Report: 23-year-old defender set for ER exit, Leeds ready to listen to offers


Report: 23-year-old defender set for ER exit, Leeds ready to listen to offers – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to reports from Football Insider, Leeds United are looking to offload Lewie Coyle in the summer transfer window.
The report claims that the Whites are ready to listen to offers for their academy product who spent two seasons on loan at League One club Fleetwood Town.
The 23-year-old impressed during his loan spells, but he is still not in Marcelo Bielsa’s first team plans. As a result, the Yorkshire club have made the decision to sell the defender this summer.
Bielsa has already given the green signal to the player to find a new buyer, and in all probability, Fleetwood Town will sign him on a permanent deal this summer.
Coyle has a contract at the club till 2020, and it provides Leeds with a good opportunity to cash in on the player.
He started as a right-back, but Fleetwood boss Joey Barton has used him at left-back, centre-back and even in central midfield.
Last season, when Leeds were in the midst of an injury crisis in defence, Bielsa resisted the opportunity to recall Coyle from his loan in January. That was a clear indication that the Argentine doesn’t rate him highly, and now it seems his career at Leeds is as good as over.
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Report: Rangers keen to bring 26-year-old int'l to Ibrox, player could leave this summer


Report: Rangers keen to bring 26-year-old int'l to Ibrox, player could leave this summer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Glasgow Rangers are one of the clubs reportedly looking to bring Dylan McGeouch to Ibrox during the summer transfer window.
According to reports from the Northern Echo, the Gers are one of the number of clubs keen to sign the 26-year-old midfielder this summer.
McGeouch signed a 12-month contract at Sunderland last summer from Hibernian. However, he is now out of contract at the Stadium of Light, which means the Scotti can sign him on a free transfer.
The Scotland international managed 22 league games for Sunderland in the 2018-19 campaign, and didn’t appear in the matchday squad for the League One play-offs.
McGeouch has no shortage of admirers, with the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Brentford and Queens Park Rangers all vying for his signature. Rangers could face competition from Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen as well for his signing.
SL’s verdict 
Given his previous experience in the Scottish Premiership, McGeouch would be an excellent signing for Rangers if they can land him on free.
He has made over 120 appearances for Hibs during his time in Scotland, and has proven himself as a solid midfielder around that time. His spell at Sunderland didn’t go according to plan, but at 26, he has time on his hands to resurrect his career.
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Report: Emery has spoken with PSG star over Arsenal move, could land him for £18m


Report: Emery has spoken with PSG star over Arsenal move, could land him for £18m – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to RMC (via GFFN), Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been speaking with Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier over a summer move to the Emirates Stadium in the last month.
The Belgium international is out of favour at the Parc des Princes as boss Thomas Tuchel isn’t a huge fan, and he is open to leaving in order to play more regularly and thereby keep his place in the national team ahead of Euros 2020.
Meunier was a key player under Emery during the Spaniard’s time in France, and a reunion could be on the cards.
The 27-year-old has just a year left on his current PSG contract, and the French giants could be open to flogging him for £18 million this summer.
Arsenal need another right-back with Hector Bellerin out of action, and the versatile Meunier can also provide the services of a right winger.
It’s believed that the North Londoners have already made a provisional contract offer to the PSG star who is also enthusiastic about linking up with his former boss, but a bid won’t be submitted until they have agreed personal terms with him. 
Manchester United are also keen on the Belgian, but the fact that both suitors won’t be playing in the Champions League next season could make him become hesitant about completing a move, and a suitor playing in the elite competition could pip them both to his signature.
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Report: Aston Villa close to signing 27-year-old winger, player to undergo medical today


Report: Aston Villa close to signing 27-year-old winger, player to undergo medical today – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to reports from Birmingham Live, Aston Villa are looking to sign Jota from derby rivals Birmingham City in the summer transfer window.
The 27-year-old winger previously played under Dean Smith, and the Villa boss is keen to sign him as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of next season in the Premier League.
The report claims that it could be a swap deal, with Villa midfielder Gary Gardner – who spent the last season on loan — moving the other way.
Press Association journalist Nick Mashiter has further claimed that both players are scheduled to undergo medicals on Friday.

