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    • Nuri Sahin to join Liverpool on loan from Real Madrid

      • Nuri Sahin becomes Liverpool's fourth signing of the summer
      • Liverpool beat off competition from Arsenal to sign midfielder

         

        Done deal! Liverpool boss Rodgers has Mourinho to thank after completing loan deal for star Sahin

        Done deal! Liverpool boss Rodgers has Mourinho to thank after completing loan deal for star Sahin



         

         

         

        Liverpool have confirmed they have made an agreement, beating off competition from Arsenal, to sign Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan deal. Sahin will be the fourth new arrival at Anfield following Joe Allen, Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi. 

        Sahin moved to Madrid last summer after helping Borussia Dortmund secure the German championship and being named as the Bundesliga's Player of the Season. 

        The playmaker collected another league title winners' medal as the Spanish giants clinched La Liga in May. 

        Sahin has 31 caps for Turkey and became their youngest ever scorer when he netted on his debut against Germany in 2005, aged 17. The 23-year-old will now undergo a medical on Merseyside.

        Edited by zocoss 26 Aug `12, 1:07PM
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      • We’ll stop RVP’s Jolly-up

        Martin Jol
        BLANK ON ME ... boss Jol

         

         

        MARTIN JOL is backing Fulham to spoil today’s Robin van Persie party at Old Trafford.

        Manchester United fans are desperate for the £22m Dutchman to mark his home debut with a goal.

        But Van Persie twice drew a blank against the Cottagers last season — and boss Jol warned his players are keen to shut him out again. He said: “I expect Van Persie to start and if we don’t come up with a few answers it will be easy for him.

        “But we coped with him twice playing for Arsenal last season, when he didn’t score, and I know all about him.

        “Hopefully, we can do the same and stop the balls getting through to him.”

        Fulham are having to cope without wantaway striker Clint Dempsey but managed perfectly in their opening-day 5-0 rout of Norwich.

        Mladen Petric bagged a debut double and Jol also has fellow new boy Hugo Rodallega plus Moussa Dembele and Bryan Ruiz to provide his goalscoring threat.

        He added: “Before last week, I didn’t know where the goals would come from.

        “In the past, Clint scored against Arsenal, Chelsea and all these big teams. He was always the one there and we’d quite a few remarkable results because of that last season.

        “It’s not about scoring against the likes of Norwich but against the sides like Manchester United. Hopefully, Ruiz, Dembele, Petric and Rodallega can do that.”

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      • O'Neill continues to splash cash after completing £10m capture of Johnson from City

         

        On the move: Johnson has made the switch north to join Sunderland   

        Delighted: Sunderland boss O'Neill is over the moon to land Johnson

         


         

        Sunderland have sealed the £10million signing of England winger Adam Johnson.

        With Scotland striker Steven Fletcher set to make his debut at the Stadium of Light against Reading on Saturday, manager Martin O’Neill has splashed out £22m in 24 hours to address his side’s lack of Premier League firepower.

        As Sportsmail revealed earlier this week, Wolves forward Fletcher joined after the Midlands club accepted Sunderland’s original £12m offer, with add-ons which could take the deal to £14m.

        Having secured his priority target, O’Neill immediately pushed through the deal for Manchester City’s Sunderland-born winger Johnson, 24, who had been ostracised by Roberto Mancini, despite being the Italian’s first City signing.

        O'Neill said: 'Adding quality players to the squad has been our main aim this summer and Adam certainly fits that bill.

        'He has terrific ability, great delivery and I'm sure he is a player who will excite our fans. I couldn't be more delighted to have him at the football club.'

        Johnson was left out of City’s squad for last week’s opener against Southampton, four days after winning his 12th England cap.
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        But after unveiling Fletcher, 25, O’Neill met Johnson for talks. The former Middlesbrough academy graduate, who came close to joining Sunderland under Steve Bruce before opting for City, has agreed to take a pay cut from his £90,000-a-week wages at the Etihad after securing a pay-off.


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      • Squad sheets: Manchester United v Fulham

           

          Defeat at Everton must be instantly answered by a win for Manchester United over Fulham, who warmed up for this visit to Old Trafford with a 5-0 defeat of Norwich City. Robin van Persie should be given his first start and the attacking pattern of United intrigues most: how Sir Alex Ferguson harnesses Shinji Kagawa, Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck will offer a first clue regarding the Scot's approach to reclaiming the title from Manchester City. October 2003 was the last time Fulham defeated United before their home crowd.

