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The 2013/14 Summer Transfer Window Awards

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The summer transfer window of 2013/14 had the potential to be the most dramatic of all transfer windows. But was it? At the start of the summer (how long ago does that feel?), for the first time in the history of the Premier League the top three teams changed their manager. The return of the [...]

Laudrup eyes stellar Sinclair replacement

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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has demonstrated his genius once again by lining up the brilliant signing of Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez in anticipation for Scott Sinclair's move to Manchester City.

It was confirmed earlier today that the Swans had accepted a bid from the Citizens in the region of £8 million and the same source has indicated that Laudrup is engaged in talks with Valencia to bring Hernandez while Sinclair undergoes his medical in the Eastlands.

Liverpool And Others Warned Off Butland

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Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has declared that he has no intention of selling goalkeeper Jack Butland to Liverpool or any other club.
Liverpool have been linked with a £7.5 million move for the 19-year-old, who became England's youngest-ever goalkeeper when he made his debut against Italy in Berne on Wednesday.

Arsenal Sign Cazorla… Finally

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Finally being announced on the official Arsenal FC website, Arsenal have completed the signing of Cazorla from Malaga for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £16.5 million.

The Spanish international plays as a midfielder and is capable of playing in a variety of positions. Arsenal had been linked with the star for quite some time but the deal always looked at being held up, perhaps by the financial problems that Malaga is currently encountering.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham set to sign Croatian teen pair Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic

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Croatian teenagers Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic are on the verge of joining Tottenham, according to media reports in their homeland. The Dinamo Zagreb duo, both aged 17, are two of the most highly-rated youngsters in Europe. Dinamo president Mirko Barisic says a deal reportedly a £15 million combined fee for both players is [.

Tottenham, Fulham and Aston Villa set to battle for Watford’s Matej Vydra

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Spurs, Fulham and Aston Villa will head the race for Watford star Matej Vydra if the Hornets fail to make it to the Premier League. The 21-year-old is one of a host of Udinese players currently on loan at Vicarage Road. His 22 goals have been instrumental as Gianfranco Zola's side have pushed for [..

Tottenham confident of pipping Liverpool to Blackpool’s Tom Ince

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Spurs are hopeful of beating Liverpool to the £6.5 million signing of Blackpool winger Tom Ince, according to the Mirror. Chief executive Daniel Levy is keen to do business with the Seasiders as soon as possible and whisk the England under-21 international away from his dad, Bloomfield Road boss Paul, before their rivals start to [.

Manchester United officials reported to have met Leandro Damião

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Porto Alegre newspaper, Zero Hora, have reported that representatives of Manchester United held talks with Brazil striker Leandro Damião on Monday. The player is in São Paulo to team up with the Brazil squad before their friendlies against South Africa and China. The meeting, which is said to have included United directors and players agents, is said to have been held at a private aircraft hangar at Congonhas airport in São Paulo.

Brendan Rodgers In Despair

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Liverpool failed to fill the void left by Andy Carroll's departure because the club's owners refused to sanction a £7 million deal for the former Fulham player Clint Dempsey.
Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, spent transfer deadline day trying to convince his hierarchy of the need to secure the American international.

Transfer Deadline Day: Live Commentary

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Deadline day in the European transfer window is upon us, making today one of the busiest and wildest days of the year.

There have already been a number of moves completed or announced, and there should still be plenty more surprises and signings before the day ends.

American fans will want to know about American payers and today we should find out where Clint Dempsey will land after a dramatic summer with Fulham that should see him leave the club.

Andres Villas-Boas Logic Is Highly Illogical…

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By Chris Wright

"We won't get fooled again!"

The flawless logic of Andres Villas-Boas: Announce Michael Dawson as your new club captain, agree to sell him to QPR the very next day.

On Friday afternoon, when asked about who would be recovering the captain's armband from the sparking heap of component parts which used to be Ledley King, AVB told a press conference:

"We have our point of reference this year, which is Dawson, and we hope to keep it that way [.

Andres Villas-Boas Logic Is Highly Illogical…

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By Chris Wright

"We won't get fooled again!"

The flawless logic of Andres Villas-Boas: Announce Michael Dawson as your new club captain, agree to sell him to QPR the very next day.

On Friday afternoon, when asked about who would be recovering the captain's armband from the sparking heap of component parts which used to be Ledley King, AVB told a press conference:

"We have our point of reference this year, which is Dawson, and we hope to keep it that way [.

Tottenham finally land their man: Adebayor joins from Manchester City

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Tottenham have announced that they have finally managed to agree terms on a transfer to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City. The Togolese marksman has signed a permanent contract with the north London outfit, and becomes Andre Villas-Boas' third summer addition after the arrivals of Jan Vertongen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Tottenham finally land their man: Adebayor joins from Manchester City

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Tottenham finally land their man: Adebayor joins from Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham have announced that they have finally managed to agree terms on a transfer to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City. The Togolese marksman has signed a permanent contract with the north London outfit, and becomes Andre Villas-Boas' third summer addition after the arrivals of Jan Vertongen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Adebayor Rejoins Spurs

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Obviously AVB was impressed enough with the qualities of Emmanuel Adebayor with the Toga international re-joining Spurs on what looks like a permanent deal.

