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Everton ‘join Manchester United in race for Eder Militao’

Everton have reportedly decided to rival Manchester United in the race to sign Porto defender Eder Militao. Everton have reportedly decided to join the race to sign in-demand Porto defender Eder Militao. The 20-year-old only made the switch to Europe during the summer transfer window, but the youngster has already established himself as a key part of Porto’s defence. The Brazilian has a £42.5m release clause in his contract at the Portuguese giants and that has led to strong interest from a number of top clubs, including Manchester United. According to UOL, Everton have emerged as admirers of the player and may be willing to launch an offer before the end of the January transfer window. The Toffees may only be consider as outsiders to sign Militao, but the prospect will be aware that...

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard ‘waiting for Real Madrid move’

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is ‘waiting’ for a transfer to Real Madrid in the summer, according to Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur. Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur has claimed that Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is ‘waiting” for a summer approach from Real Madrid. Hazard has just 18 months remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge and although the playmaker has suggested that he is happy at Stamford Bridge, there has been a frequent link with Real. The European champions are likely to make another move for the Belgium international at the end of the season, and it has been suggested that the 28-year-old will be receptive of the offer. Terreur told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast: “He has rejected two contract offers so far and says that h...

Robertson wins five straight frames in fightback victory over Williams

Neil Robertson produced a run of five straight frames to knock world champion Mark Williams out of the Dafabet Masters with a 6-3 first-round win at Alexandra Palace. Welshman Williams, the world number two and twice Masters winner, had opened up a 3-1 lead, producing a break of 74 to take the third frame. However, Australian Robertson responded, following up a clearance of 59 to snatch the fifth frame with a century break of 102 and then 69 to edge ahead 4-3. He missed out on the @dafabet Masters last year… But @nr147 has made a statement of intent in round one here, beating world champion Mark Williams 6-3 at @Yourallypally! From 3-1 down #DafabetMasters pic.twitter.com/l9mcRqfK4o — World Snooker (@WorldSnooker) January 15, 2019 A 53 break from Williams was not enough to claim the eighth...

Manchester United ‘to consider Marouane Fellaini offers’

Manchester United are reportedly prepared to consider offers for midfielder Marouane Fellaini during the January transfer window. Manchester United have reportedly decided that they are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgium international is currently in his sixth season at Old Trafford, while the 31-year-old penned a new two-year contract during the summer. However, according to the Daily Mail, United are not completely against getting Fellaini off their wage bill during the January window with the versatile attacker likely to find chances hard to come by under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United are playing a different style of football under Solskjaer and while Fellaini could be used off the bench by the Norwegian, opportunities in the starting...

Ricketts salutes players after comeback win knocks Stoke out of FA Cup

Buoyant Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts saluted his battling side as they sprung a fine FA Cup shock by beating Stoke City 3-2. Goals from James Bolton, Fejiri Okenabirhie and Josh Laurent completed a stunning comeback victory for the Sky Bet League One side after the Championship hosts squandered a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead. “I’m extremely proud of the players,” said Ricketts. “That’s probably the biggest comeback win of my career. On a personal note that’s definitely up there. “We were playing 60-70 per cent of ourselves in the first half, we just weren’t ourselves and were not aggressive enough. “But I made a tactical change at half-time and it worked for us. The biggest thing was the tactical change simplified things for the players. “At half-time everyone thought the game was ove...

Agnew delighted with response as Sheffield Wednesday bounce back with FA Cup win

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Steve Agnew was thrilled with his side’s reaction as they earned an FA Cup fourth-round trip to Chelsea by beating Luton 1-0 on Tuesday night. The Owls bounced back from a 3-0 defeat at Hull on Saturday to edge out their Sky Bet League One hosts thanks to Atdhe Nuhiu’s goal, moments after half-time of this third-round replay. Agnew said: “I’m really pleased with the players, it was a very tricky tie and I thought we stood up to it well. “Luton did push us back after we got the goal, and (goalkeeper) Cameron (Dawson) made one or two really good saves and they hit the post, but so did we first half through (Steven) Fletcher. “From a spectator point of view, it was a terrific FA Cup tie. “I just think it was a spirited performance, we showed passion, energy,...

