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ESPN FC - Cardiff City News 22 Feb 19:52

Cardiff's Etheridge close to becoming Premier League's first southeast Asian player

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has been in touching distance of the English Premier League before, without ever getting on the pitch. After so much frustration and repeated setbacks, the wait to become the first southeast Asian to play in the league could soon be ending for Etheridge with Cardiff. The south Wales team is second in the second-tier League Championship and is on course to gain promotion to the world's richest and most popular league. "There are big...

Cardiff City – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 18:19

EFL summer transfer window to close early

English Football League clubs have voted to bring forward the deadline for completing permanent deals in the summer transfer window, the governing body has announced.

EFL teams will now be unable to sign players from other clubs beyond 5pm on August 9 in a move that is aligned with the decision Premier League clubs opted to take in September.

The 72 sides in the Championship, League One and League Two will still be able to loan players in until the end of August, while they can also offload members of their squad to a club in any league where their window remains open.

“After discussing the options throughout the course of the last few months, I’m pleased that the matter has been determined by clubs ahead of the start of next season,” EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said.

“This new approach will give clubs and managers the stability they crave earlier in the season whilst also providing the flexibility to add to their squads after the traditional deadline until the end of month if required.”

Though the revised deadline day for both will be the same, the window will close for Premier League teams before their domestic season begins, with the EFL stating that the date falls on the Thursday after the opening round of league fixtures for its members.

The EFL also announced clubs had voted for a new policy with regards to the definition of a ‘full-strength team’ following the controversy surrounding Birmingham’s win over Huddersfield in April.

Terriers boss David Wagner made 10 changes for the contest after Huddersfield had already secured a play-off spot, and relegation-threatened Blues secured a 2-0 victory.

Birmingham would survive and finish two points clear of the bottom three while Huddersfield, who were ultimately not punished, secured promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

The new guidance states: “For any League match played on or after the 4th Thursday in March (including season 2017-18), any team sheet for a league game should include at least 10 outfield players who featured on the team sheet for the League match before.”

The EFL also reiterated its stance on artificial pitches and stated any National League team that wins promotion to League Two must agree to use a grass surface.

Should that criteria not be met by the nominated date, the club that finishes 23rd in League Two, and would otherwise by relegated, would retain their place in the division.

 

 

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ESPN FC - Cardiff City News 22 Feb 11:32

Cardiff's Craig Bellamy in Oxford job talks, Sol Campbell 'rejected'

Craig Bellamy could replace Pep Clotet at Oxford United. Former Liverpool and Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy is in talks over the vacant manager's job at Oxford United after Sol Campbell said he had been turned down by the League One club. The BBC reported that Bellamy, currently the player development manager at Cardiff City, could replace Pep Clotet, sacked by Oxford last month. Bellamy, 38, was interviewed for the post of Wales coach -- eventually given to Ryan Giggs -- but could now get his first managerial role at the Kassam Stadium. But former...

ESPN FC - Cardiff City News 21 Feb 10:58

Ipswich Town 0-1 Cardiff City

Ipswich Town Cardiff City 0 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Cardiff moved four points clear of the chasing pack in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race as Kenneth Zohore's scrambled goal earned a 1-0 win at Ipswich.The striker almost collapsed onto the ball before prodding in after 65 minutes as Neil Warnock's second-placed side boosted their promotion prospects.Ipswich had plenty of the play but could not find a response after sliding behind and they remain lodged in mid-table.The visitors forced a corner in the first minute of the game and the delivery...

ESPN FC - Cardiff City News 17 Feb 18:07

Cardiff City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Cardiff City Middlesbrough 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Cardiff moved back into the Championship automatic promotion places with a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.Bluebirds skipper Sean Morrison headed the winner after 34 minutes to seal all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium.The hosts' fourth win in six matches was enough to move above Derby, not in action this weekend, and Aston Villa, who were beaten by Fulham.Middlesborough fell to 10th in the table and are now four points adrift of the play-off places.Chances were hard to come by for both teams...

ESPN FC - Cardiff City News 13 Feb 10:49

Cardiff City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Cardiff City Bolton Wanderers 2 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Cardiff kept up the pressure on the Sky Bet Championship's top two as they returned to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bolton.First-half goals from debutant Armand Traore and captain Sean Morrison put Neil Warnock's team in total control in the Welsh capital.Bolton offered little in their attempts to get back into the game and this result means they will continue to look over their shoulder as they hover just above the drop zone.The Bluebirds looked dangerous immediately. Callum...

Cardiff City – teamtalk.com 8 Feb 13:04

Warnock levels accusation at Man City as FA Cup row rumbles on

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has accused Manchester City of making “some horrendous tackles” as the fall-out of their controversial FA Cup tie last month rumbles on.

