Gerrard thanks fans for support after injury setbacks

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has thanked the Reds fans for the support they gave to him whilst he was struggling with injury, liverpoolfc.tv reports. The 31 year old had groin surgery in March and missed the end of last season. Gerrard made his return at the start of the season, but then suffered an ankle infection in October and was ruled out for another lengthy spell. Gerrard made his return against Blackburn on Boxing Day as a second half substitute and was met with rapturous applause from the Liverpool fans.…

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Liverpool Club Focus – Could Gerrard solve Liverpool problems in front of goal?

Liverpool’s inspirational captain Steven Gerrard returned from injury during the recent 1-1 home draw against Blackburn Rovers and the midfield maestro could once again come off the bench when the Reds face high-flying Newcastle United on Friday. The Englishman is working his way back up to full fitness following a torrid year with fitness issues, but could he be the solution to Liverpool’s goalscoring problems? As has been widely documented in recent weeks, Kenny Dalglish’s side have not been hitting the back of the net as often as he or…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Transfer window could make or break Rovers season

As Blackburn Rovers’ under-pressure manager Steve Kean prepares to strengthen his wafer-thin squad in January, the much-maligned Scot will be aware of the growing interest in a number of his talented players from Premier League rivals. The struggling Lancashire outfit are currently sitting uncomfortably at the bottom of the table, which poses a problem for Kean in more than one way. One of the trickiest issues the former first-team coach faces will be convincing quality players to join a side which has only managed to win two top-flight games all…

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Romeu looking forward to Barcelona return

Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu is already eyeing a return to Spanish giants Barcelona, despite arriving at Stamford Bridge this summer, The Telegraph reports. Romeu has earned a starting berth in the Blues midfield and has impressed with his tough-tackling performances. The 20 year old is ahead of John Obi Mikel and Andre Villas-Boas is impressed with the confidence Romeu has on the field. However, Barcelona have a buy-back option at the end of the season and are impressed with the way Romeu has played. The Blues have refuted Barcelona’s claims,…

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Bolton confirm £7m Chelsea Cahill bid accepted

Owen Coyle has confirmed that Chelsea have agreed a £7m fee with Bolton for defender Gary Cahill, The Guardian reports. The Blues have snapped the England international from under the noses of London rivals Tottenham and are close to agreeing full terms with Cahill. The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and Bolton were keen to sell Cahill for money instead of losing him on a free. Tottenham nearly signed Cahill on transfer deadline day in the summer, but were unable to agree terms and…

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Terry to play out career at Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry expects to finish his career at Stamford Bridge and does not see himself playing for any other club, The Daily Mail reports. The 31 year old has been with Chelsea since the age of 14 and aside from a brief stint at Nottingham Forest on loan, he has played for the West Londoners his whole career. Terry is fifth in the club’s all-time appearance list and is the most successful captain in Chelsea history. The England international has lifted three Premier League titles as captain along…

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Aston Villa interested in Frimpong

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has set his sights on Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, according to The Daily Mail. Frimpong starred at the start of the season, but with the signing of midfielder Mikel Arteta as well as the future returns of Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby, he has seen his place in the side diminish. The midfielder is looking to move on loan to a Premier League side to gain some vital experience and Villa are keen to make the signing. McLeish is looking at the 19 year old…

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Henry to complete two month loan deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a loan deal for former striker Thierry Henry will happen subject to the completion of paperwork, The Telegraph reports. Henry will return to North London on a two-month loan deal from New York Red Bulls. Insurance agreements have to be arranged with the MLS side before Henry can make his return to Arsenal. The Frenchman has been training with the Gunners in the MLS off-season and is not required to be back with Red Bulls until March. Wenger has been looking for a…

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Walcott tells Gunners to ignore Tottenham

Theo Walcott has urged his Arsenal teammates to forget about overhauling North London rivals Tottenham and focus on their own season, The Daily Mail reports. The Gunners are facing the prospect of finishing below Tottenham in the league table for the first time since 1995. Arsene Wenger’s side are five points behind Spurs and have also played a game more than their counterparts. Tottenham have been scintillating this season and have surged into third place in the table. Arsenal dropped two vital points at home to Wolves last time out…

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Dawson set for Tottenham return

Tottenham have been given a timely boost going into their run of January fixtures with the news that Michael Dawson has resumed full training, reports The Guardian. The central defender has been kept out of Tottenham’s campaign since October with an achilles injury which required surgery, but the 28-year-old is now close to a full return to first team action, and could even be on the bench against Swansea tomorrow. “It feels great to be out there again,” said Dawson. “It’s been a difficult few months, [but] I’ve been back…

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Modric commits to spurs for the short-term

Luka Modric has admitted there is still a ‘small possibility’ he could leave Tottenham in January, according to The Guardian. Modric was pursued by Chelsea in the summer, and the subject of a failed £40 million bid. Speaking to Sportske Novosti, the 26-year-old Croatian poured cold water on the January transfer speculation, but conceded that a move away is not out of the question. “I would say with almost 100% certainty that I’ll be staying at Tottenham until the end of the season,” he said. “I would always say that,…

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Tottenham Club Focus – January transfer window Part 2 – The defence

Tottenham Hotspur’s fine run of form that has seem them concede just 11 goals in their last 15 league games. The current starters have given a defensive meanness and solidity to Spurs that has underpinned the run. At centre back and in goal there is experienced cover in William Gallas, Michael Dawson and Carlo Cudicini. After that though, could the defence lack depth with Vedran Corluka, Sebastien Bassong looking to leave in search of first team football? With Danny Rose cover at left back, perhaps needing a loan to gain…

