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.

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17/11/2010 – Wednesday’s Paper Round-Up

17 11 2010
Reto Ziegler

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Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar has told Croatian agency Mediaservis he could leave if he continues to be left on the sidelines, but insists he would prefer to stay at White Hart Lane.

“I have to wait to see what Tottenham have to say, but as things stand, a transfer somewhere else is not that far away,” he said. “I am not angry or too disappointed. I believe that things will improve at Spurs. But if not then I will look for a club where I can play week in and week out.”

Meanwhile Kranjcar’s father Zlato, the manager of the Montenegro national team, claims his son has already made up his mind, telling another Croatian agency 24sata: “Niko is definitely leaving Tottenham. There just isn’t any sense to be sitting on the bench all the time.”

Chelsea are considering a January swoop for Benfica’s £25m-rated defender David Luiz with Alex and John Terry both facing spells on the sidelines with injuries.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is set to do battle with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as they attempt to land the services of Sunderland’s 20-year-old midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Mancini is also set to cut his losses on striker Emmanuel Adebayor and offload the striker to Italian club Juventus.

Liverpool are lining up a player-plus-cash offer for Borussia Dortmund hitman Lucas Barrios. Ryan Babel or Milan Jovanovic are believed to be the players involved.

The Reds are also believed to be closing on a £7m deal for Real Sociedad’s highly rated winger Antoine Griezmann.

Liverpool Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli is targeting Sampdoria full-back Reto Ziegler (above). The former Tottenham star’s contract expires in the summer and could be available at a knock down fee of £3million. The Reds are not ruling out trying to tie up a pre-contract agreement although they face competition from Juventus and Werder Bremen.

Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer says Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner would be a perfect fit for the German club.

Blackburn are poised to make a move for Standard Liege striker Mohammed Tchite when the January transfer window opens.

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has talked about the possibility of taking Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema on loan.

England coach Fabio Capello is using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to monitor players’ fitness levels after the team’s World Cup failure last summer.

Blackpool’s Charlie Adam is set to win his £25,000 contract dispute with the club this week over his fight for a ‘survival bonus’.

Karren Brady has promised West Ham fans the club will spend in the January transfer window in a bid for Premier League survival.

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart thinks life under manager Harry Redknapp is much more exciting than the time he spent under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. “There are no long and boring speeches about tactics,” said the Dutchman.

Although Cardiff City forward Jay Bothroyd was delighted to have been a surprise inclusion in the England squad for Wednesday’s friendly against France, the 28-year-old’s call-up actually came three years later than he had aimed for.

The mooted appointment of Tottenham manager Redknapp as manager of the Great Britain football team for the London 2012 Olympics is being seen as the best way of persuading Wales to join England in providing players, such as midfielder Gareth Bale.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has arrived back at Old Trafford half a stone lighter after his American boot camp experience to help him recover from an ankle injury.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





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.





07/10/2010 – Thursday’s Paper Round-Up

7 10 2010

Manchester City are planning a transfer swoop on three of their Premier League rivals. City want to sign striker Andy Carroll from Newcastle, midfielder Gareth Bale from Tottenham and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.

Manchester United will bid for Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon next summer.

United are also monitoring keeper Martin Stekelenburg, whose club Ajax are bracing themselves for bids from the Old Trafford club and Arsenal in January.

Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar has poured cold water on rumours he wants to leave the club.

The agent of Tottenham target, striker Luis Fabiano, says his client may seek a move away from Spanish club Sevilla if he does not get more first-team football.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has said he will not be joining former club Lazio on loan in January.

Italian club Napoli are considering a move for Tottenham’s Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos.

Liverpool are planning a move for Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz and winger Shaun Wright-Phillips in January.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=glen+johnson&iid=9767083″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9767083/glen-johnson-liverpool/glen-johnson-liverpool.jpg?size=500&imageId=9767083″ width=”234″ height=”302″ /] But Reds defender Glen Johnson (left) has paved the way for a possible move to Real Madrid from Liverpool in January by taking Spanish lessons.

However, the club’s protracted sale may scupper a move for Lyngby’s young Danish midfielder Emil Larsen.

