Transfer Blog: Jose Mourinho expecting Dele Alli to stay at Spurs

Solskjaer surprised at any Manchester United incomings | 27th Jan 2021 16:37 | Niall McCaughan

Being one of the biggest clubs in the world, naturally Manchester United dominate the back page transfer columns. However it’s been a quiet one this January for United, with only Amad Diallo coming in on a pre-agreed switch from Atalanta. Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested any further additions are unlikely, but there are expected to be some departures from Old Trafford. Tim Fosu-Mensah has already left the club, whilst Marcos Rojo has been told he can leave. Brandon Williams is said to be attracting Premier League interest, but the most speculations surrounds the future of Jesse Lingard. West Ham are allegedly in pole position to sign the midfielder on loan and after their permanent capture of Said Benrahma, they should be able to facilitate the move.

Max Ex-Palace man Meyer takes massive pay cut in return to Bundesliga | 27th Jan 2021 15:30 | Niall McCaughan

Max Meyer had his Crystal Palace contract terminated earlier this month and so was free to find a new club. The midfielder has returned to Germany by signing for Bundesliga strugglers FC Koln. We know Palace pay massive wages to their players and Cologne have even said themselves Meyer has taken a significant pay drop to help them fight relegation. Good luck to the lad.

Max Meyer has departed Crystal Palace this transfer window. Photo: PA

West Ham to set to make Benrahma deal permanent | 27th Jan 2021 15:25 | Niall McCaughan

West Ham look like they are going to turn Said Benrahma’s loan deal from Brentford in to a permanent one. The Algeria international is currently on a season-long loan from the Championship side, and reports claim the Hammers are keen to keep hold of the player who has only turned out 10 times in the Premier League for David Moyes this season. The fee is hefty (as you’d expect for West Ham) but Benrahma did light things up for the Bees last season and he no doubt has bags of talent. There was a fight for the 25-year-old’s signature in the summer, so the Hammers will be pleased with this.

Jose Mourinho expecting Spurs stay for Dele Alli | 27th Jan 2021 15:18 | Niall McCaughan

Jose Mourinho has been speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool and the Spurs boss was asked about the future of Dele Alli. Mourinho has barely used the midfielder this season and Alli is being strongly linked with a move to PSG, where former Tottenham gaffer Mauricio Pochettino is now in charge. However, Jose swiftly swatted any suggestions of a Dele departure by claiming he doesn’t expect any incomings or outgoings between now and the closure of the window. Spurs do love a late deal though, don’t they…

Angel Di Maria heading back to the Premier League? | 27th Jan 2021 09:23 | Jim Salveson

Tottenham have made an approach to bring former Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria back to the Premier League according to L’Equipe in France (here’s the link if you can speak French!). The Argentine is currently playing his football with PSG where he has won four Ligue 1 titles since his ill-fated spell in Manchester. Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on the player who could form part of a swap deal with Dele Alli going the other way.

Angel di Maria did not enjoy his time at Old Trafford but could be heading back to the Premier League with Tottenham (photo: PA)

West Ham leading race to land Jesse Lingard | 26th Jan 2021 17:51 | Niall McCaughan

Ah, Jesse Lingard. The 28-year-old that everyone thinks is 23 looks likely to leave Old Trafford before the start of next season. There are conflicting reports over whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is willing to allow Lingard to leave in January however. The midfielder has only played 3 games for Manchester United this season, the most recent of which coming earlier this month in an FA Cup 3rd round win over Watford. If a loan move this month is to be the way things pan out, suggestions that West Ham will be the likely destination are gaining traction. Sheffield United have also been mooted in the past, as have Newcastle – but with the way things are going at the London Stadium for the Hammers right now, that certainly seems a more attractive move.

DONE DEAL: Aston Villa confirm Sanson | 26th Jan 2021 17:38 | Niall McCaughan

In probably the only real interesting bit of news so far this window, the pursuit of Marseille’s Morgan Sanson has finally paid off for Aston Villa. The midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park for an undisclosed fee from the Ligue 1 side, subject to international clearance. There were some doubts last week over the deal, but the French international has now agreed terms. Welcome to the Premier League, Morgan!

