Sunday, August 31, 2014

Salomon Kalou joins Hertha Berlin

Former Chelsea attacker Salomon Kalou has completed a move to German side Hertha Berlin.

Throughout the summer the 29-year-old has been linked with a host of clubs, including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Sunderland.

However, the Ivorian has decided to continue his career with Hertha following a two-year stint in France with Lille.

"Salomon Kalou is a top striker who has proven his class in the Premier League, the Champions League and with his national team. We are delighted that he is with us," managing director Michael Preetz told the club's official website.

Meanwhile, Kalou added: "After my time in England and France, I am totally looking forward to Hertha BSC and the Bundesliga."

The frontman has signed a three-year contract at the Olympic Stadium.
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Goran Pandev signs for Galatasaray

Napoli striker Goran Pandev has signed a two-year deal with Galatasaray, according to reports.

The 31-year-old, deemed to be unhappy at the San Paolo in recent months, was said to be on Tottenham Hotspur's radar.

However, according to his footballing academy website,, the Macedonian has opted to sign for the Turkish giants.

Galatasaray finished 2nd in the Turkish league last season behind rivals Fenerbahce.
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Chelsea sign Remy

QPR striker Loic Remy has signed a four-year deal with Chelsea, the club have confirmed.

As revealed by Goal on Friday, the Blues reignited their interest in the France international after reaching a deal to loan Fernando Torres to AC Milan.

Arsenal made a late move to hijack Remy's move to Chelsea, but soon dropped their interest to pave the way for the striker to move to Stamford Bridge.

"I feel very happy and very proud," he told Chelsea's official website. "When I heard Chelsea wanted to sign me I said "let's go" straight away because they are one of the best clubs in the world.

"I remember the amazing atmosphere at Stamford Bridge when I played there for Marseille and I can't wait to play for the first time in front of my new fans."
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Borussia Dortmund confirm Shinji Kagawa return

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that they have re-signed Shinji Kagawa.

The Japanese international left the Bundesliga outfit for Manchester United in the summer of 2012, but he has struggled to establish himself at Old Trafford.

As a result, he had been deemed surplus to requirements by new United boss Louis van Gaal, which brought about the interest from his former employers, who have paid a reported £6m to secure the playmaker's services for a second time.

Speaking to the club's official website after he had signed a four-year contract at the Westfalenstadion, the 25-year-old said: "I have already said on the day of my departure in an interview that the chapter Borussia Dortmund is not complete for me.

"I wanted to meet me in the Premier League a dream. Now I'm just happy to be back in Dortmund. In this great team, this madness environment and the unique fans. BVB is like a family. I am proud that she has never forgotten me."

Kagawa made a total of 57 appearances for United, during which he scored six goals.

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Tottenham close in on Welbeck signing

Spurs are hoping to secure a loan deal for the England international before the close of the transfer window, with the 23-year-old having fallen down the Old Trafford pecking order

Tottenham are closing in on the season-long loan signing of Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck, Goal understands.
The clubs are in advanced negotiations over a loan fee of around €2.5 million and Spurs have agreed to pay the 23-year-old’s salary in full, with the deal likely to be completed on deadline day on Monday.

Welbeck came close to leaving United at the end of last season, but opted to try to force his way back into the first team when Louis van Gaal took over following the World Cup.
However, the player and manager have been speaking over the last few weeks as to Welbeck’s future at the club – and following the arrival of Angel Di Maria, the England international has found himself even further from first-team reckoning.
With United willing to let him go, Newcastle, Sunderland and Hull all enquired after Welbeck, with Arsenal also monitoring the situationl, but Tottenham were always Welbeck’s preferred option and an agreement is now close between the two clubs.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino values the England international’s pace and versatility as a player who can play either centrally or from a wide position.

Welbeck’s arrival could spell the end of Roberto Soldado’s stay at White Hart Lane, with the Spaniard drawing interest from Italy and Spain.
Atletico Madrid have retained their interest from earlier in the summer but are so far only proposing a loan deal, with Tottenham preferring a permanent transfer.

The 29-year-old has failed to live up to expectations following his arrival from Valencia for over €30m last summer, scoring just six goals in 29 Tottenham appearances.

He has found himself out of the side again at the start of the new season, with Emmanuel Adebayor preferred to lead the attack in Tottenham’s opening three league fixtures.
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Mario Balotelli not included in Italy squad

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has not been included in Antonio Conte's first Italy squad.

Andrea Pirlo and Riccardo Montolivo are also not in the squad after picking up injuries.

Conte was appointed as the national manager following the departure of Cesare Prandelli after the 2014 World Cup and has named his first 27-man squad for a forthcoming friendly with the Netherlands and a Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway.

Balotelli would have been available for the friendly, but after picking up two yellow cards in three World Cup matches, he is suspended for the game away in Norway next week.

Conte has included six forwards in the squad, including Ciro Immobile, Stephan El Shaarawy and Sassuolo's uncapped striker Simone Zaza.

Sunderland midfielder Emmanuele Giaccherini is the only England-based player in the Italy squad.

