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Stoke City have acquired former Real Madrid prodigy Jese from PSG on loan for the 2017-18 season but concerns about the Potters' ability to create chances may limit his value.

Outside of a few astounding examples - Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez, Henry, etc. - forwards are typically dependent on their teammates to create the chances that they convert into goals. When trying to compare forwards across leagues and teams, getting a sense of how efficiently they convert chances into shots into shots on target and, ultimately, goals is the best measure. Last season's Stoke City's forwards managed a mere 101 shots with 41 being on target resulting in 13 goals with no individual SCFC forward eclipsing Peter Crouch's 7 goals as a center forward. With Marko Arnautovic gone, the Potters will struggle to replicate the number of chances from last season meaning that even if Jese is more efficient than last season's group, a good bet, he might struggle to hit double digits in goals due to lack of scoring chances.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 16 - 9:08 AM

Premier League journeyman Gareth Barry has officially completed a move to West Bromwich Albion from Everton.

The midfielder has made 154 appearances for the the Toffees since arriving from Manchester City in 2013, and will now join West Brom needing just five Premier League appearances to break Ryan Giggs' all-time record of 632 top-flight appearances. But Barry was buried on the depth chart under Ronald Koeman with Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies all fighting for a spot. Said Barry: "I've had four great years at Everton. The fans have been brilliant with me from the day I signed until the day I left. I'm proud that the Club will always be a big part of my career. There are too many people to thank but I'd like to mention a few of them - the Chairman, Bill Kenwright, Roberto Martinez who brought me to Goodison, Ronald Koeman whom I've enjoyed working with, the staff at the Club and some great teammates. And of course the fans."
Aug 16 - 5:00 AM

The Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer saga finally appears to be over with Everton set to land one of its top summer targets.

Swansea City accepted a £45 million bid from Everton after the two clubs met in the middle of their valuations. The Swans were originally holding out for £50 million after rejected bids of £40 million from Leicester City and Everton earlier this summer. But with cash to splash following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, the Toffees upped their offer that will now see Sigurdsson take a medical on Merseyside on Wednesday. Swansea is set to make a hefty profit on the Icelandic international after buying him just £6.8 million in 2014.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 16 - 4:54 AM

Chelsea have been handed a huge boost by the return of playmaker Eden Hazard to full first-team training, as the Belgium international continues to work his way back from a fractured ankle.

The 26-year-old opted for off-season surgery on his right ankle after suffering the injury while on international duty in June. While Hazard is still expected to miss a handful of matches, with Antonio Conte yet to announce a potential return date for his star, his impending return is certainly a boost of confidence after the 3-2 defeat against Burnley at the weekend. For the duration of Hazard's absence, Wilian and Michy Batshauyi will compete for a place in the starting XI. Meanwhile, summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko was also spotted on the training pitch but won't likely be ready for this weekend's clash with Tottenham.
Source: The Mirror
Aug 15 - 2:59 PM

West Ham United have confirmed that Sofiane Feghouli has joined Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old moves to the Turkish powerhouse after just a single season at West Ham, having joined the Hammers on a three-year deal from Valencia last summer. Feghouli made 27 appearances for Slaven Bilic's side last season, scoring four goals and providing three assists. The Algeria international struggled to see consistent time on the right wing with Michail Antonio preferred ahead of him, while the additions of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez would have seen him drop further in the pecking order. Feghouli's departure boosts the chances of both Robert Snodgrass and Edimilsion Fernandez seeing more time on the wing off the substitute's bench.

Derby Country have completed the signing of Leicester City midfielder Tom Lawrence for an initial fee believed to be £5 million.

The 23-year-old Wales international leaves Leicester City after a three-year spell, having joined from Manchester United in September 2014. Lawrence, who has six Wales caps, made just four appearances for the Foxes and spent the vast majority of his time out on loan. The midfielder impressed in the Championship while on loan at Ispwich last season, where he scored 11 goals in 36 appearances and claimed their Player of the Year award. However, with Riyad Mahrez, Marc Albrighton, Demarai Gray, Ahmed Musa ahead in the pecking order, first-team football at the King Power Stadium would have been unlikely for Lawrence this season.
Aug 15 - 2:25 PM

Newcastle have been rocked by the news that they could be without two key defenders for several weeks, although the prognosis is a lot better than initially feared.

Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune both left St James’ Park on crutches following the home defeat to Tottenham, and speaking after the match, Rafa Benitez had this to say: "We don't know [how serious the injuries are], we have to wait, but we're expected at least a couple of weeks." The club released an official statement on Tuesday confirming Dummett was forced off due to a hamstring strain while Lejeune damaged ankle ligaments following a scissor challenge by Harry Kane, which on another day, could’ve seen the England international sent off. ‘Assessments by the club's medical staff are continuing in order to establish the full extent of their injuries but both players are expected to be out for weeks, rather than months.’ DeAndre Yedlin is also struggling to return before the international break as he continues his recovery from a muscular problem.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 15 - 12:39 PM

Just 24 hours after Crystal Palace played down fears over Wilfried Zaha’s knee injury, reports suggest the 24-year-old could be missing for up-to a month.

