Lunchtime Round-Up Thursday 2nd May

Afternoon all,

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has stated that all of the clubs curent squad are backing interim boss Rafa Benitez ahead of their Europa League semi-final against Swis side Basel. If Benitez is able to guide the Blues to victory, then this will be their second successive season appearing in a European final. Chelsea go into the second leg of he tie with a 2-1 lead, after David Luiz's last minute free kick gave Chelsea the advantage

Bad news for Wigan fans, as Maynor Figueroa will miss the remainder of the season due to a groin injury he sustained in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham at the weekend. The injury to Figueroa has come at a bad time for the Latics, as they are currently 5 points adrift of safety and they also have an FA Cup final to concentrate on. Now with the absence of Figueroa, the job that already seemed hard, just got a little harder

Ukranian champions Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has insisted that a deal for Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho is yet to be done, and that City will have to pay the 27-year-old's release clause, which is £42.3 million. It was said that City were close to agreeing a deal worth around £30 million, but Lucescu has denied this and also he has claimed that Shakhtar are a bigger club than City and hopes that Fernandinho will remain at the club

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has said that Joey Barton remains very much a QPR player. Barton, who si currently on loan at French side Marseille has said how he would love to extend his stay with the French side on a permanent basis. But Fernandes has stated that unless a r=transfer fe between both QPR and Marseille cannot be agreed, then Barton will be expected to return to the club for pre-season training

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has admitted responsibility is something he needs to improve on as he prepares to become the captain of Everton next season. Jagielka is set to become the captain once current captain Phil Neville moves on in the summer and he hopes that he can do a job as good as the ex-Manchester United defender

Derby have released veteran full back Gareth Roberts after three years with the club. In his time with the Rams, Roberts played over 100 times, and according to manager Nigel Clough, he was brilliant, but now is the time to move on

Notts County have offered eight players new contracts, including striker Yoann Arquin. The other seven players to be offered contracts are  Alan Sheehan, Jeff Hughes, Joss Labadie, Haydn Hollis, Curtis Thompson, Tyrell Waite and Greg Tempest

Oxford City have released 12 players, including former Chelsea and Stoke defender Michael Duberry

Daily Football News Round-Up Wednesday 1st May

The rumour mill has been set alight today after Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho admitted he want to be where he is loved after last night’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. It was the biggest hint yet that he will be returning to England and more specifically, Chelsea.

 

The other manager with his future up in the air is David Moyes as his contract at Everton expires at the end of the season.  There have been suggestions that he will move to Germany and the Scottish manager has expressed his admiration for the Bundesliga. He admitted he is amazed by how well run the league is, with ticket prices ensuring almost every stadium is full, week in week out.

 

Northampton have been handed a huge injury boost ahead of their League Two play-off semi-final clash with Cheltenham. First team regulars Kelvin Langmead, Ishmel Demontagnac and Clive Platt are all expected to return after being kept out of action for the past few weeks.

 

Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes says the club have already agreed on a transfer policy for next season with manager Harry Redknapp. Much has been made of the number of new signings over the last two seasons but Fernandes expects the club to settle now and bring in the kind of players that will help in the long run.

 

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has insisted his decision to retire at the end of the season has come at the perfect time. He revealed yesterday that he will be joining the Sky Sports team as a pundit.

 

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has insisted he has completely forgiven Luis Suarez for the biting incident last week. He revealed that he received a phone call from the Uruguayan the day after the match and accepted his apology.

 

Zinedine Zidane has admitted he won’t be surprised if Gareth Bale were to leave Tottenham this summer, despite the possibly astronomical fee the club can demand for the Welsh forward. “Tottenham could demand 40, 50, maybe even 60 million for him. It’s a lot of money but there are maybe three of four teams in the world that can pay that sort of transfer fee, and it won’t put them off,” he told reporters.

 

Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas has called for financial backing in the summer from chairman Daniel Levy. He wants the club to retain the services of Bale by signing the big name players he feels the team needs. Rumours have emerged of a club record transfer bid for Brazilian superstar Hulk, who currently plays for Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg.

