SoccerLens Archives for January 2017

Pochettino defends out of form Dele Alli as criticism mounts

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has defended star midfielder Dele Alli who has been heavily criticised for his lack of form on the pitch.

Alli’s dip in form has coincided with a poor string of results for Spurs as they find themselves at seventh on the Premier League table, one point behind Sean Dyche’s Burnley.

Javier Mascherano reveals why he left Liverpool

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Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has revealed why he left Liverpool back in 2010 to move to the Nou Camp.

The 33-year-old is nearing the end of his time at the Catalan club as his contract runs out in 2019. Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has used Mascherano sparingly this season handing him just seven starts and a few substitute appearances.

Chelsea & Spurs on alert as Marco Silva hints that Richarlison could leave

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Watford manager Marco Silva has admitted that he would not stand in the way of players wanting to leave the club next summer.

And one player in particular has attracted the attention of a host of clubs, including the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur among others. Signed from Brazilian club Fluminense in the summer transfer window, winger Richarlison has been fantastic for the Hornets since making his debut in the 3-3 draw against Liverpool on the opening day of the season.

Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bundesliga giants told to pay more than £97m for this centre-forward

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Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi will cost clubs £176m to sign, according to agent Wanda Nara. The centre-forward’s representative spoke to Corriere dello Sport about the possibility of a sale, and said he’ll only leave for a top price.

Icardi’s currently has a £97m release clause in his contract, but Nara believes he’s worth “at least €200m” given how transfer fees have fluctuated, let alone his development in Serie A.

Barcelona add two Premier League stars to four-man shortlist of Luis Suarez replacements

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According to Don Balon, Barcelona’s search for a Luis Suarez replacement has led them to two Premier League strikers – Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.

The Catalan giants reportedly have four players on their shortlist – Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Inter’s Mauro Icardi – the latter of whom Lionel Messi has backed.

Chelsea join Manchester United in the race for £45m playmaker

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According to SportBild via Goal, Chelsea are now battling with Manchester United for Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil. The 29-year-old is out of contract, and his manager didn’t rule out the possibility of selling him in January.

Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for £42.4m in 2013, and has gone on to contribute 96 goals in 172 games for the Gunners.

Real Madrid set deadline to sign £36m-rated 27-year-old

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According to Diario Gol, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has set a deadline to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. The 27-year-old has been linked with Real for some time, but the Spanish La Liga giants want to procure his signature by the summer of 2018.

De Gea, who joined United from Atletico Madrid for £22.

Guardiola is set to win the Premier League the Ferguson way

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Pep Guardiola didn’t have much of a problem implementing the possession-based football at Barcelona and getting immediate fantastic results with it. In Spain coaches teach kids that having the ball at their feet is the most important weapon to destroy the opponent, so Pep and his players were ready to succeed with this style.

Everton fans optimistic after Rooney's hat-trick, react on Twitter: 'Now go and win us the league'

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Everton picked up a stunning 4-0 win over West Ham last night and Unsworth will be delighted with how the team responded in his last game in charge.

New manager Sam Allardyce was in attendance at Goodison Park as the Toffees carved the Hammers apart.

Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney scored a magnificent hat-trick for his boyhood club and Ashley Williams added a fourth from a corner.

On This Day in Football: First ever official international takes place

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On this day in 1872, England and Scotland played the first ever official international game of football.

Played at the West of Scotland Cricket Club’s ground in Hamilton, 4000 fans witnessed an anticlimactic 0-0 draw between the two countries. England and Scotland had in fact played each other previously but the matches are not recognized because of the fact that the Scottish side was mostly made up of players from the London area.

West Ham fans tear into Moyes after Everton defeat: 'Sack him now, admit the mistake'

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David Moyes’ return to Goodison Park ended in disappointment as the Hammers were thrashed 4-0.

The former Everton manager has now lost his all five visits to Goodison Park as the opposition manager. In that period, his teams have failed to score a single goal against the Toffees and have shipped 12.

Arsenal star's absence a big boost for Manchester United

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexandre Lacazette will miss Saturday’s clash against Manchester United after picking up a groin injury in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.

The French striker had given Arsenal the lead at the Emirates after just three minutes, but he was substituted at half-time for Olivier Giroud.

Chelsea star says 28/1 outsiders can catch Manchester CIty

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French midfielder N’Golo Kante insists Chelsea are still in this season’s Premier League title race.

The Blues are currently third in the table, 11 points behind leaders Manchester City who snatched a last gasp win over Southampton on Wednesday.

Chelsea are 28/1 third favourites behind City and Manchester United, but two-time title winner Kante believes the battle for the title is far from over.

Arsenal striker Lacazette to miss United clash with injury

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Arsenal striker Alexander Lacazette scored the first goal for the club against Huddersfield last night. Unfortunately, in a blow to the club, the striker will miss the United clash with an injury he sustained in the last match.

Wenger confirmed the striker’s injury after the imposing 5-0 win.

This is why Chelsea could sign £58m striker in January

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According to the Daily Mirror, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s relationship with Borussia Dortmund has broken down so much that the Bundesliga club could make him available for transfer in January.

The 28-year-old, who signed from AS Saint-Etienne for £11.7m in 2013, has struggled for form in recent weeks, failing to score in four of his last six league appearances.

Everton fans need to get real over Sam Allardyce appointment

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It’s taken them five weeks, but Everton have finally replaced Ronald Koeman.

I expect Big Sam to be officially announced as Manager later today

- Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) November 29, 2017

Sam Allardyce has been appointed – as we suggested should happen back in October – but it’s fair to say there’s plenty of Everton fans unhappy at the news.

Chelsea and Arsenal told to pay £32.75m to sign 26-year-old defender

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AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas will be available to Chelsea and Arsenal for £32.75m, according to Pagine Romaniste.

The Greek centre-back has signed a new deal with the Italian Serie A outfit which includes a release clause, and interest could be coming his way in January or next summer as a result, says talkSPORT.

Lorient keen to agree deal with Arsenal for £20m star

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According to The Sun, Lorient chairman Loic Fery has suggested Laurent Koscielny wants to leave Arsenal for a return to Ligue 1. This comes after the centre-back reaffirmed his desire to remain at the Emirates and fight through pain to prolong his playing career.

Fery claimed the Arsenal defender spoke to him in the English capital earlier this month and told him of his desired to bookend his career with his former club.

Sunderland plotting January swoop for highly rated Newcastle player, he would be perfect

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Sunderland are thought to be interested in signing the highly talented Newcastle winger Alex Gilliead.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Bradford City and he has been a key player for the League One side so far this season.

According to reports, Sunderland, Hull City and Millwall are interested in securing Gilliead’s services in January.

Real Madrid eyeing Chelsea defender David Luiz

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David Luiz has been relegated to the Chelsea bench following a disagreement with manager Antonio Conte, which could result in the defender leaving Stamford Bridge, for the second time.

According to the Daily Mail, the Brazilian international is being monitored by Los Blancos as well as AC Milan and Barcelona.

Fears that Australia can be stripped of its place in 2018 World Cup

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FIFA is threatening to sack the current Football Federation Australia board and replace it with a committee to run the sport on an interim basis. The FFA board’s failure to appease A-League clubs and the nine-state associations could soon result in the extraordinary sacking of the board.

FIFA has the power to scrap the board under its statutes regarding member association.

On This Day in Football: Viv Anderson breaks the code, River Plate finally get their trophy

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On this day in 1978, Nottingham Forest defender Viv Anderson became the first black player to start a full international for the England national team.

The Three Lions hosted Czechoslovakia at Wembley and won 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Steve Coppell in the 69th minute.

Born in Nottingham, Anderson started his footballing journey with his hometown club before thriving under Brian Clough with whom he won two European Cups and a First Division title.

Gay fans warned of ‘dangers’ at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

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FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay football fans that will be in attendance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia of aggressive response from intolerant locals.

Anti-gay sentiment in Russia remains strong despite homosexuality being decriminalised in 1993, especially after a law was introduced in 2013 that prohibited the dissemination to minors of “propaganda” that legitimised homosexuality.

Furious Spurs fans tear into top class star after last night's defeat: 'Get him out of my club'

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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been struggling with a dip in form over the last few months and it seems that the fans are losing patience with the England international now.

Spurs crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Leicester City last night and former MK Dons star was heavily criticised for his lacklustre display.

Swansea odds-on favourites to sign highly rated PL attacker in January, would be a terrific addition

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Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke has been linked with a January move away from the club.

The former Chelsea youth star is struggling to get regular first-team football at Anfield and he has played just 85 minutes this season.

Earlier this week, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce criticised Liverpool’s misuse of the player and urged the big clubs to loan their talented young players instead of keeping them on the bench.

Pep Guardiola expects Manchester City to seal an agreement with this 'legend' soon

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Manchester City are close to agreeing to a new one-year deal with their Spanish playmaker David Silva.

The 31-year-old has been a sensational player for the Etihad outfit over the years and his new contract will keep him at City until 2020 when he will complete 10 years at the club.

As per the reports, Silva will earn around £160,000-a-week once the new deal is finalised.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Merseysiders on alert as £18m playmaker considers future

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Javier Pastore has admitted he could leave the club in January, citing disappointment over a lack of playing time, reports talkSPORT.

Manchester United have joined Chelsea and Liverpool in the race for his signature, and could have some luck in signing the £18m man given his latest quotes in L’Equipe.

Chelsea and Tottenham issued ‘hands off’ warning for 20-year-old Brazilian winger

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Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury has issued a ‘hands-off’ warning to Chelsea and Tottenham for their pursuit of Richarlison, reports the Evening Standard.

The two London clubs have been keen on procuring the 20-year-old’s signature after an impressive start to life in the Premier League, but Duxbury has made it clear the winger will not be sold in the January transfer window.

Man City and Napoli on alert after £14m La Liga defender becomes available

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According to Marca via talkSPORT, Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko has asked the club to leave in January, having struggled for playing time this season.

The 25-year-old, who joined Atleti from Sassuolo in 2016, has failed to nail down a starting place with the La Liga giants, while struggling with knee and foot injuries.

On This Day in Football: First International outside UK, Keeper scores hat-trick

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On this day in 1885, the United States of America and Canada played the first international game of football outside the United Kingdom.

This match predates the formation of both the American and Canadian football associations. Instead, the contest was arranged by Canada’s Western Football Association after talks with the unofficial governing body of US football, the American Football Association.

Pochettino admits Spurs have missed Erik Lamela

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has said that Spurs have missed long-term absentee Erik Lamela. The winger returns to action after a gap of 13 months and will be part of the squad to face Leicester City. Pochettino spoke a great deal about what the Argentine, who signed in 2013 for £30 million, can bring to the team.

Steve Bruce comments on player's 'ludicrous situation', Aston Villa should sign him in January

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has hit out at Premier League giants Liverpool for their misuse of Dominic Solanke.

The former Chelsea youth star has rarely played for the first team this season and Bruce believes that these players should be allowed to play regularly in the lower leagues.

The 20-year-old forward, who was handed his senior England debut against Brazil earlier this month, has played just 84 minutes in the Premier League so far.

56-yr-old set to be unveiled as WBA manager tonight, he will attend the Newcastle game

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West Brom are expected to announce the appointment of Alan Pardew as their new manager later today.

Daily Star claims that Pardew will be in the stands during West Brom’s Premier League clash with Newcastle today and he will be unveiled as the club’s new manager after the game.

Tony Pulis was sacked earlier this month after a poor start to the season and Pardew will be expected to deliver a strong mid-table finish this year.

Wenger refuses to rule out sale of Ozil and Sanchez in January

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil could leave in the January transfer window if “something unbelievable” happens.

By “something unbelievable”, Wenger obviously means an offer big enough for Arsenal to not refuse. Both the players are out of contract at the end of the season and run the risk of walking out on a free transfer.

12 goals in 14 games: Moyes wants top class poacher in January, star open to London move

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West Ham are looking to add to their squad when the transfer window re-opens in January and the Russian striker Fyodor Smolov is apparently a target.

According to Daily Mail, David Moyes wants the 27-year-old to lead the line for West Ham this season.

Smolov has been a key player for Krasnodar this season and he has managed to score 12 goals in 14 games for club and country this season.

Gareth Bale’s agent responds to transfer rumours amid Man United interest

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Gareth Bale has enjoyed a bittersweet time in Madrid ever since his world record transfer to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

Despite winning three UEFA Champions League titles and a La Liga trophy among others, the Welshman has endured a terrible battle with injuries in the Spanish capital and it has continued this season as well.

Leeds United star reveals club’s minimum target for the season

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Leeds United forward Caleb Ekuban has claimed that the club is more than capable of getting into one of the play-offs positions while insisting that he and his colleagues can achieve much more than that.

The 22-year-old, signed from Serie A side Chievo Verona in the summer, believes that not many sides are better than Thomas Christiansen’s stalwarts in the Championship this season.

3-5-1-1 v Leicester: Pochettino without these 2 top class Spurs star for must win game; Team News & Predictions

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Leicester vs Tottenham
English Premier League 2017/18
28th November, 19:45 pm BST
King Power Stadium, Leicester
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Leicester vs Tottenham Preview

Leicester City host Spurs in the Premier League this week and the Foxes will be hoping to improve their home record against the Londoners.

4-2-3-1 v West Ham: Everton plagued with injuries, Unsworth without these 10 players this week; Team News & Predictions

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Everton vs West Ham
English Premier League 2017/18
29th November, 20:00 pm BST
Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Everton vs West Ham Preview

Everton host West Ham in the Premier League this weekend and the Toffees will be hoping to bounce back from the 4-1 defeat against Southampton at the weekend.

Sean Dyche angered by Arsenal’s late penalty; “the bigger clubs seem to get the decision”

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche said bigger clubs seem to get more favourable refereeing decisions after his side lost 1-0 to an added-time penalty for Arsenal.

Burnley would go with a point from the game after holding Arsenal to a 0-0 draw till the dying stages, before it ending in heartbreak.

On This Day in Football: Hartlepools bombed by Germans, George Best immortalised

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On this day in 1916, Hartlepools United’ Victoria Park became the first British football stadium to be bombed in an air raid during World War I.

