Transfer Talk

Newcastle linked with Spurs striker Jermain Defoe

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Out-of-favour Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe could be a January transfer target for Newcastle. The England international has found himself down the Spurs pecking order following the arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia. According to the Mail on Sunday, the 30-year-old is not prepared to bide his time on the bench during a World Cup season.

Ander Herrera set to join Man Utd, on the bench for Athletic Bilbao

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Ander Herrera warming up for Bilbao, unsure if he will feature though. #MUFC Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) September 1, 2013 Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is set to join Manchester United as long as the champions meet his £30m release clause. The 24-year-old sat on the bench for the Basque side during today's [.

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 [.


Video: Libor Kozak scores his first Aston Villa goal vs Norwich City

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New Aston Villa signing Libor Kozak scored his first goal for the club less than a minute after coming off the bench a real Kozak moment The former Lazio man signed for £7m broke his Villa duck in just his second appearance for the club. The Czech international managed to fluffed an [...]

Real Madrid boss Ancelotti: Gareth Bale will play on the right against Villarreal

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Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut against Villarreal tomorrow and that he will be deployed on the right wing. He didn't say whether Bale would start or be named on the bench. On the Welshman's fitness, he said: "We play 100 per cent. I don´t know if [...]

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

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

Video: Luis Suarez left biting his nails on the Liverpool bench

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Luis Suarez again started from the bench in today's pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Thailand. The Uruguayan striker was shown biting his nails during the match, allowing the commentator to draw comparisons with Liverpool fans who are nervously awaiting news on his future. Anything that stops him getting the urge to nibble on an opponent [.

Video: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho scores great individual goal vs Thailand

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Brazilian youngster Philippe Coutinho provided arguably the highlight of Liverpool's pre-season so far with this stunning individual goal against Thailand. The former Inter Milan man dummied a shot leaving a defender flat on his backside, checked inside and shot past the goalkeeper. Luis who? (He's on the bench, by the way.

Video: Former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin scores his first goal in 14 months

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Ex-Arsenal attacker Andrey Arshavin found the net for the first time since May 2012 during last night's 1-1 draw between Zenit St Petersburg and Kuban Krasnodar. The Russia international came off the bench to slide in the opening goal in the second-half. Zenit were pegged back by Ivelin Popov's 79th minute strike.

Video: Mark Schwarzer signs for Chelsea, talks about his move

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Chelsea have snapped up former Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer. The veteran Aussie left Craven Cottage recently after turning down a new contract with Martin Jol's side. Instead, the 40-year-old has signed a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge. He is likely to be on the bench, providing competition for Blues goalie Petr [.

Video: Fabio Coentrao takes his place on the Real Madrid bench (but hasn’t been named as a sub)

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There was hilarity on the Real Madrid bench at the weekend when left-back Fabio Coentrao kitted out in his sub's gear took his seat. Everyone on the bench apart from Coentrao seemed to know that he hadn't been named as a sub. Those who were legitimately warming the bench, including Iker Casillas and [.

Video: Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone sings Manchester City anthem Blue Moon on the bench

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Given his game-changing substitute appearance, there's no doubting Tom Huddlestone's commitment to the Tottenham cause. But he did provide a comedy moment when TV cameras caught him joining Manchester City fans in a rendition of Blue Moon from the comfort of the Spurs bench. It is a catchy tune. This follows hot on the heels [.

Former Chelsea midfielder Enrique De Lucas drinks a beer on the Celta Vigo subs’ bench

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Ex-Chelsea player Enrique De Lucas has caused a bit of a stir after TV footage showed him enjoying a beer on the substitutes bench. De Lucas enjoyed his beverage ahead Celta Vigo's 4-1 defeat to Sevilla last weekend, a match in which he came on as a 75th minute sub. But it his pre-match routine [...]

Video: Oldham’s FA Cup run comes to and end against Everton

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Giantkillers Oldham's FA Cup adventure ended in a 3-1 defeat at Everton. The Latics faced an uphill battle from the moment Kevin Mirallas gave the Toffees an early lead. Former Everton player Jose Baxter almost levelled, but his curled effort hit the inside of Tim Howard's post and bounced out. Goals from Leighton Baines and [.

