Hughes hails Stoke performance

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was delighted with his side’s organisation and determination after they earned a surprise 1-0 victory away to champions Manchester City, Sky Sports has reported. The first half was a largely tepid affair, with Yaya Toure coming the closest for the hosts when his shot clipped the top of the crossbar. As a result of City’s below-par showing, Stoke grew in confidence as the game wore on and scored the only goal shortly before the hour mark. Mame Biram Diouf received the ball deep inside his…

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Arsenal make late attempt to sign Remy

Arsenal have attempted to beat Chelsea to the signing of Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy by meeting his £10.5m release clause, according to the Daily Telegraph. On Saturday, it had looked as though Chelsea had wrapped up the signing of Remy by agreeing a deal with QPR. The move to Stamford Bridge is still close to being confirmed although a medical is still to be completed, but Arsenal have provided Remy with another option. The Blues are reportedly confident that the deal will still take place as they believe…

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Chelsea striker Costa warned by Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has warned Chelsea striker Diego Costa to improve his behaviour after he was involved in a number of confrontations during the the London club’s win at Goodison Park on Saturday, reports the Guardian. The Spain international scored the first and last goals of a remarkable 6-3 victory for the visitors, but was also a prominent member of several ill-tempered moments. Many of those incidents took place with Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, with Costa being booked for his role in the dispute. Martinez was particularly unhappy with…

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Southampton boss Koeman praises Schneiderlin

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has hailed the performance of Morgan Schneiderlin after the Frenchman scored twice in their 3-1 win over West Ham United, Sky Sports has reported. Heavily linked with a move to Tottenham throughout the summer, Schneiderlin levelled the game for the Saints with a curling shot at the second attempt after being left unmarked at a free-kick. The hosts had earlier taken the lead through Mark Noble’s deflected effort. Schneiderlin then put his side 2-1 in front from another set-piece, turning the ball home at the near…

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Rojo debut held up by legal case

New Manchester United signing Marcos Rojo is still unable to make his debut for the club as he is yet to receive the required working visa, BBC Sport has reported. The 24-year-old signed for the Red Devils in a £16m deal on August 19, but has not taken part in any of the club’s three games since due to legal reasons, with a criminal investigation into an alleged row with a neighbour in Argentina back in 2010 still ongoing, with Rojo’s lawyer stating that he was awaiting trial. However, he…

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Monk impressed by Swansea start

Swansea City manager Garry Monk hailed his side’s start to the season after they defeated West Bromwich Albion 3-0 to go into the first international break having won all three of their Premier League matches, reports the club’s official website. After victories against Manchester United and Burnley, the Welsh club were quick out of the blocks on Saturday and took the lead in only the second minute when Nathan Dyer capitalised on a slip by Jonas Olsson to round goalkeeper Ben Foster and fire home. Wayne Routledge made it two…

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Pellegrini wants Negredo City stay

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has said that he wants injured striker Alvaro Negredo to remain with the club despite being repeatedly linked with a move away, Sky Sports has reported. The 29-year-old Spaniard is currently side lined with a broken foot suffered during preseason and is not expected to be back fit until the end of September at the earliest. Despite this he has repeatedly been linked with a move back to home land Spain, and even though the player reportedly faces possible exclusion from City’s Champions League squad…

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Agger set for bargain move to Bronby

Liverpool’s Daniel Agger will seal an anticipated return to his first ever club Brondby this weekend for what is being described as a ‘nominal fee’, the Telegraph is reporting. The arrival of £20m man Dejan Lovren earlier in the summer sparked rumours that Dane Agger, who saw his previous season disrupted by a series of hamstring problems, would look elsewhere for first team football. Liverpool had in fact rejected the advances of Manchester City in 2012, and more recently Barcelona for the player’s services but after Agger hinted he could…

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Torres set for two year Milan loan

Chelsea flop Fernando Torres appears set for a two year loan to Italy and AC Milan after the two clubs agreed a deal, the BBC has reported. The Spanish striker has struggled during his time at Stamford Bridge and will look towards Italy to try and rediscover the form that made him one of the most deadly strikers in Europe. The move is subject to personal terms being agreed and the player passing his medical, as Milan look to replace the departed Mario Balotelli. Torres never showed what he could…

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QPR and Chelsea in Loic Remy talks

QPR striker Loic Remy has been given permission by his club to hold talks with London rivals Chelsea, according to Sky Sports. Remy has wanted a move away from Loftus Road all summer and was close to joining Liverpool back in July, only to see the deal collapse after the player allegedly failed his medical. It is also thought that the Frenchman has turned down the chance to join Newcastle, where he spent last season on loan, on a permanent basis – and is now set to get the move…

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Wenger planning to keep transfer deals secret

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he is looking to keep all of his transfer dealings before Monday’s deadline ‘as secret as possible’, Sky Sports has reported. The North London club have already completed deals for Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy this summer, but have been expected to dip into the market again for a striker after Olivier Giroud suffered a broken tibia in the final seconds of the recent 2-2 draw with Everton. Wenger has now been linked with a move for Monaco star…

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Man Utd agree fee for Ajax star Blind

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Dutch champions Ajax for utility player Daley Blind, according to BBC Sport. The 24-year-old, who can at left-back or in a defensive midfield role, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer, after performing strongly for the Netherlands at the World Cup under Louis van Gaal. He scored once in Brazil as he helped them to third place. After returning to training with Ajax, Blind was made to train alone, but the Amsterdam club were still determined to keep…

