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  • #PLStories – #VAR will be revamped with better understanding of football next season #AVFC

    Plans are afoot for the Premier League to revamp the way Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology is used next season, according to reports. Clubs have reportedly been asked about their thoughts on VAR while the opinion of fans will also be recognized. VAR technology has been a main talking point of the season because of […]

  • #PLStories – Sheffield United owner #PrinceAbdullah reveals plan for club after #ChrisWilder sacking #SUFC

    Prince Abdullah’s interview  revealed a lot about events behind the scenes this season and the fallout between Chris Wilder and the board, but also gave a nod towards how the club will operate next season under the new manager. The Blades owner heavily criticised Wilder’s recruitment at Premier League level and explained in detail his reasoning […]

  • #PLStories – #GrahamPotter reveals strategy for squad next season as survival is confirmed #BHAFC

    Graham Potter has revealed the balancing act Albion will face when they put together their squad for next season. Graham Potter said: “I haven’t got a perfect number to hold the club to ransom to. It depends on the players, where they’re at. You can probably carry a couple more, for example, if they’re younger players. If you’ve got […]

  • #PLStories- #DeleAlli vows to come back fitter and stronger for Tottenham next season #THFC

    Dele Alli has sent a message to Tottenham fans after what has been an extremely difficult season for the England playmaker. Dele rose to stardom under former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, but the Argentine’s replacement, serial winner but controversial character, Jose Mourinho, froze Alli out of the team. He found games hard to come by, […]

  • #PLStories- #RyanSessegnon remembers #SlavisaJokanovic as he is unveiled at Sheffield United manager #SUFC

    Blades players will be eagerly anticipating their first training session under new manager Slavisa Jokanovic following his unveiling at Chris Wilder’s full-time successor at Bramall Lane. But what can they expect when they do return for pre-season training to get themselves ready for life back in the Championship? Jokanovic has a reputation as a demanding […]

  • #PLStories- #GoranBabic describes first pro deal at Saints as a massive moment in his career #SAINTSFC

    RISING star Goran Babic insists it is a “massive step in my career” to pen his first professional contract with Saints. The 17-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal at St Mary’s which runs until 2023. Having signed from Brentford back in 2015, the central midfielder has become a regular feature in Saints’ under-18 side this season. Babic, who has already represented Serbia at age-group international level, told the club website: “It’s a very proud moment for me and my family. “This is something I’ve been working for my whole life so it’s a massive step in my career and I’m looking forward to what comes. “It’s been an amazing five-six years at the club, I want to thank all the coaches and the staff for getting me to this point. A lot of work has gone into improving me as a player and as a person. I’m delighted with the difference they’ve made in my career. “As well as footballing ability and technical skill, they’ve taught me to become a better person, how to deal with my emotions, how to speak to other people and respect others. I really do owe a lot of this to them so, thank you. “In the short term I’m hoping to progress into the B team next season and be in and around the first team. “In the next five-six years I want to be a standard first team player, that’s what I hope to achieve. “I hope to have a successful pre-season with my age group and obviously get back from injury quickly and soon be part of the B team squad, hopefully.”

  • #PLStories- Manchester City chairman #KhaldoonAlMubarak reveals transfer market priority #MCFC

    Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has explained he’s confident the club can find Sergio Aguero’s replacement. The Blues have been heavily linked with moves for Harry Kane and Erling Haaland this summer with Aguero having joined Barcelona upon the expiration of his contract at the Etihad and Khaldoon has now revealed the club are […]

  • #PLStories- #RomeluLukaku breaks silence on Inter Milan future amid Man City links #MCFC

    Romelu Lukaku has revealed he is staying at Inter Milan this summer despite heavy speculation linking him with a return to the Premier League with Manchester City. Romelu Lukaku said: “Yes, I am staying. I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager. Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… but it […]

  • #PLStories- #CharlieAustin completes permanent move to QPR after Albion exit #WBAFC

    Charlie Austin has completed a permanent move to Queens Park Rangers after being released by West Brom. Austin himself was particularly pleased to secure his own footballing future and he’ll now line up against Albion in the Championship next term. Charlie Austin said: “I am really pleased to get it done and to be able […]

  • #PLStories- #CarloAncelotti makes Everton ‘success’ claim after Real Madrid move #EVEFC

    Carlo Ancelotti believes that Everton fighting until the final day of the season for European football signified a successful campaign for the club. The Italian completed a shock return to Real Madrid on Tuesday evening, leaving supporters surprised at a move which seemingly came out of the blue. Carlo Ancelotti said: “I think each team […]

  • #PLStories- Manchester City planning to ‘immortalize’ legends like #ColinBell as well as #SergioAguero #MCFC

    Manchester City are planning on ways to pay tribute to club legends such as Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee as well as their current generation of stars. Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “It’s the least we can do. Throughout the last couple of years, if you look at everything we’ve achieved and if you […]

  • #PLStories- #KhaldoonAlMubarak issues apology to Man City fans for Super League fiasco #MCFC

    Khaldoon Al Mubarak has moved to apologise to fans for Manchester City’s participation in the European Super League. Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “I want to start with apologising to the fans,” he said in part two of his end of season interview. I owe it. It was a mistake. I think in hindsight, the decision […]

  • #PLStories- #PauTorres responds to Manchester United transfer interest #MUFC

    Villarreal defender Pau Torres has played down the possibility of a transfer away from the club this summer amid interest from Manchester United. While it has been expected that Torres will depart Villarreal in the summer market, the 24-year-old has played down the prospect of a move. Pau Torres said: “Right now I have a […]

  • #PLStories- #ChristianAtsu reveals #RafaBenitez was reason for joining Newcastle United #NUFC

    Christian Atsu has revealed the Newcastle United dressing room were left “heartbroken” when news filtered through that Rafa Benitez had walked away from Newcastle United. Benitez’s exit in 2019 rocked both the Toon Army and players after he was unable to agree a new plan to take Newcastle to the next level. In a candid […]

  • #PLStories- #CarloAncelotti drops hint on the future of #MartinOdegaard as he says Real team should win titles #EvertonFC

    New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has dropped a cryptic hint over the future of Arsenal target Martin Odegaard upon his return to the club. The Norwegian midfielder spent the second-half of the 2020/21 season on-loan at the Emirates Stadium and impressed enough for supporters to encourage the club to pursue a permanent deal. Carlo […]

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl reveals admiration for player quality #AlexJankewitz has #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl remains confident Alex Jankewitz can play to a "very high level", despite the youngster's limited match minutes for Saints last season. The teenager made his senior Saints debut in January, coming off the bench in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town at St Mary's. His Premier League bow followed a few days later against Aston Villa, before being handed a first top-flight start in February. However, it turned into a nightmare evening for Jankewitz, sent off after just two minutes against Manchester United at Old Trafford for a horror challenge on Scott McTominay. Saints went on to lose 9-0 and Jankewitz has not played for the first team since. The 19-year-old received sickening racist abuse online following that incident, with team-mate Kayne Ramsay taking to Instagram to show his support for the youngster. He wrote: "Comments directed at my teammate Alex is inexcusable. "Faceless person/s behind a screen, they’re just ignorant with nothing but an agenda to make the hurt even more painful. "Why break a guy down, with all the hate, when he already feels broken? "However, does that give another person the right to abuse another person because he is black!? "Why direct such hate, when there is so much upset and turmoil in the world. No-one needs negative energy, you can’t direct all this hate to a player who has made a mistake. "Why not send some good vibes and positive thoughts, to build the guy back up, he’s a human being, a black human being, with feelings and emotions, no different to mine and yours. "I’m a young black man, just like Alex. "He got a red card, his timing was all wrong, he’s truly gutted, disappointed in himself." Since that defeat at Old Trafford, Jankewitz has impressed on the international stage with Switzerland under-21s. He played in all three group games at the European U21 Championship and his season drew to a close at the weekend, featuring for the full 90 minutes as the Swiss beat Republic of Ireland under-21s 2-0 in a friendly. And Hasenhuttl has urged the midfielder to be ready for whenever his chance with Saints arises again. Discussing Jankewitz's progress, the Saints boss said: "The (full) debut against Man United was definitely not really helpful for him. "I think he made a mistake, but he knows this. "In the end, we see the quality that he has. We see that he can maybe one time play also on a very high level, but like always there is now big competition in this position. "We have Stuey (Armstrong) now back on the six, Ibra (Diallo) is there and Ori (Romeu) comes back, it is not so easy to get a chance there to play. But when there is a moment to give him a chance to play, then we will definitely do it. "When he trains hard and when he is available and gets the chance, then he must show up." Saints academy director Matt Hale added: "It is great to see Alex on the international stage. “He has made so much progress since he joined us when he was 16 and this experience (with Switzerland) will provide him with great confidence.”

  • #PLStories- #CarloAncelotti admits #GarethBale is ‘coming back’ to Real Madrid amid Spurs links #THFC

    Freshly-appointed Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has dealt Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of re-signing Gareth Bale a potential blow, having admitted that he sees his future in Spain. Carlo Ancelotti said: “Gareth has not played much in the Premier League, but he scored lots of goals, was very effective in recent games when he had […]

  • #PLStories- #PaulBarber would love #DannyWelbeck to stay at Brighton #BHAFC

    Brighton chief executive Paul Barber would love to keep Danny Welbeck at the club next season, but knows they could face competition to secure his signature. The 30-year-old scored six goals for the Seagulls this season after joining on a free transfer in October, with only Neal Maupay (8) having scored more. But with his contract due to expire at the end of this month, Barber would love the striker to stay. Speaking at Albion's fans forum on Tuesday night, he said: "He did a fantastic job for us and I think anyone who doubted that Danny [Welbeck] was still capable of playing at this level have had their questions answered by the performances that he gave us. "Obviously we would love Danny back next season. "The plus side from what we saw is that he did a great job for us, the downside of what we saw is that makes him attractive to other clubs as well. "Therefore we go into a position where we would love Danny to be with us next year but we also know that he is even more desirable because of the opportunity he took with us and did a good job with us. "So we are certainly talking to Danny and we will see where we get to over the next few weeks." Welbeck's six goal for the Seagulls was his best return in the Premier League since the 2013/14 season where he scored nine goals in 30 appearances for Manchester United. His 24 appearances for Albion was also the most he has made in a season since 2017/18 where he made 43 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal.

  • #PLStories- #SamJohnstone on West Ham radar but the Hammers face competition from Watford #WHUFC

    West Ham are looking to secure a deal for Sam Johnstone of West Brom as they aim to find a long-term replacement for Lukasz Fabianski. Sam Johnstone said: “I’m still a West Brom player and I’m just looking forward to going away with England, working hard and being proud of the moment. I know there […]

  • #PLStories- #AllanSaintMaximin wants Newcastle United to aim for top 10 and a cup win #NUFC

    Allan Saint-Maximin has dropped a big hint on his future with Newcastle United – suggesting he will be at the club for the start of the 2021/22 season. The French winger, however, wants to see the club build a squad that is capable of challenging for the top 10 and a domestic cup. Allan Saint-Maximin […]

  • #PLStories- #CarloAncelotti hints #EdenHazard will be at Real Madrid next season amid Chelsea links #CHELSEAFC

    Newly-appointed Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has hinted that Eden Hazard will remain with the Spanish club next season despite being linked with a move to Chelsea. Hazard has endured a frustrating two-season spell at Los Blancos so far, with the Belgian’s minutes being restricted due to injury problems. However, Ancelotti – who took over […]

  • #PLStories- #DeanSmith details Aston Villa’s summer ‘sweet spot’ transfer plan #AVFC

    Dean Smith has opened up about Aston Villa’s “sweet spot” in terms of transfer dealings, having explained how he’s looking to improve his squad this summer. The head coach was given £155 million to spend in 2019 and a further £105 million last summer, with Villa building a fresher – and more talented – squad […]

  • #PLStories- #AndrewCrofts becomes Brighton under-23’s head coach #BHAFC

    The 37-year-old rejoined Albion in July 2019 to combine a playing role with coaching duties for the under-23s.  However, after under-23's manager Simon Rusk left in January to join National League side Stockport County as their manager, Crofts and Shannon Ruth stepped up to become the interim head coaches. But after guiding Albion to a ninth-place in the BPL 2, Crofts has been named as head coach. While, Ruth has been promoted to senior professional development coach and will continue to work with Crofts.  During his time with Albion the former Welsh international played 125 games in his two spells on the South Coast, scoring 13 goals. He also won 29 senior caps for Wales. Albion's technical director Dan Ashworth said: “We’re delighted that Crofty has accepted this position. “He is passionate about coaching and developing young players and this is a great opportunity for him.  “Shannon will now have a wider coaching brief having previously worked with our younger goalkeepers and we wish them every success for the future.”

  • #PLStories- Wolves Technical Director’s first reaction after getting #YersonMosquera as their first transfer #WOLVESFC

    Wolverhampton Wanderers have made their first signing of the transfer window today. Yerson Mosquera has joined Wolves for a fee believed to be around £4.5m, and will be Bruno Lage’s first new arrival since he took charge earlier this month. It has been said that Lage was very much involved in the process of finding […]

  • #PLStories- #LovreKalinic explains Aston Villa transfer disagreement before loan exit #AVFC

    Back-up goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic has detailed a disagreement he had with Aston Villa prior to sealing his season-long loan move to boyhood club Hajduk Split. In an interview after his unveiling, Kalinic revealed Villa’s plan to sell him this summer rather than to loan him back out, a proposal Dean Smith’s first-ever signing rejected. Lovre […]

  • #PLStories- #NunoEspiritoSanto has already discovered #DaneScarlett phenomenal talent as he plots Spurs plans #THFC

    Nuno Espirito Santo will have already discovered in his first two weeks at Tottenham that he has a potential superstar on his hands. Getting to know his new players on the training pitch at their Enfield base over the past two weeks, the 47-year-old has called upon a number of Spurs’ talented academy stars to […]

  • #PLStories- Wolves unveil new Castore home kit for 2021/22 #WOLVESFC

    Wolverhampton Wanderers have unveiled the first home strip of their partnership with Castore. The club switched shirt suppliers during the close season with Adidas making way for up-and-coming brand Castore after a three-year partnership. The deal with Castore is the largest technical sponsorship deal in the club’s history. The club’s general manager for commercial operations, […]

  • #PLStories- Burnley announce new principal shirt sponsor for 2021/22 season #BURNLEYFC

    Burnley have announced Spreadex as their principal shirt sponsor for the 2021/22 campaign in a “multi-million-pound deal”. The UK-based betting firm will also work with the club on a range of community and charity-based initiatives over the course of the season. “We are delighted to join the Burnley FC family as main sponsor at an exciting time in both the club’s and our own futures,” said Spreadex CEO Dave MacKenzie. “Burnley’s values and ambitions echo our own, and we’re looking forward to supporting the club throughout the 2021/22 season both on and off the pitch,” he added. The Clarets have also pledged to donate £5 from every third-choice shirt sold to Alzheimer’s Society, which Spreadex will match. Ella Cummings, Burnley’s Head of Commercial Partnerships, said: “We’re very proud of the pledge to donate £5 each for every third-choice shirt sold which will provide support for those affected by dementia following the devastating effects Covid has had on people up and down the country. “We know this is a cause close to Burnley fans’ hearts and we’ll be working closely with Alzheimer’s Society this season on projects to continue this important conversation.” The Clarets’ new home kit will be released later this week, and will be worn for the first time against Oldham Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

  • #PLStories- #KristofferAjer moves to Brentford after snubbing Newcastle United #NUFC #BRENTFORDFC

    Kristoffer Ajer has signed for Premier League new boys after a summer of speculation over his future. Newcastle United were among a clutch of clubs interested in the Norwegian centre-back when it became clear he wanted to leave Celtic. However, as interest increased, so did his price tag, with the Bees the first side to […]

  • #PLStories- #MalkyMackay praises Saints’ #JakeVokins after debut delight #SAINTSFC

    ROSS County manager Malky Mackay hailed the instant performance of Saints loanee Jake Vokins and insisted “He has been schooled very well at Southampton’s academy, obviously.” Vokins, 21, delivered immediate link up with striker and goalscorer Alex Iacovitti as the frontman finished the left-back’s dangerous cross to edge past their opponents 1-0 in the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday. It was the former England under-19 international’s competitive debut with his loan club, who he has joined until of their campaign this season. It is thought Vokins still considers himself a Saints player of the future after making a handful of first team Premier League and cup appearances, and with the Oxford-born defender having spent his entire career with the academy. He’s already boosted his own reputation in the eyes of the former Cardiff City and Wigan boss Mackay though, who told press after the game: “What happened for the goal is something we spoke about. Read more Saints midfielder Callum Slattery signs for Motherwell Lawrie: I’ll be watching the Olympics and hoping Team GB do well Saints and Nice reportedly agree transfer fee for Lemina “It was a fantastic delivery from young Jake Vokins. “He has a lovely left foot and we saw a couple of times with the ball fired to him from 50 yards, it just gets brought down beautifully. “He’s a young player. He has lots to learn, but he has shown a great willingness. He has been schooled very well at Southampton’s academy, obviously. “We talked in the first half about that little hole where, if we drew the second man out, which we did, that the front post space would be available if he managed to get the delivery in there. And by goodness, he did.” The club had already been due to play twice in the Scottish League Cup this month but had seen both games forfeited due to COVID, meaning Vokins’ debut was long awaited north of the border. They play against Montrose in the same competition today, before kicking off their 2021-22 Scottish Premiership campaign at home to St Johnstone on Saturday July 31. The side actually reached the quarter final of the Scottish League Cup last winter, knocking out giants and current-holders Celtic on the way, before avoiding league relegation with three consecutive victories to end the season.

