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Carlton Cole has been released by West Ham for the second time.

Cole was let go by the Hammers in 2013 but returned to the club a few months later. The 31 year old striker is not the player he once was and it's unlikely he can find a home in the Premier League, at least not as a starter. He scored three goals in 26 matches last season, which isn't good enough in this league. Avoid Cole in all formats next year.
Source: Sky Sports
May 30 - 1:35 AM

David Sullivan, the West Ham owner, has promised the club two big signings and an exciting new boss.

With Sam Allardyce now gone and West Ham moving to the Olympic Stadium, there is reason to be excited as a Hammers fan right now. The club have some good pieces already in place but have been absolutely killed by injuries in the past couple of seasons and if they bring in two more big signings, they could have a lot to cheer for next season. The first big signing should be coming soon, so stay tuned.
Source: Sky Sports
May 30 - 1:21 AM

Thibaut Courtois will stay at home during Chelsea's Thailand and Australia tour as he awaits the birth of his child.

Courtois has been excused from the team for the duration of the friendly tour so he can spend time with his family. This won't effect his fantasy stock for the next season in any way, but we wanted to update you on his status if you were wondering why he wasn't with the team at the moment.
May 30 - 1:14 AM

Shay Given is questionable for the FA Cup Final with a groin injury.

Given suffered a groin injury but has just returned to training and "could" be fit for the Final. Given was the preferred goalkeeper at the end of the season and will likely get the start if he's healthy. If he can't go, Brad Guzan will be between the posts against Arsenal. Given was solid at the end of the season but is now 39 years of age and it's very unlikely that he'll start at the beginning of next season. He should be avoided in fantasy drafts unless there is an indication from Tim Sherwood that he plans on starting Given next season.
May 30 - 1:08 AM

Diego Costa will likely miss this weekend's friendly against the Thailand All Stars.

Costa caught a tough challenge by Mikel in practice and has suffered a minor knock. The injury isn't supposed to be serious and he would probably feature if this game meant anything. He will likely not be risked due to the nature of the match but should be expected to be ready for the start of next season. Costa should be the third striker off the board in drafts next season after Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez.
May 30 - 1:00 AM

Mark Noble will miss 2-3 weeks with a toe injury.

Noble suffered the injury in the last training session of the season but it's not supposed to be very serious and he can return in 2-3 weeks. West Ham are on vacation right now so he isn't expected to miss any matches. If everything goes as planned, Noble will return to training in about four weeks when the team assembles again ahead of their Europa League qualifier.
May 30 - 12:55 AM

James Collins will miss 4-6 weeks with a calf problem.

West Ham's summer was shortened to just about four weeks since they've qualified for the Europa Cup and they're already dealing with an injury blow. James Collins will be out for 4-6 weeks with a calf issue that forced him off in gameweek 37 against Everton. Collins may need to be relied upon next season if the Hammers part ways with Winston Reid, but he should be counted on as of right now.
May 30 - 12:49 AM

Danny Welbeck continues to struggle with his knee injury but otherwise Arsenal are fully fit for Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

Arsene Wenger faces a number of difficult selection choices ahead of the FA Cup final. He has already telegraphed that he is going to keep to his policy of playing his second choice goalkeeper in domestic cup competitions so we know Wojciech Szczesny will start. The choices on his field players will be more difficult with Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere both showing well in Week 38 as they push for starts in the final. Walcott has seemed a far better fit than Aaron Ramsey on the right side of the attack since he has returned. Wilshere seems less likely to feature as Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, the two people he is likely trying to displace, have been two of the club's best players this season when healthy. Good problems for a manager to have coming into a final.
Source: Arsenal.com
May 29 - 4:12 PM

Wilson Palacios has been released by Stoke City leaving him free to sign with any team.

The Honduras international didn't figure for the Potters this season and Mark Hughes moved to release him rather than pick up the option on a player that probably makes decent wages for a little-used reserve. With Premier League football unlikely for the 2015-16 season, it is possible that Palacios will try to catch on with former boss Steve Bruce as Hull City look to rebound back into the Premier League at the first opportunity. Bruce acquired Palacios at both Birmingham and Wigan when he was managing those clubs.
May 29 - 10:21 AM

Andy Wilkinson has been around at the Britannia forever but no more as the player was released after 15 years with the club.

