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Chelsea chase Inter winger, Drinkwater close, van Dijk too?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:06:51 +0000

Chelsea chase Inter winger, Drinkwater close, van Dijk too? - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Chelsea are poised to step up their pursuit of Inter Milan forward Antonio Candreva. Gazzetta dello Sport says Antonio Conte’s side are keen to add the Italian international to their squad before the transfer window closes. The 30-year-old joined Inter last August on a four-year deal from Lazio, and has scored eight goals in all competitions for the club. Candreva has scored 54 goals in Serie A overall, having previously played for Cesena, Parma, Udinese, Juventus and Livorno. Chelsea are also closing in on a £30 million deal for Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater. The midfielder has been keen to join

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Southampton sign Hoedt from Lazio, Reed insists van Dijk will stay

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:28:44 +0000

Southampton sign Hoedt from Lazio, Reed insists van Dijk will stay - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Southampton have signed Netherlands centre-back Wesley Hoedt from Lazio for £15 million. The 23-year-old joined the Serie A side from AZ Alkmaar in 2015 and made his full international debut earlier this year. Hoedt said: “I’m really happy to be here. I think Southampton is a really big club, so it’s a good next step for me to come here and to play in the Premier League and try to help the best I can.” Southampton vice-chairman Les Reed believes Hoedt will be a big success at St Mary’s and hinted he has been signed to play alongside wantaway defender

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Rodgers experiences ‘mixed emotions’ as Celtic get past Astana

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:21:52 +0000

Rodgers experiences ‘mixed emotions’ as Celtic get past Astana - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Celtic lost 4-3 against FC Astana in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off round but an 8-4 aggregate win has seen them qualify for the next round. The Hoops 5-0 win in the first leg at Celtic Park proved invaluable as goals from Scott Sinclair, Olivier Ntcham and Leigh Griffiths in Kazakhstan diminished any chance for FC Astana to make a comeback in the round. “It’s mixed emotions because we didn’t defend well enough and our possession at times wasn’t good enough either,” said Brendan Rodgers after the game. “I said to the players (at half-time) we started

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English football and the war to abolish the wage cap

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:00:07 +0000

English football and the war to abolish the wage cap - originally posted on Sportslens.com

In 1885, the Football Association announced to legalise the employment of professional footballers. Clubs could now pay their players a full working wage, quite in contrast to what had been the norm previously when teams were made up of amateurs. Many clubs were enticed by the idea as it presented a lucrative opportunity to earn money; primarily from match day tickets, and immediately turned from amateur to professional. Blackburn Rovers, during the 1885-86 season, spent £615 on wages alone. The half-back James Forrest and the striker Joseph Lofthouse, both England internationals, were apparently on a whopping £1 per week. West

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Leeds odds-on favourites to sign 25-yr-old, PL forward could be outstanding for them

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:24:48 +0000

Leeds odds-on favourites to sign 25-yr-old, PL forward could be outstanding for them - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Championship outfit Leeds United are odds on favourites to sign the out of favour Liverpool striker Danny Ings. The former Burnley star has recovered from his long term injury and he could be the ideal replacement for Chris Wood. The Whites lost Wood to Burnley earlier this week and Christiansen will need a reliable goalscorer in order to keep their promotion hopes alive. Danny Ings has managed to impress every time he has played for Liverpool and there is no doubt that he is too good for the Championship. The English forward is behind the likes of Firmino, Sturridge, Solanke

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West Ham have been trying to sign 29-yr-old since 2015, Bilic personally called star in the past

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:14:40 +0000

West Ham have been trying to sign 29-yr-old since 2015, Bilic personally called star in the past - originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic seems delighted to have signed the Mexican forward Javier Hernandez this summer. The Croatian confirmed that the Hammers have been long term admirers of the player and they tried to sign him in 2015. Bilic claims that he spoke to the player on the phone back then but the former Manchester United forward decided to join Leverkusen instead. Chicharito has had a good start to life at West Ham and the Mexican has scored 2 goals in 2 appearances for the Hammers so far. West Ham needed to add a proven goalscorer this summer and

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Available at £8m, West Brom should make a move for 26-year-old Spaniard

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:00:42 +0000

Available at £8m, West Brom should make a move for 26-year-old Spaniard - originally posted on Sportslens.com

