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Central midfielder Jonny Howson has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal with Norwich City.

The 25-year old former Leeds United midfielder has made 54 appearances for the Canaries since his initial signing in 2012. He has seven shots on target, 11 chances created and two goals through 16 games so far in 2013. Norwich have scored a meager 15 goals this season (nine at home, six on the road) so the team will need to be more consistent for Howson to have much of an impact. Hopefully the new contract gives him more confidence going forward. With fixtures against Sunderland and Fulham coming up, this Canary could be a sleeper option worth looking into.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 02:36:00 PM

Davy Klaassen will miss this weekend’s trip to Stamford Bridge through injury.

Ronald Koeman was speaking ahead of his sides Europa League play-off tie against Hadjuk Split and confirmed the summer signing from Ajax "got a knock on his foot" during the 1-1 draw at the Etihad: "Davy will be out for at least one week but he will be fit after the international break." The Everton boss also confirmed Sandro Ramirez "is a doubt" for Sunday as his recovery from a heel injury is taking a lot longer than initially thought. James McCarthy "has a knock on his knee and, also, normally after the international duty, he will be available." Koeman will now consider Gylfi Sigurdsson’s involvement in Europe with one eye on the Chelsea match: "He got game time on Monday and now the decision is whether he starts tomorrow or comes on during the game. We have one more session [on Wednesday evening], then I will make that decision on Thursday morning."
Aug 24 - 5:10 AM

Rolando Aarons’ performance against Nottingham Forest was one of the few positives to take from another disappointing cup exit on Tyneside.

Newcastle were hoping for a much-needed confidence boost in the Carabao Cup following back-to-back league defeats, but the Championship side had other ideas, leaving St James’ Park with their place assured in the third round. Making ten changes, Rafa Benitez handed Aarons his first start in an injury plagued year, and the young attacker repaid his faith with an encouraging performance. A metatarsal fracture, followed by a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury, effectively ended his 2016/17 campaign and now Aarons is keen to make up for lost time. A goal and an assist on the night, must surely be enough to force his way into Rafa’s thinking as a disjoined Newcastle side go in search of their first league points. Aarons will be assessed ahead of Saturday after he was forced off late on: "I think it was cramp, so I think he’s okay."
Aug 24 - 5:49 AM

Southampton crashed out of the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening after a 2-0 loss to Wolves at St. Mary's.

Wolves, who were not fielding many of their much-hyped new arrivals from Portugal, competed well with last season's finalists and were deserved victors. The first half featured little of import and the away side took the lead by heading in from a corner after the hour mark. They grabbed their second in the dying embers of normal time. Twice Jeremy Pied fired wide while McQueen saw one effort turned away by the goalkeeper but overall the Championship side were better. James Ward-Prowse started the game having been benched last weekend which does not bode well for his chances of starting in Gameweek 3.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 23 - 11:41 PM

Frank de Boer reveals Wilfried Zaha is going to "start his rehab" as the Palace winger steps up his recovery from a knee injury.

The Eagles boss was speaking after his sides 2-1 win over Championship outfit Ipswich Town in the Carabao Cup: "Wilf is a very robust player and the first couple of days is very important to have some rest," de Boer confirmed. "From now on he’s going to start his rehab, but we don’t know how long it’s going to take. The risk is that you start too early and that he has a setback, so I don’t want to put a time on it right now." It was hoped that Zaha would be back within a month after he was pictured with his leg in a brace following the opening day defeat to Huddersfield, but that timeline has slipped a little. On a more positive note, Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur were back in the starting XI for the first time on Tuesday, and the pair come into contention for the visit of Swansea this weekend.
Aug 23 - 4:21 PM

Craig Dawson has agreed to a new three-year contract that will see him stay at the Hawthorns through 2020.

With uncertainty elsewhere in the defense between Gareth McAuley getting up in years and Jonny Evans being linked with Manchester City, Tony Pulis has moved to create some solidity by extending center back Craig Dawson. The new contract will take Dawson through his Age 30 season and, assuming he makes it through the entire contract at Albion, will make it an even decade for him at the club that he joined in 2010.
Source: @WBA
Aug 23 - 12:45 PM

Southampton announced the new signing of Wesley Hoedt and simultaneously re-stated their intentions with Virgil Van Dijk, lest anyone thought the new centre-back was a replacement.

