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Message for Tom Hicks: Get Out of Our Club

5 10 2010

This is a short and simple message but it needs to be said loud and clear. Tom Hicks and George Gillett are not welcome here. They are not welcome anywhere.

The short film was made by Mike Jeffries and I speak on behalf of every Liverpool fan in congratulating and thanking him for doing so. At the time of writing this, the #DearMrHicks tag is trending in second spot on the UK Twitter trending topics.

Tom Hicks: Get Out of Our Club!

YNWA





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.





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.





13/09/2010 – Monday’s Paper Round-Up

13 09 2010

Manchester United are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of Panathinaikos winger Sotiris Ninis.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=jesus+navas&iid=9176734″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9176734/spain-honduras/spain-honduras.jpg?size=500&imageId=9176734″ width=”234″ height=”357″ /] Chelsea are preparing a £16.5m January bid for Sevilla winger Jesus Navas (left) despite it being widely accepted that Navas suffers badly from homesickness.

Liverpool will launch an £18m double swoop for two West Ham players in the new year – striker Carlton Cole and midfielder Valon Behrami.

Liverpool are also planning a January move for 17-year-old Spanish midfielder Inigo Ruiz De Galarreta, who is being monitored by a host of Europe’s top clubs after making his debut for Athletic Bilbao in pre-season.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Italian side Juventus will battle it out for the signature of Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema.

Marseille have entered the race to secure the signature of Wigan midfielder Charles N’Zogbia.

Tottenham want a £200,000 loan fee for England Under-21 defender Kyle Walker from Hull City before he moves this week.

Birmingham will bid to sign Crystal Palace’s 19-year-old right-back Nathaniel Clyne when the transfer window reopens.

Ipswich Town are targeting two West Bromwich Albion players for loan moves – left-back Joe Mattock and striker Luke Moore.

Coventry City boss Aidy Boothroyd expects to complete a deal to sign Marlon King this week after revealing the move is “inevitable”. Former Wigan striker King, 30, who has been looking for a new club since leaving prison in July, has been training with Coventry for the last two weeks.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp, now a pundit with Sky Sports, criticised Reds striker Fernando Torres for his “diabolical” performance in the 0-0 draw with Birmingham on Sunday.

Wolfsburg coach Steve McClaren admitted that the “pressure is mounting” after his third straight defeat in charge of the Bundesliga club.

Striker Wayne Rooney has pleaded with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to play him against Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Rooney’s England colleague and former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham – now with Los Angeles Galaxy – has backed his former Old Trafford boss Ferguson’s decision to drop the striker for the game at Goodison Park.

Beckham, who made his playing comeback for as a substitute in LA Galaxy’s 3-1 win over Columbus Crew on Saturday, says he will not try to con England boss Fabio Capello over his fitness. The 35-year-old hopes to return to the international fold under the Italian.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti believes the Football Association should not rule out going foreign again when they choose a successor for England coach Fabio Capello and has called for respect of footballers’ private lives.

New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is the highest-paid manager in the club’s history, with the Frenchman’s three-year contract worth nearly £8m.

Houllier has identified Middlesbrough assistant Gary McAllister – who when the Frenchman was Liverpool boss was part of the Reds squad – as the man he wants to be his number two at Aston Villa.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce says goalkeeper Paul Robinson may come out of international retirement if England boss Capello was to make him his first-choice. Robinson quit the international scene after being selected in the squad to face Hungary in a friendly in August.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=jermaine+pennant&iid=3743475″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/3743475/sports-news-january-2009/sports-news-january-2009.jpg?size=500&imageId=3743475″ width=”234″ height=”304″ /] Stoke manager Tony Pulis accepts he has taken a gamble by giving Jermaine Pennant (right) another chance in the Premier League but says the former Birmingham winger is worth the risk.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is ready to appeal against Gary Cahill’s red card at Arsenal – and risk an extra ban for his England defender.

Scotland manager Craig Levein is to seek permission to ditch the controversial Jabulani ball when his team take on Spain in a Euro 2012 qualifier in October. The ball was heavily criticised for its unpredictability during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





12/09/2010 – The Sunday Paper Round-Up

12 09 2010

Real Madrid are plotting to end Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United turmoil by setting aside £65m for a summer swoop.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=michael+owen&iid=9521856″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9521856/michael-owen-manchester/michael-owen-manchester.jpg?size=500&imageId=9521856″ width=”380″ height=”435″ /]Gerard Houllier wants to make Michael Owen (left) his first signing at Aston Villa. The former Liverpool boss was impressed with Owen’s form and fitness during Jamie Carragher’s testimonial and wants to sign the Manchester United striker either on loan or for a nominal fee during the January transfer window.

Manchester City are planning to smash the British transfer record by signing Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore from Palermo for £40m. The 21-year-old has also been a target for Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Portsmouth hope to wrap up a loan deal for Tottenham right-back Kyle Naughton, 21, this week, while Spurs boss Harry Redknapp could also loan out fellow defender Kyle Walker, 20, to Hull City.

