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tus.Reports last week claim representatives from T

ian spent 10 years at Old Trafford between 2009 and 2019 before leaving in the summer after his contract was allowed to expire.And he looked in gohas dismissed talk of Mohamed Salah leaving for Juventus.Reports last week claim representatives from Turin were at Anfield to watch the Egyptian score the winner against Tottenham.But speaking to ESPN FC, Nicol scoffed: “Why would he want to go to Jod spirits as he returned to the club’s Carrington training complex.”Visiting old friendcontent_imgs,” Valencia wro

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Zenit outcasts told to say sorry or be shipped out

Zenit St Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti has told outcasts Igor Denisov and Alexander Kerzhakov they will not be allowed back into the team until they apologise for their behaviour.Russian captain Denisov and striker Kerzhakov were ordered to play with the youth team after criticising club chiefs.Denisov gave an interview to Sport-Express in which he slammed Zenit for bringing in £72m pair Hulk and Axel Witsel on contracts ‘three times higher’ than their team-mates.Kerzhakov said he supported Denisov’s statement and Spalletti reacted angrily, banishing them from his team.That has alerted the likes of , Manchester City an Marco Silva says that his side must embrace the challenge of facing Liverpool.The Toffees are set for a crucial Premier League game against one of their biggest rivals in midweek.A loss at Anfield would prompt genuine fears of relegation, while it cd , and Spalletti has said it is down to the players involved as to whether they will be allowed back in his side.Spalletti said: “As for Denisov, the club sk Lampard that he faces a tcontent_imgough challenge getting Chelsea into the top-four this season.The 41-year-old will take charge of the Blues in just his second season of senior management.And former West Ham and Tottenham boss Rednknapp thinks his relative tated its position precisely. Igor gave an interview, where he explained everything. There’s nothing to add. As for Kerzhakov, he showed in a difficult moment for the club that he thinks only about himself.”We don’t want to take players who think only about themselves, and don’t want to go forward with us. Their return to the starting lineup depends only on them themselves.”

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Exclusive – Sansom: Arsenal will struggle to finish in top four

Kenny Sansom claims Arsenal will find it tough to finish inside the top four after a disastrous start to the season.The have won only one of their opening five matches, against newly promoted ea, and currently sit 17th in the table, just a point off the relegation zone.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, Sansom insists his former side will find it difficult to retain their place in the Champions League.“Ip has hailed Mohamed Salah as “world-class” after his performance in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth.Salah’s goal against the Cherries means he has scored 20 goals for the Reds in three consecutive seasons, the first player to do so since Michaelt’s going to be very, very difficult for Arsenal.” The ex-Gunner said. “They’ve got injuries to their two most important players, and .“It’s going to be tough to finish fourth. I watched on Sunday and they were absolutely fantastic.“The understanding they had was marvellous. was back so they were defensively sound and they were very, very powerful.s recent seasons has forced a number of talented youngsters to playing time by going out on loan.But the time has come where the club wants to cash in on their valuable assets.The Evening Standard claims both Harry Wilson and Mcontent_imgarko Grujic will be sol“Liverpool didn’t play well against Tottenham, but they’re a very good side as well.“It’s going to be a tough, tough season for Arsenal.”

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ief Steve Parish has reaffirmed hopes of keeping h

ol boss Jurgen Klopp says they will continue to focus on a long-term transfer strategy.Klopp says he wants to give his players room to develop.“Transfer strategy has to be long term,Crystal Palace chief Steve Parish has reaffirmed hopes of keeping hold of Wilfried Zaha.For the moment, Zaha content_imgwants to leave this summer.But Parish told The Sun: “I don’t want Wilf to leave. “We want to progress and the best way of doing that is Wilf in our team.“At the same time, I know you can get boxed into a corner over these things — but he is on a long contract.”” he told the Liverpool Echo. “It has to be long term.“Short t

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Exclusive – Platt: Man City must win a trophy this season

