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Manchester United have reportedly accepted an £8million bid from Aston Villa for oft-criticized midfielder Tom Cleverley.

It wasn't long ago that Tom Cleverley was in contention for the honor of "next big thing" for Manchester United and England. After a couple seasons where he failed to show significant progress he has gone from hot prospect to maligned suspect. Perhaps a move away from the spotlight and to a club where he might have a chance to play more is exactly what the player needs to revitalize a flagging career. The price is a little steep for Villa but there is certainly upside if Cleverley realizes all or even some of his potential.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 28 - 1:21 PM

After a frustrating first year at Manchester United and on loan with Cardiff City, Wilfried Zaha has rejoined Crystal Palace on a one year loan deal.

Neil Warnock has made a splash on his second day on the job at Selhurst Park by bringing back a favorite of the supporters in the form of Wilfried Zaha. After leaving the Eagles for Manchester United about a year ago for approximately £15million the rising star returns having made very little impression while gone. He barely played at all for United and was unimpressive in a loan spell with Cardiff City. Both player and club will hope that a return home will see increased playing time as Zaha gets his career back on track.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 28 - 1:15 PM

Alberto Moreno is one of a few doubts among Brendan Rodgers' defenders ahead of this weekend's match with Spurs as he attempts to recover from an ankle injury sustained during Liverpool's loss to Manchester City.

Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson are also carrying knocks but none of the trio of fullbacks have been formally ruled out as of yet for the trip to White Hart Lane. After seeming to have an abundance of fullbacks at their disposal, the Reds suddenly find themselves with only one that is fully fit, Javier Manquillo.
Aug 28 - 9:56 AM

Roberto Martinez will not have Christian Atsu available to him when the Toffees host Chelsea on Saturday, due to the loan arrangement with the Blues.

That does not mean that recent departee from Stamford Bridge, Samuel Eto'o won't lace up his boots however. Between he and Romelu Lukaku, there will be plenty of intrigue at Goodison Park as two former Chelsea property will be looking to find the net while a Diego Costa injury scare, one whose severity is yet unknown, leaves the Blues with issues up top.
Aug 28 - 9:41 AM

The groin injury Steven Pienaar picked up during Everton's match last weekend with Arsenal has ruled him out of this weekend's bout with Chelsea.

Pienaar was only on the pitch for nine minutes before being forced off with the dreaded groin injury. According to Roberto Martinez, the injury "will take a little time" to heal, so with the international break coming after this weekend's match, Pienaar could be back in contention for Week 4. Aiden McGeady will likely get another start as he has benefited from time missed by Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas in the early going.
Aug 28 - 9:29 AM

Injury concerns mount for West Ham United as Sam Allardyce could be without six first team members for the visit of Southampton this weekend.

Matt Jarvis (thigh), Carl Jenkinson and James Collins (both hamstring) were all rumoured to be close to a return on Saturday but the Hammers boss confirmed during todays press conference that the trio will remain out joining long-term absentees Andy Carroll (ankle) and Kevin Nolan (shoulder). After a disappointing defeat in the Capital One Cup West Ham will be happy to get back to domestic duty and will hope to build upon last weekend’s excellent win at Selhurst Park. Enner Valencia maybe restricted to a place on the bench despite his 120 minutes of play on Tuesday while strike partner Diafra Sakho will face a late fitness test after suffering a minor back problem.
Source: London24
Aug 28 - 8:02 AM

News broke on Wednesday that Spanish international Diego Costa suffered a muscular problem in training with various outlets reporting his period of absence to be anything from four weeks to three months.