  • #PLStories- #MattClarke shows why West Brom may have transfer gem #WBAFC

    Matt Clarke made his West Bromwich Albion debut in their goalless draw with Watford on Saturday. Clarke was brought on for the final 25 minutes, replacing Dara O’Shea at left-centre-back. Straight away, Clarke was in on the action, reacting quickly to foil an attack from Watford when he cleared a Josh King centre that ran […]

  • #PLStories- #ValerienIsmael makes two points after West Brom draw with Watford #WBAFC

    West Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael has offered his reaction to the goalless draw with Watford on Saturday. Valerian Ismael said: “We are really delighted with the performance. Everybody bought in to the philosophy, and I think we put the right intensity into the game, and we had the strength to continue that way. We […]

  • #PLStories- #DavidMoyes pleased with his team’s performance against Celtic during 6-2 rout #WHUFC

    A good return for you to Celtic Park in the sunshine. Yeah, it was, to be fair it was. We got a lot of goals which was good from that point of view but look we needed the workout. I thought we were pretty good for periods of the first half, it was a tough […]

  • #PLStories- #PatrickBamford lifts the lid on #MarceloBielsa fourth pre-season and Ajax preparations #LUFC

    Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford has revealed he is looking forward to playing in the Johan Cruyff Arena when the club face Ajax in a pre-season friendly. The Whites will visit Amsterdam to take on the Eredivisie giants on August 4 and as it stands, the game will be their final friendly before the 2021/22 […]

  • #PLStories- #HarryKane ‘set to sit out Premier League opener against Man City’ #THFC

    Harry Kane will reportedly miss the clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. The Spurs forward will sit out the start of the 2021/22 campaign to recover from his exertions at the European Championship with England, according to The Telegraph. Kane featured in each of […]

  • #PLStories- Stoke City Manager confirms interest in Aston Villa striker #KeinanDavis #AVFC

    Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis has been linked with a loan move away from Villa Park this summer. The 23-year-old is said to be wanted by around nine second tier sides as manager Dean Smith can’t guarantee the striker regular minutes in the Premier League next season. Stoke City are one of several clubs chasing […]

  • #PLStories- #RafaBenitez makes #Jean-PhilippeGbamin claim #EVEFC

    Rafa Benitez has claimed Jean-Philippe Gbamin will be an important player in the Everton squad in the coming season. The midfielder has been a key member of training sessions so far this summer after missing the majority of the last two seasons through injury. The 25-year-old was on the scoresheet in his side’s recent training […]

  • #PLStories- #CristianRomero in his own words ahead of Tottenham Hotspur summer switch #THFC

    Next week is set to be a busy one at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the club step up their business in the transfer market. Completing their first signing of the summer on Saturday as Pierluigi Gollini joined on a season-long loan deal from Atalanta, the shot-stopper could well be joined in the capital by former […]

  • #PLStories- #ValerienIsmael hints at transfer solution as Albion move ‘another step closer’ #WBAFC

    West Bromwich Albion head coach Valerien Ismael spoke to reporters after his side’s goalless draw with Watford on Saturday. Ismael had overseen his third friendly in charge of Albion and it was a notable step up in terms of the quality of opponents having played against Woking and Sheffield Wednesday so far. The Baggies conducted […]

  • #PLStories- #LeeBowyer expects Birmingham City to sign Wolves’ #MatijaSarkic #WOLVESFC

    Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer expects to complete the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Matija Sarkic. Sarkic has been training with Blues throughout this month in the hope of sealing a loan move to the Championship club for the upcoming 2021/22 season. He’s featured in three friendly games, including Blues’ 3-2 defeat to Northampton Town […]

  • #PLStories- #EzriKonsa makes emotional #DeanSmith admission as he gives Villa verdict #AVFC

    Ezri Konsa has credited the ‘togetherness’ of his Aston Villa team-mates as Dean Smith ’s side step up their preparations for the new Premier League campaign. Konsa enjoyed a stellar second season at Villa last term and helped the club equal its top-flight clean sheet record which Martin O’Neill ’s team had set back in […]

  • #PLStories- Handball rule change for the new season 2021-2022 by the #FA

    The roar of fans celebrating. The agony and angst of waiting for a VAR call. The painful realisation that a goal your team scored has been denied for a marginal offside call. The ups and downs of being a supporter of a Premier League team are set to return in less than three weeks when […]

  • #PLStories- #KarlDarlow and #SteveBruce reveal awful Covid Scare #NUFC

    Karl Darlow has revealed his Covid scare resulted in him being rushed to hospital last week. The former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper has missed most of pre-season so far after testing positive for Covid at the club’s training camp in York. After complaining of dehydration, Darlow has spoken about his ordeal and Steve Bruce is not […]

  • #PLStories- #WayneRooney confirms decision on Sheffield United legend #PhilJagielka #SUFC

    Wayne Rooney is keen to offer a contract to Phil Jagielka after his release from Sheffield United. The Blades legend has been training with the Rams and playing in pre-season in a bid to earn himself a deal. Despite being 38 years old, Jagielka has impressed Rooney, who is desperate to add more players to […]

  • #PLStories- #AsmirBegovic offers his thoughts on Sheffield United star #AaronRamsdale #SUFC

    Aaron Ramsdale has been tipped to become “one of the best” goalkeepers in England by his former Bournemouth team-mate Asmir Begovic Ramsdale, voted Sheffield United’s player of the year last season despite relegation from the Premier League, is attracting the interest of Arsenal. The Premier League side have reportedly had two bids turned down for […]

  • #PLStories- Tottenham squad wish #ErikLamela good luck after Sevilla transfer announced #THFC

    Tottenham players took to social media in their masses on Monday to wave goodbye to Erik Lamela. The Argentine’s move to Sevilla was confirmed as part of the deal that saw Bryan Gil become a Spurs player. His move to Spain brings to an end an eight-year spell for the 29-year-old in north London in […]

  • #PLStories- #BenDavies has hailed #AaronRamsey as world class amid fresh Tottenham links #TOTFC

    Tottenham defender Ben Davies has already hailed Aaron Ramsey as world class amid fresh transfer links with Spurs this summer. The former Arsenal man appears set to leave Juventus during the current transfer window just two years after joining the Italian giants on a free transfer from the Gunners. Speaking  ahead of Ramsey’s return from […]

  • #PLStories- #AaronRamsey has already rejected talk of Tottenham transfer amid fresh rumours #THFC

    Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has already given his verdict on a potential move to Tottenham amid fresh transfer claims this summer. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus are keen to move the Welshman on two years after he arrived in Serie A on a free transfer from Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal. It is reported […]

  • #PLStories- #AlbertSambiLokonga is excited to play with #NicolasPepe at Arsenal #ARSENALFC

    Albert Sambi Lokonga made his debut for Arsenal at the weekend, with the Belgian midfielder playing 45 minutes in the Gunners’ pre-season win against Millwall. Alber Sambi Lokonga said: “I think Pepe [is the one I am most excited to link up with]. But I’m also looking forward to playing with Aubameyang, Lacazette, Saka also, so […]

  • #PLStories- Aston Villa sign another West Brom youngster #AVFC #WBAFC

    Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of West Bromwich Albion academy prospect Finn Azaz for an undisclosed fee. “I’m really excited to get going. I can see the direction the clubs wants to go in, and I can’t wait to be part of it,” said the youngster. The 20-year-old had been at the Hawthorns since […]

  • #PLStories- Everton release new stadium update with opening date very close #EVERTONFC

    Everton have issued an update on the building timescale of their new stadium on the historic day that the club took formal possession of Bramley-Moore Dock with fans able to follow progress on a web cam. Construction will now begin on the Blues’ stunning new £500million 52,888 capacity waterfront home with the club hoping to […]

  • #PLStories- #PabloHernandez breaks his silence on emotional homecoming #LUFC

    Pablo Hernandez has faced the media for the first time since signing a contract with hometown club Castellon. Pablo Hernandez said: “I am very happy to be here accompanied by my family. Playing one day at Castellón was a dream since I was little when I came to Castalia with my father. This club means […]

  • #PLStories- #SteveBruce makes #FreddieWoodman admission and offers transfer updates #NUFC

    Steve Bruce has revealed that Freddie Woodman could start the Premier League season in goal. The former England Under-21 stopper played his first Toon game for two years after returning from self-isolation following contact with Covid-affected Karl Darlow. Bruce stated he may have to register four goalkeepers in his 25-man squad with Martin Dubravka not […]

  • #PLStories- #NeilCritchley reveals talents of #Stuart McCall #SUFC

    Stuart McCall is back in football. The 57-year-old has landed a role at Championship side Blackpool. He had been without a job since leaving Bradford City last year. McCall was a hugely popular player at Sheffield United. Signed in 2002, he made 71 league appearances and played a key part in their rise to the […]

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl praises Saints’ ‘serious performance’ #SAINTSFC

    BOSS Ralph Hasenhuttl was left pleased by what he saw from his Saints side as they swept aside Cardiff City 4-0, stating: "It was a serious performance." In their second pre-season friendly of the summer, Saints led 1-0 at half-time against their Championship opposition thanks to a Theo Walcott finish. But Hasenhuttl's men turned the screw in the final 25 minutes. After making seven substitutions, two of them found the net with Moussa Djenepo smashing home before a classy brace from Che Adams. "I think it was a serious performance today," Hasenhuttl told BBC Radio Solent. "You never know against a Championship team. In the beginning you have to fight to come in the game. "In the first half you could see it was not so flowing. "After the first goal you could see it was a little bit better. "It took a while until we had the first chances, but you have to be patient to get chances. "Because you know against a good defending-deep team in the beginning, it always takes a little bit of time. This is normal. "But I think the longer the game went on, the more chances we had." As well as Djenepo and Adams finding the net, Nathan Redmond also looked lively when he came on, while fellow sub Nathan Tella provided two assists. Asked how pleased he was by the injection of tempo from his substitutes, Hasenhuttl said: "Absolutely. The duels are big I think for every position, especially up front. "But this season we maybe have five subs in the Premier League and then we need everybody here. "I am happy with every player at the moment. They really trained very hard in the first three weeks (of pre-season). "It was a tough first three weeks and now they seem to be fit and then the qualities of every player shines more. "With all the offensive players I must say it was good today."

  • #PLStories- West Brom’s pre-season clash vs Walsall postponed #WBAFC

    West Bromwich Albion’s pre-season friendly clash against Walsall has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The Baggies were due to take on the west midlands team at the Banks’ Stadium on Tuesday night as they step up preparations for the 2021/22 season. New West Brom Valerien Ismael is preparing his side for the Championship […]

  • #PLStories- #KiJanaHoever makes admission about #BrunoLage and former Wolves boss #NunoEspiritoSanto #WOLVESFC

    Ki-Jana Hoever admits Wolverhampton Wanderers’ players are having to adapt to Bruno Lage’s intense style after four years under Nuno Espirito Santo. New head coach Lage is overseeing a change in Wolves’ playing style which will see them play more expansive, attacking football with a relentless high press. Whereas Nuno would often allow Wolves to […]

  • #PLStories- #Monchi and #LuisEnrique praise ‘important’ #BryanGil amid Tottenham transfer #THFC

    Monchi and Luis Enrique have both previously hailed the talents of Bryan Gil after the Spaniard became Tottenham’s second signing of the summer. The 20-year-old was finally confirmed as a Spurs player earlier this week in a deal that also sees Erik Lamela complete a move to Spain after eight years in north London. Gil […]

  • #PLStories- #DaniCeballos hailed as ‘miraculous’ after avoiding major Spain injury scare #ARSENALFC

    Former Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has been hailed as “miraculous” after escaping a serious injury whilst on Olympic duty with Spain. The 24-year-old has returned to Real Madrid after a two-year loan spell at the Emirates Stadium and is currently busy in Tokyo having been selected in Luis de la Fuente’s Spain squad for the […]

  • #PLStories- Burnley striker #JayRodriguez on pre-season, fans and new boy #NathanCollins #BURNLEYFC

    JAY Rodriguez may be a veteran of pre-season – but the Burnley striker admits it is always nice to get off the mark sooner rather than later. The Clarets frontman was on target against Oldham, as was 18-year-old Lewis Richardson, as Sean Dyche’s side triumphed 2-0 against the League Two side. After behind closed doors action at Barnfield it was the first public warm-up with preparations continuing at Blackpool tonight. “You always want to get off the mark as soon as you can,” Rodriguez said. “It’s all about what you do on the training field and hopefully that translates into the games. I’ve just got to keep getting myself into the right positions. I’ll keep working hard and I’ll be looking forward to every game.” The friendlies, in front of supporters, are all part of what is a more ‘normal’ pre-season as coronavirus restrictions ease. “It was really nice to hear the fans,” Rodriguez said after a first away day since February 2020 for 982 travelling Clarets. “I always think it brings more to the game when the fans are in; it brings the tempo up and last season we missed it so much. Hopefully this year will be full of fans.” He added: “We didn’t have too many weeks off last summer and then we were straight back into it. It was a difficult season with all the restrictions and everything else that was going on in the world. “It was good to have a longer break to recharge the batteries and now we’re itching to get going. I feel refreshed.” Those in attendance got a first look at new £12million defender Nathan Collins and Rodriguez has been impressed. “Nathan has done really well, he’s a great lad,” he said. “He’s bedded in well straight away. You can see the qualities he has just from that 45 minutes, but we’ve seen it in training. He’s a strong lad and a great player. I’m looking forward to working with him. “We’ve got some great lads here and we’re all working hard. The competition is always healthy and really good for us.”

  • #PLStories- #NielsNkounkou given surprise chance to impress #RafaBenitez at Everton #EvertonFC

    For Niels Nkounkou, the Olympics represent the opportunity of a lifetime. The 20-year-old may not have been named in France’s initial squad, but he’s been handed a golden chance to prove himself on a global stage. One of 11 changes that coach Sylvain Rippo had to make to his initial squad, with several clubs refusing […]

  • #PLStories- #PepGuardiola hints he will use his ‘second team’ in Community Shield #MCFC

    Pep Guardiola has hinted that he will use his ‘second team’ in the Community Shield against Leicester City. The Blues will have to endure a makeshift pre-season schedule over the coming weeks after most of their first-team stars reached the latter stages of Euro 2020 or the Copa America, which meant they’re still away on […]

  • #PLStories- Manchester United manager #OLeGunnarSolskjaer speaks out on #RaphaelVarane transfer #MUFC

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are signing one of the most ‘winning’ centre-backs in the world in Raphael Varane. United announced the £43million agreement for Varane, 28, who is due to undergo a medical next week before completing his transfer from Real Madrid. Varane will have to obtain a visa to travel to England […]

  • #PLStories- #JimmyFloydHasselbaink shows admiration for Newcastle fans and #SteveBruce #NUFC #BURTONALBIONFC

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admits that Burton Albion went the extra mile to ensure they could welcome Newcastle United fans back to the Pirelli Stadium. The former Leeds United star wanted his players to experience a big-game atmosphere and felt that the travelling Toon Army would provide the perfect occasion for the Brewers. United supporters will […]

  • #PLStories- #DynelSimeu wants to ‘hit the ground running’ at Saints #SAINTSFC

    NEW recruit Dynel Simeu is keen to "push towards the first team" after completing his switch from Chelsea. The 19-year-old's arrival at Saints was confirmed this morning, signing a three-year deal after he departed Chelsea earlier in the week. Simeu will initially go into the B team set-up under Dave Horseman. But the teenager, who originally hails from Southampton, has his eyes on a spot in Ralph Hasenhuttl's side. Speaking about the transfer, Simeu told the Saints website: “I feel glad, finally, that the move was made possible. I'm just excited to get started. “It's nice to be back home, I've had a really friendly welcome. I feel comfortable that I'm home with my family, so I'm excited. “I hope to hit the ground running, get fit and comfortable with the boys and then hopefully push towards the first-team.”

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl taking ‘no risk’ over #StuartArmstrong or #JamesWardProwse #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl confirmed minor injuries ruled out both James Ward-Prowse and Stuart Armstrong from Tuesday night's win over Cardiff, insisting: "We don't take any risk." Saints stepped up their pre-season preparations with a 4-0 thrashing of the Bluebirds, thanks to a Che Adams brace, after goals from Theo Walcott and Moussa Djenepo. But they were without two of last season's standout performers. Captain Ward-Prowse was present at Cardiff City Stadium to watch the side, but neither he nor Armstrong featured. Quizzed on the pair's absence and whether they could return for Saturday's trip to Swansea, Hasenhuttl told BBC Radio Solent: "We must have a look. With Prowsey we have to be patient because I don’t want to risk anything with the knee, if we do not need to. "He can play immediately when he is fit. "And it is also good for Ibra (Diallo), because he can get a little bit more game time. (On Tuesday) I think he showed some very good things. "The season is long. We have massive games coming up and we must prepare as good as possible." With both Ward-Prowse and Armstrong missing, and Will Smallbone still recovering from long-term injury, Diallo and Oriol Romeu played the full 90 minutes at Cardiff, with only teenager Ryan Finnigan on the bench as backup. "Prowsey has a little bit problems with the knee," confirmed Hasenhuttl in a later interview. "We don't take any risk, give him time to recover and Stuey the same. Maybe he (Armstrong) will be back tomorrow (Wednesday) on the pitch and then we can look for Saturday if they are available."

  • #PLStories- #PhilipBeard rejects #DavidSullivan claim over lack of funds for takeover bid #WHUFC

    The head of a consortium attempting to buy West Ham has rejected the claims of Hammers co-owner David Sullivan that they did not have the proof of funds for the deal. Former Queens Park Rangers chief executive Philip Beard is fronting up the consortium and he has vigorously rejected claims made by Sullivan last week […]

  • #PLStories- Survivor #AndrewDevine dies to become 97th victim of #Hillsboroughtragedy #LFC

    A Hillsborough survivor who repeatedly proved doctors wrong for 32 years after suffering horrendous injuries in the disaster has died at the age of 55. Andrew Devine, from Mossley Hill, was 22 years old when he went to watch Liverpool take on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi final played in Sheffield on 15 […]

  • #PLStories- #CharlieAustin backs #JackGrealish potential transfer to Man City #MCFC

    Jack Grealish could become a mainstay in any Premier League team but the time is right to join Manchester City, according to Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin. Reports suggest that Grealish is on the verge of a £100m move to the Etihad Stadium, with City readying an opening offer for this week. While there […]

  • #PLStories- Manchester United legend and Derby County Manager #WayneRooney apologises for leaked hotel room images #MUFC #DERBYCOUNTYFC

    Wayne Rooney has said sorry for his involvement in the hotel images scandal over the weekend. Pictures went viral on social media of the Derby County boss asleep, surrounded by three young women. Rooney was pictured sleeping on a chair while in a hotel with Snapchat model Tayler Ryan and her pals Elise Melvin and […]

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl demands more players as the transfer window approaches final month #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl insists Saints "need more players" as the transfer window approaches its final month. Saints have made two additions to their first-team squad this summer, with Theo Walcott turning his loan move into a permanent one, while Romain Perraud arrived from Stade Brest. The club have also added two players to their B team in defenders Olly Lancashire and Dynel Simeu. But Hasenhuttl insists more business is needed before the window slams shut on August 31. The Saints boss told BBC Radio Solent: "We will definitely get a few more in, in the full-back positions, but also maybe a six (midfielder) and a centre-back. "But the market is now I think getting a little bit hotter. We have our fingers in the market, but we must wait until the right moment." He added: "We are very clear that we need more players than last season." One player who did depart Saints this week was Mario Lemina. The midfielder had returned from a loan spell at Fulham and was part of the club's pre-season training, before making the move to French side Nice. "I wanted to keep him here, but he definitely said he wanted to leave, to go," said Hasenhuttl. "We know that we are a little bit short of players." Saints begin their Premier League campaign at Everton on August 14.

  • #PLStories- Portsmouth sack three academy players over abuse of #BukayoSaka, #JadonSancho & #MarcusRashford #PORTSMOUTHFC

    Portsmouth have confirmed that three players have been released from the club’s academy following an investigation into discriminatory messages sent in an under-18s group chat on the back of England’s Euro 2020 defeat to Italy. The investigation began earlier this month after messages containing discriminatory comments aimed towards Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, and Three Lions teammates […]

  • #PLStories- #LeonBailey drops huge transfer hint about Aston Villa but Villa fans are concerned #AVFC

    Bayern Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey admits he is ready for a new challenge and wants to play at the “highest level” as he addressed questions about his future. Aston Villa have emerged as the frontrunners to clinch a deal for the winger having already submitted an opening offer of £25m that was reportedly rejected. Birmingham […]

  • #PLStories- Manchester United issue fitness update on #MarcusRashford #MCFC

    Manchester United will make a decision on whether Marcus Rashford has surgery on a persistent shoulder injury in the next few days. The forward has been playing through the pain barrier having suffered a muscle tear last season and is keen to go under the knife to have it repaired, but Solskjaer has insisted the […]

  • #PLStories- Defender #EzgjanAlioski says goodbye to Leeds United supporters in new video message #LUFC

    Leeds United have been treated to a heartfelt video message courtesy of recently-departed defender Gjanni Alioski, saying goodbye to fans of the club almost a month after his contract at Elland Road expired. Here is every word Gjanni Alioski said in his video on social media. Gjanni Alioski said: “Hello, it’s Gjanni. Yeah I’m here, […]

  • #PLStories- #MartinKelly admits Crystal Palace owe fans entertainment amid #MarcGuehi and #MichaelOlise arrivals #CPFC

    Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly says it is time to deliver entertainment to the fans and that “exciting” players like Marc Guehi and Michael Olise can help them implement Patrick Vieira’s new style. Palace are unbeaten in pre-season with 1-0 wins against Walsall and Ipswich before the 2-2 draw against Charlton in the manager’s first […]

  • #PLStories- #RobHolding says no Europe can be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal next season #ARSENALFC

    Arsenal not being in Europe next season can be a blessing in disguise. That is the view of Gunners defender Rob Holding who insists being in the top-four race must be the target for Mikel Arteta’s side following back-to-back eighth-placed Premier League finishes. Rob Holding said: “We’ve got to be aiming to get back in […]

  • #PLStories- Burnley announce Turf Moor friendly against La Liga side Cadiz #BURNLEYFC

    Burnley will finish their pre-season preparations with a friendly against La Liga side Cadiz at Turf Moor on Saturday, August 7. The Clarets - who kicked off pre-season with wins over Morecambe, Salford City, Oldham and Blackpool - travel to Nottingham Forest this weekend. Cadiz finished 12th in the Spanish top-flight last season, and will provide a final test for Sean Dyche’s men before their Premier League opener against Brighton. And the Burnley boss is looking forward to seeing fans back at Turf Moor for only the second time since March 2020. “We have a recent history of playing against good sides from Europe at this stage of our preparation and this is another one,” said Dyche. “Any side from the top division of one of Europe’s biggest leagues will provide excellent opposition and Cadiz will be the same after their successful return to La Liga last season. “We look forward to welcoming them to Turf Moor, and also seeing an increased number of fans back inside the ground. “That’s been a big feature of our pre-season games so far and hopefully bodes well for the season to come.”

