Eto’o to complete Chelsea move and be reunited with Mourinho

Samuel Eto’o is set to complete his move to Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala, ESPN has reported, and be reunited with Jose Mourinho after the pair were together at Inter, winning the Champions League in 2010. The European crown came as part of an historic treble, with Mourinho’s Inter also claiming the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia. Mourinho left for Real Madrid shortly after the Champions League was added to the trophy cabinet while Eto’o joined Anzhi in 2011, becoming the highest-paid player in the world in the process.…

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Villas-Boas hopes England take care of Tottenham winger Townsend

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has revealed he hopes England manager Roy Hodgson takes better care of Andros Townsend than he has the most recent Tottenham call-ups, Sky Sports has reported. Townsend was named in the party to play Moldova and Ukraine in World Cup qualifiers in September but Villas-Boas has said he is concerned over Townsend’s involvement after the experiences of past Tottenham players. The Portuguese added that a number of his players have been brought in to the England set-up before they are guaranteed a place for…

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Hull resume interest in Arsenal outcast Bendtner

Premier League new boys Hull are to resurrect their interest in signing Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, the Daily Mirror has reported, with manager Steve Bruce a long-time admirer of the Denmark international. Bruce has twice signed Bendtner on loan – first for Birmingham City, then Sunderland – and wanted to bring the 25-year-old to Hull on a permanent basis this summer. A £3m fee was agreed between the clubs but the move broke down over Bendtner’s wages – he is paid £50,000 per week at Arsenal. But Bruce is willing…

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Baines open to Man Utd move but won’t ask to leave Everton

Leighton Baines is willing to join Premier League champions Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph has reported, but will not ask to leave Everton out of respect for his current club. Everton are said to be confident of keeping hold of the England left-back after the transfer window closes next Monday, with a series of offers from United falling well short of the club’s £18m valuation. It is expected that United will baulk at meeting the price of the 28-year-old because of his age, and former Everton manager David Moyes, who…

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Chelsea would never sell Mata to Tottenham, says Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed his admiration for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata but feels there is no chance of the Spain international moving to White Hart Lane, Sky Sports has reported, as the Blues would not allow Mata to move to a rival for the Premier League title. Mata has been continually linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer and was left on the bench during Chelsea’s goalless draw with Manchester United on Monday, which despite Jose Mourinho’s insistence that Mata was not fully…

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Gerrard rues Liverpool extra time ahead of Man Utd match

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted his team could have done without the added strain of extra time during their Capital One Cup win over Notts County just days before they host Manchester United in the Premier League at Anfield, Sky Sports has reported. The Reds took a two-goal lead early in the game through Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge but County fought back in the second-half to level the scores after 90 minutes. Liverpool rallied to net twice in extra time but the win came at a cost, with…

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Di Maria and Ozil turn down Arsenal moves to fight for Real Madrid places

Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil have resolved to stay at Real Madrid and fight for their places even after the club sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mail has reported, turning down the chance to move to the Premier League with Arsenal. Di Maria, a winger, and playmaker Ozil were widely considered to be the players Madrid would sacrifice in order to recoup some of the world record outlay on the Wales international, but they have each publically stated they intend to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu…

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Newcastle take striker chase back to Ba and Gomis

Newcastle have turned their attention back to striking duo Bafetmibi Gomis and Demba Ba. Lyon forward Gomis was the source of interest earlier in the summer for Alan Pardew and now it is claimed that the Magpies are one of three Premier League clubs to be keen on Ba. ESPN are reporting that the St James’s Park outfit are desperate to bolster their attacking options after failing to score in both of their opening Premier League matches this season. The club’s previous interest in Gomis was ended after negotiations stalled…

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Willian completes Chelsea move

Sky Sports have confirmed that Chelsea have completed the £25.5m signing of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala. The Brazilian will join the Stamford Bridge outfit after signing a five-year deal and will wear the No 22 shirt. The 25-year-old has told the Chelsea website “I am very happy to be here and I am looking forward to playing under one of the best managers in the world.” Willian was on the verge of signing for Tottenham before the Blues pounced to get their man. The attacking midfielder was also thought to…

