Suarez hints at Liverpool exit

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has admitted he would be willing to listen should an offer come in from Real Madrid, reports the BBC. The Uruguay forward, who has netted 23 goals in 33 league matches for the Reds in the season just past, also cited his treatment at the hands of the British media as part of the reason for his willingness to leave Anfield. Talking to Radio Sport 890 in his home country, the 26-year-old revealed: “I’m happy at Liverpool thanks to the fans. I have committed an error.…

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Stoke season review – Indifferent campaign sees Pulis depart

Premier League – 13th FA Cup – Fourth round League Cup – Second round If, at the beginning of the 2012-13 season, you had told Stoke City supporters this would be the final one with Tony Pulis in charge, the majority would have scarcely believed it. Indeed, when the Potters impressively dispatched Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day to take their unbeaten streak to nine games – a run that saw Pulis’ defence described by Andre Villas-Boas as the best in Europe – Stoke were just five points…

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England v Republic of Ireland – Match preview and team news

Roy Hodgson has faced a raft of withdrawals and looks set to name a makeshift starting XI as his England side prepare to take on the Republic of Ireland for the first time since an ill-fated abandoned match in Dublin in 1995. In defence, with both Rio Ferdinand and John Terry now retired from international football, while Chris Smalling is out through injury, two of Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones and Joleon Lescott will make up the central-defence. Ashley Cole will start at left-back ahead of Leighton Baines and…

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Santos makes Arsenal return after Gremio loan

Football365.com has confirmed that defender Andre Santos will be returning to Arsenal. The left-back, often criticised by experts and supporters on social media websites for his consistently poor performances, moved on loan to Gremio in February. However the Brazilian club can’t afford to make the move permanent and have ended their interest in signing the player in a full-time capacity. Gremio’s director of football Marcos Chitolina said: “We signed Andre Santos for (the) Copa Libertadores and his contract expires in July. “It would be too expensive for Gremio to renew…

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Chelsea up interest in Arsenal target Jovetic

The transfer battle to acquire Fiorentina’s star man Stevan Jovetic is hotting up. This morning, the Daily Express is reporting Chelsea have lodged an interest to purchase the Montenegro attacker. Jovetic is likely to be leaving Florence this summer, and Fiorentina have slapped a £25m price tag on him, which is stalling a potential move to Arsenal. It is no secret the Gunners are in the market for a new striker, and they were hoping to do a cut-price deal. However, Chelsea now could be about to stump up the…

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Jackson Martinez on the Spurs striking shortlist

Colombian striker Jackson Martinez has been targeted by Tottenham, as Andre Villas-Boas looks to splash the cash out on at least two extra frontmen for the club. The Independent says the Portuguese manager wants to bring in more players, despite missing out on Champions League football again. Injuries to Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor’s inconsistency during the last campaign have forced AVB into the market, and he has identified Martinez as a viable option. He finished top scorer in the Portuguese league with 26 goals, helping FC Porto edge out…

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Ambitious Monaco land Carvalho

AS Monaco continue to add to their squad on a daily basis. As indicated by the Daily Express, they have now signed veteran defender Ricardo Carvalho. Carvalho will move to the newly promoted French side on a free transfer. His contract at Real Madrid expired next month. He adds to Monaco’s new power to bring some of the best talent to France. Over £110m has already been splashed out on the FC Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, plus goal king Falcao from Atletico Madrid. Victor Valdes is expected…

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Skrtel stay likely despite Arsenal link says agent

The agent of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has dismissed rumours that he is looking at a move away from Anfield. In an interview on Tuesday in Slovakia, the centre back expressed his disapproval at losing his starting place at the club to Jamie Carragher in the second half of the last campaign, and was considering his future. Arsenal have been the latest club mentioned to be weighing up make an offer for the 28-year-old, but Skrtel’s agent has told Italian media outlets that a move anywhere is unlikely, especially to…

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Liverpool target Eriksen close to Dortmund deal

