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Tottenham defender’s stalled salary talks alert Chelsea

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:10:52 +0000

Tottenham defender’s stalled salary talks alert Chelsea - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Chelsea are set to make a big-money move for Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld. The Sunday Times claim that chairman Daniel Levy has refused to increase the centre-back’s salary to the club’s £80,000-per-week ceiling, a decision that has alerted their London rivals to the possibility of a transfer. The 28-year-old is currently on £50,000-per-week, significantly less than the likes of Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris. Chelsea have been linked with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk for most of the summer, but the Saints have insisted the player is not for sale. Spurs strengthened their defence last week with the signing of Davinson

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Mahrez too good for Leicester, says Danny Murphy

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:47:03 +0000

Mahrez too good for Leicester, says Danny Murphy - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy believes that Riyad Mahrez is too good to be playing for Leicester City. Mahrez has been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium all summer, with Seria A giants AS Roma strongly linked with the player in recent weeks. Speaking after Leicester’s 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday, Murphy claimed that the Algeria international deserves to play with better players around him. “I say this risking criticism but he’s too good for Leicester now,” he said. “He’s playing so well, with such confidence, skill and creativity he needs a bigger

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Wimmer still on the radar as West Brom boss eyes “quality” signings

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:16:02 +0000

Wimmer still on the radar as West Brom boss eyes “quality” signings - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tony Pulis says West Brom will prioritise quality over quantity as he bids to add to his squad before the transfer window closes. Pulis has secured the services of Jay Rodriguez, Yuning Zhang and Gareth Barry this summer, but Pulis is still keen to make more signings. Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer has been heavily linked with a move to the Hawthorns, although Pulis could need more defensive additions if Jonny Evans agrees a move to Manchester City. “We have to bring in players that are going to improve us and give us competition – that’s what we need,” Pulis said.

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Sanchez rejected Barca before joining Spurs

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:11:36 +0000

Sanchez rejected Barca before joining Spurs - originally posted on Sportslens.com

New Tottenham Hotspur signing Davinson Sanchez rejected an offer from FC Barcelona before agreeing terms with Spurs, according to reports in Spain. Tottenham will pay a club record fee believed to be in the region of £40 million to sign the 21-year-old centre-back from Ajax, and it is understood that Barcelona were in the hunt for Sanchez until the very last minute. Spanish outlet Don Balon reveal that at first, Barcelona had reached a gentleman’s agreement with the Colombian to sign him after next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. But with Tottenham’s growing interest in the player, they decided

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Manchester City seeking Monday night revenge

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:00:59 +0000

Manchester City seeking Monday night revenge - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Two sides who won their opening league games face off on Monday. Manchester City came away 2-0 winners over newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion. Everton are currently on a good run of form after beating Stoke City and then Hajduk Split in the first leg of the Europa League qualification playoffs. Manchester City will be hoping to improve upon their recent results against Everton. The last five games have seen them pick up two draws, a single win, and two losses. When Guardiola’s men faced The Toffees last season, they lost in a 4-0 embarrassment. At Goodison Park in

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Man City ready to pay £70m for PSG target; 30-goal star wants Etihad move, informs Guardiola

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:16:01 +0000

Man City ready to pay £70m for PSG target; 30-goal star wants Etihad move, informs Guardiola - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City are ready to break the bank for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez this summer. The Chilean has been linked with a move away from Emirates all summer. Sanchez is out of contract next summer and the player has not signed a new deal with Arsenal so far. According to Daily Mirror, Manchester City are prepared to sign him and will pay a massive fee of £70 million. The report adds that City are determined to get their man and will keep trying for him until the transfer window slams shut on the 31st of August. Arsenal are hoping to

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Hughes tips Stoke new-boy for success after winner against Arsenal

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:23:51 +0000

Hughes tips Stoke new-boy for success after winner against Arsenal - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes Jese will light up the Premier League after seeing his new signing grab the winner against Arsenal on Saturday. The striker, who arrived on loan from Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week, bagged the only goal in the second half as Stoke pulled off an unlikely victory against the Gunners. Arsene Wenger’s team had over 75 percent of the possession, but failed to convert their chances as Hughes’ side claimed their first points of the season. “It was a fantastic finish from Jese – everyone has seen today what he’s going to bring to Stoke and

