Premier League relegation fight heats up

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As the Premier League fast approaches the halfway stage of the season, ambitions will soon be fine-tuned and attentions turned towards getting the results needed to achieve specific goals. For the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool, focus will be on winning as much as possible to try and mount a serious title challenge. For other clubs – Hull, Sunderland, Swansea, Middlesbrough and so on, the focus will quickly change to specifically trying to garner as many points as they can to try and lift themselves away from the…

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Pochettino waits in the shadows as Mourinho faces critical period

As the Premier League season continues on its merry way, so do the rumours about the famous managerial merry-go-round kicking into life once again as well. With Sunderland and Hull changing their head honcho in the summer, only Swansea so far have changed the face in their technical area. That was when Bob Bradley became the first American manager in Premier League history when he replaced Francesco Guidolin at Swansea at the start of October. Looking at sportsbooks such as betway.com.gh, there are interesting odds for which manager could be the next…

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England takes break from Champions League success

As this season’s Champions League moves into the quarter-final stages, no English teams are present for the second time in three season. What is more, no English side is still competing in either of Europe’s top two club competitions at this stage for the first time in 22 years – a bit strange considering the success enjoyed by English sides, particularly over the past 15 years or so. Indeed, when a Porto side managed by a certain Jose Mourinho lifted the Champions League crown in 2004, English sides would soon…

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Gerrard just the latest to see red in Man Utd-Liverpool rivalry

One of English football’s most notorious and fierce rivalries added another chapter to its storied history on Sunday, when Liverpool hosted a resurgent Man Utd side at Anfield. The hard hitting action of clashes past continued the tradition of bruising encounters between the two sides – a point highlighted by the dismissal of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard less than 40 seconds after entering the fray as a substitute. The visitors were enjoying a two points advantage over their hosts going into the game, and that soon extended to five as…

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Fabregas refuses to let angry Arsenal fans affect him following Chelsea move

Cesc Fabregas has vowed not to let Arsenal fans’ negative reaction to his shock move to Stamford Bridge affect him, according to The Daily Star. The Gunners had a first-option clause in Fabregas’ contract at Barcelona, but decided not to re-sign their former midfielder, leading to the Spain international moving to Chelsea for £30m on Thursday. Arsenal fans have taken to social media to voice their frustration at their former hero’s latest move, posting pictures of old Arsenal shirts with Fabregas’ name on the back being burned in protest. But…

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Reed believes Koeman’s arrival will help Southampton keep top stars

Les Reed, Southampton’s executive director, believes that the arrival of former Ajax manager Ronald Koeman will prove vital in Saints’ bid to retain some of their star players, according to BBC Sport. Rickie Lambert has already departed St. Mary’s this summer by returning to boyhood club Liverpool, and other international stars such as Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw have also been linked with moves away from the south coast – but Reed hopes that the appointment of Koeman as successor to departed boss Mauricio Pochettino should be seen as a…

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Sunderland sign Wigan midfielder Gomez

Sunderland have secured their second signing of the summer, with Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez set to join up with the Black Cats in July, according to Sky Sports. Gomez has spent six years in England, initially on-loan at Swansea before moving on a permanent basis to the Latics, and won the club’s Player of the Year award this season having scored 11 goals. The Spanish midfielder has an FA Cup Winners’ medal which he earned when Wigan beat Man City in the 2013 FA Cup final to lift the trophy,…

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Newcastle close to signing Montpellier midfielder Cabella

Newcastle are closing in on their first signing of the summer, with the club having “almost agreed” a fee with Montpellier for midfielder Remy Cabella, according to The Chronicle. Newcastle chased Cabella for much of the last two transfer windows, but are said to be in a better position than before to land their man, with the mooted £7m transfer fee now on the verge of being agreed. Newcastle have struggled to bring in many new faces in recent transfer windows, and manager Alan Pardew will likely prove relieved at…

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West Ham preparing £10m offer to Sunderland midfielder Colback

West Ham have targeted Sunderland Jack Colback for a summer move to east London, with the Hammers set to prepare a £10m package for the midfielder, according to The Daily Mail. Colback’s contract at the Stadium of Light runs out over the course of the summer, and the club have made offers to the player to retain his services. All of these offers have been rebuffed, however, and Newcastle were thought to be the front runners to snap up the Killingworth-born 24-year-old on a free transfer. West Ham, however, have…

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Monaco striker Falcao admits interest in Premier League switch

Radamel Falcao has opened the door to a potential move to the Premier League, putting long-term suitors Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea on alert, according to The Daily Star. Falcao had been linked with a move to England last summer before opting for a £50m megadeal to French outfit Monaco, but the Colombian has confirmed that he hopes to play in the English top-flight at some stage in his career. The 28-year-old is hoping to prove his fitness to Colombia coach Jose Pekerman as the announcement for their…

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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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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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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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Southampton manager Pochettino appointed Tottenham boss

