Off the Post Archives for January 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks Spurs have bought too many players

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Transfer-hater Arsene Wenger has suggested that Tottenham have bought too many players this summer. The Arsenal boss, under-fire for his own lack of transfer activity, thinks an influx of new arrivals at White Hart Lane could have a destabilising effect on Andre Villas Boas' team. Speaking ahead of Sunday's north London derby, he said: "There [.

David Moyes: ‘Everybody tells me Man Utd vs Liverpool is a big rivalry’

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says everybody tells him there is a big rivalry with Liverpool, but appeared to be reserving judgement until he had witnessed it for himself. Asked about the rivalry, Moyes said: "Well, I didn't know yet because I've not been involved in it yet. I know everybody tells me [about] the [.

Photo: Erik Lamela in Spurs training

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Erik Lamela joined his new team-mates at the Training Centre today #THFC pic.twitter.com/FjfNzl3U9u Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 30, 2013 New Tottenham signing Erik Lamela joined the squad for his first training session today. The £31m man, who has joined from Roma, trained with his new team-mates at Spurs Lodge ahead of Sunday's north London [.

Spurs star Gareth Bale’s new boots arrive at Real Madrid

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@Frannk_Armas Mira, los zapatos de Gareth Bale enviados a Madrid por DHL pic.twitter.com/d6fZYVEORG Jhonattan Bale (@AngelJhonattan) August 30, 2013 Real Madrid have reportedly taken delivery of a pair of boots for Gareth Bale. Reports by Spanish newspaper AS claim that a parcel sent by recorded delivery from Adidas' headquarters in Germany arrived at Real's [.

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale agrees personal terms with Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid, the BBC reports. The wantaway Tottenham star is said to have put pen to paper on a £10m-a-year deal with the Spanish giants. The two clubs are yet to agree a deal for Bale's sale, but the fact that the personal terms have been finalised suggests [.

Everton reject new £36m bid from Man Utd for Baines and Fellaini

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Everton have turned down an improved offer from Manchester United for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. The Daily Express claims that a £36m joint-bid for the pair was tabled by the champions earlier this week, but has now been rejected. The new bid valued Belgium international Fellaini at £23.

Video: Jose Mourinho points to Chelsea crest, threatens to leave press conference

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho threatened to walk out of his Super Cup press conference after being asked about his record against Pep Guardiola during their Real Madrid and Barcelona days. The Special One reignites his rivalry with Guardiola in tonight's match against Bayern Munich, but is clearly not happy with the match being viewed in [.

Manchester United ‘bid €30m’ for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera

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Manchester United have made a €30m offer for Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera, according to a Spanish radio station. Cadena Cope claims David Moyes' side have made an official approach to sign the Basque outfit's 24-year-old midfielder. Herrera is said to have a €36m release clause, and Athletic would be keen to stretch United to [.

Liverpool’s official Twitter account endorses offensive Munich tweet aimed at Man Utd fans

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Liverpool's official Twitter account made a massive balls-up last night when it appeared to support comments mocking the Munich Air Disaster. The Reds' account had asked Twitter followers to submit a three-song playlist to be heard at Anfield ahead of kick-off for Sunday's clash with United. Supporter Josh Mitchy submitted a distasteful playlist featuring songs [.

GIF It: Spurs midfielder Lewis Holtby’s sweet strike vs Dinamo Tbilisi

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Tottenham's progression to the Europa League group stages was already pretty much ensured thanks to their 5-0 first-leg win against Dinamo Tbilisi. They followed that up with a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane, with midfielder Lewis Holtby responsible for putting the icing on the cake. He fired in off the crossbar from 25 yards [.

Chelsea will not sell Juan Mata, Man City are in the market for a defender

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Yesterday's Champions League draw managed to generate a little bit of Premier League transfer news. Neil Bath, Chelsea's youth development officer, claimed the club had not intention of selling Juan Mata, despite the Spain international being linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge. He said: "That's the absolute message.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho suggests Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney ‘started process’ of transfer rumours

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Jose Mourinho has indicated it was Wayne Rooney who "started the process" of a potential move from Manchester United to Chelsea. The Blues boss was speaking ahead of tonight's Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich. Asked about the Rooney situation, Mourinho answered that nothing had changed since his comments on Monday evening, when he said [.

Liverpool hit transfer fee deadlock over defenders Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho

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Liverpool are struggling in their attempts to bring at least one new defender to the club after deal for both their targets ran into problems. The Reds wanted to pay £6m to sign Sporting Lisbon centre-back Tiago Ilori, but the Portuguese side are demanding £17m for the 20-year-old. That's despite the fact that the youngster [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ‘confident’ of signings

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Here's the scene at London Colney, where Arsene Wenger's arrival is imminent. Our cameras are all set up #AFCvTHFC pic.twitter.com/FOXZzaMrTn Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 30, 2013 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is confident of making signings before the transfer window closes on Monday. But the Frenchman said he will not be making panic buys.

Video: Spurs midfielder Sandro wants your feedback on his new beard

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Tottenham midfielder Sandro was delighted to play his first 90 minutes since returning from a long-term injury layoff against Dinamo Tbilisi last night. But, first things first, what do you think of his new ginger beard? He wants to know, although it soon emerges that he has already formed an opinion on his new facial [.

Samuel Eto’o: ‘I’d rather sell groundnuts in my village than to play for a pathetic team like Chelsea’

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It sounds like nut salesman jobs in Samuel Eto'o's village have been hit by the global economic crisis because he has opted for the lesser option of playing for Chelsea. Remember those heady days of 2005 when the needle between Chelsea and Barcelona was at its height? Barca star Samuel Eto'o waded in on the [.

Tottenham complete signing of Vlad Chiriches from Steaua Bucharest

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Chiriches: 'For me, this is something incredible. A dream come true.' http://t.co/wYzbETS2By #THFC pic.twitter.com/hC6bU3jfMZ Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 30, 2013 Spurs have confirmed the signing of Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches. The centre-back is believed to have cost the north London club around £8.

Who Are Ya? Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Vlad Chiriches Age: 23 Position: Centre-back Signed from: Steaua Bucharest Fee: Undisclosed (reported £8.5m) Did you know? Chiriches almost joined Spurs at the start of the move until jailed Steaua owner Gigi Becali vetoed the move from behind bars, saying Chiriches would not leave until [.

Spurs confirm signing of Erik Lamela from Roma

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We are delighted to announce that we've reached agreement with AS Roma for the transfer of Erik Lamela #THFC pic.twitter.com/FVBCSDcpnv Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 30, 2013 Erik Lamela has completed his move to Tottenham, the club has confirmed. More to follow.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez frustrated by Man Utd transfer rumours

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has voiced his annoyance at the constant transfer speculation linking Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines with moves to Manchester United. The Spaniard seemed to indicate that rumours Baines had asked the Toffees to sell him to United are wide of the mark. Martinez said: "It is getting a little bit too [.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright brands Spurs’ Gareth Bale asking price as ‘ridiculous’

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Ian Wright has dismissed the transfer fees being touted ahead of Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid as "ridiculous". The Arsenal legend praised the Spurs star's ability but was clearly struggling to work out precisely what the Welshman is expected to produce in order to justify he price tag. Wright said: "Fantastic player.

Video: Mathieu Flamini says he has ‘unfinished business’ at Arsenal

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New Arsenal signing Mathieu Flamini says he has "unfinished business" at the club he left five years ago to join AC Milan. In his first interview since rejoining the Gunners, Flamini paraphrased Wayne Rooney in declaring his lifelong commitment to the cause. He said: "It feels good to be back home. I have some unfinished [.

Spurs are stalling over Gareth Bale, says Real Madrid vice-president

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Real Madrid vice-president Fernando Fernández Tapias has accused Tottenham of stalling over Gareth Bale's move to Spain. Speaking ahead of Real's clash with Deportivo La Coruna this evening, Fernández Tapias said he still thought the deal could be done but had expected Bale to be playing in the club's game this evening.

Samuel Eto’o signs for Chelsea

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We are delighted to announce the signing of Samuel Eto'o... http://t.co/zHxoRj4TLq #CFC pic.twitter.com/0qj8GoTkMZ Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) August 29, 2013 Chelsea have completed the signing of Samuel Eto'o from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. The former Barcelona and Inter Milan follows former team-mate Willian from the Russian outfit, which transfer listed all of its players in [.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas plans to use youngsters against Dinamo Tbilisi

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas is hoping to give some of his young players a run-out in tonight's Europa League qualifier against Dinamo Tbilisi. Spurs hold a commanding 5-0 lead from the first leg in Georgia, and AVB is hoping a good start in tonight's match will allow him to bring a couple of youngsters [.

Photo: Chelsea arrive in Prague for the UEFA Super Cup

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The squad has arrived in Prague... #CFC pic.twitter.com/Jw0Yh8Pek0 Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) August 29, 2013 Chelsea's squad have touched down in Prague ahead of their UEFA Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich. Former La Liga adversaries Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola go head-to-head in the match. It was rejuvenated skipper John Terry and his trusty [.

All of your results in real time with the Livescore Football Tennis Basketball application

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We know that the amount of applications available on iTunes is large, huge even. However, is it possible to easily find the applications which are really useful, practical and which arouse a real interest? The answer is "yes" if we refer to the latest application called "Livescore Football Tennis Basketball" by SportyTrader, the sports betting [.

Video: Arsenal fan urges no pints, no programmes and no pies against Spurs

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An Arsenal fan is urging fellow supporters to follow his "no pints, no programmes and no pies" manifesto ahead this weekend's north London derby against Tottenham. The supporter said he didn't want to let the players down by boycotting the team and doesn't think protest scarves have any impact at boardroom level.

Spurs interested in Man Utd striker Javier Hernandez

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Spurs are hoping to sign Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez but have been told he will cost £15m double what they were hoping to pay. Andre Villas Boas is keen to secure a fox-in-the-box poacher to support recent signing Roberto Soldado, which would allow him to sell England striker Jermain Defoe before the transfer [.

Gervinho relieved to leave ‘ups and downs’ at Arsenal

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Former Arsenal striker Gervinho has admitted he is pleased to be able to put the 'ups and downs' of his Gunners career behind him and make a fresh start at Roma. The Ivory Coach international joined the Serie A side for £8m earlier this summer. He had failed to make a decent impression at the [...]

Borussia Dortmund fans campaign to ‘free’ Shinji Kagawa from Man Utd

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Borussia Dortmund launch #freeshinji campaign to resign Japanese middlefielder Shinji Kagawa pic.twitter.com/BjerldHw9g Borussia Dortmund (@dortmund_Spain) August 28, 2013 Borussia Dortmund supporters have launched a Twitter protest to campaign for Shinji Kagawa to be freed from Manchester United. The German side's former Japanese star has failed to make an impression at Old Trafford since joining [.

Alan Pardew bids to bring Chelsea striker Demba Ba back to Newcastle

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is trying to bring Demba Ba back to the club just seven months after he left to join Chelsea for £7m. The Senegal international a Tyneside favourite before he started pushing for his transfer does not appear to be part of Jose Mourinho's plans at Stamford Bridge. He [..

Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t ‘know what to say anymore’ on transfers

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he doesn't know what to say anymore when it comes to the club's transfer plans. The under-fire Gunners boss appeared to be fed-up of rejigging his stock answer about working hard to bring in the right players before the end of the transfer window. The Frenchman finally ran out of [.

Video: Liverpool 4-2 Notts County

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Liverpool needed extra-time before they were able to see off League One opponents Notts County and progress in the Capital One Cup. Raheem Sterling gave the Reds the lead with a lovely solo effort before in-form Daniel Sturridge fired in a second. But the Premier League team was pegged back. A Yoann Arquin header and [.

Liverpool’s defensive crisis worsens after injuries to Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho

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Brendan Rodgers admits Kolo Toure injury 'doesn't look good': http://t.co/qd5iBvNMhm #LFC pic.twitter.com/tih6th1tEw Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 27, 2013 Liverpool are facing a defensive injury crisis ahead of this weekend's clash with Manchester United. The Reds were already short on defenders with Martin Skrtel still recovering from injury, Sebastian Coates ruled out for six months [.

Video: Spurs’ Lewis Holty scores 25-yard curler against West Ham U21s

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Lewis Holtby is back and it looks like he means business. Everbody's favourite Germglishman is back to fitness and played for Spurs Under-21s as he seeks the match practice he needs to break into Andre Villas Boas' team. He certainly succeeded in catching the eye during last week's clash with West Ham Under-21s.

Video: Arsenal 2-0 Fenerbahce

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Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win over Fenerbahce last night to book their place in the Champions League group stage. Two goals from Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a 5-0 aggregate win against their Turkish opponents. The Welshman tucked away his first when the ball broke kindly for him in the penalty area. And he added [.

GIF It: Jozy Altidore scores his first goal for Sunderland vs MK Dons

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Sunderland summer signing Jozy Altidore opened his goalscoring account for the club with this effort against MK Dons in last night's Capital One Cup clash. The USA international scored the first of four goals in the last 12 minutes for the Black Cats as they came from 0-2 down to record a 4-2 win. Altidore [.

Spurs and Roma discuss Benoit Assou Ekotto and Federico Balzaretti loan switch

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Spurs and Roma are in discussions about a loan swap that would see Italy international Federico Balzaretti move to White Hart Lane, and Benoit Assou Ekotto go in the opposite direction. The two clubs are new play-mates after new Spurs director of football Franco Baldini's own move between them this summer.

Man Utd consider bid for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala

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Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala is rumoured to be a transfer target for Manchester United. Manager David Moyes is still hoping to strengthen his squad before Monday's transfer deadline. But after experiencing a frustrating summer chasing big-name targets, the Scot is ready to but the marquee signings on the backburner to bring Mangala to Old Trafford.

Arsenal target Josuha Guilavogui as alternative to Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye

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St Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui is a target for Arsenal if the north London club fail in their attempts to sign Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle. The 22-year-old France international is a defensively-minded midfielder and, at 6ft 2in, is arguably much more like the sort of player the Gunners are lacking at the moment.

Video: Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas confirms Gareth Bale is joining Real Madrid

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas has confirmed that Gareth Bale is on the verge of joining Real Madrid. And he said the deal could be completed within the next two days. He said: "At the moment, the two clubs are speaking Tottenham and Real Madrid to outline the final statement and drafts of [...]

Photo: Erik Lamela arrives in London to complete Tottenham move

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Erik Lamela reportedly meeting a fan as he arrived in London today. #COYS pic.twitter.com/XAjKvLn3Cz Talking THFCâ„¢ (@TalkingTHFC) August 28, 2013 Roma winger Erik Lamela has arrived in London to sign for Tottenham. The Italian side confirmed yesterday that a deal had been agreed to sell the Argentinian star to Spurs.

Chelsea star Juan Mata’s dad spotted in the Arsenal director’s box

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5live say Juan Mata's dad in Arsenal directors' box Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 27, 2013 Juan Mata's father and agent, Juan Snr, has been spotted in the director's box for tonight's match between Arsenal and Fenerbahce. The Spain international appears to be out-of-favour at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and has been linked with a [.

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany makes protest video against shower gel thief Micah Richards

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has released an Instragram video to name and shame Micah Richards for stealing his shower gel. With cutting irony, the Belgian centre-back produced a video in response to Richards refuting the allegations that he had nicked the bottle of Radox. He wrote: "@MicahRichards denies stealing my shower gel.

Tottenham’s Andros Townsend and Everton’s Ross Barkley named in England squad

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Tottenham youngster Andros Townsend and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley are the surprise names in England's squad to face Moldova and Ukraine in World Cup qualifiers next month. England manager Roy Hodgson has rewarded both players for impressive starts to the new season with call-ups. Townsend has forced his way into Andre Villas Boas' starting line-up [.

Video: Man Utd stars Rio Ferdinand, Anders Lindegaard and Patrice Evra star in Western-themed advert

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Manchester United team-mates Rio Ferdinand and Anders Lindegaard have taken each other on in a duel. The pair ditched the traditional cowboy gear and pistols in favour of... a penalty kick. Ferdinand and Lindegaard battle it out under the watchful eye of Patrice Evra.

Top five conclusions: Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

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1. You can play no strikers or three strikers and be equally bereft of any attacking potency. 2. It's not a great game if the highlight of it is the visiting manager looking for a pen. Try to find anything to top it in the video above you'll struggle. 3. The award for most [...]

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Wayne Rooney will probably stay at Man Utd

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Jose Mourinho indicated that he has pretty much given up on being able to lure Wayne Rooney to Chelsea before the end of the transfer window. The Blues boss suggested he would make a final enquiry to see if Rooney had changed his mind and now wanted to stay at Old Trafford. And he promised [...]

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gives the Sky Sports director a heart attack

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Expect Jose Mourinho to receive a polite email from Sky Sports this morning pointing out that if he could please stop referring to his young attacking quartet as his "four kids" it would really help to keep their stress levels down. Watch the video above to see what we mean.

GIF It: Spurs star Sandro slaps himself around the face

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How do you get yourself ready for the power and aggression of a Premier League midfield after a long injury lay-off? In the case of Tottenham midfielder Sandro, the answer appears to be to slap yourself around the face repeatedly until you're allowed on as a substitute. The Brazil international displayed an interesting approach to [.

Video: David Moyes hints that Man Utd are trying to sign Gareth Bale from Spurs

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Manchester United boss David Moyes played it coy when confronted by rumours that his club have bid for Spurs star Gareth Bale. The Scot wouldn't confirm or deny rumours that the champions are challenging Real Madrid for Bale's signature. But he dropped a pretty big hint that they are by pointing out that it's exactly [.

Spurs star Gareth Bale fails to report for training

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Gareth Bale has not turned up for Tottenham training at the end of a club-sanctioned break in Marbella. The Wales international had been given permission to travel to Spain to stay at his agent's holiday home. Spurs had instructed the 24-year-old to report for training this morning, but he has failed to do so.

GIF It: David Moyes and Jose Mourinho’s awkward ‘high 10′ (Man Utd vs Chelsea)

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Pre-match politics at Old Trafford: handshake, polite nod, fist-bump. Neither David Moyes nor Jose Mourinho were quite sure what to do. The Chelsea boss instigated a high 10 situation which the new Manchester United manager had no choice but to fulfil.

GIF It: Jose Mourinho can’t find his pen (Manchester United vs Chelsea)

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Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger goes shopping for chocolate

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What if Arsene Wenger treated his local shop like he treats the transfer window?

Photo: Chelsea star Juan Mata chats with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

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Picture: Manuel Pellegrini says hello to Juan Mata in Manchester, where Chelsea are ahead of their game with United. pic.twitter.com/BjHLo8lset City Watch (@City_Watch) August 26, 2013 Mid-transfer window team walkabouts: they're dangerous business. Chelsea went for a stroll around Manchester today ahead of this evening's clash with Manchester United.

