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Southampton consider summer move for Chelsea youngster

are considering a move for Chelsea’s reserve goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois if they win promotion.Courtois is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid and has an option to stay in Spain for another year.But Chelsea would be kclub returned to the top-flight after beating Derby in the Championship play-offs last month.”I think we just need to take it the same way we did last year,” McGinn said.”We took it on a week by week basis and ended up doing well. Obviously, by the seen for him to gain Premier Leat the management potential of Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.The Blues are currently in third place in the Premier League table after 12 games and sit just eight points off leaders Liverpool.Lampard has opted for youth this campaign, with the likes of Tague experience and Southampton, currently top of the Championship, are wacontent_imgtching the situation closely.

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Jones: I want Reina to win FA Cup for me

Brad Jones has revealed Pepe Reina played a huge part in getting to the FA Cup final – even though he didn’t play.The has already earned the trust of his teammates. The 19-year-old looked settled playing for the first-team during preseason and will not be loaned out this season unlike other Chelsea youngsters.And Nevin thinks the Scotsman has aid by announcing his intentions to leave.The legendary Los Blancos left-back has represented thcontent_imge Bernabeu club for the past 12 seasons but allegedly sees his future elsewhere.Real Madrid will have no shortage of suitors for the left back, who has enjlready earned the res Spanish goalkeeper was suspended following his sending off in the Premier League game against , and with number twoAlexander Doni also ruled out Jones was called upon against local rivals .But the Australian goalkeeper has claimed that Reina has not only played a massive role in helping the club get to this stage of the competition, but also in helping him prepare for the biggest day of his career at Wembley.Jones said: “[At the final whistle] I said to him make sure you get a trophy. I know that I’m probably not going to play but I’m part of the club so I want to be part of a year where we get two trophies.“He has been brilliant with me, we’re good mates, and he has been unfortunate with what has happened but now he has got the chance to go out there and do something for the club.“The thing with Pepe is that he is always positive, he’s always bubbly. He’s a good person to have around and I’m just happy that we are through to the final.”

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Man City snap up French teenage starlet

Manchester City have snapped up Le Havre midfielder Jules Olivcontent_imgier Ntcham, reports France Football.Ntcham, who also attracted interest from Inter Milan, has penned a four-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.The promising 16-year-old becomes the second starlet to trade Le Havre for Manchestnce despite their form slump.Ahead of their Europa League tie with Gent, Roma have lost three consecutive games to Sassuolo, Bologna and Atalanta in Serie A.”I’m only worried about what we need to do to win the game. We’ve had a good week,” said Fonser in recent years after Paul Pogba, now of Juventus, joined in 2009.Ntcham is highly rated in his homeland and currently captains Franceted are extending their singing section at the Stretford End of Old Trafford.The Red Devils have been impressed by the improvement in atmosphere from the designated section in recent games.It was particularly evident during their game against Manches’s under-16 side.

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Loic Remy denies money main factor in snubbing Newcastle for QPR move

Queens Park Rangers new boy Loic Remy has denied he chose a move to Loftus Road over for financial reasons.The France international’s decision to reject a move to Tyneside to join the Premier League’s bottom club has been questioned by Magpies legend Alan Shearer, who has suggested that money was the motivating factor.However, the £8million capture from Marseille revealed the prospect of working with was the crucial factor behind his switch to Spurs reps are expected to meet with officials ofcontent_img the Super Lig side.Spurs are understood to be on the hunt for a back-up to their captain Hugo Lloris, who suffered a nasty injury earlier this season.Bayindir, 21, has become a dependable option for QPR.”The financs.The Foxes duo are the highest scoring pair in the Premier League, even eclipsing Andy Roberston and Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool.Ben Chilwell has two, while Ricardo Pereira has three goals.And Rodgers believes they can do even more for the te doesn’t come into it at all because Newcastle offered me a very good contract as well,” Remy said.”I’ve seen that a lot of people are surprised I came to QPR and say that I came here for money, but my decision was no way based on financial reasons.”I could have stayed at Marseille because I had a good contract there. There are a number of reasons for why I had to leave Marseille for here.”QPR were very open, they wanted me and it’s great to be here. It’s true that I hesitated between Newcastle and QPR. I went to meet the staff at Newcastle and there came a time to make a decision and I made that decision based on two factors.”Firstly I already knew the coach Harry Redknapp and secondly, I’m very excited by the project QPR have here for the future.”It’s a big challenge and the team are in a difficult situation, but since Harry Redknapp has been here things have changed a great deal.”

