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Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois out injured vs. Brighton; Ross Barkley on bench

Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley explains what the club's interest in Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch means for Antonio Conte.
Stevie Nicol tries to make sense of what exactly is going on at Chelsea, in particular Antonio Conte's future and Chelsea's transfer dealings.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol assesses rumours around Peter Crouch, Cristiano Ronaldo, Emre Can, Olivier Giroud and many more in Transfer Rater.

Chelsea were without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois against Brighton due to an ankle injury, with Willy Caballero replacing him at the Amex Stadium as new signing oss Barkley was named as a substitute. 

Courtois picked up the injury in training at Cobham and adds to the lengthy list of absentees for head coach Antonio Conte, who was already without Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez due to suspension after the pair were sent off in Chelsea's penalty shootout win over Norwich City in Wednesday's...

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Burnley agree deal for Everton winger Aaron Lennon - reports

Aaron Lennon
Aaron Lennon joined Everton from Spurs in 2015.

Burnley have agreed a deal for Everton midfielder Aaron Lennon, according to multiple reports.

Lennon, 30, could find first-team opportunities with the Toffees limited following Theo Walcott's arrival from Arsenal and the return of Yannick Bolaise, with sources telling ESPN FC that Newcastle were considering a move for the ex-England man.

However, outlets say Burnley have agreed to personal terms with Lennon just a day after announcing forward Jon Walters could be out for up to eight weeks after...

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Brighton sign Jurgen Locadia from PSV for club-record fee

West Brom scored twice from set pieces against Brighton to win their first league match since August and their first under Alan Pardew.

Brighton have completed the club-record signing of striker Jurgen Locadia from PSV Eindhoven.

The 24-year-old has signed a deal until June 2022 after Albion reportedly paid £14 million to end Chris Hughton's search for a new forward.

Locadia nearly joined Wolves in August only for PSV to pull the plug after changing their minds.

Manager Chris Hughton told Brighton's official website: "We are delighted to have signed Jurgen, and pleased to welcome him to the club.

Jurgen Locadia has signed on until 2022.

"He is a player we have...

Manchester City don't need another striker - Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola insists Man City aren't in the market for an out-and-out striker, as he believes Raheem Sterling provides another option.
Pep Guardiola admits defeat in Man City's pursuit of Alexis Sanchez and wishes him luck ahead of his expected move to Man United.
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol says there is no one that's done a better job in defensive midfield than Man City's Fernandinho this season.

MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola says Manchester City do not need another striker after deciding against trying to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.

City had been favourites to sign the Arsenal striker but decided to pull the plug on any deal because they believed the package to sign him was too expensive.

Sergio Aguero is likely to start against Newcastle United on Saturday and Guardiola hopes to have Gabriel Jesus back in the next two weeks after making a quick recovery from a knee ligament injury.


Poch: Spurs youth must be better than ever to break through

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Toby Alderweireld is rebuilding his fitness and could return by the FA Cup fourth round.
Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino says he's happy with the squad at his disposal and looks ahead to facing Southampton.

LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino has warned Tottenham's best academy players that it has never been harder for them to break into his first team.

Since moving to Southampton five years ago this week, Pochettino has established himself as a champion of youth but he believes Spurs' youngsters need to be 10 or 15 percent better now than when he joined the club from St. Mary's in May 2014.

The Argentine put faith in Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend during his first season at Spurs but, this week,...