Juventus interested in Man City striker Dzeko

Serie A leaders Juventus are lining up a £15m bid for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, who is their top striking target for the summer transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror. Dzeko has turned in a number of impressive performances for the Premier League champions this season, but has struggled to find the net on a regular basis. He is also not guaranteed a place in the starting XI, with the competition having intensified in recent weeks due to the signing of Wilfried Bony in January from Swansea City.…

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Hughes pens new Stoke contract

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has agreed a new contract which will keep him at the Britannia Stadium until the summer of 2019, BBC Sport has reported. After an ill-fated spell at Queens Park Rangers that lasted just 10 months, Hughes was chosen to replace long-serving boss Tony Pulis at the East Midlands club in the summer of 2013. It was seen as a good fit, and has proven to be thus far with the club on course to register the second successive top half finish. A strong end to…

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Szczesny set for talks over Arsenal future

Arsenal are set to hold talks with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny at the end of the season regarding his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium, according to the London Evening Standard. The Poland international joined the club as a youngster and eventually established himself as their first-choice goalkeeper in the final months of the 2010-11 season. He went on to hold that position for over three and-a-half years, but since the beginning of January he has fallen out of favour, losing his place in the Premier League starting XI to David…

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England boss Hodgson hails ‘fairytale’ Kane goal

England manager Roy Hodgson described debutant Harry Kane’s impact as a ‘fairytale’ after the striker found the net against Lithuania mere second after coming on as a substitute, the Daily Telegraph has reported. There was a clamour among supporters and the media for Kane to start the match, but was introduced shortly after the midway point of the second half with England already leading 3-0. And just 79 seconds later he was on the scoresheet, heading home at the far post following a strong run and cross from Raheem Sterling.…

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Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher praises impact made by new manager Dick Advocaat

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is confident the side can maintain their Premier League status following the appointment of Dick Advocaat as their new manager, as the Scotland international feels the Dutchman has already made an impact despite not being at the club for too long, reports Sky Sports Sunderland are in a precarious position in the Premier League, and have some tough games to come against strong opposition. They have a Tyne Wear derby clash against fierce rivals Newcastle to come, and despite their poor form, confidence levels are on…

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Wayne Rooney not thinking too much about breaking Charlton’s England scoring record

Ahead of internationals to come against Lithuania and Italy, Manchester United and England forward Wayne Rooney is only three goals away from matching Bobby Charlton’s all-time goals record for England, but has revealed he’s tried not to think about too much beating the former Three Lions international, reports Sky Sports. The 29-year-old has 46 goals for England from 101 caps, and looks set to break Charlton’s record, with many internationals to come fitness permitting. He’s been consistent in front of goal for club and country, but this season was deployed…

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Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge suffers fresh injury setback

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will be out of action for a month, after tearing a muscle following the Reds’ defeat to Manchester United last weekend, reports Sky Sports. The England international has missed the majority of the campaign through injury, and could now be sidelined for another month with the muscle tear. He was due to play for the Three Lions in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and their friendly to come against Italy, but has been ruled out by manager Roy Hodgson, who himself was surprised to see…

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Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao nets a brace for Colombia

Manchester United’s under-fire striker Radamel Falcao scored two goals on international duty, as his Colombia side dispatched of Bahrain in last night’s international friendly, running out 6-0 winners at full-time, reports Sky Sports. The 29-year-old has been on the periphery with the Red Devils since his loan move from AS Monaco this season, but he was on song for his country with an impressive contribution. He was made captain for the club, and set up the opening goal for Carlos Bacca. Falcao got himself on the scoresheet with two goals…

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West Ham’s Winston Reid out of action for New Zealand

West Ham defender Winston Reid will miss his country’s game against South Africa after picking up a hamstring injury, New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has confirmed. The centre-back could return for the Hammers next game next month, however, reports Sky Sports. The 26-year-old recently signed a new long-term deal with West Ham, ending months of speculation about his future. He’s been outstanding in the backline all through the season for Sam Allardyce’s side, but is still attracting interest from side higher up in the table as a result of his…

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England vs Lithuania – Match preview and team news

After a four-month break, England resume their seemingly inevitable progress towards Euro 2016 with a home tie against Lithuania in the first ever meeting between the two nations. The Three Lions lie top of Group E with a perfect record of four wins from four, with Lithuania one of three teams behind them on six points. The Baltic state are outsiders are outsiders for qualification, but after a positive start to their campaign they will be optimistic of finishing third and earning a potential play-off spot. The last qualifier at…

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Spain vs Ukraine – Match preview and team news

Reigning European champions Spain will be looking to stay in touch with Group C leaders Slovakia with a win over Ukraine, with whom they are level on points. After suffering defeat to Slovakia on October 9, Vicente Del Bosque’s side have hit back well, netting seven goals without reply in comprehensive wins over Luxembourg and Belarus. Those results went some way to silencing some of the doubters, but critical eyes will still be on them and their will be scrutiny if they do not finish top of the group. With…

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Terry signs new Chelsea deal

Chelsea have confirmed through their official website that captain John Terry has signed a new contract with the club until the end of the 2015-16 season. Terry’s current deal was due to expire in the summer of 2015 but he will stay on at Stamford Bridge for at least another 12 months, having made 661 appearances for the Blues since his debut in 1998. Terry has, barring a short loan spell at Nottingham Forest, represented Chelsea for his entire career. “I’m delighted to have signed an extension to my contract…

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Walcott rejects reports of Arsenal fall-out

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has insisted he and the club are not at loggerheads over his new contract, Sky Sports has reported. The England international took the step of replying directly to speculation there was an impasse by posting a series of messages on his personal Twitter account, after it was claimed part of the reason he was not getting game time under manager Arsene Wenger was due to his contractual situation. Walcott spent almost a full year recovering from an injury suffered in January 2014 and was sidelined again…

