CHELSEA have been dealt a massive blow in their pursuits of Callum Wilson and Mauro Icardi. Eddie Howe confirmed he would not sell the Bournemouth striker for any price and Inter Milan’s president played down the speculation linking Icardi with a mo

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CHELSEA have been dealt a massive blow in their pursuits of Callum Wilson and Mauro Icardi.

Eddie Howe confirmed he would not sell the Bournemouth striker for any price and Inter Milan's president played down the speculation linking Icardi with a move to the Bridge.

 Callum Wilson has scored ten goals and made five assists this season

Maurizio Sarri is desperate to land a new striker because the Blues have scored fewer goals than any other team in the top six of the Premier League.

It is reported that Chelsea will pay up to £50million for Wilson if they do not land top target Gonzalo Higauin. 

But Bournemouth boss Howe has claimed that he is not willing to sell the 26-year-old this month.

He said: "It's just my opinion but I wouldn't sell at any price.

 Mauro Icardi has also attracted interest from Spanish giants Barcelona

"But I'm the manager of the team, trying to create the best team I can.

"We desperately want to take the team forward and to do that, we have to keep our best players.

"He's a very important member of the team. He has unique attributes which really compliment what we do.

"He has been a really good goalscorer for us, which is the hardest thing to do in the sport. We value him very highly.

Callum Wilson vs Mauro Icardi league records since 2015

Callum Wilson

Games played: 81

Minutes played: 5780

Goals: 28

Assists: 7

Shots: 143

On target: 57

Conversion rate (%): 19.58


Mauro Icardi

Games played: 117

Minutes played: 9905

Goals: 78

Assists: 15

Shots: 311

On target: 138

Conversion rate (%): 25.08


 Maurizio Sarri's side have scored less goals than any other team in the top six this season

"I've been told something about the speculation - it's not something which I seek to read. It's a waste of time for me to do so.

"It's business as normal. Callum has been bright and bubbly this week so there are no problems there."

Inter Milan ace Icardi has also been linked to Chelsea, but the striker's wife and agent has revealed he is "very far" from reaching a deal.

And club president Steven Zhang advised fans to keep calm as he discussed a contract renewal for the Argentine ace.

 Eddie Howe seems confident that Callum Wilson will stick with Bournemouth this season

He said: "Mauro is our captain, soon we will all meet up and talk about his contract.

"There are a lot of things being reported in the newspapers but some of the things are not true.

"We are not locked in talks with the player and everything is OK.

"Do the fans have to worry? No, they can be calm. Absolutely"

Struggling Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata looks set to leave this month - with Barcelona also now interested in the 26-year-old.

 Chelsea will reportedly splash out up to £50m to sign Callum Wilson
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Chelsea in striker crisis as goal-shy club warned off Icardi AND Wilson

When will Son Heung-min go to the Asian Cup, how many Tottenham games will he miss?

TOTTENHAM are bracing themselves for the loss of Son Heung-min as he takes time out of club duty for a second international competition this season with South Korea.

The forward is set to participate in the Asian Cup having already won a gold medal at the Asian Games, and an exemption from military service, back in September.

Asian Cup 2019 fixtures and results

 Tottenham are set to be without Son-Heung-min for a key period in their season

When does Son Heung-min go to the Asian Cup?

Son Heung-min will go to the Asian Cup after Tottenham's home game against Manchester United on Sunday.

The tournament is underway, but Son has missed South Korea's opening 1-0 win over the Philippines and will also be in London for their second match against Kyrgyzstan.

He will, however, be at the competition for their final group game - a derby against China.

Which Tottenham games will Son Heung-min miss?

The best case scenario for Tottenham fans is South Korea getting knocked out at the group stage, in which case he could travel to and from the United Arab Emirates without missing a single Spurs game.

But this seems unlikely after South Korea won their opening group game.

Here are the games Son Heung-min will miss depending on his country's progress:

If South Korea are knocked out at the group stage - None

If South Korea are knocked out in the last 16 - Fulham (a)

If South Korea are knocked out in the quarter-final - Chelsea (a - Carabao Cup), Crystal Palace (a - FA Cup)

If South Korea are knocked out in the semi-final - Watford (h)

If South Korea reach the final - Newcastle (h)

Crystal Palace v Watford: match preview

Watford have been a rollercoaster ride producing the sublime and less sublime so far. They have been an open book scoring and conceding freely, the 3-3 draw with Bournemouth last time out a perfect example of their season. Crystal Palace are enjoying a welcome upturn with unlikely wins against Leicester, Manchester City and Wolves in their last five matches. Another win could put Palace nine points above the relegation zone. Javi Gracia should be worried, especially as the sole goalscoring burden has been lifted from Wilfired Zaha. Graham Searles

Saturday 3pm

Venue Selhurst Park

Last season Crystal Palace 2 Watford 1

Referee Paul Tierney

This season G13 Y51 R1 4 cards/game

Odds H 23-18 A 5-2 D 23-10

CRYSTAL PALACE

Subs from Hennessey, Speroni, Kelly, Ward, Dann, Kouyaté, Riedewald, Kaikai, Schlupp, Wickham, Meyer

Doubtful None

Injured Benteke (knee, 19 Jan), Souaré (shoulder, Mar)

Suspended None

Discipline Y35 R1

Form LWWDLW

Leading scorer Milivojevic 6

WATFORD

Subs from Dahlberg, Gomes, Chalobah, Wilmot, Britos, Cleverley, Janmaat, Quina, Success, Sema, Prödl, Peñaranda, Gray, Kabasele

Doubtful Gray (leg), Kabasele (shoulder)

Injured Prödl (knee, 26 Jan)

Suspended None

Discipline Y37 R2

Form DWWLDD

Leading scorer Pereyra 6

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