Lescott considering leaving Man City in January

Joleon Lescott could be set to end his four year stay at Man City after revealing his frustration at “not being given a fair opportunity” to prove himself under the Manuel Pellegrini regime, according to The Guardian. The 31-year-old has even admitted that he would consider a transfer in the January transfer window, citing his belief that he is receiving different treatment from other members of the Man City squad. Lescott’s contract expires at the end of the season and as a result could leave the club for free in…

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Donovan open to third spell at Everton

Landon Donovan has admitted that he misses Merseyside and has opened the door to a third spell at Everton, reports Sky Sports. Donovan previously spent spells at Goodison Park in 2010 and 2012, and with the MLS season now over talks are thought to be at an advanced stage to see the 31-year-old return to Premier League action once again. Donovan – who once stated his unhappiness with then-team-mate David Beckham for seeking loan moves in Europe between MLS seasons – said: “I would absolutely love to go back –…

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Lukaku requested to leave Chelsea before loan move to Everton

Romelu Lukaku requested a transfer prior to leaving Chelsea for his loan spell at Everton, reports The Guardian. The Belgian international has been challenged by Blues boss Jose Mourinho to “tell the world why you left Chelsea” once news of his verbal transfer request prior to the end of September’s transfer deadline broke. The signing of Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala evidently sealed the striker’s fate at Stamford Bridge, as the marquee signing ensured Lukaku would have to compete with the likes of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Eto’o himself…

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Lambert reveals Villa need for on-loan Wigan star Albrighton

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed that the midland outfit were still in need of Marc Albrighton, which was why they recalled the player from his loan spell at Wigan after just a month, writes BBC Sport. With Villa set to face a run of eight games in just 33 days, Lambert felt the need to get the former England U-21 star back to Villa Park to add a bit of depth to help ease the burden on the current first teamers. Lambert was keen to praise Albrighton’s contribution…

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Tottenham vs Man Utd – Premier League best and worst

On Sunday, Manchester United travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham in the latest instalment of a fixture that they have dominated in recent years: Last Meeting It was snowing as the two sides met in North London in January, and Man Utd had looked set to pick up three points thanks to top scorer Robin van Persie, who headed in Tom Cleverley’s cross from the right. However, Tottenham dominated the second half and their pressure finally told deep into stoppage time as Clint Dempsey turned the ball into…

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Hull vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Brendan Rodgers takes his Liverpool side to Hull City on Sunday, with the hosts hoping to avoid a third successive defeat. Hull’s problem so far this season has been scoring goals, with only nine scored in their opening 12 Premier League games. While their defensive record at the KC Stadium has been good, they missed a great opportunity to move seven points clear of the relegation zone and into the top half last time out as they lost to lowly Crystal Palace. And with a trip to Arsenal coming up…

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Tottenham vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Aiming to banish the memory of their 6-0 defeat at Manchester City, Tottenham come up against the red half of Manchester on Sunday at White Hart Lane. It was a dismal afternoon from beginning to end for Tottenham, as Jesus Navas started and completed the rout as the final score took on an embarrassing look, leading to doubts about the future of manager Andre Villas-Boas, with the team ninth in the Premier League table, and with a goalscoring record only superior to the bottom two. Roberto Soldado cut a very…

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Top 5 Players to watch in Week 13 of the Premier League

The Premier League is now entering a very busy period, with three rounds of fixtures coming up in the next week, and here are the top five players to watch during the first10 of those 30 games: Shinji Kagawa The Japan star has endured quite a frustrating season, finding himself in and out of the Man Utd starting line-up and not being played in his preferred position, the so-called No.10 role. On Wednesday against Bayer Leverkusen, he was given his chance behind lone striker Wayne Rooney and took it with…

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Arsenal to scout Dundee United starlet Gauld

