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Burnley will see the best of me, believes Wood

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Burnley’s club record signing Chris Wood believes his best days are ahead of him.

The clarets paid a record sum of £15 million to sign Wood from Leeds United. The New Zealand international scored 44 goals in 88 appearances for Leeds since his move Leicester City in 2015.

Five Things: Manchester United “dream team” runs riot, Conte smiling as Chelsea beat Tottenham

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The second weekend of the new Premier League season provided plenty of talking points.

Manchester United’s second impressive victory, Jese’s starring role for Stoke against Arsenal and Chelsea’s Wembley success over Tottenham Hotspur were amongst the week two highlights.

Sportslens takes a look at five big talking points from this week’s Premier League games.

Conte Salutes Chelsea After Battling Display

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For all the talk of crisis at Stamford Bridge following last week's meltdown against Burnley, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was left saluting his side on Sunday after they edged Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a match they could just as easily have lost.

Conte was forced to field a makeshift side against Spurs after suspensions and injury ate into his options, with David Luiz forced into midfield and Andreas Christensen handed a first start in the Premier League.

Leeds transfer complete, Christiansen drops major hint; Star travelled for medical today

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Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has confirmed that Chris Wood is heading to Burnley on a permanent transfer.

The 25-year-old striker arrived in Burnley for a medical earlier today and the Express are claiming that an offer of £15million has been accepted by the Whites.

The New Zealand international was prolific for Leeds last season and his departure will be a massive blow for them.

Jonathan Walters brands Arsenal as ‘worst sore losers’

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Former Stoke City player Jonathan Walters has labelled Arsenal as the ‘worst sore losers’ ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture between the two sides.

Walters signed for Burnley this summer after seven years at the Britannia Stadium. The Clarets shocked the footballing world on opening weekend of the new league campaign by beating Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Leeds United transfer looking likely now, 30-goal star set to complete £15m move

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Leeds United striker Chris Wood has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

According to Daily Mirror, Burnley are set to sign the New Zealand international from the Championship outfit as a replacement for Andre Gray. Gray joined Watford earlier this summer.

Wood has been a key player for Leeds and his departure will be a major blow to their promotion hopes.

Leeds willing to sanction move for 27-goal attacker for £20m, Player wants summer transfer

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Leeds United striker Chris Wood has been linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer.

The 25-year-old forward is a target for Premier League outfit Burnley and Daily Star are reporting that the player is keen on the move.

Wood has already informed Leeds about his desire to join the Clarets and the Whites are willing to sell the player as well.

Hull City reject improved offer from Burnley for Clucas

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Hull City have rejected another bid for midfielder Sam Clucas from Premier League club Burnley.

Sean Dyche’s side failed with a £5 million offer for Clucas last week but came back with a £10 million bid for the 26-year-old which has also been rejected by the Tigers.

Hull manager Lenoid Slutsky is determined to keep hold of his star midfielder and is believed to be preparing a contract extension for the player to keep him out of Burnley’s clutches.

Burnley submit bid for Deportivo La Coruna striker

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Burnley have made a £11.8 million bid for Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone.

The Clarets have turned their attentions to the Romania international after having had two bids rejected by Championship side Leeds United for Chris Wood.

Sky Sports says Watford, Fiorentina, Espanyol and Sporting Lisbon have all been linked with Andone, who scored 12 goals in 37 appearances for Deportivo last season.

Brighton receive boost to land Leeds United star

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Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion are reportedly interested in signing Leeds United striker Chris Wood this summer.

The Seagulls have Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed in their ranks to lead the line but manager Chris Hughton is looking to add a prolific goal scorer to his attacking arsenal.

Video: Antonio Conte discusses Chelsea’s defeat to Burnley

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Chelsea's Premier League title defence got off to the worst possible start today: a home defeat to Burnley with two players picking up red...

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Burnley looking to sign French defender, club officials have flown out to seal the deal

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche is hoping to sign French defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.

Respected French journalist Romain Collet-Gaudin reported on Twitter that Burnley club officials are in the Netherlands to negotiate a deal for the 25-year-old.

Dyche has been keen to add to his defensive options after selling Michael Keane to Everton for £30 million earlier this summer.

Confirmed Team News: Chelsea vs Burnley lineups

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Here is the confirmed team news as Premier League champions start their title defence against Burnley at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. Chelsea team...

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Video: Chelsea players arrive to play Burnley

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Chelsea's players have arrived at Stamford Bridge ahead of this afternoon's Premier League opener against Burnley. The champions begin...

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Liverpool clash with Manchester United tops Sky Sports’ October coverage

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Premier League fans are in for a treat during October and November as Sky Sports screens seven big head-to-heads between last season’s top six over the two months.

Sky Sports Premier League will show 22 matches from England’s top tier, with Liverpool’s clash against Manchester United on Saturday October 14 the standout fixture.

