Transfer round-up: Burnley sign winger Aaron Lennon from Everton

• Walcott arrival at Everton pushed winger down pecking order
• ‘I think I’ve still got a lot to offer,’ says former England internationalWinger Aaron Lennon believes he still has plenty to offer after joining Burnley from Everton for a nominal fee, with six months left on his contract. Lennon played 77 matches for the Toffees but the arrival of Theo Walcott last week pushed him further down the pecking order at Goodison Park and he is now looking for a fresh start at Turf Moor. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Romelu Lukaku is weighing in with some key contributions, Christian Benteke is not and Tottenham are showing how much weaker they are without Christian Eriksen Sergio Agüero has had a curiosity of a campaign. He has been injured, benched and below par at times. He has been outscored by Raheem Sterling for much of the season. Yet his hat-trick on Saturday meant he has scored 20 goals for a fifth successive campaign. Further milestones await: Agüero is nine away from becoming the first man to score 200 for City. He is 11 behind his career-best tally of 33 and, with successive cup ties against Championship opponents, Bristol City and Cardiff, he has the chance to make further inroads before Gabriel Jesus is fit again. Besides the numbers, the encouraging element for City is that, after an autumnal slump, Agüero looks to have regained his sharpness. He produced purposeful, elusive dribbling, Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Allardyce: Everton cannot play Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson together

• Everton manager says pair are too slow to accommodate both
• ‘They are very talented but covering ground is not their strength’Sam Allardyce has admitted that Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson cannot both be accommodated in his Everton team because of their lack of pace, raising the prospect that one of the club’s high-profile summer signings will be forced to play a supporting role over the rest of the season. Related: Oumar Niasse’s volley earns draw for listless Everton against West Brom Continue reading...

Everton hopeful of signing Theo Walcott from Arsenal in £20m deal

• Arsenal winger also being pursued by Southampton
• Everton’s Sam Allardyce anxious to improve attacking optionsEverton have made progress in their attempt to sign Theo Walcott and are hopeful of completing a £20m deal for the Arsenal winger this week. Sam Allardyce confirmed his interest in the 28-year-old on Friday and Everton are in competition with Southampton, Walcott’s former club, for the former England international’s signature. Continue reading...