West Ham winger set for loan move to Aston Villa

West Ham winger set for loan move to Aston Villa – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass looks set to join Aston Villa on loan.

The 29-year-old was recently told he was free to leave the Hammers, less than a year after joining the club from Hull City for £10 million.

Villa boss Steve Bruce is unable to complete a permanent deal for Snodgrass due to Financial Fair Play regulations, but a season-long loan is on the cards.

Sunderland, Newcastle United and Leeds United have all been linked with the Scotland international, but Villa have jumped to the head of the queue.

Snodgrass previously played under Bruce at Hull, helping the club to promotion in 2015/16.

He moved to West Ham in January 2017, but after failing to make an impact the London side have decided to cut their losses.

The addition of Snodgrass would be a major boost to Villa’s promotion hopes.

Bruce’s side made a disappointing start to the Championship season, picking up just one point from their opening three games.

However, Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Norwich City was a step in the right direction and the Scottish international’s experience would be invaluable as Villa bid to climb into the Premier League.

Snodgrass has scored 23 goals with 29 assists in 104 appearances in the Championship.

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Barcelona to present new offer to Liverpool for Coutinho, deal could drag on till deadline day

Barcelona to present new offer to Liverpool for Coutinho, deal could drag on till deadline day – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool chose not to respond to Barcelona’s 7 PM deadline to accept a £118m offer for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho. English media are quite confident now that Barcelona have accepted defeat in their pursuit of the Brazilian midfielder, but it seems their Spanish counterparts haven’t yet.

Mundo Deportivo believe Barcelona could make another offer for the 25-year-old in Monaco, where the Champions League group stages draw is taking place on August 24.

Liverpool representatives are expected to be in attendance should they sustain their first leg advantage over Hoffenheim at Anfield tomorrow night. Barcelona representatives could take advantage of the draw to present a new offer to Liverpool.

Barcelona consider Coutinho as a ‘priority signing’, although they could find it relatively easier to complete deals for Ousmane Dembélé and Jean Seri.

The Catalan club, of course, are hoping Liverpool will accept their new offer, but Mundo Deportivo claim the transfer saga could drag on till deadline day.

It’s reported Liverpool have simply refused to put a price tag on Coutinho. Well, that’s something we already know and it’s very unlikely the Merseyside club will entertain any offer from Barcelona in the final days of the transfer window.

Liverpool have been very clear on their part from the beginning and it’s only a matter of time before the Catalan media also accept it and move on.

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Swansea chasing PSV Eindhoven defender, Hull midfielder set to sign, Clement wants more

Swansea chasing PSV Eindhoven defender, Hull midfielder set to sign, Clement wants more – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Swansea City are interested in signing Colombian international defender Santiago Arias from PSV Eindhoven.

The 25-year-old joined Sporting Lisbon in 2011, before moving to the Dutch side two years later.

Arias was part of the PSV Eindhoven side that won consecutive Eredivisie titles in 2014/15 2015/16.

He has represented his country 32 times, making his debut in a 2-1 win against Paraguay back in 2013.

City are also close to completing the £16.5 million signing of Hull midfielder Sam Clucas, with the transfer expected to be completed within the next 48 hours.

Clucas is due to have a medical in South Wales on Wednesday, following Swansea’s Carabao Cup tie at MK Dons on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old was one of Hull’s leading lights last season as the Tigers were relegated from the Premier League.

Clucas did not play in Hull’s 2-1 defeat at QPR over the weekend, after news of Swansea’s interest emerged.

Swansea boss Paul Clement has been eager to add to his squad following the £45 million sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton.

“We knew the moment Gylfi went that we would need to strengthen,” Clement told Swansea’s official website.

“When you haven’t got Gylfi, you haven’t got Fernando Llorente and you haven’t got Ki Sung-Yueng, who did well for us at the end of last season, then of course we are weaker.

“We have still got a good squad, but absolutely we need more quality players to come in so we have a chance of being competitive this season.”

