Man Utd’s Carrick latest injury in plagued season

Manchester United’s seemingly injury cursed season has struck one again with the news Michael Carrick is set to miss four weeks of football, Sky Sports is reporting. The back line more than any other area has been hit with injury after injury for boss Louis van Gaal and for the first time against Southampton this month was the Dutchman able to select from a fully fit squad. The former England international had only returned to first team action in the November Manchester derby having suffered injury during pre-season. He has…

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Cuadrado will be a Chelsea success says Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has had his say on Chelsea’s expected new signing Juan Cuadrado – and is backing him to succeed in England, according to Sky Sports. Cuadrado is on the verge of completing his move from Italian side Fiorentina and has arrived in London to finalise proceedings of a reported £26m deal. Spurs were about to go up against the Colombian in the last 32 of the Europe League but their face off will now have to wait until the two sides meet in the Capital One…

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West Brom close to agreeing new Berahino deal

West Brom are said to be close to agreeing a new deal to keep hot prospect Saido Berahino at the club, according to the Daily Mail. The England starlet started the season in super form and has begun to rediscover this following a quiet spell towards the end of 2014. There has been persistent speculation that the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham will battle it out to take the young striker from the Midlands club. The 21-year-old put a halt to negotiations earlier in the season which fueled reports further.…

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Man Utd to raise £120m for Gareth Bale summer bid

Manchester United are preparing £120m for a bid to bring Gareth Bale to the club over the summer, the Daily Star has reported. Bale has been the subject of increasing speculation this month that his Real Madrid future may not be so certain despite only moving to Spain for a world record fee in 2013. Sections of the Bernabeu crowd and some members of the Spanish press have begun to brand the Welsh winger as a ball hog in the midst of the Cristiano Ronaldo reaction recently when Bale opted…

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Spurs striking duo targeted by Roma

Having lost striker Mattia Destro to AC Milan Italian side Roma are said to be targeting two of Tottenham Hotspur’s three strikers in Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, the London Evening Standard is reporting. Roma’s primary target, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano, is said to be demanding a salary of £5m a year and has forced them to seek other targets. That means both Adebayor and Soldado are on their radar – and it is thought they do not have a preference as to who they sign. Any move would be…

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Chelsea vs Man City – Premier League Memorable Moments

Ahead of the pivotal clash between title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City at teatime on Saturday, here is a look at some of the most memorable moments from their previous Premier League meetings at Stamford Bridge. Last Meeting A high-quality affair at the end of October 2013 was decided by a catastrophic misunderstanding by Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Matija Nastasic. That presented the easiest of chances to Fernando Torres, who gleefully netted Chelsea’s winner in stoppage time. Before then, Sergio Aguero looked to have earned his side…

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Newcastle confident Sissoko will stay

Newcastle United boss John Carver has reiterated his belief that midfielder Moussa Sissoko will not leave the club before the transfer deadline on Monday evening, Sky Sports has reported. The 25-year-old’s future has been the biggest talking point on Tyneside in recent weeks regarding transfers, with the player having admitted that he would be tempted by the possibility of a move to Paris St. Germain, and that his ‘dream’ would be to play for Premier League rivals Arsenal. Sissoko has been the outstanding performer in what has been an inconsistent…

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Everton are in a relegation battle, admits Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted for the first time this season that his side are now embroiled in a battle to retain their Premier League status, the Guardian has reported. The club’s initial aim for this season was to finish in the top four and qualify for the 2015-16 Champions League, after coming so close last term where they achieved their highest points tally since the inception of the Premier League in 1992. However, they have been inconsistent throughout and as the result of a run which has seen…

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Man City in battle with rivals United to sign defender Pepe

Manchester City are hoping to beat bitter rivals Manchester United in the face to sign Real Madrid defender Pepe, whose future at the Bernabeu is uncertain, ESPN has reported. The Premier League champions are said to be ahead in the race to sign the Portuguese star, who is looking for guaranteed first-team football for next season. In his eighth season at Real Madrid, he has sometimes found himself as the third-choice centre-back this season behind Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. Manuel Pellegrini – who made an approach for Pepe last…

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Lennon closing in on move to Hull

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is edging closer to a move to Hull City, who are also hopeful of completing a deal for Lokomotiv Moscow star Dame N’Doye, the Hull Daily Mail has reported. Lennon has been linked with a move to the KC Stadium during the January transfer window after falling almost completely out of favour at Tottenham, making just 17 appearances this season in all competitions and only three starts in the Premier League. This is despite being a regular throughout much of his nine and-a-half year stay. He…

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Liverpool boss Rodgers eyes Stindl as possible Gerrard replacement

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has registered an interest in Hannover captain Lars Stindl as a possible replacement for current skipper Steven Gerrard, according to Talksport. Gerrard announced at the beginning of January that he would leave the club at the end of the season, and has since agreed a move to the MLS to join Los Angeles Galaxy. Although Jordan Henderson is a possible candidate to fill his boots, Rodgers has begun the search for a replacement and believes Stindl has the quality to make the step-up. The Northern Irishman…

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Chelsea vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

With the gap between leaders Chelsea and nearest challengers Manchester City standing at five points, they meet in a vital encounter at Stamford Bridge, one which could go some way to deciding who will be lifting the coveted Premier League trophy in May. Despite suffering the embarrassment of conceding four goals to lose at home to League One Bradford City in the FA Cup, the hosts undoubtedly come into this in better form, and with the delight of having reached the Capital One Cup final thanks to a hard-fought 2-1…

