Month: April 2018

  • Boateng settling in well at Fulham

    Fulham new boy Derek entus coach Max Allegri has cooled talk of wanting to see Joao Cancelo sold.There have been reports Allegri wants him to be sold this summer.He said, “Cancelo has improved since he arrived. He has extraordinary qualities in possession, especially wBoateng has settled straight in at Craven Cottageve asked Ajax to name their price for Sven Botman.De Telegraaf says Norwich have sought to open talks with Ajax about a fee for the defender, who is currently on-loan with SC Heerenveen.With Botman still on a youth team contract, the Canaries can sna because the west London club is conveniently close to his native GHANA.The commute to the African country from England is around 4000 miles but that is some 1,500 miles closer to his homeland than Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, where the 30-year-old joined from in May.“It’s been a very good experience for me,” Boateng told the club webcontent_imgsite.“Being in the Premier League has been great and training alongside the kind of players we have here at Fulham. I’m getting used to the league and am very excited to be here.“It’s a very tough league, but a very good league. Everyone is trying to do their best and every game you play is very tough.“It’s a bit different to the other leagues I’ve played in around Europe. In Spain, they have a different style of play and the fans are different, so it’s been good for me to come to England because of the language and I have a lot of friends here.“It’s not too far away from Ghana either, so I can always go back quickly when I need to.”
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  • Napoli to hand QPR star a Serie A lifeline

    Napoli are set to offer QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt the chance to resurrect his career.The mercurial midfielder is not wanted by Rangers and was sent on loan to Fulham last season Taarabt showed glimpses of his undoubted talent at the San Siro but new manager Filippo Inzaghi has wants to create his own squad.However, Rafa Benitez at Napoli might come to his rescue and offer Taarabt the chance to follow in the footsteps of one his heroes – Napoli legend Diego Maradona.Napoli can offer Taarabt the Champions League football he craves but the Moroccan will probably hter winning the Champions League.Klopp is adamant his players are hungry for more trophies.He said, "Nobody should bLeicester City are in the hunt to sign Sporting CP winger Gonzalo Plata.The £20m-rated Ecuadorian is now a first team player at the Portuguese club.And The Sun suggests Leicester, Watford and other Premier League clubs want to sign him.Plata has 17 games, two goals and one assist this season.He only arrived at Sporting from Independiente del Valle lascontent_imgt year, but he has already made his mark.e worried about us being complacent."There are so many reasons for staying greedy. We tried so many things to win and finally it workeave to take a drop in wages after landing a lucrative contract when Rangers were at their squandering worst.
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  • Pellegrini: Man City away form not a concern

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed claims that his side continue to struggle away from home, as City squandered a two goal cushioner City are concerned with developing talent and not catching Liverpool in the Premier League title race.The Foxes reduced the gap to ten points with a win over Newcastle Unitedleted his move to Shanghai SIPG.Arnautovic has left West Ham to join Shanghai SIPG in a £22.4million move - six months after failing to secure a dream switch to the Chinese Super League.The Austrian was keen to leave the London Stadium this summer a on New Year's Day, although Jurgen Klopp's side have two games in hand.S after Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany put them ahead, but rallied midway through the second half to run out 4-2 winners.Fulham drew level through Kieran Richardson and a comical Kompany own-goal, but goals from Jesus Navas and James Milner ensured it would be Pellegrini’s men who ran out winners.When asked if he was disappointed in seeing his side briefly lose their lead, Pellegrini said: “Disappointed is not the word. It was not what was really happening in the game [at the time]. We had three or four clear chances to score, we missed those chances and normally when you miss those chances the other team scores.“We continue to ask why we don’t play away like we do at home, but we’ve won three Champions League games away, two in the Capital One Cup and in our last three away Premier League matches we won two and have drawn one.“We cannot continue talking about [the losses to] Cardiff and Aston Villa [earlier in the season].”The victory lifts Citycontent_img up to second in the table, with Pellegrini’s men facing provisional leaders Liverpool on Boxing Day, a fixture the Chilean boss admits he’s looking forward to: “It will be a very tough game. We know that Liverpool – not only Luis Suarez – are playing well, and that the whole team is playing very well.”
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  • Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton target set to extend Hellas Verona spell

    Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton target Juan Iturbe could be set for another year-long spell at Hellas Verona.The Argentina forward is currently on loan at the Italian club from Porto and has hit five goals in 21 Serie A appearances this season.His foment with West Brom for Nathan Ferguson.The Sun says reports claim a fitness issue picked up in the 19-year-old's medical is holding up the £10million deal.Ferguson himself is having second thoughts as well.The Baggies' board are keen to cash in on rm has attracted interest from across Europe, .It has been suggested that Porto will be ready to cash in on him this summer – and hope to fetch around £12m for the 20-year-old prospect.But Verona are desperate not to lose content_imghim and reports in Italy have revealed that they are hoping to secure another season-long deal for Iturbe.They are hoping to persuade Porto to leteft back Andy Roberston was full of praise for midfielder Adam Lallana.The Englishman has not received too many chances to shine in the team this season.But when he came on for the Reds against Manchester United, he scored the Reds' equaliser, which him stay for the whole of next season. They argue that another campaign of impressive form will only drive up his price, with so many European clubs circling.But they will also have to convince Iturbe that it would be the right move, with Juventus and Roma set to move for him in the summer.
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  • The Sports Brief and Murray Meets… England World Cup special from St George’s Park

    The day’s new "is, for us, a catastrophe," reports Bcontent_imgBC Sport.The 2021 tournament has been moved from the summer because of "unfavourable" weather in host country Cameroon.And the Reds face losing Senegal forward Sadio Manemmate David McGoldrick.McGoldrick's return to action following injury has helped United consolidate their status as the highest of the newly promoted clubs and Fleck insisted their upturn in form is no coincidence."He (McGoldrick) is unbelievable to , Egypt winger Mohamed Salah and Guinea ms with a twist, plus a host of guests, includingDan Ashworth, John Barnes and Matt Le Tissier, in this special edition live from St George’s Park.
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  • Exclusive – Liverpool legend issues warning over Suarez contract talks

    Dietmar Hamann has warned there is little point in Liverpool handing Luis Suarez a new contract unless he wholeheartedly commits his future to the club.The striker’s representatives are reportedly in talks with the Merseyside club’s managing director Ian Ayre over a lucrative new deal, just six months after he Suarez has been in blistering form this season and Hamann would love to see him stay, but he insists it’s pointless to tiethe 26-year-old to a new deal if he is not in it for the long haul.The Uruguayan has no made secret of his desire to play Champions League football and the ex-Anfield favourite fears a new deal will not stop him pushing for a move away again if the Reds fail to finish in the top four.The former German international, speaking on the Colin Murray show, said: “The way he is playing at the moment you have got thinkcontent_img he is very happy, but you have got to be careful because the team is on a good run.“It was probably the most impressive performance from any team this season on Sunday ]. Tho to Liverpool - if Villa go down.The historic Premier League club are fighting for their lives, and will have to get enough points to stay up when the season resumes.But Phillips thinks despite the host of clubs that want to sign Grealish, he has eyey have been absolutely fantastic and in this form you have to think they will finish in the top four, but things can change.“What must not happen is we have a situation next summer as Saturday's 2-1 win over Spurs at Stamford Bridge.And it looks as though Lampard will give the World Cup winner another chance to impress when Bayern Munich come to West London on Tuesday for the Champions League last-16 first leg. He said: "It is a we hadlast summer. He could sign a new contract now, take the £200,000 a week, the team finishes outside the top four and you have the same shenanigans.“I want him to stay, but there needs to be clarity. He has got to understand what it means to commit.“If there is a clause that he can go for £60million, £80million and someone pays it,that is obviously fair enough, but you can’t have a situation again like you had last summer.”
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  • Arsenal transfer gossip: Ozil latest, Mata move and more

    There is less than a week left in the summer transfer window, and despite time running out for Arsene Wenger to recruit new faces, Arsenal continue to be linked with a whole host of players.Reports of moves for three Real Madrid stars anuture after his Seattle Sounders side advanced to the MLS Western Conference Finals.Seattle have given the Bournemouth loanee a new lease on life after three torturous years that saw hcontent_imgim go from rising star to hovering in football purgatory.After makd Chelsea midfielder schemer Juan Mata have certainly captured the imagination of the Gunners’ faithfultar Leo Messi admits one of his sons is Real Madrid mad - sort of!Messi's middle son, Mateo, has found the way to get under the skin of his father and his brother, Thiago.Mateo celebrates Real Madrid's goals to irritate Thiago, whilst also teasing hi, but how likely are they to land their targets? talkSPORT round-up all of the recent Arsenal transfer gossip to find out.Arsenal fans, who would you like to see arrive before the close of the transfer window? Let us know below.
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  • Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, May 22

