Queens Park Rangers' Granero challenges Everton's Fellaini during their English Premier League soccer match in Liverpool

Esteban Granero could be the next ingredient in Swansea’s paella

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The Swansea paella could gain a new ingredient soon with the South Wales club in talks Queens Park Rangers over midfielder Esteban Granero.

If Swansea strikes a deal for the 26 year old Spaniard that would mark manager Michael Laudrup’s seventh singing of the season after bringing in midfielder Jose Canas, defender Juan Amat, goalkeeper Gregor Zabret, striker Wilfried Bony, and attacking midfielders Alejandro Pozuelo and Jonjo Shelvey.

The deal would also punctuate Laudrup’s desire to overhaul Swansea into a side that is dominated by Spaniards.

Since his arrival at the Liberty Stadium 13 months ago, Laudrup has brought in six Spanish players – Chico Flores, Michu, Pablo Hernandez, Canas, Amat and Pozuelo. The addition of Granero to the squad would give Swansea a roster of eight players (Angel Rangel was the sole Spaniard at the club before Laudrup’s appointment) who are currently eligible to play for La Furia Roja.

The Granero deal is one that looks likely to get done as Laudrup worked with the midfielder during their shared time at Getafe and Granero fancies staying in the Premier League after QPR’s relegation following a dismal 2012-13 campaign.

Granero’s agent, Carlo Cutropia, has noted the ongoing talks and his client’s interest in joining the Spanish revolution in Wales. “The two clubs are talking about a transfer, it’s true,” Cutropia said. “Swansea are also looking at many Spanish players and play in Europe next year, [so] the destination would be absolutely acceptable to Esteban.”

Assuming he joins up at Swansea, expect Granero to compete for a starting spot in the Swans increasingly crowded central midfield, which includes holding players Ki Sung-Yueng and Canas, and attackers, Jonathan de Guzman, Leon Britton, Shelvey and Pozuelo.

Granero, capable of playing either role in the center of the park, managed 27 appearances for QPR after arriving on a £9 million move from Real Madrid last summer.

EURO 2016: Ireland shock Germany, Northern Ireland qualify

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A recap of Thursday’s action in 2016 European Championship qualifying:

Ireland 1-0 Germany

Southampton striker Shane Long scored the goal that knocked off the defending world champions and pushed Ireland one step closer to next summer’s European Championship in France. Long, who entered the game in the 65th minute, latched onto Darren Randolph‘s ball over the top in the 70th minute, took one touch to settle and fired for the far post, beating Manuel Neuer for the game’s only goal.

With one game still to play, Ireland (18 points) sit third in Group D, level on points with Sunday’s opponent Poland. While the winner of Sunday’s clash could leapfrog Germany (19), they will more likely finish second in the group and qualify automatically. A draw on Sunday could still see both sides qualify automatically through the ranking of third-place finishers (the top third-place finishers from group play earns an automatic berth at EURO 2016).

Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

Norther Ireland (20 points) topped Greece (3), 3-1 on Thursday to officially book their place at EURO 2016. Steven Davis scored twice and Josh Magennis added the third for Michael O’Neill’s side.

With one game still to play (Sunday, at Finland), Northern Ireland can finish no lower than second. A draw against Finland, or any points dropped by Romania (17) would see Northern Ireland finish top of Group F.

Portugal 1-0 Denmark

Joao Moutinho scored the only goal of the game to secure Portugal’s (18 points from just seven games) place at next summer’s tournament. The defeat sees Denmark remain second in Group I, a point ahead of third-place Albania, who lost to Serbia on Thursday. Having played all eight of their group games, Denmark can go no higher than 12 points, meaning they would fail to qualify if Albania beat Armenia on Sunday. A draw between Albania and Armenia would see Denmark qualify based on tiebreakers.

Elsewhere in EURO 2016 qualifying action

Group D

Scotland 2-2 Poland
Georgia 4-0 Gibraltar

Group F

Hungary 2-1 Faroe Islands
Romania 1-1 Finland

Group I

Albania 0-2 Serbia

Jurgen Klopp announced as new Liverpool manager

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Enough with the speculation and reports already, because it’s finally officially official: Jurgen Klopp has been appointed the newest manager of Liverpool Football Club, the Merseyside club announced on Thursday.

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Klopp will be unveiled to the world at an introductory press conference at Anfield on Friday.

According to early reports, Klopp’s three-year contract could pay him as much as $10 million per season.

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The 48-year-old German has been out of work since stepping down at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund following a seventh-place finish to the 2014-15 season. Klopp’s seven seasons in charge of Dortmund weren’t without success and silverware, though, as he led Der BVB to back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, a German Cup triumph in 2012 and a UEFA Champions League final appearance in 2013.

PST’s Joe Prince-Wright will be at Anfield on Friday for Klopp’s unveiling, so be sure to follow JPW on Twitter and check back to PST for wall-to-wall coverage of Klopp’s first press conference as Liverpool manager.