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Henderson set for Anfield

June 9th, 2011

When Jordan Henderson was sent out on loan to Coventry City in 2009, nobody could have predicted the situation just two years later. Henderson’s form in the Sunderland first team has been nothing short of terrific over the past year and with that, Liverpool have confirmed that they have agreed to buy the midfielder for a fee thought to be around £20m.

There has been plenty of speculation regarding Henderson’s future in recent months, with Manchester United also thought to be keen suitors. However, it has today been confirmed that rivals Liverpool will be the ones to land the 20-year-old, with a Sunderland statement reading: “A fee has been agreed with Liverpool for Jordan Henderson and he travels to Anfield with the club’s blessing.”

As well as the money, there are also reports that David Ngog is part of the deal although neither party has yet confirmed this.

Henderson’s progress has certainly been rapid and after impressing in his loan spell at Coventry a couple of years ago, it wasn’t long before Steve Bruce gave him his chance in the Sunderland first team. He grasped that opportunity with both hands and after several impressive displays, the Black Cats awarded him with a 5-year-contract.

Since then, he has continued to progress and in November he was called up to the England squad where he made his international debut against France. While that is his only appearance for the national squad to date, he is expected to become a key fixture in Fabio Capello’s plans with many rating him as one of England’s best young prospects.

As it stands, the deal has not yet formally gone through although it is thought a conclusion is very near. Henderson is currently undergoing a medical at Anfield and with television pictures showing him in Liverpool attire; it looks as though the £20m deal is almost complete.

Hammers to lose Ba?

June 2nd, 2011

West Ham’s recent campaign can be described as nothing else but a shambles. However, one positive thing that did arise from it was the signing of Demba Ba and while the Senagalese striker did not fire the Hammers to safety, his individual record was a roaring success.

The 26-year-old joined the club in January in what only can be described as fortuitous circumstances, after Ba’s move to Stoke fell through at the last minute following a failed medical. West Ham opted to take a risk and land the talented striker in a transfer that is believed to have cost an upfront payment of £500k, which then could increase to £6m depending on Ba’s success.

It could be said that the deal was something of a bargain, as Ba went on to score seven goals in just thirteen appearances for the struggling Upton Park outfit. He proved a real handful for opposition defences and following the club’s relegation, it’s no surprise to see many reports linking him with a move away from the club.

The strongest rumour at the moment surrounds a possible transfer to Everton as David Moyes looks to beef up his strike force on a limited budget. It’s widely thought that Ba has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for a cut-price fee should the club be relegated – which could allow Moyes to swoop very soon.

However, West Ham will do everything in their power to try and persuade their star man to stay and they have already reacted venomously to Sunderland, who are another side supposedly tracking him. Hammers’ chiefs have reported Steve Bruce’s side to the Premier League over allegations of an illegal approach although since that news, rumours have since died down over Sunderland’s interest.

Of course, Ba may not be the only player leaving Upton Park. They have already lost the highly rated Matthew Upson, while there are strong rumours that Scott Parker, Rob Green and Carlton Cole could be following him out of the door shortly.

Premier League, La Liga and Serie A updates

October 3rd, 2009

Manchester United faced their first draw this season at the hands of Sunderland at Old Trafford. Sunderland opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Bent amazed Foster with his one touch bolt into the bottom left corner of the goal post. Second half saw an attacking United side. In the 51st minute Nani’s cross was curled in by a Berbatov scissor kick. Jones scored in the 58th minute giving back Sunderland their lead.

The match could have easily ended as United’s second loss this season if it was not for Anton Ferdinand’s own goal in the injury time of second half. Portsmouth scored their first points this season with a 0-1 away win over Wolves.

Tottenham Hotspurs came from behind twice in  match against Bolton Wanderers to register a 2-2 away draw. Burnley defeated Birmingham 2-1 in a match where two newly promoted clubs contested. Hull City kept their last week’s 1-6 drubbing  at the hands of Liverpool aside by registering a 2-1 home win over Wigan Athletic.

I don’t remember when was the last time Barelona had a 1-0 win at Camp Nou. Tonight they registered a 1-0 victory over Almeria. Tenerife were defeated 0-1 at home at the hands of Deportivo La Coruna whereas Atletico Madrid registered a 2 – 1 home win against Zaragoza.

Inter Milan were saved from humiliation when Sneijder scored the winner in the last minute of the home match against Udinese and gave the angry fans something to cheer for. The win took Inter to the top of the table with 16 points and a point clear to second placed Sampdoria who play their game tomorrow against Parma at home. Bari drew 0-0 against Catania, much to the home fans frustration as their team was unable to take the maximum points.

League Cup Updates

September 23rd, 2009

The third round of the League cup saw the big England teams, Arsenal, and Liverpool, going through to the next round. Arsenal defeated West Brom 2-0 at the Emirates stadium. Ex gunner, Jerome Thomas of West Brom was shown a red card by referee L Mason in the 37th minute for slapping Jack Wilshere of Arsenal. This left West Brom with 10 men to play the remaining 53 minutes.

The score at half time remained 0-0 but the outnumbered West Brom squad were not able to hold the gunners for long. A goal each from Sanchez Watt, and Carlos Vela made sure that Arsenal goes through the next round. Arsene Wenger had promised a young Arsenal team would start for the League cup encounter, and accordingly the average age of the team for the night was 20 years.

Elsewhere, Leeds United was hosting Liverpool. The match ended with a 0-1 win for Liverpool. 20 year old French striker David Ngog scored the only goal of the game in the 66th minute. Newly demoted Newcastle United lost against Peterborough United 2-0. The Newcastle fans faced a big question of whether their side will again play in the Premier League next season. Sunderland defeated newly promoted side Birmingham City 2-0 in an encounter which saw two Premier League clubs clashing for a place in the next round. Elsewhere, Bolton Wanderers defeated West Ham 3-1.

Other matches of the night saw Barnsley defeating Burnley 3-2, Carlisle United losing 1-3 against Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest losing 0-1 against Blackburn Rovers, Stoke City defeating Blackpool 4-3, and Scunthorpe United winning 2-0 against Port Vale.

Sunderland v Hull City

September 10th, 2009

Two teams that have made an average start to the current Premier League campaign go head to head at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon, as Sunderland and Hull City fight it out for the three available points.

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With six points to their name, Sunderland have made the more positive start to the season and have notched up two wins from their first four games; losing the other two. They won the first game of the season 1-0 away to Bolton, and followed that up with a 3-1 reversal to Chelsea in their first home game. They had another home encounter in their next game, beating Blackburn 2-1, and followed this up with a 1-0 defeat away to Stoke City. New Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will be more than satisfied with his team’s endeavours so far this season and will be looking to Saturday’s game to add another three points to the teams tally.

Hull City were unfortunate enough to face the Premier League’s two current leaders in their first two games of the season, losing both – 2-1 (rather unluckily) away to Chelsea in the opening game, and then being comprehensively routed 5-1 at home by Tottenham. Since these two defeats though, they have played another two games, securing four points from a victory at home to Bolton and draw away to Wolves last time out.
Both managers realise the value of the three points on offer even at this early stage in the season, so will be demanding noting less than 110% from their respective players.

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