Four time African Player of the Year set to rescue toothless Tigers
According to several reports this morning, Samuel Eto’o could be about to join Hull City. The deal would be a loan until the end of the season, and most likely cut down the Cameroonian forward. Eto’o currently plays for Turkish top division side, Antalyaspor. He has scored 5 goals in 13 this season, and has netted 22 times in total for the club. With Hull desperately looking for goals, and Phelan looking for several new signings, a deal could be massive to determining whether we stay up or go down.
Young wanted by Phelan
Reports are emerging from all over England that Ashley Young will leave Manchester United this summer, and one of the clubs already being linked is Hull. According to The ‘Hull Daily Mail’, a deal would cost around 5 million pounds, not much for a player capped 30 times for England, scoring 7 goals. The versatile winger has also played over a hundred games for his club, and could be a massive signing for a struggling side. City aren’t alone in their approach, though, as they are believed to be one of 6 interested clubs, including Watford, Swansea and Burnley. Despite this interest though, Hull are expected to have an advantage as Mike Phelan is reportedly a big fan of the United man after seeing him develop through the ranks.
3 players that could rescue Hull
After a poor first half of the season, with City lying rock bottom, we take a look at three potential players Mike Phelan could look to add to his squad. Comments below will be welcomed, as we would like to see who you want City to invest in!
Following a long, successful career, the 35 year old striker could be looking for one last footballing challenge: in the form of Hull City. The one thing that Crouch can do, is find the net, the one thing City have struggled to do so far, goalscoring. Whilst the veteran might demand hefty wages, this could be a deal worth looking at, as Phelan continues to search for an accomplished forward.
Amid rumours that top scorer Robert Snodgrass could be on his way out, a deal for out of favour Swansea winger could be on the cards. The creative player has a knack of flying past players on his favoured left wing, and could be a valuable asset. One worry for City fans, the 27 year old has only ever scored once in his time in Wales. The fact that he has played 62 league games makes this more painful, too.
The French striker lies second in the Bundesliga scoring charts, and a deal for the former Blackburn loanee could be interesting. Don’t get too excited though, as the forward signed a deal til 2021 last summer, and has shown huge commitment to Koln. It would take a huge deal too, as West Ham and a Chinese club had offers rejected.
West Brom track out of contract Hull star
According to several sources, including The Hull Daily Mail, Premier League rivals West Brom are tracking top scoring forward Robert Snodgrass. The 29 year old, who joined from Leeds United, has scored 9 goals in 39 league appearances, 5 of them coming this season, and losing him would be a massive blow. Whilst potential suitors could wait for his contract to run down, it is thought that a move in January would come cheap and guarantee Snodgrass doesn’t commit to a deal in Hull. West Brom aren’t alone, though in their interest, as several Scottish newspapers have reported that Celtic are tracking the wingers progress, after he openly admitted several times he hopes to join his boyhood club one day. An offer from across the border would be extremely favourable for the Scot, and an exit from East Yorkshire looks seemingly likely if a contract cannot be agreed come January.
Hull chase Tannane
According to several sources in France, Hull are tracking Moroccan winger Oussama Tannane. Currently playing in Ligue 1 with Saint Etienne, he has scored 4 goals in 10 appearances, and featured 5 times for Morocco. A deal is thought to be worth around €5 (4.2m). Given City’s struggles in front of goal this season, and the continued pressure on Robert Snodgrass, you feel a deal could be very useful in an attempt to retain our Premier League status, although many more players will be needed if we are to stand a chance.
Hull in disarray as Christmas approaches
Lack of players, controversial owners and angry fans. All this adds up to one thing. Failure. And this appears to be the reality as, despite beating champions Leicester on the opening day, the Tigers now lie rock bottom and fans can only hope that players arrive in January. The performance against West Ham summed up City’s season for me. Off target, unlucky and disastrous. A period around Christmas brings little promise, too, as in-form Everton and under pressure Manchester City visit. Losing both games may bring an end to our Premier League status with little fight, whereas victories could lift us away from trouble. The potential return of Abel Hernandez brings hope in a very dark situation. Even the players admit that, with the current crop of faces, City will go down, and that opinion is shared around the KCOM Stadium. New owners could seemingly turn City’s season drastically around, but this is looking increasingly unlikely as December 31st fast approaches, the deadline for any potential buyers. In one, Hull City is a club in desperate need of help it looks unlikely to get, and a return to the Championship is looking exceedingly likely.
