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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
QPR 6
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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29/01/19 Tuesday - Matchday Picks

INNOCENT POSSUM'S PICKS:

MY PICKS:

NO. FIXTURE: COMPETITION: DNB: DC: WIN: BTTS:
1. WOLVES Vs. West Ham Premier League @1.44 @1.28 @2.10 @1.75
2. SWANSEA Vs. Birmingham Championship @1.44 @1.28 @2.15 @1.85
3. BLACKPOOL Vs. Wycombe League One @1.57 @1.35 @2.40 @1.95
4. Bristol Rovers Vs. PETERBOROUGH League One @2.00 @1.55 @3.00 @1.70
5. Gillingham Vs. ACCRINGTON League One @1.72 @1.40 @2.35 @1.57
6. LUTON Vs. Portsmouth League One @1.57 @1.35 @2.30 @1.90
7. Oxford Vs. BARNSLEY League One @1.57 @1.33 @2.25 @1.80
8. MK DONS Vs. Oldham League Two @1.40 @1.25 @1.85 @1.80
9. NEWPORT Vs. Port Vale League Two @1.53 @1.30 @2.20 @1.80
TOTAL: 9-Fold 1-9 @60.04 @14.16 @1,609.02 @186.08
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MY REASONING:

WOLVES VS. WEST HAM:
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SWANSEA VS. BIRMINGHAM:
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BLACKPOOL VS. WYCOMBE:
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BRISTOL ROVERS VS. PETERBOROUGH:
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20:02

THAT'S ALL FOLKS!

Join us at 7am tomorrow for all of the latest news and rumours from the market. Until then...
19:54

NO OZIL WAGES FOR RAMSEY

Arsenal are keen to tie Aaron Ramseyto a new contract but will not give him the kind of wages that his teammate Mesut Ozil earns, report the Evening Standard.
Ramsey is seeking a significant increase on his current £110,000 weekly wage with Ozil earning £350,000 since signing his new contract last season.
The Welshman's contract expires at the end of the season and Chelsea, Manchester United and Lazio have all been linked with a move for him.
19:19

REAL'S LAST-DITCH HAZARD ATTEMPT?

Real Madrid will make one last attempt to sign Eden Hazard before the Spanish window closes, according to the Daily Mirror.
Real have been linked with the Chelsea star all summer, and with their window closing on August 31, they feel there is still time to do a deal.
Julen Lopetegui's side have not made a major signing this summer.
18:33

RANGERS APPOINT NEW DIRECTOR

Rangers have made Hong Kong-based shareholder Julian Wolhardt a new director of the club.
Wolhardt, a Danish national, bought a 4.5 per cent stake in the club from Mike Ashley in June 2017. His appointment comes 10 days before a general meeting is held at the club over a proposed share issue.
18:16

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18:11

MILLER SIGNS UP

Calvin Miller has today signed a new one-year contract with Celtic, keeping him at the club until 2020.
The 20-year-old left back made four starts for Celtic last season.
17:52

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17:23

PJANIC SIGNS NEW JUVE DEAL

Miralem Pjanic has signed a new five-year deal with Juventus.
Pjanic, 28, has helped Juve win the Serie A and Coppa Italia double in both of his seasons at the club, following five years at Roma.
17:00

DUNNE DEAL

Burnley centre-back Jimmy Dunne has joined Hearts on a six-month loan deal, the Scottish Premiership club have announced.
Hearts have been on the lookout for centre half cover following injury to club captain Christophe Berra.
16:35

MARTINA DEBUT?

Defender Cuco Martina could make his Stoke debut as Wigan visit in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday.
The Curacao international, signed on a season-long loan from Everton, has been building up his fitness in the U23s side and will be assessed ahead of the game.
16:03

LOPETEGUI WANTS RODRIGO

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui wants Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno, reports AS.
Lopetegui, whose side sold Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this summer, wants to strengthen his attacking options and believes Rodrigo would be a perfect fit for his squad.
However, senior figures in Madrid are reluctant to bring a new forward to the Bernabeu.
Madrid believe Rodrigo’s €120m buyout clause is excessive and feel €60m would be a fair fee for the Spain international.
15:30

BREAKING NEWS

Leeds United full-back Laurens De Bock has joined Belgian side K. V. Oostende on season-long loan.
The 25 year-old joined Leeds from Club Brugge and went on to make seven appearances for the Whites.
De Bock will spend the rest of the 2018/19 campaign on loan at the Jupiler Pro League side.
https://twitter.com/LUFC/status/1031926402386481152
15:09

‘VAN DIJK WORTH EVERY PENNY’

Virgil van Dijk's price tag is not an issue anymore, says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who salutes the attributes of his Dutch centre-back.
14:39

BREAKING NEWS

Real Madrid forward Martin Odegaard has joined Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan, the European champions have announced.
https://twitter.com/realmadrid/status/1031911782355546112
14:36

RAMSEY ON UNITED RADAR

Manchester United are planning a January move for Aaron Ramsey, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The Wales international’s future is up in the air after entering the final year of his current contract at the Emirates.
Ramsey famously rejected a move to Old Trafford before joining Arsenal from Cardiff in 2008.
14:16

BOLT LOOKING TO LEARN

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has teamed up with Central Coast Mariners for pre-season training and admits he has a lot to learn if he is to earn a place in the team.
13:42

MADRID DUO AFTER ALONSO

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid could be in direct competition to sign Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso, according to AS.
Alonso has started the season in fine form, scoring and assisting a goal in Chelsea's 3-2 win over Arsenal on Saturday.
Real are seeking reinforcements at left back after allowing Theo Hernandez to join Real Sociedad on loan while Atletico are wary of an approach from PSG for Filipe Luis.
Alonso started his career with Real Madrid before leaving for Bolton Wanderers in search of first-team football back in 2010.
13:36

VILLA TO HIJACK BOLASIE MOVE

Aston Villa are looking to snatch Yannick Bolasie from Middlesbrough's grasp according to Keith Downie.
https://twitter.com/SkySports_Keith/status/1031896906052452352
13:10

JANSSEN UNDERGOES SURGERY

Out-of-favour Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen has undergone minor foot surgery which could scupper the chances of him leaving the club this month.
Janssen spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce and has been linked with a return to Turkey particularly after being stripped of the No.9 shirt at Spurs.
The Dutchman does not feature in Mauricio Pochettino's plans for the coming season.
12:44

SAINTS SEAL HODSON SIGNING

St Mirren have signed Rangers defender Lee Hodson on a season-long loan deal.
The full-back has found himself surplus to requirements under new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard following the signings of Jon Flanagan and Borna Barisic this summer.
12:38

BRUNT RETIRES FROM INTERNATIONAL DUTY

Chris Brunt has announced his retirement from international duty in order to focus on helping West Brom earn promotion back to the Premier League.
"After a period of lengthy consideration I have taken the difficult decision to retire from international football," he said in a statement.
"I have spent a lot of time thinking it over but I feel, at this point in my career, I need my sole football focus to be on helping West Bromwich Albion return to the Premier League."
Brunt made 65 appearances for Northern Ireland after making his debut in 2004 but missed out on participating at Euro 2016 due to a knee injury.
12:34

FORSTER RUNNING OUT OF TIME

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is running out of time to leave the club before the European transfer window closes, reports the Daily Echo.
Forster has fallen behind Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn at the pecking order at St Mary's and has been linked with Turkish clubs Fenerbahce and Besiktas this summer.
12:20

NO OZIL WAGES FOR RAMSEY

Arsenal are keen to tie Aaron Ramsey to a new contract but will not give him the kind of wages that his teammate Mesut Ozil earns, report the Evening Standard.
Ramsey is seeking a significant increase on his current £110,000 weekly wage with Ozil earning £350,000 since signing his new contract last season.
The Welshman's contract expires at the end of the season and Chelsea, Manchester United and Lazio have all been linked with a move for him.
12:07

MILLER TO JOIN ST MIRREN?

