Friday, 31 August 2012

EPL Transfer Deadline Day LIVE:

Hello and welcome to my EPL Transfer Deadline Day LIVE Coverage, with more features to come as the day continues.

WARNING: This will be a LONG blog post, so you can refresh every few minute and come back for more for more because it is LIVE.

13:02: With less than 10 hours to go now....

Let me begin, with Manchester City and AC Milan both confirming that defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong has signed for AC Milan for around £9million pounds.

DONE DEALS SO FAR TODAY:

Tottenham full-back Danny Rose has signed for Sunderland on a season-long loan.

First-team experience: Young full-back Danny Rose has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan deal.

Chris David has joined Fulham from FC Twente for an undisclosed fee.

Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has joined Stoke for £4million pounds.

Still a Red: Stoke have confirmed the £4million signing of Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam.

Manchester City have signed Swansea winger Scott Sinclair for around £6.5million pounds.

Welcome to City: Scott Sinclair has been unveiled at Manchester City, and becomes their 2nd signing of the window.


BREAKING NEWS:
Tottenham Hotspur winger Rafael Van Der Vaaart has flown into Hamburg to resume personal talks with the club over a possible move back to Germany.

Fulham have confirmed the signing of Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson on a three-year contract deal. 

Gone to London: Fulham have snapped up Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson for an undisclosed fee.

Arsenal have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien to replace Alex Song in the role of defensive midfield.

Shock laon move on the cards: Arsenal are ready to sign Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.


Tottenham are desperate to sign Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho, now that Luka Modric has left the club and are just waiting to make a £25million bid for him.

BREAKING NEWS:
Aston Villa have had a £7million offer for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey accepted, however Dempsey has said that he does NOTwant to go to Aston Villa, and wants to move to Liverpool instead.

Aston Villa have stopped their interest now.

Chelsea have been havily linke with Bayer Leverkusen winger Andre Schurrle and he is reportedly expected to join The Blues for around £20million.

Liverpool want to sign Daniel Sturridge and are keeping an eye on Fulham forward Clint Dempsey, who has just said that he wants to join them.

Marseille defender Stephane Mbia is expected at QPR in the next few hours, and midfielder Joey Barton has reportedly agreed personal terms with Marseille over a possible season-long loan move. 




UEFA Europa League Group Stage Draw:
(EPL Teams in LARGEST)

Group A:
Liverpool
Udinese
Young Boys
Anzhi 


Group B:
Atletico Madrid
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Plzen
Academica


Group C:
Marseille
Fenerbahce
Borrusia Monchengladbach
AEL Limassol


Group D:
Bordeaux
Club Brugge
Newcastle
Maritimo


Group E:
Stuttgart
FC Copenhagen
Steuau Bucuresti
Molde


Group F:
PSV Eindhoven
Napoli
Dnipro AIK
Solna


Group G:
Sporting FC
Basel
Genk
Vidoeton


Group H:
Inter Milan
Rubin Kazan
FK Partizan
Neftci


Group I:
Lyon
Athletic Club
Sparta Prague
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona


Group J:
Tottenham Hotspur
Panathinaikos
Lazio
Maribor


Group K:
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Metalist Kharkiv
Rosenborg
Rapid Vienna


Group L:
FC Twente
Hannover
Levante
Helsingborgs



Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle should both get out of their respective groups without much trouble, but Liverpool may struggle, as they have Udinese and Russian side Anzhi in their group.

Liverpool will hope that they can dominate, and manager Brendan Rodgers needs to get the balance right between fielding younger, more inexperienced players and experienced players throughout the 6 group games.


Anyways, back to TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

BREAKING NEWS:
Sunderland have reportedly failed to sign Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

Tottenham have agreed a £22million fee for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho.

Meanwhile, Italian side Inter Milan have confirmed that defender Maicon has travelled to meet the EPL champions Manchester City to discuss personal terms.

Italian champions Juventus are closing in on a transfer for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. 
He has been seen in Italy, going to have personal talks over terms.


Seen in Italy: Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been seen in Italy, after a move to Juventus has been reported.

Everton have agreed a fee with FC Copenhagen for Costa Rican player Bryan Oviedo.

BREAKING NEWS:
Tottenham midfielder Giovani Dos Santos has completed a move to Spainish club Real Mallorca on a four-year contract deal.

Spainish club Celta Vigo have signed Arsenal striker Park Chu Young on a seaon long loan contract deal.

Aston Villa have signed sstriker Jordan Bowery from Chesterfield on an undisclosed fee.



14:00:
9 HOURS TO GO!

14:02:
BREAKING NEWS:


Tottenham midfielder Rafael Van Der has agreed personal terms with German club Hamburg and is currently undergoing a medical at the club..

Chelsea youngster Thorgan Hazard who joined the club in July has joined Belgian club SV Zulte Wargem on a season-long loan deal to gain first-team experience.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has agreed personal terms with French club Marseille and he has passed a medical.
He should be confirmed to have signed in the next few hours, while Marseille midfielder Stephane M'Bia is currently travelling to QPR to start personal terms.

Manchester City are set to confirm the news that Inter Milan defender Miacon has joined them for around £4million pounds later, meanwhile striker Roque Santa Cruz is in Spain having a medical with Malaga.

14:43:
Swansea have confirmed that Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez is undergoing a medical at the club.

14:44:
BREAKING NEWS:
Fulham have agreed a fee with Lyon for midfielder Michel Bastos.

