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Brede Hangeland    D   
Hangeland, who was released by Fulham in June, is being considered by Hull City as the Tigers look to add some experience to their centre-back position, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

Fantasy Analysis

Hangeland will not add much to the Tigers attack, but he his addition to the defense could be worth an extra clean sheet or two. Despite being 32-years-old, he can still contribute to a team that needs help defensively.
Olivier Giroud    F    Arsenal
Arsenal are initiating contract discussions with Giroud to extend his stay with the club, reports the Daily Mail.

Fantasy Analysis

Giroud's current contract runs until 2016, and a new deal would extend that stay until 2018. He joined Arsenal two years ago, but could be facing tougher competition in the side with this summer's transfer dealings.
Luke Shaw    D    Manchester United
Shaw said that Manchester United manager Lous van Gaal's criticism of his fitness was accurate, reports Sky Sports.

Fantasy Analysis

Van Gaal made Shaw train alone after saying that the new signing did not have the level of fitness the manager required of him, and the defender did not start against Inter Milan on Tuesday as a result. The defender openly agreed with the decision, saying that the new formation requires a higher level of fitness than he currently has.
Jay Rodriguez    F    Southampton
Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will not be sold this summer, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has told Sky Sports.

Fantasy Analysis

Both players were linked with a move to Tottenham, where they would have been reunited with former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino. There's been a mass exodus at Southampton this summer, with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers all leaving. Whether the club's board actually intends to keep Rodriguez and Schneiderlin or is simply holding out for higher offers is anyone's guess, but it's a situation we'll continue to monitor.
Chico    D    Swansea City
Chico Flores was on the shelf Tuesday during the Exeter friendly with a bruised back, Swansea's Official Site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Chico Flores' time on the bench is likely the product of a short layover considering that Swansea played another friendly Sunday against Plymouth. Despite the injury, the defender stands a good chance at joining the Jack's starting back line when they face Manchester United on Aug. 16.
Angel Rangel    D    Swansea City
Rangel sat out Tuesday's friendly against Exeter with a dead leg, Swansea's Official Site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rangel was able to play 45 minutes during Swansea's friendly against Plymouth on Sunday, so it seems reasonable to assume that he and the coaching staff decided to give his minor injury time to heal with such a short layover in between matches. At this point, Rangel seems like a viable candidate to assume a spot in the starting XI when he and his teammates take on Manchester United on Aug. 16.
Jordi Amat    D    Swansea City
Amat was sidelined during Swansea's friendly against Exeter on Tuesday with a hamstring injury, Swansea's Official Site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The start of the EPL season is vastly approaching and it's likely that Amat sat Tuesday's friendly since he played 45 minutes during Sunday's match against Plymouth. Currently Amat stands an outside shot to gain a spot in the starting XI come Aug. 16 against Manchester United.
Rory Donnelly    F    Swansea City
Donnelly was unable to participate in Swansea's friendly against Exeter on Tuesday because of an ankle injury, Swansea's Official Site reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With Swansea's opening EPL game around the corner on Aug. 16, Donnelly likely sat Tuesday's friendly in order to make sure that his ankle will be ready for the long haul of the regular season. This past Sunday, Donnelly was able to net a goal in the effort against Plymouth, which validates Tuesday's absence.
Joey Barton    M    Queens Park Rangers
Barton scored on a free-kick in QPR's 2-2 preseason draw with Leyton Orient on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Junior Hoilett was also on target, but QPR allowed a late goal and had to settle for the draw against the League One outfit. Barton was one of Harry Redknapp's most consistent players in the 2013-14 campaign and figures to be a mainstay in the midfield this coming season as well.
Adel Taarabt    M    Queens Park Rangers
Taarabt has been harshly criticized by QPR manager Harry Redknapp for being out of shape, West London Sport reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite his disappointment in Taarabt's unwillingness to buckle down and get fit, Redknapp believes the Moroccan could be a valuable asset this season, as the newly promoted Premier League club is in need of a playmaker in the number 10 role. Taarabt has the qualities to fill that void and did impress during a loan spell at AC Milan last season, but it's unclear how committed he truly is to QPR.