  • #PLStories- Burnley boss #SeanDyche gives update on #MatejVydra #BURNLEYFC

    SEAN Dyche expects Matej Vydra to get up to speed quickly on his Clarets return as Chris Wood’s Olympic involvement extends into the knockout stages. New Zealand’s 0-0 draw with Romania means Wood will move on to the quarter-finals in Tokyo delaying his Burnley return further. Vydra featured for the Czech Republic at Euro 2020 but is now back at Barnfield preparing for the new Premier League campaign. He was not involved in the 1-0 win at Blackpool on Tuesday night but given he saw plenty of action for his country, Dyche expects the frontman to hit the ground running. “He will do a few tough days just to bring him up to speed,” he said. “He’s pretty fit because he had a period with the Czech team so we hope to get him up to speed quite quickly.” One player who was in action at Bloomfield Road was new ‘keeper Wayne Hennessey, playing on the day Bailey Peacock-Farrell was allowed to join Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan. Nick Pope was not involved against the Seasiders with Will Norris playing the final 25 minutes. “We like Bailey and we think he’s producing and improving but we still think he needs more regular first-team football,” Dyche told the club website. “With Wayne coming in, he’s an experienced pro and he gets it and I think he enjoyed being around the group, just to get that first feel. “There were a number of productive performances tonight. “We are still looking at options as well, to see one or two we can bring in, but you can see players looking fit and there’s a nice sharpness to them.”

  • #PLStories- #TimIroegbunam credits ‘amazing 10 years’ after sealing Aston Villa transfer #WBAFC #AVFC

    Tim Iroegbunam, West Brom’s academy player of the year, has joined Aston Villa after the two clubs reached an agreement. The 18-year-old had enjoyed a successful rise through the ranks at The Hawthorns while, in May, Iroegbunam was named amongst the substitutes in Sam Allardyce’s final match in charge at Leeds United. Iroegbunam follows a […]

  • #PLStories- Every word #AlphonseAreola said after completing West Ham transfer from PSG #WHUFC

    Alphonse Areola was announced by West Ham on Thursday afternoon and here is every word the Hammers number 13 said on his unveiling. Alphonse Areola said: “I’m happy, for me it was the best opportunity to sign for this club, to sign for West Ham and to give my best to try to help the […]

  • #PLStories- West Ham confirm signing of #AlphonseAreola from Paris Saint-Germain #WHUFC

    West Ham have sealed a deal for their first major summer transfer with Alphonse Areola joining from Paris Saint-Germain. The 28-year-old goalkeeper joins the Hammers on a season-long loan with an option to make the move permanent in the summer of 2022. Areola is delighted to continue in the Premier League and is looking forward […]

  • #PLStories- #DavidMoyes hands #AlphonseAreola No.13 shirt after West Ham confirm PSG transfer #WHUFC

    West Ham’s new signing Alphonse Areola will wear the number 13 jersey for the Hammers as he looks to displace current number one Lukasz Fabianski between the sticks. Areola has signed on an initial season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain with West Ham having the option to make the move permanent in the 2022 summer transfer […]

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl on new signing #MoussaDjenepo versatility #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl described the versatility of Moussa Djenepo as a "bonus", adding how he plans to utilise him from left-back more this season. The 23-year-old has featured in both of Saints' pre-season friendlies so far as part of the back four. The Mali international came off the bench to replace new signing Romain Perraud at Cardiff City on Tuesday evening and took just four minutes to find the net. Djenepo cut in from the left and smashed a brilliant effort into the top corner in the 4-0 win. Hasenhuttl is keen to add more full-back depth to his squad following the departure of Ryan Bertrand and loan exit of Jake Vokins. But he believes Djenepo, who usually operates from a more advanced attacking position, has what it takes to become an option in that position alongside Perraud. Discussing Djenepo's recent performances at left-back, Hasenhuttl told the club website: "I think it’s like a bonus that compared to the other number 10s, he can also play in this position. "He is defensively super strong, when he goes and attacks. And with the ball he has shown when he is up the pitch he can dribble inside. "As a full-back, this is a super nasty situation. "I see him there in this season to be honest. "He still has to learn. Especially his mindset must be right, that he accepts this position and that he wants to play there. Then I think he can do a good job there."

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl gives update on #JannikVestergaard #SAINTSFC

    JANNIK Vestergaard is yet to return to the Saints squad following extended holiday after Denmark reached the European Championship semi-final, with Ralph Hasenhuttl admitting “it wouldn’t be surprising if there were offers.” The 28-year-old defender put in solid performances when the spotlight was on and impressed throughout the tournament, with only a year left on his deal sparking murmurs of transfer interest from elsewhere. The centre-back played 30 times in the Premier League for Saints last season and would be an integral part of manager Hasenhuttl’s plans. Unless the Dane signs a new deal, Saints would lose the man they paid a fee of £18million for back in July 2018 for nothing, next summer. Read more Saints' new signing Dynel Simeu's career in numbers Saints taking 'no risk' over Armstrong or Ward-Prowse knocks Ralph Hasenhuttl: We are very clear we need more players He’s not the only one in that scenario, with the likes of Danny Ings’ long-term future also up in the air ahead of the 2021-22 campaign. However, Hasenhuttl has made the same defiant claim he did on striker Ings in regards to Vestergaard’s future, telling BBC Radio Solent: “The situation is that he is back on Monday. “He has one year left on his contract, I plan with him next season, definitely. We need everybody here. He played a very good Euros. “It wouldn’t be surprising if there were offers coming. But I plan with him next season.” The Dane won’t be back in time for the Swansea fixture in Wales this weekend but Saints have two more pre-season matches against La Liga sides Levante (Wednesday August 4) and Athletic Bilbao (Saturday August 7). With Saints kicking off their season on Saturday August 14 with a trip to Everton, if Vestergaard is to stay the Austrian boss will want him match fit and he could see his first minutes since returning from international duty.

  • #PLStories- Burnley midfielder #JoshBenson completes Barnsley move #BURNLEYFC #BARNSLEYFC

    BURNLEY midfielder Josh Benson has completed a move to Championship side Barnsley. The former Arsenal youngster departs having made 12 senior appearances for the Clarets including two Premier League starts. The 21-year-old has moved to Oakwell for an undisclosed fee, which it is reported could reach £1million, and signed a four-year deal. Benson told his new club’s website: "I'm buzzing to be here and I can't wait to play in front of the fans. “I was impressed last season by how close they got to promotion and getting in the play-offs, so I'm excited to join the team. "I've had a taste of the Premier League and that's definitely my main goal, to play in the Premier League." Barnsley FC Co-chairman, Paul Conway, added: “We are very excited to have acquired Josh, who immediately strengthens our midfield. “As we continue to progress, we aim to bring in unique talent to assist us in our next step and Josh’s experience at Premier League level is an important evolution of the squad. “Also, the length of this deal is significant, as it demonstrates both the club’s long-term commitment to Josh and his commitment to the club.” Benson had spent three seasons with the Clarets after signing in the summer of 2018 following a successful spell on trial in the Under-23s. He then progressed through the Academy ranks to make it into the Clarets’ senior squad. And following a loan spell with Grimsby Town in the 2019/20 season he made his senior Burnley debut in September 2020. The Clarets said in a statement: “The midfielder now gets the chance to further his career with Barnsley and everyone at Turf Moor wishes him well in the future.” The Tykes are looking to build on an impressive run to the play-offs after a fifth-placed finish in the Championship under Valerien Ismael. He has now moved on to West Bromwich Albion and been replaced by Austrian Markus Schopp. The 47-year-old was capped 56 times and played at the 1998 World Cup and has moved to Oakwell following a successful spell at TSV Hartberg.

  • #PLStories- Nottingham Forest cancel Burnley friendly amid Covid-19 cases #BURNLEYFC #NFFC

    Burnley’s upcoming friendly against Nottingham Forest has been called off due to a 'small number' of positive Covid-19 tests in the Forest squad. The game - which was meant to take place at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon - has been cancelled as a precautionary measure to protect players and staff at both clubs. The Clarets are now looking for a different opponent for Saturday as they prepare for the new Premier League season. “The situation is unchanged since yesterday when we had to cancel the Villa friendly with some players having to self-isolate,” said Forest boss Chris Hughton. “Therefore, it is the right decision to cancel the fixture in the interests of players and staff from both clubs and our own supporters. “It is disappointing that we have not been able to get a run-out against Premier League opposition but Sean Dyche and Burnley Football Club have been very understanding for which I am grateful." Burnley will wrap up their pre-season preparations against La Liga side Cadiz at Turf Moor on Saturday, August 7. The Clarets kick-off their sixth successive top-flight campaign with a home fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, August 14.

  • #PLStories- #OleGunnarSolskjaer reveals Manchester Utd players didn’t know #EricCantona was retiring #MUFC

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that even the players had no idea that Eric Cantona was going to announce his retirement aged 30 back in 1997 after they won the Premier League title together. United had just won a fourth Premier League title in five years with ‘King’ Cantona leading the way once again as […]

  • #PLStories- Tottenham striker #TroyParrott joins League One MK Dons on season long loan #THFC

    Tottenham starlet Troy Parrott has joined League 1 side MK Dons on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old spent the first half of last season with Championship outfit Millwall before he was later recalled by Spurs in January after failing to score in any of his 14 games for The Lions. He was then sent to […]

  • #PLStories- #LucasDigne makes ‘different’ #RafaBenitez admission as training changes #EVERTONFC

    Lucas Digne has confirmed he is fully fit ahead of what will be a crucial 2021/22 season for Everton. The Blues defender took part in the European Championships with France over the summer, but missed what proved to be his side’s decisive game through injury as they were knocked out by Switzerland on penalties in […]

  • #PLStories- Everton have already made the call about #MoiseKean #EvertonFC

    Nobody yet knows where Moise Kean will play his football this season but already Everton have made the right call. Kean will either leave for a hefty fee, hopefully a healthy profit on the initial £25.1m Everton paid Juventus to sign the striker in August 2019, or, he will still stay at Goodison Park, bolstering […]

  • #PLStories- #AlexOxladeChamberlain reacts to #VirgilVanDijk and #JoeGomez returning for Liverpool #LFC

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has expressed his delight at the return of “tag team” Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin said: “It was a nice moment to see them come on,” he said. “It took my mind off the fact it was red hot and I was blowing out my backside! It was […]

  • #PLStories- Sheffield United release #AlanKnill statement as popular former assistant departs #SUFC

    Sheffield United have today confirmed the departure of popular former assistant manager Alan Knill. A statement from the club read: “United can confirm that Alan Knill has left the club, by mutual consent. Assistant manager since 2016, the paperwork has been completed in the last 24 hours to enable him to leave Bramall Lane with […]

  • #PLStories- #SteveBruce answers questions on NUFC future amid new contract reports #NUFC

    Steve Bruce has revealed he has held no fresh contract quotes with Newcastle United hierarchy – but says that his current deal does NOT expire at the end of this season. Bruce signed a deal in 2019 but back then his contract stipulated it was an “initial three years”. Reports linking Bruce with a three-year […]

  • #PLStories- Blades unable to find friendly opponent, ticket refunds announced #SUFC

    Sheffield United’s pre-season plans have suffered a further setback with the news the club has been unable to find a suitable opponent to fill the void left by Norwich. The Blades were due to face the Canaries at Bramall Lane tomorrow, but the fixture was cancelled after a small number of positive covid tests in […]

  • #PLStories- Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs to avoid European Super League penalties from UEFA #ARSENALFC #CHELSEAFC #THFC #MCFC #MUFC #LFC

    Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea were all involved in failed plans to form a European Super League, but after pressure from fans all over Europe, the London clubs pulled out of the impending competition. The consequences for the six Premier League clubs involved were revealed in June, and because of such negative fan reaction, a revival […]

  • #PLStories- West Ham’s #SaidBenrahma is excited for return to his former club Brentford #WHUFC #BRENTFORD

    West Ham attacking midfielder Said Benrahma says it will be ‘special’ to play against former side Brentford and is delighted the Bees managed to secure promotion to the Premier League. David Moyes’ team head to the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon for a pre-season friendly and will come up against Thomas Frank’s team again […]

  • #PLStories- #JackGrealish set to play with “favourite player ever” if City transfer goes through #MCFC #AVFC

    Jack Grealish could link up with his “favourite player ever” if he completes a move to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this summer. City submitted a British-record £100million bid for Grealish on Friday in an attempt to force through a quick sale from Aston Villa. Should the deal go through, he will also have an opportunity […]

  • #PLStories- #BenWhite did not need much convincing to join Arsenal #ARSENALFC #BHAFC

    Ben White admits he did not need to much convincing to join Arsenal. The 23-year-old defender joined the Gunners this afternoon from Albion, who received a club record £50 million for him. Read more: Ben White leaves Albion for Arsenal for fee of £50 million After joining White was asked what did Mikel Arteta say to convince him to join the club. However, White admits he did not need much convincing: He said: “I don’t think I needed too much convincing to be fair, obviously Arsenal speaks for itself. “I spoke to the gaffer a number of times during the summer and I got good vibes and the way the gaffer wants to play I can hopefully produce quality in this team and get Arsenal back.” White also revealed when he found about Arsenal’s interest in him. He said: “It was when I was away with England that is when it got a bit more serious. “So, it was obviously nice to find out and to be here is unbelievable.”

  • #PLStories- ‘Incredible’ transfers influence #MarcAlbrighton makes contract decision #LCFC

    There are no limits to the success Leicester City can achieve, winger Marc Albrighton said after signing a new three-year contract with the club. The fan favourite has ended talk of a move to Burnley by penning fresh terms at the King Power Stadium, a deal to 2024 set to take him to a decade […]

  • #PLStories- #TrentAlexanderArnold fires warning to Liverpool rivals after signing new contract #LFC

    New contract signed and fitness regained, Trent Alexander-Arnold doesn’t even pause for breath when asked what Liverpool’s target is for the forthcoming season. Trent Alexander Arnold said: “Trophies. It’s no longer top four or doing well in Europe and getting to quarters and semis. You want to be in a title run coming into May, […]

  • #PLStories- #JamesRodriguez drops hint over Everton future and makes Real Madrid admission #EvertonFC

    James Rodriguez says he remains in the dark over his future at Everton but ruled out a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti with Real Madrid. Rodriguez was signed by the Italian last summer from Real Madrid and produced some scintillating performances during his debut Premier League season, as he ended the campaign with 11 goal contributions […]

  • #PLStories- #ConorGallagher ‘buzzing’ after sealing loan move to Crystal Palace from Chelsea #CPFC #CHELSEAFC

    Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old enjoyed a fruitful 2020/21 campaign with West Brom last term, having previously had loan stints with Charlton Athletic and Swansea City in the 2019/20 season. Gallagher couldn’t hide his excitement at joining the Frenchman’s team ahead of the […]

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl wanted Saints to find the ‘next gear’ at Swansea #SAINTSFC

    BOSS Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted he wanted Saints to find the “next gear” during the latter stages, despite their 3-1 victory over Swansea. Goals from Nathan Tella, Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong meant the Premier League side came from behind in Wales to seal a pre-season victory over the managerless Championship Swans. But despite making seven changes on the hour mark at Liberty Stadium, Saints failed to add to their tally. Hasenhuttl said: “We dropped a little bit the speed I must say in the last 30 minutes, yes. We had a few chances but I hope we give again the next gear and push them a little bit more. “It was not enough for me but after the week they worked hard and they also on Friday we had not really taking respect of the game – we tried to work hard. It’s okay.” Tella’s goal came just a minute after Mohammed Salisu shanked a cross from Liam Cullen into his own net on 15 minutes, while Redmond’s crisp finish put Saints ahead at the break. Armstrong fired in Shane Long’s cross on 57 minutes before the raft of changes from Hasenhuttl. “I think it was a particularly good game,” added the Austrian boss. “I think we scored three good goals. We conceded one and it was a horrible mistake from Sali but okay. “But we are in pre-season, I think we are physically in a good position I think. The last freshness was not there but overall, it was a good performance.” Saints continue their pre-season fixture schedule with a home clash against Levante on Wesnesday, before hosting Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Their first competitive game comes at Everton in the Premier League on August 14.

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl identifies ‘biggest threat’ in Saints’ game #SAINTSFC

    BOSS Ralph Hasenhuttl identified Saints’ pressing as the “biggest threat in our game” after they struck three times at Swansea. The St Mary’s side sealed a 3-1 victory over the Championship outfit as they looked to get themselves up to full speed ahead of the new Premier League campaign. Saints pressed with intensity against the Swans and found rewards through their endeavour – particularly when Nathan Redmond capped off a slick counter to make it 2-1 after the visitors had won back possession. Asked about his side’s pressing style, Hasenhuttl said: “We know that it’s our biggest threat in our game, definitely. “This is always the best moment to score because the opponent is a little bit disorganised and then you have more space, you can hurt them more and that is what we did in a good way.” Swansea had taken the lead at Liberty Stadium, when Mohammed Salisu’s miskick beat Alex McCarthy after Liam Cullen’s dangerous cross into the box. And while Saints limited Swansea’s opportunities after that moment, Hasenhuttl wanted to see more improvement in defensive areas. “I don’t want to give them any chance, to be honest,” he added. “When you play against a Championship team, I want to be so clinical that they don’t give them any chance but yeah, we gave a few and that we have to talk about.”

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl keen to get #StuartArmstrong up to full sharpness #SAINTSFC

    BOSS Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted he had been keen to get creative midfielder Stuart Armstrong up to full speed and added: “He can definitely help the team.” The former Celtic man came back late to Saints’ pre-season training schedule, due to his commitments for Scotland at Euro 2020 this summer. He impressed in Saturday’s 3-1 friendly victory over Swansea, scoring just before the hour mark and then being replaced by youngster Ryan Finnigan after 73 minutes. Asked about Armstrong’s display, Hasenhuttl said: “You also see he is still missing a little bit – he has been in training one week and in one week you cannot train as much as when you come in the highest level fitness-wise. “We must work with him that he is then also able to go longer than 70 minutes.” Armstrong started alongside stand-in skipper Oriol Romeu during the contest in Wales, a deeper role he had been utilised for when Saints were stretched with injuries last season. “I mean we have flexible players,” said the manager. “Ori to have back is important for us but Stuey also showed last season, especially with the ball he is a very good six, who carries the ball very good in the opposition half. “This is his biggest strength – there he can definitely help the team.”

