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All January 2016 Premier League Transfers

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All January 2016 Premier League Transfers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Welcome to Soccerlens.com'scomplete January transfer deadline day roundup, with all Premier League comings and goings from yet another mad month found below.

While there have been plenty of interesting pieces of business involvingEnglish soccer's elite clubs over the last month, we were all blindsided by the announcement of Pep Guardiola's impending arrival at Manchester City.

January Transfer Window Ratings: Every Premier League club’s January business – graded

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So that's it the January Transfer Window 2016 is done and dusted. The next time Jim White talks at an uncomfortably loud pitch, with a florescent tie on, will be August. The title race, hunt...

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Iheanacho ready to work for Manchester City place

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Kelechi Iheanacho concedes that he may have to bide his time for a regular place in the Manchester City line-up, ahead of Tuesday's Premier League visit to struggling Sunderland.

The 19-year-old Nigerian scored a slick hat-trick in City's 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory at Aston Villa on Saturday, taking his tally in all competitions this season to eight goals from just five starts.

Iheanacho ready to work for Manchester City place

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Kelechi Iheanacho concedes that he may have to bide his time for a regular place in the Manchester City line-up, ahead of Tuesday's Premier League visit to struggling Sunderland.

The 19-year-old Nigerian scored a slick hat-trick in City's 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory at Aston Villa on Saturday, taking his tally in all competitions this season to eight goals from just five starts.

January Transfer News: Swansea City and Aston Villa monitor FC Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller

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Premier League relegation battlers Swansea City, Norwich City and Aston Villa are all interested in securing the signature of FC Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, according to reports. Haller, part...

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West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa: Predicted lineups and team news

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Both teams go into this Midlands derby on the back of midweek wins in the FA Cup. West Brom sealed their place in the fourth round with a 1-0 at Bristol City while Villa struck for two late goals to overcome League Two's Wycombe. After last season's FA Cup quarterfinal, where the Villa and Baggie fans clashed, this encounter is firing up to be a classic.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa: Predicted lineups and team news

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Both teams go into this Midlands derby on the back of midweek wins in the FA Cup. West Brom sealed their place in the fourth round with a 1-0 at Bristol City while Villa struck for two late goals to overcome League Two's Wycombe. After last season's FA Cup quarterfinal, where the Villa and Baggie fans clashed, this encounter is firing up to be a classic.

Aston Villa vs. Leicester City scores 1 million viewers on NBC

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Last Saturday's game between Aston Villa vs. Leicester City televised on the NBC over-the-air network was watched by 1 million people in the United States.

The clash between one of the teams challenging for the title against a team battling to avoid relegation was the sixth match of this 2015/16 Premier League season to top more than 1 million viewers (NBC had 4 matches in the 2014/15 season that had 1 million+).

Aston Villa vs. Leicester City scores 1 million viewers on NBC

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Last Saturday's game between Aston Villa vs. Leicester City televised on the NBC over-the-air network was watched by 1 million people in the United States.

The clash between one of the teams challenging for the title against a team battling to avoid relegation was the sixth match of this 2015/16 Premier League season to top more than 1 million viewers (NBC had 4 matches in the 2014/15 season that had 1 million+).

Remi Garde’s impact has given Aston Villa hope

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Two weeks ago, if you would've offered any Aston Villa fan the prospect of four points from the next two Premier League fixtures and a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, they would've snapped your hand off. Now, after two late goals against Wycombe on Tuesday night, Villa have extended their unbeaten run to four games.

Remi Garde’s impact has given Aston Villa hope

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Two weeks ago, if you would've offered any Aston Villa fan the prospect of four points from the next two Premier League fixtures and a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, they would've snapped your hand off. Now, after two late goals against Wycombe on Tuesday night, Villa have extended their unbeaten run to four games.

Who’s good, who’s bad: Owners in the Premier League edition

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The divide between what constitutes a bad soccer owner and a good one is purely subjective; unless, of course, your team is flirting with relegation after years and years of steadily declining league finishes.

It's not fair to paint only Aston Villa's Randy Lerner as bad at running a football club, right?

Who’s good, who’s bad: Owners in the Premier League edition

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The divide between what constitutes a bad soccer owner and a good one is purely subjective; unless, of course, your team is flirting with relegation after years and years of steadily declining league finishes.

It's not fair to paint only Aston Villa's Randy Lerner as bad at running a football club, right?