Video: Arsene Wenger refuses to comment on Arsenal transfer targets

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to comment on potential signings in the final week of the transfer window. The Frenchman was presented with the names of Real Madrid trio Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil, as well as being asked more generally about who he hopes to sign. But he would not [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 24-25 August

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1. Manchester United old boy Fraizer Campbell has struck the first blow in the title race with his two goals for Cardiff against Manchester City. 2. Roberto Mancini might have allowed himself a smugger-than-usual smile yesterday afternoon. 3. Tottenham are the Premier League's new penalty kings. They didn't get a single spot-kick last season, but [.

Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha is bored in Manchester

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Wilfried Zaha has only been in Manchester for a few months but he's already bored. The former Crystal Palace youngster has left the bright lights of south London for the north-west. And he is struggling to find entertainment since his big move to Manchester United. He wrote on Twitter: "Rather bored.

Spurs match-winner Roberto Soldado says they must improve

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Thank you very much for all your support.We need to improve but we continue winning. Lets go Spurs!! pic.twitter.com/PwPzqBk6sl Roberto Soldado (@R9Soldado) August 25, 2013 Roberto Soldado says Spurs must improve, but is pleased to have won a second successive Premier League match. The Spain international converted a penalty to secure a 1-0 win [.

Spurs boss Villas Boas isn’t sure Gareth Bale will join Real Madrid, wishes Willian well at Chelsea

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says he isn't sure whether Gareth Bale's transfer to Real Madrid will go ahead. He acknowledged what the world knows that Real are interested in signing the Welsh star but insists he isn't sure whether Bale will move to the Bernabeu. He said: "There is interest from Real [.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal fans have been ‘brainwashed’

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"I'm about doing the things well for the club I love so I'm happy that we are back on track" http://t.co/dGDT802Zyu pic.twitter.com/vEmra8kvz8 Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 25, 2013 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims the club's supporters have been brainwashed by the media. The Frenchman said that an over-the-top reaction to the Gunners' activities on [.

Spurs ‘agree to sell Gareth Bale for £86m’

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This stage has been positioned at The Bernabeu Gareth Bale's arrival is edging closer #thfc #rmfc pic.twitter.com/S39N4PmYmf Speaking Sport (@BTSportBreaking) August 23, 2013 Spurs have agreed to let Gareth Bale join Real Madrid for a world record £86m fee, reports the Daily Mail. The reports claim that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy signed off [.

Second club bid for Spurs’ Gareth Bale, Man Utd prime suspects

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A second club has entered the bidding for Tottenham star Gareth Bale, according to Sky Sports. Reports overnight suggested that an £86m deal had been struck to sell Bale to Real Madrid. But Spurs sources have denied that is the case and claim that a second bidder has now put in an offer for the [...

Kitman: Thrifty Man Utd fans converts Saha shirt into Zaha

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A money-conscious Manchester United fan has saved himself the outlay for a new replica shirt by changing his old Louis Saha kit to be relevant to recent signing Wilfried Zaha. The supporter picked off the 'S' from Saha's surname before using a marker pen to add a 'Z' and put a '2′ ahead of Saha's [.

Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain hospitalised after seaside fall

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Recent Napoli signing Gonzalo Higuain has been taken to hospital after slipping on a rock during a visit to the seaside today. The former Arsenal target, who joined from Real Madrid earlier this summer, had his accident at the resort of Capri. He is said to have slipped on a rock during a boat trip [.

GIF It: Man Utd old boy Fraizer Campbell heads Cardiff to victory against Man City

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Former Manchester United youngster Fraizer Campbell has done his old team a huge favour with two headed goals against Manchester City in Cardiff's 3-2 victory this afternoon. Campbell headed the Premier League newcomers into a 2-1 lead when Joe Hart flapped at a corner. He flew in at the back post to bundle the ball [.

Video: Roberto Soldado scores from the penalty spot (Tottenham vs Swansea)

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Roberto Soldado made it two goals in two Premier League games for Spurs with another penalty. After scoring from the spot against Crystal Palace last weekend, the Spain international did exactly the same against Swansea today. His cool spot-kick gave Spurs the lead at White Hart Lane.

GIF It: Edin Dzeko’s 25-yard screamer (Cardiff vs Manchester City)

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Edin Dzeko's excellent start to the new season continued with a spectacular goal against Cardiff this afternoon. The Bosnian striker followed up a good display against Newcastle on Monday with this 25-yard strike into the top corner. Cardiff keeper Andy Marshall had absolutely no chance.

GIF It: Craig Bellamy tips water over ref Lee Probert (Cardiff vs Manchester City)

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It's a good job for Craig Bellamy and Cardiff City that referee Lee Probert has an above average sense of humour for a referee. Bellamy gave Probert a right soaking in the first-half of this afternoon's match against Manchester City while the official was involved in a touchline debate with Cardiff boss Malky Mackay.

Chelsea new boy Willian says he’s joined ‘the best club in the world’

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Willian has taken to his social media accounts to let the world know just how happy he is to be joining Chelsea. The Brazilian playmaker will complete his move to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday pending the outcome of a work permit hearing. But the Brazil international is obviously of the opinion that it's a mere [.

Carlo Ancelotti says Spurs star Gareth Bale is not a Real Madrid player ‘at the moment’

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Ancelotti: I know the Bale subject is interesting for you but, sorry, I can't say anything about him: he's not a RM player at the moment. Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) August 25, 2013 Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has refused to speak about Gareth Bale's transfer situation, but simultaneously implied that the deal is nearing [.

Arsenal plan £27m double raid on Newcastle for Tim Krul and Yohan Cabaye

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Arsenal are set to return to Newcastle with an improved £17m bid for Yohan Cabaye and they'll offer £10m for goalkeeper Tim Krul, according to reports in today's newspapers. The Sun on Sunday claims that Arsene Wenger is ready to up his offer for France international midfielder Cabaye from the £10m he initially offered [.

Arsenal plot improved bid for Valencia keeper Vicente Guaita

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Arsenal are expected to make an new bid for Valencia keeper Vicentre Guaita after having a £4m offer rejected on Wednesday. The Spanish club want Arsene Wenger to activate Guaita's £25m buy-out clause. Wenger believes the 26-year-old is overpriced at that level but is confident a deal can be done. The Gunners have dispatched negotiator [.

Karim Benzema won’t be joining Arsenal, says his agent

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Karim Benzema's agent has dismissed reports linking the Real Madrid striker with a move to Arsenal in the current transfer window. The France international is believed to be Arsene Wenger's top striking target after missing out on Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain. But Wenger himself has admitted that the deal would probably be dependent on [.

Crystal Palace tweet message of support for opponents Stoke City

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Crystal Palace are going to have a tough enough challenge staying in the Premier League this season even without their official Twitter account cheering on the opposition. Yet that's exactly what happened for yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Stoke. The person manning the Eagles' account had clearly copied and pasted the Stoke line-up from a Potters [.

Chelsea to offer Man Utd £40m for Wayne Rooney after Monday’s clash

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Chelsea will make one final bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney after the two sides meet in Monday night's Premier League clash. The Blues have already had two bids for Rooney rejected. Now they will make a £40m offer for the England international to test United's resolve once the fixture is out of the [.

Tottenham line-up Hulk as new Gareth Bale replacement

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Spurs are set to make Hulk their new Gareth Bale replacement after missing out on Willian. Having seemingly been pipped to Willian's signature by Premier League rivals Chelsea, Andre Villas Boas' side will now turn their attention to fellow Brazilian, Zenit St Petersburg attacker Hulk. But Spurs will only make their move if they can [.

Stoke target Manchester City striker John Guidetti

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is planning to raid former club Manchester City to sign striker John Guidetti. The Potters are being linked with a £5.5m bid for the Swedish youngster. The 21-year-old was, and perhaps still is, considered one of City's brightest talents. But now into his early twenties and yet to play for [.

Chelsea confirm they’ve agreed to sign Willian, Spurs misery confirmed

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Chelsea have confirmed they have agreed a deal to sign Willian from Anzhi, subject to the player being given a work permit. The Blues have beaten Spurs to the £30m signing of the Brazilian star after he agreed personal terms with them and a deal was struck with the Russian side. A statement on the [.

Video: Brendan Rodgers delighted with Liverpool players after Aston Villa win

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is delighted with his players after a 1-0 away win at Aston Villa continued their 100 per cent start to the season. The Reds secured a second successive 1-0 win of the campaign in which Daniel Sturridge has scored the only goal of the game. Rodgers said: "Tactically we [.

Top five Manchester United vs Chelsea betting tips

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The first big match of the Premier League season takes place tomorrow evening when Manchester United and Chelsea meet (even if United boss David Moyes can't believe the fixture computer dared to throw this one up so early in the new campaign). So, we'll scour the major betting sites looking for the best bets ahead [.

Rhyming Team-Mates: Leandro Bacuna and Antonio Luna (Aston Villa)

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We celebrate another piece of teamsheet poetry. We have Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert to thank for this particular couplet: Leandro Bacuna Antonio Luna More Rhyming Team-Mates

Video: Daniel Sturridge’s neat solo goal (Aston Villa vs Liverpool)

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Daniel Sturridge scored his second goal in two Premier League games to give Liverpool the lead against Aston Villa in this evening's late kick-off. The form Chelsea man showed some neat footwork and a good finish to beat the Villa defence and keeper Brad Guzan. Perhaps he could do with Luis Suarez being sold [.

Photo: Doncaster players attempt to clear water off Charlton’s pitch

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Here were the Doncaster players helping to take water off the pitch earlier pic.twitter.com/OKBipKIjle Faye Carruthers (@FayeCarruthers) August 24, 2013 When you're 1-3 up at half-time in a potentially tricky away match, the last thing you want is for the game to be abandoned. So when a downpour in London threatened Doncaster's Championship match [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes says Everton are holding back the careers of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines

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United Today: Watch some of David Moyes' first press conference at the Aon Training Complex. http://t.co/qRBhplH9ya pic.twitter.com/d1bBHbMELU Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 23, 2013 Manchester United manager David Moyes has claimed his former club Everton are holding back the careers of his transfer targets Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.

Chelsea beat Tottenham to £30m Willian, subject to work permit

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Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian playmaker Willian for £30m, subject to the player being given a work permit and passing a medical. The 25-year-old has already passed a medical at Spurs, but the Blues have swooped to pip their London rivals to the signing. The BBC reports that Chelsea made their move [.

Manchester United, Arsenal and PSG battle for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria

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Manchester United have joined Arsenal in the race for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, according to reports in Spain. Spanish daily Marca claims that French side PSG are also interested in signing the Argentina international. The reports suggest that Di Maria's preference is to stay at the Bernabeu and that manager Carlo Ancelotti would [.

Man Utd manager David Moyes will only sign ‘the right players’, Arsenal fans nod knowingly

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says he would rather rely on the club's young players than buy players for the sake of it this summer. Offering United fans a unique insight into life as an Arsenal fan, Moyes said he would only be spending if the right players were available at the right price. Asked [.

Real Madrid build stage as they prepare to sign Gareth Bale from Spurs

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This stage has been positioned at The Bernabeu Gareth Bale's arrival is edging closer #thfc #rmfc pic.twitter.com/S39N4PmYmf Speaking Sport (@BTSportBreaking) August 23, 2013 Real Madrid have dropped a big hint that they are expecting to announce the signing of Gareth Bale very soon by building a presentation stage at the Bernabeu.

Arsenal pursue goalkeeping targets Emiliano Viviano and Kiko Casilla

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Arsenal are weighing up moves for Palermo's Emiliano Viviano or Kiko Casilla of Espanyol as Arsene Wenger attempts to bring a new goalkeeper to the Emirates. Wenger's preferred target was thought to be Valencia reserve Vincent Guaita. But with the Spanish side playing hardball over Guaita's £25m release clause, the Gunners are looking at other [.

Liverpool will have to pay £6.1m for Tiago Ilori

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Sporting Lisbon will demand £6.1m from Liverpool for the signing of Tiago Ilori. Reports in the Portuguese media claim that an opening bid of £2.5m from the Reds is well short of Ilori's price tag. A Bola claims that the 20-year-old will only be allowed to move to Anfield if Brendan Rodgers stumps up around [.

Video: Olivier Giroud’s awesome kneeslide (Fulham vs Arsenal)

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01 by Samusleep The heavens opened at Craven Cottage during the first-half of Arsenal's 3-1 win over Fulham today. Olivier Giroud used the drenched pitch to aid him in a typically stylish kneeslide. The Frenchman elegantly slid across the pitch, halted himself neatly at the edge of the grass and managed a smooth dismount.

Video: Andre Schurrle sings Usher for Chelsea TV

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Chelsea new boy Andre Schurrle was on the club's official TV channel last night along with fellow summer signing Marco Van Ginkel. When Dutch youngster Van Ginkel kindly revealed that he is new mate is a decent singer, Schurrle was put on the spot and invited to show off his vocal skills. The 22-year-old obliged [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s Kickstarter page

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With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announcing plans for big spending but little sign of transfer arrivals yet, perhaps it's little surprise that a spoof Kickstarter page has appeared.

Video: Tottenham target Erik Lamela on Trans World Sport as a 12-year-old

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From the same Erik Lamela: The Girly Years archive that brought you this photo comes footage of the Roma winger starring in an episode of Trans World Sport as a 12-year-old. The Argentinian star is expected to sign for Tottenham very soon, so here is a look at his footballing roots and his dreadful ponytail.

Real Madrid will move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez if Arsenal sign Karim Benzema

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In a bit of a perverted transfer love triangle, Real Madrid are planning to sign Liverpool's Luis Suarez if they lose Karim Benzema to Arsenal. Suarez, of course, was the Gunners' first-choice for a new striker, but Liverpool have refused to sell to them France international Benzema now appears to be their preferred target, having [.

Jose Mourinho hints that Chelsea have beaten Spurs to Willian signing

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Jose Mourinho has arrived in the press conference room at Cobham... #CFC pic.twitter.com/R3lIIjOhRs Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) August 23, 2013 Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho dropped a series of strong hints that he expects Willian to join the club. Speaking at a press conference this lunchtime, Mourinho made it pretty clear that he thought the Brazilian [.

Arsenal give Nicklas Bendtner some training kit at last

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Desperate times call for desperate measures at Arsenal it would appear. Fan favourite Nicklas Bendtner has posted a picture of his new training gear on Instagram, accompanied by the message: "Soon back in the game!" We recently brought you a photo of the Danish striker in the club gym wearing what appeared to be the [.

Video: Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham

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Tottenham overcame some seriously underhand tactics by Dinamo Tbilisi to secure an easy Europa League away win last night. The Georgians turned up in what appeared to be a France replica kit with a goalkeeper who, from the length of a pitch, looked very much like Hugo Lloris and whose name Loria was [.

GIF It: Sound tactical advice from Arsenal’s Kieran ‘F***ing’ Gibbs

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is still a bit rusty after his latest injury lay-off. Fortunately, he's got team-mate Kieran Gibbs on hand to help him with his positioning. This was neatly demonstrated by the Sky Sports close up of Gibbs taking a throw-in during the win over Fenerbahce on Wednesday night.

Video: Swansea 5-1 Petrolul Ploiesti

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Swansea pretty much secured their place in the group stage of the Europa League with a 5-1 win against Romania's Petrolul Ploiesti in last night's playoff first-leg. Wayne Routledge gave the Swans the lead a comfortable first-half lead with two goals either side of Michu's effort. Goalkeeper Peterson Pecanha turned the ball into his own [.

Video: Andre Villas Boas heads the ball (Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham)

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You might have thought the best header of last night's match between Spurs and Dinamo Tbilisi was Paulinho's to score the second goal. Wrong it was actually this lovely cushioned header on the touchline from Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas. He took a hopeful Dinamo long ball out of the air and nodded into [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger won’t comment on Benzema and Di Maria, says Flamini is working on his fitness

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Wenger: 'I would rather have [had] the squad in place at the start of the season' http://t.co/22pXcqOt84 #FFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/7FfzXCCXF8 Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 23, 2013 Arsene Wenger has refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a double-raid on Real Madrid for Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria.

Video: Andre Villas Boas says Spurs are ‘building a strong team’

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas refused to be drawn on Gareth Bale's imminent transfer to Real Madrid, saying only that he is building a strong team for the future. Asked directly about Bale's move, the Portuguese boss said that he aims to have a stronger team than last year. He said: "Yeah, we're building a [.

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere contacts BBC to ask his parents when his washing will be done

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@bbc5live When will my washing be done? We have a game tomorrow I need my slips!!! Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) August 23, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere found a roundabout way of checking on the progress of his laundry by getting the BBC to ask his parents when his washing would be done. Wilshere's folks [.

Spurs goalscorer Andros Townsend says that’s what he has to do

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Spurs youngster Andros Townsend says displays like the one he gave against Dinamo Tbilisi last night have to continue if he wants to make his mark at the club. The 22-year-old scored a superb solo goal to open the scoring in the 5-0 away win, and then went on to set-up two more goals. And [...]

Liverpool get opposition fans to do their scouting for them, Aston Villa fan obliges

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Liverpool have come up with a cost-effective new way of scouting opposition teams: simply ask an opposing fan to provide tips on stopping their star player. That's exactly what the Reds have done ahead of the match against Aston Villa. And Villa fan James Laishley has, perhaps surprisingly, offered up his thoughts on thwarting striker [.

Willian snubs Tottenham and will sign for Chelsea

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Willian's widely expected transfer to Tottenham is off, according to The Guardian. They quote a source close to the move as saying the Brazilian playmaker will definitely not be moving to White Hart Lane. He is now expected to be unveiled as a Chelsea signing in the not too distant future. The Guardian claims: "Despite [.

Real Madrid start selling Gareth Bale shirts ahead of transfer from Spurs

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Real Madrid appear to have jumped the gun over the signing of Gareth Bale and started selling replica shirts bearing his name. The rumour mill suggest the deal could be officially announced at some point tomorrow. However, Real's online store started selling 'Bale 11′ shirts this evening. At the time of writing the store has [.

GIF It: Andros Townsend’s breakaway solo goal (Dinamo Tbilisi vs Spurs)

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Tottenham might not miss Gareth Bale at all if Andros Townsend keeps racing through opposition defences and scoring with left-footed shots from the edge of the box. The young winger, back from a loan spell at QPR last season, gave Spurs the lead in their Europa League clash with Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia this evening.

Photo: Spurs target Erik Lamela and his boyhood trophy haul

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Erik Lamela at 12 years old. With all his trophies. pic.twitter.com/V0fPXuik7H Addicted to Spurs (@AddictedtoSpurs) August 22, 2013 Erik Lamela is just about to pack up and move to London ahead of his transfer to Tottenham. The question is, how many of these trophies will he be bringing with him? This photo has surfaced, [.

West Brom sign Scott Sinclair from Man City on season-long loan

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Scott Sinclair has joined West Brom on a season-long loan. The Manchester City winger has agreed to join the Baggies for the rest of the season. The 24-year-old completed his switch after undergoing a medical today. Baggies manager Steve Clarke believes his side can benefit from the lack of first-team action Sinclair saw since joining [.

