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Stoke City will continue to be short-handed in the near term, as both Robert Huth and Andy Wilkinson need a few more weeks before returning to the squad.

In Huth's absence, Marc Wilson has covered at center back with mixed results. Stoke have been a soft-touch on the road, and travel to Crystal Palace this weekend.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 08:27:00 PM

After surviving yet another relegation test, Sam Allardyce has called his time at Crystal Palace after less than one season.

Contrary to initial reports, Allardyce said he is resigning in order to spend more time with his family and get away from managing, not due to a dispute over the club's transfer budget and future plans. His exit marks the end of a turbulent year that started with earning, then losing his job as England manager before starting on at Palace in December. Said Allardyce: "It’s hard walking away now. I think the club are heading in the right direction with a hugely supportive board of directors, a great squad of players and some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever met. It’s been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months...This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League."
May 24 - 5:03 AM

Hull City manager Marco Silva is set to leave the club. However, he will not be returning back to the Premier League according to reports.

The Portuguese manager came close to working a miracle and saving Hull from relegation in his short stint in charge, but it seems he will now depart the club after a meeting with the owners later in the week. Watford were among a number of PL clubs said to be interested in employing him, however, it appears that the pull of Porto in his homeland will win out. Silva reportedly spent Tuesday in Lisbon in discussions with Porto, and has agreed to take charge of the club. While Silva had suggested that staying in England was of greater interest to him, Porto have taken advantage of PL clubs' sluggishness to approach Silva. They sacked their manager after one season in charge on Monday and are now closing in one their first choice replacement.
Source: The Guardian
May 23 - 6:40 PM

Chelsea have signed goalkeeper Eduardo to a new one-year deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2018.

The Portugal international has acted as the third-choice goalkeeper since signing from Dinamo Zabreb last summer. While the 34-year-old has yet to make an appearance for the Premier League champions, the looming departure of Asmir Begovic means Eduardo could find himself as the backup to Thibaut Courtois next season. On signing his new deal, Eduardo said: "I am very happy to stay at Chelsea for another year. This season has been very successful for the club, and everybody has made me feel like a part of the family. I hope next season can be just as positive and we can win many more trophies. "
Source: Sky Sports
May 23 - 2:58 PM

Cesar Azpilicueta says he is not interested in rumors linking him with a summer move to Barcelona because he is "very happy" at Chelsea.

Azpiliueta has proved to be an invaluable member of Chelsea since his arrival from Marseille in 2012. Operating at left-back under Jose Mourinho, the Spanish international shined at center-back this past term in Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 formation, playing every minute in Chelsea's second Premier League title in the past three seasons. While he has reportedly been identified as one of Barcelona's top targets ahead of the summer transfer window, the 27-year-old insists he is keen stay at Stamford Bridge. "It's flattering that a club like Barcelona can be interested in you," he told Spanish outlet Marca. "The interest of teams of this level is very positive, but I am very happy here." Apzilicueta, who signed a new contract in December that will keep him in London until 2020, added: "I feel very valued by the club and I do not think of anything else."
Source: Marca
May 23 - 2:32 PM

Laurent Koscielny's appeal of the red card he picked up against Everton on the season's final day was denied meaning that the Arsenal center back will miss the FA Cup final and the club's next two FA sanctioned matches next season.

With Gabriel also going off on Sunday with an injury, Arsenal are going to be significantly depleted at the back as they face Eden Hazard and Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final. Based on what we've seen recently, Arsene Wenger will likely choose Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal as his central trio with Kieran Gibbs on the left and either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (if he's healthy) or Hector Bellerin (if Ox isn't ready to return). If Arsenal win the FA Cup final then Koscielny will miss the Community Shield and Arsenal's first Premier League match of the season. If they lose, he will miss the first two Premier League matches of the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 23 - 2:33 PM

Alvaro Negredo and Calum Chambers have said their goodbyes to the Riverside Stadium and now depart after finishing their season-long loan spells with Middlesbrough.

Negredo, who ended the season as the club's top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, heads back Liga La outfit Valencia after making 39 appearances in total. While 31-year-old didn't have the strongest campaign, he managed to account for roughly 37 percent of Middlesbrough's 27 Premier League goals. Meanwhile, Chambers played a key role at the back after arriving from Arsenal in late September. The 22-year-old featured 26 times for Boro and helped them to the 10th best defensive record in the Premier League, while playing in both central and wide roles.
May 23 - 1:15 PM

Academy youngsters Moses Makasi and Noha Sylvestre have signed new one-years deals with West Ham United.

Having helped the U23s win Premier League 2 promotion this season, the duo have been rewarded with new contracts which will see them remain with the Hammers until 2018. Makasi, 21, who played 29 times for the U23s this term, also featured twice as an unused substitute for the first-team. Swiss 19-year-old Sylvestre was also a key man in the Hammers' PL 2 campaign, making 25 appearances in all competitions.
May 23 - 12:47 PM

Manchester United have been handed an injury boost ahead of their Europa League final with Ajax.

United duo Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling, who were absent for the final game of the Premier League season with Crystal Palace, trained on Tuesday morning with the squad at Carrington before the team flew out to Stockholm. Victory in the final will see United qualify for the Champions League next season, and thus define José Mourinho's first year in charge at Old Trafford.
May 23 - 9:46 AM

Bournemouth starlet Lewis Cook has received praise from his manager Eddie Howe after some good performances in the final weeks of the season.

Cook appeared five times for the Cherries towards the end of the season before missing the final day clash with Leicester as he is representing the England U-20s at the World Cup in South Korea. Cook arrived to the south coast club ahead of the 2016/17 season in a £7 million deal with Leeds United, and started the first PL game of the campaign before enduring a frustrating season on the periphery. However, Cook's displays since returning to the field off the bench in the GW33 defeat to Spurs have been promising. The highlight was the 20 year old supplying an assist for Junior Stanislas against Burnley. His manager favourably compared the Yorkshire man to Jack Wilshere, citing his comparable creativity, control and pace aided by an aggression similar to that of Harry Arter. Howe added: "Lewis is a very special talent... In a short time in the team, he really has been very productive." It sounds like Cook may be more central to Howe's plans next term.
May 23 - 10:02 AM

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has said that his future will be decided in the next fortnight, one way or another.

His manager at Atleti, Diego Simeone, had previously admitted a move away from the club was possible but this is the strongest statement yet from the player himself. When asked to rate his chances of moving to United out of ten, Griezmann said "Six". He went on to rate his chances of staying put and signing a new contract at "Seven". He completely ruled out a cross-city move to Real Madrid. Sky's Spanish Football expert Guillem Balague has claimed that Griezmann is holding out to discover if United will play in the Champions League next season before coming to a decision. Balague expects United to trigger the Frenchman's buyout clause of €100 million to make the deal go through.
Source: Sky Sports
May 23 - 9:11 AM

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is on the verge of joining Premier League side Bournemouth.

Defoe, 34, is believed to have opened talks with Eddie Howe's side immediately after Sunderland's final game of the season at Stamford Bridge in order to secure a move. The England international has a clause in his Sunderland contract which allows him leave on a free transfer if the club were relegated from the top flight. After scoring 15 PL goals this campaign, Defoe is said to be aiming to match or better his current wage, with The Guardian's David Hytner reporting that the veteran forward has been offered £20 million including a signing on fee for a three year contract.
May 23 - 9:36 AM




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