SoccerLens Archives for January 2017

Sam Allardyce confirms that he would ‘consider’ an offer from Everton

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Former England manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that he would consider an approach from Everton to become their new boss.

Everton sacked Ronald Koeman this month after a disastrous run of games. David Unsworth, the club’s U-23 manager, has been appointed as caretaker manager but the Toffees have lost the two games played under him.

O’Neill dismisses rumours linking him with Rangers as ‘speculation’

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Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has dismissed all the speculation linking him with the vacant Rangers job by insisting that his primary focus lies on qualifying for the World Cup.

Rangers sacked Pedro Caixinha last week after a disappointing run of form that has left the Light Blues at fourth on the Scottish Premiership table.

Bayern missing ‘world class’ players could help Celtic, says Brendan Rodgers

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Speaking ahead of Celtic’s UEFA Champions League group stage clash against German heavyweights Bayern Munich, Brendan Rodgers is thankful that the Bavarians are missing two of their best players.

Striker Robert Lewandowski has not travelled to Glasgow after picking up an injury in the 2-0 league win against RB Leipzig at the weekend.

Delight for Brendan Rodgers as Celtic star pens new six-year contract

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Parkhead favourite and Celtic’s rising star Kieran Tierney has signed a six-year contract extension with the Hoops.

The 20-year-old fullback who is nearing 100 appearances for Celtic has fast established himself as one of the club’s key players with a series of consistent performances.

4-2-3-1 v Celtic: Rodgers will be delighted, Bayern without these 5 top class stars for crucial match; Team News, Stats & Predictions

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Celtic vs Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
31st October, 19:45 pm BST
Celtic Park, Glasgow
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Celtic vs Bayern Munich Preview

Celtic host Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week and the Scottish giants will be hoping to keep their hopes of finishing second alive.

Everton plotting Sheffield United raid in January, talented star would be a superb signing

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Everton are interested in signing the highly talented young defender Sam Graham.

The Sheffield United defender has been impressing a lot lately and the Premier League outfit are watching him closely ahead of potential January move. Graham is very highly rated in the Championship and Everton would do well to sign him.

On This Day in Football: Birth of El Diego, The Revie era begins for England

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On this day in 1960, Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players to ever play the game, was born in Lanus, Argentina.

Maradona’s prodigious skill with a football was apparent from the beginning. Aged just eight, he was spotted by a scout from Argentinos Juniors. Enthralled by his talent, Argentinos soon took him under their wings to play in their youth team – Los Cebollitas or The Little Onions.

Former Newcastle legend blasts this Tottenham star, writes off chances of silverware

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Alan Shearer believes Eric Dier cost Tottenham the chance of victory at Manchester United on Saturday.

The midfielder’s failure to react quickly enough allowed Anthony Martial the chance to fire the only goal of the game past Spurs’ goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The former Newcastle United star was hugely critical of Dier after the game.

Five Things: Tottenham too reliant on Kane, Chelsea duo on fire, Unsworth fails Everton audition

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The tenth round of games in the Premier League produced plenty of talking points for fans across the country.

Spurs’ reliance on Harry Kane was showcased perfectly against Manchester United, while Everton’s flirtation with the idea that David Unsworth was a viable option to become the club’s next manager was brutally exposed at Leicester.

Manchester United in three-way battle for Paris Saint-Germain 26-year-old

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Manchester United want Thomas Meunier with PSG star also eyed by Real Madrid and Juventus following recent unhappy outburst

According to Mundo Deportivo via TMW, Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier has a number of clubs keen on signature, and could be on the move from the Parc des Princes after losing his place to Dani Alves.

Villa boss Steve Bruce brands Birmingham City as ‘absolute giants’ after 0-0 draw

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has given his verdict on the 0-0 draw against local rivals Birmingham City in the Championship at St. Andrew’s on Sunday.

Villa hit the crossbar twice late in the game but unfortunately for Bruce, the game ended in a stalemate. The draw puts Villa at sixth on the table, seven points behind league leaders Sheffield United.

Man City looking to seal agreement for world class midfielder, ready to pay him £250k-a-week

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Kevin De Bruyne has been in sensational form this season and Manchester City are willing to reward him for his contributions with a bumper new deal.

According to Daily Mirror, Manchester City are prepared to make him the best-paid player in the club’s history.

Apparently, the Premier League giants are worried that the likes of Barcelona could be tempted to move for their key player and therefore they want the Belgian to commit his long-term future to the club.

On This Day in Football: Buffon debuts for the Azzurri, Fog hits Bratislava

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On this day in 1997, Parma’s 19-year-old goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon debuted for the Italian national team in a 1998 FIFA World Cup play-off against Russia. The rest as they say, is history.

Buffon was brought in by Cesare Maldini as a replacement for the injured Inter Milan custodian Gianluca Pagliuca for the first leg.

Everton lining up shock £30m move for Arsenal 28-year-old

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According to The Sun, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is considering making an approach for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

The 28-year-old is expected to leave the Emirates at the end of his contract in the summer, but manager Arsene Wenger did admit he could cash in on the Chilean in January, rather than lose him for free.

Report states whether Gareth Bale will play against Tottenham on Wednesday

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Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale is all-but ruled out of the Champions League clash against former club Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night, according to The Sun.

Spurs will face the European champions again in midweek having recorded a very credible 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month.

Rangers fans react on Twitter to Kenny Miller’s performance vs Hearts

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Glasgow Rangers returned to winning ways on Saturday with a much-needed 3-1 victory over Hearts.

The clash at Murrayfield was the first game since Pedro Caixinha’s unceremonious sacking, with Graeme Murty taking charge of the Gers on a caretaker basis.

The stand-in manager’s team selection raised some eyebrows, with Kenny Miller recalled to the side’s starting line-up after a period on the sidelines.

