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Having missed out on Victor Wanyama, Cardiff City have turned their attention to another high profile central midfielder in Toulouse man Capoue.

Etienne Capoue has been linked to some high profile teams over the last couple of seasons but his star (and rumored price) have fallen since he was linked with Arsenal and Spurs for over £20 million last summer. Rumors about his attitude and off-field habit have caused his value to fall in the last 12 months. If his value were still at it's peak Cardiff City would have no chance to get him as a significant step up from Don Cowie and the rest of their central midfield crew so this could be a solid risk. If things fall into place maturity-wise (it has been known to happen to 25 year olds) he'd be a great asset for Cardiff.
Source: TeamTalk.com
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 08:38:00 PM

Cesar Azpilicueta says he is not interested in rumors linking him with a summer move to Barcelona because he is "very happy" at Chelsea.

Azpiliueta has proved to be an invaluable member of Chelsea since his arrival from Marseille in 2012. Operating at left-back under Jose Mourinho, the Spanish international shined at center-back this past term in Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 formation, playing every minute in Chelsea's second Premier League title in the past three seasons. While he has reportedly been identified as one of Barcelona's top targets ahead of the summer transfer window, the 27-year-old insists he is keen stay at Stamford Bridge. "It's flattering that a club like Barcelona can be interested in you," he told Spanish outlet Marca. "The interest of teams of this level is very positive, but I am very happy here." Apzilicueta, who signed a new contract in December that will keep him in London until 2020, added: "I feel very valued by the club and I do not think of anything else."
Source: Marca
May 23 - 2:32 PM

Laurent Koscielny's appeal of the red card he picked up against Everton on the season's final day was denied meaning that the Arsenal center back will miss the FA Cup final and the club's next two FA sanctioned matches next season.

With Gabriel also going off on Sunday with an injury, Arsenal are going to be significantly depleted at the back as they face Eden Hazard and Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final. Based on what we've seen recently, Arsene Wenger will likely choose Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal as his central trio with Kieran Gibbs on the left and either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (if he's healthy) or Hector Bellerin (if Ox isn't ready to return). If Arsenal win the FA Cup final then Koscielny will miss the Community Shield and Arsenal's first Premier League match of the season. If they lose, he will miss the first two Premier League matches of the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 23 - 2:33 PM

Alvaro Negredo and Calum Chambers have said their goodbyes to the Riverside Stadium and now depart after finishing their season-long loan spells with Middlesbrough.

Negredo, who ended the season as the club's top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, heads back Liga La outfit Valencia after making 39 appearances in total. While 31-year-old didn't have the strongest campaign, he managed to account for roughly 37 percent of Middlesbrough's 27 Premier League goals. Meanwhile, Chambers played a key role at the back after arriving from Arsenal in late September. The 22-year-old featured 26 times for Boro and helped them to the 10th best defensive record in the Premier League, while playing in both central and wide roles.
May 23 - 1:15 PM

Academy youngsters Moses Makasi and Noha Sylvestre have signed new one-years deals with West Ham United.

Having helped the U23s win Premier League 2 promotion this season, the duo have been rewarded with new contracts which will see them remain with the Hammers until 2018. Makasi, 21, who played 29 times for the U23s this term, also featured twice as an unused substitute for the first-team. Swiss 19-year-old Sylvestre was also a key man in the Hammers' PL 2 campaign, making 25 appearances in all competitions.
May 23 - 12:47 PM

Manchester United have been handed an injury boost ahead of their Europa League final with Ajax.

United duo Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling, who were absent for the final game of the Premier League season with Crystal Palace, trained on Tuesday morning with the squad at Carrington before the team flew out to Stockholm. Victory in the final will see United qualify for the Champions League next season, and thus define José Mourinho's first year in charge at Old Trafford.
May 23 - 9:46 AM

Bournemouth starlet Lewis Cook has received praise from his manager Eddie Howe after some good performances in the final weeks of the season.

