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Official: Tom Cleverley Joins Aston Villa On Loan Just 17 Hours After Transfer Window Closes (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Aswas speculated earlier, Aston Villa have successfully managed tosneak a four-month loan deal for Tom Cleverley through despite the transfer window closing some 17 hours ago...

Villa have signed midfielder Tom Cleverley from @ManUtd on a season-long loan.

Tom Cleverley’s Escape To Aston Villa May Still Be On Despite Transfer Window Shutting Hours Ago

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By Chris Wright

Hold the bleedin' phone! It seems like Tom Cleverley's escape from Manchester United to [anywhere else], deemed to be dead in the water by the time the transfer window closed at 11pm on Monday night, may still be a go-er if Sky Sports are to be believed.

Sky don't actually have any specifics as yet, but they're yammeringon that Aston Villa might still have a chance of taking the midfielder on loan despite the window shitting (typo, but it stays) hours ago:

"Villa are confident of signing Tom Cleverley on loan from Manchester United, according to Sky sources.

Tom Cleverley’s move from Man Utd to Aston Villa would be good for player, says Matt Le Tissier

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Tom Cleverley's move from Manchester United to Aston Villa could resurrect the player's career, according to Southampton legend Matt Le...

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Man Utd’s Tom Cleverley could still move to Aston Villa despite the transfer window being shut

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Tom Cleverley's bizarre on-off tranfer move from Manchester United could be back on despite the transfer window shutting yesterday,...

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Mystery surrounds Tom Cleverley’s collapsed move from Man Utd

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Mystery surrounds Tom Cleverley's collapsed move from Manchester United after deals to join Aston Villa and Everton never materialised. The...

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Dilemmas of Football Ownership: History and the Need for Change

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[F]or the second of our posts exploring the theme of football ownership, we are pleased to welcome Jon Keen, a long-standing supporter of Reading Football Club and founding memberofSTAR (the Supporters' Trust at Reading). Jon is also aregular contributor to Reading blog, The Tilehurst End. Here, Jon unpacks the issue while asking the inevitable question of how it came to all this?

Deadline Day: Everton Installed As New Bookies’ Favourites To Sign Tom Cleverley From Man Utd

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By Chris Wright

It seems that Tom Cleverley is pretty much destined to be following Shinji Kagawa out of the Old Trafford exit door before the transfer window closes, with Aston Villa and Hull City previously thought to be making in-roads toward an £8million deal for the oft-maligned midfielder.

Man Utd midfielder Tom Cleverley’s wage demands blocking Aston Villa switch

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Tom Cleverley's £8m move to Aston Villa is on the verge of collapse over the England international's wage demands. The Manchester United...

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Man Utd’s Tom Cleverley close to agreeing to Aston Villa move

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Manchester United's Tom Cleverley is considering a £7m switch to Aston Villa after Roy Keane held talks with the player over making the move,...

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Valencia Go Up Against Aston Villa In Tom Cleverley Bidding Skirmish With £8m Offer

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By Chris Wright

With Aston Villa lodging an £8million bid for Tom Cleverley on Thursday afternoon, it would appear that a mini-bidding skirmish centred around the Manchester United midfielder has whipped up overnight.

According to Sky Sports News' yellow BREAKING NEWS foghorn this morning, Valencia have entered the fray and matched Villa's offer with an £8million bid of their very own.

Valencia join Aston Villa in the bidding for Man Utd’s Tom Cleverley

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Spanish side Valencia have made a bid for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, according to reports. Yesterday, Aston Villa were rumoured to...

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United to offload £8m man

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Tom Cleverley could soon be heading toAston Villa, with various sources reporting Manchester United have accepted a £8m from Villa for the 25-year-old midfielder.

talkSPORT and the Daily Mail suggest Cleverley, who had also attracted interest from Hull, West Ham and Everton could leave the club by the end of the transfer window, as his first team opportunities could shrink even further if, as largely expected, United bolster their midfield options over the next couple of days.

Aston Villa ‘agree £8m deal’ for Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley

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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is on the verge of joining Aston Villa in an £8m deal, according to reports. The England international is...

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English Premier League

Everton lose to Spurs and Aston Villa win again in the Premier League

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Everton lose to Chelsea and Aston Villa continue an undefeated run through week three of the 2014-15 Premier League season. Read More

EPL 2014/15 Predicitions

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Back yet again. We wanted to wait until the transfer window closed before we go jumping off the 10m and into the deep end this season. So what are the upsets? Where are the hidden gems? Let's find out. El Nino "The Godfather"'s 1. Chelsea 2. Manchester City 3. Arsenal 4. Liverpool 5. Manchester United 6.