Celtic suffer double blow ahead of Bayern clash, Rodgers has decisions to make

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has decisions to make ahead of his side’s clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, with both Patrick Roberts and Olivier Ntcham injured over the weekend.

The Hoops boss rotated his squad for the 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock at Parkhead on Saturday, but two key men picked up knocks.

Boss compares West Ham man to John Terry – ‘He has tremendous composure’

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West Ham United academy boss Terry Westley has compared young Hammers Declan Rice to Chelsea legend John Terry, stating that the versatile youngster has a massive future ahead of him in the game.

The 18-year-old has starred in the youth grades at the London club and has been given his opportunity in the first team by Slaven Bilic this season.

Crystal Palace eyeing £20m-rated Turkish striker to solve scoring woes

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According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace could look to Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun to solve their scoring woes, with reports than manager Roy Hodgson is considering a bid for the prolific Turkish international.

Tosun, who signed for Besiktas on a free transfer from Gaziantepspor in 2014, scored 20 goals in 33 Super Lig games last season, helping his side win the league title.

Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool’s ‘outstanding’ response in Huddersfield win

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has labelled his side’s second half performance against Huddersfield as ‘outstanding’ as the Merseyside club registered a 3-0 victory at Anfield.

The first half remained goalless after a Mohamed Salah penalty was saved by Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lossl in the 42nd minute.

Former Liverpool star hits out at 'tippy-tappy' Tottenham - "same old story"

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Jamie Redknapp says Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday proved they don’t have what it takes to win the Premier League.

Anthony Martial’s goal gave United the victory to keep them five points behind leaders Manchester City.

Spurs remain third in the table a further three points adrift, and Redknapp believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side paid the price for being too cautious at Old Trafford.

Newcastle legend urges Everton to choose British boss, questions Leicester appointment

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Former Newcastle United star Alan Shearer has urged Everton to appoint a British manager to replace Ronald Koeman.

David Unsworth has been placed in temporary charge of the club, although Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has been heavily linked to the role.

Sean Dyche and Sam Allardyce are also in the running and Shearer believes the Toffees should avoid following the Premier League trend of appointing foreign managers.

6 goals in 11 games this season: Forward hints he could be heading to Everton in January

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Everton striker Henry Onyekuru has hinted that a return to Goodison Park is possible when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The Nigerian is currently out on loan at Anderlecht and he has been in good scoring form for the Belgian outfit.

Everton have struggled to score goals since the departure of Romelu Lukaku and Unsworth might look to bring Onyekuru back to the club now.

Club legend willing to replace Caixinha as the manager, Rangers should appoint someone else

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Rangers are still searching for Pedro Caixinha’s replacement and club legend Ally McCoist has revealed that he would definitely consider taking over at his boyhood club.

McCoist has managed Rangers before and he revealed and that he would never turn his back on them.

Caixinha has failed miserably this season and Rangers are in a mess right now.

On This Day in Football: The Cruyff Revolution begins, John Terry off the mark at Chelsea

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On this day in 1973, Dutch legend Johan Cruyff made his debut for Barcelona and scored twice in a 4-0 win over Granada.

Signed from Eredevisie club Ajax for a world record fee of approximately $2 million, Cruyff had spent the previous nine seasons in Amsterdam winning six league titles and three European Cups.

Championship expert tips tempting 60/1 Birmingham City v Aston Villa

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Top Championship pundit David Prutton expects Sunday’s Midlands derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa to be a thriller.

The two sides head into the weekend at opposite ends of the Championship table, with City down in 21st while Villa are riding high in 5th position.

Villa have held the upper hand over their big rivals in recent years, losing just one of their last 12 meetings.

Is Burnley boss Sean Dyche related to Benjamin Franklin?

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“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”.

When Benjamin Franklin wrote that phrase back in the 18th century, it’s fair to assume he hadn’t thought it could be linked to the Premier League in 2017.

Step forward Mr Sean Dyche.

The Burnley manager’s criticism of the Football Association’s review of the disputed penalty involving Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva last weekend was as certain as death and taxes.

Forget Unsworth - Everton will look elsewhere for their next manager

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David Unsworth won’t be the next permanent Everton manager.

A bold statement? Perhaps. But Unsworth can take little encouragement from his discussions with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Thursday.

Unsworth has been placed in temporary charge following Ronald Koeman’s dismissal, but he couldn’t spark a change in Everton’s fortunes as they lost 2-1 at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Confirmed Lineup v Man Utd: Injury rules out key Spurs duo, Pochettino starts without a striker

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Manchester United host Tottenham in the Premier League today and both teams will be without some of their key stars.

Pochettino and Mourinho are both looking to win the title this season and they will be hoping to establish their title credentials this afternoon.

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

Brighton need to keep their feet on the ground, says Chris Hughton

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Newly promoted side Brighton and Hove Albion have made a good start to the Premier League season

The Seagulls have recorded three wins and two draws in the nine games played so far which puts them ahead of sides like Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City on the league table.

Christiansen fears for Leeds promotion as he prepares for Sheffield United clash

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Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen is aware of the importance of tonight’s Championship clash against Sheffield United.

The Danish manager believes that any slip at Elland Road would be severely detrimental to Leeds’ promotion ambitions.

“We all have to face how important [this game] is,” Christiansen said.

Football Manager 2018 Beta: Activation, Latest features and Pre-order links

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The Football Manager 2018 early access Beta is now available to play for users who have pre-ordered the game. The full version of the game is set to launch on the 10th of November.

People with access to the Beta version can now begin their FM18 careers two weeks in advance. Although the Beta version comes with limited features, the fans will be delighted with the fact that they can now start their single-player career modes.

Caixinha a victim of “unforgiving environment”, says Neil Lennon

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Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon reckons that Pedro Caixinha was a victim of the “unforgiving environment” of the Old Firm before questioning Rangers’ decision to appoint the Portuguese coach.

