'If there is an interest in negotiating': Leeds fans will love what 20-cap int'l has just said


'If there is an interest in negotiating': Leeds fans will love what 20-cap int'l has just said – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Recently, the ever-reliable Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Post Evening claimed that Pontus Jansson is the most likely Leeds player to be sold this summer.
He said that Leeds can sell him this summer if they receive a handsome fee for the 20-cap Swede international.
“I wonder if this is the window when Jansson goes. I’d wonder if the club would be happy in that he’s done his stint and if there was big money offered then he can leave,” said Hay while speaking to Square Ball podcast.
“I wonder if he’s a team player and whether it’s too much about him. I do think he’s a very good centre-back and you would miss what he brings, but if someone is to be sold.”
Well, it remains to be seen what the future unfolds for the 28-year-old defender this summer, but the player himself has said that he will stay at the club till Leeds do not need him anymore.
Leeds narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League this season and there is a feeling that some of the key players could leave for pastures new.
Jansson has admitted that his dream is to play in the Premier League but he wants to achieve it with Leeds, and certainly he is not considering leaving the Yorkshire club.
“I’ve always said that taking the step up to the Premier League is my dream and I want to do it with Leeds,” said Jansson to Swedish outlet Aftonbladet. 
“It is up to Leeds if there is an interest in negotiating. Until then I am 110 percent Leeds. I’ll be there until the day they don’t want me.
“But when you get a question about this [Premier League and the future] after such an end [to the season], it’s really tough. But give me a holiday and some beer and then it’s back to England to run again [laughs].
Leeds fans will absolutely love his declaration of commitment for the club. Recently, Marcelo Bielsa has committed his future at the club, and Jansson’s latest comments will come as a huge boost for the fans.
Jansson could still leave the club if Leeds get a good offer for him. Leeds do not have enough money to spend, and Bielsa may need to sell one or two players to rebuild the squad.
The Swede may attract a big bid from Premier League clubs, but Leeds fans will be happy with the fact that he played with passion and pledged his commitment.
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17 goals, 20 assists: Aston Villa eye move for 27-year-old defender


17 goals, 20 assists: Aston Villa eye move for 27-year-old defender – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Glasgow Rangers skipper James Tavernier has enjoyed a phenomenal 2018-19 season, and Aston Villa are looking to lure him away from the Ibrox club this summer.
According to reports from Football Insider, the newly promoted Premier League club are looking to sign the Ibrox skipper in the summer transfer window, as Dean Smith is keen to add a solid right-back to his ranks.
The report claims that Villa are keeping close tabs on the 27-year-old defender and could make a formal approach for him following their promotion to the Premier League.
While Tavernier would love to continue playing for the Gers, a move to the Premier League is obviously a huge temptation. Moreover, Rangers could sell him as well if they receive a good offer for him.
Tavernier joined Rangers in 2015 from Wigan Athletic and has been a key player for the Gers. He is an attacking minded right-back and is very good with his set-piece deliveries.
The former Newcastle defender was superb under Steven Gerrard last season, scoring 17 goals and providing 20 assists in all competitions.
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Report: Newcastle set to submit offer for 21-yr-old South American target


Report: Newcastle set to submit offer for 21-yr-old South American target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle are set to make a move for the Brazilian left back Rogerio this summer.
According to a report from Tuttosport (translated by SportWitness), the Magpies have been keeping tabs on the player for a while now and they are set to offer a sum of around €20-25m for him.
The defender impressed during his loan spell at Sassuolo and he could prove to be a quality addition to Benitez’s defence.
Rogerio is owned by Juventus but the Italian giants might not be able to offer him regular first team football next season.
In that case, a permanent move away from Juventus would be the best for the 21-year-old player. He needs to play week in week out at this stage of his career.
Newcastle cannot rely on the likes of Dummett and Manquillo if they want to progress as a team. Someone like Rogerio would be an upgrade.
It will be interesting to see if they can agree on a fee with Juventus now. If the takeover goes through, Newcastle might have the finances to convince Juventus.
The Italian champions are under no pressure to sell and if they truly believe in the player’s potential, they could look to loan him out again.