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Bale could join Madrid very soon, reveals Tottenham boss Villas-Boas

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that Gareth Bale may receive a fine for not turning up to training – and the Portuguese boss also confirmed that Bale will leave White Hart Lane “very soon,” Sky Sports has reported. Villas-Boas clarified that the reason behind the lag in negotiations between the two clubs for the Wales international is because of on-going contract talks. Reports over the last few days had claimed that the 24-year-old was furious with Spurs for the delay in talks. It was then claimed that the versatile…

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Can top Premier League sides match Europe’s elite this term?

After a poor showing in last year’s Champions League the pedigree of English clubs on the European stage was called into question. This season has seen major upheaval in the country’s top sides but the question mark still hangs over their chances in the competition this time around. Premier League winners Manchester United have seen David Moyes appointed manager and the expectations on the Scotsman will be like nothing he has experienced before. There is undoubted quality in the side but the failure to add any star players will quietly…

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McParland praises Rodgers for giving Liverpool youth a chance

Liverpool’s Academy Director Frank McParland has lauded manager Brendan Rodgers for his willingness to introduce young players in the first team squad at Anfield, Sky Sports. McParland has been involved with the Anfield club’s junior set-up for the past two decades, witnessing Liverpool’s home-grown talent step up to make their mark. Players the 54-year–old McParland has overseen at Liverpool have included club legends Michael Owen and captain Steven Gerrard. And McParland says that he has been particularly impressed by Rodgers’ keenness to include young talent since the Northern Irishman’s move…

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West Brom boss Clarke wants Anelka situation resolved

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke says that he is anxious to have talks with Nicolas Anelka over the Frenchman’s future with the club, according to ESPN. The 34-year-old left training last week following the death of his agent, Eric Manasse, and the striker reportedly told Clarke that he wanted to quit playing football in the wake of the news. The Baggies’ attacking ranks were further depleted during Tuesday’s 3-0 Capital One Cup triumph over Newport County when Matej Vydra left the match with a hamstring problem. Clarke states that…

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Tottenham winger Bale named in Wales squad

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has been included in Chris Coleman’s Wales squad ahead of their two World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia early next month, reports Sky Sports. The 24-year-old has been the topic of on-going transfer speculation over a possible move to the Bernabeu to Real Madrid, although no deal with Tottenham has been agreed yet with the midfielder said to be “furious” over the delay. Bale, last season’s PFA Players’ Player of the Year, after scoring 21 Premier League goals during the season, has yet to…

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Mata was rested not dropped for Man Utd match, says Chelsea boss Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has again insisted Juan Mata will not be allowed to leave Chelsea in the transfer window, Sky Sports has reported, with the manager explaining his thinking behind not calling on the Spain international for the goalless draw with Premier League champions Manchester United. Both United and Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for the two-time Chelsea player of the year, with the speculation appearing to be lent authority by Mata’s non-involvement in the Monday evening fixture. But Mourinho denied he was willing to sell Mata, saying:…

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Hodgson: No agreement with Arsenal on Wilshere’s England call-up

England manager Roy Hodgson has denied reaching an agreement with his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger over Jack Wilshere’s involvement in the national team’s World Cup qualifiers, Sky Sports has reported, with Hodgson insisting he will use the midfielder as he sees fit against Moldova and Ukraine. Wenger had previously said he hopes Wilshere is used sparingly as he is still recovering full fitness following his lengthy and well-documented injury lay-offs. Wilshere was not included for Arsenal’s Premier League win over Fulham last weekend, but he did play the full match…

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Cabaye move to Arsenal not guaranteed, says Newcastle boss Pardew

It is far from certain that Yohan Cabaye will get his move from Newcastle United to Arsenal, the Magpies’ manager Alan Pardew has said, despite the Daily Telegraph reporting that the France midfielder will not play for the club in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening. Newcastle travel to League Two side Morecambe without Cabaye, although Pardew is said to have told the player he should be involved against Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday. It is not likely that he will be, however. Cabaye has essentially gone…

