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Arsenal face battle to land Montpellier ace

Arsenal will face competition from Lille to sign Remy Hargreaves says Real Madrid is one of the worst teams they could have drawn in the Champions League. The heavyweight-giants have been drawn against one another in the round of 16 stage in the Champions League. Hargreaves told BT Sport after the draw Cabella – although Montpellier are desperate to keep hold of the midfielder.Cabella starred last term United Double winner Andrei Kanchelskis has questioned the quality of the current team’s young players.Kanchelskis was reacting to last week’s Europa League defeat at Astana, where United fielded a record young XI.He told Sports: “Manchester United as Montpellier swept to Ligue 1 title success and has been a key figure this season, scoring seven times in all competitions.The 23-year-old has attracted interest from Arsenal, who he featured against in this season’s Champions League, as well as Lille.Cabella and his team-content_imgmate Younes Belhanda, a Tottenham target, are both on the radar of several European clubs and Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin says he will only sell one or the other at the end of the season.He told Canal Plus: “We cannot afford to lose both Cabella and Belhanda.”

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Brian McDermott upbeat despite Reading loss against Arsenal

Reading manager was pleased with the way his side fought back in their 5-2 home loss against .The went four goals behind before scoring two goals in the second half to spark hopes of a comeback. But they conceded a fifth goal as the defeat left them still bottom of the Premier League.McDermott told Sky Sports: “I was pleased with the way we fought back after the break but they got the fifth to kill the game off.“Our response in the secondcontent_img half was excellent and we gave our fans something inal round of games on top.As they are playing away at Brighton, the home team will get a lap of appreciation around the stadium to thank their fans.It will take place before City are allowed to begin their title celebrations, where they are handed tto cheer about.”McDermott also indicated that throm Ousmane Dembele.Valverde felt Dembele could’ve done more last night in their Champions League defeat of Slavia Prague.Afterwards, the coach said: “Should we ask more from Dembélé? The match was open, that’s for sure. He was not very lucky in the club will try to strengthen the squad in a bid to get away from the wrong end of the table.“It’s a strong possibility that we can get players in and we will try to do that. It’s a tough window in January but we’ve been planning for some time and that’s what we’ll be trying to do,” he added.

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Sevilla priced out of swoop for Spurs striker

Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido has revealed that the La Liga side were priced out of a move for Tottenham midfielder .The Mexico international has already admitted that he thought his move to Sevilla was all but complete, only for to pull the plug on the deal on transfer deadline day.And now Del Nido has claimed that their bid, which was £10m less than Udinese offered in January, was rejected by Spurs.”The problem was that Udinese offered big and Sevilla could not pay an amount like that. We made an offer of around 5m euros plus add ons,” he said.”The player wanted to come, he and his father said so, but Sevilla could not make a crazy offer.”Del Nido also admitted that Sevilla’s failure to qualify for the Europa League atart ocontent_imgf the season.Bruce says his first aim is to survive through the October and November international breaks, when clubs often wield the axe if their side under-performs. Newcastle host Bourne and Juventus are joining the race to sign Nemanja Matic.The experienced defensive midfielder could be out of favour at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.With United favouring a younger approach, Matic could soon be surplus to requirementsmouth today looking for back-to-back wins to lift them fter a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Hannover also did not help their pursuit of Dos Santos.He added: “If we were not beaten by Hannover I am not sure Giovani would have definitely come but we would have signed a player.”What determined that we did not spend a significant amount on players was our elimination from the Europa League and the coach understands that.”

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Arsenal ace Santos confirms he’s facing three weeks on the sidelines

Arsenal have suffered a blow with the news that left-back Andre Santos will be out for up to three weeks after injuring his ankle in Tuesday’s 3-1 Champions League defeat to Olympiakos.The Brazilian was taken off on a stretcher after twisting his ankle, leaving short of options.With also three weeks away from full fitness, is set to deputise at left-back, with and playing in centiam Saliba’s signing.The London Evening Standard says the Ligue 1 club are demanding 30 million euros (£26.5m) and an agreement they will keep the centre-back on loan next season before moving he moves to north London in 2020.Unai Emery is keen for ral df Manchester United striker Anthony Martial at Barcelona, it has been revealed.Segura, a former Liverpool academy coach, worked at Barca for almost five years, reaching the position of general manager before his departure last year.And during his timefence.And that arcontent_imgrangement could continue until after Christmas, with Santos set to miss the Premier League games against , Manchester City, Aston , and QPR after announcing the news on his Twitter site.He tweeted: “Here to get exam done. Twisted my ankle yesterday in a silly move, from doctor says,I think I’ll be out for 3 wks.”

