12/01/2010 – Wednesday’s Transfer Talk

12 01 2011
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Genoa have agreed to sign Wigan’s Argentinian striker Mauro Boselli on loan. Boselli has scored only once for the Latics since they broke their club record to bring him to the DW Stadium in a £6m move from Estudiantes in the summer of 2010.

Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race to sign £10m-rated Southampton teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Manchester United are lining up a bid for Lyon’s Brazilian wing-back Michel Bastos.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has made a £4m bid for West Ham midfielder Mark Noble and is also keen on Hammers striker Carlton Cole.

West Ham are poised to make a move for Udinese striker Antonio Floro Flores, who is keen to leave the Italian club.

West Ham are confident they will complete the loan signing of Manchester City and England left-back Wayne Bridge in time for him to face Arsenal on Saturday.

Bolton are hoping to finalise a deal to sign Argentine defender Santiago Gentiletti from Argentinos Juniors.

Chelsea will make a renewed attempt to sign 20-year-old Lyon midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who they see as the perfect long-term replacement for Frank Lampard.

Aston Villa are interested in Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko but the Russian striker is expected to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane.

Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has pulled off a major coup by persuading Everton striker Yakubu to join the club on loan.

Everton have bluntly told Tottenham that veteran midfielder Phil Neville is going nowhere, despite the London club’s willingness to pay up to £2m for the 34-year-old.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is aiming to bring in at least one of his three top targets this month – Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker or Emir Spahic of Montpellier – after defender Thomas Vermaelen suffered another setback in his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury.

AC Milan look set to scupper Tottenham and Manchester City’s moves for Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel by taking the Dutch international to Italy.

Aston Villa have had a bid rejected for Peterborough’s England Under-21 goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Leeds and Leicester are interested in taking midfielder Michael Johnson on loan from Manchester City following his recovery from long-term injury.

Tottenham have agreed a deal in principle to sign Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, having seen off competition from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

Birmingham still hope to persuade Rangers striker Kenny Miller to move to England, despite him rejecting two deals since the clubs agreed a fee and being close to joining Fiorentina instead.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has blamed the rush of managerial sackings on foreign club owners. “I don’t think they have the patience of older generations,” he said.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is determined to make up for what has been an injury-ravaged season so far by scoring the goals to help the club win major silverware.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted ahead of the Carling Cup semi-final, first leg against Ipswich on Wednesday that he is feeling the pressure of having to win a trophy after six years without silverware.

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky says he began to study physiotherapy during his 18-month absence with a knee injury in an effort to sort out his own problems.

Chelsea captain John Terry concedes his side’s recent poor form has been “unacceptable” and they have to think about winning games before they can think about winning trophies.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway says Liverpool caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish was “the skeleton in the closet” who meant former Reds boss Roy Hodgson never stood a chance of success at Anfield.

Celtic hope Georgios Samaras (pictured) will stay at Parkhead, despite the striker turning down a 12-month contract offer because he wants a longer deal.

There is only one Torres left in this season’s FA Cup – and it is not Liverpool’s Fernando. Sergio Torres, Crawley Town’s match-winner in their shock third round win over Derby, used to stack the shelves at Boots in Basingstoke and worked at his father’s brick factory in his native Argentina.

Former Foreign Secretary David Milliband, an Arsenal fan and the MP for South Shields, has been offered a position of vice-chairman at Sunderland.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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Premier League Highlights – 01/01/2011

1 01 2011

Liverpool 2-1 Bolton

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Man City 1-0 Blackpool

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West Brom 1-2 Man United

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James Morrison

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Peter Odemwingie Missed Penalty

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Javier Hernandez

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Stoke 2-0 Everton

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

18 12 2010
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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
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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.





26/11/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

26 11 2010
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Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has placed an £80m price tag on Ashley Young after Manchester United and Liverpool revealed their interest in the winger.

Arsenal and Manchester City have joined the race to sign Sporting Lisbon’s teenage winger Zezinho, dubbed “the new Cristiano Ronaldo”.

The Reds are also interested in Lille’s central defender Adil Rami and forward Gervinho.

But Lille midfielder Eden Hazard will not be leaving the club despite interest from Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson.

Liverpool could make a shock January move for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole (left) could be on his way to Liverpool in January after publicly criticising the tactics of Hammers manager Avram Grant.

