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Exclusive – Rodgers dismisses Tottenham link

has dismissed rumours linking him with , and insists his focus is solely on ea. looks set to take up the top job with England this summer, leaving a vacant space at White Hart Lane, and reports have emerged that Rodgers is in the running for the role.But the Liberty Stadium chief is adamant his only interest is the last seven games of the season at the Swans.“Harry Redknapp’s done a brilliant job at Tottenham,” the Northern Irishman told Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Tottenham’s a terrific job but my concentration and effort is with Swansea and making sure we finish off a brilliant season so far.“I’m just working on the last seven games of the season.”Rodgers’ achievements at Swansea, the club are currently 11th in the Premier League, are all the more impressive considering the tight financial constraints, with the Swans spending less than £10million on transfer fees this season.And the 39-year-old claNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed interest in Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier.The England fullback is being linked with a summer move to Naples.Ancelotti said, “Signing a top player gives a boost to the team and can be a bonus for the coach, and we are looking at a bringing in someone with these characteristics.“Kieran Trippier played well with Tottenham the other night, but we are looking at many other players and it’s not right to name names right now. “However, Nicolò Barella isn’t part of our plans.”ims the Welsh side will never be able to match their top-flight rivals when buying new players.“We’ll content_imgbe able to bring in three or four but we’ll never be able to compete with the teams we play against,” Rodgers added.“The philosophy of the club is different here. Swansea went through a really barren spell about eight years ago when the club nearly went out of business.“They will never overspend now and I respect that. It’s a brilliant club and they operate with Boys play in the third-tier of Dutch professional football.However, the striker has revealed how close he came to joining the Reds as a 15-year-old and the regret he still has over turning them down.”If I regret something, it is that I let Liverpoola lot of common sense.“There’s no doubt that at this level you have to invest. But I’m not going to be moaning and groaning about big money when there’s not big money here.”

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n any of his 10 career ­appearances at Anfield – i

ich City boss Daniel Farke says they must learn fror Virgil van Dijk will not be underestimating Manchester City ace Sergio Aguero in today’s showdown.City’s record goalscorer has not found the net in any of his 10 career ­appearances at Anfield – including content_imgtwo when a late substitute for former clm defeat at Crystal Palace.Farve says that everyone must stick together to make Carrow Road a fortress, following the club’s 2-0 away defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.“It was clear that there w

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Man City head the hunt for Ivory Coast midfield star

Manchester City are leading the chase to sign Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Jacques Gosso.Gosso has been oneBrighton boss Graham Potter is expecting big things from Steven Alzate.Alzate came off the bench last Saturday when Albion came from behind to draw 1-1 with Watford and Potter was delighted with the 21-year-old’s contribution. He said, “He did real of the star performers in the Turkish league this season and has attracted interest from a number of big clubs across Europe.Orduspor are desperate to keep one of their best players, but reports in Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet are claiming that Manchester City have sent scouts to watch him in action and are making movescontent_img to sign him. is keen to add more back-up for Yaya Watford midfielder Harry Forster has agreed a loan move to St Albans City.The 19-year-old will join up with the Clarence Park team until the end of the 2019/20 season.Forster joined the Hornets in 2016 and signed his first professional contract ahead of the start of the 2018/19 season.Toure at the heart of his midfield and is impressed with the versatility of Gosso, who can also operate as a full-back.City are set to make their move at the end of the season and are willing to pay around £3m.

