Off the Post Archives for January 2013

Liverpool MD Ian Ayre ‘flies to Barcelona’ to sign Martin Montoya

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Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has flown to Barcelona to push through a January deal for defender Martin Montoya, according to reports in the Daily Express. The 22-year-old has long been linked with a move to Anfield. The Reds were expected to open talks with him in January with a view to getting him to [.

Arsenal ‘make offer for Barcelona’s Tonny Sanabria’

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Arsenal have launched an attempt to sign Barcelona youngster Tonny Sanabria, according to reports in the Daily Mail. The Paraguay international striker, aged 17, has been linked with the Gunners for several months. His representatives are said to have held meetings on Wednesday ahead of a January move to the Emirates.

Arsenal join Man Utd and Liverpool in race for Dundee United’s Ryan Gauld

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Arsenal are the latest club to show their interest in Dundee United wonderkid Ryan Gauld. The Gunners are sending a scout to watch the 17-year-old in action in this evening's Scottish Cup fourth-round clash with Kilmarnock. Arsene Wenger's scouting team has already received glowing reviews on Gauld from informal representatives and will travel to Tannadice [.

Man Utd’s Ryan Giggs to skip training today to avoid 40th birthday pranks

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Happy 40th birthday, Ryan Giggs. Retweet this to show your appreciation for #mufc's record appearance-maker. pic.twitter.com/rVpysXkOig Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 29, 2013 Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has joked that he will skive training today to avoid any 40th birthday pranks his team-mates might have in store for him.

Newcastle set to sign ‘new Tim Krul’ Warner Hahn

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Newcastle are expected to win the race to sign Holland Under-21 keeper Warner Hahn. The 21-year-old, who plays for Dutch second-tier side FC Dordrecht, is tipped as the 'new Tim Krul'. That would prove handy for the Magpies since they reportedly have a battle on their hands to keep hold of the original Tim Krul.

Video: Tottenham’s blindfold ‘bum’ sit-ups

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Tottenham's youth teamers are working hard in training as they work towards any openings that might present themselves at White Hart Lane. Tom Carroll has posted this video showing one gullible youngster doing some 'strength training' by attempting to do sit-ups while being held down by a scarf over his face.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says there’s more to come from Aaron Ramsey ahead of Cardiff reunion

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There is more to come from Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey, according to Arsene Wenger. The Gunners midfielder has been one of the north London side's top performers so far this season, adding a series of goals to his excellent displays. But Wenger says the Welshman is not yet at his best. Ramsey comes up against [.

Man Utd’s Keane twins join Derby and Wigan

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Manchester United defender Michael Keane has joined Derby on loan, while twin brother Will has moved to Wigan. The twins, aged 20, have both secured short-term loan moves to the Championship as they seek first-team football. And the pair could immediately find themselves on opposing teams when the Rams face the Latics at the DW [.

Former Spurs target Alvaro Vadillo keen on Arsenal move

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Spanish youngster Alvaro Vadillo wants to move to Arsenal, according to his agent. The 19-year-old Real Betis winger has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. His agent Jose Maria Sanchez de Puerta said Vadillo would be interested in a move to the Emirates, but dismissed media reports that the Gunners had already launched a bid.

Why football fans should love bingo!

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There are many reasons why football fans are passionate about their sport, but what most of them don't realise is how many of those reasons football and bingo have in common. So here is our comprehensive list of why football fans should love bingo! Winning There's no better feeling in the world than winning which, [.

GIF It: Tromso 0-2 Spurs

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Tottenham emerged from their trip to the Arctic Circle as group winners. Their performance against Tromso was not exactly convincing, but they picked up three points and ensured they will top their group with a game to spare. Defender Vlad Chiriches opened the scoring by heading in, before Mousa Dembele made certain of the result.

Tottenham’s AVB and Fulham’s Jol feeling the heat in the Premier League sack race

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It has been another busy month in the world of football management, with gaffers up and the down the country beginning to feel the heat as the season's halfway stage draws closer. With Christmas now just around the corner, it is a vital time at which teams look to either improve their fortunes to avoid [.

Luis Enrique and Swansea boss Michael Laudrup linked with Tottenham manager’s job

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Former Roma boss Luis Enrique is reported to be Tottenham's top target to become their new manager if they decide to sack Andre Villas Boas. The ex-Spain international, now in charge at Celta Vigo, has previously worked with Spurs director of football Franco Baldini and the north London club have plans to reunite the [.

Video: James Milner does his bit for Man City team-mate Joe Hart’s confidence

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Manchester City midfielder James Milner produced this lovely dinked finish over team-mate Joe Hart in training. The England international coolly lifted the ball over the under-fire keeper with that trademark James Milner flair...

Chelsea’s Victor Moses hints he wants more games at Liverpool

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Victor Moses has given Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers a pretty big clue that he expects more playing time than he is getting at present. The on-loan Chelsea man has found himself relegated to the bench for the Reds' last three games, and Moses has made it clear that he didn't move to Anfield to sit [.

Liverpool linked with January move for Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand

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Liverpool are set to reignite their interest in Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand when the transfer window opens, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph. The Reds made a move for the 24-year-old in July, but were knocked back by the Blues. The 24-year-old was also keen to stay at Stamford Bridge and push for a first-team [.

Photo: Snow is cleared off the Tromso pitch ahead of Spurs match

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Just arrived at Tromso's Alfheim Stadium as snow is cleared off the pitch. #THFC pic.twitter.com/ye1HjOVZXo Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 28, 2013 If you're a Tottenham fan who hasn't made the trek to Norway for tonight's Europa League clash with Tromso and are wondering how cold it is, the answer is pretty chilly.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez ‘excited’ about Leighton Baines injury

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he excited to see how his squad cope without Leighton Baines. The England left-back picked up a broken toe in last weekend's Merseyside derby. Martinez says it is still too early to say how long he will be out initial estimates were anywhere between 10 days and six weeks [.

Video: Tottenham concerned about Tromso’s artificial pitch

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Spurs have expressed concerns about playing on an artificial pitch in tonight's Europa League game at Tromso. Manager Andre Villas Boas says the frozen surroundings and an unusual playing surface pose a challenge to his players. He said: "It's going to be extremely difficult conditions, for sure. Most of these players haven't gone through an [.

Chelsea ‘lead Liverpool and Man Utd’ in race for Ivan Rakitic

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Chelsea are plotting a move for in-form Sevilla star Ivan Rakitic, and hope to beat Manchester United and Liverpool to his signing, according to reports in his native Croatia. The 25-year-old's performances in La Liga have caught the eye of a host of Premier League clubs. The player has always said he wants to stay [.

Fulham confident of keeping Man Utd and Liverpool target Moussa Dembele

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Fulham believe they will be able to keep hold of French youngster Moussa Dembele despite interest from Liverpool and Manchester United. The 17-year-old striker has been grabbing the attention of scouts with his performances and goals at under-18 and under-21 level. Dembele the namesake of the former Fulham star now at Spurs is [.

Man Utd want Porto left-back Alex Sandro

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Brazilian international Alex Sandro is the latest left-back to be linked with a move to Manchester United. Portuguese newspaper Record claims that the Porto star is wanted by David Moyes. The 22-year-old is also said to be a transfer target for Italian giants inter Milan, who have reportedly tabled a £12.

Mathieu Flamini vows not to cut Arsenal sleeves again

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Arsenal Full-Squad vs Marseille. Perbdaan Hanya Terlihat di Flamini. http://t.co/L6tSi4KyXj Gooners Report Indo (@GoonersReport) November 27, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has promised not to cut the sleeves off his shirt for future matches. The French star sparked controversy among some Gooners by taking a pair of scissors to his jersey ahead of [.

Willian: ‘Being at Chelsea is like being in a sci-fi movie’

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Chelsea star Willian says he sometimes feels like he's in a science-fiction movie when he's at the club. The Brazilian says the Blues' state-of-the-art Cobham training complex is a world or maybe a galaxy away from what he has known at previous clubs. He said: "Don't get me wrong, Shakhtar had a great [.

Video: Bayer Leverkusen’s Emir Spahic scores for Man Utd

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Wayne Rooney crosses are proving to be particularly dangerous during tonight's Champions League game at Bayer Leverkusen. Manchester United have gone 0-2 up after Emir Spahic diverted Rooney's free-kick into his own net. See Antonio Valencia's opener, which also came from a Rooney cross.

Jackson Martinez’s agent ‘flies in for Chelsea talks’

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Porto striker Jackson Martinez's agent has reportedly travelled to London to finalise his client's move for Chelsea. The Blues are on the verge of completing a £33m deal for the Colombia international, according to reports in the Portuguese. Agent Henry Pompeo made the trip to the UK yesterday and is said to have been holding [.

GIF It: Antonio Valencia scores (Bayer Leverkusen vs Man Utd)

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Andre Villas Boas: Spurs dressing room bust-up talk comes from ‘a creative mind’

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Andre Villas Boas has denied reports of a dressing room rift at Tottenham and claims the rumours are the work of a creative mind. The Spurs boss is under-fire after Sunday's 6-0 defeat at Manchester City, with some pundits suggesting that Villas Boas' players didn't appear to be working for him. But the former Chelsea [.

Chelsea and Man Utd battle for Sevilla youngster Alberto Moreno

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Chelsea and Manchester United will both move for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno in January, according to the Daily Mail. The 21-year-old is also a target for Real Madrid, but the Premier League sides are both confident they can get their man. The Blues reportedly see Moreno as Ashley Cole's successor and have sent European scout [.

Liverpool’s Kolo Toure: ‘Man City must be kicking themselves for letting me go’

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Kolo Toure thinks Manchester City must regret allowing him to move to Liverpool in the summer. The centre-back has become a fan favourite at Anfield with some solid performances in his short time at the club so far. And with City experiencing some defensive problems in Vincent Kompany's absence, Toure reckons he is being missed [.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere gets a tattoo, dons a wig

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Jack Wilshere new hair cut courtesy New Wave Tattoo pic.twitter.com/jAARG6kHz0 lal hardy (@LalHardy) November 27, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere visited a tattoo parlour today but managed to pick up a new haircut while he was there. Fresh from his two-goal performance against Marseille last night, Wilshere visited New Wave Tattoo in Muswell [.

Photo: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers visits the Coronation Street set

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Me and my hero Brendan rogers on the set of Corrie coooool pic.twitter.com/qOJxuOxXOG Craig Charles (@CCfunkandsoul) November 27, 2013 Liverpool fans, your manager has made a surprise switch to Manchester. Fear not, he was just visiting the Coronation Street set. Brendan Rodgers probably felt well equipped to visit Corrie having done his fair share [.

Liverpool consider signing new left-back

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he is weighing up a move for a new left-back in the January transfer window. The Reds boss is holding fire to see how well first-choice Jose Enrique recovers from surgery to his knee. But if the Spaniard looks set to be out of action much beyond the new [.

Manchester United plane aborts landing in Germany

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Landed in Germany....just....I've only just recovered after that choppy landing! #TouchedCloth !! #mufc Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) November 26, 2013 Manchester United's plane had to abort its landing to avoid crashing. The plane was just 400metres from the ground when the pilot spotted another plane on the runway at at Cologne-Bonn airport and took evasive [.

Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe ‘agrees £90,000 deal with Toronto FC’

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Jermain Defoe will move to the MLS in January after agreeing a deal with Toronto FC. The 31-year-old will pocket £90,000-a-week after switching to Canada. The Daily Mirror reports that the Tottenham and England striker has accepted a four-year deal with Toronto, which will also see Spurs receive a £6m transfer fee.

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye ready to consider summer move to Arsenal or Liverpool

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Arsenal and Liverpool are on alert after Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye indicated that he will consider his future in the summer. The France international hinted that he could quit Tyneside after the 2014 World Cup. The Gunners failed with a £10m bid for Cabaye in the last transfer window and retain their interest.

Mike Phelan: ‘I was effectively Man Utd manager’

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Mike Phelan claims he was acting as Manchester United manager in all but name for the last five years. Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant says his old boss was basically a figurehead for the club and allowed others including Phelan to go about their jobs relatively unnoticed. Phelan told the Daily Mail: "He [.

Napoli ready to sign Man City flop Javi Garcia

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Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia will be offered a January exit route from the club by Napoli. The Serie A side are ready to make their move for the Spaniard, with Rafa Benitez keen to add another midfielder to his squad, according to talkSPORT. The 26-year-old joined from Benfica for £17m last year.

Video: Everton U18 Ryan Ledson’s shocking tackle vs Liverpool U18

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Yet another horror tackle from the mini-Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton's under-18 sides. Yesterday, we showed you Toffees midfielder Joe Williams' red card foul and that video included another bad tackle that went completely unpunished. Now, here's an indication of what was passing for a yellow card offence in the game.

Video: Gary Neville accepts blame for Liverpool goal to old Man Utd team-mates David Beckham and Paul Scholes

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This clip from the new The Class of '92 film shows former Manchester United defender Gary Neville taking the blame for a Liverpool goal. The Sky Sports pundit now analyses other people's defensive frailties but he can still admit to his own. He reckons Michael Owen's opener in an FA Cup fourth round tie [.

Liverpool track Kevin Mendez after Luis Suarez recommendation

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Liverpool are keeping tabs on Uruguayan starlet Kevin Mendez after an official scout report from his compatriot Luis Suarez. The Reds striker talks about the youngster in glowing terms and has recommended his club act quickly to snap him up. The 17-year-old striker was one of the star's of last summer's Under-17 World Cup.

Liverpool and Man Utd ‘will activate Arda Turan’s £33m release clause’ in January

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Liverpool and Manchester United will both activate a £33m release clause in Arda Turan's Atletico Madrid contract in January. According to reports in the Turkish schemer's homeland, both Premier League sides want to sign him when the transfer window reopens. Both sides are said to have scouted the 26-year-old who can play on the [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes praises ‘aggressive’ Wayne Rooney

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David Moyes has defended Wayne Rooney following his petulant kick at Cardiff's Jordon Mutch at the weekend. The Manchester United boss says he wants his striker to be aggressive on the pitch but he wants that aggression to stop short of kicking people. He said: "I don't want to change Wayne Rooney, that's for [.

GIF It: Mohamed Salah gives Basel the lead against Chelsea

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Basel are on course for an unlikely Champions League double over Chelsea after this late Mohamed Salah goal. It was Salah who scored the winner at Stamford Bridge in the Blues' opening Champions League game. It looks like he's proven to be their nemesis again.

Ajax fan falls 10 metres from stand while celebrating goal against Barcelona

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We hope this Ajax supporter isn't as badly injured as it looks from this image. The fan is said to have fallen 10 metres while celebrating his side's second goal against Barcelona this evening. As you can see, there's a pool of blood around him and he doesn't appear to be in a good way. [...]

GIF It: Jack Wilshere goal makes it Arsenal 2-0 Marseille

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Jack Wilshere has scored his and Arsenal's second of the game in tonight's Champions League clash with Marseille. The England midfielder had an easy tap-in to secure a brace. See his first goal.

GIF It: Mesut Ozil fails to give keeper the eyes, misses penalty (Arsenal vs Marseille)

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Chelsea fans scrounge for Fernando Torres’ shirt… with photo of him in Liverpool kit

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State of these. pic.twitter.com/oSP91BwjBH SCARFACE CLAW (@CFC_Clive) November 26, 2013 These Chelsea supporters it's safe to say they're not hardcore fans appear to have gone to this evening's Champions League game against Basel with the sole intention of grabbing a piece of memorabilia from the Blues' stars.

GIF It: Jack Wilshere goal gives Arsenal the lead against Marseille

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Jack Wilshere has given Arsenal the ideal start to their Champions League tie at home to Marseille with a goal inside 40secs. The Gunners midfielder broke forward in the opening seconds of the game. Finding himself without a team-mate to square the ball to, the young midfielder simply curled the ball into the top corner [.

Photo: Samuel Eto’o in the Chelsea dressing room ahead of Basel clash

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Samuel Eto'o has posted this photo of his pre-match preparations for this evening's Champions League clash with Basel. The Chelsea striker is pictured in the dressing room ahead of kick-off.

Video: Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois involved in a comedy own goal (Zenit St Petersburg vs Atletico Madrid)

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Thibaut Courtois's lengthy loan spells at Atletico Madrid have largely been defined by excellent goalkeeping performances, but this evening he found himself caught up in a comedy own goal. The Chelsea youngster fell victim to an awkward, high, looping header from team-mate Toby Alderweireld. The ball dipped over the Belgian keeper's head and he was [.

Photo: Thierry Henry meets and greets Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

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Thierry Henry welcomes @MesutOzil1088 as the @Arsenal players arrive at Emirates Stadium for #AFCvMAR pic.twitter.com/9Lh5nZxUmo Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 26, 2013 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has this week been emphasising that there is no prospect of Thierry Henry rejoining his squad, despite the fact that he is training with his former club.

Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia: ‘There’s no difference between Man Utd boss David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson’

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Bayer Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia says he hasn't noticed any change at Manchester United since David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson. The former Liverpool defender's side face United in the Champions League tomorrow, and Hyypia doesn't think the task has been made any easier by the recent managerial change.

Video: Everton U18s’ Joe Williams sent-off for horror tackle on Liverpool’s Pedro Chirivella

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Everton's Kevin Mirallas might have got away with a blatant red card offence in the Merseyside derby last weekend, but Joe Williams wasn't so fortunate in the under-18 equivalent of the fixture. The first tackle you'll see in the video above isn't great, but the second, by Williams, is a shocker. Liverpool youngster Pedro Chirivella [.

Photo: Man Utd boss David Moyes shows off his skills at training

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IMAGE: Here's #mufc manager David Moyes, showing off some ball skills this morning. pic.twitter.com/C7Cx31aqGO Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 26, 2013 Is he going to give himself a run out against Bayer Leverkusen? Manchester United's below-par start to the season probably doesn't require such desperate measures, but manager David Moyes was working on his ball [.

Spurs fans angered by training ground photos

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On the training pitch today ahead of our @EuropaLeague fixture on Thursday, @ShaqCoulthirst goes on a run... #THFC pic.twitter.com/1iI5Ez3xcj Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 26, 2013 Spurs have shared photos of their preparations for Thursday evening's Europa League clash with Tromso. But the images have been met by a less than favourable response from fans [.

Wolfsburg star Diego touts move to Arsenal or Southampton

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Brazil international Diego has suggested he could move to Arsenal or Southampton on a free transfer next summer. The Wolfsburg playmaker was one of Europe's most sought-after players when he left Werder Bremen in 2009. He and team-mate Mesut Ozil were a scintillating double act during the 2008/09 season, and Diego has hinted at a [.

Photo: Chelsea take a stroll around Basel

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The players and support staff stretch their legs with a walk near the team's hotel. #CFC pic.twitter.com/xAmqGwCh6o Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) November 26, 2013 Chelsea have gone for a matchday walk ahead of this evening's game against Basel. The players and support staff took in the Swiss scenery during their lunchtime stroll near the team [.

Man City ‘preparing cash plus Joe Hart’ deal for Stoke’s Asmir Begovic

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Manchester City are ready to launch a surprise swap deal for Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic. The deal would see Joe Hart move in the opposite direction. Reports in the Daily Mirror claim that City boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen to buy a Champions League-eligible goalkeeper in the January transfer window and has made Begovic [.

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner arrested for criminal damage

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage at his luxury apartment block. The 25-year-old was questioned by police after the doors to a communal gym were kicked and a window smashed at the building in Bushey, Herts. Officers were waiting for the Denmark international when he returned home from training [.

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner explains arrest

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Nicklas Bendtner has posted an explanation of his arrest for criminal damage on his Instagram account. The Arsenal striker wrote a statement on his phone, took a screenshot and posted it online as an image. The Denmark international says the allegations that he kicked in doors and smashed a window come from a simple misunderstanding [.

Carlo Ancelotti: ‘I tried to kill a Chelsea player’

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Carlo Ancelotti has claimed he "tried to kill" a Chelsea player during his time at Stamford Bridge. While the Italian is presumably talking in terms of the player's Blues career rather than his life, it's clear that there was a serious fall-out. Ancelotti said: "We've never had any problems with the players, just one time [.

Arsenal fans almost forced me to drop Aaron Ramsey, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club's fans almost forced him to leave Aaron Ramsey out of the team last season. The Welshman has been one of the club's star performers this season. But last season he was vocally criticised by supporters who didn't think he was good enough to play for them. Wenger says [.

Tottenham plot loan move for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata

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Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata is being lined up as the answer to Tottenham's goalscoring problems. Spurs have struggled to find the net this season, scoring just nine goals so far, and Andre Villas Boas is said to have set his sights on a loan move for Morata. The 21-year-old was touted as a possible [.

Brazilian midfielder Everton Ribeiro discusses ‘dream’ Man Utd move

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Cruzeiro attacking midfielder Everton Ribeiro says it is his dream to play for Manchester United. The 24-year-old is rated at £7m, and the Daily Star claims the Premier League champions could launch a January bid at that level. David Moyes wants to add some midfield guile to provide decent service to his star strikers and [.

Everton’s Leighton Baines out for up to six weeks

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Everton left-back Leighton Baines could have played his last game of the year after manager Roberto Martinez confirmed he faces up to six weeks out with a broken toe. The England international picked up a fracture in his right foot during Saturday's 3-3 draw with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. Martinez says Baines could be [.

Photo: Cardiff fan takes a selfie with ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

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Being away from football management is giving Sir Alex Ferguson time to do all sorts of things, like posing for selfies. The former Manchester United boss had his picture taken with a Cardiff fan at yesterday's 2-2 draw.

Video: Tony Pulis relishing ‘tough job’ at Crystal Palace

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New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis says he knows he has taken a tough job. The former Stoke boss was unveiled by the Eagles this afternoon. Speaking at a press conference, he said: "I like climbing hills and you know this is going to be a tough job, but one that I'll relish." Pulis was [...]

Video: Chelsea training ahead of Basel match

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Chelsea trained at Cobham today before flying to Switzerland for tomorrow's Champions League game against Basel. The Blues are currently top of their group after recovering from a home defeat to tomorrow's opponents in their opening group game.

Graphic: Roberto Soldado’s heat map (Man City 6-0 Tottenham)

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Roberto Soldado's and indeed Tottenham's afternoon against Manchester City is rather neatly summed up by this Opta heat map showing his average positions during the match. It appears to show that the Spanish striker spent most of his time taking kick-offs in the centre circle. And very little time doing anything anywhere of [.

Video: Thierry Henry training with Arsenal

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was once again training with his old team today. The Frenchman returned to the club last week and joined in the session ahead of tomorrow's Champions League clash with Marseille. Despite the veteran New York Red Bulls striker returning to England during the MLS off-season, Arsene Wenger played down suggestions of [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho sent a photo of his haircut to his wife so she’d open the door to him!

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Here's a pic of Jose Mourinho and John Mikel Obi speaking to the media in Basel earlier this evening. #CFC pic.twitter.com/ECmCvqHC9r Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) November 25, 2013 Jose Mourinho said he sent his wife a photo of his freshly shaven head so that she wouldn't be scared of letting him to the house.

Chelsea and Man Utd chase Dinamo Zagreb youngster Robert Muric

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Chelsea and Manchester United are both in the race to sign Croatian wonderkid Robert Muric, according to media reports in his homeland. The Jutarnji list newspaper claims that both Premier League sides are ready to spend €6m on the 17-year-old striker. The Dinamo Zagreb youngster is tipped to leave his current club before the start [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski now kicking balls after injury

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has demonstrated that he's now able to kick a ball in anger again after his recent injury layoff. The Germany international's recovery has progressed to the stage that he is now training with a ball and he is expected to be available for selection very soon. Describing the moment on his [.

Video: Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal are in control

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Arsenal's Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund has put them back in control ahead of tomorrow's clash with Marseille, according to midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The Gunners are now favourites to qualify for the knockout stages and Ramsey is pleased that achieving that is now back in their hands. He said: "Oh, obviously it was important [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger aims to secure qualification against Marseille

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Arsene Wenger wants his Arsenal side to secure three points in tomorrow's Champions League clash against Marseille in the hope that will be enough to see them through to the knockout stages with a game to spare. Victory at the Emirates tomorrow will take the Gunners to 12 points. Depending on the result of the [.

Man Utd and Liverpool scouts watch Dundee United wonderkid Ryan Gauld produce four assists

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Dundee United youngster Ryan Gauld rose to the occasion as scouts from Manchester United and Liverpool watched him on Saturday. The 17-year-old weighed in with four assists in his side's 4-1 win over Partick Thistle. The £6m-rated wonderkid has been compared to Lionel Messi and is being tracked by some of Europe's top clubs, including [.

Video: Sandro vomits on the pitch (Man City 6-0 Spurs)

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The 6-0 defeat at Manchester City yesterday was undoubtedly sickening for Tottenham, but for nobody more so than Sandro. The Brazilian midfielder threw up on the pitch during the first-half and it was only 1-0 at the stage.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, take note: Patrice Evra racially abuses Man Utd team-mate. Sort of

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez may well have been an interested spectator of MOTD2 last night. Patrice Evra the Manchester United player involved in the racism row with Suarez inadvertently referred to team-mate Danny Welbeck as "Wellblack" during his post-match interview. Suarez received an eight-match ban in 2011 for using insulting words including "a [.

Video: Patrice Evra’s damning assessment of Manchester United vs Cardiff City

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Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra pulled no punches in his post-match interview following yesterday's 2-2 draw with Cardiff. Evra's headed goal appeared to have secured victory for the champions until Cardiff mustered an injury time equaliser. But the Frenchman made it clear his side's performance didn't merit all three points.

Former Spurs star Gareth Bale’s fake ears now on sale in Spain

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We suspect these are not an officially licensed Real Madrid product, but they are available nonetheless: your very own set of Gareth Bale ears. Real fans wanting to demonstrate on alternative display of support for the world's most expensive footballer can don plastic ears modelled on the Welshman's own sizeable lugs.

Sevilla’s Diego Perotti linked with January transfer to Tottenham

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Tottenham could move for Diego Perotti in January after the Sevilla winger expressed an interest in moving to the Premier League. The Argentina international is a long-term Spurs target and reportedly came close to joining the north London club last summer. He opted to stay in Seville at that time, but has indicated that he [.

Spurs and Man City ‘have to pay Emmanuel Adebayor £1.4m’ if he doesn’t leave in January

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Emmanuel Adebayor will cost Spurs and Manchester City £1.4m if he stays at White Hart Lane beyond the January transfer window. Under the terms of the striker's £5m move to north London, Tottenham must pay the additional installment if the Togo international is still their player in February 2014. But because City still top-up Adebayor's [.

New Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis wants Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes

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Incoming Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has targeted Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes as the man who will fire the Eagles to Premier League safety. Former Stoke boss Pulis takes over at Selhurst Park today and wants to sign Rhodes in January to bolster his new side's attack. The Daily Mirror claims Pulis wants to make [.

Video: Arsenal fans produce spoof interview with Spurs’ Roberto Soldado

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Arsenal fans are rather enjoying being top of the table and watching local rivals Spurs struggling to adapt after their raft of summer signings. They've butchered this subtitled interview with striker Roberto Soldado to give Tottenham and their largely anonymous star striker a bit of a kicking.

Video: Arsene Wenger discusses Thierry Henry’s Arsenal return

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been discussing Thierry Henry's return to the club. The New York Red Bulls striker and Gunners legend started training with his former side last week. While Wenger said Henry was invited to train with his squad, he played down suggestions that he could make another short-term loan move the club.

Juan Mata linked with loan move away from Chelsea

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Chelsea star Juan Mata could leave the club on loan in January as he seeks to protect his World Cup ambitions. Juventus and Atletico Madrid are plotting moves for the Spain international as they aim to capitalise on the playermaker's continued lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge. The Sunday People reports that Mata wants [.

Patrice Evra set to quit Man Utd for PSG or Monaco

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Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra will leave Manchester United at the end of the season for a lucrative return to France. The 32-year-old is out of contract in the summer. He has previously been reluctant to talk about his future, which suggested he thought a move away from Old Trafford may be on the cards.

Yann M’Vila in the crowd to watch Liverpool at Everton

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@Jay_78_ another one lad. pic.twitter.com/wan3mAgRa2 bernard cain (@c41nyb) November 23, 2013 France international Yann M'Vila sat with Liverpool fans for yesterday's derby clash with Everton sparking a flurry of rumours that he will join the club in January. The 23-year-old enjoyed the thrilling 3-3 draw a Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.

Tottenham and West Ham linked with Charlton youngster Jordan Cousins

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Charlton midfielder Jordan Cousins is a transfer target for Tottenham and West Ham. The Addicks youngster, who is also comfortable in defence, has burst onto the scene this season. The 19-year-old only signed as a full-time professional two months ago but has since made a big impression. That has grabbed the attention of a number [.

Arsenal still interested in Romanian striker Ciprian Marica

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Arsenal are considering a move for Getafe forward Ciprian Marica as they seek to bolster their strikeforce in January. Manager Arsene Wenger has voiced his concerns about the lack of cover for first-choice striker Olivier Giroud. But he also played down suggestions of a big money move for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.

Man Utd veteran Rio Ferdinand considers retiring

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Rio Ferdinand has admitted he is considering hanging up his boots at the end of the season. The 35-year-old says he is just concentrating on getting to the end of the current campaign before making a final decision on his future. The former England captain is out of contract in the summer and a new [.

Video: Goal-shy Spurs publish evidence of shooting practice

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As if to placate fans annoyed by their lack of goals this season, Tottenham have published a video showing it's not for the want of trying. The club's official YouTube account uploaded footage of the players undertaking shooting practice. You know, to show that they still maintain a general interest in the art of goalscoring.

GIF It: Jesus Navas nearly impales himself on a corner flag (Man City vs Spurs)

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GIF It: Kevin Mirallas’ knee-high foul on Luis Suarez (Everton vs Liverpool)

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Everton goalscorer Kevin Mirallas was lucky to stay on the pitch after this knee-high, studs-up challenge on Liverpool's Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker was left with studmarks on the side of his right knee after the foul. But referee Phil Dowd opted to show Mirallas just a yellow card.

GIF It: Kevin Mirallas’ equalising goal (Everton vs Liverpool)

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Everton have got themselves straight back into the Merseyside derby moments after going 0-1 down at home to Liverpool. Kevin Mirallas has grabbed an equaliser for the Toffees after he reacted quickest to a knock-down in the box after an Everton free-kick. See Philippe Coutinho's opening goal.

GIF It: Luis Suarez’s stunning free-kick (Everton vs Liverpool)

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Liverpool are back into the lead in the Merseyside derby courtesy of this superb free-kick from Luis Suarez. Question marks about the positioning of the wall, but none about the quality of the finish.

Man City’s player support department decorated in honour of Carlos Tevez

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Carlos Tevez may be gone from Manchester City, but he's certainly not forgetten. Indeed, the club's player support department appears to have a Tevez-themed decor. The wall is covered by a handy poster entitled 'Driving In The UK'. No doubt this would have been very useful information for City's former striker, who was sentenced to [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes still hopeful of signing Cristiano Ronaldo

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David Moyes has revealed he hasn't given up hope of bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United. The Portuguese superstar was linked with a return to Old Trafford over the summer, but has since signed a new contract at Real Madrid. The United boss also took the opportunity to send some flattery in Ronaldo's direction, [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ponders striker options aloud

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Arsene Wenger has been chatting about the various options for ensuring Arsenal don't find themselves short of strikers after Christmas and it doesn't sounds like he's entirely sure what to do. He believes the return to fitness of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski will give him goalscoring options that he is currently lacking.

Craig Bellamy says Man Utd tried to sign him from Man City

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Cardiff striker Craig Bellamy says Manchester United have twice tried to sign him, including a surprise attempt to lure him from Manchester City in 2010. Speaking ahead of his side's game against United, he Welshman says United made a cheeky move for him when he had fallen out of favour at City. Bellamy had been [.

Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet warns against getting ‘carried away’ vs Everton

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Brilliant action shot of @SMignolet in training at Melwood today pic.twitter.com/peTITi7WRg Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 21, 2013 Simon Mignolet says he and his Liverpool team-mates cannot afford to get carried away by the derby atmosphere ahead of today's clash with Everton. The Reds keeper reckons the best preparation is to put Merseyside rivalries to [.

Photo: Everton plotting aerial threat against Liverpool?

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Wouldn't fancy picking these two up at corners: pic.twitter.com/Iq96Dz1spg Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) November 23, 2013 Spotted in Liverpool today are Everton planning to unleash a surprise new strikeforce against Liverpool today? We can't guarantee that this pair have good touch for big men.

Carlton Cole critiques ‘performance’ of West Ham fan’s mum

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West Ham striker Carlton Cole hit back with panache after a West Ham fan gave him a backhanded compliment on Twitter. Supporter Ricky Brown called for Cole to be included in the Hammers team to face Chelsea, but couched his team selection advise with the pre-cursor: "As useless as he is..." He kindly tagged Cole's [.

Graphic: Man City and Chelsea top international break air miles tables

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Manchester City and Chelsea players clocked up the most miles during the recent international break. City players travelled more than 82,000 miles in the last couple of weeks, while Chelsea's squad was the second most-travelled at over 74,000 miles. Blues boss Jose Mourinho has criticised the impact of the international games on his side's preparations [.