Morgan Sanson poses with the Aston Villa shirt after completing his switch from Marseille. Photo: Twitter/Aston Villa

DONE DEAL: Sokratis signs for Olympiacos as Ozil completes Fener switch | 25th Jan 2021 09:46 | Niall McCaughan

One of the stories coming out of the Emirates Stadium last week was that defender Sokratis Papastathopolos had his Arsenal contract cancelled by mutual consent. As such, he was free to find another club – and it looks like he is on the verge of doing so already. According to Sky Italy, Sokratis is set to return to his native Greece and sign for Athens-based side Olympiacos. 350 miles away in Istanbul meanwhile, Mesut Ozil has officially signed with Fenerbahce after finally leaving the Gunners – although there appears to be some mad rumours surrounding the deal, like Fenerbahce reportedly asking fans to donate money via text message in order to pay Ozil’s wages. Ah, the Turkish league.

Mesut Ozil poses with a Fenerbahce scarf after completing his move from Arsenal. Photo: Instagram/Mesut Ozil

DONE DEAL: Aston Villa finally snaffle Sanson | 25th Jan 2021 09:38 | Niall McCaughan

Good morning! I hope you had a top weekend. Plenty of transfer activity to digest over the weekend, including Aston Villa allegedly agreeing terms with Marseille over the transfer of Morgan Sanson. We reported last week that the deal seemed to have hit a roadblock due to an issue over price, but several high-profile sources are now reporting that Sanson will be a Premier League player by the end of the window. He is due for a medical at Aston Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground in the next couple of says, so providing he gets through that with no issues (and those pesky Brexit papers are sorted in time) then Dean Smith will have got his man.

DONE DEAL: Chelsea’s Tomori completes AC Milan switch | 22nd Jan 2021 18:13 | Niall McCaughan

Fikayo Tomori has completed his medical today and has now officially joined AC Milan on loan from Chelsea. As we wrote earlier this week, the defender will link up with the Serie A leaders til the end of the season with an option to buy. Even without fans, the San Siro – despite it’s dilapidated state these days – is a great place to play your football.

Everton striker Cenk Tosun top of West Brom wishlist | 22nd Jan 2021 14:19 | Niall McCaughan

Cenk Tosun’s agent has been talking up a move to the Hawthorns in the Turkish press this week. Tosun has had a rotten time at Goodison Park, with injuries and the form of Dominic-Calvert Lewin keeping him out of the side. In fact, this isn’t the first time he’s been tipped for a move away. The Everton striker is said to be top of Big Sam’s January shopping list at West Brom as they look to stave off relegation. Allardyce was the man who brought Tosun to England when he was Everton boss in 2018, and that is believed to be a major factor in West Brom’s pursuit of the Turkey international. We also mentioned earlier this week that Tosun’s international teammate Okay Yokuslu is catching the Baggies’ eye. You can read more about that potential move here.

West Ham open to lowering Declan Rice asking price | 22nd Jan 2021 13:34 | Niall McCaughan

West Ham slapped an £80m price on the head of star midfielder Declan Rice in the summer, but according to 90min, the Hammers are prepared to lower that to £50m. This is allegedly due to the financial impact of Covid-19, but seeing as Rice has improved this season and is only 22 years of age, it seems a strange thing to consider from the West Ham board. Rice has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United in recent times, and of course he’s English, which is a great excuse to throw on a few extra quid to the asking price. It’s really unlikely that he’ll leave the London Stadium this month, but whether he is a Hammers player this time next year, who knows.

