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The Southampton exodus continues this afternoon with Adam Lallana joining Luke Shaw in leaving the Saints with the midfielder set to join Liverpool.

The money isn't ours and Liverpool don't seem inclined to stop spending so whether £25million is an over-pay or not, Liverpool are definitely better and deeper today than they were yesterday. With Champions League football on order next season and the status of Luis Suarez up in the air after his third biting incident, the news of Lallana's signing will be welcome news for Liverpool supporters. What remains to be seen once the team is fully assembled is who will be starting and how often with Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez (maybe), Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Lallana, Lucas, Joe Allen, and Emre Can all vying for playing time along with returning loanees Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi. That's a lot of bodies to accommodate even with extra Champions League matches sprinkled in.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Maarten Stekelenburg started for Southampton in their Europa League qualification match against Vitesse Arnhem.

It seems Stekelenburg has won the Saints starting goalkeeper job and it's no surprise considering he was signed due to the fact Ronald Koeman didn't feel good about Paulo Gazzaniga and Kelvin Davis. Southampton have had a solid defense for two years in a row now and despite losing two of their starting defenders, we expect them to be at least average this season. Stekelenburg makes for a good fantasy option.
Jul 30 - 3:31 PM

Dusan Tadic was in Southampton's starting lineup in their Europa League Qualification match against Vitesse Arnhem.

Tadic was struggling with a number of injuries at the end of last season and his form struggled because of it. He lost some of his playing time but it now seems he's primed to resume his starting role. Tadic is too good to be on the bench and him starting in what looks it might be Southampton's week one lineup is encouraging. The Saints' lineup against Vitesse included Stekelenburg; Cédric, Fonte, Yoshida, Targett; Wanyama, Clasie, S. Davis, Tadić, Mané; and Pellè.
Jul 30 - 3:39 PM

Spurs have confirmed that Vlad Chiriches is leaving White Hart Lane for Serie A and Napoli on a permanent deal.

Chiriches was initially hailed as the solution for Spurs at center back but never really panned out. Spurs have spent the summer trimming spare parts like Younes Kaboul and Chiriches with rumors that Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon, Erik Lamela, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Roberto Soldado could also follow. These are all solid moves from Spurs but with minimal inbound transfer activity thus far this summer it raises the question of how deep this club will be when the season kicks off.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 30 - 1:50 PM

Man City are reported to have entered the race to sign Everton defender John Stones, with Chelsea preparing a third bid…

Everton have so far resisted two bids from Chelsea for John Stones. An initial water-testing £20 million followed by a ‘let’s get serious’ £26m. But the noises coming out of both clubs suggest it is merely a question of finding the tipping point before the deal happens. Jose Mourinho has mused he might have offer a record-breaking figure to get his man. Gary Gahill has urged his young England team-mate to jump and Stone’s himself is apparently keen to go. Enter Man City… It seems that last season’s runners-up are getting twitchy about the Champions further strengthening, so are readying a bid themselves. Whether it is to bolster their own defense or just weaken Chelsea’s is not clear. But the bidding war it could create will at least provide Everton with that record fee they are after.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 30 - 6:53 AM

Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray is reported to be on the hit-list of Premier League debutants Bournemouth, for a fee in the region of £2 million…

Much of the pre-season talk at Palace has been about players coming in, but one who looks to be on his way out is Glenn Murray. The former Brighton striker was Palace’s top scorer last term, hitting seven goals and providing three assists. Not a huge total perhaps, but to his credit it only took him nine starts to outstrip Palace’s other striking options – all of whom played more. Boss Alan Pardew has been clear in his intention to bring in a center-forward though – adding Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford on loan, but also pursuing Loic Remy and Charlie Austin. Murray might be the least suited to the counter attacking style that did well for Pardew last season, or perhaps the only one he can get a fee for. Bournemouth see Murray as an ideal foil for their top scorer last season Callum Wilson, who signed a new four year deal this week.
Source: London24.com
Jul 30 - 7:14 AM

Everton have targeted Swansea skipper Ashley Williams as the man to replace John Stones, despite manager Garry Monk stressing he is not for sale…

