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Ashkan Dejagah scored a fantastic goal that got Fulham back into the match with Everton, but the Toffees would show their quality as the game wound down, and the Cottagers put another nail in the relegation coffin with a 1-3 loss.

With little to be happy about as a Fulham supporter, Dejagah has begun to show some promise in recent weeks, scoring his third goal in six matches, which include a couple of short substitute appearances and a non-appearance against Manchester City. A pass from Steve Sidwell gave Dejagah a chance to storm toward the near post and threaded the needle with a cannon blast that Tim Howard could do nothing about. They have a long way to go to avoid relegation now, five points below 17th place West Brom, who have a game in hand and 30 goals to the good in goal difference.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Steven Taylor is expected to be fit for the start of the new season as he steps up his rehab after rupturing his Achilles against Burnley on New Year’s Day.

The news provides a welcome boost for Newcastle who desperately lack defensive options while the club also confirm Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote are back at the training ground although the pair will undertake their own tailored program as they continue to recover from knee surgery. With no new signings - despite being linked to players throughout Europe - concern amongst supporters is beginning to mount after their top flight status was only guaranteed with a win on the final day. A threadbare squad has lost the services of Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez [both released] while the future of Sammy Ameobi remains uncertain [out of contract].
Jul 3 - 5:59 PM

Norwich City manager Alex Neil remains hopeful that left-back Martin Olsson will be ready for the new season after undergoing surgery in May to remedy a persistent shoulder problem.

Olsson has established himself as a first team regular since moving from Blackburn Rovers for $4.5 million 2 years ago and started all but three in the league last season [suspended in August following a push on a referee] and was pivotal in helping the Canaries maintain one of the best defensive records in the division. Olsson also chipped in with a goal plus 5-assists to accompany his 13 clean sheets and the Sweden international could be worth some serious consideration for those looking for a bargain. Norwich entertain Crystal Palace at home in the opener and have a favourable set of fixtures to follow including the likes of Sunderland, Stoke and AFC Bournemouth.
Jul 3 - 4:32 PM

Manchester City have apparently hit the targets UEFA set for them after running afoul of FFP regulations and the European governing body have lifted transfer and player expense restrictions for this summer.

Between PSG and Manchester City having restrictions lifted over the past week, there is the potential that the transfer market starts moving into high gear. The two big-spending clubs will likely be active with City especially eager to refresh their squad as they look to regain the Premier League title and push forward into the knockout stages of the Champions League. Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba, and Kevin De Bruyne are all rumored targets for City now that the spending shackles are off.
Jul 3 - 2:08 PM

After weeks and weeks of speculation Chelsea and Monaco have finally agreed on a deal that will see the Colombian forward suit up for the Blues on loan for the 2015-16 season.

If ever there was a place that Falcao was going to be successful, it's Stamford Bridge. He'll have some time to recover properly with Diego Costa carrying a significant chunk of the burden up top at the start of the season. He'll be surrounded by familiar faces from Atletico Madrid (Costa, Filipe Luis, and Thibault Courtois) and Colombia (Juan Cuadrado). And he'll be playing on an excellent team that has no doubt about it's identity or how it wants to play. If he fails in this environment then he's likely done as a significant player on the world scene. If he plays well then he could see a return to prominence next season at Chelsea, Monaco or elsewhere.
Jul 3 - 2:13 PM

Manchester United set to use Jonny Evans as bait to land Everton right-back Seamus Coleman…

After missing out on Nathaniel Clyne and Dani Alves, Manchester United are set to up the ante in their pursuit of Everton right-back Seamus Coleman. Converted winger Antonio Valencia did a decent job in the role for much of last season, but the Republic of Ireland international has emerged as one of the PL’s best in recent years. Recording ten clean sheets, three goals and three assists last season – even though it was Everton’s worst showing for six campaigns. Everton are in the market for a centre-back too. With Sylvain Distin gone, there is no cover for Phil Jagielka and John Stones so the availability of Jonny Evans might sweeten the deal. Evans has not been offered a new contract at United, whereas other centre-backs Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett have and with the £30 million Sergio Ramos apparently on his way, he may be surplus to requirements.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 3 - 4:27 AM

Sunderland have bid for their third new defender in a week, offering £5 million for Zenit St Petersburg centre-back Nicolas Lombaerts…

