Off the Post Archives for January 2014

Video: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew looking forward to including Luuk De Jong vs Sunderland

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is relishing the opportunity to unleash new signing Luuk De Jong. The Magpies boss said the Dutchman, signed on loan from German side Borussia Monchengladbach, had trained well since arriving and that he was look forward to naming him in his squad. He told his press conference ahead of the Tyne-Wear [.

Video: Mauricio Pochettino claims Fulham have signed Tottenham’s Lewis Holtby

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As we reported earlier, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino appears to have let the cat out of the bag by claiming in his press conference that Fulham have signed Lewis Holtby from Tottenham. You can see the video evidence above and get the full story here.

Photo: Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Alex Buttner out for lunch

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Video: Arsenal legend Dennis Begkamp has still got it

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Dennis Bergkamp has been proving that class doesn't desert you after you hang up your boots. The Arsenal great, now on the coaching staff at Ajax, scored this sweet volley in training today. A volleying session with Bergkamp as your coach: now that's got to be intimidating!

Video: Man Utd’s Demetri Mitchell on the scoresheet as England U17 lose 1-2 to Belgium

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Manchester United youngster Demetri Mitchell scored England Under-17′s only goal as they lost 1-2 to Belgium this afternoon. The 17-year-old raced onto a through ball and scored with a neat lobbed finish to level the game at 1-1. But a late goal from the Belgians meant the match ended defeat for John Peacock's team.

Mirko Vucinic will not join Arsenal, says agen

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Mirko Vucinic has turned down the chance to join Arsenal. Reports in the Italian media suggested that the Juventus striker would undergo a medical with the Gunners today after a loan deal was thrashed out between the two clubs. An article by Tuttosport came with the caveat that the Montenegro international could still veto the [.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino claims Tottenham’s Lewis Holtby has joined Fulham

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino appears to have let slip that Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has moved to Fulham. Germany international Holtby had been widely tipped to leave Spurs before the transfer window closes, but it had seemed likely he would return to his homeland with Borussia Dortmund or former club Schalke.

Man Utd’s Anderson confronted with suggestions he’s gay at Fiorentina unveiling

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Manchester United midfielder Anderson has had an unusual presentation at Fiorentina during which he was asked to comment on his sexual preferences. The Brazil international was being officially unveiled by the Italian side at the start of his loan spell with them, but was unexpectedly asked to respond to rumours that he is gay.

Video: Angry Aston Villa fan punches metal railing during West Brom win

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Post by The Benchwarmers. Aston Villa eventually secured a 4-3 win over local rivals West Brom last night but it wasn't looking so good when they were 0-2 down after nine minutes. Given the turnaround, this irate Villa fan is probably regretting his decision to punch a metal railing inside the first 10 minutes [.

Aaron Ramsey set to miss Arsenal’s key games vs Liverpool, Man Utd and Bayern Munich

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is likely to miss his side's crucial run of fixtures after suffering an injury setback. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed that the 23-year-old will be out for "some weeks" after hitting problems during his recovery programme. He said: "Ramsey will be out for longer because he had a setback and it doesn't [.

Schalke ‘sure’ that Julian Draxler won’t join Arsenal this month

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Julian Draxler will not be joining Arsenal during the current transfer window. His current club, Schalke, are "sure" that the 20-year-old starlet will stay with them for the rest of the season. Their general manager Horst Heldt said: "I am sure that Julian Draxler will play for us in the second half of the season.

Video: Man Utd target Toni Kroos throws a tantrum after being subbed by Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos fuelled transfer speculation that a move to Manchester United could be on the cards after this petulant response to being subbed at Stuttgart last night. He threw both his gloves at the Bayern bench after being hauled off on the hour-mark. United boss David Moyes scouted Kroos last weekend, when [.

Newcastle and West Ham target Henri Bedimo talks up Premier League move

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Lyon left-back Henri Bedimo has spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League, saying it "fascinates" him. The 29-year-old has previously been linked with moves to Newcastle and West Ham, with the Hammers having a bid for him rejected last January. At that time the Cameroon international was at Montpellier.

Liverpool and Arsenal interested in Barcelona youngster Isaac Cuenca

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Liverpool and Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Barcelona winger Isaac Cuenca. The 22-year-old was considered one of Barca's brightest talents when he broke into the side in the 2011/12 season, but has since seen his progressed halted by a series of knee injuries. He missed the first half of the 2012/13 season through injury [.

Video: West Ham’s Mohamed Diame flies over the hoardings into the Chelsea crowd

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West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame suffered a nasty fall during last night's 0-0 draw at Chelsea. In a desperate attempt to keep the ball in play, the Hammers star lost his balance and went tumbling over the advertising hoardings and into the crowd behind the goal.

Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic to ‘undergo Arsenal medical today’

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Arsenal have reached an agreement with Juventus for the loan signing of Mirko Vucinic and the player will arrive in London today for a medical, according to reports in Italy. The Montenegro international is expected to link-up with the Gunners today after the two clubs agreed a six-month loan deal, according to Tuttosport.

Video: Samuel Eto’o's cheeky disallowed goal (Chelsea 0-0 West Ham)

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Samuel Eto'o appears to have joined Chelsea for a season in English football with the sole intention of providing plenty of material for The Guardian's You Are The Ref series. After his controversial goal against Cardiff earlier this season, the Cameroon international attempted to score another cheeky goal during last night's 0-0 draw at home [.

Feyenoord defender Daryl Janmaat awaits Arsenal bid

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Feyenoord defender Daryl Janmaat is stalling over a new contract at the club in the home of smoothing over a move to Arsenal in the summer, according to reports. The Daily Express claims the Holland international is a possible target for the Gunners. His current contract expires in 2015 and the 24-year-old knows that will [.

Video: Spurs boss Tim Sherwood says Man City are the ‘best team in the league, by a country mile’

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has hailed Manchester City as the best team in the league after watching them complete an 11-1 double over them. The 6-0 drubbing at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season was a major factor in Andre Villas Boas being sacked and Sherwood getting the job. But the new boss could [.

Chelsea ‘agree £12.4m deal’ to sign Saint Etienne’s Kurt Zouma

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Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Saint Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, according to reports in France. Radio station RMC claims the Blues have tied up a €15m (£12.4m) deal for the 19-year-old centre-back and that the youngster has already agreed personal terms. Although the move could be completed during the current transfer window, Zouma [.

Video: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce bangs the desk and laughs at outwitting Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was already delighted after picking up a point at Chelsea last night, but his mood improved even more when he found out that Jose Mourinho had not taken kindly to the Hammers tactics. The Blues boss had accused the Allardyce's side of playing "19th century football" criticism that the [.

Chelsea hold talks over Hadjuk Split youngster Mario Pasalic

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Chelsea have reportedly held talks with Hadjuk Split about signing their £3m-rated youngster Mario Pasalic. The Blues are up against the clock in their attempts to sign the 18-year-old midfielder, with the transfer deadline closing in and Italian side Lazio having launched a bid for Croatia Under-19 international.

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey signs a new contract… as a model

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We will be introducing our board today, first up, check out @aaronramsey http://t.co/zjmGv3gTTG #somethingspecial pic.twitter.com/iZXmjhGJuh Elite London (@Elite_London) January 30, 2014 Ordinarily, Arsenal fans would be worried to learn that midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a contract with anyone other than their club.

Arsenal send chief negotiator to Germany for Julian Draxler talks

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Arsenal have dispatch Dick Law, their chief transfer negotiator, to Germany in an attempt to thrash out a deal for Schalke's Julian Draxler. The Gunners have been linked with the 20-year-old wonderkid throughout the current transfer window. They are now 1/7 on to complete the signing before deadline day.

Newcastle complete loan signing of Luuk De Jong

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CONFIRMED: Newcastle United have completed the loan signing of striker Luuk de Jong http://t.co/2z6ra49LQa #NUFC pic.twitter.com/CX26VidNtP Newcastle United FC (@NUFCOfficial) January 29, 2014 Newcastle have completed the loan signing of Holland international Luuk De Jong. The 23-year-old joins from Borussia Monchengladbach on loan for the remainder of the season, with an £8m transfer lined [.

Everton linked with Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis after Romelu Lukaku injury

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Everton are reportedly interested in signing Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis. The Toffees are ready to act quickly after on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku sustained a suspected ankle ligament injury during last night's defeat to Liverpool. Gomis, aged 28, has persistently been linked with a move to Newcastle in recent months.

Newcastle confirm Yohan Cabaye has been sold to PSG

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Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has completed his transfer to Paris Saint Germain. The fee has not been disclosed, but it is rumoured to be in the region of £20m. The 28-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Ligue 1 champions. Cabaye said: "I was won over by the ambitious project at Paris Saint [.

Gazumped again? Spurs aim to beat Liverpool to Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka

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Tottenham have launched a last-gasp attempt to beat Liverpool to the signing of Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, according to reports in the Ukrainian media. The Tribuna newspaper claims that Spurs have now joined the race for the 24-year-old. The reports suggest that they are preparing to meet a £15m buy-out clause in his contract.

Man Utd scout Arsenal and Liverpool target Dele Alli, of MK Dons

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Manchester United are the latest Premier League side to watch MK Dons youngster Dele Alli. The champions had representatives at Carlisle last night to see the powerful 6ft 2in starlet in action. The 17-year-old has previously been scouted by Arsenal and Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers' side linked particularly strongly with a move during the current [.

Luuk De Jong passes Newcastle medical, deal to be confirmed soon

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Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk De Jong has passed a medical at Newcastle this afternoon and his signing is set to be announced shortly. The 23-year-old had been widely expected to complete a move to Tyneside and that is due to become official later today. It is not clear whether the Netherlands international has formally agreed [.

Video: Tim Sherwood admits Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue could leave Tottenham

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has acknowledged that both Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue could leave Spurs before the end of the transfer window. Asked if the pair were likely to be sold, he said: "Possibly, but I'm happy with the squad we've got and if no-one was to leave then I'd be delighted. "But also, [.

Video: David Moyes says Man Utd will not sign anyone else in January

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Manchester United boss David Moyes says his January business is complete after bringing Juan Mata to Old Trafford. The champions smashed their record transfer fee to capture the Spanish playmaker, and Moyes does not expect any more spending before the end of the transfer window. Asked if anyone else would be arriving this week, he [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘No excuses for Southampton draw’

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is not looking for excuses after his side dropped points at Southampton last night. The Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw at St Mary's last night, and Wenger admitted they were below par. He said: "I don't want to look for any excuses. We were not (at our [...]

Liverpool move for Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka

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Liverpool have launched an attempt to sign Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, according to reports. Both The Times and The Telegraph claim that the Reds are attempting to sign the left-sided player. Brendan Rodgers has turned his attention to the £16m-rated Ukraine international after losing out to Chelsea for Basel's Mohamed Salah.

Gael Kakuta is wasting his career, says Chelsea scout

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The Chelsea scout who brought Gael Kakuta to Stamford Bridge says the young star is wasting his career. Guy Hillion rates the 22-year-old as the best player of his generation, but claims the midfielder's ability is in danger of counting for nothing. The Blues' French scout says Kakuta needs to ask questions of himself after [.

Video: Juan Mata’s individual highlights from his Man Utd debut vs Cardiff

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Manchester United's record transfer signing Juan Mata made a solid start to life at the club with an impressive debut against Cardiff City last night. He marked his first game with an assist, albeit by default as he passed the ball to Ashley Young ahead of the England winger's stunning solo effort. After the game [.

Video: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hails ‘brilliant team performance’ against Everton

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with a "brilliant team performance" from his team in last night's Merseyside derby thrashing of Everton. The Reds emerged comfortable 4-0 winners and Rodgers praised the group effort from his players. He said: "We had a brilliant team performance. "It was really good defensive organisation, outstanding on the counter-attack [.

Liverpool fans make ‘Luis Suarez could nutmeg a mermaid’ banner, Man Utd fans claim it’s stolen from them

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An excellent banner proclaiming 'Luis Suarez could nutmeg a mermaid' was spotted in the crowd during last night's game between Liverpool and Everton. As well as no doubt raising a smirk from almost everyone who saw it, it also provoked an online squabble between Liverpool fans and Manchester United supporters as to who could lay [.

Newcastle launch £13m bid for Lyon’s Clement Grenier

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Newcastle have made a bid for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier as they seek to find a replacement for Paris Saint Germain-bound Yohan Cabaye. The fee offered has not been disclosed, but it is rumoured to be in the region of £13m. The Magpies lodged their offer for the 23-year-old on Wednesday morning.

Video: Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor working hard in the gym ahead of Man City clash

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Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been doing his best to change public perception about his work-rate in recent weeks. His performances and goals since Tim Sherwood took over as Spurs boss have suggested that the Togo international means business. And he's taken it to the next level by publishing this video of a [.

Reports: Liverpool ‘agree fee’ for Yevhen Konoplyanka

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Liverpool have a agreed an €18m fee to sign Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka, according to reports in Ukraine. Rumours of the Reds interest in the 24-year-old winger broke this morning, with manager Brendan Rodgers having promised a big signing before the end of the transfer window when he spoke last night.

GIF It: Adam Lallana makes it Southampton 2-2 Arsenal

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It's end-to-end at St Mary's! The scores are level again at 2-2 after Adam Lallana's equaliser for Saints.

Video: Ashley Young’s great goal (technically a Juan Mata assist) for Man Utd vs Cardiff

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Technically speaking, Juan Mata has got his first Manchester United assist on his debut. But the goal was all about Ashley Young.

GIF It: Luis Suarez makes is Liverpool 4-0 Everton

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It's going from bad to humiliating for Everton. Luis Suarez has added a fourth goal for Liverpool in tonight's Merseyside derby. The Uruguayan star ran from inside his own half before slotting past keeper Tim Howard.

Video: Daniel Sturridge’s comedy penalty miss (Liverpool vs Everton)

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GIF It: Daniel Sturridge scores his second goal (Liverpool 3-0 Everton)

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Daniel Sturridge has grabbed his second goal in a matter of minutes to give Liverpool a 3-0 lead over local rivals Everton. The Toffees defence was beaten by a simple, straight ball. Sturridge got himself on the end of it and lobbed the ball over Tim Howard. Hard to see a way back for Roberto [...]

GIF It: Olivier Giroud equalises for Arsenal vs Southampton

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After a disappointing first-half against Southampton, Arsenal have made the best possible start to the second-half. Striker Olivier Giroud cancelled out Jose Fonte's opener.

GIF It: Santi Cazorla gives Arsenal the lead vs Southampton

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Arsenal have managed a quick-fire turnaround at Southampton. After going in 1-0 down at the break, they took the lead on 53mins courtesy of Santi Cazorla.

GIF It: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard heads them into the lead vs Everton

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Liverpool have taken the lead in tonight's Merseyside derby against Everton. Captain Steven Gerrard headed in at the near post after Gareth Barry slip had somehow managed to take out most of the Toffees' defence.

GIF It: Daniel Sturridge makes it Liverpool 2-0 Everton

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Daniel Sturridge has doubled Liverpool's lead in tonight's Merseyside derby against Liverpool. The England international found himself in acres of spaces with loads of time and easily converted to score his 15th goal of the season.

Video: Jose Fonte gives Southampton the lead vs Arsenal

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Video: Chelsea youngster Dom Solanke grabs a brace (England U17 2-1 Belgium U17)

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Video: Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie arrive for Man Utd vs Cardiff

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Juan Mata has arrived at Old Trafford where he is expected to make his Manchester United debut against Cardiff this evening. Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, both of whom have been tipped for surprise comebacks from their injuries in tonight's game, were also filmed arriving.

Tim Sherwood wary of scaring Spurs players with Man City horror stories

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is trying to avoid scaring his players with reminders of their 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City earlier this season. The two sides meet again tomorrow evening, but Sherwood is worried that attempts to use the previous clash as motivation could backfire. He said: "You might scare them, when you want to [.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini: Spurs, Everton, Liverpool or Man Utd could win the title

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has denied that this season's Premier League is a three-horse race and he namechecked Tottenham, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United as possible title contenders. While there is an element of damning with faint praise about suggesting that United are not out of contention yet, Pellegrini believes that things can [.

Photos: Blackpool’s Tom Ince and dad Paul at Stoke’s training ground

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Blackpool winger Tom Ince has been photographed at Stoke's training ground ahead of a possible loan move.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini tips Juan Mata to transform Man Utd’s season

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PRESS CONFERENCE: The boss provides an update ahead of tomorrow's trip to Spurs. Updates to follow... #mcfc pic.twitter.com/s9HBwzhAbg Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 28, 2014 Manchester United have bought a very good player in Juan Mata, according to Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean tipped the former Chelsea star to become a game-changer [.

Gamble on your phone during tonight’s Premier League football

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We're all expecting fireworks in tonight's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Everton. When you think of the Merseyside derby the all-action thrillers immediately spring to mind. The 4-4 epic from the 1991 FA Cup fifth round, Liverpool's dramatic 2-3 win in 2001 and Graeme Sharp's memorable winner for the Toffees in 1984.

Newcastle and Paris Saint Germain agree £20m fee for Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye

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Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is on the verge of joining Paris Saint Germain in a £20m deal. The two clubs have agreed on a £19m fee with clauses and add-ons included that could take the total amount payable beyond £20m. The French champions previously had a £14m offer rejected over the weekend, but returned with [.

Chelsea consider late January bids for Marseille’s Giannelli Imbula and Florian Thauvin

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Chelsea scouts watched Marseille's game against Monaco on Sunday evening amid reports that they could try to snap-up youngsters Giannelli Imbula and Florian Thauvin in the current transfer window. The Marseille duo are among Europe's most highly-rated youngsters in Europe and the Blues have been credited with interest in both players in recent months.

