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Swansea City have reached an agreement with Eredivisie side Ajax for the transfer of center back Mike van der Hoorn for a fee of around £2m.

The 23-year-old Dutch defender will travel to Wales this week to hash out the terms of his deal with the Swans, but, unless there is some sort of unforeseen faux pas, he will become the first signing of the summer for Franseco Guidolin. van der Hoorn would not likely be an automatic starter from the jump for Swansea, but Federico Fernandez would seem the likeliest to be under threat with Ashley Williams a mainstay as the club captain. The Jacks still have Jordi Amat in the mix as well. It will be a situation to monitor in preseason as there could be a bargain player to emerge as Williams' partner this coming fantasy season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 26 - 1:34 PM

Republic of Ireland looked to be in line to upset host France with an early goal by Robbie Brady, but things fell apart for them in the second half and France would score twice unanswered to win, 2-1.

It was the perfect start for Republic of Ireland when Southampton's Shane Long was tripped in the box by Paul Pogba, allowing Brady to step up for a spot kick. He fired it home with great accuracy and pace. Ireland outplayed France in the first half, winning 50/50 challenges and putting pressure on a shaken French defense. Everything changed in the second half though as Ireland began to tire and France would put two past them in quick succession, then were given a man advantage when Shane Duffy was sent off trying to keep another goal from scoring.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 11:18 AM

France were behind for the majority of the match, but a brace inside of four minutes by Antoine Griezmann turned things around, and they were able to advance to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland.

It was the worst possible start for the host country, as they handed Republic of Ireland a penalty chance which was converted, inside the first three minutes, the quickest penalty scored in the history of the tournament. France went into the halftime looking the weaker side, but some tactics were changed for the second half, and they payed off. Most important was shifting Griezmann to a central role, playing behind Olivier Giroud. Just after the hour mark, Griezmann leveled the match, heading home a fine cross from Manchester City right back Bacary Sagna. Just a few minutes later, Olivier Giroud headed a ball into Griezmann's path and he sizzled it past the Irish keeper. He nearly made it a hat trick within five minutes, but Shane Duffy fouled him and was sent off for the infraction. France couldn't distance themselves from then on, but they allowed Republic of Ireland virtually no chance to search for an equalizer.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 11:07 AM

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta is reportedly wanted by a number of big European clubs.

It's unlikely that Chelsea will sell Azpilicueta, who is 26 years old and just entering his prime. Some of the rumors are saying that Jose Mourinho may be interested in Azpilicueta, but it's hard to image Chelsea selling to a rival. The defender will likely be a Chelsea player next season, so draft him as you normally would.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 5:18 PM

Claude Puel is the favorite to end up with the Southampton manager position.

The bookies are often right when it comes to things like this, and they've made Puel the favorite for the Saints job. Manuel Pellegrini is no longer being considered for the job, and Puel also has the benefit of being considered for the job when Koeman took over. Puel's style of bringing youth through the first team will be a great fit for the Saints.
Source: DailyEcho
Jun 25 - 4:44 PM

Romelu Lukaku has left his future in the hands of his agent - Mino Raiola.

There are rumors sending Lukaku to Chelsea or Manchester United, but it is reportedly going to come down to Lukaku's agent as to where he ends up next season. The striker has previously stated he wants to play in the Champions League, and Chelsea wouldn't be able to provide that, but money always speaks louder.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 4:13 PM

Liverpool are reportedly willing to pay £30m for striker/winger Sadio Mane.

The Southampton player has been inconsistent this season but has shown flashes of brilliance at times and is highly sought after this summer. The Saints just purchased youngster Nathan Redmond, opening the way for Mane to make his exit. With Liverpool and others getting in a bidding war, Mane could easily go for £40m this summer.
Source: BBC
Jun 25 - 4:09 PM

Gareth Bale served in a great cross that force a bad touch from Gareth McAuley and ended up as the only goal of the match.

It wasn't a great match as far as entertainment value. Northern Ireland were intent on making it a grind of a match with few chances in either direction. It nearly worked but Gareth Bale produced a moment of magic that would have been guided home by Hal Robson-Kanu had McAuley not intervened unsuccessfully first. Wales are now on to the quarterfinals of Euro 2016
Source: Espnfc.com
Jun 25 - 2:13 PM

Southampton have announced the signing of winger Nathan Redmond.

