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Nick Menezes

Nick Menezes
Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.

Six Potential Replacements For Michael Carrick At Manchester United

SEVILLE, SPAIN - JANUARY 15: Toni Kroos of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on January 15, 2017 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Following Manchester United’s decision to award Marouane Fellaini with a contract extension, some fans will be fearing for the future of veteran Michael Carrick. The Englishman has been a key member of United’s squad over the years, and been particularly important this season. However, there has been little movement on a new contract for Carrick. Due to turn 36 this year, Jose …

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The What-Might-Have-Been Ireland Football XI

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Stephen Ireland of Stoke City reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on December 2, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Following Conor Clifford’s move to Dundalk last week, many Ireland fans will hope the Dubliner can re-launch his once-promising career. We take a look at what Ireland’s line-up might have been in 2017 should it have worked out a bit better for others. Goalkeeper: Graham Stack (Ex-Arsenal, now at Eastleigh) London-born Stack spent six seasons with Arsenal having graduated from …

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West Ham: French Giants Pull Plug On Dimitri Payet Deal [Report]

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: Dimitri Payet of West Ham United looks dejected during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on January 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Marseille are said to have given up on on signing West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet. Sky Sports report that the French side have lost interest in the winger and are now considering alternative options. Marseille submitted three separate bids after holding talks with Payet but failed to meet the Hammers’ valuation of the French international. Payet, who has refused to …

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Irish Midfielder Conor Hourihane Set For Aston Villa Medical

FLEETWOOD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Conor Hourihane of Barnsley celebrates victory after a penalty shoot out with team mates during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern section semi final second leg match between Fleetwood Town and Barnsley at Highbury Stadium on February 4, 2016 in Fleetwood, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Barnsley captain and Ireland international looks set to join Aston Villa and is reported to be due for a medical. The Birmingham Mail claim that the 25-year-old is set to undergo a medical before joining up with Steve Bruce’s side for a reported £1m. The Cork man is one of the highest rated players in the Championship and has been chased …

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Manchester United To Insert Buy Back Clause into Memphis Depay Deal

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Memphis Depay of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on September 30, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Memphis Depay looks set to leave Manchester United for Lyon but the Red Devils are reported to be making some assurances should they regret the decision to sell him. The Sun have claimed that United will attempt to insert a buy-back and sell on clause to the Dutch wingers deal with the French giants. The transfer fee is estimated at around …

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José Fonte Enters Talks With West Ham United

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Jose Fonte of Southampton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Aston Villa at St Mary's Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

José Fonte looks set to join West Ham United as the Portuguese defender looks set for ‘advanced talks’ in London. Sky Sports have reported that the Southampton captain is close to agreeing a deal to join the Hammers. The commanding centre-half has expressed a desire to leave St Mary’s which will come as a blow to the coastal club considering he …

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Chelsea Line Up Lazio Duo And Middlesbrough Prospect

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United battles for the ball with Adama Traore of Middlesbrough during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on December 31, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Chelsea are weighing up bids for Lazio duo Felipe Anderson and Stefan de Vrij as well as a shock move for Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore. Blues boss Antonio Conte is said to be interested in the Lazio pair and is familiar with them from his time as manager in the Serie A. The Express report that the Pensioners are preparing a £70 …

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Luke Shaw Could Be Set For A Manchester United Summer Exit [Report]

BRUGGE, BELGIUM - AUGUST 25: Luke Shaw of Manchester United warms up during the Manchester United training session held at Jan Breydel Stadium on August 25, 2015 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Following speculation that Antoine Griezman could arrive at Manchester United in the summer, rumours of a departure are surfacing. The Independent are suggesting that Luke Shaw could be sold by Jose Mourinho when the summer transfer window opens. Shaw has been with United since 2014 but has only racked up 28 league appearances at Old Trafford since his arrival from Southampton. …

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