Deadline Day – Southampton closing in on the loan signing of Danny Ings.

Southampton are closing in on the loan signing of Danny Ings as they made a pursuit for the forward at the eleventh hour. The Saints successfully submitted a deal sheet prior to 5pm deadline meaning they have until 7pm tonight to finalise a deal.

The Liverpool striker had been touted to the numerous Premier League clubs like Crystal Palace and Newcastle, this window, for a fee believed to be in the region of £20 million.

However, with no permanent deal in sight, Liverpool accepted a loan offer from Southampton with the club currently trying to complete the deal before the 7pm deadline.

The Englishman has been very unlucky throughout his tenure at the Reds, where he has spent a majority of his time at the club facing different injuries. Ings suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in 2015 and also required surgery on his right knee the following season. A loan move away from the club should be exactly what the England forward needs to get his football career back on track.

The 2018-19 Premier League fixtures are released.

Premier League champions, Manchester City, will kick off their title defence against Unai Emery’s Arsenal on the weekend of the 11th of August after the initial 2018-19 Premier League fixtures were revealed. For the first time in over two decades, Arsenal will play a Premier League fixture without Arsene Wenger as their manager following the Frenchman’s resignation last season. The timings and dates of the games will be finalised at a later date when television schedules are decided.

Tottenham Hotspur will play their first few home fixtures at Wembley Stadium whilst their new stadium nears completion. A London derby against Fulham awaits the North London side for their first home fixture of the season. It has been confirmed they will transfer to their new stadium on the weekend of the 15th September against Liverpool.

Premier League runners-up, Manchester United, play their first fixture of the season versus Leicester City. Champions League finalists Liverpool kick off their season against Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham at Anfield.

In regards to the other teams representing England in the Europa League, Burnley will travel to Southampton for their first fixture of the new season while Chelsea will play against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium. With Antonio Conte’s future in doubt and ongoing rumours of Maurizio Sarri taking over, it’ll be interesting to see who takes charge of the Blues on the opening day of the season.

Championship winners Wolves kick off their return to the Premier League against Everton at Molineux Stadium while the runners-up face off against Bournemouth at Dean Court.

In full, the opening three weeks for the 2018/19 Premier League season are as followed:

Saturday 11th August

Arsenal v Man City
AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
Liverpool v West Ham
Man Utd v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Spurs
Southampton v Burnley
Watford v Brighton
Wolves v Everton

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Brighton v Man Utd
Burnley v Watford
Cardiff City v Newcastle United
Chelsea v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v Wolves
Man City v Huddersfield Town
Spurs v Fulham
West Ham v AFC Bournemouth

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Arsenal v West Ham
AFC Bournemouth v Everton
Fulham v Burnley
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City
Liverpool v Brighton
Man Utd v Spurs
Newcastle United v Chelsea
Southampton v Leicester City
Watford v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Man City

You can check out the full fixture reveal by pressing here.