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka excused from Everton match on ‘compassionate grounds’

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West Brom have confirmed that veteran striker Nicolas Anelka has been excused from this weekend's game against Everton for compassionate reasons. A statement on the club's website reads: "West Bromwich Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will not be involved in Saturday's game at Everton. "The club have excused the striker from club duty on [.

Photo: Luis Suarez SMILING in Liverpool training!

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A smiling Luis Suarez in training at Melwood just now: #LFC pic.twitter.com/i1WxpKOjmJ Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 22, 2013 Luis Suarez has been photographed smiling while training with Liverpool. The image was so unexpected that even the club's official Twitter account felt obliged to draw attention to it.

Arsenal consider move for Sporting Lisbon’s Diego Capel

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Arsenal are weighing up a bid for Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel, according to reports in the Portuguese media. O Jogo says Arsene Wenger is considering a £6m offer for the former Sevilla flyer. He will decide whether to firm up that interest with an official approach over the next few days. The reports suggest [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he’s hoping to sign new defender

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he is hoping to bring in another defender before the transfer window closes. The Reds boss feels Sebastian Coates' knee injury has left his squad light at the back and is preparing to dip back into the transfer market. If he secures one of his targets he will [.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas expecting players to be sold

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas had admitted that he expects his squad to be 'trimmed' before the end of the transfer window. But the Portuguese boss is also expecting new arrivals at White Hart Lane and indicated that his side's transfer dealings are by no means finished for the summer. He said: "We are moving [.

Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand: Chelsea match not as big as Liverpool or Man City

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has played down the rivalry with fellow title contenders Chelsea, saying beating them doesn't mean as much as winning against Liverpool or Manchester City. The two sides meet in the Premier League on Monday in David Moyes' first competitive game in charge of United.

Arsenal working on deals for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria

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Arsenal are plotting a double-swoop on Real Madrid to sign Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria. The Gunners are ready to draw a line under a frustrating period of transfer activity with big-money moves for the two marquee signings. And they aim to shake-off their reputation for thriftiness by spending £100m before the transfer window [.

Video: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

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Chelsea continued their winning start under Jose Mourinho with victory over Aston Villa in a spiky encounter. The Blues took an early lead when Villa's Antonio Luna was unfortunate to deflect Eden Hazard's effort in to his own net. The Spanish defender had scored a debut goal against Arsenal on Saturday, but scored at the [.

Apple iPhone assistant Siri supports table-propping Newcastle United

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Newcastle's 4-0 defeat to Manchester City in their opening Premier League match has won them something: the support of iPhone assistant Siri. Since the Magpies are currently bottom of the Premier League the voice recognition service has become a fan. When UK iPhone users ask Siri who it supports, it produces a copy of the [.

Chelsea favourites to sign England Under-21 international Eric Dier

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Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign English-born Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier. He was a regular for Sporting last season, but his contract contains a £4.2m buyout clause that is proving too tempting for some of Europe's big clubs. The Blues are currently the favourites to complete a deal for Dier.

GIF It: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny takes a nasty kick to the head

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This kick to the face sustained by Laurent Koscielny was only dampener on a great night for Arsenal as they beat Fenerbahce 0-3 in a Champions League qualifier. French defender Koscielny was caught by a high boot from Fenerbahce striker Pierre Webo. He was immediately subbed off after receiving what physio Colin Lewin described as [.

Video: Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal

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Arsenal overcame what looked like a tricky Champions League qualification tie against Fenerbahce with a comfortable 0-3 away win. The Gunners never looked troubled during their trip to Istanbul, except perhaps during the pyrotechnic display outside their hotel and the nasty cut to the head received by Laurent Koscielny.

Will Xabi Alonso’s injury scupper Man Utd’s attempts to sign Luka Modric?

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Manchester United are planning to sign Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric but their plans could be thwarted by an injury to former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso. There seems to be consensus across various media outlets that United will move for Modric once Real complete the signing of Gareth Bale. But the plan to sit [.

Erik Lamela’s brother tweets a big clue that he is heading to Tottenham

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Erik Lamela looks certain to be joining Tottenham after his brother gave an enormous clue as to where the Roma winger would be playing next season. In a Twitter post that was later deleted, Brian Lamela made it clear that his brother would be heading to "Tott". Not too many of Lamela's likely destinations start [.

Video: Arsene Wenger praises Arsenal midfield

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for his midfielders after recording a 3-0 win at Fenerbahce. Aaron Ramsey was on the scoresheet and named man of the match. He was ably assisted by Jack Wilshere, albeit you could tell the England international was short of match fitness. And the likes of Tomas Rosicky and [.

Newcastle boss Pardew: No second bid from Arsenal for Yohan Cabaye

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says the club has not received a second offer from Arsenal for Yohan Cabaye. The Magpies rejected a £10m offer for the French midfielder at the start of the week. According to Pardew, the Gunners have not returned with an improved bid. The Toon boss' comments also indicate that reports suggest [.

Video: Tottenham training ahead of Dinamo Tbilisi match

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Spurs have been training in the Dinamo Arena ahead of tomorrow's Europa League clash with Dinamo Tbilisi. It looks like some of the Gareth Bale money will be spent on replacing balls that Andre Villas Boas has rendered too egg-shaped to be used in training. The video also shows Brazilian midfielder Paulinho displaying some uncharacteristically [.

Photos: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s Costco shop

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Remember the photos of Luis Suarez doing his shopping in Tesco? We joked at the time that he couldn't be leaving for Arsenal yet because he was doing a big shop. It turns out that was just the Liverpool striker picking up a few bits for a really big shop he heads to Costco. [...]

West Ham owner David Gold suggests he’s battling to keep Mohamed Diame from Arsenal

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"@ollykwhufc: @DavidGoldWHU if arsenal come calling for Diame will you reject outright? We are doing everything possible to keep Diame. dg David Gold (@DavidGoldWHU) August 21, 2013 West Ham owner David Gold has hinted that he's battling to keep midfielder Mohamed Diame Responding to a tweet asking whether the Hammers would sell the 26-year-old to [.

Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao holds Spurs talks

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Fabio Coentrao held talks with Tottenham this morning about his side of the Gareth Bale transfer, according to reports in the Italian media. Gazzetta dello Sport claims the Portuguese left-back opened discussions with Spurs with a view to agreeing personal terms. He is the likely makeweight in the deal that will see Bale join Real [.

Newcastle to challenge Spurs for Tom Ince if Yohan Cabaye goes to Arsenal

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Newcastle hope to spend the proceeds of Yohan Cabaye's transfer on Blackpool winger Tom Ince, the Daily Mirror reports. If their French midfielder completes a move to Arsenal or PSG, the Magpies' hierarchy plan to invest some of the money in the pacy England Under-21 star. However, they will face strong competition from Spurs for [.

Arsene Wenger’s obsession with developing young talent at Arsenal goes too far

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Turns out Arsene Wenger blew Arsenal's transfer budget on under age girls. pic.twitter.com/zWyxKxXQwk Just FM it. (@TheFM_Guru) August 21, 2013 Awkward. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has posed for an innocent photo with five young ladies. Given the level of criticism he's currently facing, when the picture surfaced online it has created all sorts of [.

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany could be out for a month

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Vincent Kompany could be out of action for a month with the groin injury that forced him off during Monday's Premier League opener against Newcastle. The Manchester City skipper initially said he was hoping to make a quick return from the setback. But more than 24 hours after the injury was sustained, the swelling still [.

West Ham weighing up Oscar Cardozo move

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West Ham will bid for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo if they can shift some players from their wage bill, reports The Sun. The Paraguay international is said to be unsettled at Benfica and looking for a move away from the club. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to add a proven goalscorer to his squad, [.

Liverpool increase Tiago Llori interest after Sebastian Coates is ruled out for six months

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Liverpool will step-up their efforts to sign long-term target Tiago Llori after defender Sebastian Coates was ruled out of action for six months. Sporting Lisbon centre-back Llori has been on the Reds' radar for some time. But their hopes of signing him have been given fresh impetus by Coates' setback.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho opens up on his tactics for the season

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The likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle can expect to do plenty of running this season. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been talking fairly candidly about his tactical plans for the season ahead and it involves a trio of attacking midfielders working very hard as the first line of defence.

Man Utd target Southampton’s Luke Shaw as an alternative to Everton’s Leighton Baines

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Manchester United are being linked with a £10m move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw if Everton refuse to sell Leighton Baines to them. The champions' "derisory" £12m bid for Baines has not endeared them to Everton. The Toffees could now make a point of refusing to sell the England full-back to former manager David Moyes.

Video: Fenerbahce fans set off firecrackers outside Arsenal’s hotel

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Fenerbahce fans did their best to give their side an advantage ahead of tonight's Champions League qualifier against Arsenal will a late night firework display outside the Gunners' hotel. Arsene Wenger's side are reported to be staying at the Wyndham Hotel Kalamış in Istanbul. Predictably, that news encouraged a small group of Fenerbahce supporters to [.

Video: Antoine Griezmann and Haris Seferovic score wonder goals (Lyon 0-2 Real Sociedad)

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As 2-0 away wins go, you'd be hard pressed to find one with better goals than Real Sociedad's victory at Lyon last night. The Spanish side put themselves in the box-seat for Champions League goals courtesy of two absolutely stunning goals. Haris Seferovic's long range dipping effort would have been grabbing all the headlines today.

Spurs star Gylfi Sigurdsson says squad haven’t been affected by Gareth Bale rumours

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Gylfi Sigurdsson says he and his Tottenham team-mates have so far done a good job of blocking out the Gareth Bale transfer rumours. The Iceland international also praised the club for its handling of the situation. The 23-year-old said the players had not been affected by the constant reports that Bale is joining Real Madrid, [.

Could Spurs chairman Daniel Levy get away with selling Kenny McEvoy to Real Madrid for £93m?

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Hahaha "@Madrid_2020_: #parecidosrazonables @GarethBale11 vs. @KennyMcEvoy pic.twitter.com/eUW39rMfZ6" Kenny Mcevoy (@KennyMcevoy) August 1, 2013 Daniel Levy has tried every trick in the book to keep hold of Gareth Bale this summer, but it looks like just a matter of time before the Welshman moves to Real Madrid.

Video: Sandro makes his Spurs comeback against Manchester City EDS

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Brazilian midfielder Sandro made his comeback from a lengthy layoff with a knee injury with a run-out for Tottenham's Under-21 team on Monday. The 24-year-old started the 6-3 win against Manchester City's elite development squad. He played for 67 minutes before being replaced. Manager Andre Villas Boas was watching as Spurs secured victory against a [.

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere tweets photo of his view of the Fenerbahce firecrackers

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Getting ready for tonight! Had some visitors outside our hotel last night! Atmosphere tonight will be amazing! #AFC pic.twitter.com/qpy59igtA4 Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) August 21, 2013 We reported earlier that a group of Fenerbahce fans had treated Arsenal to a late-night firecracker display outside their hotel.

Wayne Rooney attends David Moyes’ Man Utd team-building dinner

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was in attendance at a Manchester United team-bonding meal organised by manager David Moyes last night. Rooney is still being strongly linked with a move to Chelsea before the transfer window closes, but he went along to the function at Deansgate's Australasia restaurant, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Liverpool have shown no interest in Will Hughes, says Derby boss Nigel Clough

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Derby manager Nigel Clough has dismissed reports linking midfielder Will Hughes with a move to the Premier League. Liverpool are the latest club to be linked with the England Under-21 player. But Clough told BBC Radio Derby that there has been no interest in or bids for the 18-year-old. Media reports had linked the Reds [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the quality of the match is more important than transfer talk

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Arsene Wenger has dismissed the whirlwind of transfer speculation surround Arsenal saying that tomorrow night's match against Fenerbahce is what really matters. The Gunners have been linked, unsuccessfully, with a series of targets over the summer. The latest player to be targeted by the north London club is Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye.

Craig Mackail Smith and Barry Fry deliver a baby together

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Brighton striker Craig Mackail Smith and former Peterborough manager Barry Fry have joined together to form an unlikely midwifery team. The Seagulls star is going out with Fry's daughter Amber. When she went into labour at the family home in Horsham, Mackail Smith and Fry had to deliver the baby. The family had been preparing [.

Chelsea boss Mourinho wants one more player, has alternatives to Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney lined up

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he wants to sign one more player before the transfer window closes. With every man and his dog well aware that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is his top target, the Special One indicated that he has contingency plans in place if he fails to land the England striker.

Tony Adams makes bizarre pitch to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager

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Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has thrown his hat into the ring to be the club's next manager and indicated that he thinks Arsene Wenger's days are numbered. The ex-England international might have done Wenger a favour by pointing out to his critics within the club's supporters that the grass might not necessarily be [.

Spurs and Real Madrid ‘agree £93m deal’ for Gareth Bale

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Tottenham have agreed to sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in a £93m deal, according to reports in Italy. Sky Italia are reporting that the transfer is now just a matter of time. If you're wondering why an Italian news outlet would be the first to report that, Bale's replacement-in-waiting, Roma winger Erik Lamela, is [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reveals he has started calling Eden Hazard ‘Eddie’

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Jose Mourinho says he has started calling Chelsea star Eden Hazard by the nickname 'Eddie'. Apparently, he's finding Eden tricky to pronounce. And the new name is likely to stick because the Belgium international hasn't seen fit to correct the Special One just yet. Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow's match against Aston [.

Video: Man Utd old boy Gary Neville calls Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher a burglar

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The first Monday Night Football of the season was certainly not short on banter, or even the occasional piece of scousist humour. Debutant Jamie Carragher was, in the modern parlance, owned by Gary Neville, who compared him to a burglar. Neville was analysing Robin Van Persie's movement across the opposition backline and said he was [.

Video: Manchester City 4-0 Newcastle

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Manuel Pellegrini got off to a winning start as Manchester City manager with a 4-0 victory over Newcastle that took his side straight to the top of the table. City totally outclassed the Magpies, even before Steven Taylor had been sent-off for a forearm swipe across Sergio Aguero's head. David Silva gave City the lead [.

Video: Manuel Pellegrini hails ‘perfect’ first match as Man City manager

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has described his first competitive game in charge as "perfect". Last season's runners-up won their Premier League opener against Newcastle 4-0 at the Etihad last night, and their Chilean manager was pleased with what he saw. He said: "It was all perfect for my first match here in the Premier [.

PSG join Arsenal in the race for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye

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French side PSG have offered £15m for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye in an effort to beat Arsenal to his signing. According to reports in The Independent, the big-spending Ligue 1 champions have topped the £10m bid made by the Gunners for the France international. The 27-year-old was left out of Newcastle's defeat to Manchester City [.

Arsenal linked with Valencia keeper Vicente Guaita

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Arsenal are lining up a bid for Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, according to reports in Spain. Valencia-based Superdeporte claim that the bench-warming keeper is due for talks with the Gunners today. He is reportedly unhappy to be playing second fiddle to Diego Alves and has been linked with moves elsewhere throughout the summer.

Spurs star Gareth Bale is too expensive, says Real Madrid legend Raul

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Legendary Real Madrid striker Raul has indicated that he believes his former club is being asked to pay over the odds for Tottenham star Gareth Bale. The 24-year-old is widely expected to move to the Bernabeu this summer, but Raul has expressed his concern about the transfer fees being quotes. He told the official website [.

Sunderland suspend Phil Bardsley for mocking their defeat to Fulham

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Sunderland have suspended right-back Phil Bardsley after he mocked their defeat to Fulham at the weekend on a social networking site. The former Manchester United youngster was already a Black Cats outcast. He had been frozen out of the first-team by Paolo Di Canio and not given a squad number for the new season after [.

Report: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain warms Arsenal’s bench to avoid £10,000 bill from Southampton

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A bizarre report in today's Daily Mail suggests that Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade Chamberlain only makes late substitute appearances to keep the club's accountants happy. In his piece, journalist Neil Ashton claims that a clause in the England international's contract means the Gunners have to pay his former club Southampton £10,000 every time he plays [.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley asked Arsenal which part of Yohan Cabaye they wanted for £10m

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley responded to Arsenal's £10m bid for Yohan Cabaye by asking which part of him they were hoping to buy for that price. The comment was made directly to Arsenal's contract negotiator Dick Law (great name for a lawyer, by the way) as the pair discussed the bid, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Spurs new boy Nacer Chadli discusses his Premier League debut

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Tottenham's summer signing Nacer Chadli has spoken about making his debut for the club. After playing in Sunday's win at Crystal Palace, he said: "I really enjoyed the game. It was not an easy game for us. We got a lot of chances but it was just 1-0. The most important [thing was] the three [...]

Video and photos: Arsenal training ahead of Fenerbahce match

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While Arsenal's transfer activities dominate the headlines, the current squad has the small matter of ensuring the club makes it to the Champions League group stage to attend to. They've been in training today ahead of tomorrow's first-leg playoff against Fenerbahce. The good news for Gooners is that Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Jack [.

Video: Scott Parker’s first interview as a Fulham player after leaving Spurs

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Fulham's new signing Scott Parker has been giving his first interview since joining the Cottagers to the club's in-house media team. The former Spurs midfielder has joined Martin Jol's side for an undisclosed fee. The 32-year-old has signed a three-year contract at Craven Cottage. He said: "I'm obviously very pleased.

Aly Cissokho’s brother tweets photo of him in Liverpool gear

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Nouvelle photo ! Sisi il es bien Liverpool CF !! #LiverpoolCf #Liverpool #YNWA #Cissokho #Brother pic.twitter.com/acZijoCRnn Cissokho Demba (@DembaCissokho) August 20, 2013 Aly Cissokho's brother has jumped the gun slightly over his unveiling as a Liverpool player by tweeting a photo of him posing next to a Liverpool crest in full training kit.

Arsenal Supporters’ Trust criticise Arsene Wenger’s obsession with kids

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Arsenal Supporters' Trust has said Arsene Wenger risks holding the club back because of his "obsession" with developing young players. Tim Payton, a spokesman for AST, has criticised the Gunners manager following Saturday's 1-3 home defeat to Aston Villa. Payton said: "We don't know what's going on but clearly there's a manager that by his [.

Liverpool striker Iago Aspas: serial leaner

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Aspas loves to lean on things, even when there is clearly nothing to lean on #leaner pic.twitter.com/Jo6PNrAYff @F365 @FootballRamble Diarmuid Byrne (@diarmbyrne) August 19, 2013 Iago Aspas, he leans where he wants. Yes, even when there doesn't appear to be anything around to lean upon, Liverpool new boy Iago Aspas loves to shove his elbow out [.

Behold Newcastle United’s gated wall

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Psssst #NUFC ... you're doing it wrong pic.twitter.com/jKN7fWwfKE Steve Welsh (@miniboro_dotcom) August 19, 2013 Who said Newcastle haven't spent anything this summer? They've clearly splashed the cash on some wrought iron gates to provide a handy entrance to... a wall. Perhaps it's part of the club's new anti-graffiti tactics.