Rory Burns relished early Alzarri Joseph test

Rory Burns was pleased to get an early sight of one of England’s possible Test opponents on the first of four warm-up days in Barbados. Alzarri Joseph took the new ball for the CWI President’s XI on Tuesday morning before being handed a recall by the West Indies for the first Test later this month. The tall seamer’s last cap came at Edgbaston in 2017, a resounding victory for the hosts in their inaugural day-night Test, but having battled back from a stress fracture he is angling to feature at the Kensington Oval on January 23. A batting day for the boys. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏏 pic.twitter.com/yi2gRpm0e0 — England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 2019 Joseph started well, having Keaton Jennings caught off bat and pad at short leg, but saw his new ball burst safely negotiated by Burns. The Surrey ma...

Result: Extra-time goals from Joselu and Ayoze Perez send Newcastle through

Sean Longstaff and Callum Roberts had earlier scored their first goals for Newcastle. Joselu and Ayoze Perez scored in extra time as Newcastle advanced to the FA Cup fourth round with a 4-2 third-round replay win over Blackburn at Ewood Park. The Magpies progressed to face Watford after Joselu struck just before half-time in the additional period – an effort it appeared should have been disallowed for offside – and substitute Perez added a powerful finish just after the interval. Newcastle had gone 2-0 up early on via two 21-year-olds scoring their first goals for the club, Sean Longstaff netting with a deflected shot in the opening minute and Callum Roberts then marking his full debut with a 22nd-minute volley. Blackburn responded impressively, with former Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong...

Manchester City squad coming back together at right time – Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva believes Manchester City’s squad are coming back together at the right time as they chase glory in four competitions. Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy have missed large chunks of the campaign through injury, while the likes of David Silva, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan have had spells out recently. But the champions are now getting close to returning to full strength, with Mendy the only key player sidelined with a serious injury, and there are hopes he could be back in action before the end of the month. He’s magic, you knooooooooooow! 👀 @BernardoCSilva 👀 pic.twitter.com/F7ehmVHsuI — Manchester City (@ManCity) January 15, 2019 City illustrated the depth of their squad as they named De Bruyne, Aguero and Riyad Mahrez on the bench for Monday’s clash wi...

Result: Atdhe Nuhiu strike sends Sheffield Wednesday through

Nuhiu’s effort was deflected past James Shea from close range. Sheffield Wednesday earned a bumper payday at Premier League Chelsea by edging past League One Luton 1-0 at Kenilworth Road thanks to Atdhe Nuhiu’s goal. The visitors went closest first as Adam Reach dragging wide, before George Boyd shot over. At the other end, Jack Stacey’s effort was straight at keeper Cameron Dawson, while James Collins dragged wide on the half hour. The Owls almost had the lead after 36 minutes when Barry Bannan’s speculative volley was flicked on to the post by Steven Fletcher. Elliot Lee drove over for the Hatters, with Dawson saving well from James Justin’s 25-yarder. The visitors went ahead at the start of the second period when Nuhiu’s effort was deflected past James Shea from close range. Luton shoul...

Result: Joe Root finds form in England’s first warm-up game in Barbados

Captain Joe Root was quick to find form on day one of England‘s first warm-up in the West Indies but a lower-order collapse offered a warning against complacency in Barbados. Root fashioned a fluent run-a-ball 87 against a CWI President’s XI, hitting 12 fours and two sixes to put a lean stint in Australia’s Big Bash League swiftly behind him. The Yorkshireman had a top score of 26 in his seven innings at the tournament but was a class above at the 3Ws Stadium, while Ben Stokes (56) and Rory Burns (35) each spent more than two valuable hours at the crease as the tourists finished 10 down for 317. A useful day of batting practice. 👌 Scorecard: https://t.co/vKxXqYWR3r pic.twitter.com/GABPMZkIow — England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 2019 Not everyone made the most o...

Monaco boss Thierry Henry sends warning to Patrick Vieira ahead of Nice clash

Henry is the manager of a struggling Monaco team who are still looking to win at home in the league in the current campaign. Thierry Henry has sent a message to former Arsenal team-mate Patrick Vieira that his Monaco side aim to win at home in Ligue 1 for the first time this season against Nice. Henry is the manager of a struggling Monaco team who are still looking to win at Stade Louis II in the league in the current campaign. Henry’s former Gunners and France team-mate Vieira is having a much better time of it having guided Nice to eighth in the table and just four points off a Europa League spot. But Henry has his mind on things at the other end of the table and wants a first home victory to move his 19th-placed side out of the bottom two. Henry told the Monaco website: “Nice is a very ...

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