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/r/Championship's Championship club by club season preview - part 1!
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On Friday at 8pm UK time, Reading and Derby County will kick off the 127th season of the English second division - also known as the Championship! 24 clubs will compete for 3 promotion spots to the Premier league (2 via automatic promotion and 1 via playoffs) and to avoid the 3 relegation spots to the third tier a.k.a League One.
Its looking like a really tight and competitive season. The league is absolutely full of ambitious player and managerial talent - the more time goes by the more it looks like a Premier League 2. If you want a competitive league with proper English football, that also has the spice of skilful players and forward thinking managers, it really is the place to go.
This is guide written by the fans who have come together on /Championship - an absolutely huge thanks to them. Do check out the sub, we try to keep it a good place to discuss the EFL, away from the rancid gloryhunting shithole that is /soccer (just kidding - I like this place). Lots going on, including a score predictor thread which is running all season.
This guide is in table order with the PL demoted sides first. Only 5 clubs today (because the Swansea one is a fucking novel and I can't fit any more in), the rest will be submitted tomorrow and Friday. Do bare in mind that not all the transfer news will be up to date as these guides were largely written a week ago. Point out to me if there are any clear errors with formatting or spelling.
Championship info, links and media Season previews: The Guardian | Sky Sports | The Mirror
EFL focused podcasts: Not the Top 20 | The Totally Football League Show
The 17/18 table - Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham went up. Barnsley, Burton and Sunderland went down. This season West Brom, Swansea and Stoke join from the PL and Wigan, Blackburn and Rotherham join from League 1.
These are the bookies' favourites for promotion (via Oddschecker):
|Club ||Odds |
| Stoke ||2.75 |
| Middlesbrough ||4 |
| West Brom ||4 |
| Nottingham Forest ||4.5 |
| Leeds ||4.75 |
| Swansea ||5 |
How to watch in the UK: Live rights are owned by Sky Sports. They are upping the number of televised matches this season. Reading v Derby on Friday is televised. The weekly highlights show previously on Channel 5 is moving to Quest TV, which apparently is on Freeview.
|Club ||Odds |
| Rotherham ||2.2 |
| Bolton ||2.25 |
| Ipswich ||4.5 |
| Reading ||5 |
| QPR ||6 |
| Hull ||6 |
How to watch abroad: Depends, but in most territories, the iFollow Service is available, which is £110 to watch all a single club's matches. Bargain. I think the clubs that aren't on iFollow have their own similar streaming services.
Check out club Youtube channels - quite a few of them post extended highlights now with their own commentary, including Derby, Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford and more. (You may need VPN to watch if you're abroad.)
Location: Swansea, Wales
Nickname: Swans, The Jacks
Major honours: Football League Cup (2013), Championship Play-off Winner (2011), League One Winners (1925, 1949, 2008)
17/18 finishing postion: 18th (Premier League)
Transfermarkt squad value: €115.5 mil NOTE: This number is as of July 22nd, when we still have Mawson (€15 mil), A. Ayew (€15 mil), Bony (€10 mil), Clucas (€8 mil) and Fernandez (€8 mil), who are all pretty much expected to be sold, or loaned out, before the season starts. Without all of these players except Bony (who's injured for a while so it makes it unlikely he'll be sold soon), the squad value would be around €70 mil.
Manager: Graham Potter joined the Swans on 11th June 2018. In 2010, he became head coach of Östersund, who were in the fourth tier of Swedish football. 5 years later, he got the club promoted into the Swedish top flight and in 2017, they won Svenska Cupen which qualified them for the Europa League where they managed to get through the group stage. He’s been applauded for what he did at Östersund and the way he managed to build the club up from nothing. The year after his success in the Europa league he signed a 3 year contract with Swansea.
Potter is well respected by The Swans and after a few years of poor managerial and financial decisions his appointment is seen as a step in the right direction to bringing us back to our old ways of being a well-run club. Potter has been recognised for his "progressive" and "unconventional" coaching methods. At Östersund, he encouraged his players and staff to engage in community activities, such as performing in theatre and music productions which was designed to take them out of their comfort zone. Potter describes his style of football on the pitch as "tactically flexible, attacking, and possession-based". At Östersund, he deployed a flexible 3–5–2 formation centred on ball possession.
Best player(s)/ talisman:With many of our best players being rumoured with a move away what good players that remain at the start of the season is yet to be seen.
Alfie Mawson is probably our standout player. He’s been amazing for us since we got him and was a bargain at about £3m. He’s great in the air and is just an all round tank. Keeping him will be a huge boost for us and should be solid in the championship.
Federico "El Pajaro" Fernandez has also been strong at the back with Alfie. The pair played with each other for the majority of last season and together became a solid unit. We will most likely sell him to reduce wages though.
Jordan Ayew put in a great shift last season and was our top goal scorer. His work rate was immense and was able to drop back and defend when needed. He’s fast, able to beat a man and a decent finisher. Sadly all these players are transfer targets for other clubs and might not even be here at the start of the season. If we can keep a lot of our players we should have a decent season but who knows who'll be left by the end of the window…
Rising star: Swansea’s U23 had a great season last year and with Potter wanting a young and fresh squad, a handful have moved up into the first team.
Our standout youngster, Oliver McBurnie, joined Barnsley on loan in January last season where he went on to win a Championship player of the month award after 6 goals in 8 games and went on to win Barnsley’s Player of the year award. While only 22, he’s struggled to break into our first team but will most likely be our main striker for the coming season. Be on the lookout for his long legs, miniature shinpads and ridiculous sock length! LEGS LEGS LEGS!!!
Connor Roberts performed well at RB last season and adapted quickly to the premier league where he battled Kyle Naughton to be in the starting line up and did great when given the chance. Decent at going forward and professional at the back. Hopefully potter puts him ahead of Naughton.
What happened last season?: What Happened last season?: After our great escape the season before and with Paul Clement at the helm there was optimism that the 17/18 season could be our turning point where we start rebuilding 'The Swansea Way". How wrong we were.
After a disastrous transfer window where we sold Sigurdsson and never replaced him and started panic buying the week before the transfer window closed we were left an obvious hole in our team. We had no creativity in midfield and no one could kick the ball into the box to save their life. And just to rub it in further Renato Sanches turned out to be more disappointing than Bob Bradley. With the team sitting bottom of the table Clement was sacked in late December.
Then along came the wise talking Carlos Carvalhal who managed to rebuild the confidence the team had lost. Our results took a turn for the good, beating Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham consecutively at home. He pulled us out of the relegation zone and things were looking good. However, the good times were quickly followed by the bad times. Our form turned and we didn’t win a single one of our last 9 matches. We were quickly relegated after pitifully losing to both Southampton and Stoke in our last 2 games of the season.
Highlights (Or lowlights):
The pass by Renato Sanches that summed up his and our season
Swansea City 3-1 Arsenal
Summer transfer business (so far): At the end of last season, it was clear we needed several transfers, both in and out. However, this would all depend on the manager we got.
Yan Dhanda (Free, Liverpool): A 19 year-old Midfielder, Yan Dhanda left Liverpool this summer and joined the Swans in a free, before we even hired Graham Potter. At one time one of the most promosing youngsters in Liverpool's Academy, injuries slowed down his progress, and ultimately made him fall behind other players. Citing lack of first-team playing time, Dhanda decided to join us this summer in hopes of getting regular playing time in the senior squad. Through 3 pre-season games, Dhanda has been one of the brighest and most impressive players in the squad, even scoring a game-winning goal and smashing a penalty in a shootout against Genoa. With our current injuries and shenanigans involved in our midfield, Dhanda has a good chance of becoming a starter and hopefully guide our midfield during the season.
Jordi Govea (Free, Real Madrid): Another 19 year-old from Ecuador, Jordi was the first signing under Potter. Not much can be said about the lad, but this is what Real Madrid had as his bio:
Jordi is an Ecuadorian defender who possess three key qualities for a player in his position: he's skilful, is able to go past a player and has a good shot on him. He's left footed and is able to send in good crosses on the run. With Martin Olsson currently as our starting LB, and Kyle Naughton as the backup, the hope is that Jordi can develop on our U-23 squad and hopefully move up to the senior squad in coming years. Also the only man I've seen do a medical while wearing jeans (https://twitter.com/SwansOfficial/status/1015251916132057089)
Joel Asoro (€2 mil., Sunderland): Yet another 19 year-old, a Swedish winger who has represented his country in the younger levels, he was Potter's first senior signing. With world-class speed, and some impressive skills, Asoro was able to score 3 goals and get 2 assists last season in 26 apperances for Sunderland. While these numbers may seem a bit disappointing, many of these games were sub appearances on a very dysfunctional team. Along with Dhanda, Asoro has been one of the most impressive players during preseason, constantly beating his man with either speed or skills, and whipping in good balls to Legs. At the current rate, Asoro appears to have a good chance of starting on the right wing spot, with Nathan Dyer and Luciano Narsingh backing him up.
Predicted starting XI: NOTE: This is gonna be assuming Mawson, A. Ayew, Clucas, and Fernandez are all sold by the start of the season. If by some reason they end up staying, they are pretty much guaranteed to start. Based on the pre-season games so far, a lineup looking like this would be plausible, with Rodon most likely to be replaced by a CB (possibly Scott McKenna) when we buy one. Our second unit is looking something like this.
Best case scenario: Graham Potter is able to motivate and make sure our senior players (Fer, Carroll, etc.) stay fit, along with our youngsters being able to make an impact as expected, and also we retain Mawson, Fernandez, and Clucas, we can finish in the top 2 and get promoted automatically.
Worst case scenario: Our worst case scenario, and something many of us fear of happening, consists of primarily 3 things. 1. Graham Potter isn't given enough time to build an identity with our squad and is sacked by the midway point of the season by the greedy, dumb American owners. . 2. We end up not replacing the players we sold properly like last summer, therefore having a squad with holes everywhere and no chemistry. 3. Our youngsters such as Asoro, McBurnie, Dhanda and company don't pan out and progress at all, thefore becoming mediocre players. This would all culminate in us looking like Sunderland, and making relegation a probability.
Prediction: Realistically I see us selling Mawson and company in the last days before the season starts and not replacing them properly until later on. Because of this, as well as our current injuries with Fer and Clucas, I can see us initially struggling to build an identity but over time, we will start playing like Potter wants us and finishing the season strongly.
8th place, missing the play-offs by 4 points
What will happen to your closest rivals?: The scum that is known as Cardiff City will break the record for lowest points ever accumulated in a Premier League season, getting 5 points all from draws, and will therefore get relegated with 17 games to spare.
West Bromwich Albion by Joelwba Location: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands
Nickname: The Baggies, The Throstles
Major honours: 1x League title, 1x League Cup, 5x FA Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 20th in Premier League (relegated)
Transfermarkt squad value: £101.16m
Manager: Darren Moore or Big Dave as he's known to Albion fans. A club icon as a player in the early 2000s, he returned to look after our U23 squad before being promoted to assistant manager by Alan Pardew in January. Following the end of Pardew's horrific reign, Moore took temporary charge with Albion facing inevitable relegation. He led us to wins over Newcastle, Spurs, Man Utd and a draw with Liverpool, somehow taking our futile battle for survival to the final week of the season. Following this he earned the head coach role permanently. Moore is loved among the Albion faithful, largely due to his reputation as a player here. He heavily favours a 4-4-2 formation and at the back end of last season, tended to soak up pressure and play on the counter attack. It will be interesting to see how his approach differs in a league where we are one of the favourites, not fighting to survive (hopefully)
Best player(s)/ talisman: It's an interesting situation for Albion currently. There are plenty of Premier League quality players still in the squad. A lot depends on if they are picked off before the deadline shuts. Chris Brunt is a club stalwart and likely to be reappointed as captain. He is adored by the fans and in my opinion will be an incredible asset in the championship. His set pieces alone will bring 10+ goals to the side. Kieran Gibbs is a high quality player who appears to be set to stay and should make a big difference. Jay Rodriguez, Craig Dawson, Salomon Rondon and Nacer Chadli should all make a big difference in this division IF they stay. In all honesty I expect to lose a few of the above. Sam Johnstone appears to be an astute signing to replace the outgoing Ben Foster.
Rising star: Sam Field he's one of our own! He looked completely at home against some of the top Premier League sides last campaign. A box-to-box midfielder, he's full of energy and looks so comfortable on the ball. I expect him to be a major part of our side this season, having just signed a new long-term deal.
Kyle Edwards is an exciting attacking midfielder who has been impressing in pre-season. He may have a part to play following a loan spell at Exeter last campaign.