Arsenal bid for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye

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Arsenal have launched a bid for Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye, Sky Sports News is reporting. The reports suggest that the Gunners have made an official approach for the France international, despite the fact that the 27-year-old is due to play for the Magpies against Manchester City in just a few hours. Another peculiar aspect is that, [.

Who Are Ya? Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Pablo Osvaldo Age: 27 Position: Striker Signed from: Roma Fee: £15m Did you know? Osvaldo has twice been in trouble for punching team-mates. He floored Nicola Mingazzini in pre-season training during his Bologna days, then thumped Roma's Erik Lamela in the face after a defeat [.

Video: Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway disappointed with lack of belief against Spurs

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway said he was disappointed by the lack of belief shown by his players during their 1-0 defeat to Spurs in their opening Premier League match. The Eagles never really looked likely to get a result against their London rivals, but in the end only a Roberto Soldado penalty separated the [.

Gareth Bale will not play against Dinamo Tbilisi or Swansea, says Spurs boss Villas Boas

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says star player Gareth Bale will not feature in the team's forthcoming matches against Dinamo Tsblisi or Swansea. The wantaway star was absent from Spurs' Premier League opener against Crystal Palace yesterday. After the game, Villas Boas said the Welshman was still injured but refused to comment on his future.

GIF It: Wojciech Szczesny’s breakdance goalkeeping (Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa)

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A penalty is never just a penalty when you've got Wojciech Szczesny in nets. In this incident against Aston Villa on Saturday, he saves a penalty, attempts a punch and pulls off a breakdancing move... and still ends up conceding. Still, you've got to admire those penalty area gymnastics.

Everton reject £28m bid from Man Utd for Maroune Fellaini and Leighton Baines

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Manchester United have had a £28m joint-bid for Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines rejected. David Moyes' latest attempt at a raid on his former club has been thwarted by the Toffees. The move valued Fellaini at £16m and Baines at £12m. Everton had already rejected a £12m bid for the England left-back in [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger working 24 hours a day to sign players, doesn’t know who

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he and his staff are working 24 hours a day to sign new players. But he also seemed to suggest that he didn't know who they should be trying to sign. The Gunners boss was responding to vociferous criticism aimed at him following a 1-3 home defeat to Aston Villa [.

Has Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers trained Daniel Sturridge’s stupid celebration out of him?

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We all know that Liverpool boss David Brent-an Rodgers is full of little psychological pearls of wisdom. So, has he used some sort of Jedi mind-trick to stop Daniel Sturridge doing his ridiculous dancing goal celebration? After his great long-range strike against Stoke at the weekend, the former Chelsea striker simply stood on the spot [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, August 17-18

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1. It's a new era for Manchester United, but it's the same old Robin Van Persie. Last season's talisman started the new campaign looking like he's in great nick. 2. Do not run across Allen McGregor's penalty area. The Hull keeper will punch you in the head. Maybe that's just what Fernando Torres needed.

Man City and Chelsea join Arsenal in the race for PSV Eindhoven’s Zakaria Bakkali

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Manchester City and Chelsea are the latest Premier League clubs to be linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali. Arsenal had previously been reported to be interested in a double swoop for the 17-year-old and his PSV team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum and were the frontrunners to complete his signing.

Arsenal weigh up £25m bid for Swansea forward Michu

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Arsenal are considering a £25m bid for Swansea star Michu as they seek alternatives to Luis Suarez. With Suarez now staying at Liverpool for the coming season, the Spanish forward has been tipped as a second-choice option for Arsene Wenger. Saturday's disappointing 1-3 home defeat to Aston Villa has given the Gunners' transfer activity a [.

Arsenal honorary vice-president Nina Bracewell-Smith regrets selling to Stan Kroenke

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#ArsenaI Nina Bracewell smith pic.twitter.com/SaMwuP4jjs Steve (@SteveSingh73) August 19, 2013 Arsenal's honorary vice-president Nina Bracewell-Smith has revealed that she regrets selling her stake in the club to Stan Kroenke. Lady Bracewell-Smith sold her 15.9% state to the American businessman in April 2011 but she's now wishing she hadn't.

Man Utd legend Gary Neville and Liverpool great Jamie Carragher watch Chelsea vs Hull together

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It has looked like an unlikely friendship at various points of the last couple of decades, but professional circumstances mean that Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher now take in football games together. Ahead of the pair's first appearance together on Monday Night Football, they were both at the match between Chelsea and Hull yesterday.

Video: Swansea’s ‘we thought your were dead’ chant to Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie

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Swansea fans delivered a chant of "we thought you were dead" to Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie during Saturday's match. The song was a reference to comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson last season. The former United boss claimed that Van Persie was lucky to be alive after Swans defender Ashley Williams kicked the [.

Everton dismiss Man Utd’s bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines as ‘derisory and insulting’

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Everton have released a statement branding a joint-bid from Manchester United for Maroune Fellaini and Leighton Baines as "derisory and insulting". As we reported earlier today, United bid £16m for Fellaini and £12m for Baines at the end of last week in a double swoop. The bids were rejected immediately.

Man Utd striker Javier Hernandez rejects Valencia move, agent claims

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The agent of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez says his client has rejected the chance to join Spanish side Valencia. The Mexican forward found himself on the fringes at Old Trafford last season but has turned down a move to La Liga in a bid to win a regular place in David Moyes' starting line-up, [.

TV soundman takes a snooze in his Audi on the touchline (Chelsea vs Hull)

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A combination of an advertising hoarding featuring an Audi and a TV soundman seemingly taking a mid-game nap created this rather strange image at Stamford Bridge during the match between Chelsea and Hull.

GIF It: Frank Lampard’s 30-yard dipping free-kick (Chelsea vs Hull)

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After failing to beat Hull keeper Allan McGregor from the penalty spot earlier in the match, Frank Lampard decided to beat him from 30 yards instead. This dipping free-kick gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead in their first Premier League game of the season.

GIF It: Allan McGregor punches Fernando Torres in the head (Chelsea vs Hull)

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GIF It: Roberto Soldado scores a penalty (Crystal Palace vs Spurs)

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Roberto Soldado scored his first Premier League goal to give Tottenham the lead against Crystal Palace. Just like his only other goal for the club so far, scored in the friendly against Espanyol, the goal came from the penalty spot. Ref Mark Clattenburg awarded the spot-kick after Dean Moxey's handball.

Lukas Podolski saddened by Arsenal’s ‘poor presentation’ against Aston Villa

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Yesterday it was a sad afternoon for AFC. Nevertheless, we need to think positive and make on wednesday forget Saturdays poor presentation Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) August 18, 2013 Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski says he felt sad after the club's defeat to Aston Villa in yesterday's Premier League opener.

Alen Halilovic agrees personal terms with Spurs

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Dinamo Zagreb wonderkid Alen Halilovic has agreed terms with Tottenham, according to reports in the Croatian media. The 17-year-old startlet has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane all summer, but it has not yet materialised. Croatian news website Jutarnji List reports that a £12.8m deal is now within sight after personal terms [.

Arsenal and Liverpool linked with Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan

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Arsenal and Liverpool are both reported to be targeting Arda Turan, with the Turkey international's agent saying he will probably move to the Premier League before the end of the transfer window. Chelsea were linked with Arda earlier this summer, but Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers are now the frontrunners for his signature.

Video: Spurs star Mousa Dembele gives a guided tour of Crystal Palace’s pitch

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Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has been giving a video tour of the Selhurst Park pitch ahead of today's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace. He stopped short of sticking his car keys into the ground, Richie Benaud-style, but he does comment that it looks "very good".

Video: West Ham dresses as Andy Carroll for Cardiff match after losing bet

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Andy Carroll might have been absent from the West Ham team for yesterday's Premier League opener against Cardiff, but he was in the stands. Sort of. This fan lost a bet and as a forfeit had to attend the first game of the season in Carroll fancy dress. That meant a 'Carroll 9′ replica kit [...]

Arsenal interested in Man City’s Micah Richards

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for Manchester City right-back Micah Richards. The Gunners are light in defence and England international Richards is also comfortable at centre-back. The Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal have might tentative enquiries to City about Richards' availability. Arsenal will now sit tight to see how much involvement Richards has [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes praises Wayne Rooney’s performance

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says Wayne Rooney showed that he's a good player with some of his actions during yesterday's victory over Swansea. The wantaway striker came off the bench to play a part in two of United's goals in a 1-4 win over the Swans. Despite Rooney not always looking like he was [.

Lookalikes: Have Arsenal already signed Wayne Rooney from Manchester United?

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While Manchester United has Wayne Rooney on the bench for the evening kick-off against Swansea, he had previously spent the afternoon on the bench for Arsenal. Or so it appeared. A mystery bearded man on the Gunners' bench looked a bit like the Rooney we once saw in a Nike commercial.

Photo: Wayne Rooney celebrates away from his Man Utd team-mates

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In case anybody was still unsure about Wayne Rooney's current levels of happiness a Manchester United, he provided this rather neat illustration during yesterday's victory over Swansea. Rooney was alone in splendid isolation as the rest of United's team celebrated. To be fair, it was a surprise to even see him on the pitch, let [.

Spurs fan says Benoit Assou Ekotto told him he’s been told not to train

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Just bumped into Benoit Assou Ekotto in France says he's been told by AVB not to report for training #bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/Lt2YEpmCp3 Calum (@calumhdavidson) August 17, 2013 A Tottenham fan who bumped into Benoit Assou Ekotto in France says the left-back told him he has been excluded from first-team training.

GIF It: Bacary Sagna bounces (Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa)

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Given Arsenal's current defensive injury crisis the last thing Arsene Wenger would have wanted to see was one of his defenders landing on his head... and bouncing. Actually, the last thing he would wanted to see is the scoreboard reading 1-3 at full-time. But he probably still winced when Bacary Sagna did this.

Man City winger Jesus Navas’ brother Marco signs for nearby Bury

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Marco Navas, brother of recent Manchester City signing Jesus, has signed for League Two side Bury. The signing is seen as an extra measure to guard against the chronic homesickness that has affected Jesus earlier in his career. Marco, aged 30, has signed a 12-month deal at Gigg Lane and will be deployed as a [.

Chelsea target Radamel Falcao could be sold by Monaco

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Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could be back on the transfer market again after just a couple of games for his new club. The £51m signing from Atletico Madrid is on a huge tax-free salary in the principality. This has not impressed Monaco's Ligue 1 rivals who cannot compete on those terms. The French Football Federation [.

Arsenal back in for Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney as Suarez apologises to Liverpool

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Arsenal are interested in a new move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney after their efforts to sign Luis Suarez collapsed. The Gunners' attempts to bring Liverpool star Suarez to the Emirates appear to be over after the player apologised to his current club and resumed training. Arsene Wenger was widely linked with a bid [.

Match of the Day makes a right balls-up of Man Utd player photos

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David Moyes has really made his mark on Manchester United for his first game in charge... by changing the appearance and skin colour of some of his players. The graphics for Match of the Day's first match of the new season between United and Swansea featured rather unfamiliar versions of Fabio, Shinji Kagawa and Wilfried [.

Jose Mourinho waiting to see what happens with Wayne Rooney transfer

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho appeared philosophical on his prospects of signing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Speaking at his press conference ahead of the new Premier League season, Mourinho made it clear that he hasn't given up on signing Rooney but indicated he was happy with the Blues' current squad.

Man City boss Pellegrini tips surprise club to challenge Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs for title

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini reckons a surprise package could challenge the usual suspects for the Premier League title. The Chilean named Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham as contenders, while saying that he has the squad to mount challenges in the league and in Europe.

Video: Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas says Etienne Capoue is looking extremely good

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas says new signing Etienne Capoue is "looking extremely good" after his first couple of training sessions with his new team. He indicated that the France international would be in Spurs' squad to face Crystal Palace this weekend. Villas Boas also claimed his squad "look good and sharp" after pre-season.

Who Are Ya? Florian Marange (Crystal Palace)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Florian Marange Age: 27 Position: Left-back or centre-back Signed from: Bordeaux Fee: Free transfer Did you know? Anal Roaming Ref is an anagram of his name. As is Ron Manager Fail. What's the deal? Former one-club man Marange has signed a one-year contract at Selhurst [.

Isco: Deciding where to play Gareth Bale would be a ‘blessed problem’ for Real Madrid

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Real Madrid new boy Isco says deciding where to play Spurs star Gareth Bale would be a blessed problem but not his blessed problem. The former Malaga player said he would welcome the Welshman if the drawn-out transfer saga ends with Bale moving to the Santiago Bernabeu. He said: "Well, I think that's the [.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho doesn’t feel pressure

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho says he isn't feeling the weight of expectation ahead of the new season. The Brazilian star has quickly become an Anfield favourite following some great displays towards the end of last season. Indeed, Coutinho replica shirts are outselling those bearing the names of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, Liverpool have claimed.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew doesn’t envisage much late transfer activity

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Pardew also said: "I don't see a lot of late business for us, but I do think we need to get another striker in." #NUFC juliette ferrington (@juliette_grace) August 16, 2013 Alan Pardew says he isn't expecting Newcastle to make many more signings before the end of the transfer window but he is [...]

Video: Spurs star Sandro plays guitar for his team-mates

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Spurs midfielder Sandro has treated his team-mates to an impromptu dressing room concert. The guitar-wielding Brazilian gave a performance which was captured by young striker Harry Kane and uploaded to Instagram. You can hear somebody on backing vocals in the background, so we're guessing that must be Paulinho or Heurelho Gomes.

Liverpool favourites to beat Spurs and Man Utd to Willian

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Liverpool are in the box-seat to sign Anzhi midfielder Willian, ahead of Spurs and Manchester United. The Brazil international, voted Most Likely To Be Assumed To Be The Victim Of A Typing Error by his high school classmates, is set for a move to Anfield, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph. Financially stricken Russian [.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup warns Arsenal off Michu

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has warned Arsenal that Michu is not for sale at any price. The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Spaniard as they struggle to secure the signing of Luis Suarez. But Laudrup has told them that the Swans don't need to sell their star striker and have no [...]

Spurs and Southampton go head-to-head for Pablo Osvaldo

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Tottenham and Southampton are battling for the £15m signing of Roma star Pablo Osvaldo. The Saints have had an offer accepted, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, while The Sun claims that Spurs are preparing to launch a bid at the same level. Fulham and Portuguese side Benfica have also been linked with a [.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta out for six weeks

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Mikel Arteta is set to miss the first six weeks of the new season with a thigh injury. The Arsenal midfielder picked up an injury in training this week. Arsene Wenger said yesterday morning that the Spaniard would be going for a scan which was expected to show a slight strain. Instead, it revealed a [.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants ‘two, three or more’ new signings

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Boss in the first press conference of the season. #AFCvAVFC #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/C7t2N41oeO Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 16, 2013 Arsene Wenger says he wants to bring two, three or more players to Arsenal before the end of the transfer window but he wants quality not quantity. Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Premier [.

Photo: New Spurs signing Etienne Capoue’s first training session

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New signing Capoue up against @mousadembele in training today. #THFC pic.twitter.com/yMPOvQaHk7 Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 15, 2013 Etienne Capoue took part in his first training session with his Tottenham team-mates yesterday. The tough-tackling midfielder resisted any urge to clatter colleague Mousa Dembele.

Property website offers Wayne Rooney help with Chelsea move on billboard outside Old Trafford

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Looking for a home in West London, Wayne? #Rooney #CFC #MUFC pic.twitter.com/hsAK7BDWYW Zoopla (@zoopla) August 15, 2013 Property website Zoopla pulled off a PR stunt by parking a billboard outside Old Trafford offering Wayne Rooney help to move to West London. The Manchester United striker has been widely linked with a move to Chelsea [.

Liverpool sign Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho on season-long loan

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Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho on a season-long loan. The 25-year-old, capped once by France, has long been linked with a move to Anfield. The deal, which has been agreed in principle by the two clubs, will probably include an option to make the move a permanent one at [.

Who Are Ya? Aly Cissokho (Liverpool)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Aly Cissokho Age: 25 Position: Left-back Signed from: Valencia Fee: Season-long loan Did you know? A dentist pulled the plug on Cissokho's big money move to AC Milan in 2009. An examination of the then Porto man's gnashers suggested that he would be prone to [.

Photo: Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner’s interesting new training gear

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Frimpong and Jesus. #Bendtner pic.twitter.com/4nY8IIpJnU Arsenal FC (@FFArsenal) August 15, 2013 We're not saying that a series of attempts to flog him to anyone who will even consider buying him have entirely dwindled Nicklas Bendtner's motivation at Arsenal... but he has taken to training while dressed as a Greek fisherman.

Fulham sign Aston Villa striker Darren Bent on season-long loan

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Darren Bent has completed his season-long loan to Fulham. The move is hardly a surprise after Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway, who was also in the hunt for Bent's signature, broke the news that Bent was Craven Cottage-bound yesterday. The 29-year-old England striker had fallen down the pecking order at Aston Villa following the arrival [.

Arsene Wenger confirms Per Mertesacker will captain Arsenal

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Boss in the first press conference of the season. #AFCvAVFC #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/C7t2N41oeO Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 16, 2013 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Per Mertesacker will captain the club for the start of the new season. Club captain Thomas Vermaelen is a long-term injury absentee, while vice-captain Mikel Arteta has been ruled out [.

Sami Khedira’s agent dismisses Chelsea rumours

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Real Madrid star Sami Khedira will not be moving to England or France this summer, according to his agent. The Germany international had been linked with a move to Chelsea. Former Real boss Jose Mourinho was reportedly interested in signing his former player. The Blues were hoping to tempt Mourinho's former employers with a bid [.

Luis Suarez apologises to Liverpool, trains with first-team

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Luis Suarez is back in training with the first team today.. via @LMillerrr_ pic.twitter.com/VB7GYDFYxX MostarLFC (@MostarLFC) August 16, 2013 Luis Suarez has reportedly apologised to Liverpool for his conduct and trained with the first-team squad this morning. The 26-year-old had been forced to train on his own since giving newspaper interviews making it clear [.

GIF It: Arsenal’s new signings party is cancelled, Suarez staying at Liverpool

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The party is cancelled. After Luis Suarez apologised to Liverpool, it looks like Arsenal have missed out on another transfer target this summer. So it didn't take the internet long to celebrate this in GIF form.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas expecting more signings

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Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas has said he expects the club to make more signings before the end of the transfer window. Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue have already arrived at White Hart Lane this summer at a cost of more than £60m. But Villas Boas is expecting to strengthen his squad [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes admits he’s nervous as new season looms

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New Manchester United manager David Moyes had admitted to feeling "nervousness and trepidation" as he prepares to start his first Premier League season in charge of the club. But the former Everton boss says he is also looking forward to the new campaign and starting his new job in earnest. Speaking at a Premier League [.