           

          Venue Old Trafford, Saturday 3pm

          Tickets Sold out

          Last season Man Utd 1 Fulham 0

          Referee Kevin Friend

          This season's matches 1 Y6, R1, 7.00 cards per game

          Odds Man Utd 2-7 Fulham 9-1 Draw 4-1

           

           

          Manchester United v Fulham 

          Manchester United

          Subs from Lindegaard, Giggs, Berbatov, Hernández, Nani, Welbeck, Anderson, Powell, Macheda, Bébé, Young, Buttner

          Doubtful None

          Injured Evans (ankle, 2 Sep), Ferdinand (calf, 2 Sep), Jones (back, 15 Sep), Smalling (metatarsal, Oct)

          Suspended None

          Form guide L

          Disciplinary record Y2 R0

          Leading scorer n/a

           

           

          Fulham

          Subs from Etheridge, Somogyi, Stockdale, Baird, Kelly, Briggs, Grygera, Kacaniklic, Halliche, Kasami, Bangna, Rodallega, Trotta

          Doubtful Grygera (knee)

          Injured Frei (pelvis, 2 Sep), Senderos (foot, 2 Sep), Davies (neck, 15 Sep)

          Suspended None

          Unavailable Dempsey (unsettled)

          Form guide W

          Disciplinary record Y0 R0

          Leading scorer Petric 2

           

           

          Match pointers

          • United won the title in two of the past three seasons in which they lost their opening game (1992-93 and 1995-96) 

          • Fulham have lost on their past eight top-flight visits to Old Trafford, failing to score in the last five 

          • United have conceded seven goals in their last 12 league matches – five of them coming in two games against Everton 

          • Fulham had more shots on target (nine) than any other side in this season's opening round of matches 

          • Wayne Rooney has scored four goals in his past three league games against Fulham

          Edited by zocoss 25 Aug `12, 12:30AM
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        • Evans help us

          Jonny Evans
          UNITED RETURN ... Jonny Evans

          JONNY EVANS is set to come to the rescue of Manchester United’s ailing back four tomorrow.

          Evans missed Monday’s 1-0 defeat at Everton when United used Michael Carrick at centre-back.

          Now, after training all week, Northern Ireland international Evans is ready to start at Old Trafford against Fulham.

          He will partner captain Nemanja Vidic, who made his first competitive start on Monday after a long injury lay-off.

          Evans, 24, missed the final three games of last season with a foot injury.

          He needed ankle surgery in the summer but has stepped up his training.

          Manager Alex Ferguson needs him too with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling out injured and Rio Ferdinand battling back from a groin strain.

          Ferdinand also hopes to be fit for the weekend but Evans has a better chance.

          United need to get back on track quickly with Chelsea already on six points and champions Manchester City getting off to a winning start.

          Robin van Persie will be making his home debut as a United player after his substitute appearance at Goodison failed to turn the tide of the game.

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        • Big cuts in Nani state

          Nani
          NAN'S BREAD ... winger is asking for less

          NANI is offering to drop his wage demands in an attempt to save his future at Manchester United.

          The Portuguese winger and his advisors are willing to accept his basic wage stays the same while the rest is made up by bonuses.

          SunSport revealed on Wednesday how his prospects are in the balance at Old Trafford. He will be axed for tomorrow’s home game against Fulham after his poor showing in the 1-0 defeat by Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.

          That came on the back of a bad end to last season for Nani, which was why initial demands for a new contract were rejected out of hand by United.

          Nani has two years left on his £90,000-a-week deal but wanted that boosted by nearly 50 per cent to more than £130,000.

          United told the player’s representatives to forget it and have not gone back with an offer.

          Now nervous Nani is ready to drop the demands.

          He wants to keep his basic the same and accept around £30,000 for each appearance.

          Those close to Nani fear the contract dispute may be affecting his form and he has thought about a move.

          But the club would not sell unless they were offered more than £25million.

          Nani needs to get back to the form that made him one of manager Alex Ferguson’s favourites.

          Fergie chose him ahead of Ashley Young on Monday.

          Again he disappointed, getting booked early, failing to create a decent chance and being subbed by Young with 12 minutes left.