Jonathon Leko looked like a potential world-beater when he first came through a couple of years back. A lightning quick winger full of tricks. A loan spell at Bristol City and limited appearances later he seems to be losing his way. Will be an interesting one to watch.
Finally, the enigma that is Olly Burke. After signing with us last summer for £15m, he failed to impress any of the four managers we had over the season. He looks exciting when he comes on, without any end product so far, and was unfairly blamed for a loss at West Ham by Alan 'Coward' Pardew. We all know the talent he's got. Hopefully we can see it this season.
What happened last season?: Let's not talk about it... We finally escaped the stranglehold of Tony Pulis, only to opt for the human joke that is Alan Pardew and duly hurtled towards relegation. Four of our players stole a taxi and then played (and lost) the following weekend.
Pardew was sacked about 3 months too late, and Moore took over, restoring pride with some notable wins over Man Utd and Spurs.
This season we also lost the great Cyrille Regis, and the outpouring of emotion and the coming together of the club during the weeks after his passing was something special.
Summer transfer business (so far): We started by releasing Claudio Yacob, Boaz Myhill and Gareth McAuley. Yacob and McAuley will be greatly missed but it is perhaps the right time for them to go.
Jonny Evans departed for Leicester for a cut-price £3m, Ben Foster left for Watford and James McClean has departed for Stoke City.
Sam Johnstone has been bought in to replace Foster, with Jonathon Bond arriving as backup. Kyle Bartley has joined from Swansea City and it appears that Harvey Barnes will soon be arriving on loan from Leicester.
Finally, James Morrison is currently out of contract but still with the club. His future is uncertain.
I am very happy with Johnstone and Bartley. It has been a quiet window for Albion so far but that is largely a good thing. The squad is packed with Premier League talent and the window is more about keeping hold of them.
There is major interest in Dawson and Rondon, along with interest in Rodriguez, Hegazi and Chadli. If any of the above go, then we would need to replace. Otherwise I would be happy with another striker and another CB.
It is also worth mentioning that every player in the Albion side suffered a 50% wage cut upon relegation which means that we are financially sound despite relegation, but may lead to more big names leaving.
Predicted starting XI: This is my best attempt. It will undoubtedly be 4-4-2. We may see Nyom in at right back and perhaps Barry in for Field.
Obviously about half of this side could leave, so we shall see.
Best case scenario: The bulk of the side remains and the quality in the side shines through as we breeze to automatic promotion.
Worst case scenario: The better players leave or do not put the effort in. Moore cannot transfer his great start into his first full season in management. We become embroiled in a relegation battle
Prediction: It will be somewhere in the middle. I'd like to think we'll go up automatically but I think play-offs are more likely. 6th
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Villa won't go down but will settle into mid-table, despite the recent takeover.
I think Wolves will do well in the PL, although I don't know how long Nuno will last before a big club comes in.
Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Nickname: The Potters
Stadium: bet365 Stadium, 30,089 seats
Major honours: 1972 League Cup
17/18 finishing position: 19th, Premier League
Squad value: £127.8 million
Manager: Gary Rowett signed from Derby in May. His honest attitude has brought lots of optimism to fans, who are looking forward to an overhaul of the Club. His style of play seems to change based on the squad he has available.
Best Player: Joe Allen was vital to the Club last season, giving us hope that we would avoid relegation. His massive new contract signed this summer shows how loyal and committed to the Club he is, and will be a vital player this season.
Rising star: Tom Edwards is a local lad who has won the Under 18 Player of the Year award twice in the Club. In the latter parts of last season he played some good first team football.
What happened last season: A pathetic attempt at a season that had been coming for a while under Mark Hughes. Paul Lambert was appointed in January, but a win rate of just 2 in 15 matches wasn’t enough for him to keep his job and miss out on the million pound bonus offered to him.
Transfer business so far: So far this has been a decent transfer window. Peter Etebo had an amazing World Cup for Nigeria and Benik Afobe looks really promising. Adam Federici has also been appointed to replace Lee Grant. Xherdan Shaqiri has left along with a few players like Stephen Ireland and Glen Johnson who will not be missed. Badou Ndiaye also looks to be on his way out, but it looks like Jack Butland will stay with us, which is massive. Perhaps most surprising are the new contracts signed by our 2 best players last season, Joe Allen and Moritz Bauer.
Predicted Line up: Here is our predicted squad. I’m not sure what formation we will have. EDIT: This is a new version, complete with our rumoured new signings and in the right formation.
Best case scenario: Stoke will finish top with an all-time Championship points record.
Worst case scenario: A mediocre start to the season will see Rowett sacked and Stoke with a disappointing mid-table finish.
Prediction: I think with our squad and our new manager, we will finish 1st.
What will happen to our closest rivals? Port Vale will be relegated to the Vanarama National League.
Location: Villa Park, Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE
Nickname: The Villans, The Villa, Prince William's Club, David "Twat" Cameron's Second Club.
Major honours: 7 First Division wins, 7 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 1 European Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 Intertoto Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 4th
Transfermarkt squad value: £67.77m and dropping fast
Manager: Steve Bruce (for now). Former Man Utd playing legend who's been a fixture of English football for decades. He joined Villa in 2016 after successful runs at Hull, Sunderland (yes they were good once) and Birmingham City. A bit of a promotion specialist, he's taken Championship clubs up to the Premier League 4 times in the past and just missed out last season, losing 1-0 to Fulham in the Playoff Final. Tactically, he's fairly old school who prefers 4-4-2 or a 4-1-4-1, usually involving a big man up top. Fun fact: while managing Huddersfield in 1999 he wrote three novels, "Striker!", "Sweeper!" and "Defender!", which focus on main character Steve Barnes, a football manager. Barnes solves crime and takes on terrorists, and the books have become prized rarities. The Guardian's Football Weekly podcast managed to get a copy and read out some of the copy - suitably awful.
Best player(s)/ talisman: There's only one Jack Grealish. A Villa boy through and through, he's been with the club since 2001 (aged 6), and made his way into the first team in the 2013-14 season. He's been the centre of controversy a few times, most notably getting on the beers and passing out on a Tenerife street. Playing as a number 10, his quick feet and dribbling skills provide a number of goals and assists, as well as fouls. He probably went down a bit too easily when first in the Premier League, but time in the gym has noticeably toughened him up and he's a much more solid player as a result. One of the better players in the Championship, and due to Villa's abject finances, a transfer target for the likes of Leicester.
Rising star: Keinan Davis could possibly be it, potentially Andre Green and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy as well.
What happened last season?: Have you ever walked into a casino, spotted the roulette table and popped £10,000 on red? It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off. You've doubled your money if you win, but look like a right git if you lose. Villa figured this was a good way to approach 2017-18: spend millions on players, get in lots of loans, gamble everything on achieving promotion. After a so-so start, Bruce got the team playing well, stringing together a number of wins and moving through the playoff spots. Unfortunately they ran into a few teams playing out of their skin - champions Wolves ran away with the league and boasted a squad that included several Champions League players. Neil Warnock's Cardiff couldn't stop winning and grabbed the second automatic promotion. In the playoff final Villa came up against a Ryan Sessegnon-led Fulham and were just pipped at the post 1-0.
Summer transfer business (so far): It's one-way traffic, due to absolutely abysmal finances. Loan spells for Lewis Grabban, Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah and Sam Johnstone have all ended, which is almost the spine of the team (Johnstone in particular - he was arguably the best keeper in the Championship and personally bagged a number of wins). Plus clubs are circling to pick off whatever assets we have left (eg. Jack Grealish, James Chester). With no prospect of anyone new coming in, it looks like the youth academy will be getting a lot more game time.
Predicted starting XI: Possibly this, but half these players could be gone before the first match.
Best case scenario: Mid-table anonymity would have to be best case - Villa are a mess and could go down this time around.
Worst case scenario: Our finances are the real issue - they are dire. Villa need to find £9 million this month to avoid going into administration. Owner "Dr." Tony Xia is a billionaire, apparently, but tax bills went unpaid and the question remains if he's able to support the club as generously as he has in the past. Administration, points deductions and potentially relegation to League One are all real possibilities right now. It's not looking good.
Prediction: Due to financial irregularities in the 23 clubs above us, Villa will get into the Champions League and take out the likes of Atletico, Bayern and Real Madrid on the way to our second European Cup. "Taylor, Green, prepared to venture down the left. There's a good ball played in for Jack Grealish. Oh, it must be and it is! It's Keinan Davis!"
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Unfortunately the Scum managed to avoid League One in the final rounds of the season. Here's hoping they go one better. Agbonlahor to re-sign for one game: the Derby. And score the winner, again.
Location: The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Nickname: The Boro (Or just Boro)
Major honours: The League cup 2003-2004 season
17/18 finishing position: 5th
Transfermarkt squad value: 79.34m
Manager: Tony Pulis became manager of us in late December 2017, replacing the sacked Garry Monk after a pretty lacklustre few months of the campaign (despite where our league position was). Pulis is known in England for being the man that is never relegated when in charge of someone in the top flight. We are all aware of Tony Pulis' style of football. You start by having a strong and massive defence and maximise your use of set pieces to gain an advantage. Pulis is a lover of all set piece plays, whether that is crossing the ball in from a corner or free kick, or launching a ball into the box from a throw in, they're all in his arsenal of weapons. 'Pulisball' as it is pretty much known. Pulis has achieved promotion from the championship once before with Stoke, and I hope he achieves it again with us this season
Best player(s)/ rising star: I mean, where else do I begin. Adama Traore. Arguably the best player in the championship on his day and is one of the most frightening dribblers in English football, maybe even world football. The winger is known for his speed and dribbling ability although is usually criticised for his lack of end product. Before last season I would've agreed, however 5 goals and 10 assists, with all but 2 assists coming before Pulis' arrival show the progression of the Spanish winger.
As for other members of the squad, Ben Gibson, the prodigal son. Boro through and through he's progressed into a commanding centre half with the ability to play out from the back thanks to Karanka. He gained attention and emerged as one of the few given credit after our disappointing premier league campaign but was only the subject of one bid upon our relegation, from now manager Tony Pulis. It remains to be seen whether he'll be here come the first game of the season, but I hope he will be.
As for future stars, Dael Fry, already has played 2 championship campaigns for us and looks as assured as a veteran of the game. Another centre half produced by our academy and he is being played in cdm this pre-season by Pulis, to add to his versatility. Hopefully a standout season for him, especially if Gibson does end up leaving. Finally, yes, he does always look as confused as images of him show.
What happened last season?: Well, the first half of the season was tragic under Monk. We played really poor football at times and looked like we hadn't defended a day in our lives. There was also no consistency in the team, we'd win one game then lose the next. A key theme under both managers however, was our inability to beat those around us in the table. After Pulis' appointment the results picked up and it ended with us finishing 5th in the table. We ultimately lost in the playoff semi finals to Aston Villa but honestly, we didn't think we'd even be in the top half around Christmas.
Summer transfer business (so far): Just the three deals to talk about so far. We've acquired Paddy McNair from Sunderland who looks like a decent player. He's been utilised in right back and midfield during pre-season so it looks like they'll be his positions for the season. I imagine he'll play alongside Clayts and Howson in a midfield three.
Aden Flint was signed from Bristol City and I think I'm in the minority when I say I don't like how much we paid for him. Obviously the man is a Pulis player but I'm a bit unsure about his defensive ability. That being said he's looked strong during pre-season and I'm sure Pulis will get the best out of him. Fabio departed our club for Nantes so we'll need more full back cover.
As for the rest of the window, I expect Gibson to leave but will be delighted if he doesn't. One of our strikers will also leave and Braithwaite should follow after his decent World Cup performances. We'll probably bring in a striker and a winger and hopefully hold onto Adama. That'd be a successful window in my eyes.
Predicted starting XI: My best guess The only other guess I could make is that Gibson might leave and then Ayala would start, but he's injured at this point in time. Britt might play over Gestede too if Pulis is feeling fancy.
Best case scenario: It has to be top of the pile right? It's not out of the question to imagine us up there and if everything clicks then we've got a chance. A defence that scores more than some teams' strikers, Adama channelling his inner Messi and finding consistency, Rudy/Britt/Bamford scoring for fun. It could be carnage.
Worst case scenario: I can't see us finishing outside the playoffs, if we did then that would be gut-wrenching. But if we did then that would most certainly be the worst. Realistically, it'd be losing in the playoffs... again, and if it were in the final again then god help me. Although saying this, now losing Bamford and maybe Traore will be a worst case scenario in itself, definitely if they're not replaced.
Prediction: Have to be confident, although it always kills me. 1st or 2nd. Tony Pulis and his nice white trainers carry us to the promise land. That being said, we never do it the easy way.
