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Birmingham chasing Norwich flop Van Wolfswinkel

Wolfswinkel is attracting interest from Birmingham. Credit: PA

Birmingham want to end Ricky van Wolfswinkel's Norwich nightmare.

The Blues have held talks with the Canaries over a season-long loan for their record signing, Press Association Sport understands.

Boss Gary Rowett believes he can revive the Dutchman's career after it came to a grinding halt following his £8.5m move to Carrow Road from Sporting Lisbon in 2013.

Van Wolfswinkel has no future under Norwich manager Alex Neil and the Canaries would welcome the chance to move him on as he enters the final year of his contract.

He has scored just twice in 28 appearances and was loaned out to Saint Etienne and Real Betis in the last two seasons having flopped in Norfolk.

The 27-year-old scored just 12 goals during those loan spells and while he has played for the Canaries in pre-season his days are numbered with Neil targeting Fulham forward Ross McCormack.


Guardiola confirms he wants to sign Everton defender

Stones pictured during Everton's victory over MK Dons this week. Credit: Reuters

It's the news Everton fans were dreading just 12 months after Chelsea's very public pursuit of John Stones.

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he wants to bring the England international defender to the Etihad this summer.

When quizzed by reporters during City's tour of China on Thursday, Guardiola explained:

“Everyone knows we are going to try, but I don't know what's going to happen.”

Guardiola was speaking after securing his first victory as City manager following a penalty shootout against Borussia Dortmund in Shenzen


Klopp happy with 'democratic' Liverpool transfer policy

Democracy makes Jurgen Klopp smile. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is happy with the way the club's 'democratic' transfer policy is structured.

The German is used to working with a sporting director from his time at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund as the model is common in his homeland.

Liverpool's much-criticised transfer committee, a source of frustration for former boss Brendan Rodgers, has been re-evaluated and revamped since Klopp's arrival with the 49-year-old having the final say on all deals.

But that does not mean Klopp is against an all-round approach to sourcing and securing targets.

He told ESPN FC:

Improvement can come in all kinds of life and in all parts of life and it's based on experience.

So I don't think it makes sense that you give one person the whole power, that's why we have democracy and no other kind of political leadership.

Hopefully it stays like this and because we learned that it makes sense that you put all your skills together and in the end you try to find the best decision.

– Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Fabregas sorry for red card challenge against Liverpool

Cesc Faregas saw red. Credit: Reuters

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas apologised to Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan for the tackle that saw the Spaniard sent off, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

The former Barcelona man was dismissed in the friendly for a reckless challenge on the Estonian in a game Chelsea went on to win 1-0.

It's a red card. He (Fabregas) came by us in the dressing room and said sorry.

He came too late in the challenge, of course. Sometimes in life if you are too late you get a red card, especially in football.

– Jurgen Klopp

Fabregas sent off as Chelsea beat Liverpool

Chelsea had Cesc Fabregas sent off as they beat Liverpool 1-0 in their International Champions Cup clash in Los Angeles.

The midfielder was dismissed with 20 minutes remaining at the Rose Bowl Stadium for a late challenge on the Reds' new signing Ragnar Klavan.

Gary Cahill got the only goal of the game in the 10th minute, heading in a Fabregas corner.

Cesc Fabregas was sent off for his foul on Ragnar Klavan. Credit: Reuters

The England defender was also booked in the clash of the Premier League rivals, with Liverpool's Alberto Moreno, Ovie Ejaria, Marko Grujic, Dejan Lovren and Kevin Stewart also receiving yellow cards.

As well as Kavlan, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gave starts to fellow recent arrivals Sadio Mane and Loris Karius in a match which was watched by more than 53,000 in California.

The closest his team came to a goal was in the 35th minute, when Roberto Firmino's effort was ruled out for offside.

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