SoccerLens Archives for January 2017

West Ham agree deal with 29-yr-old, Star looking forward to playing for the Hammers

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West Ham have agreed to a new long-term deal with the New Zealand international Winston Reid.

The experienced centre back has committed his future to the Hammers until 2023 by signing a new six-year contract.

The West Ham fans and Slaven Bilic will be delighted with the news of Reid’s extension.

Pochettino insists Tottenham must make Wembley “home”

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Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham must rise to the challenge of playing their homes games at Wembley.

Spurs play Chelsea in their first ‘home’ Premier League game at the national stadium on Sunday, aiming to put last season’s difficulties at the venue firmly behind them.

Pochettino’s team struggled in the Champions League, Europa League and in the FA Cup at Wembley last term, but having defeated Juventus 2-0 in a recently friendly he believes his team are capable of producing their best form there.

Tottenham look a solid bet against under-pressure Chelsea

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview ahead of Sunday’s Premier League fixture.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea
English Premier League 2017/18
20th August, 16:00 pm BST
Wembley Stadium, London
Live Stream: Watch Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea live on Sky Sports Premier League (UK)

TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW

Tottenham started the season with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Newcastle and they’ll fancy their chances of following up against Chelsea this weekend.

Something's got to give as Manchester City and Everton put unbeaten records on the line

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Manchester City vs Everton Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview ahead of Monday’s Premier League fixture.

Manchester City vs Everton
English Premier League 2017/18
21st August, 16:00 pm BST
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Live Stream: Watch Manchester City vs Everton live on Sky Sports Premier League (UK)

MAN CITY TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW

City kicked off their season with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Brighton.

Spurs confirm agreement to sign South American, Player excited to join a 'famous' club

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Tottenham have finally confirmed the signing of Davinson Sanchez this evening.

The Premier League giants confirmed that the player is set to undergo his medical now. Sanchez has already signed a six year deal with Spurs.

We are delighted to announce we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Davinson Sanchez subject to medical & work permit.

Fans delighted as Manchester City winger returns to Celtic

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Patrick Roberts is heading back to Celtic on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the season.

The deal is set to be rubber-stamped early next week after the Hoops and City reached agreement, according to Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old became a firm favourite with fans during a previous loan spell at Parkhead, scoring 17 goals in 60 appearances in all competitions.

On This Day in Football: Birth of Rivera, Brentford elude Death

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One of football’s all time greats Gianni Rivera was born on this day in 1943. Son of a railway worker, Rivera grew up in the Piedmontese town of Alessandria where he began his footballing career with ASD Don Bosco.

There he caught the eye of former AC Milan midfielder Franco Pedroni who then worked as the assistant coach of U.

Spurs face Wembley Stadium battle

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Tottenham Hotspur will face Chelsea in their first test at Wembley Stadium this Premier League season. Sunday’s clash not only features the reigning top two finishers in the league, but also showcases the season debut of one of the most iconic stadiums in football.

Wembley Stadium will be the venue for all home Spurs matches in the 2017/18 season.

Everton equal long-standing record with victory over Hajduk

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Everton’s 2-0 victory over Hajduk Split in the first leg of their Europa League play-off round tie equalled a 39-year-old club record.

Two victories over Ruzomberok in the previous round, an opening day win in the Premier League against Stoke City and Thursday’s success over Hajduk was the first time since 1978/79 that Everton had won their first four games of the season.

Former Leeds United dismisses club's promotion chances

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Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has tipped the club to miss out on the Championship play-offs this season.

New head coach Thomas Christiansen has significantly strengthened Leeds’ squad this summer as the club looks to improve on last year’s seventh place finish, but Redfearn believes the Whites are set for more heartache this term.

Tottenham still interested in Barkley, London rivals Chelsea also in the mix

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Tottenham Hotspur are still interested in signing Ross Barkley before the transfer window closes, despite the fact he is out injured for three months.

Barkley has been ruled out after tearing a hamstring in training with Everton and is expected to undergo surgery.

Both Tottenham and Chelsea have been eyeing the midfielder, but his injury raised doubts over whether they would end their interest.

Spurs agree club record deal for star, move signals tactical change from Pochettino

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Tottenham have agreed on a deal to sign the highly talented centre back Davinson Sanchez from Ajax.

The Colombian has been linked with a move to the Premier League for over a week now and the Londoners will be paying a club record fee for his services.

According to Telegraph, Sanchez was one of Pochettino’s top targets and Ajax will receive an initial fee of £28million up front for the player.

Roma end Mahrez chase, Leicester still resisting Drinkwater move

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AS Roma have ended their pursuit of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Serie A side made three separate bids for the 26-year-old, but failed to meet the Foxes’ £50 million valuation of the player.

Roma will now try to sign Barcelona’s Munir El Haddadi after giving up on Mahrez, according to Sky Sports.

Gabi says Atletico want Chelsea striker, but situation is “complicated”

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Atletico Madrid captain Gabi says the club want to bring Diego Costa back from Chelsea, but he admits the situation is complicated.

Costa has released a statement saying he will not rejoin the Chelsea squad and he “must return to Atletico Madrid”, but the club have ordered him to return the club and train, as per the terms of his contract.

Fulham set to sign Portuguese fullback from Porto

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Championship side Fulham are on the verge of signing FC Porto left back Rafa Soares, according to reports from Portugal.

The 22-year-old has been at Porto since 2005 and has spent the last two seasons on loan at Academica and Rio Ave. Portuguese daily O Jogo suggest that if negotiations between Fulham and Porto are successful, Soares could travel to England by the end of this week to complete his move to the Championship.

Guardiola willing to spend big on PL winner, Man City will offer him bumper pay-rise

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Manchester City are looking to sign the West Brom centre back Jonny Evans this summer.

According to Daily Mirror, Pep Guardiola needs to sign British players in order to meet the homegrown requirements and the former Bayern manager has identified Evans as an ideal candidate.

The former Manchester United defender has been linked with a move away from West Brom this summer.

Rangers boss keen to add to squad, Hearts winger still on radar

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Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is eager to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes.

Caixinha has had a busy summer, bringing in the likes of Carlos Pena, Graham Dorrans and Bruno Alves, while shipping out numerous players including Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn.

Hearts winger Jamie Walker and Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean have been linked with moves to Ibrox, and the Rangers boss admitted the club are working on more deals ahead of deadline day.

Ferguson tips Caixinha to get things right at Rangers

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Former Rangers star Barry Ferguson believes manager Pedro Caixinha will be a success at Ibrox.

Rangers kicked off the Scottish Premiership season with a 2-1 victory at Motherwell, but last week’s 3-2 defeat at home to Hibernian was met with an angry response from the club’s fans.

Caixinha’s side host Hearts on Saturday and Ferguson has tipped Rangers to win comfortably.

Rangers legend defends Lennon, "nothing wrong with a wee bit of needle"

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Barry Ferguson has defended Hibernian manager Neil Lennon over his ongoing row with Rangers’ boss Pedro Caixinha.

Lennon blasted Caixinha over accusations that he was disrespectful during last Saturday’s explosive clash at Ibrox, which ended in a 3-2 win for Hibernian.

The ex-Celtic boss was at the centre of the controversy, with several complaints made to the police about his celebrations following a Hibs goal.

Newcastle enter race to sign Napoli goalkeeper

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Newcastle United are interested in signing Napoli’s Brazilian keeper Rafael Cabral, according to reports in Italy.

The 27-year-old has been in Naples since 2013 but has spent most of his time as a backup to the club’s chief custodian, Pepe Reina. Now Magpies boss Rafael Benitez wants to bring the former Santos keeper to Tyneside before the transfer window shuts down in a fortnight’s time.

Newcastle’s Joselu hopes to hit the ground running

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Newcastle United’s new summer signing Joselu believes the Spanish influence at the club will help him make a strong start at the club.

The former Real Madrid man signed a three-year deal with the Magpies for a fee believed to be £5 million. The 27-year-old claims he can get the goals for manager Rafael Benitez, who he cites as the principal reason why he decided to come to Tyneside.

West Ham will allow midfielder to leave, Leeds United return possible

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Robert Snodgrass has been told he can leave West Ham, either on loan or on a permanent basis.

The 29-year-old joined the Hammers from Hull City last January for £10.2 million on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The midfielder failed to score in 15 Premier League appearances for the London side last season.

Villa boss hopes to boost goals tally, Southampton striker would be ideal

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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce hopes to boost his goalscoring options with the loan signing of Southampton striker Sam Gallagher.

Villa have picked up just a single point from their opening three games in the Championship and Bruce is eager to add to his team’s goal threat with Jonathan Kodjia still on the sidelines.

Valencia to make four more signings, confirms manager

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Valencia CF manager Marcelino García Toral is adamant that the club will make four more signings before the transfer window shuts down.

Speaking in a pre-match press conference for Los Che’s game against las Palmas, Toral said he is “absolutely sure” that the club would be bringing in four more players.

Wolves ready to take a financial risk to pull off transfer, 15-goal target would be ideal for Nuno

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Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers are desperate to secure promotion to the Premier League and they are ready to spend big on a striker who would improve their chances.

According to Expressandstar, the Wolves hierarchy is ready to take a financial risk and move for a mercurial forward this summer.

Coutinho “perfect” for Barca, says former Liverpool coach

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Phillippe Coutinho would be a “perfect” signing for Barcelona, says former Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestaran.

Ayestaran who was in the Reds’ coaching staff under Rafael Benitez from 2004 to 2007, claims Coutinho would add stability and control to Barcelona’s midfield.

Spurs submit bid for La Liga midfielder, Player attracted to the idea of moving to London

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Tottenham have been linked with the Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop over the last few days and it seems that the Premier League giants have made their move with an official bid.