GIF It: Philippe Coutinho scores the opening goal (Everton vs Liverpool)

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Philippe Coutinho has given Liverpool the perfect possible start in today's Merseyside derby, opening the scoring after just five minutes. The Everton defence left the Brazilian in bags of space at the backpost. When the ball broke kindly for him, he made no mistake.

Video: Are Man Utd now throwing food to Anderson mid-interview?

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We can't tell if it's food or not certainly a packet of something is lobbed at Anderson in the middle of an interview with MUTV.

Andre Villas Boas ‘has to believe’ goals will come for Spurs

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas says he has to keep faith that his goal-shy team will start to find the net soon. The Portuguese manager believes there is plenty of promise in his side's attacking play and the amount of chances they are creating. And he is hoping that translates into goals sooner rather than [.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini expects ‘very difficult’ game against Spurs

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Manuel Pellegrini is warning his Manchester City players they race a tough challenge when they host Tottenham on Sunday. The Chilean made it clear that he is not expecting an easy game when his side face Andre Villas Boas' team. He said: "I see a very difficult game for us. "We're going to play against [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho not pleased with referee chief’s West Brom apology

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Jose Mourinho was less than impressed that West Brom have received an apology for the refereeing decision that allowed Chelsea to secure a 2-2 draw with the Baggies in their last Premier League outing. Referee Andre Marriner awarded a controversial injury time penalty for a supposed foul on Ramires. Mike Riley, head of Professional Game [.

Video: Thierry Henry trains with Arsenal

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Post by Arsenal. There was a blast from the past at Arsenal training today. Gunners legend Thierry Henry is training with his old club to keep his fitness levels up during the MLS off-season. Is a loan move from New York Red Bulls on the agenda? We'll have to wait and see. Certainly it's difficult [.

Video: Cardiff boss Malky Mackay jokes than Man Utd have driven him to drink

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Malky Mackay has been forced to hit the bottle as he prepares to face Manchester United this weekend. The Cardiff manager joked that he had resorted to drink to help him cope with the prospect of facing the champions. Asked what he had done to ready himself for the challenge, he said: "Usually drink.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho bemoans lack of preparation for West Ham clash

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised the amount of preparation work he has been able to do for this weekend's game against West Ham saying he has only worked with four players ahead of the match. The Blues boss says the international break has left him clueless as to the physical and psychological state [.

Ex-Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu banned by Romania over Mr Bean Photoshop image

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Adrian Mutu has been banned for life from representing the Romania national team after comparing manager Victor Piturca to Mr Bean. The controversial former Chelsea striker posted a photograph on his Facebook page showing Mr Bean's head edited onto Piturca's body. The 34-year-old, currently playing for French side Ajaccio, quickly deleted the image but the [.

West Ham linked with former Man Utd striker Diego Forlan

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West Ham are set to move for ex-Manchester United striker Diego Forlan in January. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is plotting a surprise move for the Uruguayan veteran. The 34-year-old is still remembered fondly at Old Trafford not least thanks to his scoring record against Liverpool during his two-year stay where his name is [.

Spurs star Sandro: ‘We must win at Man City to challenge for the title’

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Tottenham midfielder Sandro says he and his team-mates must secure a win at Manchester City this weekend if they want to challenge for the Premier League title. The Brazilian star sees the trip to the Etihad Stadium as precisely the kind of game Spurs need to be winning if they are serious about securing silverware.

Santi Cazorla found out Mesut Ozil was coming to Arsenal from Real Madrid players

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Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla says he first heard that Mesut Ozil was joining the club from Real Madrid players. The Spain international's friends in the Bernabeu dressing room told him that the Germany international was in talks with the Gunners and was keen to make the move. But he didn't believe it could possibly be [.

Tottenham slap £6.5m asking price on West Ham and QPR target Jermain Defoe

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Spurs will demand £6.5m from clubs interested in signing striker Jermain Defoe in January. The England international, reportedly wanted by West Ham, QPR and MLS side Toronto FC, is on the fringes at White Hart Lane. With Roberto Soldado already established as Andre Villas Boas' first-choice forward, Defoe could find himself further down the pecking [.

Ex-Man City striker Mario Balotelli dismisses Chelsea rumours

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AC Milan stare Mario Balotelli has dismissed talk of a transfer to Chelsea despite his agent suggesting a reunion with Jose Mourinho could be on the cards. Mino Raiola recently suggested a move to Stamford Bridge was a possibility, but his client claims he is not thinking about leaving the San Siro in January [.

Video: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers predicts ‘fiercely competitive’ Everton clash

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side's Merseyside derby clash with Everton will be "fiercely competitive". The Reds boss praised the Toffees' efforts last season, but is hopeful that his team will be able to emerge victorious for the encounter. He said: "Like them all it is a really... both teams have obviously made a [.

Tottenham’s Lewis Holtby predicts good game against Man City

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Lewis: 'It's a match between two opponents that like to play attacking football and I think it's going to be a great game to watch' #THFC Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 21, 2013 Lewis Holtby reckons the attacking instincts of Tottenham and Manchester City will lead to a great game when the two sides meet [.

Hull manager Steve Bruce tells fans to ‘respect’ name change

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Hull fans should "respect" owner Assem Allam to change the club's name, according to manager Steve Bruce. Allam wants to rename the club as Hull Tigers and Bruce reckons supporters should let him get on with it. Bruce said: "Listen I can understand in our country especially, we're real big traditionalists and a lot of [.

Arsene Wenger confirms Theo Walcott will return for Arsenal against Southampton

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PHOTO: Roy Hodgson catches up with Theo Walcott this morning at Arsenal's training ground #England pic.twitter.com/jIOGj960BT The FA (@FA) November 18, 2013 Theo Walcott has recovered from his abdominal injury and is fit to face former club Southampton this weekend, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.

West Ham need ‘top form’ to beat Chelsea, says Sam Allardyce

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says his side will need to find top form against Chelsea this weekend or they could find life very difficult. The goal-shy Hammers come up against a Blues side with no shortage of attacking threats. Allardyce is acutely aware that his players will need to be at their very [.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers dismisses interest in Derby’s Will Hughes

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Brendan Rodgers has denied that Liverpool are interested in signing Derby wonderkid Will Hughes let alone in advanced transfer negotiations for him. The Reds have been linked with the England Under-21 midfielder since the summer and reports this week suggested that a £12m deal had been agreed with the Rams.

Photos: Liverpool training ahead of Everton clash

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Brilliant action shot of @SMignolet in training at Melwood today pic.twitter.com/peTITi7WRg Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 21, 2013 Liverpool have been preparing for this weekend's Merseyside derby clash with Everton. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet did his bit for the cameras, pulling off this spectacular save.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino: ‘Arsenal can win the league’

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Mauricio Pochettino says Arsenal can win the Premier League this season. The Southampton manager was speaking ahead of his side's clash with the Gunners this weekend. His surprise package Saints squad face Arsene Wenger's table-topping side on Saturday. And Pochettino sees no reason why they shouldn't still be leading the way at the end of [.

Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker jokes that he was ‘too quick’ for England defenders

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Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has been mocking England's slack defending after he scored the winning goal for Germany at Wembley on Tuesday evening. He revealed his bewilderment at finding himself completely unmarked in the box and could only conclude that his pace was too much for Roy Hodgson's side to handle.

Manchester United and Chelsea track eight-year-old ‘new Messi’ Claudio Gabriel Nancufil

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Manchester United and Chelsea are among the top European clubs chasing an eight-year-old Argentinian kid who goes by the name 'Snow Messi'. Claudio Gabriel Nancufil is being tracked by a number of sides after showing great promise. The youngster currently plays for a junior side in Bariloche, Argentina, in the foothills of the Andes.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘There were no names in the envelopes’

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Brendan Rodgers has revealed he had not put the names of three of his players in envelopes during a high profile pre-season stunt. The Liverpool boss was shown on the Being Liverpool documentary telling his squad that he had jotted down the names of three players who would let the club down over the course [.

Julian Draxler hints at summer move to Arsenal

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Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler has been talking up Arsenal and hinting that a move to the Emirates could be on the cards after the World Cup. The 20-year-old is known to be a target for Arsene Wenger and was linked with a move to the Gunners last summer. The young midfielder made it clear [...]

Video: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud leads a post-match sing-song

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Olivier Giroud led the on-pitch karaoke as France celebrated their World Cup qualification playoff win over Ukraine. After the final whistle, the French players returned to the pitch with the Arsenal striker taking the mic for a rendition of La Marseillaise. Somewhere Phil Brown is wondering why Giroud's not taking any flak for this!

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique out with ‘long-term knee injury’

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Jose Enrique could require surgery on a knee injury that is likely to keep him out of action for the foreseeable future. The Liverpool left-back has struggled for fitness for large chunks of this season and it looks like that is set to continue. The Spaniard will miss this weekend's Merseyside derby against Everton and [.

Photo: Mesut Ozil and his Arsenal team-mates pose in new suits

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Arsenal's players have been posing in their new formalwear after manager Arsene Wenger reintroduced the club suit. In recent seasons, the Gunners have arrived on matchdays sporting club tracksuits, but Wenger has had a change of heart and now wants a smarter look for his squad. The club has announced that Lanvin will become its [.

Anderson finding it ‘very hard’ as a Man Utd bit-part player

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Manchester United midfielder Anderson has revealed he is finding it difficult being on the fringes at the club and says he needs to force his way towards first-team football very soon. The Brazil international has been berated for his form and physique during his time at Old Trafford and does not seem likely to [.

Newcastle linked with Bordeaux striker Cheick Diabate

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Newcastle have been linked with a move for Bordeaux striker Cheick Diabate ominously dubbed 'the new Emmanuel Adebayor'. The Magpies are set to add to their French contingent with another Ligue 1 signing. The strong and powerful Diabate is seen as the perfect foil for the pace of Loic Remy. Arsenal and West Ham [.

Video: Chelsea youth teamer Lewis Baker twerking in the dressing room

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Another example of there not being enough going on at football clubs during international breaks. Chelsea's youth team players used the time to create this twerking video. England Under-19 international Lewis Baker is the guy with the fake backside. Team-mate Dion Conroy is behind the camera.

Saido Berahino will reject Arsenal and Chelsea to stay at West Brom

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Saido Berahino is set to overlook interest from Arsenal and Chelsea in favour of committing his future to West Brom. The Baggies youngster's much discussed £850-a-week deal expires at the end of the season. His form this season has attracted admiring glances from the Premier League bid boys. But the England under-21 striker is ready [.

Photo: Man City star Yaya Toure wears the new Puma King boots

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been modelling the new Puma Kings which he will wear for the first time this weekend. Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic and Cardiff's Steven Caulker will be among the other Premier League stars donning the boots.

Top five controversial Everton vs Liverpool moments

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Once the dust has settled on this week's international fixtures attention will inevitably turn to this weekend's action, and that means Everton vs Liverpool. The history of the Merseyside derby teaches us that no matter how many soccer betting lines you look at, the game is almost impossible to predict but usually memorable.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City in for Barcelona’s Toni Sanabria

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are all watching Barcelona wonderkid Toni Sanabria's contract talks closely. The Catalan giants reportedly fear that the Premier League clubs could offer the 17-year-old a professional contract, which he cannot sign in Spain until he turns 18. The Paraguay international's current deal includes a €3m release clause, and Barca boss [.

Video: Arsenal and Liverpool target Konstantinos Mitroglou scores again (Romania vs Greece)

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Greece international Konstantinos Mitroglou scored again as his side got a 1-1 draw in Romania to book their place at next summer's World Cup. The Olympiakos striker was also on target twice in the first leg, showing the sort of goalscoring form that has grabbed the attention of both Arsenal and Liverpool.

Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry can go to World Cup, says Joachim Low

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Germany boss Joachim Low says Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry is in his thoughts in the build-up to next summer's World Cup. The 18-year-old winger has forced his way into the Gunners' first-team after Arsene Wenger's side suffered a series of injuries in wide areas. Now he has been encouraged to barge his way into his [.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini does not expect Spurs or Liverpool to challenge for the title

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MATCH SHOT: Manuel Pellegrini shares some instructions with Jesus Navas #safcvcity #mcfc pic.twitter.com/wJn4gWNtbs Manchester City FC (@MCFC) November 10, 2013 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has indicated that he expects Liverpool and Tottenham's title challenge to fade before the end of the season.

Everton aim to beat Swansea to Diogo Viana

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Everton are ramping up their efforts to sign Gil Vicente midfielder Diogo Viana amid interest from Premier League rivals Swansea. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has been monitoring the Portuguese winger since August, reports the Daily Mirror, but is stepping up that interest now that his former club have also made moves to sign Viana.

Barcelona line-up move for Chelsea’s Ramires

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires is a target for Barcelona if they fail to land Atletico Madrid youngster Koke. If they cannot sign their top target, they will move for the Blues' Brazil international. Ramires is already rumoured to be wanted by Real Madrid, so Jose Mourinho could find both of the El Clasico clubs tracking [.

Chelsea and Man Utd ready to move for Xabi Alonso

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Chelsea and Manchester United will move to sign Xabi Alonso on a pre-contract agreement in January. The Daily Star reports that both clubs will aim to secure the Real Madrid's signing ahead of next season. The former Liverpool star is out of contract at the end of the season and is wanted by clubs across [.

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye launched new France home kit

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Fresh from his heroic performance in helping France to overcome Ukraine in their World Cup qualification playoff, Yohan Cabaye finds himself starring in the campaign to promote France's new kit. Not long after the final whistle had blown in last night's 3-0 second leg win, it became clear that victory had saved an expensive photoshoot.

Competition: Win a Savile Rogue cashmere football scarf

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OTP has teamed up with Savile Rogue to give you the chance to win one of the world's finest cashmere football scarves. Savile Rogue scarves give a nod to football terraces of yesteryear, shunning in-your-face logos and cheap nylon in favour of a traditional design and the comfort, quality and warmth of top grade wool.

Photo: Liverpool goalkeeper Luis Suarez?

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#SelecciónMayor. Último entrenamiento celeste previo al enfrentamiento ante Jordania: http://t.co/wg9g06x7v6 pic.twitter.com/LijhO1gqQI AUF (@AUFOficial) November 19, 2013 We're not saying that Uruguay are confident that their 5-0 first leg lead will be enough to see off Jordan in their World Cup qualification playoff.

Man City, Man United and Arsenal face disappointment in race for Juventus’ Paul Pogba

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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is unlikely to join any of the Premier League clubs tracking him for the foreseeable future. The former Manchester United youngster is wanted by his old club, Manchester City and Arsenal but all three are set to miss out on their target, according to the Daily Mail. The 20-year-old was [.

GIF It: Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho scores his second (France 3-0 Ukraine)

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GIF It: Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker heads Germany into the lead against England

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Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has put Germany into the lead against England at Wembley. The big defender was lurking in the box after a corner and was on hand to head the ball past Joe Hart when the ball came back into the penalty area.

Video: Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho scores (France 1-0 Ukraine)

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Video: Lukas Podolski bemoans Arsenal’s dodgy dressers

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Lukas Podolski reckons his Arsenal team-mates' dress sense is so dodgy that he couldn't even pick out a single bad dresser. Asked to name and shame the Gunners' worst dressed player, Poldi found himself spoiled for choice. He said: "There's a lot of them. It depends on the day." The Germany international added: "Sometimes it [.

Video: Man City’s John Guidetti scores two for Sweden U21

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Manchester City striker John Guidetti marked his return from over a year out injured with two goals for Sweden Under-21s. The young striker made his return for City's elite development squad at the start of the month and followed that up with a first international appearance in more than 18 months. He scored the first [.

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado: ‘I’m not on top form’

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Roberto Soldado says Tottenham fans have not yet seen the best of him. The former Valencia man has regularly been on the scoresheet since his arrival at White Hart Lane, but a lot of his goals have been from the penalty spot. While the Spaniard has been criticised for his overall contribution, others have defended [.

Iago Aspas: ‘Top four is the minimum for Liverpool’

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Liverpool should be targeting a fourth place finish as an absolute minimum this season, according to Iago Aspas. The Spanish striker has only been on the fringes during the Reds' promising start to the season but he clearly believes that is only because of the quality Brendan Rodgers has at his disposal.

Man Utd defender Phil Jones ‘out for 10 days’

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Manchester United have confirmed that Phil Jones has suffered an abductor injury. The defender was subbed off during England's defeat to Chile on Friday evening with a groin problem. He was immediately ruled out of tonight's game against Germany and returned to United for treatment. Following scans, the problem has been identified as an abductor [.

Christian Eriksen will be back sooner than expected, say Spurs

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Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen will return to action more quickly than expected. The 21-year-old was expected to be out for six weeks with an ankle injury sustained during Denmark's game against Norway on Friday evening. Reports this morning suggested that the injury could be worse than expected and rule Eriksen out until February.

