Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Babe of the Month - Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Katarina Mary Johnson-Thompson was born on 9th January 1993 in Woolton, Liverpool and is an English track and field athlete specialising in the heptathlon.

At the age of nine, with an audition for the Royal Ballet School lined up, Katarina reversed Billy Elliot’s cinematic route and chose sport over dance.

Her father Ricardo is Bahamian, Katarina attended St Julie's Catholic High School in Woolton and John Moores University in Liverpool, where she studied for her sports science degree. Katarina represents Liverpool Harriers and is coached by Mike Holmes. She is also an ardent fan of Liverpool FC and admits she was "devastated" when Steven Gerrard left the club.

At the 2009 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Brixen, Italy, she won the gold medal in the heptathlon.

She missed most of the 2010 athletics season suffering from patellar tendinopathy, also known as jumper's knee.

Johnson-Thompson broke Jessica Ennis' British junior record at the Multistars competition held in Desenzano del Garda, Italy in May 2012.

At the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, held in Barcelona, Johnson-Thompson chose not to compete in the heptathlon competition to save herself for the Olympics; instead she took part in the long jump and the 100 metres hurdles, winning a gold medal in the long jump, with a leap of 6.81 metres.

Johnson-Thompson competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's heptathlon, alongside compatriots Jessica Ennis and Louise Hazel at the Olympic Stadium. She finished in 15th place with a score of 6267 points.

In September 2012 Johnson-Thompson was nominated for the "European Athletics Rising Star award." In October, she won the "Lillian Board Memorial Award" (for junior women) at the 2012 British Athletics Writers' Association Awards.

In the 2013 IAAF World Championships held in Moscow, Katarina Johnson-Thompson finished in 5th place in the heptathlon. After a first day which left her in 5th place, with a personal best (PB) in the 200m, she had an excellent second day with PB's in the Long Jump, Javelin and the 800m, finishing just 28 points away from bronze medallist Dafne Schippers.

In March 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships held at the Ergo Arena in Sopot, Poland, Katarina won long jump silver with a PB jump of 6.81m.

On 11th July 2014, Johnson-Thompson set a new long jump personal best of 6.92m at the Glasgow Diamond League meeting, taking her to number 2 on the British all-time list for the event. Johnson-Thompson won gold at the 2014 edition of the prestigious heptathlon Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, with a world leading personal best score of 6682.

Katarina was expected to be the GB team’s outstanding performer in track and field at the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships last summer. But her hopes of competing were ruined by a stress-fracture in her foot.

Johnson-Thompson set a new British high jump record with a height of 1.97 metres at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield on 14 February 2015, surpassing her previous record of 1.96 metres set on 8 February 2014. Prior to Johnson-Thompson, Debbie Marti's 1.95 metre jump had held the record since 1997.

On 21st February 2015, Johnson-Thompson set a new indoor British long jump record with a distance of 6.93m at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

In August 2015, Katarina finished in 28th place in the heptahlon at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing after three foul jumps in the long jump meant she failed to record a score in the event, effectively ending her hopes of winning a medal. Her final jump appeared to be good at first, but officials discovered on closer inspection that she had marginally overstepped the take-off mark, and ruled it illegal after a delay of nearly five minutes. She had been lying in second place to Jessica Ennis-Hill after the first day of events. Ennis-Hill went on to win gold.

You can follow KJT on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Sunday, August 16, 2015

José Mourinho - A Very Special Crime Sheet!

José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix is widely regarded by many players and coaches to be one of the best managers of his generation, and by some to be one of the greatest ever managers, but the fiery Lisbon born Chelsea manager is no stranger to controversy!

AUGUST 2015 

Eva Carneiro, Chelsea’s first-team doctor and club physio Jon Fearn came under fire from Jose Mourinho for trying to treat Eden Hazard in stoppage time as 10-man Chelsea held on for a point against Swansea in their opening game of the 2015/16 campaign.
It reduced Chelsea to nine men as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had already been sent off.
Mourinho said afterwards: “I wasn't happy with my medical staff," stating that they had been "impulsive and naive" and "did not understand the game."
“If you go to the pitch to assist a player, then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn't have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired. My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn't have enough players left.”                      

The Football Medical Association stressed that Carneiro "acted with integrity and professionalism at all times."

In a subsequent press conference Mourinhio said Carneiro and Fearn will not be on the bench for the next match at Manchester City, but Mourinho has not ruled out their return.
Based on what I have heard I believe Fern will be allowed to return to the bench, but Dr Careiro (pictured right) will soon be seeking employment elsewhere - there is no smoke without fire!

JUNE 2015

Jose Mourinho is given a six-month driving ban after being found guilty of speeding last year.
The Chelsea manager was handed the ban after being caught driving at 60mph in a 50mph zone on the A3 in Surrey in September 2014.


Jose Mourinho is fined £25,000 by the Football Association but escapes a touchline ban for his claims that there was a “campaign” against Chelsea.
An FA hearing found Mourinho to have been guilty of “improper conduct” for his comments about referees, however the commission decided he was not implying bias.

APRIL 2014

Fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct after being sent off against Aston Villa after approaching referee Chris Foy when Ramires was sent off.

MAY 2014

Fined £10,000 for his remarks after sarcastically congratulating officials following Chelsea's Premier League defeat to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.
After the match, which saw his assistant Rui Faria sent to the stands and later given a six-match stadium ban, Mourinho congratulated his Chelsea players, Sunderland and then moved on to the officials.

He described referee Mike Dean's performance as "unbelievable" and "fantastic", before moving on to head of referees, Mike Riley, saying: "What they are doing during the whole season is fantastic, especially in the last couple of months, especially in matches involving the teams that were in the title race, it's absolutely fantastic."


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fined £8,000 for a breach of FA rules during his sides clash with Cardiff. Mourinho was sent to the stands with about 20 minutes left of the match, which ended in a 4-1 victory for his side.

The Portuguese lost his temper with referee Anthony Taylor when he asked Branislav Ivanovic to speed up taking a throw-in, having seen Cardiff get away with time-wasting earlier in the game.

