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Football News: Chelsea Give Present To The Rest Of The Prem, Fat Sam Swaggers Says Sullivan And More Including Massive Signing

Chelsea Give Present To The Rest Of The Prem, Fat Sam Swaggers Says Sullivan And More Including Massive Signing
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1. Leeds confirm Maddison interest
Leeds United's assistant manager Paul Raynor has confirmed that the Whites are interested in Peterborough United playmaker Marcus Maddison. Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony had told a Leeds fan that they had received an enquiry about Maddison from the Yorkshire side:

Now Raynor, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, has confirmed the interest: "I've seen Marcus play," said Raynor. "As you can imagine, we're out there watching a lot of games. He's a talented player, whether that's one of [the targets] I don't really know, I'd rather leave Steve and the president to deal with that side of it. He's a player that is very talented, that we like, so we'll wait and see." he added.

2. No Berahino bids say Baggies
Despite rumours in the media, West Bromwich Albion say they have received no bids for wantaway striker Saido Berahino. Reports have credited Newcastle United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur with having made £15m bids that have been rejected, but Baggies boss Tony Pulis has rubbished the reports and called the speculation a 'circus'. "The present situation, the club has not received any offers at all so everything is speculation and you can't stop people talking," Pulis said. "I'm more disappointed for Saido. I told him at the beginning of the window the circus starts again. If something happens, something happens and he understands that from the last window. Unless he's sold now, tomorrow or the next two days it could go to the deadline - it's a good story." Pulis also confirmed that Berahino would be fit to face Villa on Saturday in the Premier League.


3. Hull like a different country says Arsenal player
Arsenal's youngster Isaac Hayden is spending the season on loan with Hull City, but he admits he is finding it hard to adapt to the area, despite recently scoring his first professional goal for the Championship club. Hayden, speaking to the official website, said: "It does feel a bit like a different country up here. It's always cold, you miss the girlfriend, mum and dad, and the comforts of being at home, but you just have to get on with it and develop a thick skin. The most difficult thing for me is the cooking and the cleaning. When you've cooked and then you see all the mess that you've made, you realise you have to wash everything up. The dishwasher I have at my house here is broken and they didn't tell me that before I moved in, so I was buzzing about my dishwasher but I can't even use it!"

4. Ramsey earns himself legendary status with Arsenal fans
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey appeared on a UK television comedy sports quiz, where the Wales midfield dynamo set a new world record. Oddly the record was not football related, but one for golf ball keepie ups with a golf club. Ramsey set a new standard with 61. That was not the standout moment of his appearance though, it was when he was asked a question about what he would do if he was Prime Minister. Answering that his first act would be to "relegate Tottenham" has ensured he will forever be loved by the Gooners:


5. Klopp prepared to wait for Sturridge
Rumours have been rife in recent months that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with Daniel Sturridge, as the England striker looks to return to fitness after a long injury lay-off. Klopp has moved quickly to dismiss thoughts that he might want to cut his losses and offload the 26 year old because of the injury problems. Klopp said: "Make a decision about what? I have two-and-a-half years left on my contract and I've been here three or four months. That's not a problem. I had 15 months with Ilkay Gundogan [at Borussia Dortmund] where we had to all wait but it was his back and we had no chance to force it. It's not a back problem with Daniel but it's the muscle. Out of responsibility, we have to do everything we can to give him the physical strength to be able to play Premier League football. We all know it's pretty easy for him when he's fit, but at this moment he isn't. We cannot change this and I am not thinking about making a general decision [about him] at the moment. To have a player like Daniel in your squad is always a good situation, and when it's not possible to use him, it's not a good situation. He's not with the team at the moment, that's right," Klopp said. "But we have enough games this season when we hopefully can use him but not, if nothing happens, for at least the next 10 days. You can't be nearly fit, then playing, then injured again, then nearly fit, then playing, then injured again, then during training something like injured again, and then you say after five days 'come on' to pick the day you get him and then he gets the next injury. We have to [be] patient. That's not my best skill, to be honest. But in this case I have no other choice."

6. Liverpool winger scores a powerful drive
Liverpool's Lazar Markovic is currently on loan with Fenerbahce for the season, he was able to win them the match in the dying seconds with a powerful drive against Tuzlaspor.


7. Rangers youngster reveals some of the teaching methods used
Scottish Championship side Rangers have recently taken their U20s to Spain for a training camp. Midfielder Jamie Barjonas has revealed that, as well as two matches, one against Levante, and intensive training sessions, the youngsters were taken to watch a Primera Liga match. They were taken along to see Villareal beat Sporting Gijon 2-0 at the El Madrigal, with instructions to watch a player in a similar position throughout the game. Rather than just following the ball, they were to look at how their chosen player performed and to try and take lessons from what they saw. Barjonas explains: "The Villarreal game was amazing, the crowd was so loud and it was a good experience just watching how Spanish first-teams play. We had a meeting before the game and got told to pick a player in the same position as you and watch them. We had to tell everyone after what we took from the game and what we learnt; it was good because it made us think about the game and what we could do better when we're playing. I watched their central-defensive midfielder Bruno, I watched how he got on the ball, he was very patient and I took a lot from it and hopefully I can take that into my game."

8. Allardyce never fitted at West Ham says Sullivan
West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has admitted that former manager Sam Allardyce did not buy into the club's philosophy or style of play. "Unfortunately with Sam, although he did a good job, the supporters never warmed to him. Nobody ever sang his name. Maybe because Sam swaggered a bit. Maybe it didn't help," Sullivan said, according to the Daily Mail. "When we were booed off after winning, it was the weirdest thing. I felt the same. That's one of the reasons we knew we had to make a change. Sam had done his job well and we thanked him for doing it. But, physically, he was tired. He needed three months off and he has had it and come back like a tiger as we all knew he would. With luck he will keep Sunderland up. He is a good manager but he does it his way and at West Ham we do it our way. Sam never really bought into that. West Ham fans want a dream, they don't want reality." Not so sure Sullivan has that right, Hammers fans do not want a dream, they want entertainment, good football, not kick and rush, which sadly is all Allardyce knows.


9. Left wingers around the Premier League have breathed a sigh of relief
With Chelsea right back Branislav Ivanovic set to be out of contract in the summer, left wingers around the Premier League were fearing the thought of Chelsea signing someone decent for the role and ruining their chances of a field day. There was a collective sigh of relief as the good news, for opposing left wingers, was announced, Ivanovic has signed a one year contract extension. Ivanovic had hoped for a two year deal, but agreed to compromise in the end. Ivanovic said: "I am very happy to stay with Chelsea for another season. After eight years this is my home and there is no other place I'd rather play football. I have enjoyed so much success since moving to the club and I am determined to help the team achieve more in the last months of this season and next year as well."

10. Massive signing for the Massive
Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed the permanent signing of former Celtic striker Gary Hooper from Norwich City. The 27 year old was on loan with the Championship side this season, but they have now moved to make the deal permanent. Hooper struggled to get in the Canaries team, but his loan saw him bag six goals in his thirteen games. He has signed a 3 and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Written by Tris Burke January 22 2016 14:37:03