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Tag Archives: Nigel De Jong

Fulham away in the EFL Cup? ‘Meh’

25 Aug

Lee Johnson’s Bristol City side won 2-1 at Fulham’s Craven Cottage in March of last season For some managers, the EFL Cup third-round draw was so exciting it prompted memories of collecting Panini stickers. Others, however, found their draw somewhat underwhelming by contrast. Because, while League One club Northampton Town can look forward to a […]

Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra

22 Aug

Shane Duffy scored two own goals and was sent off in his last match against Cardiff City BBC coverage How to follow: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website Blackburn Rovers welcome back Shane Duffy after the defender’s one-match suspension for his two yellow cards […]

Dundee’s Stewart turns down Birmingham

11 Aug

Greg Stewart has six goals so far this season, including a double against Forfar Athletic Dundee forward Greg Stewart has turned down the opportunity to join Birmingham City after a fee in the region of £500,000 plus add-ons was agreed. Stewart – in the final year of his Dundee contract – has scored 32 goals […]

Italian poverty and the ‘Pogba scale’

9 Aug

Image copyright EPA Image caption Almost a third of “foreign” families live in absolute poverty in Italy – tens of thousand of migrants arrived last year After weeks of speculation, French footballer Paul Pogba has completed a world record transfer to Manchester United from Italian club Juventus. The initial fee for the 23-year-old is €105m […]

Rafa Benitez: Newcastle’s loss to Fulham will be a ‘wake-up call’ for everyone

6 Aug

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez believes his side’s 1-0 loss to Fulham on the opening night of the EFL season will be a “wake-up call” for his players. The Magpies were beaten by Matt Smith’s first-half header in a lacklustre Championship season opener following summer spending of almost £45 million. Benitez knows Newcastle cannot afford many similar performances […]

Everton sign goalkeeper Stekelenburg

1 Jul

Stekelenburg played for the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final Everton have signed goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Championship side Fulham for an undisclosed fee. The Dutchman, 33, has signed a three-year deal and re-joins new Toffees boss Ronald Koeman after they worked together at Ajax and Southampton. “Koeman is one of the best coaches. […]

Hull keeper Jakupovic signs new deal

24 Jun

Eldin Jakupovic made 14 appearances for Hull last season Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with the Premier League club until 2018. Former Switzerland international Jakupovic is Hull’s longest-serving player, having joined from Greek side Aris Salonika in July 2012. The 31-year-old has made only 28 appearances since […]

Chelsea star: I hear Man United want me… but Jose Mourinho hasn’t phoned me yet

21 Jun

“I’m focused on the national team and Chelsea” Cesar Azpilicueta Asked if Mourinho had spoken to him, he replied: “No. Believe me or not.” However, he added that he had ‘heard something’ about interest from the Red Devils. Azpilicueta joined Chelsea in 2012 from Marseille and has been one of the […]

Koeman wary of Southampton ‘fights’

19 Jun

Media playback is not supported on this device Everton’s Ronald Koeman wary of ‘fights’ with Southampton New Everton boss Ronald Koeman says it would be “difficult” for him to sign players from former club Southampton. Koeman, who spent two seasons as Saints manager, was reported to be interested in signing defender Virgil van Dijk. The […]

Striker deal close

16 Jun

Swansea striker Alberto Paloschi will complete his move to Atalanta by the end of the week, reports in Italy have claimed. Paloschi only joined the Swans in January when arriving from Chievo in a deal worth €9.5million, but after scoring just four goals in 20 appearances, he is heading back to Serie A. Swans […]