Monaco linked with Man Utd’s Javier Hernandez and Southampton’s Dani Osvaldo

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French giants Monaco are reportedly weighing up moves for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez or Southampton forward Dani Osvaldo after the serious injury suffered by Radamel Falcao. The Colombia international is likely to miss the rest of the season with the serious knee injury he sustained last week, and the Ligue 1 side are considering [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger continues fixture feud with Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho (sounds a bit like ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez)

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has brought a little bit of former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez back to the Premier League with a press conference speech about facts. The Gunners boss didn't sound quite as unhinged as fellow fact fanatic Benitez at the time of his rant about Sir Alex Ferguson, but Wenger was eager to [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: Losing out to Chelsea for Mohamed Salah was ‘difficult to take’

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BR on transfers by LFCmostar Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits it was "difficult to take" when Chelsea pipped him to the signing of Mohamed Salah. The Reds were the favourites to sign the 21-year-old from Basel throughout the current transfer window until the Blues decided to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United and found [.

Borussia Monchengladbach’s Luuk De Jong travelling to Newcastle for a medical

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Luuk #deJong trainiert heute nicht mit der #Fohlenelf . Der Angreifer macht sich gerade auf den Weg zum Medizincheck nach Newcastle. Borussia (@borussia) January 28, 2014 Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk De Jong is on his way to Newcastle for a medical, the German club has confirmed. The Holland international has been widely linked with [.

Photo: ITV news confuses Man Utd signing Juan Mata with Sir Paul McCartney

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There was some element of Beatlemania about Manchester United waiting for Juan Mata to arrive from Chelsea by helicopter last week. Perhaps that explains why ITV News mistakenly captioned the Spain international as Sir Paul McCartney.

Borussia Dortmund favourites to land £5m Lewis Holtby from Tottenham

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Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund have emerged as the favourites to sign Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby. The £5m-rated Germany international has struggled to hold down a place in the Spurs team since arriving at White Hart Lane from Schalke 12 months ago. He had been tipped to make a return to his former club, but [.

Olivier Giroud jokes that he’s buying a new player for Arsenal

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is so desperate for someone to share his workload that he's considering buying a new forward for the club out of his own pocket. The Frenchman was snapped tucking a thick envelope into his pocket and joked that he had got the readies to make a new signing. Posting the photo [.

West Ham new boy Antonio Nocerino touts himself for Chelsea game

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PIC: Italy international Antonio Nocerino meets #WHUFC captain Kevin Nolan #COYI pic.twitter.com/a0Yp1Ma05j West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) January 27, 2014 New West Ham signing Antonio Nocerino has made it clear that he is happy to be thrown in at the deep end against Chelsea tomorrow. The AC Milan midfielder only completed his loan move [.

Video: Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel gets his head stapled at Bournemouth

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It looks like Bournemouth's media team are on a campaign to weed out squeamish YouTube subscribers. Fate and their behind-the-goal camera presented the Cherries with a video of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel getting his head stapled back together during last weekend's FA Cup fourth round clash. And they've now published said video online [.

Branislav Ivanovic tips ‘brother’ Nemanja Matic to be a success at Chelsea

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Nemanja Matic will become one of Chelsea's most important players in the coming years, according to team-mate and Serbia international colleague Branislav Ivanovic. The Blues right-back is delighted to have a player he says is like a brother to him back at Stamford Bridge. Matic, a recent £21m signing from Benfica, put in an impressive [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho turns up to his press conference drinking champagne

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Jose Mourinho has toasted the journalists present with a glass of champagne to celebrate his birthday. #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 28, 2014 We're not suggesting that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is taking three points for granted against West Ham tomorrow, but he turned up to his pre-match press conference ahead of the game [.

Fixing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s zip is ‘top priority’, says Puma

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@Abdidi That is on the top of the priority list. No worries! PUMA Football (@pumafootball) January 27, 2014 Puma have announced that fixing Arsene Wenger's troublesome zip is their top priority after being announced as Arsenal's new kit supplier. Seeing Wenger wrestle with his Nike puffa jacket has become something of a Premier League [.

Video: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants four-point lead over Everton

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to use tomorrow's Merseyside derby to open up a four-point gap ahead of rivals Everton. The Reds boss says he expects an intense match, but is confident of emerging with all three points. He said: "I think it's a very important game, we look to get the victory that puts [.

Video: Spurs defender Vlad Chiriches falls over drunk

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Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches appears to have enjoyed a big night out in his native Romania at the weekend. With Spurs out of the FA Cup, the centre-back was free to head back to Bucharest for a drink or two. The 24-year-old was filmed using a wall to help him stay upright. But as soon [...]

Video: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew warns against selling Yohan Cabaye

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has warned that the club must "protect" against the dangers of selling Yohan Cabaye amid reports that representatives from Paris St Germain are on Tyneside to complete a deal for the midfield star. The French champions had a £14m bid rejected over the weekend, but have apparently dispatched deal-makers to Newcastle [.

Arsene Wenger ‘will sign new Arsenal contract’

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will sign a new contact at the club, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis. The club are certain that Wenger will extend his stay at the club his 17-year stint at the helm and will announce a new contract when the time is right. Gazidis said: "We've always supported him.

Video: Man Utd’s Juan Mata explains Chelsea exit

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Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata has been explaining his departure from former club Chelsea. The 25-year-old told media gathered for his United unveiling that the last six months of his Blues career had been difficult. He said: "Well, I think it's football in football everything is possible.

Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie return to Man Utd training

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.@WayneRooney, @FellainiM and @Persie_Official all trained today ahead of #mufc vs @CardiffCityFC, David Moyes has confirmed. Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 27, 2014 Injured Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie both returned to Manchester United training today, manager David Moyes has agreed.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes ‘never believed’ he would be able to sign Juan Mata from Chelsea

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says he was thrilled at signing Juan Mata even if he was surprised that Chelsea were prepared to sell the Spaniard. He said: "I'm thrilled. I got wind of it a month or two ago that it could be a possibility and I never really believed that we would [...]

Arsenal confirm Puma as new kit suppliers

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Arsenal have confirmed that Puma will replace long-term kit suppliers Nike for next season. In an announcement that had been widely expected following a series of leaked images, the Gunners confirmed a £150m kit partnership deal with Puma. The deal was welcomed by Arsene Wenger in a slightly sinister video address.

Man Utd boss David Moyes promises ‘more signings like Juan Mata’

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David Moyes on further signings after Mata: "There'll be more players like Juan in the future. There's no doubt about that." #mufc Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 27, 2014 Manchester United will be making more big-money signings after the arrival of Juan Mata, according to manager David Moyes. Speaking at the official presentation of United's [.

Juan Mata will wear number 8 at Manchester United

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BREAKING: @JuanMata10 will wear the no.8 shirt for Manchester United. #mufcmata pic.twitter.com/Isblh1HqXO Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 27, 2014

Top 10 FA Cup fourth round conclusions

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1. It's come to something when the biggest shock of the round involves the holders winning their tie. 2. Manchester City's 'lull them into a false sense of security tactics, work just as well against Watford as they did against Bayern Munich. 3. Chelsea's Oscar looked like he had been working on a set-piece that [.

Hugo Lloris hints he’ll quit Tottenham if they miss out on Champions League qualification

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Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says he will have to consider his options if the club don't finish in the top four this season. The France international is targeted Champions League qualification, saying that is the target for him and his team-mates during the current campaign. He admitted he would have to reassess the situation if [.

Liverpool scout Man Utd target Saul Niguez

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Liverpool scouts watched Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez last night. The 19-year-old, who is on loan at Rayo Vallecano, was in action against parent club Atletico Madrid. The Reds' scouting team didn't see the youngster at his best. He was played out of position at centre-back, scored an own goal and picked up a yellow card [.

West Ham set to return with improved bid for Leeds’ Ross McCormack today

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West Ham will make a second bid for Leeds captain Ross McCormack today, according to media reports. The Daily Mail claims that the Hammers will offer £5m to secure the Scotland international's service. Leeds turned down a £3.1m offer last Friday. The revised offer will comprise a £4m fee plus £1m of add-ons dependent on [.

Chelsea reach ‘verbal agreement’ to beat Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd to Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa

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Chelsea are set to beat a host of Premier League rivals to the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa after reaching a "verbal agreement" to sign him, according to reports. The Daily Express claims the Blues have agreed to meet the 25-year-old's £32m buy-out clause in the summer. Atletico have reportedly accepted that the [.

Paris Saint Germain bid for Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj

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Manchester United have rejected a bid from Paris Saint Germain for winger Adnan Januzaj. The French champions made a 'significant offer' for the 18-year-old during the current transfer window, The Guardian reports. That was immediately turned down by United, who have told PSG they do not want to negotiate and have no interest in selling [.

Everton’s Leighton Baines ends Man Utd speculation by signing new contract

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BREAKING: Defender Leighton Baines has signed a new long-term contract #EFC Everton (@Everton) January 27, 2014 Everton left-back Leighton Baines has signed a new contract at the club. The England international has put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at Goodison Park for the next four years.

Sam Allardyce backs West Ham’s new signings to settle quickly ahead of Chelsea game

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes his new signings, Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello will adapt quickly to life in the Premier League. Speaking ahead of the Premier League clash with Chelsea, the Hammers boss tipped the Italian loan signing to hit the ground running in English football. He said: "It's not the weather, it's [.

Video: Antonio Nocerino tries his West Ham shirt on for size

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New West Ham signing Antonio Nocerino has been wearing the club's claret and blue shirt for the first time. The Hammers released this video of the Italy international, who has joined on loan from AC Milan for the rest of the season, trying on their kit.

Chelsea’s Michael Essien completes AC Milan move

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Michael #Essien has signed a contract until June 30, 2015! Welcome @MichaelEssien AC Milan (@acmilan) January 27, 2014 Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has finalised his switch to AC Milan. Despite reports in the Italian media that the Ghana international had failed a medical over the weekend, he has now completed his move.

Man Utd consider bid for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye

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Manchester United are weighing up a bid for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, according to reports. The Guardian claims that the champions are considering an offer for the France international, who is valued at £25m by the Magpies. United boss David Moyes is keen to strengthen his midfield during the current transfer window.

‘Andow’ – the artist formerly known as Man Utd’s Anderson – makes his Fiorentina debut

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Manchester United midfielder Anderson has come on for the first appearance of his loan spell at Fiorentina in this evening's game against Genoa. The big-boned Brazilian was test-driving his new name. He was wearing 'Andow 88′ on the back of his shirt.

Schalke ‘can’t exclude’ selling Julian Draxler to Arsenal

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Schalke have revealed that they can no longer rule out losing Julian Draxler to Arsenal during the current transfer window. Sporting director Horst Heldt has previously maintained a tough stance that the youngster would not be sold this month. But he is no longer so confident of keeping the 20-year-old.

Newcastle reject £14m bid from PSG for Yohan Cabaye

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Newcastle have turned down a £14m for midfielder Yohan Cabaye from French champions Paris Saint Germain. The big-spending Ligue 1 side have been linked with a move for Cabaye for some time, but this is the first time that they have made a firm offer. Cabaye, aged 28, has been in sensational form for the [.

Photo: Mohamed Salah poses with a Chelsea shirt

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Mohamed Salah Officially in @chelseafc صور توقيع محمد صلاح فى تشلسى pic.twitter.com/0HxMf89sIu Mohamed Salah (@momosalah22) January 26, 2014

Newcastle close to Luuk De Jong deal as Papiss Cisse prepares to leave

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Newcastle are reportedly on the verge of offloading misfiring striker Papiss Cisse and will use the proceeds to sign Holland international Luuk de Jong as his replacement. Cisse is expected to move to Turkey, with Besiktas and Trabzonspor the favourites to sign the Senegal international. The 28-year-old has scored just one goal this season and [.

Video: Chelsea pay tribute to Juan Mata after his departure to Man Utd

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After selling Juan Mata to Manchester United, Chelsea proved the Spaniard left on the best of terms by running this tribute piece to him on their in-house TV station.

Chelsea confirm they have beaten Liverpool to Mohamed Salah signing

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Welcome to our new number 15, Mohamed Salah... http://t.co/PmzVaKOyE7 #CFC pic.twitter.com/U9OYNhoCaX Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 26, 2014 Chelsea have officially completed the signing of Basel's Mohamed Salah in a deal rumoured to be worth £11m. The Egyptian has signed a five-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City face Chelsea in FA Cup fifth round

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Manchester City will face Chelsea at home in the FA Cup fifth round. More to follow.

EPL fans vs NFL fans: which are the best?

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In the global showdown between American football and European football, which sport has the bigger following? Football is one of the most popular sports in the entire world, but Americans play the sport much differently from the rest of the world. Although there are major differences in how the sports are played, are there also [.

Why Cristiano Ronaldo deserved the Ballon d’Or

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Fresh off of being chosen as the top footballer in the world and winning the second FIFA Ballon d'Or of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo is one hot commodity. However, among all of the greats playing the game today, CR7 still has some of the most vocal critics. The image he has created for himself doesn't [.

Video: Oscar fires Chelsea into the lead against Stoke with a free-kick

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Juan Mata completes move from Chelsea to Man Utd

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Medical complete, deal done. @JuanMata10 is a Red! #mufcmata http://t.co/DmXTk5z44e pic.twitter.com/TjgzjPhWvl Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 25, 2014 Juan Mata is officially a Manchester United player after his £37.1m move from Chelsea was confirmed late yesterday evening. The news was announced by both club and player on their Twitter accounts.

Video: Ex-Chelsea man Juan Mata’s first interview as a Manchester United player

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Following the news that Juan Mata is now officially a Manchester United player, the Spaniard has given his first interview since completing the transfer. The former Chelsea star spoke to the club's in-house TV channel about his move. He said: "It's an amazing club, it's a massive club and I feel very proud to be [.

Liverpool linked with £12.4m Benfica youngster Andre Gomes

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Liverpool's hunt for midfield options goes on, with the Reds reportedly weighing up a £12.4m move for Benfica's Andre Gomes. Brendan Rodgers appears to have been banking on Basel's Mohamed Salah becoming his main January signing but, having lost out to Chelsea, is now looking at other options. That's taken them to 20-year-old Gomes.

Arsenal ‘to sign Schalke’s Julian Draxler this week’

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Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler this week, according to reports. The Mail on Sunday claims that negotiations are still ongoing between the two clubs, but the 20-year-old has made it clear that he wants to make the switch this month and all parties are committed to getting the [.

Top 10 most expensive Manchester United signings

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Medical complete, deal done. @JuanMata10 is a Red! #mufcmata http://t.co/DmXTk5z44e pic.twitter.com/TjgzjPhWvl Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 25, 2014 1. Juan Mata (£37.1m from Chelsea, January 2014) The brand-new record signing after completing his move to United today. Yes, the price tag was inflated by United's desperation and Chelsea not really caring if they sold him [.

Chelsea’s Michael Essien fails AC Milan medical

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Michael Essien has failed a medical at AC Milan, according to reports. Italian newspaper La Repubblica claims the Chelsea midfielder did not pass the Serie A side's tests and his move is now likely to collapse. Milan made a big deal of the 31-year-old's arrival on Friday, announcing that he was arriving to finalise his [.

West Ham complete signings of Marco Boriello and Antonio Nocerino

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PIC: West Ham United are delighted to confirm their second signing of the day as Marco Borriello joins on loan #COYI pic.twitter.com/i5KcuXehmX West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) January 25, 2014 West Ham have completed the signing of Italian duo Antonio Nocerino and Marco Boriello. Both players completed their loan moves to Upton Park this [.

Man Utd bid £22.5m for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, hope to gazump Chelsea

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is aiming to splash more cash after launching a £22.5m bid for Southampton full-back Luke Shaw. The 18-year-old is United's next big-money target after they confirmed the £37m signing of Chelsea's Juan Mata, subject to a medical. Shaw has been outstanding for the Saints since they returned to the Premier [.

Photo: Man Utd boss David Moyes scouts Borussia Monchengladbach’s Patrick Herrmann

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Manchester United manager David Moyes was a spectator at last night's game between Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich. Although Bayern defender Dante was quoted as saying he had been in discussions with United about a possible move, it was reportedly Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann who was the subject of Moyes' scouting mission.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ‘always complaining’

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Jose Mourinho says he is not surprised that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is complaining about Chelsea's decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United because he is always complaining. The Blues manager said it is "normal" for Wenger to have complaints. He told his press conference: "Wenger complaining is normal because he always does.

Video: Man Utd wind-up merchant gets Chelsea fans to discuss fictional transfer targets

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A Manchester United fan went to Stamford Bridge to discuss all the latest transfer speculation with Chelsea supporters. Unfortunately, none of the players he wants to talk about actually exist. But that doesn't stop Blues fans talking at length about what the fictional transfer targets might bring to the team!

Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen have a kickabout with a pack of cigarettes

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Spurs stars Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen have been booting around a packet of cigarettes as part of the Cigarette In The Bin Challenge for the Get To Know Cancer. Unfortunately, like many of these challenges dreamed up in marketing departments, it turned out it's actually pretty difficult even more professional footballers.

Liverpool aim for Xherdan Shaqiri after losing out to Chelsea for Mohamed Salah

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Liverpool are reportedly planning an ambitious bid to bring Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield. The Reds were beaten to the signing of Basel's Mohamed Salah, a long-term target, by Chelsea this week and Brendan Rodgers is now weighing up other options. Switzerland international Shaqiri, aged 22, has emerged as a new target, according to [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes sat by Toni Kroos’ agent during scouting mission

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Manchester United boss David Moyes was on a scouting trip to Borussia Monchengladbach's game against Bayern Munich last night. While Monchengladbach's Patrick Herrmann had been reported as the main reason for Moyes' visit, it has now emerged that he entered the stadium with and sat next to Sascha Breese.

Thrifty Chelsea fan converts Mata shirt into Matic ahead of Juan’s Man Utd move

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As their player of the season two years in a row, many Chelsea fans have Juan Mata's name on the back of their replica shirts. But there's no need to throw said shirts away just because the Spain international is on the verge of joining Manchester United. One enterprising Blues supporter has demonstrated just how [.