MAY 2013

Atletico de Madrid faced Real Madrid in the final of the King’s Cup in Mourinho’s final act at the Bernabeu. Atletico hadn’t beaten Real Madrid in 25 games going back to 1999, but in a dirty yet riveting match Diego Simone’s side caused an upset, winning 2-1 after extra-time. By the time of the final whistle, Mourinho had long since departed, being sent off for abusing the referee.
His assistant Aitor Karanka accepted his runners-up medal and commemorative tray on his behalf. On seeing him, King Juan Carlos turned to Angel Maria Villar, the president of the Spanish Football Association, and said, 'Do I give it to this guy?'

Mourinho picks up a two-game ban for his behaviour.


On 17 August 2011, in the final of the 2011 Supercopa de España, Mourinho was seen gouging the eye of Barcelona's assistant coach Tito Vilanova during a brawl at the end of the game. After the game Mourinho did not comment on the incident except to claim that he did not know who "Pito" Vilanova was, with Pito being Spanish slang for penis.
As a result Mourinio received a two-game ban.

MAY 2011

UEFA handed the then Real Madrid coach Mourinho a five-match ban by UEFA for an on-field outburst and post-match comments after their spite-filled Champions League semi-final defeat to arch rivals Barcelona.

Mourinho was fined £44,000 by UEFA's control and disciplinary body for his sending-off and comments after the first leg.

DURING 2011 and 2012

The acrimony between Barca and Real Madrid was getting out of hand. Iker Casillas, Spain’s World Cup-winning captain intervened, telephoning Xavi and Carles Puyol, his international teammates and counterparts at Barca, looking to mend relations between the two teams.
When Mourinho heard about the peace overture, he flipped and accused Casillas of traitorous behaviour. During a Real Madrid squad meeting, Mourinho lectured his players, telling them they had to all pull in the same direction, while staring at Casillas. His captain exploded.
'Everybody in the same direction?' Casillas roared. 'What does that mean? All of us go in the direction that you want to go? That’s the last time you make a shit of me in front of my companeros!'
Casillas and Mourinho didn’t speak again for a month.

In January 2012, 'Sport' one of Barcelona’s most respected sports newspapers, published a story in which it claimed Casillas might be 'el topo', the mole in the Real dressing room that has been leaking information to the Spanish press during Mourinho’s tenure. That month, there had been a training pitch bust-up with Casillas and Sergio Ramos. Mourinho dropped both players – Casillas for the second half of the season. In a squad survey commissioned by Perez, fifteen players said they wanted rid of Mourinho; five threatened to take up transfer offers if he stayed.


Real Madrid travelled to Amsterdam to play Ajax in a Champions League group stage match in November 2010, already having qualified for the knockout stages. Real Madrid prevailed, winning 4-0, but not without some chicanery towards the end of the game when they engineered two red cards.
In a convoluted manoeuvre, caught on camera, Mourinho despatched a message, via substitute goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, to Iker Casillas and on to Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso to intentionally get Ramos and Alonso second yellow cards.

After an investigation by UEFA Real Madrid were fined €100,000, Mourinho €30,000 plus a a one-match Champions League ban with Alonso, Ramos, Casillas and Dudek all receiving lesser fines, but Ramos and Alonso were now free to start the knockout games the following February with a clean slate.


Two-match ban for being sent off after protesting to the referee during a 5-1 Copa del Rey victory against Real Murcia, a third-tier team.

Two days before playing Sporting de Gijon in the league, Mourinho re-iterated claims that Sporting purposefully played a weakened side against Barcelona the previous September. The allegation drew the ire of Sporting’s coach, Manolo Preciado, who called Mourinho 'canalla', a swine or creep.
Mourinho, who was serving a two-match ban for abusing a ref in a Copa del Rey match, watched the match from the VIP box. Real Madrid won 1-0. Mourinho left the stadium flanked by three security staff, and, as his team bus pulled away, he casually flipped his two fingers at screaming Sporting fans.


Three-game ban and €40,000 fine while manager at Inter Milan for a handcuff gesture to Sampdoria fans. Mourinho made the "handcuffs" gesture after seeing Inter's Walter Samuel and Ivan Cordoba sent off and Samuel Eto'o booked against Sampdoria.
The gesture has been interpreted as a way of suggesting his side have been victimised by referees in Serie A. Mourinho had also insulted the officials at half-time in the 0-0 draw.
Samuel and Cordoba were both dismissed in the first half of the match, while Eto'o was booked for allegedly diving.
When Eto'o received the yellow card, Mourinho burst out laughing and made the "handcuffs" gesture in front of photographers and TV cameras.
Mourinho - who had served two one-game bans already that season after being sent off, did not speak to the media after the match against Sampdoria.


One-match touchline ban and a €15,000 (£13,500) fine for abusing the referee in Inter's 2-1 win against Cagliari. He was sent to the stands in the second half after protesting vehemently on the sideline after referee Daniele Orsato failed to book Cagliari player Davide Astori for a foul on Inter's Mario Balotelli.

Italy's football judicial body said Mourinho "had theatrically contested a referee's decision and repeatedly directed harsh insults at the referee."

JUNE 2005

On 2 June 2005, Mourinho was fined £200,000 for his part in the meeting with then Arsenal full-back Ashley Cole in January 2005 in breach of the Premier League rules. His fine was later reduced to £75,000 after a hearing in August

APRIL 2005

Mourinho allegedly hid in a laundry basket used for transporting the club's kit to get round the before Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich to beat a UEFA ban imposed on him following his behaviour in the previous round against Barcelona (see below).
It was claimed that Mourinho arrived early at the ground, watched the game on a TV in a dressing room and delivered the pre-match and half-time talks.
Then, 10 minutes before the end of the game, Mourinho clambered into one of the laundry skips and was then wheeled away to the Stamford Bridge leisure club where it was claimed he had spent the entire evening.

MARCH 2005

Following a last-16 Champions League tie between Chelsea and Barcelona at the Nou Camp in March 2005, Mourinho accused Swedish referee Anders Frisk and Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard of breaking FIFA rules by having a meeting at half–time.
Mourinho insisted that this biased the referee and caused him to send off Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in the second half. Frisk admitted that Rijkaard had tried to speak to him but insisted that he had sent him away. The situation intensified when Frisk began to receive death threats from angered Chelsea fans, causing the referee to retire prematurely.

After an investigation of the incident, Mourinho was given a two-match touchline ban for his behaviour and fined £9,000 by UEFA, and Frisk never took charge of another professional football match again.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

My Predictions for the 2015/16 Football Season and the Betting Odds.