According to Daily Mail, Spurs have submitted an offer of around £9million for the La Liga midfielder. As per the report, the 20-year-old loves the idea of moving to London.

West Brom close in on deal for Tottenham defender

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West Bromwich Albion are hoping to secure a £15 million move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Kevin Wimmer.

The 24-year-old has found his opportunities limited at Spurs and according to the Telegraph he is in talks about a possible transfer to the Hawthorns.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis had been chasing Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson, but he has now turned his attentions to the Austrian international.

Leeds willing to sanction move for 27-goal attacker for £20m, Player wants summer transfer

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Leeds United striker Chris Wood has been linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer.

The 25-year-old forward is a target for Premier League outfit Burnley and Daily Star are reporting that the player is keen on the move.

Wood has already informed Leeds about his desire to join the Clarets and the Whites are willing to sell the player as well.

Defender signs Leeds United deal; posts message on Twitter

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Leeds United have secured the signing of Bryce Hosannah. The player has confirmed the move on social networking site Twitter on Wednesday.

Delighted to have signed my first professional contract with @LUFC , big thanks to everyone who’s been supporting me

Simply superb: Chris Sutton reacts to Celtic win on Twitter

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Celtic move one step closer to booking their place in the Champions League group stage after thumping Kazakh champions Astana 5-0 in the play-off first leg.

It took little over 30 minutes for Celtic to break the deadlock. Tom Rogic drove into the box and lifted a ball into the area that Evgeni Postnikov could only divert to his own net.

Photo: Newcastle agree fee for attacker; Player poses with club shirt, will wear this number

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Newcastle United have agreed on a deal to sign the Stoke City forward Joselu.

The transfer has been confirmed by the Magpies and Joselu has signed a three-year contract at St James’ Park. Newcastle will pay around £5m for the Spanish forward. Stoke City paid £5.75m for Joselu and it seems that they decided to cut their losses and get rid of the player.

West Ham striker unlikely to face former club Newcastle

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West Ham striker Andy Carroll has returned to training, but he is unlikely to be ready to face former club Newcastle United in two weeks time.

The 28-year-old has been suffering with a thigh injury and hasn’t played in the Premier League since facing Sunderland back in April.

The Hammers travel to Southampton on Saturday before visiting Cheltenham Town in the Carabao Cup four days later, but, according to the Daily Mail, Carroll won’t be be risked for either of those games.

The Green Brigade celebrate Celtic return with Conor McGregor tribute

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Celtic fan group The Green Brigade celebrated their return to Celtic Park in style on Wednesday with a stunning tribute to UFC star Conor McGregor.

The supporters have been missing from Celtic’s home ground after boycotting the club following a row over behaviour.

The Green Brigade unfurled a controversial ‘paramilitary’ display during the recent match against Linfield, resulting in a two-game ban.

Everton boss dismisses link with Chelsea striker

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Ronald Koeman says Everton are still trying to sign a striker, but insists Chelsea’s Diego Costa is not on his list of targets.

Everton have spent over £130 million during the summer, signing the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen, but Koeman admits he is on the lookout for a front man to replace Romelu Lukaku.

Jermaine Jenas gives his verdict on Tottenham's £45m transfer target

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and now turned football pundit, Jermaine Jenas, has criticized Spur’s transfer policy.

While he believes that Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, is a shrewd businessman and a brilliant transfer negotiator, the BBC pundit is not entirely convinced with the club’s approach over signing players too late in the window.

Vertonghen: Tottenham vs Chelsea is the top Premier League game

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Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham Hotspur versus Chelsea is the top Premier league fixture.

The two teams head into Sunday’s clash at Wembley, where Spurs will play all their home games this season, on the back of two very different results.

Spurs got their Premier League season off to a perfect start, beating Newcastle United 2-0 at St James’ Park, while Chelsea crashed to a 3-2 home defeat against Burnley.

Barcelona edging closer to signing Liverpool and Dortmund stars

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Barcelona are closing in on the signings Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.

Barca sporting manager Pep Segura has confirmed to Spanish television station TV3, as per Reuters, that the club are discussing terms with the attacking duo.

Speaking after Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup that gave their big rivals a 5-1 aggregate victory he said:

“We are close to Coutinho and Dembele – we are discussing their conditions but we do not know when they will be sealed.

£20m PL ace would be a smart signing for West Brom

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West Bromwich Albion manager, Tony Pulis, is reportedly keen to sign a first centre-back this summer to partner with Jonny Evans.

With Gareth McAuley currently out injured and Pulis preferring Craig Dawson at right-back, the Baggies are looking to bolster the centre-back area.

The Baggies have been heavily linked with a move for Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson, but Boro have rejected two bids from them already.

On This Day in Football: Zidane’s debut, Liverpool’s Icelandic utopia

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23 Years to this day, Zinedine Zidane made his debut for the French national team.

The then 22 year-old was already turning heads in Ligue 1 with his performances for Bordeaux but despite being a regular for both club and the French Under-21 side, Zidane failed to earn a senior cap.

Odds update: Bookies cut Newcastle to 9/1 to sign 21-international cap winger

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Rafael Benitez has signed as many as six new players this summer, but the Spaniard is still looking to add more bodies to the Magpies squad before the transfer window closes.

Adding more quality in the attacking department is one of Rafa’s major concerns, and the former Liverpool manager should be looking to add at least one quality player to bolster his attacking unit.

Brighton trio sign contract extensions

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Brighton and Hove Albion’s Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy and Anthony Knockaert have all signed new contracts, the club has confirmed.

Centre-back Dunk and winger Knockaert have signed five-year extensions while Duffy has extended his stay with the Seagulls by four years.

“Lewis, Shane and Anthony were key members of our promotion-winning side last season, and I fully expect them to be important members of the team once again this season,” said manager Chris Hughton.

Scottish superstar could leave Leipzig this summer

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Scotland international Oliver Burke could leave Bundesliga club RB Leipzig this summer, reports the Daily Record.

Burke was signed by Leipzig from Nottingham Forest in 2016 in a move that surprised many. Although the 20-year-old played a few games since his 13 million move from Forest, he failed to hold down a regular place in the club’s starting XI.

Shay Given says Liverpool will have a plan to replace Coutinho

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Shay Given believes Liverpool will already be planning for Philippe Coutinho’s departure from the club.

Coutinho has told Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp he won’t play for the club again, even if it costs him his World Cup place, as he tries to engineer a move to Barcelona.

The Spanish club are keen to sign Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund star Ousmane Dembele, but the Newcastle United goalkeeper insists Liverpool will be well prepared should the Brazilian move to the Nou Camp.

Spurs eyeing move for exciting La Liga playmaker, offer already submitted for 23-year-old

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Tottenham are interested in signing the Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez this summer.

The highly talented playmaker has not had a fair chance at Camp Nou ever since he joined Barcelona from Manchester City and Spurs are hoping to lure him with the promise of more first team action.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Napoli are interested in signing the player as well but Spurs have made their move for him as well.

Pat Nevin says Jonny Evans would be a good signing for Manchester City

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Former Everton winger Pat Nevin believes Jonny Evans would be a good addition to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City squad.

City have had an £18 million bid for the centre-half rejected by Premier League rivals West Brom, with the Baggies insisting the Northern Ireland international is not for sale.

Stoke City target Belgian centre-back to boost defence

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Stoke City are interested in signing Club Brugge centre-back Bjorn Engels, according to reports in Belgium.

Engels stands at a towering 6ft 4in and was previously reported to be attracting interest from Arsenal and Everton. The 22-year-old has already played two games for Brugge this season in the Jupiler Pro League.

21 goals, 5 assists: Tottenham keeping close eye on €40m ace; would be an excellent signing

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According to reports from The Telegraph, Tottenham are closely monitoring RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.

Spurs remain the only side in the Premier League who have not signed a player so far, but the north London club are expected to make one or two signings before the window closes.

The report claims that Spurs are keeping close eye on the 21-year-old, who could be available for around €40 million (£36.

Man City begin talks to sign 29-year-old, former Man Utd player would be ideal for them

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Manchester City are interested in signing the former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans this summer.

According to BBC, the West Brom captain is a target for Pep Guardiola and talks have taken place between the two clubs regarding the 29-year-old defender.

Evans would be a useful addition to the City squad for the next couple of seasons.

Newcastle set to offload four players in the next few days

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This has been a very busy transfer window for Newcastle United, with manager Rafael Benitez making as many as six new signings.

The Spaniard wants more addition to the squad before the window closes, and he is looking to cut the squad down to make room for new players.

According to reports from the Daily Star, the Magpies are ready to offload Emmanuel Riviere, Massadio Haidara, Tim Krul and Jack Colback in the next few days.

Southampton provide update on Liverpool and Chelsea target Virgil van Djik’s future

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Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger is adamant that Dutch defender Virgil van Djik is not for sale this summer.

Van Djik, who is heavily pursued by Premier League giants Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, handed in a formal transfer request earlier this month in his bid to force his way out of the South Coast club.

Wolves

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Wolverhampton Wanderers continued their impressive run in the EFL Championship by sweeping aside Hull City on Tuesday. The two sides played out an entertaining five goal match at the KCOM Stadium in Hull.

Prior to the game, both clubs were undefeated after their first two games but it was Wolves who prevailed and continued their streak.

Spurs transfer complicated because of legal issues, agreement already reached with star

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PSG right back Serge Aurier has been linked with a move away from France this summer and it seems that Tottenham are interested in him.

The Ivorian has been linked with the likes of Juventus and Inter Milan as well.

According to French publication L’Equipe, all three teams have an agreement with the player.