Italy squad in full: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Daniele Padelli (Torino), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain); Davide Astori (Roma), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter); Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Poli (Milan), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain); Mattia Destro (Roma), Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan), Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Borussia Dortmund), Pablo Osvaldo (Inter), Simone Zaza (Sassuolo)
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Martin Keown: 'Arsenal need experience up front'

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has spoken of the Gunners' need to sign an experienced striker, insisting that the club's fans shouldn't have to "wait for a youngster" to break through.

Olivier Giroud suffered a broken foot in the 2-2 draw against Everton last week, leading to speculation on whether Arsene Wenger will sign a replacement up front.

Keown told BBC Sport: "He probably should [sign a striker].

"It would not be good news for Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell, but he did something similar when Ian Wright was let go and he bought Nicolas Anelka.

"The Arsenal fans do not want to wait for a youngster to be ready."

Wenger has previously admitted that he 'doesn't know' whether he will sign a new striker.
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Leicester City VS Arsenal Preview

A game that evokes memories of Dennis Bergkamp’s wonderful hat-trick in the thrilling 3-3 draw under the floodlights at Filbert Street back in 1997. How Arsène Wenger must wish that he could call on the Dutchman now. With Olivier Giroud facing a long period out, Wenger’s belief that Arsenal are not light up front will come under scrutiny on an afternoon when Esteban Cambiasso could make his debut for Leicester. The Foxes have not beaten Arsenal in the Premier League since 1994. Stuart James

Kick-off Sunday 4pm

Venue King Power Stadium

Last season n/a

Live Sky Sports 1

Referee A Taylor

This season G2, Y4, R0, 2.00 cards per game

Odds H 4-1 A 5-6 D 13-5

Leicester City v Arsenal: probable starters in bold, contenders in light.
Leicester City

Subs from Hamer, Hammond, Vardy, Albrighton, Schlupp, Taylor-Fletcher, Cambiasso, Bakayogo, Wasilewski, Wood, Hopper

Doubtful Cambiasso (awaiting clearance)

Injured James (shin, 13 Sep), Upson (foot, unknown)

Suspended None

Form DL

Discipline Y2 R0

Leading scorers Ulloa, Wood 1


Subs from Martínez, Ospina, Rosicky, Podolski, Ox-Chamberlain, Chambers, Sanogo, Diaby, Campbell, Miyaichi, Coquelin, Zelalem, Bellerín

Doubtful Ospina (thigh)

Injured Arteta (ankle, 13 Sep), Gibbs (hamstring, 13 Sep), Walcott (knee, 20 Sep), Giroud (ankle, unknown), Gnabry (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Form WD

Discipline Y6 R0

Leading scorer Ramsey 2
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David Lopez completes Napoli switch

David Lopez has finalised his move from Espanyol to Napoli.

The Spanish club confirmed yesterday afternoon that they had agreed to sell the 24-year-old to their Italian counterparts, with a £4m fee mooted.

"I'm happy to be in Naples, an important club with a wonderful audience," the midfielder told the club's official website upon his arrival.

The Barcelona-born player, who has signed a five-year contract at the Stadio San Paolo, made 33 La Liga appearances for Espanyol last term.
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Valencia in talks to sign Alvaro Negredo

Valencia have begun talks to sign Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo, according to a report.

The 29-year-old is said to be unhappy with the notion that he will be behind Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.

With Valencia in need of a striker, Marca claims that the club's directors have traveled to Madrid in order to liaise with the Spain international's agents.

Negredo, who is currently sidelined with a metatarsal injury, is also reported to be on Real Madrid's radar.
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Manchester United in talks to sign Roma's Kevin Strootman

Talks have begun between Manchester United and Roma over the potential sale of Kevin Strootman, according to reports.

Strootman played under Louis van Gaal when the Old Trafford boss was in charge of the Dutch national team, although the Roma midfielder's World Cup dream was cruelly shattered by a cruciate ligament injury suffered in March.

However, the 24-year-old is close to a return to fitness and The Telegraph has reported that talks between the two sides have begun over a transfer which would take place in January.

Manchester United have already spent in excess in £140m on transfers this summer, but van Gaal is keen to add more players to his squad after his side have been unable to win any of their first four games this season.
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Manchester United consider late Arturo Vidal swoop

Manchester United are still interested in signing Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal before the close of the transfer window, according to a report.

The Red Devils were said to have dropped their interest in the Chile international after the signing of Angel di Maria.

However, United are considering making a late bid to sign Vidal with an offer of £35m before the end of the transfer window, reports the Daily Mail.

Louis van Gaal's side earned the second point of the season in their goalless draw with Burnley on Saturday.
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Redknapp: 'Loic Remy should choose Arsenal over Chelsea'

Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp believes that Loic Remy would be better suited to Arsenal over Chelsea.

The Queens Park Rangers striker is reportedly attracting the attention of both London clubs with the September 1 transfer deadline drawing closer, and Redknapp thinks that the France international would get more games at the Gunners.

He told Sky Sports News: "When you look at the market, I think that is a great deal, it's a bargain.

"He's got two of the biggest clubs in the country vying for him, and it's up to him, but if he goes to Chelsea, is he going to take Diego Costa's place? I don't think so.

"At Arsenal, I think he might end up starting three or four months of the season now with Olivier Giroud's injury. At Chelsea, it's a closed door to a certain extent, it looks like [he'll only play] FA Cup, League Cup and that might be the only competition he gets really."

