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EFL Cup wrap: USMNT’s Gooch shines; Watford upset

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Six Premier League teams dodged upsets upon entering the League Cup, stylized as the EFL Cup for a second season, but a seventh was not as fortunate.

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Watford 2-3 Bristol City

Etienne Capoue scored just after halftime to give the Hornets a leg up, but goals from Freddie Hinds and Bobby Reid eight minutes apart gave the Robins a lead that Niclas Eliasson buttressed in stoppage time. Adrian Mariappa pulled one back, but it wasn’t enough for Marco Silva‘s men.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Ipswich Town

The unbeaten Tractor Boys were as much of a problem as advertised, but James McArthur scored in the 76th and 84th minutes to give the Eagles a spot in the next round. Man City loanee Bersant Celina nabbed Ipswich Town’s lone goal.

MK Dons 1-4 Swansea City

Leroy Fer gave Swans a pair of leads at 1-0 and 2-1 before Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew scored late to salt away the win at Stadium MK.

Sheffield United 1-4 Leicester City

The popular score line saw Islam Slimani bag a brace in between goals from Demarai Gray and Ahmed Musa.

Carlisle United 1-2 Sunderland

USMNT youngster Lynden Gooch scored an 80th minute winner after assisting on Donald Love‘s opener, as the Black Cats scored a road win.

It’s the 21-year-old Gooch’s first senior goal for the Black Cats in his 19th appearance. It’s also his first assist and should give food for thought to boss Simon Grayson, who has been using him off the bench. Gooch played 362 Premier League minutes last season.

Tuesday’s other results
Aston Villa 4-1 Wigan Athletic
Leeds United 5-1 Newport County
Middlesbrough 3-0 Scunthorpe United
Norwich City 4-1 Charlton Athletic
QPR 1-4 Brentford
Fulham 0-1 Bristol Rovers
Cardiff City 1-2 Burton Albion
Doncaster 2-0 Hull City
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Barnet
Accrington Stanley 1-3 West Brom
Birmingham City 1-2 Bournemouth
Reading 3-1 (aet) Millwall
Bolton 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Grimsby Town 0-1 Derby County (1st round match*)

*Derby will face Barnsley in a 2nd round match

Transfer Rumor Wrap: Tottenham set to make Ajax’s Sanchez its record signing

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Tottenham look set to break the bank on one of the world’s most exciting defensive prospects.

According to a report in the Guardian, Tottenham and Ajax have agreed on a $54.1 million transfer fee for centerback Davinson Sanchez. The Colombian international only joined Ajax a year ago but led the backline to the Europa League final, where Ajax fell to Manchester United.

Spurs officials reportedly traveled to Amsterdam earlier this week to sort out a deal to bring Sanchez back to London. It’s believed to be a $36 million transfer with add-on clauses worth around $18 million.

Sanchez will add more speed and strength to one of the Premier League’s best backlines, giving Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen a partner to play with in a back three.

Update: Later Friday, Tottenham made the signing official, subject to passing a medical and the acquisition of a work permit.

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Championship Focus: Bluebirds flying, Villa second-last

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The wild 46-game slate that is the Football League Championship is already howling, with all 24 teams three matches deep into their campaigns toward Premier League promotion (or avoiding relegation to League One).

The three clubs relegated from the Premier League last season all sit within the Top 8 after three match days. Sunderland is unbeaten with a win and two draws, while Hull City is 1-1-1.

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Middlesbrough has two wins from three matches, three points behind three sides who’ve started a perfect 3-0.

Wolves and Ipswich Town are two of the three, and Cardiff City leads the way. Owner Vincent Tan has seen his club score six goals without conceding once in defeats of Burton Albion, Aston Villa, and Sheffield United.

Burton is 0-3, while Steve Bruce‘s Villa is just one point better and sits 23rd.

As for individual superlatives, Bristol City’s Bobby Reid has four goals to lead the league while familiar names Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) and Abel Hernandez (Hull City) are among a quartet of players to score thrice.

Meanwhile, PL transfer target Jota of Brentford continues to impress with three assists through three matches. Will he remain in the second tier by the close of the transfer window?

Premier League completed summer transfers, so far

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Up-to-date moves on the final Monday before the Premier League season.

