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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is stepping up his chase for Derby’s highly-rated midfielder Will Hughes, according to the Mirror.

Rodgers sent his chief scout to watch the England U-21 international this week, and views him as the long-term successor to the legendary Steven Gerrard.

Hughes, 18, limped out of Tuesday night’s Championship encounter at Bolton due to a hip injury, but had already impressed in front of watching scouts by providing an assist in the 2-2 draw.

Liverpool have been tracking the teenager for some time now but will not make a formal offer until they feel the time – and price – is right.

However, they may have to fend off interest from Merseyside rivals Everton, who also sent a two-man delegation to watch the starlet in action this week.

Hughes is considered one of the game’s most promising up-and-coming stars and recently said he models his game on Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Andr s Iniesta.

His main strengths are his passing and technical abilities while he has also become known as a “flair player” due to his usage of through balls and mazy runs to create space for teammates.

Despite Everton’s interest, Liverpool are still understood to be favourites to land the precocious youngster, possibly in the January transfer window, but may have to act fast to avoid missing out.

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James McCarthy

Are Everton looking to replace Marouane Fellaini ahead of a potential move to Man Utd? According to the MailOnline, the Belgian midfielder is ready to hand in a transfer request to force through a deadline day move to Manchester, and Everton will be faced with a massive hole in the middle of their midfield if that goes through.

The Mail say that they are already making a move to bolster their midfield, whether that outgoing deal happens or not, as they have agreed a fee with Wigan for James McCarthy, and are currently locked in talks as to how the money is paid to the Championship club.

That deal would be worth 12.5million, after two lower bids were rejected, and McCarthy would join up with former manager Roberto Martinez, if the terms of payment can be hammered out. According to the report, Everton want to pay in smaller installments, but Wigan want a chunk of the money upfront.

According to The Telegraph, the Toffees opening offer came in to Wigan on Friday and was rejected and followed up with an improved bid of around 12 million, which Whelan rejected yesterday. But now it seems the clubs are closer on their valuations, and the next steps can be made to move the player to Merseyside.

Scottish side Hamilton would also be set for a windfall, as they included a 20% sell-on fee for any transfer when they sold the midfielder to Wigan in 2010.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has also rejected what he calls an “insulting” 2.5 million bid from Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace for winger Callum McManaman,

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Arsene-Wenger

“Spend, spend, spend” has been the fans’ motto directed toward Arsene Wenger and the board during games at the Emirates.

And why? Well they were promised a lucrative transfer pot at the start of the summer and as of yet haven’t touched it- Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo have both come in on Bosman’s.

In addition, they have seen their fiercest local rivals Chelsea and Tottenham spend significantly on replenishing their squad ahead of this season.

And even if the Gunners cannot dwarf the 100 million spent by Tottenham, fans would like to see some serious cash being spent in order for top quality talent to be tempted to the Emirates having missed out on Gonzalo Higuain.

Time is running out however and Wenger faces the wrath of fans every time they lose for not being able to open the chequebook before tomorrow’s 11pm deadline

So, if Wenger doesn’t want to face this and endanger Arsenal’s season by idling away in the window and not being able to grab the talent that can help to maintain their record of being in the Champions League places ever since Wenger’s first full season in 1997-98.

Here we suggest 5 dream deadline day deals Arsenal must make.

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Everyone loves transfer deadline day – the money, the silliness, the head of Harry Redknapp poking out of a car window, there’s always something happening and its always entertaining. Yet over in North East, it’s very much been the tale of two cities – while Sunderland’s Paolo Di Canio continues to stuff his squad with a bus-load of foreigners while lambasting his current players, there’s been almost nothing happening at Newcastle United.

Yes, it’s a strange world, but it appears that for the moment, it’s all quiet on the Tyneside front. In fact, it’s the backroom staff that have made the biggest splash at St. James’ Park, with Joe Kinnear making a shock return as director of football and proceeding to generate bad press for the Mike Ashley regime. Ostensibly, his job appears to be working with manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr and bring in decent signings. Yet aside from some tentative declarations of interest and swatting down a potential move for FC Twente’s centre-back Douglas, Kinnear has done surprisingly little.

