchman is expected to lose his job soon.

The Toffees spent a lot of money in the summer and they were expected to fight for the European places. Instead, they are 16th in the Premier League table with just two wins from eight matches.

Spurs eyeing explosive Arsenal target in January, star could win the title for Pochettino

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Tottenham are looking to make a move for the Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez in January.

The Algerian wanted to leave the Foxes in the summer but there no concrete offers for him. It seems that Spurs and Arsenal are now set to battle it out for him when the transfer window reopens.

Tottenham have been crying out for a specialist winger for a while now and signing Mahrez would be a masterstroke.

Pochettino says he wants to manage this team one day, Spurs cannot afford to lose him

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he would relish the chance to manage England one day.

The Argentine manager revealed that he will be working with a lot of familiar faces if he takes the job. Pochettino has worked with several young English players during his time at Southampton and Tottenham.

Former Chelsea player on top of Guardiola's transfer wishlist, Man City want him in January

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants his team to challenge on all front this season and therefore he is looking to add his squad in January.

According to reports, the former Bayern Munich manager has identified Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand as a target. Guardiola wants a cover for the injured Benjamin Mendy and Bertrand would certainly be very useful until the end of the season.

On This Day in Football: Preston put 26 past Hyde, Attack vs Defence in the MLS

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Today marks the 130th anniversary of one of the most ridiculous score lines in the history of the FA Cup. On this day in 1887, Preston North End beat Hyde FC 26-0 in a first round tie.

Played at Deepdale – the oldest continuously used football stadium in the world – Preston set two records in the match: most goals scored at home and the biggest winning margin.

Spurs interested in signing this Man Utd player, would be a very smart move from Pochettino

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Tottenham are interested in signing the highly talented Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson at the end of this season.

As per reports, the England U21s keeper is out of contract at the end of this season and several English clubs are keen on securing his services.

Alongside Spurs, the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Watford, Stoke, West Brom and Stoke are also interested in Henderson.

Bilic's comments about this West Ham player could be disastrous, he could leave in January

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic recently criticised Reece Oxford after the defender was nominated for this year’s Golden boy award.

The Croatian urged Oxford not to get carried away and he also mentioned that the Englishman is not on the level of PSG’s Kylian Mbappe despite being on the same list as the Frenchman.

On This Day in Football: Football under floodlights begin and a Dutch legend bids farewell

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On this day in 1878, Bramall Lane in Sheffield staged what is believed to be the first football match in history played under floodlights.

It was an exhibition game between two sides made up of local players. Wooden towers were built to carry the lighting system which was powered through generators.

Man Utd fancied to exploit Liverpool's skaky defence, nine strikers won't be necessary

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Manchester United visit Liverpool this weekend aiming to maintain their excellent start to the Premier League season.

United head into the game level on points with Manchester City, but many pundits have suggested Saturday’s fixture is the first real test they’ve faced.

You can stream Liverpool v Manchester United live via Sky Sports from 11:30 on Saturday.

Former Liverpool star challenges 'pussycat' Man Utd striker to deliver

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Jamie Redknapp has challenged ‘pussycat’ Romelu Lukaku to justify his huge transfer fee when Manchester United face Liverpool on Saturday.

The former Everton striker has made a superb start to the season, scoring seven goals in his first seven league games since joining United.

However, Redknapp believes Lukaku still has to prove he can deliver goals in big games.

Top class Spurs star wants massive pay-rise, Levy will have to shatter club's wage structure

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England midfielder Dele Alli has established himself as a key first-team star at Tottenham and the Londoners are looking to tie him down to a new deal now.

The 21-year-old midfielder has four years left on his current contract but the Premier League outfit are prepared to offer him a pay-rise.

Liverpool vs Manchester United confirmed starting line-ups

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made three changes for Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off against Liverpool, dropping Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata from his starting line-up.

You can stream Liverpool v Manchester United live via Sky Sports from 11:30 on Saturday. Get 15% off on the Sky Sports Day Pass now.

Club set to launch £50m offer for Spurs star, relationship with Levy will influence the move

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Manchester United are looking to sign a left back in January and Jose Mourinho has identified Danny Rose as a target.

As per recent reports, Manchester United are ready to submit a £50m bid for the England international.

Recently, Rose revealed that he will consider a move away from Spurs because of his ambition of winning trophies.

"No truth" in rumours that Tottenham star will join Real Madrid

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Top Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague has dismissed rumours that Real Madrid are considering a move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema were rumoured as potential makeweights in a players-plus-cash deal for Kane, but Balague says the La Liga giants are not actively pursuing the England star.

Former Man Utd legend believes Leeds could crumble under pressure

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Reading boss Jaap Stam believes Leeds United are under pressure to perform after losing their last two games in the Championship.

Defeats at Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday have seen Leeds drop to fifth in the standings, although they are only four points off the top of the table.

Stam’s team have won just twice this season, but the former Manchester United defender told Get Reading that he’s confident he can turn things around.

On This Day in Football: Arsenal complete world record transfer

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On this day in 1928, Arsenal completed the world record transfer of forward David Jack from Bolton Wanderers for a massive fee of £10,890.

Interestingly, this was not the first time that a club paid a world record fee to secure Jack’s services. Born in Bolton, Jack began his footballing career with Plymouth Argyle.

Odds update: Former Leeds star fancies old club for 15/2 return

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David Prutton has backed Leeds United to return to winning ways in the Championship this weekend.

Leeds head into the game against Reading on the back of two defeats against Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday, but they can be backed at 10/11 to see off the Royals on Saturday.

Prutton has predicted a 2-1 victory at odds of 15/2 for the home side.

Former Man Utd and Liverpool star blasts Klopp; he's had long enough to sort things out

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Former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince claims Jurgen Klopp is massively underachieving at Anfield.

Klopp’s side head into Saturday’s game against United seven points behind their big rivals after just seven games and with plenty of question marks hanging over his head.

West Ham boss hits out at Hart critics, says he's become an easy target

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes goalkeeper Joe Hart is being unfairly singled out for criticism.

Hart kept a clean sheet and was named man of the match in his most recent appearance for England against Slovenia, but aspects of his performance were still questioned by television pundits.