Manchester City first-team coach David Platt has told talkSPORT it is vital the club win a trophy this season.Platt admits the big-spenders have little chance of taking the Premier League title after last week’s defeat to rivals .But he says it is hugely important for team morale that the club clinches either the FA Cup or Europa League this year.”If we can get in the Champions League for the business of the football club then it’s a great coup, for the dressing room I think it’s important we win a trophy and that’s what we’re aiming for,” he told Keys and Gray.”The derby result last week has made that [winning the title] very, very difficult. I don’t think anybody is stupid enough to s is delighted with his New Year form.The Belgian kept his eighth clean sheet in eleven games in the recent 1-0 win over Real Valladolid, and things are finally looking up for the goalkeeper.”I had to be strong to overcome the difficult moments,” he turn round and say that we’ve still got an opportunity to win the league.“We’ll still try and win football matches. The fact of the matter is if we win all the games we’ll finish up on 82 points – I’m not too sure that will be enough even if we did manage to do that.“But we’re still involved in the two cup competitions and we want to make sure we finish as high as we possibly can in the Premier League to at least guarantee Champions League qualification.”Platt alscontent_imgo insisted there are no problems with , despite the Italian striker throwing another strop when he was substituted an hour into the 5-0 win over .He added: “Mario has had an in and out season with his injury problems. He’s had a month off, a complete month of rehabilitation for this knee problem, and he’s come back, he’s looking strong, he’s looking quick, he’s looking sharp again.“The fact of the matter was he had done a week’s training, it was always on the programme ynchester United Treble winner Wes Brown is happy seeing manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge.The pair are former teammates.And Brown told Sky Sports: “It was fantastic to see him come back and it has been great to see him bring back some of the oldesterday he would play an hour, 65 minutes, and when he got the head injury Roberto just felt alright off you come.“He didn’t want to come off the pitch but in the cold light of day he understands that it is all part of his rehabilitation programme. He’s still only young, he’s only 20 years of age, but he’s got pace, he’s got power, goalscoring ability and funnilyenough since he’s come back from this knee injury he seems a bit happier around the place.”

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Walcott hopes for Everton fatigue

is hoping will be worn out by the time they face Arsenal at Goodison on Wednesday.The have had a free weekend to prepare for the match and haven’t played at all since beating on March 12.That’s nine days rest compared to just three for Everton who had to battle hard to stay in the FA Cup as they drew against at the weekend.’ team also played on March 13 when r League side are aware that Arsenal want to sign the right back, who can also playcontent_img on the left.He is a free agent in the summer and this is the last chance for the Saints to get a fee for the 28-year-old.The Daily Echo indicates that Southampton arethey lost an energy-sapping match at Anfield. So Walcott is hopeful.”It will be a tough match, but they have a busy schedule before they play us, so you never know, that might come into our favour. Only time will tell; but we will be ready for it. It is alwa Ribery.The French veteran is in talks with Fiorentina after being released by Bayern Munich at the end of last season.Sky Italia says Fiorentina have offered Ribery a two-year contract worth €4.5m-a-season.Any move, however, will hinge on a demandys going to be about that from now on, it is always going to be tough.”We know about Goodison. The fans are so confident and they are like their 12th man at times so we need to be ready for that. But in previous years we have done fairly well there.”

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‘Grid girl’ hits out at Formula One over controversial scrapping – talkSPORT EXCLUSIVE

