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Barnsley have signed Crystal Palace full-back Jack Hunt on a three-month loan deal.

23-year-old Hunt is yet to feature for Crystal Palace since joining from Huddersfield last August after suffering a broken ankle in training. The loan spell will allow the full-back to build up his fitness before returning to Palace at the end of the season ready for the 2014-15 campaign.
Source: BBC Sport
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 11:16:00 AM

Tottenham survived a strong fightback from League One side Sheffield United to set up a League Cup final with Chelsea after another late goal from Christian Eriksen.

After Spurs had won the first leg 1-0 they appeared to be in cruise control when Eriksen's magnificent first-half free-kick put them 2-0 up on aggregate. The score stayed that way until the final 15 minutes, when Sheffield United's 18-year-old substitute Che Adams struck twice in three minutes, bringing the prospect of extra time into focus. However, Eriksen saved Spurs once again, controlling a fine through-ball from Harry Kane and finishing smartly to secure a 3-2 aggregate victory. It was the fourth time this season that the Danish star has scored decisive goals in the 87th minute or later.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 29 - 5:40 AM

Branislav Ivanovic is an early doubt for Saturdays’ top-of-the-table clash against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge after the Capital One goalscoring hero picked up a nasty foot injury against Liverpool.

Ivanovic grabbed the all-important winning goal on Wednesday night to secure a Wembley appearance - Capital One cup final – and after 120 gruelling minutes the defender revealed he had been playing through the pain-barrier as his lacerated foot seeped blood through his boots. It’s unclear whether Ivanovic will need stitches but Mourinho did confirm the player would be assessed ahead of the game along with Fabregas [hamstring] and Luis [calf]. Diego Costa is also facing a three game ban – violent conduct – for his ‘alleged’ stamp on Emre Can – the Spanish international has until 6pm GMT to lodge an appeal.
Jan 29 - 6:27 AM

Sam Allardyce will need to check on a number of players ahead of the trip to Anfield after last weekends’ bruising encounter against Bristol City in the FA Cup.

Alex Song, Carl Jenkinson and James Tomkins have all been in the treatment room this week and both defenders are rated as ‘touch & go’ although there was better news as regarding James Collins [back] who will join the main group today. However the Hammers’ are unlikely to welcome back Cheikhou Kouyate despite his elimination from the African Cup of Nations – the whereabouts of the holding midfielder is currently unknown. Diafra Sakho is expected to be available although the Senegalese FA are considering a formal complaint for his non-appearance in Equatorial Guinea because of a back injury – the proposed punishment would suggestion a domestic ban for the West Ham striker but Allardyce "is unconcerned" adding the club has done nothing wrong.
Jan 29 - 6:45 AM

Arsene Wenger indicated in his Friday news conference that while Danny Welbeck won't be ready for Aston Villa in Week 23 that he will be ready for Spurs in Week 24.

Arsenal are flush with attacking options right now so the absence of Danny Welbeck hasn't been felt to any great extent in recent weeks. That said, Wenger indicated that Alexis Sanchez has a "hamstring complaint" that could keep him out of the line-up against Aston Villa. Should Sanchez miss not only the Villa match but additional time, Wenger will be thrilled to have Welbeck as an option along with Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil as he looks to compliment Olivier Giroud in a crucial match for the Gunners in the race for a Champions League spot.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 29 - 10:53 AM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Alexis Sanchez has a hamstring concern and could miss Arsenal's Week 23 match with Aston Villa at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez has played a lot across all competitions this season coming off of a busy summer at the World Cup. The fact that he has a hamstring issue that could cause him to miss a match shouldn't be surprising. Arsene Wenger hasn't ruled the player out yet but has indicated that there won't be any decision made until after salary cap league transfer deadlines have expired for Week 23. The safe bet is to exclude him from your roster or at least have a strong bench option in place. For single ownership formats, the concern is that you will need a replacement from either the Arsenal vs. Villa match or the Southampton vs. Swansea match as all other matches will have taken place before Sanchez's fate is known.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Jan 29 - 10:58 AM

Arsene Wenger indicated in his Week 23 press conference that Jack Wilshere is about 10 days from resuming normal training activities.

Given that Wilshere's ankle injury has likely caused his fitness levels to drop, he will probably require a significant period of returning to match fitness after he is healthy enough to resume training. If February 8 represents a solid estimate of his first normal training session then it seems reasonable that he won't be ready to play in the Premier League for another two weeks after than with a next start unlikely until early March.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Jan 29 - 11:03 AM

After a summer move to Loftus Road failed to yield much playing time, Jordan Mutch has traded West London for South London and Crystal Palace on a permanent deal.

As Alan Pardew looks to put his stamp on Crystal Palace, he has clearly targeted the attacking end of the pitch for his squad renovation. He has elevated younger, faster players in the form of Dwight Gayle and Wilfried Zaha and has now brought in Yaya Sanogo (loan), Shola Amiobe, and Jordan Mutch to diversify his attacking options. Palace have scored three goals in each of their last two matches (one Premier League and one FA Cup) so it the signs are good that the Palace attack will improve.
Source: Twitter.com
Jan 29 - 11:43 AM

Former Newcastle attacker Shola Ameobi has agreed to join Crystal Palace on a short term deal until the end of the season.

Alan Pardew is apparently looking for a high octane attack at Crystal Palace and he continues to add depth to his attacking options in support of that goal. The arrival of Ameobi, available on a free transfer after being released by his club in Turkey, joins Yaya Sanogo, Marouane Chamakh and Frazier Campbell as specialist forwards alongside wider attacking players like Jason Puncheon, Dwight Gayle, Wilfried Zaha and fellow new signing Jordan Mutch.
Source: Twitter.com
Jan 29 - 11:48 AM

Beanpole forward Peter Crouch has signed a new contract with Stoke City that will see him remain at the club through the 2016-17 season.

One of the things that Mark Hughes has successfully done at Stoke City since his arrival is develop a deep squad capable of weathering even significant injuries. Peter Crouch is no longer expected to start every match but in rotation with Mame Biram Diouf and Jon Walters he forms a strikeforce that offers variety, quality and depth. Diouf brings speed, Walters brute force and Crouch aerial ability. The extension will see Crouch remain at the Britannia through his age 36 season.
Jan 29 - 11:53 AM

Glenn Whelan and Peter Crouch both signed two-year extensions that will likely see them conclude their Premier League playing careers at the Britannia.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has been at Stoke City since 2008 and has made over 200 appearances for the club. Having successfully made the transition from the Championship to the Premier League with the Potters as well as the transition from Tony Pulis to Mark Hughes, Whelan isn't a flashy player (he's scored only 5 goals in his 210 appearances) but he's a steady presence in midfield and will provide depth and experience over what are likely to be his final two and a half seasons at the club.
Jan 29 - 11:58 AM

Diego Costa is being charged by the FA for an alleged stamp on defender Emre Can during Chelsea's 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.

The Chelsea-Liverpool match was an ugly one and Costa could have been sent off for two different challenges but was lucky to stay on the pitch. The first one was on Emre Can and the second was on defender Martin Skrtel. Both looked intentional and Costa will most likely be found guilty by the FA. If he is found guilty, he will serve a three-match ban that will likely start against Manchester City on Saturday. If Costa is suspended, Didier Drogba will likely start for the Blues and will be a fine fantasy option at his price.
Jan 29 - 12:27 AM




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