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Transfer Talk

Who Are Ya? Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Age: 23 Position: Defender Signed from: Montpellier Fee: Undisclosed (reported £6.7million) Did you know? Yanga-Mbiwa was Montpellier's captain as they won the French title last season. He's clocked up more than 200 appearances for the club despite being just 23 years old.

Does losing Hudd and Dawson make any sense?

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Any new coach coming into a club will, sooner or later, make his mind up about the existing squad but some of the transfer rumours coming out of White Hart Lane will have surprised Spurs supporters.

While the club continues to offload the deadwood with the sale of Sebastien Bassong to Norwich, there are claims that AVB is looking to clear out five more players but those names include Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson.

Liverpool

Luton devise a plan to help Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea to deal with crosses

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Ingenious. Got a keeper who's a bit dubious underneath the high ball? Simply place a sign saying 'CLAIMS SPECIALISTS' behind his goal facing the opposition strikers for the entire match. They won't even bother crossing the ball anymore knowing that the goalie would only claim it from the air like a specialist in any case.

Rodgers plots January reinforcements

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Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers admits he will need to make some moves in the January transfer window in order to bolster his ‘thin' squad.

Liverpool are short of attacking options, with just Luis Suarez the only recognized striker available following the injury to Fabio Borini.

The Reds currently sit 14th in the Premier League standings after earning just six points from opening seven matches and the Boss today confirmed he has spoken to club's owners about adding reinforcements in January

"There are still areas we want to reinforce – and we have to reinforce as soon as we can," Rodgers said.

Clint Dempsey and American Exceptionalism

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It's a few hours before midnight on Deadline Day, and for all the "will he, won't he" drama of Clint Dempsey's move to North London, most everything seems right in the world. Clint got his long-relished move to a competitive side, Spurs added a versatile player likely to shore up a few problem areas, Fulham added a surprising number of quality reinforcements, and Liverpool.

Liverpool Striker Emerges As Surprise Target For QPR

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Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes is hoping that he will be reunited with striker Craig Bellamy after deciding to approach Liverpool about a potential permanent deal.
The west London club has reportedly lost on signing Junior Hoilett and Hughes has now turned his attention to trying to sign Bellamy who has just one-year left on his contract at Anfield.

Liverpool Need to Act Swiftly in the Transfer Market

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Liverpool Need to Act Swiftly in the Transfer Market - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the announcement of Premier League fixtures, it seems that no other team faces a tougher start to the campaign than Liverpool Football Club. The reds will have to play Top 3 teams in the league i.

Liverpool Consider Move For £26m Striker

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Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia, after the appointment of Kenny Dalglish's successor.
The 24-year-old Ivorian scored 33 goals in 41 appearances for his current employers last season, and has also been linked with a transfer window move to Chelsea.

Italy

Jake ready for competitive international bow

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Our own Jake Livermore continues to build on the best 12 months of his career and following on from his full England debut last month, Jake has been called into Roy Hodgson's squad to face Ukraine tomorrow night.

With Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson returning to their clubs after injury, there was a need for reinforcements in midfield and although the best that he can hope for is a subs place, it's further recognition of Livermore's progress.

Milan Must Adjust to Win Next Season

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Milan's quest to repeat as champions of Serie A fell short due to a number of reasons, in particular the injuries which affected the squad and the demands of European football which drained the players.

The Rossoneri must address the following key concerns in order to be successful next season in Italy and Europe:

a) Ibrahimovic Factor: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in fine form since his move from Barcelona prior to the beginning of last season.

Arsenal

Arsenal DO have options if Giroud gets injured (not Chamakh!)

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What are our attacking options? by AH Well after yesterday's disappointment in the lack of transfer movement, we now know our final squad. The first XI looks reasonably strong however we lack in squad depth which could be a problem. I mentioned in my earlier squad analysis article that we had reasonably good reinforcements in [.

The Rumour Mill

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I have posted on here before of my amusement at the intensity of fans during the summer break, I know I am in the minority but I simply cannot be bothered to get wound up by the rumour mill and media circus. Thank god this superb Olympics has pulled so many of the scribes away from their dubious fabrications within the football silly season and directed them to a more worthwhile and fulfilling portrayal of fact rather than fiction.

Podolski, M’Vila, RvP, Big Huge Dinosaur Transfer Scoop…I don’t care

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It's ghostly quiet. A few leaves rustle here and there, but not indecently; well within the bounds of social decorum. Apart from that, proper Webster's definition of silence. Two crickets chirp, but Silence wrests control again with a smug slap of superiority. Of course, the crickets are having none of it.

