Swansea set to sign Sigurdsson, Montero, see Davies, Vorm leave for Tottenham

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Whatever void Michu may have left by moving to Naples has been filled, perhaps twice over. According to reports out of England, Swansea City is about to add former Swan Gylfi Sigurdsson to its attacking midfield, with Ecuadorian international Jefferson Montero set to join him out wide.

The deals, which are expected to be completed by the middle of the week, will leave manager Garry Monk with a glut of options in attacking midfield. Jonjo Shelvey, Pablo Hernández, Nathan Dyer, and Wayne Routledge were already options at Monk’s disposal. With the acquisitions of Sigurdsson and Montero, however, there’s new competition for starting spots.

That competition doesn’t come without a price. Linked with Tottenham Hotspur for weeks, defender Ben Davies is set to move to North London in a straight swap for Sigurdsson. Starting goalkeeper Michel Vorm is also reportedly going to White Hart Lane in a separate deal, with former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski set to take over.

From The Guardian:

Negotiations with Spurs were being finalised on Monday night after several days of talks which paved the way for Sigurdsson to undergo a medical with Swansea. Davies moves to White Hart Lane to become the club’s first-choice left-back.

Vorm’s future has been in doubt ever since Swansea signed Lukasz Fabianski from Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of May. Fabianski agreed a four-year contract at Swansea and made it clear that he was joining to play first-team football. Vorm, who had claimed to be in the dark about Fabianski’s arrival, will join Spurs as understudy to Hugo Lloris.

Montero’s move is expected to cost Swans $6.8 million, a cut-rate that will give Monk a slew of choices; from the raw speed of Dyer and Routledge; to the more all-around skill of Hernández; to the passing of Sigurdsson; to the one-on-one ability of Montero. Particularly if both Wilfried Bony and Bafetimbi Gomis start up top, spots will be scarce in Swansea’s midfield.

But with a new wealth of attacking talent behind the strikers, Swansea may not end up playing Bony and Gomis together; instead, Monk may end up playing something closer to the single-striker set they’ve used over the last few seasons. If they do, Swans will go two deep at all four of their attacking positions.

Premier League vet Kenwyne Jones retires at age 33

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It wasn’t the season that Kenwyne Jones had expected in his first Major League Soccer season, but the veteran Trinidad & Tobago striker had himself quite the career.

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Jones, 33, announced his retirement on Monday after boasting an extensive career in England prior to finishing up his playing with Atlanta United.

Atlanta opted not to renew Jones’ contract with the club after scoring twice in 17 appearances this season for the expansion side.

The Trinidadian posted the following message to supporters on Twitter this afternoon.

Jones spent nine seasons in the Premier League, including stints with Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland.

Additionally, the forward played for Al Jazira from UAE in 2016 before moving on loan to Central in his native Trinidad prior to his arrival in Atlanta’s debut MLS season.

Eibar routs Betis 5-0 to snap 8-game winless streak in Spain

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MADRID (AP) Eibar routed 10-man Real Betis 5-0 in the Spanish league on Monday, ending an eight-match winless streak in all competitions.

Eibar hadn’t won since Sept. 15. It had lost six of its eight matches since then.

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The hosts got on the board with an own goal by Betis defender Jordi Amat just six minutes in, and midfielder Gonzalo Escalante scored with a header near halftime.

Striker Charles Dias scored twice in the second half, and Sergi Enrich closed the scoring in front of less than 5,000 fans at Ipurua Stadium.

“We deserved a victory like this to help us regain our confidence,” Enrich said.

Betis played with 10 men from the 55th as Aissa Mandi was red-carded for the foul that prompted a penalty kick converted by Dias.

“It was difficult to recover after we went a man down and they scored the third goal,” Betis midfielder Joaquin Sanchez said.

Eibar remained 17th in the 20-team standings, just outside the relegation zone.

Betis, winless in three matches, dropped to ninth place.

Barcelona leads by four points over second-place Valencia.

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Pogba believes Man United can win Premier League if squad stays fit

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There’s no doubt that on paper Manchester United has all the workings of a Premier League contender, and Paul Pogba certainly agrees.

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The influential midfielder made his return to the Red Devils lineup this weekend in United’s 4-1 beatdown of Newcastle, along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.

With Jose Mourinho’s squad finally getting healthy, Pogba believes that the sky is the limit for his side as they look to chase down league leaders and cross-town rivals Manchester City.

“To win the league we need all our players,” Pogba told MUTV. “When you have one injured here, one injured there, it doesn’t help. It’s always better to have a full team.

“Zlatan’s back and Marcos after a long injury. It was hard for them but they kept believing and worked hard to come back. We need them to win the league and we’re really glad they’re here.”

Pogba’s presence was certainly missed in his absence, and he wasted no time in making an impact upon his return, scoring a goal and adding an assist against the Magpies.

The French international also spoke about his struggles last season with several minor injuries, but he’s hoping to remain in his United side for the rest of the 2017/18 campaign.

“Most of last season I had injuries but small ones. You just have to recover well because the Premier League is different to Italy — it’s more intense and you just have to think about recovery, then you have more games. Otherwise, I just feel good, just to come back.

“I’ve trained very hard to come back fit. The season is really long so we have to be fit — not only me but all the players. To come back, to play again, to see Old Trafford, to see the fans again, to score at Old Trafford on my comeback, I feel blessed. But we had to win — that was the most important thing.”

Red Bulls freestyler shows off dribbling skills… on a treadmill (Video)

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Players from around the world display their skills on social media on a regular basis, but they’re usually on a soccer field or blacktop when they do so.

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This New York Red Bulls freestyler had a different interpretation of how he’d show off his ball control on Monday.

DJ Diveny (@djdiveny on Twitter) posted this video — below — across his social media platforms today dribbling a soccer ball on a treadmill, while his colleagues appear to introduce cones at random points as obstacles.

In addition to his talents as a freestyler, Diveny is also a youth coach with Student Athlete Coaching & Consulting, based out of New Jersey.

Again… he’s on a treadmill while doing this. Pretty cool stuff.

Watch below.