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Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 22 May 09:43

Paper Talk: Liverpool plan ambitious 140m triple swoop; Arsenal chase defensive man mountain

Liverpool have been linked with a triple swoop for £140m worth of talent, while Arsenal hope to fix their defensive woes by swooping for Porto’s defensive lynchpin, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.

 

LIVERPOOL LOOKING TO MAKE TRANSFER STATEMENT

Liverpool are attempting an audacious swoop for three players they hope will further strengthen their new-found defensive resolve.

The Reds finished the season with the fourth-best defensive record in the Premier League in 2017/18, but had the season started 10 matches in, Liverpool would have had the best.

Their new-found defensive steel was hugely helped along by the £75m January arrival of Virgil van Dijk, but Jurgen Klopp knows he will need to further strengthen his backline if the club are to mount a push for the Premier League title next season.

As such, the Daily Mirror reckons Liverpool are now ready to make AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma their new No 1 goalkeeper target and will spend up to £70million to land the young Italian.

A clause in Donnarumma’s contract allows him to leave Milan after they failed to qualify for the Champions League and Klopp believes the goalkeeper is more obtainable than Alisson Becker at Roma.

Liverpool have also reportedly targeted swoops for Newcastle defenders Jamaal Lascelles and James Tarkowski, according to the Independent.

The duo are rated at around £35million apiece and are seen as cover and competition for both Van Dijk and, more likely, Dejan Lovren.

Although Liverpool would unlikely sign both, the addition of all three players, including Donnarumma, the papers seem to think the triple deal would set the Champions League finalists back a cool £140m.

 

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Aston Villa News, Fixtures, Results, Gossip and Transfers | Mail Online 18 May 14:51

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Villa to face Fulham in play-off final after seeing off Middlesbrough

Aston Villa will take on Fulham for the right to play in the Premier League next season after beating Middlesbrough 1-0 on aggregate in their play-off semi-final.

Steve Bruce’s side claimed a 0-0 draw at Villa Park on Tuesday, despite a nervy finale, to progress following their 1-0 victory at the Riverside on Saturday.

They will face Fulham – who beat Derby – in the final at Wembley on May 26 as they look to end a two-year Premier League exile.

Boro spent around £50million in search of an instant return to the Premier League but sacked Garry Monk after just over six months in charge.

Replacement Tony Pulis took them to fifth but they now face another season in the second tier.

In a game short on clear chances, Conor Hourihane headed off the line from Boro’s Ryan Shotton while at the other end, Darren Randolph saved from Lewis Grabban.

Stewart Downing’s free-kick hit the bar late on for Boro – after Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was lucky to escape a red card for handball outside the area.

But Mile Jedinak’s first-leg header settled a tie which Villa rarely looked like losing on Tuesday.

Their early energy was contrasted by Boro’s nerves and the visitors survived when Hourihane charged down Randolph’s clearance.

James Bree had already shot wide during Villa’s bright start as they tried to kill the tie off.

Slowly, though, Boro gained momentum without opening Villa up in a scrappy first half-hour.

Despite losing their early punch Villa still created openings and George Friend produced a splendid tackle to thwart the onrushing Hourihane.

And seven minutes before the break Grabban nodded down for James Chester to shoot narrowly wide.

But Boro nearly levelled the tie on 40 minutes when Shotton’s header was cleared off the line by Hourihane.

Nerves began to grip Villa Park and Boro’s Mo Besic dragged a shot wide seven minutes after the break as the game opened up and the teams raised the tempo.

Grabban was denied at close range by Randolph on the hour and Villa’s confidence grew.

There was a growing sense Middlesbrough had run out of ideas and Britt Assombalonga was replaced by Patrick Bamford.

It was Villa’s tie to lose and Grabban nearly sealed it when Randolph turned over his 30-yard effort with 20 minutes left.

The Boro goalkeeper then palmed away Jack Grealish’s curling strike.

Yet Villa survived a scare with three minutes left when Johnstone was only booked for handling Adama Traore’s shot outside the area and Downing hit the bar from the resulting free-kick.

 

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ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 15 May 19:37

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Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 15 May 16:06

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Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash this morning, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has announced.

Samuel, aged 37, represented England at under-21 level before going on to play for Trinidad and Tobago’s senior team.

A statement on the TTFA’s Facebook page read: “The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and his former national team-mates at this time extends deepest condolences to his family members both in the UK and here in Trinidad and Tobago.”

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Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 15 May 14:04

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EXCLUSIVE: Moyes tells West Ham he wants divisive star to return

David Moyes is ready to go head-to-head with West Ham’s board after informing them he wants Robert Snodgrass back in his West Ham side next season.

The Scotland winger was signed by the Hammers in January 2017, when they paid Hull more than £10million for his signature.

However, he failed to earn a regular spot under Slaven Bilic and his signing was even questioned by the owners who argued very publicly that the former Leeds man was good enough for Premier League football.

Snodgrass also lifted the lid on his troubled relationship with Bilic while at West Ham, saying the former Hammers boss had “no idea” where to play him.

Snodgrass was snapped up on a season-long loan by Aston Villa – where he has impressed under Steve Bruce.

Whether Villa go up or down, Bruce wants to make the move permanent but those hopes look set to be dashed as Moyes is a huge fan of Snodgrass.

Moyes, who tried to sign Snodgrass whilst Sunderland boss, tried to recall him in January but Villa said no.

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Now, however, he will finally get the chance to work with the 30-year-old in the summer as the Hammers boss has already made it clear to the club’s hierarchy that he wants him involved next season.

However, with Moyes’ future at West Ham still unclear, it remains to be seen what will become of Snodgrass next season.

 

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