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Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, July 27

Here is the latest gossip United legend Roy Keane has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of not doing the right thing for two of the club’s icons.He admitted he was not impressed by the way Ferguson handled departures of clucontent_imgb legends Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce — who both moved on from the back pages of the papers and online…Swansea City are ready to play hardball over after rejecting ‘s £12million bid for their midfield star. Fernando Amorebieta is a target for Liverpool. The Athletic Bilbao defender has a £26million release clause but could be available for a knockdown £12m. and have joined QPR and in the pursuit of Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. have made an official bid to take on loan from Liverpool with a view to a permanent £17million deal, but the Anfield club are expected to reject it. Lyon will listen to a offer for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and a £9.5million deal could be concluded early on next week for the France number one.Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has rejected reports linking his club with a way from home.Cherries have beaten their south coast neighbours seven times from 29 meetings, but all of which were at the Vitality Stadium.Discussing the club’s record at St Mary’s, Fraser told the Daily Echo: “It’s disappointing. The gaffer mentionmove for Manchester City midfielder . West Brom are tracking rreal defender Cristian Zapata, a versatile full-back who can play on either flank. ’s proposed move to Tottenham has been scuppered because the Togo striker demanded Manchester City pass on the £5m fee straight to him. Blackburn are ready to take QPR to a tribunal after the two club’s failed to agree a compensation package for Junior Hoilett. Newcastle and are keeping an eye on 19-year-old Bolton striker Sanmi Odelusi. Galatasaray are stepping up their bid to sign , with the Turkish giants ready to table a £5million offer for Manchester United’s Bulgarian striker. has earmarked £20m target Santi Cazorla for a central playmaker role in his team, casting further doubt on when will return from injury. Wenger is also keen on Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila and Caen youngster M’Baye Niang.Niko Kranjcar has sensationally accused Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy of being a ‘liar’ and breaking a promise to sell . has boldly declared that Liverpool will crown ‘ debut season by securing a return to the Champions League.

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Manchester City refuse to rule out Garcia raid

Manchester City have refused to deny speculation linking them with Javi Garcia – but the agent of the Benfica midfielder is adamant that the Premier League champions have yet to firm up their interest with an offer.Wide-ranging reports over the last few days have claimed that City have turned to Garcia to bolster their midfield after failing to lure Javi Martinez and Daniele De Rossi to the Etihad Stadium.City boss insists he needs to strengthen his sqsial striker is a free agent after his ccontent_imgontract with Marseille expired last month.Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini would like to sign Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo, but has been offered Balotelli as an alternative.The Telegraph says Pellegrini isn’t conviuad as he prepares to battle on four fronts this season, and he has highlighted the reinforcing of his midfield as a key priority.Portuguese radio station TSF quizzed City press officer Simon Heggie on his side’s interest in Garcia, and he said: “We do not comment on speculation.”But, when asked if rumours regarding Garcia werenvolved in a heated exchange with Mourinho after being left out of Saturday’s game against Watford.The left-back, 29, sought an explanation from the Tottenham boss after his team had been announced on Friday and Mourinho reasoned that a back injury m wide of the mark, Heggie added: “I did not say this. We are in the last week of the market and we will not say anything until we have concrete news.”Manuel Garcia Quilon, the midfielder’s agent, has also weighed in on the issue, revealing that City have yet to produce a bid for the 25-year-old.”At the moment there is nothing. They [Benfica] have to talk to Manchester City. It’s just rumours, nothing more,” Garcia Quilon told radio station Antena 1.

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Reina would be ideal for Barcelona, says Liverpool keeper’s dad

Pepe Reina is the man to replace Victor Valdes at Barcelona, according to the goalkeeper’s dad.Valdes will leave the Nou Camp in 2014 and speculation is rife as to who will replace him.Premier League pair Reina and ‘s have been mooted as possible contenders to forced to stop a loan move away for Troy Parrott on Friday’s deadline day.The Burnley-Charlton-target-Troy-Parrott-leaving-loan.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Parrott was blocked from leaving on loan due to an obscure UEFA rule that would havetake Valdes’ jersey.And Reina has now been urged to consider a return to Barcelona by his father.The Spaniard began hisormer Arsenal fullback Cohen Bramall is being linked with Cardiff City.Wales Online says Cardiff want to sign Bramall next month.The 21-year-old hit the headlines in 2017 after Arsenal plucked him from non-league football.But Bramall failed to make a career at the Catalan giants and Miguel Reina told La Xarxa: “Barça made my son a man since he arrived there when he was 12 years old until he left.”I think that Pepe has shown to everyone how good a goalkeeper he is. Right now, I think he’s at the height of his career. And I think he’d be the ideal goalkeeper forcontent_img Barcelona, without any doubt.”talkSPORT recently revealed how Reina was on Barcelona’s radar and that Liverpool have lined up a £5m move for Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

