22/09/2010 – Wednesday’s Paper Round-Up

22 09 2010

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keeping tabs on Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.

DR Congo star Dieumerci Mbokani turned down the chance to join Liverpool this summer – but the Monaco striker has told Reds manager Roy Hodgson he is prepared to play for him in the future.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=lucas+leiva&iid=8467815″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8467815/liverpool-benfica/liverpool-benfica.jpg?size=500&imageId=8467815″ width=”234″ height=”352″ /] Liverpool may offload Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva (left) to Italian side Juventus in January, with a fee of £7m enough to seal the deal.

Everton have agreed a January deal for 18-year-old Azerbaijan international Araz Abdullayev. The Neftchi Baku midfielder will sign an initial three-year deal, with an option for two further seasons.

Sheffield United have signed Richard Wright on a four-month deal. The goalkeeper was a free agent after leaving Ipswich in the summer.

Portsmouth hope to complete the loan signing of Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton.

Hoffenheim striker Peniel Mlapa admits he is flattered with speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham.

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has insisted he is “completely focused” on Arsenal but also hinted that he is still interested in a move to boyhood club Barcelona.

New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier wants a closer look at midfielder Barry Bannan before deciding whether to allow him to go on loan to Sheffield United.

Celtic are considering a January move to sign frozen out Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given. (the Sun)

Manager Roberto Mancini has told his Manchester City players to stop moaning about a lack of first-team chances and sort out their grievances with him in private.

The Manchester United hierarchy have decided on a new policy of renegotiating players’ contracts when their current deal has one, rather than two, years left to run.

Manchester United’s Portuguese youngster Bebe will be handed his first taste of competitive action when he features in the Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe on Wednesday evening.

Former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed that he turned down the chance to coach the United States after the World Cup, having failed to agree terms with the US Soccer Federation.

Celtic midfielder Efrain Juarez has been banned from playing for Mexico for six months along with Arsenal’s Carlos Vela after breaching squad rules with an alleged wild party after this month’s friendly win over Colombia.

Rangers will receive £300,000 from Liverpool as part of Danny Wilson’s summer transfer deal when the central defender makes his first competitive appearance for the Anfield club tonight.

Ghana have targeted Bobby Williamson, who is out of contract with Uganda, as their new head coach after he took his side to an all-time high of 63 in the world rankings.

Spain fear that Cesc Fabregas will miss the Euro qualifier against Scotland on 12 October after the Arsenal midfielder picked up an injury against Sunderland at the weekend.

Wolves had the last laugh on Notts Country striker Lee Hughes last night after the former West Brom player revealed a T-shirt with the Baggies’ ‘boing boing’ catchphrase after scoring the opening goal of the Carling Cup tie. Mick McCarthy’s side recovered to win 4-2.

Ghana want ex-Hibernian and Kilmarnock boss Bobby Williamson as their next manager. Williamson previously took Uganda to an all-time high of 63 in the Fifa rankings.

Enzo Fernandez, the eldest son of Zinedine Zidane, is being courted by both the Spanish and French football federations. The 15-year-old Real Madrid midfielder, who has dual nationality, could represent either nation.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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