Jota heading to Aston Villa from Birmingham while Gary Gardner off to St Andrew’s permanently. Swap deal. Medicals today. #bcfc #avfc
— Nick Mashiter (@nickmashiter) May 31, 2019

SL’s Verdict 
Smith is well aware of the player’s qualities and that is why he probably feels that he can get the best out of him. Jota made 41 appearances for Birmingham this season, scoring three goals and providing nine assists.
This could be a very risky signing though. Jota is at best a decent Championship player, and doubts remain on whether he will be good enough for the Premier League.
Smith got the best out of him during his time at Brentford, but Villa need to sign quality players. He can be a decent back-up player for Smith, but surely the Villa boss is taking a big gamble here.
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Opinion: £50k-per-week PL star would be a superb signing for Leeds, he's available on free


Opinion: £50k-per-week PL star would be a superb signing for Leeds, he's available on free – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Adrian joined West Ham in 2013 and made 150 appearances in all competitions for the London club.
However, last season he dropped down the pecking order behind Fabianski, and didn’t play a single Premier League game. He is looking for regular first team football, and has been released by West Ham.
The Spaniard is now a free agent, and Leeds United should not hesitate in making a move for him.
Leeds signed Kiko Casilla in January, but he did not exactly solve their goalkeeping issues. According to latest reports, Casilla could be heading towards Spain this summer after failing to make an impact at Elland Road.
When Casilla joined Leeds, he was seen as a major upgrade on Bailey Peacock-Farrell, but his erratic behaviour and mistakes in big games (against Derby in the playoff semifinal) means he is heading into the summer with a question mark on his future.
With this in mind, Leeds should tempt Adrian to join the Yorkshire club with the offer of regular football. He has a wealth of Premier League experience, and will take no time in settling in at Leeds.
Adrian was reportedly on £50k-per-week wages at West Ham. If Leeds can sort out his weekly wages and get him on board, Marcelo Bielsa could pull off a masterstroke signing this summer.
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Opinion: Gerrard will pull off a masterstroke if Rangers can sign PL winner for free


Opinion: Gerrard will pull off a masterstroke if Rangers can sign PL winner for free – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Glasgow Rangers should be aiming to stop Celtic from winning their ninth league title in a row, and that is why Steven Gerrard should bring quality players to the Ibrox club this summer.
Rangers are financially still not in a strong position, unlike Celtic and that is why they have to be smart while signing players. With that in mind, the Gers should make a move for Samir Nasri who will be available for free after his contract with West Ham expires next month.
The 31-year-old made only six appearances since joining the Hammers, having struggled with injuries. However, his availability on a free makes him a risk worth taking for the Gers.
Nasri, two times Premier League winner with Manchester City, is a class player and brings with him loads of experience. He has still got exceptional technique and can find killer passes with ease.
The Frenchman will bring the extra bit of quality that will push Rangers to the next level, and that sort of signing can help the Gers close the gap with their archrivals.
He will be desperate to prove a point having missed a lot of football in recent years. And Gerrard should offer him a lifeline to resurrect his career.
Rangers won’t suffer if he fails to perform (being a free transfer), but if Nasri gets back to his old best, the deal could turn into a masterstroke. It’s a gamble, but a gamble worth taking.
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'Didn’t see this one coming': Some West Ham fans react to club's official announcement


'Didn’t see this one coming': Some West Ham fans react to club's official announcement – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham complete their first signing of the summer after the club announced the signing of Roberto on a free transfer.
The Hammers needed to sign a back-up goalkeeper for Fabianski after Adrian was released by the club. They have moved in quickly and signed the Spanish goalkeeper for free.
The 33-year-old keeper will join the Hammers on 1st July after his contract with La Liga club Espanyol expires. He has signed a two-year deal with the London club with the option of extending to further 12 months.
The vastly experienced keeper has played in Greece, Spain and Portugal, and won six trophies in his career. He has played in the Champions League as well.
He is a former Europa League winner with Atletico and a three-time Greek league winner with Olympiacos.
Some West Ham fans responded quickly after the club confirmed Roberto’s signing on Twitter. Many Hammers fans were surprised with how the deal swiftly signed a player without the media getting any hint of the potential transfer.

