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Aston Villa are very close to signing 22 year old Danish striker Nicklas Helenius.

Aston Villa are improving their team slowly and quietly. After signing Bulgarian winger Aleksander Tonev, they are now looking to add Helenius. The 22 year old plays for Danish club Aalborg. Helenius could get instant playing time if Aston Villa part ways with Christian Benteke.
Source: DailyMail
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 10:52:00 PM

Manchester United are keen to complete the double signing of Toby Alderweireld and Brazilian midfielder Fred before the start of the World Cup finals in Russia.

Reports suggest that United have already opened talks with Alderweireld in a deal said to be worth in the region of £55 million, although chairman Daniel Levy would like closer to £75 million. Alderweireld helped form the mainstay of the Tottenham defence under Pochettino, but after suffering a serious hamstring injury in November, he has struggled to nail down regular game time since his recovery. Discussions over a new deal have been ongoing for a while, but the club are not prepared to match Alderweireld’s wage demands and they will now look to cash-in. Due to a clause in his current contract, he can leave next year for £25 million meaning the club will push to off-load him in the summer. Elsewhere, Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov has already confirmed Fred will be sold to "a good and strong club" with United in pole position to land him for around £52 million.
Source: The Times
May 25 - 4:27 AM

Salomon Rondon is attracting a lot of interest following West Bromwich Albion’s relegation from the top-flight.

Earlier this week the Venezuelan international was said to be a target for new West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini following their time together at La Liga side Malaga. Meanwhile, the latest news also suggests that Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and newly promoted Cardiff City have entered the race for his signature. Rondon has spent three seasons at The Hawthorns scoring 24 league goals [plus seven assists] from 94 starts and he would be available for £16.5 million due to a release clause in his contract. The striker could be one of several stars to leave the club as new permanent boss Darren Moore looks to rebuild his squad in the hope of a quick return to the Premier League. Jake Livermore, Jonny Evans, Jay Rodriguez and Ahmed Hegazi are among those who will attract a lot of interest and they could move on in cut-price deals to help balance the books.
Source: Wales Online
May 25 - 4:50 AM

Bournemouth defender Rhoys Wiggins admits he is "absolutely gutted" after confirming he has been forced to retire due to injury.

The 30-year-old has endured three operations, numerous injections and countless hours of rehabilitation having suffered a serious knee injury while on-loan at Birmingham City in October 2016. "I have been battling for the last two years, doing everything possible to get back out there, but my knee just won’t allow me to do so," he wrote in an emotional open letter to the club’s supporters. Wiggins signed on a permanent basis for the Cherries following a successful loan spell back in 2009/10 and was a regular starter before he left to join Championship side Charlton Athletic where his spent three-years plying his trade. Then, after a brief spell at Sheffield Wednesday, Wiggins came full circle and returned to the south coast although he was unable to break into the first-team. He joined Birmingham on a short-term loan deal but was injured in his first start for the club, a setback he never recovered from.
May 25 - 6:19 AM

Laurent Koscielny is targeting a return to action within six months following surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon.

The Arsenal centre-back said he felt like he had been tackled by Diego Costa after falling to the turf during the opening minutes of the Europa League semi-final tie in Madrid earlier this month. But in the moments that followed, Koscielny suddenly realised he was all alone and his dreams of playing at the World Cup finals in Russia were over: "My first reaction was to say: 'It's done - my tendon has snapped.' I was screaming on the pitch. I remember hitting my hand on the ground several times. It was an atrocious pain. At that exact moment, I knew that it would be at least six months before I could play again." Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said at the time: "You will not see him now before the beginning of December at least." But Koscielny is hoping to be back in the first-team by November.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 24 - 5:13 PM

Spurs fans will be relieved to see that manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new long-term contract.

Amid links this summer to Chelsea among other big-club vacancies, the Argentine manager signs on for five more years with Spurs after leading the club to back-to-back top-three finishes in the Premier League. Said Pochettino after the deal was announced: "I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the Club's history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium. This is just one of the factors that makes this one of the most exciting jobs in world football and we are already making plans to ensure we continue to build on the great work that everyone has contributed to over the past four years."
May 24 - 5:52 PM

Liverpool were handed a major boost on Thursday as both James Milner and Emre Can were deemed fit for the weekend.