Arsenal

In: Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)

Out: Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), Emiliano Martinez (Getafe, loan)

Bournemouth

In: Asmir Begovic (Chelsea), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Nathan Ake (Chelsea), Connor Mahoney (Blackburn)

Out (All loans): Ryan Allsop (Blackpool), Lewis Grabban (Sunderland), Jordan Lee (Torquay United), Mark Travers (Weymouth), Sam Surridge (Yeovil Town), Ben Whitfield (Port Vale)

Brighton and Hove Albion

In: Pascal Gross (Ingolstadt), Josh Kerr (Celtic), Izzy Brown (Chelsea, loan), Mathew Ryan (Valencia), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Mathias Normann (Bodo/Glimt), Steven Alzate (Leyton Orient), Ales Mateju (Viktoria Plzen).

Out: Oliver Norwood (Fulham), Elvis Manu (Genclerbirligi), Jordan Maguire-Drew (Lincoln City), Christian Walton (Wigan), Rob Hunt (Oldham Athletic), Ben White (Newport County), Tom Dallison (Accrington Stanley), Tyler Forbes (Accrington Stanley)

Burnley

In: Charlie Taylor (Leeds), Jonathan Walters (Stoke), Jack Cork (Swansea), Phil Bardsley (Stoke)

Out: Michael Kightly (released), Joey Barton (released), Michael Keane (Everton)

Chelsea

In: Wily Caballero (Manchester City, free), Antonio Rudiger (Roma), Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco), Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid)

Out: Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Christian Atsu (Newcastle), Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth), Dominic Solanke (Liverpool), Bertrand Traore (Lyon), Nathan Ake (Bournemouth), Ola Aina (Hull City, loan), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (PSV Eindhoven, loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Matt Miazga (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Marco Van Ginkel (PSV Eindhoven, loan), Kurt Zouma (Stoke, loan), Izzy Brown (Brighton and Hove Albion, loan), Tomas Kalas (Fulham, loan), Michael Hector (Hull City, loan), Jamal Blackman (Sheffield United, loan), Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow, loan), Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town, loan)

Crystal Palace

In: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea, loan), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax)

Out: Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Everton

In: Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Henry Onyekuru (Eupen), Sandro Ramirez (Malaga), Michael Keane (Burnley), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Cuco Martina (Southampton), Lewis Gibson (Newcastle United), Anton Donkor (Wolfsburg, loan), Boris Mathis (Metz)

Out: Tom Cleverley (Watford), Russell Griffiths (Motherwell), Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht, loan), Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona), Brendan Galloway (Sunderland, loan), Tyias Browning (Sunderland, loan), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Aiden McGeady (Sunderland), Matthew Pennington (Leeds, loan).

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Huddersfield Town

In: Laurent Depoitre (Porto), Aaron Mooy (Manchester City), Jonas Lossi (Mainz, loan), Tom Ince (Derby County), Kasey Palmer (Chelsea, loan), Danny Williams (Reading), Steve Mounie (Montpellier), Scott Malone (Fulham), Mathias Jorgensen (Copenhagen).

Out (all loans): Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Portsmouth), Jordy Hiwula (Fleetwood Town), Fraser Horsfall (Gateshead), Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale), Jack Payne (Oxford United)

Leicester City

In: Sam Hughes (Chester), Harry Maguire (Hull City), Vicente Iborra (Sevilla), Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City), Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City).

Out: Ron-Robert Zieler (Stuttgart), Bartosz Kapustka (Freiburg, loan), Callum Elder (Wigan Athletic, loan)

Liverpool

In: Mohamed Salah (Roma), Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), Andrew Robertson (Hull City).

Out: Andre Wisdom (Derby County), Ryan Fulton (Hamilton Academical), Lucas Leiva (Lazio), Kevin Stewart (Hull City), Pedro Chirivella (Willem II), Connor Randall (Hearts), Taiwo Awoniyi (Royal Excel Mouscron), Shamal George (Carlisle United).

Manchester City

In: Bernardo Silva (AS Monaco), Ederson (Benfica), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Douglas Luiz (Vasco De Gama), Danilo (Real Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (AS Monaco).

Out: Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham), Gael Clichy (released), Jesus Navas (released), Wily Caballero (released), Bacary Sagna (released), Enes Unal (Villarreal), Angus Gunn (Norwich City, loan) Loan, Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), Bersant Celina (Ipswich Town, loan), Angelino (NAC Breda, loan), Ruben Sobrino (Alaves), Joe Covene (Nottingham Forest), Bruno Zuculini (Hellas Verona), Olivier Ntcham (Celtic), Nolito (Sevilla), Joe Hart (West Ham United, loan), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Aleix Garcia (Girona, loan), Douglas Luiz (Girona, loan), Marlos Moreno (Girona, loan), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Fernando (Galatasaray).