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Sunderland complete signing of Sulley Muntari

Sunderland have completed the loan signing of Sully Muntaelsea have burned off competition from PSG to secure the commitment of Tariq Lamptey.The young fullback was wanted by PSG chief Leonardo this month, says Foot Mercato, and talks with his agle United chief Luke Charnley has spent the week in talks with managerial candidates.The Evening Chronicle says Charnley has returned to the UK after spending time in Europe this week.With the Magpies searching for a new manager and summer signings, ents had been held.Indeed, PSG tabled a contract offer for Lari from Inter Milan.The 26-year-old former player joins the on loan until the end of the season after seeing first team opportunities at the San Siro limited following the exit of Jose Mourinho.And the Ghanaian will link up with international team mates and on Wearside.A statement on the Sunderland website confirmed the midfielder will not figure against Chelsea on Tuesday but shouldcontent_img be available for next Saturday’s trip to .

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Gold hails new Hammers signings

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has praised the new signings Sam Allardyce has made.Former chief Allardyce has managed to convince both Kevin Nolan and Matt Taylor to drop down from the this summer and, through his Twitter feed, Gold has lauded the two new arrivals.”Just met Kevin Nolan and Matt Taylor at a training session at Upton Park. Big players with big p for the club.Mount will be joined by Blues teammates Ross Barkley, Tamcontent_imgmy Abraham and Fiyako Tomori in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Speaking to the club’s website, the 20-year-ersonalities. Big Sam was also impressive,” Gold tweeted.Last season 29-year-old Nolan scored 12 league goals in 30 top-flight appearances for , while Taylor cost £2.2 milliobroke the club’s transfer record for a fourth time when striker Oli McBurnie joined from Swansea for a fee rising to £20m, having already signed Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset for £10m alongside Preston forward Callum Robinson.Former Manchester Unn from Allardyce’s former club .Taylor made 42 appearances for ‘s last season, but chose to drop down to the Championship to help the Hammers gain promotion back to the at the first chance.

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Barcelona in battle to keep starlet as Arsenal and Chelsea circle

Barcelona are trying to fight off interest from Chelsea and regarding the latest prospect from their famed La Masia academy – Gerard Deulofeu.It is understood the youngster, already likened to Lionel Messi, has been earmarked for an appearance in the club’s senior squad for this season. But clubs in Europe are already circling, namely Chelsea and Arsenal.Deulofeu, 17, is not allowed to sign a professional contract at the club until he turns 18 next March and Barcelona are mindful of interest from London.Arsenal exploited the contractual issue with one of Barcelona’s stars when they signed Cesc Fabregas in 2003, when he was 16.Deulofeu’s youth contract at Barcelona has two years to run and he has a buyout clause of £3m on his existing deal.And Barcjs De Ligt from Ajax.The 19-year-old centre-back starred in the Champions League and Nations League Finals for club and his country Holland.He is a hot property in the transfer market, with the likes of PSG, Barcelona, Manchester United and Juventus elona are already planning on drawing up terms for the Spaniard to sign as soon as he turns 18 as they are keen to avoid another Fabregas scenario.Deulofeu was watched by Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley this summer as he starred for Spain at the Under-19 Chamhelsea legend John Terry believes they are in the best position to finish fourth in the Premier League.The Blues have seen thecontent_imgir lead cut down after losing to Manchester United at home on Monday night.And they have the small matter of Tottenham cominpionship.

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Di Maria will not be leaving Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea told

Realto the Spain squad.Four years after his last involvement with La Roja, Cazorla has been named by Luis Enrique in his latest scontent_imgquad.Having battled with an Achilles injury for two yeas, the midfielder was cut loose by Arsenal at the end of last season. Madrid have issued a hands-off warning to Chelsea and Manchester City over their pursuit of highly-rated winger Angel Di Maria.Di Maria, 23, has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League following some outstanding displays for the Spanish giants.Both Andre s-Boas and are keen to sign Di Maria and feel he could be a major addition to their squad.But they have been told to look elsewhere after Real Madrid sporting director Miguel Pardeza made it clear they have no intentg loan move to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.The 25 year old Dutch forward arrived on the south coast from PSV Eindhoven in January 2018, for what was then a club record £15m fee.Head coach Graham Potter said, “Since I arrived, Jurgen’s trained really ion of selling the Argentine international.Pardeza said: “Di Maria can count on the love and appreciation of the club and we do not want to sell him.”We are proud that offers are coming in, because that means that signing the player was a success and that he is doing well at Madrid.”

