25/11/2010 – Thursday’s Paper Round-Up

25 11 2010
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Liverpool are ready to challenge rivals Manchester United for Rosenborg’s Ghanaian midfielder Anthony Annan.

CSKA Moscow’s Japanese international Keisuke Honda is attracting interest ahead of the January transfer window with Arsenal, Liverpool, and AC Milan the interested parties.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle are battling for FC Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro. AS Monaco, Hamburg, Schalke 04 and Benfica are also interested in the 23-year-old.

Blackburn are weighing up a £4m January move to bring Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz (left) back to Ewood Park.

Stephen Ireland is looking for a January move away from Aston Villa. Fulham boss Mark Hughes is keen after the pair worked together at Manchester City, but the Cottagers would struggle to find the £8m asking price.

Liverpool and Tottenham target Ola Toivonen expects to stay at PSV Eindhoven this winter – but the Sweden striker has opened the door to a summer move.

Lille admit they face a battle to keep hold of Liverpool target Eden Hazard. The 19-year-old winger is also been tracked by Arsenal and Manchester United.

Liverpool scouts have also been keeping tabs on CSKA Moscow’s £10million rated Czech Republic striker Thomas Necid.

Goalkeeper David De Gea has insisted he will be staying at Atletico Madrid, despite interest from Manchester United.

Dimitar Berbatov’s agent has claimed the Manchester United striker will not be going anywhere in January. Emil Dantchev said: “There’s nothing to say. He will stay in Manchester.”

Manchester City and Chelsea are keen on Paris Saint-Germain’s teenage striker Jean-Christophe Bahebeck. The 17-year-old has yet to sign professional forms with the French club.

Chelsea are tracking Partizan Belgrade’s teenage centre-back Stefan Savic as a candidate to bolster their threadbare defence.

Championship promotion chasers Swansea City want Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge on loan.

Manchester City have made an enquiry about Udinese’s £15m-rated defender Cristian Zapata.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has been promised funds to bolster his squad in January by the club’s new Indian owners.

Middlesbrough defender David Wheater will move to the Premier League in January, says his former team-mate, Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing.

Sheffield United boss Gary Speed is chasing Arsenal’s highly-rated young striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas for a loan deal.

Birmingham City’s £3m midfielder Michel is wanted by Real Mallorca in January on a six-month loan deal.

Bolton are ready to let Andy O’Brien join Leeds permanently when the transfer window opens. The defender has extended his loan spell at Elland Road until the start of January.

Crystal Palace manager George Burley is set to make a shock move to take Notts County’s much-travelled striker Lee Hughes on loan.

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett is ready to bid for Bournemouth’s 12-goal Northern Ireland striker Josh McQuoid.

Greek striker Georgios Samaras is poised to be sold by Celtic in January after talks over a new contract stalled, with two Spanish clubs, including Hercules, declaring an interest.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has questioned the tactics of under-fire Hammers manager Avram Grant during their 3-0 loss at Liverpool last weekend. “In the first 10 minutes we had lost the game, psychologically anyway,” said Cole.

Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou insists the west London club have not been affected by last week’s shock departure of assistant manager Ray Wilkins.

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge insists there is no crisis at the club despite recent speculation over the future of manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Liverpool’s Ryan Babel has blamed former Reds boss Rafa Benitez for the problems with form and fitness that have blighted his time at Anfield. “I wasn’t allowed to train extra under our former manager. Even when I wasn’t involved,” said Babel on his Twitter feed.

German former Tottenham midfielder Steffen Freund says English football needs to take its lead from Germany if the England team is to be successful. The German national U17 coach believes English clubs need to place greater focus on youth development.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson believes the Gunners are suffering from mental problems and they must overcome them quickly if they are to challenge for the Premier League title. The club have lost four of their last six games in all competitions.

Wales still want veteran Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, who is on a six-man shortlist, as their next national manager.

