Transfer Deadline Day Rumors: Townsend to Man United, Kallstrom to Arsenal

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With just a few hours to go until the transfer deadline slams shut, there are plenty of rumors doing the rounds across the Premier League and Europe this morning.

Here’s a look at all the top gossip from across the tabloids, as the rumor mill spins into a frenzy.

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Arsenal are set to make a shock move for Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom, as the Spartak Moscow midfielder could be the Gunners only buy on deadline day. Kallstrom, 31, is seen as an ideal short-term replacement as injuries to Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are out injured with German star Julian Draxler not heading to the Emirates. The former Lyon midfielder will bring plenty of strength to the midfield and will bring something different to Arsenal. But is this a panic buy from Arsene Wenger?

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend could be on his way to Old Trafford, with David Moyes a big admirer of the Spurs and England attacker. During his time in charge of Everton Moyes tried to get the 22-year-old winger on loan, and now he may flex his financial muscles to grab Townsend from Spurs. The speedy winger has been out injured for a long-time this season but should welcome a move to the Red Devils. This would be a great deal if United pull it off.

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Nani hopes to seal a move to Inter Milan or Tottenham, as the Portuguese winger wants regular minutes before the 2014 World Cup this summer. Nani, 28, has been largely on the peripheries for United this campaign and with the signing of Juan Mata and the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Antonio Valencia already ahead of him in the pecking order, it would seem as though Nani’s days at United are numbered.

Cardiff City are trying to sign Caligari defender Davide Astori. The Bluebirds have been desperately adding to their squad as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer wants to give his team the best chance possible of Premier League survival. Astori, 27, has been chased by Southampton and AC Milan for quite some time, but it seems as though Cardiff are willing to stump up the cash to buy the Italian international defender.

West Ham are looking to hijack Fulham’s bid for Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou. The Olympiacos man looked to be heading to Craven Cottage but the Hammers have jumped in following Fulham’s bid of $18 million being accepted. Mitroglou, 25, is a proven goal-scorer and both London rivals are set to battle it out until the deadline for his signature.

Another forward on the move in London could be Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov, as the 33-year-old is set for a switch back to Tottenham Hotspur. The Bulgarian forward dazzled at Spurs when he first moved to England in 2006, before his big-money move to Manchester United. It’s thought that Berbatov would rather head back to Spurs than join AS Monaco in France.

Day Four: All the action from the U20 World Cup

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South Korea and Venezuela clinched berths in the knockout rounds of the U-20 World Cup on Tuesday, while Germany and Argentina have surprising work to do after two matches in South Korea.

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South Korea 2-1 Argentina

Barcelona B man Lee Seung-woo helped South Korea take a 2-0 lead, then hold on for the win and group lead over England.

England 1-1 Guinea

Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori scored a wild long range own goal to cost England the three points, but the Blues are still well-positioned to advance out of the group stage. Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook scored for England, and it was a beaut.

Venezuela 7-0 Vanuatu

Seven different Venezuelans have scored through a pair of shutout wins, with Caracas’ Sergio Cordova the only one to bag a pair.

Mexico 0-0 Germany

Germany has just one point through two matches, thanks largely to Pachuca’s Abraham Romero’s seven saves. Mexico was outshot 12-6.

Porto, Watford, Hull? Marco Silva in demand

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Marco Silva is one of the hottest properties in management, months after eliciting cries of “Who?” following his appointment at Hull City.

While those cries may have been a tiny bit myopic given his time at Sporting CP and Olympiacos, the 39-year-old is now visible to the world despite Hull’s relegation.

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Silva will be back in England to meet with Hull on Wednesday, but a clause in his contract that said he could leave if the club was relegated gives the Tigers very little hope.

Rumors have him wanted at Watford, and he’s also been linked with a number of other jobs including Southampton (should the club part ways with Claude Puel).

However, the former right back is also reportedly a target of one of the biggest clubs in his home country: Champions League side Porto.

UEFA Europa League Final preview: Manchester United vs. Ajax

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Jose Mourinho’s big European gamble takes center stage on Wednesday in Sweden, when Manchester United attempts to topple young Ajax in the UEFA Europa League Final.

United’s chances for UEFA Champions League qualification, a magnificent opportunity, are overshadowed by the pall cast over Manchester by sinister terrorist attacks at a pop concert that killed and injured many on Monday night.

Alas, there’s soccer to be played, and Mourinho is looking to make it a trio of shiny items in his first year on the job. United beat Leicester City for the Community Shield, then topped Southampton in the EFL Cup Final en route to Sweden.

United’s well-documented dearth of healthy defenders will march out one more time on Wednesday, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones tasked with manning the center of the back line. Expect Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian out wide.

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Despite the injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mourinho’s attack is going to give Ajax fits. Marcus Rashford has been next level for most of the second half of the season, and United will also likely feature Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba atop Ander Herrera.

If someone is going to break United down, it could be midfield wizards Davy Klaassen and Lasse Schone. The creative middle men have a variety of options to find with the ball, including on-loan Chelsea man Bertrand Traore and Danish teenager Kasper Dolberg.

But how will they deal with United’s attack? Sure Ajax has stopped Lyon, Schalke, Copenhagen, and Legia Warsaw, but United and Mourinho? That’s another challenge for Peter Bosz and his men.

Ajax won the 1992 UEFA Cup, and this is United’s first ever trip to this particular final. The Red Devils are heavy favorites, and we expect United to prevail. Don’t sleep on Juan Mata heroics. Call it 3-1.

Allardyce resigns, opening up intriguing vacancy at Palace

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Sam Allardyce is walking away on top outside the relegation zone.

The veteran Premier League manager, 62, resigned his post as Crystal Palace on Tuesday, weeks after leading another team to safety.

The move ends a tumultuous eight months for Allardyce, who was fired as England manager after an undercover sting exposed unethical dealings with agents.

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It also comes about an hour after somebody wrote that Crystal Palace should move on from Allardyce. What a jerk, that somebody.

Rarely at a loss for words, here’s Big Sam from cpfc.co.uk:

I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young and when I’m still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager.

This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”

All kidding aside — and I’m far from a Big Sam fan — congrats to the man on walking away to enjoy the finer things in life. He had a heck of a run, and we’ll see how long he can resist being away from the fray. Cheers, Sam.