          Young will start against Fulham tomorrow.


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        • Kop in Clint ‘tap-up’ storm

           

           

          Kop in Dempsey ‘tap-up’ storm

          ANGRY Fulham last night took Liverpool to a Premier League tribunal for allegedly tapping up Clint Dempsey.

          Liverpool were left red-faced after accidentally “announcing” they had agreed a deal for the American in the newsfeed on the official website of Anfield owners Fenway Sports Group.

          The Premier League confirmed Liverpool have been asked to explain their actions and could face sanctions.

          A statement read: “The Premier League has received a complaint from Fulham regarding certain comments made by Liverpool officials and is looking into the matter.”

          Fulham also claim comments by Kop boss Brendan Rodgers have helped unsettle their 29-year-old star and the Premier League board, which convened last week, accepted Liverpool have a case to answer.

          The Reds have to respond over the next fortnight and the Premier League board will decide next month whether to refer the case to a three-man independent panel.

          Top officials told SunSport last night that this case is not as blatant as the infamous tap-up row between Arsenal and Chelsea over the transfer of Ashley Cole six years ago.

          The Blues were fined £300,000 and copped a suspended three-point deduction.

          Dempsey-gate began when an initial £5million offer was rejected even though the player has only one year left on his contract.

          Fulham have been demanding £9m but Rodgers has refused to meet the asking price.

          It is understood the saga could be drawing to a close as the Reds were set to go back in with an improved £7.5m bid.

          Fulham are hoping to replace Dempsey with the £3.5m capture of Arsenal misfit Park Chu-Young.

          The South Korea striker, 27, knows he has no future at the Emirates.

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        • Moses off to Chelsea at last as Blues agree £9m fee with Wigan for winger

           

          Audition: Wigan forward Victor Moses (left) in action against Chelsea last Sunday

          Audition: Wigan forward Victor Moses (left) in action against Chelsea last Sunday

           
           
           
           

          Chelsea will take their summer spending to a staggering £73million after Wigan agreed a £9m deal for winger Victor Moses with them on Thursday night.

          The clubs are finalising details of the move after weeks of negotiations for the former England Under 21 forward.

          Wigan chairman Dave Whelan named his price for Moses two weeks ago and, having turned down four offers, will reluctantly sell him to the European champions.

          The delay had been down to wrangling over the payment structure as Wigan wanted the majority of the fee paid up front. They have got their way, with £7m being paid immediately and £2m more guaranteed at the end of the season.

          Moses has been on Chelsea’s radar since his sparkling form at the end of last season helped keep Roberto Martinez’s team in the Barclays Premier League.

          Moses was outstanding for Wigan during their 2-0 defeat by Roberto Di Matteo’s side at the DW Stadium in last weekend’s Premier League opener.

          That performance convinced Di Matteo, as well as Chelsea technical director Michael Emanalo and owner Roman Abramovich, to meet Wigan’s asking price.

          Moses, 21, has spent two seasons at the DW Stadium after being sold by Championship side Crystal Palace for £2.5m.

          He spent his early years playing for England’s youth teams but has switched and now represents his native Nigeria.

           

          Transfer saga: Moses' protracted move has rumbled on for most of the summer

          Transfer saga: Moses' protracted move has rumbled on for most of the summer

           

           

          Martinez admitted he was not involved in the negotiations to sell Moses and that Whelan had handled the talks with Chelsea.

          The FA Cup and Champions League winners will be relieved the deal has been done before the transfer deadline of 11pm next Friday.

          The deal adds to Abramovich’s spending on Eden Hazard and Oscar.

          Moses has the element of magic Abramovich has been demanding and Di Matteo is convinced he can play a big role in Chelsea’s season.


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        • Sahin saga takes new twist with Liverpool set to beat Arsenal to loan of midfielder

           

           

           

          Where will he go? Liverpool are now leading the race to sign Nuri Sahin ahead of Arsenal

          Where will he go? Liverpool are now leading the race to sign Nuri Sahin ahead of Arsenal

           

           

           

           

           

          The on-going transfer saga of Real Madrid's Nuri Sahin has taken another twist as Liverpool and not Arsenal look set to land the midfielder.

          The player's agent, Reza Fazeli, travelled to meet the Anfield club’s hierarchy and iron out the details of the deal.

