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    Stoke v Crystal Palace isn’t the kind of contest that generally sends the general public into a frenzy of excitement, but the Mirror has made a manful attempt to spice up the rivalry by billing it as a fearsome fight for the affections of Saido Berahino.

    After a full year of speculation about the future of the unsettled West Brom striker, it appears that all his other suitors have gradually died off, a bit like in the Hunger Games, and the Potters and Eagles are the last mediocre football teams standing.

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes is apparently “ready to take the battle for Berahino to the wire” as

    Read More »from Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Stoke and Palace ‘battle for Berahino’, Chelsea to ‘replace Costa with Morata’
  • Another day of domination for England as they eye up a huge win over Pakistan to level the series. Here’s what we learned from Old Trafford, day three…

    MAN OF THE DAY - MISBAH UL HAQ

    When all about lost their heads, he kept his. It was quite hilariously typical that he would be the one to lather on some respectability to a scorecard that could have looked like a phone number. It was only 52 but it was typical of the man: risky without taking risks, punchy without malice as England were well, well in front. That the middle order fell in the heap was down to a host of shots brought about through

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  • La Liga Leaks: Real ‘to lose out on Pogba’, Barca ‘to sell stars to Premier League clubs’

    Senor Rumour Andrew Gaffney brings us the latest transfer rumours from Spain, where it bow appears Manchester United have a clear run at Paul Pogba...

    It looks like the race for Paul Pogba is almost over. Indecision over Andre Gomes cost Real Madrid a chance at signing the Portuguese international and it looks like the same issue could strike again in their pursuit of Pogba, according to AS. Real Madrid, and in particular Florentino Perez, are unconvinced that a €120m deal for the Juventus man would be good business. That’s telling when you consider Perez is the least likely person to worry about a player’s worth - if he really wants them.

    Zinedine Zidane’s wish list only contained one name: Pogba’s. It’s no secret that the French coach

    Read More »from La Liga Leaks: Real ‘to lose out on Pogba’, Barca ‘to sell stars to Premier League clubs’
  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: City and United ‘turn to Jesus’, Swansea ‘want Bony’

    The Boss of Goss Kevin Darling says Manchester City and Manchester United are reportedly battling it out for one of Brazil's hottest prospects.

    You probably don’t know much about Palmeiras wonderkid Gabriel Jesus apart from the fact that he’s named after the son of God and a 90s pop star with an eye patch, but Hot Football Transfer Gossip has learned from its Brazilian contacts that this little lad is actually very good at football. The real deal, as it were. More Neymar, less Alfonso Alves . So it’s no surprise that the battle for his signature is getting utterly silly.

    The Sunday Mirror has reported that Manchester City and Manchester United are both desperate to sign Jesus, but the transfer is being complicated by a series of buyout

    Read More »from Hot Football Transfer Gossip: City and United ‘turn to Jesus’, Swansea ‘want Bony’
  • Cricket: England v Pakistan, 2nd Test Day Two - 5 Things We Learned

    England score 589-8 and then take four key wickets to reduce Pakistan to 57-4 at stumps. Here’s what we learned from a one-sided day at Old Trafford…

    MAN OF THE DAY - JOE ROOT (254)

    Majestic. Utterly majestic. Discard the blemish that was his heave into the leg side to get dismissed – this was as clean and pure a Test innings you will ever wish to see. The innings took him to third in the list of the highest scores by an English number three. For a moment, 300 look on the cards, but it wasn’t to be.

    As we mentioned yesterday, the unconverted fifties had occupied his mind in the lead-up to this fixture. As such the celebration when he reached 200 was telling: A visceral scream, pump of the fist and swing of the axe. That all of Pakistan’s

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  • La Liga Leaks: James ‘wants to stay’ but Real ‘reactivate Pogba talks’

    Senor Rumor Andrew Gaffney on the latest possible comings and goings in the Spanish top flight

    MARCA’s lead story this morning is an exclusive chat with James Rodriguez. The Colombian international has been linked for a move away from Real Madrid for most of the summer due to how little he played at the end of last season. Zinedine Zidane was largely unimpressed with the player’s attitude, who apparently felt his status meant he should be in the side instead of the effort he put in on the training round.

    I’m going to fight to earn my place at Madrid,” is what James told MARCA while enjoying his last few days of his time off. This would tie in with what the Madrid press were reporting

    Read More »from La Liga Leaks: James ‘wants to stay’ but Real ‘reactivate Pogba talks’
  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Bacca ‘rejects West Ham’, Man City Stones bid ‘exceeds £54m’

    Boss of Goss Kevin Darling on a Milan man's quest to snub becoming a Hammer - while Middle East cash could soon be pouring into Goodison Park via the Etihad

    Sometimes a relationship just doesn’t work out because one partner comes across as far more into it than the other one does. It leaves the first person feeling needy and insecure, while the other starts taking things for granted and feeling less sexually aroused. And that seems to be the problem for West Ham and Carlos Bacca.

    The Hammers have made it abundantly clear that the AC Milan striker is the man they want to spend the next four years with - matching his club’s asking price and bowing to his wage demands, then patiently waiting for his next move like lovestruck schoolgirls. But all this

    Read More »from Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Bacca ‘rejects West Ham’, Man City Stones bid ‘exceeds £54m’
  • Cricket: England v Pakistan, 2nd Test Day One - 5 Things We Learned

    England dominate the opening exchanges at Old Trafford against Pakistan. Here’s what we learned…

    England dominate the opening exchanges at Old Trafford against Pakistan. Here’s what we learned… 

    MAN OF THE DAY - JOE ROOT (141*)

    The problems between 50 to 100 have weighed on Root’s mind. And it was a problem. Not for mere mortals, but for someone as capable as Root, the unconverted hundreds rank as failure for the jewel in England’s card. Considering the emphasis placed on his wicket, his shots in the Lord’s Test - especially the tame hook in the second innings - was a woeful demise. There was no such error today, no notable lapse in concentration or stroke play. An opening on drive set a

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  • 5 MLS players that Premier League clubs should be looking at

    Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers

    Appeals to: Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland

    To fans of FC Copenhagen, the name Fanendo Adi should be familiar. The Nigerian forward spent time at the Danish club before joining the Portland Timbers on loan in 2014. Impressing Caleb Porter, Adi netted 9 times in 18 starts and was signed permanently by the club not long after.

    Standing at 6ft 4, Adi’s assets are obvious. Big, strong, and imposing, he has consistently bullied opposition defenders in Major League Soccer, and would not struggle with the physical demands of the Premier League. A brilliant

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  • La Liga Leaks: All the fallout from Barca signing Andre Gomes

    Senor Rumor Andrew Gaffney was as stunned as everyone when the highy-rated Portuguese rejected Real Madrid for Barcelona and sums up the reaction of everyone involved...

    One story dominates the majority of back pages in Spain and that is of Andre Gomes signing for Barcelona.  The young Portuguese star, currently on holiday after winning Euro 2016, has been subject of intense speculation ever since the transfer window opened but not many expected him to join Barcelona.  Least not their main rivals.

    The Madrid-based media placed Andre Gomes as the number one target to strengthen Real Madrid’s squad this summer after a move for Paul Pogba appeared to be too expensive, even for them.  Headlines said the move was very close, articles had already been written about

    Read More »from La Liga Leaks: All the fallout from Barca signing Andre Gomes