Arsene Wenger is still eager to pursue his interest in Crewe midfielder Nick Powell and is willing to spend up to £2m on the 16-year-old attacking midfielder.

Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has emerged as Manchester United’s number one choice to succeed Edwin van der Sar.

Middlesbrough are monitoring Carlo Cudicini’s situation at Tottenham Hotspur with a view to a January move for the Italian goalkeeper.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti buried their differences over dinner in Geneva last week.

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier had his heart tested before accepting the Aston Villa job.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is backing midfielder Alexander Hleb to prove Birmingham’s most influential signing since France World Cup winner Christophe Dugarry.

Co-owner David Sullivan claims he is at breaking point after revealing West Ham’s debts have gone through the £100m barrier.

Manager Roy Hodgson claims it will need a change of owners before Liverpool can hope to be champions again.

Wayne Rooney was desperate to confront the expected abuse from Everton, fans only for Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to leave him out of the squad.

Gary McAllister, who is Gordon Strachan’s coach at Middlesbrough, is ready to answer Gerard Houllier’s call to be the Frenchman’s right-hand man at Aston Villa.

Uefa has given the green light for Great Britain and Northern Ireland to field an Under-23 football team for the first time in the Olympics.

Sir Alex Ferguson says Walter Smith is too young to quit as planned as Rangers manager at the end of the season and thinks owner Sir David Murray can persuade him to stay.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Walter Smith “has kept Rangers alive” by winning the Scottish title at a time of financial crisis for the Glasgow club.

Rangers fans fear retribution from Greater Manchester Police for the trouble after the 2008 Uefa Cup final when they travel to Old Trafford for Tuesday’s Champions League tie.

Scotland coach Craig Levein says there is room for flair players like James McFadden in his team but that he needs every player to share the workload.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has defended James McFadden after the forward was criticised by Scotland coach Craig Levein for being lazy and selfish against Liechtenstein.

Scotland are looking into the possibility of ditching the controversial Jabulani ball after players complained about it in their last two internationals.

The Scottish Football Association faces a battle with clubs over plans to force them all to ensure their pitches are perfectly flat, with Motherwell having already sought legal advice.

Eidur Gudjohnsen may be deemed too overweight to make his Stoke debut against Aston Villa on Monday. The former Chelsea striker has been on an intensive fitness programme after piling on the pounds in the summer.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





25/08/2010 – Wednesday Transfer Talk

25 08 2010

Liverpool’s 3-0 drubbing by Manchester City on Monday has prompted manager Roy Hodgson to make a shock move for West Ham striker Carlton Cole, with the Reds prepared to offer £6m up front for the 26-year-old.

Hodgson is desperate to sort out the future of Javier Mascherano, who wants to move for family reasons, and has told Barcelona they will need to pay £18m in cash by the end of the weekend to secure the Argentine midfielder.

Barcelona may offer midfielder Alexander Hleb and defender Martin Caceres in part exchange as they look at ways to tempt Liverpool to sell Mascherano.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Mahamadou+Diarra&iid=9386288″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9386288/world-news-july-2010/world-news-july-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9386288″ width=”234″ height=”346″ /] Reports in Spain believe Liverpool are in talks with Real Madrid over the transfer of Mahamadou Diarra (left).

If Liverpool do finally offload Mascherano, they may attempt to secure Marseille’s £7m-rated midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa.

Sky Sports believe that Liverpool are close to completing a £3.5million deal for Paul Konchesky.

West Brom have made a £3m bid for Getafe midfielder Derek Boateng. The Ghanaian was voted the Spanish club’s player of the season for the 2009-2010 campaign and was named in his country’s World Cup squad.

West Ham manager Avram Grant is intent on signing both a striker and right-back before the close of the transfer window next Tuesday.

Everton have been put off Tottenham striker Peter Crouch after being quoted what they consider to be an exorbitant fee of £10m.

Coventry are set to sign striker Marlon King, who was released from prison in July, on a three-year contract. Sky Blues boss Aidy Boothroyd wants to snap up King on a Bosman transfer for a weekly salary of £10,000, plus bonuses.

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar looks likely to remain at Goodison Park for one more season and see out the final year of his contract, despite Tottenham’s ongoing interest in the South African.

Chelsea could be set to make a shock bid for Inter Milan defender Nicolas Burdisso, with the Blues needing cover for Ricardo Carvalho, who recently moved to Real Madrid.

Deal-broker Keith Harris, who has assisted in the sales of West Ham, Aston Villa and Manchester City, says he is representing a mystery overseas buyer for Liverpool, with an offer of up to £500m set to be tabled to take over from the current American owners.

England manager Fabio Capello has come under fire from Real Madrid’s new manager. Jose Mourinho said: “He has a one-track relationship with players. You cannot go around just shouting at players. They need to feel special. Capello will not work for England. He does not know the players. They are frightened of him and they can’t play for him.”

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.








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