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.


11/10/2010 – Monday’s Paper Round-Up

11 10 2010

AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has told Manchester City and Chelsea they have no chance of signing him – as he would only quit the Italian club for Barcelona.

Wolves midfielder David Jones, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is being tracked by Bolton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=michel+bastos&iid=9531579″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9531579/soccer-2010-lyon-monaco/soccer-2010-lyon-monaco.jpg?size=500&imageId=9531579″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Manchester United are believed to be considering a move for Lyon’s Brazilian winger Michel Bastos (left) in the January transfer window.

Liverpool have their eye on Swiss left-back Reto Ziegler, who has turned down a new contract with Sampdoria.

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has hit out at the “chaos” surrounding the club’s future.

New England Sports Ventures (NESV) has positioned itself to renegotiate its proposed £300m purchase of Liverpool and has threatened to walk away if the club are docked nine points as a result of administration.

Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has an as yet undisclosed “Plan B” to ensure that the club’s sale to NESV goes through without the club going into administration.

The Football Association is still struggling to sell tickets for Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier between England and Montenegro at Wembley.

Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston says the team would gladly stick with their controversial 6-4-0 formation in Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Spain at Hampden if they thought it would bring success.

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has dropped a bombshell by admitting he is thinking of walking away from football.

Manchester City are now serious title contenders, according to Manchester United defender Gary Neville.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has hit back in the row over aggressive tackling in the Premier League.

Ex-Arsenal star Kenny Sansom believes rising Gunners star Kieran Gibbs is two or three years away from taking Chelsea star Ashley Cole’s position as England left-back.

Arsenal and France right-back Bacary Sagna expects to be on the sidelines for another three weeks as he continues his recovery from a left thigh injury.

Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has called on manager Arsene Wenger to play him in a more central position, rather than out wide.

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan claims his time at the Selhurst Park helm cost him £47m.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is trying to persuade Bernabeu legend Zinedine Zidane to help him as a coach rather than concentrate on his role as adviser to president Florentino Perez.

Injured Fulham and England striker Bobby Zamora, who broke his leg in September, has been going to the gym daily as part of his rehabilitation and aims to outmuscle Chelsea’s Didier Drogba on his Premier League return and “bully” defenders even more.

Artur Boruc has revealed playing in the SPL with Celtic made him Lazy. The Polish goalkeeper, who has lost three stones since ending his five-year spell at Celtic by joining Fiorentina last summer, said: “In Glasgow I became lazy because they loved me no matter how I played”.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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