21/09/2010 – Tuesday’s Paper Round-Up

21 09 2010

Roma want Manchester City keeper Shay Given – and Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has encouraged him to consider a move to Serie A.

Meanwhile, Ferguson could bring Aston Villa centre-back Ciaran Clark to Old Trafford as part of a deal involving United striker Michael Owen moving to the West Midlands outfit.

Nigeria striker Victor Obinna wants to make his loan move from Inter Milan to West Ham permanent because he likes the style of Premier League football.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=tom+huddlestone&iid=9793881″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9793881/tom-huddlestone-captain/tom-huddlestone-captain.jpg?size=500&imageId=9793881″ width=”234″ height=”288″ /] Manchester United are considering a move for Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone (left) in the January transfer window. Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to be a big fan of the £16m-rated midfielder.

Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland and Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg could be on their way to Arsenal in a £22m double swoop in January.

Manchester United want to give a trial to Brazilian youngster Andrigo, who plays for Internacional. Barcelona have also invited the 15-year-old forward for a trial at the Nou Camp.

Liverpool pair Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres could be on their way out of Anfield as co-owner Tom Hicks plots a £280m buyout of partner George Gillett’s shares in the club.

Slimmed-down West Ham striker Benni McCarthy says he is ready to play in Tuesday’s Carling Cup clash with Sunderland after been fined by the Hammers for exceeding his target weight.

Danish defender Daniel Agger has become the first Liverpool player to openly challenge Roy Hodgson’s authority after claiming he will not fall in line with the manager’s long-ball mantra.

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has made a lively start to the new season at Hamburg in Germany by scoring six goals in five games, admits he could bring an end to his glittering career at the end of the season.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has revealed that Brian Laws, boss of Coyle’s former club Burnley, sent him a text message saying simply “ouch” when the the two clubs were paired together for Tuesday’s Carling Cup tie at Turf Moor.

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has revealed the reason for his superb form so far this season – running six miles a day in the summer in between watching World Cup matches as a fan.

Norwich director and noted intellectual Stephen Fry got some football facts, regarding 1940s Wolves striker Dennis Westcott, slightly wrong on the first programme in a new series of his television quiz show QI. Fry claimed Wolves manager Major Frank Buckley experimented with injecting monkey glands to improve his team’s fitness, leading to a goal spree by Westcott. However, Westcott’s run of 38 goals in 35 games was in 1946-47, Buckley left Wolves in 1944 and the monkey glands controversy was in 1938.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

17/09/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

17 09 2010

New Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has admitted that he wants to sign Manchester United striker Michael Owen.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has discouraged Tottenham from pursuing their interest in Andy Carroll, insisting the Magpies striker is not for sale.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=ola+toivonen&iid=7819826″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7819826/psv-eindhoven-ado-the/psv-eindhoven-ado-the.jpg?size=500&imageId=7819826″ width=”234″ height=”247″ /]Manchester United are the latest club to show an interest in PSV Eindhoven’s prolific attacking midfielder Ola Toivonen (left).

The Magpies meanwhile are tracking Swindon’s 19-year-old defender Sean Morrison.

Spurs have joined Newcastle and Liverpool in the chase for 21-year-old FC Utrecht forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who made his international debut for the Netherlands in August.

Everton manager David Moyes is vying with Wolfsburg boss Steve McLaren for USA defender Jay DeMerit, who is a free agent following his release by Watford.

Liverpool are monitoring Hoffenheim defender Isaac Vorsah. The 22-year-old Ghanaian has made 62 appearances for the Bundesliga club and will be available on a free transfer in June 2011.

Crystal Palace are set to step up their efforts to make striker James Vaughan’s three-month loan deal from Everton into a permanent signing.

Derby are keen on taking Aston Villa’s 21-year-old Australian defender Shane Lowry on loan.

Newcastle are tracking Swindon’s 19-year-old centre-back Sean Morrison.

West Ham striker Frank Nouble is to join Swansea City on loan and link up with his old Chelsea youth-team boss Brendan Rogers, who is now manager of the Swans.

Santos Laguna’s 19-year-old Mexican striker Gustavo Ruelas is expected to sign a pre-contract agreement with Celtic next week.

Co-owner Tom Hicks has launched a last-ditch attempt to retain control of Liverpool by looking to secure another refinancing deal against the club during talks with bankers in London.