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Exclusive – Gold reveals West Ham ambition: ‘We want to be bookies’ favourites!’

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has outlined his ambitions for the summer – he wants to kick off the new season as the bookies’ favourites for promotion!The have moved quickly to recruit as their new manager, but Gold seems less concerned with summer rebuildinadmits he was “daft” during his first spell with Newcastle United.The 30-year-old’s career has gone full circle after signing for his boyhood club this summer.Carroll spent five years with Newcastle before joining Liverpool incontent_img 2011, and the strike ing than with impressing the likes of Paddy Power and Betfred.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “We’re looking to be the bookies’ favourites at kick off next season. If you are, you know you’ve done the right thing.“And just by bringing in Sam they will say ‘the owners are showing intent so we’ll push them up’ and we’ll be one of the three or four favourites. If you end up as favourites to win the division you know you’re close to getting it right.”Allardyce’s first task will be to try to keep at theummer transfer target.The Gunners are looking to sign young players who have potential to grow into top-class performers.Goal reports Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba has impressed the north London club enough to become their number one targe club but, remarkably, Gold admits he’s yet to speak to the midfield star about his future.He added: “It’s very difficult for us to get into a conversation with him because it’s the manager’s decision. It would be hard to have talks with Scott and then discover the manager is thinking differently.“So it’s important we keep our counsel and let the manager make his decisions.”

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Exclusive – McDermott: Long will only leave in right move for player and Reading

Brian McDermott says Shane Long will only leave for a club –diola blew a fuse after their rout of Carabao Cup semifinal at Manchester United.The Sun says Guardiola gave his City players a rollicking after their 3-1 Carabao Cup victory over fierce rivals United as he felt they should have won by at least six g and when the time is right for both player and club.The Republic of Ireland hitman has been a £10million target for , , and this summer and McDermott has stated that he won’t stand in Long’s way should the right offer arrive.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, he said: “I made a promise to him last season when I asked him to give us one season.“I said let’s see if we cacontent_imgn get ourselves into the Premier League and then we’ll see what happens this season.“He’s got a year to go on his contract and I have said to him that if the right move comes along, and it’s the right move for him and the right move for us, I can’t Southampton winger Joshua Sims is in advanced talks to join New York Red Bulls.Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to cull his squad before the start of the season.Red Bulls will sign the youngster on a season-long loan, according to FootballInsider.England Under-20 international Sims started last season on loan at Championship side Reading, but returned to Southampton in Januarystand in his way because of what he’s done for us.“He’ll only leave for a Premier League club.”

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Exclusive – Graham: Arsenal lack killer instinct

Ex- manager George Graham believes Arsenal’s potential trophyless season is down to a lack of killer instinct in front of goal.Graham led Arsenal to two League titles and after watching them fail to beat last weekend, their third draw in a row, he believes it is easy to play against ’s men.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “I saw them last week against Blackburn and possession wise they absolutely murder other teams but they’re just not finishing it off with goals and hence being in the running for four trophies and now they’ve only got one they can win.“I think it’s quite easy to play against Arsenal, I think if you’re very disciplined and you get your team set up in the right way, if you can stop them scoring there is a great chance you can becontent_imgat Arsenal.“Defensively they’re not one of the best teams but they do play nice build up play, it seems as if, if they can get ten passes without scoring they’re quite happy, it’s time they started to learn how to killld trained with Chelsea’s first team on Tuesday morning at Cobham as he waits to see what his future holds.Gallagher has been reportedly linked with a loan move to Premier League clubs Burnley and Norwich for the second half of the season after impre tecked – then vice-chairman Ed Woodward also must go.Parker does not think sacking Solskjaer would be in the best interests of the club right now.However, he says if Woodward was to go as well, then he would support the decision.“I just think it doesams off, especially in the attacking third of the field, they’re not finishing off their good play.“What they’re doing during the week I’d love to know because they should be working on their finishing nearly every other day.“They play much better football than my teams did but I got the best out of a lot of good players.”

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Corinthians chief confident of landing Tevez

Corinthians are confidentas signed with Chelsea.The 16 year-old has penned a three-and-a-half year contract after impressing in December trials. The teen arrives from Tromso.Fiabema will turn pro with Chelsea when he turns 17 in February.Fiabema was present at Stamford Bridg theycontent_img can secure the signing of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.The Brazilian club have made a £35m offer for the Argentine superstar, but it remains to be seen if their fed striker Wayne Rooney is happy seeing former England teammates landing big management jobs.Rooney admits the possible ­appointment of Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss and the ­impact Steven Gerrard has made with Scottish heavyweights Rangers has givirst offer will be accepted.Reports suggest that Tevez is keen to make a return to Corinthians and hopes a deal can be finalised between the two clubs.Corinthians’ director of football, Duilio Monteiro Alves, admits that contact has been made with Tevez and they hope to reach an agreement with Manchester City.Alves said: “I don’t want to get our fans’ hopes up. We’ll try. That’s all I can say. [Signing Tevez] isn’t impossible. It’s a dream we’re trying to realise. He is interested in returning, everybody knows that. He has said several times he would play for Corinthians or Boca Juniors again.”With that interest on his part, we are interested in his coming. For that to come true, it is distant. But we are going after him and we have initiated talks.”

