Category: Championship

Leicester City confirm arrival of Norwich City midfielder James Maddison

Leicester City have confirmed that they have agreed a deal to sign Norwich City midfielder James Maddison for an undisclosed fee.

Earlier this month, it was claimed that Southampton had agreed a fee for the playmaker, only for Leicester to quickly match the Saints’ bid and emerge as favourites to sign the young Englishman.

Negotiations quickly progressed to an advanced stage and the Foxes are now in a position to announce the acquisition of the 21-year-old on a five-year contract.

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The key selection dilemma facing Bielsa at Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival at Elland Road has got Leeds United’s supporters excited, with the Argentine’s appointment ahead of the 2018/19 campaign a real statement.

Leeds’ supporters are expecting many things to change under Bielsa, with a lot of hope that the 62-year-old turns to his favoured 3-3-1-3 formation.

Bielsa’s unorthodox system relies on three central defenders, two wing-backs, one central midfielder, one attacking midfielder and three forwards.

In the system, the attacking midfielder is key, with Leeds having two excellent options in Samuel Saiz and Pablo Hernandez, who would be free of their defensive responsibilities.

It looks unlikely that Saiz and Hernandez will both fit into Bielsa’s system, with one likely to take the No.10 role and the other to provide an alternative.

Of course, it’s a welcome headache for Bielsa to have, but that role in his system is certainly up for grabs.

Last year, Saiz was exceptional during the first-half of the season, but found the Championship tough post-Christmas, as Hernandez proved his worth to Leeds by consistently performing whilst those around him faltered.

Hernandez finished the season with seven goals and eight assists, and questioning whether the 33-year-old will be involved at the start of next season will be a surprise to some.

However, Saiz offers more energy in the attacking midfield role, even if his temperament could be called into question.

Bielsa finds himself in a good position, with the Argentine having the choice of two players who have serious quality.

Pre-season will give both a chance to impress their new head-coach, with the view of starting next season with the key role in Bielsa’s 3-3-1-3 formation.

These are exciting times for Leeds’ supporters, with Bielsa’s arrival sure to get everyone on the edge of their seats. The battle between Saiz and Hernandez will be another exciting sideshow, with Bielsa surely licking his lips at getting his hands on two of the Championship’s most exiting players.

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Leicester confirm £24m signing of Norwich star James Maddison after beating Southampton to deal

HELD BREAKING

Foxes swoop to land rising England Under-21 star with fellow midfielder Riyad Mahrez increasingly linked with move away to Manchester City

LEICESTER City have confirmed the signing of Norwich City midfielder James Maddison for a fee of £24m.

The England Under-21 international completed his medical on Monday before putting pen to paper on a deal at the King Power Stadium.

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James Maddison started his career with Coventry City

The 21-year-old scored 15 goals in 49 games for Championship outfit Norwich last season and is widely viewed as one of the most promising players outside of the top division.

Southampton and Everton had been linked with the former Coventry City attacker who joined the Canaries in 2016.

Leicester were also said to be interested in Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish but Maddison was always their first choice.

He becomes Claude Puel’s third signing this summer following the arrival of defenders Ricardo Pereira and Jonny Evans.

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Maddison scored 15 goals for Norwich City last season Who is James Maddison the Norwich star on the verge of a big Premier League move?

His capture provides attacking midfield cover if Riyad Mahrez ends up moving to Manchester City – although the two clubs are currently haggling over an agreed transfer fee.

Leicester finished last season ninth in the Premier League, with a number of their remaining title winners from 2016 expected to start moving on.

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Wolves fans can't believe what Rui Patricio did in Portugal's World Cup win over Morocco

Wolverhampton Wanderers fans have seen their latest recruit Rui Patricio in action again – and they can’t believe the save he pulled off for Portugal against Morocco.

The goalkeeper signed for Wolves on a four-year contract earlier this week.

He’s currently at the World Cup in Russia as Portugal’s number one between the sticks.