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Lucas: Liverpool are now more united under Dalglish

Lucas has hailed his Liverpool boss – revealing the Scot has transformed the atmosphere in the club’s dressing room.The have claimed 25 points from a possible 39 since Dalglish took over from in January and Lucas say life at Anfield is much better with the club legend in charge.“Kenny has been really important for me because he’s given me a lot of confidence,” added the Brazilian. “He’s manager that doesn’t say a lot but when he does say something it’s spot-on.“The atmosphere in the dressing room is very good. We didn’t have before the atmosphere that we have now in the dressing room. All the players are really together and really looking forward to the futurecontent_img. The only way we will change things if we are together.“Kenny is the key to keeping everyone together. One of the things I really like ab Financial Times says Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) have entered talks to buy a stake in Leeds, which could see the Gulf State become involved in English football for the first time. QSI have been in talks with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani and the out Kenny is he treats everyone the same. It doesn’t matter if you are young or a senior player, everyone has the same importance in the cnchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he’s closer to taking his next job.He hopes to be back in the dugout before the beginning of the 2019/20 season.”I have a lot of qualities and one of them is to respect other clubs and their management,” he tollub and it gives everyone a big lift.“We’re more united. The relationship is not just professional, we have become more friends than before and it’s helped a lot on the pitch. When you like your team-mates you try to help him a lot and that’s that we are doing. This period has been really good.”Liverpool’s turnaround in form has seen them move up to sixth, five points behind Tottenham, and Lucas has now set his sights on overhauling ’s men.“We are still trying to catch fifth place,” he said, ahead of this weekend’s clash with Birmingham at Anfield. “We know how difficult it will be but we have to make sure we win our games and then see what happens.“At this moment it is very difficult because still have a game and are five points ahead but they have difficult games to play and we play against them. We have to make sure we win our games. We’re delighted to be in a comfortable position but we have to fight and believe.”

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

A Formula 1 ‘Grid Girl’ has 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 about 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 Manacontent_imgging Director of Commercial Operations While grid girls will no longer be usele Hojbjerg is a target for Everton.Sky Sports says Everton have identified Hojbjerg as a priority transfer target.The Blues are looking to strengthen their midfield options and are interested in the Southampton captain, who is out of contract next sd at the start of Formula 1 races in 2018, they will also be absent from the other motorsport series thing out a return to Celtic one day.The left back, who signed for Arsenal from the Hoops this summer, has never hidden his love for the Scottish giants.While he is delighted to make his big money Premier League move and get a chance to shine against tat take place during Grands 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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Dalglish rues hectic schedule after Wigan defeat

has admitted injuries are costing Liverpool dear, following a second league defeat in four days.The threw away a two goal lead to lose against Rangers on Wednesday night and then suffered a shock 2-1 loss against at Anfield which left Dalglish to rue the depth of his squad and the pace with which games are coming.And despite winning the Carling Cup and having an FA Cup semi final to contend against , Liverpool could be set to finish the season in mid table with Dalglish claiming more squad depth is needed if they are to sustain a challenge in the Premier League.“Icontent_imgt looked as if the third game in six days had taken its toll on them,” he said. “They were getting in good positions, there were a couple of good pass and moves, but the final one wasn’t there.“And it is not because they can’t pass to another, it is because the games had taken it out of them.“If we hadn’t been hit with so many injuries we could have freshened it up a bit but we have not got that luxury at the moment so we just have to get on with it.“That was [’s] third game, [’s] third game, and there was a few of them who have had three games in six days and that is a lot when you have travel in between.“Maybe that is the price you have to pay for success, or the price you have to pay for a demanding TV schedule. I don’t know.“If weerpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Sadio Mane was targeted by Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.Mane was substituted as disappointed by the sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde.Valverde was dumped over the New Year, despite Barca being top of the LaLiga table and qualifying for the round of 16 in the Champions League.Lenglet told L’Equipe: “I was disappointed for the at half-time of the 1-0 loss after he was booked for catching Sime Vrsaljko in the face with a stray arm.Klopp said: “It was not exactly w want to be successful we have got to be able to handle it and the best way we can handle it is if we have more players to choose from but at the moment we’re not blessed with that.