St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs has refused to rule out a move for Kenny Miller, a day after he left his role as player-manager of Livingston.
St Mirren were interested in signing Miller during the summer, before he joined Livingston. If he was to sign this week, he could make his debut this Saturday... against Livingston.
Stubbs says there have been no discussions thus far, as Miller has “a few things to tie up” at his former club. However he admits Miller could be a target if the circumstances change in the coming days
11:58

BORO AFTER EVERTON DUO

Middlesbrough remain in discussions over deals with Everton over midfield duo Yannick Bolasie and Mo Besic, according to the Northern Echo.
Tony Pulis is keen to get loan deals wrapped up for the pair before Friday's game against West Brom.
11:33

RABIOT IN BARCA LINK

Barcelona have already signed Arthur and Arturo Vidal this summer, but they remain keen on a move for PSG's Adrien Rabiot, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Rabiot's contract with PSG expires next summer and Barcelona think they will be able to get him for a fee worth £45m.
If Rabiot were to join it would raise question marks over Ivan Rakitic's future at Barcelona with the Croatian having been linked to PSG.
11:05

NEVILLE DEFENDS EMERY

Gary Neville has defended Arsenal's new head coach Unai Emery amid criticism over his tactics during his first two Premier League games in charge.
Arsenal have lost both of their games this season against Manchester City and Chelsea but Neville insists that he has seen improvement early on in Emery's reign.
"For me, the idea of what the coach has been trying to work on is there," he said on Monday Night Football. "He is trying to undo quite a lot of the bad habits, to be quite honest with you, that have been going on for the last five or six years, that those players have had in them.
"But the principle is there and that's a big change for me. It's a big step forward and if I were Unai Emery after these first two games against Manchester City and Chelsea I would be taking the positives."
10:55

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10:40

BETIS EYE ZINCHENKO

Real Betis are interested in signing Manchester City's versatile Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko but are waiting for Pep Guardiola's side to allow him to leave, reports ABC de Sevilla.
The Premier League champions may still require his services this season, but Betis are ready to arrange a loan deal should he become available.
The player's agent was in Seville last week to agree personal terms. Zinchenko turned down a permanent move to Wolves earlier in the summer.
10:26

BARCELONA KEEN ON DE JONG

Barcelona are making another attempt to sign Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong, according to Sport.
The club have already had one bid rejected, but the 21-year-old could leave this season if Ajax fail to win their Champions League playoff tie against Dynamo Kyiv.
10:07

EVERTON SET LOOKMAN PRICE

Everton are demanding £28m plus add-ons for Ademola Lookman to join RB Leipzig, according to Sky sources.
Sky Sports News reported on Monday that Leipzig had made a fresh £22m offer for the 20-year-old winger after he impressed during a loan spell with the club in the second half of last season.
The German side have remained keen to sign him before their August 31 transfer deadline, with manager Ralf Rangnick stating earlier this summer: "We want him back and he wants to come."
Everton boss Marco Silva has said this summer that he wants to keep the player, that Lookman is the club’s “present and future”, and he was doing everything “to make him happy again”.
RB Leipzig head of recruitment Paul Mitchell - a potential candidate for Manchester United's new technical director role - is thought to be a long-term admirer of Lookman, who joined Everton from Charlton Athletic.
09:57

BASSONG TRAINING WITH QPR

Former Tottenham and Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong is training with QPR.
The Cameroon international has not played since March 2017 and was released by his last club Norwich in the summer that followed.
The 32-year-old played an hour of QPR’s Under-23 fixture against Nottingham Forest yesterday and is understood to initially be looking to gain fitness.
Rangers are bottom of the Championship having lost their first three league games – the latest a 7-1 defeat at West Brom on Saturday.
09:44

BORDEAUX BEGIN HENRY TALKS

Bordeaux have begun preliminary talks with Thierry Henry’s representatives about the possibility of becoming their next manager, Sky Sports News understands.
The Ligue 1 side suspended current manager Gus Poyet on Friday after he labelled the French club a "disgrace" and the Uruguayan has said he no longer wishes to continue.
Arsene Wenger confirmed that Henry was interested in the job yesterday and said that he has the 'qualities' to be a success.
09:39

BHOYS IN FOR BRUMA

Sky Sports News reported earlier that Celtic are preparing a bid for Aberdeen central defender Scott McKenna but another player on their radar is Dutch defender Jeffrey Bruma.
According to Bild, Wolfsburg are open to selling him this summer for £5m after he was left out of their matchday squad against SV Elversberg at the weekend.
Bruma has been capped 25 times by the Netherlands and lists PSV, Hamburg, Leicester and Chelsea as his former clubs.
09:24

LIVINGSTON SIGN TOGO STAR

Manager-less Livingston have signed Togo international Steve Tevi Lawson.
The 24-year old fullback agreed to join the club at the weekend, before the departure of Kenny Miller.
Lawson has played 6 times for Togo – his most recent club was Neuchatel Xamax in Switzerland.
09:18

BRENTFORD SIGN DASILVA

Brentford have confirmed the signing of Josh Dasilva with the 19-year-old signing a four-year contract.
Dasilva opted to reject a contract offer from Arsenal at the end of his deal and as such Brentford will have to pay the Premier League club a compensation fee.
Phil Giles, Brentford's Co-Director of Football, said: "It is great that Brentford now has a reputation for being able to offer that to the best young players and that they are keen to join us."
https://twitter.com/BrentfordFC/status/1031828470383484929
09:14

CELTIC PREPARING MCKENNA BID

Celtic are preparing to bid for Aberdeen’s £10m-rated defender Scott McKenna, Sky Sports News understands.
The Dons have turned down bids for the 21-year old Scottish international from Hull and Swansea in the last two transfer windows.
Aberdeen are understood to value their centre half at around £10m which is some way off Celtic’s valuation of the player.
Aberdeen maintain their player is not for sale. He is contracted until 2023 having signed two new long-term deals in the past 12 months.
08:53

DENAYER JOINS LYON

Manchester City's Belgium international defender Jason Denayer has joined Ligue 1 club Lyon on a permanent deal.
Denayer joined City in 2013 and spent time on loan at Celtic, Galatasaray (twice) and Sunderland without making a competitive appearance for his parent club.
It is being reported that the fee for Denayer is €10m with a potential €3.5m in add-ons.
08:46

KLOPP: EVERYONE LOVES NABY

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that everyone at Liverpool loves summer signing Naby Keita and that he believes the Guinean midfielder will continue to improve following an impressive display against Crystal Palace.
"He's very shy and not very extroverted but on the pitch you don't see it. He needs to settle a little bit. He's next to Sadio all the time [in training]," Klopp told Monday Night Football.
"Everybody loves Naby but I don't know if he loves us because he doesn't speak a lot. But football-wise you can see the potential is outstanding but we have to give him time."
08:33

BARCA STANDING FIRM OVER RAKITIC

PSG have been linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic but the La Liga club will not sell the Croatian for anything less than his €125m buyout fee, report Marca.
That would likely rule the Ligue 1 champions out of a deal as their hands are tied due to Financial Fair Play regulations following the blockbuster signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
08:24

CHELSEA WANT LOFTUS-CHEEK STAY

Chelsea want to keep Ruben Loftus-Cheek amid interest from clubs in Germany, Spain and France.
Loftus-Cheek has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the summer arrivals of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic while Ross Barkley has also been picked ahead of him.
After playing for England at the World Cup, Loftus-Cheek was not named in Chelsea's 18-man squad against Arsenal on Saturday and he is said to be considering his options.
08:18

