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Report: West Ham and West Brom keeping eye on 24-year-old forward; club bracing themselves for offers

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According to reports from ESPN, a host of Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on Ostersunds striker Saman Ghoddos following his impressive Europa League performance against Arsenal.

The report claims that West Ham, Leicester City, Southampton, West Brom and Brighton & Hove Albion are tracking the exciting forward.

West Brom crisis rumbles on with Southampton Cup defeat

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London (AFP) – A week to forget for West Brom was rounded off with an FA Cup exit as fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton won 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday to reach the quarter-finals.

West Brom boss Alan Pardew named Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry in his starting line-up despite the experienced duo forming half of a group of four players questioned by Spanish police this week over the theft of a taxi on the club’s warm weather training trip to Barcelona.

West Brom crisis rumbles on with Southampton Cup defeat

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London (AFP) – A week to forget for West Brom was rounded off with an FA Cup exit as fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton won 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday to reach the quarter-finals.

West Brom boss Alan Pardew named Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry in his starting line-up despite the experienced duo forming half of a group of four players questioned by Spanish police this week over the theft of a taxi on the club’s warm weather training trip to Barcelona.

Salah scores again and Ivorian teen makes dream debut

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Paris (AFP) – Prolific Egyptian Mohamed Salah scored again and Ivorian teenager Yann Karamoh made a dream first Serie A start in the major European leagues at the weekend.

Salah raised his season total for Liverpool to 29 in all competitions by notching the second goal in a 2-0 English Premier League win at Southampton.

Southampton vs Liverpool confirmed starting line-ups

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Liverpool visit Southampton on Sunday hoping to keep their bid for a top four finish in the Premier League on track.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are fourth in the table, one point behind Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand.

Chelsea are just a point adrift of the top four with a home game to come against West Bromwich Albion on Monday, increasing the pressure on the Reds.

Done deal: Ex-Tottenham and Liverpool defender makes shock move

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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker has joined Dundee on an 18-month deal, the Scottish Premiership club have confirmed. The 26-year-old left Queens Park Rangers in December by mutual consent, having made 54 appearances for the Londoners.

The news comes as a shock given he’s spent his entire playing career in England, the majority of which has been in the Premier League and Championship, but Dundee convinced him to go to Scotland until the summer of 2019.

January Window Analysis: Man City in the pursuit of greatness, record highest net loss

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With the January transfer window now firmly shut it has restored an element of calm in the world of football once again. The twice-annual rush for signatures is behind us and I think it is fair to say that everyone connected with the game will be breathing a huge sigh of relief.

With just over three months of the domestic season to go, the 20 men who are fortunate enough to have the title of Premier League manager now know which personnel they will have at their disposal between now and the end of the campaign.

Southampton set to sign South American attacker this month, fee has been agreed

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Southampton are set to sign the highly rated Monaco forward Guido Carrillo this month.

According to Guardian, the two clubs have agreed on a fee of around £19.2m. Although the deal has not been finalised yet, the move is expected to happen eventually.

Apparently, the Saints wanted to sign the Argentine for £15m but Monaco have taken the fee up to £19.

Stoke City would have been better off if Tony Pulis had remained as manager

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At this point in the season, Stoke City fans are rightfully becoming more distraught as their club flirts with relegation. They currently sit in 17th in the table with a mere 23 points, just one point more than the Saints, who sit in 18th.

But when looking at the Potters’ record and form this season, it’s no surprise that they’re in the position they’re in.

Stoke City would have been better off if Tony Pulis had remained as manager

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At this point in the season, Stoke City fans are rightfully becoming more distraught as their club flirts with relegation. They currently sit in 17th in the table with a mere 23 points, just one point more than the Saints, who sit in 18th.

But when looking at the Potters’ record and form this season, it’s no surprise that they’re in the position they’re in.

Deloitte Money League 2018 Published: Bournemouth Are 28th Richest Club In World Football

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Such is their wont, Deloitte have published the Football Money League standings for 2018, which basically lists the most wealthy clubs in world football in terms of global revenue.

You may not be surprised to find that the top 20 clubs are all European, with Manchester United retaining their position at the top of the pile for a second successive year largely thanks to the €44.

Kane strikes but Spurs drop points

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Harry Kane struck his 99th Premier League goal to earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s on Sunday after Davinson Sanchez’s own goal had given Southampton an early lead.

The result moves Spurs closer to Liverpool in fourth place but it was not enough to lift Southampton out of the relegation zone.

Everton and West Ham amongst quartet chasing talented midfielder

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Everton and West Ham United are amongst a quartet of clubs chasing the signing of Nico Gaitan from Atletico Madrid.

Southampton and Watford are also in the running, with Marca saying the midfielder is available for around £18 million.

The 29-year-old made his professional debut for Boca Juniors back in 2008 and went on to join Benfica as a replacement for Angel Di Maria two years later.

