05/11/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

5 11 2010

Udinese’s Chilean international winger Alexis Sanchez, 21, could be on the verge of a move to Manchester United, according to the player’s agent.

Meanwhile, United target Steven Defour is being chased by a number of European clubs, according to the 22-year-old Standard Liege and Belgium midfielder’s agent.

Bristol City could be forced to sell former England goalkeeper David James after the club announced record losses of about £11m for last year.

Liverpool will move for Athletic Bilbao’s 6ft 5in striker Fernando Llorente, if they lose Fernando Torres in January.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is considering a January move for Tottenham’s out-of-favour winger David Bentley.

Real Madrid have joined the race for Liverpool and Arsenal target Ibrahim Affelay, who currently plays for PSV Eindhoven.

Tottenham are set to swoop for rising Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, 19, considered one of the best young forwards in Europe.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists he will not quit despite the club slumping to a third defeat in a row against Polish side Lech Poznan in the Europa League: “I will stay at City until they fire me,” he vowed.

Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk said he “does not care” about Arsene Wenger’s concerns over Robin van Persie after picking him for their friendly with Turkey on 17 November. Arsenal boss Wenger had described his potential call-up as a “scandal”, the striker having been out since August with an ankle injury.

West Ham will meet the board of the Olympic Park Legacy Company on Friday as the east London club make their pitch for becoming tenants at Stratford’s Olympic Stadium after London 2012.

England coach Fabio Capello is keeping an eye on Cardiff’s Jay Bothroyd after the striker took his tally to 12 goals this season for the Championship leaders.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has urged star winger Gareth Bale to stay at the club for the long-term: “We are a coming force and big clubs keep their best players,” he said.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle says Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is the “perfect candidate to succeed Fabio Capello as England coach. Coyle described Redknapp as “an outstanding manager and a terrific man.”

West Ham chairman David Gold has renewed his attack on his successors at Birmingham City, describing their chairman Peter Pannu as “disgusting” after reneging on a promise to keep him on as chairman.

West Brom have come out on top of the Times newspaper’s Financial Fair Play League, which highlights the clubs obtaining the best results per pound spent.

Tickets for England’s 17 November friendly with France at Wembley are being sold for as little as £5 as the Football Association looks to boost the attendance. About 44,000 tickets have been sold so far.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has accused Newcastle of a lack of “etiquette” after the Monkees hit Daydream Believer was played over the stadium tannoy at the end of the Magpies 5-1 victory over the Black Cats on Sunday. Newcastle fans had been taunting Bruce with an X-rated version of the song throughout the match.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.


27/10/2010 – Wednesday’s Paper Round-Up

27 10 2010

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz intends to leave the club in January – and suggests fellow City forward Carlos Tevez could follow him through the exit door.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes will try to bring Santa Cruz to Craven Cottage during the January transfer window. Hughes signed the Paraguay frontman while in charge of Manchester City and Blackburn.

Manchester City may make a move for Lazio’s Romanian defender Stefan Radu, who is eager to leave the Italian club in the January transfer window.

The Eastlands outfit are also interested in Sporting Lisbon defender Daniel Carrico. Juventus and Atletico Madrid are among those eyeing the Portugal Under-21 star.

Manchester United target Steven Defour says he is willing to move to Old Trafford. The 22-year-old Standard Liege star is regarded as one of the best midfielders in Belgium and has been tracked by the Red Devils for more than a year.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=darijo+srna&iid=7268873″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7268873/darijo-srna-croatia-2009/darijo-srna-croatia-2009.jpg?size=500&imageId=7268873″ width=”234″ height=”275″ /] Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is considering a cut-price move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Croatian full-back Darijo Srna (left) in January.

Queens Park Rangers are hoping to boost their defence by acquiring Sean Morrison of Swindon but face a battle with Newcastle and Sunderland for the highly rated 19-year-old.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has spoken out for the first time over the fury surrounding his contract wrangle, insisting: “I was never going to leave Man United”.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped up his plan to get the club’s key players to commit to the Old Trafford outfit by offering John O’Shea a new £16.5m contract.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will not target any marquee signings in the January transfer window as New England Sports Ventures, the club’s new owner, looks to put a stop to the profligate spending the company believes has hampered the club’s progress in recent years.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce and chairman John Williams are likely to keep their jobs when the expected £46m takeover by Indian group Venky’s goes through in November.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is under pressure to bring the club’s five-year wait for a trophy to an end this season.