City manager Pep Guardiola was furious after his side’s 2-0 fourth-round win at Cardiff on January 28 when Leroy Sane was the victim of a dreadful Joe Bennett tackle and suffered ankle ligament damage.

Guardiola made an impassioned plea after the game for referees to protect players better, saying he feared that Cardiff’s approach had put his men at risk of serious injury.

But Warnock is still bristling over those accusations, saying: “I wished they would have put a slow still of Kevin De Bruyne’s tackle and studs on Jazz Richards.

“And the bad tackle of Fernandinho, and then when they played West Brom the following week.

“There were some horrendous tackles and nothing was said about that because there were another eight or nine games.

“We were unlucky on the day because Chelsea and Newcastle was the only other game and that was a damp squib.”

Bennett was only booked for his challenge on Sane, before being sent off in the dying seconds for another poor tackle on City substitute Brahim Diaz.

Warnock was so angry that he forced Bennett to train on his own last weekend when he was suspended for the Sky Bet Championship win at Leeds.

“I got more stick than Joe Bennett,” Warnock said ahead of Cardiff’s league trip to Millwall on Friday night.

“I slaughtered him when I saw it, I said you do a horrific tackle like that and I get three days of hell.

“I don’t think if the Manchester City tackle had come out we would haven’t had any of this (accusations of physicality).

“The same people keep on having a go and you just have to get on with it.

“But we are genuine. We go into tackles but we also play some good football.”

 

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Cardiff City – teamtalk.com 31 Jan 09:18

Deadline Day blog: Relive all the drama and late deals as it happened

Follow along live as TEAMtalk brings you all the news, rumours, done deals and best of social media as the January transfer window reaches Deadline Day.

 

12.01am: That’s it from us – be sure to check the website first thing Thursday to find out about any late deals at Crystal Palace and Eliaquim Mangala to Everton. Thank you and good night. 😴

11.57pm: Newcastle have signed Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan.

CONFIRMED: Newcastle United are pleased to announce the signing of Slovakian international goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka on loan from @ACSparta_EN until the end of the season!

Full story: https://t.co/zxyErhmZD7 #NUFC pic.twitter.com/TkCZpiUu9y

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2018

11.52pm: Fulham sign Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic on loan.

#WelcomeAleksandar pic.twitter.com/V8odbgc8CH

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 31, 2018

11.50pm: Boro have completed the signing of Mo Besic on loan from Everton.

We're delighted to announce the loan signing of @Mo_Besic from @Everton ✍🏼

➡ https://t.co/fhnVyEy41M #UTB pic.twitter.com/MfZoSl1VfP

— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) January 31, 2018

11.48pm: Nottm Forest have signed Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback on loan.

11.38pm: Swansea sign Leicester midfielder Andy King on loan.

11.37pm: West Ham complete a deal to sign Preston striker Jordan Hugill.

Welcome to West Ham United @JordanHugill! https://t.co/ZDYQPE7a0x

— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 31, 2018

11.34pm: Newcastle complete loan signing of Leicester’s Islam Slimani until the end of the season.

11.28pm: Chelsea’s Kasey Palmer joins Derby on loan.

11.18pm: Sky reporting that 4 deal sheets have been lodged with the Premier League and clubs have until 1am to get the deals done. Mangala to Everton and Crystal Palace’s 2 potential signings believed to account for 3 of those sheets.

11.14pm: Crystal Palace are hoping to complete deals for Danish goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow of Brøndby and Midtjylland’s Norway international striker Alexander Sorloth. Deal sheets have been submitted, claim the BBC.

11.09pm: Middlesbrough defender Martin Braithwaite has joined Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

11pm: The window is closed. Deals will still be going through though…

10.58pm: Wolves are in talks with Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe over a loan deal.

10.58pm: Watford have terminated Ben Watson’s contract by mutual consent, Sky Sports News report.

10.56pm: Winger Joe Lolley has left Huddersfield to sign for Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.

10.55pm: Matt Mills has signed for Barnsley. The centre-half was released by Nottingham Forest.

10.52pm: Leicester boss Claude Puel hopes Riyad Mahrez can get back to playing with the Foxes.

Puel said: “It was not a distraction, we don’t look for excuses.

“We will see with Riyad. Hopefully he will come back quickly with us and with a smile and happy to play with us.”

10.46pm: Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic is going to Anderlecht on loan. Jon Flanagan has joined Bolton on loan and Harry Wilson has joined Hull on loan.

With 19mins to spare Liverpool have found a new home for Lazar Markovic. Loan move to Anderlecht. #LFC

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) January 31, 2018

10.41pm: Newcastle are still hopeful over movement tonight.

Rafa Benitez said: “We still have time, I cannot say too much. We will see what happens. We are talking about different payers. You’ll maybe have to wait a couple of hours before you have all the information.”