Remy almost moved to Liverpool earlier this summer, but the Reds cancelled the deal at the 11th hour due to his medical results.
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Robin van Persie needs knee operation

Manchester United centre-forward Robin van Persie is reportedly in need of an operation on his knee.

The 31-year-old damaged a ligament back in February, but he put off going under the surgeon's knife at the time so that he could be fit for this summer's World Cup.

However, there is a belief among the coaching staff at United that the Dutch international will not be at his best until he has the problem corrected, according to The People.

The report added, though, that no date has been set for the former Arsenal frontman to undergo the necessary procedure.
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Arsenal withdraw Loic Remy interest

Arsenal have withdrawn their interest in Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy, according to reports.

The Gunners had allegedly lodged a bid for the 27-year-old forward on Saturday night, triggering the Frenchman's £10.5m release clause.

However, BBC Sport claims that the North London outfit have now pulled out of the deal, leaving Chelsea as the frontrunners to sign the former Newcastle United loanee.

Remy was expected to join Liverpool earlier in the summer, but he reportedly failed a medical at Anfield.
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Shinji Kagawa seals Borussia Dortmund return

Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa has reportedly secured a return to Borussia Dortmund.

The Japan international left the Bundesliga outfit for United back in the summer of 2012 for £16m.

However, he has failed to establish himself as a regular fixture in the starting lineup at Old Trafford, with new manager Louis van Gaal rumoured to have deemed the 25-year-old surplus to requirements.

Those circumstances have alerted his former club Dortmund, who after having had a £6m bid accepted for Kagawa, agreed personal terms with the player today, according to Bild.

The report added that Kagawa will sign a four-year contract at the Westfalenstadion.
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Manchester United rival Liverpool for Sergio Romero

Manchester United have reportedly joined Liverpool in the race to sign Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

The Sampdoria stopper has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield in recent weeks as Brendan Rodgers looks to replace Pepe Reina, who joined Bayern Munich this month.

However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, United have entered the reckoning for the 27-year-old, who Louis van Gaal wants to provide competition for David de Gea.

Emiliano Viviano's arrival at Sampdoria is expected to push Romero toward the exit door and his future will be decided before the transfer window closes on Monday.

The Argentine started all seven of his country's World Cup encounters, including the final defeat to Germany.
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John Terry hails 'complete' Diego Costa

John Terry has hailed Chelsea teammate Diego Costa as the perfect striker as the marksman continues to make waves in English football.

Costa struck twice in the Blues' pulsating 6-3 win over Everton on Saturday evening to make it four goals in three games for Chelsea's £30m man.

"He's been brilliant," Terry told Sky Sports News."

"I played against him in the Champions League and realised he was a top player, but when you see him every day you realise he's literally got everything.

"He's got off to a flying start and long may it continue, because that was the difference today."

Jose Mourinho's side sit top of the Premier League table on nine points, ahead of Swansea City on goal difference.
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Arsene Wenger: 'Manchester United decline not Sir Alex Ferguson's fault'

Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of old adversary Sir Alex Ferguson, saying that the Scot is not to blame for Manchester United's decline.

After drawing with Burnley on Saturday afternoon, the Red Devils now have two points from a possible nine and have been criticised for their performances, but the Arsenal coach has suggested that their fortunes will change.

He told The Mirror: "If things have not gone well at the start, it is not Ferguson's fault.

"The world is competitive and it is a bit cyclical. Once you leave a club, you hope it goes as well as possible. That is what Ferguson wanted as well. Manchester United have just started the season and it will come back.

"If you look at the names they have, they will be a force in the Premier League. But I don't worry too much about them. They made us suffer enough in the past!"

Arsenal face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
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Paris Saint-Germain want Petr Cech on loan

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly plotting a late move to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech on loan before the transfer window closes on Monday.

The 32-year-old has fallen behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season, but Jose Mourinho remains keen to hang on to him.

However, according to the Daily Mail, PSG will test that resolve and try lure Cech to the French capital before the window shuts.

It is believed that the big-spending French outfit would prefer a loan move as it enables them to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

The report goes on to state that les Parisiens also want Chelsea's goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon.
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Leicester City sign Danny Simpson

Leicester City have announced the signing of Danny Simpson from Queens Park Rangers on a three-year deal.

The 27-year-old moves to the King Power Stadium for a fee believed to be in the region of £2m.

Simpson will be unveiled to supporters ahead of this afternoon's visit of Arsenal but is ineligible for the matchday squad.

The deal marks Nigel Pearson's second acquisition since Thursday following the Bosman signing of Esteban Cambiasso.

This clash with Arsenal is scheduled to kick off at 4pm.
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Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar : Atletico pick up first La Liga win of season

Atletico Madrid have held on to beat Eibar 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon to pick up their first victory of the La Liga campaign.

Last season's league champions opened up their scoring account with 11 minutes on the clock courtesy of Miranda, who made the most of some lacklustre defending to head home Koke's corner.

Mario Mandzukic doubled Atletico's lead on 26 minutes with a header of his own, with Gabi the provider on this occasion with his free kick being converted into the far corner of the net.

It was almost curtains for Eibar shortly after when Antoine Griezmann fired a shot away at goal, but his attempt ended narrowly wide of the target.

Ten minutes before the interval the newly-promoted side were right back in it, however, thanks to Abraham's curled effort into the top corner from outside the box.