However, if you combine the former Wimbledon boss’s erratic behaviour and the all-around silly season the transfer window seems to bring (I notice Ade Akinbiyi hasn’t been prized away from Colwyn Bay… yet), you’re looking at an explosive cocktail. Something’s going to have to give eventually in the North East, and they’re surely going to sign someone. As it stands, it’s just a question of who.

So with that in mind, I’ve drawn up a list of potential last-minute signings for the Magpies. Click ‘next’ to see who I’ve got in mind.

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Wigan Athletic have signed Nick Powell on a season-long loan from Manchester United, according to the BBC.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan confirmed the deal, saying:

“We obviously had Tom Cleverley on loan and I think United were happy with the job we did with him, so it’s good news that we’ve got the lad.

The 19-year-old joined United from Crewe Alexandra in 2012 but made just two Premier League appearances for the club, and saw two more appearances in the Capital One Cup and Champions League later in the campaign.

Powell becomes the Latic’s eleventh summer arrival in what has been a busy transfer period for new manager Owen Coyle.

The same however cannot be said of United, who are still awaiting their first big signing as the transfer window ticks toward its final hour.

The Red Devils have been linked with moves for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini as well as Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera, but so far, neither player has joined the Old Trafford club.

Fellaini has handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through the move, however, and could still sign for United before the 23:00 BST deadline.

Meanwhile, Herrera is also thought to be close to joining, with reports that David Moyes’s side are willing to activate his 30 million release clause.

Do you think United are right to send Powell out on loan? Will they land Fellaini and/or Herrera? Let us know in the comment section, below.

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Sunderland drew with Southampton 1-1 in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon at the St Mary’s Stadium.

Emanuele Giaccherini gave the Black Cats an early lead but late on Jose Fonte poked the ball past Westwood to give the Saints a point.

There was a shocking change in the Sunderland side as Craig Gardner replaced the ever-promising Cabral in the centre of midfield and it appeared to be the big decider.

Moment of madness or moment of Genius?

The game got off to a flyer for Sunderland as from an early corner, sent in by Sebastian Larsson, Giaccherini leaned down low to twist his header in.

Though the dream start for Paolo Di Canio was nearly wiped away instantly, The Saints sent a teasing ball through which, ‘man-of-the-moment’, Ricky Lambert tapped in. Unfortunately for the England international, it was ruled out for offside.

The game started to get very messy and both teams started to lose shape with both sides struggling to get a stronghold of the possession.

Though it was Southampton that started to turn the heat up as they searched for their equaliser and if not for a great save from Keiren Westwood, they would have had it with Lambert coming in with a superb headed effort.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s pressure was matched by Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore who kept squirming in and around the home side’s box.

The game started to get tasty after that with radical challenges coming in from everywhere and in the space of five minutes, three yellow cards were produced.

Even Craig Gardner managed to get his infamous disciplinary record marked further and only half-an-hour of his season had taken place.

Going into added-time at the end of the first half all seemed calm and as it had been for the past 10 minutes, though a late penalty appeal for Southampton caused concern for many.

However Lee Mason waved it away and it appeared the correct decision.

Both managers were not impressed at half-time and you could see this when they both made changes at the break.

Ji entered the game for Di Canio’s side while Pochettino brought on Nathaniel Clyne and record signing Dani Osvaldo.

The changes seemed to create a sort of urgency for the south-coast side as they started to pile the pressure on the Sunderland defence.

The increased pressure almost paid off for the Saints but Jay Rodriguez could only header it straight into the arms of Westwood, and then Lambert had a shot well saved by the Irish international.

Southampton didn’t stop in their efforts to get their equaliser and Sunderland could not get a hold of the ball in any shape of form.

Then in the 88th minute their efforts and determination payed off as from a free-kick, which didn’t look very dangerous, the ball was poked in by Jose Fonte.

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So far this season, the Citizens and manager Manuel Pellegrini, have had a mixed start to the new campaign.

Firstly, they ruthlessly destroyed Newcastle at the Etihad last Monday. The 4-0 scoreline signalled their intent on reclaiming the title from neighbours United.

It seemed as if the signings made in the striking department had an effect on their frontmen as of last season Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. It may have acted as a motivation for them to keep working harder in order to consign Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo, both signed for hefty price tags, to starting from the bench and not making their impact from the outset.

It certainly worked as Dzeko masterminded two assists along with Aguero who grabbed their second midway through the first half.

