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Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis will stay at Lyon until the end of the season

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Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has confirmed he will stay with the club until next summer which means his Premier League suitors might not be able to sign him in the winter transfer window. The France striker was widely linked with a move to Newcastle during the transfer window. At one stage he appeared to [.

The Red Devils fended off Fulham to secure their first victory of the season

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Despite rescinding his wage demands, Nani could not avoid the axe as Sir Alex made five changes from the side that played were battered at Goodison Park. Rafael came back at right back as Valencia and Ashley Young flanked Cleverley and Anderson. Van Persie made his home debut for United alongside Kagawa but it was Wayne Rooney who made way.

The Red Devils fend off Fulham to secure their first victory of the season

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Despite rescinding his wage demands, Nani could not avoid the axe as Sir Alex made five changes from the side that were battered at Goodison Park. Rafael came back at right back as Valencia and Ashley Young flanked Cleverley and Anderson. Van Persie made his home debut for United alongside Kagawa but it was Wayne Rooney who made way.

The Red Devils fend off Fulham to secure their first victory of the season

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Despite rescinding his wage demands, Nani could not avoid the axe as Sir Alex made five changes from the side that were battered at Goodison Park. Rafael came back at right back as Valencia and Ashley Young flanked Cleverley and Anderson. Van Persie made his home debut for United alongside Kagawa but it was Wayne [.

The Red Devils fend off Fulham to secure their first victory of the season

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Despite rescinding his wage demands, Nani could not avoid the axe as Sir Alex made five changes from the side that were battered at Goodison Park. Rafael came back at right back as Valencia and Ashley Young flanked Cleverley and Anderson. Van Persie made his home debut for United alongside Kagawa but it was Wayne [.

Michael Owen’s carefully considered hunt for a new club

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In mid-July, Michael Owen announced on Twitter that he was "getting closer to finding a new club" after being released by Manchester United. "Had a good deal of interest but just need to pick right!" he added. At 32 years old, Owen is coming off yet another injury-plagued season in which he made just four appearances (and scored three goals), down from 17 the year before.

Hoilett move difference between promotion and relegation for Rovers

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Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean is facing a big dilemma, with rumours that Junior Hoilett may be heading to the Bundesliga this summer rather than staying in England.

Hoilett, who scored seven goals in 37 appearances last season, is a product of the Blackburn academy, but failed to help the club survive relegation during last term's torrid Premier League campaign.

Spurs Offer Manager’s Job To AVB

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Various reports in today's newspapers say that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has offered the Spurs job to Andre Villas-Boas and wants him to start on July 1.

Former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas has impressed the Spurs hierarchy with his plans for the club even though he was axed at Stamford Bridge after less than eight months in charge.

Liverpool Interested In Atletico Midfielder Garcia

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Liverpool have been linked with a £6.5million move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia.
The 25-year-old cost almost £9million when Atletico signed him from Osasuna five years ago, but he will be allowed to leave after falling out of boss Diego Simeone's plans.
Athletic Bilbao are keen to sign him, but after-tax wage demands of more than £30,000 a week are hindering negotiations.

Could Kaka Be Heading To The Premier League?

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There are fresh rumors out of Brazil that Real Madrid superstar Kaka is looking to leave the Bernabeu this summer, with the Premier League a likely destination.

Even Kaka will admit that his three seasons at Real Madrid have been a disappointment since his £54million transfer from AC Milan.

Joe Cole helped convince Eden Hazard to join Chelsea

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It's been two years since Chelsea refused to meet Joe Cole's wage demands, allowing him to move to Liverpool on a free transfer before going to Lille on loan last season, but that hasn't stopped him from being a recruiter for the Blues. After Cole's former teammate at Lille, Eden Hazard, passed his medical and completed and much anticipated £32-million move to Chelsea, the 21-year-old Belgian revealed Cole's influence.

Transfer Talk

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 [.

Manchester City and Manchester United battle for £27m Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic

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Manchester United could be set to pip rivals Manchester City to the signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. Reports in both The Mirror and The Sun suggest that City boss Manuel Pelligrini is in the box seat and that the Etihad remains the Montenegro international's most likely destination. But both newspapers also agree that Manchester [.

‘I will probably stay at Tottenham’

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Rafael van der Vaart has been relatively quiet during this lengthy spell of speculation but his comments today may give some hope to the section of Spurs fans who want the Dutchman to stay.

VDV had been linked with two German sides, Schalke 04 and Hamburg but according to some reports both deals have fallen through over wage demands.

Schalke ‘miles apart’ with VDV over deal

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In amongst all the good news at White Hart Lane in the last week, there is still considerable uncertainty over Rafael van der Vaart's future. Rumours surrounding the Dutchman began before the Euros as German side Schalke 04 looked to be considering a bid but Rafa's wage demands seem to have ruled that deal out.

Contracts

Ba Release Clause Activates In January – He Could Leave

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The big news this morning is with Demba Ba, and not only that he seems unhappy at Newcastle ()rather suddenly it seems), but his wage demands have shocked the Tyneside club, and Alan Pardewadmittedyesterday that the release clause of £7M again kicks in once the January transfer window opens. Oh no we have to [.

Celtic Fail To Meet Fraser Forster Wage Demands

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It seems that Newcastle 24 year-old  goalkeeper Fraser Forster is stalling on a  deal with Celtic. Fraser Forster stalling at move to Celtic The Newcastle goalkeeper has played two seasons on loan at Celtic, and terms of around £2M have been agreed between the two clubs, but it seems that Celtic are having trouble meeting Forster's wage demands.

