Pochettino in trouble! Kane injured, Son gone, another star is out of Tottenham

Mousa Dembele has been presented as a Guangzhou R&F player after completing his transfer to China from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mousa Dembele has been unveiled as a Guangzhou R&F player after completing his £11m move from Tottenham Hotspur to the Chinese Super League

Photographs posted on the Chinese club’s website showed the Belgian midfielder posing with a club scarf in front of the Guangzhou crest after sealing his move. He was also given a tour of the training facilities by coach Dragan Stojkovic.

Dembele was officially unveiled as a Guangzhou player after completing his medical in China

Tottenham confirmed in a statement they had reached agreement with the Chinese Super League side subject to international clearance. The statement read: ‘We have reached agreement with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F for the transfer of Mousa Dembele, subject to international clearance. We wish Mousa all the best for the future.’

The Belgian midfielder, 31, has completed his switch subject to international clearance

Guangzhou have paid Spurs £11million for a player who made 249 appearances in all competitions for the London club since signing from Fulham in 2012. With just six months remaining on his contract, Spurs allowed the 31-year-old to leave and Guangzhou R&F pipped Super League rivals Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande to his signature.

Dembele was given a tour of the Guangzhou R&F training facilities by coach Dragan Stojkovic

He has only appeared 13 times this season, with the likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko earning more playing time. Dembele has also not played since suffering an injury and being substituted after just seven minutes in their victory at Wolves on November 3. The midfielder has made 82 appearances for Belgium during a 12-year international career, and has featured at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, as well as Euro 2016.

Dembele will undergo pre-season training with Guangzhou before the season starts in March

The midfielder said in an interview shown on Spurs’ Twitter account: ‘I’ve always had a good experience here. I go away with an unbelievable feeling and with a certain love for the club. You always want this, because you have a long period at a club, you have a lot of love for the club but sometimes you separate in a bad way and I don’t feel that way.

The 31-year-old midfielder has not played since suffering injury at Wolves in November

‘Even the reaction I’ve had from the supporters, everyone is positive with me. They’ve wished me a lot of luck and happiness. The club is part of my family now.’ Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen said: ‘You have to ask the players who have played against Mousa or with Mousa to get the appreciation he deserves. Sometimes it made me angry a bit that people talked about the best midfielders in the Premier League and haven’t named Mousa, but I feel like he got that appreciation over the last two years.’

Dembele has appeared just 13 times for Spurs this season after falling down the pecking order 

Tottenham set to sign Liverpool forward to replace Kane

London side, Tottenham Hotspur are considering Liverpool striker Divock Origi as a temporary replacement for Harry Kane, reports the Daily Star.

The England captain has been ruled out until March with an ankle ligament injury sustained in Spurs’ defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. Kane’s injury leaves Spurs short of attacking options, Lucas Moura injured and Son Heung-min is away at the Asia Cup. It means Mauricio Pochettino could pursue a short-term deal for Belgium international Origi as he desperately looks for reinforcements.

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Sad news for Valencia as Manchester United are reportedly plotting a move for this right fullback

According to Metro, Manchester United are reportedly plotting a move to sign Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Wan-Bissaka only made his Premier League debut last February but the 21-year-old right-back has burst onto the scene with a string of accomplished performances for Palace this season. Roy Hodgson is aware of the growing interest in Wan-Bissaka and is determined to keep hold of the young Englishman who is tied into a deal at Selhurst Park until the summer of 2022. According to the Daily Mirror, United and Chelsea have joined Manchester City in the race to sign the defender.

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The Red Devils are on the hunt for Antonio Valencia’s replacement, with the 33-year-old full-back out of contract at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. While Diogo Dalot has impressed since his move from Porto in the summer, United are keen to bring in more cover at right-back. Chelsea are also interested in Wan-Bissaka as Davide Zappacosta prepares to leave the club in the coming months.

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Asked about City’s reported interest in Wan-Bissaka back in November, Hodgson replied: ‘I’ve got absolutely no idea if there’s any truth to the subject at all. ‘You’d have to ask Pep Guardiola and I very much doubt whether he’d give you an answer anyway. ‘But it’s good I suppose that there are people out there writing stories, who see the quality of Bissaka and appreciate what he’s been doing and linking [him] with another club. ‘But as far as we’re concerned of course we have him as our player, he’s under contract with us and we have no desire or intention of selling him so it’s certainly not anything which occupies my waking moments or sleeping moments either for that matter.’

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Will he be a better replacement for Antonio Valencia if Manchester United finally submit an official bid for him?

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde makes a huge Denis Suarez U-turn

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is trying to convince Arsenal target Denis Suarez to stay at the club but Brazil player Malcom can  leave.  Malcom, 21, was set to join Serie A side Roma from Bordeaux until Barca swooped in with an eleventh-hour bid to take him to Camp Nou. However, coach Ernesto Valverde appeared to suggest he didn’t want the player by labelling him “a signing made by the club.”

