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Liverpool are linked to a move for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.

Adam Lallana has been one of the catalysts for Southampton's flying start to the season and the big clubs are starting to inquire about him but a move is unlikely. Southampton have repeatedly stated that they are looking for a top four Premier League finish and selling him doesn't make much sense. Lallana has recently been called up to the English squad and hopes to make it to the World Cup next summer, and that'll be his best chance to play alongside Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge.
Source: Dailystar
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 01:40:00 PM

Huddersfield Town's only home game of the pre-season ended in defeat on Wednesday as Serie A side Udinese came away with a 2-1 victory in front of the John Smith's faithful.

Manager David Wagner fielded two vastly different XIs for each half; with goalkeeper Jonas Lössl the lone man to play the full 90 minutes. The Terries matched Udinese throughout the early stages and took a deserved lead through Ince, his fourth goal in five friendlies outings, but conceded shortly thereafter. And, in a second-half that saw Wagner make eight changes, the Serie A outfit would go on to find the winner after an error by Town's backline. Having failed to clear a free-kick, Udinese substitute Ryder Matos pounced on the loose ball and fired home from inside the area. While the rest of the match was rather uneventful, key midfielder Jonathan Hogg was forced off with an injury late on.
Jul 26 - 9:33 PM

Riyad Mahrez struck seven minutes from time as Leicester City picked up a 1-0 friendly victory over Luton Town on Wednesday.

Craig Shakespeare handed 20 players match time as Leicester City dominated their first of three friendlies this week, attempting 18 shots and controlling 59 per cent of possession. Among those in action only two played the full 90 minutes, with Edlin Jakupovic making his first pre-season start and Ahmed Musa providing the assist on Riyad Mahrez's 83rd-minute strike. Musa, crisp on the left wing throughout the fixture, did well in the left channel to pull Luton goalkeeper James Shea off his line before feeding Mahrez, who took a touch before powering the ball past Shea. The Foxes will have four days before their next friendly, a trip to MK Dons on Friday, followed by another away fixture at Wolverhampton on Sunday.
Jul 26 - 9:00 PM

New Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy faces a race against time to make the Premier League opener at Brighton.

The 23-year-old, who joined the club from Monaco for a reported £52 million, arrived at City "a little bit injured" according to Pep Guardiola and his availability for the trip to the south coast hangs in the balance. Mendy missed the start of pre-season with his former club, and the problem, which is believed to be hamstring related, will keep him out for up-to three more weeks. Given the close proximity, and a lack of match-fitness, Guardiola is likely to plumb for another new signing – Danilo – at the Amex Stadium on 12 August. Ilkay Gundogan is another doubt although the injury-plagued midfielder, who is recovering from a serious knee ligament injury, is nearing a return: "If I had to put a figure on it, I would say at 70% [fit]."
Jul 26 - 7:10 PM

Manager Slaven Bilic has praised the arrival of Javier "Chicarito" Hernandez as a major signing for West Ham United.

Bilic has revealed that the signing of Chicharito, who completed his move to east London on Monday, was a move long in the works since his appoint as Hammers boss. Hernandez enjoyed four successful years at Manchester United, scoring 59 goals in 157 matches, before being sold to Bayern Leverkusen in 2015/16 after a season-long loan spell at Real Madrid. The Mexico international is a proven goalscorer capable of playing as a long striker or in a two forward system, which Bilic could be favored when frontman Andy Carroll is fit. Speaking to the club's website, Bilic was quick to list the qualities of his newest signing: "He [Hernandez] brings energy, makes movement up front and he brings running behind the defence, he brings pace, he brings quality and he brings goals and that’s it, basically!"
Jul 25 - 5:54 PM

Burnley have moved to add some veteran depth in the form of Stoke City right back Phil Bardsley who signed on a permanent move for £2m.

With Glen Johnson getting more and more fragile with age, you have to expect that there is another move coming at the Britannia Stadium. Johnson certainly can't be counted on to play an entire season and Bardsley actually started 14 matches last season for Mark Hughes' side. Perhaps Hughes will employ a makeshift option behind Johnson in the event of injury this coming season but, if that isn't his plan then he'd better get shopping as the inbound defenders - Josh Tymon and Kurt Zouma - are a left back and a center back respectively with neither a) proven or b) a right back.
Jul 25 - 4:43 PM

Brighton and Hove Albion have signed Chelsea midfielder Izzy Brown on loan for the coming 2017/18 season.