Caixinha lasted for just seven months in Glasgow as a defeat against Motherwell in the Betfred Cup and a draw against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership convinced the Ibrox chiefs to terminate his contract.

Kane OUT of crunch game against United as Tottenham suffer huge blow

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Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a massive blow ahead of their crucial trip to Old Trafford as striker Harry Kane is ruled out due to a hamstring strain.

The Lily Whites rested him against West Ham in the midweek Carabao Cup clash with an eye on the United clash. There were always lingering doubts that Kane may not be fit in time for the weekend encounter.

Former Celtic star tears into Caixinha, says he is the most embarrassing Rangers manager ever

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Rangers sacked their manager Pedro Caixinha yesterday after a poor start to the season.

The Portuguese failed to deliver the results despite spending heavily during the summer transfer window.

Caixinha’s men are currently fourth in the league table, eight points behind bitter rivals Celtic after just ten games.

Guardiola wants £30m star in January; Player wants to join, move could define Man City's season

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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is a January target for Manchester City and the Etihad outfit are looking to land him on a bargain.

As per reports, Arsenal are unwilling to lower their valuation of the player. Sanchez is valued at around £30m by the Gunners. However, City are willing to pay up to £20m for a player who will be a free agent in the summer.

3-5-1-1 v Man Utd: Pochettino without this top class Tottenham star for vital away game; Team News, Stats and Predictions

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Manchester United vs Tottenham
English Premier League 2017/18
28th October, 12:30 pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester

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Manchester United vs Tottenham Preview

Manchester United host Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend and the Red Devils will be hoping to put together a winning run now.

Tottenham receive injury boost ahead of weekend clash – “I’m feeling good”

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Tottenham Hotspur have received an injury boost ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Mousa Dembele talking up his fitness.

The Belgian midfielder is an influential player in the Spurs ranks but has been struggling with a number of ailments this season.

Rangers managerial update: Former player admits he’s open to role

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Former Rangers player and manager Ally McCoist has confessed that he would be open to returning to the Ibrox hotseat after Pedro Caixinha’s sacking.

The Glasgow giants have struggled this season, with an embarrassing elimination in the Europa League playoff rounds by Luxembourgian minnows Progres Niederkorn compounded by inconsistent domestic form.

Liverpool to solve left-back problem in January with £22m AS Roma defender

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According to Calciomercato, Liverpool are lining up AS Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri to solve their defensive woes. The 23-year-old has been a regular with the Italian Serie A outfit and could be available for around £22m. As a result, a January approach from Liverpool has been mooted.

Palmieri has been out of action this season as he’s recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in May, reports The Sun.

Harry Kane in doubt for the crucial United clash

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In what could be an anxious wait before the weekend, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Harry Kane is no certainty to face Manchester United on Saturday.

The red-hot forward miss the Carabao Cup clash against West Ham. The shock 2-3 loss to the Hammers was in no way related to his absence and Pochettino will hope to have him back against United.

4-3-3 v Sheffield United: Christiansen without this top quality Leeds star for tough game; Stats, Team News & Predictions

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Leeds vs Sheffield United
English Championship 2017/18
27th October 2017, 19:45 pm BST
Elland Road, Leeds
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Leeds vs Sheffield United Preview

Leeds take on Sheffield United this week and the Whites will be looking to build a winning run now.

Former Rangers player odds-on favourite to replace Caixinha, he would be terrific for them

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Scottish giants Rangers have sacked their manager Pedro Caixinha after a poor start to the season.

The Portuguese manager has won just 14 of his 26 games in charge. Rangers spent a considerable amount of money in the summer in order to close the gap with bitter rivals Celtic but they are currently eight points adrift of the Champions after just 10 games.

Tottenham looking to sign this top class Celtic star, Player wants to play for Mourinho's team

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Celtic defender Kieran Tierney is a target for Premier League outfits Tottenham and Manchester United.

As per the latest reports, the Scottish international has impressed both clubs and they are likely to make a move for him at the end of this season. The report adds that Tierney prefers a move to Manchester United.

On This Day in Football: The Football Association is formed

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On this day in 1863, representatives from eleven football clubs and schools sat down at the Freemasons’ Tavern on Great Queen Street, London and formed the Football Association.

Before the formation of the FA, there were no established laws of the game that clubs adhered to.

Caixinha hanging on by a thread, time for 12/1 shot to take over

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Rangers’s disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock could signal the end for manager Pedro Caixinha.

Chris Burke’s injury-time equaliser earned the visitors a dramatic point, with the goal coming after Daniel Candeias had missed a 90th-minute penalty for Rangers.

The result saw Rangers drop to fourth in the Scottish Premiership, but Caixinha insists he’s still the right man for the job.

Former Liverpool star blasts Tottenham – Poch must win trophies

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Jamie Redknapp says Mauricio Pochettino must deliver silverware at Tottenham with the strength of the squad he has available.

Redknapp hit out at Spurs after they blew a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 against West Ham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, accusing his former club of being complacement.

“I’d go as far as to there was too much arrogance from Tottenham,” he told Sky Sports.

Benitez alerted to Wolves star's exceptional performances, Newcastle eyeing January move

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Newcastle United are interested in signing the Wolverhampton midfielder Conor Coady.

Rafa Benitez will be looking to add to his squad during the January transfer window and the Spaniard has been alerted to Coady’s excellent performances this season.

The former Liverpool player can operate as a defensive midfielder or as a centre back.

4-1-4-1 v WBA: Guardiola without these 3 top class Man City players for tricky away game; Stats, Team News & Predictions

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West Brom vs Manchester City
English Premier League 2017/18
28th October, 15:00 pm BST
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
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West Brom vs Manchester City Preview

West Brom host Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend and the Baggies will be looking to get back to winning ways with a morale-boosting win.