Tottenham have greatly appreciated having Adebayor leading the line for the club last season and have looked lacking up front so the signing of Adebayor from Man City has always been a priority for them, with the player costing them as little as £5 million which seems to be a bargain.

Tottenham Hotspur step up interest in Leandro Damião

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According to Globoesporte, Spurs have representatives in Porto Alegre hoping to clinch a deal with Internacional over Leandro Damião.
Tottenham have already had previous bids turned down but the London club are confident of getting their man this time round.
Inter president, Giovanni Luigi, said that the Beira-Rio side will only sell the striker if the price is right.

Berbatov Linked With Sunderland

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Sunderland manager Martin O'Neil is interested in signing Manchester United striker Dmitar berbatov, now surplus to requirements since the arrival of Robin Van Persie.

The Black Cats have reportedly put in a bid of £5 million for the Man United striker, but there are a few other parties interested such as the Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg.

Another transfer target passes Spurs by

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At the end of January 2012, Spurs were heavily linked with a loan deal for Juventus winger Milos Krasic but the arrangement simply ran out of time. Disenchanted with life in Serie A, the Serbian international was always going to be available this summer but has now headed for Turkey and Galatasaray.

Liverpool

Liverpool want Barcelona’s Cristian Tello in Pepe Reina deal

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Liverpool will attempt to bring talented Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello to Anfield as part of any deal that takes goalkeeper Pepe Reina to the Spanish champions. Barca want to bring 30-year-old Reina to Camp Nou to replace Victor Valdes, who is expected to leave the club this summer. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to [.

Liverpool Back In The Hunt For Uruguayan Winger

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Liverpool is to launch a renewed bid for Bologna star Gaston Ramirez with hopes of securing the winger before today's transfer deadline.
The 21-year-old was seemingly on the brink of a shock move to newly promoted Southampton earlier in the month, but complications surrounding the deal have seen the move stall.

Andy Carroll linked with a move away yet again

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According to reports in Italy, the Reds are in talks with Italian giants AC Milan over a possible loan deal for striker Andy Carroll.

Reports say the two clubs are discussing an initial loan deal with the option to make the move permanent for €13.5 million at the end of the season, the figure seems to be ridiculously low.

Arsenal lose two transfer targets to Merseyside

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The longest and most complicated loan deal in history has finally been arranged, with Liverpool announcing that Nuri Sahin will be at Anfield as long as he passes his medical. The Spanish media reports that Liverpool have agreed to pay Real Madrid £5 million for the privilege of having Sahin for a year.

Liverpool Midfielder Linked With Shock Switch To Everton

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Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam is being linked with a shock switch across town to Merseyside rivals Everton.
According to the Mirror, Adam could be sold for as little as £5 million, as Liverpool plan to bring in Real Madrid star Nuri Sahin on an initial season long loan.
Adam, who announced himself in the Premier League two years ago with Blackpool, has reportedly been informed by new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers that he is not a guaranteed started and that increased competition in the squad may see his game time severely restricted.

Liverpool Hit Stumbling Block Over Peruvian Winger

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Liverpool have hit a stumbling block in their reported pursuit of Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas, after the Peruvian revealed that he is content with life at the club.
As reported by talkSPORT, Vargas has been increasingly linked with the Merseysiders for a number of months, and was expected to complete a move this summer, after he was told to find a new club.

Liverpool Must Pay Big Money For Allen, Says Swansea Manager

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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has warned Liverpool that they must prepare to pay at least £20 million for midfielder Joe Allen.
Former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has seemingly made 22-year-old Allen a high priority target as Liverpool seek to improve upon their disappointing 8th placed finish last season, but the Anfield club have already seen at least one offer turned down by the Danish manager, as he seeks to hold onto the metronomic midfielder.

Liverpool Make Offer For Gaston Ramirez

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According to Italian website calciomercatonews.com Liverpool have made an official bid for Bologna star Gaston Ramirez.
The offer, around £12.5 million, is not thought to be enough to persuade the Italians to sell but is not far short.
Sources in Italy report that a bid of around £14 million plus add ons would be enough to bring the talented wide player to Anfield, who is free to sort out his future now that Uruguay have been eliminated from the Olympics.

Liverpool Reportedly Close To Agreeing Deal For Welsh Star

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Liverpool are rumoured to be close to agreeing a deal with Swansea for midfield star Joe Allen.
According to reports in the South Wales Evening Post, the Kop giants have been in discussions with Allen's representatives over personal terms, while Swansea decide whether to accept a refuted £12.5 million offer.

