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Report: Newcastle joining chase for Man City youngster

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So it seems Manchester City left back Oleksandr Zinchenko is a man in demand.

The 21-year-old Ukrainian international may be itching to go back to a more advanced role, and frankly it seems he’d want to play more often than the few minutes he got under Pep Guardiola last season.

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Zinchenko played 14 matches across all competitions for Man City this season, and the Citizens won all but one of them.

There were reports that Wolves saw a $21 million bid accepted by City last week, but now Newcastle United is said to be interested in bringing the youngster up north.

But Zinchenko wants to stay at City if there’s a role for him. Like David Alaba at Bayern Munich, perhaps he’s cool with playing left back at a big club and then sliding into a more prominent position for his country. He’s 17-times capped at Ukraine, where he’s played mostly at center mid, with some time at right wing and striker.

Who knows? But whether Newcastle or Wolves, he’s not going to be in front of as many eyes at City.

Report: Wilshere to leave Arsenal with many suitors

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Jack Wilshere will not sign a new contract at Arsenal, according to the multiple reports, but will he leave London?

Crystal Palace and West Ham United are among the sides being linked with the midfielder, who apparently would not be a big part of Unai Emery’s plans, and Everton, Wolves, Sampdoria, and Juventus are also being mentioned as options for the 26-year-old.

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Wilshere has struggled with injuries during his career but has often been magnificent when healthy.

The 34-times capped Englishman has made 67 appearances between Bournemouth and Arsenal over the past two seasons, his most in consecutive campaigns.

Wolverhampton Wanderers promoted to Premier League

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Sunday will be a party at the Molineux when Wolverhampton Wanderers host Birmingham City in a 7 am. ET kickoff.

That’s because Wolves are back in the Premier League after a six-year hiatus, clinching top flight status while at home on their proverbial couches (and probably in some cases on actual couches).

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Brentford scored late to draw third-place Fulham, who can no longer catch the Championship leaders (since November!).

Wolves have a fantastic history, having thrice won the English top flight (predating the Premier League era) with a total of 14 Top Three finishes. It’s won four FA Cups, two League Cups, and was the runner-up in the 1972 UEFA Cup.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is in his first season as a manager in England, and has become known as an electric character. He’s previously managed Porto, Valencia, and Rio Ave.

Championship Focus: Bluebirds flying, Villa second-last

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The wild 46-game slate that is the Football League Championship is already howling, with all 24 teams three matches deep into their campaigns toward Premier League promotion (or avoiding relegation to League One).

The three clubs relegated from the Premier League last season all sit within the Top 8 after three match days. Sunderland is unbeaten with a win and two draws, while Hull City is 1-1-1.

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Middlesbrough has two wins from three matches, three points behind three sides who’ve started a perfect 3-0.

Wolves and Ipswich Town are two of the three, and Cardiff City leads the way. Owner Vincent Tan has seen his club score six goals without conceding once in defeats of Burton Albion, Aston Villa, and Sheffield United.

Burton is 0-3, while Steve Bruce‘s Villa is just one point better and sits 23rd.

As for individual superlatives, Bristol City’s Bobby Reid has four goals to lead the league while familiar names Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) and Abel Hernandez (Hull City) are among a quartet of players to score thrice.

Meanwhile, PL transfer target Jota of Brentford continues to impress with three assists through three matches. Will he remain in the second tier by the close of the transfer window?

Klopp rips Liverpool after another home loss

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Liverpool has one win in eight 2017 matches after Wolverhampton came into Anfield and knocked the Reds out of the FA Cup.

Jurgen Klopp‘s weakened lineup will be an excuse for many, but Liverpool lost to a Wolverhampton side which made seven changes itself.

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And the Reds were poor.

Calling it a “very bad performance” and claiming “100 percent” responsibility, Klopp spoke out following the 2-1 home cup ouster.

From the BBC:

“We were very bad. We started badly and it didn’t really get better. Everyone saw it. There are not a lot of good things to say about this game. It’s difficult to explain.

“In the second half it was better, but really it was not possible to be worse. I’ve not got a lot more to say.

“I am responsible for the line-up. I am not allowed to blame a single player. Of course you see them and you learn a lot about them in situations like this too, but I am responsible.”

Klopp said the team won’t dwell on this loss, its fourth of 2017 against one win and three draws.

“I am angry but that is not enough,” he said. “We have to ‘collect the bones’, and to recover and strike back 100 percent.”

Again, like the previous round’s struggles against Plymouth Argyle, this was not full strength Liverpool by a long shot. But when measured against the EFL Cup semi defeats and disappointing league form, it matters for something.