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Hull City have managed to secure the signing of Jake Livermore from Liverpool on a permanent deal, which will be massive news for the club. Despite a lot of backlash from the fans over the Hull city owner deciding to change the name of the club, there is positivity surrounding Hull city after they managed to bring in Livermore on a permanent deal. The midfielder was one of the impressive players for the club last season, as they reached the final of the FA Cup.
Even though Hull could not manage to hold onto a 2-0 advantage against Arsenal in the final, it will be remembered by Hull fans for a long time as one of the memorable moments in the history of the club. Hull lost the final 3-2 after a spirited comeback from Arsenal. The 24-year-old has previously stated that he would like to make the move permanent after enjoying a spell of first-team football at the club. At Liverpool, he struggled for first-team opportunities. It is understood that the Tigers have acquired his services for around £ 8 million.
He is likely to be the marquee signing for the club this summer and will be partnering Tom Huddlestone in the centre of midfield on a permanent basis. “I thoroughly enjoyed my season here on loan and I firmly believe that this club will keep going from strength to strength. I made my feelings known that I wanted to come here permanently and once the two clubs had agreed the fee, it was very straightforward,” said the player, who has signed a three-year contract with Hull. Last season, he made 41 appearances for the club. Steve Bruce has stated that he would like to strengthen the team in all areas of the pitch as they prepare for a second season in the top flight.
Atletico Madrid defender Miranda has claimed that he would be open to the possibility of playing in the Premier league. He says that he has also received several offers from English and Spanish clubs in the last few months. The 29-year-old formed a partnership at the back along with players like Godin. This helped Atletico Madrid not only lifted the la Liga title, but also reach the Champions League final as well. Even though they lost in the final against Real Madrid, it was an epic season from the Spanish outfit and Miranda was a major reason towards it.
A number of Atletico players have already been linked with an exit the much bigger clubs. Miranda also does not appear to be a stranger to it, as he has revealed that there have been several offers from Premier League clubs. Chelsea are looking at the possibility of signing as much as three Atletico players including Diego Costa. However, they are not thought to be one of the clubs looking at signing Miranda. The latest comments from the 29-year-old defender is likely to be bad news for the Spanish outfit, as they would be hoping to retain most of their players in order to defend the league title.
“I have some offers and we are negotiating. I have offers from the Spanish and English leagues and from some smaller ones, too. My agent is in Europe to decide my future, my buy-out fee at Atletico Madrid is €30 million, but that can be negotiated,” said the defender. Atletico have already brought in a new left back for around £ 8 million. The Champions League run has helped the finances of the club significantly, as it would bring in revenues close to 45 million pounds. Manchester City are thought to be one of the clubs interested in Miranda.
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Aston Villa have ended their association with winger Marc Albrighton and striker Nathan Delfouneso after allowing the two players to leave the club on a free transfer. The players were out of contract in the summer and the club has decided not to renew their deals. Albrighton, who has been with Villa for 16 years, will now be searching for a new club. Delfouneso has made more than 50 appearances for the club in his career, which started as a 17-year-old against Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjorour in 2008. His debut came in the UEFA Cup, while it was also the same case with Albrighton who featured against CSKA Moscow in 2009.
The exit of these two players brings an end to a glorious era for the club’s youth academy, which has been famous for producing several players. Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has also been linked with an exit with his contract running down in a few weeks. Agbonlahor, Albrighton, and Delfouneso all came to the youth Academy at the club during the regime of Martin O’Neill. After running into financial difficulties over the last few years, the club has now been put up for sale by owner Randy Lerner. Hence, the future of the owner, manager, and the squad is a major doubt ahead of the new season.
“We wish Marc the best in his future career and acknowledge the contribution he has made to the club over the past several years having graduated from our academy. We also wish Nathan the best for his career and thank him for his efforts since he, too, graduated from our academy,” said the Villa manager in a statement on the club’s official site. He is not thought to have a lot of transfer budget to bring in players in the summer, while his own future is in doubt.
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