Rooney joins Shearer in the 200 club as Everton hold Man City, who’s likely to be next?

Rooney joins Shearer in the 200 club as Everton hold Man City, who’s likely to be next? – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Wayne Rooney hit back at his critics who thought he was past his best after scoring the 200th Premier League goal of his career on Monday.

The 31-year-old bagged the opener in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City, to join former England star Alan Shearer as the only man to score 200 goals in the competition.

Rooney has been in fine form since returning to his boyhood club and he was eager to make his point to Sky Sports after the game.

“It is not bad for someone who is not fit anymore and can’t get about the pitch,” he said.

“I have always put a shift in for the team and tonight is no different.”

Nine of Rooney’s 200 goals have come against City, although Newcastle United have been his favourite opponent with 14 strikes against the Magpies during his career.

Rooney’s 50th and 150th goals also came against City, with his 100th goal coming against Arsenal for Manchester United back in January 2010.

His most prolific season was 2011/12, when he scored 27 Premier League goals for Manchester United, while his best goal was undoubtedly his overhead kick against City in 2011.

It could be some time before another player joins Rooney and Shearer in the 200 club.

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe is closest to the landmark on 158 Premier League goals, but he is now 34-years-old and scoring another 42 looks a tall order.

Sergio Aguero has scored 123 goals in the Premier League in 183 appearances for City, but he has made it clear he wants to finish his career back in Argentina so is also likely to fall short.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and new Man United striker Romelu Lukaku look the best bets to make it to 200 goals.

Kane has already scored 78 in the Premier League, while Lukaku has bagged 88. Both players are just 24-years-old and seem well-placed to close in on the magical 200 mark.

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West Ham boss under pressure, Benitez a possible replacement

West Ham boss under pressure, Benitez a possible replacement – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Slaven Bilic faces a crucial couple of weeks as he bids to get West Ham’s season up and running.

Defeats by Southampton and Manchester United in their opening two games has left the Hammers rooted to the foot of the Premier League and the Mirror claims the Croatian’s position is already under threat.

Bilic’s current contract is up at the end of the season, but unless results improve the club’s owners may decide to cut their losses early.

West Ham visit Cheltenham Town in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, before facing Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town in their next two league fixtures.

Bilic has been busy in the transfer market this summer, with Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez all arriving, while a move William Carvalho remains on the cards.

The 48-year-old came under pressure last season, with the club flirting with relegation before eventually pulling away to safety.

Current Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is amongst the favourites to replace Bilic should he leave the club.

Benitez rejected West Ham in 2015 to take the Real Madrid job, but he is unhappy with the Magpies’ summer transfer dealings and a move back to London could appeal.

Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic are other names who were linked to the club last season, while Marseille boss Rudi Garcia has also been on the club’s radar in the past.

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Spurs set to open talks for Chelsea target this week, Levy preparing £28m bid for star

Spurs set to open talks for Chelsea target this week, Levy preparing £28m bid for star – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham are looking to shore up their midfield options before the transfer window shuts and the Londoners have identified Ross Barkley as an ideal target.

According to the Telegraph, Spurs are set to initiate talks with Everton regarding the England midfielder this week and Daniel Levy is ready to spend around £28m (£20m up front plus £8m in add-ons) for the player.

Barkley was valued at £50m at the start of this summer but the lack of suitors has forced Everton to lower the asking price. It will be interesting to see how they react to the potential offer from Spurs which is almost half of what they wanted for the player initially.

According to the report, Everton are hoping to get around £30m for the player but his latest injury could drive down the price. In that case, Tottenham’s offer should be good enough to land the player.

Barkley is apparently a target for Chelsea as well and the defending champions are expected to submit a bid for him as well.

Barkley has just 12 months left on his current deal and no club would want to pay over the odds for him. However, Chelsea entering the race could start a bidding war.

Spurs believe that Pochettino will be able to offer Barkley more playing time and the Argentine is the ideal man to develop the midfielder as well. But Chelsea are capable of offering more wages.

It will be interesting to see what Barkley wants now. He will be able a lot of money at Chelsea but at Spurs, he is likely to improve as a player and play more often.

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Mbappe set to join forces with Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain

Mbappe set to join forces with Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Paris Saint-Germain are negotiating with Monaco over a season-long loan deal for Kylian Mbappe with an agreement to buy the striker next summer.

Sky Italy have reported that the clubs are discussing a deal worth around £128 million that would see Lucas Moura head in the opposite direction to join Monaco.

PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona in a world-record £200m transfer earlier this month and concerns over compliance with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules are the reason for talks over an initial loan move.

Mbappe has been linked with a host of clubs this summer, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City, but a switch to PSG would create one of the most mouth-watering strike pairings in world football.

The 18-year-old shot to prominence last season, scoring 26 goals as Monaco were crowned champions and reached the last four of the Champions League.

Neymar was the star of the show for PSG over the weekend, scoring twice on his home debut as his new club maintained their unbeaten record with a 6-2 victory over Toulouse.

The duo would undoubtedly run riot in Ligue 1, although PSG boss Unai Emery has his sights set on mounting a serious challenge for the Champions League trophy.

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Spurs close to agreeing deal in principle for star, club officials flew out for talks on Sunday

Spurs close to agreeing deal in principle for star, club officials flew out for talks on Sunday – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham have been linked with the PSG right back Serge Aurier this summer and it appears that the Londoners are closing in on an agreement.

According to The Times, Spurs officials were in Paris on Sunday to discuss a move for the Ivorian.

The Premier League outfit have recently sold Kyle Walker to title rivals Manchester City and therefore a replacement will be needed.

French outlet L’Equipe have backed up Times’ claims about the negotiation as well. The publication claims that PSG and Spurs are close to reaching an agreement in principle for the defender for a fee of around €25m.

There is no doubt that Aurier is a fantastic defender and signing him could be a masterstroke from Pochettino. However, the player’s conduct issues could be a bit of problem for any club he joins.

Aurier is currently banned from entering the UK because of his assault on a policeman in Paris last year. Unless the player is cleared of all charges, the transfer cannot go through.

Spurs have just signed Davinson Sanchez from Ajax and are being linked with Juan Foyth.

It seems that Pochettino is already building his defense for the future. The likes of Alderweireld and Vertonghen are in their peak right now and Spurs will need to phase them out in a few years.

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Roundup: Leeds make approach for physically imposing forward; Bid submitted for Dutchman

Roundup: Leeds make approach for physically imposing forward; Bid submitted for Dutchman – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United are looking to sign the Middlesbrough forward Rudy Gestede this summer.

According to Sky Sports, the 28-year-old forward is expected to replace Chris Wood at Elland Road. The New Zealand international joined Burnley yesterday in a £15m deal.

Thomas Christiansen has improved his squad significantly this summer but the loss of Wood this late in the window could be damaging to their promotion hopes.

The Whites have already made an approach to sign Gestede. The 28-year-old has not been the first-choice striker at Boro and he has played just 10 games since January.

Leeds could provide him with regular first-team football and his squad status means that the Whites can get him for a reasonable price as well. Boro paid £6m for him when they signed him from Aston Villa in January.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay has confirmed on Twitter that Gestede is not the only attacker Leeds are looking at.

The Championship outfit have also submitted a bid for a 19 year old Dutch forward, Jay Roy Grot.

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