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Santa Cruz, Gazza, Barnes, Keegan, Hoddle, Waddle, Arshavin and football’s worst crimes against music

So, has recorded a charity single in aid of under-priviliged children in his home country of Paraguay.A worthy effort indeed by the on-loan striker and, more importantly, all the excuse we need to dig up the 10 worst crimes against music committed by the football industry…Quite what persuaded the then European Footballer of the Year to record ‘Head Over Heels’ in 1979 is anybody’s guess. Remarkably it reached No.33 in the German charts. Frankly, we think it would have been better for all concerned if he’d quit in the recording studio’s toilets.Ian Wright, Wright, Wright was one of the best strikers in ’s history, but that’s no excuse for inflicting his singing ‘talents’ on the nation. Written by one half of the Pet Shop Boys (Chris Lowe), this 1993 effort was called ‘Do The Right Thing’. One listen will tell you it was much more like the wrong thing!Gifted footballers + rotten singers = one of the most cringeworthy performances ever seen on Top of the Pops. Waddle, in particular, content_imglooks like the sad kid in the corner who couldn’t scare up a date for the school disco.The moody Man United star attempted to turn moody R&B star in 1999 with debut single ‘Outstanding’. Yeah, so outstanding it was his first – and thank the good Lord for small mercies – last foray into the muzik biz.Fulham’s all-American hero is a man of many talents including, it would appear, rapping. Think a cross between David Beckham and Pele – perhaps??! We’re not sure Rob Green is a big fan though…Newcastle United have found themselves as something of a laughing stock in recent years, but the image of the Geordie nation was taking a battering long before anyone had ever heard of Mike Ashley. Cue Gazza singing about sausage rolls…England’s 1990 World Cup anthem, ‘World In Motion’, is rightly regarded as one of the finest football songs ever made. And that’s despite the best efforts of Mr Barnes…Football’s most prolific twit(terer), the now fois no longer the world’s best manager.Guardiola has won titles in Germany, Spain and England, but he thinks the mantle now belongs to somebody else.The Catalan told Sky Sports: “I was,” before taking a step back to say that he never once thought of hrmer flop proves he’s equally adept off the pitch as on it. Mind you, if the Germans thought Keggy’s effort was good enough to make No.33, the Hoffenheim fans are likely to welcome him to the local karaoke nights with open arms.Babel is, of course, not the first adopted Scouser to have a bash at that there music lark. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Anfield (C)Rap as performed by the 1988 FA Cup final squad. Truly sensational stuff…The best 12-year-old playing in Europe today, Arshavin’s form for Arsenal might be a bit ropey right now, but his entertainment value will never drop. We thought it was impossible for him to top the genius Q&As on his own website, but singinmost joined Real Madrid from Liverpool.The winger instead joined Portsmouth for the remainder for the 2008-09 season.”When I was at Liverpool, Real Madrid came to sign me in my last year of contract. (agent) Sky Andrew held negotiations with the presg karaoke takes it to a whole new level. Oh, yes it does…

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Barton ‘devastated’ by Nolan’s Newcastle exit and fears further sales

has claimed he is ‘devastated’ by the sale of to West Ham.The former Manchester City midfielder used social media site twitter to make his feelings clear and even believes he, Jose Enrique and Jonas Gutcontent_imgierrez, will be the next to leave St James’ Park.Magpies skipper Nolan looks set to sign for the after undergoing a medical at Upton Park on Wednesday, Barton tweeted: “Great player, leader, captain, person, trainer and mostly a friend for life. Devastated to see him SOLD!”He then fuelled the flames of further departures by suggesting he could also leave this summer along with Jose Enrique and Jonas Gutier season start of Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.For the 1-1 draw with Leicester City, Mason Mount gave the them an early lead at Stamford Bridge but some poor marking from Azpilicueta allowed Wilfred Ndidi to steal in and score a header from a correz, ending his tweet with the hashtag: “#mejoseandjolona are ready to cut their losses over Jean-Clair Tobido.The young defender only moved to Barca last January from Toulouse, but has struggled to find a way into coach Ernesto Valverde’s first team plans.And Sport says Barca are now prepared to sell nasnext”

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Valencia midfielder ready to shun Man United interest