  • #PLStories- #ValerianIsmael relaxed on transfer situation ahead of Albion season #WBAFC

    Valerien Ismael is relaxed about the prospect of West Brom signing a new centre forward, after seeing his team dismantle Birmingham City in their final pre-season friendly before the new campaign. After a goalless first-half, Albion ripped through Blues with a feast of goals in front of the travelling supporters. Grady Diangana, Matt Clarke, Karlan […]

  • #PLStories- #DavidMoyes pleased with his team’s performance against Brentford #WHUFC #BRENTFORD

    David an excellent 1-0 win today at Brentford. What did you make of the performance? Quite good in the first half, I thought we did some good stuff. Pleased because we are not at full tilt yet but we are getting there, we came here and saw this as being a really tough game, probably […]

  • #PLStories- #FolarinBalogun backs himself at Arsenal amid #LautaroMartinez links #ARSENALFC

    Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has admitted he is ready to establish himself within Arsenal’s first-team next season despite links to Inter Milan frontman Lautaro Martinez. The 20-year-old signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners last season after months of speculation surrounding his future, having previously garnered interest from a host of European clubs before […]

  • #PLStories- #LeonBailey drops hint #DeanSmith played key role in Aston Villa move #AVFC

    Leon Bailey is set to seal his £30m move to Aston Villa next week after the Premier League club agreed a fee with Bayer Leverkusen. The German club saw the best of their winger last season after Bailey recorded 18 goal contributions in 30 Bundesliga appearances last season. Bailey scored nine goals and assisted another […]

  • #PLStories- #RubenLoftusCheek aiming to ‘hit the ground running’ following Chelsea return #CHELSEAFC

    Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has suggested that he is ready for a positive season with Blues following his return from loan. The 25-year-old spent last season with west London rivals Fulham, enduring an inconsistent season as the Whites suffered an instant relegation back to the Championship. In the end, he made 32 appearances in all […]

  • #PLStories- #JamesMaddison misses QPR draw to attend birth of son #LEIFC

    James Maddison missed Leicester City’s 3-3 draw with QPR to be present for the birth of his first child. Maddison, who played 45 minutes in each of City’s first two pre-season matches, was due to play at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Saturday afternoon but was given time off by manager Brendan Rodgers after […]

  • #PLStories- Man City youngster #BenKnight enjoying new role after scoring in Barnsley win #MCFC

    Young Manchester City attacker Ben Knight has admitted that he enjoyed the experience of playing as a central striker during Saturday evening’s 4-0 win over Barnsley at the Academy Stadium. Reflecting on his performance after playing up front, Knight, who usually tends to operate out wide or as an attacking-midfielder, Ben Knight said: “It was […]

  • #PLStories- #PepGuardiola demands more from his Man City players after Barnsley win #MCFC

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists his side are still “far away” from where he would like them to be, despite cruising to a 4-0 win over Barnsley at the Academy Stadium in their latest pre-season friendly on Saturday evening.  Although City made light work of the South Yorkshire outfit, finding themselves three goals to […]

  • #PLStories- #JimmyFloydHasselbaink verdict on Newcastle after Burton win #NUFC

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Burton Albion do not need to feel ’embarrassed’ following their pre-season defeat to Newcastle United. The Magpies recorded their second victory ahead of the new season on Friday night, with goals from Jacob Murphy and Joelinton securing a 2-0 victory. It was an improved display from Steve Bruce’s side after relying […]

  • #PLStories- Sheffield United standing firm over #AaronRamsdale as Arsenal dealt double blow #SUFC

    Arsenal’s search for a new keeper could see them return to their Aaron Ramsdale interest after suffering a double transfer blow. The Gunners have been sent packing by Premier League Watford after making an inquiry for their keeper Daniel Bachmann. The Hornets have told the north London club that he is not for sale after […]

  • #PLStories- #RubenNeves fires huge warning over #BrunoLage Wolves #WOLVESFC

    Ruben Neves reckons Wolverhampton Wanderers will be a force to be reckoned with under new head coach Bruno Lage. Wolves brought in ex-Benfica boss Lage to replace Nuno Espirito Santo during the close season and the Portuguese is currently enjoying his first pre-season with his new players. Results have been mixed under Lage so far, […]

  • #PLStories- #OleGunnarSolskjaer spells out Man Utd selection warning for Leeds United opener #LUFC #MUFC

    Ole Gunnar Solskjare fears it may not be safe to throw Manchester United’s players into their season opener with Leeds United if they’re not fit enough for the challenge. Solskjaer was one of a number of Premier League bosses to praise Marcelo Bielsa’s side for their fitness last season. Asked earlier this week whether he […]

  • #PLStories- Former Manchester United player recalls #NemanjaVidic horror show debut #MUFC

    Nemanja Vidic’s debut run-out for Manchester United’s reserves was so bad that his own teammates were questioning his ability, according to former colleague Phil Marsh. Vidic joined the club in January 2006 from Spartak Moscow alongside Patrice Evra, who notoriously had a horror-show of a debut in the first-team against Manchester City and was substituted […]

  • #PLStories- #SteveBruce on #PaulDummett injury after pre season game #NUFC

    Paul Dummett could be a doubt for Newcastle United’s opening Premier League fixture of the season against West Ham United. The Geordie defender was missing for the Magpies’ 2-0 win over Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium. Steve Bruce could not guarantee he would be ready for the mid-August clash with the Hammers. Steve Bruce said: […]

  • #PLStories- #SanderBerge encouraging Sheffield United message amid Arsenal interest #SUFC #ARSENALFC

    Sander Berge has delivered an encouraging message for Sheffield United fans as speculation over his future continues. The Norwegian has been heavily linked with a move away from Bramall Lane this summer following the Blades’ relegation, with Arsenal the most prominent name linked. The rumours over his future have cooled in recent weeks, with Berge […]

  • #PLStories- #ValerianIsmael says #MatheusPereira ‘not committed to West Brom’ #WBAFC

    Matheus Pereira isn’t ‘committed’ to West Brom and won’t be involved at the beginning of the Championship season as the club seek to secure a deal for him to leave. Pereira, Albion’s playmaker, has enjoyed an excellent couple of years at The Hawthorns, has scored 20 goals and produced 23 assists for the club since […]

  • #PLStories- #ValerianIsmael explains why #QuevinCastro, #MattPhillips & #AlexPalmer weren’t at Blues #WBAFC

    Matt Phillips, Alex Palmer and Quevin Castro are all set to be available to West Brom boss Valerien Ismael when they make the trip to Bournemouth on Friday, despite missing the friendly win at Birmingham City. Palmer, hoping to push himself into the number one reckoning at The Hawthorns this season having played near 100 […]

  • #PLStories- #KyleWalkerPeters wants Saints to keep hold of ‘top player’ #JamesWardProwse #SAINTSFC

    FULL-BACK Kyle Walker-Peters admitted it was hard for him to comment on the rejected bid for Saints skipper James Ward-Prowse but added: “Of course, I hope he stays.” The Daily Echo understands Saints turned down a £25million offer for their captain from Aston Villa, with transfer speculation having linked Ward-Prowse to the Birmingham side all summer. And while Walker-Peters admitted “teams are always going to be looking” at the England midfielder, he is hopeful the 26-year-old remains at St Mary’s. Put to the defender that Saints would want to keep hold of their best players amid the interest in Ward-Prowse, Walker-Peters replied: “Yeah. It’s hard for me to speak on that, obviously. “Prowsey is a top player, teams are always going to be looking at him but that’s down to the club. “Of course, I hope he stays.” Ward-Prowse has been on the books at Saints since the age of eight and made 322 senior appearances for the south coast club in all competitions. He signed a fresh five-year contract with Saints 12 months ago. The Daily Mail this weekend reported Villa will make another effort to sign Ward-Prowse in the coming days. A knee injury had kept the midfielder out of Saints’ two friendly fixtures against Cardiff and Swansea, during the team’s pre-season trip to Wales. But Walker-Peters insisted both the club captain and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl had been working on gelling the squad together, ahead of the new campaign. He added: “I think we had that unity anyway but the gaffer and Prowsey have made sure we keep that unity and keep gelling as a squad, even off the pitch. “It (the trip) has been great. It’s been good to get minutes against some good teams but the main thing is working on how the gaffer wants us to play and we are slowly getting there, slowly getting better."

  • #PLStories- Saints youngster #JakeVokins has injury setback at Ross County #SAINTSFC

    SAINTS youngster Jake Vokins has suffered an injury setback while at loan club Ross County. The 21-year-old had started two Scottish League Cup ties for the Saggies and had been set to feature in their league opener at home against St Johnstone on Saturday. But boss Malky Mackay revealed the Saints academy graduate has a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal and was now set to go under the knife back on the south coast. Former Watford and Cardiff boss Mackay told the Press and Journal: “We had to contend with our starting left-back Jake Vokins, in the last minute of training on Friday, who innocuously made a pass and felt something in his foot. “It has turned out he has a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal and will be out for 10 weeks now.” He added: “Jake had settled in really well in the three games he played. “He was absolutely gutted, I spoke to Southampton on Friday and he will be operated on Monday down there. “Left-back might be the eighth one (player) we bring in now, because that’s an extra area we will have to look at again now.” Having come through the ranks at St Mary’s, Vokins has made five senior appearances for Saints. He also spent the second half of last season on loan at Sunderland.

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl says Saints’ young duo ‘getting stronger every day’ #SAINTSFC

    MANAGER Ralph Hasenhuttl praised Saints youngsters Ryan Finnigan and Oludare Olufunwa and added: “They are getting stronger every day.” The pair have been working with the St Mary’s side’s first team during their pre-season trip to Wales and came off the bench during Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Swansea. Central midfielder Finnigan replaced Stuart Armstrong after 73 minutes at Liberty Stadium, while defender Olufunwa came on for Jan Bednarek for the final nine minutes. Asked about the young duo’s integration into the first team, Hasenhuttl replied: “Very good, I must say they are getting stronger every day and when we are working together, it’s good for them to be with the first team. “It’s good for them to learn quick and always a fantastic opportunity for the young lads to be part of the game.” The pair could be involved when Saints host La Liga sides Levante and Athletic Bilbao at St Mary’s this week.

  • #PLStories- Burnley boss #SeanDyche reaction on Tranmere workout and #ChrisWood return #BURNLEYFC

    SEAN Dyche believes Burnley are in good shape with the countdown on to the new season as Chris Wood returns to the fold. Wood’s New Zealand exited the Tokyo Olympics with a penalty shoot-out defeat in the quarter-finals against the hosts. He is now on his way back to Barnfield, and with Matej Vydra playing the final half an hour of Saturday’s 2-1 win behind-closed-doors at Tranmere, Dyche’s options in the final third are increasing ahead of the season opener against Brighton on August 14. Work is also continuing in a bid to bring fresh faces in, RB Leipzig winger Ademola Lookman the latest player linked after spending last season on loan at Fulham. “There are a couple of games coming up so we will see how the squad looks after that,” said Dyche. “Woody is coming back – unfortunately for Woody. It’s shame for him and for them but good for us, in a way. “He comes back and will be able to re-acclimatise and get a bit of recovery before he joins in with us. “I am pretty pleased and the main thing is – so far – we are injury-free. “Everyone is fit and well at the moment and long may that continue, of course.Then if we can reinforce the squad as well, we’d like to think we are growing into pre-season so that when the real stuff starts we’re ready.” With a behind-closed-doors game and a Turf Moor friendly with La Liga side Cadiz to come, Dyche saw Ashley Barnes and Dwight McNeil get the goals at Prenton Park against Micky Mellon's League Two side. “They are a decent outfit and pushed us hard, which was good for us so we feel like we benefited from this," said the Clarets boss. "I thought the general performance was good. I liked the tempo about the play, the energy and I thought there was a nice edge to it, so I was pleased overall. "We are still in the market to support the group where we can but when we’re fit and well I’ve always said it, I think we’ve got a good outfit."

  • #PLStories- #BarryDouglas opens on dealing with ‘rigorous regime’ at Leeds United #LUFC

    Barry Douglas has spoken out about his move back to Poland following the expiration of his Leeds United contract. The 31-year-old was ravaged by injury during his time at Elland Road and had slipped down the pecking order by the time Leeds began their first season back in the Premier League. A loan move Blackburn […]

  • #PLStories- #MarcAlbrighton ‘had possibilities to leave’, admits #BrendanRodgers #LCFC

    Marc Albrighton chose to sign a new contract with Leicester City amid options to move elsewhere, manager Brendan Rodgers has said. The winger penned a new three-year contract in the week, a deal that will take his spell at the King Power Stadium to a decade. Albrighton had one year remaining on his previous contract […]

  • #PLStories- #BrendanRodgers makes firm statement on Leicester City sales to break trend #LCFC

    Leicester City look set to end their streak of one high-profile departure per summer with manager Brendan Rodgers declaring the club “don’t have to sell”. City have sold a big name in each of the past five years – with Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell the two to leave under Rodgers – and have received […]

  • #PLStories- #SlavisaJokanovic holds firm on #SanderBerge amidst Arsenal interest #ARSENALFC #SUFC

    Arsenal are set to renew their interest in Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, according to reports. The Norwegian international has been heavily linked with a move to north London for around a year now, although speculation around a transfer to the Emirates Stadium has cooled in recent weeks. Berge has also been linked with a […]

  • #PLStories- #GrahamPotter verdict as Brighton beat Luton in friendly #BHAFC

    Graham Potter has given Albion's latest pre-season run out his seal of approval. Fine finishes from Aaron Connolly, Enock Mwepu and Percy Tau secured a 3-1 win at Luton. Harry Cornick brought the Hatters back in the contest at 2-1 just before the interval after a poor pass by Dan Burn. Albion boss Potter said: “I thought we played well in the first half especially, we controlled the game, created some good chances and scored some good goals. “I was really pleased for Enock to get off the mark. Disappointed in their goal, which was from an error, which makes the start of the second half a little bit more competitive. “It is something we just have to accept and learn from but, in the end, our response was good and it was nice for Percy to score. DANNY WELBECK COULD MISS START OF PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON “In the end there were lots of young players and players on the pitch getting minutes. It was a really good afternoon for us.” Albion used 22 players, including 80 minutes for centre-back Shane Duffy. Albion: Sanchez (Steele 46); Veltman (Karbownik 46), Duffy (Tsoungui 80), Burn (Ostigard 58), March (Zeqiri 64); Bissouma (Gross 64), Mwepu (Leonard 68), Moder (Tau 46), Lallana (Richards 64); Connolly (Alzate 46), Maupay (Andone 46).

  • #PLStories – #PLTransfers as on Aug 3 2021

    Here’s a full list of ins and outs involving Premier League clubs so far… Arsenal In Nuno Tavares (Benfica) Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht) Mika Biereth (Fulham) Ben White (Brighton) Out David Luiz (released) Levi Laing (released) Joseph Olowu (released) Luke Plange (released) Jason Sraha (released) Trae Coyle (Lausanne–Sport) Zech Medley (KV Oostende) Mark McGuinness (Cardiff) […]

  • #PLStories – Wolves forward #TheoCorbeanu joins Sheffield Wednesday on loan #WolvesFC

    Wolverhampton Wanderers have loaned out highly-rated forward Theo Corbeanu to Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls, who will ply their trade in League One this season, have beaten off competition for Canada international Corbeanu on a year-long loan. The 19-year-old was the stand-out player for Wolves’ under-23s last season and earned a place in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first team […]

  • #PLStories – #TinoLavramento joins Saints and reveals reason for joining them #SaintsFC

    NEW Saints acquisition Tino Lavramento tells how he had transfer options but insists “to choose Southampton was sort of a no-brainer.” The 18-year-old dynamic defender departs Chelsea with a big reputation in search of first team football, joining south-coast Saints on a five-year contract. He featured heavily in Premier League 2 last season for the Blues’ under-23s, contributing goals and assists up the other end, and follows in the footsteps of Dynel Simeu who joined the club from Cobham in July. Speaking to the club website, number 21 Lavramento said: “I've been discussing with my dad about what we thought was best for my future. We felt like this was the right time for it to happen and for me to move on. “To have interest from a few top clubs, to choose Southampton was sort of a no-brainer. They are a solid Premier League club and the manager was quite a big factor as to why I wanted to come here and why I wanted to play for Southampton.” Reports suggested he was linked to the likes of Red Bull Leipzig, AC Milan and Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion. He’s yet to make a senior appearance in his young career but did impress enough to make the bench in the league back in May, when Chelsea played Manchester City and Arsenal.

  • #PLStories – #SteveBruce reveals #MiguelAlmiron #AllanSaintMaximin and #CallumWilson will join in Newcastle’s friendly matches #NUFC

    Steve Bruce will welcome back Miguel Almiron to the club’s Benton base after his participation in the Copa America this summer. Steve Bruce said  “I know ultimately what I’d like as my first XI. Of course, but we have three big hitters who didn’t play at Burton. Miguel Almiron will join us, Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum […]

  • #PLStories – #DavidUnsworth highlights opportunities that #RafaBenitez plans to give academy kids #EvertonFC

    David Unsworth has urged Everton’s young players to listen to Rafa Benitez as the manager makes regular visits to the club’s academy. David Unsworth said “I’m so delighted Rafa has taken the opportunity to regularly come to the Academy. He is interested in who could be good enough to make that step and who we are […]

  • #PLStories – #OlivierGiroud wants to play with #HakimZiyech again #ChelseaFC

    Olivier Giroud has admitted that he would like to play with Hakim Ziyech again, amid rumours linking the pair with a reunion at AC Milan. Olivier Giroud  said “Ziyech is a great player. We have had a great connection even though we have played few games together. He has a top left foot, has experience and […]

  • #PLStories – #GrahamPotter reveals importance of #AdamWebster at Brighton #BHAFC

    He was previously under contract until 2023. Webster is likely to make his first appearance of pre-season when the Seagulls host Getafe on Saturday. Albion boss Graham Potter said: “Adam has been a really important figure for us on and off the pitch so I am delighted to see him commit to the project we have here. “Adam was one of the first players to sign after I joined the club two years ago and I am delighted with his development in that time. ALBION ANALYSIS AFTER PRE-SEASON WIN AT LUTON  GETAFE LINE UP REPLACEMENT FOR BRIGHTON TARGET MARC CUCURELLA "He has captained the team on a few occasions which is a real testament to his qualities. “We’re looking forward now to seeing him continue his fantastic form from last season into the new campaign.”

  • #PLStories – #BenWhite impresses with goal save in friendly debut against Chelsea #ArsenalFC

    The centre back left the Seagulls for the London side in a £50 million transfer last week and the move already looking like money well spent. White has now made his debut for his new side after replacing Rob Holding for the second half of the Gunners pre-season 2-1 defeat against Chelsea. Despite ending the game on the losing side, the 23-year-old did a lot to endear him to his new teammates and fans. White made a good stop to deny Blues striker Tammy Abraham from close range. The striker was only five yards from goal, but his goalbound effort was not good enough to beat the Englishman's well-timed stuck out leg. The defender's best moment came in the 53rd minute when he made an astonishing block to stop Chelsea attacker Hakim Ziyech from scoring a certain goal. White made a gut-busting run back into the box and managed to get ahead of the Chelsea playmaker before he buried the ball into an open goal. Chelsea's N'Golo Kante (centre) and Arsenal's Ben White (left) during The Mind Series match at Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday August 1, 2021. In the 82nd minute, White made his third goal stopping contribution. The defender read a cross-goal pass from Abraham and made the vital interception before the ball reached Michy Batshuayi to tap home. Throughout his debut, White was comfortable and assured on the ball, completing many passes and rarely losing the ball, something Arsenal has lacked in recent season. Mikel Arteta was full of praise for the England international after the game. Watch Ben White's stunning block here: Ben White 💪 pic.twitter.com/P87aqXyOu4 — AFTV (@AFTVMedia) August 1, 2021 During his post-match press conference, he said: "I'm really pleased with the condition he came in and the direction we want to take. "It is a player we've been looking for for years now, and we identified him as a great option for our game model. "The balance we want in the squad in terms of youth and those who can develop with us. "It's great recruitment." Albion, in the meantime, are still deciding how they are going to spend the money brought into the club from White's transfer. A replacement centre-back could be higher on the list following Dan Burn's injury during the club's pre-season friendly against Luton Town on Saturday. Have you got a story for us? Email news@theargus.co.uk or contact us here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with all the latest news. Sign up to our newsletter to get updates sent straight to your inbox. You can also call us on 01273 021 400.