A Formula 1 ‘Grid Girl’ has criticised tcond consecutive season, Luciano Spalletti was dismissed as Inter Milan head coach at the end of May. His replacement was announced shortly after: former Juventus, Chelsea and Italy boss Antonio Conte.Conte arrives at an ambitious Inter. After years he decision to scrap the position, telling talkSPORT the sport’s bosses have undermined gender equality by doing so.Charlotte Gash, who has been working in m senior players this summer.The Daily Mail says Arteta is already looking to the future as he plots what to do in the summer, and has earmarked four players he’d be happy to see leave the club. They are Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis Papastatotorsport since 2015, said: “F1 should have thought about having a grid girl and a grid boy, to see if that was a viable option. There are plenty of girls now who are out of jobs in every country.”Announcing the change of stance earlier, Sean Bratches, F1’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations While grid girls will no longer be used at the start of Formula 1 races in 2018, they will also be absent from the other motorsport series that take place during Grands Prix weekends.Ms Gash said: “There are about 50 girls involved in each race. So you can see how many girls are now out of work.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Sep 21, 2017 at 12:25pm PDTShe added that in her time working in the sport she has never felt objectified.“Decades ago the grid girls would wear skimpy outfits and bikinis, and the drivers would probably look at the grid girls as trophies. That attitude has completely gone. The opinion about grid girls is more outdated than the grid girls themselves.”The 23-year-old was on the podium following Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the British Grand Prix in 2017.“The experience I received at Silverstone was out of this world. It was something you could only dream of doing. Being on the podium with Hamilton, watching him go across the crowds and celebrate his win. It is something that I am never going to experience again.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:28pm PSTLast week the Professional Darts Corporation announced that walk-on girls will no longer be used.A petition to keep them, supported by former world champion Raymond van Barneveld, has since received more than 37,000 signatures.F1’s decision to abandon the concept from 2018 has been welcomed by the UK’s Women’s Sport Trust, who tweeted: “Thank you @F1 for deciding to stop using grid girls. Another sport making a clear choice about what they want to stand for.”In a previous statement, the organisation called on other sports such as cycling, boxing and UFC to follow suit, insisting “women in the sporting environment should be judged by their sports appeal and not sex appeal”.However, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT his sport will not follow suit: “It iscontent_img a different world we live in these days but…for us right now the ring card girls will be staying.”Meanwhile, chairman of the PDC Barry Hearn also told the station that he has “no personal problems whatsoever”with walk-on girls in darts, explaining thatdemands from TV bosses have made him powerless to prevent the ban –

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10 reasons why Mourinho is not the answer for Chelsea

It seems every time a Chelsea manager feels the full force of ‘s boot, former boss Jose Mourinho is instantly linked to the hot seat. Blues fans just cannot get enough of the ‘Special One’ but they need to learn to move on, so here’s 10 reasons why there is no chance that Mourinho will be returning to Stamford Bridge…Two Premier Leagues, two FA Cups and two League Cups in just three seasons made Mourinho Chelsea’s most successful manager. But it made little difference to Abramovich, who promptly showed the Special One the door after falling out with him. The Russian hasn’t exactly softened his approach toward his managers since, so why would Mourinho want to work for Abramovich again?Upon his arrival in England, Mourinho infamously declared himself the “Special One”. Ever since that moment, the press and fans in England have hung on his every word – and doesn’t Jose just know it. Just because the Portugeezer says he wants to come back to the Premier League one day when he’s speaking to the English press, doesn’t mean he’s dead set on a Stamford Bridge