10.40pm: Jose Mourinho explains Marouane Fellaini’s substitution tonight.

10.38pm: Pep Guardiola says Man City will not sign anyone else to tonight, ending their interest in Riyad Mahrez.

“Mahrez is a Leicester player. I don’t talk about it too much. The transfer window is over so the guys who are here will finish the season.”

9.58pm: West Ham defender Reece Burke has re-signed for Bolton on loan.

9.56pm: Aleksandar Mitrovic heading for Bordeaux on loan now.

Hearing Mitrovic is back in the air and could now be on his way to Bordeaux.. #nufc

— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) January 31, 2018

9.47pm: Sky reporting midfielder Ibrahim Amadou is desperate to join Crystal Palace but Lille are now refusing to sell him. Amadou is now in London and pleading on the phone with Lille to let him join Palace. Echoes of Peter Odemwingie…

9.32pm:  BBC claim Crystal Palace are signing Alexander Sorloth from Midtjylland for £9m.

9.09pm: Swansea have re-signed Andre Ayew for a club-record fee from West Ham.

We are delighted to announce @AyewAndre has re-joined the club from @WestHamUtd in a club-record deal. 📝

Full story ➡ https://t.co/CdpXdwzIEI#AyewBack pic.twitter.com/lbwvR2biyU

— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 31, 2018

9.08pm: Aston Villa have loaned Lewis Grabban from Bournemouth.

9.06pm: Cardiff have signed Bolton striker Gary Madine for £6m.

9.05pm: Stoke complete the signing of Badou Ndiaye.

👏 Welcome to the #Potteries, Badou Ndiaye. #SCFC 🔴⚪ pic.twitter.com/uBjIAMJX5J

— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 31, 2018

8.46pm: PA Sport claim Celtic are set to sign Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain and they could sign his Dundee dteam-mate Jack Hendry too

8.40pm: Man City defender Eliaquim Mangala is at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground undergoing a medical ahead of his proposed loan move, claim Sky.

8.38pm: BBC reporting that Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite is close to a move to Bordeaux.

8.20pm: Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy has joined Saint-Etienne on loan.

Thanks and good luck for the future, @MatDebuchy https://t.co/SxKdU6Tzak

— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018

8.05pm: Chelsea’s new striker…

Chelsea's new £15m striker… pic.twitter.com/l6zkzf5ufx

— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) January 31, 2018

7.48pm: Liverpool’s Ovie Ejaria will spend the remainder of the campaign on loan at Sunderland.

Ovie Ejaria has completed a loan move to @SunderlandAFC: https://t.co/OgNaNQalZR

All the best at the Stadium of Light. pic.twitter.com/UvbidR0AOS

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 31, 2018

7.41pm: Everton’s Ademola Lookman has joined Leipzig on loan.

🇩🇪 | Everton forward @Alookman_ will spend the rest of the season on loan at German @Bundesliga_EN side @RBLeipzig_EN.

Good luck, Ademola! pic.twitter.com/flAowGPLRY

— Everton (@Everton) January 31, 2018

7.34pm: Swansea have signed Andy King on loan from Leicester.

This deal is now done. Leaves #lcfc after nearly 14 years.. #servant https://t.co/p8uv2az4OE

— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 31, 2018

7.26pm: Anderlecht’s loan move for Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic’s has broken down because Anderlecht have failed to sell another player to fund the move.

7.16pm: Alan Pardew says Jonny Evans has a hamstring injury and that he is why he is not in the WBA squad tonight. Arsenal are believed to have failed with a bid to sign him.

7.15pm: Riyad Mahrez is not in Leicester’s matchday squad tonight. Man City pulled out of a deal for the Leicester man after refusing to pay more than £60m for the winger.

6.34pm: Lucas Moura is a Spurs player. He has signed a five-year deal after arriving for £25m from PSG.

🤝 pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018

6.32pm: Swansea trying loan Leicester’s Andy King, so their interest in Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic has been shelved, report the BBC. Markovic is at Melwood, but another loan in the U.K looks unlikely now.

6.29pm: Sky Sports News understands Arsenal have failed with a late attempt to sign West Brom captain Jonny Evans. The Gunners have not been able to meet West Brom’s asking price.

6.16pm: Sky Sports News understand Sunderland have pipped Barnsley and Rangers to the signing of Swansea striker Oli McBurnie on loan until the end of the season.

5.58pm: Watford have got a deal over the line on deadline day, as they have signed a Sunderland midfielder on loan…

📝 | Fancy some transfer news?!

Didier Ndong has signed for #watfordfc on loan from @SunderlandAFC for the rest of this season, while the club also have the option on a permanent transfer in the summer.