Cook appeared five times for the Cherries towards the end of the season before missing the final day clash with Leicester as he is representing the England U-20s at the World Cup in South Korea. Cook arrived to the south coast club ahead of the 2016/17 season in a £7 million deal with Leeds United, and started the first PL game of the campaign before enduring a frustrating season on the periphery. However, Cook's displays since returning to the field off the bench in the GW33 defeat to Spurs have been promising. The highlight was the 20 year old supplying an assist for Junior Stanislas against Burnley. His manager favourably compared the Yorkshire man to Jack Wilshere, citing his comparable creativity, control and pace aided by an aggression similar to that of Harry Arter. Howe added: "Lewis is a very special talent... In a short time in the team, he really has been very productive." It sounds like Cook may be more central to Howe's plans next term.
May 23 - 10:02 AM

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has said that his future will be decided in the next fortnight, one way or another.

His manager at Atleti, Diego Simeone, had previously admitted a move away from the club was possible but this is the strongest statement yet from the player himself. When asked to rate his chances of moving to United out of ten, Griezmann said "Six". He went on to rate his chances of staying put and signing a new contract at "Seven". He completely ruled out a cross-city move to Real Madrid. Sky's Spanish Football expert Guillem Balague has claimed that Griezmann is holding out to discover if United will play in the Champions League next season before coming to a decision. Balague expects United to trigger the Frenchman's buyout clause of €100 million to make the deal go through.
Source: Sky Sports
May 23 - 9:11 AM

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is on the verge of joining Premier League side Bournemouth.

Defoe, 34, is believed to have opened talks with Eddie Howe's side immediately after Sunderland's final game of the season at Stamford Bridge in order to secure a move. The England international has a clause in his Sunderland contract which allows him leave on a free transfer if the club were relegated from the top flight. After scoring 15 PL goals this campaign, Defoe is said to be aiming to match or better his current wage, with The Guardian's David Hytner reporting that the veteran forward has been offered £20 million including a signing on fee for a three year contract.
May 23 - 9:36 AM

Jack van Gelder, the host of Dutch sports television channel Ziggo Sport, claims Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been carrying a secret injury for almost two months.

Following the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, Van Gelder told Ziggo that Pogba’s return "went well" before going on to suggest the 24-year-old had been receiving treatment from Dutch physiotherapist – Leo Echteld – for the past eight weeks to help cure a troublesome hamstring injury. Pogba played a little under 45 minutes on Sunday having missed the two previous matches following the death of his father, as Jose Mourinho carefully manages his £89m star ahead of Wednesday night’s Europa League final against Ajax. United made seven changes for the visit of Sam Allardyce’s men on the final day and it was one of those newcomers, Josh Harrop, on his senior debut, who set the home side on their way to victory with a stunning opening goal.
Source: The Metro
May 22 - 5:56 PM

Arsène Wenger has been left sweating on the fitness of Shkodran Mustafi with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista likely to miss next weekends’ FA Cup final.

The German international was a notable absentee from the Arsenal line-up against Everton and it wasn’t until after the game that the reasons behind his omission was known. Mustafi is being treated for concussion after the centre-back complained of a headache and dizziness following the 2-0 win over Sunderland. But while it was initially thought that he would be okay to face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, the problem could be a little more serious, and his availability cannot be guaranteed at this stage. With Koscielny suspended and Gabriel [knee] ruled out after he was stretchered off yesterday, Wenger could be forced into playing Monreal alongside Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker with Kieran Gibbs returning to the side having recovered from a thigh injury.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 5:06 PM

Mousa Dembele will miss Tottenham’s end of season trip to Hong Kong as he is scheduled to undergo foot surgery this week.

The 29-year-old has struggled during the latter part of the season due to a persistent foot problem and the club have taken the decision for the midfielder to go under the knife in an attempt to cure the long-standing injury. It’s hoped that Dembele will be ready to return for the start of pre-season at the beginning of July. Kyle Walker will be included in the squad, even though he is being heavily linked with a summer move away, and in spite of missing the 7-1 win at Hull because of an ankle issue. However, Danny Rose [knee] and Erik Lamela [hip] will not be a part of the travelling group after the pair had more surgery earlier this month. In addition, Harry Winks [ankle] remains on the sidelines.
Source: Sky Sports
May 22 - 5:24 PM




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