Tottenham linked with 30-year-old Ligue 1 midfielder

first_img Jeremy Clement [left] 1 Tottenham may launch a bid for Saint Etienne’s Jeremy Clement, according to reports in France.Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be unhappy with his current options in midfield following Spurs’ winless start to their Premier League campaign.Spurs have scouted Clement in the past and have now rekindled their interest in the defensive midfielder, claim France Football.However, Saint Etienne are keen to keep hold of their man,  at least until after their Europa League play-off game against Milsami.The 30-year-old has made 125 league appearances for the club since signing from Paris Saint-Germain in 2011.last_img read more

Starlets to get a chance? Arsenal team news v Sheffield Wednesday: line up for League Cup clash

first_img 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield) 45. Alex Iwobi (forward) Arsenal are riding high at the moment after beating Bayern Munich and going level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.Fans are excited and the players are confident but now the Gunners must negotiate a tricky League Cup tie with Sheffield Wednesday.Arsene Wenger will be keen to rotate and rest his squad with clashes against Swansea, Bayern Munich and Tottenham coming up, but risks his side taking their foot off the pedal.Per Mertesacker is back from injury but may not be risked, while Petr Cech will play again as David Ospina has a shoulder problem.Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky all remain out.So who will make the starting XI? Take a look at our predicted line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 11 11 11 11 14. Theo Walcott (forward) 11 37. Krystian Bielik (midfield) 5. Gabriel (centre-back) 2. Mathieu Debuchy (right-back) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! Agree with our prediction? Let us know by leaving a comment below 11 28. Joel Campbell (forward) 11 20. Mathieu Flamini (midfield) 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 3. Kieran Gibbs (left-back) 11 21. Calum Chambers (centre-back) 11last_img read more

Seven SHOCK transfers which could happen in January!

first_imgAs we edge closer to the January transfer window we’re seeing more rumours coming out.Some of these reports are fairly believable but other are likely to leave your jaw on the floor should they go through at the start of 2016.One surprising move has already gone through with Manchester City signing Australian free agent Luke Bratton, who was recently released Brisbane Roar.Several other Premier League sides could look to reignite their title bids with big transfer moves for star players.But who are the men who could make these switches? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to find out which shock transfer could go through in January… 7 Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain to Chelsea) – Spanish website Fichajes is reporting Cavani could be set to end his association with the Parisians as he once again finds himself play out wide. Being unable to oust Zlatan Ibrahimovic from a central role appears to have frustrated him and he’ll consider a switch. Arsenal want the player but it seems the Uruguay international may prefer a move to Chelsea with the player being valued at £32m. Eden Hazard (Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain) – Hazard is finding it hard to live up to his usual high standards this season and is yet to score, while only delivering two assists. Despite that he’s still a wanted man, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain interested. A €100m bid is being mulled over by the latter side according to a Belgian newspaper. 7 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich to Liverpool) – With Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Anfield it was only a matter of time before he was linked with signing some former charges. Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ilkay Gundogan have all be mentioned but the real shock reports were ones which suggested he could attempt to lure Lewandowski to Merseyside. Valued at £35m (just £2.5m more than Christian Benteke), he might actually be affordable, but are Bayern Munich mad enough to sell him? Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid to Manchester United) – Just below La Liga’s shining lights Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo sit several other quality stars, including French star Griezmann. The Atletico Madrid man has been terrorising defences in Spain for two seasons now and has 26 goals in 46 appearances. Manchester United are reportedly stepping up their interest as Louis van Gaal looks to improve his faltering frontline, with the Red Devils contacting the player’s representatives. The 24-year-old would cost around £40m. 7 7 7 7 Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Arsenal) – Arsenal’s Karim Benzema chase was ended when the man himself denied he was heading for the Real Madrid exit, leaving the Gunners to move their striker search elsewhere. Higuain has been previously linked with the club on several occasions but now could be looked at more intensely. His current release clause is £67.7m, which might be a tad too expensive, but can Arsene Wenger really risk losing another big-name striker, especially one who has hit seven goals in nine Serie A appearances. 7 Dele Alli (Tottenham to Paris Saint-Germain) – Even though many tipped the starlet for success at Spurs, it’s hard to believe the impact the 19-year-old has had at White Hart Lane. Alli has already got his first Premier League goal and his skilful box-to-box display have got Tottenham fans excited. According to L’Equipe, PSG’s sporting director Olivier Letang watched the England international in action as Mauricio Pochettino’s side took on Anderlecht in the Europa League. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City to Real Madrid) – Reports in Spain have, quite amazingly linked ex-Fleetwood Town striker Vardy with an astonishing move to La Liga giants Real. Rafael Benitez seems keen to provide Karim Benzema with some competition and the 10-goal hitman is drawing his attention. Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri, though, told reporters the Spanish side would have to spend a lot of money to get their man.last_img read more

Sergio Aguero wants to leave Man City and make shock Red Devils switch!

