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June 21, 2022 at 1:05 p.m. EDT

Armel Bella-Kotchap completes transfer to Southampton

Southampton have confirmed the signing of Armel Bella-Kotchap from Bochum.

Athleticism reported earlier on Tuesday that the Premier League club had agreed a fee of around €10m for the 20-year-old Germany international.

It is understood Southampton overcame competition from other Premier League and Bundesliga sides to secure the highly rated defender, who made 22 Bundesliga appearances last season.

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Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

June 21, 2022 at 12:54 EDT

Watford’s Afobe pursuit – latest

Watford have stepped up their interest in Stoke striker Benik Afobe, Athleticism can confirm.

They are ready to offer the 29-year-old – who spent last season on loan at Millwall – a two-year deal, but it is not yet clear what fee Stoke would demand.

Afobe, who has a year left on his contract, has more than one offer on the table – including from an unnamed overseas team – and a decision on his future is expected to be made shortly.

Personal terms have yet to be agreed, but are key to ongoing negotiations. Afobe is believed to be open to working with Watford head coach Rob Edwards again after their experiences together at Wolves.

Meanwhile, Watford have agreed a deal to sign Ivory Coast striker Vakhoun Bayo from Charleroi and are targeting another striker. They also retain an interest in Aston Villa’s Cameron Archer.

Adam Leventhal

Adam Leventhal·

Watford correspondent

June 21, 2022 at 12:29 EDT

Nick Pope: Newcastle agree fee in principle with Burnley for England keeper

Newcastle United have agreed a fee in principle for Nick Pope with Burnley, understand The Athletic.

The goalkeeper is now due to undergo a medical at the North East club. It is hoped Newcastle’s deal to sign Pope will be completed by the end of the week.

Pope, 30, established himself as Burnley’s first-choice during his six-year spell at Turf Moor. However, the club were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season and Newcastle decided to bring him in.

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David Orstein

David Orstein·

Football writer

June 21, 2022 at 12:27 EDT

Mario Gotze joins Eintracht Frankfurt for three years

Mario Gotze is back in the Bundesliga after signing for Eintracht Frankfurt.

The 30-year-old joins Europa League winners PSV Eindhoven on a three-year contract.

He told Frankfurt’s official website: “The club has a great base. From the stadium to the fans to the city, everything is just fine with me. I’m really looking forward to coming back to the Bundesliga. And in addition, we have the chance to play in the Champions League.

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Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

June 21, 2022 at 11:47 a.m. EDT

Ki-Jana Hoever closes in on PSV loan

Wolves defender Ki-Jana Hoever is set to leave Molineux on a season-long loan to PSV Eindhoven.

The 20-year-old Dutchman is expected in his native country later this week to complete a move which should include an option for a permanent switch.

Hoever was due to leave Wolves this summer, after coming under fire from Bruno Lage in March after sustaining an injury the head coach blamed on poor preparation.

Steve Madeley

Steve Madeley·

West Bromwich Albion writer

June 21, 2022 at 9:38 a.m. EDT

How Mane almost joined Klopp at Borussia Dortmund

But he could very soon be in the colors of the rivals of the Der Klassiker of Dortmund…

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 21, 2022 at 8:52 EDT

Watford agree deal to sign Vakoun Issouf Bayo from Charleroi

Issouf Bayo, once from Celtic, is a striker who scored seven goals in 12 appearances while on loan at Charleroi last season.

The 25-year-old also has two caps for Ivory Coast.

However, Charleroi then exercised an option to buy the player from Ghent at the end of the season, which they announced on May 16, signing the player to a four-year contract. Watford then bought the striker from Charleroi.

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Adam Leventhal

Adam Leventhal·

Watford correspondent

June 21, 2022 at 8:31 a.m. EDT

WBA Academy will retain Category 1 status for 2022-23

Athleticism reports Elias Burke.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 21, 2022 at 8:14 a.m. EDT

Leicester PL opener delayed by a day

80,000 people are expected to attend the Leicester Caribbean Carnival. Looks like a fun day.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 21, 2022 at 7:27 a.m. EDT

Gareth Southgate received FA backing after Hungary defeat and string of tough results

The Football Association have spoken to Gareth Southgate and offered their support following England’s difficult run of results during the recent international break.

England suffered their worst home defeat in 94 years when they lost 4-0 to Hungary earlier this month. They also lost to Hungary away and drew Italy and Germany in their Nations League clashes, leaving them bottom of their group.

Southgate, who led England to the Euro 2020 final and the 2018 World Cup semi-final, came under heavy criticism at Molineux in Wolverhampton.

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Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

June 21, 2022 at 7:17 a.m. EDT

What does a mid-season World Cup mean for the transfer market?

From players looking for guaranteed playing time to others considering joining less competitive teams, while waiting for clubs to prepare for the inevitable emotional fallout after the finals…

An article on how a mid-season World Cup can affect the transfer window.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 21, 2022 at 6:50 a.m. EDT

The unwritten rules of shirt swapping

Athleticism really has a long read on every part of the game. Today: jersey exchange.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 21, 2022 at 6:32 a.m. EDT

Leicester reveal their kit for the coming season

What’s your verdict? Nice necklace on it!

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 21, 2022 at 6:16 a.m. EDT

News: Barcelona to play at Olympic Stadium during Camp Nou renovation

Barcelona will play at the city’s Olympic Stadium during the 2023-24 season while the Camp Nou is being renovated as part of the club’s ‘Espai Barca’ plans.

The project, described by chairman Joan Laporta as “vital to the viability of the club”, will see a redevelopment of both Camp Nou and the wider Barcelona campus.

Barcelona will continue to play at Camp Nou next season but will then move to Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys for one season.

Laporta said: “Barcelona will have the privilege of playing at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in the 2023-24 season at the recently approved Espai Barca works.

“Work starts on the first and second levels this summer and when major work is done on the third level and the roof, we will be playing here.”

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Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 21, 2022 at 4:55 a.m. EDT

News: Freddie Woodman close to Preston move with Newcastle eyeing goalkeeper rejig

Freddie Woodman is set to join Preston North End, as Newcastle United begin to revamp their goalkeeping contingent.

The 25-year-old is expected to undergo a medical in Lancashire before signing a deal that is expected to become permanent given he is set to enter the final year of his contract at Newcastle.

Woodman, the son of former Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy, has been at Tyneside since 2013 and has long been seen as a future No.1. However, having made just four league appearances for Newcastle, all at the start of last season he is enthusiastic. for regular playing time elsewhere.

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Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 21, 2022 at 4:38 EDT

Former England international Colin Grainger dies aged 89

Grainger, a left winger, was best known for his spells at Sheffield United and Sunderland.

He played seven times for England between 1956 and 1957.

Grainger was nicknamed “the singing winger” and embarked on a music career after retiring from football.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 21, 2022 at 3:50 a.m. EDT

Premier League: How TV broadcasters choose which games to show live

Announcements about matches selected to be shown live on television are often followed by groups of supporters complaining that their team has once again been neglected. Some may point out how a kick-off time suits the public watching from their living room, but makes it nearly impossible to get fans outside due to motorway closures or limited train numbers. Others are simply convinced that there is a vendetta against them.

But how are televised matches selected? Athleticism explains everything…

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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Premier League: How TV broadcasters choose which games to show live

June 21, 2022 at 03:42 EDT

Jayden Richardson leaves Nottingham Forest for good

The 21-year-old defender was on loan at Notts County last season, making 25 appearances. He also made his first-team debut for Forest last season.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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