ESPN FC News 22 May 21:55

England name Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane captain for World Cup

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner examines England's strike force and wonders if they'll have what it takes to lead the Three Lions to glory at the World Cup. After the excitement of England's World Cup squad announcement, the Exploding Heads are here to break the bad news to those who didn't make the cut. England have named striker Harry Kane as their captain heading into the World Cup in Russia this summer. Kane, 24, the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, is the vice captain to Hugo Lloris at Tottenham and has occasionally worn the armband since Wayne Rooney retired from international competition in 2017. England manager Gareth Southgate made the announcement in a live video on Twitter on Tuesday morning. "Last night, we told the rest of the players that we've named Harry as captain for...

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:53

Troisi embraces competition for spots

James Troisi speaks from Socceroos camp in Turkey.

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:24

Zlatan introduces himself, Salah's lookalike, Ronaldo statue redemption in best of Toe Poke

Relive 10 of the best stories that amused and amazed in this season of football around the world. It's that time of year again when we here at Toe Poke pause a moment to take stock of the season just gone -- the thrills, the spills, the truly, truly dreadful penalty kicks (stay tuned!). Here are our various winners and indeed losers from 2017-18 ... Redemption of the season November brought with it redemption for one of the biggest laughing stocks of last season, as Portuguese artist Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga was handed an artistic reprieve. Arteaga is of course the man who made a hash...

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:03

West Ham appoint Manuel Pellegrini as manager to replace David Moyes

Manuel Pellegrini has signed a three-year contract to become West Ham United's manager. The former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss

ESPN FC News 22 May 12:59

Transfer Talk: Tottenham optimistic over Martial move, Lewandowski to Chelsea?

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the

Burnley ‚Äď teamtalk.com 22 May 10:27

EXCLUSIVE: Burnley win race to sign £6m Bristol City star

Premier League Burnley have won the race to land Bristol City ace Joe Bryan, TEAMtalk can exclusively reveal.

A number of top flight sides have been watching the talented left-sided defender, but Burnley have already made their move.

It is understood the Clarets will pay in excess of £6million for the 24-year-old, who has come through the youth ranks at Ashton Gate.

Bryan’s expected arrival could signal the end of Charlie Taylor’s time at Turf Moor, with the former Leeds star having struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular under Sean Dyche.

The 24-year-old arrived from Elland Road last summer but made only 11 Premier League this season and could be allowed to leave on loan for regular game time.

His performances while at Burnley have not yielded the best results, with the player yet to taste victory in his Premier League outings to date.

I mean, fwiw… pic.twitter.com/GOVkgkluUp

— Ben McAleer (@BenMcAleer1) May 22, 2018

As for the Robins, they are already looking at possible replacements and we can reveal their top target is Southampton’s Sam McQueen.

The 23-year-old has been told he can leave St Mary’s this summer if the right offer comes in and Lee Johnson is keen to swoop, once Bryan’s departure is confirmed.


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Burnley ‚Äď 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 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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Danilo Pereira: A potential summer target for Liverpool

Arsenal are continuing their long-term pursuit of Porto’s defensive man mountain Danilo Pereira (Daily Mirror)

Ipswich have interviewed Frank Lampard twice as they search for a new manager (Daily Mirror)

Ian Wright has slammed Arsenal’s U-turn over Mikel Arteta as ’embarrassing’ (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is wanted by Italian giants AC Milan. The Belgian international is available on a free transfer after refusing a new deal at Old Trafford (The Sun)

Willian: Winger was linked with a move to Man Utd

Willian is desperate to stay at Chelsea – but his future depends on whether the club sacks manager Antonio Conte (The Sun)

Joe Hart could be given a shock get out of Man City by MLS sister team New York City (The Sun)

Barcelona¬†are planning a summer move for¬†Spurs’ 17-year-old English forward Reo Griffiths (The Sun)

Chelsea make Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski their top transfer target (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea are ready to spend as much as £100m to land Poland hitman Lewandowski (Daily Express)

Fulham¬†manager Slavisa Jokanovic has emerged as a surprise candidate for the¬†Chelsea¬†manager’s job (Daily Express)

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However, TEAMtalk exclusively revealed Jokanovic was on the Blues’ shortlist way back on May 1

Chelsea fans are concerned that Roman Abramovich will be driven out of the club (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester to sign Riyad Mahrez (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham have agreed a deal with Manuel Pellegrini for up to £7m per year (Daily Telegraph)

Real Madrid are set to make a move for Gianluigi Buffon with Manchester United reluctant to sell David De Gea (Daily Express)

Former Norwich striker Grant Holt is to become a pro-wrestler with a UK franchise (Daily Mail)

Danish Superleague side FC Nordsjaelland have announced their entire club is committing to Juan Mata’s Common Goal charity (Daily Mail)

James McClean has revealed Celtic broke his heart by signing another player over him (Daily Record)

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Burnley ‚Äď teamtalk.com 21 May 17:09

Klopp out to beef up Liverpool defence with Prem-based duo

James Tarkowski and Jamaal Lascelles are two of the surprise names on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool transfer list, a report has revealed.