Villa midfielder eyeing fifth win in a row, Wolves will be the acid test

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Glenn Whelan believes Aston Villa have finally started to demonstrate their promotion credentials.

After an indifferent start to the season Villa have won four in a row to move within five points of Championship leaders Cardiff City.

They visit fellow promotion hopefuls Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday and Whelan thinks they continue their excellent run of form.

Man City could sign star on a massive bargain in January, he wants to play for Guardiola

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Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez is closing in on an exit from Emirates in January and it seems that Manchester City is the most likely destination.

According to Daily Mirror, the Chilean has already made his mind up and he wants to work with Pep Guardiola once again. The 29-year-old’s contract is up at the end of this season and he has refused to sign a new deal at Arsenal.

Spurs eyeing January move for highly talented playmaker, he was close to signing in summer

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Premier League outfit Tottenham will look to sign Andre Gomes from Barcelona when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Mauricio Pochettino was set to sign the former Valencia midfielder in the summer but the move broke down because the Catalan giants failed to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.

Sky Sports pundit makes surprising prediction about Brighton vs Everton, Toffees fans won't be happy

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Everton have had a poor start to their season far and the Toffees will look for a positive result when they travel to Brighton this weekend.

The Merseyside outfit spent a lot of money in the summer and Koeman's men were expected to perform better. The Dutchman is already under a lot of pressure right now and another loss could be disastrous for him.

Could this Barcelona star help fix Liverpool's defensive problems?

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Jurgen Klopp’s failure to resolve Liverpool’s defensive woes is threatening to derail their hopes of success this season, but he has been handed a golden opportunity to secure a short term fix for their problems.

Javier Mascherano’s announcement that he will consider his Barcelona future next summer should trigger an immediate response from Klopp, hopefully with a view to bringing in the Argentinian during the January transfer window.

Manchester United considering £50m bid for 27-year-old to solve defensive crisis

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According to The Sun, Manchester United are considering making a £50m bid to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose.

The English left-back has returned to training after a lengthy knee injury suffered in January, and with six more weeks until the transfer window opens, Rose should be in good enough condition to feature in the second half of the season.

Everton boss blasts Roy Keane, suggests Ireland risk players' fitness

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Ronald Koeman has hit back at Roy Keane over his criticism of Everton’s handling of James McCarthy’s fitness.

The Republic of Ireland assistant boss Keane recently blasted the Blues, saying that there were ‘more scientists involved now than there needs to be’ in McCarthy’s battle against injury.

Former Liverpool star says Klopp must sell playmaker, defence the priority

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Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam believes the club should sell Philippe Coutinho and give Jurgen Klopp the opportunity to rebuild his defence.

The Reds rejected numerous big-money offers for Coutinho from Barcelona over the summer, despite the Brazilian star insisting he wanted to move to Spain.

Slaven Bilic defends Andy Carroll despite poor strike rate

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has come to the defence of striker Andy Carroll, claiming that he should not be judged on the number of goals he scores.

It is an odd statement to make while defending a player whose primary job is to score goals but Bilic insisted that the former Liverpool forward brings in other qualities to the team that are invaluable.

Sky Sports pundit suggests drastic measure to address Özil conundrum

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Arsenal are fifth on the Premier League table after recording four wins in the seven games played so far.

After a disappointing run of form early on in the season, Arsenal head to Watford this weekend at the back of four successive wins. The sudden upturn in fortunes has coincided with the absence of one player through injury – Mesut Özil.

3-4-2-1 v Bournemouth: Mauricio Pochettino without these 4 Spurs stars for vital home game; Team News and Predicted Lineup

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Tottenham host Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend and the home side will be looking to continue their impressive run of form with another win.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won their last four matches in all competitions and they will be confident of securing the three points here.

Back to basics for Caixinha in a bid to address Rangers’ leaky defence

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Despite scoring the second highest number of goals in the Scottish Premiership, Rangers’ have conceded 11 goals – a worse record than Hearts, Motherwell and Aberdeen.

But over the international break, Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha made it a priority to address his side’s leaky defence as they prepare for their trip to St.

On This Day in Football: First international match in continental Europe takes place

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On this day in 1902, the Austrian and Hungarian national teams met in Vienna in what was the first international game of football not involving a British or an Irish team.

The two neighbouring countries battled it out at Wiener AC’s ground. Austria won 5-0, with all the goals coming from the Viennese club’s players.

Big Sam: Criticism of Everton star unfair; Tottenham duo beware, fans too harsh

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Sam Allardyce believes English football suffers from an “epidemic” of people wanting our top players to fail.

Wayne Rooney has come in for criticism after Everton’s poor start to the season, while Tottenham star Dele Alli has also received plenty of stick for his recent performances.

The former England boss thinks too many fans are quick to pile pressure on players when they don’t reach their usual high levels.

Man Utd legend says striker faces first big test at Liverpool; must perform in big matches

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Romelu Lukaku must show he can perform in big games, starting at Anfield against Liverpool on Saturday.

Lukaku has enjoyed an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, scoring seven goals in his first seven Premier League appearances for the club.

Arsenal boss eyeing move for Napoli defender, Inter Milan also in the running

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Arsenal are considering a move for Napoli central defender Nikola Maksimovic.

The 25-year-old joined Napoli from Torino last summer, but has failed to nail down a regular place in the first team.

Guerin Sportivo claims the Gunners and Inter Milan have been monitoring the Serbian international with a view to making a move in the January transfer window.

Former Leeds boss questions striker’s fitness, says he “runs out of juice”

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Former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn believes Pierre-Michel Lasogga has made a decent start to his career in England, but he has questioned the striker’s ability to play a full ninety minutes.

Lasogga joined Leeds on a season-long loan deal from Hamburg in the summer and he has already made his mark, scoring three goals in five Championship appearances.

4-3-3 v Stoke: Guardiola without these 3 top class Man City stars for vital PL game; Predictions, Team News & Possible Lineups

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Manchester City vs Stoke City
English Premier League 2017/18
14th October, 15:00 pm BST
Etihad, Manchester
Live Stream: Watch Manchester City vs Stoke City live on NBC Sports (US)

Manchester City vs Stoke City Preview

Manchester City host Stoke City in the Premier League this weekend and the home team will be looking to extend their fine run of form with another win.

