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Exclusive – Redknapp: Tottenham good enough to reclaim Champions League spot

has told talkSPORT that his squad is good enough to reclaim a Champions League place this season. competed at Europe’s top tablwcastle United boss Steve Bruce has set out his blueprint for his transfer plans.Bruce says he draws on his experience under Sir Alex Ferguson.He told the Mirror: “When you get the spine right, everything else falls into place.“I think Sir Alex we last season but failed to guarantee a place this year after finishing fifth in the Premier League.The Lilywhites have strengthened their squad during the summer, bringing in , and , and managed to keep hold of wantaway midfielder .And the Tottenham manager has now claimed he has the squad with enough content_imgquality to try and gain a spot in the top four.When asked about where Spurs will finish this season, Redknapp told Sunday Exclusive: “We’ll be bang there.“We’ll be pushing them for that top four spot. It’ll be tight though , and ourselves are all pushing.“I’ve seen enough to know that the squad we’ve got is capable of having a real go arsenal.The Gunners made it eight wins without a win in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Norwich City, their first match after Unai Emery was sacked on Friday. Asked if things would improve, interim boss Ljungberg said: “[Yes], 100 per cent. “For me, from what t it again [reaching the Champions League] this year.

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Carroll set for early West Ham return

has handed West Ham a boost by resuming light training following a hamstring strain.The England international, frozen out at , moved to Upton Park on loan in the transfer window in a bid to turn his career around.Carroll made a positive debut in a 3-0 win over bute his team of becoming the president of the Ivory Coast FA.The Blues have worked at bringing former players back to thecontent_img club, with manager Frank Lampard being joined by Petr Cech and Claude Makelele this summer.Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting in Abid limped off with a hamstring probl ideal.The Diavolo will recover the postponed game from last weekend against Genoa on Sunday in front of empty stands due to coronavirus concerns.Kjaer said, “Without the fans it won’t be a good experience, there is nothing to lift you up, everythiem in the second half.It has left with problems up front but the manager says the former star is in line to return against on October 6.”We are taking it day by day – but Andy has started light training,” Allardyce confirmed.

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Aston Villa 0-0 Wolves: Honours even in Midlands derby

Aston and continued their unbeaten starts to the new season as they ground out a 0-0 draw.’s side, who have won their first two games, had the better of the chances in the early kick-off, with forcing a save from , but ultimately it will be remembered as the defences that came out on top.Despite enjoying the attacking talents of , and Charles N’Zogbia, Villa couldn’t find the net. Heskey headed their best chance wide from close-range following gong on April 17.The Toffees are among the many footHam chicontent_imgef Karren Brady wants to see the Premier League season ruled “null and void”.Brady has suggested the “only fair and reasonable thing” to do in the wake of the Premier League suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak is to declare the seasonball clubs across Europe that are not training or playing because of the coronavirus outbreak.As teams prepare for the eventual resumption of Premier League football, they are making plans to have plaod work from Agbonlahor.

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Spector: ‘League is our main concern’

West Ham’s has refuted claims their Leagucontent_imge Cup run has been a negative distraction during from his side’s current Premier League struggles.The utility man, who has hit form since a move into the middle of midfielased a clean bill of health for his sal.Ronaldo has opened up on a private chat he held with Arsene Wenger, as a Sporting CP player, before eventually snubbing Arsenal to join Manchester United.”I met with Arsene Wenger and was about to go to Arsenal,” Ronaldo told TVI.”There had been cquad.The Austrian manager says that he does not have any concerns regarding injuries as they head into their second game of the season.The Saints take on Liverpool, who may be fatigued after their UEFA Super Cup ed, was quick to point out that the ’ focus is solely on getting themselves out of the relegation zone.But, he did admit they would be overjoyed to earn themselves a place in the final by completing a victory over two legs against Birmingham on Wednesday.“We still have our league concerns and that’s our main priority at this point in time.“We’re all looking forward to it, it’s a fantastic opportunity for. We’ll be delighted to book ourselves a place in the final at Wembley.”

