18/12/2010 – Saturday’s Paper Round-Up

18 12 2010
Igor Akinfeev in action for PFC CSKA Moscow

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Everton are on the trail of out-of-favour Manchester City strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz.

Meanwhile City will look to replace want-away striker Carlos Tevez with River Plate’s £10m-rated forward Rogelio Funes Mori.

Manchester City will also attempt to lure Wolfsburg’s 24-year-old striker Edin Dzeko to Eastlands with a five-year deal worth £6m per year.

City face competition from Arsenal who are planning a big money January move for Dzeko.

Defender Pascal Chimbonda will be asked to leave Blackburn, despite Steve Kean taking over from sacked manager Sam Allardyce.

Russian side Zenit St Petersburg are lining up a move for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech with the Blues looking to sign CSKA Moscow stopper Igor Akinfeev (left) as a replacement.

Manchester United are set to raid Bundesliga strugglers Borussia Monchengladbach for talented midfielder Marco Reus.

United are also thought to be leading the chase to sign Borussia Dortmund’s teenage midfield sensation Mario Goetze.

The Red Devils are also believed to be interested in Shakthar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa. Chelsea and Arsenal are believed to be chasing the 20-year-old.

It promises to be a busy Christmas period for United who have also upped their interest in Zenit St Petersburg attacking midfielder Danny. The 27-year-old Portuguese international scored nine goals in helping his side win the Russian championship.

Real Madrid are set to offer £60m as well as a player for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.

Tottenham youngster Danny Rose has stunned the club by saying he wants to leave.

Rangers are set to pip Stoke, Wigan, and Bolton to the signing of Leeds midfielder Brad Johnson.

Newcastle United are hoping to seal a deal for Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Jose Fonte.

Midfielder Valon Behrami will be one of the first West Ham players axed in the January transfer window.

Tottenham face stiff competition from Atletico Madrid for Borussia Dortmund striker Shinji Kagawa.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is considering whether to take the captain’s armband away from Carlos Tevez over the player’s demands to leave.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will not ‘bottle’ out of taking a penalty against Chelsea despite his horror miss against Arsenal on Monday.

Liverpool fans are in outrage after defender Paul Konchesky was left red-faced by his mum’s Facebook blast.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will speak to defender Ledley King about his conduct after he was photographed looking bleary eyed leaving a nightclub in the early hours of the morning.

Former England manager Steve McClaren has two games to save his job at Wolfsburg.

Newcastle midfield dynamo Cheik Tiote did not own a pair of football boots until he was aged 15.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson should stay on at Old Trafford until 2030, according to England manager Fabio Capello. Ferguson would be nearly 90 by that time.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.


17/12/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

17 12 2010
Carlos Tévez playing for Manchester City

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner could be sent on loan to Everton in January with a view to a permanent transfer. The Gunners are interested in Freiburg striker Papis Demba Cisse.

Tottenham are interested in signing former England skipper David Beckham in the January transfer window. The LA Galaxy midfielder does not report back for his club until March.

Manchester City and Tottenham are leading the chase for Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel, who is the captain of German giants Bayern Munich.

Liverpool are keen on Zenit St Petersburg right-back Alexander Anyukov. The 28-year-old is rated at £18m.

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor or Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez in the January transfer window to cover for injured striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Liverpool are ready to join the battle for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin, who has also caught the eye of Juventus and Inter Milan. Dortmund will refuse to sell in the January transfer window, but could be ready to do business in the summer for a figure of about £13m.

Lille winger Eden Hazard has hinted that he will shun the overtures of Real Madrid to join Arsenal at the end of the season. The 19-year-old has impressed with his performances this campaign and has revealed that he turned down the chance to join Chelsea for £12m last June.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has identified Wolfsburg’s Simon Kjaer as the solution to his ongoing centre-back problem.

Aston Villa are interested in Villarreal forward Guillermo Andres Lopez. The 18-year-old is also wanted by PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona.

Former Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has told West Ham that he will not talk to the club about taking over at Upton Park while manager Avram Grant is still in charge.