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Fabregas opens door to Arsenal return

Cesc Fabregas has opened the door to an Arsenal return – after admitting he’s unhappy being a bit-part player at Barcelona.The former star moved to the Nou Camp in a £30million deal last summer, and has already won the Copa del Rey and FIFA World Club Cup in his first 12 months back in Spain.Howevercontent_img, following the departure of Pep Guardiola, the 25-year-old has found his first-team chances limited, and has yet to complete 90 minutes for Tito Vilanova’s men this season.Arsenal hold first option on the midfielder, and would surely take up that option if he were to become available.The former Emirates captain told Marca: “There’s no such thing as a great substitute in the world of football – I co (ECA) are ‘close to an agreement’ to add four more rounds of fixtures to the Champions League each season, according to The Times, reports, /.The UK newspaper expect the expansion will take place from 2024.The Times adds that the new format for the uldn’t tell you what makes a great substitute.”I always wish my team-mates well and put a happy face on. If I have to take my unhappy face home then so be it, but I would never let my team-mates or manager see it.”I’ve always said that I play for per squad.Conte has declared his squad has been “reduced to the bare bones” by injuries.“Conte’s concerns are legitimate and shared by all of us,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.“It is a growth process, we have to take these steps with all the tthe best team in the world, but I came here to compete, to learn and enjoy, not to sit wracking my brains.”I am delighted to be a part of this team, but when a coach tells me I have to go, I will go – but I will not make it easy for him to do so, by any means.”I will keep going, looking forward to the time that things change.”I came here to see out my career.”

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nd Juve have made contact, and the Argentine coach

er Maurizio Sarri before making a final decision on his future.The Chelsea-gauge-dressen to a move to Juventus.Max Allegri is considering his future at Juve.And Corriere dello Sport says Pochettino and Juve have made contact, and the Argentine coach is making huge demands.Pochettino wants €20million a year (£17.2m) to move to Italying-room-feeling-consider-sacking-Sarri.html” target=”_blankcontent_img“>Daily Mail says Chelsea will gauge the feelings of senior players ahead of making a final decision on

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Inter Milan forward edging towards Twente switch

Everton and look set to miss out in the race to sign Luc Castaignos after the Dutchman’s agent revealed that he is closing in on a move to FC Twente.Castaignos has been linked with a string of English clubs over the past seven months, including , after failing to settle at Inter, where he has managed just six league appearances since moving from Feyenoord last summer.West Ham boss , who travelled to Italy earlier this summer, had been tipped to bid for Castaignos as he looks to bolster his forward ranks, but it appears as though Twente, who are managed by former England boss Steve McClaren, are in pole position to secure the 19-year-old’s signature.Castaignos’ representative Karim El Atmani told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: “Luc consciously chooses FC Twente because he wants to develop as a footballecontent_imgr again. He has spent a year at Inter, where the money has been good, but now he wants an investment in his future too.”There are still conversations to be had between the two clubs, but it looks very good. Chances are that Luc will go to FC Twente.”El Atmani also said that Portuguese Sporting Lisbon are best-placed to sign Castaignos should the 19-year-old’s move to Twe for star striker Marko Arnautovic.The target man is hoping to complete a move to the Chinese Super League this summer, where he would earn far more wages compared to his Hammers contract.However, Sky Sports News his career plan.While he has no intention of quitting Chelsea any time soon, he is thinking about the future.And Pedro admits he’d like to play for his boyhood club one day.“I’ve always said I wanted to play at CD Tenerife at least for one year,” hreports that a £19.7m transfer bid wnte fall through.”It’s [between] FC Twente and Sporting Lisbon, but FC Twente is definitely his first choice,” he added.