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Tottenham Club Focus – January transfer window Part 1

The January transfer window is here. Rumours are already flying about which club is going to buy or sell who, with Tottenham Hotspur no exception. The January window can be notoriously tricky. Teams hoping to avoid relegation can panic buy and pay over the odds for players. Teams wanting to consolidate a promising start and make that second half of season push for promotion/trophies/qualification may do the same. Any new arrival without the benefit of a pre-season period to get to know new teammates can struggle – Andy Carroll, Fernando…

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Newcastle Club Focus – Magpies to postpone striker search

With just days until the transfer window re-opens for business focus is once again turning to potential new signings. With the club sitting pretty in seventh place there is some debate over whether Newcastle should splash the cash and risk unsettling a settled, happy squad. The biggest fear however will be not losing any of their key players in the coming transfer window. Almost 11 months ago Newcastle took the controversial decision to sell leading scorer Andy Carroll when a big money offer was made. They will feel it was…

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Chelsea Club Focus – Blues to look to transfer market to rescue season

Chelsea are heading into the halfway point of the season 11 points behind table toppers Manchester City and Manchester United, having dropped points in all of their three previous matches. To maintain the club’s hopes of a title challenge manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen to strengthen his squad, and add to the impending arrival of Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill. A central defender was top of Villas-Boas’ transfer wish list, and as Cahill is set to fill that void in the squad it is thought that his next target is…

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Everton Club Focus – Toffees take on West Brom looking for New Year revival

With Everton not in action until New Year’s Day, David Moyes’ side will end 2011 mired in mid-table, closer to the bottom of the Premier League than the top in terms of points and well within the congested ranks that make up the sides largely expected to be free from relegation worries but in need of something special to reach the Europa League and beyond. Frustrated Evertonians may console themselves with the knowledge that the Blues do tend to come good in the second half of the season, with past…

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Barcelona decide to re-sign Oriol Romeu from Chelsea next summer

Barcelona have decided they are going to re-sign Oriol Romeu from Chelsea next summer reports AS, who claim the defensive midfielder has already spoken to the club’s hierarchy and agreed the economic conditions for his return. The 20-year-old joined the Londoners for €5m in August, 2011 on a four-year contract that included a clause stating the Catalans could buy him back for €10m within the first year, rising to €15m in 2013. However, the uncertain future of Seydou Keita and Romeu’s impressive early-season form at Stamford Bridge has prompted Barca…

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Real Zaragoza sack Javier Aguirre

Javier Aguirre is no longer Coach of Real Zaragoza after it was revealed late on Thursday night that Agapito Iglesias, President and major shareholder of the club, had reached an agreement with the Mexican for the termination of his contract, which runs out on June 30, 2012. A statement issued by the club read: “Real Zaragoza wants to thank Javier Aguirre for the professionalism and dedication he has shown during his time as Coach of the first-team squad. However, the sporting situation in which we find ourselves has forced an…

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Vidic agent dismisses talk of career ending injury

Manchester United club captain Nemanja Vidic still has a career at Old Trafford despite concerns over his serious knee injury, according to The Daily Mail. The Serbian suffered the problem in the 2-1 loss to Basle at the start of the month. That defeat in Switzerland, which knocked United out of the Champions League, was compounded by the news that Vidic would be out until the end of the season. Vidic is expected to have surgery later this week and could be out for up to a year after rupturing…

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Jones eyes Man Utd return against Blackburn

Phil Jones is eyeing a return to the Manchester United side against former side Blackburn on Saturday following a facial injury, manutd.com reports. The defender suffered the blow in a collision with Fulham forward Clint Dempsey and was expected to return to action on Boxing Day against Wigan. Jones then suffered with illness, but has recovered and is back in contention for a place against Blackburn. The 19 year old moved from Ewood Park to Old Trafford this summer and admits it will be ‘very weird’ to play the child…

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Man Utd driven by season failings says Valencia

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has revealed how the club are driven on by their Champions League and Carling Cup agony, The Sun reports. The Ecuadorian international was deployed at right back for United’s 5-0 Boxing Day win over Wigan. United made it to last season’s Champions League final, but failed to make it past the group stages this season as they were dumped out in Switzerland by Basel. Those frustrations were enhanced by their shock upset to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup. United have taken…

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Liverpool linked with Porto defender

Porto defender Jorge Fucile is being touted as a January signing for Liverpool as they look to improve their defence, according to The Daily Mail. The 27 year old can operate at either fullback position and has been capped 34 times for Uruguay. Liverpool already have two Uruguayan players in their ranks with Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates. Fucile may be interested in not only a move to the Premier League, but a move with his compatriots. Suarez and Coates have told the Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish that Fucile would…

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Suarez banned for Fulham gesture

Luis Suarez will miss Liverpool’s game on Friday night against Newcastle United after being handed a one-match ban, The Guardian reports. Suarez made an inappropriate gesture to Fulham fans during the 1-0 loss earlier this month. The Uruguayan is already facing an eight game ban subject to Liverpool’s appeal for his racist abuse towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. Suarez has been fined £20,000 for the gesture and the Football Association have warned him over his future conduct. The Uruguayan admitted the charge against him for the gesture at Craven…

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