Atletico looked to extend their lead once more before the end of the half, but Xabi Iruretagoiena managed to keep out Raul Garcia's effort.

The second 45 minutes lacked any real chances early on, with Eibar taking control for large spells but only really threatening through set pieces.

On the 75-minute mark Eneko Boveda met Grande Javi Lara's cross into the box, but his header failed to trouble Miguel Angel Moya.

Angel Moya nearly levelled the game with just two minutes remaining, only for his attempt to drop narrowly wide of the post to ensure that the Rojiblancos held out for all three points.
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Espamyol 1-2 Sevilla : Sevilla see off Espanyol

Sevilla registered their first win of the season with a hard-fought victory away to Espanyol on Saturday.

The Europa League winners took the lead on 34 minutes when Carlos Bacca caught his opponent napping to reach Coke's cross before tucking the ball beyond Francisco Casilla.

Espanyol had started brightly when Sergio Garcia struck the post and Abraham fizzed an effort wide inside the first ten minutes.

However, Sevilla looked threatening during the opening period, with Bacca having forced a save from Casilla earlier in the half.

Just after the break, Sevilla seemed to have put the result beyond the Catalan side when Vicente Iborra rose to meet a pinpoint Denis Suarez's cross before putting his effort past a helpless Casilla.

However, the home side had pulled a goal back within a matter of moments as Christian Stuani headed home Victor Sanchez's cross.

Sevilla seemed unflustered by conceding and looked to add to their tally, with Ever Banega, Iborra and Alex Vidal going close for the visitors.

Indeed, they almost found a third in stoppage time when Nicolas Pareja struck the woodwork with a free kick, but it was the last kick of the game, which sees Sevilla stay in the top four for the time being, while Espanyol are still searching for their first league win of the season.
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Jose Mourinho slams 'ridiculous' Chelsea defending

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that his side must work on their defensive balance if they are to win the Premier League title this season.

The Blues, who are currently top of the league table, came out on top 6-3 against Everton at Goodison Park this evening in what was a hugely entertaining contest.

"It was wonderful for everyone at the stadium and watching television around the world - but not for me," Mourinho told BBC Sport. "We cannot make so many defensive mistakes. We want to improve as a team by keeping our defensive strength and quality and improving in other areas.

"Today we showed we are improving in other areas but not keeping the balance in defence. The team likes to have the ball, that is very important but we need to keep our defensive balance and not commit mistakes.

"Wednesday afternoon we spent 90 minutes defending corners and free-kicks but today we conceded from a free-kick so I cannot be happy with the ridiculous goal we conceded."

Chelsea take on Swansea City in their next league game in two weeks time following the international break.
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Tottenham Hotspur VS Liverpool Preview

This fixture demonstrated the gulf between Tottenham Hotspur, under André Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, and those in the top four last season. Liverpool ran riot at White Hart Lane with Luis Suárez irrepressible, and then blitzed them in the return to the tune of a 9-0 aggregate scoreline. Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, with a perfect record to date under the Argentinian, will provide a sterner test and, if they click into their upbeat rhythm, could leave Liverpool’s start to the campaign feeling stodgy. The visitors, with Mario Balotelli in their ranks, will seek to reimpose their quality after losing at Manchester City on Monday. Dominic Fifield

Kick-off Sunday 1.30pm

Venue White Hart Lane

Last season Tottenham 0 Liverpool 5

Live Sky Sports 1

Referee P Dowd

This season G0

Odds H 6-4 A 7-4 D 12-5

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: probable starters in bold, contenders in light.
Tottenham Hotspur

Subs from Friedel, Naughton, Holtby, Chiriches, Lennon, Paulinho, Kane, Townsend, Dembélé, Sandro, Davies, Soldado, Assou-Ekotto, Fryers, Fazio

Doubtful Soldado (back/neck)

Injured Vorm (match fitness, 13 Sep), Walker (groin, 13 Sep)

Suspended None

Form WW

Discipline Y0 R0

Leading scorers Chadli, Dier 2


Subs from Jones, José Enrique, Touré, Lambert, Coutinho, Coates, Sakho, Lucas, Can, Suso, Lallana, Ibe, Markovic

Doubtful Moreno (ankle), Skrtel (ankle)

Injured Johnson (thigh, 13 Sep), Flanagan (knee, 20 Sep), Agger (27 Sep), Assaidi (knee, unknown), Borini (shoulder, unknown)

Suspended None

Form WL

Discipline Y2 R0

Leading scorers Sterling, Sturridge 1
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Aston Villa vs. Hull City Preview

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is able to call upon defenders Ron Vlaar and Aly Cissohko for the visit of Hull City on Sunday afternoon.

Both players missed Villa's League Cup defeat to Leyton Orient, but the pair will start as Lambert reverts back to the team that drew with Newcastle United last weekend.

That will result in new signing Carlos Sanchez having to wait for his full Premier League debut.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce will hand a start to defender Michael Dawson, who has moved to the KC Stadium from Tottenham Hotspur.

Dawson will replace James Chester, who was sent off against Stoke City last weekend, while Tom Huddlestone, Thomas Ince and Nikica Jelavic will all return to the starting lineup at Villa Park.

