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

18 12 2010
Igor Akinfeev in action for PFC CSKA Moscow

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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.


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.

Hodgson Moves for Dangerous Bryan

6 07 2010

Roy Hodgson is looking to bolster his attacking options at Liverpool by lining up FC Twente’s Costa Rican hitman Bryan Ruiz. The 24-year-old netted 24 goals last season and was a crucial member of their league winning side. The striker has made 196 appearances at club level for three different sides and has scored 74 goals in the process, averaging a goal nearly every two and half games.

Hodgson sent scouts to watch him play whilst he was still the manager of Fulham last season but the £12.5million fee was deemed too steep for The Cottagers.

Ruiz was a €5million signing by Steve McClaren from Belgian side Ghent just a year ago but his impressive form in that debut season for the Dutch side has seen him linked with McClaren’s new club Wolfsburg as well as Sevilla and Villarreal.

Hodgson’s interest in Ruiz comes at a time when Fernando Torres’ own future on Merseyside appears to be in doubt, although Hodgson is keen to get Ruiz’s signature whether Torres leaves or not.

Mark Jepson

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