Patricio helped the country to a 1-0 win in their Group B clash against Morocco on Tuesday afternoon with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the only goal.

Patricio pulled off a stunning save in the second half to keep his clean sheet in tact – and it left Wolves fans drooling.

He dived to his right in the 57th minute to deny a downward Younes Belhanda header in a vital stop that was reminiscent of Gordon Banks’ flying parry from Pele in 1970.

Wolves supporters loved to see their new stopper in such inspiring form. Here’s what they said on social media about his performance.

Robert Fletcher: That Rui Patricio save…

Pete Cashmore: Save of the tournament from #wwfc #1 Rui Patricio there. He’s one of our own.

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Daniel Hazell: What a save by Rui Patricio. That’s a glimpse of what the new @Wolves signing is capable of. Stunning save.

Happy Hour: What a save!

RainfordShay: Wolves fans look at that, Patricio is a gem.

JMM: Who just saw that save from Patricio?!?!?!

Sophia Goldmsmith: Wolves player Rui Patricio. Still hasn’t sunk in yet. What a save.

Cool Hand Ade: Rui Patrício just pulled off a worldie save.

Mary Smith: After that Patricio save! I just pinched myself and it hurt! Not dreaming.

Talking Wolves: Rui Patricio impressing so far today for Portugal, fantastic save!

Ian Q Blank: Watching Patricio pull off world-class saves for Portugal and then you remember he’s now a Wolves player.

Joseph: Patricio doing absolute bits.

Nath Kone Reader: Ok, I think I like Rui Patricio already!! WHAT A SAVE!!

David Butler: Jiminez playing for Mexico, Saiss on bench for Morocco, N’Diaye playing for Senegal, Patricio making worldie saves. Every team at this #WorldCup seems to

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Number of clubs plotting moves for Bristol City player

Bristol City winger Jonny Smith is attracting interest from several clubs lower down the Football League after an impressive campaign last season, according to HITC.

The 20-year old was on-loan at Fylde in the National League for the previous season and was very impressive, weighing in with 10 goals and nine assists in 48 games.

However, that hasn’t convinced Lee Johnson to give the youngster a chance at Ashton Gate next season with HITC reporting that they are ready to loan him out.

Despite that, Johnson is a big fan of the player but wants him to play regular football next season and thinks another year in the lower leagues could really benefit his career.

And, the same report states that League One Wimbledon are interested in the player along with League Two trio Oldham, Cambridge and Bury.

Obviously the Robins will want the player to get guaranteed football before deciding where to send him for the new season.

Then, Bristol City would then look to integrate Smith into their first-team in 12 months time should he suitably impress.

The Verdict

Smith is a very talented youngster, as he showed with Fylde last season, and he is ready to step up to a higher level.

At his age, it’s all about playing regularly so he needs to find the right club that can help his development.

Long-term, he needs to carry on progressing and improving and he can’t be far away from having a chance at Ashton Gate.

Thoughts, Bristol City fans? Let us know in the comments below.

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Dr. Tony Xia makes move as Aston Villa look for financial gains

Aston Villa remain in financial difficulty at the moment as they aim to put together a side that can challenge for promotion on a tight budget.

The fall-out since the play-off final has been well-documented but as things stand Dr. Tony Xia still wants to remain owner of the club and selling is a last resort.

He does, however, need to get more money in the club and, as per the Daily Mail, he has made moves to allow that to happen.

Xia is looking to bring in investment from people in China and has put a stake in the club up for sale as the club looks to raise funds.

To keep FFP at bay, the report refers to the fact that Villa need £40m and so this move will look to accrue at least some of that figure, if not all of it.

The Verdict

Xia doesn’t want to sell if he can help it, that much is clear, but he’s got to act and find a way to ease the club’s financial woes.

This is a start, then, but it remains to be seen who comes in with an offer, what that offer is and ultimately, whether they’re willing to work with Xia.

Thoughts, Villa fans? Let us know below!