Premier League Predictions 15/10
Chelsea 2 Leicester 1 12:30 Stamford Bridge
Arsenal 3 Swansea 1 15:00 Emirates Stadium
Bournemouth 1 Hull 1 15:00 Vitality Stadium
Manchester City 2 Everton 0 15:00 Etihad Stadium
Stoke 0 Sunderland 0 15:00 Bet365 Stadium
West Brom 2 Tottenham 1 15:00 The Hawthorns
Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 0 17:30 Selhurst Park
Middlesbrough 0 Watford 2 13:30 Riverside Stadium
Southampton 2 Burnley 1 16:00 St. Mary’s Stadium
Liverpool 2 Manchester United 0 20:00 Anfield Stadium
With just six days until the end of the transfer window, Hull have still to register a signing, despite being numerously linked with several names. Read below to find out the latest on any potential deals.
The club have began talks with Spurs over the signing of the midfielder, with some sources saying a 10 million bid has been made. During Steve Bruces last transfer window as City boss, he was thought to have had an interest in the player, but no move was made. That may have changed.
The forward is reportedly available for loan, and last week was linked with The Tigers, but a move looks to have fizzled out as West Bromwich Albion have apparently jumped to the head of the queue to sign him. Rodriguez has appeared once for England, but a serious ligaments injury ruled him out of the World Cup and he has struggled to get back on his feet since. Southampton would be happy to see him leave for the season in order to get some vital game time.
Now for a player who is seemingly a hopeful target for City, PSG second goalkeeper, Sirigu. The Italian, who has won 17 caps for his country, was previously thought of as one of Europe’s best goalkeepers, but has fallen behind Kevin Trapp and must now leave Paris to look for regular game time. That looks set to come from Sevilla, who are reportedly his preferred option, above Hull and Everton, but any failure in securing the move could see City pounce. The goalkeeper would be a vital player for our deflated squad, but one that is unlikely to arrive.
Aston Villa’s Micah Richards is the next player to be linked with the club, as Phelan looks for defensive cover. The defender has played 13 times for England, netting once, but oversaw a dismal campaign last year as Villa were relegated, conceding 76 times in the process. Before this, though, Richards was seen as a strong defender, and had previously been on loan at Fiorentina, following over 150 appearances for Manchester City. Any deal would most likely be permanent, but a few sources are saying City would prefer a loan deal, as his 5 million price tag is too much of a risk to take.
With the transfer window now well under way, i will be having a look at today’s upcoming rumours, as reported by numerous nation newspapers.
According to the Sun, Tottenham Hotspur duo Nacir Chadli and Ryan Mason are on their way out of the club, with German giants Borussia Dortmund preparing a 12 million swoop, and newly promoted Hull keen on a £10 million deal for Mason. Both these players are seemingly now surplus to requirements following the arrival of Victor Wanyama, with Chadli keen on first team football.(Sun on Sunday)
Staying with Tottenham, Hugo Lloris is the subject of interest from Spanish side Real Madrid, in a £35 million deal. If an offer of this magnitude arrives, Spurs will find it difficult to say no, and could be once more on the hunt for a new goalkeeper.(Sunday Mirror)
Chelsea target, Michy Batshuayi, has confirmed he will leave Marseille this summer, shortly after Chelsea agreed a £33 million deal to sign him.(BBC Sport)
Arsenal have agreed a fee to sign Japanese forward Takuma Asano, from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.(Sky Sources)
West Ham and Crystal Palace have both been offered Robin Van Persie as they look to boost their attacking options.(The Sun)
Mikel Arteta will today decide whether to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City coaching staff, or stay on at Arsenal.(Sky Sources)
Arch rivals Liverpool and Everton are set to go head to head in a deal to sign Zenit and Belgium midfielder, Axel Witsel.(Sunday Mirror)
Four Premier League clubs are chasing Wales star Hal Robson-Kanu, but could face competition from Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.(Sunday Express)
Manchester United have told Juventus they are ready to sign midfielder Paul Pogba for £100 million, despite agreeing a fee to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan yesterday.(Mail on Sunday)
Paper talk: 2/6/16
This mornings headlines
Ryan Giggs has returned from holiday and is set to end his 29-year association with Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)
Hugo Lloris has rejected Tottenham’s new contract offer, but the club remain confident of tying down the goalkeeper, who has three years left on his White Hart Lane deal in any case. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all eyeing a swoop for wantaway Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos. (The Sun)
Roman Abramovich will hand new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte a blank cheque to avoid another season without trophies. (The Sun)
Chelsea target Edinson Cavani has dropped a hint he could join Atletico Madrid, revealing it “pleases him” to be linked to the Champions League finalists. (London Evening Standard)
Former Manchester United forward Dwight Yorke believes Jose Mourinho will complete a huge overhaul of the squad this summer, with only four players certain to be safe – David de Gea, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford. (Manchester Evening News)
Fulham striker Ross McCormack is exactly the sort of striker Newcastle should be looking to sign, according to Chronicle columnist Mick Quinn. (Newcastle Chronicle)
Stoke City are the latest Premier League club to be linked with Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish. (The Sentinel)
England Euro 2016 Squad
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Transfer news 22-05-16
- Manchester United are set to begin talks with Jose Mourinho early next week, with his appointment expected by Thursday
- Louis van Gaal admits his Manchester United future is in doubt despite leading the Red Devils to an FA Cup win.