The Royal Flying Corps confronted a German zeppelin that had jettisoned itself above Victoria Park. The Germans dropped a bomb that destroyed the main stand on Clarence Road.

Five Things: Everton can’t afford snobbery, Conte’s bravery rewarded, Arsenal grind it out at Burnley

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The Premier League never fails to provide plenty of issues to discuss, and the latest round of games didn’t disappoint.

Everton’s shocking display at Southampton, Antonio Conte’s inspired substitutions at Liverpool and Arsenal’s gutsy win at Burnley were amongst the weekend’s major talking points.

Man Utd legend rules Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal out of title race

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Gary Neville believes this season’s Premier League title battle is already a two-horse race.

Manchester City maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield on Sunday, while Manchester United won 1-0 against Brighton the previous day.

Chelsea’s draw at Liverpool left them three points of adrift of United, with Arsenal and Tottenham further behind in fourth and fifth.

Atletico Madrid willing to sell Manchester United target Jose Gimenez

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According to reports in Calciomercato, Atletico Madrid may be willing to sell Juventus and Manchester United target Jose Gimenez.

The Uruguay international has been hot property in recent months and signed a new contract with the Spanish club, but has regularly been linked with other clubs, who may be willing to pay the 22-year-old’s £58m release clause.

4-3-3 v Southampton: Guardiola without these 2 top class Man City stars for this week's home game; Injury Update & Predictions

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Manchester City vs Southampton
English Premier League 2017/18
29th November, 20:00 pm BST
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
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Manchester City host Southampton in the Premier League this week and the league leaders will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table with another win.

Furious Everton fans react to Southampton defeat: 'The board should be utterly ashamed'

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Everton crashed to yet another humiliating defeat this week and the Toffees faithful took to social media to share their disappointment.

The Merseyside outfit were beaten 5-1 by Atalanta during the midweek and today’s game was a great chance for Unsworth and his side to bounce back and produce a positive performance.

Manchester City point lead is massive, admits Spurs boss Pochettino

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After dropping two points against West Brom on Saturday, Tottenham are now ten points behind league leaders Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s team has been in sensational form this season and comfortably lead the table with ten points which could become thirteen if they manage to beat Huddersfield Town on Sunday, in the last game of this gameweek.

Furious Middlesbrough fans tear into Garry Monk after Derby defeat: 'Get rid of him now'

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Middlesbrough crashed to a 3-0 defeat at home last night and the home fans tore into their manager Garry Monk on social media. Derby County striker Matej Vydra scored a hat-trick to take his side into the Championship play-off places.

Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala picked up a red card against the Rams and his indisciplined performance has not gone down too well with the fans either.

4-3-3 v Huddersfield: Guardiola without these 2 top class Man City stars for today's game; Injury Updates & Predictions

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Manchester City travel to Huddersfield later today the Premier League leaders will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table with a win.

Pep Guardiola’s men are in sensational form right now and they have won each of their last 10 in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield are heading into this game on the back of a 4-0 thrashing from Bournemouth.

Leeds fans react to summer signing's performance vs Barnsley: 'We have found a gem here'

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Leeds United secured a 2-0 win over Barnsley in the Championship earlier today.

The Whites were under tremendous pressure after the thrashing against Wolves and Christiansen will be relieved with today’s result.

The 44-year-old is losing the patience of the fans and he will have to earn their support by putting together a winning run now.

4-3-3 v Chelsea: Klopp without these 2 Liverpool players for crucial home game; Injury Updates and Predictions

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Liverpool fans will be expecting a big performance from the players after their disastrous showing in Sevilla during the midweek.

The Reds threw away a 3-0 lead and they will be looking to rebuild their confidence with a positive result against Chelsea this weekend.

The defending champions are heading into this game on the back of a 4-0 win away to Qarabag in the Champions League.

3-4-1-2 v West Brom: Pochettino without these 2 top class Spurs stars for must win game; Injury Updates & Predictions

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Tottenham will look to get back to winning ways with a strong performance against West Brom this weekend.

The Londoners were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal in their last game and the fans will be hoping for a reaction here. Spurs have won their last three at home and they will be confident against a poor WBA side.

On This Day in Football: The mighty Hearts go to war, England dismembered by Hungary

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On this day in 1914, following the outbreak of World War I, 16 members of the Heart of Midlothian squad enlisted for military service, thus becoming the first British club to support the war effort in such large numbers.

Britain officially entered the fray in August by declaring war on Germany but football continued for the 1914/15 season.

This player should wave goodbye to Stoke; would be great for Aston Villa, Leeds or Middlesbrough

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes says he is is ready to offer a new contract to Peter Crouch.

In the words of The Courteeners – what took you so long?

The former England striker is Stoke’s top scorer with four goals in all competitions, despite spending much of the season warming the bench.

Former Arsenal star plays down Man City’s invincible credentials

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Former Arsenal defender has deemed the talk of Manchester City repeating the Gunners ‘invincible’ season to be premature.

The Cameroonian was part of Arsene Wenger’s stellar squad that went the whole of 2003/04 unbeaten in the Premier League. With Pep Guardiola’s City side off to a phenomenal run in the league this season, many have debated whether City are capable of repeating Arsenal’s monumental feat.

Furious Leeds fans want this man to replace Christiansen immediately: 'He would take us up'

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Leeds United are going through a rough patch right now and it seems that the fans are losing patience with Thomas Christiansen.

The 44-year-old helped his side make a good start to the season. Some even tipped Leeds to secure automatic promotion after their impressive showing in the first few games.

Robinho: Former Man City player given 9 year prison sentence for gang rape

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Former Brazil forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison after an Italian court convicted him of taking part in a gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013.

The court in Milan ruled that the footballer and five other Brazilians assaulted the woman, who was 22 at the time after intoxicated her with alcohol in a discotheque.

Fellaini’s potential Man United exit worries Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admitted that he was concerned about the prospect of losing Marouane Fellaini considering the midfielder’s contract talks with the club haven’t reached a fruitful end yet.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League match against Brighton on Saturday, Mourinho revealed that he was not part of the discussions that would tie the midfielder to a new deal at the club.

Aston Villa tipped to boost promotion hopes with 7/1 return against Ipswich

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Championship pundit David Prutton has backed Aston Villa to boost their promotion hopes with a victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Villa’s 2-1 success over Sunderland on Tuesday left them fourth in the table, five points behind second-placed Cardiff City.

Prutton has tipped Steve Bruce’s side to repeat that scoreline (7/1 at Sky Bet) this weekend.

Bellamy blasts Klopp and Rodgers for Liverpool's defensive woes

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Craig Bellamy believes both Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers are responsible for Liverpool’s inability to cope when the team is put under pressure.

The Reds blew a 3-0 lead at Sevilla to draw 3-3 in the Champions League on Tuesday and Bellamy insists the club’s current and former bosses must take their share of the blame.

Everton fans tear into Farhad Moshiri after last night's historic defeat: 'He is clueless'

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Everton were thrashed 5-1 by Atalanta in the Europa League last night and it was their heaviest ever home defeat in Europe.

The Toffees are in atrocious form right now and this historic loss will put the club hierarchy under enormous pressure. Everton were already struggling to find a replacement for Koeman and now they will need to act faster.

On This Day in Football: Suarez takes his first bite, Saints bring in Pagan priestess

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On this day in 2010, Luis Suarez took his first bite on a football pitch as he sunk his teeth into PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal during an Eredivisie match.

The Uruguayan striker, then at Ajax, went into the 2010-11 season at the back of a phenomenal campaign. The former Liverpool superstar scored 49 goals in 48 appearances for Ajax in all competitions and was off to a similar start in the new season as the four time European Cup winners went head to head against league leaders PSV.

Hazard dismisses Conte worries over short turnaround; Chelsea legend praises front pairing

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Eden Hazard says Chelsea must put thoughts of tiredness behind them when they visit Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Blues beat Qarabag 4-0 in Azerbaijan on Wednesday to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, but didn’t arrive back in the UK until the early hours of Thursday morning.

Everton eyeing 15-goal West Ham target, £190k-a-week star would certainly save their season

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West Ham and Everton are interested in signing the former Watford striker Odion Ighalo in January.

The 28-year-old has been a major hit in the Chinese Super League. Changchun Yatai signed him for a fee of £20m last year and it will be interesting to see whether they are willing to sell their prized asset now.

Moyes wants combative Premier League midfielder in January to save West Ham's season

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West Ham United are interested in signing the Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter in January.

However, The Hammers will have to face competition from Crystal Palace for the 27-year-old Bournemouth star.

David Moyes wants the hardworking midfielder to improve West Ham’s midfield. The Hammers have had a disastrous start to the season and they will need a few new signings in order to lift the spirits around the camp.

Prutton eyeing 30/1 return that would ramp up the pressure on Leeds

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David Prutton has tipped Leeds United to endure another difficult afternoon when they visit Barnsley on Saturday.

Leeds are now 10th in the Championship after Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers and the pressure is mounting on manager Thomas Christiansen.

Prutton told Sky Sports that he fancies Samu Saiz to open the scoring, but he’s backed the home side to recover and secure a 1-1 draw (30/1 at Sky Bet).

Man City player admits he could leave in January, Guardiola cannot afford to lose him

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Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has hinted that he could leave the club in January.

The former Porto star is not a key part of Guardiola’s plans and he has played just five matches for City this season.

At 26, he needs to play more often in order to maintain his fitness and form.

Furious Moyes slammed West Ham star after Watford game, singled him out in private

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West Ham manager David Moyes singled out striker Andy Carroll for his poor performance against Watford last weekend.

The former Sunderland boss slammed Carroll behind closed doors for his lacklustre display on Saturday.

Moyes lost his first game in charge of the Hammers and it seems that he is ready to take a tough approach in order to get more out of his players.

9 goals this season: Leeds United secure agreement for highly rated Man City target

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Leeds United have agreed on a professional contract with the highly rated striker Jack Clarke.

The 17-year-old has signed a deal until June 2021 and he will be hoping to continue his development with the U18s and the U23s for now.

Clarke is very highly rated by the Leeds staff and he was a target for Premier League outfits such as Manchester City.

Manchester United legend slams Jose Mourinho for defensive play

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Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has criticised Jose Mourinho for his defensive tactics while insisting that the Portuguese coach’s approach is ‘not the identity’ of the club.

The eccentric Frenchman was instrumental in United’s dominance over the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rangers striker forced to do extra training in a bid to end goal drought

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Rangers’ caretaker manager Graeme Murty has forced striker Alfredo Morelos to do extra target practice in a bid to end his goal drought.

The Colombian’s start to life at Ibrox kicked off in phenomenal fashion as he scored eight goals in his first nine games for Rangers.

Arsene Wenger has identified these two young managers as potential successors

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According to Starsport, Arsene Wenger has considered Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to be his eventual successor at the Emirates.

Wenger is still contracted with Arsenal until the summer of 2019, but he could be making future plans to ensure the club don’t spiral down the table like Manchester United did post-Sir Alex Ferguson.

Everton are close to appointing new manager, reveals Moshiri

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Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has revealed that the club is ‘close’ to appointing a full time manager.

Under-23 boss David Unsworth was appointed as caretaker boss following the sacking of Ronald Koeman earlier this season. But the Toffees have been dreadful under Unsworth and are 16th on the Premier League table with just 12 points from 12 games.

Arsenal criticised by club president after “embarrassing” offer for 29-year-old La Liga star

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According to Diario Gol, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed the Gunners’ offer for striker Karim Benzema is “embarrassing”. The Sun says Arsenal made a £40m bid for the French international, considerably lower than Real would consider selling him for.

The 29-year-old has struggled for form this season, scoring just one La Liga goal in eight appearances.

Liverpool could agree deal with AC Milan for 28-year-old

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AC Milan are monitoring Daniel Sturridge’s situation at Liverpool, and could offer the 28-year-old an escape route in January, reports The Sun.

Sturridge has struggled for form and playing time under Jurgen Klopp this season, and may consider a move from Anfield to boost his hopes of representing England in the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.

Chelsea risk losing 29-year-old if Antonio Conte stays on as manager

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According to UOL, Chelsea winger Willian is considering his future at the club, due to the lack of playing time afforded to him by manager Antonio Conte. The Brazilian international will reportedly seek a move away from Stamford Bridge should the Italian coach stay on at the helm this season.

Willian, signed from Anzhi Makhachkala for £32m in 2013, has scored and created 66 goals in 200 games for Chelsea.

Rangers legend hits out at "untouchable" Celtic manager Rodgers

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Former Rangers star Kris Boyd has blasted Brendan Rodgers after Celtic’s 7-1 drubbing by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League earlier this week.

Celtic have gone unbeaten for 64 games on the domestic front, but their performances on the European stage have been less than impressive.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain battling for £60m Premier League star

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According to the Mirror, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain will compete for the signature of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. The 28-year-old will be out of contract with the Gunners in the summer and is no closer to extending his stay at the Emirates.

With foreign clubs able to negotiate a pre-contract six months before the deal expires, Paris Saint-Germain stand a great chance of luring the Chilean to the French capital.

Real Madrid hoping to capitalise on £36m goalkeeper after stalled contract talks

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According to The Sun, Real Madrid are readying a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian international has 18 months left of his current deal with the Londoners, and has recently postponed talks which has raised rumours about his future at Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have been named as interested clubs of the 25-year-old, but Chelsea have shown no willingness to sell this season.

Chelsea fancied to deliver 10/1 body blow to top four pretenders Liverpool

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Liverpool host Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday aiming to bounce back from Tuesday’s embarrassing Champions League collapse at Sevilla.

Jurgen Klopp’s side blew a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 in Spain, but they have won their last three in the Premier League and are 11/10 favourites to defeat Chelsea this weekend.

Everton lining up move for German; Moshiri a big fan, wants him to save Toffees' season

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Everton are still searching for a permanent replacement for Ronald Koeman and it seems that Ralf Rangnick is a target.

The German is currently the sporting director at RB Leipzig and it will be interesting to see whether the Toffees can convince him to take over.