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Transfer gossip, Wednesday: Tigers look to Scotland; Johnson link | Boro bid for Flint | Town eye Belgian

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HULL CITY are set to make a renewed move to sign Kilmarnock and Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones in their quest to make a summer transfer breakthrough.

The 23-year-old has become a hot property in the last 12 months, helping Killie to a fifth-placed finish in the SPL.

Tigers target: Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones.

His form has alerted a number of rival clubs including Derby County, Sunderland, Norwich and Rangers, with Hull ready to make an opening offer of £600,000 for Jones, who was linked with a move in January.Hull are also one of several clubs keen on Scunthorpe’s Hakeeb Adelakun, with the 22-year-old out of contract and expected to leave the Iron, who would be due compensation due to his age.Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers are also keen, with Bristol City having already reportedly seeing a bid rebuffed.Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson is a target for Championship rivals Hull City and Ipswich Town.

Boro target: Bristol City’s Aden Flint, left.

Johnson made a £3million switch from Oxford United to the Riverside last August but could move on this summer. The 27-year-old is of interest to both Nigel Adkins and Paul Hurst, with a loan or permanent transfer on the cards.Middlesbrough are set to make a £5m bid for Bristol City star defender Aden Flint.Boro chief Tony Pulis is a big fan of the 6ft 6in goal-scoring centre-back, 28, who scored nine goals last season as Lee Johnson’s side finished 11th in the Championship and reached the EFL semi-finals.

Winging in?: Huddersfield target Anthony Limbombe. Picture: Gregory Van Gansen / Isosport/Getty Images

The Robins are in a strong position with the player signing a new deal until 2021 last December and are unlikely to be tempted to be an offer in the region of £5m.Huddersfield Town are closing in on an £11m deal for Club Brugge winger Anthony Limbombe, according to some national reports. The Terriers are seeking to avoid another close call in the fight to survive relegation next season and the Belgium international is said to be part of the battle plan. Limbombe,

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‘Pass Him A Tissue’ ‘Very Arrogant’ – Fans Dismiss Ex Villa Star’s Criticisms

Pierluigi Gollini’s interview with the Italian media on Monday included a number of criticisms about the Championship and his treatment by the management of the club.

The Italian describes how he felt badly treated after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo. The goalkeeper made 10 appearances under Steve Bruce before being benched. After the arrival of Sam Johnstone on loan in January 2017, he was sent on an 18-month loan to Atalanta before signing permanently with the Serie A side this summer. He was quoted as saying (quotes via Sport Witness):

“I didn’t feel good with the new English coach and with his companions. On arrival, I was greeted coldly, while at the Atalanta everything was different. I played a lot with Aston Villa, but I wanted to go back to Italy.”

Most fans on Twitter were not sympathetic to the stopper’s complaints:

Pass Him a tissue

— David (@whitenite1823) 19 June 2018

Is it a football career he wants?! Or to be a lollypop man?

— Andrew Service (@AndoServise) 19 June 2018

He’s right about Bruce though no tactics

— Dave Jones. (@Jonesy1958) 20 June 2018

Well I guess he’d get found out in championship as he did in PL as he will in Serie A, @piergollo talks about no tactics helps if he knew how to save a goal and not pass to an opponent in his first game so basically bye n good riddance????????????????‍♂️????????

— ogeedj (@ogee1968) 19 June 2018

So doesn’t want to step up to the plate and have to prove himself… ????‍♂️

— Daniel Irvine (@danirvine7) 19 June 2018

Whereas in Italy you get 20 minutes to have nap in most games…

— h avfc (@OnePabloAngel) 19 June 2018

To be fair his overview is pretty accurate still don’t mean he’s any good though

— Simon H (@sjh63lion) 20 June 2018

Gollini might be a talented keeper, but he comes across as a very arrogant and weak minded person. Another poor investment by the the club… #avfc

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Town and Hull Linked With Boro Winger as Forest Claimed to Be Eyeing Waghorn

Town and Hull Linked With Boro Winger as Forest Claimed to Be Eyeing Waghorn
Wednesday, 20th Jun 2018 14:55

Town and Hull City have been linked with a move for Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson, while Nottingham Forest are said to be keen on Blues striker Martyn Waghorn.