Gunners winger Theo Walcott has played down his side’s title chances, despite the 3-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday. Walcott is urging fans not to get carried away by his team’s impressive start to the season.

Walcott’s team-mate Andrey Arshavin is set to begin talks with Arsenal over a new £80,000-a-week deal. The forward’s current contract expires in 19 months’ time.

Everton manager David Moyes insists Jermaine Beckford will adapt to the Premier League, despite the striker’s poor start to the season. Moyes signed the 26-year-old from Leeds on a free transfer in the summer.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has denied whipping up the frenzy that led referee Willie Collum to receive death threats following Sunday’s Old Firm defeat by Rangers.

Fans of Paul the psychic octopus who are in mourning after his death can take comfort from the news that his spirit will live on – in clothing lines and mobile phone applications. The creature, who correctly predicted the outcome of all Germany’s matches – as well as the final – at the 2010 World Cup, also features in a documentary.

Manchester United fans flocked to the club’s Old Trafford megastore on Tuesday. However, it was not striker Wayne Rooney’s name they wanted on the back of their replica jerseys – it was that of Mexican forward Javier Hernandez, the new United hero who has his nickname Chicharito emblazoned across his number 14 shirt.

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has warned his players there is no place for nightclubs and alcohol in a modern footballer’s life.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.


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15/10/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

15 10 2010

Real Madrid will go to war with Manchester United to sign £75m-rated striker Wayne Rooney at the end of the season.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=wayne+rooney&iid=9944667″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9944667/wayne-rooney-england-2010/wayne-rooney-england-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9944667″ width=”234″ height=”242″ /] But Real boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out a bid for Rooney (left) in the January transfer window. “We have an excellent squad with players who give me a lot of confidence and I don’t want any players in the winter market,” said Mourinho.

Man United have intensified their contract talks with Rooney’s advisors, illustrating his importance to Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has, for the umpteenth time, said it is his dream to play for boyhood heroes Barcelona.

Fabregas, meanwhile, says Barca’s Spanish rivals Real Madrid also tried to sign him in the summer.

Liverpool and Tottenham are lining up a bid for Lyon’s £14m-rated 27-year-old Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez.

PSV Eindhoven’s highly rated 24-year-old Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Affelay has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Man United and Liverpool.

Tottenham will consider making a renewed offer for Anderlecht’s teenage striker Romelu Lukaku after a £17.5m bid was rejected in the summer.

Everton could step up their interest in Newcastle defender Steven Taylor if Bayern Munich make a move for the Toffees’ Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga. Heitinga says he would be interested in a move to Bayern but Magpies boss Chris Hughton insists he will not cash in on Taylor in January.

Stoke are ready to compete with Werder Bremen for the signature of Fulham’s Zoltan Gera.

New Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson will sign Aston Villa’s Curtis Davies on a one-month loan.

Sevilla’s Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano, who was linked with Tottenham in the summer, says he will “seek a solution in January” if he does not get more first-team chances.

Spurs are also interested in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 23-year-old Argentine striker Raul Marcelo Bobadilla, who could cost about £6m.

Sunderland midfielder Andy Reid, 28, admits he may have to quit the club to relaunch his career.

Denmark international goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard says he is “shocked” to have been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Ipswich are set to take Sunderland utility man Jack Colback, 20, on loan again after a successful spell last season.

David Beckham’s England career is almost certainly over after he formally refused boss Fabio Capello’s offer of a farewell game.

Portsmouth could go bust by next Monday after the Football League stopped them from coming out of administration.

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Manchester City’s Dutch international midfielder Nigel de Jong (right) is considering international retirement after recent criticism of his tackling by national coach Bert van Marwijk.

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has questioned the way Fabio Capello manages the national side, claiming the Italian is too strict, stern and aloof.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is set to miss another two weeks with his troublesome groin injury.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will grill England officials after striker Darren Bent picked up yet another injury on international duty.

Man City striker Mario Balotelli has suffered another minor setback as he bids to return from a knee injury and is now targeting the Manchester derby on 10 November.

West Bromwich Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo insists he has not fallen out with Paul Scharner despite the midfielder’s angry reaction to being substituted against Bolton.

West Brom’s Chilean international Gonzalo Jara is celebrating the rescue of his county’s miners, after donating a shirt and sending them an inspirational message.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman says the club does not need to buy a new keeper as he has seen how good Manuel Almunia and Lukas Fabianski are in training, but they need to fulfil their potential.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

09/10/2010 – Saturday’s Paper Round-Up

9 10 2010

Manchester City are reported to have clinched the signing of 19-year-old former Barcelona midfielder Gai Assulin, after he impressed on trial.