Watford boss Marco Silva was their top target to replace Koeman but Everton have failed to agree on a deal with the Hornets.

Leeds fans tear into Thomas Christiansen after Wolves thrashing: 'We don't believe in you'

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Leeds United crashed to a 4-1 defeat against Wolves last night and the fans seem to be losing their patience with Thomas Christiansen.

The fans took to Twitter to share their views on Leeds’ current form and Thomas Christiansen’s management in particular.

The Whites have lost eight of their last eleven games and their promotion hopes are hanging by a thread.

On This Day in Football: George Weah’s cousin makes Saints debut

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On this day in 1996, football legend [citation required] Ali Dia made his debut for Southampton.

Dia’s story is as bizarre as it is hilarious. Signed by Saints boss Graeme Souness, the Senegalese striker played just one game for Southampton. Souness received a phone call from a man claiming to be Liberian football legend and Ballon d’Or winner George Weah.

Leeds star apologises after Wolves defeat, fans respond on Twitter: 'You played with passion'

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Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira apologised to the fans after his game-changing red card against Wolves last night.

The 19-year-old midfielder was sent off when his side were 2-1 down. His departure made it difficult for Leeds to get back into the game.

Leeds were 2-0 down at halftime but Ezgjan Alioski scored immediately after the break.

Giant Swastika unearthed under German football ground

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A routine construction work in Germany has unearthed a Nazi era swastika symbol buried under a football ground.

Local builders were digging into the ground in the Hein Kling sports stadium in Hamburg’s Billstedt district when they discovered the concrete swastika, measuring at four by four metres (13 by 13 feet), buried 16 inches below the surface of the pitch.

11 goals this season: Christiansen wants German forward in January to save Leeds's season

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Leeds United need to improve their squad when the transfer window opens in January and it seems that Christiansen is lining up a move for Marvin Ducksch.

The highly talented German is a leading star in Bundesliga Two and he would certainly add goals to Christiansen’s team.

The 23-year-old is in superb form right now and he has already scored 11 goals this season.

Manager confirms 'big miss', powerful Derby midfielder ruled out for several weeks with injury

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Derby County midfielder Timi Elsnik has picked up a muscle injury and the midfielder will be sidelined for several weeks.

The 19-year-old is currently on loan at Swindon and he has managed to establish himself as a key player for David Flitcroft.

The Swindon boss confirmed that the player will not return from injury before next year and that his absence will be a big miss for the League Two outfit.

Aston Villa lining up January move for former Leeds target, he would be a terrific addition

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Aston Villa are looking to add their squad during the January transfer window and it seems that the Bologna defender Filip Helander is a target for Steve Bruce.

According to reports in Italy, Aston Villa are lining up a move for the 24-year-old defender.

Helander has been linked with a move to Leeds United in the past but the Whites never quite managed to secure his services.

Tottenham fans urge Levy to sign hat-trick hero in January: 'He could be a real superstar'

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Fulham defender Ryan Sessegnon bagged a stunning hat-trick against Sheffield United last night and it seems that Spurs fans are quite impressed with the 17-year-old.

Last summer it was reported that Spurs submitted a bid for Sessegnon but it was turned down by Fulham. However, Tottenham fans want their club to pursue the player once again.

Juventus lead Tottenham in the race for £22.5m midfielder

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According to talkSPORT, Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes could be on his way to Juventus, with his agent Jorge Mendez trying to broker a deal for January. The 24-year-old, who joined from Valencia in 2016 for £31.5m, has struggled for playing time this season, amassing under 400 minutes of football in all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp names the one player he needs at Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he still needs Daniel Sturridge at the club, despite rumours that the England striker could seek an exit due to a lack of playing time this season.

“I can imagine a player with his quality is not happy that he is not starting all the time, but that’s all,” said Klopp.

Schalke chief responds to Arsenal and Goretzka rumours; Gunners to open negotiations in January

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Arsenal are set to enter negotiations to bring Schalke 04 midfielder Leon Goretzka in the January transfer window, as per reports in the Guardian.

Liverpool are also rumoured to be keeping tabs on the German international as he runs out of contract at the end of the 2017/18 season.

On This Day in Football: Spurs demolish Wigan, Longest FA Cup tie in history

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On this day in 2009, Tottenham Hotspur recorded their record win in the Premier League by hammering Wigan Athletic 9-1 at White Hart Lane.

Peter Crouch gave Spurs the lead in the ninth minute but Harry Redknapp’s side hardly created any further chances to double their lead in the first half.

Fulham fans react to top class star's performance against Sheffield: 'He is bigger than the club'

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Fulham secured a thrilling 5-4 win over Sheffield United in the Championship last night.

17 year old left back Ryan Sessegnon scored a memorable hat-trick to earn the three points for his side. The prodigiously talented defender has been linked with several Premier League clubs recently and this performance will continue to raise eyebrows.

Steve Bruce confirms 'huge blow' after Sunderland win, Villa star ruled out for several months

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that Jonathan Kodjia is set to undergo an ankle surgery and he will be ruled out for several months.

Kodjia picked up an injury playing for Ivory Coast during the international break.

Arsenal could agree £20m deal with Barcelona for 29-year-old

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Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil could be on his way to Barcelona in January for £20m, reports Mundo Deportivo. The 29-year-old is out of contract with the Gunners in the summer, and is no close to extending his deal. As a result, Arsenal may cash in on the midfielder, something manager Arsene Wenger admitted he may consider, meaning Ozil could be returning to La Liga.

Sevilla hope to complete £17.75m deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward

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Sevilla are close to completing a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain attacking-midfielder Javier Pastore, reports Sport via talkSPORT. The 28-year-old has struggled for playing time this season and could be on his way out in January as a result.

Pastore has made just four Ligue 1 starts for PSG, racking up less than 400 minutes.

Championship pundit gives his verdict on Wolves v Leeds, tips 7/1 bookie-basher

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David Prutton believes his former club Leeds United will struggle to cope with Wolverhampton Wanderers when the teams meet at Molineux on Wednesday.

Both sides head into the game on the back of victories last weekend, with Wolves winning 2-0 at Reading and Leeds recording a 2-1 success at home to Middlesbrough.

Arsenal didn't answer their critics, they proved them right Hector

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Footballers. They can be a precious bunch at times. Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin probably falls into that category.

After his side’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday young Hector had lots on his mind and he wasn’t shy about sharing it with the world.

“After a tough start, we were building up really well with good results,” he told the club’s official website.

Wolves secure agreement for highly rated forward, player 'very happy' with the decision

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Wolves have agreed a professional contract with the highly talented striker Austin Samuels.

The 17-year-old forward made his first-team debut against Peterborough during the pre-season and he managed to score that day. Samuels has been a key player for Wolves’ U18 side and the club have done well to secure his services for the long term.

On This Day in Football: Reunification of Germany, Di Matteo bids goodbye

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On this day in 1990, a few days after the German reunification, the Deutscher Fußball-Verband der DDR (DFV) was dissolved and in its place the North East German Football Association (NOFV) was formed.

The NOFV was incorporated into the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) – German football’s premier governing body.

4-1-4-1 v Feyenoord: Guardiola without these 2 key Man City stars for tonight's home game; Team News & Predictions

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Manchester City host Feyenoord in the Champions League later today and Pep Guardiola will be looking to extend his side’s winning run here.

Chelsea Getting its Money’s Worth from Álvaro Morata

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Despite his role in Chelsea’s Premier League championship last season, you always felt Diego Costa’s time at the club was limited. After all of the controversy surrounding both sides throughout the summer, Chelsea needed a replacement for their once formidable striker. In come Álvaro Morata. While he previously showed promise at Real Madrid, he had to prove himself to a different club and league.

Manchester clubs and Tottenham on course for top spot monopoly in Champions League

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England’s five Champions League representatives are all still in with a chance of finishing top of their respective groups in Europe’s premier football competition.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur lead their groups after four games, while Chelsea are just a point behind Roma heading into the fifth round of matches.

Van Bronckhorst responds to rumours about a possible Rangers return

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Former Rangers star Giovanni van Bronckhorst has responded to rumours linking him with a return to Ibrox.

The 42-year-old enjoyed a great spell in Glasgow as a player where he won two Scottish Premiership titles and two Scottish Cups in three seasons. Now a manager at Eredevisie side Feyenoord, van Bronckhorst is one of the many names touted as the successor to Pedro Caixinha as the next Rangers boss.

Dani Alves issues warning to Celtic ahead of Champions League clash

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Celtic face the daunting task of playing Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on Wednesday for a UEFA Champions League group stage fixture.

The Parisians thrashed Celtic 5-0 in Glasgow in their group opener and have already qualified for the Round of 16. But fullback Dani Alves has warned the Hoops that PSG will show no mercy when the two sides meet again.

Derby looking to seal agreement for experienced midfielder, talks with agent underway

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Derby County are looking to offer a new deal to their Welsh midfielder Joe Ledley.

The Welsh international’s contribution on and off the pitch has benefited Derby so far. The 30-year-old has been a key player for Gary Rowett so far this season and the Rams will do well to keep him beyond January.

Andrei Kanchelskis reveals how he was tricked into calling Sir Alex a ‘Scottish b*****d’

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Former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis has revealed a hilarious episode from his Old Trafford days where he called Sir Alex Ferguson a ‘Scottish b*****d’.

Kanchelskis moved to Manchester from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk back in 1991. The former Russia international spent four seasons at Old Trafford and won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup among others.

3-5-1-1 v Dortmund: Pochettino without these 3 first team Spurs stars for vital away game; Team News & Predictions

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Spurs will look to bounce back from their defeat against Arsenal with a win in the Champions League this week.

Rowett confirms injury blow for Derby, these 2 key stars could miss the game against QPR

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Derby County could be without the services of Bradley Johnson and Tom Lawrence for this week’s game against Queens Park Rangers.

Manager Gary Rowett has confirmed that Johnston is set to be sidelined because of a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Tom Lawrence has picked up a couple of knocks.

Rams manager Gary Rowett said:

Bradley looks like he probably will not be available but we’ll see.

Coleman opens up about Sunderland's January budget, he will move for these 2 players

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New Sunderland manager Chris Coleman is already preparing his January transfer plans and it seems that the former Wales boss is lining up loan moves for Liverpool duo Danny Ward and Ben Woodburn.

The Black Cats are in desperate need of new signings and the likes of Ward and Woodburn would be terrific additions for them.

On This Day in Football: Bournemouth striker sets Cup record, Socrates returns

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On this day in 1971, Third Division club Bournemouth thrashed Southern League side Margate 11-0 in the first round of the FA Cup with nine of the goals coming from Ted MacDougall.

MacDougall scored five of his nine goals of the game in the first half which prompted Margate manager to jokingly request his Bournemouth counterpart to substitute MacDougall for the second half.

Five Things: Arsenal win irrelevant without title, Pogba the key to Man Utd, West Ham still a shambles

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The Premier League came back with a bang after the international break, providing plenty of issues to discuss for fans across the country.

The North London derby, Paul Pogba’s influence on Manchester United and David Moyes’ disappointing start to life as West Ham Ham manager were amongst the headlines from the 12th round of games.

Liverpool striker to leave club in January to keep World Cup hopes alive

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is set hand in a transfer request to leave the club in the January transfer window, as per reports in the Daily Mirror.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City centre forward was in good form before the international break as he scored against Huddersfield Town in the Premier League and against Maribor in the Reds’ group stage clash in the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal have silenced their critics, claims Bellerin

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Arsenal returned to action after the international break to earn the local bragging rights against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez secured the Gunners a comfortable 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal fullback Hector Bellerin believes that his teammates “shut some mouth” with their win.

Furious West Ham fans tear into Moyes after Watford loss: 'He is draining the confidence already'

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David Moyes would have expected a better start to life as the new manager of West Ham United.

The former Manchester United boss replaced Slaven Bilic earlier this month after a poor start to the season.

West Ham faced Watford in the Premier League earlier today and they were beaten comfortably.

Furious Leeds fans react on Twitter after win over Middlesbrough: 'They should be suspended'

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Leeds United secured a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Middlesbrough today and their fans took to Twitter to share their views on the match officials.

The home fans seemed clearly unhappy with the referee and the linesman. However, they will be delighted that the poor decisions did not cost their side a vital win.

Major blow for Bruce, Aston Villa could lose key star in January because of this contract clause

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Aston Villa could lose star goalkeeper Sam Johnstone during the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old has been sensational under Steve Bruce this season and West Brom are lining up a move for him.

According to reports, Manchester United have an option to recall the player from his loan spell in January and if West Brom submit a concrete offer for him, a transfer is very much on the cards.

Spanish midfield star responds to Manchester United rumours

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The January transfer window is over a month away but Manchester United have already been linked with some of the hottest properties in world football.

The latest to join the queue is Valencia’s rising superstar Carlos Soler. The 20-year-old’s recent form has caught the attention of some of the biggest clubs around the club.

Spurs leading the race to sign Championship midfielder in January, Klopp interested as well

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Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks is attracting a lot of interest from the Premier League and it is believed that Liverpool and Tottenham are leading the chase.

According to Daily Mirror, Klopp and Pochettino both rate the player highly and they are looking to sign in when the transfer window reopens in January.

Moyes looking to save West Ham's season by signing Celtic's number one January target

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West Ham manager David Moyes is looking to improve his squad during the January transfer window and Reading’s Liam Moore is thought to be a target.

The Hammers have been very poor at the back this season and it seems that Moyes wants to save their season by strengthening at the back.

West Ham have conceded 23 goals in just 11 games in the Premier League and Moore would certainly help them plug the gaps at the back.

Transfer boost for Spurs, unique clause will help them sign world class star ahead of their rivals

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Real Madrid are ready to cut their losses on Gareth Bale when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Welsh winger has struggled to make the desired impact at Bernabeu due to recurring injury problems and he could return to the Premier League soon.

According to reports, Manchester United and Chelsea are keeping tabs on his situation right now.

Club ready to offer highly talented player plus £40m cash for Spurs star, Levy should accept deal

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Manchester United are set to make a move for the Tottenham left-back Danny Rose in January.

