West Ham United defender Winston Reid has reportedly turned down a new contract with the Hammers and has told them he wants to join Arsenal, in January if possible. Reid, 26, is contracted to the Upton Park club until this summer but has been stalling on signing a new deal and now the New Zealand international, according to the Daily Mirror, has finally revealed his desire to move on from West Ham.
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The Hammers are already lining up a replacement for Reid as he was left out of their starting lineup for the win over Hull on Sunday as he tries to push through a move to the Gunners this month. That follows on from Arsene Wenger revealing he wants to sign a new center back in the current transfer window.
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Another central defender could be heading to the Premier League, as Barcelona’s out of favor center back Gerard Pique is once again being linked to his former club Manchester United. According to the Daily Express Pique, 27, could be available for $23 million as Louis van Gaal is eager to bolster his backline. Would Pique leave Barca to work with LVG? The duo linked up during the Dutchman’s two coaching stints at Barcelona in the past, so stranger things have happened. United have also been linked Valencia center back Nicolas Otamendi but have denied making a $39 million bid for the Argentine international.
Roberto Soldado could be heading out of Spurs as the Spanish striker is rumored to be joining Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen. Soldado, 29, joined Tottenham last summer for a whopping $40 million but has scored just seven goals in 40 PL appearances for Spurs and academy product Harry Kane has surpassed him as the club’s leading striker. The Daily Mirror’s Darren Lewis has the details.
Wolfsburg are said to be interested in signing Chelsea’s German international winger Andre Schurrle for $35 million. The 24-year-old scored in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Swansea at the weekend but is reportedly becoming frustrated at a lack of starts for the Blues. Schurrle has been used mostly off the bench this season but Chelsea want at least $45 million for the World Cup winner. The Daily Mail reports that Wolfsburg have already made a bid to take the German back home to the Bundesliga.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.
A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.
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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.
Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.
And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.
A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.
Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.
Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.
Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.
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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.
Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.
It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.
Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.
Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.
Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.
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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.
That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.
So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.
Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.
So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.
Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.
Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.
Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.
And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.
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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).
The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.
Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.