14:47:
Stoke have confirmed the signing of Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu.

14:49:
BREAKING NEWS:

A helicopter has just arrived at Fulham's football stadium, Craven Cottage.
I do not know who is in the helicopter, but it could be Dimitar Berbatov...

14:50:
BREAKING NEWS:
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart has completed his £10million move to German side Hamburg.

Welcome back: Tottenham midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart has joined Hamburg for around £10million.




That is some sad transfer news, because VDV is a great player and Tottenham could live to regret letting him leave unless they replace him well in the next few hours.

15:00:
TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: 8 HOURS TO GO!

15:04:
Manchester City and Benfica have come to an agreement for midfielder Javi Garcia for around £24million.

15:23: 
Fulham have confrimed the £5million signing of Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Done: Fulham have confirmed the £5million signing of Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov on a two-year deal.
15:30: 
Goalkeeper Richard Wright has officially signed for Manchester City, and will become their 3rd choice goalkeeper.

15:39:
BREAKING NEWS:
Marseille midfielder Stephane M'Bia has arrived in London and is now travelling to a secret location in Surrey to complete his medical.

15:46:
Marseille sporting dierector Jose Anigo has confirmed that midfielder Joey Barton will not join Marseille unles Stephhane M'Bia joins QPR.


Barton has passed a medical and took part in a light training session early this morning.

15:48:
BREAKING NEWS:
Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is at Spurs lodge.....


15:54:
Stoke have made a formal enquiry to Liverpool about the services of Liverpool's young midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool are interested in selling him, for around £8million, but do NOT want to loan him out and will only talk about a permament move.

Interesting news there, as Henderson has goo potential but is not being played so may want to leave.

16:00:


TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: 7 HOURS TO GO

DONE DEAL:

Manchester City have confirmed the news that Inter Milan defender Maicon has joined the club for around £4million on a two-year contract deal.

BEAST: Inter Milan defender Maicon has been unveiled by Manchester City after signing on a two-year deal.
16:35:

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has completed his medical at Malaga, and will be unveiled later.

Liverpool reportedly are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun on a season-long loan dael.

QPR manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that Esteban Granero has received international clearance in time to be available for tomorrow's match against Manchester City.

17:02:

Swansea have confirmed the signing of Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez for around £6million pounds.

Attacking intent: Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez has signed for Swansea for £6million to replace Scott Sinclair.

Tottenham's move for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho is reportedly 


17:06:
DONE DEAL:
Juventus have confirmed the signing of Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on a season-long loan deal after he completed a medical in Italy.
More to follow on this story as the day continues...

17:20:
Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen is reportedly close to signing for Stoke on a free transfer.

More on this story as I get it...


17:26:
BREAKING NEWS:
Marseille midfielder Stephane M'Bia is undergoing a medical with QPR in a secret location in Surrey, while the news has been confirmed that Joey Barton and M'Bia are NOT linked and they do not rely on each other's transfers to move.

Joey Barton is set to join Marseille, even if the deal does not go through tonight, becuase the French market closes next Tuesday.

17:35:
BREAKING NEWS: 
Genk striker Christian Benteke is on a plane to Birmingham to try and complete a transfer to Aston Villa.

17:37:
MAJOR STORY:

Liverpool and Tottenham have both reportedly made bids for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey.

Let the bidding way begin!

17:45:
Michael Essien - Arsenal story seems like speculation now, with less than 6 hours to go now and no news confirmed...

Tottenham goalkeeping coach Tony Parks has said that a deal for Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remains 'far from done', despite him arriving at Spurs Lodge to talk personal terms. 

17:49:
DONE DEAL:
Everton have confirmed the signing of FC Copenhagen defender Bryan Oviedo.
The Costa Rican player becomes Everton's fourth signing of the transfer window, with less than 6 hours to go.

Southampton are still awaiting confirmation of the shock signing of Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez. 

18:00: 
TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY- 5 HOURS TO GO!

18:07:
DONE DEAL:

Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta has signed for Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan deal.

18:33:
Midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart has spoken of his delight at coming back home after rejoining Hamburg, four years after he left the club for Spainish giants Real Madrid.

He said: 'It feels a bit like I am coming back home. Everybody knows that I still have a strong bond with Hamburg and it is a compliment when a club wants you every year. This season was the right time to come back'.

Well... you have to be happy for him and I wish him good luck at Hamburg.
Great player, and it is a shame that Tottenham sold him.
Reminds me of Cesc Fabregas to Barca in 2011....
18:48:
BREAKING NEWS:
Liverpool's pursuit of Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is surely over now, because Sturridge has been named on the bench in Monaco for the UEFA Super Cup.

18:52:
BREAKING NEWS:
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has been left out of Chelsea's squad to face Atletico Madrid tonight, so a loan move to Arsenal or another team is still on the table.

18:55:
DONE DEAL:
Bologna have announced on their website that midfielder Gaston Ramirez has moved to Southampton for a club record fee of around £12million pounds.

This will be HUGE publicity for Southampton, as Liverpool and dTottenham were both heavily linked with a move for the player. They should secure their place next season in the EPL now...


19:00: 

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY - 4 HOURS TO GO!

19:01:
Here is what Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has had to say on the official website about th signing of Ramirez.

'A lot of hard work has gone in from the football club with a lot of negotiations behind the scenes to get this deal done.
Great credit to everyone because we have a young, exciting talent joining us who is one of the best around. 
We have got is one of the most exciting prospects in world football coming to St Mary's.
There is a lot of ambition at the football club and we are all delighted that Gaston is going to come and join us'.

