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Team News: Karius keeps place for Blackburn friendly

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius keeps his place in the starting lineup for Thursday’s friendly with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 18:41 UK Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 19:20 UK Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has opted to keep goalkeeper Loris Karius between the sticks for Thursday’s friendly with Blackburn Rovers. A report had suggested that Karius would be dropped for the fixture at Ewood Park but Danny Ward‘s potential move to Leicester City has resulted in the German keeping his place. Fabinho and Naby Keita only feature on the bench, but Klopp has selected a strong team with James Milner and Adam Lallana featuring in midfield. In attack, both Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke are given a chance to ...

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Bradford City head of recruitment Greg Abbott to undergo prostate cancer treatment

League One club Bradford City announce that head of recruitment Greg Abbott will be undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 12:18 UK Last Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 18:06 UK Bradford City have announced that head of recruitment Greg Abbott will be undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. The former Bantams player and Carlisle United manager will take time away from the role at Valley Parade and will have surgery. Abbott says that the decision to step away was a difficult one but has put plans in place to ensure that the League One club continues to run smoothly in his absence. “Having known about my condition for the past five to six weeks I have prepared a list of players for the manager and chairman in ever...

Sheffield United sign Brentford defender John Egan for club-record fee

Sheffield United announce that they have completed the club-record signing of Brentford defender John Egan. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 18:19 UK Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 18:19 UK Sheffield United have announced that they have completed the club-record signing of Brentford defender John Egan. Ahead of the new Championship season, Chris Wilder has been relatively quiet in the transfer market but the Blades boss has now moved to make a significant addition in Egan. The 25-year-old has spent the last two years at Griffin Park, with six goals being scored in 67 Championship appearances, but the Republic of Ireland have now made the switch to Yorkshire. Sheffield United have not disclosed the fee but it is higher than the £4m which was paid to sign ...

Conor Coady: ‘Ajax provided good test for Wolverhampton Wanderers’

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Conor Coady suggests that the first-team squad will only benefit from gaining a 1-1 draw from a pre-season friendly with Ajax. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 18:06 UK Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 18:06 UK Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Conor Coady has acknowledged that Ajax provided his side with “a really good test” on Thursday afternoon. The two clubs played out a 1-1 draw at the Banks’s Stadium – the home of Walsall – and Wolves are now unbeaten in three fixtures since beginning their pre-season schedule. Coady says that Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side are progressing well ahead of their return to the Premier League and that lessons will be learned from facing the Dutch giants. The ...

Owner Stewart Donald: ‘Sunderland could make six signings’

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald suggests that the Black Cats could make as many as six signings before the start of the new season. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 17:58 UK Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 17:59 UK Owner Stewart Donald has suggested that Sunderland could make as many as six signings before the start of the new campaign. After relegation to League One, significant changes are being made to the Black Cats’ squad and it has left new boss Jack Ross short in a couple of positions. However, Donald has indicated that a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to add another half-a-dozen players before their opening fixture with Charlton Athletic. Donald is quoted by the Sunderland Echo as saying: “I’m looking at three strikers...

Salford City sign Adam Rooney from Aberdeen

Striker Adam Rooney decides to leave Aberdeen to sign a deal with National League outfit Salford City. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 17:48 UK Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 17:49 UK National League outfit Salford City have completed the signing of Aberdeen forward Adam Rooney for an undisclosed fee. New manager Graham Alexander is currently in the process of trying to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion and the North-West outfit have pulled off a coup in bringing in Rooney. The 30-year-old has spent the last four years North of the border – scoring 66 goals in the Scottish Premiership – but the decision has been made to return to England at the fifth tier. Rooney told the club’s official website: “I had a great t...

Queens Park Rangers close to signing Australia international Trent Sainsbury?

Queens Park Rangers are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Trent Sainsbury, who has just represented Australia at the World Cup. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 17:39 UK Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 17:39 UK Queens Park Rangers have reportedly moved to the brink of signing Jiangsu Suning defender Trent Sainsbury. The centre-back has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons contracted to the Chinese Super League side, but loan spells have recently been spent at Inter Milan and Grasshoppers Zurich. During the World Cup, the agent of the Australia international suggested that the 26-year-old was keen on securing a move to one of the top divisions in Europe and it appears that Sainsbury will be plying his trade in the Championship next season. According...

Anthony Martial to get ‘final chance’ with Manchester United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reportedly decides to give Anthony Martial a final opportunity to save his career at Old Trafford. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 17:24 UK Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 17:24 UK Forward Anthony Martial has reportedly been given one final opportunity to save his Manchester United career. After spending much of his time at Old Trafford in and out of the side, it had been expected that Martial would be sold during the summer transfer window. Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with an approach for the France international but according to The Mirror, Martial is to be given a chance to impress in the starting lineup. The extended pre-season breaks of Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford means that United are short for numb...

Former Rangers striker Harry Forrester moves to Tractor Sazi

Former Rangers striker Harry Forrester pens a two-year contract with Iranian side Tractor Sazi, who are managed by John Toshack. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 16:56 UK Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 16:56 UK Striker Harry Forrester has been handed a two-year contract by Iranian side Tractor Sazi. On Wednesday, Rangers announced that they had agreed to let Forrester leave the club by mutual consent but the Englishman has already secured a move to another team. The 27-year-old has opted to make the switch to Asia to represent Tractor Sazi, who are managed by former Wales and Real Madrid coach John Toshack. Forrester has penned a two-year contract with the Red Wolves, who only finished in 10th place in the league standings last season. The attacker spent...

Brighton & Hove Albion to sell Sam Baldock to Reading?

Reading reportedly show an interest in signing out-of-favour Brighton & Hove Albion forward Sam Baldock. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 16:41 UK Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 16:41 UK Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly held talks with Reading over the potential sale of Sam Baldock. The 29-year-old has spent the last four years at the Amex Stadium, scoring a total of 20 goals in 94 appearances in all competitions. However, Baldock is now down the pecking order at the South-coast club and the Seagulls are likely to be willing to sell the frontman for the right price this summer. According to the Brighton Argus, Reading hold an interest in a player who has spent the majority of his career in the EFL and the Royals could make a bid in the comi...

Paul Heckingbottom: ‘I hope Leeds United back Marcelo Bielsa’

Former Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom encourages the Yorkshire giants to back new head coach Marcelo Bielsa. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 16:26 UK Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 16:26 UK Former Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom has claimed that the Yorkshire giants can win promotion to the Championship, providing that they back new head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Earlier this summer, Heckingbottom was removed from his position in the dugout after just four months in charge to make way for the arrival of ex-Argentina chief Bielsa. Heckingbottom has suggested that he is understanding of the circumstances surrounding the change, but feels that Leeds must fully support his replacement. The 40-year-old told talkSPORT: “I really wish everybody at...

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