The England international has recovered from his knee injury and Mourinho wants him to replace Luke Shaw at Old Trafford.

According to Daily Mirror, The Red Devils are prepared to pay £40million for Rose.

Benitez warns club hierarchy, believes Newcastle will be relegated if this does not happen

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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is very disappointed with the club’s summer transfers and the Spaniard has already issued an ultimatum to the board.

Benitez wants signings in January as he believes that the current squad is not good enough to survive relegation this season.

According to Daily Mirror, Benitez has already drawn up his January transfer wish list and he expects the club to back him in the market.

Man City star injured, ruled out for 4-6 weeks; Guardiola blames pointless international friendlies

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Manchester City defender John Stones picked up a hamstring injury during his side’s 2-0 win over Leicester City yesterday.

The England international will be ruled out for four to six weeks and Guardiola seemed very unhappy with the situation.

Stones has been outstanding so far this season.

Aston Villa fans react to explosive attacker's performance on Twitter: 'What a special player'

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Aston Villa continued their impressive run of form with a 2-1 win over QPR in the Championship yesterday.

Steve Bruce’s men have moved up to fifth in the table right now and one player is who has particularly impressed is Albert Adomah.

The 29-year-old winger was sensational against QPR and his brace earned Villa the three points away from home.

Chelsea battling Tottenham for £11m Brazilian winger

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According to The Sun, Chelsea have joined Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Watford winger Richarlison. The Brazilian u20 international, who joined Watford from Fluminense for £11m in the summer, has enjoyed a bright start to the new season under Marco Silva, and could be a target for bigger European sides in January as a result.

On This Day in Football: Pele and Greaves reach goal scoring milestones

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On this day in 1960, English football legend Jimmy Greaves, aged just 20 years and 290 days, scored a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 6-3 win against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge to bring his league tally to 100 goals.

In doing so, Greaves became the youngest player ever to score a century of League goals.

Harry Kane wants to stay with Spurs his ‘whole career’

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has dismissed rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid by insisting that he wants to stay in North London his whole career.

The 24-year-old has experienced a meteoric rise in stature ever since his first team debut. Kane’s goal scoring exploits has grabbed the attention of some of the biggest clubs in world football including Real Madrid.

Arsene Wenger takes a very risky and savage shot at Tottenham in press conference

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refuted claims that Tottenham Hotspur are favourites ahead of Saturday’s North London derby, reports talkSPORT. When asked if Arsenal went into this weekend’s Premier League clash as underdogs, Wenger replied: “No, not at all.”

“I think Tottenham are a good side but we have the quality to win this game and that’s what we want to show.

Paul Merson names the five Tottenham players he believes will leave if Arsenal win North London derby

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Football pundit Paul Merson has named five Tottenham Hotspur players whom he believes will be seeking an exit if the side come unstuck to Arsenal in this weekend’s North London derby, reports Sky Sports.

Arsenal welcome their fierce North London rivals to the Emirates Stadium at Saturday lunchtime, in a game that many believe Tottenham stand a good chance of winning given the contrasting form between the two clubs.

Christiansen lays down challenge for Leeds star, fan favourite asked prove his worth to the team

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Thomas Christiansen has urged Leeds fan favourite Pontus Jansson to prove his worth to the national team by improving his performances in the Championship.

The Swedish defender has struggled to perform at his usual level this season and he will be hoping to recapture his form ahead of the World Cup this summer.

Tottenham set to beat Arsenal in the North London Derby because of these three vital reasons

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Tottenham travel to Emirates for the North London Derby against Arsenal this weekend and the visitors will be hoping to extend their fine run of form with a win.

Pochettino will be determined to challenge for the title once again and a win over Arsenal could give his side the confidence and momentum needed to put together a winning run.

Sky Sports pundit predicts the result of Fulham vs Derby, away fans will not be happy with this

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Fulham host Derby County in the Championship later today the Londoners will be hoping to get their season back on track with a win.

The home side are in freefall right now and they have failed to win any of their last four league games.

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4-2-3-1 v Watford: Major blow for Moyes, West Ham could be without these 5 first team players; Injury Updates & Predictions

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Watford face West Ham in the Premier League this weekend and both teams will be desperate to get a win here.

Watford have now lost three matches in a row and Marco Silva will be under pressure to turn it around.

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3-5-2 v Arsenal: Major blow for Pochettino, these 2 key Spurs stars will miss today's derby; Injury Updates & Predictions

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Tottenham will look to add to their impressive run of form with a win over Arsenal when the two teams meet today afternoon.

The Gunners will be hoping to bounce back with a win after their defeat against Manchester City in the last game.

Both teams will be without some of their first team stars and it will be interesting to see how Wenger and Pochettino cope with their limitations.

On This Day in Football: Chelsea play two games in one day, Henry hands it to Ireland

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Founded in March 1905, Chelsea joined the Football League the same year.

The Blues had to play the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup but due to fixture congestion the club was forced to play two games on the same day. Chelsea’s first team entertained Burnley at Stamford Bridge in a Second Division tie and won 1-0 while the reserves were sent to play the FA Cup qualifier.

Arsene Wenger told to resign if this should happen in the North London derby

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Paul Merson believes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should resign from his post if the Gunners come unstuck to Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon. Writing in his Daily Star column, the former Arsenal midfielder says Spurs are now the better side of the two, and victory for the visitors would be such a statement of intent going forward.

Rafael van der Vaart says he’s “100 percent sure” this club will come out on top in the North London derby

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Former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart says he’s “100 percent sure” Spurs will pick up all three points when they travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The two clubs meet in the first North London derby of the season, and many believe Tottenham can come away with a win given their superior recent form and four-point advantage in the Premier League table.

4-3-3 v Leicester: Guardiola without these 3 top class Man City stars for tough away game; Injury Updates and Predictions

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Manchester City will be looking to extend their outstanding run of form when they travel to Leicester later this afternoon.

Pep Guardiola’s men are still unbeaten in the league and they have been unplayable at times.

Leicester have shown signs of improvement since the appointment of Puel but this will be quite a challenge for them.

Coleman to Sunderland makes no sense for either party, fill your boots at 5/4 for relegation

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Chris Coleman’s decision to quit Wales to become the new Sunderland manager is a big gamble for both parties.

Coleman has built himself a decent reputation during his time in charge of Wales, but it’s one that has been given a significant leg up by being able to call on the services of Gareth Bale.

David Seaman and Tim Sherwood: It’s already a must-win for Arsenal

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Tim Sherwood and David Seaman believe Arsenal must win Saturday’s North London derby against Tottenham to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League, four points behind Spurs and 12 adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Ahead of the game Seaman and Sherwood took part in the TAG Heuer Pressure Test Debate and the pair insisted the Gunners have to pick up three points to keep their top four hopes alive.

Paris Saint-Germain slap £18m asking price on 28-year-old linked with three European clubs

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Paris Saint-Germain have slapped an £18m price tag on the head of attacking-midfielder Javier Pastore, reports L’Equipe via talkSPORT. The 28-year-old has made just three Ligue 1 starts for the title-chasers this season, and could be on his way out to pursue first-team football.

Premier League duo Liverpool and Chelsea, and Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan are reportedly keen on Pastore, who has been valued at £18m by Paris Saint-Germain.

BLOG: Who's the best - Tottenham or Arsenal? Win the league, then we'll talk

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Tottenham are the best. No, Arsenal are the best.

With each staging of the North London derby there seems to be an ever increasing debate over which club currently holds sway over the other.

Pundits, managers, players and fans have had their say in the run up to Sunday’s game at the Emirates and it’s getting tiresome.

Bayern could agree £20m deal with Arsenal for 31-year-old

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According to Bild, Bayern Munich could make an approach for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the winter transfer window.

The Bundesliga giants are reportedly looking for a secondary option to Robert Lewandowski after the Polish international called for his club to take the scoring burden off his shoulders.

North London Derby: Top 5 clashes between Arsenal and Spurs

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The Premier League returns this weekend with the highly anticipated North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates taking centre stage.

Get involved in the game! Watch this exclusive TAG Heuer panel debate between David Seaman and Tim Sherwood ahead of the North London derby (live from Friday, 3pm) and then take the TAG Heuer Premier League Pressure Test to have the chance to win tickets to see your team live!

Moyes slams West Ham player moans over Bilic training methods

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New West Ham boss David Moyes says player criticism of former manager Slaven Bilic’s training methods are unfair.

Two wins in 11 games saw Bilic dismissed by the Hammers, leading to Moyes being tasked with turning the club’s fortunes around.

West Ham visit Watford on Sunday and Moyes has urged his players to take responsibility for their current predicament.

Leeds tipped to suffer 28/1 heartbreak against Middlesbrough, but still priced at 5/1 to finish top six

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Championship pundit David Prutton has tipped Leeds United to suffer more misery against Middlesbrough on Sunday.

After an excellent start to the season Leeds have won just twice in nine games to fall to 10th in the table, three points behind Boro who are fifth.

Prutton believes his old club could find things difficult this weekend and is backing Britt Assombalonga to score first for the visitors on the way to a 2-1 victory (28/1 at Sky Bet).

Leicester eyeing former Premier League star, he would be sensational alongside Vardy

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Leicester City manager Claude Puel is interested in bringing Hatem Ben Arfa back to the Premier League.

According to Daily Mirror, Puel wants to strengthen his side during the January transfer window and a move for Ben Arfa could be on the cards.

The former Newcastle star has been frozen out of the first team at PSG and he would certainly welcome the chance to leave.

International boss ready to join Sunderland, he would be a terrific choice; Fans will love him

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Sunderland could appoint Chris Coleman as their next manager this month.

The 47-year-old is set to hold crunch talks with the Welsh FA later today and his future should be sorted out soon.

According to Mirror, Coleman wants to take over at Sunderland and it would be a massive coup for the Black Cats if the deal goes through.

Everton could make January bid for Middlesbrough attacker, Garry Monk should block the move

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Premier League outfit Everton are interested in signing the highly talented Championship winger Marcus Tavernier.

The 18-year-old Middlesbrough winger has been very impressive for Boro recently and several clubs are keeping close tabs on the player. Arsenal have sent scouts to watch the player in the recent weeks.

Barcelona ready to sell Newcastle target for cheap, Benitez needs to seize the opportunity

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Barcelona keeper Jasper Cillessen has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou and Premier League outfit Newcastle are prepared to offer him an exit route.

According to Marca (via SportWitness), the player is up for sale when the transfer window reopens in January and Newcastle could sign him for as little as £9m.

On This Day in Football: Dynamo Moscow dazzle in Britain

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With World War II at an end, the Football Association invited Soviet champions Dynamo Moscow for a tour of Britain in November 1945.

Europe was finally at peace again which provided an excellent opportunity to take a peek behind the Iron Curtain. Apparently, the Dynamo players, before departing from Moscow, met with Josef Stalin and Lavrentiy Beria, the head of NKVD and the patron of Dynamo.

Arsenal legend believes Tottenham are now better than their big rivals

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Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit says Tottenham Hotspur are now the number one club in North London.

As the official timekeeper and watch partner of the Premier League, TAG Heuer will be at the heart of the action this weekend. Spurs-Web.com readers have the chance to win tickets to see their team in action by taking the Premier League Pressure Test.

Arsenal vs Tottenham: Premier League preview and predicted line-ups

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Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday aiming to prove they are genuine contenders for a top-four spot in the Premier League this season.

As the official timekeeper and watch partner of the Premier League, TAG Heuer will be at the heart of the action this weekend. Spurs-Web.com readers have the chance to win tickets to see their team in action by taking the Premier League Pressure Test.

Liverpool vs Southampton: Premier League preview & predicted line-ups

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Liverpool host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday aiming to continue their recent upturn in form.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have bounced back from their mauling against Tottenham to win three in a row in all competitions, and are strongly fancied at odds of 2/5 to extend that run this weekend.

On This Day in Football: England embarrass Ireland, Santos become world champions

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On this day in 1938, England thrashed Ireland 7-0 in a British Home Championship tie.

Played at Old Trafford, England went into the game at the back of a 4-2 defeat against Wales at Ninian Park in their opening game of the tournament. Meanwhile, the Irish had lost their first game 2-0 against Scotland at Windsor Park in Belfast.

Tottenham star setting foundations for move to Real Madrid

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Ream Madrid’s hopes of signing Dele Alli have improved after it was revealed that super-agent Jorge Mendes has held formal talks with a member of the Tottenham midfielder’s family.

Mendes, whose clients include Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho, has close links with the Spanish giants who have been closely monitoring Alli’s progress.

Liverpool boss accused of failing to recognise defensive talent, this player should look to move

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Former Tottenham star Tim Sherwood believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could halt the progress of defender Joe Gomez by not playing him in his best position.

Gomez produced an excellent full debut for England against Brazil on Tuesday, keeping Neymar quiet for the large majority of the game.

Leeds agree deal to sign highly rated attacker, player delighted to join his 'dream' club

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Leeds United have agreed on a deal to sign the highly rated York City striker Ryan Edmondson.

The move has been confirmed on the Whites’ official website and the player will not join up with Leeds’ U18 and the U23 teams.

After completing his move to Leeds United, Edmondson revealed that he has been a Leeds fan since his childhood and it is hard for to him to believe that he has joined the club of his dreams.

25 goals last season: Wolves want goal machine in January, he could win the Championship for them

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Wolves are looking to add to their squad during the January transfer window it seems that Feyenoord forward Nicolai Jorgensen is a target for the Championship outfit.

According to reports (via HITC), Nuno wants to sign the highly talented striker in January. Jorgensen scored 25 goals for Feyenoord last season and he would be a terrific addition alongside Bonatini.

Neymar broke down in tears as he tried to stop Paris Saint-Germain move

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Brazil superstar Neymar Jr cried twice during negotiations between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, as per reports in Spain.

Apparently, Neymar had second thoughts about moving to Ligue 1 and tried to stop the deal from going through by pleading with Barca chief Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Arsenal hoping to agree deal for Manchester City 22-year-old

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According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are still keen to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling and are willing to offer Alexis Sanchez as a part exchange deal.