4-3-3 v Man Utd: Devastating blow for Liverpool, Klopp without these 3 top class stars; Predictions, Team News & Possible Lineups

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Liverpool vs Manchester United
English Premier League 2017/18
14th October, 12:30 pm BST
Anfield, Liverpool
Live Stream: Watch Liverpool vs Manchester United live on Sky Go

Liverpool vs Manchester United Preview

Liverpool host Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend and Jurgen Klopp’s men will be hoping to bounce back with a win.

Shakespeare set to ditch usual system in a bid to get more out of Leicester

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Only a year after being crowned Premier League champions, Leicester City are facing a potential relegation battle.

The Foxes have won just one of their opening seven games in the league while drawing two and losing four. The dreadful start to the new campaign has relegated Leicester to 16th on the table.

Newcastle star eager to give everything for Benitez in newfound role

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Newcastle United have lost just one of their last five games and currently sit in the top half of the Premier League table at ninth.

After a difficult start to the new campaign, the Magpies are seemingly back on track to target a respectable finish on the league table. One of the key reasons for that has been manager Rafael Benitez’s decision to trust Ayoze Perez in the No.

Disappointment for Conte, top class Spurs star has his heart set on a move to Man Utd

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Tottenham defender Danny Rose has been linked with a move away from the club for a while now.

The England international recently revealed that he wants to win trophies and that Spurs are not paying him enough.

According to Daily Star, Manchester United are interested in signing him and Jose Mourinho is confident of landing him in a £45m deal.

Man City close to sealing agreement with midfielder, star set to earn around £150k-a-week

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Manchester City midfielder David Silva is close to signing a new deal with the club.

The Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of next season. Initially, the club struggled to negotiate the wages but it is believed that the player has agreed to sign a new deal worth around £150,000 a week.

Bayern Munich midfielder announces international retirement

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Arturo Vidal, midfielder for Bayern Munich and Chile, has announced his retirement from the national team, reports Sky Sports.

The news comes after Chile suffered a 3-0 defeat to Brazil in their final World Cup qualifier – a game he missed through suspension. In his absence, the South American outfit were thrashed at the Allianz Parque and finished one point off the playoffs places in Round 1.

On This Day in Football: Spurs thrash Everton, Pele trumps Eusebio, US hosts first game of soccer

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On this day in 1958, the late great Bill Nicholson was appointed as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The same afternoon, overseeing his first game in charge, Nicholson guided Spurs to an emphatic 10-4 victory over Everton at White Hart Lane.

Not a bad start.

Nicholson, a formidable wing-half, spent the entirety of his senior playing career at Spurs amassing over 300 appearances for the club.

West Ham star urges teammate to fight for his place; bizarre antics must stop

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Pablo Zabaleta has urged Diafra Sakho to knuckle down and fight for his place after being denied a move away from West Ham during the transfer window.

Sakho tried to engineer a move to Rennes on deadline day, but the Hammers refused to sanction a transfer to the French club.

The Senegal forward has scored goals in the Premier League, Carabao Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in recent weeks and Zabaleta is eager for his teammate to continue to work hard.

Former Everton star says Tottenham striker would thrive in Spain; could follow Bale to Real Madrid

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Former England star Trevor Steven believes Tottenham striker Harry Kane would be a big hit in La Liga.

Kane has been in stunning form over the past few weeks, sparking rumours that he could be tempted away from Spurs if the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona came calling.

The 24-year-old was on target for England in their World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania over the weekend, and Steven thinks he is now amongst the best players in the world.

Messi the hero as Argentina sneak through, USA eliminated, Ronaldo fires Portugal to Russia

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Lionel Messi came to the rescue as Argentina battled back to beat Ecuador and secure their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Messi’s hat-trick sealed a 3-1 victory but, much like the rest of their qualifying campaign, Argentina did things the hard way.

The 2014 runners-up began the day sixth in the group and needing a top-four place to qualify automatically.

European giants plotting shock offer for Spurs star, these 3 stars could be offered in exchange

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Real Madrid are looking to sign the Tottenham striker Harry Kane at the end of this season.

According to reports, the La Liga giants are prepared to part with three of their key players in order to land the England international.

The likes of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric could be offered to Spurs in order to sweeten the deal.

Man City confident of signing top class PL star, teammates believe January transfer is possible

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Manchester City are set to return with another offer for Alexis Sanchez in January.

The Etihad outfit tried to sign him on deadline day but Arsenal’s failure to land Lemar disrupted the move.

Pep Guardiola remains an admirer of the Chilean and the Arsenal players believe that he might be allowed to leave when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Jurgen Klopp dreamed of coaching Manchester United, claims mentor

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp always dreamed of working in the Premier League. But before donning the red of Merseyside, the German coach’s chief ambition was to manage Liverpool’s greatest rivals Manchester United.

That is the claim of Eckhard Krautzun, Klopp’s mentor and predecessor at Mainz 05.

Fiorentina striker confirms Arsene Wenger’s interest

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Fiorentina’s 18-year-old striker Martin Graiciar has confirmed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wanted to sign him but a deal sadly never materialised.

The Czech Republic youth international spent some time with Arsenal’s youth set up when he was 14. But an unfortunate injury coupled with his age, restricted him from making his short stay in North London a permanent one.

Souness accuses former Liverpool player of feigning injury

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Liverpool legend and former Newcastle United boss Graeme Souness has accused one of his former players of feigning an injury ahead of a crucial Premier League tie.

Souness’s time in Tyneside was a rather unspectacular one. The former Scotland midfielder managed the Magpies in 84 games, winning just 36 matches.

Guardiola plotting move for £67m South American, wants him to challenge this Man City star

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking to shore up his midfield options and Monaco’s Fabinho happens to be a target.

According to ESPN, the Monaco midfielder is valued at £67m and Guardiola is an admirer of the South American. Fabinho is seen as an ideal candidate to compete with Fernandinho for the holding midfield role.

Tottenham defender a class act; deserves to set new record

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen says he’s delighted to have the chance to become his country’s most capped player.

The 30-year-old is set to pass former striker Jan Ceulemans’ tally of 96 caps, a record that has stood for 26 years, when Belgium face Cyprus on Tuesday.