Tottenham winger David Bentley is wanted by Liverpool but Birmingham remain favourites to sign the 26-year-old.

Arsenal midfielder Denilson is a £10m target for former England manager Steve McClaren, who is now is charge at Wolfsburg.

Under-pressure Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has indicated that he will honour his contract with the club, staying in London “at least until 2012”.

England manager Fabio Capello has dismissed reports linking him with moves to Inter Milan or Manchester City.

Birmingham will offer midfielder Sebastian Larsson a new contract, and have criticised Stoke for expressing their interest in the 25-year-old Swede.

Tottenham have offered to redevelop the Crystal Palace sports centre as the legacy part of their bid to occupy the 2012 Olympic Stadium after the London Games. Spurs, who are battling it out with West Ham for the venue, do not want to retain the athletics track at the Olympic Stadium.

Fifa general secretary Jérôme Valcke has talked up the possibility of future World Cups, including the 2022 tournament in Qatar, being moved to the European winter.

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has bought a controlling share in Queens Park Rangers, increasing his stake to 62% after buying out Flavio Briatore.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes has slammed the logic behind the sackings of former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton and ex-Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce, insisting club owners expect too much too soon.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says unsettled striker Carlos Tevez will play against Everton on Monday and insists he will resolve the Argentine’s future in the next 48 hours.

However, Mancini will take the captain’s armband off Tevez when the pair meet to discuss the situation on Friday.

Former Wimbledon striker Dean Holdsworth, who is currently at Newport County, is one of the candidates to take charge at Bristol Rovers following the dismissal of Paul Trollope.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger predicts his side will get Barcelona in Friday’s last 16 Champions League draw. “I know who we will get,” he said about the side who beat them in the 2006 final.

Sir Bobby Charlton is adamant that, contrary to popular legend, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would not have been sacked if he had lost a third-round FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest back in 1990. “The media were the ones who were pushing,” recalled former player-turned-director Charlton.

In a straight-talking address on English football, current Ipswich boss and Manchester United legend Roy Keane labelled Monday’s Premier League clash between his former club and rivals Arsenal as “rubbish”.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

22/10/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

22 10 2010

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has called on former team-mate Rooney to follow in his footsteps by moving to Eastlands.

An angry mob of balaclava-clad United fans gathered outside Rooney’s Prestbury home on Thursday night, holding a banner urging the want-away striker not to join City.

United full-back Patrice Evra believes Rooney should not play for the club again following his public declaration that they have not signed players who can make them competitive.

Rooney has stunned Real Madrid by demanding to become the highest paid Galactico if he joins Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.

Chelsea have no intention in getting involved in a bidding war for Rooney, with Blues owner Roman Abramovich keen for the club to become self-sufficient and balance its books.

As uncertainty about Rooney’s future drags on, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is planning a radical overhaul of his squad next summer with up to 10 players facing the axe.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=alexandre+pato&iid=8967492″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8967492/milan-chicago-fire/milan-chicago-fire.jpg?size=500&imageId=8967492″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Ferguson is looking to sign AC Milan youngster Alexandre Pato (left) as a direct replacement for Rooney if the player leaves Old Trafford.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is praying that Black Cats striker Darren Bent does not get dragged into a transfer merry-go-round which could be sparked by Rooney leaving Manchester United.

Liverpool’s new owners plan showdown talks with striker Fernando Torres next week, with Manchester United and Barcelona interested in signing the Spaniard.

The Anfield club are considering making a move for Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Itay Shechter in January, although Tottenham, Everton and West Ham are also in the hunt.

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has called a dramatic halt to contract negotiations with the club.

Young wants a buy-out clause in his new Aston Villa contract, with Spurs said to be interested in the England international.

Juventus are ready to rival Manchester City in the battle to sign Lazio defender Stefan Radu.

Championship leaders QPR want to reinforce their squad with the loan capture of versatile Arsenal attacker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle will open contract talks with Johan Elmander in the next few weeks, with the striker free to talk to other clubs from January.

Former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard is close to replacing Roy Hodgson as Liverpool’s new boss.