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku pleads for international partnership with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke

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Romelu Lukaku has requested more time to prove that he and Christian Benteke can form a deadly striker partnership. The Chelsea striker, currently on-loan at Everton, was given a short stint alongside the Aston Villa man in Belgium's defeat to Colombia last week. Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has previously preferred to play Benteke as a [.

Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen warns he’s not happy at left-back

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Spurs have been linked with a couple of left-backs in the forthcoming transfer window. And it seems they should work hard to sign one of them or risk infuriating Jan Vertonghen. The Belgium international prefers to play at centre-back but is also a decent left-back. But he's been pressed into full-back duties more frequently than [.

Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi wants to join Liverpool

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Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi had admitted he would jump at the chance to join Liverpool in the January transfer window. The 20-year-old is reported to be one of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers' main transfer targets, and it sounds like the interest is very much mutual. Onazi said: "I would jump at the chance to play [.

Photos: Spurs players train in the cage

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The Cage! And you thought your five-a-side league was fast paced... Training photos from today's session... pic.twitter.com/tQMlSPwpCv Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 19, 2013 If you're not good enough to make the grade for your national team, Tottenham punish you by locking you in a cage during international week.

Arsenal aim to pip Spurs to Alen Halilovic signing

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Arsenal are planning to beat north London rivals Tottenham to the signing of Croatian wonderkid Alen Halilovic. Spurs have long been linked with a move for the 17-year-old but have failed to complete the transfer. Twice the deal has appeared close to being finalised only to collapse over concerns about Halilovic's siblings' schooling arrangements, then [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker and his Germany team-mates on the London Underground

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All players and officials decided to take the tube to Wembley Park from their base in central London. pic.twitter.com/3FCsBUmVHe James Marshall (@jamesmarshall_) November 18, 2013 London commuters got a bit of a surprise yesterday when Germany's squad decided to travel to and from their training session on the tube.

Fulham’s ex-Man Utd star Dimitar Berbatov wanted by Barcelona

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Barcelona are weighing up a surprise transfer move for Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian star has been far from his best for the Cottagers so far this season. But Barca boss Gerardo Martino believes Berbatov can add some guile and goals to his team while Lionel Messi is out of the team. The Daily [.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen ‘could be out until February’

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Spurs fear that Christian Eriksen's ankle injury is worse than previously that and he could be out of action for three months. The playmaker suffered ligament damage while playing for Denmark against Norway on Friday evening. Denmark boss Morten Olsen initially said Eriksen would be out for six weeks but it could be much longer, [.

Video: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker’s rabona pass

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Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has been taking good touch for a big man to new levels while on international duty. The Gunners star unleashed an inch perfect rabona pass during Germany's training session at Wembley yesterday evening.

Video: Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi scores a volley (Nigeria vs Italy)

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Shola Ameobi might be coming to international football late in his career, but he's taking to it like a duck to water. For instance, look at this flicked near-post volley he scored for Nigeria in their friendly against Italy last night. Ameobi had earlier bagged an assist for Nigeria's first goal in the 2-2 draw.

Arsenal ready to sign Julio Cesar from QPR on a free transfer

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Julio Cesar could be set to switch to Arsenal after QPR admitted he can leave on a free transfer in the January transfer window. Harry Redknapp says the club won't stand in the Brazil international's way if he wants to leave. He said: "He needs to play and I feel he's a player who could [...]

Video: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge scores in England training

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Video: Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Southampton’s Rickie Lambert take shots at Celtic’s Fraser Forster

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It look like today's England training session was a pretty demoralising one for Fraser Forster. The Celtic keeper took part in a one-on-one session with Southampton's Rickie Lambert and, predominantly, Chelsea's Frank Lampard. It doesn't look like Frank was in the mood to give Forster too many chances.

Photo: Roy Hodgson chats to Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley

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PHOTO: Roy Hodgson chats to Arsenal and #EnglandU17s midfielder Dan Crowley at London Colney pic.twitter.com/MpbSakV1Ne The FA (@FA) November 18, 2013 It looks like England manager Roy Hodgson is already casting one eye of tournaments of the future. He took time out from his training duties at London Colney today to greet Arsenal youngster [.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud ‘ready to die on the pitch’

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Olivier Giroud says he is "ready to die on the pitch" to ensure France qualify for next summer's World Cup. Heading into the second leg of their playoff against Ukraine facing a 2-0 deficit, Giroud and his team-mates face an uphill battle if they want to make it to Brazil. But the Arsenal striker insists [.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge leaves England training early with suspected injury

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Daniel Sturridge has walked off the training pitch before the end of England's session with a suspected injury. The Liverpool striker left the pitch accompanied by coach Gary Neville. He had been playing as part of a bib-wearing team that looked distinctly like England's starting line-up to face Germany tomorrow.

Video: West Ham’s ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison’s amazing backheel volley

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It's just a few days since Manchester United veteran Rio Ferdinand said he would pay to watch Ravel Morrison train now it's clear why. The West Ham midfielder, once of Manchester United, lit up yesterday's England Under-21 training session with this outrageous flying, backheel volley. The lack of noise generated defies the quality of [.

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner touts move to Barcelona or Real Madrid

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Demonstrating his trademark lack of self-awareness, Arsenal flop Nicklas Bendtner has tipped himself for a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid. The Denmark international was stopped from leaving the Emirates in the summer at short-notice to provide emergency cover for Olivier Giroud. With the former Birmingham and Sunderland man giving fleeting demonstrations of just how [.

Liverpool ‘have beaten’ Arsenal to signing of Derby midfielder Will Hughes

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Liverpool have won the race for highly sought-after Derby wonderkid Will Hughes. According to reports in The Sun, the Reds have tied up a £12m deal to sign the 18-year-old midfielder in January. Arsenal were their main rivals, but Brendan Rodgers has reportedly secured his target. That will come as a blow for Arsene Wenger, [.

Eden Hazard urges Kevin De Bruyne to quit Chelsea

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has advised Kevin De Bruyne to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window. The Belgium international is concerned his colleague for club and country will undermine his prospects of performing at next summer's World Cup if he stays at Stamford Bridge. Hazard told Nieuwsblad: "If he does not play, it is [.

Newcastle and Aston Villa linked with unsettled Spurs star Mousa Dembele

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Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is being linked with January moves to Newcastle or Aston Villa. The former Fulham star has made it clear that he is unhappy with his lack of starts at White Hart Lane this season. Speaking to Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade, he said: "I can not be satisfied with it, of course, I [.

Spurs line-up Jurgen Klinsmann as AVB replacement

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Tottenham will move to appoint former player Jurgen Klinsmann as their manager if Andre Villas Boas fails to lead them to the Champions League. The Daily Mail claims the White Hart Lane legend is on a list of potential new bosses if Spurs fail to secure a top four finish this season. Qualifying for the [.

Spurs set to demand almost £1m in compensation for Christian Eriksen injury

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Tottenham will pursue FIFA for just shy of £1m in compensation after Christian Eriksen picked up an ankle ligament injury while playing for Denmark. Reports in the Danish media suggest that Spurs will lodge the demand if, as expected, Eriksen is ruled out for the next six weeks. FIFA's rules allow clubs to claim compensation [.

Sunderland in for Liverpool and Spurs target Valmir Berisha

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Sunderland are weighing up a move for Swedish youngster Valmir Berisha. The 17-year-old has previously been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Ajax and Roma, although his current club Halmstads insist they have received no contact from any of those sides. The Black Cats are the latest team to look at the young striker.

Do you support Pole Dancing Blue Cats (Chelsea) or Underwater Boat Devils (Man Utd?)

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What if all Premier League teams were renamed in honour of what their badges actually look like? That's what a recent article on Buzzfeed has imagined and the results are very entertaining. Of course, it's no laughing matter for Hull fans there's is just a natural progression.

Lionel Messi to Manchester City ‘not beyond possibility’

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Manchester City signing Lionel Messi next summer is more likely than it initially sounds, according to the Mail on Sunday. The reports suggest that the Argentine maestro is less than pleased at the way external factors at Barcelona are affecting his form and fitness. He is said to feel pressurised to play when he is [.

Chelsea want John Terry to take a pay-cut to stay at the club

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John Terry will be expected to take a massive drop in his wages if he wants to stay at Chelsea, according to the Mail on Sunday. The former England skipper currently pockets £165,000. But with his contract expiring at the end of the season, the Blues want him to reduce his wages to around £100,000 [.

Life in the non-league prawn sandwich brigade

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When I was asked if I fancied a trip to London to watch Barnet v Cambridge United as a guest of the league sponsors, Skrill, my first reaction was "is it free?". As soon as that was established, I booked the date in. I was informed to wear a suit and tie and to meet [...]

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain ‘out until 2014′

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Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will not make his Arsenal comeback until the new year after an injury setback, according to reports in the Sunday People. The Gunners midfielder has been out of action since the opening day of the season with a knee injury sustained in the defeat to Aston Villa. The 20-year-old has been told [.

Video: Liverpool’s Joe Allen gives a man of the match performance (Wales 1-1 Finland)

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There were some promising signs for Liverpool fans in Wales' 1-1 draw against Finland yesterday evening. Midfielder Joe Allen was in excellent form, controlling the game and putting in a man of the match performance. Brendan Rodgers and the Anfield faithful will be hoping that this is an indication that his injury problems are behind [.

Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle says Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney wouldn’t get in the Germany team

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Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle says the quality in the Germany squad is such that Wayne Rooney probably wouldn't get into the starting 11. Ahead of the game between Germany and England at Wembley on Tuesday, Schurrle suggested that Roy Hodgson's star player would get a game if he was in the opposition squad.

Man City linked with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos

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Manchester City are plotting a move for Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos to solve their defensive problems. Manuel Pellegrini's side have looked vulnerable when injury prone skipper Vincent Kompany is absent. Now they want to capitalise on Ramos' uncertain future at the Bernabeu. The Sunday People reports that City want to use friction created by Ramos' [.

PSG’s Blaise Matuidi admits a move to Man City or Chelsea could be on the cards

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Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi has admitted that he could be set to move on even though he would rather stay with the French champions. Manchester City and Chelsea are both tracking the 26-year-old. He has made it clear that his preference is to stay at Parc des Princes. But with the France international [.

GIF It: Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla scores for Spain vs Equatorial Guinea

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Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla was on target for Spain as they recorded in a 1-2 win in their controversial friendly against Equatorial Guinea. Cazorla opened the scoring for Vicente Del Bosque's side. The Gunners star took advantage of a howler from goalkeeper Danilo, taking control of a fumble and tapping the ball into the empty [.

Arsenal join Man Utd in race for Torino’s Alessio Cerci

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Torino winger Alessio Cerci is a transfer target for Arsenal. The £16m-rated star has previously been linked with Manchester United, but the Gunners are now also in the race. The 26-year-old moved to Turin from Fiorentina in 2012. He has been in outstanding form this season, scoring eight goals in 12 games.

Mathieu Flamini in trouble with Arsenal over DIY short sleeves in Man Utd match

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Looks like RVP and Flamini were dancing at Old Trafford.. Don believe me.. Take a look at this.. #MUFC #AFC pic.twitter.com/0uOnR2h2c0 Manchester United (@United_Transfer) November 11, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is in hot water with the club after taking a pair scissors to his match shirt.

Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o bemoans ‘plot’ not to to pass to him

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Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o claims his Cameroon team-mates conspired to not pass him the ball in last month's World Cup qualification playoff first leg. Ahead of today's second leg, Eto'o says his colleague were refusing to pass to him in the previous game. He said: "It's true and regrettable. And when you watched me retreating [.

Man Utd want Dundee United wonderkid Ryan Gauld

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Manchester United are reported to be on the verge of launching a bid for Dundee United teenager Ryan Gauld. The 17-year-old attacking midfielder was watched by David Moyes' scout Jimmy Lumsden as he made his Scotland Under-21 debut against Georgia last week. Scouts from Newcastle, Liverpool and Everton were also at the game, while Real [.

Man Utd’s Phil Jones out of England vs Germany with groin injury

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Phil Jones has withdrawn from England's squad to face Germany on Tuesday with a groin injury. The 21-year-old has returned to Manchester United for treatment after undergoing a scan yesterday, the FA confirmed. Jones picked up the injury during Friday evening's 0-2 defeat to Wembley at Friday evening.

Man Utd tracking Sporting Lisbon defender Mauricio

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Manchester United are keeping tabs on Sporting Lisbon's Mauricio. The Daily Mirror reports that the champions are interested in signing the 25-year-old next summer and had scouts watching him in their 4-3 win over Benfica last weekend. He was on the scoresheet on that occasion. He only joined the Portuguese outfit in the summer.

Juventus want to swap Liverpool’s Luis Suarez for Claudio Marchisio and Leonardo Bonucci

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Juventus are considering launching a cheeky exchange offer for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. The Italian giants have caught wind of suggestions that the Reds are keeping a close watch on midfielder Claudio Marchisio and defender Leonardo Bonucci. According to reports in the Italy, they are planning on suggesting a swap deal for Luis Suarez in [.

Arsenal and Chelsea ready to pounce as Saido Berahinho stalls on new West Brom deal

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Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring Saido Berahino's contract situation after the England Under-21 starlet failed to agree a new deal with West Brom. The Baggies made it clear that they were expecting their new star to sign a new contract that would increase his wages from £850-a-week to £7,000-a-week very soon.

Tottenham go to Brazil to finalise Neilton

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Tottenham officials are in Brazil this week trying to tie up a deal for Brazilian youngster Neilton. The 19-year-old is out of contract at Santos and has failed to agree a new deal with the club. They offered their wonderkid a £7,000-a-month deal, but he was demanding £20,000. The player, dubbed the new Neymar after [.

Napoli want to sign Mousa Dembele from Spurs

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Napoli manager Rafa Benitez is planning a January swoop for Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele. Italian newspaper Il Mattino claims that Dembele is Benitez's top target as he seeks to bolster his midfield. The 26-year-old is no longer a guaranteed starter at White Hart Lane following the club's influx of summer signings.

Video: Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny sent-off as France lose in Ukraine

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was shown a red card as France suffered a 2-0 defeat against Ukraine. The Gunners' centre-back got his marching orders for an injury time shove on Olexandr Kucher. By that time his side were already destined to lose the game. Their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup are hanging by [.

Video: Liverpool target Konstantinos Mitroglou scores twice (Greece 3-1 Romania)

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There's no great appetite for Greece to qualify for the World Cup, but that might change if Konstantinos Mitroglou is going to start upping their goalscoring output. The Olympiakos striker bagged a brace to give his nation a 3-1 first-leg lead in their World Cup qualification against Romania. Mitroglou has been linked with a move [.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen ‘out for four to six weeks’

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Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen could be ruled out for the next six weeks after limping off in Denmark's friendly game against Norway. The former Ajax man had to be helped off the pitch after injuring his ankle. After the game, Denmark coach Morten Olsen said Eriksen would be out for between four and six weeks.

Iain Dowie’s son squabbles with Inbetweeners actor James Buckley over Crystal Palace job

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@James_Buckley Stick to the comedy stuff, mate. Oliver Dowie (@OliverDowie) November 15, 2013 @James_Buckley Stop weighing into discussions about things you don't know about then. Oliver Dowie (@OliverDowie) November 15, 2013 @James_Buckley You weren't saying that when he got you promoted to the Premier League were you?

Photo: Zlatan Ibahimovic protects his nose from a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick

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Question: was Cardiff’s Gary Medel acting as a mascot for Everton’s Leighton Baines?

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We thought Gary Medel was at Wembley to play for Chile tonight, but it looks like he might just be there to hold Leighton Baines' hand. Wait for it...

Video: Newcastle’s Sammy Ameobi shows off his leapfrogging skills

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When you're as tall as Newcastle youngster Sammy Ameobi, a professional footballer, a bit crazy and an avid social media user, you'll be able to produce things like this. Ameobi has been demonstrating his leapfrogging ability. If there isn't something in his contract prohibiting jumping around on pavements of an evening, expect the Magpies to [.

Mesut Ozil sends World Cup qualification wishes to Arsenal team-mates Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny

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@MesutOzil1088 thx bro Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) November 15, 2013 Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is hoping team-mates Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny will be joining him at next summer's World Cup. The Germany international sent his best wishes to his French colleagues ahead of their World Cup qualification playoff against Ukraine this evening.

Swansea’s Ashley Williams and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey don Pudsey Ears

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Me and @AshWills84 have got our #PudseyEars on in support of @BBCCiN tonight pic.twitter.com/SBeMmpeY1I Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) November 15, 2013 Wales internationals Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey have lent their support to tonight's Children In Need appeal by each wearing a pear of mascot Pudsey Bear's ears.

