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Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, August 24: Liverpool linked with shock Real Madrid raid, Tottenham and Newcastle to swap midfielders?

24 Aug

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers… Tottenham are considering using Nabil Bentaleb as a makeweight in their attempts to land Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko. Newcastle want a fee in excess of £30m for Sissoko, but Spurs hope to negotiate a deal using Bentaleb. (Daily Mirror) Tottenham’s £22million forward Son Heung-Min is a target for Wolfsburg. The German club […]

Tasered footballer inquest to open

24 Aug

Image copyright Ipswich Town Image caption Atkinson started his career at Ipswich Town, before moving to Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Aston Villa and Fenerbahçe An inquest is to open into the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson, who was Tasered by police. Mr Atkinson, 48, died 90 minutes after the weapon was deployed by West […]

Villa sign De Laet from Leicester

23 Aug

Ritchie De Laet’s headed goal for Leicester against Villa at the King Power Stadium last season, their first after being two down in a 3-2 win, proved a season-turning moment for both teams Aston Villa have signed Ritchie De Laet from Leicester for an undisclosed fee. The Belgian, 27, has moved to Villa Park on […]

DONE DEAL! Aston Villa announce signing of Ritchie De Laet from Leicester

23 Aug

Aston Villa have signed Leicester defender Ritchie De Laet, the Championship club have announced. The 27-year-old Belgian has penned a three-year deal at Villa Park and joins the club for an undisclosed fee. De Laet tasted double success last season, having helped Leicester win the Premier League title while also being part of the Middlesbrough […]

Can you name these old school Premier League footballers from the 90s? The ultimate test!

23 Aug

Or do you think Paul Furlong is a measurement used in horse racing? Here’s your chance to prove you are a true football fan. In the gallery above, Starsport bring you 20 footballers from the 90s. Now you have to identify them. All 20 players played in the 1997-98 season, in which Arsenal won the […]

Hull make enquiry for Aston Villa defender: He could be their first summer signing

23 Aug

And the Mail claim Hull are looking at giving him an immediate return to the Premier League. Richards, who has a £5m release clause in his contract, played 28 times in all competitions last season, the most since the 2011/12 campaign, allaying fears over his injury-prone past. If he were to sign, Richards may struggle […]

The top 50 most valuable football club brands in the world in 2016 revealed

22 Aug

Speaking on the occasion of West Ham’s first Premier League match at the Olympic Stadium, the club’s vice-chairman Karren Brady declared her satisfaction that the Hammers have been named “as one of the top 15 brands in world football”. She was referring to the 10th annual Brand Finance Football 50, which lists the most valuable club brands in […]

Shaun Maloney and Ross McCormack left out of Scotland squad for opening 2018 World Cup qualifier

22 Aug

Hull forward Shaun Maloney has been omitted from the Scotland squad for their opening World Cup qualifier against Malta. Ross McCormack is also absent from the squad, announced by the Scottish Football Association on Monday, with Steven Fletcher, Leigh Griffiths, Steven Naismith and Chris Martin the selected strikers. Barrie McKay is included but there is […]

Who could Aston Villa’s ‘world-class’ striker target be?

22 Aug

Villa fans are gossiping amongst themselves as they attempt to work out what the Chinese businessman could mean by his cryptic tweet. He wrote: “We’re working very hard 2have a world class 9#striker. Very close to the new full back. Hope both will happen next week! Enjoy weekend!#UTV”. In the gallery above, we take a […]

Will Hughes: Man United man James Wilson will be big boost for Derby

21 Aug

Derby failed to threaten Villa’s goal – and they also lived a charmed life at the other end. Ross McCormack’s long range shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Rams keeper Scott Carson while Gary Gardner’s thunderbolt rebounded out off the inside of a post. The stalemate was further evidence Villa are heading in the […]