Video: Spurs signing Roberto Soldado wants 20 goals and Champions League qualification

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Tottenham new boy Roberto Soldado is targeting 20 goals in his first season in the Premier League and hopes his tally will fire the club into the Champions League. The Spaniard found the net on his debut against Espanyol last weekend and is hoping to carry his goalscoring touch into Spurs' Premier League campaign.

Gareth Bale signs for Real Madrid… fan

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#Bale.. #realmadrid pic.twitter.com/ijlq5QHAVn RealMadrid CF France (@ReaMadridFrance) August 14, 2013 Spurs star Gareth Bale has put pen-to-paper on a Real Madrid fan's autograph book. In a probably poorly timed autograph session, the 24-year-old gave his signature to a Real fan who had followed him during his international duty with Wales.

Video: Jennifer Aniston becomes a Watford fan

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Actress Jennifer Aniston has become a Watford fan after an interview with Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1′s Scott Mills show. Hornets fan Chris presented the former Friends star with a personalised shirt. And she seemed genuinely pleased to receive it. Then again, she is a professional actress. Aniston had these words of reassurance for [.

Real Madrid offer Spurs £73m plus Fabio Coentrao for Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid have bid £73m plus left-back Fabio Coentrao as they attempt to sign Gareth Bale, according to reports in Spain. AS's frontpage splash today claims that an offer totalling €110m (£94m), including Coentrao's valuation, is now on the table. Marco Ruiz, a journalist who has been following Bale around during his international duty with [.

Spurs star Gareth Bale watches Wales vs Republic of Ireland

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Tottenham star Gareth Bale was a besuited spectator for Wales' 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland last night. The Real Madrid target has largely managed to avoid the media glare during his ongoing transfer saga give or take being spotted arriving and leaving training grounds but he was very much in the [.

Man Utd prepare £40m final bid for Cesc Fabregas

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Just finished today's training in which I've started to work with the team! I am already feeling better! #FCBlive pic.twitter.com/AkLpSk5cKU Cesc Fbregas Soler (@cesc4official) August 14, 2013 Manchester United boss David Moyes is having one last shot at landing Cesc Fabregas this summer, despite the player's public proclamations that he wants to stay at [.

Spurs target Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Willian

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Tottenham are planning a spending spree to convince Gareth Bale to stay at the club or at least soften the blow of losing him. Chairman Daniel Levy is preparing to make one final pitch to convince the Wales international to stay at the White Hart Lane. And he's banking on a series of big [...]

Samuel Eto’o claims Chelsea and Man Utd are both interested in him

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Former Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o claims that Manchester United want to sign him. Like all of Anzhi's players, the Cameroon international finds himself on the transfer list at the Russian club. He has already made it clear that he would love a reunion with Jose Mourinho, under whom he won the Champions League at Inter [.

Wolfsburg set to pip Arsenal to Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo

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Arsenal could be set to miss out on yet another transfer target this summer with the German media reporting that Wolfsburg are close to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The Brazil international had been tipped to move to the Emirates. But Bild reports that the defensive midfielder is instead set to [.

Man City want to sign Martin Demichelis from Atletico Madrid before he’s even played for them

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Manchester City are planning a bargain basement bid for Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis despite the fact he only joined them this summer and has yet to play a competitive match for them. The veteran centre-back played under City boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga for the past two seasons before moving to Vicente Calderon [.

Video: Southampton striker Rickie Lambert on scoring England’s winner against Scotland

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Rickie Lambert officially became the world's most famous former beetroot packer when he scored England's winner against Scotland with his first touch in international footballer. The Southampton striker headed in a Leighton Baines corner to secure victory for Roy Hodgson's side. After the match, it still hadn't hit him.

Wales boss Chris Coleman says Gareth Bale would adapt well to life at Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale would have no problems coping with a move to Spain if he joins Real Madrid this summer, according to Wales boss Chris Coleman. The Tottenham star has been linked with Real all summer and his national team manager, who spent half-a-season in Spain managing Real Sociedad, thinks Bale would be able to adapt [.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez confident Leighton Baines won’t be joining Man Utd

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Roberto Martinez is convinced he's won the battle to keep Leighton Baines at Everton this season. The England left-back was the subject of a £12m bid from Manchester United. The Toffees rejected that and Martinez is now confident that they have weathered the transfer speculation storm and will retain Baines.

Tottenham complete Etienne Capoue signing

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Spurs have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue from French side Toulouse. The 25-year-old has moved to White Hart Lane for a fee believed to be in the region of £9m. A fee was agreed between the two clubs last week, but the deal has only been finalised this morning. The France international [.

Who Are Ya? Etienne Capoue (Tottenham)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Etienee Capoue Age: 25 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Toulouse Fee: Undisclosed (reported £8.6m) Did you know? Last season Capoue picked up 17 yellow cards in 41 matches, so don't expect him to be ever-present this season. What's the deal?

Video: Man City’s Alvaro Negredo and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla score for Spain

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Goals from Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo and Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla helped Spain to a 2-0 win over Ecuador. The blow for City and Arsenal of having their players flying to South America just days before the start of the new Premier League season would have been softened slightly by both players appearing to [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers won’t discuss Arsenal target Luis Suarez until he’s available

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All Arsenal’s international players text Arsene Wenger to say they are OK

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Arsene Wenger's mobile phone was busy last night and this morning as Arsenal's international players text their boss to report that they had come through their respective matches unscathed. The Frenchman would have anxiously awaiting news on his players' fitness with just days to go until the start of the new Premier League season.

Top 10 conclusions: England 3-2 Scotland

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1. It's all about Rickie Lambert. Scoring your first international goal at the age of 31 with your first touch in an England vs Scotland game quite a story. 2. Watch out David Nugent and Francis Jeffers there's a new kid in Club 100% Strikerate. 3. James Morrison is even more English than [...]

Video: Rickie Lambert scores on his England debut (England vs Scotland)

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Southampton striker Rickie Lambert scored on his England debut just moments after coming off the bench against Scotland. The 31-year-old's bullet header into the back of the net was his very first touch in international football.

Video: Joe Hart at fault as James Morrison scores (England vs Scotland)

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West Brom midfielder James Morrison gave Scotland the lead in tonight's game against England with a helping hand from Joe Hart. The Man City keeper made a right mess of his attempts to keep out Morrison's long range effort. But since Morrison was born in Darlington this doesn't really count, right?

Video: Theo Walcott equalises (England vs Scotland)

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott grabbed an equaliser for England in tonight's clash with Scotland. He showed a good turn of pace, cut inside a defender before squeezing the ball in at the near post. Good news for Gooners if Arsene Wenger doesn't manage to bring in another striker. Well, sort of good news.

Video: Man City striker and Arsenal target Edin Dzeko scores for Bosnia vs USA

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Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, linked with a move to Arsenal in today's papers, has opened the scoring for Bosnia in this evening's friendly against the USA. Dzeko tucked the ball away at the second time of asking after his initial shot was saved by Tim Howard.

Man Utd boss David Moyes says it’s a plus that Wayne Rooney is playing for England

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says it is a plus for him that Wayne Rooney is playing for England against Scotland this evening. Rooney has not featured in any of United's official pre-season matches, but Moyes claims it is good for him that his wantaway striker can build his match fitness while playing for his [.

Spurs captain Michael Dawson praises new signing Roberto Soldado

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Tottenham skipper Michael Dawson says that striker Roberto Soldado will prove to be a "top signing" for the club. Former Valencia star Soldado made his debut against Espanyol last weekend, and scored from the penalty spot. Dawson says it was Spurs supporters' first chance to see the quality that he has witnessed from Soldado in [.

Pardew the Premier League sack race favourite ahead of new season

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With summer seemingly behind us, that can only mean one thing: the new Premier League season is upon us. Fans of top flight clubs across the country are itching for the new campaign to get underway but with the optimism that most fans will be filled with comes the trepidation that others will feel ahead [.

Hull sign Spurs duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore

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Hull City Tigers (pause for sniggers) have agreed to sign Tottenham midfield pair Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore. England international Huddlestone, aged 26, will move to the KC Stadium for £5m, while 23-year-old Livermore will join on a season-long loan. Both players will undergo medicals tomorrow before completing their deals.

Arsenal move for PSV Eindhoven pair Georginio Wijnaldum and Zakaria Bakkali

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Arsenal are plotting a double raid on Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for Georginio Wijnaldum and Zakaria Bakkali. Reports in Holland suggest the Gunners are interested in bringing both youngsters to the Emirates. Voetbal International claims that Peter Clarke, who scouts players in whom the club has already established serious interest, watched PSV's opening league match [.

Manchester United weirdly predict Michael Carrick’s eye infection

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has withdrawn from tonight's match between England and Scotland with an eye infection a move that seemed to be predicted by United's website a week ago. Carrick has left Roy Hodgson's squad to return for treatment from the champions' medical team to get ready for the Premier League opener [.

Video: Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, Everton’s Ross Barkley and Spurs’ Tom Carroll all on target (England U21s 6-0 Scotland U21s)

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England Under-21s fired six past Scotland as they coasted to victory at Bramall Lane. Under the temporary management of senior boss Roy Hodgson, the youngsters put on a bit of a show. Norwich winger Nathan Redmond opened the scoring, with Liverpool's Raheem Sterling adding a second. Sunderland's Connor Wickham and Everton's Ross Barkley got themselves [.

Arsenal consider bids for Swansea’s Michu and Man City’s Edin Dzeko as Luis Suarez alternatives

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Arsenal are weighing up bids for Michu and Edin Dzeko as they prepare to accept that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will not join them this summer. With the Reds resolute in their determination not to sell to a Premier League rival, the Gunners are starting to look elsewhere for new striking options. The Daily Mirror [.

Video: Chelsea’s Lukaku and Hazard, Everton’s Fellaini and Mirallas, Spurs’ Chadli and Aston Villa’s Benteke cuddle up in bed

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has made this funny video with his Belgium international team-mates. The video starts with Axel Witsel in bed watching a movie by himself. The camera then cuts to the TV screen and each time it cuts back to the bed an extra player has appeared. By the end of the clip, [.

Arsenal linked with Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner

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Arsenal are being linked with fresh interest in Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. The versatile Swiss international was reportedly a target for the Gunners earlier in the summer. At that stage, Arsene Wenger's side were unwilling to match Juve's £12m asking price for the 29-year-old. But with the end of the transfer window now looming, the [.

Video: Spurs keeper Jordan Archer’s drop kick howler (England U21 6-0 Scotland U21)

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Tottenham's Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Jordan Archer made a name for himself in unfortunate circumstances with this howler in last night's 6-0 drubbing by England Under-21s. Archer attempted to restart play with a punt upfield, but his drop kick was sliced horribly. The ball looped up to Connor Wickham, who had the easy task of lobbing [.

Uruguayan newspaper quotes Luis Suarez as saying he is staying at Liverpool

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Luis Suarez has performed a transfer saga U-turn and decided to stay at Liverpool, according to reports in his native Uruguay. El Observador claims to have spoken to Suarez in the build up to Uruguay's friendly against Japan. They claim he told them that the affection of Liverpool fans had convinced him to stay.

Video: Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney, Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Man City’s Joe Hart catch the train to London for England vs Scotland

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The FA has released this footage of the England squad making their way to London for tonight's match against Scotland at Wembley. The most tantalising moment is Wayne Rooney on the phone on a train platform. You can hear him talking but can't make out what is said. Is he telling his agent what wages [.

Video: Luis Suarez scores… just not for Liverpool or Arsenal

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez found the net in Uruguay's match against Japan today. The wantaway star / appreciator of Liverpool supporters set-up a goal for Diego Forlan before scoring himself in the second-half as Uruguay recorded a 4-3 win. Following his recent proclamations that he will be staying at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping [.

Video: Sky Sports News reporter Nick Collins has a nasty on-air fall

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Sky Sports News reporter Nick Collins was broadcasting outside Wembley ahead of tonight's match between England and Scotland when he decided to venture into the field of slapstick comedy. Presumably standing on some sort of platform to ensure that Wembley was framed nicely behind his head, Collins somehow lost his footing and went flying out [.

Steven Gerrard says Luis Suarez will not leave Liverpool for Arsenal

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said that team-mate Luis Suarez will not join Arsenal this summer. Gerrard admits he has no idea whether Suarez has a future at Anfield though he is trying to convince him that he does but is adamant that he won't be going to the Gunners or any other [...]

Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney has discussed his future with Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard

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England captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that wantaway Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has confided in him over his plans. Liverpool skipper Gerrard said Rooney has spoken to him about his club future, but would not reveal details of that conversation. He said: "It wouldn't be fair on Wayne for me to talk about that [.

Chelsea players practice their basketball skills

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Newcastle end interest in Bafetimbi Gomis, says Lyon president

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Newcastle have ended their interest in Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis. The French side's president Jean-Michael Aulas told L'Equipe that the Magpies are no longer in talks with the France international and urged the player to get his head down to focus on another season at Lyon. He said: "His circumstances have changed.

Lyon president claims Yoann Gourcuff wants to take pay-cut to join Arsenal

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Yoann Gourcuff wants to join Arsenal and is happy to take a pay-cut to make that happen, according to the president of his current club Lyon. The 27-year-old was once dubbed the new Zidane, but a series of injuries mean his career has never hit the heights expected. His £80,000 have limited the options available [.

West Ham sign Stewart Downing from Liverpool

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West Ham have signed Liverpool winger Stewart Downing for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old has signed a four-year deal at Upton Park. The deal looks like an attempt to form a case for Kenny Dalglish's defence. The England international will be expected to provide regular service for Hammers striker Andy Carroll, even though that partnership [.

Man City line-up Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Paolo Cannavaro as Pepe alternatives

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Schalke's Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Napoli's Paolo Cannavaro are on Manchester City's list of alternatives should they fail to land top target Pepe. The Real Madrid defender has been linked with a move to City since before Manuel Pellegrini had been officially confirmed as their new manager so keen was the Chilean to sign him.

Tottenham star Gareth Bale as a cross-dressing Flamenco dancer

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Liverpool join Tottenham in the race for £35m Willian

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Liverpool will rival Spurs in the battle for Brazil international Willian. The Reds are interested in the £35m-rated Anzhi midfielder, according to reports in The Sun. The 25-year-old has been transfer-listed along with all his team-mates by the Russian club as they start serious cost-cutting measures.

Spanish media stalk Tottenham’s Gareth Bale on Wales duty

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Reporters from two Spanish newspapers have been tasked to follow Gareth Bale while he's on international duty with Wales. Journalists from AS and Marca are both at the Newport base of Chris Coleman's squad to keep tabs on the Real Madrid transfer target. The Tottenham star will not feature in Wales' friendly against the Republic [.

Video: Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah scores skillful goal in England U21 training

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Nat Chalobah showed off his skills in front of the cameras at England Under-21s' training sessions yesterday. The Chelsea youngster showed excellent close control to jink past two defenders before dinking a shot into the back of the net. Promising signs for Blues supporters as Chalobah looks to make his mark on Jose Mourinho's first-team [.

No official Fenerbahce transport for Arsenal fans

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Arsenal fans travelling to Turkey for the club's Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce will not be able to use an official club travel package. The Gunners say they have been unable to organise an official travel option, citing the high demand for trips to Istanbul during the holiday season. Ordinarily, fans would be offered a [.

West Brom agree loan deal for Matej Vydra

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West Brom have agreed a deal to take Udinese's Matej Vydra on a season-long loan. Vydra impressed on-loan at Watford last season, prompting interest from a number of Premier League clubs. But it's the Baggies who have landed the 21-year-old. The Birmingham Mail reports that a deal was struck yesterday and that the clubs are [.

Crystal Palace sign Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal

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Arsenal flop Marouane Chamakh has joined Premier League new boys Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee. The Morocco international had been expected to move to Selhurst Park on a season-long loan, but instead he has completed a permanent move and signed a one-year contract with the Eagles. Chamakh joined the Gunners on a free transfer [.

Antonio Valencia ditches no.7 shirt. Is Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Man Utd?

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Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has ditched the club's famous no.7 shirt in favour of no.25. As recently as Friday night's match against Sevilla, Valencia was still wearing no.7. But he reverted to his former shirt number for yesterday's Community Shield and the forthcoming campaign. The Ecuadorian wore no.

Man Utd to enter race for Spurs’ Gareth Bale

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Manchester United will join Real Madrid in the race for Gareth Bale this week, according to reports in The Independent. With Real and Spurs still unable to agree a fee for the Welsh winger, United will seek to make Bale a marquee signing for the start of David Moyes' reign. The champions are only too [.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger’s agent won’t rule out Barcelona move

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Daniel Agger's agent left the possibility of a move to Barcelona very much open after Liverpool rejected an offer from the Spanish champions. The Denmark international has been linked with a transfer to Camp Nou as the Catalan giants seek to bolster their defensive options. The Reds have rejected an opening bid, believed to be [.

GIF It: Man Utd captain Nemanja Vidic is attacked by the Community Shield

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It's long been suspected that Nemanja Vidic feels no pain. Now, here's the proof. Clatter the Manchester United captain around the head repeatedly with a piece of wood and he will simply smile. The big Serbia international was attacked by the Community Shield. As he lifted it in the air to celebrate yesterday's victory over [.

Video: Usain Bolt dedicates gold medal to Manchester United

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Usain Bolt has dedicated his 100m World Championships victory to Manchester United. The Jamaican sprinter regained his world title in Moscow yesterday evening, but his thoughts were also on the Community Shield at the time. After his race, he said: "I think if they [Manchester United] dedicated their win to me and I dedicated my [.

Arsenal close to £14m signing of Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich

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Arsenal are on the verge of making their first big-name signing of the summer in the form of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, the Daily Telegraph reports. The holding player was often involved in the Bayern side that won the treble last season, but the arrival of Thiago Alcantara means he has fallen down the [.

Arsenal preparing £50m Luis Suarez bid, monitoring Chelsea’s failure to land Wayne Rooney

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Arsenal are ready to make a third bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. The Gunners will hope the offer of £50m and the opportunity to end the whirlwind of speculation around Suarez will convince the Reds to sell. The Daily Telegraph reports that the new bid is expected and that, even if it is accepted, [.

Video: ‘Injured’ Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney trains with England

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Wayne Rooney made a mockery of Manchester United's suggestions that he is injured and out-of-shape with an impressive showing in England's training session ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Scotland. The striker, supposedly injured as recently as Sunday's Community Shield clash with Wigan, took part in a full session with Roy Hodgson's squad and showed little [.

Spurs star Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales friendly

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Gareth Bale has pulled out of Wales' match against the Republic of Ireland, the Football Association of Wales has confirmed. The Tottenham winger trained on his own after meeting up with the rest of Wales squad in Newport yesterday. Although fit to train, the 24-year-old is keen to protect the foot injury that he picked [.

Liverpool and Arsenal in fresh transfer tussle

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Liverpool and Arsenal are involved in a new transfer battle this time to see who can sign their respective Bayern Munich targets quickest. Away from the Luis Suarez saga, both clubs are pursuing transfer targets. Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Bayern midfielder Luis Gustavo, while Liverpool want to take left-back Diego Contento from [.