Welcome, Didier! 🐝

More here ⤵https://t.co/eubhCzejay pic.twitter.com/15DC61zxrH

— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) January 31, 2018

5.55pm: There may be five hours of the window left, but this announcement video will take some beating…

🇵🇹 Braga have signed Diogo Figueiras on a 4-and-a-half year deal.

🎥 This is some announcement video! pic.twitter.com/bEpvSMg6B1

— FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) January 31, 2018

5.50pm: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daley Blind are going nowhere on deadline day, according to Sky’s James Cooper.

“Daley Blind and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have been at Carrington today for rehab,” he said.

“They will both still be Manchester United players by the end of this window, despite speculation.

“Roma were interested in Blind but United weren’t interested in loan deals – a sale couldn’t happen so he stays.

“Ibrahimovic is still not fit – he’s certainly on LA Galaxy’s agenda but I think it’s an ongoing situation. They’re waiting for him to prove his fitness.”

5.47pm: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s new number 14…

🚨 Introducing… our new No 14 🚨

Get your Aubameyang shirt right here 👉 https://t.co/r8ADyjVKaR#YoPierre pic.twitter.com/qJ9YuTjwxz

— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018

5.43pm: After their huge win last night, Swansea are set for another boost it seems…

Andre Ayew having Swansea medical. Deal from West Ham to Swansea almost done

— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 31, 2018

5.22pm: Jack Colback is set to leave Newcastle United and join Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season, Sky Sports claims.

They report that he will be “one of five loan departures from Newcastle today, along with Henri Saivet, Rolando Aarons, Aleksandr Mitrovic and Freddie Woodman”.

5.07pm: Sky Sports News are now also claiming that Mesut Ozil has penned a new deal at Arsenal.

4.55pm: Manchester City are not going to pursue a deal for Riyad Mahrez and any move is off, Sky Sports News understands.

“I’ve had it confirmed that Man City are walking away from Riyad Mahrez – the deal is off. The fee was ultimately a sticking point,” Sky reporter Ben Ransom revealed.

“I’m told Leicester were after a combined package of around £95m – cash plus a player. City were very interested in bringing in Mahrez but he will not be moving to City in this window.

“As with Alexis Sanchez, the club were not prepared to pay what they thought was over the market value. Fees were discussed but no formal bid was ever placed.”

4.43pm: Aston Villa have agreed a deal with Bournemouth to take Lewis Grabban on loan for the rest of the season, according to Sky Sports.

4.40pm: Leicester City’s players have reportedly been left fuming by Rihad Mahrez’s refusal to travel to Everton.

4.30pm: Confirmation has seemingly arrived that Olivier Giroud has completed a deadline day move to Chelsea.

DONE DEAL. pic.twitter.com/67oCyDMafc

— CFC (@Conteholic) January 31, 2018

4.13pm: Arsenal are ready to lodge a last-gasp £12million bid to sign Jonny Evans from West Brom, according to reports. Good another Gunners ✍ be imminent…?

4.06pm: Isaac Success has left Watford to join Malaga on loan until the end of the season.

✍ | #watfordfc winger @SuccessIsaac has joined @MalagaCF on loan for the rest of the season.

➡ https://t.co/lrVYABNqSs pic.twitter.com/XADq08fp3B

— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) January 31, 2018

4.04pm: If you missed this earlier, here are 9 of the best photos as Arsenal completed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

3.59pm: Who remembers Conor Thomas? The player joined Liverpool on loan from Coventry in 2011 – here he’s been talking about his career.

3.52pm: Christian Benteke issues Crystal Palace pledge as Eagles prepare to bring in new striker.

3.45pm: Leicester’s Andy King is en route to Swansea to discuss a move to the Liberty Stadium, according to reports. The Swans also remain hopeful of a deal for Lazar Markovic from Liverpool.

3.36pm: Widespread reports claiming the Giroud to Chelsea deal has been done. Still awaiting official confirmation from both clubs….

3.28pm: Manchester United have joined the transfer deadline day party after announcing the capture of Matej Kovar from FC Slovacko. The 17-year-old is a Czech U18 international.

3.16pm: A done deal for Millwall as Ben Marshall changes a promotion push for a relegation dogfight….

✍#Millwall Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of Ben Marshall on loan from @Wolves until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Full story ➡ https://t.co/lvqD66uGKO pic.twitter.com/Nj65iMscSW

— Millwall FC (@MillwallFC) January 31, 2018

3.07pm: Andy Lonergan’s move from Leeds to Sunderland is off…

Andy Lonergan to Sunderland is OFF. He and Sunderland haven't been able to agree the terms of his contract. On his way back to Leeds and set to stay here for the rest of the season. #lufc

— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 31, 2018

3.02pm: Manchester City have made a final offer of £65million for Riyad Mahrez. Sky Sports claims the approach is being considered by the Foxes, with the deal thought to include an as-yet undisclosed player moving in the other direction.

