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Sky sources understand Stephane Sessegnon has been told he can leave Sunderland for the right price.

A source close to the player insists he is happy at Sunderland and was willing to commit his future to the club, but Sky are claiming the Black Cats are now open to offers for Sessegnon as the Paulo Di Canio clear-out continues. This is slightly surprising as Sessegnon is one of the few players of real quality in the Sunderland squad, but if the club can sell him for £8m-£10m then they may feel they can use the money to buy 2 or 3 players to leave themselves in a stronger position.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 01:45:00 PM

Everton star forward Romelu Lukaku shook off any worries over his fitness with a goal in a 2-0 win against Sunderland.

The former Chelsea striker returned to the top of the Premier League in goals with his 17th of the season to put him level with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring in the 40th minute with his first Premier League goal for the Toffees, blasting a low pass from Seamus Coleman into the back of the net. Then, in the 80th, Lukaku doubled Everton's lead with a powerful effort, fighting off former Everton teammate Bryan Oviedo on a breakaway and finishing past Jordan Pickford for the goal, to put him level on 60 goals with Everton legend Duncan Ferguson for the club record and his eighth in the last five home matches. Everton now sit just four points back of Manchester United after extending its league unbeaten streak to nine.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 25 - 12:13 PM

Everton star forward Romelu Lukaku shook off any worries over his fitness with a goal in a 2-0 win against Sunderland.

The former Chelsea striker returned to the top of the Premier League in goals with his 17th of the season to put him level with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring in the 40th minute with his first Premier League goal for the Toffees, blasting a low pass from Seamus Coleman into the back of the net. Then, in the 80th, Lukaku doubled Everton's lead with a powerful effort, fighting off former Everton teammate Bryan Oviedo on a breakaway and finishing past Jordan Pickford for the goal, to put him level on 60 goals with Everton legend Duncan Ferguson for the club record and his eighth in the last five home matches. Everton now sit just four points back of Manchester United after extending its league unbeaten streak to nine.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 25 - 12:13 PM

Gareth McAuley scored a crucial goal again in Week 26 as West Brom beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Hawthorns.

All the scoring happened relatively early in the match with Josh King scoring a penalty in the 5th minute followed by a deflected Craig Dawson strike in the 10th and the Gareth McAuley winner in the 22nd. McAuley scored late to draw Albion even against West Brom earlier in February and he closed out the month with a winner. The goal came when the center back was first to pounce on Artur Boruc's flailing attempt at a punch from Chris Brunt's corner. The win further cements Albion's status in the 8th spot in the league as they moved eight points clear of Stoke City.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 25 - 12:24 PM

Sunderland remains bottom of the Premier League after yet another goalless outing in a 2-0 loss to Everton.

With the lone exception of a 4-0 win against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 24, the Black Cats have struggled mightily to put the ball into the back of the net. The club has been shut out in four of its last five Premier League games and only managed one shot on target against Everton on Saturday. Jermain Defoe came closest for Sunderland in the 77th minute, when he rifled a shot that beat Everton keeper Joel Robles but struck the crossbar, coming centimeters away from tying the game. Minutes later, Romelu Lukaku ended Sunderland's hopes with a punishing blow on a breakaway. The only good news comes from seeing Jordan Pickford in goal after missing the last two months. The young keeper made six saves in his first match of 2017, which saw Vito Mannone return to the bench.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 25 - 12:24 PM

Artur Boruc couldn't effectively punch out Chris Brunt's corner and Gareth McAuley was first to react and the resulting goal cost the Cherries a point.

Boruc makes some amazing saves from time-to-time but more often he is guilty of making crucial errors that end up being costly for his side. It was a case of the latter again in Week 26 as he flailed at a Chris Brunt set piece. The ball fell in the six yard box and West Brom's Gareth McAuley beat Boruc's teammates to the ball to score the match winner for Tony Pulis' side. You have to assume that Eddie Howe will be looking for a new goalkeeper come the summer.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 25 - 12:27 PM

Cesc Fabregas and Pedro both scored and assisted each other's strikes as Chelsea continue to pace the league with a 3-1 win over Swansea City.

