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Arsenal

Backpage roundup: Djourou still In Wenger’s plans, Coquelin’s ‘Play me or lose me’ threat, Sagna criticises English players and Baines linked with Arsen

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Djourou Still Has Arsenal Future Wenger

Arsene Wenger has said that Johan Djourou still has a future at Arsenal despite the fact that the centre-half wanted to leave the club in the summer transfer window.

Djourou made just 14 first-team appearances for the Gunners last season and hasn't featured at all in the club's 2012/13 campaign.

Late-Breaking Walcott Defection

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For my first Arsenal match in August 2006, covered in the 10 am spilled beers and yell spit of fellow patrons at Nevada Smith's in New York, I saw Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott come on as subs after Thierry Henry had done something or other phenomenal. My buddy Roland, who deserves all the blame for me being a Gunner, had filled me in on the Walcott World Cup call up fiasco and considered van Persie his favorite player.

Everton FC

Alex Song and the Ultimate Betrayal of Arsene Wenger's Youth Project

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I remember quite vividly Alex Song's debut for Arsenal. We were coasting through the final minutes of a relatively routine home win over Everton in the autumn of 2005 when Arsene decided to introduce the slightly mysterious loan signing we had made that summer. Song ambled around the pitch for a few minutes, and repeatedly gave away the ball.

Wayne Rooney could play for Everton again, reckons Tony Hibbert

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Everton stalwart Tony Hibbert thinks that there is still a chance, however slight, that former Blue Wayne Rooney will bring his career to a fitting end at the club. Full-back Hibbert, who has made 309 first-team appearances and spent more than 11 years at Goodison Park, was recognised for his services through a testimonial last [.

Pruning in progress as Pienaar deal ‘poised’

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It was widely claimed yesterday that the long-proposed deal between Spurs and Everton for Steven Pienaar was coming to a conclusion with both clubs agreeing on a fee to take the midfielder back to Goodison.

Only a medical seems to stand in the way of the move which will take the South African international back to the club he played for between 2007 and 2011 and with whom he saw out the end of last season on loan.

Major League Soccer

Cameron gets work permit, Clark joins Houston

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Reports out of England have Geoff Cameron successfully getting a work permit. Stoke City presented what they called "a strong case" for Cameron who lacked the requisite National Team appearances to qualify for a work permit without an appeal. According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Stoke presented letters from US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and US National Team player Clint Dempsey.

Alex Morgan Officially Signs With Sounders Women

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It is rumor no more: Alex Morgan has officially signed with the Sounders Women. Like Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux before her, Morgan comes to the Sounders with a significant national team resume and ties to the region. Morgan, 22, has already scored 16 goals in 32 United States women's national team appearances.

Rogers Signs With Leeds

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Though the deal requires a work permit to become official, Robbie Rogers has signed with Leeds United in England's Championship. Rogers has 18 US National Team appearances since 2009, scoring against Mexico in last year's August friendly. After five seasons and 106 appearances with Columbus, Rogers didn't re-sign with Major League Soccer.

Liverpool

Aquilani leaves Liverpool for good

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Aquilani's time at Liverpool Football Club is finally over after the club confirmed the midfielder has completed a permanent move to Fiorentina for a reported £4 million deal.

A statement on club website read: "Liverpool Football Club can today confirm that Alberto Aquilani has completed a permanent transfer to Serie A side Fiorentina.

Liverpool Told £7m Is Enough To Land Barcelona Forward

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Barcelona have made it clear that they will not sell Cristian Tello for less than £7million as a number of European clubs look to secure the signature of the talented youngster.
The Daily Mail has reported that Liverpool are just one of the clubs that are interested in signing the 20-year-old who broke into the first team last season under Pep Guardiola.

Liverpool Struggling To Offload Striker

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Daniel Pacheco could be set to return to Liverpool this summer after both Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano reportedly passed up the opportunity to sign him.
The 21-year-old moved to the Vicente Calderon on a temporary basis last summer, but Atleti immediately loaned him out to Rayo, as is allowed in Spanish football.

