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[Translation] Which La Liga club fits each Premier League team?

Good morning lads and lassies of soccer. To celebrate that the Bundesliga finally comes back I bring you the transcripton/translation of a pretty interesting video I had watched some time ago, related (and literally titled) "Which La Liga team fits each team of the Premier League?"
Now, I know the issue about fans that have simpathy for "second" teams is polarizing and as we all know after last year, it can become something completely vomitive, but this video is indeed trying to give fans of Spanish clubs reasons to like a particular English club, and with that said, tbh I believe at the end of the day most fans, plastic or not, do feel at least some simpathy for some clubs above others excluding their own. From the small town fan who supports their local club but also the "big" team that challenges for the league in the top division, to the Ultra that hates every club of their country that isn't his but do likes a foreign club of which he befriended their respective Ultras in the past, I'm pretty sure that most football fans do feel at least a bit of simpathy for some particular club of a foreign league.
But well, that discussion shouldn't be the topic of this. The fact is that these Spaniards of the video do like particular English clubs and to guide other similar Spaniards analyzed the situation and created this "guidebook" about which Premier League club "currently" fits each La Liga club, and that is what will be shown here.
With a last emphasis in the "currently", there's nothing else to say as preview. Just remember that these aren't my opinions and I'm only sharing what they decided.

Newcastle United & Athletic Club

Crystal Palace & Getafe

Liverpool & Real Madrid

Norwich & Valladolid

Bournemouth & Eibar

Burnley & Alaves

Sheffield United & Mallorca

Brighton & Levante

Leicester & Villarreal

Southampton & Leganés

Watford & Granada

Chelsea & Atletico Madrid

Tottenham & Sevilla

Manchester United & Valencia

Everton & Real Sociedad

Manchester City & Barcelona

West Ham & Espanyol

Wolves & Real Betis

Aston Villa & Celta de Vigo

Arsenal & Osasuna

*and that's it. Hope that you liked it as I did. Do you have any opinions about how to make this even more accurate? feel free to share them.
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/r/Championship's Championship club by club season preview - part 1!

Part 2 here - Part 3 here - Part 4 here

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

/Championship's 17/18 player of the season review

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
And relegation:
Club Odds
Rotherham 2.2
Bolton 2.25
Ipswich 4.5
Reading 5
Hull 6
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.
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.)

Swansea City by RafiakaMacakaDirk and my_knob_is_gr8

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.

Stoke City by mrmariomaster

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.

Aston Villa by trueschoolalumni

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.

Middlesbrough by OneSmallHuman

Location: The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Founded: 1876
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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Match Thread: Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Chelsea vs Liverpool


Match Day 26
Kick-off: Sunday, 6th of Feb 2011 at 4.00pm GMT (11am East Coast, 3am Sydney)
Location: Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London
Referee: Andre Marriner (16 matches, 2 red cards)
Assistant referees: Scott Ledger & Adam Watts
Fourth official: Kevin Friend
Previous Fixture: Liverpool won 2-0 at Anfield with Fernando Torres scoring two goals. The match marked the beginning of a form slump for the title holders. Soccernet Match Report
Television: Live on Sky Sports 1 (UK), Fox Sports (Aus) and Fox Soccer Channel (USA)
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Pre-Match Press Quotes

We are more important than any player they have got. We'll play against whoever they put on the pitch. I would expect they would relish the battle against him [Torres] but they have competed brilliantly against everyone since I have come in
-- Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool Manager


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Match Odds

The price on Liverpool has been shifting a lot while Chelsea have shortened. A lot of money on Torres to score at $2.20
Agency Chelsea Draw Liverpool
SportingBet 1.53 3.70 5.75
William Hill 1.57 3.75 6.00
Bet365 1.57 4.00 6.00
Betfair 1.64 4.30 6.00
Bets: 2-2 is $19, while Chelsea to lead at half time and Liverpool to win is paying $41


Pos Team P W D L F A D P
1 Man Utd 25 15 9 1 55 24 31 54
2 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 54 27 27 50
3 Man City 26 14 7 5 42 22 20 49
4 Chelsea 24 13 5 6 46 21 25 44
5 Tottenham 25 12 8 5 35 27 8 44
6 Sunderland 26 9 10 7 32 31 1 37
7 Liverpool 25 10 5 10 33 31 2 35
8 Bolton 26 8 9 9 36 37 -1 33
9 Stoke 25 10 3 12 31 32 -1 33
10 Newcastle 25 8 7 10 40 38 2 31


Chelsea Liverpool
Top Scorers Florent Malouda 9 Fernando Torres
Didier Drogba 9 Steven Gerrard
Salomon Kalou 7 Dirk Kuyt
Nicolas Anelka 6 Maxi Rodríguez
Assists Didier Drogba 8 Steven Gerrard
Yellows Branislav Ivanovic 7 Fernando Torres
Reds Michael Essien 1 Lucas
Last 5 (home/away) W-D-W-D-L W-L-L-L-L
Last 5 W-W-W-L-D W-W-W-D-L
Avg. Scored1 2.2
Avg. Conceeded1 0.6
*1. Average at home for home team, away for away team *

Last 5 Results

Chelsea Result Liverpool Result
Sunderland (A) 4-2 Stoke (H) 2-0
Bolton (A) 4-0 Fulham (H) 1-0
Blackburn (H)) 2-0 Wolves (A) 3-0
Wolves (A) 0-1 Everton (H) 2-2
Aston Villa (H) 3-3 Blackpool (A) 1-2



In doubt:
Possible Starting (unconfirmed)
No. Player Pos
1 Petr Cech GK
17 José Bosingwa RB
2 Branislav Ivanovic CB
26 John Terry CB
3 Ashley Cole LB
5 Michael Essien CM
12 Jon Obi Mikel CM
8 Frank Lampard CM
39 Nicolas Anelka RW
9 Fernando Torres ST
11 Didier Drogba LW
No. Player Pos
22 Ross Turnbull GK
4 David Luiz CB
15 Florent Malouda F
19 Paulo Ferreira D
21 Solomon Kalou F
51 Josh McEchran M
43 Sala