But City’s spending is not likely to stop there. Roberto Mancini is also poised to make a £13m move for Lyon defender Aly Cissokho.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Gianluigi+Buffon&iid=8014360″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8014360/sports-news-february-2010/sports-news-february-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=8014360″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Juventus have dismissed rumours that Manchester United are lining up a bid for their goalkeeper Gianliugi Buffon (left) as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar, who turns 40 this month.

Another Manchester United target, Pepe, has challenged Real Madrid to sort out his future or risk losing him on a free transfer at the end of next season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United chief executive David Gill insists there is no pressure to sell star players such as striker Wayne Rooney, despite the club announcing losses of £83.6m.

Aston Villa are lining up a move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau, who has 23 goals in 50 games for the French Ligue 1 side.

Celtic want to take Newcastle contract rebel Steven Taylor on loan in January, having expressed interest in the summer before he suffered a shoulder injury.

Wes Brown fears for his future at Manchester United after failing to start a league game so far this season, following a stand-up row with boss Sir Alex Ferguson on a pre-season trip to America.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s representatives have told Nigel de Jong that he cannot visit him in hospital, after the Dutch enforcer broke the leg of the Frenchman at Eastlands last weekend.

Following his call-up to the England squad to face Montenegro, 33-year-old Kevin Davies believes he can be the new Emile Heskey.

West Ham have been boosted by the news that Live Nation, one of the world’s leading music events promoters, are to be part of the Hammers’ bid to make the London Olympic stadium their new home.

But Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has warned West Ham owner David Sullivan to stay off his patch, as he had planned to make the stadium Orient’s new base.

Ryan Giggs has confirmed that he never contemplated quitting club football with Manchester United to be Wales manager when John Toshack quit last month.

Everton’s Phil Neville says he is keen to move into management when he finishes playing, and has been warned he needs to start at the bottom to learn his craft properly.

Aston Villa reserve team boss Kevin MacDonald is one of the contenders to replace John Hughes as Hibs manager.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes says £32.5m signing Robinho was “the right player at the wrong time” when he took him from Real Madrid to Manchester City.

Manchester United reserve team boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned down a job at hometown club FC Molde in Norway because he wants to become a first-team manager in England and eventually become manager at Old Trafford.

Former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts has agreed a two-month deal to look after the Pakistan team at next month’s Asian Games tournament, with the possibility of a longer-term deal.

Former England coach Glenn Hoddle has taken charge of Spanish Division Three side Jerez Industrial with a squad almost entirely made up of young players released by British clubs.

England’s Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has admitted: “You have to be mad to manage England.”

Stockport, who have fielded more players in their club history than any other team, are to follow the lead of the England cricket team and give each player a unique appearance number, which they hope to be able to put on their shirts.

Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic, who could line up against England on Tuesday, celebrated his goal in their 1-0 win over Switzerland on Friday by removing his shorts and putting them on his head. He was booked.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

08/10/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

8 10 2010

Tottenham have made Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema a January transfer target.

Barcelona have lined up a sensational swoop for Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez, who the Nou Camp management see as the ideal foil for star attacker Lionel Messi.

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Chelsea and Arsenal could be interested in Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is thought to be unsettled at the club.

Edwin van der Sar’s hint that he may quit playing at the end of the season has led Manchester United to step up their search for a new goalkeeper. Norwegian club Aalesunds number one Anders Lindegaard and CSKA Moscow’s Igor Akinfeev are two potential targets.

And Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has left the door open to a move to Manchester United after describing reports that he had already agreed a move to Bayern Munich as “humbug”.

However, the agent of Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has rubbished reports that his client will move to Old Trafford.

United have been linked again with a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport also claiming Juventus are keen on the Frenchman.

Liverpool’s prospective new owner New England Sports Ventures will seek face-to-face talks with midfielder Steven Gerrard, striker Fernando Torres and goalkeeper Pepe Reina as soon as it complete its purchase.

New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is weighing up an £8m bid for Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar in the upcoming January transfer window, though Monaco could rival the Frenchman for the player’s signature.

Turkish side Galatasaray have made the first move to sign Aston Villa’s Nigel Reo-Coker on a free transfer. The midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season.

Aston Villa striker John Carew has indicated that he may leave the club when his contract expires next summer.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson could be in competition with former club Fulham as he considers a bid for Bayer Leverkusen forward Stefan Kiessling.

