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Darron Gibson's knee strain is lingering and may, according to Roberto Martinez, keep him out until after the International Break.

With Ross Barkley's goal-scoring performance, Martinez will feel he's in good hands until Gibson can return to the line-up. If Barkley has another strong performance this coming weekend, it will make Martinez's choice an interesting one when Gibson comes back as he never staked a strong claim to a starting spot under David Moyes.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 09:36:00 AM

Stoke City has moved on from long-serving veterans Thomas Sorensen and Andy Wilkinson as neither have played a significant role with the club this season.

Sorensen has been with the club for seven seasons and Wilkinson for fifteen so both departures represent significant turnover for the club even if neither figured for the club this season. Mark Hughes is clearly continuing to reshape the roster to his liking as he has made the move for Philipp Wollscheid permanent and brought in Sorensen's fellow Dane, goalkeeper Jacob Haugaard. Both moves make the Potters younger with Wollscheid's 26 being an improvement on Wilkinson's 30-years-old and Haugaard's 23 being an improvement on Sorensen's soon-to-be 39.
May 29 - 10:13 AM

Andy Wilkinson has been around at the Britannia forever but no more as the player was released after 15 years with the club.

The player, signed as a teenager by Stoke City, has been with the club for 15 years although he has gone on loan five times during his tenure at the Britannia. Loan spells have included Telford United, Patrick Thistle, Shrewsbury Town and Blackpool earlier in his career and then Milwall this past season. At 30-years-old, he likely has the option of continuing to play but he may be forced to make his step down to the Championship permanent now that Stoke City have let him go.
May 29 - 10:17 AM

Cody Cropper was released by Southampton following the close of the Premier League campaign.

Cody Cropper arrived at Southampton as a youngster while the club were returning to the Premier League. The club acquired first Artur Boruc and then Frazier Forster while keeping Kelvin Davies and Paulo Gazzaniga on the roster. This left Cropper well down the list of options. With his contract expiring, the club decided not to renew his deal. Cropper, currently competing with the US U23 National Team in the Toulon tournament in France, is rumored to be close to a move to Bristol City.
Source: espnfc.com
May 29 - 9:13 AM

With Manchester United's interest apparently waning, Liverpool have launched a bid for Nathaniel Clyne and had it rejected by Southampton.

With only one year left on his current deal, Nathaniel Clyne could likely be had for a very reasonable sum if the right club comes calling with the right amount of money. Apparently Liverpool and £10 million were not the right combination to persuade Southampton to part with their right back. Liverpool are expected to continue to pursue their interest. Southampton are in a difficult spot as they try to decide whether to let Clyne go and cash in on what value he has remaining or continue to try to convince the player to sign an extension given that no Champions League club seems interested in acquiring Clyne.
May 29 - 9:19 AM

Swansea City is rumored to be pursuing Saint-Etienne Franck Tabanou, with a transfer fee reported to be in the neighborhood of £3.5m.

Tabanou is hitting his prime at the age of 26 and would immediately challenge for playing time if brought to Liberty Stadium. He plays on the left, with experience both in defense and midfield, sometimes splitting the difference as a wing back. His goal rate would lead you to believe he is wanted more as a defender, which would immediately threaten Neil Taylor, who is the current left back of choice.
Source: Sky Sports
May 29 - 9:30 AM

Wojciech Szczesny will start for Arsenal against Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday but his time with the club may be coming to an end.

Like Lukasz Fabianski before him, Szczesny's last act at the club may be lifting the FA Cup trophy. Arsenal are rumored to be pursuing former Chelsea number one Petr Cech as well as Galatasary's Fernando Muslera. Neither shot stopper will be cheap or easy to pry from their current club. Chelsea will surely do what they can to convince Cech to move outside of the Premier League with PSG mentioned while Galatasaray will put a hefty price tag on their Uruguay international.
Source: espnfc.com
May 29 - 9:31 AM

In a story that could have been copied and pasted from last summer...or the summer before, Arsenal are reportedly in negotiations with Porto and Jackson Martinez to bring the forward to the Emirates.

With a compliment to/improvement on Olivier Giroud on the to do list for the summer, Arsenal have been linked with Jackson Martinez for the third or fourth summer running. The Colombian has a £24.7 million release clause that would leave Porto powerless to prevent a move if the player and Arsenal reach an agreement on personal terms. Liverpool have also been linked with Martinez.
Source: espnfc.com
May 29 - 9:34 AM

Paul Scholes has come out in favor of Manchester United keeping Angel di Maria after the Argentine experienced a difficult first season in England.

In his season wrap-up column in the Independent, Paul Scholes said this of Angel di Maria "Nevertheless, the quality is there and I don’t think United can afford to lose him. They need that kind of player if they are to compete at the highest level in the Champions League." With the arrival of Memphis Depay as well as the presence of returning Juan Mata and Ander Herrera the midfield picture is crowded at Old Trafford. Given his cost, Louis Van Gaal will have to have a strong idea of what to do with di Maria if he is going to retain him. Perhaps a front three of di Maria, Rooney and Depay with Mata and Herrera rotating behind them supported by Carrick and another new arrival like Ilkay Gondogan would do the trick. It certainly wouldn't be a classic Van Gaal formation but it might be the best way to leverage the talent on hand.
May 29 - 9:42 AM

Swansea City have released defender Alan Tate and goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel

Tate was instrumental in defense for the Swans during their rise through the divisions and helping them reach the top flight. Once in the PL though, his minutes were drastically reduced by premium center backs being brought in as upgrades and Tate spent the past few seasons being loaned out to various other clubs. Considering the partnership he once had with Garry Monk on the pitch, it would be no surprise to see Tate eventually return to Liberty Stadium in some capacity. Tremmel was brought in a few years back as a backup to Michel Vorm and Lukasz Fabianski. Getting up in years and unimpressive in his sporadic starts, the Swans have decided to cut ties and will likely look this summer for someone else to fill the role.
Source: Sky Sports
May 29 - 9:59 AM

Abel Hernandez has been suspended for the first three matches of next season for a punch thrown at Phil Jones in Hull City's final match of the season.

Whether Hernandez is still with Hull City in the Championship next season remains to be seen but if he is, he will miss out on the club's first three matches. The incident was not seen by any of the match officials during the course of play so it was eligible to be ruled on after the fact. Rumors have the Uruguay international leaving the club over the summer as they look to trim their wage bill for life in the Championship.
Source: espnfc.com
May 28 - 5:01 PM

Steve Harper, Liam Rosenior, Paul McShane, Maynor Figueroa, Yannick Sagbo and Joe Dudgeon were all released by Hull City as the club prepares for life in the Championship.

Harper, who ended the season as Hull City's first choice keeper at the age of 40, was released. Between Harper, Rosenior, McShane and Figueroa the club released veteran players that were probably all on higher wages than feasible for a club that will be dealing with life in the second tier next season. Harper, in particular, showed that he is still a viable reserve and could catch on elsewhere in the league if he chooses to continue his career.
Source: espnfc.com
May 28 - 5:07 PM




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