Everton agree club record transfer for top class playmaker, star set to complete medical today

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Everton have agreed on a deal to sign the Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The 27-year-old midfielder is set to complete his medical later today according to Sky Sports.

Ronald Koeman revealed last week that the deal was close and the Toffees have finally secured their target.

The former Tottenham midfielder is expected to replace Ross Barkley in the starting lineup now.

Major boost for Celtic fans, club legend reveals this talented attacker will sign for them

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Patrick Roberts has been linked with a move to Celtic all summer and the former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes that the player will end up joining the Scottish champions.

Roberts was on loan at Celtic for the last 18 months and he has managed to establish himself as a key player for Brendan Rodgers.

Spurs submit big money offer for highly rated Englishman who could replace this key star

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Tottenham are interested in signing the Fulham defender Ryan Sessegnon this summer.

The 17-year-old left back is rated as one of the most talented young players around Europe right now and it is no surprise that the Premier League clubs are willing to pay top dollar for him.

According to the Telegraph, Spurs have already submitted a £25 million bid for the 17-year-old Fulham prodigy.

Five Things: What Everton are getting with Swansea star

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The news that Gylfi Sigurdsson is joining Everton from Swansea City brings to an end one of the summer’s longest running transfer sagas.

Ronald Koeman has splashed the cash as he looks to build a team capable of qualifying for the Champions League, adding the likes of Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen to his squad.

AC Milan vs KF Shkendija Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview

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AC Milan vs KF Shkendija Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview ahead of Thursday’s Europa League fixture.

AC Milan vs KF Shkendija
Europa League 2017/18
17th August, 19:45 pm BST
San Siro, Milan
Live Stream: The match will not be broadcast on live TV in the UK

AC MILAN TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW

Milan recorded a 3-0 aggregate victory over CS U Craiova in the previous round and are expected to field a strong line-up on Thursday.

Official: PSG forward Jese Rodriguez completes Premier League move

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Paris Saint-Germain outcast Jese Rodriguez has joined Premier League side Stoke City on a season-long loan deal.

Since his £22.5 million move from Real Madrid 12 months ago, the 24-year-old managed to secure just eight league starts in France before being offloaded to Las Palmas on short term loan contract.

Watford goalkeeper returns to Romania

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Watford FC’s Lithuanian goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis has moved back to Romania, confirm several sources in the country.

Arlauskis is believed to have joined Liga 1 club CFR Cluj on a free transfer. The 29-year-old was well below the pecking order in at Watford with both Heurelho Gomes and Costel Pantilimon preferred ahead of him.

Stoke City take stunning swipe at new West Ham striker

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Stoke City have used the announcement of new signing Jese Rodriguez to hit back at former striker Marko Arnautovic.

Jese has joined Stoke on loan from PSG and replaces Arnautovic who left the club for West Ham last month after demanding a transfer.

The Austrian didn’t leave Stoke quietly, publicly accusing his old club of lacking ambition.

No new offers for Harlee Dean, confirms Brentford boss

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Brentford manager Dean Smith has confirmed that there have been no offers for centre back Harlee Dean who has been linked with a move away from the club.

Dean has one year remaining in his Brentford contract and a host of clubs are monitoring his situation including Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and Hull City, among others.

Aston Villa fans hit out as Reading increase pressure on Bruce

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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce insists he’s the right man for the job despite his side’s awful start to the Championship season.

Villa have picked up just one point from their opening three games, and Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Reading left them 23rd in the table.

Bruce said: “I am the right man for the job, my record in the Championship tells me that.

Swansea sale of Sigurdsson to Everton questioned by pundits

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Two former Premier League stars have questioned Swansea City’s decision to sell Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton.

The Toffees have agreed a deal in excess of £45 million to take the Iceland midfielder to Goodison Park from the Liberty Stadium.

Ex-Liverpool forward Paul Walsh and former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believe Swansea’s sale of Sigurdsson is a bad move for the club.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers hits out at player’s advisors

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Start Armstrong’s agent and advisors are to blame for the player’s delay in signing a new contract.

Armstrong is represented by Pro-Legal, a firm with close ties to the Scottish Professional Footballers’ Association. Rodgers is under the impression that the player’s advisors have created false rumours about Armstrong wanting to leave the club which consequently has affected his form on the pitch.

Fulham set to sign Liverpool youngster

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Fulham are on the brink of signing Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The 20-year-old winger was sought after by a number of clubs in the Championship including Aston Villa, Derby County and Middlesborough but it seems that Fulham have won the race to secure his services.

Hull City reject improved offer from Burnley for Clucas

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Hull City have rejected another bid for midfielder Sam Clucas from Premier League club Burnley.

Sean Dyche’s side failed with a £5 million offer for Clucas last week but came back with a £10 million bid for the 26-year-old which has also been rejected by the Tigers.

Hull manager Lenoid Slutsky is determined to keep hold of his star midfielder and is believed to be preparing a contract extension for the player to keep him out of Burnley’s clutches.

Huddersfield defender pays tribute to club’s new signings

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Huddersfield Town centre back Christopher Schindler has paid a glowing tribute to the club’s new signings and believes that the new boys have already proved their worth.

The Terriers procured the services of striker Steve Mounie and Schindler’s new centre back partner Mathias Jorgensen from Montpellier and FC Copenhagen, respectively.

Leicester reject fresh bid from Roma for Mahrez

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Leicester City have rejected the latest bid from AS Roma for Riyad Mahrez, according to sources in Italy.

Mahrez has been linked with a move to the Italian capital all summer with Leicester already rejecting an earlier of €37 million for the Algeria international. Roma’s director of football, Ramon Verdejo or Monchi as he is commonly known, is personally involved in the pursuit of Mahrez and came back with another offer of €40 million which has also been thwarted by Leicester.

Burnley submit bid for Deportivo La Coruna striker

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Burnley have made a £11.8 million bid for Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone.

The Clarets have turned their attentions to the Romania international after having had two bids rejected by Championship side Leeds United for Chris Wood.

Sky Sports says Watford, Fiorentina, Espanyol and Sporting Lisbon have all been linked with Andone, who scored 12 goals in 37 appearances for Deportivo last season.

Former Manchester United defender says Diego Costa will rejoin Atletico

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Terry Gibson believes it is inevitable that Chelsea striker Diego Costa will rejoin Atletico Madrid.

Costa is currently back home in Brazil and has threatened to stay there rather than return to London, and then leave on a free transfer.

Chelsea have ordered the player to return to the club and put himself in contention for selection.

Leeds United new-boy Saiz cleared over spitting claims

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Samuel Saiz will face no action over spitting allegations after the Football Association ruled out disciplinary charges against the Leeds United midfielder.

According to the Yorkshire Post, the FA has cleared Saiz of wrongdoing after an investigation following post-game comments made by Port Vale manager Michael Brown at the end of last week’s League Cup tie at Elland Road.

Liverpool legend believes Coutinho wants Champions League football

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Former Liverpool star Phil Thompson believes Philippe Coutinho could still stay at Anfield – but only if the club qualifies for the Champions League group stages.

Liverpool visit Hoffenheim on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League play-off without Coutinho in their squad due to a reported back injury.

Former Everton star tips Lindelof and Matic for success at Manchester United

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Ex-Everton and Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott believes Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic will both enjoy success with Manchester United.

Lindelof joined United from Benfica for £31 million in June, but after an indifferent pre-season he was left out of Sunday’s Premier League game against West Ham.

Controversial Celtic fan group returns, Hibernian boss cleared

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A controversial Celtic supporters group has confirmed it will return to Celtic Park for the Champions League clash with Astana on Wednesday.

The Scottish champions are 180 minutes away from securing a place in the group stage and they’ll be roared on by the Green Brigade who have ended their boycott after a row with the club over behaviour.

EFL follows Premier League to discuss transfer window changes

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The EFL has confirmed it follow the Premier League’s lead and discuss the proposed introduction of a new summer transfer window that closes before the opening game of next season.

The current transfer window closes on August 31, sparking a flurry of deadline day activity, but there have been growing calls to change the rules.

Aston Villa target Arsenal midfielder, Terry criticised over Chelsea visits

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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is hoping to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Bournemouth but, according to the Mirror, he has been told by Arsene Wenger he can leave the Emirates Stadium if a club matches his valuation.

Bruce has already added former England captain John Terry to his squad and he believes the lure of helping Villa back into the Premier League could appeal to Wilshere.

Pochettino reveals his managerial desire, Spurs boss 'would love' to coach this club

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he would like to manage his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in future.

The Argentine started his playing career in Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys and his desire to return as a coach is no surprise. Furthermore, he added that he would like to coach the Argentine national team as well.

Birmingham City interested in Torino midfielder

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English Championship club Birmingham City are reportedly monitoring the situation of Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah, according to reports in Italy.

The Serie A club have made several changes to their squad this summer. Promising defensive midfielder Marco Benassi joined Fiorentina and was replaced by Tomas Rincon who arrived from local rivals Juventus.

Everton hopes of signing Emre Mor given boost

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Everton’s hopes of signing winger Emre Mor have improved after Inter Milan pulled out of the race for his signature.

The Toffees are amongst a host of European clubs hoping to secure the services of the Borussia Dortmund player.

Mor’s agent told Turkish-Football that Inter’s interest in the player had cooled, but that his client has received offers from 14 unidentified clubs.

Guardiola asks Man City to bid £60m for attacker, 24-goal star will be offered £400k-a-week

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Manchester City are prepared to submit an offer for the Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez this summer.

The Chilean has just one year left on his current deal and so far the Gunners have failed to agree on an extension.

According to Telegraph, Guardiola has asked Manchester City to submit an offer for the 28-year-old and the Premier League giants are preparing a £60 million bid.