Sky Bet League Two:

Winners: Leyton Orient 12/1

Runners-up: Oxford (8/1 to win League Two, 13/8 to win promotion)

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: Portsmouth 9/1, Luton Town 10/1, Plymouth 16/1 or Cambridge 14/1

Dark Horses: Exeter City

Relegation: Newport 4/1 and Crawley 11/2

Top Scorer: John Akinde (Barnet) 20/1

Players to Watch: Lee Holmes (Exeter), Ben Kennedy (Stevenage), John Akinde (Barnet)

# Sky bet odds correct at time of writing.


Sky Bet League One:

Winners: Sheffield United 9/2

Runners-up: Barnsley (16/1 to win League One, 5/1 to win promotion)

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: Bradford 12/1, Peterborough 14/1 Fleetwood 18/1, or Scunthorpe 18/1

Dark Horses: Bury and Gillingham

Relegation: Crewe 4/5, Colchester Evens, Walsall 9/2 and Port Vale 3/2

Top Scorer: Leon Clarke (Bury) 18/1 or Ian Henderson (Rochdale) 12/1

Players to Watch: Jack Collison (Peterborough) Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient), Paul Anderson (Bradford), Jimmy Ryan (Fleetwood), Marley Watkins (Barnsley)

# Sky bet odds correct at time of writing.


Sky Bet Championship:

Winners: Middlesbrough 5/1

Runner-up: Derby (6/1 to win the Championship, 7/4 for promotion)

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: Hull 9/1, Burnley 11/1, Wolves 11/1 and Fulham 28/1

Dark Horses: Bristol City

Relegation: Rotherham 11/8, Huddersfield 4/1 and Preston 5/1

Top Scorer: Benik Afobe (Wolves) 10/1, Chris Martin (Derby) 10/1, Daryl Murphy (Ipswich) 12/1

Players to Watch: Tom Ince (Derby), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), David McGoldrick (Ipswich), Chris Wood (Leeds)

# Sky bet odds correct at time of writing.


Barclays Premier League:

Winners: Chelsea 13/8

Runners-up: Arsenal

Europe (Champions League qualification): Manchester United and Manchester City

Dark Horses: Stoke City and Crystal Palace

Relegation: Sunderland 15/8, Leicester 3/1 and Watford 8/13

Top scorers: Christian Benteke 16/1, Daniel Sturridge 11/2 e/w and Romelu Lukaku 10/1 e/w

Players to Watch: Memphis Depay (Man Utd), Troy Deeney (Watford), Aleksandar Mitrović (Newcastle), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Matt Richie (Bournemouth), Yohan Cabaye (C.Palace) and Bojan Krkić (Stoke)

# Sky bet odds correct at time of writing.


Sunday, August 02, 2015

Babe of the Month - Brazilian Fitness Beauty Andreia Brazier

All fitness fans have a goal body in mind. The fitness industry is a multi-million dollar business, pedalling products promising that elusive perfect figure. Whether it’s exercise videos, diet foods, subscriptions, memberships, or meetings, there’s always a new fad to fulfil your fitness goals. It’s an ongoing quest, that gets more challenging as bodies change and age.
But what about those people who have already reached physical perfection?

Those lucky few – who may have been so rare that people would hardly have believed they existed in the past – now have social media to show off their results. Fitness models who post tantalising shots of their bodies online never tire of telling fans that they achieved that perfection through hard work, healthy eating, dedication, and perseverance. From daily workouts to clean eating, fitness is a full-time job for these models. Should they lose that perfect body, it could mean they’re out of the job.

Outside of the entertainment business, fitness models also serve a purpose for the common people, as “fitspiration.” Followers of these Greek goddess-like people want to know exactly how they work out and what they’re eating, and they helpfully fill fans in on their Instagram and Facebook accounts, racking up hundreds of thousands of dedicated followers.

Whether you yourself are trying to get some fitspiration, or you just appreciate looking at those tight abs and even tighter butts, here is one of the sexiest and most influential fitness models to follow on social media in 2015.

Andreia Brazier is a personal trainer and fitness model, who was born in Porto Elegre, Brazil in 1978, and currently lives in Dubai. In 2001 she moved to Rio de Janeiro. This was the time in her life when she found the gym and got hooked on training. She was also working as a part time model for TV, magazines, Carnival and Bikini catalogs whilst also making time to design and sell her own jewellery.

In 2005 she decided to move to London and her complete life changed. She couldn’t speak English at all, she had experienced a different variation of challenges, such as working as a office cleaner, glass collector in a local pub, Cloakroom keeper in a night club and also doing make up and eyebrows designing for her Brazilian friends in London. After one year in London her English improved and she became a full time Personal trainer.

From her home in Dubai, she also runs her own lifestyle consultation fitness and health company A1Lifestyle. In her short career, this Brazilian beauty has competed in and won three major events in the WBFF (World Beauty Fitness and Fashion).

Her incredible physique, double-take definition, carved abs, drop-dead looks, and dazzling stage presence have won her repeated victories, and she's hungry for more. She is also Shredz Sponsored Athlete

When Andreia is not competing she enjoys going out for nice coffee and lunch, watching shows, having a spa treatment and getting away for a relaxing time.

Prior to establishing herself as a three-time WBFF Fitness World Champion, Andreia was always healthy although she never felt she really had a body to be proud of. "I use to eat 3 meals a day, such as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes I would just have another breakfast at dinner time. My meals were mainly carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, bread and potatoes etc. I was always into staying fit but lacked the motivation to really achieve my goals. I got to a stage at the end of 2011 where I was hardly training and my motivation levels had dropped completely."
So she decided to make a lifestyle choice at the beginning of 2012 and to set out to achieve her dream physique and ensure she achieved it.

Andrea says: "I love the fitness lifestyle so much and I have always wanted to dominate in this sport. In everything I do I always give it my absolute 100%. To be the best you have to train like the best."

