Chelsea’s spending in the January transfer window rose to 43.5 million pounds ($71.5 million) as French defender Kurt Zouma became Blues coach Jose Mourinho’s latest signing.
Papiss Cisse scored twice as Newcastle beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 to move level on points with fifth-place Chelsea in soccer’s Premier League.
West Bromwich Albion tied 1-1 at local rival Aston Villa in soccer’s Premier League yesterday, denied a first away win of the season by a Darren Bent goal after 80 minutes.
Manchester United took an early advantage over Chelsea in the Premier League by opening its title defense with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion as the Blues were held 0-0 at Stoke City.
Liverpool beat Fulham 4-0 to move into second place in English soccer’s Premier League, as a late disputed penalty kick earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw with West Brom.
West Bromwich Albion defeated Everton 2-0 to stay unbeaten in English soccer’s Premier League, as Tottenham remained winless after a 1-1 tie with Norwich.
West Bromwich beat Liverpool 3-0 and Swansea and Fulham both won 5-0 on the opening day of English soccer’s new Premier League season.
Arsenal returned to the top of English soccer’s Premier League yesterday with a 1-1 draw at West Brom.
Manchester City beat Stoke 3-0 to take third place from Arsenal in the Premier League, while Reading defeated Cardiff by the same score to move to within one win of rejoining English soccer’s elite division.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.