Premier League preview: Featuring Liverpool, Man Utd & Arsenal

After the distraction of the Capital One Cup mid-week, the Premier League returns this weekend! We have some phenomenal ties ahead including the Merseyside Derby at Anfield and the North-London Derby at the Emirates Stadium. Not only that but Manchester United host West Ham United who will fancy their chances and third placed Aston Villa travel to pacesetters Chelsea on …

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Gareth ThomasPremier League preview: Featuring Liverpool, Man Utd & Arsenal

Liverpool target Sergi Roberto signs new contract

Barcelona’s 22-year-old midfielder Sergi Roberto has signed a new contract until June 2019 the Catalan club have announced. Sergi Roberto has been heavily linked with a Premier League move in recent seasons with Liverpool often thought to be a likely destination. Sergi Roberto was joined by Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Director of Sport & former player Andoni Zubizarreta and …

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Gareth ThomasLiverpool target Sergi Roberto signs new contract

Balotelli not world class yet – Liverpool’s Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his £16m signing Mario Balotelli is not yet world class like they player they sold to Barcelona, Luis Suarez. ITV Sport carry the quotes from Rodgers who also says when Suarez arrived in Liverpool, he neither was world class. Mario Balotelli started his career at small Italian club Lumezzane before moving to Serie A giants Inter …

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Gareth ThomasBalotelli not world class yet – Liverpool’s Rodgers

Manchester United set to offer Mata for Miranda

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is preparing to bolster his hurting defence in January with the signing of Miranda from Atlético Madrid. The Daily Express report that Juan Mata could be offered as a make-weight in the deal. Miranda is a 30-year-old Brazilian who has 9 caps for his country and the defender was heavily linked to Old Trafford …

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Gareth ThomasManchester United set to offer Mata for Miranda

Arsene Wenger critical of Frank Lampard loan move

Arsene Wenger has blasted Manchester City and Frank Lampard for the loan move that saw him return to the Premier League following his Chelsea departure. The Daily Mirror report how Wenger has questioned the legality of the move. Frank Lampard left Chelsea after 13 years at the club where he became the Blues’ all-time goalscorer and won 3 Premier League trophies, 4 …

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Gareth ThomasArsene Wenger critical of Frank Lampard loan move

Manchester United’s Anderson set for India move?

Manchester United outcast Anderson is rumoured to be heading to India as the inaugural Super League kicks off in three weeks. The Daily Star report that Pune could be his destination for a short stay in Asia. Anderson Luís De Abreu Oliveira, to quote his full name, joined Manchester United in May 2007 for around £20m from Porto but has since …

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Gareth ThomasManchester United’s Anderson set for India move?

Manchester United set to field youthful defence

Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal has revealed he only has one recognised defender in his United squad after his defenders have suffered a series of injuries and suspensions. Speaking to BBC Sport, Van Gaal said, “All three of my right-sided centre-halves are out, so I’ll have to go to the youth system.” Reprimanded for his sides lack of defensive …

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Oliver BainesManchester United set to field youthful defence

Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen decides against new deal

Tottenham Hotspurs defender Jan Vertonghen has revealed to Sky Sports that he has decided against signing a new deal with the club. The Belgian has lost his place in the starting XI in the past few weeks, but has not suggested this is linked with his decision.  “I am not signing. We agreed not to and I would prefer not to say …

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Oliver BainesTottenham’s Jan Vertonghen decides against new deal

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel finally scores for St Etienne!

On loan St Etienne striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel has finally scored. The Dutch striker who is still contracted to Norwich City has endured an nightmare run since his last goal. Van Wolfswinkel was signed by Norwich City at the beginning of last season from Sporting Lisbon for a fee around £7.5m. A player who was expected to score goals for …

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Oliver BainesRicky Van Wolfswinkel finally scores for St Etienne!

Could Lampard stay with Manchester City beyond January?

Could Frank Lampard be set to prolong his stay at the Etihad? Speaking to BBC Sport, the former England midfielder said, “I’m signed here until January, so that’s all I can say at the minute,” said ex-Chelsea player Lampard.” An argument has been proposed to Lampard that he does not need to return to the USA for pre-season training as he …

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Oliver BainesCould Lampard stay with Manchester City beyond January?

