Arsenal vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be determined to reignite their title challenge with a first win in four Premier League games as they take on a Southampton side that is back on song after three straight victories. Even before Per Mertesacker saw red for his desperate challenge on eventual match-winner Diego Costa, Arsenal had made a struggling start against reigning champions Chelsea and had found it difficult to contain the fluent attacking play of their opponents. The decisive goal came shortly after, with Arsene Wenger’s decision to sacrifice leading scorer Olivier Giroud being…

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Man Utd vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to 2016 with victory over a mid-table Southampton side that has not won away from home since the first week of November. Wayne Rooney’s elusive first goal at Anfield for 11 years did not just hand Man Utd a very sweet three point haul; it may have breathed new life into their season. They were far from firing on all cylinders against arch rivals Liverpool, but they dealt with what came their way with reasonable comfort before striking with their only…

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic comes clean on Daniel Sturridge rumours

Liverpool’s injury-plagued striker Daniel Sturridge was linked with a shock move to West Ham a couple of days ago. However, when asked about the rumours in a press conference, Hammers manager Slaven Bilic vehemently denied the rumours, as reported by Goal. “That is only a rumour and there is nothing behind it,” Bilic said. “I am not talking about who we want – Daniel Sturridge is a big player and a big name – but that is only paper talk.” And when he was asked whether he would be interested in the…

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Charlie Austin to join Southampton from QPR on bargain price

Southampton have agreed personal terms with Charlie Austin after Queens Park Rangers accepted a £4 million bid for their striker, according to The Telegraph. Austin was called up to the England squad last May for the international friendly against the Republic of Ireland, in which he did not feature. It was assumed the striker would soon join a Premier League club, with Newcastle and Crystal Palace known to have been interested. But Austin remained with QPR. Soon enough, the goal getter grew frustrated with the Rangers’ 17th place in the Championship, 13 points…

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Man United gossip: Ronaldo and Neymar deal updates and youngster has Championship options

Friday’s biggest Man United news and transfer rumours. Man United and Paris St-Germain have been quoted £728m if they want Real Madrid’s 30-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo, the Daily Mail reports. Ronaldo had been tipped to make a shock exit from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer after a reported fall out with club bosses. After opening talks about a new contract, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, is poised to see his income rise to £200,000 a week, the Daily Mirror reports. De Gea is expected to be brought back…

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Man United made late approach for reported Chelsea target Charlie Austin

Manchester United made a late attempt to bring Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin to Old Trafford this summer, according to the Daily Express. After a strong summer for the Red Devils, it appeared that the smart thing for Louis van Gaal to do in the final days of the window would be to find at least one new striker. While his squad currently boasts several attacking players capable of featuring up front, they went into transfer deadline day with just Wayne Rooney as the only natural forward in the…

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Chelsea ready to take poll position in £15m Charlie Austin race

Chelsea could be ready to make a move for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin after the Daily Express revealed that former favourites Newcastle United have withdrawn their interest in his services. The Magpies had been heavily linked with the England international all summer following QPR’s relegation back to the Championship, but after much speculation Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has ruled out a move after being put off by his £15m price tag. Austin bagged 18 goals last season, but McClaren is reluctant to shell out that kind of money…

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West Ham desperate to land £15m rated former Chelsea target Charlie Austin

West Ham will desperately try to sign Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin this week, according to the Daily Mirror. The Mirror suggest that the Hammers had initially been put off the 26-year-old, who was also attracting Chelsea’s interest earlier in the summer (via Metro), after the Championship side slapped a £15m price tag on his head. However, their stance has changed slightly, the Mirror report, following the injury sustained to Enner Valencia during their recent Europa League clash with Astra Giurgiu, which is set to keep the Ecuadorian out…

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Newcastle closing in on £15m deal for QPR striker Charlie Austin

Newcastle United are reportedly closing in on a £15m deal that would see Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin move to St James’ Park, according to the Metro. The 26-year-old is wanted by several Premier League sides, including Chelsea and West Ham, but it appears that the Magpies are the ones that have won the race for his signature. The news of his imminent arrival is likely to please the Toon Army, who had to watch their side struggle in front of goal last year, while the former Burnley man…

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Charlie Austin ready to reject moves in favour of Chelsea or Tottenham switch

Queens Park Rangers boss Chris Ramsey has fired a warning to any potential suitors for Charlie Austin by saying that he will only join a club in the top half of the Premier League table, the Daily Express reports. Following the club’s relegation back to the Championship, the England international has been linked with a £15m exit this summer with the Express citing the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle, Chelsea and Tottenham all said to be keen on snapping him up. However, it seems that Villa and Newcastle could miss…

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Aston Villa plotting £15m bid for Charlie Austin to be Christian Benteke’s replacement

Aston Villa are planning to open the chequebook as they try to get over the loss of two of their key players, and they have put Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin at the top of their target list, the Metro report. The club have lost Fabian Delph, who eventually decided to join Manchester City. And while the England international had established himself as one of Tim Sherwood’s key men, it is the potential loss of a teammate that could hit the Villains harder. The Metro report that Liverpool are…

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West Ham to offer CAPTAIN and former RECORD SIGNING in exchange for Chelsea target

West Ham’s desire to land Queens Park Rangers striker and Chelsea target Charlie Austin (via Metro) could see them offer the Championship side both their captain and their former record signing. READ MORE: Chelsea News and Gossip Liverpool free to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke after rivals pull out of race Man United line up £75m DOUBLE SWOOP of South American pair According to the London Evening Standard, Slaven Bilic is willing to sacrifice Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis as he tries to land the forward. Jarvis became the…