Kevin De Bruyne says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t care about being booed by Belgium fans

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Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne says being booed by Belgium supporters would not have bothered Jose Mourinho. The Blues boss watched De Bruyne's national team in their defeat to Colombia last night. He was reportedly scouting Monaco striker Radamel Falcao. But his spying mission was disrupting slightly by that the fact that he was jeered [.

Video: Chelsea keeper Petr Cech saves a penalty (Czech Republic vs Canada)

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There have been some question marks over Petr Cech's form over the past week or two, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with this penalty save this evening. The Chelsea keeper was playing for the Czech Republic in their friendly against Canada.

Steven Taylor tweets racist comments towards Newcastle team-mates

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Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has apologised after sending a racist tweet towards his team-mates. The ill-advised Twitter post stemmed from Massadio Haidara's suggestion that Taylor was learning French. Responding with some supposed 'banter' of his own, Taylor flung together images of four black guys seemingly with little or no connection to his team-mates or [.

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner confirms he wants to leave

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Nicklas Bendtner has told the Danish media that he wants to leave Arsenal for a new challenge. The Denmark international had been on the verge of leaving in the summer before Arsene Wenger pulled the plug on the deal when he realised that the Gunners would be short of attacking options. The 25-year-old was brought [.

Photo: Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha pictured smoking at a house party

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Wilfried Zaha's chances of working his way into David Moyes' good books have not improved after pictures emerged of him smoking at a house party. The England Under-21 international who put in a disappointing performance against Finland last night is shown exhaling smoke from his mouth while posing for photos with a girl [.

Fulham plan to raid Man Utd for Wilfried Zaha and Anderson

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New Head Coach Rene Meulensteen watched from the bench as our U21s beat Crystal Palace at MP this afternoon. #FFC pic.twitter.com/EOLF29FEW6 Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) November 14, 2013 Fulham are banking on Rene Meulensteen's Manchester United connections giving them access to Old Trafford fringe players, according to reports.

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor ‘learning French’

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My friend @27StevenTaylor learning french ha ha good luck tayls pic.twitter.com/fuAGDLj85q Massadio Haidara (@MassadioHaidara) November 15, 2013 Steven Taylor may be one of the few Newcastle regulars to have been brought up on Tyneside, but it seems that even he is having to succumb to the club's French revolution.

Video: Chelsea’s Frank Lampard discusses 100-cap celebrations

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Frank Lampard has been talking about the presentation that will be made ahead of this evening's game against Chile to mark his 100th cap for England. The Chelsea midfielder reached the milestone in the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in September. Festivities per put to one side for October's crucial qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, [.

Man Utd scouting £1m Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mane

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Sporting Lisbon youngster Carolos Mane is being watched by champions Manchester United. The 19-year-old has attracted the attention of David Moyes' scouts with his outstanding performances for the Portuguese outfit's B team. The revelation that he has a £1m release clause has done nothing to dampen United's interest.

Liverpool line-up move for Hamburg’s Dennis Aogo

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Hamburg left-back Dennis Aogo is reportedly a transfer target for Liverpool. The Reds have been alerted that the 26-year-old could be available for as little as £2.5m next summer and are considering a move. Germany tabloid Bild reports that the Germany international has not yet signed a deal that would see him move to Schalke, [.

Man Utd set to offer Chelsea target Wayne Rooney a new £52m four-year deal

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Manchester United are planning to take advantage of Wayne Rooney's great form and improved moved by offering him a new four-year contract. Red Devils chiefs hope they can tie their wantaway star down to a new deal while he seems to be enjoying his football. The Sun reports that the champions will put forward a [.

Arsenal ready to move for Man City’s Edin Dzeko

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Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is a January transfer target for Arsenal. The Bosnian star has admitted he is unhappy with his lack of opportunities at the Etihad, where he finds himself behind Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo in the pecking order. The Gunners see him as being of the ideal quality and physique to [.

Video: Man Utd youngster Michael Keane scores for England U21 vs Finland U21

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Manchester United defender Michael Keane opened the scoring for England Under-21s in last night's 3-0 win over Finland. The 20-year-old headed in from a free-kick to give Gareth Southgate's side a first-half lead. A brace from West Brom striker Saido Berahino completed the scoring. You can watch the highlights below:

Photo: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho scouts Radamel Falcao

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We reported earlier this week that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would be in Belgium this evening to run the rule over Colombia's Radamel Falcao. And so it proved, with the Special One spotted in the crowd during the game. The Blues are being linked with a £60m bid for the Monaco striker. Mourinho was keen [.

Video: Thomas Vermaelen ‘doesn’t want to talk’ about his Arsenal future

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen says he doesn't want to talk about his future at the club. The Gunners skipper has been linked with a move away in January to secure regular action in the build-up to next summer's World Cup. Recent news reports suggested that the Belgian centre-back had said he was determined to stay [.

Tottenham take legal action against non-league Fleet Spurs over cockerel logo

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Tottenham's legal team are pursuing a non-league team because their logo is said to be too similar to the north London's side's cockerel crest. Wessex League outfit Fleet Spurs have been told to change their badge or face legal action. The penniless non-leaguers were founded by Spurs fans in 1948 in honour of their namesakes.

Arsenal and Chelsea to vie for Anderlecht’s Cheikhou Kouyate

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Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea will be among the clubs battling for Anderlecht youngster Cheikhou Kouyate in January after the Belgium club confirmed he will be allowed to move on. The 23-year-old has been told he can make a switch to the Premier League if his asking price is met. The figure is believed [.

GIF It: Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling with a shooting FAIL (England U21 vs Finland U21)

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There's hope for all of us. Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling attempted to let fly during this evening's England Under 21 game against Finland but his shot ended up going backwards. Slight miscue. We've all done it (just not on TV, thankfully).

Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand: ‘Ravel Morrison was the best kid Fergie had ever seen’

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Rio Ferdinand says Sir Alex Ferguson told him Ravel Morrison was the best youngster he had ever seen. The former Manchester United boss invited his centre-back to watch Morrison training with the youth team to see just how good he was. Ferdinand told BT Sport: "Ever since the first day I saw him, the old [.

Photo: Chelsea’s Juan Mata poses with Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and Atletico Madrid’s David Villa

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Vaya fenómenos. @Guaje7Villa @19SCazorla #Asturias pic.twitter.com/K6QHhcJvng Juan Mata García (@juanmata10) November 14, 2013 Juan Mata has been showing a bit of regional pride while on international duty with Spain. The Chelsea playmaker rounded up fellow Asturians David Villa and Santi Cazorla to pose for a photo.

Man Utd keeper David De Gea on joining Barcelona: ‘You never know’

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David De Gea was coy when confronted with suggestions he could move to Barcelona, according to reports in the Spanish media. The Manchester United keeper was asked about the possibility of joining the Catalan giants by a fan, the Sport newspaper claims. The amateur interrogator, Enric Figareda, claims De Gea told him: "Sign for Barcelona?

Arsenal and West Brom linked with former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou

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Arsenal could be set to sign Salomon Kalou for £2.5m in January. The former Chelsea attacker is currently at French side Lille but has a release clause in his contract. He is reported to want a move back to the Premier League and has instructed his representatives to sound out potential buyers, the Daily Mail [.

Video: Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson on facing his former Finnish team-mates

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Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson has been talking about going head-to-head with his former international colleagues for England Under-21s. The ex-Charlton youngster played for Finland up to under-19 level, before switching his allegiances to England. Now he will play against some of his old international team-mates as Gareth Southgate's side face their Finnish counterparts.

Photo: Spurs in training (includes an Emmanuel Adebayor goal!)

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.@E_Adebayor finds the bottom corner past @milesy01 at the Training Centre earlier #THFC pic.twitter.com/V3bP2GnBvB Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 14, 2013 Who says international breaks are uneventful? This one included an Emmanuel Adebayor goal. The Tottenham striker was on target in training today.

Video: Newcastle youngster Remi Streete’s dancing nipples (accompanied by Gael Bigirimana on trumpet)

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Newcastle's young players have, like all of us, got too much time on their hands during the international break. But the Toon kids have found an interesting way of occupying themselves. Defender Remi Streete demonstrated his dancing nipples by moving them in time with a trumpet solo from midfielder Gael Bigirimana.

AC Milan want Newcastle’s Davide Santon if Ignazio Abate joins Arsenal

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AC Milan are set to move for Newcastle full-back Davide Santon if they lose Ignazio Abate to Arsenal. Abate, aged 27, is expected to quit the San Siro to join either Paris Saint-Germain or the Gunners, where he would replace Bacary Sagna. If the Italy international does leave, Milan want to line-up 22-year-old Santon as [.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs target Jackson Martinez hints he’s ready to quit Porto

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In-demand Porto striker Jackson Martinez has indicated that he is ready to quit the club to make a big transfer everywhere. The Colombia international is known to be on the wish-lists of a number of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, according to reports in the Daily Star.

Liverpool and England skipper Steven Gerrard gets an injection so he can face Germany

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Steven Gerrard has been given an injection in his hip so that he can play in England's friendly against Germany on Tuesday. The Liverpool skipper revealed he was suffering with "a niggle" after being substituted during the Reds' win over Fulham at the weekend. The hip injury is troublesome enough to keep him out of [.

Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry confirms you pronounce his ‘G’

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Here's @SergeGnabry saying thanks for all your questions. Make sure you follow him! #AskSerge pic.twitter.com/Cb6VajYCKO Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 14, 2013 Arsenal's Serge Gnabry has advised supporters on the correct pronunciation of his name. The German winger confirmed that you are supposed to say the 'G' at the start of his surname even [.

Uruguay have one foot in Brazil after thrashing Jordan in World Cup playoff

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Uruguay's star-studded lineup all but buried Jordan's hopes of reaching their first ever World Cup in the opening leg of the AFC-CONMEBOL playoff at Amman International Stadium today. Taking advantage of gaps left open by a youthful and overzealous Jordanian defence, La Celeste silenced the red and white faithful with five goals spread between as [.

Video: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski promote new Germany kit

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Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are two of the main protagonists in this commercial plugging Germany's new away kit. There's also a cameo for Per Mertesacker towards the end.

Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney, Man City’s Joe Hart, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard join Philippines appeal

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Help Unicef be there for children of the Philippines. Text UNICEF to 70123 to give £3. Thank you pic.twitter.com/1kPBMSjqu7 Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 13, 2013

Man City want long-term Man Utd target Ezequiel Garay

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Manchester City could pip neighbours Manchester United to the signing of their long-term defensive target Ezequiel Garay. The Benfica centre-back has been viewed as the heir to Rio Ferdinand's spot in the United defence since Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge and David Moyes is also believed to be a fan.

Carlton Cole criticises West Ham for ‘humiliating’ Gillingham youngsters

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West Ham striker Carlton Cole has blasted the club's website and Twitter account for publishing a video of the Hammers thrashing a young Gillingham side in a behind-closed-doors friendly. The former England international was less than impressed that the Gills' youngsters hammering in a private game had been broadcast to the world.

Video: Another terrible dive from Liverpool’s Luis Suarez (Jordan vs Uruguay)

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Jordan vs Uruguay (13.11.2013.) Suarez dive?? by dinocro6

Arsenal fan loses his house in a bet on Man Utd game

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An Arsenal supporter has lost his family home in a bet with a Manchester United fan. Henry Dhabasani, of Iganga, in Uganda, staked his house that the Gunners would beat United in a bet with Rashid Yiga. United fan Yiga bet his new Toyota Premio and his wife that David Moyes' side would triumph. Ugandan [.

Jordan fans mock Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

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A love signboard from the Jordanians to Luis Suarez pic.twitter.com/iC6vbcI8Sh Pangeran (@pangeransiahaan) November 13, 2013 Jordan are facing Uruguay in the first-leg of their World Cup qualification play-off right now. And the Jordanian fans are keen that a certain Luis Suarez doesn't start taking chunks out of their players.

Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker launches ‘Big F****** German’ charity t-shirts

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Per Mertesacker has started flogging t-shirts to raise money for his charity foundation. The Arsenal defender has used his chant as inspiration for a range of t-shirts. Gooners chant 'Big F****** German' to the tune of Guantanamera in honour of their tall Teutonic talisman. And that's the slogan plastered across his new gear.

Photo: Yaya Toure denies he’s unhappy at Man City, poses with brother and Liverpool defender Kolo

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Hey buddies, don't listen to the rumors, I'm happy at city..the Toure brothers are in Casa and are missing Manchester pic.twitter.com/ObNDjmMij4 yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) November 13, 2013 Yaya Toure has used a family photo taken on international duty with the the Ivory Coast to deny rumours that he is ready to quit Manchester City.

Video: Chelsea’s Ashley Cole pokes fun at Spurs’ Andros Townsend

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Ashley Cole had a laugh at Andros Townsend's expense after the Spurs winger nearly got lost on the way to England training. It looked like a simple walk from the dressing room to the training pitch, but rookie Townsend managed to take a wrong turn. He was set to walk behind a rope separating the [...

Ex-Man City boss Roberto Mancini wants to take Chelsea’s John Terry to Galatasaray

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Galatasaray are plotting an ambitious swoop for Chelsea captain John Terry. Roberto Mancini is hoping to bring the former England skipper to Turkey, although the move has not yet been sanctioned by the Galatasaray board. The Turkish champions will match his £150,000-a-week wages and beat Chelsea's policy of only offering one-year extensions to players aged [.

Crystal Palace talk to ex-Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu about manager’s job

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Crystal Palace have opened talks with former Chelsea full-back Dan Petrescu about their vacant manager's position. Frontrunners for the job have been dropping like flies with Tony Pulis unprepared to sully his CV with a likely relegation, Chris Coleman signing a new deal with Wales and Aitor Karanka taking the Middlesbrough hot-seat.

Ramires: ‘If I join Real Madrid it’ll be because Chelsea wanted to sell me’

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires says he has no intention of leaving the club despite rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid. While he is flattered by the Spanish giants' interest, the Brazilian says he would only leave Stamford Bridge if the Blues had taken the decision to sell him. He told the Evening Standard: [.

Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick ‘out until Christmas’

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Michael Carrick is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with the Achilles injury that forced him to withdraw from the England squad. The Manchester United midfielder could be out until Christmas after undergoing a procedure aimed at curing a persistent problem. The 32-year-old received an injection to reduce inflammation The former Spurs star [.

Alex Song hopes Arsenal win the league

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Barcelona midfielder Alex Song is hoping former club Arsenal can win the Premier League this season. The Cameroon international has been watching his old side from afar and has been impressed with their start to the season. He detects something in the Gunners' squad that has been lacking in recent years.

Erik Lamela: ‘Training and learning English will help me settle at Spurs’

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Tottenham's summer signing Erik Lamela says training with his new team-mates and learning English are vital factors in ensuring he settles at his new club. The Argentina international has come in for some criticism at the start of his Spurs career, but he knows what he needs to do to become a success at White [.

Man Utd linked with move for Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta

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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is an unlikely transfer target for Manchester United. A move for the one-club man seems far-fetched, but the Daily Mail reports that the 29-year-old is considering quitting Camp Nou. His contract talks have reportedly reached stalemate and agreement on a new deal does not appear likely at this stage, although he [.

Photo: Chelsea defender David Luiz meets David Beckham

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Chelsea defender David Luiz has posed for photos with David Beckham. Luiz and Brazil international colleague Neymar met Becks in Miami ahead of Saturday's friendly between the World Cup hosts and Honduras. He said: "The Legend David Beckham!" Beckham, aged 38, is spending an increasing amount of his time in Florida now that he has [.

Photos: Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla wear Spain’s new kit

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Y así es la nueva equipación de España para el Mundial. La Roja, más roja que nunca. pic.twitter.com/Pc7DbNlpl8 Javier Estepa (@Estepa_MARCA) November 13, 2013 Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata and Arsenal star Santi Cazorla were among those modelling the new Spain kit at its launch today. Manchester City duo Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas also [.

Hulk hints at Tottenham move

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Brazilian star Hulk has indicated he might be interested in a move to Spurs. The Zenit St Petersburg star previously worked under Andre Villas Boas at Porto and says he would like to work with his old boss once again. The 27-year-old is rumoured to be unhappy in Russia, so the mention of a reunion [.

Spurs show interest in Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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Tottenham are the latest club to line-up a move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw. The 18-year-old has long been linked with a transfer to the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, but now Spurs are giving serious consideration to making a bid, according to reports in the Metro. Andre Villas Boas is keen to [.

Man Utd coach Phil Neville mocks brother Gary over media role

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On being an #mufc coach, @fizzer18 said: "I could've taken the easy way out and got a job in the media, like Gary!" pic.twitter.com/Y6aShXCBlv Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 12, 2013 Phil Neville has poked fun at his brother Gary, claiming his sibling has taken the easy route by working as a pundit.

