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Newcastle United have made contact with Aston Villa over a transfer of want-away striker, Darren Bent. Bent is understood to be willing to lower his wages to achieve a move.

After an annus horriblis at Villa, it's hard to know at what level Darren Bent is capable of playing. At his best, he was one of the Premier League's top strikers, and Newcastle are in desperate need of firepower.
Source: ESPN FC
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 01:33:00 PM

A brace from Jamie Vardy and a goal from Daniel Drinkwater jolted Leicester City to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in their first match since sacking Claudio Ranieri last week.

Amid the off pitch adversity, Leicester City produced a brilliant performance under caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare. While the Foxes had yet to score a league goal in 2017, Jamie Vardy ended their goal drought on 28 minutes when he ran onto a through ball by Marc Albrighton and finished past Simon Mignolet at the near post. Leicester then extended their lead just before the break when Daniel Drinkwater fired a stellar volley from distance into the bottom right corner of the net. Shakespeare's side continued to push after the break and found another goal on 60 minutes, as Vardy tallied his brace with a header off a Christian Fuchs cross. Despite conceding eight minutes later, the reigning champions held firm to pull off a must-needed victory and move two points clear of the drop zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 27 - 5:22 PM

Jürgen Klopp says "it looks like" Jordan Henderson will miss this weekends’ clash with Arsenal at Anfield.

There were rumours during the build-up to the Leicester game that Henderson had broken a bone in his foot following a training ground challenge with Leiva when the skipper failed to travel to the King Power. However, tests and a scan revealed the 26-year-old, who has been plagued with ongoing foot and Achilles problems, had sustained heavy bruising which would keep him out for between 7-14 days. Speaking after the 3-1 loss to Leicester, Klopp suggested Henderson is a major doubt for Saturday: "It looks like he will not be ready for Arsenal," he said. "That's how it looks but I'm not sure, we will see." Emre Can came in for his first Premier League start in three weeks and it was his pass to Philippe Coutinho which helped to reduce the deficit late on for Liverpool.
Feb 28 - 4:14 AM

Tony Pulis expects Craig Dawson to be okay for the visit of Crystal Palace this weekend despite the centre-back being knocked out cold on Saturday.

Dawson was poleaxed following a sickening clash of heads with Tyrone Mings, but the Baggies boss was able to provide a positive update after his sides 2-1 win over Bournemouth and laughed off any suggestion that the 26-year-old had suffered a serious injury: "He’s got absolutely slaughtered in the dressing room after the game," Pulis said. "He’s got a little bump on the side of his head so he’s got hammered by the players." Those sentiments were echoed by teammate Chris Brunt who added "what goes around comes around" implying Dawson has dished out his fair share of injuries in the past. "If there’s a chance to go and put his head on something he will always do it and sometimes you come off a bit worse for wear."
Feb 28 - 4:37 AM

Manchester United's 24 year old midfielder Jesse Lingard scored United's second as they overcame Southampton 3-2 in a thrilling EFL Cup final.

On Sunday, he became only the third player to score in a League Cup final, FA Cup final and Community shield at the hallowed Wembley Stadium which highlights his big game pedigree in spite of his "class clown" reputation. However, the fact that his three consecutive Wembley goals constitute 30% of all his goals in red perhaps explains why people doubt him. However, it's unfair to compare Lingard to Mkhitaryan, who he replaced in the starting line-up, as the Englishman's role in the team is far more defensive than the Armenian or teammate Juan Mata. Mourinho did not deploy him in the final just to attack, he also pressed Oriol Romeu continuously, earning himself a caution and final warning but ultimately the ploy worked well. His manager was clearly satisfied, as he sacrificed Juan Mata to facilitate a half-time tactical switch as opposed to Lingard.
Feb 28 - 6:41 AM

Manchester United's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he'll "see what happens" with regards to extending his stay at the club beyond the end of the season.

The 35 year old Swede arrived at Old Trafford during the summer window on a one season deal, but his prolific record this season has led to United manager Jose Mourinho wishing to keep him for a further year. Mourinho jokingly encouraged fans to go to the forward's home to get him to stay, but stated that he will not beg a player to sign a contract. Ibra did speak about his strong bond with the manager, as well as his kids' love for United. Ibrahimovic leads United's scoring books this term having scored 26 goals in 38 games. Juan Mata is second best with just over a third of that tally (9).
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 28 - 7:19 AM

Liverpool's top four hopes were dealt another blow after a 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Monday.