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No serious injury for Everton striker Kone

Everton have confirmed through their official website that striker Arouna Kone did not suffer a serious knee injury in the Toffees’ win over Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers. Kone was substituted after 79 minutes of the 2-1 victory at Loftus Road after picking up a problem in build-up to Everton’s winner, scored by on-loan Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon. Seamus Coleman had earlier put Everton in front, only for Eduardo Vargas to equalise before Lennon’s late decider. It was feared Kone had suffered significant knee damage but a post-match…

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De Gea stamp was an accident, Skrtel insists

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has questioned the three-match ban handed to him for stamping on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, the Daily Telegraph has reported, insisting any incident was a total accident. Skrtel was sanctioned for stamping in the closing moments of United’s 2-1 win at Anfield and banned retrospectively, joining Reds captain Steven Gerrard in sitting out the next three games for disciplinary reasons after he was sent off less than a minute after coming on as a half-time substitute for a stamp on Ander Herrera. The Slovakia…

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Warburton not thinking of possible QPR role

Brentford manager Mark Warburton has downplayed suggestions he could be in line to take over at Queens Park Rangers, Sky Sports has reported, instead insisting he is focused on getting his current club out of the Championship and in to the Premier League. Warburton is to leave Brentford at the end of the season despite guiding the London club to seventh place with seven games to play in their first year back in the second tier after the club decided to re-structure their set-up. The 52-year-old has already been linked…

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Hodgson: Wait and see on Kane

England manager Roy Hodgson has refused to confirm or deny Harry Kane’s level of involvement ahead of a potential debut for the Tottenham Hotspur striker, ITV has reported. Kane was called in to the Three Lions’ senior set-up on the back of his prolific club form, plundering 26 goals by Easter and usurping the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans. It has been speculated that Kane could partner England captain Wayne Rooney in Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania but when asked at a pre-match…

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Premier League target Khedira to leave Real Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has confirmed he is to leave the club at the end of the season amid continued speculation with a move to the Premier League, the Germany World Cup winner linked to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, the Guardian has reported. Khedira’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires this summer, the former Stuttgart player moving to the Spanish capital in 2010. He has made more than 150 appearances for Madrid, scoring nine goals, and was part of the squad that won the Primera title in 2011-12…

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Swansea’s Ashley Williams wants a long stay at the Liberty Stadium

Swansea City captain Ashley Williams has revealed he wants to remain with the Welsh club for as long as possible, with reports still linking the Welsh international to other clubs in the Premier League, reports BBC Sport. The 30-year-old signed a contract extension last year, and told manager Garry Monk that he has no intention to leave. Williams joined the club from Stockport in 2008 for just £400K, and has since made more than 300 appearances. Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with his signature in the last year-and-a-half,…

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Jagielka: Hodgson much more laid back than Capello

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has revealed England manager Roy Hodgson is much more of a laid back coach than predecessor Fabio Capello was during his time in charge of the Three Lions, reports BBC Sport. “There can be too many rules. If Fabio didn’t want anyone to have ketchup there was no ketchup. Roy allows us ketchup if we want. I’m not going to slag (Capello) off. He’s had fantastic success with that style during his managerial career, but it was difficult sometimes. You’d walk past him and not know…

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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil believes he can become a Ballon d’Or winner in the future

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he is “convinced” he will become a Ballon d’Or winner in the next few years, and believes his critics are only fuelling him to become an even better player, reports Sky Sports. The German international, 26, signed for Arsenal back in the summer of 2013 for £42.5M from La Liga giants Real Madrid, and was the subject of criticism all through his debut campaign for poor performances in the Premier League. His manager continued to stand by him, and has been somewhat vindicate in doing…

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Southampton’s Fraser Forster out for up to nine months following knee surgery

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been ruled out of action for up to nine months after undergoing knee surgery. It means the England international will miss a portion of the 2015/16 campaign with the Saints, reports Sky Sports. Forster’s absence is a big blow for club and country, as he was in great form for Southampton, and potentially in line to feature against Italy in England’s upcoming international friendly. The 27-year-old has played his part in the Saints boasting the best defence in the Premier League this season, conceding just…

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Ryan Mason thanks Tottenham following England call-up

Following Ryan Mason’s surprise call-up to the England national team, the midfielder was keen to thanks Tottenham Hotspurs for the faith shown in his abilities that has seen as a Premier League regular this season, ultimately paving the way for national team duty, reports Sky Sports. The 23-year-old was somewhat of a late bloomer, enduring a host of loan spells with a number of clubs, before he was given his chances with the Tottenham first-team. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has given Mason a platform to perform, and the Englishman hasn’t…

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Burnley’s Sam Vokes excited to link-up with Gareth Bale for Wales again

After overcoming a lengthy knee injury, Burnley striker Sam Vokes revealed his excitement to be joining up with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale in the Wales national team ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifiers to come, reports Sky Sports. Vokes missed a year of football after a cruciate ligament injury, but is now back in action for club and country, and is looking forward to contributing again. He is particular keen to play alongside Gareth Bale again, as he believes the forward’s abilities could lead Wales to a major international tournament.…

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Chelsea’s John Terry admits he barely slept following Champions League exit to PSG

Chelsea captain John Terry revealed he barely slept after the Londoners were knocked out of the Champions League this season to Paris Saint-Germain, but was glad that he did as it meant his desire to succeed was still intact, reports Sky Sports. Chelsea were eliminated from the prestigious European tournament without losing a single game all through the competition. They were knocked out on away goals by Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16, which continued manager Jose Mourinho’s failure to earn European honours with the Premier League leaders. But Terry, 34,…

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