Earlier this week Swansea boss Garry Monk was adamant that his skipper Ashley Williams was not for sale. This was in response to Crystal Palace’s approach, amid reports they were prepared to spend up to £10m for the Welsh international center-back. Since then ESPN have reported that Everton have identified Williams as the man to replace John Stones, should he leave for Chelsea. The message now coming out of Swansea is Williams would cost £25m. An extortionately high fee for a 30-year-old, but not the same as ‘not for sale.’ Everton are aggressively holding out for a £30m+ fee for Stones but that money will not do them any good in the bank, with only one other senior defender in the current squad. And Swansea will know this only too well.
Source: ESPN
Jul 30 - 7:31 AM

In a lively first half that saw all the goals, The MLS All-Stars would score twice to defeat Tottenham 2-1.

The two sides traded blows with MLS legend Nick Rimando stopping Harry Kane twice from point blanks range. Nacer Chadli committed handball, giving MLS a penalty chance converted by Kaka. Kane would get his goal after Spurs fell 2-0 down, unleashing an accurate blast from distance. Though chances came fewer in the second half, it was a solid shift by many of Spurs youngsters, including Dele Alli. Interesting of note in fantasy terms is how Mauricio Pochettino turned to Ben Davies to start at left back over Danny Rose, when seemingly the other three starting defenders, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker are looking the favorites to win their respective jobs.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 29 - 11:28 PM

Manchester United ended their USA tour with a 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United started the match as the better squad but couldn't capitalize on their chances and saw PSG take the lead from Blaise Matuidi. Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 2-0 ten minutes before half-time and Louis van Gaal's side never recovered. Manchester United were aiming for a perfect record in the International Champions Cup after they defeated Club America, San Jose Earthquakes, and Barcelona in their first three matches, but they'll have to go home with a loss now. They open up the season against Tottenham on August 8th.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 30 - 12:34 AM

Riyad Mahrez notched his second goal of preseason as Leicester City defeated Rotherham United 1-2.

Claudio Ranieri unsurprisingly named a completely different side than the one that defeated Burton Albion only yesterday, with Mahrez looking noticeably sharp along with Jeffrey Schlupp and David Nugent, the latter of whom scored the other goal for the Foxes. Ranieri has a plethora of option in attack and may opt for a rotation at several positions but it looks like Mahrez should see the most time of the wide midfielders on the roster. Schlupp isn't getting classified as a defender in some formats anymore but has the chance of being a fantasy asset regardless and Nugent, despite scoring today, is still behind Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaka, Andrej Kramaric and Leo Ulloa in the battle for minutes at forward.
Jul 29 - 7:03 PM

Sunderland lost for the third time in their last four preseason tilts, today looking unsettled in a 2-0 loss to League One side Doncaster Rovers.

It may be yet another fight to the finish in an effort to avoid relegation this season for Sunderland if the preseason has any bearing on what is to come. Outside of a brace in Toronto for Jermain Defoe that took a few minutes to achieve, the attack has been ineffective and the defense were left today asking questions about the two goals they conceded. One in particular was the fault of Rodwell who failed to clear a ball and allowed Doncaster to capitalize. Outside of Patrick van Aanholt, there isn't much the Black Cats are offering to begin the season that would appeal to managers. Perhaps they will kick it into another gear when things begin to matter, but it would be nice to see better from them in their final tune up with Hannover.
Source: Guardian
Jul 29 - 7:14 PM

Newcastle United continued their lackluster preseason with a 2-0 loss to York City, but it appears Steve McClaren has big plans for Ayoze Perez in the coming campaign.

The Magpies have two losses and a draw in their past three preseason matches, giving up eight goals in the process. Say what you want about it only being preseason but that is not encouraging considering the state of affairs the club was in when last season ended. Aleksandar Mitrovic made his anticipated debut and got a couple of chances to show his talents, including a header that cleared the bar. Perez was the only player to start both of the past two matches, an indication that McClaren will have the youngster's name on his team sheet more often than not this season. Newcastle has one more chance to get ready for their Week 1 match against Southampton when they take on Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Source: The Mag
Jul 29 - 7:25 PM





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