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Liverpool scout Lazio’s ice cube prankster Keita Balde Diao

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Liverpool sent scouts to watch former Barcelona youngster Keita Balde Diao in Lazio's Europa League victory over Legia Warsaw last week. Sky Italia reports that the Reds are keeping tabs on the 18-year-old, who joined the Italian side in 2011. He was rated as one of Barca's hottest prospects until he fell out with the [.

Victor Moses says former Chelsea team-mate Daniel Sturridge talked him into Liverpool move

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New Liverpool signing Victor Moses says striker Daniel Sturridge convinced him to make the move. The 22-year-old decided to press ahead with a loan switch to Anfield after his former Chelsea team-mate told he would "love it" at the Reds. The day after speaking to Sturridge, Moses decided to press ahead with the move.

Who Are Ya? Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Marko Arnautovic Age: 24 Position: Winger Signed from: Werder Bremen Fee: £2 million Did you know? Last year, Arnautovic was ruled out with a knee ligament injury sustained while playing with his dog. What's the deal? Mark Hughes has snapped up the 6ft 4in Austrian [.

Samuel Eto’o signs for Chelsea

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We are delighted to announce the signing of Samuel Eto'o... #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) August 29, 2013 Chelsea have completed the signing of Samuel Eto'o from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. The former Barcelona and Inter Milan follows former team-mate Willian from the Russian outfit, which transfer listed all of its players in [.

Pepe Reina praises Liverpool team-mate and Napoli target Martin Skrtel

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Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been talking up the abilities of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. The Spaniard, currently on-loan in Italy from Anfield, was responding to rumours linking Skrtel with a move to Napoli for a reunion with Reina and former Reds boss Rafa Benitez. Reina said: "I don't know what Napoli are looking for [.

Gerard Pique dismisses talk of Cesc Fabregas moving to Manchester United

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Barcelona and ex-Manchester United defender Gerard Pique has rejected suggestions that team-mate Cesc Fabregas will join his former club this summer. Like Fabregas, Pique left Barcelona at a young age to join a Premier League side, only for both to return to their boyhood club as first-team players. And having seen Fabregas make the move [.

Xavi: ‘We’ll see what happens’ on Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi says "we'll have to see" whether team-mate Cesc Fabregas will move to Manchester United this summer. But he sees him as an important part of the Barcelona team and expects that to continue for the forthcoming campaign. He dismissed much of the talk about Fabregas' future as media rumours, but indicated that [.


Chelsea staff and players express concern over Marco Van Ginkel

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Happy with the victory but sad for Marco's injury. Get well soon my friend. We are all with you.... César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) September 24, 2013 Chelsea coaches and players have been sending well wishes to midfielder Marco Van Ginkel who suffered what looked like a serious knee injury during last night's Capital One [.

Micah Richards has fun with Man City skipper Vincent Kompany’s shoes while he’s away

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Just because they're gucci doesn't mean they're nice

Picture: Paulinho and Nacer Chadli in their first Spurs training sessions

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First day at the Training Centre for our two summer signings. #THFC Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 31, 2013 Tottenham signings Paulinho and Nacer Chadli took part in their first training sessions at Spurs Lodge today. The session was overshadowed some what by the news that Gareth Bale had asked to leave Spurs, but [.

Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick’s interesting choice of formal footwear

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First-time visit for @carras16 as the players touch down in Hong Kong. #mutour Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 27, 2013 Michael Carrick has obviously found a loophole in his Manchester United contract that says that the need to wear a club suit doesn't extend to donning matching footwear.


Liverpool want Arsenal target Abel Hernandez

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Liverpool are plotting a January swoop that would see Palermo striker Abel Hernandez link-up with Uruguay international team-mate Luis Suarez at Anfield. The Daily Express claims the Reds are keen to sign Hernandez, linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer, in a £4m deal. The 23-year-old is known to be unhappy in Italy, [.

Photo: Arsenal new boy Mesut Ozil meets Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski

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Mesut Özil with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. #aha Sir Jenkinson (@theEpicGooner) September 11, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has arrived at the club's training ground for the first time. The £42.4m man returned from international duty to report with the Gunners for the first time since joining from Real Madrid.

Video: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker on target for Germany

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil and his new team-mate Per Mertesacker were both on the scoresheet for Germany's 0-3 away win against the Faroe Islands last night. Per Mertesacker got as close as Per Mertesacker is ever likely to get to ghosting in at the back post, sticking out a long leg to guide Jerome [.

