• Wigan’s Kone in talks over Newcastle move

    Newcastle have joined Everton in the race to sign Wigvin de Bruyne says he's happy at Manchester City.While this season hasn't been as successful as previous campaigns for City and De Bruyne, the player's father Herwig has spoke of how content he is at the club - praising him for taking his game to thean striker Arouna Kone.Kone had looked set for a move to Everton after former Latics boss Roberto Martinez confirmed his interest in taking the 29-year-old to Goodison Parkcontent_img.But the Magpies have made a late move to snatch the Ivory Coast international, with Alan Pardew desperate to boost his attacking options.Newcastle are understood to have tabled a £5m offer, which meets the release clause in Kone's contract, and have been granted permission to hold talks with the hitman.Kone joinehe brother of Chelsea ace Tiemoue Bakayoko says staying in London would be his preferred choice.Bakayoko spent last season on-loan at AC Milan, but a permanent deal has been ruled out.Abdoulaye Bakayoko told L'Equipe: "There are some pretty interestid Wigan from Levante last summer and proved a big hit in his debut Premier League campaign, scoring 11 times.
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  • Reports – Crystal Palace agree £7million fee for Wigan star McArthur

    Crystal Palace have agreed a club-record £7million fee with for Wigan midfielder James McArthur, according to an is backing Liverpool to win the Champions League final against Tottenham.The match will be held on Saturday night.The Dutch, including Reds pair Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, take on England in the Nations League semi-final in Guimaraes, Porreports.Premier Leacontent_imggue newboys Leicester City had agreed the same sum for the Scotland midfielder, but pulled out of the deal after .The south east London club will break the £4.5million paid to Peterborough f the summer.The Algerian winger often finds himself a bench option for Pep Guardiola's side.It means that he is searching for a club that will allow him to play regular first team football.It appears PSG could offer the solution, as the French club ior striker Dwight Gayle last summer if a deal is completed before Monday night’s 11pm deadline.
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  • Rodgers aims to build Liverpool around Suarez and Sturridge partnership

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes the partnership between Daniel Sturridge and the returning Luis Suarez is so good he is comfortable revolving his team around the duo.In recent weeks the Northen Irishman has opted to field just three defenders, a tactical choice rarely seen in the Premier League.The decision allows the Reds manager to pack his midfield with creativity and provide service for in-form Sturridge, who has netted seven goals from eight appearances so far this season.The England internation Daily Mail says Moyes is in line for a £2million bonus if he can steer West Ham to Premier League safety — and will earn even more if the Hammers finish further up the table.West Ham turned back to Moyes after sacking Manuel Pellegrini on Saturdaal has done well to carry the Merseyside outfit’s attacking threat on his shoulders over the past months, but his burden has been lessened somewhat with the return of Suarez, .And Rodgers revealed he satisfaction with the current set-up’s suitability to getting the best out of the frontmen.“It’s about exploiting the strengths of our players and I think this does it well for us,” said the Liverpool chief.“In Suarez and Sturridge, I’ve got what I call two ‘nine-and-a-halves’.“They both like to move, they like to drift and they both like to go into the half-positions in between the lines.“You’ve got two great players as your front two and then you build the structure around that.“I’m not the traditional 4-4-2 man and with the players we’ve got we can make this system work.“If you have got them [Sturridge and Suarez] through the middle, moving and inter-changing then your structure has to then change behind that and that’s obviously something that we have done.”Second-placed Liverpool have enjoyed a positive start to their Premier League campaign and have a chance to leapfrog leaders Arsenal, who play Sunday, with a victory at home to Crystal Palace over the weekend.Their last appearance at Anfield saw them slip to a surprise, but slim, defeat to Southampton, but Rodgers is adamant can form a strong partnership with new arrival David Luiz.The Greek believes he can form as strong a defensive partnership with Luiz as he did with Mats Hummels at Borussia Dortmund."I have known him for a lot of years," Sokratis said of his new teamthey will not fall into that trap again.“I am not one to dwell on too many negatives,” he said.“We were disappointing in that game, we maybe didn’t deserve to content_imglose it but we didn’t deserve to win it. We have moved on well.“There are still lots of areas that we can be better but we have confidence and belief at the moment.“We are team who are evolving and we are starting to understand that side of football that with every attack you can’t score, sometimes you have to disrupt your opponents’ organisation and then make goals from there and that requires patience from the players and supporters.“The beauty for me is that I think we’ve still got a lot of improvement to make and we’ll just look to keep winning the next game.”
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  • The Sports Brief and Murray Meets… Roberto Martinez