Manchester United and Arsenal considering a bid for £37.5m Brazilian wonderkid

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According to The Sun, Manchester United and Arsenal are considering an approach for Santos wonderkid Yuri Alberto. The 16-year-old is believed to have been watched by scouts of both Premier League clubs and could be the subject of a lucrative bid as a result of such impressive performances.

Alberto has been linked with the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan and AS Roma, as well as unnamed clubs in Spain.

Chelsea vs Everton Starting Lineups: Unsworth benches two top class stars in tough away game

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Chelsea host Everton in the Carabao Cup tonight and they will be looking to add to the Toffees’ miseries with another win.

Everton are going through a slump right now and it has cost Ronald Koeman his job. David Unsworth will take charge of the Merseysiders tonight and it will be interesting to see whether he can get turn things around.

Liverpool and Newcastle eyeing move for Real Madrid legend, Klopp must get the deal done

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Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas could be set to move to the Premier League.

According to Spanish media outlet El Pais, his current club Porto are looking to offload the 36-year-old during the January transfer window in a bid to comply with financial fair play rules.

The Reds were linked with Casillas during the summer, but opted against a move after showing faith in Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius

However, the pair have made a shaky start to the season and Liverpool’s defence has continued to leak goals.

Leeds United star aims for Premier League football following contract extension

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Championship side Leeds United have awarded defender Pontus Jansson with a five-year contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2022.

Leeds had to pay Serie A club Torino £3.5 million to sign the Swede on a permanent deal in July this year. With Leeds in impressive form in England’s second tier, Jansson believes that the club has a bright future ahead with promotion into the Premier League a realistic target for Thomas Christiansen’s side.

Tottenham eyeing move for this creative midfielder, he contributed to 15 goals last season

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Tottenham are interested in signing the highly talented Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.

The 20-year-old has already established himself as a starter at Ajax and the Londoners are impressed with the young midfielder’s performances so far.

Van de Beek made 48 appearances for the Eredivisie giants last season and he managed to contribute to 15 goals (6 goals and 9 assists) during that time.

Conte a huge fan of explosive midfielder, Chelsea are prepared to pay £71m for him

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Chelsea are interested in signing the highly rated Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

According to reports, Antonio Conte is a huge fan of the box-to-box midfielder and he will try to sign the Spaniard at the end of this season.

Apparently, the Premier League champions are willing to pay around £71m for Saul Niguez.

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team: Five Tips For Playing and Winning At FUT

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FIFA 18 Ultimate Team is the brilliant game mode which allows players to build a squad of virtual football stars and compete against other teams.

Users build up a team by collecting player cards that can be won by completing tasks or challenges, or bought from the online transfer market.

United boost as Phil Jones available for Tottenham clash

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Manchester United received a boost when it was revealed that defender Phil Jones will be available for the crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Jones, who became a regular starter under Jose Mourinho this season, limped off during the last weekend clash against Huddersfield Town.

On This Day in Football: US legend makes his debut, England play their last qualifier for 11 years

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On this day in 1961, England beat Portugal 2-0 to qualify for the 1962 FIFA World Cup finals.

This was the Three Lions’ last World Cup qualifier for the next 11 years. Why? Well, they hosted the 1966 World Cup which won them automatic qualification. They went into the 1970 World Cup in Mexico as world champions which exempted them from going through the arduous qualification rounds.

Tottenham boss delighted with striker, looks a good bet to score against West Ham

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Mauricio Pochettino believes Fernando Llorente is the ideal man to challenge star striker Harry Kane at Tottenham.

The 32-year-old joined Spurs in the summer, but Kane’s form has restricted him to a bit-part role this season.

Llorente will start against West Ham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and Pochettino has urged the Spaniard to grasp the opportunity.

Everton legend urges club to appoint manager; gives him until November to sort things out

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Everton legend Trevor Steven has urged the club to give David Unsworth an extended trial as manager.

Unsworth has been appointed as caretaker boss following Ronald Koeman’s sacking, but a host of other managers have been linked to the role.

Sean Dyche, Sam Allardyce and Thomas Tuchel are amongst the front-runners, but Steven believes Unsworth should be handed the opportunity to stake his claim.

Caixinha needs to turn things around, he is odds-on to be sacked before this big game

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Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is odds-on to be sacked before the next Old Firm derby.

The Portuguese manager has failed to live up to the expectations so far this season and Paddypower have odds of just 1/2 for him to be gone by December.

Rangers are currently third in the Scottish Premiership and they were beaten in the Betfred Cup semi-final against Motherwell.

Top quality manager open to an approach from Everton, he would be a terrific addition

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Everton have sacked Ronald Koeman after a poor start to the season and the Toffees have put their U23s manager David Unsworth in charge for now.

However, it is believed that Everton are looking for a quality long-term replacement for the Dutch manager and they have identified the former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel as a target.

West Ham star says he wants to leave, attacker has a terrific goal record for the Hammers

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West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has revealed that he wants to leave the club and a move to France would benefit his career.

The West Ham forward was close to joining Rennes during the summer transfer window but he ended up staying at London Stadium. Sakho underwent his medical with the French club but West Ham could not find a replacement in time and the move was called off.

Arsenal legend urges versatile attacker to leave the club, he would be perfect for Everton

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged Theo Walcott to leave the Gunners for his own good.

The England international is no longer a key part of Wenger’s first team plans and he has started only in the cup games so far this season. Walcott has made just three Premier League appearances for the club so far this season, all of them as a substitute.

What went wrong for Ronald Koeman at Everton? Everything!

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Ronald Koeman was supposed to be the one to take Everton to the next level. After years of under-achievement, the Dutchman arrived to much fanfare at Goodison Park. But, 16 months later, Koeman leaves Merseyside amidst growing negativity at the club.

Where did it go wrong for Everton and Koeman?