Blackburn are close to a takeover by VH Group, an Indian chicken company.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is a month ahead of schedule in his return from ankle surgery. Defoe was expected to be out until Christmas but he could now be back by the end of November – in time for their final two Champions League group games against Werder Bremen and FC Twente.

England’s 2018 World Cup bid is set for a major boost when it is named the stand-out candidate to host the tournament by Fifa.

The Scottish Players Union are again on alert over the late payment of wages at Hearts.

West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo believes football management is like hay farming. “It is like when you are a farmer,” said the Italian. “You want to bring as much hay into your stall as possible for a long winter. That’s what we are trying to do.”

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

08/10/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

8 10 2010

Tottenham have made Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema a January transfer target.

Barcelona have lined up a sensational swoop for Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez, who the Nou Camp management see as the ideal foil for star attacker Lionel Messi.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=carlos+tevez&iid=9851370″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9851370/carlos-tevez-manchester/carlos-tevez-manchester.jpg?size=500&imageId=9851370″ width=”234″ height=”281″ /] But Tevez (left) has said that he would return to his native Argentina if his daughters ever wanted him to.

Chelsea and Arsenal could be interested in Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is thought to be unsettled at the club.

Edwin van der Sar’s hint that he may quit playing at the end of the season has led Manchester United to step up their search for a new goalkeeper. Norwegian club Aalesunds number one Anders Lindegaard and CSKA Moscow’s Igor Akinfeev are two potential targets.

And Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has left the door open to a move to Manchester United after describing reports that he had already agreed a move to Bayern Munich as “humbug”.

However, the agent of Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has rubbished reports that his client will move to Old Trafford.

United have been linked again with a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport also claiming Juventus are keen on the Frenchman.

Liverpool’s prospective new owner New England Sports Ventures will seek face-to-face talks with midfielder Steven Gerrard, striker Fernando Torres and goalkeeper Pepe Reina as soon as it complete its purchase.

New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is weighing up an £8m bid for Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar in the upcoming January transfer window, though Monaco could rival the Frenchman for the player’s signature.

Turkish side Galatasaray have made the first move to sign Aston Villa’s Nigel Reo-Coker on a free transfer. The midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season.

Aston Villa striker John Carew has indicated that he may leave the club when his contract expires next summer.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson could be in competition with former club Fulham as he considers a bid for Bayer Leverkusen forward Stefan Kiessling.

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda wants to end his playing days in Brazil. The France international wants to end his European club career at Stamford Bridge, but would like to finish his playing days at Vasco da Gama or Flamengo.

Blackpool striker Jason Euell is being tracked by Hull and two other Championship sides.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=daniele+bonera&iid=9479898″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9479898/sports-news-august-2010/sports-news-august-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9479898″ width=”234″ height=”324″ /] Tottenham have been linked with a move for £5m-rated defender Daniele Bonera (right) from AC Milan as manager Harry Redknapp looks to ease his defensive injury crisis.

England defender Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he is unsure if he will regain his place in Fabio Capello’s side, never mind the team captaincy.

The Football Association has so far failed to get in touch with highly rated youngster Eric Dier. The 16-year-old centre-back, who is already playing for Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon’s under-19 side, is qualified to represent England but could apply for dual nationality when he turns 18.

Wales caretaker manager Brian Flynn says that the prospect of managing the side against England is motivating him to succeed former boss John Toshack. Wales host England in a Euro 2012 qualifier in March next year before a return leg at Wembley in September.

Montenegro coach Zlatko Kranjcar believes that England’s superiority means they have already won Euro 2012 qualifying Group G and that the other sides are merely playing for second place.

Paul Dalglish believes that father Kenny, who offered to return to Liverpool’s managerial hot-seat before the appointment of Roy Hodgson, could still do a job at Anfield.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp says that Liverpool’s players cannot use the ongoing boardroom unrest at the club as an excuse for failure on the pitch.

Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton says that the club’s prospective new owners will not follow the same path as their equivalents at big spending Manchester City and will instead adopt a “rational” approach to achieving success at Anfield.

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn fears that West Ham could put his club out of business if they move in to the Olympic Stadium after 2012. The venue is close to Orient’s Brisbane Road ground and Hearn is concerned they could attract supporters away from the League One club.