Manchester United and Paris St. Germain could be forced to widen their search for a new playmaker after Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli revealed he is in talks about extending his stay at the Mestalla.talkSPORT reported last month how Sir ‘s side were keeping tabs on the France-born Algeria international.Feghouli, who moved to Valencia from Grenoble two years ago, has netted three times in six La Liga starts this term and the 22-year-old is a prominent figure in manager Mauricio Pellegrino’s side.Free-spending PSG have become the latest side to be linked with a move for the Algis Snapchat controversy a fortnight ago.Rashford featured in a controversial video, posted on social media by team-mate Lingard, in which the midfielder swore repeatedly.When asked about criticism of Lingard’s decision to post the video online, Rashferian, but although he admits he is flattered by such speculation, he insists he is happy to stay in Spain.”I feel very happy at the club,” he scontent_imgaid in L’Equipe. “Each year [the club] competes in Europe and its facilities are excellent. I have a contract until 2014 and I am discussing a renewal with the club.”Talk of a move to PSG makes me proud, but out of respect to the club and the fans I do not want to talk about this. Paris is my city, obviously the job at Manchester United tomorrow.“It’s easy to lose sight of the fact the club came third last year – the players came third, the management – and won the Europa League so they are used to being up there and competing,” said Lampard. “And I don’tre is bound to be talk.”

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Real Betis to rival Stoke and Wolves in fight for Wigan star

Real Betis are ready to rival and in the r Roberto Firmcontent_imgino has dismissed Roy Keane’s blast after seeing Liverpool and Manchester United players for ‘hugging and kissing’ in the tunnel before Sunday’s game at Old Trafford.Firmino and his team-mate Fabinho were seen embracing United’s Fred anbattle to sign star Mohamed Diame.Latics manager will have to fight to keep Diame at the club this winter, with a trio of clubs interested in signing him.Diame has a contract until next summer but clubs are circling ahead of the transfer window opening.The 24-year-old Senegal midfielder moved to Wigan from Rayo Vallecano in 2009 and Betis are keen for him to return to Spain.Betis are ready to make a £3m move for Diame but Wolves and Stoke have also watched him this season and orm.The French winger missed almost two months of action with a thigh injury, but United have won five out of six games since his return against Liverpool on October 20.”Since he’s come back in, we’ve got that focal point,” James said Sunday’s win ovcould be pressed into action if the Spanish side make the first move.

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Wenger hit with three game UEFA ban

has been banned for three UEFA matches and fined 40,000 Euros for improper conduct relating to the Champions League round of 16 seco their first major tournament.They secured qualification to Euro2020s radcontent_imgar.Tuttosport says Inter see the Frenchman as a replacement for Lautaro Martinez, who is a big money target for Barcelona this summer.Inter coach Antonio Conte is a fan of Martial, having tried to sign the attacker while in charge of Chelsea.At with a win over Liechtenstein.”I am very proud of what we have achieved. I didn’t really know what to do or think. There were tears in our eyes,” Pukki said.”This was all people in nd leg tie against AC Milan.The suspension applies to the next three UEFA club competition matches for which the boss will be eligible.Arsenal have three days in which to lodge an appeal.

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Exclusive – Dublin: ‘Young and Agbonlahor have to stand up and be counted’

Dion Dublin has warned Aston ‘s under-performing stars they need to stand up and be counted if the content_imgclub is to move forward.Villa earned a brilliant point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, and Dublin insists that’s the effort they need to continue putting in as ‘s side looks to move away from the foot of the Premier League.He told the Alan Brazil Sports BreakfasEden Hazard about a move from Chelsea.Hazard’s move toeen allegedly caught up in some cheeky banter with celebrating Chelsea fans.Frank Lampard’s men went third in the table after a 2-0 victory over the Eagles at home on Saturday.Zaha could not get a foothold in the game and was kept quiet largely by th Real was confirmed last week, with his fee an initial €100m rising to €150m.And AS says a big influence on the move was Real’s French speakers – Thibaut Courtois, Karim Benzema and Raphaël Vt: “They played superbly [at Chelsea] and showed everything you need to get into the top eight. But they’ve not done it consistently enough. They’ve been carrying too many players.”People like , Gabriel Agbonlohar and have to stand and be counted and start giving back to the club, because the club’s believed in them.”They’ve got it in their locker but they haven’t been doing it. has been superb but he needs some help up front.”

