Newcastle Reported to the Premier League by Sheffield Wednesday Over Appointment of Steve Bruce

Sheffield Wednesday have reported Newcastle to the Premier League over their appointment of new manager Steve Bruce.

Newcastle announced the appointment of the 58-year-old on a three-year contract last week, despite the former Sunderland boss only being ​the club’s eleventh choice candidate.

The offer proved too tempting for lifelong Newcastle fan Bruce who was only in charge of Sheffield Wednesday for five months before handing in his resignation amid interest from the Magpies.

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The way in which Mike Ashley’s side conducted the move for Bruce and his backroom staff angered the Owls so much so that they have made a formal complaint to the Premier League who will now investigate.

A statement made by Wednesday, carried by the ​Sun, said: “Following Newcastle United’s announcement on 17 July 2019 of its appointment of former Sheffield Wednesday staff Steve Bruce, Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, the club confirms that it has today reported Newcastle United’s conduct to the Premier League.

“As the Premier League will now initiate and carry out investigations into the club’s allegations, the club will not be commenting further on this matter whilst such investigations are ongoing.”

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Wednesday’s frustration is unsurprising due to the large impact Bruce made during his short tenure. Losing just three of his 18 games in charge, Bruce’s 38.9% win percentage took the Owls to 12th place in last season’s Championship and proved himself to be the ideal manager to lead a successful promotion campaign this season.

The manager position is still vacant at Hillsborough as Wednesday concluded their pre-season preparations with a 3-2 victory over Holstein Kiel in Germany on Sunday. Their attention now turns to their opening fixture of the Championship away at Reading on 3 August.

Bruce – who was in the stands as Newcastle beat West Ham in the Premier League Asia Trophy third-place playoff on Saturday – has already faced a backlash since succeeding the popular Rafa Benitez.

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Within an hour of his appointment being announced, ‘#BruceOut’ was trending in the top 10 in the UK, ​while fans on social media expressed disappointment at the selection.

Bruce will hope to immediately prove his critics wrong as his side host Arsenal on 11 August as they embark on what is sure to be a very challenging Premier League season for the Magpies. 

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Atletico Madrid Favour James Rodriguez Deal Above Christian Eriksen as Real Madrid Seek Quick Sale

James Rodriguez is Atletico Madrid’s main target for another attacking addition to their squad, ahead of Christian Eriksen, with Real Madrid keen to sell to their rivals.

After losing a host of first-team names including Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin, Rodri and Antoine Griezmann, Diego Simeone’s side are on the rebuild this summer, already concluding big-money deals for the likes of Joao Felix, Kieran Trippier and Mario Hermoso.

The club is still targeting another attacking midfield addition with James and Eriksen among those linked.

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According to MarcaReal Madrid want roughly £35m for the Colombian who spent the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, making him a much cheaper option than Eriksen.

The report adds that this week is ‘key’ for the transfer of James, who he is set to return from his post-Copa America break to Real’s training squad on 29 July.

Zinedine Zidane is keen to avoid another transfer saga similar to the ongoing ​Gareth Bale story as it brings unwanted tension to the club’s pre-season tour.

Interest for James, who was named in the 2019 Copa America Team of the Tournament, is not only limited to Los Colchoneros, as Napoli have flirted with the idea of bringing the 28-year-old to the ​Serie A. 

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As for Eriksen, a move away from north London to Madrid has been well documented. However, his substantial price tag for a player with just a year left on their contact seems to have derailed any possible deals.

Although the Wanda Metropolitano may not be calling for the Dane, the possibility of a move to the Bernabeu is still alive. 

​Eriksen may not be the first choice for Los Blancos, but the departure of the ​James could free up some space at the club.

Christian Eriksen

​Tottenham’s playmaker has looked set to depart for much of the summer, yet with no formal offers he could end up signing a new contract under Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the transfer window. 

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Manchester United ‘Practically Agree’ Deal for €75m-Rated Paul Pogba Replacement

Manchester United are potentially close to completing the signing of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – if the latest gossip from Rome is to be believed – as Real Madrid continue to pursue unsettled star Paul Pogba

Real coach Zinedine Zidane is determined to sign Pogba this summer as part of an ongoing overhaul in the Spanish capital, but United have maintained the Frenchman is not for sale this summer, while reported valuations have reached as much as €200m (£179m).