Preview: Aston Villa vs Hull City

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Aston Villa will welcome Hull City in what looks set to be the most balanced Premier League game of the weekend. The Villans and the Tigers have had...

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Premier League Tactics Corner: Aston Villa-Newcastle United & Tottenham Hotspur-QPR

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In this week's edition of Premier League Tactics Corner, we dive into Newcastle's use of Emmanuel Riviere and Queens Park Rangers' three-back system.

Holding It Up

Aston Villa did not put a shot on target in Saturday's early game against Newcastle United, and the Magpies should have walked away victorious had their finishing been clinical.

Draws for Guzan, Howard, and Altidore in the Premier League

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Brad Guzan and Aston Villa, Tim Howard and Everton, and Jozy Altidore and Sunderland all picked up a point in the Premier League. Read More

Newcastle Creating Many Chances – That’s Good

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We had made the point after the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday, that Newcastle were creating quite a few chances in our first twogames, and our weakness was that we just couldn't take any of those chances, but a team is in much better shape when they are creating chances. Fab Coloccini - [...]

Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 0 – Video Highlights

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Here's video of the highlights yesterday including Siem de Jong's late effort which almost gotus the win yesterday but a terrific save from Brad Guzan. Comments welcome. You can follow us on our three social media sites below:

Newcastle Get First Point Of Season In Dull 0-0 Draw

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Newcastle could only draw 0-0 at Villa Park today, and we missed some chances that we really should have taken to get our first win and out first goal of the season against a poor looking Aston Villa side, who didn't have a shot on target all afternoon. Siem de Jong probably had the best [...]

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Aston Villa flew under the radar last weekend with their 1-0 away win against Stoke City, but there's no hiding today when they face Newcastle United at Villa Park.

Forviewersin theUnited States, the game will be shown on:

Aston Villa vs Newcastle, 7:45am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting lineups:

Aston Villa:Guzan, Hutton, Senderos, Vlaar, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Richardson, Weimann, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor

Subs:Given, Baker, Bacuna, Cole, Bent, Sanchez, Grealish

Newcastle United:Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Dummett; Anita, Colback; Gouffran, Sissoko, Cabella; Riviere.

Aston Villa v Newcastle Pre-Match Facts and Predictions

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Both these sides struggled for goal's last season and it looks like more of the same today?

Aston Villa will have both Joe Cole and Carlos Sanchez to pick from today with Cole returning from a thigh injury which seen him miss last weeks opener against Stoke.

Candidates Who Could Replace Tim Howard During His Leave Of Absence

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While Tim Howard continues to play for Everton and spend more time with his family, there will be sizeable void in the United States Men National Team's defense in a very literal sense. Between the two back-up goalkeepers who traveled with the team to Brazil, and a few scattered amongst MLS and the English Premier League, the fight for a starting birth should become very interesting during the next year.

Premier League Insider: Views On Opening Weekend For Chelsea, Spurs, City, Villa, WBA, Stoke & QPR

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Cesc Fabregas has taken the Premier League by storm once again with a stunning first half performance in his official Chelsea debut on Monday night. The case of Fabregas is curious, as many had written him off as someone who peaked early in his career and had lost his way. But perhaps the reason Fabregas tailed off in his final Arsenal season and in his three years at Barcelona was that he was not being given the luxury to play as deep as he would like in midfield.

Aston Villa 1 – Stoke City 0, Everton 2 – Leicester City 2

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Brad Guzan and Aston Villa opened the 2014-15 Premier League season with 3 points while Everton drew with Leicester City. Read More

Premier League Mini Cooper’s Spotted On the Streets of New York City [PHOTOS]

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For the opening weekend of the Premier League season, NBC Sports and Uber partnered in New York City to offer free Uber rides to soccer fans in the Big Apple.

There's a fleet ofMini Cooper Countrymans on the streets of New York City, so we thought we'd share photos collected from Twitter of the Premier League cars in the wild.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Arsenal had a busy summer revamping their roster ahead of a challenge for the English Premier League title, and the first step toward trying to win the EPL crown sees the Gunners take on Crystal Palace today in the opening weekend of league play.

Chilean star Alexis Sanchez will make his debut at the Emirates, while Arsene Wenger trots out a new-look defense to shut down the underdogs from Crystal Palace.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 1: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Saturday's first dose of five Premier League matches played at the traditional time of 3pm GMT kicks off today, with opportunities to see what the 2014/15 editions of the Premier League sides have to offer.