    Here are the latest will seek to replace Ross Wilson after his departure for Rangers.Wilson, who had been director of football operations at St Mary's, has officially left Saints to head north of the border after four years on the south coast and is expected to take up transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Liverpool are lining up an audacious move for Spanish World Cup star Pedro. The Reds have already made a discreet approach tocontent_img his club Barcelona over the striker’s availability… and been told the 26-year-old IS available at the right price.Liverpool’s hopes of wrapping up a deal for Adam Lallana before of the World Cup have taken a hit with Southampton holding out for £25m for the star midfielder. Edin Dzeko will be offered a £20m escape route from Manchester City by Valencia. Manchester City hope to joined the Newcastle's Academy system at the age of 11 before going on to make over 300 appearances for the Magpies and is hoping to use his playing experiences to his advantage in the new position.Ameobi told nufc.co.uk: "It's going to be exciting. hold World Cup talks to try to smooth things over with unsettled superstar Yaya Toure. Tottenham midfielder Sandro hopes to make a move to Italy in the summer, according to his agent. Newcastle have offered Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis £85,000 a week – but the Frenchman is demanding a whopping £100,000 weekly salary. Gomis, 28, will become a free agent next month and is being chased by a string of clubs across Europe. Sunderland, Swansea and West Ham are also interested, but all three have balked over the bulging pay-packet he is after. Swansea boss Garry Monk has rejected speculation that striker Michu has been transfer listed. Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with the Spaniard.
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  • Macari exclusive: ‘If Wenger can survive nine-year barren run at Arsenal, Moyes shouldn’t be sacked after nine months’

    Manchester United manager Lou Macari has defended under-fire manager David Moyes, saying he must be given time before there can be any talks of his possible departure.The Scot has endured a turbulent maiden season at the Old Trafford hotseat, with his side making a mess of their Premier League tit Bosman prospect Adrien Rabiot.The Mirror says Rabiot could pull the plug on a torrid last six months at PSG with a summer move to the Premier League, with Manchester United keeping tabs on the midfielder.The France international is out of contract tle defence.United are currently ten points outside the top four and face a battle to even secure Europa League qualification, Rumours have suggested the club are nearing the end of their tether with the former Evercontent_imgton boss, but Macari insists United must exercise the same patience with Moyes as they showed to a young Sir Alex Ferguson when he first arrived at Old Trafford.“It’s safe to say things aren’t going right for United at the moment and it’s not going right for the manager,” the former United winger told Drivetime.“But David will be given timrding Jannick Vestergaard's future.Leicester have made an enquiry regarding the player's availability, with initial reports suggesting a fee of around £15m. But Hasenhuttl says: “I don't want to talk about any rumours.“Nobody was in my office ane, no matter how many planes will be flown over Old Trafford.“He’ll be here at the start of next season and will be given every opportunity to build a new team, and that’s the ways it should be. I’m sure the club will be as patient with David as they were with Sir Alex when he first arrived.“If the manager of Arsenal can go nine years without winning a trophy, I’d like to think the manager of Man United can go nine months without people calling for his head.“If Chelsea win nothing this season, how will you look upon Mourinho? Will it be met the same way as David Moyes in his first year in charge at United? It’ll certainly be interesting to see what happens if Arsenal fail to win the FA Cup too.“David is a football man, he knows what’s required and he expects time to do the job.“United need to improve but it can’t be overnight. It’s a tough place to manage. Alex did brilliantly during his time, but not every manager is a Sir Alex Ferguson.”
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  • Who could Arsenal face in the Champions League?

