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.

View all Soccer betting

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.

View all Soccer betting

Torreira’s arrival pleases Emery

Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes he has made a quality signing after a deal to snap up Uruguay international Lucas Torreira was agreed.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who represented his country at World Cup 2018, moves to the Gunners on a five-year deal from Sampdoria for £26million.

Emery said: "In Lucas Torreira we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game. A midfielder with great quality.

"He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing."

Since replacing Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager, Emery has also signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Torreira made his Serie A debut for Sampdoria in August 2016 and made 71 appearances for the club.

Since the end of  last season, Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla have left the Gunners while Jack Wilshere completed his transfer to West Ham United on Monday.

Arsenal are 2/1 to clinch a top-four finish in the Premier League in the 2018/19 season while they are 5/2 to beat Manchester City in their first game of the campaign on 12th August.

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.

View all Soccer betting

Wolves seal deals for duo

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has decided to sign Leo Bonatini and Ruben Vinagre on a permanent basis.

Both players spent last season on loan at Molineux.

Bonatini, who scored 12 goals in 43 Championship appearances last season, has inked a four-year-deal, while Vinagre has signed a five-year contract.

Bonatini moves to Molineux from Saudi Professional League side Al-Hilal for an undisclosed fee while teenager Vinagre moves from AS Monaco.

Wolves' sporting director Kevin Thelwell said: "We are delighted to secure the services of two players we rate very highly and we believe can play a huge part in our plans for our first season back in the Premier League and beyond.

"Both players have been part of this group for a season and that means they can hit the ground running and won't need any additional time to adjust to Nuno and his coaching staff's high standards of preparation and training.

"Leo Bonatini was unstoppable for a long stretch last season while Ruben Vinagre is a hugely exciting prospect."

Wolves, 11/10 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table in 2018/19, are 13/10 to win their first game of the season against Everton on 11th August.

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.

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.

Warnock seeks loan arrivals

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock is pleased with the work he has been able to do this summer after persuading Neil Etheridge to sign a new deal with the club.

The goalkeeper has committed his future to the Bluebirds until the summer of 2021.

Etheridge played 45 Championship matches for Cardiff last season and kept 19 clean sheets.

"The club has been great to me since I started," he said. "We had a fantastic year last year and it's been great to continue that and extend my deal.

"Every game is going to be a great experience – all of them. Of course, you've got Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge… I could go on and on about all of them.

"But I'm looking forward to the first game of the season, then coming back here for a full house against Newcastle. I can't wait."

Cardiff are 8/11 to be relegated in the 2018/19 season and 13/5 to beat Bournemouth in their opening match of the season on 11th August.

Meanwhile, Warnock has confirmed that he is in talks to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic on loan. He has already snapped up Preston left-back Greg Cunningham, Norwich City winger Josh Murphy, QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies and Bristol City forward Bobby Reid.

"We'd like a couple of loan players in. We've spoken to Marko and then I'd want to get a striker as well – that's the missing piece," Warnock said.

"I just feel you need four at the top level so we'll be looking at one, but we won't rush into that.

"We'll have a look but we've got until 9th August to do that and we'll try and bring somebody in, hopefully on loan.”

Cardiff have also agreed a new deal with winger Junior Hoilett and are still in discussions with out-of-contract Iceland midfielder Aron Gunnarsson.

Benitez brings in Ki

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has made the former Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng his second capture of the summer.

The 29-year-old has signed an initial two-year deal with the Magpies after spending the last six years with Swansea City, who were relegated from the Premier League last term.

Benitez, who has already signed Martin Dubravka on a permanent basis since the end of last season, said of South Korea international Ki: "I'm pleased to welcome Ki to the club. He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here."

Ki began his professional career with FC Seoul and spent two-and-a-half years at Celtic before joining Swansea City in August 2012.

He spent the 2013/14 season on loan at Sunderland and has won 104 caps for his country, scoring 10 goals.

During his time at the Liberty Stadium, Ki scored 12 Premier League goals in 139 appearances for the Swans, 10/3 to be promoted from the Championship in 2018/19.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United are 7/2 to win their first Premier League game of the campaign against Tottenham on 11th August.

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.

View all Soccer betting