The Tigers will be looking for a positive response after bowing out of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Recent form

Aston Villa: WDL

Hull City: WLDW

Possible starting lineups

Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Cissokho, Senderos, Vlaar; Westwood, Richardson, Delph, N'Zogbia; Agbonlahor, Weimann

Hull City: McGregor; Elmohamady, Robertson, McShane, Dawson, Davies; Livermore, Quinn, Ince, Huddlestone; Jelavic

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Arsenal 'hijack Chelsea Loic Remy move'

Arsenal have reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to complete a deal for Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy from under the noses of fellow London rivals Chelsea.

Remy was left out the R's squad to face Sunderland on Saturday, with manager Harry Redknapp confirming that a deal with the Blues was close.

However, The Telegraph claims that the Gunners have triggered £10.5m buy-out clause in the player's contract.

Despite Arsenal's late move for the player, sources at Stamford Bridge are said to remain confident of concluding a deal for the French international and that Remy would choose to join the Blues.

Chelsea are also thought to be comfortable with the striker's physical health, despite the frontman reportedly failing a medical at Liverpool, earlier in the summer.
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Arsene Wenger: 'Joel Campbell going nowhere'

Arsene Wenger has reiterated that Joel Campbell will not be leaving Arsenal before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Wenger claims that "plenty of clubs" are interested in the 22-year-old, with AC Milan reportedly among them, but the Frenchman says that he has no intention of letting him leave.

"We have had a lot of offers for Joel and have turned them all down," he told The Mirror.

"There are plenty of clubs – I don't know exactly how many because once I said to my assistants, 'He will not go out on loan', if somebody calls them they don't even tell me any more because, when I say no, it's no.

"But he is definitely a player wanted by many clubs."

The Gunners face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium later this afternoon.
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Arsene Wenger talks up Alexis Sanchez in central role

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has tipped Alexis Sanchez to thrive in a central role and minimise the effects of losing striker Olivier Giroud to long-term injury.

The Gunners' £35m man opened his account for the club in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Besiktas, leading the line in the absence of the French striker.

Giroud is expected to be sidelined until January with a foot injury, prompting debate over whether or not Wenger will dip into the market before the transfer window closes on Monday.

"He has many qualities to lead the line," he told the club's official website.

"He is first of all brave, he is strong in the challenge - which you wouldn't expect when you look at his size - he's very quick and very mobile as well.

"He's a real fighter and once his link play and runs get better, he can be very good in this role."

Earlier on Sunday it was reported that Wenger had hijacked Chelsea's move for Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy.

Arsenal face Premier League new boys Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this afternoon.
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Filippo Inzaghi keen to spark Fernando Torres form

AC Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi is confident that he can help Fernando Torres rediscover his goalscoring form this season.

The Spaniard sealed a two-year loan move to San Siro on Friday as he bids to put a mixed three-and-a-half year stint at Chelsea behind him.

Torres arrived at Stamford Bridge for a hefty £50m in January 2011 but struggled to live up to his billing, scoring just 20 times in the Premier League since.

However, Inzaghi, who hit 126 goals in an illustrious playing career with Milan, says that he can aid Torres's resurgence in front of goal.

"I've spoken to Torres even if he still has to do the medical," he told the club's official website. "I found out what kind of person he is and it all seems very positive.

"It is up to me to get him back to the levels he is capable of and I will study his best position."

The 30-year-old could make his Rossoneri debut in the visit of Lazio this evening.
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Hatem Ben Arfa snubs Besiktas switch

The lawyer of Newcastle United attacker Hatem Ben Arfa has claimed that his client has snubbed a move to Turkish side Besiktas in favour of staying in England.

It has been reported recently that the 27-year-old was keen to stay with Newcastle beyond the transfer window - which closes on Monday.

Besiktas, knocked out of Champions League qualifying by Arsenal on Wednesday, were among those reportedly weighing up a move for the Frenchman, but Jean Jacques Bertrand says that the switch is a "no go" due to the limited sporting incentive on offer.

"I received an email from the club confirming that Newcastle had found an agreement with Besiktas for the transfer of the player," Bertrand told French website Foot Mercato.

"I discussed the sporting advantages with his agent Michel Ouazine and Hatem without talking about the figures.

"Finally, Hatem has decided not to go with this offer. He prefers to stay in England and to play at Newcastle. Besiktas, it is therefore a no go."

Ben Arfa's contract expires next summer.
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Adnan Januzaj fears Manchester United exit

Adnan Januzaj is worried that he will be offloaded by Manchester United in the transfer window, according to reports.

The young Belgian attacker played in the Red Devils' humiliating 4-0 defeat at MK Dons on Tuesday and, although the 19-year-old was asked for his shirt at the end of the tie, The People claims that Januzaj didn't was to hand it over, thinking it may be his last game for the club.

It is thought that the teenager is concerned about how he fit into the plans of new boss Louis van Gaal, after impressing at Old Trafford under David Moyes, last season.

Januzaj featured for just three minutes at Burnley on Saturday, replacing the injured Juan Mata and has reportedly been told that he is only the fourth choice in the number 10 position.
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Real Madrid submit Javier Hernandez enquiry

Real Madrid have reportedly enquired about taking Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez on loan in case they miss out on Radamel Falcao.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are close to sealing a move for the Colombia international but could face late competition for his signature.