Video: Alan Hansen teaches Michael Owen and Jason Roberts the dangers of being a pundit while you’re still playing

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Those dangers being that the advice you offer to the players you're analysing is probably also applicable to you. After Match of the Day 2 guest Michael Owen spoke about the ease of coming off the bench to score goals, Alan Hansen decided to subject Owen and fellow pundit Jason Roberts' current scoring record to [.

Pottymouth! Dutch legend Edgar Davids drops the f-bomb during Goals On Sunday

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If you weren't aware that Edgar Davids has rejoined English football, your attention will certainly be drawn to it now. The former Holland international and current Barnet FC player-manager washappilychatting away on Goals on Sunday yesterday morning when he accidentally turned the air blue. Detailing his bemused response to recently finding himself on the bench [.

Serbian FA release outrageous smear video against Danny Rose

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The fallout from the racism that overshadowed England U21′s victory in Serbia this week continues after the Serbian FA released an inflammatory video on their official YouTube account. The video is entitled: "Danny Rose is lying to whom?" It's accompanied by a lengthy spiel, which digs further into the Serbian position that there was no [.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says other managers should ‘shut up’

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Roberto Mancini has advised fellow Premier League managers to "shut up" after a touchline squabble with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. The pair clashed over a tackle on City's Gareth Barry by Villa youngster Joe Bennett. The prompted Mancini to observe: "There are some managers it is better to shut up.

Wolves’ Kevin Doyle says Ireland players ‘taking the piss out of’ Sunderland’s James McClean

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Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle told a press conference that the squad has been "taking the piss out of" James McClean after his controversial Twitter activity following Friday's win over Kazakhstan. Sunderland star McClean took to the social networking site to vent his frustration at being left on the bench, but Doyle says there [.


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confirms Samuel Eto’o will make his debut

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Here is Jose Mourinho mid conference. #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 13, 2013 Samuel Eto'o will make his Chelsea debut against Everton tomorrow, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. The Blues boss didn't say whether the Cameroon international would be in his starting line-up or on the bench, but indicated that he was likely to [.

Jamie Carragher on his centre-back partnership with Liverpool new boy Mamadou Sakho

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No, Jamie Carragher's not out of retirement. But the Liverpool great has been talking about the time he partnered the Reds' new signing Mamadou Sakho in defence. The pair was teamed up during a charity match in Corsica 18 months ago, so he has seen the former PSG man at close quarters. He told the [.

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

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

Hard Tackle: Lionel Messi entertains himself on the Barcelona bench… again

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Lots of top footballers don't make very good subs. That's true in Lionel Messi's case, but in his instance it's because he's usually captured by TV cameras in compromising positions. That was certainly true during last night's defeat to Bayern Munich, just as it was during Barca's match against PSG. Via 101GG

Coleen Rooney shocked by husband Wayne’s omission from Manchester United’s team

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Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen took to Twitter to express her surprise that her hubby didn't start last night's match against Real Madrid. Rooney was left on the bench for the Champions League match, with Coleen tweeting: "Can't believe @WayneRooney isn't starting tonight!!!" Some of today's newspapers are pondering whether the selection decision spells the end [.


FIFA 14 Bench Edition: Emmanuel Frimpong winds up former Arsenal team-mates Samir Nasri and Alex Song

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Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been taking aim at former Gunners Samir Nasri and Alex Song. With the internet abuzz over the launch of the FIFA 14 demo, Frimpong uploaded a photo of a very special 'Bench Edition' of the game, with Nasri and Song as the cover stars. Frimpong clearly feels that the duo [.

Who Are Ya? Emiliano Viviano (Arsenal)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Emiliano Viviano Age: 28 Position: Goalkeeper Signed from: Palermo Fee: £1million (loan) Did you know? His wife Manuela Tosini will be pleased that the deal is done and dusted, and the family can make plans to move to London. She revealed that in the last [.