          On Monday it looked as if a deal had been done to take the player from the Bernabeu to Arsenal but Madrid changed the course of events when it told the playmaker that the Gunners were unwilling to accept a loan deal and were pushing for a permanent transfer.

          Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed Andy Carroll missed Thursday night's 1-0 win over Hearts in the Europa League with a hamstring problem, while confirming he is edging closer to signing Nuri Sahin.

          Sahin is expected to complete a season-long loan move to Liverpool on Friday after Arsenal pulled out of the running for Real Madrid's Turkey midfielder, 23.

          Arsenal felt they made a significant breakthrough on Tuesday and looked set to complete a deal. However, it is understood they were not prepared to match Liverpool's offer to pay 70 per cent of his wages of £120,000 a week.

          Brendan Rodgers will guarantee him a place in the starting line-up and Sahin looks to approve a switch to Anfield on Tuesday, leading his representative to undertake his whirlwind trip to complete the deal.

          Liverpool wants to make the move official provided it can tie up any loose ends with the player.

           

          Edited by zocoss 24 Aug `12, 11:04AM
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        • Fulham report Liverpool boss Rodgers to Premier League over Dempsey chase

           

           

           

          Let me go: Fulham's Clint Dempsey is keen on a move to Liverpool

          Let me go: Fulham's Clint Dempsey is keen on a move to Liverpool

           

           

           

           

          Fulham have made a formal complaint to the Premier League about Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' pursuit of Clint Dempsey.

          The Londoners insist Rodgers has broken rules by going public with his interest in Dempsey.

          The complaint was lodged in July and was discussed at a meeting of the Premier League board, according to Goal.com.

          A statement read: 'The Premier League has received a complaint from Fulham FC regarding certain comments made by Liverpool FC officials and is currently looking into the matter.'

          The Premier League is expected to write to all parties before deciding whether to take further action.

           

          Out of the way: Brendan Rodgers (right) is in Edinburgh as his Liverpool side face Hearts in a Europa League play-off

          Out of the way: Brendan Rodgers (right) is in Edinburgh as his Liverpool side face Hearts in a Europa League play-off

          Standing firm: Martin Jol says there have been no bids for Dempsey

          Standing firm: Martin Jol says there have been no bids for Dempsey

           

          The complaint relates to comments made by Rodgers when quizzed about his interest in Dempsey.

          A story appeared on a website belonging to Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, last month claiming Dempsey was a Reds player. The article was quickly removed.

          Rodgers said at the time: 'Clint is a player we've inquired about, it is as simple as that.

          'Ian Ayre, our managing director, has spoken with the club to see what the position is. That is where we're at. He's a very talented player but we don't like to talk about other clubs' players.'

          Dempsey will once again be missing from the squad when the Cottagers travel to Old Trafford for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United.

          The United States international has been dropped by boss Martin Jol after agitating for a move to Anfield, missing last weekend's 5-0 rout of Norwich.

          Jol is frustrated by Liverpool's conduct and feels a distracted Dempsey is unfit to play once more.

          'It's the same situation. There has been no formal bid on the table and nothing has changed,' Jol said.

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          Video: But ref I went for the ball! Player sent off for nasty tackle on opponent

           

          Pirates defender plundered Thabiso Nkoana's family silver with a kick directly between his legs and was then shown a red card

          Oof! That's a right kick in the grass 
           
          Oof! That's a right kick in the grass

           

           

          During a cup semi-final between Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United in South Africa Orlando defender Rooi Mahamutsa was sent off despite getting the ball - both of them.

          The Pirates defender plundered Thabiso Nkoana's family silver with a kick directly between his legs and was shown a red card.

          Even more amusing is Mahamutsa's incredulity at the referee's decision to dismiss him.

          Maybe he was brought up in an area everybody is used to a hard tackle?

          Edited by zocoss 23 Aug `12, 2:05AM
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        •  

          PREMIER LEAGUE 2012

           

           

           

                  VS       

           

            

           

          Manchester United vs Fulham  

          Saturday, 25 August 2012

          Time: 10:00pm  -  (Live)  

          Mio Channel 102 in HD

          EPL Game 02

            

           

           

           

          Manchester United :  

          De Gea, Evans, Rafael, Vidic, Evra, Buttner, Nani, Valencia, Carrick, Young, Giggs, Scholes, Cleverley, Powell, Anderson, Kagawa, Hernandez, Rooney, Berbatov, Welbeck, Macheda, Bebe, Robin Van Persie, Lindegaard.

