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Sterling most valuable U21 - study

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Angelo Ogbonna, West Ham agree a deal, according to sources

Angelo Ogbonna failed to secure a starting spot at Juventus since moving from Torino in 2013.

West Ham United have agreed a deal with Juventus for defender Angelo Ogbonna, sources have told ESPN FC.

ESPN FC revealed earlier on Monday that West Ham were battling Premier League rivals Everton for the 27-year-old's signature, but now West Ham have moved into pole position to land the Italian international.

Juventus are willing to cash-in on Ogbonna as he has been unable to hold down a regular place in the side since his arrival from Torino on 2013.

West Ham have been tracking Ogbonna for some...

 By Jason Dasey

Pahang's Rehman warns against MSL complacency ahead of Sarawak clash

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview round 15 in the Malaysian Super League, where JDT face Selangor and LionsXII take on Perak.

Pahang veteran Zesh Rehman has warned against complacency as the Malaysia Super League (MSL) leaders prepare to host Sarawak on Wednesday night.

Seventeen points separate top-placed Pahang from Sarawak in ninth, who are just one win above the relegation zone after a series of disappointing results. They lost 4-2 at crisis club Terengganu on Saturday, despite taking an early lead and equalising at 2-2 during the second half.

But utility player Rehman -- he played central midfielder instead of his...

Raheem Sterling Europe's most valuable young player, says study

Raheem Sterling tanks ahead of PSG's Marquinhos as Eruope's most valuable U21 player.

Raheem Sterling has been named the most valuable young player in Europe, according to a Soccerex study.

The report, compiled by former Barcelona Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Esteve Calzada, said the Liverpool winger is worth £35 million.

Manchester City have had a £35 million bid for the 20-year-old rejected with suggestions they will raise their bid to £50 million -- £15 million more than the value Soccerex have placed on him.

Sterling, who has returned to training...

U.S. prospects blog: Young backline will play big role at Gold Cup

John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado figure to start in central defense against Honduras at the Gold Cup.
John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado figure to start in central defense against Honduras at the Gold Cup.

FRISCO, Texas -- If there is one particular area of concern on the eve of the U.S. men's 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup opener here on Tuesday against Honduras, the backline -- or rather, the age of the backline -- is it.

Generally speaking, opportunities for promising young players in international tournaments usually come up front, where fearlessness and youthful enthusiasm are most valuable. Close to the opposing goal, in the final third of the field, not knowing your limitations can be an advantage. It can make attackers more dangerous. It makes them less predictable.

The farther back you go, though, from midfield to defense to goalkeeper, experience begins to matter more. In terms of defense, risk taking is, well, riskier.

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Barcelona announce deal to sign Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu hopes the club's interim board can secure the signing of Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona have signed Turkey captain Arda Turan on a five-year contract from Atletico Madrid for an initial fee of €34 million (£24.1 million).

Manchester United and Chelsea were both reported to be interested in signing Turan, with Chelsea striker Diego Costa saying last week he wanted a reunion with his former Atletico teammate. But Barca announced on Monday that they have come away with the coveted Turkish international.