Video: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, Spurs’ Jermain Defoe and Chelsea’s Gary Cahill report for England duty

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England's squad have reported at the Grove Hotel ahead of the friendlies against Chile and Germany. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, Spurs' Jermain Defoe and Chelsea's Gary Cahill are among those featured in the short video above. Among the things we learn: - Fraser Forster is, unsurprisingly, nicknamed Big 'Un.

Man Utd star Wayne Rooney ‘didn’t sleep with granny hooker’

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Tierney, in statement to court, said Wayne Rooney visited massage parlour with friends before returning alone #hacking David Brown (@DavidhBrown) November 12, 2013 Wayne Rooney did not have sex with a grandmother who worked at Diva's massage parlour in Liverpool, a court has heard. Allegations that the England international had slept with prostitute Patricia [.

Video: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho finds out that his nickname is ‘David Blaine’

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Liverpool's in-house TV channel attempted to discuss Philippe Coutinho about his nickname only to discover that he was totally unaware that he is known as 'David Blaine'. The Brazilian playmaker was given the moniker by team-mate Daniel Sturridge. Not that he knew that, of course. Informed of his secret nickname, Coutinho said: "To tell [.

Chelsea ‘still pay Roberto Di Matteo £130,000 a week’

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Roberto Di Matteo still pockets £130,000 a week from Chelsea, the Daily Mail reports. The Italian was sacked last season, with Rafa Benitez replacing him on a temporary basis. But Di Matteo and the Blues were unable to reach a severance agreement for the termination of his contract, which means he is still effectively employed [.

Arsenal warned off Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado

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Fiorentina have told Arsenal and Juan Cuadrado's other suitors that he is not for sale. The Gunners are among a posse of top clubs linked with a move for the Colombian midfielder. They have sent scouts to watch him in Serie A action this season. But the Italian club's president, Andrea Della Valle, insists the [.

Sven Goran Eriksson reveals it’s his dream to manage Liverpool

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Sven Goran Eriksson says managing Liverpool is his dream job but excepts that the chance has now passed him by. The former England manager says he has always supported the Reds and that it was him ambition to take charge at Anfield. The Swede told talkSPORT: "In the past, it was always a dream [...]

Cardiff’s Gary Medel gives Chile debutants dodgy haircuts

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Bienvenidos a La Roja pichones !!! pic.twitter.com/NpT0M0JuVZ Gary Medel (@MedelPitbull) November 11, 2013 New call-ups to the Chile national team were rewarded for their achievements with a trip to the exclusive Gary Medel Hairdressing Salon. The Cardiff midfielder got his clippers out and gave his new international team-mates some interesting haircuts.

Photo: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil models new Germany kit

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Mesut Özil and Julian Draxler in the new all white Germany World Cup 2014 jerseys. They're growing on me. pic.twitter.com/bTDp1ttsWr Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) November 12, 2013 Mesut Ozil has been posing for photos wearing Germany's new home kit. The Adidas gear, which introduces red chevrons to the usually plain and simple German shirt, will [.

Chelsea want Schalke wonderkid Max Meyer

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Schalke wonderkid Max Meyer is a target for Chelsea, according to his current club. Although the Blues are yet to launch a bid for the 18-year-old, the German side are aware that Jose Mourinho is sniffing around. Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt told Kicker: "There is no official offer from Chelsea.

Thomas Vermaelen: ‘I want to stay at Arsenal’

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from the club although once again he left himself room for manoeuvre. The Belgium centre-back was reported to want a transfer in January to ensure that he remains in his national team's starting line-up ahead of the World Cup.

Man Utd and Arsenal target Cesc Fabregas bemoans lack of starts

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has spoken of his frustration at being unable to hold down a regular spot in the side. The former Arsenal skipper, the subject of bids from Manchester United over the summer, has been in impressive form for the Catalan giants so far this season. But he is still not a guaranteed [.

Video: Spurs star Andros Townsend discusses England debut

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Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has been talking about his "dream debut" for England as he joined up with Roy Hodgson's squad for the first time since winning his first two caps. Townsend won plenty of plaudits with his performances against Montenegro and Poland in last month's decisive World Cup qualifiers.

Photo: Robert Lewandowski gets tapped up by Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny… again

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Last month, we joked that Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was trying to tap-up Arsenal international team-mate Robert Lewandowski. Now he has taken his efforts to the next level: sharing a room with the Borussia Dortmund striker. Gooners will be hoping that he's bending his ear during the day and using some sort of sleep therapy [.

Video: Gareth Southgate says there’s ‘nothing ongoing’ between Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha and West Ham’s Ravel Morrison

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Wilfried Zaha and Ravel Morrison have put their on-field bust-up behind them, according to England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate. The pair clashed during last month's win over Lithuania but Southgate said the problem was resolved immediately after the final whistle.

West Ham target ex-Man City player to solve striker shortage

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West Ham are ready to turn to former Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo to boost their currently non-existent attacking options. The Lokomotiv Moscow forward is out-of-favour at his current club and has indicated that he is ready to move in January. The former Manchester City man is a possible option as the east London side [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger discusses ‘making wrong decisions’

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Arsene Wenger has just completed a Twitter takeover in which he fielded questions posed by supporters on the social networking site. Arsenal released a short video showing the Q&A session in progress. In the clip, Wenger can be heard acknowledging that all managers make mistakes every season. He said: "Every season you make wrong decisions.

Jordan vs Uruguay: World Cup qualifying playoff match preview

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It's the Chivalrous vs La Celeste. On November 13, in the far eastern Amman neighborhood of Quwaysimah, thousands of red-and-white clad fans will clamour and queue for hours waiting to enter King Abdullah II Stadium, motivated by the hope that their national team (nicknamed Al-Nashama, or ‘The Chivalrous') will take the final steps towards punching [.

Video: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris trains with France

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho brands West Brom’s Jonas Olsson a ‘Mickey Mouse player’

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Jose Mourinho called West Brom defender Jonas Olsson a "Mickey Mouse player" during a tunnel bust-up between the pair, according to the Telegraph. The Chelsea boss clashed with the Swede after the controversial 2-2 draw between the two sides on Saturday. Mourinho found himself at the centre of a 20-man bust-up following the game after [.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard didn’t have permission for France trip

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Eden Hazard did not have Chelsea's permission to travel to France ahead of the midweek Champions League game against Schalke, according to Jose Mourinho. The Belgium was dropped for the Schalke clash after missing a training session on Monday. He had forgotten his passport and was not allowed to board the Eurostar train that would [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes credits ‘stability’ for Arsenal’s excellent form

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Arsenal are the beneficiaries of upheaval at many of the Premier League's top clubs, according to Manchester United boss David Moyes. The Scot believes new managers at United, Manchester City and Chelsea, plus major squad upheaval at Tottenham, has played into the Gunners' hands. Arsene Wenger's side are five points clear at the top of [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes says he nearly signed Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey for Everton

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed he came close to signing Aaron Ramsey during his Everton days. The young Welshman, then a Cardiff City player, came to visit Moyes at his home. But the Toffees were eventually beaten to the midfielder's signature by Arsenal. Moyes said: "I was very close to signing Aaron at [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants Konstantinos Mitroglou

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Brendan Rodgers will plead with the Liverpool board to sign Olympiakos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou plus a midfielder to help his side push for a top-four spot. The Reds boss hopes his side's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal will convince the club's hierarchy that further investment is needed in order to secure Champions League footabll.

Chelsea linked with £60m move for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly earmarked Radamel Falcao as the man to fill the striker slot in his team. Despite Fernando Torres' recent improvement and Samuel Eto'o starting to find the net, Mourinho is not happy with the options at his disposal and wants to add a new forward to his squad.

Arsenal step-up efforts to sign Karim Benzema

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Arsenal are being linked with a new move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. The France international was reportedly a target for the Gunners in the summer, when he rejected their approach. But having failed to impose himself on Carlo Ancelotti's starting line-up, the Daily Mirror reports that he is now prepared to listen to [.

Spurs boss AVB: ‘Newcastle probably expect to qualify for Europe’

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas is predicting a tough game against Newcastle for his side. He believes the Magpies' hierarchy are expecting European qualification after their investment. He said: "Now we are not picking up great results and obviously not counting the derby they played against Sunderland always a team that wants to be [.

Man City’s David Silva out for up to four weeks

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Manchester City midfielder David Silva will be out of action for up to four weeks, manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed. More to follow.

Photos: Oscar and Gary Cahill show off new boots in Chelsea training

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Here's a pic from training, ft. @GaryJCahill and Oscar in their new @adidasUK boots... #allincfc pic.twitter.com/s0p05Mr5W7 Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) November 8, 2013 Chelsea stars Oscar and Gary Cahill put their new Adidas Samba collection boots to the test in training today ahead of this weekend's clash with West Brom.

Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney: ‘Arsenal must be sick of the sight of me’

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Wayne Rooney admits Arsenal must be fed up of his habit of scoring key goals against them. The then Everton youngster announced his arrival on the big stage with his strike against the Gunners in 2002. He scored the second goal in a 2-0 win to end Arsenal's 49-match in 2004. The England striker scored [.

Six fallers in the managerial sack race in October

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There were six managerial casualties in October's Sack Race spanning across all four leagues in English football. The Premier League lost a character in Ian Holloway, while Tony Mowbray's time at Middlesbrough finally came to an end. League One experienced three departures with Gillingham, Sheffield United and Notts County all making a change in the [.

Eden Hazard missed Chelsea training after forgetting his passport

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard missed the training session that resulted in him being dropped for Wednesday's win over Schalke after forgetting his passport. The 22-year-old had returned to former club Lille for a reunion following the Blues' defeat to Newcastle on Saturday. He was due to return early on Monday and report for Blues training, [.

Porto say Chelsea and Man Utd target Eliaquim Mangala is available

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Porto have revealed that they will part company with highly sought after defender Eliaquim Mangala but only if they receive a lucrative bid. Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona are all known to be tracking the 22-year-old. The Blues went as far as to make a bid for the France international in the summer, but [.

Man Utd join Chelsea and Man City in the race for Sami Khedira

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Manchester United have reportedly dispatched Phil Neville on a scouting mission to Real Madrid in the hope of beating Chelsea to the signing of Sami Khedira. The champions made an offer for the Germany international in the summer when they pursued a host of midfield options. And they are set to return with an improved [.

Photos: Liverpool players training ahead of Fulham game

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Photo: Victor Moses and Luis Suarez in good spirits during Thursday morning's training session #LFC pic.twitter.com/M7SXekh0Wu Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 7, 2013 Liverpool have been training ahead of their weekend game against Fulham and it looks like the session involved some entertaining head-to-heads.

Video: Jermain Defoe talks about becoming Tottenham’s top European goalscorer

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Jermain Defoe became Tottenham's top scorer in European competitions with his goal against FC Sheriff in last night's Europa League game. And he says he is delighted to have broken Martin Chivers' record by bagging his 23rd goal in Europe for Spurs. Here is Defoe's very first European goal, which came against Dinamo Bucharest.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘Luis Suarez is the happiest he’s ever been’

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has gone from wanting to leave the club to being the happiest he has ever been, according to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. Speaking ahead of this weekend's game against Fulham, Rodgers stood by the club's strong stance against selling the Uruguay international over the summer.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hints Mathieu Flamini and Jack Wilshere will be fit to face Man Utd

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The boss in the press conference #MUFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/iCusLjD3fe Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 8, 2013 Arsenal midfielders Mathieu Flamini and Jack Wilshere are both back in training ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester United. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed both players are back from injury and will take part in a training session today.

Spurs unveil ‘His Eyes Are Offside’ chant aimed at Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

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Tottenham supporters unveiled a new chant mocking Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil during last night's Europa League win over FC Sheriff. They chant goes: His eyes are offside! His eyes are offside! Mesut Özil, his eyes are offside!

Man Utd’s Javier Hernandez emerges as a January transfer target for Arsenal

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Arsenal are being linked with a January move for out-of-favour Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. The Mexico international has struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot over the last couple of seasons and has started this campaign behind Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck ahead of him in the pecking order.

Liverpool set to make Raheem Sterling available for loan

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Liverpool are ready to let winger Raheem Sterling leave on loan provided they can get a replacement in during the January transfer window. The England international will be allowed to go out to a Premier League or Championship side. Sterling, aged 18, establishes himself as a first-team regular in the first part of last [.

Arsenal linked with Monaco right-back Fabinho

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Monaco full-back Fabinho is being targeted by Arsenal. The right-back, who is currently on loan from Portuguese side Rio Ave, has caught the eye of many onlookers with his performances in Ligue 1 so far this season, including the Gunners' French scout and former midfielder Gilles Grimandi. As we've previously reported, Wenger has instructed all [.

Tottenham’s Lewis Holtby touts transfers for Julian Draxler and Marco Reus

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Spurs star Lewis Holtby has revealed he believes his friends Julian Draxler and Marco Reus will join him in the Premier League. The Germany international believes Schalke youngster Draxler and Borussia Dortmund star Reus will be the next players to join the ranks of German players in the Premier League.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City ready to pounce for ‘unhappy’ Edinson Cavani

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Edinson Cavani is already unhappy at PSG and Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are preparing to make a move to sign him. According to Le10Sport, Cavani is not happy in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and is already regretting his decision to move to Parc des Princes. The reports claim the former Napoli man might [.

Video: Tottenham’s Kyle Walker seatbelts Call of Duty game in his car

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Spurs full-back Kyle Walker clearly treasures his new Call of Duty game. So much so that he fastened it with a seatbelt as he brought it home from the shop. The England international indicated that he was preparing to enter "hibernation mode" retreating into his house to spend a lot of time on the [.

Video: Aaron Ramsey heads Arsenal to victory vs Borussia Dortmund

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He's only gone and done it again. Aaron Ramsey's oustanding run of form and goals continued with his winner against Borussia Dortmund in last night's Champions League clash. The Welshman nodded in the only goal of the game to secure three points for Arsene Wenger's side and make amends for Dortmund's win at [.

Behind-the-scenes video of Schalke vs Chelsea

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If you've ever wondered what goes into a Champions League match other than the 90 minutes we usually get to see, this behind-the-scenes video from Chelsea's trip to Schalke offers a pretty good insight.

Photo: Chelsea stars meet Rafael Nadal in their dressing room

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Chelsea had a surprise visitor to their dressing room after last night's Champions League win over Schalke. Tennis world number one Rafael Nadal called in to see them and posed for a photo with Willian, Oscar and Ramires. Right-back Cesar Azpilicueta also grabbed a photo with his compatriot. Really happy after another win in #ChampionsLeague [.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard dropped for missing training session

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Eden Hazard was dropped for Chelsea's Champions League win over Schalke for missing a training session, manager Jose Mourinho revealed. His absence was punishment for his poor time-keeping, but he will not be left out of the side for any further games on that basis. Pressed by journalists as to why the Belgium international had [.

Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger runs onto the pitch and passes to Santi Cazorla

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Talk about leading from the front. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recorded 100 per cent pass completion during last night's crucial Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund. The Gunners boss ventured onto the playing surface in his formal footwear to retrieve the ball and pass it to Santi Cazorla, who was waiting to take a throw-in.

Video: Chelsea 3-0 Schalke

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Chelsea recorded a comfortable 3-0 home win to take charge of their Champions League group. Their opening matchday defeat to Basel now appears to be behind them, with the Blues top of the table with two games left. A Samuel Eto'o brace and a first ever Champions League goal for Demba Ba secured victory for [.

Sporting Lisbon demand £6m for Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham target Diego Capel

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Diego Capel's Premier League suitors will be told to pay £6m to secure his services in January. Sporting Lisbon are prepared to part company with their Spanish winger but only if that valuation is met, according to A Bola. The 25-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer, with Arsenal and [.

Video: Lukas Podolski sitting with Arsenal fans vs Borussia Dortmund

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Lukas Podolski was among the away fans for Arsenal's Champions League trip to Borussia Dortmund last night. The injured Gunners star videoed the scenes around him and uploaded them to his Instagram account. Poldi is already a bit of a cult hero among Gooners and joining them for European away trips is unlikely to change [.

GIF It: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with a visible spring in his step

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There's nothing quite like topping tables left, right and centre to help you find some extra enthusiasm for your job. Arsene Wenger was clearly delighted with his side's 0-1 win at Borussia Dortmund last night. We like to sing the start of Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees over the top of this gif... but [.

Man Utd set to move for Chelsea target Alberto Moreno

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Manchester United have highlighted Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno as a possible replacement for Patrice Evra. Veteran full-back Patrice Evra is out-of-contract at the end of the season and seems almost certain to leave the champions given manager David Moyes' high profile pursuits of other left-backs.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard: ‘Only Chelsea’s Fernando Torres comes close to Luis Suarez’

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Steven Gerrard: @luis16suarez is the best I've ever played with at Liverpool http://t.co/riI5314VQ9 pic.twitter.com/VAFWJIMW28 Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 7, 2013 Steven Gerrard rates Luis Suarez as the best player he has ever played alongside for Liverpool and says only Fernando Torres comes close to challenging him.

