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Newcastle on the verge of Papiss Cisse signing (Video)

The little yellow newsbar is scrolling on Sky Sports again, this time with the news that Senegalese forward Papiss Cisse is on the verge of a move to Newcastle – apparently for around £10m. Cisse is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, ironically with Demba Ba, so any potential debut will have to wait until the end of his country’s involvement.

Mike Ashley seems at long last to be willing to loosen his grip on that Andy Carroll revenue. Shocker.

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QPR new-boy Henrique

Almost a done deal, subject to a work permit he’ll be at Loftus Road on an initial 18-month loan-deal before completing a permanent transfer.

“I know a lot of clubs are interested in me. But when I spoke to Mark Hughes and QPR, they made me feel very excited about their plans.

I want to go to a club with ambition and to play in London would be a fantastic opportunity.

The manager is known everywhere. He played for great clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona.

As a striker, I know I can learn so much from him. I’ve always wanted to play in Europe and, for me, England has the most exciting league in the world.”

A little bit of video:

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Tottenham target Loic Remy

So Harry Redknapp has declared how much he ‘likes’ Marseille forward Loic Remy – and I think we all know what that means by now.

24 years-old, just over 6ft tall, and with seventeen caps and four goals for France, Remy is one of the best amongst the second-tier of European forwards – and one word to sum him up? Rapid. Absolutely lightning quick.

Spurs would have to come up with at least £20m for him, but they could do a lot worse…

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New Liverpool forward Jordan Ibe – Video

Exactly as it says on the tin; highlights of Liverpool’s new signing Jordan Ibe – who will join the club in the Summer of 2012. Liverpool will pay an initial £500,000, rising in undisclosed increments based on appearance and goals in the Premier League.

Mario Götze – Video

This is another player who you’ll get bored of hearing about in gossip columns as we approach January – Borussia Dortmund’s 19-year-old midfielder Mario Götze.

The hype around Götze is without reason, he’s widely considered to be the one of the most talent youngsters ever produced by Germany – and that will mean anybody looking to drag him away from the Bundesliga will be looking at a fee at least above £25m.

Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United have all been mentioned in connection with him – obviously with varying degrees of authenticity. Given the way Dortmund have been playing though, there are only a handful of clubs on the continent that would actually qualify as being a step-up for the German, so he may be at Signal Iduna Park for a while yet.

When goal celebrations go wrong; Fabio Santos falls into a bush

…It’s really the moment when he tries to get-up that makes it. Great effort. For more video, go here

Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie – First 100 Goals (Video)

Healthy, free of injury, and dragging Arsenal up the table – here are Robin Van Persie’s first 100 goals for Arsenal.

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Aston Villa’s Emile Heskey receiving a digital hammering

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Honestly one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time…

Good old-fashioned goalkeeping howler

Some absolutely white-hot Belorussian League action here, and this is Dnepr Mogilev goalkeeper Artem Gomelko…

Definitely worthy of a place on the Mount Rushmore of goalkeeping howlers.

FIFA 12: Hopes & Expectations

Nearly time for a new FIFA… September 30th to be precise.

Now, if you want to hear talk of ‘Player Collision Engines’ and ‘Precision Dribbling’ then this is really not the place for you – that’s all just marketing department rhetoric, and i’m getting too old to try and understand new buzz-phrases.

Instead, here’s some video and images of EA’s latest offering – the demo for which is going to be made available on September 13th.

Most of the videos of the actual gameplay are a bit sketchy, as they’re all unofficial – the below is probably the best on offer so far though.

Given that this is a football, rather than a video game site, it’s probably better if I hand you off here and here for a more thorough explanation of some of the new features.

A couple of things though…or a wish-list if you like.

– It would be nice to make some of the skills less effective, this is just a personal preference – as a Pro Evo convert it’s one of the last remaining grievances I have against the FIFA series.

– Crossing. Ok, it’s nearly there, but it still doesn’t feel like you’re whipping the ball in enough – it’s too ‘floaty’ still.

– Stadiums… more of them. Okay, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, and the Emirates looks great, but there are other teams and other stadiums. One of the main detractions from slogging your way through an entire season, is that a lot of the grounds you play in are the same – it gets dull. Let’s have a proper Goodison Park, White Hart Lane and Etihad Stadium this time around.

– Tackling. This may have been solved by the aforementioned ‘collision engine’, but I want to feel like my tackling is meaty. Skills and deft flicks are fine, but replicating the impact of a woefully-timed tackle would be just as satisfying. Wait and see on that one, it might need to be retracted.

Petty grievances but still, it would be nice to see some of them remedied… will chuck some more thoughts up once the demo arrives.