Everton consider ex-Celtic striker

Everton are rumoured to be interested in bringing Greek star Georgios Samaras back to England as the free agent continues to impress at the World Cup, the Metro is reporting. Samaras left Celtic after six years at the club when his deal expired in the summer, and has won admiring glances from clubs as he helped Greece make the last 16 of the World Cup. His cool penalty at the death secured a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast in their crunch clash, and the 29-year-old now seems to have impressed…

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Hull plan bids for Dawson and Ince

Hull City have set their sights on yet more signings this summer as Steve Bruce eyes deals for Michael Dawson and Thomas Ince, the Hull Daily Mail has said, after already tying up Jake Livermore. Bruce splashed out a record transfer fee to make Livermore’s loan move to the KC Stadium permanent, spending £8m on the Englishman’s services, while a deal for Robert Snodgrass is said to be nearing completion too. And now the Hull boss, who will see his Tigers battle on a European front as well as domestically…

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Liverpool consider Markovic as Suarez replacement

Liverpool bosses are prepared to accept a bid of £80m for shamed star Luis Suarez, according to the Mirror, before using the money to make their move for Brendan Rodger’s long standing target Lazar Markovic. Barcelona are said to still want the disgraced Uruguayan, who received a four month ban from all football activity after being found to have bitten Italian defender Georgio Cheillini, and Liverpool are willing to do a deal – but only if their valuation is met. An £80m bid would be what the Anfield club want,…

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Inter end Lamela pursuit

Inter have ended their pursuit of Tottenham playmaker Erik Lamela after the North London club refused to sell their record signing, Goal.com has reported. Signed for £30m from Roma last summer, Lamela endured an immensely frustrating first season at White Hart Lane, initially struggling to settle in his new surroundings and being left out of the team, before missing the final months of the season due to injury. Lamela’s struggles had seen him linked with a move back to Italy, but it has emerged that Tottenham and new manager Mauricio…

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Arsenal to make £44m bid for Vidal

Arsenal are thought to be preparing a £44m bid for Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, who is also a target for Manchester United, according to the Daily Star. Both clubs are looking to strengthen their midfield this summer, and new Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal is a known admirer of the 28-year-old, with the Red Devils reportedly weighing up an offer of around £30m. However, Arsenal may have a better chance duo to their participation in next season’s Champions League, and their reported interest comes just a day…

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Southampton linked with move for Bendtner

With Ronald Koeman still yet to make his first signing since taking charge at Southampton, the club are being linked with a move for former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, according to the Metro. Bendtner will officially leave Arsenal on Monday when his contract come to an end, with the Gunners having decided not renew his current deal after a decade at the club. In that time he has made 171 appearances for the Gunners, but has also spent time on loan at Birmingham City, Juventus and Sunderland. The Saints are…

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Brazil are nervous, admits Scolari

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted that some of his players are beginning to feel nervous as the World Cup progresses, BBC Sport has reported. The hosts take on Chile in the opening second round match on Saturday, with the players set to be put under increasing pressure to succeed by the supporters and the Brazilian media, and Scolari has revealed that it has begun to affect some members of his squad. Speaking ahead of the game against their South American rivals, Scolari said: “It is normal for us…

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Chelsea eye Pogba move

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is preparing a ground breaking bid to land France and Juventus star Paul Pogba as he continues to reshape his playing squad, the Daily Star is reporting. With the money the club have raked in from the £47m and £50m sales of Juan Mata and David Luiz Mourinho is said to be mulling over an incredible £60m bid for the former Manchester United youngster. They have already signed Spanish playmaker Cesc Fabregas in a £30m deal and striker Deigo Costa is expected to complete a move…

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Swansea confirm Gomis signing

Swansea City have confirmed the signing of striker Bafetimbi Gomis on a free transfer, with the Frenchman having penned a four-year contract, the Daily Mail has reported. Last summer, they failed in their attempts to sign Gomis from Lyon, seeing a bid of £8.5m rejected by the Ligue 1 side. However, the 28-year-old left the Stade Gerland at the end of last season, meaning he was free to talk to other clubs, and Swansea have beaten a couple of their Premier League rivals to land Gomis. He now becomes their…

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Stoke braced for Real Madrid Begovic move

Stoke will be sweating on the future of star Asmir Begovic after the Real Madrid moved to prepare a summer swoop for the stopper, the Daily Star has reported. Begovic saw his Bosnia side dumped out of the World Cup at the group stages but could be offered a cure for his heart ache with a dream move to the Bernabeu. Arsenal were thought to be interested in the keeper but it is Carlo Ancelotti who is at the front of the admirer’s queue, who wants to sign the player…

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Shaw thrilled with Man Utd move

New Manchester United signing Luke Shaw has spoken of his delight at making the move from Southampton after the transfer was confirmed on the club’s official website. Shaw has recently returned from the World Cup with England and becomes United’s second signing in a matter of days, following Spain international Ander Herrera to Old Trafford. United have revealed that Shaw has signed a four-year contract with the option for another year, having made fewer than 70 appearances for Southampton since his senior debut at the south coast club in 2012.…

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Tottenham face competition for Cambiasso