 

Luton Town have signed Southport duo Shaun Whalley and Andrew Parry for undisclosed fees today. The players have both signed two-year deals at the Kenilworth Road club.

 

Newcastle United are reportedly lining up a bid to sign Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy in the summer as they aim to make next season a more successful one.

 

Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon will miss the rest of the season after failing in his appeal against the red card he received in Monday’s hammering at the hands of Aston Villa.

 

 

 

Lunchtime Football Round-Up 29th April

Afternoon all,

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale has played down reports suggesting that he will be leaving the club in the Summer, with Real Madrid being his most likely destination if he decides to leave the club. Bale, last night won both the PFA player and PFA young player of the season after his sublime performances this season has put Spurs on the verge of Champions League qualification, with only Arsenal stood in their way. But with a game in hand over their North London rivals, Spurs are many peoples favourites to snap up the final Champions League spot. Bale was also named in the PFA Premier League team of the year, which I will put at the bottom of the article for those of you who have not yet seen it along with the PFA team of the year for the  other three English divisions

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has backed the clubs record signing Gaston Ramirez to make a big impact next season. After making a bright start to the season, Ramirez has failed to make an impact in the second half of the season, and according to Pochettino, there has been no issue with the price tag put on the player, it was more about adapting to a new country

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has claimed that he was given no time to build his own team and that since his appointment in November at Loftus Road, it has been an uphill battle. Even though the club spent over £20 million in January on the pair of French striker Loic Remy and Congolese defender Christopher Samba, Redknapp believes that you need to build your team in the Summer, not halfway through the season

Sunderland's star man Stephane Sessegnon has stated that he is loving life under new manager Paolo Di Canio at the club and he also believes that his form has improved drastically since the Italians appointment at The Stadium Of Light. Sunderland have won two of Di Canio's first three games, including a 3-0 win over Tyneside rivals Newcastle last weekend in which Sessegnon scored a fantastic goal

Link to the goal >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EgUT-FM9F4

Fulham manager Martin Jol is already preparing for another Summer of transfer ins and outs as his side limps towards the finish of another season in the Premier League. With the Cottagers only picking up a singular point in their last five games, the end of the season should come a relief to many of the clubs fans and also the clubs players. Fulham have already been linked with Athletico Madrid defender Fernando Amorebieta and Reading striker Adam Le Fondre, who is believed to be quite high on the wish list at Craven Cottage, as one of the clubs scouts was at the Reading vs QPR game yesterday to watch him

Reading may be on the verge of losing another striker, as West Ham, Hull City and also Cardiff City have shown a considerable amount of interest in Republic Of Ireland striker Noel Hunt, who's contract runs out at the end of this season and as of yet, no deal has been offered to the 30-year-old who signed for the Royals in 2008 from Scottish side Dundee United

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson couldn't think of any negatives from his sides 6-0 drubbing of Newcastle at the weekend. Henderson also believes that the victory was a perfect end to a traumatic week, after the incident involving their striker Luis Suarez and Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Liverpool manager also praised the clubs players after the game, and insisted that Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho was one of the main reasons behind the thrashing

Wolves manager Dean Saunders has claimed that he wants to stay with the club despite the clubs relegation to the third tier of English football almost confirmed. If Wolves want to avoid relegation to this level, that they haven't competed in since the mid 198o's then Wolves themselves will have to beat play-off chasing Brighton and they also have to hope that Barnsley lose to Huddersfield and Peterborough are beaten by Crystal Palace heavily, as Wolves need to turn around a six-goal swing on Peterborough

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler has said that his whole team were to blame for the penalty miss against Doncaster at the weekend, which cost them automatic promotion the the Championship. Substitute Marcello Trotta insisted on taking the penalty, despite Rosler wanting Kevin O'Conner to take the penalty. Doncaster then broke away after the penalty miss and scored, which then meant that Doncaster won the league and that Brentford would have to settle for a place in the play-offs

Link to the last minute madness at Griffin Park >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF8dLCdgdRg

Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart has targeted successive promotions, after the clubs promotion from Npower League Two was confirmed yesterday. The promotion was confirmed with a 2-0 win over Aldershot, who were relegated with Barnet after a fanatic final day of the League Two season, which saw the bottom seven teams in the league all fight it out to stay in the division

PFA Premier League team of the season:

GK: David De Gea (Manchester United) RB: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) CB: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) CB: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) LB: Leighton Baines (Everton) RM: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) CM: Michael Carrick (Manchester United) CM: Juan Mata (Chelsea) LM: Gareth Bale (Tottenham) ST: Robin Van Persie (Manchester United) ST: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

PFA Championship team of the season:

GK: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) RB: Kieran Trippier (Burnley) CB: Wes Morgan (Leicester) CB: Mark Hudson (Cardiff) LB: Wayne Bridge (Brighton) RM: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) CM: Thomas Ince (Blackpool) CM: Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) LM: Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) ST: Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) ST: Matej Vydra (Watford)

PFA League One team of the season:

GK: Wesley Foderingham (Swindon) RB: Simon Francis (Bournemouth) CB: Robert Jones (Doncaster) CB: Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) LB: Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) RM: Matthew Ritchie (Bournemouth) CM: Luke Murphy (Crewe) CM: Alan Judge (Notts County) LM: David Cotterill (Doncaster) ST: Paddy Madden (Yeovil) ST: Leon Clarke (Coventry)

PFA League Two team of the season:

GK: Stuart Nelson (Gillingham) RB: Sean Clohessy (Southend) CB: Adam Barrett (Gillingham) CB: Ryan Cresswell (Southend) LB: Joseph Martin (Gillingham) RM: Jacques Maghoma (Burton) CM: Marlon Pack (Cheltenham) CM: Gary Jones (Bradford) LM: Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) ST: Tom Pope (Port Vale) ST: Jamie Cureton (Exeter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunchtime Football Round-Up 25th April

Afternoon all,

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is considering his future in English football, after he was handed a 10-game ban for his bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Both Liverpool and Suarez have both said that they are shocked that the FA have added another seven games to his mandatory three-game ban. Interest in Suarez was already high with some top european clubs, but this latest incident has alerted more clubs such as Bayern Munich, Athletico Madrid and Juventus

Chelsea's interim manager Rafa Benitez believes that his work at the London club has been good and also thinks that his time at the Blues will help him find a new job in the Summer when he leaves the club. Since being appointed in November of last year, Benitez hasn't had the best of relationships with the Chelsea fans as the clubs somewhat poor performance on the pitch has seen them without silverware in the Premier League, Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup. The clubs only chance of claiming any sort of silverware is if they win the Europa League

Sticking with Chelsea, defenders Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill are both available for their Europa League semi-final first leg against Swiss side FC Basel tonight. Cole has recovered from a hamstring strain that he suffered in the FA Cup quarter final victory over Manchester United earlier on this month, while Cahill has been declared fit after he underwent minor knee surgery at the end of last month

Manchester City midfielder James Milner is confident that he will be fit to face West Ham this weekend, despite him suffering a minor hamstring injury in the defeat to Tottenham last Sunday. Milner was replaced at half time during the 3-1 loss, but his recovery has been good and is expected to play some part in the game this weekend

Sunderland striker Danny Graham has admitted that he has been a flop since his January move from fellow Premier League side Swansea. Graham is yet to score for the Black Cats in the nine games he's played for them. But Graham is hoping that new manager Paolo Di Canio can help him change his form around for the remainder of this season

Manchester City winger is hoping that he is able to go out on loan next season if current manager Roberto Mancini is still in charge. Sinclair's chances at the Etihad have been limited since his move from Swansea last Summer. West Brom have emerged as favourites to acquire the services of the formerEngland U-21 international

Middlesbrough have agreed to cancel the contract of Argentinian midfielder Julio Arca, and he is now returning to his homeland to recover from a toe injury

Barnet have confirmed that striker Steve Kabba has left the club by mutual consent mainly down to the fact that he has been out for the majority of the season with a knee injury

Burton Albion midfielder Jack Dyer looks set to miss the clubs Play-off campaign after he tore his ankle ligaments during the clubs 1-0 defeat to Bradford last weekend

 

Daily Football News Round-Up Wednesday 24th April

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been handed a ten match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday’s game. He was initially handed a three match ban but an independent regulatory commission decided this wasn’t sufficient punishment. The club are disappointed by the length of the ban and have until midday Friday to lodge an appeal.