Season Recap & Review

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Guess it's about time to do a review of the season. Having thought about it, numerous ways to do it. Luckily, Arsenal's official website came up with the numbers which is exactly what I'm basing the review on. All statistics used will be denoted by number in brackets.

Third in the Premier League, last 16 of the Champions League, 6th round of the FA Cup and quarter finals of the Carling Cup.

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Fire loan out playmaker Grazzini

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The curious case of Sebastian Grazzini and the Chicago Fire has come to a resolution.

The Fire loaned Grazzini to Argentine club Atletico de Rafaela on Friday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Fire had exercised their option on the Argentine playmaker for a second year at the end of June after a bit of a contract dispute, which, according to the Chicago Sun Times, was started over Grazzini misunderstanding the original terms of his deal with the club.

Burnt Out: Is Frank Klopas Playing the Fire into the Ground?

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The Chicago Fire and the LA Galaxy released their lineups yesterday and the confidence among some Fire fans grew larger. Everyone already knew that David Beckham was 4,000 miles away at Wimbledon and suspended for this match. Edson Buddle was ruled out with an injury. Omar Gonzalez is still on the injury comeback route himself.

Euro 2012

Tottenham Need To Strengthen

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Tottenham Need To Strengthen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spurs 2-0 pre-season loss to Valencia on Thursday night is not a sign that Spurs should panic, but it did show the weaknesses currently prevalent in the Spurs squad and showed the need to bring in reinforcements.

Jermaine ‘JJ' Jenas and Jake Livermore in midfield struggled to both keep possession and press the opposition while the defensive high line loved like a childhood teddy bear by Andre Villas-Boas was at fault for the second of the Valencia goals.

Tottenham Need To Strengthen

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Tottenham Need To Strengthen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spurs 2-0 pre-season loss to Valencia on Thursday night is not a sign that Spurs should panic, but it did show the weaknesses currently prevalent in the Spurs squad and showed the need to bring in reinforcements.

Jermaine ‘JJ' Jenas and Jake Livermore in midfield struggled to both keep possession and press the opposition while the defensive high line loved like a childhood teddy bear by Andre Villas-Boas was at fault for the second of the Valencia goals.

Reds Chase German International

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With Bayer Leverkusen set for a pre-season friendly at Anfield could striker Andrea Schurrle find himself lining up for the home side as opposed to the visitors?
Well that's the feeling of Yahoo Sports at least who believe the Reds are interested in signing the striker for around £12m.
The 21-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Chelsea and boasts an impressive international record of 7 goals in 16 appearances (featuring twice for the German's at Euro 2012).

Thursday Morning Miscellaneous Ramblings

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Ok everyone, first I want to apologize for the quiet period here on HTIOT lately. With the extra off week things have been pretty slow for the Fire and MLS in general. For us international soccer fans, we have had USMNT WCQ games and Euro 2012 to keep us busy. The good news is that there is finally Fire action again this weekend vs.

Roll up, roll up! Well, no need to hurry.

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There are a fair few players who are surplus to requirements at the club. And there are a few positions we could murder some reinforcements in. I think that both these things are fair to say. Incoming, we already a thoroughbred German with a trillion national caps and a very decent scoring record indeed.

New England Revolution

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on SKC @ Revs

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It seemed that everybody was ready to point out how physical Sporting Kansas City was on Saturday night against the Revs. And, yeah, they're right-KC really took it to us. But let's not forget that this was the third time we played them this year. So, shouldn't that physical element have been part of the game plan coming into this one?

Transfer Rumors 2012: Revolution Taking Davide Zoboli On Trial?

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With two roster slots still wide open and at least one (possibly two) open international spots, the New England Revolution have a lot of options to play around with in their search for mid-season reinforcements. It can be agreed all around that defensive help and striker depth are the areas of greatest concern for the Revs, and if rumors on twitter and in the Italian media are to be believed, they may be about to address the former.

Transfer Talk 2012: The Many Facets Of The Top Allocation Spot

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The MLS summer transfer window is a fickle thing. It's the best time for most clubs to bring in high-priced and/or high-caliber foreign talent because most other leagues are in their offseason, leaving clubs free to shop around talent without disrupting a squad in mid-season. MLS clubs, obviously, tend not to be so finicky about such concepts as "team chemistry" and "being prepared at the start of the season so you don't need to bring in emergency reinforcements in July.