  • #PLStories – #DeclanRice admits love for West Ham fans and focus on career at the club #WHUFC

    Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice is reportedly not demanding a transfer away from West Ham United despite rejecting two contract offers. The interest in his signature is certainly not a surprise however, considering the midfielder’s performances both on a club and international basis. He starred for the Hammers last season as they secured their second-highest Premier League […]

  • #PLStories – #BrunoLage provides insight on his managerial methods and vision for Wolves #WolvesFC

    Wolverhampton Wanderers appointed Bruno Lage as the new Wolves head coach on June 9, replacing fellow Portuguese manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Lage has placed a particular emphasis on competitiveness between his players, something he was praised for at former club Benfica. Bruno Lage said “The most important thing is to be competitive. I speak with our […]

  • #PLStories – #RaulJimenez shares his delight on return from season ending injury #WolvesFC

    Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has spoken for the first time since suffering an injury that almost ended his career. Raul Jimenez said “It feels amazing to be back after eight months, it feels like it was my first time out on a pitch again. I’m so happy to be back here. When it happened I received […]

  • #PLStories – #JoeHart gives reasons for leaving Tottenham and joining Celtic #THFC

    Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Joe Hart has left the club and joined Celtic on a permanent basis.  Hart opened up on his move, believed to be for around £1million, to Celtic’s official website. Joe Hart said “This is a great moment for me in my career and I am absolutely delighted to be joining […]

  • #PLStories- #RomeluLukaku judges his second Chelsea debut whilst singling out one Arsenal player #CHELSEAFC #ARSENALFC

    Chelsea’s trip to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon summed up both side’s current trajectory under their respective managers. The game finished 2-0 to the Blues, a result that condemned Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side to their second loss of the season, following their defeat to Brentford last Friday which finished with the same scoreline. Comparitvely, Thomas Tuchel’s […]

  • #PLStories – #TinoLivramento reveals role of #RalphHasenhuttl while signing for Southampton #SaintsFC

    SAINTS’ most recent summer signing Tino Livramento has revealed that manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was highly persuasive in getting him to switch Chelsea, admitting “the passion that he shows, I just can’t wait to get started.” As with any footballing opinion, fans may vary on what they believe Austrian boss Hasenhuttl brings to the table and the future that the club holds under him – but Livramento is absolutely clear. The 18-year-old right-sided player has been with the Blues since the start of his footballing development but has followed fellow academy youngster Dynel Simeu and made the south-coast switch. Having won the academy’s Player of the Year award back in May, Livramento would be following in the footsteps of previous winners such as Mason Mount and Reece James – who have become England internationals and Champions League winners while at Chelsea. Read more Who is Saints' new signing ex-Chelsea Tino Livramento? Ralph Hasenhuttl: Tino Livramento made a very good choice Former Saint Jake Hesketh joins Eastleigh FC But Livramento has insisted he “can’t wait to get started” at Saints and has named Hasenhuttl as a driving force in his decision. He told the club: “The manager was quite a big factor as to why I wanted to come here, the passion that he shows, I just can’t wait to get started. “He wanted to tell me a lot, he wants to tell me a lot about how he wants me to come in and train, how he wants me to play, what he wants me to bring to the team. “That was really attractive to me to see him expressing those emotions. Showing how he sees me playing in a Premier League team, which is really big for me being 18 – it was a really good conversation. “You do need to be good defensively and Ralph said he sees that’s an area he can help me improve, I believe with his help that’s what I can bring to the table as well, a good defensive right-back.” When asked about what he sees in Saints as a club, he was equally complimentary. He added: “It’s a talented group but I know what I can add to it, as I say I can’t wait to get started. “They are now an established Premier League team, they’ve always been notorious for bringing through youth payers, you look at your Gareth Bale’s, Theo Walcott is obviously back at the club now. “It’s a healthy environment for me to come and grow. “I never wanted to be tied down to a huge deal and then not get a lot of first-team opportunities, I felt like this was the best place to come and test myself. If Southampton comes in for you and you’re 18, there’s not many people that would turn that down.”

  • #PLStories – #KyleWalkerPeters reveals how #DeleAlli is helping him with preparation for new season #SaintsFC #THFC

    KYLE Walker-Peters revealed he was feeling ready for the rigours of a new Premier League season – thanks to some intense warm-weather work alongside close pal Dele Alli. The Saints full-back had been getting himself prepared alongside his former Spurs team-mate to return to pre-season – the pair putting themselves through their paces in both Dubai and Portugal during the off season. Walker-Peters and Alli trained at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex while in Dubai and the Saints man said it was a boost to have someone on hand to spur him on. He told the Daily Echo: “I was in Dubai and Portugal with Dele. It was tough but really enjoyable as well. “We trained at NAS Centre (in Dubai) – the Crown Prince’s gym, which was nice. The facilities were great. “We just worked on our fitness, worked on a few techniques and it was great to do. “It makes a huge difference, you know? Sometimes you might wake up and not really want to do it but when you’ve got your mate next to you saying ‘come on, we’ve got to go’ or vice-versa, it does help. “Being on the pitch with your friend, there’s nothing better, so it’s a big help.” Edmonton-born Walker-Peters played just less than 30 minutes when Saints beat Cardiff City 4-0 in a friendly last week. He started and featured for an hour before being replaced by Yan Valery in Saturday’s 3-1 triumph over Swansea City. Assessing the victory over the Swans, Walker-Peters said: “I thought we stuck to the task really well. “We have changed our style a bit and we are still working on it but I thought on Saturday we looked really good using that style and hopefully we kick on from here. “In my instance, there’s a few different things I need to do that the gaffer’s asked me to do. I am starting to feel more and more comfortable doing those things and I think they showed.” He added: “I feel great. During the off season I was working really hard to maintain my fitness. “I did give myself a rest but I worked really hard on bettering myself physically. I feel ready but there are two more games to go. “We are just going to keep trying to improve those tactics, keep getting sharper on the ball and hopefully go into the season really strong.” Walker-Peters is expected to feature when Saints host La Liga outfits Levante and Athletic Bilbao in pre-season friendlies this week.

  • #PLStories – #HarryMaguire shares his stance on #Racism on behalf of Manchester United #MUFC

    Club captain Harry Maguire is hopeful that supporters returning to Old Trafford will be able to help Manchester United’s players make their stance against racism even clearer. Harry Maguire said “All Manchester United players fully support the decision to continue taking the knee in the Premier League this season. We have said many times as individuals, […]

  • #PLStories- New signing #LeonBailey claims #UsainBolt will shift allegiances away from Manchester United to Premier League rival Aston Villa #AVFC #MUFC

    New Aston Villa signing Leon Bailey believes that famous Manchester United fan Usain Bolt will now support his new club as well. Exciting winger Bailey was confirmed as an Aston Villa player following a £30m move from Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, with the Midlands club wasting no time in replacing Manchester City bound Jack Grealish. […]

  • #PLStories- #NunoEspiritoSanto about #HarryKane, transfer, #HugoLloris injury and #TanguyNdombele #THFC

    Can you give us an update on Harry Kane’s whereabouts and when you expect him back at the club? I will not speak with you about that. I’m sorry. I was expecting a different question from you. Did you watch the game? I did watch the game, what did you make of the game? It […]

  • #PLStories- #ThomasTuchel gives insight on #KurtZouma amid transfer talks #WHUFC #ChelseaFC

    Kurt Zouma’s future at Chelsea remains uncertain, with the France international now into the final two years of his contract at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel said: “Kurt comes from a very different situation. Kurt was part of the team for half a year, I know him exactly, what I can demand from him, what he can […]

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl reveals he can replace #DannyIngs #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl insists Saints will look to replace Danny Ings in the transfer market, after the striker completed a £30million move to Aston Villa this evening. Ings's surprise departure from Saints was confirmed shortly before the club faced Levante in a pre-season friendly at St Mary's. Kyle Walker-Peters scored the only goal as Saints clinched a 1-0 win over the La Liga side, but all the talk post-match was dominated by the departure of Saints' star striker. Boss Hasenhuttl said: "It was not a shock for me as we are always informed about what is going on behind the scenes. "It was clear we had a player who didn’t want to sign for us anymore. I must say it is fantastic that we get a lot of money for him. He did a fantastic job for this club. He was an amazing goalscorer all this time when he was here. It is a pity that he leaves, but this is the business. "I want to say thank you for the time he played for us. "We can replace him with the money we have got." Discussing Saints' future plans in the transfer market now Ings has left the club, Hasenhuttl added: "We know that we need maybe two more players. So we must always look that we buy players a little bit cheaper and sell players a little bit more expensive. This is our business. This is how we are working here. "It (Ings money) helps us massively, definitely. But we lose also a very important striker who has scored a lot of goals, so when we want to be as successful in the offensive as in the past, we must split the goals he scored on our shoulders among the players. "Everybody needs three or four more goals and then we can maybe replace him." He added: "Hopefully we can get two or three more players in. I am sure we have to replace him, Danny Ings, this is no question. "We must have a look what striker we need, definitely. We have a few alternatives in our rows. They can definitely score goals. We have Che, we have Nathan Tella, we have Longy and Theo Walcott can play up front, Reddy can play up front and Michael Obafemi. "So we have a few alternatives. But we know that we need somebody else."

  • #PLStories- #BrunoLage reveals the ‘risk’ he took with Wolves stars #WillyBoly and #YersonMosquera #WOLVESFC

    Bruno Lage admits he ‘took a risk’ with Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera after the Wolves defenders picked up pre-season injuries. Both Boly and Mosquera suffered hamstring injuries in separate games over the past two weeks and now look set to miss the Premier League opener versus Leicester City. Lage has been left with just […]

  • #PLStories- #DanielFarke impressed with #BillyGilmour at Carrow Road #NCFC #ChelseaFC

    Please shareNorwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke praised his players for coming through a “tough 14 days” to thrash Gillingham 5-0 on Wednesday night, joining new signing Billy Gilmour in talking up the atmosphere on a big night at Carrow Road.“I’m quite pleased, the circumstances of the last two weeks haven’t been easy for the lads,” Farke told official club channels. “We have had a tough 14 days. We had two players back yesterday into team training, Jacob Sorensen and Angus Gunn, our two Covid-19 cases. “Also until the weekend, Dimitris Giannoulis and Max Aarons were self-isolating. They didn’t catch it but it was precautious. Today, seven players missed the game due to Covid-19 reasons. All in all, without 11 first-team players in the last days has been difficult for the mood and confidence but also on the training pitch.” The German bemoaned the impact his side’s Covid outbreak had had on preparations for the upcoming Premier League campaign, some players still isolating with just 11 days left until the big kick-off on August 14. Club captain Grant Hanley has not yet featured in pre-season and has missed three opportunities to play because of the outbreak, City’s final friendly at Newcastle is now his only chance to gain some match sharpness before the season starts. Milot Rashica, Teemu Pukki, Bali Mumba, Michael McGovern, Jordan Hugill, Przemyslaw Placheta and Onel Hernandez also missed the Gillingham game, along with long-term absentee Sam Byram. “It’s not easy for the lads who are missing, no team training for ten days is difficult. For Teemu, he was away longer after the Euros, came back and had three days with us and then is not with us for ten days. “It’s not ideal but the main thing is, the lads feel alright,” the City boss continued. Some are struggling with some symptoms, but the main thing is their safety and health. “We don’t want them to struggle for too long so we accept this situation. In the last few days, there have been no new Covid-19 cases so we’ve stopped the cycle a little bit. Hopefully, step by step, we get our players back. We have to take time to get their fitness back.” A key player who was involved, and was instrumental throughout the friendly, was Billy Gilmour. The Scot featured in front of a Carrow Road crowd for the first time on Wednesday night and was blown away by the atmosphere created by the 10,692 fans in attendance. “It was an amazing feeling,” he said. “Fans are back and honestly it was so loud. When we were scoring and the fans were celebrating, there is no better feeling. “It makes me really excited for the Liverpool game in a couple of weeks. It is a big fixture to start the season and, hopefully, we can continue our positivity into that.” Farke agreed, commending the support provided by those watching the game live, as fans congregated at Carrow Road for the first time since December 2020. “It also felt a bit special tonight with it being our first time back at Carrow Road,” he said. “It’s been our first time back for months and a first chance to celebrate a little bit our fantastic last season and the promotion. “You could feel it after the celebrations after each goal how much it meant to them and how much they have missed our feeling and spirit together. Our supporters have always been with us, even in the empty stadiums last season. For that, it’s great to be re-connected and reunited with them.” Please share

  • #PLStories- #WesleyFofana gives injury update after devastating blow in Leicester City clash with Villarreal #LCFC

    Wesley Fofana has suffered a fracture to his fibula, the defender has said on social media. Fofana was stretchered off during Leicester City’s 3-2 win over Villarreal on Wednesday night, the 20-year-old immediately signalling for assistance after a scissor challenge by forward Fer Nino. In an accompanying picture, the defender is smiling, but says “it […]

  • #PLStories- Brentford stance on taking a knee after talks in which #IvanToney decides to make own gesture #BRENTFORD

    Brentford will return to taking a knee before games this season, with the Premier League’s newest club saying that the most effective way to tackle discrimination is to act in unison, but their star striker Ivan Toney has decided to make his own gesture following discussions between the squad. The West London team had stopped […]

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl breaks silence over #DannyIngs’ Aston Villa transfer #AVFC #SAINTSFC

    Aston Villa added to their fourth signing of the summer window on Wednesday evening – and the second of the day. Danny Ings completed a move from fellow Premier League side Southampton on a four-year deal for a fee of around £30million. That came after Leon Bailey was confirmed earlier in the day on a […]

  • #PLStories- #ThomasTuchel on #RomeluLukaku to Chelsea, #TinoAnjorin and more #CHELSEAFC

    Chelsea appear to be closing in on a deal to sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter. Is that the case? “I will not talk about players who don’t play in my squad. Romelu Lukaku is a fantastic player but he’s an Inter player and, with all due respect, I will not talk about him in this […]

  • #PLStories- Spurs manager #NunoEspiritoSanto asked about #HarryKane situation amid Man City transfer interest #THFC

    Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has remained tight-lipped on Harry Kane’s situation amid Manchester City’s transfer interest. Nuno Espirito Santo said: “I’m sorry but I’m not gonna talk about Harry Kane now. Let’s discuss about the game, did you watch it?. It’s not that I don’t want to comment. I think all this issue surrounding […]

  • #PLStories- #DannyIngs on why he left Southampton FC for Aston Villa #AVFC #SAINTSFC

    DANNY Ings insists the chance to join Aston Villa was "a challenge I couldn't really shy away from" after completing his £30million move from Saints. Ings's transfer stunned football fans across the country last night, announced by the Midlands club just minutes before Saints kicked off a pre-season friendly against Levante at St Mary's Stadium. And the 29-year-old has now explained why he left the south coast for Dean Smith's side. "To be honest, I’ve been at a lot of places in my career, but this was definitely the best-kept secret really," Ings told VillaTV. "It’s been a crazy couple of days, not being able to tell my family up until it was announced. Now I’m just happy to be here and get started. "I think the club itself is a huge club, as everybody knows. You can see the direction the owner and everybody wants to take with this club. "It’s a huge club with a huge reputation and huge expectation from the fans. It was a challenge I couldn’t really shy away from and a challenge I’m looking forward to." Ings added: "I think it’s just the direction of the club and where the gaffer and everybody wants to take the club really. "It is a tough challenge. A club like this should be competing for Europe, with its history. Hopefully I can play my part in achieving that. There is definitely a lot of good times to look forward to for this football club." Villa finished 11th in the Premier League last season, 12 points and four places above Saints. They are due to visit St Mary's on November 6, and Ings hopes to quickly win the support from fans of his new club, with the Premier League set to get underway for Villa at Watford on August 14. "Everywhere that I’ve been in my career, one of the biggest things for me is to get that bond with the fans as quick as possible," said the striker. "I’ve managed to do that at every other club that I’ve been at and this is no different." Ings leaves having scored 46 goals from 100 appearances for boyhood club Saints. He also broke back into the England squad during his time at St Mary's, scoring his first Three Lions goal in a victory over Wales at Wembley last year.

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl happy with ‘good test’ against Levante #SAINTSFC

    BOSS Ralph Hasenhuttl described Wednesday night's victory over Levante as a "good test" after his side triumphed 1-0 at St Mary's. Kyle Walker-Peters scored a brilliant winner, drilling a shot across into the bottom corner for his first goal in Saints colours. It maintained Saints' unbeaten run of results in pre-season, after a behind-closed-doors draw against Fulham and comfortable victories over both Cardiff and Swansea last week. And while the main talking point of the evening was Danny Ings's £30million departure to join Aston Villa, Hasenhuttl was pleased with what he saw on the pitch against the Spanish opposition. Hasenhuttl said: "I must say it was a good test against a side that forces a little bit more than the other two (Cardiff and Swansea) we’ve had so far. "What I wanted to see was that we are still fighting for having the clean sheet. "I think our transition game was not that clinical like in the last games where we scored a little bit more often, because it was sometimes not quick. "It was a little bit too sloppy sometimes, the passes in the final third. But overall it was a good test for us. "We tried to give the players 90 minutes and on Saturday (against Athletic Bilbao) the second group comes with the 90-minute chance to show up, so that everybody has the chance to play 90 minutes in the pre-season and they should know how it feels. "For this I think it was a very good evening. We scored one goal, could score a little bit more often I think, but in the end a good test." Asked if he feels this win will help breed confidence ahead of the Premier League opener against Everton on August 14, Hasenhuttl added: "The Premier League is always something different. "You never know how good you are or how far you are. But we are really working hard to get better. "But I think getting more clean sheets is the key of getting better in the league table. I think this is what we need to do."

  • #PLStories- #JesseLingard reflects on his time at West Ham after returning to Manchester United #MUFC #WHUFC

    Jesse Lingard’s loan spell at West Ham was an undoubted success for all three parties involved. The Hammers were given a boost in their bid for European football, Lingard got the regular first-team action he desired and Manchester United saw their player’s value rise and confidence return. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “We lacked some options […]

  • #PLStories- #BrunoLage reveals private chat with #RaulJimenez & his big Wolves transfer regret #WOLVESFC

    Bruno Lage admits he’s always been a fan of Raul Jimenez and has backed the striker to lead Wolverhampton Wanderers’ assault on the Premier League in 2021/22. Jimenez has recovered from a career-threatening head injury to participate in Wolves’ first pre-season under new head coach Lage. The striker has impressed too, particularly in the 1-1 […]

  • #PLStories- #BenWhite Agent lifts lid on how Brighton and Arsenal came to a consensus #ARSENALFC #BHAFC

    Ben White’s agent has revealed Albion drove a hard bargain as they sold their star defender to Arsenal. The Gunners paid £50 million for White, who has had just one season of Premier League football behind him. A deal was reported to be complete by some sources some time ago – only for Albion sources, as reported by The Argus, to insist that was not yet the case. The two clubs eventually reached agreement and White’s move was confirmed last Friday. Agent Alex Levack told Sky Sports: “Maybe the biggest challenge really was agreeing a fee between the two clubs and a structure of the deal. “Brighton didn’t really want to sell and were not willing to give a valuation of the player. “With (Albion chairman) Tony Bloom being a poker player and a professional gambler, he’s a very hard man to read. PREDICTIONS ARE COMING IN FOR BRIGHTON'S 2021-22 SEASON “But I think both clubs dealt with the utmost integrity and it was pretty smooth. “And I think the outcome was best for all parties really.”

