Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City have confirmed a swap deal that will see midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson leave White Hart Lane and head to the Liberty Stadium in exchange for Michel Vorm, Ben Davies and an undisclosed fee.
The deal has Davies joining Spurs on a five-year contract and Vorm penning a four-year deal while Sigurdsson returns to the Welsh club where he spent time on loan in 2012 on a four-year contract.
The 21-year-old Davies broke into the Swansea first team in 2012 and enjoyed an immediate impact, winning their Young Player of the Year accolade the past two seasons. In 2012/13 he made 44 appearances for the Swans and helped the club lift their first major trophy, the Capital One Cup. Last season he retained that strong form scoring twice in 34 league appearances as the Swans finished 12th in the top-flight. At Spurs, Davies is expected to secure the left-back spot, a position that proved to be Tottenham’s achilles heel during last year’s troublesome season.
Vorm arrives in North London after three seasons with the Swans during which time he celebrated the Capital One Cup title while picking up Supporters’ Player of the Year, Players’ Player and the Away Player awards along the way. All in all he made 97 appearances for Swansea. Vorm’s decision to accept the transfer is a curious one, after Arsenal backup Lukasz Fabianski signed with the squad earlier this season, intent on finding first team action. Instead of competing with Fabianski, Vorm has decided to leave the club in favor of competing with Lloris. Vorm, who was in Holland’s World Cup squad this summer, will prove a vital deputy to Lloris and could challenge the Frenchman should he find form and avoid injury.
Sigurdsson, who scored seven goals in an 18 match loan spell with Swansea in 2011/12, returns at the Liberty after two seasons at Spurs where he scored eight goals in 58 league appearances. Despite the output, Sigurdsson never established himself as a starter at White Hart Lane but did manage to score some fantastic goals off the bench. Spurs will miss that super-sub factor but, under Gary Monk, Sigurdsson finds himself in the promising position of becoming an everyday starters although it won’t come easy as the Swans already boast a talented midfield that includes Jonathan De Guzman, Ki Sung-Yeung, Jonjo Shelvey, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Leon Britton, Jose Canas and Pablo Hernandez.
At the risk of tooting my own horn, count me among the few who thought Hugo Lloris might’ve done a bit better on Eder‘s EURO winning goal.
It wasn’t a howler. But the French goalkeeper, one of the best in the world, seemed a tad slow to explode toward the right post when Eder let rip with a new legendary Portuguese shot.
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It seems there’s good reason for this, as Lloris was injured just before the goal. Raphael Guerriero bent a gorgeous free kick off the cross bar, as you might remember, one that sent the goalkeeper clattering into the goal post.
This new video shows the Spurs goalkeeper favoring his right side or leg for the next minute, and that’s the leg he uses to drive his body low toward Eder’s bounding shot.
What do you think? Did it make a difference? Or was Eder’s shot plenty good on merit?
New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies is in remission after being treated for liposarcoma this Spring.
The 30-year-old striker took some time off from the team this Spring, and revealed his battle on Saturday.
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According to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, “Liposarcoma is a rare cancer of connective tissues that resemble fat cells under a microscope. It accounts for up to 18% of all soft tissue sarcomas. Liposarcoma can occur in almost any part of the body, but more than half of liposarcoma cases involve the thigh, and up to a third involve the abdominal cavity.”
Davies has had his fair share of obstacles to overcome, having been involved in a massive car accident in 2009 that lacerated his bladder, left bleeding on the brain and broke several bones.
He missed six months for then-club Sochaux, and struggled to regain the form that saw him score four goals in 17 caps for the USMNT. He enjoyed a renaissance last summer with 10 goals for the Revolution.
From a release:
“Today, New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies shared that earlier this spring he was diagnosed and treated for liposarcoma and that he is now in remission. It was important for Charlie to concentrate on his family and treatment during the past few weeks and the club honored his wish for privacy. The New England Revolution will continue to support him through full recovery and are looking forward to seeing him back out on the pitch. Any fans who wish to share support should tweet or tag messages to Charlie at @CharlieDavies9 or use the hashtag #CD9.”
All our best to CD9 and his family, who braved two children born three months premature.
Make no mistake about it, Jurgen Klopp has his team at Anfield.
The Liverpool manager, 49, took over for Brendan Rodgers in January and made some encouraging strides given that he was left with players who weren’t all designed for his system.
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Enter Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum. Bring on Ragnar Klavan and Marko Grujic.
Enter Klopp’s squad, from Sky Sports:
“This is my squad now,” Klopp said. “After all the transfers…this time it is my team. There are probably no players here anymore I don’t want. There are no signings I didn’t want, we have not sold anyone I didn’t want to.”
“I’m not afraid of making decisions – it’s part of the job,” Klopp added. “I am happy with my team now – all I can say is we will be a challenger.
That “not sold anyone I didn’t want to” part sounds a bit like some sour grapes from Borussia Dortmund, where Klopp watched several of his best skip town.
On a lighter note, Klopp cut a rug for a group of young fans at Liverpool, and the Reds were good enough to film it for us.
“If you do it long enough, you can fly”. Head down for some classic, but ultimately very misleading, Klopp.
Adnan Januzaj wants to leave Old Trafford permanently.
The 21-year-old has one club goal since his breakout 2013-14 campaign, when he scored four times in the season that saw him turn 19.
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It wasn’t long ago that the debate on Januzaj’s stardom was not hyped as if, rather when. Countries were fighting for his international future, and United fans were rankled when he didn’t hit the pitch.
Now, it’s a surprise if he factors at all. Januzaj hasn’t played for Belgium since 2014, and made just 12 appearances during a loan stint at Borussia Dortmund last season.
The Daily Mail reports that Januzaj has told Jose Mourinho he’s ready to leave Manchester.
Sunderland have been tipped as a possible destination for Januzaj, who certainly carries a lot of potential. The 6-foot winger has also been whispered as a target of Ajax and Milan.