Meanwhile, former Hammers defender Anton Ferdinand could be on his way back to Upton Park with the Sunderland centre-back set to leave the Stadium of Light.

Manchester United expect to clinch the signing of 26-year-old goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, of Norwegian club Aalesund, by the weekend.

In-form striker Johan Elmander has stalled on signing a new contract with Bolton – and sparked a scramble for his signature. Liverpool, Newcastle and Stoke are interested.

Fulham are ready to win the £3m race for 6ft 8in Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore of Romanian side Cluj.

Cottagers boss Mark Hughes could raid former club Manchester City with keeper Shay Given, winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and striker Roque Santa Cruz all on Fulham’s wish list.

Manchester United target David De Gea has said he will happily reject overtures from Sir Alex Ferguson to remain at Atletico Madrid.

Dimitar Berbatov will definitely not be leaving Old Trafford in January, according to the player’s agent Emil Dantchev.

Birmingham are poised to make a £2m move for Swedish striker Denni Avdic who plays for IF Elsborg.

Arsenal target Gokhan Inler could leave Udinese if the right club makes the right offer, says the Swiss midfielder’s agent.

Dinamo Zagreb vice-president Zdravko Mamic has revealed that the Croatian side have rejected a £17m offer from Arsenal for highly rated youngsters midfielder Mateo Kovacic and wing-back Sime Vrsaljko.

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Forlan says he will not be joining Tottenham in January and will instead end his career in Spain.

Palermo’s defensive midfielder Armin Bacinovic is a target for Chelsea and Liverpool.

Birmingham striker Kevin Phillips could be about to start a bidding war between Championship promotion chasers QPR and Swansea.

Tottenham defender William Gallas has boldly predicted that Spurs can win “everything” this season, despite having already been knocked out of the Carling Cup.

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed will back manager Mark Hughes in the transfer window but vented his anger at the 4-1 home loss to Manchester City last week.

Plymouth have held talks with former Leeds and Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale over potential investment in the cash-strapped club.

Tottenham will press ahead with plans to move to the Olympic Stadium despite receiving the go-ahead to build a new 56,000-seater arena adjacent to White Hart Lane.

Winger Stewart Downing believes new Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier needs to bring in up to five new players during the January transfer window.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has revealed that the team’s good spirit has been partly helped by the game rock-papers-scissors.

“The lads do a ‘scissors, paper, rock’ thing and there is a punishment for the loser. So they are getting good at playing it – or else. The loser gets his ears flicked and it is painful,” said the Scot.

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.

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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.





23/08/2010 – Monday Transfer Talk

23 08 2010

Arsenal have set their sights on signing Netherlands international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and centre-back Jan Vertonghen from Ajax in a £22m deal.

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AC Milan have admitted they are attempting to sign Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona, but admit that the chances of landing him look remote. “We will try but it’s difficult,” said chief executive Adriano Galliani.

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has agreed personal terms with Barcelona for a move to the Spanish side, however the clubs are yet to settle on a fee. Barca have offered around £12m but Liverpool want closer to £21m.

Liverpool are also willing to engage in further talks with Inter Milan over the sale of Dirk Kuyt to the Italian side. The Reds have already rejected an offer thought to be in the region of £7.5m plus Nigerian striker Victor Obinna.

Inter Milan striker Victor Obinna is due at West Ham on Monday for talks. Hammers boss Avram Grant has acted swiftly to tee up a possible move for the 23-year-old Nigerian international.

Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Stephane Sessegnon is keen on a move to England, with Tottenham and West Ham interested in the 26-year-old.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is preparing a £12.3m bid for Benin international Sessegnon.

Blackburn have put a £1m price tag on Jason Roberts – the striker without a squad number. Leeds and Nottingham Forest are interested in the 32-year-old but may wait until the Football League loan window opens next month.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=david+trezeguet&iid=8282210″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8282210/sports-news-march-2010/sports-news-march-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=8282210″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will look to secure a deal to bring 32-year-old Juventus forward David Trezeguet (right) to Anfield.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes insists goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer’s departure from Craven Cottage is not a “foregone conclusion”, in spite of continued interest from Arsenal.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez faces crunch talks with his chairman Dave Whelan. Martinez wants to bring in two strikers but Whelan is more keen to discuss plans for the defence after the Latics conceded 10 goals in two games.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli can be an even better player than Fernando Torres, says City boss Roberto Mancini.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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