Andreia's Prefered Workout Routine

Monday: Chest
Flat Bench 4×10
Incline Bench 4×10
Push Ups 4×15
Dumbbell Flat Bench Fly’s 4×10
Standing Cable Fly’s 4×10

Tuesday: Back/Abs
Pull Ups 4x 10
Pull Downs 4×10
Upright Rows 4×10
Seated Cable Rows 4×10
Hanging Leg Raises 4×10

Wednesday: Legs
Squats 5×10
Leg Press 5×10
Sumo Deadlifts 5×10
Leg Extensions 5×20

Thursday: Off (Rest day)

Friday: Chest/Shoulders/Abs
Dumbbell Press 5×12
Dumbbell Shoulder Press 5×12
Decline Push Ups 5×15
Ab Cable Side Bends 8×10
Hanging Knee Side Raises 8×10

Saturday: Legs
Stiff Legged Deadlifts 4×10
Leg Curls 4×12
Walking Lunges 4×60
Leg Extensions 4×10
Squats 4x 10

Sunday: Back/Abs
Single Arm Rows 5x 10
Pull Ups 5×8
Reverse Fly’s 4×12
Leg Raises 10×10
Frontal Plank 5×15
Bent Over Rows 5×10

Andreia's training philosophy is "Train hard or go home" and her training motto is "Eat clean, train dirty.”

Andreia will be on stage to defend her WBFF World Champion Fitness Crown for the 4th successive year on 14th/15th August 2015, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

You can follow Andreia on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr

Friday, July 17, 2015

All the very latest transfer gossip across Europe!

Here is all today's latest football news and transfer gossip with Karim Benzema, Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos, Manchester United, Fabian Delph, Christian Benteke, Liverpool, Emanuel Adebayor, Bayern Munich, Angel Di Maria, Chelsea, Victor Moses, Paris St-Germain, Crystal Palace, Loic Remy, Paris St-Germain and Edinson Cavani all in the news! 

Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe today!

Is your club involved?

Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Everton, Juventus, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Roma, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Anderlect, Swansea, Granada, Newcastle, Anderlecht, Crystal Palace, QPR, Leicester, Espanyol, Middlesbrough, West Brom, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, Tottenham, BesiktasChievo, Sampdoria, Reading, Huddersfield, Burnley, Genk, Cambridge United and Rotherham ....................are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.

Arsenal will offer £40m for Real Madrid's 27-year-old French striker Karim Benzema - The Sun.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rubbished rumours linking the north London club with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Wenger claims he is not aware of any offer.
"I don't know where that story comes from," he said. "That's not happening at the moment, no." - talkSPORT and transfermarketweb.com

Liverpool are on the brink of completing a £32.5m deal for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke - skysports.com and Daily Mirror

Manchester United could keep David De Gea this season, with Real Madrid increasingly likely to wait until next summer to sign the 24-year-old Spain goalkeeper on a free transfer - The Times

Manchester United will tell Real Madrid to accept their £35m offer for Sergio Ramos or forget any hope of signing David de Gea this summer - The Independent

Bayern Munich are set to seal the signing of Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, from Juventus for £28m. - The Guardian

Bayern Munich are moving quickly to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger as they close in on a move for Arturo Vidal while Mario Gotze could move in the opposite direction - The Guardian and transfermarketweb.com

Paris St-Germain believe they can tie up a deal for Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria, 27, by the weekend - Daily Mail

PSG will not allow striker Edinson Cavani, 28, to move to Old Trafford as part of any deal for Angel Di Maria - Daily Telegraph

A week ago Fabian Delph said he was not leaving Aston Villa to join Manchester City, but could the move be back on? There is a picture doing the rounds of Delph going for a medical and Manchester Evening News reporter James Robson has just tweeted: "Confirmed City move for Delph is back on" - skysports.com and bbc.co.uk

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed striker Yaya Sanogo has joined Ajax on a season-long loan deal - skysports.com

Arsenal are set to make an improved offer in excess of £30m for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Daily Express

Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc has commented on recent reports linking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a move away from the club, saying that the forward won’t be going anywhere - transfermarketweb.com and skysports.com

Everton have turned down a £20m offer from Chelsea for defender John Stones - skysports.com

Manchester United will bid £42m for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, 29, after the Spanish club rejected an opening bid of £31m - Diario AS (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed the Spanish club is in talks with Chelsea regarding left-back Filipe Luis's return - transfermarketweb.com and bbc.co.uk

AS Roma are looking at Manchester City's Bosnian striker striker Edin Dzeko - skysports.com

La Liga side Granada have confirmed their interest in signing forward Michu from Swansea - skysports.com

Real Madrid have agreed a €6m fee for Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla - bbc.co.uk and skysports.com

Tottenham will also offer cash plus winger Aaron Lennon, 28, for Everton midfielder James McCarthy, 24 - Daily Mail and Daily Express

Roberto Martinez says midfielder James McCarthy is staying at Everton this summer and wants to build his team around the Republic of Ireland international skysports.com

Chelsea want to sign £15m-rated Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20, from Anderlecht, but Newcastle and Swansea are also interested - Daily Star

Chelsea are set to lose another striker as Loic Remy is closing in on a transfer to Crystal Palace - Daily Star

Chelsea's bid to sign Barcelona winger Pedro for £22m will be blocked if Joan Laporta wins the presidential election at the Nou Camp on Saturday - The Independent

Paul Pogba's agent believes the Juventus and France international could join Barcelona if Joan Laporta wins the Catalan club’s forthcoming presidential elections - skysports.com

Tottenham have made an £8m bid for Chelsea winger Victor Moses, 24, who spent last season on loan at Stoke - The Sun

A bookmaker has suspended betting on QPR striker Charlie Austin joining Newcastle United after a flurry of money was placed on the 26-year-old moving to St James' Park - skysports.com

Leicester City forward Leonardo Ulloa is a target for Turkish club Besiktas - The Sun

Middlesbrough have agreed a £2.8m fee with Espanyol for Uruguay striker Lewis McGugan - Daily Star

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has made a move for Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert - Daily Mirror

West Brom will step up their interest in Arsenal's Serge Gnabry after Nottingham Forest rejected their £5m offer for winger Michail Antonio - Daily Star

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood will target Tottenham striker Emanuel Adebayor, 31, to replace Benteke - Birmingham Mail

Reading want £4m from Swansea for Wales winger Hal Robson-Kanu - Daily Mirror

Burnley have received international clearance for Jelle Vossen following his move from Genk earlier this month. The Belgian forward is in line to make his debut against Accrington on Saturday - skysports.com

Huddersfield have announced the signing of striker Jordy Hiwula from Manchester City - skysports.com

28-year-old Bosnian full-back Ervin Zukanovic has left Chievo to sign for Sampdoria
- transfermarketweb.com

Cambridge United have signed Rotherham midfielder Conor Newton on a two-year deal - skysports.com

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Crystal Palace Football Club Pre-Season 2015 - Fixtures, Results, Teams, Scorers & Directions

Crystal Palace First-Team Squad:

Saturday 11th July - Barnet 3 Crystal Palace 5 (H-T 1-2)
at The Hive Stadium, Camrose Avenue, London, HA8 6AG.