Wayne Rooney set to snub Chelsea to sign new Man Utd contract

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is in contract talks over a new deal that would see him stay at the club for the rest of his career. The 28-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea last summer amid reports that he had asked to leave Old Trafford at the end of last season. [...]

Photo: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez drinks ‘mate’ from his fancy calabash gourd

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PHOTO: @luis16suarez arrives at the ground ahead of today's fourth-round tie with Bournemouth pic.twitter.com/KopZ1MGLtA Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 25, 2014 You can keep your energy drinks: Luis Suarez has arrived for Liverpool's game against Bournemouth today sipping a traditional South American drink called 'mate'.

Photo: Chelsea’s Juan Mata arrives at Man Utd, welcomed by David Moyes

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Mata was greeted by #mufc boss David Moyes after he touched down by helicopter. #mufcmata pic.twitter.com/VLVCee9rIp Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 25, 2014 Juan Mata's three-day helicopter journey is finally at and end. Manchester United fans have been waiting for the Chelsea playmaker's chopper to touch down at their Carrington training base since Thursday.

Emmanuel Frimpong asks to leave Arsenal

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Emmanuel Frimpong has asked to leave Arsenal during the current transfer window, according to Sky Sports. The 22-year-old was once considered to be the Gunners' future holding midfielder. But a series of injuries coupled with the player arguably not progressing to the level Arsenal were hoping has seen him fade from the first-team picture.

West Ham bid for Leeds skipper Ross McCormack

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West Ham have launched a £3.1m bid for Leeds captain Ross McCormack, according to reports. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has moved for the Scotland international as he attempts to add more attacking thrust to his side. McCormack is the Championship's top scorer with 18 goals already this season, and Allardyce would love to add that [.

Chelsea’s Michael Essien due in Italy to complete AC Milan switch

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Michael #Essien is expected in Milan this evening! http://t.co/oExmE7sjcs AC Milan (@acmilan) January 24, 2014 Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is expected in Italy this evening to finalise a move to AC Milan. The Serie A side confirmed that the Ghana international is due to arrive with them to complete a move tonight.

Prove you’ve still got what it takes to play at Wembley in front of FA CUP legends with the Budweiser Open Trials #tothedream

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Top coaches to find UK's best amateur footballers -Le Saux, Parlour, Shilton, Lee, Houghton and Coyle to attend regional events as part of selection process for Budweiser Open Trials. An array of top former professional players and managers will lead the search for the country's best amateur footballers as part of a national search being [.

Chelsea’s Juan Mata agrees personal terms with Manchester United

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Juan Mata has agreed personal terms with Manchester United meaning a medical is now the only thing standing between the Spain international and his £37m move to Old Trafford. United have already signed a deal with Chelsea. This afternoon the 25-year-old playmaker agreed a contract with the champions, the Daily Mail reports He will [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confirms that Juan Mata is joining Man Utd

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Mourinho: 'He was fantastic for Chelsea, and Chelsea were fantastic for him.' #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 24, 2014 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Juan Mata will be leaving the club to join Manchester United. Speaking at his press conference today, he revealed that the Spaniard had been given permission to travel [.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini criticises Juan Mata’s move from Chelsea to Man Utd

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CITY v WATFORD: Boss previews tomorrow's game with @watfordfcsays plus latest injury news http://t.co/vF92HBXMb9 pic.twitter.com/QvoboMHebs Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 24, 2014 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he doesn't believe Chelsea should be allowed to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United during the current transfer window.

Photo: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski arrives very early ahead of Coventry clash

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Here's @Podolski10 checking out conditions at Emirates Stadium ahead of #AFCvCCFC. What are your score predictions? pic.twitter.com/ZBYirukXYb Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 24, 2014 Lukas Podolski is raring to go ahead of tonight's FA Cup fourth round clash at home to Coventry City so much so that he arrived at the Emirates some NINE [.

Stats suggest Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling is better than Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj

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Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj has deservedly earned rave reviews for his performances so far this season. While the 18-year-old has put in some excellent displays during his breakthrough campaign, this graphic suggests that the return to form of Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, aged 19, has quietly been more effective.

Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal fans hold their breath: Hulk lands at Luton Airport

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Zenit Saint Petersburg star Hulk has posted a photo to his Instagram account showing him landing at Luton Airport. The image has sparked a flurry of rumours among London clubs that the Brazilian star might be about to complete a move to the Premier League. But the fact that he's accompanied by Zenit team-mate Neto [.

Man Utd sponsors Chevrolet welcome Chelsea ‘striker’ Juan Mata to the club

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Chevrolet, one of Manchester United's sponsors, were keen to get on the bandwagon with regard to the club's next big money signing. The car manufacturer's official Twitter account posted a welcome message to Chelsea's Juan Mata. Unfortunately, the deal has not yet been finalised and they referred to the attacking midfielder as a striker in [.

Liverpool ready to move for Arsenal and Chelsea target Romulo

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Liverpool are preparing to bid for Spartak Moscow midfielder Romulo in the wake of Lucas Leiva's knee injury. The Reds have contacted the Russian outfit to discuss the 23-year-old's availability after learning that Lucas will be out for up to two months, reports the Daily Express. There are suggestions that an opening offer of £7m [.

Photo: Legendary goalkeeper Rene Higuita gives an EAGLE a drink of water

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Craziness follows former Colombia international Rene Higuita around, so the photo above should come as no surprise to you. He of the scorpion kick is now goalkeeping coach for Saudi side Al-Nasr. During a training session, a worn out eagle landed on the practice pitch and was proving difficult to shift.

Javier Hernandez ‘wants to leave Man Utd this month’

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez wants to quit the club this month, according to reports. The Mexico international has become increasingly frustrated at the lack of first-team football on offer at Old Trafford and is desperate to leave before this summer's World Cup, according to The Sun. He is reportedly hoping that Juan Mata's £37m [.

Man Utd ‘fan’ switches back to supporting boyhood team Liverpool

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A Manchester United fan has decided he has had enough of the club's current woes and taken to supporting Liverpool instead. In a Facebook post that is bound to make you cringe, the Surrey-based turncoat supporter reveals that he originally supported Liverpool before first switching allegiances to United.

Chelsea striker Demba Ba’s Trabzonspor move halted by Fernando Torres injury

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A deal that would have seen Chelsea striker Demba Ba move to Trabzonspor has been scuppered by an injury to Fernando Torres, according to the Turkish side's president. Ibrahim Haciosmanoglu claims his club were on the verge of completed a £7m move for the Senegal international only for the injury suffered by Torres in [.

Michael Carrick injury could force Man Utd into more signings

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Here's wishing @carras16 a speedy recovery from the injury that forced him off in extra-time last night. #mufc pic.twitter.com/v8iMGGUiop Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 23, 2014 Manchester United could be pressed into signing a central midfielder during the current transfer window after an injury blow to Michael Carrick.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers still hopes to sign Mohamed Salah despite Chelsea announcing transfer is agreed

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Agreement reached with FC Basel for the transfer of Mohamed Salah. http://t.co/PwpJRF3agP #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 23, 2014 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is desperately hoping to sign Basel star Mohamed Salah even though Chelsea have announced that they have agreed a transfer for the Egypt international.

Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney starts following Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata on Twitter

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Is this a reliable indication that we can expect official confirmation shortly? It's well known that Manchester United are on the verge of signing Juan Mata from Chelsea in a £37m deal. Wayne Rooney is so confident that the deal is going through that he has started following his new team-mates on Twitter.

Sports Stars in Casinos

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What's the most you've ever lost in a bet? Ten pounds? A hundred maybe? How about two hundred thousand US dollars? That's how much golfer star Phil Mickleson lost when he demanded that a game of golf with a $1 stake be upped to the amount in question. He isn't the only one either, a [...]

Liverpool will send out a strong team vs Bournemouth, says Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has promised to pick a strong team to face Bournemouth in their FA Cup fourth round clash this weekend. He said: "Well we don't have a lot of choice at the moment. "You know, we've got 15 players who've been training and obviously we'll call on some of our younger players [.

Photos: Spurs’ Younes Kaboul, Paulinho, Jan Vertonghen and Sandro play in friendly against West Ham

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Team work: @YounsKabs4, @paulinhop8 and @sandroraniere in our 3-0 friendly win v West Ham today #COYS pic.twitter.com/dyydHgAKaD Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 23, 2014 Tottenham fans have been desperate to see some of their more defensively-minded players to get out of the treatment room and back onto the pitch.

Drunk Man Utd fan phoned police to talk to Sir Alex Ferguson after Sunderland defeat

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Post by GMP Manchester North. A drunk Manchester United support phoned 999 and demanded to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson following last night's Capital One Cup defeat to Sunderland. The intoxicated fan called Greater Manchester Police in the hope of being able to vent about his side's current performances to their former boss.

Chelsea set to beat Liverpool to Basel’s Mohamed Salah

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Chelsea appear to have beaten Liverpool in the race for Basel sensation Mohamed Salah. The Reds were favourites to land the Egypt international after it emerged that they were in negotiations with the Swiss club. But they were not prepared to match Basel's £12m valuation of the 21-year-old. The Blues, who saw what Salah can [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger questions Chelsea’s decision to sell Juan Mata to Man Utd

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Arsene Wenger has questioned Chelsea's decision to accept a £37m bid from Manchester United. The Arsenal manager can't understand why the Spanish playmaker is being sold at all, let alone to one of the Blues' Premier League rivals. Wenger told his press conference: "I'm surprised Mata is allowed to go because he is a great [.

Chelsea’s Juan Mata set for Man Utd medical today

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Juan Mata is due to undergo a medical at Manchester United today ahead of a £37m transfer. The champions had their bid accepted by Chelsea yesterday evening and the Spanish playmaker reportedly said goodbye to team-mates and staff at the Blues' Cobham training ground yesterday. Assuming there are no unforeseen problems with the medical, the [.

Video: Man Utd and Sunderland present the worst penalty shootout ever

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People sometimes attack the quality of the Capital One Cup. Those people were given some pretty solid evidence to back their argument during last night's semi-final second leg between Manchester United and Sunderland. After a clanger from United keeper David De Gea partially redeemed by a mishit response from Javier Hernandez took the [.

Video: Sunderland’s Craig Gardner booked for yanking Man Utd youngster Adnan Januzaj’s penis

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We all know that tugging an opponent back is an automatic yellow card, but you have to feel that offence is more serious depending on what part of their anatomy you're using to hinder their movement. Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner picked up a booking in last night's Capital One Cup semi-final win over Manchester United [.

Read Man Utd boss David Moyes’ 2010 article ‘How To Win A Shootout’

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Fresh from last night's penalty shootout defeat to Sunderland, Manchester United boss David Moyes can thank the internet for reminding him of this piece he wrote for the Sunday Times in 2010. From the relative comfort of his position as Everton manager, Moyes advised England on where they were going wrong when it came to [.

Video: Ref Lee Mason fouls Man Utd’s Danny Welbeck and Sunderland’s Phil Bardsley

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It's off the ball, it's cynical, it takes out to players and it's the work of the referee. Lee Mason managed to foul Manchester United's Danny Welbeck and Sunderland's Phil Bardsley simultaneously during last night's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, leaving both players in a heap on the floor. Showing the sort of [.

Video: Phil Jones’ awful penalty hits a fan square in the face (Man Utd vs Sunderland)

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In the aftermath of last night's dreadful penalty shootout between Manchester United and Sunderland it was easy to overlook the innocent victims: the poor folks sat behind the goal being pelted by skied penalty after skied penalty. Take this bloke as an example. He took Phil Jones' comical miss straight to the chops.

Southampton suspend Dani Osvaldo over training ground bust-up with Jose Fonte

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Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has been suspended by the club for two weeks following a training ground scrap that left team-mate Jose Fonte with 'serious facial injuries'. The Daily Mail reports that the alleged incident took place during a practice match this morning. Saints source claim there was 'blood everywhere' after the 'brutal' altercation, which [.

GIF It: David De Gea’s howler gives Phil Bardsley a goal (Manchester United vs Sunderland)

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It looked like David De Gea had handed Sunderland a place in the Capital One Cup final with this awful error to gift Phil Bardsley. The Manchester United keeper's blushes were saved when his team went down the other end to grab an immediate reply and take the game to penalties.

Photos: Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho return to Tottenham training

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Tottenham duo Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho returned to training today. Belgian defender Vertonghen continued his comeback from the ankle injury that has kept him out since the start of December. He resumed full training at the end of last week but was not available for Sunday's game against Swansea. Paulinho has been out with his [.

Photo: Sandro gets a haircut from Spurs team-mate Younes Kaboul

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Man Utd bid £35m for Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Manchester United have launched a formal £35m bid for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, according to the BBC. More to follow. Hit refresh.

Chelsea star Juan Mata’s representatives fly in for Man Utd talks

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Juan Mata's representatives have flown in from Spain to discuss a move to Manchester United, according to reports. The Daily Mail claim those acting on behalf of the Chelsea playmaker arrived in the UK today as they seek to complete a move to Old Trafford. The Spain international could now undergo a medical at United [.

Was Dante using Man Utd to get a better Bayern Munich contract?

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Yesterday's strange transfer story of the day was Bayern Munich defender Dante seemingly going on Brazilian radio to announce that he was in talks with Manchester United. With the player himself being the source of the story, it was difficult to understand why a regular starter at the European champions would move to a club [.

Real Madrid ready to offer Man Utd £25m for Wayne Rooney

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Real Madrid are planning a summer bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph claims the Spanish giants will swoop for Rooney as he enters the final year of his contract at Old Trafford. Real's first-choice target is Manchester City star Sergio Aguero, but Rooney is on a shortlist of [.

Atletico Madrid offer Man Utd first refusal on Arsenal target Diego Costa in bid to land Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Atletico Madrid have reportedly given Manchester United first option on star striker Diego Costa and full-back Filipe Luis in a bid to derail the champions' move for Juan Mata. The Chelsea playmaker is also wanted by Atleti boss Diego Simeone, and the Spanish club hope they can convince United to drop out of the race [.

Arsenal in the hunt for Benfica striker Rodrigo

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Arsenal are one of three clubs in the running to sign Benfica's Rodrigo, according to reports in Portugal. The Gunners will go up against Valencia and Zenit St Petersburg in an attempt to land the 22-year-old, who had a loan spell at Bolton in 2010/11. The Russian side are rumoured to have had a £25m [.

West Ham and Fulham target Joleon Lescott could be allowed to leave Man City

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Manchester City will let England international Joleon Lescott leave during the current transfer window if they can sign a new centre-back. The Guardian reports that City boss Manuel Pellegrini is happy for the former Everton man to leave in search of regular stars as long as he secures one of his top defensive targets.

Video: Manuel Pellegrini ‘proud’ after Man City beat West Ham

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said he was "proud" of his team after their booked their place in the Capital One Cup final with a 9-0 aggregate win over West Ham. A 0-3 second-leg victory at Upton Park last night will give Pellegrini his first shot at silverware with City. He said: "Well, I am [.

Photo: Cardiff’s Gary Medel travels back from Man City game with fans

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My boy Morgan and Gary medel on the train home from man city x pic.twitter.com/1xxgOZUADk cassie macgregor (@macgregor_0) January 18, 2014 Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel managed to miss the team bus back to Wales after his side's 4-2 defeat at Manchester City last weekend. The Chile international didn't panic he simply caught the [.

Photo: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spotted clutching a boarding pass at Heathrow airport

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@arsenalfantv Wenger on Heathrow aiport today,where is he going? let the rumours start pic.twitter.com/5sOr60zvRM Arsenal ⚽️Future﷽ (@madimaadi) January 22, 2014 Is he off on a scouting mission? Or has he lined up talks with a transfer target? One thing is for certain: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is booked onto a flight at Heathrow airport [.

Rumour: Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney ‘spotted at Chelsea training ground’

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A rumour is circulating suggesting that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is at Chelsea's training ground today. The source of the reports is a poster on the Crystal Palace fansite Holmesdale.net. He claims that a friend working in a school adjacent to the Cobham training ground had spotted Rooney arriving in a Range Rover.

Liverpool in negotiations to sign Red Bull Salzburg’s Valon Berisha

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Liverpool are reportedly in talks to sign midfielder Valon Berisha from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. The Reds scouted the 20-year-old in a friendly win over Bayern Munich and have opened negotiations on the basis of his performance, according to Norwegian news site Aftenposten. Former Anfield boss Gerard Houllier is in charge at Salzburg, which [.

Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva out for two months

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Seja o que DEUS quiser . It is in GOD handshttp://t.co/tNroNv5egq Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) January 19, 2014 Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been ruled out for up to two months. The Brazil international suffered damage to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

Bayern Munich’s Dante ‘will sign for Man Utd this month’

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#FSRádioBrasil @gustavovillani deu a informação: Dante deixa o Bayern e é o novo zagueiro do Manchester United! Fox Sports Brasil (@FoxSports_br) January 21, 2014 Manchester United will complete the signing of Bayern Munich defender Dante during the current transfer window, according to reports in his native Brazil.

Everton’s Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku supports West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ gesture

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Everton have published and swiftly deleted a video in which on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku defended Nicolas Anelka's controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration. The Chelsea youngster said there was no need to make "a big deal" of the West Brom veteran's gesture, which has been described as anti-Semitic and an inverted Nazi salute.

Swansea confirm police were called to training ground bust-up between Chico Flores and Garry Monk

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Swansea have confirmed rumours that police were called to a training ground bust-up between defenders Chico Flores and Garry Monk. Officers were called by an onlooker, rumoured to be the mother of a youth team player. Reports suggested that Flores was seen brandishing a brick during the row, but that has been disputed by the [.

Photo: Has Mohamed Salah rented a home in Liverpool?