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Wilkins backs Chelsea for Champions League success

is backing his old clubs and Chelsea to make it a clean sweep for England in the Champions League last 16.Arsenal have already beaten Bao watch Wolves defender Dion Sanderson once the season resumes.The 20-year old is on loan at Cardiff City and has been impressing manager Neil Harris prior to the Championship’s lockdown, says the Daily Mail.Scouts from Aston Villa, Brighton and Norwrcelona and won at AC Milan in first leg matches so far and now Chelsea go to Copenhagen today and United to Marseille tomorrow.Wilkins, former assistant manager and player at Stamford Bridge and also a legend at Old Trafford, said: “These are not difficult games to predict. Chelsea will win in Copenhagen no problem. Copenhagen have been in their winter break and don’t start their league season again until March, so that’s a big disadvantage.“Chelsea know how to play these games and they know how much the competition means to the club and to the owner.“And as for Manchester United when you look at that tie you think ‘Man United all day e the manager’s job.Lampard, who won three Premier League titles and one Champions League alongside Drogba at Chelsea, was finally unveiled as Maurizio Sarri’s successor by the London club on Thursday morning, joining from Derby on a three-year contrlong!’ I think over twcontent_imgo legs they won’t have a problem and in fact I think they will win both legs.“I can see at least three English teams in the quarter-finals, maybe even four which would be tremendous.”Wilkins believes the English teams have a massive advantage this season with the final being played at Wembley.“That’s huge for them,” he said. “All the English teams know playing the final at Wembley could be a big advantage. So although Barcelona are everyone’s favourites it’s no foregone conclusion.”

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Tottenham to test Blackburn’s resolve with bid for Samba

Tottenham are poised to profit from ’s perilous financial situation with a move for Chris Samba.The Venky’s owned club has reportedly been asked to begin paying off its overdraft by the bank and have been forced to withdraw contract offers for current stars and opt out of transfers they had lined up.Spurs haveited from Saudi Arabia is cooling.A report suggests that the Public Investment Fund in the country may be wavering on their ton defender Michael Keane insists they can finish in the top six.The tight nature of this season’s Premier League ensures there is little to choose between many clubs within the division.The centre-back told evertonfc.com: “The table is really tightidea of buying the Tyneside club.A report in Thcontent_imge Shields Gazette suggests that Manchester United are the main target for the S been alerted to their situation and could attempt a coup over north London rivals by signing the powerful centre-back from under their fiercest rival’s nose. has released and is resigned to playing sporadically as he battles ongoing knee problems, leaving a glaring gap in his back-four.Rovers’ manager has denied the club have received any bids for the Congolese defender, 27, but Redknapp is not averse to launching transfer bids in the final moments of the transfer window and could repeat the trick to land Samba.

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Exclusive – England missed Rio Ferdinand against Montenegro and Roy Hodgson is to blame, says Nicky Butt

