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Steven Davis will miss Wednesdays FA Cup replay against Norwich after failing to recover from the knock he picked up during the 1-0 win over Liverpool seven days ago.

Claude Puel confirmed prior to game week 21 that Davis was struggling and that he would face a late fitness test, but it now looks like the Northern Ireland international is set to miss his second game in succession due to an unspecified injury. The Saints are also without long-term absentees Alex McCarthy, Charlie Austin, Jake Hesketh, Matt Targett and Jeremy Pied while Puel will check on defenders van Dijk and Bertrand who have "slight" issues. "We will see on some players who have some pain, like Virgil and Ryan. We will see this." Southampton were denied a win at Carrow Road on January 7 after Steven Naismith grabbed an injury time equaliser to force the replay.
Jan 18 - 7:30 AM

New Southampton full-back Jeremy Pied looks set for an extended period on the sidelines after revealing via social media that he requires knee surgery on his 'cruciate' ligament.

Pied arrived on a two-year deal from French side Nice in the summer but managed just 11 Premier League minutes as a substitute before suffering a training ground injury. The 27-year-old announced the setback via his personal Twitter account: "I can confirm the bad news for my knee - I need an operation. It's hard to digest but it's a trial to overcome. I'm determined to give all my energy to come back as soon as possible on the pitch." Pied is not expected to play again until the beginning of 2017/18.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 18 - 7:09 AM

Jack Rodwell is the latest addition to the Sunderland treatment room after David Moyes confirmed the midfielder injured his medial knee ligament during Saturdays disappointing home defeat to Stoke.

Prior to the matches in game week 21, no team had suffered more individual injuries than Sunderland during 2016/17 who have amassed an almighty 46 since the opening weekend which translates to over 1000 days lost. To help quantify that, in a little over 5 months’ player absence totals nearly three years and this latest setback will only serve to compound matters even more. Moyes provided an update after last night’s FA Cup replay defeat at Burnley: "Jack had a medial ligament injury and was scanned on Tuesday. The scan has not really come up with anything, so I’m hoping it shouldn’t keep Jack out for too long." However, there was better news regarding Victor Anichebe [hamstring] and Steven Pienaar [calf] who are both hoping to rejoin the main group in training this week after stepping up their respective recoveries from injury.
Jan 18 - 6:47 AM

Sky Sports is reporting that West Ham has rejected an improved second bid from Ligue 1 side Marseille for wantaway star Dimitri Payet.

Payet is keen to leave West Ham and return to Marseille because of family reasons. However, West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan is not willing to consider an offer for less than £30m after the club rejected a £19.1m for the French star from Marseille last week. Payet, who is refusing to play for the club, is not training with the first-team and will continue to work with the Under-23s while his future is sorted out.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 18 - 5:50 AM

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes Leicester City's on-loan forward Tom Lawrence has the quality to thrive in the Premier League.

Lawrence joined Ipswich on a season-long loan this summer and has taken the Championship by storm in recent weeks. The 23-year-old is currently Ipswich's leading scorer with seven goals in 22 appearances and is coming off a three-match run that saw him score five goals, including successive braces against Lincoln City and Championship side Blackburn. Despite Lawrence currently on his fourth loan at a Championship club, Ispwich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes the Welsh international is destined for a feature in the Premier League. "He's certainly one of the better players (in the Championship) and he's playing in a team that is not in the top six and flying," McCarthy said speaking before Ipswich's FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday night. "I think he is a future Premier League player. He's still only young though," McCarthy added. "Just check how many times Harry Kane went out on loan (from Tottenham)."
Jan 18 - 4:56 AM

Birmingham City is rumored to have launched a £1 million bid to sign out-of-favor Middlesbrough defender Emilio Nsue.

According to multiple media outlets Birmingham City have made an initial approach to Middlesbrough for Nsue, with the Blues rumored to be leading the chase says ESPN FC. Nsue joined Middlesbrough in the summer of 2014 and was a core member for Aitor Karanka during last season's promotion-winning campaign. However, he has managed just four Premier League appearances this season and hasn't played since Middlesbrough's in 3-1 defeat at Everton on September 17. Nsue, whose contract at the Riverside Stadium is set to expire this summer, has also been subject to interest from Derby County and Cardiff City.
Source: ESPN FC
Jan 18 - 4:03 AM

Manager Aitor Karanka expects Gaston Ramirez to remain at Middlesbrough amid rumors of an exit during the January transfer window.