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Tottenham set to sign midfielder Stambouli

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is close to making his fifth signing of the summer, after the club agreed a fee with Montpellier for midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, reports Goal.com. It had appeared that the 24-year-old was to move to Italy and join Fiorentina, who had been close to sealing a £4.7m deal. However, Tottenham have quickly stepped in, and are now on the brink of adding him to previous acquisitions Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Federico Fazio and Eric Dier. “An agreement has been reached between Montpellier and Tottenham to transfer Benjamin…

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Bent not for sale, insists Aston Villa boss Lambert

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has insisted that striker Darren Bent is not for sale, after he was reintroduced to the first-team at West Midlands club, Sky Sports has reported. The former England international found himself cast aside at Villa Park upon Lambert’s arrival in 2012, losing the captaincy as well as his place in the team, as Christian Benteke arrived from Genk. Most of his appearances in 2012-13 came from the bench, while last season he was sent out on loan to Fulham, where he also found himself in…

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West Ham interested in Song loan move

West Ham United are looking to sign Barcelona midfielder Alexandre Song on a season-long loan, and hope to complete the deal over the weekend, according to the Daily Mail. The London club are confident that they can seal the Cameroon international for the season, and believe they can have everything wrapped up before transfer deadline day on Monday. After positive talks were held on Friday, Song is now on standby to travel to West Ham and complete a move should a deal be finalised between the Hammers and Barcelona. Song…

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Hodgson comments disappoint van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been angered by comments made by England boss Roy Hodgson regarding the fitness of left-back Luke Shaw, BBC Sport has reported. Shortly after arriving in the United States for Man Utd’s pre-season tour, van Gaal made Shaw train alone to improve his fitness. The £27m signing from Southampton has been sidelined for the start of the campaign with a hamstring injury, but Hodgson voiced his own concerns over his fitness on Wednesday. Hodgson said that he had some worries over the World Cup,…

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Valencia in Cleverley bid

Valencia CF have made a surprise approach for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, according to Sky Sports. Cleverley has attracted interest from a number of clubs this summer, with Aston Villa also said to have had a bid of £8 million accepted for the England international. Steve Bruce’s Hull City are also said to have made an approach for his services, while Everton have also recently been linked. Basingstoke-born Cleverley came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, and made his competitive bow for United in the 3-2 Community Shield…

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Everton vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

After winning their opening two Premier League matches, Chelsea face arguably their first significant test of their title credentials when they travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez will be massively disappointed that his side only have two points from their first two games, when they could easily be level with Chelsea on six after losing leads late on in both. They ran out of steam badly against Arsenal last time out and succumbed to the late pressure that came their way, but they have…

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QPR vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

After a miserable start to the season, Queens Park Rangers are looking to bounce back as they host a Sunderland side that is still to taste defeat. The R’s have so far looked anything but a side that came up via the play-offs, as they have lacked inspiration and momentum in their three games so far. Despite the return of Loic Remy, another thing that has been missing is a goal, and the manner of the performance at Burton Albion on Wednesday will have worried Harry Redknapp, who also endured…

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West Ham vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be desperate to earn their first home win of the new season when they take on Southampton on Saturday. A late sting in the tail against Tottenham and an unfortunate own goal by Winston Reid to hand League One Sheffield United an equaliser has seen both matches at the Boleyn Ground end in disappointing fashion for the hosts. However, the Hammers will be more encouraged by their terrific display at Crystal Palace, where they outplayed their London rivals throughout thanks to some fine passing football, and…

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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Neil Warnock begins his second spell in charge of Crystal Palace with a trip to Newcastle United, who are looking for their first league goal as well as a first win. While they have been unable to hit the net, Newcastle have played some neat football in their two Premier League outings so far. They were unlucky not to win at Aston Villa after controlling most of their encounter, but their lack of a clinical edge in attack has already been exposed, and Alan Pardew may be forced to dip…

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Swansea vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Victory over West Bromwich Albion will give Swansea City their best start to a Premier League season and see them into the international break with maximum points. Manager Garry Monk was aware that beating Burnley would be tough after causing an opening day shock at Old Trafford. Despite some second half scares, the Swans passed the test, and they seem to have gained some defensive resilience over the summer. Bafetimbi Gomis is now off the mark after scoring in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, and confidence is high as…

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Chelsea eye Destro as Torres replacement

Chelsea are set to move for young AS Roma striker Mattia Destro in the event of Fernando Torres completing his proposed switch to AC Milan, according to the Daily Mail. Torres is currently embroiled in complex negotiations to secure his release from Stamford Bridge and a move to the Milanese giants and are said to have identified Destro as the perfect replacement. However, his club Roma have said that he is ‘100 per cent not for sale’, and indeed are not currently in desperate need of cash having recently sold…

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Man City vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be aiming to continue their perfect start to the defence of their title when they take on Stoke City on Saturday. The champions were still some way off their best in beating Liverpool on Monday, but the comfort with which they eventually won 3-1 sends out an ominous message to the rest of the Premier League. Stevan Jovetic emerged from the shadow of his fellow strikers with two goals in a strong performance, while having Sergio Aguero available from the bench to score the third just typified…

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