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After news that he isn't in LVG's plans word has emerged that Southampton are interested in bringing Javier Hernandez to St. Mary's.

The Saints have been rocked by well-publicized departures this summer. Most of the replacements that have come in are coming from other leagues which represents a risk for the club. With Jay Rodriguez still hurt and making noises about a move to Spurs too bringing in a known PL quantity would make sense. For Hernandez it would represent a chance at the playing time that has been so hard to come by at Old Trafford in recent seasons.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 08:47:00 PM

Manuel Lanzini is on the road to recovery following knee surgery in Barcelona on Thursday evening.

The Hammers playmaker ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during training with the national side just six days before the start of the World Cup finals. "I received a pass from Marcos Rojo and tried to give it to Javier Mascherano who was behind me," he said. "When I turned, I didn’t set my foot firmly on the ground and all my weight fell on my knee. I knew instantly that it was going to be very bad." Initial reports suggested that he could miss the entire 2018/19 Premier League campaign, although updates since say the damage is not as serious as first thought. Lanzini was operated on by world-renowned surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat and spent the night at Hospital Quirón. New head of medical at West Ham – Richard Collinge – is expected to travel to Spain on Friday to discover the full extent of the problem.
Jun 15 - 5:17 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun has emerged as an early doubt for Nigeria’s World Cup opener against Croatia.

The 29-year-old was signed by the south coast side on a free transfer having spent the last three seasons at Bundesliga outfit FSV Mainz 05. "I am delighted to welcome Leon to the club," manager Chris Hughton said. "He will add more depth to our defensive options. He is in the peak years of his career and I am sure he will integrate well into the squad. He also has valuable experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Europa League and at international level." Balogun is a tough tackling centre-back who reads the game well and is comfortable in possession, although his distribution lacks quality on occasions. On Thursday, sources confirmed Balogun missed Nigeria’s last session in Essentuki, due to injury, and he was sent for a scan to determine the severity of the problem. If he fails to recover, then coach Gernot Rohr may opt for Kenneth Omeruo as a like-for-like replacement.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jun 15 - 6:32 AM

Ilkay Gundogan is a target for Barcelona according to reports in England.

The Germany international arrived at The Etihad in 2016 and has two years remaining on his current deal. Gundogan is said to be happy in the north west, but, a switch to the Camp Nou does appeal as manager Ernesto Valverde looks to replace Andres Iniesta who joined Japanese club Vissel Kobe after more than 20 years at the club. Despite a major setback just months after his arrival – ruptured anterior cruciate ligament – Gundogan has established himself as a key member of Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad and his signature would command a hefty fee. It would take a figure north of £50m to begin negotiations, although the interest may prompt City into offering him a new deal. However, if Gundogan does move, then Guardiola could focus his attention on signing Toni Kroos from Real Madrid. He is a long-term admirer of the midfielder and now that Jose Mourinho has cooled his interest, City will feel they are well-placed to sign the 28-year-old.
Source: Daily Star
Jun 15 - 7:12 AM

Tottenham Hotspur has submitted a £15m bid for Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish according to reports in the British press.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Villa were set for talks with the Football League as fears grow over the club’s finances. Struggling to comply with Financial Fair Play rules, Chinese owner Dr Tony Xia was late paying a tax bill while former chief executive – Keith Wyness – is also suing for constructive dismissal. With a spiralling wage bill, Villa could look to cash-in on Grealish to help balance the books. The highly-rated 22-year-old has had an excellent season and finally looks to be fulfilling his potential having failed to deliver consistently since breaking into the first-team in 2015. However, the arrival of former England international John Terry helped take the midfielders game to the next level: "When he first signed I had to pinch myself, he is so professional in everything he does and that rubs off on us young players. I will be thinking: "Do I need to be doing that?", when he is already doing it."
Jun 13 - 11:12 AM

Bayern Munich reveal Jerome Boateng is not "unsellable" and the Bundesliga Champions are prepared to listen to "important" offers for the centre-back.

Manchester United have been monitoring the situation closely, and according to CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Boateng could leave at the right price. The 29-year-old is said to be one of several backline targets as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his defensive options. Victor Lindelof has struggled since arriving at the club while Eric Bailly is fast becoming an injury liability. Despite returning from a ruptured ACL in December, Marcos Rojo was unable to nail down regular game time. With Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian expected to leave, the United boss is considering other options and the Germany international appears to fit the bill. Boateng spent a season at local-rivals City back in 2011 before moving to Munich, but in a recent interview with Socrates magazine, he hinted that he might leave: "I've experienced everything at FC Bayern. Do I, time and time again, want to prove myself at the same club with the same pre-conditions?"
Source: The Metro
Jun 13 - 10:51 AM

Marcus Rashford has emerged as an early doubt for the World Cup opener against Tunisia although Gareth Southgate insists the Manchester United attacker is not a serious injury concern.

