Former Juventus star in England ahead of a Premier League move

Former Juventus defender Martin Caceres has flown into England ahead of a possible move to Premier League. The Uruguayan international has been a free agent since leaving the Italian giants in the summer and has been looking for a new club ever since. The 29-year-old reportedly has been in talks with Southampton, Crystal Palace and Sunderland and now, according to Sky Sports he has arrived in England ahead of talks with interested parties. ESPN today claimed that the Saints are very much interested in the player after losing centre-backs Virgil…

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Relegation battle shaping up to be more interesting than the title-race

It is shaping up to be a one-horse title race in Premier League this season. Following their 3-1 win over Arsenal, Chelsea have further cemented their claim on the title. Liverpool’s defeat to Hull City left them in a vulnerable position too. As things stand, the Blues have a formidable nine-point lead over second-placed Tottenham. It appears that Antonio Conte’s side would run away with the league title in the Italian’s first season in England. However, if you are looking for real suspense and drama, then you need to follow…

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Transfer Roundup 24th January- Payet saga goes on, Dani Alves China-bound and more

Less than a week to go before the January transfer window comes to a close, the deals are coming in thick and fast, with lots happening across the globe. Let us take a look at the hottest transfer stories from today: WEST HAM REJECT THIRD BID FROM MARSEILLE FOR PAYET Sky Sports sources say West Ham United have rejected yet another bid from Marseille for wantaway star Dimitri Payet. The latest bid is believed to be in the region of £22.5 million while the Hammers rate their French (homesick) star at £30…

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‘Disgracefully Disrespectful’ Jermaine Lens leaves David Moyes fuming

Sunderland manager David Moyes was left fuming over recent comments from Jermaine Lens, who is currently on a season-long loan at Istanbul club Fenerbahce. The former PSV Eindhoven and Dynamo Kyiv forward, who has won 32 odd caps for The Oranje, recently suggested that Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship might facilitate his permanent move to Fenerbahce. Moyes was left fuming over Lens’s statement and retorted by saying, “It’s a disgrace to say that about your parent club. A lot of team-mates here who he played with are fighting every week with…

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Klopptimistic Update- Coutinho Inching Closer Towards First Team Action

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Philippe Coutinho will travel with the team to the South Coast, and might be involved in the EFL semi-final clash against the Saints and the Sunday night encounter against Jose Mourinho’s men at Old Trafford. The Brazilian maestro succumbed to an ankle injury back in November 2016, following a horrendous challenge by Black Cats midfielder Didier N’Dong. The uneventful injury resulted in the Liverpool number 10 missing out on ten games as the Reds suffered unfavourable results against Bournemouth, West Ham, Sunderland and…

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Pickford’s development into a top class goalkeeper gathers momentum

In defiance of Sunderland’s disastrous start to the English Premier League season, their young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is performing tremendously well. Since Victor Mannone tore elbow ligaments during a training session, Pickford has deputised for the 28-year-old Italian, despite the arrival at Sunderland of the former Portuguese U-21 goalkeeper Mika from Boavista. As well as keeping a clean sheet in Sunderland’s only win of the season thus far, which was a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury in the League Cup Pickford has produced three excellent Premier League displays, as the 22-year-old’s…

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Flurry of late summer transfer activity at Sunderland

Prior to David Moyes’ appointment as manager of Sunderland on 23 July the club had not made a single signing during this summer, with several players having left the club. Following the departures of Wes Brown, Steven Fletcher, Emmanuele Giaccherini, Danny Graham, and Santiago Vergini, along with the return to their parent club’s of last seasons loanees Yann M’Vila, Dame N’Doye and Ola Toivonen, Moyes inherited a squad lacking in depth and as such, requiring reinforcements. Moyes moves to make a quartet of signings Subsequently the 53-year-old, who has previously…

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Everton ready to sell John Stones, Toffees lining up replacement

Everton manager Ronald Koeman will give the green light on signing £15 million-rated Wilfried Bony as part of the deal that will take John Stones to Manchester City, according to a report by The Sun. Last week, it was claimed that the Citizens were confident of sealing the £50 million signing of the Everton defender, with terms set to be finalised as soon as possible, according to a report by the Daily Mail. If this deal was agreed upon, Stones would have become the joined-most expensive defender in the world. At the…

