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EFL Round-Up – Gameweek 2: West Brom’s First Win and Peterborough’s Sensational Turn-Around

NORWICH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Jay Rodriguez of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after he scores a goal to make it 1-1 from the penalty spot at Carrow Road on August 11, 2018 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Adam Fradgley – AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images) Welcome back to EFL Round-Up by Last Word on Football. This column delves deep into the world of the Football League, looking at the key games from each of the three divisions as well as providing a brief overview of every result from the Championship, League One and League Two. This edition takes a...

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Everton Complete Loan Signing of Kurt Zouma

SWANSEA, WALES – MAY 13: Kurt Zouma of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Stoke City at Liberty Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images) Everton have wrapped up an extraordinary deadline day with the loan signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea. The French centre-back joins for the season after spending the 2017/18 season with relegated Stoke City. 🇫🇷 | Defender @KurtZouma joins #EFC on a season-long loan from @ChelseaFC. More ➡️ https://t.co/JdHLN6iDpN pic.twitter.com/IzIHxBTahN — Everton (@Everton) August 10, 2018 Zouma’s career began in his native France with Saint-Etienne where he made a total of 61 appearances, scoring six goals. In the January transfer window of the 2013/14 season, Chelsea signed the defender for £12 million, but he remained in France on loan for the remainder of the campaign. He started life at Chelsea well, but some uncertain performances and a horrific knee injury saw Zouma slowly replaced in the Chelsea team. He made his comeback in an FA Cup victory over Peterborough. In order to rebuild his fitness, Zouma joined Stoke on loan for the 2017/18 season and made his debut in a 1-0 loss to Everton. His only goal for the Potters came in a 2-2 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion. Quality Signing For Everton Despite occasional lapses in concentration, Zouma is clearly...

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Everton Complete Loan Signing of Kurt Zouma

SWANSEA, WALES – MAY 13: Kurt Zouma of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Stoke City at Liberty Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images) Everton have wrapped up an extraordinary deadline day with the loan signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea. The French centre-back joins for the season after spending the 2017/18 season with relegated Stoke City. 🇫🇷 | Defender @KurtZouma joins #EFC on a season-long loan from @ChelseaFC. More ➡️ https://t.co/JdHLN6iDpN pic.twitter.com/IzIHxBTahN — Everton (@Everton) August 10, 2018 Zouma’s career began in his native...

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Everton Complete Loan Signing of Kurt Zouma

SWANSEA, WALES – MAY 13: Kurt Zouma of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Stoke City at Liberty Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images) Everton have wrapped up an extraordinary deadline day with the loan signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea. The French centre-back joins for the season after spending the 2017/18 season with relegated Stoke City. 🇫🇷 | Defender @KurtZouma joins #EFC on a season-long loan from @ChelseaFC. More ➡️ https://t.co/JdHLN6iDpN pic.twitter.com/IzIHxBTahN — Everton (@Everton) August 10, 2018 Zouma’s career began in his native...

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Stoke City Complete Signing of Sam Clucas

SWANSEA, WALES – MAY 13: Sam Clucas of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Stoke City at Liberty Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images) Stoke City have completed the signing of midfielder Sam Clucas for a fee believed to be around £6 million. Clucas has signed a four-year deal with the Potters as he aims to return to the Premier League. Clucas’ rise to the Premier League was a quick one after joining Hull City from Chesterfield. He spent one season in the Championship with...

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Stoke City Complete Signing of Sam Clucas

SWANSEA, WALES – MAY 13: Sam Clucas of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Stoke City at Liberty Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images) Stoke City have completed the signing of midfielder Sam Clucas for a fee believed to be around £6 million. Clucas has signed a four-year deal with the Potters as he aims to return to the Premier League. Clucas’ rise to the Premier League was a quick one after joining Hull City from Chesterfield. He spent one season in the Championship with...

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Nottingham Forest Sign Huddersfield’s Michael Hefele

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – JULY 25: Michael Hefele of Huddersfield in action during a pre-season friendly match between Huddersfield Town and Olympique Lyonnais at John Smith’s Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images) Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Huddersfield Town defender Michael Hefele. The German joins Forest on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old joined the Terriers in the summer of 2016, prior to their promotion-winning campaign. He joined from Dynamo Dresden after captaining them to the 3. Bundesliga title and even netted on his...

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Joe Hart Joins Burnley in Permanent Deal

at MetLife Stadium on July 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart has left Manchester City after 12 years and joined up with Burnley. Hart has signed an initial two-year deal with the club for an undisclosed fee, although it is believed to be around £3.5 million. The transfer ends a nightmare few years for Hart. Since Pep Guardiola took over as City boss, he has been ousted from the team, first sent out on loan to Torino and then last season at West Ham. Neither of these moves went well for him. He was...

