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 By Alex Crook

Southampton and Ronald Koeman show signs of cracking after Euro woe

Southampton crashed out of Europe on Thursday evening and have yet to win a Premier League match this season.

When Ronald Koeman led Southampton into Europe last season on the back of the most destabilising summer since the club narrowly avoided going out of business, he was rightly hailed a miracle-worker.

Little did he know his greatest challenge was still to come. Saints have made a disappointing start to Koeman's second season in charge and their run of only two points from their opening three Premier League games was followed by a limp Europa League playoff exit at the hands of unfancied Danish side...

 By Mike Whalley

Mario Balotelli loan from Liverpool to AC Milan backed by Brendan Rodgers

The ESPN FC crew discuss Mario Balotelli's statements regarding Brendan Rodgers' tactics during his time at Liverpool.
The ESPN FC panel discuss Mario Balotelli's return to AC Milan, where Shaka Hislop still believes in his talent.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno shares his thoughts on the number of opportunities and playing time Mario Balotelli was afforded at Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL -- Mario Balotelli's loan move to AC Milan will be good for him and Liverpool, according to Brendan Rodgers.

Balotelli, 25, has returned to the Rossoneri on a season's loan, 12 months after leaving for Merseyside to sign a three-year contract with the Reds.

The Italy international's £16 million move to Anfield has not worked out, as he scored just one Premier League goal last season and frustrated Rodgers with a series of poor performances.

Balotelli suggested on his departure that...

 By Mike Whalley

Everton's John Stones to face Spurs; Mori, Rodriguez deals near - Martinez

The ESPN FC crew discuss Everton's John Stones and believe that Everton can get more value by selling Stones to Chelsea and using the money from the transfer to bolster their squad.
ESPN FC's Brian McBride thinks a move to Chelsea might be a little premature for young defender John Stones, saying Everton is the perfect environment to learn.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes tells us a little about River Plate defender and Everton target Ramiro Funes Mori.

LIVERPOOL -- Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists John Stones is in the right frame of mind to face Tottenham on Saturday, and hopes to announce deals for Ramiro Funes Mori and Leandro Rodriguez on Friday,

Stones, 21, has been told he is staying at Goodison Park despite handing in a transfer request on Tuesday.

Chairman Bill Kenwright rejected that request on Thursday and indicated there was no chance of the England international being allowed to move to Chelsea, who have had three bids turned down...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ola Toivonen joins Sunderland on season-long loan from Rennes

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat said that although he's much happier than last week after his side's 1-1 draw against Swansea this weekend, he felt the missing penalty call was a bit of hard luck.

Sunderland have completed the signing of Sweden international Ola Toivonen, who moves from Ligue 1 side Rennes on loan for 2015-16.

Toivonen, 29, joined Rennes in January last year for €2.5 million after five successful seasons in the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, scoring 61 goals in 139 league games and winning the Dutch Cup in 2012.

Black Cats manager Dick Advocaat managed the attacking midfielder, who has won 40 caps for Sweden, when he was in charge of PSV for the 2012-13 season, and has...

 By PA Sport

Tim Sherwood concerned as sickness bug hits Aston Villa squad

Despite a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was pleased overall with his team's performance.

Tim Sherwood has revealed a sickness bug has hit the Aston Villa camp ahead of their clash with Sunderland.

The Villa manager is waiting on a number of players ahead of Saturday's Premier League visit of the Black Cats.

Sherwood did not name the players who are unwell but conceded he has concerns over several of his squad.

"There's a sickness bug around the training ground so there are a few players who have not been able to make training," he said.

"We have a couple of players, I don't want to tell...