The only bad news coming out of that game was the injury to their perennial leader and centre back Vincent Kompany.

His aerial presence and leadership is seen to being vital and pivotal in gaining City points both last season and their title winning one the season before.

Bad enough at any time, that blow comes as Matija Nastasic, City’s other first choice defender last season, continues to recover from an ankle injury sustained in a pre season tournament in Hong Kong.

However, Nastasic was named on the bench for yesterday’s defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Cardiff.

In that game, Kompany’s presence was undoubtedly missed as auxiliary centre back Javi Garcia and somewhat forgotten Joleon Lescott deputised. The fact that Fraizer Campbell managed to grab two headers from a set piece must have spoke volumes about their defensive organisation and direction when Kompany doesn’t play- a fact that Pellegrini lamented in the aftermath of the defeat

So, to rectify this, we are going to suggest 5 Centre Backs that Pellegrini must sign in order to complete the jigsaw and once again make them the team to beat in the league this season.

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Wenger

Arsenal have been linked with a series of midfielders this summer, as manager Arsene Wenger seeks to improve upon arguably one of the weakest areas of his side at present – defensive-midfield.

It has been a long time since the Gunners had a take-no-nonsense midfield enforcer in the mould of Patrick Vieira – club captain and, more importantly, leader – both on and off the pitch.

There is an argument that Alexander Song quite ably filled the role of defensive midfield quite ably, and in truth, the Cameroonian’s departure for Barcelona last summer has left something of a hole in Arsenal’s engine room that has still yet to be filled.

The likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are all well and good, but the Gunners have too many quick and nimble midfielders and not enough steel.

Wenger has been looking into buying Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo this summer, and the defensive midfielder would have been a terrific addition at Emirates Stadium – but it looks like he’s going to Wolfsburg.

And that leaves Wenger with a dilemma. The pressure is mounting now for him to make at least one noteworthy signing in the summer transfer market before the window slams shut on September 2 – particularly in midfield.

Here, we examine 5 Midfielders Arsene Wenger Must Sign.

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Yelena

Pole Vault champion and home-town darling Yelena Isinbayeva has been forced to clarify comments she made in the wake of her victory in the Pole Vault competition about controversial new anti-gay legislation in Russia.

The 31-year-old controversially backed new anti-gay laws in an interview given yesterday, but now claims she was misunderstood because English was not her “first language”

On Thursday, the legendary pole-vaulter caused outrage among fellow athletes and pundits alike by coming out with a controversial set of comments.

“We consider ourselves, like normal, standard people, we just live boys with women, girls with boys. It comes from the history,” she said.

“What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries, particularly when they are guests.”

On Friday, her remarks were far more concilatory;

She said: “English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood.

“I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people on the grounds of their sexuality.”

The new laws prohibit under-18 s (minors) from being told about homosexuality, with a series of fines and imprisonments meted out to those who disobey. New laws in 2012 also have banned gay-pride marches in Moscow for the next 100 years.

The new laws are a culmination of years of rising anti-gay sentiment in Russia in stark contrast to the rest of the world, which is heading in the opposite direction. Reports of mass forced evictions, labour rights abuses, and corruption involving the gay and lesbian have followed, provoking a mass outcry across the world, and calls for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have been gathering speed in the Western world over the past few weeks and months.

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luis suarez liverpool

It looks like Luis Suarez is back in Brendan Rodgers’ good books. The controversial forward has returned to training with the first-team today after talks with his manager, according to media reports.

The Red’s boss had stressed he wanted an apology from the Uruguayan star, after he went to the press in an effort to force a move away from Anfield. He has been the subject of repeated bids from rivals Arsenal, including a 40 million plus 1 bid that both Arsenal and Suarez thought would trigger a release clause for the star.

Suarez, who has scored 30 league goals in 44 appearances for the Merseysiders, will be serving the remainder of a 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic until the end of September, and as such, won’t be in Rodgers’ plans until then.

Reports from yesterday suggested that Arsenal were preparing a 49 million ( 57 million) bid for the troubled Uruguayan international, but this twist in the protracted saga may be the final one, for this transfer window at least.

For Rodgers, with a mere 2 weeks left in the transfer window, he’ll hope that he doesn’t have to consider who to replace Suarez with, as time and available strikers are running out fast.

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