Madrid are now looking at contingency options in case Falcao chooses to move elsewhere and have lined up Hernandez as their primary target on a loan deal, claims the Daily Mail.

Hernandez has played twice this season for United.
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Tottenham Hotspur 'confident of Danny Welbeck deal'

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly confident of tying up a season-long loan deal for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck before the end of the transfer window.

The England international has been widely linked with a move away from Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal looks to assemble the squad in his image with several new faces.

According to The Mirror, the 23-year-old favoured a switch to the North London outfit, having been told he can leave the Red Devils.

Welbeck's representatives are thought to have spoken to a number of clubs, including Arsenal and German side Schalke, but the player wants to remain in the Premier League.
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Real Madrid 'looking to re-sign Alvaro Negredo'

Real Madrid are reportedly considering a bid to bring back their former striker, Alvaro Negredo, from Manchester City before the end of the transfer window.

The People claims that Los Blancos will ask the Premier League champions whether they can take him on a permanent basis or even an initial loan deal for the remainder of this season.

Furthermore, the European Cup winners are said to be willing to pay all of Negredo's wages for the current campaign, if he returns to the Santiago Bernabeu on a temporary deal.

However, a stumbling block may be the valuation of the Spanish international with Real happier to pay £15m and City keen to recoup £20m.

Negredo is said to be unhappy with the notion that he will be behind Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.

The Spaniard is currently sidelined with a fractured metatarsal.
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AS Monaco 1-1 Lille : Dimitar Berbatov strike ensures Monaco take a point at home to Lille

Dimitar Berbatov's second-half strike rescued a point for Monaco as they drew 1-1 at home to Lille this afternoon.

Nolan Roux put the visitors ahead against the run of play with virtually their first attack of the game in the 18th minute.

A Monaco side lacking Radamel Falcao often looked to Joao Moutinho to reduce the deficit and the Portuguese midfielder came close with a number of efforts in the first half.

However, the best chance of the half fell to Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, but the Belgian midfielder rolled his shot wide of the target when one on one.

Half-time substitute Anthony Martial forced Vincent Enyeama into a save shortly after the break but in the 61st minute, Berbatov came to Monaco's rescue with an assured finish to level the scores.
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Inter Milan 'reject Valencia Fredy Guarin bid'

Inter Milan have reportedly rejected an offer from Valencia to take Colombian winger Fredy Guarin on-loan.

The midfielder has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Zenit St Peterburg in recent weeks, but it appears that Los Che are now showing an interest in the 28-year-old.

Sky Sport Italia claims that the Nerazzuri immediately turned down the La Liga side's bid to take Guarin for a season, with a view to a future permanent move and Inter are said to be wanting a higher offer.

It is also thought that the Italian giants would be willing to part company with the midfielder, but only if their price tag of €18m (£14.24m).

Guarin scored four times for Inter, last term.
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Manuel Pellegrini disappointed with defeat

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has expressed his disappointment following his sides's 1-0 defeat against Stoke City this afternoon.

A second-half goal from former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf inflicted a first defeat of the season for the Premier League champions.

"It's a surprising defeat because we don't expect to lose against Stoke but these games sometimes happen," BBC Sport quotes Pellegrini as saying. "We tried from everywhere and really we are not very creative we did not find the space and that is credit to Stoke.

"The Yaya Toure penalty appeal was just one play during the game. Everyone that saw it told me it was a clear penalty but it was one play in 90 minutes.

"I am more worried about the goal they scored because it was too easy."

Today's defeat for City ended a run of 11 home league wins.
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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger returns to Brondby

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has rejoined Brondby.

The 29-year-old started his career with the Danish club, whom he left to join the Reds in January 2006.

However, after nine years at Anfield, he has now secured a return to the Brondby Stadium.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Agger has revealed that he turned down numerous other clubs to re-sign for Drengene Fra Vestegnen.

"Liverpool have been such a big part of my life and my family's lives for so long, that leaving is extremely difficult," said the centre-back. "The opportunity arose for me to return home to Brondby and at this stage of my career it felt like the right decision for me.

"I wouldn't leave here to go anywhere else and that has been proven by my actions in recent seasons. I have turned down many offers to move to other Premier League and European clubs.

"I would like to thank the Liverpool supporters for the incredible backing they have given me in my time here and the warmth and generosity of spirit displayed to my family.

Agger made a total of 232 appearances for Liverpool.
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Radamel Falcao denies real Madrid tweet

The Colombian had apparently tweeted that he was set to join the European Champions, saying it was a "dream come true" but he has since insisted the picture was fake

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has dismissed claims that he is leaving to join Real Madrid, claiming picture of a tweet saying a move was imminent was fake.

The Colombian triggered suggestions he was imminetly leaving Stade Louis II when he was inexplicably left out of Leonardo Jardim's matchday squad for their 1-1 draw with Lille on Saturday.

Reports were rife about where the ex-Atletico Madrid man might be departing Ligue 1 for, with Manchester City, Juventus, Arsenal and Real Madrid all named as contenders in the chase for the 28-year-old.

But Falcao looked like he had ended speculation over his future by declaring his loyalties to Carlo Ancelotti's men, as a picture of a tweet in which he had declared that the move to the Santiago Bernabeu a "dream come true" started to spread through social media. The tweet had supposedly been posted and then quickly deleted by the attacker.