West Ham want this German to replace key man, he would be terrific for the Hammers

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is under a lot of pressure after a poor start to the season and it seems that his future depends on the next two results.

According to Daily Mail, the Croatian has to prove his worth against Spurs and Palace in the next two matches.

The report adds that the Hammers have already identified two replacements for Bilic.

Former Everton player makes transfer revelation, he believes this Toffees star will leave the club

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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is expected to leave the club according to Alan Stubbs.

The former Everton defender revealed that Barkley should stay at the club but it seems quite unlikely now.

Stubbs went on to claim that Barkley will struggle to break into the starting lineup at Tottenham or Arsenal.

Appointing this manager is a gamble Everton can't afford to take

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The news that a significant number of Everton’s players want David Unsworth to replace Ronald Koeman as manager should set alarm bells ringing in the club’s boardroom.

Unsworth has been placed temporary of the first team, but Everton must install an experienced boss if they want to climb away from trouble.

Chelsea and Tottenham hopes of signing Everton star fade after Koeman exit

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Ronald Koeman’s sacking by Everton has potentially dashed Chelsea and Tottenham’s hopes of signing Ross Barkley.

The midfielder found himself out of favour under Koeman, but caretaker boss David Unsworth says he will try to persuade the midfielder to stay at the club.

The England international’s future is in doubt as he enters the final six months of his contract at Goodison Park, but Unsworth told Sky Sports he wants the 23-year-old to commit his future to the club.

Club chief reveals Spurs star will cost this much, it would be a huge mistake if Levy sells him

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Tottenham star Harry Kane has been linked with Real Madrid earlier this season and now Florentino Perez has fuelled speculations by naming the player’s price tag.

According to the Real Madrid president, Harry Kane is valued at around €250 million.

Perez said: “I did not ask the president of Tottenham for the price of Harry Kane because I know he will tell me that it is going to cost 250 million”.

Arsenal and Manchester United could gamble on 150-goal German international

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Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus could be on his way to the Premier League in 2018, with Arsenal and Manchester United believed to be monitoring his long-term injury, according to Sport Bild.

The 28-year-old is yet to play a game for BVB this season, having ruptured his cruciate ligament in May, and won’t make an appearance until 2018.

On This Day in Football: The world’s first club is formed, United derail Arsenal

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On this day in 1857, the world’s first football club, Sheffield FC, was founded by a couple of cricket enthusiasts.

Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest, who played for the Sheffield Cricket Club came up with the ingenious idea to form a football team. Cricket being a sport exclusively for the summers, the players needed another activity for the winters to keep their fitness levels in check.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award; Arsenal star bags best goal of the year prize

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Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player at the 2017 FIFA Football awards in London last night.

Ronaldo managed to beat the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar to the honour after a phenomenal year at the club as well as the international level.

Cristiano Ronaldo received the maximum votes in the best player category with 43%.

Everton want this man to replace Koeman; Contact already made, would be a terrific option

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Everton parted ways with Ronald Koeman yesterday and the Premier League outfit are thought to be looking at Thomas Tuchel as a replacement.

Tuchel is currently out of a job after leaving his post at Borussia Dortmund and he would be a stunning acquisition for Everton.

According to reports, Everton have already contacted the representatives of Thomas Tuchel but the former Dortmund manager is will take his time and then decide on his future.

Liverpool in a royal mess but is Klopp anyway close to fix it?

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Not many of the readers may have been born when Liverpool’s defence was this pathetic. Way back in September 1964, Bill Shankly’s Liverpool conceded 20 goals in their first nine League matches.

Maybe, Jurgen Klopp wanted to create history; and maybe, his side thought even a shambolic record is a way to create history.

Pedro Caixinha slams Rangers following defeat against Motherwell

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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has lambasted his players following the Light Blues’ Betfred Cup defeat against Motherwell at Hampden Park on Sunday.

Caixinha insisted that the players have ‘embarrassed him, the club and the fans’ as they succumbed to a 2-0 loss. When asked if the players had the right character to wear Rangers’ iconic blue shirts, Caixinha said: “It doesn’t look like that.

Carragher tips Sean Dyche to solve Everton’s problems

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Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher admits that Burnley boss Sean Dyche has the necessary qualities to steady the ship at Everton following Ronald Koeman’s sacking.

The Dutchman was fired from his job less than 24 hours after the Toffee’s 5-2 Premier League defeat at the hands of Arsenal at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Barcelona receive boost in pursuit of £138m playmaker

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Barcelona have been given hope in their long-running pursuit of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that the Reds could let the Brazilian playmaker leave in January, so says the Daily Mail.

The Catalan giants have tried to sign Coutinho all summer, failing with numerous bids as a result of Liverpool’s insistence to keep the forward.

Former Man Utd star believes this Liverpool player needs replacing

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Gary Neville says Jurgen Klopp must resolve Liverpool’s defensive problems if the club is ever to challenge for the Premier League title.

Liverpool were crushed 4-1 by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, taking their total number of league goals conceded this season to 16.

If the Reds continue to ship goals at the same rate they will have conceded 67 by the end of the season and Neville told Sky Sports that it’s time for Klopp to sort things out.

Everton need to act fast – Sam Allardyce is their man

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Everton’s sacking of Ronald Koeman has sparked plenty of rumours about who should take over, but only one man should be in the frame – Sam Allardyce.

Sean Dyche, Chris Coleman, David Moyes and Carlo Ancelotti have all been linked to the job and while there are arguments to be made for each of them, Allardyce is the standout candidate.

Man Utd legend praises Pochettino, but insists Tottenham won't win the league

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Former Manchester United legend Gary Neville has praised Mauricio Pochettino, but he believes his Tottenham side won’t win the Premier League this season.

Spurs ruthlessly exposed Liverpool’s defensive deficiencies on Sunday to record a 4-1 victory and keep themselves five points behind table-topping Manchester City.