Best Match of Last Season Sorry Leeds fans, but it had to be. "Hattrick Bamford" as our Twitter account tweeted, 3-0 against Leeds with Adama running the show. Leeds clearly found some positive from the game as they're set to sign him off us. This was the sign of what we should've done more last season. Showed what Paddy could've been too if given an even more extended period in Striker by himself. Oh well.
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Who even are our closest rivals in this league? We're in geographical purgatory. Can't say Sunderland anymore so what? Leeds? Bielsa either turns them into the well oiled machine they hope for or he succumbs to the old Leeds ways and is sacked by December. As for the Mackems, probably promoted from League 1.
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Sources close to the deal tell us the player is disappointed he is being denied the opportunity to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Premier League
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“I’m an Ajax player so I can’t say too much about it at the moment,” De Jong told Voetbal International. “Of course there is interest, everyone knows that, but I am an Ajax player, as I say.
“In the beginning the transfer rumours are nice, but gradually I think I don’t need this anymore, they can write what they want. That’s not me and it’s not that I think ‘ah, that’s nice’.”
NZONZI TO BARCA? Arsenal transfer target Steven Nzonzi is reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Gunners have reportedly been put off his £35m valuation and Barca see Nzonzi as a more viable option than Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot.
NO WIN FOR RICHARLISON Everton have lost 3-0 to Blackburn in their pre-season friendly, with new signing Richarlison getting minutes under his belt but no goals yet.
NEW DEAL FOR NAVAS? Real Madrid are planning to offer Keylor Navas a new contract, reports La Nacion.
Navas, who has been Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper in each of the past three seasons, could drop down the goalkeeping pecking order at the Bernabeu this term if the European champions bring in Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea.
However, it appears as though Madrid are still keen for the Costa Rica international to continue at the club, with La Nacion reporting that they are set to present him with a two-year contract renewal offer which would tie him to the La Liga giants until 2022.
MALCOM PRESENTED BY BARCA New Barcelona signing Malcom has been presented by the club, with the player saying: "I am really happy to be here, it's a dream, playing at Barça is a great challenge and I hope to make the fans happy."
RICHARLISON ON FOR DEBUT Richarlison is on for his Everton debut in their pre-season friendly with Blackburn. They currently trail Rovers 2-0.
RUSNAK TO REAL SALT LAKE Sky Sports News understands former Manchester City midfielder Albert Rusnak will snub a number of offers to return to European football, and instead sign an improved contract to stay in the MLS with Real Salt Lake.
Rusnak hinted last month that he was expecting to leave America in this window, with Sparta Prague among the clubs interested in him, but it now looks like he will be staying put, with Salt Lake offering him a new deal until 2021.
PALMER TO JOIN ROVERS Chelsea’s young midfielder Kasey Palmer is joining Blackburn Rovers on a short-term loan deal until Christmas, Sky Sports News has learned.
The deal won’t be completed until after the weekend. Palmer spent the second half of last season on loan at Derby County, and earlier this month it looked like he was bound for Pride Park again to join up with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
But the 21-year-old will instead head to the North West for four months, once the paperwork is completed on Monday.
LOVELL PLEASED WITH SIGNINGS Gillingham are holding a Q&A; evening, and manager Steve Lovell has been chatting about transfer activity.
'BONUCCI WANTS JUVE RETURN' AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci wants to return to former club Juventus this summer, says Milan's new sporting director Leonardo.
He explained: "I've met with a range of clubs, including Juventus. The desire (to talk to Juve) came from him, so if the conditions are right, we'll try to make it happen."
'RAMSEY WILL STAY' Unai Emery believes Aaron Ramsey is going to stay at Arsenal despite speculation surrounding his future.
"Football changes every day. It's not easy. For that, I am thinking the match today first, then training tomorrow, then the match Saturday, with an important player here," the manager said.
"Aaron is an important player for us, and the contract is one thing for the club and the player. For me, I want him to stay with us, to work with us, to give the team the big performance.
"I think he is going to stay here with us."
ROANLDO'S FIRST GAME CONFIRMED Cristiano Ronaldo will start his Serie A career with Juventus at Chievo.
The Portugal forward became Juve's club record signing last month when he joined from Real Madrid for £99.2m.
And Thursday's announcement of the opening round of Italian top flight fixtures sees him head to the Stadio Bentegodi for the champions' first match of the 2018/19 campaign, on the weekend of August 18-19.
ENQUIRIES FOR TRIO Cardiff City have received enquiries for Lee Tomlin, Anthony Pilkington and Omar Bogle, but Neil Warnock has revealed the players may not leave until the last day of the window.
"We've had one or two enquiries, that will all come up I would imagine and liven up in the next three weeks," he told Wales Online.
"Especially when I announce my squad on the 9th (of August), the Football League have got another two or three weeks so I think a lot of them will be waiting until deadline as always."
RICHARLISON ON BENCH Everton are playing in a pre-season friendly at Blackburn tonight, and new signing Richarlison is among the substitutes.
RABIOT GOING NOWHERE PSG are unwilling to sell Adrien Rabiot this summer, reports L’Equipe.
Rabiot, who is attracting interest from Barcelona and Juventus, is out of contract next year and PSG want to hand him a new deal. Even though he is inside the final 12 months of his deal, PSG are not contemplating cashing in on him this year.
VALVERDE HAS NEXT TARGET Ernesto Valverde has identified Dani Parejo as his next target, according to Sport.
The Valencia playmaker has been linked with a move to Barcelona before, but now the Catalans' interest in the 29-year-old is coming to a head.
FRED IN THE USA New Manchester United signing Fred has joined up with his team-mates for their pre-season tour of the USA.
REINE-ADELAIDE JOINS ANGERS Jeff Reine-Adelaide has joined Ligue 1 side Angers from Arsenal in a permanent deal, following a loan spell with the club earlier this year. The 20-year-old signed for the Gunners in July 2015 from Ligue 2 side Racing Club Lens. He made eight first team appearances over three seasons.
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SELS MAKES MOVE Goalkeeper Matz Sels has completed a permanent move to French side Strasbourg from Newcastle.
The 26-year-old joins the Ligue 1 outfit for an undisclosed fee after a two-year spell at St. James’ Park.
GUTHRIE JOINS STEVENAGE Kurtis Guthrie has signed for Stevenage, subject to EFL registration.
The striker was signed by Colchester from Forest Green Rovers in July 2016 and scored 13 goals across 49 appearances for the U’s.
LEEDS TARGET BAMFORD Leeds are interested in Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
New manager Marco Bielsa wants a striker for his squad, and Leeds have also been linked to Derby forward Matej Vydra.
CHESTER TO STAY AT VILLA Captain James Chester is ready to snub Stoke and hand Aston Villa a further boost by staying at the club.
The defender is keen to help Villa return to the Premier League, Press Association Sport understands.
Stoke have made an offer, reportedly worth up to £10m, for the Wales international but he would prefer to remain at Villa Park.
EVERTON JOIN GONALONS RACE Everton have reportedly joined the race for Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Crystal Palace are also said to be tracking the Frenchman.
MUTO DEAL IN PRINCIPLE Mainz 05 Sporting Director Rouven Schroder has confirmed they’ve agreed a deal in principle to sell striker Yoshinori Muto to Newcastle.
The German club have said the transfer has been agreed subject to a few formalities and the player gaining a work permit. Muto is on his way to Tyneside from Tokyo.
It’s our understanding the fee is £9.5m.
PJANIC ON THE MOVE? Juventus will sell Man City transfer target Miralem Pjanic this summer, but only if they receive the same amount they paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, according to Calciomercato.
The Bianconeri view the Bosnian as good as Ronaldo and want at least £89m for him.
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BARCA EYE MIGNLOET Barcelona are interested in out-of-favour Liverpool 'keeper Simon Mignolet, according to Marca.
The arrival of Alisson at Anfield has pushed Mignolet further down the pecking order, and Barca want a potential replacement for Jasper Cillessen.
CAVANI NEW REAL TARGET Edinson Cavani is Real Madrid's new number one target after Chelsea demanded the Spanish giants pay £178m for Eden Hazard, according to AS.
Robert Lewandowski is also no longer a serious target for Real.
AFTERNOON HEADLINES For those of you just joining us - firstly where have you been? - but here is a quick roundup of where we stand with some of the day's main transfer stories...
MITCHELL MAKES ST JOHNSTONE LOAN SWITCH St Johnstone have announced the signing of 'keeper Conor Mitchell on a season-long loan from Burnley.
The Northern Ireland U21 international trained with the Saints squad towards the end of last week before boss Tommy Wright moved to capture the 22-year-old to add to his goalkeeping options which include Zander Clark and Mark Hurst.
KLAASSEN NEARS BREMEN SWITCH Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen’s move to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen is close to completion, according to Sky sources.
The former Ajax captain failed to nail down a regular starting place at Goodison Park and is on the brink of making the move to Germany.
Klaassen won’t be involved at Blackburn Rovers tonight.
TOP-FLIGHT TRANSFER TARGETS RATED Sky Sports Fantasy Footballhas priced up potential Premier League transfer targets, rating Nabil Fekir and Gonzalo Higuain as the most valuable potential additions.
With just two weeks until the revised transfer deadline date of August 9, business looks set to crank up as Premier League sides prepare for the new campaign.
Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham have made moves early but while Manchester United reportedly have domestic targets in Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire, plenty of further additions are expected from abroad.
Based on the most likely major deals according to Sky Bet's transfer odds, here are five big names expected to arrive and the Sky Sports Fantasy Football valuations you may just want to make a note of...
OLDHAM SIGN IVERSEN Oldham have announced the signing of Leicester 'keeper Daniel Iversen on a season-long loan deal.
The 21-year-old Dane, who will wear the number one shirt during the loan spell, has been on trial with the Latics and featured in pre-season friendlies against Nottingham Forest and Girona.
Iversen joined Leicester from Esbjerg in January 2016, going into the club’s development squad. He has not made a first-team appearance for the Foxes.
UNITED MAKE MAGUIRE APPROACH Man Utd have approached Leicester over the sale of their England centre-back Harry Maguire, SSN understands.
However, with a fortnight of the summer transfer window remaining, it looks like Jose Mourinho will have a battle on his hands, with Leicester adamant their star defender is staying at the King Power Stadium.
We understand United value the player, who starred in England's summer World Cup campaign, at around £65m.
Maguire is due to return from holiday in the next few days and is understood to be keen to make the move to Old Trafford.
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LUNCH-TIME HEADLINES OK for those of you just joining us - firstly where have you been? - but here is a quick roundup of where we stand with some of the day's main transfer stories...
DOUGALL TO HAVE BARNSLEY MEDICAL Sparta Rotterdam defender Kenneth Dougall will undergo a medical at Barnsley on Thursday ahead of proposed move to Oakwell, according to Sky sources.
WATFORD STAND BY EVERTON COMPLAINT Watford are standing by a complaint against Everton over an allegation of an illegal approach to former manager Marco Silva.
The clubs entered a mediation process at the request of the Premier League that involved club officials and their respective legal teams, but no conclusion was reached.
The sale of Richarlison to Everton had prompted reports a resolution had been found between the two clubs, but Watford say they have been "compelled" to reiterate the disciplinary process is still ongoing.
MILAN TOLD TO PAY £62M FOR MORATA Chelsea have told Milan they will have to pay up to £62m for Alvaro Morata after initial negotiations got underway on Wednesday.
Sky Italy believe Milan’s new sporting director, Leonardo, had a series of phone conversations yesterday about a potential transfer, with the player reportedly keen on a return to Italy.
However, the two clubs remain poles apart on their valuations of the player, prompting Milan to retain their interest in bringing Gonzalo Higuain or Radamel Falcao to San Siro.
The 25-year old striker joined Chelsea last summer from Real Madrid for an initial £57m, with the job of replacing Diego Costa.
NEWCASTLE SIGN SCHAR Newcastle have completed the signing of defender Fabian Schar from Deportivo La Coruna on a three-year deal.
MOORE PENS NEW BLADES DEAL Simon Moore has signed a new contract at Sheffield United, ending speculation of a move to West Brom.
The Baggies held discussions with the Blades over signing the 28-year old 'keeper as back-up to Sam Johnstone.
Moore has signed a new three year-deal, keeping him at Bramall Lane until the summer of 2021.
The player joined United from Cardiff for an undisclosed fee in August 2016 and has made a total of 64 appearances for United.
CHELSEA MONITOR MILINKOVIC-SAVIC Chelsea are keeping tabs on Lazio midfielder Sergei Milinkovic-Savic, says the Independent.
However, the Blues face competition from Man Utd and Real Madrid, although the Serbian would prefer a move to Stamford Bridge.