DORTMUND AFTER ALCACER

Borussia Dortmund are keen on a deal to sign Paco Alcacer on loan from Barcelona, reports L'Equipe.
Alcacer is not part of Ernesto Valverde's plans for the coming season and has been linked with Valencia, Real Betis and Alaves.
Dortmund are seeking a replacement for Michy Batshuayi who has joined Valencia on loan.
08:09

FORMER UTD ASSISTANT HITS BACK

Mike Phelan, who was Manchester United's assistant manager when Paul Pogba first left the club in 2012, has replied to Mino Raiola over the agent's comments this morning...
https://twitter.com/Mike_Phelan_1/status/1031808493039308800
08:02

MURRAY THANKFUL FOR PL OPPORTUNITY

Brighton striker Glenn Murray has thanked Chris Hughton for giving him an opportunity in the Premier League and not replacing him with a big-name player as other promoted clubs have done.
"You see with some of the promoted teams this year that they have got rid of some players and have brought some big names in. Thankfully our manager did not do that," Murray said.
"He gave everyone that helped the club to the Premier League an opportunity in the Premier League and I think most of us have taken that opportunity."
07:48

HARPER RETURNS TO MAGPIES

Former goalkeeper Steve Harper has returned to Newcastle to join the club's backroom staff, five years after leaving the club in 2013.
Harper was Newcastle's longest-serving player, first breaking through as an 18-year-old in 1993, and will become their goalkeeping coach with the club's Under-23 and Under-18 sides.
07:24

'300K-A-WEEK' FOR HAZARD'

Chelsea are to offer Eden Hazard a new £300k-per-week deal to ward off Barcelona and Real Madrid interest, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper reports the Belgian has held talks with the club over a new contract, but is yet to agree terms with the Blues.
07:16

READING SIGN SIMS

ICYMI last night, Reading have completed the signing of winger Josh Sims from Southampton on a season-long loan deal.
https://twitter.com/ReadingFC/status/1031798053450145792
07:07

NEVILLE'S RAIOLA ADVICE

A swift riposte from Gary Neville to Mino Raiola's comments, after Paul Pogba's agent took aim at fellow pundit - and former Manchster United player - Paul Scholes...
https://twitter.com/GNev2/status/1031799445728505856
07:01

POGBA AGENT TAKES AIM

Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola is normally a quiet, reserved man when it comes to publicity - but the Italian isn't showing that this morning on Twitter.
He hasn't aimed his anger at Manchester United per se, but is there some undertone in there?
https://twitter.com/MinoRaiola/status/1031790668304277504
https://twitter.com/MinoRaiola/status/1031791316030644224
06:54

CARRAGHER: VAN DIJK WORTH £75M

Jamie Carragher believes that Virgil Van Dijk's man of the match display against Crystal Palace shows why Liverpool spent £75m to sign him from Southampton in January.
"Tonight is the reason why you spend £75m on Virgil van Dijk," Jamie Carragher said on Monday Night Football following Liverpool's 2-0 win at Selhurst Park.
"There were two or three minutes to go and Liverpool give away a free-kick in a dangerous position. He wins the first header and it goes out for a corner. Then the next one comes in and that is where the breakaway comes, and that's the goal."
06:46

CITY SUFFER BRAVO BLOW

Manchester City were one of five clubs to vote against bringing the transfer deadline forward last summer and they might be lamenting their luck after seeing two players sidelined with injuries.
Following the news that Kevin De Bruyne will be out for up to three months with a knee injury, City have confirmed that No.2 goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has ruptured his Achilles tendon.
City will be unable to sign a replacement for the Chilean until January so young academy graduate Daniel Grimshaw is in line for a promotion to provide backup to Ederson.
06:33

NEVILLE'S PLEA TO WOODWARD

There's more fall-out to Manchester United's defeat at Brighton - with Gary Neville issuing a plea to chief executive Ed Woodward to improve the club's transfer strategy.
"Ed Woodward's job is to deliver profits on and off the pitch," he told Monday Night Football. "Profit on the pitch is performance and trophies - league titles and Champions Leagues.
"The club are delivering off the field, Ed Woodward has done an incredible job in terms of the commercial operation and the way in which the club makes an operating profit, but there is no doubt he should put a footballing structure underneath him that his extremely serious and can go and deliver for him on the pitch."
Read more from him here.
06:30

CARRAGHER EXPECTS MOURINHO EXIT

Jamie Carragher does not think Jose Mourinho will be Manchester United manager next season and suggested he could even leave the club at some point in this campaign.
"I'm not jumping to a knee-jerk reaction because Manchester United lost a game away from home," he told Monday Night Football.
"But after what's happened in the summer, if performances like that continue, I don't think Jose Mourinho will be the manager of Manchester United next season - he may not be manager at some time this season.
"There will be coaches up and down the country looking at what Mourinho said in the summer about bringing players in, a centre-back. [Of the four they have] Jose has spent £30m on two of them and two are England internationals in Phil Jones and Chris Smalling."
06:22

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06:21

MOURINHO HAS UNITED BACKING

There has been plenty of speculation over Jose Mourinho's future at Manchester United, particularly after their 3-2 defeat to Brighton with Zinedine Zidane rumoured to be a potential replacement.
However, a senior source at the club told The Guardian: "Why would we discuss Zidane when there is no job?"
06:13

IN THE NEWS

  • Aaron Ramsey's Arsenal career is on the line after Unai Emery dropped the midfielder at Chelsea. (Mail)
  • Manchester United have given their backing to Jose Mourinho and insisted they have not sounded out Zinedine Zidane about taking over at Old Trafford. (Times)
  • Chelsea are to offer Eden Hazard a new £300k-per-week deal to ward off Barcelona and Real Madrid interest. (Mail)
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek is eyeing a loan transfer to Spain after barely being used in Chelsea's first two games but Maurizio Sarri wants him to stay and fight for his place. (Mirror)
  • Jose Mourinho's plea to Ed Woodward that Manchester United should sell Anthony Martial before Europe's transfer window closes is set to be ignored. (Star)
06:07

A LATE ONE FROM LAST NIGHT

In pretty much the dead of night last night it was confirmed Mario Balotelli would be staying at Nice, despite various links with other clubs.
Balotelli even failed to report back for pre-season training initially, but Nice's twitter account has now confirmed the Italian forward will remain with them this season.
"The Italian international expressed his wishes to the directors," they said. "There will be a third season for the forward. The agreement was signed by all parties on Monday evening.
"Suspended for the first 3 games of Ligue 1, the Gym's forward, who has scored 43 goals since arriving at the club, will be available for selection next week, ready for the trip to Lyon.
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09:30

BREAKING NEWS

Sam Clucas has arrived in Stoke to have a medical ahead of a move from Swansea, for a fee of around £6m, Sky Sports News understands.
09:30

BREAKING NEWS

West Ham sign striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal on three-year deal.
09:28

BARTON ON HIS FIRST DEADLINE DAY

Joey Barton is never a man to hide his feelings - and the Fleetwood Town manager has been speaking about his first deadline day in charge at Highbury Stadium.
https://twitter.com/ftfc/status/1027484097453715457
09:24

'DEFENDER DEAL STILL POSSIBLE AT UTD'

Sky Sports News reporter Fraser Dainton says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho still interested in Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng and Tony Alderweireld.
09:22

CARDIFF UPDATE

Victor Camarasa is having a medical at Cardiff ahead of a proposed loan from Real Betis, as Sky sources confirmed below - but there could yet be a late move for Harry Arter too.
That move would also be a loan, and the Bluebirds have approached Bournemouth over a move, but time is running out to get it over the line.
However, any deal for Marko Grujic of Liverpool looks to be dead in the water, with the Liverpool man seemingly set for a move abroad before the end of the month.
09:21

