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January Transfer Deadline needs for every Premier League club

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With the transfer deadline coming to a close on Monday, Premier League teams have precious few days left to find fixes for what ails them (or strengthen their depth).

Leicester City – The Foxes could use more depth, but they already have players like Gokhan Inler on the bench. A striker as insurance for Jamie Vardy would be a welcome addition.

Manchester City – Depth at the back can help City deal with the congested schedule of a late season run through European and English competitions. When will Vincent Kompany return?

[ MORE: Wednesday’s transfer rumor roundup ]

Arsenal – The mistake people make when saying Olivier Giroud is under-appreciated is not realizing Arsene Wenger can carry multiple out-and-out strikers. Another point man up top sure would help the title push.

Tottenham Hotspur – At the risk of sounding like a broken record across so many of these team needs, Spurs could use another striker to pair with Harry Kane. A center back to help out in the absence of Jan Vertonghen would be a boon, too.

Manchester United – There’s a lot of quality on United, and it’d be a good look for Louis Van Gaal to fiddle with his tactics. In terms of additions, though, why not take a look at a veteran attacker, or even a low-cost option like Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes.

West Ham United – Rhodes makes sense here, too, but Slaven Bilic has been linked with a loan for Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike. Cover at the back could also be welcomed at the Boleyn Ground. Sam Byram looks the part to help that in a big way, though.

Liverpool – Still could use options to help their center back depth in the wake of injury and continued European play, and competition for Alberto Moreno isn’t a bad idea, either.. Should also allow their new-ish players more time to adapt to England, as Roberto Firmino will continue to improve.

[ MORE: Liverpool reportedly tables bid for Schalke’s Matip ]

Southampton – Honestly would do well to get rid of the malcontents Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama, but only if they can find suitable replacements in the interim. Also like the idea of Matty Phillips joining his ex-QPR teammate Charlie Austin at St. Mary’s.

Stoke City – An out-and-out striker to capitalize on what’s created by Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic.

Watford – An experienced striker to back up Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney.

Crystal Palace – They picked up Emmanuel Adebayor to help their strike force, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a more, um, stable solution in mind for Alan Pardew‘s currently stumbling Eagles.

Everton – A right back to spell Seamus Coleman, and perhaps a long-term answer at goalkeeper if Tim Howard is really set to skip town for Colorado.

Chelsea – Gamers. While Chelsea has sold Ramires and added Alexandre Pato and maybe USMNT back Matt Miazga, Guus Hiddink could use the sort of players who would sell the farm to a win a ball. That’s not a position, per se, but undeniably a need.

[ MORE: Chelsea confirms sale of Ramires to Chinese Super League club ]

West Bromwich Albion – The Baggies need offensive flair and attacking, but Saido Berahino is rooted to the bench and, given Tony Pulis‘ defense-first managing style, maybe this is about the tactics, not the technicians.

Swansea City – Like everyone else, Swansea could use depth at striker. Also could use someone to fill the Jonjo Shelvey role since the Englishman has been sold to Newcastle.

Bournemouth – Really, the Cherries need better health for their team altogether. Otherwise, they may have enough to stand pat.

Norwich City – A stalwart defender or two. Think of the 6-2 loss to Newcastle and the 5-4 loss to Liverpool; Make a stop, boys.

Newcastle United – Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s track record says he’ll start finishing his chances eventually, but that can’t be enough for Steve McClaren. Newcastle needs to add a striker, and could use depth at the back as well.

Sunderland – A metronome would be nice, though Sunderland still lacks consistent scoring beyond Jermain Defoe.

Aston Villa – Quality everywhere. Not being harsh, but Remi Garde will do far better once he’s flipped some of Tim Sherwood‘s mistakes.

With $2.7 billion reserves, FIFA has ‘duty’ to aid virus-hit soccer

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FIFA says it has a “duty” to use its vast financial reserves to assist a football industry ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic wiping out games and creating unexpected economic hardship in the world’s biggest sport.

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The spread of COVID-19 has impacted the wealthiest clubs, with Barcelona and Juventus players taking wage cuts; those in smaller countries, with Slovakian champion Zilina entering bankruptcy; and national football federations, with Uruguay furloughing hundreds of staff.

Having amassed reserves it last reported at $2.745 billion, FIFA has the resources to give much-needed financial help to the game at many levels. Now the organization has provided more details around the need agreed two weeks ago by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and his vice presidents to explore a “support fund” for the sport.

“FIFA is in a strong financial situation and it’s our duty to do the utmost to help them in their hour of need,” world football’s governing body said in a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

“FIFA is working on possibilities to provide assistance to the football community around the world after making a comprehensive assessment of the financial impact this pandemic will have on football.”

FIFA is exploring the mechanism to provide the financial lifeline to the football industry with the six regional confederations and member associations to ensure there is an announcement “in the near future.”

“The football community around the world is experiencing, to a greater or lesser extent, serious financial problems on account of the coronavirus outbreak,” FIFA said. “This threatens to disrupt and impair the ability of FIFA’s member associations and other football organizations such as leagues and clubs to develop, finance and run football activities at all levels of the game, including professional, non-professional, youth and grassroots.

“It is foreseen that in many parts of the world a considerable number of persons involved in football including both men and women players will be left in extremely difficult economic conditions.”

FIFA already operates a “Forward” development program to redistribute its wealth to member associations. In the 2015-18 cycle, investment dedicated to the scheme was $1.079 billion, of which $832 million had been approved and committed to member associations, confederations or regions, according to the last published financial results.