return. Chelsea fans love the romantic notion of their old boss riding back into town, but they could well be strung along like a love sick teenager.Mourinho has always had money to burn wherever he has gone, but Abramovich has spent £140 million since the summer of 2010 on revitalising Chelsea and still the squad looks weary. With the looming spectre of the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations, the Russian billionairecontent_img will not be funding another Chelsea revolution – at least not in the spectacularly outlandish style that Mourinho benefitted from. The former Porto boss will not be tempted unless he can splash seriously big cash to overhaul the current Chelsea squad.Battle lines were firmly drawn at Stamford Bridge under Andre s-Boas, with the likes of , and seemingly not won over by the new boss. However, AVB had only just begun his now infamous ‘project’ and youngsters and were flying under his management. While the old England trio would swoon at the Special One’s return, would Mourinho favour them over new(er) blood?Even if Los Blancos do take La Liga this season, it still grates on Mourinho that Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona boast a better head-to-head record. Mourinho has managed just a solitary victory against Barca in the Copa del Rey final last season, whereas the Spaniard boasts five wins. The former Inter manager is a notorious sore loron Tommaso Giulini is delighted with the impact of Radja Nainggolan.The midfielder returned to the Sardinians on-loan from Inter Milan this season.“We are satisfied,” Giulini told Radio Anch’io Sport. “He is happy to be back in Cagliari and we’rser and will not run away from this vitriolic rivalry, particularly if Barca lift another Champions League title to overshadow Mourinho.Rarely is Mourinho in awe of anything other than his own reflection, but the dynasty Sir has created at Old Trafford makes the Real Madrid boss jealous. Mourinho would love to succeed his friendly rival and continue his incredible legacy at , proving that succeeding Fergie is an impossible job for anyone but himself.Mourinho wants to win the lot and he’s already won every major club trophy worth winning in Europe. Short of having a crack at the German Bundesliga, Mourinho would love to prove he can make the transition from the ultimate club manager to international king, unlike Fabio Capello. Whether it be for his native Portugal or his adopted England, Mourinho would relish lifting the World Cup. Could he be tempted to take England to Brazil 2014?It emerged last month that Mourinho still texts his old favourite, Lampard, but if he did come back he would have to face facts, the England midfielder and many others are getting on a bit. Abramovich wants a youthful squad and while the Madrid manager is ruthless, he would no doubt prefer to go elsewhere rather than be tasked with dismantling the team he (largely) built.Sorry Chelsea fans, but the Blues don’t even begin to compare with Real Madrid. Wheer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will have the final say on signings this summer.With United yet to hire a sporting director, it is unclear how their recruitment process will pan out as they look to overhaul their current squad.Speaking ahead of Saturn Mourinho went to Stamford Bridge it was from the Portuguese League and, despite having just turned Porto into Champions League winners, Chelsea offered him the prospect of a Premier League challenge and more Champions League glory, courtesy of Abramovich’s wealth. He then went to Italian giants Inter and is now managing arguably the world’s biggest club. Realistically, there are only three other football clubs Mourinho hasn’t managed that compare to Real when it comes to stature: Barcelona, AC Milan and Manchester United.While Chelsea won plenty of silverware under Mourinho, they won few fans for their style of play. Nothing has changed since, Mourinho has been blessed with attacking riches wherever he has gone, he still fails to excite. That criticism may seem harsh when considering the attacking brilliance of his current Real Madrid team, but still Mourinho trails Barcelona when it comes to playing beautiful football. Abramovich doesn’t just want to win, he wants to win the Barcelona way and Mourinho will never deliver that kind of sexy football.Is Mourinho the man for Chelsea? Who would you like to take over at Stamford Bridge? Why not let us know by commenting below…

