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Winston Reid is expected to miss a minimum of three months after suffering a setback in his bid to recover from a knee injury.

The 30-year-old has returned from West Ham's pre-season training camp in Switzerland to undergo a follow-up operation to address the fallout of a knee injury he suffered at Swansea City last season. Reid's absence means new signing Issa Diop could be handed a starting role alongside Angelo Ogbonna in central defence, with Declan Rice and Reece Oxford providing additional depth. Speaking on Reid's injury, Head of Medical Richard Collinge said: "Winston has been suffering some swelling around the knee, following the injury that he sustained at Swansea last season, and is in need of explorative surgery to clean up the area."
Jul 12 - 6:00 PM

Heung-Min Son is poised to miss the start of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign after he was selected as one of three over-age players to represent South Korea at the upcoming Asian Games.

The tournament begins on August 14, and with Son set to join his international team-mates prior, he’s likely to be absent for Spurs’ opening four games of the season – Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester United and Watford. Although there has been no agreement for the release of Son, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to reluctantly allow the 26-year-old to represent his country as winning the Games would guarantee the South Korea star exemption from 21-months of national service, which is due to begin in 2020. Tottenham are already sweating on the availability of up-to nine first-team players who were involved in the final weekend of the World Cup finals. The likes of Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris all featured prominently for their respective countries in Russia and face a race against time to be ready for the opener when they return from their extended break.
Jul 18 - 1:11 AM

The Premier League has been well-represented in a leaked version of FIFA’s World Cup team of the tournament.

Almost half, five, of the starting XI came from sides within the English top-flight, and, as always, the results were the cause of much debate. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris managed to edge out Golden Glove winner [most clean sheets] Thibaut Courtois while two England stars were included, but probably ‘not’ the duo you would have expected to see. Ashley Young scooped the award for best left-back with international team-mate Kieran Trippier earning the honours on the opposite flank. Surprisingly, there was no Harry Maguire as France centre-back Raphael Varane (fair enough) partnered Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren(!), go figure. N’Golo Kante was somehow overlooked following a string of excellent performances with the decidedly average Paulinho chosen in the holding role alongside Player of the Tournament Luka Modric. Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard made up the Premier League contingent for his contribution in helping Belgium secure third-place.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 18 - 1:44 AM

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the "new dimension" club-record signing Felipe Anderson will bring to West Ham United's attack.

The highly touted 25-year-old joined West Ham last week in a deal worth up to £47 million with add-ons, shattering the previous record £22 million signing of defender Issa Diop earlier this month. A technically gifted winger with an eye for goal, Anderson arrives having supplied 34 goals and 42 assists in 177 appearances during a five-year spell at Lazio. Priced at 7.0m in FPL, Anderson represents an exciting option with Manuel Lanzini out injured. The Brazilian was involved in a goal for Lazio every 104 minutes last season, scoring seven goals and adding nine assists in 1,670 minutes. "Felipe has a very natural and skilful ability, in the traditional style of Brazilian football, but has proven at Lazio that he also has the strength and mentality to play at the top level in European football," said Pellegrini.
Jul 17 - 5:45 PM

Jannik Vestergaard returned home from World Cup duty with Denmark having failed to make an appearance and promptly signed for Southampton a few days ago.

The 6ft 6in centre-back has signed a four-year deal at St. Mary's, becoming their record transfer in the process at approximately £18 million ($23.6m). The 24 year-old arrives from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, for whom he made 79 appearances in two seasons including run-outs in the Champions League and Europa League. Given his height, it's not a shock that Vestergaard is renowned for his aerial ability - he won 90 aerial duels in the German top flight last term, a 60% success rate. 90 is the 13th best tally of all players in that division. The Dane also topped the league for blocked shots (35) and was 7th for clearances (146). His 3 defensive errors placed him 19th for that unfortunate tally but just one led to a breakthrough for the opposition.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:05 PM

Early in July, Brighton announced the signing of Bernardo from RB Leipzig on a four-year deal which set the club back a reported £9m.

The Brazilian is a utility player, who can play on both the left and right side of the defence. Last season at Leipzig he was predominantly used on the left, with 15 of his 18 league outings coming on that side. He usually started for them though a string of appearances would be interrupted by a one game drop to the bench. In 27 total appearances last term, Bernardo notched up just a single goal and assist, suggesting that fantasy managers should not be rushing to include him in their gameweek one sides.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:25 PM

Southampton's new midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi joins the club with a formidable record from his time in Norway and Switzerland.