Derby County close to signing Lawrence

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Derby County manager Gary Rowett is eager to add more players to his squad, despite closing in on a deal for Tom Lawrence.

The Leicester City forward is set to complete a £7 million move to Derby, but Rowett told the BBC he would still like to do more business before the transfer window closes.

Brighton receive boost to land Leeds United star

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Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion are reportedly interested in signing Leeds United striker Chris Wood this summer.

The Seagulls have Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed in their ranks to lead the line but manager Chris Hughton is looking to add a prolific goal scorer to his attacking arsenal.

Everton agree fee for playmaker, midfielder set to undergo medical with new club today

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Everton midfielder Gareth Barry is all set to join West Brom on a permanent transfer.

According to Daily Mail, the Toffees have agreed on a fee of £1million for the deep lying playmaker. Barry is set to complete his medical today and the move should be confirmed soon.

The 36-year-old midfielder will sign a one year deal at Hawthorne.

Stoke City boast more Champions League winners than any Premier League club

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Stoke City are closing in on Paris Saint-Germain winger Jese Rodriguez who is set to join Mark Hughes’s side on a season long loan deal.

The Spaniard was scheduled for a medical on Monday and an announcement to confirm his signing is imminent. The 24-year-old had to endure a torrid time in Paris since his move from Real Madrid in 2016.

Transfer window to shut before the Premier League starts next year

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The English Premier League clubs are discussing the possibility of closing the summer transfer window before the league campaign begins in the 2017/18 season, according to Sky Sports.

Representatives from all 20 Premier League clubs are expected to attend the shareholders’ meeting scheduled in September this year to discuss this proposition and Sky are under the impression that ‘majority’ of clubs are in favour of ending the summer transfer madness before a ball has been kicked in the league.

Inter move in for Man City defender; Perisic to sign new contract

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Inter Milan are reportedly in the market for a new centre back and are hoping to sign either one of Manchester City defenders – Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer.

According to sources in Italy, Inter centre back Jeison Murillo has agreed a deal to join La Liga outfit Valencia but the Nerazzurri are unwilling to let the Colombian go until they find a replacement.

Celtic hopes of signing Manchester City winger fading

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Celtic’s hopes of signing Patrick Roberts ahead of their final Champions League qualifier are fading after the winger was included in Manchester City’s travelling party for a training camp in Catalonia.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to re-sign the winger on loan following a successful 18-month spell in Glasgow.

Spurs submit offer for La Liga midfielder, Londoners ready to offer him a massive pay-rise

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Tottenham have been linked with the Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh this summer.

The Londoners are looking to add to their squad ahead of the new season and Pochettino has identified the La Liga midfielder as a target.

According to Spanish publication Cadena Ser, Spurs have already wrapped up the signing of Davinson Sanchez and are now looking to secure the services of Pape Cheikh.

West Ham missed out on new Everton signing, reveals Bilic

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that the club missed out on signing new Everton forward Sandro Ramirez this summer.

The Spanish Under-21 star joined the Merseyside club from Malaga for a reported £5.2million deal in July after Everton triggered his release clause and Bilic believes that The Hammers were in the mix to bring him to London.

Juventus enter race to sign Arsenal midfielder in shock transfer swoop

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Juventus have joined the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, according to sources in Italy.

Wilshere remains well below the pecking order at the Emirates with Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny both prefered ahead of the 25-year-old in Arsenal’s midfield.

The report claims that Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri sees Wilshere as a potential backup to midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

Everton star suffers training ground injury

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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has suffered an injury in training and is waiting to learn the extent of it in what could be another setback for the England international.

The 23-year-old is believed to have pulled up his hamstring and had to be taken off the pitch in the middle of training at Finch Farm this morning.

Former striker could return to Leeds United

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Ross McCormack could be set to make a surprise return to Leeds United.

McCormack left Elland Road for Fulham three years ago, but according to the Daily Mail the Championship club are interested in adding him to their squad to boost their promotion bid.

The 30-year-old spent last season with Aston Villa, but he struggled to recapture his previous form and spent the second half of the campaign on loan to Nottingham Forest.

Middlesbrough set to beat Everton to Marcel Tisserand signing

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Middlesbrough have jumped to the head of the queue to sign Ingolstadt defender Marcel Tisserand.

Everton and Saint Etienne have both been linked with the 24-year-old, but according to L’Equipe the centre-back is in advanced talks with Boro over a £6.3 million move.

Tisserand joined the German side a year ago from Monaco for around £5m, but he wants to leave after the club were relegated from the Bundesliga last season.

Philippe Coutinho not included in Liverpool’s Champions League squad against Hoffenheim

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Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho’s has been left out of the squad to face Hoffenheim tomorrow after the 25-year-old midfielder submitted a transfer request last week.

Barcelona had submitted a £90m bid, which Liverpool promptly rejected. However, just a day before Liverpool’s first Premier League match of the season, Coutinho, in an email to the club, expressed he wished to leave Liverpool.

Leeds close to another summer signing, Attacker spotted in town ahead of transfer

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Bundesliga forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga is closing in on a transfer to Leeds United this summer.

According to German outlet Die Welt, the player was in England during the weekend. The Hamburg forward watched Leeds United battle it out against Preston North End at Elland Road.

The forward was spotted at a hotel in Leeds later as well.

Southampton players would welcome back Van Dijk

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Southampton midfielder Steven Davis insists wantaway star Virgil van Dijk would be welcomed back with open arms if he decided to stay with the club.

Van Dijk handed in a transfer request last week after criticising Southampton’s refusal to listen to offers for him.

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher urged manager Jurgen Klopp to move for Van Dijk after the Reds were held 3-3 at Watford over the weekend, but Davis would be happy to see his teammate stay at St Mary’s.

Leicester City stand firm over Riyad Mahrez transfer

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Leicester City are set to reject a third bid from AS Roma for winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Serie A side have already had offers of £20m and £27m knocked back, while an increased bid of £31.8m still falls short of Leicester’s £50m valuation.

Roma have set a deadline of August 15 for their offer to be accepted, but according to the Mirror the Foxes will rebuff this latest attempt to lure Mahrez to Italy.

Satnav woe for former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

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Sir Alex Ferguson may have been a regular visitor to Blackburn Rovers’ ground in the past, but that didn’t stop him getting lost in the town over the weekend.

The ex-Manchester United boss was travelling to Ewood Park on Saturday to watch his son Darren’s Doncaster Rovers team face Tony Mowbray’s side.

Newcastle legend blasts Tottenham Hotspur player over salary moans

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Alan Shearer ripped into Danny Rose on Match of the Day 2 over his recent wage comments, insisting that Tottenham players haven’t earned a pay rise over the past 18 months.

Rose was recently fined two weeks’ wages after complaining he was being underpaid and questioning the club’s lack of activity in the transfer market this summer.

Hugo Lloris has his say on Spurs defender’s outburst

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Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has offered a few words on his teammate Danny Rose’s outburst regarding the club’s ambitions and transfer policies.

The Frenchman says that he understands Rose’s frustration and cites the England international’s long term layoff due to injury as a possible cause for this sudden outpouring of criticism directed towards the club.

Manchester United defender’s performance gives England a boost

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Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday featured a host of impressive performances, with the likes of Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku amongst the players rightly praised for their displays.

However, one player whose performance went under the radar somewhat was defender Phil Jones.

Five Things: Matic the key for Manchester United, Rooney off to a flier with Everton

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The Premier League is back and there’s plenty to discuss.

Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Wayne Rooney are amongst the big names who have given us much to ponder on the opening weekend of the season.

Sportslens takes a look at five big talking points from week one in the Premier League.

Spurs handed transfer boost; 18-goal target unhappy with club's decision, angling for move

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Tottenham will be looking to step up their interest in the Lazio attacker Keita Balde Diao after the player was left out of his club’s Supercoppa Italiana squad.

The player took to social media to express his disappointment. Apparently, Lazio are unhappy with the player’s decision to not renew his deal and therefore they chose to leave him out for an important game.

West Ham hope to complete £36m deal for 37-international cap star

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West Ham have reportedly submitted an improved offer to sign Sporting Lisbon’s top-quality midfielder William Carvalho this summer.

The Hammers have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old in recent days, and have had a £27.1million bid rejected by the Portuguese outfit last week.

Opening bid rejected...but Newcastle hope to complete deal for Premier League striker this week

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Newcastle United have had one bid rejected already for Joselu, but the Magpies are set to test Stoke City’s resolve with an improved offer this week.

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are hoping to agree for a £5 million deal to sign the Spanish striker this week.

Nuno eyeing £20m double deal, Jorge Mendes will help Wolves seal attacker's transfer

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Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to sign two strikers before the window closes.

According to Daily Mirror, Wolves are interested in securing the services of Nelson Oliveira and Jordan Rhodes.

The Molineux outfit have spent a lot of money this summer but Nuno Espirito Santo believes that his side are in need of cutting edge up front.

Lineker and Hutchison shower praise on Tottenham star for his performance against Newcastle

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Tottenham Hotspur opened their 2017/18 Premier League campaign with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

After a stalemate opening first half, Dele Alli put the North London outfit ahead just past the hour mark, and Ben Davies added a second on 70 minutes.

24-year-old midfielder sends message on Twitter after Everton win

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Everton opened their 2017/18 Premier League campaign with a comfortable 1-0 win over Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Wayne Rooney, who joined his boyhood club on a free transfer from Manchester United, scored the only goal of the match.

The Toffees’ new signing, Davy Klaassen, took to social media network Twitter to express his delight with his side’s victory.

PSG forward Jese Rodriguez set for sensational move to the Premier League

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Paris Saint-Germain outcast Jese Rodriguez is close to joining Stoke City on a season-long loan deal.