  • #PLStories- Manchester United manager #OleGunnarSolskjaer gives update on #PaulPogba future following return to training #MUFC

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reiterated he has had ‘positive’ discussions with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Pogba, 28, has entered the last year of his contract and United are at risk of losing the France international on a free exactly 10 years on from when he left the club as a teenager. Pogba’s agent, Mino […]

  • #PLStorties- #ChristianPurslow addresses Aston Villa fans as #JackGrealish leaves Aston Villa #AVFC

    Manchester City have confirmed the £100m transfer move for Aston Villa’s talisman Jack Grealish. Grealish has joined City on a six-year contract and will wear the number 10 shirt which was recently vacated by Sergio Aguero. On his first interview with City, Jack Grealish said: “I am incredibly happy to have joined Manchester City. City […]

  • #PLStories- #JackGrealish pens and emotional goodbye message for Aston Villa fans #AVFC #MCFC

    Jack Grealish has earned a handsome pay hike after joining Manchester City from Aston Villa in a Premier League-record transfer. Grealish has signed for City in a £100million deal that was confirmed on Thursday night, almost a week after Pep Guardiola’s side lodged their bid. In an emotional departing message to Villa fans, Jack Grealish […]

  • #PLStories- Villarreal’s #FerNino denies intending harm to #WesleyFofana over leg-breaking tackle #LEIFC

    Villarreal forward Fer Nino has apologised publicly and privately for the tackle that has left Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana facing months on the sidelines. Nino, a Spanish Under-21 international, challenged Fofana from behind on the hour mark of Wednesday night’s game, the scissor action breaking the Frenchman’s fibula. The two had come together minutes […]

  • #PLStories- Aston Villa release public statement to explain #JackGrealish decision #AVFC

    Former Liverpool managing director and current Aston Villa chief executive officer Christian Purslow has revealed Manchester City met a clause in Jack Grealish’s contract in order for him to become the most expensive British player ever. In light of the interest from the Premier League holders, Dean Smith’s side made three signings in the form […]

  • #PLStories- #JurgenKlopp makes #TakumiMinamino admission and singles out #KostasTsimikas for Liverpool #LFC

    Jurgen Klopp was impressed by Liverpool’s pressing game as they beat Bologna in back-to-back games on Thursday. Goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane gave the Reds the first win against the Italian outfit, before Takumi Minamino’s strike was enough for a second victory for Klopp’s men on the banks of Lake Geneva. Both Jota […]

  • #PLStories- #JackGrealish reveals details of #PepGuardiola conversation following Man City transfer #MCFC

    Jack Grealish has revealed he has already discussed where he will play for Manchester City with Pep Guardiola. City confirmed the signing of Grealish from Aston Villa on Thursday evening on a six-year deal. The move has seen the Blues smash the British transfer record by splashing out £100m to sign the 25-year-old playmaker, who […]

  • #PLStories- #OleGunnarSolskjaer speaks out on Manchester United transfer plans before deadline #MUFC

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says any more signings would be a ‘bonus’ for Manchester United as they approach the last three weeks of the transfer window. United completed the £72.9million signing of Jadon Sancho last month and are waiting for Raphael Varane to undergo a medical before his £43m move can be finalised. Sancho is not […]

  • #PLStories- #BrendanRodgers gives verdict on #JamesMaddison future as Arsenal circle #LCFC

    Leicester City have received no bids for James Maddison amid interest from Arsenal, manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed. Maddison has been a target for the Gunners this summer and transfer talk has been growing louder of late with reports of a cash-plus-player offer. But Rodgers says Jon Rudkin tells him of any offers and the […]

  • #PLStories- Leeds United’s #IllanMeslier reveals why he rejected a 2018 transfer to Chelsea #CHELSEAFC #LUFC

    Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier has revealed that Chelsea’s late move for his signature was a reason behind why he rejected the Blues in 2018. Now 21, the Frenchman has been a star for Marcelo Bielsa’s men between the sticks having arrived initially on-loan from Lorient in 2019, before that move was eventually made permanent. […]

  • #PLStories- #JackGrealish explains why time was right for transfer from boyhood club Aston Villa to Man City #AVFC #MCFC

    Jack Grealish has named playing in the Champions League, working with Pep Guardiola and winning trophies as the three biggest reasons why he joined Manchester City. After a worryingly slow transfer window so far, City’s summer has finally burst to life with the signing of Aston Villa talisman Grealish on a six-year deal. The Blues […]

  • #PLStories- #DannyIngs issues message of thanks to fans following departure from Saints #SAINTSFC

    FRONTMAN Danny Ings has tonight issued a message to Saints fans via social media having this week left the club to join Aston Villa. The England international sealed a shock £30million move to the Midlands on Wednesday night, having only had one year remaining on his deal at St Mary’s. Posting on Instagram, the former Saints star said: “It has been an honour to represent my hometown club and I wanted to thank you for all the incredible support you have shown me since I walked through the door three years ago. “I hope I’ve managed to repay you with my performances on the pitch, as it was special for me and my family every time I pulled on the shirt. “Thank you. Danny” Ings leaves having scored 46 goals from 100 appearances for boyhood club Saints. He also broke back into the England squad during his time at St Mary's, scoring his first Three Lions goal in a victory over Wales at Wembley last year.

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl and #OriolRomeu provide insight to new signing #TinoLivramento #SAINTSFC

    TINO Livramento is set to make his first appearance in Saints colours during Saturday's friendly against Athletic Bilbao, with boss Ralph Hasenhuttl declaring: "I am very proud the club managed to bring him in." Saints fought off reported competition from around Europe to snap up the highly-rated 18-year-old defender. He joined the club from Chelsea this week for a fee said to be in the region of £5million, having won the club's academy player of the year award last season. Livramento is yet to make a competitive senior appearance, but was twice named on the bench for Premier League fixtures with the Blues last season. And the St Mary's crowd are set to get their first chance to see the new man in action when La Liga side Bilbao head to the south coast (3pm). Discussing the club's latest recruit, Hasenhuttl said: "He has trained twice very hard after his COVID he had for two weeks, he was out. "He needs a little bit of time to come to the level others are at the moment. "We have had four very tough weeks (of pre-season) so far at a good level, so we will want to give him a chance against Bilbao, maybe for 45 or 30 minutes. I want to have a look. "But from what I have seen so far in the first sessions is he is a fantastic player for us and one of the best young players on this position in England I think, so I am very proud the club managed to bring him in. "And I don’t want to hang the expectations too high, but I think in the next five years we will have a lot of fun with him." Full-back Livramento will challenge Kyle Walker-Peters and Yan Valery for a starting berth at Saints in his preferred position of right-back, while the club also hope he can provide cover for Romain Perraud on the left side of defence. The teenager has joined in with his first training sessions this week, and new team-mate Oriol Romeu likes what he has seen so far. Asked for his first impressions of Livramento, Romeu told the Daily Echo: "A great lad. He’s a young player. But I’ve only seen one session, one exercise. From what I’ve seen from our side, a very good young lad with probably a great future ahead of him. "Happy to have him here. He is going to be a good option at the back as well. "He looks strong, he looks fit. Although he’s young, he’s got quite a physical presence so I’m sure he’s going to be a good help for us as well." Livramento is the second teenager Saints have attracted from Chelsea this summer, with centre-back Dynel Simeu also arriving to link up initially with the B team. Asked how promising it is that Saints can attract such talent from big clubs like Chelsea, Romeu added: "Yeah, probably because they’re seeing they’ve got chances and they can grow and get some proper games here. "There is nothing wrong with that, as long as they come to perform and do their thing, we’re happy, people to come and help and do a good job."

  • #PLStories- #CristianRomero thanks fans for showing love after £42.5m Tottenham Hotspur transfer #THFC

    New Tottenham arrival Cristian Romero has promised to give everything to the club after his switch to north London was confirmed on Friday. Following a lengthy process to bring the Argentine defender to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium throughout the summer, the 23-year-old finally became a Spurs player, penning a six-year-deal with the club. football.london understands […]

  • #PLStories- #BrunoLage sends transfer instructions to Wolves owners to buy players #WOLVESFC

    Bruno Lage has asked Wolverhampton Wanderers’ hierarchy to sign ‘three or four top players’ before the transfer window shuts. Wolves have already acquired Jose Sa, Yerson Mosquera, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Francisco Trincao this summer, but Lage wants more to create the competitive squad that he craves. Signing a centre-back and a new midfielder are understood […]

  • #PLStories- #PhilFoden and #KevinDeBruyne missing as #JackGrealish prepares for Manchester City debut #MCFC

    Phil Foden is set to miss the start of Manchester City’s season with the foot injury he picked up during England’s Euro 2020 campaign. The Manchester City star left the England camp on crutches just over three weeks ago after missing the final against Italy and has since been spotted wearing a protective boot while […]

  • #PLStories- #NathanielClyne thanks new boss #PatrickViera after signing one-year contract extension with Crystal Palace #CPFC

    Nathaniel Clyne has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract extension with Crystal Palace. The 30-year-old has signed a new deal with the club, having returned to south London last October following his release from Liverpool. Clyne made 14 appearances for Palace last season after returning to the club, with the Eagles academy […]

  • #PLStories- #PepGuardiola admits surprise after hearing about #LionelMessi exit #MCFC

    Pep Guardiola moved for Jack Grealish because he assumed Lionel Messi was staying Barcelona, suspects Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol. Grealish and Messi have dominated the headlines this week, with Manchester City signing the former from Aston Villa for £100million and the latter seemingly set to leave Barcelona. The Catalan giants have conceded they are […]

  • #PLStories- #TimoWerner wants to win #ChampionsLeague again with Chelsea #CHELSEAFC

    Chelsea enjoyed a fairytale ending to their 2020/21 campaign, lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy in Porto after defeating Manchester City 1-0 in the final. However, the Blues finished a whopping 19 points behind City in the Premier League, with the Blues finishing fourth in the top flight for the second season in a row. Timo […]

  • #PLStories- #IllanMeslier reveals reason for snubbing Premier League rivals as Manchester United clash looms #LUFC #MUFC

    Meslier reveals reason for snubbing Premier League rivals Leeds United have a gem on their hands in Illan Meslier, but it could have been a different story had he joined a Premier League rival instead. The goalkeeper has admitted he turned down a move to Chelsea in 2018 and explained his reasoning in an interview […]

  • #PLStories- #PepGuardiola warns Manchester City squad members who feel they are ‘more important’ than teammates #MCFC

    Pep Guardiola has issued a warning to the Manchester City stars who ‘want to be more important’ than the rest of the squad. And the Blues boss has warned that group of up to four players, that they need to bring a solid transfer plan to the table if they want to leave this summer. […]

  • #PLStories- Leicester boss #BrendanRogers encourages coronavirus vaccination #LCFC

    Leicester City boss Brendan Rogers has given his thoughts on coronavirus vaccinations on the eve of the new football season. With capacity crowds set to return to football grounds across the country this weekend for the first time since March 2020, Rogers expressed his belief that “the more people we can get vaccinated the better […]

  • #PLStories- Aston Villa CEO shares transfer strategy after 3 signings during summer #AVFC

    Please shareAston Villa Chief Executive Christian Purslow has seemingly ruled out a move for Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell, claiming that the players required to replace Jack Grealish have already been signed by the Villains.The 25-year-old secured his move to Manchester City on Thursday night, prompting an explanation from Purslow as the Villa faithful mourned the loss of their star man. “Our strategy was to break down Jack’s key attributes,” Purslow told Villa TV, “and to find these qualities in three forward players.” The 57-year-old confirmed these players to include City’s record exit Emi Buendia, who swapped yellow and green for claret and blue early this summer after expressing his desire to leave Carrow Road swiftly following promotion. “In signing Buendia, (£30million winger) Leon Bailey and (England-capped striker) Danny Ings,” Purslow continued, “we believe we have achieved this key objective, and in doing so, have also reduced an over-dependency on one brilliant footballer.” As far as whether Villa will be left depending on one brilliant footballer, City fans might have something to say following their acquisition of Buendia, but it didn’t take them long to work out quite what that meant for their own side. Recent reports had claimed that Cantwell was seen as the ideal replacement for Grealish, and would be the subject of a bid once the England international’s transfer to the English Champions was confirmed. Purslow’s comments seem to suggest, however, that no further replacement was required. An inflated price tag had awaited Dean Smith’s side given the short period of time Stuart Webber would’ve been left to replace his number 14, the Canaries reportedly holding out for up to £40million. City are closing on a deal to sign Greek international Christos Tzolis but do not see the PAOK winger as a like for like alternative to Cantwell, meaning another attacking signing would be desired, if one could be found by the August 31 transfer window deadline. There is, of course, still a possibility that Cantwell could be targeted to add depth to the Villa squad, but reports have centred around the relevance of Grealish’s transfer in the Dereham-born attacker’s future, and the end of a search for the former’s replacement seems highly likely to end interest in the latter. News of a boost to Norwich’s hopes of keeping Cantwell have come as other sources of optimism present themselves. City recently offered a €12million package for Tzolis according to the PinkUn, while American striker Josh Sargent is moving towards a switch from Werder Bremen, where he played with new signing Milot Rashica. Cantwell’s presence will help add some desperately needed depth in forward areas for Daniel Farke’s side, as they look to close the player trading period strongly. Webber has been open about the fact that he’s preparing for an uncharacteristically late flurry of business, stating that: “Sometimes the deals get a little bit better as the window goes on. As frustrating as that is, because the pair of us like it when the squad’s together early and they have that benefit of the pre-season work, sometimes the marketplace dictates that we have to be patient.” Please share

  • #PLStories- #RafaBenitez gives verdict on Manchester United side after friendly thrashing #EvertonFC #MUFC

    Everton manager Rafa Benitez described Manchester United as “one of the top teams in the Premier League” after he watched his side get thrashed 4-0 at Old Trafford. United and Everton met in a friendly in the final pre-season game of the summer for the Reds, as goals from Mason Greenwood, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes […]

  • #PLStories- #SteveBruce gives response when asked if Newcastle United will sell #AllanSaintMaximin #NUFC

    Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has been asked whether the club can keep hold of Allan Saint-Maximin for the remainder of the window. The French winger made his return from illness in the 3-0 win over Norwich City and made a huge difference as his return to the field coincided with three goals against top-flight […]

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl impressed by Saints’ #TinoLivramento #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl praises instant impact from substitute and new-signing Tino Livramento, saying: “He immediately showed that he is a fantastic young player.” The 18-year-old right-wing-back was introduced at half-time and within seconds had won the ball back in midfield, drove the team forward and chipped a delightful pass into Theo Walcott to finish and halve the deficit. Although Saints’ Spanish opponents, Athletic Bilbao, ran out 3-1 winners, Livramento impressed and almost set-up Michael Obafemi to score shortly after but for a good save denying him. It was the former Chelsea youngster’s first minutes in a Saints shirt, in front of the St Mary’s faithful, and his performance has already got fans excited. Clearly, at such a young age he is by no means a finished product and will have areas of his game to work on, but Austrian boss Hasenhuttl is pleased by the early signs. Speaking after the match, he said: “Tino showed in the first minutes that he is a good lad who can help us, and with a few changes, adding more and more of the few what will be the first eleven next week (referring to his substitutions). “He immediately showed that he is a fantastic young player, it is important that we have him, good, good to see.” The result meant Saints couldn’t complete an unbeaten pre-season schedule, but will travel to Goodison Park next Saturday (August 14) to kick off their Premier League campaign. A number of Saints players including but not limited to Jannik Vestergaard, James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams watched on from the stands, with Hasenhuttl hoping to reintroduce some to bolster his squad.

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl gives his views after Saints Pre season defeat #SAINTSFC

    SAINTS manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says difficult Athletic Bilbao test was “what we wanted to have.” The Spanish Super Cup holders ran out 3-1 winners despite a strike from substitute Theo Walcott immediately after the break, with goals from Mikel Vesga, Asier Villalibre and an own goal from Jan Bednarek. The first half was a flat performance from Saints but the likes of Moussa Djenepo, who seemed to have a free role operating on the left, right and often through the centre, did create some sparks. Athletic Bilbao finished 10th in La Liga last season and defeated Barcelona for that aforementioned trophy, so do represent strong opposition against a rotated Saints side. Speaking after the game, Hasenhuttl said: “Yeah it was an expected tough test in the end, what we wanted to have. “They’re a good opponent who shows us exactly what is working well and problems I think, I like a test where you see what issues you have and we can work on this for next week. “It was a good test, yeah, the first two goals we gave away a little two easy I think, the third was fantastic play. But we had some good chances to score I think.” The first goal Hasenhuttl references was conceded from a corner that barely eclipsed the front post, with Vesga rising highest to nod home, while the second goal saw right-back Yan Valery well out of position. Austrian boss Hasenhuttl will be hoping for a return to action of some of his squad for the Premier League opener next Saturday (August 14), with a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton – although the Toffees did lose 4-0 to Manchester United in a friendly today.  

  • #PLStories- #CristianRomero says first words after signing with Tottenham Hotspur #THFC

    Cristian Romero is the newest addition at Tottenham Hotspur. The 23-year-old’s move was officially announced on Friday night, making him the north London outfit’s third signing of the summer transfer window following deals for Pierluigi Gollini and Bryan Gil. Speaking to the club’s official website, the central defender – who has taken over the No.4 […]

  • #PLStories- #JurgenKlopp hopeful of getting more players for Liverpool squad #LFC

    Rarely can final rehearsals have been so eagerly anticipated. After spending almost a month in their European retreat, Liverpool will wrap up their pre-season programme with two home friendlies on successive days, the first of which comes against Athletic Bilbao this afternoon. An emotional occasion is expected, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp delighted at a […]

  • #PLStories- #GrahamPotter says Brighton happy to take on Getafe at Amex #BHAFC

    The perils of arranging international friendly action in current circumstances was underlined yesterday. That was when Aston Villa had to cancel their fixture at home to Sevilla. The LaLiga Santander side pulled out due to Covid concerns, denying Villa income plus a key date in their build-up to the Premier League season. Albion begin their second decade at the Amex with a visit from a Getafe side coached by Michel, a stylish provider of tempting crosses from the right during his distinguished playing days with Real Madrid and Spain. Albion boss Graham Potter is in no doubt as to value of this evening’s fixture. He said: “It’s an important game for us as it’s our last friendly before the new season. “We want to try and improve on the Luton performance and the more minutes we can get into the players before Burnley the better, that’s why it’s a game we are looking forward to. “Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk and Leandro Trossard are all available having been unavailable for the last two games. “They have done a lot of work behind closed doors and in training and we will use Saturday to build things up.” Clearly Getafe were not the List A choice Albion had in mind as they planned a special event to mark ten years at their stadium. Months of discussions had taken place with their intended guests and contracts were ready. But the club concerned were not prepared to travel to the United Kingdom at this time. Albion are very pleased to have secured Getafe quite late in the day. Added intrigue is added by the fact the Seagulls are currently trying to sign their opponents’ prize asset Marc Cucurella. SKY SPORTS EYE BEN WHITE'S RETURN TO THE AMEX Juancar Navacerrada, who covers Getafe for Marca, says it is an important fixture for the visitors. He told The Argus: “It’s the last match of pre-season and Getafe will try to play an XI similar to that which plays against Valencia next Friday. “But it is also a match in which they will take care of playing time with the start of the league so close.” Getafe were not far above the drop zone last season. But Navacerrada believes they will offer a tougher test that some Albion fans might expect thanks to Michel’s arrival in charge. He said: “It will be a completely different Getafe to that of the last five years. “They will give more importance to possession of the ball, although they will maintain the intensity they had under former boss Jose Bordalas. “There is no doubt Getafe are building a good side.” One of the men to watch is no stranger to the Amex. Wideman Vitolo, who is on loan from Atletico Madrid, played for Sevilla at the Amex six years ago. But one familiar figure to some at Albion will not be present. Former Albion under-23s prospect Jack Harper is a Getafe player but little has been seen of him. He was a rising star when he arrived at the Seagulls in 2015. He has been loaned out to Racing Santander for the coming season, Navacerrada said: “Harper is an operation I don’t understand, personally. “He has been at Getafe for three years without playing a single minute. GRAHAM POTTER GLAD TO SEE BRIGHTON FANS RETURN “He arrived and has always been out on loan. “To be honest, I don’t think he will ever play for Getafe.” Serbian international centre-back Stefan Mitrovic is being tipped as one of the potential surprises of the league this season. Central midfielder Carlos Alena is another who might take the eye at the Amex. He has just signed a five-year deal after coming through the ranks at Barcelona.