The player, signed as a teenager by Stoke City, has been with the club for 15 years although he has gone on loan five times during his tenure at the Britannia. Loan spells have included Telford United, Patrick Thistle, Shrewsbury Town and Blackpool earlier in his career and then Milwall this past season. At 30-years-old, he likely has the option of continuing to play but he may be forced to make his step down to the Championship permanent now that Stoke City have let him go.
May 29 - 10:17 AM

Stoke City has moved on from long-serving veterans Thomas Sorensen and Andy Wilkinson as neither have played a significant role with the club this season.

Sorensen has been with the club for seven seasons and Wilkinson for fifteen so both departures represent significant turnover for the club even if neither figured for the club this season. Mark Hughes is clearly continuing to reshape the roster to his liking as he has made the move for Philipp Wollscheid permanent and brought in Sorensen's fellow Dane, goalkeeper Jacob Haugaard. Both moves make the Potters younger with Wollscheid's 26 being an improvement on Wilkinson's 30-years-old and Haugaard's 23 being an improvement on Sorensen's soon-to-be 39.
May 29 - 10:13 AM

Swansea City have released defender Alan Tate and goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel

Tate was instrumental in defense for the Swans during their rise through the divisions and helping them reach the top flight. Once in the PL though, his minutes were drastically reduced by premium center backs being brought in as upgrades and Tate spent the past few seasons being loaned out to various other clubs. Considering the partnership he once had with Garry Monk on the pitch, it would be no surprise to see Tate eventually return to Liberty Stadium in some capacity. Tremmel was brought in a few years back as a backup to Michel Vorm and Lukasz Fabianski. Getting up in years and unimpressive in his sporadic starts, the Swans have decided to cut ties and will likely look this summer for someone else to fill the role.
Source: Sky Sports
May 29 - 9:59 AM

Paul Scholes has come out in favor of Manchester United keeping Angel di Maria after the Argentine experienced a difficult first season in England.

In his season wrap-up column in the Independent, Paul Scholes said this of Angel di Maria "Nevertheless, the quality is there and I don’t think United can afford to lose him. They need that kind of player if they are to compete at the highest level in the Champions League." With the arrival of Memphis Depay as well as the presence of returning Juan Mata and Ander Herrera the midfield picture is crowded at Old Trafford. Given his cost, Louis Van Gaal will have to have a strong idea of what to do with di Maria if he is going to retain him. Perhaps a front three of di Maria, Rooney and Depay with Mata and Herrera rotating behind them supported by Carrick and another new arrival like Ilkay Gondogan would do the trick. It certainly wouldn't be a classic Van Gaal formation but it might be the best way to leverage the talent on hand.
May 29 - 9:42 AM

In a story that could have been copied and pasted from last summer...or the summer before, Arsenal are reportedly in negotiations with Porto and Jackson Martinez to bring the forward to the Emirates.

With a compliment to/improvement on Olivier Giroud on the to do list for the summer, Arsenal have been linked with Jackson Martinez for the third or fourth summer running. The Colombian has a £24.7 million release clause that would leave Porto powerless to prevent a move if the player and Arsenal reach an agreement on personal terms. Liverpool have also been linked with Martinez.
Source: espnfc.com
May 29 - 9:34 AM

Wojciech Szczesny will start for Arsenal against Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday but his time with the club may be coming to an end.

Like Lukasz Fabianski before him, Szczesny's last act at the club may be lifting the FA Cup trophy. Arsenal are rumored to be pursuing former Chelsea number one Petr Cech as well as Galatasary's Fernando Muslera. Neither shot stopper will be cheap or easy to pry from their current club. Chelsea will surely do what they can to convince Cech to move outside of the Premier League with PSG mentioned while Galatasaray will put a hefty price tag on their Uruguay international.
Source: espnfc.com
May 29 - 9:31 AM


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