Here are the latest headlines from around the Premier League for Wednesday, May 25.
Forster to sign for Spurs
Fraser Forster is having a medical at Tottenham ahead of his proposed free transfer. The goalkeeper is out of contract at Southampton this summer and is poised to sign for the north London club.
The PA news agency understands Forster was at the club’s training ground on Wednesday under going medical checks and, if there are no unexpected problems, he will become a Spurs player on July 1. The 34-year-old, who has won six England caps , is set to join as back-up to Hugo Lloris, most likely to play in the domestic cup competitions.
Current number two goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is expected to return to Atalanta at the end of his loan spell and Spurs are keen to replace him with a homegrown option. Forster leaves St Mary’s after 162 appearances over an eight-year spell. He played 24 times in all competitions last season.
Wrapping up the deal is expected to be the first business of a busy summer for the north London club, who are ready to back Antonio Conte in the transfer market. Majority shareholders ENIC pumped in £ 150million of capital this week in order to help Conte build a squad capable of competing for domestic and European honors.
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Spurs have also tied promising teenager Dane Scarlett down to a long-term deal. The 18-year-old striker, who has been highly praised by Conte and former boss Jose Mourinho, became the club’s youngest ever Premier League player when he made his debut in February 2021. He made seven appearances last season.
Salah ‘very motivated’ for Real revenge
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah admits he is “very motivated” heading into Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris. The Egypt international was forced off injured after a challenge by Sergio Ramos when the two sides met in the 2018 final.
Liverpool went on to lose on that occasion and, although the Reds made considerable amends by winning the competition the following year, they are hoping to exact revenge on the Spanish giants.
Salah said at a pre-final press conference: “I’m very motivated after what happened with Madrid last time. And, after what happened on Sunday, everyone is motivated to win the Champions League. Everybody is excited for it.”
Salah’s contract expires at the end of next season and his future has been the subject of considerable speculation in recent months but the issue is not something he wants to discuss ahead of this weekend’s showpiece. He said: “In my mind I do not focus on the contract at the moment. I do not want to be selfish. I’m staying next season for sure.”
Liverpool go into the game after the disappointment of narrowly losing out to Manchester City in the Premier League title race. Captain Jordan Henderson said: “The mood is good to be honest. Training was very good today and I can see the excitement in the lads. We were disappointed with the outcome on Sunday, it was tough to take, but I could not be more proud of the lads for this season. “
Lamptey considers Ghana
Tariq Lamptey asked to be left out of Lee Carsley’s England Under-21s squad as he considers an approach from Ghana. The Brighton right-back is mulling over his international future but Carsley has not given up hope he will stay with the Three Lions.
Lamptey qualifies for Ghana through his parents and has been given time to make his decision.
“He’s had an approach. It’s something he’s considering at the minute,” said Carsley. “He’s asked to be left out of the squad for a bit of head space. He’s not switched, it’s not cemented or anything like that but he’s had an approach (from Ghana), we have to respect that.
“We’ve made it clear how important we see him to us. I know the seniors have as well. It’s not something that we’ve given up on. Tariq is fully aware of how important we see him.
“You have to treat each player as an individual. In my time while I’ve been head coach of the 21s, I do not think we’ve had him available yet. I had him a couple of times when I was assisting before .I’ve seen what a talent he is. He’s got a lot of ability. We think really highly of him but ultimately it’s got to be down to that personal preference of not only where he sees it but where his family sees it as well . “
Elneny signs new Arsenal deal
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has signed a contract extension with the Premier League club. Egypt international Elneny has scored five goals in 147 appearances since arriving at Emirates Stadium from Swiss club Basel in 2016.
The length of the 29-year-old’s new deal has not been disclosed by the Gunners. Manager Mikel Arteta told the club website: “Mo is a really important part of the team. He brings endless energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the team and is loved by everyone. He’s an important player for us on and off the pitch, a real role model to our younger players and I’m delighted he’s staying. “
Elneny made 14 top-flight appearances this season as Arsenal finished fifth, while also helping his country reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, where they were beaten on penalties by Senegal. He lifted the FA Cup during his first season in north London and spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Turkish club Besiktas.
“I love this club and I feel like part of this family,” said Elneny. “I want to continue at this amazing club and I’m very happy and very excited for the future.”
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