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Despite reports last week that Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark would be back from injury, Baker still hasn't returned to Villa's squad.

Baker wasn't in Villa's squad yesterday against Rotherham and Physioroom.com reports Baker's return day as September 14th. Jores Okore has started the last two Aston Villa games instead of Ciaran Clark so he might be working his way to a starting job in the Villa backfield. Continue to follow the health and status of Villa's defenders as one of them is going to emerge as the permanent starter soon.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 10:56:00 AM

Sunderland turn their attentions to Everton’s Aiden McGeady whose days look numbered at Goodison Park…

Having apparently missed out on PSV Eindhoven wide-man Georginio Wijnaldum to local rivals Newcastle, Sunderland have turned their attentions to Everton’s Republic of Ireland international McGeady. The 29-year-old has had an indifferent time at Goodison since joining from Spartak Moscow, starting just 14 matches since January 2014. The arrival of Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu suggests that he is no longer in Roberto Martinez’s plans. Rumours surfaced last week that he had handed in a formal transfer request, with former club Celtic ready to offer him a return to the SPL. Sunderland are in the market for a specialist wide player with Adam Johnson’s future uncertain and Jermain Defoe and Conor Wickham unconvincing in the role last season.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 5 - 6:21 AM

Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish has confirmed a bid for PSG midfielder Johan Cabaye…

It is a deal that has been mooted for some time, with manager Alan Pardew knowing Cabaye well from their days at Newcastle. Several big names have been talked of as potential Palace targets, Chelsea’s Loic Remy and QPR’s Charlie Austin among them. But when money-man Steve Parish goes public we can re-categorize the story from ‘rumor’ to ‘speculation’. Parish told talkSPORT that the move signaled the club’s ambition to become a Top 10 PL club. ‘For us to get in the top 10 in the PL, we have got to make sure we are bringing in top 10 players.’ Parish describes the deal as ‘challenging’ – for which we can probably read ‘expensive’ – but it is a real demonstration of intent. And if they pull it off don’t be surprised if more ‘top 10’ players such as Remy, Austin et al follow suit.
Source: Goal.com
Jul 5 - 6:41 AM

Argentina dropped it's second straight major tournament after advancing to the final match as the went down to Chile on penalties.

Argentina has a line-up filled with world superstars but for the second straight final they looked like less than the sum of their parts. Chile played well and took their penalties well with Arsenal talisman Sanchez getting the winner to send the host nation into delerium.
Jul 4 - 9:48 PM

Bournemouth have signed striker Joshua King to a three year deal after completing a transfer from Blackburn Rovers.

The 23-year-old Norwegian came up as a youth through Manchester United's system but found lackluster success with Blackburn during his time there, scoring eight goals in 74 appearances. It is a roll of the dice signing for Bournemouth, as they hope his pedigree decides to shine through in his new surroundings. Callum Wilson is the featured striker, so minutes are going to be hard to come by unless Wilson moves on. You can track all of Bournemouth's early summer signings along with all the other clubs in our "Early Summer Signings Roundup" column.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 4 - 12:56 PM

Clint Dempsey, playing despite being suspended in MLS, scored a penalty as the US routed Guatemala 4-0 in their last tune-up before the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The US has been scoring freely regardless of the opponent with an emphasis on late goals and the same was true again in this friendly. After scoring late goals to be Holland and Germany in friendlies the US turned a 1-0 halftime lead into a 4-0 romp. It could have been more as Jozy Altidore missed an 18th minute penalty just before Carlos Castrillo scored an own goal to open the scoring for the USA. Slumping defender Timothy Chandler and San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski joined Dempsey on the score sheet. Next up for the US is Honduras at 9:30 PM Eastern in Frisco, TX on July 7 for their Gold Cup group stage opener.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 4 - 2:21 PM

Lukas Podolski has moved from Arsenal to Galatasaray on a permanent move for a reported €4 million fee.