2.56pm: West Ham have had an offer, believed to be £22million, for Leander Dendoncker, rejected by Anderlecht. We understand they value the midfielder at nearer the £30m mark.

2.44pm: Nice feature here on the best deadline day deals of January windows gone by….

2.36pm: Reports on Wearside suggesting Sunderland are on the brink of announcing a deal for towering forward Atdhe Nuhiu from Sheffield Wednesday. The man to save the Black Cats from relegation….?

2.20pm: Rumours surfacing that Tottenham will allow Erik Lamela to join Southampton once their signing of Lucas Moura is finalised….

2.11pm: Marco Reus to Liverpool?! #Topbantz here from Jamie Carragher…

Not sure but I’ve just saw Reus buying the echo on Breck Rd. https://t.co/uDP9Z7x7OJ

— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 31, 2018

 

1.57pm: Footage emerging of Islam Slimani arriving at Newcastle airport by private jet as a £20m move from Leicester draws closer. You can see him being a bit hit at St James’ Park…..

1.52pm: An outgoing at Liverpool as U23 captain Lloyd Jones completes a permanent move to Luton. The player joined the Reds from Plymouth in 2011, but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Reds.

1.39pm: A done deal at Leeds as £2.5m forward Tyler Roberts arrives from West Brom.

Firstly would like to start with saying a massive thankyou to everybody at @WBA for helping me grow not only as a player but as a person. Delighted to announce my move to @LUFC and ready to start a new chapter of my life and career 👊🏽⚽ pic.twitter.com/iMRpeanVhp

— Tyler Roberts (@official_tyro) January 31, 2018

1.38pm: A bit more nostalgia from Planet Football here as they look at every player signed by Harry Redknapp on January transfer deadline day

1.31pm: Reports in Germany claim Arsenal may not be done on deadline day….with a shock swoop for Schalke’s Max Meyer being reported.

Max Meyer: Youngster attracting interest

Max Meyer: Youngster attracting interest

1.25pm: Cute from Charlie Adam….

Hopefully 1 day Louis can be involved in deadline day 😂 https://t.co/s91E5aIpMC

— Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) January 31, 2018

1.13pm: Reports in Belgium claim Anderlecht have won the race to sign Aleksander Mitrovic in a loan deal from Newcastle. There’s no word from the Belgians yet – though they have confirmed one deal today….

Meet our new number 10, Ryota Morioka! 👍

⚽ 🇯🇵 #RSCA #COYM #WelcomeRyota pic.twitter.com/y3NpnBKleH

— RSC Anderlecht (@rscanderlecht) January 31, 2018

1.02pm: The Manchester Evening News claims Manchester United have been given the green light to complete a deal for Man City target Fred. The Brazilian midfielder is valued at around £35million by Shakhtar Donetsk.

12.53pm: News emerging that Mesut Ozil’s new Arsenal deal has been signed and sealed….

12.42pm: Swansea still hope to secure the signings of Andy King, Andre Ayew and Lazar Markovic on deadline day, according to the Daily Telegraph.

12.21pm: We understand Leicester have told Manchester City to raise their bid for Riyad Mahrez to £75m before they consider a sale. City have seen a £55m offer for the Algerian rejected by the Foxes….

12.14pm: How do Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stats compare to Arsenal’s other strikers? Our friends at Planet Football have crunched the numbers….

12.11pm: Sky Italia are reporting that Napoli are close to signing Davy Klaasen on a season-long loan from Everton.

12.01pm: Another strong hint that Batshuayi to Dortmund is imminent with the player pictured in the club’s kit….

🐝🐝🐝@mbatshuayi pic.twitter.com/Vb0f38J7Ug

— Borussen Edition (@BorussenEdition) January 31, 2018

11.56am: Aston Villa are in talks with Bournemouth over a deal for Lewis Grabban, Sky Sports News are reporting….

11.55am: Daily Telegraph reporting that Giroud to Chelsea has been agreed. £18m deal, with the player set to sign an 18-month deal.

11.53am: Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback is believed to be a target for Championship side Nottingham Forest, according to reports in the North-East. The Tricky Trees best act fast….

11.45am: Meanwhile, on Batshuayi’s Twitter page. A hint that a move to Dortmund is imminent…..?

🦇🌑🌕👀

— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) January 31, 2018

11.35am: This is how Arsenal announced the signing of Aubameyang. Impressive… 👏

#YoPierre 😉 pic.twitter.com/VKlUZdOqv1

— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018

11.25am: The picture Arsenal fans everywhere have all been wanting to see….

