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  1. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff have signed new contracts until 2023. The Argentine has guided Spurs to three successive top-three finishes in the Premier League, winning 121 of his 218 games since taking charge in May 2014. Pochettino, who had three years remaining on his current contract, has agreed to a two-year extension, as did first-team coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Toni Jimenez. "I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the club's history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium," said the 46-year-old. "This is just one of the factors that makes this one of the most exciting jobs in world football and we are already making plans to ensure we continue to build on the great work that everyone has contributed to over the past four years. "[Chairman] Daniel [Levy] and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this football club. We both share the same philosophies to achieve long-term, sustainable success. "This is a special club - we always strive to be creative in the way we work both on and off the pitch and will continue to stick to our principles in order to achieve the success this club deserves." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Kyle Walker-Peters has signed a contract extension with Tottenham Hotspur which will keep him at the club until 2021. The 21-year-old signed a new three-year deal in August, days after making his Premier League debut in the opening-day win at Newcastle United Walker-Peters has now been rewarded for his progress, including his second league start of the campaign in Sunday's season-finale against Leicester City, with a pay-rise and a one-year extension. “I am absolutely delighted to sign my new contract,” Walker-Peters said in an interview posted on the Tottenham Twitter feed. “It has been a great year for me and I really do look forward to what the future holds.” A statement on the official Tottenham website read: “We are delighted to announce that Kyle Walker-Peters has signed a new contract with the club, which will run until 2021.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that he will hold talks with Toby Alderweireld about the defender's future next week. The Belgium international has just over a year left on his current contract, which includes a one-year extension option, and more than a year of talks over a new deal have not resulted in agreement. "Of course," said Pochettino when asked by reporters if he would talk to Alderweireld following Spurs' final game of the season against Leicester City. "We are going to be ready from the moment we finish the season to talk about the important things for the next season of course." And when asked if he expected Alderweireld to stay in north London, Pochettino replied: "I think now we need to focus on finishing in the best way. "Finishing third is the most important thing now. Then from Monday we will talk about all that is going to happen next season. "That is the moment. Now is not a moment to talk about individual situations." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that his long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur is out of his hands. The Argentine, who has been a sensation at White Hart Lane / Wembley, insists that it is up to chairman Daniel Levy whether he signs a new contract. Pochettino caused concern following his side's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United last weekend when he suggested Spurs needed more time to achieve success, "with me or another (manager)". The former Southampton boss has three years remaining on his current Spurs contract, but he was coy when asked about the prospect of committing to a new deal with the north London side. Pochettino told Sky Sports: "Am I going to sign? It's a question for Daniel. "I am not (Arsene) Wenger or (Sir Alex) Ferguson who decides about their own future. I decide only about the starting XI in this football club. "That is up to Daniel, does he want to offer or not? I am a person who is never going to ask to improve my salary or extend my contract, or anything like this." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has clarified comments he made after the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United, stressing that his future remains at the North London club. The Argentine had said: "Tottenham need more time with me or with another, but the most important thing is to keep going and keep developing that philosophy that is fantastic for this club." But speaking ahead of Monday night's clash with Watford, Pochettino says he intends to fulfil, and possibly extend his contract in at Spurs. "It was not a message I was sending to someone, I was only explaining in the context of the question that the project is so strong [and] we believe in this project," he told Sky Sports. "The club cannot behave like different clubs and I think the club needs to keep going with the project, keep pushing in this direction, trying to achieve all the things that the club want. "But it was not a message for someone. It was what I felt and I told you how I feel. I am working, and I work, in every single project at every single club like I am going to be here for life. The only thing I wanted to translate is that the club is in the right way, that we cannot compare, that we need time to win. "After three or four years now we are able to compete with clubs like United, City, Chelsea or Liverpool but there is still a lot of work to do. I think it is an exciting project at Tottenham, different to other clubs, but I still have a three-year contract and then obviously there is a decision. I always say football is the present and then the decision comes from the owner of the club, my boss, Daniel, to trust or not trust in myself." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Jose Mourinho has revealed that he will drop players from the team that played against West Bromwich Albion for their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 by the Premier League's bottom side at Old Trafford on Sunday, ensuring that bitter rivals Manchester City won the title. United play Bournemouth in the league on Wednesday before facing Spurs. "If I play someone against Bournemouth and he is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final," Mourinho told reporters. "The word is not rotation. This is an opportunity for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team. Some of the guys who played [against West Brom], they don't have a place in that team. "I only know one criteria [for choosing the team]. It is the way you play. This is the only way I can select players. "Do you want me to go for the price they cost? Or their salary? Or their beautiful face? The only way is to go with performance." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Toby Alderweireld is not being left out of the Tottenham Hotspur squad because of contract reasons. The Belgian has not played a Premier League game since October after spending months out with a hamstring injury, despite saying in January that he was "fit and ready". Alderweireld was left out for the victory over Chelsea last week and is not expected to take part at Stoke on Saturday either, and Pochettino says he does not deserve to be there over his other, in-form centre-backs. "I don't care about the personal situations with the club," Pochettino told Sky Sports. "If they show me they deserve to play, they are going to play. It is not about personal feelings or emotions. It is about providing the team with the best tools to win. "I cannot consider if they have a one-year contract, six months or 10 years. When (Moussa) Sissoko arrived and he was a record signing, if he was not the best, he did not play. When Dele Alli arrived with Sonny (Son Heung-Min) for the £22m we paid Bayer Leverkusen, who played? Dele Alli - the whole season. "My decision is always about football. It is not personal and not because of a contract problem. I don't care about that. Always my decision is about what is best for the team and the best for the club." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. The Premier League season continues to edge closer to its conclusion and, indeed, this weekend we could have our champions crowd amid two of the biggest derbies in the country. How will the action pan out? Football Manics takes a closer look. Everton vs. Liverpool The weekend's Premier League action kicks off with a tasty Merseyside derby as an Everton side sitting nicely in the top half of the table face a rampant Liverpool team that taught Manchester City a football lesson last time out. Although they say form goes out the window in derbies, the Toffees have a poor record against their neighbours (one win in 22 league meetings) and are a worse team on paper, while the Reds are in rampant form, so I expect them to win even if Mohamed Salah is absent. Score prediction: Everton 1-4 Liverpool Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace Bournemouth have accrued 21 points in 2018, a tally only bettered by the current top four Premier League sides, and their never-say-die attitude has helped them pull clear of the bottom three, with safety very likely now. Palace remain in deep trouble, having lost five of their last six fixtures, and have won just one of their last nine league matches, plus their injury woes continue with a striker crisis, so I back the Cherries to victory. Score prediction: Bournemouth 1-0 Palace Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Huddersfield Town Brighton have lost three successive games in all competitions, all by a 2-0 scoreline, having previously been unbeaten in seven matches, but are better at home, having won three of their last four home games and scoring nine goals in the process. Huddersfield are woeful at present - five defeats in six away fixtures, eight PL defeats in 2018, seven goals scored in the league this calendar year, and 12 away games over the course of the season where they haven't scored. That said, I think there will be little between these two and I'm going for a draw. Score prediction: Brighton 1-1 Huddersfield Leicester City vs. Newcastle United Leicester are unbeaten in six Premier League home games, though their last three have ended in a draw, but their record against this season's promoted sides is good - 13 points from a possible 15 so far. Newcastle have pulled clear from the bottom three in recent weeks as Rafael Benitez looks to mastermind a great escape but despite a good defence, I think the Foxes - with Jamie Vardy back to his best - will be able to batter through. Score prediction: Leicester 2-0 Newcastle Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur It looks pretty bleak for Stoke at present - 61 goals conceded this term, three defeats in a row and just one win in nine for Paul Lambert, who is running out of time to mastermind a great escape for the Potters. As for Spurs, they are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League (13 games, including 10 wins), and they are the only side yet to lose a top-flight match in 2018, plus they have won five consecutive Premier League matches for the first time this season - so I can't see past an away win. Score prediction: Stoke 0-3 Spurs Watford vs. Burnley The Hornets boast a decent home form, with 11 points from their last five games at Vicarage Road, but they are winless in three games in which they have conceded 10 goals. Burnley, meanwhile, will be desperate for one final push to try and secure a heroic European place, and given they're on the brink of a fourth consecutive top-flight win, I reckon they'll play out of their skins and secure victory. Score prediction: Watford 1-2 Burnley West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City West Brom are absolutely done for this season, the stats speaking for themselves - eight consecutive league defeats and three wins all season are the very definition of "hopeless". In contrast, Swansea retain hope, with Carlos Carvalhal close to delivering one of the most unexpected PL miracle jobs in recent history, and even though the Swans are winless in their last five league away games, I nonetheless fancy them to defeat a side that has all but given up the ghost. Score prediction: West Brom 0-2 Swansea Manchester City vs. Manchester United Now this is one made for the script. Man City have dominated the PL this season and, whilst United will not have to deliver a guard of honour as was previously feared, they still will not want their big rivals to celebrate in their faces. Liverpool have thrown a spanner in the works though, with Man City potentially fielding a weakened team in order to focus on the Champions League return leg, which will see them needing to overturn a 3-0 deficit, so it could end up rather anticlimactic. Besides, Jose Mourinho is known for being somewhat of a "realpolitik" manager and has been known to park the bus, and so this could end up being a grind should he wish to deny City the title at all costs. I'll go with the more negative scenario and call this a stalemate. Score prediction: Man City 0-0 Man United Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. The 2017-18 FA Cup semi-final draw was made on Sunday evening following the conclusion of the final quarter-final tie. Manchester United have been drawn against Tottenham Hotspur, while Chelsea will face Southampton in the last four. The Red Devils booked their place in Sunday's draw with a 2-0 home victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in the quarter-finals. Mauricio Pochettino's side made the semi-finals for a second successive season with a heavy victory at Swansea City on Saturday. Jose Mourinho's charges will face Spurs at Wembley Stadium, their temporary home this season. Chelsea, meanwhile, needed extra time to see off Leicester City in Sunday's encounter at the King Power Stadium as Pedro got his side's second in a 2-1 win over the 2016 Premier League champions. The Blues will be up against the Saints, guided by new manager Mark Hughes to a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium in the Welshman's first game in charge of the top-flight strugglers. The semi-final ties will take place at Wembley on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. The FA Cup quarter-finals take place this weekend and the action is hotting up, with just eight teams left to duke it out for the grand prize of the famous, historic silverware. Two games on each day, so we at Football Manics will start with the fixtures that take place on Saturday. Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (12:15pm) Swansea are in the last eight of the competition for the first time in more than 50 years and have been in great form under Carlos Carvalhal, but will be hamstrung going into this game given Jordan Ayew, the club's top scorer, is suspended after being sent off at Huddersfield last weekend. That said, Spurs talisman Harry Kane will also be on the sidelines as he suffered ankle ligament damage during last weekend's 4-1 win at Bournemouth, while Dele Alli and Danny Rose will face late fitness tests for a side which has won its last four Premier League games in a row. Amazing though Swansea's run may have been, and even though there might be a little more focus on the FA Cup now they're in the last eight, I still think Spurs will take it more seriously, due to it being their last chance of a trophy this term, and will boast more quality than the hosts, who remain mired in the relegation fight. Score prediction: Swansea 0-2 Spurs Manchester United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion (7:45pm) Man United were surprisingly knocked out of the Champions League in midweek at the hands of Sevilla but will be hoping to redeem themselves by progressing in the FA Cup, their last realistic chance of silverware this season, with Jose Mourinho confirming that he'll have the same players at his disposal that he had against the La Liga side in midweek. Brighton are still nervously looking over their shoulders in the Premier League relegation battle but they're not in massive peril so they'll be able to take this game a little more seriously than if they were in serious danger, and their only new injury concerns are Gaetan Bong and Dale Stephens, who face late