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Loic Remy hit the post with the net open as the 90 minutes came to a close but made up for it with a winner in stoppage time to mark his return from suspension.

Newcastle have been a disaster since Yohan Cabaye's sale at the end of January. The midfielder's absence had been compounded by Loic Remy's suspension which ended today. The Frenchman and his teammates were the dominant team for most of the match but bad luck and Brad Guzan were enough to keep the score even through 90 minutes. Luuk de Jong's blocked effort fell to Remy in a good place and converted for the only goal of the match and a much-needed Magpies win.
Sun, Feb 23, 2014 11:19:00 AM

AFC Bournemouth added to their attacking weapons with the acquisition of former Cherry Max-Alain Gradel via transfer from Saint-Etienne.

Of the three promoted sides, the Cherries are looking the best bet to score the most goals this season as they make a pretty good front six even better. The Ivorian winger once spent a season on loan to Bournemouth, making the transition from Ligue 1 a simple one. He had a fantastic goal rate last season for St. Etienne, scoring seventeen goals in only 23 starts. He figures to work his way into a starting job quickly and could carry fantasy relevance in an attack that already features Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson.
Aug 4 - 2:20 PM

Leroy Fer's potential move to Sunderland from relegated QPR looks like it is coming closer to reality in the form of a year-long loan.

The Black Cats have a lot of work to do to avoid a fourth consecutive dramatic relegation escape. Dick Advocaat appears to be looking to a Dutch international to help bolster his midfield with Leroy Fer firmly in his sights. Fer has been relegated in consecutive seasons with Norwich and QPR but he is a quality player that fantasy managers should consider picking up on waivers if they have a need in midfield.
Aug 4 - 12:32 PM

After speculation linking him with a move away from the club this summer, Ashley Young has agreed to a three year extension at Manchester United.

With only this season remaining on his contract before the extension, there was talk that United might sell Young to a mid-table team so as not to lose him on a free at the end of the season. That speculation has been put to rest and a player who was very useful last season will remain at the club, presumably as a valuable squad player for what are likely to be the final three seasons of his top flight career. There aren't too many 34-year-old wingers starting in the Premier League and that's how old Young will be when this deal ends.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 4 - 9:37 AM

Norwich have reignited their interest in Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani after the club slashed their initial valuation…

We know Norwich boss Alex Neil likes a bargain. The haggling over the price of Robbie Brady dragged on for weeks – although Norwich paid Hull’s £7 million valuation in the end. But Neil has his poker face on again, trying to secure the services of DR Congo international striker Dieumerci Mbokani. Norwich lodged an opening bid of £4.3m, which Dynamo Kiev dismissed valuing the 29-year-old at £8.5m. At that point the deal seemed dead, with Alex Neil picking up his chips and leaving the table. But Kiev chief Sergei Rebrov has since dropped the price to £6m, suggesting an agreement can be reached. Mbokani scored 13 goals in his first season with Kiev, following his £7.7m transfer from Anderlecht. But failed to hold down a first team spot last season and is keen to try his luck in the Premier League.
Source: Daily Star
Aug 4 - 4:45 AM

Crystal Palace new signing Connor Wickham made his debut just hours after putting pen to paper, but his strike partner limped off casting doubt over his selection for the weekend…

Alan Pardew gave a hint to the formation he is looking to play this season with the latest friendly at Dagenham. Palace started with two up front again in a traditional 4-4-2, not the more fluid 4-5-1 that brought success last season. Pardew could be experimenting of course, giving new signing Connor Wickham his debut in the central striking role alongside Frazier Campbell. It is thought Campbell has slipped behind Wickham, Patrick Bamford, Glenn Murray and (perhaps Fulham-bound) Dwight Gayle in the pecking order. So being forced off injured after barely ten minutes will do him no favors at all. Expect Pardew to play two strikers against teams Palace are expected to dominate, but revert to the counter attacking 4-5-1 against the better teams, particularly away from home…
Source: London24.com
Aug 4 - 4:59 AM

Ryan Shawcross remains a doubt for this weekends’ opener at home to Liverpool as the Stoke skipper battles a persistent back problem which has hampered his pre-season.