Nicky Butt has questioned Roy Hodgson’s treatment of Rio Ferdinand and claimed the defender was badly missed by England against Montenegro, .Ferdinand, 34, has come under fire for rejecting a recall to the national team for the recent World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro on fitness grounds.However, Butt has leapt to the defence of his former Manchester United and England team-mate and has criticised Hodgson for overlooking Ferdinand previously and for his failure to consult the veteran centre-back before deciding to end his international exile.“He was missed against Montenegro,” Butt, who played 39 times for the Three Lions, told talkSPORT.“Rio is a massive player. I think he has been missed ever since he was left outted with the manner of victory at West Ham.The Hammers held their own for 36 minutes in Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of the visitors, only to concede twice before half-time to Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura.Harry Kane’s header seemingly put th of the squad. It baffles me that he has not been in the squad for the previous 10, 11 games.“It’s left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth that he is not there. There are reasons for that. There a lot of things that go on in club football that people don’t know about. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into keeping players of that age fit and playing week in, week out.“It’s easy to say he’s let his country down or he doesn’t want to play for England. But, believe me, that is not the case with Rio. He wants to play for his country. He is passionate about playing for his country.“He manages his body thve to move quickly if Xavier Mbuyamba impresses in trials.The MVV defender, 17, is currently trialling with Chelsea this week.However Mbuyamba, who has been likened to Virgil van Dijk, is also a target for Liverpool, who want to also offer him tcontent_imgests.e way he does in order to play games for Man United. If hadn’t done that, then he wouldn’t have got the recall anyway.“Lessons need to be learned on how to communicate with players of that age and that experience and get them into the squad. This could have been easily avoided.”

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Inter Milan to axe Gasperini and hand Ranieri the reins

Inteilan striker Lautaro Martinez can see him moving to Barcelona.El Toro bagged a hat-trick against Mexico, meaning he now has a remarkable 12 goals in 14 senior caps.“It’d be wonderful to see him play with Leo Messi at Barcelona,” agent Beto Yaque tor Milan are set to sack Gian Piercontent_imgo Gasperini and, as talkSPORT revealed this week, Claudio Ranieri is set to succeed him.Sources at Inter – who told talkSPORT earlier this summer that Wesley Sneijder’s wage demands would scupper a move to – have confirmed that Gasperini is unlikely to be manager by this weekend.Inter have been a disaster under the beleaguered boss and their season reached a new teammates have offered support to Arsenal defender David Luiz after his performance at Liverpool.Luiz gave away a penalty in the 3-1 loss.But he posted a picture of himself along side the caption: “Life is tough and football is tough also sometimes! low on Tuesday night when they suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to promoted Novara in Serie A.The shattering loss came just a week after Inter were stunned by Turkish minnows Trabzonspor in the Champions League and executives at the club have had enough.Even president Massimo Moratti says Gasperini is close to the axe and he said on Wednesday: “It’s difficult for him – I don’t think he will stay at Inter.”Moratti also claimed he still has to think about his replacement but former Chelsea manager Ranieri, currently out of work after leaving Roma, is the top of the list of potential replacements.Ranieri, who was sacked by Chelsea in 2004 despite taking them to the semi-finals of the Champions League, is ready to return to management with Inter and talkSPORT understands Gasperini is aware his time at the San Siro is over.

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Man United outcast to quit Old Trafford

Manchester United prospect Oliver Norwood is set to leave the club this summer in search of regular first-team football.The midfielder, yet to make a senior appearance for United, featured in 36 games this season during loan spells at Scunthorpe and Coventry.Norwood, 21, has been at United since he was seven but has not made sufficient progress to be considered for a regular first team place.And now the Northern Ireland international says he wants out.”I want to play every week Mail says Sarri is edging closer towards ter-Wigan-midfielder-Joe-Williams.html”>Daily MailEverton-reject-1m-ocontent_imgffer-Wigan-midfielder-Joe-Williams.html”> says Everton have rejected an offer in the region of £1million from Wigan for Williams.A number of clubs have been weighing up moves for Wihe Chelsea exit with Juventus attempting to absorb any compensation into a transfer fee for Emerson.Sarri has made it clear he wants to leave Stamford Bridge to replace Max Allegri in Turin.Chelsea will not slike I was this season in the Championship,” he said.”It’s been the hardest decision in my life for me to make but there comes a time when you have to be realistic.”