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'He could be a match winner for them' – Liverpool star lavishes praise on Spurs ace


'He could be a match winner for them' – Liverpool star lavishes praise on Spurs ace – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has heaped praise on Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
The two sides face each other in the Champions League final this weekend and Robertson believes that the striker could make a big difference for his side.
He said to Sky Sports: “It doesn’t really matter who plays. Harry Kane, of course he’s a world class striker, and whether he’s fit or not, he could be a match winner for them, but we obviously hope not.”
Kane has been sidelined with an injury for a while now. However, he is back in training and is expected to start the final against Liverpool.
It will be interesting to see how he performs after the layoff. Kane might be lacking in match sharpness.
The England international is one of the best strikers in the world and there is no doubt that he could still win games for his side, even if he isn’t at his best.
Liverpool will have to stay focused and deal with quality attackers like Son, Eriksen, Moura, Kane and Alli if they are to win the trophy on Saturday.
The Reds have had a good season overall but they failed to win the Premier League in the end. Losing the Champions League could be catastrophic for their morale.
It will be interesting to see who comes out on top this week. Both sets of players will be hungry for silverware and the two managers will be determined to guide their team to glory as well.
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8 goals in 16 starts: Everton keen on highly talented Ligue 1 forward this summer


8 goals in 16 starts: Everton keen on highly talented Ligue 1 forward this summer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton are interested in signing the Lille forward Rafael Leao this summer.
According to Liverpool Echo, Marco Silva wants to improve his attacking options and Leao is on Everton’s radar.
The young forward has done well in Ligue 1 this past season and he has managed to score 8 goals in 16 league starts for his side.
The 19-year-old is a prodigious talent and he could be a solid long term investment for Everton.
If Silva can help the player fulfil his potential at Goodison Park, Everton could have a real star on their hands.
The Toffees are dependent on Richarlison for goals right now and someone like Leao could help share that goalscoring burden.
Despite his tender age, Leao is very matured and he could make a difference right away.
Furthermore, he is only going to improve with time and experience. Overall, the transfer seems like a no brainer.
It will be interesting to see if Everton can agree on a fee with Lille now.
The Premier League outfit are looking at other targets as well like the Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser.
However, there is no doubt that Leao has a higher ceiling and he should prove to be a better investment.
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David Gold reveals why West Ham have let 32-year-old leave


David Gold reveals why West Ham have let 32-year-old leave – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham United confirmed that both striker Andy Carroll and goalkeeper Adrian will leave when their respective contracts expire at the end of next month.
While injuries have troubled the Englishman’s Hammers’ career since he arrived from Liverpool, a lack of regular first-team football has forced the Spaniard out.
Given the superb form of Lukasz Fabianski, Adrian couldn’t make a Premier League appearance in 2018-19, seeing action in only the F.A and League Cups games.
The 32-year-old wasn’t keen on signing an extension, and co-chairman David Gold has revealed that his desperation to play first-team football meant West Ham couldn’t offer him one.

Desperate to play first team football. dg https://t.co/neQgVz2cfF
— David Gold (@davidgold) May 30, 2019

Adrian arrived at West Ham from Real Betis in the summer of 2013 as a free agent, establishing himself as the first-choice the following season and playing all 38 League games in 2014-15.
He was also a regular the following campaign, but had to share goalkeeping duties with Darren Randolph and Joe Hart in 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively.
Fabianski proved too perfect for manager Manuel Pellegrini to drop this term, and Adrian will now leave West Ham after 150 first-team appearances across all competitions.
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Dean Smith fires warning to Liverpool and Manchester City


Dean Smith fires warning to Liverpool and Manchester City – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Aston Villa secured promotion back to the English Premier League after handing Derby County a 2-1 win in the Championship play-off final on Monday.
The Villans were stuck in the Championship since relegating three years ago, and were close to promotion last summer, only to lose the playoff final to Fulham.
Villa are back in the big time now, and manager Dean Smith is aiming higher than just fighting for top-flight survival.
Having seen last season’s Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers finish the 2018-19 Premier League season in seventh place and hold their own against the big boys, Smith wants to emulate them.
Liverpool and Manchester City are the best teams in the land right now, but the Aston Villa boss is aiming to go to the Etihad Stadium and Anfield and leave with all three points on each visit.
“People might laugh at me, but when we come up against the likes of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, I want to try and win those games,” he said in an interview on the club’s official YouTube channel.
“That’s how we will approach it.”
City pipped Liverpool to the title with just a point after a fierce battle between the two heavyweights all season long.
Third-placed Chelsea finished 25 points behind Klopp’s men, underlining the huge gulf between the duo and the rest, and beating them both will be a tough task as the other 18 teams found out.
Liverpool lost just once – to City – while City’s four losses weren’t enough to stop them from winning the title.
Villa are expected to invest heavily in the summer transfer window and hold on to their key players for next season, and all eyes will be on them as they look to establish themselves in the top-flight all over again.
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Report: 27-year-old int'l set for Rangers exit, talks ongoing over summer move


