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Alan 11:44 Sun Feb 10
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Manchester City are set to sign 14-year-old England youth international Morten Spencer, who plays on the wing or as an attacking midfielder, from Sunderland for £200,000. City manager Pep Guardiola's scouts are under orders to find home-grown talent. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, is insisting on £350,000-a-week wage demands, which would make him the club's second highest earner behind behind £400,000-a-week Alexis Sanchez, 30. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery will reignite his interest in Mainz centre-back Gbamin after a failed bid for the 23-year-old last summer, despite the Bundesliga club demanding £40m - £5m under Emery's entire summer transfer budget. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham fear summer target Adrien Rabiot, the 23-year-old Paris St-Germain midfielder, could be snapped up by Liverpool or Barcelona. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United are planning a £50m move for Fulham's 18-year-old left-sided player Ryan Sessegnon. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits he is struggling to find a successor for Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, and is considering switching the 33-year-old to a centre-back during the final years of his career. (Goal)

Everton could turn to Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa if they decide to part company with under-fire manager Marco Silva. (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea are monitoring Everton forward Richarlison, 21, who is also on the radar of AC Milan, Paris St-Germain and Atletico Madrid. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved one step closer to landing the permanent job after his agent met co-owner Avram Glazer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward following Saturday's win at Fulham. (Sunday Mirror)

Barcelona are keen to strengthen at left-back and have identified Lyon's Ferland Mendy, 23, Filipe Luis, 33, of Atletico Madrid and Real Betis's Junior Firpo, 22, as targets. (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester United have contacted Tanguy Ndombele's representatives over a possible summer move for the Lyon midfielder. (Le 10 Sport, via Mail on Sunday)

Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt's decision to link up with high-profile agent Mino Raiola could scupper a move to the Premier League, with the belief in Holland that English clubs are reluctant to deal with Raiola. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all watched the 19-year-old. (Sunday Mirror)

Juventus winger Douglas Costa, 28, has made a potential hint over his future after he 'liked' a Twitter post linking him to a Manchester United move. (Sun on Sunday)

The future of Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez hinges on whether the Magpies avoid relegation to the Championship at the end of the season. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl is hopeful the club will be able to persuade forward Thorgan Hazard, who has been linked with Liverpool, to sign a new contract. (Inside Futbol)

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock says he has fallen victim to a "vendetta" over his links with the businessman involved in the Emiliano Sala tragedy. (Sunday Telegraph)

Derby boss Frank Lampard is hoping to soon complete the signing of free agent defender Efe Ambrose, having seen the 30-year-old former Celtic and Hibernian player training with the Rams. (Derby Telegraph)

Manchester United and Arsenal will have scouts at Sunday's East Anglian derby to assess Norwich's £10m-rated defender Ben Godfrey, 21, who has also attracted interest from Lyon and RB Leipzig. (Sunday Mirror)

Cardiff and Sheffield United are among the clubs keeping an eye on Rotherham midfielder Will Vaulks, 25. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester City brought forward the signing of Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, allowing the 16-year-old to make his debut for City's under-18 side on Saturday. (Manchester Evening News)


Wilfried Zaha finally scores at home to earn Palace draw with West Ham

Dominic Fifield at Selhurst Park

Wilfried Zaha might not have played in this fixture. It had taken the Crystal Palace forward exercising a right to appeal an additional one-match suspension, incurred for sarcastically applauding the referee after his dismissal at Southampton last month, to allow his inclusion. With that in mind, there was a certain inevitability that he would end up making an impression on this exhilarating contest.

Palace's Vicente Guaita guessed the wrong way as he dove to his left while midfielder Noble put his shot to the keeper's right

Noble was hugged by Scotland international Robert Snodgrass while Rice punched the air in front of West Ham's supporters

Time was ticking down on Palace’s hopes, with West Ham clinging to a lead secured courtesy of Mark Noble’s penalty from a first half when they had been by far the more assured team, when Zaha’s moment finally came. The Ivorian had become increasingly influential, rendering Ryan Fredericks ever more flustered on the flank, when, 14 minutes from time, he exchanged passes with James McArthur, exploited space near the byline and spat away a shot from a tight angle.

The effort would not have beaten the excellent Lukasz Fabianski had it not flicked up off Issa Diop to loop beyond the goalkeeper, but Palace had probably earned that element of good fortune.

It was Zaha’s first goal at Selhurst Park since the final day of last season and even if he loses his appeal and ends up missing the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Doncaster next Sunday Roy Hodgson may consider that to have been a risk worth taking.

“It would have been a travesty had we not got anything from the game,” said Hodgson, who had made clear his frustration at the referee’s performance as the officials departed after the final whistle.