Liverpool sign Crewe Alexandra teenager Dan Smith

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The Reds have beaten Manchester City to Snap up the highly-rated 16-year-old Dan Smith from Crewe Alexandra for a fee thought to be in the region of £300,000.

Crewe had hoped the England youth international would stay after his proposed switch to Manchester City fell through last month however Liverpool were quick to hijack the move and sealed a deal for the 16-year-old.

Kuyts agent confirms Roma interest

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Dirk Kuyt's agent has revealed the striker is considering his future at Liverpool with Roma a possible option

It is believed that there is a push at Anfield to reduce the average age of the squad and bring in fresh faces without drastically changing the wage bill and Even the likes of Maxi Rodriguez and Fabio Aurelio would also find themselves surplus to requirements at Anfield.

Newcastle United

Danny Guthrie Joins Reading

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It has been confirmed that Danny Guthrie has joined Premier League newcomers Reading on a free transfer, signing a three year deal. Guthrie, who's first team appearances were limited due to the midfield duo of Cabaye and Tiote, was never likely to see a lot of first-team football at Newcastle.

Guthrie's contract expired this weekend, and with July 1st signaling the opening of the transfer window, it was always looking likely that Guthrie would depart.

Danny Guthrie Joins Reading

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It has been confirmed that Danny Guthrie has joined Premier League newcomers Reading on a free transfer, signing a three year deal. Guthrie, who's first team appearances were limited due to the midfield duo of Cabaye and Tiote, was never likely to see a lot of first-team football at Newcastle.

Alan Pardew Expecting Big Things From Some Newcastle Players

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Two players Alan Pardew is expecting big things from next season are the French duo of Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux, both of whom had some injuries last season which affected the number of first team appearances they made. Sylvain Marveaux big things next season? The Newcastle players will be coming back to Tyneside over the next week as pre-season training will commence on [.

West Ham United

Thanks For The Memories

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At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.
Robert Green has agreed to join Queens Park Rangers on a two-year deal after rejecting an improved West Ham United contract offer.

The lowdown on Dan Potts

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While die-hard U.S. men's national team fans probably already have the lowdown on young West Ham United defender Dan Potts, the reaction to some tweets about the 17-year-old left back suggests that not everybody is aware of the story behind the latest promising foreign-born prospect eligible to play for the United States.

New York Red Bulls

Two New Trialists

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Bobby Devyne (pictured in Blue) joins the Revs on trial this week. (Photo credit: Chelsea FC)

Forward Bobby Kirobi Devyne and Left midfielder Austin da Luz have joined the New England Revolution on trial this week. Devyne is a 19-year-old Chelsea FC Academy product, while da Luz, 24, most recently played with D.

New Trialist and Dear Mr Hunt Letter Campaign

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Sporting KC has a new trialist in camp according to reports. Sacir Hot, the former New York Red Bulls home grown player, was waived by the Red Bulls last week. Hot was signed by the Red Bulls last January as a home grown and appeared in two US Open Cup games for the Red Bulls, his only 2 first team appearances for the Red Bulls.

Report: Robles to Red Bulls called off

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One-time U.S. national team goalkeeper Luis Robles won't be manning the nets at Red Bull Arena after all.

Robles' proposed move to the New York Red Bulls has been called off after the league ruled that Robles would have to go through the allocation order after initially claiming he could be added as a discovery signing, according to the Washington Post.

Albright Moves To Philadelphia

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US National Team player Chris Albright has completed a move to Philadelphia, the club announced on Monday. Albright spent last season with the New York Red Bulls. He is a three-time MLS Cup winner and has 21 National Team appearances. Entering his 14th season, he's played in 225 regular season games, scoring 11 goals.

Daily Mail

King contract talks open?

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According to our old friends at the Daily Mail, Spurs have opened talks with club captain Ledley King over a new contract to replace his current one which expires at the end of the season. The report also suggests that the player will reject a pay as you play deal although it seems to offer no claim that this is the type of contract that the club is offering.

Un-ravelling the Morrison mystery

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As Tony Fernandes appears the only Premier League chairman willing to put the golden nib of his fountain pen to his cheque book, newspapers and sports channels alike struggle to satisfy the footballing publics insatiable appetite for transfer talk. This has resulted in the arrival of silly season appearing to be unavoidably upon us with rumours of Andy Carroll returning to Newcastle and Didier Drogba moving to China.