Sunderland players working 9am-6pm under Paolo Di Canio

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Sunderland's squad are working from 9am until 6pm under manager Paolo Di Canio's gruelling pre-season routine. Black Cats skipper John O'Shea has given an insight into the club's new working hours. And it sounds like the players' shopping and gaming schedules have been severely affected. The squad reports for training at 9am for two morning [.

Theo Walcott injured in England training, now a doubt for Arsenal’s opener

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Theo Walcott is an injury doubt for Arsenal's Premier League opener against Aston Villa on Saturday after he took a knock in England training. The Gunners star could not finish the session after getting a kick to his ankle. He was training with a depleted group of senior England players that had been bolstered by [.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas happy to have Sandro and Younes Kaboul back

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says he is happy to have Sando and Younes Kaboul back after long-term injuries. Brazil midfielder Sandro missed the second-half of last season with a knee problem, while Kaboul missed all but the first match of the season with knee and thigh injuries. Villas Boas said: "To see them back, [.

Spurs striker Roberto Soldado wants to give something back to fans

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New Spurs signing Roberto Soldado says he wants to give something back to the club's supporters after getting a great reception for his first match at White Hart Lane. The Spaniard found the net on his debut. Afterwards, he said: "Obviously it feels wonderful to get such a fantastic reception and now what I need [.

Video: Spurs signings Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Nacer Chadli are presented at White Hart Lane

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The White Hart Lane faithful got their first sightings of Tottenham's big summer signings ahead of yesterday's friendly against Espanyol. Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Nacer Chadli were presented to the crowd before kick-off. The players received a great reception from the crowd, with Soldado going on to score on his debut.

Video: Arsenal 3-1 Manchester City

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Arsenal set down an excellent marker a week before the start of the new Premier League season with a 3-1 victory over Manchester City in Helsinki. The excellent Theo Walcott opened the scoring after being played in by Aaron Ramsey. The duo reversed their roles for the Welshman to add a second. Walcott got another [.

Video: Chelsea 2-1 Roma

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Chelsea secured victory in their final pre-season friendly thanks to Romelu Lukaku's late goal. A howler from Blues keeper Mark Schwarzer handed a simple tap-in to Erik Lamela to open the scoring. Frank Lampard levelled with the archetypal Frank Lampard goal. And Lukaku's late winner ensured Chelsea go into the new season on a high.

Video: Roberto Soldado scores his first goal for Tottenham

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New Spurs signing Roberto Soldado scored his first goal for the club during yesterday's 1-1 draw with Espanyol. After his £26m move to a new country, it was against familiar opposition that the Spaniard opened his account. Playing his first official match for the club he had taken part in a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier [.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini acknowledges defensive problems after Arsenal game

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his side will spend the coming week ironing out problems in their defence ahead of the new Premier League campaign. Last season's runners-up lost 3-1 to Arsenal in a friendly yesterday and their Chilean boss was concerned by his side's defending. He said: "Well, of course, it's not the [.

Arsenal would smash the infamous wage structure for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

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Arsenal would be prepared to break their oft-discussed wage structure to secure the signing of Luis Suarez, the Metro reports. They claim that the Uruguay international would be offered a £160,000-a-week deal at the Emirates if an agreement can be reached between the two clubs. The Gunners have a strict wage structure that currently sees [.

Gareth Bale unlikely to play in Spurs’ Premier League opener, says Andre Villas Boas

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says his wantaway star Gareth Bale is not likely to feature in next weekend's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace. The Spurs boss was left answering awkward questions following his side's 1-1 draw with Espanyol yesterday. Bale did not feature in the match and was not even in attendance.

Who Are Ya? Gary Medel (Cardiff City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Gary Medel Age: 26 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Sevilla Fee: Undisclosed (reported £11m) Did you know? He's nicknamed Pitbull or The Chilean Gattuso, which should tell you everything you need to know about his temperament and playing style.

Community Shield Highlights Video: Manchester United 2-0 Wigan

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David Moyes picked up his first trophy as Manchester United manager in a routine in over Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley this afternoon. Robin Van Persie scored both goals as the champions secured a 2-0 win over the Latics. Last season's top scorer headed in the opener before securing victory with a deflected [.

Roy Keane: If Wayne Rooney wants to go to Chelsea, Man Utd should sell

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane says the club should sell Wayne Rooney if he wants to leave. The Republic of Ireland international said that Rooney should be allowed to go, even if it means selling him to Premier League title rivals Chelsea. He said: "I think if the player wants to leave, and it's a [.

Arsene Wenger waiting for Liverpool to change their minds over Luis Suarez

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is waiting for Liverpool to change their minds before a deal for Luis Suarez can progress. He told a press conference in Helskinki ahead of a friendly against Manchester City: "Well, there's nothing to add to what I said already about the transfer of Suarez. "If it will be [.

Video: Manchester United 1-3 Sevilla

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Nobody gave Sevilla the script ahead of Rio Ferdinand's testimonial as they came away from Old Trafford 1-3 winners in last night's match. Manchester United fielded a weakened side with the Community Shield against Wigan less than 48 hours away. Vitolo was played in to become the first player to score against a David Moyes [.

Jesus Navas wants Man City to flex their muscles against Arsenal

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Manchester City winger Jesus Navas says his side will use their friendly against Premier League rivals Arsenal to demonstrate their strength. The two sides meet in Helsinki today for a pre-season friendly, but Spain international Navas seems to think it is a great opportunity to set down a marker ahead of the new domestic season.

NEC Nijmegen players get bikini car wash for winning man of the match

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Dutch side NEC Nijmegen is offering its players a bikini car wash if they win a man of the match award. Shunning the traditional bottle of champagne, NEC's hierarchy seem to believe that the prospect of getting their motor scrubbed by scantily clad ladies is the most effective way of getting the best possible performances [.

Jamie Carragher: Luis Suarez is too good for Liverpool (and Arsenal)

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says the club's wantaway star Luis Suarez is too good for them. Carra, Suarez's team-mate until his retirement at the end of last season, claims that the 26-year-old striker is one of the best players in the world, while his former team can no longer claim to be one of the [.

Man Utd star Wayne Rooney thanks Roy Hodgson for support amid Chelsea saga

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has thanked England manager Roy Hodgson for his "faith and support". Hodgson named Rooney in his squad to face Scotland in next week's friendly, despite the fact he has played no part in United's pre-season matches. A hamstring and shoulder injury have ruled him out of action for United, though [.

Barcelona expect David Luiz to ask to leave Chelsea on Monday

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Chelsea defender David Luiz will ask to leave the club when he reports for training on Monday morning, Spanish champions Barcelona are hoping. The Catalan giants are convinced that the Brazil international wants to join them this summer. After having a bid for him rejected by the Blues on Wednesday, Barca are expecting Luiz to [.

Tottenham bid £15m for Roma’s Miralem Pjanic

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Tottenham have launched a £15m bid to sign Roma's Miralem Pjanic, according to reports in the Daily Mirror. Spurs' new director of football Franco Baldini has reportedly contacted Roma counterpart Walter Sabatini to discuss the 23-year-old's availability. Baldini is well aware of the Bosnia and Herzegovina international from his own time working at Roma.

Wayne Rooney not in Man Utd’s Community Shield squad

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Wayne Rooney is out of tomorrow's Community Shield clash with Wigan with an apparent shoulder injury. The Manchester United striker missed the pre-season friendly against AIK with the same injury, and played no part in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial last night. Now he has been left out of tomorrow's curtain-raiser.

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal face stern test against Fenerbahce

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Arsene #Wenger and Aaron #Ramsey in the press conf for #AFCvMCFC in Helsinki pic.twitter.com/UECnnZHk0h Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 9, 2013 Arsene Wenger emphasised that Arsenal have been handed a tough draw against Fenerbahce in their Champions League qualifier. Speaking at a press conference ahead of their friendly against Manchester City in Helsinki, the Gunners manager [.

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling to go on trial charged with assaulting girlfriend

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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling will go on trial in September charged with assaulting his girlfriend. THe 18-year-old was arrested on Thursday evening for assaulting 20-year-old Shana Halliday. He appeared in court on Friday where he entered a not guilty plea to a charge of common assault. A Merseyside police spokesman said: "Merseyside police can confirm [.

Enfield part-timer boasts about nutmegging Spurs new boy Roberto Soldado

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@R9Soldado scored a hat trick but at the end of the day I megged him. #closeyalegs #taxiforsoldado @ETFCOfficial @TalkingTHFC @markkirby10 Tyler Campbell (@TylerRyanC) August 8, 2013 The semi-pros of Enfield Town got an unexpected treat (of sorts) when they were invited to pop along to Spurs' training ground to receive an 11-0 stuffing.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle United monitor ‘the new Neymar’

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A host of Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on 17-year-old Santos starlet Victor Andrade, who is touted a 'the new Neymar'. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle United are all monitoring the forward, who is yet to sign a new contract with the Brazilian side. His agents, NVA Entertainment Group, confirmed [.

Is former West Ham striker Carlton Cole on trial at Tottenham?

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Spurs could be lining up a shock move for Carlton Cole after the ex-West Ham man played for them in a behind-closed-doors friendly. Reports suggest he scored two goals against non-league Enfield Town in a game played at Spurs' training ground yesterday. Tottenham fans are desperate for manager Andre Villas Boas and chairman Daniel Levy [.

Gervinho completes £8m switch from Arsenal to Roma

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Thks to all @Arsenal fans for their support during my 2 years as a gunner.Thks to all my team mate and Arsenal staff. pic.twitter.com/SPR7dvrp7u Gervinho (@GervinhOfficial) August 8, 2013 Arsenal flop Gervinho has moved to Italian side Roma for £8m. The Ivory Coast forward failed to make an impression at the Emirates after arriving [.

Liverpool would have sold Luis Suarez early this summer, says John W. Henry

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Liverpool owner John W. Henry has suggested the club were ready to sell Luis Suarez at the start of the summer, despite their public proclamations that he was not for sale. Henry now says that Suarez will not be sold under any circumstances because it is too late in the transfer window. He said: "He [.

Liverpool fan converts his Luis Suarez personalised shirt to Philippe Coutinho

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After disloyal behaviour from your favourite player, it is now customary to set fire to the piece of £60 polyester you bought bearing their name. But this thrifty Liverpool fan wasn't going to let Luis Suarez leave him out of pocket. Armed with a marker pen and a roll of masking tape, he cleverly converted [.

Liverpool aim to snatch Everton target Guilherme Siqueira

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Liverpool are hoping to pip Merseyside rivals Everton to the signing of Guilherme Siqueira. The Toffees have reportedly had an agreement in place to sign the Granada left-back for most of the summer. But the Spanish outfit and the player both know that the move is conditional on Leighton Baines joining Manchester United.

Cesc Fabregas pokes fun at former Arsenal team-mate Johan Djourou

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Barcelona midfield Cesc Fabregas had a laugh at the expense of former Arsenal team-mate Johan Djourou by posting a video of a famous Djourou cock-up on Instagram. The Swiss defender's skills FAIL happened in a match between Arsenal and Reading a few years ago. It went viral at the time, but apparently it bypassed Fabregas.

Highly-rated Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake signs new five-year deal

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Chelsea starlet Nathan Ake has put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at the club. And he's posted a photograph of him signing the deal on Instagram for you all to see. He wrote: "Happy to have signed a new 5 year contract." The 18-year-old found himself on the fringes of Rafa Benitez's [...]

Pepe Reina praises Liverpool team-mate and Napoli target Martin Skrtel

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Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been talking up the abilities of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. The Spaniard, currently on-loan in Italy from Anfield, was responding to rumours linking Skrtel with a move to Napoli for a reunion with Reina and former Reds boss Rafa Benitez. Reina said: "I don't know what Napoli are looking for [.

Hull rebrand as Hull City Tigers ahead of new Premier League season

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Hull City will be formally known as Hull City Tigers for the new Premier League season. The decision to make the club sound like a speedway team for their return to top-flight football has been made by owners Assem and Ehab Allam. They're ditching the 'AFC' from the end of the current name and replacing [.

Arsenal missed out on Gonzalo Higuain to focus on Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

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Understand #afc did not make offer for Higuain. Agreed personal terms but put deal on hold to prioritise Suarez, Napoli pounced #bbcfootball David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 8, 2013 Arsenal reportedly missed out on the signing of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain because they favoured a move for Luis Suarez.

Video: Chelsea skipper John Terry’s handbags with Real Madrid’s Pepe

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John Terry and Pepe: they're not exactly lovable characters. When Chelsea met Real Madrid in Florida this week, the two very nearly decided to settle who is the least likeable of all with an on-pitch scrap. Instead, they opted for a bit of shoving and lots of finger-pointing.

Stoke City sign New England Revolution striker Juan Agudelo

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Stoke have agreed a deal to sign USA international Juan Agudelo but he won't join them until January. The New England Revolution star will move to the Potteries when his current deal expires. The 20-year-old, capped 17 times by his country, will officially become a Stoke player on January 1. Potters boss Mark Hughes [.

PSG boss Blanc wants Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye, Spurs also interested

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Paris St-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has confirmed he would like to bring Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to the club. And he says that Tottenham are also in the hunt for the France international. The former Manchester United defender pulled off the impressive move of making it be known that he wants to poach the Magpies' [.

Cesc Fabregas says he won’t be joining Manchester United

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has put an end to speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. The 26-year-old has been widely linked with a return to the Premier League this summer. But the former Arsenal captain has now pledged his future to Barca. He said: "My dream has always been to play at [.

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert reacts to surprise England call-up

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Rickie Lambert is the surprise name in Roy Hodgson's latest England squad. The Southampton striker has been called up for next week's friendly against Scotland at Wembley. The 31-year-old scored 15 goals last season, which was his first in the Premier League. Explaining the call-up, Hodgson said: "I think if a man has really worked [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reflects on defeat to former club Real Madrid

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho shrugged off his side's pre-season defeat to his old club Real Madrid, saying it would have only hurt if it had been in the Champions League. The Special One said: "My former club plays in a competition different from my competition they play La Liga, we play in the Premier [.

Tottenham create new ‘Turfies’ computer game to attract new fans – and causes another Gareth Bale story

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In the battle for the next generation of football fans, clubs are taking on new initiatives that could loosely be filed under the banner of propaganda. Spurs are the latest to try an inventive new tactic, creating a range of computer game characters called the 'Turfies'. They are the first club in the world to [.

Video: Real Madrid 3-1 Chelsea

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Real Madrid triumphed over former boss Jose Mourinho in the their reunion in the International Champions Cup final. The Spaniards took the lead when Marcelo slotted into the net. But Chelsea were back in the game when Ramires raced through and dinked the ball delightfully over Iker Casillas. It was then all about Cristiano Ronaldo.

Video: Valerenga 1-4 Liverpool

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Liverpool were in impressive form as they recorded a 4-1 win over Norwegian side Valerenga in their penultimate pre-season friendly. Goals from Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Martin Kelly and Raheem Sterling secured the result for the Reds, meaning the goals were shared equally between new signings and young talent.

Liverpool boss Rodgers blasts Luis Suarez for ‘total disrespect’, forces him to train alone

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Brendan Rodgers has accused Liverpool star Luis Suarez of showing 'total disrespect' for the club and has told him to train alone. He also rejected Suarez's suggestions that a promise to sell him this summer if the club failed to reach the Champions League had been broken. He said: "There were no promises made [.

Tottenham agree £8.6m deal for Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue

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Tottenham are on the verge of completing the signing of Toulouse's Etienne Capoue, according to his current club. Spurs have reportedly agreed to pay £8.6m for the France international, who was believed to be in advanced talks with Cardiff City about a move there. Now it seems that Andre Villas Boas' side have stolen a [.

Robbie Fowler tells Arsenal fans to ‘look closer to home’ for coke-heads

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We reported yesterday that Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler had suggested a £30m plus Theo Walcott deal to end the Luis Suarez transfer saga. And as we reported, it was an idea that was almost universally hated. That prompted lots of Twitter abuse, including plenty Arsenal fans raking up old rumours from the 1990s suggesting that [.

Man Utd prepare joint-bid for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines

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Manchester United are expected to make a formal double bid to Everton for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. Manager David Moyes' interest in his two former players has been well documented. As we reported yesterday, he is stepping up his efforts to sign Fellaini after accepting that Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas is probably not going to [.

Barcelona target Liverpool defender Daniel Agger

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Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger is a transfer target for Barcelona. The Catalan giants launched an official bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz yesterday. At that stage, Agger was widely touted as their preferred backup option if they failed to entice to Luiz to Camp Nou. But the latest reports suggest Barca would like to bolster [.

Man City, Spurs and Chelsea target transfer-listed Anzhi star Willian

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Manchester City are at the front of a queue of Premier League clubs hoping to take advantage of the turmoil at Russian club Anzhi by signing midfielder Willian. All of big-spending Anzhi's players have been transfer-listed as part of cost-cutting measures. ESPN Brazil claims City have already made a £34m bid for the 24-year-old.

Aston Villa prepare £10m for Nuremburg’s Hiroshi Kiyotake

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Aston Villa are set to make a move for Nuremburg midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake but will be disappointed in their pursuit of the Japan international. Reports in Germany suggest the Villans will submit a £10m bid after an £8.5m offer was knocked back by the Bundesliga side. But Nuremburg are determined to keep hold of the [.

Chelsea will win the 2013/14 title, says computer simulator

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A computer simulator has predicted that Chelsea will be crowned champions this season. Jose Mourinho is to make a triumphant return to Stamford Bridge, according to the simulation process organised by Bloomberg Sports. They simulated the forthcoming campaign some 10,000 times, worked out the average results between all 20 Premier League teams and then added [.

Manchester United linked with Udinese’s Luis Muriel

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Udinese striker Luis Muriel is Manchester United's preferred replacement for Wayne Rooney. Reports in the Metro suggest the the Colombia international is the champions' top target as they prepare to sell Rooney to Chelsea. The pacy forward is likely to cost around £18m. Muriel was a one time Liverpool target and the star of [.

Wales boss Chris Coleman will be guided by Spurs over Gareth Bale

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Wales manager Chris Coleman says he will take advice from Tottenham and Gareth Bale over whether the player should feature in the friendly against the Republic of Ireland. The match takes place on August 14. If Bale is still a Spurs player at that stage and still seeking a move to Real Madrid that could [.

Real Madrid fans value Gareth Bale at €60-70m

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RM fans? Not Levy, then? "@espcore: Diario AS front page: "Real Madrid fans fix the price of Bale" (€60/70M). pic.twitter.com/j9fVAnWClq" Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) August 8, 2013 Spurs fans, you might have been infuriated by the Spanish media's coverage of the Gareth Bale transfer rumours but you have to at least doff your hat to [.

Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry to give money to charity every time he scores for New York Red Bulls

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Thierry Henry is not only a wonderful footballer, but also a rather lovely bloke. That much has been made clear by his latest promise, not made with any official PR release or press conference, but instead quietly agreed. The former Arsenal striker, now plying his trade at New York Red Bulls, has pledged to donate [.

Real Madrid hold new talks with Spurs over Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid have begun a fresh round of negotiations with Tottenham with a view to agreeing a deal for Gareth Bale. The Spanish side's president, Florentino Perez, had a telephone call with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy this morning, the Metro reports. The deal has stalled after Levy rejected Real's £85m bid for the Welsh star.

Video: Young Liverpool fan says sell ‘vampire’ Luis Suarez

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A young Liverpool supporter interviewed by Sky Sports News urged the club to sell Luis Suarez, saying he's a vampire who bites too many people. Based on the people featured in the video above, there now seems to be widespread support for the club selling Suarez at the earliest opportunity. The last word went to [.

Video: Luis Suarez arrives at Liverpool training

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez reported for training today just hours after his explosive interview explaining his determination to leave the club. The 26-year-old drove to Melwood in his black BMW SUV, with young daughter Delfina in the backseat. He reportedly received treatment on the foot injury that stopped him travelling to Norway for tonight's friendly [.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler suggests Theo Walcott swap deal with Arsenal for Luis Suarez

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Had a little think... If he's desperate to go and they desperately want him.. How about 30/35 mill plus Walcott Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) August 7, 2013 Having proved he's now carrying a few too many pounds to lead the line for them during Steven Gerrard's testimonal, former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has been pondering [.

Video: Pay-to-play Macclesfield fan nearly scores against Stoke

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And when we say 'nearly scores' we mean 'flings himself in the general direction of a cross'. Macclesfield Town supporter Jomes Gorfin became the first person to take advantage of the club's pay-to-play initiative. The 40-year-old stumped up £10,000 to train with the first-team squad for a week ahead of a substitute appearance against the [.

Video: A young Paul Scholes is laughed at by his Man Utd team-mates as he attempts media training

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It's fair to say that life in the limelight never sat too comfortably with Paul Scholes. But here is proof that his manner when dealing with the media did improve over time. A young Scholes is shown undergoing media training early in his Manchester United days. His team-mates presumably including Gary Neville, who was [.

Will the new Luis Suarez protest t-shirt force Arsenal transfer?

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Free the Liverpool 1. http://t.co/a5xJWYGc5g pic.twitter.com/KBCk54KeFx Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) August 6, 2013 We all know Liverpool's players are happy to don t-shirts of support after indefensible behaviour from Luis Suarez. But will they be prepared to back his latest t-shirt campaign?

Crystal Palace call in a hypnotist to help them beat Spurs

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Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace have used a hypnotist to help them get off to a flying start to the season against Tottenham. Former WBC super-middleweight boxing champion Glenn Catley, aged 41, is the man who's been getting the Eagles to look into his eyes, not around his eyes, into the eyes.

Man Utd give up on Fabregas, target Everton’s Marouane Fellaini

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Manchester United are set to bid for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini as they accept that Cesc Fabregas will not be joining them, the Daily Mirror reports. The champions have decided to switch transfer targets following Barcelona's refusal to part company with former Arsenal captain Fabregas. That means the new priority is a raid on manager [.

David Moyes won’t try to convince Chelsea target Wayne Rooney to stay at Man Utd

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David Moyes has indicated he won't be selling the positives of staying at Manchester United to Wayne Rooney after he said that nobody needs convincing to play for the club. The Scot also said that he had not asked Rooney for his reaction to the latest bid from Chelsea for him. Asked whether he needed [.

Video: Spurs star Sandro comes to terms with baldness

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Tottenham midfielder Sandro is sporting a new shaven-headed look for the new season. And the lack of locks is still proving to be a novelty for the Brazil international. He had some fun while recording his video penpic for the forthcoming season, first asking the Spurs media team's camera whether his hair was OK for [.

Tottenham target Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo as potential Gareth Bale replacement

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Real Betis youngster Alvaro Vadillo is being linked with a move to Tottenham as a long-term replacement for Gareth Bale. The 18-year-old was reported to be a Spurs target last month, and Spanish newspaper Marca has reported that the interest has intensified as Bale edges nearer to the exit. No bid has been made yet, [.

Fulham complete loan signing of QPR’s Adel Taarabt

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QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt has joined Fulham on a season-long loan deal. The Morocco international has played more than 150 games for the R's since 2009, but has had a chequered record since the club won promotion to the Premier League. With Harry Redknapp's side now back in the Championship, Taarabt has been allowed to [.

Video: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on Luis Suarez

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reiterated that "Luis Suarez is still very much a Liverpool player" despite the Uruguay international giving interviews on his determination to leave the club. The Reds boss was speaking at a news conference in Oslo ahead of a friendly against Valerenga this evening.

Video: Real Madrid train ahead of Chelsea match

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Spanish giants Real Madrid have been in training ahead of their International Champions Cup final match against Chelsea. The sides meet in Miami tomorrow. Real Madrid trained at Barry University in Miami Shores.

Photo: Liverpool legend Ian Rush poses with Wu-Tang Clan

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In other news...look who else is staying at the team hotel in Oslo. Ian, we'd like you to meet Wu-Tang: #LFC pic.twitter.com/ouhh2qisZQ Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 6, 2013 When you get the opportunity to juxtapose a 1980s football legend with a 1990s hip-hop collective, you don't pass that chance up. So when Liverpool discovered [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Luis Suarez move is ‘on standby’

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his club's attempts to sign Luis Suarez is "on standby" while the striker resolves his differences with Liverpool. The Frenchman indicated that the Gunners cannot move forward with any deal until the Reds and their wantaway star come to an agreement over whether he will be allowed to leave the [.

Chelsea’s Fernando Torres battles to catch-up with ‘much fitter’ team-mates

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says he is striving to improve his fitness because he is currently lagging behind many of his team-mates. The Spain international says the extra time-off he and five team-mates were given after competing in the Confederations Cup has left them all fighting for first-team spots with players who are currently in [.

Sunderland accept Wigan bid for James McClean

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Wigan have had a bid for Sunderland winger James McClean accepted. The Black Cats have agreed to sell the Republic of Ireland international for an undisclosed fee, the Press Association reports. The former Derry City player burst onto the scene under Martin O'Neill in the second half of the 2011/12 season, but struggled to make [.

Wales throw a spanner in the ‘Gareth Bale is injured’ works

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Gareth Bale has been named in Wales' squad to face the Republic of Ireland on August 14. The wantaway Tottenham star has barely featured in pre-season for his club side after missing all but one of their matches so far through injury. The winger most recently missed the trip to Monaco because he was nursing [.

Barcelona make bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz

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Barcelona have made an official bid believed to be in the region of £30million for Chelsea defender David Luiz. Jose Mourinho's side are expected to reject the bid for the 26-year-old. But Luiz becomes the latest high profile transfer target to be sidelined from pre-season action with an injury just as negotiations on [.

Video: Clint Dempsey explains why he quit Spurs for MLS

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Seattle Sounders' new signing Clint Dempsey has been explaining why he decided to leave Spurs and the fact that he is getting a better basic salary than David Beckham was on at LA Galaxy didn't even get a mention. The USA international says he had the "itch" to come home after six-and-a-half years in [.

Video: Barcelona star Neymar takes a dive at Nike promo

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Barcelona new boy Neymar ended up in a heap in the floor after falling over during a Nike promotional event in Bangkok. Proving that Jermaine Jenas didn't know he was born when he complained about being in a goldfish bowl, the Brazilian star was expected to dribble round in circles at full speed on a [.

Private Eye sums up the Wayne Rooney transfer speculation in two paragraphs

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As ever, Private Eye sums up most modern sports journalism better than anyone else... pic.twitter.com/4ozGWh18kS Mick Collins (@MickPCollins) July 25, 2013 Satirical magazine Private Eye has given its take on the Wayne Rooney transfer saga. It's probably the most reliable piece of transfer news you'll read this month.

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna happy to cover at right-back

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Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has said he's happy to fill in at centre-back when needed this season. The France international said he would rather be at full-back but is happy to play wherever he is needed. Gooners aren't exactly looking for excuses for the club to avoid buying new players right now, so perhaps Sagna's [.

Arsenal and Spurs target Bernard is in London

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Brazil international Bernard, reportedly a transfer target for both Arsenal and Spurs, is currently in London. The £22m rated midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to the Gunners and, to a lesser extent, their north London rivals. Now he's posted this photograph on Instagram three hours ago at the time of writing [.

Video: Man Utd drive round Stockholm on a Wayne Rooney-themed bus

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Manchester United have arrived in Sweden for tonight's pre-season friendly against AIK without Wayne Rooney. Well, without the real thing at least. While Wazza was absent in body, he was certainly there in spirit because he was at the centre of huge photo montages on both sides of the team bus. Rooney, who has not [.

Luis Suarez can’t be leaving Liverpool yet: he’s done a big shop!

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Liverpool fans will clutch just about any straw right now for an indication that Luis Suarez will stay at Anfield. So try this on for size... The Uruguayan star has been pictured with a trolley full of shopping at a Tesco supermarket on Merseyside. The 26-year-old had daughter Delfina with him and was definitely stocking [.

Man City striker Sergio Aguero offers to bankroll Independient transfer spree, gets ignored

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Sergio Aguero has offered to buy and pay five new players for his former side Independiente but the offer has been ignored, according to his dad. The Manchester City striker is said to have promised to play the part of Sheik Mansour and bankroll a spending spree for the Argentinian team. Yet Independiente never came [.

Spurs ditch Gareth Bale from Twitter

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Tottenham have scrapped Gareth Bale from the background of their official Twitter account. The Welshman and Clint Dempsey once stood either side of their tweets. But they have now been swapped in favour of Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon. Dempsey's removal was inevitable after his departure to Seattle Sounders last week.

Al-Qaeda wades in on Gareth Bale transfer with anti-semitic attack on Spurs

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Al-Qaeda have become involved in the transfer rumours linking Gareth Bale with a switch to Real Madrid by launching an anti-semitic attack on Tottenham. Reports in the Italian media claim that the leader of a Yemeni Al-Qaeda cell, Ahmed Al Dossari, has used Spurs' negotiations with Real as an excuse for a rant about Jews.

Chelsea skipper John Terry plays in goal, ambulance awaits

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Then it's the turn of the captain to make a flying save! #CFCUSA pic.twitter.com/mRXZMHcvni Gigi Salmon (@gigi_salmon) August 5, 2013 Chelsea captain John Terry didn't have the best injury record last season. That probably explains why, when he decided to become a goalkeeper during the Blues' pre-season tour of the USA, an ambulance was [.

Newcastle linked with £5m move for Liverpool’s Stewart Downing

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Liverpool winger Stewart Downing is set to join Newcastle in a £5m deal. The former Aston Villa man would complete the set of north-east clubs having previously played for Middlesbrough and on-loan at Sunderland. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds are preparing to take a huge loss on the £20m they paid for the [.

Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic will miss start of new season

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Matija Nastasic will miss the start of the new season with an ankle injury. The Manchester City centre-back was stretchered off during his side's pre-season clash with Sunderland in Hong Kong last month. City have been assessing the injury since then and it is now confirmed that he will be out of action for at [.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp interviewed through a car window in BT Sport studio

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The battle is on between Sky Sports and BT Sport for football fans' affection. It's safe to say that it's no coincidence that, on BT Sport's launch day, Sky Sports visited every league club in England for special reports. BT Sport have taken their first shot on their rivals with a bit of help from [.

Kitman: New Everton away kit launched

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Everton have launched their new away kit for the forthcoming campaign. In a slightly strange move, it contains a lot of blue, which will presumably preclude it from being worn in many of the matches for which the home kit is deemed unsuitable. So... we're not quite sure when the Toffees will wear this.

Video: Wayne Rooney is the world’s first test-tube burger

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has faced jibes about his weight throughout his career, but this is probably the first time he's been referred to as a test-tube burger. A muddle in the Sky News studios resulted in Rooney being referred to by host Kay Burley as the world's first test-tube burger.

Video: Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton gives you a scare

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Spurs have been recording their video penpics for TV stations to run during the forthcoming campaign. Defender Kyle Naughton took the opportunity to give you a bit of a fright...

GIF It: Police horse tramples steward at Preston vs Blackpool

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Preston's Capital One Cup victory over fierce rivals Blackpool was marred by a pitch invasion that resulted in a steward being trampled by a police horse. The steward was attempting to block a fan from getting further onto the pitch and ended up being bumped to the ground by the police horse on the left [.

Monkey gesture / chicken dance Sunderland fan given three-year banning order

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A Sunderland fan photographed making a monkey gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku has been given an 18-month conditional discharge and been banned from football matches for three years. Liam Jones, aged 22, admitted causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress during the Black Cats' home defeat to West Bromich Albion in November 2012.

Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome charged by the FA over betting offences

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Cameron Jerome has been charged by the FA for a number of betting offences The Stoke City striker has admitted the charges in relation to breaches of the FA's rules on betting. The FA will not set a date for an independent commission to hear Jerome's case and decide on appropriate action. The news was [.

Spurs complete Roberto Soldado signing

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Welcome to Spurs, Roberto! More on the signing of @R9Soldado > http://t.co/bN3Gxz2MUL #THFC pic.twitter.com/chcIy96wTT Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 5, 2013 Tottenham have officially completed the signing of Roberto Soldado. The former Valencia striker was already a Spurs player in all but name, but has not completed a medical and finalised his deal.

Wayne Rooney misses Man Utd’s final pre-season tour match with ‘shoulder injury’

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.@WayneRooney misses out on the final #mutour match due to a shoulder injury sustained at the weekend. David Moyes: "It's not too serious." Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 5, 2013 Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United's pre-season friendly against AIK tomorrow with a shoulder injury. The England international, who was the subject of a £25m [.

Luis Suarez DID acknowledge Liverpool fans at open training session

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@EurosportCom_EN @Richard_Buxton_ Really?... pic.twitter.com/ibzd11fvxF Paul Gannon (@Paul_Gannon) August 5, 2013 Photos have emerged showing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez did acknowledge Liverpool fans at an open training session at Anfield this morning. Reports suggested that the 26-year-old had received a warm reception from the 5,000 supporters gathered to watch the session, but that the Uruguay [.

Gerard Pique dismisses talk of Cesc Fabregas moving to Manchester United

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Barcelona and ex-Manchester United defender Gerard Pique has rejected suggestions that team-mate Cesc Fabregas will join his former club this summer. Like Fabregas, Pique left Barcelona at a young age to join a Premier League side, only for both to return to their boyhood club as first-team players. And having seen Fabregas make the move [.

Philippe Coutinho outselling Steven Gerrard in personalised Liverpool replica shirts

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Liverpool are selling more replica shirts bearing Philippe Coutinho's name than Steven Gerrard's, the club has confirmed. 'Coutinho 10′ shirts are outselling 'Gerrard 8′ jerseys as Reds supporters expect the January signing to become their star player in his first full season in the Premier League.

Video: Israeli president Shimon Peres fires the ball at Lionel Messi’s crotch

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Shimon Peres made a mockery of Barcelona's pre-season 'Peace Tour' of the Middle East by launching a surface-to-crotch missile attack an Lionel Messi. The Israeli president proved that his footballing ability is not quite on par with Messi's. Tasked with the simple task of passing the ball to the Argentine star for a photo opportunity, [.

Man Utd target Cristiano Ronaldo denies he’s renewed his Real Madrid contract

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has denied reports that he has signed a contract extension with the club. Spanish daily Marca reported today that the Portuguese attacker has signed a new five-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu. Under the headline 'White For Life', the paper claimed that Ronaldo has agreed a €17 million-a-season deal with [.

Atletico Nacional midfielder Sebastian Perez due to start Arsenal trial

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Colombian midfielder Sebastian Perez is due to start a trial at Arsenal today. The Atletico Nacional youngster is expected in north London to allow Arsene Wenger to run the rule over him ahead of a potential £5m switch. He caught the eye of Gunners scout while playing for Colombia in the Under-20 FIFA World Cup [.

Liverpool and Arsenal battle for MK Dons youngster Dele Alli

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MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli is reportedly a transfer target for Liverpool and Arsenal. The 6ft 2in 17-year-old is likely to be sold very soon with both clubs interesting in wrapping up a deal before the transfer window closes. But he could be loaned straight back to his current club to ensure he continues to [.

Crystal Palace ahead of Fulham and Newcastle in battle for Aston Villa’s Darren Bent

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Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace are the new frontrunners in the race for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. The England international was expected to join Newcastle, but that deal broke down after a meeting with Magpies director of football Joe Kinnear. Fulham then became the 29-year-old's most likely destination.

Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to discuss Real Madrid’s bid for Spurs star Gareth Bale

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Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to comment on the speculation surround Gareth Bale's future. The Real Madrid superstar would not talk about his side's bid for the Tottenham man, nor discuss Bale's valuation. He said: "Well, I'm not going to speak about that because I'm not the right person to say if he deserves that money, [.

Video: Chelsea 2-0 AC Milan

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Chelsea beat AC Milan 2-0 in their International Champions Cup clash to set-up an immediate reunion with Real Madrid for Jose Mourinho. A cool finish from Kevin De Bruyne and a neat volley from Andre Schurrle secured victory for the Blues. Chelsea now face Real in the final of the pre-season tournament, just months after [.

Video: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’ comedy fall / mazy run

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Fernando Torres gave the first indication that he intends to continue veering between the sublime and the ridculous this season during Chelsea's pre-season victory over AC Milan. The Spaniard managed to fall over the ball while under virtually no pressure whatsoever. But having recovered his footing, he went on a mazy run, beating three Milan [.

QPR striker Loic Remy heading to Newcastle for medical

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Understand that Loic Remy is travelling to Tyneside now for a medical #nufc Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 5, 2013 Loic Remy is on his way to Newcastle United to complete a medical. The QPR striker is heading to Tyneside to undergo the requisite checks and discuss personal terms ahead of a move, according to [.

Chelsea have £25m bid for Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United have rejected a second and improved bid from Chelsea for Wayne Rooney. The offer, made on Sunday night, is believed to have been of £25m plus add-ons. The Blues previously had a bid of £20m rejected by United last month. The 27-year-old England international is reportedly set to hand in a formal transfer [.

Theo Walcott praises new Arsenal team-mate Yaya Sanogo

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has praised new signing Yaya Sanogo, branding him a "strong boy". The England international was speaking after lining up alongside the former Auxerre striker for the first time during the weekend's Emirates Cup matches. Walcott told the club's official website: "He's a strong boy.

Michael Essien and Jose Mourinho celebrated Real Madrid goal by joking about Chelsea pre-season

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Jose Mourino and Michael Essien joked about reporting for Chelsea pre-season training together even as the midfielder celebrated scoring in Real Madrid's final game of last season. Already well aware that he was heading for Stamford Bridge before the new season, then Real Madrid boss Mourinho whispered to Essien that he would see him on [.