NEWCASTLE AND FULHAM IN MITROVIC STALEMATE Newcastle and Fulham remain apart over their valuation of Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Serb striker is back training on Tyneside after returning from an expended holiday following the World Cup.
MAN UTD PONDER £60M MAGUIRE MOVE Jose Mourinho is urging Man Utd's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to tie up a deal for Harry Maguire, according to reports in the Sun.
However, Leicester may demand £60m for the England international defender.
SCHAR UNDERGOES NEWCASTLE MEDICAL Newcastle are closing in on Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabian Schar after activating a £3m release clause in his contract, according to Sky sources.
The Swiss international is due on Tyneside on Wednesday and will undergo a medical with the club.
Newcastle are looking to replace Chancel Mbemba, who they sold to Porto for £7m earlier this month.
The Magpies have been tracking Schar, who won three Swiss titles with Basel, for some time.
The 26-year-old left Basel to join Hoffenheim in 2015 where he made 30 appearances before joining Deportivo last year.
NEWCASTLE AGREE MUTO DEAL Newcastle have agreed a deal with Mainz to sign striker Yoshinori Muto for £9.5m, according to Sky sources.
The 25-year-old Japanese striker is currently on a flight from Tokyo to Newcastle after they agreed a fee with Mainz, with the move subject to the player gaining a work permit.
Muto played for Japan in the World Cup in Russia.
SILVA HINTS AT NEW CHALLENGE David Silva admits his latest contract at Man City will probably be his last at the club but says he wouldn't join a Premier League rival.
Silva signed a one-year contract extension at City last season to keep him at the club until 2020.
"When I finish my contract with Manchester City I will be 34 years old, at that time I will probably want to do something different," he said.
"I don't know yet but I won't play for another club in England.
"People always love me in England, it's been eight years - very successful years, and the football we've played has been very attractive. English people love that type of football - those type of games. And that's why I'm so happy here."
DERBY LAND MARRIOTT Derby have completed a deal to sign 23-year-old striker Jack Marriott from Peterborough.
Sky Sports News understands Derby will make an initial payment of £3m, with significant add-ons that could see the fee rise to £5m.
GOLOVIN AGREES TO JOIN MONACO CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin has agreed to join Monaco, despite being heavily linked with Chelsea this summer.
The 22-year-old, who starred for Russia at the World Cup, is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club and Sky Sports Newsunderstands the move could be completed in the next few days.
POCH: MANY SPURS RUMOURS Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted there are currently "many rumours around the team" as the club continue to be linked with possible moves for Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
"There are many rumours around the team," Pochettino said after Spurs beat Roma 4-1 International Champions Cup in San Diego on Wednesday.
"I cannot talk and I don't want to talk because I think we need to be focused on trying to work hard and get in the best form for the first game of the season."
ERIKSSON NEARS IRAQ ROLE Sven Goran Eriksson has agreed a deal in principle to take over as head coach of Iraq, according to Sky sources.
The Swede held positive talks with Iraqi FA officials in Istanbul last week.
Eriksson’s representative Saif Rubie says he has a couple of other options and will make his final decision in the next week.
MOURINHO: DARMIAN CAN LEAVE Jose Mourinho has confirmed Matteo Darmian can leave Man Utd if a suitable bid comes in for him this summer.
Full-back Darmian has been linked with a return to Italy with either Inter Milan, Juventus or Napoli.
"Matteo wants to leave and I think when a player wants to leave, if the right offer arrives you have to try to be human and let the player follow his instinct but not at any price," he said after watching his side beat Milan on penalties on Wednesday night.
"And, until now, the offers we got for Matteo are not even close to being accepted."
PALACE MAKE £8.9M GONALONS OFFER Crystal Palace have made an £8.9m offer for Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons, according to Sky Italy.
The 29-year-old is a defensive midfielder who has eight caps for France.
Palace need midfield reinforcements following the departure of Yohan Cabaye.
MOURINHO: LIVERPOOL HAVE TO WIN Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho says Liverpool have to win something next season after their heavy summer of spending.
"Maybe this season finally you demand that they win," he said after watching his side beat Milan on penalties on Wednesday night.
"You, I think, you have to be fair and now you have to demand and say the team with investments, who are making investments that they started making last season, not just this season, last season.
"That you made in January, that you make now, that will probably be the record of the Premier League this season, I don't see another team getting close to that level of investment, a team that was a finalist in the Champions League, you have to say you are a big candidate.
"You have to win."
WATFORD JOIN REYES RACE Watford are interested in Mexico international defender Diego Reyes, according to Sky sources.
However, no formal offer has been made for the player so far.
Reyes is a free agent after he ran down his contract at Porto.
Newcastle and West Ham are two of a number of Premier League clubs who have also made an offer for the centre back.
POCH WON'T DISCUSS LLORENTE FUTURE Mauricio Pochettino refused to discuss the future of Fernando Llorente after the Spanish striker scored twice in Spurs' 4-1 International Champions Cup win over Roma in San Diego.
Llorente is widely understood to be up for sale this summer after failing to make a big enough impression following his move from Swansea at the start of last season.
"I'm not going to talk about individual situations because if I'm going to talk now about someone I need to talk about everyone," he said.
"I am focusing on trying to work hard, trying to provide the team and every single player with the best tools to improve. Of course I'm happy when the striker scores and finds the net."
MOURINHO: NO PROBLEMS WITH MARTIAL Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho says he has no problems with Anthony Martial leaving the club's pre-season tour to attend the birth of his first child.
Some reports in the press today had claimed Mourinho wanted the Frenchman out of the club due to his decision to leave the US.
"I found out that Martial was going to Paris when he told me," Mourinho said after watching his side beat Milan on penalties on Wednesday night. "Was two or three days ago.
"When it is personal reasons, everyone analyses that the way they think is the correct way and when a man is going to be a father in this case, it's the second time he is going to be a father, and he decides is very important for him to go, nobody has the right to stop him to go."
UNITED TARGET REBIC Manchester United have made contact with the representatives of Ante Rebic, reports the Mail.
The Eintracht Frankfurt winger starred for Croatia at the recent World Cup in Russia, where his country were runners-up to France.
CHELSEA SIGN GREEN Chelsea have completed the signing of 38-year old former England goalkeeper Rob Green on a one-year deal.
Green, who was released by Huddersfield at the end of last season, is likely to be third-choice keeper behind Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero at Stamford Bridge.
SHAQIRI: CRITICS WRONG ABOUT ME New Liverpool signing Xherdan Shaqiri believes his critics are "totally wrong" about him.
REAL CLOSE IN ON COURTOIS Real Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, but Spurs No 1 Hugo Lloris is also a target, says the Mail.
The European champions are believed to be after a new 'keeper for the upcoming season.
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PAPER TALK Right, let's kick things off this morning with a quick roundup of some of the biggest stories making today's back pages...
- Real have agreed terms with Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, but Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris is also a target (Mail)
- Jose Mourinho is urging Man Utd's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to tie up a deal for Harry Maguire - even though Leicester may demand £60m for the defender (Sun)
- Liverpool and Everton have made offers for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, according to the player's agent (Express)
- Jack Wilshere turned down an £8m signing-on fee and Champions League football at Fenerbahce in order to join West Ham (Star)
- Marcos Rojo is fearing for his United future after Jose Mourinho made signing a centre half a priority this summer (Telegraph)
- West Brom are the latest club to register interest in the Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo as they bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League next season (Guardian)
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KOUYATE NEEDED NEW CHALLENGE Crystal Palace's new player has been speaking to Palace TV:
"I'm so happy. It's been a long day but now everything is good and I'm very excited to start with my new teammates.
"This is the right time to move because I needed a new challenge. I have good memories of West Ham but I need to come here and give my best because I like the Crystal Palace project.
"I know the manager and I know he'll be a good manager. I spoke to Pape Souare yesterday and he told me I had to come and now I'm here and I'm very happy."
PALACE CONFIRM KOUYATE Crystal Palace have signed Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
EVENING HEADLINES Here is a quick roundup of where we stand with some of the day's main transfer stories...
BENITEZ 'HAS NO IDEA' ABOUT NEW SIGNINGS Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was once again tight-lipped after being asked about any possible new signings.
“I said what I had to say on transfers two months ago, we’ll see what the next 10 days brings," he said after his side's 4-0 loss to Braga on Wednesday night.
“I have no idea. Have no idea how close we are to anyone.”
SMALLING AGREES WOLVES DEAL Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has agreed a deal with Wolves, according to reports in the Daily Express.
The England international is contracted to Old Trafford until the summer of 2019.
EVENING HEADLINES Here is a quick roundup of where we stand with some of the day's main transfer stories
- Man Utd's interest in Leicester defender Harry Maguire has cooled
- United's primary target is now Barcelona's Yerry Mina. It's thought the Colombian will cost around £30m
- West Ham midfielder Chiekh Kouyate is due for a medical at Palace. Talks have been ongoing between the clubs over a fee and it now seems they have a resolution
- Standby for a raft of Portugal-based players West Ham are chasing: The club have a delegation in the country and are setting up a working partnership with Porto and Benfica. Joao Felix is one player they're with talks with Benfica over and they look to have beaten off competition from Dortmund and two Premier League clubs
- West Ham are also in talks with Porto over the double signing of Mali striker Moussa Marega and Algeria winger Yacine Brahimi. And highly rated forward Xande Silva is in the UK ahead of a medical with the Hammers
- Big news from Bournemouth, who are in advanced talks with Levante over the £27m signing of midfielder Jefferson Lerma
- Marco Silva has taken his spending at Everton to £60m after making France left-back Lucas Digne his second signing
- Everton are in talks with Stoke over a deal to sign midfielder Badou N'Diaye, with Ashley Williams heading in the opposite direction
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ROSE HANDS IN MANSFIELD TRANSFER REQUEST Mansfield striker Danny Rose has handed in a written transfer request, the League Two club have announced.
The 24-year-old, who scored 17 goals last season, was the subject of a bid from Peterborough earlier this week.
Mansfield chairman John Radford said: “I was both shocked and disappointed to receive this transfer request from Danny Rose, especially after we offered Danny a lucrative new two-and-a-half-year contract in January, which he signed.
KONE LOANED TO STRASBOURG Ivory Coast international Lamine Kone has left Sunderland to join Ligue 1 club Strasbourg on a season-long loan, with an option to sign the defender next summer.
BRADFORD BRING IN DOYLE Bradford have announced the signing of striker Eoin Doyle from Preston on a two-year deal.
Dublin-born Doyle will replace Charlie Wyke, who has left the club to join Sky Bet League One rivals Sunderland.
The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Oldham, scoring 16 goals in 34 appearances for Latics.
WEST HAM CLOSE IN ON SILVA Not only that, but West Ham are also close to signing Vitoria Guimaraes forward Xande Silva.
Silva - is in the UK ahead of a medical - has been capped by Portugal at U15, U16, U17, U18, U19 & U20 level.
West Ham have a delegation in Portugal - not only to sign these players, but to set up a working partnership with Porto and Benfica.
WEST HAM IN MAREGA & BRAHIMI TALKS Meanwhile, West Ham are also in talks with Porto over the double signing of striker Moussa Marega and winger Yacine Brahimi (pictured).
WEST HAM IN FELIX TALKS West Ham are in talks with Benfica over the signing of Joao Felix.
The 18-year-old has been capped 5 times for Portugal U21s.
West Ham have beaten off competition from Borussia Dortmund and two Premier League clubs.
SUNDERLAND LAND WYKE Sunderland have completed the signing of Charlie Wyke for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old striker joins from Bradford City and becomes Jack Ross’ 11th summer recruit.
SCUNTHORPE SNAP UP PERCH Scunthorpe have signed former Newcastle and QPR midfielder James Perch on a free transfer.
The 32-year-old, who has played 476 first-team matches, has joined the League One side on a two-year deal.
VIEIRA JOINS SAMPDORIA Ronaldo Vieira has sealed his move to Italian side Sampdoria on a five-year deal, leaving Leeds for a fee in the region of £6.2m.
Sky in Italy reported that the midfielder travelled to Italy on Monday evening before having his medical on Tuesday.
Sampdoria will pay Leeds £5.8m up front, with another £400,000 due in add-ons.
Vieira came through the ranks at Elland Road and went on to make 71 appearances for the Sky Bet Championship side.
LYON SIGN GRIFFITHS Lyon have signed Tottenham youth striker Reo Griffiths on four-year contract, the Ligue 1 club have just announced.
The 18-year-old, who has represented England at youth level, had been attracting interest from other major clubs in Europe.
BOURNEMOUTH CLOSING ON LERMA Bournemouth in advanced talks with Levante over the signing of midfielder Jefferson Lerma, according to Sky sources.
