Tottenham sign Liverpool target Dempsey

Tottenham Hotspur have swooped to sign Fulham forward Clint Dempsey late in the transfer window after the United States international’s move to Liverpool broke down when the clubs were unable to agree a fee. The Guardian reports that Tottenham and Fulham have come to an arrangement over the deal, with Dempsey reportedly at the Spurs training ground to finalise the move. Liverpool had made a formal offer for Dempsey but it was rejected by Fulham, who had previously accepted an offer for the player from Aston Villa earlier on Friday.…

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Oviedo signs in at Everton

Everton have made their fourth signing of the transfer window, drafting in FC Kobenhavn full-back Bryan Oviedo for what the BBC claims is a fee in the region of £5m. The price is officially undisclosed but Oviedo has signed a four-year contract. The 22-year-old is a left-sided player capable of playing in midfield or defence and joins Steven Pienaar, Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas as new arrivals in David Moyes’ squad. Oviedo, a Costa Rica international, has 13 caps for his country to his name and twice won the Danish…

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Ramirez completes Southampton move

Premier League new boys Southampton have completed the signing of Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez, the BBC has reported. Southampton’s official website added that the deal to sign Ramirez was completed more than a week ago bar a few small details, while the club also had to wait for a work permit to be granted to the Uruguayan international. Southampton also claim they fought off competition from around Europe for the player’s signature. The 21-year-old moves to the St Mary’s Stadium for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract. Ramirez had…

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Dempsey move from Fulham to Liverpool in doubt

The transfer of United States international Clint Dempsey from Fulham to Liverpool may not go ahead as the two Premier League clubs cannot agree a fee, the BBC has reported. Liverpool have made a formal offer for the 29-year-old but it has been flatly rejected by the Cottagers. An agreement between the two sides is said to be unlikely at such a late stage in the transfer window, with the BBC quoting a source from the Anfield club as saying Liverpool are unlikely to make any signings before the 11pm…

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Transfer Deadline Day – Round-up of the latest news

Manchester City have signed Maicon, Scott Sinclair and Richard Wright all for under £10 million according to ESPN. They are speculated to be close to signing Javi Garcia and Matija Nastasic. Whilst Nigel de Jong has left the club for AC Milan. Fulham have confirmed the singing of Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United and Kieran Richardson from Sunderland. The deal for the Bulgarian is a two-year contract according to Sky Sports, the fee thought to be in the region of £5 million. Tottenham have sold Rafael van der Vaart to…

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Chelsea v Atletico Madrid – Super Cup preview and team news

This year’s annual Super Cup contest is the last to be played in Monaco and the Stade Louis II is in line to witness an entertaining contest between two clubs who have started the season in scintillating form. Champions League winners Chelsea have stormed out of the blocks in the Premier League with three straight victories – the catalyst undoubtedly being Eden Hazard. The young Belgian has certainly lived up to his large transfer fee, providing one goal and six assists from Chelsea’s eight goals overall so far this season.…

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Maicon moves to Man City

Manchester City have signed Brazil international full-back Maicon from Serie A side Inter, Sky Sports has confirmed. The transfer has gone through for an undisclosed fee and reunites manager Roberto Mancini with a player he knows well, as the pair worked together during Mancini’s time at the San Siro. Maicon moved to Inter from Monaco in 2006, having arrived in the French league from Brazilian outfit Cruzeiro. While at Inter, Maicon won the Serie A title four times, the Coppa Italia twice, the Champions League once and the World Club…

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Man City complete Sinclair signing

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of winger Scott Sinclair from Swansea for an as yet undisclosed fee, thought to be £6.2million, the BBC reports. Originally moving to south Wales following an unsuccessful spell with Chelsea, Sinclair quickly became a fans’ favourite with the Liberty Stadium faithful. The 23-year-old proved to be an integral part of the Swans side that earned promotion to the Premier League in 2011, and stayed up with relative ease in their debut season. Swansea reportedly turned down an offer of £6.2million for Sinclair, with the…

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Tottenham agree record Moutinho deal