Palace squad:
Palace (first half): Speroni, Ward, Hangeland, Delaney, Kelly, Gray, Boateng, Puncheon, Kaikai, Gayle, Murray.

Palace (second half): Kettings, Ward (Croll 60), Dann, McCarthy, Binnom-Williams, Dymond (Scales 73), Kaikai, Gray (Allassani 65), Boateng (Anderson 65), Campbell, Gayle (Breimyr 65).

Palace goalscorers: Gayle (3), Allassani, Campbell.

Saturday 18th July - FC Union Berlin 2 Crystal Palace 0 (H-T 0-0) at Stadion An der Alten Försterei, An der Wuhlheide 263, 12555 Berlin, Germany.

Palace squad: 
Palace (first half): Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Puncheon, McArthur, Jedinak, Mutch, Gayle, Murray.

Palace (second half): Hennessey, Ward (Bannan 69), Kelly, Hangeland, Binnom-Williams, Bolasie, Cabaye, Ledley, Guedioura, Mutch (Kaikai 60), Campbell.

Friday 24th July - SuperSport United 0 Crystal Palace 4 (H-T 0-4) at Cape Town Stadium, Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051, South Africa.

Palace squad:
Hennessey, Kelly, Dann (Delaney 46), Hangeland, Souare (Scales 59), Jedinak, Ledley, Chung-yong Lee, Mutch (Cabaye 59), Puncheon (Kaikai 46), Campbell (Bamford 46).

Palace goalscorers: Jedinak, Chung-yong Lee, Mutch, Campbell

Sunday 26th July - Sporting Lisbon 2 Crystal Palace 0 (H-T 0-0) at Cape Town Stadium, Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051, South Africa.

Palace squad:
McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye (Bamford 76) Gayle, Mutch (Jedinak 62), Puncheon (Zaha 76), Murray (Lee 69)

Thursday 30th July Bromley 0 Crystal Palace 6 (H-T 0-5) at Hayes Lane, Bromley, Kent BR2 9EF.

Palace squad:
McCarthy (Kettings, 70), Kelly (Dymond, 70), Hangeland, Croll, Scales, Zaha (Bissaka, 70), Mutch (Anderson, 59), Ledley (Allassani, 70), Kaikai (George, 70), Gayle (Breimyr, 70), Bamford (Guedioura, 45).

Palace goalscorers: Bamford (3), Kaikai, Zaha.

Saturday 1st August Fulham 1 Crystal Palace 1 (H-T 0-1)) at Craven Cottage Stevenage Road, London, SW6 6HH.

Palace squad:
Hennessey, Ward (Kelly 75), Dann, Delaney (Hangeland 57), Souare, Jedinak (Ledley 46), McArthur (Campbell 75), Puncheon, Cabaye (Mutch 46), Lee (Zaha 46), Murray (Gayle 75).

Palace goalscorer: Souare

Monday 3rd August  Dagenham and Redbridge 1 Crystal Palace 0 (H-T 0-0) at Victoria Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM10 7XL.

Palace squad:
Palace: McCarthy, Kelly, Hangeland (O’Dwyer 60), Croll, Scales, Dymond, Lee (Bissaka 68), Kaikai (Breimyr 68), Bamford, Wickham (Anderson 46), Campbell (Gray 8, Allassani 78).

Crystal Palace Development Squad:

Tuesday 14th July - Sutton United 0 Crystal Palace XI 2 (H-T 0-1)
at The Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, Surrey SM1 2EY.

Palace squad: 
Palace (first half): Gregory, Pike, Binnom-Williams, Collins, Croll, Boateng, Wan-Bissaka, Breimyr, Anderson, Gray, Allassani.

Other Palace players used: (second half): Pain, Phillips, Andrews, O'Dwyer, King-Elliot, Connor, Hoare, Eyenga-Lokilo, Berkely-Agyepong, McKenzie, Scales.

Palace goalscorers: Anderson, Own Goal.

Tuesday 21 July - St Albans City 1 Crystal Palace XI 1 (H-T 1-0) at Clarence Park, York Rd, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 4PL.

Palace squad:
Palace (first half): Kettings, Collins, McMarthy, Croll, Williams, Guedioura, Dymond, Bannan, Bissaka, Berkeley-Agyepong, Anderson.

C.Kettings, R.Collins, P.McCarthy, L.Croll, J.Williams, A.Guedioura, C.Dymond, B.Bannan, A.Bissaka, J.Berkeley, K.Anderson.

Other Palace players used: Andrews, Loikio, Hoare, King-Elliot, George, O’Dwyer, Forte, Inniss, Allassani

Palace goalscorer: 

Friday 24th July - Tooting and Mitcham 0 Crystal Palace XI 2 at KNK Stadium, Bishopsford Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 6BF.

Palace squad: To follow:
Palace goalscorers: To follow

Monday 27th July - Hampton and Richmond Borough 1 Crystal Palace XI 1 (H-T 1-0) at Beveree Stadium, Beaver Close, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2BX.

Palace squad:
Palace: Kettings, Pike, Binnom-Williams, Dymond, Croll, Cesar, Allassani, Bannan, Anderson, Forte, Berkeley.

Other Palace players used: Pernteou, George, Breimyr, Hoare, O'Dwyer, Andrews, Bissaka, Mohammed, Connors

Palace scorer: Olly O'Dwyer

Saturday 1st August - Lewes 1 Crystal Palace XI 2 (H-T 0-2) at The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2XA.

Palace squad:
Palace: Pain, Wynter (Omrope 78), Akjotu, Dreher (Hogan 61), Jones, Woods, Coker (Linton 68), Philips (Hossonam 78), Fundi (Daly 71), Flanagan, Lumeka (Sturgess 78).

Palace goalscorers: Fundi, Flanagan,

Tuesday 4th August - Bournemouth U21s 1 CrystalPalace XI 2 (H-T 1-1) at KNK Stadium, Bishopsford Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 6BF.
Palace squad: 
Palace: Perntreou; George, Cesar, Collins, trialist; Allassani, Hoare, Breimyr, Bissaka; Anderson, Daly, Andrews.