- Derby County are targeting Roberto Martinez just weeks after being sacked by Everton
- Lazio are ready to challenge Aston Villa in a battle for former Chelsea and Schalke manager Roberto Di Matteo
- Liverpool are close to landing £20m World Cup winner Mario Gotze.
- Manchester United are set to start the bidding at £25m for Southampton star Sadio Mane.
- Manchester City star Yaya Toure has been offered £300,000-a-week by TWO clubs in free-spending China.
- Leicester are chasing £10m Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng.
- Stoke manager Mark Hughes is ready to test the water with another move for Norwich’s winger Nathan Redmond
- Danny Drinkwater is wanted by Liverpool this summer after impressing Jurgen Klopp with his dynamic displays for Leicester.
- Lyon have rejected a 30.9 million offer from West Ham for striker Lacazette
- Romelu Lukaku says he knows which club he will join next as Chelsea emerge as the favourites to re-sign the Everton striker
- Southampton have made further checks on Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet as they consider a £10m bid
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is planning to return to the Bundesliga to bolster his centre-back options, with Hoffenheim defender Niklas Sule top of his shortlist.
- Valencia have moved ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea in the chase for Bologna star Amadou Diawara.
- Georginio Wijnaldum has an open mind about his future, but hinted he won’t force a move from relegated Newcastle
- Premier League champions Leicester are sweating on West Ham meeting a £25m buyout clause in Jamie Vardy’s contract.
- Arsene Wenger has been told that he will need to pay a massive £7m if he wants to sign Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding.
FA Cup Final- Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United: Report
120 minutes, 3 goals and a red card. That was the outcome of yesterday’s FA Cup Final, and most importantly a Manchester United win. Goals from Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard secured a famous victory for the red Devils, their first trophy since winning the Community Shield in 2013. Referee Mark Clattenburg was the villain of the day for Crystal Palace with his failure to play the advantage rule in the first half stopping a promising position for Connor Wickham through on goal after being fouled by Chris Smalling.Clattenburg pulled play back and annoyed Pardew again when Joel Ward carried on in a brilliant position after being fouled by Marcos Rojo, only to be denied by the whistle of the official.
In Manchester United’s point of view, it was a solid performance and largely worthy of winning an FA Cup. Man of the Match, Wayne Rooney, picked up his first ever medal in this competition and exclaimed his delight to reporters after the game, along with Lingard, who struck an extra time winner. Chris Smalling was shown red, but controversially stepped up to claim his medal along with the likes of Michael Carrick and Anthony Martial, who played a part on the day. Youngster Marcus Rashford deserves a mention, leading the attack superbly and his pace and ability proving too much for Palaces’ back line.
As for Palace, it’s back to concentrating on securing Alan Pardew for a further 4 years and completing satisfactory business in the summer for next campaign, with James Tomkins and Fanendo Adi being targeted.Could it be a year of disaster, the last 2 teams to lose an FA Cup final being relegated the season after, Hull and Aston Villa. Or will the South Norwood side pick themselves up and progress further. All this may well be decided by the decisions Alan Pardew and Steve Parish make.