Steve Bruce makes exciting transfer claim; Villa want to sign this player, fans will be very happy

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Aston Villa are determined to hold on to Sam Johnstone beyond this season.

The Manchester United goalkeeper has been outstanding for the Villans this season and Steve Bruce wants to turn the loan move into a permanent one.

Bruce said: “We will do everything in our power (to buy him from Manchester United).

On This Day in Football: England beat the World

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On this day in 1963, the Football Association celebrated its centenary by staging an England vs Rest of the World XI match at the Wembley Stadium. England won the game 2-1.

This was the first time in football history that an assembled team of global superstars played against a single nation.

Five Things: Klopp defenceless at Liverpool, testing time for Man Utd, Arsenal star shows his class

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It’s been another week of drama in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s shambolic defensive display at Wembley against Tottenham, Man Utd’s shock defeat at Huddersfield and Mesut Ozil’s perfect response to his critics were widely discussed over the weekend.

Sportlens takes a look at five top talking points from the latest round of games.

Everton officials have finally taken the right call, the fans will be delighted with this news

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been sacked after a disappointing start to the season.

The Dutchman spent a considerable amount of money in the summer but the new signings are yet to live up to the expectations. The Toffees slumped to a 5-2 win against Arsenal at Goodison Park yesterday and the club hierarchy have decided to make a change now.

Jose Mourinho has already identified Victor Lindelof replacement with £60m centre-back

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According to the Express, Manchester United have already identified a replacement for Victor Lindelof, with Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez believed to be on Jose Mourinho’s wishlist.

The 22-year-old was a target for United in the summer but ended up signing a new deal with Benfica, inserting a £60m release clause into his contract.

Blow for Caixinha, Rangers without these 2 first team players for today's crucial fixture vs Motherwell

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Rangers vs Motherwell
Betfred Cup 2017/18
22nd October, 14:30 pm BST
Hampden Park, Glasgow

Rangers vs Motherwell Preview

Rangers take on Motherwell in the Betfred Cup semi-final later today and the Pedro Caixinha’s side will be looking to secure a comfortable win here.

On This Day in Football: Barcelona’s Swiss beginnings, Violence in Buenos Aires

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On this day in 1899, a Swiss football enthusiast by the name of Joan Gamper placed an advertisement in Los Deportes to form a football club. That club would go on to become FC Barcelona.

A month later, after a positive response by many likeminded individuals, Gamper arranged a meeting and Barca were formed.

West Ham want former Man City man, he would be a terrific acquisition for the Hammers

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is nearing the end of his time at the club and the Hammers are already looking for replacements.

The Londoners were beaten 3-0 by Brighton this week and it seems that the owners are looking for a change now.

According to reports, the former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is being lined up to replace the Croatian.

European giants plotting double raid for these 2 fan favourites, Spurs fans will be devastated

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Tottenham star Harry Kane is a summer target for Real Madrid and Los Blancos are convinced that they will sign him.

It is clear that Spurs don’t want to sell their best player but Real Madrid are not ready to give up yet. It is believed that the Spanish giants will have to submit a world record offer to land the England international.

Top Championship striker's form could produce a 16/1 winner

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Billy Sharp’s goal for Sheffield United against Reading on Saturday took his tally to five for the season, just two behind the current top scorers in the Championship.

Wolves’ pair Leo Bonatini and Diogo Jota lead the way with seven goals, alongside Bristol City’s Bobby Reid, Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper and Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen.

Koeman supported by Everton board, needs to beat Arsenal, 11/4 to be axed next

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman says the club’s board have supported him, but he admits a defeat against Arsenal on Sunday could signal the end of his time at Goodison Park.

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Everton head into the game 16th in the Premier League and without a win in their last four games in all competitions.

Victory ends Championship blip, 7/2 to win promotion looks value, Wolves far too short

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Leeds United’s deserved 3-0 victory at Bristol City on Saturday showed that this season’s Championship promotion race still a long way to go.

Three defeats in a row left many pundits questioning Leeds’ promotion credentials, but Thomas Christiansen’s side answered their critics in emphatic fashion at Ashton Gate.

Opposition criticism is a cheap tactic; this manager knows he's under pressure

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Mark Hughes and Stoke City. Do either of those names immediately make you think of light and fluffy football purity? Thought not.

During his playing career Hughes wasn’t exactly known for his softly-softly, let’s play by the rules approach, often battering his way though opposition defences to get to where he wanted to be.

Everton vs Arsenal Confirmed Lineups: Last minute blow for Koeman, key star picks up injury

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Everton host Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon and Ronald Koeman will be hoping to get rid of some pressure with a win.

On the other hand, Arsenal were beaten by Watford in their last league game and Arsene Wenger will want to celebrate his 68th birthday by getting back to winning ways.

Aston Villa want to sign Spurs wonderkid on a permanent deal

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Championship side Aston Villa want to tie down on loan Spurs youngster Josh Onomah on a permanent deal, admits Steve Bruce.

Onomah joined Villa on a season long loan deal in the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old midfielder has been in spectacular form this season for Bruce’s side and put in another stand out performance in Villa’s 2-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday.

Rafael Benitez grateful for ‘lucky’ win as Newcastle beat Crystal Palace

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez admitted that his side’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park involved a bit of luck.

The two sides engaged in a cagey affair with Newcastle failing to register a shot on target in the first 76 minutes of the game. The match was headed towards a draw before Mikel Merino scored the winner in the 86th minute to give the Magpies an important win and secure three crucial points.

Premier League on alert as forward eyes move to England; ideal signing for Tottenham

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Timo Werner has sparked a potential Premier League bidding war after confirming he wants to move to England if he decides to leave RB Leipzig.

The 21-year-old forward has been linked with Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United in recent months, and he has now admitted he would be open to leaving the Bundesliga.