Palace goalscorers: Breimyr, Andrews

* Any additional fixtures announced will be updated on here.
+ Match results, teams and goalscorers will be posted here following each fixture.

# Dates and kick-off times are subject to change.
Please check the Crystal Palace Football Club official website for details and tickets.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Babe of the Month - City Slicker and Sex Bomb Toni Duggan

Toni Duggan was born in Liverpool on 25th July 1991, and is an English footballer who plays as a winger or as a forward for Manchester City Ladies and the England women's national football team.

Duggan broke into the Everton side in the 2007–08 season when the regular forwards suffered injuries. She scored the winning extra–time goal against Watford Ladies to put Everton into that season's FA Women's Premier League Cup final.

Duggan was named as the FA Women’s Young Player of the Year in 2009.

Toni also played in Everton's 2010 FA Women's Cup final win over Arsenal. Her form in the second part of the 2011 FA WSL season led team–mate Rachel Unitt to predict a call–up to the senior England squad.

Toni Duggan joined Manchester City as one of four marquee signings at the end of 2013 on a three-year deal. She scored her first City goals in a 2-1 win over Reading in the FA Women's Cup and went on to find the net ten times in her debut season for the Club.
Amongst those strikes were a Continental Cup semi-final winner at Hyde, and a stunning volley in the last league game of the season. Both finishes occurred against Chelsea, with the latter voted 'Goal of the Season.'

In March 2007, 15-year–old Duggan came off the substitute's bench to score on her debut for England Under–17s. She has since represented England at Under–19, Under–20 and Under–23 levels. She played in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in both 2008 and 2010. On Duggan's 18th birthday, she scored the opening goal in England's 2009 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship final win, against Sweden in Belarus.

Duggan made her senior team debut in England's 3–0 win over Croatia in the European Championship qualifier against Croatia, at the Bescot Stadium on 19th September 2012. She was named England Women's U23 Player of Year in 2012. She scored her first international hat-trick in a match against Turkey on 26 September 2013, and was voted North West Female Player of Year 2013 and came 3rd in the PFA Women's Player of Year 2013.

Toni was named in the England squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup on 11th May 2015, currently being played in Canada.

When she's not kicking a ball, the blonde star player is regularly spotted, dressed to kill, enjoying the northern city's social scene. Like many a young footballer, Duggan has flirted with controversy.
Earlier this year, she 'blacked up' for a fancy dress party, dressing as actress Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act.

A recent restaurant meeting with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, captured on camera and subsequently posted on social media, saw her in hot water with her own club's fans. Duggan (far left) issued a hasty apology.

You can follow Toni on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Friday, June 26, 2015

All the very latest transfer gossip across Europe!

Here is all today's latest football news and transfer gossip with Sergio Ramos, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Barcelona, Juventus, Paul Pogba, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Carlos Bacca, Arsenal, Liverpool, Christian Benteke, Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli and AC Milan all in the news! 

Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe today!

Is your club involved?

Real Madrid, Manchester United, Valencia, Southampton, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Juventus, Barcelona, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Napoli, AC Milan, West Ham, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham, Shanghai Shenhua, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Stoke City, Inter Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Marseille, Lazio, QPR, Newcastle, Watford and Genoa.................are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.

Real Madrid have slapped a huge £64m (90m Euros) price tag on Manchester United target Sergio Ramos, claims AS.
Widespread reports in the UK say United have offered £35m for the defender, but AS claims Real want much more, while also reporting that Louis van Gaal’s side will also offer the Spain international a lucrative five-year deal worth £39m - AS and Marca (Spanish national daily sports newspapers)

Real have already lined up Valencia's 27-year-old centre-back Nicolas Otamendi as a replacement should Ramos leave - Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

Manchester United are close to signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, for £24m, meaning they will not sign Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 30 - Daily Star and skysports.com

Benfica and Argentina attacking midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, 27, has a deal agreed to join Manchester United - subject to his club's permission, according to his agent - Metro and A Bola (Portuguese newspaper)

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, "is very excited to come to Barcelona", according to the Catalan club's presidential candidate Joan Laporta - Daily Mail, via Catalunya Radio

The former Manchester United youngster is reportedly close to joining Manchester City for £60m - The Sun and skysports.com

Liverpool are preparing a £25m bid for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, according to the - Daily Mirror and The Times

It was reported earlier this week by Sky sources that Villa have yet to receive an any offer for the Benteke, who we understand has a £32.5m release clause - skysports.com

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is set for a medical today ahead of his proposed move to Arsenal. Earlier in the week the clubs agreed a £10.9m fee and it looked like the Czech would be undergoing the medical next week, but things appeared to have been brought forward - skysports.com

Arsenal are getting ready to make a £21.3m bid for Chile and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal - Daily Mirror.

Nathaniel Clyne is set to have a medical at Liverpool next week, with the club expected to complete a structured £15m deal for the Southampton full-back.
The clubs are currently negotiating an agreement which will include a £12.5m fee followed by additional payments based on conditions met by the player - skysports.com

Napoli want £67m - the buyout clause - for Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 27, a target for Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan - The Guardian

Liverpool and Manchester City are interested in Barcelona forward Pedro. The 27-year-old could be allowed to leave for £18m despite signing a new contract this summer - Talksport, via Mundo Deportivo (Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper published in Barcelona) and Daily Mirror

Barcelona are set to rival Chelsea for the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, Mundo Deportivo (Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper published in Barcelona) .