          Injured :

          Smalling, Ferdinand, Fletcher, Jones

            

           

           

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        • That is because City decided to pay him his next 2 years in advance that's why he is willing to go...

          :lmao

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        • Best day of my life! Buttner delighted to complete £3.9m move to Man United

           

          United front: Alexander Buttner has completed his £3.9million to Manchester United from Vitesse Arnhem

          United front: Alexander Buttner has completed his £3.9million to Manchester United from Vitesse Arnhem

           

           

           

          Alexander Buttner has hailed his £4million move to Manchester United as the best day of his life.

          The Dutchman completed his move to the Premier League giants, signing a five-year deal.

          The 23-year-old moves to Old Trafford from Vitesse Arnhem, where he made 119 appearances over the past four years.

          The left-back, who will hope to force Patrice Evra out of the side, said: 'Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life. It's a team I have admired for many years now and I can't wait to join my teammates and play my part in helping the club be successful.'

          Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'Alexander is one of the best young left backs in Europe and we're delighted to sign him. He's someone we've been watching for a while now. He gives us some really exciting options in that position.'

           

           

           

           

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        • Adebayor seals £5m Spurs return as AVB finally signs a striker

           

           

           

          Bring it on: Emmanuel Adebayor has secured a permanent move to Spurs

          Bring it on: Emmanuel Adebayor has secured a permanent move to Spurs

           
           

          Emmanuel Adebayor declared he is 'hungry for goals' after finally completing his permanent transfer to Tottenham.

          Manchester City and Adebayor came to an agreement on the terms of a pay-off on Tuesday afternoon, allowing the Togo striker to complete his permanent move to White Hart Lane for a reported fee of £5million.

          The 28-year-old's arrival is a huge boost to Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, who until Tuesday had only one recognised out and out striker in Jermain Defoe.

          Despite spending three and a half years at bitter rivals Arsenal, Adebayor became a fans' favourite at Tottenham last season, mainly because he scored 18 goals and struck up a sound understanding with Rafael van der Vaart while on loan at the London club.

          The Togo hitman vowed to continue his goal-scoring spree at the club on Tuesday after sealing his return to Spurs.

          'I'm back!!!! Tottenham here I come!! I'm hungry for goals...Get ready,' Adebayor tweeted.

           

          Arsenal old boy: Adebayor won over Spurs fans with 18 goals last season

          Arsenal old boy: Adebayor won over Spurs fans with 18 goals last season

           

           

          'I am pleased to be signing for Spurs on a permanent basis after finally agreeing my departure with Manchester City,' he added later on Spurs' website.

          'It may have taken longer than expected but I am delighted to be back at Tottenham Hotspur.

          'I really enjoyed my time here last season and I am hoping we can achieve great things together again.'

          Adebayor spent three years at City but fell out of favour upon Robert Mancini's appointment as manager and spent the last year and a half on loan at Real Madrid and Spurs.

          With 10 days to go until the close of the transfer window, Villas-Boas is starting to put the finishing touches to the squad he wants to win a trophy this season.

          Adebayor joined on the same day Spurs sold out-of-favour centre-back Sebastien Bassong to Norwich and it may not be long before another Tottenham defender, Michael Dawson, leaves the club after QPR made a bid for the England international on Tuesday.

           

          Two's company: Jermain Defoe (centre right) has a strike partner at last

          Two's company: Jermain Defoe (centre right) has a strike partner at last

           

           

          Although he is the club's captain, Dawson was left out of the squad that travelled to Newcastle at the weekend, hinting that the centre-back may be surplus to requirements under Villas-Boas.

          There is likely to be further transfer activity at White Hart Lane before the window shuts.

          Tom Huddlestone has been linked with a loan move to Stoke and fellow squad players David Bentley and Giovani Dos Santos may depart.

          Tottenham also remain in talks with Real Madrid over the protracted sale of Luka Modric.

          Villas-Boas will also be looking to add to Tottenham's ranks, with Manchester City midfielder Adam Johnson the latest player to be linked with the north London outfit.