Tottenham Hotspur target Esteban Cambiasso has a number of offers after leaving Inter, according to the Daily Mail. Cambiasso is to leave San Siro this summer when his contract expires, 10 years after he moved to the club from Real Madrid. He made more than 400 appearances for the Nerazzurri, winning five Serie A titles, the Champions League, four Coppa Italias, four Supercoppas and the Club World Cup. The 33-year-old has confirmed he intends to remain in European football after links with former club River Plate and Cambiasso revealed he…

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Ex-Man Utd boss Moyes linked with Galatasaray

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes could replace ex-Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini at Galatasaray, the Daily Mail has reported. Moyes left United in April having only replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in summer 2013. Moyes left Everton to take over at United after 11 years at Goodison Park but was sacked with United in seventh place in the Premier League. Gala parted company with Mancini at the end of the season and Moyes is understood to be in Turkey for talks over the vacancy. A contract worth…

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Lallana close to Liverpool move

Southampton and England midfielder Adam Lallana is close to completing a move to Liverpool, the Daily Telegraph has reported. A fee of £25m has been mooted for the Saints captain, who would re-unite with Rickie Lambert, who completed the same switch prior to the World Cup. It’s said that talks between Southampton and Liverpool are at an advanced stage and the transfer could be confirmed before the weekend. Southampton previously rejected two offers from the Reds for the 26-year-old, who featured twice at the World Cup for England. Lallana has…

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Arsenal considering Remy approach

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could turn to Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy as a rival to Olivier Giroud, ESPN has reported. Remy spent last season on loan from QPR at Newcastle and R’s manager Harry Redknapp has suggested Remy would be on the move again ahead of the new campaign. Redknapp said Remy wants to play in the Champions League and has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave Loftus Road. The 27-year-old scored 14 goals in 26 games for the Magpies last season, having moved…

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Chiellini: Suarez ban is excessive

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has said the nine game and four month ban given to Uruguay’s Luis Suarez for biting him in their World Cup encounter is harsh, according to Football Italia. FIFA imposed a heavy sanction on Suarez for the incident and, as it stands he won’t be able to play for Liverpool until late October after the world governing body banned the forward from all football. It is that part of the punishment that Chiellini feels is harsh, with the Juventus defender also lamenting the outcome of the…

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Stoke’s Butland seeks first team action

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland may make another loan move this season as he seeks more game-time, according to The Sentinel. The giant Bristolian stopper is reported to be attracting interest from a number of clubs as he seeks to further his career amid limited first team opportunities at the Britannia Stadium. Butland harbours international aspirations after becoming England’s youngest ever international goalkeeper when Roy Hodgson gave him an opportunity in a friendly against Italy in 2012. However, he was not selected in Hodgson’s 2014 World Cup squad, and it…

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President demands inquiry into Cameroon failure

President Paul Biya has demanded a thorough investigation into the failure of his country’s national football team at the World Cup, according to BBC Sport. “The President of the Republic, President Biya, instructs the Prime Minister Head of government, Philemon Yang to open investigations on the causes of the unfortunate participation of the Indomitable Lions at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,” read a statement broadcast on Cameroon radio. “He should provide results within a month and make proposals for a deep and urgent reconstruction of Cameroon football.” The Indomitable…

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Capello’s laser pen anger as Russia crash out

Head coach Fabio Capello was angry that a spectator appeared to be using a laser pen to distract his players during the World Cup draw with Algeria, reports Sky Sports. Russia drew the match with the north Africans 1-1, a result which eliminated them from the World Cup at the group stage for the third time in a row after the same fate befell them at their previous tournaments in 2002 and 1994. Had they won the game, they would have progressed, and there was controversy after a green light…

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Keane linked with Aston Villa assistant manager’s job

Aston Villa are set to appoint former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane as their new assistant manager by the beginning of July, according to the Daily Telegraph. Keane is currently assistant to Martin O’Neill at the Republic of Ireland national team, and will still hold that position should he join the troubled West Midlands side, combining the two roles. Having pulled out of the running to become the new manager of Celtic, Keane is willing to move to Villa Park despite the uncertainty surrounding the club at present, with owner…

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Arsenal line up Debuchy as Aurier alternative

Arsenal are thought to be preparing a bid for Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy, after experiencing difficulties in their pursuit of main target Serge Aurier, according to the Daily Express. Debuchy, who is France’s first choice right-back at the World Cup in Brazil, has been at Newcastle since January 2013, when he was signed from Lille. Arsenal have been searching for a replacement for Bacary Sagna since it was announced he would leave the club and join Manchester City. The 28-year-old Debuchy has recently hinted that he would like to…

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Liverpool seek full price for Suarez

If disgraced striker Luis Suarez is to leave Anfield this summer, it will not be for any less than his full value, reports The Daily Star. Rumours have once again surfaced that Suarez could leave Merseyside following the lengthy ban he received yesterday from Fifa. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with the 27-year-old striker in recent weeks, and it was reported that the Catalan giants were preparing a part-exchange deal involving Chilean star Alexis Sanchez and worth around £80 million. But the punishment handed to Suarez yesterday…

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Sunderland to make £10m Borini bid

Sunderland are set to make an offer of £10m for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season, according to the Daily Mail. Borini scored several important goals in helping Sunderland avoid relegation to the Championship in the final weeks of the campaign, which he ended having scored 10 goals in his 40 outings. With the partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez having proved successful at Liverpool, Borini has found opportunities limited there, with an injury-hit first season with the…

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