10:48 AM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
The Fighting Cock 26 mins ago

No hope for Holtby

When Lewis Holtby arrived many of us were swept away by his enthusiasm, blond hair and his work rate. However, over a year and half later his career has stalled. Where once there was so much hope, now there is just hustle and bustle. Is there any hope that Holtby can be a success at Spurs?
The Short Fuse 33 mins ago
Report: Lionel Messi

Report: Lionel Messi "asked about" Arsenal move

He ended up signing a new contract instead, but LIONEL MESSI AAHHHHHHHHHHHHAHHHHHHHHHHAH So this is kind of a fun one, even if it never would have happened: apparently, according to Friend Of The Blog Kike Marin, Lionel Messi - yes, the one who's really good, not the other one - was "seriously considering" a move to Arsenal last spring, before deciding instead to sign a new contract with Barcelona. According to Metro: The paper claims that Messi had spoken to close friend Cesc Fabregas about his time at Arsenal, and also sounded out other acquaintances about a switch to London. He had...
7500 To Holte 44 mins ago
Do Villa actually have enough players to cover the pitch?

Do Villa actually have enough players to cover the pitch?

A look at the Aston Villa depth chart as it currently stands. I'm going to be writing an article soon on the different ways we might see Aston Villa line up this season. In preparation for that, I was cobbling together a little depth chart for my own reference. Then I did some quick searching and realized I couldn't find one online for Villa as they stand, so I figured I might as well publish this in case anyone else is looking. One quick note: I've listed a few players in positions where I absolutely would not want to see them (Chris Herd at right back, for instance) but where they could...
Cartilage Free Captain 1 hour ago
Cartilage Free Captain interviews Ledley King

Cartilage Free Captain interviews Ledley King

Cartilage Free Captain interviews our cartilage free Captain Prior to the friendly between Tottenham Hotspur and Seattle Sounders, Cartilage Free Captain was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview one of the legends of Tottenham Hotspur and the namesake of our blog - the one and only Ledley King. I am honestly amazed I got through ten whole minutes without turning the whole thing into an episode of the Chris Farley Show. We are grateful to Under Armor and the club for helping to arrange this interview. And while my name's the article, this interview was conducted along with...

Confirmed Transfer: Emyr Huws Becomes Sixth Summer Signing

We are in need a of a short term midfield recruitment to help cover the large amount of injuries we have in that area. Well Wigan Athletic and Uwe Rosler have managed to get that short term cover in the form of a 19 year old Welsh midfielder. We have been waiting for Uwe Rosler to use his links with Manchester City for some time now and well he has made his move and it could prove to be a very good signing. With James McArthur and Shaun Maloney doubts for the start of the season and the likes of Chris McCann and Ben Watson out for the next few months, that has only left us with three senior...

Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Chasing Arsenal Right Back Target

Liverpool are rumoured to be on the verge of beating Arsenal to right back Javier Manquillo with an eye to sorting Glen Johnson's long-term replacement a year ahead of time. So far this summer, most of Liverpool's fullback transfer rumours have involved left backs. Now, according to Spanish outlet AS the club are chasing Atletico Madrid right back Javier Manquillo. Previously, the player had been rumoured to be an Arsenal target, but with the Gunners signing Mathieu Debuchy, it has been suggested Manquillo is now resisting any Arsenal move. The highly rated 20-year-old spent last season...
The Busby Babe 2 hours ago
Louis van Gaal orders United to change training surfaces

Louis van Gaal orders United to change training surfaces

Does this count as a big summer signing? Louis van Gaal hasn't taken long to start implementing his famed 'vision' with characteristically uncompromising command. According to a report in the Guardian today, Manchester United's new boss has ordered the Red Devils' training pitches at Carrington to be ripped up and replaced by a "synthetic-grass hybrid material" known as Desso. Now, this isn't quite as radical as it may seem, as according to journalist Jamie Jackson, Old Trafford has had Desso since last year, and a quick look at the Desso GrassMaster Wikipedia page (exciting stuff!)...

