Getty Images

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Gray to Everton, Spurs; Coutinho to PSG

Leave a comment

Sky Sports is reporting that Leicester City winger Demarai Gray has held talks with the owners of the club to try and move away from the King Power Stadium.

[ MORE: Christian Pulisic to Liverpool? ]  

Gray, 21, has been with the Foxes for the past two seasons after signing from second-tier Birmingham City in January 2016 for $9 million but has been a bit-part player with Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez the mainstays out wide for Leicester.

The England U-21 international has bags of talent, scoring stunning goals against Manchester United and Derby County last season and made 41 appearances in all competitions but started just nine Premier League games.

His blistering pace, direct running and crossing ability mean plenty of Premier League clubs have been keeping tabs on him, especially as he made a good impression for Aidy Boothroyd’s U-21 side by scoring twice as they reached the semifinals of the European Championships this summer.

Able to play on either flank, the report suggests Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Borussia Dortmund all want to sign Gray and he has held talk with the owners about his future but has been told he’s not for sale. Spurs are said to be keen on bringing in another wide option with Erik Lamela battling back through injury after a year out and deals for Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Moussa Sissoko not working out thus far.

Everton have plenty of attacking options but perhaps Ronald Koeman is unsure exactly how Yannick Bolasie will return after his ACL injury which kept him out for the majority of last season after his big-money move from Crystal Palace. As for Dortmund, well, they are known across the soccer world for attracting and nurturing the best young attacking talent and all three of the aforementioned clubs can offer Gray European action (Champions League in the case of Spurs and Dortmund) which Leicester cannot this season.

With Riyad Mahrez also pushing for a move away as UCL clubs circle, Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare (in his first full season as a PL boss) will certainly have plenty of issues to sort out between now and the end of the transfer window on Aug. 31.


A report from Spanish outlet Sport claims that Neymar is trying to persuade Philippe Coutinho to join him at Paris Saint-Germain.

Coutinho, 25, is being chased by Barcelona with widespread reports stating that Barca will use the money they gain from selling Neymar to PSG in a potential word-record transfer of $255 million.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool insist Coutinho, who signed a new long-term deal in January, is not for sale but the report states that Neymar is hoping to persuade Coutinho to join him at Les Parisiens.

Per the report Neymar has inundated Coutinho with WhatsApp messages over the summer and the duo are close friends after first playing together at the age of 14.

If PSG are somehow able to meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations by signing Neymar, then surely any deal for Coutinho (valued at over $115 million by Liverpool) would just not be possible.

Still, this is a world where PSG seem to be able to print money via their Qatari owners. Just imagine Coutinho threading through balls for Neymar and Edinsn Cavani to finish… Hey, stop drooling.

The report also states that Barca are better placed to sign Coutinho and they hope his signing, after having two bids turned down by Liverpool already, will convince Neymar to stay at the Nou Camp.

Coutinho is a wanted man and that’s just when it comes to Neymar. After scoring 13 goals and adding seven assists in the PL for Liverpool last season as he led Klopp’s men to fourth-place, Coutinho appears to be entering his prime. Will that be spent at Anfield, the Nou Camp or the Parc des Princes?

Haiti stuns Costa Rica to claim Group B at Gold Cup

AP Photo/Julio Cortez
Leave a comment

Poetic justice, put it in a Song.

Haiti’s Djimy Alexis made up for his early own goal by scoring a deserved winner as Haiti won Group B of the Gold Cup with an upset of Costa Rica on Monday.

[ ROUNDUPS: AFCON | Copa America ]

Los Ticos got everything they could handle from the upstart Gombey Warriors, who are now 3-0 on the tournament, and the World Cup mainstays tossed aside their early lead to meet Mexico in the quarterfinals.

Haiti will challenge Canada in the quarters, guaranteeing the semifinals an intriguing participant.

An early own goal had Costa Rica in control, but Duckens Nason’ 16th international goal was a part of a hard charge from the Haitians in the second half.

