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Cardiff City, eager to harden their defense in front of David Marshall and give impetus to their attack, are chasing Southampton target Victor Wanyama.

Rumor has it that the Saints negotiations with the Celtic star have stalled over personal terms and Cardiff are looking to step in and steal the player from the south coast team. This would be a great statement of intent from Cardiff who featured one of the better defenses in the Championship last season and this move would certainly help continue that trend into the Premier League. By shielding the back four with a player linked to Manchester United and Arsenal at various times Cardiff's chances of staying up would improve significantly.
Source: TeamTalk.com
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Brighton and Republic or Ireland defender Shane Duffy has signed a new contract with the club.

Duffy has signed a four year deal which will keep him at the AMEX until 2021. Duffy signed for Brighton for a club record £4 million fee from Blackburn Rovers, going on to partner club stalwart Lewis Dunk in the heart of the promotion winning defence.

Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back Lewis Dunk has signed a new long-term contract which signs him to the club until 2022.

Dunk made his first-team debut in 2011 for the club, and bar a short loan spell he has spent his whole professional career there. He has contributed to Brighton's rise up the top three tiers of English football. He will be hoping he can bounce back from scoring an own-goal in Brighton's first ever Premier League game against Man City last weekend by helping his team survive this season.

Brighton midfielder Izzy Brown, on loan from Chelsea, will not be available for selection by Chris Hughton this weekend.

The Seagulls' second ever Premier League game and first on the road takes them to Leicester but Brown will not be there owing to a hamstring injury. The youngster spent the last week at his parent club being assessed but will now return to Brighton to continue his recovery. Defensive midfielder Beram Kayal and forward Sam Baldock are also sidelined this weekend. However, the good news for the club is that Anthony Knockaert may be fit to start against his former club after coming off the bench for 13 minutes last weekend.
Source: The Argus
Aug 17 - 5:36 PM

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that winger Michail Antonio will return to the squad for Saturday's trip to Southampton.

Antonio will be welcomed back in Bilic's squad after recovering from a hamstring injured suffered at the end of last season, which forced him to miss four-and-a-half months of action. The England international missed last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United but has since returned to fitness having come through his appearance for the Under-23s last Friday unscathed. "Michail is back, he is fit, he played for the Under-23s last week on the Friday when we played Manchester United on the Sunday, which was part of the plan," Bilic said in his press conference on Thursday. He did 90 minutes on a big pitch in the Under-23s and then he came back to train with us and he looks good and he looks ready." While it's unclear whether or not Antonio will make the starting XI at Southampton, he will be in contention to displace Edmilson Fernandez on right wing. Meanwhile, Andre Ayew will likely operate on the left with Marko Arnautovic in the middle.
Aug 17 - 2:11 PM

Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of West Ham's trip to Southampton this weekend but is in line to return for Week 3 against Newcastle.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic had hoped that Lanzini would be ready to make his season debut at Southampton but the trip to the St. Mary's Stadium has come too soon for the Argentine playmaker. However, Bilic revealed the 24-year-old is expected to return to full training next week with a view to be ready for the club's trip to St James' Park. Speaking ahead of Saturday's match at Southampton, BIlic said: "Manu is training individually and he is joining us on Monday, so we are going to have a full squad back for the Newcastle game." With Lanzini unavailable for Week 2, Andre Ayew will be in contention for another star on the left wing, while Michail Antonio could start on the right after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Aug 17 - 2:28 PM

Huddersfield Town has confirmed goalkeeper Luke Coddington has completed a permanent move to League 1 side Northampton Town.

The 22-year-old joins Northampton Town on two-year deal after just one season at at the John Smith Stadium. While Coddington leaves on a free transfer, Town and the League 1 side did agree to a future sell-on fee. During his year with the Huddersfield the 'keeper failed to make a single competitive first-team appearance for the Terriers and spent time on loan at National League side AFC Wrexham. Coddington's departure means Ryan Schofield will now compete with Joel Coleman for the backup role behind number one Jonas Lossl.
Aug 17 - 3:12 PM

Virgil Van Dijk is still training away from Southampton first team and refuses to back down from the transfer request he lodged last week.

When asked about the ongoing mess in a press conference, Mauricio Pellegrino said: "The Virgil situation nothing has changed. It is the same like last week. I don’t have anything to say." On Wednesday, club chairman Ralph Krueger said that it was key for Southampton to hold firm on the issue to make a statement so that the world knew they are no longer a selling club. "It’s not about him, it’s about an overall much, much, much bigger picture – a change of course for Southampton," he explained. Van Dijk has not appeared for The Saints since January when he suffered a season ending injury. His absence from professional football has now begun to clearly affect his career, with the centre-back now being dropped from The Netherland's international squad. In the same press conference, Pellegrino confirmed that his squad has a clean bill of health ahead of West Ham's visit to St Mary's on Saturday for PL GW2.
Aug 17 - 3:28 PM

Leicester City midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Vicente Iborra did not take part in training on Thursday.

With just two days remaining until Leicester's first home match of the season against Brighton, there was no sign of either midfielder in a video of the Foxes training on Thursday. While Drinkwater (thigh) and Iborra (groin) both missed out on the 4-3 defeat to Arsenal through injury, manager Craig Shakespeare had said ahead of Week 1 they could be fit to return against the Seagulls. Should Shakespeare reveal at tomorrow's press conference Drinkwater and Iborra will be unavailable this weekend, Matty James could be handed another start alongside Wilfred Ndidi in central midfield.
Aug 17 - 3:31 PM

While Michail Antonio is ready to return to action against Southampton, Saturday's fixture at the St Mary's Stadium has come too soon for midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and center forward Andy Carroll.

Though neither player will be fit for Week 2, manager Slaven Bilic has revealed the pair were back in full training this week and are in line to return to the squad at Newcastle next Saturday. Kouyate has been out since the start of the pre-season because of a knee problem, while Carroll has been working his way back from a hip injury that has sidelined him since April. This means Mark Noble and Perdo Obiang are expected to start as defensive midfielders, with Javier Hernandez to hold his place upfront against Southampton. Said Bilic on Thursday: "We will have Mikey back 100 per cent for this game [at Southampton], but for Cheikhou and for Andy, it’s a bit too early, I think."
Aug 17 - 2:38 PM

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has declared that midfielder Francis Coquelin has recovered sufficiently from his pre-season ankle injury to be included in the side for the Week 2 match against Stoke City.

Coquelin picked up a relatively minor ankle injury during the pre-season but appears to have recovered from that injury. It seems that, regardless of his health, he is currently considered a reserve at the base of midfield behind Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey. He may be behind Mohamed Elneny in the pecking order as well but that is less clear. The expectation should be that Coquelin only starts in the event of an injury to either Xhaka or Ramsey and that he will likely be used to close out matches where Xhaka has picked up a yellow card heading into the final 20 or 30 minutes.
Source: arsenal.com
Aug 17 - 1:39 PM

Arsene Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal's Week 2 match against Stoke City, declared that Shkodran Mustafi will be in the squad after missing out on the opening weekend.

The Germany international has been slow to get up to speed after his summer exertions for his country at the Confederations Cup. Only recently back at full training, Mustafi has now been declared fit enough to be in the squad for the match-up against the Potters. Whether "in the squad" ends up meaning starting or on the bench remains to be seen. With Laurent Koscielny still serving the final match of his suspension and Gabriel off to Valencia, Wenger might be inclined to push Mustafi a little harder than he otherwise would, especially in light of the three goals conceded to Leicester City in Week 1.
Source: arsenal.com
Aug 17 - 1:34 PM





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