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 By John Crace

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou's Chelsea shirt gaffe shows players lack nous

ESPNFC's Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick believes Spurs may struggle to compete financially in the transfer market.

When a footballer is photographed wearing another club's shirt, it usually means only one thing -- he is sending a message that he is looking for a move and wouldn't mind being on their shopping list.

But when Georges-Kevin N'Koudou was snapped wearing a Chelsea shirt on holiday last week, no one jumped to that conclusion. The Spurs winger has struggled to make much impression at White Hart Lane, with his appearances limited to a few cameos from the bench, and the idea that Chelsea might make a...

 By Alex Crook

Five things for Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino to sort out first

Steve Nicol believes Mauricio Pellegrino's open, attack-minded style of football will suit Southampton.

Southampton unveiled Mauricio Pellegrino as their third manager in as many seasons on Friday.

Pellegrino, 45, won the race to replace the sacked Claude Puel ahead of Dutch legend Frank de Boer, as Saints chiefs were impressed with how the Argentine guided little Alaves to the Spanish cup final and see similarities with fellow countryman and their former boss Mauricio Pochettino.

But what five things does Pellegrino need to do to ensure he matches Pochettino's success on the south coast?

1. Persuade...

 By Simon Curtis

Key additions have Pep Guardiola's Man City squad starting to fall into place

Sid Lowe details what exactly Manchester City would be getting by signing Dani Alves.
Craig Burley believes Pep Guardiola's defence still needs improving, even if Dani Alves decides to join Manchester City.
ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith tells us who he thinks could be playing under Pep Guardiola in the 2017-18 season.
ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Mark Ogden discuss Man City's transfer market plans, which include Alexis Sanchez and Kyle Walker.

With Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea yet to make a dent in the transfer market and Arsenal and Liverpool both conjuring only one major acquisition so far, it is Manchester City that are setting a scorching pace this summer. It is only June and City have secured a new goalkeeper in Ederson Moraes and one of the brightest young global talents in Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva.

While Ederson holidays in Lisbon, his new teammate and fellow ex-Benfica player Silva underlined just what...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Costa, Ronaldo or Mbappe: which is the most annoying transfer saga?

The FC TV panel have its say, but what do you think? Vote now!

The 2017 summer transfer window hasn't officially opened yet -- the fun begins on July 1 -- but there's already enough news swirling around to make us exhausted before it's really even started.

With several big name players linked with moves to big clubs, it's enough to make your head spin. So we asked the FC TV crew: which sagas are you already annoyed with?

You're not really spoiled for choice, either.

Diego Costa has reportedly learned he has no future at Chelsea, but will he be able to...

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain must nail Arsenal position to cement future

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should leave Arsenal.

One of Arsene Wenger's great qualities is his ability to see something in players they didn't even realise they had.

For example, he signed Cameroon international Lauren in 2000 from Mallorca, where he'd been playing as a midfielder. He arrived in North London to find that his new manager wanted him to play as a full-back. As Wenger explained: "When he arrived I had many discussions with him, as I needed to convince him that he could become a right back and an outstanding right back. For a while,...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Tottenham target Josh King faces career crossroads at Bournemouth

The ESPN FC crew discuss Tottenham, their transfer targets and whether they can compete in the market.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Tottenham, their transfer targets and whether they can compete in the market.

Josh King is something of a rarity, the teenage prodigy who became a late developer. At 25, Bournemouth's Norwegian forward is at the most important crossroads of his career.

Last weekend, King admitted Tottenham's widely reported interest in his signature had "intrigued" him and acknowledged Spurs as "a big team who play in the Champions League." 

King, though, will also recognise that a move to Tottenham would be as backup to Harry Kane, the role that Vincent Janssen failed to...