fitness tests. That said, I still think United will boast more quality and desire - obviously the team is better on paper, but also the players will feel they have something to prove, plus Mourinho will have drilled the importance of this game into this players, and add to that the home advantage and it looks as though the Red Devils should come out on top. Score prediction: Man United 3-1 Brighton Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Arsenal vs. Watford The Gunners have been in crisis mode for longer than anyone can remember but they appeased most of their disgruntled fans this week with a solid 2-0 win away at AC Milan in their Europa League last-16 first leg. The trip to the San Siro came on the back of four consecutive defeats but a confident and controlled display against the Rossoneri yielded an absolutely crucial victory for Arsenal. There remains a lot to remedy for the Gunners, what with losing 10 league games this season, appearing in danger of missing out on the Champions League again and everything else, but they go again on Sunday against a tricky opponent. Watford have won three of their five league games under new manager Javi Gracia and could win three successive matches for the first time since December 2015. On the flip side, they have drawn one and lost six of their last seven away league matches and have scored just twice during this run. The Hornets won the reverse fixture 2-1 at Vicarage Road back in October but with their form on the road being so poor, the logical result would be a home win for a big side. In truth, it all depends which Arsenal turns up, and Watford will be eager to squeeze the life out of their opponents and force their heads to drop - which hasn't exactly been hard this season. Score prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Watford Bournemouth vs. Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham will be eager to put their midweek Champions League elimination to Juventus behind them as they seek to leapfrog third-placed Liverpool in the Premier League table with a win at Bournemouth. But Eddie Howe's charges are in good form - they have lost just one of their past 10 league fixtures, and they have scored in 10 consecutive league games for the first time. On the other hand, their defence is a little suspect - their only clean sheet in their last 16 top-flight matches came in their 3-0 win at Chelsea on 31 January. As for Spurs, they are unbeaten in 11 Premier League games, the longest current run in the division, and Harry Kane has scored six goals in his four league games against Bournemouth, including a hat-trick on his only previous visit to the Vitality Stadium in 2015. Although the Cherries will be a tough match, I think Spurs will be able to get the better of their opponents, though it does depend on how quickly they can put the Juve defeat behind them. I reckon they'll be okay though. Score prediction: Bournemouth 0-2 Spurs Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Two huge Champions League games take place on Wednesday as Manchester City just need to see out their last-16 second leg against Basel, while Tottenham Hotspur will be locking horns with Juventus with the tie evenly balanced. How will these games pan out? Football Manics takes a closer look in this preview. Manchester City vs. Basel Man City won the first leg 4-0 at St. Jakob-Park thanks to goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero, and although they may make a few changes, Pep Guardiola is eager to combat any complacency. Indeed, complacency has led to the Citizens coming unstuck a few times, namely against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, but aside from that and a few other little blips, Guardiola's charges continue to steamroll everything in front of them. In terms of team news, City are still likely to be without midfielder Fernandinho and forward Raheem Sterling, who have just returned to training after hamstring injuries, while Fabian Delph could return at left-back, having served a three-game domestic suspension. So do Basel have any hope? Well, they have won their last two away games in the Champions League 2-0 - against CSKA Moscow and Benfica - but have lost their two games on the road in the knockout stages of the competition by a combined score of 11-0, and also no team has ever progressed to the next round following a 0-4 home defeat in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie. So in short, the answer is no. City will be conservative and not even get out of second gear but will still do enough to get a result and coast into the quarters. Score prediction: Man City 3-0 Basel (Man City to progress 7-0 on aggregate) Tottenham Hotspur vs. Juventus Tottenham came from two goals down to draw 2-2 in the first leg in Turin and go into the second leg at Wembley with an advantage after picking up those two away goals. Both Spurs and Juventus are enjoying good domestic form with three successive wins apiece. In fact, Juve have not even conceded a goal in Serie A since 30 December 2017 in a 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona. Tottenham, meanwhile, have won their last seven games at Wembley. Their last home defeat came in October, when they were knocked out of the EFL Cup with a 3-2 defeat by West Ham. Toby Alderweireld will miss the game as he returned last month after three months out with a hamstring injury but will not be available at Wembley, while full-back Serge Aurier is suspended. Juventus, meanwhile, are without Juan Cuadrado, Mattia de Sciglio and Federico Bernardeschi, who are all injured. Wembley will undoubtedly be roaring as the Bianconeri come to town and the hosts will give a good performance but I expect the Italians to have just enough for victory and progress. Score prediction: Spurs 1-2 Juve (Juve to progress 3-4 on aggregate) Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. The big freeze hasn't stopped the Premier League fixtures this weekend from being cancelled, so here is Football Manics with a preview of Saturday's action. Burnley vs. Everton Two out-of-form sides clash at Turf Moor in Saturday's early PL kickoff, with Burnley winless in 11 Premier League games including their last five home games. Everton have been okay at home but have picked up just one win from their last 22 league away games, losing the last four in a row. That said, I think they will have enough to break their away duck and get the better of a side that has long since been exiled from Proudsville. Score prediction: 0-2 away win Leicester City vs. Bournemouth Leicester have only managed two victories in the last 11 league games and have gone four without a win, conceding nine goals in that run. Bournemouth, meanwhile, have lost only one of their last nine Premier League fixtures and have found the net in nine consecutive league games, scoring 18 goals. However, the Cherries have only kept one clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League games, and away at a side that can be dangerous, I think this will see them defeated. Score prediction: 2-0 home win Southampton vs. Stoke City Another game between two out-of-form sides, with Southampton having picked up just one win in their last 15 league games and winless in their last seven at St Mary's since beating Everton 4-1 in November. As for Stoke, they have won just once in nine Premier League games, conceded a league-high 54 goals this season, and have the joint-worst away record, alongside West Brom, with seven points and only one victory. So we're unlikely to see much quality here but I think it would be too easy to dismiss this as a draw, so I'm going to back the hosts to claim victory. Score prediction: 2-1 home win Swansea City vs. West Ham The Swans' upsurge in form under Carlos Carvalhal came to an end last time out against Brighton but they could earn seven victories in a row at the Liberty Stadium in all competitions for the first time since November 2004. As for the Hammers, they have earned 20 points in their last 13 league games - twice as many as in their first 15 fixtures this season - but have only won once in five league games and are in danger of suffering three straight