Vertonghen made his first senior appearance for his country in a European Championship qualifier against Portugal back in 2007.

On This Day in Football: Totti dons the Azzurri, Green makes England history

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On this day in 1998, Francesco Totti made his debut for the Italian national team in a 2-0 win over Switzerland in a Euro 2000 qualifier.

Born in Rome, Totti spent the entirety of his career at AS Roma, amassing over 750 appearances for the Giallorossi and scoring over 300 goals.

41 goals in 49 games: Everton want this deadly poacher, Steve Walsh has already watched him play

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Everton are looking to sign a striker and the Merseyside outfit are thought to be interested in Bas Dost.

The Sporting Lisbon forward has been on fire ever since he joined the Portuguese outfit and Koeman wants him to fill Lukaku’s void at Goodison Park according to ESPN. The report adds that Everton’s director of football Steve Walsh watched Dost in action recently as well.

Man City set for transfer talks next week; Pep wants star in January, will offer him £90k-a-week

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking to add to his defence in January and the Spaniard has identified Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam as a target.

The Etihad outfit will be without their first choice left back Benjamin Mendy for most of this season and Guardiola is keen on plugging that gap.

Leeds secure vital agreement, Englishman excited about the new challenge at Elland Road

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Leeds United have secured the services of Oxford United’s chief scout Craig Dean.

The Championship outfit are looking to improve their recruitment at youth level and bringing in Craig Dean will make a massive difference.

Dean has proven his pedigree at Oxford and he will be looking to make a similar impression at Elland Road now.

Dutchman heading to Emirates next season, Arsenal have secured the agreement

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Arsenal are looking to appoint a director of football and they have reached an agreement with Marc Overmars.

The former Arsenal player has been the director of football at Ajax since 2012 and he is very experienced in that position now. Furthermore, he knows the club well and he should be able to lead them into the right direction.

Attacker reveals his summer move to Everton was 'very close'; Koeman must try again in January

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was close to joining Everton this summer.

The Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order at Emirates since the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette and he was expected to depart during the summer. However, he ended up staying and the player believes that it was the right choice.

Man Utd plotting January move for top class PL star, Spurs fans should be very worried

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Tottenham defender Danny Rose is a target for Manchester United in January.

According to reports, the Red Devils will make a move for him when the transfer window reopens.

Danny Rose was linked with a move away from Spurs during the summer. The England international revealed that he wants to win trophies and that he is being paid less money at the London club.

Leeds United make offer for Polish goalkeeper, confirms club scout

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Leeds United have made an offer for Polish goalkeeper Kamil Miazek, according to club scout Jakub Bokiej.

Miazek is currently available on a free transfer, and Bokiej who works as a scout for Leeds’ academy, confirmed earlier that the club has made an approach to tie him down on a permanent deal.

Klopp ‘perfect man’ to lead the Reds, insists former Liverpool chief

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According to former Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow, manager Jurgen Klopp is under no pressure whatsoever and is the ideal man to take the club forward.

Liverpool will face Manchester United at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday. United are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the league table.

Spurs, Palace and Newcastle send scouts to watch Turkish superstar

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Premier League trio Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are tracking Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, as per reports in Turkey.

All three English clubs sent scouts to watch Tosun in action against Iceland at the New Eskişehir Stadium in a World Cup qualifier.

Shocking reaction from Tottenham fans on Twitter, ready to accept top class star's sale

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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been sensational for the Londoners ever since he joined them from MK Dons.

The England international has firmly established himself as one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League and it is no surprise that the top clubs are interested in his services.

Club ready to consider offers for Everton's La Liga target in January, Koeman must sign him

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Thomas Vermaelen is looking for a move away from Barcelona and the Catalan giants are ready to consider offers in January.

Earlier this week, there were reports that Barcelona refused to sell him during the summer transfer window despite genuine interest from Premier League clubs such as Everton.

Man City ready to pay versatile star's release clause in January, Pep's influence will be key

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Pep Guardiola is looking to add to his squad in January and the former Barcelona manager has identified Sergi Roberto as a target.

According to latest reports, the Spanish midfielder is a target for the Etihad outfit and they are prepared to pay his release clause when the transfer window reopens next year.

Chelsea star stalling on contract extension amid possible Real Madrid approach

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is reportedly holding off signing a new deal with the Blues as Real Madrid are believed to be considering an approach, reports Marca. The Belgian international’s current contract expires in 2019 and he’s so far yet to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

TalkSPORT suggests Courtois has held talks with Real Madrid and is keen for a move if the Spaniards make a formal approach.

Have Arsenal have found £50m replacement for Alexis Sanchez?

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Arsenal are reportedly considering Manchester United’s Anthony Martial to replace Alexis Sanchez should the Chilean forward exit the Emirates Stadium in January or next summer, reports The Sun.

However, Arsene Wenger may be forced to pay £50m for the French international, such has been his return to scoring ways and high valuation upon his initial arrival to England.

On This Day in Football: Violence in Birmingham, Hilarity in Tallinn

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On this day in 1976, Aston Villa played Glasgow Rangers in a friendly. The game had to be abandoned in the 53rd minute as fights erupted all across Villa Park resulting in one of the worst episodes of hooliganism in Britain’s football history.

Trouble had erupted way before the Rangers faithful arrived in Birmingham.

Liverpool legend defends the indefensible - when will they wise up?

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“I don’t think Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea are great defensively. It’s not just a Liverpool problem.”

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages. Let me introduce you to Kevin Keegan – the man who couldn’t organise a defence if his life depended on it.

Former Celtic star wide of the mark over Sinclair's England claims; Ox isn't the answer either

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Chris Sutton accusation that Gareth Southgate’s approach towards Scott Sinclair’s England claims “smacks of arrogance” is significantly wide of the mark.

Sutton claimed that Sinclair should be in the England squad ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and while the Liverpool midfielder’s inclusion is questionable Sinclair certainly isn’t the answer.

Leeds fans can breathe easy as Liverpool forward dismisses transfer; midfield the priority

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Danny Ings’ announcement that he is not considering a move away from Liverpool during the January transfer window should result in a collective sigh of relief amongst Leeds United fans.