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Sunderland and Lazio compete for Manchester United player

Sunderland are facing competition from Serie A side Lazio in pursuit of Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, according to a report by La Gazzetta dello Sport (via talkSPORT). The report claims that Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi has identified Januzaj as a potential replacement of outgoing winger Antonio Candreva. Black Cats manager David Moyes, who handed Januzaj his first-team debut, has already admitted his interest in signing the 21-year-old this summer. The Belgian, who showed enormous potential under Moyes at Old Trafford, has failed to impress since Moyes’ departure from the…

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Moyes realistic on Sunderland prospects in the transfer market

New Sunderland manager David Moyes is fully appreciative of the need to exercise realism in his search for new players, according to the BBC. Moyes aims to strengthen Sunderland squad Since his appointment on 23 July, Moyes has identified it as being necessary to strengthen his squad, which at the moment consists of just 16 senior members, with Sunderland still to make their first signing of the summer. That is despite the club being linked with moves for a number of quality players, including Manchester United’s Belgian duo of Adnan…

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David Moyes wants to raid Manchester United, Sunderland interested in winger

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Sunderland were able to stay up in the Premier League with a late run of two wins and three draws in their last five league matches, outplaying Norwich City and Newcastle United. The Black Cats and new coach David Moyes want to avoid another difficult season and have been on the lookout for players that can add quality to their squad. According to a report by The Sun, Moyes wants to sign Marouane Fellaini for a third time by bringing the Manchester United midfielder to the Stadium of Light. The former United…

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Twitter reacts to Sam Allardyce’s appointment as new England manager

England has a new manager: Sam Allardyce. The 61-year-old leaves Sunderland and signed an initial two-year contract with a view to potentially extending that deal until 2020. The Black cats will receive a £3m compensation from the Football Association. It’s official. We are delighted to announce that Sam Allardyce is the new manager of the #ThreeLions! pic.twitter.com/7L3y9S62TP — England (@England) 22 juli 2016 The appointment of Allardyce didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter: Now that allardyce is England manager. Does that mean Kevin Nolan will finally get that well deserved 2nd cap? #lovers4lyfe…

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Sunderland lining up former Manchester United coach, Black Cats sell flop midfielder

With Sam Allardyce widely expected to be offered the role as England manager, Sunderland are weighing up former Manchester United boss David Moyes as his replacement, according to a report by the Telegraph. Allardyce has not been given any guarantees from the FA at this stage, but the report claims that it is starting to look like Allardyce’s appointment is a “done deal.” Chairman Ellis Short has already identified David Moyes as Allardyce’s potential replacement. The former Everton and Manchester United boss has been out of work since he was sacked by…

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Sunderland linked with former Manchester City star and Bundesliga gunner

Sunderland were able to stay up in the Premier League with a late run of two wins and three draws in their last five league matches, outplaying Norwich City and Newcastle United. The Black Cats want to avoid another difficult season and have been on the lookout for a striker that is able to hit the net consistently. Recent reports have talked about two names emerging in this regard. Sunderland have made an £8.5 million offer for Edin Dzeko but AS Roma are holding out for £11.6 million for the…

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West Ham table offers for two Serie A stars

West Ham United will move to the Olympic Stadium next season and are hoping to build on a very solid season, in which they reached the preliminary rounds of the Europa League. Manager Slaven Bilic is particulary searching for a top class striker and has been linked with the likes of Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi, Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, and Juventus’ Simone Zaza. According to a report by The Daily Mail, the Hammers have identifyed a new summer transfer target and have launched a £16million bid to sign AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca.…

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Premier League Season Review – Sunderland

Sunderland: 17th FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Round Three It has become an annual occurence for Sunderland to look like relegation certainties, change the manager and kickstart a revival by defeating arch rivals Newcastle United in the new man’s second match in charge. It is a case now of lightning striking four times, and on this occasion it was the wily Sam Allardyce who defied the club’s league position when he took over in October to lead them to safety, while reminding everyone of his managerial ability. After guiding the team…