The 20 year old midfielder also signed a four year contract with Chelsea as he departed for the AMEX Stadium. The attack-minded midfielder spent last season on loan at fellow Premier League new-boys Huddersfield, for whom he was a consistent starter. The Terriers had been looking to re-sign the player though he has opted to move to the south coast club instead. He was deployed as a shadow striker last season in the Championship, making 35 appearances, getting on the score-sheet 7 times and notching up a further 5 assists. He has had loan spells with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem and Rotherham previously, having begun his career at West Brom. Manager Chris Hughton said: "The natural progression for Izzy, having enjoyed such a successful season in the Championship last season, was to step up to the Premier League - and we are delighted he will be doing that with us, here at Brighton."
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 25 - 3:45 PM

Bournemouth right-back Adam Smith has signed a new contract with the club which will keep him at Dean Court until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Smith has been at the club on a permanent basis since 2014 when he was signed from Spurs. During his time at Spurs, one of the seven clubs he represented while on loan was the Cherries back in 2010/11. The full-back has blossomed into a first XI Premier League footballer under the tutelage of Eddie Howe at Bournemouth. The 26 year old has played 113 times already for the club and Eddie Howe is delighted that Smith will increase that figure: "When we first brought Adam to the club we believed he had huge potential. Adam has taken his opportunity." Likewise, Smith is happy with the deal. He told the Cherries' website that "there is nowhere else [he wants] to be at the moment."
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 25 - 3:29 PM

Alvaro Morata made his Chelsea debut as the Premier League champions suffered 3-2 International Champions Cup defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Manager Antonio Conte will be disappointing with the overall performance, as Chelsea conceded three goals inside the opening 27 minutes of a match that could have easily been a thrashing by Bayern. However, if there was one positive to be taken, it was Morata's second-half substitute cameo . The big money signing came after 63 minutes with the Blue trailing 3-1 and set up Michy Batshuayi's late goal. Morata won the corner and was then directly involved in the goal as he flicked a Cesc Fabregas' cross into the path of Batshuayi to bury at the far post. Though the late strike was little consolation for the defeat, Conte's side have one more friendly (vs. Inter Milan on Saturday) and 12 days time to prepare for their Community Shield clash with Arsenal.
Jul 25 - 3:35 PM

Southampton drew 2-2 away to Brentford on Saturday as they continue their pre-season preparations for the forthcoming season.

The Saints started in a lively manner, creating the first opportunity from a corner by Dusan Tadic. The Serb's cross was met by the head of Charlie Austin, who failed to convert thanks to Brentford's 'keeper. At the other end, The Bees began to get a foothold in the encounter and they snatched the lead thanks to a cross from the right, converted by Vibe at point blank range. Southampton responded after the interval through Austin, who capitalised on confusion in the opposition defence to fashion a chance from 12 yards. Sam McQueen teed up Austin from the left for the frontman's second of the game. Late on, Fraser Forster was guilty of an error which handed the hosts a late equaliser. Many Southampton first-teamers played an hour in this game, and manager Mauricio Pellegrino is satisfied with their progress though indicated progress would be necessary in the next few weeks when the team train in France.
Jul 25 - 3:04 PM

Chelsea have been handed a major boost as star Eden Hazard has returned to light training ahead of schedule after a serious ankle injury.

The 26-year-old Belgian, who underwent surgery after fracturing his ankle on international duty at the beginning of June, was expected to be out of action until at least early September. But it appears the former Premier League Player of the Year could be back much sooner than expect after he was spotted on the training pitch at Chelsea's Cobham training ground on Monday. The playmaker's return to light training has come well ahead of schedule, however, it remains unclear whether or not he will be fit for the start of season. While Antonio Conte will likely air on the side of caution with Hazard, the Italian boss will undoubtedly be pleased with the positive strides his star is making.
Source: The Sun
Jul 25 - 2:17 PM

Crystal Palace announced the signing of Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald in an £8 million move on Monday.

With a move for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the 20-year-old Riedewald, De Boer is making it clear that youth is the way forward for Palace. De Boer gave Riedewald his senior debut at Ajax in 2013 and will now reunited in south London. Riedewald can be utilized in a variety of roles as a center-half, left-back and defensive midfielder. Said the Dutch international: "I am very pleased to be joining Crystal Palace and after speaking with the gaffer a couple of weeks ago I was delighted to have the opportunity to come over and play in the Premier League. The Premier League is a great competition to be involved in and it is a great opportunity to be working under Frank de Boer once again having been with him at Ajax."
Jul 25 - 11:41 AM




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