The 25-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move to Elland Road, but the former Burnley striker says he wants to stay and fight for his place at Anfield.

Man Utd legend blasts Man City and Tottenham stars, questions attitude

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Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has hit out at Kyle Walker and Dele Alli over their failure to reproduce their club form when they play for England.

Walker attracted plenty of criticism during Thursday’s match against Slovenia, particularly after blazing a free-kick over the bar, while Alli was largely anonymous during Sunday’s game in Lithuania.

Moyes reveals two players he missed out on as United boss

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Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed the two world class players he missed out on during his ill fated tenure at Old Trafford.

With United languishing outside the top four, Moyes was sacked before the 2013/14 season was over. Current United boss Jose Mourinho claimed that the club ‘failed to evolve’ in three years following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Massive test for Koeman, Everton will sack him if he fails to deliver in these 3 games

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Ronald Koeman has had a tough start to the season and it seems that the club’s hierarchy is losing their patience with the Dutchman.

According to Daily Mirror, Everton will look to sack the former Southampton manager if he fails to deliver this month.

Koeman spent around £150m this summer but his team looks worse than last season.

On This Day in Football: FIFA hits new low and MLS welcomes Chicago

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On this day in 2015, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke and UEFA President Michel Platini were suspended for 90 days from all football related activity by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.

World football’s governing body was hit with a major scandal in 2015 after United State federal prosecutors disclosed evidence of corruption by FIFA officials and associates.

30 goals last season: West Ham looking to sign Liverpool target, poacher would be ideal for them

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West Ham United are looking to sign the highly rated Anderlecht striker Lukasz Teodorczyk.

According to Daily Mirror, the Hammers have been watching the player closely and they are ready to make a move now. The report adds that Liverpool were interested in the player during the summer transfer window.

On This Day in Football: Hibs beat Real, Keegan resigns as England boss from Wembley toilet

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On this day in 1964, Scottish side Hibernian beat Real Madrid 2-0 in a friendly at Easter Road.

The 1964-65 season had begun and Hibernian had lost the Edinburgh derby to Hearts. Manager Jock Stein decided to invite Miguel Muñoz’s world conquering Real side for a friendly game of football to boost morale.

Manchester United defender hints he could leave for this one reason

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Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian has admitted some mild frustration with a lack of playing time this season, while also hinting that he could return to Italy if his situation doesn’t change, reports the Express.

The 27-year-old joined Manchester United for £13m in 2015 and was a regular in the defence in his debut season.

Former England ace reveals why the ‘Golden Generation’ failed to deliver

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Adam Crozier, the ex-chief executive of the Football Association, once dubbed the likes of Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Steven Gerrard among others, as the ‘Golden Generation’ of English football, destined to achieve great things for the Three Lions.

But despite having the likes of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry at the back, Scholes, Gerrard and Frank Lampard to choose from in the midfield, Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney leading the attack, England consistently failed at international tournaments under both Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello.

Football pundit warns Everton star to ‘come down off his high horse’

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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea among a host of clubs vying for his signature.

Fathan Moshiri, a majority shareholder at Everton, confirmed back in September that Barkley had agreed personal terms with Chelsea but changed his mind at the last minute.

England legend cites Spurs ace as key to Three Lions’ World Cup hopes

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Former England international Kevin Keegan believes that the Three Lions’ FIFA World Cup dreams will receive a big blow if Harry Kane got injured.

Keegan of course is well aware of the repercussions of having one of your best players getting injured during a major international tournament.

Spurs sent scouts to watch physically imposing Liverpool target, Pochettino should sign him

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Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has been linked with a move away from Serie A in the past and it seems that the Frenchman is a target for Liverpool and Spurs.

The midfielder is on loan at Valencia this season and the former Monaco star has impressed in La Liga. The Spanish outfit have an option to sign him permanently at the end of this season for a fee of £22m.

On This Day in Football: United unveil Charlton against Charlton, Rangers set new record

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On this day in 1956, Manchester United handed an 18-year-old Bobby Charlton his first start in a league tie against Charlton Athletic at Old Trafford. The future England international scored twice as United won the match 4-2.

Born in Ashington in the northeast of England, Charlton was spotted by United’s chief scout Joe Armstrong while playing for East Northumberland schools.

Southampton ready to pay this much for PL attacker in January, he would be ideal for Pellegrino

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Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott is expected to leave the club when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Walcott has been in and out of the Arsenal first team for a while now and it is evident that he is no longer a key player for the Gunners. Furthermore, the English attacker is nearing the end of his contract at Emirates.

Barcelona player says club refused to let him leave, Koeman wanted him at Everton in summer

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Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has revealed that he was not allowed to leave the club during the summer transfer window.

The 31-year-old time at Camp Nou has been plagued with injuries and he spent last season on loan at Roma. When he returned to Spain earlier this summer, Premier League outfits Everton, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Watford were all interested in signing him.

South American reveals he was close to joining Man City, explains why the move fell through

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Brazilian midfielder Kaka has revealed that he was close to joining Manchester City a few years ago.

The 35-year-old playmaker currently plays for Orlando City in the MLS.

Back in 2009, Kaka had the chance of joining Manchester City but the player decided to stay in Milan because the Premier League outfit’s project did not convince him back then.

Pochettino determined to sign this Chelsea target in January, Spurs fans should be excited

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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was linked with a move away from the club during the summer transfer window and it seems that the saga will resurface in January once again.

According to Daily Mirror, Tottenham and Chelsea are both looking to the sign the England international and they will make their move when the transfer window reopens in a few months.

Man City leading the chase for winger, former Man Utd player has been outstanding this season

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Manchester City are expected to beat rivals Manchester United in the race for Jack Harrison’s services.

The highly talented young winger is a target for both Manchester clubs but the Etihad outfit have the first refusal on him.

Harrison was recently called up to the England U21 squad after his sensational performances in the MLS this season.

World class Spurs star comments on transfer rumours, fans will be worried after hearing this

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been linked with a move to Real Madrid earlier this month and the player has now revealed that one can never rule out anything in football.

The England international is one of the best strikers in world football right now and therefore it is no surprise that the best clubs are interested in signing him.

