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Former Man City star in talks to join Smalling at Roma

According to the Daily Mail, Jack Rodwell could be on his way to Roma. The former Man City and Blackburn player is currently a free agent and is in need of a new home.

The Daily Mail have explained how the midfielder will now undergo a series of fitness tests before the decision is made in his future.

Rodwell has been without a club since he left Blackburn earlier this year. Now it looks like an unexpected move to Italy will be on the cards.

Roma are seeking free agents to help with their injury crisis. The 28 year old could now be their next addition.

Chris Smalling

If Rodwell does pass fitness tests and negotiations are made, he will be joining Man United’s Chris Smalling.

Smalling went out on loan to the Italian side this year. Both players are known centre backs and Rodwell will have someone to guide him while he’s there.


Rodwell started his career with Everton. He then had spells at Man City, Sunderland and Blackburn.

He’s also got international cals to his name for England. However, he’s only ever played for these Premier League sides so a move to Italy will be a bug change.

3 strikers Man Utd need in the January window

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to change things up in the January transfer window. These 3 strikers could help Man United if a move to Old Trafford was on the cards.

There’s been a lot of transfer talk when it comes to Man United. From fans, to football pundits to news sources.

There needs to be players brought in in the January transfer window to transform the current squad.

Goals are something they are lacking currently. This is why we are focussing on strikers.

Here’s three that I have picked out that I think will help at Old Trafford. Not all three would have a place in the time but if one could make that move, maybe some goals will be created.

Moussa Dembele

The 23 year okd currently plays for Lyon. The ex Celtic star would definitely fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

However, Everton are another Premier League team that are after him. If Man United want him, they’ll have to move fast.

Harry Kane

I know that some will be laughing at this pick. It’s already been a suggestion that Man United go after him.

He’s on top form but Tottenham as a whole aren’t. This is why he may be interested in a move away from Spurs. However, Man United would have to offer him a lot of money and benefits.

Gareth Bale

Another suggestion that people will be laughing at. However, his future at Real Madrid is up in the air.

It’s very unlikely that the winger would move to Old Trafford. Although, if Solskjaer wants to make a statement, showing interest in him may show how serious he is about transforming his team.

17y/o Wigan Athletic star looking to make the big step up following his international break

A 17-year-old Wigan striker, Joe Gelhardt could be the next big thing. LetsHangOn.com rate him very highly and say that if he’s good enough, he’s old enough.

The Latics teenager has impressed while playing for England Under 18’s. He’s scored 3 goals in 6 games.

They now rumour that top Premier League scouts are monitoring him. With interest from Liverpool and Everton, the youngster may have some options.

However, Wigan fans will want their man to deliver for them first before he moves on.


The youngster’s current contract at the DW Stadium expires in 2021. He’s previously scored for the Latics in a 2-2 draw against Hull. Now he could get more chances to shine.

He’s proven that he can work well with other Wigan players like Jamal Lowe. If Gelhardt was to break into the first team, he would fit in nicely next to Kieffer Moore.


So far, the youngster has only made appearances after coming on as a sub. However, now that he’s proven his talent, Paul Cook could give him a chance.

The 17-year-old has already been compared to Michael Owen. Wigan should definitely make use of their man while they still have him. The more game time they give him now, the higher his value will rise.

Former Fulham & Celtic striker interesting Man United & Everton

According to Football Insider, Moussa Dembele is willing to quit Lyon. He could be making a return to England with Premier League sides, Man United and Everton interested.

Just like most teams, Man United and Everton will be on the lookout for new recruits ahead of January. Moussa Dembele is the latest player to receive interest.

The 23-year-old is supposedly willing to quit Lyon. He has managed to impress after being a consistent goal scorer out in France and for his former club, Celtic.

Dembele considers the Premier League to be the next logical step in his career. However, the question will remain, which team will he go to?

Both teams will want to recruit a goal scorer. Although, this will ultimately come down to which team could offer Dembele a better career and who could offer Lyon more money.


Dembele made his name at Fulham after joining in his mid-teens. He then took advantage of a move to Celtic in 2016.

The 23-year-old netted 51 goals in 94 games at Parkhead over to seasons. In 2018, he quit in order to join Lyon. This move made a club-record transfer at £19 million.


Currently, Dembele has bagged 6 goals in 8 appearances this campaign. This puts him 1 goal behind Ligue 1’s current top goal scorer, Victor Osimhen.

Lyon is confident that they will secure £40 million for their player. However, his contract doesn’t expire until 2023.