According to the Daily Mail, Johnson, 27, who was signed from Oxford last August for £3 million, could depart the Riverside this summer either permanently or on loan with Town and the Tigers both interested. Birmingham, who are managed by his former Boro boss Garry Monk, have also been linked.

Boro are said to accept they will have to take a loss on the fee which was paid last summer.

Johnson made six Middlesbrough starts and 12 sub appearances during 2017/18, scoring one goal.

Prior to his time with Oxford, the Birmingham-born wideman played in non-league with Solihull Moors, Coleshill Town (loan), Romulus, Kidderminster Harriers and Hednesford Town (loan).

Town boss Paul Hurst has said he is looking to add wingers to a squad which he sees as unbalanced.

If the Blues are interested in Johnson, who has two years left on his contract, the Teesiders would have to be willing to take a very significant hit on the £3 million they paid for him, certainly to offload him on a permanent basis. A loan would appear a more likely option.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claims Forest boss Aitor Karanka is showing interest in 16-goal Blues top scorer Martyn Waghorn among a number of other strikers, including ex-Town frontman Jack Marriott, who is currently with Peterborough.

Waghorn, 28, is contracted to the Blues until the summer of 2019 with the club having an option for a further season.

Karanka’s main striking target is Patrick Bamford, who he took to Boro during his time in charge on Teesside, while he is said to be looking to move on former Blues frontman Daryl Murphy, now 35.

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Reliable journalist issues update on Leeds United's transfer hunt for lethal star

Reputable journalist Alan Nixon has tweeted that Leeds United are still in the hunt for Derby County’s Matej Vydra as they hunt a Premier League spot under Marcelo Bielsa.

Nixon claims that although Leeds are in the hunt, the two clubs are still some way apart on their valuation of the player. Finance will play a part, it was suggested that Leeds couldn’t afford both Vydra and Abel Hernandez.

Vydra scored 21 times for Derby County last season as they finished in the top six, but couldn’t find the goals to defeat Fulham over a two-legged semi-final. In his two seasons prior to that he scored just eight league goals in total.

He has one year left to run of a four-year deal, signed after moving from Watford for around £8m. He scored 16 goals in their Championship winning season, highlighting his ability in the second tier.

The 26-year old Czech could be sold by Frank Lampard to fund his own rebuilding as he attempts to find a way up into the top flight also.

The Verdict

Hernandez or Vydra? Really? One scored 21 goals last season and made his team tick, the other has hit 12 in two seasons. If Vydra is within budget, Leeds should sign him. They need goals and they need confirmation that Bielsa’s arrival heralds a new era. Buying Vydra would do just that.

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From Portugal: Club’s payment request hasn’t ‘gone well’ with Wolves owners

In the past few days, we’ve been covering claims from the Portuguese press which say Wolves wouldn’t have a problem paying a fee for Rui Patrício.

Even though the Premier League side have signed the player as a free agent, they would still be willing to compensate his former club Sporting just to avoid a future legal battle.

The Portuguese club recently released a statement claiming that they would fight to get transfer fees for the players who rescinded their contracts. The Mirror covered it, giving emphasis to Rui Patrício’s case, saying Wolves could still have to spend some money on the signing.

Now Diário de Notícias covers The Mirror’s story, and exaggerates a little bit. They take the news as if Sporting had asked Wolves for a fee, as a direct request, and not an open letter like it actually happened.

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As Diário de Notícias knows that Wolves are willing to pay Sporting a fee voluntarily, they claim that this attempt from the Portuguese club ‘doesn’t seem to have gone well with the club owner’.