In response to chatter that linked the 26-year-old with a £10 million move to Leicester City, Aitor Karanka remains confident that Gaston isn't leaving Middlesbrough. "It's just rumours. I can't understand why he wouldn't (still be at the club)," Karanka told BBC Tees. "He's been an important player here in the last year, he's really pleased to be here." Ramirez, who is currently sidelined with a knee problem, has been a vital member of Karanka's side since sealing his permanent move from Southampton, scoring nine goals and tallying seven assists in 35 appearances.
Source: BBC Sports
Jan 18 - 3:29 AM

Southampton are rumoured to be tracking Borussia Monchengladbach's Julian Korb as a potential signing.

The 24 year old is primarily a right-back, who could act as able cover for Cedric as summer signing Pied has been ruled out for the season. His versatility will also appeal to Claude Puel, as he can play as a centre-back. Korb has not been essential for Borussia this term, only starting 12 matches. The Saints are also rumoured to face competition from West Ham to land the signature of the German.
Source: HITC Sport
Jan 18 - 12:08 AM

Manchester United have triggered a clause in the contract of right-back Antonio Valencia to extend his contract until the summer of 2018.

Valencia's contract was due to expire in the summer. Valencia, who is now 31, arrived at Old Trafford from Wigan back in 2009 as a winger. He has since been converted to a wing-back by Louis Van Gaal after being introduced to the role by Alex Ferguson. Valencia has been a stalwart for Jose Mourinho since arriving at the club, figuring 26 times for the side. That total is only exceeded by key men Ibra, De Gea and Pogba.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 18 - 12:01 AM

Sheffield United have signed Manchester United's young full-back Joe Riley on loan until the end of the season.

The Blades, who currently sit at the summit of the League One table, had been chasing the 20 year old for a number of weeks but were forced to patiently wait for him to recover from a hamstring problem before swooping in for the youngster. Riley made two appearances for United's senior team last season. He came on as a substitute in the FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town and started in the 5-1 victory over Midtjylland in the Europa League after Chris Smalling pulled up injured.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 17 - 11:56 PM

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has made a £10 million bid for Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore.

Pulis is in the market for a midfielder with a defensive mentality, having unsuccessfully pursued Morgan Schneiderlin already in this winter transfer window. Livermore was signed by Hull in 2014 from Spurs and has a single cap for England. He started last Saturday's victory against Bournemouth on the bench with Ryan Mason and Tom Huddlestone both being favoured by new boss Marco Silva.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 17 - 11:50 PM

Hull City have loaned out striker Johan ter Horst to National League side York City.

Ter Horst signed for the Tigers back in the summer of 2014, signing a 3 year contract which expires in the summer. The 21 year old, who arrived after a prolific season for Folkstone Invicta in the Ryman League where he scored 26 goals in the season, has been featuring for Hull's under-23 side for whom he netted in his past 2 games. Ter Horst has not made an appearance for Hull's senior side.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 17 - 11:43 PM

Eldin Jakupovic appears to be new Hull manager Marco Silva's first choice goalkeeper.

There was little surprise when Jakupovic was selected by Silva for his first two games in charge in cup games, first in the FA Cup against Swansea and days later against Manchester United in the League Cup semi-final. However, Jakupovic's start in the Premier League against Bournemouth last weekend signals that he is Silva's first choice 'keeper. Summer signing David Marshall has had a torrid time since he arrived at the club, failing to keep a single clean sheet in 21 appearances and conceding an average of 2.47 goals per game.
Jan 17 - 11:37 PM

Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor is set to join Championship side Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season.

McGregor, 34, is currently viewed as third choice for the starting XI slot between the sticks at present, behind Jakupovic and Marshall. McGregor arrived at the club in 2013 for £1.5 million, and went on to make over 100 appearances for the Tigers. However, he lost his starting place in the team in May last season as Hull pushed for promotion to the Premier League after picking up a back injury which eventually required surgery and six months on the sidelines. Cardiff, managed by Neil Warnock, have only two clean sheets in 14 matches since October when Warnock took charge. The veteran manager said he expects to announce the signing of a PL goalkeeper on Thursday, which is widely believed to be Hull's Scotsman.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 17 - 11:31 PM

With Dimitri Payet dropped from the West Ham squad for Saturday's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, Michail Antonio shouldered the creative responsibilities and recorded three assists.

Despite the omission of Dimitri Payet, who manager Slave Bilic stated "does not to play" for West Ham, Antonio stepped up and was easily the best Hammer on the pitch. Antonio's first contribution to the match saw him glided around Crystal Palace's goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey before setting up Sofiane Feghouli with a close-range finish. The English international was also the provider of the cross for Andy Carroll's stellar mid-air volley and feed Manuel Lanzini in the 86th-minute who sealed the match with a sublime chip. After his man of the match performance, Antonio has now scored eight goals and added three assists in 20 league appearances. Given the uncertainty surrounding Payet's future and Antonio's current form, the 26-year-old is a must-start in all formats of fantasy for Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough.
Source: BBC Sports
Jan 17 - 5:35 PM



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