The Norwich winger joins the Saints on a five-year deal scheduled to keep him at St Mary's until 2021. The youngster has a bright future ahead of him and was very impressive for Norwich last season, despite failing to keep them in the Premier League. Redmond will likely start and is a decent mid to late round fantasy pick.
Source: SaintsFC
Jun 25 - 12:47 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri delivered what has to be the goal of the tournament so far to get Switzerland level with Poland, but Poland would win in a penalty shootout, 1-1 (5-4 pens).

It was an entertaining affair with shots aplenty from both sides throughout the match, though the finishing was not there for the most part. Poland took the lead in the first half, as a cross by Kamil Grosicki in the 39th minute found Jakub Blaszczykowski in space and he was able to nutmeg the keeper for the score. Switzerland won the possession battle in the first half and they kept the ball even more in the second frame, but Swansea's Lukasz Fabianski was superb in the Polish net, making a couple of spectacular saves. There was nothing he could do about Switzerland's leveler in the 82nd minute though, when Shaqiri delivered a stunning bicycle kick from distance that caromed in off the post. The two side played a goalless extra thirty minutes and went to a shootout. Each side scored except for new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka, who's shot went well wide of the target. Poland advances now to face the winner of Croatia v Portugal.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 25 - 11:49 AM

Liverpool is reportedly in the advanced stages of securing a summer transfer for Southampton midfielder Sadio Mane.

The Reds have been in talks with Southampton over the past week and are close to agreeing to a fee in the range of £30 million. Southampton originally wanted £40 million for the 24-year-old bought for just £10 million from Salzberg in the summer of 2014, but the departure of Ronald Koeman has hastened negotiations over a summer move. The Senegalese international scored 11 goals last season in the Premier League but really found his form with eight goals in the final eight games of the season.
Jun 25 - 10:29 AM

Ireland could receive a major boost ahead of its round of 16 showdown with France with Jonathan Walters returning to training.

The Stoke City forward missed the team's last two of the group stage against Belgium and Italy due to an Achilles injury picked up in the opening match against Sweden. But Walters returned to the training ground to take part in portions of full training on Friday ahead of Sunday's knockout-stage meeting. Meanwhile, Burnley defender Stephen Ward missed training after suffering an ankle injury in the upset win over Italy on Wednesday and is a doubt for Sunday's match.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 10:23 AM

Liverpool has rejected an £8 million summer bid for midfielder Joe Allen from Swansea City as the club holds out for more money.

The Reds bought Allen from Swansea City in 2012 for £15 million as the midfielder arrived as a Brendan Rodgers favorite. Rodgers is reportedly looking to bring Allen to Celtic this summer as well with only one year left on his current contract and Liverpool likely to sell. But Liverpool want closer to £12 million for 26-year-old, who has enjoyed a stellar summer as the anchor in Wales' midfield at the European championships after helping the Dragons win the group over England.
Jun 25 - 10:13 AM

Leicester City has turned down Liverpool's £5 million bid with £2 million in add-ons for left-back Ben Chilwell this summer.

The Premier League champions are reportedly holding out for at least £10 million for the 19-year-old who has also attracted interest from Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea this summer. Chilwell has just one year remaining on his current contract and has rebuffed the club's attempts to re-sign him due to a lack of playing time in the first team. Liverpool, meanwhile, is considering moving on in its search for another left-back with Hull City's Andrew Robertson on the Reds' shortlist.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 25 - 10:07 AM

"Sky Sports" confirm that Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond is undergoing a medical at Southampton on Saturday.

Norwich City has reportedly accepted an £11 million bid for the 22-year-old as the Canaries are looking to sell their most valuable players as they face another season in the Championship after just one year back in the Premier League. Redmond scored six goals in 34 Premier League appearances last season and helped lead the England U21s to a Toulon Tournament title last month. Redmond is expected to replace Southampton star Sadio Mane as the midfielder is expected to join Liverpool in a £30 million-plus deal.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 9:59 AM


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