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Crystal Palace look again at Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun after terrible start to the season

GOAL-SHY Crystal Palace are ready to reignite their interest in Turkish striker Cenk Tosun following their disastrous start to the season. The Eagles agreed a £22.5milion fee for the 26-year-old Besiktas centre-forward in the final days of August after an earlier bid had been rejected by the Turkish champions. But there was not enough time […]

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GOAL-SHY Crystal Palace are ready to reignite their interest in Turkish striker Cenk Tosun following their disastrous start to the season.

The Eagles agreed a £22.5milion fee for the 26-year-old Besiktas centre-forward in the final days of August after an earlier bid had been rejected by the Turkish champions.

Crystal Palace want Turkey and Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun – who scored three goals in two games in the international break
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But there was not enough time to complete the details of the deal before the transfer window closed and four days later Palace sacked manager Frank De Boer.

Now they are looking to revive the deal for the powerful centre-forward in January after failing to score a single goal in their first seven Premier League games.

With Christian Benteke ruled out for at least six weeks by a knee ligament injury, Roy Hodgson’s scouts were present to see Tosun score three times in Turkey’s World Cup qualifying games against Iceland and Finland over the past week.

And Besiktas president Firket Orman is already preparing himself for more negotiations with the struggling South Londonders who are currently cast adrift at the foot of the Premier League table.

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Roy Hodgson is yet to win in three Premier League games with Crystal Palace[/caption]

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He says: “If the proposals are very serious numbers and we need to sell to benefit the club, we will sell.

“But the opinion of our coach Senol Gunes is also opinion so if the offer arrives in January we will sit back and talk.”

Tosun has already admitted that he would already be a Palace player by now of they had acted quicker in the summer.

And though Orman was unhappy with Palace’s proposed payment plan in August, he does not anticipate any problems if and when talks resume in the New Year.

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Spurs have also been watching Tosun during the international fortnight as a potential understudy to Harry Kane.

But they are reluctant to spend so much on a back-up striker and Tosun does not want to join a club if he is not going to be a first team regular.

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Newcastle United top of the league again for banned supporters

NEWCASTLE United fans have topped the football banning order list for the third successive year. The Premier League side had 111 exclusions as of August, down from 124 up to that month last year, and 132 in 2014/15. Championship leaders Wolves were second among English and Welsh clubs with 75. There were 1,929 bans overall, […]

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NEWCASTLE United fans have topped the football banning order list for the third successive year.

The Premier League side had 111 exclusions as of August, down from 124 up to that month last year, and 132 in 2014/15.

Newcastle United supporters topped the banning order table
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Championship leaders Wolves were second among English and Welsh clubs with 75.

There were 1,929 bans overall, down from 2,085 in 2015/16 — and the sixth consecutive annual drop.

Football-related arrests were also down with 1,638 in 2016/17, a drop of 257 on the year before.

Racist chanting arrests fell from 17 in 2015/16 to seven last year, compared with 33 in 2014/15.

The number of football-related arrests decreased overall to 1,638 in 2016/17
The number of football-related arrests decreased overall to 1,638 in 2016/17
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The most common cause for arrest was public disorder, which accounted for 31% of recorded incidents, followed by violent disorder (21%) and alcohol offences (16%).

There was a drop in public disorder incidents from 583 in 2015/16 to 505 last year, and violent disorder (369 to 337), but increases in missile throwing (59 to 91) and pitch incursion (188 to 204).

Arrests for racist chanting fell for the third consecutive year, from 17 in 2015/16 to seven last year, compared with 33 in 2014/15.

The number of alcohol-related arrests were a third of what they were in 2011/12, at 266 in the last season, compared with 800 five years ago.