11.20: The deal to take Aubameyang to Arsenal is likely to start a domino effect, with Olivier Giroud expected now to join Chelsea and Dortmund to confirm the loan capture of Michy Batshuayi….

11.14am: BREAKING: Arsenal confirm signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club record deal and on a “long-term contract”.

He’s ours ✅ #YoPierre https://t.co/DiDb4Ewvt6

— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018

11.12am: We understand former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song is training with the club, though it’s believed it’s just as a favour to the player, rather than a premise to him re-signing for the club….

11.11am: Borussia Dortmund have paid respect to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the striker prepares to seal a move to Arsenal.

👋 Pierre-Emerick #Aubameyang wechselt vom BVB zum FC @Arsenal!

Alle Infos: https://t.co/zxGMwUOUty pic.twitter.com/pkkfDVLPvj

— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 31, 2018

11am: There is now just 12 hours until the window shuts in England. 12 hours….

10.59am: Newcastle have agreed a deal with Leicester to take Islam Slimani on loan, according to Sky Sports. The Algerian had also been offered a move to West Ham….

10.50am: So go on, who remembers this on Sky Sports News’ Deadline Day?…. The best of deadline day on Sky Sports News

10.47am: Reading are closing on the loan signing of Chris Martin. The Scotland int’l had held talks with Sunderland last week but his high wages scuppered the deal.

10.39am: Southampton’s hopes of signing Quincey Promes from Spartak Moscow look to be over. It’s reported Saints agreed to pay his £30m asking price, which would have been a Saints club record, but the Russians’ struggles to sign a replacement means the deal will be canned….

Quincy Promes: Liverpool target

10.36am: Roma’s hopes of landing Daley Blind from Manchester United are over, with the Serie A side moving on to another target….

10.22am: Stoke are closing on a deadline day signing after Sky Sports reported Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye has passed a medical at the club ahead of a £15m move.

10.20am: FC Midtjylland striker Alexander Sorloth is travelling to London to finalise a reported €12million move to Crystal Palace.

10.14am: Lucas Moura has reportedly passed his medical at Spurs as the player closes in on a £25million move from PSG. For the money, this looks like quite the coup for MoPo….

10.06am: Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has agreed to join Borussia Dortmund on an initial six-month loan deal, according to widespread reports. It’s believed the player is currently back home in Belgium awaiting for the move to go through after all the details were agreed during Tuesday. As with many deals today, watch this space….

10am: There’s a huge transfer tug o’war developing between Newcastle and West Ham over Leicester striker Islam Slimani, according to the latest reports.

9.54am: Looks like a goalkeeper arrival at Newcastle. As IF they needed another….

Newcastle agree deal to sign Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague https://t.co/1KsNxVI7p1

— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) January 31, 2018

9.51am: Watford are trying to push Stefano Okaka to Fulham on loan, but it’s believed the player wants to go to Malaga as he does not want to drop down to the Championship

Stefano Okaka: At the double for Watford v Everton

9.45am: Bordeaux are trying to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic – and Newcastle are open to the idea. They had also wanted Martin Braithwaite from Middlesbrough, but the Teessiders have ruled out a loan.

9.39am: Wolves midfielder Ben Marshall to have medical at Millwall ahead of loan until the end of the season, according to Sky sources. After the return of Tim Cahill and a promising draw at home to Derby, it looks like being a good week for Millwall…

9.31am: Word is that the imminent signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has convinced Mesut Ozil to pledge his future to Arsenal and a new contract is imminent…..

9.22am: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has arrived at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground to undergo his medical ahead of his move. It’s understand a fee and personal terms have all been agreed, so this – and Dortmund’s wish to sign a replacement – are all that’s standing in Arsenal’s way over the club record £57.2m swoop.

9.12am: Newcastle midfielder Rolando Aarons is in talks with Hull over a loan move to the end of the season, according to reports in the North-East

9.05am: If you missed it last night, Man City signed Jack Harrison from NYCFC before loaning him straight out to Middlesbrough. TEAMtalk broke the story exclusively and before anyone else over Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

9.02am: Sky Sports are reporting that Reece Oxford is poised for key talks with David Moyes over his West Ham future today. The Hammers boss is hoping to persuade the young defender to stay, despite a loan return to Borussia Monchengladbach having already been agreed…..

9.01am: A reminder that the transfer window in England shuts at 11pm tonight, while it’s a midnight deadline for those hardy Scots north of the border.

8.50am: Celtic have had a second bid of £375,000 rejected by Motherwell for goalkeeper Trevor Carson. We understand Well are seeking nearer the £500k mark.

8.45am: After allowing Sandro Ramirez to return to Spain on Tuesday night, Everton expect to bolster their defence with the signing of a Man City defender. Safe to say this one is another transfer snub for Newcastle….