Watford sign Burnley striker in club record £18.5m transfer deal

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Watford have announced the signing of Andre Gray from Burnley in a club record transfer deal.

The English striker has penned down a five-year contract to join the Hornets after undergoing medical on Wednesday.

Gray, who scored nine goals in 26 Premier League starts last season, has become Watford’s seventh signing of the summer ahead of league opener against Liverpool on Saturday.

Wolves odds-on favourites to sign PL attacker, he could be crucial in their fight for promotion

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Burnley striker Andre Gray has been linked with a move away from Turf Moor this summer.

The 26-year-old striker has just one year left on his current deal and is demanding a significant pay rise before he signs an extension.

Gray has been linked with the likes of Wolves and West Ham so far.

West Ham odds-on favourites to sign PL goalscorer, Bilic tried to sign him in January

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West Ham United have been linked with the Burnley forward Andre Gray this summer.

The Hammers were on the lookout for a striker but they have managed to sign Javier Hernandez now. It will be interesting to see if they drop their interest in Gray now.

Despite the arrival of the Mexican, the bookies are fairly confident that Gray will end up at West Ham.

Burnley agree deal to sign PL forward, transfer could help West Ham land £15m target

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Burnley are close to signing the Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters this summer.

According to Sky Sports, the Clarets have already agreed a deal with Stoke and the player is now expected to complete his medical and agree on personal terms.

As per the report, the bid from Burnley could rise to £3m and the transfer could be finalised before the start of next week.

Newcastle want to sign 26-yr-old West Ham target, Hammers tried to sign him in January

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Newcastle United are looking to sign the Burnley forward Andre Gray this summer.

The 26-year-old has been a key player for the Clarets over the last two seasons and Benitez wants the English forward to improve Newcastle’s attacking options for next season.

Gray has just one year left on his current deal and Burnley are yet to reach an agreement regarding an extension.

Photo: Everton agree deal to sign highly talented Liverpool target, Star poses in club shirt

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Everton have confirmed the signing of Michael Keane this afternoon.

Everton complete Sandro Ramirez signing, Michael Keane to have medical today

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Everton’s spending spree in the transfer window continues. According to Sky Sports, the Toffees have completed the signing of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez on a five-year deal. The Spaniard will join the Merseyside club for £5.25 million, becoming Everton’s fourth acquisition of the summer after Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaasen and Henry Onyekuru.

Transfers & Rumours

Official: Burnley Mulch Club Transfer Record To Bring In Bulky Target Man Chris Wood From Leeds (Photo)

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Burnley have broken their club transfer record to bring in Chris Woods from Leeds, with the fee involved reported to be £15million (plus add-ons).

The pointy 6'2" target man, who finished top goalscorer in the Championship last season with 27 goals in 44 appearances, has signed a four-year deal with the Clarets.

Official: Watford Pluck Striker Andre Gray From Burnley In £18.5m Deal

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Time rolls on and fees continue to spiral with the news today that Andre Gray has swapped Burnley for Watford in an £18.5million deal.

Gray, who scored nine goals in 32 Premier League appearances for the Clarets last time out, has signed a five-year at Vicarage Road...

| #watfordfc have completed the signing of @AndreGray7 from @BurnleyOfficial for a club record fee.

Official: Burnley Sign Veteran Attacker Jonathan Walters From Stoke

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Burnley have signed Republic of Ireland forward Jonathan Walters from Stoke City on a two-year deal.

The deal for the 33-year-old could rise to £3m for Burnely, with Walters the Clarets' second signing of the summer, coming after the arrival of Leeds full-back Charlie Taylor.

The Merseyside-born Walters started his career with Blackburn in 1998 before lining out for the likes of Bolton, Hull and Ipswich in a fine career built on hard-work and muscle rather than any great flair.

‘I’ve Had The Best Three Years Of My Life Here’ – Michael Keane Emits Classy Farewell Message To Thank Everybody At Burnley

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Michael Keane may have seen his £30million move to Everton go through yesterday, but it's nice to know that the centre-half is leaving Burnley on good terms.

Indeed, after spending the past three seasons at Turf Moor, Keane made sure to emit a sincere farewell message to everybody at the club before going on his merry way.

West Bromwich Albion

Robson-Kanu comes on, scores, sent-off as Baggies down Burnley

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Welsh international forward Hal Robson-Kanu scored and was then sent-off in a dramatic 20-minute cameo as West Bromwich Albion defeated Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday.

It was a second successive win of the new season for West Brom who had beaten Bournemouth 1-0 last weekend.

Robson-Kanu comes on, scores, sent-off as Baggies down Burnley

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Welsh international forward Hal Robson-Kanu scored and was then sent-off in a dramatic 20-minute cameo as West Bromwich Albion defeated Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday.

It was a second successive win of the new season for West Brom who had beaten Bournemouth 1-0 last weekend.