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Any deal for Pogba would also likely be dependent on both Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez leaving Real in order to raise the necessary funds. Even then there are major obstacles, with suggestions that Los Blancos don’t wish to pay more than €150m (£135m).

In the event that United do sell Pogba this summer, a replacement is obviously crucial. But while an exit for the French World Cup winner still feels unlikely, Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica now claim that United are well on their way to securing a deal for Milinkovic-Savic.

It is alleged that the Old Trafford club’s pursuit of the Serbian international is a ‘well established operation’ and that a deal with Lazio worth €75m (£67m) plus add-ons is ‘practically’ agreed.

Lazio’s asking price has previously been reported to be €90m (£81m), although as Sport Witness point out, accepting a lower initial fee could be seen as acceptable if the unspecified add-ons are relatively easy to trigger.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

La Repubblica also tip Milinkovic-Savic to sign a lucrative five-year contract with United, while also suggesting that Lazio will aim to replace him with Trabzonspor’s Yusuf Yazici – United fans may remember the name as he himself has also been linked with Old Trafford.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito was seemingly paving the way for Milinkovic-Savic to be sold when he said earlier this week that the club would not stand in the way of his ambition.

“He has fair and correct ambitions, we do not want to hold him back; he wants a top 10 club in the world. We hope the conditions are created for us to become one of those top clubs soon,” the Biancocelesti chief commented, via AOL.

Whether this supposed move to United actually happens remains very unclear.

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It will obviously all hinge on Pogba – if he doesn’t move, United don’t move – yet there seems to be little progress of genuine substance on that front. United will not sell for anything other than a truly enormous offer and Real may be unwilling or unable, or both, to go that high.

What’s more, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems insistent on building his new look team around the 26-year-old, ​commenting last week, “I’ve had a great relationship with him. Of course, I had him in the reserves a few years back. And I said: ‘If he’s in your squad, you’d build a team around him’. I haven’t changed that much since then, so I would say the same now.”

Solskjaer has also answered Pogba’s admission that he wants a ‘new challenge’ by insisting that the player can still have that by staying at Old Trafford.

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9 Players on the Market Who Your Club Should Steer Well Clear of This Summer

The summer transfer window is edging towards its yellow-tied sex-toy wielding conclusion, but there is still so much to settle right across Europe.

Plenty of players (and their respective clubs) are still searching for a fresh start this summer, but that doesn’t mean they should be snapped up straight away.​

Here’s a list of nine players currently on the market that should not be considered by anyone this summer.


Guido Carillo

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This is a reminder that ​Southampton paid £19m to sign Guido Carillo from Monaco in 2018. £19m! 

As signings go, this one couldn’t have turned out much worse. The Argentinean made just 10 appearances for the Saints, failed to score a single goal and was sent out on loan to Leganes last season.

He didn’t travel with Southampton to Austria for their pre-season trip and has been pushed further down the pecking order following the recent arrival of Che Adams, so he clearly has no future on the south coast. 

Southampton will understandably be wanting to recoup as much money as possible from his sale, but he’s barely worth a tenth of his previous transfer fee.


Marcos Rojo

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Harry Maguire’s seemingly imminent arrival at ​Manchester United should put the final nail in the coffin for Marcos Rojo, who has manage the remarkable feat of being behind Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the pecking order for the Red Devils.

The Argentinean defender has been far from consistent during his five-year spell at Old Trafford, so it’s no surprise to hear of rumours linking him with an exit from the club this summer. However, United may find it difficult to offload him on account of the fact that he’s basically, well, rubbish.

It was also reported that United have slapped a £25m price tag on him, which is ambitious to say the least.


Diego Costa

Diego Costa

Plenty of teams have been linked with a move for ​Diego Costa​Everton and Manchester United included – but they should be wary of his recent record before making an official approach for the ​Atletico Madrid man.

Costa forged a decent reputation for himself during his time with Chelsea, but he has since failed to come anywhere close to matching his previous standards. In 2018/19 he managed to register just two league goals, which tells you everything you need to know.

That’s not forgetting his questionable disciplinary record. He managed to earn himself an eight-match ban in April – four games for directing insulting language towards an official and four games for the use of ‘light’ violence.


Carl Jenkinson

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​Crystal Palace are said to be considering a move for Carl Jenkinson to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka which, if true, is the biggest potential downgrade of the summer, bar none.

