05/11/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

5 11 2010

Udinese’s Chilean international winger Alexis Sanchez, 21, could be on the verge of a move to Manchester United, according to the player’s agent.

Meanwhile, United target Steven Defour is being chased by a number of European clubs, according to the 22-year-old Standard Liege and Belgium midfielder’s agent.

Bristol City could be forced to sell former England goalkeeper David James after the club announced record losses of about £11m for last year.

Liverpool will move for Athletic Bilbao’s 6ft 5in striker Fernando Llorente, if they lose Fernando Torres in January.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is considering a January move for Tottenham’s out-of-favour winger David Bentley.

Real Madrid have joined the race for Liverpool and Arsenal target Ibrahim Affelay, who currently plays for PSV Eindhoven.

Tottenham are set to swoop for rising Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, 19, considered one of the best young forwards in Europe.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists he will not quit despite the club slumping to a third defeat in a row against Polish side Lech Poznan in the Europa League: “I will stay at City until they fire me,” he vowed.

Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk said he “does not care” about Arsene Wenger’s concerns over Robin van Persie after picking him for their friendly with Turkey on 17 November. Arsenal boss Wenger had described his potential call-up as a “scandal”, the striker having been out since August with an ankle injury.

West Ham will meet the board of the Olympic Park Legacy Company on Friday as the east London club make their pitch for becoming tenants at Stratford’s Olympic Stadium after London 2012.

England coach Fabio Capello is keeping an eye on Cardiff’s Jay Bothroyd after the striker took his tally to 12 goals this season for the Championship leaders.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has urged star winger Gareth Bale to stay at the club for the long-term: “We are a coming force and big clubs keep their best players,” he said.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle says Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is the “perfect candidate to succeed Fabio Capello as England coach. Coyle described Redknapp as “an outstanding manager and a terrific man.”

West Ham chairman David Gold has renewed his attack on his successors at Birmingham City, describing their chairman Peter Pannu as “disgusting” after reneging on a promise to keep him on as chairman.

West Brom have come out on top of the Times newspaper’s Financial Fair Play League, which highlights the clubs obtaining the best results per pound spent.

Tickets for England’s 17 November friendly with France at Wembley are being sold for as little as £5 as the Football Association looks to boost the attendance. About 44,000 tickets have been sold so far.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has accused Newcastle of a lack of “etiquette” after the Monkees hit Daydream Believer was played over the stadium tannoy at the end of the Magpies 5-1 victory over the Black Cats on Sunday. Newcastle fans had been taunting Bruce with an X-rated version of the song throughout the match.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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