8:43 PM EDT, Mon July 25, 2016

Official: Joe Allen Completes £13M Stoke City Transfer

Earlier today, news broke that Liverpool and Wales midfielder Joe Allen had agreed personal terms and was undergoing a medical at Stoke City. That deal, with £11M guaranteed up front plus a further £2M in add-ons, has officially been completed. As of this evening, Allen is a Stoke City player. There was some speculation that Swansea City might return for the player after having an earlier £8M bid rejected, but with no movement on that front the player decided to meet with Stoke manager Mark Hughes. Impressed by his vision for the club and with the promise of regular football on offer,...
7500 To Holte 4 hours ago

Guzan set to leave for Boro this week

It looks like Brad Guzan could be the first to leave Aston Villa as the club prepares to shed some players on high wages Goalkeeper Brad Guzan's future at Aston Villa was always going to be in jeopardy following a season that he'll want to forget. Splitting playing time with Mark Bunn near the end probably wasn't in his plans, and neither was playing football outside of England's top flight. Fortunately for the U.S. national team goalkeeper, both of those worries should be things he doesn't have to worry about anymore. Last week, we learned that Villa were willing to let him go for free,...
Royal Blue Mersey 5 hours ago

Austrian sources say winger’s move to Everton done

Arnautovic cover for Mirallas looks like It’s looking like Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic will become Ronald Koeman’s first outfield signing at Everton. Sky Sports Austria are reporting that the player has already signed a four-year contract which will be made public tomorrow, with the transfer fee valued at around €15m. Marko #Arnautovic soll unmittelbar vor einem Wechsel zu @Everton stehen. Infos: https://t.co/QIf7Yx2P4d #SkyPL pic.twitter.com/Ox4krwXAC3— Sky Sport Austria (@SkySportAustria) July 25, 2016 Arnautovic was one of the first names to be linked with Everton...

Henderson: “We Can Do Something Great This Year”

Liverpool’s captain believes Liverpool can do great things this year—but he’ll need to stay fit first. Liverpool reached the final of the Europa League and League Cup last season. For a time, they seemed to have a real shot at cracking the top four despite a slow start to the season and a change of managers in the autumn. For a time, the season looked set to be a special one. In the end, though, they walked away with nothing to show for their efforts. No trophies, no titles, no top four. This season, they won’t be competing in Europe. It was a harsh lesson to learn, but one that...
Cottagers Confidential 6 hours ago

Cottage Talk: Should Fulham Sell Ross McCormack?

Take a listen to the radio show that focuses on Fulham Football Club. In this episode, we discussed Fulham potentially selling Ross McCormack. We looked at this situation from different points of view and in different ways. I invite you to listen.
The Short Fuse 7 hours ago

Mertesacker to miss US tour

Per’s knee is not happy. There’s a little more room on the Arsenal team plane this morning, as Arsene Wenger announced Per Mertesacker, who is suffering from a knee problem, will not be making the trip to the Golden State. You may have spotted one notable absentee - @mertesacker has a knee problem and won’t be part of #ArsenalUSA pic.twitter.com/GwEWg0T4Dw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 25, 2016 Takuma Asano will also not make the trip, presumably because of the myriad of work permit and immigration docs it would take for a young Japanese being employed by an English club to be...

Philippe Coutinho is “Hungry to Win Titles and Fight”

Liverpool’s Brazilian playmaker is targeting success in 2016-17. Having arrived at Liverpool in January of 2013, Philippe Coutinho is preparing for his fifth season in red, making him one of the club’s most experienced and longest-serving current players. It can seem a rather odd situation for a player who can still sometimes seem so young. In part, that’s because he is. Coutinho, despite how long he’s played for Liverpool and, before that, Inter Milan and Espanyol, is still only 24 years old. He’s one of the club’s more experienced players, but he’s also still one of its...
The Busby Babe 8 hours ago

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Create your own match report!

Did Manchester United triumph over their nearest and dearest? Or did Pep Guardiola make Jose Mourinho look silly? YOU DECIDE. Heavy rain and a mess of a pitch led to the cancellation of today's preseason friendly against Manchester City. But no matter! The Busby Babe is proud to present this exclusive Choose Your Own Match Report. Simply decide how the game would have gone, then delete the alternative options and [enjoy/despair at] how United might have got on. Manchester United today completed their two-game preseason tour of China with a [resounding win/embarrassing loss/irrelevant...
Cartilage Free Captain 8 hours ago

Tottenham star Harry Kane and girlfriend expecting first child

D’AWWWWW BABBY! Amidst constant rumors in the newspapers of player departures, how about confirmation of a new arrival, courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane’s Twitter feed? Kane dropped the the big news that he and his girlfriend Kate Goodland are expecting their first child, which should arrive this January. So happy that @KateGoodlandx and I are expecting our first child! Exciting times ahead! Can't wait! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/TpqZzFcS6l— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 25, 2016 A Tropical Storm Warning in North London? In January? Global warming, amirite? The parent...
Cartilage Free Captain 9 hours ago

Spurs were Melbourne to finish

I apologize. Really. I am sorry. I couldn't think of anything better. Tottenham Hotspur have completed their final training session in Melbourne, Australia today ahead of the club's first open-door (I assume that's the opposite of closed-door) friendly against Juventus early Tuesday morning (11 a.m. GMT, 6 a.m. ET). They focused on finishing drills today and we are lucky enough to get some video of the proceedings. ⚽️ Fine finishing, perfect pens & Panenkas! All the best goals from today's session in Melbourne! #SpursInOzhttps://t.co/seca3jmo8P — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial)...
Cottagers Confidential 9 hours ago

Cottage Talk: The Coaching Corner With Matt Smith

Take a listen to the radio show that focuses on Fulham Football Club. In this episode, Matt discussed the new additions for Fulham from a coaching perspective. We went through all of the signings for the club this season, and we also talked about some of the players that have left the club. At the end of the show, Matt discussed his thoughts on the Ross McCormack situation.
Royal Blue Mersey 9 hours ago

Is this the Everton Third Kit?