Norwich City – “A commanding position”

Norwich City’s surprise exit from the Capital One Cup may have shaken a few Canary fans this week. However, one must remember the importance of the league. Yes, it would be nice to taste success in the cup competitions, but it isn’t at the forefront of the Neil Adams’ tick list. A somewhat reshuffled Norwich City side collapsed against a stubborn Shrewsbury Town …

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Oliver BainesNorwich City – “A commanding position”

Capital One Cup review: featuring Man City, Chelsea and Newcastle

The second day of fixtures took place last night in the Capital One Cup third round that saw Manchester City hosted Sheffield Wednesday, Chelsea welcomed Bolton Wanderers, Championship side Nottingham Forest travelled to Tottenham Hotspur whilst struggling Newcastle United took on equally struggling Crystal Palace. Here is Brandish’s round up of the second half of Third Round fixtures in the …

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Gareth ThomasCapital One Cup review: featuring Man City, Chelsea and Newcastle

Arsenal, Chelsea & Man Utd all want Svilar, age 15!

Aged 15, what are you doing? Well I was still in school, juggling that with FIFA and Football Manager! However goalkeeper Mike Svilar, of Belgium club Anderlecht, is being hunted by three Premier League giants according to the Daily Mail. Belgium is a country with a proud history of producing top quality players and Mike Svilar is being tipped as …

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Gareth ThomasArsenal, Chelsea & Man Utd all want Svilar, age 15!

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli shows off new hairdo

Mario Balotelli has shown off his new hairdo ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside Derby at Anfield. Liverpool will be desperate for a victory after a slow start to the season and Balotelli will be a big part of their plans. Balotelli joined Liverpool from AC Milan for a fee around £16m and the 24-year-old is yet to score in his first …

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Gareth ThomasLiverpool’s Mario Balotelli shows off new hairdo

Wayne Routledge signs new Swansea City deal

Swansea City have announced on their official website that winger Wayne Routledge has signed a new Swans contract. The number 15 has been at the Liberty Stadium since signing in August 2011. Wayne Routledge has played 104 Premier League games for the Swans after finding a home at the club and his new contract will tie him there till 2018. …

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Gareth ThomasWayne Routledge signs new Swansea City deal

Is Russell Slade the right man for Cardiff City?

  It is days like today I am very thankful I get paid to write about football. With Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade on the verge of taking over the Cardiff City hot-seat following his resignation request last night. However, before the man is even appointed the insults have already begun. I have been a Cardiff City season ticket holder …

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Gareth ThomasIs Russell Slade the right man for Cardiff City?

Watch Luis Suarez bag a brace for Barcelona B

Luis Suarez found the back of the net twice after turning out for Barcelona B team in their 6-0 romp of Indonesia’s U19 selext XI. You can watch Suarez’s goals here as he looked in fine form for his new club. The Uruguayan scored a curling effort into the top corner before running through on goal and slipping his left foot …

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Oliver BainesWatch Luis Suarez bag a brace for Barcelona B

Is this the miss of the season already?

We’ve seen the best from the Bundesliga already after Paderborn midfielder, Moritz Stoppelkamp from an astonishing 83 metres the other day. Now, we have the worst! Here is Kaiserslautern’s Philipp Hofmann with the goal at his mercy, but somehow managing to sky the ball over the bar from less than 2 metres out. Admittedly, there is a deviation and bobble on the ball …

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Oliver BainesIs this the miss of the season already?

Dortmund’s Marco Reus to join Premier League? Liverpool? Arsenal?

Borussia Dortmund and German play-maker, Marco Reus looks set to decline contract talks with his current club in order to think about his future and a potential move to the Premier League. According to the Express, Reus’ release clause is set to plummet to around £20m, making Reus a very affordable and eye-catching star to secure on the cheap. A player who …

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Oliver BainesDortmund’s Marco Reus to join Premier League? Liverpool? Arsenal?

Manchester United lining up £40m bid for defender

Manchester United are said to be lining up a huge £40m bid for Argentinian international, Nicolas Otamendi. Currently on the books at Valencia, Otamendi was loaned out last season to Brazilian side, Atletico Mineiro. However, this season he has been regarded as a first team player for the Los Che and has since been drawing the plaudits after some impressive performances. …

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Oliver BainesManchester United lining up £40m bid for defender