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Andre Villas-Boas: Fulham must be given credit for frustrating Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has praised Fulham’s display after the west Londoners .Spurs were looking to bounce back from a in the Premier League but they were left frustrated asoss Frank Lampard Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde feels he has the full support of the club.The former Athletic Club boss has also revealed that he has recently had a meal with the Blaugrana’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu.”[My future] doesn’t worry me,” he told the press confidence.”I went to eat with [Bartomeu].”The club have always supported me and I feel respected.”says he’ll be “proud” leading them in the Champions League against Valencia.Lampard is looking forward to his first Champions League game as a manager.”I will be proud to do it,” he says of the prospect of managing in the competitio the Cottagers produced a dogged display away from hocontent_imgme.Former Lilywhites star Dimitar Berbatov got the only goal of the game in north London as the Bulgarian and Martin Jol came back to haunt their former club, with the hosts’ best efforts coming late on through Jermain Defoe.And Villas Boas reckons it took too long for his players to adapt and create chances in the match.He said: “Our biggest chances only came in the last minutes of the game. Maybe we could have accelerated the game a little bit more in the first half but I think you also need to merit the opponent for limiting our opportunities.“It took us a bit of time to create something special. It only came late into the game with Defoe’s double chance and we had a good chance with Bale’s header in the first half but we should have created more.”

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Liverpool 0-0 Braga (0-1): Reds crash out on a bad night for Britain

A dire 0-0 draw at Anfield saw Liverpool knocked out of the Europa League by na has been the crowned the fastest player at the club.The 16-year-old, who represents the Republic of Ireland at youth level, was clocked at a staggering maximum speed of 22.9mph during recent tests at Carrington.That is 1content_img.2mph ahead of second quickPortuguese side Braga. made his first start for the and looked dangerous from the outset but the ponytailed striker failed to find the net with any of his efforts.Liverpool’s very own Portuguese star, , saw his header fly inches wide as Liverpool attempted to claw their way back into the tie, but in truth they never really got going and Braga were able to hold onto their slender lead to make it through to the last eight.Meanwhile, Rangers also crashed out of Europe after they were defeated 1-0 on aggregate by PSV Eindhoven who went through thanks to Jeremain Lens’ strike.But the Scottish side will rue the fact that referee Robert Schorgenhofer from Ausanchester City have confirmed a number of legends will return for Vincent Kompany’s testimonial on September 11.The former club captain will be joined by other City favourites Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Pablo Zabaleta, Wayne Bridge, Gatria missed a clear hand ball on the line from Atiba Hutchison to stop Maurice Edu’s goal bound effort.Those two results compunded a miserable night for British football following Manchester City’s exit at the hands of Dynamo Kiev.

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West Ham plot summer move for Swedish ace

are locked in a battle with Werder Bremen and Lazio to sign Swedish star Rasmus Elm.The 23-year-old has been earning rave reviews in Holland for AZ Alkmaar and is ready to show he eltic are closing on a deal for Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe.The Celtic-transfer-news-Jordan-Ibe-Bournemouth”>Daily Express says Ibe could still be set for a move to Celtic despite his manager Eddie Howe insisting his future was on the south coast.Tcan compete at the highest level.Hammers boss is hoping to strengthen his squad during the summer and reports in Holland suggest they are the strong favourites to clinch his signature.The east London side face a fight to secure his services, however, as Werder Bremen and Lazio have also been monitoring his progress and are preparing to make bids at the end of the season.AZ Alkmaar will be looking for at least £2m for their star midfielder and, if West Ham manage to stay in the Premier League, thee Jack Clarke.The youngster signed for the club in the summer, but went back on loan to Leeds for this season.However, he has found game time difficult under Marcelo Bielsa this season.He has only played 19 league minutes content_imgthis term.”We thank Jack Cley will fancy their chances of taking the Swedish midfielder to Upton Park during the summer.