Classic colours on this ‘leak’ British website The Kitman have shared today some pictures that are being claimed to be Everton’s third kit. The main picture shared shows some classic colours, with an all-white kit with some blue trim. https://t.co/8m77PA5Yqk— Eddie (@eddieholmes3) July 25, 2016 This does look quite realistic as it follows the navy blue and fiery coral scheme of the away kit which was recently released. Ramiro Funes Mori in Everton’s away kit If you replace the navy blue with white, and the fiery coral bits with royal blue, that is...
Cartilage Free Captain 10 hours ago

What is “success” for Tottenham Hotspur in 2016-17?

How should we evaluate a team facing a much more difficult season? Though Spurs supporters are loath to admit it, one of the uncomfortable facts about last season’s improbable Champions League run is that it came built on conditions that are almost certainly not repeatable: Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea all had objectively bad seasons. Liverpool had an average season by their recent standards, although they showed considerable improvement under new manager Jurgen Klopp and could be primed to make a year two leap not dissimilar to the one Spurs made last season under...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 10 hours ago

Liverpool to Loan Most Promising Youngsters for 2016-17 Season

Despite Jürgen Klopp saying he wanted to keep promising youngsters around, loans are expected. Last season, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said that all things being equal, he’d prefer to keep the club’s most promising youngster around to train with the first team and see spot minutes in the cups and off the bench when the situation allowed it. This season, without Europe and likely to play far fewer games than last season, it turns out that things aren’t equal. And that Klopp is now expected to sign off on the loans of at lest three of his more promising youth players, a list...
Royal Blue Mersey 10 hours ago

Everton ready to move on from £13.5 million mistake

Comments from Senegal FA lead to Everton exit rumors In a move that surprises no one, it looks like Everton are ready to send Oumar Niasse on his way in a move that is sure to be less impressive than the one that brought him here just 7 months ago. According to media reports a loan to Galatasaray in the Turkish League will be completed soon for a fee of just over £1 million. The two clubs are currently negotiating on a buyout clause as part of the loan for £5 million at the end of the current season. Comments from the Senegal FA president have pushed these rumors even further. Per the...
Cottagers Confidential 10 hours ago

Cottage Cheese: A bright result against Brighton

We follow all the social media so you don’t have to. The new week of pre season started with the celebration of Fulham Chairman Shahid Khan's birthday, then a trip to Aldershot for the game against Brighton, and finally with a trip to the continent to begin the second phase of preseason. Blow out your Khan-dles Fulham owner Shahid Khan celebrates his birthday. Everyone at #ffc would like to wish a very happy birthday to our Chairman, Shahid Khan! pic.twitter.com/77LM6a4LLL— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 18, 2016 The Scotty Malone Show Scott Malone joins The Cottagers joins...
Royal Blue Mersey 11 hours ago

Koeman passing on free-kick tips and tricks to Everton players

Kevin Mirallas got the Everton preseason off to a flying start with a beauty of a free-kick against Barnsley on Saturday. Kevin Mirallas' goal v Barnsley #EFC pic.twitter.com/KdciuqMvtM— Everton Pictures (@evertonfcpics) July 23, 2016 Speaking to the press today, the Belgian forward said that new manager Ronald Koeman has been teaching the players a thing or two about dead ball situations. On the evidence of what we saw, it’s working quite well so far. Can’t wait to see what he has taught Leighton Baines. “I work two or three times a week [on my free-kicks]. Now, the new...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 12 hours ago

Joe Allen Undergoes Medical After Agreeing Terms with Stoke City

The Welsh cult hero is in Stoke undergoing a medical ahead of a £13M move. Despite late interest from Swansea, Joe Allen is set to become a Stoke City player within the next 24 hours after the player agreed personal terms and travelled to Stoke-on-Trent to undergo a medical ahead of a £13M move to join Mark Hughes’ project. Allen joined Liverpool in 2012 from Swansea in a £15M move, the first signing of the Brendan Rodgers era at Anfield, but injuries and an inability to ever really find his best position at his new club led to a situation where Allen became something of a utility part...
The Short Fuse 12 hours ago

Cannon Fodder News and Links: The Age of Aquarius

News and links for Monday, July 25, 2016. The Hair Pieces: Queer acceptance in NWSL - Unusual EffortsMany mens’ sports leagues have said they’d welcome an openly gay player. Meanwhile, players in NWSL are openly out, and that visibility helps LGBT fans feel welcome. Tension in the NWSL: can the league and players live together in harmony? | GuardianThe professional women’s soccer league has received a barrage of harsh comments from US national team players. How best to resolve the dispute? Paul Pogba isn't worth £100m he is not at Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo's level says...
The Short Fuse 12 hours ago

Bordeaux want Mathieu Debuchy permanently

The next chapter in a move that just didn’t seem to work out. It hasn’t been a great year or so for 30-year-old Arsenal right-back and French international Mathieu Debuchy. After getting injured shortly after his transfer from Newcastle United, Debuchy was replaced by young Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin, who has made a big splash despite being very young. Upon Debuchy’s return from injury, he was reinjured by Stoke City’s Marco Arnautovic, who maliciously and unnecessarily pushed Debuchy down towards the signboards at the Emirates, leaving him out for another long while....

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