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Newcastle set to swoop for Sevilla midfield star

Sevilla midfielder Diego Perotti is a surprise target for .The Argennemouth.The Canaries were thumped 5-1 by Aston Villa before the international break and soundly beaten by Burnley and Crystal Palace prior to that.”We changed our approach slightly to play with three central midfielders; in order to be solid it was itinean has been in impressive form in La Liga, helping his side to eighth in the table, and that has alerted ‘s side.The St James’ Park club banked £30million from the sale of in January acontent_imgnd could be about splash some of that money on the 22-year-old winger.Perotti, who has a singlfinal victory over Arsenal confirmed his club’s return to the Champions League group stage. The Ligue 1 giants avoided having to go through the qualifying rounds after the Gunners lost 4-1 to Maurizio Sarri’s side in Baku.”Bravo to Chelsea for this be cap for his country, was unable to prevent his side losing 2-1 to Porto in their Europa League first leg tie on Thursday.

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West Brom 0-0 West Ham: Baggies and Hammers play out dull draw

and West Ham played out a dull 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns.A tight first-half saw neither team take control of the game and the scoreless first half reflected the lack of cutting edge. had the best chance of the half but he failed to poke James Collin’s header goalwards, eventually blasting it over the bar. hit the bar with an early opportunity at the start of the second half, after turning smartly.Gary O’Neil was unlucky not to open the scoring for the but his lobbed effort clipped the bar and went over.West Brom looked the most likely to score and when James Morrision rose highest at a corner with 15 minutes to go it looked as if he would give the home side the lead. Bea striker Tammy Abraham may have given a hint regarding his immediate future.The young attThe agent of Nikola Vlasic has confirmed his client is in talks to join CSKA Moscow. The Everton winger spent last season on loan at the Russian giants.”I can’t confirm that CSKA and Everton have reached an agreement for Vlasic,” Tonci Martic told Championat via Sport Witness.”All I can say is Nikola and CSKA are in talks and we are negotiating.”acker was on loan at Aston Villa, helping them to secure promotion to the Premier League through the playoffs.The 21-year-old managed 26 goals and three assistut his header crashed against the bar and the game ended goalless.West Brom stay sixth after the draw while West Ham move abovecontent_img to eleventh.

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Man City striker tops Real Madrid wish-list

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is at the top Real Madrid’s wish-list should they lose Gonzalo Higuain.The current Madrid forward has started just eight La Licontent_imgga games this season and has been tipped to leave The Galacticos, with reports in Spain suggesting Chelsea bid for himh Didier Deschamps’ continued selection of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.Giroud was again called up by Deschamps for their Euro qualifiers against Moldova and Albania.Henry told Perform: “Knowing how Didier Deschamps likes to play, Olivier Giroud is in January and could return for him in the summer.While City’s billions mean they would never have to sell, as has been proven with Carlos Tevez’s prolonged stay at the club, the lure of returning to Spain and playing at The Bernabeu could tempt Aguero to consider his future.Marca, the Spanish meded back at Twitter trolls after being ridiculed about his career achievements.The Spaniard posted a photo of 12 shirts from his career and asked followers which one gave them the best memories.Marcos Breton called out the former Chelsea and Arsenal mia group closely affiliated with Real Madrid, says Aguero is their top-target and Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Llorente, a long-term interest before he suffered a serious knee injury that he has recently returned from, is their second choice.

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Best eagles in sport: USA’s Eagles, Chris Eagles, Crystal Palace and the Essex Eagles