“But, had we ended up losing 1-0 and played as we did in the second half to the end, I would have told the players in the dressing room that it had been a very good team performance. I can continue to hope this level of performance can get us into the top half of the table.”

They departed wondering quite how they had not forced home what would have been a vital win, given they still hover three points from the bottom three.

The substitute Michy Batshuayi and McArthur had missed glorious opportunities when they had trailed, the latter gliding on to Patrick van Aanholt’s pass to stare down Fabianski. Christian Benteke and the Dutch full-back had both been free to his right unmarked in front of goal, pleading for a pass, but the Scot waited for the goalkeeper to sink to his knees and with the arena hushed in expectation lifted his shot over the Pole but wide of his near post. It was an excruciating miss.

Not that West Ham would have deserved to suffer a fifth consecutive away defeat in all competitions. Their first-half authority had yielded a deserved lead that might have been extended beyond Noble’s penalty, converted after Vicente Guaita had been penalised for clattering Michail Antonio as he leaped to reach Declan Rice’s cleverly clipped pass.

The visitors had carved out the better opportunities up to then, Guaita denying Fredericks and Robert Snodgrass, with Felipe Anderson – his weight of pass immaculate – orchestrating their attacks.

As it transpired, they regretted a failure to chisel out more than a slender advantage and could not rely upon Fabianski’s excellence to maintain their lead. The Pole had denied McArthur and Benteke.

“We retreated to try and keep the lead and that was a mistake,” said Manuel Pellegrini. “Good players with big possession will probably score a goal in the end. They scored a lucky goal, with the deflection, but they deserved it.”

Zaha now boasts goals in his past two games. He may be banned thanks to that improper conduct charge, but he continues to be this team’s inspiration.


Wilfried Zaha is Crystal Palace hero again to earn point against West Ham

Ivan Speck, at Selhurst Park

Far removed from spiky London derbies of the past, Wilfried Zaha’s late equaliser for Crystal Palace allowed rival managers Roy Hodgson and Manuel Pellegrini to indulge in a love-in as Valentines Day approaches.

There were signs in this match that both sides could occupy the top half of the table by season’s end, an opinion that neither man was about to denigrate.

Hodgson said: “My perception is that I think I’ve got a very, very good football team here. They have shown it time and time again this season and they showed it with bells on today against a team that should have beaten Liverpool on Monday night.

“I believe in this team and I believe that they should be less concerned about the teams below them than catching up the teams above them after giving away so points previously.”

The compliment was returned by Pellegrini, whose West Ham team controlled the first half with a calm assurance that demonstrates their faith in the Chilean’s principles and methods.

Pellegrini said: “I’m not disappointed by the draw because the first 45 minutes the team played in exactly the same way we did against Liverpool.

“Crystal Palace are not an easy team. They beat Manchester City in their own stadium. I am happy with this result. We always want to win, but, in this case, a draw with a fair result.”

The first half belonged to West Ham. An intelligent reverse pass through the Palace defence from Michail Antonio almost brought the breakthrough in the 12th minute only for Ryan Fredericks to strike his shot into the body of Vicente Guaita. The keeper then blocked a Robert Snodgrass shot as he, too, burst clear.

The next intervention by the Palace keeper was less auspicious. As Declan Rice lofted a curling pass into the path of Antonio, Patrick van Aanholt failed to connect with a chest pass back to Guaita, leaving the keeper to clatter into Antonio and referee Craig Pawson with no choice but to award a penalty.

Mark Noble clinically converted the spot-kick, his first penalty since scoring against Palace last season.

West Ham looked the more coherent side at this point, moving forward and back as a team, whereas Palace were relying more on individual sparks of brilliance.

The second half was a different tale. Palace ought to have drawn level after 52 minutes when McArthur somehow failed to either convert a van Aanholt pass or square it to one of two supporting teammates.

Electing to beat Fabianski by himself, the Scot scooped his shot against the outside of the post. His reaction was a bemused smile, no doubt hiding the horror he felt at such an awful miss.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi was equally culpable from another van Aanholt pass, while the Dutchman almost spared both men the embarrassment with a rasping volley that dipped just too late.

It was left to Zaha to play his usual role of Palace saviour with the equaliser 14 minutes from time. He wriggled his way towards the by-line and somehow squeezed a rising shot between the post and Lukasz Fabianski’s right hand.

Zaha might even have won it for Palace four minutes later except for another diving stop by Fabianski.


Thompson claims Palace should have been reduce to 10

Phil Thompson claimed that Luka Milivojevic should have seen red during West Ham’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace and boldly added that if a Hammers player had done the same then they would have definitely received their marching orders.

The Sky Sports pundit stated that he thought the 27-year-old midfielder should have got his second yellow card of the match for a foul of Mark Noble in order to see his side reduced to 10-men.