Former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez plans raid to sign Cesar Azpilicueta

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Napoli manager Rafa Benitez is hoping to return to former club Chelsea to snap up right-back Cesar Azpilicueta. The Spaniard has been on the fringes since Jose Mourinho took charge. Although he caught the eye with a goal against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup there is no indication that regular first-team football awaits.

Man City plot move for Liverpool target Richairo Zivkovic

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Manchester City are weighing up a move for FC Groningen winger Richairo Zivko, who has been dubbed the new Arjen Robben. The 17-year-old was linked with a move to Liverpool over the summer, with Groningen bosses claiming that the Reds scout their youngster every week. Speaking in August, Groningen director Hans Nijland said: "All the [.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas slams ‘incompetent people’ over Hugo Lloris talk

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has hit out at critics who questioned his decision to allow Hugo Lloris to remain on the pitch after he was knocked unconscious during Sunday's 0-0 draw at Everton. The French keeper appeared to overrule the club's medical team and demand to be allowed to stay on the pitch.

Man Utd, Arsenal, Spurs and Southampton in hunt for Valencia’s Ever Banega

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Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton are among the clubs pursuing Argentina international Ever Banega. The midfielder, currently down the pecking order at Valencia, has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Everton on the verge of bringing him in on loan a few seasons ago. The 25-year-old is still a key [.

Everton, Hull, Crystal Palace and Newcastle want Man City’s Abdisalam Ibrahim

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Manchester City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim is a transfer target for Everton, Hull and Crystal Palace and Newcastle. Once viewed as the next Yaya Toure by City coaches, Ibrahim has reportedly been told he can leave the club in January, with manager Manuel Pellegrini said to be unconvinced that he will ever be able to command [.

Kevin Prince Boateng: ‘Money got the better of me at Spurs’

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Kevin Prince Boateng has admitted he flopped at Spurs because his new found wealth went to his head. The Schalke star had to rebuild his career at Portsmouth and then AC Milan after disappointing stint at White Hart Lane. Big things had been expected of the Ghana international when he arrived from Hertha Berlin in [.

Photo: Arsenal matchwinner Aaron Ramsey shares picture of the team bus celebrations

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Aaron Ramsey posted the picture above on his Instagram account as Arsenal made their way home after securing a crucial Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund. The Welshman, who scored the only goal of the game, wrote: "Brilliant result. Incredible team performance. Happy coach right now!!" We presume he means that everyone on the bus [.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez zings Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas

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Roberto Martinez has hit back at Totttenham boss Andre Villas Boas over his suggestions that Romelu Lukaku could have avoided the collision that left Hugo Lloris unconscious. After Villas-Boas' comments that he expected Lukaku to say sorry, Everton manager Martinez suggested that Roberto Soldado could apologise for elbowing Phil Jagielka in the same call as [.

Video: Erik Lamela scores his first Tottenham goal vs FC Sheriff

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Under-pressure Spurs star Erik Lamela has lifted some of the weight of his shoulders by scoring his first goal for the club in last night's Europa League win over FC Sheriff. Tottenham's marquee summer signing has, by his own admission, struggled to settle at the club since his move from Roma. But when the ball [.

Chelsea target Benfica’s Lazar Markovic and Inter Milan’s Pedro Delgado

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is plotting to add two talented youngsters to his youth ranks. He has Benfica's Lazar Markovic and Inter Milan's Pedro Delgado in his sights, according to Metro. Markovic, aged 19, would be in a position to push for a first-team spot immediately. The Serbia international only joined Benfica in the summer [.

Video: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Chelsea’s Oscar star in Adidas Samba Collection advert

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Adidas have today launched their new Samba Collection range of boots in anticipation of next summer's World. Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Chelsea's Oscar are among the many stars featured in this promotional video for the collection.

Spurs fan makes a rude gesture while posing for a photo with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

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#WhenAJMetArsene pic.twitter.com/LS4n0QzH57 AJ (@38AJR) November 4, 2013 This cheeky Tottenham fan asked Arsene Wenger for a photo then had the barefaced cheek to direct a rude gesture at the Arsenal manager while the picture was been taken. The Spurs supporter, known as AJ, posted the photo on Twitter.

Stoke’s Asmir Begovic was set for Man City before Roberto Mancini sacking

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Stoke City goalkeeper/goalscorer Asmir Begovic says he was due to join Manchester City in the summer before Roberto Mancini was sacked. The Bosnian keeper says Mancini's departure scuppered his plans to move to the Etihad. He said: "As players we are the last to find out things, probably our agents and club officials find out [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger plots to keep the ball from Robert Lewandowski

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Arsene Wenger is instructed his team to nullify the threat posed by Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski by keeping the ball from him. The Arsenal boss believes dominated possession is the best way of stopping the Poland international scoring in tonight's Champions League clash. He said: "Usually at home he is quite dangerous but it's [.

Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao still a Spurs target

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Tottenham will reignite their interest in Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao. The Portugal international was wanted by the north London club over the summer either as a makeweight in the Gareth Bale deal or in a standalone deal but the deal could not be done amid reports that the player was not keen [.

Tottenham hopeful of landing Santos wonderkid Neilton

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Spurs believe they can finalise a deal to sign Brazilian youngster Neilton. The Santos starlet's contract talks with his current club have stalled and Andre Villas Boas' side are planning to swoop. The 19-year-old winger's current deal expires in the summer and his agent claims that an agreement is not looking likely.

Liverpool join Arsenal in hunt for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye

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Liverpool have emerged as rivals to Arsenal in their attempts to land Yohan Cabaye. The Newcastle midfielder was the subject of an £11m bid from the Gunners over the summer, but that was rejected by the Magpies. More recently, Cabaye has been linked with a move to Serie A form team Roma to be reunited [.

Video: Manuel Pellegrini praises Man City strikeforce

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has heralded his strike partnership of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo after they fired his side to a 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow to ensure their Champions League progression. Negredo scored a hat-trick and Aguero a brace as City brushed aside their Russian opponents.

Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye eyed by Roma

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Yohan Cabaye is wanted by Serie A pacesetters Roma. The Newcastle midfielder, who has been in outstanding form since his summer move to Arsenal failed to materialise, is said to be a transfer target for the Italian side. Corriere dello Sport claims that Roma boss Rudi Garcia wants to be reunited with his former Lille [.

Chelsea defender David Luiz faces the chop

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Chelsea defender David Luiz will be the scapegoat for his side's defeat to Newcastle, the Daily Star reports. The Brazilian is set to be dropped from tomorrow's Champions League clash with Schalke reportedly after senior team-mates complained about his lax approach. Luiz was criticised by TV pundits for pulling out of an important challenge [.

Napoli join race for Everton target Fernando

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Everton face competition from Napoli as they make fresh attempts to land summer transfer target Fernando. The Toffees were unable to sign the Porto midfielder in the last transfer window and are likely to move for him again in January. But Roberto Martinez will have to battle Napoli and a host of other European clubs [.

Liverpool and Spurs battle for Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto

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Highly-rated Barcelona youngster Sergi Roberto is the subject of a transfer battle between Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham, according to reports in Spain. El Mundo Deportivo claims both clubs have been in touch with the midfielder's agent to discuss a possible move. The 21-year has not been part of Gerardo Martino's first-team plans at [.

CSKA Moscow fans’ flight ejects drunken fans ahead of Man City clash

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An Easyjet flight carrying CSKA Moscow fans to their Champions League clash with Manchester City was forced to divert to Denmark to eject drunken passengers. The flight landed at Copenhagen Airport after reports that an intoxicated passenger had started pushing staff. The fan was taken away by Danish police and friends travelling with him were [.

Ex-Spurs star Luka Modric says Chelsea and Man Utd tried to sign him

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Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric has revealed that Chelsea and Manchester United have both made attempts to sign him. The Croatia international struggled to command a regular spot in Real's starting line-up after his move from Tottenham, prompting interest from a host of top clubs. But Modric says that Premier League sides tried to sign [.

Photo: Everton’s Romelu Lukaku with frozen veg on the knee that knocked out Spurs keeper

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been keeping fans up-to-date with the injury he sustained during yesterday's 0-0 draw with Spurs. The on-loan Chelsea youngster had to be substituted after knocking Hugo Lloris out cold with his knee. But it was Lukaku's knee that was cold last night as he raided the freezer for a pack [.

Man City boss Pellegrini: ‘Joe Hart thinks rest will be useful’

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Joe Hart thinks being dropped by Manchester City will allow him to get some rest, according to his manager Manuel Pellegrini. The City boss acknowledged that Hart was not happy to be out of the team, but said he acknowledged that a break could be useful for him. He said: "I think that Joe reacted [..

Fulham’s Sascha Riether charged for stamping on Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj

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Fulham defender Sascha Riether will face an FA charge after video footage of his side's defeat to Manchester United showed him stamping on Adnan Januzaj's leg. The incident was missed by the match officials and initially went unpunished. But the German has become the first player to face a new pilot disciplinary process that allows [.

West Ham plot to bring Chelsea’s Demba Ba back to the club

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West Ham are planning to re-sign former striker Demba Ba in January. The Chelsea forward is widely reported to be available for £7m and the Hammers will be happy to pay that to secure their old boy's signature, the Daily Mirror reports. Sam Allardyce once again chose a 4-6-0 formation to face Aston Villa at [.

Spurs boss Villas Boas defends decision to leave Hugo Lloris on the pitch

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boast has stood by his decision to allow Hugo Lloris to continue in yesterday's draw at Everton despite being knocked unconscious. The Spurs physio and players appeared to think the goalkeeper should be subbed, but he refused to leave the pitch and forced Villas Boas into a rethink over his plans [.

Photo: The only Everton fan who remembered his sunglasses

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You can forgive Everton supporters for not thinking that they would need a pair of sunglasses for a trip to Goodison Park in November. But one fan had planned ahead for the bright conditions at yesterday's game against Spurs. He is the envy of everyone else in the photo, including Toffees keeper Tim Howard.

Photo: Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and Bacary Sagna in awkward goal celebration

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Bacary Sagna informs Santi Cazorla that while he was out injured, he must have missed the memo about how Arsenal goalscorers are now rewarded for their efforts. The Spanish playmaker was shoved into a compromising position by his team-mate after opening the scoring against Liverpool at the weekend.

Stoke, Hull, Sunderland and Crystal Palace want Arsenal flop Nicklas Bendtner

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is the subject of interest from Stoke, Hull, Sunderland and Crystal Palace. There is a surprisingly long queue of clubs lining up to take the out-of-sorts forward in January. Despite manager Arsene Wenger admitting that the Denmark international was within a whisker of leaving the Emirates over the summer, injuries and [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 2-3 November

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1. Arsenal five points clear by the start of November you'd have got great odds on that after the opening day defeat to Aston Villa. 2. The SAS partnership might need to go for counselling. Daniel Sturridge was theatrical in demonstrating just how disappointed he was with Luis Suarez during the defeat to Arsenal.

Video: Moussa Sissokho’s no-look headed clearance (Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea)

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Talk about eyes in the back of your head, just look at this clearance from Newcastle's Moussa Sissokho during the win over Chelsea. With his eyes firmly on his man, Branislav Ivanovic, Sissokho never once looks at the ball while the Blues are taking this corner. Yet when it arrives in the box he jumps [.

Manchester City stars watching children’s TV channels to learn English

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Manchester City's overseas signings are trying to improve their English by watching children's TV channels. City's top foreign stars have taken to watching CBeebies as they aim to settle in their new team as quickly as possible, according to The Sun. Apparently, even established players have been switching to the kids' channels to help break [.

Video: Former Spurs star Gareth Bale reduces a defender to tears

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Rayo Vallecano defender Anaitz Arbilla was reduced to tears by Real Madrid's Gareth Bale during Saturday's clash between the local rivals. Arbilla was left so distraught by his Bale-induced error that he sat crying on the bench after being substituted.

Video: Man Utd arrive in Spain for Real Sociedad match

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Manchester United's players have arrived at Bilbao airport ahead of their Champions League clash with Real Sociedad. The game takes place just along the Basque coast in San Sebastian. Rio Ferdinand will be hoping that the Real attack don't get him in as much of a tangle as his iPhone earphones, while Wayne Rooney appears [.

Man Utd ready to move for Lech Poznan’s Karol Linetty

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Manchester United are scouting Lech Poznan playmaker Karol Linetty ahead of a possible move in January. The Sunday People reports that David Moyes is keen on the youngster who has been dubbed the 'Polish Luka Modric'. The United boss sent a scout to watch Poznan in action last weekend. He was among 40 representatives of [.

Video: Manchester United’s new Adnan Januzaj chant

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Manchester United fans unveiled their new chant for wonderkid Adnan Zanuzaj during Saturday's win over Fulham. They've snubbed suggestions that the youngster's name lends itself to a reworking of Coldplay's Paradise and instead opted for The Lion Sleeps Tonight. The words are: "He's a Belgian, a midfield Belgian, Adnan Januzaj!

Mesut Ozil shirt-wearing Arsenal fan sits metres from his hero, doesn’t notice

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Spotters badge to Mesut Ozil's girlfriend for this one. Mandy Capristo enjoyed a night out in London with her boyfriend after last night's win over Liverpool for the Arsenal. Upon reviewing the photos taken in a bar, she spotted that there is an Arsenal fan in an Ozil replica shirt sitting directly behind him.

David Beckham to ‘sign Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand’

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David Beckham is plotting deals to take two former England colleagues to America to sign for his new MLS franchise. The Mail on Sunday reports that Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are both among the star names Beckham hopes to sign for his Miami-based side. But given that the franchise is unlikely to be up [.

GIF It: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris’s sickening clash with Romelu Lukaku’s knee

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Everton's Romelu Lukaku was booked for having Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris headbutt his knee during this afternoon's game at Goodison Park.

Arsenal scout Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke vs West Ham

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An Arsenal scout was in the crowd at yesterday's game between West Ham and Aston Villa to keep an eye on Villa striker Christian Benteke, the Mail on Sunday reports. The Belgium striker has long been linked with a move to one of the north London clubs, and the latest reports suggest that Arsene Wenger's [.

Joe Kinnear tried to sign Shane Ferguson from Birmingham, finds out he already plays for Newcastle

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Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear allegedly made a move to sign Birmingham winger Shane Ferguson only to discover that he's on loan at St Andrew's from the Magpies. Kinnear thought he had spotted a great talent during a scouting trip to Birmingham but was later informed that Ferguson already played for his club, [.

Man Utd and Man City linked with £65m moves for Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi

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Porto pair Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi are £65m moves for Manchester United and Manchester City. Both Manchester clubs are planning a double raid on the Portuguese side. French defender Mangala, aged 22, was reported as a target for Ciy and United over the summer. Porto are said to value him at £40m.

Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs ‘major doubts’ for Arsenal’s clash with Borussia Dortmund

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Wenger on @KieranGibbs: 'It is a calf problem, I don't know how bad it is' #AFCvLFC Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 2, 2013 Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs are both injury doubts for this week's Champions League game at Borussia Dortmund. Midfielder Wilshere was a late withdrawal for yesterday's game against Liverpool after [.

Javier Hernandez retweets ex-Arsenal striker Carlos Vela’s suggestion that he should leave Man Utd

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has given a bit hint that he is considering leaving the club by retweeting an article suggesting he do that. His Mexico international team-mate and former Arsenal youngster Carlos Vela was quoted in a Sky Sports story suggesting that his compatriot might have to quit Old Trafford.

Man City’s Pablo Zabaleta backs decision to drop Joe Hart

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Pablo Zabaleta has given his backing to Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini's decision to drop Joe Hart. The right-back says backup keeper Costel Pantilimon deserves his chance after Hart's recent mistakes. He said: "Well, you know, that is football. The manager makes decisions. "We know in this team now the performance of everyone should be [.

Liverpool and Newcastle battle for Marseille striker Andre Ayew

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Marseille striker Andre Ayew is wanted by Liverpool and Newcastle. The £10m rated forward is set to move on in January and a transfer to the Premier League seems to be on the cards. The Ghana international is likely to be sold when the transfer window reopens. He is out of contract at the end [...]

Manchester City increase interest in Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira

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Manchester City are stepping up their efforts to land Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. They will launch a £30m bid in the summer in an effort to land the Germany international, reports the Sunday People. At that stage, Khedira will have just over a year to run on his Real contract and City are hoping [.