The south east London club were originally nicknamed ‘The Glaziers’, but flamboyant manager Malcolm Allison oversaw an image change and, while the kit was changed to match Barcelona’s, the nickname was borrowed from Benfica – ‘The Eagles’. Palace currently sit eighth in the Championship and were last seen in the Premier League in 2005. It hasn’t got much better for the Selhurst Park faithful in recent seasons and when they’ve not been achieving mid-table mediocrity they’ve generally flirted with relegation, although three years ago they did make the play-offs, losing to in the semi final.This Dutch Second Division team boasts former midfielder Marc Overmars as a director of the club he made his first foray into professional football with. Overmars actually came out of retirement to play for the Deventer club in 2008, four years after initially hanging up his boots, but packed it in once more in 2009.Bolton’s Chris Eagles began his football career at Man United, but after breaking into the first team in 2003 he made just six league appearances and decided to seek first team action elsewhere. After loan spells at , NEC in the Netherlands and twice with , the winger was signed by then manager in 2008 and the 25-year-old eventually followed the Scot to Bolton, signing for the along with in July. Eagles then made his debut in the 4-0 thrashing of QPR.Though they currently languish in 38th in FIFA’s world rankings, Nigeria’s national football team previously made it to fifth in the world way back in 1994 and the nation has produced some star names – Taribo West, Finidi George and Nwankwo Kanu. The Super Eagles, as they’re known, had their finest hour at the 1996 Olympic Games football tournament, where goals from Celestine Babayaro, Emmanuel Amuneke and Daniel Amokachi saw off Argentina 3-2 in the gold medal match. And this goal from Sunday Oliseh against Spain at the 1998 World Cup wasn’t too bad, either…One of the 10 teams in can striker Percy Tau is attracting big transfer interest this summer.The Argus says numerous clubs are keen to borrow Tau, who carries a nation’s hopes on his slender shoulders in the Africa Cup of Nations.No decision has been taken yet by the SeaguSpeedway’s Elite League, a sport that sees riders race around a 300 metre track anti-clockwise with no brakes, a clutch and 500cc engines. That the club was surprised about the impressive debut of Steven Alzate.The versatile youngster got his first chance to show what he can do in the Premier League.And he impressed in the game, earning a man of the match award.He only got in the team duee Eagles – one time league winners – like everyone else, have seven riders with five racing and two in reserve. To help fans make out their team’s riders, the home side don red and blue helmets and the away wear white and yellow. Those blokes have a few too many screws loose in our opinion!The rugby league team may ply their trade in the Championship, one below the sport’s Super League but they will always be remembered by fans for producing one of the game’s most memorable upsets in the 1998 Challenge Cup final. Facing Warriors – who had Jason Robinson, Andy Farrell and Henry Paul in their ranks – in the Wembley showpiece event, the underdogs defeated the overwhelming favourites 17-8.In the shorter form of cricket, Essex County Cricket Club go by the moniker ‘Essex Eagles’ and the likes of ICC Test Player of the Year Alastair Cook have represented them, along with Ravi Bopara and Graham Napier, who stole the show during the 2008 Twenty20 Cup. Napier hit 152 not out from just 58 balls including 16 sixes against Sussex, but the Eagles eventually lost to Kent in the semi finals. The county still picked up silverware that year, however, when they beat their nemesis Kent in the Friends Provident Trophy by five wickets in the final at Lord’s.In golf, an eagle is better than a birdie but not as good as an albatross and occurs when a playercontent_img shoots a score of two under par. Have a look at lothario Tiger Woods making an eagle putt on his way to winning the 2008 US Open.The 11-time NFC East championship winners made headlines in 2009 when they awarded quarterback Michael Vick a contract. Vick had served 18 months in prison on dog-fighting charges and in August this year he signed a further six-year deal with the Eagles that was worth a reported £100m. The NFL side have a very talented cheerleading team, too.Serbia’s football team takes its name from the white double-headed eagles on the country’s coat of arms. In 2010 the team competed as an individual nation at the World Cup for the first time – in 2006 they had entered as Serbia and Montenegro and prior to that as Yougoslavia. Northern Ireland know all about the White Eagles having slumped to two defeats against the Serbs in their Euro 2012 qualifying games, while both Scotland and Wales have been drawn against them for the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. They have a mean defence, too, with Man City’s Aleksander Kolarov and Chelsea’s providing stability at the back while’s Radoslav Petrovic stars in midfield.What’s your favourite sporting eagle? Have your say by commenting below…

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Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa: Gunners fight back to win five goal thriller

Arsenal booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 win against Aston , but they were made to fight for it after going two goals down in the first-half.After three straight league defeats is coming under increasing pressure to end a seven year wait for silverware by an impatient public.And a poor first-half performance looked to be leaving the under-fire Frenchman in a precarious position, but his charges made a spirited comeback to ease the spotlight on him and keep them in the hunt for a trophy this season.Aston Villa took the lead in the 33rd minute when outjumped to head in ’s cross.Then, on the stroke of half-time latched onto ’s through ball to slide in a second beyond after the Polish goalkeeper had saved his first effort.Arsenal left the field to a chorus of boos but the mood lightened in the second-half as they fought back to level terms and then went content_imgin front following a scintillating seven minute spell. fired home a penalty in the 53rd minute after Dunne was adjudged to have fouled to reduce the deficit before then equalised with a fortuitous but sublime strike.Cutting in from the right-wing and dribbling down the byline bef Frenkie de Jong at Barcelona.The teenage defender joined Barca last summer from MVV Maastricht and has regularly been invited to train with De Jong, Lionel Messi and the rest of the first team squad.”He took me aside a little bit that (first) day anore trying to beat from an angle, after the Villa keeper parried his effort it was cleared into Walcott and deflected into the back of the net.The then went in fy assistant Robert Moreno after less than a year in charge.Enrique had been absent since March because of “a family matter of an urgent nature” according to the Spanish Football Federation.”It was a decision Luis Enrique took himself, which we are grront when Bent, tracking back to defend, gave away a penalty for an untidy challenge on Koscielny, allowing van Persie his second goal of the game.Arsenal now face a trip to or in the fifth round.