In doubt:
Starting (Confirmed - LFC)
No. Player Pos
25 Reina GK
23 Jamie Carragher CB
34 Skrtel CB
5 Agger CB
34 Kelly RWB
2 Johnson LWB
21 Lucas CM
8 Gerrard CM
17 Maxi Rodríguez LM
4 Meireles CAM
18 Kuyt ST

Live Updates

Min Action
33' FUCK!! MAXI!!
45' HALF TIME - Awesome Game. Torres had one chance, runs onto a ball from Drogba that was cut across goal. Brilliant last second block from Carragher. And then there was Maxi. Maxi, maxi maxi. No doubt that video will be all over reddit within an hour.
65' SUBSTITUTION CHELSEA Solomon Kalou (9M pounds) has come on for Fernando Torres (50M pounds)
90' FULL TIME what a game, what a weekend!
(Apologies for not keeping up a running game log. I got a bit carried away watching the game. Almost had a heart attack)

Match Overview

Chelsea 0 Liverpool 1
Meireles 68'
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Match Stats

Chelsea Liverpool
0(0) Shots (on Goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner Kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Possession 0%
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Match Reports

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Transfer deadline day thread (updates inside)

Live Chat

Come and join us:
we are all sitting in helicopters following the news


Completed Transfers

Player From To Price
Paulo Da Silva Sunderland Zaragoza
Paul Konchesky Liverpool Forrest Loan
Adriano Basso Free Wolves -
Andy Reid Sunderland Blackpool -
Jacob Mellis Chelsea Barnsley Loan
David Gonzalez Man City Leeds Loan
Obafemi Martins Rubin Kazan Birmingham Loan
Cameron Stewart Man Utd Hull -
Connor Thomas Coventry Liverpool Loan to Buy
Castaignos Feyenoord Inter -
Andy Carroll Newcastle Liverpool 35M+
Luis Suarez Ajax Liverpool 24M
El Hadji Diouf Blackburn Rangers -
Stephen Ireland Aston Villa Newcastle Loan
Ruben Rochina Barcelona Blackburn Unk.
Giuseppe Mascara Catania Napoli -
Xisco Newcastle Deportivo
Tuncay Stoke Wolfsburg
Daniel Sturidge Chelsea Bolton
Fernando Torress Liverpool Chelsea 50M
Giovanni dos Santos Tottenham Racing Santander Loan
Eidur Gudjohnsen Stoke Fulham Loan
David Luiz Benfica Chelsea 22M+


Time Headline Source
8am Zaragoza have signed defender Paulo da Silva from Sunderland Goal
9am Paul Konchesky has been loaned from Liverpool to Nottingham Forrest LFC
10am All the live blogs and Twitter exploded with the reddit thread about Torres image removal on LFC. We are famous! Everywhere
1050 Guardian live blog reports Warnock loan move from Aston Villa to Liverpool near completion Guardian
1055 Stephen Ireland loan move to Newcastle complete Soccernet
1100 "club sources" tell Soccernet that no new offer for Torres has been tabled Soccernet
1100 "Looks like Aston Villa are getting closer to announcing capture of Borussia Monchengladbach's Michael Bradley" BBC
1135 Charlton have signed Fredrico Bessone on loan from Leeds (yawn) Soccernet
1135 Lots of rumor that Liverpool definitely bid 30M for Carroll this morning
1137 25M pound Andy Carroll bid from LFC has been confirmed on Sky Sky News
1140 LFC official on Torres and Suarez (Suarez official, Torres no comment LFC
1141 Harry Rednapp tells Sky that Kranjcar and Woodgate will not be leaving Sky
1145 Villa say Young is not for sale, not even for 20M+ Guardian
1230 Newcastle have delayed their press conference. Speculation on Carroll news Soccernet
1230 Nicola Legrottaglie has just signed a contract with Milan Soccernet
1230 Various on Twitter claim Torres deal is now done Twitter
1235 Bolton set to sign Sturridge from Chelsea (no LFC?) Sky
1240 Twitter rumors from what some say is inside Liverpool say Comolli and team targetting 'at least two' transfers to be completed today Twitter
1240 Fernando Torres has left Melwood in a helicopter Mirror
1240 Reports that Newcastle snubbed the 25M pound offer from LFC for Carroll Mirror
1240 Torres to Chelsea by end of today just dropped to $1.05 on betting sites I checked
1240 "Various reports suggesting that Liverpool have also failed in a bid for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez. All quiet on the Charlie Adam front." BBC
1240 Other transfer betting odds: Carroll to Liverpool - $1.20, Charlie Adam to LFC - $1.50, Kun to Chelsea - $2 (?), Young to LFC - $2 Betting
1243 Picture of Torres arriving at Melwood Soccernet
1245 Still over 10 hours to go in this window. Setting up to be a cracker. If you aren't familiar with it, a lot of deals get done very late in the day note
1246 Real Madrid are rejecting loan bids for Benzema (from Juventus and others) Soccernet
1250 Tottenham have bid for Forlan Marca (spanish)
0100 The LFC Carroll bid has either been rejected or is in negotiations, depending on who you read
0100 Apparently Tottenham are determined to land a striker today. Bids for Kun, Llorente and now Forlan multiple
0100 Obafemi Martins has been granted a work permit to move to Birmingham, which likely means that Zigic will be on his way out today Mirror
0100 BBC rightly reports that a lot of other transfers are waiting on Liverpool - ie. Torres deal then the LFC deals, then other deals at other clubs BBC
0110 "Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has revealed US midfielder Michael Bradley is undergoing a medical" BBC
0112 For Liverpool fans - image from Melwood press room wall
0151 So much for that - Aguero just did a press conference where he signed a contract extension Marca
0200 Ok - time for a pause. Only four deals actually confirmed atm and two are loan deals. It is going to be a busy evening. 9 hours to go! .
0227 According to Balague Torres is still in Liverpool with negotiations ongoing Twitter
0230 Newcastle have cancelled their press conference - suggests Carroll to LFC deal is still in neg
0230 I have setup a live chat here with Twitter accounts RSS feeds linked to it
0300 The Times are reporting that LFC and Newcastle have agreed a 35M pound deal for Andy Carroll The Times (sub)
0430 Not much to report atm. Charlie Adam to ManU odds have plummeted - otherwise waiting on Carroll and Torress before other deals start happening
0445 Liverpool have signed Conor Thomas from Coventry LFC
0500 Feyenoord have agreed to sell Castaignos to Inter Club
0526 Liverpool confirm Andy Carroll offer has been accepted LFC
0533 Charlie Adam is on his way to Liverpool
0614 The David Luiz deal from Benfica to Chelsea is back on. Club have accepted offer
0700 Liverpool made a 20M pound bid for Micah Richard. City declined
0726 Liverpool have accepted a bid from Chelsea for Fernando Torres LFC
0753 Liverpool complete signing of Luis Suarez LFC
0806 Diouf to Rangers, Ireland to Newcastle
0810 Lots of updates in the completed transfers above
0813 Daniel Sturidge moves to Bolton on loan from Chelsea
0945 1 hour and 45 minutes to go. Which means Harry is probably only arriving to his office now
0950 Deadline day is never over until its over (unless you are Arsenal) and rumors are LFC are still working the phones and preparing a bid for Ashley Young
1020 Giovanni dos Santos has moved on loan to Racing Santander BBC
1025 Somehow Sean Wright-Phillips will remain at City Guardian
1030 Newcastle have had a 10M pound bid for N'Zogbia turned down Sky News
1030 Eidur Gudjohnsen has moved on loan to Fulham Sky Sports
1040 Everton have turned down an offer from Spurs for captain Phil Neville Guardian
1045 Depending on what order the transfers are processed in - the British transfer record may have been broken twice today
1055 Andy Carroll is a Liverpool player. He has signed a 5 and a half year contract BBC
1055 Fernando Torres is a Chelsea player SSN
1055 David Luiz is a Chelsea player SSN
1100 Note: Player registrations will likely still be announced after the window, so it isn't over yet
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Project: Averaging correct score predictions for Premier League.