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Exclusive – Redknapp: ‘Bale should be player of the season’

has told talkSPORT that is worthy of winning the player of the year for his match-winning performances for .Bale has been in sensational form and an integral part of the team that has challenged on both domestic and European fronts this season.In Europe, Bale was central to the side that beat Inter Milan and qualified for the knock home.He believes that despite being second from bottom in the league, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will not be easy opponents.Emery suggested that Southampton were doing better away from home in the league in recent weeks.He told reporters during his preout stages of the Champions League with a game to spare, while in the Premier League he has struck five goals in 16 games as Spurs look to replicate last season’s top-four finish.Redknapp said: “For me, at this particular time, he’s got to be the footballer of the year in this country. I can’t think of anyone who’s done as well as him.“He’s not a player that we would really want to sell. You’ve got to hang onto your best players. If Tottenham want to a club that’s always looking to get in Champions League football you can’t sell those players.”On reports of the winger being linked with Liverpool.But he admitted he feels ‘downbeat’ in response to his lack of minutes this term.Shaqiri told Teleclub: “It is not easy for me, of course I am a little downbeat.”You have to be able to handle that and you havcontent_imge to accept it, I was always sta move to Manchester City in a £60m swap deal with , Redknapp joked: “Yeah I thought we’d have a straight swap. I thought it sounds like a good deal. It’s not April 1st is it?“Absolute nonsense. I’ve never made any enquiries for Adebayor whatsoever. I keep seeing in the papers that we’re after him. I’ve never ever asked about him or enquired about him.“We don’t want to sell Gareth Bale. At the end of the day it wont be my decision, it’ll be above my head but it would take an absolute fortune one day to buy him.Redknapp added that Spurs would find it hard to buy players in the January transfer window as there are not many who could improve the current side.“I’m not looking for too much. As we’ve always said if we find someone who makes a difference and would take us on that extra bit [we would be in the market] but it’s always difficult to find,” Redknapp said.“We’ve got good players and the top players, in this country, are not available. It’s difficult to improve your team and squad. At the moment we’re not even close to thinking about signing anybody else.”

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Lille snap up Liverpool and Arsenal target

Lille have completed the signing of former Chelsea star responding to the methods of manager Mikel Arteta.Ozil has endured a difficult season at Arsenal and under former head coach Unai Emery his future was uncertain after falling out of favour.However, the appointment of Arteta, who played alongside Ozi Salomon Kalou on a free transfer.The forward, who was interesting er saycontent_imgs victory over Manchester City made up for their past draw at home with Liverpool.Solskjaer admits the 2=0 win was a “special moment”.He told VG: “Of course it was. We should have done this against Liverpool earlier.”You start thinking ‘are we both and , moves to France after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired.A statement on the club’s website read: “LOSC formalises the arrival of Salomon Kalou, who has this morning made the traditional medical visit after his arrival at Domaine de Luchin yesterday.”The contract of the 26-year-old European champion is four seasons. The former Chelsea player is committed to the club until 2016.”Meanwhile Kalou added: “The project of LOSC, especially with the arrival of the new stadium, is ambitious and I really liked it.”From what I’ve discovered the club, it has nothing to envy the greatest outfits in Europe.”I am now here to have fun.”

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Man City to make €100million move for Barca star

Manchester City are preparing to make a sensational €100m move for Barcelona star Andres Iniesta, according to reports in Spain.The big-spending Premier League he is.Rodgers has been linked with Arsenal this week.”If you work well, it’s a natural consequence of what happens in thisar Solskjaer as manager.Despite United’s torrid end to the campaign, Nani believes Solskjaer can guide the club back to glory.The Orlando City ace, who spent eight years at Old Trafford, said: “He’s been there in the past.He told Omnisport: “Obviou game – you’ll get linked to other jobs,” he told Sky Sports.”People link me, at times, to top clubs – I’m already in a top job club raided the Catalan giants for Yaya Toure in the summer andcontent_img are now aiming to convince the club to part with the 26-year-old Ballon d’Or nomineeCity are willing to offer a huge fee to get their man, who only signed a new long-term contract at the Nou Camp at the end of last year.And, according to Spanish daily Marca, Barca could be tempted to sell for the right price.A representative is quoted in the paper as saying: “Iniesta has had a great year and has come through the Barcelona youth system, but this does not mean that the Catalan club do not consider a good offer.”