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sent his scouts to watch Dundee United’s Ryan Gauld on Friday evening, the Daily Mail has reported. The Gunners’ scouts will be joined by representatives from Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton, who have all previously observed the 17-year-old’s performances this season for Dundee United. The interested parties will be watching the youngster, dubbed ‘Baby Messi’, in action against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup fourth-round tie. In a television interview on Thursday, Gauld was quick to play down comparisons to Lionel Messi. “I don’t think anyone…

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Jagielka believes Chelsea are benefitting from Lukaku’s Everton loan

Everton captain Phil Jagielka believes Romelu Lukaku’s loan spell at Everton is helping Chelsea’s Premier League title bid this season, Sky Sports has reported. Lukaku has scored seven goals for the Toffees this season, and has already helped Roberto Martinez’s side stop Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur winning, which could help Chelsea in their quest to win the league. “It’s not a bad idea and a way at looking at things from Chelsea’s perspective,” Jagielka said. “Unfortunately for Rom, with Chelsea mainly playing one up front, he had a big decision…

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Newcastle vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle will be aiming for their fourth consecutive Premier League victory when they face West Bromwich Albion in Saturday’s late kick-off. After highly impressive wins over Chelsea and Tottenham, Newcastle made it three in a row against Norwich City in their previous game thanks to two first half goals. This run of results has seen them climb to eighth in the table, just four points behind second placed Liverpool, and has eased the pressure considerably on manager Alan Pardew. Despite seeing his side lose just one of their last nine…

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Norwich vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Tony Pulis takes charge of his first game as manager of Crystal Palace on Saturday, when the Eagles travel to Carrow Road to take on fellow strugglers Norwich City. Two soft goals at Newcastle United last time out condemned the Canaries to another defeat, a result which has only served to increase the pressure on manager Chris Hughton. Despite investing heavily in attacking talent during the summer, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper only have one Premier League goal apiece, while loanee Johan Elmander is not yet off the mark,…

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West Ham vs Fulham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United take on London rivals Fulham on Saturday in crucial game between two struggling sides at Upton Park. This is the first of two massively important fixtures for the Hammers, who go to Crystal Palace on Tuesday, and they come into it having not won in the league since early October. Last time out, they were soundly beaten at home by Chelsea in a match which only served to highlight how limited they currently are in attack, with Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech untested until the dying seconds. For…

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Cardiff vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Cardiff City will be looking for a repeat of their performance against Manchester United, when Premier League leaders Arsenal travel to South Wales on Saturday. The Bluebirds played some inventive football as they held the champions, and were particularly dangerous from set-pieces, with substitute Kim Bo-Kyung heading the equaliser from a stoppage time free-kick to give his side a deserved point. Cardiff are proving strong at home in their first top-flight season in over 50 years, and victory here could potentially see them climb into the top half, so Arsenal…

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Man City have no fear in the Champions League, says Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that his side will not fear any team in the Champions League, reports Sky Sports. City have confirmed qualification from the group stage, but look set to finish in second place behind Bayern Munich, who are three points ahead of Pellegrini’s side before they play each other on December 10. Finishing second place will mean City are likely to face tougher opposition in the draw, but Pellegrini is not overly concerned. “Spain has strong teams, Barcelona and Real Madrid especially, but also Atletico…

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Pardew denies Newcastle players want out

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has dismissed speculation that Yohan Cabaye and Fabricio Coloccini are unsettled at the club, writes the Guardian. The Magpies’ players have commented to the press in their native countries, Cabaye stating he wants to play Champions League football, and Coloccini still hankering after a return home. “Sometimes when they are abroad they get asked questions which are slightly loaded with slightly different connotations to them,” said Pardew. “If you want to ask me if I want to play in the Champions League I do, absolutely, and…

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Aston Villa Focus – Lambert’s triple change inspires second-half comeback

Paul Lambert will have learned a great deal more about his Aston Villa side as they delivered a Jekyll and Hyde performance on Monday evening, coming from 2-0 behind against local rivals West Bromwich Albion to rescue a point. The turning point came shortly before the hour mark as Lambert introduced Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph and Andreas Weimann to the field, and the trio, who have been struggling for fitness in recent weeks, provided the team with all the energy and vigour that was missing earlier on in the match,…