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A photo has appeared online suggesting that Liverpool target Mohamed Salah has rented a property in the city. The Basel star has been widely linked with a move to the Reds during the current transfer window. Now, a screenshot appearing to show a Direct Debit set up in Salah's name has been posted on Reddit.

Arsenal reject approach for Thomas Vermaelen from ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez

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Napoli have had an approach for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen rejected by the north London club. Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was keen to take the out-of-favour centre-back to Serie A, but has been knocked back by the Gunners, according to the Daily Mail. Vermaelen, aged 28, is behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in [.

Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o heading for Mallorca after Man Utd heroics

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After his match-winning hat-trick against Manchester United on Sunday, Samuel Eto'o clearly feels he has justified Chelsea's decision to sign him and has allowed his mind to wander towards the future. The Cameroon international has revealed that he plans to sign for Spanish side Mallorca next summer.

Video: Gary Neville questions whether Man Utd should sign Juan Mata from Chelsea

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has questioned the logic of his old club pursuing Juan Mata after his old club were strongly linked with a £37m bid for the Chelsea playmaker. Working in his role as a Sky Sports pundit, Neville expressed doubts about whether Mata would fit into United's system and whether David Moyes [.

Louis Van Gaal says he rejected Tottenham job

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Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal claims he turned down the chance to become Tottenham manager. The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss was the hot favourite for the White Hart Lane job at one stage before the club made the surprise decision to give caretaker boss Tim Sherwood the job on a permanent basis.

Manchester United boss David Moyes at odds with Robin Van Persie over fitness claims

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has held clear-the-air talks with star striker Robin Van Persie after a dispute over his recent injury, according to reports. The Sun claims that the pair organised the showdown after Van Persie ruled himself out of recent fixtures despite the club's physios insisting that he is fit to return to [.

Video: Everton fans unveil ‘Stuck With Moyes, Man Utd’ chant

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Everton fans used the global reach of last night's televised game against West Brom to take a swipe at Manchester United and former Toffees boss David Moyes. It appears the away fans at the Hawthorns last night are quite enjoying their old manager's current predicament. To the tune of the hymn Sing Hosanna, they chanted: [.

Newcastle agree deal to sign Montpellier’s Remy Cabella

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Montpellier have agreed a deal to sell playmaker Remy Cabella to Newcastle but the deal will not be completed until next summer. The French side's chairman, Louis Nicollin, has gone public to confirm that a deal has been done for the £12m-rated star. But he insists his club will keep hold of Cabella for [.

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka charged over ‘quenelle’ gesture in West Ham game

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Nicolas Anelka has been charged by the FA over his controversial 'quenelle' salute following his goal against West Ham last month. The West Brom forward faces a minimum five-match ban if he is found guilty of "a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper" aggravated by reports that "it included a reference [.

Tottenham respond to Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa car crash

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Just to let everyone know Ossie Ardiles is fine. He was involved in a car accident and had stitches in his head but he is fine. Thanks. Aimee Ardiles (@aimeeardiles) January 21, 2014 Spurs have released a statement confirming that former players Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa are both fine after being involved in [.

Everton and Arsenal target Michy Batshuayi says he’s not going anywhere

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Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi says he will not be moving clubs during the current transfer window. The £7m-rated youngster has been linked with moves to Everton and Arsenal, but he has now confirmed that he will finish the season with Standard. A summer move could be on the card the 20-year-old, who is also [.

Liverpool will need ‘indecent offer’ to land Lazio’s Hernanes

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Lazio have told Liverpool it will take an "indecent offer" to sign Brazilian midfielder Hernanes. The Reds have been tipped to bid for the 28-year-old playmaker this month but the Serie A side claim it will take a bid of more than £15m to get their man. Lazio president Claudio Lotito is quoted by [.

Chelsea ‘preparing to sell’ Juan Mata to Man Utd for £37m

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Manchester United are set to sign Chelsea's Juan Mata in a £37m deal, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail both report that David Moyes will launch a big-money move to land the Spanish playmaker. Mata has found himself out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season following Jose Mourinho's return to the [.

Who Are Ya? Santiago Vergini (Sunderland)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Santiago Vergini Age: 25 Position: Centre-back Signed from: Atletico Fenix Fee: Loan Did you know? He was linked with a move to Barcelona last summer with rumours that coach Gerardo Martino his manager at Newell's Old Boys wanted to take his ex-player to [.

Newcastle fan tells Facebook he’s at West Ham match, Facebook says differently

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A Facebook post from the weekend that's bound to make you cringe. This Newcastle fan told a supporters' group on the social networking site that he would be travelling back from Saturday's win at West Ham happy after Yohan Cabaye's late free-kick sealed a 1-3 victory for the Magpies. Unfortunately, he had enabled location services [.

Arsenal scout Lille left-back Pape Souare

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Lille defender Pape Souare was reportedly the subject of an Arsenal scouting mission over the weekend. The Gunners sent scouts to watch the left-back in action against St Etienne on Friday evening, according to French website But. The Senegal international, aged 23, has been in impressive form so far this season, scoring three times in [.

Photo: Laidback Arsene Wenger watches Arsenal youngsters lose to Liverpool

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While the @Arsenal manager looks on... pic.twitter.com/6pz0q8ISjO Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 20, 2014 A relaxed looking Arsene Wenger watched Arsenal Under-21s lose 2-4 at home to Liverpool this afternoon. The Frenchman saw Alex Oxlade Chamberlain gets some more minutes under his belt as he continues his comeback from injury.

Video: John Terry works as a fake translator for Chelsea team-mate Samuel Eto’o

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Chelsea captain John Terry unexpectedly found himself working as a translator after yesterday's win over Manchester United when match-winner Samuel Eto'o insisted on delivering his post-match comments in French. The Cameroon international clearly understood the questions being put to him by Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves, but would only answer in his first language.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho undergoes elbow surgery

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Jose Mourinho today underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on a long-standing elbow complaint. He will return to work tomorrow. #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 20, 2014 Jose Mourinho went under the knife today for an operation on his elbow. After managing Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Manchester United yesterday, the Portuguese boss found [.

Video: Man Utd flop Bebe scores a stunning volley for Pacos de Ferreira

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As David Moyes tries to make a better fist of his second transfer window at Manchester United, here's a timely reminder that his predecessor didn't always get it right. Here's £7m flop Bebe showing, perhaps for the very first time, a glimpse of something resembling cause for Sir Alex Ferguson to spend that sort of [.

Photo: Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney working as a Chelsea steward

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A humorous aside during yesterday's clash between Chelsea and Manchester United involved what appeared to be a bearded Wayne Rooney working as a Chelsea steward. Blues boss Jose Mourinho made a concerted effort to sign Rooney last summer, and the England international's steward doppelganger found himself at the Special One's side at Stamford Bridge on [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla holding anti-Tottenham slogan

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Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has, probably unwisely, posed with a placard bearing an anti-Tottenham slogan. The Spaniard stood alongside Gunners legend Robert Pires and an Arsenal sign. He brandished a sign reading: What do we think of Tottenham? Sh*t. And what do we think of sh*t? Tottenham At first it was assumed that Cazorla had [.

Video: Chelsea striker Demba Ba’s midnight gym session

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We're not suggesting Demba Ba was pumped up by the injury to team-mate Fernando Torres and Jose Mourinho's subsequent comments that it was Ba's chance to shine... but the Chelsea striker was in the gym at midnight last night. After yesterday's win over Manchester United, Mourinho said: "It's time for Demba.

Photo: Everton and West Ham target Lacina Traore in a Merseyside supermarket

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Lacina Traore in Tesco in Huyton, deffo coming to us now pic.twitter.com/KjNSFhqPgO Crawford Wall (@CrawfordWall) January 19, 2014 It looked like Lacina Traore was destined for a loan move to West Ham after they put him through a work permit appeal hearing, but Everton are now the favourites to secure the Monaco man on [.

Video: Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny covers Jason Mraz song

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Post by Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny is a keen pianist and not averse to posting videos of his latest musical exploits on his official Facebook page. In a video posted today, he accompanies himself as he sings I'm Yours by Jason Mraz.

Emergency Sir Alex Ferguson left at Manchester United

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In case of Emergency at Old Trafford, Break Glass... pic.twitter.com/UWdkXX084w Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 20, 2014 An emergency Sir Alex Ferguson has been left outside Old Trafford. The fake Fergie was placed in a see-through box bearing the slogan: "In case of emergency break glass." The former Manchester United manager's return was part of [.

Video: Arsenal players take free-kicks at a car

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Arsenal's players have been putting the new Citroën Grand C4 Picasso through its paces and that has included using the boot as a goal. Keeper Wojciech Szczesny went between the sticks or at least the pillars on either side of the car to face free-kicks from Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Per [...

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood: ‘I’ve not turned Emmanuel Adebayor into a good player’

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood says he hasn't turned Emmanuel Adebayor into a good player he has simply given the striker the opportunity to perform. The Togo international was frozen out under previous boss Andre Villas Boas, but has put in some excellent performances since Sherwood took charge. That includes two goals in yesterday's 1-3 [.

Chelsea fan set for Samuel Eto’o tattoo after losing hat-trick bet

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If Samuel Eto'o scores a hat-trick, I will get a tattoo of his face. â™› DANNY â™› (@DannyDoes) January 19, 2014 A Chelsea supporter is set to get a tattoo of Samuel Eto'o's face after vowing to get inked if the Cameroon international scored a hat-trick against Manchester United. Twitter user @DannyDoes thought he [.

Liverpool want Fulham youngster Muamer Tankovic

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Liverpool are reportedly planning to entice Fulham youngster Muamer Tankovic to Anfield when his contract expires this summer. The Reds have set their sights on the forward, who plays as a centre-forward or number 10, according to The Sun. The 18-year-old Swede has been at the Cottagers' academy since 2011 after joining from IFK Norrköping.

Man Utd boss David Moyes has not given up on title, Nemanja Vidic has

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has refused to concede defeat in his side's attempts to retain the Premier League title but captain Nemanja Vidic was happy to do so. The Scot says United will continue to target winning the league despite yesterday's 3-1 defeat at Chelsea leaving them 14 points behind leaders Arsenal.

Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata rules out moves to Arsenal, Spurs or Liverpool

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Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has deal a blow to Premier League teams chasing him by announcing that he is happy to stay at Real Madrid. The 21-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu after falling behind fellow youngster Jese in the pecking order. At one stage a loan move to [.

West Ham want to sign Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen

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Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen is a transfer target for West Ham. But Hammers boss Sam Allardyce acknowledges that his chances of signing the Belgium international are slim. Vermaelen, aged 28, has struggled for games this season, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny establishing themselves as Arsene Wenger's first-choice centre-back pairing.

Liverpool to bid for Mohamed Salah this week

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Liverpool are set to launch a formal bid for FC Basel star Mohamed Salah before the end of the week, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph reports that the Reds will lodge their offer for the Egypt international very soon after being in discussions with the Swiss club for the past couple of weeks.

GIF It: ‘Next Zlatan’ Zackarias Faour scores a wonder goal for Man City youth team

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Manchester City youngster Zackarias Faour is earning comparisons with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on account of his nationality and his skill levels. The 15-year-old Swede is tipped as something a bit special, and it's not hard to see why. Just take a look at this delicious curling chip he scored for City's under-16s side against ASPQ this [.

Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea told to pay £30m for Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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Southampton are hoping to keep potential buyers at bay during their current upheaval by slapping a £30m asking price on highly-rated left-back Luke Shaw, according to reports. The Saints have always maintained that the 18-year-old is not for sale, but the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are likely to test whether [.

New West Brom boss Pepe Mel asks ex-Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez for Premier League tips

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West Brom manager Pepe Mel says he will consult former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez for tips on managing in the Premier League. The pair are close friends after coming through the Real Madrid youth system at the same time. The ex-Real Betis has already spoken to the Napoli coach before taking the job at the [.

West Ham linked with Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino

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Italian veteran Alberto Gilardino is reportedly a transfer target for West Ham. Reports in Italy claim Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is still looking to add another striker do his squad, despite the return to fitness of Andy Carroll. Allardyce wanted to sign Gilardino on loan last summer but was unable to finalise a deal.

Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou ‘due in London for Spurs talks’

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Tottenham are reportedly set for talks with Lille about a £2.6m deal for ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou. He is expected in London today to open discussions about a return to the Premier League. The north London side have been consistently linked with the Ivory Coast international in recent weeks, and manager Tim Sherwood has since [.

Arsenal ‘not close’ to signings, but Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna could sign contracts soon

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The boss looking serious in the press conference. #AFCvFFC pic.twitter.com/GWDuwzZcJY Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 17, 2014 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club are not close to making any January signings but he hopes to have news on retaining two key players very soon. Speaking at his press conference ahead of this weekend's [.

Video: Liverpool ‘assessing a whole raft’ of transfer targets, says Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the club are looking at a large number of transfer targets at the moment but he thinks the Reds might struggle to sign any of them this month. Rodgers says Liverpool's owners will back him if he finds players who can improve his squad. He accepts he faces an [..

Man Utd and Arsenal linked with Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte

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Manchester United and Arsenal are both tracking Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte, according to reports in Spain. The French defender, aged 19, is also rumoured to be a target for Barcelona. But Spanish newspaper AS claims the two Premier League sides have joined the race for him. Laporte recently signed a new deal which say [.

Aston Villa set to sign Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand on loan

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Good luck to @ryanbertrand3 at @AVFCOfficial for the rest of the season... http://t.co/Wz5BWZzAke #CFC pic.twitter.com/XTd8io3Z94 Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 17, 2014 Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand is on the verge of joining Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season. The England international has found himself behind Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole in [.

Arsenal ‘not particularly interested’ in Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is "not particularly interested" in bringing Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic to the club during the current transfer window. Media reports had linked the Gunners with the Montenegro international, but Wenger attempted to take the sting out of the rumours while stopping short of dismissing them out of hand.

Video: Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen keeps quiet over West Ham situation

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Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has decline to comment any further on his club's pursuit of West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison to avoid further "trouble". The Hammers reported the Cottagers to the Premier League for tapping-up after Meulensteen's comments that he knew Morrison wanted to move to Craven Cottage.

Robin Van Persie says David Moyes will be given time at Man Utd

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Manchester United manager David Moyes will be given time to get things right at Manchester United, according to striker Robin Van Persie. The Dutchman believes fans understand that they will have to be patient with the former Everton boss as he attempts to make his mark at Old Trafford. He said: "I think he needs [.

Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli dismisses “media bullsh*t”

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Spurs winger Nacer Chadli has attacked "media bullsh*t" linking him with a move away from the club. The Belgium international winger's agent was quoted as saying a loan move could be on the cards as Chadli aims to improve his World Cup prospects. But it doesn't sound like the player is singing from the same [.

Video: Man Utd’s Phil Jones shows off his ball juggling skills

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been showing that David Moyes could look a bit closer to home as he looks to add more creativity to his side. As the champions go in search of some guile during the January transfer window, Jones has been showing off his ball juggling skills.

Video: West Brom boss Pepe Mel’s message to fans

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New West Brom manager Pepe Mel has recorded a message in English for the club's supporters. He promised to improve his language skills in the next couple of months and said the Baggies would build a winning team. And speaking to the media, he added: "I hope to see the fans doing the boing-boing very [.

Birmingham ‘steal’ Aston Villa’s honours in club diary

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Birmingham City have claimed all the trophies ever won by Aston Villa as their own in an official club diary. The diary has now been recalled after the cock-up was spotted. The Birmingham City FC Club Records page of the diary claimed the Blues won the European Cup in 1982 and also took credit for [.

Arsenal and Newcastle make offers for Nottingham Forest’s Jamaal Lascelles

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Nottingham Forest have received offers from Arsenal and Newcastle for young defender Jamaal Lascelles, according to reports. The 20-year-old has the offer of an improved contract at the City Ground at the table, but both the Gunners and the Magpies hope to sign him from promotion-chasing Forest this month.

Photo: Nemanja Matic in Chelsea training

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Nemanja Matic in training today...#CFC pic.twitter.com/YSgGWshpYS Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 16, 2014 Nemanja Matic has completed the first training session of his second spell as a Chelsea player. The former Benfica man, signed yesterday for £21m, joined his new team-mates at the club's Cobham training ground today.

Every player has a song on Man Utd’s democratic pre-match playlist, reveals Robin Van Persie

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Each member of Manchester United's squad has a favourite song on the team's pre-match music playlist, striker Robin Van Persie has revealed. The pre-game tunes were compiled by Patrice Evra, who asked each of United's 25-man squad to nominate a favourite track. Speaking at the Pepsi 2014 football campaign launch, Van Persie said: "Patrice Evra [.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere: ‘Getting kicked as a kid helped me’

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says being kicked around the park by older boys prepared him for life in the Premier League. The England international credits competing with players from the Gunners' older age groups as a 14-year-old with helping his development. He said: "I think growing up at Arsenal helped a lot; the coaches there [.

Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Kevin Kampl dreaming of Arsenal move

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Slovenia international Kevin Kampl says he dreams of joining Arsenal. The 23-year-old currently plays for Red Bull Salzburg, but is targeting a move to the Gunners. He told Slovenian sports newspaper Ekipa: "England has its own charm and London is a unique place. "There's also Arsenal, the club that I like very much because of [.

Man Utd midfielder Anderson flies to Italy for Fiorentina medical

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Out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Anderson is reportedly on his way to Fiorentina for a medical. The Brazilian is flying to Italy ahead of a loan move to the Serie A side. The Daily Mail reports that Anderson was keen to make a permanent switch to ensure that he gets more playing time going forwards, but [.

Per Mertesacker urges Arsenal to sign Schalke’s Julian Draxler

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says he would love to welcome Julian Draxler to the club's 'little German academy'. The Gunners' German contingent already includes the likes of Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Serge Gnabry. Now Arsene Wenger has been linked with a £35m move for Schalke wonderkid Draxler and Mertesacker is hoping a [.

