Burnley star man Danny Ings could be on the move in January

Burnley striker and England Under 21 star Danny Ings seems to be a man in demand. He is reportedly no closer to signing a new contract with the Clarets meaning that he could leave the club for free next summer, or as soon as January if Burnley want to receive some money for his services.

Ings, who joined Burnley in 2011 from English Championship side Bournemouth, has been a huge hit with Burnley. His goals inspired the side in their promotion push as they got to the Premier League last season, and his performances saw him win the Championship Player of the Year award in March 2014.

Ings formed a deadly partnership with Wales International Sam Vokes, as the pair netted 41 goals between them for the Lancashire club last season. Although due to Vokes’s injury, the pair’s strike partnership hasn’t taken shape in the Premier League.

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Manager Sean Dyche insists Ings is happy at Turf Moor but hasn’t ruled out selling the in demand striker as Burnley would rather receive a transfer fee than get nothing next summer. In an interview with the Lancashire Telegraph Dyche stated:

“I can say at this moment he’s a Burnley player, he wants to be a Burnley player and that’s quite obvious from his goals. Who knows what the future will bring?

“It’s just the reality of the business. He’s enjoying what he’s doing and we’re enjoying having him here,” Dyche said.

English Premier League clubs Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Stoke City, Everton and now Sunderland appear to of joined the race for the Englishman.

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And so are Eredivisie champions Ajax, who are regulars in the UEFA Champions League. Director of football, Marc Overmars, is reportedly keen to bring the powerful striker to Amsterdam. The Dutch club could sign him on a pre-contract agreement, as from January 1st Ings can talk to foreign clubs.

But the Clarets would need Ings and his goals to help survive in the Premier League this season. So losing him in January would be a huge loss.

Staying at Burnley until the summer could be a blessing in disguise for Ings even if he is looking for a move away sooner, with the Euro 2015 Under 21 Championship in the Czech Republic taking place. And he could attract more clubs with a solid showing in that competition.

Will Danny Ings stay with Burnley until the end of the season? Where will he move to after Burnley?

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Are Manchester United about to sign Wesley Sneijder?

Rumours are running rampant that Galatasaray captain Wesley Sneijder is seeking an exit from Istanbul and looking to make a long-awaited move to the Premier League.

Sneijder joined the Turkish outfit in January 2013 following a move from Serie A club Inter Milan after a reported disagreement over his wages and contract.

Manchester United have held a long-term interest in the Dutch playmaker and he could be ready to move to Old Trafford, thereby linking up with former manager Louis Van Gaal who managed him during his time as Holland coach between 2012 and 2014.

It’s understood that Galatasaray are seeking a fee of around £9million to offload the talented 30-year-old, but it’s not just Manchester United who are interested – Southampton have reportedly been informed of his availability but his hefty pay packet could scupper a move for him to join the south-coast side.

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The Dutchman has amassed numerous major honours during his incredible playing career, winning the Eredivisie with Ajax, La Liga with Real Madrid, Serie A at Inter Milan and a Super Lig with current club Galatasaray.

He was part of Jose Mourinho’s treble winning side that lifted the Champions League in the 2009/10 season, as well as the Holland squad that finished runners-up to Spain at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

After Galatasaray’s shambolic Champions League campaign this season, Sneijder could be ready to jump ship and join Champions League hopefuls Manchester United in January which would see him link up with international team-mates Robin Van Persie and Daley Blind.

Will Manchester United finally sign Wesley Sneijder?

Jozy Altidore a transfer target for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen – report

Jozy Altidore‘s struggles with Premier League side Sunderland worsened this weekend with a bad open goal miss, but German outfit Werder Bremen are reportedly interested in signing the USMNT striker.

Altidore has not scored a Premier League goal for more than a year and he spurned a glorious chance to help his side take the lead on the stroke of halftime in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.

WATCH: Jozy Altidore spurns great chance to give Sunderland the lead (via SunderlandRed on YouTube)

His nightmare in England could be over soon though as Werder Bremen are the latest club to be interested in a January move for the 25-year-old frontman, according to the Sunderland Echo.

Bremen are believed to be looking for a loan deal in January with a view to making it a permanent transfer in the summer.

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French club Lille are also linked with the powerful forward, while a return to Major League Soccer should not be counted out.

It hasn’t worked in England for Altidore. That’s no secret, and his miss this weekend left him “devastated” according to his manager Gus Poyet.