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Since then, Valverde has offered Malcom very few opportunities to prove himself at Barcelona. He has made just 10 appearances in all competitions, with six of them coming as a substitute. His last appearance came in last week’s 2-1 loss to Levante in the Copa del Rey, when he was taken off in the second half after missing a one-on-one earlier in the game. Valverde has not picked him since and he was a surprise exclusion from Barca’s squad for Thursday’s second leg against Levante, with the Catalans needing to come from behind to reach the quarterfinals of a competition they have won in each of the last four seasons.

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Even Denis Suarez — who is pushing for a move to Arsenal — has been included in the 18-man squad. Valverde is campaigning for the midfielder to stay.

However, Valverde’s reluctance to take a similar stance on Malcom means the club are willing to sell before his value starts to decrease. Before moving to Barca, Malcom drew interest from a range of English and Italian sides, including Roma, Tottenham and Arsenal. Guangzhou Evergrande of the Chinese Super League are also mooted as potential suitors. Sources close to Malcom have always maintained to ESPN FC that the winger wants to stay put but they are now finally admitting that he may have to leave this month.

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“I think he could leave [in January], yes,” a source told ESPN FC. “But it depends on Barcelona.” There are no complaints from Barca about Malcom’s attitude. Despite various setbacks — he has been omitted from various match day squads and has suffered two hamstring injuries — he has never complained and has always prioritised working hard to earn his place in the side.

Things looked to have turned around when he scored against Inter Milan in the Champions League in November, but an injury sustained soon after in a cup game set him back once again. Moving to Barca last summer was a dream come true for Malcom, but circumstances may have to force him to reconsider his next move if the La Liga leaders receive an offer which matches their asking price this month. A move to China could even happen up until the end of February.

Firmino position under serious threat as Liverpool set to sign Lazio top striker

Liverpool have expressed tentative interest in Lazio star Ciro Immobile. The Italy international, says Il Messaggero, has emerged as a target for the Reds and contact has been made with the Romans. This move has put Firmino under intense pressure, because if the deal pulls through the strikers postion will be under threat because of the level of competition Immobile brings the team.

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Chelsea have also registered their interest, but will only move if a deal for Juventus-owned striker Gonzalo Higuain falls through. And Liverpool enjoy an advantage thanks to their strong relationship with Lazio.

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In recent years, Liverpool have allowed both Lucas Leiva and Luis Alberto to move to Lazio, where they have thrived. Liverpool will have scouts at the San Paulo on Sunday to see Lazio’s visit to Napoli to watch Immobile, who worked with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.

BIG NEWS: Manchester City close to completing second January transfer

Manchester City are close to agreeing a deal with Hajduk Split to sign midfielder Ante Palaversa for a fee in the region of £7m, Sky Sports News understands. The 18-year-old holding midfielder is believed to be viewed by City as a signing for the future rather than immediate competition for Fernandinho. Palaversa is yet to graduate to the Croatian senior side, but is captain of their U19s, and has scored three goals in 11 caps.

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He has broken into the Hajduk Split first team during the 2018/19 season, making 17 appearances and scoring twice for the league’s sixth-placed side. Palaversa looks set to become City’s second signing of the January transfer window, following the arrival of 21-year-old Japanese defender Ko Itakura from Kawasaki Frontale on Monday.

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Meanwhile, according to Richard Dunne, John Stones has the potential to be ‘world class’ after his impressive performances this season. England international Stones has appeared 26 times for Pep Guardiola’s side this term on the back of a positive showing at the World Cup in Russia.

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And Dunne, who played over 300 times for City, believes that the centre-half is now well on his way to becoming one of the world’s best. “I think he has the potential [to be world-class],” Dunne told the club’s official website . “When he’s playing with England, they’re helping him by building a side around him.”

 

After annoying departure, Liverpool not ready to welcome star back to Anfield

Liverpool have no intention of re-signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, according to the Daily Telegraph.The Brazil international has struggled to transfer his form from Liverpool to Barca and is reportedly unsettled just a year after his £142m transfer. Clubs across Europe are keeping tabs on Coutinho, but Liverpool – who fought to keep hold of the influential playmaker – are not one of them.

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Meanwhile, Fabinho admits he knew he may be required to fill-in at centre-back for Liverpool and so began training in that position several weeks ago. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been left short of defenders in recent weeks following injuries suffered by Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

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That led to midfielder Fabinho being asked to play at centre-back alongside Dejan Lovren for the FA Cup tie at Wolves at the start of January. Though the Merseysiders would suffer a 2-1 defeat at Molineux, an injury picked up by Lovren meant Fabinho retained his place at the back for their next Premier League game against Brighton.

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Playing alongside Virgil van Dijk, the former Monaco man helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet in a battling 1-0 victory at the Amex Stadium, earning the praise of his manager in the process. Fabinho admits he still has room for improvement in his new position but the transition has been helped by hard work on the training ground in preparation.