Lmao we signed him in like 5 min. Didn’t see this one coming😂
— Jurac (@54fc875286444f7) May 31, 2019

Such a random transfer. No where even reported us possibly signing him. Just out of the blue 🤣🤣
— Josh (@WhuJosh) May 31, 2019

This is a much better way of signing players. Keeping it as quiet as possible and avoiding all the speculation. It’s also a nice surprise for the fans ⚒
— Mark Deal 父 (@Deal770M) May 31, 2019

Decent back up
— Elliott James (@ElliottJamess) May 31, 2019

Top replacement for Adrian. Saves money for other positions which we need to spend on. And there was no leaks, hopefully the club has finally learned
— Chris (@chrismay77734) May 31, 2019

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'We will only consider': Club CEO reacts to reports of Celtic's interest in 16-goal midfielder


'We will only consider': Club CEO reacts to reports of Celtic's interest in 16-goal midfielder – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Neil Lennon is expected to be appointed as the club’s permanent manager before the weekend, and David Turnbull has emerged as one of the players he could sign this summer.
According to reports from the Daily Mail, Celtic are plotting a £1.2 million move for the highly rated Motherwell midfielder, but the Bhoys could face strong competition from Brighton and Hove Albion.
The 19-year-old scored 16 goals in 34 games in 2018-19 to earn the Scottish football writers’ player of the year award, and Celtic are showing keen interest in signing him.
Motherwell CEO Alan Burrows has expressed his reaction to the report on social networking site Twitter. He has made it clear that the club will only consider offers “significantly” higher than the club’s record transfer, which stands at £1.75m.
In another separate tweet, he responded to a fan, saying “He’s our player and we’ll only sell on our terms.”

Getting some questions re David Turnbull, given today’s newspaper report. I try not to reply to speculation (for obvious reasons), but to reiterate what I’ve already gone on public record as saying. We will only consider offers of significantly more than our record fee received.
— Alan Burrows (@Alan_Burrows) May 31, 2019

He has made it absolutely clear that any potential buyer will have to pay much more than £1.2 million to have any chance of prising Turnbull away from Fir Park in the summer transfer window.
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2019 Copa America: Fixtures, Teams, Previews & Predictions


2019 Copa America: Fixtures, Teams, Previews & Predictions – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The Copa America is a men’s international football tournament contested between national teams from CONMEBOL.
Brazil will host the event in 2019 which will run from June 14 until July 7. This year’s tournament will be the final edition played during odd-numbered years and with 12 teams.
Starting in 2020, the Copa America will be held in the same year as similar tournaments such as the UEFA European Championship and will have 16 teams.
Read on as we provide you with an in-depth guide to the 2019 Copa America.
HISTORY OF THE COPA AMERICA
The Campeonato Sudamericano de Football held in Argentina in 1916 was the first edition of what is currently known as Copa America.
The hosts were joined by Brazil, Chile and Uruguay in the tournament, with the latter going on to claim the trophy.
Uruguay are the most successful team in the history of the competition, winning 15 of the 45 previous editions. Argentina (14) and Brazil (8) are next on the all-time list.
Chile won the title in 2015 and retained their crown the following year in a special edition of the tournament to celebrate its 100-year anniversary.
One quirk of the Copa America is that countries from other continents are usually invited to participate to make up the 12 teams needed for the current format.
Japan and Qatar have accepted invitations to play in this year’s tournament – the first time either nation has taken part in the Copa America.
2019 COPA AMERICA HOST CITIES
Five cities will host the tournament – Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre.
The opening match will be held at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo, while the semi-finals will be staged at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre and Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. The famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro will be the venue for the final.
2019 COPA AMERICA FORMAT
The 12 teams for the 2019 Copa America have been drawn into three groups of four. The winners and runners-up of each group and the two best third-placed teams advance to the quarter-finals. The groups are as follows:
Group A – Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Peru
Group B – Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Qatar
Group C – Uruguay, Ecuador, Japan, Chile
The group stage is a single round robin, with the knockout rounds single elimination matches. The knockout stage features quarter-finals, semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final.
In the quarter-finals extra-time is not played, with the match decided by a penalty shoot-out. In the semi-finals, third place play-off and final, extra-time is played.
If still tied after extra-time, the match is decided by a penalty shoot-out. A fourth substitute will be allowed for each team from the semi-finals onwards.
2019 COPA AMERICA BROADCASTERS
Many broadcasters around the world will offer live online screening of games throughout the Copa America.
In the United Kingdom, Premier Sports has retained the rights to broadcast the 26 matches from Brazil across its two channels.
2019 COPA AMERICA SPONSORSHIPS
The 2019 Copa America will be sponsored by some major brands including Brahma, Mastercard, GOL and TCL.
2019 COPA AMERICA PREVIEW
Brazil are hosting their first Copa America since 1989 and they are big favourites to win the trophy for the first time in 12 years.
However, they have flattered to deceive in major tournaments since that success and the weight of expectation could hinder their chances this summer.
Argentina have reached the last two finals of the competition, losing out on penalties to Chile on each occasion.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be the key to Argentina’s hopes as he bids to finally secure a major trophy with the national team.
Uruguay are strong defensively, while the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani give them one of the most potent strike pairings in the tournament.
Colombia have a strong looking squad, but their record of just one Copa America success in 2001 is a cause for concern.
Chile are chasing a hat-trick of titles, although that feat has only been achieved once in the history of the competition by Argentina from 1945-47.
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2019 Women’s World Cup: Fixtures, Teams, Previews & Predictions