Leicester City and the Little Things

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This past week, I watched Leicester City play soccer. I had read and heard quite a bit about them. They are successful at football. Despite barely avoiding relegation and not re-signing Esteban Cambiasso, they'd led the league at various times this past season. People say the new EPL TV deal means smaller clubs can now offer big wages to keep their established EPL stars, messing up the established hierarchy.

FA Cup: Aston Villa advance, set up fourth round date with Manchester City

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Late goals by Ciaran Clark and Idrissa Gueye gave Premier League strugglers Aston Villa a 2-0 win over fourth-tier Wycombe Wanderers in their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday.

Bottom of the Premier League and seemingly destined for relegation to the Championship, Villa had only managed a 1-1 draw with Wycombe currently seventh in League Two when the two teams first met 10 days previously.

FA Cup: Aston Villa advance, set up fourth round date with Manchester City

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Late goals by Ciaran Clark and Idrissa Gueye gave Premier League strugglers Aston Villa a 2-0 win over fourth-tier Wycombe Wanderers in their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday.

Bottom of the Premier League and seemingly destined for relegation to the Championship, Villa had only managed a 1-1 draw with Wycombe currently seventh in League Two when the two teams first met 10 days previously.

Relegation battle: Who will go down?

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Relegation battle: Who will go down? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As we take a step back from the mayhem of the January transfer window, let'stake a look at the chances of the teams in and around that dreaded drop zone. Between now and the end of seasonthings are bound to changebut nevertheless I have picked out 6 potential candidates that could be playing Championship football next year and will be analysing each of their chances of survival.

Aguero double sees Manchester City enjoy Crystal Palace rout

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Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City got their Premier League title challenge back on course with an emphatic 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at a snowy Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Aguero's goals, which took his total for the season to 13, came in each half as City made up for their midweek blank against Everton when they failed to score in a home Premier League match for the first time in 12 months.

Aguero double sees Manchester City enjoy Crystal Palace rout

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Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City got their Premier League title challenge back on course with an emphatic 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at a snowy Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Aguero's goals, which took his total for the season to 13, came in each half as City made up for their midweek blank against Everton when they failed to score in a home Premier League match for the first time in 12 months.

Premier League week 22: Fixtures, Stats, TV Info

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Premier League week 22: Fixtures, Stats, TV Info - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We move into Round 22 of the most turbulent Premier League season in memory, and we have some cracking games coming up to look forward to this weekend.

Everton face Chelsea on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, where they haven't won in their last 21 attempts.

Can Aston Villa engineer the latest great escape?

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I think we can all agree, it's been a nightmare season on and off the pitch for Aston Villa.

In the aftermath of their second win of the season against Crystal Palace on Tuesday the board announced the appointment of new chairman, Steve Hollis. Once again, highlighting the shambles that is taking place behind the scenes at Villa Park.

Can Aston Villa engineer the latest great escape?

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I think we can all agree, it's been a nightmare season on and off the pitch for Aston Villa.

In the aftermath of their second win of the season against Crystal Palace on Tuesday the board announced the appointment of new chairman, Steve Hollis. Once again, highlighting the shambles that is taking place behind the scenes at Villa Park.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Although it's often tagged unfairly as the most exciting league on the planet, this season the Premier League has been lived up to the billing. So even though three of our five selections are from English soccer's top flight this week, there's little doubt the matches will be jam packed with thrills.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Although it's often tagged unfairly as the most exciting league on the planet, this season the Premier League has been lived up to the billing. So even though three of our five selections are from English soccer's top flight this week, there's little doubt the matches will be jam packed with thrills.

Obafemi Martins spurns Aston Villa due to interest from another EPL side

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At least four EPL sides have shown interest in Seattle's perennial MVP candidate.

Just a week ago, Obafemi Martins was denying any and all rumors that had him leaving the Seattle Sounders. That seems less likely now. According to the Birmingham Mail, he turned down a loan to Aston Villa, but;

"An interesting offer from Villa was proposed.

Claudio Ranieri encouraging Leicester City to revel in their success ahead of trip to Aston Villa

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has told his side to revel in their success so far this term after last season's struggle to avoid relegation from the lucrative Premier League. The Foxes head into this weekend's round of fixtures a surprise second in the table, with Arsenal at the top of the standings on goal difference alone.