Never use capital letters in your Clint Dempsey banner

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Clint Dempsey banners always had the potential for amusement, but this is still bloody brilliant pic.twitter.com/q99hz60fhY Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) August 5, 2013 Seattle Sounders supporters provided some inadvertent entertainment as they welcomed former Tottenham player Clint Dempsey to the club.

Mark Hughes asks for patience as he adapts Stoke’s playing style

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New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has asked supporters for patience as he attempts to get the team playing a different style of football. The brand of football deployed by previous boss Tony Pulis was criticised by opposition managers, most notably Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and often by the Britannia Stadium faithful, too.

Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis embroiled in pay-off dispute after sex scandal

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Bafetimbi Gomis' transfer to Newcastle is being held up by a dispute between the player and his current club Lyon. The French side are due to pay the striker five per cent of any transfer fee as part of his severance package. But they are trying to avoid paying it on the basis that Gomis [...]

American broadcaster NBC create funny advert involving fake Tottenham coach

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American broadcaster NBC has won the rights to show live Premier League football on its network from this season onwards, and they have created a rather wonderful advert to underline their product. It features comedian Jason Sudeikis, who plays Ted Lasso, a 'soccer' coach who takes over at Tottenham and is tasked with training the [.

Video: Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler almost scores in Steven Gerrard’s testimonial

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Robbie Fowler almost marked his return to action in a Liverpool shirt with a goal in front of the Kop. The man known as God at Anfield combined with Steven Gerrard in the closing stages of Gerrard's testimonial match against Olympiacos. A few pounds above his fighting weight, Fowler couldn't quite get on the end [.

Fulham closing in on deal for QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt

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Adel Taarabt has the reputation of being rather lazy, so it is reasonably logical that when he does leave QPR he wouldn't be bothered to journey far. If the bookmakers are correct then the Moroccan won't even leave West London, with the odds slashed on him signing for Fulham. In fairness, it is a transfer [.

Chelsea preparing £40m bid for Man Utd star Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea are set to make a £40m bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. United rejected a £30m bid from the Blues earlier this summer, but Jose Mourinho's side are expected to return with their improved offer later this week, the Daily Mail reports. Rooney has missed all United's pre-season matches so far with a [.

Man Utd line-up Bastian Schweinsteiger as Fabregas alternative

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Manchester United have made Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger their back-up option if a third and final bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas fails this week. United will bid £35m plus £5m in add-ons for Fabregas, with Schweinsteiger waiting in the wings if Barca refuse to do business, the Sunday Mirror reports.

Tottenham’s Clint Dempsey signs for Seattle Sounders

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Clint Dempsey has left Spurs to return to the MLS with Seattle Sounders. The USA international has gone back to his homeland in a deal believed to be roughly the same as the £6m Spurs paid to sign him from Tottenham 12 months ago. The 30-year-old said: "I am very excited about coming back to [...]

Video: Monaco 5-2 Tottenham

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Spurs took a right old thrashing a Harry Kaning, if you will in their pre-season friendly at Monaco. And the scoreline ended up being that most painful of results for Tottenham fans: 5-2. Andrea Raggi scored the only goal of the first-half for the hosts, but strikes from Lucas Ocampos and Radamel Falcao [.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas says Gareth Bale transfer is NOT imminent

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has denied reports that Gareth Bale is on the verge of signing for Real Madrid. But he admitted the two clubs are in discussions about a possible transfer and hit out at Real counterpart Carlo Ancelotti for making that information public. He said: "I think the rumours that anything is [.

Video: Arsenal 2-2 Napoli

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Arsenal came from 2-0 down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Rafa Benitez's Napoli in the Emirates Cup. Lorenzo Insigne and Goran Pandev put the Italian side into the lead. But an Olivier Giroud overhead kick and a Laurent Koscielny goal ensured the match ended in a draw.

Video: Belgian match interrupted by water sprinklers

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Genk's match against Oud-Heverlee Leuven last night was briefly held up when a couple of water sprinklers came on during the game. Play had to be stopped while groundsmen got the unruly sprinklers under control although, coming late in the game, a couple of players took the opportunity to give themselves a bit of a [.

Arsenal old boy Emmanuel Eboue hoping to party at the Emirates

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Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue is looking forward to a party upon his return to his old stomping ground. The Ivory Coast international is back in north London to play in the Emirates Cup with current club Galatasaray and it sounds like he's going to make that cause for celebration. He said: "To be [.

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez ‘surprised’ Liverpool let him sign Pepe Reina

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New Napoli boss Rafa Benitez has revealed his surprise at learning that Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina was available. The Spaniard immediately took his compatriot to Italy on a season-long loan deal. The move came as a surprise to Reina because nobody told him he was being sent to Napoli until the deal was done.

Luis Suarez considers legal action against Liverpool to force Arsenal move

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is considering taking the club to court for blocking his transfer to Arsenal. The Uruguay international might take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, just as he did to ensure his transfer from Groningen to Ajax in 2007, sources close to Suarez told the BBC. The parallels with [.

Gareth Bale signs shirts for Spurs team-mates as he says goodbye

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Some Tottenham players got Gareth Bale to sign their shirts as they bid him an emotional farewell yesterday. The squad jetted out to Monaco for today's friendly. Bale didn't join them, and the squad are not expecting to find him at the training ground upon their return. By that stage he will either be a [.

Real Madrid to bid for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez next week

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Real Madrid are already turning one eye in Luis Suarez's direction now they believe their move for Gareth Bale is in the bag. Once their world transfer record signing of the Tottenham star is completed, the Spanish giants will turn their attention to Suarez. Real were widely expected to be the Uruguayan star's destination the [.

Video: Emmanuel Eboue sings the songs he wants to hear from Arsenal fans

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Arsenal cult hero Emmanuel Eboue has been singing the chants that he wants fans to sing for him when he returns to the Emirates Stadium with Galatasaray this weekend. Eboue burst into a short repertoire of his own chants during an interview with the Gunners' in-house media team. He revealed he wants fans to sing: [.

Arsenal ready to pay £8.5m for Swansea defender Ashley Williams

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Arsenal are preparing to resurrect their attempts to sign Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams. The Daily Mirror reports that the Gunners are back in for the Wales international after getting word that his £10m asking price is negotiable. The Swans would apparently let Williams leave for £8.5m if it meant him getting his shot with one [.

Manchester United move ‘is Cesc Fabregas’ decision’

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New Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino says it will be up to Cesc Fabregas whether he joins Manchester United this summer. Martino said: "I would prefer him to stay with us and I daresay he will, but it's his decision." He was speaking after the Catalans beat Santos 8-0 in yesterday's friendly. He added: "I had [.

GIF It: Luis Suarez again bites his nails on the Liverpool bench

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was once again biting his nails on the bench. The 26-year-old was named as a sub for Steven Gerrard's testimonial match against Olympiacos today. With no sign of a transfer away from Anfield yet, he's still looking a bit nervy.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger won’t comment on Luis Suarez, respects Liverpool

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to comment on his pursuit of Luis Suarez out of respect to Liverpool. Speaking in his press conference ahead of the Emirates Cup, the Gunners boss did not want to find himself drawn into discussion on the potential transfer because he believes the details should remain confidential between the [.

Steven Gerrard: Liverpool’s season depends on Luis Suarez staying

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says the team's success this season will depend on whether Luis Suarez stays or leaves. Where the Uruguayan striker plays his football this season will have a major impact on the Reds' fortunes, Gerrard told a press conference ahead of his testimonial match against Olympiacos tomorrow.

Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher train with Liverpool ahead of Steven Gerrard testimonial

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We can reveal that @Robbie9Fowler and Jamie Carragher will both feature for #LFC in #GerrardTestimonial v Olympiacos on Saturday. Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 2, 2013 Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher both trained with the current first-team today to prepare to play in Steven Gerrard's testimonial.

Alvaro Negredo scores his first Manchester City goal against Bayern Munich

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There is a great deal of pressure at a) being a £20million striker and b) tasked with leading your side to the Premier League title, and so Alvaro Negredo will be thankful for breaking his duck for Manchester City. Negredo missed a few chances during his side's defeat to Bayern Munich in the final of [.

Arsene Wenger says he will spend if it strengthens the Arsenal team

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Arsene #Wenger in the press conference ahead of #EmiratesCup2013 pic.twitter.com/a6iyYxUUuZ Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 2, 2013 Arsene Wenger says he will spend before the transfer window closes as long as it's on player's who will improve his Arsenal squad. Speaking at his press conference ahead of the Emirates Cup clash with Napoli tomorrow, Wenger [.

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp says Gareth Bale “really wants to go” to Real Madrid

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Ex-Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he has heard from more than one source that Gareth Bale wants to join Real Madrid this summer. The 24-year-old is said to have told current manager Andre Villas Boas that he wants to leave during a meeting earlier this week, but he has not officially requested a transfer.

Liverpool make £21m bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa

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Liverpool have launched a £21m bid to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. The offer is said to have triggered a release clause in the 24-year-old striker's contract, which means the Spanish side will have to accept it. The Brazil international, who made his debut for the national team in March this year, scored 10 [.

GIF It: Chelsea’s Juan Mata is terrible at bowling

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Given Juan Mata's ability to thread a throughball you might have thought he'd be decent at 10-pin bowling. Not so. It turns out the Chelsea playmaker's accuracy goes out of the window entirely when he's using his hands instead of his feet. The outstanding GIF has emerged of the Spain international bowling straight into the [.

Tottenham new boy Roberto Soldado hopes Gareth Bale stays, criticises Valencia

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New Tottenham signing Roberto Soldado says he has been watching the Gareth Bale saga unfolding and hopes the club can keep hold of their star winger. Speaking after his £26m transfer from Valencia was completed, the Spain international seemed to suggest that, if Bale does join Real Madrid, it will be up to him and [.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright advises Liverpool’s Luis Suarez not to join the club

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Ian Wright says he cannot understand why Luis Suarez would leave Liverpool for Arsenal. The 26-year-old Uruguayan striker wants Champions League football this season, but ex-England international Wright has echoed the comments of others who think that leaving Anfield for the Emirates is a sideways move.

Video: Inter Milan’s Hugo Campagnaro sent-off for horror tackle on Chelsea’s John Terry

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Chelsea captain John Terry was the victim for once of an outrageous horror tackle during last night's friendly against Inter Milan. Inter's Hugo Campagnaro was sent-off for the reckless stamp on Terry's lower leg. The fact that the ref went straight for the red card in a friendly was an indication of just [.

Tottenham signing Roberto Soldado flies in on Ryanair

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New Spurs signing Roberto Saldado has touched down in the UK after arriving at Stansted Airport on a Ryanair flight yesterday evening. The £26m posed for a photo with Stansted worker and Tottenham fan Steve Smith as he made his way off the plane. Perhaps the funniest aspect of the story is the reaction of [.

Manchester United ‘in advanced talks’ to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid

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Manchester United are on the verge of closing a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Star. In a far-fetched but detailed story, the paper claims that the very public pursuit of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas has been a smokescreen for 12 days of careful negotiations to put the deal [.

Oscar scores golazo for Chelsea against Inter Milan

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Jose Mourinho is a man that we imagine enjoys getting one over on an old club, and his new Chelsea side did exactly that in their friendly in the Lucas Oil stadium in Indianapolis. Despite Mourinho not having players available who played at the Confederations Cup (David Luiz and Juan Mata to name but two), [.

Stoke join Everton, West Brom and Newcastle United in race for Man City’s Scott Sinclair

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Stoke City have joined the host of Premier League clubs battling for Scott Sinclair's signature. Potters boss Mark Hughes wants to raid his former club Manchester City for the 24-year-old winger. Everton, West Brom and Newcastle have already emerged as potential destinations for the £6m-rated former Swansea man.

Coventry City set for liquidation, face 15-point deduction

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Coventry City Football Club Ltd is set for liquidation and the club faces a point deduction of at least 15 points ahead of the new season. A Company Voluntary Agreement was rejected by the company's creditors at a meeting in London this morning. The company one of the companies that forms part of the [.

Manchester United apologise for manner of their appointment of David Moyes

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Many Manchester United fans may be a touch underwhelmed by David Moyes' appointment at Old Trafford, and the club have now issued an apology. However, sulky supporters need not get excited just yet, because United officials have in fact said sorry to Moyes' former club Everton over the appointment. Despite initial claims that the deal [.

GIF It: Wilfried Bony scores his first goals for Swansea vs Malmo

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Swansea debutant Wilfried Bony wasted no time in getting among the goals at his new club. The Ivory Coast international a £12m signing from Vitesse Arnhem scored two goals in tonight's Europa League tie against Swedish side Malmo. Bony scored his goalscorer's instinct to head in his first goal for the club, before [.

GIF It: Swansea’s Michu does a great impersonation of a Hollywood madman

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Despite scoring the only goal of the first-half of Swansea's Europa League clash with Malmo, Michu seemed unsettled as he made his way off the pitch at the interval. The Spaniard appeared to be engaged in lengthy discussions with himself and performing strange twitching movements. All of which left him looking a bit like the [.

Jack Wilshere fondly remembers former Arsenal team-mate Emmanuel Eboue

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been reminiscing about former team-team Emmanuel Eboue ahead of a reunion this weekend. The Gunners face Eboue's Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup on Sunday. The Ivory Coast international was a firm favourite with colleagues and fans alike before leaving for Turkey in 2011.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger proves 63-year-old men always look dodgy on webcams

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Arsene Wenger took part in a Google+ hangout today. The Arsenal boss was involved in a video conference with a panel of Gunners supporters from around the world. And we're not entirely convinced he's a webcam kind of guy. An awkward looking Wenger admits he's a bit nervous as the hangout gets underway, although he [.

Doncaster Rovers sign One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson

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Doncaster have signed boyband singer Louis Tomlinson as a non-contract player. The One Direction star has been given a squad number by his local team and is set to play for the development squad at some point over the coming season. He told the Championship club's official website: "This has always been a childhood dream [.

Video: Fight at Chelsea training session

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Chelsea have been fighting at their pre-season training session in the USA but Blues fans will be relieved to know it was just a play-fight. Ashley Cole and midfielder John Obi Mikel got into a bit of tussle as they warmed up at the start of the session, which ended with the Nigeria international [..

Video: Juventus 1-1 Everton (5-6 on penalties)

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Everton beat Italian giants Juventus on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their International Champions Cup opener in San Francisco. Kevin Mirallas gave the Toffees the lead on the hour mark, but Kwadwo Asamoah levelled 10 minutes from time. The match went to spot-kicks. Leon Osman missed the first penalty of the shootout.

Video: Everton youngster John Stones is cooler than Andrea Pirlo

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Everton's John Stones managed to out-Pirlo Andrea Pirlo in last night's penalty shootout against Juventus. The usually ice cool Italian broke England's nerve with a classy Panenka penalty at Euro 2012. But last night he put his spot-kick wide of the post. It was left to 19-year-old Stones to show him how it should be [.

Jailed Steaua Bucharest owner blocks Spurs’ transfer bid for Vlad Chiriches

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Eccentric Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali has thwarted Tottenham's attempts to sign defender Vlad Chiriches from behind bars. Becali, best known for his racist, sexist and outlandish media outbursts against... well, most people he encounters, is currently serving a three-year jail sentence for corruption.

Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran set for Real Sociedad move

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Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran is set for an unlikely loan move to Spanish side Real Sociedad. The 20-year-old has long been touted as the future of the Blues' engine room, but is yet to stamp his authority on the first-team. After spending last season on loan in the Championship at Middlesbrough, he could be playing [.

Everton and QPR in for former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko

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Former Liverpool star Momo Sissoko could be back on Merseyside next season playing in the blue of Everton. The Toffees and QPR are both said to be interested in the PSG midfielder, who is surplus to requirements at his current club. He spent last season on loan at Fiorentina and would be available for a [.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti ‘waiting to see what happens’ with Gareth Bale

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Carlo Ancelotti says he is waiting to see what happens with Real Madrid's attempts to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham. The new Real boss claimed that his club were "speaking in this moment to find the solution" to the protracted negotiations over Bale's future. He said: "It is very difficult to speak regarding Gareth Bale [.

Everton legend Neville Southall compares Joey Barton to Forrest Gump

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After all, Life is like a box of chocolates... Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 1, 2013 Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has advised his former club not to sign QPR midfielder Joey Barton, who he said is not better than Forrest Gump. Barton has contacted the Toffees asking them to sign him.

Carlo Ancelotti: Luka Modric will not be joining Spurs or Manchester United

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed rumours linking playmaker Luka Modric with a move away from the club. The Croatian star has failed to establish himself as a regular starter since moving to the Bernabeu last summer. That has prompted suggestions that he could be used as a makeweight in a deal taking Gareth [.

Newcastle’s Darren Bent deal collapses, Aston Villa striker scared off by Joe Kinnear

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Newcastle's attempts to sign Darren Bent have fallen through. According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, the deal broke down after a meeting between Bent, his agent and Toon director of football Joe Kinnear when the former Wimbledon manager made it clear he would only be offering Aston Villa £2m for the England international.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard working on Luis Suarez to convince him to stay

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed his talking regularly to Luis Suarez in an attempt to convince the wantaway striker to stay at Anfield. The Uruguay international is desperate to leave the club, with Arsenal his most likely destination. But Gerrard has not yet given up on talking Suarez into committing his future to Liverpool.

Tottenham agree Roberto Soldado deal

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Tottenham have confirmed they have agreed a deal to sign Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. A club statement read: "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Roberto Soldado subject to medical." The 28-year-old Spain international will now undergo that medical before joining Spurs in a deal believed [.

Former Arsenal and England full-back Kenny Sansom reveals he’s homeless and penniless

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Former England international Kenny Samson has revealed alcoholism has left him living on the streets and skint. The ex-Arsenal left-back is a self-confessed drunk who has been sleeping on a park bench. He told The Sun: "I've been living homeless for 10 days. "That's because I've got no money, I'm a drunk, I'm feeling not [.

Video: Nacer Chadli’s first interview as a Spurs player

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Tottenham new boy Nacer Chadli has given his first interview since his transfer from FC Twente and he says Spurs are the right club for him. The left-winger, who looks increasingly like Gareth Bale's replacement, said he was impressed when he visited White Hart Lane to play in a Champions League match in 2010.

Video: Chelsea play piggy-in-the-middle with Romelu Lukaku

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Chelsea have released a short video clip of a training session during their tour of the USA. Striker Romelu Lukaku is piggy-in-the-middle during this keep-ball exercise. The video stops at a key moment, but it looks like possession is about to be turned over.

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez eyes Manchester City’s Gareth Barry

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Rafa Benitez is set to continue his attempt to build a decent Premier League side circa 2008 at new club Napoli with a bid for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry. Former Liverpool boss Benitez has already signed Pepe Reina on a year-long loan deal and yesterday he was linked with a move for Reds defender [.