Kieran Gibbs: ‘Mesut Ozil can take Arsenal to the next level’

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Mesut Ozil can push Arsenal to the next level, says his new team-mate Kieran Gibbs. The left-back says the club record signing of the Germany international is a statement of intent from the club and says Ozil is the signing that "everyone's been waiting for". He told the club's official website: "I'm very excited, when [.

Video: Sami Khedira sad to see Mesut Ozil join Arsenal

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Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira said he is said to see Germany international team-mate Mesut Ozil leave the club to join Arsenal. The pair came through the Germany Under-21 ranks together and both joined Real in the summer of 2010. Khedira revealed that he is disappointed that a close friend is moving away, but equally [.

GIF It: Sound tactical advice from Arsenal’s Kieran ‘F***ing’ Gibbs

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is still a bit rusty after his latest injury lay-off. Fortunately, he's got team-mate Kieran Gibbs on hand to help him with his positioning. This was neatly demonstrated by the Sky Sports close up of Gibbs taking a throw-in during the win over Fenerbahce on Wednesday night.

GIF It: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny takes a nasty kick to the head

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This kick to the face sustained by Laurent Koscielny was only dampener on a great night for Arsenal as they beat Fenerbahce 0-3 in a Champions League qualifier. French defender Koscielny was caught by a high boot from Fenerbahce striker Pierre Webo. He was immediately subbed off after receiving what physio Colin Lewin described as [.

Man City and Chelsea join Arsenal in the race for PSV Eindhoven’s Zakaria Bakkali

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Manchester City and Chelsea are the latest Premier League clubs to be linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali. Arsenal had previously been reported to be interested in a double swoop for the 17-year-old and his PSV team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum and were the frontrunners to complete his signing.

Jamie Carragher: Luis Suarez is too good for Liverpool (and Arsenal)

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says the club's wantaway star Luis Suarez is too good for them. Carra, Suarez's team-mate until his retirement at the end of last season, claims that the 26-year-old striker is one of the best players in the world, while his former team can no longer claim to be one of the [.

Cesc Fabregas pokes fun at former Arsenal team-mate Johan Djourou

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Barcelona midfield Cesc Fabregas had a laugh at the expense of former Arsenal team-mate Johan Djourou by posting a video of a famous Djourou cock-up on Instagram. The Swiss defender's skills FAIL happened in a match between Arsenal and Reading a few years ago. It went viral at the time, but apparently it bypassed Fabregas.

Gervinho completes £8m switch from Arsenal to Roma

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Thks to all @Arsenal fans for their support during my 2 years as a gunner.Thks to all my team mate and Arsenal staff. Gervinho (@GervinhOfficial) August 8, 2013 Arsenal flop Gervinho has moved to Italian side Roma for £8m. The Ivory Coast forward failed to make an impression at the Emirates after arriving [.

Theo Walcott praises new Arsenal team-mate Yaya Sanogo

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has praised new signing Yaya Sanogo, branding him a "strong boy". The England international was speaking after lining up alongside the former Auxerre striker for the first time during the weekend's Emirates Cup matches. Walcott told the club's official website: "He's a strong boy.

Steven Gerrard: Liverpool’s season depends on Luis Suarez staying

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says the team's success this season will depend on whether Luis Suarez stays or leaves. Where the Uruguayan striker plays his football this season will have a major impact on the Reds' fortunes, Gerrard told a press conference ahead of his testimonial match against Olympiacos tomorrow.

Jack Wilshere fondly remembers former Arsenal team-mate Emmanuel Eboue

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been reminiscing about former team-team Emmanuel Eboue ahead of a reunion this weekend. The Gunners face Eboue's Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup on Sunday. The Ivory Coast international was a firm favourite with colleagues and fans alike before leaving for Turkey in 2011.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard working on Luis Suarez to convince him to stay

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed his talking regularly to Luis Suarez in an attempt to convince the wantaway striker to stay at Anfield. The Uruguay international is desperate to leave the club, with Arsenal his most likely destination. But Gerrard has not yet given up on talking Suarez into committing his future to Liverpool.

Arsenal set to miss out on Bernard as Hulk recommends Porto

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Arsenal risk losing out on the signing of Brazil international Bernard, according to the player's father. The Gunners are known to have a strong interest in the Atletico Mineiro player, but that has yet to turn into a firm transfer bid. Meanwhile, Bernard's international team-mate Hulk has advised the 20-year-old to join his former club [.