Another day, another defender. It is clear where manager Dick Advocaat thinks improvements are required at Sunderland ahead of the new season. After this week securing centre-back Sebastian Coates on a permanent deal from Liverpool, then signing right-back Adam Matthews from Celtic – the Sunderland manager is now looking to add 30-year-old centre-back Nicholas Lombaerts from Zenit St Petersburg. Advocaat knows the Belgian well from his time as the national team coach and Zenit, where he previously signed Lombaerts in 2007. The Russian club value the defender at £10 million and have so far resisted enquiries from Everton among others. Sunderland have tabled an opening bid of half that figure hoping that Advocaat’s previous associations will prove influential.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 3 - 4:46 AM

Sunderland have reportedly agreed a fee of £2 million for Celtic right-back Adam Matthews, just a day after signing central defender Sebastian Coates on a permanent deal…

Dick Advocaat is on the verge of making his second signing in a little over 24 hours, with Sunderland agreeing a fee for Celtic right-back Adam Matthews. It looked like the proposed transfer had fallen through after an initial £1.5 million bid was turned down earlier in the week. But Celtic’s signing of Manchester United right-back Saidy Janko and an improved offer – thought to be closer to £2 million – was enough to resurrect the deal. Welsh international Matthews made over 100 appearances for Celtic after being released by Cardiff in 2011. The 23-year-old will compete with Billy Jones for the slot alongside fellow new boy Sebastian Coates.
Jul 2 - 4:21 PM

Stoke City have announced a one-year contract extension for Peter Odemwingie after the player recovered from a long-term knee injury to feature down the stretch in the 2014-15 season.

Odemwingie was injured early in his Britannia stay last season and didn't come back in enough time to show too much after he recovered from his knee injury. The one year contract takes Odemwingie through the upcoming season and gives the club an option to extend it for another year at their discretion. At 34-years-old to start next season, Odemwingie will likely be primarily a reserve behind a fairly deep bench of Stoke City attackers including Mame Biram Diouf, Joselu, Peter Crouch, and Jon Walters.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 2 - 3:57 PM

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United have made an official bid for Morgan Schneiderlin with £20 million the mooted figure.

Earlier in the week Ronald Koeman was quoted as saying that no significant bids had been made for the France international. Apparently, the Red Devils decided it was time to change that and start the process of bringing the Saints holding midfielder to Old Trafford. While the final number may end up being closer to £25 million than £20 million, it seems only a matter of time until the deal is done. With Sami Khedira, Ilkay Gudnagon, and Geoffrey Kondogbia already off the market and Arsenal seemingly focused on William Carvalho if they bring in a new holding midfielder, the path seems pretty clear for United to get their man.
Jul 2 - 2:33 PM

West Ham chairman David Gold has revealed the club are "working hard" behind the scenes to secure the services of Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson for another season.

Jenkinson had a successful loan spell at the club during 2014/15 and new manager Slaven Bilic is keen on retaining the services of the Arsenal full-back for another year. Having seen his opportunities limited by Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin at the Emirates Jenkinson is prepared to go elsewhere to gain valuable first team experience although any chance of a permanent move look to be ruled out with Arsenal keen on extending his current deal. Sunderland were believed to be front runners for the defender having had a $3 million loan fee agreed but it now looks like the deal won't be happening. West Ham begin their season today playing Lusitanos in the Europa League qualifiers – a game which will see Reece Oxford become the Hammers’ youngest-ever-first-team player at 16 years and 198 days.
Jul 2 - 11:33 AM

Jay Rodriguez is expected to make his long awaited return from injury next Wednesday when Southampton take on RasenBallsport Leipzig in their first pre-season game in Austria.

Rodriguez hasn’t featured since rupturing his ACL at the Etihad back in April 2014 and following his lengthy recovery the striker is believed to be ready for action. The return of Rodriguez will be a welcome boost for Koeman as the Saints look to build upon their success of last season. However Southampton will have to do it the hard way again following the exit of England international Nathaniel Clyne and the impending departure of Morgan Schneiderlin. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster will also remain out until the New Year as he continues his recovery from a patellar tendon rupture.
Source: Daily Echo
Jul 2 - 11:14 AM





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