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Steve Bruce announced that striker Sone Aluko has an achilles injury that will keep him out until February.

This will heap more pressure on Yannick Sagbo and Danny Graham to find goals for Hull City. With those options, Bruce's best hope may be that his defence continues to play as well as it has in recent weeks.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 11:26:00 AM

Manchester United have reportedly signed German defender Mats Hummels for a fee of $28 million.

$28 million is a fair price for a defender of his caliber, as Hummels showed in the World Cup that he is a World Class defender. He fills an immediate need for Manchester United's new manager Louis van Gaal and should be a starter on day one. van Gaal is an attacking minded coach but Manchester's defensive line is looking better and better and Hummels should be a great fantasy option if he does indeed join the Premier League.
Jul 22 - 1:16 AM

Patrice Evra's long-rumored move from Manchester United to Juventus has been confirmed by the Turin club via their official Twitter account.

Manchester United have had an interesting summer at the left back position. Seldom-used reserve Alex Buttner left early in the transfer window after Luke Shaw arrived for a wildly expensive fee. Evra's departure means that Manchester United have a 19-year-old and not much else at the position. Recruiting a high quality reserve (Ricardo Rodriguez and Daley Blind) will be difficult because it will be (rightly) hard to convince anyone with prospects that Luke Shaw won't get the majority of the minutes. At the same time, it will be hard for Louis Van Gaal to rely on such a young player consistently when the stakes get higher. United's next step will be very interesting.
Source: @JuventusFC
Jul 21 - 11:57 AM

Queens Park Rangers are interested in Cardiff defender Steven Caulker who is up for grabs after Cardiff were relegated last season.

Caulker is a quality defender and a great leader who captained Cardiff last season. Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already acknowledged that Caulker and Campbell Frazier are on the way out and QPR are reportedly in the hunt for Caulker. QPR have signed veteran center-back Rio Ferdinand but it's unknown if he can stay healthy and a defender of Caulker's quality will certainly help their chances of avoiding relegation. If Caulker ends on a team where he will be a starting defender, he will have good fantasy value as he's very active in chasing down players and getting in front of the ball to block shots.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:58 PM

Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland has said that a decision on Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to come within the next two weeks.

Chelsea have signed striker Diego Costa and reports have surfaced about the return of Didier Drogba, making it unlikely for them to keep the Belgian star. Jose Mourinho wants to evaluate the striker before making a final decision. Lukaku has spend the last two seasons away on loan but there are rumors Chelsea might be trying to secure a permanent move for him away from Stamford Bridge. German side Wolfsburg are reportedly ready to offer a £20 million bid and Everton, where Lukaku spent last season on loan, are also interested in his services. Lukaku will have significantly higher fantasy value at Everton than at Chelsea.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:29 PM

John Terry scored twice to help Chelsea come from behind and win their first friendly of the summer against AFC Wimbledon.

AFC Wimbledon took a 2-0 lead in the first half but Jose Mourinho made eight changes at the break and his side came back to win 3-2. Mohamed Salah scored one while John Terry added two. John Terry took the summer off after not being called up to England's World Cup squad and will look to have a successful season at Chelsea. He should be a premium fantasy option considering Jose Mourinho's defensive approach and Chelsea tendency to earn clean sheets. Young midfielder Lewis Baker played great and was involved in all three goals, making a case towards a first-team call up this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:35 PM

Reports have surfaced about Didier Drogba striking a one-year deal with his former club, Chelsea.

Chelsea were after the star striker last summer but couldn't land a deal. Drogba is now a free-agent after his contract with Galatasaray has expired. We envision the Ivory Coast international to take on a role similar to the one he played in the World Cup this summer. Drogba is likely to come off a bench when Chelsea need a goal and provide a target man for long balls and crosses. The arrival is worry-some for Fernando Torres, whose playing time might decrease even more with Drogba in town.
Source: Squawka
Jul 20 - 2:38 PM

New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman had admitted that Ron Vlaar is a possible target for Southampton if Dejan Lovren forces a move away from the Saints.

There have been rumors about Lovren being unhappy at Southampton and that he is trying to force a move to Liverpool. If he can force the move, Southampton will need to replace him and Ron Vlaar is reportedly a target. Vlaar had an amazing World Cup, leading his Netherlands side to a third-place finish. Vlaar's fantasy value would be about the same whether he leaves Aston Villa or goes to Southampton.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 2:47 PM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed that the club have reached an agreement with Liverpool over the sale of striker Fabio Borini.

Borini played an important role on loan at Sunderland last season, scoring some vital goals in the run-in as the Black Cats escape relegation, and had stated he was looking forward to taking that form back to Liverpool. However, despite Luis Suarez's sale the 23-year-old would still find himself behind Daniel Sturridge, Ricky Lambert and the incoming Loic Remy, so the next best option for Borini would be to return to the Stadium of Light. Manager Gus Poyet has confirmed a fee has been agreed, reportedly £14million, and the club are now free to discuss personal terms with the player.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 4:19 AM

Sunderland produced an impressive performance to seal an emphatic 5-1 win over Darlington in a pre-season friendly.

Fletcher, who was making his first appearance since March, marked his return from injury with two goals before being taken off at half-time. The striker was badly missed last season and his return will be like a new signing for the Black Cats as they look to avoid another relegation battle. Emanuele Giaccherini, Connor Wickham and new signing Jordi Gomez scored the other goals.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 4:23 AM

Manchester City ended their tour of Scotland with a 2-1 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle, whilte a Newcastle XI were defeated.

Do not adjust your screen - Scott Sinclair still plays for Manchester City. The winger's move from Swansea to the Etihad in 2012 has been an unmitigated disaster and last season's loan spell at West Brom wasn't much better. However, the 25-year-old was given a run out by Manuel Pellegrini against Hearts and scored the opening goal, with Aleksandar Kolarov netting from the penalty spot.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 4:31 AM

Tottenham played out an exciting 3-3 draw with Seattle Sounders in Mauricio Pochettino’s first game in charge.

Lewis Holtby scored the opening goal of an entertaining match, before Seattle turned things around to take a 2-1 lead. Spurs equalised when Roberto Soldado was fouled in the box and converted the resulting penalty, but the fun wasn't over. Seattle went ahead once again, with the scoring completed with Iago Falque made it 3-3, also from he penalty spot. It was the first match for new manager Mauricio Pochettino and he declared himself satisfied - "I’m happy as it was the first game of the tour, the conditions were difficult with warm temperatures and all the players did their best. This is the time to improve and learn and I'm very pleased with all the players."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 4:41 AM




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