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Manchester United extend starlet’s deal, chasing two young guns

Manchester United have been linked with a number of big football stars all season long, especially since Jose Mourinho was named the club’s manager. However, the Red Devils are also trying to secure their future by adding a set of young starlets. First and foremost, teenage sensation Marcus Rashford has signed a new long-term deal at Old Trafford after his impressive start in the Red Devils first team, according to the club’s official website. Rashford’s new contract is a four-year deal with the option of a further year. The 18-year-old…

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Watford vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

After securing their safety in style during the week, Sunderland are able to enjoy their final outing of the season away to a Watford side who will be looking to ensure that manager Quique Flores leaves off the back of a win. It was a story that had been gaining increasing weight for several weeks, and on Friday it was confirmed that Flores would be leaving after just one season in charge despite defying the odds to achieve a comfortable mid-table position, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the…

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Twitter trolls Newcastle and Rafa Benitez after relegation from Premier League

Sunderland will stay in the Premier League as the Black Cats beat Everton 3-0 at the Stadium of Light with goals from Patrick van Aanholt and Lamine Kone (2). Consequently, Norwich and Newcastle are relegated to The Championship, and Twitter especially trolled The Magpies and coach Rafa Benitez. Rafa Benitez has gone from Napoli, to Real Madrid, to the Championship in the space of 12 months. — Gaby McKay (@GabyMcKay) 11 mei 2016 Newcastle spent more than any other European club over the past two windows (£83 million), and it’s down too.…

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Sunderland vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland have battled their way into a position of immense strength in the battle for survival and can complete the job here, as victory over Everton would see them stay up and condemn Newcastle United and Norwich City to relegation. For some weeks now it has looked as though this game in hand for the Black Cats would be potentially significant, and the celebrations that will ensue on Wearside should they indeed pull off their umpteenth escape from the threat of Championship football would be among the greatest seen in…

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Sunderland vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

The first of two crucial make-or-break home games for relegation threatened Sunderland in the space of five days sees them take on a Chelsea side that will look to affect matters at the bottom after helping to decide the destiny of the title last time out. For most of their game at Stoke City there was little threat posed by Sunderland and they fell behind to a disputed goal shortly after the interval, but a late onslaught was to prove fruitful as Jermain Defoe once again went some way to underlining…

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Stoke vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Outside of the relegation zone with only four games to go, Sunderland will be looking to make a potentially huge leap towards Premier League survival by winning away to a Stoke City side that has suffered a staggering loss of form in recent weeks. Lying slap bang in the middle of the table with 47 points, Stoke are in a very comfortable position yet manager Mark Hughes currently has plenty to mull over, with four goals having been conceded in the club’s last three games and just one scored in…

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Sunderland vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

A big game for two sides at opposite ends of the  table sees Sunderland look to escape the bottom three with victory against Arsenal, who can strengthen their position in the Champions League places by taking the points. There is still plenty of work to do, but it all came together for the Black Cats on an excellent afternoon at fellow strugglers Norwich City, possessing the greater degree of cutting edge and proving solid at the back to keep a welcome clean sheet. It was a huge boost for the…

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Premier League’s relegation battle is heating up: who will stay up?

With just a couple of matches left to play in this season’s Premier League, the relegation battle is heating up massively. So who will stay up: Norwich City, Sunderland, or Newcastle United? With just 16 points from 34 matches and conceding 65 goals, Aston Villa are already certain of playing in The Championship next season. Three teams are battling to remain in England’s top flight, with two of them joining the Villains in the second tier. Newcastle are currently ranked 19th with 29 points and four matches left to play.…

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Norwich vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

A massive game in the context of the battle to avoid relegation to the Championship sees Norwich City look to extend their cushion over the bottom three against a Sunderland side that badly needs a win to stay in touch with the hosts. Four points currently separate the two sides, although Norwich have played a game more. Even allowing for that, victory here should be the crucial step that will lead them to eventual safety and see their young manager Alex Neil through what has at times been a gruelling…

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