12th of April edit

Alright, this was fun though it didn't go too well. I am hoping to collaborate with redditors to develop some formulas to calculate predictions with higher accuracy. I am already in touch with people regarding this, and I am working on a spreadsheet myself. If you think you can contribute in any way, please PM me.
Anyway, I will be back next week. Meanwhile I'm crossing my fingers for the Liverpool game tomorrow. Thanks for the support so far!
This is my first suggestion post ever. Please be nice.
As you all know, correct scores have tremendous odds for a reason. I still enjoy placing tiny bets on big correct score accumulators. Odds-wise it's kind of like playing the lottery, I guess. I have been making my own guesses with a little guidance from WinDrawWin.
I recently discovered Predictz and SoccerVista as well and decided it'd be better to include these in my calculations as well.

The system

I check the score predictions on weekend PL matches on the three sites mentioned above, and I calculate the average home and away score for each match. I will then place a tiny amount on an accummulator with as many bets as I'm allowed to include, as well as X doubles or singles (I haven't decided on a permanent system for this so it will vary for now).
DISCLAIMER: I admittedly haven't won anything betting this way yet, but that's mostly because I've been doing accumulators of 6+ games, which I realize now isn't the brightest idea. I will however keep doing one single accumulator serving as my weekly lottery ticket.
The idea is that winning even once will cover my losses by far and then some (and then some more). Without further ado:

This weekend

Fixture Prediction Unibet Odds Actual result
Swansea - Everton 1-0 7.50 1-1 (lost)
Southhampton - Hull 2-0 6.00 2-0 (won)
Sunderland - Crystal Palace 0-2 12.50 1-4 (lost)
Tottenham - Aston Villa 2-0 7.50 0-1 (lost)
West Brom - Leceister 1-0 7.50 2-3 (lost)
West Ham - Stoke 0-1 6.75 1-1 (lost)
Burnley - Arsenal 0-2 7.50 0-1 (lost)
QPR - Chelsea 0-3 9.00 0-1 (lost)
Man Utd - Man City 2-1 9.50 4-2 (lost)
Liverpool - Newcastle 3-0 9.50 2-0 (lost)

Aggregate odds: 173475659

Yeah, that's way above what Unibet allows. So, for my accumulator I excluded Sunderland - Crystal Palace and Man Utd - Man City. I chose these because I personally doubt the predictions and they were among the highest odds. Here you may wonder why I still go with these bets if I doubt the predictions. This is because I want to try out this system and see where it leads me.

My bets

Please know that I am aware of the astronomically low chances of winning. I do this for fun and the aforementioned, astronomically low chances of winning. I play for spare money and stick to small bets for this system. If I lose 99% of the time and struck an accumulator with last 1% I will still make a huge profit. In that is where I find the excitement.
If it turns out that people choose to join in on this, I might do it weekly. We'll see. Otherwise, it's a very simple system so you can easily do it yourself.
Good luck, everyone!
EDIT: Added an "actual result" column. Will update this as matches are played.
EDIT2 : Okay, one correct bet so far. Just need one more to cover my stake.
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Testing a new idea to find breaking point were the odds start to have value in any league.