However, the striker took to social media to declare that the tweet was false.

"I have to refute a story about a tweet I have not done, that is photoshopped."
 Monaco are yet to comment about whether Falcao is leaving the club after just a single full season with the club, while Real Madrid have similarly kept quiet on the rumours regarding the forward.
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Daley Blind arrival fails to excite Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes has admitted to being uninspired by Manchester United's capture of Daley Blind.

The Red Devils confirmed this morning that they had reached an agreement with Ajax to sign the 24-year-old, who can play in either defence or midfield.

However, United legend Scholes believes that the club should have pursued "proper central midfielders", rather than "taking risks" on a player such as Blind.

"Is he a defensive midfielder? I think he can play left wing-back, but can he play left centre-half? I'm not sure. I think the only place he is going to play is midfield. We've got a few of these left-footed players now," Scholes told BT Sport.

"I'm not too sure what position he's going to play in. I don't think he's strong enough for a left-back in England. The only place where we can seem to get him into the team is central midfield. He's a very good footballer, don't get me wrong, but is he the answer centrally? We'll have to wait and see.

"We don't really know what position he is. I don't think United are in a position to be taking risks on people - is he a left-back? Is he a central midfield player? I think they need proper central midfielders. There's been a few on the market and they obviously haven't fancied them or not been able to get them, and now they've got someone who's maybe a bit-part central midfield player."

Blind is expected to arrive in Manchester this afternoon, where he will undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.
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AC Milan VS Lazio Preview

AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi will be hoping that his team can show immediate improvements at the start of the domestic season after a dismal pre-season campaign.

I Rossoneri suffered defeats in their final four friendlies as they look to better their eighth-place effort in Serie A last year.

Summer signings Diego Lopez, Pablo Armero and Adil Rami could feature in the starting lineup at the San Siro.

It has been a summer of change at Lazio after Stefano Pioli was installed as the club's new manager, with Edoardo Reja only leading the Rome-based side to ninth place last season.

Pioli is likely to hand starts to a number of his team's new additions, with Stefan de Vrij, Dusan Basta and Marco Parolo all likely to feature in Milan.

Lazio prepared for the start of Serie A with a 7-0 victory over Bassono Virtus in the Coppa Italia.

Recent form


Lazio: WLWDW

Possible starting lineups

AC Milan: Diego Lopez, Bonera, Rami, Abate, Albertazzi, Muntari, Honda, Poli, Essien, Pazzini, El Shaarawy

Lazio: Berisha, Basta, Radu, De Vrij, Cana, Ledesma, Lulic, Parolo, Felipe Anderson, Dordevic, Keita

Kick-Off time : 17:00HRS
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Manchester United confirm Daley Blind agreement

Manchester United have revealed that they are on the verge of signing Daley Blind from Ajax.

Recent speculation had claimed that the two clubs had agreed a fee with the 24-year-old, who is expected to arrive in England later today.

BREAKING: #mufc has reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms.

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 30, 2014

It is believed that the versatile Dutch international will cost United £15m.
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Sam Allardyce criticises own players, referee after West Ham United defeat

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has criticised both his players and match referee Mike Dean after losing 3-1 to Southampton in today's Premier League clash at Upton Park.

A Morgan Schneiderlin brace and a Graziano Pelle strike undid the Hammers in front of their own fans, with Mark Noble's goal proving no more than a consolation.

Allardyce told reporters after the game: "We weren't good enough. Southampton taught us a lesson, we weren't sharp enough and didn't retain the ball as well as they did, close down as well as they did and gifted them two goals.

"The big problem I had with the corner [for the second goal] was that it was a goal-kick of course. I've had a look at it on the laptop and can the referee see it?

"Having looked at it from Mike Dean's position he's got it horribly wrong when we don't need it to go against us."

West Ham currently occupy 10th place in the Premier League.
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Swansea City 3-0 West Brom : Nathan Dyer brace leads Swansea City to win

Nathan Dyer scored twice as Swansea City cruised to a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League this afternoon.

Swansea were ahead just two minutes into the tie when Gylfi Sigurdsson set up Dyer to round Ben Foster before guiding the ball into the back of the net.

Wilfried Bony had a couple of chances to double the advantage, firing just high shortly after the opener, before blasting the ball later in the half.

However, the hosts did manage to extend the lead midway through the period, with Wayne Routledge controlling a high ball into the box before hitting it on the volley.

Swansea could have had a third when Jonas Olsson mis-timed a header, nodding the ball into his own crossbar.

Bony was involved again at the start of the second half as the striker picked up the ball from Dyer just a couple of minutes after the restart, but he could not tap in.

The Welsh side wanted a penalty when Andre Wisdom cleared a Bony effort of the line, with the hosts claiming that the on-loan midfielder used his hand, but the referee waved away their appeal.

It did not matter though, as Swansea did score a third a few minutes later, with Dyer firing a powerful low effort past Foster to complete his brace.

West Brom finished the match strongly as they sought a late consolation goal, but Saido Berahino just missed the target, while Lukasz Fabianski pulled off a late save.

The result leaves Swansea at the top of the Premier League table, while West Brom sit 17th.
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Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Sunderland : Charlie Austin strikes gives Queens Park Rangers first win of season

Queens Park Rangers have secured their first win of the new Premier League season after beating Sunderland 1-0 this afternoon.