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Chelsea Focus – Cracks at the core as Mourinho fails to rotate

Last weekend, Bayern Munich stretched their lead at the top of the Bundesliga after recording a convincing 3-0 result over nearest challengers Borussia Dortmund on their own patch. After the full-time whistle, coach Pep Guardiola paid tribute to one particular component of his exceptional team – the midfield. “Everything is decided in midfield,” said the former Barcelona chief . “If you want to win the game, you need to control the midfield.” A simplified version of events, of course, but one that his old nemesis Jose Mourinho would have had…

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Chelsea considering loan move for Real Madrid’s Coentrao

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is considering returning to his former club Real Madrid in an attempt to loan Portugal left-back Fabio Coentrao, ESPN has reported. ESPN cite the Daily Mail, who claim that Ashley Cole may no longer be guaranteed a place in the Chelsea side as his rib injury lingers, threatening to keep the England international out of action for two months. Cole has not played for Chelsea since the beginning of November, in the defeat to Newcastle, with only a short appearance for England against Germany in the…

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Tottenham ready for Man Utd, says Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas believes his players will be ready to face Premier League champions Manchester United on Sunday, ESPN has reported, a week after their mauling at the hands of Manchester City. In that time United have beaten Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 in the Champions League, while Spurs recorded a 2-0 win over Tromso in the Europa League in Norway. Villas-Boas, however, believes United’s storming win in Germany will not play a part in their domestic fixture. The Portuguese nevertheless admitted his side face a hard game. “Look,…

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Hart back to his best, says Man City teammate Richards

Micah Richards believes Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has put his early season struggles behind him to return to his best form, ESPN has reported. Hart was dropped by City manager Manuel Pellegrini after a series of errors culminated in a mistake that gifted Chelsea three points when the sides met in late October, with Costel Pantilimon taking the gloves instead. But Hart returned to the starting XI against Viktoria Plzen in midweek in a Champions League dead rubber that the already-qualified City won 4-2. Despite conceding twice, Hart made…

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Liverpool ready to swoop for Barcelona full-back Montoya

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to bolster his defensive options with the January signing of Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The Reds are already in talks with Barcelona over Montoya, who is capable of playing on the left or the right of defence. The 22-year-old’s contract with the Catalans expires at the end of the season but Liverpool do not want to wait until then to snap up the Spain Under-21 international, who is attracting attention from a host of clubs. Montoya has been unable to…

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Fabregas Arsenal’s biggest loss, believes Wilshere

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes the departure of Cesc Fabregas for Barcelona hurt the current Premier League leaders more than the loss of Robin van Persie, who joined Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Fabregas left the Emirates Stadium to return to Barcelona, the club for whom he played before switching to the Gunners as a teenager. Wilshere feels the loss of Fabregas was damaging to the club and to him as a player, as he had modelled himself on the Spain international. “The one I was really upset…

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Too early to judge Man Utd, insists Evra

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has warned the club’s critics not to write them off too soon, Sky Sports has reported, as the France international believes United can still retain the Premier League title. United are currently in sixth place, seven points adrift of league leaders Arsenal with 12 games of the season gone, and Evra believes observers are too eager to dismiss United’s chances of a successful season, claiming the doubters should heed the lessons of the prior season. “People always write Manchester United off,” Evra said. “They said…

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Swansea to be without Bony for weeks after Europa League injury

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has revealed that striker Wilfried Bony is expected to be missing for a number of weeks after suffering an injury in the Premier League club’s Europa League defeat against Valencia, Sky Sports has reported. Bony had to be withdrawn just before half-time and without him Swansea were unable to peg back the Spanish side, who won 1-0 through a Dani Parejo goal. The result leaves the Swans second in Group A, four points adrift of Valencia with one round of games to play. They are…

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