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Arsenal transfer round up – Real Madrid youngster loan deal? Ezequiel Lavezzi targeted, M’Vila battle

Arsenal’s quest to sign a new striker continues and this morning sees several old names thrown back into the to mix. The one that seems to have the most momentum is a loan deal for Real Madrid’s youngster Alvaro Morata. The player has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for a while (he was a target last summer apparently) and he …

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AshleyArsenal transfer round up – Real Madrid youngster loan deal? Ezequiel Lavezzi targeted, M’Vila battle

Arsenal update: Has Arsene Wenger lost the support of Arsenal fans?

So does Arsene still know? After seven trophy-less seasons and the exodus of many of the team’s highest profile players many Gunners fans aren’t so sure. The Daily Mirror reports that a group of Arsenal fans think it is time for Wenger to change his approach or leave the club. In fact nearly 50% of them want him to go …

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AshleyArsenal update: Has Arsene Wenger lost the support of Arsenal fans?
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Arsenal rival Fulham in chase for Dutch keeper

It seems that Arsenal’s search for a new keeper didn’t end with speculative moves for Pepe Reina. According to an Italian paper Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg fancies a move to the Premiership and Arsenal and Fulham are competing for his £3.5million signature. The story broke first in Gazzetta dello Sport (Stekelenburg is current at Roma) which suggest that both …

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Arsene Wenger ‘cautious, but optimistic’ that Theo Walcott will sign

If you thought it was a done deal then think again. In spite of endless speculation that the player was on the verge of re-signing for Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger has told reporters (and it has been confirmed by BBC Radio Five Live) that he is ‘cautious, but optimistic’ that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract. In some ways …

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Ashley Cole in Real Madrid talks with PSG waiting in the wings

There’s a huge amount of speculation this morning about the next move of Chelsea’s England left back Ashley Cole. According to the Mail he has his heart set on a Spanish swansong. The paper is reporting that the 32 year old who will not be offered a new contract at Chelsea could be on his way to Real Madrid with …

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Arsenal update: Wilfried Zaha talks and ‘favourites’ to land Loic Remy

After a couple of quiet days the Arsenal transfer rumour machine has been very active in the last few hours linking the club with several new signings. The Indie has a pair of stories claiming that Wenger has made a move for the talented Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, while it also suggests Arsenal are now favourite to scoop Marseilles’ …

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AshleyArsenal update: Wilfried Zaha talks and ‘favourites’ to land Loic Remy

Breaking: French newspaper says Marouane Fellaini will be a Chelsea player by the weekend

Some bad news for United, Arsenal and, let’s not forget, Everton fans. French newspaper L’Equipe is reporting that the Blue’s talismanic midfielder Marouane Fellaini could be a Chelsea player by the end of the week. The report, which has also made the BBC sports news , is that that the 25-year old will sign a five-year deal with the club, …

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AshleyBreaking: French newspaper says Marouane Fellaini will be a Chelsea player by the weekend
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Is this the best team goal of the season? Nope, not Barca or Arsenal, but some Greek kids

Yep it is a contender for the best team goal of the season, but there’s no Iniesta pulling strings, Walcott speeding through the middle or Van Persie finishing in style. It is actually a bunch of Greek kids from the AO Giannina club, who kick off and then Tikki-taka the ball all the way though to the opposition’s goal. They …

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AshleyIs this the best team goal of the season? Nope, not Barca or Arsenal, but some Greek kids
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Arsenal update: David Villa deal back on? Afellay targeted. Shaw going nowhere. Diaby back against City?

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell may have told Arsene Wenger that he is not prepared to sell Spanish international striker David Villa in the window. But it seems that hasn’t put the Arsenal manager off. Caught Offside is reporting that Arsenal are still engaging with Barcelona in discussions about Villa and want to sign another of their players. Long term Gunners …

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AshleyArsenal update: David Villa deal back on? Afellay targeted. Shaw going nowhere. Diaby back against City?
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Arsenal update: Walcott to sign before the City game, plus two new transfer targets

The Theo Walcott deal story is now everywhere and even the BBC is reporting that the winger/striker will sign very shortly. It reports Arsenal are ready to stretch their rigid pay structure to push through a new deal for Theo Walcott, which could be signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Manchester City. Press Association Sport understands the …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott to sign before the City game, plus two new transfer targets
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Arsenal update: Walcott to be offered £25million to stay. German defender linked

Worryingly for Arsenal fans keen to see Arsene Wenger strengthen his squad it has been a fairly quiet morning for transfer rumours. The big one is the seemingly never ending saga of Theo Walcott and his new contract. In an exclusive – ain’t they always – The Mail says that player will get a five-year deal worth in the region …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott to be offered £25million to stay. German defender linked

Man United update: Is Wilfried Zaha a done deal? Danny Wellbeck on loan to Reading?