 

Steven Gerrard is likely to need surgery on his troublesome shoulder in the summer, according to first team coach Mike Marsh.

 

Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett has been charged with misconduct by the FA over comments he made towards Arsenal fans on Twitter. He has until 4pm this Friday to respond to the charge.

 

In-demand midfielder Victor Wanyama has said he wants to stay at Celtic next season, despite interest from Manchester United. “I love it here at Celtic so will be here next season. I still have a contract and I’m happy,” he announced after learning of his nomination for PFA Scotland’s young player of the year.

 

Here is the complete short list for the award:

Victor Wanyama of Celtic, Leigh Griffiths of Hibernian and Dundee United pair Stuart Armstrong and Gary MackayStevens.

 

Here is the short-list for the PFA Scotland player of the year:

Niall McGinn of Aberdeen, Leigh Griffith of Hibernian, Andrew Shinnie of Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Michael Higdon of Motherwell.

 

Portsmouth have named Guy Wittingham as their permanent manager today. The former Pompey striker was handed the job on a temporary basis in November after Michael Appleton left to take the Blackpool job.

 

Tottenham have been offered a huge injury boost as they enter the defining part of their season. Aaron Lennon has resumed full training and is expected to play some part in Saturday’s game away to Wigan.

 

Chelsea have been offered a similar boost with defenders Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill expected to be available for Thursday’s Europa League semi-final clash with FC Basel.

 

Barnet have confirmed that Steve Kabba has left the club by mutual consent after a knee injury has kept him out of action for the whole season.

 

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been cleared to play in this weekend’s derby game against Real Madrid after having his last yellow card rescinded.

 

James Perch has insisted there is no crisis of confidence in the Newcastle dressing room ahead of the clubs relegation run-in.

 

Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies is expected to finalise a move to Toronto FC in the next few days after he was given permission to leave by the club.

 

Finally today, Cardiff City have announced plans to expand their stadium’s capacity to 35,000 for the 2014/2015 season. The current stadium holds just under 27,000 fans but owner Vincent Tan feels this isn’t sufficient for the team having has just secured promotion to the Premier League.

 

 

Lunchtime Round-Up 24th April

Afternoon all,

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that his current United side compared with any if his previous sides at Old Trafford. United secured their 20th top flight title Monday night with a convincing 3-0 victory over Premier League strugglers Aston Villa, with Dutchman Robin Van Persie bagging all there of the goals, which takes his total goals in his last there games to five

Chelsea have confirmed that they are currently investigating alleged abuse towards Yossi Banayoun by their own fans. Benayoun was booed by a small section of the travelling fans in the clubs 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday. The Israeli has claimed that this has been happening since an interview he had in February where he claimed that his team mate Fernando Torres had been mismanaged

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez will bounce back from his incident with Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday. Carragher claims that he would rather be bitten suffer a broken leg. Suarez is set to find out the length of his ban from the FA today after he pleaded guilty to violent conduct

Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar feels that the club can take some encouragement from their second half performance against Manchester United on Monday. Villa conceded all 3 of the goals in the first half but their defensive performance vastly improved in the second half

Rangers have appointed Craig Mather as their interim chief executive after Charles Green resigned last week with immediate effect

Chelsea and Manchester United look set to fight it out for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao this summer, with the price tag believes to be around the £50 million mark. PSG have also shown some interest in signing the Athletico Madrid hitman

PSG have also shown a considerable amount of interest in Napoli striker Edison Cavani in a deal which could be worth over £50 million and it would also see the Uruguayan earn over £200,000