Chelsea took another step toward securing the title this season with a convincing win over the Swans, though they did hit a bump midway through the match. Fabregas opened the scoring from close range, getting on the end of several nifty passes by the Chlesea attack, with Pedro providing the final pass. A free kick by Swansea just before halftime led to an equalizer though, and Chelsea looked a bit shell-shocked as the second half got going. They eventually found their stride again though and took the lead on a Pedro strike from outside the box that Lukasz Fabianski let through his hands. Fabregas, who made the most of a rare start, got the assist and was heavily influential on the day. Diego Costa put the icing on the cake, turning in a cross from Eden Hazard.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 25 - 11:56 AM

Swansea City were the latest victim of table-leading Chelsea, as a Fernando Llorente goal was not enough to earn a positive result in a 3-1 loss.

Swansea actually entered the day having earned more points in the league in the 2017 calendar year, but their turnaround hit a snag today, as Chelsea were clearly the better side over course of 90 minutes. After conceding the opener, the Jacks found lightning in a bottle just before halftime. A deep free kick by Gylfi Sigurdsson found the head of an unmarked Llorente, who headed it home to level the score. Lukasz Fabianski made a couple of fine saves in the first hour of the match but made a complete mess of a Pedro shot that went through his hands for what proved to be the match-winner. The Swans took it on the chin today but on the bright side, they have a nice run of fixtures over the next four weeks in their ongoing search for points.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 25 - 12:04 PM

Hull City were held to a 1-1 draw at the KCOM Stadium by Burnley.

The first half was quiet, with neither side creating meaningful opportunities to score. The second half began as the first ended, but burst into life in the last 20 minutes. First, Michael Keane was penalised for handling the ball in his own box. Tom Huddlestone capitalised on his error by converting from 12 yards. However, the Tigers couldn't hang on for the win for long, as Keane atoned for his handball minutes earlier by chesting down a Robbie Brady cross and smashing it beyond Eldin Jakupovic. Hull pressed for a winner in vain and in added time, Ashley Barnes received his second yellow card and marching orders.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 25 - 12:06 PM

Burnley won't have winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson and midfielder Steven Defour available for the weekend.

The trip to Hull City comes too early for the duo as Gudmundsson has yet to recover from a knee injury sustained in a shocking FA Cup loss to Lincoln last weekend. Meanwhile, manager Sean Dyche confirmed that Defour is fit from a hamstring injury, but needs to regain match fitness before returning to the squad: "Johann has unfortunately tweaked a medial knee ligament, which is not too drastic but he's not going to be ready for the weekend...His injury is clear but now it's strength and fitness, of course, on the back of a few weeks out. He's actively back on the grass now."
Feb 24 - 6:00 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes confirmed that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is available to face Everton this weekend.

The young goalkeeper has missed the last two months after suffering a knee injury on Boxing Day against Manchester United. But Pickford took the FA Cup break to recover fully, playing for the U23s last week, and now has a chance to retake his starting position from Vito Mannone on Saturday. Said Moyes: "I have a choice to make over the goalkeepers because Jordan Pickford is now back in training. I’m very fortunate to have two very good 'keepers and it’s the sort of decision you want to have. We have to see if Jordan’s ready because he’s been out for a while, but he’s training and he looks fine."
Feb 24 - 6:03 PM

Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has returned to training, but will not be available to face Everton this weekend.

The former Bayern Munich defender has returned a month ahead of schedule from knee surgery on his meniscus, but manager David Moyes said he didn't want to risk Kirchhoff this weekend despite him returning to training. Meanwhile, Steven Pienaar could also miss out due to a muscle injury: "Jan Kirchhoff has been training this week but he’s not quite ready to play. He needs more training because as we know he’s been out for the best part of eight to ten weeks, so we’ll give him another week in training and see how he is. Steven Pienaar has a little bit of problem with his calf, but apart from that we’re okay."
Feb 24 - 6:06 PM





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