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Crystal Palace have agreed a fee for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, Sky sources understand.

Despite some good goals Sigurdsson has never settled at Spurs, finding the bloated midfield options difficult to navigate to allow him his fair share of first team football, and rumours of a move have grown stronger over the past 6 months. A return to former club Swansea had been suggested, but Sky Sports are reporting that Palace have agreed a fee of around £8million for the player and it would be a great coup for Tony Pulis. It would also be good news for fantasy managers, with Sigurdsson likely to be handed a first team role and set piece duty if the transfer goes through.
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 06:24:00 AM

Alexis Sanchez finally has the move to a bigger club that he has been agitating for since the end of last season as the ink is now dry on the swap move seeing he and Henrikh Mkhitaryan switch clubs.

The Chilean attacker was thought for much of the summer and then most of the first half of the season to be signed and sealed to Manchester City to reunite with his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. Over the past few weeks the focus has shifted from the Etihad to Old Trafford and now Alexis Sanchez is a Manchester United player. Sanchez's arrival means that Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Jesse Lingard will each see hits to their playing time as Sanchez will surely start regularly.
Source: @manutd
Jan 22 - 2:24 PM

Alfie Mawson swept home a rebound from a Swansea corner kick to give the relegation strugglers a massive win over streaking Liverpool.

The Swans needed a win badly and the combination of as fortunate goal, resolute defending and poor Liverpool finishing was enough to make it happen. The Swans were hardly awash in opportunities on goal but when opportunity knocked, Alfie Mawson tucked a rebound into the bottom corner. After that it was furious defending and some good luck for the win.
Source: Espn.com
Jan 22 - 5:08 PM

Virgil van Dijk played well but wasn't enough to overcome Liverpool's set piece issues as they fell 1-0 to Swansea.

The loss should, in no way, be pinned on van Dijk but it is worth pointing out that Liverpool's struggles on set pieces and at the back in general are bigger than any single player. Until the system improves and the midfield contributes more to goal prevention in their own end then the frustrations will continue.
Source: Espn.com
Jan 22 - 5:14 PM

Andy Carroll may not play again this season after undergoing surgery to repair a hairline fracture in his foot.

The West Ham striker hasn’t played since coming off the bench on January 4 [vs Tottenham] in a five-minute cameo, having picked up the injury against West Brom two days earlier. David Moyes initially suggested that tests [MRI scan] had come back clear sparking rumours of a potential £20 million move to Stamford Bridge, but having missed the next four games, Carroll was sent for a CT scan which revealed the fracture. After seeing a specialist, West Ham were given the option of treating the injury conservatively – wearing a protective boot – or sending Carroll for surgery. He had the operation on Monday and an initial timeline of around three months has been suggested. The news is likely to scupper any chance of Javier Hernandez or Diafra Sakho, who had been linked with moves away, from leaving the London Stadium in January unless Moyes can bring in reinforcements first.
Jan 22 - 5:45 PM

Crystal Palace announced its first signing of the winter window in a loan move for Benfica midfielder Erdal Rakip.

The 21-year-old joins the club through the end of the season on loan from the Portuguese giants after his move from Malmo earlier this month. Rakip, a central midfielder in the Swedish U21 setup, previously made 120 appearances for Malmo's senior side, including 16 Champions League appearances. Palace is hoping to quickly add to its ranks with another deal in place to sign Lubin defender Jaroslaw Jach. Said Rakip: "It will be an honour playing for Roy. He is a legend in Malmö and everyone know who he is. Crystal Palace is a fantastic club with a lot of history that plays entertaining football, and was the best option for my development and my career at this stage."
Jan 22 - 3:37 PM

Within an hour of Alexis Sanchez joining Manchester United, City announced a contract extension for Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian playmaker signs a five-year deal to keep him at the Etihad through the 2023 season after an incredible start to the season that has him in talks for Player of the Year. De Bruyne has recorded six goals and 12 assists this season as a critical part of Manchester City's offensive juggernaut. No player in the Premier League has recorded more than his 38 assists since his return in 2015. De Bruyne follows Fernandinho in signing a new deal over the last week. "As I’ve said previously, my intention has always been to stay here at City, where I’ve felt at home from day one," the 26-year-old said. "Not only are we winning – we are playing great football. It’s a pleasure to be a part of and I’m really excited about what we can achieve in the coming years."
Jan 22 - 3:41 PM

Arsenal and Manchester United have completed their rumored swap of Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan with the Armenian international moving to the Emirates and the Chilean moving in the opposite direction.

