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The FA has officially charged Sergio Aguero with violent conduct stemming from the elbow to Winston Reid in Manchester City's Week 3 win over West Ham. Aguero has until Wednesday to answer the charge or be suspended for three matches.

Aguero will, in all likelihood be charged and miss the next three matches including the Manchester Derby a week from Saturday. The rest will probably do him good given the calf injury he picked up on top of his third consecutive summer playing in a major tournament final. This is the worry with Aguero this season. His quality isn't in doubt but he's small and he's been going non-stop for three years. A breakdown could be coming and center forward is the one spot City don't seem to be well-stocked in.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 30 - 1:00 PM

Adrian Mariappa never really caught on at Crystal Palace and has officially rejoined Watford after a year at Selhurst Park.

Things change so quickly at Watford that it's hard to say that Mariappa is going back to a familiar situation between a bunch of new players and a new manager but it is somewhere he has had some level of success. He's unlikely to be more than a reserve at Vicarage Road but he'll be a familiar one to at least some around the club and represents Crystal Palace continuing to search for answers throughout the squad. In the context of the summer transfer window, this should be considered a minor move.
Source: @WatfordFC
Aug 30 - 12:46 PM

Ryan Mason is the latest player to join Hull City following David Marshall and as yet unannounced Jeff Hendrick in bolstering the surprise package of the young Premier League season.

It was a rough go for Ryan Mason at Spurs over the last 24 months. Between injuries and falling behind a number of competitors for central midfield spots in the eyes of Mauricio Pochettino a move is probably best for the young central midfielder. A move to Hull City should give him every opportunity to re-establish himself as a Premier League-quality first team player. As Hull City's record signing, he should slot immediately in to the first team.
Source: @HullCity
Aug 30 - 12:24 PM

Crystal Palace has unveiled a completely revamped attack in the past week with the signings of Christian Benteke and now Loic Remy.

The Chelsea forward joins Crystal Palace on a season-log loan after falling well down the pecking order under Antonio Conte at Chelsea. Now the French international links back up with manager Alan Pardew, who he played under with Newcastle in 2013-14 en route to scoring 13 goals for the Magpies. Said Pardew: Loic has been a target of mine throughout this transfer window and I’m delighted the deal has been done. I brought him to Newcastle so I know what he is capable of and I am convinced he will be a quality addition to our squad as we evolve."
Aug 30 - 11:20 AM

Hull City have signed Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall on a three year deal.

The Scotland international has signed for the Yorkshire club for an undisclosed fee. Marshall is expected to compete with current shot-stopper Eldin Jakupovic for a place in the starting line-up. Last seasons starting 'keeper Allan McGregor is sidelined with a long term back injury and won't feature again until 2017. Marshall spent 7 years at Welsh club Cardiff City, and was one of their longest serving players. At 31, he has plenty to offer Hull and Fantasy Managers, who will remember his time in the Premier League a few years back fondly for his high save points at a cheap price.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 11:16 AM

Abel Hernandez's proposed move to Championship club Aston Villa for £20 million has fallen through after the two clubs failed to agree terms.

Villa were keen to sign the Uruguayan striker after he scored 22 goals in the Championship last season as Hull were promoted. It appeared that they were willing to break he Championship record to do so. However, it now looks like Villa's pursuit has failed. Hull are in the market for a number of players in order to bulk up their squad ahead of the looming deadline. One such player is Republic of Ireland international Jeff Hendrick who they're hoping to sign from Derby County.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 11:05 AM

Manchester United striker Will Keane is set to leave his boyhood club to move to Hull City.

Keane is linking up with his former coach at Old Trafford Mike Phelan who is still in place as Hull's caretaker boss. Since coming through United's academy, Keane has struggled to break into the first team. He was shipped out on loan on numerous occasions to Wigan, QPR and Sheffield Wednesday among others. He spent the first half of last year at Preston North End before he was recalled by Louis Van Gaal. In total, the 23 year old made 3 appearances for United, with 2 of those coming last term.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 10:56 AM

The Saints have moved to replace Graziano Pelle with a record transfer for Lille's 22-year-old forward Sofiane Boufal.