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Exclusive – Ray Parlour criticises Arsenal’s negotiating tactics as Theo Walcott nears Gunners exit

Ray Parlour has criticised Arsenal for failing to tie down to a new long-term contract.The star is on the vergecontent_img of leaving the Emirates after failing to agree a contract extension, with , Manchester City and Chelsea all reportedly interested in the England star, .But Parlour, who won the Premier League title three times with the north London club, claims could have avoided this awkward situation had he secured Walcott’s signature earlier on.“I’m sure behind the scenes they are trying to get a deal together,” he told Saggers and Quinny. “The five British youngsters who signed recently will help to convince him to stay, they’re all good players and he’ll want to be involved in that.“Arsenal have got to sort this situation out thoverpool and their Champions League win.Jesus is getting ready to face the Reds in the Club World Cup after his side won the Copa Libertadores in South America.Flamengo claimed the crown after defeating River Plate, thanks to two goals from Gabriel Baugh. In my day greatest players in Chelsea’s history during his long and illustrious career, Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge having signed a three-year contract.The 41-year-old, who left Derby County, said: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as heawe would never have been allowed to let our contracts run down. When you had two-and-half years left they would call you into the office and offer you another year on top.“You can’t have the likes of Theo Walcott, and having just one year left on their contract. The player is then in the driving seat and can move on if they want.”

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Fiorentina boss insists there has been no Chelsea bid for Jovetic

Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade insists the club has not received any bids frmis being encouraged to move to Holland.Sport says a decision is expected today from the 20 year-old with offers on the table from FC Twente and FC Utrecht.Both proposals are for straight loans.Barca have made clear to Busquets they see him as one for dfielder Fred.While Salum may now be a United fan for Fred, she pushed rivalries aside recencontent_imgtly as she was baptised by Alisson, posting a video on Instagram of herself in a pool alongside the Liverpool star.Alisson dunks Salum with others in the poom Chelsea for striker Stevan Jovetic.There have been claims in Italy that Chelsea are preparing an offer of £20million for the Montenegro international, but Prade claims there has been no contact between the two clubs.”For the time being, Jovetic is our player,” Prade told Italian radio station Radio Uno. “Chelsea have never made an official proposal and I know their (Chelsea’s) club executives very well as I lived in England for a year.”We want to build our team around him (Jovetic).”Jovetic has been linked with a move away from Florence in the past year, but the 22-year-old is under contract with the Tuscan outfit until June 2016.

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Garner to seal permanent switch to Scunthorpe this summer

Nottingham Forest will allow Joe Garner to move to Scunthorpe on a permanent deal this summer.The striker has struggled to command a regular place in the Forest first team and was sent out on loan to Scunthorpe in January.He has scored four goals in eight appearances since then – a marked improvement on his previous loan spell this season at Huddersfield, where he failed to net in 19 matches.And Garner, 22, has been told hegh striker Ashley Fletub Newcastle United have an opportunity to finish high up the Premier League table.The Magpies’ next seven matches do not feature any of the competition’s traditiocontent_imgnal top-six clubs.”I can guarantee it won’t be a nice relaxing end to the season,” Hughcher has welcomed new loan signings Patrick Roberts and Lukas Nmecha from Manchester City.Roberts and Nmecha both departed City in the summer to Norwich and Wolfsburg respectively but the club opted to terminate both loan deals can make a permanent move to Scunthorpe when his loan deal expires at the end of the season and the striker is willing to accept the switch.

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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 says Aston Villa harbour no fears about travelling to Old Trafford on Sunday.Dean Smith’s side will play Manchester United on the back of a morale boosting win over Newcastle last Monday.”I wouldn’t say they are there to be got at but I would definitthought 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 Managing Director of Commercial Operationcontent_imgs 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 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 ose against Liverpool last season.After winning the first leg 3-0, Barcelona lost 4-0 in Liverpool which left many questions to be answered. “I will speak about the first leg first,” Abidal told Sport. “All Barça fans will surely remember more the reut 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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Onuoha: Mark Hughes has improved since Man City days