Borussia Dortmund have already started to plan for next season after their Wembley heartache, and look set to add Christian Eriksen to their squad. Targeted by Manchester United, Barcelona and Liverpool, the youngster seems to be nearing a £10m move to Dortmund, according to talkSPORT. The 21-year-old is among Europe’s leading stars, and has progressed brilliantly at Ajax, who have a habit for developing star youngsters which have included Dennis Bergkamp, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert in their glorious past. Eriksen will fill the void that is being left vacated…

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Kondogbia coy on Arsenal interest

One of Europe’s most prominent youngsters could be on his way to these shores, according to ESPN. 20-year-old Geoffrey Kondogbia admits he is flattered to be linked with a move to London, with Premier League duo Chelsea and Arsenal seeing great potential in the French youth international. Kondogbia currently plays for Sevilla in La Liga, and has had an excellent debut season with the Spaniards, receiving admiring comments from Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger. Although happy at his current club, having signed a five-year deal last year with the Seville side,…

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Newcastle United season review – Investment must follow poor season for Magpies

Premier League – 16th FA Cup – Third Round League Cup – Third Round Europa League – Quarter-Final The 2012/13 Premier League season was not one of joy for Newcastle United, constantly looking over their shoulders as they were dragged into a lengthy relegation scarp. The club boasted the largest injury list of the league for much of the season, desperately missing influential French duo Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye for long periods. Couple with this the sale of star striker Demba Ba for a minimal fee due to…

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Kolo Toure to join Liverpool

Liverpool have completed their first business of the summer transfer window, bringing Kolo Toure to Anfield. The club’s official website has confirmed an agreement has been reached between the player and the Merseysiders. He will officially be registered by Liverpool on July 1 when his current contract expires with Manchester City. The 32-year-old will be seen as a natural replacement for club legend Jamie Carragher, and his experience will aid the club’s youngsters. In fact, his arrival is a rare change in style by Brendan Rodgers and the Fenway Sport…

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Will David Moyes Make a Shock Move for Cesc Fabregas?

How do you take over from a manager with the stature of Sir Alex Ferguson? David Moyes may look to make a marquee signing to start the ball rolling. The transfer rumour mill has been in overload since the end of the season but one rumour that is really starting to gain momentum is the possibility of Cesc Fabregas heading to Man Utd. The rumours of a shock £25 million pound for the midfielder would be a real sign of intent from Moyes. There are a number of reasons for…

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Martinez to leave Wigan ahead of Everton talks

Robert Martinez has left Wigan Athletic and is free to hold talks with Everton over replacing David Moyes, reports BBC Sport. The 39-year-old had a meeting with Wigan owner Dave Whelan and informed him of his desire to leave the club after four seasons in charge at the DW Stadium. “Roberto wanted permission to move so I’ve given that,” said Whelan. “He feels he’s not the man to lead us back into the Premier League. I’ve got to accept what he feels.” Whelan also confirmed that Everton had made an…

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Mancini open to Italy return after Man City exit

Roberto Mancini says he is open to the possibility of making a return to managing in Serie A after leaving Manchester City, according to Sky Sports. The 48-year-oldboss was dismissed by the Etihad Stadium hierarchy earlier his month, following a 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final which consigned City to a season without major silverware. His sacking brought an end to three-and-a-years as City manager which saw the club compete in the Champions League, pick up its first league title in 44 years as well as…

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Liverpool forward Borini included in Italy U-21s

Sky Sports has revealed that Liverpool forward Fabio Borini has been chosen to take part in Italy’s Under-21 squad for this summer’s European Championship campaign. Borini is one five players in the squad with senior first-team experience. The Italian made five starting and eight substitute appearances in his debut Premier League season at Anfield since joining the club from Roma last summer. And Italy Under-21 coach Devis Mangia, who included Borini in his initial 28-man squad, has kept the forward in the 23-man party which will set out to Israel…

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Cavani happy at Napoli despite interest from Chelsea and Man City

Despite being linked with a move to the Premier League, Edinson Cavani says he is only concerned with playing for Napoli, reports the ESPN website. Following an impressive goal scoring year, the 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from Italy to the Premier League with Manchester City and Chelsea both mentioned, along with possible moves to other top European clubs including Real Madrid. The Uruguayan forward scored 29 goals for Napoli in Serie A this campaign, which saw them finish runners-up, as well as netting seven goals in…

