Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hammers close to Carvalho deal

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West Ham United are reported to be close to completing the transfer of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

It is being reported that the Premier League club will fork out a fee of £30m for the twenty-five year old.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has already seen one offer for the Portugal international turned down by Sporting, but he is believed to be closer to an agreement thanks to the new bid.

Carvalho was a member of the Portuguese squad that won Euro 2016 last year and has netted once in thirty-seven international outings for his country.

 

Bilic has already added several new faces to the West Ham squad, but the Croatian is keen to add further new signings after the 4-0 defeat against Manchester United at the weekend.

Carvalho has previously been linked with moves to several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Koeman admits that Barkley could stay

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted that midfielder Ross Barkley could stay with the club.

The Dutchman had said that he was “100%” sure that the England international would be leaving Goodison Park earlier this Summer.

But he has now said that interest has not been sufficient for the twenty-three year to make a departure from the Merseyside club.

“If there’s no interest he will be part of the team.” he said.

“He is training with Everton, he is part of the team and training in a good way.” he finished.

Spurs are said to be interested in signing the twenty-three year old, but they have not so far matched Everton’s £50m asking price.

Foxes complete signing of Thomas

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Leicester City have signed George Thomas from Coventry City.

The forward has put pen to paper on a three-year deal after signing for the Premier League side for an undisclosed fee.

Thomas leaves Coventry after his contract expired and they were relegated to League Two.

He scored nine times last season and bagged the winning goal in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley.

The twenty year old was part of the Wales Under-20 squad at theToulon Tournament in France earlier this Summer.

And he is “delighted” to have made the next step in his fledgling career after agreeing to the move.

“I’m delighted to get it over the line finally and I’m looking forward to the season coming and seeing what I can do.” he said.

He will not go straight into the first-team squad of the 2015/16 Premier League champions and will instead become part of their development side.

Watford confirm Richarlison signing

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Watford have completed the signing of Richarlison after he was granted a work permit.

The Brazilian under-20 international has moved to Vicarage Road from Fluminense for a reported fee of around £11m.

The twenty year old made sixty-seven appearances for the Brazilian club and scored an impressive nineteen goals for them.

He has also netted two times for the Brazilian under-20 side in eight caps at that level.

Richarlison could be set to face Liverpool in Watford’s opening game of the Premier League on Saturday.

Mkhitaryan wants United title challenge

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Manchester United attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan expects the team to make a title challenge this season.

The former Borussia Dortmund man was speaking ahead of the UEFA Super Cup game against Real Madrid.

And he says that placing sixth was not good enough for the Old Trafford outfit and that they should aim their sights higher than just a top four finish.

“Being in the top four is not a good result for Manchester United.” he said.

“The result has always been to be in first place, or second minimum.” he added.

United get their Premier League season underway against West Ham at Old Trafford on the opening weekend.

Wenger hoping for fast start

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking for his team to make a fast start to the new Premier League season.

The Frenchman saw his side win the Community Shield on Sunday afternoon at Wembley thanks to a 4-1 penalty shootout victory following a 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

And he is hoping that the squad can carry that form into the first game of the season as they look to recapture a top four spot.

“We had the intensity in the games in our preparation that is needed to be ready.” he said.

“Let’s go into the Premier League with the same discipline, the same spirit and see where we can go.” he added.

Arsenal face 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City at home in their first game of the campaign.

 

 

Reading sign Barrow

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Reading have completed a deal to sign Swansea City winger Modou Barrow.

The transfer fee is understood to be around £1.5m and the twenty-four year old has put pen to paper on a four-year deal.

Reading had an offer worth £1.25m turned down by the Premier League club last month, but have now got their man after increasing the bid.

Barrow arrived at the Welsh club from Swedish ounfit FK Ostersunds three years ago – for the same price they have sold him for.

He has spent time on loan in the Championship previously with Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers.

Grayson wants positive start

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New Sunderland manager Simon Grayson is looking for a positive start as they prepare for life in the Championship.

The former Leicester City defender told BBC Radio Newcastle that a good start could be key.

“We all want a positive start, but Fulham beat Newcastle first game of last season and Newcastle were promoted.” he said.

”At Preston we lost our first six and were around the play-offs at the end of the season.

“I know what my team is for Friday night, but in a few weeks I don’t know. We’re vulnerable to players leaving.

“When you look at Derby, they’ve spent a huge amount of money over a couple of seasons now and they will be disappointed they didn’t finish anywhere near last season.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to get off to a good start.” he finished.

Foxes sign Iheanacho

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Leicester City have completed a deal to sign Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.

The Foxes are understood to have paid a fee of £25m to land the striker after agreeing a deal last month.

And Iheanacho is pleased to have finally made the move to join the 2015/16 champions.

“It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team.” he said.

“I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want.

“I was convinced and I’m happy to be here.” he added.

Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare spoke positively about the transfer as well.

“It’s a great signing for us.” he said.

”Kelechi is an enormously talented player that has shown a huge amount of promise at every level in which he’s played.

“We’ve tracked his progress for some time, so we know how much quality he’ll bring to the squad.

“He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s ready for the next stage of his development and I’m delighted that will be with Leicester City.” he finished.

Pellegrino says Van Dijk won’t play

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Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed that defender Virgil Van Dijk is refusing to play.

The Holland international is reported to be keen to join Liverpool this Summer, but the Saints are keen to keep him.

“I would like to bring the boy and to persuade him that he’s important for us and the club will not sell him.” he said.

“We are expecting the best for everyone, even for Virgil, but he doesn’t want to be part of the team.

“This is the reason he is aside from the team.

“We continue in the same way. The situation is the same.

“I can’t say no more, because the situation is the boy is aside of the team because he doesn’t want to play for us.” he finished.

Liverpool will not make a move until encouraged to do so by Southampton after hostilities grew at the south coast club following their accusations of an “illegal approach” earlier this Summer.