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Chelsea have made a bid for Anzhi midfielder Willian, who has been targeted by Tottenham for a while.

Willian was expected to sign with the Spurs soon and even passed a medical at White Hart Lane, but the Blues are making a late run at the midfielder. This raises questions about Juan Mata's stay at Chelsea, since William plays a similar position to Mata and Chelsea would build a very, very deep attacking midfielder core. They may need to get rid of someone, and rumors about Mata will probably resurface.
Source: DailyMail
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 03:38:00 PM

Diego Costa will likely miss this weekend's friendly against the Thailand All Stars.

Costa caught a tough challenge by Mikel in practice and has suffered a minor knock. The injury isn't supposed to be serious and he would probably feature if this game meant anything. He will likely not be risked due to the nature of the match but should be expected to be ready for the start of next season. Costa should be the third striker off the board in drafts next season after Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez.
May 30 - 1:00 AM

Shay Given is questionable for the FA Cup Final with a groin injury.

Given suffered a groin injury but has just returned to training and "could" be fit for the Final. Given was the preferred goalkeeper at the end of the season and will likely get the start if he's healthy. If he can't go, Brad Guzan will be between the posts against Arsenal. Given was solid at the end of the season but is now 39 years of age and it's very unlikely that he'll start at the beginning of next season. He should be avoided in fantasy drafts unless there is an indication from Tim Sherwood that he plans on starting Given next season.
May 30 - 1:08 AM

David Sullivan, the West Ham owner, has promised the club two big signings and an exciting new boss.

With Sam Allardyce now gone and West Ham moving to the Olympic Stadium, there is reason to be excited as a Hammers fan right now. The club have some good pieces already in place but have been absolutely killed by injuries in the past couple of seasons and if they bring in two more big signings, they could have a lot to cheer for next season. The first big signing should be coming soon, so stay tuned.
Source: Sky Sports
May 30 - 1:21 AM

Carlton Cole has been released by West Ham for the second time.

Cole was let go by the Hammers in 2013 but returned to the club a few months later. The 31 year old striker is not the player he once was and it's unlikely he can find a home in the Premier League, at least not as a starter. He scored three goals in 26 matches last season, which isn't good enough in this league. Avoid Cole in all formats next year.
Source: Sky Sports
May 30 - 1:35 AM

Danny Welbeck continues to struggle with his knee injury but otherwise Arsenal are fully fit for Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

Arsene Wenger faces a number of difficult selection choices ahead of the FA Cup final. He has already telegraphed that he is going to keep to his policy of playing his second choice goalkeeper in domestic cup competitions so we know Wojciech Szczesny will start. The choices on his field players will be more difficult with Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere both showing well in Week 38 as they push for starts in the final. Walcott has seemed a far better fit than Aaron Ramsey on the right side of the attack since he has returned. Wilshere seems less likely to feature as Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, the two people he is likely trying to displace, have been two of the club's best players this season when healthy. Good problems for a manager to have coming into a final.
Source: Arsenal.com
May 29 - 4:12 PM

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

Wilson Palacios has been released by Stoke City leaving him free to sign with any team.

The Honduras international didn't figure for the Potters this season and Mark Hughes moved to release him rather than pick up the option on a player that probably makes decent wages for a little-used reserve. With Premier League football unlikely for the 2015-16 season, it is possible that Palacios will try to catch on with former boss Steve Bruce as Hull City look to rebound back into the Premier League at the first opportunity. Bruce acquired Palacios at both Birmingham and Wigan when he was managing those clubs.
May 29 - 10:21 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





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