Paul Ince wants to become manager of West Ham one day despite the abuse he has received at Upton Park since leaving the Hammers for Manchester United as a player in 1989.

Meanwhile, West Ham manager Avram Grant is reportedly running out of patience with keeper Robert Green and defender Matthew Upson, with the star duo facing the chop following their poor start to the season.

Former Chelsea boss and current Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has been offered the Portugal job on an interim basis following the sacking of Carlos Queiroz.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is finally expected to put pen to paper and sign a new contract with the Blues on Friday.

The Glazer family are paying themselves interest on the money they borrowed to buy Manchester United.

Manchester United’s new £7.4m signing Bebe made an unimpressive debut for the club’s reserve side as they lost 4-1 to Aston Villa in Altrincham on Thursday.

West Ham’s Israeli manager Avram Grant is still hoping to be at Stoke for Saturday’s game despite it clashing with Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of Atonement.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

16/09/2010 – Thursday’s Paper Round-Up

16 09 2010

Manchester United are tracking Sporting Lisbon’s 20-year-old forward Wilson Eduardo, currently on loan at Portugal’s newly promoted side Beira-Mar.

United are also lining up a move for Tottenham’s Wilson Palacios, with Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson seeking a defensive midfielder in the continued absence of the injured Owen Hargreaves.

Tottenham are monitoring the £5m-rated Hoffenheim striker Peniel Mlapa. The Togo-born 19-year-old has been dubbed the new Emmanuel Adebayor.

Chelsea could make a move for Malaga striker Juanmi, despite the 18-year-old having recently signed a new five-year deal at the Spanish club.

Arsenal are plotting a raid on German club Schalke for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender Benedikt Howedes.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=marko+marin&iid=9551175″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9551175/sports-news-august-2010/sports-news-august-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9551175″ width=”234″ height=”338″ /] The Gunners have joined Manchester United in tracking Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin (left).

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is planning a January move for Romanian side Cluj’s 20-year-old Ivorian striker Lacina Traore.

The Anfield club are also preparing a new bid for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez after the German side blocked a loan deal in the summer.

Everton striker James Vaughan, on loan at Crystal Palace for three months, wants to continue at Selhurst Park after scoring a hat-trick against Portsmouth on Wednesday. “I definitely want to stay, it is a great club and I am enjoying it,” said the 22-year-old.

Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd has dismissed reports that Mario Balotelli will be out of action until the end of November following knee surgery.

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia will be sidelined for six months following the horrific ankle injury he suffered against Rangers on Tuesday.

Former Manchester United forward Alan Smith has given his support to Valencia, having experienced a similar injury in 2006 that ruled him out of the sport for eight months. Smith, now at Newcastle, said: “There’s no getting away from the fact it is a hard road back from an injury like that but with determination, you can do it.”

Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi arrived at London’s Hackney Marshes by helicopter yesterday to play against an amateur team as part of a publicity stunt but was unable to even put his boots on after being whisked away amid security fears.

Steve McClaren’s job as Wolfsburg boss is safe for the time being, despite his side losing the first three games. The ex-England manager received a vote of confidence and the German club’s managing director Dieter Hoeness said: “I won’t get the hammer out and start smashing things. The situation isn’t critical.”

Manchester United striker Michael Owen has stoked up the rivalry with Liverpool ahead of the Old Trafford showdown on Sunday. When asked which Premier League fixture most excites him, the former fans’ favourite at Anfield said: “Probably the Manchester derby.”

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=tuncay&iid=4109750″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/4109750/cup-middlesborough-through/cup-middlesborough-through.jpg?size=500&imageId=4109750″ width=”234″ height=”349″ /] Stoke striker Tuncay (right) insists he wants to stay and fight for his place and dismissed any talk of a rift with manager Tony Pulis. The Turkish international, who left the Britannia Stadium before Monday’s match against Aston Villa after failing to make the bench, said: “I am an emotional person but for the gaffer it is very hard with his choices because he has so many options. This is my team and my job is here. It is only the weather I do not like here.”

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has copied manager Robert Mancini by chopping off his flowing locks. The Argentine has decided to go for a short trim as he attempts to lead City to glory this season.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been lambasted for criticising Werder Bremen’s goalkeeper. The ex-Germany international turned television pundit questioned Tim Wiese’s positioning as Tottenham opened the scoring in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw. Wiese responded by saying: “He [Lehmann] belongs in the Muppet Show, on the couch or in a mental institution.”

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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