Portsmouth have named Guy Whittingham as their new permanent boss, after an improvement in form from the side has shown the new owners that he is the right man for the job

Staying with Portsmouth, Stevenage striker Patrick Agyemang has said that he would like to make his loan spell at the club permanent in the summer despite the clubs relegation

Bristol Rovers assistant manager Shaun North has left the club with immediate effect after the club decided not to renew his contract

Lunchtime Football Round-Up 22nd April

Liverpool have fined striker Luis Suarez for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez has also been offered anger management counselling by the PFA because of the incident. Since the incident Suarez has apologised for his actions and has apologised to Ivanovic over the phone

Manchester United winger Ashley Young is set to miss the clubs match with his former club Aston Villa tonight and also the remainder of the season with an ankle injury he picked an injury in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City. Paul Scholes is also out with a knee injury

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has told his side to forget their fight for survival and enjoy their game tonight against Manchester United. Although Villa are 10/1 outsiders to win tonight, they have shown that they are no pushover, as they have scored in every away game for the last four months

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that not being able to sign Peter Odemwingie in January could be one of the main reasons that his side are so close to getting relegated from the Premier League. The London based club are 10 points from safety with only four games remaining. So if the club has any hopes of surviving, they must win their last four games

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has claimed that he's looking forward to playing against his former team-mate Robin Van-Persie on Sunday. It is highly anticipated that the Dutchman will be leading the line for United against his old club, where he scored over 100 goals

Leeds United striker Davide Somma may have played his last game for the club as he was forced to undergo another operation. His contract is set to expire in June had surgery to repair a damaged cartilage in his knee

Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has signed a new two-year contract and has also confirmed that he will quit playing at the end of the season

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is lining up a move for Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel if Dutch keeper Michel Vorm decided to leave the club in the summer

Fulham manager Martin Jol is eyeing up a £4 million move for Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy who has been in scintillating form in recent weeks

Daily Football News Round-Up Thursday 18th April

Sam Allardyce will not be punished for the comments he made after West Ham’s draw with Manchester United, the FA has confirmed. Big Sam was furious after officials failed to spot that Robin Van Persie was offside as he scored the equaliser in last night’s game but will avoid punishment.

 

Hillsborough justice campaigner Anne Williams has died aged 62 following a battle with bowel cancer. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October but continued to fight for her cause.

 

Sunderland have confirmed striker Steven Fletcher has undergone surgery on the ankle injury that has ruled him out for the rest of the season. The club are hopeful that the frontman will return to full fitness for the start of next season.

 

Atletico Madrid superstar Radamel Falcao has denied rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United in the summer. “I do not really know where that information has come from, that is part of the press. I’m focussed only on Atletico Madrid,” he told Columbian radio station RCN.

 

Leighton Baines has said the Everton board need to back manager David Moyes if they want the club to push for Champions League qualification.

 

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has announced the club will give away 1,500 free season tickets to teenagers and students next season. The move is a result of the unsuccessful bid to move to the site of the Olympic stadium. There were fears that West Ham moving to the ground, just one mile from theirs, would drastically reduce support in the long term.

 

Rochdale manager Keith Hill has penned a new three-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2016.

 

Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor has insisted he will return from the injury that looks set to keep him out for the whole of next season.

 

Arsene Wenger has ruled out a return to Arsenal for Alex Song next season. The midfielder has struggled to hold down a first team place since his move to Barcelona, but Wenger has urged his former player to give it one more season at the Catalan giants.

 

Jamie Redknapp has admitted that while the race for this seasons title may be dead and buried, the battles for the top four and league survival make this one of the best seasons yet.

 

 

Daily Football News Round-Up Wednesday 17th April

Cardiff City secured their place in the Premier League for the first time last night. It’s the first time they have been in the top flight for 51 years and owner Vincent Tan has moved to praise “fantastic” manager Malky Mackay.

 

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes claims the club are closing in on a deal to find the club a new stadium. A £15 million loan was taken out against the assets of the club and Fernandes “hopes for good news soon” regarding the search.

