10/09/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

10 09 2010

Roy Hodgson believes he inherited a squad that was big on numbers, but lacking quality in depth when he succeeded Rafael Benitez as Liverpool manager. Hodgson has already shipped out a number of squad players including Alberto Aquilani, Philipp Degen, Nabil El Zhar and Emiliano Insua.

But Hodgson could augment his squad by signing Artem Milevskiy in January – the 25-year-old Ukrainian striker recently extended his contract with Dinamo Kiev but has a release clause of about £10m written in.

Neven Subotic – wanted by both Manchester United and Manchester City as well as Chelsea and Real Madrid will stay put at least until next season. The 21-year-old Serbian centre-back is valued at £20m by Borussia Dortmund where he has a contract until 2014.

Wigan midfielder Charles N’Zogbia could be on his way to Marseille, with Birmingham out of the race to sign the 24-year-old Frenchman.

Leicester have turned down Derby’s attempt to sign Matty Fryatt on loan and instead told the 24-year-old striker to fight for his place in the Foxes team.

On-loan Everton striker James Vaughan will be offered a permanent deal with Crystal Palace if he impresses over the next three months. The 22-year-old is set to make his debut against Reading on Saturday.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=wayne+rooney&iid=9662719″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9662719/wayne-rooney-england-2010/wayne-rooney-england-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9662719″ width=”234″ height=”306″ /] Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney (left) has been warned by Everton defender Phil Jagielka that he will face a hostile reception at Goodison Park on Saturday. A former Evertonian, Rooney will be making his first Premier League appearance since allegations concerning his private life surfaced.

One man set to watch Rooney from the stands is former team-mate Francis Jeffers. Jeffers made his England debut at the same time as Rooney – scoring in a 2-1 defeat by Australia in February 2003 – but the former Everton and Arsenal striker is now without a club and considering a move to the Australian A League.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes the race to replace Fabio Capello as England manager in 2012 is between him, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, Roy Hodgson of Liverpool and Blackburn’s Sam Allardyce.

Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock reckons England should appoint a “Redknapp-type” manager to succeed Capello because he would have better communication skills than the Italian.

Tom Hicks and George Gillett’s reign as Liverpool owners could have less than a month to run. Royal Bank of Scotland has moved its loans with the American pair into its toxic-assets division – a sign that they will not be extended.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will have a tougher job controlling the egos at Eastlands than he would at Real Madrid, says Blackburn’s Michel Salgado, who spent 10 years at the Bernabeu.

Everton have suffered a blow with the news that midfielder Jack Rodwell faces a three-month spell of the sidelines after the 19-year-old damaged his ankle against Aston Villa two weeks ago.

Tottenham’s new £8m midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes he can inspire the club to finish higher than rivals Arsenal in the Premier League this season.

West Ham manager Avram Grant has been given permission to miss the Premier League game at Stoke on 18 September as it clashes with Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

Nigel Adkins could still be named as Southampton’s new manager. The Scunthorpe boss had been top of the Saints’ shortlist, but his appointment had seemed to have been scuppered by Southampton’s apparent reluctance to pay compensation.

Manchester United defender Gary Neville has further widened the gulf between himself and Liverpool by admitting he had a “hatred” of the Merseyside club during his childhood because “they were winning everything”. Neville also made a thinly veiled attack on Manchester City.

However Manchester City have shown themselves to be capable of a barb of their own – chief executive Garry Cook admitting that a banner at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground highlighting the Blues’ 34-year wait for a trophy “drives us nuts”. Also in Blue Moon Rising, a film based on City and set for general release, striker Carlos Tevez claims he has “nothing to prove” to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, supporter Steve admits to finding the colour red “disgusting” while a fellow fan “votes Tory only because they’re blue”.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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