Shawcross missed 6-weeks earlier this year due to the issue and the niggling injury has restricted the defender to just 65 minutes of friendly action against Brentford and now the 27 year-old will meet with a specialist amid fears he could require surgery. However there was better news regarding defensive team mate Marc Wilson - who limped out of Sundays’ defeat to FC Porto with an ankle problem - and winger Marko Arnautovic [thigh]. The pair are expected to be ready for game week one. Mark Hughes also hinted that Bojan Krkic is not ready for a start just yet although he has been pleased with the progress of his Spanish striker following his ACL rupture.
Aug 4 - 5:11 AM

Joe Allen looks set to miss the trip to the Britannia this weekend after the Wales international limped out of last Sundays’ friendly win over Swindon Town with barely 12 minutes on the clock.

Allen was hoping to stake a claim for a place in the match-day squad against Stoke but the midfielder is now expected to be sidelined after tweaking his hamstring – a scan will confirm the extent of the problem. Any decision regarding the involvement of Christian Benteke this weekend is likely to be left until the last moment but his debut goal - a stunning strike - and overall performance pleased Rodgers who hinted he could get the nod despite not being 100% match fit. However the same cannot be said of summer signing Firmino who is still lacking sharpness according to Brendan - following his late return from the Copa America - which means the Brazilian can only hope for a place on the bench at very best.
Aug 4 - 5:28 AM

Crystal Palace are sweating on the fitness of French midfielder Yohan Cabaye who limped out of Saturdays’ draw with Fulham due to a knock.

Cabaye suffered a dead leg during a frantic opening 15 minutes at Craven Cottage and although the 29 year-old was able to hobble his way through the first half he did not emerge for the restart. Alan Pardew remains hopeful that Cabaye will be ready but the Eagles boss can take nothing for granted "He's one we're going to have to look at, to make sure he's OK. I think there's a slender chance he might not be available." The news came just hours after Palace confirmed Julian Speroni will miss around a month because of a finger injury. His absence leaves Wayne Hennessey and Alex McCarthy to fight it out for the goalkeepers jersey at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Aug 4 - 5:43 AM

Man City are getting mixed messages from Kevin de Bruyne, but are still yet to formally place a bid for the Belgian playmaker…

As a transfer ‘saga’ Man City’s pursuit of Kevin de Bruyne has perhaps overtaken that of Raheem Sterling, which had a happy ending. But is still someway short of Paul Pogba, which didn’t. Although no formal bid has been, the de Bruyne affair took another couple of twists this weekend with the Wolfsburg midfielder saying in The Sun newspaper that a return to England would be ‘tempting’. But his current manager Deiter Hecking insists that he will stay in the Bundesliga. Perhaps, de Bruyne’s positive comments were made before Man City’s first half horror show against Stuggart. And Hecking’s made after half an hour, when City were four goals down…
Aug 3 - 10:10 AM

Problems are mounting for boss Roberto Martinez ahead of Everton’s opener with Watford, with injuries to several first team players…

Roberto Martinez has bullishly responded to speculation linking center-back John Stones to a move to Chelsea (or possibly Manchester United). Stones was impressive against Villareal before going off – as a precaution - following a slight knock on the ankle he had surgery on last season. Kevin Mirallas also picked up an ankle injury and Romelu Lukaku missed the match – again, a precaution – after pulling up in Everton’s previous friendly. And now it appears Gerard Deulofeu will miss this weekend’s match after picking up a hamstring injury. After a frustrating and uncertain summer Everton need a positive start. Attracting players and, of course, keeping current ones will not be any easier if they don’t hit the ground running…
Aug 3 - 10:28 AM

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Sunderland forward Connor Wickham for a fee in the region of £7 million…

Crystal Palace have added their fourth signing of the summer, agreeing a £7m fee for Sunderland forward Connor Wickham. The fee, which could rise to £9m with add-ons, looks better business for Sunderland than Palace based on Wickham’s goal return in his four seasons there. Just 15 strikes in 91 matches led to Wickham being mainly used as a left-sided attacker, rather than the central role he is expected to fill at Palace. His arrival looks to have pushed Dwight Gayle down the pecking order, who now looks set for a season-long loan move to Fulham. Wickham will partner, or compete with Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford in the Palace attack.
Aug 3 - 10:52 AM




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