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Toothless Sunderland frustrate Grayson as Leeds secure victory

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:11:45 +0000

Toothless Sunderland frustrate Grayson as Leeds secure victory - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Simon Grayson admitted he needs to improve Sunderland’s attacking capabilities after his side’s 2-0 defeat at home to Leeds United on Saturday. The Black Cats missed the chance to take the lead when Lewis Grabban’s shot cleared was off the line by Liam Cooper and Leeds took immediate advantage to go ahead through Samu Saiz. “I thought in the first 20 minutes we were the dominant team,” said Grayson. “We played with real tempo, some decent quality, but there are fine margins in games – I don’t think Cooper knew too much about it, the ball hit his head and

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Promotion specialist Warnock has Cardiff City on the rise

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:04:01 +0000

Promotion specialist Warnock has Cardiff City on the rise - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Neil Warnock. Two words guaranteed to divide opinion amongst football fans, but the controversial manager could be set to confound even his most avid critics. Cardiff City’s 2-1 win at Wolves on Saturday gave Warnock a fourth successive victory at the start of a season for the first time in his 35-year managerial career. The result left Cardiff level on points at the top of the Championship with Ipswich Town and gives Warnock the platform for yet another tilt at winning promotion. Fans of Scarborough, Notts County, Huddersfield Town, Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers can all vouch

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Former Liverpool captain questions Arsenal midfielder’s desire

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:59:56 +0000

Former Liverpool captain questions Arsenal midfielder’s desire - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Steven Gerrard questioned Mesut Ozil’s desire after Arsenal fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Stoke City on Saturday. Jese Rodriguez’s second half strike gave Stoke the points, but the former Liverpool captain was hugely critical of Ozil’s contribution after the game. “Arsene Wenger has got to address it as out of possession you’re a man down,” he told BT Sport. “He’s left me frustrated – we’ve seen him on his day when he fancies doing both sides of the game he is a world-class talent. “I just worry about his reaction and body language – when the ball is

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Arsenal legend tips Lukaku to be a hit at Manchester United

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:58:53 +0000

Arsenal legend tips Lukaku to be a hit at Manchester United - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says Romelu Lukaku needs to work on his movement to take his game to the next level, but believes the Belgian striker will thrive under Jose Mourinho. The £90 million summer signing from Everton grabbed his third Premier League goal for Manchester United during their 4-0 victory at Swansea City, but Henry insists he still has plenty of improvement to come. “We all know what he can do,” Henry told Sky Sports. “If you want to take it to another level at Man Utd – four goals in three official games is remarkable – it is

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Leicester boss happy as wantaway winger inspires victory over Brighton

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:44:45 +0000

Leicester boss happy as wantaway winger inspires victory over Brighton - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare praised Riyad Mahrez after the winger led Leicester to a 2-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday. Mahrez has been the subject of transfer speculation throughout the summer, with AS Roma having three bids rejected, but he was the standout performer as Leicester comfortably saw off newly-promoted Brighton. The 26-year-old had a hand in both goals and showed why Leicester value him at £50 million. “I’ve spoken about Riyad on many occasions in terms of his focus, his professionalism – and you saw today what he’s capable of,” Shakespeare told Sky Sports. “He made the statement

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On This Day in Football: United call Anfield ‘home’, US Soccer takes first steps

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:00:51 +0000

On This Day in Football: United call Anfield ‘home’, US Soccer takes first steps - originally posted on Sportslens.com

On 20 August 1971, a team in red walked out of the tunnel at Anfield waving at the plethora of excited fans, also donning red colours, sat in the Spion Kop. Arsenal were the visiting team on that day. But the Gunners would not be playing Liverpool, but rather their arch nemesis, Manchester United. The Mancunians were banned from playing at Old Trafford for two games in the new season after fan trouble at the end of the last one. A few hooligans threw knives at the away end therefore the FA’s idea of discipline was to not let United

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Bournemouth boss at a loss for words after Watford defeat

