09/10/2010 – Saturday’s Paper Round-Up

9 10 2010

Manchester City are reported to have clinched the signing of 19-year-old former Barcelona midfielder Gai Assulin, after he impressed on trial.

But City’s spending is not likely to stop there. Roberto Mancini is also poised to make a £13m move for Lyon defender Aly Cissokho.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Gianluigi+Buffon&iid=8014360″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8014360/sports-news-february-2010/sports-news-february-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=8014360″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Juventus have dismissed rumours that Manchester United are lining up a bid for their goalkeeper Gianliugi Buffon (left) as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar, who turns 40 this month.

Another Manchester United target, Pepe, has challenged Real Madrid to sort out his future or risk losing him on a free transfer at the end of next season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United chief executive David Gill insists there is no pressure to sell star players such as striker Wayne Rooney, despite the club announcing losses of £83.6m.

Aston Villa are lining up a move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau, who has 23 goals in 50 games for the French Ligue 1 side.

Celtic want to take Newcastle contract rebel Steven Taylor on loan in January, having expressed interest in the summer before he suffered a shoulder injury.

Wes Brown fears for his future at Manchester United after failing to start a league game so far this season, following a stand-up row with boss Sir Alex Ferguson on a pre-season trip to America.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s representatives have told Nigel de Jong that he cannot visit him in hospital, after the Dutch enforcer broke the leg of the Frenchman at Eastlands last weekend.

Following his call-up to the England squad to face Montenegro, 33-year-old Kevin Davies believes he can be the new Emile Heskey.

West Ham have been boosted by the news that Live Nation, one of the world’s leading music events promoters, are to be part of the Hammers’ bid to make the London Olympic stadium their new home.

But Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has warned West Ham owner David Sullivan to stay off his patch, as he had planned to make the stadium Orient’s new base.

Ryan Giggs has confirmed that he never contemplated quitting club football with Manchester United to be Wales manager when John Toshack quit last month.

Everton’s Phil Neville says he is keen to move into management when he finishes playing, and has been warned he needs to start at the bottom to learn his craft properly.

Aston Villa reserve team boss Kevin MacDonald is one of the contenders to replace John Hughes as Hibs manager.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes says £32.5m signing Robinho was “the right player at the wrong time” when he took him from Real Madrid to Manchester City.

Manchester United reserve team boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned down a job at hometown club FC Molde in Norway because he wants to become a first-team manager in England and eventually become manager at Old Trafford.

Former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts has agreed a two-month deal to look after the Pakistan team at next month’s Asian Games tournament, with the possibility of a longer-term deal.

Former England coach Glenn Hoddle has taken charge of Spanish Division Three side Jerez Industrial with a squad almost entirely made up of young players released by British clubs.

England’s Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has admitted: “You have to be mad to manage England.”

Stockport, who have fielded more players in their club history than any other team, are to follow the lead of the England cricket team and give each player a unique appearance number, which they hope to be able to put on their shirts.

Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic, who could line up against England on Tuesday, celebrated his goal in their 1-0 win over Switzerland on Friday by removing his shorts and putting them on his head. He was booked.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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