Tottenham have found agreement with Porto for the signing of long-time target Joao Moutinho, for what the Daily Mail reports as a club record fee of £22million. Moutinho has the experience of 48 caps for Portugal, including being an ever-present in their run to the Euro 2012 semi finals, despite his relatively young age of 25. The midfield playmaker has been on Villas-Boas’ radar all summer as he looks to overhaul his Tottenham midfield following the departure of Luka Modric to Real Madrid. Having already brought in Gylfi Sigurdsson and…

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Man City vs QPR – Match preview and team news

Memories will be surrounding the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as Manchester City, reigning Premier League champions, take on Queens Park Rangers. This fixture last season was the game that City dramatically won to bring them their first Premier League triumph. QPR narrowly survived on that day and both sides have taken different paths this season. City have started the season positively with an unbeaten start, but have seemed shaky in a new formation by manager Roberto Mancini. The decision to play three centre-backs is strange, but City have still not…

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Wigan vs Stoke City – Match preview and team news

Wigan may have lost influential attacker Victor Moses to big-spending Chelsea this summer, but they seem to be doing good enough without him and will look to pick up back-to-back wins with a victory over Stoke City at the DW Stadium. Playing Stoke conjures up memories of their last day survival at the Britannia Stadium two seasons ago thanks to Hugo Rodallega’s goal. Wigan are probably set for another survival scrap this campaign and after a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on the opening day, a game in which they performed…

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West Brom vs Everton – Match preview and team news

With both sides making impressive starts to the season, West Brom and Everton meet at the Hawthorns looking to keep their perfect records alive. Steve Clarke’s first managerial job has started well with the Baggies and the experienced David Moyes continues to produce miracles in charge at Goodison Park. Both sides picked up victories in the Capital One Cup in midweek, but it was Everton who were the most impressive, cruising past Leyton Orient with a 5-0 hammering. New signing Kevin Mirallas scored twice and there will be hope that…

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Tottenham vs Norwich – Match preview and team news

Andre Villas-Boas’ will look to get his first victory as Tottenham manager on Saturday. Spurs face Norwich at White Hart Lane, wary of the threat the Canaries pose after Norwich’s 2-1 victory at Spurs towards the end of last season. Spurs were unlucky to lose 2-1 away at Newcastle on the opening day and followed that up with a lacklustre 1-1 draw at home against West Bromwich Albion. Villas-Boas has also lost Luka Modric to Real Madrid and club captain Michael Dawson could still make a move to QPR. Spurs…

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Swansea vs Sunderland – Match preview and team news

Swansea will look to continue their impressive start to the season, which has seen them score eight goals in their opening two games, with victory over Sunderland at the Liberty Stadium. The Black Cats will have to be on form to stop Michael Laudrup’s side, but have their own attacking firepower which could cause problems in South Wales. Martin O’Neill’s side were lucky to scrape a goalless draw from the Emirates Stadium on the opening weekend and were comfortable in their 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Morecambe. New signings…

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West Ham vs Fulham – Match preview and team news

After a poor performance away at Swansea in their last fixture, West Ham United are keen to get back to winning ways in their first season back in the top flight. The Hammers face Fulham at Upton Park with the Cottagers impressing in their opening two encounters. West Ham’s return to the Premier League after a one-year hiatus has started indifferently. An opening day home victory over Aston Villa gave Hammers fans hope, but their performance at the Liberty Stadium left much to be desired. Sam Allardyce will want much…

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Everton Focus – Mirallas stars in League Cup stroll

The feel-good factor around Everton was maintained in midweek with a comprehensive Capital One Cup victory over Leyton Orient, and particularly by the sterling home debut of Kevin Mirallas. Mirallas lined up ostensibly just off centre-forward Victor Anichebe but it soon became clear that he, and a number of his teammates, had a roaming brief. The Belgian was all over the pitch. So too was Magaye Gueye, who had been on the left wing, and Steven Naismith, who started on the right. Leon Osman dictated the play from the centre…

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Manchester City Focus – Blues drawn in Champions League Group of Death

