Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Chilean striker Nico Castillo. Portuguese sports newspaper O Jogo claims that Newcastle are one of several European clubs chasing the signature of the 25-year-old.Sampdoria and Bologna have also reportedly made offers for Castillo, but it is Benfica who are frontrunners to land the frontman.O Jogo suggest that a fee of €7million will be enough to tempt Pumas to sell, although reports from South America suggest that it may be closer to the €10million mark.Castillo netted 12 goals in 24 games for current club, Pumas, in this season's Liga MX and has 14 caps for Chile.Meanwhile there is still transfer news from the Stadium of Light - but that could change soon as Stewart Donald's takeover edges closer to completion.Here's the rest of the news hitting the headlines today:Manchester City are eyeing a £100million swoop for Chelsea's Eden Hazard with Pep Guardiola identifying the Belgian as his primary summer target (Star)Unai … [Read more...] about Newcastle linked with in-demand striker, Manchester City set to raid Chelsea; Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham also in the news
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Sam Allardyce believes Cenk Tosun is the key to Everton beating Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday evening. The in-form Turkey international is enjoying his best run of form since signing from Besiktas for £27million in January, netting four goals in his last three appearances for the Blues. After a tough start to life at Goodison Park, Tosun is starting to show just why Everton paid big money to land the striker in the winter transfer window. Everton inflicted the biggest defeat of Pep Guardiola's tenure at City last season when the Blues hammered the visitors 4-0 at Goodison Park, and Allardyce has highlighted Tosun's importance towards another victory this weekend. "We have been defending much better over a number of weeks now – so Cenk is the key man for winning the football match," Allardyce said. “The defensive unit have done their job and he pops up with the goal – and his conversion rate for chances and shots at goal is way past 50 per cent. … [Read more...] about Why Tosun is key for Everton against Manchester City
What time is kick off? Perfect time to grab your tea and plop yourself in front of the telly for this 5:30pm start on Saturday, March 31. How can I watch it? The game is live on BT Sport, and if you are looking for a live experience then you're out of luck - Goodison is a sell out. Alongside that remember to check out the ECHO website where we will be running live updates. Phil Kirkbride will be joined by Dave Prentice at Goodison Park to give up-to-date analysis and live reaction, with Sam Carroll and Joe Rimmer back at ECHO HQ. Match of the Day will be on BBC One at 10.30pm if you wish to catch the highlights. Who is the referee? Lancashire's very own card-slinger Paul Tierney is the man in control of the madness on Saturday. Tierney has taken charge of two City games this season, with the Manchester team winning both. More interestingly though, is that he has only taken charge of one Everton game ever - last season's 4-0 drubbing of Hull City. The official has been in control of … [Read more...] about How to follow Everton vs Manchester City live
Good Friday’s football stories link City with Real Madrid man..... Don’t miss the latest football transfer news and gossip from leagues in England, Scotland and Europe with footballwire.co.ukDaily Mirror: Manchester City believe they can sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco for £75m.The Sun: Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have also shown interest in the Spaniard.AS: Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is being lined up by Bayern Munich should Robert Lewandowski force through a move to Real Madrid.Daily Telegraph: Arsenal have made central defence and midfield their priority amid uncertainty over Jack Wilshere’s future.The Sun: Hatem Ben Arfa will leave Paris St Germain at the end of the season and has been linked with Leicester City.Daily Mirror: West Ham United are confident of signing Russia captain, striker Fyodor Smolov, from Krasnodar.The Sun: Liverpool will step up contract talks with Under-17 World Cup winner Rhian Brewster, whose deal runs out in the summer. … [Read more...] about Gossip: Manchester City’s Spanish acquisition?
This is now a defining time of the season. We've had a couple of weeks without a game and now within a seven-day period it will be bang, bang, bang. Make no secret about it, if we were to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League it keeps the season going and that focus on a trophy. If I was the manager I think I would take one game at a time. I wouldn't pre-plan anything and just see how we go. You go as strong as you possibly can at Crystal Palace and take it from there. If we do well and come through what will be a difficult challenge with flying colours then I'd just carry on with that same team. With a lot of the players having come back from internationals, you want them to get back into playing club football. I think it's important that they have a game that is slightly different than the internationals. I'm not too sure as where the modern day history between Liverpool and Crystal Palace has come from and whether it was that 3-3 game when we nearly won the league. Of … [Read more...] about Liverpool can’t think of Manchester City, they must go full strength at Palace