The Gunners haven’t made any progress tying the Chilean international down to a new contract, and manager Arsene Wenger had previously admitted he could cash in on Alexis rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season.

Wolves confirm agreement for 31-yr-old, former Man City man excited about club's future

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Wolves have appointed Andrew Findlay as their new Head of Analysis today.

The news has been confirmed on the club’s official website and it will be interesting to see how the 31-year-old operates in his new role from now.

Despite being quite young, Findlay has a lot of experience and he has held similar roles at Manchester United, Manchester City and Blackburn in the past.

World conquering England youngsters not as good as the ‘Golden Generation, claims Owen

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Former Real Madrid and Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes that the current crop of globe conquering young English footballers is not as good as the famed ‘Golden Generation’.

It has been a magnificent year for England’s youth teams. The Young Lions have managed to win three major tournaments in 2017 including the U-17 and U-20 World Cups and the U-19 UEFA European Championship.

Sanchez struggling because of failed Man City move, says former Arsenal defender

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Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has struggled to find his best form this season because he wants to move away from the Emirates, claims former Gunners man Emmanuel Eboue.

Sanchez is in the last year of his contract at Arsenal and could walk away for free at the end of the season.

A guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

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The FIFA World Cup in Russia is the highlight of the 2018 sporting calendar.

Scheduled to take place from June 14 to July 15, 2018, this will be the first time the World Cup has been held in Eastern Europe.

The hosts will be joined by 31 other nations playing 64 fixtures in 12 venues across 11 cities.

Aston Villa secure agreement for highly rated attacker, player says it is a 'great feeling'

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Aston Villa fans will be delighted with the news that Keinan Davis has signed a contract extension at the club today.

The highly talented striker joined Villa from Biggleswade Town in 2015 and he has managed to impress Steve Bruce with his performances this season.

The 19-year-old striker made his Aston Villa senior debut against Spurs in the FA Cup earlier this year.

On This Day in Football: Chelsea go international, MOTD appears in Technicolor

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On this day in 1913, Danish football star Nils Middelboe became the first non-British player to make an appearance for Chelsea.

Middelboe had won an Olympic silver medal with Denmark at the 1908 games in London, coincidentally losing 2-0 against Great Britain in the final. He later captained his country in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

Atletico Madrid reportedly offer £200k-a-week contract to sign Arsenal 29-year-old

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According to The Sun, Atletico Madrid will offer Mesut Ozil a contract worth over £4m-a-year, to snatch him from Arsenal when his current deal at the Emirates expires next summer.

The 29-year-old is believed to be in contract talks with Arsenal, but the two parties aren’t close to agreeing terms.

Barcelona could lose £40m playmaker if Philippe Coutinho is signed

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According to The Sun, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic will leave the club if Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is signed. The Croatian international, who joined Barcelona from Sevilla for £16m in 2014, is fearing his place in the side will be taken by Coutinho, and Rakitic has no desire to play second fiddle to anyone.

Celtic eyeing highly talented midfielder, Leicester City leading the race to sign him

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Premier League outfit Leicester City are set to battle it out with the Scottish champions Celtic for the signature of Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes.

The highly talented 20-year-old midfielder has attracted a lot of attention with his performances in the Northern Irish Premiership.

According to reports, the Foxes are leading the chase for the player but Celtic are keen on signing him as well.

West Ham and Newcastle set to fight it out for prolific star, will be a season defining transfer

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West Ham and Newcastle are interested in improving their attack this season and Cedric Bakambu is thought to be a target for the Premier League trio.

As per Marca, the Villarreal striker has been a star in La Liga for a while now and his impressive start to this season has attracted a lot of attention.

Moyes wants 6ft 4in defensive rock in January, spending big on this PL player would be a mistake

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David Moyes is looking to improve his side’s defence in January and the former Manchester United boss has identified Lewis Dunk as his target.

The Brighton star has impressed in the Premier League so far and his contributions in the Championship last season were outstanding as well.

Moyes wants to sign the 25-year-old in January and it will be interesting to see how Brighton react to this situation.

Injury boost for Fulham, exciting attacker returns from injury; Derby defence will be worried

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Fulham winger Sheyi Ojo has returned to training after recovering from his shoulder injury and the 20-year-old could make his first appearance since September against Derby.

The highly talented Liverpool winger is on loan at Craven Cottage right now and he has made just seven appearances for the Londoners so far.

Christiansen executes masterplan to end Leeds' poor run, could backfire against Middlesbrough

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Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen is determined to get his side back on track with a win when the Whites face Middlesbrough this weekend.

Leeds have lost six of their last seven league games and Christiansen is under a lot of pressure despite having the backing of the owners.

The 44-year-old knows that results will have to change quickly in order for him to hold on to his job.

Aston Villa star sends out important message on social media, the fans will be delighted

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Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has confirmed on his Instagram account that he will return to action soon.

The 31-year-old forward has been sidelined with a calf injury but he is back exercising on a bike now and he should return to full training soon.

Agbonlahor has missed the last two months with injury and his return could not have been timed better.

Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi Football’s Greatest Rivalry?

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When two players emerge at the same point in history that both have an ability that sets them above their piers then a rivalry is bound to develop. Much like that of Bobby Charlton and Franz Beckenbauer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been thrown together as players of their generation and we take a look at the rivalry between them.

11 goals this season: Aston Villa looking to sign prolific forward, January bid already lined up

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Aston Villa are looking to add to their striking unit and the Championship outfit are thought to be keeping tabs on the Scottish forward Connor Shields.

Shields has been in fine form for Albion Rovers this season and he could be an interesting addition to Steve Bruce’s side.

As per reports, Villa are lining up a January bid for the player.

Explosive Premier League attacker comments on Hull move, says he can't say no to Slutsky

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Leicester City striker Ahmed Musa has revealed that he would consider a move away from King Power Stadium in order to play regularly.

Musa revealed that he would love a reunion with his former manager Leonid Slutsky as well. However, the Tigers are currently playing in the Championship and that has complicated the situation for the player.

Everton’s request to speak to Portuguese manager has been rejected

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According to the Independent, Watford have rejected Everton’s request to speak to manager Marco Silva. The Hornets do not wish to lose their head coach during the middle of the season, and their refusal to allow talks will draw a line under negotiations.

Everton have been looking for a replacement for Ronald Koeman, who was sacked on October 23 following a poor run of form, but they’re so far struggling to bring in the right manager.

On This Day in Football: The Battle of Highbury, Zlatan destroys England

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On this day in 1934, England played a friendly game of football against Italy. But the abundance of blood and broken bones at the end of the game gave the impression that none of those players had friendship on their minds.

The ridiculously charged fixture has since then been dubbed as ‘The Battle of Highbury’.

22-year-old midfielder reportedly wants £134m move to Manchester United

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According to The Sun, Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is keen to join Manchester United next summer. The 22-year-old could a replacement for Ander Herrera, who is out of contract with the Red Devils at the end of the season.

United manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be a long-term admirer of Saul’s and has been trying to tempt him away from Atleti for some time.

Pochettino eyeing in-form South American, Spurs must pay over the odds to land PL attacker

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Watford signed the Brazilian striker Richarlison from Fluminense this summer and the 20-year-old has been an instant hit in the Premier League.

The South American forward has scored 4 goals in the league so far and his performances have already attracted attention from the top clubs.

As per the latest reports, Tottenham are keeping tabs on the highly rated forward and Pochettino wants to add the pacy Brazilian to his striking unit.

Manchester City join the queue for Schalke’s Swiss sensation

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Premier League table toppers Manchester City are reportedly keeping a close eye on Schalke 04’s 20-year-old attacker Breel Embolo.

The Swiss international rose to prominence with FC Basel with whom he won three consecutive Swiss Super League titles. His dynamic play in the attacking third garnered the attention of a host of clubs around Europe, including the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

Tottenham star credits Arsenal legend for footballing ability

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Tottenham Hotspur’s star midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed that Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp is one of the primary reasons for his creative prowess.

Eriksen, as always, has been instrumental for Spurs this season. The Danish international’s performance both in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League has attracted the praise from fans and media alike.

Arsenal legend warns Wenger over £35 million transfer

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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has warned Arsene Wenger over the transfer of Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha.

The former Manchester United winger has reportedly been identified by Wenger as a potential replacement for wantaway superstar Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean international’s contract runs down at the end of the season with a host of clubs looking to capitalise on the situation in the January transfer window.

Referee confirmed for Arsenal vs Spurs, furious Gunners react: 'We are playing against 12 men'

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Arsenal and Tottenham go head to head in the North London Derby this weekend and Mike Dean has been confirmed as the referee of the game.

Arsenal fans have always been very critical of the 49-year-old and they will be quite worried about the decision.

The last time Arsenal beat Tottenham in the Premier League, Mike Dean was in charge of that game.

Wolves set to move for technically gifted star in January, he has been compared to Hazard

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Championship outfit Wolves are looking to break the bank for the highly talented Benfica winger Rafa Silva when the transfer window reopens in January.

The 24-year-old joined Benfica last summer for a fee of €16.4 million and it seems highly unlikely that Benfica will agree to sell him this season.

Not Harry Kane: Lionel Messi requests Catalan giants to sign this highly talented Spurs star

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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is regarded as one of the most talented young midfielders in the world right now and it seems that he has impressed the best player in the world, Lionel Messi.

According to reports, the Argentine superstar has requested Barcelona to sign the Tottenham attacking midfielder.

Explosive PL midfielder wants to play for Steve Bruce, eyeing Aston Villa move in January

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Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame is frustrated with the lack of regular first-team football and he is keen on a move away from the club.

According to Daily Mirror (via HITC), the combative box-to-box midfielder is eyeing a reunion with former boss Steve Bruce.

It will be interesting to whether Aston Villa make a move for the Premier League midfielder in January.

Arsenal’s £60m deal to sign 24-year-old Ligue 1 playmaker almost done

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According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are closing in on Olympique Lyonnais playmaker Nabil Fekir and could agree a £60m deal to procure his signature.

The 24-year-old, who joined Lyon on a free transfer from AS Saint-Priest in 2011, has been in fine form over the last 12 months, scoring and creating 13 goals in 31 Ligue 1 games last season.

Paris Saint-Germain defender reveals Chelsea tried to sign him on deadline day

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Paris Saint-Germain and Belgium defender Thomas Meunier revealed Chelsea tried to sign him on Deadline Day, but he was denied a move as a result of the club’s lack of depth at fullback, reports Sky Sports.

After Tottenham Hotspur signed Serge Aurier from PSG in the summer, the sale of Meunier would leave them with 34-year-old Dani Alves at right-back ahead of the new season.

Chelsea’s 2017 Summer Signings Rated

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Following their procession to the Premier League title last season, many felt that Chelsea had one of the strongest squads in the division. By all accounts, Antonio Conte had devised a winning formula and the Blues appeared to have strength in depth all over the pitch.

The Chelsea news going into the 2017 summer transfer window, however, was nothing positive.

Sevilla midfielder sets trio of Premier League clubs on alert after latest admission

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Sevilla and France midfielder Steven N’Zonzi may have excited a number of Premier League clubs after recently admitting his love for the English top-flight, reports the Mirror. The 28-year-old, who played for Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City during his time in England, revealed his admiration for the league and hinted a return could happen in the near future.

On This Day in Football: Simonsen debuts for Charlton, Airdrie make poppy blunder

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On this day in 1982, Danish superstar and former European Footballer of the Year Allan Simonsen made his debut for English second division club Charlton Athletic. That is correct.

Simonsen turned down offers from Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and a host of other big clubs to join the Addicks where he believed he could play under less pressure and media attention.

La Liga attacker eyeing PL move in January; Newcastle an option for him, agent informs Benitez

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Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres could make his return to the Premier League in January and the likes of Newcastle and Southampton are interested in securing his services.

According to reports, the player is frustrated with the lack of regular first-team football under Simeone and he is looking for a loan move in January.

Wolves owners have made this transfer promise to Nuno, fans will be delighted with the news

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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been promised ‘limitless’ funds so that he can turn the club into real competitors soon.

The Championship leaders have already splashed a lot of cash this season and they are planning to spend more money in order to make it to the Premier League and make an impact there.

Liverpool ace makes massive wage demand as contract runs down

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is in the last year of his current contract at Anfield.

The German international has been the subject of interest for many clubs across Europe, including Serie A giants Juventus and Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund. According to reports from the Sun, the former Bayern Munich player is demanding an astonishing £150,000-a-week in wages to extend his stay in Merseyside.

Spurs looking to raid Wolves for attacking midfielder, Pochettino could make him a star

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Premier League giants Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are all interested in securing the services of the Wolves youngster Morgan Gibbs-White.

The 17-year-old was outstanding for England during the U17 World Cup in India and the Premier League trio are keen on adding him to their youth squad.

On This Day in Football: First ever Manchester Derby kicks off, Bican scores yet again

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On this day in 1881, Manchester United and Manchester City played the first ever Manchester Derby.

West Gorton (St Mark’s), who would later become City, hosted Newton Heath, who would later become United. Newton Heath won by three goals to nil in a match that the Ashton Reporter described as ‘a pleasant game’.

Manchester United to sell £20m defender in January

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According to The Times, Manchester United are prepared to sell Luke Shaw for £20m in January, with manager Jose Mourinho reportedly keen to offload the English international after running out of patience. He made just 49 appearances for the Red Devils in the last three years and looks on his way out of Old Trafford.

Manchester City and Chelsea battling for 20-year-old France defender

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According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City and Chelsea are going head-to-head for Olympique Lyonnais defender Mouctar Diakhaby. The 20-year-old has made four Ligue 1 appearances this season and could be set for a bright future.

Diakhaby played in both Europa League meetings with Everton in October and November, helping Lyon to two victories and just one goal conceded.

Arsenal have identified a £35m replacement for Alexis Sanchez

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With Arsenal resigned to losing Alexis Sanchez either in January or next summer, the Gunners have turned to Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha as a replacement, reports The Sun.