By Lyall ThomasQPR defender believes is a better manager now than he was at Manchester City and that his ‘different’ methods will keep Rangers in the Premier League.The full-back worked under the new Rangers boss at City between 2008 and 2009 and after signing for him again at Loftus Road in January he thinks Hughes has come a long way since his 18 months in charge at Eastlands.While Hughes spent a year at after City replaced him with , Onuoha struggled to make a first team appearance under his replacement and at the turn of the year chose to reignite his career in West London with his former manager.The 25-year-old had forgotten Hughes’s unique way of doing things but believes the squad are starting to get the message and Saturday’s point at home to prove the turning point they need to stay in the top flight.”In football you have to get better or people trample all over you,” Onuor he left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona.The Atletico striker spoke to Youtube channel Que Partidazo. “His dream was to play with (Lionel) Messi and with (Luis) Suarez,” said Costa.”We all know the player that (Griezmann) is. As a player you always waha said. “You have to continuously improve and Mark Hughes has definitely done that, and he’s a different manager now.”He has some methods he always stands by whichever club he’s been at – it’s different to a lot of people and I haven’t played with it for 18 months but when you see it again its slightly different to what you’re used to.”But I think people are adjusting. The point against Everton was the beginning of reaping the rewards of the good work we’vssia Dortmund assistant coach Jorg Heinrich is hopeful they can keep a hold of Jason Sancontent_imgcho for another season or two.The English youngster is being linked with a big money move back to the Premier League, where he was at Manchester City as a youth pe done in training with Mark. We are feeling stronger from taking on board what he’s saying.”Onuoha added: “The people here at [QPR] have been very welcoming, both at the club and all the fans, so it’s been easy for me from that side. I know Mark’s training methods but even if it was a different manager you have to adapt because that’s your job.”

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Wayne Rooney nominated for 2012 Ballon d’Or

is the only British player to be nominated for the 2012 Ballon d’Or.His team-mate, , is on the list along with Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and .2011 winner, Lionel Messi, is also included for the award which will be awarded at a cecontent_imgremony in Zurich on 7 January 2013.Sergio Aguero , Xabi Alonso , Mario Balotelli , Karim Benzema, Gianluigi Buffon , Sergio Busquets , Iker Casillas , Cristiano Ronaldo , Didier Drogba , Radamel Falcao , Zlatan Ibrahimovic , Andres Iniesta , Lionel Messi , Manuel Neuer , Neymar , Mesut Ozil , Gee against Ajax.Spurs fans are congregating in Holland as their team looks to overturn a 1-0 home defeat to Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League semi final.Dutch police have warned fans about excessive alcohol consumption, while indicating rard Pique , Andrea Pirlo , Sergio Ramos , Wayne Rooney , Yaya Toure , Robin van Persie , Xaicker says United are one of several clubs interested in signing Kabak from Stuttgart this summer.United, along with Schalke, Monaco, Bayern Munich, West Ham United and AC Milan are all keen on the 19-year-old Turkish centre-back.Kabak’s release clauvi .

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Liverpool transfer target and more players who have gone from non-league to the top flight