Zaha posted an image of his right knee in a hinged support on Instagram with the words ‘God shall protect me’ following the 3-nil home defeat by Huddersfield Town. However, the post was quickly removed, and when the club were asked for an update on Monday, they insisted the winger was wearing the protective brace for recovery as a precaution. But, it now appears that those initial concerns were well-placed as news on Tuesday confirmed that Zaha is likely to spend the next 4 weeks sidelined. The winger is expected to miss the trip to Anfield, and the home clash with Swansea, although there is hope that he could return to face Burnley after the international break. Frank de Boer may look to Andros Townsend while Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur are closing in on a return after featuring for the development side.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 15 - 12:16 PM

Gareth Barry will apparently move from Everton to West Bromwich Albion should his medical come off without a hitch today.

Perhaps looking for a Premier League veteran to replace Darren Fletcher who left for Stoke City, Tony Pulis will apparently make a move for Everton's Gareth Barry. With Ronald Koeman having fortified the center of midfield with Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye, and Davy Klaassen since his arrival as well as promoting Tom Davies from the youth ranks, opportunities for Barry would have been few and far between at Goodison Park. He may not be a regular starter at the Hawthorns either but he will certainly be no less than a key reserve capable of playing in multiple positions. Check in later for official confirmation of the switch.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 15 - 11:56 AM

Ross Barkley may have kicked his last ball for Everton after suffering a setback in his recovery from summer groin surgery.

The 23-year-old, who has been heavily linked with Tottenham in recent weeks, was said to be progressing well after going under the knife in July. However, news broke on Monday that Barkley suffered a suspected hamstring injury in training, and if scan results confirm a strain, then a return before the end of August is highly unlikely. With Mauricio Pochettino prepared to splash out around £25 million on the midfielder, his days at Goodison look to be numbered, although Ronald Koeman is not prepared to let Barkley go on the cheap: "If there is an offer, maybe the club will not accept. He is a really good player; a young player, an English player. With all the valuations we have seen the last few weeks, if you want to buy Ross it is a big [financial] deal." Reports earlier in the summer indicated Everton wanted closer to £50 million.
Source: The Metro
Aug 14 - 5:45 PM

West Ham United are expected to complete two pieces of business this week, with Sofiane Feghouli leaving for Galatasary and William Carvalho arriving from Sporting Lisbon.

Feghouli, 27, is set to complete a £4m move to Turkish club after just a single season at the London Stadium, with the Hammers in need of lowering their wage bill as they attempt to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. The 25-year-old, who helped Portugal win Euro 2016, is expected to cost West Ham a fee of up to £36million and is regarded as the final piece of the puzzle wanted by boss Slaven Bilic. Should the Hammers secure the services of the Sporting academy production, the deal will eclipse the the fee paid for club record signing Marko Arnautovic (up to £24million) earlier this summer. Carvalho has scored nine goals in 137 appearances since making his first-team debut for the Portuguese club in 2011.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 14 - 3:25 PM

Reports claim that Chelsea expect Diego Costa to return to the club, return to training, get match fit and put himself in contention for selection.

The news comes after Costa revealed he has been fined two weeks' wages by Chelsea for failing to return to pre-season training with the club, and said he is happy to stay in Brazil and pay fines until a move away from the club is sealed. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Costa said: "If I have to, I will stay in Brazil. I am open to being a year in Brazil without playing, even if Chelsea fine me for a year and don't pay me." While Chelsea has labelled the Spanish striker's conduct as unacceptable, Costa accuses the club of treating him like a 'criminal' and refuses to rule out legal action: "If I was in the wrong, I'd go back now and do as they say." With no resolution in sight, the chances Costa returning look slime to none.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 14 - 3:07 PM

Joselu is reportedly on Tyneside for a medical ahead of a move from Stoke City to Newcastle to bolster a weak strike force.

You will be forgiven if you'd forgotten that Joselu existed. Mark Hughes certainly seemed to do the same after loaning the Spaniard to Deportivo La Coruna last season. Never particularly prolific in any of his stops, he is probably best thought of as professional depth at forward rather than a new starter. His biggest successes came in the Bundesliga where he achieved career highs in matches played (30) and goals scored (9) with Eintracht Frankford and Hanover 96 respectively. At 27-years-old, he is unlikely to be on the rise as much as he is what he is. Adequate but no one to get excited over.
Aug 14 - 2:41 PM

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill is set to miss the next three matches after his straight red card against Burnley on Saturday.

The 31-year-old was issued a straight red for his reckless studs-up challenge on Steven Defour in the 14th minute of the Premier League champions' season opener. The England international will now miss the trip the Tottenham at the weekend and the following fixture at home against Everton, before the match at Leicester after the international break. While Antonio Conte will be boosted by the return of Victor Moses from his suspension, the absence of Cahill leaves the Italian boss with a void in the center of the pitch. Andreas Christensen will be favored to deputize for Cahill, who will be eligible to return against Arsenal on September 17.
Aug 14 - 2:36 PM

Chelsea face the prospect of having only one recognized central midfielder available against Tottenham on Sunday, with Cesc Fabregas suspended and Tiemoue Bakayoko in dobut.

In the wake of Saturday's loss to Burnley, which saw Gary Cahill (straight red) and Fabregas (two yellows) sent off, manager Antonio Conte has been left in a selection crisis for the crucial clash against Spurs next weekend. With the Spaniard suspended, Bakayoko still not match fit, and the departures of Namanja Matic, Nathaniel Chalboah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N'Golo Kante is the only fit central midfielder available for the trip to Wembley. The lack of cover means Conte may move David Luiz into midfield and draft in an extra defender, opening the door for Andreas Christensen to potentially make his first ever Premier League start.
Aug 14 - 2:17 PM




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