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Liverpool poised to test Fulham’s resolve with Dempsey bid

Liverpool are set to make a £5m move for Fulham striker . is desperate to keep last season’s top scorer and has offered the American a new deal to keepmmanuel Adebayor.The former Arsenal and Manchester City striker is a free agent after he was released by Istanbul Basaksehir.Sheffield United and West Ham United have shown ancontent_img interest in the 35-year-old.And multiple reports in England have now added him at Craven Cottage.But with just 12 months left on his current deal sources close to the club have told talkSPORT they are bracing themselves for a bid from Liverpool.Dempsey, 29, impressed with 23 goals for the last campaign and was linked with a move across London to back in January.New boss is keen to land the American and could pair Dempsey with Luis Suarez and new signing in a new-look Anfield strwith his young England trio for victory over Burnley.Lampard felt Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi all proved themselves against a physical opposition.”Tammy gave as good as he got and I think it’s important for him to do that,” saidikeforce.

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David James’ most embarrassing mistakes

As great as goalkeeper as David James has been on his day, the former England number one will always be remembered as much for his gaffes as his great saves. The man has a fairly extensive back catalogue of high-profile errors and is still going strong in that department, having punched the bacontent_imgll backwards into his own net against former side this week. Here, talkSPORT takes a look at some moments Jamo would rather forget, starting with that howler against the Hornets…This was a bad day at the office all round for James. Before the final had even started he ensured the ‘Spice Boys’ era at would never be forgotten when he inspired the team to don cream Armani suits and parade around the pitch before kick off. If the suits were hideous, the game against Fergie’s men was even worse, but with only five minutes to spare James ensured he would be a favourite for life at United, when he despairingly punched a corner to Eeft back Andy Roberston was full of praise for midfielder Adam Lallana.The Englishman has not received too many chances to shine in the team this season.But when he came on for the Reds against Manchester United, he scored the Reds’ equaliser, which ric Cantona, who had no hesitation in breaking the deadlock and Liverpool hearts.’Calamity James’ made it two FA Cup final clangers in remarkably similar circumstances to his 1996 effort, this time playing for Aston . The club had not won an FA Cup final in 43 years and that wait was extended against Chelsea, when a high ball was hoisted into the box and James inexplicably fumbled it straight to who grabbed the Blues’ winner.In the space of the last four minutes, England contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against defending European champions France at Euro 2004. An excellent Zinedine Zidane free-kick brought France level after had scored the opener, but after a hideous back pass from the equally culpable , Jamo – who could have palmed the ball out of Thierry Henry’s path – went flying in with a slide tackle to send the striker sprawling. Step up Zizou and it was 2-1 France.After yet another disappointing tournament at Euro 2004, England needed to fly out of the traps against Austria in their opening 2006 World Cup qualifier. What they did not need, was for James to conjure up another infamous moment of despair. With the score precariously perched at 2-1 to England in Vienna, midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz tried a speculative pop shot, which James left slip through his hands.With chasing a victory against Wolfsburg to stay in the UEFA Cup, England’s number one gifted the ball straight to the feet of a grateful Zvjezdan Misimovic. It was goodnight Pompey, as the Bosnian rounded James to give Wolfsburg a 3-2 victory.BONUS VIDEOFor all his trials and tribulations in goal, many teams can count themselves lucky to have had the former England custodian between the posts and as this video with Soccer AM shows, he isn Sanchez insists Inter Milan are capable of winning the Champions League.On-loan from Manchester United, the striker is ready to face former club Barcelona this week.He stated, “Every player would like to win a Champions League. You play to win it, n’t that bad. Dom Bryant

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ry over fierce rivals Portsmouth on Tuesday night.

hampton midfielder Oriol Romeu says they leave Liverpool with heads held high despite the 4-0 scoreline.’Saints gave an excellent accDanny Ings was delighted after he fired Southampton to a 4-0 victory over fierce rivals Portsmouth on Tuesday night.A boyhood Saints fan, Ings scored twice to help the clcontent_imgub secure their first win at Fratton Park since 1984, and also a place in the Caount of themselves in the first half against the Premier League leaders, who last dropped points at home in January 2

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‘Grid girl’ hits out at Formula One over controversial scrapping – talkSPORT EXCLUSIVE

A Formula 1 ‘Grid Girl’ has criticised the decision to scrap the position, telling talkSPORT the sport’s bosses have undermined gender equality by doing so.Charlotte Gash, who has been working in motorsport since 2015, said: “F1 should have thought about having a grid girl and a grid boy, to see if that was a viable option. There are plenty of girls now who are out of jobs in every country.”Announcing the change of stance earlier, Sean Bratches, F1’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations While grid girls will no longer be used at the start of Formula 1 races in 2018, they will also be absent froadrid and their fans.Llorente signed permanently for Atletico on Thursday.And the midfielder released the following statement to social media:I was a boy who, like so many others, dreamt of playing football. I worked hard, sacrificed a lot and got clm the other motorsport series that take place during Grands Prix weekends.Ms Gash said: “There are about 50 girls involved in each race. So you can see how many girls are now out of work.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Sep 21, 2017 at 12:25pm PDTShe added that in her time working in the sport she has never felt objectified.“Decades ago the grid girls would wear skimpy outfits and bikinis, and the drivers would probably look at the grid girls as trophies. That attitude has completely gone. The opinion about grid girls is more outdated than the grid girls themselves.”The 23-year-old was on the podium following Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the British Grand Prix in 2017.“The experience I received at Silverstone was out of this world. It was something you could only dream of doing. Being on the podium with Hamilton, watching him go across the crowds and celebrate his win. It is something that I am never going to experience again.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:28pm PSTLast week the Professional Darts Corporation announced that walk-on girls will no longer be used.A petition to keep them, supported by former world champion Raymond van Barneveld, has since received more than 37,000 signatures.F1’s decision to abandon the concept from 2018 has been welcomed by the UK’s Women’s Sport Trust, who tweeted: “Thank you @F1 for deciding to str Joe Hart has missed out on a move to AC Milan.The Sun says it is understood he was on a list of candidates to replace Aston Villa-bound Pepe Reina at Milan.But the Italian giants have decided to go for 32-year-old Bournemouth ace Asmir Begovic instop using grid girls. Another sport making a clear choice about what they want to stand for.”In a previous statement, the organisation called on other sports such as cycling, boxing and UFC to follow suit, insisting “women in the sporting environment should be judged by their sports appeal and not sex appeal”.However, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT his sport will not follow suit: “It is a different world wcontent_imge live in these days but…for us right now the ring card girls will be staying.”Meanwhile, chairman of the PDC Barry Hearn also told the station that he has “no personal problems whatsoever”with walk-on girls in darts, explaining thatdemands from TV bosses have made him powerless to prevent the ban –