West Ham have handed Declan Rice the captaincy this season, and the Hammers have improved massively from games like this against Leicester last campaign. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Wolves want Brazilian forward Willian Jose | 22nd Jan 2021 13:01 | Niall McCaughan

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly deep in negotiations with Real Sociedad over the transfer of striker Willian Jose. Scoring goals has been difficult for Wolves since Raul Jimenez got injured, with 18-year-old record signing Fabio Silva probably a little too green to fill the Mexican’s shoes. As such, it’s no real surprise Nuno Espirito Santo is in the market for reinforcements upfront. There are complications with this deal, which you can read about here, but currently the Brazilian is likely to be on his way to Molineux after snubbing Atletico Madrid for a chance in the Premier League.

Marcos Rojo to leave Manchester United | 22nd Jan 2021 13:01 | Niall McCaughan

Marcos Rojo has been at Manchester United for almost 7 years, but now his stay at Old Trafford is up. The defender, who hasn’t even managed 100 Premier League appearances in his time at the club, will join Boca Juniors in his native Argentina before the end of the month. In December he was allegedly offered to Sheffield United after spending time on loan at Estudiantes for the first half of the season, but he is so out-of-favour at United that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told him not to bother coming back to England. Ouch.

Arsenal sign Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan | 22nd Jan 2021 11:49 | Marley Anderson

Arsenal have signed goalkeeper Mat Ryan from Brighton on loan for the rest of the season. The Aussie had been replaced recently at Brighton by Robert Sanchez, and with Graham Potter handing a new deal to Jason Steele, that was a clear sign that they were happy to let Ryan leave. The 28-year-old has played over 100 times for Brighton in the Premier League, so will add experience to the ranks, and will wear the number 33 shirt at the club he says he supported as a child.

Everton eye swoop for Bayern Munich forward | 22nd Jan 2021 10:49 | Niall McCaughan

Yesterday, Sport Social’s Marley Anderson highlighted that the German press are reporting Everton’s interest in young Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee. The 19-year-old has struggled to get game time ahead of Robert Lewandowski (who wouldn’t?!) and is said to be open to a move. Carlo Ancelotti could orchestrate a deal for the Dutchman as much needed back-up to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the Bundesliga side are supposedly only willing to do a loan deal.

Southampton manager confident of Danny Ings stay | 22nd Jan 2021 10:36 | Niall McCaughan

On yesterday’s Football Social Daily podcast, we discussed the ongoing tussle between Danny Ings and Southampton over a new deal. Ings wants to stay – but he’s concerned over the size of the release clause in the new deal that has been offered to him. Saints are willing to make the striker their highest paid player of all time, but the 30-year-old is hesitant to sign because of that hefty release clause – something which may scupper a move to a big club in future. Despite this, Ralph Hasenhuttl is confident that player and club can overcome their differences.

Southampton’s Danny Ings is unsure over whether to commit to a new deal at the club. Photo: PA

Aston Villa hit snag in Morgan Sanson pursuit | 21st Jan 2021 15:48 | Niall McCaughan

Morgan Sanson, the Marseille midfielder, has been on the radar of Aston Villa this transfer window. Burnley have also been interested in the past, but Villa have been leading the way as of late – but a potential move appears to have hit a roadblock. Marseille want more than the £15m Villa have offered. Fair enough for a French international. There’s still 10 days of the window to go, but nobody is too sure if Villa will return with an improved bid.

DONE DEAL: Jean-Philippe Mateta to Crystal Palace | 21st Jan 2021 09:40 | Jim Salveson

As we mentioned yesterday, Crystal Palace have snapped up Jean-Philippe Mateta on loan from Mainz, which has finally been announced by the club. The Frenchman has scored 7 goals so far this term in the Bundesliga and has joined the Eagles on an 18-month loan deal, subject to international clearance. The Evening Standard are reporting that Palace do have an obligation to make the deal permanent at the end of the loan with a fee of £13million agreed – something we also picked up yesterday for you. Roy Hodgson’s side have only scored 22 goals so far this season so they’ll be hoping Mateta will provide much needed firepower.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has been keen to add to his attacking options (PA/ Peter Powell)

Wolves bring in attacking option | 20th Jan 2021 19:47 | Jim Salveson

Nuno Espirito Santo has bolstered the Wolverhampton Wanderers attack with a loan deal for Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose. Jose has bagged 60 goals in 169 La Liga appearances and The Daily Mail are reporting that Wolves have an option to make the deal permanent should all go well in the West Midlands. Wanderers have looked short of goals since the injury to Raul Jimenez earlier in the season and Santo will hope that Jose can provide another option to record signing Fabio Silva who has struggled to find the net since his move to Molineux in the summer.