On This Day in Football: Newcastle unshackle Len, Andrade meets sad end

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On this day in 1946, Newcastle United beat Newport County 13-0 at St. James’ Park in a Division Two fixture. Len Shackleton who was making his debut scored six of the goals.

The Magpies signed Shackleton from Bradford Park Avenue for £13,000 as a replacement for Albert Stubbins who was transferred to Liverpool for the same fee.

West Ham switch attention from Carvalho to Brazilian midfielder

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West Ham United are interested in signing Estoril defensive midfielder Matheus Jesus.

The Brazil youth international is currently on a half-season loan with Santos from the Portuguese club after signing a five-year deal earlier this year.

Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato says the Hammers, Fiorentina, Schalke and Watford are all keen on signing the 20-year-old.

Conte on collision course with Chelsea, history shows it's a bad move

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The news that Antonio Conte is angry with Chelsea’s board over the club’s lack of striking options doesn’t bode well for his future at Stamford Bridge.

Alvaro Morata suffered a suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City last Saturday and has now pulled out of international duty with Spain.

Leeds United eye January move for Liverpool striker

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Leeds United look set to move in for Liverpool forward Danny Ings in the January transfer window, as per reports from ESPN.

Ings arrived in Merseyside in the summer of 2015 from Burnley but an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in a training session in October that year ruled him out for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Newcastle United raided over fears of ‘systematic abuse of the tax system’

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Custom officials have raided Newcastle United after evidence surfaced of a ‘systematic abuse of the tax system’ which suggests that secret payments were made to players and agents.

Warrants were issued by the HM Revenue and Customs officers to search the premises of St.

Harry Kane is worth more than Neymar, claims Sky Sports pundit

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Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale has made a very bold claim that Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane is worth more than Paris Saint-German superstar Neymar.

The Brazilian sealed a world record £198 million move from Barcelona to the French capital this summer. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are speculated to be preparing a blockbuster move for Kane who has scored 92 goals in 139 goals in the past three campaigns, excluding the 11 goals he already has this season.

Former England captain makes a prediction about West Ham, Bilic and the fans will love this

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West Ham have had a rough start to their season but things are looking positive after their recent performances.

Former England player Stuart Pearce believes that West Ham were unlucky to start with three away games and that things will improve as the season goes on. Pearce claims that West Ham lost their confidence after the opening day defeat.

Van der Sar reveals strategy behind his Champions League winning heroics in Moscow

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has revealed all the preparation that went into his European Cup winning penalty save in Moscow back in 2008.

Signed from Fulham in 2005, the Dutchman was a a pivotal part of the globe conquering United side of the late 2000s.

Sky Sports presenter shares latest information about key Spurs star, fans will be delighted

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been linked with a move away from the club once again.

According to reports from earlier this week, Real Madrid are plotting a big money move for the England forward.

However, Sky Sports presenter Jim White has now revealed that the player is not for sale.

Former Newcastle star backs Benitez to take club forward

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Former Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor has given his vote of confidence to Rafael Benitez while insisting that the Spaniard is the right man to lead the club.

The 33-year-old spent five and a half seasons at St James’ Park and was part of the Magpies squad that reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League back in the 2011/12 season.

Leeds ready to sign this Premier League striker in January, would be a masterstroke from Christiansen

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Liverpool striker Danny Ings has been linked with a move away from the club.

According to ESPN, the former Burnley star is a target for Championship outfit Leeds United. The Whites are keen on securing promotion to the Premier League and they believe that Ings could help them achieve that goal.

Massive Tottenham transfer on the cards next summer, Pochettino and the fans should be worried

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane is one of the best players in Europe right now and Real Madrid will look to sign him next summer.

According to latest reports, the England international is valued at £177m and the Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is not scared of breaking the bank for the player.

On This Day in Football: Sir Matt debuts for Scotland and a Forest legend passes away

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On this day in 1933, Manchester City right-half Matthew Busby made his international debut for Scotland in a 3-2 British Home Championship defeat against Wales at Ninian Park. This would be his only official appearance for Scotland.

Born in the village of Orbiston up in North Lanarkshire, Busby joined City in 1928 at the age of 18.

Potential Newcastle takeover could see the club fulfil its potential, Ashley must sell

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The news that Amanda Staveley has met Newcastle United officials to discuss a potential takeover will be music to the ears of the club’s loyal fans.

According to numerous media outlets Staveley met the man appointed by owner Mike Ashley to find a buyer, Justin Barnes, earlier this week and is set to hold more discussions over the next few days.

Former Newcastle star fears Everton could go down; Koeman set to quit? Rooney also cops flak

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Former Newcastle striker Mick Quinn believes Everton could be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley left the Toffees two points above the drop zone and has sparked rumours that manager Ronald Koeman could leave the club.

The Sun has claimed the 54-year-old wants out of the hot-seat at Goodison Park and Quinn Quinn told the Chronicle that the club is in danger of imploding.

Aston Villa boss keen to protect star striker, but expect the goals to start flying in

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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce insists fans should not expect too much from striker Jonathan Kodjia following his return from injury.

The 27-year-old bagged his first goal of the campaign in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bolton to help Villa to their fourth victory in a row.

Kodjia scored 19 goals last term, but Bruce told the Express and Star that fans should be patient with the Ivory Coast international.

Massive injury blow for Guardiola; Man City star in 'very bad' condition, ruled out for six weeks

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was involved in a car crash in Holland last week and the Argentine international is set to be sidelined for six weeks now.

Initially, it was reported that Aguero would be back playing within two weeks but now Daily Mail have quoted the Argentine national team doctor Donato Villani claiming that the striker will be out for longer than expected.

Manchester United hoping to complete deal with Arsenal for midfielder

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Manchester United are hoping to agree a pre-contract deal with Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, according to the Independent. Manager Jose Mourinho is looking to renew acquaintances with the player he signed during his stint at Real Madrid in 10 months, and may not have to pay a penny for the German international if he’s willing to wait until next summer.

Technically gifted star reveals why he rejected a transfer to Tottenham: My decision was made

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Chelsea midfielder Willian was close to joining Tottenham before he signed for the defending Premier League champions.

Back in 2013, when Willian arrived in London, the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham were interested in his services. However, the player claims that as soon as Chelsea registered their interest, his mind was made up.

