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Report: Man United to sign Dan James

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Multiple reports claim that Manchester United have agreed to sign Swansea City youngster Daniel James for $19.5 million.

James, 21, has had a breakout year in England’s second tier for the Swans, with the pacy forward catching the eye in several FA Cup games as he has scored six goals and added seven assists in all competitions.

According to our partners at Sky Sports in the UK James is wanted by several other Premier League teams and has just one year left on his current contract, but United are close to signing the Welsh international who almost joined Leeds United in the January transfer window.

That deal broke down on Deadline Day, and James kicked on in the second half of the campaign and is regarded as one of the top players in the Championship. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has mentioned several times that he wants United to sign young, hungry players and James certainly fits the bill.

His style of play is also a bit of a throwback for United, with his style reminiscent to Ryan Giggs as James dribbles and runs at defenders all game long, and can back that up with searing pace on the break. Given United’s penchant as a counter-attacking team under Solskjaer, James should slot in very well at Old Trafford.

Is this the huge marquee signing United’s fans were hoping for? Nope. But how has that worked out for them in the past?

Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have come in with fortunes spent, and the jury is out as to whether any of those superstars have been a roaring success. Then there’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Angel di Maria, Bastian Schweinsteiger and others…

With the likes of Declan Rice, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jadon Sancho all linked with moves to United this summer, Solskjaer is trying to overhaul his squad with young British talent who are eager to prove themselves.

This move for James could signal the start of a modest, but very important overhaul in their squad. It seems like United could be getting smarter in the transfer market, as Ed Woodward and Co. aren’t willing to splash plenty of cash of established names and are instead focused on polishing gems who have broken through at other clubs.

At this point, they’ve tried pretty much everything else in the transfer market. Why not sign British players who won’t cost quite as much and develop them into stars?

Bournemouth rocks Chelsea by four (video)

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  • Brooks scores, assists
  • King with brace, assist
  • Arrizabalaga under siege

Bournemouth hammered Chelsea for the second time inside a calendar year with a 4-0 defeat of the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

It was just inside of a year ago that Bournemouth beat Chelsea 3-0. This time, it was four thanks to a Charlie Daniels flicked header in stoppage time.

Joshua King scored twice and added an assist. David Brooks also scored and recorded an assist as Bournemouth beat a Top Six side for the first time in eight tries this season.

Bournemouth moves 10th with 33 points, while Chelsea remains fourth with 47.

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David Brooks couldn’t snap into a back post header of a Joshua King flick, and Kepa Arrizabalaga made a decent close-range save on the bounding effort.

Arrizabalaga was again called into action by Brooks, who dribbled deep into the Chelsea end but found space limited before hitting a low shot to the keeper.

And Artur Boruc made a fine save on Mateo Kovacic‘s diving header before collecting a well-hit left-footer from Hazard.

Arrizabalaga was again steady when the Cherries’ counterattack struck in the 44th minute, parrying a beam off the boot of Junior Stanislas.

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King solved Arrizabalaga in the 47th minute, and it comes as little surprise that Brooks set up the chance with a terrific pass.

Pedro found N'Golo Kante on the doorstep with a swooping pass over the top of the Bournemouth back line, but the diminutive Frenchman messed up his first touch and Boruc handled it.

The provider and finisher switched places for Bournemouth’s second goal, as King sent Brooks over the top and the Scot beat Arrizabalaga low for 2-0 in the 63rd.

King then scored with an easily finish across goal after Stanislas cooked Antonio Rudiger.

Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth: Lukaku nets winner

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  • Early Lukaku goal stands up
  • Cherries outshoot hosts 14-9
  • United three clear of Chelsea

Manchester United remains second in the Premier League following a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Romelu Lukaku headed home in the 25th minute to move United to 38 points, 11 behind Man City and three ahead of Chelsea.

Bournemouth remains 14th with 16 points.

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A bit of sloppiness plagued United, who was well in control of the early proceedings apart from the less than ideal passes.

Anthony Martial tried a clever cross from outside the 18 that missed both Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata at the back post.

At the other end, Phil Jones cut out a Callum Wilson left-footed rip for a throw. David De Gea then made two interventions including a stop on Charlie Daniels.

You’d think Lukaku was a former Cherry the way he mildly celebrated his opener, nodding a Mata cross past Asmir Begovic.

De Gea managed typical heroics when he got went low to stop a slippery bounding Wilson should through traffic.

Martial missed a sitter as the second half wore on, with Lukaku’s cut back going for naught.

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Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth: Defoe scores beauty brace

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  • Defoe opens, closes first half scoring
  • Milivojevic, Dann score
  • Key saves from Begovic, Speroni

Christian Benteke missed a stoppage time penalty kick and Bournemouth held on for a point at Selhurst Park in a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Jermain Defoe‘s brace included a gorgeous finish, making amends for Luka Milivojevic and Scott Dann goals.

Palace remains 20th with 11 points, while Bournemouth is 14th with 16.

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A clever short corner caught Palace looking poor, with Defoe sprung all alone — by an illegal pick — near the penalty spot to bury a side-footed offering.

Palace was immediately ready to level, but a timely intervention stopped Mamadou Sakho at the goal line following fine work from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Eagles leveled when Wilfried Zaha was chopped down in the box, and Milivojevic had no problem with his penalty attempt.

Dann used a Yohan Cabaye cross to make it 2-1, but only briefly as Defoe scored this wonder goal (top).

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Jordon Ibe snapped the game back into life in the 70th minute when he forced Julian Speroni into a diving parry.

And it was a hard foul that brought a different kind of vigor to the match, with Lewis Cook‘s sliding challenge on Zaha leading both players into yellow cards.

Asmir Begovic made a great reaction stop when Loftus-Cheek’s deflected effort teased the near post. An ensuing corner was toe-poked wide of the goal by Milivojevic.

Charlie Daniels then cut down Zaha, but Benteke remained ice cold with a poor penalty attempt which was saved by Begovic.

After amazing goal, Daniels’ enthusiasm dampened by Mike Dean

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Charlie Daniels scored a monumental goal that was moments away from giving Bournemouth a 1-1 draw with visiting Manchester City on Saturday at the Vitality Stadium.

Daniels hit a vicious half volley goal (VIDEO) past Ederson on Saturday, but was left deflated as City scored late to deprive Bournemouth of its first points of the season.

“It was a nice goal (by me),” Daniels said. “I thought why not have a crack at it and fortunately it went in.”

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The muted enthusiasm was understandable, and referee Mike Dean didn’t make any friends in the final moments. After seven minutes of added time — five of which were announced — Raheem Sterling scored and was given a red card for celebrating with the visiting fans.

Man City didn’t like that, but Daniels and Bournemouth didn’t like the run-up to the winner.

From the BBC:

“There was only five minutes of added on time so ask the referee why we played seven. Then in the lead-up to the goal, he awarded a free-kick which was perfectly a timed tackle by Lys Mousset. It was gutting for us to concede after that and I would like to found out where he got that extra time from.”

Daniels wasn’t alone, as online reaction from Bournemouth fans and teams hopeful of more City dropped points were wondering how five became seven (the final whistle came 12 minutes after the clock read 90:00).