19:03:
MAJOR STORY:
Fulham have rejected a £5.5million bid from Liverpool for their forward Clint Dempsey.

19:08:
Stoke are ready to sign Blackburn midfielder Steven N'Zonzi after reportes that he will try and force a move out of the club before the deadline tonight.


19:15:

UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid - LIVE from Monaco

UEFA Super Cup - LIVE Commentary
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid from Monaco

Team Line-ups:

Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe, Suarez, Gabi, Adrian, Koke, Turan, Falcao.
Subs: Rodriguez, Silvio, Diego Costa, Emre, Cata Diaz, Garcia, Asenjo.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Hazard, Mata, Tores. 
Subs: Turnbull, Meireles, Sturridge, Moses, Bertrand, Oscar, Romeu. 


The formations for the match tonight between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid: 4-2-3-1 for both teams.

19:30:
DONE DEALS:

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has completed a move to Spainish side Malaga on a season-long loan deal.

Defender Dedryck Boyata has joined Dutch side FC Twente on a six-month loan deal. 

19:37:
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has said that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will NOT join Arsenal on loan.

19:41:
BREAKING NEWS:
France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has completed his medical at Tottenham. More to follow as I get it. 

19:48:
Lyon have confirmed that midfielder Michel Bastos will NOT be joining Fulham despite reports earlier saying that Fulham and Lyon had agreed a fee.

19:51:
St Louis II, Monaco 
UEFA Super Cup - LIVE
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea:
Striker Falcao has broken the deadlock against Chelsea in the 6th minute after a chip over Petr Cech's head hit the back of the net. 

1-0 to Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are trailing already in Monaco!

20:00:
 TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY - 3 HOURS TO GO!

20:04:
Stade Louis II, Monaco
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea:
Chelsea are now 2-0 down... after striker Falcao scored his second goal of the match for Madrid.
19 minutes gone and Chelsea are going down.

Not stopping that: Falcao's curled effort beats Petr Cech to make it 2-0 against Chelsea after 18 minutes.

20:06:
The Sturridge to Liverpool move is DEAD.
According to reports, Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge rejected Liverpool's offer, because he wanted a permanent transfer deal but Liverpool wanted a season long loan deal. 

20:12: 

NEWS UPDATE:
Genk striker Christian Benteke is currently having a medical at Aston Villa.

20:30:
St Louis II, Monaco
UEFA Super Cup - LIVE
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

Just before half-time, Atletico go on the counter attack before a through ball finds Radamel Falcao on the flank who shoots past goalkeeper Petr Cech to make it 3-0 to Atletico.

Hat-trick: Falcao finishes off a dangerous counter attack for Atletico Madrid just before half-time to make it 3-0.
Three for me: Falcao celebrates his 3rd goal against Chelsea, who were interested in signing him when he was at Porto.
Game over, surely? Falcao jumps for joy with team-mate Gabi after scoring his 3rd before half-time.


20:40: 
BREAKING NEWS:
Liverpool will stop their interest in Fulham forward Clint Dempsey after a £5.5million bid for his services was rejected by Fulham earlier. 

20:45:
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea has started the second half at Monaco.

20:55:
MAJOR NEWS STORY:
Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia has offically arrived at Manchester City for his medical with the club.
City agreed a £16million pound deal plus add-ons (up to £24million) with Benfica for the Spanish midfielder earlier on today.
  
21:00:

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY - 2 HOURS TO GO!


21:01:
Atletico Madrid are now leading by 4 goals to nil thanks to Adrian chipping Cech before the ball took a deflection past defender Gary Cahill into the net.

21:12:
BREAKING NEWS:
Reports suggest that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien may be on his way to Spainish side Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.


This transfer deal would make sense, since Essien has worked with Jose Mourinho before. 

21:16:
Chelsea have scored a consolation goal, with defender Gary Cahill hitting the ball low, powerfully out of future team-mate and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' reach into the net.

21:17:
DONE DEAL:

French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has signed for Tottenham for £9million pounds, with add-ons (up to £13million).

Now, all attention has moved to Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho who could complete a club record fee or stay at Porto.
50/50 so far. 

21:23:
Marseille midfielder Stephane M'Bia is 10 minutes away from arriving at Loftus Road to sign the contract with QPR - Sky Sources 

21:30:
Sources from Spain are suggesting that Michael Essien and Real Madrid are in an advanced talks. 

21:32:
BREAKING NEWS:
Fulham forward Clint Dempsey has been seen arriving at Spurs Lodge JUST NOW....

21:36:
St Louis II, Monaco

Atletico Madrid 4 Chelsea 1 FT

ATLETICO MADRID HAVE WON THE UEFA SUPER CUP

Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick as Atletico Madrid thrashed Chelsea 4-1 in the UEFA Super Cup match.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill scored a consolation in the 75th minute, but it was too litle too late for The Blues to get back into the match.

Chelsea were poor in the first half, got dominated and Atletico punished them for it.

Chelsea are the worst Champions League winners... surely.
Got lucky when they won anyway..
Got dominated, look lazy in defence and £100million spent in the transfer down the drain.. Going to be an interesting season to say the least.

21:39:
Manchester City have confirmed the £10million signing of Fiorentina defender Matija Nastastic.