The fee under discussion could rise to a club record £27m.
Lerma handed in a transfer request last week to push through the deal.
EVERTON PLAN WILLIAMS-N'DIAYE SWAP SSN understands Everton are in talks with Stoke City over a deal to take midfielder Badou N’Diaye to Goodison Park, with defender Ashley Williams heading in the opposite direction.
N’Diaye is keen to play again in the Premier League after impressing for Stoke since his £14m move from Galatasaraay in January, but the Potters are keen to keep him as they mount a challenge to return to the top flight at the first attempt.
Manager Gary Rowett told SSN yesterday he still wants more defensive cover before the window closes and it’s though Williams is a favoured target - though it could be an initial loan deal for the man who turns 34 later this month.
LEEDS TERMINATE MURPHY DEAL Leeds United have terminated midfielder Luke Murphy’s contact by mutual consent.
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GAYLE STARTS FOR TOON Dwight Gayle has been heavily linked with West Brom this summer as part of a deal which could see Salomon Rondon go the other way.
As we reported earlier, that move has stalled as the two clubs are struggling to find an agreement.
West Brom are not prepared to pay Gayle's level of wages and will not agree to Newcastle's demands that they must purchase the striker once the loan deal has expired.
KOUYATE SET FOR PALACE MEDICAL West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is set to undergo medical ahead of move to Crystal Palace, according to Sky sources.
UNITED EYE MINA AFTER COOLING MAGUIRE INTEREST Man Utd's interest in Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire has cooled, SSN has been told, and instead Barcelona defender Yerry Mina has become a key transfer target for Jose Mourinho.
It’s thought United could do a deal with the Catalans for as little as £30m - he cost just £10m when he signed from Palmeiras in January, but has been frustrated by a lack of La Liga appearances (4).
Leicester were adamant in telling United that Maguire is not for sale - Mourinho was prepared to pay £65m for the 25-year old.
It now looks like Maguire will stay at King Power Stadium and SSN expects Leicester to open talks on an improved contract for the England international in the coming weeks.
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PALACE KEEN ON JORDAN AYEW Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are interested in signing Swansea forward Jordan Ayew, according to Sky sources.
It is understood that, contrary to some reports, the 26-year-old Ghana international is not currently undergoing a medical at Selhurst Park.
MEYER SET TO SIGN FOR PALACE Crystal Palace are awaiting international clearance before announcing the signing of Max Meyer, according to Sky sources.
The Germany forward is a free agent after leaving Schalke at the end of last season.
GRIFFITHS PASSES LYON MEDICAL Teenage Tottenham striker Reo Griffiths is closing on a move to French side Lyon after passing a medical.
The 18-year-old, who has represented England at youth level, is set to leave the Premier League side if he is able to agree personal terms with Lyon.
Spurs would be due six years worth of training compensation for Griffiths, who scored 33 goals for the club's U18 side last season.
He scored four hat-tricks among that haul, including a pair against North London rivals Arsenal.
Griffiths attracted interest from other major clubs in Europe, but appears close to making France his home.
MARTIAL: I'LL BE BACK THURSDAY Anthony Martial has revealed he will join up with Man Utd's squad on Thursday following the birth of his second child, saying: "my family always comes first".
In a post on Twitter, the French forward wrote: "Thank you all for your posts. My little Swan is fine, for the mum it was harder but thanks to God she's better now.
"Sorry but my family will always come first... Back tomorrow in Manchester."
DOUBLE SIGNING FOR CRAWLEY Crawley have pulled off a double swoop with the signings of defender David Sesay and midfielder Tarryn Allarakhia on two-year contracts.
Sesay worked with Town boss Harry Kewell in Watford’s youth team, while Allarakhia has joined following his release by Colchester.
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WYKE PASSES SUNDERLAND MEDICAL Charlie Wyke has passed his medical on Wearside, according to Sky sources.
The striker, who will be back from injury in three weeks’ time, has signed a three-year deal with Sunderland.
DONS SIGN CARGILL MK Dons have signed defender Baily Cargill after the 23-year-old left Bournemouth earlier this summer.
GERRARD WANTS 'A FEW HUNGRY' SIGNINGS Meanwhile, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wants "a few" more players, despite already making 10 signings this summer, saying "this will be a different team from last year".
"We have tried to add players who are hungry, the idea was to have two quality players in each position," said Gerrard.
"It's no secret we are still looking to add a few pieces to the jigsaw. This will be a different team from last year.
"I can't speak on last season but the mentality of my players will be there and we will have winners on the pitch and winners on the bench.
"We don't just want numbers, we want quality. We know our targets and who we will go after."
RANGERS TO RETURN FOR LAFFERTY Rangers are planning to make a fresh offer for Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty, SSN understands.
Hearts boss Craig Levein said last weekend that Lafferty's "head was turned" by an initial offer of £200,000 from his former club, which was rejected.
Sky Sports News understands the 30-year-old held an amicable meeting with Hearts on Tuesday and that he has not handed in a transfer request.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard would not comment about his interest in Lafferty when asked after their pre-season friendly against Wigan.
SHREWS DUO HAND IN TRANSFER REQUESTS Two of Shrewsbury Town’s prized assets have handed in transfer requests today, SSN understands.
Midfielder Jon Nolan and defender Toto Nsiala both played key roles last season as Shrewsbury finished in third place in League One – but have today told the club they wish to leave.
We understand Ipswich, managed by former Shrews boss Paul Hurst, are keen to sign both players. In addition, Sheffield United and Wigan have been linked with Nolan, whilst Bolton are understood to be keen on Nsiala.
CLEMENT: LAMPARD HAS DESIRE TO SUCCEED Paul Clement talks up Frank Lampard's management potential ahead of the opening Championship game of the season between Reading and Derby, live on Sky Sports Football on Friday night.
BAYERN CEO: LEWANDOWSKI NOT FOR SALE Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is not for sale at any price, says chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenige.
The Poland international has reportedly been interesting new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri of late.
"With Robert, we clearly want to send a signal to people within and outside the club: Bayern Munich are completely different to other clubs who get weak when certain sums are mentioned," said Rummenigge.
"We are completely satisfied with him, and in his position there are only a few players who are comparable.
"So it's not in our interest to hand him over - no matter if someone puts €100m or €150m on the table."
LAMPARD OFFERS VYDRA CLARITY Matej Vydra remains a Derby player and will be back with the first team after his Leeds move collapsed, says manager Frank Lampard.
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BURNLEY SEEK PERMISSION TO SIGN KEEPER Burnley have been struck by injuries to Tom Heaton and Nick Pope, and have applied to UEFA for special dispensation to sign a replacement ahead of tomorrow's Europa League qualifier with Aberdeen.
The Clarets should have to play with the same squad list as when they drew 1-1 at Pittoderie last week, but have no recognised senior goalkeeper left fit at the club.
REGIONAL PAPER TALK: MARTIAL SET FOR DISCIPLINARY Here is a quick roundup of some of the biggest stories making the back pages of this afternoon's regional newspapers as Man Utd reportedly prepare to discipline France forward Anthony Martial.
HAMMERS BID FOR GOMEZ REJECTED West Ham have had a £27m bid for Uruguay's Maxi Gomez turned down as manager Manuel Pellegrini steps up his search for another striker, according to the London Evening Standard.
The Celta Vigo man scored 18 goals for his club last season.
REDS DUO TO BE SOLD? Liverpool are considering selling both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet after the arrival of Alisson, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Karius is reportedly a target for Bayer Leverkusen, while Barcelona and Besiktas are after Mignolet.
Klopp is reportedly happy to sell both goalkeepers, after Alisson arrived for £65m from Roma.
VILLA ANNOUNCE SIGNING In the most summer 2018 way possible...
The Midlands club have signed Atletico Madrid keeper Andre Moreira on loan until the end of the season.
WEST BROM APPOINT JONES West Brom have confirmed the appointment of Graeme Jones as assistant head coach after leaving role as Belgium's assistant coach.
BRISTOL CITY SIGN MAENPAA Bristol City have signed former Brighton goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa on a free transfer.
Maenpaa spent pre-season on trial with the Championship club and has signed a one-year deal.
MARTIAL TO BE DISCIPLINED? Anthony Martial has not reported at Manchester United's training base since he left their pre-season tour eight days ago and is set to be disciplined by the club, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Martial started both of United's opening matches on their pre-season tour of the US before being allowed to leave so he could attend the birth of his second child. However, while happy for the 22-year-old forward, manager Jose Mourinho believes he should have returned to the tour.
Asked about the Frenchman's return following United's 2-1 friendly win over Real Madrid in Miami, Mourinho initially wanted United's press officer to answer, and when asked later he said he was unsure.
PURRINGTON ON THE MOVE AFC Wimbledon have signed left-back Ben Purrington from Championship club Rotherham on a season-long loan.
CHERYSHEV COULD LEAVE Russia World Cup star Denis Cheryshev could be leaving Villarreal this summer, according to Marca.
The 27-year-old was one of the surprise success stories during the hosts' tournament, scoring four goals as Russia reached the quarter-finals.
The attacking midfielder has only just returned to training with the Spanish club but could be heading for the exit door with Everton reportedly keen to bring him to Goodison Park.
WYKE SET FOR BLACK CATS It looks like being one in, one out on Wearside, with Charlie Wyke set to have a medical at Sunderland today, after agreeing a fee with Bradford for the striker.
Sky sources understand the two clubs have agreed a fee in the region of £600,000 rising to £1m for Wyke - after Sunderland had two bids turned down last month.
Wyke will become Sunderland’s 11th signing of the summer, although he is injured and won’t feature against Charlton on Saturday - a match you can see live on Sky Sports Football from 12pm.
KONE HEADING TO FRANCE Sunderland defender Lamine Kone is close to joining French club Strasbourg on a season-long loan.
The Ivorian centre-back will undergo a medical after Sunderland reached an agreement which will see Strasbourg given the option to sign the defender next summer.
Sunderland rejected an £18m bid from Everton for him two years ago.
ROMA 'CLOSE ON NZONZI' Roma are closing in on a move for Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Previously linked with Arsenal, Nzonzi attracted the interest of a number of clubs and Roma have prioritised bringing him to Italy.
Roma sporting director Monchi is confident about clinching a deal for the 29-year-old France international (Gazzetta Dello Sport).
LAZIO COMPLETE DOUBLE DEAL Lazio have completed the double signing of midfielders Joaquin Correa and Milan Badelj.
Correa, 23, is back in Italy two years after leaving Sampdoria to play for Sevilla, for whom he made 47 La Liga appearances, scoring five goals.
Badelj has been a Serie A player since 2014, when he joined Fiorentina. He became a key fixture in the Tuscans' first team and represented Croatia on their run to the World Cup final this summer.
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RODWELL TRAINING AT EVERTON Former Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell is back training at the club's Finch Farm training ground
Rodwell left Sunderland earlier this summer and is looking for a new club; Everton are allowing him to use their facilities until then.
IRAQ OFFER ERIKSSON JOB Sky Sources: The Iraq FA have formally offered Sven Goran Eriksson the job as head coach of the national team.
The contract is for three years to cover the Asia Cup and World Cup qualifiers
Former England manager Eriksson is expected to make a decision this week.
WOODBURN MAKES BLADES MOVE Ben Woodburn has completed his loan move from Liverpool to Sheffield United
BAYERN RULE OUT PAVARD MOVE Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out a move for France's World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard and left the door open for Jerome Boateng to leave the Bundesliga champions.
Defender Pavard has been linked with a move away from Stuttgart after starring as Les Bleus went all the way in Russia.
Rummenigge said they would consider a "serious offer" for reported PSG target Boateng.
He told German newspaper Bild: "Could Benjamin Pavard replace Boateng in Bayern? No. We have Hummels, Sule, Martinez who can play in central defence, Alaba and two young players, Lukas Mai and Chris Richards. There are many qualities."
'POGBA MEETS WITH BARCA' Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has reportedly met with Barcelona’s technical director Eric Abidal in the United States to discuss a potential move, according to Tuttosport.
The France midfielder has reportedly decided he wants to leave the Premier League club and La Liga champions Barcelona are keen to sign him. Pogba has a long-term contract at Old Trafford but a "fractious" relationship with Jose Mourinho has resulted in him considering his future
SHAW TO FIGHT? Wolfsburg want to sign Luke Shaw, but the left-back remains keen on seeing out his contract at Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail.
The 23-year-old is in the final year of his contract, but reportedly wishes to stay at Old Trafford to fight for a place.
VIEIRA CLOSE TO £7M MOVE Leeds midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has arrived in Italy to complete his move to Sampdoria, according to Sky in Italy.
