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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Sturridge in demand; Pelle to West Ham

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Daniel Sturridge looks set to join a Premier League club on loan between now and the transfer window closing on Wednesday.

Sturridge, 28, is out of form and favor at Liverpool and clubs such as Sevilla and Inter Milan were said to be interested in signing the England international on loan.

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However, Newcastle United were thought to be the favorites on Monday, but West Bromwich Albion have now become the clear front-runners to sign Sturridge with Alan Pardew offering him the chance to be their main striker for the rest of the season.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Jurgen Klopp had his say on Sturridge’s future.

“In the next three days a lot will probably happen but nothing to say about that. If there was something it wouldn’t help us, Daniel or the other club to talk about it,” Klopp said.

Are West Brom the best fit for Sturridge? He needs game time if he’s going to have any chance of getting in the England squad for the 2018 World Cup this summer and although Jay Rodriguez scored twice against Liverpool in West Brom’s shock FA Cup win at Anfield at the weekend, his talents are better used out wide. West Brom certainly create better chances for their forwards than Newcastle and you can argue that the Baggies have more momentum than the struggling Magpies at a crucial part of the season.

Pardew’s other attacking options at West Brom are far from prolific with Salomon Rondon and Hal Robson-Kanu mustering just five PL goals between them this season despite their hard-working displays. Sturridge would add an extra cutting edge to the Baggies attack and if he stays fit he will give them a massive boost in their battle against relegation from the Premier League.

Newcastle and Rafael Benitez must be kicking themselves as another potentially massive deal looks to have fallen at the final hurdle.


West Ham United are expected to be busy in the final days of the window with David Moyes reportedly chasing a new striker and central midfielder.

The Hammers have been linked with moves for Morgan Schneiderlin from Everton and Graziano Pelle from Shandong Lenung.

Schneiderlin, 28, has fallen out of favor at Goodison Park since Sam Allardyce‘s arrival and the French international midfielder has seen his bright start to life at Everton fade badly since Ronald Koeman was sacked at the start of this season.

West Ham have been linked with many holding midfielders in previous windows, including Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, Anderlcht’s Leander Dendoncker and Bournemouth’s Harry Arter, and Schneiderlin’s ability to break the ball up and start attacks would certainly fit the bill. Schneiderlin will reportedly cost $28 million.

His former Southampton teammate Pelle, who has been at Chinese Super League side Shandong Lenung for the past 18 months, earns over $1.2 million per month in China but West Ham are said to want the 31-year-old to return to the Premier League. Italian international Pelle scored 30 goals in two seasons at Southampton from 2014-2016 but has scored just 12 goals in China so far.

With Andy Carroll out injured long-term, plus the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini struggling with smaller injuries and Diafra Sakho sold to Rennes on Monday, Moyes only has Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew to rely on right now.

Pelle’s arrival as a target man may place question marks around Carroll’s future at the London Stadium, especially given Chelsea’s reported interest, but the 32-year-old Italian will want to be compensated handsomely if he is to leave his deal in China 12 months before its expiration.

Everton’s brutal schedule run ends; Mourinho: “Not fair for them”

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At long last, it’s over.

Everton’s early season fixture madness concluded Sunday without much fun for the visitors, as old pal Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United delivered a 4-0 beatdown at Old Trafford.

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The loss means the new-look Toffees scooped up just one point from a murderer’s row of matches. Following an Opening Day win over Stoke City, the Toffees drew Man City before clean sheet losses to Tottenham, Chelsea, and now United.

All that while playing Europa League matches here and abroad, so you can forgive Everton for taking a breath ahead of this week’s EFL Cup match versus Sunderland and a Premier League battle with Bournemouth, both at home.

United boss Jose Mourinho sure feels for them.

“Everton are going to be fine but they are living a difficult moment. The fixtures they have got, I would not like this all together at the same time. I would like one of the top five, but all of them, that is not fair for them.”

With the loss coming on the heels of a 3-0 defeat at Atalanta in the UEL, manager Ronald Koeman is feeling some heat. The Toffees have just four points and that’s a far cry from contending for another European berth.

“After today we have four home games and we have to win, otherwise we’ll have problems.”

Morgan Schneiderlin, who conceded a PK to Anthony Martial late, said there’s a bright side to Sunday’s loss: How much better they played than the Atalanta setback.

