Manchester City close to Benatia deal

Manuel Pellegrini is understood to be close to agreeing a deal for Roma centre back Mehdi Benatia. The Daily Mirror believe that a fee in principle has been agreed for around £30m but any transfer is reliant on Roma’s ability to find a replacement. Rudi Garcia’s Roma had an impressive season during 2013/14, finishing second as i Lupi get set to …

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Gareth ThomasManchester City close to Benatia deal

Swansea’s Michu set for return to Spain?

Swansea City are preparing to be told by Spaniard Michu that he seeks a return to his homeland to play for Atletico Madrid according to the Daily Mirror. Michu, 28, was signed by former Swans boss Michael Laudrup for £2m from Rayo Vallecano in 2012 and was played as a striker. In this unfamiliar position for Michu he stormed the …

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Gareth ThomasSwansea’s Michu set for return to Spain?

Official – Barcelona open talks with Suarez!

BBC Sport have revealed that Luis Suarez and Liverpool have began negotiations with Barcelona over a potential move for the Uruguayan. Suarez who is in the limelight for all the wrong reasons at the moment is currently under-going a ban imposed by FIFA after biting Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup group-stage clash. Liverpool, who signed Suarez from Ajax in 2011 …

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Oliver BainesOfficial – Barcelona open talks with Suarez!

Flops – 5 players who didn’t reach their potential!

In the wake of the Ryan Gould‘s transfer to Sporting Lisbon from Dundee United. We take a look at players who have been brandished as the “next big thing” but have failed to live up to their potential. (Hopefully that won’t be Gauld!) Dale Jennings – Tipped as a future England “wonderkid”, Dale Jennings made it all the way to Bayern Munich from …

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Oliver BainesFlops – 5 players who didn’t reach their potential!

18-year-old Scottish starlet moves to Portugal

The Daily Record have revealed that Dundee United starlet has officially joined Portuguese side, Sporting Lisbon. Dundee Utd ace Ryan Gauld completes dream move to Sporting Lisbon.. — The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) July 2, 2014 With 42 appearances at 7 goals in 2 years at Dundee, it was evident that Sporting had seen enough to make the call …

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Oliver Baines18-year-old Scottish starlet moves to Portugal

Chelsea set to re-sign midfielder

According to The Express, Chelsea are in talks to re-sign former midfielder Tiago from Atletico Madrid on a free transfer. The 33-year-old’s contract has expired with the Spanish outfit and the Portuguese man wants to find a new club. It appears that Jose Mourinho has been impressed with Tiago’s performances of late in La Liga and is ready to lure his …

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Oliver BainesChelsea set to re-sign midfielder

“I know there have been discussions” – Arsenal about to make first signing?

London24 have reported that Colombian striker Jackson Martinez has revealed that his representatives and Arsenal have had talks over his move to the Emirates. As we reported a few days ago, it seemed Arsenal were ready to make contact and a bid for Porto striker Jackson Martinez. Martinez who has help guide Colombia to the last 8 of the World Cup said, …

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Oliver Baines“I know there have been discussions” – Arsenal about to make first signing?

Spurs want Southampton star

Highly rated defender Dejan Lovren is a player who is under the eyes of Arsenal and Liverpool. However, in a surprise late move, Tottenham have supposedly hi-jacked the deal and are said to be leading the way to secure the Croatian’s signature according to The Express. Apparently upset at the exit of Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino to Spurs; Lovren is keen …

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Oliver BainesSpurs want Southampton star

Is the penalty shootout a fair way to end a football match?

So far this World Cup we have seen 2 penalty shootouts to decide who progresses to the Quarter Finals. As always “the lottery” (I’ll get to that later), is followed by the same questions of “Is this a fair way of deciding a football match after 120 minutes?”… Well is it? Firstly it must be said that both penalty shoot …

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Gareth ThomasIs the penalty shootout a fair way to end a football match?