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Holloway issues rallying cry ahead of Brentford clash

Holloway issues rallying cry ahead of Brentford clash – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway has issued a rallying cry to his side ahead of their English League Cup tie against Brentford.

The R’s have picked up seven points from four games in the Championship this season and have progressed into the second round of the League Cup after beating Northampton Town 1-0 earlier this month.

“We are still finding out about ourselves as a group,” he told the club’s official website.

“The longer that goes on, the better it’s going to be. The more games we have, the better we should get.

“I can’t wait for another ‘up-and-at-em’ performance from us.”

QPR currently occupy the sixth spot on the Championship table while their League Cup opponent’s abysmal start to the new season has seen them get relegated to the bottom of the league. But Holloway was full of praise for the Griffin Park club and the way it is run while adding that he is a big admirer of Brentford boss Dean Smith.

“They have a great identity,” he said. “The way they go about their business has been impressive. They have created lots of good players, which other people have bought off them, but Brentford have still continued to play very good football.

“It’s a credit to the club behind the scenes, and it’s a credit to the new management who have picked up a team that was already doing well, and carried it on.

“It’s a wonderful thing for Dean Smith to have achieved, and he deserves it because he was in the lower leagues for a while and he’s a very accomplished manager.

“He is a very good man as well and he deserves a lot of credit.

“We are playing a Brentford team who were seeded for this competition. We weren’t.

“That tells you where we are. A lot of our fans won’t like that but Brentford have probably earned that over the last few years, with getting into the playoffs, and nearly getting there again.”

QPR’s will host The Bees at Loftus Road on 22 August.


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French club confirm interest in Celtic’s Dembele

French club confirm interest in Celtic’s Dembele – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Ligue 1 giants Olympique Marseille have admitted that they are interested in signing Celtic’s star striker Moussa Dembele this summer.

The Frenchman arrived in Glasgow on a free transfer from Fulham in 2016 and finished the season with 32 goals in 49 appearances for the club.

“Moussa Dembele is a young player with power and speed and he is interesting,” said Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud.

“It’s no secret that we are actively looking for a striker. It’s a difficult area to get players.

“I try to avoid talking for the manager or the sporting director when it comes to players, but I have obviously have my own ideas.

“All I can say is that he is an interesting name.”

The 21-year-old’s fine form has seen him linked with a host of clubs, including Premier League big guns Arsenal and Chelsea. The Blues had a £20 million bid rejected for Dembele back in the January transfer window.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers brushed aside the rumours linking the former Fulham man away from Celtic Park by claiming that the club wishes to keep hold of their star forward.

“I counted the other day, Moussa has been linked with 10 clubs,” said Rodgers.

“It was Marseille the other day, I saw Arsenal the other week, there was Paris Saint-Germain, there was Chelsea so there is nothing in it from our perspective.

“I felt if he progressed the way we thought he’d progress and if he wanted to move any time it would be after the second year.

“There is no rush from Moussa’s perspective. He is a player that we really want to keep and if anything (an offer) did come in we would assess it.”

The Hoops will play FC Astana away in Kazakhstan in their UEFA Champions League qualifier. Celtic lead by 5-0 from the first leg.



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The Parenting Teens Course in Mandarin 中文的亲子教育课程




课程时间:每周星期二,下午 1:30

课程地点:Wittenberg (高中部三楼)






Fiona Zhang and Sarah Stellick

Dear Parents,

We are excited to offer The Parenting Teens Course in Mandarin beginning August 29, 2017. This class will meet for 5 weeks, every Tuesday starting August 29, 2017 through September 26, from 1:30-3:30PM in Wittenberg (upper school building, 3rd floor). Please follow this link to register:


“Family life is under great pressure today and parents face bewildering choices about how to parent effectively. Discovering we are not alone in the challenges we face and picking up ideas from other parents can make a huge difference. We can all learn how to make even the happiest family better.” – Nicky and Sila Lee

Click on the link below to watch a short video clip introducing the course.


Best regards,

Fiona Zhang and Sarah Stellick

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