While West Bromwich Albion are looking to sign a defender in the closing stages of the summer transfer window, Tony Pulis should keep his options open for bolstering the attacking department as well. Nacer Chadli’s future has come under speculation in the recent weeks, and the Belgian has been linked with a £25 million move to Swansea City. Should the deal materialise, Pulis must re-invest the money in signing an attacking midfielder. Attacking midfielders or forwards usually do not come in cheap, and Pulis may have to look further down the league to sign players who would add quality to

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Hurst’s call for England to ditch Everton star is baffling

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:28:36 +0000

Hurst’s call for England to ditch Everton star is baffling - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Sir Geoff Hurst’s call for Gareth Southgate not to recall Wayne Rooney for the upcoming England squad is baffling. Rooney has been in fine form for Everton since returning to the club, scoring in both games so far and notching his 200th Premier League goal at Manchester City on Monday. Despite Rooney being England’s all-time top scorer, Hurst insists he should be ditched for the World Cup qualifying games against Malta and Lithuania. “He (Southgate) has made some bold decisions and I think the bold one he can make is, for me, to say it’s the end of Wayne Rooney’s

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Bilic bullish despite Benitez rumours, West Ham still chasing Carvalho

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:07:44 +0000

Bilic bullish despite Benitez rumours, West Ham still chasing Carvalho - originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is staying focused on the job at hand, despite reports his position is under threat. Defeats by Southampton and Manchester United in their opening two games has left the Hammers rooted to the foot of the Premier League, sparking rumours the Croatian may be replaced at the club by Rafa Benitez. However, Bilic appeared unconcerned by the news as he told Sky Sports he was still interested in adding Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho to his squad. “We will see what happens in the last week of the transfer window, if somebody is going to

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Leicester's £12m ace would be a superb signing for Swansea City

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:30:32 +0000

Leicester's £12m ace would be a superb signing for Swansea City - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Swansea City boss Paul Clement has admitted after his side’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United last week that he needs to make a few signings before the transfer window closes. Clement has money burning a hole in his pocket after the Welsh club sold star player Gylfi Sigurdsson for £45 million to Everton, and the Swansea boss should look to build a squad capable of surviving in the Premier League. The Welsh outfit have been reportedly linked with a move for West Brom’s Nacer Chadli, but they could be reluctant to meet his £25 million valuation. Clement needs to show ambition in the market and

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29-year-old Watford ace would be an exceptional signing for Newcastle

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:00:14 +0000

29-year-old Watford ace would be an exceptional signing for Newcastle - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has been voicing his concern about the lack of transfer activity at Tyneside in recent weeks. The Spaniard has added as many as six new players, but he feels he needs to bring in more bodies before the transfer window ends. Central midfield is one area where Benitez would love to add a quality player. With Jack Colback likely to leave the club, and the likes of Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden still finding feet in the Premier League, Benitez needs an experienced player to marshal the midfield alongside Jonjo Shelvey. With this in mind, the Magpies

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Official: Barcelona to sue Neymar for €8.5m over breach of contract

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:22:50 +0000

Official: Barcelona to sue Neymar for €8.5m over breach of contract - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Barcelona have announced that they are to sue their former star Neymar over breach of contract following his record breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian forward left the Catalan club last month in a £198 million move to the French capital but Barcelona announced on Tuesday that the club is seeking repayment of his 8.5 million euros (£7.8m) bonus for the renewal of his contract with an additional interest of 10 per cent. “FC Barcelona have sent a claim to be made against Neymar for breach of contract to the RFEF for it to be passed on to the

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West Ham winger set for loan move to Aston Villa

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:44:24 +0000

West Ham winger set for loan move to Aston Villa - originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass looks set to join Aston Villa on loan. The 29-year-old was recently told he was free to leave the Hammers, less than a year after joining the club from Hull City for £10 million. Villa boss Steve Bruce is unable to complete a permanent deal for Snodgrass due to Financial Fair Play regulations, but a season-long loan is on the cards. Sunderland, Newcastle United and Leeds United have all been linked with the Scotland international, but Villa have jumped to the head of the queue. Snodgrass previously played under Bruce at Hull, helping the club

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Barcelona to present new offer to Liverpool for Coutinho, deal could drag on till deadline day