“It was the only thing I have watched back,” Poyet said.

“I watched it because I didn’t know what happened – and I still don’t know what happened.

“He was devastated. I have never seen Jozy like that before. If Jozy scored you would say to me what a great decision to play him, but unfortunately he didn’t.”

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Sunderland fans have run out of patience with the US striker and want to see him moved on in January. His form at international level is good and it’s surely just a case of Sunderland, and the Premier League being a bad match.

A move elsewhere in Europe could see Altidore reinvigorated, while a return home to MLS would undoubtedly see him valued once again.

Would Werder Bremen be a good move for Jozy Altidore?

Transfer Rumour Roundup: December 14 – MLS and Premier League news

With the January transfer window just around the corner, transfer news from around the globe is starting to build up.

Major League Soccer clubs are preparing for the 2015 campaign so will be looking to bolster their squads, while Premier League clubs are now planning for mid-season changes to help turn their season’s around for the better.

Today’s rumours include stories regarding Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Philadelphia Union, New York City FC and New York Red Bulls.

Crystal Palace eyeing up Michu move in January

Michu could be ready to terminate his loan at Napoli and return to England with Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Mail.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has made no secret that he is looking to bring a fresh striker to the club in January to add to the firepower already at his disposal. And Michu could be the man to keep Palace in the Premier League.

After the Stoke draw on Saturday, Warnock was quoted as saying “options up front are limited” with Marouane Chamakh out injured and Fraizer Campbell and Dwight Gayle failing to get goals.

Michu could be the man that Warnock turns to, with the Swansea City loanee reportedly unhappy in Italy after making only five appearances for Napoli. Palace could offer the Spaniard a fresh start and although he is currently recovering from ankle surgery, he is expected to be fit for the latter part of the season.

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Michu is no stranger to finding the goals that Palace would need to maintain their league status. A £2million signing who was little known when plying his trade at Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, Michu got his break when then-Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup was in charge at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans brought him to the Premier League and he became an instant hit with the fans with his impressive goalscoring record. He netted 18 league goals in his debut season with the club, which culminated in a League Cup triumph over Bradford City in February 2013.

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The move could be a huge boost for Palace and Michu could fit in beautifully alongside wingers Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon in what could be a devastating attack.

But Swansea could yet bring Michu back to the club to fill the void while Wilfried Bony is away on African Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast.

Michu is certainly in demand again, while Crystal Palace could also make a move for Peter Crouch of Stoke City who is out of contract next summer.

Would Michu be a good signing for Crystal Palace? 

Premier League Transfers: Quality over quantity is the only way forward

Jamie Ives looks at where Premier League clubs are going wrong with regard to transfer policies and why the number of quality players in the top flight may be decreasing…

Over the past five years the Premier League has become more and more competitive and predicting outcomes has become a betting man’s worst nightmare due to the unpredictability of the league.

The Premier League is still viewed as the best league in the world by many. And the main reason for the more competitive structure is the transfer policy of Premier League clubs nowadays.

World-class players at their peak are leaving England’s top division and are not being replaced by world-class players. The best examples of this in recent years are Liverpool and Tottenham, who, over the last two summer’s have lost Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

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Spurs replaced Bale with an array of players that have yet to make up for the loss of the Welsh wizard. Attacking players Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen were all brought in using the Bale money but have not made the same impact in the side on a consistent basis.

It’s a similar issue with Liverpool. They used the money they acquired through the Suarez deal to bring in Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli – all of whom have failed to make up for the Uruguayan’s absence.

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And thus with this policy, both teams have lost pace with other big clubs in the league, such as Chelsea. The Blues have adopted the opposite strategy this year and it looks to have paid off. Bringing in Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa has fired them to top spot and they don’t look like they’ll fall away anytime soon.

It seems modern football clubs value a large squad, which has its obvious advantages due to injury problems and long fixture lists. However, there is no substitute for a world-class player, no matter how many players you bring in.

The amount of world-class talent in the Premier League is decreasing and England’s UEFA Champions League teams failures are fundamentally the reason for this.

Germany’s Bayern Munich and Spain’s Real Madrid and Barcelona are the dominant forces in the game today, and the very best players are signed by these clubs at all costs. That has ensured they remain competitive in every competition they are in.