Chelsea agree fee for Diego Costa

Today Chelsea announced that the club have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for Spanish international Diego Costa. The fee is believed to be around £32m and meets the strikers buy-out clause in his Atleti contract. This of course is not a surprise deal with Costa being linked to Chelsea heavily over the past few months and even refusing to …

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Gareth ThomasChelsea agree fee for Diego Costa

Gareth Barry ‘perfect fit’ for Everton

Gareth Barry made 32 Premier League appearances for Everton last season whilst on loan from Manchester City and now Roberto Martinez hopes to secure him on a permanent deal following his release from the Manchester club. Martinez is a big fan of the 33 year old midfielder saying, “Gareth is such a unique person, I have been so impressed and …

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Gareth ThomasGareth Barry ‘perfect fit’ for Everton

Can Mauricio Pochettino revitalise Spurs?

Last season Tottenham Hotspur finished 6th in the Premier League after what can be called a very disappointing season. Andre Villas-Boas was sacked, his replacement Tim Sherwood was left feeling unwanted and of course star talisman Gareth Bale made the world record move to Real Madrid. Mauricio Pochettino, architect of Southampton’s recent impressive Premier League performances is now at the helm …

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Gareth ThomasCan Mauricio Pochettino revitalise Spurs?

Chelsea hunt Ukraine winger

The Daily Star are reporting that Chelsea are looking to step up their interest in Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko. However, they are set to face stiff competition from Liverpool, West Ham United and Stoke City before anything can be completed. The 24 year old plays for Dynamo Kiev and was subject to bids from Liverpool last year, however since then Kiev …

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Gareth ThomasChelsea hunt Ukraine winger

Tom Ince set to sign for Hull City

Every once in a while a player comes along who is is tipped for greatness, two seasons back one of those was Tom Ince of Blackpool. Son of former footballer Paul Ince, Sky Sports are reporting Tom now has his Premier League move as Hull City close in. Tom Ince has impressed in the Championship for a number of seasons …

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Gareth ThomasTom Ince set to sign for Hull City

He’s arrived! 5 reasons why Liverpool signed Lallana

#LFC are delighted to announce the signing of Adam Lallana from Southampton #LallanaLFC — Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 1, 2014 It’s official! Liverpool have signed former Southampton and England midfielder Adam Lallana for £25m. We will look at 5 reasons why Liverpool splashed out on Lallana… 1. Chances created from open play – With Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and new …

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Oliver BainesHe’s arrived! 5 reasons why Liverpool signed Lallana

A “quick dip” for Croatia at the World Cup

Next week, will be looking at all things swimming. A tenuous link to football some may say. Well, you may be right; but what about this story… World Cup hopefuls, Croatia were caught up in a surprise story that shocked the world of football. With the tournament under-way and all eyes on the pitch, a story leaked from the …

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Oliver BainesA “quick dip” for Croatia at the World Cup

Manchester United ready to replace Vidic with Dutch star

The Daily Mail have Feyenoord and Netherlands defender Stefan de vrij is destined for Old Trafford in the coming weeks. De Vrij who is with his national side at the World Cup has said to have rejected a move to Italian side Lazio in favour of joining up with his international manager Louis Van Gaal and fellow team mate – Robin …

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Oliver BainesManchester United ready to replace Vidic with Dutch star

Napoli talks with Lyon collapse – Arsenal come to the rescue

Reports from Italy have suggested that Napoli and Lyon’s transfer talks over Maxime Gonalons have broken down. The two clubs tried to meet in a vain attempt of  securing a deal for the Frenchman, however, the deal has collapsed. The collapse of the deal could actually benefit all parties as a new scenario is now being considered with Arsenal and Spurs …

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Oliver BainesNapoli talks with Lyon collapse – Arsenal come to the rescue

Arsenal ready to pay £12m for Premier League right back

It seems Arsenal’s right back situation has taken another twist. We were led to believe that Arsenal were paying close attention to Ivory Coast international, Serge Aurier. However, it now appears that Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger is looking towards Newcastle and French star, Mathieu Debuchy as a replacement for Sagna who joined Manchester City on a free transfer this summer. The …

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Oliver BainesArsenal ready to pay £12m for Premier League right back

West Ham interested in French winger

The Daily Mail have today reported that Premier League side, West Ham United have confirmed their interest in French winger Mathieu Valbuena. At 29-years-old, Valbuena has a bag full of experience that he could bring to the London club. The Marseille man had been touted for a move to either Arsenal or Liverpool in previous windows, but it seems West Ham …

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Oliver BainesWest Ham interested in French winger