Man City Women looking to continue their great start this weekend…

Nick Cushing’s side has had a brilliant start to their season in all areas. The Football Manc Cave is taking you through what’s to come this weekend.

I went to Man City’s first game of the season at the Etihad against Man United women and even though they won 1-0, they didn’t impress too much as it seemed a little bit sloppy. A lot of fans said that their performance would need to improve if they were going to contend for the title.

I know they still have some improvements to make, however, their recent score sheets prove that they are working on their mistakes and as a Man City Women’s fan, I am happy.


So they took all three points on the opening game of the season and they had their Champions League opening clash. They travelled to Lugano and won 7-1. They then came back to the UK and played Reading away and won 2-0.

They’ve managed to keep two league clean sheets and win, then they’ve managed to succeed in the Champions League. However, Everton has also opened their campaign with a 1-0 win and a 2-0 win so they are joint top of the Women’s Super League.

This Week:

This Sunday at 2pm will see Man City take on Leicester City Women at home in the FA WSL Cup. So this is another competition they will try to succeed in. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the Blues as Leicester are in the Women’s Super League 2 and sit at 10th out of 11th. Although, anything can happen.

And that’s why Man City need to stay focused, as they will then have their second leg of the Champions League a few days after this clash with Leicester. The weekend after they will play Everton away, and they will both be looking to beat one another to fight for that top spot.

Team News:

In terms of who’s been playing well and should remain in that starting line up, goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck has been brilliant and been receiving a lot of praise. She kept Man City in the game against United and she has been just as consistent with the other games.

Caroline Weir has shown what she can do with the ball from a great distance and Pauline Bremer has also been performing brilliantly as she scored both goals against Reading. She has returned from injury and showed what she is capable of. Let’s hope the Blues can keep it up.

Are Man Utd smart or crazy to set their sights on Everton’s number 1

David De Gea is currently stalling on a huge contract, leaving Man Utd considering options for his replacement. Their eyes have gone towards England international Jordan Pickford, but is there an ulterior motive behind this signing?

Man Utd fans are well-aware of David De Gea’s dedication to the club. For many years he kept the side afloat whilst making a name for himself as one of the world’s best between the sticks.

However, being such a talented player and a lucrative name in the industry, David De Gea will want to bag some big trophies before the end of his career. And most admit that this is unlikely with Man Utd.

De Gea’s new contract would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper, at £350,000 per week. But is stalling in case the Red Devils once again fail to achieve Champions League football, which would knock that wage down to £263,000 per week.

As a result, Man Utd are considering options for his replacement, and according to reports, Everton’s Jordan Pickford is the most likely candidate.

Jordan Pickford

Despite Pickford being a great English talent, it is no insult to say he is leagues below the calibre of David De Gea.

Man Utd’s prize possession goalkeeper would leave the club on a free in summer, making the club lose out on a potential world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

Setting their sights on the Everton goalie may well be a money-saving ploy, as opposed to losing De Gea for free and replacing him with an equally priced goalkeeper.

This is not a shock to Man Utd fans, who regularly feel robbed when assessing net spends after the ins and outs of a transfer window.

On the other hand, Pickford gained 14 clean sheets in the Premier League last season and is a quality performer for his national side. With Man Utd’s improved defence, perhaps they can afford to have a slightly less astute keeper between the sticks at Old Trafford.

3 reasons why Wigan Athletic must hold on to 17y/o despite interest from Liverpool & Chelsea

Liverpool and Chelsea, amongst others, will be watching Wigan Atheltic’s young English forward closely this season in the Championship…

Wigan’s home grown talent Joe Gelhardt has impressed scouts since making his senior debut in April of 2019. He scored his first senior goal against Burnley during pre-season, admitting that it was a “dream come true”.

Paul Cook appears to be entrusting the youngster with a role at the club. Gelhardt came on off the bench in a 0-0 draw with Barnsley in hope that the could of clinched the winning goal.

With teams such as Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton and Leicester circling around the striker, here are three reasons why Wigan should hold onto him for time being…


Putting a 17 year-old striker with little game experience on the market will not fetch a heavy fee. If Wigan believe that Gelhardt can go on to be one of the brightest talents in England football, they should let him prove himself at the Championship level. This could bolster his price, going from well under £5million to well over £40million should he continue improving and learning over the next four years.

Wigan’s form

Last season, Wigan finished 18th with 51 goals scored in their first season back in the Championship. This season, they find themselves in 22nd place, with 4 points from 6 games with 4 goals scored. Wigan need ten to twenty goals more than last season to see an improvement, and to move up to the middle of the table. As it stands, introducing Gelhardt to the first-team action seems to be their best method of achieving this.


