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  • Free at last!

    "Danny Murphy has joined Fulham on a one-year deal from Spurs." 

    Our favorite lost player is back!  We're so excited.  Fulham continue to reshape their squad - for good or for ill - brining in Shefi Kuqi (oy!), Seol from Reading while sending Rosienior the other way (cover for Shorey?) and "The Wardrobe" to Pompey where he will compete with Davis, Hughes, Mendes and possibly Muntari for a central midfield spot.

    In other moves, Gary O'Neil gives Boro an option on the right (or less so, through the middle).  Solano goes to WHU to cover for the injured Dyer who was covering for the injured

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  • The (Running Late) Week Ahead

    First impressions of a season are sort of a funny thing.  Before you think you know what to make of it remember that the last time ManYoo started this poorly they won the Treble and that there were questions about whether Bergkamp was going to be good enough in his first month or two at Highbury.  Just saying that while you never have a second chance to make a first impression, that first impression isn't necessarily indicative of anything.

    Things to contemplate...of David Healy and David Nugent the one who has better statistics (Healy) hasn't necessarily looked better on the field.  Nugent

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  • (Substitute) Monday Morning Manager

    So, with one gigantic match left at the bottom end of the table yet to play to complete this weekend's action what have we learned?

    1) That Neal can get too excited about his predictions coming true (you have no idea how fired up I was about Spurs 2-0 lead validating my Week Ahead column).  We'll just say that I was much less fired up at the end of the full 90.

    2) We were reminded that SAF, at any age, gives some great halftime "talks" even if the turn in momentum had more to do with Howard Webb than anything that the great manager could have said.  Still, I'd pay good money for a video tape

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  • Chelsea strike Belletti deal

    Chelsea have agreed a fee for Barcelona right-back Juliano Belletti, effectively bringing to an end their pursuit of Daniel Alves.

    The signing will go ahead subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms, while the fee is expected to be relatively small, around the £2 million mark.

    Belletti is a Brazil international, but will not require a work permit as he also holds an Italian passport.

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    A moment of silence for our most anticipated transfer of the season. Alves would have been THE +10 player, but alas, it looks as if it isn't to be.

    As for Belletti, if he's cheap and can help

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  • Owen to have operation

    Breaking news...

    Eurosport | Tue, Sep 25, 17:48

    Newcastle and England striekr Michael Owen scheduled to have a hernia operation in Germany on Friday.

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    Martins is 10.44 and NUFC play @MAC this weekend.  If you are interested. 

    In other striker-related news, Yakubu will have to try harder to impress Moyes; Carew is out for six weeks; Torres (along with Gerrard and Carragher) is in the squad for Liverpool's Carling Cup clash against Reading; and Drogba is back in training but not ready for game action yet.  Sounds like the Fulham match might even be too soon for his (and Lamps' and

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  • Hornets accept Villa bid for Young

    Watford have accepted a bid from Aston Villa - believed to be an initial £8million - for highly-rated forward Ashley Young.The 21-year-old has been given permission to talk to Martin O'Neill, whose Villa side host the Hornets in a Premiership clash on Saturday.

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    We've been down this road before as he's already turned down a move to West Ham.  But this is interesting.  Villa isn't facing a relegation battle and has a big name at manager.  This could be a great move for both player and club.

    But for fantasy managers the questions are much more immediate.  When might the transfer take

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  • Injuries and Suspensions

    Just when you thought you were going over the top in mocking someone like Rafa Benitez for his rotation policy he comes out and out-does your outlandish criticism. Really? Making a meaningful contribution to an 8-0 win in Europe's biggest competition doesn't guarantee you a spot in the starting XI? One wonders what exactly it WOULD take. If you were the man in charge at Liverpool, wouldn't you fire him on the spot for stupidity like that regardless of how many Cup competitions he's won in his tenure? Just saying...

    One other note on managers who should be fired. I'm not sure who is in

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  • Torres Forced Off With Injury

    Liverpool striker Fernando Torres
    lasted just 23 minutes of Spain's international friendly against France
    on Wednesday before being replaced after suffering what appeared to be
    a right hamstring injury.

    It was not immediately obvious when Torres
    sustained the problem, but Spain coach Luis Aragones was quick to
    replace the frontman with Daniel Guiza when it became obvious he was
    struggling.

    Liverpool, who are away to Chelsea
    in the Barclays Premier League this weekend, will be keeping their
    fingers crossed that the injury to Torres - their top scorer with 18
    goals in all competitions - is not

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  • Weekend Round-Up

    Gunners fired by van the Man

    "Robin van Persie produced a moment of brilliance to fire Arsenal to a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan and claim the Emirates Cup... just when the match seemed to be heading towards a draw, van Persie - out since breaking his metatarsal in January - smashed home a winner following superb close control in the six-yard box."

    RvP looking good in the pre-season, taking free-kicks and scoring goals! Shame Arsenal are 1-gamers in the opening week (and home to Fulham at that) then having two road matches in the second frame, otherwise RvP would be a MUST have. Definitely

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  • The Week Ahead

    I'm coming to you live from the heart of chilly industrial territory as part of a multiple-stop trip to visit family for the holidays.  I've been a bit removed from matches since Saturday but I'll do my best to continue to give some decent advice despite being a bit out of touch.

    First things first, both Jeremy and I would like to thank everyone who continues to read the blog, make comments and generally make this a great experience.  We'd also like to thank Suzanne and Erik at Yahoo UK for giving us a new home and a closer tie to the game and our audience.  We appreciate all your support in

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