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        • Best day of my life! Buttner delighted to complete £4m move to Man United

           

          United front: Alexander Buttner has completed his £3.9million to Manchester United from Vitesse Arnhem

          United front: Alexander Buttner has completed his £3.9million to Manchester United from Vitesse Arnhem


           

           

          Alexander Buttner has hailed his £4million move to Manchester United as the best day of his life.

          The Dutchman completed his move to the Premier League giants, signing a five-year deal.

          The 23-year-old moves to Old Trafford from Vitesse Arnhem, where he made 119 appearances over the past four years.

          The left-back, who will hope to force Patrice Evra out of the side, said: 'Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life. It's a team I have admired for many years now and I can't wait to join my teammates and play my part in helping the club be successful.'

          Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'Alexander is one of the best young left backs in Europe and we're delighted to sign him. He's someone we've been watching for a while now. He gives us some really exciting options in that position.'

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        • Red leader: Liverpool DID offer me the job says Roberto Martinez

           

          The Wigan manager breaks his silence on this summer's search for a successor to King Kenny and reveals he said no to Kop chiefs

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          Walk on: Martinez has explained why he isn't Liverpool boss today
          Walk on: Martinez has explained why he isn't Liverpool boss today

           

           

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          Roberto Martinez has claimed he turned down the chance to manage Liverpool.

          In an interview to be published on Tuesday, Wigan manager Martinez has spoken for the first time about the extensive talks he held with the Reds earlier in the summer.

          “We must educate people," said the Spaniard. "In five or six years, we [Wigan] reap the benefits. Maybe I won’t be there then.

          "But this is not why I stayed, when Liverpool made me an offer."

          Asked why he did stay, causing Liverpool to hire Swansea's Brendan Rodgers instead, Martinez - who went on a sign a new deal with the perennial relegation battlers - insisted it was because of the support of chairman Dave Whelan.

          “I stayed because my chairman is unique," he continued.

           

           

          Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers

          In with the new: Rodgers has followed Dalglish into the Anfield hot-seat

           

           

           

          "This summer, we sat down together. He had thought about the future of the club, I’d done the same.

          “He knew that I had spoken with other clubs. But he is so persuasive... I extended my contract for three years.

          “He wants to take the club to the next level. I know it will be difficult, but it excites me a lot."

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        • The injury to the centre-backs was the cause of it. United didn't had the physical presence once Rio, Smalling is out. Fellaini was great last night and many big clubs will have a problem when they go to Everton. United were unfortunate that they have to meet Everton so early and also away while their centre-backs are all out injured and Vidic may not be fully fit yet either. However it's still early days to the season and United will make up for this lose...

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        • Buttner undergoes medical ahead of his £4m switch to Manchester United

          On his way: Alexander Buttner arrives for his Manchester United medical
           
          On his way: Alexander Buttner arrives for his Manchester United medical
           

          On his way: Alexander Buttner arrives for his Manchester United medical

          Close shave: Buttner shows off his tight trim as he arrives for his tests 

           

          Close shave: Buttner shows off his tight trim as he arrives for his tests

           

           

          Date of birth   -  11 February 1989

          Age 23

          Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)

          Playing position Left Back

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          Patrice Latyr Evra

          Date of birth 15 May 1981

          Age 31

          Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

          Playing position Left Back

           

           

          Alexander Buttner has completed his medical ahead of sealing his £3.9million switch to Manchester United from Vitesse Arnhem.

          The 23-year-old Dutchman left-back arrived at Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester at Monday lunchtime.

          Unless there are any major hiccups, he will now sign a five-year contract with the Barclays Premier League giants.

          Edited by zocoss 20 Aug `12, 10:50PM
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          Going for a Song: Midfielder passes Barca medical prior to move

           

          "All the tests have come out satisfactorily and he is available to the coach"

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          Going for a Song: Barcelona's new player
          Going for a Song: Barcelona's new player

           

           
          Barcelona have announced midfielder Alex Song has passed his medical prior to a move from Arsenal.
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          The 24-year-old Cameroon international underwent tests with the club this morning and is now set to put pen-to-paper on a £15million five-year contract with the Spanish giants.

          Barcelona Doctor Ricard Pruna said of Song: "He has a very low body fat percentage and very good muscle quality. All the tests have come out satisfactorily and he is available to the coach."

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        • FA shun Pard-on for push

          SHOVE OFF ... Alan Pardew faces three-match ban
          SHOVE OFF ... Alan Pardew faces three-match ban
           
           
           

          ALAN PARDEW is set to be hit with a three-match touchline ban today after pushing assistant referee Stuart Burt on Saturday.