Birmingham midfielder Alexander Hleb says that moving to St Andrew’s from Barcelona this summer was a backwards step and has criticised the team’s long-ball style.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has moved to clarify comments he made about team-mate Wayne Rooney. The Italian referred to Rooney as a ‘coatto’, which has been translated by some English newspapers as ‘chav’, but in Friday’s Gazzetta dello Sport he said: “I like him and I have maximum respect for him. What I wanted to say is that for me he is a free spirit and genuine.”

Macheda’s United team-mate Michael Owen, who has represented England at World Cups and has played for Liverpool, Newcastle and Real Madrid, has revealed he suffered from nerves before a recent Carling Cup tie with Scunthorpe. However, he scored twice in a 5-2 win at Glanford Park.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

01/08/2010 – Sunday Transfer Talk

1 08 2010

Manchester City are back in for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and will make a stunning £50m bid this week, but want an answer from him fast.

City boss Roberto Mancini has invited former Barcelona teenager Gai Assulin to Eastlands for a trial. The 19-year-old, who is in the same mould as Argentina’s Lionel Messi, left the Nou Camp last month because he was struggling to get a game.

Liverpool could make an £8m bid to bring West Ham midfielder Scott Parker to Anfield. [picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=scott+parker&iid=8622181″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8622181/sports-news-april-2010/sports-news-april-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=8622181″ width=”234″ height=”329″ /]

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is considering a £5m move for Wigan’s left-back Maynor Figueroa.

Ashley Cole has told Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti that he wants to quit the Premier League champions and join up with former manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce says Turkish side Galatasaray have not made an approach for his midfielder Vince Grella.

Manchester City are to step up their pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder James Milner by upping their bid from £20m to £25m with extras. Villa have put a £30m price tag on their 24-year-old England international.

Manchester City striker Robinho’s agent is in talks with Inter Milan over a move to the European champions.

Roque Santa Cruz is a loan target for French champions Marseille. The injury-prone Manchester City striker cost £17.5m just 12 months ago but boss Roberto Mancini is now desperate to sell him.

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been told he can leave Manchester City – just 12 months after joining from Arsenal – with AC Milan and Juventus waiting to pounce.

Arsenal are looking at Montpellier’s 29-year-old Bosnia international centre-back Emir Spahic. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to prefer Germany star Per Mertesacker but is looking at alternatives if a deal cannot be struck with Werder Bremen to sign the 25-year-old.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis wants to take Manchester City’s Brazilian striker Jo on a season-long loan after being priced out of a move for West Ham’s Carlton Cole.

The Potters are also ready to smash their transfer record for French striker Loic Remy, who is attracting interest from Liverpool and West Ham. The Nice striker is rated at £13m. Stoke are also interested in Liverpool’s David N’gog and are ready to offer £3m.

Everton boss David Moyes has ruled out a move to bring LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan to Goodison Park.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=carlos+tevez&iid=9282455″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9282455/sports-news-july-2010/sports-news-july-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9282455″ width=”234″ height=”161″ /] Carlos Tevez (right) has admitted he is struggling to motivate himself for the new Premier League season following Argentina’s failed World Cup campaign.

Fulham midfielder Simon Davies has urged manager Mark Hughes to bring Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy to Craven Cottage.

The Cottagers are also set to test West Ham with a bid for their England goalkeeper Robert Green.

Bayern Munich’s 22-year-old striker Deniz Yilmaz says he wants to play in the Premier League and believes he will fit in. The Turkey international has been linked with five English clubs.

Spartak Moscow are demanding an answer from Aiden McGeady within 48 hours, with a £9.5m offer on the table for the Celtic winger.

Rangers will only sign Rapid Vienna striker Nikica Jelavic if he remains eligible to play in the Champions League.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp may preserve defender Ledley King for the club’s Champions League campaign this season.

A mystery Syrian businessman has emerged as a surprise contender to buy Liverpool. Former Syrian international footballer Yahya Kirdi, who claims to be fronting a consortium of Arab investors, is in talks with Reds owner George Gillett.

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