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:23:47 +0000

Bournemouth boss at a loss for words after Watford defeat - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he cannot put a finger on why his side lost at home against Watford on Sunday. The Cherries were humbled 2-0 at Dean Court thanks to goals from Richarlison and second half substitute Etienne Capoue. This was Bournemouth’s second defeat on the trot after last week’s 1-0 loss against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. “I’m really disappointed from our perspective,” said Howe. “I felt we started OK, but then lost direction in the game and it was no surprise to see Watford score really. “The momentum was with them at that stage of the

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Christiansen confirms Leeds United planning for life without Wood

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:20:08 +0000

Christiansen confirms Leeds United planning for life without Wood - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United Thomas Christiansen admitted he is preparing for life without Chris Wood after his team’s impressive 2-0 victory at Sunderland on Saturday. Samuel Saiz and Stuart Dallas were on target for Leeds as they maintained their unbeaten start to the Championship season. Wood missed the game after confirming on social media he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play as speculation over a move to Premier League side Burnley continues. Despite his absence Leeds produced an impressive performance at the Stadium of Light to leave Christiansen in a buoyant mood after the game. “I’m very pleased, we’ve

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Rangers on right track despite dropping points, says Caixinha

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:48:59 +0000

Rangers on right track despite dropping points, says Caixinha - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha believes that the club is progressing despite dropping points in recent games. The Scottish club drew 0-0 against a resilient Hearts of Midlothian side at Ibrox on Sunday. This setback comes after last week’s disappointing defeat against Hibernian. “Of course I know this football club is about winning games,” said Caixinha. “And we know that the boys we have down there in the dressing room are winners. So we keep working in that direction. “We know we are going to face more opponents like this, respecting us, so that is one point. When I arrived at

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West Ham pushing for club record transfer; Star keen on move, bid already submitted

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:14:34 +0000

West Ham pushing for club record transfer; Star keen on move, bid already submitted - originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham’s interest in William Carvalho is no secret. The Hammers are ready to smash their transfer record in order to sign the midfielder. According to Telegraph, West Ham have offered €32m for the talented defensive midfielder but Sporting will only sell the player for €38m. The Portuguese outfit are holding out for €5m in add-ons as well. As per the report, West Ham are starting to get frustrated with Sporting’s stance. Despite extensive negotiations, Sporting have not yet budged. It will be interesting to see how long West Ham persist with their interest now. The Hammers might start to

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Alli, Suarez and Aguero? Former Liverpool star is stuck in a time warp

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:23:01 +0000

Alli, Suarez and Aguero? Former Liverpool star is stuck in a time warp - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Phil Thompson is well known for his passionate outbursts, but his latest comments regarding possible replacements for wantaway star Philippe Coutinho smacked of a man trapped in a different dimension. The ex-Liverpool defender named Dele Alli, Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero as potential targets to replace Coutinho – probably about as likely as a triumphant return to Chelsea for Diego Costa. “Suarez might be unhappy with Neymar (joining Paris Saint-Germain),” said Thompson. “You don’t know whether a player is unhappy or a club are willing to sell until you ask the question.” Well Thommo, you do actually know. Suarez gets

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Newcastle set to splash the cash as Benitez eyes Sampdoria midfielder

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:11:28 +0000

Newcastle set to splash the cash as Benitez eyes Sampdoria midfielder - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle United are hoping to sign Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet. Italian media outlet Il Secolo XIX claim Rafa Benitez wants to seal a £13 million deal for the 23-year-old. The Belgian attacking midfielder progressed through Anderlecht’s youth system, before breaking into the first-team in 2011. He made scored 27 goals in 182 appearances for the club, winning three Belgian Pro League titles before joining Sampdoria a year ago. Praet quickly established himself in the first team, scoring once in 35 games. Benitez has struggled to add to Newcastle’s squad since winning promotion from the Championship and he recently criticised the

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Lazio chief says Balde rejected West Ham, accuses Juventus of “extortion”

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:44:22 +0000

Lazio chief says Balde rejected West Ham, accuses Juventus of “extortion” - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Lazio president Claudio Lotito claims that Keita Balde turned down a move to West Ham this summer. In an impassioned interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Lotito said the striker’s preferred destination was Juventus but he accused the Italian champions of “extortion” after they submitted what he believed to be a derisory offer for the player. The 22-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season, was dropped for Lazio’s Italian Super Cup win over Juve. Lotito insists he has been offered a new deal by the club and rejected three moves away this summer, while saying the Hammers

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