Fulham striker Berbatov set to move to Monaco

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov is set to undergo a medical ahead of his deadline-day move to Monaco, reports Sky Sports. The Bulgarian, who arrived at Craven Cottage 2012, had previously indicated he would be open to leaving the club this month, and former employers Tottenham were thought to be interested in taking the 33-year-old back to White Hart Lane, while Arsene Wenger was also thought to be interested in signing him. Monaco appear to have won the race for his services, however, and Berbatov looks set to put pen to…

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Top 5 Players to watch in Week 24 of the Premier League

February begins with another Premier League weekend, and as the race for the title and the battle for survival intensifies, here are five players to keep an eye on: Wayne Rooney Manchester United have secured the services of Juan Mata and have Robin van Persie back from injury, and now Rooney is set to return to the starting XI. This is set to make the champions look much stronger than they have done in recent weeks, and judging by Rooney’s performances already this season, he is ready to cause out-of-form…

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Chelsea sign Saint-Etienne defender Zouma

Chelsea have completed the signing of Kurt Zouma from French outfit Saint-Etienne on the January 2014 transfer deadline day, reports Sky Sports. The transfer fee involved is undisclosed, but it is believed to be in the region of £12m. The 19-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half year deal at Stamford Bridge, but will return straight back to Saint-Etienne on loan until the end of the season. Zouma, who has been at the French club since 2009 where he signed as a 15-year-old, had been linked with Premier League champions Man United…

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Fulham complete signing of Tottenham midfielder Holtby on loan

Fulham have completed the transfer deadline day signing of Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby on loan, reports The Daily Mail. Holtby arrived at White Hart Lane in January 2013, but has struggled to establish himself in Spurs’ first team since then. He had been widely reported to be looking to leave on a temporary basis this month, and London neighbours Fulham moved quickly enough to secure the 23-year-old’s services until the end of the season. Holtby is the third new face at Craven Cottage during the current transfer window, following Clint…

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Cardiff vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be going all out for his first league win as Cardiff City manager in what is probably the Bluebirds’ biggest game of the season so far. After two tough away games in Manchester, rock-bottom Cardiff will be grateful to return home for what is a must-win game in their battle for Premier League survival, especially with several of their relegation rivals also playing at home on Saturday. Two wins in the FA Cup is all Solskjaer has to show for his efforts so far, and with…

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Everton vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa provide the opposition as Everton look to bounce back from their crushing Merseyside derby loss to Liverpool. It looked like a very close encounter on paper, but Everton ended up being completely outplayed by their biggest rivals, who extended their lead in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. However, it was only their third league defeat of the campaign, and a lot will depend on how the Toffees respond to their Anfield ordeal. If they respond well, they will still be very much in the…

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Fulham vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Struggling Fulham will be aiming for their first Premier League win since New Year’s Day as they take on Southampton at Craven Cottage. The Londoners lost a crucial game last time out in their battle against relegation as Swansea City defeated them thanks to two deflected goals. Head Coach Rene Meulensteen was left to rue missed chances as his side slipped back into the relegation zone, and with a difficult run of games coming up, they can ill afford anything other than a win here, which would be just their…

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Hull vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Hull City will be looking to halt their slide with a win against a Tottenham side aiming to join fourth-placed Liverpool on 46 points. Having taken no points from away games against Norwich City and Crystal Palace, Hull will be nervously looking over their shoulders, as they are no longer in the secure mid-table position they had been in for much of the campaign. Their home record is good, but what they need is goals, particularly from new signings Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, who are both not yet off…

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Stoke vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

After losing consecutive Premier League games against relegation rivals, Stoke City enter Saturday’s home encounter with Manchester United knowing that they must avoid defeat. By kick-off, the Potters could be even deeper in the mire, as West Ham United and Sunderland both play before Mark Hughes’ side. It was at Sunderland where Stoke lost their previous game, going down 1-0 despite a valiant effort with only 10 men. Back at home, they will feel that they have a chance of taking points off the reigning Premier League champions. There was…

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West Ham vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Relegation threatened West Ham United take on Swansea City on what is a critical home game and one of the Premier League’s two early kick-offs on Saturday. Sam Allardyce decided to try and frustrate Chelsea on Wednesday, and his team managed that with dogged defending and some fine goalkeeping from Adrian. That was an excellent result, but this is the kind of game the Hammers must look to win if they are to avoid slipping out of the Premier League come May. However, it requires them to improve on a…

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Newcastle vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland come into their second Tyne-Wear derby of the season buoyed a by a run of results which has seen them climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since August. Meanwhile, hosts Newcastle will be looking to gain some revenge for their 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture back in October, and even more so for the 3-0 beating Sunderland memorably dished out at St. James’ Park last season. Yohan Cabaye has left the club, which is a major blow, but the Magpies now have to move…

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Arsenal make move for Kallstrom

Arsenal are set to turn their attentions to Spartak Moscow midfielder Kim Kallstrom, according to a report on the Daily Mail. The 31-year-old central midfielder would help provide manager Arsene Wenger with cover in central positions, after injury ruled out Aaron Ramsey for six weeks, and Mathieu Flamini was red-carded at the weekend against Southampton. Kallstrom, who has 108 caps for Sweden, spent much of his career in Ligue 1 with Lyon, but made the move to Russia two seasons ago for 3m Euros, and has netted three goals in…

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Arsenal in advanced talks to sign Draxler

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Schalke 04 playmaker Julian Draxler, while the Gunners are also interested in bringing Barcelona’s Cristian Tello to the Emirates Stadium on loan, according to the Daily Telegraph. Arsene Wenger’s side have long been linked with a move for Draxler, who s reportedly keen on leaving the Bundeliga club for the Premier League title hopefuls. The 20-year-old began his career with Schalke, coming through the youth system before making his debut in the 2010-11 season. Talks with Draxler were progressing well on Wednesday…