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:50:33 +0000

Barcelona to present new offer to Liverpool for Coutinho, deal could drag on till deadline day - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool chose not to respond to Barcelona’s 7 PM deadline to accept a £118m offer for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho. English media are quite confident now that Barcelona have accepted defeat in their pursuit of the Brazilian midfielder, but it seems their Spanish counterparts haven’t yet. Mundo Deportivo believe Barcelona could make another offer for the 25-year-old in Monaco, where the Champions League group stages draw is taking place on August 24. Liverpool representatives are expected to be in attendance should they sustain their first leg advantage over Hoffenheim at Anfield tomorrow night. Barcelona representatives could take advantage of the

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Swansea chasing PSV Eindhoven defender, Hull midfielder set to sign, Clement wants more

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:44:58 +0000

Swansea chasing PSV Eindhoven defender, Hull midfielder set to sign, Clement wants more - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Swansea City are interested in signing Colombian international defender Santiago Arias from PSV Eindhoven. The 25-year-old joined Sporting Lisbon in 2011, before moving to the Dutch side two years later. Arias was part of the PSV Eindhoven side that won consecutive Eredivisie titles in 2014/15 2015/16. He has represented his country 32 times, making his debut in a 2-1 win against Paraguay back in 2013. City are also close to completing the £16.5 million signing of Hull midfielder Sam Clucas, with the transfer expected to be completed within the next 48 hours. Clucas is due to have a medical in

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Holloway issues rallying cry ahead of Brentford clash

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:20:25 +0000

Holloway issues rallying cry ahead of Brentford clash - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway has issued a rallying cry to his side ahead of their English League Cup tie against Brentford. The R’s have picked up seven points from four games in the Championship this season and have progressed into the second round of the League Cup after beating Northampton Town 1-0 earlier this month. “We are still finding out about ourselves as a group,” he told the club’s official website. “The longer that goes on, the better it’s going to be. The more games we have, the better we should get. “I can’t wait for another ‘up-and-at-em’ performance

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French club confirm interest in Celtic’s Dembele

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:25:30 +0000

French club confirm interest in Celtic’s Dembele - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Ligue 1 giants Olympique Marseille have admitted that they are interested in signing Celtic’s star striker Moussa Dembele this summer. The Frenchman arrived in Glasgow on a free transfer from Fulham in 2016 and finished the season with 32 goals in 49 appearances for the club. “Moussa Dembele is a young player with power and speed and he is interesting,” said Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud. “It’s no secret that we are actively looking for a striker. It’s a difficult area to get players. “I try to avoid talking for the manager or the sporting director when it comes to players,

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Rooney joins Shearer in the 200 club as Everton hold Man City, who's likely to be next?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:48:26 +0000

Rooney joins Shearer in the 200 club as Everton hold Man City, who's likely to be next? - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Wayne Rooney hit back at his critics who thought he was past his best after scoring the 200th Premier League goal of his career on Monday. The 31-year-old bagged the opener in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City, to join former England star Alan Shearer as the only man to score 200 goals in the competition. Rooney has been in fine form since returning to his boyhood club and he was eager to make his point to Sky Sports after the game. “It is not bad for someone who is not fit anymore and can’t get about the pitch,” he

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West Ham boss under pressure, Benitez a possible replacement

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:45:42 +0000

West Ham boss under pressure, Benitez a possible replacement - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Slaven Bilic faces a crucial couple of weeks as he bids to get West Ham’s season up and running. Defeats by Southampton and Manchester United in their opening two games has left the Hammers rooted to the foot of the Premier League and the Mirror claims the Croatian’s position is already under threat. Bilic’s current contract is up at the end of the season, but unless results improve the club’s owners may decide to cut their losses early. West Ham visit Cheltenham Town in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, before facing Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town in their next two

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Spurs set to open talks for Chelsea target this week, Levy preparing £28m bid for star

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:44:11 +0000

Spurs set to open talks for Chelsea target this week, Levy preparing £28m bid for star - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham are looking to shore up their midfield options before the transfer window shuts and the Londoners have identified Ross Barkley as an ideal target. According to the Telegraph, Spurs are set to initiate talks with Everton regarding the England midfielder this week and Daniel Levy is ready to spend around £28m (£20m up front plus £8m in add-ons) for the player. Barkley was valued at £50m at the start of this summer but the lack of suitors has forced Everton to lower the asking price. It will be interesting to see how they react to the potential offer from

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