2019 Women’s World Cup: Fixtures, Teams, Previews & Predictions – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France will be the eighth edition of the prestigious international tournament.
The event kicks-off in Paris on June 7 as hosts France face South Korea and will culminate in the final in Lyon on July 7.
Reigning champions United States are chasing a fourth success at the World Cup, but they will face plenty of stiff competition as they bid to retain their title.
Read on as we provide you with an in-depth guide to the 2019 Women’s World Cup, or check WomensFootball.co.uk for the latest women’s football news, team by team previews and daily coverage for the tournament.
HISTORY OF THE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
The origins of the competition dates back to 1970, when an international tournament was held in Italy during July of that year.
However, it was another 21 years before FIFA staged an official World Cup, with 12 teams taking part in China.
The United States won the inaugural competition, defeating Norway 2-1 in the final. Norway gained compensation four years later, clinching the trophy with a 2-0 victory over Germany.
The USA and Germany have each won two titles since then, with Japan claiming the other following a thrilling penalty shoot-out success in 2011.
The most recent tournament saw the USA end a 16-year wait to win their third World Cup with a comfortable 5-2 victory over Japan in Vancouver.
2019 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP HOST CITIES
Nine stadiums will host the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including three which were used at the men’s European Championships in 2016.
That trio is located in Lyon, Nice and Paris, with venues in Montpellier, Rennes, Le Havre, Valenciennes, Reims and Grenoble completing the line-up.
The semi-finals and final will be played at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, while the opening match will be played at Parc des Princes in Paris.
2019 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FORMAT
Hosts France were handed an automatic qualification place, while the other 23 teams have progressed through a qualification tournament.
The USA, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Sweden and Norway have qualified for their eighth World Cup, continuing their streak of qualifying for every tournament to date.
The teams have been drawn into six groups of four, with the top two in each and the four best third-placed sides advancing to the round of 16. The groups are as follows:
Group A – France, South Korea, Norway, Nigeria
Group B – Germany, China, Spain, South Africa
Group C – Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica
Group D – England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan
Group E – Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands
Group F – United States, Thailand, Chile, Sweden
The group stage is a single round robin, with the knockout rounds single elimination matches. The knockout stage features a round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final.
In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of 90 minutes, extra-time of 30 minutes will be played and each team is allowed to make a fourth substitution. If still tied after extra-time, the match will be decided by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.
2019 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP BROADCASTERS
Many broadcasters around the world will offer live online screening of games throughout the Women’s World Cup.
In the United Kingdom, the BBC will be broadcasting extensive coverage of every game across TV, radio and online.
2019 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SPONSORSHIPS
The Women’s World Cup will be backed by some major international organisations, including Adidas, Coca-Cola, Wanda Group, Hyundai, Qatar Airways and Visa. There are also numerous national level partners for the tournament including Orange and EDF Energy.
2019 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP PREVIEW
The USA are joint-favourites alongside France to lift the trophy and both sides can be expected to go a long way at the tournament.
The reigning champions lost 2-1 against France back in January, but they are unbeaten in eight outings since then and can be expected to put up a strong defence of their title.
France were subsequently defeated 1-0 by Germany, but bounced back with three successive victories and should be a force to be reckoned with on home soil.
Germany are unbeaten in their last 11 matches, although they were disappointing in a recent 2-2 draw with Japan.
England won the SheBelieves Cup earlier this year, claiming top spot in the round-robin tournament ahead of the USA, Japan and Brazil.
They subsequently shrugged off a friendly defeat against Canada with a victory over Spain and could be a big threat this summer.
Netherlands are also worth keeping an eye on, with their confidence boosted by their success at the 2017 European Championships.
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