English Premiership

Man United end pursuit of Arsenal’s Vermaelen

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Manchester United have ended their pursuit of Thomas Vermaelen after refusing to consider a player-swap deal with Arsenal, according to Sky Sports. Vermaelen, who is also reported to be wanted by Barcelona, had been linked with a move to Old Trafford but it is understood Arsenal were not prepared to sanction a direct sale to United. New United boss Louis ...

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Arsenal no longer selling club – Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger: Says Gunners are not a selling club any longe

Arsene Wenger believes the days of Arsenal being at the mercy of the richest clubs in the world are over. The Gunners have often been forced to cash-in on their leading stars, with Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor all lining up against them in the Premier League this season. But Wenger feels the tables are ...

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Sunderland looking to conclude deal for Fabio Borini

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Gus Poyet is continuing to work on a deal to sign Fabio Borini on a permanent basis, but will not put a timescale on his attempts to bring the Liverpool striker back to Sunderland. Borini scored 10 goals in 40 appearances on loan at Sunderland last season and played a key role in the club’s run to the Capital One ...

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Howard Webb will explain key referee decisions to fans

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Former referee Howard Webb will make himself available to explain key decisions to fans during the season as part of his role as technical director of the official referees’ association. Webb retired from refereeing¬†on Wednesday to end a 25-year career. The 43-year-old is keen to “enlighten people” about reasons behind decisions. “I’ve just had a season where I was in ...

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Vanishing spray to be used in Community Shield

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Vanishing spray will be used in Sunday’s Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester City, the FA has revealed. The spray, used to keep the defensive wall back 10 yards at a free-kick, will feature in Premier League matches this season and will be used by referee Michael Oliver in the pre-season showpiece at Wembley. FA General Secretary Alex Horne said: ...

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Everton boss Martinez keen to add wide player

Roberto Martinez: Looking to add a winger to squad

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hoping to add a winger to his squad to complete his summer transfer dealings. Martinez is pleased with the options he has in his squad, at least when everyone is fit, but would like to add one more wide player before the end of August. Everton have been linked with a loan deal for Chelsea ...

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QPR sign Mauricio Isla on season-long loan from Juventus

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QPR have confirmed the signing of Chile international Mauricio Isla on a season-long loan deal from Juventus. The versatile Isla, who plays mainly as a right wing-back, impressed for Chile at the World Cup, but he had fallen well down the pecking order at Juventus and struggled to hold down a regular place in the side last season. The 26-year-old ...

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Southampton confirm Osvaldo, Taider swap deal with Inter

Saphir Taider: Has signed for Southampton on a season-long loan

Southampton have confirmed the signing of Saphir Taider from Inter Milan with Daniel Osvaldo moving in the other direction. The deal for both players is year-long loans, with Osvaldo keen to move back to Italy following a successful spell at Juventus last season. Italy international Osvaldo, 28, signed from Roma on a four-year deal in 2013 but failed to settle ...

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Frank Lampard meets new Man City team-mates

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Frank Lampard met up with his new Manchester City team-mates for the first time this morning when he reported for training at Carrington. The 36-year-old midfielder, who was released by Chelsea at the end of last season, joined City on loan from New York City until January. It is a short-term move for Lampard who signed in July for New ...

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Howard Webb retires from refereeing

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Howard Webb has ended his 25-year refereeing career after being appointed technical director of the official referees’ association. Webb has refereed over 500 Premier League and Football League matches and officiated in the 2010 World Cup final. The 43-year-old began his career in 1989, progressing through the Northern Counties and Football League to become a Select Group referee in 2003. ...

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