The Spain International was widely expected to join Serie A side Fiorentina on a two year loan contract with view to a permanent transfer but a deal has failed to materialize.

And according to several sources, Jese has turned down a move to Italy and has instead opted to join Stoke City after deciding to test himself in the Premier League.

Leeds United star would be a brilliant signing for West Brom

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West Brom have reportedly linked with a move for Leeds United striker Chris Wood this summer.

According to the Birmingham Mail, the Baggies are considering making a bid for their former player who left the club for just £1 million.

Leeds are intent on keeping the star player at Elland Road.

Report: Celtic want to complete winger signing before Champions League clash

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Scottish Champions Celtic are keen to sign Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts this summer on yet another loan spell.

The 20-year-old winger enjoyed a wonderful 18-month loan spell at Parkhead, where he won four titles with the Hoops.

He scored 11 goals, and further set up another 19 last season to help Brendan Rodgers’ side to an undefeated domestic treble.

Spurs closing in on first summer transfer, South American expected to sign by tomorrow

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Tottenham are looking to sign the Ajax centre back Davinson Sanchez this summer and it appears that a deal might be close.

The Colombian was left out of Ajax’s squad for the match against Heracles. Apparently, the player is not 100% focused right now.

According to Daily Mirror, Spurs are now in advanced talks with Ajax for the South American and the deal should be completed by Tuesday.

Roundup: Rodgers eyeing double deal, Celtic interested in signing highly rated centre back

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Celtic are interested in signing the highly talented South African defender Rivaldo Coetzee.

Brendan Rodgers is looking to add to his squad ahead of their Champions League clash against Astana and the former Liverpool manager as identified Rivaldo as a target.

According to Daily Record, Celtic are monitoring the defender’s situation and could make a move for him soon.

Swansea City swoop in for West Brom winger

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Swansea City are closing in on West Bromwich Albion winger Nacer Chadli in a deal that is believed to be in the region of £15 million, according to the Daily Mirror.

Chadli has apparently fallen out with West Brom manager Tony Pulis and was on the bench for The Baggies’ opening day win over AFC Bournemouth.

Schalke in talks to sign Chelsea defender, confirms club official

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Bundesliga outfit FC Schalke 04 are officially negotiating a deal to sign Chelsea left back Abdul ‘Baba’ Rahman, said club sporting director Christian Heidel.

The Ghana international spent last season on loan at Schalke where he made 20 appearances for the club in the first half of the season before injuring his knee at the Africa Cup of Nations in January and subsequently ending his 2016/17 campaign then and there.

Stoke City to land PSG star in shock transfer swoop

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Paris Saint-German winger Jesé Rodriguez has rejected an offer from Italian outfit Fiorentina in favour of Stoke City, according to reports in Italy.

La Nazione are reporting that the Spaniard prefers to play in the English Premier League and is keen to join Mark Hughes’ team.

7 Clubs to profit from Paulinho’s transfer to Barcelona

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The Daily Mail announced on Saturday that FC Barcelona have completed the signing of midfielder Paulinho from Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande for a reported £36.5 million (€40 million).

The Brazilian will reportedly become Barcelona’s first big signing of the summer since his compatriot Neymar Jr.

Tottenham target four new signings

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Tottenham Hotspur are looking to add four new players to their squad before the transfer window closes.

In the week where full-back Danny Rose questioned the club’s ambition and criticized its transfer policy, chairman Daniel Levy is determined to make a flurry of signings in the next two weeks having signed no one in the last two months.

Rooney makes his mark as Everton return starts with a win

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Wayne Rooney gave Everton fans plenty of hope for the season ahead with a superb winner against Stoke City on Saturday.

It was a fairytale return to his boyhood club as the striker headed home during first-half injury time to seal a 1-0 victory for the Toffees.

Rooney’s goal was the icing on the cake from a performance that highlighted the 31-year-old’s undoubted quality.

Hart insists West Ham move will help him retain England spot

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Joe Hart says he’s ready to fight hard to retain his place as England’s national team goalkeeper ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Hart’s reputation has taken a battering over the past year, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola making it clear that the 30-year-old has no future at the Etihad Stadium.

Ex-Liverpool defender says Klopp must sign Southampton star

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Jamie Carragher believes Virgil van Dijk is the answer to Liverpool’s defensive woes.

Carragher’s former team looked poor at the back on the opening weekend of the Premier League season as Watford’s Miguel Britos bagged a late goal to seal a dramatic 3-3 draw.

Liverpool have now conceded 27 goals from set-pieces during Jurgen Klopp’s reign – the worst record amongst top six teams during that period.

Hamburg striker arrives in Leeds ahead of possible move

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Hamburg forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga has arrived in Leeds ahead of a possible season long loan move, according to the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with Leeds United in recent days and the report suggests that he was in West Yorkshire today to sign a season long loan deal with an option to sign a permanent one at completion of the season.

Spurs begin talks to sign La Liga midfielder, deal could be completed next week

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Tottenham are looking to sign the highly talented La Liga midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop this summer.

According to Sky Sports, the Premier League giants have already opened talks with Celta Vigo for the player and they are hoping to complete the transfer next week.

Diop is likely to be Tottenham’s first summer signing according to Sky Sports.

Everton set to complete club record transfer this week, star could help them secure top four

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Everton have been linked with the Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a while now.

Ronald Koeman is interested in bringing the Iceland international to Goodison Park this summer and it seems that a deal is finally close to completion.

Daily Mirror are reporting that the Toffees are close to signing the playmaker this week.

Burnley looking to sign French defender, club officials have flown out to seal the deal

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche is hoping to sign French defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.

Respected French journalist Romain Collet-Gaudin reported on Twitter that Burnley club officials are in the Netherlands to negotiate a deal for the 25-year-old.

Dyche has been keen to add to his defensive options after selling Michael Keane to Everton for £30 million earlier this summer.

Newcastle favourites to sign 17-goal attacker, deal should be done in a few days

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Newcastle United are tipped to complete the signing of Austria Vienna striker Olarenwaju Kayode in the coming days.

Kayode is a Nigerian international who netted 17 goals in the last campaign and according to reports in his home land, he is set to move to Tyneside “in a matter of days”.

Spurs submit offer for top class forward, star could win them the Premier League title

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Tottenham have made a sensational move to sign the Manchester United forward Anthony Martial according to latest reports.

Apparently, the Londoners have submitted a concrete offer for the Frenchman but the Red Devils have turned it down. The 21-year-old has had mixed time at Old Trafford ever since Jose Mourinho arrived and it will be interesting to see whether the player forces a move now.

Man City agree deal to sign 19-goal forward, Player confirms the move on social media

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Manchester City have agreed on a deal to sign the highly talented striker Olarewaju Kayode from Austria Wien.

The Premier League giants have beaten the likes of Watford and Newcastle to his services and the player has already completed his medical.

According to the reliable OwngoalNigeria, Manchester City managed to beat Newcastle after Pep Guardiola personally intervened in the transfer.

Neymar to pay hefty fine to Brazilian tax authorities

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New Paris Saint-Germain signing Neymar Jr. has agreed to pay a hefty €2.1 million in fines to the Brazilian tax authorities, according to reports in French daily Le Parisien.

This is in relation to an image rights dispute that transpired during the former Barcelona forward’s time at Santos.

Tottenham open talks to sign Spanish youth international

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Tottenham Hotspur have opened negotiations to sign Spanish youth international Pape Cheikh Diop, according to Sky Sports.

The Celta de Vigo player is a robust box-to-box midfielder who has been scouted several times by Spurs and is primed to become Mauricio Pochettino’s first signing of the summer.

Former Manchester United captain says Tottenham defender has been unprofessional

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Ex-Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville believes Danny Rose has acted unprofessionally by trying to engineer a move away from Tottenham Hotspur.

Rose was forced to issue an apology after criticising Tottenham’s lack of activity in the transfer market this summer during an interview with The Sun newspaper.

Everton in talks to sign Dutch midfielder

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Everton are believed to be in negotiations to sign Dutch midfielder Ruud Vormer, according to reports in Belgium.

Vormer plays for Club Brugge in the Juliper Pro League and is no stranger to Everton manager Ronald Koeman. The highly experienced 29-year-old was in the books of Dutch club Feyenoord when Koeman was their manager.

Ashley slammed after claiming Newcastle can’t compete financially

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley’s claim that he is unable to compete financially with clubs like Manchester City has met with a barrage of criticism.

Ashley had assured manager Rafa Benitez that he could strengthen his squad on their return to the Premier League this season, but the Spaniard has said he is “not happy” with Newcastle’s transfer business so far this summer.

Spurs confident of completing club record transfer, Levy has flown out to secure the deal

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Tottenham are looking to sign the highly rated Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez.

According to Daily Mirror, Spurs are confident of landing the Colombian defender this summer. Sanchez would be their first summer signing and also a club record signing.

The Premier League outfit are in talks over a £35million move for the 21-year-old centre back.

West Ham reach verbal agreement with star, club officials have flown out to seal record transfer

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West Ham were linked with a move for the Sporting midfielder William Carvalho earlier this week and it appears that the Hammers are closing in on the player now.

The Portuguese international is a priority target for Slaven Bilic and the Londoners are willing to smash their club transfer record in order to sign him.

Newcastle midfielder set for exit, 27-yr-old had a training ground bust-up with Benitez

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Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback is all set to leave the club after a training ground bust-up with manager Rafael Benitez.

According to Daily Mail, the former Sunderland midfielder refused to take part in a training session and that infuriated the Spanish manager.

The report adds that Colback was ordered to train away from the first team but the midfielder was asked to join the group after one of the players picked up an injury.