GIF It: Fulham’s Sascha Riether stamps on Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj

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Fulham full-back Sascha Riether welcomed Adnan Januzaj to the Premier League in his own special way by attempting to kick the proverbial out of him. The Manchester United youngster was running down the clock in the corner when Riether and Pajtim Kasami attempted to retrieve the ball from him. They were both getting quite physical [.

Photo: Spurs star Lewis Holtby posts picture of his dad in an Everton shirt

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Lewis Holtby has posted a photo of his dad wearing an Everton shirt ahead of their clash with Tottenham tomorrow. The Spurs midfielder's dad is a Toffees fan and has flown over from Germany especially to see the game. Chris Holtby is originally from Liverpool but settled in Germany after being based there as a [.

Photo: Mikel Arteta with ‘on fire’ Arsenal team-mate Aaron Ramsey

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Another great win today!! This guy its on fire!!! pic.twitter.com/MmjeECq1Oo Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) November 2, 2013 Mikel Arteta's first thought after beating Liverpool? Suit up and get a photo with man of the moment Aaron Ramsey. The Spaniard posed with his Arsenal team-mate and gave a little review of the Welshman's efforts in his [.

GIF It: Aaron Ramsey’s stunning strike makes it Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool

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Aaron Ramsey topped a spell of Arsenal domination with a stunning second goal for the Gunners in this evening's game against Liverpool. The Welshman hit a dipping effort on the bounce from outside the box to beat Simon Mignolet.

Video: Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena red cards (Hull vs Sunderland)

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Everton’s on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku hands KitKats to trick or treaters

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@FIFAcom gave them kitkats R.Lukaku Bolingoli (@RomeluLukaku9) October 31, 2013 Halloween trick or treaters who needed to take a break were welcome at Romelu Lukaku's house the other night. The Everton striker, currently on loan from Chelsea, was handing out KitKats to kids who called at his door on Halloween.

Djurgarden star Daniel Amartey confirms he’s in talks with Liverpool

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Daniel Amartey, a reported transfer target for Liverpool, has confirmed that he has spoken to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. We reported last week that the Djurgarden youngster was being linked with a move to Anfield. Now it seems the deal is progressing, with the 18-year-old revealed that he has been in talks with Liverpool.

GIF It: Santi Cazorla gives Arsenal the lead against Liverpool

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Arsenal have taken the lead against Liverpool in this evening's top-of-the-table Premier League clash. Santi Cazorla crashed a header against the woodwork, but was first on the scene to fire in the rebound.

Photo: Injured Arsenal team-mates Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere pose before Liverpool game

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All eyes on Emirates tonight. And we re crossing our fingers for the Gunners. Come on AFC!!! pic.twitter.com/RQvHEZWqnV Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) November 2, 2013 Arsene Wenger wouldn't mind having one or both of these players to call upon for this evening's clash with Liverpool. Instead, both Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere are posing for photos [.

Photo: ‘Gay Gooners’ banner at Arsenal vs Liverpool

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Удивительный баннер. pic.twitter.com/RVU7AdELbF Kazansky Denis (@KazanskyDen) November 2, 2013

Video: Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic scores against Southampton

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We all knew that Stoke were struggling for goals this season, but we didn't expect that goalkeeper Asmir Begovic would be the source when they did arrive. He gave the Potters an early lead in today's game against Southampton with this strike after just 12 seconds. The Bosnian keeper's lumped clearance from his own penalty [.

Video: Robin Van Persie makes it Fulham 0-2 Manchester United

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Manchester United went 0-2 up at Fulham courtesy of this powerful strike from Robin Van Persie. The finish prompted Chris Kamara to comment: "No goalkeeper would have saved it. If they had, they'd have gone into the net with it."

Video: Wayne Rooney scores to make it Fulham 0-3 Man Utd

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Manchester United beat the Fulham offside trip to take a 0-3 lead at Craven Cottage. Wayne Rooney was able to tap-in Robin Van Persie's cross.

Video: Antonio Valencia gives Man Utd the lead at Fulham

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Fulham vs Manchester United 0:1 Valencia by footballdaily2

GIF It: Alan Pardew’s ‘smile’ celebration (Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea)

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Alan Pardew appeared to be advising Newcastle fans to smile after Loic Remy scored the second goal in Newcastle's 2-0 win over Chelsea today. We're not sure if he had been getting some lip about looking miserable or was just concerned that the supporters were looking miserable, but he was clearly gesturing that everyone should [.

Video: Loic Remy makes it Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea

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Newcastle vs Chelsea 2:0 Remy by footballdaily2 Newcastle have gone 2-0 up at home to Chelsea courtesy of this late Loic Remy strike. The on-loan QPR striker curled in Vurnon Anita's pull-back.

It’s official: Joe Hart dropped by Man City

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TEAM NEWS: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Nastasic, Clichy, Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure (C), Silva, Aguero, Negredo #cityvnorwich #mcfc Manchester City FC (@MCFC) November 2, 2013 It was already widely known after a leak yesterday, but it has now been confirmed that goalkeeper Joe Hart has been dropped from the Manchester City team to face Norwich.

Video: Yoan Gouffran gives Newcastle the lead against Chelsea

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Yoan Gouffran has headed Newcastle into the lead at home to Chelsea. The Frenchman got onto the end of Yohan Cabaye's beautifully whipped ball and scored with a diving header. It was nothing less than the Magpies deserved after an excellent start to the second half in which they've had the far better chances.

Photo: Joe Hart’s shirt hanging in the Man City dressing room

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Joe and Costel's shirts hang side by side in the #mcfc dressing room #cityvnorwich pic.twitter.com/naKGZy4cvW Manchester City FC (@MCFC) November 2, 2013

Photo: Mesut Ozil tweets hilarious Arsenal picture

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Arsenal Liverpool pic.twitter.com/GzcFGthMFc Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) November 2, 2013 If you've always wondered whether Mesut Ozil is a fan of humorous Photoshopped pictures of him and his Arsenal team-mates, today we learned that the answer is yes, he does. The Gunners' record signing posted this to his Twitter account ahead of today's clash [.

Liverpool ready to move for Porto’s Juan Iturbe

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Juan Iturbe is reportedly a transfer target for Liverpool. The Porto youngster, currently on loan at Verona, has been dubbed the 'new Messi'. The 20-year-old is an attacking midfielder capable of weighing in with his share of goals. Reports in Italy suggest that the Reds will move for the Argentina under-20 international in the summer [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes says his side have found momentum

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Manchester United manager David Moyes believes recent results will help his side to build up some momentum. He is hoping that the champions' early season inconsistency is now behind them and that their recent wins against Stoke, Real Sociedad and Norwich will bring them into today's clash with Fulham in good form.

Valencia set to sign Chelsea striker Demba Ba

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Demba Ba's stint at Chelsea is set to come to an end in January just a year after his arrival from Newcastle. The Senegal international does not appear to be favoured by new Blues boss Jose Mourinho and that is unlikely to change if Fernando Torres' recent resurgence continues. The 28-year-old is now being [.

Photo: Olivier Giroud praises Arsenal’s grass-warming

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has taken time out to praise the nocturnal antics of the club's groundstaff. The Frenchman is in no doubt that night lights left on the Emirates' pitch overnight play a big part in maintaining a good playing surface at the stadium. The former Montpellier man posed in front of a darkened [.

Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny signs new four-year contract

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Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny has committed his future to the club by signing a new four-year deal. The Poland international will pocket £20.8m over the course of the contract, which will double his wages and see him become one of the best paid goalkeepers in the world, according to reports in The Sun.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew threatens to slap Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has warned Jose Mourinho that he will "give him a slap" if he jumps into the crowd at St James' Park today. The Magpies are at home to Chelsea in the lunchtime kick-off, and Pardew has jokingly advised Mourinho about venturing into the crowd as he did to celebrate last week's [.

Jack Wilshere out of Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of today's clash with Liverpool with an ankle injury. The England international has a problem with his right ankle, which was operated on in the summer after previous problems. The Gunners are keen to let the youngster rest his troublesome joint and he unlikely to even make [.

Video: Chris Wood’s face scores (Leicester vs Watford)

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Leicester striker Chris Wood has given his side the lead at Watford in unusual circumstances. The former West Brom man closed down a clearance and delivered a neat finish with his face.

Chelsea join the race for Feyenoord hotshot Graziano Pelle

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Chelsea are preparing to rival Barcelona in their efforts to sign prolific Feyenoord striker Graziano Pelle. The Italian forward can't stop scoring and has 27 goals in 29 games for the Dutch side, including a loan spell last season and 10 in 10 since his permanent move in the summer. Blues manger Jose Mourinho remains [.

Galatasaray quote Manchester City £25m for keeper Fernando Muslera

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Manchester City have been told they can sign Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera for £25m. Joe Hart's recent poor form has led to the Premier League runners-up being linked with a host of keepers around Europe. And the Turkish champions have made it clear that their number one is available at the right price.

Video: West Brom stars Youssouf Mulumbu and Stephane Sessegnon lark around with South American tree bears

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Imagine you're a kid attending a Halloween party hosted by you team. What's better than two of the star players turning up? Two of the star players turning up with South American tree bears on their back, of course. That's exactly what happened to young West Brom faans when Youssouf Mulumbu and Stephane Sessegnon gatecrashed [.

Porto can’t afford to take Anderson from Man Utd

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Manchester United's hopes of shedding the considerable burden of Anderson in January have been dealt a blow. Former club Porto were among the favourites to sign the midfielder, but it seems they might not have the financial resources to complete the purchase. Even if United sanction a bargain basement transfer fee, Porto are unlikely to [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t care if Fernando Torres scores

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Jose Mourinho says he doesn't care if Fernando Torres scores against Newcastle or in future games as long as he is working for the team. The Spaniard's recent performances have had many onlookers wondering whether he is on the verge of regaining his best form. But Chelsea manager Mourinho believes his striker will stay grounded.

Man Utd give up on signing Robert Lewandowski

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Manchester United have ended their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. The Poland international has been a long-term target for the Red Devils. But they have now abandoned plans to sign him. The 25-year-old was the subject of an £18m bid during Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge.

Lookalikes: Young Argentine football is the spit of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

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Meet Gonzalo Galvan, a young player at Argentinian soccer school Villa Santillan, who is being linked with Arsenal. However, it is not his footballing prowess that has led to the Gunners connection, but his looks. Gonzalo happens to be a dead ringer for Mesut Ozil. Like his lookalike, Gonzalo likes to play as a number [.

Arsenal ‘make enquiry’ about Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa

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Arsenal is interested in Diego Costa, contacted the player see if he's interested, said he won't discuss his future before the season ends. Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) November 1, 2013 Arsenal have reportedly approached Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa to discuss a move to the Emirates. Brazilian journalist Rafael Hernandez says he heard weeks ago [.

Joe Hart ‘has been dropped’ by Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini

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Joe Hart has been dropped from the Manchester City team to face Norwich tomorrow, the Daily Mail reports. Manager Manuel Pellegrini has straight-batted questions about his team selection, but the Mail claims that the Chilean met Hart today to tell him that he will not be playing. More to follow.

Photo: Laughing Santi Cazorla hugs grinning Mesut Ozil at Arsenal training

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The boys were training today ahead of #AFCvLFC and you can view our picture gallery here http://t.co/RC2w0klN6t pic.twitter.com/GZoTkxGTFA Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 1, 2013

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe ‘fears clubs are trying to force him out’

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Jermain Defoe fears he is being forced out of Tottenham, according to the Daily Mail. The England international was tipped to leave the club in the summer, but Spurs failed to find a buyer for him or former strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor. But the reports claim that the 31-year-old believes the club will try to [.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini won’t say if he’s dropped Joe Hart

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has refused to say whether Joe Hart has been dropped from the team to face Norwich tomorrow. The England international has made a number of high profile errors in recent months, including handing Chelsea the winning goal last weekend. With understudy Costel Pantilimon putting in a man of the match [.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku says he made the decision to join Everton on loan

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Everton's top scorer Romelu Lukaku says it was his decision to join the Toffees on loan this season. Jose Mourinho had come under fire from supporters in the early stages of this season as Lukaku found the net regularly for the Toffees and the Chelsea strikeforce struggled to score. But Lukaku now claims it was [.

Man Utd prepare to bid for Saint Etienne left-back Faouzi Ghoulam. Good news for Everton?

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Manchester United are ready to bid for Saint Etienne left-back Faouzi Ghoulam. The Daily Express reports that David Moyes is lining up the 22-year-old as he prepares to lose Patrice Evra at the end of the season and with Everton still playing hardball over Leighton Baines. The Toffees full-back is still Moyes' first-choice, but Ghoulam [.

Cardiff contact Man Utd over Wilfried Zaha loan

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Cardiff City have made an enquiry about taking Wilfried Zaha on loan from Manchester United. The former Crystal Palace youngster has struggled to secure first-team action under David Moyes this season, and the United boss has made it clear that he will consider sending the England international out on loan if he is still out [.

Video: Chelsea youngster Mukhtar Ali scores 40-yard free-kick vs Real Madrid

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There's nothing quite like a long-range strike to get yourself noticed (just ask David Beckham). Chelsea teenager Mukhtar Ali has ensured plenty of people will be talking about him after his 40-yard free-kick sailed into the Real Madrid goal this week. Chelsea under-16s won the International Youth Tournament 2013 last weekend, with a 2-0 win [.

Brooklyn Beckham on trial at Manchester United

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Brooklyn Beckham, David's oldest son, is on trial at Manchester United and is set to sign for them in the new year. The 14-year-old is said to have impressed United's coaching staff with his performances so far and the champions are happy to offer the youngster a deal in January, according to reports in Metro.

Mathieu Flamini could be fit for Arsenal’s game at Man Utd, says Wenger

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Here's the boss in the press conference ahead of #AFCvLFC pic.twitter.com/zLN3tAazow Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 1, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini could be available for next weekend's trip to Manchester United. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed that he is hopeful the Frenchman will be fit for next Sunday's game.

Liverpool’s Glen Johnson gunning to outscore Jose Enrique

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Liverpool's SAS partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have both been among the goals this season. While right-back Glen Johnson probably can't compete with that, he has set himself the target of beating Jose Enrique, his team-mate on the opposite flank. After missing a big chunk of the season so far through injury, Johnson [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praises Liverpool strikeforce

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Liverpool's strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge is one of the best in the league. The Frenchman's admiration of Suarez in particular is well known given his failed attempts to sign him over the summer. But he says that both players are among the Premier League's very best.

Man City star Yaya Toure ‘lied about racist abuse’, says CSKA Moscow director

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was encouraged to lie about being racially abused as part of a conspiracy by English journalists angry that Russia beat England in the 2018 World Cup bidding process. That's the outlandish claim made by a CSKA Moscow director after the Russian side were ordered to partially close their stadium for [.

Monaco planning £34m bid for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott

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Arsenal winger Theo Walcott will be the subject of a £34m from Monaco, according to the Daily Mail. The wealthy French side will make their move for former Southampton youngster in January, the reports claim. They see the speedy England international as their next big-name signing following the arrivals of Radamel Falcao, from Atletico Madrid, [.

Video: Everton boss Roberto Martinez talks ahead of Tottenham game

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been speaking at his press conference ahead of this weekend's clash with Tottenham. The Spaniard revealed that striker Arouna Kone will not be available to face Spurs. He said: "We are a little bit worried about the knock that Arouna Kone picked up against Hull City.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho bemoans his ‘unfair’ team selection

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his team selection policy is "unfair" The Special One says the players he is leaving out have done nothing wrong and do not deserve to be sidelined. He said: "It's not easy for me to leave players at home and on the bench because everybody deserves to play." Speaking at [.

Valencia want to take Liverpool’s Iago Aspas on loan

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Liverpool summer signing Iago Aspas could be set to leave the club on loan in January. The Spaniard has had an underwhelming start to his Anfield career. Having struggled to make an impression during the early stages of the season, he is now very much behind Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order [.

Brendan Rodgers: ‘Liverpool job isn’t stressful’

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Managing Liverpool isn't a stressful job, according to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. The former Swansea boss says he doesn't think the pressure and expectation he encounters in his job is anything like that experiencing by working people struggling to pay bills. He told Bleacher Report: "I don't see the job as stressful, I really don't.

Man Utd reject reports of Brooklyn Beckham signing

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Brooklyn Beckham will not be offered a deal at Manchester United after all. Although David's oldest son has been training with the United youth team at Carrington and played in a practice match yesterday, he is not taking part in a formal trial and the club is not planning to sign him. Reports by the [.

Hull boss Steve Bruce: ‘Taking the Sunderland job was a mistake’

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Hull manager Steve Bruce says he made a mistake when he took charge of Sunderland. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's meeting between the two sides, Bruce admitted he would probably pass on the opportunity to manage the Black Cats given the chance to make his decision again. The former Manchester United defender believes his Newcastle roots [.