For viewers in the United States, here's the TV/Internet schedule:

Leicester City vs Everton, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
West Ham vs Spurs, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra andselect movie theaters,
QPR vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Stoke vs Aston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
West Brom vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting lineups:

Leicester City:Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Ulloa, Nugent

Subs:Hamer, Hammond, Schlupp, Hopper, Taylor-Fletcher, Wasilewski, Wood

Everton:Howard, Baines, Jagielka, McGeady, Lukaku, Naismith, Distin, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, Stones

Subs:Robles, Mirallas, Besic, Atsu, Osman, Coleman, Alcaraz


West Ham United:Adrian, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Cresswell, Nolan, Noble, Kouyate, Downing, Cole, Vaz Te

Subs:Jaaskelainen, Zarate, Demel, Diame, Poyet, Valencia, Burke

Tottenham:Lloris, Rose, Kaboul, Lennon, Adebayor, Lamela, Dier, Naughton, Eriksen, Capoue, Bentaleb

Subs:Friedel, Davies, Dawson, Holtby, Townsend, Kane, Soldado


QPR:Green, Dunne, Ferdinand, Caulker, Simpson, Traore, Mutch, Faurlin, Barton, Remy, Austin

Subs:Hill, Phillips, Onuoha, Henry, Murphy, Hoilett, Zamora

Hull:McGregor, Davies, Chester, Bruce, Elmohamady, Robertson, Huddlestone, Livermore, Snodgrass, Ince, Jelavic

Subs:Harper, McShane, Figueroa, Meyler, Quinn, Brady, Aluko.

Aston Villa 2014/15 Season Preview: Lack of Buyer Casts Dark Shadow Over Club

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Aston Villa head into a Premier League season with expectations at a record low. Following an announcement that the club was for sale at the end of last season, there has been little to no movement on that front with Paul Lambert once again forced to look high and low for bargain transfers in a very difficult market.

Stoke City

US Roster Announced for Friendly vs Czech Republic 9/3

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Jurgen has gone with the youth movement for the USMNT's friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague. Some big opportunities for guys like Garza, Hyndman, Gyau, and Rubin to make moves on a Gold Cup spot next summer.

The full roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

The back line is particularly of interest with Cameron likely out with an injury.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The competitionfor the U.S. Men's National Team's vacant starting goalkeeper spot ison, and Brad Guzan willattempt to help his cause by trying to moveAston Villato a 2-0 start to the season.

After winning their season opener on the road against Stoke City, Aston Villa will open the home part of their schedule when they face an 0-1 Newcastle United side on Saturday.

Cameron asks to leave Stoke City

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If you were wondering just why Geoff Cameron was nowhere to be found when Stoke City lost to Aston Villa on Saturday, the reason has become a bit more clear.

Cameron has asked Stoke City for a transfer, and a growing list of clubs are interested in acquiring the versatile U.

Sweary Aston Villa Fan Sticks Two Fingers Up To Sanitised Corporate Football (And Some Stoke Fans)

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By Alan Duffy

Take away all the selfies, sponsorship deals and multicoloured boots and football remains a game full of angry, portlyfans, spitting bile and flicking two fingers at whoever they like. And why shouldn't it!

This Aston Villa fan perfectly imbued the soul of our national game on Saturday, hurling his beautiful abuse at Stoke fans on Saturday and even attempting to organise a bit of fisticuffs outside the ground, albeit rather half-heartedly.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Brad Guzan could not have asked for a much betterseason opener.

Kicking off the new Premiership campaign with a road test against Stoke City, Guzanposted a cleansheet en route to helping Aston Villa pick up a 1-0 victory on Saturday.


Arsenal’s Calum Chambers, Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph, Spurs’ Danny Rose and Everton’s John Stones set to be named in England squad

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Arsenal set to lose chief commercial officer to Aston Villa

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Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva dismisses Aston Villa and Sunderland links

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Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle – Magpies Misfire Again In Stalemate At Villa Park (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle United Premier League 23rd August 2014

This game was never going to be a goal-fest and true to form, these two sides played out a dismal goalless draw in Saturday's early game.

While both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances, it was Newcastle new-boy Siem De Jong who could have won the game late on.

Aston Villa Boss Paul Lambert Boinked In The Crotch By Roy Keane’s Errant Water Bottle

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By Chris Wright

Yet more top action from the Greatest League in the World™...