Tottenham ready to reject any bid from Barcelona for star player

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Tottenham Hotspur are adamant that they would reject any offer from FC Barcelona to prize Christian Eriksen away from the club.

With Andreas Iniesta in the latter stages of his career and Ivan Rakitic struggling for consistency, new Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is determined to bolster his midfield arsenal with creative signings.

4-2-3-1 v Man Utd: Bilic could be without these 5 West Ham players for Sunday's away game; Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Manchester United vs West Ham Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Manchester United vs West Ham
English Premier League 2017/18
13th August, 16:00 pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester
Live Stream: Watch Manchester United vs West Ham live on Sky Go (UK)

Manchester United vs West Ham Preview

Manchester United host West Ham in the Premier League this weekend and both sides will be looking to make a winning start to their season.

Stoke City looking to sign his PL winger after completing a deal for Dutch defender

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Stoke City’s signing of Bruno Martins Indi from Porto ended a frustrating wait for manager Mark Hughes.

The Netherlands international, who spent last season on loan with the Potters, has completed a £7 million move on a five-year deal.

Martins Indi made 35 Premier League appearances during a loan spell last season to help Stoke finish 13th in the table.

Leicester's new boys aiming to ruin Arsenal's season before it starts

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Arsenal vs Leicester Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Arsenal vs Leicester City
English Premier League 2017/18
11th August, 19:45 pm BST
Emirates Stadium, London
Live Stream: Watch Arsenal vs Leicester City live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League (UK)

ARSENAL TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW

Arsenal were impressive in last week’s Community Shield victory over Chelsea and they’ll be eager to start the Premier League season with a bang.

Expectant Everton need winning start against travel-shy Stoke

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Everton v Stoke Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Everton vs Stoke City
English Premier League 2017/18
12th August, 15:00 pm BST
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Live Stream: The match will not be broadcast on live TV in the UK

EVERTON TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW

Everton have already been in competitive action after defeating Ruzomberok to qualify for the next phase of the Europa League.

Philippe Coutinho submits transfer request after Liverpool rule out sale to Barcelona

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Liverpool star attacker Philippe Coutinho has handed in a formal transfer request after club owners issued a statement insisting no offers will be considered for the Brazilian’s sale.

Having already rejected a £90 million offer from Barcelona on Wednesday, Liverpool reckon that the Spanish giants will return with an improved offer to acquire Coutinho’s services but the Kop owners were quick to act in ruling out any potential move for the 25-year-old this summer.

4-2-3-1 v Newcastle: Pochettino without these 4 players for Sunday's away game; Team News, Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Newcastle vs Tottenham Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of Sunday’s Premier League fixture.

Newcastle vs Tottenham
English Premier League 2017/18
13th August, 13:30 pm BST
St James’ Park, Newcastle
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Newcastle vs Tottenham Preview

Newcastle United begin their Premier League campaign against Tottenham this weekend and Rafa Benitez will be hoping to start with a morale-boosting win against a title challenger.

Leeds agree deal with 25-yr-old defender, star could be key in their fight for promotion

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Championship outfit Leeds United have agreed on a new deal with key defender Liam Cooper.

The agreement has been confirmed on the club’s official website. The centre back has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at Elland Road until the end of the 2020/21 season.

The 25-year-old has been a valuable member of Leeds’ starting lineup over the last two seasons.

Leeds set to march on as defender pens new deal

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The announcement that Liam Cooper has signed a new contract with Leeds United is another big boost for the club’s long-suffering fans.

Cooper becomes the fourth player to extend his stay with the Whites over the past fortnight, joining Tyler Denton, Kalvin Phillips and Gaetano Berardi.

The former Hull City and Chesterfield defender joined Leeds in 2014 and has gone on to make 91 appearances, scoring two goals.

Carragher tips Conte for Chelsea exit

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Jamie Carragher believes Antonio Conte won’t be the Chelsea boss this time next year.

Conte is eager to build on last season’s Premier League triumph and recently said he was keen to avoid another “Mourinho season” after winning the title.

Chelsea won the league in 2014/15 under Jose Mourinho, but after a poor start to the following season he was on his way out of Stamford Bridge by December.

Cup throws up “mad” derby as Blackburn draw Burnley

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The early stages of the Carabou Cup – or the League Cup if you’re a traditionalist – often fails to get the pulses racing.

This year’s second round draw has thrown up some less than inspiring ties, with games such as Brighton versus Barnet and Stoke against Rochdale likely to feature plenty of second string players strutting their stuff in front of lots of empty seats.

Arsenal hoping to agree deal with 30-goal Man City target, will make him PL's highest earner

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Arsenal are determined to hold on to their star player Alexis Sanchez this summer.

The Chilean has just one year left on his current deal and the player has turned down a contract offer from the Gunners earlier this summer. It seems that Arsenal are prepared to return with another bumper offer now.

Koeman looking to sign this 20-goal forward, Everton ready to bid €25m for experienced attacker

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Everton are looking to sign a striker before the transfer window closes and the Toffees have identified Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic as a target.

According to the reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Merseyside outfit are interested in the Croatian forward and will submit an offer of around €25m for the player.

Bilic wants to sign this Newcastle target as a potential replacement for key West Ham star

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West Ham are looking to add to their squad ahead of the new season and the Hammers have identified Brentford’s Jota as a target.

According to Daily Mirror, the Hammers are interested in signing the Spanish playmaker this summer and will fight it out with Newcastle United for the 26-year-old’s services.

Tottenham’s Danny Rose disgruntled with club; prepared to push for Chelsea move

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After two excellent seasons, Tottenham were poised to sustain that success in the league, put on a better show in the Champions League and improve their prospects of getting some silverware. However, the transfer window has been a largely underwhelming affair for the side.

And now, full-back Danny Rose has criticised the club over its pay structure and transfer dealings, and his views according to The Times, are shared by many of his team-mates, who have “privately supported his decision to air his grievances earlier this week”.

Shearer: Pressure on Guardiola to win at Man City

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Former England striker Alan Shearer believes the pressure is on Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to deliver success this season.

By his own high standards Guardiola’s debut year in the Premier League was a disappointment, as he ended the 2016/17 campaign without a trophy.

City finished third in the league and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but early exits from the League Cup and Champions League completed a rare trophyless season for the Spaniard.

Liverpool clash with Manchester United tops Sky Sports’ October coverage

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Premier League fans are in for a treat during October and November as Sky Sports screens seven big head-to-heads between last season’s top six over the two months.

Sky Sports Premier League will show 22 matches from England’s top tier, with Liverpool’s clash against Manchester United on Saturday October 14 the standout fixture.

Bilic determined to sign Euro 2016 winner, West Ham submit club record bid for star

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West Ham are looking to shore up their midfield options ahead of the start of the new season and Slaven Bilic has identified Sporting’s William Carvalho as a target.

The Portuguese international has been linked with several Premier League clubs over the last few seasons but his steep release clause has been a major problem for his suitors.

Official: Manchester United defender joins Crystal Palace on season-long loan deal

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Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined fellow Premier League side Crystal Palaceon a season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old, who is comfortable of playing in different positions across the defense and midfield, will wear the number 24 shirt for the Eagles.

Fosu-Mensah said after sealing his loan transfer: The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away.

Twitter Talk: Fans question Everton move for Vermaelen

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Everton’s quest to sign Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has sparked plenty of debate across a variety of platforms.

The Liverpool Echo says (as per Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo) that the Toffees have opened talks with the 31-year-old about a return to the Premier League.

Vermaelen has struggled with injuries in recent years, making just 21 appearances for Barca since joining the club from Arsenal in 2014.

Benitez closing in on highly rated South American, Newcastle set to sign versatile attacker

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Chelsea winger Kenedy is set to spend the next season on loan at Newcastle United.

According to Daily Mail, Chelsea are keen for the player to gain some valuable first team experience next season and Newcastle are interested in signing the player.

The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Abraham and Izzy Brown are all out on loan at Premier League clubs and it seems that Kenedy is set to join that list.

Twitter reaction: Leeds United fans delighted with their new signing Samuel Saiz's debut

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Leeds United midfielder Samu Saiz scored a memorable hat-trick on his debut against Port Vale last night.

The Championship outfit secured a 4-1 win in the Carabao Cup thanks to their new signing from Huesca. The Spanish midfielder cost Leeds around £3m and the fans will no doubt be impressed with his debut yesterday.

Roundup: Spurs star confirms he will leave at some point; Pochettino set to bid £35m for defender

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Tottenham defender Danny Rose has rocked the club with some sensational claims about his future.

In an interview with the Sun, Rose revealed that he wants to play for a club in the North. The left back feels that he has been away from his family for a while now and he will make it a priority to return in the near future.

Premier League 2017-18: Manchester United to win title, Jesus to top goalscoring charts

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The 2017-18 Premier League season is only a matter of days away from starting and the hype around the upcoming campaign is fully justified.

With more top-quality players arriving on British shores over the summer, the top teams refining their squads and a number of interesting sub-plots, fans are right to get excited about the action returning.

Wenger confirms major injury blow for Arsenal, top class star set to miss these matches

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Arsenal have been dealt a major injury blow right before the start of the new season.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners will be without their best player Alexis Sanchez for their first two matches.

“He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training and he had a scan two days ago,” Wenger told a news conference.

Sky Sports pundit comments on Spurs transfers, says this star could win them the title

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Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale has been linked with a move back to the Premier League in the recent weeks and Alan Pardew believes that Spurs will do well to re-sign the Welsh winger.

The former Crystal Palace manager revealed to Sky Sports that Bale could make a title winning difference to Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

Man City looking to sign this world class star, he would make a massive difference for Pep

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola missed out on signing Dani Alves this summer but the former Barcelona manager is planning another reunion.

