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!

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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

Liverpool are on the brink of completing a £32.5m deal for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke - 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

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" - and

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

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 - and

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

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 - and

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

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

Real Madrid have agreed a €6m fee for Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla - and

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

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 -

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 -

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 -

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

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

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

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