Unnamed English club bids for Man Utd and Liverpool target Everton Ribeiro

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Brazilian side Cruzeiro have rejected a bid from an unnamed English club for midfielder Everton Ribeiro. Manchester United and Liverpool have both been strongly linked with a move for the 24-year-old, who was named as the Brazilian league's play of the season last term. A Premier League club has launched a €10m bid for Ribeiro, [.

Nacer Chadli may need to leave Spurs, says agent

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From training earlier today: Tim addresses the team pic.twitter.com/TDveUpNuuF Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 6, 2014 Nacer Chadli could ask for a move away from Tottenham during the current transfer window, his agent has suggested. The 24-year-old winger was a £7m summer signing from FC Twente, but has found himself on the fringes at White [.

Tottenham’s Kenny McEvoy not looking any less like Gareth Bale these days

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U21 action replay: @kennethMcevoy takes the ball past the Newcastle defence pic.twitter.com/Mpwa0rFIyH Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 14, 2014 Any Spurs fans who are still missing Gareth Bale should get themselves along to the club's under-21 games. Bale doppelganger Kenny McEvoy regularly turns out for them and he's still looking exactly like the world's [.

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski: ‘I’d rather retire than play for Spurs’

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski says he would rather not play football at all than play for Tottenham. During a Twitter Q&A session, the Germany international was asked if he would prefer to play for the Gunners' north London rivals or retire. He claimed retirement would be the better option. The fan wrote: "If you had [.

GIF It: Sergio Aguero scores 50secs into his Man City comeback

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero hit the ground running on his return from injury with a goal just 50secs after coming on a substitute against Blackburn Rovers. The Argentina international wasted no time in getting back to the deadly form he had been in before suffering a calf injury in the game against Arsenal on [.

Tottenham to launch £4m bid for Juventus’ Fabio Quagliarella

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Spurs are set to make a £4m bid for Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella this week, according to reports. The north London side are ready to make their move after discussions between manager Tim Sherwood and chairman Daniel Levy, the Metro reports. Director of football Franco Baldini is now on alert to discuss terms with Quagliarella [.

Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong targeted by French side Saint Etienne

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Arsenal fringe player/social media assistant Emmanuel Frimpong could be on his way out amid reports that French side Saint Etienne. The Ghana international, aged 22, does not appear to be part of Arsene Wenger's plans, but a move to Ligue 1 could be on the cards. French newspaper Le Figaro claims that Saint Etienne, currently [.

Tottenham to block Lewis Holtby’s Schalke move to avoid helping Arsenal sign Julian Draxler

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Tottenham will veto a move that would have seen Lewis Holtby return to former club Schalke because they believe it will help rivals Arsenal, according to reports. The Mirror claims that chairman Daniel Levy will block Holtby's transfer in case it makes the German side more inclined to sell Julian Draxler to the Gunners.

Saint Etienne defender Kurt Zouma ‘holds talks’ with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has held talks with teenage defender Kurt Zouma about a move to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in the French media. L'Equipe quotes the 19-year-old centre-back as saying he has spoken to the Blues boss and would be happy to make the switch if a deal is done between the two [.

Mauricio Pochettino commits to Southampton after Nicola Cortese resignation

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will stay at the club despite the departure of chairman Nicola Cortese. The former Espanyol boss is said to have committed to stay at St Mary's after talks with new executive chairman Katharina Liebherr, according to the Daily Mail. The Argentinian boss had previously suggested he would leave [.

Southampton quick to release video footage showing Luke Shaw and Dani Osvaldo are at training

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After yesterday's boardroom meltdown, Southampton have been keen to show that it's business as usual for the club's star players. The club released this video of highly sought-after left-back Luke Shaw and club record signing Dani Osvaldo taking part in a keep-ball session at training. Several media outlets were this morning reporting that the resignation [.

Arsenal contact Juventus’ Sebastian Giovinco, claims agent

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Arsenal have sounded out Juventus midfielder Sebastian Giovinco about a possible move, according to his agent. Claudio Pasqualin claims the Gunners have made preliminary enquiries to establish the 26-year-old's current situation. The Daily Star quotes him as saying: "We have had contact with Arsenal.

Inter Milan or Fiorentina set to pip Arsenal to Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata

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Arsenal could miss out on a loan deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata amid reports the player favours a move to Italy. Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claims that Serie A sides Inter Milan and Fiorentina are the frontrunners for his signature. Morata is desperate for more playing time. Although Real initially said he would [.

Southampton chairman Nicolas Cortese resigns

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Nicola Cortese has quit his role as Southampton chairman, with Katherine Liebherr appointing herself as non-executive chairman. It has emerged that Cortese handed in a formal resignation last autumn and has now served the required notice period. Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino has previously said he would leave if the Italian chairman left.

Hull City complete signing of Everton striker Nikica Jelavic

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Hull have signed Nikica Jelavic from Hull City on a three-and-a-half year deal/ The Croatia international, aged 28, wanted regular first-team football in order to improve his prospects of a place at this summer's World Cup. The two sides agreed a fee on Saturday and Jelavic is now officially a Tigers player.

Video: Nemanja Matic signing his Chelsea contract

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As we reported earlier, Chelsea have completed the signing of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic. If further proof were needed, here's video footage of him as he signed his Blues contract.

Benfica announce sale of Nemanja Matic to Chelsea for €25m

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Benfica have confirmed the transfer of midfielder Nemanja Matic to Chelsea in a €25m deal. Update: Having been pipped to the announcement by Benfica, Chelsea have now confirmed the news, too. The Serbia international has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge. We're delighted to announce the signing of Nemanja Matic from Benfica.

Andros Townsend hijacks Nabil Bentaleb Q&A to suggest he’s forgotten his Spurs youth team friends

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@SpursOfficial Why have you forgot about your real friends like @Diz12L since you've become a star? #AskNabil andros townsend (@andros_townsend) January 15, 2014 Spurs youngster Nabil Bentaleb has been one of the main beneficiaries of Andre Villas Boas' sacking. The appointment of Tim Sherwood as manager has seen the French midfielder become a first-team [.

Man Utd target Ilkay Gundogan still weighing up his options

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says he has not yet made up his mind as to where his future lies but he is expected to make a decision soon. The 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and has been linked with moves to the likes of Manchester United and [...]

Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry dismisses Borussia Dortmund link

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Post by Serge Gnabry. Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry has rejected suggestions that he could move to Borussia Dortmund. The 18-year-old has been scouted by the Champions League finalists in recent weeks and has been linked with a return to his native Germany. But the youngster says he is happy to stay at the Emirates.

Tottenham interested in Porto’s Steven Defour

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Spurs are making tentative enquiries about signing Porto midfielder Steven Defour, according to his agent. Paul Stefani told Belgian newspaper La Deniere Heure that the 25-year-old has been approached by a third-party who expressed the north London side's interest in him. Defour will ask to leave Porto this week, with Aston Villa and Anderlecht also [.

What does Nemanja Matic bring to Chelsea?

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With Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic undergoing a medical at Chelsea, we look at what he will add to the Blues. Jose Mourinho has decided to bring Nemanja Matic back to Chelsea for a second spell at the Stamford Bridge. Spending £22m on a defensive midfielder is a big price to pay but, as always, the [.

Man Utd target Leighton Baines set to sign new Everton contract

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Leighton Baines is reportedly set to sign a new contract at Everton and become the club's highest paid player in the process. The England left-back has been consistently linked with a move to Manchester United, who made two bids for him last season. But Baines' representatives have been in talks with the Toffees hierarchy since [.

Arsenal ready to spend £35m to make Julian Draxler the new Robin Van Persie

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Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to buy £35m Schalke youngster Julian Draxler in the hope of creating the next Robin Van Persie. The Arsenal boss has long been linked with the German playmaker, but the Daily Mirror reports that the Frenchman sees Draxler as a striker in the making. Van Persie was deployed as an [.

‘Bitter’ Paul Pogba has no intention of returning to Man Utd

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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will reject the advances of Manchester United out of bitterness at his treatment by Sir Alex Ferguson during his previous stint at Old Trafford, according to reports. The Independent claims that the France international has ruled out a return to United because he feels a "deep grievance" towards the club that [.

Liverpool aim to beat Man Utd and Everton to Porto’s Fernando

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Liverpool are reported to be newcomers in the race for Porto midfielder Fernando. The Brazilian has previously been linked with moves to the Reds' fiercest rivals, Manchester United and Everton, but Brendan Rodgers reportedly sent scouts to watch him in Sunday's game against Benfica. The 26-year-old is out of contract in the summer and could [.

West Ham reject £4m bid from Fulham for Ravel Morrison

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West Ham have rejected a bid from Fulham for midfield starlet Ravel Morrison. The offer, reported to be in the region of £4m, was immediately turned down. The Hammers reportedly value the former Manchester United at closer to £10m. Cottagers boss Rene Meulensteen, who previously claimed to have no interest in signing Morrison, has acknowledged [.

Arsenal target Julian Draxler ‘out until March’ with ruptured tendon

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Arsenal's plans to sign Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler this month could have to be shelved following reports that he will be out of action until March. According to reports in the Daily Mail, the 20-year-old will travel to Munich tomorrow to see a specialist about a ruptured tendon. The Gunners had been linked with a [.

Photos: Chelsea target Nemanja Matic arrives in London

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Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic has already gone public to say that he has played his last game for the club and on his way to Chelsea. Little wonder then that the 26-year-old has popped up in London. The Serbia international was spotted arriving at the airport, and then snapped as he made his way to [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes continues European scouting mission at Bordeaux vs PSG

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David Moyes is clocking up the airmiles during the current transfer window. After watching the Cagliari vs Juventus game in Italy on Sunday, the Manchester United boss was in France on Tuesday evening to watch Paris Saint-Germain emerge 3-1 winners at Bordeaux in a League Cup clash. France midfielder Blaise Matuidi was the most likely [.

West Ham report Fulham for ‘tapping up’ Ravel Morrison

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West Ham have reported Fulham to the Premier League over allegations that the Cottagers tapped up Ravel Morrison. The complaint relates to comments made by Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen that seemed to indicate that he had already sounded out the former Manchester United midfielder about a move to Craven Cottage without having permission to speak [.

Barcelona set to launch £29m bid for Chelsea’s David Luiz

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Barcelona are planning a fresh attempt to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz. The Catalan giants are short of centre-backs and have a long-held interest in the Brazil international. They previously made an offer of €25m for Luiz. That was rejected by Chelsea, but they could now return with an offer of €35m (£29m), according to [.

Video: Robbie Savage giggles at the thought of Man Utd boss David Moyes riding Adnan Januzaj

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Robbie Savage was rendered speechless during a BBC Radio Five Live phone-in by an inadvertent sexual innuendo involving Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj and manager David Moyes. 606 host Darren Fletcher asked Savage: "How tempted do you think David Moyes will be to ride him for the rest of the season?

Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand wants to manage a London club within five years

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"@jamiesmith_uk: @rioferdy5 Where so you see yourself in 5 years time? #AskRio" > alive.....in London & managing in the PL!! Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2014 Manchester United veteran Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he wants to go into management after hanging up his boots. The 35-year-old wants to land a Premier League job [.

Top five tallest players in the Premier League

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West Ham have completed the signing of Lacina Traore after he was given a work permit. The Ivory Coast striker joins a select group of three in the Premier League's Two Metres Tall Club. Here are the tallest players to grace the Premier League at the moment. 1. Lacina Traore (West Ham, 6ft 8in) Traore [.

Rafael and Fabio likely to leave Man Utd in the summer, says agent

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Twins Rafael and Fabio Da Silva are both set to leave Manchester United at the end of the season, according to their agent. Cassiano Pereira expects both his clients to quit Old Trafford in the summer. According to Italian website Calcio Mercato, he said: "I can say that will remain in Manchester until the end [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho cites ‘inside information’ that Man Utd are unhappy with progress under David Moyes

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Manchester United are unhappy with manager David Moyes, according to Chelsea counterpart. The Blues boss claims sources at Old Trafford have told him that the champions are not pleased with how things have gone since Moyes took charge. But the Special One says United still trust their manager. He told the Evening Standard: "My feeling, [.

Arsenal linked with Legia Warsaw’s Dominik Furman

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Legia Warsaw youngster Dominik Furman is reported to be a transfer target for Arsenal although the Gunners might have to wait until the summer to get their man. The 21-year-old is a holding midfielder. He is a regular for Poland Under-21s and has two caps for the senior team. He has played 24 times [.

Photos: West Brom boss Pepe Mel takes first training session

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Pictures of #PepeMel taking first #wba training session http://t.co/mzE6tO3Bpn pic by @AdamFradgley @WBAFCofficial pic.twitter.com/M8aoOMOIOc Adam Fradgley (@AdamFradgley) January 14, 2014 New West Brom manager Pepe Mel has taken his first training session since landing the job. The former Real Betis boss took to the Baggies' training pitch and appeared more than happy to get [.

Five steps that Manchester United fans expect of David Moyes

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Manchester United finally ended their string of defeats with a 2-0 victory over Swansea. After losing to Sunderland in the FA Cup, Swansea in the League Cup and Tottenham in the league, the criticism and discontent of the Manchester United fans grew and grew. The big question is, where do United go from here?

Tottenham’s Lewis Holtby linked with Schalke return

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Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby could be sold back to former club Schalke in the current transfer window, according to reports. The Germany international is not part of Tim Sherwood's plans and the new Spurs boss is willing to sell him, according to the Daily Mail. Holtby, aged 23, has been at White Hart Lane for [.

Nemanja Matic confirms Chelsea move

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Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic has confirmed he will complete a move to Chelsea in the coming days. The Serbia international has been widely linked with a return to the Blues in recent days and the 26-year-old has now revealed that the rumours are true. He told Portuguese paper A Bola: "Yes, it was my [.

Everton plot move for Arsenal target Michy Batshuayi

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Everton are planning to make a move for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi before the end of the current transfer window. The Daily Mail reports that the Toffees are preparing a bid for the £8m-rated forward as they start to prepare for life with Chelsea loanee Romelua Lukaku. Arsenal have been linked with the 20-year-old [.

Stoke keeper Jack Butland had his car stolen before Liverpool match

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AUDI RS5 BJ62 UOK keep an eye out, appreciate it! pic.twitter.com/58rVQAEl0p Jack Butland (@JackButland_One) January 13, 2014 Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland's car was stolen just hours before he made his Premier League debut against Liverpool on Sunday. Before any of your prejudices or stereotypes come to the fore, the car was taken [.

Emmanuel Frimpong mock Arsenal team-mate Nicklas Bendtner with fake Ballon D’Or

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Serial wind-up merchant Emmanuel Frimpong has taken aim at Arsenal team-mate Nicklas Bendtner in his latest online gag. The Gunners midfielder posted a Photoshopped picture of Bendtner scooping the Ballon D'Or. The self-proclaimed best striker in the world's head was placed onto the body of Lionel Messi wearing his infamous polka dot suit from [.

Luuk de Jong can ‘imagine’ Newcastle move

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Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong has given Newcastle encouragement to continue their pursuit of him saying his can "imagine" moving to Tyneside. The former Twente star has issued a come-and-get-me plea to the Magpies and has made it clear that he is becoming increasingly frustrated at his situation with Monchengladbach.

Aston Villa set to sign Wigan’s ex-Norwich striker Grant Holt

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Grant Holt is set for a return to the Premier League as Aston Villa prepare to make their first signing of the January transfer window. Paul Lambert is reportedly close to securing a reunion with his former Norwich City striker, who is currently at Championship side Wigan. The Villa boss wants to add more competition [.

Man Utd set for double swoop on Juventus for Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal

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Manchester United are plotting a sensational move to land Juventus duo Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal. Manager David Moyes has spoken to Juve's chief transfer negotiator Beppe Marotta to discuss signing either or both of his targets, according to reports in the Daily Mail. The champions are ready to pay £40m for France midfielder Pogba, [.

Steven Gerrard tips Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling for World Cup spot

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England captain Steven Gerrard has told Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling that he can join him at this summer's World Cup if he can maintain his current form. The 19-year-old winger was in outstanding form during Sunday's 3-5 win at Stoke, and his skipper believes he has every chance of making it to Brazil.

Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori set for Granada move

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Liverpool youngster Tiago Ilori is likely to complete a loan switch to Spanish side Granada in the coming days. The 20-year-old has not yet imposed himself on Brendan Rodgers' first-team plans since his £7m move for Sporting Lisbon last summer. Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho are above Ilori in the centre-back [.

Video: Arsenal fan reveals he urinated on his girlfriend’s Tottenham shirt

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Arsenal fans have been quizzed on whether they would ever date a Tottenham fan. Most of the Gooners asked seemed to think that supporting Spurs was a deal-breaker when it comes to relationships. One fan who has crossed the north London divide in the name of romance revealed: "I am dating a Tottenham fan.

GIF It: Christian Benteke pulls a goal back for Aston Villa against Arsenal

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Aston Villa are back within one goal of Arsenal after pulling a goal back courtesy of Christian Benteke's diving header. Santi Cazorla sloppily gave the ball away, allowing Matt Lowton time and space to put a cross into the Arsenal box. He picked out Benteke at the back post, and the big Belgian ended his [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has yet another battle with his coat zip

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A strict adherence to his footballing philosophy, an unshakable belief in the quality of his youngsters and an inability to fasten the zip on his coat: the pillars of Arsene Wenger's time at Arsenal. The Frenchman once again did battle with his troublesome overcoat during this evening's game against Aston Villa and once again [.

Video: Olivier Giroud makes it Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal

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Goalscorer Jack Wilshere turned provider for Arsenal's second goal. He played the ball into striker Olivier Giroud, who brought the ball down and finished in the manner to which we've become accustomed this season.