          Pards was sent to the stands in the second half of Toon’s 2-1 win over Spurs for laying his hands on Burt.

          The angry Toon boss had claimed his side was due a throw-in after Spurs defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto had dragged the ball over the line.

          The Newcastle manager admitted he was stupid but Wembley chiefs are set to punish him with a ban of at least three matches following the 57th minute flashpoint.

          Pardew went mad at Burt, leaving ref Martin Atkinson with no option but to send him to the stands.

          FA chiefs will examine Atkinson’s report today and Pardew said: “I’m still embarrassed about what I did. I’ve never done anything like that before.

          “I’ve apologised to him and I can’t really do any more than that.”

          Edited by zocoss 20 Aug `12, 9:59PM
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        • Originally posted by Medicated Oil:

          Just curious on how many bad days can the anfield fans endured.

          Liverpool will get 0 points for 1st five games.

          AUGUST

          18 West Brom (A)
          25 Manchester City (H)

          SEPTEMBER

          1 Arsenal (H)
          15 Sunderland (A)
          22 Manchester United (H)

          Sunderland scored two goals against Man City.

           


          You will be surprise when they beat City this weekend... City didn't look very good even at home and playing away will be more difficult. Also, Pool are always quite good at home against the big teams.

          Personally i wouldn't be if they do beat City at Anfield.

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        • I didn't touch him! Liverpool defender Agger plans red card appeal

           

          No contact? Agger says he didn't touch Long

          No contact? Agger says he didn't touch Long

          Marching orders: Agger leaves the pitch after being shown a straight red

          Marching orders: Agger leaves the pitch after being shown a straight red

           

           

           

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lltjl3dAvGY

           

           

           

          Daniel Agger is considering appealing the red card he received during Liverpool's humbling 3-0 season opener with West Bromwich.

          The Denmark defender was handed his marching orders by referee Phil Dowd after appearing to push Shane Long inside the box. 

          He will miss the clash with Manchester City as a result, unless the card is rescinded - and Agger believes he has a strong case.
          When asked if he plans to contest the red card Agger said: 'Of course. I've seen it again on television and there is no contact. Referees are only human. They make mistakes as well.

          'I was unlucky to be involved in one of the mistakes. It’s frustrating but that’s part of the game.'

          It was a chastening afternoon for new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers who watched his side crash to defeat at the Hawthorns. But Agger believes his team can and will come back stronger.

          'I know we will bounce back from this,' added Agger. 'I think we controlled the game before the sending-off. We had the momentum, we kept the ball well and we created chances. The red card changed the game.'

          At Liverpool, the spotlight is always there. There is no reason to panic. Everyone is frustrated. I don't think the result was right. It doesn't really make sense. But that's football and it happens.

          'We have to continue. We showed a bit of the football we want to play. The manager said the same - that we controlled the game, created some chances and were a bit unlucky with some decisions.'

          Edited by zocoss 20 Aug `12, 9:25PM
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        • Fergie closing on Evra stand-in as Vitesse's Buttner flies in for medical

          Dream move: Alexander Buttner is set to join Manchester United

          Dream move: Alexander Buttner is set to join Manchester United

           
           

          Manchester United will bolster their ranks with the £3.9million signing of defender Alexander Buttner from Vitesse Arnhem.

          The 23-year-old left-back flew to England on Sunday to undergo a medical with United ahead of penning a five-year contract. 

          ‘If you had told me one week ago that I would be training with and playing for the same team as Robin van Persie, I would have sent you to a mental home!,' Buttner said.

          'This is crazy stuff, beyond all my dreams. I am looking forward to this challenge so much. I am so proud and so glad that it has worked out like this.

          ‘I’m so glad that it has happened and everything has turned out like this. This is really a dream come true.’

          Buttner has been regularly linked with a move to England this summer and had looked poised to join Southampton with Vitesse announcing in July they had agreed a deal with the Barclays Premier League newcomers, but that switch fell through.

          Buttner, who can also operate at right-back, came through the youth system at Vitesse.

          The Doetinchem-born player made 107 appearances for the Dutch club and had been named in Holland's provisional 36-man squad for Euro 2012, although did not eventually go to the finals.