'The next Vidic': Manchester City have confirmed the £10million signing of defender Matija Nastastic.
Manchester City's young defender Stefan Savic will go to Fiorentina as a trade deal.

21:40:
West Brom and Aston Villa will reportedly announce signings in the next few minutes.

21:42:
West Brom have confirmed the signing of Goran Popov on a season-long loan deal from Dyanmo Kiev.

21:55:
West Ham are ready to sign Chelsea defensive midfielder Yossi Beanyoun on a season-long loan deal.

22:00: 

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY - 1 HOUR TO GO!!

BREAKING NEWS:
Fulham forward Clint Dempsey has completed a move to Tottenham for around £6million on a three-year contract deal.

22:11:
Joey Barton (season long loan deal) to Marseille is COMPLETE.

22:15:

45 MINUTES TO GO!
22:19:

DONE DEAL: 
Genk striker Christian Benteke's £7million deal to Aston Villa has been confirmed.

22.21:

DONE DEAL: Yossi Benayoun has rejoined West Ham on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.

I will be back tomorrow for an EPL Super Saturday LIVE Coverage, with a summary of all of the big deals, and transfers that just went through possibly including Essien to Real Madrid and Javi Garcia to Manchester City....

UEFA Europa League Coverage, EPL News plus UEFA Champions League and Capital One Cup Draws:

Hello and welcome to my latest EPL update, with a twist.

UEFA Europa League Coverage along with UEFA Champions League and Capital One Cup Draws also in this latest blog post:

Let me begin:



Tonight's UEFA Europa League Play-Off Round Action:

Newcastle United 1 Atromitos 0 (Aggregate 2-1)

Striker Haris Vuckic scored the only goal of the match for Newcastle in the 29th minute to secure European football for Newcastle this season. 

That's the one: Striker Haris Vuckic celebrates his first half winner against Atromitos at The Sports Direct Arena.

He hit a shot from outside the area near the wing, which swerved past the goalkeeper into the net.

Striker Demba Ba apparently hit the ball on the way in with his stud, but replays showed that there was no contact.

Newcastle got a stroke of fortune just before half-time after goalkeeper Tim Krul caught a striker with his arm inside the box, but the referee thought he was diving and gave him a yellow card.

Liverpool 1 Hearts 1 (Aggregate 2-1)






UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw:
(EPL Teams in LARGE)

Group A:
Porto
Dynamo Kiev
PSG 
Dinamo Zagreb

Group B:
Arsenal
Schalke
Olympiakos
Montpellier

Group C:
AC Milan
Zenit St. Petersburg
Anderlecht
Malaga

Group D:
Real Madrid
Manchester City
Borussia Dortmund
Ajax

Group E:
Chelsea
Juventus
Shakthar Donetsk
Nordsjaelland

Group F:
Bayern Munich
Valencia
Lille
BATE Borisov

Group G:
Barcelona
Celtic
Spartak Moscow
Benfica

Group H:
Manchester United
FC Cluj
Braga
Galatasaray

Very interesting CL groups, with Chelsea and Manchester United both having fairly easy groups (apart from Juventus and Braga) and should qualify for the Last 16, but you never know.

Arsenal should comfortably get into the Last 16, despite having the French champions Montpellier and Schalke in their group, which will be tough matches.

However, Manchester City will have trouble with Spainish champions Real Madrid, Dutch champions Ajax and tough German side Borussia Dortmund in their group.

They may be able to sneak a 2nd place, but they could get Europa League again like last season. 



Capital One Cup 3rd Round Draw:
(Ties involving EPL teams only) 

Manchester United vs Newcastle United
Manchester City vs Aston Villa 
MK Dons vs Sunderland
Arsenal vs Coventry
Crawley Town vs Swansea
West Brom vs Liverpool
QPR vs Reading
Chelsea vs Wolves
West Ham vs Wigan
Carlisle vs Tottenham 
Norwich vs Doncaster 
Southampton vs Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds vs Everton

Yesterday's Capital One Cup Match:

Everton 5 Leyton Orient 0 

New signing and £6million striker Kevin Mirallas scored twice, and set up two other goals for Everton, as they thrashed Leyton Orient and sped into the 3rd Round of the Capital One Cup.

Good buy: New Everton signing Kevin Mirallas scored twice against Leyton Orient yesterday.
I'm just starting: Kevin Mirallas celebrates his first goal on his debut in the Capital One Cup.
Back in business: Nigerian striker Victor Anichebe scores in the 35th minute against Leyton Orient.
 



EPL Transfers and News:

England manager Roy Hodgson has officially announced his squad for the upcoming World Cup 2014 Qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Goalkeepers:
Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Man City) , John Ruddy (Norwich).

Defenders:
Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka (both Everton), Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and John Terry (all Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Joleon Lescott (Man City)

Midfielders:
Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley (Man United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Man City) and Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

Strikers:
Andy Carroll (West Ham*), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Man United)


* means on loan, from Liverpool

West Ham have confirmed the season-long loan signing of Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, with a permanent deal available in the summer, if they stay in the EPL.

Shock loan deal: Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has signed for West Ham on a loan spell for the rest of the season.
QPR have confimed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero for around £9million.
He only needs to complete his medical.

If they get relegated now, after all of the money spent on players... LOOOL


Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong has reportedly flown into Italy for talks with AC Milan over a permanent transfer deal.

Going to Milan: Manchester City defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong could be on his way out to AC Milan shortly.

In other news, new Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has already won his first trophy at the club, three days after signing for the Spainish champions.