Claudio Ranieri encouraging Leicester City to revel in their success ahead of trip to Aston Villa

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has told his side to revel in their success so far this term after last season's struggle to avoid relegation from the lucrative Premier League. The Foxes head into this weekend's round of fixtures a surprise second in the table, with Arsenal at the top of the standings on goal difference alone.

Randy Lerner Knows Exactly What Aston Villa Need And That’s Additional Reach Within Quasi-Government Organisations

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With pressure mounting, fans baying for bloodand the team circling the Premier League drain, Randy Lerner shrewd businessman that he is recognised thatit was high time for a change in the way Aston Villa is run.

As such, Villa's American owner has shuffled his boardroom today in a desperate attempt to provide some much-needed stability, bringing inSteven Hollis as his new chairman.

Aston Villa 1 – Crystal Palace 0

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Premier League Table: Stats, Highlights, EPL 2016 Standings After Tuesday’s Week 21 Results

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Wayne Rooney score twice for Manchester United against Newcastle United at St James' Park, but still couldn't inspire the Red Devils to a welcome away win. The match ended 3-3, as a result, United have dropped down to sixth in the Premier League table.

Snapshot: Aston Villa Taste Top-Flight Victory For First Time Since August – The Comeback Starts Here!

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It may have come via a right balls up from Crystal Palace ‘keeper Wayne Hennessey, but Remi Garde finally tasted victory. Joleon Lescott headed straight at Hennessey from a corner, only for the Eagles' glovesman to produce the mother of all fumbles and gift the Premier League strugglers a vital goal.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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It's only a Tuesday, but a good amount of Americans Abroad turned in some admirable shifts.

Most of the action took place in England, but not in the English Premier League. Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan was benched, but many more Americans stepped up their games in the Championship.

Midfielder Duane Holmes, 21, scored his first league goal for Huddersfield Town, while Reading midfielder Danny Williams also found the back of the net on Tuesday.

Aston Villa 1-0 Crystal Palace: Villa snaps 19-game winless run [VIDEO]

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Aston Villa beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to end a nightmare 19-game winless streak in the English Premier League on Tuesday with defender Joleon Lescott the hero of the hour.

With empty claret and blue seats visible all around Villa Park, rock bottom Villa went into their 21st game of the season on just eight points having won only once all season, on the opening weekend against Bournemouth.

Arsenal

The sooner Debuchy leaves Arsenal, the better

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Yes it is easy to feel sorry for Matthieu Debuchy as he got injured soon after joining Arsenal from Newcastle, but since his return he has done himself no favours at all. He seems to think he has a God-given right to be in the starting XI and was moaning at Arsene Wenger even before [...]

Mathieu Debuchy: ‘I’ve Wasted Six Months, Arsenal Are Big Horrible Lying Sods And I Want To Leave’

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Mathieu Debuchy has downed tools and proclaimed he can't possibly stay at Arsenal a moment longer as he watches his place at Euro 2016 continue to slide out of view.

The French right-back joined Arsenal in a £12million move from Newcastle some 18 months ago, but subsequently returned from a long-term injury to find he'd been usurped in the pecking order by Hector Bellerin.

Don’t expect an easy Arsenal win at Stoke?

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Don't expect an easy win folks! by DN We know how desperately annoying it was for Liverpool to score an equalizer in the dying minutes at Anfield, especially as the win would have moved us even further ahead of Man City in the title race. But the fact is that we didn't win, and when [...]

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Aston Villa Wastrel Charles N’Zogbia Invites Angry Fan Out For Lunch After Being Called ‘Absolute Fraud’

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Charles N'Zogbia has made just two appearances for Aston Villa, amassing a grand total of 40 minutes of first-team football so far this season. In return for this great service he is paid more than £63,000-a-week a fact he is more than willing to publicly confirm.

Despite Villa's many and various attempts to get shot ofhim over the past few years, the French wastrel seems to be perfectly happy to wile away his massive five-year contract until it finally runs out this summer.

Former Man Utd defender Nemanja Vidic linked with Aston Villa move

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Aston Villa are hoping to sign Manchester United great Nemanja Vidic on a free transfer, according to The Sun. The Serbian defender recently had his...

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Guzan back in goal for Aston Villa FA Cup win

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Brad Guzan made his return for Aston Villa, getting the shutout as the team advanced to the Fourth Round of the 2015-16 FA Cup. Read More