away defeats. For all their efforts, Swansea remain in the drop zone and I think it'll be a close call in this game, with points split. Score prediction: 0-0 draw Tottenham Hotspur vs. Huddersfield Town Spurs are unbeaten in 16 games in all competitions, undefeated in 13 league games at Wembley and have not lost in 33 Premier League games against promoted sides, winning the last 15 in a row. Huddersfield, meanwhile have put their recent downturn behind them and could win three consecutive top-flight games for the first time since April 1956, as well as scoring 10 goals in 14 away league games this season. However, the Terriers continue to ship goals and away against an attacking side boasting Harry Kane, this could prove their downfall. Score prediction: 3-0 home win Watford vs. West Bromwich Albion Watford are looking to win three successive Premier League home games for the first time since April 2017 - one of those matches was against West Brom - and have won four of their last six home games in all competitions The Baggies' season, meanwhile, lurches from bad to worse, currently seven points adrift of safety, having won hust three times in 37 league matches dating back to March last year, and with yet another off-pitch issue besetting the club, this time in the form of a dressing room leak. So for me this is a foregone conclusion - Watford to claim all three points and potentially getting Alan Pardew the sack. Score prediction: 3-0 home win Liverpool vs. Newcastle United Liverpool are the division's form team with 22 points from the past nine games, are unbeaten in 16 league matches at Anfield, and their only league defeat in 19 games came at Swansea City in January. They will be visited by their former manager Rafael Benitez, who takes his Newcastle United outfit to Merseyside in good form, their only defeat in eight coming at Manchester City. That said, I still think Liverpool, with their world-class attacking setup, will have too much for a Magpies side only really punching above their weight because of their inspirational manager. Score prediction: 4-1 home win Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that Toby Alderweireld will not be involved in the Champions League meeting with Juventus next week. Spurs host the Serie A champions at Wembley Stadium next Wednesday with the last-16 tie level at 2-2 following the first leg in Turin earlier this month. Central defender Alderweireld is yet to resume training after suffering a tweak in the same hamstring which kept him sidelined for four months this season, and has not played a league game since October. "He is still recovering. He is still not participating with the group," Pochettino told reporters ahead of the FA Cup fifth-round replay with Rochdale on Wednesday night. "When you tear a muscle, then you are fit but fit to participate in training. And then, it's to be fit to play, and then to compete. It's a different process and sometimes it's longer, depending on the injury. "Sometimes, the people create an expectation and then we are the bad guys, when we say 'no you cannot play' or we start to build your fitness step by step. "It's our responsibility sometimes, but it's impossible to explain everything. It's just to be careful about the player because we want Toby 100 per cent ready to play. "And then it's my decision to pick him. But if you have your best player at 100 per cent, it's sure that he increases your level and he's going to help. "But we don't take our decisions based on public opinion. We are professional and when we take a decision, it's because we have assessed and analysed, we have thought 100 times to try to take the best decision for the team and for the player." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. We have two FA Cup fifth-round replays this week as Swansea City, Sheffield Wednesday, Rochdale and Tottenham Hotspur seek to reach the quarter-finals. How will these games pan out? Football Manics takes a closer look by previewing the action. Swansea City vs. Sheffield Wednesday (Tuesday, 8:05pm GMT) Swansea are certainly making hard work of this FA Cup lark, having gone to replays in each of the last three rounds. In fact, they are the first Premier League side to be taken to FA Cup replays in the third, fourth and fifth rounds since Middlesbrough in 2007. But here they are, with a chance of making the quarters, and should they beat Sheffield Wednesday, fans will not care one bit. Veteran midfielder Leon Britton, who had a short and successful stint as caretaker manager, returns to the Swans' starting XI, having recovered from groin and pelvic injuries and not having featured since mid-October, while Andre Ayew and Andy King are both cup-tied as Carlos Carvalhal plans to rotate his squad again. The main focus for Swansea is Premier League survival and Carvalhal has done superbly since taking charge at the Liberty Stadium following his exit from Wednesday, although defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last time out has set the alarm bells ringing again. For Wednesday, defender Liam Palmer and midfielder Almen Abdi will both return to contention as Jos Luhukay seeks to manage a depleted squad, midfielder Ross Wallace the latest casualty due to a knee injury which may or may not require an operation. Cameron Dawson is expected to start in place of Joe Wildsmith in goal, while Barry Bannan, Tom Lees, Keiren Westwood, Joost van Aken, Kieran Lee, Sam Hutchinson, Marco Matias, Jordan Thorniley, Gary Hooper, Fernando Forestieri and Steven Fletcher all still out. The Owls are also not quite out of danger in the league just yet, seven points above the bottom three and having lost their last two Championship games. Both managers have in fact described this game as an unwelcome additional fixture which should have ideally been settled on penalties. Nonetheless, the show must go on and I expect Swansea to emerge victorious. Score prediction: Swansea 3-0 Wednesday Tottenham Hotspur vs. Rochdale (Wednesday, 7:45pm GMT) Spurs are in very good nick at present in terms of their league and Champions League form, while Rochdale are 11 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the League One table and seemingly destined for the bottom tier. However, Dale pulled off a major upset in the first game of the tie when they equalised late on at the Crown Oil Arena for a 2-2 draw and a replay at Wembley, earning them plaudits, some extra dosh, and the chance to progress to the quarter-finals. Mauricio Pochettino is likely to rest his key players, with Harry Kane and co needed for the Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town on Saturday and the visit of Juventus in the Champions League next week, while in terms of sidelined players, centre-backs Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are the only injury doubts. Expect the likes of Michel Vorm, Kieran Trippier, Juan Foyth, Harry Winks, Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente to get a runout for Tottenham, while Dale are likely to put out their first-team players as they seek a famous cup victory. Rochdale boss Keith Hill has stated that his side will not be at Wembley for a day out but it's impossible for a group of players not to be at least a little overwhelmed to play at Wembley, which could potentially give them a little stage fright from the off. Even once they do settle, I expect Spurs to pack too much firepower for the visitors, making this a relatively easy victory. Score prediction: Tottenham 5-1 Rochdale Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  16. Tottenham Hotspur duo Eric Dier and Harry Kane have rubbished suggestions that teammate Dele Alli dived against Crystal Palace and urged referees to see past his reputation. Alli had a legitimate appeal for a penalty turned down in the 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park on Sunday when he appeared to be fouled by Patrick van Aanholt. However, the 21-year-old then dived over a Wayne Hennessey challenge moments later, prompting boos from the home crowd, Gary Lineker dubbing him "Divey Alli" on Twitter and Alan Shearer calling the Hennessey incident a “blatant dive”. When Dier was told by Sky Sports