Champions: Real Madrid (Modric second right) celebrate beating Barcelona in the Spainish Super Cup last night.

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Spainish Super Cup yesterday (4-4 win on away goals) and Luka Modric came off the bench and played at The Bernabeu Stadium.

North-London Rivalry: Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric tussles with former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song for the ball.



Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Bayer Leverkusen's 18-year-old forward Samed Yesil in a deal worth £1million pounds.

Welcome to Liverpool: Germany winger Samed Yesli has already represented his country at U-16, U-17 and U-18 level.

Stoke City have made a £4million bid for Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam.

Wigan and Reading are both very interested in signing Marseille striker Jordan Ayew and are both ready to launch £4million bids before the deadline tomorrow night.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that winger Theo Walcott WILL remain an Arsenal player beyond Friday's transfer deadline day and may sign a new contract deal with the club.


Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed the news that Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is undergoing a medical at Fulham and should sign tomorrow on TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY.


Join me tomorrow for LIVE Commentary of Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup and Transfer Deadline Day throughout Friday..



Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Wednesday's EPL Transfer News plus Capital One Cup 2nd Round Results:

Hello and welcome to my LATEST EPL blog post.

Without further introduction, here was last night's Capital One Cup 2nd Round Results (for EPL teams)


The Capital One Cup started for 12 EPL teams yesterday.

Capital One Cup 2nd Round Results:


Aston Villa 3 Tranmere Rovers 0

Midfielder Fabian Delph, Defender Chris Herd and Striker Darren Bent all scored for Aston Villa all scored for Aston Villa as they cruised to a 3-0 win against Tranmere to move into the 3rd Round of the Capital One Cup. 

Important: Aston Villa forward Fabian Delph scores against Tranmere after 38 minutes.
 
Norwich City 2 Scunthorpe United 1

Norwich are safely through to the 3rd Round of the Capital One Cup after just beating Scunthorpe United by 2 goals to 1. 

Simon Lappin scored his first goal in 5 years after 32 minutes, and Wes Hoolahan scored from the penalty spot in the 56th minute.

Nottingham Forest 1 Wigan Athletic 4

Wigan continued 'life after Victor Moses', after comfortably beating Championship side Nottingham Forest by 4 goals to 1 away from home.
Mauro Boselli, Jordi Gomez, Maynor Figueroa and Calum McManaman were all on the scoresheet for Wigan.

QPR 3 Walsall 0

Winger Shaun Wright-Phillips scored his first goal for QPR in the 29th minute, while striker Bobby Zamora (66th minute) and new full-back Jose Bosingwa ended the match in the 84th minute for Rangers, as they moved into the 3rd Round of the Capital One Cup. 

About time: SWP scores his first goal for QPR, 363 days after moving from Manchester City on transfer deadline day.



First goal of the season: Striker Bobby Zamora doubles QPR's lead with a nice chip into the net.



Stoke City 3 Swindon Town 4 AET

Striker James Collins scored a hat-trick for Swindon as they gave Stoke a shock, and the first of the tournament, by sending EPL SIDE Stoke out of the COCup. 

Sorensen spills: Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen's error by dropping the ball leads to Swindon scoring.
 
Strikers Kenwyne Jones, Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch all scored for Stoke to try and save their blushes but Collins ended the match in the 120th minute.

Swindon shock: The Swindon players celebrate their epic 4-3 win against EPL club Stoke after extra time.

Stevenage 1 Southampton 4

Southampton beat Stevenage with no problems, beating them by 4 goals to 1, with 4 different scorers.


Sheffield Wednesday 1 Fulham 0 

Just look at the scoreline, and you will realise that something is wrong here right?
WRONG...
Sheffield Wednesday from League 1 BEAT Fulham 1-0.

Thanks to a penalty from Gary Madine in the 50th minute, Fulham are out of the Capital One Cup....

Imagine that: Gary Madine scores from the penalty spot to give Sheffield Wednesday the lead against Fulham.
3rd Round, here we come: Madine celebrates his goal with his team-mates.

Swansea City 3 Barnsley 1

Striker Luke Moore scored twice, and Danny Graham was also on the scoresheet for Swansea as they beat Barnsley 3-1 at The Liberty Stadium which secured their place in the 4rd Round of the Capital One Cup. 


Luke Moore celebrates with his team-mates after scroing twice in the second half to win the match for Swansea.

Sunderland 2 Morecambe 0

Sunderland's £10million new signing Adam Johnson played for his new club against Morecambe.

£10million winger: Sunderland's new signing Adam Johnson tussles with a Morecambe defender to win the ball.

A double from midifelder James McClean (1 goal each half) gave Sunderland a 2-0 win at home.

West Ham United 2 Crewe 0

Nicky Maynard and Modibo Maiga were both on the scoresheet for West Ham, as they beat League 1 side Crewe 2-0.

Reading 3 Peterborough 2
Former Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak scored again for Reading, as they beat Peterborogh 3-2 to progress to the next round of the Capital One Cup.

Yeovil 2 West Bromwich Albion 4


The LATEST EPL Transfers and News:

Luka Modric transfer saga: 

FINALLY, the transfer saga is OVER:

Real Madrid have confirmed the £32million pound signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric.

Gone to Spain: Luka Modric poses while doing his medical in Spain.


Modric trains at his new club in Spain after completing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the club.




Family matters: Midfielder Luka Modric poses in-front of the camera with his son, wife and dad at his new club.

