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SHOCK REPORTS: Arsenal trigger release clause for Jamie Vardy

SHOCK REPORTS: Arsenal trigger release clause for Jamie Vardy

first_img Jamie Vardy fired Leicester City to the 2015/16 Premier League title Arsenal have activated the release clause for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, according to reports. The 29-year-old forward – currently on international duty with England ahead of Euro 2016 – fired 27 goals for the Foxes in all competitions in 2015/16. The Premier League champions may have no choice but to allow their star striker to open talks with the north Londoners – with the figure being reported around £20m-£22m. Liverpool are said to be willing to pay the former non-league man higher wages, but they cannot offer Champions League football. Former Leicester and England striker Gary Lineker wants Vardy to stay at the King Power Stadium with Claudio Ranieri’s side.In response to broadcaster Piers Morgan, who wrote on Twitter “Come on @vardy7 – let’s do this”, Lineker challenged Vardy to turn down the advances from north London.He wrote: “Stay with the Champions @vardy7 don’t join the perennial also-rans.”Leicester signed Vardy from Fleetwood – then non-league – in 2012 and he previously played for FC Halifax and Stocksbridge Park Steels. Last season, Ranieri’s men were 5,000-1 shots to win the league at the beginning of the campaign but defied those odds to finish an astonishing 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal. 1last_img read more

Hull 2-2 Everton: Ross Barkley hits late equaliser to deny Tigers crucial win

Hull 2-2 Everton: Ross Barkley hits late equaliser to deny Tigers crucial win

first_imgHull City missed their chance to move off the bottom of the Premier League after drawing with Everton at the KCOM Stadium on Friday night.Robert Snodgrass looked to have secured all three points for the Tigers with a fine second half free-kick before Ross Barkley’s late header ensured the Toffees came away with a point.Michael Dawson gave the hosts a sixth minute lead before Everton levelled on the stroke of half time, following a defensive mix-up between goalkeeper David Marshall and striker Dieumerci Mbokani.The result guarantees Mike Phelan’s side will enter the New Year on the bottom of the table while Everton sit nine points off a Europa League qualifying position.Hull burst out of the blocks with Snodgrass curling a shot wide and Everton skipper Phil Jagielka turning Ahmed Elmohamady’s excellent ball over his own crossbar before Dawson gave his side a sixth-minute lead.Snodgrass’s corner was flicked on by Harry Maguire and the centre-half finished in style, burying a first-time shot inside Joel Robles’ left-hand post for his fourth goal of the season.The hosts’ deserved early breakthrough stung Everton into action. Kevin Mirallas’ shot was blocked by Marshall and Seamus Coleman headed Gareth Barry’s cross against the foot of a post.Everton warmed to the task in front of Southgate, threatening again through long-range efforts from Barkley and Barry.But the Tigers defended resolutely, determined not to let slip their advantage having conceded the first goal in 15 of their previous 18 league games this season.That was typified by Curtis Davies’ last-gasp tackle to deny Romelu Lukaku in the box – but then Everton were gifted an equaliser in first-half stoppage time.Mirallas swung over a corner and Marshall, under pressure at his near post, mistimed his punched clearance and the ball flew off the back of his fist and into his own net.The goalkeeper was quick to make amends at the start of the second half, pulling off a brilliant save to push Lukaku’s deflected shot on to the crossbar.Barkley fired straight at Marshall after racing on to Lukaku’s flick on, then Snodgrass curled a trademark free-kick against the crossbar with Robles beaten in the 55th minute.Robles then blocked Dawson’s shot and a finely-balanced game then turned in Hull’s favour thanks to another piece of dead-ball brilliance from Snodgrass 10 minutes later.Leighton Baines was penalised for his clumsy challenge on Maguire and from similar distance Snodgrass struck another beauty, this time inside Robles’ right-hand post to give Hull the lead.But as the home side appeared to be heading for a rare win, Everton refused to surrender. Baines found space on the left after another foray forward and his cross was headed emphatically home by Barkley at the far post.Dieumerci Mbokani fired wide in the closing stages for Hull, who are still waiting for a first league win since November 6. The unsettled midfielder rescued a point for Ronald Koeman’s side 1last_img read more