Thompson claimed that Milivojevic got away with it due to referee Craig Pawson allowing the game to go on rather than stopping to book him.

“Milivojevi? should have had a second yellow but Craig Pawson doesn’t give it, he fouls Mark Noble on the halfway line and the games goes on, he allowed it to go on and I feel if that was the away team then it would have been a second yellow, he’s got away with it,” said Thompson on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday (February 9th, 17:42).


West Ham fans will no doubt totally agree with Thompson on the incident involving Milivojevic and Noble as the West Ham captain was clearly brought down. It seemed an oversight on the referee’s behalf not to stop the game and reduced Crystal Palace to 10 men. While it’s easy to feel aggrieved by a decision going against their club, based on how many West Ham players seemed to lose their way in the second half, even against 10 men a win may not have followed. However Milivojevic should definitely feel lucky that he didn’t get an early bath. This is sort of decision seem to have a way of coming back around so maybe in the coming weeks a team will feel annoyed that West Ham don’t get player sent off. While picking only point against Crystal Palace is disappointing for the Hammers after their immense performance against Liverpool, it’s not the worst result in the world as Crystal Palace are underrated.

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Eerie Descent 7:48 Sun Feb 10
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Course I am.

You're proper rattled baldy, we both know it.

Vexed 7:43 Sun Feb 10
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I've been quite open about my dislike of Rashford.

You'd take the same risk all over again knowing that he's completely broken?? Just how thick are you then?

You're having a mare ED.

Eerie Descent 7:40 Sun Feb 10
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It's not looking like it, but I'd still take the risk all over again.

Ropey technique?

"One dimensional as he is Rashford causes problems. He is mostly terrible though."

Although in this thread you said I'd made something up, you backtracking on that, baldy?

Vexed 7:35 Sun Feb 10
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You still think he's a good signing?!? I'm trying to help you out here dimwit.

Rashford has ropey technique, tis a fact. Don't let that stop you masturbating over him ED will you?

Eerie Descent 7:03 Sun Feb 10
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What, that I think he's a good player? I think he's class.

What do you think of Rashford?

Vexed 6:59 Sun Feb 10
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Ha ha, peasant.

I'll assume you have revised your opinion on Mr Wilshere then?

Eerie Descent 6:34 Sun Feb 10
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It might be. It might also be because I'm not a scared little bald weed?

Vexed 6:28 Sun Feb 10
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Is that because you lack an expensive watch? I reckon.

So Wilshere then...,...... BWILLIANT signing?

Eerie Descent 6:19 Sun Feb 10
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I might be like a woman scorned, but I'm not scared to leave my house with an expensive watch on.

We both know, you coward mug.

Vexed 6:16 Sun Feb 10
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You're like a woman scorned aren't you? It hurts you so badly every time someone calls you out on anything. Mentally frail you are ED.

So do you still think Wilshere is a BWILLIANT signing, you genius?

Eerie Descent 5:52 Sun Feb 10
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Made up quotes? Hahaha

We both know, you coward mug.

Vexed 5:29 Sun Feb 10
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And I stick by those made up quotes except Declan who is average.

Vexed 5:28 Sun Feb 10
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Do you want me to post up some of your comedy football quotes ED, you lonely oddball?

Mex Martillo 3:34 Sun Feb 10
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Thanks Alan

mallard 3:30 Sun Feb 10
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Always hated Thompson, but that’s the second time he’s talked sense this week - the other being ‘playing better against tougher opponents’

Eerie Descent 1:42 Sun Feb 10
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I don't think you should ever be caught talking football on here.

Marcus Rashford = DOGSHIT
Trent Alexander-Arnold = DOGSHIT
Declan Rice = DOGSHIT

You're a fucking clown.

Vexed 1:31 Sun Feb 10
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That's as close to being a guarantee he's shit then.

Eerie Descent 12:37 Sun Feb 10
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Manchester United and Arsenal will have scouts at Sunday's East Anglian derby to assess Norwich's £10m-rated defender Ben Godfrey, 21, who has also attracted interest from Lyon and RB Leipzig. (Sunday Mirror)

When we played Shrewsbury in the cup last season, he was on loan there, and I posted on here that I was really impressed by him, and we'd do well to sign him at the time as he'd be miles better than Kouyate. Probably could have picked him up for peanuts.

Sven Roeder 11:57 Sun Feb 10
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Thanks Alan

£50m for Ryan Sessegnon shows what nonsense that Spurs interest in Rice at £35m is.

Phil Thompson probably right about the second yellow if it was an away player.
Trying not to be paranoid about officials but we seem to shafted EVERY time

Thanks Alan 11:48 Sun Feb 10
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Thanks Alan

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