Rafa Benitez Issues Another Warning To Wantaway Players

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Rafa Benitez has again come out and said that those players who want to leave Newcastle will only be allowed to leave if it is in the best interests of the club. Some of that is that Newcastle must be able to replace them preferably before they leave the club so we do not [...]

Walcott in contract stalemate with Arsenal

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Theo Walcott's representatives are playing a game with Arsenal. The press (and many individuals) report Arsenal are being lackadaisical and not efficient renewing his contract, although ultimately the final playing card lays with Wenger's value of the player. He believes he isn't worth the £100,000 a week his agents want, unfortunately fees Liverpool and Man City (the interested clubs) will pay.

Nigel Winterburn thinks somethings not quite right at Arsenal

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Arsenal legend blames the club's contract negotiation policy by AM Another Arsenal legend has come out and slammed the club's transfer negotiation policy. Former Arsenal left back Nigel Winterburn, who made 440 appearances for the Gunners, has blamed the club of leaving it too late (for negotiations).


Chelsea join Man Utd in the race for Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire

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Chelsea are the latest team to express an interest in Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire. We reported earlier this week that Manchester United had been scouting the 20-year-old for months and were ready to make a move in January. If United see Maguire as a long-term replacement for Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand, it seems [.

Chelsea Complete £7m Signing of César Azpilicueta from Marseille: The Daily EPL

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Expect a very busy day in the transfer market as Premier League clubs try to wrap up deals after a long week of negotiations. First up this morning is Cesar Azpilicueta who has signed for Chelsea from Marseille. The young ...

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Transfer Talk

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye went off Arsenal move after hearing audio saying he would be a reserve

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I'm told Mike Ashley let Cabaye listen to phone negotiations last week + he heard Arsenal say: "25 million a lot for a reserve" #moodchanger James Pearce (@Pearcesport) September 2, 2013 Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye reportedly decided against a move to Arsenal after owner Mike Ashley played a recording of Arsenal's negotiators saying he [.

Newcastle end interest in Bafetimbi Gomis, says Lyon president

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Newcastle have ended their interest in Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis. The French side's president Jean-Michael Aulas told L'Equipe that the Magpies are no longer in talks with the France international and urged the player to get his head down to focus on another season at Lyon. He said: "His circumstances have changed.

Lyon president claims Yoann Gourcuff wants to take pay-cut to join Arsenal

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Yoann Gourcuff wants to join Arsenal and is happy to take a pay-cut to make that happen, according to the president of his current club Lyon. The 27-year-old was once dubbed the new Zidane, but a series of injuries mean his career has never hit the heights expected. His £80,000 have limited the options available [.

Man Utd to enter race for Spurs’ Gareth Bale

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Manchester United will join Real Madrid in the race for Gareth Bale this week, according to reports in The Independent. With Real and Spurs still unable to agree a fee for the Welsh winger, United will seek to make Bale a marquee signing for the start of David Moyes' reign. The champions are only too [.

Real Madrid hold new talks with Spurs over Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid have begun a fresh round of negotiations with Tottenham with a view to agreeing a deal for Gareth Bale. The Spanish side's president, Florentino Perez, had a telephone call with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy this morning, the Metro reports. The deal has stalled after Levy rejected Real's £85m bid for the Welsh star.

Barcelona make bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz

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Barcelona have made an official bid believed to be in the region of £30million for Chelsea defender David Luiz. Jose Mourinho's side are expected to reject the bid for the 26-year-old. But Luiz becomes the latest high profile transfer target to be sidelined from pre-season action with an injury just as negotiations on [.

Tottenham target Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo as potential Gareth Bale replacement

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Real Betis youngster Alvaro Vadillo is being linked with a move to Tottenham as a long-term replacement for Gareth Bale. The 18-year-old was reported to be a Spurs target last month, and Spanish newspaper Marca has reported that the interest has intensified as Bale edges nearer to the exit. No bid has been made yet, [.

Man Utd give up on Fabregas, target Everton’s Marouane Fellaini

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Manchester United are set to bid for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini as they accept that Cesc Fabregas will not be joining them, the Daily Mirror reports. The champions have decided to switch transfer targets following Barcelona's refusal to part company with former Arsenal captain Fabregas. That means the new priority is a raid on manager [.