DEADLINE DAY ABROAD

Anthony Hagen is usually working for Sky Sports News on Deadline Day as a cameraman but, for the first time in a few years, he’s traded his camera and raincoat for a sun lounger in Crete! Of course, he’s still got an eye on the latest deals…
09:19

BREAKING NEWS

Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa is having a medical at Cardiff City, according to Sky sources.
09:16

MORE ON PEREZ

This may not come as a huge surprise - but Lucas Perez has completed a medical at West Ham and is set to sign from Arsenal after agreeing terms, according to Sky sources.
With Crystal Palace sniffing for fellow Hammer Michail Antonio, could this set off a chain reaction in the capital?
09:15

BREAKING NEWS

Lucas Perez has agreed terms at West Ham and passed a medical ahead of a proposed move from Arsenal, Sky sources understand.
09:14

KOVACIC EXCITED

Fresh from sealing his loan from Real Madrid, new Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic told the club’s official website: “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club.
“It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”
https://twitter.com/ChelseaFC/status/1027482877389430784
09:12

KOVACIC COMPLETES CHELSEA LOAN

Mateo Kovacic has joined Chelsea from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.
The 24-year-old Croatia international arrives as part of a deal which sealed Thibaut Courtois’ move to the European champions.
Kovacic arrives at Stamford Bridge with a wealth of experience, having won La Liga and three Champions League titles at Real, as well as guiding Croatia to the World Cup final.
09:08

WHO'S THIS THEN?

The ex-Arsenal love is well underway for the Hammers. Lucas Perez has been papped on Jack Wilshere's Instagram story in the changing rooms at West Ham's training ground... announcement incoming?
09:06

FULHAM EYE ANGUISSA

Fulham hope to concude a Deadline Day deal for Marseille midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa, according to Sky sources.
The newly-promoted Premier League club have been after a new defensive midfielder and Anguissa was one of the highest statistical performers in his position in France last season.
Fulham had been interested in Wolfsburg’s Josuha Guilavogui.
09:06

FRAMPTON TROLLS TOTTENHAM

Northern Irish boxer Carl Frampton has done a little trolling of Sky Sports News reporter Paul Gilmour. But will it be a knock-out punch for Spurs, or will they get one of their targets before 5pm?
https://twitter.com/RealCFrampton/status/1027473819626291200
09:03

BREAKING NEWS

Chelsea confirm the signing on Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan.
https://twitter.com/ChelseaFC/status/1027480322731139072
08:59

BREAKING NEWS

Fulham hope to conclude a Deadline Day deal for Marseille midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa, according to Sky sources.
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08:49

BOATENG TRAINING WITH BAYERN

Jerome Boateng is training with his team-mates at Bayern Munich’s training camp in Rottach-Egern this morning.
The Germany international did not play in last night’s friendly against FC Rottach-Egern and left before the full-time whistle - the game finished 20-2 to the Bundesliga champions.
08:49

HUDDERSFIELD UPDATE

The Terriers are still on the hunt for one more face, having enjoyed a busy summer after securing their second season in the Premier League in May.
Reporter Tim Thornton told Sky Sports News: "Isaac Mbenza is the player in question, a winger from Montpellier. He scored 10 goals in the French first division and we revealed yesterday he was in talks, and we understand those talks are progressing well. Most of the money they received for Tom Ince we expected to be reinvested in Mbenza. It would be quite a significant deal for Huddersfield.
"We also expect one out. Big German defender Michael Hefele, a popular figure here, he is in advanced talks with Nottingham Forest, and we expect that one to get done before the deadline today."
08:47

SAINTS SIGNINGS?

Jane Dougall has the latest from Southampton...
"It looks like there's going to be more departures rather than arrivals. Fulham were very impressed by Matt Targett during his loan at Craven Cottage, but I'm told Southampton want to keep hold of him.
“Watford have made an offer for James Ward-Prowse, but we understand that a loan deal would not interest Southampton.
"If there are to be any players in, it is probable that they will look to strengthen their strike force. A player who has been linked in the past couple of days is Danny Welbeck, who may want to leave Arsenal because he faces a battle for a first-team place, but Welbeck's wages could may well be a major issue.
"Liverpool's Danny Ings has again been linked with the club, but I'm told Southampton are not in for him."
08:43

BRIGHTON UPDATE

Sky Sports News reporter Roger Clarke has the latest on Brighton’s potential Deadline Day business...
"Brighton have been active in this transfer window, but the indications are that they might still be in the market for a central defender. The one they've been linked with throughout the summer is Liam Moore at Reading, but they haven't quite matched the valuation, even with the player handing in a transfer request.
"Brighton could turn their attention elsewhere, with Dan Burn at Wigan very much on their radar as well as Jack O'Connell at Sheffield United. Although they're happy with the business they've done, there might still be some more on deadline day. We'll hear from Chris Hughton around 1.30pm so he might fill us in with more details then."
08:42

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

Chelsea haven't taken long to replace Thibaut Courtois' image outside Stamford Bridge. But how quickly can you get a big picture of Kepa printed up?!
08:37

PHANTOM SPLASHER UPDATE

It looks like the guilt has got too much to bear for the Crystal Palace splasher, who gave Sky Sports News reporter Michael Bridge a soaking (see 9.24) as he drove into training in Ruislip this morning.
Here's the latest from the prime suspect...
https://twitter.com/pvanaanholt/status/1027469829060657152
08:32

KEPA PRICED AT £7.6M

Chelsea may have paid a world record fee for a goalkeeper in the form of Kepa Arrizabalaga, but you can sign him for your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team for just £7.6m, £0.4m less than David De Gea.
Add him to your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team here
08:32

NO BUSINESS AT UNITED?

Jose Mourinho's press conference has kicked off with the Manchester United manager being quizzed about any further additions to his squad. The Portuguese had this to say...
"The information I have is no. I’m not confident. The market closes today so there’s time at least for me to stop thinking about it. I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to the first three matches, because after Spurs there is an international break and I have a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare them better. I have to focus on the players that are available."
08:28

KEPA WANTS TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY

Kepa Arrizabalaga is targeting sustained success with Chelsea after moving to Stamford Bridge for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
The 23-year-old joined from Athletic Bilbao for £72.1m Wednesday after Chelsea met his buyout clause. Kepa could make his debut in Saturday's Premier League clash at Huddersfield.
Kepa told Chelsea's official app, The 5th Stand, on Thursday: "All clubs need to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club.
"This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way."
08:25

REPORTER GETS SPLASHED!

Michael Bridge is at Crystal Palace's training ground chasing the latest transfers but got a little too close to the action and was left with wet trousers.
08:24

MAGUIRE CATEGORICALLY NOT FOR SALE

Sky Sports News’ man in Leicester, Rob Dorsett, has this encouraging message for Foxes fans...
“The potential arrival of two defenders at Leicester makes no difference to their stance on Harry Maguire, they do not want to sell him.
“As far as they are concerned, he is categorically not for sale. He will not be going anywhere in this window.
“That’s the message I’m getting from my sources close to the deal, but of course, there is a long while left in the window. How much are Manchester United prepared to bid?”
08:23

MADURO RETIRES

Former Ajax, Valencia and Sevilla midfielder Hedwiges Maduro has announced his retirement at the age of 33.
Maduro, who won 18 caps for the Netherlands and played under new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery in Spain, was a free agent having departed Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia in the summer.
He had offers to extend his career from clubs in the Eredivisie and elsewhere, but he now intends to take on a different role within the game.
“I’m very excited about the future knowing what will come,” he said in a statement. “In very short notice I can tell you more about it, but football is not yet rid of me.”
08:22

FOREST TO SIGN HUDDERSFIELD MAN

Huddersfield defender Michael Hefele is in advanced talks to join Nottingham Forest on a permanent deal today, according to Sky sources.
It is understood that fellow Championship side QPR had wanted him on a season-long loan.
08:21

SO... HOW DO YOU SAY KEPA?