Manchester United

In: Victor Lindelof (Benfica), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

Out: Josh Harrop (Preston North End), Regan Poole (Northampton), Wayne Rooney (Everton), Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury, loan), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa, loan), Devonte Redmond (Scunthorpe United, loan), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds, loan).

Newcastle United 

In: Christian Atsu (Chelsea), Florian Lejeune (SD Eibar), Stefan O'Connor (Arsenal), Josef Yarney (Everton), Jacob Murphy (Norwich City), Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid), Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund)

Out: Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys) Matz Sels (Anderlecht, loan), Haris Vuckic (FC Twente), Lubomir Satka (DAC 1904), Vurnon Anita (Leeds United), Alex Gilliead (Bradford City, loan), Tom Heardman (Bury, loan), Adam Armstrong (Bolton, loan), Yoan Gouffran (Goztepe Spor Kulubu), Sean Longstaff (Blackpool, loan), Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic, loan).

Southampton 

In: Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan) Details

Out: Cuco Martina, Lloyd Isgrove, Harley Willard, Martin Caceres, Jason McCarthy (Barnsley), Jay Rodriguez (West Brom), Harrison Reed (Norwich, loan), Harry Lewis (Dundee United, loan), Ryan Seager (MK Dons, loan)

Stoke City

In: Darren Fletcher (West Brom), Josh Tymon (Hull City), Tre Pemberton (Blackburn Rovers), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea, loan)

Out: Daniel Bachmann, Shay Given, Liam Edwards (released), Harry Isted (released), Joel Taylor, George Waring,
Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Marko Arnautovic (West Ham), Phil Bardsley (Burnley), Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers, loan), Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers, loan).

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND – October 31: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea during the Premier League 2 match between Everton U21s and Chelsea U21s at Haig Avenue Stadium on October 31, 2016 in Southport, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Swansea City

In: Erwin Mulder (Heerenveen), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea, loan), Roque Mesa (Las Palmas), Marc Walsh (Finn Harps), Cian Harries (Coventry City).

Out: Bafetimbi Gomis (Galatasaray), Borja Baston (Malaga, loan), Jordi Amat (Real Betis, loan), Jack Cork (Burnley), Connor Roberts (Middlesbrough, loan), Modou Barrow (Reading), Gerhard Tremmel, Marvin Emnes, Liam Shephard, Josh Vickers, Owain Jones, Tom Dyson, Tom Holland, Alex Samuel (Stevenage), Franck Tabanou, Daniel James (Shrewsbury Town)

Tottenham Hotspur

Out: Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Clinton Njie (Marseille), Tom Glover (Central Coast Mariners, loan), Anton Walkes (Atlanta United, loan), Joshua Onomah (Aston Villa, loan), Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham, loan), Luke Mcgee (Portsmouth).

Watford 

In: Tom Cleverley (Everton), Will Hughes (Derby County), Daniel Bachmann (Stoke), Kiko Femenia (Alaves), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea).

Out: Dennon Lewis (Crawley Town, loan), Mario Suarez (Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng), Obbi Oulare (Royal Antwerp, loan), Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Juan Carlos Paredes.

West Bromwich Albion 

In: Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Yuning Zhang (Vitesse Arnhem), Ben Pierce, Ahmed Hegazi (Al Ahly, loan).

Out: Darren Fletcher (Stoke City), Sebastien Pocognoli (Standard Liege), Yuning Zhang (Werder Bremen, loan).

West Ham United 

In: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen).

Out:  Alvaro Arbeloa, Sam Howes, Sam Ford, Kyle Knoyle, Sam Westley, Havard Nordtveit (Hoffenheim), Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach, loan), Raphael Spiegel, Stephen Hendrie, Enner Valencia (Tigres UANL), George Dobson (Sparta Rotterdam), Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough), Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers, loan), Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers, loan)

Liverpool complete signing of Hull’s Robertson

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Liverpool has added to its defensive depth with the signing of one of Scotland’s bright young stars.

The club announced the signing of left back Andy Robertson for a reported $10.4 million, which can rise to $13 million with add-on clauses.

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Robertson made 33 appearances for Hull City last season in the Premier League, scoring a goal and assisting on two others. While Robertson is joining Liverpool, midfielder Kevin Stewart is heading the opposite direction, joining the Championship club for a reported $5.2 million.

Robertson will likely compete with Alberto Moreno for the starting left back position, and with Liverpool competing in the Premier League plus three cup competitions, depth at every position will be crucial when injuries and fatigue sets in.