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Chelsea boss Di Matteo eager to make more signings | Transfers | Tribal Football

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is looking to add to his squad in the remaining weeks of the market.Di Matteo admits they’re “light on” in several positions.

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is looking to add to his squad in the remaining weeks of the market.

Di Matteo admits they’re “light on” in several positions.

The club are looking at Wigan’s Victor Moses and Di Matteo said: “We are probably a little bit light in a couple of positions but we’re always in the market and seeing what’s going on. We’re not sleeping behind the scenes.”

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Chelsea boss Di Matteo has no doubts over Terry | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo has no doubts about John Terry heading into the new season.

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo has no doubts about John Terry heading into the new season.

Terry is facing a Football Association charge for his clash with Anton Ferdinand that took place last October. At Westminster Magistrates’ Court last month, the Chelsea captain was cleared of racially abusing the Queens Park Rangers defender but faces a potentially lengthy ban if the FA decide to find him guilty.

Di Matteo is adamant Terry won’t be distracted but asked about the FA charge, he said: “That’s a very delicate issue. I’ll keep my thoughts private. I don’t think it will affect his performances. He’s dealt with situations like this before, and dealt with it very well. So I have no concerns about his state of mind.”

West Ham fail with bumper bid for Wolves winger Jarvis | Transfers | Tribal Football

West Ham United have failed with a bumper offer for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis.

West Ham United have failed with a bumper offer for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis.

The London Evening Standard says West Ham have had a £9million bid for winger Jarvis rejected by Wolves but are expected to complete the signing of midfielder Alou Diarra from Marseille.

Wolves are holding out for £10m for Jarvis, who is also interesting Fulham. It is understood his former club, Gillingham, are entitled to 10 per cent of any transfer.

McDermott delighted with depth of Reading squad | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Reading boss Brian McDermott is delighted with the depth of his squad.

Reading boss Brian McDermott is delighted with the depth of his squad.

McDermott is just pleased to have spent the summer assembling a competitive squad, instead of selling to keep the club on an even footing.

He said: “Everyone will have their view, but that’s a good thing. If Nick Shorey or Ian Harte starts at left-back then I think everyone in the crowd will be happy. I’ve also got Chris Gunter and Shaun Cummings at right-back and four centre-backs. It’s a good position to be in.”

Reading management proud of Adam Gemili Olympics success | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Reading are proud of Team GB sprint star Adam Gemili.Gemili will aim to light-up the Olympic Stadium tonight in the 4x100m relay.

Reading are proud of Team GB sprint star Adam Gemili.

Gemili will aim to light-up the Olympic Stadium tonight in the 4x100m relay.

Academy manager Eamonn Dolan remembers the blossoming athlete’s short-lived footballing career with Royals well.

“One Saturday about a month ago I was listening to the radio and they were talking about this new sprint sensation called Adam Gemili,” Dolan told getreading.

“Then, suddenly, all the Academy staff were texting each other and trying to get to the TV to check it out.

“We’re so pleased for him because he’s a lovely lad. Adam did great in his race the other night and I’m sure he will do really well because of his attitude.

“Most boys in an Academy fail, so you like to think they all have positive experiences and can go on and be successful somewhere else – it’s brilliant.

“Adam was picked up by one of our scouts Steve Birchmore and he was rapido. What we look for first is how players deal with the ball, how they move and what their spirit is like.

“This kid had a bit of work to do with what he did with the ball, but moved unbelievable well and had great spirit.

“He was with us for 18-months and was very close to securing a scholarship with us. If he had another year, I think he would have got it. He was a very intelligent boy at school and we also knew he was good at athletics and we always talked about that.

“Adam just missed out with us and then went on to Dagenham, where he played a Johnson’s Paint Trophy game in his scholarship years.

“He just needed to develop a little bit more technically and then he would have flourished because of his pace and attitude. If he wanted to be a footballer, he could have.

“He had the ability and he did it a couple of times when he dribbled through the whole team. He hadn’t played a lot of football and we always wondered how good he could get.

“Adam started as a winger, but ended up at full-back. Sometimes the ball would come off him, but I remember one game against Birmingham, it was like a Ricky Villa goal times 10. He had that in his locker.”

Kightly confident no lingering rift with new Stoke teammate Etherington | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Former Wolves winger Michael Kightly is confident of a warm welcome to Stoke City.

Former Wolves winger Michael Kightly is confident of a warm welcome to Stoke City.

Kightly laughed off an on-field spat with Matthew Etherington last season during the game between Stoke and Wolves at the Brit last season after revealing the two already know each other away from football.

“It was a heat-of-the-moment thing. It was just two players passionate about playing football and wanting to win,” he recalled to The Sentinel.

“I’ve known Matty for a few years through mutual friends, and you never hold any grudges over those kind of things.”

Kightly happy to choose Stoke | Transfers | Tribal Football

Former Wolves winger Michael Kightly is happy with his move to Stoke City.Kightly says he opted for the short trip north to Stoke after turning his back on other interest in his services.

Former Wolves winger Michael Kightly is happy with his move to Stoke City.

Kightly says he opted for the short trip north to Stoke after turning his back on other interest in his services.

“I believe there was a bit of interest from a few other clubs, but I felt Stoke City were an established Premier League club and they are not far from where I live in Birmingham.

“But the main factor for me is that the club is on the up.

“It’s a new era at Wolves because of the new manager coming in and I felt I needed a new era myself. I needed a fresh challenge to freshen things up for myself.”