8.38am: Here’s today’s Paper Talk – and there’s rumours abound about a big-name departure at Manchester United today…. 😲

8.31am: Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Olivier Giroud as the striker prepares to seal a move to Chelsea.

8.24am: Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan will complete a move to Sunderland today, while the Whites can expect to seal the signing of West Brom forward Tyler Roberts in a £2.5million deal.

8.20am: Man City could be on the verge of smashing their transfer record twice in the space of 48 hours after Riyad Mahrez handed in a transfer request at Leicester.

8.15am: We have serious doubts about this one…. Championship side Leeds are the surprising new bookies’ favourites to sign Celtic’s prolific striker Moussa Dembele. What a coup that would be!

8.10am: Arsene Wenger has provided an update on Arsenal’s hopes of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the future of Chelsea target Olivier Giroud.

8.05am: A good start to the day for Chelsea after they completed the signing of Brazilian left-back Emerson Palmieri from Roma for a fee believed to be £17.6m on Tuesday night.

‘I came here because it’s a great team with a great history. Today I am realising one of my dreams to pull on the shirt of such a great club.’ #WelcomeEmerson pic.twitter.com/qCXKBimHyF

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 30, 2018

8.00am: Good morning and welcome along to our live transfer blog. Grab your coffee and take a seat as we bring you all the latest transfer offerings on the final day of the January window…..

 

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Cardiff City – teamtalk.com 29 Jan 13:22

Ref Review: VAR hits headlines at Liverpool; Joe Bennett shocker

VAR took centre stage in the FA Cup this weekend in Liverpool’s defeat to West Brom, while Lee Mason has an afternoon to forget in Cardiff.

 

Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.

 

Arthur Masuaku red card v Wigan Athletic 

A truly ignominious FA Cup performance from West Ham was summed up by Masuaku’s dismissal for spitting at the JJB. Eyebrows were raised in some circles after the bookies made League One Wigan firm favourites before the game. However their Premier League counterparts didn’t look or play like a top flight side and were well beaten on the day. Masuaku has been handed a six-match ban after spitting at Nick Powell following a heavy challenge by the touchline early in the second half, with his own boss even branding his actions “despicable”.

Verdict: Correct decision 

 

Wigan penalty v West Ham

Over 4500 West Ham fans made the trip north to witness a feeble effort from the Hammers, who were not helped by a dubious penalty award to Wigan just after the hour. Reece Burke was penalised for handball when Will Grigg attempted to lift the ball past him but replays suggested it was more a case of ball to hand and Chris Kavanagh’s looks to have got this one all wrong.

Verdict: Incorrect decision 

Sheffield United penalty v Preston 

The Blades are into the fifth round for the first time in three years but it took a controversial penalty at Bramall Lane to see off Preston. PNE boss Alex Neil said afterwards “I think the disappointing thing is to go out to a contentious penalty. Having watched it back about six times, it’s still a wee bit inconclusive for me.” Tom Clark’s tackle on Billy Sharp – who was going away from goal at the time – was deemed illegal by Graham Scott. Such a tough call to be fair and while Sheffield United perhaps deserved the victory having played so well, it did look a soft award.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

West Brom disallowed goal v Liverpool

The VAR system dominated the headlines at Anfield after taking centre stage during a truly breathless FA Cup tie. First of all, with West Brom leading 2-1 Craig Dawson beat Roberto Firmino to the ball and nodded them into a 3-1 lead. Or so we thought. Ref Craig Pawson went for VAR which correctly spotted that Gareth Barry, who was right in front of the goalkeeper, was inches offside when Dawson connected with his header.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Liverpool penalty v West Brom

A bit of history here with the first ever pitch side VAR decision in English football. Good luck spelling Grzegorz Krychowiak in the pub quiz though, especially after five pints. The Baggies star tugged Mo Salah’a shirt in the box but Pawson original decision was to wave play on. Play was brought back however and after VAR was consulted a penalty (subsequently missed) was awarded. It was the correct call but critics of the system point to the fact it took over three minutes to conclude it was a spot kick. It definitely disturbed the flow of the game on Merseyside, and if refs become over reliant on VAR the game could well run into problems down the line.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

West Brom third goal v Liverpool

Pawson again signalled for VAR after Joe Matip bundled into his own net after the ball was turned goalwards by the lively Dawson. There was a suspicion of offside in the lead up but replays confirmed the goal was legit. Three big calls. Three correct decisions and despite old heads like John Motson calling for its removal already, it looks like VAR is here to stay.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Eden Hazard goal v Newcastle United

Where’s VAR when you need it then? To be fair Chelsea and their fans won’t be losing too much sleep after a facile 3-0 win over Newcastle, but Hazard was wrongly flagged for offside when clean through on goal. It was a great touch from Michy Batshuayi to Hazard, who was then flagged offside by the assistant… in his own half! Bizarre.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Bernardo Silva disallowed goal v Cardiff City

