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West Ham reject Chinese Super League bids for Andy Carroll - sources

Andy Carroll has scored six goals in 14 appearances for West Ham so far this season.

West Ham United have rejected bids from three Chinese Super League clubs for striker Andy Carroll, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune and Shandong Luneng have all made bids for the England international as they look to bolster their attacking options before the close of the Chinese transfer window on Tuesday.

However, West Ham have rejected the offers as selling Carroll now would mean they would not be able to bring in a replacement with the European...

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Geylang rue missed chances in S.League defeat to Hougang

Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts break down the Singapore stars playing overseas in the second divisions.
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Geylang International put up a spirited showing, despite losing their S.League opener.

Geylang International coach Hasrin Jailani urged his players to stay positive, despite suffering an opening 2-0 defeat to Hougang United in the S.League on Monday night.

Hougang scored through Japanese playmaker Fumiya Kogure midway through the first half, before substitute Iqbal Hussain secured the three points with a late goal at Hougang Stadium.

But Hasrin says that his side more than matched the home side for clear-cut chances, and probably deserved a draw.

"It was a tough game for us. Honestly...

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Penang players still have faith in winless MSL coach Westwood

Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts look ahead to MSL Week 6, as JDT aim to move up from the bottom half of the table.
Ashley Westwood has failed to bring his winning touch from India to the MSL with Penang.

Penang's players still believe in their winless Malaysia Super League coach Ashley Westwood, and believe he can turn around their flagging fortunes, according to a source within the club.

Ahead of Wednesday's home game against Melaka United, Westwood's 2017 record of six defeats in six matches, with only two goals scored, is the worst in MSL history.

"It's been hard for him to do it from the stands. He has not been allowed to speak to the players even during half-time [due to a touchline ban} and...

Top Chinese Super League transfers: Oscar, Hulk, Teixeira; Rooney next?

The FC crew discuss the latest big-money offers coming out of China and react to Uli Hoeness' comments on CSL spending.
Alison Bender and Gab Marcotti discuss whether moving to the Chinese Super League would be the right move for Diego Costa.
FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts delve into Oscar's comments saying the CSL will one day be as great as the Premier League.

The most eventful transfer window in the history of the Chinese Super League (CSL) closes at midnight CST on Tuesday, ahead of the new season's start this weekend, bringing to an end two months of big-name signings, mega-money deals and the wildest of speculation.

But while the majority of headlines were generated by the signing of Oscar and Carlos Tevez, as well as speculation over Wayne Rooney's possible move, China's football authorities confused an already muddled picture by drawing up new regulations...

Philippe Aw starts Hougang United coaching stint with win vs. Geylang

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ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Fazrul Nawaz breakdown the next iteration of the S. League and who may challenge Albirex Niigata.
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A new-look Hougang United opened their 2017 S.League campaign with a win over Geylang International on Monday night.

The Hougang United reign of coach Philippe Aw got off to the best possible start with a 2-0 victory over Geylang International in the S.League at Hougang Stadium on Monday night.

Japanese playmaker Fumiya Kogure scored midway through the first half, before substitute Iqbal Hussain sealed the three points with a late goal.

Geylang started off brightly, with midfielder Shahfiq Ghani unleashing a fierce free kick from a tight angle on 10 minutes which forced Hougang goalkeeper Khairulhin Khalid to...

Germany to play China friendly by 2019 as part of partnership deal

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World Cup winners Germany are being lined up to play in China.

The general secretary of the German FA (DFB) has said he wants to send 2014 World Cup winners Germany to play a friendly in China by 2019 at the latest.

Late last year, China and Germany signed a "comprehensive agreement at government level" to boost the development of football, with agreements also struck between the DFB, the German Football League (DFL), the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Chinese Soccer Association.

Speaking to kicker, Friedrich Curtius said: "Our goal is to make it [a...