The England manager confirmed Rashford picked up a "slight knock" which would be assessed ahead of the group’s first training session in Repino on Wednesday. "[It’s] nothing too serious," he said to the BBC in an interview at St Petersburg airport. "Other than that, everybody came through fine." Rashford is vying with Raheem Sterling for a place in the starting XI on Monday following his wonder strike against Costa Rica at Elland Road last week which capped an excellent performance. Southgate said he would "probably know" his line-up if the game was tomorrow but insists there was still plenty of time for players to stake their claim. "We have another week of preparation and a lot of competition for places. That is good, things can change pretty quickly."
Jun 12 - 6:00 PM

Stoke City winger Ramadan Sobhi will join Huddersfield Town on a three-year deal following the conclusion of this summer's World Cup.

The 21-year-old, a member of Egypt's squad for the 2018 World Cup, will join the Terriers for a reported fee of £5.7m. A right-footed winger who usually plays on the left wing, Sobhi scored two goals in 24 Premier League appearances for Stoke City during their relegation campaign last season. The youngster arrives at Town as competition for current Town wingers Tom Ince, Rajiv van La Parra and Collin Quaner. However, he could emerge as a potential starter with a strong showing in Russia. Sohbi started on the left-wing in each of Egypt's past four friendlies and could see significant time depending on the status of Mohamed Salah.
Jun 12 - 1:42 PM

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has committed his future to the club he has been with since age 9 after he signed a long-term contract with the Gunners this week.

Maitland-Niles broke into the first team in a significant way over the course of the 2017-18 season and his new manager sees a bright future for him. Perhaps the biggest question facing Unai Emery is where he sees Maitland-Niles' future. Arsene Wenger played the England youth international in central midfield and at both outside back positions over the course of last season. Emery reportedly had a detailed dossier on Maitland-Niles while interviewing for the Arsenal job so he likely has a strong opinion on the topic but has yet to share where on the pitch the player's future might lie.
Source: espn.com
Jun 12 - 10:36 AM

After a promising half-season at Vicarage Road, Gerard Deulofeu has made his move to the Hornets permanent with a €13m fee going back to Barcelona.

Gerard Deulofeu only played 7 Premier League matches for Watford last season and only managed a single goal. Despite the uninspiring statistics it was clear watching him that he was the sort of spark that the Hornets needed to bolster an attack that flagged badly after a hot start led by Richarlison. If the Hornets can keep Richarlison, keep Will Hughes healthy (admittedly, a huge if), and find a reliable center forward they could have the makings of a strong attack heading into next season. Look for Deulofeu to continue to deliver a high volume of crosses and shots that don't hit with great regularity but at least keep pressure on the opposing defense.
Source: espn.com
Jun 12 - 10:44 AM

Eden Hazard was awarded the man-of-the-match award as Belgium comfortably breezed past Costa Rica on Monday. However, his night ended on a sour note.

The Chelsea playmaker looked in discomfort as he limped to the side-lines after he was replaced with 20 minutes remaining. Belgium were leading 4-1 and supporters will be hoping his withdrawal was more of a precaution with the Red Devils kicking off their World Cup campaign in just seven days. Post-match manager Roberto Martinez played down the problem confirming Hazard is fine: "At the end he just came off because he had a little bit of a dead leg. Nothing to be worried about." There was also an injury scare involving Dries Mertens who was forced off early in the second half with an apparent hamstring issue. The Napoli attacker played an integral part in his country’s qualification for the finals, scoring 5-goals from his eight starts, but if tests reveal a muscular tear then an appearance in Russia seems highly unlikely. Vincent Kompany was not named in the match-day squad.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 11 - 6:13 PM

Mo Salah is struggling to be fit for Egypt’s Group A opener against Uruguay on June 15.

The Liverpool star is yet to take part in full training as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. It was hoped that Salah would be ready for Friday, but even though he has been working in the gym individually, Monday was his first time back on the training pitches, although his involvement was minimal as the rest of the squad were put through their paces. "He is gradually getting better," managing director, Ehab Lehita, said. "However, I cannot confirm today that he will play in the first match. All I can say is that we hope he will play. We're keeping an eye on the situation day-by-day." Even if Salah is confident that his shoulder can hold up-to the rigours of the first game, a lack of sharpness may see the 25-year-old used from the bench with the Russia game, four days later, offering a more realistic opportunity to start.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 11 - 5:39 PM





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