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Arsenal rivalling Tottenham for Chelsea outcast Mata

Arsenal appear to have stolen a march on Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Juan Mata from Chelsea, the Daily Mail has reported, after the Spain international’s father – also his agent – watched the Gunners qualify for the Champions League group stage by beating Fenerbahce on Tuesday. Mata was an unused substitute for Chelsea’s goalless draw with Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday and has been linked with departing Stamford Bridge for much of the summer – indeed, the Mail first reported the Gunners’ interest in…

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Liverpool turn to PSG’s Sakho to ease injury worries

Brendan Rodgers will look to sign Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain in an effort to add more options to the Liverpool defence, the Daily Mail has reported. The Reds however face competition for Sakho from Barcelona, the newspaper claims. Sakho is a France international with 14 caps to his name and came through the PSG academy, making his first team bow in 2007 as a 17-year-old, going on to captain the club later that same season and becoming the youngest skipper in the club’s history. To date, Sakho has made…

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Chelsea hope to have Eto’o signed this week

Chelsea are confident of completing a move to sign Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o this week, the Daily Mail has reported, with the former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter player to join as part of the deal that brings Willian to Stamford Bridge. Eto’o will sign an initial one-year contract with Chelsea as part of Willian’s £32m move from Russia, and will reunite with Jose Mourinho after the pair enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Inter between 2009 and 2011, winning the Serie A title and the Champions League. The 32-year-old…

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Tottenham waiting on Lamela before confirming Bale exit

Tottenham Hotspur will only sanction Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid once they have wrapped up the transfer of Roma forward Erik Lamela, the Daily Telegraph has reported. And in turn, Roma will only allow Lamela to move to the Premier League club once they have captured Fiorentina’s Adem Ljajic. Spurs will pay around £30m for Lamela, but Roma will not allow the Argentina international to leave until they have Ljaijc signed and sealed. There is also a theory growing in support that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will delay Bale’s…

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Arsenal forward Podolski facing three weeks out

Arsene Wenger will be without Germany forward Lukas Podolski for three weeks after Podolski suffered a hamstring injury during Arsenal’s Champions League win over Fenerbahce, the Daily Mail has reported. Podolski had to be substituted after picking up the injury in the first minute of the second-half of the Gunners’ 2-0 win on the night, with both goals coming from Aaron Ramsey. The victory completed a 5-0 aggregate rout of the Turkish team after a 3-0 away win in Istanbul. Wenger said after the match: “We paid a heavy price…

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Man Utd to offer Rooney new contract

Wayne Rooney will be offered a new contract by Manchester United, the Daily Mail has reported, providing the England international maintains the level of commitment to the club shown in the past few days. Rooney had been a summer-long transfer target for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea having grown unsettled at his current club. But after Rooney started the meeting between the sides on Monday evening, entering an impressive, hard-working performance, Mourinho said Rooney had to make up his mind on leaving Old Trafford for Stamford Bridge. It was reported on…

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Barkley and Townsend named in England squad

Everton teenager Ross Barkley and Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend have been named by Roy Hodgson in the England squad for the World Cup qualification double-header against Moldova and Ukraine, the FA’s official website has confirmed. Rickie Lambert is included in the group after scoring on his international debut against Scotland while Fraser Foster, the Celtic goalkeeper, returns to the fold in place of West Brom’s Ben Foster, who picked up a serious injury against Everton on Saturday. Daniel Sturridge has also been recalled after suffering an injury playing for…

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Liverpool winger Assaidi having Stoke medical

Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi is having a medical at Stoke City ahead of season-long loan move to the Britannia Stadium, Sky Sports has reported. Assaidi was brought to Anfield by Brendan Rodgers from Heerenveen but has always been on the fringes of the first team, with appearances often limited to the Europa League. Indeed, he has not started a Premier League game for the Reds. A number of clubs have been rumoured to be interested in the 25-year-old Moroccan, and Stoke look to have beaten Queens Park Rangers to his…

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