Everton and Fulham on alert as Sivok released

Everton and Fulham are thought to be in the hunt for Beskitas player Tomas Sivok after the Turkish club released him. The Daily Mail are reporting that the two Premier League clubs are keen on the Czech defender, especially as he is available on a free transfer. Sivok has been known to play in both holding midfield as well as at the heart of defense. He played 98 league games for Beskitas since signing in 2008 and managed to get himself 8 goals in that time. Making his debut for…

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Gareth Bale out of Team GB squad

Gareth Bale looks set to miss out on a place in the Team GB squad for the Olympics in London. The BBC are reporting that the Welshman will miss the event after he aggravated an old back injury in training this week. Bale was expected to be one of the star names in Stuart Pearce’s squad, but now it seems he won’t be available for selection. The 22-year-old will be disheartened to realise he won’t be available for London 2012, after publicly expressing his intentions to compete for a unified…

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No Man Utd or Spurs bids for Moutinho

Porto are yet to receive contact from any club for Joao Moutinho and have dismissed any interest as just speculation. Reported by the Metro, the Portuguese champions have refuted claims that Manchester United or Tottenham have made a bid for their star midfielder. The club’s president, Pinto da Costa, has spoken out against the transfer talk surrounding his player, he said: “A bid for Moutinho? It’s an invention of the newspapers to sell more copies.” It is still thought though that there will be contact made for the player after…

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Arsenal’s Wilshere the blueprint for England, says Southgate

Gareth Southgate has called on English football to produce five or six players the quality of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in every new generation of players rather than one or two, ESPN has reported. In the aftermath of England’s exit from Euro 2012 there has been much discussion over the future of English football and the way in which young players are developed and Southgate, who is the Football Association’s head of elite development, has said England are simply not producing players of a high enough standard and putting too…

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Newcastle told to pay over the odds for Twente’s de Jong

Newcastle United have been warned it will take a substantial fee to sign FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong, the Northern Echo has reported. De Jong is said to be Newcastle’s main transfer priority this summer and a delegation is in the Netherlands in order to conduct negotiations for the 21-year-old. The club has already made a £6.5m offer for de Jong this summer but Twente quickly rejected that amount, instead holding out for a fee closer to €15m. There is also interest from German side Borussia Monchengladbach. Twente are…

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Redknapp believes Tottenham should be title challengers

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes the club should be challenging for the Premier League title in the coming season, with the Daily Telegraph claiming Redknapp is putting the pressure on his likely replacement, ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas. Redknapp was sacked by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in early June after speculation over his future regarding a proposed new contract that never arrived. Spurs do not yet have a replacement confirmed but Villas-Boas, the 34-year-old Portuguese who was appointed and then sacked by Chelsea last season is widely expected to…

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Man Utd step up pursuit of Everton’s Baines

Manchester United will step up their pursuit of Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines after Sir Alex Ferguson missed out on Spain’s Jordi Alba, who has signed for Barcelona after leaving Valencia, the Manchester Evening News has reported. Ferguson is said to be looking for a left-back who can challenge Patrice Evra for his place in the side after the Red Devils captain endured a season of mediocre form and fell out of favour on the international scene, losing his place in the France side to Manchester City’s Gael Clichy.…

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Chelsea favourites to sign Tottenham’s Modric

Chelsea will beat Real Madrid to the signing of Tottenham Hotspur’s Luka Modric with an offer close to £40m, according to the Daily Express, while the owner of the Champions League winners, Roman Abramovich, views the Croatia international as a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard. The Express adds that while Modric had appeared to favour a move to Madrid that transfer has collapsed after the Spanish club were only able to offer around £20m for the 26-year-old. Chelsea are willing to pay £36m for the services of Modric, with the…

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Man Utd to play Barcelona in pre-season tour

Manchester United and Barcelona will face each other in a friendly match in Gothenburg this coming August. The BBC have reported that the two sides – who both finished runners up in their respective leagues – will play each other for the second pre-season in a row as part of Manchester United’s world tour. The two sides have met a number of times of the last five years, specifically in two Champions League finals that saw Barcelona run out winners on both occasions. But in last year’s friendly, the Premier…