The Reds will already be without starting midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and were preparing to go without Emre Can due to a back injury that has limited him since March and kept him out of the German national team for the World Cup. But manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Can and Milner have come through full training this week without a hitch and will now be available for selection against back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid in the final on Saturday night: Millie was clear [he would be fit] and Emre is a surprise. He told me he would come back, try this and that and then we would talk to people...Now he trains completely normal. He's a nice option and that's why he is with us."
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 5:57 PM

Sergio Romero has been ruled out of this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

The Argentine Football Federation confirmed on Tuesday that the Manchester United goalkeeper will undergo surgery to remedy a "joint blockage in his right knee". Romero had just returned to the United first-team on the final day of the Premier League season having sustained an injury while on international duty. However, he was dropped for the FA Cup final six days later due to a lack of fitness affording David de Gea only his second start of the competition. "Romero was injured for a long, long time," Jose Mourinho said in the build-up to Wembley. "He was injured for two and something months. It’s not about trust, it’s not about confidence in him." Romero was initially named in Argentina’s 23-man squad, but it remains unclear whether he suffered a setback in training with the national team or whether he arrived carrying the problem. There has been no official timeline offered at this stage. Nahuel Guzman has been called up.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 23 - 7:52 AM

Ciaran Clark is targeting a return in pre-season after injury ruled the defender out of Newcastle’s final three games.

The 26-year-old has found himself of the peripherals of the first-team team after picking up a knee injury at Crystal Palace in early February. The setback coincided with the return to fitness of Florian Lejeune, who came in to partner captain Jamaal Lascelles, and Rafa Benitez never deviated from the defensive pairing for the remainder of the campaign. Earlier this month, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed that Clark would miss the upcoming friendly internationals versus France and the United States due to injury. "I had an injection a couple of weeks ago in my knee," Clark told nufc.co.uk. "Coming towards the end of the season, I'd been trying to train and doing a little bit outside, but it'd not been quite right, so we took the view that we'd leave it for a couple of weeks. Hopefully by pre-season it'll be back to normal and I'll be ready to go again for next season."
May 23 - 8:17 AM

Brighton have made their first signing of the summer, welcoming Leon Balogun on a free transfer.

The Nigeria international, 29, spent last season at Bundesliga side Mainz. The centre-back has signed a two year contract. Judging by quotes from manager Chris Hughton, it seems that he will offer cover to this year's first choice pairing and outstanding performers Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. "Leon will add more depth to our defensive options," said Brighton manager Chris Hughton. "[He] has valuable experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Europa League and at international level," he added. Balogun has 16 caps for the Nigerian national team and is in their 30 man provisional squad for the World Cup. He missed the 2014 edition through injury.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 5:14 PM

Michy Batshuayi has been given every chance to prove his fitness after Roberto Martinez included the Chelsea striker in his 28-man squad for Russia.

The 24-year-old was enjoying a highly productive loan spell at Borussia Dortmund [7-goals + one assist] from nine Bundesliga starts before suffering a serious injury last month. The club confirmed that Batshuayi had rolled his left ankle following a challenge from Schalke 04 midfielder Benjamin Stambouli causing ligament damage. Although no official timeline was proposed, Roberto Martinez always maintained it was "possible" that he could be fit for the Red Devils World Cup campaign. Belgium face Portugal in a pre-tournament friendly on June 02 before the squad will be cut to 23 two days later. Fellow Premier League players Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne [Man City], Eden Hazard [Chelsea], Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku [Man United] and Christian Benteke [Crystal Palace] also make the squad but Divock Origi [Liverpool] and Kevin Mirallas [Everton] miss out.
May 22 - 5:39 AM

The Football Association confirm Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named as the England captain for the World Cup finals in Russia.

In a meeting at St. George’s Park on Monday evening, manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Kane will be skipper for the tournament: "Harry has some outstanding personal qualities," he said. "He is a meticulous professional and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day." Despite being pipped to the Golden Boot by Player of the Year Mo Salah [32-goals], Kane managed to win the most Premier League points for his side [22] scoring 30-goals for the first time in his career. On hearing the news, Kane said: "To be captain is that little bit more," he said. "I’m so excited for the World Cup, I can’t wait to be there and experience it. To lead the lads out, it’s going to be special." England kick-off their campaign on June 18 against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Source: Sky Sports
May 22 - 6:04 AM




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