It was night to forget at the King Power Stadium for Liverpool as Leicester City looked like the side that won the title last season, while the visitors were sluggish. Liverpool found themselves facing a two goal deficit at half-time as Jamie Vardy and Daniel Drinkwater buried a pair of chances inside 39 minutes, with Vardy adding a third 15 minutes after half-time. Jurgen Klopp's side would pull one back in the 68th minute through Phillippe Coutinho, but his near-post finish was too little too late. The defeat for Liverpool means they stay in 5th place, on 50 points, and remain just one point above 6th placed Manchester United.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 27 - 5:35 PM

Iconic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic added to the prolific Manchester United trophy case in a League Cup title on Sunday.

The Swedish striker added to his growing legend, scoring two goals in the League Cup final in a 3-2 win against Southampton at Wembley Stadium for the first of what he expects to be multiple trophies of his Manchester United career. The first goal, a 25-yard free-kick in the 19th minute, was outdone by his match-winner, a headed effort with just three minutes to go before the final would have gone to extra time. Said Ibrahimovic: "This is what I came for - to win, and I am winning. The more I win the more satisfied I get. You appreciate it more the older you get. Wherever I have gone I have won. I think this is trophy number 32 for me. This is what I predicted. My friend, I keep doing it. I'm enjoying it in England."
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 27 - 7:16 AM

Manolo Gabbiadini has wasted no time in adapting to the rigors of a move to England with another brace.

The winter arrival from Napoli single-handedly brought Southampton back from a 2-0 deficit in the League Cup final on Sunday against Manchester United with two goals in three minutes, one on each side of half-time. The Italian international also saw a goal controversially ruled offside that would have given Saints an early 1-0 lead at Wembley. Despite losing 3-2 on a heartbreaking late goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Southampton can take solace in knowing that Gabbiadini is money well spent as one of the hottest goalscorers in the country with five goals in just three matches.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 27 - 7:25 AM

Swansea City announced defender Federico Fernandez has signed a new contract through the 2020 season.

The 28-year-old has played a key role in new manager Paul Clement's setup since the departure of Bob Bradley. Just a few months ago, rumors swirled of a winter exit with Fernandez struggled for playing time and his form of old. But the Swans have since climbed up the table and out of the relegation zone with Fernandez as the veteran presence in defense. Said the Spaniard: "It has been good for the team because the results and the performances have been better. And to sign a new deal is something special and something positive for me. I am very happy to have signed the contract."
Feb 27 - 7:42 AM

Mauricio Pochettino confirms Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen will be checked over the coming days after the pair were forced off during Sunday’s 4-0 win over Stoke City at White Hart Lane.

Reports after the match suggest that both players asked to come off as a precaution, although the extent of their problems won’t be known until they are fully assessed. Alderweireld signalled to the bench at the beginning of the second half due to an apparent groin problem while the nature of Vertonghen’s injury is yet to be determined. The Belgium defender was making his first Premier League start since damaging ankle ligaments against West Brom six weeks ago, and the injury maybe related. Tottenham are already without Danny Rose who is "a number of weeks away from a return to full training" and Pochettino can ill-afford to lose another key player with his side pushing hard for a Champions League place.
Feb 26 - 1:28 PM

Tony Pulis has confirmed winger Matt Phillips will undergo a second scan next week after missing the 2-1 win over Bournemouth because of a problem with his hamstring.

West Brom made one change for the visit of Eddie Howe’s men on Saturday as Jonny Evans, available again following a recent calf injury, was recalled in place of Phillips who was omitted from the match day 18. Pulis said his squad had "one or two niggles" heading into game week 26 but there was no specific mention of names and the doubts were thought to James Morrison and Nacer Chadli who were replaced at West Ham due to muscular injuries. However, both players were passed fit and Pulis later admitted "it was too much of a risk" to involve Phillips and lose him "further down the line." The 25-year-old will have another scan on Wednesday to determine his availability for the visit of Crystal Palace next weekend.
Feb 26 - 1:01 PM





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