The other match saw Bermuda earn a 2-0 win over Nicaragua via goals from Lejuan Simmons and QPR’s Nakhi Wells. That gives the Gombey Warriors a 1-2 record while dropping Nicaragua to 0-3.

Bermuda was ranked 174th by FIFA to Nicaragua’s 129, but that will certainly change next month.

AFCON wrap: Diaby’s sensational rip highlights trio of matches

(Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Leave a comment

The Africa Cup of Nations said hello to six more competitors on Monday, with a thrilling goal amongst the eight tallied across the competitions in Egypt.

[ MORE: Copa America roundup ]


Mali 4-1 Mauritania

Two different men named Adama Traore — neither of them the Wolves winger — joined Moussa Marega on the score sheet but it’s difficult to describe the class and small margins that defined the tournament’s goal of the day.

Sporting Lisbon’s Abdoulay Diaby somehow got this shot off through two defenders and into the upper reaches of the goal to open the scoring in the three-goal win for Mali, which is having some summer when you take into account the U-20 World Cup.

Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa

There were only 13 total attempts in the game, and Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodija scored the lone goal of a tournament opening win for Les Elephants.

Tunisia 1-1 Angola

A draw was probably fair, as Youssef Msakni’s first half penalty was met by Djalma Campos’ late goal to split the spoils in Group E.

Copa America roundup: Uruguay tops Chile; Full knockout bracket

AP Photo/Leo Correa
Leave a comment

Ecuador and Japan drew to allow Paraguay to sew up the final knockout round spot, sending Miguel Almiron and Co. into a match-up with Brazil.

[ MORE: Johannsson to MLS? ]

And Uruguay rode Edinson Cavani’s goal into the other side of the bracket, moving ahead of Chile in a tight match.

Ecuador 1-1 Japan

There was a lot to like in a match with 30-plus shots and the ultimate prize of a match-up with Brazil on Thursday in Porto Alegre.

Shoya Nakajima put the Asian side ahead a quarter-hour into the match, but Angel Mena provided an equalizer before halftime to put both sides in danger of failure to reach the knockout rounds.

Chile 0-1 Uruguay

Cavani scored for the second time this tournament as Uruguay claimed first place in Group A and a knockout round meeting with Peru.

Cavani’s deftly flicked header of a Jonathan Rodriguez pass pushed Uruguay above Chile, which had won both of its group matches and now meets Colombia on Friday.

Knockout round schedule

June 27
Brazil v. Paraguay

June 28
Venezuela v. Argentina
Colombia v. Chile

June 29
Uruguay v. Peru

July 2
Brazil/Paraguay v. Venezuela/Argentina
Colombia/Chile v. Uruguay/Peru

July 6
Third place playoff

July 7
Final

Norwich City adds Switzerland international Drmic on free transfer

Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Norwich City has added a new star striker to a unit which produced 93 goals in the Championship last season.

Josip Drmic will join Swiss national teammate Timm Klose with the Canaries for the next three seasons, hoping to bring his Bundesliga and international experience to a Premier League safety campaign.

[ MORE: Johannsson to MLS? ]

Drmic turns 27 next month, and scored two goals in five appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach last season. He has 31 goals and seven assists in 107 Bundesliga appearances between Gladbach, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen, and Nurnberg.

Coach Daniel Farke got 30 goals from target forward Teemu Pukki, who plays a similar role to Drmic and has plenty of top flight experience with Celtic and Schalke amongst others.

Drmic can also operate on the wing, usually left over right, and has featured in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. From Canaries.co.uk:

“I’m going to do everything and give 100% on the pitch. I will be ready to give everything for the club. My job is scoring but I also want to help my team and help us be successful.

“When I first came to Norwich, the first thing I noticed was how kind everybody was. It’s given me a lot of positive energy and I’m excited to see what happens.”

Between Pukki and Drmic, Norwich can have faith that its well-prepared to have an answer up top.