Chelsea's Kepa shouldn't be the most difficult to say compared to soe of their signings down the years, but is it kee-pah, kep-per or something else?
Cesar Azpilicueta, who has plenty to answer for in terms of difficult pronunciations, is here to help...
https://twitter.com/ChelseaFC/status/1027457098148466688
08:14

CHELSEA OPEN THE EXIT DOOR

Kaveh Solhekol is live at Stamford Bridge for Sky Sports News and expects a number of outgoings from Chelsea on Deadline Day, with Kepa their latest likely incoming.
He told Sky Sports News: "We are expecting Chelsea to let quite a few players go. AC Milan are in advanced talks to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko. We think that will be a loan deal. A lot of clubs are interested in signing Danny Drinkwater – West Ham, Leicester and Everton.
"There’s also still a lot of interest in Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Crystal Palace would like to take him on loan again. Quite a few clubs want to take Kurt Zouma on loan and young defender Jay Dasilva looks like he will be moving to Bristol City."
08:12

COURTOIS: AN UNHAPPY ENDING

New Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois took to Facebook to post his thanks to Chelsea fans last night, but soon took down the message because of the reaction - an unhappy departure from Stamford Bridge, it seems.
https://twitter.com/HLNinEngeland/status/1027291093908553729
08:10

GRUBS UP AT HUDDERSFIELD

Huddersfield Town have laid on this lovely spread for our reporter Tim Thornton...
08:08

BEHIND THE SCENES ON DEADLINE DAY

Just how does Deadline Day work when you're a Sky Sports News reporter sent to report from a Premier League club? Michael Bridge explains from Crystal Palace...
08:06

NEWCASTLE: WILL ASHLEY SPLASH THE CASH?

Newcastle United's difficult summer has been well-documented, and even the loan arrival of Salomon Rondon hasn't papered over that following Rafa Benitez's comments recently. Could things improve with a good end to the transfer window?
Reporter Richard Gravestold Sky Sports News: "They’re light defensively, not least because they've lost Florian Lejeune for an extended period of time. In the short term, Rafa Benitiez needs to bolster his defence. One name linked overnight is the 22-year-old Brazilian defender from Barcelona Marlon Santos, possibly on a loan deal.
"He will have to get a work permit sorted, which could be tricky. There's other options that need looking at as well, with Rafa Benitez saying he ideally wants a left back and a No 10 before the window ends, but time is of the essence and whether he can get the players in that he wants at the price that's acceptable to Newcastle remains to be seen."
08:05

POSH SIGN TONEY

Peterborough United have signed Newcastle United forward Ivan Toney on a long-term deal for an undisclosed fee, the Sky Bet League One club have announced.
https://twitter.com/theposhofficial/status/1027465643879280643
08:04

LIVERPOOL OUTGOINGS

More on Liverpool, where Danny Ings and Marko Grujic could be on their way out today. Simon Mignolet also has a chance of heading out.
Vinny O'Connor told Sky Sports News: "We are expecting outgoings at Liverpool. Grujic could potentially be going back to Cardiff on loan and there may be interest from Napoli for Simon Mignolet, but that doesn’t need to be done today. Chirivella has been linked with Celtic, Markovic could be moving to the continent and Origi and Ojo could leave as well.
"Danny Ings is expected to leave. He is looking for first-team football and Liverpool will let him leave. We understand there is interest from Crystal Palace, but there are a lot of reports of interest from Southampton. Our understanding is that there isn’t any interest at the moment and Southampton aren’t going in for him."
07:58

GRAYSON: BLACKPOOL JOB ‘VERY UNLIKELY’

Blackpool are looking for a new boss after Gary Bowyer left on Monday. It’s a club Simon Grayson knows very well as a former player and manager, and he was asked on Sky Sports News if he would be interested in a return.
He replied: “Not in this moment in time. I had a two-year deal at Bradford that I turned down in the summer, to take time out from the game.
“I’m enjoying the media stuff I’m doing at this moment, so I would say it’s very unlikely that I’ll be going to Blackpool.”
07:56

LIVERPOOL - FEKIR STILL A TARGET?

Vinny O'Connor told Sky Sports News where Liverpool sit in relation to the targets they've been chasing - Christian Pulisic and Nabil Fekir.
He said: "Fekir and Pulisic are two of the names that have been mentioned, but I have to say in all honesty Liverpool aren’t about to go back in for Fekir. That’s the information we’re getting at the minute.
"It also looks like there’s not a deal to be done to see Pulisic become a Liverpool player. However, we are used to seeing surprises sprung on Deadline Day."
07:56

BREAKING NEWS

Jordan Ayew will complete a season-long loan move to Crystal Palace from Swansea today, Sky Sports News understands.
https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1027465053245779968
07:54

WOLVES UPDATE

Our reporter at Molineux, Kirsty Edwards, has provided this update on Premier League new-boys Wolves.
She told Sky Sports News: “It’s been a pretty busy summer for Wolves, and we expect more business today.
“Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht is very much expected to sign here today and we’re expecting the move to go through barring any last-minute complications.
“Another one in the pipeline is Oleksandr Zinchenko, this one has been rumbling on for a while and Manchester City are willing to let him go for £16m but the player is reluctant to leave the Premier League champions.
“Wolves will try to persuade him today, and it seem he is surplus to requirements at City. It’s certainly one to keep an eye on.”
07:50

WATCH: TRANSFER CENTRE

The latest update on all the goings on on Deadline Day - keep up-to-date with our video from Sky Sports News.
07:48

BOURNEMOUTH STILL ON HUNT

Bournemouth are still on the look-out for new signings, reporter Mark McAdam told Sky Sports News - but will Eddie Howe get his men?
McAdam said: “Bournemouth smashed their transfer record with the signing of Jefferson Lerma, but what will the club do today? We know in the past Eddie Howe is no stranger when it comes to making deadline day signings.
“The club are actively still looking to recruit, they are looking for a centre-back or a striker. As things stand, they are no closer to bringing anyone in, but they haven’t shut up shop as far as this transfer window is concerned.
“One of the big questions though is who is going to be leaving the club? There’s speculation about Jack Simpson, and there are two or three clubs interested in central midfielder Harry Arter. As things stand, there’s been no significant movement.”
07:38

'CLUBS WILL BE KEEN ON ROSE'

Simon Grayson is surprised Tottenham could be willing to let Danny Rose leave and expects more interest in the full-back.
07:38

MAGUIRE OR BOATENG?

Now Yerry Mina is off the cards following his move to Everton (see 8.20), there's some new updates on their pursuit of Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderweireld.
Sky Sports News understands the Manchester United board would prefer to sign Maguire, although Leicester have made clear he is not for sale - while Jose Mourinho would prefer Bayern Munich's Boateng.
07:37

CARDIFF CLOSE ON CAMARASA

Cardiff are working on a loan deal for Real Betis midfield Victor Camarasa, Sky Sports News understands.
Camarasa can play all positions in midfield but is most effective at No 8 or No 10.
The 24-year-old Spanaird did not feature in Betis recent friendly last Saturday.
07:32

SPOTTED: COOKIES

No sign of any players at the Emirates yet but Sky Sports News' Gail Davis had made a delicious signing of her own. We're not expecting this deal to last long...
07:29

BREAKING NEWS

Cardiff are working on a loan deal for Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa, according to Sky sources.
https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1027458509468782592
07:24

HAVE YOUR SAY!