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Man Utd vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be looking to get back on track at home by gaining revenge over struggling Leicester City, who won 5-3 in a stunning reverse fixture in September. The loss to top four rivals Southampton ended an unbeaten run at home which had lasted since the opening day of the season, although United did recover well with an eventually comfortable win at Queens Park Rangers. But manager Louis van Gaal was less than happy after his side failed to defeat League Two Cambridge United in the FA Cup, and…

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Liverpool vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool can leapfrog West Ham United in the race for a top-four finish if they can claim victory when the two sides meet at Anfield on Saturday. Despite some terrific attacking play in two cup competitions, Liverpool have only scored once since their last Premier League outing at Aston Villa. Either side of a frustrating goalless draw with Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup, they more than matched Chelsea in both legs of their Capital One Cup semi-final, but ended up narrowly on the losing side. It was a major…

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Sunderland vs Burnley – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland take on Burnley in what is set to be a tense encounter in the North East as it brings together the two sides immediately above the bottom three. Manager Gustavo Poyet has recently acknowledged that the Black Cats are not connecting with the club’s supporters, and he will be all too aware that his side must produce better here than in their last two home outings against Liverpool and Fulham, both of which saw the team booed off at the final whistle. There were plenty of positives to draw…

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West Brom vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tony Pulis will be hoping to extend his unbeaten start as West Bromwich Albion Head Coach as they welcome Champions League hopefuls Tottenham to the Hawthorns. The manner in which the Baggies went about their business and earned a hard-fought goalless draw at Everton in their last league outing was far from pretty, but it was effective enough to lift them a further point clear of danger and closer to mid-table security. Since taking charge, Pulis has made an instant impact and restored West Brom’s defensive discipline, which waned a…

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Stoke vs QPR – Premier League preview and team news

Queens Park Rangers will be desperate that their miserable run of away defeats will come to an end at Stoke City, who can move up into ninth place with a win. After what was without doubt their worst display of the season at Arsenal on January 11, Stoke have responded well, with a commanding victory at Leicester City coming before they racked up four in a potentially tricky FA Cup tie away to Rochdale. But it turned out to be a bittersweet evening at Spotland, as Bojan Krkic suffered an…

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Crystal Palace vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be aiming to secure their fifth win in five games under Alan Pardew as they face an Everton side that is very much in need of a morale-boosting three points. The atmosphere that greeted Pardew in his first home game in charge against Tottenham back on January 10 was breathtaking, and the momentum gained from earning a dramatic victory that day is showing no signs of relenting. For now at least, scoring goals no longer seems to be a major problem. That was in evidence at Burnley…

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Hull vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Hull City will move out of the relegation zone if they can see off a Newcastle United side who will play their first game since John Carver was confirmed to be in charge until the end of the season. The Tigers have fallen back into danger thanks to two successive away defeats, where they were severely hampered by the absence of a number of key players. Despite having a week off due to the FA Cup, manager Steve Bruce still has a lengthy injury list to contend with. But Bruce…

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Aston Villa sign Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair on loan

Aston Villa have completed a deal to sign Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on loan until the end of the season, reports BBC Sport. The former Swansea City man joined the sky Blues back in 2012, but could barely get any first-team football. He was subsequently loaned out to West Bromwich Albion, but failed to make a real impact. And now Aston Villa have looked to give him a way out of the club. His loan deal with Paul Lambert’s side comes with a buying option attached, meaning the Villans…

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa given three-match ban for violent conduct

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been handed a three-match ban for violent conduct in the Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool, as reported by the FA. The Spanish international was guilty of a stamp on Liverpool defender Emre Can in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final, and failed upon his initial appeal. He wasn’t, however, prosecuted for his stamp on Reds defender Martin Skrtel. Costa’s conduct on Can wasn’t seen by match officials, but was pulled up following viewing of the footage, so his ban comes under…

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Chelsea agree terms with Fiorentina over Cuadrado

According to BBC Sport, Chelsea have agreed terms with Fiorentina over their deal to sign Juan Cuadrado for £27M this month, with Mohamed Salah to join the Italians on loan. The 26-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Premier League leaders this week, and now it’s up to Chelsea and Fiorentina to conclude the deal. Manager Jose Mourinho is very keen on the Colombian, and is looking at selling Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg to fund the deal. Mohamed Salah may also be loaned out to Fiorentina as art of…

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Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge “anxious” about making his return from injury

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge admitted he’s anxious about returning for the Reds following a lengthy injury, reports BBC Sport. The England international, 25, has been out of action since August through injury, and is set to make his return this weekend. Liverpool have utilised Raheem Sterling as a makeshift centre-forward in his absence, but they have been suffering from a lack of goals in general. Sturridge’s return to action will see confidence back in the already resurgent Reds, and he admitted that he was eagerly anticipating this moment, but was…

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Liverpool in bid for Burnley striker Danny Ings

According to BBC Sport, Liverpool have made an approach for Burnley striker Danny Ings, that could see him return to Turf Moor on loan until the end of the season. The 22-year-old is in the last six months of his contract, and his form for the newly-promoted Clarets have led to speculation on his future. Liverpool were one club heavily linked a number of months ago, and with the England U21 international having not signed a new deal at Turf Moor, his future appears to be elsewhere. But Ings was…

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Everton ask Real Madrid for forward Jese

Everton have asked Real Madrid about the chances of taking young forward Jese Rodriguez on loan for the rest of the season, Football Espana reports. It’s believed that Toffees manager Roberto Martinez has enquired into the availability of 21-year-old as he looks to bolster his squad for the remainder of the campaign, having let Samuel Eto’o move to Sampdoria on a free transfer only six months after he signed on at Goodison Park. Jese is thought to be in need of regular playing time as he recovers from a serious…

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