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Sunderland hope to sign Spurs' Tom Huddlestone for around 5 million pounds.

Huddlestone isn't the most mobile of central midfielders, but THudd would give Sunderland a bit of stature and excellent passing out of midfield that they've lacked in recent years. He could also take corners and set-pieces. His sale would be another sign that Spurs are confident of signing Paulinho.
Source: The Guardian
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 01:12:00 PM

There were a few notable omissions from Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of their international double header in June.

Captain Wayne Rooney has been left out for the upcoming games against Scotland and France because of the "good form" of other players, while contract rebel Ross Barkley, is apparently nursing a minor injury which he picked up on the final day at the Emirates. Burnley centre-back Michael Keane has not recovered from the calf strain which has kept him sidelined since the end of April, however, teammate Tom Heaton retains his place. Surprisingly, Jermain Defoe is one of four named strikers - Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford – join the Bournemouth bound 34-year-old. Southampton duo Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, who earned their first senior caps in March, have been selected for the Under-21s ahead of the European Championships in June.
Source: The Mirror
May 26 - 4:38 AM

Danny Welbeck admits an ongoing foot problem has limited his game-time during the season the run-in.

Although his injury is not considered serious, the Arsenal forward revealed the niggling complaint makes it difficult to play matches in quick succession: "It's just a bruise on the bottom of my foot. So, any time I'm running on it, then I'm just repeatedly banging on the bruise," he said. The England international was reflecting on another injury hampered campaign, after knee surgery last year meant Welbeck had to wait until January before making his first Premier League appearance. He was restricted to just 8 league starts, the first of which didn’t come until March. "You do get your little niggles here and there, and it's something that you've got to cope with. But I feel like I've been handling it pretty well, and I've had no major reactions with my knees." Welbeck will compete with Olivier Giroud for a place in Saturdays FA Cup final side.
May 26 - 5:03 AM

Manchester City officially confirmed that winger Jesus Navas will leave the club this summer.

Navas joined the club in 2013 from Sevilla and went on to make more than 100 appearances in four years. The Spaniard made 24 appearances in the Premier League this season, mostly from the bench, and found a niche as a right-back. The 31-year-old has been linked with a return to Sevilla as well as a move to AS Roma. Said director of football Txiki Begiristain: "Working with Jesus has been a pleasure. His hard work, dedication, professionalism and desire to win have been apparent every single day. He showed his versatility numerous times this season, operating at full-back and doing so with distinction. I wish him all the very best with his next move."
May 25 - 4:12 PM

Gael Clichy's Manchester City contract has expired will not be renewed according to an announcement from the club.

Clichy's move from the Emirates to the Etihad was one of the early moves that City made as they started to build a squad that could contend for Premier League and Champions League honors. While he spent most of his City tenure battling Aleksandar Kolarov for the starting left back spot, he did manage to collect two Premier League winners medals and feature in 138 matches for the club. He could still catch on elsewhere in the Premier League, perhaps a little farther down the table and be a productive player. He will be available on a free transfer this summer.
Source: espnfc.com
May 25 - 4:15 PM

Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero was among the latest casualties as the club cleans house this summer.

The Spaniard originally entered the season looking like the No. 3 keeper, but Joe Hart went on loan to Torino while Claudio Bravo disappointed early on, leading to Caballero earning the starting role. Despite making 27 appearances this season, the club decided it would not offer the 35-year-old a new deal with his contract set to expire this summer. "It’s been a privilege to play for Manchester City," Caballero said. "From the first day I arrived, everyone at the Club has made me feel welcome and I will always be grateful to them. To win the League Cup in such dramatic circumstances was special and it’s a day I will never forget."
May 25 - 4:15 PM

Manchester City will be busy in the transfer market this summer following a series of cuts in defense.

The club announced on Thursday that Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy would join Pablo Zabaleta, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero as expiring contracts who will not be re-signed. Clichy announced his departure earlier in the week, while Sagna's exit leaves the club with only four senior defenders. Said Sagna: "It has been a privilege to play for this football club. I have enjoyed every moment of my City career and will look back on my time at City fondly. I would like to thank the staff, players and fans for making my three years so memorable."
May 25 - 4:19 PM

Bacary Sagna will be joining Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, and Willy Caballero as out of contract players not returning to the Etihad next season.

Following his former Arsenal teammate Gael Clichy from the Emirates to the Etihad three seasons later, Bacary Sagna wasn't as fortunate as his fellow former Gunner. Sagna appeared 53 times for City but he joined following their most recent Premier League title. Unlike Clichy who won the league twice at City, Sagna's quest to add a title after Arsenal frustration went unfulfilled. He is now a free agent able to sign with any club although the market for 34-year-old outside backs is probably not a massive one, at least not if Sagna is looking for a starting role.
Source: espnfc.com
May 25 - 4:20 PM

Despite starting down the stretch for the 3rd place finishers, Willy Caballero will not be returning to the Etihad next season after his contract expires over the summer.

The club is clearly looking to clear salary and older players from the squad as they continue to remake the team to suit Pep Guardiola's preferred style of play. With Joe Hart still under club control, Claudio Bravo signing a significant deal last summer, and Pep seeming discontent with all of his goalkeepers, the writing was on the wall as Caballero's contract expired. There have been few, if any, rumors about whether he is likely to land in the Premier League or elsewhere for next season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 25 - 4:23 PM

Apparently there is only one for one Jesus at Manchester City as the club has announced that Jesus Navas will not be resigned after his contract ran out this summer.

The Spanish international has never quite lived up to the high expectations that accompanied his arrival at the Etihad. Never a prolific goalscorer, his assist and chance creation record in Spain for Sevilla was far superior to what he was able to achieve in the Premier League. Across multiple managers, Navas' pace and effort were never in doubt but his end product, be that a shot or a cross, never came around on a consistent basis. He leaves City having scored 4 goals in 118 appearances. It's hard to imagine that there will be many takers in the Premier League even on a free.
Source: espnfc.com
May 25 - 4:28 PM

Bournemouth defender Steve Cook has signed a new contract with the club which will tie him down until 2021.

The centre-back has been at the club since 2011, when he arrived from Brighton on what was originally a loan agreement which was made permanent. Cook was a vital part of Eddie Howe's starting XI this season, playing every minute of the 38 game Premier League season. He has racked up 231 appearances for the club since his arrival, contributing 15 goals in the process. Commenting on the deal, Cook said: "It has always been my plan to stay here as long as possible, so to be given the chance to do that is really pleasing... Myself and AFC Bournemouth have been the perfect match." His manager praised the defender, explaining that the contract was a deserved reward after a solid season. He also added that "[Cook] is a major part of [the club's] plans going forward."
May 25 - 7:54 PM

Cuco Martina and Martin Caceres are the notable names in the four man list of players released by Southampton.

Right-back Cuco Martina has been surplus to requirements this terms as Cedric has held down the starting berth with consistent performances since the new year. Jeremy Pied, who spent most the season on the sidelines injured, took over the berth in some of the last Premier League games while Puel rotated. Martina was not even named in the squad. Lloyd Isgrove and Harley Willard have also left the club.
May 25 - 8:02 PM




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