    The day’s news with a twist, and an exclusive chat with the Everton managel Martinelli won't rule re at Chelsea is in limbo - thanks to Frank Lampard.The Times says the 25-year-old right-back, who impressed on loancontent_img at Hull City last season, is out of contract this summer.And Derby aimed to sign Kane this summer following Lampard's recommendation.out committing to Italy.Whilst he admits it his 'dream' to represent Brazil, he is keeping his options open at the moment.Italy manager Roberto Mancini has not ruled out calling-up the Arsenal forward, and Martinelli told DAZNr Roberto Martinez.
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  • Exclusive – Sharp: Man United clash is win or bust for Everton

    Everton must beat Manchester United on Sunday or their Champions League qualification hopes will go up in smoke, according to Toffees legend Graeme Sharp.The Gunners, who will have finished playing Hull before Everton kick off on Sunday, are now a poifielder Paul Pogba.Bianconeri vice-chairman Pavel Nedved confessed to the player's agent, Mino Raiola, that United's £150million price tag is out of their reach.The Juventus-end-Paul-Pogba-leaving-Real-Madrid-free-run.html?ico=pushly-notifcation-smant ahead of the Merseyside club heading into the final four fixtures.“Sunday will be important. If they get a result – by that I m has denied suggestions the winter break has affected their form after a scratchy win over West Ham.With a narrow victory over rock-bottom Norwich City and defeat to Atletico Madrid having preceded last night's result, Liverpool have struggled to reaean a victory and three points – they will still believe there’s an outside possibility that fourth is there,” Sharp told Keys and Gray.“It’s massive on Sunday and I think Everton, Martinez and the players will be hcontent_imgoping for a similar atmosphere they got when Arsenal came to town a couple weeks ago.“Goodison Park was bouncing and they want the same. Obviously there’s another reason because David Moyes is coming back and they want to put one over on him.“So it’s got all the makings of a fantastic game but if Everton have got any dreams of making the Champions League they’ve got to win on Sunday.”
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  • Pardew: Unsung heroes Ameobi and Williamson are doing Newcastle proud

    Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says unsung heroes Shola Ameobi and Mike Williamson are proving they are good enough to keepest Ham.Sterling started on the left of a front three at the London Stadium, with Gabriel Jesus playing through the middle, but Guardiola, who deployed the England international in a central role in the Community Shield, feels his No.7 can shine in t their places in the side. was their fourth on the trot and they are now up to fifth in the Premier League.The striker aManchester United are assisting Barcelona's plans to bring Neymar back from PSG, it has been revealed.Barca's board have agreed to focus everything on re-signing the Brazil captain as their big addition for 2020.And L'Equipe says Neymar has been worknd defender have not always proved the most popular players on Tyneside but both are in fine form and keeping more established stars out of the team.“Shola and Williamson again proved that if you put in the performances then you stay in the team, I thought them two were two of the best players on the pitch,” Pardew said.“Yet as we know they wouldn’t be first picks of any fan at the start of the season. It’s strange how seasons unfold but we’re unfolding very nicely at the minute.”Ameobi was named man-of-the-match for his all-action display against the Baggies and Pardew says he’s delighted to see the vetercontent_imgan striker finally performing on a regular basis.“He’s given me some consistency and I keep telling him that’s the only thing that’s held him back in his career. He’s got a World Cup at the end of this season and therefore if he wants to get in the Nigerian World Cup team he needs consistency for us and at the minute he’s answering the question.”
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  • Video: Amazing overhead kick after penalty miss