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Kakuta confirms he is close to making Dijon move

Chelsea midfielder is hoping to finalise a move to French side Dijon.Kakuta has failed to force his way into the first-team at Stamford Bridge and does not appear to feature in the long-term plans of Andre s-Boas.The French winger was sent out on loan to last season and spent the first half of the current campaign at , but he only made four Premier League appearances.Kakuta is desperate to get his career back on track and feels a move back to France will help him regain his best form.Kakuta said: “I made the choice toter Eddie Hearn says Wayne Rooney would love to participate in a charity boxing match.Now in the US with D.C United, the former England captain will return to his homeland in January with Derby County.Asked if celebrities have wanted talo has broken his silence on his shock move to Manchester United.The new United loan signing admitted it had been a “crazy” time, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side completed a late deadline day swoop for the Nigerian international in the final hours ofo do charity fi go to Dijon because I saw them play and they play good footcontent_imgball.”Coach Patrice Carteron convinced me. I hope it will be sorted in the next 24 hours. Talks are still going on.”

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Transfer rumours and paper review with Chris Davies: Tuesday, March 6

Here are the latest headlines and transfer rumours from the papers and online…Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks is a target for Aston , with set to turn down a new contract and quit the club on a free this summerManchester United winger Nani is set to sisday a ‘paid-for’ membershicontent_imgp option on its YouTube channel, becoming the first global sports team to utilise the feature on the social platform, reports SportBusiness.The initiative allows the club’s supporters to choose between two membership tiers gn a new deal at Old Trafford, which will keep him at the club until 2016. Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen is ready to raid former club Chelsea again to take young striker on loan for next season. Chelsea owner has sounded out Pep Guardiola about taking over the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge next season. Germany manager Joachim Loew is also on Chelsea’s shortlist to succeed Andre Villas-Boas permanently in the summer. Former boss Steve Bruce could be set for a surprise return to management with Turkish side Besiktas. West Ham boss Sam Allatheir spirit for the 4-3 defeat of Napoli.Martusciello was again on the bench with Maurizio Sarri is still recovering from pneumonia.“We saw a physical dip after the hour mark and it was tough against a side like Napoli who pass it so well, but we rdyce is ready to sign keeper Stephen Henderson on loan from crisis club , with a view to a full-time switch. Manchester United striker , who is currently on loan at QPR, has become the latest player to be fined for posting offensive comments on Twitter.

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Chelsea target wanted by Juventus

Juventus are hoping to persuade Mehdi Benatia to turn down both Chelsea and Barcelona to stay in Italy.The in-demand Udinese defender could be on the move in January, with Barca and European champions Chelsea both reportedly ready to swoop.However, Juventus are reportedly also preparing to make an offer worth nearly £10m for the Moroccan.The 25-year-old only signed a new deal, whicsed by Serge Gnabry’s improvement since a poor spell at West Bromwich Albion.Pulis was in charge of the Baggies when Gnabry joined on loan from Arsenal in 2015, with the German making just three appearances before being recalled in January.The 24-yeah runs until 2 Mauricio Pochettino arrived from Southampton.The Frenchman had experienced a turbulentcontent_img two seasons after arriving from Lyon and was prepared to move on.That was until Pochettino replaced Tim Sherwood on the bench in 2014.Speaking ahead of the Champi017, in the summer and is one of the stars of the Udinese side.But it has been claimed that Udinese, currently 10th in the table, might be tempted to cash in to fund so that they can make some new signings.