  • #PLStories- #SeanDyche on the potential return #AaronLennon #BURNLEYFC

    BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche has not ruled out the possibility of Aaron Lennon returning to Turf Moor. The winger is back training with the Clarets after a year in Turkey’s top flight with Kayeserispor and played the final 18 minutes of the 2-0 defeat against Caidz on Saturday in the final public warm-up ahead of the new Premier League campaign. Dyche is in need of reinforcements in the wide areas and while he admitted it was initially a fitness arrangement with the 34-year-old, he could not discount the possibility he would put pen to paper on something more permanent. “We are actively looking for players,” Dyche said. “He’s someone we know well, who has done a good job for us in the past. “He’s someone I didn’t want to go in the first place. There’s a lot to that story, which everyone knows. He played quite a bit of football last year and is looking very fit and well. “He asked me if he could come back in and train and at the minute it’s just that and we’ll see where that leads to.” Dyche was boosted by the returns of both goalkeeper Nick Pope, after injury, and striker Chris Wood, following international duty at the Olympics with New Zealand, for the meeting with the La Liga side. “Popey’s had a good pre-season in the sense of coming back from his injury,” Dyche told the club. “It’s good for him to get his 90 minutes and good to see the fans back in as well. “We were just giving him (Wood) a taster today because he’s played plenty of football. I think he’s got the highest minutes in pre-season from playing over there so it was really to get him back involved.” “Vyds (Matej Vydra) has still got to get fit and sharp because he came back late and there’s another game on Tuesday (behind closed doors) that we will use wisely and make sure some of these players top up.” Matt Lowton was missing for Cadiz having been identified as a close contact of a Covid case.

  • #PLStories- #Fabinho makes Liverpool transfer claim and speaks about #GiniWijnaldum #LFC

    Fabinho is convinced Liverpool already have enough quality in their squad to fill the hole left by Gini Wijnaldum’s departure – despite their Premier League rivals spending heavily this summer. Wijnaldum ended a five-year stay with the Reds when he joined Paris Saint-German on a free transfer having failed to agree a new deal at […]

  • #PLStories- #PepGuardiola gives verdict on #JackGrealish debut for Man City #MCFC

    Pep Guardiola gave his seal of approval to Jack Grealish’s Manchester City debut but said he will have to find his best “step by step”. The £100million new boy only joined training at the City Football Academy yesterday before travelling to London for the Community Shield clash with Leicester And he played the last half-hour […]

  • #PLStories- #PepGuardiola blasts #UEFA and #FIFA due to clustered calendar #MCFC

    Pep Guardiola expects a slow start to the season for Manchester City as he blasted UEFA and FIFA for not allowing time to prepare. Pep Guardiola said: “We will arrive like it happened last season – late, late, late because UEFA and FIFA don’t give time to managers for the calendars or players to rest. […]

  • #PLStories- #JesseLingard provides update following positive covid test #MUFC

    Jesse Lingard has revealed he is feeling ‘much better’ after testing positive for covid-19. Manchester United brought their pre-season schedule to a confidence-boosting close on Saturday as they destroyed Everton 4-0 in a dominant display, with Mason Greenwood, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot grabbing the goals. However, it wasn’t all good news as […]

  • #PLStories- #TomasSoucek ready for the new season as he is happy to see fans back for West Ham #WHUFC

    Tomas Soucek’s experience with the Czech Republic during Euro 2020 has him champing at the bit to get back to action for West Ham. During Euro 2020, Soucek was at the heart of his country’s run to the quarter-final stage with the newly-crowned Hammer of the Year captaining his side to a famous 2-0 win […]

  • #PLStories- #TrentAlexanderArnold makes #AndyRobertson admission after Liverpool injury scare #LFC

    Andy Robertson limping off through injury put a dampener on what was a celebratory afternoon as Liverpool fans experienced a near-capacity Anfield for the first time since March 2020. The Reds could only manage a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao, following Diogo Jota’s first goal in front of supporters, but the result was unimportant as […]

  • #PLStories- Brighton’s #EnockMwepu earns praise from #GrahamPotter #BHAFC

    Enock Mwepu has been backed to keep improving after a bright start to life with Albion. The summer signing from Salzburg showed signs of quality and versatility as the Seagulls lost to Getafe. He looks a certain starter when the Premier League season gets under way at Burnley on Saturday. Albion head coach Graham Potter said: “He brings us that little bit of something different. “He hits the box, he can play in numerous positions and we need to find out the best one for us given the game. BUSY NIGHT FOR NEW PREMIER LEAGUE REFEREE AS BRIGHTON PLAY GETAFE “He did really well as a first match here, he scored against Luton, so he will give us a bit of versatility give us some options. “He will get better and we will get better the more he is here with us.”

  • #PLStories- Former Everton player #JoseBaxter retires at 29 #EvertonFC

    Everton’s youngest ever player Jose Baxter has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 29. Jose Baxter wrote: “Today I announce my retirement from football I write this today with lots of mixed emotions. But let me tell you about my roller coaster career. From being a kid from council estate with […]

  • #PLStories- Borussia Dortmund ace #GiovanniReyna hails #JadonSancho following Manchester United transfer #MUFC

    Highly-rated Borussia Dortmund youngster Giovanni Reyna has paid tribute to Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho for the influence he has had on his young career so far. Giovanni Reyna said: “I can’t thank [Jadon] enough for what he’s done for me since we’ve known each other. From the very first day he told me to […]

  • #PLStories- #TomCleverley opens up on receiving #SirAlexFerguson Manchester United hairdryer treatment #MUFC

    Tom Cleverley has offered a unique insight into what it’s like to receive Sir Alex Ferguson’s infamous hairdryer treatment. Tom Cleverley said: “Yeah, I mean it’s crazy to think you have a genuine fear factor of one person. You want to impress someone so bad. But that’s what it was like and I experienced it […]

  • #PLStories- #JurgenKlopp gives new #AndyRobertson injury update #LFC

    Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool “got lucky” with the severity of Andy Robertson’s injury. And the Reds boss has not ruled out a return for the Scotland captain immediately after the international break in early September. Jurgen Klopp said: “Timeframe? Not really, but I think we got lucky with that. It could have been much worse. […]

  • #PLStories- Blackburn’s #TonyMowbray confirms #MichaelObafemi interest #BLACKBURNFC #SAINTSFC

    BLACKBURN Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed the club’s interest in Saints striker Michael Obafemi, admitting: “I have watched him for the last three months." Championship Rovers are set to lose Adam Armstrong to the Premier League side, with a fee agreed between the two sides and the 24-year-old set for a medical. Mowbray says any move for Republic of Ireland international Obafemi would be a permanent move, but is separate to the Armstrong negotiations, and a deal that Rovers will explore with the manager having watched him closely. “It’s something that’s been mooted, those sort of things become personal to the point the boy wants to make that move, his advisors have to see it as an opportunity,” Mowbray said. Read more  Blackburn Rovers accept Saints bid for Adam Armstrong Blackburn's Tony Mowbray says there's 'not much to prevent' Saints' Armstrong deal Saints closing in on loan deal for Chelsea's Armando Broja “If it’s one he sees as a good chance for him to play more regular football at a level he sees himself doing similar things to Adam and build his reputation. “It’s something we’re exploring but I won’t sit here and say that anything is happening, we will see in the next couple of days if anything materialises.” Obafemi only played four Premier League games last season after failing to develop quite how Saints would have hoped, given his 2019-20 breakthrough campaign. He did start in the final pre-season friendly alongside compatriot Shane Long though, and didn’t perform too badly in a difficult challenge against Spanish Super Cup winners. His best moment in a Saints shirt is likely his superb solo goal against Chelsea, during a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge in December 2019. Mowbray added: “I have watched him for the last three months. Saints' Michael Obafemi in Premier League action last season “I was aware of him making his debut, he made quite a bit of noise a couple of years ago. “I have studied him a lot recently and I see similarities with Adam, he’s mobile, fast, can score, he’s a young boy but we use attributes to help the team play in a certain way. “He has the attributes that will help our team but it’s not something we should be saying is a done deal as I’ve not personally spoken to the player so let’s see what the next few days bring. “Until this deal goes through, the men in suits will do the numbers and then I’ll found out what the scope is.”

  • #PLStories- Blackburn’s #TonyMowbray backs Saints’ #AdamArmstrong deal #SAINTSFC #BLACKBURNFC

    BLACKBURN Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has offered an update on Adam Armstrong after Saints agreed a fee for his transfer, saying: “I’m not sure there’s not much to prevent that deal going through.” The 24-year-old striker scored 28 in 40 Championship matches for Rovers last season and has seen a bid reportedly worth up to £15m accepted for his services. Mowbray had said after their fixture against Swansea at the weekend that a club would have to match their valuation of the player soon to have any chance of acquiring him. Saints seem to have done that, with reports suggesting he will undergo a medical tomorrow before the deal is officially confirmed. Read more  Blackburn Rovers accept Saints bid for Adam Armstrong Saints closing in on loan deal for Chelsea's Armando Broja Report notes interest in Southampton striker Michael Obafemi Speaking at a press conference, Mowbray said: “Everything’s agreed, I’m not sure there’s not much to prevent that deal going through. “Adam’s fit, he’ll be doing his medical. Things moved in different directions after the last few days, ultimately as I said after the game the other day it’s only right that the club has valuation and it needed to be met. “Southampton are the team that ultimately came up with the deal that was right for this football club. I wish Adam well, he’s been in my office this morning. “As he went round the whole club, the kitmen the cleaners, the kitchen staff, everybody, and said his goodbyes and thank you’s, they all wished him well, he’s been brilliant for this football club.” Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray Saints are hoping Armstrong can fill the void left by top goalscorer Danny Ings after his shock Aston Villa exit prior to the Levante friendly last week. Armstrong is a former Newcastle academy player and did make several substitute appearances for the Toon in the Premier League, but joined Blackburn following a successful loan spell. Mowbray added: “For the supporters it’s disappointing but there will be someone out there who will step up and fill that void. “That’s the challenge for the players and coaching staff, to develop a way of playing without Adam Armstrong.”

  • #PLStories- #BrunoLage reveals what he’s told #PatrickCutrone and makes #RafaMir transfer admission #WOLVESFC

    Bruno Lage has challenged Patrick Cutrone to find his feet at Wolverhampton Wanderers – but he has cast fresh doubt over the future of Rafa Mir.  Lage has been willing to give Cutrone a chance to prove himself, but the situation is very fluid so the 23-year-old could yet leave Wolves this month. Revealing a […]

  • #PLStories- Watford striker #TroyDeeney delivers verdict on Aston Villa after #JackGrealish Man City move #WATFORDFC #AVFC

    Watford striker Troy Deeney has issued his verdict on this weekend’s opponents Aston Villa as the Hornets gear up for life back in the Premier League. Xisco Munoz’s side host Villa at Vicarage Road on Saturday, having made an instant return to the top flight, while the visitors will be beginning life without Jack Grealish […]

  • #PLStories- #MikelArteta praises #BenWhite after pre-season game with spurs #ARSENALFC

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will have learned a big lesson about his central defensive options during the 1-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. Speaking after the game, Arteta acknowledged the issues with the high line and heaped praise on White, which could hint at a competitive Arsenal debut against Brentford on Friday. Mikel […]

  • #PLStories- #GrahamPotter provides pre season insight after Brighton’s loss to Getafe #BHAFC

    There is one plus to the somewhat against-the-clock nature of the pre-season Albion are just completing. If those of us who follow them closely on a daily basis are not totally sure how they will look at Burnley, what chance does Sean Dyche have? Graham Potter’s side played a bit of catch-up with three key men in the final friendly of the summer. Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster came back after minor injuries and Leandro Trossard buzzed and fizzed in the second half. But it feels like Albion have busy days ahead of them at Lancing before opening their fifth Prem campaign at Turf Moor on Saturday. Certainly they will need to display the purpose, urgency and energy which were on show in the second half against their Spanish opponents. Getafe won the contest with two free-kick goals and some streetwise defending. Their movement and passing caused the hosts problems at times in the first half. Their goalkeeper David Soria caused them frustration in the second. Ironically, the first goal by the men from the Madrid satellite town had a bit of Burnley about it. A cheaply won free-kick out wide which was delivered at pace and turned home by defender Erick Cabaco. The second, against the run of play, was an exquisite curler over the wall by David Timor. But it came from a free-kick conceded just outside the box, centrally, when Albion should have cleared the danger following a Robert Sanchez save. There was some good stuff going forward in the second half as Albion swarmed towards a quarter-full but very enthusiastic North Stand Trossard turned on trickery and gave the whole thing a lift. But we know he can do that – and it does not necessarily mean he will do it again in the next match. Dunk and Webster will be pillars at Turf Moor. In a three with Joel Veltman? That was at least how things started on Saturday. If so, is Enock Mwepu the wing-back option? He has done well in pre-season but, although he found lots of space in that area early on, it does not seem his best role. Adam Lallana has looked as good you would hope for in pre-season and was applauded off as an array of substitutions were made. He was instrumental playing at the front of a diamond at Luton but dropped deeper and made things tick here. A fit and on-form Lallana will be massive for Albion but in which role? He isn’t really being talked about too much but the form and fitness of Solly March is another plus given he is coming back from quite a lengthy injury absence. Aaron Connolly led the attack and, while that may not be the case in the Prem opener, it is worth remembering he caused Burnley a few problems in the 1-1 draw at Turf Moor last season and scored on his previous visit. Trossard would appear to have given himself more chance of a start in East Lancs than Alexis Mac Allister, who was a surprise inclusion for the first 45 minutes. Many teams are a bit behind where they would normally be this pre-season. That appeared to be the case for Burnley as they lost 2-0 to Cadiz on Saturday. But a pattern of not scoring against a very well-organised team packed in low (around former Albion target Ignasi Miquel in this case) and of conceding to a set-piece was a reminder of the battles ahead. Potter said: “I thought we got the minutes we wanted to, especially with Dunky and Webby and even Joel. “That was positive. Everybody else stepped up as well and, against a well-organised side who are starting on Friday, it was a relatively decent game. “Obviously in the second half we were better than we were in the first half. “There are things to do, things to work on, but we will have a couple of days analysing everything and prepare for the game against Burnley.” Percy Tau appears set to join the list of departures and talk of signings will continue. Especially up front. Summer signing Mwepu has made a midfield impression and has some energy about him. Potter said: “He has got that in abundance. He brings us that little bit of something different. “He hits the box, he can play in numerous positions and we need to find out the best one for us given the game. “He did really well as a first match here, he scored against Luton, so he will give us a bit of versatility give us some options. “He will get better and we will get better the more he is here with us.” Soria, who had unsuccessful trials at Leicester, Birmingham and Stoke as a youngster, seemed to get a touch on a searing angled effort by Mwepu which would have seen him add to his strike at Kenilworth Road. LEWIS DUNK CAN'T SEE HIMSELF LEAVING BRIGHTON The keeper’s best save was to tip over as Trossard went on a dribble, lost the ball, won it back again and then curled towards the top corner. He also blocked a Veltman blast and got his foot to a very late Trossard effort. The closest Albion came was at 1-0 down when the big two at the back rumbled forward for a set-piece. BRIGHTON HOPE FOR MORE LEANDRO TROSSARD MAGIC Dunk seemed to be the blocker as Pascal Gross whipped a free-kick in from the right. Webster was in space and climbed high but his header came down off the bar, with Dunk then unable to get good contact on his follow-up shot. GRAHAM POTTER SAYS BRIGHTON DESERVED TO SCORE AGAINST GETAFE Maupay was involved in a late incident with defender Chema and was booked for a foul off the ball. Tempers flared at that point and it all got a bit feisty. The match was not quite as friendly as billed in that instance and one or two others. But that’s fine. It needed to be competitive at this stage of summer. The final pre-season outing has left a bit to think about. Albion: Sanchez; Veltman (Ostigard 89), Dunk (Moder 79), Webster (Duffy 79); Mwepu (Zeqii 89), Gross (Richards 79), Bissouma (Andone 89), Lallana (Alzate 67), March (Karbownik 89); Mac Allister (Trossard 46); Connolly (Maupay 67). Attendance: 7,091.

  • #PLStories- #TinoLivramento reveals #RalphHassenhuttl admiration was big reason to join Southampton #SAINTSFC

    The highly-rated wing-back Tino Livramento has already made an impression following his impact in Southampton’s friendly against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday at St.Mary’s. Livramento came off the bench and very quickly set up new teammate Theo Walcott with a brilliant lob over the Bilbao defence to finish. Hassenhuttl’s admiration for Chelsea’s Young Player of The Season […]

  • #PLStories- Leeds Director #AngusKinnear reveals when #MarceloBielsa new Leeds United contract is to be announced #LUFC

    Angus Kinnear says Marcelo Bielsa’s contract at the Whites will be sorted in the coming days and believes it’s just “a formality.” The Leeds CEO told The Square Ball podcast that the club had shook hands with the Whites boss six months ago and it was just a case of ironing out minor details in […]

  • #PLStories- #BrendanRodgers’ reveals hope for #JamesMaddison #LCFC

    James Maddison is at the start of a “big year” as he looks to make up for lost time in his progress. Brendan Rodgers said: “Like all the other players I thought he was excellent in the period he was there. One or two of them just felt their calves tighten up, which is totally […]

  • #PLStories- #ChristianPulisic explains how loss to Arsenal helped Chelsea win the Champions League #CHELSEAFC #ARSENALFC

    Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has admitted that the Blues’ disappointing 2020 FA Cup final defeat at the hands of Arsenal helped propel them to European glory last term. Christian Pulisic said: “The end of the [2020/21] season is just a time I’ll never forget. I mean, halfway through the season if you were to tell […]

  • #PLStories- #SonHeungmin reveals the mood in Tottenham camp amid #HarryKane transfer rumours #THFC

    Son Heung-min has been talking about the mood in the Tottenham camp ahead of the season opener, amid the ongoing Kane speculation. Heung-min Son said: “Everybody should be ready for every game, that is so important. There is a chance every game, we know how important that is. If you’re not focused, if you’re not […]

  • #PLStories- #DavidMoyes determined to kickoff New Season at last years high #WHUFC

    David Moyes is determined for his West Ham team to kick off the new season where they left off as he aims to continue his progress with the Hammers. West Ham finished the 2020-21 campaign with ten points from their final five games to secure a top-six finish, a record Premier League points tally of […]

  • #PLStories- #MarkNoble reveals his proudest achievement ahead of his final West Ham campaign #WHUFC

    Mark Noble has highlighted his longevity at West Ham as one of the proudest achievements of his football career. The Hammers captain is entering his final season with West Ham as a player, after making his first-team debut in 2004 during a League Cup match against Southend United. Since then, the 34-year-old has gone on […]

  • #PLStories- #BrunoLage sends an important message to striker #PatrickCutrone ahead of new season #WOLVESFC

    Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone rejoined the club for pre-season following a loan spell at La Liga outfit Valencia last term. Despite not settling well into the club, fans have consistently sung his name, while showing some support along the way. Having worked with the Italian over the last few weeks, head-coach Bruno Lage has called […]

  • #PLStories- #LautaroMartinez has already said what he will bring to Tottenham after £50m transfer fee agreed #THFC

    Tottenham Hotspur are still looking to complete the signing of Inter Milan and Argentina star Lautaro Martinez this month. On his abilities he said, Lautaro Martinez said: “The coach trusts me as well as all the staff and teammates. I always try to do my best, sometimes the ball goes in and sometimes it doesn’t. […]

  • #PLStories- #AdamArmstrong says Saints are perfect for my next step #SAINTSFC

    Armstrong completed a move from Blackburn Rovers today, for a fee the Daily Echo understands to be around £15million. The 24-year-old scored 29 goals in the Championship for Rovers last season, but is now back in the Premier League again having last played in the top flight with Newcastle in the 2014-15 campaign. Discussing his move to Saints, Armstrong said: "It’s unbelievable to be here – such a massive club with a great fanbase and it’s just something that I’m really looking forward to. “I thought it was perfect as my next step. I wanted to get back to the Premier League from what I’ve done for Blackburn, so I’m over the moon.” Armstrong became the second striker to join Saints today, following the arrival of Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea. They will compete with the likes of Che Adams, Shane Long and Michael Obafemi for a starting berth. However, Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray yesterday confirmed the club are interested in bringing Obafemi to Ewood Park, to replace Armstrong. Some reports suggest Saints and Blackburn have agreed a fee for Obafemi, with the striker now to decide if he wants to leave. Nathan Tella, Theo Walcott and Nathan Redmond were all used as striker options at Saints at times last season.