BBC Sport has confirmed that Tottenham have appointed Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager, with the Argentinian signing a five-year contract at White Hart Lane. Pochettino arrived in England in January 2013 when he replaced Nigel Adkins at Southampton, and has enjoyed a successful tenure at St. Mary’s – but with Tim Sherwood dismissed from the role of Spurs boss following the conclusion of the Premier League campaign, the 42-year-old has continuously been linked with the job. Reports on Tuesday indicated that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had hopes of appointing…

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Tottenham want to appoint Southampton boss Pochettino within 48 hours

Tottenham are said to be in “advanced talks” to bring Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino to White Hart Lane, and could unveil the Argentinian as their new boss within 48 hours, according to Sky Sports. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is thought to have wanted Pochettino as deposed manager Tim Sherwood’s replacement ever since the former Blackburn captain was dismissed from the White Hart Lane hotseat at the end of the season, and despite monitoring other potentials such as Ajax boss Frank de Boer and Louis van Gaal before the Dutchman was…

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van Gaal wants Feyenoord pair Clasie and Martins Indi at Man Utd

Incoming Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal has targeted a £30m-double swoop on Dutch club Feyenoord for Netherlands internationals Jordy Clasie and Bruno Martins Indi, according to The Express. The duo, who are both 22, were given their Netherlands senior debuts under van Gaal over the course of the past two years, and the incumbent boss could be set to give them a stage with which to show their potential in Old Trafford when he arrives following this summer’s World Cup. Van Gaal is understood to have a very definite…

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Man City midfielder Toure admits it would be an honour to play for PSG

Man City midfielder Yaya Toure has added fuel to the fire surrounding his reported unhappiness at the newly crowned Premier League champions by admitting it would be “an honour” to play for Paris Saint-Germain, according to ITV News. Reports emerged recently that the player was unhappy at the club and felt disrespected by the club’s hierarchy, and while Toure laughed off reports that this was the reason behind his unhappiness he has not committed himself fully to seeing through his forseeable future in the north west. His agent, Dimitry Seluk,…

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Chelsea set sights on PSG forward Lavezzi

With Chelsea set to complete the sale of David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain, it is believed that the Blues enquired to the Frenchmen about the availability of forward Ezequiel Lavezzi during the negotiations, reports The Independent. With the French Ligue 1 champions looking to finalise the signing of Chelsea’s Brazilian defender, and also harbouring an interest in Luiz’s Stamford Bridge team-mate Eden Hazard, Jose Mourinho hopes that Lavezzi could move the other way in order to help bolster his front line ahead of the new season’s kick off in August.…

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Ameobi to leave Newcastle, manager Pardew pays tribute

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi will conclude his tenure at St. James’ Park this summer when his contract expires, according to Sky Sports. Ameobi made his debut for the Magpies in 2000, and has gone on to make 397 appearances in the black and white shirt. He has spent his entire professional career at the club, save for a brief loan spell with Stoke in 2008. He has scored 79 times for the club, with almost 10% of those goals coming in games against bitter rivals Sunderland, but the 32-year-old must…

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McGeady says Everton must aim for Champions League football

Aiden McGeady believes Everton can break into the top four in the Premier League next season after finishing fifth this time round, according to The Daily Mail. McGeady, who arrived at Goodison Park from Spartak Moscow in January 2014, believes Everton themselves slipped up in the race for Champions League football, but does not want to repeat that shortcoming in an otherwise fantastic season for the Toffees – the first under Roberto Martinez. “It was in our own hands and we slipped up,” said the former Celtic star. “We beat…

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PSG manager Blanc admits he wants Chelsea star Hazard

Paris Saint-German could be looking to add a second Chelsea player to their ranks this summer, with manager Laurent Blanc admitting his admiration for Blues star Eden Hazard, according to The Daily Mail. Luiz reportedly is set to complete a £50m move to the French champions ahead of the World Cup, and the deal would represent a world record transfer fee for a defender. Boss Blanc, however, does not now look likely to stop there, with the former Man Utd defender wanting attacking additions as well he has labelled Hazard…

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy not considering unemployed managers for vacant role

Tottenham’s search for a new manager following the dismissal of Tim Sherwood will not include any managers presently unemployed, according to BBC Sport. Several names have been linked with the vacant hotseat since even before Sherwood’s dismissal, but the latest development would appear to rule out the likes of former Man Utd boss David Moyes and ex-Celtic chief Neil Lennon. Mauricio Pochettino and Frank De Boer, however, seem to remain in the running as they are currently employed by Southampton and Ajax respectively. Both have been heavily linked with the…

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Ba plays down Chelsea exit rumours

Chelsea striker Demba Ba expects to stay at Chelsea next season after revealing manager Jose Mourinho wants to keep the 28-year-old, reports Sky Sports. Ba has found starting opportunities difficult to come by this season, having played from kickoff only six times all season, but the former Newcastle striker says that boss Mourinho has already asked him personally to remain a Chelsea player through next season. Arsenal have been linked with a move recently, but a fine flourish in form towards the back end of the campaign seem to have…

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