Arsenal

Salary cap restrictions on the table for the Premiership

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There seems to be for the first time a serious debate on introducing salary cap restrictions a la NFL into the Premiership. This comes on the heels of a strengthened TV deal that would generate £3bn to be shared by all 20 clubs towards player transfers and wages.

The bottom line is that increasing and out of control wage demands have eaten into that pie leaving clubs with less to spend.

Backpage Roundup: Holtby for Walcott, Niang Bid, Vela’s Exit and RVP Block

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Holtby In Walcott Out?

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal have targeted German club Schalke's midfielder Lewis Holtby as contract rebel Theo Walcott's replacement.

Walcott, who has just one season remaining on his existing deal with Arsenal, could leave Emirates Stadium for free in the summer of 2013, if the Gunners fail to convince him to lower down his wage demands.

Real Madrid

The Problem Real Madrid Has With Ronaldo’s Wage Demands

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Jorge Mendes has confirmed his lack of surprise for and total support of Cristiano Ronaldo's statements claiming he was sad atReal Madrid. Mendes, who is also Jose Mourinho's agent, was reported in some sections of the press to have been caught off guard by his client's words, but through a statement released yesterday afternoon via [.

Sterling and Suso: Two Liverpool Youngsters Who Could Break Into The First Team Under Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers is yet to make a new signing for Liverpool but there is a growing belief that he will look to implement a number of young players into the first team squad next season.
Liverpool admitted that they missed out on signing Gylfi Sigurdsson because they could not meet his wage demands and there is some concern that the club will struggle to bring many new faces to the club over the summer months.

Chelsea

CAVANI: "I'm worth £150K per week!" - Chelsea: No your not!

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If reports are to be believed, Edinson Cavani believes that he is worth £150,000 per week in addition to the £35m that Napoli are asking from Chelsea for the hit man!

Now I don't know if any of you watched him play against Team GB in the Olympic Football but he is worth nowhere near that at all is he?

Fernando Llorente Rejects Latest Contract Offer

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Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has turned down a new contract offer from the club, a decision that stunned the club.

Llorente wants Athletic to double his wages and has rejected a three-year extension after they refused to meet his demands.

The striker's current deal expires next summer and is said to be asking for £80,000-a-week, while Bilbao are only willing to go to £60,000.

THE SECOND COMING OF ROMAN'S CHELSEA.

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I have to say all these rumours linking Chelsea with a whole host of players is taking me back to the beginning of the 2003/4 season when Roman Abramovich first came into the club and started his revolution.

In winning the Champions League as we know, Roman Abramovich told the players in the changing room afterwards that this was "only the beginning" and so far this summer, all the signs are there that Roman now wants Chelsea to take the next step.

Florent Malouda and Oscar: Chelsea's financial doping at play

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Florent Malouda is looking to Santos but they cannot afford his wages

Here we have Oscar slated for a Chelsea transfer but £25m is not good enough for Internacional because they want more. The Brazilian club's president, Giovanni Luigi explains:

" I want the transfer of Oscar to be the biggest transfer deal ever in Brazilian football," Luigi said.

Brendan Rodgers Blames Sigurdsson Wage Demands For Deal Not Happening

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's increased wage demands scuppered his move to Anfield.

A deal had been struck with the Iceland international for him to return to Swansea – where he had spent the latter half of last season on loan – but when Rodgers moved to Anfield that move hit the rocks.

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Rodgers: Sigurdsson demands scuppered Liverpool Switch

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Brendan Rodgers today said Gylfi Sigurdsson's wage demands scuppered the midfielder's move to Anfield.

Sigurdsson completed his move to Tottenham this week, having at one stage looked odds-on for a move to Liverpool. Spurs paid Hoffenheim a fee of around £8m for the 22-year-old's services.

Rodgers Claims Sigurdsson Priced Himself Out Of Liverpool Move

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Brendan Rodgers insists Gylfi Sigurdsson's wage demands scuppered his proposed move to Liverpool.
A deal had been struck with the Iceland international for him to return to Swansea, where he had spent the latter half of last season on loan, but when Rodgers moved to Anfield that move hit the rocks.

The Rest

£35M FOR CAVANI - CHELSEA DON'T DO IT!!

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Why are Chelsea continuing their interest in Edinson Cavani and are pushing through a deal for the player for around £35m according to reports this morning?

I posted last week about his "apparent" wage demands of £150k per week on top of the transfer fee and if you ask me he isn't worth paying that sort of money for a fee let alone wages!

Juventus Reignite Interest In Liverpool Forward

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Luis Suarez's souring relationship with English football may open the door to a move to Serie A giants Juventus, reports from Italy suggest.
Italian outlet calciomercato suggest that Juventus are willing to offer the perturbed Liverpool forward a route out of the Premier League, as they consider alternatives should they fail in their attempts to lure Arsenal's Robin Van Persie to the club.

Berlusconi wants you to be impressed with how much he’s saving by selling two of Milan’s best

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As we've seen with the bunga bunga parties and relations with underage prostitues that ended his marriage and mishandling of Italy's economic crisis which forced him to resign as prime minister, Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has never been one to consider the potential consequences of his actions.

Thursday Kickoff: PSG plots double swoop for Milan stars, Forest fires Cotterill, and more

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French powerhouse Paris St. Germain has already spent big money this summer in landing Argentine star Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli with a €26 million transfer, but the big spenders from Paris have their sights set on even bigger targets.

Reports out of Italy have PSG making a combined €65 million transfer bid for AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Thiago Silva.

On the Right Path

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The Revolution added Honduran forward Jerry Bengtson on Thursday in the hopes of bolstering its attack. Bengtson will occupy the team's second designated player spot. (Photo: New England Revolution)

The New England Revolution have been behind the ball on signing Designated Players far too often over the years at least, according to fans yearning for a big-name, big-market player.