    Arsenal learn who they will face in the final qualifying round of the Champions League on Friday, with a place in the group stages of the competition up for grabs for the winner.The Gunners are bidding for their 17th consecutive appearance in the competition proper, but this year they have a potentially tricky path to navigate.Having finished fourth in the Premier League last season, Arsene Wenger’s men have been placed in the ‘League route’ of the draw reserved for those who did not win their domestic league, but finished in a non-automatic qualification spot.Fortunately, their continental pedigree means that Arsenal are considered seeds for the draw and as such, they will face one of ; ; ; or .Of all the ‘League’ teams in the draw, Arsenal boast the best UEFA co-efficient ranking (nine), and they will certainly fancy their chances against each of their potential opponents.Intriguingly though, Arsenal have never met Athletic Bilbao, Lille, Cas reacting to their Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia.He stated: "Every year new players come in. So far we have confirmed De Jong's signing and now we will work on bringing in others and moving players on, as is normal every summer. Nowcontent_img is not openhagen or Besiktas in European competition, while they have played and beaten Standard Liege four times.Below is a little fact file on each opponent:UEFA co-efficient ranking: 37Finished fourth in Spanish LigaNotes: Athletic may have sold Ander Herrera to Manchester United, but the basque club still have plenty of talent in their ranks. Iker Muniain is a familiar name, but the biggest threat is likely to come from Aritz Aduriz, who bagged 18 goals in all competitions last season.UEFA co-efficient ranking: 49Finished third in France’s Ligue 1Notes: Lille reached this stage following a 3-1 aggregate victory over Swiss side Grasshoppers in the last round. The French club boast a number of well known names, such as former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, but most will be familiar with their young striker Divock Origi who returns on loan having recently signed for Liverpool.UEFA co-efficient ranking: 53Finished second in Danish Super LeagueNotes: The Danish giants progressed thanks to a 2-0 home leg victory over Ukrainian side Dnipro. Cardiff City flop Andreas Cornelius is regarded to be the Danes’ most potent threat in attack.UEFA co-efficient ranking: 59Finished second in Belgian First LeagueNotes: Perhaps a little fortunate to progress, Liege were forced to come from behind in their crunch away leg clash against Greek side Panathinaikos in order to reach this stage. One-time Barcelona slayer and former Celtic striker Tony Watt will be a familiar name to British fans, although the real goal threat is likely to come from Yannis MbomboUEFA co-efficient ranking: 141Finished third in Turkish Super LeagueNotes: The Turkish giants breezed past Dutch side Feyenoord in the last round, winning 5-2 on aggregate. They landed something of a minor coup in former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, with the Senegalese hitman bagging himself a hat-trick in the second legng is signing a new long term contract with Manchester United.The 20-year old winger is shunning offers from Inter Milan, Barcelona and Juventus to commit his future to United after months of speculation.The Holland U21 international joined United fr success.Arsenal fans, who would you like to face in the next round? Comment below…
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  • Exclusive – Dublin: Write Man United off at your peril, they’re still in the title race

    Former England and Manchester United defender Dion Dublin told talkSPORT that it would be unwise to write off the defending Premier League champions so early into the new season.United have hacontent_imgd a mixed start to David Moyes’ first campaign in the Old Trafford hotseat and , seven points off the pace of league leaders Arsenal.Their current unconvincing form may be a new sensation to United fans followinchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is being linked with a move to Aston Villa.The 36-year-old has been absent from the Premier League for a few years.But he could be in line for a shock return, per The Sun.Villa are goal-shy in the league this sng Sir Alex Ferguson’s prosperous 26-year reign at the club, with last season’s star performer Robin van Persie so far unfulfilling his role as the side’s primary attacking threat.Wayne Rooney’s uncertain status at the club overshadowed Moyes’ start to his United tenure this summer, though the England forward has since returned to his best form, playing an integral role for United as well as Roy Hodgson’s England team.And despite United’s poor start to the season, which has seen them drift away from title rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and – currently – Liverpool, ex-Red Devil Dublin insisted there is still ample time for the holders to claw their way back to the top.“Manchester United have that winning instinct, they might shock a few people considering their recent form,” Dublin told Drive Time.“There are a lot of points to make up, but you write Manchester United off at your peril.“Robin van Persie and Rooney haven’t really found their form together yet, but the team are still picking up points, so what’s it going to be like when they do find their form?“They haven’t even hit third gear yet.”Dublin also said United should do all they can to persuade the revitalised Rooney to sign a new deal at the club, saying they would be “foolish” to not try and secure the Three Lions striker’s long-term future.He added: “They’ll be foolish not to try and tie Rooney down to a four or five-year deal, because he’s world class.“He’s in a good place at the moment too, he’s a happy footballerolskjaer has defended his team selection for Thursday's draw with Club Brugge.Solskjaer made six changes from the team that beat Chelsea on Monday.He said: "We needed to keep using the squad, we need to use the players and give them the chance to pla, and when a player is happy and is enjoying their football they’re incredibly dangerous.”
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  • Bebe, Dossena, Arshavin, Veron, Bale? Most overpriced players

    erty has also echoed his manager and team-mates and believes they have to embrace the challenge."We're getting to play all over Europe, in different countries and atmospheres, it's what you want to do, play in European football," heear-old central defender is wanted by both North London clubs after an excellent campaign with Saint-Etienne.Saliba is reportedly worth £25million - which woucontent_imgld constitute over half of Arsenal's £45m transfer budget.The Times says Saliba has no int said."You want to
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  • Hughes rubbishes Crouch to QPR reports