Podolski never really found his niche at Arsenal and after three seasons on the books at the North London club, including an unsuccessful loan spell at Inter Milan, he has left for Galatasaray. With Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all presumably in front of him in the pecking order for minute, Podolski moved to find a place where he can start regularly. The move makes sense for all parties with the Turkish giants being light on international talent compared to their normal mode of operation.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 4 - 10:17 AM

Crystal Palace have suffered a further transfer setback with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson the latest to reject an approach…

Alan Pardew could be forgiven for thinking his summer would’ve gone a little more smoothly that it has thus far. Palace – and Chairman Parish – have money to spend and identified plenty of targets, but none are biting at the moment. So far Chelsea’s Loic Remy and QPR pair Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips have blanked offers, with PSG’s Johan Cabaye not yet gone beyond first base. And now Bournemouth front man Callum Wilson has joined in, stating he is not interested in a move. A swap deal involved Palace striker Dwight Gayle was floated, but this week shot out of the water by Wilson insisting he is going nowhere. Still, Palace can console themselves with having the PL’s most effective attacking centre-back already on the books. Scott Dann’s four assists (from 33 matches) last season was a division high. Perhaps they should start him up front…
Source: Rotoworld
Jul 4 - 9:36 AM

Bojan Krkic has set his sights on being ready for the season opener when Stoke welcome Liverpool to the Britannia Stadium.

After a slow start to his BPL career Bojan was beginning to benefit from an extended run in the first team before a knee ligament injury curtailed his season on a cold Monday night away at Rochdale in the FA Cup. Scans subsequently confirmed that the Spanish striker had ruptured his ACL - an injury which typically takes around 9-12 months of rehab before returning to the highest level. However Bojan has always maintained he would be back ahead of schedule and true to his word the player joined the main group in pre-season training on Friday. Bojan will be monitored closely throughout July but the early signs indicate a remarkable recovery in double quick time.
Jul 4 - 8:37 AM

The midfield clear-out at Tottenham looks set to continue with Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli likely to join Premier League new boys Watford.

Capoue is said to be close to agreeing personal terms while negotiations with Stambouli aren’t as advanced but the Hornets are confident of making the Spurs duo their fifth and sixth new signing since promotion to the top flight. Having already seen Paulinho depart for $15 million to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande FC Pochettino looks to be clearing the decks ready for some fresh blood with Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Roberto Soldado, Vlad Chiriches and Aaron Lennon all available for transfer. Spurs have been linked with a number of players throughout Europe including Mitrovic [Anderlecht] and former Southampton loanee Toby Alderweireld while deals have already been concluded for Kevin Wimmer [Cologne] and Kieran Trippier [Burnley].
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 4 - 9:12 AM

Steven Taylor is expected to be fit for the start of the new season as he steps up his rehab after rupturing his Achilles against Burnley on New Year’s Day.

The news provides a welcome boost for Newcastle who desperately lack defensive options while the club also confirm Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote are back at the training ground although the pair will undertake their own tailored program as they continue to recover from knee surgery. With no new signings - despite being linked to players throughout Europe - concern amongst supporters is beginning to mount after their top flight status was only guaranteed with a win on the final day. A threadbare squad has lost the services of Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez [both released] while the future of Sammy Ameobi remains uncertain [out of contract].
Jul 3 - 5:59 PM

Norwich City manager Alex Neil remains hopeful that left-back Martin Olsson will be ready for the new season after undergoing surgery in May to remedy a persistent shoulder problem.

Olsson has established himself as a first team regular since moving from Blackburn Rovers for $4.5 million 2 years ago and started all but three in the league last season [suspended in August following a push on a referee] and was pivotal in helping the Canaries maintain one of the best defensive records in the division. Olsson also chipped in with a goal plus 5-assists to accompany his 13 clean sheets and the Sweden international could be worth some serious consideration for those looking for a bargain. Norwich entertain Crystal Palace at home in the opener and have a favourable set of fixtures to follow including the likes of Sunderland, Stoke and AFC Bournemouth.
Jul 3 - 4:32 PM





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