The idea is quite simple.
Take for example English Premiere league. I want to know how often homewin , draw and away win occur in relation to eachother in general terms.
I choose to go back to last season, not the current one even if its almost finnished. I find the statistic on a site like this
Then I look at the values for 1x2 and thats 166 /108/106
Translate that to odds gives 2,29/3,52/3,58 for 1/x/2
Looking at the last games in Premiere league for this season one find odds like this.
Manchester United - Hull City 1.35/5.05/8.44
Manchester City - Aston Villa 1.12/8.89/17.34
Sunderland - West Brom 2.02/3.03/4.18
Based on this value is probably present in following markings.
Manchester United - Hull City x2 Manchester City - Aston Villa x2 Sunderland - West Brom 2
But its not the same as it may strike in but its a way to exclude betting on some teams when the odds is to low.
As some thumb of rule you probably want to bet on homewin in english premiere league when the odds is over 2,29 in odds or close to that odds.
This is just a basic idea that can be deeped down some to match individual teams against eachother and merge it together with the general values.
Take Man utd and Hull game for instance.
Put their home performance for 1 season to get a general behavour for them at home and put that against Hulls behavour on away pitch.
Merge it together with the general data say it will weight 50 % on the general data and add 25 % on both teams peformance, you end up adjusting the odds more to the teams.
Its still just in general terms but still thumbs of rule that can be very useful.
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Daily Transfer News Thread - 08/20/2018

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That's all we have time for in the Transfer Centre this evening, many thanks for joining us.
We'll be right back here from 7am with the latest news, done deals and rumours. See you then!


Former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is set to sign for Monaco as a free agent, according to Tuttosport.
The 32-year-old midfielder terminated his Juve contract by mutual consent last week, having spent 25 years with the club. While he has been heavily linked with a move to the MLS, it looks as though Monaco have won the race for the Italy international.


Stoke City are preparing a £6.5m bid for Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods
SSN understands that figure would meet Brentford’s asking price. It would be an initial loan with the move to be made permanent in January.
Swansea tried to sign Woods in the summer but failed to meet Brentford’s valuation. Woods is yet to feature for the Bees in the league this season with them winning 7 points from their opening 3 games.


Jurgen Klopp says the omission of Fabinho and Loris Karius from tonight's matchday squad against Crystal Palace are 'normal squad decision'.
Goalkeeper Karius has been today been linked with a move to Besiktas while Fabinho is yet to make his competitive debut for Liverpool.


Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was relieved to come through the League Cup tie at Kilmarnock and reiterated his intention to keep Alfredo Morelos at the club.


St Mirren have announced the signing of Rangers defender Lee Hodson on a season-long loan.


Doncaster Rovers midfielder Luke McCullough has joined Sky Bet League Two side Tranmere Rovers on loan until January 2.




Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his decision to sign Alisson was not based on the performance of Loris Karius in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
"I didn't tell Karius what he wanted to hear, but how it is," Klopp told Kicker.
"The Champions League final had nothing to do with us getting Alisson. "Even if he had won it and Alisson would have been on the market we would have still signed him."


Arsene Wenger says Thierry Henry wants to take charge of Bordeaux.
"Yes, he wants to do it," Wenger told Corse Matin. "He is intelligent and he has the qualities.
"The existential question that we always ask ourselves is whether we are ready to sacrifice our life for the coaching profession."


Fleetwood Town have signed left-back James Husband on loan from Norwich until January.
Manager Joey Barton told the League One club's official website: "We are really pleased to have James with us at Fleetwood Town.
“He will add more competition at left-back, and brings both Championship level experience to our team. He is fit and ready to go, and I can’t wait to see him in action for us.”


Wolves' 18-year-old central defender Cameron John has signed a new two-year deal with the Premier League club.


Nantes are interested in signing Watford defender Younes Kaboul, according to France Football.
A number of Ligue 1 clubs are reportedly interested in securing the 32-year-old's services, whose contract runs out at the end of the season.
The former Tottenham defender was left off Watford's 25-man squad list registered with the Premier League. Watford boss Javi Gracia has confirmed Kaboul is not training with the first-team squad.


Sevilla have signed AS Roma's defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons on a season-long loan.
The 29-year-old is the La Liga club's eighth signing this summer and is touted to be a replacement for Steven N'Zonzi who moved in the opposite direction.
Gonalons made 16 Serie A appearances for Roma last season.
Crystal Palace made an £8.9m offer for Gonalons back in July, according to Sky in Italy.




Here's the full story on Loris Karius, who could be swapping the Premier League for the Turkish Super Lig.
Sky sources understand Besiktas are hopeful of signing him on an initial two-year loan.


Swansea boss Graham Potter was asked about potential reinforcements as he faced the media ahead of Tuesday's Sky Live clash with Leeds.
The Sun claims Potter is lining up a loan move for Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and while the Swans boss would not talk specifics, he did admit a centre-back is on his shopping list.
"I don't want to speak about guys who are not here," Potter said. "He is not our player. I would say it's fair we are looking to strengthen at centre-half. Clearly from a numbers perspective that is an area we can look to strengthen."


Roy Hodgson recently signed a contract extension that will keep him at Crystal Palace until 2020 and chairman Steve Parish has been telling us what a vital bit of business he believes that was...
Palace are in action tonight on the first Monday Night Football of the new season, with Liverpool the visitors...


Besiktas have made an approach for Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, according to Sky sources.
A deal is not considered imminent, with Karius having travelled with the rest of the Liverpool squad to London for the Monday Night Football clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, live on Sky Sports Premier League.


Ross McCormack could be headed back to Scotland to join Rangers, according to TeamTalk, who state the Gers boss Steven Gerrard is considering a loan bid for the Aston Villa forward after he was told to find a new club.


In addition to Everton team-mate Yannick Bolasie, Besic has also been holding talks at the Middlesbrough training ground.
The Bosnia midfielder travelled to Rockliffe yesterday and agreed terms with the Championship side. He has now returned to the North West and parent club Everton.


A deal has been agreed in principle to bring Everton midfielder Mo Besic to Middlesbrough on loan, according to Sky sources.


Yannick Bolasie travelled to Teesside last night and stayed at the the training ground’s on-site hotel, owned by Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson.
He was close to joining Boro on the final day of the transfer window on a permanent deal, but it did not come to fruition by the end of the window.
Any loan agreement for the DR Congo international may contain an option to buy.


Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is holding face-to-face talks with Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis over a loan move to the club, Sky sources understand.


The nominees have been announced for the UEFA Best Player of the Year award - and Lionel Messi isn't in the top three.
The Argentine, whose Barcelona side were knocked out of the Champions League by Roma last season, misses out, but long-term rival Cstiano Ronaldo does make the cut.
Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah complete the final three, with the winner to be announced on August 30.


Jerome Boateng is rated "50/50" over whether he could move to PSG this summer, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has said.
He told a reporter: "Only Paris is an option, if they pay accordingly, then we will deal with it. If they do not, he will stay with us and then everything is okay. I would say the odds are 50/50."
Manchester United tried to sign the Germany defender before the English transfer window closed on August 9.


Let's just see where we've got to today...
  • RB Leipzig have offered €22m for Everton winger Ademola Lookman, and we wait to see what Marco Silva and the club's board decide to do with that one;
  • Jason Denayer is close to leaving Manchester City and joining Lyon. Despite being a Belgian international, he's never made a senior appearance for the club, but has had loan spells with Sunderland and Celtic;
  • Kenny Miller has parted company with Livingston, after rejecting the club's demand that he give up his playing role to concentrate on management.


Catch up with the latest in the transfer world with help from our friends at Football Whispers as you open up your lunchtime meal deal...


Following on from earlier, Sky sources understand Manchester City defender Jason Denayer is close to joining Lyon on a permanent deal.
The 23-year-old has never made a senior appearance for the Premier League champions, but has been capped eight times by Belgium.


Rodrigo will be allowed to leave Valencia if his €120m release clause is met, the club's president has said.
The 27-year-old forward is a reported target for Real Madrid.
"Everyone is aware that [Real Madrid coach Julen] Lopetegui knows Rodrigo but what happens at Madrid, we do not know," Anil Murthy told Tribuna Deportivo radio show.
"What I do know is three things: Rodrigo is a very important player that has a very high value, he wants to play here with us and he has a €120m release clause.”


St Mirren are in talks with Rangers over a season-long loan move for full-back Lee Hodson.
The Northern Ireland international was signed by Mark Warburton in 2016 but has made only just 27 appearances in two seasons and has not featured this term under Steven Gerrard.
Hodson could sign in time to play against Livingston on Saturday.


Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set for showdown talks with Chelsea over his future, according to The Sun.
The 22-year-old, who played for England at the World Cup, was omitted from the Blues’ squad for their 3-2 win over Arsenal on Saturday.
And now he is expected to ask Maurizio Sarri for a loan if is unlikely to play regularly this season.


Manchester City defender Jason Denayer has arrived in Lyon ahead of another move to the club, according to the Daily Record.
The Belgian has been a reported target of Celtic, who have suffered with Dredryk Boyata's desire to leave recently, but is set to move back to Ligue 1 instead.


RB Leipzig have made a new £22m offer for Everton winger Ademola Lookman, according to Sky sources.
The Toffees rejected a £12m offer from Leipzig for Lookman back in July.
The German side have remained keen to sign him before their August 31 transfer deadline - after he impressed on loan there last season.
Their manger Ralf Rangnick said earlier this summer: “We want him back and he wants to come.”


RB Leipzig have made an improved £22m bid for Everton winger Ademola Lookman, according to Sky sources.


Barcelona are getting ready to deal with two bids from PSG for midfield duo Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, according to the Express.
The French champions are reportedly targeting the pair after failing to lure Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante to the club over the summer.


Ahmed Musa has been speaking after leaving Leicester City this summer, saying he had been promised a starting spot at the King Power Stadium this season only to have a bid accepted for him during the World Cup.
Leadership.ng quotes him as saying: ”I wanted to stay in England because that has been my dream for years but what will you do when you’re told a bid has been accepted for you? I had to move to where I know I will be celebrated.
“Talks have been on about how I moved for the money but nobody has considered the fact that Leicester City also sold me for the money. Transfers can only happen if both parties agree to it and that was my case."


Paul Pogba, who has been a target for Barcelona this summer, has apologised for his role in Manchester United's 3-2 defeat at Brighton yesterday.
The captain for the day has reportedly been at loggerheads with boss Jose Mourinho, but told Sky Sports: "We lost, we did not deserve to win. The attitude we had was not like we wanted to beat them, they had more hunger than us.
"I put myself first, my attitude wasn't right enough, we keep trying and pushing, and it is going to be a big lesson for us."


Livingston have released a statement over the departure of Kenny Miller...
"Livingston have been in discussions over the weekend with Kenny Millerand his representatives.
"The club felt that the player-manager role Miller has been working with hasn't been working and had requested he reverted to a full-time manager’s role. But we understand Miller feels he isn’t ready to give up his football career at this time.
"As a result the club and Kenny have amicably agreed to part company."


Player-manager Kenny Miller has parted company with Livingston, the club has announced.


Roberto Firmino is quoted by The Mirror rejecting speculation connecting him with Barcelona, and that he is happy "in the present" at Liverpool.
He said: "When people ask what my ­ambitions are for the rest of my career, I always say that I live in the present.
“I don’t look at more than what we have in front of us in the next few days.
“I’m only interested in Liverpool and winning everything I can with them. We have the best supporters in the world here, they are amazing – and there are Liverpool fans in every part of the planet.
“So we know what it would mean to be champions.”


Ruben Neves could be on his way to Manchester City, according to a report in The Sun, with the Wolves man the subject of a possible £60m bid.
The newspaper states City are keen to get their hands on the Portuguese midfielder after losing out on Jorginho in the summer transfer window.
Read more on that - and the other stories in today's papers - here.




Welcome to another exciting day on the transfer blog. Let's get started with a look at the morning's news...
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Daily Transfer News Thread - 07/18/2018

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That's all for tonight from the Sky Sports Transfer Centre. We'll be back tomorrow at 7am with all the latest transfer news and rumours from around the world of football. Join us then!


Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of former player Gianfranco Zola as assistant first team coach.




We look at the top five Premier League additions of the summer so far, according to their Sky Sports Fantasy Football values.


Roma goalkeeper Alisson has arrived in England ahead of a medical with Liverpool.




The memory of the Champions League final meant Liverpool were forced into finding Loris Karius' replacement, says Graeme Souness.
The Reds' current No 1 made two costly errors as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in May, although Karius was later found to be suffering from concussion after taking a knock from Sergio Ramos shortly before the opening goal.
Regardless, Souness told Sky Sports News those errors would come back to haunt the German had he started 2018/19 as first-choice and made another mistake.
Liverpool are on the verge of signing Roma goalkeeper Alisson after a £67m bid was accepted, with the Brazilian flying to England on Wednesday evening to undergo a medical in the next few days, according to Sky in Italy.
"I think as much as Jurgen would have wanted to be loyal and do right by the goalkeeper, he's got to go out and get another one," he said. "That's simply because if Karius was to make the same mistake, or a mistake in a big game, it'd be down to the manager not correcting that situation. It's obvious to everyone - look at what happened in the Champions League final. So if Klopp is out to get Alisson or another top goalkeeper, he's doing the right thing."


Aberdeen have confirmed the signing of defender Dominic Ball on a season-long loan deal from Rotherham.


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Porto have confirmed the signing of Kelechi Nwakali from Arsenal on a season-long loan deal.




Jose Mourinho has confirmed new Manchester United signing Diogo Dalot will be out until September with a knee injury.
The 19-year-old defender joined United on a five-year deal from Porto last month for a fee of around £19m. Dalot injured his knee late last season for Porto and was pictured on crutches in Manchester.
He travelled on United's pre-season tour of the USA despite not being cleared to return to training but Mourinho is happy with how his recovery is progressing.
Mourinho said: "Dalot is injured; we knew that but we didn't want to lose him because of that. He is recovering really well. We think he can start training with the team when we go back to England. He will not be ready for the start of the season but we think he'll be ready for September."


Jack Wilshere hopes a move to West Ham will revive his England chances.


CSKA Moscow's president Evgeniy Giner has warned Chelsea that rival clubs will be looking to sign Aleksandr Golovin.
Chelsea have been linked with Golovin over the summer and in his introductory press conference, new manager Maurizio Sarri said he may be interested in adding some midfield quality to the squad.
In an interview with Russian site sport24, Giner said there is no deal between the clubs but it is likely Golovin will be with a new club soon.
"I believe that [he] can grow into a big star," he said. "I'm not sure that this can happen in the Russian championship. The level of the English Premier League or the championship of Spain is much higher.
"In order not to ruin [him], we must let him go. But we have no solution for today. When we receive an offer, we always try to negotiate openly. Indeed, we were visited by the vice-president of Monaco [Vadim Vasilyev] and he made a proposal for Golovin. If we talk about Chelsea, then there is no closed agreement with them. But the question of his transition will be decided, I think, in the next couple of days."


Portsmouth have announced the signing of Anton Walkes from Tottenham.


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Former Gillingham defender Ben Nugent completed a move to Stevenage.


Alisson has boarded a private jet from Rome to England to undergo a medical with Liverpool.




Luke Molyneux has signed a new deal at Sunderland until the end of the 2018-19 season.




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Hearts have completed their 12th signing of the summer after handing goalkeeper Kevin Silva a two-year deal.
The American shot-stopper has spent the last month on trial with Craig Levein's squad and has impressed enough to win himself a contract. He has already featured for the Jambos during their pre-season clashes with Arbroath, Partick Thistle, Queen of the South and Forfar.
Now he will go straight into Levein's squad for Wednesday night's Betfred Cup match against Cove Rangers.


Harry Forrester has left Rangers by mutual consent after two-and-a-half seasons with the Scottish Premiership club.
The 27-year-old joined Rangers in January 2016 from Doncaster Rovers before he was sent out on loan to AFC Wimbledon for the 2017/18 season. He made 44 appearances overall for the Glasgow side, scoring seven league goals and one in the Scottish Cup.
A club statement said: "Rangers can today confirm the club has terminated the contract of Harry Forrester by mutual consent. The 27-year-old made 44 appearances for the Gers, over two seasons, after signing in January 2016. He scored eight times for the Light Blues. Forrester was part of the squad won the 2015/16 Championship title and lifted the Petrofac Cup. The attacker spent last season on loan at AFC Wimbledon in EFL League One. He played 43 times scoring three goals in the process. Harry leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the club for his future career."


Oxford United have confirmed the signing of Jamie Mackie on a two-year deal.


Real Madrid's new signing Alvaro Odriozola said his dream had come true after being unveiled by the club at the Bernabeu Stadium.
Spain defender Odriozola completed a move to the European champions from Real Sociedad earlier this month.
"It is an honour for me to be here and fulfil the dream of every football player to sign for Real Madrid," Odriozola told a media conference. "I know the responsibility that comes with wearing this shirt and the only thing I can promise is that I will give everything, humility and sacrifice so that our future is successful.
"The last year and a half has been like a movie and I'm now fulfilling the dream of wearing the shirt of the biggest club in the world, that of Real Madrid. It's a day I'll never forget and I'll not let this opportunity pass me by. Hala Madrid!"




Our colleagues at Sky in Italy claim a deal is close between Chelsea and CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin.
New Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri tried to sign Golovin when he was in charge at Napoli.


Liverpool have completed a €75m (£67m) deal for Alisson Becker subject to the Roma goalkeeper passing a medical, according to Sky in Italy.
The 25-year-old is scheduled to depart Rome within the next hour and will undergo a medical at Liverpool in the next few days.
Sky in Italy understand the Brazilian has already agreed personal terms with the Reds and will sign a five-year deal at Anfield.
Alisson is set to become the most expensive goalkeeper in history, surpassing the £34.7m fee Manchester City paid to sign Ederson from Benfica in 2017.