Former Liverpool star backs Koeman, shifts blame for problems at Everton elswehere

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Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher believes Everton would not solve all their problems by sacking manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman’s future has been in doubt for much of the season, with Everton struggling towards the bottom of the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s game against Arsenal.

Levy wants to sign this PL player in January, creative star would be ideal for Tottenham

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Mauricio Pochettino is looking to add to his squad when the transfer window opens in January.

Spurs have been struggling with injury problems and the Tottenham boss has identified Everton’s Ross Barkley as a target.

You can stream Tottenham v Liverpool live via Sky Sports from 3:30 on Sunday.

Time for Lovren and Matip to prove they can be a title-winning centre-half pairing

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Liverpool’s 7-0 win over Maribor in the Champions League in midweek was a statement of intent by Jurgen Klopp’s men and the club’s supporters will hope that it is a launching pad for improved showings this season.

However, the Reds have a big test on Sunday as a trip to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at Wembley is next up for the Merseyside outfit.

Tottenham vs Liverpool – Spurs must use confidence gained in Madrid to make title statement

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Tottenham Hotspur take on Liverpool on Sunday in undoubtedly the most-anticipated Premier League fixture of the weekend, with two of English football’s best teams meeting at Wembley.

Both sides put in impressive performances in the Champions League in midweek, with Spurs drawing with European champions Real Madrid 1-1 in Spain and the Reds destroying Maribor 7-0.

Major boost for Klopp, Pochettino will be without these two Tottenham stars for crucial game

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will be without some of his key players for this weekend’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool.

According to reports, the Londoners will be without key midfield duo Mousa Dembele and Vincent Wanyama. Both players have been exceptional for Spurs during their time at the club and Pochettino will be very disappointed.

On This Day in Football: Birth of a serial European Cup winner, Los Angeles hit by Earthquakes

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On this day in 1933, Real Madrid and Spain legend Francisco Gento was born in the village of Guarnizo in Cantabria.

Gento is the only footballer in history to have won an astonishing six European Cup titles. An outside-left by trade, Gento made his Primera division debut with Racing Santander in the 1952-53 season.

Top broadcaster calls for West Ham to act, wants this boss to take over

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Respected broadcaster Bob Ballard has called on West Ham to sack manager Slaven Bilic and replace him with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Friday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton left the Hammers just one place above the Premier League drop zone and cranked up the pressure on the Croatian.

Barcelona and Liverpool to hold talks over £102m deal for 25-year-old

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Barcelona and Liverpool representatives are expected to meet next week to discuss a potential January deal for Philippe Coutinho, reports talkSPORT.

The 25-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013, was subject to multiple bids from Barcelona over the summer. The Reds rejected every approach, however, and have insisted Coutinho will not be sold.

Wenger remains calm amid rumours linking Ozil to Manchester United

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains calm and is confident that Mesut Ozil will be ‘100% professional” amid rumours linking the German with a move to Manchester United.

Ozil is in the last year of his contract at the Emirates and could walk away for free next summer. Several media outlets speculate that the former Real Madrid player has agreed to join Jose Mourinho’s side in the January transfer window.

This is the latest manager to turn down the Leicester City job

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has ruled himself out of the running for the Leicester City vacancy, insisting he’s happy with the Clarets and not looking to move, reports the Guardian.

The 46-year-old has been in charge of Burnley since October 2012, presiding over 228 games, and having won promotion twice to the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers reveals that he often sings his own song

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he often sings his own song that Celtic fans chant during matches.

The chant, sang to the tune of Inspiral Carpets’ This Is How It Feels, goes something like this:

“This is how it feels to be Celtic, CHAMPIONS again as you know, Brendan Rodgers is here for 10 in a row, 10 in a row…”

The song has been a hit among the Celtic faithful, with one fan revealing to Rodgers’ that their five year old granddaughter was almost kicked out of school for singing it.

Liverpool midfielder pledges his loyalty to the club despite contract standoff

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has dispelled rumours about his commitment to Jurgen Klopp’s side while insisting that he loves to play the club.

The Germany international is in the last year of his existing contract at Anfield and could walk away for nothing next summer. Serie A giants Juventus are one of the many clubs rumoured to be keeping tabs on Can’s future.

Pochettino praises Tottenham’s tactical flexibility ahead of Liverpool clash

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists that the stalemate against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League proves that Spurs can compete with the biggest clubs in the world.

Pochettino’s side beat the odds by drawing 1-1 against Real at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in a group stage clash last week.

Leeds United boss hints players are looking for excuses over poor form

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Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen has dismissed defender Liam Cooper’s claims that his team have been tired in recent weeks.

The pair were speaking at the press conference for Leeds’ game against Bristol City on Saturday, when Cooper told reporters that the players had been feeling fatigued over the past few games.

Former Liverpool star backs Reds to halt Tottenham title charge, tips 11/1 bookie-basher

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Jamie Redknapp believes Tottenham need to beat one of the Premier League’s big guns at Wembley if they’re to be considered serious title challengers this season.

Spurs have won just one out of four league games at their temporary home this term, but their away form has helped them up to third place in the table.

Newcastle legend hits out, expresses disgust at treatment of fans, welcomes sale of club

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Alan Shearer has blasted Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and believes the proposed sale of the club can’t come soon enough.

Ashley confirmed earlier this week he had put the club up for sale, with British businesswoman Amanda Staveley leading the race to complete a takeover.

Shearer insists it’s the right thing for Ashley to do and has criticised the way he has run the club over the past few years.

Top Championship pundit tips this side for top six finish, too early to say?

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Andy Hinchcliffe believes Wolverhampton Wanderers are guaranteed to finish in the top six of the Championship this season.