So Yerry Mina looks set to be on his way to Everton, but where does that leave Manchester United? Which defensive reinforcement do you think they should sign?
https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1027447888648065024
07:20

MINA CLOSE TO EVERTON

Barcelona defender Yerry Mina is close to completing his move to Everton, according to Sky sources.
The Colombian defender was a Manchester United target, if they could not reach an agreement over Harry Maguire, but now the Toffees have swooped to get their man.
07:20

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT WEST HAM?

Sky Sports News reporter Aidan Magee has provided this update on West Ham’s pursuit of Arsenal striker Lucas Perez, who is expected to complete his move to the London Stadium today.
07:16

BATSHUAYI TO LEAVE THE BRIDGE?

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi wants to play for Valencia, reports Marca.
Batshuayi has decided to leave Chelsea this summer and wants to move to Valencia, who are keen to sign him on loan.
The 24-year-old Belgium international has also attracted interest from Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund, where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
07:15

STRAIGHT IN, STRAIGHT OUT...

Sky Sports News understands Daniel Arzani could already be on his way out of Manchester City, five minutes after he was announced by the club!
Celtic will be the Australian's destination, we understand, on a long-term loan deal.
07:15

DEADLINE DAY WHISPERS

The hottest transfer stories which could be completed today, courtesy of our friends at Football Whispers...
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07:10

REMEMBER THE NAME?

If you're trying to remember where you first heard of Daniel Arzani, the 19-year-old impressed off the bench for Australia in all three of their World Cup group games. And now he's continued Man City's recent forays down under - after they bought Aaron Mooy from the same club two years ago.
07:09

GOING THE EXTRA MILE

Rob Dorsett is our man at Leicester on Deadline Day, he's provided this update from outside the Foxes' training ground...
"Cameraman Steve Corkett trying to improve our Deadline Day backdrop, and get us a clearer view over the training ground!!"
07:07

BREAKING NEWS

Manchester City have signed Australian midfielder Daniel Arzani from Melbourne City.
https://twitter.com/ManCity/status/1027450913835900928
07:05

WILL JOSE GET WHAT HE WANTS?

A little pointer for later, too - Jose Mourinho's press conference ahead of Manchester United's Premier League opener with Leicester is on Sky Sports News from 9.30am.
Will he be happy? Will he be sad? A lot will depend on what Jose and Ed Woodward have been able to do behind the scenes at Old Trafford. So place your bets now..
06:56

ON THE SCENE IN CARDIFF

Sky Sports News reporter Michelle Owen is in position at the Cardiff City Stadium to bring you the latest transfer news from the Premier League new-boys...
https://twitter.com/MichelleOwen7/status/1027443278705254400
06:53

'LET POGBA BE FREE SPIRIT’

Stephen Warnock says Manchester United must give Paul Pogba a free role in midfield as he weighs up what defensive signings they might make.
06:50

DEMBELE STAYING PUT?

Reported Arsenal target Ousmane Dembele says he is staying at Barcelona this summer.
The France international, who joined Barca in a big-money move from Borussia Dortmund last summer, had a mixed first season at the Camp Nou and has seen competition for places increase even further following the arrival of Malcom from Bordeaux.
Dembele has been tipped to move away this summer, with Arsenal touted as a suitor, but he has revealed he intends to remain at the La Liga champions.
Speaking during a live chat on Twitch, he said: “Yes, I'm going to stay - and I'm ready for the Spanish Super Cup match against Sevilla.”
06:45

ANOTHER ONE AT ARSENAL?

Gail Davis has provided this update on Arsenal’s potential Deadline Day business.
She told Sky Sports News: “Arsenal have done the bulk of their business early. Unai Emery has said he wants to bring in at least one more player, and that is likely to be a defender. They’ve got Laurent Koscielny out injured until December, so they’re a little bit short there...”
06:40

BELLAMY: UNITED ARE DESPERATE

Speaking on last night’s episode of The Debate, Craig Bellamy criticised Manchester United’s fruitless search for defensive reinforcements.
“They’ve got themselves into a position now where they are desperate. They need to get a centre-back in,” he said.
“They seem every unsure of the players he has brought in before in Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof. He isn’t convinced by them.
“I just don’t know. If I was an owner I’d be thinking you’ve had a lot of money for these players, you certainly don’t fancy them and now you want a lot of money for someone else.
“I think Manchester United are a little bit desperate at this present moment which is not like Manchester United and certainly not like Mourinho.”
06:37

THREE MORE AT FULHAM?

James Cole updated Sky Sports News from the Whites' training ground with the latest on Fulham's pursuit of Joe Bryan, and where else they may be busy today...
06:36

'GREALISH TO SPURS STILL POSSIBLE'

Sky Sports News reporter Paul Gilmour says Jack Grealish’s proposed move from Aston Villa to Tottenham is still a possibility.
06:31

DEADLINE DAY PAPER TALK

The biggest transfer stories making the back pages on Deadline Day...
  • Arsenal want to take Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele on loan for the season. (Daily Mirror)
  • Christian Eriksen is Real Madrid's number one choice to replace Luka Modric, should the Croatian leave the club this summer. (Daily Mirror)
  • Chelsea are preparing for an exodus of squad players after tying up the signings of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic. (Daily Telegraph)
  • Manchester United have missed out on a deal to sign Jerome Boateng as the player's agent begins talks with PSG. (Daily Express)
  • West Ham are considering a last-minute deadline-day move for Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente. (Daily Mail)
  • Wolves are plotting a deadline day swoop for £22m PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa. (The Sun)
  • Rangers boss Steven Gerrard fears losing key players with James Tavernier and Josh Windass linked with moves to England. (Scottish Sun)
06:30

ALL SET AT ARSENAL

Gail Davis has been stationed at the Emirates Stadium on Deadline Day. She’ll keep you across any last-minute business Arsenal may conduct, although things are rather quiet at the moment...
“We are ready to go at Arsenal as you can see we have everything we need! Not much else here in an empty stadium!”
06:28

BREAKING NEWS

Leicester agree £19m fee with Freiburg for centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, according to Sky sources.
The 22-year-old Turkey international will now undergo a medical and discuss personal terms with the Foxes.
https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1027442265155874816
06:25

‘UNITED MUST STRENGTHEN’

Former Liverpool and Blackburn full-back Stephen Warnock says he expects Manchester United to have a busy transfer deadline day, with Jose Mourinho looking to bring in at least one new centre-back.
Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Yerry Mina have all been linked with moves to Old Trafford, and Warnock wouldn’t be surprised if more than one comes through the door in the next 10 hours.
Warnock told Sky Sports News: “Maguire is not only a very good ball player, but he’s also a very good defender. He proved that during the World Cup.
"It wouldn’t surprise me if they try to bring two of them in. They do need to get stronger, and I’m sure they’ll do that today.”
06:23

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR ROY?

Crystal Palace have wished boss Roy Hodgson a happy 71st birthday, but just how happy will it be for the former England manager? A lot more enjoyable if the Eagles can sort him out with a Ruben Loftus-Cheek-shaped present, that's for sure...
https://twitter.com/CPFC/status/1027435557549273089
06:20

UNITED SIGNING A SWEEPER?

https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1027438219816849409
06:17

MORE OUTGOINGS AT CHELSEA?

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol explains how Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater could make Deadline Day moves away from Stamford Bridge.
06:16

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT MAN UTD?