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda wants to end his playing days in Brazil. The France international wants to end his European club career at Stamford Bridge, but would like to finish his playing days at Vasco da Gama or Flamengo.

Blackpool striker Jason Euell is being tracked by Hull and two other Championship sides.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=daniele+bonera&iid=9479898″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9479898/sports-news-august-2010/sports-news-august-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9479898″ width=”234″ height=”324″ /] Tottenham have been linked with a move for £5m-rated defender Daniele Bonera (right) from AC Milan as manager Harry Redknapp looks to ease his defensive injury crisis.

England defender Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he is unsure if he will regain his place in Fabio Capello’s side, never mind the team captaincy.

The Football Association has so far failed to get in touch with highly rated youngster Eric Dier. The 16-year-old centre-back, who is already playing for Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon’s under-19 side, is qualified to represent England but could apply for dual nationality when he turns 18.

Wales caretaker manager Brian Flynn says that the prospect of managing the side against England is motivating him to succeed former boss John Toshack. Wales host England in a Euro 2012 qualifier in March next year before a return leg at Wembley in September.

Montenegro coach Zlatko Kranjcar believes that England’s superiority means they have already won Euro 2012 qualifying Group G and that the other sides are merely playing for second place.

Paul Dalglish believes that father Kenny, who offered to return to Liverpool’s managerial hot-seat before the appointment of Roy Hodgson, could still do a job at Anfield.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp says that Liverpool’s players cannot use the ongoing boardroom unrest at the club as an excuse for failure on the pitch.

Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton says that the club’s prospective new owners will not follow the same path as their equivalents at big spending Manchester City and will instead adopt a “rational” approach to achieving success at Anfield.

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn fears that West Ham could put his club out of business if they move in to the Olympic Stadium after 2012. The venue is close to Orient’s Brisbane Road ground and Hearn is concerned they could attract supporters away from the League One club.

Birmingham midfielder Alexander Hleb says that moving to St Andrew’s from Barcelona this summer was a backwards step and has criticised the team’s long-ball style.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has moved to clarify comments he made about team-mate Wayne Rooney. The Italian referred to Rooney as a ‘coatto’, which has been translated by some English newspapers as ‘chav’, but in Friday’s Gazzetta dello Sport he said: “I like him and I have maximum respect for him. What I wanted to say is that for me he is a free spirit and genuine.”

Macheda’s United team-mate Michael Owen, who has represented England at World Cups and has played for Liverpool, Newcastle and Real Madrid, has revealed he suffered from nerves before a recent Carling Cup tie with Scunthorpe. However, he scored twice in a 5-2 win at Glanford Park.

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.

04/10/2010 – Monday’s Paper Round-Up

4 10 2010

Lazio are negotiating a loan deal for Manchester United’s striker Federico Macheda.

Celtic striker Georgios Samaras insists he has no intention of leaving the club despite strong rumours of an exit during the summer.

Chelsea are willing to offer young goalkeeper Ross Turnbull to Stoke in return for Asmir Begovic.

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Manchester United tried to sign Bale for £20m last summer and will battle with Real Madrid to sign the Welshman at the end of the season.

Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele was in Norway on Sunday night to watch Lindegaard’s Norwegian ‘keeper Aalesunds Anders.

United midfielder Michael Carrick said he never had any intention of leaving Manchester United during the summer, despite rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

United are lining up a January move for Roma’s Italian international midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

Barnsley are considering extending the loan spell of Birmingham striker Garry O’Connor for another month.

Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is winning his battle to get a new contract from manager Gerard Houllier.

Sven-Goran Eriksson insists he has done his homework on Leicester’s new owners and won’t be out foxed again after his Notts County fiasco.

Roy Hodgson is under mounting pressure to keep his job as Liverpool manager after their “unacceptable” defeat by Blackpool.

And angry Liverpool fans chanted for the return of former manager and Kop legend Kenny Dalglish following Sunday’s 2-1 loss.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has accused the club’s boo boys of being fickle, after his side were jeered off the field having lost to Everton, their first home defeat in more than a year.

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves could make his long-awaited return from injury in the Carling Cup clash with Wolves in three weeks’ time.

Midfielder Stephen Hunt is set to make his Wolves debut on Tuesday – four months after signing for the Premier League club.

Blackburn Rovers are set to ditch a takeover bid by Indian ‘billionaire’ Ahsan Ali Syed – in favour of a rival offer from Indian company Mahindra group.

The agent of Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa says that the Frenchman will be out of action for at least six months, having broken his leg against Manchester City on Sunday.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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