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Wenger hails Arsenal’s ‘exceptional quality’ on the bench

has credited Arsenal’s victory over to the exceptional quality on their bench.The trailed Martin O’Neill’s in-form side 1-0 before substitute equalised from the edge of the penalty area.And when two more subs linked up to score the last-minute winner, crossing for to head home, Wenger hailed his options on the bench.“Sometimes it works [my substitutions],” he said. “You have to accept that but it has more chances to work when you have exceptional quality on the bench.“When the opposition is tired and players of that quality come on then of course they can make a difference.”Wenger also highlighted the resilience and spirit shown by his side to fight back against a Sunderland team which had loor their clash with Arsenal and David Luiz.Luiz sealed a surprise switch from Chelsea to Arsenal last summer in an £8m deal. He will face his old club next month.“I’ve faced him a few times, he for Chelsea, me for Shakhtar, me for Chelsea, he for st just once in the previous 11 games.“We had to work very hard against a Sunderland side that was well organised, resilient, fought very well and exploited evehijscontent_img de Ligt.The Ajax captain is being linked with the European champions this week amid claims his agent Mino Raiola is pushing him towards Anfield.Asked about De Ligt as he prepares to face the Three Lions in Guimaraes, Van Dijk was giving away litry opening on counter attacks,” he added.“The pitch was difficult as well and in the end we won it through exceptional resilience and spirit.”

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Holloway named as the new Crystal Palace boss

Ian Holloway has become the new manager, the club has announced.The former boss replaces Dougie Freedman who left Selhurst Park to join Bolton last month.“This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and a fresh start,” the eccentric boss told the Eagles’ website.“It is sad to leave Blackpool as my time there was the best trip I have been on has joined Milan to the end of the season after coming off contract at LA Galaxy.“I expected this return, as I always said that if he came back to Italy, it would be for Milan,” Cassano told Sky Sport Italia.“He is very fond of the city and this and leave very proud of what was achieved and I would like to wish them all the best. I just see this as too good an opportunity to turn down.“I got great energy when I met the club’s owners and just can’t wait to get going.“I am bringing in Keith Millen as my assistant who is a Croydon boy and he is as excited as I am about the opportunity.”And co-chairman Steve Parish told the club’s officialt the club after securing a season-long loan deal.The 31-year-old Englishman felt he was surplus to requirements at the St. Mary’s Stadium club.It means he will get the chance to fight for a first team position he served with distinction in the past. website “The board and staff of Crystacontent_imgl Palace are delighted to welcome Ian to south London.”He’s a manager I have long admired and one I believe will bring something fresh and new to our club. I am sure the supporters will be as excited about this appointment as I am and will get fully behind him.”

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ed him to follow Newcastle United’s lead and ban handshakes from the training ground due to the threat of coronaviruscontent_img, reports BBC Sport.He said: “We take it seriously, we ds approached the 16 year-old’s father to offer his services.For now, the player is in the hands of Rodrigo Messi, the older brother of Lionel Messi, who took charge of Fati’s affairs earlier this year.Mendes hasn’t always had a good relationship withon’t do some things we maybe usually would do, but when the flu is going arou

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Spurs join Ramirez race

Tottenham have become the latest Premier League side to register their interest in highly-rated Bologna playmaker Gaston Ramirez, according to reports in Italy.Ramirez, the Uruguay international, has seen his stock rise in recent months after a terrielsea-transfer-news-Gi van Bronckhorst has cut ties with Manchester City to take charge of China’s Guangzhou R&F.The former Feyenoord boss has been appointed new coach of Guangzhou R&F.Van Bronckhorst had been contracted to the City Group, where he was in line toabriel-Barbosa” target=”_blank”>Daily Express saycontent_imgs Blues manager Frank Lampard has made Barbosa his top January transfer target. Lampard wants to reduce pressure on Tammy Abraham by signing Barbosa, who has just ended a loan spelfic season at Bologna, where he scored eight goals and claimed four assists in 33 Serie A appearances.Liverpool and Manchester City have both been credited with holding an interest in the 21-year-old, while Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan are also tracking the £16m-rated midfielder.And Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claims have also joined the race to land Ramirez’s signature.