Report: 27-year-old int'l set for Rangers exit, talks ongoing over summer move – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Rangers defender Lee Hodson spent the 2018/19 season on loan at St Mirren, and he is reportedly heading out of Ibrox in the summer transfer window.
According to reports from the Daily Record, St Mirren have opened talks with Lee Hodson to sign him on a permanent basis this summer.
The 27-year-old defender joined the Ibrox club in 2016, but he failed to establish himself as a first choice regular at the club.
Last season, the Northern Ireland international was sent on loan to St Mirren where he impressed with his work rate and quality. He has become an instant favourite among the fans, and the defender is in line for a permanent move at the Simple Digital Arena.
His contract at Rangers is set to expire in a few weeks’ time and therefore the move suits all parties involved.
Hodson one of Oran Kearney’s top summer targets and the club have already started making contact with the player and Rangers over a possible move in the next few weeks.
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Smith identifies £40k-per-week target for Villa, majority fans react – 'He’s not good enough', 'No deal'


Smith identifies £40k-per-week target for Villa, majority fans react – 'He’s not good enough', 'No deal' – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to reports from Birmingham Live, Aston Villa are considering making a move for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle this summer.
The 28-year-old joined West Bromwich Albion on loan in a part-exchange deal that saw Salomon Rondon moving the other way.
The report claims that Gayle is valued at £20m by the Magpies but Villa will look to strike a bargain deal for him. Villa’s recruitment staff have already made contact about a potential summer move for Gayle and asked about the striker during the play-off semi-final clash against the Baggies.
The experienced striker, who is on £40k-per-week wages at Newcastle, enjoyed a fantastic 2018-19 season at the Hawthorns, scoring 24 goals in the Championship.
Villa fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to express their reaction on the club’s interest in Gayle. While he has a terrific record in the Championship, doubts remain on whether he is good enough to play regular Premier League football, with his record of 21 goals in 99 top-flight outings in English football giving a dismal reading.
The Villans simply cannot spend big money on someone who could prove to be a massive gamble. And the majority of the fans think likewise. Here are some of the best reactions on Twitter:

No deal. He isn’t the right character for us.
— Razor Sharpe (@Razor_Sharper) May 30, 2019

If we can get him dirt cheap then maybe as 3 or 4 choice striker. As a starter. Hell no!!!
— Roy Kjetil Nylend (@royken86) May 30, 2019

Good back up striker I guess
— Josh (@joshavfcmorris) May 30, 2019

I really hope this is a wind up! We need young talent with Prem potential. Not Championship Journeymen! #UTV @AVFCOfficial
— James(Jim)Brooks (@BrooksVillan51) May 30, 2019

He’s a good championship striker with guaranteed goals at that level. He’s not Prem quality at all, so I hope this is just a rumour. Not keen at all.
— Dante’ Ingerus (@Ingy1976) May 30, 2019

No! He’s not good enough! King, Martinez(Atlanta) or Moise Kean on loan from Juve!
— Thomas Finberg (@ThomasFinberg) May 30, 2019

Excellent Championship striker,but Premiership?
— Chris Belton (@belters5705) May 30, 2019

Gayle doesn’t fit the style or transfer policy that’s been touted around. Too old, no resale value.
— Craig Turton-Lyndel (@MrDelDante) May 30, 2019

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Lucas Moura reveals why he snubbed Manchester United for Tottenham Hotspur


Lucas Moura reveals why he snubbed Manchester United for Tottenham Hotspur – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur will be facing Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday courtesy of Lucas Moura.
The Brazilian winger singlehandedly dragged Spurs into the final after scoring a second-half hat-trick against Ajax in the second-leg of the semi-final.
Tottenham were trailing 3-0 on aggregate heading into half-time having lost 1-0 at home in the first-leg and conceded twice in 45 minutes in the Netherlands.
For his heroics, Moura has written his name in the club folklore whatever happens against Liverpool, but he could have been lining up for Manchester United instead after he chose to leave Paris Saint-Germain.
The Red Devils initially wanted him in 2012, but he left Sao Paulo for PSG for £38 million instead in January 2013.
Ex-United boss Jose Mourinho was also keen on a (loan) move for the 26-year-old in January 2018, but he chose the North London outfit as he wanted a permanent exit from the Parc des Princes.
“There was a conversation with United but it was for a loan and I didn’t want a loan,” Lucas told The Guardian.
“I thought that if I left PSG, I didn’t want to go back.
“When I came to Tottenham, and I saw the training ground and met the coach, I said that I wanted to come here.”
United could do with a forward in the mould of Moura, and missing out on him remains a huge blow.
The Brazilian has since scored 16 goals for Spurs since arriving, and he could be adding to that tally on Saturday and hanging a medal around his neck.
The Red Devils would probably not have made it to the Champions League final with Moura in their ranks, but they might have finished in top-four, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will give everything to have a forward of his calibre in his side.
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