Sky Sports News understands the two clubs have agreed a deal worth £7m for his transfer.
BRIGHTON WANT O'CONNELL Brighton are interested in Sheffield United defender Jack O’Connell, Sky Sports News has learned, and are prepared to pay £6m for him, as the Premier League club’s pursuit of Liam Moore has stalled.
We told you earlier this week that Moore had handed in a transfer request to try to force through his move to Brighton, but Reading are at this stage holding firm.
Chris Hughton wants a centre-back to add to his defensive options, and has now turned to O’Connell, who was a key player for Sheffield Utd last season, appearing in all 46 Championship matches.
DIGNE REACTION The 25-year-old said: “Everton is a big club with a great history. I want to play games, win games and excite the fans with the quality of our football.
“I want to show my best football here and discover the best league in the world. Everybody loves the Premier League. I am loving the fact I am coming here.
“I am not afraid, I am excited. For me, it is a new challenge to discover a country, a league, people and a great club such as Everton. It is fabulous.”
BREAKING NEWS Everton have signed defender Lucas Digne from Barcelona on a five-year deal
French left-back Digne signs for £18m with add-ons, rising to £20m.
RONDON DEAL STALLED Sky Sports News understands Salomon Rondon’s proposed move from West Brom to Newcastle has stalled, as the two clubs struggle to find an agreement.
Albion are keen to keep the bulk of their squad together, as they try to mount a challenge to bounce straight back up to the Premier League.
But the proposed loan swap deal with Dwight Gayle looks unlikely to happen, at this stage, because Albion aren’t prepared to pay his level of wages, and they won’t agree to Newcastle’s demands that they will purchase the striker once the loan deal has expired.
BRIGHTON REJECT NORWOOD BID Brighton have rejected a fresh bid from Hull City for midfielder Ollie Norwood.
The former Manchester United trainee has won back-to-back promotions to the Premier League and is attracting interest from other Championship clubs.
Brighton are listening to offers for Norwood and value him at £1.5m, but we understand Hull remain the only club to have made formal bids at this stage.
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FOREST SIGN STEELE And Forest have replaced him with Luke Steele
Steele moves to the City Ground on a two-year contract after the 33-year-old left Bristol City at the end of last season.
The former Man Utd stopper made 10 appearances last season.
KAPINOS JOINS BREMEN Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Stefanos Kapinos has joined Werder Bremen.
The 24-year-old made four appearances for Forest in the 2017/18 season, following a move from Olympiacos.
'LIVERPOOL EYE BARNET STOPPER' Liverpool are considering signing rookie Barnet goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 20-year-old stands at 6ft 7in, and made his senior debut in 2015. He was born in Haringey, but has made two appearances for Guyana and was previously at Tottenham at youth level.
JOSE: MARTIAL RETURN? I DON'T KNOW Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he "does not know" if Anthony Martial will link up with the team in Manchester.
Martial started both of United's opening matches on their pre-season tour of the US before being allowed to leave so he could attend the birth of his second child. However, while happy for the 22-year-old forward, Mourinho believes he should have returned to the tour.
Asked about the Frenchman's return following United's 2-1 friendly win over Real Madrid on Wednesday morning, Mourinho initially wanted United's press officer to answer, and when asked later he simply replied: "I don't know."
"Anthony Martial? Is better for [press officer] Karen [Shotbolt] to answer if she wants to answer," Mourinho said. Shotbolt then replied: "We're here to talk about the game."
ALBION CLOSE ON JAMES Yeovil have confirmed they have accepted a “record” bid for full-back Tom James.
Sky Sports News understands the player has to undergo a medical with West Brom this morning, and that “record” bid is understood to be in the region of £400,000.
Sky Sports News reported earlier this week that West Brom had opened talks with Yeovil for the right-back.
HERRERA: JOSE HAPPY WITH SQUAD Ander Herrera insists Manchester United are capable of challenging for the Premier League title without the need for more signings.
"I can speak about what I feel in the dressing room. The manager is very optimistic, he is very happy with the team he has," said Herrera. "He is happy with us because we are making a great effort in this pre-season, this is all I can say.
"We were second last season. We got an amount of points where we normally would be fighting for the title.
"I think we have very good players. We can fight for every title but if the manager wants to strengthen the team, it is something between him and the club."
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Inter Milan have made contact with Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric’s agents over a move, according to Sky in Italy.
The 32-year-old played in 43 games for Real last season, which culminated in their third straight Champions League title, and Modric has since captained his country to the World Cup final in Russia, winning the Golden Ball award for best player.
Inter, who are actively pursuing midfield targets as a priority, will compete in the Champions League for the first time in six years this season after a final day victory over Lazio.
The Serie A club, managed by Luciano Spalletti, are believed to have lined up Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal if they cannot sign Modric.
- Liverpool are considering selling both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet after the arrival of Alisson (Daily Telegraph)
- Thierry Henry could be set to coach Mohamed Salah after being lined up to become the new manager of Egypt (The Sun)
- Wolfsburg want to sign Luke Shaw, but the left-back remains keen on seeing out his contract at Manchester United (Daily Mail)
- PSG are still interested in N'Golo Kante and are willing to pay the midfielder more than the £290,000-per-week that Chelsea are offering (Daily Mirror)
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UNITED SELL BLIND Daley Blind has left Manchester United and returned to former club Ajax, in a deal which could reach £18.5m. The initial fee the Dutch club will pay is £14.1m, just £100,000 more than they sold Blind to the Red Devils for four years ago.
BOGA NEARS CHELSEA EXIT Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga is close to leaving Stamford Bridge, according to Goal, who state the 21-year-old has had an offer accepted from Sassuolo of around £3.5m.
The Blues man is yet to agree personal terms over any move, the website also claims.
HEARTS ASSISTANT TO REMAIN Hearts assistant manager and Northern Ireland coach Austin McPhee will stay with the Edinburgh club after knocking back an approach from Indian Super League team Pune City, they have announced.
MBAPPE TO UNITED? Kylian Mbappe could join Manchester United - with Paul Pogba potentially allowed to leave Old Trafford - according to Don Balon.
The Spanish newspaper, known for its hit-and-miss calls, states Jose Mourinho has prepared a world-record bid for the 19-year-old, and would be tempted to cash in on Pogba to facilitate the transfer.
TOTTENHAM CHASE QUINTERO Colombia star Juan Quintero, arguably his country's shining light at the World Cup alongside Yerry Mina, is a target for Tottenham according to Ths Sun.
BUTTON JOINS BRIGHTON Fulham back-up goalkeeper David Button has joined Brighton and Hove Albion.
The 29-year-old has joined the Seagulls on a three-year deal.
Manager Chris Hughton said: "We’re delighted to bring a goalkeeper of David’s experience to the club.
“With Christian Walton and Robert Sanchez going out on loan this season, we felt we needed someone to provide further competition for places in that area of the team."
FONTE BACK TO PREMIER LEAGUE? Jose Fonte has seen his contract at Chinese club Dalian Yifang torn up - and he's now keen on a return to the Premier League.
The Portuguese defender, who featured for his country at the World Cup in Russia, played just seven times for the club after his move from the London Stadium in January.
LOAN FOR HERRERA Rangers striker Eduardo Herrera has joined Mexican side Santos Laguna on a 12-month loan deal.
Herrera previously played on loan there when Pedro Caixinha was manager of Santos, who have a partnership arrangement with Celtic.
The 29-year-old was signed again by Caixinha for Rangers last summer but only scored two goals in 24 appearances and had been sidelined by new boss Steven Gerrard during pre-season.
WATCH: RONALDO SIGNING SHOWS JUVE AMBITION Football finance expert Fausto Zanetton told Sky Sports News on the day Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled as a Juventus playerhis signing showed the Old Lady's ambition - click play below to hear his full views.
KHAZRI LEAVES STADIUM OF LIGHT Wahbi Khazri has completed his move from Sunderland to Saint-Etienne following an impressive World Cup for Tunisia.
The 27-year-old scored twice in Russia, as well as 11 times in 29 games for Rennes in France on loan last season.
SUNDERLAND MAKE SECOND WYKE BID Sunderland have not given up their pursuit of Charlie Wyke, and Sky Sports News understands the Black Cats have returned with a second bid of £600,000 for the Bradford man.
Bradford are understood to be considering the offer, with Bolton waiting in the wings with interest as well.
SANCHEZ MISSES UTD TOUR ON 'VISA ISSUES' Alexis Sanchez has missed Manchester United's tour of North America with visa issues, throwing his pre-season preparation into problems.
The Chilean has blamed a 'personal administrative issue', meaning he will miss the whole of their two-and-a-half-week trip as it stands - although United are hopeful of a resolution.
BLACK CATS LOOK TO EVANS Sunderland are close to an agreement with Reading for midfielder George Evans, Sky Sports News understands.
The two clubs are negotiating a fee of just less than £1m for the 23-year-old, who is a former England Under-19, but remain slightly apart.
He joined the Royals in 2016, having previously been with Manchester City's academy, but played only five times in the Sky Bet Championship last season.
TWO IN AT VALLEY PARADE Bradford City have signed Huddersfield Town midfielder Jack Payne on a season-long loan, and also Middlesbrough striker George Miller for the same period.
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PEARSON JOINS SILKMEN Former Leicester City and Barnet defender James Pearson has joined Macclesfield Town on a one-year deal.
The 25-year-old left The Hive last season, joining Coventry on non-contract terms before moving to Kidderminster Harriers.
SARRI VOWS TO MAKE CHELSEA 'FUN' Following a largely miserable season for Chelsea in 2017/18 - even with an FA Cup win in May - new boss Maurizio Sarri has vowed to bring the fun back to Stamford Bridge, as quoted in the Daily Mail.
Sarri said: "In Naples I was very lucky to find my players adapted to my way of football. They were strong as players, and strong from a human point of view. I was lucky to transport my idea of football onto the pitch, with the quality of these players.
"The players have to enjoy themselves. First of all, I hope the fans can enjoy the team. I want to bring enjoyment to the fans, the fans have to be proud of the team. One hundred per cent hard work and 90 per cent fun.
"It is impossible in my job to promise something else but I will surely give all in my possession to win something with Chelsea."
A NEW BOND West Brom have signed goalkeeper Jonathan Bond on a two-year contract. The 25-year-old was a free agent after leaving Reading.
MOWBRAY STAYING PATIENT Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray is playing the waiting game as he looks to add to his squad.
"It's difficult because the Premier League teams have just come back, because of the World Cup," he told the club website.
"They've generally taken their young players with them, because their international players are not back yet or are still on holiday, so they need to make sure their squads are deep and strong enough to play games.
"So the players that probably will be available to go out on loan are not available at the moment, so we have to be patient and wait."
HILTON: THIS IS THE START Goalkeeper Joe Hilton, 18, has signed a one-year deal with Everton.
Hilton joined the Toffees from Manchester City in 2016 and has been part of the first team's pre-season training camp in Austria.
"Signing this new deal means a lot," he told the club website. "I’ve put in a lot of hard work and I think this shows it has paid off. Hopefully it’s the start of a good career."
SAMMON MAKES SWITCH Motherwell have made Conor Sammon their sixth signing of the summer.
The Republic of Ireland striker has joined on a season-long loan from Hearts.
THOMAS JOINS DONS Signing number seven for AFC Wimbledon...
ANOTHER LOAN FOR BORJA Before we get the AFC Wimbledon announcement, there's news of a departure of sorts from Swansea.
Borja Baston has joined La Liga side Alaves on a season-long loan, having spent last season with Malaga.
Borja joined Swansea for a club-record £15.5million from Atletico Madrid in 2016.
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CRAWLEY SIGN STRIKER Reece Grego-Cox has signed a two-year deal with Crawley after impressing on trial.
The 21-year-old started his career with QPR and made five first-team appearances.
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NEW DEAL FOR BIALKOWSKI Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has signed a new three-year contract with Ipswich.
Birmingham had been interested in signing him this summer but are currently under an EFL transfer embargo.
MONACO BID FOR GOLOVIN Monaco have made an offer to CSKA Moscow for Alexsandr Golovin
The Russia midfielder is a Chelsea target, according to Sky in Italy. Monaco Vice President Vadim Vasilyev told Russian newspaper Sport Express that the bid is “a more than generous offer” but warned they “cannot wait long.” He predicts a conclusion “in the coming days.”
Vasilyev said: “We have made an offer for CSKA Moscow for Golovin. A more than generous offer. The contract length offered is five years. I think that a transition in a club like Monaco is best option for him, at this stage in his career.
"Everything should be decided in the coming days, maybe even today. We cannot wait long. If it does not come off, we will look to another option.”