Arsenal make second approach for Odegaard | 20th Jan 2021 19:39 | Jim Salveson

Mikel Arteta is keen on brining Norwegian attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard to the Emirates and has gone back to Real Madrid with a second offer according to Sky Sports. The player is expecting to leave the Spanish giants this Transfer Window in search of first team football but Real don’t want to lose the talented youngster on the cheap despite him only costing them around £2.7million from  Stromgodset back in 2015. Arsenal are facing stiff competition for his signature however including interest from at least one other Premier League club.

Sayonara Sokratis as defender’s Arsenal contract cancelled | 20th Jan 2021 15:43 | Niall McCaughan

There has been a flurry of transfer activity at Arsenal this week, with sporting director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta looking to rearrange the Gunners squad. They haven’t pulled any punches either, with Sokratis Papastathopolous (that’s tough to type) the latest to be shown the Emirates exit door. The Greek defender has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent, meaning he is now free to find another club as and when he pleases. Sokratis’ last game was the FA Cup final win over Chelsea – not a bad way to go out. Elsewhere, Mesut Ozil is set to finalise his Fenerbahce move on Friday after a period of self-isolation in Turkey, whilst William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac have been loaned out.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been keen to move on those players surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium. Photo: PA

Mainz man Mateta heading for Crystal Palace | 20th Jan 2021 15:29 | Niall McCaughan

Bundesliga club Mainz has been the home of some top talent in the past. Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp cut his teeth there and Sadio Mane also got a Premier League switch off the back of some impressive displays. Now Crystal Palace have plundered the German side of striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, who signs a loan deal at Selhurst Park with an option to buy. Palace have had their eye on the Frenchman for some time, expressing interest in the forward in previous windows, but now look to have finally got their man. This one hasn’t been officially confirmed by either club as yet but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano says it’s a done deal – which is good enough for us!

Aston Villa closing in on Morgan Sanson deal | 20th Jan 2021 15:18 | Niall McCaughan

With just over 10 days left of the transfer window, things are finally starting to hot up. Over the past week or so Aston Villa have been strongly linked with Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, and it looks like they are close to getting their man. With Conor Hourihane’s loan departure to Swansea yesterday freeing up some room in Dean Smith’s midfield, the France international could well swap Ligue 1 for the Premeir League. Burnley have also been interested in the 26-year-old in the past, but we will be surprised if Sanson’s destination is anywhere other than Villa Park.

Sheffield United in a fight to land Jesse Lingard | 19th Jan 2021 16:27 | Niall McCaughan

Jesse Lingard has only played 3 times for Manchester United this season, so naturally the rumours surrounding his Old Trafford future are swirling. The Blades are reportedly interested in taking Lingard as they battle to stave off relegation, but as Sport Social’s Marley Anderson writes, Tottenham have now entered the race for his signature. Could Lingard be tempted to link up with former boss Jose Mourinho?

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard – is he on his way to Spurs? Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Spurs youngster Harvey White joins Pompey on loan | 19th Jan 2021 14:01 | Niall McCaughan

One of the smaller deals that took place yesterday was Tottenham’s 19-year-old midfielder Harvey White joining Portsmouth on loan. White made an impressive first start for Spurs in their recent FA Cup game with non-league Marine, and links up with the League One side to gain valuable first team experience with Pompey currently in with a shout of automatic promotion to the Championship.