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Fulham target Spurs outcast Bentley

Fulham are willing to give David Bentley a chance to revive is floundering career after a number of years in the shadows at Tottenham and a season of injuries at West Ham. The Daily Mail are reporting that Martin Jol is lining up a bid for the right sided player either on a loan deal or for a small fee. After finding his first team opportunities limited, Bentley found himself a loan deal at West Ham in the Championship after a short spell in the same season at Birmingham. But…

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Guti tells Real Madrid to forget Modric and target David Silva

Real Madrid legend Guti has claimed Luka Modric doesn’t deserve to play for Real Madrid suggesting, instead, that David Silva would be a better more suitable signing. Reported by ESPN, the Spanish midfielder has said that Modric wouldn’t add enough to the La Liga champions, lacking the star power to succeed. He said: “He hasn’t even been the key man for Tottenham. I don’t think he’s done enough to play for Madrid. I would go for David Silva in this position. He’s ideal for Real Madrid: young, talented with potential,…

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Arsenal to consider Denilson Sao Paulo loan repeat

Sao Paulo are hoping to keep Arsenal midfielder Denilson on loan for another season. The Daily Mail have reported that the Brazilian side can’t afford the £6 million transfer fee for the 24-year-old and are hoping, due to his lack of first team opportunities in North London, that they will be able to keep him for another year on loan. The vice-president of Sao Paulo, Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes, has spoken publicly about the clubs desire to keep Denilson for as long as possible, he said: “Arsenal’s staff want…

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Chelsea to battle Napoli for Pereira

Chelsea will have to overcome competition from Serie A side Napoli if they are to make Alvaro Pereira their latest signing of the summer, the Daily Express has reported. Pereira, currently with Portuguese side Porto, was linked with a move to Chelsea a year ago when ex-Porto Coach Andre Villas-Boas took over at Stamford Bridge but the transfer never went through. Pereira duly signed a new contract to stay with Porto but is said to have made it clear he would like to leave the club this summer. Chelsea’s interest…

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Liverpool turn to Wigan forward Moses

Liverpool hope to make Wigan Athletic forward Victor Moses their first signing of the summer after apparently missing out on Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson to Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mail has reported. Moses, 21, has already been the subject of a £4m offer from Chelsea this summer but with Sigurdsson appearing to favour a move to White Hart Lane over the chance to follow Brendan Rodgers to Anfield, Rodgers is ready to enter the bidding for the Nigerian attacker. The Wigan player has a year remaining on his contract but…

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Villas-Boas to make Moutinho and Sturridge first Tottenham signings

Andre Villas-Boas is expected to be named as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager next week and will make signing Porto and Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho and Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge his first priorities, the Evening Standard has reported. Moutinho could be brought to White Hart Lane as a replacement for Luka Modric, who is wanted by Chelsea and Real Madrid and could be sold this summer for £40m or more, the newspaper adds. Villas-Boas was the Coach at Porto when Moutinho was signed from Sporting Lisbon in 2010 and had…

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Paris Saint-Germain latest suitors for Arsenal’s van Persie

Paris Saint-Germain have joined the long list of parties interested in the outcome of contract negotiations between Arsenal and Robin van Persie, as the oil-money-fuelled French side consider an offer for the Gunners captain, the Daily Mail has reported. The Mail adds PSG have made an enquiry into van Persie’s status via their sporting director, former Brazil and Milan midfielder Leonardo, only to have their interest rebuffed early in the summer. However, as the lack of clarity over van Persie’s contractual situation continues, Paris Saint-Germain’s interested has not waned. Manchester…

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Chelsea trailing Modric as Madrid interest wanes

Luka Modric remains a target for Champions League winners Chelsea but interest in the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder from Real Madrid has lessened over the last week, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The newspaper adds that Tottenham are prepared for Modric to leave this summer but chairman Daniel Levy will not let the 26-year-old leave for anything less than what he believes is his full value. The Telegraph claims Spurs will not accept less than £50m for the Croatia international. Chelsea were dogged pursuers of Modric a year ago, having a…