SUPPORTER BANS TOP TEN

1 Newcastle: 111
2 Wolves: 75
3 West Ham: 57
4 Millwall: 55
5 Man United: 49
6 Liverpool: 44
7 Barnsley: 43
8 Chelsea: 42
9 Birmingham: 41
10= Burnley: 39
10= Bristol City: 39
10= Bristol Rovers: 39

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Newcastle United top of the league again for banned supporters

NEWCASTLE United fans have topped the football banning order list for the third successive year. The Premier League side had 111 exclusions as of August, down from 124 up to that month last year, and 132 in 2014/15. Championship leaders Wolves were second among English and Welsh clubs with 75. There were 1,929 bans overall, […]

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NEWCASTLE United fans have topped the football banning order list for the third successive year.

The Premier League side had 111 exclusions as of August, down from 124 up to that month last year, and 132 in 2014/15.

Newcastle United supporters topped the banning order table
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Championship leaders Wolves were second among English and Welsh clubs with 75.

There were 1,929 bans overall, down from 2,085 in 2015/16 — and the sixth consecutive annual drop.

Football-related arrests were also down with 1,638 in 2016/17, a drop of 257 on the year before.

Racist chanting arrests fell from 17 in 2015/16 to seven last year, compared with 33 in 2014/15.

The number of football-related arrests decreased overall to 1,638 in 2016/17
The number of football-related arrests decreased overall to 1,638 in 2016/17
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The most common cause for arrest was public disorder, which accounted for 31% of recorded incidents, followed by violent disorder (21%) and alcohol offences (16%).

There was a drop in public disorder incidents from 583 in 2015/16 to 505 last year, and violent disorder (369 to 337), but increases in missile throwing (59 to 91) and pitch incursion (188 to 204).

Arrests for racist chanting fell for the third consecutive year, from 17 in 2015/16 to seven last year, compared with 33 in 2014/15.

The number of alcohol-related arrests were a third of what they were in 2011/12, at 266 in the last season, compared with 800 five years ago.

SUPPORTER BANS TOP TEN

1 Newcastle: 111
2 Wolves: 75
3 West Ham: 57
4 Millwall: 55
5 Man United: 49
6 Liverpool: 44
7 Barnsley: 43
8 Chelsea: 42
9 Birmingham: 41
10= Burnley: 39
10= Bristol City: 39
10= Bristol Rovers: 39

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Jack Wilshere admits he could be forced to leave Arsenal in search of first-team football after starting 1-0 Europa League defeat in Koln

JACK WILSHERE has admitted he may be forced to leave Arsenal as he chases first team football. The England midfielder has only featured twice in the Premier League this season, with his appearances being largely restricted to the Europa League. And, speaking after the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat to Koln, he claimed the lack of playing […]

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JACK WILSHERE has admitted he may be forced to leave Arsenal as he chases first team football.

The England midfielder has only featured twice in the Premier League this season, with his appearances being largely restricted to the Europa League.

Jack Wilshere admits he may have to leave Arsenal in order to find first-team football
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Jack Wilshere is disappointed as Arsenal lost 1-0 away at Koln
Jack Wilshere is disappointed as Arsenal lose 1-0 away at Koln
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And, speaking after the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat to Koln, he claimed the lack of playing time is making him question his future.

He said: “Of course I want to be playing. It’s difficult when you play every three weeks.

“It’s the same as every player. I’m still determined to win my place back, I’m working hard and we’ll see what the future holds.

“If I can get in or I can’t.”

Jack Wilshere remonstrates with referee Vladislav Bezborodov in Koln
Jack Wilshere remonstrates with referee Vladislav Bezborodov in Koln
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Jack Wilshere has mainly played in Europa League and EFL Cup for Arsenal
Jack Wilshere has mainly played in Europa League and EFL Cup for Arsenal
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Wilshere spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, but had his campaign cut short after suffering a broken leg during a clash against Tottenham.

He returned to the Emirates and made his long-awaited Premier League return for Arsenal during the 5-2 victory at Everton on October 22.

But, since then, he has only featured as a late substitute in the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.

Wilshere, 25, has played all five Europa League games, as well as both EFL Cup matches.

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