It’s hard to tell if the newspaper knows Fosun’s reaction for a fact, or if they’re just guessing what the group would think of such a request.

What seems to be happening is that Wolves don’t want a fight, and will work to get the transfer done in a friendly way.

As friendly as is possible with Bruno de Carvalho, which means anything but all out club warfare.

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Garry Monk reignites interest in former attacking midfield target

Garry Monk is looking to bolster his attacking frontline, as former target Kasey Palmer is now the latest man on the Blues boss’s list.

Blues were in the running to sign the Chelsea striker on loan in the January transfer window, but he opted for Derby instead.

The 21-year-old had a successful tenure at Huddersfield, helping them gain promotion. However, the youngster was unable to keep his starting place in a Gary Rowett Derby eleven.

According to the Daily Mirror, Monk is keen to bring Palmer to St Andrews, but he will face stiff competition as Newcastle, Sheffield United and Norwich are all eyeing the England U21 International.

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Will Liverpool Link Reignite Unwanted Potential Winger Interest

Aston Villa have today been linked with a loan move for Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo. With rumours suggesting Southampton, Middlesbrough and Bristol City are interested in at least two of our players, could this bring the future of others into doubt ahead of the new season.

Goal.com carry the report suggesting that manager Steve Bruce has targetted the youngster as a potential option ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

One way of reading that is as a possible replacement for West Ham United’s Robert Snodgrass with a possible transfer fee of £10million being prohibitive due to our lack of financial planning and putting all our eggs in the promotion boat.

Ojo is highly rated and made quite an impression in 2017/18 from the stats where he spent the season with Fulham. He scored four times in 19 starts and four substitute appearances for our Play-Off nemesis and looking at his game record, I’m guessing injury curtailed more involvement. It’s said we have joined Stoke City, Birmingham City and Derby County in the chase for the player.

A more financially acceptable alternative to Snodgrass is one thing, but the question to be actually asked with this rumour is:

What would that mean for Andre Green and Albert Adomah?

I don’t know Ojo well but I believe he’s left-footed but predominantly used down the right flank so he can cut in. We had that mix with Snodgrass, but there’s Albert Adomah to consider. If Ojo comes in and does play, does that indicate earlier speculation about him moving to Middlesbrough or Bristol City is potentially more likely to happen?

The alternative is Ojo goes to the left wing, and then Green becomes the question with speculation suggesting Southampton want to raid us for him and possibly Keinan Davis.

With our financial position, I’m not sure if this is just sensible planning to cover all alternatives or whether Ojo would be a short-term tide over to allow someone out to help with the books.

There’s nothing solid in the speculation surrounding Green or Adomah, but it’s certainly not going away.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers fans want star previously valued at £40m at Molineux

Rui Patricio has surprised the footballing world today by joining the recently promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer from Portuguese giants Sporting, the club confirmed on their official website.

Patricio has been capped 70 times by Portugal and is currently in Russia for the World Cup this summer. He was part of the team that won the European Championship in France two years ago and has been a regular for his country since 2011.

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The 30-year-old is one of seven Sporting players – including fellow countrymen William Carvalho, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes –  to cancel his contract over safety concerns, following a training ground invasion from aggressive fans, after the club missed out on Champions League qualification.

And he becomes the club’s fifth signing of the summer after Diogo Jota, Willy Boly, Benik Afobe and Raul Jiminez, and will likely slot straight into the first team as the regular shot-stopper for the foreseeable future.

Wolves fans are understandably jubilant with the news, with many taking to Twitter to express their excitement.

Here’s the reaction:

What a signing ?