According to latest reports, Guardiola wants to sign Spanish international Sergio Busquets and has already contacted Barcelona regarding the player.

Watford sign Burnley striker in club record £18.5m transfer deal

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Watford have announced the signing of Andre Gray from Burnley in a club record transfer deal.

The English striker has penned down a five-year contract to join the Hornets after undergoing medical on Wednesday.

Gray, who scored nine goals in 26 Premier League starts last season, has become Watford’s seventh signing of the summer ahead of league opener against Liverpool on Saturday.

£19m+ star wants to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

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Manchester United released Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his contract expired in the summer and the striker is in talks over a return to Old Trafford.

The 35-year-old was the main man to lead the Red Devils’ attack in the 2016-17 season, scoring 28 goals in all competitions. He was the club’s leading scorer in the Premier League as he went on to win the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

Second Time Has To Be A Charm For Mourinho

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Manchester United is finally returning to the UEFA Champions League and all eyes will be on Jose Mourinho this fall. The manager also known as “The Special One” traditionally performs best in his second year, and he’ll have to if he hopes to keep his job. If he doesn’t end up competing for silverware, he likely won’t get a third opportunity.

Tottenham ready to sanction £17m striker's transfer, Pochettino eyeing backup for Kane

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Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen has been linked with a move away from the Premier League and it appears that the Londoners are ready to cash in on him as well.

According to Daily Mirror, Marseille are interested in the former Eredivisie forward.

Janssen failed to impress Mauricio Pochettino last season and Spurs are looking at other attacking options in the market now.

Wolves odds-on favourites to sign Premier League forward, he could help them secure promotion

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Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers are odds-on favourites to sign the highly rated Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe this summer.

SkyBet are offering odds of 9/4 for the striker to end up at Wolves this summer. However, it is important to note that this is merely speculation from the bookmakers and it does not confirm Wolves’ interest in signing the player.

Pochettino wants to sign explosive forward, Spurs odds-on favourites to sign 16-goal star

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Tottenham are looking to add to their attack before the start of the new season and the Londoners have been linked with Lazio’s Keita Balde Diao.

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Spurs are working hard to strengthen their team and Telegraph believe that the Londoners are looking to sign three players before the window closes.

Leeds agree deal with 28-yr-old star, Player could be key in their fight for promotion

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Leeds United have agreed on a new deal with their key defender Gaetano Berardi. The Championship outfit have confirmed the agreement on their official website.

The experienced defender has signed a three year deal with the Whites and the news will come as a major boost for the Leeds fans. Berardi has been a key player for Leeds over the last few seasons and he will stay at the club until the end of the 2019/20 season now.

Reputed Sky Sports pundit makes transfer claim, convinced £35m star will join Spurs

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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park for a while now.

It has been reported in the recent weeks that the England international is a target for Tottenham. Apparently, Pochettino wants to sign the out-of-favour midfielder this summer.

According to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp (via HITC), the Everton midfielder is all set to join the North London outfit before the transfer window closes.

Crystal Palace transfer agreed, de Boer reunited with former player; Medical completed yesterday

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Crystal Palace are set to sign the Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan for the next season.

The deal has been agreed between the two clubs and the player was supposed to undergo his medical with the Eagles yesterday and the deal should be confirmed soon.

The boss adds that Timothy Fosu-Mensah has not travelled to Macedonia, with the #MUFC youngster set to complete a loan move.

Leicester City agree fee for highly rated attacker, transfer should be confirmed later today

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Leicester City are close to announcing the transfer of George Thomas from Coventry City.

The highly talented striker is set to join the Foxes this summer after a compensation package was agreed between the two clubs. Thomas is out of contract this summer and the player has decided to turn down a renewal option at the Ricoh Arena.

Celtic hopeful of signing 11-goal winger, Player prefers to join Brendan Rodgers' side

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Scottish champions Celtic are looking to sign the highly talented attacking midfielder Patrick Roberts from Manchester City this summer.

The 20-year-old attacker has managed to impress in the Scottish Premier League during his loan spell with Celtic and Brendan Rodgers’ side are now keen on signing him permanently.

‘Insulted’ Liverpool and Chelsea target submits transfer request to leave Southampton

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Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk has handed in a formal transfer request as he seeks to leave the club this summer.

The Dutch International is heavily targeted by English giants Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, who were forced to end their interest after Southampton reported them to the Premier League over an alleged tapping case.

Man Utd submit bid for La Liga star, Mourinho ready to battle it out with Chelsea for 25-yr-old

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is looking to add a midfielder to his squad and the Portuguese has identified Sergi Roberto as a target.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United have already made their first move for the Spaniard and have submitted a £36m bid for the Barcelona midfielder.

Photo: Leeds United transfer complete; Player poses with club shirt, will wear this number

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Manchester United left back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has completed a loan move to Leeds United earlier today.

The move has been confirmed officially by both clubs on their website.

✍️ #LUFC are delighted to announce the signing of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on a season-long loan.

Mourinho reveals exactly when he will fight to help Manchester United to complete fourth signing

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Jose Mourinho claims Manchester United’s chances of signing Gareth Bale will depend on whether the Welshman will be included in Real Madrid’s starting lineup for the 2017 UEFA Super Cup. The Portuguese tactician admitted that he will “fight” for the forward if the European champions are ready to allow him leave this summer.

Manchester United's three alternatives to £48.5m star

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Manchester United have completed three signings so far in the summer transfer window as defender Victor Lindelof, striker Romelu Lukaku and midfielder Nemanja Matic have all arrived at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho has publicly expressed his desire to bring in four new faces to the club as he is targeting an attacking player.

European Super Cup: Manchester United must put down marker against Real Madrid

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Since the retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have been in transition and struggled to hit the heights that became commonplace under the Scot’s stewardship.

However, with the European Super Cup set to be contested against Real Madrid on Tuesday night, the Old Trafford outfit can proudly state that they are back among world football’s elite.

Liverpool told to complete signing of player who can score 20+ goals

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Liverpool legend Ian Rush has advised Jurgen Klopp to complete the signing of a forward who can guarantee 20 plus goals in the Premier League.

The Merseyside club signed Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for a club-record fee earlier in the summer. The Egyptian winger returns to the Premier League after impressing for the Serie A outfit last term.

Ronald Koeman confirms Everton are close to sealing a club record move for top class star

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that the Toffees are close to sealing a club record move for Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Swansea midfielder has been linked with a move to Goodison Park for a while now.

According to Sky Sports, Everton have had a £40m bid rejected for the player and Swansea will only consider selling him for a fee of £50m.

Pochettino wants to sign this La Liga player after injury setback, he would be perfect for Spurs

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Tottenham are still looking at a replacement for Kyle Walker and it seems that they have identified Valencia’s Joao Cancelo as a target.

According to Daily Mail, Pochettino is keen on signing the La Liga defender this summer. Cancelo is a target for Juventus as well.

Spurs are yet to sign a player this summer and it will be interesting to see whether Levy enters a bidding war for the player.

Benitez drops major transfer hint, says he likes Spaniard; Attacker would be perfect for Newcastle

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Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has been linked with a move away from Emirates for a while now.

The former La Liga forward has been used as a squad player ever since he joined Arsenal and he is looking to leave in order to play week in week out. Furthermore, Wenger’s decision to hand the Spaniard’s number nine shirt to Alexandre Lacazette without speaking to Perez has worsened the relationship between the player and the manager.

Swansea City lining up £13m transfer deal to sign Manchester City striker

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Manchester City have informed Swansea City that they will have to pay £13 million in their bid to resign striker Wilfried Bony.

Swansea are keen to bolster Paul Clement’s attacking options ahead of the manager’s first full season in-charge of the club and could be prepared to fork out £13 million to bring the Ivorian striker back to the Liberty Stadium this summer.

Transfer boost for Pochettino, Spurs receive major hint that Argentine target will be sold

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Tottenham have been linked with the Southampton keeper Paulo Gazzaniga for a while now.

The North London giants are yet to sign a single player this window and it seems that they want to sign the Saints keeper as a backup for Hugo Lloris.

According to latest reports from HITC, Southampton have not given the player a squad number and have omitted him from their plans for the 2017/18 season.

Southampton agree fee for box-to-box midfielder, player set to complete medical in 48 hours

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Southampton are close to completing their second summer signing after the club agreed on a fee for the highly talented central midfielder Mario Lemina.

The Saints have already signed centre-back Jan Bednarek from Lech Poznan.

The Juventus midfielder was linked with the likes of West Ham and Stoke City as well but Claude Puel’s side have moved swiftly to secure the 23-year-old.

Rodgers: I would like to sign this top class star before Celtic's Champions League playoff

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Brendan Rodgers’ joke about the Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho will have surely messed with the heartbeat of the Celtic fans.

The former Liverpool manager joked that he is looking to sign the Brazilian from the Merseyside giants this summer.

Rodgers was asked to reflect on the world record transfer of Neymar and whether he was looking to bring somebody in before the Champions League playoffs against Astana.

Christiansen close to another signing; Leeds agree defender deal, medical completed yesterday

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Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is all set to spend the next season on loan at Leeds United.

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United and Leeds agreed a loan deal for the highly talented full back and Borthwick-Jackson completed his medical last night.

Leeds will be delighted to have secured his services for the next season.

Photo: Everton agree deal for defender, player poses with new club's scarf after sealing move

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Bolton Wanderers have signed the highly talented Everton defender Antonee Robinson on loan for the next season.

Buzzin to have signed on loan at @OfficialBWFC until January, can’t wait to get started!! pic.twitter.com/DC9Z8Irtl8

- Antonee robinson (@Antonee_Jedi) August 4, 2017

✍ #BWFC are delighted to confirm the arrival of @Antonee_Jedi on loan from @Everton until January ⏩ https://t.