Alexis has so far refused to sign a new deal with the London club and could leave for free in seven months. As a result, Arsenal are keen to ensure they have somebody in place who can score and create goals in his absence, and Zaha’s form for Palace could see him making the switch to the Emirates Stadium.

Real Madrid slap £85 million price tag on Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid have put Manchester United on high alert after putting an £85 million price tag on Gareth Bale, as per reports from the Daily Mirror.

It is believed that Real have grown increasingly frustrated over Bale’s dismal injury record. The former Tottenham Hotspur star suffered yet another setback this week after injuring his groin in training.

Atletico chief breaks silence over Simeone and Everton rumours

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is confident that manager Diego Simeone is going nowhere amid strong interest from Everton.

The Toffees parted ways with Ronald Koeman last month after a disappointing start to the season. Although club chairman Bill Kenwright favours a British appointment, owner Farhad Moshiri’s preferred candidate is believed to be Simeone.

Spurs looking to raid bitter rivals for playmaker, Pochettino a big fan of Premier League star

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing up a move for the West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini.

Daily Mirror are reporting that Pochettino has always been an admirer of the Argentine midfielder. Everton were interested in the player earlier this year but their approach was rebuffed by the Hammers.

On This Day in Football: Real stunned by minnows, England destroy Yugoslavia

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On this day in 2008, Spanish giants Real Madrid were stunned by third division outfit Real Union club de Irun in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey.

Real Union were one of the pioneering founders of La Liga along with Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona among others back in 1929.

Wolves closing in on mercurial Arsenal target, club chief flies in to discuss big money move

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Arsenal were interested in signing the highly talented Benfica midfielder Joao Carvalho but it appears that Wolves are currently leading the race for the Portugal U21s star.

According to reports, Jorge Mendes is set to play a key role in bringing the midfielder to Molineux.

Mendes has worked closely with the Wolves hierarchy to improve the Championship outfit and the association continues to benefit Nuno’s side.

Juventus hoping to agree deal with Arsenal for £27m star

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Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is target for Juventus, with the Italian Serie A giants having contacted the player’s representatives over a big-money deal, reports The Mirror. He’s currently worth £27m, but could go for considerably more due to Arsenal’s reticent to let him leave.

Juventus lost Dani Alves to Paris Saint-Germain last summer and have so far failed to identify a worthy replacement to the Brazilian fullback.

This is what Roy Hodgson said about Crystal Palace’s alleged £13.5m deal for Arsenal 25-year-old

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has ruled out signing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in January, reports the Evening Standard. The English international, who is valued at £13.5m, is out of contract in the summer and has yet to put pen to paper on a deal that will see him staying at the Emirates Stadium past next summer.

Mesut Ozil will join Atletico Madrid if these two transfer demands are met

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According to Don Balon, Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil is considering a move to Atletico Madrid next summer, so long as his two transfer demands are met, reports the Express.

The 29-year-old is out of contract with the Gunners in the summer and can sign a pre-contract deal with a foreign club in January.

Everton have to ‘double’ Dyche’s salary to land him

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Everton are yet to appoint a full time manager after sacking Ronald Koeman in October.

The Dutchman was relieved of his duties after the Toffees succumbed to a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Arsenal at Goodison Park. Everton’s abysmal start to the 2017/18 Premier League season saw them slip to 18th on the table.

This is how much Barcelona bid for Coutinho and how much Liverpool are requesting

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According to Sport, Barcelona have made a £105m bid for Liverpool and Brazil attacking-midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The 25-year-old has been a target for the Catalans giants all summer, but Liverpool have resisted all bids that have come their way. It’s believed they’re holding out for closer to £135m.

Manchester United risk losing £27m star to Atletico Madrid

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Manchester United could lose Ander Herrera to Atletico Madrid, with reports from AS suggesting the La Liga giants will try to sign the midfielder for free at the end of the season. He’s described as the last piece of the puzzle for Diego Simeone, and the chance to sign a player who cost €36m in 2014 is something he won’t pass up.

Paris Saint-Germain considering £7m-rated Barcelona defender

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According to Diario Gol, Paris Saint-Germain are considering an approach for Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano, reports talkSPORT. The 33-year-old signed a new deal with the Catalan giants last year, but has since found himself on the periphery and could be sold as a result.

Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina is reportedly a target for Barcelona, and his arrival at the Nou Camp is likely to see Mascherano shown the exit door.

Highly talented winger turns down contract offer from club, wants to join Leeds in January

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Leeds United have been linked with the highly talented Lech Poznan winger Kamil Jozwiak earlier this week and it seems that the player is keen on the move as well.

According to reports, the 19-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of this season and Leeds are hoping to snap up him on a bargain.

Everton lining up move for pacy forward, Leeds should not make the mistake of selling him

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Leeds United youngster Mallik Wilks has been attracting a lot of attention with his performances at Accrington Stanley and it seems that Premier League outfit Everton are interested in signing him.

According to reports, Newcastle and Middlesbrough are keeping an eye on the highly talented forward as well.

Crystal Palace will not move for Arsenal star, confirms Hodgson

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Crystal palace manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed speculation linking Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere with a move to Selhurst Park.

Wilshere is back to full fitness after what was another tragic bout of injury problems. The 25-year-old’s performances in the UEFA Europa League have prompted a debate whether Gareth Southgate should recall him for England duty.

Former Rangers star delivers scathing report on Caixinha’s time at Ibrox

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Rangers parted ways with Pedro Caixinha last month after a string of disappointing results put the Light Blues way off the pace from challenging for the top spot in the Scottish Premiership.

Graeme Murty has since been appointed as caretaker manager as Rangers look to salvage something out of an already disappointing season.

On This Day in Football: Bentley scores first hat-trick at Wembley, Tragedy strikes Germany

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On this day in 1954, Chelsea legend Roy Bentley became the first Englishman to score a hat-trick at the Wembley Stadium.

It was the British Home Championship and England were up against Wales. Bentley scored three goals to secure a crucial 3-2 win. The legendary John Charles provided the two goals for the Welshmen.

Moyes identifies his top 3 January targets, West Ham ready to sell this star to fund moves

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West Ham manager David Moyes is prepared to get rid of the underperforming players before adding to his squad during the January transfer window.

According to Daily Mirror, club record signing Marko Arnautovic could be sold in order to fund a move for Harry Arter.

The 28-year-old Austrian has failed to live up to the expectations at West Ham so far and Moyes has been given the green light to make whatever changes he sees fit.

FA Cup 2017-18: A chance for non-league sides to mix it with the big boys

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Much of modern football’s focus is on the glamour and big names in the Premier League and Champions League, with the amount of money in the professional game at eye-watering levels.

The rise in popularity, both with fans and sponsors, has led to a perceived decrease in importance of the cup competitions – with the FA Cup one of the major casualties.

No progress in contract talks between Mourinho and Manchester United

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Contract negotiations between Manchester United and their manager Jose Mourinho have stalled, as per reports from ESPN.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss signed a three-year-contract at Old Trafford when he took over the club in the summer of 2016. Last season’s UEFA Europa League and League Cup success brought United back among trophies which prompted club officials to hold preliminary contract extension talks with Mourinho in September.

Stoke chairman optimistic about sealing agreement for highly experienced attacker

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Stoke City are looking to agree to a new deal with the 36-year-old striker Peter Crouch.

The former Liverpool forward has had an impressive career at the Britannia and the Stoke chairman is keen on holding on to him for now.

Apart from being a loyal servant of the club, Crouch has been a great ambassador for the Potters.

Chelsea star open to joining Real Madrid or Manchester United

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has opened the door for a possible transfer to either Real Madrid or Manchester United.

Hazard has admitted it would be a “dream” to play under Zinedine Zidane at Madrid and says he would be delighted to work again with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Man City putting together bumper financial package for attacker, agent flies in to discuss terms

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Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus has had a phenomenal start to life in England and Manchester City are planning to reward him with an improved new contract.

The 20-year-old is currently away on international duty but the Etihad outfit are set to begin negotiations with his agent during this international break.

Benitez plotting January move for unsettled Barcelona player, would be perfect for Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez is looking to add a new keeper to his side and the Spaniard has identified Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen as an ideal target.

The Holland international is a backup for Ter Stegen and he has played just once this season. The Dutchman is keen on leaving the club in order to play regularly and Newcastle would be a perfect choice for him.

World class star reveals his plan to leave Manchester City, wants to win the title this season

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has revealed that he plans to return to his boyhood club Independiente when his contract runs out in 2019.

The 29-year-old is Manchester City’s record goalscorer and the Premier League giants will not want to lose him. There is an option to extend his deal for another year, but it seems that Aguero has other plans.

On This Day in Football: Player gets sent off thrice, Keane blasts the prawn sandwich brigade

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That’s a ridiculous headline. The reason for that is a lot of bizarre things happened on 9 November throughout the course of history. So make yourself comfortable and let’s get this show on the road.

On this day in 1889, Notts County faced Aston Villa in a Football League fixture.

3 reasons why this world class Tottenham star will win the PL Golden boot this season

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Harry Kane will be aiming to become only the third player ever to win the Premier League Golden boot three times in a row.

The likes of Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry have done it before and the Spurs talisman is well capable of achieving the feat.

The England international is currently leading the race for the Golden Boot with eight goals in the Premier League.

3 reasons why this top class Man City star will win the 2017/18 Premier League Golden Boot

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Sergio Aguero recently became Manchester City’s all-time top scorer and the Argentine will be looking to win the Premier League Golden Boot this season.

The 29-year-old has not won the accolade since the 2014/15 season and he will be desperate to win it after a very good start to this season.

Club president confirms Leeds have bid for highly talented winger, January move lined up

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Championship outfit Leeds United are interested in signing the highly talented young winger Kamil Jozwiak.

The Lech Poznan winger is out of contract at the end of this season and his performances have attracted the attention of Thomas Christiansen.

The 19-year-old will be allowed to talk to foreign clubs from January and Leeds could secure a pre-contract agreement then.

Arsenal and Tottenham on alert as Lyon playmaker eyes move

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Nabil Fekir could be the next French star heading for a big-money move to the Premier League.

The playmaker has been in stunning form this season, grabbing 11 goals for Lyon, but he has admitted he’s ready to test himself abroad.

“When you are from Lyon, the only French club that you are interested in is Lyon,” he told Le Parisien.

Former Rangers star now odds on to take over at Ibrox

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Former Rangers and Netherlands midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst is now odds on to be appointed as the new manager at Ibrox.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has drifted from 1/5 to 1/3 to replace Pedro Caixinha, but van Bronckhorst has emerged as a shock contender for the role.

The 42-year-old, is currently in charge of Feyenoord, is as low as 10/11 to rejoin his former club.

Arsenal legend urges Arsene Wenger to ship out these two players

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Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon says Arsene Wenger should have shipped Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil out of the Emirates Stadium over their refusal to commit their futures to the club.

Both players’ contracts run out at the end of the season, although the pair have featured regularly in the first team over recent weeks.

Bayern Munich have identified a £45m replacement for Robert Lewandowski

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According to Don Balon, Bayern Munich are considering a bid for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski. The report claims Lewandowski and Bayern are nearing a “divorce” which will result in the Polish international leaving the club, forcing Bayern to scour the market for another goalscorer.

Spurs set to submit January bid for German midfielder, club will sell for €2m more

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Tottenham are interested in signing the Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan.

According to reports, the Londoners will make a move for the talented midfielder when the transfer window reopens in January.

The report also claims that Spurs are preparing a bid of around 10 million Euros for the player.

This is the demand Atletico Madrid have made to Antoine Griezmann

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Antoine Griezmann’s future could be in doubt, with Atletico Madrid unhappy with his performances this season. The French international has struggled for goals, leading to Atleti struggling to keep up in La Liga title race, and AS believe he’s under pressure following an underwhelming start to the new campaign.

Newcastle want highly talented goalscorer in January, attacker scored 4 goals last weekend

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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez wants to add more firepower to his side and the Spaniard is looking to raid his former club when the transfer window reopens in January.

According to Chronicle, Benitez has identified Liverpool striker Danny Ings as an ideal candidate.

The former Burnley star’s Liverpool career has been blighted by injuries but he has recovered now.

Only one thing is stopping Mesut Ozil from signing a new contract with Arsenal

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According to The Sun, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil will only sign a new deal if he can have Jack Wilshere’s No.10 shirt. The latter inherited the jersey from former striker Robin van Persie in 2012 and has worn it ever since. But Ozil, who currently wears No.11 for Arsenal, wants the number to link to his brand.

Crystal Palace eyeing January move for this Leicester player, he wants to leave the Foxes

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Leicester City striker Islam Slimani wants to leave the club when the transfer window reopens in January.

The 29-year-old forward is frustrated with the lack of regular first-team football and he wants to kick-start his career with a move away from the King Power Stadium.

The Algerian joined Leicester City in the summer of 2016 for a club record fee of £29m.

On This Day in Football: Oxford United spoil Fergie’s party

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On this day in 1986, Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United for the first time as manager in a First Division clash against minnows Oxford United.

Ferguson replaced Ron Atkinson at Old Trafford and was officially unveiled as United boss only two days ago. The United hierarchy had identified the Glaswegian to revive the club’s fortunes after a disappointing start to the season.

Southampton want former Man City forward in January, signing him will be a mistake

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is looking to add goals to his side when the January transfer window opens and he has identified Stevan Jovetic as a target.

The former Manchester City player has failed to impress at Monaco so far and he could be allowed to leave for the right price.

Leipzig will not allow Naby Keita to join Liverpool early

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Bundesliga club RB Leipzig have confirmed that they will not allow star midfielder Naby Keita to join Liverpool early.

The Merseysiders struck a deal worth an initial £51 million with Leipzig to bring Keita to Anfield. The Guinean international is set to arrive in the Premier League on 1 July 2018 but it has been suggested that Liverpool could sign him in the January transfer window by paying a premium.

West Ham willing to sell these 5 players to fund Moyes' signings, would be a huge mistake

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West Ham will have to sell some of their talented young players to fund the move for David Moyes’ January targets.

