Yarmolenko boosts Irons’ options

West Ham are confident that they have added a quality, versatile attacking option by signing Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund.

The 28-year-old Ukraine international has signed a four-year contract with the Hammers, having ended his stay with BVB after just a single campaign which saw him score six goals in 26 appearances in all competitions.

And Irons director of football Mario Husillos believes that a change of scenery will help Yarmolenko rediscover the sort of form which saw him score 137 times in 341 games for Dynamo Kyiv.

He told the club's official website: "When we had the opportunity to sign him, we did not hesitate, because he really is the kind of player that we were looking for.

"He is a left-footed player who can play on the right and is very quick, very good one-on-one against a defender.

"He gives the team a lot of attacking options and scores goals, is fast on the counter-attack and provides aerial threat with his height.

"At Dortmund, he had some good matches but perhaps didn't quite show his very best. However, I think Manuel Pellegrini is the perfect coach for Andriy and his style of play."

The arrival of Yarmolenko comes a couple of days after the Hammers completed the signing of England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who opted against signing a new contract at Arsenal.

The Irons are priced at 9/4 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season and are available at 4/11 to end up in the bottom half.

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Mahrez aiming to do better

Forward Riyad Mahrez believes he can develop his game further at Manchester City, having completed a big-money move from Premier League rivals Leicester City.

The 27-year-old Algeria international has signed a five-year contract with the Citizens, with a fee in the region of £60million reportedly involved in ensuring the deal was right for both clubs.

And Mahrez, who spent four-and-half years with the Foxes, helping them to Premier League glory in 2015/16, is excited about having finally secured his move to the Etihad Stadium, having seen a possible deal fall through at the end of the January transfer window.

He told his new club's official website: "I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under (coach) Pep Guardiola.

"Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me and City's performances last season were outstanding.

"They are redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it. I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop."

Mahrez scored 48 goals in 179 appearances for Leicester in all competitions, with 17 of those strikes coming during the season the Foxes powered to an amazing league title success in May 2016.

Last season Man City romped to the Premier League by a massive 19-point margin, becoming the first side to accrue 100 points in a 38-game top-flight programme.

The Citizens are 4/7 to retain their league crown next season and are available at 11/2 to triumph in the Champions League.

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Ronaldo seals Juve switch

Real Madrid have confirmed that Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club and joined Juventus.

The 33-year-old former Manchester United star, who has penned a four-year deal with the Old Lady, has moved to Turin in a deal worth £99.2million.

Ronaldo was signed by Real for £80million in 2009 and went on to score 451 goals for the club.

During the last five seasons, Real have won four Champions League finals, including the triumph against Liverpool in May.

"For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of our great symbols," said a statement from Real.

"Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.

"Real Madrid will always be your home."

Juventus have won 34 Serie A titles in their history including the last seven. They held off a strong challenge from Napoli to clinch the 2017/18 title.

They have two European Cup triumphs to their name – in 1984/85 and 1995/96 – and have been beaten finalists seven times, most recently in 2017 when they lost 4-1 to Real.

Juventus are 7/1 to win the 2018/19 Champions League while Real Madrid can be backed at 13/2.

"The time has come to open a new stage in my life, that's why I asked the club to accept transferring me," Ronaldo said.

Millar is eighth Mariners signing

Former Melbourne City winger Matthew Millar has signed for Central Coast Mariners for the 2018/19 A-League season.

Millar has been on trial with the Gosford club in an effort to get back to the top level after a two-year spell in the NPL Victoria. The utility made four first-team appearances for City during his brief stint with the club.

He was signed before the start of the 2015/16 campaign but left in mid-season to sign for South Melbourne.

The 21-year-old, who has scored 17 goals in his 55 games for the NPL side, becomes the eighth signing of the off-season by new Mariners coach Mike Mulvey.

Since being appointed in April, the former Brisbane Roar coach has been rebuilding a squad that has lost 10 players including Dutch midfielder Wout Brama and Spanish defender Alan Baro. He's recruited former Mariners midfielder Michael McGlinchey following his exit from Wellington Phoenix.

The New Zealand international is returning to the club for a second spell while striker Matt Simon has signed on for a third stint after leaving Sydney FC.

Central Coast are 75/1 to win the 2018/19 minor premiership.

Meanwhile, Wellington are on the verge of signing former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor. The 32-year-old former England B international spent 13 years with Newcastle, playing 215 games.

He played in the Championship with Ipswich Town after a short stint in the USA with Portland Timbers and last season played 44 league games for Peterborough United.

Peterborough confirmed on Monday that manager Steve Evans had given Taylor permission to travel to Wellington to discuss personal terms over the proposed move.

The Phoenix are 33/1 to win the 2018/19 Grand Final.

Klopp: Salah deal a major message

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp believes his club have sent out a huge message about their future prospects by handing a new, long-term deal to Mohamed Salah.

The 26-year-old, who has recently been in action at World Cup 2018 with Egypt, enjoyed a spectacular first season at Anfield, scoring 44 goals in all competitions to help the Reds reach the Champions League final and finish in fourth place in the Premier League.

And Klopp is more than happy that a fresh five-year contract has been agreed and signed off, with Salah a crucial figure in the German's plans to build on the success of last season.

He told the club's official website: "I think this news can be seen for what it is – rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season.

"It demonstrates two things very clearly also – his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him.

"We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield where they can fulfil all their professional dreams and ambitions – we are working hard together to achieve this.

"When someone like Mo Salah commits and says this place is my home now, it speaks very loudly I think.

"Equally, our commitment to him says we see his value and want him to grow even more and get even better within our environment."