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Scottish Premier League season review – A season for surprise packages despite Celtic dominance

Champions – Celtic Scottish Cup – Celtic League Cup – St Mirren Promoted – Partick Thistle Relegated – Dundee It surely has to go down as one of the oddest seasons in the Scottish Premier League. A top-flight without Rangers. Both Highland clubs almost reaching Europe. And the country’s so-called third club almost going to the wall. The only thing predictable was Celtic becoming champions again – which they did at a canter – however that does not tell the whole story of the 2012/2013 campaign. With no serious contenders…

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Skrtel annoyed by lack of Liverpool action

In an interview in with a publication in native Slovakia, Martin Skrtel has confessed to his unhappiness at Liverpool, and is seriously considering his long-term future at Anfield. The Daily Mirror has reported the central defender was annoyed by the fact he seemed to take the biggest flak from manager Brendan Rodgers for the shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Oldham in January. The 28-year-old has a terrible day at Boundary Park, and was physically overawed by Oldham striker Matt Smith, who scored twice in the Latics’ 3-2…

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Lyon want Gervinho on loan from Arsenal

Arsenal winger Gervinho is a target for French heavyweights Lyon, says Metro, but only on a temporary basis. The Ivorian has not had a spectacular time at the Gunenrs since the north Londoners splashed out £10.8m for him from Lille in 2011. Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are both admirers of the player, who often plays on the wing of a standard 4-3-3 formation. However Lyon, who secured a shot at returning to the Champions League after a season away at the weekend, have enquired about the availability of the 25-year-old. With…

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Laudrup’s agent confirms Swansea stay

According to BBC Sport, Swansea City fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief as Michael Laudrup will be staying at the Liberty Stadium. That is what the Dane’s agent Bayram Tutumulu has said on Tuesday, although he did admit Laudrup has received offers to manage elsewhere around Europe. The former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder has been high on Everton’s shortlist to succeed David Moyes, and has also been linked with the jobs at Chelsea and his former club Real in recent months. However, Tutumulu said: “Michael Laudrup, just…

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Jagielka praises departed Everton boss Moyes

Everton’s Phil Jagielka has given David Moyes a glowing reference as he prepares for a new challenge at Manchester United. The Scot will officially start work at Old Trafford on July 1, and Jagielka has insisted his confidence and abilities as a defender have improved under the guidance of Moyes. He said to Sky Sports: “David Moyes gave me a chance to play at a higher level, coached me to a better level and helped my game progress. “Over the last six years he has taken me from possibly being…

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Hughes edging closer to Stoke post

The Daily Mirror has revealed Mark Hughes is edging closer to returning to football management with Stoke City. The Potters made an approach late last week, and it is understood more weekend negotiations between the two parties mean his appointment at the Britannia Stadium is all but a formality. In fact, the former Manchester United striker is hopeful of getting the deal sealed by the end of the week. Stoke relieved Tony Pulis of his duties last week after seven years at the club, and it looks like his countryman…

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Holloway admits Crystal Palace face tough Premier League future

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has told BBC Sport that it will be a tough challenge to keep the Eagles in the Premier League next season. Despite being relegation favourites at the start of the Championship season, the London club have been in the top six since mid-September, and sealed their return to the top flight on Monday with a play-off final victory over Watford when 39-year-old Kevin Phillips came off the bench to smash home the winning penalty in the 1-0 victory at Wembley Stadium. Holloway said: “It all…

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Weimann set to remain at Aston Villa

Andreas Weimann’s future will be tied up this week, and he will be staying for the short-term at least with Aston Villa. ESPN has reported that a new contract is likely to be offered to the Austria international, who became a pivotal member of the young squad that stayed in the Premier League after a bleak winter period. Weimann’s performances were excellent throughout, and he scored 12 goals in all competitions. He looks set to be rewarded with a new three-year deal. Manager Paul Lambert has been impressed with the…

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