Former assistant manager Ray Wilkins was sacked by Chelsea only two weeks after a bust-up with the club’s chief executive Ron Gourlay, who had criticised the management team’s use of substitutes.

Scotland’s referees will today tell the Scottish Football Association that they will not call off their planned weekend strike, but Dutch referees are poised to ensure that the six Scottish Premier League fixtures and the ALBA Challenge Cup final will go ahead.

Only one match – Sunday’s ALBA Challenge Cup final – is guaranteed to go ahead this weekend unless the Scottish Football Association can hammer out a peace deal with referees over their strike threat.

Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir is demanding to know by lunchtime on Thursday if Division One, Two and Three games, plus the ALBA Challenge Cup final, will go ahead despite the threat of a referees’ strike.

The Scottish Football Association has provided an assurance to Scottish Premier League clubs that their matches will go ahead this weekend even if there is a strike by referees.

A large number of Scotland’s category three referees are unhappy at the stance of their senior colleagues and are dismayed that there was no strike ballot among all members of the Senior Scottish Football Referees Association.

The use of foreign officials would have to be approved the Scottish Football Association’s referee committee, which is understood to be sympathetic to Scottish referees’ strike action.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has seen his football exploits recognised by a salsa tune. The World Red Army featuring salsa artist Choco Orta have released Chico Is The Man, which details the 22-year-old’s rise to stardom.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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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.





14/10/2010 – Thursday’s Paper Round-Up

14 10 2010

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has halted talks over a new contract as he considers leaving the Old Trafford outfit, with Real Madrid a possible destination.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=ibrahim+affelay&iid=8133043″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8133043/psv-eindhoven-rkc-waalwijk/psv-eindhoven-rkc-waalwijk.jpg?size=500&imageId=8133043″ width=”234″ height=”234″ /] Meanwhile, the Red Devils are among the clubs interested in PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Afellay (left). The 24-year-old Netherlands international has not signed a new contract so would be available on a free transfer next summer.

Thomas Hitzlsperger, still to make his debut for West Ham since signing from Lazio in the summer, faces a further four months on the sidelines with a torn thigh muscle. The 28-year-old midfielder had been hoping to play against Wolves on Saturday.

Juventus are eager to sign Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson in the January transfer window despite the 26-year-old having a contract until 2013.

Liverpool may sign Villarreal’s 26-year-old Brazil striker Nilmar in the January transfer window for £14m.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is considering spending £12m to acquire 25-year-old Brazilian striker Cleo from Serbian side FK Partizan.

Arsenal are tracking Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz after the 29-year-old admitted he wants a move from the Spanish side.

Philipp Lahm could be tempted to end his 15-year association with Bayern Munich and join Chelsea. Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen to sign the German right-back, 26, despite Branislav Ivanovic impressing for the Premier League champions this season.

Scotland and Rangers keeper Allan McGregor could be set for a move to Old Trafford, with Manchester United willing to offer £7m as they search for current number one Edwin van der Sar’s long-term successor.

New Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson would like to sign 32-year-old Blackburn striker Jason Roberts on loan, with a view to a £500,000 permanent deal in January.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine hopes to sign former Leeds, Reading and Charlton defender Sam Sodje as soon as the Owls’ transfer embargo is lifted.

Birmingham City are looking to make a bid for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana in the January transfer window.

Aston Villa are being linked with France Under-21 international winger Franck Tabanou.

Former Leeds and Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn says England looked “frightened” in their goalless Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on Tuesday.

Jack Wilshere will start for England in the friendly international against France on 17 November. The 18-year-old Arsenal midfielder was an unused substitute against Montenegro.

And Wilshere could be joined in the England midfield by Jordan Henderson, the 20-year-old having impressed for Sunderland this season.

Celtic captain Scott Brown faces 10 weeks on the sidelines, despite not needing surgery on his metatarsal injury.

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher fears the club’s new owners will have a huge clear-out of players if results do not improve.

Former Tottenham coach Christian Gross has been sacked by Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart after only one win in the opening seven matches of the season.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.








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