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Reports suggest Gareth Bale is poised to commit his immediate future to Tottenham Hotspur after agreeing improved terms of an estimated £150,000 per week to remain at White Hart Lane despite the club's failure to reach the Champions League. The deal is expected to include a release clause for bids over £50m that can be triggered at the end of next season.

After yet more heartbreak this would be a vital early move from Tottenham to secure their star player for another season. Reports suggest Bale is settled and happy at the London club and at 23 it appears he and his advisors feel he's young enough to spend one more season away from the Champions League without it affecting his long term ambitions of joining one of the elite clubs of Europe. Bale is the key factor in Andre Villas-Boas' plans as he looks to launch another attack on the Top 4 in August.
Source: The Guardian
Tue, May 21, 2013 09:27:00 AM

Swansea City continue their search for a much-needed striker to add to their squad and are now approaching Manchester City about the possible acquisition of former Jack, Wilfried Bony.

The Swans are really looking to turn back the clock as they have already expressed publicly the interest in getting Joe Allen back from Liverpool. The Bony-Swansea partnership was nothing short of ideal a few years ago. They brought him in for £12 million fee, he excelled for them and they profited £13 million by selling him to City for £25 million some 18 months ago. Bony's time with the Citizens has not gone well for him. He could only crack the XI under Manuel Pellegrini when Sergio Aguero was injured and, once Kelechi Iheanacho emerged last season, Bony's chances were sliced even thinner. The Swans are hoping to convince City to at least loan Bony back to where he enjoyed so much success, if not, purchase him back outright for a fraction of what they sold him for.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 25 - 4:15 AM

Liverpool's Joe Allen is set to meet with Stoke City manager Mark Hughes about the midfielder's possible transfer to the Potters.

Swansea City were courting Allen in the hopes of getting him to return to his former club but the Jacks were not close enough in matching the money Liverpool were looking for, a valuation that surely rose after Allen's showing in Euro 2016. Stoke, however, are much closer on agreeing terms, willing to bid £13m, just £1m short of the Reds' asking price. Another attractive aspect of this possible move for Allen is to play for Hughes, who himself is a former Welsh international player and manager. Allen also has arguably more talent around him on the pitch with players like Bojan, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri. This deal looks like it could happen in a few days unless Swansea up their offer.
Source: Telegraph
Jul 25 - 4:25 AM

AFC Bournemouth have reportedly approached Liverpool for the possible transfer of Brad Smith, willing to bid £6 million for the young left back.

The Cherries have already dipped into the talent pool at Anfield this summer with a £15m purchase of winger Jordan Ibe. What is interesting about the possible deal from the Reds perspective is, while they have strengthened many positions around the pitch in the transfer window, they will have a huge question mark at left back should they sell Smith and/or Jon Flanagan leaves on a loan spell to Burnley. It would only leave Alberto Moreno as a senior team option at the position and there were many times Moreno was at fault for his defensive miscues, including in the final of the Europa League this past May. Then again, the way Liverpool have been shopping, they will likely look to buy another left back to challenge Moreno whether Smith leaves or not.
Jul 25 - 5:14 AM

West Ham face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the knee injury sustained by Aaron Cresswell during Saturdays 3-0 friendly win over German second-tier side Karlsruher SC.

Cresswell was left in a heap after a crunching challenge from midfielder Grischa Promel which required lengthy treatment from the West Ham physio. Although the full-back left the pitch under his own steam, there are concerns that Cresswell may have suffered serious knee damage with some reports suggesting up-to six months on the sidelines. Speaking post-match, Slaven Bilic said: "The only downside of this game is that we have to see what is [wrong] with Cresswell. He got injured and it didn't look that good. We will have to assess it." Co-chairman David Gold went as far as saying that claims made by West Ham fan site Claret and Hugh [stating between 4 weeks and six months out] "are accurate" but the precise nature of the injury won’t be known until the player has a scan.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 25 - 5:48 AM

Branislav Ivanovic could miss the start of the new Premier League season after dislocating his shoulder during last week’s 3-0 friendly win over RZ Pellets in Austria.