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CONTE RELEASES STATEMENT Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has released a statement through the League Managers Association after being dismissed by the club last week.
He said: “I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together. “To the players, whose talent and commitment was so important to our successes, I thank them for everything. It has been a pleasure working with them every day. To my staff, who always worked so hard, I must say thank you and well done for their professionalism and dedication throughout. “I have enjoyed my time in England and London so much and I want to thank the Chelsea fans who have been amazing to me and my Family. It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these amazing Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart. “I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season. I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge.”
RONALDO'S DOMINO EFFECT? Cristiano Ronaldo's shock move to Juventus has got the world talking, but it could have a significant impact in the Premier League, too.
Head here to see how his move could cause a transfer domino effect...
CARROLL ON LOAN? West Ham striker Andy Carroll has reportedly been offered on loan to Besiktas for next season, according to Turkish outlet Fanatik.
LEEDS SIGN BLACKMAN Right on cue... Leeds United have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Jamal Blackman on a season-long loan deal.
Blackman joins the club from Premier League side Chelsea and becomes the second signing of the summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old spent last season on loan with fellow Yorkshire outfit Sheffield United.
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BIALKOWSKI'S CONTRACT TALKS Bartosz Bialkowski is in talks over a new Ipswich contract, according to Sky sources.
The Championship club hope to reach an agreement with the goalkeeper over the next few days.
Birmingham have been interested in signing him this summer but are currently under an EFL transfer embargo.
YARMOLENKO PROFILE West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini expects £17.5m signing Andriy Yarmolenko to be well suited to the Premier League, but what exactly will he bring to the London Stadium?
Ukranian football expert Russ Taylor takes a look...
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RODWELL ON TRIAL AT WATFORD Sky sources: Midfielder Jack Rodwell is on trial with Watford, and is currently in Austria at their pre-season training camp
Rodwell, 27, is a free agent after leaving Sunderland in the summer.
CITY'S MIDFIELD SEARCH Manchester City are considering whether to move for another central midfielder this summer – after their number one target Jorginho signed for Chelsea.
They’ve looked at Mateo Kovacic, but we understand they would not be willing to pay Real Madrid’s reported £80m asking price.
City have also shown interest in Mario Lemina from Southampton, but it’s not now certain they’ll strengthen before the window closes in August. We’re told that Pep Guardiola is happy with his squad as they prepare to fly to the USA tomorrow for their pre-season tour.
City broke their transfer record last week when they completed a £60m deal for Riyad Mahrez.
JUVE FANS WELCOME RONALDO Juventus fans have wasted no time in buying shirts with Cristiano Ronaldo's name on the back following his move to Turin.
N'ZONZI UPDATE Sevilla will not sell midfielder Steven N’Zonzi unless his £35m release clause is activated, according to the Spanish club's director of football Joaquin Caparros.
Sky sources understand Arsenal have held initial talks with Sevilla over a deal for the France World Cup winner, but it is likely the Gunners would need to sell before financing the move.
N’Zonzi, who previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Stoke in the Premier League, has two years remaining on his current contract at Sevilla.
Caparros told Cadena Ser: “Steven has two years remaining on his contract. We have texted each other during the World Cup and I have congratulated him on his achievements with France, of course.
“We have not received any offers for him and I will say the same to any clubs who may be interested as what we said with Lenglet – he has a buyout clause, and it’s £35m."
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SUNDERLAND CLOSE ON EVANS Sunderland have agreed a deal for Reading midfielder George Evans, according to the Northern Echo.
The Black Cats, now in League One, will pay around £250k for the 23-year-old.
BURY SIGN STOKES Bury have signed Coventry City left-back Chris Stokes on a free transfer.
The 27-year-old signs a two-year deal, having played 35 times for Coventry last term.
MILINKOVIC-SAVIC NEXT FOR CHELSEA? Chelsea are interested in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Corriere dello Sport.
They've already gazumped one Manchester club with their signing of Jorginho, and with Milinkovic-Savic having been linked with United, could the 23-year-old be the second?
WEST BROM SIGN BARTLEY West Brom have signed defender Kyle Bartley from Swansea.
Bartley has signed a three-year contract with the Sky Bet Championship club.
ARSENAL UPDATE: N'ZONZI AND RAMSEY Arsenal manager Unai Emery has not ruled out making more signings before the transfer window shuts, but says he would only consider a “big opportunity”.
We are told Arsenal have held initial talks about Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, but it is likely there would have to be departures to accommodate the French international.
A big priority is the future of Aaron Ramsey; talks continue over a new contract with Arsenal hopeful of a positive resolution. Ramsey has one year left on his contract.
JUVE FANS EXCITED Juventus supporters believe Cristiano Ronaldo can lead them to the Champions League title during his time in Turin.
LOPEZ TO EVERTON? Everton are interested in Espanyol’s David Lopez, according to Mundo Deportivo. The 28-year-old defensive midfielder has also been linked with Real Betis and Valencia.
TRANSFER TALK: RONALDO EXIT EXPLAINED Graham Hunter reveals the reasons behind Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Real Madrid.
BENFICA WANT SANCHES Benfica are interested in former-Swansea City midfielder Renato Sanches, according to O Jogo.
The 20-year-old midfielder is back with Bayern Munich, following a disastrous loan spell in South Wales, but the Portuguese club are hoping that new manager Niko Kovac will be prepared to let the youngster go.
'WE WERE OFFERED RONALDO' Napoli were offered the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, according to the Serie A club's president.
Ronaldo joined Juventus last week in a £105m deal and will be presented on Monday.
But De Laurentiis told La Repubblica that "Ronaldo was also offered to Napoli. [Jorge] Mendes, his agent, called me. We formulated our offer and would have paid Ronaldo with the percentage of the income guaranteed by his arrival.
"[But] the €350m that Juventus invested [including wages] is beyond our reach. We would have risked pushing the club towards bankruptcy."
WHO WILL REPLACE RONALDO? Graham Hunter reveals the players Real Madrid are targeting following Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus.
UNITED 'STILL KEEN ON BALE' Manchester United remain interested in Gareth Bale ahead of his meeting with new Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui this week.
The Daily Mail are reporting that the Welshman is seeking assurances from Lopetegui, and with Real publicly denying they will sign Neymar or Kylian Mbappe this summer, Bale could play a bigger part.
LIVERPOOL IN FOR CILLESSEN? Liverpool may bid for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The 29-year-old Dutchman has spent most of his time on the Barcelona bench since moving from Ajax in 2016, but reports also suggest Cillessen may want to stay to fight for his place under current No 1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
HOW GOOD IS JORGINHO? Following Chelsea’s £57m signing Jorginho, Adam Bate gets the thoughts of the midfielder’s former coaches to find out what makes him so special and why he can transform the team’s style of play under Maurizio Sarri.
RONALDO UNVEILING TODAY Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived in Turin to complete the formalities of his £105m switch to Juventus from Real Madrid.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, whose transfer was announced on July 10, will have a medical with the Italian club today, before holding a news conference later this afternoon.
HAZARD TO REAL 'ALMOST INEVITABLE' Chelsea forward Eden Hazard's move to Real Madrid is "almost inevitable", says World Cup Supplement panellist Andy Dunn.
"I find it almost inevitable," the Mirror's chief sports writer told the World Cup Supplement podcast. "Look how one of the best players at this World Cup, Luka Modric, has developed since he went to Real Madrid.
"He was a great player when he was with Spurs but he's a class above that now because he's playing with the best players in the world in a team that dominates the Champions League.
"Why wouldn't Eden Hazard want to play for Real Madrid? Now there is an opening with Cristiano Ronaldo leaving and he's quite right that he's had six years at Chelsea where he's been excellent."
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ZAHA WANTS MORE GOALS Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha put on a superb display in a friendly against Reading earlier today - scoring two and assisting another - and says he is targeting more goals this season despite transfer speculation around him intensifying.
“It was good and we are getting back into shape so hopefully we can start the new season how we ended the last one," he told the club's official website.
“This season I am trying to score a lot more goals and I am just happy that all the hard work I am putting in is showing on the pitch. I always try and stay ready so if there was a game tomorrow I would make sure I am ready.”
McGILL GOES ON LOAN Brighton youth goalkeeper Tom McGill has completed his season-long loan switch to Worthing.
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PUEL WANTS DUO TO STAY Claude Puel is confident that Harry Maguire and Kasper Schmeichel will still be at Leicester when the transfer window closes.
"I think we can keep both players. It is crucial for us," he told reporters after a 2-1 friendly loss to Udinese in Austria. "We cannot lose players just a few days before the beginning of the season. We would not be able to find a solution and we cannot be behind.
"Kasper and Maguire are so valuable for us. It is important to maintain our structure, our squad and all our valuable players for the team."
MITROVIC FEE LATEST Sky sources understand that the fee Newcastle have agreed with Fulham is £22m, in a deal which could rise to £27m with potential add-ons.
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NAPOLI DON'T WANT BALO Napoli are not interested in bringing Mario Balotelli to the club, according to president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
"[Dries] Mertens will not leave, [Angel] Di Maria will not come and as for Balotelli I've been saying no for years. It's very false that he will come to Napoli," he told Radio Kiss Kiss.
CHADLI TO TURKEY? West Brom midfielder Nacer Chadli could be moving Turkish side Besiktas on loan, according to Turkish-Football.com.
Chadli missed the majority of last season for the Baggies through injury, but impressed for Belgium at the World Cup.
ROWETT WANTS QUICK BUSINESS Gary Rowett hopes to speed up transfer business to get more players in before Stoke begin their Sky Bet Championship campaign next weekend.
“We hope to [bring in players this week],” he told the Stoke Sentinel. “It’s ongoing and of course we want to do things as quickly as we can. That’s not always possible for different reasons.
“I know the importance of getting your group together quickly and I’ve said that right from day one. You want the group together as quickly as you possibly can and unfortunately we haven’t quite been able to do that."
CLOUGH TARGETS LOANS Nigel Clough hopes to bolster his squad with a loan signing before Burton start the Sky Bet League One season.
Speaking after their last pre-season game against Cardiff, he told the club's official website: “Hopefully we can get a loan player or two in over the next seven days before the season starts – we are going to try very hard.”
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INCOMINGS AT CHARLTON? Charlton Athletic caretaker manager Lee Bowyer says more players will be coming in rather than leaving the club although Josh Magennis is set to leave The Valley.
“We might lose one more, probably not anyone that anyone is thinking but I think we’ll be bringing in a lot more than we’ll be losing," he told the club's official website.
“We have to bring a 'keeper in to have competition for Dill [Dillon Phillips]. You have to have healthy competition in every position and goalkeeping is no different.
"We need a centre-half, a right-sided centre half, we’ve only got Pat (Bauer) in the building. Maybe another midfielder and maybe another striker.
"We knew that Bolton were interested in Josh [Magennis] in January, so I thought they would come back in. I’m pleased for him because he’s a good pro and he gives everything. If it has gone through I wish him all the best and thank him for the services he’s given us.”
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WAGHORN ON THE MOVE? Ipswich manager Paul Hurst said he left Martyn Waghorn on the bench for their friendly against West Ham in the best interests of all concerned. The striker didn’t feature for the second successive game amid speculation over his future.
“There is no getting away from the fact that there is a lot of talk about Waggy,” he told iFollow Ipswich. “I just think it was the best decision for everyone concerned that he didn’t play today.
“We will see what the next week or so brings. Will he be here for the Blackburn game next week? Honestly I’m not sure.”
NEWCASTLE ACCEPT MITROVIC BID Sky sources understand Newcastle have accepted a bid from Fulham for striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Serb has left their Portuguese training camp to finalise his move to Craven Cottage. We understand the fee to be in the region of £20m.
LEEDS AGREE BAMFORD FEE Sky sources understand Leeds United have agreed a fee with Middlesbrough for striker Patrick Bamford.
We understand that to be £7m rising to £10m with add-ons. Leeds also today completed the signing of Wolves left-back Barry Douglas.
RICHARLISON SCORES Richarlison has started for Everton in their pre-season friendly against Rennes and has scored his first goal! Reaping back that £40m fee already...
'WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE PLAYERS' Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce says his main target for the remainder of the transfer window is to keep his best players, with speculation surrounding the futures of Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia.
He told the club's official website: “We don’t want to lose our best players. We all know in football that unfortunately these things happen.
"But we will now be doing our utmost to make sure these things do not happen and not let them go anywhere."
SCHURRLE MAKES DEBUT Andre Schurrle is currently making his Fulham debut as they take on Fiorentina in a pre-season friendly tournament, and he looks to be doing well...