Paper Talk: Weekly Round Up Tuesday 22nd July

There have been rumour a many flying around the past week, a lot of them unfounded and just the media trying to stir things up for the club. As of yet there is only one deal that the club are looking to do and that is selling Grant Holt. New Home Kit Latics unveiled their new home kit last week in time for the friendly game against Besiktas. The new kit which is modeled closely on the kit from the 2012/13 season sports a black collar and shorts. Showing the logo of new sponsors Intersport, the shirt made a winning start as Wigan beat Besiktas 2-1. More Injuries James McClean and Marc...
Royal Blue Mersey 2 hours ago

Everton Pre-Season Friendlies

Everton are back on the pitch, with five preseason friendly matches. Who: Tranmere Rovers v EvertonWhat: Pre-Season Friendly #1When: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:45pm local, 2:45pm EDTWhere: Prenton Park (Birkenhead, England)Weather: Partly cloudy, high 75°F (24°C), wind 6mph, chance of rain 0%TV: Available for purchase on evertontv (£3.99/individual match, £14.99/four game pre-season package) Tickets: Online here, phone - 0871 663 1878* option 2 or in person at the Park End Ticket Office Team News Lukaku hasn't signed yet. Oh, you want more? Well, let's see, no one has gotten hurt...
The Liverpool Offside 3 hours ago
The Heir Apparent?

The Heir Apparent?

For a couple of seasons Liverpool and England fans have cast their gaze wide, wondering what their teams would do when Steven Gerrard eventually retired. With the Reds legend calling time on his national team stint, is the answer closer to home? The modern footballer is a generally ruthless creature, given to a a peregrine lifestyle which is dictated by the whims and financial beneficence of the next employer. Very few will go through a career in one shirt and only the very finest will spend most of that career wearing two concurrently. Steven Gerrard is one of that elite band, having...
The Busby Babe 3 hours ago

Italian press: new bid for Juventus midfielder

It is happening again. It is happening again. It is happening again. We at tBB are officially bored of Arturo Vidal. The backlash begins here. He's rubbish, he's got silly hair, he's definitely not exactly the kind of player that United's midfield has been crying out for since ... since Roy Keane left, maybe, and he's rubbish. And has silly hair. And is rubbish. But that's not swaying Louis van Gaal and it's not swaying Ed Woodward; at least, not if you believe Italian newspaper Tuttosport. A bid of €40m has been rejected, apparently, but a new bid's going in, one that starts at €43m...
Royal Blue Mersey 3 hours ago
Getting to know Tranmere Rovers

Getting to know Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere Rovers don't get much of the spotlight sharing the same city as Everton and some other club called Liverpool. We had the pleasure of speaking with Michael Robinson, a born and raised diehard Rovers fan who chatted with us about Tranmere. RBM - Tell us a little bit about Tranmere Rovers and how they were founded. MR - Tranmere were originally founded as Belmont in 1884 by two cricket clubs but changed the name to Tranmere Rovers in 1885. We were a founder member of Division Three North in 1921 when regional divisions below the second division was the norm.Nowadays we are plying our...
Roker Report 5 hours ago
Report: Big Blow For Poyet As Target Not For Sale

Report: Big Blow For Poyet As Target Not For Sale

Gus Poyet may have received a big blow in the transfer market with a report that suggests one of his priority targets is no longer available. After a spending a successful six months on loan at Sunderland, Marcos Alonso was a priority target for Gus Poyet, with Sunderland's head coach speaking of his intention to bring the Spaniard back to the Stadium of Light as recently as this week. The move for Alonso had been delayed as Fiorentina's manager Vincenzo Montella wanted to take a look at left back during the Serie A club's pre-season training camp, to see what progress he had made during...
Royal Blue Mersey 6 hours ago

Everton set to beat Arsenal to striker's signature

Teenager set for Goodison move Credible sources are suggesting Everton are close to signing 18-year-old Belgian striker David Henen from Anderlecht. No, not Indykalia on Twitter. Reporters from the Liverpool Echo and Sky Sports say that Henen could move to Goodison Park for a fee of around £1million. Strong reports in Belgium suggest exciting young striker David Henen is on his way to Everton. #EFC pic.twitter.com/8q58oH49xn — Tony Scott (@Tony_Scott11) July 22, 2014 The teenager has come through the youth ranks at Belgian side Anderlecht but spent last season on loan at Monaco B. He...
The Tilehurst End 6 hours ago