Tottenham Hotspur have started to replace Luka Modric, with Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele having completed a move to Spurs for £15million.

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has been linked with a move to Fulham after Fiorentina has ruled out a move for him

He was scheduled to fly into Florence but Juventus stepped in when he was at the airport.

He wants to reportedly stay in England, and Fulham are ready to make a last-minute bid for him around £5million before the transfer deadline on Friday night.

Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar has confirmed that he has signed for QPR on a four-year contract deal. 


Welcome to QPR: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar will provide Robert Green competition in goal after 7 years at Inter


I will be back tomorrow, for some LIVE Europa League Play-off Coverage with EPL Transfer News and the Capital One Cup 3rd Round and UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draws.


(MORE TO FOLLOW SOON)

Sunday, 26 August 2012

EPL Super Sunday LIVE Commentary:



Hello and welcome to my EPL Super Sunday LIVE Commentary, with 2 EPL matches this Sunday for you.

But first, here is yesterday's evening result between Chelsea and Newcastle.

Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 

Chelsea stayed at the top of the table after beating top 4 contenders Newcastle by 2 goals to nil.

Chelsea's new signings Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses were both unveiled before the match at Stamford Bridge.

Defender Cesar Azpilicueta and winger Victor Moses hold up the Chelsea shirt at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard scored his first Chelsea goal from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute, after Torres was fouled by £5million signing Vurnon Anita inside the box.

First Chelsea goal: Winger Eden Hazard scores a penalty for his new club against Newcastle.


Fernando Torres made it 2-0 in the 45th minute after link-up play with Hazard found him in space before hitting the ball from outside the box into the top corner.



Today's Matches:


Stoke City vs Arsenal - LIVE at 13:30pm
Manchester City vs Liverpool - LIVE at 15:30pm

Stoke vs Arsenal:

Team Line-ups:

Stoke:
Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Cameron, Whelan, Kightly, Walters, Crouch.
Subs: Sorensen, Shotton, Upson, Delap, Palacios, Jerome, Jones.

Arsenal:
Mannone, Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Cazorla, Diaby, Gervinho, Podolski, Cazorla.
Subs: Martinez, Djourou, Santos, Chamberlain, Coquelin, Ramsey, Walcott.


Reserve goalkeeper Vito Mannone starts his first Arsenal match for 3 years as Szczesny is out with a bruised rib.  
Walcott, Ramsey and Chamberlain are all on the subs bench.


Stoke City vs Arsenal - LIVE Commentary:

13:30:
The Stoke vs Arsenal match has begun at The Britannia.

1: Arsenal start with their Purple and Black kit against Stoke with red and white.

3: Stoke are trying to cause trouble with a long throw, but Arsenal clear the danger away.

4: Arsenal are trying to keep possession and pass well, but Stoke are closing them down well.

6: Crouch heads the ball towards striker Jonathan Walters inside the 6-yard box before he takes a shot towards goal and scores!

Ruled out: Stoke striker Jonathan Walters celebrates his goal against Arsenal, before realising that he was offside.

GOALLLL!

OFFSIDE 
He strayed offside

8: Podolski has a shot outside the 6 yard box, but defender Wilkinson blocks the ball for a corner after slipping on the floor. 

13: Arsenal pass well with nice build-up play inside the Stoke half but Giroud's cross is too powerful and hits the corner flag before going out of play for a Stoke goal-kick.

15: Podolski runs with the ball at his feet towards the box before getting bodychecked by Stoke defender Robert Huth from 20 yards out.
Free-kick to Arsenal and Huth gets a yellow card for the challenge. 

17: Santi Cazorla takes the free-kick low but the ball hits the Stoke defensive wall before Cazorla's rebound is wide of the goal.

18: 1st half possession:
Stoke - 31%, Arsenal - 69%

19: Arsenal pressing for an opening goal with Diaby and Gibbs linking up well before Gibbs' cross into the box just misses Gervinho.

20: Stoke try and go on the counter attack but Walters is tackled well by Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs.

25: Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has a shot but it does not trouble the goalkeeper, and goes over the bar.

26: Midfielder Abou Diaby finds Olivier Giroud with a nice through ball, but Giroud's attempted pass to Gervinho on the wing is snuffed out.

27: Cazorla is a younger version of Xavi and Iniesta. 
He likes the ball at his feet, can pass well and is very creative.

28: Stoke counter with Walters finding new signing Michael Kightly who unleashes a shot from 25 yards out.... SAVED and HELD by goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

30: Cazorla is caught by defender Marc Wilson. Arsenal free-kick towards Cazorla who has a low shot towards goal, but it is wide of the goal again.

33: Gervinho who passes to Arteta who gets tackled onto the floor with a lunging tackle by Whelan. Cazorla has a shot from 25 yards out which is higher than before, and it is swervin towards goal... PARRIED by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

34: Arsenal corner taken by Cazorla but nothing comes of it.

36: Stoke supporters are chanting: ' Same old Arsenal, always cheating'

37: Stoke try and worry Arsenal with a long throw, but goalkeeper Vito Mannone holds the ball in his arms.

38: Arsenal forward Gervinho wastes a chance down the wing, by losing the ball and letting it go out for a Stoke goal-kick instead of crossing the ball into the box.

45: The fourth official (AKA the best English referee Howard Webb) has signalled for 1 minute to be added on at the end of this first half.

Arsenal have a corner with Gervinho switching wings to give Wilkinson problems.