Despite suffering a shoulder injury in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, Salah was on the scoresheet in both of the games he featured in for Egypt at World Cup 2018, but his side were unable to progress out of the group stage.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are 5/1 to win the Premier League title next season, with Manchester United 7/1 and Manchester City 4/7.

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Karanka carries on signing

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka has continued to strengthen his squad by landing Jack Robinson from QPR.

The defender, who has penned an initial two-year deal at The City Ground, said: "I am delighted. I met Aitor about four weeks ago and, from the first moment I met him, this was the club that I wanted to sign for.

"He has the same ambition that I do in striving forward and getting this club to the top level so it was an easy decision for me to sign.

"I had been at QPR for four years so it was a tough decision and the fans have found it hard that I have left, but I had to make the right career choice for me. I think this is it, I'm happy to have signed and I can't wait to get going."

Karanka has also signed Algeria international Hillal Soudani for an undisclosed fee from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb.

The 30-year-old, who has also scored 21 goals in 41 appearances for his country, has agreed a three-year deal at the City Ground.

Portuguese trio Gil Bastiao Dias, Diogo Goncalves and Joao Carvalho arrived at The City Ground earlier this summer with Carvalho moving from Benfica for £13.2million.

Forest are 4/1 to be promoted from the Championship in 2018/19 while QPR are 12/1 to go up.

Howe lands striker Brooks

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has managed to persuade Sheffield United striker David Brooks to join the Cherries.

The highly-rated 20-year-old is believed to have moved to the south coast for an initial transfer fee of £10million, with add-ons potentially increasing the deal to around £11.5million.

The Wales international has penned a four-year contract with Bournemouth, 5/2 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table in 2018/19.

Brooks, who is Howe's first signing of the summer, said: "The chance to play for a club in the Premier League is a great opportunity. I'm delighted to be on board.

"When you look at Eddie Howe as a manager, you want to be involved in something like that. He's got big ambitions and develops young players well and gives them a chance.

"That's something I'm looking for and he was one of the main attractions for me to come to Bournemouth."

Brooks made 30 appearances in the league, although only nine were starts, for the Blades and has won three caps for Wales.

He scored three goals in the Championship for Sheffield United, 13/2 to be promoted in 2018/19, last term – against Leeds United, Millwall and Burton Albion.

Sky Blues stars on verge of exit

Sydney FC look set to lose stars Bobo and Adrian Mierzejewski, giving new coach Steve Corica problems ahead of the club's premiership defence.

The duo, who combined for 40 league goals last season, are reported to be on the verge of signing lucrative deals overseas.

Brazilian striker Bobo broke the A-League record for goals in a season when he netted 27 last term.

Polish international Mierzejewski finished the campaign by winning the Johnny Warren Medal as the A-League's player of the year.

Mierzejewski has been hinting on social media that he was unhappy with the money he'd been offered by the Sky Blues for next season.

He's understood to have been in a pay dispute with the club over a pay rise on his contract that's currently worth around $450,000 a year.

Mierzejewski is under contract with Sydney for another two years and has discussed a rise to marquee wages.

Bobo, who is also still under contract with the Sky Blues, is set to be sold to a Turkish Super Lig club.

Corica will still have Milos Ninkovic as one of his two marquees, and is understood to be targeting Melbourne Victory winger Leroy George.

Sydney FC are 7/2 to win the 2019 Grand Final.

Meanwhile, Western Sydney Wanderers have parted company with Chris Ikonomidis and Steven Lustica following the end of their contracts.

Ikonomidis is heading back to his Italian side Lazio after his loan deal expired, while Lustica has been released following two seasons with Wanderers.

Six-cap Australia international Ikonomidis scored three goals in his 10 appearances last term.

New coach Markus Babbel has opted not to keep hold of Lustica, who netted four times in his 30 games following a move from Brisbane Roar.

Western Sydney are 10/1 to win the 2018/19 minor premiership.

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Mignolet hints at Reds exit

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has indicated that he will be leaving Anfield when World Cup 2018 ends in mid-July.

The 30-year-old was an unused substitute during Belgium's 1-0 win over England in Kaliningrad on Thursday when Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois started the match.

Mignolet, who is contracted to Liverpool for another three years, lost his place to Loris Karius in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign.

He has not played since January but there are also doubts about Karius' Reds future after he made two glaring errors in their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid five weeks ago.

Liverpool have been linked with Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, Stoke City's Jack Butland and Burnley's Nick Pope this summer, with Mignolet saying: "I am going to look at my situation when I come back from the World Cup.

"I didn't play in the last few months at Liverpool, so after the World Cup I will look at everything. I can't say much more. I don't know how long I will have off after the tournament. I need to speak to the manager about that.

"(But) at this moment I have not been speaking to anyone at Liverpool because I have been trying to focus on Belgium."

Liverpool are 5/1 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title, while Manchester City can be backed at 4/7, Manchester United at 7/1 and Chelsea at 12/1.

Fellaini extends United stay

Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini has pledged his future to Manchester United by signing a new two-year contract with the Old Trafford club.

The 30-year-old joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2013 after spending five years with Everton, and has since scored 20 goals in 156 appearances for United in all competitions.

Fellaini has helped his current club to success in the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League and is confident that there is more to come from the men from Manchester in the coming campaigns.

He told his club's official website: "I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player.

"I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose Mourinho, still has a lot we want to achieve.

"I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. My focus now is on the World Cup and (then) I am looking forward to a successful season ahead."

United have already been active in the summer transfer market, snapping up Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot from FC Porto and Brazilian midfielder Fed from Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.

Last season Mourinho's side finished in second place in the Premier League last season, while they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup final and knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by Sevilla.

United are 7/1 to win the Premier League title next season, with Liverpool available at 5/1 and Arsenal priced at 28/1.

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