Charlie Austin's knees are a huge question mark and Shane Long not exactly the sort of presence to take advantage of crosses from Dusan Tadic, James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond. Given that situation, the arrival of Boufal, a young forward rated highly for a variety of skills including dribbling, passing, and set pieces. At 5'6", it is surprising that he is rated well for his heading - think of him as a poor man's Sergio Aguero in that regard. Given he is now the Saints record signing you can assume that he's going to be given every opportunity to start.
Aug 30 - 10:31 AM

The influx of attacking options at Vicarage Road continues as the Hornets announced the signing of Stefano Okaka from Anderlecht.

With Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo the presumptive starters at the forward spots, Okaka will either be slotted in more of an attacking midfield role or he will be a reserve. Similar to Isaac Success, Okaka depends more on speed and crafty dribbling more so than the sort of power that Deeney and Ighalo bring. The question is really one of playing time assuming that there's not a shocking departure from one of the two starters.
Source: @WatfordFC
Aug 30 - 10:21 AM

Celtic have confirmed the signing of West Brom defender Cristian Gamboa from West Bromwich Albion on a permanent transfer.

Gamboa never really found his footing in the Premier League. With the arrival of Tony Pulis and his tendency to play four center backs across the back, Gamboa was even further marginalized than he had been previously. The move makes sense for Albion and the player who was surely tired of being as far out of the first team picture as he was.
Source: @celticfc
Aug 30 - 10:11 AM

Tony Pulis' tastes have taken a significant step up with new ownership after the news that Albion bid £21 million for Portugal holding midfielder William Carvalho.

Yes, the bid was reportedly rejected but the notion that West Brom would even be bidding in this neighborhood is a bit of a shock. Nothing should be too shocking given the new TV deal but West Brom certainly started out the summer more conservatively than most of their Premier League peers. The rumor certainly didn't imply that the deal was entirely dead meaning a larger bid could land the former Arsenal target.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 30 - 10:08 AM

With the Arsenal midfield incredibly crowded, Jack Wilshere may leave for the season on loan.

The conversation seems to be at the general level right now as in "Arsenal have told Jack Wilshere he can go out on loan" rather than there being a ton of specifics. Roma has been mentioned as having some interest but definitely nothing concrete. If Wilshere heads down the table in the Premier League then he could be a valuable addition to a fantasy squad in formats with peripheral stats. Jumping too early could be a mistake though as he could just as easily end up outside of the Premier League.
Aug 30 - 10:04 AM

Serge Gnabry's impressive Olympics have earned him a reported move to Bayern Munich where he will immediately be loaned out to Werder Bremen.

The Arsenal winger failed to impress in his time at the Emirates and on loan elsewhere. Between injuries and an inability to break into the West Brom squad last season, it has been a rough few years for Gnabry. Things are looking up again with his Olympic performance coinciding nicely with the end of his Arsenal contract in a year's time. Arsenal would likely have loaned Gnabry out this season anyway meaning the club had little leverage. When Bayern Munich came knocking, Gnabry jumped at the opportunity even if he won't have a chance to feature in Bavaria until at least the 2017-18 season after a year rebuilding his stock in Bremen.
Aug 30 - 9:59 AM

Arsenal have moved to reinforce their central defense with the arrival of German international Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia.

With Per Mertesacker and Gabriel both injured, the German international will almost certainly partner Laurent Koscielny in the Arsenal defense as soon as Arsene Wenger feels he has had a sufficient adjustment period. Given that Mertesacker is aging and Gabriel has yet to prove himself, Mustafi is just as likely to be the season-long first choice alongside Koscielny when both are healthy as well. Rob Holding and Gabriel will compete to be Koscielny's long-term replacement as the 30-year-old defender declines over the next couple of seasons.
Aug 30 - 9:54 AM

Lucas Perez will be announced as an Arsenal player today adding speed and directness to a forward line in need of reinforcements.

With Olivier Giroud the only fit center forward and Alexis Sanchez struggling to fill that role over the first three weeks of the Premier League season, Arsenal will be buoyed by the arrival of Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna. Exactly how this impacts Arsene Wenger's starting eleven won't be clear for a while. Theo Walcott has started the season well and shares some qualities with Perez but the forward has been consistently been described as a center forward so it seems likely he and Olivier Giroud will battle it out for playing time. It will probably be a month or so until we have a strong sense of the pecking order at the Emirates.
Source: @arsenal
Aug 30 - 9:47 AM


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