West Ham are closing in on the signing of Barcelona defensive midfielder Alex Song, 27, on a free transfer. He spent last season on loan at Upton Park - Daily Telegraph

Marseille winger Dimitri Payet will complete his move to West Ham today after passing a medical ahead of his £10.7m move, but the French club are angry and say the 28-year-old has reneged on an agreement to see out the remaining two years of his contract - The Times and skysports.com

Borussia Dortmund say they will not sell striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26, a reported £30m target for Arsenal - Daily Star and Bild (German tabloid newspaper)

Real Madrid were hopeful of sealing a deal for David de Gea this week but, with things dragging on, have revived their pursuit of Bernd Leno as a plan B. The Bernabéu chiefs have been tracking the Bayer Leverkusen shot stopper all season and have been in touch with his representative on several occasions. Leno, who is currently away at the European Under-21 Championship, where he is serving as Marc-André ter Stegen's understudy, has a €18m release clause. As such, any swoop for him would be a much simpler and cheaper task than the move for De Gea - Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

After two seasons with Tottenham, and with two years still left on his current deal, Brazilian international central midfielder Paulinho (26) is getting more and more likely to join Luiz Felipe Scolari's Shanghai Shenhua - transfermarketweb.com

Tottenham are hopeful of signing Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, 26, who was also wanted by Southampton after a loan spell last season - Daily Telegraph

Sevilla say they have not received any bids for striker Carlos Bacca, and hope that no club meets his buyout clause of £21m. Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with the 28-year-old, who scored 28 goals last season - The Independent

Fiorentina have made a £3m bid to sign Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, 23, and the London club could accept, despite paying £11m for him last year. (Daily Express, via transfermarketweb.com and skysports.com)

Crystal Palace want Swansea City and Wales defender Ashley Williams, 30. He was valued at £12m by the Swans last summer - Daily Mirror

Stoke City have turned down a bid from Aston Villa for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic - skysports.com

Inter Milan are close to signing Giannelli Imbula from Marseille. Inter want to sign Imbula on a four-year deal, but Marseille want to send him to the San Siro on an initial year-long loan, with a view to sealing a permanent deal next summer. - Sky Italia and Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian daily sports newspaper based in Milan)

Arsenal want Zenit St Petersburg's Argentinian international centre-back Ezequiel Garay (28). Garay joined Zenit just last summer. The former Benfica, Real Madrid, Racing Santander and Newell's. Garay, who has a Spanish passport, might leave for a fee in the region of 18 million euros - transfermarketweb.com

Lazio have persuaded English midfielder Ravel Morrison, 22, to play for them next season, despite interest from QPR Talksport, via Il Tempo (Daily Italian newspaper published in Rome)

AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong has signed a new deal with the club to keep him at the San Siro for another three years - ESPN FC and skysports.com

Newcastle United's Italian international wingback Davide Santon, (24) who spent time on loan at Inter Milan last season and is due back at Newcastle is on Watford's radar. The player seems however willing to stay put at Neroazzurri - Sportitalia,

On loan at AS Roma from Genoa, Italian international offensive midfielder Andrea Bertolacci (24) has agreed to sign for AC Milan on a five-year deal for a fee in the region of 17 million euros - transfermarketweb.com

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dirty Little Secrets Women Keep From Men!

A friend of mine, a guy who used to occasionally step out on his woman and hook up with other girls, had the strangest theory about the female species. "Women don't cheat," he told me, when I asked if he was ever worried she was doing the same thing to him. "It's just not in their nature."
I just laughed. Of course, I was not at all surprised when he found out she'd been two-timing him for most of their relationship after their inevitable break-up, but he was completely shocked!

There are of course many things that men don't know about women, mainly because women don't want us to know and because if men did knew the truth, they would be afraid, very afraid!
Women also have this canny ability of being able to keep these 'dirty little secrets' hidden really well!

Ever stop to think what little dirty secret your woman is keeping from you?

Deep down women really hope that our male friends secretly want to sleep with them, and very often they will dress for them, and subtly flirt with them. They don't want to have sex with them, they just want our male friends to desire them.

Aside from the stray hair tie here and there, no woman ever 'forgets' to put on her panties before she leaves the next morning. That bra or pair of panties lying innocently under your bed was left there on purpose. Women like planting things in your home because firstly they want you to think of them when they're gone, but also because their panties are like little landmines that they hope the 'other woman' will step on then freak out and leave. A bit like a calling card!

Women secretly compare you to their ex. This particularly happens at the beginning of a relationship. Everything you do from how you kiss to how you comfort her, she is secretly comparing the way you do things to her ex. She isn’t doing it to hurt you, she either may not be over him or she is mentally just taking notes to see if you are worth it. If she is doing the comparing for the silliest reasons it only means she’s secretly evaluating who makes the better boyfriend and long-term partner.
Women also regularly check in on what their exes are up to via social media, emails or texts. As long as the technology is available, they will never be fully out of their lives or minds. This doesn't mean they still love them; but they are curious about what they are up to.

Always remember women have wild fantasies too. According to Women’s Health Magazine the top fantasies women secretly have are:

1/ Boss and Employee Fantasy. 56% percent of women have sexual fantasies about getting it on with co-workers in their office.
2/ Have Sex Outside.
3/ Be an Exhibitionist.
4/ Be Voyeuristic.
5/ Make A Sex Video.

According to a study done in 2010 and reported by NBC News, 80% of women fake the big O. This thety believe boosts a man’s self esteem. Another reason women do fake it according to time.com, is to actually get turned on if their partner is failing them in this department. But don’t worry guys, sometimes they are just having an off day and don’t want to hurt your ego.

According to a study conducted by Marie Claire magazine, 1,500 women ages 20-40 were questioned about their honesty when it comes to shopping. The percentages were quite shocking, these women admitted that 80% of newly purchased clothing items and shoes are kept secret from their other halves. Women really aren’t that great at saving as they make men think. There are many women who spend money that their men don’t even know they have. Some hide credit cards and have secret bank accounts. So the next time she says, “I got this on sale,” think long and hard before you believe it. There may even be more clothes hiding in the trunk of her car, to be taken out when you aren’t around.

She’s keeping a close eye on you. She uncovers intel on you with an efficiency that would
make James Bond envious. She snoops through your cell phone, email, glove compartment, Facebook account, and anything else she can get her hands on. She will drive past your house late at night to make sure your car is there and someone else’s isn’t.......Oh, and her girlfriends are watching your ass too, and they’re gonna rat you out.

Women tell their friends everything. One of the things women enjoy about their close friends is that with them, they are free to talk about anything and everything. This includes talking about sex. Women know their close friends won’t repeat things. The point is, everything about the guy a woman is with is 'conversation.' Girlfriends are going to share general things and may sometimes get into a bit of detail, but it’s meant to be positive and to learn from it.

According to Fox News, women do in fact want their men to be a little jealous. Not scary violent jealous, but more cutesy, territorial jealous. All women want to feel wanted and the way we go about it is not always right. If a woman feels as though you aren’t as into her as much lately or aren’t as jealous as she would like, there are times when she may provoke you, just a little!
Women know that by laughing at another guy’s jokes (a little too much) and smiling at guys across a bar will in fact get you to become more territorial, therefor it works.