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has revealed he plans to leave the club when his contract expires in 2019, to return to boyhood club Independiente.The Argentine ace began his career at Independiente – nicknamed Los Diablos Rojo (the Red Devils in English) – with their academy at the age of nine and went on to make his debut as a 15-year-old.And 27-year-old Aguero, who has scored 116 goals in 176 games for City since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011, says he wants to return to his homeland when he turns 31 “if everything goes well”.In an interview with French football magazine So Foot, the City star said: “I have always said that I want to return to Independiente and I will do just that.“I will return to Independiente when my contract with City expires.“I do not want to make my comeback when I am too old. If everything goes well, I will return to the club of my heart at the age of 31.” Man City striker Sergio Aguero 1last_img read more

DEAL DONE! Jurgen Klopp seals first Liverpool signing

first_img1 Liverpool have signed Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade, the Premier League club have announced.The Serbian teenager has agreed a long-term contract and becomes Jurgen Klopp’s first signing for the Merseyside club.As part of the deal, Grujic will return to Red Star on loan for the remainder of the season.The 19-year-old, a Serbia Under-21 international, is understood to have cost Liverpool in excess of £5m.Grujic told the club’s official website: “I’m very excited and so proud to be here and a member of Liverpool Football Club. I can’t wait to get started, play at Anfield and train at Melwood.“I was thinking about my progress in my next period and decided it was good for me to come here and try to be the best I can.“I want to play in front of one of the loudest set of fans in Europe at Anfield. I also like the atmospheres at other stadiums, the crowds are very good.“I like to play under pressure and that’s why I’ve come here – because it brings out the best in me.”Grujic was understood to have been recommended to Klopp by the Liverpool manager’s Serbian assistant Zeljko Buvac.The youngster is rated highly in his homeland and has netted five goals in 21 league appearances for Red Star this season.Klopp said: “We’re very pleased because Marko is a big talent and we’ve seen him a lot of times.“When I came here, our scouts showed me some footage of a very skilled player from Red Star Belgrade. We watched it, we spoke to him, we met each other – he’s a good boy, a young boy but plays an important role at the moment at Red Star, who are the best team in Serbia.“To describe him, I would say he’s a tall boy, but quick and good at technical things. He can play passes and can dribble. But he is young, so he has to develop. He will do this, so everything is okay.” Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

Andre Villas-Boas: Former Chelsea boss blasts Roman Abramovich

first_img1 Andre Villas-Boas Andre Villas-Boas found Chelsea’s sacking of Jose Mourinho “quite incredible”, saying owner Roman Abramovich “has sacked basically every coach that he’s had”.Mourinho led Chelsea to the 2014/15 Premier League title, but this season the Blues have lurched from one crisis to another.The Portuguese left Stamford Bridge last month after a “palpable discord” with the players, Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo explained, with Guus Hiddink placed in interim control.Villas-Boas worked with his compatriot Mourinho at Chelsea earlier in his career and returned for a short, unsuccessful spell as manager in 2011.The former Tottenham boss is now in charge of Zenit St Petersburg. He is to leave the Russian club at the end of the season, when Chelsea will be looking for a permanent replacement for Mourinho.Villas-Boas told BeIN Sports: “It’s been quite incredible to see that it (being dismissed) was applied to everybody.“It was applied to probably their dearest coach, their most successful coach, so in the end we have seen nothing different. Roman has sacked basically every coach that he’s had.“It’s no different. It happened even to the best.“The same criteria that he has applied to me, for Rafa Benitez, for all the other coaches, Ancelotti, he’s applied to Jose as well.”last_img read more