While Sanchez has been the stronger of the two performers in the Premier League to date, this is a good move for Arsenal given where Sanchez is in his contract cycle (he could have left for nothing in a few months) and how few options the Gunners likely had in January as a potential replacement. Mkhitaryan isn't likely to replace the performance that Sanchez provided last season but Sanchez was always unlikely to do that either. The arrival of Mkhitaryan also provides some insurance in the "creator" category in the event that Mesut Ozil, also nearing the end of his contract, decides to depart the Emirates come the summer.
Source: @arsenal
Jan 22 - 2:03 PM

Yohan Cabaye is expected to be ruled out for at least a month after suffering an ankle ligament injury during Saturdays loss at The Emirates.

The French midfielder was carried off on a stretcher and replaced by Jairo Riedewald ending a dismal afternoon for the Eagles who were well beaten by a rampant Arsenal side. "We've lost two to cruciate ligament injuries [Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon], one to a medial knee ligament [Jeffrey Schlupp], Ruben Loftus-Cheek to an ankle ligament [and] probably lost Yohan Cabaye to an ankle ligament," mused Roy Hodgson post-match. Cabaye, who could miss between four and six weeks, is the latest in a line of unfortunate injury setbacks which threatens to derail Palace’s hopes of survival. "We only just got Joel Ward back, we've still got Mamadou Sakho trying to recover from a major calf injury. That's an awful lot of players with good quality for any team in the lower half of the league to deal with." Hodgson will look to bolster his squad during the January window.
Jan 22 - 7:42 AM

Junior Stanislas returned to the field in Gameweek 24 after overcoming a hamstring injury which had sidelined him since December.

The 28 year-old made an instant impact, providing the ball for Ryan Fraser's goal which gave the Cherries a short-lived 1-0 lead over West Ham, with the game eventually finishing 1-1. Speaking to local Bournemouth outlet the Daily Echo, the English winger was upbeat about the club's chances of beating their ninth place finish of last season: "I think so, we aim to. We’re maybe a win off the top half but only a few points away from the bottom three." Stanislas' underlying stats always tend to point towards him being a good differential in fantasy and his return against The Hammers was no different. After coming on to replace Jordan Ibe on 61' he had 2 shots (more than all his teammates) and a key pass which turned out to be his assist for the goal.
Jan 22 - 9:38 AM

17 year-old Southampton striker Michael Obafemi admits he was "overwhelmed" by making his PL debut unexpectedly on Sunday but he is looking to build on his decent 10 minutes display.

"Oba" had actually been preparing to play for the Saints' Under-18 side on Saturday when he was called up to the senior squad's training with Shane Long out due to illness. Having scarcely lined out for the Under 23 team, it was a surprise to make his PL bow against last season's runners-up. The Republic of Ireland Under-19 International showed good movement and got himself in a golden position to finish off a low cross from Dusan Tadic however he wasn't quite able to make a proper contact with the ball. "I don’t really know what happened to be fair, I just got caught in the moment and didn’t take the chance." He added: "Hopefully I’m able to start in the Premier League but now I’ve got to move on and use this as a starting point."
Jan 22 - 9:46 AM

Southampton look set to splurge over £50 million this week to bring two new faces to St. Mary's in a bid to arrest their poor form so far this season.

The two players who they Saints are chasing are Spartak Moscow's Quincy Promes, a Dutch winger, as well as Guido Carillo, a striker at French side Monaco. Mauricio Pellegrino hinted that he thinks deals could be wrapped up this week but he was careful to point out that you can never be sure in football: "Hopefully next week will be a good week for us," said Pellegrino. "In the market anything can change in one second. It’s like football. Negotiation is about two sides and you have limitations to arrive at a point and then you need the other part to do the job." The manager was also cerebral about rumours that he is on the verge of the sack, explaining that risk is inherent in football management, but he is not unhappy in his pressured role "I enjoy doing my job in a difficult moment."
Jan 22 - 9:55 AM





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