Five things to look out for in this weekend’s Chelsea vs Man United clash

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1. Chelsea going in as hot favourites A trip to Stamford Bridge has never been an easy one for Manchester United during the Roman Abramovich era, but you can expect to see some of the longest odds for a United win for a long time. The Blues are 4/5 favourites at the time of writing, [...]

Video: Jack Wilshere gives Arsenal the lead at Aston Villa

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Jermain Defoe thinks swapping Spurs for Toronto will boost his World Cup hopes

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Jermain Defoe hopes that his forthcoming transfer to the MLS won't harm his chances of going to the World Cup with England. The Tottenham striker says his World Cup prospects were a factor as he mulled over the switch, but believes playing regularly for Toronto FC gives him a better chance of making the squad [.

Man City’s Samir Nasri out for eight weeks with knee injury

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Thank you everyone for your kind words and overwhelming support, i suppose its kind of good news that i will be out around 8 weeks Samir Nasri Official (@SamNasri19) January 13, 2014 Samir Nasri has announced the "kind of good news" that he will be out of action for two months. The Manchester City [.

Rio Ferdinand will run around naked if ex-Man Utd team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t win Ballon D’Or

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If @Cristiano doesn't win the Balon D'or tonight.....I will run down the street butt naked! Won't be a great sight I tell ya!! Come on CR7! Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 13, 2014 Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has vowed to streak if former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't win the Ballon D'Or this evening.

Photo: West Ham striker Andy Carroll jokes about his package

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Over the moon to be back as you can see!! #Package pic.twitter.com/KXR0sBwIlu Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) January 12, 2014 It looks like the Capital One Cup second leg against Manchester City isn't the only semi at West Ham. Striker Andy Carroll has been joking about a bulge in his shorts visible as he celebrated the [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes experimenting with Adnan Zanuzaj

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Manchester United boss David Moyes says he is currently experimenting with wonderkid Adnan Zanuzaj to get the best out of him for the team. The champions have been criticised for a lack of creativity in midfield this season, and Moyes has been trying to gauge whether the 18-year-old can improve the situation.

AC Milan sack Massimiliano Allegri. Will ex-Chelsea and Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas get the job?

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Andre Villas Boas has been widely linked with AC Milan since being sacked by Tottenham last month. The former Chelsea manager was reportedly being lined up with the San Siro job after Massimiliano Allegri confirmed he would leave his post at the end of the season. But Allegri has had that decision taken out of [.

Arsenal fans delighted by signing of Anouk Hoogendijk

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.@ArsenalLadies are delighted to announce the signing of Dutch defender @Anoukhoogendijk: http://t.co/nw1gV6xcCX pic.twitter.com/ad5DE5mDkT Arsenal Ladies (@ArsenalLadies) January 13, 2014 Arsenal supporters have been hoping for something to get excited about during the current transfer window and that's exactly what they got today.

Arsenal set to swoop for Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set his sights on young Nottingham Forest centre-back Jamaal Lascelles. The Gunners boss wants to add a fourth centre-back to his squad. With Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny the clear first-choice pairing, Wenger is struggling to keep club captain Thomas Vermaelen happy.

GIF It: Did Man City’s Samir Nasri give himself a serious knee injury vs Newcastle?

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It looks like Manchester City will be without Samir Nasri for some time after he sustained what looked like a serious knee injury during yesterday's win over Newcastle. The extent of the damage is yet to be confirmed, but City are expecting the worse. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "Nasri has, I think, a serious injury.

Jonas Gutierrez could join Norwich from Newcastle

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thanks for the messages. I enjoy my 5 years at the club, I hope the club finish the highest this season and the best to my team mates. jonas gutierrez (@elgalgojonas) January 11, 2014 Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez could be set to team-up with former Magpies boss Chris Hughton at Norwich. The Argentina international [.

Chelsea will ‘complete Nemanja Matic signing on Tuesday’

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Chelsea will secure the €25m return of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic on Tuesday, according to reports in the Portuguese media. Newspapers Record, A Bola and O Jogo all agree that the Serbia international is bound for Stamford Bridge and expect the deal to be tied up tomorrow. Matic, who left the Blues as a makeweight [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes claims he was ‘on vacation’ at Cagliari vs Juventus

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has dismissed suggestions that he was on a scouting mission after being spotted at yesterday's Serie A clash between Cagliari and Juventus. Instead the United boss had opted for a one-day vacation to Sardinia during one of the busiest periods of his career to day, he told the Italian media.

Video: Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle goes sprinting in the park

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If you're in a park this morning and find a middle-aged man haring around after a professional footballer, that'll be Andre Schurrle and his dad. The Chelsea star is doing his rehab in pleasant surroundings this morning and has been doing sprinting sessions in the park. His vater has gone with him for a bit [.

Photo: Thierry Henry looks like he’d suit an Arsenal coaching role

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A special guest joined Arsenal's training session at Colney on Sunday. See the photo gallery http://t.co/2FmwJXvSvh pic.twitter.com/1uHdIjIQnG Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 13, 2014 Arsene Wenger's new right-hand man for yesterday's training session at least is Thierry Henry. The Gunners has been a frequent visitor to Arsenal's London Colney training ground during the [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 11-12 January

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1. The SAS partnership is back. It was two for Luis Suarez and one for Daniel Sturridge as the latter returned from his injury layoff against Stoke. 2. Referee Mike Jones clearly doesn't appreciate just how rarely a Cheick Tiote screamer comes along. 3. It's all sunny at Old Trafford when Fergie gives the game [.

Arsenal linked with £30m raid for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye and Davide Santon

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Arsenal are reportedly considering a £30m double swoop for Newcastle duo Yohan Cabaye and Davide Santon. The Gunners failed with a bid for France international Cabaye last summer, but are set to return with an improved offer that would also see Santon move to north London, according to Caught Offside.

Video: Man Utd target Claudio Marchisio scores a screamer for Juventus as David Moyes watches

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Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio scored a stunning goal this afternoon under the watchful eye of Manchester United boss David Moyes. Marchisio is rumoured to be a £20m target for United. Moyes travelled to Juve's game at Cagliari today to see him and Cagliari defender Davide Astori in action. The 27-year-old didn't disappoint, coming off the [.

Video: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew calls Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini a “f**king old c**t”

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Man Utd coach Phil Neville scouts Arsenal and Chelsea target Saul Niguez

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Manchester United coach Phil Neville has been at the game between Getafe and Rayo Vallecano today to run the rule over Saul Niguez. The 19-year-old midfielder, currently on-loan at Rayo from Atletico Madrid, is already in talks with Arsenal, according to reports in the Sunday papers. Chelsea are hoping to derail any deal with the [.

GIF It: Cheick Tiote’s controversially disallowed screamer (Newcastle vs Man City)

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Newcastle thought they had bagged a spectacular equaliser in today's game against Manchester City when Cheick Tiote fired in this range effort. But the strike was controversially ruled out by the officials. Yoan Gouffran was in an offside position when the shot was hit, but he wasn't in goalkeeper Joe Hart's line of sight and [.

Photo: Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney on holiday in Egypt

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PHOTOS: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney 'recovering' in Sharm El Sheikh http://t.co/361xXy5H2F #MUFC KingFut.com (@King_Fut) January 12, 2014 As we reported last week, Manchester United have sent Wayne Rooney away for some warm weather training as he recovers from a groin injury. It wasn't clear where David Moyes had sent Rooney, his family and [.

Nani, Anderson and Wilfried Zaha set or Man Utd exits

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David Moyes will offload Nani, Anderson and Wilfried Zaha this month as he begins an overhaul of his Manchester United squad. Anderson is set to move to Italian side Fiorentina in a deal that is likely to be worth a fraction of the £27m Sir Alex Ferguson paid to bring the Brazilian midfielder to Old [.

Photo: Man Utd boss David Moyes on scouting mission at Cagliari vs Juventus

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DAVID MOYES HERE FOR CAGLIARI-JUVENTUS, EXCLUSIVE PIC: IS IT FOR ASTORI? pic.twitter.com/8xQL1pBI0d Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 12, 2014 Manchester United manager David Moyes obviously didn't hang around after yesterday's win over Swansea in the late kick-off. He's popped up in Italy this lunchtime at the game between Cagliari and Juventus.

Jan Vertonghen ‘a couple of days’ away from Spurs return

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Another 3 point yesterday!!! Well done! Hopefully last couple of days in my recovery next week! Jan Vertonghen (@Jan_Vertonghen) January 12, 2014 Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has confirmed on Twitter that he is nearing a return to action. The Belgium international says he has a couple of days left in his recovery programme.

West Ham set to sign Man City’s Joleon Lescott on £90,000-a-week deal

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West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott on a three-and-a-half year deal worth £90,000-a-week. City will reportedly sanction the deal after January 20 and the move is dependent on the Hammers being prepared to sit tight for one more week, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Manchester City ready to pay £30m for Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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Southampton are bracing themselves for a £30m bid from Manchester City for young left-back Luke Shaw. The 18-year-old is wanted by a host of Saints' Premier League rivals, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs. But it is City who are set to test the south coast club's resolve to keep hold of the youngster with [.

Arsenal and Chelsea battle to sign Atletico Madrid youngster Saul Niguez

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Arsenal are in talks to sign Atletico Madrid youngster Saul Niguez but Chelsea are also scouting the Spain Under-21 international, according to the Sunday People. The 19-year-old midfielder has been in outstanding form on loan at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga this season. The Gunners have reportedly opened discussions with Niguez's representatives and hope [.

Photo: Kieran Gibbs visits Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott in hospital after successful operation

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Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs visited injured team-mate Theo Walcott in hospital following his surgery. The left-back reported that the operation on Walcott's anterior cruciate ligament injury had been a success. He wrote: "Great to see this guy today! Successful op, now road to recovery." The pair enjoyed a game of FIFA 14 during Gibbs' visit, and [.

Revealed: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s hideous coat for next season

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A leaked catalogue of Arsenal gear has given an insight into Arsene Wenger's touchline attire for next season. Puma will take over from Nikeas the Gunners' kit supplier and it looks like they have know plans to take away Arsene Wenger's beloved knee-length navy coat.

Photo: Arsenal target Paul-Georges Ntep on a train to London

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Arsenal have been widely linked with a move for Auxerre forward Paul-Georges Ntep during the current transfer window and it looks like he might be on his way. The 21-year-old posted a photo on Instagram showing his vantage point from a Eurostar train, with his passport and a ticket to London on show.

Video: Jason Puncheon’s woeful penalty (Tottenham vs Crystal Palace)

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Man Utd ‘working on deal’ for Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan

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Manchester United are planning to sign Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund in a £24m deal, according to reports in Germany. The reports suggest that manager David Moyes is preparing to bolster his midfield with a move for the Germany international. Gundogan, aged 23, is currently in talks with Dortmund over a new deal but an [.

Everton sign Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow

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BREAKING: Everton sign Aiden McGeady on a permanent deal from Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee #EFC pic.twitter.com/3OBns8wzIw Everton (@Everton) January 11, 2014 Everton have signed Republic of Ireland international Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee. More to follow.

Chelsea and Man Utd target Nemanja Matic tells Benfica he ‘wants Blues return’

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Benfica star Nemanja Matic has told the club he wants a return to former club Chelsea. The Serbian star has been linked with a £17m switch to Stamford Bridge, despite the Blues previously offloading him as part of the deal to sign David Luiz from Benfica. While the 26-year-old is said to have had reservations [.

GIF It: Fernando Torres makes it Hull 0-2 Chelsea

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A Chelsea striker on the scoresheet and Fernando Torres scoring a solo goal. In one fell swoop. Most peculiar. The £50m beat Hull defender Alex Bruce easily and fired what looked like a mishit shot inside the near post.

Photo: John Terry helps Chelsea team-mate Petr Cech with an eyelash

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Goalkeeping gloves have helped keepers in lots of ways since their introduction, but one way in which they have had a negative impact is when it comes to stray eyelashes. So, when Chelsea keeper Petr Cech found himself in a spot of optic discomfort, captain John Terry was on hand to delicately remove the eyelash [.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez: ‘I’m improving my attitude’

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Luis Suarez says his attitude is improving so much so that he's now turning down the opportunity to handle the ball for his own benefit. The Liverpool striker says he is changing and seems to think that he is now a better judge of right and wrong on the pitch. He told ESPN: "My [...]

Man Utd set to finally sign Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay

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Manchester United are rumoured to be on the verge of signing long-term transfer target Ezequiel Garay. But it could be another six months before the Benfica defender joins he clubs. The Argentina international, viewed as Rio Ferdinand's successor, has been linked with United for almost two years. Both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes are [.

Arsenal plan improved bid for Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann

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Arsenal are considering an improved bid for Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann after reportedly having a £12m bid rejected. According to the Spanish media, the Gunners had an initial bid turned down yesterday. Although they thought that their opening offer would be enough to secure the deal, they are now weighing up a bid closer [.

Video: Spurs boss Tim Sherwood praises Crystal Palace counterpart Tony Pulis

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Bringing back a 4-4-2 formation and now praising Tony Pulis. Is it time for Spurs fans to worry?! New Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has been admiring the work of the Crystal Palace boss ahead of the Premier League clash between the two sides. He said: "He's done a brilliant job. We've seen it time and [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger jokes about signing for Spurs star Gareth Bale on loan

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has joked that he is in talks to sign Real Madrid's Gareth Bale. The Gunners boss was being pressed on his attempts to bring Real youngster Alvaro Morata to the club. He said: "We are not in talks." Clarifying the situation, a journalist asked: "With Real about Morata?" Wenger responded: "With [.

Kitman: Former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho wears his shirt back-to-front

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Monaco defender Ricardo Carvalho suffered a wardrobe malfunction during his side's draw with Montpellier. The former Chelsea man managed to put his shirt on back-to-front in his hurry to get onto the pitch. The error of his ways was pointed out by the referee.

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard would cover himself in tattoos for the title

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Steven Gerrard on injury, captaincy, a Champions League return and 'best chance' for title http://t.co/79WRTsyqlD pic.twitter.com/nyoVmeMmpm Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 11, 2014 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he would cover half his body in tattoos for the right to win the Premier League. Despite having dropped off the top of the table, the [.

GIF It: Eden Hazard’s goal for Chelsea vs Hull

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Chelsea have been struggling to make a breakthrough against Hull, but have now done so courtesy of Eden Hazard's low strike. The Belgian star dummied a shot on the edge of the box, buying himself an extra half-yard to find the bottom corner with his shot from the edge of the box.

Man Utd scout Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio

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Manchester United are watching Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio. The Argentine centre-back has earned rave reviews for his performances this season, and he is believed to be the reason for chief scout Robbie Cooke's visit to the game between Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal on Monday evening. The 23-year-old, who is also wanted by Chelsea, Barcelona and [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain return doesn’t compensate for Theo Walcott loss

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the return to fitness of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain doesn't compensate for the loss of Theo Walcott. Oxlade Chamberlain is available for selection for Monday's game against Aston Villa for the first time since the opening day of the season. His comeback comes just a week after Walcott was ruled out [.

Video: Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney on a ‘hot weather break’

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Wayne Rooney, his groin, his family and a fitness coach are away on a hot weather break, Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed. The England striker is not yet fit for action and is continuing his recovery in sunnier climes. Moyes said: "We have sent Wayne away on a hot weather break. His groin [.

Video: Peter Schmeichel criticises Man Utd players

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Manchester United's players are not taking their responsibilities seriously, according to club legend Peter Schmeichel. The former United keeper seemed to suggest that manager David Moyes is being let down by some members of the squad. And Schmeichel expects the shirkers to be moved on. He said: "I think that a few players there in [.

Rio Ferdinand: Man United fans must stick with the team

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Manchester United fans must get get behind the team during their current slump in form, according to veteran defender Rio Ferdinand. He has compared the champions' fortunes this season with a transition period at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2005. He said: "We are just eager to get going again. At these types of moments [.

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood: ‘Erik Lamela will not be going out on loan’

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Tim at today's press conference. We've got his thoughts on the Palace game in the next few Tweets. pic.twitter.com/Od68Ox2HIB Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 10, 2014 Erik Lamela will not be returning to Italy on loan during the current transfer window, according to Spurs manager Tim Sherwood.

Photo: Liverpool’s SAS partnership reunited in training ahead of Stoke game

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PHOTO: The Premier League's most lethal partnership train together at Melwood #LFC pic.twitter.com/R6OnCvwz03 Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 10, 2014 Liverpool strike partners Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have been training together today albeit they found themselves on opposing teams. The SAS partnership was separated by Sturridge being on the bibs team in training, [.

Fulham boss Meulensteen rules out signing ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison from West Ham

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Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen says he will not be trying to sign West Ham's Ravel Morrison even though he worked with him at Manchester United. Morrison has got his career back on track at Upton Park this season, but has been linked with a January move away from the relegation-threatened Hammers. Meulensteen says a [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hints at January signing from Premier League rival

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Arsene Wenger has indicated that Arsenal are working to bring in a player from a rival Premier League club this month. The Gunners boss refused to comment on transfer rumours before dropping a big hint that at least some of his January shopping will be done in England. He said: "I do not want to [...

Rio Ferdinand ‘begged’ Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed how he hounded former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in an attempt to persuade him to return to the club in the summer. Ferdinand says he begged the Real Madrid star to re-sign for United, but thinks the champions have missed their chance to sign him.

Photo: Arsenal branded condoms

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Arsenal condoms, because Ramsey can't be the only guy to score. pic.twitter.com/PdamWm4YKe Big Friendly German (@ZineAFC) January 9, 2014 This photo of a pack of Arsenal condoms is doing the rounds this morning. While it is probably safe to assume that these are produced outside the realms of officially sanctioned club merchandise, they've still [.

Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye could leave Newcastle for £6m this summer

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Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye could engineer a £6m move away from the club in the summer, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph claims the France international could enforce the Webster rule, which allows a player to buy-out the remainder of a contract. Under that ruling, which is named after former Hearts defender Andy Webster, a [.

Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie set to return for Chelsea clash

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has resumed full training after his injury layoff. Tomorrow's game against Swansea will come too soon for the Dutchman, but he could provide a much needed boost for under-fire boss David Moyes by returning for next Sunday's clash with Chelsea. Van Persie has been out for a month with [.

Real Madrid willing to let Alvaro Morata join Arsenal

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Arsenal could be set to sign Alvaro Morata after Real Madrid reportedly softened their stance on letting their young striker leave. The Spanish giants previously said the 21-year-old would not be allowed to leave, with manager Carlo Ancelotti saying that he would not let any players depart during the current transfer window.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he’s under pressure due to erosion of traditional values

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Sam Allardyce has used his weekly newspaper column to lament an erosion of traditional values in modern society. The immediate example that sprang to mind? The lack of patience for football managers, naturally. Writing in the Evening Standard, he said: "At the moment it is relentlessly negative. The criticism heading my way is non-stop.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is fit to face Aston Villa

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Here's the boss in the press conference. He's talking right now. #AVFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/SsjJTdyF2i Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 10, 2014 Arsene Wenger says he would have no hesitation about playing Alex Oxlade Chamberlain in Monday's game against Aston Villa. The Arsenal midfielder has been out of action since suffering an injury against Villa on the [.

Photo: Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd players gather for Lucas Leiva’s birthday

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Liverpool star Lucas Leiva's birthday party cut across club rivalries. The Brazilian star had a get together yesterday evening to celebrate his 27th birthday and it brought out the great and good of the North West's South American community! Manchester United's Rafael and Fabio and Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta and Fernandinho were among those [.

Tomas Rosicky will stay at Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger has indicated that midfielder Tomas Rosicky will be handed a new deal at Arsenal. The Czech star, aged 33, is out of contract in the summer but Wenger believes he will sign an extension. He said: "Rosicky will stay here at the end of the season. He's a marvellous player and contributes well [.

Hull boss Steve Bruce angry at links with Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher and West Brom’s Shane Long

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Hull manager Steve Bruce has hit out at "nonsense" stories linking him with moves for Sunderland's Steven Fletcher and West Brom's Shane Long. The Tigers boss is concerned that the inaccurate reports will get him in the bad books with Black Cats manager Gus Poyet and the Baggies hierarchy. He insists he has not been [.

Theo Walcott injury accelerates Arsene Wenger’s desire for new Arsenal players

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the injury to Theo Walcott has "accelerated" his desire to bring in new players. But he is also aware that it has increased speculation about potential transfer targets. He told the club's official website: "[Walcott's injury] has accelerated speculation first and of course my desire as well but let's [.

Thibaut Courtois set for talks with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he is due for talks with manager Jose Mourinho about his future. The Belgium international has been on-loan at Spanish side Atletico Madrid for three seasons. A move away from the Blues had looked on the cards, with Atletico and Barcelona both interested, but Courtois has indicated that [.

Video: Blackpool boss Paul Ince dismisses Swansea McDonalds talks rumours

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers fined £8,000 over Man City comments

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Brendan Rodgers has been handed an £8,000 fine by the FA for comments he made about the referee following Liverpool's defeat at Manchester City last month. As we reported yesterday, the Reds boss had already accepted the charge and knew that a fine was likely. A statement from the FA read: 'Rodgers was charged for [.

Man City striker Edin Dzeko gets his own abacus

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Manchester City's Edin Dzeko has found even competition sponsors are poking fun at him after he lost count of the score following last night's Capital One Cup win over West Ham. The Bosnian striker was praising the 5-0 win, even though City had actually scored six. Now sponsors Capital One are wading in on Dzeko [.

Video: Man City striker Sergio Aguero in training after injury

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Sergio Aguero has posted this video showing his recovery training. The Manchester City striker is on the comeback trail after his recent calf injury. Writing on his Facebook page, he said: "I'm working full steam to regain my condition. And I'm better each day! Here's another video, now with my field work.

Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata hints at Arsenal move

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Arsenal target Alvaro Morata has hinted he might be prepared to agitate for a move to the north London club. The Real Madrid youngster is one of Arsene Wenger's top targets to strengthen his strikeforce during the current transfer window. Arsene Wenger wants to bring him in on loan until the end of the season, [.

Man Utd’s Chris Smalling apologises for bomb fancy dress costume

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has apologised for dressing as a suicide bomber at a Christmas fancy dress party. The self-styled Jagerbomber strapped Jagermeister and Red Bull to his body, along with the more traditional bomber acccessories of circuit boards and wires, reports The Sun. His management firm Wasserman Media Group told the Associated Press: [.

Liverpool and Arsenal ‘in talks’ to sign Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate

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Liverpool and Arsenal are in talks with Anderlecht youngster Cheikhou Kouyate, according to his agent. The Belgian side are happy to let the 24-year-old move on during the current transfer window, and Kouayate's agent, Saffet Balkan, claims the Reds and the Gunners are both in discussions to sign the Senegal international.

Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner ‘days away from return’

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is recovering more quickly than expected from his ankle injury and could return to training in a matter of days. The Metro claims that the Dane's swift comeback could dissuade Arsene Wenger from signing another striker during the current transfer window. Wenger had been linked with a loan bid for Real [.

Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool told to pay €87m for ex-Chelsea star Salomon Kalou

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Salomon Kalou's host of Premier League suitors have been warned that Lille would "maybe" consider a bid of €87m for him. Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with moves to bring the former Chelsea attacker back to the Premier League, but Lille president Michel Seydoux is hoping to scare off interested parties.

Arsenal target Antonio Sanabria says he’s joining Roma

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Barcelona youngster Antonio Sanabria is on the verge of joining Roma. The Paraguay international had looked destined to move to Arsenal, but the 17-year-old claims he is set to move to Serie A instead. He told Radio Monumental 1080 AM: "Roma already put the necessary money to the Spanish Federation for the clause asked by [.

Toronto release video hinting at signing Jermain Defoe from Spurs

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Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has been widely expected to move to the MLS with Toronto during the current transfer window. The Canadian side is now starting to ramp up the hype around "a bloody big deal" it plans to announce on January 13. It seems highly likely that will be the date that Defoe's switch [.

Borussia Dortmund scout Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry

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Arsenal are bracing themselves for a bid from Borussia Dortmund for winger Serge Gnabry. Reports in the German media suggest that Dortmund hope to lure 18-year-old Gnabry back to his homeland as they begin planning for life without star striker Robert Lewandowski. Tabloid newspaper Bild claims that Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has already had the [.

Photo: Howard Webb’s impressive photobomb ahead of Man City vs West Ham

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PHOTOBOMB: Kudos to Howard Webb for this cracking photobomb, caught on camera by @mcfcsnappershaz #mcfc pic.twitter.com/k8cYDsc6Km Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 8, 2014 What ever happened to showing respect for referees? Howard Webb was fourth official for last night's Capital One Cup clash between Manchester City and West Ham, and he pulled off this [.

Photo: Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom looks thrilled to join Brentford

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Arsenal's Chuba Akpom looking utterly disgusted about signing for Brentford on loan. pic.twitter.com/bVPlWWKCm9 Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) January 9, 2014 Brentford have secured the loan signing of young Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom and he looks delighted with the deal. The 18-year-old had a face like thunder as he posed with a Bees shirt after completing [.

Sam Allardyce’s West Ham future hangs in the balance after back-to-back ‘Hammerings’

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Football is a fickle business, and managers know that better than anyone. A slump in results can see their reign at a club come under scrutiny and the month of December served to highlight the cut-throat business of football management as nine managers in England were given their marching orders. Some of the dismissals over [.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts FA charge over Man City comments

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has accepted an FA charge after he questioned the appointment of a Greater Manchester referee for his side's defeat at Manchester City. Rodgers called the performance of Lee Mason and his assistants "horrendous" after the game. He said: "Hopefully we won't have a Greater Manchester referee with Liverpool-Manchester games in future.

Photo: Is this Blackpool’s Tom Ince in talks with Swansea at McDonalds?

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Swansea City have taken Tom Ince and his dad Paul to the town's glitziest restaurant. Premier League glamour! pic.twitter.com/8NDlbl1oyv Ben Isaacs (@tweetsfromben) January 8, 2014 A photo is doing the rounds showing Blackpool manager Paul Ince and son Tom enjoying a McDonalds at what appears to be a motorway service station.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti delivers blow to Man Utd and Arsenal

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No players will be leaving or joining Real Madrid this month, according to manager Carlo Ancelotti. That news will be of frustration to Manchester United, who were set to make a fresh move for left-back Fabio Coentrai, and Arsenal, who are hoping to sign striker Alvaro Morata on a six-month loan deal.

New Cardiff signing Magnus Wolff Eikrem’s date of birth is 08/08/90

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Following reports that Cardiff owner Vincent Tan only wanted to sign players with a lucky number eight in their date of birth, it transpires that Magnus Wolff Eikrem Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing has two eights in his. The Norwegian was born on August 8, 1990. The Daily Mail claims sources close to [.

Photo: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain returns to Arsenal training

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Looks who's back... it's @Alex_OxChambo! Check out our picture special of Alex in training: http://t.co/OAuQF7VgiX pic.twitter.com/XuX9wGfM81 Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 8, 2014 It had been reported that Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade Chamberlain had resumed full training following his injury layoff and now there's photographic evidence to prove it.

Tottenham’s top January transfer window signings

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With the January transfer window now starting to heat up, we look at Tottenham's best and biggest signings since the compulsory second window came into effect in the 2002/03 season. 1. Jermain Defoe (£6m from West Ham, January 2004, and £15.75m from Portsmouth, January 2009) Defoe has only spent a year away from Tottenham over [.

David Moyes: ‘Man Utd were good despite Sunderland defeat’

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Manchester United manager David Moyes felt his side put in a good performance in last night's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg even though they lost the game to Sunderland. United lost 2-1 at the Stadium of Light, but Moyes was pleased with his side's efforts. He wants to see a bit more from [...

Erik Lamela’s dad reveals he wants to quit Tottenham

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Erik Lamela is desperate to leave Spurs and return to Italy, according to his father. Speaking to the Italian media, Jose Lamela said the 21-year-old is unhappy after failing to settle in north London. He said: "Erik is not happy and wants to go back to Italy. "He has been linked with Lazio, but I [.

Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong winds up Man Utd fans over David Moyes

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Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong posted a photo on his Instagram touting David Moyes for a return to Everton. The Ghana international uploaded the image, which shows Moyes hitchhiking for a return to Goodison Park, during Manchester United's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Sunderland last night.

Liverpool in danger of being pipped to Basel’s Mohamed Salah by Zenit St Petersburg

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Liverpool could miss out on Basel winger Mohamed Salah, with Zenit St Petersburg prepared to double the Reds' bid for him. Brendan Rodgers appeared to be in pole position to sign the 21-year-old ahead of Tottenham and Manchester United after the Reds opened talks with the Swiss side. The two parties have not [.

Tottenham’s Kyle Walker wanted by Paris St Germain and Monaco

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Paris St Germain have joined Ligue 1 rivals Monaco in the race to sign Tottenham's Kyle Walker, according to reports in the French media. Le Parisien reports that PSG will move for the England international later this month as they seek a replacement for the injured Christophe Jallet. Monaco have long been linked with the [.

Arsenal ‘make enquiry’ for Porto striker Jackson Martinez

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Arsenal have contacted Porto about the possibility of signing their striker Jackson Martinez, according to reports. The Gunners know that it will be almost impossible to sign their top targets in the current transfer window, so their preference is to bring Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata in on loan until the end of the season.

Liverpool’s top January transfer window signings

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With the January transfer window now starting to heat up, we look at Liverpool's best and biggest signings since the compulsory second window came into effect in the 2002/03 season. 1. Luis Suarez (£23.5m from Ajax, January 2011) Not the most expensive January signing of the window given Andy Carroll's £35m arrival from Newcastle, but [.

Manchester City and Arsenal linked with £10m Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk

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Manchester City and Arsenal are reportedly weighing up moves for Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk. The £10m-rated defender only signed from FC Groningen for £1.6m in the summer. The 22-year-old has been in impressive form since joining the Scottish champions, who are now set to make a tidy return on him. Both City and the Gunners [.

Video: David Moyes praises Man Utd fans for ‘sticking’ with him

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has praised the club's supporters for sticking with him during the current slump in form. The former Everton boss is under increasing pressure following a string of recent defeats. But he insists the United faithful are right to be patient with him and the club. He claimed that although United [.

Coming out: Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger announces he is gay

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Thomas Hitzlsperger has revealed that he is gay in a magazine interview. The ex-Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder, aged 31, has spoken out about his sexuality in an interview with German publication Die Zeit (The Time). He said it was a "long and difficult process... Only in recent years has it dawned on [.

Magnus Wolff Eikrem: Cardiff complete signing of ex-Man Utd trainee

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BREAKING: @CardiffCityFC are delighted to confirm the signing of Magnus Wolff Eikrem from Heerenveen. #WelcomeMagnus pic.twitter.com/KAYR02kG5f Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 8, 2014 Cardiff City have announced the signing of former Manchester United youngster Magnus Wolff Eikrem from Heerenveen for an undisclosed fee.

Nemanja Vidic’s agent rules out Man Utd contract extension

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Nemanja Vidic will not sign a contract extension at Manchester United, according to his agent. Silvano Martina said the United skipper would not be discussing a new contract at United. His current deal expires at the end of the season. Speaking to Radio Crc in Napoli, Martina said: "Vidic, given his contract situation, has several [.

Man Utd want to keep Wilfried Zaha away from London, claims Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis

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A loan return to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha is unlikely because Manchester United want to keep the young winger out of London. That's according to Eagles boss Tony Pulis, who claims United counterpart David Moyes does not want the out-of-favour England international back on his old stomping ground.

Chelsea’s top January transfer window signings

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With the January transfer window now starting to heat up, we look at Chelsea's best and biggest signings since the compulsory second window came into effect in the 2002/03 season. 1. Branislav Ivanovic (£9.7 million from Lokomotiv Moscow, January 2008) The Serbian has established himself as one of the Premier League's most consistent defenders since [.

Arsenal’s top January transfer signings

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With the January transfer window now starting to heat up, we look at Arsenal's best and biggest signings since the compulsory second window came into effect in the 2002/03 season. 1. Emmanuel Adebayor (Undisclosed reportedly £3m from Monaco, January 2006) No, he probably doesn't merit a place at the top of this list [.

Manchester United’s top January transfer window signings

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With the January transfer window now starting to heat up, we look at Manchester United's best and biggest signings since the compulsory second window came into effect in the 2002/03 season. 1. Nemanja Vidic (£7m from Spartak Moscow, January 2006) As his chant establishes, he comes from Serbia, but he arrived via Russia.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll’s parents mock his horse looks

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With his big frame, clodhopping style and, of course, his ponytail, West Ham striker Andy Carroll has frequently being compared to a horse. And it seems even his parents are getting in on the act. The Carrolls marked Andrew's 25th birthday by sending him a horse-themed birthday card. The England international said: "Yes this is [.

Inter rule out sale of Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham target Fredy Guarin

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Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin a transfer target for Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham is no longer for sale, according to reports in Italy. The Italian side had opened talks with Chelsea about a deal for the Colombia international, but they have now backed away from plans to sell him. Inter freely admit [.

Spurs fans injured ‘protecting’ Arsenal’s Theo Walcott

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Two of the stretcher bearers hit by missiles as they carried Arsenal's Theo Walcott off the pitch at the weekend are Tottenham supporters. The Daily Mail reports that ambulance staff Anthony Archer and Daniel Ahmed both support Spurs and ended up being struck by objects thrown by their fellow fans. Walcott and the medical staff [.

Arsenal step-up efforts to sign Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata

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Arsenal have redoubled their attempts to bring Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata in on loan after learning the severity of Theo Walcott's injury. The England international will miss the rest of the season, further limiting Arsene Wenger's attacking options after Nicklas Bendtner's injury. That will lead the Gunners to make fresh attempts to bring the [.

Ex-Newcastle, Cardiff and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra blasts Blackpool training

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It's safe to say that Blackpool striker Michael Chopra isn't impressed with today's training session. The former Newcastle, Cardiff and Sunderland man took to Twitter to vent his frustration at his absent team-mates and the fact that a fitness coach was taking a football session. In a hastily deleted tweet, he wrote: "F**king joke this [.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain set for Arsenal return

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Arsenal have been handed a boost after Theo Walcott's injury with the news that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is nearing a return to action. The England international returned to full training yesterday and is due to play his first game when Arsenal Under 21s take on Fulham at Motspur Park on Thursday. Oxlade Chamberlain has been [.

Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen ‘on Napoli transfer shortlist’

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is on a four-man shortlist of defensive targets Napoli want to sign this month, according to reports in the Italian media. Naples newspaper Il Mattino claims the out-of-favour centre-back is wanted by Rafa Benitez as he seeks to strengthen the heart of his defence. Marseille's Nicolas N'Koulou, Cagliari's Davide Astori and [.

Fiorentina linked with Man Utd captain Nemanja Vidic

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Fiorentina are being linked with a move for Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic. The 32-year-old is out of contract in the summer, but the Italian outfit are monitoring his situation to see whether a deal can be done in the current transfer window, the Daily Mail reports. Viola coach Vincenzo Montella wants to bolster his [.

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott faces no action over 2-0 gesture to Spurs fans

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Theo Walcott will not face disciplinary action for gesturing the scoreline during Arsenal's FA Cup win over Tottenham, the FA has confirmed. The Gunners forward made a 2-0 gesture towards Spurs fans as he left the pitch on a stretcher during the closing stages. Arsene Wenger claimed he was responding to missiles being thrown at [.

Tottenham flop Erik Lamela ‘in talks’ with Inter Milan

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Erik Lamela is in talks with Inter Milan about a loan move, according to reports. The Daily Star claims that the £30m man, who became Spurs' club record signing when he joined from Roma in the summer, is set to return to Serie A. Lamela's agent is said to have flown to Rome to meet [...]

