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Blades sign Zivkovic

Sheffield United have signed striker Richairo Živković from Chinese club Changchun Yatai.

The former Dutch U21s forward arrives in S2 on loan until the end of the season with an option of a permanent switch in the summer.

Živković, 23, joined FC Groningen at the age of 11 and progressed through the ranks, signing a three-year contract with the Green-White Army in 2012 and became the clubs youngest ever debutant.

In the Dutch top-flight Živković netted 10 goals in 33 appearances, prompting Ajax to swoop for his services in March 2014,  following in the footsteps of Luis Suarez who had previously transferred from Groningen to the biggest name in Dutch football.

He netted once in seven senior appearances in Amsterdam, but he impressed scoring 27 times in 40 appearances for the clubs reserves side, in addition to loan spells at Willem II and FC Utrecht.

Živković joined the Belgian Pro League signing a long-term deal with KV Oostende and then joined Changchun Yatai in February 2019, where he has scored 12 goals in 17 appearances.

Blade boss Chris Wilder spoke about signing the forward: “People will recognise we do sometimes go left field with our signings, but we’ve worked very hard on this one, because we have had to.” he said.

“We know enough about him, we’ve kept tabs on Richairo for a while and tracked his progress. He is a Dutch international at ages under the senior level, he’ll be unpredictable to other teams, but we know what we’re getting and he wants to make the most of the opportunity.

“He will give us genuine pace at the top of the pitch. We’re learning all the time this season, but pace in the Premier League is key and Richairo is someone we think can kick us on.

“Hopefully things go well enough to turn it into a permanent move in the summer – this is another signing of a young player with an eye on the future.”

Blades fans let us know your thoughts on the deal. Are you pleased with the striker? Where else do you need to strengthen?

Preview: Norwich City v Watford

Preview ahead of the Premier League clash on Friday evening…

NORWICH City host Watford in the Premier League clash on Friday evening, kick-off 8:00pm, live on Sky Sports.

The Canaries, who were promoted to the Premier League last season, will be hoping to return to winning ways following a 2-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion last time out.

The Canaries are currently on a four game winless run and will be hoping to gain their first victory since  beating Manchester City on 14th September.

Watford, on the other hand, will be looking to gain their first league win of the season in Norfolk against a very tough Canaries outfit.

The Hornets, who recently hired a new manager, haven’t seen the bounce that often happens with a change of manager. They will be hoping their fortunes change soon…

Manager/head coach:

Norwich City: Daniel Farke

Watford: Enrique “Quique” Sanchez Flores

League position:

Norwich City: 19th

Watford: 20th

Top scorer:

Norwich City: Teemu Pukki (6)

Watford: Roberto Pereyra (2)

Head to head:

Norwich City Wins: 42

Draws: 29

Watford Wins: 27

Last five results (League Unless Stated):

11th May 2016: Norwich 4-2 Watford

5th December 2015: Watford 2-0 Norwich

21st February 2015: Watford 0-3 Norwich

16th August 2014: Norwich 3-0 Watford

24th September 2013: Watford 2-3 Norwich [League Cup]

Team News:

Norwich City: Midfielder Mario Vrancic is available for the first time since August after recovering from injury and then illness, whilst, Ibrahim Amadou and Todd Cantwell are now both fully fit and could start.

Watford: Troy Deeney (knee) is under consideration to face the Canaries after having a operation which kept him out of action since mid-August. Both Etienne Capoue and Ismaila Sarr have also returned to training after injury, while Craig Cathcart has recovered from a back spasm.

Who, What, Where, When, Channel:

Who: Norwich City v Watford

What: Premier League

Where: Carrow Road

When: 20:00

Channel: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Ultra HD

Match Officials:

Referee: Andre Marriner

Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long

Fourth Official: Keith Stroud

Video Assistant Referee: Andrew Madley

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Andrew Halliday

Report: Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Leeds United

SHEFFIELD Wednesday and Leeds United played out a goalless draw at a wet Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.

The Owls and The Whites who are both going for automatic promotion this season cancelled each other out as they had to settle for a point a piece following a 0-0 draw.

It was the hosts who had the games first chance, midfielder Adam Reach, was played through on goal but was denied by a good stop from Leeds keeper’ Kiko Casilla, who raced out of goal to make the stop.

Reach almost got in again after good play from Steven Fletcher, but this time, defender Ben White made a good block to keep his shot out.

It was the Owls who continued to press, Kadeem Harris’ cross found Liam Palmer on the edge of the area, but his effort from 25 yards was brilliantly saved by Casilla before it went behind for a corner.

Leeds’ first chance came when Helder Costa broke into the Sheffield Wednesday’s box and saw his cross cleared for a corner, from the set-piece, defender Luke Ayling couldn’t get his strike away.

Inside the 23rd minute, Costa set up Ezgjan Alioski but his effort from 20-yards was too high and over the top.

With the half drawing to a close both sides won free-kicks. First it was the hosts, but Barry Bannan’s free-kick was poor and easily claimed by Casilla. At the other end, Patrick Bamford was felled by Atdhe Nuihu, but Kalvin Phillips’ delivery wasn’t one of his best and the Owls cleared.