45+1: The referee blows the whistle to end the first half at The Britannia Stadium.

Arsenal have played well in the first half with Santi Cazorla, Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta all passing and linking together up well.
If only wingers Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain come on and trouble Stoke's defence a bit than Giroud and Gervinho had been doing then Then Gunners should win the match.
Stoke will look for the one goal, possibly with Crouch or Walters and then 'park the bus' which will frustrate Arsenal.

14:31:

The second half has kicked off at The Britannia Stadium.

Stoke 0 Arsenal 0

There are no substitutions for either side as of yet.

46: Arsenal playing a patient passing build-up play style and it looks like Stoke will get frustrated with this.

51: Cameras show that Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is warming up on the touchline, ready to come on soon... 

53: A Stoke corner is cleared away by the Arsenal defence.

55: Crouch has given away an Arsenal free-kick after hitting Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker on his head while trying to balance and win the ball at the same time.

Two giants in Crouch and Mertesacker matching each other.

57: Gibbs is robbed by Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant, who he does not see behind him. Pennant and Gibbs tussle for the ball on the wing before Pennant falls down inside the penalty box.....
The referee walks away from the scene and says no penalty.

Pennant and the Stoke fans are screaming for a penalty, but repalys shwo that it was a 50-50 challenge and Gibbs did not foul himand there was not enough contact for a penalty.

59: Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski out-muscles a Stoke defender before crosing the ball into the box.... goalkeeper Asmir Begovic holds the ball comfortably. 

61: A Podolski cross tries to find Giroud, but the defender clears the ball out for a corner.

64: Wilkinson tackles Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen and is late..... Yellow card given to the Stoke man. 
Reckless challenge by Andy Wilkinson and he is lucky not to be sent off.

66: Stoke SUB:
Jermaine Pennant OFF
Cameron Jerome ON

72: Arsenal SUB:
Lukas Podolski OFF
Gervinho OFF
Theo Walcott ON
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ON

Injection of pace for Arsenal with Walcott and AOC coming on with just over 15 minutes to go.

76: Stoke are pressing for a goal here now, with Crouch making deadly crosses into the box.

78: Stoke SUB:
Peter Crouch OFF
Ryan Shotton ON

79: Arsenal free-kick taken by goalkeeper Vito Mannone with Shotton moving into the right side of midfield for Stoke. 

80: If Stoke go on to win the match here, that would be cruel for Arsenal fans.
Meanwhile Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is in a heap on the pitch after being kicked in the head by Stoke defender Robert Huth 

81: Stoke SUB:
Glenn Whelan OFF
Wilson Palacios ON

Arsenal SUB:
Santi Cazorla OFF

Aaron Ramsey ON

Arsenal's bright spark in this match comes off for Ramsey, who broke his leg here a copule of season ago after a challenge by Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross who just happens to be on the pitch for Stoke...

 

85: 
BREAKING NEWS:

Manchester City vs Liverpool:

Team Line-ups:


Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Coates, Skretel, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrarad, Allen, Borini, Suarez, Sterling.
Subs: Jones, Enrique, Carragher, Henderson, Shelvey, Downing, Carroll.


Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, K Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, Nasri, Barry, De Jong, Milner, Y Toure, Tevez, Balotelli.
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Savic, Rodwell, Razak, Silva, Dzeko.

88: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has an ambitious shot as he sees goalkeeper Asmir Begovic off his line..
The ball goes over goalkeeper Begovic's head, but goes over the bar as well.
He could have passed the ball because he had a man free in space ahead of him who was onside, but he tried the spectacular at 0-0 with 88 minutes gone.
No comment.

90: Howard Webb signals for 3 minutes of stoppage time to be added on.

90+3: The referee has blown the whistle at the end of the match.

Stoke 0 Arsenal 0

Arsenal will feel hard done by because they could not finish their chances, despite having all of the possession and passing well.

Stoke will be the happier of the two teams, knowing that Arsenal pressed them throughout the match and could not even score.

My Man Of The Match:
Arsenal winger Santi Cazorla:

He was electric throughout the match, played well, passed well and created chances.
He will hope that he can start scoring soon.

Closed down: Arsenal winger Santi Cazorla is closed down well by Glenn Whelan and George Cameron.



Liverpool vs Manchester City - LIVE Commentary:

15:45:
17-year-old winger Raheem Sterling has been given a start for Liverpool ahead of Stewart Downing, while Manchester City winger David Silva starts from the bench along with striker Edin Dzeko. 

15:56:
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard and Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany lead their respective clubs out.

4-2-3-1 formation for Liverpool with Sterling, Borini and Gerrard all behind Luis Suarez in attack.

3-5-2 formation for Manchester City with Kolarov and Milner the wing backs. Nasri is just behind Tevez and Baloteli.

16:00:

0: The referee, Andre Marriner has blown the whistle to start the match at Anfield.

0: Steven Gerrard takes a shot from 30 yards out, but it is wide of the goal.

2: Good atmosphere at Anfield, as Liverpool try and hold the ball up anmd pass well not giving City any possession.

3: Full-back Glen Johnson giving the Manchester City defence trouble earlier on with a darting run.

4: Liverpool SUB:
Lucas OFF (injury)
Jonjo Shelvey ON

Lucas is limping off the pitch, clutching his injury plagued knee and looks in pain. Does not look good for him, and it is sad that he is not able to continue.