Fraser Dainton is live at Manchester United's Carrington training ground for Sky Sports News, with expectations of moves for the club by the end of the window - or you can be sure Jose Mourinho won't be happy.
He said: "There are three names in particular that have been mentioned consistently as Manchester United try to get a defender in. First of all, we heard a lot about Jerome Boateng yesterday, although we understand that would only be on a loan deal.
"Another is Toby Alderweireld at Spurs, who has been consistently linked as well. Money is the stumbling block there. Harry Maguire is another player Manchester United are very interested in. We understand two bids have been made for the Leicester defender, the second for around £60m.
"Money is available for Jose Mourinho to spend, but the club are not keen, we understand, to be spending over the odds for particular players. It could well be a game of cat and mouse now."
06:13

MORE ON SPURS RADAR?

It's not just Grealish who seems to be interesting Spurs though. Tottenham and Arsenal have both been reportedly looking to bring Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge to London, with the player's agent said to be in the capital finalising a move.
The 20-year-old, who plays for Genk, made his Norway debut in 2017 and is in the mould of current Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele - who could yet leave the club today.
06:09

SPURS LATEST

Sky Sports News' Paul Gilmour is live at Spurs' Enfield training ground with the latest on what they could be up to today - and there's a familiar name they are still in the market for.
He said "The man near the top of Spurs’ list is Jack Grealish. Aston Villa have told Tottenham that he is not for sale, but we understand the player wants to go.
"Add into the mix, Aston Villa have signed a similar type of player to Grealish in John McGinn from Hibernian. All of a sudden it means it has still got the potential to go through today. Certainly talks will continue over the next few hours or so."
06:06

A QUIET DAY FOR SOME...

One place you can rule out any big arrivals, it seems, is Burton Albion. The League One club aren't expecting much to happen at the Pirelli Stadium today. No wild Lionel Messi spottings at East Midlands airport then.
https://twitter.com/burtonalbionfc/status/1027434336889593856
06:01

'NO TRANSFER BARGAINS ANYMORE'

Speaking on last night’s episode of The Debate, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says a poor exchange rate with Europe has changed the way clubs spend.
05:51

THE RIDDLE OF KOVACIC

With Mateo Kovacic close to sealing a season-long move to Chelsea, what can the Blues expect from the Real Madrid man?
Here's Adam Bate's expert view on how they can unlock the undoubted potential of the World Cup runner-up...
05:44

SCHALKE INTERESTED IN ROSE LOAN

Schalke are in talks with Tottenham over the loan signing of Danny Rose, according to Sky sources.
Along with Schalke, Rose has been given permission to talk to other unnamed clubs over a season-long loan move.
Earlier this month, Sky sources reported Tottenham would listen to offers for Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele.
Rose, 28, has faced an uncertain future since criticising the club's ambition and wage structure in 2017, for which he subsequently apologised.
05:36

BIG NEWS FROM BURNLEY?

Burnley have been tweeting early this morning as the clock ticks down on Deadline Day - but it's ahead of their first overseas European game since 1967 at the Fatih Terim Stadium against Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Clarets have already signed Matej Vydra from Derby and tied Ben Mee down to a new deal, so it could be a quiet Thursday for Sean Dyche. But as we've learned down the years, never say never on Deadline Day.
https://twitter.com/BurnleyOfficial/status/1027421960974872576
https://twitter.com/BurnleyOfficial/status/1027423339009245184
05:33

HAVE YOUR SAY

https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1027404803465535488
05:26

DEADLINE DAY ON SKY SPORTS NEWS

Alex Hammond and Mike Wedderburn are pumped for Deadline Day - are you? Follow all the latest done deals, news and gossip on Sky Sports News as the English summer transfer window draws to a close at 5pm...
05:26

COURTOIS AGREES REAL MOVE

Thibaut Courtois is getting his dream move to Real Madrid in a deal that will see Mateo Kovacic join Chelsea on loan for the season.
The Belgium international only had a year left on his deal at Stamford Bridge and has been absent from training this week as he looked to push through before the transfer window ended.
Courtois' move to Real Madrid is now only formalities away from completion.
A statement from Chelsea read: "Chelsea and Real Madrid have tonight agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical.
"Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan."
05:17

BIG MOVERS TODAY?

There's going to be some big money spent on Deadline Day this year, if the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and others are going to get what they want - here's some of the biggest possible moves which are in the offing:
Those are the big ones, but there's a whole host of other names in the mix - and, I'm sure, more to follow out of the ether.
  • Harry Maguire - Manchester United have retained an interest in the England defender for some while, and had a £60m bid turned down already. Leicester, however, remain determined that even a world-record bid will not be enough to tempt them to sell.
  • Jerome Boateng - if that one doesn't come off, Manchester United are also keen on Jerome Boateng, with Sky sources telling us the Germany defender would like to move to Old Trafford.
  • Danny Rose - Tottenham are in talks with Schalke over a possible loan move for the England left-back, with other clubs also expressing an interest in a temporary move.
  • Jack Grealish - Spurs have had a bid rejected for the Aston Villa midfielder, but sources have told Sky Sports he is "very disappointed" he is not allowed to move - having been promised he could leave at the start of the Transfer Window, before Villa's new owners took over.
05:16

CHELSEA SIGN KEPA

There’s only one place to start this morning and that’s with a look back at Chelsea’s historic capture of Kepa Arrizabalaga yesterday.
The Blues broke the world transfer record for a goalkeeper, agreeing a £71.6m deal with Athletic Bilbao for the 23-year-old Spain international.
The fee surpasses the previous record, which was set only last month when Liverpool paid £66m for Allison.
Chelsea have put their faith in Kepa, handing him a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge through to 2025.
05:08

BRYAN EYES PREM OVER VILLA

More on that story involving Bristol City's Joe Bryan, whois having a medical at Fulham this morning, according to Sky sources.
The Whites have agreed a deal with the Robins to sign the 24-year-old left-back - who looks like he could turn his back on Aston Villa, who agreed a fee for him yesterday.
Bryan is understood to prefer a move to the Premier League.
05:05

DEADLINE DAY HEADLINES

05:00

BREAKING NEWS

Joe Bryan is having a medical at Fulham this morning, according to Sky sources.
04:53

SAGNA JOINS MONTREAL

It's not the big news we promised just yet, but former Arsenal and Man City defender Bacary Sagna has joined Montreal Impact until the end of the season.
The Frenchman spent some of 2018 at Benevento, joining in February, but left the club at the end of the season before moving to the MLS.
04:49

GOOD MORNING!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is it. The big one. Transfer Deadline Day, one of the most frantic but exciting days in the football calendar, when coffee is as much of a currency as pound sterling and airport sightings appear from places you'd never even heard of.
Join us for an action-packed day here on the Sky Sports transfer blog, where we've got some big news coming up for you shortly...
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January Transfer Window Megathread

So throughout this month I'll keep track of all transfer news regarding Villa, so our sub isn't clogged with rumours.
Confirmed Transfers In:
Date Player Position Signed From Fee Official announcement /AVFC thread /soccer thread
Confirmed Transfers Out:
Date Player Position Gone To Fee Official announcement /AVFC thread /soccer thread
2nd January Darren Bent Striker Derby County Loan AVFC /avfc /soccer
5th January Jordan Graham Winger Wolves ? AVFC /avfc -
Rumoured Transfers In:
Date Player Club Source Fee Status
1st January Yaya Sanogo Arsenal Daily Mirror Loan Rumour
2nd January Daily Star
3rd January Lasse Schone Ajax bambinoquinn Bosman -
4th January Scott Sinclair Man City Di Marzio ? Rumour
5th January Adil Nabi West Brom Goal ? Rumour
Rumoured Transfers Out:
Date Player Club Source Fee Status
1st January Darren Bent Crystal Palace Daily Star N/A Gone Elsewhere
3rd January Ron Vlaar Napoli Football Italia £1.5mill -
4th January Christian Benteke Man City The Sun ? -
6th January Fabian Delph Tottenham Daily Mirror £3mill + Townsend/Lennon/Dembele -
Relevant SkyBet odds:
Ron Vlaar:
To stay at Villa 1/4
Man United 3/1
Napoli 7/1
Arsenal 12/1
Spurs 20/1
Tyrone Mings:
Arsenal 2/1
Chelsea 9/1
Liverpool 16/1
Newcastle 16/1
Villa 28/1
Scott Sinclair:
Villa 1/3
QPR 5/1
Palace 12/1
Everton 12/1
Leicester 12/1
Shaun Maloney:
Leicester 6/4
Burnley 9/1
Everton 9/1
Celtic 14/1
Villa 33/1
Last Update: 06/01/13 13:10
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The Next Manager