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Exclusive – Quinn: Newcastle deserve Champions League spot

Micky Quinn believes have to be named ‘team of this departure.In China with his new squad, Bruce sent a message to angry Wednesday fans.”I can understand the disappointment,” he said. “I enjoyed the three or four, five months I worked there.”But has broken through into the Blues first team under Frank Lampard this season, and has now committed his future to the club by penning a deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2025.“It has been my dream to be here at Chelsea I’d like to put it out there that a manager’s contrace year’ after an astonishing season for the Magpies.’s men currently sit fifth in the Premier League above traditional title challengers Chelsea and .The St James’ Park side were in the Championship only two seasons ago and ex-striker Quinn claims it’s not luck that’s kept his former side in the hunt for a Champions League place.“They have to be team of the season,” Quinn told Drive Time. “It’s not luck where they are, they started the season very well and everyone thought ‘oh they’ll drop away, they’ve had an easy start.’“Every test they’ve had to take they’ve passed. Newcastle have been in the top six or seven all season and that’s no fluke.“I thought at the start of the season that if they stayed up and got a mid-table place that would have beecontent_imgn a good season but they’ve surpassed everyone’s expectations this year. Alan Pardew must be up for manager of the year.”

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Exclusive – McLintock: ‘Wenger’s excuses annoy me’

Former star Frank McLintock has attacked for blaming the club’s 1-0 defeat to Ipswich on ‘fatigue’.He told talkSPORT: “The thing that annoys me a little bit is, we all love Arsene Wenger but he sometimes says that there maybe a littlerd believes tonight’s Champions League clash with Valencia will be decided in midfield.The Blues cannot afford to lose if they’re to reach the knockout phase.Lampard said, “I expect a very organised team, a team with quality in attacking areas, ley for the rest of the League One season.The 21-year-old spent the second half of last term on lcontent_imgoan in the third tier with Sunderland, having previously played 14 times in a spell at Hearts.Dunne is yet to play a first-team game for Burnley but has the t bit of fatigue.“I mean we’re only halfway through the season and they’ve got 24 squad players. I don’t know how a manager can even mention that word.“Bill Shankly would never mention that from the first part of the season to the last.”

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Carling Cup round-up: Cole hits Birmingham with hammer blow

A howler from Birmingham goalkeeper handed ten-man a fortunate 2-1 advantage in the first Carling Cup semi-final.With just over tent LOSC for Arsenal as Osimhen arrived from Charleroi.With five goals in five Ligue 1 games, the Nigerian striker is following in Pepe’s footsteps and said, “I have a lot of respect for Nicolas Pépé, for all that he brought to the club. “Many people minutes remaining Foster let a tame shot sneak into the net and give a lifeline in his battle to keep his job at Upton Park.West Ham made the better start when found in the box and the midfielder fired a ferocious effort to put his side into an early lead.After the break Birmingham piled on the pressure as they searched for a route back into the game with clearing off the line and Rob Green being forced into a number of saves.And the game was turned on its head with two moments of West Ham madness close to the hour.First of all allowed the scontent_imgpace to stoop and head home an equaliser for Birmingham from a Seb Larsson cornerThen moments later was dismissed for kicking ouits a return to Barcelona is an ambition.Onana is being linked with PSG, though re-signing for Barca has been raised in both the Dutch and Catalan press.Onana told Onze Mundial: “Wearing the shirt of the first team of Barça? Is it in a corner of my t at Larsson from an innocuous position on the touchline as the pair waited for a throw-in.But from a position of despair West Ham were handed an unlikely advantage as Carlton Cole’s tame sidefooted shot snuck under the body of Foster and into the net allowing Avram Grant’s side to take a goal advantage to St Andrews in a fortnight.The second leg takes place on Wednesday 26 January.