‘He's a good player. This is our target. We're working on it’ – Manager wants £30m Arsenal attacker

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Arsene Wenger has been dealt bad news in his pursuit to retain Arsenal’s attacking options in January, with a £30m deal mooted for their World Cup hopeful.

Theo Walcott has been linked with Southampton, Everton and Newcastle United, and could consider his future given the lack of playing time at Arsenal this season.

Southampton favourites to sign West Ham target, star could take Saints to the next level

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Southampton are favourites to sign the out of favour Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in January.

The England attacker has been a squad player for Wenger this season and Sky Sports believe that he could return to Southampton in order to play more often.

Walcott has just 18 months left on his current deal and he is unlikely to extend his stay at the Emirates despite being the longest-serving player at the club currently.

Paul Pogba sends message of support to injured Man Utd team-mate Romelu Lukaku

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Player Ratings: Man Utd 0-0 Southampton

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Manchester United made it three consecutive draws in the Premier League as we were frustrated by Southampton in a 0-0 at Old Trafford this evening. Neither side came close to opening the score after Jesse Lingard missed a good headed... Continue Reading →

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Confirmed Team News: Man Utd vs Southampton lineups

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West Ham target wants to join Southampton, would be a superb signing for Pellegrino

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is frustrated with the lack of first-team football at Anfield and he is prepared to leave in January.

Roberto Firmino has been Klopp’s first choice striker since the start of the season and the Brazilian’s form has made it tough for Sturridge to get a look in.

Kane can be Tottenham’s Totti: Pochettino

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane could become as emblematic a player for Tottenham Hotspur as Francesco Totti was for Roma, his manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.

The 24-year-old England striker - who has been with Tottenham since 2009 - established a new Premier League record of goals in a calendar year with a hat-trick against Southampton earlier this week to move to 39 in 2017.

Manchester United

FA Cup: Chelsea Face Leicester And Man Utd Host Brighton In Quarter-Final Draw

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Premier League title holders Chelsea will travel to former champions Leicester in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The draw also sees Manchester United host Brighton in a re-run of the 1983 final which saw the Red Devils win a replay 4-0 after the first game ended all-square.

‘He Will Go Down As A Phenomenal Player, Not Pundit’ – Jose Mourinho Claws At Paul Scholes After Man Utd Legend Dares To Criticise Recent Performances

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We've reached the point in the entirely-predictable Jose Mourinho toxic shock cycle where, under pressure due to waning performances and frayed morale, he starts lashing out with forked tongue and anybody who dares criticise him in public.

Manchester United were nothing short of bereft during the goalless first half of their 2-0 win over Everton on New Year's Day, with many exasperated onlookers drawing parallels with the plodding, regimented, unimaginative football that came to exemplify Louis van Gaal's tenure at Old Trafford.

Man Utd: Romelu Lukaku Leaves Pitch On Stretcher After Hefty Collision With Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt (Photo & Video)

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Manchester United plarped out a toothless 0-0 draw against Southampton in the Saturday evening fixture that saw Jose Mourinho's side fall to third in the table, some 12 points behind leaders Man City having played a game more than their rivals.

Things got off to a bad start for the home side at Old Trafford when Romelu Lukaku was stretchered off the pitch within the first 15 minutes after colliding skulls with Saints defender Wesley Hoedt.

Confirmed lineups: Man Utd vs Southampton

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Liverpool

Visualized: Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

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Previous Match Infographics: Tottenham (h), Huddersfield (a), Swansea (a), Manchester City (h), Everton (h), Burnley (a), Leicester (a), Swansea (h), Arsenal (a), Bournemouth (a), West Brom (h), Everton (h), Spartak Moscow (h), Brighton (a), Stoke (a), Chelsea (h), Sevilla (a), Southampton (h), West Ham (a), Maribor (h), Huddersfield (h), Tottenham (a), Maribor (a), United (h), Newcastle (a), Spartak Moscow (a), Leicester (a), Burnley (h), Sevilla (h), Manchester City (a), Arsenal (h), Hoffenheim (h), Crystal Palace (h), Hoffenheim (a), Watford (a)

Match data from WhoScored, except average position from the SofaScore app.

Liverpool: Roberto Firmino Sets Up Mohamed Salah With Exquisite Back-Heeled Assist As Reds Ease To Victory Over Southampton (Video)

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Liverpool eased to a comfortable 2-0 win at St. Mary's on Sunday, with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah once again providing a razor-sharp cutting edge up front for the Reds.

Firmino opened the scoring against the struggling Saints after just six minutes, with Salah setting up the Brazilian after a howler from centre-half Wesley Hoedt.

Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

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Goals:
Firmino 6'
Salah 42'

Liverpool are incredibly reliant on Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. And that's okay, and long as they're available and they keep this up. Yes, I realize that "if" is doing an awful lot of work in that sentence.