Hourihane heading for Aston Villa exit door | 19th Jan 2021 12:33 | Niall McCaughan

We wrote yesterday about a number of promotion-chasing Championship sides being keen on Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane. Well now it looks like Swansea City have won the race for the Republic of Ireland international, with a loan deal until the end of the season looking most likely. Hourihane hasn’t played for Villa in the Premier League since November and AFC Bournemouth were another side interested in his services, but after the Cherries signed free agent Jack Wilshere yesterday there was no real need for them to bring in the Irishman.

West Brom keen on Turkey international | 19th Jan 2021 10:02 | Niall McCaughan

West Brom may have secured a huge three points against rivals Wolves last time out, but defensive worries continue to be of concern for the Baggies. Despite them having conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season, it is in fact a midfielder who they have been linked with over the last 24 hours rather than defensive reinforcements. Albion are said to be in talks with Celta Vigo’s Turkish international Okay Yokuşlu, according to the player’s agent. You can hear more about West Brom’s pursit of the La Liga man here.

West Ham turn to Spain for Haller replacement | 19th Jan 2021 09:30 | Jim Salveson

West Ham continue to be linked to seemingly every striker in Europe as they search for a replacement for Sebastien Haller, who signed for Ajax earlier this month. The Athletic are reporting that the latest name on the Hammers’ hitlist is Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri. Some sources are claiming however that the West Ham board have remained true to form and only offered 50% of the fee demanded by the Spanish club which means, once again for the Hammers, that transfer is unlikely to get over the line. Sport Social’s Niall McCaughan has more on this story which you can read here.

Chelsea look to steal march on Premier League rivals to land Haaland | 19th Jan 2021 08:27 | Jim Salveson

Chelsea are trying to beat the pack of Premier League clubs chasing Norwegian star Erling Haaland by attempting to agree a deal for a summer transfer. According to Sky Sports journalist Angelo Mangiante, the Blues have two main targets for their summer spending; Declan Rice and the Dortmund striker. The players’ release clause does not activate until the summer of 2022 but Roman Abramovich is allegedly prepared to break the clubs transfer record to seal the deal.

Erlin Haaland has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs (PA)

Dele Alli awaits decision on French future | 19th Jan 2021 07:59 | Jim Salveson

Dele Alli will find out this week whether Jose Mourinho will grant his wish and let him leave Tottenham for PSG. Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants Alli as part of his new look PSG side but the London team seem reluctant to part with the player who has only had a bit-part role so far this season. The Mirror are reporting that a decision will be made this week on whether to allow Alli to move to Paris on loan for the rest of the season.

Premier League Preview: Burnley v Crystal Palace

Sean Dyche’s side are without a Premier League win so far, but two draws from their last four games gives hope a result in this one.

Dyche does have some key names coming back from injury, with Jack Cork, Phil Bardsley and Charlie Taylor all back fit.

Cork is likely to be the only change for the Clarets however, with Robbie Brady set to drop out after a busy week away with Ireland.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson is also set for limited changes, after the Eagles impressed with a 4-1 win over Leeds last time out.

Eberechi Eze has passed a fitness test and should start again, with Gary Cahill and James McCarthy also pushing for a starting return in Lancashire.

And it’s a 5.30pm kick off at Turf Moor on Monday night.

Nathan Ferguson eyeing Crystal Palace comeback

The defender joined the Premier League club in the summer on a free transfer after he turned down a new contract with West Brom.

Ferguson had been set to join Palace in January, but an issue with his medical saw the move collapse before the 20-year-old did finally sign for the Eagles in July.

A knee issue has restricted the England youth player to only one appearance this year and boss Roy Hodgson recently admitted the club’s medical staff are being cautious with the right-back after he suffered one setback already.

But Ferguson, speaking at a Palace for Life Foundation event, said: “Short term, I want to get myself out of this injury and back to where I was or even better.

“Hopefully I can then implement myself into the team and help to develop other players while I’m also working hard myself.

“This is my first setback, I’ll come back and this will make me stronger through the rest of my career.”

During his time away from rehabilitation, the ex-Baggies player offered his support to the Palace for Life Foundation this week.

He spoke to a small group of children at Bandon Hill Meadow Field Primary School in Carshalton over a video call as part of the Team Mates programme.