Revolution Vs. Toronto: Know Thy Enemy

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The New England Revolution are traveling over the border to take on Toronto FC Saturday night in an Eastern Conference battle that should, by conventional wisdom, be an easy road three points for the Revs. New England just ground out a 0-0 home draw with the Columbus Crew, while the Reds are working on their third match in seven days after drawing Houston 3-3 on Wednesday night.

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WANTED: SOMEONE TO PLAY DOWN OUR LEFT THIS SEASON!

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I couldn't help but think to myself watching the Brighton v Chelsea disaster at the weekend, that Eden Hazard doesn't want to be playing out on the left wing does he?. How many times did we see him come inside and even at one stage, pop up on the right wing!.

I just wonder if our left hand side is going to be the real problem this season?

Mexico Stuns Brazil In Dallas

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Two first half goals from Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernandez were enough to see Mexico stun Brazil 2-0 in front of almost 85,000 fans in Dallas today.

Dos Santos opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he picked up a pass from Pablo Barrera, beat Brazilian defender Danilo and cleverly lobbed his shot over Santos goalkeeper Rafael.

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Tuesday Orange Slices: Houston Continues Good Form

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Dynamo News

  • Dynamo beat Toronto with goals from Brian Ching and Calen Carr. It was the first win ever in Canada. (Houston Dynamo)
  • Match Stats: Houston vs. Toronto: Houston had a 60% share of the possession. (Houston Dynamo)
  • "Posession and midfield control key to Dynamo success at BMO.

Dynamo v Philadelphia Union: Why This One Really Matters

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The Dynamo return home pinking their wounds from a 4-2 thrashing at the hands of the Montreal Impact last weekend. It was a bad end to a rough week that saw Houston nearly suffer their first defeat at BBVA Compass Stadium to one of the worst teams in the league (though to be fair, Toronto FC is clearly improving).

Real Madrid

Lassana Diarra To Spartak Moscow?

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Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra looks set to join Spartak Moscow this summer according to his agent.

The holding midfielder has one year left on his contract with the current La Liga champions but Jose Mourinho seems disinclined to offer Diarra a new deal. Rather than let him leave for free in 12 months, Madrid are looking to recoup some of their investment in the player by selling him this summer.

TRANSFER RUMOUR | LAHM A REAL OBJECTIVE ?

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Spanish TV "La Sexta" has revealed that one of the big desired signings of REAL MADRID & their Coach José Mourinho is German International & BAYERN MUNICH right-back PHILIPP LAHM. The big obstacle is the said price that Bayern Munich places on their 30 year old Captain, 35M€. Lahm Real Madrid are in the market looking for possible reinforcements for next season & a substitute for Arbeloa &

Napoli’s Cup Glory Spoils Juve’s Perfect Season

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Napoli's players lifted the Coppa Italia while Juventus players and fans were left to wonder what would have happened had coach Antonio Conte started Gianluigi Buffon, Simone Pepe and Mirko Vucinic.

The Bianconeri were aiming to finish the season without a defeat in official matches but they failed in the last hurdle.

The Rest

Real Salt Lake defense finds its way while waiting for Olave's return from injury

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Life has not been easy for Real Salt Lake without centerback Jamison Olave, but after a spell of struggles the club's back line appears to be hitting its stride.

After dropping three straight league matches after Olave's latest injury, RSL won their CONCACAF Champions League match 2-0 over Tauro FC and played to an ugly, but effective, 0-0 draw with the Philadelphia Union Friday at PPL Park.

2012 MLS, Week 20: Power Rankings

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It was another busy, crazy week in Major League Soccer. Loads of games that saw the home teams go unbeaten. So with that there was plenty of movement in the rankings here. We have two new clubs in the bottom tier and above that saw teams swapping places left and right.

The playoff race is certainly heating up here!

Midfield Musings

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In the first chapter of Genesis, God tells mankind (yes, I know) to go out and conquer the world, and ever since (yes, I know), we've been gripped by a paranoid, neurotic desire to understand everything. But however hard we try, it's simply not possible: whether its spontaneous combustion, kicks in snooker, or red trousers, cardigans and fascinators, some things will forever lie beyond human comprehension.

Upside: Volley

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Their Words "Alain gave me a great ball, and in practice yesterday I killed some birds, but tonight it was a good goal." Vancouver's Eric Hassli. Other Sources Berhalter's American revolution - from MLSsoccer.com's Greg Seltzer: "we're focusing on the next game." Seeing red sparks Crew on offense - from The Columbus Dispatch's Adam Jardy: Reinforcements are on the way, however.