Koeman counting on international break to offer respite

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been under increasing pressure this season.

The 1-0 loss in the Premier League against Burnley at Goodison Park last weekend has relegated the Toffees to 16th on the table. But Koeman is hoping that the two weeks of international break will provide much needed respite to him and his players.

Major injury blow for Conte, this is how Chelsea should lineup in the absence of key star

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is all set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury during his side’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester City.

The Spaniard joined the Premier League champions this summer for a club record fee of £60m. Morata has had a fantastic start to life in England and he is currently Chelsea’s top scorer with 7 goals.

Man Utd legend believes Tottenham hang on to Harry Kane, as long as they challenge for silverware

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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs says there’s no reason for Harry Kane to leave Tottenham Hotspur, as long as the club is challenging for honours.

Kane’s form during 2017 has sparked speculation that the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid will target the England striker.

Giggs’ former teammate Gary Neville said Kane is worth £150 million, but the ex-Wales winger insists Spurs can retain his services.

Liverpool must pull out all the stops to sign this player, Klopp can't afford to ignore defensive issues

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Jurgen Klopp must pull out all the stops to sign Virgil van Dijk after the defender confirmed he would be open to the prospect of leaving Southampton during the January transfer window.

Liverpool targeted the centre-half during the summer, but called off their pursuit after the Saints accused them of making an illegal approach for the player.

Arsenal star says he will ask this world class player to join the Gunners, fans will be delighted

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Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has revealed that he will ask Antoine Griezmann to sign for Arsenal if the Atletico Madrid star visits him in London.

The La Liga attacker was close to joining Manchester United this summer and it will be interesting to see where he ends up next summer.

Lacazette revealed that Griezmann is his best friend and his comments will certainly excite the Arsenal fans.

Top class Man Utd star undergoes scan after sustaining ankle injury, could miss his next 2 games

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku sustained an ankle injury during his side’s win over Crystal Palace and the Belgian was sent for scans this week.

According to the Belgian FA, the player has not suffered a fracture or any structural damage but he could be out of action for now.

A statement from the Belgian FA read: “Romelu Lukaku underwent an MRI scan but no fracture or structural damage has been diagnosed.

Pochettino hails Tottenham's 'perfect midfielder', star could make international debut this week

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Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has been called up to the England squad and the midfielder will be hoping to make his international debut this week.

England take on Slovenia at Wembley this Thursday and injury problems in midfield forced Southgate to consider Winks as an option. The likes of Jones and Delph withdrew from the squad due to the lack of fitness.

26-yr-old striker's agent makes shock admission, says West Ham move was a huge mistake

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Valencia striker Simone Zaza’s agent has revealed that the player should never have joined West Ham United and that the transfer was a huge mistake.

The Italian international struggled to adapt to the Premier League and was a massive flop at the London club. Zaza joined West Ham on a season-long loan from Juventus last summer but failed to score in any of his 11 games.

On This Day in Football: Dinamo set European record, Earth welcomes Zlatan

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On this day in 1973, Romanian heavyweights Dinamo Bucharest beat Northern Irish club Crusaders FC 11-0 to set a European Cup record.

Meeting in the first round of the tournament, the Romanians won 1-0 in the first leg in Belfast thanks to a goal from midfielder Viorel Sălceanu.

Newcastle midfielder backed for unlikely recall to England squad, surely we can do better?

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Graeme Souness has tipped Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to earn a recall to the England squad.

The 25-year-old has been capped six times by his country, although he hasn’t figured for the national team since 2015.

Shelvey produced an impressive performance for Newcastle against Liverpool over the weekend and Souness believes he could force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup.

Former Liverpool star blasts Everton boss over "muddled recruitment", says fans deserve better

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Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes Everton’s fans are right to feel aggrieved over the club’s current predicament.

The Toffees’ 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley on Sunday left them 16th in the Premier League, just two points above the relegation zone.

Manager Ronald Koeman has been promised time to turn things around, but Redknapp says he is paying the price for doing poor business during the transfer window.

Ian Wright tips Burnley boss to replace Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that Burnley manager Sean Dyche has all the necessary attributes to succeed at a top club and even manage the England national team in the future.

Burnley recorded an impressive 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday and are currently occupying the sixth spot on the league table.

Villa want Manchester United goalkeeper on a permanent deal

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted that the club would like to sign Sam Johnstone, on loan from Manchester United, on a permanent deal in January.

The 24-year-old is enjoying his second loan spell in Birmingham and has played in every Championship game this season, keeping five clean sheets in the process.

Keane sends message to Everton teammates, says some players are suffering because of this

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Everton have had a poor start to the season despite spending a lot of money during the summer transfer window and the Toffees are under a lot of pressure to turn it around.

Koeman spent a considerable amount of money to strengthen his squad and one of his new signings believes that some of the players are suffering from low confidence.

Wenger opens up on the possibility of Barcelona joining the Premier League

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has had his say on the possibility of Barcelona leaving La Liga and joining the Premier League, following growing unrest in Catalonia.

The Catalans held a referendum this weekend to determine their right to an independent statehood which was met with strong opposition from the Spanish government.

Noel Whelan aims dig at Leeds United defender

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Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has given a damning verdict on centre back Pontus Jansson, claiming that the Swede has a penchant to go missing during tough situations.

Jansson arrived at Elland Road on a season long loan deal from Serie A club Torino this summer. The Swedish international made a sensational start at his new club, helping Thomas Christiansen’s men keep a clean sheet in his first six appearances for Leeds.

Manchester United and Chelsea interested in Middlesbrough defender

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Premier League big guns Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly monitoring the progress of highly rated Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry, as per the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old centre back’s impressive performances at the heart of Boro’s defence has also sparked an interest from fellow Premier League clubs Everton and Leicester City.

Big blow for Chelsea as Morata ruled out for six weeks

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In what could be a major setback for Chelsea, striker Alvaro Morata has been ruled out for six weeks because of a hamstring injury, the Spanish FA has confirmed.

The report confirms that the former Real Madrid forward will be sidelined for the entirety of October at the very least ,while gaining full match fitness could take another couple of weeks.