The sessions are put on to encourage pupils to speak openly about how they are feeling and use positive psychology to help them become more resilient and improve their social skills.

“Communication is so important, it’s good to teach it from a young age so that they learn that it’s OK to talk about your feelings,” Ferguson added.

“Even if I can inspire just one kid, that’s good enough for me, hopefully I can encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and go on to do what they want to do when they’re older.”

Palace’s number 36 is one of several unavailable to manager Hodgson, but it failed to prevent the south Londoners beating Leeds 4-1 in the final match before the international break.

Captain Luka Milivojevic missed that fixture due to suspension and while he has two more matches of his ban to serve, the midfielder has now tested positive for coronavirus.

A statement from the Serbian FA read: “After regular testing performed on Monday after the arrival of the national team members of Serbia in Stara Pazova, it was determined that the captain of Crystal Palace, Luka Milivojevic, was positive for the Covid-19 virus.”

The 29-year-old, who was tested again on Tuesday and recorded another positive result, will self isolate in his home country before he is able to return to England.

Crystal Palace secure impressive 4-1 Premier League win over Leeds

Leeds have now lost their last three league games, whilst Palace picked up their first home win since the opening day.

It was all one-way traffic in the opening stages as Palace looked to impose themselves from the start.

Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt both fired early tests at Illan Meslier before Palace final broke through on 12 minutes.

Eberechi Eze’s corner outfoxed the Leeds defence and Scott Dann got up highest to power home a header.

And after Leeds’ Patrick Bamford saw his effort ruled out for offside, Palace simply picked up the momentum again to make it 2-0.

Eze was again at the heart of for Roy Hodgson’s side as their new star bent home a superb free kick.

Leeds did manage to hit back before the break though as Bamford finally got his goal as he cushioned home Mateusz Klich’s knock down.

But Palace made the game safe just before half time as the unfortunate Helder Costa diverted Van Aanholt’s cross past Meslier.

With the game began to peter out after the restart, Leeds struggled to spark themselves into life with Jack Harrison’s long ranger their best effort.

And with Leeds unable to break through a stubborn Palace defence, the hosts put the gloss on an unusually potent attacking display as Jordan Ayew calmly tucked home Wilf Zaha’s pass.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 4 Leeds United 1

Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Leeds

The two clubs have made identical starts to the season, with three wins, three defeats and a draw each, leaving them in mid table after seven games, but both suffered disappointing defeats last time out.

Palace were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Wolves at Molineux, and midfielder Luka Milivojevic was sent off for a late challenge on Joao Moutinho, meaning he will serve a three-match ban after an unsuccessful appeal. Roy Hodgson was livid with the referee’s decision, and it now means the Eagles squad is stretched even thinner, with their injury troubles still proving problematic.

Centre-back pair Gary Cahill and James Tomkins are both struggling after calf and heel injuries respectively, meaning Cheikhou Kouyate and Scott Dann are likely to continue at the back.

Tyrick Mitchell and Joel Ward are also missing, while new signing Nathan Ferguson and long-serving goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey miss out too.

There’s positive news in the shape of James McCarthy though, as the Irish midfielder could return after a thigh injury. He could form the McCarthy/McArthur midfield pair, as the Scotland international is expected to deputise for Milivojevic.

Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland are available again after positive coronavirus tests and should be involved.

Leeds have been hit by the virus as well, with record signing Rodrigo ruled out after a positive test. The Spanish international will now isolate under Premier League protocol and miss the trip to the capital.

Kalvin Phillips remains sidelined with a shoulder injury which is expected to keep him out until December, while Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw are also long-term absentees.

New signing Diego Llorente is still to make his debut for the club and will miss out with an injury suffered while on international duty.

Raphinha has been struggling with an ankle injury and a late decision will be made on him, but wholesale changes aren’t expected to the Leeds side that started the 4-1 defeat to Leicester City last weekend.