about Lineker’s and Shearer’s comments and asked if he felt Alli had dived, the 24-year-old said: “No. I’m sure they probably both dived in their careers. These things happen. “Obviously, because it’s Dele, it probably gets more attention than it deserves. It’s difficult sometimes because if you take the action in the game against Liverpool, where he got booked for diving, I was standing right behind him. “When he’s running towards the ball, he’s taken a touch and it looks like the guy is about to come and take him out. There’s a sense of ‘I need to get out of the way’. If (the opponent) then goes and stops, it’s difficult. “That’s the great thing about Dele: I don’t think he pays any attention to it and that’s the most important thing. All he needs to pay attention to is how his team-mates feel and how the manager sees him and how his family see him, and the rest really is irrelevant.” Kane, meanwhile, added: “Sometimes you do get a reputation but then that’s when we’ve got to trust the refs. They can’t let that affect them, and I don’t think they do. “They’ve got to see what they see on the day and make a decision from that. The fans might jeer or boo every time it happens but it’s down to the ref to do his job and that’s all we can count on. “It’s hard when people watch football and they don’t really understand. Sometimes players dive but sometimes you can’t get out of the way, and I’ve said before, if someone makes a challenge why should you jump out of the way? It’s their own fault. “When you get a reputation and when it’s happened a couple of times, the fans get on your back and things like that, but the ref’s there to make a call on the day and you’ve just got to go with what he says.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  17. Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is not a diver. The 21-year-old has come under hot water - and has been admonished by referees - for simulation a number of times. The latest criticism of Alli followed his winning of a penalty during last weekend's FA Cup draw at Rochdale. Hodgson used to manage the attacker at England level and stuck up for the player ahead of the two sides meeting in the Premier League on Sunday. "We do our team talk about Tottenham and discuss their players but we certainly don't discuss Dele Alli and diving, because I don't think he does. Simple as that," Hodgson told reporters. "He runs with the ball and gets knocked over. In the time I was working with him, I saw no aspects to his play or to his character that suggested cheating in any way whatsoever. "Yes, he will get knocked over in the penalty area, he'll get fouled. Some will be given as penalties and some won't be, and when the penalty isn't given, people will say he dived, that's the nature of football today. But he's no cheat and he doesn't dive, that's for sure." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  18. One FA Cup fifth-round takes place today as League One strugglers Rochdale take on Premier League high-flyers Tottenham Hotspur at Spotland. How will this game pan out? Football Manics takes a closer look in this match preview. Standings Rochdale have won just once in nine league fixtures, losing five of their last six, and they currently prop up the League One table. In addition they're a hefty 11 points from safety, but they do have between four and six games in hand on the teams directly above them - though that's not necessarily as good as it seems because of the ensuing fixture pile-up as they try to catch up, plus the pressure from knowing they're so many points adrift and must deliver in every game. Spurs are in much better nick - they did have a blip earlier this season but at present they're firing on all cylinders and getting the results, currently unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions. And it's an especially big achievement when you consider that four of the last five games were against Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus, winning two and drawing two (including coming from two down to draw against Juve). Head to head This will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs. Stats Rochdale have four wins from their five FA Cup matches, in contrast to only five victories from 28 League One fixtures this season. Dale have reached at least the fourth round in four of the last five seasons under Keith Hill, and have been beaten only once in their last 11 FA Cup ties. This is their third appearance in the FA Cup fifth round but they have never reached the quarter-finals. They have lost their last six FA Cup ties against top-flight opposition since beating Coventry 2-1 in January 1971. Dale lost 3-1 at Wolves in their last fifth-round appearance in 2003. Tottenham, meanwhile, have drawn each of their last four away fixtures in all competitions. They have progressed from 16 of their last 17 FA Cup ties against lower league opponents, losing only to Leeds in the fourth round in 2012-13. They have not lost to a team from the third tier or below in the FA Cup since a 2-1 defeat at Port Vale in January 1988. Spurs could reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001-02. Team news Rochdale striker Calvin Andrew has been ruled out of the game due to an Achilles injury. Scott Wiseman, Alex Dobre, Billy Knott and Sam Hart are all cup-tied. Niall Canavan (ankle) and Keith Keane (groin) remain long-term absentees. Tottenham forward Harry Kane is a doubt because of a twisted ankle, so Fernando Llorente could be among several fringe players to start. Lucas Moura is set to make his full debut, with Toby Alderweireld and Michel Vorm also in line for recalls. Prediction A classic FA Cup fixture, this, with the multi-millionaire internationally capped superstars of the Premier League giants having to show their mettle by taking on a lower-league team in more modest surroundings than they're used to. But with Dale in such poor form in League One, I really can't expect much more from them than to put up a brave fight, even if they up their game considerably. Unless Spurs completely overhaul their team and make upwards of, say eight changes, which could result in a disjointed display, I think they'll have too much for the hosts. And considering Spurs haven't won a trophy this decade, they will give the FA Cup a fair bit of attention. Score prediction: 0-3 away win Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  19. Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has been forced to retire at the age of 26 as a result of the fractured skull he suffered against Chelsea in 2017. Mason suffered the injury in a collision with Gary Cahill during a game at Stamford Bridge last year and has not been allowed to play since. The former England international had been working towards a comeback but will retire on the advice of "numerous world-renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons". Mason made a total of 69 Premier League appearances after breaking into the first team at Tottenham in 2014, before signing for Hull two years later. In a statement, the 26-year-old said: "I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football. "I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch. Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury. "I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017. "I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love. To have had the honour of captaining the team fills me with immense pride. Thank you to all of my teammates over the years, there are too many to mention, it's been a privilege to play alongside you all. "Finally, representing my country is an honour that nobody can ever take away from me and something that I am so proud to have achieved. "I'm retiring from the game with my head held high having done everything in my power over these past 13 months to have given myself every opportunity to return to the pitch." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. The Champions League is back and now is when the competitions gets proper serious as the last-16 first legs get underway! Two games on Tuesday so let Football Manics take you through them with our dedicated preview. Juventus vs. Tottenham Hotspur (7:45pm GMT) Mauricio Pochettino's charges travel to Turin to face a Juventus side which has won the last six Serie A titles in a row but finds its latest Scudetto challenge under threat from Napoli, who currently top the table by a single point. Juve suffered a somewhat wobbly start to their campaign but are now firing on all cylinders, boasting a 16-match unbeaten streak coming into this game, and more frighteningly for Spurs, the Bianconeri have conceded just once in that period and have won their last 11 games. Tottenham, meanwhile, go into this game on the back of a solid 1-0 win over North London rivals Arsenal and unbeaten in 12, while their only defeat in 17 was at Manchester City. It will be interesting to see how the prolific Harry Kane and his fellow attackers will do against such a sturdy defence. When two heavyweights in such sparkling form come together, it's difficult to make a prediction. The logical school of thought suggests that these two will cancel each other out, but given how watertight Juve's defence has been, alongside the attacking might of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, plus home advantage, I'm tipping the Bianconeri to win this. Score prediction: 2-0 Basel vs. Manchester City (7:45pm GMT) When it comes to claiming English scalps, Basel have a pretty good track record. They beat Manchester United at St Jakob-Park in the group stages of the Champions League this season on route to qualifying in second place, and also beat the Red Devils in 2011, plus Chelsea in 2013. But the side coming to town on Tuesday isn't just an average or good or even great English side; this season, Manchester City are staking a claim for one of the best English teams of all time. A gargantuan 16 points clear in the Premier League race, in the final of the EFL Cup and still in the FA Cup, the Citizens are on the hunt for a quadruple clean sweep. Pep Guardiola gave his players four days off following the 1-1 draw at Burnley earlier this month and the following fixture saw Sergio Aguero score four goals and Kevin De Bruyne putting in another stellar performance in a 5-1 hammering of 2015-16 champions Leicester City. Given the huge cushion that Man City boast in the league and a six-day gap until the next game, the FA Cup fifth-round trip to League One Wigan Athletic, I can't see Guardiola pondering whether to ration his players - he will probably name his big guns and, should they be firing on all cylinders, I can see them taking a healthy lead back to the Etihad. Score prediction: 0-3 Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  21. Another weekend is upon us which means another Premier League matchday and another Football Manics preview! Let's begin with Saturday's games, featuring the North London derby plus the "Riyad Mahrez derby" as Manchester City face Leicester City. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal The Premier League weekend action kicks off with a huge North London derby which sees Arsenal head to Wembley Stadium sixth in the table, four points and one place adrift of bitter rivals Spurs. Tottenham are unbeaten in eight league games, drawing three of the last five, and have gone 12 home matches without defeat in the Premier League, winning eight of the past 10. Also, talismanic striker Harry Kane has scored six goals in six league games against Arsenal. The Gunners, meanwhile, could suffer three straight away defeats in the Premier League for the first time since a run of four losses ended last April, and are winless in 15 top-flight away games against the current top five clubs since a 2-0 victory at Manchester City in January 2015. On the plus side for Arsenal, their record at Wembley is superb - winning each of their previous nine visits - and in derbies the form book always goes out the window, so I'm tipping this game to finish as a draw - let's call it a high-scoring one. Score prediction: 3-3 Everton vs. Crystal Palace Everton have won just one of their last eight league games, earning six points from a possible 24, and have conceded 15 goals in their last six league matches. Palace, meanwhile, have lost only twice in their last 15 league fixtures, both against Arsenal, and are also impressive on the road, but they have gone three games without a win - drawing 1-1 in each of their last two games. The Eagles' injury list continues to mount, however with Wilfried Zaha, Julian Speroni and Martin Kelly now sidelined, and I think this will have a big bearing in the game, not to mention Sam Allardyce wanting to bounce back from a "pathetic" defeat by Arsenal. Score prediction: 2-0 Stoke City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion Stoke have lost seven of their last 11 games and taken only eight points from a possible 33 during this period, which leaves them just inside the relegation zone, but they have been beaten in only one of their last four home games, winning twice and drawing the other match. As for Brighton, they are unbeaten in three games in all competitions, winning twice and drawing once, but are without an away league win in seven games since November's 1-0 victory at Swansea City, with a miserly tally of six away goals. Paul Lambert has overseen a slight upturn in form at Stoke, with two clean sheets in his first two home games, so I think they'll do well against a Brighton side which isn't too hot on the road. Score prediction: 3-1 Swansea City vs. Burnley Carlos Carvalhal has turned a Swansea side tumbling out of the league into one unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, including wins over Liverpool and Arsenal, plus an 8-1 destruction of Notts County in the FA Cup last time out. In contrast, Burnley are without a Premier League win in nine games, the longest current winless run in the division, and could remain winless in their opening six league matches of a calendar year for the first time since 2007. It's a stark contract from the Proudsville form in the first half of the season but they're still a strong side and I fancy them to get a draw at the Liberty Stadium against a side that was busy in midweek. Score prediction: 1-1 West Ham United vs. Watford West Ham's current form is lukewarm, with wins over struggling West Brom and Huddersfield plus a draw at Tottenham this calendar year, though defeats to Brighton and Bournemouth show there's still work to be done. Watford, meanwhile, are looking to win back-to-back league games for the first time since November, following their 4-1 win against Chelsea on Monday, although they were their first three points since December 26. The Hornets also boast a lengthy injury list and, taking on a side in good form at home, I see them slumping to defeat at the London Stadium. Score prediction: 2-0 Manchester City vs. Leicester City This season's champions-elect against the title winners from two years ago, the narrative around this game will revolve around Riyad Mahrez, who did not train since the end of January following interest from Man City but is expected to play for Leicester this weekend. The Citizens dropped two points against Burnley last time out but with the players rested following several days off, they should be well rested and fully focused once again - not to mention their home form is absolutely superb, unbeaten in 25 league games at the Etihad and gunning for a 13th straight league win there. As for the Foxes, they are much improved under Claude Puel but their last two league victories in nine attempts came at home to Huddersfield and Watford, and they have taken just one point from their last four league games on the road. Leicester are more than capable of springing a shock from time to time but with how superb Man City have been this season, I can see them back to form and claiming victory. Score prediction: 3-0 Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  22. Tottenham Hotspur have succeeded in reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup after seeing off League Two outfit Newport County in Wednesday night's fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade saw the Exiles on the brink of a massive upset against the Premier League top-six giants until late on when they