Premier League clubs should be keeping hold of their assets, and if they do decide to sell, replacing them with players of the same calibre is a must, and not three or four average replacements.

Do Spurs really need USMNT and Sounders star DeAndre Yedlin?

When DeAndre Yedlin signed for Tottenham in the summer there were eyebrows raised.

And he has recently revealed that he turned down an offer from Italian giants Roma to play in north London, so he must feel that it is the right choice.

But although Yedlin is a young talent with bags of potential, the Seattle Sounders star will be battling it out for a starting place with three young English talents in Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and Eric Dier.

Dier has been operating in the right-back position this season, though he is a natural centre-back and would surely move more central when Yedlin arrives.

While Naughton has been linked with a move away from Spurs over the past few months, so Yedlin’s arrival at the club could spell the end for him, which would make things a bit easier for the 21-year-old.

Yedlin has been sensational this year and took high acclaim when he kept Eden Hazard quiet at the World Cup in the summer.

And although the Premier League would suit his highly energized playing style, he seems to be in the same mould as Kyle Walker.

So do Spurs really need him?

Well, using Walker’s stats from last season, as he is yet to feature this campaign, Yedlin is the better defensive option, and he is just as useful further forward.

Statistic DeAndre Yedlin Kyle Walker
Blocks per game 0.46 0.19
Interceptions per game 2.88 2.19
Clearances per game 3.58 3.27
Pass completion 83 % 82 %
Defensive errors per game 0.04 0.08

As seen in the table above, Yedlin would be the preferred choice in terms of defensive contribution, and with the two being like-for-like as it were, it seems that Yedlin should be first-choice.

However, dislodging Walker will take some doing, as he is a regular England international when fit, and a fan favourite at Spurs.

The stats do come from two different league’s, and Seattle’s dominance in MLS this season will have helped his statistics no end, but his talents are there for all to see and he looks set to take the Premier League by storm when he eventually completes his switch.

Should Yedlin arrive in January, it will certainly be interesting to see if Mauricio Pochettino will throw him straight into the mix, as Kyle Walker is nearing a return to fitness too.

Who would you like to see become Tottenham’s regular right-back?

5 English stars that could move to MLS this summer

Now that the Premier League season is over, it’s time for players to make a decision on where they will be playing their football next year. There are plenty of contracts expiring this year, and here are five former or current England players that could make the move to Major League Soccer this summer:

 

1. Rio Ferdinand

The Manchester United defender has not been offered a new contract at Old Trafford and will leave the club this summer. It was reported earlier in the year that Ferdinand was considering offers from MLS and he is now odds-on to make a move to the US to continue his playing career. The 35-year-old has previously been linked with Chicago Fire, though it is unclear where his preferred destination would be.

 

2. Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole’s future is still unclear, and after retiring from International football this week, he could be set to leave English football altogether. The left-back has had an excellent career and has already been linked with a move to MLS with the New York Red Bulls. With Chelsea not offering Cole a deal as of yet, a move to the US remains a real possibility for the 33-year-old.

3. Frank Lampard

Another Chelsea man yet to be offered a contract, and after John Terry got his deal yesterday, there are growing beliefs that Lampard will not get an extension this year. The midfielder wants to stay with Chelsea for another season, but it is thought that Mourinho is looking to add midfielders such as Paulinho to replace Lampard. A report this week claimed that LA Galaxy have offered the 36-year-old a two-year contract and a move to MLS looks to be on the cards.

4. Shaun Wright-Phillips

Another man who is out of contract at the end of this season, the winger is set to leave QPR and has already stated his desire to play in MLS before the end of his career. The 32-year-old is keen to link up with his brother, Bradley in New York, where he is the current top-scorer in MLS. Wright-Phillips follows MLS now and could join this summer. “Since he’s joined Red Bulls, that’s another team I have to follow closely and keep in close contact with. Brad’s not had the rub of the green with his career so I’m happy to see things working out for him in the States,” he said.

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5. Joe Cole

Finally, we come to Joe Cole, who has had left West Ham United and is now looking for a new club. There have already been reports linking the 32-year-old midfielder to a MLS move and although he is keen to remain in England, a big-money offer from the US could tempt him into making the move.

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All of these players are set to leave their respective clubs in England this summer, though Cole and Lampard could possibly be offered new deals. At least one name on the list is expected to join MLS in the coming months, but just how many will make the increasingly popular move stateside remains to be seen.