Pochettino hits out at a congested fixture list, Watford sign Champions League finalist and Italy star linked with Port Vale (?!)…


1. Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has hit out at the congested fixture list that he feels is hampering his job after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris pulled his hamstring in a Premier League game versus Everton last week. Pochettino did not blame the fixtures for Lloris’ injury, but did complain loudly about the lack of time off between the end of Euro 2016 and the start of the new season.

2. England manager Sam Allardyce has appointed Leicester City assistant manager Craig Shakespeare to his backroom staff. Shakespeare’s role at the Premier League champions will not change, and he will link up with the national team during international breaks.

3. Watford have signed attacking midfielder Roberto Pereyra from Juventus for £10.4m. Pereyra, who appeared for the Old Lady in the 2015 Champions League final, is the first of two potential singings that Watford look likely to make this week, with Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul reportedly having a medical at the club this week.

4. Swindon Town have completed the signing of former Aston Villa and Blackpool striker Nathan Delfouneso on a season-long deal. Delfouneso was a free agent after leaving previous club Blackburn Rovers over the summer and joins up with a Swindon side in desperate need for a striker.

5. Sunderland have signed former Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Steven Pienaar on a one-year deal. New Sunderland boss David Moyes first brought the South African international to the Premier League whilst he was in charge at Everton.

6. Former Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham manager Martin Jol has quit his job as coach of Egyptian side Al Ahly over concerns for his safety. After fans reacted angrily to the club’s quarter final exit from the African Champions League, Jol has received threats on social media and some supporters tried to attack the team during a training session (BBCSport).

7. The new manager of the Bolivia national team has decided to really take a look at the talent at his disposal before two game against Peru and Chile. Guillermo Ángel Hoyos, a former manager of Barcelona’s B team, called up 93 players including 33 midfielders and 24 attackers, into his preliminary squad… (WhoAteAllThePies).

8. Championship club Norwich City have unveiled their new stadium score board, and it is a fancy one. Like a normal score board at a big ground, the screen can show replays of action and goals from games, but Norwich’s new board can also revolve and show itself to fans who would not normally be able to see, something that he club claim is unique in world football. Fans at Carrow Road can no longer claim to have missed anything! (FCBusiness).

9. In one of the weirder transfer rumours of the summer transfer window, Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers and League One side Port Vale have emerged as potential transfer destinations for Liverpool’s forgotten man, Mario Balotelli. Apparently Balotelli’s former manager José Mourinho recommended that the misfiring striker drop down from the Premier League to regain his form (Football365).

10. And finally… Some Aston Villa fans have reacted angrily online after Joleon Lescott turned down a move to Scottish Premier League new-boys Rangers, with many suggesting that he might have accidentally turned down Rangers’ offer whilst driving, a call-back to his infamous sports car tweet from last season (FootballInsider247).

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