Atletico Madrid keen on Tottenham striker Soldado

With star striker Diego Costa expected to leave this summer, Atletico Madrid have pinpointed Tottenham’s Roberto Soldado as a potential replacement, the Independent has reported. Costa is high-profile transfer target for Chelsea, and a deal of around £40m is expected to go through over the coming weeks, leaving Atletico with a big gap to fill. The Spaniard scored 36 goals in 51 games to help Diego Simeone’s team to the La Liga title and the Champions League final. Soldado had an excellent scoring record in Spain during his time with…

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Chelsea in bid for Man City target Benatia

Chelsea have entered the race to sign Roma defender Mehdi Benatia by offering the Serie A runners-up £18m plus striker Romelu Lukaku, according to the Daily Express. This bid hijacks Man City’s move for the 27-year-old, with Chelsea’s bid now meaning that the Premier League champions must return with an improved offer of around £38m if they want to claim Benatia’s signature. Man City had yet to agree on a fee with Roma, but personal terms with Benatia had all been completed. Manager Manuel Pellegrini is keen to add more…

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Liverpool close in on Lambert signing

Liverpool are moving closer to signing Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, with talks ongoing over a fee of around £4m plus add-ons, according to BBC Sport. The Saints have already turned down one offer from Liverpool for their England international front-man, but the Merseyside club are confident they can complete a deal in the coming days, with a medical expected to take place on Saturday, before the England World Cup squad head to Miami for two warm-up games. Lambert is a lifelong Liverpool supporter, and the Reds are the only club…

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Tottenham boss Pochettino set to sell Soldado to Atletico to fund moves for Remy and Rodriguez

Tottenham look set to offload striker Roberto Soldado in order to fund moves for Loic Remy and Jay Rodriguez, according to The Independent. Atletico Madrid are thought to be interested in taking the 29-year-old back to Spain, where he spent 11 years including stints with Getafe, Valencia and Atletico’s conquerors in the Champions League final, Real Madrid. Spurs paid a then-record £26m for the Spanish international, but he has failed to make the impact expected during his stay at White Hart Lane, netting just six goals in 28 appearances for…

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Championship season review: Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Middlesbrough

Ipswich: 9th If it were not for inconsistency, Mick McCarthy’s hard-working side could well have reached the play-offs in what was the East Anglian club’s best season for some time. The former Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers boss built on the revival he initiated in 2012-13 by forming a new-look team that was not only much more competitive, but tougher to beat. There will be some frustration that they were unable to capitalise on regular slip-ups from play-off rivals such as Reading, Nottingham Forest and Brighton & Hove Albion, particularly towards…

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Championship season review: Charlton, Derby, Doncaster, Huddersfield

Charlton:18th The Addicks looked in serious danger of a return to League One for the vast majority of the season, with Chris Powell failing to reproduce the consistency or the ability to score the goals which saw the club finish 9th in the 2012-13 campaign. Despite an FA Cup run which continued to the quarter-final stage, just one win in seven in the league at the start of the calendar year saw the former England left-back pay with his job. He was replaced by former Standard Liege coach Jose Riga,…

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Chelsea closing in on third target from Atletico Madrid

Chelsea are said to be closing in on no less than three Atletico Madrid players, with a £51m combined offer thought to be in the works, according to ESPN. The Champions League runners up face losing the trio with Chelsea looking to bolster their squad in the hopes of landing their first trophy since Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge last summer, and £32m-rated striker Diego Costa tops the list, as has been previously reported. It is understood that Costa’s Atletico team-mate Filipe Luis is also the subject of considerable…

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Diame wants top-six Premier League team

West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame has revealed he wants to play for a team in the top six of the Premier League, Sky Sports has reported. The former Wigan Athletic man moved to the Hammers in 2012 after his contract with the Latics expired, and he has told French website Hat-trick that he sees himself playing at a higher level than the London club. “I don’t want to stop here,” the Senegalese said. “I still want more: Joining a club from the top six would be a dream come true.”…

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Arsenal fail in Juanfran bid