Contrary to popular belief, Jenkinson isn’t a terrible player, but he isn’t exactly a great one either. It’s obvious to see that he isn’t at the required level for ​Arsenal, but it would be a stretch to suggest that he would be able to maintain a starting berth anywhere else in the Premier League.

His modest price tag of £5m may convince someone to take a punt on him, but that doesn’t mean they should.


Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie

“There is a journalist in the press-room in Cairo who appears to be watching a YouTube compilation of Yannick Bolasie losing possession.” The words of ​Jonathan Wilson on Twitter, which neatly sum up Bolasie’s recent troubles.

The Congolese winger spent the entirety of 2018/19 out on loan, first with Aston Villa and then Anderlecht, and is very unlikely to break back into the Everton starting XI next season, so his departure seems inevitable.

His performance levels have dipped considerably following his unfortunate injury in December 2016, but he still has two years left on his current deal with Everton, which means he isn’t going to come cheap.


Eliaquim Mangala

Eliaquim Mangala

It may be hard to comprehend, but Eliaquim Mangala is still lingering about at ​Manchester City, despite not making a single appearance for the Citizens in over 18 months.

The defender has no future with the Premier League champions, but his dip in form and continuous injury problems make him a player to avoid this summer.

The only saving grace for any club interested in snapping up the Frenchman is that City could be willing to let him leave the club for free – which would equate to a £42m loss on their part. Yikes.


Dalbert

Dalbert

Dalbert’s time at ​Inter has been rather miserable. The Brazilian joined the Nerazzurri from Nice in 2017 but has slowly been phased out of the first-team picture – making just 12 appearances in 2018/19.

Inter are more than happy to listen to offers for him this summer, but he hasn’t exactly put himself in the shop window after a string of very unconvincing performances.

He still has four years left on his current deal too, which means it may take a sizable offer before Inter are willing to let him jump ship – not that anyone in their right mind would be considering making a move for him.


Jerome Boateng

Jerome Boateng

Once one of the finest central defenders in the world, Jerome Boateng’s reputation has taken a serious hit in recent years.

He’s no longer a part of the German national team setup and is going to struggle to replace Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard in central defence for ​Bayern Munich next season, so his future is decidedly uncertain.

While he may seem like a decent proposition, it must be noted that he is not the defender he once was. His performances at the 2018 World Cup should be evidence to suggest that the 30-year-old is on a (very) sharp decline.


Joe Hart

Joe Hart

Poor Joe Hart. The former England number one hasn’t been able to catch a break in recent years and, after ​Burnley offered a long-term contract to Nick Pope, he could be on the move again this summer.

While his situation is somewhat unfortunate, it must be remembered that he hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory and has failed to impress at any of his last few clubs.

Burnley will want to get back the £3.5m they spent on him last summer, so he isn’t exactly a bargain either.


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Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘Agrees’ £100k-a-Week Chelsea Contract Extension to Be Signed Ahead of New Season

Chelsea winger ​Callum Hudson-Odoi has agreed to sign a new five-year contract following the appointment of Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

The England international was locked in a dispute with the club last season over a lack of playing time and picked up a lot of interest from Bayern Munich, who submitted a number of bids for the 18-year-old during the January transfer window.

Despite seeing their bids rejected, Bayern Munich remained confident that at the very least Hudson-Odoi could be brought in on a free transfer at the end of his contract in 2020.

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But The Times claims that Hudson-Odoi has now made a U-turn over his future by agreeing to Chelsea’s most recent five-year contract offer.

It’s understood that he will earn a whopping £100,000-a-week as part of his new deal at Stamford Bridge, which he is ‘expected’ to sign before the start of the campaign.

​A previous report suggested that Hudson-Odoi could pocket up to £10m per season through performance-related add-ons, on top of his £100,000-a-week wages.

Hudson-Odoi struggled to really establish himself at Chelsea before Bayern Munich declared their interest in his signature, something which prompted then-manager Maurizio Sarri to start including the teenager in his first-team.

It’s well known that up until very recently Hudson-Odoi was still considering a move to Bavaria at some point over the next 12 months, but the winger now looks set to commit his future to the club after spending more than a decade in their academy.

He made 24 first-team appearances last season, where he went on to score five goals and claim the same amount of assists across all competitions.

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