Ex-karate champ in life-or-death fight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOn Sunday, the 44-year-old former karate champ’s supporters will host a benefit to raise funds for his foundation, Kidneys Quest. Organizers plan martial-arts displays, live music, comedy and card games. They will auction off martial-arts and music memorabilia, including a rare guitar signed by members of Guns N’ Roses. Doctors diagnosed Urquidez, a San Fernando general contractor, with the disease seven years ago. They gave him six months to live, but by watching his diet and staying in shape, he managed to stay relatively healthy. Now, constant fatigue slows his still-imposing frame. Reluctant to ask for help at first, he came forward when he saw that a kidney transplant would incur tens of thousands of dollars on top of his insurance. He has found three potential organ donors for himself but wants to use the foundation to spread awareness and funds for the transplant process for himself and others. “This doesn’t end with me,” he said. “The foundation is to help everyone in need of a kidney. I went through seven years of dealing with this, so I think other people can use what I learned.” His uncle William “Blinky” Rodriguez, a kick-boxer and anti-gang activist, has gotten involved, calling in favors and spreading the word throughout the martial-arts community. After Rodriguez’s wife, boxing pioneer Lily Urquidez Rodriguez, died of kidney failure in January, the fight took on even more urgent meaning. “We don’t want to lose him,” Rodriguez said. “We’re not used to asking; we’re used to giving. … But now, we need some help.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738 The Our Gang Poker Run benefitting Arnold Urquidez Jr. is Sunday, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on Sunday. Call (818) 590-4606 or (818) 521-6348, or e-mail kidneysquestfoundation@msn.com for more information.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From the first time he stepped into the ring at age 3, Arnold Urquidez Jr. always battled. Following his famed father, Arnold Sr., and uncle Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, he built his body into a hardened fighting machine. As he grew up in Mission Hills, he earned his black belt in karate at 15 and drew on his family legacy in martial arts to instruct others. Now, he’s in a different sort of struggle, fighting off kidney failure. With only 8 percent function in both kidneys, a condition brought on by childhood scarlet fever, he recently began dialysis and hopes a transplant will help him regain a normal existence. “This is my fight for my life,” he said. “But with God and my family on my side, there’s nothing I can’t do.” last_img read more

SCHOOLS MAY CLOSE THURSDAY/FRIDAY AS SNOW HITS – BUT WILL WE HAVE ENOUGH SALT TO COPE?

first_imgFEARS ARE growing that Donegal will be snowbound again this week with up to six inches of snow being forecast for this Thursday – and not enough grit to keep the roads open.More freezing temperatures overnight left many secondary roads dangerous this morning.But it is this Thursday’s forecast which could be devastating for normal life, especially in the run-up to Christmas.  The snowstorm due to hit in 48 hours may close schools across the North West. Businesses have already been hit hard by two weeks of the Big Chill, only catching up last weekend when there were record days for many shops.However schools could be closed again this Friday and in to next week if the forecasters have got it right.And for once when it comes to Donegal both the Northern forecasters and the southern forecasters are in agreement that there will be substantial wintry showers this Thursday evening.They will be accompanied by very strong winds and thunder. More of the same is being predicted for Friday – with temperatures of around -6C overnight on Friday.Meanwhile councils across Ireland are appealing to the National Roads Authority for more grit to treat our roads network.There are fears once again that Donegal will be left short – which may mean the council may not grit the roads to later on Saturday and Sunday.SCHOOLS MAY CLOSE THURSDAY/FRIDAY AS SNOW HITS – BUT WILL WE HAVE ENOUGH SALT TO COPE? was last modified: December 14th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘I still wouldn’t want Lukaku at Chelsea!’ Blues fans react to ex-star’s goals

first_imgIt’s the immutable law of ex.In a tempestuous FA Cup quarter-final between Everton and Chelsea it just had to be Romelu Lukaku who hit a brace to down his former side at Goodison Park.The Toffees won the clash 2-0 thanks to two superb strikes from the Belgian, who they signed from the Blues for £28million back in 2014.And Chelsea fans had mixed reactions to seeing their former player knock them out of the competition with some praising the 22-year-old, while others were less kind.You can see what they said on Twitter below… 1 Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring for Everton against former side Chelsea last_img read more

After Slovakia stalemate England are 9/1 to win Euro 2016 – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.England finished second in their Euro 2016 group after failing to beat Slovakia on Monday night, with Wales’ win over Russia securing them top spot.The Three Lions, who could face Portugal in the last 16, are now out to 9/1 to win the tournament, while Wales have been backed into 33/1 from 66/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img