— José (@MourinhoMindset) June 18, 2018

What a statement signing….patricio will have bought into the ambitions of the club….make no mistake, any players that leave our club, will be replaced with a far better alternative ….trust in nuno #wwfc

— Phil Owen (@flowin74) June 18, 2018

Rui Patricio, Portugals number one goalkeeper, Euro 2016 Winner and Ballon d’Or nominee is going to be living in Wolverhampton. Let that sink in ??? #wwfc

— Kateeee (@kate_1702_) June 18, 2018

The first of many top signings I think what a time to be a Wolves fan! #WWFC

— Matt Elcock (@Matty_elcock) June 18, 2018

Major coup, big statement we are in it to compete at the highest level #wwfc ?? https://t.co/bohXAd1DPR

— Ally Corfield (@cork1973) June 18, 2018

We’ll sign who we like, we’ll sign who we like! We’re Wolverhampton we’ll sign who we like!! Welcome to the pack Rui! #wwfc

— Julie Renshaw (@falmouth_wolf) June 18,

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Home or away on opening day of 2018-19 Championship season? Millwall boss has his say

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Neil Harris would prefer a home game to kick of the new Championship season – and reckons plenty of opposition sides will not relish the prospect of coming to The Den.

The Lions will be looking to kick on after a ninth place finish in their first campaign back at the level, with the fixtures for the 2018-19 season announced tomorrow morning.

“I think they’ll be a lot of opposition managers and players not looking forward to coming to The Den next year – that’s for sure,” said Millwall boss Harris.

“It doesn’t tend to make a difference in terms of the fixture list, but I’d always want to play at home for the first league game.

“That’s just because it takes away any travelling plans – last-minute injuries and illnesses go out of the equation.

“There will also be the familiarity of being at home the week before for Jimmy Abdou’s game.

“Otherwise it will be an away game before the League Cup tie at home.

“There are so many big clubs with a wealth of riches and experience at this level. The fans are going to be excited.”

Millwall are at home to Gillingham in the League Cup.

“That is brilliant, we couldn’t have a better game,” said Harris. “We could’ve played Charlton, that would have been even more local. But being at home, first and foremost, was important for me.

“To play a high-profile local derby is good. You are always going to rotate the team and this is a really competitive fixture for players to look to come in and impress or that need minutes.”

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Liverpool eye Jiri Pavlenka, Yann Sommer and Corentin Tolisso, Everton, West Ham & Fulham bidding for £12m Domagoj Vida

Liverpool have been given a boost in their pursuit of number one goalkeeping target Alisson after Real Madrid sensationally pulled out of the race for his signature.

The Spanish giants were believed to have bid around £45 million for the Brazilian number one, but that offer was miles away from Roma’s £75 million valuation of their star man.

Now, Real have turned their attentions elsewhere and have snapped up Andriy Lunin from Zorya Luhansk.

That leaves Liverpool free to make a move for the 25-year-old and the Liverpool Echo claim the club have held talks with his representatives over the possibility of signing him.

However, the fee for Alisson may be beyond the reach of the Anfield club and HITC are reporting that German outlet Bild claim the Reds are now looking at Werder Bremen stopper Jiri Pavlenka.

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In fact, the report claims Liverpool could be set for a double raid on the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach’s Yann Sommer also on their wanted list.

Sommer, 29, is the more experienced out of the two, and has performed to an incredibly high standard since moving to Germany from Basel in the summer of 2014, chalking up 48 clean sheets for Monchengladbach during that time.

Pavlenka, meanwhile, is an equally impressive ‘keeper, but at 6ft 5in tall, he is arguably a more imposing figure between the sticks than Sommer.

The 26-year-old kept 10 clean sheets in 38 outings for Bremen last season, and he is still at an age where he will surely improve further still.

Corentin Tolisso is dreaming about playing for Liverpool, a source has told Calcioinsider.

Tolisso, 23, is being linked with a move to Anfield and recently impressed in France’s first World Cup clash against Australia.

The Bayern Munich midfielder could come in as a replacement for the departing Emre Can.

Can is expected to join Juventus when his contract expires at the end of the month.

Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida is being linked with a move to the Premier League with Everton, Fulham and West Ham United reportedly heading the interest.

