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Spurs Agree To $20M Transfer With Saints For Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Aug 4, 2020 8:56 PM

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to a £15 million ($20 million) transfer with Southampton for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Hojbjerg and Spurs now have to agree to contract terms.

Everton was also interested in Hojbjerg, but he preferred to play for Jose Mourinho.

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Spurs Confident Of Signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg From Saints

Jul 23, 2020 5:37 PM

Tottenham Hotspur are confident they will ultimately sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg despite Everton having accepted a £25 million bid from Everton.

Hojbjerg was stripped of the Southampton captaincy after making it clear that he would not extend his deal with them.

Southampton want to sign Kyle Walker-Peters on a permanent basis from Tottenham.

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Zero Premier League Players, Staff Test Positive For COVID-19

May 31, 2020 7:18 PM

A widespread test of Premier League players and staff returned zero positive tests for COVID-19.

"The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, 1,130 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, zero have tested positive," said the league in a statement.

12 players have tested positive in the previous three rounds combined.

The testing revealed 10 positive results from Championship clubs.

The Premier League is currently set to restart on June 17th. 

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ESPN Rates Ali Dia, Drinkwater As Worst Ever Premier League Transfers

May 5, 2020 3:15 PM

ESPN has ranked Southampton signing Ali Dia on a free transfer in 1996 as the worst transfer in Premier League history.

Dia only made one appearance for Southampton.

A man called Graeme Souness pretending to be George Weah and recommended signing his cousin Dia, who had just scored two goals for Senegal during the prior week and played with Weah for Paris Saint-Germain. Dia was actually a 31-year-old college student who occasionally dabbled in non-league soccer.

Chelsea buying Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City in 2017 for £34.1 million ranked No. 2.

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Premier League Matches To Be Played On Neutral Sites If Season Resumes

May 3, 2020 3:08 PM

Premier League matches will take place on neutral grounds if and when the season restarts, sources told ESPN.

The move is a response to the fear that supporters will crowd outside stadiums of home sides.

The Premier League is set for a decisive vote on May 8th that will determine how to continue the season.

While there has been no set date for season's return, early-June is the target date should the UK government relaxes its current lockdown measures. 

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Premier League Relegation Unlikely If Season Canceled

Apr 19, 2020 3:12 PM

Teams will not get relegated from the Premier League is the season is unable to resume, according to Brighton owner Tony Bloom.

Premier League sides met on Friday to discuss a plan to restart the season, though all possibilities are hypothetical due to the unpredictability of the pandemic.

"You may get a title winner, obviously Liverpool deserve it, you may use that criteria for European qualification, but I do not see how anyone can vote for that, certainly the percent needed for teams to get relegated," said Bloom.

Bloom also discussed a plan in which teams would be ranked by their points-per-match.

"I don't foresee a situation, if the season's not played out, that teams will get relegated on a points-per-game basis.

"I just don't think it's fathomable that a team which is not allowed to play out the season may lose out on 0.2 points based on this system, and also it does not take into account the strength of the team you have not played."


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Premier League Targeting Resumption Of Matches On June 6th

Apr 13, 2020 12:36 PM

English soccer are working towards June 6th as a date for their return to competitive action. Matches will be played without fans in attendance.

A video conference of all 20 Premier League clubs is due to take place this Friday in order to discuss and outline a tentative schedule for the resumption of the league in the coming weeks.

Clubs will have a three-week mini preseason starting on May 16th.

The plan depends entirely on government advice and the extent of lockdown measures in the United Kingdom.

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Several Premier League Clubs Want To End Season Immediately

Mar 27, 2020 2:13 PM

Several Premier League sides are looking to end the 2019-20 season with immediate effect, with an eye towards replaying the entire season.

One source told The Athletic that it would be morally wrong to restart the season considering the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“We run a game. No more, no less. There is no place for sport at the moment," said the source.

Should the season be canceled, Liverpool would be denied their first Premier League title in 30 years.

Premier League sides committed to finishing the season in a meeting last week, though many are developing strong reservations due to the growing pandemic. 

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Premier League To Fully Complete 2019-20 Season Before 2020-21 Season

Mar 20, 2020 12:26 PM

The Premier League will not start the 2020-21 season before every match from the 2019-20 season is completed.

This year's Premier League and EFL seasons will "absolutely finish before the next one begins," a source told ESPN.

The decision followed Thursday's announcement that the league will be postponed until at least April 30th, though a mid-May return looks more likely.

It is also increasingly likely that those matches will be played behind closed doors.

"The FA's Rules and Regulations state that 'the season shall terminate not later than the June 1' and 'each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season.'

"However, the FA's board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football. Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than April 30," released the Premier League and EFL in a joint statement.


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Premier League Suspended Until At Least April 30th

Mar 19, 2020 11:03 AM

The Premier League will delay the start of the 20-21 season until the 19-20 season is finished in its entirety. The league also won't resume play until April 30th at the earliest. 

All professional soccer was suspended in England last Friday, initially until April 3rd, due to COVID-19.

There is hope the Premier League could resume fixtures in early May, though likely without fans.

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Premier League To Discuss Future Of Season Next Thursday

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Premier League Suspends All Matches Until At Least April 3-5

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Premier League Matches Could Be Played Behind Closed Doors

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Arsenal Complete Loan Deal For Cedric Soares

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Moussa Sissoko Out Until April After Knee Surgery

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Southampton Players To Donate Wages From 9-0 Loss

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Manchester United Linked With Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina is also linked with Arsenal and Leicester City.

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Southampton Sign Che Adams From Birmingham City
Che Adams scored 22 goals last season for Birmingham City.

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Southampton Sign Winger Moussa Djenepo From Standard Liege
Moussa Djenepo scored 11 goals last season for Standard Liege.

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Southampton Appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl As Manager
The 51-year-old manager lead RB Leipzig to a second place finish in 2017.

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Southampton Fires Mark Hughes As Manager
Former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has been reported as the favorite to replace Mark Hughes

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Southampton Signs Mark Hughes To Three-Year Contract
Saints were just one point above the drop zone when Mark Hughes replaced Mauricio Pellegrino.

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Mark Hughes Identified As Top Candidate By Southampton
Mark Hughes was fired by Stoke City in January.

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Saints Fire Mauricio Pellegrino As Manager
Southampton have won only five league games this season, two of them against the bottom club, West Bromwich Albion.

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Liverpool Agrees To World Record $100.6M Fee For Virgil Van Dijk
Saints only paid 11.5 million for Virgil van Dijk in 2015.

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City Prioritize Transfers For Alexis Sanchez, Virgil Van Dijk
Pep Guardiola has Alexis Sanchez and Virgil van Dijk at the top of his wish list.

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Virgil Van Dijk Still Hoping For Liverpool Transfer
Virgil Van Dijk has worked his way back into Southampton's XI.

Mark Dobson/The Guardian

Controlling Interest Of Southampton Sold To Gao Jisheng For $272.3M
The deal ends more than 12 months of talks between the Gao family and the south coast club.

Ben Fisher/The Guardian

Southampton Signs Mario Lemina For Club-Record $20.8M
Mario Lemina spent two seasons with Juventus.

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Virgil Van Dijk Submits Transfer Request
Virgil van Dijk's move to Liverpool was canceled due to an alleged illegal approach.

Mark Dobson/The Guardian

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