That's not to downplay Liverpool's nine other starters or the substitutes – who ranged mostly from "fine" to van Dijk's "good" and Karius' "encouragingly good", but good lord.

Liverpool at Southampton 02.11.18

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11:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-0 Liverpool (h) 11.18.17
0-0 (h) 05.07.17
0-1 Southampton (h; League Cup) 01.25.17
0-1 Southampton (a; League Cup) 01.11.17

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-2 Tottenham (h); 3-0 Huddersfield (a); 2-3 West Brom (h)
Southampton: 3-2 West Brom (a); 1-1 Brighton (h); 1-0 Watford (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Salah 21; Firmino 11; Coutinho 7; Mané 6; Oxlade-Chamberlain 3; Can, Sturridge 2; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Klavan, Lovren, Matip, Wijnaldum 1
Tottenham: Austin 6; Davis, Gabbiadini, Tadic, Ward-Prowse 3; Boufal, Stephens, Yoshida 2; Lemina, Long, Romeu 1

Referee: Michael Oliver (LFC History) (WhoScored)

Guess at a line-up:
Karius
Trent A-A Matip van Dijk Robertson
Alex O-C Can Wijnaldum
Salah Firmino Mané

Let's start with the defense.

Van Dijk accepts spotlight on Saints return

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Virgil Van Dijk insists criticism of his start to life as the world’s most expensive defender will not affect his preparations for a frosty reception on his return to Southampton with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Dutch international moved to Anfield for £75 million (85m euros, $104m) in January, but has been on the winning side in just one of his four outings for Liverpool since.

Van Dijk accepts spotlight on Saints return

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Virgil Van Dijk insists criticism of his start to life as the world’s most expensive defender will not affect his preparations for a frosty reception on his return to Southampton with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Dutch international moved to Anfield for £75 million (85m euros, $104m) in January, but has been on the winning side in just one of his four outings for Liverpool since.

Video: Virgil van Dijk arrives at Liverpool

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Mourinho lashes out at ‘critical’ Scholes

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Liverpool (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has lambasted former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes after he criticised the manager and key players in his role as a TV pundit.

Scholes singled out Paul Pogba, the club’s record signing, after his anonymous performance in the weekend draw with Southampton.

Mourinho lashes out at ‘critical’ Scholes

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Liverpool (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has lambasted former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes after he criticised the manager and key players in his role as a TV pundit.

Scholes singled out Paul Pogba, the club’s record signing, after his anonymous performance in the weekend draw with Southampton.

Lukaku injured in United draw, Salah fires Liverpool

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London (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku was stretchered off after a clash of heads as Manchester United drew 0-0 with Southampton, while Mohamed Salah fired Liverpool to a 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Lukaku crashed into Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt as the pair contested an aerial challenge early in the first half at Old Trafford.

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Klopp grateful for ‘fantastic’ Firmino, Salah

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp backed Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino’s cases for player of the year honours after they each bagged a goal and an assist to ensure an easy 2-0 win for Liverpool at Southampton.

Salah teed up Firmino to open the scoring with his 20th goal of the season after just six minutes, before the Brazilian returned the favour with a stunning backheeled pass for Salah to slot home just before half-time.

Klopp grateful for ‘fantastic’ Firmino, Salah

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp backed Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino’s cases for player of the year honours after they each bagged a goal and an assist to ensure an easy 2-0 win for Liverpool at Southampton.

Salah teed up Firmino to open the scoring with his 20th goal of the season after just six minutes, before the Brazilian returned the favour with a stunning backheeled pass for Salah to slot home just before half-time.

Arsenal

Southampton boss confirms Theo Walcott is a transfer target

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How much should Arsenal demand for Theo Walcott?

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In these days of extremely inflated transfer fees that reached its zenith when Neymar moved to PSG for 200million euros, but has the inflation even reached its peak yet? Already this month Liverpool have paid Southampton 75m GBP for the defender Virgil van Dijk and now have a great warchest to bring in reinforcements themselves [.

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FA Cup: Salomon Rondon Nets Stunning Volley As West Brom’s Woes Continue With 2-1 Defeat To Southampton (Video)

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Salomon Rondon scored an absolute stunner during West Brom's FA Cup fifth-round clash with Southampton at the Hawthorns.

The wonder-strike came just before the hour-mark, with the Baggies already 2-0 down, courtesy of goals fromWesley Hoedt and Dusan Tadic, with the second of those goals coming just two minutes before Rondon's effort.

Southampton 1-1 Spurs: Five THFC Observations

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1. Full-Backs Exposed

I think it's fair to conclude that that did not really go as planned. Instead of taking the game to our hosts from the off, we were a tad off-colour and distrait, and the early initiative having been up for grabs for any willing taker, Southampton had a whirl at it.