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes has insisted Peter Crouch is not for sale, amid reports linking the Potters striker with a move back to former Club Queens in check.The France World Cup winner has clashed with teammates and coach Thomas Tuchel this season.Former Arsenal manager Emery, who convinced Mbappe to resist Real Madrid and join PSG from AS Monaco, told France Football: “It's a story of ego. "Park Rangers.Crouch has failed to find his best form at the Britannia Stadium since sealing a £10million switch from Tottenham back in 2011, and it was thought he could be reunited with former boss Harry Redknapp, who he played under at Portsmouth, Southampton and Spurs, this month.But asked on Friday whether he would consider letting Crouch go, Hughes said: “No, it is not an option.”Trying to boost Stoke’s attack has been a key focus for Hughes during the current transfer window, in which he has already recruited Manchester City’s John Guidetti on loan.Fellow striker Juan Agudelo has also joined, although is spending time on loan with FC Utrecht while the Potters try to secure his work permit, with midfielder Stephen Ireland also turning his loan stay from Aston Villa in a permanent deal.But Hughes revealed he is frustrated by the lack of transfer activity so far over January.He said: “There was a point where we thought there was a possibility of doing our business quite early, but that hasn’t panned out, and we have missed out on a number.“We have probably been misled somewhat on others as well – in terms of the informatiocontent_imgn we are getting and the plans for certain players.“You have to shrug your shoulders and move on. It is about making sure at the end of the window, we are stronger than we were at the beginning.”It seems Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole may have been a target, but the prospect the midfielder now has of playing in the Capital One Cup final has seriously reduced any chance of him leaving the Wearsiders.Asked about Cattermole, Hughes said: “I think, given that Sunderland had a fantastic result the other night – I was there at the game [Sunderland’s semi-final victory over Manchester United on penalties], and they played exceptionally well and the player you have mentioned played really well – it iXhaka is not ready to return to the Gunners side for Saturday's game against Leicester.Xhaka has not played since an angry confrontation with home fans during the Gunners' 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on 27 October.The incident les highly unlikely that one will happen.”
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  • Fiorentina eyeing swoop for former Spurs flop

    Fiorentina are planning a swoop for former Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos.The Mexican was signed from Barcelona by Spurs in 2008 and was earmarked for glittering career in north London after breaking in to Barca’s star-studded team while still in his teenage to Bournemouth.This weekend's match at Villa Park pits Mings against his former club. Asked if Mings has a point to prove against his former employers, Smith said: "No I don't think so. He's quite a level-headed lad anyway. He's played big gameut signing permanently with Leeds United.Brighton see White as a key part of their plans and he appears a decent bet to be playing Premier League football next season, regardless of whether Leeds end their 16-year exile from the top flight."Who knowss in yearsHowever, dos Sancontent_imgtos failed to settle in the capital, unassisted by an alleged unhealthy appetite for sampling London’s night-life, and he was sold to Mallorca in 2012 after loan spells at Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and Racing Santander.Now, presumably to the chagrin of Spurs, the 24-year-old is reaching his potential at Villarreal whom he joined in the summer and is now attracting admiring glances from teams across Europe, headed by Fiorentina.
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  • The Warm Up – Sunday, December 7

    Max Rushden is joined by Barry GlArsenal have agreed to meet Lille's price for Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast striker could be in London today for a Gunners medical.Le 10 Sport says Arsenal have landed Pepe after matching Lille's €80m asking pterest in Trabzonspor keeper Ugurcan Cakir.Haber reports the Reds have made contact with the Turkish outfit over the 23-year-old's availability.Manager Jurgen Klopp is reluctant to lose Simon Mignolet from his ranks, but it is reported Cakir is a sumrice.Pepe has also agreed terms over a five-year deal.The two clubs were last night finalising the pay structure of the deal.endenning for an entertainingly irreverent take on football fandom.This week the boys chat to Burnley striker Danny Ings, amongst many ocontent_imgthers.
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