Major League Soccer

Garber: MLS offered Drogba more than $10 million per year

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If you did not think MLS had a serious interest in luring Didier Drogba to North America this summer, think again.Â

Speaking at a panel at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in New York on Thursday, MLS comissioner Don Garber said that the league offered Drogba a salary of more than $10 million per year, which would have been an MLS record.

Portland Timbers: The Epitome of the Sophomore Slump

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As a documented occurrence amongst many facets of western culture, the sophomore slump appears to have nabbed its next victim: our own Portland Timbers. That's not to say that the players, FO and coaching staff aren't responsible for this season, in fact they're the very cause of the these second year woes.

Arsenal

Frenzy Friday – LiveBlog!

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Fellow Gooners,

The conclusion to the frenzy has arrived with less than 8 and one half hours to go, we'll know exactly who is and isn't an Arsenal player. I'm still holding out hope for that one big signing, I mean c'mon, I wouldn't be an Arsenal fan if I didn't! I'm not sure how well Blyve liveblog will be compared to CoverItLive, but at least this will give us some sort of liveblogging forum.

Transfer Window Deadline – Arsenal News Roundup

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Given that deadline day is just around the corner, I thought I'd take a quick look at what the ever-reliable papers are telling us about the Arsenal.

Nicklas Bendtner, despite looking certain to leave the club after a decent season at Sunderland and a good performance at the European Championships in June, is still on the roster.

Manchester United

Farewell You Gorgeous, Incompatible Genius: A Love Letter To Dimitar Berbatov

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By Chris Wright

You could be forgiven for thinking the man had died, but no, alas, he's merely leaving for Florence. Fiorentina have offered €5 million in three installments, Manchester United have accepted and Dimitar Berbatov is currently onboard a plane to Tuscany where a three-year contract awaits his signature.

Upside: Pretty good game

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Their Words "I think it was a pretty good game actually. We had plenty of possession and made some great openings without actually finishing them. But I have no criticism of my team tonight, they applied themselves well." Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Other Sources Mexico-USA is prime-time hit - from Soccer America's Paul Kennedy: Univision averaged more than 4.

Transfers

Milan transfer update: Pazzini officially a Milan player, Cassano officially an Inter player

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As many of you will know, in exchange for Antonio Cassano and €7.5 million Giampaolo Pazzini is now a Milan player. Signing on for three years, Pazzini will earn €2.8 million per season plus bonuses. The move has done little, according to Football Betting, for Milan's chances this season. It is a disappointment to see [.

What must Debuchy and Cabaye think about this Anita deal?

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So it has come from the horse's mouth, well, Vurnon Anita's mouth anyway, that Ajax and Newcastle United have agreed a fee of around €8.5 million, or around £6.7 million plus bonuses for Vurnon Anita. A medical supposedly happened yesterday, though there doesn't seem to be any definitive news as I write this on personal [.

The assurances Anita will seek from Pardew in Silver Supremo summit…

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Whilst it has been widely reported that Ajax and Newcastle United have now agreed a fee for Toon target, Vurnon Anita, allegedly around €8.5 million (around £6.7 million), There is still some way to go. It has also been reported that Anita's next move (besides thrashing out personal terms) will be to seek a summit [.

The Rest

LIVERPOOL WILLING TO SELL ADAM & SPEARING TO GET DEMPSEY

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Liverpool has been approached with a £4 million bid by Stoke City for midfielder, Charlie Adam.


The Scottish International, bought for £8 million from Blackpool by former Liverpool icon, Kenny Dalglish does not figure in Brendan Rodger's plans for the future, going forward.


A bid of £5 million will be accepted by the Liverpool hierarchy as they look to generate funds to finally land Clint Dempsey from Fulham.

Bloody Impressive Business: Wolves Rake In Astonishing £25(ish)m For Steven Fletcher And Matt Jarvis!

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By Chris Wright

They've done it! By Jove, they've actually done it! Wolves are going to end the day a mosquito's todger short of £25 million richer after successfully leaching every last penny out of Sunderland and West Ham for Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis respectively.

Drawing a Line Between Fantasy and Football

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Who was the better player last season, Yaya Touré or Stephane Sessegnon? If your answer is Sessegnon, you're probably either a Sunderland fan, or you didn't watch the Ivorian powerhouse impose himself on the Premiership run-in – or maybe you're just one of those contrary souls who think Spain are boring and Portsmouth should be signing players on £5,000 a week.

Fascinating Happy Hour With Rapids Executives

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Tonight I was invited along with other bloggers and press to a happy hour with Rapids President Tim Hinchey, Rapids General Manager Paul Bravo, Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja. Rapids Director of Media Relations David Lindholm organized the event and was also present. There were 8-10 of us talking with the Rapids leadership trio.