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Newcastle starters Rob Elliot and Jamaal Lascelles are fit for the weekend match, according to Rafa Benitez.

The manager welcomed his No. 1 keeper and club captain back following minor injuries. Lascelles left the club's match last weekend with a groin injury but is fit to face Swansea tomorrow. Elliot, who has missed a couple games with a thigh problem, is not guaranteed a start with Karl Darlow impressing in the last few matches. Said Benitez: "We're without Gamez, Lejeune and Mitrovic, who has been running today. These three are not available. The others are available. It’s important for us (to have Lascelles back). He has scored some important goals. He's the captain and leader, and he's been working very hard."
Jan 13 - 3:24 AM

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the "new dimension" club-record signing Felipe Anderson will bring to West Ham United's attack.

The highly touted 25-year-old joined West Ham last week in a deal worth up to £47 million with add-ons, shattering the previous record £22 million signing of defender Issa Diop earlier this month. A technically gifted winger with an eye for goal, Anderson arrives having supplied 34 goals and 42 assists in 177 appearances during a five-year spell at Lazio. Priced at 7.0m in FPL, Anderson represents an exciting option with Manuel Lanzini out injured. The Brazilian was involved in a goal for Lazio every 104 minutes last season, scoring seven goals and adding nine assists in 1,670 minutes. "Felipe has a very natural and skilful ability, in the traditional style of Brazilian football, but has proven at Lazio that he also has the strength and mentality to play at the top level in European football," said Pellegrini.
Jul 17 - 5:45 PM

Jannik Vestergaard returned home from World Cup duty with Denmark having failed to make an appearance and promptly signed for Southampton a few days ago.

The 6ft 6in centre-back has signed a four-year deal at St. Mary's, becoming their record transfer in the process at approximately £18 million ($23.6m). The 24 year-old arrives from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, for whom he made 79 appearances in two seasons including run-outs in the Champions League and Europa League. Given his height, it's not a shock that Vestergaard is renowned for his aerial ability - he won 90 aerial duels in the German top flight last term, a 60% success rate. 90 is the 13th best tally of all players in that division. The Dane also topped the league for blocked shots (35) and was 7th for clearances (146). His 3 defensive errors placed him 19th for that unfortunate tally but just one led to a breakthrough for the opposition.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:05 PM

Early in July, Brighton announced the signing of Bernardo from RB Leipzig on a four-year deal which set the club back a reported £9m.

The Brazilian is a utility player, who can play on both the left and right side of the defence. Last season at Leipzig he was predominantly used on the left, with 15 of his 18 league outings coming on that side. He usually started for them though a string of appearances would be interrupted by a one game drop to the bench. In 27 total appearances last term, Bernardo notched up just a single goal and assist, suggesting that fantasy managers should not be rushing to include him in their gameweek one sides.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:25 PM

Southampton's new midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi joins the club with a formidable record from his time in Norway and Switzerland.

The 23 year-old started his senior career in Norway at Sarpsborg before signing for one of the country's biggest clubs, Molde. At Molde, he scored 42 goals in 92 appearances. Elyounoussi then moved to Basel where he spent two seasons. It proved to be a great incubator for the player, as he got Champions League experience and put in performances which attracted the interest of clubs as big as Arsenal. For Basel he had 23 goals and 30 assists in 84 games. "I'm at my best when I use my creativity, so I think the club's philosophy will suit me," said the player when he signed. He could be a vast improvement on the departed Dusan Tadic for 6.5m in the Official Fantasy PL game this season.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 5:48 PM

Alexis Sanchez has been forced to miss the start of Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States as his visa application was unsuccessful.

The 29 year-old accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence in February for tax fraud in Spain. According to US law, no person found guilty of fraud can be granted a visa to enter the country. Sanchez will be able to enter the US if he and his lawyers can successfully navigate the waiver scheme to get a visa granted, but this is taking longer than they originally thought. Sanchez was pictured at Carrington last week training with the rest of his Manchester United teammates.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 4:35 PM

On July 1st, Bournemouth completed the signing of 21 year-old David Brooks from Sheffield United.

Over two weeks later, he remains the only addition Eddie Howe has made to his squad this transfer window. The highly rated Welshman reportedly required a transfer fee in excess of $13 million. Since his August 2016 debut, Brooks made 37 appearances for the Blades in total, however he completed just four 90 full games in the Championship last term. Brooks is priced at 5.0 in the Official FPL game, which would usually be very encouraging for an attacking-midfielder or shadow striker Unfortunately, given Brooks' lack of first-team experience previously as well as his paltry 3 goals and 5 assists in 30 league appearances (albeit averaging a return every 143 minutes) it is unlikely that he will be a good FPL asset early in the season. I expect him to be slowly introduced to the first team throughout the campaign as Lewis Cook was last season.
Source: SI.com
Jul 16 - 2:56 PM

Manager David Wagner confirmed centre-back Christopher Schindler is in clear after limping off during the 3-0 pre-season defeat at League One side Accrington Stanely on Saturday.

