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Walters signs for Burnley; Huddersfield adds Jorgensen

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Burnley have signed Jonathan Walters from Stoke City with the Republic of Ireland international signing a two-year deal at Turf Moor after a transfer fee believe to be around $3.8 million was agreed.

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Walters, 33, has spent the past seven seasons at Stoke, helping them to become a solid Premier League club after joining in 2010 from Ipswich Town following several years in the lower leagues.

In recent years Walters has seen his game-time diminish at Stoke with Marko Arnatuovic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Saido Berahino and others but the versatile frontman has still played an important role for Ireland, scoring in both of their games against Uruguay and Austria last month.

The powerful striker will add experience and versatility to Sean Dyche‘s front line as the Clarets leaned heavily on Sam Vokes and Andre Gray for goals last season. Walters can either operate out wide or through the middle and the Liverpudlian will believe he still has plenty left in the tank.

Walters scored 62 times for Stoke in 271 appearances during his time in the Potteries. Walters becomes Burnley’s fifth signing of the summer after they added promising left back Charlie Taylor from Leeds United, Rahis Nabi from West Brom, Christian N’Guessan from Blackpool and Aidan Stone from Brocton.


Huddersfield Town made their ninth signing of the summer as David Wagner added Danish defender Mathias Jorgensen from FC Copenhagen.

The 27-year-old has arrived at the John Smith Stadium for a fee believed to be $4.5 million and he’s signed a three-year contract.

Jorgensen has UEFA Champions League experience and has won both the Danish league title and cup five times each during two spells with Copenhagen. Nicknamed “Zanka” he also had a spell at PSV Eindhoven and has seven international caps to his name.

“Mathias is another very good signing for our club as we prepare for our first Premier League season. He is a very complete defender with great experience of being successful in every league he has played in, which served us well with the signings we made last season too,” Wagner said. “His athleticism and football intelligence will be big assets in the Premier League, for sure, and he is a super professional character, which will fit in with our current group of players very well. This deal makes total sense for us because Jon (Stankovic) is out of action until Christmas.”

Huddersfield have also added Aaron Mooy, Kasey Palmer, Danny Williams, Elias Kachunga, Laurent Depoitre, Tom Ince, Steve Mounie and Scott Malone as German-American coach Wagner is acting fast in the transfer window ahead of the Terriers’ first-ever season in the Premier League.

Liverpool 4-1 Stoke: Reds regain second spot after complete performance

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Liverpool regained the second spot in the Premier League on Tuesday after defeating Stoke City, 4-1, at Anfield.

Stoke held the lead early on but goals from four different contributors helped the Reds get back on pace as the hosts captured a convincing three points against the Potters.

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Daniel Sturridge scored less than a minute after entering the pitch for the Reds, also marking his first goal of the PL season in the 70th minute.

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The third goal came just prior to the hour mark when Giannelli Imbula scored an own goal. The Stoke defender was forced into a difficult position when Divock Origi‘s low cross into the path of Sadio Mane was guided goalward by Imbula.

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The Potters put up a good fight in the opening half, but Liverpool managed to pull out a pair of finishes in the final 10 minutes of the stanza to take the lead going into the break.

Roberto Firmino smacked a wicked shot off both posts before it trickled over the line in the 44th minute to give the Reds the lead after Adam Lallana scored nine minutes prior.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool gives instructions to Sadio Mane of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Lallana notched his seventh goal of the season in the 35th minute when the Englishman received the ball from Mane with a tight angle to shoot, before powering his shot past Lee Grant to equalize at 1-1.

While the hosts dominated much of the early opportunities in the match, it was Stoke that took the lead on 12 minutes.

After a well-timed move forward, Jonathan Walters scored the opener by powering his near-post header past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, despite the Belgian getting a touch to the effort.

Mignolet did his best to avenge the mistake just seven minutes later when the shot-stopper kept Joe Allen off the scoresheet from close range.

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The Reds nearly found an equalizer in the 24th minute when Firmino smashed a shot goalward that was cleared off the line by a stationary Peter Crouch.

Stoke City 2-0 Burnley: Hughes’ go top half with win

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  • Walters lashes home
  • Muniesa nabs first PL goal
  • Clarets sink 14th

Jonathan Walters and Marc Muniesa scored as Stoke City continued to make its early season woes a thing of the past in a 2-0 win over visiting Burnley on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium.

The loss leaves Burnley just three points above the drop zone, while Stoke arrives in the top half with 19 points.

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Burnley had the ball in the early stages, but Bruno Martins Indi provided the first bit of true danger when the Stoke back headed the ball off the woodwork.

Tom Heaton missed the game through injury, but he wouldn’t have made a difference on Walters’ opener. The Stoke man belted a Mame Biram Diouf cross behind Paul Robinson to give the Potters a 20th minute lead.

Muniesa scooped up his first PL goal before halftime when Marko Arnautovic provided good service and the ex-Barca man didn’t mess up his lines.

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EURO 2016: Jonathan Walters the hero as Ireland qualify

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Come on down, the Republic or Ireland, you’re the next contestant to qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France, following your 2-0 second-leg playoff victory (3-1 on aggregate) over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday.

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Oh, to be inside (and eventually outside) a Dublin pub this evening…

Ireland grabbed their second goal of the two-leg tie through a rather questionable penalty decision, given for handball against Senad Lulic in the 18th minute. Stoke City midfielder Jonathan Walters stepped up and converted the spot kick, sending Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic sprawling to his left and calmly rolling the ball just inside the opposite post.

With 20 minutes left in regular time and a single Bosnian goal threatening extra time, it was once again Walters who popped up at the most opportune of moments and places, to hammer home a free volley at the far post after Robbie Brady‘s header was sent looping high into the air.

EURO 2016 will represent Ireland’s third all-time appearance (1988 and 2012) at the European Championship, and the sixth major tournament qualification (1990, 1994 and 2002 World Cup) in their history, all of which have been achieved since 1988.

Stoke’s Jonathan Walters chased by Norwich City, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion

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ProSoccerTalk understands that Jonathan Walters is wanted by Norwich City, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion on Deadline Day.

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The Stoke City forward handed in a transfer request with the Potters on Monday, 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.

However it appears that Stoke is reluctant to let Walters leave for around $5 million as they do not want to let the Republic of Ireland international leave without signing a replacement who can play in an attacking midfield role.

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The powerful forward can play as a central striker or in either of the wide positions and with Norwich struggling for an out-and-out forward, plus Leicester needing reinforcements up top and West Brom’s manager Tony Pulis signing Walters for Stoke back in 2010, all three teams have their reasons for leaning on his experience.

With Stoke not willing to offer Walters a long-term deal, the player will seemingly get that elsewhere and doesn’t want to simply let his contract run out in the Potteries.