Arsenal have tried for the second time to tempt Juanfran away from Atletico Madrid, only to fail again, Spanish publication AS has reported. It’s claimed that Arsene Wenger first made an approach for the right-back in 2013 and, despite the Gunners being willing to quadruple his wage packet, Juanfran chose to stay at Vicente Calderon. Atletico went on to win the Spanish title, seeing off Barcelona and Real Madrid, and reached the final of the Champions League where they lost after extra-time to their city rivals. Wenger is said to…

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Southampton warn Liverpool and Man Utd over Lallana and Shaw

Southampton have told Liverpool and Manchester United that they won’t be rushed into selling Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, ESPN has reported. The Saints are currently without a manager after Mauricio Pochettino resigned to take over at Tottenham Hotspur, while England pair Lallana and Shaw are catching the eye of the Premier League’s big guns. Shaw is a target for United and a deal was rumoured to be close, while Lallana was on Liverpool’s radar, but Southampton have stressed that they hold the cards when it comes to outgoing transfers.…

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Eto’o wants Arsenal move

Samuel Eto’o is said to be keen to move to Arsenal after he was released by Chelsea, the Daily Express has reported. Eto’o moved to Stamford Bridge last summer, signing a one-year deal, and departed at the end of the season. The Express claim that Chelsea wanted to keep the Eto’o. It’s also alleged that the Cameroon international hopes to be offered a place at the Emirates Stadium in order to take revenge of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who made comments suggesting Eto’o was older than he said. Eto’o has…

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De Gea hopes Fabregas joins Man Utd

David De Gea has said he would like to see Spain international colleague Cesc Fabregas return to the Premier League and join him at Manchester United, ESPN has reported. De Gea added that he is using the fact that he’s in close proximity to Fabregas as La Roja prepare for the World Cup to convince the Barcelona midfielder to head for Old Trafford. “I have tried to convince [Fabregas] to come [to Old Trafford],” De Gea admitted. “We would have another Spaniard. But it is difficult. He is a top…

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Liverpool make Moreno offer

Liverpool have lodged a £16m offer for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, Football Espana has reported. The deal would include midfielder Suso moving to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in exchange, according to reports in Spain. Suso has spent the season on loan with Almeria. Sevilla are said to have turned down an offer from Napoli for the player in January but do expect Moreno to leave this summer. Moreno is thought to want to move to Real Madrid but if there’s no offer from the Champions League winners, would consider the switch…

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Jenkinson sure he can replace Sagna at Arsenal

Carl Jenkinson believes he can replace Bacary Sagna at Arsenal, saving Arsene Wenger the need to go into the transfer market, Sky Sports has reported. Sagna’s contract will expire at the end of the season and the France international is expected to leave, having been an Arsenal player since 2007. Jenkinson is the only other natural right-back in Wenger’s squad and it has been suggested the manager will bring in a new face to account for the loss of Sagna. But Jenkinson believes that if given the chance, he can…

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Championship reviews: Bolton, Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley

Bolton: 14th Having cruelly been denied a place in the play-offs last season the feeling at Bolton would have been one of optimism for the new campaign. But this would soon turn to despair after the club mustered just a single win in their first 11 league games and just six by the end of 2013. Dougie Freedman’s side did show steady improvement as the season progressed and hauled themselves to a 14th placed finish, a lowly outcome compared to the high hopes that Freedman would emulate his success he…

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Scholes: England should play like Liverpool at World Cup

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has urged England manager Roy Hodgson to take inspiration from Premier League runners-up Liverpool at the World Cup, Sky Sports has reported. There are a number of Liverpool players in Hodgson’s 23-man squad to go to Brazil – captain Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Glen Johnson. Scholes wrote in a blog for Paddy Power that he would like to see the Three Lions follow the Reds’ lead and go on the front foot. “It would be refreshing for England to…

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Giroud in talks over new Arsenal deal