Here's a list of candidates for the new role ordered from most likely to least likely (according to SkyBet):
Manager Name Current/Former Club Odds
Gary Rowett Birmingham City 1/1
Brendan Rodgers Liverpool 5/2
Darren Wassall Derby County 3/1
Tim Sherwood Aston Villa 6/1
Paul Lambert Blackburn Rovers 10/1
Steve Bruce Hull City 12/1
Jimmy Hasselbaink QPR 12/1
Mark Warburton Rangers 14/1
Paul Ince Blackpool 18/1
David Moyes Real Sociedad 18/1
Quique Flores Watford 18/1
Nigel Pearson Leicester City 18/1
Garry Monk Swansea City 20/1
Glenn Hoddle Wolves 25/1
Igor Stimac Sepahan 25/1
Gary Neville Valencia 33/1
Steve McClaren Newcastle United 33/1
Sean Dyche Burnley 33/1
Kevin Phillips England 40/1
Nigel Clough Burton Albion 40/1
Chris Powell Huddersfield Town 40/1
Aitor Karanka Middlesbrough 40/1
Tony Pulis West Brom 40/1
Harry Redknapp QPDerby Advisor 8/1
Some of these are pretty unlikely, who do you think would be best for the club and who will most likely come (feel free to add anyone who isn't on this list)
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17/09/16 Saturday - Matchday Picks

Hey everyone! Sadly, we are still yet to have any real success with these bets, so a huge thank you to those that have decided to continue supporting me and fair enough if you stopped following a few weeks back, I can respect that! Teams we have picked look good pre-match then it doesn't go right on the pitch. Eventually, there will be a week where everything comes together and the teams that SHOULD win their games WILL win their games, because when it rains, it pours. This week I have 5 team that I really fancy to bring home the bacon. There are weeks where I look at the fixtures and think 'I can't do much with that' and just give it a go. There are other weeks, however, where the bet looks too good to be true and I think could be one of those weeks. Here are the teams.

MY PICKS:

FIXTURE 1X2 ODDS -1EH ODDS -2EH ODDS
BARNSLEY Vs. Reading @2.30 @4.33 @9.00
HUDDERSFIELD Vs. QPR @2.00 @3.40 @8.00
NEWCASTLE Vs. Wolves @1.53 @2.30 @5.00
DONCASTER Vs. Newport @1.50 @2.30 @4.50
LEYTON ORIENT Vs. Yeovil @1.80 @3.00 @6.50
TOTAL: @19.03 @233.64 @10,530.00

BARNSLEY:

  • Barnsley are 3rd, Reading are 12th.
  • Barnsley are 5-0-2, Reading are 3-2-2.
  • Barnsley at Home are 3-0-0, Reading Away are 1-0-2.
  • Barnsley's last game was a 0-4 Away win at Wolves.
  • Reading's last game was a 0-0 Home Draw to Birmingham.
  • Barnsley have won 4 and lost 1 in their last 5 (Loss Away to Huddersfield.)
  • Reading have won won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1 in their last 5.
  • Barnsley have scored 18, conceded 9.
  • Reading have scored 7, conceded 9.

HUDDERSFIELD:

  • Huddersfield are 1st, QPR are 14th.
  • Huddersfield are 5-1-1, QPR are 3-1-3
  • Huddersfield at Home are 3-0-0, QPR Away are 2-0-1.
  • Huddersfield's last game was a 1-0 Away Loss to Brighton (Who are great at Home)
  • QPR's last game was a 0-6 Loss Home loss to Newcastle.
  • Before that QPR scraped a draw against bottom place Blackburn.
  • Huddersfield have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 in their last 5. (Loss to Brighton, Draw to Villa)
  • QPR have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3 of their last 5. (Win against second bottom Wigan and draw vs bottom Blackburn)
  • Huddersfield have scored 9 and conceded only 5.
  • QPR have scored 9 and conceded 12.

NEWCASTLE:

  • Newcastle are 2nd, Wolves are 16th.
  • Newcastle are 5-0-2, Wolves are 2-3-2.
  • Newcastle at Home are 2-0-1, Wolves Away are 1-1-1.
  • Newcastle's last game was a 0-6 Away win against QPR.
  • Wolves's last game was a 0-4 Home loss to Barnsley.
  • Newcastle have won all 5 of their last games. 4/5 being by 2 or more goals.
  • Wolves have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 2 of their last games.
  • Newcastle have scored 16 and only conceded 4!
  • Wolves have scored 8 and conceded 9.
  • Newcastle have scored 2x as much as Wolves and conceded less than half of what Wolves have conceded.

DONCASTER:

  • Doncaster are 4th, Newport are 20th.
  • Doncaster are 4-1-2, Newport are 1-3-2.
  • Doncaster at Home are 2-1-0, Newport are 1-1-1.
  • Doncaster's last game was a 1-5 Away win at Morecambe.
  • Newport's last game was a 2-2 Home draw to Cheltenham.
  • Doncaster have won 4 and lost 1 in their last 5. (Loss Away at Crewe, 6th)
  • Newport have won 1, drawn 3 and lost 1 in their last 5.
  • Doncaster have scored 15 and conceded 8.
  • Newport have scored 9 and conceded 10.

LEYTON ORIENT:

  • Leyton Orient are 8th, Yeovil are 23rd.
  • Leyton Orient are 3-2-2, Yeovil are 1-1-5.
  • Leyton Orient at Home are 1-0-2, Yeovil Away are 0-1-2.
  • Leyton Orient's last game was a 2-2 Away draw to Carlisle (9th).
  • Yeovil's last game was 1-2 Home loss to Hartlepool.
  • Leyton Orient have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 5. (Loss to Mansfield, 10th)
  • Yeovil's have lost all of their last 5 games!
  • Leyton Orient have scored 11 and conceded 8.
  • Yeovil have scored 5 and conceded 12.

MY BETS:

5-Fold of Barnsley, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Doncaster and Leyton Orient All to Win: £11.00 @19.03 Returns £209.48
5-Folds, 4-Folds (£1.00 Ea) on each game with a -1 European Handicap: £6.00 Returns Between £53.96 - £637.79
5-Folds, 4-Folds, 3-Folds (£0.50 Ea) on each game with a -2 European Handicap: £8.00 Returns Between £73.13 - £11,456.99
I highly doubt anyone will follow the Handicap bets but the way I see it is this: Each game has the potential to end 3-0/4-0/4-1 and if the teams show up and perform how they should, we will be golden. If 3 teams smash their opponent and the other 2 let us down by not performing to the standard they have been, or getting a red card/dodgy penalty, we can still win £70, even though the main bet failed.

THANKS FOR READING!

PLEASE DO NOT BET ANY MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD TO LOSE!

LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING ANY OF THE PICKS/BETS!

FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS! I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM!

HAVE FUN, THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!

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