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Premier League TV schedule: April 4-5

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We have 16 hours of Premier League programming coming your way this weekend and here is your TV schedule for April 4-5

This Saturday and Sunday we will have eight hours of programming coming your way each morning from 6 a.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN on your TV.

With the current 2019-20 Premier League season suspended until April 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have a lot of programming treats planned for you in the coming weeks and will keep up fully updated with a TV schedule posted every single week.

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Remember, during the season you can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports.com,the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold.

Gold also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today, Sky Sports News, NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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If you’re looking for full-event replays of Premier League games, you can find them here for the games streamed on NBCSports.com and here for the games on NBC Sports Gold.

Below is your full Premier League TV schedule and stream links for Saturday and Sunday as we have classic matches, Goal of the Season, Behind the Badge, a focus on Liverpool v. Man City and much more coming up.


FULL TV SCHEDULE FOR NBCSN

Saturday, April 4
6-6:30 a.m. ET: Soccerbox – Matt Le Tissier [STREAM]
6:30-7 a.m. ET: Soccerbox – John Barnes [STREAM]
7-7:30 a.m. ET: Soccerbox – Sol Campbell [STREAM]
7:30-8 a.m. ET: Soccerbox – Ryan Giggs [STREAM]
8-9 a.m. ET: PL Goals of the Season: 2001-02 [STREAM]
9-10 a.m. ET: PL Goals of the Season: 2002-03 [STREAM]
10-10:30 a.m. ET: Classic Match: Liverpool v. Tottenham, Feb. 2015 [STREAM]
10:30-11 a.m. ET: Classic Match: Chelsea v. Man United, Feb. 2012 [STREAM]
11-11:30 a.m. ET: Classic Match: Tottenham v. Chelsea, Jan.  2015 [STREAM]
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET: Classic Match: Man United v. Arsenal, Aug., 2011 [STREAM]
12-12:30 p.m. ET. ET: Behind the Badge – Watford, Episode 1 [STREAM]
12:30-  p.m. ET. ET: Behind the Badge – Watford, Episode 2 [STREAM]
1-1:30 p.m. ET. ET: Behind the Badge – Watford, Episode 3 [STREAM]
1:30-2 p.m. ET. ET: Behind the Badge – Watford, Episode 4 [STREAM]

Sunday, April 5
6-7 a.m. ET: PL season in review 1998-99 [STREAM]
7-8 a.m. ET: PL season in review 1999-00 [STREAM]
8-10 a.m. ET: Match of the Week, Man City v. QPR, May 2012 [STREAM]
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET: Match of the Week, Everton v. Liverpool, Nov. 2013 [STREAM]
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET: Match of the Week, Chelsea v. Arsenal, Oct. 2014 [STREAM]

VIDEO: Top 25 moments in Premier League history

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It’s time to take a trip down memory lane and countdown the top 25 moments in Premier League history.

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There have been so many memorable goals, incidents, performances and players throughout the league’s history and back in 2017 we celebrated its 25th anniversary by counting down our top 25 moments.

From Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick, the arrival of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, Leicester’s title win and Man City’s dramatic last-gasp success, there are so many wild moments packed into this video.

In truth, it was so tough to narrow down the best moments in PL history to just 25 moments.

Click play on the video above to replay some of the greatest moments in history.

Daniel Levy calls for all players, clubs to cut wages

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Tottenham chairman has called for Premier League players and staff to take wage cuts to help clubs cope with the suspension during the coronavirus pandemic.

Levy revealed he is among 550 non-playing staff at Tottenham who have taken pay cuts as he pointed to the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich as their players and officials had taken wage cuts in order to make sure every individual at the club was paid and costs did not spiral out of control during the suspension of leagues.

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Levy confirmed that the “club’s operations have effectively ceased” and “has an annual cost base running into hundreds of millions of pounds” before adding that clubs and players should do their part as clubs, leagues and players’ unions meet on Wednesday in England to work out a way forward.

“We hope the current discussions between the Premier League, PFA and LMA will result in players and coaches doing their bit for the football eco system,” Levy said.

Levy in particular will be scrutinized as he was the highest-paid Premier League executive, paid $3.7 million in 2018 and $8.7 million in 2019 after a hefty bonus for Tottenham completing their move to a new stadium.

Tottenham’s chairman also explained exactly what Spurs are doing to help them deal with the new financial reality all soccer clubs are facing, as the UK government is paying 80 percent of wages of staff who have been furloughed (basically told they still have a job but aren’t needed right now) by their employers.

“We have seen some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus take steps to reduce their costs. Yesterday, having already taken steps to reduce costs, we ourselves made the difficult decision – in order to protect jobs – to reduce the remuneration of all 550 non-playing directors and employees for April and May by 20 per cent utilising, where appropriate, the Government’s furlough scheme. We shall continue to review this position,” Levy added.

Soccer will of course have to adjust to its new reality and the longer the suspension goes on, tougher decisions will have to be made about players and staff taking significant pay cuts to help keep costs down with no matchday revenue coming in. Tottenham’s stadium is being used to help prepare food for vulnerable people in the local and it has been offered to the NHS to be used any way it can help.

Plenty of clubs across the Premier League have vowed to pay temporary staff used on matchdays but many are making use of government help with wages and many are doing plenty for their local communities too. These are unprecedented times and players and clubs are stepping up to make sure the most vulnerable are looked after.