US Billionaires Baffled

The Telegraph are reporting that the US consortium that pitched to buy the club are 'bemused' by their choice to go for the Thai offer. Thai billionaire and businessman Samrit Bunditkitsada was reported to have completed his takeover by GetReading last week; now the Telegraph are reporting that a rival consortium, based in the US, are 'bemused' by the Royals' choice of owner. They report: Reading's latest would-be owner is an investment partnership of American billionaires, who are bemused that their takeover offer - £5m equity, £14m for the Millennium Madejski Hotel, and £20m to pay...
Roker Report 6 hours ago
Fan Focus: The Cumbrian View With Jon Colman

Fan Focus: The Cumbrian View With Jon Colman

In case you didn't know, we're off to Cumbria this evening to take on Carlisle United, a side we last took on in the FA Cup third round last season. With that in mind we spoke to Jon Colman of 'The News and Star' to get the opposition's perspective on the game ahead. You can follow Jon on twitter if you fancy it - you can find him at @JonColman. Hi Jon! Soooo.... Carlisle. What has it been like following and covering them in the past few seasons? Dull, boring, uneventful... sorry, wrong team. It has been the usual mix of ups and downs at Carlisle. If you take the last five seasons alone,...
The Busby Babe 6 hours ago
United

United "closing in" on Dortmund star - reports

A couple of papers have United getting closer to a deal for World Cup winner and part-time pirate lookalike Mats Hummels, which would be nice. Unfortunately, it might also be nonsense. "Reports from Spain". It's a good phrase. Both mysterious and reassuring, as though the short hop across the water from the Iberian peninsula has invested these reports with an exotic authority. Surely a rumour wouldn't come all that way just to waste everybody's time? These particular reports from Spain have originated with the Catalan newspaper Sport, who are claiming in no uncertain terms that (a) Borussia...
Cartilage Free Captain 8 hours ago

Tuesday Morning Hoddle Of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News And Links For July 22, 2014

Tottenham Hotspur news and notes, making Brix sad. Happy Holy Crap Today is the Day, Spursland! Today we kick that half-a-Dane (see Icelandic history if that doesn't sound right) with his vaguely cat-like face to the curb and back to the mid-table where he belongs. And in his place comes a young up-and-coming killer! That reminds me, is Benny still alive? And now the "news" Poch Looking To Land Big Money Bale Successor- Telegraph Oh yeah, now we are talking, GIT SUM! GIT SUM! WOOOOO HOO HOO HOO! That's right, who's a big club? We are, that's who. Is this a good idea? I don't know. Kevin is...

Joe Allen Answers All Your Questions!

Even though it seems that no questions from the TLO faithful were answered in Joe Allen's Twitter Q&A on Monday, it still provided a nice opportunity for fans to get to know the Welsh midfielder a little bit better. Summer pre-season tours mean lots of fluffy content for fans new and old, designed to go deeper into the lives of the players and reveal a side of them you may not normally see during the regular season. Light hearted and entertaining, the Twitter Q&A is a staple on any PR department's communications plan, and on Liverpool's first full day of training in Boston ahead of their...
The Short Fuse 16 hours ago
Guess who just got RT'ed by Piers Morgan?

Guess who just got RT'ed by Piers Morgan?

Hint: He's deathly handsome, actually does not like Piers Morgan but decided to pay him a compliment when it was due, and just so happens to be the author of this post Yeah, no lie.  This just happened: BOOM? As much as I rip the guy and make it a point to destroy his insane opinions regarding the club, I'm not going to blindly tear apart him when he rationalizes his opinions with thoughtfulness and understanding as to why he believes the things that he does. Over the course of three interview sections in his Arsenal Fan TV interview - where it normally gets beyond batshit insane with...

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