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Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea, Aguero downs Brighton

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London (AFP) – Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley torpedoed defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in one of the most sensational opening-weekend results in English top-flight history.

Chelsea had captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off and Burnley took full advantage through Vokes’s brace and a superb Stephen Ward effort, with goals from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz coming in vain.

Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea, Aguero downs Brighton

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London (AFP) – Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley torpedoed defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in one of the most sensational opening-weekend results in English top-flight history.

Chelsea had captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off and Burnley took full advantage through Vokes’s brace and a superb Stephen Ward effort, with goals from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz coming in vain.

Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea, Huddersfield go top

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London (AFP) – Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley torpedoed defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in one of the most sensational opening-weekend results in English top flight history.

Chelsea had captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off and Burnley took full advantage through Vokes’s brace and a superb Stephen Ward effort, with goals from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz coming in vain.

Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea, Huddersfield go top

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London (AFP) – Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley torpedoed defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in one of the most sensational opening-weekend results in English top flight history.

Chelsea had captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off and Burnley took full advantage through Vokes’s brace and a superb Stephen Ward effort, with goals from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz coming in vain.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Leicester Crash Out As Semi-Finals Take Shape On CEE Cup Day Three (Photos & Highlights)

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Day three, and Everton were in action against Hungarian side Gyori (Photo: CEE Cup/Facebook)

Well. We predicted something of a goal glut after day two's proceedings had drawn to a close, but nothing quite like this.

Day three of the Generali CEE Cup had more big scores than Abraham Lincoln banged on about at Gettysburg and sought to separate the would be-men from the already-are-boys in this proving ground of a tournament.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Sunburn, Shut-Outs And Six-Goal Pummellings On Opening Day Of CEE Cup (Photos & Highlights)

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Over the next week or two, Pies' man-in-the-field, Joseph Viney, will be in Prague to report in on the 2017 Generali CEE Cup – the annual international Under-19s tournament for club sides from Central and Eastern Europe (hence ‘CEE').

The View From Day One.

In its heyday, Prague's Strahov Stadium allegedly boasted a maximum capacity of anywhere from 220,000 to 300,000 once ram-packed to the rafters.

Pies In Prague: An Introduction To The CEE Cup, The Under-19s Tournament Featuring Starlet-Laden Sides From Everton, Burnley And Leicester City

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Over the next week or two, Pies' man-in-the-field, Joseph Viney, will be in Prague to report in on the 2017 Generali CEE Cup the annual international Under-19s tournament for club sides from Central and Eastern Europe (hence 'CEE').

The Premier League will be represented by academy sides from Everton, Burnley and Leicester.

Videos

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Everton See Off Burnley To Lift Trophy As CEE Cup Wraps Up In Fine Style (Photos & Highlights)

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Lo and behold, it was Everton that ending up whisking the Generali CEE Cup back home to Merseyside with them.

A resounding 3-1 victory over fellow countrymen Burnley ensured that the Toffees were the first team from outside Eastern Europe to win the seventh annual staging of the fast-growing and increasingly prestigious youth tournament.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Hectic CEE Cup Semi-Final Day Ends With Burnley And Everton Emerging Victorious (Photos & Highlights)

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Burnley's youngsters faced a tough semi-final against Turkish opposition (Photo: CEE Cup/Facebook)

Day Four at the CEE Cup was semi-final day, with all four remaining teams having rightfully earned their place at the business end.

The strongest sides in the competition had risen to the top and were now set to do mortal combat – cue excitable 16-bit techno music with the prospect of an all-English final on the cards.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Day Two Of The CEE Cup Serves Up An Avalanche Of Goals As Burnley Sashay Into The Semis (Photos & Video)

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Day two of the Generali CEE Cup saw the action open up, the goals flow and Burnley become the first side to book their place in the semi-finals of the competition.

The red hot Prague sun continued to beat down on players and spectators alike. Your reporter came prepared this time, liberally doused in sun cream after ending day one lookinglike the fabled Rock Lobster of B-52s fame.

Classic Moments: Goalscoring Goalie Paul Robinson Glances Home Dramatic 90th-Minute Equaliser For Leeds, 2003 (Video)

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Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has announced his retirement from professional football today at the grand old age of 37.

Having spent last season on the books at Burnley, Robinson has decided to pack it in after once again succumbing to chronic back pain.

Unfortunately, my back problem returned towards the end of last season and has prevented me being ready for the start of the new season.

The Rest

Cup throws up “mad” derby as Blackburn draw Burnley

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The early stages of the Carabou Cup – or the League Cup if you’re a traditionalist – often fails to get the pulses racing.

This year’s second round draw has thrown up some less than inspiring ties, with games such as Brighton versus Barnet and Stoke against Rochdale likely to feature plenty of second string players strutting their stuff in front of lots of empty seats.