Wolves are currently two points clear of Cardiff City and Sheffield United at the top of the standings, after winning eight and drawing two of their 12 games to date.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side host fifth-placed Preston North End on Saturday and Hinchcliffe believes Wolves look good bets to mount a sustained promotion challenge.

3-4-2-1 v Liverpool: Pochettino without these 4 Spurs players this week due to injuries; Team News, Stats and Predictions

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Tottenham vs Liverpool
English Premier League 2017/18
22nd October, 16:00 pm BST
Wembley, London

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Tottenham vs Liverpool Preview

Tottenham host Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend and the Londoners will be hoping to continue their impressive run of form with a win.

4-3-3 v Burnley: Pep Guardiola without these 2 Man City stars for this week's game; Team News, Stats and Predictions

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Manchester City vs Burnley
English Premier League 2017/18
21st October, 15:00 pm BST
Etihad, Manchester

Manchester City vs Burnley Preview

Manchester City host Burnley in the Premier League this weekend and the home side will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table with a big win.

4-2-3-1 v Arsenal: Koeman will be without these 5 Everton players for tough home game; Team News, Stats & Predictions

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Everton vs Arsenal
English Premier League 2017/18
22nd October, 2017, 13:30 pm BST
Goodison Park, Liverpool

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Everton vs Arsenal Preview

Everton host Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend and this will be a must-win match for Ronald Koeman.

On This Day in Football: Disaster in Moscow, Brawl in Manchester, Joy in Buenos Aires

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On this day in 1982, the deadly Luzhniki Stadium disaster took place killing 66 and injuring 61 people.

Spartak Moscow were hosting Eredivisie side HFC Haarlem in a UEFA Cup second round tie. Despite being in the middle of October, the weather was uncharacteristically chilly with temperatures reaching as low as -10 degrees Celsius.

"Dishevelled" Everton boss blasted, weight questioned, he's not in control

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Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan believes Ronald Koeman’s “dishevelled” demeanour is sending the wrong signals to Everton’s players.

Thursday’s 2-1 defeat at home Lyon in the Europa League has heaped further pressure on Koeman, with the Dutchman now long odds on to be the next Premier League manager to leave his role.

Former England boss Sam Allardyce has been backed down to 8/1 to take over from Ronald Koeman as Everton manager.

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Former England boss Sam Allardyce has been backed down to 8/1 to take over from Ronald Koeman as Everton manager.

Thursday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Lyon in the Europa League has seen Koeman’s odds plummet to 1/7 to be the next Premier League boss to leave his post.

Koeman’s side remain without a victory in the group stage, and have not won for four games in all competitions.

Bruno Alves reveals why he joined Rangers and backs Caixinha to deliver

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Rangers centre back Bruno Alves claims that he moved to Ibrox to win trophies and insists that manager Pedro Caixinha is the right man for the job.

Alves arrived in Glasgow from Serie A side Cagliari as Caixinha’s first signing. The highly experienced Portuguese defender has added much needed stability to the Rangers backline and is determined to add a Scottish Premiership medal to his already stellar collection.

Blow for Arsenal and Chelsea in pursuit of Inter Milan 24-year-old

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Arsenal and Chelsea have hit a stumbling block in their pursuit for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, with reports from Italy that his release clause could be raised to ward off interest.

According to Calciomercato via talkSPORT, the 24-year-old is being tracked by Chelsea and Arsenal, having impressed at the San Siro since his move from Sampdoria in 2013.

Man City and Tottenham lead exciting December live TV line-up

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Football fans are set for a packed schedule of live Premier League action on BT Sport this December, with nine matches being shown across the month exclusively live, including the clash between Arsenal and Manchester United and fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

On This Day in Football: Celtic humiliate Rangers while Norwich stun Bayern

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On this day in 1957, Celtic beat Rangers 7-1 in the Scottish League Cup final. The score line still remains as the biggest margin of victory in an Old Firm derby.

This humiliating defeat at the hands of their greatest rival is also Rangers’ record defeat in a game and the biggest score line in a major British cup final.

Wilshere's wrong - questioning Arsenal character is really easy and it's bang on the money

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Jack Wilshere’s defence of his teammates after Arsenal’s character was questioned by Troy Deeney was predictable, but ultimately he’s wrong.

Deeney claimed the Gunners lacked ‘cojones’ after he inspired Watford to a 2-1 victory over the weekend and his comments were subsequently supported by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Pep Guardiola could be the man to reignite this star's career at Manchester City

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The news that James Rodriguez may cut short his loan spell at Bayern Munich could alert numerous Premier League clubs.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with the midfielder in the past, but a move to Manchester City could potentially be a masterstroke by Pep Guardiola.

After falling down the pecking order at Real Madrid, the 26-year-old was farmed out on loan to Bayern but he has struggled to make an impact with the club.

Aston Villa want highly talented star's replacement, chief scout has been monitoring this target

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Aston Villa are looking to secure a permanent replacement for Sam Johnstone and the Championship outfit have identified Joe Lewis as a target.

The Manchester United shot-stopper has been excellent for Villa so far this season but his loan expires at the end of this season. Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis is very experienced and he could be the ideal replacement for Johnstone.

Ronald Koeman has ‘total support’ of the Everton board despite poor form

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that he has ‘total support’ of the Everton chiefs despite the Toffees’ inconsistent start to the 2017/18 season.

Everton splashed over a £100 million on new recruits following the big money move of star striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United but have registered just two wins in eight Premier League games this season and sit two points above the relegation zone.

Southampton want to sign Barcelona player in January, Pellegrino has already held talks

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Southampton are looking to sign a striker when the transfer window re-opens in January and Pellegrino has identified Paco Alcacer as a potential target.

The former Valencia striker has failed to establish himself at Camp Nou and the Saints want him to bolster their attack this season.

The Premier League outfit do not have a proven goalscorer and Alcacer could be a superb signing for them.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.