Wolves defender Jelle van Damme has claimed he could return to Anderlecht in January after struggling to settle in England.

Doncaster are lining up the loan signing of Aston Villa midfielder Jonathan Hogg.

Everton will block Wolfsburg’s bid to take defender Johnny Heitinga away from Goodison Park.

Reading defender Alex Pearce is wanted by Sheffield United and Championship leaders QPR.

Montenegro coach Zlatko Kranjcar believes Wayne Rooney was picked for Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier because England are scared of his team. Manchester United striker Rooney is in Fabio Capello’s squad despite a nagging ankle injury.

Former Wales international John Hartson has urged the Welsh FA to take a chance and name him as new boss of the national side.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he could recall midfielder Tom Cleverley from his loan spell at Wigan in January.

On-loan midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa could still make his move from Marseille to Newcastle permanent despite suffering a broken leg against Manchester City last Sunday.

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby says that former Chelsea player Lassana Diarra talked him out of moving to Stamford Bridge five years ago. Midfielder Diarra struggled to gain first-team football with Chelsea before moving briefly to Arsenal, before a spell with Portsmouth earned him a move to current club Real Madrid.

Bradford manager Peter Taylor is facing the sack unless his side beats Barnet this weekend.

Tottenham legend Graham Roberts says the club must not move from north London to the Olympic Stadium after 2012.

Hereford have revealed that Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles was one of the first applicants for the managerial vacancy at the League Two club, but is unlikely to succeed Simon Davey at Edgar Street.

Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira says he may retire from playing at the end of this season.

Former England great Peter Shilton says David Beckham has not got a chance of beating his 125-cap record for the country, the LA Galaxy midfielder is currently 10 shy of Shilton’s mark.

Sussex County League One side Chichester City have become the first club to phone their manager during a match to sack him. Mark Poulton took the call informing him he was being axed as his side led rivals Redhill 2-1 in a Sussex Charity Cup tie.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





04/10/2010 – Monday’s Paper Round-Up

4 10 2010

Lazio are negotiating a loan deal for Manchester United’s striker Federico Macheda.

Celtic striker Georgios Samaras insists he has no intention of leaving the club despite strong rumours of an exit during the summer.

Chelsea are willing to offer young goalkeeper Ross Turnbull to Stoke in return for Asmir Begovic.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=gareth+bale&iid=9901164″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9901164/gareth-bale-tottenham/gareth-bale-tottenham.jpg?size=500&imageId=9901164″ width=”234″ height=”326″ /] The Stamford Bridge club are also preparing a bid for £22m-rated Tottenham winger Gareth Bale (left).

Manchester United tried to sign Bale for £20m last summer and will battle with Real Madrid to sign the Welshman at the end of the season.

Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele was in Norway on Sunday night to watch Lindegaard’s Norwegian ‘keeper Aalesunds Anders.

United midfielder Michael Carrick said he never had any intention of leaving Manchester United during the summer, despite rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

United are lining up a January move for Roma’s Italian international midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

Barnsley are considering extending the loan spell of Birmingham striker Garry O’Connor for another month.

Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is winning his battle to get a new contract from manager Gerard Houllier.

Sven-Goran Eriksson insists he has done his homework on Leicester’s new owners and won’t be out foxed again after his Notts County fiasco.

Roy Hodgson is under mounting pressure to keep his job as Liverpool manager after their “unacceptable” defeat by Blackpool.

And angry Liverpool fans chanted for the return of former manager and Kop legend Kenny Dalglish following Sunday’s 2-1 loss.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has accused the club’s boo boys of being fickle, after his side were jeered off the field having lost to Everton, their first home defeat in more than a year.

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves could make his long-awaited return from injury in the Carling Cup clash with Wolves in three weeks’ time.

Midfielder Stephen Hunt is set to make his Wolves debut on Tuesday – four months after signing for the Premier League club.

Blackburn Rovers are set to ditch a takeover bid by Indian ‘billionaire’ Ahsan Ali Syed – in favour of a rival offer from Indian company Mahindra group.

The agent of Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa says that the Frenchman will be out of action for at least six months, having broken his leg against Manchester City on Sunday.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.








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