“We have to take the positives. Our show on Thursday was horrendous. The way we passed the ball and the aggression, we were late to everything. It was a case today that we were fighting for the shirt and that’s what we did for the most part. No one wants to lose 4-0 but we found our aggression again.”

Wins at home versus Bournemouth and Burnley and would fix a lot of what ails the Toffees, as 10 points would certainly have them back in the discussion, but the schedule makers did Everton no favors. Now the boys in blue have to lick their wounds and deliver on their promise.

Schneiderlin: Everton can catch Manchester United, Liverpool

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Morgan Schneiderlin is aiming high (albeit not too high).

Everton’s new midfielder has been part of a rich run of form for the Toffees, who have not lost in the Premier League since Dec. 19’s Merseyside Derby setback.

Schneiderlin arrived from Manchester United for $29.2 million on Jan. 12, and he debuted with a 25-minute shift in Everton’s memorable 4-0 throttling of Manchester City.

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Now seventh, the Toffees are five points back of Manchester United and six behind Liverpool. Everton plays both in a four-day span between April 1-4, so it’s realistic to consider an even more impressive run.

Speaking to a group of supporters at a season ticket event, Schneiderlin asked why the Toffees shouldn’t be dreaming of the Europa League. From Sky Sports:

“We want to finish high and catch the teams above us,” he said.

“Liverpool are six points clear, Manchester United are five – so why not? We can catch them if we had a good run of games. We need to finish strong so we want to give the fans Europa League football for next season and build a platform.”

Catching Liverpool seems likelier than United right now given all three teams’ forms, and there are five matches before the back-to-back against their Top Six rivals. Do you think the Toffees will catch one or both?

Watch Live: Everton vs. Manchester City (Lineups & Live Stream)

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Closing the gap is the name of the game as Manchester City visits Everton live at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

Manchester City sits fifth in the Premier League table, two points behind both Liverpool and Arsenal. A win today would move them back into a Champions League place, while it would also close the gap on leaders Chelsea to seven points as City looks to just keep within arms length.

Watch Live: Everton vs. Manchester City live online at NBCSports.com

Pep Guardiola is without the suspended Fernandinho, who misses the second of his four-match red card suspension for a second sending off this season. They are also without new signing Gabriel Jesus, whose paperwork has not yet been completed by the FA for his registration due to a delay while the organization completes its due diligence regarding his third-party ownership at his last club Palmeiras.

Meanwhile, Everton has new signing Morgan Schneiderlin on the bench, set to make his debut in front of the home fans should he be needed. Joel Robles gets his fourth straight start in place of the dropped Maarten Stekelenburg, while captain Phil Jagielka remains on the bench after his struggles with discipline have forced manager Ronald Koeman to replace him with 20-year-old Mason Holgate.

Manchester City has won two of its last three visits to Goodison Park, and are unbeaten in their last seven in this fixture. Guardiola’s style has seen City as the only Premier League club to hold over 50% possession in all 20 of its league matches this season.

LINEUPS

Everton: Robles; Coleman, Holgate, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines; Barry, Barkley, Davies; Lukaku, Mirallas.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Lennon, McCarthy, Schneiderlin, Valencia, Lookman.

Manchester City: Bravo, Clichy, Otamendi, Stones, Sagna, Zabaleta, Yaya Toure, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero.
Subs: Caballero, Kolarov, Navas, Delph, Sane, Iheanacho, Garcia.

Everton sign Schneiderlin in $29.2 million deal

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Morgan Schneiderlin has completed his $29.2 million move to Everton with the Merseyside club putting down $24.3 million up front and the rest in installments.

Schneiderlin, 27, joins the Toffees from Manchester United after spending 18 months at Old Trafford but fell out of favor towards the end of the 2015-16 season and has been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho this campaign.

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United managed to recoup pretty much all of the transfer fee they paid for Schneiderlin in the summer of 2015.

The French international midfielder played under current Everton boss Ronald Koeman at Southampton and was delighted to join on a long-term deal.

He is available to play against Manchester City at Goodison Park this Sunday.

Schneiderlin will slot in alongside Idrissa Gueye in central midfield to provide a slightly more composed option on the ball, but also help Gueye break up play and gain possession for the Toffees.

He is a master of interceptions and winning tackles, plus timing late runs into the box. He’s exactly what Everton needed to bolster their midfield with James McCarthy, Gueye and Gareth Barry also options in the engine room.

Koeman will hope Schneiderlin is the first of many additions this January.