So have United done a deal to sign Crsytal Palace’s tricky winger Wilfried Zaha? The Telegraph seems to think so. The paper believes that other clubs have been frightened off bidding for the player because Fergie has already agreed to sign him The Telgraoph says The main issue is when, not if, it will happen with Crystal Palace hoping to …

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AshleyMan United update: Is Wilfried Zaha a done deal? Danny Wellbeck on loan to Reading?

Spurs seek new striker – Leandro Damiao targeted

Emmanuel Adebayor’s u-turn in deciding to play for Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations could not have come at a worse time for Spurs. The team are playing well and are pushing for a Champions League slot, but losing Adebayor limits their options and if Defoe sustains an injury they would be very short of front men. So not …

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AshleySpurs seek new striker – Leandro Damiao targeted

Arsenal update: Gunners target Lucas Biglia wants move. Should Ramsey go on loan? Villa staying at Barca

Arsenal’s pursuit of a new midfielder continues to today with several papers reporting that Wenger once again is targeting Anderlecht’s tough tacking midfielder Lucas Biglia. The Mirror says that Wenger has been put on alert because the Argentinian has told the Belgian club that he wants to move to a bigger league. This sounds like pure speculation. Admittedly Biglia has …

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AshleyArsenal update: Gunners target Lucas Biglia wants move. Should Ramsey go on loan? Villa staying at Barca
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Arsenal update: Walcott about to sign, M’Vila holding out for a big club

Goal.com is running with ‘an exclusive’ this morning that Theo Walcott is close to signing a new deal at Arsenal. The website says that he ‘will put pen to paper on a deal that runs until 2017.’ Arsenal have apparently offered the England player around £90,000-a-week and that salary will be supplemented by top-up bonuses and a multi-million pound signing-on …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott about to sign, M’Vila holding out for a big club
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Pep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?

Ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his extended sabbatical in New York is going to come to an end soon and that he is looking for a new job. The 41 year old told the press conference ahead of today’s Ballon d’Or ceremony that he will be managing again. Guardiola said “Yes, I would like to come back [to …

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AshleyPep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?
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Is Luis Suarez a cheat? The best pics from the FA Cup. Loads of new gadgets from CES 2013

The latest stories from Brandish and our pals Is Luis Suarez a cheat? You decide Polar Bear tries to mate with BBC presenter – video here A teenager recalls the moon landing – genius diary post Andre Iniesta and his rather surprising ambition to play for Real Madrid The best pics from the FA Cup Third Round CES 2013 – …

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Pepe Reina on his way to Man United? David Dea Gea heading for the exit door?

Pepe Reina to Arsenal was a key story before the transfer window opened, but now it appears that the Liverpool FC Spanish keeper is interesting not just Arsene Wenger but Sir Alex Ferguson too. According to The Mirror Fergie is ready to sell David De Gea and buy a new goalkeeper this month with Liverpool’s Pepe Reina a target. Ferguson …

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Ugo Ehiogu, his record label, The Fossil Collective and an ace tale about Ian Wright

The other day I wrote a list of the ten Premiership players you would most want to have a beer with. If he were still playing today you can bet Ugo Ehiogu would be on very high on that list. As was unveiled on the Danny Baker Show on BBC Five Live on Saturday the former, Villa, Middlesbrough and Rangers …

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AshleyUgo Ehiogu, his record label, The Fossil Collective and an ace tale about Ian Wright
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Would Frank Lampard leave Chelsea for another Premiership club? Everton? Man United? Arsenal?

So it appears that Frank Lampard is on his way out of Chelsea. The departure of the 34 year old midfielder, who has been at the club for 11 years, has a whiff of ravens leaving the Tower of London about it. But his exit from the Blues was pretty much confirmed at the weekend with the player expected to …

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AshleyWould Frank Lampard leave Chelsea for another Premiership club? Everton? Man United? Arsenal?