Despite spending £75million on Virgil van Dijk in January, Klopp wants to add another nameto his ranks and beef up his options at the centre of defence.

Dejan Lovren, who looks set to start the Champions League final on Saturday, only signed a new contract at Liverpool in April, but rather than replacing the former Saints man, Klopp wants more depth to his squad.

And The Independent claims that Burnley’s Tarkowski, 25, and Newcastle’s Lascelles, 24, are under consideration this summer.

The report suggests Klopp, who added four signings last summer, is chasing “three to four players in the close-season window”.

That includes a goalkeeper, whom the paper believes will be Jack Butland, another attacker, but centre-half is a priority position and one of Tarkowski or Lascelles will be pursued, with the duo believed to be valued at around £35million apiece.

Tarkowksi, who has made 33 appearances for the Clarets, helping them into seventh-placed finish, has been named on the standby list for England’s World Cup squad.

Lascelles has been equally as impressive, helping Newcastle survive in the top flight and only signed a new contract until 2023 last October.


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Burnley ‚Äď teamtalk.com 19 May 14:28

Take your pick through the Premier League?s free agents?

With the season coming to a close for most English sides, clubs are announcing the players they are letting go on free transfers when their contracts come to an end this summer.

Sky Sports Рwho contacted the clubs to confirm their lists Рreports that £277million of Premier League talent could be off out the door for nothing in the summer transfer window thanks to data they used via transfermarkt.co.uk.

We’ve listed all of the out-of-contract players below – who could be leaving your club for nothing in the next couple of months?



Jack Wilshere

Santi Cazorla

Per Mertesacker



Ryan Allsop

Baily Cargill



Tim Krul

Uwe Hunemier

Niki Maenpaa

Liam Rosenior

Steve Sidwell



Dean Marney



Junior Hoilett

Aron Gunnarsson

Frederic Guonongbe

Greg Halford

Brian Murphy

Ibrahim Meite




Matej Delac


Crystal Palace

Yohan Cabaye

Joel Ward

Bakary Sako

Diego Cavalieri

Chung-Yong Lee

Damien Delaney

Julian Speroni



Joel Robles


Huddersfield Town

Robert Green

Dean Whitehead (Moving to coaching role)


Leicester City

Robert Huth

Ben Hamer



Emre Can


Manchester City

Yaya Toure


Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini

Michael Carrick


Newcastle United

Jesus Gamez

Massadio Haidara

Stuart Findlay

Curtis Good



Jeremy Pied

Stuart Taylor


Stoke City *Players contracts expiring but yet to confirm the list*

Glen Johnson

Charlie Adam

Stephen Ireland

Jakob Haugaard



Sung-yong Ki

Angel Rangel

Leon Britton

Kenji Gorre


Tottenham *Club confirm no senior players out of contract this summer*

Watford *Club confirm no senior players out of contract this summer*


West Brom

James Morrison

Claudio Jacob

Boaz Myhill

Gareth McAuley


West Ham

James Collins

Patrice Evra

Wolves *Club confirm no senior players out of contract this summer*


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Burnley ‚Äď teamtalk.com 17 May 16:51

Premier League prize money: Man Utd earn more than champions City

The final figures given to Premier League clubs in prize money, TV fees and central commercial deals have been released, with Manchester United earning marginally more than Manchester City.

Both Manchester clubs earned a little under £150m, with all clubs receiving a minimum of £87.9m from TV deals alone.

That means West Brom received over £94m from the Premier League despite ending the season rock bottom of the division.

OFFICIAL: the final numbers for Premier League cash allocation for 2017-18. Story to follow. pic.twitter.com/U3CS0dEf5J

— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) May 17, 2018

The figures have also been released for parachute payments to relegated clubs, with Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull all receiving over £41.5m at the end of this season.

Cardiff will receive their final parachute payment of £16.5m before being promoted back to the Premier League, where they could be joined by Fulham.

#SAFC’s parachute payments from the Premier League. £41,571,016 in total. pic.twitter.com/7jaVFKRenU

— Joe (@JoeHay_) May 17, 2018

FA Cup final betting (Bet365): Chelsea star Hazard 6/1 and Man Utd’s Lukaku 8/1 for MOTM award at Wembley.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Burnley | BBC 14 Jun 10:00

Premier League fixtures in full

Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Burnley | BBC 23 May 16:17

Banned Barton released by Burnley

Midfielder Joey Barton has been released by Burnley, one month after being banned from football.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Burnley | BBC 21 May 19:50

Lawro's final-day predictions v rock band Royal Blood

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on rock band Royal Blood in his predictions for the final day of the Premier League season.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Burnley | BBC 21 May 18:55

Burnley 1-2 West Ham United

West Ham end their season with an away victory as they come from behind to beat Burnley at Turf Moor.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Burnley | BBC 19 May 17:05

Heaton 'more than happy' at Burnley

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton plays down speculation linking him with a move from Burnley by insisting he is "more than happy" at Turf Moor.

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