Wigan have been out of Premier League action for a long time now. But, undoubtedly, their aspirations are to one day return. Without intense funds, they have to hold on to their home grown talent and then utilise it. If not, they risk becoming a stagnant feeder club for top English sides.

‘I’ll buy Rojo the train ticket to Everton’ Twitter reacts to Man Utd offloading defender

Man Utd could deem Marcos Rojo surplus to requirements in a deadline day transfer to Everton.

Everton has lost Kurt Zouma, Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka leaving the side desperate for centre-backs. Luckily for them, Man Utd now seven senior defenders in their squad. The Reds reportedly rejected a loan bid for Chris Smalling from Everton, who have now decided to pursue Marcos Rojo on a permanent basis.

It seems Manchester United fans are happy about cutting down on their amount of defender…

When asked about who will big news like Romelu Lukaku’s replacement, this user couldn’t help but bring up the issues with the Man Utd defence. But would prefer to keep Rojo over Smalling.

However, some fans would just get rid of both…

This Tweet sums up Everton’s transfer window deadline day, they may have found a door into getting their centre-back.

Both Everton and Manchester United would benefit from this deal. Solskjaer now has Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the first team. It is likely for the manager to favour three and have one or two ready to step in for injuries/suspensions.

This would give a reason for Man Utd to offload at least two defenders on deadline day.

The final touches: What Guardiola should be getting right in Man City training this week

Man City won the domestic quadruple in 18/19, but how can Guardiola ensure European success next season?

Man City’s pre-season has arguably not been a challenging one, losing only one game on penalties against Wolves. Therefore, it is necessary for Guardiola to continue drilling tactics, fitness and work ethic into his side.

After back to back league titles and a domestic sweep last season, the one trophy missing is the Champions League. In order to compete heavily in all competitions, here are a few things that the Citizens need to work on, courtesy of The Football Manc Cave.

Manchester City’s intense build-up play was devastating to the rest of the Premier League last season. However, with their unquestioned dominance, it is obvious knowledge that other Premier League teams will be concentrating on cracking their code and figuring them out.

Although Guardiola cannot be expected to completely change his style of play, he needs to be aware that the competition in the league is growing. Teams such as Man Utd, Leicester City, Wolves and Everton are building to challenge for top four in the next few seasons.

Patching up the weakness

Man City have introduced defensive midfielder Rodri, who joined from Atletico Madrid this summer. Man City’s high and intense press left space at the back for teams to attack. It is important that Rodri learns the ropes and can act as a rock in front of the defence, which would patch up a slight weakness in the squad.

Defending counter-attacks efficiently could combat the rest of the league’s plans to knock Man City off their pedestal.

The depth of quality in the Manchester City squad should allow for them to be successful both domestically and in Europe. However, recent seasons have demonstrated otherwise. Guardiola must have a fully fit squad with enough quality to consistently perform throughout each competition next season.

Everton’s new signing brings three good qualities from Man City

Everton stole Manchester City’s Fabian Delph for £9m, what he will bring to squad could make every penny worth it – and more.

Fabian Delph has never been a stand-out player, having only 19 goals and 23 assists in his 282 game-long career. However, this ex-England international knows the Premier League like the back of his hand. Having played 134 games for Aston Villa before playing 89 games for Manchester City.

Delph has two Premier League titles to his name, and is a perfect fit for Everton who are building to challenge the top six clubs in England.

Delph will sit in the centre of midfield, focusing on his defensive duties. And here are 3 things the Englishman will bring to the table at Goodison Park…


As mentioned, Delph is a Premier League man. At Everton, he has promised to give “nothing less than 100 per cent” and went on to say “Hopefully we can push together, fans and players, to do something special.”

By having a Premier League winner in the squad, he will expect results and a high table finish with Everton. His knowledge of the league and his expectations of winning will surely impact the Evertonians mentality and motivation.

Defensive Stability

According to last year’s Premier League table goal difference, for Everton to break the top 4 they would need to score 20 more goals and concede 10 less than their 18/19 campaign. Delph can certainly aid in the defensive department.

Everton having a defensive midfielder of Premier League winning quality and experience could prevent many goals against The Toffees in the upcoming campaign.


That’s right. We could see Everton win something very soon. According to Delph, “Ultimately, the goal is to win something. I’ve not come here just to be here – I’ve come here with ambitions to win things.”

His winning mentality can be instilled into a side of players with little experience of holding up trophies.

It is clear that Everton have high hopes and are ambitious in their attempts to break the top 6. Everton has also been linked with Diego Costa and Moise Kean in recent weeks.

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