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‘Grid girl’ hits out at Formula One over controversial scrapping – talkSPORT EXCLUSIVE

A Formula 1 ‘Grid Girl’ haier this summer Hernandez had expressed his desire to leave the Hammers.But speaking ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy in China, the striker was ready to perform in preseason.He told the club’s website: “I think it’s going to be a good trip, tos criticised the decision to scrap the position, telling talkSPORT the sport’s bosses have undermined gender equality by doing so.Charlotte Gash, who has been working in motorsport since 2015, said: “F1 should have thought arg. The Toon have met the Ligue 1 side’s £13 million valuation for the six-foot-four midfield enforcer. The Sun says the 21-year-old will now be allowed to discuss personal terms with Steve Bruce’s side ahead of a January move. The France under-21 pbout having a grid girl and a grid boy, to see if that was a viable option. There are plenty of girls now who are out of jobs in every country.”Announcing the change of stance earlier, Sean Bratches, F1’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations While grid girls will no longer be used at the start of Formula 1 races in 2018, they will also be absent from the other motorsport series that take place during Gcontent_imgrands Prix weekends.Ms Gash said: “There are about 50 girls involved in each race. So you can see how many girls are now out of work.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Sep 21, 2017 at 12:25pm PDTShe added that in her time working in the sport she has never felt objectified.“Decades ago the grid girls would wear skimpy outfits and bikinis, and the drivers would probably look at the grid girls as trophies. That attitude has completely gone. The opinion about grid girls is more outdated than the grid girls themselves.”The 23-year-old was on the podium following Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the British Grand Prix in 2017.“The experience I received at Silverstone was out of this world. It was something you could only dream of doing. Being on the podium with Hamilton, watching him go across the crowds and celebrate his win. It is something that I am never going to experience again.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:28pm PSTLast week the Professional Darts Corporation announced that walk-on girls will no longer be used.A petition to keep them, supported by former world champion Raymond van Barneveld, has since received more than 37,000 signatures.F1’s decision to abandon the concept from 2018 has been welcomed by the UK’s Women’s Sport Trust, who tweeted: “Thank you @F1 for deciding to stop using grid girls. Another sport making a clear choice about what they want to stand for.”In a previous statement, the organisation called on other sports such as cycling, boxing and UFC to follow suit, insisting “women in the sporting environment should be judged by their sports appeal and not sex appeal”.However, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT his sport will not follow suit: “It is a different world we live in these days but…for us right now the ring card girls will be staying.”Meanwhile, chairman of the PDC Barry Hearn also told the station that he has “no personal problems whatsoever”with walk-on girls in darts, explaining thatdemands from TV bosses have made him powerless to prevent the ban –

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Blackburn weighing up move for Rangers star

Blackburn are weighing up a move for Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu.Boss is looking for midfield reinforcementArsenal head coach Mikel Arteta s Everton were restricting in the transfer market because of the demands of other clubs.The Toffees tried to sign Wilfried Zaha but Crystal Palace rejected their £52m bid.”We have some names but the market is really difficult,” Silva said, when askehas dismissed speculation over selling the club’s top goalscorer Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in January.When asked about the chance of a January sale, Arteta said: “I don’t even think about that possibility with Auba, I want him here.”s and has set his sights on the USA international, who was an integral part of the Rangers side that retained the SPL crown last season.The 25-year-old Californian is part of the USA side that will face Mexico in the Gold Cup final on Saturday and would relish a chance to play in content_imgthe .Meanwhile, striker Benjani has signed a one-year deal to stay at Ewood Park, while Kean still has a fight on his hands to keep skipper Chris Samba who is being chased by .

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Beckham to PSG is not a done deal

David Beckham’s move to Paris Saint Germain is not a done deal – with LA Galaxy still hoping to persuade him to stay in the MLS.There have been widespread newspaper reports claiming the former England captain is on the verge of signing a contract with the Ligue 1 leaders, but sources close to Beckham have told tg that Spalletti has left the club after guiding them to Champions League qualification.Spalletti is expected to be replaced by former Juventus and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.”Inter Milan indicates that Luciano Spalletti no longer serves as the healkSPORT he is in discussions with a number of clubs.Beckham is a free agent after ending his five-year deal with Galaxy on a high as they beat Houston Dynamo 1-0 last weekend to win the MLS title.PSG president Nasser Al–Khelaifi and Qatari Sports Investment (QSI) are looking foarper is attracting Premier League interest.The Daily Record says Celtic have joined Norwcontent_imgich and Tottenham in the race to sign West Brom midfielder Harper.The England Under-19 international has earned plenty of suitors this season in the Championshipr a global football icon to help turn the French side into one of Europe’s superpowers, and they see Beckham as the man to boost the club’s worldwide appeal.But Galaxy remain hopeful they can convince Beckham to continue his American adventure as he sets his sights on a place in Great Britain’s team for the Olympics next year.