Odds update: Leeds legend urges Christiansen to shuffle his pack

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Leeds United legend Eddie Gray says Thomas Christiansen must address issues in midfield if his team is to mount a serious challenge for promotion this season.

Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday took Leeds’ losing streak away from home to three games and saw them drift out to 12/1 to win the Championship.

Former Rangers captain dismisses rumours of falling out with Amoruso

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Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has revealed that there was no falling out with Lorenzo Amoruso during their time together in Glasgow.

Amoruso, who joined Rangers from Fiorentina back in 1997, had been captaining the Light Blues for two years when Dutch manager Dick Advocaat took over the club.

Former England star dismisses Tottenham's title hopes, says they'll be "delighted with top four"

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Stuart Pearce believes Tottenham will fall short in this season’s title race and says they’d be happy to finish in the top four.

The former England star has tipped the two Manchester clubs to fight for the Premier League crown and he thinks Spurs’ form at their temporary Wembley home will stop them from challenging.

BBC pundit urges Everton to appoint this man as Koeman's replacement, fans will be delighted

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Everton have had a very poor start to their season so far and manager Ronald Koeman is under a lot of pressure to turn it around.

The Dutchman is currently odds-on favourites in the Premier League sack race as well.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has urged the Toffees to go ahead and appoint Marco Silva as their new manager if Koeman is shown the door this season.

Everton manager odds-on favourites to be sacked next, Koeman admits future is out of his hands

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman is under a lot of pressure after his team’s poor start to the season.

The former Southampton manager is currently leading the Premier League sack race according to the bookies. As per Ladbrokes, the Dutchman is currently 8/11 to lose his job before any other Premier League manager.

Bruce hints Aston Villa will look to sign highly talented star in January, fans should be excited

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Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone has been very impressive for Aston Villa and Steve Bruce is keen on signing the player on a permanent deal.

Johnstone is currently enjoying his second loan spell at Villa Park and the 24-year-old has established himself as the club’s number one shot-stopper.

West Ham will persist with key man even though this world class replacement is available

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has been under pressure after a slow start to the season.

The Croatian spent a considerable sum of money in the summer but the expectations have not been met so far.

West Ham will be expected to make a top ten finish at the very least after splashing the cash on Chicharito, Arnautovic, Hart and Zabaleta.

On This Day in Football: Puyol makes Barca debut, Dundee go on unbeaten run

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On this day 1999, a 21-year-old Carles Puyol made his debut for Barcelona’s first team in a 2-0 win over Real Valladolid in La Liga.

Born in La Pobla de Segur in Catalonia, Puyol initially started out as a goalkeeper but persistent back problems forced him to change positions.

Five Things: Tottenham star bashing over the top, Man Utd defender makes England case, Man City in safe hands

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It’s a Manchester lockout at the top of the Premier League as United and City continue to match each other’s results.

United ruthlessly dismantled Crystal Palace, while City recorded an important win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

Sportslens takes a look at five talking points from the weekend:

Alli needs to mature, but criticism is OTT

Dele Alli received plenty of stick for his performance for Tottenham at Huddersfield on Saturday.

Christiansen blasts Leeds United players for being ‘soft’

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Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen has lambasted his players for a ‘soft’ performance against Sheffield Wednesday that resulted in a third straight away defeat for the club.

The 3-0 loss against Wednesday comes at the back of disappointing trips to Cardiff and Millwall. Failure to take any points in these games have dropped Leeds to fifth in the Championship table with Christiansen questioning his players’ endurance to mount a serious challenge for the league title.

Wenger demands more goals and assists from Iwobi

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Alex Iwobi scored his first goal of the campaign as Arsenal eased past Brighton with a 2-0 victory in the Premier League at the Emirates.

The 21-year-old started in place of the injured Mesut Ozil and capped off an impressive display in attack, combining with Alexis Sanchez.

Odds update: Koeman on the brink as Everton slump against Burnley, former Bayern boss next in line?

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Ronald Koeman’s future at Everton looks bleak after his team were beaten 1-0 at home by Burnley on Sunday.

Jeff Hendrick’s 21st minute goal left the Toffees 16th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone ahead of the international break.

Bookmakers now make Koeman favourite to be the next top flight boss to leave his position, with odds as short as 4/9 being quoted.

Former Rangers legend blasts current players over Caixinha row, time to look in the mirror

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Former Rangers star Davie Provan says Pedro Caixinha was right to criticise players he thinks have created a divide in the club’s dressing room.

Caixinha hit out after last week’s defeat against Celtic, saying his staff and some of the club’s new signings haven’t been made to feel welcome by the squad’s Scottish players.

Chelsea legend thinks Mourinho was right to sell Kevin De Bruyne; still needs trophies to prove greatness

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Former Chelsea star Frank Lampard says Jose Mourinho’s decision to allow Kevin De Bruyne to leave Chelsea was the right one.

De Bruyne was sold to Wolfsburg in 2014 and his performances there helped him secure a big-money move back to the Premier League with Manchester City.

Lampard says De Bruyne faced a tough battle to break into Chelsea’s first-team under Mourinho and believes a move away from the club was in the best interests of both parties.

On This Day in Football: Reign of Arsène begins while Pelé’s ends

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On this day in 1996, Arsene Wenger officially assumed the managerial role at Arsenal.

Born in Strasbourg, Wenger started his footballing journey with FC Duttlenheim back in 1959. The Frenchman enjoyed a very undistinguished career as a player for Mutzig, Mulhouse and Starsbourg before entering football coaching in 1983 as an assistant to Jean-Marc Guillou at Ligue 2 club Cannes.

Odds update: Former Liverpool boss backs Newcastle to stay up

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Former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness has backed Rafa Benitez to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League this season.

Newcastle host Liverpool on Sunday having won three of their opening six games following promotion from the Championship last term.

The Magpies are currently 7/1 to be relegated, but Souness believes Benitez will guide his team to safety.

Injury-prone West Ham striker the answer to Everton's scoring woes? Arsenal star a better option

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Everton’s failure to replace star striker Romelu Lukaku has left the team short on striking options, with the Toffees scoring just four goals in six Premier League games this season.

Manager Ronald Koeman has come under fire for Everton’s performances and according to the Sun there’s an unlikely name at the top of his list to replace the Belgian.