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7 goals, 2 assists.. The dangerous striker who Millwall should turn to in the 18/19 season

He’s scored against them for Bolton, he’s done the same for Reading, is it time Millwall took the hint and turned to prolific striker Adam Le Fondre to fire them up the Championship table even further?

31-year old Le Fondre has a history of scoring goals, be it at Rotherham, Rochdale or any of the clubs mentioned in the opening paragraph. He is one of those rare commodities, a truly natural finisher with an instinct for finding the back of the net.

Millwall need a striker, Lee Gregory and George Saville were the only players in their squad to reach double figures in the league last season, and even then they only hit 10 each. Imagine what Neil Harris’ side might have achieved with a 15 goal striker in there, or even a 20 a season man.

FLW shines a spotlight on Adam Le Fondre, asking if he’s the man to fire Millwall to the Premier League.

Despite assuring goals, Le Fondre’s stats last season are less than impressive. He made 35 appearances for Bolton, but only scored seven goals, chipping in with two assists. Is that the rate of a man struggling in an uncreative side, or the signs of him now being past his best?

When you consider he only started 15 of those games and, after the departure of Gary Madine, he finished as the club’s leading scorer, there might be a hint that it was circumstance and not ability that caused the dip in goals.

Despite coming off the bench 20 times, he still managed 1.4 shots per game. That paints the picture of a striker marginalised at times, but always wanting to bag a goal.

He won 1.9 aerial duels per match too, adding a 70.1% pass success rate to his stats. Overall, the figures are not overwhelming, but there’s enough evidence there to show he’s still Championship quality. Last season he suffered in a struggling side, but what could he achieve somewhere like Millwall, where chances in the first team might be as plentiful as chances in front of goal?

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Birmingham City linked with move for Chelsea starlet – reports

Birmingham City are one of three Championship teams hoping to sign Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims Blues are rivalling Norwich and Sheffield United to strike a loan deal for the 21-year-old.

They also claim that Newcastle are ‘keeping an eye’ on the situation for a player who started last term on loan with Huddersfield.

However, he was a bit part-player with David Wagner’s impressive Terriers team and ended up being re-loaned in the January window.

Then Blues manager Steve Cotterill wanted to bring him to St Andrew’s and looked to have set up a deal only for it fail to come to fruition, with Cotterill suggesting the transfer hit the rocks in the boardroom.

Derby ended up taking the youngster until the end of the season and he played 14 times and scored twice during his time at Pride Park.

Palmer signed a new Chelsea contract until 2021 last summer.

Blues could be looking for options in the wide positions but have not played with a No. 10 since Garry Monk took charge.

Indeed if the Blues manager does choose to look in that position, he has Che Adams and Jota as options, with the up and coming Charlie Lakin also looking for first team opportunities.

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Aston Villa and Birmingham City are interested in Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo, according to reports.

Goal.com claims the Second City rivals are two of four clubs interested on taking the winger on loan next season.

Stoke City and Derby are also linked in the report which suggests Liverpool are trying to obtain first team opportunities for some of their brightest stars.

The 21-year-old came through at MK Dons before the Anfield giants won the race against some of the biggest clubs in Europe to sign him as a 14-year-old.

Since then he spent the 2015/2016 season on

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JUNIOR BREWERS MEMBERSHIPS PACKAGE NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2018/19 SEASON

as reported by burtonalbionfc.co.uk,

YOUNG Burton Albion fans can now once again sign up to our junior supporters club, as we are delighted to announce our package for the 2018/19 season.