Huddersfield manager David Wagner used 22 different players in the second game of pre-season clash, with one side playing the first hour and the second the final half hour. Despite the majority of the squad getting minutes, it was an overall lacklustre performance. Centre-back Christopher Schindler and midfielder Sean Scannell were both forced off, but Wagner confirmed neither injury was serious. "Sean Scannell and Christopher Schindler (both came off with knocks) have dead legs; that is all," said Wagner. "It’s nothing serious." New signing Erik Durm wasn't involved but will begin training next week, while Danny Williams is still recovering from a fractured fibula.
Jul 15 - 7:51 PM

West Ham United have completed the signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio for a club-record fee.

The 25-year-old joins the Hammers on a four-year contract in a deal worth up to £42 million with add-ons. Anderson scored eight goals and provided ten assists in 32 appearances for Lazio in the Serie A last season, and led the league in dribbles with an average of 5.4 per game. In total, the Brazilian supplied 25 goals and 33 assists in 137 league appearances for the Italian club. Anderson becomes the club's seventh signing of the summer window and breaks the club record fee set when Issa Diop completed his move (£21.9m) earlier this month. Said the attacking midfielder: "I want to thank the owner, David Sullivan, because he made a big effort to bring me here. I know how difficult it was, so I have to thank him a lot, and I hope I can repay his faith in me on the pitch with goals and winning games."
Jul 15 - 6:11 PM

Brighton face an anxious wait while they determine the extent of the injury sustained by striker Glenn Murray during Saturdays 1-1 draw with Swiss side FC St. Gallen.

Last season’s top scorer was replaced shortly after the half-hour mark having failed to shake off what appeared to be a right ankle injury. The Seagulls first pre-season friendly brings to a close their training camp in Austria: "It’s been a very good week and the weather has been very hot. The facilities were excellent, and we were really well looked after," said manager Chris Hughton. Brighton were missing the likes of Mat Ryan, Jose Izquierdo and Leon Balogun who have been given additional time off due to their involvement in Russia while new signings Jason Steele and Florin Andone had minor issues and were not risked. Centre-back Shane Duffy is recovering from groin surgery after aggravating the problem on international duty. Murray will be assessed but initial reports suggest the problem "didn’t look too serious, and [was] perhaps, due to the strains of a week of intense fitness work."
Source: The Argus
Jul 15 - 2:37 AM

Robbie Brady was forced to sit out of Burnley’s first pre-season friendly, however, the Republic of Ireland international insists: "I’m feeling really good."

Brady has been sidelined for the past seven months after suffering a serious knee injury at Leicester, but the midfielder is close to a return after taking part in the club’s southern Ireland training camp: "I’ve got a few more weeks before the season starts so I’ll be doing everything in my power to get myself in the best condition and hopefully I’ll be ready to go." Speaking ahead of the game against Cork City, manager Sean Dyche decided not to risk the 26-year-old: "We will have to be careful with Robbie. He’s going really well but it is still early in his progress." Steven Defour was also missing from the Clarets line-up after suffering a minor setback; the Belgian is recovering from knee surgery but picked up a minor calf injury. Matt Lowton [groin] was another absentee but James Tarkowski played 45 minutes for the first time since surgery to remedy a Hernia problem.
Jul 15 - 3:31 AM

Jamie Vardy and World Cup sensation Harry Maguire could miss Leicester City’s opening Premier League fixture following their involvement in Russia.

Vardy was nothing more than a bit-part player during the tournament, starting just one game [157 minutes], as Gareth Southgate entrusted captain Harry Kane with England’s goal scoring responsibilities. However, Maguire, came to prominence on the world’s biggest stage following a string of outstanding performances with the centre-back starting every game, bar one, during the tournament. Both players will be given additional time-off to recover from their summer exertions. "It will be difficult to manage all of the international players when they come back because it will be important to find again the good focus and good concentration," manager Claude Puel told LCFC.com. "For some players with England [Vardy and Maguire], perhaps they will come back just 15 days before the beginning of the season, we will see." Leicester kick-off their campaign at Old Trafford as part of Friday night football on August 10.
Jul 15 - 3:56 AM





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