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Stoke were ‘fantastic’ despite defeat, says Hughes

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes praised the performance of his side despite them going down to defeat against Premier League relegation rivals Sunderland, Sky Sports has reported. Adam Johnson capitalised on goalkeeper Asmir Begovic’s failure to hold Fabio Borini’s shot to net the winner for a Sunderland side that moves out of the drop zone for the first time since August, leaving Stoke just three points clear of danger after a third straight league defeat. However, Stoke’s performance in the second half was encouraging, as they created the better chances…

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Newcastle complete De Jong loan signing

Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk De Jong on loan until the end of the season, the Daily Mail has reported. De Jong arrives after failing to reproduce his form for FC Twente during his time in the Bundesliga, and should he make the desired impact at St. James’ Park, Newcastle may take up the option of signing the Dutchman on a permanent basis for a fee of £9m at the end of the campaign. The Tyneside club’s first signing of the January transfer window,…

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Man City wait to discover extent of Aguero injury

Manchester City face an anxious wait to discover the extent of an injury to Sergio Aguero, that forced the Argentine striker off during their 5-1 Premier League win over Tottenham, BBC Sport has reported. Aguero will be assessed on Thursday after appearing to pull up late in the first half at White Hart Lane, after having opened the scoring as Man City took the three points they needed to go back to the top of the Premier League. He now looks likely to miss the top of the table clash…

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Sherwood: Man City are on a different planet

Tottenham Head Coach Tim Sherwood has said that Manchester City are ‘on a different planet’ to the rest of the Premier League after seeing them thrash his side 5-1 on Wednesday, writes the Independent. Sergio Aguero, restored to Man City’s starting line-up in the Premier League, opened the scoring with a neat finish after latching on to a David Silva through ball, giving them the lead in a first half they largely dominated. After the interval, the game swung dramatically in Man City’s favour as Danny Rose was sent off…

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Ward-Prowse believes Southampton is the right place for starlet Shaw

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has backed team-mate Luke Shaw, stating that St. Mary’s is the best place for the 18-year-old at the moment, reports Sky Sports. Shaw has emerged as a transfer target for some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, with the likes of Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool said to be interested, but Ward-Prowse is convinced that the youngster should remain at Saints for the time being. “Obviously there is a little bit of banter flying around about the headlines, but that is just normal in football,” said…

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Holtby expects Tottenham exit

The agent of Lewis Holtby has said the Germany midfielder expects to leave Tottenham Hotspur before the transfer window closes on Friday, according to Sky Sports. Holtby moved to White Hart Lane 12 months ago in a £1.25m transfer from Schalke but has struggled to nail down a place in the team. Now the 23-year-old’s representative, Marcus Noack, has said a departure is likely, although Spurs’ demands mean a loan exit is more possible than a permanent move. “My feeling is that he will leave but it’s not in our…

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Speroni delighted with Palace resurgence under Pulis

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni has spoken of his pleasant surprise at the Eagles’ resurgence under the tutelage of Tony Pulis, reports Sky Sports. Palace have moved from bottom of the table to 14th with their win against Hull on Tuesday night, and Speroni couldn’t be happier as the Selhurst Park outfit seek to earn their first ever surviving campaign in the Premier League. They have survived top flight football before, but were relegated in the Premier League’s inaugural campaign in 1992-93, and have never since recorded a finish higher…

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Swansea boss Laudrup confirms Michu won’t be rushed back to side ahead of Cardiff clash

Swansea will not rush back top scorer Michu for the Welsh derby against Cardiff, reports Sky Sports. The only two Welsh teams in Premier League history meet a week on Saturday, but Michu will not be rushed back to the first team by Swans boss Michael Laudrup after recovering from a recent ankle operation. The 27-year-old, full name Miguel P

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Fulham still in Mitroglou talks

Fulham are still speaking with Olympiakos over the transfer of Kostas Mitroglou, Sky Sports has reported. Negotiations began earlier this week and a fee in the region of £12.5m has been mooted, a club record for the Cottagers. Olympiakos are due to play Atromitos in the Greek Cup on Wednesday but Mitroglou may not be involved. Instead, the striker is said to be travelling to London for a medical. Mitroglou has scored 17 goals in 19 games this season and has been linked with an exit, with a number of…

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Newcastle to make move for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier

Newcastle are hoping to move quickly to replace the departing Yaho Cabaye before Friday’s transfer deadline, and have made a bid for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier, according to BBC Sport. No transfer fee has been mooted publically yet, but the Toon Army are hoping to add Grenier to their ranks alongside Luuk de Jong, who undergoes a medical at St. James’ Park on Wednesday. Lyon boss Remi Garde had spoken publically about his reluctance to see Grenier depart the club this month, but the 23-year-old could yet complete a move…

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Lukaku injury not as serious as feared, Everton confirm

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed the injury suffered to Romelu Lukaku in the Merseyside derby will see the striker out for ‘weeks rather than months’, the club’s official website has reported. Lukaku had to be stretchered off after a collision during with Gareth Barry as Liverpool scored the first goal of a 4-0 win. But Martinez has said that despite initial concerns, Lukaku has not suffered a serious injury. “There is no ligament damage and the injury is not as bad as we first thought. It will be a…

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Cardiff ready to offload Cornelius back to Copenhagen

Cardiff are ready to offload striker Andreas Cornelius back to FC Copenhagen, with the 20-year-old failing to make an impact during his brief stay in Wales according to Sky Sports. The Danish international arrived at the Cardiff City Stadium in June 2013 for a club record fee, believed to be around £7.5m, but has managed to make just 11 appearances for the club since then – failing to find the net once in his competitive playing time. He is expected to return to his former club within the next few…

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