The reality of the situation is unclear - we simply do not know - as the full extent of the injury is not yet known and to suggest anything different at this moment is pure speculation. On Thursday morning Chelsea released an official statement advising Diego Costa "suffered a minor muscular injury" and that the club will be monitoring him over the next few days. Given his recent well-documented injuries it’s almost certain that the striker will miss the trip to Goodison on Saturday; Costa did not train with the squad today but has not yet been ruled out of the Everton match. Any significant damage could potentially scupper a loan departure for Fernando Torres for whom a move to Serie A side AC Milan has been reportedly agreed.
Aug 28 - 7:34 AM

New Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock is hoping to complete a sensational return to Selhurst Park for former winger Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha was instrumental in Palace's promotion in 2012/13 and his performances secured him a big-money move to Manchester United, but he had very little opportunity to impress under David Moyes and does not appear to be in Louis van Gaal's immediate plans. Neil Warnock has only been in the Eagles job for two days but Sky Sports are reporting he held talks with Zaha on Wednesday night in an effort to convince him to return to the club. Watch this space ...
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 28 - 7:17 AM

Carlos Sanchez was a poor choice for fantasy managers as he received a yellow card in his first Premier League match.

Sanchez intercepted a pass but his foul committed and yellow card resulted in him getting negative three points in the Yahoo! Fantasy Soccer game. Sanchez is a defensive minded midfielder who is more likely to commit fouls than score goals. Overall, he is much better in real life than in fantasy, and should be avoided in competitive fantasy leagues.
Aug 28 - 12:10 AM

Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor has been terrible for fantasy managers in the first two weeks of the season.

Agbonlahor had negative four points in week two after finishing with just one point in the first match. The forward has struggled to rack up any kind of fantasy stats and committed four fouls in week two to make matters worse. Gabby has never been a premium option, and with no good strikers at Villa to get at the end of his chances, his fantasy potential remains fairly low. When Christian Benteke returns, Agbonlahor's value will rise, but he will only be an option in the deepest of leagues.
Aug 28 - 12:04 AM

Southampton are reportedly after Belgium international Toby Alderweireld.

Alderweireld is a good defender who would be a likely starter at Southampton. He can play both center-back and right-back, so it's not certain where exactly he'll line up, but he will immediately improve the Saints already solid defense. The Saints are also in pursuit of Tottenham's Andros Townsend, who would add an exciting option to their attack.
Source: DailyEcho
Aug 27 - 11:56 PM

Leicester and Wigan have agreed on a fee for the rights to James McArthur.

The Wigan midfielder has been pursued by Leicester in recent weeks and the Foxes have finally made an offer big enough. Leicester boss Niger Pearson has repeatedly stated that he's happy with his players but needs more options to compete in the Premier League and it's hard to imagine McArthur as an every game starter. We don't anticipate to see McArthur as a great fantasy option this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 27 - 11:49 PM

Italian giants AC Milan are reportedly interested in Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

Torres is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge at the moment with Diego Costa and Didier Drogba in front of him and Chelsea may want to get back some of the money they paid for him. The Spanish striker hasn't been the same since coming to Chelsea but still has a few years left of football for him and has the potential to be a goal scorer once again. Milan are also interested in Marco van Ginkel, although Chelsea are unlikely to sell him.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 27 - 11:25 PM

The scoreline was misleading as Sunderland struggled for much of the day but scored three late goals to make it look like an easy 3-0 over Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup.

Connor Wickham and Adam Johnson and the entire Sunderland side looked disjointed for much of the Capital One Cup match-up against Birmingham City but Jordi Gomez's goal in the 77th minute sparked them. Johnson (87th) and Wickham (88th) scored rapid fire goals late on to seal the tie for the Black Cats. It won't be one that they can take much from but in a week when Manchester United, Aston Villa, and QPR all went down to lower league opposition they can at least take solace in the fact that they are moving on and in a month no one will remember how they got to the final scoreline.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 27 - 5:10 PM

Jon Walters hasn't seen any playing time in the Premier League but he took his chance in the League Cup and scored a brace as Stoke City cruised past Pompey 3-0.

With Peter Crouch adding a late goal for good measure it was Stoke City's 2013-14 strikeforce providing the goals that their new recruits - Bojan and Mame Biram Diouf - have yet to find in the Premier League. Granted, the opposition was substantially weaker than you'll find in the PL but goals from forwards will be a welcome site for manager Mark Hughes in any competition. Now he'll hope his squad can repeat that performance in the league this weekend.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 27 - 5:05 PM



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