15/09/2010 – Wednesday’s Paper Round-Up

15 09 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=mikel+arteta&iid=3206514″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/3206514/sports-november-2007/sports-november-2007.jpg?size=500&imageId=3206514″ width=”234″ height=”333″ /] Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has earmarked Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta (left) as the man he wants to replace Cesc Fabregas – if the Arsenal captain moves to Barcelona in the future.

Fulham are bracing themselves for Arsenal to reignite their interest in keeper Mark Schwarzer in January by lining up a cut-price move for Crystal Palace’s Julian Speroni.

New Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier looks set to make fitness coach Robert Duverne – who was involved in a heated training ground altercation with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during France’s disastrous World Cup campaign this summer – his first signing at Villa Park.

Former Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi has ruled out a return to the Premier League, saying he wants to remain in Spain with Villarreal. The Italian was a reported target of Tottenham this summer.

Leicester have pulled the plug on a proposed £750,000 deal for Hull City centre-half Kamil Zayatte after problems with the Guinea international’s medical.

Ex-West Brom midfielder Enzo Maresca is eager for a return to England now he is a free agent following his release by Greek side Olympiakos.

Blackpool are plotting a January transfer window move for Portsmouth striker David Nugent after narrowly missing out on the former England international this summer.

Kilmarnock are set to snap up Portuguese striker Rui Miguel on a one-year deal. The former CSKA Sofia player has been training with the Rugby Park outfit.

Former France and Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly is being lined up to become the new manager of his native Ghana after Milovan Rajevac stepped down from the post.

Manchester City new boy David Silva has urged fans to to be patient with him as he adapts to the physical rigours of English football. “Physically, I am feeling better day by day,” said the Spanish winger, a £26m summer signing from Valencia. “I need to get a few more minutes on the pitch to get to optimum fitness levels and I am sure that will happen with so many games coming up.”

Silva’s City team-mate James Milner says the team must learn to win ugly if they are to push for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season. “It might take time for us to play our best football but hopefully we can get results while we’re getting to that stage and keep moving forward step by step,” said the midfielder.

City are to reopen talks with Shaun Wright-Phillips over a new £70,000-a-week contract. The England winger has two years left on his contract but initial negotiations broke down over the length of a new one.

Aston Villa have opened contract negotiations with England winger Ashley Young but the 25-year-old, a target of Tottenham during the summer, first wants to see how the club performs under new manager Gerard Houllier before being rushed into a new long-term deal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has once again called for officials to protect his players after a tackle from Bolton’s Paul Robinson resulted in an injury to midfielder Abou Diaby, ruling him out of the Gunners’ Champions League game with Braga on Wednesday.

Reading keeper Mikkel Andersen wants to extend his loan at Bristol Rovers until the end of the season.

Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez has likened his Celtic boss Neil Lennon to former Rangers midfield enforcer Rino Gattuso. “He was the same type of player as Rino Gattuso – strong committed. And that is how he asks us to play,” said Juarez.

Turkish football is in shock after the manager of Mersin Idman Yurdu, Yuksel Yesilova, was stabbed six times by his elder brother during the team’s match with Samsunspor in Turkey’s second tier. In his statement to the police, Yesilova’s assailant said “personal issues” were behind his actions.

Barcelona’s world player of the year Lionel Messi will be taken by helicopter to a mystery London football pitch to take part in a kids’ match as part of a competition organised by a football boot manufacturer on Wednesday.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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