The year 1992 has a lot to answer for. Saccharine, plastic soul masquerading as sass colonised the pop charts. At the cinema, the Bodyguard, Basic Instinct and the execrable Sister Act were sat amongst the year’s highest grossing films, failing to provide the nation respite from John Major’s austere government whose principal aim seemed to be to eradicate fun. Worse still, 1992 was the year that the very fabric of modern football was woven. The advent of the Premier League spawned a new game of football; a gruesome corporate-pleasing, money-chasing,…

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Swansea Focus – Laudrup’s men enjoy perfect start to Premier League season

A rampant start to a Premier League campaign is always what newly appointed managers dream of, but rarely do they actually achieve that dream. It appears as though new Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has kick-started the Welsh club’s second successive top-flight campaign with an almighty bang. A five-goal romp over Queens Park Rangers, managed by Welshman Mark Hughes, recorded the Liberty Stadium outfit’s biggest ever Premier League win and ensured QPR lost their first opening day fixture for seven years. Just a week later, the Swans produced a 3-0…

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Stoke confirm signing of Liverpool midfielder Adam

Stoke City have confirmed the signing of Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam, according to the club’s official website. Adam has signed a four-year contract at the Britannia Stadium after spending only a year at Anfield following a move from Blackpool a year ago. The fee for the Scotland international is officially undisclosed. The 26-year-old completed a medical with the Potters on Friday and agreed personal terms with the club in time to be registered as a Stoke player ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures. Stoke play Wigan Athletic at the…

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Record fee needed to take Moutinho to Tottenham

Joao Moutinho’s proposed move to Tottenham looks to be dead with the player’s club suggesting only a club record deal would see the player heading to North London. Reported by the Daily Mail, Andre Villas-Boas has conceded that Moutinho is unlikely to join Spurs this evening admitting that a player of his quality is not a deal you can just strike. He said: “Porto is an extremely difficult club to deal with. I don’t think he is a player we can afford. I have never hidden that he is a…

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Adam set to leave Liverpool for Stoke

Charlie Adam looks set to leave Liverpool after only one season at Anfield. According to the Daily Mirror the Scottish midfielder is wanted by Everton and Fulham but his most likely destination is Stoke with the Potters already making a £4m bid for the 26-year-old. Signing from Blackpool last year, Adam managed 28 league games for the Reds, scoring twice. He has found himself surplus to requirements this summer with Brendan Rodgers choosing to bring a face he is more familiar with in the form of Joe Allen. There were…

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Fulham accept Aston Villa Dempsey bid

Aston Villa have had a bid of around £7million accepted according to Sky Sports. 29 year old Dempsey, who top scored for Fulham with 23 goals last season, has been the subject of a summer long transfer saga between the Cottagers and Liverpool, where his signing was announced on the Reds’ owners’ website despite Fulham manager Martin Jol insisting a bid had never been made for the forward. The Texan has been left out of Fulham’s opening three games this season after he informed Jol of his desire to leave…

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Fletcher fit for Man Utd return

Darren Fletcher will be fit enough to return to the Manchester United team and is expected to be included in the Champions League squad which must be submitted next Monday. Reported by the Daily Mail, the midfielder looks set to make his return having not played for the first team since last November after he was given extended leave to overcome ulcerative colitis. Fletcher has managed 30 minutes in a friendly against Aberdeen earlier this month and has since played two 90-minute games for the under-21 team in the new…

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Arsenal line-up Essien loan move

Arsenal are looking to feature once again in a surprising transfer story but this time they are on the receiving end. According to the Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger is lining up a loan move for Michael Essien with the Chelsea midfielder currently of the peripheries of the first team at Stamford Bridge. The Ghanaian has failed to regain is place in the Chelsea first eleven after suffering two career threatening knee injuries in back to back seasons and it appears now Roberto Di Matteo and co may be willing to…

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Stoke Focus – Pulis shifts attention to Adam in his search for midfield craft

The transfer window closes tomorrow and the rush is on for Stoke City and manager Tony Pulis as they attempt to bring some much needed fresh blood to the squad. The cut-price signing of defensive midfielder Maurice Edu from crisis-club Rangers has finally been secured but that is unlikely to pacify fans calling for more creativity in the centre of the park. So when news broke on Wednesday night via the the BBC that Stoke had bid £5m for Liverpool’s Charlie Adam, it was music to the ears of Stoke…

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