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Germany 1-2 Italy: SuperMario sends Azzurri into Euro final

Germany 1: Ozil 90+1’Italy 2: Balotelli 20’, 36’ Earlier this week, Mario Balotelli was asked by journalists why he doesn’t celebrate when he scores for Italy. In reply, the roguish striker allegedly said: “I’m doing my job. When a postman delivers letters, does he celebrate?” It’s an interesting and typically witty comment for him to make, but by the end of Thursday’s semi-final against Germany, Balotelli was the only man doing the delivering. Rarely can it be said that the German football team didn’t have history on its side. But…

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Germany vs Italy – Match preview and team news

Germany vs Italy will contest the second and last semi-final tonight, the winner knowing that they have the current World and European champions, Spain, waiting in the final. The Italians have had less time to prepare for their showdown with the Germans, only sealing their fate on Sunday after a grueling 120 minutes against England in which they finally won the game in a penalty shoot out. Germany made it here in grandiose fashion, beating Greece 4-2 in their most comfortable game of the tournament so far, after progressing through…

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Barcelona to sign Spain defender Jordi Alba

Barcelona have agreed a deal to bring Valencia left back Jordi Alba to the Nou Camp. A report from Reuters has suggested that the 23-year-old will make the move after Euro 2012, following a medical – according to the official Barcelona twitter feed. Alba is a graduate of the Barcelona youth academy however he was released in 2005. After a couple of seasons developing through the ranks of UE Cornella he was spotted and signed by La Liga side Valencia where he finished off his youth days and was eventually…

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Italy Euro 2012 Focus – Pirlo ready to inspire again

Italy face Germany on Thursday in the second Euro 2012 semi-final with the winners facing defending champions Spain in Sunday’s final. For Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, widely venerated for his display in the quarter-final, it is an opportunity to turn that praise into something more tangible. It is six years since Pirlo tasted success at international level as part of the Italy side that won the World Cup on penalties against France. Then of Milan, Pirlo scored a spot kick in the shootout, although not one of the insouciance as…

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Vertonghen Tottenham move stalls

Jan Vertonghen’s proposed transfer to Tottenham appears to have stalled and is on the verge of collapse according to the player. The Daily Mail have reported that the Belgian defender is conceding that his big money move to White Hart Lane is unlikely to go ahead due to contractual problems, of which the contents were leaked last week. He said: “As it looks now, I’ll be at Ajax on July 2. I’m hoping for a solutin, but I’m not expecting a solution. I have one advantage: Ajax have got a…

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Beckham not part of Team GB Olympics squad

Stuart Pearce has opted against taking former England captain David Beckham to the Olympic games. Reports have confirmed that the Team Great Britain football coach has chosen to take Craig Bellamy, Ryan Giggs and Micah Richards as his three allocated players that are over the age threshold. It was thought that Beckham would be apart of the Team GB set up after he was so prominent in the initial Olympic bid, helping to secure the games for London 2012. The L.A. Galaxy player has already spoken about the squad, he…

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Cardiff want to re-sign Liverpool’s Bellamy

Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy could be set for a return to Cardiff City after the Welsh side admitted they want to re-sign their former loan player, Wales Online has reported. Bellamy spent a year online with the Championship side in 2010-11 after falling out of favour at Manchester City, scoring 11 goals in his 35 appearances. But a permanent move did not materialise, with Bellamy instead joining Liverpool on a free transfer last summer, his second spell at Anfield after spending a year in red between 2006 and 2007. The…

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Why Jack Wilshere may have made all the difference against Italy

The more things change, the more they stay the same. England may have endured the misery of yet another penalty shoot out failure, but it could have been so much worse. Had Italy shown more composure and cutting edge in front of goal, the end result may have resembled England’s 4-1 drubbing against Germany at the last World Cup. Despite a bright start, England soon ceded control to the Azzurri, who ended the match with 68% of possession, 469 more passes and 28 more attempts at goal. England sacrificed width…

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