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

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

Arsenal linked with Valencia keeper Vicente Guaita

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

Podolski ready to welcome Suarez to Arsenal

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Podolski Keen On Suarez by Ash

Lukas Podolski may be one of the best players at Arsenal, but he certainly doesn't have a starting spot nailed down in the first eleven. And if reports are true in saying we are signing Luis Suarez, then his chances as a first teamer will be further reduced.

Podolski happy at Arsenal despite being benched

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There have been many rumours this morning saying that Lukas Podolski may be leaving Arsenal in the summer as he seems to be frozen out of the first team, despite scoring in his last appearance against Bayern Munich, but the German international has now spoken out to say he is happy to wait for Wenger to choose when to play him.

Arsenal Team News – Ramsey and Giroud to be benched against Swansea

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The word around the web this morning is that Arsene Wenger is going to freshen up the Arsenal starting XI today to try and galvanise a side that is getting tired by playing two games every week. Wenger is set to make four changes from the team that drew at Everton and the most interesting news is that Gervinho is going to revert back to being the centre-forward to give Olivier Giroud a rest.

Mertesacker: It was Arsenal’s quality on the bench that won it!

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The Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker returned from his bout of the flu just in time to play his part in countering West Ham's aeriel superiority on Saturday, and he admits that it was a tough game and even more so after West Ham scored the opening goal against the run of play.

"What can you do about their goal?

Will Arsene save his prodigy Cesc?

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Poor Cesc: torn between the love for his adopted family in London and his birth family in Catalonia, he decided last summer to return to his original home, only to find himself not fitting in properly there anymore.

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‘Do Are Ya? Paulo Gazzaniga’s rat-tail (Southampton)

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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is currently playing a game of pin the rat-tail on your first-choice keeper. And the buck has currently stopped with young Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga. Parents along the south coast will be hoping that Gazzaniga is back on the bench before the craze catches on.

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The Hugo Lloris issue is an unwelcome distraction at the moment and while it's tempting to ignore it, the stories as to who is our number one just won't go away.

Over the weekend, Brad Friedel stirred those reports as he insisted that he remained AVB's first choice.

"The fact of the matter is, right now, we have four quality goalkeepers at the football club.

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Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie will be involved against West Brom, says David Moyes

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Moyes on van Persie: "Robin will be back, involved somewhere. He trained today and is fit. But we'll have to see exactly where he is." #mufc Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 27, 2013 Robin Van Persie will return from injury to play some part in Manchester United's game against West Brom tomorrow, according to David [.

What is the point of Arsenal’s Bendtner being at Juventus?

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Bendtner and Juventus are not on the same page. by TS

Nicklas Bendtner and Juventus are a match made in heaven. Just kidding. It's rare that a club decides to loan out a player then criticise themselves for doing so. It's actually unheard of to loan a player, pay his extra ordinarily high wages then make him sit him on the bench.

Trade Official, Rapids Get Draft Pick

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Here's the official announcement, the Rapids get a conditional draft pick from Chicago in exchange for Wells Thompson.

There's a good deal of consternation in the on-line Rapids fanbase about wells asking to be traded to find playing time, but it doesn't bother me. Look at what's happened this season:

*Wells was on pace for 727 minutes this year, his lowest season total of his career.

Figuring out the USMNT midfield ahead of Tuesday's showdown vs. Jamaica

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There was a time not too long ago when the U.S. national team enjoyed a wealth of midfield options and a lack of forwards. As the team heads into Tuesday's must-win World Cup qualifier, the Americans are faced with the opposite problem.

Injuries to Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan have exposed a lack of midfield depth and left Jurgen Klinsmann's team lacking attacking punch and stability.

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni says Sunderland’s James McClean is lucky to still be in his squad

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Sunderland star James McClean is lucky his international career before it's really started, according to Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. The 23-year-old took to Twitter to vent his anger at being left on the bench during Ireland's 2-1 win over Kazakhstan on Friday evening. He claimed the decision not to use him was a [.