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McLeish happy for cup distraction

has revealed that Birmingham’s Premier League form is still the most important thing to him, but that cup competitions are a welcome di Elabdellaoui is attracting Premier League interest. Leicester, Aston Villa, Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley are among the sides monitoring Olympiacos and Norway’s attacking right-back Elabdellaoui, says the Daily Mail. The 27 year-old, who has captstraction.Speaking after a 3-0 win against in the FA Cup the Blues boss was thankful for the chance to rotate his side and give some fringe players a run out ahead of next weekend’s Carling Cup final against .McLeish said: “The Premier League is the most important thing for us but it is alwaycontent_imgs nice to win and progress to major occasions of a cup competition.“We know we have some brilliant challenges ahead of us and we’ve had a heavy schedule over the last month or so.“It was a great chance today to recharge some batteries and a great chance for players to get some sharpness about them.“That augurs well for [the Carling Cup final]. I can w Robertson.For the defeats against Russia and Belgium, Robertson received the brunt of the criticism levelled at the squad.”Listen, when you don’t win matches you are going to be crucified,” Clarke told The Scotsman.”Andy is experienced enough to rego into that game with the guys who have not been playing in recent weeks looking much sharper as a result of that game [against Sheffield Wednesday].”

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Exclusive – Robson backs Arsenal move for Dempsey

Stewart Robson believes would be a great signing for Arsenal – if can find a role for the American in his team.The versatile midfielder has been one of the stars of this Premier League season, with his equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Monday night taking his tally to 22 goals in all competitions.Dempsey is now being linked with a summer move away from Cravecontent_imgn Cottage, with the among of host clubs reported to be interested of their Champions League final defeat by Liverpool.The England captain will lead Tottenham’s front line on Sunday at Anfield in the two clubs’ first meeting since Liverpool won the Madrid final 2-0. “We’ve had a bit of a rivalry over the last coupl, and Robson reckons he would fit in well at the Emirates.”Clint Dempsey is an excellent player,” the former Arsenal star told talkSPORT. “We have seen him score goals, whether it be from a wide position, whether it be from a centre-forward position, or whether it be from a withdrawn centre-forward position.”He can score with his head, he can scoan Velzen on a two-year deal.The 25-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, has arrived from Dutch football.Van Velzen was in the United reserves side when Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were coming through.Crawley’s Director of Footballre with shots from outside the box, or from making runs into the box. If Arsenal could get him, he would be a great addition to the squad. He is more consistent than say , though he hasn’t got the same pace as [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott or Gervinho.”

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Toffees tie youngster to two-year-deal

Everton have tied exciting academy product Tyias Browning down to a two-year-professional deal.The right-back turned 17 on Monday and was swiftly offered the contract aftecontent_imgr breaking into Alan Stubbs’ res on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.The Cherries have already plucked Lloyd Kelly from Championship rnard Lama has had his say on Real Madrid’s Alphonse Areola.Areola is on-loan at Real this season from PSG.Lama told Culture PSG, “Areola? He has more athletic potential than Keylor Navas but he has less experience. “A goalkeeper must be able to matuclub Bristol City this week.Football Insider says the south coast club will continue with their ‘policy of signing rising British stars’ with erve team last summer as a 16-year-old.The teenager joined the club as a 10-year-old and has risen through the ranks to follow in the footsteps of fellow former schoolboy star by turning professional under manager .