Video: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain mocks Arsenal team-mate Aaron Ramsey over lack of pace

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was ridiculed by team-mates Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Theo Walcott over his lack of pace. The Welshman's post-match interview was hijacked by the Ox, who immediately quizzed him on his failure to get on the end of a long ball from Lukasz Fabianski. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain then took it in turns [.


Spurs flop ruins Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid debut

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Gareth Bale's Real Madrid debut was ruined by a former Tottenham team-mate. Spurs flop Giovani Dos Santos scored a late equaliser to earn Villarreal a 2-2 draw against Real. The Mexico international fired the ball into the net after goalkeeper Diego Lopez's parry fell nicely for him. Bale had earlier scored his first Real goal [.

Video: Ashley Cole praises Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard ahead of his 100th England cap

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Ashley Cole has paid tribute to his international and Chelsea colleague Frank Lampard, who will join him in England's 100-cap club this evening. The left-back reached the milestone at the end of last season and is now delighted to see his team-mate become a centurion. Cole said: "It's a great achievement, I think he was [.

Steven Gerrard says the international stage was set for Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge

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England captain Steven Gerrard says the injury to his Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge is "a shame" because he had the chance to shine in international football in tonight's World Cup qualifier against Moldova. Sturridge, already a matchwinner for the Reds three times this season, had to pull out the Moldova game through injury.

Video: Patrice Evra says he has to bring Man Utd team-mate Anderson burgers

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Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra says he has to bring team-mate Anderson burgers at 1am. In footage from United's summer tour filmed by Rio Ferdinand, Evra moans about having to cater for his Brazilian colleague's dietary requirements. Via 101GG

Video: Jermain Defoe interviews Spurs team-mate Andros Townsend

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Welcome to The Defoe Show. That's Spurs striker Jermain Defoe self-styled format for interviewing Tottenham team-mate Andros Townsend on his first England call-up. Townsend said: "I've started the last four games but I know I need to continue that now and not rest on my laurels. "I've got rewarded for my fine start to the [.

Video: Fight at Chelsea training session

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Chelsea have been fighting at their pre-season training session in the USA but Blues fans will be relieved to know it was just a play-fight. Ashley Cole and midfielder John Obi Mikel got into a bit of tussle as they warmed up at the start of the session, which ended with the Nigeria international [..

Former / future team-mate Luka Modric refuses to comment on Tottenham’s Gareth Bale

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Luka Modric, architect of the now customary Tottenham-to-Real Madrid summer transfer saga, has refused to comment on its latest proponent. The Croatian midfielder, who has been linked with a pretty unlikely move back to Spurs as a makeweight in any deal in some quarters, said he had a "great" relationship with Bale.

Video: Franck Ribery swaps his mascot for a shorter one

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Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery traded his mascot at a charity match because he thought his was too tall. Ahead of Mark Van Bommel's testimonial match last week, the France international appeared to become concerned at the height of the child with whom he was holding hands. Spotting a much smaller model up ahead, the [.

Video: Notts County defender Alan Sheehan kicks team-mate Bartosz Bialkowski in the face

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What's the last thing a goalkeeper wants after conceding? A full-pelt kick in the face from a team-mate, that's what. Notts County keeper Bartosz Bialkowski was treated to just that after Galatasaray scored past him on Tuesday night. Defender Alan Sheehan attempt to hoof the ball away in disgust at the goal but succeeded only [.


Man Utd striker Bebe escapes bailiffs by hiding in team-mates boot

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Manchester United flop Bebe reportedly hid from bailiffs at the club's training ground before fleeing in the boot of a team-mate's car. The 23-year-old was hunted by debt collectors at United's Carrington base, where he was training with the Under-21 squad. The bizarre reports from suggest that bailiffs had tried to track the £7m [.

Romelu Lukaku threatens to slap Chelsea team-mate Josh McEachran

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Chelsea's pre-season tour doesn't appear to be short of banter. Striker Romelu Lukaku has been keen to keep his social media followers updated with his every move along the way... and this doesn't appear to have been lost on his team-mates. After yet another late night tweet, midfielder Josh McEachran advised him: "Go to sleep [.

The Rest

Leighton Baines’ goals inspired by being dropped by Everton team-mate Leon Osman

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Leighton Baines says he scored his stunning free-kick double against West Ham in response to being left out of Leon Osman's fantasy football. Osman dropped his Everton team-mate after claiming that he wasn't bringing in enough points this season. Baines vowed that was about to change and he wasn't wrong.