were pegged back by a late Harry Kane goal for a 2-2 final score. Things were a little more straightforward at Wembley Stadium, with Spurs taking the lead midway through the first half when Moussa Sissoko's cross went into the net off a Dan Butler deflection. The hosts then doubled their advantage on 34 minutes when Son Heung-min played a weighted ball into the box which Erik Lamela slotted through legs of Joe Day. Newport held their colour but could not muster a shot on target until late in when Padraig Amond shot straight at Spurs keeper Michel Vorm. Mauricio Pochettino's charges ultimately saw the game out for a final score of 2-0 and spot in the last 16 which sees them away at Rochdale. Football Manics looks at how managers and players from both teams reacted to the performance and result. Newport manager Michael Flynn: "I am not happy we lost, but I am very proud of the effort and work-rate from my players. "We kept going right to the end and we scored. It was important we were not embarrassed or trounced. "In the first 25 minutes I thought we were the better team but how the goal went in was obviously deflating and it took us 10 minutes to get over that and then the damage was done. "We needed the luck to go with us and the frustrating thing for us is we didn't hold on at home. It was always going to be tough here. Tottenham have fantastic players." Newport goalkeeper Joe Day: "It is a great effort from the lads. There is no shame in losing 2-0 to them. I am proud of the team and proud of the lads. "The game plan was to stay in the game for as long as we could, but with a [first goal] like that, it is unfortunate. I have gone for the line of the ball and it has taken a deflection. "We can take a lot of confidence. Over two legs against Tottenham we have held our own for the majority of the game." Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "Of course we are happy because we are in the next stage and that is the most important thing. "It was a professional job and it was important for many players to have the possibility to play. "It is tough to find a place to play as the team is doing well and today was a great opportunity. "We won against Man United and drew a fantastic game at Liverpool and Newport lost to Lincoln and Colchester. "But in the FA Cup we understand after a few years it is a magic competition and anything can happen." Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld: "We did our job. It is more difficult than you think. We tried to play the best football we could and make the next round." Tottenham goalscorer Erik Lamela: "I was out for a long time and it was difficult for me but I am back playing now and it is good to get a goal. We have a very good team and we need everyone fit to fight for places." (Quotes sourced from BBC Sport) Share your thoughts about this reaction feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  23. Just one FA Cup fourth-round replay takes place on Wednesday night, with the mighty Tottenham Hotspur welcoming League Two side Newport County at Wembley Stadium. How is this game expected to pan out? Football Manics takes a closer look in this preview. What happened in the first game Newport put up a great performance against their more illustrious opponents at Rodney Parade and Padraig Amond's first-half header deservedly put the hosts ahead. The Exiles went close to hanging on for a famous giant killing, but they were ultimately denied by Harry Kane eight minutes from time to earn Spurs a replay at England's national stadium. Current form Tottenham's Premier League form has been a little wobbly of late but their last two games saw them beat Manchester United and draw at Liverpool to keep them fifth in the standings. Since losing to West Ham in the EFL Cup fourth round, Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 11 home games at Wembley, scoring 30 goals and conceding just six. In fact, Spurs have kept clean sheets in each of their last three home games in all competitions, they last kept four or more shutouts in September 2013. Newport's last six League Two games read as follows: three wins in a row, followed by a draw, followed by back to back defeats to leave them 11th in the table. FA Cup Stats Newport will be returning to Wembley for the first time since May 2013, when beating Wrexham 2-0 in the Conference play-off final - returning to the Football League for the first time since 1987-88. Tottenham have won all seven FA Cup matches at home against teams from the English fourth tier, scoring 38 goals (avg 5.4 goals per game). Although, Spurs needed a 97th-minute winner from Heung-Min Son against Wycombe to progress to the fifth round last season. The Exiles have won just one of their seven FA Cup away games against top-flight opposition (D1 L5), a 3-1 win against Huddersfield in February 1949, also a fourth-round replay. Team news Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld have returned to first-team training but are unlikely to be rushed back into first team action. Harry Winks is certain to miss out for Spurs as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury. New signing Lucas Moura, having arrived in January from Paris Saint-Germain, has yet to feature for his new club. Newport will be without midfielder Sean Rigg after he left the club by mutual consent. Mike Flynn has no new injury concerns ahead of the clash and will likely choose a similar line-up to that which forced the Wembley replay. Score prediction Newport did a superb job to not only hold Spurs to a draw at Rodney Parade but come within a whisker of winning outright. However, Mauricio Pochettino is likely to name a strong line-up as he will likely view the FA Cup as the most feasible trophy left to win this season, so a combination of a stronger team, taking the game more seriously and being at home will probably see them over the line. Score prediction: 4-0 Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  24. Two Premier League games take place on Sunday as Crystal Palace and Newcastle United face off in yet another game that call be billed a 'relegation six-pointer' in what is one of the tightest survival races in years, plus a tasty clash between two attacking sides in Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. How could these games pan out? Football Manics takes a closer look. Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United When these sides last met in the league, on 21 October, Newcastle had been flirting with the top four and Palace, although no longer winless and pointless, were still bottom of the table. The Magpies won 1-0 at St James' Park and BBC pundit Garth Crooks stated that "Rafa Benitez is capable of winning Premier League title with Newcastle". Fastforward to February 2018 and Palace, 15th in the table, are now above Newcastle, who sit 16th, and are arguably the favourites, having lost only three of their 16 league matches since the reverse on Tyneside. Newcastle, meanwhile, have lost just one of their last five league games but have also won only once, and have been defeated in 13 league games this season; only Swansea, with 14, have lost more. The Magpies are more than capable of getting a win on their day, but I personally think this one will end up in a Palace win. Score prediction: 1-0 Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool delight and frustrate in equal measure - they can beat Manchester City but then go on to lose against Swansea, so truthfully it's difficult to see how this one will pan out. Anfield is a fortress for the Reds at the minute though, who are unbeaten in 14 PL games there, and they have also gone 12 league home matches without defeat against fellow top-six clubs since a 1-0 defeat by Manchester United in January 2016. As for Spurs, they have earned seven points from their last three away games, having collected just one point from the previous available 15, and their only defeat in the last 14 league and cup games was by 4-1 at Manchester City in December. Can Tottenham build on their superb midweek win over Manchester United? Or will Liverpool put in the kind of performance that will defeat any opponent? For me, this will end in a