Soon after the first booking of the game arrived when Joey Pelupessy was cautioned for a foul on Costa, before Casilla was forced into action.

Fletcher tried his luck from 25-yards but the Spaniard was equal to it to make a brilliant save, at the other end, Jack Harrison crossed brilliantly for Bamford but only for a superb save from Keiren Westwood kept the scores level.

Half Time: Sheffield Wednesday 0 – Leeds United 0

It was the hosts who started the brighter after the restart, winning a free-kick 25-yards out, Bannan’s effort from the set-piece struck the wall.

Leeds’ first attempt of the second half came on the 50th minute, Harrison to Phillips to strike from 25-yards but his curling effort isn’t far away from finding the top corner.

The Owls’ next move saw Bannan’s lovely centre reach Fletcher but he can’t convert, at the other end, Eddie Nketiah’s effort was thwarted by Westwood. The chances for both teams were pouring in.

Leeds went close to opening the scoring, Nketiah did brilliantly down the left, as he broke into the box, cut back for Harrison whose effort was cleared off the line by Morgan Fox, crossed back in where Alioski sees an header come back off the post.

Harris’ cross-cum-shot was superbly tipped around the post by Casilla who then made another brilliant stop to deny Nuihu.

That was the last meaningful action for either side in the contest, as they kept the pressure on West Bromwich Albion at the top of the Championship.

Full Time: Sheffield Wednesday 0 Leeds United 0

Sheffield Wednesday: Keiren Westwood, Liam Palmer, Morgan Fox, Kadeem Harris, Steven Fletcher, Barry Bannan, Joey Pelupessy (Kieran Lee 84’), Adam Reach, Atdhe Nuhiu (Fernando Forestieri 86’), Sam Hutchinson, Dominic Iorfa. Subs: Cameron Dawson, Sam Winnall, Jordan Thorniley, Jacob Murphy, Moses Odubajo.

Goals: None
Booked: Joey Pelupessy (Foul), Kieran Lee (Foul)

Leeds United: Kiko Casilla, Luke Ayling, Ben White, Patrick Bamford (Eddie Nketiah 45’), Ezgjan Alioski, Stuart Dallas, Helder Costa (Liam Cooper 76’), Jack Harrison, Kalvin Phillips, Gaetano Berardi, Mateusz Klich. Subs: Kamil Miazek, Tyler Roberts, Robbie Gotts, Leif Davis, Jack Clarke.

Goals: None
Booked: None

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referee: Ian Cooper and Mark Jones
Fourth Official: David Webb

Attendance: 27,516

Royals Part Company With Gomes

READING have announced the sacking of first team manager José Gomes with immediate effect.

A spokesperson on behalf of the Royals issued the following statement:

“Reading Football Club can announce that José Gomes has left his position as first team manager.

Gomes joined the club at the end of December 2018 and successfully steered the club away from the threat of relegation.

However, following just two wins in the first 11 league games in 2019-20, owner Mr Yongge Dai has made the difficult decision to part company with Gomes and make a change at first team level.

We would like to sincerely thank José for his hard work during his tenure as manager at Reading Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck in his future career.

The club will make no additional comment at this time but will provide further updates as soon as possible.”

The news from the Royals comes after reports in the last 48 hours regarding his future at the Madejski Stadium.

Following last weekend’s defeat to Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship, which left the Royals 22nd in the table, Gomes said he’d be the first to resign if he thought his players had lost faith in him.

Since then rumours of his future had been widespread across social media, but the club have now officially announced the news of his departure.

Reading fans, what do you make to this decision? Who do you want to replace José Gomes? Let us know your thoughts below or on Twitter @247FootballUK.

England Boss Southgate Picks 25-man Squad For October Qualifiers

ENGLAND boss Gareth Southgate has named a 25-man squad for October’s Euro 2020 Qualifying games against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

The Three Lions take on the Czech’s in Prague on Friday 11th October before playing Bulgaria three days later in Sofia.

Southgate has handed call-ups to Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori following their impressive campaigns at Stamford Bridge so far this season.

Striker Abraham has returned to the senior Three Lions squad for the first time in almost 2 years, when he featured for Southgate’s men at Wembley against both Germany and Brazil. Meanwhile, defender Tomori has earned his first senior call-up after impressing at U19, U20 and U21 levels.

England, who currently sit top of Group A in the Qualifiers after winning four from four, know that a victory in Prague could seal qualification for next summers Euros. However, boss Southgate and his squad will know that if they are to secure top spot in their group, they will need to complete a 100% record in the group campaign.

Squad in full for the Three Lions trips to Prague and Sofia:

Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), Kieran Tripper (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Maddison (Leicester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)

Strikers: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth)

There has been a few surprise inclusions in the squad, especially Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham being involved despite their impressive starts in the Premier League. I would have thought Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Southampton’s Nathan Redmond would have been included despite their clubs positions in the table.

Let us at 24/7 Football know your thoughts on the latest Three Lions squad. Are you happy with the selection Gareth Southgate’s made?

Would you have included both Tomori and Abraham? Let us know in the comments below.