 

Newcaslte United defender Ryan Taylor has missed this season due to a knee injury, but club officials have announced that he has suffered from further cruciate ligament damage during his recovery and is likely to miss “most of, if not all of next season” as a result.

 

England manager Roy Hodgson has hit out at the lack of home-grown talent in the Premier League today. He admitted that he has found himself regularly watching games with no English players in at all.

 

Manchester United have been overtaken as the richest team in the world by Real Madrid. Business analysts Forbes have compiled the list since 2004 and this is the first time United have not topped it. Barcelona are fourth and Arsenal currently occupy fifth position ahead of Bayern Munich.

 

The FA have announced that no action will be taken against Kevin Mirallas or Jack Wilshere following a bust up in last night’s Premier League tie. Everton midfielder Mirallas squirted water at the Arsenal player as they walked off the field at half time and a minor bust up followed in the tunnel.

 

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has heaped praise on his Manchester United counterpart stating that “rotation has been Sir Alex’s masterpiece as usual.” He admitted he has been surprised by how far ahead they are, but not by the way United have played.

 

Tim Krul is set to undergo surgery on Monday following the fall that saw him taken off during Newcastles game against Sunderland on Sunday. The goalkeeper has dislocated his shoulder, and although he will miss the remainder of the season he is expected to be fully fit by the start of the next campaign.

 

Former Stoke midfielder Paul Ware has died of a brain tumour at the age of 42.

 

Southport manager Liam Watson will leave the club after Saturday’s final Conference Premier game of the season against Luton Town.

 

Tottenham are waiting anxiously for the results of a fitness test to decide if Gareth Bale will be fit to face Manchester City on Sunday. Aaron Lennon is expected to return for the fixture.

 

Newcastle United are reportedly lining up another bid for former striker Andy Carroll this summer. After a torrid time at Liverpool the striker has impressed at West Ham while on loan this season, but manager Alan Pardew thinks a move back home would help get the best out of the frontman.

 

Sunderland striker Danny Graham has praised new manager Paolo Di Canio’s attacking philosophy and has told fans they should see the benefits in the final few games of the season.

 

 

Daily Football Round-Up Tuesday 16th April

Two men have been charged by police today following the trouble at Milwall’s FA Cup semi-final against Wigan. One was charged with racially aggravated behaviour and the other has been charged with breach of bail conditions. Three other men have accepted cautions while another five men have been released with no further action.

 

Cardiff City will be assured of promotion to the Premier League if they avoid defeat in tonight’s game at home to Charlton making them the second Welsh team in England’s top tier. If Hull win and Watford lose then the former will be all but secure too. They will need just one more point to be absolutely certain though, as Watford have a superior goal difference.

 

Paris St Germain director of football Leonardo has denied the club has made offers for Wayne Rooney, Christiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani. He said that while he does expect the club to make big signings in the summer no offers have been made yet. Cavani himself though has hinted he may be ready to move away from Napoli after the season ends.

 

Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm has quashed rumours linking him with Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer. The Dutch shot-stopper was in the Spain to visit family, sparking rumours that he was there to sign a deal with the Catalan club. He said the timing was just a coincidence but does expect the club to buy a keeper if Victor Valdes does leave at the end of the season.

 

Chelsea’s tie with Tottenham has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday 8th May after the game was originally called off due to Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final game against Manchester City.

 

Spurs have been offered another injury setback as defender Younes Kaboul limped off the pitch during an U21 game. Chelsea on the other hand have been handed a boost with Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill nearing returns to first team action.

 

Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara has will serve the full three match ban given to him by the FA after they rejected an appeal by the club to reduce it. Wanderers boss Dean Saunders has also vowed to fans that the club will not be relegated this season.

 

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised the clubs fans for their part in the continued relegation revival and branded their support as “extraordinary” during Saturday’s draw with Fulham.

 

Southampton are eying up a European place next season, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men having a real chance of qualifying via the Fair Play League.