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Chelsea news and rumours: Begovic deal DONE, but exciting youngster could be set for exit

Here is Monday’s news and rumours concerning Chelsea: READ MORE: Chelsea Goals and Highlights Chelsea complete deal to sign Asmir Begovic SURPRISE Premier League side to beat Chelsea and Arsenal to signing of Italy striker The Blues have announced that they have completed the signing of former Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, the Independent report. The 28-year-old moves to Stamford Bridge after the two clubs agreed an £8m fee. Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be heading to Fiorentina on loan, as Chelsea try to diffuse the situation regarding Mohamed Salah, according to…

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Striker urged to TURN DOWN Chelsea by former boss

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin has been urged to turn down a move to Chelsea by his former manager Harry Redknapp. READ MORE: Chelsea News and Goals Chelsea midfielder refuses to rule out surprise Arsenal move Chelsea take lead in race to sign Paul Pogba According to the Daily Mail, Redknapp instead believes that Austin should choose a move to Newcastle, who are also reportedly interested in the forward, as he will receive more game time. “A move to Newcastle would be the best one for Charlie Austin,” he…

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Chelsea ‘DEFINITELY INTERESTED’ in 18 goal Premier League hit man

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Chelsea are apparently ‘definitely interested’ in signing Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin this summer, that is according to the Metro. Last week bookies slashed the odds on the England international linking up with the Premier League champions, before odds were cut again on him linking up with cross city rivals West Ham United. A host of Premier League clubs are rumoured to be interested in taking him away from Loftus Road this summer, though he is believed to be keen to remain in the south as to not uproot…

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Chelsea gossip: Terry drops Sterling hint? And Blues ‘DEFINITELY interested’ in £15m striker

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Tuesday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumours. Chelsea are ‘definitely interested’ in signing QPR and England striker Charlie Austin, according to the Metro. The England international is being tipped to move on this summer following QPR’s relegation back to the Championship. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has insisted he can take stinging criticism from Jose Mourinho on the chin, the Daily Mirror reports. The Chelsea youngster was the subject of a strong rebuke from Mourinho for his performance in a post season game in Australia. Blues skipper John Terry reckons Raheem Sterling has…

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Bookmakers SUSPEND betting on 18 goal striker joining West Ham

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Despite previous trends suggesting that Queens Park Ranger forward Charlie Austin was heading to Stamford Bridge, it now appears that it is another London club that is closing in on his signature. READ MORE: West Ham Transfer News Five wonder kids set for Premier League stardom Betting odds slashed on Chelsea signing £15m rated striker The Daily Mirror report that a wave of bets on the 25-year-old joining West Ham has seen one bookmaker suspend betting on the possibility of the striker being at the Boleyn Ground next year. The…

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Betting odds SLASHED on Chelsea signing £15m-rated Charlie Austin

Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin this summer, according to the Metro. READ MORE: Nine Premier League bargain buys Former Burnley man signs for Tottenham Liverpool defender denies new deal is signed Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Jose Mourinho making the move to take him across west London from Loftus Road to Stamford Bridge. It’s no secret that Chelsea are in the market for a new striker following the departure of veteran front man Didier Drogba and the sporadic injury problems suffered by top…

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Liverpool to join Newcastle in race for Charlie Austin

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Liverpool could be about to scupper Newcastle’s seemingly impending move for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin. READ MORE: Liverpool News and Goals According to The Sun, the 25-year-old was closing in on a move to St James’ Park, following Chris Ramsey’s men’s relegation. However, news of Merseyside interest has meant that he has delayed deciding on his future. But, The Sun suggest that Brendan Rodgers does not view the former Burnley man as his main transfer target. The Reds are in desperate need of adding more depth up front however,…

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Chelsea consider move for goal scoring England international

Chelsea are said to be the latest Premier League club to show an interest in signing QPR striker Charlie Austin this summer, according to ESPN. READ MORE: Chelsea News and Goals The England international enjoyed a brilliant debut season in the top flight, despite it ending in relegation, as he bagged himself 17 goals. However, it now appears as though he will be moving on in the next few weeks, with a number of Premier League sides keen to take him away from Loftus Road. Newcastle have recently emerged as…

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Republic of Ireland v England confirmed line ups: Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy forced to wait for debut

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Roy Hodgson’s starting line up for England’s first game against the Republic of Ireland in Ireland for 20 years has been announced, and there is no place in the eleven for any of three uncapped names in the squad. Strikers Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin, and goalkeeper Tom Heaton – who have all been rewarded with their first call-ups following promising seasons in the Premier League – will begin the game on the bench. However, with it just being a friendly, and a much more important clash against Slovenia coming next…

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Tim Sherwood’s five-step plan to revive Aston Villa: How charismatic boss can prove his salt this summer

Despite a bright start to his career as Aston Villa manager, Tim Sherwood’s season ended in disappointment as the momentum suddenly dropped and they found themselves on the end of three embarrassing defeats – including the FA Cup final. READ MORE: Aston Villa Transfer News Shipping 11 goals in those final three games wasn’t ideal, but it has served to highlight what needs to be done in order to revitalise the club and make a serious attempt at escaping another relegation battle. Sherwood will be aware that he cannot continue…

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