Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Guess who's back, with an EPL Transfer Update:

Hello and welcome to my first EPL Update in over a week.... Wow. It feels weird, but I MUST continue.

This will be a VERY long update, because a lot has happened over the last 10 days, including the official start of the London 2012 Olympics and some more EPL transfer activity, not to mention lots of football friendly action at the men's Olympic toournament has started.

So, without further ado, let me begin:

Chelsea have confirmed the £25million signing of Sao Paulo midfielder Oscar.

Promising startlet: Brazillian International Oscar has joined Chelsea for £25million.

American club New York Red Bulls have announced the signing of Everton midfielder Tim Cahill, subject to international clearance. 

It's official: Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has moved to New York Red Bulls for an undisclosed fee.
I'm here: Cahill talks the walk out into the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Interesting or what?: Tim Cahill has not ruled out a move back to Everton (on-loan)
Cahill said this on the club website:
'I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls'
'As we have seen over the past few years, MLS has developed into a very competitive league with many talented players.' 
'I am impressed with what the Red Bulls are trying to accomplish in MLS and within American soccer and I am looking forward to this new challenge. I will do everything I can to help bring New York its first MLS Cup'

Does anyone remember the news article that I had last post about Lens winger Thorgan Hazard?

Well, he has signed for Chelsea now, and will link-up with his brother next season.

It's official: Winger Thorgan Hazard will join Chelsea next season.

He will slide into the U21 squad, and may be loaned out for some first-team experience..

Interesting transfer done deal here: 

QPR have signed Blackburn Rovers winger Junior Holiett after agreeing a four-year contract deal.

Back to the EPL: He will fit into the way QPR play football, and will be their star player next season.

He wants to play EPL football next season, so you cannot blame him for wanting to move from a relegated club Blackburn.
He will be their young gem, and could score a lot of goals next season.

The following video proves that he has a lots of potential in the future and his talent from this video:

EPL Transfer Rumours:
Fulham forward Clint Dempsey has dropped a big hint fore his future, after missing The Cottagers pre-season trip to Switzerland. He has been linked with a move to Liverpool as he looks to play CL football before the end of his career.
Not surpirsing: Clint Dempsey may NOT play for Fulham next season, as he tries to force his way into a CL club.
Newcastle have made a £4milllion bid for FC Twente defender Douglas Texeira.
FC Twente may accept the offer, considering the fact that he only has one year left on his contract and he can leave next season on a free transfer.
England bound, surely? Newcastle have made a £4million bid for FC Twente defender Douglas Texeira (right).
Liverpool have rejected a £13million bid from Manchester City for defender Daniel Agger, who are looking to bolster their defence.
Hard decision: Defender Daniel Agger could be on his way out of Liverpool, to move to City or Barcelona.
Chelsea are ready to sign Wigan winger Victor Moses for £7.5million now after having being rejected twice already. 
Sunderland are looking to replace Asamoah Gyan with a decent striker who can give them a mid-table finish next season. 
They have had a £12million bid rejected from Wolves for Steven Fletcher.
If I was Wolves, I would accept the bid, because for a Championship club £12million is a lot and they want to return to the PL next season. They should be able to replace him anyway.
Liverpool reportedly have made a £12.5million bid for Swansea midfielder Joe Allen.
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay says that the club are still in the transfer market for a few more signings.
Tottenham are considering a £7million bid for Liverpool's 17-year-old winger Raheem Sterling. 
Wanted: 17-year-old Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is wanted by Tottenham Hotspur.
There is just over 2 weeks left until the start of the EPL 2012-13 season begins. It would not be fitting to start the season without a montage of the last, so please watch this 4 minute video to remind you of why this is the best league in the world.  
Everton have completed the signing of Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar for £4.5million on a four-year contract deal.
Guess who's back again: Midfielder Steven Pienaar re-joins Everton for his 4th spell at the club.
He will be Everton's talisman along with Nikica Jelavic after the departures of Mikel Arteta and now Tim Cahill in recent seasons.
He joined Spurs 18 months ago, but was not given a chance to shine and only started 5 matches.  Everton signed him up on a season-long loan in January where he scored 4 important goals.  
EPL Poll:  
Goal of the EPL Season:    
A: Papiss Cisse vs Chelsea: B: Fraizer Campbell vs Norwich City C: Peter Crouch vs Stoke City D: Robin Van Persie vs  E: Stilyan Petrov vs Everton F: Hatem Ben Arfa vs Bolton       ALL THE GOALS ARE ON THE FOLLOWING VIDEO BELOW:
Friendlies and The Olympics: 
Arsenal 0 Manchester City 2, in Beijing - July 27th
Midfielder Yaya Toure and defender Pablo Zabaleta both scored for City as they beat Arsenal by 2 goals to nil. 
Promising start: Midfielder Yaya Toure slots the ball out of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski's reach into the net.
EPL Champions City celebrate Yaya Toure's 45th minute goal to give them a 2-0 lead against Arsenal in China.
Arsenal's brick wall: Defensive midfielder Alex Song prevents Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez from scoring.
Do not be fooled by the scoreline though because:
Arsenal played better football throughout the match, and had all of their youngsters on. Much fitter than City and passed the ball better.
They look very promising for the next season.
Arsenal 2 Kitchee 2, Hong Kong - July 29th
Arsenal continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-2 draw in Hong Kong against Kitchee.
Midfielder Thomas Eisfeld who joined the club for £450,000 in January from Borussia Dortmund equalised with 12 minutes to go of the match.
Forward Theo Walcott who has been subject to transfer speculation also scored for The Gunners.
Make it seem easy: Theo Walcott cooly slots the ball into the net to give Arsenal a goal against Kitchee.
MLS All Stars 3 Chelsea 2, Pennslyvania(USA) - July 25th
Chelsea suffered their first pre-season defeat in their America tour against the MLS All Stars.
Happy faces: Chelsea defender John Terry shakes LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham's hand before the match.
Defender John Terry and Midfielder Frank Lampard both scored for The Blues, but it was not enough for them to win the match. 
Thank you very much: Midfielder Frank Lampard has played over 560 matches for Chelsea.
Notable faces for the All Stars included Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and David Beckham.
Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1, Sun Life Stadium, Miami(USA) - July 28th
Midfielder Urby Emmanuelson scored the only goal of the match for AC Milan as they beat Chelsea 1-0.
Notable faces including Fernando Torres returned to the Chelsea side but were not able to prevent The Blues from losing against the Italian giants.  Manchester United 1 Shangai Shenhua 0, Shangai Stadium - July 25th  United continued to send a message to local rivals City that they would challenge to regain their EPL title next season. This time, £17million signing Shinji Kagawa stole all of the headlines against a Chinese club who snapped up both Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba from Chelsea over the past year.
Raring to go: Manchester United winger Shinji Kagawa scores his first goal for the club against Shangai Shenhua.
Golden Boy: Kagawa is mobbed by his team-mates after a great start to his United career.
EPL, Here I come: The Japanese winger could be United's secret weapon in the next few seasons.
He scored the only goal of the match, and fitted in well playing for United. Looks promising for the future, and could even dominate the EPL. Watch this space.
London 2012 Men's Football Olympics:
Team GB's Results:
Great Britain 1 Senegal 1 - July 26th at Old Trafford
Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy scored the only goal of the match for Team GB as they drew against African side Senegal.
19-year-old Pape Moussa Konate equalised for Senegal in the 81st minute to give them 1 point.
Great Britain 3 UAE 1 - July 29th at Wembley Stadium
Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, Swansea winger Scott Sinclair and Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs were all of the scoresheet for Team GB as they cruised to a 3-1 win against United Arab Emirates.
Golden Oldie: Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs heads Team GB into the lead against UAE after 16 minutes.
 FACT: Ryan Giggs has become the oldest football player to score at the Olympics.
Deadlock broken: Ryan Giggs does the trademark fist pump as he celebrates his goal.
'Flying like a Swan': Swansea forward Scott Sinclair celebrates make it 2-1 to Team GB in the 73rd minute.
Recovered: Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge recovered from meningitis to score for Team GB with a delightful chip to make it 3-1.
Other Groups News:
Spain have been knocked out of the Men's Olympics Football Tournament after 2 losses against Honduras and Japan. 
Japan and Brazil and the first two teams to go through to the Quarter-Finals. 
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