Al-Qaeda wades in on Gareth Bale transfer with anti-semitic attack on Spurs

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Al-Qaeda have become involved in the transfer rumours linking Gareth Bale with a switch to Real Madrid by launching an anti-semitic attack on Tottenham. Reports in the Italian media claim that the leader of a Yemeni Al-Qaeda cell, Ahmed Al Dossari, has used Spurs' negotiations with Real as an excuse for a rant about Jews.

Manchester United ‘in advanced talks’ to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid

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Manchester United are on the verge of closing a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Star. In a far-fetched but detailed story, the paper claims that the very public pursuit of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas has been a smokescreen for 12 days of careful negotiations to put the deal [.

Arsenal ready for Bernard move after final scouting mission, Spurs cool interest

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Arsenal look set to bid for Brazil star Bernand after scouting him in last night's Copa Libertadores final second-leg. The 20-year-old helped his Atletico Mineiro side to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Paraguay's Olimpia to win South America's equivalent of the Champions League on penalties.

Villas-Boas: Tottenham counting on Bale, Soldado is a great striker

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Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas has reiterated the club's determination to keep hold of Gareth Bale, saying the club is counting on him. Speaking from Hong Kong ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy, he said: "I don't want to become repetitive after what I have been telling you last season and what I have [.

Spurs star Gareth Bale ‘agrees six-year deal’ with Real Madrid

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Tottenham's Gareth Bale has agreed personal terms and a six-year contract with Real Madrid, according to reports in Spanish daily Marca. The newspaper claims that negotiations are still ongoing between the two clubs to finalise a fee. 'Operation Bale' underway since the end of last season is now nearing completion, says Marca.

Southampton boss Pochettino unveils transfer shopping list: Victor Wanyama, Leandro Damiao and Ever Banega

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has gone public with his summer transfer window shopping list. He identified Celtic's Victor Wanyama, Valencia's Ever Banega and Internacional's Brazil star Leandro Damiao as transfer targets, while also confirming that he only wants to bring in two or three players.

Tottenham and Southampton haven’t bid for Leandro Damiao, say Internacional

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Brazilian side Internacional claim they are yet to receive a single bid for striker Leandro Damiao. The 23-year-old is a long-term Tottenham target who has filled many a gossip column over the last few transfer windows. But with a move to White Hart Lane never seeming to materialise, recent reports suggested that Southampton had stolen [.

Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan goes AWOL from pre-season training camp

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Shakhtar Donetsk star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has failed to report for the club's pre-season training camp amid rumours that he is trying to force through a move to Liverpool. The Armenia international has been widely tipped to move to the Reds in a £23 million deal, but the transfer has not yet materialised.

Gonzalo Higuain’s dad suggests Arsenal move is close

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Real Madrid striker Gonzola Higuain is in advanced talks with Arsenal, according to his dad. Jorge Higuain said personal terms expected to be in the region of £150,000 a week have not yet been agreed, but suggested that a deal was not too far away. He said: "Nothing has yet been signed but [...]

Who Are Ya? Iago Aspas (Liverpool)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Iago Aspas Age: 25 Position: Striker Signed from: Celta Vigo Fee: £7m Did you know? If, as seems likely, Aspas is a direct replacement for Luis Suarez then this seems like a sensible move. As well as being a great goalscorer, the striker was also [.

Exclusive video: Arsenal’s transfer negotiations with Malaga for Nacho Monreal

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What'd I say? Monreal. What's it called? Monreal. Monreal, Monreal, Monreal. Great potential for a very camp chant there.


Video: David Villa takes thinly veiled swipe at Spurs

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Spain international David Villa has been unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player and the former Barcelona striker took the opportunity to knock his Premier League suitors. Villa was widely expected to sign for Spurs but made a surprise move to Atletico instead. Some Spurs fans were critical of chairman Daniel Levy's negotiating skills at [.

Juve slam former Man Utd striker

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Following his last-minute decision to snub Italian duo Fiorentina and Juventus for a move to Fulham, former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has drawn strong criticism from Juve sporting director Beppe Marotta.

Marotta, who was speaking to Sky Sport Italia regarding the Bianconeri's pursuit of Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner on the deadline day, slammed Berbatov for poorly communicating his decision to Fiorentina.

Arsenal to offload Bendtner and get Mexes in return

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Morning Gooners. So today news has broke about our infamous striker being set to make a move to the Italian shores this week. There have been constant negotiations  over his departure from Arsenal but now it seems the Dane is on his way out. The striker has made it clear he does not see his [...]