Man Utd boss David Moyes: ‘We’ll try and get ourselves to a cup final if we can’

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says his side will try to make it a cup final if they can. The champions face Sunderland in the first-leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final tomorrow, just a couple of days after being knocked out of the FA Cup in their third round tie at home to [...]

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool won’t let Raheem Sterling leave on loan

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Raheem Sterling is not available for loan, according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. The young winger has been linked with a switch to Swansea this month. But Rodgers claims the England international will be staying at Anfield. He suggested Sterling would have been available in the summer, but not since he has regained his place [.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler reveals Indian management ambition

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Robbie Fowler has revealed he would like to take up a manager's job in India. The former Liverpool striker was distancing himself from rumours linking him with Torquay United job when he said he was hopeful of managing in the Indian league. He said: "I don't know where these reports came out from. I am [.

West Ham owners support Sam Allardyce over Nottingham Forest thrashing

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West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan have given their public backing to manager Sam Allardyce after yesterday's 5-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Allardyce sent out an inexperienced team in the FA Cup third round tie with the Championship side and the youngsters suffered a drubbing at the City Ground.

Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne’s agent spotted at Wolfsburg training camp

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Here's De Bruyne's agent at a recent Wolfsburg training session. pic.twitter.com/ONS58cVtVV Dami (@TheChelseaWay) January 6, 2014 The agent of wantaway Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne has been photographed at Wolfsburg's winter training camp in Abu Dhabi. Patrick De Koster was spotted watching the German side training in the Gulf state as they prepare to [.

Video: Blur frontman Damon Albarn watches Chelsea training

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Damon Albarn's love of Parklife took him to Chelsea's Cobham to watch a training session. The Blur singer was in attendance to see the Blues being put through their paces.

Man Utd step up scouting of £61.5m duo Diego Costa and Ander Herrera

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Manchester United watched both Diego Costa and Ander Herrera over the weekend. While David Moyes oversaw an FA Cup third round defeat to Swansea, his scouts were running the rule over Atletico Madrid striker Costa and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Herrera. Moyes admits there is an urgent need for new players at Old Trafford.

Man Utd’s hopes of signing Marco Reus vanish

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Manchester United's chances of signing Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus in the current transfer window have gone from slim to almost non-existent. The Germany international was seen as one of the few targets United might be able to entice to Old Trafford this month given a reported £30m release clause in his contract.

Video: Liverpool target Dele Alli learning to drive

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Got a spare couple of hours? Why not watch MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli learning to drive. The 17-year-old has been widely linked with a move to Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers watched him in action during Saturday's FA Cup draw with Wigan. In the video above, the England Under-17 international is taking a driving lesson [.

GIF It: Derby boss Steve McClaren launches fake assault on Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho

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It was all very pally between Derby manager Steve McClaren and Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho during yesterday's FA Cup clash between the two sides. Perhaps the best example of this was when a play-fight broke out between the pair. McClaren pretended to hit Mourinho when the Portuguese boss became a bit overexcited.

Video: Man Utd fan can’t resist one last ‘boo’ after Swansea defeat

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This Manchester United fan was trying to make his way out of Old Trafford after the defeat to Swansea but he kept getting distracted by an overwhelming urge to boo. He appeared to be heading for the exit after delivering his final boo towards David Moyes' flops... but managed to squeeze in one more!

Liverpool and Tottenham want former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou

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Ex-Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou is being linked with a return to the Premier League this month with Liverpool or Tottenham. The 28-year-old has impressed at French side Lille since leaving the Blues on a free transfer in 2012. That has caught the attention of both the Reds and Spurs. The Premier League sides could attempt [.

Liverpool set to sign MK Dons wonderkid Dele Alli

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Liverpool are on the verge of completing a deal for MK Dons starlet Dele Alli, according to reports. Manager Brendan Rodgers watched the 17-year-old midfield sensation in action in the FA Cup clash at Wigan on Saturday. And Dons boss Karl Robinson seemed in little doubt as to what has attracted the Anfield chief to [.

Cardiff line-up former Manchester United academy players

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New Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is lining up former Manchester United academy starlets Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli as his first signings. The Norwegian coached United's reserve team before moving to Molde to take up his first senior management role. But hopes to sign a couple of his former charges in the [.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd told Will Hughes will not be leaving Derby

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Derby County have told Will Hughes' host of Premier League suitors to forget about signing him in the current transfer window. Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been linked with moves for the 18-year-old midfield wonderkid. But they have been warned that he will not be sold this month.

Manchester United and Arsenal linked with Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic

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Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic is reportedly wanted by Manchester United and Arsenal. The Croatia international is likely to fall down the pecking order at the Bavarian giants after it was confirmed that Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski will join them on a free transfer. With football's worst kept secret now out in the open, Mandzukic [.

Tottenham target Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella

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Tottenham are being linked with a double swoop for Juventus duo Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella. The two strikers are part of sporting director Franco Baldini's plans to replace Toronto-bound Jermain Defoe, reports the Sunday People. Vucinic and Quagliarella, both aged 30, have been on the fringes for the Serie A table-toppers this season, starting [.

Chelsea linked with Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji

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Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a move for Nantes centre-back Papy Djilobodji. The 25-year-old has been an integral part of the French side's impressive backline this season. They have conceded just 17 goals in 19 games. The Blues are said to have joined Borussia Dortmund in the hunt for the 6ft 4in Senegal international.

Cardiff want Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha on loan

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New Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to make Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha one of his first signings. The Norwegian wants to raid his former club to bring in the 21-year-old former Crystal Palace man, reports the Metro. United boss David Moyes has made it clear he is willing to listen to loan [.

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies celebrates West Ham win by arranging pork pie race

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Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies was in understandably high spirits after yesterday's 5-0 FA Cup third round win over. So much so that his first thought after the game was arranging to race a journalist to a pork pie. Singling out a reporter in his press conference and referring to comments made on a social [.

Former Spurs and Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas linked with AC Milan job

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Recently sacked Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has been touted as the next AC Milan. The former Chelsea boss is one of the top contenders to replace Massimiliano Allegri at the San Siro when he stands down at the end of the season, according to the Times. Former Milan star Clarence Seedorf is believed to [.

Chelsea open talks with Saint Etienne over Kurt Zouma

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Chelsea have begun talks to sign teenage defender Kurt Zouma. The 19-year-old Saint Etienne centre-back is considered to be one of the hottest prospects in world football and Jose Mourinho hopes to bring him to Stamford Bridge. The Blues were linked with a move for Zouma in the summer, but that never materialised.

Video: Arsenal’s Theo Walcott makes 2-0 gesture at Spurs fans from his stretcher

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David Moyes admits Man Utd could lose Wayne Rooney if they don’t qualify for the Champions League

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has expressed fears that the club could lose Wayne Rooney if they miss out on Champions League qualification. The champions are by no means certain to finish in the top four after an underwhelming start to the season. And Moyes has indicated there are no guarantees that they would be [.

Arsenal set to sign a new striker after Nicklas Bendtner’s injury

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Arsenal seem likely to sign a new striker this month after the extent of Nicklas Bendtner's injury became clear. The Danish striker suffered ankle ligament injury in the process of scoring a vital goal against Cardiff on New Year's Day. He had a scan yesterday to see if the ligaments are strained or torn.

Man Utd hope to sign Arsenal youngster Chris Willock

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Manchester United are hoping to bring highly rated Arsenal starlet Chris Willock. The 15-year-old is considered one of English football's brightest talents. His elder brother Matty, aged 17, was previously in Arsenal's ranks before being released. He is now due to sign a professional contract at United.

Man Utd announce Ashley Young is out of Swansea game, blame Spurs’ Hugo Lloris

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Manchester United have announced that Ashley Young will miss the FA Cup clash with Swansea with an Instagram post blaming Tottenham's Hugo Lloris. United boss David Moyes was furious that United didn't get a penalty for Lloris' challenge on Young during the New Year's Day defeat to Spurs. Now the club has revealed that Young [.

Porto’s Chelsea target Jackson Martinez reveals he is open to Arsenal move

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Porto striker Jackson Martinez says he would jump at the chance to join Arsenal. The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Colombia international though it had seemed that a switch to Chelsea was his most likely route into the Premier League. According to Sky Sports, Martinez said: "When I was a [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Thierry Henry statue wears a Tottenham shirt

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Thierry Henry Statue after a visit from Spurs.. pic.twitter.com/p4C45qRLrS Football Away Days (@FBAwayDays) January 4, 2014 Ahead of today's north London FA Cup third round clash one Arsenal legend donned a Tottenham shirt. The Thierry Henry statue outside the Emirates Stadium was decked out in a Spurs kit by mischievous away fans.

GIF It: Santi Cazorla gives Arsenal the lead against Tottenham

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West Ham sign Anzhi striker Lacina Traore on loan

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West Ham have signed 6ft 8in Anzhi Makhachkala striker Lacina Traore on loan. The Ivory Coast international has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, and it is the Hammers who have secured a much needed reinforcement for their strikeforce. The £16m-rated forward will now travel to London for a medical and [.

Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney leaves hospital with groin scan results

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FT: United 1 Spurs 2. Goals from Adebayor and Eriksen earn Tottenham the points on a disappointing night for #mufc. pic.twitter.com/I7JIPHEp0G Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 1, 2014 Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been spotted leaving hospital with the results of a scan on his groin. The 28-year-old left Manchester's Bridgewater Hospital clutching an [.

Daniele De Rossi: ‘Signing for Man Utd would have been suicide’

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Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has been celebrating his decision not to join Manchester United in the summer. The Italy international was one of a number of midfielders strongly linked with a move to the champions shortly after David Moyes took charge. De Rossi has made it clear that the option to move to Old [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confirms Kevin De Bruyne offers

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Mourinho on De Bruyne: 'I don't want him to leave, but we have a couple of contacts made by other clubs.' #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 3, 2014 Chelsea have received more than one approach for winger Kevin De Bruyne, according to Jose Mourinho. The Blues boss said he wanted the Belgium international to [.

Emmanuel Adebayor frozen out at Spurs over beanie hat

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Former Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas dropped Emmanuel Adebayor over a beanie hat, according to reports. The pair fell out after the Togo international refused to remove his headwear for a team meeting, claims the Daily Mail. The reports suggest the striker walked into the meeting wearing a hat at the start of the season.

Photos: Andy Carroll scores in West Ham training

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PIC: @AndyTCarroll trained with the first team again this morning as he steps up his recovery from injury. #COYI pic.twitter.com/RiezunHeFz West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) January 3, 2014 Andy Carroll was on target in West Ham training as he returns from a long-term injury layoff. The £15m summer signing has been out of action [.

Chelsea are not looking for a new striker, says Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he is not planning to sign another striker in this month. The Blues have been linked with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Jackson Martinez and Gonzalo Higuain in the current transfer window. But Mourinho claims his current strikers are "good enough" to meet the club's objectives for the season.

Chelsea and Man Utd target Luke Shaw says he wants to stay at Southampton

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Southampton left-back Luke Shaw has told the club he is not interested in a big-money January move. The 18-year-old has been linked with moves to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, but he wants to continue his development at St Mary's, reports the Daily Telegraph. His suitors are still likely to launch bids during [.

Newcastle make £14m move for Man Utd target Remy Cabella

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Newcastle have launched a £14m move for Montpellier forward Remy Cabella. An official bid has not yet been lodged, but the Daily Telegraph claims that the Magpies have approached the French side to ask whether they are prepared to part with their star during the current transfer window. The 23-year-old can play on either flank [.

Swansea linked with Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is a target for Swansea. Michael Laudrup's side hope to bring the England international to the Liberty Stadium on loan if the Reds are successful in signing FC Basel's Mohamed Salah. It is believed that Brendan Rodgers would be happy to let the 19-year-old leave to get regular first-team action elsewhere [.

Chelsea join Arsenal and Man Utd in race for Basel’s Fabian Schar

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Chelsea are the latest Premier League side to join the hunt for FC Basel centre-back Fabian Schar. The highly rated 22-year-old defender is already a target for Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Inter Milan. Blues boss Jose Mourinho saw Schar at close quarters during this season's Champions League group [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rejects rumours of a move for Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov

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Here's the boss in the press conference #AFCvTHFC pic.twitter.com/2XpQ3SXdcZ Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 3, 2014 Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov is not a transfer target for Arsenal, according to Arsene Wenger. Media reports had linked the Gunners with a cut-price move for the Bulgarian star as they seek to bolster their strikeforce for the second [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski prepare to face Spurs

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... and here's @MesutOzil1088 and @Podolski10 at London Colney today. More pictures here: http://t.co/Id7RD7mD91 pic.twitter.com/clbafUXffx Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 3, 2014 Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski looked relaxed as they prepared to face Tottenham in this weekend's FA Cup third round clash.

Spurs’ Andros Townsend, Jermain Defoe and Lewis Holtby return to training ahead of Arsenal clash

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We'll have full team news ahead of tomorrow's huge FA Cup tie at Arsenal, plus more training photos later today... pic.twitter.com/t7N7Pdp8iO Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 3, 2014 Spurs trio Andros Townsend, Jermain Defoe and Lewis Holtby have all returned to training today. The club confirmed via its official Twitter account that all three players [.

Hull’s Tom Huddlestone picks a mohican for his new haircut

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Tom Huddlestone has revealed his new haircut following his goal for Hull against Fulham. The former Spurs star had vowed not to cut his hair until he found the net but it ended up taking 55 games for Huddlestone to get on the scoresheet. The midfielder has so far raised £36,000 for Cancer Research [.

Man Utd set to bag Dinamo Zagreb’s Robert Muric for £300,000

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Manchester United are reportedly in talks to sign Dinamo Zagreb youngster Robert Muric for a bargain £300,000. The 17-year-old striker is rated at around £6m, but is involved in a dispute as to whether or not he has signed professional forms with Dinamo. If it is decided that he hasn't, he could be available at [.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood looking forward to biggest game of the season against Arsenal

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New Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood says Saturday's FA Cup clash with north London rivals Arsenal is the biggest game of the season. The neighbours meet in a third round clash this weekend in what will be Sherwood's first derby as a manager. He said: "Yes, listen, it's the biggest game of the season, isn't it?

Top 10 conclusions, Premier League, New Year’s Day

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1. It was a day for great Danes in the Premier League. Spurs' Christian Eriksen and Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner both weighed in with vital goals for their teams. 2. When it comes to New Year's Resolutions, Manchester City appear to have resolved to be better on the road. Manchester United have made no such resolutions [.

The door is open if Juan Mata wants to quit Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the door is open if Juan Mata wants to leave the club. The Blues boss says he doesn't want to sell the Spaniard, but indicated that he wouldn't stop the playmaker leaving if he is unhappy at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho said: "I don't want him to go, that is my [...]

GIF It: Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj booked for diving against Spurs

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Young Adnan Zanuzaj is rapidly establishing himself as Manchester United, nay the Premier League's foremost diver. And the 18-year-old picked up a yellow card for simulation after yet another dive in this evening's defeat to Tottenham. Zanuzaj took a tumble on the edge of the box as Spurs left-back Danny Rose closed him down.

GIF It: Man Utd’s Danny Welbeck pulls one back against Spurs

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Manchester United are immediately back in with a shout at home to Tottenham after this goal from Danny Welbeck. The England international struck just moments after Christian Eriksen had scored a second goal for Spurs.

Video: Christian Eriksen makes is Man Utd 0-2 Spurs

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Spurs are now 0-2 up at Old Trafford after Christian Eriksen scored a second goal against Manchester United.

GIF It: Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner scores a goal against Cardiff

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The festive period is such a test of your squad that even the likes of Nicklas Bendtner can prove to be key components. Arsenal appeared to be heading for a draw in their New Year's Day game against Cardiff this afternoon. But with just a couple of minutes left to play, they took the lead [...]

Arsenal ‘on alert’ for special signing

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club are "on alert" to sign a special player if the opportunity presents itself later this month. The Gunners boss indicated that he is keen to strengthen his squad during the current transfer window. But he won't be signing players for the sake of it. He said: "Look, [.

Video: Emmanuel Adebayor scores for Spurs at Man Utd

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Emmanuel Adebayor has given Tottenham the lead in this evening's game against Manchester United. The former Manchester City striker, brought in from the cold by new Spurs boss Tim Sherwood, got above United defender Chris Smalling to head past David De Gea. He celebrated the goal with some impressive backwards running.

Tottenham’s Sandro issues warning to Stoke’s Charlie Adam

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Post by Sandro Raniere. Tottenham midfielder Sandro delivered a warning to Stoke's Charlie Adam over a challenge that has left Paulinho out of action for a month. He was clearly unimpressed with the former Liverpool man's challenge on his team-mate and Brazil international colleague. Writing on his Facebook page, he said: "Charlie Adams – THE [.

Liverpool linked with Udinese’s Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu

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Liverpool want to sign Udinese star Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu. Reports suggest that the Reds are monitoring the Ghana international's situation with a view to signing him in the January transfer window. Badu has made it clear that he is interested in a move to the Premier League. The £7m-rated midfielder has previously been linked with Arsenal [.

Tottenham tell Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma that Erik Lamela is not for sale

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Spurs have warned Erik Lamela's suitors that he is not for sale. The Argentina international is reportedly wanted by Italian sides Inter Milan, Juventus and former club Roma. But the Serie A contingent have been warned that the 21-year-old will not be sold this month. Lamela only joined from Roma in a £30m deal last [.

Liverpool ‘in talks’ to sign FC Basel’s Mohamed Salah

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Liverpool are in talks with FC Basel with a view to signing their forward Mohamed Salah, according to reports. The Liverpool Echo claims that the Reds are keen to sign the Egypt international this month, but says reports that a £7m fee has been agreed are incorrect. Although initial talks have been held between the [.