We take a look at Brazillian goalkeeper Alisson Becker's stats from his 2017/18 season with Serie A side Roma...


Sky in Italy are reporting that Liverpool have completed a £67m deal to sign Roma's Alisson, subject to the goalkeeper passing a medical.
Our colleagues are reporting that the 25-year-old has agreed personal terms on a five-year deal.
The goalkeeper is set to arrive in the UK this evening and will complete his medical in the next few days.
the transfer fee would be a world record for a goalkeeper.


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Sky sources understand Stoke are interested in signing Huddersfield’s Tom Ince.
We understand Ince, who played under Stoke boss Gary Rowett at Derby, remains with the Huddersfield squad in Frankfurt for pre-season.
Any potential deal could have implications on any potential move for Matt Ritchie.
We reported last Friday that talks between Stoke and Newcastle over Ritchie were continuing, with Stoke prepared to pay £11.5m – though Newcastle want around £15m.


Man City are reportedly monitoring a move for Roma youngster Cengiz Under, according to the Manchester Evening News.


Napoli have rejected a bid in region of £13m from Stoke for former Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches.


Robert Pires believes Arsenal's best bit of business this summer has been bringing in head coach Unai Emery.


Maurizio Sarri has told Chelsea he would like to improve the team's midfield, saying: "I cannot name any names because I don’t know who these people are. I spoke with the club and I said ideally a pinch of quality is lacking in our central midfield for a certain kind of play.
"At the end of the transfers it will be up to me to decide what the most suitable play for our squad is. I must adapt to Chelsea and the available players."


Sky sources understand Bradford are in talks with Huddersfield over the permanent signing of winger Sean Scannell.
The 27-year old spent the first half of last season on loan at Burton Albion. Scannell has made 172 appearances for Huddersfield since joining in 2012


It's not just Chelsea who are unveiling people today, Real Madrid have presented their new defender Alvaro Odriozola.
The 22-year-old agreed to join the club from Real Soceidad around two weeks ago and will sign a six-year deal.


New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was rather forthright when asked about the future of key players.
He said: "Clearly we would like to keep the strongest players. This is what any manager and club wants to do. But we will have to see how the transfer market will go over the next few days.
"I am much more of a pitch manager than a general manager. I am one of the few managers who is bored by the transfer market.
"I don’t want to talk about the transfer market and I’m not that interested in it. Our task as managers is growing the players that we have."


Hull City have completed a sixth signing of the summer with goalkeeper George Long joining from Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old has signed a three-year deal, with an additional one-year option held by the club, and previously played under Nigel Adkins before during his time with the Blades.


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Barcelona are expected to sell Yerry Mina or Thomas Vermaelen this summer, reports Marca.
The La Liga champions recently strengthened their centre-back options when they brought in Clement Lenglet from Sevilla and coach Ernesto Valverde wants to get rid of one central defender, with Mina and Vermaelen among those who could leave the club.
Mina is more likely to leave and Barca expect to receive offers in excess of €20m for the 24-year-old following his impressive performances for Colombia at the World Cup.


Heerenveen have confirmed the permanent signing of Rodney Kongolo from Man City.


CSKA Moscow president Evgeniy Giner has been speaking about the future of Alexsandr Golovin with Sky in Italy claiming a deal with Chelsea is close.
Monaco had also made a bid and the Russian is a player Maurizio Sarri tried to sign when he was in charge of Napoli.
Speaking to Sport24, Giner said: "In order not to ruin [Golovin] we must let him go. But we have no solution for today. Chelsea? There is no closed arrangement with them. But the question of his move to another club will be decided, I think, in the next couple of days."


Brentford boss Dean Smith confirmed last night that they had accepted a bid from an unnamed club for Florian Jozefzoon.
Sky Sports News understands the bid is from Derby County. It is also understood that other clubs have made offers for Jozefzoon but they have failed to meet the Bees’ valuation.




Arsenal are interested in prising Kingsley Coman away from Bayern Munich this summer, BeIn Sports reports.
They suggest a £44m (€50m) deal could be struck with the Gunners continuing to overhaul their squad for the new season.


Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles as he prepared to jet off for a personal tour of China following his £99.2m move to Juventus from Real Madrid.
Before linking up with his new team-mates ahead of the new campaign, the Juventus forward has headed to China to fulfil sponsorship arrangements as part of his 'CR7 Tour'.
Juventus are set to head to the USA for the International Champions Cup, which features matches against Bayern Munich, Benfica and Real Madrid. It remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will be involved in any of those fixtures.


Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba is a target for Portuguese champions Porto, A Bola reports.
The Champions League club have shown interest in the 23-year-old but are eager to get him for less than the £8m asking price.




Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic is a Manchester City transfer target, according to Tuttosport.
However, they would need to fork out a hefty fee for the Juventus midfielder with Barcelona also said to be interested.


Liverpool have made a fresh £66.8m bid for Alisson and are confident of agreeing a deal with Rome, Sky in Italy report.
They are also reporting that Alisson won’t travel with Roma for their International Champions Cup fixtures.
Sky sources understand Liverpool are still not commenting on the potential deal.


Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has been offered to Napoli, reports Calciomercato.com.
The Colombia international, who is believed to have fallen further down the goalkeeping pecking order at Arsenal after the arrival of Bernd Leno, is on Napoli’s shortlist of options to replace Pepe Reina.
Ospina has also been linked with Argentine giants Boca Juniors.


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RB Leipzig are interested in signing Everton's Ademola Lookman on a permanent deal after the English youngster spent last season on loan at the Bundesliga club, according to Bild.
They are being put off by the current £18m asking price, which Everton are unlikely to lower as they look to keep hold of the 20-year-old.


Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will join Juventus as an advisor, Libertad reports.
The Italian giants are desperate for Champions League success, and have acquired the services of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zidane in an attempt to bring the trophy to Italy. The pair were key to Real Madrid's recent back-to-back triumphs in the competition.


With talks ongoing between Aston Villa and Tottenham over Jack Grealish, we look at some of his best moments from the Sky Bet Championship last season.


Crystal Palace are on the brink of bringing Sassuolo striker Khouma Babacar to Selhurst Park, reports the Daily Mirror.
The 25-year-old has only just joined Sassuolo after his loan from parent club Fiorentina was made permanent on July 1 and Crystal Palace Palace have wasted little time in offering the Serie A club a quick profit on the forward.


Sky Sports News understand that Oleksandr Zinchenko is still expected to leave Manchester City this summer – despite travelling to the USA as part of the pre-season tour.
The young full-back played eight Premier League games for Pep Guardiola’s side last season – earning him a winners medal.
Earlier this month, SSN reported that Wolves had made a £16m offer.


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Sky Sports News understands talks are ongoing over the transfer of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa to Tottenham.
We have previously reported that Grealish is valued between £30m-£40m.
Earlier this month Steve Bruce told SSN selling players was 'inevitable' due to ongoing financial problems at the Midlands club and that the 'obvious one' was Grealish. He predicted it could go to the final day of the window.


A deal has been agreed between Middlesbrough and Ligue 1 club Nantes for the transfer of Brazilian defender Fabio Da Silva.
The former Manchester United defender – a twice capped Brazilian international – heads to France after spending two years with Boro.


Manchester United are interested in signing West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic, according to TalkSport.


Young Manchester City midfielder Rodney Kongolo is expected to complete a permanent move to Heerenveen today.
The 20 year-old Dutchman joined from Feyenoord in 2014, and spent last season on loan at Doncaster. SSN understand the fee will be in the region of £750,000


Everton are interested in signing Danny Welbeck from Arsenal, according to The Times.
The striker has less than a year to go on his current deal, and has been pushed down the pecking order at the Emirates after the arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.


Bild are reporting that Wilfried Zaha is a target for Borussia Dortmund and they're willing to offer Crystal Palace former Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle plus cash.


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Sky sources understand Bournemouth are still negotiating with La Liga side Leganes over the transfer of left-back Diego Rico.
The Spanish club’s valuation of their player remains somewhat higher than what Bournemouth are prepared to pay, and we understand they are considering other options in that position, including Genoa’s Diego Laxalt, who started for Uruguay at the World Cup.


SSN understands Manuel Pellegrini has knocked back interest from a number of Sky Bet EFL clubs for highly-rated midfielder Josh Cullen and plans to use him in the forthcoming season.
Preston and Blackburn and among a number of clubs keen to take the 22-year old on loan.
However, West Ham’s new manager has been impressed with the reigning Republic of Ireland U21 Player of the Year and believes he could be more useful at the London Stadium.
Cullen spent the last two seasons on loan at Bradford and Bolton.


Manchester United have emerged as favourites with the bookies to sign Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, the Daily Star reports.
The Blues are said to be chasing Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, which means Cahill could become surplus to requirements. He previously worked with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, with the manager looking to improve his defence.


Armand Gnanduillet has returned to Blackpool on an initial one-year deal, plus an option for a further year.
The forward, whose contract expired last month, had initially agreed to join South African side Baroka FC for the new season, though was never registered as a player due to the club exceeding its foreign player quota.
That led to the 26-year-old holding discussions with manager Gary Bowyer and requesting a return to Bloomfield Road.




Sky sources understand Bournemouth remain in talks with Levante over the signing of midfielder Jefferson Lerma.
We are told the discussions over a £17m deal have been positive but there is still some work to do as Lerma would require a work permit.
However, personal terms are not expected to be a problem. Lerma was part of Colombia’s World Cup squad.


Mario Mandzukic got the winner in the semi-finals for Croatia but fear not he's not being linked with a move to the Premier League.
Bild say Dortmund are in for the striker after giving up on signing Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal.


Fulham face competition from FC Basel for Young Boys’ right back Kevin Mbabu, according to Sky sources.
The Cottagers want to sign the former Newcastle man but they’ve yet to make a formal bid and we understand Young Boys have rejected a £7m bid from Basel for the defender and value him at £10m.
Mbabu signed for the Swiss Champions from Newcastle United last summer and helped Young Boys win the Swiss Super League for the first time in 32 years.
Last year, Mbabu was timed as the second fastest player in the world, behind Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.


Daniel Sturridge has vowed to stay at Liverpool for the upcoming season and fight for a starting role under Jurgen Klopp.
"I see myself staying at Liverpool, hopefully being part of the team week in, week out," Sturridge told the Daily Mirror. "Pre-season is going well, so for me it's keeping my head down and building on that. I'm excited about the season ahead and it feels great to be back."


Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Chelsea worth £31m for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to the Daily Star.
The World Cup Golden Glove winner could be set to sign a four-year deal, with the Blues looking to cash in before his contract expires in 2019.


Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has praised Jack Wilshere for not taking the easy option of signing a new deal at the club just to sit on the bench.
Parlour said: "Jack Wilshere has made a big decision and it was his to make. He met the manager and realised he might have been third or fourth in the pecking order. As a player who has missed so much football, he needs to play.
"I'm gutted that he's left because I would love to see him still in an Arsenal shirt, but I'm really pleased he's gone to a club to play football because there is nothing worse than training hard all week and then sitting in the stands.
"West Ham have got a very good signing there. We always look at his fitness record, but if he can stay fit we all know how good he is. That is what West Ham have to manage now."


  • Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Chelsea worth £31m for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. (Daily Star)
  • Manchester United have emerged as favourites with the bookies to sign Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. (Daily Star)
  • Leicester are weighing up a £15m move for Getafe central defender Djene. (The Sun)
  • Zinedine Zidane is set for a sensational return to Juventus after walking away from the Real Madrid job. (The Daily Mirror)




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