LEEDS CONFIRM DOUGLAS Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Barry Douglas from Wolves, joining the club for an undisclosed fee and has signed a three year contract.
Douglas joined Wolves last summer and made 42 appearances in all competitions, providing 14 assists in the Sky Bet Championship - no other player in the league provided more.
He also netted five goals during the campaign, including a spectacular free-kick against the Whites in Wolves’ 4-1 victory at Molineux last November.
Douglas becomes Leeds United’s first permanent transfer of the summer, following the loan arrivals of Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker and will wear the number three shirt.
GUENDOUZI IMPRESSING It is only pre-season, but France U20 international Matteo Guendouzi caught the eye with his performance for Arsenal today against PSG.
Arsenal signed midfielder Guendouzi from French Ligue 2 side Lorient and he has impressed in the holding role.
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WARNOCK LEAVES.....MATCH EARLY Cardiff City assistant manager Kevin Blackwell took on the club’s post-match media duties as Neil Warnock had to leave the win over Burton Albion early to meet a transfer target.
However, Blackwell wouldn’t reveal the player Warnock is chasing.
"I’m talking to you because Neil has had to catch a flight to see a player," said Blackwell.
"We’re still looking at possible signings but in terms of preparation, the lads showed how much fitter they were second half and that’s what we’ve been looking at.
"I can’t tell you who he’s gone to talk to as I think there will be other clubs looking at him as well.”
LEEDS GO FOR BAMFORD Leeds United are in talks to sign Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, according to Sky sources.
It is understood that the fee being discussed by the clubs is £7m.
The 24-year-old joined Boro from Chelsea on a permanent deal in January 2017 after having previously enjoyed a successful loan spell at the club during the 2014-15 season.
KLASSEN'S GOODBYE Davy Klassen has bid farewell to Everton after joining Werder Bremen yesterday...
MORE IN FOR MILLWALL? Boss Neil Harris, speaking after a 1-0 pre-season win over Bochum, says the club are working "tirelessly" on new recruits.
OSORIO STEPS DOWN Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has stepped down from his role after three years in charge.
The 56-year-old led the country to the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia where they were knocked out after losing 2-0 to Brazil.
The Colombian won 33 of his 52 games in charge of Mexico but has rejected offers from the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to extend his contract.
BRADFORD SIGN WILSON Bradford have signed former Cardiff goalkeeper Ben Wilson, subject to EFL and FA clearance.
The 25-year-old, who started his career at Sunderland, moves to Valley Parade after a four-year spell in south Wales, which featured four loan deals, came to an end.
“I was absolutely delighted when I got the call from such a big club like Bradford,” Wilson said.
“I cannot wait to get started and am really looking forward to the season ahead.”
TOWNSEND JOINS BAGGIES West Brom have signed Scunthorpe full-back Conor Townsend for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old, who has also been linked with his former club Hull and Ipswich this summer, has signed a three-year contract at the Hawthorns.
He told WBA TV: “As soon as I knew the club was interested in me it was always the place I wanted to go.”
Townsend follows goalkeepers Sam Johnstone and Jonathan Bond, centre-back Kyle Bartley and midfielder Harvey Barnes as new arrivals at West Brom this summer.
MUNIR HAS BARCA FUTURE Barcelona have informed Munir El Haddadi that he will form part of their first-team squad this season, reports Mundo Deportivo.
Munir, who spent the past two seasons on loan at Valencia and Alaves respectively, was informed by Barca’s sporting director Eric Abidal that he will have playing opportunities as part of Ernesto Valverde’s squad in 2018/19.
In addition, Barca are considering extending his contract, which expires next June, by a further five years.
THEO NEARING REAL EXIT Theo Hernandez is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid to join Real Sociedad on loan, reports AS.
Real Madrid will travel to the USA today (Saturday) for the start of their pre-season tour and there is a strong possibility that Theo will not be joining them.
The 20–year-old is closing in on a loan move to Real Sociedad, who will pay part of the young defender’s salary.
The loan deal, which does not include a purchase option, is expected to be made official soon.
BROWN SEEKS FORTUNE REUNION Swindon manager Phil Brown is keen to tie up a deal for striker Marc-Antoine Fortune.
The former West Brom and Celtic frontman, who played under Brown at Southend, has been training with Town and played as a trialist in Friday night’s 4-1 friendly win at Swindon Supermarine, where he won a penalty.
Asked whether he would like to make Fortune’s signing permanent, Brown told the club website: “I would. The chairman isn’t here but he’s well impressed with the pedigree of the player, but we just wanted to have a look at the fitness levels.
“He hasn’t been working with anybody, he was promised a deal at Southend that didn’t happen so he’s an angry man at the moment.
“He is such a professional. He conducts himself impeccably off the field and a lot of the young lads can learn from him, whether he is playing or not. He did fantastic for me at Southend and I would like to get him on board.”
‘WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR’ Fresh from completing the signing of Jack Baldwin, Sunderland manager Jack Ross told the club’s official website said: “Everybody knew we were looking to strengthen again in this area of the pitch and now we’re comfortable with where we’re at in terms of central defensive options.
“Jack is proven in this league and he’s at a good age with his best years ahead of him, and he has a hunger to improve and do well.
“He sees this as a big opportunity and has the core attributes we have been looking for.”
BREAKING NEWS Sunderland sign Peterborough captain Jack Baldwin on two-year deal, the Sky Bet League One club have announced.
VRSALJKO FIRST IN AT INTER Inter Milan are closing in on the signing of Sime Vrsaljko from Atletico Madrid, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 26-year-old full-back, who impressed during Croatia’s run to this summer’s World Cup final, will initially move to the San Siro on loan with a permanent deal set for next summer.
Once the Vrsaljko deal it tied up, Inter will turn their attention to signing either Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal or Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea.
PJANIC DISMISSES JUVE EXIT TALK Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic insists the speculation over his future this summer is untrue.
Pjanic has reportedly been the subject of strong interest from Manchester City and Barcelona, while other reports have suggested that Juve will cash in on him following the big-money arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
But the Bosnia international has dismissed most conjecture as false and says he is happy in Turin.
“I listen to a lot of things that are not true,” he told ESPN. “I'm cool. I'm preparing my new season. That's what's the most important.
“What I did the last two seasons for Juventus was really great, and I am happy what I'm doing here.
“I am cool – and I don't care about what they are writing because I listen and I read a lot of things, and a lot of things are not true."
MOURA SETTLED AT SPURS Lucas Moura says he has fully settled into life as a Tottenham player and is raring to go for the new season.
PSG PULL PLUG ON BOATENG Paris Saint-Germain have dropped their interest in Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, reports Inside Futbol.
The Germany international’s wage demands, coupled with a potential transfer fee of between £45m and £53m, is understood to have deterred the Ligue 1 champions.
WOLVES WANT PEPE IN PL Wolves are weighing up a move for former Real Madrid defender Pepe, reports Fanatik.
The newly-promoted Premier League side would be willing to offer Besiktas a fee of nearly €7m to land the Portugal international.
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BORTHWICK-JACKSON LOANED TO SCUNTHORPE Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Scunthorpe on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old made 14 appearances for United in the 2015/16 season but has not played for the first team during Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford reign, and has had loan spells with Wolves and Leeds.
Borthwick-Jackson now takes a step down into League One but said of his new challenge: “I’m buzzing to be here and can’t wait to get started.”
BELLERIN HITS BACK Hector Bellerin has hit back at those who have questioned his commitment to Arsenal, insisting he does not want to play for anyone else.
Bellerin has been with Arsenal since he was 16 but that longevity has not stopped talk of a transfer, with Barcelona and Manchester City linked with the right-back in recent seasons.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the 23-year-old has moved to put an end to the speculation surrounding his future.
"It is crazy that people ask me these questions all the time," he said. “A few years ago I signed a very long-term contract.
“I have never said that I have wanted to be anywhere else. I am very happy in London. I am very happy at this club.
"The club have made me who I am and gave me the chance to be the footballer I am today. So I don’t want to be anywhere else."
MINA TO MANCHESTER? Manchester United could turn their attentions to Colombia international Yerry Mina if they fail to bring either Harry Maguire or Toby Alderweireld to Old Trafford, reports the Daily Mirror.
Like Maguire, Mina impressed at this summer’s World Cup, scoring twice, including a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser against England in the last-16.
Mina is expected to leave Barcelona this week despite only joining the La Liga champions in January.
Everton and Lyon have been touted as a possible destinations for the 23–year-old, but the Mirror claim United could rival them for Mina’s signature.
PALACE INTENSIFY INGS EFFORTS Crystal Palace have stepped up their efforts to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings, according to the Guardian.
Eagles boss Roy Hodgson is keen to bolster his attack with the acquisition of the forward, who has reluctantly decided to leave Anfield after an injury-plagued spell at the club.
If Ings is to relaunch his career at Selhurst Park, Palace will have to meet Liverpool’s £26m valuation for the 26-year-old, who they signed from Burnley in 2015.
LEEDS IN BAMFORD TALKS Leeds United are in talks to sign Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, according to Sky sources.
POCH REFUSES TO PANIC Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is in relaxed mood ahead of the new season but admits the early closure of the Premier League transfer window is 'not going to help’. With just 12 days to go until Deadline Day, Spurs are one of two Premier League clubs yet to make a signing.
BESIKTAS MAKE MIGNOLET CONTACT Besiktas have made contact with Liverpool over a deal for Simon Mignolet, Sky Sports News understands.
The Turkish club need to sign a new goalkeeper after selling Fabri to Fulham for close to £5m last week.
Mignolet is potentially available after the Reds signed Alisson in a world-record £67m deal for a goalkeeper.
The 30-year-old Belgium international has played 202 times for Liverpool since joining from Sunderland in June 2013 but has had to battle Loris Karius for a starting place since he joined from Mainz in 2016.
'ARSENAL NEED LEADER RAMSEY' Arsenal cannot afford to lose the leadership qualities of Aaron Ramsey, according to team-mate Alexandre Lacazette.
Ramsey has entered the final 12 months of his current deal and admitted earlier this week he is uncertain about his Arsenal future, with his agent locked in negotiations over a new deal.
Head coach Unai Emery has made it clear he wants Ramsey to stay and, speaking at the launch of Arsenal's third kit in Singapore, Lacazette told Sky Sports News: "Aaron has been there for about 10 years, he is like a legend at the club.
"We have to be respectful for everything he has done and of course with his quality he can help the team to be better. He brings stability, quality and leadership.
"He is an example for all the young players too, so of course we need Aaron in the team."
MADRID RULE OUT HAZARD MOVE Real Madrid will not sign Eden Hazard this summer as new coach Julen Lopetegui wants to make Isco a key part of his project at the Bernabeu, reports AS.
Madrid have been linked heavily with the Chelsea forward since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus earlier this month.
However, AS report the European champions have definitively ruled out a move for the Belgium international due to Lopetegui’s confidence in Isco.
Madrid are admirers of Hazard but are not going to sign him and are aware that he would cost around €200m this summer.
They are also keen to avoid blocking the first-team path for Marco Asensio, and have dismissed the prospect of making a ‘Galactico’ signing this summer.
GRUJIC FLATTERED BY CARDIFF INTEREST Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic says he appreciates interest from Cardiff, where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
MAKE WAY FOR MAGUIRE? Manchester United are prepared to jettison Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo in a bid to raise funds for a move for Leicester defender Harry Maguire, the Daily Mirror reports.
United are keen to bring the England international to Old Trafford after impressing at this summer’s World Cup.
With reports claiming United will have a pay a world-record fee for a defender to get their man, the Mirror claim United are preparing to offload Italy international Darmian and Argentina international Rojo to facilitate Maguire’s transfer.
The Independent claim Wolves are keen on bringing 28-year-old Rojo to Molineux.
NO REAL RETURN FOR JAMES James Rodriguez has no intention of returning to Real Madrid this summer, reports Marca.
The Colombia international is in the middle of a two-year loan at Bayern Munich, but he still harbours ambitions of succeeding at his parent club.
Madrid want him back and new boss Julen Lopetegui has informed the playmaker that he wants him at his disposal in the Spanish capital.
However James, who recovered his best form at Bayern in 2017/18, believes it would be a bad move to abandon the Bundesliga club now.
Bayern have him on loan until next summer and have previously been tipped to activate a €42m purchase clause to secure his services on a permanent basis.
NEWCASTLE AGREE MUTO DEAL Newcastle have reached an agreement to sign Japan forward Yoshinori Muto from Mainz for a fee believed to be £9.5m.
An agreement has been formalised and the player has had a medical and agreed personal terms.
The transfer is now subject to the player being issued with a Governing Body Endorsement which will be determined at a hearing to take place later next week.
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