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Striker Connor Wickham is set to be sold by Sunderland after failing to impress his new boss Paulo Di Canio, report The Sun.

Wickham cost Sunderland over £8million two years ago, but has never settled and has already fallen out with Di Canio, who recently branded the 20-year-old a "Playboy model" who needed a "slap in the face" to spur him on. If he was to be sold that would leave just Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham as recognised strikers in the squad, so there will be some additions this summer.
Source: The Sun
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 07:45:00 AM

Diego Costa picked up a hamstring injury in Chelsea's friendly against Barcelona last night.

Mourinho said today that "Diego felt a little thing in his hamstring" but didn't seem worried. The Chelsea manager believes it's "just a feeling" but they'll have to wait for a scan to reveal the severity of the injury. Diego Costa is immediately questionable for week one after missing multiple matches with hamstring injuries last season. Costa has dealt with muscle problems for two years in a row now and this is very concerning for fantasy owners. Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao's fantasy value goes up if Costa misses any time.
Jul 29 - 11:41 AM

Gary Cahill may have a broken nose after getting hit in the head by Barcelona's goalkeeper yesterday.

Jose Mourinho confirmed that Gary Cahill may have a broken nose but mentioned that he should be good to go for Sunday's match regardless of the results. If it is broken, Cahill will get a mask tomorrow to be ready for the match against Arsenal. He is very probable for the week one match against Swansea.
Jul 29 - 11:35 AM

Norwich boss Alex Neil is stepping up his search for a striker, making an approach for Italian club Cesena’s Gregoire Defrel…

Following the successful signing of Robbie Brady – YES! It’s done! Possibly the most drawn-out negotiations in the history of professional football, has ended in a £7m fee and three-year deal for the former Hull winger. Norwich are now on the lookout for a striker, with Frenchman Gregoire Defrel taking the eye. The 24-year-old hitman was score nine goals in Serie A last season despite his team Cesena going down. So far Bologna, Palermo and Sassuolo (no, me neither) has placed bids – thought to be around £5m – but according to reports in Italy, Norwich now head the queue. Southampton and Everton are keeping tabs on the situation but Norwich’s need is arguably greater, with PL flops Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and the untried Lewis Grabban their only alternative to Cameron Jerome.
Source: Talksport
Jul 29 - 11:17 AM

Everton are reported to be on the verge of signing center-back Aleksandar Dragovic from Dynamo Kiev. But is he a replacement for Sylvain Distin or John Stones…?

Signals coming out of Everton suggest they are close to signing a much needed center-back, but the mood is far from celebratory. Reports say the Toffees have moved ahead of Napoli in the race for Dynamo Kiev’s Austrian international Aleksandar Dragovic. The 29-year-old is being touted as a replacement for the departed Sylvain Distin, but many will be thinking that the deal is merely paving the way for John Stones to join Chelsea. Dragovic will cost around £9 million, which will leave plenty of change from the £30-odd million tag placed on Stones. But losing their prized asset on the eve of the season will be a huge blow to morale. With Romelu Lukaku possibly out for the big kick-off with a hamstring injury and a ‘disillusioned’ James McCarthy ready to open negotiations with Tottenham, it has not been a great for boss Roberto Martinez.
Jul 29 - 6:22 AM

Crystal Palace are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of center-back Ashley Williams, according to Swansea manager Garry Monk…

Most things have gone right for Palace this summer. The signings of Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford have excited the fans. The acquisition of young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the new contract accepted by Scott Dann provide stability. And theMost things have gone right for Palace this summer. The signings of Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford have excited the fans. The acquisition of young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the new contract accepted by Scott Dann provide stability. And the early season form of fit-again Jordan Mutch has been a bonus. Alan Pardew was looking to spend up to £10 million on securing the services of Swansea captain Ashley Williams, but according to his manager Garry Monk should accept defeat. Telling TalkSPORT, ‘Ash will be here, he’ll be with Swansea’. Fairly clear cut.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 29 - 6:54 AM

Eden Hazard scored a wonder goal to open up the scoring between Chelsea and Barcelona in the International Champions Cup.

Chelsea won the match on penalties after finishing 2-2 in regulation, but it was Hazard's goal that was the most impressive. The Belgian midfielder was recently praised by Mourinho for being better than Cristiano Ronaldo and he surely didn't disappoint today. Hazard enters the season as a top three fantasy player and should be drafted in the top three in almost all fantasy formats.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 28 - 10:15 PM

Gary Cahill scored the equalizer in Chelsea's 2-2 match against Barcelona, simultaneously taking a punch from the Barcelona goalkeeper.

Cahill was hit fairly hard as he went up to score the second Chelsea goal and was bleeding badly. He had to leave the match, but we are assuming he would have been left in if this was a competitive game. We'll wait for an update just in case, but assume he should be OK heading into week one. Cahill is looking at another season as Chelsea's starting central defender alongside John Terry and is a good fantasy option as part of the best Premier League defense. The match is now headed to penalties.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 28 - 10:04 PM

Junior Stanislas made a case for a starting job by bagging a brace as AFC Bournemouth came away with a tidy 0-3 win at Yeovil Town.

Stanislas isn't thought to have a spot for himself claimed in Eddie Howe's XI but the manager is certainly paying attention and should one of his midfield options not live up to the billing, Stanislas stands to see some time. He is going for the minimum price in fpl and a promoted side is likeliest to produce a fantasy weapon from those budget options. He scored with a spot kick in the first half and then from open play early in the second, assisted by Joshua King. King himself would grab the third goal and is also making noise to join Callum Wilson in a forward role.
Jul 28 - 7:14 PM

Everton won their preseason match against Dundee United 0-2, but the big news is that Romelu Lukaku had to be removed with a hamstring strain.

There is a hamstring virus going around the Toffees right now, as Steven Pienaar and Gerard Deulofeu are both set to start the season in the physio room with hamstring strains of their own. We will need to wait on the scan results to get an idea of the severity for Lukaku but one has to put the young Belgian's Week 1 availability in doubt. Roberto Martinez called his removal a precaution but the scan will tell the story. Should he not be ready, Steven Naismith and Arouna Kone present options for Martinez. On a positive note from today's match, Ross Barkley scored along with Conor McAleny.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 28 - 7:31 PM

Micah Richards wore the armband for Aston Villa once ahead tonight and seems set to be their captain for the upcoming season.

Richards is a quality center-back who's had trouble staying fit the past couple of seasons but Aston Villa are giving him a chance at revitalizing his career. Richards getting the armband in pre-season is a huge vote of confidence from Tim Sherwood and we like his chances of starting this season as long as he remains fit. Villa's defense should be decent enough to see Richards perform as an average fantasy defenders, and he can provide good value in late fantasy drafts.
Jul 28 - 5:15 PM

Dimitri Payet was credited with the goal that gave West Ham a 1-0 win over Norwich City earlier today.

Payet took a late corner kick that was "turned in via a combination of Reece Oxford and a Norwich defender". The new Hammers forward has been great in pre-season and figures to be a regular starter for them in the upcoming season. West Ham were solid today, going toe to toe with Norwich and eventually taking over the match for the last 30 minutes or so. They'll need to improve more to be competitive in the Premier League, but they are headed in the right direction so far.
Source: WHUFC
Jul 28 - 5:24 PM




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