Hoedt has arrived from Serie A club Lazio for a reported £15 million fee. He has signed a five year deal. The arrival of the left-footed Dutch international will undoubtedly lead to increased speculation about his international compatriot Van Dijk even though Vice-Chairman Les Reed explained: "Wesley has proven his talent through his performances for Lazio, as well as the Netherlands, and we believe he can develop even further here at Southampton, alongside his international teammate Virgil van Dijk..." Van Dijk handed in a transfer request earlier in August and is currently unavailable for selection, although some progress appears to have been made as he is now training with the Reserves having previously worked alone.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 23 - 10:20 AM

Tomer Hemed, Richie Towell, and Liam Rosenior were among the Brighton squad players who joined Anthony Knockaert in the starting line-up for Brighton's EFL Cup Second Round encounter with Barnet.

Knockaert, who was Championship Player of the year last season, continued his recovery from an ankle injury sustained in pre-season by completing 45 minutes against the League Two opposition. The Frenchman delivered a good performance which will give manager Chris Hughton something to think about as PL GW3 approaches, but he did squander his side's best chance of the half by taking too long on the ball before seeing it smothered by the goalkeeper. The only goal of the game went to the PL strugglers and it was Knockaert's replacement, James Tilley, who got it. He scored the rebound after Rosenior's effort was parried.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 23 - 10:08 AM

Strikes from Ryan Fraser and Marc Pugh were enough to give Bournemouth a narrow 2-1 win over Birmingham City in the EFL Cup Second Round.

Former Cherries boss Harry Redknapp had hoped to pull off an upset against his former employers at St. Andrew's and his side took an early 11th minute lead from a set-piece. A ball from a corner was met by the head of Jonathan Grounds, he nodded it across the area to Maikel Kieftenbeld finished. Ryan Fraser scored the equaliser almost straight after half-time, putting away a cross by Adam Smith from the right flank. Lys Mousset teed up Marc Pugh for his winner, sealing a confidence boosting win for Bournemouth who have struggled to find the net so far this term. Otherwise of note from a fantasy point of view in this encounter was that Jermain Defoe played the full 90 minutes - he may get more minutes in the PL soon as pressure mounts on Eddie Howe to grind out results.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 23 - 12:44 AM

Swansea City, in desperate need for reinforcements before the summer window closes, have had their £16.5m bid for Sam Clucas accepted, and the Hull City midfielder is expected to make the move to Wales very soon.

Both Burnley and Swansea have been courting Hull for Clucas in recent weeks, but Swansea are willing to spend a considerable amount more than the Clarets, who were reported to have 10m on the table a couple of days ago. Clucas had a big spike in development last season, being thrust into action for the Tigers when they barely had enough bodies to put together an 18-man squad and grew further under the guidance of Marco Silva. That said, Clucas is no spring chicken, turning 27-years-old next month, and certainly seems to fall short of the kind of impact player the Swans desperately need after the departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson. For the price they are willing to pay, you have to think Clucas finds a regular spot in the XI rather quickly.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 23 - 3:43 AM

Barcelona refuse to give up on their pursuit of want-away Philippe Coutinho, increasing their offer to Liverpool that, with add-ons, has now reached upwards of £138m.

The Reds may being holding their stance in the press that Coutinho is not for sale, but if their aim was to force Barcelona to spend a great deal of cash, then you have to applaud the strategy. Two things are certain in the biggest saga of this summer's transfer window - Coutinho wishes to play for Barca and Barca's pockets are bottomless when it comes to looking for a superstar replacement to help offset the loss of Neymar. The current deal drawn up by the La Liga side includes a transfer fee of £101m up front with an additional £37m in potential bonuses. The Reds could potentially upgrade positions in need, particularly at the back, with that kind of cash and still have money left to invest in an up-and-coming playmaker.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 23 - 3:56 AM

Swansea City were 4-1 winners over MK Dons in last night's Carabao Cup but it came at a cost as defender Kyle Bartley had to be stretchered off with a knee injury.

Bartley went in for an aerial challenge and landed awkwardly on the knee, unable to leave the pitch without need for a stretcher. Paul Clement commented post-match that it was too soon to tell the extent of the injury but he expects the defender to spend "some time on the sidelines". You can all but rule him out to make the squad this weekend against Crystal Palace and the international break follows immediately after, so even in a best-case scenario, Bartley looks to be absent for a few weeks. There is little fantasy impact with the news, other than it makes Mike van der Hoorn the preferred backup at the center back position for the time being.
Source: Wales Online
Aug 23 - 4:26 AM




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