draw. Score prediction: 2-2 Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  25. The January 2018 transfer window is now officially shut, and what a frantic, breathless affair it's been at times. From the striker merry-go-round involving Chelsea, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund to the swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Philippe Coutinho's departure to Barcelona, it's really been a whirlwind month. In fact, the whole Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool story, making the Dutchman the most expensive defender in history, feels like ancient news, so manic has the window been. Indeed, from a Premier League perspective it's been not only the January window with the highest outlay, but transfer deadline day also saw the most money spent, both trumping the records set by the 2011 window. So, where does each Premier League team stand in terms of incomings and outgoings? Here is a comprehensive list. ARSENAL In Konstantinos Mavropanos - PAS Giannina, £1.8m Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Manchester United, swap deal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Borussia Dortmund, £60m Out Olivier Giroud - Chelsea, £15.3m plus £2.2m add-ons Alexis Sanchez - Manchester United, swap deal Theo Walcott - Everton, £20m Francis Coquelin - Valencia, undisclosed Tafari Moore - Wycombe Wanderers, loan Ben Sheaf - Stevenage, loan Jeff Reine-Adelaide - Angers, loan Mathieu Debuchy - St Etienne, undisclosed Stephy Mavididi - Charlton, loan Marcus McGuane - Barcelona, undisclosed Chuba Akpom - Sint-Truidense, loan Krystian Bielik - Walsall, loan Julio Pleguezuelo - Gimnastic, loan BOURNEMOUTH In None Out Connor Mahoney - Barnsley, loan Mihai Dobre - Rochdale, loan Lewis Grabban - Aston Villa, loan Benik Afobe - Wolves, loan Aaron Ramsdale - Chesterfield, loan Shaun Hobson - Chester, loan Ryan Allsop - Lincoln, loan BRIGHTON In Leonardo Ulloa - Leicester, loan Warren O'Hara - Bohemians, undisclosed fee Jurgen Locadia - PSV, £14.1m Viktor Gyokeres - Brommapojkarna, undisclosed Out Jamie Murphy - Rangers, loan Kazenga LuaLua - Sunderland, free Ben Hall - Notts County, loan Jordan Maguire-Drew - Coventry, loan BURNLEY In Georges-Kevin N'Koudou - Tottenham, loan Aaron Lennon - Everton, undisclosed Out Dan Agyei - Blackpool, loan Alex Whitmore - Chesterfield, free Tom Anderson - Doncaster, loan Jimmy Dunne - Accrington, loan Luke Hendrie - Shrewsbury, undisclosed CHELSEA In Olivier Giroud - Arsenal, £15.3m plus £2.2m add-ons Ross Barkley - Everton, £15m plus add-ons Emerson Palmieri - Roma, £17.6m Out Michy Batshuayi - Dortmund, loan Jake Clarke-Salter - Sunderland, loan Kenedy - Newcastle, loan Baba Rahman - Schalke, loan Charly Musonda - Celtic, loan Todd Kane - Oxford, loan Kasey Palmer - Derby, loan Ike Ugbo - MK Dons, loan CRYSTAL PALACE In Alexander Sorloth - FC Midtjylland, undisclosed Jaroslaw Jach - Zagłebie Lubin, undisclosed Erdal Rakip - Benfica, loan Out Noor Husin - Notts County, undisclosed fee Keshi Anderson - Swindon, undisclosed Sully Kaikai - Charlton, loan Freddie Ladapo - Southend, undisclosed Andre Coker - Maidstone, loan EVERTON In Cenk Tosun - Besiktas, £27m Theo Walcott - Everton, £20m Eliaquim Mangala - Manchester City, loan Out Ross Barkley - Chelsea, £15m plus add-ons Liam Walsh - Bristol City, undisclosed Kevin Mirallas - Olympiakos, loan Harry Charsley - Bolton, loan Aaron Lennon - Burnley, undisclosed Sandro Ramirez - Sevilla, loan Ademola Lookman - RB Leipzig, loan Mo Besic - Middlesbrough, loan Gethin Jones - Fleetwood, free Boris Mathis - Northampton, loan Louis Gray - Carlisle, loan HUDDERSFIELD In Terence Kongolo - Monaco, loan Alex Pritchard - Norwich, £11m Out Jack Payne - Blackburn, loan Joe Lolley - Nottingham Forest, undisclosed Martin Crainie - Middlesbrough, undisclosed Jack Boyle - Clyde, loan Dylan Cogill - Clyde, loan Cedwyn Scott - Dundee, undisclosed LEICESTER CITY In Adrien Silva - Sporting Lisbon, £22m Fousseni Diabate - Gazelec Ajaccio, undisclosed Callum Wright - Blackburn, undisclosed Out Raul Uche - Real Betis, loan Leonardo Ulloa - Brighton, loan Ahmed Musa - CSKA Moscow, loan Islam Slimani - Newcastle, loan Andy King - Swansea, loan LIVERPOOL In Virgil van Dijk - Southampton, £75m Tony Gallagher - Falkirk, £200,000 Out Philippe Coutinho - Barcelona, £146m Daniel Sturridge - West Brom, loan Cameron Brannagan - Oxford United, undisclosed Ryan Kent - Bristol City, loan Marko Grujic - Cardiff, loan Lloyd Jones - Luton, undisclosed Ovie Ejaria - Sunderland, loan Harry Wilson - Hull, loan Lazar Markovic - Anderlecht, loan Jon Flanagan - Bolton, loan Corey Whelan - Yeovil, loan Matty Virtue - Notts County, loan MANCHESTER CITY In Aymeric Laporte - Athletic Bilbao, £57m Jack Harrison - New York City, undisclosed Out Eliaquim Mangala - Everton, loan Isaac Buckley-Ricketts - Oxford United, loan Kean Bryan - Oldham, loan Marlos Moreno - Flamengo, loan Ashley Smith-Brown - Oxford, loan Jack Harrison - Middlesbrough, loan Jacob Davenport - Burton, loan Charlie Oliver - Fleetwood, loan Shay Facey - Northampton, undisclosed Chidi Nwakali - Aberdeen, loan MANCHESTER UNITED In Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal, swap deal Matej Kovar - FC Slovacko, undisclosed Out Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Arsenal, swap deal James Wilson - Sheffield United, loan Demetri Mitchell - Hearts, loan Axel Tuanzebe - Aston Villa, loan Charlie Scott- Hamilton, loan Matty Willock - St Johnstone, loan NEWCASTLE UNITED In Kenedy - Chelsea, loan Islam Slimani - Leicester, loan Martin Dubravka - Sparta Prague, loan Out Adam Armstrong - Blackburn, loan Dan Barlaser - Crewe, loan Jamie Sterry - Crewe, loan Henri Saviet - Sivasspor, loan Rolando Aarons - Hellas Verona, loan Freddie Woodman - Aberdeen, loan Jack Colback - Nottingham Forest, loan Aleksandar Mitrovic - Fulham, loan Ivan Toney - Scunthorpe, loan SOUTHAMPTON In Guido Carrillo - Monaco, £19.1m Out Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool, £75m Marcus Barnes - Yeovil, loan Ryan Seager - Yeovil, loan Matt Targett - Fulham, loan STOKE CITY In Badou Ndiaye - Galatasaray, undisclosed Moussa Niakete - Paris FC, free Moritz Bauer - Rubin Kazan, undisclosed fee Kostas Stafylidis - Augsburg, loan Out Harry Souttar - Ross County, loan Josh Tymon - MK Dons, loan Julien Ngoy - Walsall, loan SWANSEA CITY In Andre Ayew - West Ham, £18m Andy King - Leicester, loan Jack Withers - Boston United, undisclosed Out Adam King - Mansfield, loan Jay Fulton, Wigan, loan Joe Rodon - Cheltenham, loan Oli McBurnie - Barnsley, loan Josh Sheehan - Newport, free Roque Mesa - Sevilla, loan TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR In Lucas Moura - PSG, £25m Out Georges-Kevin N'Koudou - Burnley, loan Marcus Edwards - Norwich, loan Anton Walkes - Portsmouth, loan Luke Amos - Stevenage, loan Ryan Loft - Exeter, loan Cameron Carter-Vickers - Ipswich, loan Shayon Harrison - Southend, loan WATFORD In Pontus Dahlberg - IFK Gothenburg, undisclosed Gerard Deulofeu - Barcelona, loan Dodi Lukebakio - Anderlecht, undisclosed Didier Ndong - Sunderland, loan Out Alex Jakubiak - Falkirk, loan Michael Folivi - Boreham Wood, loan Charlie Rowan - Accrington Stanley, loan Brice Dja Djedje - Lens, loan Randell Williams - Wycombe, loan Isaac Success - Malaga, loan Costel Pantilimon - Nottingham Forest, loan Pontus Dahlberg - IFK Gothenburg, loan WEST BROMWICH ALBION In Ahmed Hegazi - Al Ahly, undisclosed Ali Gabr - Zamalek FC, loan Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool, loan Out Kane Wilson - Exeter, loan Shaun Donnellan - Yeovil, freee Tahvon Campbell - Forest Green, loan Kyle Edwards - Exeter, loan Tyler Roberts - Leeds United, £2.5m Kyle Howkins - Port Vale, loan Max Melbourne - Ross County, loan WEST HAM UNITED In Jordan Hugill - Preston, undisclosed Joao Mario - Inter Milan, loan Out Andre Ayew - Swansea, £18m Martin Samuelsen - Burton, loan Diafra Sakho - Rennes, undisclosed Reece Burke - Bolton, loan Reece Oxford - Borussia Monchengladbach, loan Moses Makasi - Plymouth, loan Share your thoughts about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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