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Wales’ Ledley rues Portugal’s goals, says Ronaldo is no Bale

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Forget Ronaldo vs. Messi. Joe Ledley doesn’t even think Ronaldo beats Bale.

The Welsh midfielder was frothing after Portugal knocked his side out of EURO 2016 in Wednesday’s semifinal, and went off on Ronaldo’s play.

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Ledley, the 29-year-old Crystal Palace man, says that Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world, but that he’s no Bale.

The goal he scored and the other he assisted? “Crappy”.

From Goal.com:

“He’s one of those players who frustrates you,” he told reporters. “He’s never in the game compared to Gareth [Bale].

“He’s always in the game, always on the ball, always wanting it, always dribbling and always trying to do something.”

Pretty sure Ronaldo demands the ball just as often, and that’s one of the reasons Bale hasn’t been able to shine as bright in Madrid.

In any event, just an interesting batch of quotes from Ledley. Click on the link for the full batch of quotes.

Deadline Day transfer rumor roundup: Hector to Chelsea, Berahino to Tottenham

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Plenty or rumors are doing the rounds on Deadline Day and here’s a quick look at some of the gossip as we enter the final hours of the 2015 Summer Transfer Window.

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Chelsea have been linked with a shock move for Reading center back Michael Hector. Sky Sports claim that Jose Mourinho is lining up a $7 million move for the Jamaican international. ProSoccerTalk has contacted a source close to the deal and it seems to have taken everyone by surprise. Watch this space.

Tottenham Hotspur have not given up on signing Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion. Spurs have already had two bids turned down by the Baggies for Berahino and the player has had a transfer request turned down by the Midlands club. West Brom are adamant he is going nowhere but several outlets, plus former Spurs boss and Deadline Day devotee Harry Redknapp, believe that the 22-year-old England striker could still arrive at White Hart Lane in a deal worth over $40 million.

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ProSoccerTalk understands that Jonathan Walters is wanted by Norwich City, Leicester City and West Brom, with the Stoke City forward handing in a transfer request with the Potters as he only has one-year left on his current contract and negotiations over a new deal have broken down in recent days. Walters, 31, has scored 51 goals in 217 PL games for the Potters and would be a valuable addition to the three aforementioned teams.

PST also understands that Southampton is closing in on a $17.6 million move for Celtic’s center back Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman, 24, has interested Saints for quite some time and his panache on the ball and power in defense is exactly what Ronald Koeman is looking for.

West Bromwich Albion have been linked with moves for Liverpool left back Jose Enrique and Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley.

One man departing West Brom is Joleon Lescott, as the former Manchester City defender looks to be inching closer to a move to Aston Villa and has had a medical with the West Brom’s Midlands rivals.

Leicester City are said to be closing in on a season-long loan deal for Swansea City winger Nathan Dyer. The Englishman has fallen way down the pecking order at the Liberty Stadium and Leicester are keen to bolster their attacking options before the deadline.

Keep checking back to ProSoccerTalk throughout today for all the latest transfer news.

Watch Live: Crystal Palace vs. Hull City (Lineups and Live Stream)

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On Saturday the Tigers head to the Eagles as Hull City play Crystal Palace (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra) at Selhurst Park.

Steve Bruce’s side is in desperate need of a win after losing three on the spin and five of their last six. Palace and Pardew came unstuck against West Brom last weekend and they can expect a similar type of game against a team scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the table.

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In team news Palace make two changes with Martin Kelly and Pape Souare replacing Joel Ward and Joe Ledley, while Hull ditch playing with three center backs as Robbie Brady comes in for Alex Bruce.

LINEUPS

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Jedinak, McArthur; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Murray. Subs: Hennessey, Hangeland, Ledley, Mutch, Lee, Sanogo, Gayle

Hull City: Harper, Chester, Dawson, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Quinn, Brady, Aluko, N’Doye. Subs: McGregor, Rosenior, Figueroa, Bruce, Hernandez, Sagbo, Ramirez

Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Albion: Morrison, Gardner lead Baggies (video)

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West Bromwich Albion may’ve made their threats to their safety purely academic with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

James Morrison struck early and Craig Gardner added a gorgeous bit of insurance as the Baggies beat in-form Palace to move into 13th place, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Palace’s table charge is momentarily halted, as Alan Pardew’s boys sit 11th with 42 points.

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A second-minute corner kick did the trick for West Brom, as Chris Brunt’s curling outswinger dipped right into the center of the box. Morrison raced past an off-balance Jason Puncheon to head home uncontested. Alan Pardew wouldn’t be pleased with that, 1-0 West Brom.

A likely save of the week candidate came in the 31st minute, when Boaz Myhill leapt for a reactive save on Yannick Bolasie’s bicycle kick attempt.

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Alan Pardew broke out a pair of halftime subs, taking off Mile Jedinak and Joe Ledley in an attempt to spice up the attack, with Dwight Gayle up front and Papa Souare as a threat from left back.

But the Baggies only increased their lead when an out-swinging corner kick drifted through everyone. Gardner raced onto the loose ball about 25 yards out, took a touch and lashed a curler past Speroni. A truly “wow” moment extended the lead to two.

Substitute Yaya Sanogo had an 85th minute goal called back for offsides. He was, albeit by a slim margins.

LINEUPS

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Delaney, Dann, Ledley (Souare, 46′); Bolasie, Jedinak (Gayle, 46′), McArthur (Sanogo, 80′), Zaha; Puncheon; Murray.

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Dawson (Wisdom, 71′), McAuley, Lescott, Brunt, Gardner (Olsson, 81′), Fletcher, Yacob, Morrison, Berahino, Anichebe.

Goal: Morrison (2′), Gardner (53′)

Watch Live: Sunderland vs Crystal Palace (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Sunderland looks to keep momentum going as the Black Cats can go six clear of the drop with a successful follow-up to last week’s energizing Tyne-Wear derby win as the Stadium of Light welcomes Crystal Palace at 10am ET live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Manager Dick Advocaat has made just one forced change to his starting lineup from that win, replacing the suspended Seb Larsson with Jack Rodwell. The influential Larsson is suspended for a pair of matches after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season against Newcastle. These two games will be the first he’s missed all Premier League season.

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Palace also comes into this match in form, on the heels of three straight wins and four in their last five that has seen them suddenly closing in on a top 10 table finish, just three points back of Stoke City for 10th position. Even more surprisingly, they’ve done it all without captain Mile Jedinak, who returns from his four-match suspension today.

Joe Ledley was thought to be injured for today but is able to make the Palace bench, while Marouane Chamakh, Fraizer Campbell and Jordon Mutch are all still dealing with long-term injuries.

LINEUPS:

Sunderland: Pantilimon, O’Shea, Vergini, Jones, van Aanholt, Cattermole, Gomez, Rodwell, Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe.
Bench: Bridcutt, Johnson, Reveillere, Graham, Coates, Mannone, Buckley.

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Bolasie, McArthur, Jedinak, Zaha; Puncheon; Murray.
Bench: Hennessey, Hangeland, Sanogo, Ledley, Gayle, Kelly, Ameobi.