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The transfer hunters: how Premier League scouting set-ups compare

lør, 17/06/2017 - 12:00
As the transfer season hots up, we look at the recruitment structures at the 20 clubs who will be playing in the 2017-18 top flight

Arsenal’s chief scout is one of the club’s longest-serving employees. Steve Rowley’s reputation was forged when he spotted an 11-year-old Tony Adams while scouting part-time. Rowley went full-time when George Graham was Arsenal manager, and was promoted to chief scout when Arsène Wenger arrived in 1996. He heads a global team and the scouting department has been influenced by the data analytics company StatDNA that Arsenal bought a few years ago with a nod to the Moneyball principles that had been successful in the US. Arsenal’s scouting is under scrutiny with last summer’s main arrivals – Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Pérez – all enduring difficult periods in their first Premier League campaigns. Amy Lawrence

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Premier League pre-season 2017: a full list of all the clubs’ friendlies

tor, 15/06/2017 - 16:30
From Tanzania to Tennessee here is a rundown of the 20 clubs’ friendly fixtures before the season starts on 12 August

All dates and kick-off times BST. All information correct at time of publication

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Premier League 2017-18: West Ham unable to play at home until September

ons, 14/06/2017 - 11:11
• Stadium will not be ready after World Athletics Championships
• Chelsea start title defence at home to Burnley, while Spurs begin at Newcastle

West Ham United will be unable to play their first scheduled home match of the season against Southampton on 19 August because the London Stadium will not be ready after hosting the world athletics championships this summer.

The athletics finish on Sunday 13 August and West Ham confirmed after the Premier League fixtures for 2017-18 had been released that their first home game will be against Huddersfield Town on 9 September. Restoring rows of seats moved to accommodate the running track will take too long to allow the match to go ahead.

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Harry Kane proud of scoring key goal for England while being captain

søn, 11/06/2017 - 23:30

• Equaliser against Scotland ‘probably most special moment of my career so far’
• Kane waiting to discover who wears captain’s armband on permanent basis

Harry Kane has spoken of his pride at captaining his country but insists England boast “plenty of leaders” in their ranks as Gareth Southgate contemplates who will wear the armband on a permanent basis.

The Tottenham Hotspur forward, who does not captain his club side, became the fifth captain of Southgate’s seven‑game tenure after Wayne Rooney, Gary Cahill, Joe Hart and Jordan Henderson at Hampden Park on Saturday and seized his opportunity by scoring the team’s 93rd‑minute equaliser. That timely intervention, just moments after two free-kicks by Leigh Griffiths had taken Scotland to the verge of a first win in this fixture in 17 years, maintained England’s unbeaten qualifying campaign at the top of Group F.

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Gareth Southgate rewards Harry Kane with England captaincy against Scotland

fre, 09/06/2017 - 20:50
• Tottenham striker given chance to stake permanent claim for the armband
• Gareth Southgate: ‘He has a very good view of the game and is keen to lead’

Harry Kane will captain England against Scotland at Hampden Park and stake his claim to wear the armband on a permanent basis as Gareth Southgate takes advantage of a first opportunity to select the Tottenham Hotspur forward in his senior team.

The Spurs striker has not represented his country since Sam Allardyce’s sole game in charge, against Slovakia in September 2016, with injuries having denied Southgate the chance to pick him since taking up the reins. The manager has confirmed he now intends to make a permanent appointment to the role, with the former captain Wayne Rooney no longer involved, and was impressed by the leadership skills demonstrated by Kane on a team bonding exercise with the Royal Marines in Devon last weekend.

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Tottenham weigh up move for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Matthias Ginter

ons, 07/06/2017 - 20:13
• Germany international a target for Hoffenheim, who value him at around £15m
• Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has longstanding interest in Ginter

Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for the Borussia Dortmund and Germany centre-half Matthias Ginter. The 23-year-old is a target for Hoffenheim, who value him at around €17m (£14.8m) and need a replacement for Niklas Süle, who has joined Bayern Munich for €20m. Tottenham, though, could step in with a counter-offer.

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What the English contenders might need for greater success in Champions League | Paul Wilson

lør, 03/06/2017 - 12:19
Premier League sides have struggled to impose themselves in Europe in recent years because the domestic competition is seen as an obstacle to success

Next season, assuming Liverpool can negotiate the play-off round, there will be five English clubs in the Champions League. That is a large number, though it does not necessarily follow that a greater representation will lead to a better chance of English success. Premier League sides have been struggling to impose themselves in Europe in recent years. From a position a decade ago when finals were being reached on a regular basis and Uefa had genuine concerns when two English clubs faced each other in Moscow in 2008, the strength of the Premier League now seems to be an obstacle to progress in Europe rather than the money and attention grabber that once threatened domination.

Chelsea were the last English team to appear in a final, when they won the event on penalties in Munich in 2012, though the reality of the past five years has been that English clubs have rarely been around to contest the later stages of the knockout rounds. Leicester City did surprisingly well to reach the quarter-finals this year, which was better than more experienced teams such as Arsenal and Manchester City managed.

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Tottenham offer €2m to buy on-loan goalkeeper Pau López from Espanyol

tor, 01/06/2017 - 18:58
• Spain under-21 goalkeeper was on loan at Spurs last season
• Offer includes up to €2m in future bonuses and a cut of any future sale

Tottenham Hotspur have moved to turn Pau López’s season-long loan into a permanent deal and have offered Espanyol €2m (£1.74m) plus a further €2m in add-ons. The proposal includes a clause that would guarantee the Spanish club a cut of any future sale and Tottenham are confident it will be accepted.

Pau, who will play for Spain at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland later this month, did not feature for Tottenham during the season but he is highly rated by the manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

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Who should the 20 Premier League clubs be targeting in the transfer window?

tor, 01/06/2017 - 16:45

Arsenal need a midfielder, Everton should consider Jordan Pickford, Manchester City should invest in Alex Sandro and West Ham should sign Jermain Defoe

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

The fact Arsenal need reinforcements in central midfield every summer shows they have failed to rectify an issue that has been holding them back for some time. They have been linked with a move for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keïta on numerous occasions this year and the Guinean could be the answer to their problems. An all-rounder in the middle of the park, the 22-year-old scored eight goals, registered seven assists and averaged 2.7 dribbles in the Bundesliga last season, while producing 2.6 tackles and 2.6 interceptions per game to boot.

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