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new Everton deal
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a
new four-year deal at Goodison Park, the Barclays
Premier League club have announced.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise
since breaking into the first team at the start of
last season and was included in the England squad
for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Barkley, who has had loan spells at Sheffield
Wednesday and Leeds, has won nine England caps
so far and was named on the shortlist for last sea-
son's PFA Young Player of the Year Award.
"It means everything to me," said Barkley. "It's a
dream playing for Everton. As soon as I got told
about it I wanted to sign.
"I've played for Everton most of my life. This is a
big thing for me."
Manager Roberto Martinez believes tying down
the England midfielder's long-term future is a sig-
Work permit for Valencia
Sam Allardyce has not had much good news of
late but he will be delighted that Ecuador striker
Enner Valencia has been granted a work permit to
complete his move to West Ham.
With club-record signing Andy Carroll ruled out
for four months following surgery on an ankle in-
jury, Allardyce will be keen for Valencia to join up
with his new team-mates sooner rather than later.
Carroll, who also missed a similar period at the
start of last season, was sorely missed when side-
lined until January but Allardyce has made moves
in the transfer market to bolster his attacking op-
tions - even before the England international's lat-
Valencia's successful work-permit hearing means
the 25-year-old now joins Carlton Cole, Modibo
Maiga and fellow new recruit Mauro Zarate in the
Hammers' strike-force, with the former Pachuca
man looking to build on an impressive World Cup in
which he scored all three of Ecuador's goals.
Hull City have swooped for Scotland's young
player of the year Andrew Robertson from Dundee
United and have also completed the signing of de-
fender Harry Maguire from Sheffield United.
Scottish international Robertson, 20, has cost
the Tigers £2.85million while 21-year-old Maguire
has joined for a £2.5million fee, according to the
club's official website.
Both players have signed three-year deals, with
the club having the option to extend their contracts
by a further year.
Left-back Robertson was on a part-time contract
with Queens Park in Scotland's third tier just over a
year ago before Dundee United spotted his poten-
Allegri: Vidal staying put
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is con-
vinced midfielder Arturo Vidal will remain with the
club for the forthcoming season.
The Chilean's future has been a hot topic of con-
versation with numerous reports circulating that
Premier League side Manchester United were set
to break their transfer record to secure his services.
However, Allegri, who replaced Antonio Conte as
boss of the Bianconeri, has poured cold water on
Allegri told the club's official website: "Vidal is
fundamental for Juventus and not just in practical
"He is very motivated and he is happy to stay."
The former AC Milan boss revealed he had met
with Vidal to discuss his fitness, with the 27-year-
old undergoing an operation on his right knee to-
wards the end of last season shortly before
competing in the World Cup in Brazil, where Chile
were knocked out of the last-16 by the host nation
Manchester United manager
Louis van Gaal thinks he has
inherited an unbalanced and
"broken" squad from David
Van Gaal, speaking in his
first English media interview
of United s tour of the USA,
denied the idea that succeeding
Moyes would be easier than
following Sir Alex Ferguson,
who won 13 titles in 26 years
at Old Trafford.
In Van Gaal s eyes, Ferguson
left Moyes with a team of win-
ners. He says he is inheriting
a "broken" squad awash with
"No," Van Gaal said when
asked whether following Fer-
guson would have been hard-
"I don t agree. I had to follow
Bobby Robson at Barcelona the
year after he won three titles
and there wasn t a problem
(Van Gaal won the league that
"When there is success you
have a very good squad, and
now I have to follow and the
squad was broken I think.
"When you look at the
squad, there is quality. There
is (Wayne) Rooney, (Robin) van
Persie, (Javier) Hernandez,
(Danny) Welbeck, but you also
see Juan Mata, (Marouane) Fel-
laini, and you see (Ander) Her-
rera. There are a lot of players
that can play in the same posi-
"It is not in balance. It s
more difficult to succeed in a
difficult situation than in a fan-
Van Gaal will look to address
the imbalance in his squad by
signing at least two players over
the next three weeks.
Van Gaal is interested in
signing Thomas Vermaelen and
United have been told they
will have to stump up £79mil-
lion to sign other target Kevin
Strootman from Roma while
Real Madrid are also demand-
ing a big fee for Angel Di Maria,
who is also on the club s radar.
Van Gaal insists he will not
pay over the odds for any
transfer targets though.
"I don t buy players for the
sake of buying players," he
said."I buy players to improve
"Now I don t know if we will
play (5-3-2) or 4-3-3. If I play
4-3-3 I need more specialists
in the wings and attackers and
then we have to buy another
kind of player."
Meanwhile, Van Gaal insists
he will not get drawn into any
mind-games with Jose Mour-
inho this season and he says
he still regards the Chelsea
manager as his "friend".
claimed earlier this week that
United were paying over the
odds for Luke Shaw, a £27mil-
lion signing from Southampton
who reportedly now earns in
the region of "100,000 a week."
Mourinho said had Chelsea
paid that kind of money to the
19-year-old, it would have
"killed" the London club.
United boss Van Gaal hinted
he would speak privately to
Mourinho about the matter.
Many saw that as a sign the
two former colleagues were set
for a rocky relationship this
Mourinho, who worked as
Van Gaal s assistant at
Barcelona for three years, has
a record of trying to wind up
But Van Gaal is sure he will
have a harmonious relationship
with the Portuguese this term
even though both he and his
former protege are in charge of
teams vying for the title.
"I don t think I will fall out
with him. He is my friend," Van
Gaal said of Mourinho.
United played the third game
of their tour against Inter Milan
in Washington DC last night.
Liverpool have completed
the signing of Belgium striker
Divock Origi but the 19-year-
old will immediately be loaned
back to French club Lille for
The youngster impressed at
the World Cup but had been on
the Reds radar long before that,
haivng been tracked since he
featured for his national team s
Origi travelled to join up with
Liverpool s pre-season tour of
America so the deal could be
"I am very happy and delight-
ed a club as big as Liverpool
showed interest in me. I m very
excited," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"I know it s a club with a great
history, great fans and a lot of
"For me, Liverpool is one of
the greatest clubs in the world
and I m very excited to be part
of this great history.
"I am very proud to sign for
the club. I ll give everything for
the club, like I did when I was
small and did for Lille.
"I m hoping we can achieve
great things together."
Origi is Liverpool s fifth sign-
ing of the summer, following
Southampton trio Adam Lallana,
Rickie Lambert and Dejan
Lovren, and Bayer Leverkusen
midfielder Emre Can to Anfield.
And while he will not be part
of Brendan Rodgers plans for
the coming campaign the striker
cannot wait to be able to make
"The fact we have a young
team and can grow is the most
exciting part," he added.
"With the coach we have he s
a great manager who can handle
a young team.
"He s said a lot of good things
about Liverpool and told me it s
the perfect club for me.
"He was only positive and it
was great to be able to talk with
him about Liverpool.
"We also have experienced
players. I think we can go very
far---we have a lot of quality in
"This year I ll have a chance
to play at European level, so in
the Europa League or Champi-
"It s important for me to gain
a place in the team, improve and
be ready for the season after
Liverpool confirm Origi signing
Van Gaal says United
squad unbalanced AROUND THE CLUBS
Luis Van Gaal...must make tough decisions
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