According to Daily Mirror, the likes of Domingos Quina, Josh Cullen, Declan Rice, Reece Oxford and Reece Burke are in the firing line.

Cullen and Burke have been quite impressive on loan at Bolton this season.

Paris Saint-Germain offer 25-year-old midfielder to Chelsea

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Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly offered Lucas Moura to Chelsea, with the talented Brazilian winger having struggled for game time this season. According to Le10 Sport via Metro, The French Ligue 1 giants are keen to offload the deadwood to help balance the books after a high-spending summer.

PSG brought in Neymar from Barcelona for £200m and signed Kylian Mbappe on a season-long loan and £166m buying option.

Manchester United expressing interest in 22-year-old Ligue 1 star

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According to Calciomercato, Manchester United are keen on Olympique Lyonnais forward Bertrand Traore. The 22-year-old played under United manager Jose Mourinho when the pair were at Chelsea but struggled for first-team football. He’s admitted being open to renewing acquaintances, however.

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Arsenal could replace Mesut Ozil with £10m Turkish midfielder

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According to reports in Turkey, Arsenal are considering re-signing former midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup from Besiktas. The 25-year-old joined the Turkish Super Lig side for £400k in 2012 but could return to the Emirates Stadium for £9.5m more in January, says The Sun.

With the Gunners fearing Mesut Ozil will leave the club in January or next summer, they are looking to line up a creating replacement without breaking the bank.

Club legend hits out at Rangers midfielder, says his international call up is undeserved

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Former Rangers forward Kris Boyd has laughed off Ryan Jack’s call-up to the Scotland squad.

Boyd feels that the 25-year-old Rangers midfielder does not deserve to play for his national team and that some of the selected players are a ‘laughing stock’.

Ryan Jack has had some disciplinary problems with Rangers this season and Boyd claims that the number of bookings he has picked up is more than the number of good performances he has put on.

Everton can forget about appointing this manager,

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A Spanish football expert insists Everton can forget about luring Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone to Goodison Park.

Sky Sports claimed that Simeone is majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s top target to take over from Ronald Koeman, but ESPN journalist Dermot Corrigan has dismissed the idea via his Twitter page.

Already sacked once this season, Rangers fans want this manager to take over: 'Bring him up to Ibrox'

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Slaven Bilic was sacked by West Ham after a poor start to the season.

The Croatian might look to return to management soon and Rangers could be a great option from him right now.

The Scottish giants recently got rid of Pedro Caixinha and they are looking for a permanent replacement.

Despite his struggles this season, Bilic would be a terrific appointment for Rangers.

David Moyes takes over, West Ham fans react on Twitter: 'We'll play Millwall next year'

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West Ham have appointed David Moyes as their new manager on a 6-month contract.

The Hammers sacked Slaven Bilic after a very poor start to the season and the owners will be hoping for a revival under Moyes now.

West Ham United can confirm the appointment of David Moyes as the Club’s manager.

On This Day in Football: Celtic slowed down by Rapid

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On this day in 1984, Celtic beat Austrian side Rapid Vienna 3-0 at Celtic Park but the result did not count because of some bizarre on-pitch incidents.

The two sides met in the second round of the 1984-85 UEFA Cup Winners Cup. The Austrians won the first leg at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium in Vienna by 3-1 thanks to goals from Peter Pacult, Leo Lainer and Hans Krankl.

Everton plotting Norwich City raid, Steve Walsh monitoring highly talented target personally

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Everton are plotting a move for the highly talented Norwich midfielder James Maddison.

The 20-year-old has been outstanding for the Canaries in the Championship and he is attracting considerable interest from several Premier League clubs.

According to ESPN, Everton are interested in signing the player and the club’s director of football, Steve Walsh, watched him play on Saturday.

Spurs trio pull out of England friendlies, fans react on Twitter: 'They will be fresh for the derby'

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England take on Germany at Wembley this Friday and Gareth Southgate will be without the services of Harry Kane and Harry Winks due to injuries.

The Tottenham pair has pulled out of the national squad and the former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore has been drafted in as a replacement. Winks and Kane will miss the game against Brazil on the 14th of November as well.

Former Arsenal star concerned for wellbeing of sacked West Ham boss

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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says he’s worried about Slaven Bilic’s wellbeing after his sacking by West Ham.

The 49-year-old was relieved of his duties on Monday with the Hammers in the bottom three in the Premier League after winning just twice this season.

“As a friend, I’m actually pleased, knowing what he has been going through,” Wright told the BBC.

Blow for Tottenham as two key players undergo scans on injuries

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Tottenham’s hopes of success this season could be dealt a blow with the news that Harry Kane is set to withdraw from the England squad through injury.

Kane was due to join up with the England squad ahead of friendlies against Germany and Brazil, but he has remained in London to undergo a scan on a knock he suffered in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Odds slashed on Sam Allardyce becoming next Everton manager

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Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has held discussions with Sam Allardyce about the vacant manager’s position at Goodison Park.

The former England boss could be given the job until the end of the season, according to Sky Sports.

Bookmakers have reacted to the news by slashing Allardyce’s odds to take over as manager, with the 63-year-old now as short as 1/7 to be appointed.

Former Man Utd star believes title chasing manager is heading for the chop

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Gary Neville believes Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will regret dropping defender David Luiz.

Conte axed Luiz from Chelsea’s matchday squad for their 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and refused to confirm after the game whether he still had a future with the club.

Man City attacker surprises fans with his social media post, confirms he is leaving the club

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Manchester City forward David Faupala has revealed on his Instagram account that he is leaving the club.

His post read: “Time to see something else. Thanks to all the fans, players and staff for the 3 years at the club. And most importantly, big thank you to Mr. Pellegrini. Good luck for the rest #CMONCTIY”

The post from Faupala will have surprised the fans who replied with messages asking him about his new destination.

Leicester leading the race for technically gifted attacker, Puel factor could help seal the deal

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PSG attacker Hatem Ben Arfa could be on the move during the January transfer window and it appears that Leicester City are leading the chase for him.

According to latest reports (via SportWitness), the former Newcastle United star is a target for Turkish giants Fenerbahce. However, they will have to compete with the Foxes for his services.

Former West Ham star hits out at David Moyes: I feel for the fans, he wouldn't inspire me

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Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton has expressed his disappointment at the sacking of Slaven Bilic on his Twitter account.

The Croatian was sacked earlier today after a disastrous start to the season. The Hammers have won just two of their eleven league games so far and the time seemed right for a change.

On This Day in Football: It’s Fergie time at Old Trafford

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On this day in 1986, Manchester United appointed Alex Ferguson as their manager.

The man from Govan replaced Ron Atkinson at the helm and went on to become the most successful manager in English football history. Ferguson was starting to become a phenomenon even before he arrived in Manchester.

Everton fans tear into big money signing after dramatic win: 'He has no place in our team'

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Everton climbed out of the relegation zone with a thrilling 3-2 win over Watford last night.

The Toffees did well to come back from 2-0 down to claim the three points. Left-back Leighton Baines scored in injury time to secure a vital win for Unsworth and his men.

Oumar Niasse and substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the other goals for the home side.

West Ham agree deal with former Everton fan favourite, club set to confirm agreement soon

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is set to be sacked by the Hammers later today.

According to Guardian, the club’s joint chairman, David Sullivan will meet with the Croatian today and inform him of the club’s decision.

Daily Mirror claims that West Ham have already secured an agreement with David Moyes to take over until the end of the season.

Five Things: Tottenham prove they can battle, Man City march on, Arsenal star fails audition

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The Premier League’s big five were all in action on Sunday and they produced plenty of areas for discussion.

Tottenham started the day with a hard fought victory over Crystal Palace, while Manchester City continued their impressive form with a deserved success against Arsenal.

Sportslens takes a look at the top five talking points from the weekend.

West Ham star slams own fans for lack of support

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West Ham United fans are understandably unhappy. Just two wins from 11 Premier League matches this season has put the Hammers at 18th on the table.

Manager Slaven Bilic, who is under increasing pressure to revive the club’s fortunes, was slated yet again as his side were thrashed 4-1 by Liverpool at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho has competition from Juventus and Real Madrid in his pursuit for Swiss striker

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According to The Sun, Manchester United are considering a bid for FC Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin. The Swiss u21 international, who is on loan from RB Salzburg, has impressed in the Champions League this season and finds the likes of Real Madrid battling United for his signature as a result.

Oberlin has scored and created four goals from as many games in the prestigious European competition, netting seven in all competitions so far.

Ajax

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Arsenal and Manchester City are going head-to-head in the pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong, reports The Sun. The 20-year-old, who joined from Willem II in 2015, has made eight appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie this season, and could be on his way out of the Amsterdam ArenA given recent interest.

Manchester City have found a replacement for Benjamin Mendy who could be available for £35.5m

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According to The Sun, Manchester City are lining up a bid for Espanyol defender Aaron Martin, with Pep Guardiola keen to cover the loss of Benjamin Mendy who could be out for the entire season with a knee injury.

Martin has been linked with Manchester United, but City are leading the race for his signature.

Moshiri willing to fund Everton's move for experienced PL star, Guardiola wanted him in summer

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Everton are looking to improve their defence in January and they could make a move for Jonny Evans.

The WBA defender was linked with a move to Manchester City in the summer but the Baggies managed to keep him at the club back then. It seems that they will have to fight to keep him at the club once again in January.

World class star ready to seal Man City agreement, Guardiola says he is one of the best

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is expected to extend his stay at Etihad by signing a new deal.

The Brazilian international is out of contract next summer and Guardiola is keen on keeping him at the club. The former Barcelona boss is a huge fan of the midfielder and he believes that Fernandinho is one of three best defensive midfielders in the world right now.

Spurs set to battle it out with Arsenal for combative midfielder, Pochettino must sign him

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Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka is out of contract at the end of this season and it seems that Premier League clubs are interested in bringing him to England.

According to reports, Arsenal and Tottenham are set to battle it out for the German’s signature.

The 22-year-old is one of the best players in Bundesliga right now and he would be a terrific addition for most teams in England.

This 25/1 shot could be the next Rangers manager

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Former England boss Steve McClaren is set for talks with Rangers about becoming the club’s new manager.

The Scottish Premiership club have contacted McClaren about the role and will hold talks with him this week.

McClaren is currently working in Israel as a coach at Maccabi Tel Aviv, but he is interested in a return to Britain.

Chelsea v Manchester United Confirmed Starting Lineups

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Antonio Conte has shaken up his the Chelsea defence after their horror show against Roma in the Champions League in midweek.

In come Andreas Christensen and Davide Zappacosta, with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger are both dropped.

Midfielder N’Golo Kante returns to the starting line-up too, having missed the last six games with a hamstring problem.

Abramovich invites Mourinho to dinner after Stamford Bridge showdown

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has invited his former employee and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho to dinner after the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Mourinho would be hoping for a positive result at his former stomping ground this time around after last season’s 4-0 drubbing.

Wolves legend backs club to be bigger than Everton

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Former Wolves striker Steve Bull believes current manager Nuno was right to rule himself out the running for the Everton job.

Nuno has led Wolves to the top of the Championship, sparking rumours that the Toffees were interested in securing his services.

However, Bull says his former club has the potential to be much bigger than Everton and he’s backed Nuno’s decision to stay at Molineux.

On This Day in Football: There go the Rovers!

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On this day in 1875, following a meeting at the Leger Hotel, Blackburn Rovers Football Club was founded.

Two friends, John Lewis and Arthur Constantine, arranged the meeting which was attended by 17 men. Constantine was familiar with football and had played the sport while studying at Shrewsbury School.

4/6 favourite gives his verdict on the task facing new Everton manager

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Sam Allardyce has revealed his blueprint for getting Everton out of trouble.

The former England boss is currently 4/6 favourite to be appointed as the club’s new manager following Ronald Koeman’s sacking two weeks ago.

David Unsworth has overseen three defeats as Everton’s caretaker manager and Allardyce has now staked his claim to take over at Goodison Park.

West Ham will sack Slaven Bilic and they’ve already lined up a replacement

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According to The Sun, West Ham United will sack manager Slaven Bilic and replace him with David Moyes, the former boss of Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland.

Bilic finds himself under immense pressure after his side suffered a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool in Saturday evening’s Premier League clash, and a meeting with the club hierarchy beckons.

4-2-3-1 v Brentford: Christiansen without these two Leeds United players for today's vital game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Leeds United travel to Brentford later today and the Whites will be looking to get their season back of track with a win.

After a superb start to the season, Thomas Christiansen’s side are in freefall. They have now lost five of their last six matches. The away side are in desperate need of a victory here and Christiansen cannot afford any more slip-ups.

On This Day in Football: Fußball returns to post-war Germany, Busby Babes create history

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On this day in 1945, league football returned to Germany after a brief period of absence.

I say ‘brief’ because unlike the Allied nations who suspended league football during the Second World War, the Third Reich allowed it to continue. The Nazis introduced the Gauliga in 1933 shortly after their takeover, and it continued to act as the highest level of play in German football until 1945.

Highly talented Tottenham target makes a revelation about his future, Celtic fans will love this

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Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has revealed that he could end his career as a one-club player.

The highly talented Scottish international has been linked with Premier League clubs like Tottenham and Manchester United but it seems that the 20-year-old is in no hurry to leave.

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Former Rangers star urges club to appoint this manager

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Barry Ferguson has urged Rangers to pull out all the stops to secure the services of Derek McInnes as the club’s new manager.

Rangers have been linked with the current Aberdeen boss since sacking Pedro Caixinha and he insists his former club can’t afford to delay making a new appointment.

Rangers legend convinced former club should appoint this manager

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Barry Ferguson has urged Rangers to pull out all the stops to secure the services of Derek McInnes as the club’s new manager.

Rangers have been linked with the current Aberdeen boss since sacking Pedro Caixinha and he insists his former club can’t afford to delay making a new appointment.

Man Utd and Tottenham on alert as manager blasts world class striker

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Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have had their hopes of adding quality to their squads boosted after Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone hit out at Antoine Griezmann.

Atletico are unbeaten in La Liga this season, but five draws from their first ten games has left them eight points behind leaders Barcelona.