  • #PLStories- What Players and Managers said about Southampton signing #AdamArmstrong #SAINTSFC

    SAINTS have announced the capture of striker Adam Armstrong from Blackburn Rovers on a four-year deal.  Armstrong follows Chelsea youngster Armando Broja through the door, who joined on a loan basis, to seal two forwards in one day ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.  The 24-year-old comes with a reputation for prolific goal scoring in the Championship, but will face a task to bring that to the top-flight and lead Saints up the table.  With bags of pace and promise, we detail exactly what you need to know about Armstrong and what some of his former managers and teammates have said.  Read more Southampton FC sign Adam Armstrong from Blackburn for £15m Saints seal loan signing of Chelsea striker Armando Broja WATCH: Saints' new striker signing Armando Broja goals video Who is Adam Armstrong? Born in West Denton, Newcastle, Adam Armstrong is a product of the Toon’s academy. The 24-year-old striker was born on February 10 1997 and is just 5foot 7’ tall. Due to his height, it is unsurprising to hear the forward is known for being nippy and having bags of pace. After graduating at Newcastle’s academy in 2014, Armstrong had loan spells with Coventry, Barnsley, Bolton and Blackburn – before joining the latter on a permanent basis. Armstrong has had a glistening youth international career with England having represented at every youth level between under-16 and under-21. He is a FIFA Under-20 World Cup winner (2017) - England's first win in a global tournament since their World Cup victory of 1966 - as well as winning the UEFA European under-17 Championship (2014) and the Toulon Tournament (2018). The striker has also captained the Young Lions. Adam Armstrong joins Saints in a £15m deal from Championship outfit Blackburn The recent 2020-21 and 2019-20 seasons Adam Armstrong has been on the radar of Premier League clubs after scoring 28 goals in 40 Championship matches last term – despite Blackburn finishing 15th in the table. That total was the second highest in the whole division, with only Brentford hotshot Ivan Toney scoring two more in a team that was eventually promoted. He also added five assists. Armstrong scored seven goals in the last three fixtures alone, with three hattricks and four more braces over the course of the season. The striker also captained the side on a handful of occasions. To add, in the prior 2019-20 season Armstrong scored 16 goals and registered six assists whilst not missing a single game of the season, and operating often in a right-wing or left-wing role. Loan spells from Newcastle As a youngster, Armstrong made 21 brief appearances for his initial parent side but failed to register a goal – before going out on loan to League One Coventry City in the 2015-16 season. Here, he scored 20 in 40 league matches during his first regular spell of senior football, under his Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray too, as the Sky Blues finished 8th in the division. The following season he struggled to score regularly in the Championship with Barnsley but netted half-a-dozen and showed promise, before scoring one in 20 with Bolton in the same league during the 2017-18 campaign. Halfway through the season, Newcastle moved him back to League One where he scored nine in 21 for Blackburn and helped them seal promotion back to the Championship – and inspiring Rovers to make his acquisition a permanent one. Adam Armstrong is a Newcastle academy product Full career stats and transfer fee Full breakdown of his career stats, including appearances, goals and assists. Newcastle United under-23s – 26 17 5 Newcastle United 21 0 3 Coventry City 40 20 5 Barnsley 35 6 4 Bolton Wanderers 23 3 0 Blackburn Rovers 160 64 19 £1.7m What have they said? His Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom said: “Nobody works harder. We are doing lots of things with him, watching videos to try and open his eyes to different types of goals he needs to score. “We have jumped up a league, he has jumped up a league, and he doesn’t just want to be an impact player. “He wants to score different types of goals, and is definitely a player people will try and target and try to stop.” Current Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray has said: “I think he’s an amazing player, and if he had three years left no-one would be getting him for less than £25m, those sort of numbers, yet he hasn’t. But you have to pay the price. “Adam knocks on my door every day and let me put on record he’s a fantastic kid, there should be no criticism of him, he trains every day and does his best.” Former England international Joe Cole, who played with Armstrong at Coventry City, praised the forward saying: “Armstrong reminds me of [Sergio] Aguero, he’s of the same build and he’s hungry for goals. “In a lovely way he’s selfish for goals and has the ingredients to be a top player and go on to score many more goals.” Adam Armstrong played alongside Joe Cole at Coventry City Finally, Wayne Rooney singled Armstrong out for praise during an England camp and the young striker himself said: “I played against him (Rooney) at Old Trafford and he said he liked the way that I always got across the defenders. “He said that the Manchester United team had watched me in the clips before the game – that was a massive confidence booster for me to have someone like that say that. “He came into our meeting and answered questions from all the lads and then I managed to speak with him one-on-one.”  

  • #PLStories- #DavidMoyes believes he has his own £100m West Ham man after #JackGrealish Man City transfer #WHUFC #AVFC #MCFC

    Jack Grealish became the most expensive British footballer in history when he made a £100million transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester City – and West Ham manager David Moyes believes he has his own £100m stars. Declan Rice had a superb season last time out for West Ham as he led the team to a […]

  • #PLStories- Premier League announce rule change that will affect Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham next season #PL #VAR

    The start of the 2021/22 Premier League season is just days away. Newly-promoted Brentford have the honour of getting the campaign underway on Friday night as they host an Arsenal side that has finished eighth in the past two seasons.And for the game in west London, a rule change will come into place that will […]

  • #PLStories- Brighton’s #LeoOstigard is set to make his Stoke debut in Carabao Cup #SCFC #BHAFC

    Brighton's Leo Ostigard is set to make his debut for Stoke City tonight (7:45pm) in their Carabao Cup tie against League One side Fleetwood at the bet365 stadium. The 21-year-old joined the Potters from Albion on a season-long loan after signing a new one-year deal at the Seagulls prior to leaving. Read more: Brighton defender Leo Ostigard signs loan deal at Stoke City But the Norwegian was registered in time to make his Stoke debut tonight. The last time he played at the bet365 stadium he was on the winning side as he picked up an assist for Coventry in their 3-2 win over the Potters in April, with former Albion striker Viktor Gyokeres scoring the winner. Stoke boss Michael O’Neill was delighted to have signed Ostigard.  He said: “Leo is keen to develop and improve by playing first-team football and we are delighted to have secured his services because he was attracting a great deal of interest after doing so well for Coventry. “His arrival strengthens our defensive resources and I’ve no doubts he will be a key addition to our squad.”

  • #PLStories- #JohnEgan praises #AaronRamsdale amid Arsenal transfer interest #ARSENALFC #SUFC

    Arsenal have been handed a potential transfer boost in their pursuit of Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, as the keeper was left out of their squad for their Carabao Cup first-round tie. The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit this summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship, with Edu keen on signing […]

  • #PLStories- Premier League make major Covid decision that will affect Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal fans #PL #CoronaVirus

    Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal fans could be subject to Covid-19 spot-checks as full capacity football returns this weekend. Following a long wait without football since March 2020, full stadiums are set to return to the Premier League, with England’s Covid-19 restrictions now all-but lifted. However, there are set to be slight changes to matchdays, with […]

  • #PLStories- Premier League introduce league-wide bans after West Ham petition for action #RACISM #PL #WHUFC

    The Premier League is set to introduce enhanced anti-discrimination measures in a bid to rid the game and society of discrimination of any form. Richard Masters said: “The commitment from all clubs to enforce league-wide bans demonstrates there is no place for discrimination of any kind in football and we will continue to work together […]

  • #PLStories- #ThomasTuchel on Chelsea’s Super Cup win, #KepaArrizabalaga decision and more #CHELSEAFC

    Congratulations Thomas on another trophy. But was playing extra time really the best thing for you this evening? “Physically this was the worst thing that could happen to us, playing extra time. Mentally, it was the best thing to happen. First, because there was no delay or playing it in four weeks. It was the […]

  • #PLStories- Chief executive claims Premier League remains “most competitive in Europe” and issues racism warning #PL #Racism

    Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has claimed that the Premier League is still “the most competitive league in Europe”. Manchester City’s British-record £100m for Jack Grealish, combined with their pursuit of Harry Kane, has led to fears that Pep Guardiola’s side will be runaway leaders this season. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s own £97.5m move for Romelu […]

  • #PLStories- #BrendanRodgers wants #JannikVestergaard to play at weekend #LCFC

    LEICESTER City boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted “there’s nothing finalised yet” but hopes outgoing Saints defender Jannik Vestergaard could be available for the weekend. The great Dane is up in Leicester today completing a move to the FA Cup winning Foxes and would re-join ex-Saints teammate Ryan Bertrand upon completion of the deal. With a serious injury to Wes Fofana that will rule the Frenchman out until 2022, Rodgers is understandably keen to get another experienced defender through the door – hence the speed of this move materialising. It’s only a £15m fee for the 29-year-old European Championship 2020 semi-finalist, and they’ll hope to get maximum value for their money with an appearance in their Premier League season opener at home to Wolves on Saturday. Speaking ahead of the match, Rodgers admitted: “There’s nothing finalised as of yet, but yeah as soon as that happens, and hopefully it does, we’ll be able to confirm that.” Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers Asked if he hopes he will be available for selection, he added: “Yeah, we’ll have to wait and see, as I said the clubs have been in contact. “We’ve got permission for him to be up here (in Leicester) and now hopefully everything can be organised and then we’ll see if he’s available for the weekend.” Saints don’t meet Leicester until the start of December when Rodgers’ side, who defeated Manchester City in the Community Shield last weekend, visit St Mary’s.

  • #PLStories- Hammers assistant coach #BillyMcKinlay reveals West Ham fitness update after return #WHUFC

    West Ham begin their Premier League campaign with a trip to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon and go into the clash with high expectations for the 2021/22 season. Ahead of the clash, new Hammers assistant coach Billy McKinlay has revealed that West Ham’s Euro 2020 stars are all fit […]

  • #PLStories- #BrunoLage explains his start to coaching Wolves players #WOLVEFC

    Bruno Lage has been waiting a long time for this moment. Eighteen months, to be exact, but 45-year-old Lage has been working towards managing a Premier League club since he was in his teens. Just like Jose Mourinho – another product of the Portuguese city Setubal – Lage didn’t enjoy a career as a professional […]

  • #PLStories- Wolves defender #LeanderDendoncker discusses fan return and expectations for new season #WOLVEFC

    Wolves are entering their fourth consecutive season in top-flight football after their promotion to the Premier League in 2018. Following a previous six-year absence from the highest level competition, Wolves have now cemented as a top flight club as they enter a new era under new head-coach Bruno Lage. Under former boss Nuno Espirito Santo, […]

  • #PLStories- Manchester United manager #OleGunnarSolskjaer provides injury updates on #DeanHenderson, #JesseLingard and #MarcusRashford #MUFC

    Manchester United will get their 2021/22 Premier League campaign underway on Saturday afternoon when they lock horns with Leeds United at Old Trafford. However, United chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does have a cluster of injury worries and absences to contend with. Dean Henderson Goalkeeper Henderson is in serious danger of missing the opener with Leeds […]

  • #PLStories- #BrendanRodgers reveals there may be more signings after #JannikVestegaard #LCFC

    Leicester City hope Jannik Vestergaard’s arrival will not be their last, but Brendan Rodgers admits the club’s transfer plans have had to be altered in the wake of the Dane’s imminent arrival. City are likely to announce Vestergaard as their fourth summer signing on Friday, bringing in the 29-year-old in a £14m move from Southampton. […]

  • #PLStories- #TrentAlexanderArnold says he is keen to mentor upcoming youngsters #LFC

    Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Kaide Gordon boasts ‘frightening potential’ and has compared the forward to Harvey Elliott. The Liverpool right-back believes Gordon, who doesn’t turn 17 until October, can play a part in the first-team set-up alongside 18-year-old Harvey Elliott who played on loan at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship last season. Alexander-Arnold, who himself is […]

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl says #JamesWardProwse will be fit to feature against Everton #SAINTSFC #EVERTONFC

    BOSS Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed skipper James Ward-Prowse had been in training with Saints all week and would be available for selection at Everton on Saturday. The England midfielder has been struggling with a knee problem which had prevented him playing in the St Mary’s side’s pre-season games. But Hasenhuttl confirmed the England midfielder would be fit to face the Toffees in their season opener at Goodison Park. Asked about Ward-Prowse ahead of the trip to Merseyside, Hasenhuttl said: “He is going to be okay. “He trained for the whole week and I am looking forward to having him back on Saturday.” Only youngster Will Smallbone remains out for Hasenhuttl’s side with a long-term knee injury at present. Assessing the squad as a whole, the Austrian boss said: “Everybody is fit. After this hard and tough pre-season, this is a good signal. “We worked good with them, had a good balance with pushing them hard and also recovering in the right moments. “The worst you can get is if you are training very hard for four or five weeks and then get an injury in the last week, so touch wood, that did not happen.”

  • #PLStories- #RalphHasenhuttl is happy with Southampton’s squad size but issues a warning #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl has praised the makeup of his 2021-22 squad but warned “we will need every player this season”, admitting that last campaign they were left “a little bit short of numbers.” Saints have made six transfers into the squad, while only three key first-teamers have gone the other way, and with another centre-back likely to replace the outgoing Jannik Vestergaard Hasenhuttl’s options will definitely have more depth – even if the quality is as of yet unproven. The manager claims the mood around the camp is good following a largely successful pre-season, despite a rotated Saints side being comfortably beaten by Athletic Bilbao at St Mary’s. Saints had a torrid second-half of last year’s Premier League season, after an injury crisis and drop in performances combined to see only one clean sheet kept after January – ensuring Saints’ fall down the table. Read more Southampton's Nathan Tella on Everton Premier League opener Hasenhuttl confirms Vestergaard set to make Leicester switch Alex McCarthy targeting top-half Premier League finish At the moment, centre-back, left-back and possibly defensive-midfield look a little bit light, but incomings and versatility of some squad players should see to a healthier looking squad come the end of August and hopefully help avoid a repeat of last term. Speaking at the press conference ahead of the Everton opener, Hasenhuttl insisted: "We need every player this season for sure. It's a long season and last season we were a little bit short of numbers, to be honest. “Now we have a wider squad, a bigger squad and in the end a lot of games are coming up so everyone must bring themselves in the best physical and mental condition to help us.” On the atmosphere inside the Saints camp, the Austrian gaffer added: “I must say we always have a very good atmosphere in pre-season. “Everyone wants to work hard, even the players coming back from on loan like Yan Valery and Longy. They like to work hard and fight for being in the squad.”

  • #PLStories- #GrahamPotter admits it will be a big ask for #FlorinAndone to play in the Premier League #BHAFC

    Graham Potter admits it is going to be a big ask for Florin Andone to get minutes in the Premier League following his serious knee injury. The 28-year-old only returned from a ruptured cruciate ligament injury in April, before then suffering a hamstring injury 14 minutes into his return to action for the U23s against Southampton. During pre-season the striker featured in all three of their friendlies coming on a substitute against Rangers, Luton and on Saturday at the Amex when they faced La Liga side Getafe. But Potter has admitted it is going to be a tough for the striker to make the step up from his rehab to playing in the Prem. Albion’s head coach said: “It has been good, nice for him to be healthy is the main thing for him, for us and for everybody because he has had a lot of time out. “He has battled back from a serious knee injury, so we have had to be careful with him and build him up in a good way. “He has got time on the pitch which has been important for him, but he is the stage now where we have to think about how we get more minutes for him, more game time for him because it is a big ask to go from what he has been through in terms of his rehab to getting minutes in the Premier League. “But he is available, he is training, he is in a good place, so I am pleased for him that he is back healthy.”

  • #PLStories- #AbdoulayeDoucoure reveals new Everton role under #RafaBenitez #EvertonFC

    Abdoulaye Doucoure has outlined the new forward role he expects to play under Rafa Benitez at Everton this season. The midfielder made the switch to Everton from Watford last summer and wasted no time in settling into his new surroundings. Doucoure quickly established himself as one of the most crucial members of the Blues squad […]

  • #PLStories- Huddersfield boss #CarlosCorberan delivers #LewisO’Brien blow amid Leeds United transfer interest #LUFC

    Huddersfield Town boss Carlos Corberan insists the Terriers are not thinking about potential replacements for midfielder Lewis O’Brien. The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Leeds United but on the eve of the new Premier League season he remains a Huddersfield player. O’Brien missed Huddersfield’s 1-1 draw with Derby last week due […]

  • #PLStories- #LukaszFabianski reveals why West Ham need to ‘put things right’ against Newcastle United #NUFC #WHUFC

    Lukasz Fabianski is determined for West Ham to ‘put things right’ against Newcastle United in their season opener. The Hammers begin their Premier League campaign with a trip to Tyneside for a televised encounter on Sunday afternoon. David Moyes’ side enjoyed an unbeaten pre-season and will look to carry over the momentum which earned them […]

  • #PLStories- #SeamusColeman tips Everton team-mate to be future captain #EVERTONFC

    Seamus Coleman believes Ben Godfrey could one day captain Everton. The current Toffees skipper has been impressed with the 23-year-old defender who joined the Blues from Norwich last summer and thinks centre-back is capable of wearing the armband. Godfrey became a fans favourite during the last campaign, with his touch-tackling and lung-busting runs drawing plenty […]

  • #PLStories- #JamesRodriguez speaks out on Everton future and makes Southampton selection claim #EvertonFC

    James Rodriguez has revealed that he does not expect to feature for Everton against Southampton this weekend. The Blues kick-off their Premier League campaign at home to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. But it appears they will be doing so without the Colombian as he continues to be linked with a […]

  • #PLStories- #MikelArteta on #PierreEmerickAubameyang form, fans returning and Arsenal transfers #ARSENALFC

    The bookies have you got you as 50/1 to win the title and about 7/1 to finish in the top four. Is that unfair do you think? I don’t know where they get that from, but it’s difficult to judge to be fair. I want to see the club in a different position. Obviously they […]

  • #PLStories- #XiscoMunoz on Watford’s Premier League return, #TroyDeeney and Aston Villa #WATFORDFC #AVFC

    Any knocks? We have different players with injuries. The most important is to be ready for the first game because it’s our first game. Joao [Pedro] has a problem with the knee and [Josh] King [groin] but the most important is to think about those ready to play. Troy Deeney is 33 but says he […]

  • #PLstories- #RomeluLukaku sends message to Chelsea team-mates following £97.5m transfer #CHELSEAFC

    Romelu Lukaku has sent a message to his new Chelsea team-mates following the club breaking their transfer record for the striker. Lukaku, who left the Blues in 2014 for Everton after a frustrating spell at Stamford Bridge, has cost the west London club £97.5million – which smashes the record fee spent on Kai Havertz last […]

  • #PLStories- #ThomasFrank reveals #YoaneWissa in line for Brentford debut vs Arsenal one month after alleged acid attack #BRENTFORDFC

    Yoane Wissa is in contention to make his Brentford debut against Arsenal tomorrow night with head coach Thomas Frank confident that the 24-year-old forward is in a good place mentally following an alleged acid attack in France last month. The DR Congo international, signed in an £8.5m deal from Lorient on Tuesday, passed his medical […]