An absolute golazo by Bernardo Silva was disallowed with Leroy Sane judged to have been offside and interfering when he let rip from just inside the area. Sane was actually onside, though we are talking absolute fractions here though. That said, Pep Guardiola had every right to boot off with the referee from the touchline after Silva’s screamer was chalked off.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Joe Bennett yellow card v Manchester City

Bennett was only cautioned for a filthy challenge that could have easily broken Sane’s leg. The young German was in full flight having travelled half the length of the field before Bennett’s thuggish intervention. Red card all day long. He was ironically dismissed in injury-time for a second yellow but should have walked long before that.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Team most likely to feel brassed off award

Manchester City

Despite a relatively routine 2-0 Pep Guardiola was incensed with the referee Lee Mason at the finish, who he felt clearly failed to protect his players by not dismissing Bennett for that shocking first half lunge. The vexed former Barca boss confirmed later that Sane will now miss two or three weeks with an ankle injury sustained at the Cardiff City Stadium. Chalking off a perfectly legitimate Bernardo Silva strike clearly can’t have endeared the officials to Guardiola either.

 

Stonewall decision of the week

Masuaku red card

The referee didn’t see the incident but the TV cameras and Wigan’s players, including a furious Powell, certainly did. Arthur Masuaku faces a six-match ban after being sent off for spitting in West Ham’s dismal FA Cup defeat to Wigan, and he can have no complaints as there is simply no place for this type of behaviour in sport.

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Cardiff City – teamtalk.com 28 Jan 18:54

Strong first half showing sees Man City past Cardiff

First half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling saw Manchester City beat Cardiff 2-0 to ease into the FA Cup fifth round.

De Bruyne’s eighth-minute free-kick was a candidate for the cheekiest goal of the season as he sent the ball under the Cardiff wall, while Sterling’s header gave City a two-goal cushion before half-time.

Cardiff were committed throughout – too much at times with defender Joe Bennett sent off in stoppage time – but the gap between the top of the Premier League and third in the Sky Bet Championship never looked like being bridged.

City booked their place in the final of the Carabao Cup in midweek by beating Bristol City and hopes of an unprecedented quadruple remain very much alive after this impressive showing.

There was also the bonus of captain Vincent Kompany returning to action for the first time since limping off at Newcastle on December 27, and the Belgian defender completed 90 minutes for only the second time in two months.

The omens were positive for Cardiff as City had lost on their previous two visits to the Welsh capital.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were beaten here in a Premier League fixture in August 2013 and Nathan Blake had settled a fourth-round tie when the two sides last met in the FA Cup at the old Ninian Park in 1994.

Cardiff showed their intent when Nathaniel Mendez-Laing rounded Danilo and a more measured ball into the box might have led to a shooting opportunity.

But De Bruyne silenced the feverish home crowd after Ilkay Gundogan had tested Neil Etheridge in the Cardiff goal and then been crudely upended by Joe Ralls.

The Cardiff wall jumped as one, but De Bruyne took the low route and rolled the ball under the blue shirts to reach double figures for the season.

Cardiff remained unbowed from that setback and Junior Hoilett almost equalised when Claudio Bravo made a hash of his 30-yard volley.

Bravo spilled the shot backwards but the Chilean held it at the second attempt just as it was about to cross the goal-line.

Bennett instantly produced a peach of a cross which proved just too high for the unmarked Callum Paterson in the middle.

There was a moment of high controversy after 25 minutes when De Bruyne fed Bernardo Silva and the Portuguese’s ferocious 25-yard shot flew past Etheridge and in off the crossbar.

But Leroy Sane was adjudged to be standing in an offside position and blocking Etheridge’s view of the shot.

Television replays suggested that Sane might actually have been onside, even if he was in Etheridge’s eyeline.

But with the Video Assistant Referee system not in operation the goal was disallowed, much to the annoyance of City manager Pep Guardiola, who had hurled his scarf to the ground in disgust.

But City did double their lead after 37 minutes when the unmarked Sterling headed home Silva’s cross from six yards for his 19th goal of the season.

Cardiff were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage time when Bennett scythed down Sane with a nasty-looking high tackle.

Sane did not reappear for the second half but the arrival of Sergio Aguero hardly limited City’s attacking prowess.

Sterling was denied his second by Sean Morrison’s last-gasp challenge but Cardiff kept going despite struggling to achieve a quarter of the game’s possession.

Kenneth Zohore forced Bravo into a save and Hoilett’s rising 20-yard effort just cleared the crossbar, before Cardiff were reduced to 10 men in the final seconds when Bennett saw a belated red for another poor tackle on City substitute Brahim Diaz.

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