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“Some weeks ago, I knew this could be an option because we had some players out injured and we only had two centre-backs available,” he told the club’s official website. “When Dejan got injured, I knew it would be logical that I’d play in that position. I had some training sessions playing in that position, which helped me adapt better and pick up certain aspects, like positioning and movements you need to be natural at to play in this position. When it came to playing in a game it was a bit easier because I’d trained in the position.

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“I think it went well [against Wolves], I had a good understanding with Ki-Jana Hoever, the communication was good. Regarding positioning, I improved throughout the game in this aspect. I did well. And in the last game against Brighton, I think I played well. Playing alongside Van Dijk helped, he’s really vocal, he guided us. He helped me a lot. I had good communication with Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and also with Hendo [Jordan Henderson]; they were the players closest to me on the pitch.

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“In general, I think it was a good game. In this position, which I haven’t played in a lot, I think I adapted well. There are some aspects, such as positioning, that I need to improve on. If I were to play in this position more, I’d improve on these things, but that’s natural.”

After securing Higuain deal, Chelsea set to Rival Real Madrid for this star

Chelsea are minor details away from confirming Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival at West London as fees and other signatories have been agreed and sorted with the Turin based Serie A giants. Chelsea are also looking to steal an unlikely deal for Tottenham’s  Danish playmaker  Cristian Eriksen before the end of the transfer Window.

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Eriksen is yet to extend his contract which is set to expire at the end of next season. Eriksen was signed by Spurs for just £11m in 2013 and has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best attacking midfielders. Real Madrid have been keeping tabs on the 26-year-old but now face serious rivalry for his signature.

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According to The Mirror, Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in bringing Eriksen in. The former Ajax star has scored 62 goals in 250 Tottenham games, with a large percentage coming from long range. Spanish outlet AS report that Real Madrid are seriously considering making a move for the talented playmaker.

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“It’s hard to name just one particular top-level club who are keeping a close eye on him,” sources told AS. “Because there are sides from England, Spain, Italy and Germany.” Harry Kane’s ankle injury and Son Heung-Min being away on international duty has left Spurs’ squad decimated.

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Eriksen will be required to shoulder more of the goalscoring burden alongside Fernando Llorente who has yet to score in the Premier League this season. But the playmaker is unlikely to extend his contract at Tottenham, despite the club’s new stadium being on the verge of completion.

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Minimal progress has been made in talks with chairman Daniel Levy, and The Sun report that the lure of European Champions Real Madrid is proving extremely strong. AS’ source added: “Eriksen sees Madrid as a very big club. For him it would be a great honour to play in the Bernabeu.

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“When we talk about great clubs, of course we talk about Madrid. It could be the first option.”

Revealed! See how Chelsea signed striker over Tottenham this January

Maurizio Sarri’s desperation for a new striker this month is very evident as he looks to fix his side’s goalscoring problems. Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have struggled for regular form and Sarri is keen to ease the burden on talisman Eden Hazard. A loan deal to bring in Higuain from Juventus until the end of the season is nearing completion.

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Many believes he’s the perfect signing for the Blues. What a signing that is going to be for Chelsea, That’s exactly what Chelsea need, that player of that ilk. He’s a class act. Great finisher, gets goals everywhere he’s been.

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According to Dean Saunders “What a great signing because obviously if you play the type of football Chelsea have played, if you haven’t got a number nine who’s getting on the end of things in the six yard box then you’re wasting all the chances you’re creating. There’s no-one there in the right place at the right time.”

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Tottenham didn’t make a single signing during the summer transfer window but could be forced to dip into the market this month following Harry Kane’s injury. And Saunders has criticised the north London club, saying they should’ve brought in top players before the season when they were a more attractive option.

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“What are Spurs going to do?” he added. “Harry Kane’s injured, I’ve said all along – they’ve finished in the Champions League twice on the bounce which, in their recent history, they haven’t done that. They’ve got a great young manager, a great squad. They had an advantage over Chelsea at the start of the season because Chelsea’s weren’t in the Champions League, Spurs were in the Champions League.”

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“So Higuain, if he’d have had an option in the summer which club to go for, he maybe would’ve took less wages and gone to Spurs because they’re in the Champions League. That’s where Spurs had an advantage and they never capitalised on it for me. That’s when they had the chance to sign the top players.”

DONE DEAL! Real Madrid star joins another club!

Kiko Casilla has completed his move to English Football League Championship side Leeds United after three and a half years at Real Madrid. The goalkeeper fell to third in the pecking order at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this season behind Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas, therefore opting to for a move for more first team action.

The Spaniard brings his second spell at Los Blancos to an end with three Champions League medals in hand and now joins Marcelo Bielsa’s revolution at Elland Road. Leeds currently top the second tier of English football and Casilla will be aiming to help the team earn promotion to the Premier League in the coming months.

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Due to his departure, Real Madrid are considering cutting short the loan spell of Andriy Lunin, currently at Leganes, in order for the youngster to provide backup to Courtois and Navas.

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Send your best wishes to Casilla as he joins a new club in England… Thanks