A man doesn’t really want to hear about how many other guys before him, a woman has taken to bed. But they are curious to know the number, sadly they most often won’t hear the truth. According to Daily Mail 52% of women will lie about how many men they have slept with, and 78% will lie to make their new partner like them more.

Women are 'evil' for three days before their periods. PMS is a legitimate condition. Some cry as a result of PMS, sometimes women feel the need to talk about your relationship with them, and why you won't just commit, (while we're crying, of course). Women claim to feel fat during this time and generally hate us and sincerely believe that us guys enjoy seeing them in pain!

Sources: thegloss.com, ca.askmen.com, menshealth.com, dailymail.co.uk, complex.com, jezebel.com, mensfitness.com

Monday, June 08, 2015

All the very latest transfer gossip across Europe!

Here is all today's latest football news and transfer gossip with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Gonzalo Higuain, Chelsea, PSG, Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Hugo Lloris, West Ham, Arsenal, Zenit, Steve McClaren, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Juventus and Steve Bruce all in the news! 

Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe today!

Is your club involved?

Arsenal, PSG, Juventus, Manchester United, Liverpool, Burnley, Napoli, Lazio, Manchester City, Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Swansea, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Real Sociedad, Arsenal, Benfica, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Stoke City, Barcelona, Sevilla, Real Madrid, West Brom, Everton, Bayern Munich, Valencia, Tottenham, Monaco, Olympique Marseille, West Ham, Leicester City, Wolves, Aston Villa, Southampton, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke, Everton, Fenerbahce, Espanyol, Samdoria, Newcastle United, Inter Milan, Derby, Aston Villa, Reading and Hull City.................are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.

A few English media outlets have picked up on a report on Italian website 'Tuttomercatoweb' which suggests Zlatan Ibrahimovic is considering leaving PSG and the club would be willing to sell him for just £11 million as he has one year left on his contract. Reports in Italy indicate Arsenal could be willing to meet that price tag - transfermarketweb.com

Juventus are set to rival Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli. The newspaper reports the two Premier League clubs have held talks with his brother who acts as his agent, but Juve are thought to be interested amid talk they could lose Carlos Tevez - Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian daily sports newspaper based in Milan)

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign striker Danny Ings from relegated Burnley on July 1 after his Turf Moor contract expires, subject to a medical - skysports.com

Manchester United are set to try to outbid Chelsea for the signature of Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson with the 22-year-old set to attract offers around £30m - Daily Star

Manchester City are set to pay £40m to bring Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 23, back to the Premier League. The Belgium international previously played for Chelsea - Daily Mirror

Manchester City will make "an imminent" bid for Liverpool midfielder Raheem Sterling, 20, as they look to boost the "home-grown" quota of players in their Champions League squad for next season - Manchester Evening News

Both Juventus and Wolfsburg are interested in Atletico Madrid's 29-year-old forward Mario Mandzukic - El Mundo Deportivo (Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper published in Barcelona)

Hugo Lloris has stunned Spurs by admitting he fancies moving to Manchester United and Tottenham could lose a second player after Liverpool opened talks over signing Nabil Bentaleb for £10m - The Sun

Swansea have joined Crystal Palace and Southampton in the race to sign Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 28, who is keen for more starts than he managed in his debut season at Stamford Bridge - Daily Mirror

Out-of-favour Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, 22, has been linked with a £6m move to Spain to join David Moyes' Real Sociedad - Daily Mail

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan, although the move may be dependent on Angel Di Maria's departure from Old Trafford - caughtoffside.com

While working on closing the negotiation with Yevhen Konoplyanka, Stoke City are looking to sign another offensive winger, Aaron Lennon (28). Playing on loan for Everton and still on a deal with Tottenham until June 2016, the former English international would cost Stoke in the region of 11 million pounds - transfermarketweb.com

Zenit Saint Petersburg's Argentinian international centre-back Ezequiel Garay is on the radar of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. The 28 year-old is also being tracked by Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Valencia and his ownership is esteemed around 18 million euros - transfermarketweb.com

Barcelona have agreed a deal with Sevilla to sign versatile wide-man Aleix Vidal for £7.5m, plus performance related add-ons of up to £5m, but he can't play until January - Daily Mail and skysports.com

West Brom are close to sealing a £3.4m deal for Real Madrid attacking midfielder Cristian Benavente, although the Spanish club will insist on a buy-back clause. He has been playing for their second team, Castilla - The Times

Tottenham are keen to sign Monaco striker Anthony Martial with the highly-rated 19-year-old likely to cost them £18.2m - Daily Telegraph and skysports.com

West Ham have almost completed the signing of Ghanaian international winger and forward André Ayew (25), due to leave Olympique Marseille as a free agent after five seasons playing for Ligue 1 giants - Daily Mail

West Ham have agreed a £4.3m fee for Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang, although the 23-year-old has yet to agree terms - gianlucadimarzio.com / Italian sports journalist

Sampdoria will have to splash out over £30m if they want to prise Enner Valencia away from West Ham - Daily Mirror

Southampton are lining up a move for Espanyol defender Hector Moreno in case they lose Toby Alderweireld, who is a target for Tottenham and Chelsea - Daily Mirror

Bayer Leverkusen have completed the permanent signing of Greek international Kyriakos Papadopoulos from Schalke after the centre-back spent the season on loan at the BayArena -skysports.com

Everton will look to bring former Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles to the club after being put on the transfer list at current club Fenerbahce - Liverpool Echo

Leicester City are leading the race to sign Wolves forward Bakary Sako, who is also being looked at by Aston Villa and West Brom - The Sun

West Brom will attempt to coax former Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, 28, back to the Midlands from Crystal Palace as cover for first-choice Ben Foster - Birmingham Mail

Liverpool will look to beat Arsenal to the signature of Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic after reportedly being told he would cost just £18m - Liverpool Echo

Steve McClaren will immediately discuss the need to make domestic signings at Newcastle United, after completing his expected appointment as manager this week - Newcastle Chronicle

Derby County are expected to make Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, 31, and Reading defender Alex Pearce, 26, the first two signings under new manager Paul Clement, both on free transfers - Derby Telegraph

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has placed a £30m price tag on left-back Andy Robertson -
Hull Daily Mail