Seattle Sounders

Transfer Rumor: Sounders Appear To Have Signed Sweden's Adam Johansson

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It appears the Seattle Sounders have made their first move toward filling their hole at right back, signing Swedish defender Adam Johansson, according to this article in the Gothenburg Post. Erik Friberg first alluded to the signing with a tweet in which he said: "Congratulations Sounders for your new Sweeede.

Mrisho Ngassa v Cordell Cato Indirect Competition For Speedy International Prospect Slot

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With rumors of Cordell Cato reaching a contract agreement and Mrisho Ngassa's club still waiting for confirmation that Tanzanian international will return for another training stint with Seattle Sounders FC it could be said that Hanauer & Co went for the U-20 Trinidad player rather than the East African U-23.

Jose Mourinho

Incredible news: Once-retired Hutchinson signs new deal

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This world is riddled with boring cliches pertaining to the human spirit. Phrases such as don't give up and never back down. Ridiculous drivel seemingly custom-made for the cinemas.

The path of Sam Hutchinson is ready for the big screen as well only thing is it's a true story.


Warrior

Hutchinson, amazingly, signed a new one and a half year contract with Chelsea on Thursday.

Defender Sam Hutchinson, Aged 22, Comes Out Of Retirement And Re-Signs For Chelsea

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By Alan Duffy

After just four first team appearances for Chelsea, with three of those coming from the bench, Sam Hutchinson decided to retire from football in 2010 after suffering a serious knee injury. This was a tragic tale of a youngster, highy-rated by his former manager Jose Mourinho, who had to give up his dream.

The Rest

Jerry Watch: Honduras 2, Boca Juniors 0

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While most of us were watching the US beat Mexico last night, Jerry Bengtson was busy continuing to play far better for his national team than he's ever indicated he will for the New England Revolution. Honduras beat Boca Juniors 2-0 in a friendly in Miami on Wednesday night. Bengtson scored the opener in the 23rd minute with a diving header.

With Kinnear, Klinsmann letters, Cameron prepares for crucial hearing

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At 11 a.m. Wednesday in Manchester, England, the leaders of Stoke City of the English Premier League will make the case that U.S. national team center back Geoff Cameron of the Houston Dynamo is worthy of getting a UK work permit. Because he hasn't made the required national team appearances for an automatic work permit, [.

ESSIEN: STICK OR TWIST THIS SEASON?

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With "reports" going around that Chelsea are "willing to sell" Michael Essien, I just wondered what the general opinion amongst Chelsea fans reading this all over the world is nowadays?

It's no secret Essien has had his injury problems and with persistent knee problems and those same problems have affected his Chelsea career of late.

Shea struggling to meet high expectations

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Brek Shea's season could not be straying any further from how most thought it would unfold.

After a year full of U.S. men's national team appearances and an offseason filled with European transfer speculation and a training stint at Arsenal, Shea has struggled to meet the lofty expectations bestowed upon him and has had his standing as a rising American star and transfer candidate take a step back.

Fryers set to join the revolution?

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There are so many conflicting stories concerning Jan Vertonghen, Luka Modric and others that it's difficult to make any comment now until the deals are done. However, the media does seem united in its opinion that Ezekiel Fryers will soon be signing up at the Lane.

The 19 year old left back made six first team appearances for Manchester United and it's thought that he would be put straight into the squad as cover for BAE.

USWNT 20-Player Roster Announced for the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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Pia Sundhage, head coach of the United States Women's National Team, announced earlier today the 20-player roster that she will be bringing with her to Vancouver, B.C. for the CONCACAF Women's Qualifying Tournament. The two teams that make it to the final of the tournament, set to begin on January 19th, will qualify for the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Roma and Juventus Share The Spoils In Rome

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As one unbeaten run came to a close in England, another ws sustained in Italy as the magic hands of Italy and Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon earned the Bianconeri a 1-1Â draw with Roma.

It's been interesting to see how the Italian Serie A is playing out these past couples of weeks.