The 23 year-old started his senior career in Norway at Sarpsborg before signing for one of the country's biggest clubs, Molde. At Molde, he scored 42 goals in 92 appearances. Elyounoussi then moved to Basel where he spent two seasons. It proved to be a great incubator for the player, as he got Champions League experience and put in performances which attracted the interest of clubs as big as Arsenal. For Basel he had 23 goals and 30 assists in 84 games. "I'm at my best when I use my creativity, so I think the club's philosophy will suit me," said the player when he signed. He could be a vast improvement on the departed Dusan Tadic for 6.5m in the Official Fantasy PL game this season.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 5:48 PM

Alexis Sanchez has been forced to miss the start of Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States as his visa application was unsuccessful.

The 29 year-old accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence in February for tax fraud in Spain. According to US law, no person found guilty of fraud can be granted a visa to enter the country. Sanchez will be able to enter the US if he and his lawyers can successfully navigate the waiver scheme to get a visa granted, but this is taking longer than they originally thought. Sanchez was pictured at Carrington last week training with the rest of his Manchester United teammates.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 4:35 PM

On July 1st, Bournemouth completed the signing of 21 year-old David Brooks from Sheffield United.

Over two weeks later, he remains the only addition Eddie Howe has made to his squad this transfer window. The highly rated Welshman reportedly required a transfer fee in excess of $13 million. Since his August 2016 debut, Brooks made 37 appearances for the Blades in total, however he completed just four 90 full games in the Championship last term. Brooks is priced at 5.0 in the Official FPL game, which would usually be very encouraging for an attacking-midfielder or shadow striker Unfortunately, given Brooks' lack of first-team experience previously as well as his paltry 3 goals and 5 assists in 30 league appearances (albeit averaging a return every 143 minutes) it is unlikely that he will be a good FPL asset early in the season. I expect him to be slowly introduced to the first team throughout the campaign as Lewis Cook was last season.
Source: SI.com
Jul 16 - 2:56 PM

Manager David Wagner confirmed centre-back Christopher Schindler is in clear after limping off during the 3-0 pre-season defeat at League One side Accrington Stanely on Saturday.

Huddersfield manager David Wagner used 22 different players in the second game of pre-season clash, with one side playing the first hour and the second the final half hour. Despite the majority of the squad getting minutes, it was an overall lacklustre performance. Centre-back Christopher Schindler and midfielder Sean Scannell were both forced off, but Wagner confirmed neither injury was serious. "Sean Scannell and Christopher Schindler (both came off with knocks) have dead legs; that is all," said Wagner. "It’s nothing serious." New signing Erik Durm wasn't involved but will begin training next week, while Danny Williams is still recovering from a fractured fibula.
Jul 15 - 7:51 PM

West Ham United have completed the signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio for a club-record fee.

The 25-year-old joins the Hammers on a four-year contract in a deal worth up to £42 million with add-ons. Anderson scored eight goals and provided ten assists in 32 appearances for Lazio in the Serie A last season, and led the league in dribbles with an average of 5.4 per game. In total, the Brazilian supplied 25 goals and 33 assists in 137 league appearances for the Italian club. Anderson becomes the club's seventh signing of the summer window and breaks the club record fee set when Issa Diop completed his move (£21.9m) earlier this month. Said the attacking midfielder: "I want to thank the owner, David Sullivan, because he made a big effort to bring me here. I know how difficult it was, so I have to thank him a lot, and I hope I can repay his faith in me on the pitch with goals and winning games."
Jul 15 - 6:11 PM

Brighton face an anxious wait while they determine the extent of the injury sustained by striker Glenn Murray during Saturdays 1-1 draw with Swiss side FC St. Gallen.

Last season’s top scorer was replaced shortly after the half-hour mark having failed to shake off what appeared to be a right ankle injury. The Seagulls first pre-season friendly brings to a close their training camp in Austria: "It’s been a very good week and the weather has been very hot. The facilities were excellent, and we were really well looked after," said manager Chris Hughton. Brighton were missing the likes of Mat Ryan, Jose Izquierdo and Leon Balogun who have been given additional time off due to their involvement in Russia while new signings Jason Steele and Florin Andone had minor issues and were not risked. Centre-back Shane Duffy is recovering from groin surgery after aggravating the problem on international duty. Murray will be assessed but initial reports suggest the problem "didn’t look too serious, and [was] perhaps, due to the strains of a week of intense fitness work."
Source: The Argus
Jul 15 - 2:37 AM





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