Allardyce Gives Up On Carroll

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce appears to have given up the pursuit of signing Andy Carroll after claiming a deal was never agreed with Liverpool for the striker.
The Upton Park club's co-chairman, David Sullivan, had on Wednesday announced England international Carroll had snubbed a move to London.


Del Piero rejects Liverpool to join Sydney

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Former Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero has completed his move to Australian club Sydney FC, despite reported interest from Liverpool.

The two-year deal is reportedly worth $2 million per season, which would make Del Piero the highest paid footballer in Australia.

Sydney chief executive Tony Pignata claimed that Liverpool had made a late attempt to hijack the deal.

We could be Germans, just for one day

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Assembling this week's column has been a difficult undertaking. The transfer deadline arrives imminently and, at time of writing, there are still so many issues to settle. Circumstances alter at light speed and that's going to feel like a gentle cruise compared to what this evening will bring. Even for someone like me that has an allergy to transfer speculation (I used to refer to it as ‘speculitis' but that sounds like an unfortunate ailment one might catch at a mate's stag do) last season's deadline day had the feel of watching someone nervously clipping wires on a time bomb.

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.

Liverpool Offer Players In Part-Exchange In Fresh Dempsey Talks

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Liverpool has revived their move for Clint Dempsey by opening fresh talks with Fulham over a deal worth £7 million, can reveal.
The Merseysiders are back in negotiations with the Londoners, with discussions centring on the players who could move to Craven Cottage in part-exchange.
Liverpool are reluctant to meet Fulham's asking price for the 29-year-old even though the Londoners will settle for a fee of around £6-7m.

New Contract

Arsenal to reward The Ox with an improved wage packet

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Arsenal to offer Oxlade-Chamberlain new contract by AM It looks like Arsenal have finally learnt from their mistakes of waiting for the last year in a player's contract to open negotiations over an extension. Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to offer his prized asset Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a new improved contract.

Ronaldo: I’m ‘Unhappy And The Club Know Why’

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Cristiano Ronaldo failed to celebrate his two goals against Granada on Sunday evening, and there are reports coming out of Spain that the Portuguese star had requested a transfer from the club after failed contract extension negotiations.

After the game, Ronaldo was asked about his lack of celebration and said:

"I did not celebrate my goals because I'm unhappy with some people, and the club knows it, they are professional issues.

Bilbao President Won’t Compromise

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Athletic Bilbao President Josu Urrutia has reiterated that he will only be selling Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente at their buy-out clauses.

The duo are the subject of persistent speculation about imminent departures from the club this summer.

Llorente, with a €35m buyout clause, has failed to agree to a new contract, whilst Bayern Munich are in continued talks with the Basques over Martinez and his €40m clause.

Transfer deadline mind games

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Check out any newspaper, or football website, and it's the time of year when the transfer rumours reach fever pitch. I'm sure I read somewhere that Charlie George was being considered by a number of Championship clubs.

Looking at Arsenal, there are still many persistent rumours, mostly involving Nuri Sahin and Yann M'Vila, although there are others.

Marcelo Bielsa Says He Has No Issues At Athletic

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As he drops Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente from the Athletic Bilbao squad again, Marcelo Bielsa denies that he has any bad relationships at the club.

The Coach had a falling out with the hierarchy earlier this summer over his decision to publicly criticise refurbishment work taking place at Athletic's training complex.

Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham finally announced the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor yesterday but reaction among Spurs fans seems to have been mixed. According to reports, the fee of £5m had been agreed between Spurs and Manchester City some time ago but weeks of negotiations were needed in order to iron out personal terms.

Tottenham Hotspur Sign Emmanuel Adebayor On Permanent Deal From Man City

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It's been a long round of negotiations, but Emmanuel Adebayor is finally heading to Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent deal. "I am pleased to be signing for Spurs on a permanent basis after finally agreeing my departure with Manchester City," ...

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Tierney: Threat of Work Stoppage Was Real

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Chris Tierney has played in over 150 games, featured at four different positions, and scored in an MLS Cup final. But the situation that confronted him last week was unlike anything he'd ever seen on the pitch.

As MLS Player Union representative for the Revolution, Tierney was at the epicenter of the 11th hour negotiations with the league on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which was reached less than three days before the start of the regular season.