Former Liverpool star gives his verdict on Man City versus Arsenal

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Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Arsenal won’t be able to cope with Manchester City’s attacking strength on Sunday.

The Gunners head into the game nine points behind City and a defeat would almost certainly rule them out of this season’s title race.

Redknapp told Sky Sports that he fancies Pep Guardiola’s side to record another victory this weekend.

Joey Barton slammed as a ‘bang average player’ by ex-Crystal Palace owner

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Former owner of Crystal Palace, Simon Jordan, has slammed Joey Barton over his comments on Everton’s caretaker manager David Unsworth.

Barton appeared on TalkSPORT radio and questioned Unsworth’s credentials before branding him as a “glorified PE teacher”. Barton also took a shot at Unsworth’s weight which caused a stir among fans and media alike.

Sky Sports pundit makes a worrying prediction about the Middlesbrough vs Sunderland game

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Middlesbrough host Sunderland in the Championship this weekend and the home side will be looking to extend their impressive run of form with a win here.

Garry Monk’s side have picked up back-to-back victories against Reading and Hull. Boro are now back into the mix for the Play-Offs they will be looking to make it three wins in a row now.

Sky Sport pundit makes an interesting prediction about Stoke vs Leicester, fans won't be happy

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Stoke City host Leicester in the Premier League this weekend and both teams will be looking to put together a winning run after their impressive performances last week.

According to Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, both teams are likely to cancel each other out this weekend and the match is likely to end in a draw.

Christiansen grateful for Radrizzanni’s backing despite poor form

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Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen insists that he has the full confidence of club owner Andrea Radrizzanni amid rumours surrounding his future at the club.

A midweek Championship defeat at the hands of Derby County has left Leeds seventh on the table, nine points behind league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Former Leeds star gives his verdict on his old club's chances at Brentford - they're not good

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Former Leeds United midfielder David Prutton believes his old club’s struggles will continue at Brentford on Saturday.

After a promising start to the season Leeds have gone off the boil, with Tuesday’s defeat at home to Derby County dropping them down to 7th in the Championship table.

Prutton has tipped a 1-1 scoreline with Brentford’s Ollie Watkins to score first at odds of 30/1 to extend Leeds’ winless run to four games in all competitions.

Blow for Klopp, top quality Liverpool target has decided he wants to join Barcelona

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Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka has decided that he wants to play for Barcelona next season.

The German midfielder is out of contract at the end of this season and he has already informed his agent Jörg Neubauer that he wants to play for the La Liga giants despite interest from Bayern Munich, Juventus and Liverpool.

Florentino Perez eyeing Spurs fan favourite as a replacement for key man, Levy should be worried

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Real Madrid have had a disappointing start to the season this year and Zinedine Zidane is under pressure to turn it around.

Zidane’s career as a manager has been exceptional so far and it will be interesting to see whether he can get Los Blancos back on track soon. The former Real Madrid player has won 7 trophies in 19 months as a manager.

Arsenal considering an approach for Chelsea’s unhappy winger

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According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could make an approach for Chelsea winger Charly Musonda in January, with the Belgian u21 international reportedly considering his future at Stamford Bridge.

Musonda, who signed for £2.25m from RSC Anderlecht Youth in 2012, has made just five appearances for the Blues in all competitions.

This is who Barcelona have lined up to replace Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez

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Barcelona are considering an approach for RB Leipzig duo Dayot Upamecano and Timo Werner as potential replacements for defender Gerard Pique and striker Luis Suarez, according to the Daily Mail.

Technical Director Robert Fernandez is believed to have watched the pair in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich, and Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona have made the two Leipzig players a priority.

On This Day in Football: Ford runs out of gas, Arsenal trigger Chelsea’s downfall

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On this day in 2001, the legend that is Tony Ford made the last of his incredible 931 appearances in the Football League.

Born in Grimsby, Ford began his footballing journey with his hometown club back in 1975. He made his debut for Grimsby Town at the age of 16 in the old Third Division before amassing 355 appearances for the Mariners in eleven seasons.

Liverpool could lose 23-year-old to Juventus and Bundesliga giants after contract stalemate

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According to The Sun, Liverpool midfielder Emre Can could be on the way out of Anfield next summer with contract talks reportedly stalling.

The German international’s deal with Liverpool expires at the end of the season, and he will be free to talk with foreign clubs in January as a result.

Lazio chief confident of keeping star defender out of Liverpool’s clutches

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Dutch international and Liverpool target Stefan de Vrij is set to extend his stay with Lazio, quips club’s sporting director Igli Tare.

De Vrij has been linked with a move to Merseyside for a while now as he enters the last year of his contract with the Serie A club. Juventus are also rumoured to be monitoring his contract situation and could make a move for the 25-year-old in the January transfer window.

Arsenal prepared to attack Manchester City, suggests Wenger

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League leaders Manchester City will host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in what could be a blockbuster Premier League tie.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, although weary of City’s attacking impetus, believes that the best way to defend is to attack. Pep Guardiola’s side have scored an impressive 35 goals in ten Premier League matches so far, 16 more than Arsenal, but Wenger is reluctant to adopt a more defensive strategy to contain City’s attack as he believes that would do more harm than good in 90 minutes.

Man City eyeing January move for experienced PL star, club ready to sell for the right price

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Manchester City are looking to add another left back to the side after the long-term injury to Benjamin Mendy.

According to reports, Guardiola is eyeing up a move for the England international Ryan Bertrand and Southampton are prepared to sell him if a considerable offer comes in.

City have had to use Delph as a makeshift left back since the injury to Mendy and Guardiola knows that he needs to improve that position in order to compete against the best in the Champions League.

Tottenham, Newcastle and Merseyside giant told to pay £15m for 26-year-old Turkish striker

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Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Everton have been told they will need to pay in excess of £15m to sign Cenk Tosun, reports talkSPORT.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs after scoring 20 goals in 33 Turkish Super Lig game last season. Tosun has netted nine goals in 14 games in all competitions this campaign and could be on his way to the Premier League.

Inter Milan winning four-way battle to sign former Arsenal 31-year-old

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According to TMW via talkSPORT, Inter Milan have beaten Everton, West Ham United and Anderlecht to the signature of Thomas Vermaelen.

The former Arsenal centre-back is expected to move to the San Siro on loan in January, having failed to nail down a starting place for Barcelona under new manager Ernesto Valverde.

Arsenal eyeing 25-year-old German goalkeeper as long-term replacement for Petr Cech

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According to Don Balon via talkSPORT, Arsenal could replace Petr Cech with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The Gunners are believed to be searching for a new shot-stopper, but Barcelona are likely to resist such interest which could prove a stumbling block.

Ter Stegen arrived at the Camp Nou in 2014 from German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, for around £10m.

Championship pundit tips Wolves to fire in a 30/1 winner

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Top Championship pundit is backing Wolves to deliver a 30/1 bookie-basher against Fulham on Friday.

Wolves moved back to the top of the Championship with a 2-0 victory at Norwich City on Tuesday and Prutton believes they will follow up with another three points against Fulham.

The former Leeds midfielder has tipped Leo Bonatini to score first and Wolves to win 2-0 as they look to cement their place at the head of the standings.

Arsenal and Newcastle eyeing move for midfielder - a bargain at £15 million

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Arsenal and Newcastle United have been linked with a move for creative midfielder Miguel Almiron.

The Paraguayan international currently plays for Atlanta United in the MLS, but a series of impressive performances have brought him to the attention of the Premier League duo.

Italian news outlet Calciomercato says the 23-year-old has also been monitored by Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

Former Liverpool star cranks up the pressure on Chelsea - "they’re a bit of a shambles"

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Former Liverpool star Steve Nicol has blasted Chelsea – describing their team as ‘a bit of a shambles’.

Antonio Conte’s side crashed 3-0 at Roma in the Champions League earlier this week and face a massive game at home to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Chelsea are nine points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, prompting goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to claim that his team must win this weekend – a view shared by Nicol.

Former Saints star says Tottenham don't rely on Kane but writes off title hopes

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Former Southampton star Matt Le Tissier has dismissed the idea that Tottenham rely too much on Harry Kane.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s description of Spurs as the ‘Harry Kane team’ during October sparked a big debate about his influence on Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

His absence from last week’s defeat at Manchester United added fuel to the fire, but Le Tissier believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side aren’t a one-man team.

Everton target reluctant to join despite attractive offer, eyeing promotion with Wolves

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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been linked with the Everton job but the Portuguese has moved swiftly to reject the speculations.

According to Guardian, the Wolves manager is reluctant to take over at Goodison Park. Apparently, the Premier League giants have already opened talks to secure his services and have offered him an attractive proposal.

On This Day in Football: Sir Matt Busby is a Blue

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On this day in 1929, Sir Matt Busby made his professional debut for Manchester City.

Born in the village of Orbiston up in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, Busby would of course go on to have a phenomenal career in football management with City’s arch-nemesis Manchester United.

"We're Aston Villa and we've got to be there or thereabouts"

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce insists his side still have plenty of work to do if they’re to mount a serious bid for promotion from the Championship.

Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at Preston took Villa up to fifth in the table, six points behind leaders Wolves.

Bruce was happy with the victory, but believes his team are yet to reach their full potential.

3-5-2 v Liverpool: Bilic's strongest possible West Ham lineup, Reds without 4 key stars; Stats, Team News & Predictions

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3-4-1-2 v Chelsea: Mourinho without 5 first team Man Utd players for vital away game; Team News, Stats & Predictions

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4-1-4-1 v Arsenal: Guardiola without these 2 top class Man City stars for tough PL clash; Team News, Stats & Predictions

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3-5-1-1 v Palace: Pochettino without these 2 Spurs players for this week's home game; Team News, Stats & Predictions

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Tottenham host Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend and they will be looking to extend their fine run of form with another win.

This player proves his class as Tottenham demolish Real Madrid

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Tottenham star Dele Alli says he wasn’t surprised by his side’s 3-1 win against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Alli (2) and Christian Eriksen got the goals for Spurs and although Cristiano Ronaldo pulled one back late on the result was never in doubt.

“It was a fantastic display by us,” Alli told Sky Sports.

Confirmed Man City Starting Lineup vs Napoli: Guardiola drops top class playmaker for vital clash

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Napoli have been sensational in Serie A this season but they have failed to replicate those performances in Europe so far.

The Italian outfit are third in their group right now and they cannot afford to lose here. This is a vital game for them and it should be a fascinating contest between two very good footballing teams.

Wolves manager not interested in replacing Koeman at Everton

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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is not currently interested in replacing Ronald Koeman as Everton manager.

The Toffees sacked Koeman after a 5-2 home defeat against Arsenal and have since been under the stewardship of caretaker boss David Unsworth.

Nuno has led Wolves to the top of the Championship and according to the BBC he has no intention of walking out on the club.

Aston Villa can deliver 2/1 away day special at Preston North End

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Aston Villa visit Preston North End on Wednesday aiming to climb back into the Championship play-off places.

Villa head into the game eighth in the table, but can go above Derby County into fifth if they win at Deepdale.

After a promising start to the season Preston have gone off the boil in recent weeks, with a defensive crisis giving manager Alex Neil major selection problems.

Christiansen vows to turn things around as Leeds slump continues

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Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen is determined to turn the club’s fortunes around after a 2-1 defeat against Derby County left them nine points off the top spot in the Championship.

Christiansen has the backing of owner Andrea Radrizzani despite being seventh on the table as a result of six defeats in eight games.

Confirmed Spurs lineup v Real Madrid: Pochettino drops top class midfield star for vital CL clash

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Tottenham host Real Madrid in the Champions League tonight and Pochettino will be delighted with the return of Alli and Kane for this game.

The Londoners will be looking to get back to winning ways after some poor performances against West Ham and Manchester United.

The Premier League outfit managed to impress at Bernabeu and they will be hoping for more of the same at Wembley now.

PL giants leading the race for Celtic duo, Rodgers must keep them if he wants European success

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Manchester United are interested in the Celtic duo Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele.

Both players have been excellent for the Scottish giants and several Premier League clubs are watching them closely.

According to Daily Mirror, Manchester United are leading the race to sign him.

Tierney is one of the best young left backs around and Mourinho could certainly use someone like him.

On This Day in Football: The Old Lady is born, English amateurs bury France

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On this day in 1897, students from the Massimo D’Azeglio Lyceum School in Turin formed a football club called Juventus.

The young students went through a long list of names which included the likes of ‘Iris Club’, ‘Societ Massimo d’Azeglio’, ‘Societ Polisportiva Augusta Taurinorum’ and ‘Vigore Robur’ among others before settling on ‘Juventus’ which means ‘youth’ in Latin.

Former Chelsea star backs Tottenham to beat Real Madrid but 5/4 odds for visitors looks outstanding bet

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Frank Lampard has tipped Tottenham to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The former Chelsea star is confident Spurs can defeat the La Liga giants, despite losing two out of three games since the teams drew 1-1 in Spain during October.

“I fancy Tottenham to beat Real,” he told the London Evening Standard

“I don’t think they have lost momentum since they last played them, despite their last two games ending in defeat.

Former Man Utd star calls for Chelsea to swing the axe

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Phil Neville believes whoever sanctioned the sale of midfielder Nemanja Matic to Manchester United should be sacked after Chelsea crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Roma.

Chelsea were dismantled by Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday, adding to the pressure on manager on Antonio Conte.

With United set to visit Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday, Neville thinks there are serious questions to be asked over the sale of Matic.

Pochettino receives double boost, this will make a big difference for Spurs against Real Madrid

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Tottenham have received a major boost ahead of their crucial Champions League showdown against Real Madrid.

The North London giants are confident that star striker Harry Kane will be back in the side. The England international has managed to overcome his fitness issues and he will lead Tottenham’s attack against Los Blancos at Wembley.

Everton looking to raid Wolves for key man, he would be a terrific addition for the Toffees

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Everton have been looking at potential replacements for Ronald Koeman for a while now.

According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, the Toffees have already made an approach for the Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

The likes of Sam Allardyce and Sean Dyche have been linked with the job as well.