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Swansea City manager Paul Clement has confirmed the Premier League side has made a cash plus player for offer for Aston Villa’s Ghanaian striker, Jordan Ayew.  The Welsh club are poised to complete a deal which will see them pay Villa £5million for the £9million-rated Ghana international, with 27-year-old Taylor also included as part of the transfer. Ayew, who has scored ten goals since joining Villa from Lorient in the summer of 2015, is one of several players boss Steve Bruce was prepared to offload during the January window. Wales international Taylor will meanwhile provide competition for Jordan Amavi in…

Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho has signed a new five-year contract worth about £150,000 a week, making him the highest-paid player at the club. The 24-year-old Brazil international joined the Reds from Inter Milan for £8.5m in January 2013, and his new deal will take him through to 2022. Coutinho has scored 34 goals in 163 appearances for Liverpool. “It is a club that I am very grateful to and this shows my happiness here,” he told the club’s website. There is no release clause in Coutinho’s new contract, the terms of which come into effect from 1 July. Coutinho, who…

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic says forward Dimitri Payet no longer wants to play for the club – but says they will not sell him. The 29-year-old France international has regularly been linked with a move away from West Ham. “We have said we don’t want to sell our best players but Payet does not want to play for us,” Bilic said. “We are not going to sell him.” Payet joined West Ham from Marseille for £10.7m in June 2015. He excelled in his first season with the club, scoring 12 goals and earning a nomination for the PFA…

Manchester United have triggered the one-year option on Marouane Fellaini’s £120 000-a-week contract at Old Trafford, tying the Belgian to the club until the summer of 2018. The news emerged yesterday in the wake of Fellaini’s late goal and emotional celebration as United beat Hull 2-0 in the semi-final of the EFL Cup on Tuesday. Although it was widely believed that Fellaini had signed a five-year contract when he moved from Everton for £27.5million in 2013, United had an option to activate the final 12 months of the deal. The club exercised that right last month at a time when…

Wayne Rooney has moved level with Sir Bobby Charlton as Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer. The 31-year-old’s FA Cup strike against Reading took him to 249 in 543 games, reaching the landmark 215 matches and four seasons quicker than Charlton. The record had stood since 1973 but Rooney now seems certain to beat it. In 2015, Rooney surpassed World Cup winner Charlton’s England scoring record of 49 goals and has since taken his tally to 53. The United landmark comes during a season in which the England captain has been left out of the starting line-up for both club and…

Aston Villa could lose a second striker this month as Swansea are plotting a move to sign Ghana striker Jordan Ayew, according to a report. The Mirror claim that the Welsh side will test Villa’s resolve for keeping hold of the 25-year-old, with the Midlands giants also set to sell Rudy Gestede to Middlesbrough after accepting a £6million offer. It is reported that Ghana international Ayew has failed to impress manager Steve Bruce, and that could see the former Lorient forward leave just 18 months after joining Villa. With the Africa Cup of Nations also approaching, Villa could be tempted to…

Swansea manager Bob Bradley is facing two pivotal games as he battles to save his job. Bradley is under growing pressure after a dreadful run of results and defeats against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are likely to bring the American’s short tenure to an end. Swansea’s new owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien are reluctant to dismiss Bradley, who was only appointed in October, and are even prepared to back him in the January transfer window with significant funds. Yet seven defeats in 11 matches and the nature of the performances, particularly the 4-1 home thrashing by West Ham on…

Premier League leaders Chelsea should be given the trophy now, says BBC football pundit Robbie Savage. The Blues are seven points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City with just over half the season still to go. And speaking on BBC Radio 5 live after the Blues beat Bournemouth for a club record 12th consecutive league win, Savage says he cannot see beyond Antonio Conte’s side for the title. “Give them the trophy now – I can’t see anyone catching them,” he said. “Great defence and great attacking play. They can play all styles; they can break teams down. Former Wales…

Jurgen klopp  is confident Liverpool can cope without Senegalese sadio Mane  while the attacker is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty in January. Mane’s last game before joining the Senegal squad in Gabon is against Sunderland on January 2, with the 24-year-old available for the Reds’ next three fixtures. But as Klopp continued, he suggested that if there were, Liverpool would not enjoy the same harmony, with Mane’s deputies agitating for game time. “What does Sadio play? As a winger, if you want. A very offensive player, who can do everything,” he mused. “We don’t have five other wingers,…

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy will miss three matches after an appeal against his red card in Saturday’s  2-2 draw with stoke city was rejected. The 29-year-old’s wrongful dismissal claim was rejected by the Football Association and he misses games against Everton, West Ham and Middlesbrough. The England forward was sent off by referee Craig Pawson in the 28th minute for a tackle on Stoke’s Mame Diouf. The upholding of Vardy’s ban means he will be unavailable for the games against Everton, West Ham United and Middlesbrough. He could return for the FA Cup tie with Everton on 7 January.

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