Newcastle United 2017/18 Season Preview: Key player to watch out for and Prediction

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Finishing position: First (Championship)
Total points: 94
Top league scorer: Dwight Gayle (23)

Newcastle United have done well to secure promotion to the Premier League and the hard work has only just begun.

Rafa Benitez will be expected to establish the Magpies as a Premier League force once again and the Spaniard has been working tirelessly to improve his squad for the upcoming season.

Everton 2017/18 Season Preview: Key players to watch out for and Predictions

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Finishing position: Seventh
Total points: 61
Top league scorer: Romelu Lukaku (25)

Everton have been very efficient in the transfer window this summer and the Toffees will be expected to challenge for the Champions League places.

Ronald Koeman has been granted significant funds to revitalize his squad and the Dutchman has done a decent job so far.

Liverpool manager in regular contact with 24-goal forward wanted by Barcelona and Guardiola

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Liverpool are still interested in signing AS Monaco teenage star Kylian Mbappe as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster the squad for the new season.

The 18-year-old’s stellar performance in the Ligue 1 and in the Champions League saw him attract interest from the top clubs in England and across Europe.

Can Leeds, Sunderland and co overcome their problems this season?

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As money continues to pour into the Premier League, clubs across the land are desperate to secure themselves a piece of the pie.

Bumper television deals, increased sponsorship and foreign investment has allowed the likes of Leicester City to win a title, while other teams have been able to break into the top flight and be competitive.

10 Most Expensive Transfers And The Titles They Won In Their First Season

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Neymar’s record-breaking £198 million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has sent shockwaves through the world of football.

Questions over the size of the fee and what it means for the long-term future of the game have been asked, while many people have also debated whether it’s a good move for Neymar’s career.

Pochettino eyeing attacking duo; Spurs set to step up their interest in Bundesliga forward

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Tottenham are looking to add to their attack this summer and the Londoners are interested in Genoa’s Giovanni Simeone according to Daily Mirror.

The 22-year-old Argentine has done well in Serie A so far and Mirror believes that he is a target for Spurs, Palace, Torino and Fiorentina.

Giovanni is the son of the Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.

Tottenham 2017/18 Season Preview: Key player to look forward to and predictions

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Last season’s finishing position: 2nd
Total points: 86
Top league scorer: Harry Kane (29)

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been challenging for the Premier League title over the last two years and they will be hoping to go all the way this time.

Lack of squad depth has been a major problem for Tottenham and that has not been addressed yet.

Champions League 2017/18 Play-offs: Liverpool's tough outing, Celtic handed easy draw

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The Champions League 2017/18 playoff draw takes place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon today and the likes of Celtic and Liverpool wait to find out who they face in the final qualification hurdle. The play-offs will decide the last ten places in the group stage.

The draw for the play-off fixtures begin at 11 am BST and here at Sportslens, we bring you the fixtures and the list of participants taking part in the draw.

Photo: Spurs agree deal for box-to-box midfielder, player poses in club shirt after securing move

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Tottenham have agreed on a deal with Championship outfit Aston Villa for the loan transfer of Joshua Onomah.

The highly talented box-to-box midfielder has extended his contract until 2021 and is set to continue his development with regular first team football at Villa Park now.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea preview: New signings set for bow in Community Shield clash

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After a long summer of transfer rumblings and the collective longing for English football’s top flight to return, fans of London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea are set to get an early-season trip to Wembley for the Community Shield this Saturday.

While the eventual winners of the game will get an early boost ahead of Premier League action starting, the supporters may well be more interested in catching a glimpse of their respective new summer signings than the actual result.

3-4-3 v Boro: Wolves without these 5 first team players for their opening game; Key Stats, Team News & Prediction

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Wolves vs Middlesbrough Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s Championship fixture.

Wolves vs Middlesbrough
English Championship 2017/18
5th August, 15:00 pm BST
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Live Stream: Follow Wolves vs Middlesbrough live commentary on Sky Sports

Wolves vs Middlesbrough Preview

Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Middlesbrough in the Championship this weekend and the home side will be looking to start their season with a morale boosting win.

4-2-3-1 v Fulham: Norwich without these 4 first team stars for opening game; Stats, Team News & Prediction

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Fulham vs Norwich Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Championship fixture.

Fulham vs Norwich
English Championship 2017/18
5th August, 15:00 pm BST
Craven Cottage, London
Live Stream: Watch Fulham vs Norwich live on Bet365

Fulham vs Norwich Preview

Fulham host Norwich in their Championship opener this weekend and the Londoners will be hoping to extend their impressive run of form against the Canaries with a win.

Champions League 2017/18: Date, Time, Teams and Procedure of the play-off draw

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Dutch giants Ajax crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers after drawing 2-2 at home to Nice last night.

The first leg ended 1-1 in France and the Ligue 1 outfit have made it through to the Champions League play-off on away goals. Vincent Marcel scored the late equaliser for Nice, ten minutes from time.

Everton Roundup: Toffees set to complete club record transfer within days; Defender deal agreed

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Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been linked with a move to Everton for weeks now. Apparently, the Iceland international’s move to Everton is now imminent.

Guardian have quoted the Swansea manager Paul Clement who believes that the transfer should be completed “in the next couple of days”.

Championship 2017/18 Preview: Wolves and three other favourites for promotion this season

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The Championship 2017/18 season kicks off tomorrow and several teams will be looking to challenge for a place in the Premier League.

The likes of Wolves have spent heavily this summer and will be one of the favourites to secure promotion. Meanwhile, Aston Villa will be hoping that the charismatic John Terry can lead them back into the top flight.

Newcastle odds-on favourites to sign Everton player, 26-yr-old would be ideal for Benitez

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Everton midfielder James McCarthy has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer and according to bookmakers, Newcastle are favourites to sign him.

The Irish midfielder was a target for Leicester City according to reports from July and it will be interesting to see if the Foxes renew their interest in the player.

Pochettino opens up about Tottenham's transfer policy, these 3 signings would be ideal

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Tottenham have had a quiet summer so far and the London giants are yet to sign a single player. On the other hand, the likes of Chelsea, City and United have spent heavily on new recruits.

Speaking to the media earlier, Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the need to add to his side. The Argentine manager also reflected on the club’s transfer policy.

Diego Costa nearing AC Milan move

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Diego Costa is nearing a move to AC Milan as per reports.

The Spanish striker helped Antonio Conte win his first Premier League title in his very first season in England. However, post season comments from the striker indicated he would be on his way out for the new season.

Costa has been reported multiple times claiming Atletico Madrid to be his preferred club to move.

Everton looking to sign highly talented Dutch international, 23-yr-old would be ideal for them

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Everton are looking to add to their defensive options this summer and the Toffees have identified Lazio’s Wesley Hoedt as an ideal option.

The Merseyside outfit have recently signed Michael Keane from Burnley but the injury to Ramiro Funes Mori has forced Koeman to look for another defensive option now.

Everton agree deal for highly rated forward, player set to complete summer move soon

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Everton forward Kieran Dowell is expected to join Nottingham Forest on loan for the next season.

According to Liverpool Echo, the highly talented young forward will complete his summer move within the next 24 hours. In that case, an official confirmation can be expected tomorrow. Sky Sports claim that the deal has already been agreed between the two clubs.

Newcastle board in talks over attacker, South American would take them to the next level

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Newcastle United are looking to improve their attacking options ahead of the new season and Angel Correra is a target for them this summer.

The Atletico Madrid attacker is a very highly rated around Europe and Benitez wants to bring him to England.

Correa has been linked with other Premier League clubs this summer but it seems that Newcastle’s interest is quite serious.

Man City agree fee for highly rated attacker, Player set to complete his medical today

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Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is all set to join Leicester City this summer.

According to Sky Sports, a £25m deal has been agreed between the two clubs and the highly talented forward will now undergo his medical with the Foxes.

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho poised for medical at #lcfc later today.

Wolves odds-on favourites to sign PL attacker, he could be crucial in their fight for promotion

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Burnley striker Andre Gray has been linked with a move away from Turf Moor this summer.

The 26-year-old striker has just one year left on his current deal and is demanding a significant pay rise before he signs an extension.

Gray has been linked with the likes of Wolves and West Ham so far.

Koeman plotting player plus cash deal, believes top class target will help secure a top four finish

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Everton have been linked with Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson for a while now.

The Iceland midfielder is valued at £50million by the Welsh club and the Toffees are plotting a player plus cash offer for the 27-year-old.

According to Wales Online, Everton are ready to offer a £40 million fee and £5 million in add-ons for the player.

Everton looking to seal playmaker deal, his leadership and experience could be vital next season

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Everton are looking to offer a new deal to Gareth Barry this summer.

The highly experienced English midfielder has a contract until 2018 and the Toffees are prepared to extend it.

According to Daily Mail, Everton are prepared to offer him a one-year extension. It will be interesting to see if the 36-year-old takes up that option now.

Rangers looking to sign 24-yr-old midfielder; Player wants out, club ready to sell for this amount

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Scottish outfit Rangers are looking to sign the Wigan midfielder Max Power this summer.

The 24-year-old midfielder is no longer a key part of Paul Cook’s plans and is available for a knockdown fee. According to Daily Mail, Power will be allowed to leave Wigan Athletic for a cut-price £500,000 this summer.

Photo: Wolves agree deal to sign 15-goal forward, South American poses with club shirt

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Championship outfit Wolves have confirmed the agreement to sign Leo Bonatini on loan for next season.

The highly talented Brazilian striker will look to aid Wolves’ promotion push now.

The 23-year-old has joined the Championship club from Al Hilal and it will be a major step up in terms of league quality and performance standards.