This morning, we spoke to Brewers mascots Billy and Bettie Brewer on their return from their summer holiday break, as they announced what the Junior Brewers package includes for this season. They said:
“Hey, Junior Brewers!
“I hope you’re all well and very excited for another season following The Brewers! Ahead of Fixture Release Day tomorrow, I’m delighted to share with you the new package for the Junior Brewers 2018/19 season. Why don’t you come and join the journey with us?
“This season promises to be as fantastic as last year’s package and better! You’ll get to join us on all our exclusive Junior Brewers events and parties, including plenty of chances to meet your Brewers heroes along with way.  
“However, that’s not all! You’ll be able to get discount on Burton Albion Community Trust programmes, a Birthday and Christmas card, competitions with exciting prizes, complimentary tickets, a Brewers membership pack and much, much more along the way.
“I’m also very happy to let you know that we have FROZEN prices for the Junior Brewers package for the 2018/19, so this will stay at just £15 for the season! Do not miss out… 
“To renew your membership, simply click on this attachment to open the application form, fill this out with the £15 enclosed and return to the address on the form once it is complete.
“We look forward to seeing you all soon, ahead of what promises to be another rollercoaster ride!”

Billy and Bettie Brewer
CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION FORM……..

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BUXTON KEEN FOR BREWERS TO MAKE STRONG START

as reported by burtonalbionfc.co.uk,

CAPTAIN Jake Buxton is pleased to be staying with Burton Albion and is determined to make an impact on the pitch and in the dressing room, as the Brewers look to make a good start to the 2018/19 campaign.

The defender, who made 32 Championship appearances last season, has signed a new one-year deal with the club, 10 years after he first signed for the Brewers and helped us gain promotion to the Football League.
Buxton is keen to ensure that his impact is not limited to just the pitch, as he hopes to continue helping in the dressing room as captain. 
He said: “I think that it comes naturally. As I said at the end of season awards, regardless of whether I am the captain or not, I have an opinion on the game, how I think my teammates should play and what we expect from them on and off the field, and I try to get that across to the players, whether I am playing or not. 
“I try to help the management and the staff in dressing room before the games, I enjoy that side of the game as well.”
Buxton is the third player to sign a new deal with the club this summer, with Harry Campbell and Damien McCrory also agreeing to stay with the Brewers. The skipper says that keeping as much of last season’s squad together as possible is important if Albion are to make a good start to the upcoming campaign.
He said: “I think it is imperative that we keep the squad together because we want to hit the ground running in League One and it is important that we have a good start.
“If you change eight or nine bodies in the squad over the summer, you need a bit of time to gel and we probably haven’t got that, we need to hit the ground running and more so by keeping the players who came so close to keeping us in the Championship last season. 

“After relegation, we have to show the supporters and the other clubs that nothing is lingering from

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Norwich eye Premier League youngster as possible Maddison replacement

Championship duo Norwich City and Birmingham City are both keen to sign Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer on loan this summer.

According to the Daily Mail, the two clubs have joined Sheffield United in expressing an interest in the player.

Palmer spent the second half of last season on loan at Derby County after struggling with injuries.

The England youth international started last season on loan at Huddersfield, but injuries prevented him from making an impact.

The midfielder played a key role in Huddersfield’s promotion to the Premier League but missed out on the chance to make a mark in the top flight.

Birmingham have been tracking the player for some time, after expressing an interest in him during the previous January window.

With James Maddison closing in on a move to Leicester City, Norwich will be in the market for a creative midfielder to fill the void that the Englishman will leave.

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Leeds United Plotting To Hand Youngster New Contract

 

Leeds United are considering offering a new and improved contract to 20-year-old centre-back Paudie O’Connor.

The Irishman joined Leeds from Limerick last year and made his mark in the first team towards the end of the season, when several youngsters got their opportunities to impress.

Making his debut against Sunderland in April, the defender went onto make four appearances in the Championship for Leeds towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Observers were left impressed by his calm performances at the back and the defender is expected to be part of the first team squad once pre-season training begins later this month.
 

And according to Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are already planning to offer him a new and improved deal in line with his performances and development.

Negotiations are at nascent stage and a few more rounds of discussions are expected to take place in the coming days and weeks before he signs on the dotted line.

But O’Connor is in line to receive a fresh deal at Elland Road.

The young defender will be looking to catch the eye of new head coach Marcelo Bielsa once pre-season training begins later this month.
 

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