Liverpool’s Premier League top scorer Luis Suarez could have an unlikely strike partner soon, with the Reds taking Dulwich Hamlet striker Daniel Carr on trial. If the 18-year-old – who usually plays in the Isthmian League Division One South and boasts 23 goals in his last 23 games – impresses during his time on Merseyside, then he will join a list of players who swapped non-league for the big time. Here are a few of our favourites.When the hard as nails defender moved from Weymouth to Spurs in 1980, his £100,000 fee made him the costliest non-league player ever. Replacing Steve Perryman – who moved to right back – in the Tottenham midfield, Roberts won the FA Cup with Tottenham in 1981 and 1982 as well as the UEFA Cup in 1984. It was his last major honour in north London as he headed to Scotland to join Graeme Souness’ Rangers two years later, where he won the Scottish Premier League and the League Cup twice in his two years at Ibrox. He headed back to London and signed for Second Division Chelsea in 1988. He finished his professional career at West Brom in 1992.Stan scored goals wherever he played and they were usually unforgettable strikes, so it didn’t take long for Crystal Palace to snap up the Stafford Rangers hitman in 1991. At Palace he learned his trade training alongside Ian Wright and Mark Bright and got his break at Forest in 1992 following a spell at Southend, which culminated in a record-breaking £8.5m transfer to Roy Evans’ Liverpool three years later. Stan was also lucky enough to play for England as well as Villa, his boyhood club, while he also had stints at Leicester, Real Oviedo and Bradford. Listen to Stan on and exclusively on talkSPORT.Before he was known as ‘Sir’ Les, the striker was plying his trade at Hayes in west London, a club where his hero Cyrille Regis began his career. However, when QPR signed the 19-year-old in 1987, the goals didn’t flow immediately, but by the time the Premier League was up and running in the 1992/93 season, he was an established striker and his goals helped propel the club to fifth. In addition, he scored 20 times to finish second in the goal charts behind Spurs’ Teddy Sheringham. Ferdinand continued his red hot form for another two years before Newcastle swooped ahead of the 1995/96 campaign and after tormenting opposition defences as part of Kevin Keegan’s renowned entertainers, Spurs shelled out to take him back to London in 1997.Astonishingly, one of English football’s greatest goal scorers didn’t turn professional until Crystal Palace came in for the 21-year-old Greenwich Borough striker in 1985. Apparently allr Toby Alderweireld is happy playing for manager Jose Mourinho.Alderweireld admits he’s getting back content_imgto his best under the Portuguese.”For mers after defeat to Bournemouth.Dan Gosling’s over-the-head flick let Bournemouth stun a turgid Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, condemning boss Lampard’s men to a fourth Premier League loss in five matches. Former Blues midfielder Lampard criticised h Jose Mourinho is an unbelievable people manager, someone who you want to travel eight hours by road to play that was exchanged between the Eagles and the non-league side was a set of weights and Wrighty was on his way. At Palace he formed a deadly partnership with Mark Bright, catching the attention of Arsenal, who took him to Highbury in 1991. During his seven years with the Gunners he scored 185 goals in 288 games, winning the FA and League Cup in 1993 and the Premier League and FA Cup double in 1998.Three years after playing in the Isthmian League Premier Division with Maidstone United, Smalling was an established Man United defender with full England honours. Before moving to Old Trafford in 2010 he made a handful of appearances for Fulham, who signed him from the non-league club in 2008 and Smalling made his debut for Fabio Capello’s side in England’s 3-0 win in Bulgaria in September 2011. He won a Premier League winners medal in 2011 and scored in the resulting Community Shield win against Man City.Harry Redknapp’s hero as a kid was Arsenal’s skilful midfielder Jimmy Bloomfield. ‘Slim Jim’ made 210 appearances for the Gunners in the late 1950s and early 1960s, scoring 54 goals, including two at Highbury in the last match played on English soil by the legendary Busby Babes. Bloomfield was a late developer, however, beginning his career at non-league Hayes, before his potential was spotted by Brentford. From there, he progressed to Highbury, where he became one of English football’s brightest stars, playing for a combined London XI against mighty Barcelona in the first ever Fairs Cup final in 1958. Bloomfield went on to lift the League Cup with Birmingham City, then enjoyed a successful career in management, establishing Leicester in the top flight and leading the Foxes and Leyton Orient to the last four of the FA Cup.

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Exclusive – McClaren: Capello must be decisive and declare his England captain

Former England boss Steve McClaren has urged Fabio Capello to act now and declare who his permanent captain will be.Confusion continues to reign over who whether will behanded the armband back or Capello will stick wit their time as they iron out the finer points of his contract.But Lampard is set to leave Derby content_imgand take up the post at his former club.Sky Sports says an announcement could be made as early as Thursday.The 41-year-old is holding final talks about thh .In an exclusive ineterview with Drive Time, McClaren said: “Capello has to be strong now, he has to be decisive, he has to come out very early and say who it is to be.”I think Capello is discovering the importance, especially in England, of the captaincy.”And McClaren hasbacked Terry’s credentials to take the armband, having awarded it to the Chelsea detender when he was in charge of the Three Lions.“Obviously because of certain reasons John Terry was stripped of that but whatever the decision is it’s got to be a permanent move,” he added, “It has got to be someone who is there for the good, it’s got be a leader.“There are many candidates but when I was England manager there was only one for me – John Terry. He’s ancol says the club should hand Adam Lallana a new contract.Lallana is out of contract at the end of the season and reports say he is set to leave on a free transfer. “I’m not so sure,” Nicol told ESPN FC when asked about Lallana’s future.“As a pla inspiration on the field, he’s a leader on the field.”