Top scorer Patrick Bamford will continue up front and hope he can show Gareth Southgate more of what he can do after missing out on the latest England squad, while midfield creators Pablo Hernandez, Jack Harrison and Helder Costa will be tasked with providing the ammunition for the former Chelsea striker.

Crystal Palace take on Leeds United at Selhurst Park on Saturday, November 7th. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Impressive Wolves secure 2-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace

Nuno Santo’s side moved up to third in the table as first half goals from debutant Rayan Ait-Nouri and Daniel Podence secured the three points.

Wolves dominated right from kick off in this one as Leander Dendoncker struck a post and the lively Podence forced a save from Vicente Guaita.

And with wave after wave of pressure from Wolves it was only a matter of time before they broke through.
Podence’s ball from the right wasn’t cleared by Palace and Ait-Nouri fired home a precise finish.

Palace were unable to react to that setback as Wolves poured forward again.

This time it was Pedro Neto who escaped down the right and Podence raced into the box to finish off a flowing move.

Roy Hodgson failed to rouse a response from his team in the break and Wolves could and should have extended their lead.

Raul Jimenez tested Guaita from distance before making a reaction stop from Adama Traore.

Palace’s misery was compounded in the final minutes as Luka Milivojevic was sent off but for Wolves, they look firmly back in the groove.

Full Time at Molineux it’s Wolves 2 Crystal Palace 0

Crystal Palace seal battling 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham

Jairo Reidewald and Wilf Zaha secured all three points for Roy Hodgson’s side and despite Tom Cairney’s late consolation the Eagles held on for the win.

Fulham bossed the opening stages but Scott Parker’s side struggled to carve out any clear cut chances.

And with the hosts unable to make their early pressure count Palace edged themselves in front through Reidewald.

Zaha led the Palace counterattack from inside his own half and after Alphonse Areola saved his driven effort, Riedewald reacted quickest to clip home the rebound.

Fulham reacted well to that setback but Alexander Mitrovic wasted an excellent chance to equalise.

Ademola Lookman’s strike rebound back off Vicente Guaita’s post but the Serbian made a mess of the ricochet to fire over the bar.

Parker’s side did look to tiptoe their way into the game after the break but their lack of cutting edge were ruthlessly punished by Zaha.

Andros Townsend’s pass in behind found Michy Batshuayi in space and his square ball was slid home by the Ivory Coast international.

And with Fulham heading for a sixth winless Premier League game substitute Aboubakar Kamara was shown a straight red card for a lunge at Eberechi Eze.

The Cottagers did salvage some pride in added time skipper Cairney fired past Guaita but there was no time for a late rally.

Full time at Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 1 Crystal Palace 2

No further business expected for Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson has moved to add young stars Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson from QPR and West Brom respectively, as well as striker Michy Batshuayi also arriving from Chelsea on loan this transfer window.

Palace made a bright start to the Premier League season, winning their opening two fixtures, and are currently content with their signings so far.

As such, the Evening Standard report that the Eagles ‘are in no rush to land deadline-day signings.’

The club have exclusively done business with domestic clubs this window so far and will therefore likely be eyeing October 16th as their final day for business with Premier League sides able to do deals with other English clubs until that date.

Brentford’s star winger Said Benrahma has been rumoured to be of interest to Roy Hodson, but it is understood there have been no concrete bids for the Bees man from Palace.

Roy Hodgson hints at Crystal Palace exit for Wilf Zaha

Zaha was heavily linked with a move to Everton last summer, before the Blues eventually opted for Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi instead.

However, with Zaha in inspired form for Palace at the start of the season, Hodgson has confirmed there is new transfer interest in the 27-year old.

Arsenal are rumoured to be one of the clubs tracking the Ivory Coast international, ahead of the end of the transfer window, but Palace will be determined to hold out for at least £50m.

Hodgson praises Sakho’s Crystal Palace commitment

The former Liverpool defender only returned to training on Friday, after a hamstring issue kept him sidelined for close to two months, but he featured off the bench in the Carabao Cup second-round tie.