Ivanovic returned to the Cobham Training Centre on Thursday for further tests and initial reports indicate the that the 32-year-old, who has faced heavy criticism in recent times following a string of lacklustre performances, will be side-lined for around three-weeks making him a doubt for the opener against West Ham. Bertrand Traore could deputise at right-back, although Antonio Conte will continue in his quest to bolster the Chelsea backline with Kalidou Koulibaly [Napoli] and Kostas Manolas [Roma] featuring high of the Italians summer wish list. Meanwhile, the Blues have enquired about Dutch international defender Stefan de Vrij, who could cost around £15 million and are reportedly ready to trigger the release clause in Victor Lindelof's contract at Benfica.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 25 - 6:50 AM

Speaking at a press conference in Australia ahead of Tottenham's preseason tour down under, Mauricio Pochettino let it be know that Nabil Bentaleb, among others, is not in the manager's plans for the upcoming season.

Pochettino also listed Alex Pritchard and Federico Fazio as players "on the outs". Pritchard never had a chance to make an impression, earning only one appearance during the Pochettino regime and Fazio had fallen out of favor and frozen out by the boss for quite some time. Bentaleb, on the other hand, once showed promise as a defensive midfielder but injury, the emergence of Eric Dier and the acquisition of Victor Wanyama has blocked the Algerian international's path. There was talk of sending Bentaleb out on loan but it sounds now that he is on the market. He is only 21-years-old and has the potential to be very helpful to another club this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 25 - 7:11 AM

Reports in England claim Tottenham winger has taken a medical for Marseille ahead of a summer move in the upcoming week.

The 22-year-old will join the Ligue 1 giants on a season-long loan that will reportedly turn into a £7 million permanent deal after meeting certain milestones in the upcoming season. N'Jie only joined Spurs one year ago in a £8 million move from Lyon on a five-year deal, but didn't score a goal in 14 appearances for the club last season. Now, the Frenchman is set to negotiate personal terms after passing his medical with both clubs having reached an agreement after Spurs reached an agreement to sign Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N'Koudou.
Source: Mirror
Jul 24 - 12:08 PM

Ashley Barnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz didn’t take any chances during the win at Bradford City on Saturday after the pair were replaced due to hamstring problems.

Barnes walked straight down the tunnel moments before half-time as Burnley cruised past last season’s League One play-off losers 4-1 at the Coral Windows Parade. However, manager Sean Dyche was quick to allay any serious concerns by confirming the striker had only suffered a minor tweak. "Ashley felt his hamstring and that’s why he just walked straight off," he said. "I’ve told the players to do that. There are no heroes at this stage and as soon as they feel anything at all they have to head off, because then there’s a shorter recovery period." Meanwhile, his replacement – Jutkiewicz – barely managed two-minutes after failing to return for the second forty-five. "Lukas was going to come out, but his hamstring was tight when he was warming up," revealed Dyche. "So I said not to push it. We want people fit."
Jul 23 - 1:45 PM

Arsène Wenger will err on the side of caution as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has not played competitively since damaging his medial knee ligament during the loss to Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League back in February. The unlucky winger, who has endured an injury plagued few seasons at the Emirates, then suffered a setback in training [May] which effectively ended his hopes of appearing at Euro 2016. However, Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping to hit the ground running this season in what could be a make or break year after just 49 Premier League starts since his arrival at the club in August 2011. The 22-year-old scored a sublime equaliser against Lens on Friday but Wenger remains cautious: "He’s fully recovered but I want him to go through four or five games first to be completely reassured. You could see that straight away, when he came on, he brought something to the team. Let’s hope he gets through the rest of pre-season."
Source: Daily Star
Jul 23 - 2:09 PM

Benik Afobe suffered a knee injury in training during AFC Bournemouth's current preseason tour in the United States and the striker will have a scan when the club returns home

According to Eddie Howe, Afobe "just took a knock to the knee" so it was not a major contact injury and the odds are it isn't too serious. While that means Afobe may not miss any time when the regular season begins, it eliminates his chances of impressing his manager in the preseason in the fight for regular playing time when league play gets underway. Callum Wilson has already bagged a brace on this current tour and looks to be the clear-cut first choice striker when the Cherries open up against Manchester United in three weeks' time.
Jul 23 - 3:13 AM

John Stones and Phil Jagielka will miss Everton’s first pre-season friendly at Barnsley on Saturday through injury.

While Stones has been linked with a summer move away, the club have been keen to stress that a minor muscular problem has denied him a return to his former stomping ground, although he could be back on Tuesday to face MK Dons. Jagielka on the other hand, looks to have suffered a recurrence of the hamstring strain which hampered his progress during the latter stages of the 2015/16 campaign. However, Ronald Koeman will be able to call upon the services those involved in France at Euro 2016 -- Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady and Ross Barkley – with the new boss promising the quartet at least 45 minutes of action.
Jul 22 - 6:00 PM




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