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Tottenham have turned their attentions to tying Jan Vertonghen to a new contract.

Following hot on the heals of the Hugo Lloris deal, Spurs are now focusing on a similar extension for Vertonghen, who has two years remaining on his current contract. The defender is coming off a strong World Cup and has been linked to a move to Barcelona, but the club are hoping to tie him down with a big increase on his current wages. Vertonghen's body language was poor last season but he has made positive noises about new manager Mauricio Pochettinho arrival and the Daily Mail are suggesting a new deal is likely to happen.
Source: Daily Mail
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 04:33:00 AM

Sunderland fans expressed concern, to say the least, on social media following the club's first signing in Joleon Lescott.

Signing a 34-year-old veteran defender who hasn't played since November didn't seem to invigorate the Sunderland faithful, who look set to lose star full-back Patrick van Aanholt in a £12 million move to Crystal Palace, if reports are to be trusted. Lescott was released by AEK Athens in November after spending last season with Aston Villa in the Premier League. But manager David Moyes decided to reunited with Lescott, who he coached at Everton for four seasons, after watching the defender to train with the team over the last week.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 24 - 7:18 PM

Leicester City didn't prove to be the right fit for defender Luis Hernandez, who joined Spanish side Malaga on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old only joined the reigning Premier League champions in June on a free transfer from Sporting Gijon—so at least the club earned some money from his sale to Malaga. But Hernandez made only eight appearances under manager Claudio Ranieri, although four of them came in the group stage of Champions League this season. But Hernandez couldn't find a way to break through Ranieri's trusted back-line, filling in mostly as a right-back for an injured Danny Simpson.
Jan 24 - 7:23 PM

If it wasn't for bad luck, then David Moyes would have none following the news that another player has been added to an ever-growing injury list and an overcrowded treatment room.

Victor Anichebe will not feature again until April after tests confirm the Black Cats attacker suffered significant damage to his medial knee ligament at West Brom. The 28-year-old was injured in a block tackle just minutes after his introduction on Saturday, although Anichebe was able to see out the remainder of the game. The big attacker has endured an injury plagued career, and this latest setback is his sixth since arriving on Wearside as a free agent in the summer. Sunderland could have up-to 13 players missing for their next Premier League match, against Tottenham, and with limited funds, and only seven days of the transfer window remaining, the top flights bottom side will struggle to escape the relegation dog fight.
Jan 24 - 3:35 PM

Leicester City have rejected a £1.7m bid from La Liga outfit Alaves for wantaway forward Leonardo Ulloa.

Sky Sports is reporting that the club shot down the bid as they believe the offer is below their valuation of Ulloa. Despite Claudio Ranieri repeatedly stating he is keen to keep Ulloa at the King Power Stadium, the 30-year-old handed in a transfer request last week in an effort to force a move. According to Ulloa's representatives, the striker feels unappreciated because he has failed to crack Ranieri's first team and the club have not rewarded him, like other squad members, with a new contract. Ulloa has made 29 appearances in Leicester's title-winning campaign but started just one league match this season, and is currently sidelined because of a thigh injury.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 23 - 5:06 PM

Following a week of speculation linking Adama Traore with Chelsea, the winger put on a compelling display in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to West Ham United.

The former Barcelona B standout shined from the flank at the Riveriside, finishing the match with 11 successful dribbles and three goalscoring chances created. Traore broke beyond full-back Aaron Cresswell twice in the first half before he delivered a sizzling cross in the second which found Maarten de Roon, but the midfielder's header was denied behind by West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph. After the match, Aitor Karanka quelled rumors of a potential move for the winger during the window, but said any interest proves he's on the right. "Adama can’t go anywhere because he played with Villa and us (this season), so can’t play for another club." Karanka explained. "If a team like Chelsea are following Adama it’s because his progress has been brilliant in six months and he’s doing well."
Source: Gazette Live
Jan 23 - 8:29 PM

Manager Claudio Ranieri believes the formation Leicester City played in the first half proved problematic for his side during the 3-0 defeat to Southampton on Sunday.

Ranieri opted for a 4-3-3 formation in the first half and made three changes to his side that were defeated by Chelsea last weekend, with Demarai Gray, Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki all starting in place of Ben Chilwell, Marc Albrighton and Ahmed at the St. Mary's. However, Ranieri's side found themselves down 2-0 at half-time, prompting him to revert to a 4-2-2. Speaking to LCFC TV at full-time, Ranieri said: "I want to say that the two last matches (Chelsea and Southampton) were my mistake. I changed the shape to help the team, but the players didn’t recognize my ideas." While Ranieri's Foxes have won just one of their last six league matches, they'll have chance to right the ship against Derby in the FA Cup on Friday.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Jan 23 - 8:58 PM

West Ham United remain reluctant to sell Dimitri Payet, rejecting a third offer from Marseille worth around £22.5m, according to Sky Sports.

Sky Sports is reporting that West Ham, who value Payet at £30m and have already turned down a pair of previous bids, consider the latest approach unacceptable. Additional reports out of France suggest Paris St Germain and Nice are also interested in the 29-year-old but the Hammers remain determined to not sell their star playmaker on the cheap. Meanwhile, West Ham have won back-to-back league matches without their French international. Payet, who continues to train with their Under-23 squad, has scored 15 goals in 60 appearances since he arrived in the summer of 2015 and signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract last February.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 23 - 6:00 PM

Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Chelsea versatile defender Fikayo Tomori, 19, on loan until the end of the season.

Tomori won the Chelsea Academy Player of the Year award last season and made his senior debut for the Blues against Leicester City on the final day of last season. The 19-year-old, who can play in central defense or at right-back, was a member of Chelsea's academy side that won the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League in both 2014/15 and 2015/16. The promising youngster now moves to Brighton & Hove Albion for his first loan spell away from Stamford Bridge.
Jan 23 - 6:11 PM

Southampton youngster Josh Sims has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2020.

Sims is a product of the Southampton academy, and broke into the first team in November when they played Everton. He has gone on to make eight senior appearances for the club, including four in the Premier League. Sims, 19, also represents England at underage level. Sims' reaction was quotes on the club's website: "I’m absolutely delighted to sign a new contract with the club. I’m really happy that the club have put faith in me to offer me a new contract... I can’t really put into words how good it has been recently, but I just need to push on now and continue my progress."
Jan 23 - 1:41 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel today discussed the possibility of signing a new defender to replace former club captain Jose Fonte.

As it stands, Yoshida and Van Dijk appear to be Puel's preferred two in the heart of defence, with Gardos and Stephens held in reserve. However, Puel has not ruled out the possibility of signing a new centre-back if the right option becomes available: "We will study possibilities to replace him... I am happy with these players and if one or two come into the squad then I think it will be important they can bring something more than the players for the moment in the squad."
Jan 23 - 1:49 PM

Sean Dyche admits the knee injury sustained by Dean Marney at the Emirates on Sunday "is a worry" although there's no indication currently on the extent of his problem.

The Burnley midfielder landed awkwardly and hurt his right knee when he was booked for a challenge on Mesut Ozil with less than 20 minutes remaining. Marney spent more than nine months on the sidelines in 2015 after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament and there are fears he may have suffered a similar fate which would effectively end his season. Only four Clarets outfield players have seen more game time than the 32-year-old in 2016/17 and Marney has become an integrate part of Sean Dyche's side. His absence could hand Joey Barton his opportunity after signing on a short-term deal earlier this month.
Jan 23 - 2:13 PM




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