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Joe Hart Joins Burnley in Permanent Deal

at MetLife Stadium on July 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart has left Manchester City after 12 years and joined up with Burnley. Hart has signed an initial two-year deal with the club for an undisclosed fee, although it is believed to be around £3.5 million. The transfer ends a nightmare few years for Hart. Since Pep Guardiola took over as City boss, he has been ousted from the team, first sent out on loan to Torino and then last season at West Ham. Neither of these moves went well for him. He was...

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2018/19 West Ham United Season Preview

BAD RAGAZ, SWITZERLAND – JULY 03: West Ham Manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on during a training session on the West Ham Pre-Season Tour to Switzerland on July 3, 2018 in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images) After a shoddy opening two seasons at the London Stadium, West Ham finally look to be building a team worthy of playing at such a magnificent ground. A number of impressive signings, including the club-record fee paid for Felipe Anderson, have seen Hammers fans start to believe in their club once again after years of...

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EFL Round-Up – Gameweek 1: Stoke’s Sorry Return and Crewe Hit Six

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – JULY 25: Gary Rowett, the Stoke City manager, looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Bet365 Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Welcome to EFL Round-Up, a new column by Last Word on Football. Throughout the season, we will be taking a weekly look at all of the action from the Football League, picking out the best bits and summarising them in an easy-to-digest fashion, perfect for any Football League fan. As well as this, we will...

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EFL Round-Up – Gameweek 1: Stoke’s Sorry Return and Crewe Hit Six

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – JULY 25: Gary Rowett, the Stoke City manager, looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Bet365 Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Welcome to EFL Round-Up, a new column by Last Word on Football. Throughout the season, we will be taking a weekly look at all of the action from the Football League, picking out the best bits and summarising them in an easy-to-digest fashion, perfect for any Football League fan. As well as this, we will...

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2018/19 Watford Season Preview

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Gerard Deulofeu of Watford during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at London Stadium on February 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images) Javi Gracia begins his first full season in charge of Watford as they prepare to start their fourth successive Premier League campaign. The boss replaced now-Everton manager Marco Silva in January and guided them to 14th. Last Time Out Watford started the season with just one loss in their opening eight games; a 6-0 drumming by a rampant Manchester City. In that time, though,...

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2018/19 Liverpool Season Preview

PORTO, PORTUGAL – FEBRUARY 14: Liverpool’s Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side’s third goal with team mates Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool at Estadio do Dragao on February 14, 2018 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Craig Mercer – CameraSport via Getty Images) Liverpool come into the new season on a high after the successes of their last campaign. The Reds automatically secured a Champions League place as well as getting to the final of the competition, losing to Real Madrid. As well as this,...

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FTN: Latest On Jordan Pickford, Lascelles, Rojo and Ings

during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Welcome back to Football Transfer News, brought to you by Last Word On Football. Today’s edition looks at the England goalkeeper on Chelsea’s radar should they lose Thibaut Courtois, a possible move for Newcastle’s Jamal Lascelles, a potential sale at Manchester United and a fresh start for one of Liverpool’s forgotten men. Pickford Next on Chelsea’s List Chelsea have made Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford their number one target should they...

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FTN: Latest On Jordan Pickford, Lascelles, Rojo and Ings

during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Welcome back to Football Transfer News, brought to you by Last Word On Football. Today’s edition looks at the England goalkeeper on Chelsea’s radar should they lose Thibaut Courtois, a possible move for Newcastle’s Jamal Lascelles, a potential sale at Manchester United and a fresh start for one of Liverpool’s forgotten men. Pickford Next on Chelsea’s List Chelsea have made Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford their number one target should they...

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Davy Klaassen Ends Everton Nightmare by Joining Werder Bremen

BURY, ENGLAND – JULY 18: Davy Klaassen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bury and Everton at Gigg Lane on July 18, 2018 in Bury, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images) Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen has moved away from the Premier League after just one season, completing a move from Everton to Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee. Klaassen joined the Toffees only last summer for a fee of £23.6 million and big things were expected of the former Ajax captain. He had captained the Dutch champions to the Europa League final in the 2016/17 season, where...

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FTN: Latest On Harry Maguire, Sommer, Terry and Giroud

SAMARA, RUSSIA – JULY 07: Harry Maguire of England celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) Welcome back to Football Transfer News, brought to you by Last Word On Football. In this edition, we look at the latest developments on Harry Maguire’s potential move, another new keeper possibly making his way to Arsenal, a shock loan for Olivier Giroud and whether it could be the end of the road for...

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FTN: Latest On Harry Maguire, Sommer, Terry and Giroud

SAMARA, RUSSIA – JULY 07: Harry Maguire of England celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) Welcome back to Football Transfer News, brought to you by Last Word On Football. In this edition, we look at the latest developments on Harry Maguire’s potential move, another new keeper possibly making his way to Arsenal, a shock loan for Olivier Giroud and whether it could be the end of the road for...

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