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he is in talks with the club over a possible contract extension, Sky Sports has reported. The Frenchman, who will represent his country at the World Cup this summer, still has two years left to run on his current contract, but Arsenal are hoping to secure his longer term future. Should Giroud sign, he would become the latest in a long line of Gunners players to have signed new deals over the course of this season. Giroud has now spent two seasons at…

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Premier League trio chasing former Lyon striker Gomis

Former Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis will be in London as Thursday, with three Premier League clubs interested in signing the 28-year-old, according to the Daily Mail. Gomis has left Lyon after failing to agree a new contract with this season’s Europa League quarter-finalists, so he is now free to talk to other clubs. For his time at the Stade de Gerland, his record reads a total of 94 goals in 243 appearances since joining in the summer of 2009. Newcastle United were reportedly interested in signing the French international last…

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QPR eye deal for Tottenham duo

Queens Park Rangers are hoping to sign Tottenham duo Michael Dawson and Andros Townsend this summer upon their return to the Premier League, according to the Daily Express. The pair, who are both England internationals, could be in line to leave White Hart Lane this summer with new manager Mauricio Pochettino set to initiate a clear-out once he assumes control at the club. Having returned to the Premier League with a play-off final victory over Derby County on Saturday, QPR are hopeful of bringing in two players who they have…

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Arsenal reopen negotiations over Morata

Arsenal have reopened talks with Real Madrid over the possibility of signing highly-rated striker Alvaro Morata, who has emerged as one of their main transfer targets, reports the Daily Telegraph. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is looking to add more competition and depth to his attack, with the club reportedly interested in Queens Park Rangers star Loic Remy. However, they have now returned to Morata, a player who they made an enquiry for back in January. They will face competition for the Spaniard, with Serie A champions Juventus eyeing a possible…

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Man Utd owner Glazer passes away

It has been announced that Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has passed away at the age of 85, BBC Sport has reported. The American led a controversial takeover of the club back in 2005, which was met with mass protests from supporters. Despite the anger and disillusionment, Glazer bought Man Utd along with the rest of his family for a fee of £790m. Since the takeover took place, Man Utd have had a hugely successful spell, winning five Premier League titles, the Champions League in 2008, and three League Cups,…

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Swansea sign Arsenal goalkeeper Fabianski

Swansea City have announced the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski on a four-year contract, the Daily Mail is reporting. The Pole is Garry Monk’s first signing since being handed the Swansea manager’s job on a permanent basis, and he arrives having spent a lengthy seven-year spell at the Emirates Stadium, but never established himself as first choice, often finding himself behind Jens Lehmann, Manuel Almunia and Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order. Overall he made 78 appearances for the Gunners, and in his final outing he helped the club…

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Kruger not phased by task of replacing Pochettino at Southampton

Southampton chairman Ralph Kruger is not worried about the task of replacing departed manager Mauricio Pochettino, stating that Saints are “inundated” with options for their new manager, according to Sky Sports. The 42-year-old Argentinian signed a five-year contract to become the new Head Coach at Tottenham, leaving the south coast club looking for a new manager for the second time in just over 15 months. Several names have already been linked with the post, with Sunderland boss Gus Poyet and former Switzerland international Murat Yakin the current favourites with bookmakers.…

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Koscielny happy with how Arsenal’s season has gone

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is content with how this season has gone despite the Gunners not being able to maintain their early-season title push, according to Arsenal.com. Arsenal had led the Premier League table during the first half of the campaign, but the second half proved somewhat less inspiring, with the Emirates outfit only qualifying for the Champions League near the very end of the season, but they did end their nine-year trophy hoodoo by beating Hull in the FA Cup final earlier this month. Koscielny says he is satisfied…

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Sunderland sign defender Billy Jones from West Brom

Sunderland have confirmed the signing of West Brom defender Billy Jones on a free transfer, according to BBC Sport. Jones had been offered a new contract to remain in the midlands, but rejected the offer on the table and has instead agreed a four year deal on Wearside, and will join up with his new team-mates at the Stadium of Light when the transfer window opens on 1st July. The 27-year-old expressed his happiness at completing the move, saying: “I’m really happy to be here and I’m looking forward to…

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