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Newcastle's search for a new number nine now turns to Marseille's André-Pierre Gignac, who scored 18 goals in 37 matches last season.

Wilfred Bony and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were linked to the club, but seemingly Newcastle couldn't compete for them against other clubs. Gignac would be another Frenchman on Tyneside, and would compete directly with Papiss Cisse for the central striker role.
Source: Daily Mail
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 02:02:00 PM

Manchester City will once again have to do without midfield maestro David Silva, possibly for the remainder of the season, due to a hamstring injury.

The midfielder was taken off in the 40th minute against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg after feeling his hamstring and signaling to be taken off immediately. The injury came just after manager Manuel Pellegrini professed his hope that Silva had overcome a persistent ankle injury that he struggled with throughout the season. But now Pellegrini said he will miss the next two to three weeks and may not even return this season unless the club advances to the Champions League final at the end of next month.
Apr 29 - 4:34 PM

Tim Howard will officially get the sending off Everton fans were hoping for despite not being listed as the club's No. 1 goalkeeper.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez confirmed that Howard will start in the club's two remaining home games to allow the Goodison Park faithful to give him a proper sendoff before his move to the Colorado Rapids this summer after more than nine years at the club. That means the American international, who hasn't started a league match in two months, will be the starting keeper at home against Bournemouth this weekend as well as the season finale against Norwich City in Week 38. Meanwhile, Joel Robles will start both away fixtures in Week 37 against Leicester City and Sunderland.
Apr 29 - 4:24 PM

Odion Ighalo looks likely to feature for Watford against Aston Villa this weekend despite the passing of his father last weekend.

Odion Ighalo was mourning the passing of his father as the Hornets were eliminated from the FA Cup last weekend but it appears that he will play out the season or at least Week 36 against Aston Villa. Ighalo has seen his fortunes tail off over the second half of the season after an exceptional first half where he and Troy Deeney willed Watford to enough points for another season in the top flight. Ighalo is one of the tougher fantasy calls going into the last two weeks. He has three matches over Weeks 36 and 37 including home to Aston Villa this weekend. That sounds like value but his performances over the past few weeks would indicate otherwise.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 29 - 1:02 PM

Saido Berahino and Ben Foster face late fitness tests ahead of West Brom's match with West Ham at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies had their say on the title race on Monday when they held Spurs to a draw. The outcome was a big deal in the grander scheme of the title race but it might have taken it's toll on a couple of West Brom players. Saido Berahino and Ben Foster both came away nursing ankle injuries and neither are sufficiently recovered to be definite participants against West Ham on Saturday. Check both as close to kick-off as you can before making any line-up decisions.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 29 - 1:06 PM

Santi Cazorla has been ruled fit enough to participate against Norwich in Week 36 but his role isn't certain.

Arsene Wenger has stated that he will definitely not "risk" both Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as both players return from injuries. With a long line of players - Iwobi, Walcott, and Campbell - fit and able to play in Oxlade-Chamberlain's spot, it seems most likely that Cazorla will be the one risked if either are to start. If I were in a format or situation where I had to decide on Friday night whether to start Cazorla, I'd wait another week.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 29 - 1:12 PM

Stoke City left back Erik Pieters will be available again for the Potters in Week 36 after serving his two match suspension.

Bad news for Sunderland as Stoke City will have at least one of their recently-absent defenders back for the visit of the Black Cats. Pieters served a two match suspension for the accumulation of ten yellow cards and the Black Cats were poor while he was out dropping consecutive 4-0 decisions to Spurs and Manchester City. Pieters absence wasn't the only issue as they lost 4-1 to Liverpool in the match he picked up his 10th yellow so his return is certainly no panacea.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 29 - 12:43 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri is, once again, an uncertain prospect to start as he returns from a minor hamstring issue that kept him out of last weekend's 4-0 loss to Manchester City.

Shaqiri has returned to training and seems likely to figure against visiting Sunderland but with little of substance to play for Mark Hughes would be justified in babying the winger a little bit as he returns from injury. Shaqiri's highest value to the Potters comes next season and the extent to which Hughes can contribute to the player being ready in August there is a line of logic that says "don't push it" for a meaningless match.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 29 - 12:48 PM

Marko Arnautovic faces a late fitness test ahead of Stoke City's Week 36 match with Sunderland at the Britannia.

With Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri both questionable the Stoke City attack could look anywhere from formidable to pretty weak. The Potters don't have a great deal of depth in the wide areas of attack that Arnautovic and Shaqiri usually take up. Ibrahim Affelay is one option but there isn't really a strong alternative for the second spot if both fail to pass their fitness tests. This could be a huge opportunity for the Black Cats if Stoke City are depleted going forward and weak at the back (see 12 goals allowed in the past three matches).
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 29 - 12:57 PM

Mauricio Pochettino has announced that he has made a verbal agreement with Tottenham to continue as manager for the next five seasons, extending his current deal an extra two years.

Ink has yet to be put to paper but Pochettino further stated the contract will be signed either tomorrow or Tuesday of next week, with the boss focusing on the derby with Chelsea between Sunday and Monday night. Pochettino has led Spurs to their best season since the advent of the season and with the young talent at his disposal, the future looks bright. The Argentine boss had plenty of rumors floating that he could leave in the summer, with the most buzz suggesting he could take over at PSG. Details of the contract are as of yet unclear, but reports indicate he will be the highest-paid manager in club history. It would be hard to argue that he does not deserve it.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 29 - 9:13 AM

Jurgen Klopp made it known that Philippe Coutinho's early withdraw from Liverpool's loss to Villareal yesterday evening was due to an illness, putting his status for Sunday against Swansea City in doubt.

Klopp did not elaborate on Coutinho's condition, only to simply say the midfielder was ill. This could turn out to be very good or very bad news for fantasy managers hoping to use him this weekend against the Swans. The good news is, if Coutinho's illness is not severe, his shortened shift in the Europa League could increase his chances of starting on Sunday. The bad news, of course, is that Klopp may call on another option if he thinks Coutinho is not back in good health. While it is always nice to think optimistically, the fact is Coutinho is very hard to trust these days in fantasy. In his last four league starts, he has been outstanding, delivering three goals and three assists. The problem is, those games are sandwiched around five games where he did not start.
Apr 29 - 10:31 AM

Eric Black confirmed Ciaran Clark is ready to return this weekend but Kieran Richardson will remain on the side-lines.

The pair missed last weekends’ home defeat to Southampton after sustaining injuries on the eve of the match, but while Clark has been passed fit for the trip to Vicarage Road – Richardson is struggling to shake off a calf problem. "Ciaran is doing okay now," revealed Black after the defender re-joined the group in training on Thursday. "Apart from that, Kieran Richardson hasn't recovered in time from his calf injury." Micah Richards is facing a race against time to be fit for this weekend: "We will see if he is ready," said the caretaker boss.
Apr 28 - 4:38 PM




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