Sakho, who played 27 times for Palace in the 2018-19 campaign, has struggled with injuries during the last 18 months and yet looked assured in the stalemate with the Cherries, which saw the Sky Bet Championship side progress 11-10 on penalties.

With Gary Cahill and James Tomkins still out, the cameo for the 30-year-old was a major boost for the Eagles ahead of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Manchester United.

“He played very little football in the last season,” Hodgson said of Sakho.

“But he was on the pitch for a long time (against Bournemouth) after doing two training sessions, which is quite incredible.

“The medical staff were very reticent to allow him play, they thought it was too soon and it wasn’t a good idea.

“I spoke to him and he thought that, as long as he wasn’t thrown into the deep end, he could play a part in the game and he did, so that’s another bonus for me.”

Due to unavailability, Palace had to start central midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate at centre-back against Southampton and, while he impressed, Hodgson was fearful of suffering more injuries at Bournemouth.

He was able to rest the entire defence which featured at the weekend and also saw summer signings Ebere Eze and Michy Batshuayi gain valuable minutes on the south coast.

The duo were quiet and struggled to create chances in the cup tie, but they got through 90 minutes along with captain Luka Milivojevic, who missed most of pre-season after he had to quarantine following a trip to Serbia.

“The benefit for us was the minutes and the competitive level of the game,” Hodgson added.

“Michy played 90 minutes for Belgium but got thrown in there and hadn’t done a lot of training with Chelsea so he needed it.

“Ebere Eze definitely needed it, Max Meyer needed it and Luka definitely needed it.

“Luka when he came back from Serbia couldn’t train with us and he was injured for the last part of the season, so for him that is the first 90 minutes in a long time.”

The shoot-out defeat for Palace meant they missed out on successive games in Manchester, with Bournemouth due to face Carabao Cup holders Manchester City in the third round next week.

David Brooks was the Cherries’ star performer and is one of several players at the club linked with a transfer in the wake of their relegation.

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was the hero for the Championship side after he denied Milivojevic from the spot, but he spent last season away from the Vitality Stadium on loan and could still depart before October 5.

New boss Jason Tindall said: “We have always got good players linked with different clubs and until someone tells me otherwise, they are still a Bournemouth player.

“And I am delighted to have as many of my best players available to me as possible.”

Crystal Palace remain keen on Ipswich Town’s Flynn Downes

Palace have been keen to do business this summer after relative inactivity in recent windows, much to the delight of supporters who were concerned at the state of the squad at the end of last season.

Manager Roy Hodgson – who has a year remaining on his Selhurst Park contract – has long outlined his desire for investment in an ageing Palace side.

Roy’s call has been answered so far this summer, with the club moving to bring in QPR’s Eberechi Eze and West Brom full back Nathan Ferguson.

Both players are aged 22 or under, and the Eagles’ blueprint of fresh blood looks set to continue with the ongoing pursuit of 21-year-old Ipswich midfielder Flynn Downes.

The League One side have confirmed they have rejected two bids from Crystal Palace for Downes’ services and say they will continue to do so until their valuation of the player is met.

Ipswich Director of Football Lee O’Neill claims in the East Anglian Daily Times that Downes has been made fully aware that he won’t be leaving Portman Road until an acceptable offer is submitted.

However, this fighting talk from the Tractor Boys is unlikely to deter Crystal Palace, who seem determined to fulfil their summer shopping list.

Crystal Palace set to unveil Eze transfer from QPR

Speculation regarding Eze’s future at Loftus Road had ramped up in recent weeks, with Crystal Palace and West Ham United known Premier League admirers.

And it looks like Roy Hodgson has won the race for the 22-year-old’s signature, with Eze set to be unveiled at Selhurst Park in the coming days in a £19.5m deal say the Evening Standard.

The impressive forward was a key component for QPR last campaign, starting all 46 of Rangers’ Championship fixtures, and scoring 14 times.

Eze becomes the second youngster to make the switch to Palace this season, with 19-year-old full back Nathan Ferguson arriving from West Bromwich Albion earlier on in the transfer window.