5: 17-year-old Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling looks great, despite having only a few touches of the ball.
Looks fearless, and is running at the Manchester City defence with pace.

7: Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel outmuscles Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli for the ball and wins a throw-in for his team.

8: Balotelli looks for the foul after sticking tight to defender Martin Skrtel before getting tackled onto the floor. Free-kick to Manchester City from 30 yards out.

Manchester City full-back Kolarov takes the free-kick towards goal.... SAVE by Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.


10: Sterling is certainly giving Manchester City something to think about down the wing, passes to Borini but Kolarov intercepts and clears the ball away from danger after putting the ball through Borini's legs skillfully and running past him.

17: Nice skill by Sterling on the wing, before crossing the ball into the box for striker Fabio Borini who hits the ball, but it is wide of the goal. Should have scored then...

19: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez brings the ball around goalkeeper Pepe Reina before hitting the ball across goal... 
Defender Martin Kelly tries to clear with his head but he misses... The ball trickles towards goal...

HITS THE POST!
If only there was someone on the other side of the post City who have scored!

22: 
Match possession:
Liverpool - 39%, Manchester City - 61%

31: Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has the ball at his feet, before working some space and unleashing a shot towards goal... OVER THE BAR!!
Waste of a shot, after he found space to take the shot.

33: Liverpool full-back Martin Kelly crosses the ball into the box, before the ball takes a deflection from Manchester City defender and captain Vincent Kompany over the bar.

34: Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard steps up to take the corner, and whips it into the box..... defender Martin Skrtel runs at the ball.... before unleashing a deadly header towards goal.... GOALLLLLL!!!!!!!

Unstoppable: Martin Skrtel beats Pablo Zabaleta and Kolarov in the air before unleashing a header past Joe Hart.


Deadlock broken: Martin Skrtel celebrates his bullet header against Manchester City in the 34th minute at Anfield.
Champions shocked: Manchester City players react to conceding against Liverpool in the first half at Anfield.

Skrtel breaks the deadlock for Liverpool at the Kop End.
1-0 ahead against the defending EPL Champions.

45: The fourth official has signalled for 1 minute of added time.
45+1: Sterling clips Balotelli along the wing, and City have a free-kick in a dangerous position now.

45+2: The City free-kick was wasted, and now it is half-time.

Liverpool lead 1-0 after a bullet header by Skrtel.
Carlos Tevez and co will feel disappointed that they are not in the lead, because Tevez hit the post, and the City defence will feel that if they had tightened up at the back for the corner, they would not be trailing.

Expect late drama in the second half, because Manchester City will not take a loss unless they fight till the death.  

17:00:

45: The second half has begun at Anfield. 
Liverpool lead by a goal to nil thanks to Martin Skrtel. 
No subsitutions from either side at the moment.

53: Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is limping on the pitch after picking up a knock.

59: Cameras show that Manchester City's £15million signing Jack Rodwell is warming up and getting ready to come on soon.

61: Manchester City SUB:
Mario Balotelli OFF
Samir Nasri OFF
Edin Dzeko ON
Jack Rodwell ON 

64: Tevez crosses the ball into the box for Manchester City, before the ball ricochets off Liverpool defender Martin Kelly past goalkeeper Pepe Reina (who comes out of goal to try and punch the ball away), straight to Yaya Toure who shoots into an empty net.

Easy from there: Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure shoots from 6 yards out to score against Liverpool.


1-1, and Toure has equalised for City.

66: Liverpool SUB:
Martin Kelly OFF
Jose Enrique ON

66: Liverpool have a free-kick here from 30 yards out. Striker Luis Suarez steps up to take it before htting towards goal with a curling and swerving effort...

Suarez curls the ball past the Manchester City wall.... GOAL!!!!
What a free-kick by Suarez Liverpool have gone back into the lead now!


76: Manchester City SUB: 
James Milner OFF
David Silva ON


80: Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is closed down well by the Manchester City defenders, so turns around and looks to pass to Reina....

The pass is weak but strong enough to find City striker Carlos Tevez lurking behind him who goes round Reina before tapping the ball into the empty net.

100th English goal: City striker Carlos Tevez takes advantage of a Skrtel mistake to equalise in the 80th minute.
Equaliser: Tevez takes off his shirt to reveal a message to the fans in a foreign language.
GOALLLLLLL!!!!

2-2 and Tevez has scored his 100th goal in English football.

82: Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has a shot from 20 yards out, but the shot just rises over the top of the bar as it flies over.  

83: Liverpool SUB:
Fabio Borini OFF
Andy Carroll ON 

86: Manchester City break with Kolarov finding striker Edin Dzeko with a through ball into the box. He hits the ball... OVER!!
Dzeko should have hit the target there...

90: The fourth official has signalled for 4 minutes of stoppage time to be added on at Anfield in the tense match where both sides are looking for a late winner.

90+2: Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has a shot comfortably saved and held by Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

90+3: Suarez passes the ball straight to Joe Allen who unleashes a shot from 25 yards out.... OVER THE BAR!!
The shot was not controlled and that will be the last attack of the match...

90+4: The referee has blown the whistle to end the match at Anfield.

FULL-TIME SCORE:

Liverpool 2 Manchester City 2 

This epic match was ended, with City the happier of the two sides. Despite failing to mark well at the corner, they at least won a point against Liverpool - who should have ended the match with all of their shooting chances and won comfortably in the end.

Liverpool will be disapointed with conceding two sloppy goals but thankful that they were not punished as badly as Southampton were last Sunday.