Both teams looked for an early goal, with Connor Wickham trying to get the ball into the box for the visitors before Joey Barton tried to set up Charlie Austin for QPR.

Rob Green had to make a save a few minutes later as Steven Fletcher unleashed a powerful strike from the edge of the box, but the Hoops' keeper directed it over.

Summer signing Leroy Fer hit the crossbar with a 25-yard effort as he tried to break the deadlock for QPR, but Sunderland were able to clear from the rebound.

Harry Redknapp's side continued to press heading into stoppage time in first half, and finally managed to edge ahead when Austin fired through a crowded penalty area.

Jack Rodwell tried to get Sunderland back on level terms at the start of the second half, but sent his shot straight at Green.

Fletcher was also involved early in the second period as he tried to set up Santiago Vergini, but the defender's shot also went straight into the hands of the keeper.

Green has to remain alert as full time approached, but he kept out a late Jozy Altidore effort to ensure that the hosts held on for the victory.
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Newcastle United 3-3 Crystal Palace : Wilfried Zaha rescues late point for Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha came off the bench to secure Crystal Palace a point in a pulsating 3-3 draw with Newcastle United at St James' Park this afternoon.

Palace led inside one minute when Dwight Gayle, who scored a hat-trick against Walsall in the League Cup during the week, converted from close range after Tim Krul had denied Marouane Chamakh.

Jason Puncheon came close to making it 2-0 after 10 minutes, but the midfielder could only fire high and wide of the crossbar following bright work from Yannick Bolasie.

Emmanuel Riviere had a half-chance for Newcastle mid-way through the first period after strong play from Siem de Jong, but Scott Dann just beat the forward to the cross.

Moussa Sissoko was next to come close for the home team, but his effort was deflected over the crossbar during a dominant period for the Magpies.

Opportunities continued to arrive late in the half, but it was Daryl Janmaat that poked home Newcastle's equaliser from close range after 37 minutes.

Palace were back in front in the early stages of the second half, however, when Puncheon found the back of the net following bright work from Bolasie.

The away side should have had a third just before the hour mark when Martin Kelly dribbled into the Newcastle box before arrowing one towards the bottom corner, but Krul was on hand to make a brilliant save.

Newcastle were down the other end with Yoan Gouffran after 63 minutes, but Dann came across to deny the Frenchman with a diving challenge.

The home side were level after 73 minutes, however, when Rolando Aarons headed home from close range.

Zaha, who joined Palace on loan from Manchester United last week, had two good opportunities to win it for Palace late on, but was denied by the diving Krul on both occasions.

Aarons then had a chance for the home side after finding some space inside the box, but the teenager curled his effort just wide of the post in what was a stunning cameo.

Aarons was also involved in Newcastle's third when his effort smashed the post and Williamson was on hand to finish from close range, but Palace secured a point in stoppage time when Zaha finished past Krul.
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Manchester City 0-1 Stoke City : Mame Biram Diouf hands Stoke City shock win at the Etihad

Former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf scored the only goal of the match as Stoke City picked up a shock win over Manchester City at the Etihad this afternoon.

City's first half-chance arrived after five minutes when Yaya Toure threatened to meet a header from Vincent Kompany, but the Ivorian could not make contact inside a crowded penalty box and the danger was cleared.

City were next to come close after 12 minutes when Bacary Sagna found Samir Nasri inside the box, but the Frenchman's effort was straight at Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The away side had a big penalty shout after 20 minutes when Aleksandar Kolarov appeared to fell Diouf inside the box, but referee Lee Mason was not interested despite contact being made.

Peter Crouch threatened for Stoke just past the 30-minute mark, but his effort from the edge of the box was straight into the arms of England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The home side continued to dominate possession late in the half, but were unable to make the breakthrough, with Toure striking the crossbar in stoppage time.

City had a series of half-chances in the early moments of the second period, but it was Stoke that took the lead just before the hour mark when Diouf raced the length of the field before finishing under Hart, who could not collect.

Stoke had another chance moments later, but Peter Odemwingie could not find the run of Diouf, who would have had a tap-in.

Edin Dzeko came close for City 20 minutes from time, but the forward could not keep his header down. Crouch did keep his header down for Stoke moments later, but his effort was straight at Hart.

City continued to force the issue in the latter stages - and had a couple of penalty appeals - but the champions could not make the breakthrough as Stoke held on for a shock win.

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Raheem Sterling: 'Mario Balotelli can replace Luis Suarez'

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has tipped Mario Balotelli to fill the void left by Luis Suarez's exit.

The Italy international joined the Reds from AC Milan for around £16m on Monday, and the 19-year-old thinks that the former Manchester City star can help compensate for Suarez's £75m switch to Barcelona.

He told FourFourTwo: "He's a massive player. The manager has brought him in and it's exciting times for Liverpool. This is a step forward after losing Luis at the start of the season.

"[Balotelli] has come in to try and fill the void left by Luis and I think he has the qualities to do so. I'm looking forward to working with him and I think he can be an important player for the club.

"Obviously we lost a goalscorer in Luis so it's something we're going to need to replace. He'll also bring a presence on the pitch, especially up front, as part of our attack."

Liverpool travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
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