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Free agents: Flamini to Crystal Palace? Chamakh, Sissoko trial with WBA

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With the transfer window closed, Premier League teams have turned to out-of-contract players for their squads.

There are plenty of rumored deals out there and we’ll delve into them here as well as give you some names to monitor moving forward.

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Victor Anichebe has already been scooped up by Sunderland, and Marouane Chamakh and Mohamed Sissoko are on trial at West Bromwich Albion today, where the Baggies face the Indian Super League’s Delhi Dynamos.

The Guardian claims that Crystal Palace could land longtime Arsenal man Mathieu Flamini, though the Frenchman is wanted by a number of teams across Europe.

Among the other recognizable and available Premier League names are Stephane Sessegnon, Charles N'Zogbia, Kevin Nolan, Bobby Zamora, Leon Osman, and Junior Hoilett.

Longtime Juventus man Martin Caceres is 29 and was expected to sign with AS Roma once rehabilitated from an achilles injury, but has yet to make anything official. We’re only mentioning the slight possibility because, when healthy, he’s quite good.

Not a lot to love there for those looking for help.

Manchester City 0-0 Everton: Tim Howard keeps City off the scoresheet

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  • Second meeting in a week
  • Tim Howard comes up big
  • City penalty not given in 93′

Under heavy criticism as of late, Everton and USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard put in a man of the match performance to earn a 0-0 draw at Manchester City on Wednesday.

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Howard has been under a bit of pressure at Everton, but he came up with a massive stop in the 17th minute to keep City off the scoresheet. Bacary Sagna played in a cross to Yaya Toure who powered a header on goal, but Howard got down quickly to his right to make a sprawling save on the City captain.

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City controlled most of the play, but Everton nearly took the lead through a great strike from Leon Osman. Romelu Lukaku did well to turn on his defender and play a cross to Osman, who fired a left-footed volley just wide of the top corner. Joe Hart stood motionless, as Osman missed by a few inches.

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Tim Howard was called on throughout the second half, with his biggest save coming on Sergio Aguero in the 69th minute. Aguero moved in and looked to slot one in, but Howard stood strong and made a huge stop to keep things level.

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City had one more chance deep into stoppage time, as Raheem Sterling looked to be taken down in the box by John Stones in the 93rd minute. It looked like a foul, but no penalty was given as the match ended a 0-0 draw.

League Cup: Arsenal embarrassed, while penalties eliminate Chelsea, Leicester, Norwich

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It was not a good day for Premier League teams – especially those from London – in the Capital One Cup.

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With six total Premier League sides in action today, only two progressed through to the quarterfinals, and just one of them had a lead at the end of 90 minutes. However, three of the matches went to penalties for an extra fun finish.

The worst loss of the day fell to Arsenal, who were embarrassed 3-0 by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. Chelsea fell to Stoke City on penalties when Jack Butland saved Eden Hazard‘s spot kick, while Everton eliminated Norwich City, and in-form Leicester City were beaten by a strong Hull City side.

To make matters worse for the London clubs, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both limped off for the Gunners at Hillsborough, while Chelsea striker Diego Costa was forced off before halftime with what appeared to be a rib or chest injury.

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While Arsenal’s loss will go down as one of the bigger upsets in cup history, Chelsea’s was just as painful for the opposite reason. Having equalized through Costa’s replacement Loic Remy in stoppage time and up a man after Phil Bardsley was sent off, they could not find an equalizer and Hazard produced the only miss of the shootout.

Everton found themselves behind to Premier League new-boys Norwich when Sebastian Bassong scored six minutes after halftime, but Leon Osman equalized just beyond the hour mark. No one could find another breakthrough, and Nathan Redmond’s eventual penalty miss sealed Norwich’s fate, with the Toffees going through.

Finally, a 0-0 game after 90 minutes saw a pair of extra-time goals as Leicester City and Hull City fought hard. The home side found the opener in extra-time during first-half stoppage as Abel Hernandez scored, but the Foxes answered back through Riyad Mahrez to quiet the KC Stadium. But it wasn’t quiet for long, as Hull went through on penalties as David Meyler sent the Championship side into the quarterfinals.


Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Arsenal
Stoke City 1 (5)-(4) 1 Chelsea
Everton 1 (4)-(3) 1 Norwich City
Hull City 1 (5)-(4) 1 Leicester City