    Straight after missing from the spot againstMouscron-Péruwelz in a Belgian second division match, Hoogstraten’s Glenn van der Linden made amends with this acrobatic bicycle kick that gavon for him to consider a loan move next season.Foden expects to see more action next term.He told the Daily Mail: "There is always talk about me not playing enough but I don't listen.“I am only 18 but peoplecontent_img are trying to judge me now. I don't neede the goalie no chancn taunting Leeds United fans after yesterday's FA Youth Cup win.The Leeds support chanted 'you're just a s*** Sideshow Bob' towards Mejbri, given his resemblance to the Simpsons character.But he took it in good humour, posting a picture of Sideshow Be.It was too little to late, though, as Hoogstraten lost the game 2-1.
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  • Exclusive – Malaga deny reports they will allow Manuel Pellegrini to leave

    Malaga have denied reports they will let Manuel Pellegrini leave ths with Crystal Palace.For victory over West Ham United, he was made captain in the absence of Luka Milie 2-2 draw with Valencia on Wednesday.Both sides had opportunities to take all three points, but the spoils were eventually shared when Daniel Wass equalised for Los Che with eight minutes remaining."We nearly won it, nearly lost it. It was end to envojevic content_imgand made it clear that he still has much to offer."It was a proud moment," Cahill said. "It was a fantastic result against a team who is doe club this summer.The Chilean has been heavily linked with a switch to Manchester City, Stories emerging from Spain on Wednesday morning suggested the 59-year-old would be allowed to leave the La Liga side at the end of the season, appearing to open the door to a move to the Blues.But talkSPORT has been informed by the Spanish side that no such agreement is in place, and at this stage they expect him to see out the remaining year of his contract."This information is not true," a spokesman said."Currently, Malaga won’t allow Manuel Pellegrini to leave the club at the end of the season."
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  • Arsenal v Everton: team news and possible line-ups

    Arsenal’s brilliant form is one of the great stories of the 2013/14 Premier League so far, but Everton’s strength under Roberto Martinez certainly runs the Gunners close, particularly after their 1-0 victory over Man United at Old Trafford.The two teams meet at the Emirates on Sunday and picking the right players will be key for both managers, so talkSPORT looks at how they could line up…lArsene Wenger rested several players during the Gunners’ victory over Hull in the midweek fixtures, and many of those stars who missed out will likely return to face Everton.Olivier Giroud will no doubt come in for Nicklas Bendtner, while Mikel Arteta’s ability to drop between the centre-backs and initiate play may be handy against the energetic Toffees.The biggest doubt for Arsenal is in their right-back slot, as Bacary Sagna may not be fit enough to start the game following hamstring trouble during the week. If that is the case, Carl Jenkinson could have a tough game.Roberto Martinez is likely to keep the core of his team that won 1-0 at Old Trafford intact, though with Arsenal presenting a different challenge than Man United, he could make one or two alterations.One obvious option would be to bring Gerard Deulofeu back into his starting line-up and field the Catalan on the left. The on loan Barcelona man’s dribbling and directness could cause big problems for Carl Jenkinson if Bacary Sagna misses out.Should Gerard Premier League title winner Danny Simpson is training with Huddersfield Town.The fullback is a free agent after his contract with Leicester expired at the end of last season.Simpson won the 2015/16 with tcontent_imghe Foxes playing at right-back.He has also trained with West Bromwich Albion and been linked with Celtic.Deulofeu be given a chance against Arsenal, and how important iulham's ferocious start in the 4-1 win over Reading on Tuesday.Parker's Cottagers blasted three goals inside the opening half hour, with the hosts down to ten-men thanks to John Swift's red-card.The win pushes Fulham up to fourth on the Championship s it for Bacary Sagna to return to fitness as soon as possible? Let us know below…
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  • Liverpool transfer news: 10 top class defender targets for Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool’s attacking has been brilliant this season, but their defending has been shocking at times and must be remedied with signings this summer. boss David Moyes is wary of asking too much of Jarrod Bowen.Moyes frustrated some fans by only giving new £20million signing Jarrod Bowen a ten-minute runout in defeat at Manchester City midweek.Moyes said: “What we're not going to do is put presMost recently, the club lost ground in the Premier League title race .Take a look at 10 potential targets in the gallery above.Which of these defenderswould you like Liverpool to sign? Have we missed any potenreer is over after his latest snub by Gareth Southgate.Southgate has left Walker out of the England squad for this month's Euro 2020 qualifiers against content_imgCzech Republic and Bulgaria.It is the second time in a row Walker has been omitted, with Southgatetial gems out? Comment below…
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