Managerial news- Watford appoint Mazzarri
Following the surprise sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores, Watford have turned to former Inter Milan and Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri. The Italian, 54, was sacked by Internazionale on 14 November 2014, and hasn’t had a club since, despite links with the Italian national team. As nervous as Watford fans are, and as bad as a decision it was to sack Flores, Mazzarri is a promising replacement and will look to turn the Hornets into a top 10 club over the next 3 years.Watford’s chief executive Scott Duxbury told the club’s official website: “Walter has been the target of a number of approaches for his services, so we’re delighted to secure him as head coach here at Watford. We’re thoroughly looking forward to working with such a highly regarded coach, with the progress and development of the club always remaining the highest priority.”
Who is Walter Mazzarri? What has he achieved so far?
A bit like Quique Flores on his appointment at Watford, Mazzarri has no Premier League experience so far in a career that has taken him from Acireale to Sampdoria, Napoli to inter. The Italian won Coppa Italia in 2012 with Napoli, finishing in 2nd, before claiming 5th in his first term at I Nerazzurri. Mazzarri seems like a safe choice from The Pozzo family, and Watford fans shouldn’t have too much to worry about under his guidance.
After a largely convincing 3-0 victory over playoff rivals Derby, it looks like Hull will return to Wembley for the second time in two years. It also looks likely to be a full Yorkshire final, after Sheffield Wednesday defeated Brighton 2-0. On the day, Hull walked over Derby, with no real threat coming from the 5th place side. This is why it is extremely difficult to see any way back for the Rams, and looks to be even more misery on an underachieving season. But, as for Hull, their looks to be a bright future. Steve Bruce will hope to earn them a place in next seasons Premier League, before firmly establishing themselves across a couple of seasons. Of course, as Bruce firmly admitted, fans shouldn’t get ahead of themselves as if City slip up on Tuesday, it might be them facing another season in the Championship. And, of course, Brighton are not at all out of contention just yet, but all shall be decided by Wednesday, in terms of Wembley, anyway.
Championship predictions 5-4
As we enter the last leg of this intriguing Championship season, a full fixture list arises for every single team on this Tuesday evening. Below are my predictions.
Leeds 1-1 QPR
Birmingham 1-2 Brighton
Brentford 2-0 Bolton
Bristol City 2-1 Rotherham
Burnley 1-0 Cardiff
Derby 1-1 Hull
Ipswich 2-1 Charlton
Middlesbrough 3-1 Huddersfield
MK Dons 0-0 Wolves
Preston 3-2 Fulham
Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Blackburn
Reading 1-2 Nottingham Forest
Hull V Brighton
After Middlesbrough failed to defeat Leeds at Elland Road, Hull City now have the chance to go four points clear of the top, with promotion chasing Brighton the only thing standing in their way. Previously in two meetings with Brighton this campaign, the Tigers have won one, at home in the FA Cup, and lost one, away at the Amex in league action.
Following a 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers, Steve Bruce is unlikely to make any changes to his winning team, despite the availability of fit again Shaun Maloney. Abel Hernandez is set to continue as a lone striker, despite Chuba Akpom pushing for a start, and Michael Dawson is expected to captain from the back. Deadline day signings Nick Powell and Dusan Kuciak are lacking match fitness, and therefore unavailable.
As Brighton look to make this game their fifth consecutive win, beating Bolton 3-2 on Saturday, Chris Hughton is too, unlikely to make changes. Gordon Greer and Gaetan Bong remain sidelined, but Liam Rosenior could make his first start since November, after damaging knee ligaments. The former Hull defender could replace new man Liam Ridgewell.
I think that, despite a magnificent winning run of four games, Brighton will have a very hard job against a strong Hull side, coming off the back of a win. The midfield battle will be intriguing, with Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore looking to dominate Brighton’s Stevens and Kayal. If Hull take their chances, they will win, and I think they will.
FA Cup predictions 29-30-31
An inside into this weekends FA Cup fixtures, including potential cup shocks, as Villa host Manchester City and Portsmouth meet Bournemouth at Fratton Park. One things for certain, it is an intriguing list and worth watching out for.
Derby 1-1 Manchester United
Colchester 1-3 Tottenham
Arsenal 3-0 Burnley
Aston Villa 2-1 Manchester City
Bolton 1-2 Leeds
Bury 0-2 Hull
Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke
Nottingham Forest 1-3 Watford
Oxford 2-0 Blackburn
Portsmouth 1-4 Bournemouth
Reading 2-1 Walsall
Shrewsbury 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday
West Brom 2-0 Peterborough
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham
Carlisle 1-3 Everton
MK Dons 0-1 Chelsea