Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, 8 March

For all of Sunday’s top transfer gossip, read on..Manchester United are ready to sell record signing Angel Di Maria, 27, in the summer as they believe they can persuade Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, 25, to join the club.Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Lars Bender, 25, is now a transfer target for Manchester United after Roma’s Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman suffered a new injury setback.(Italian side Roma are prepared to hand Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 29, a £18.1m package – including wages of £100,000-a-week for three years – to quit the Etihad Stadium club on a free transfer.But the Premier League champions are concerned about their quota of home-produced players and are considering moves for midfielders Jack Wilshere, 23, from Arsenal and Everton’s Ross Barkley, 21 as well as West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell, 25.Manchester City have also joined Liverpool in the race to sign 22-year-old Burnley striker Danny Ings, whose contract with the Turf Moor club runs out in the summer.Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal sent a scout to watch Ings and now the Old Trafford club are also keen to sign the England Under-21 international.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces a struggle to keep midfielder Jordan Henderson, 24, at Anfield with no sign of an agreement over a new contract after an n Roma whizkid Nicolo Zaniolo.Spurs are looking to recruit young and promising talent this summer after going 18 months without a single signing.However, any deal for Zaniolo now seems unlikely.According to CalcioMercato, the Serie A club are demandi£content_img80,000-a-week deal was rejected last year.Newcastle will watch Senegal international Moussa Konate, 21, in action on Sunday as they consider a move for the FC Sion str reports Arsenal and West Ham are keen on Omidiji Jr.The striker is only 15 but is attracting considerable interest, with West Ham thought to be the front runners.Championships club Nottingham Forest are also tracking him aiker.Blackburn Rovers could allow striker Jordan Rhodes, 25, join Championship promotion chasers Derby County on loan if they are knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool on Sunday.

Championship round-up: Huddersfield remain top as Leeds fall into bottom three

Leeds fell into the Championship relegation places after losing to defeat to league leaders Huddersfield. Aaron Mooy beat Rob Green with a screamer early in the second half to secure all three points for David Wagner’s side, and put even more pressure onto Garry Monk.Scott Hogan scored in both halves of the game as Brentford downed Brighton at the Amex. Hogan’s goals leave the Seagulls in midtable, with just two wins from their opening six games.High-flying Fulham lost their first game of the season, being downed by Birmingham at Craven Cottage. David Button stopped Donaldson opening the scoring midway through the first-half, pushing the striker’s penalty wide for a corner. Michael Madl was dismissed for two bookable offences just before the end of the opening period, before Donaldson made up for his earlier penalty miss, netting from the spot moments after the interval. The hosts pressed for an equaliser, but failed to continue their unbeaten run.A potential injury to Robbie Brady overshadowed Norwich’s win over Cardiff, after the winger was taken off early on. Cameron Jerome ns team.Zidane earned some breathing space this week with a Champions League win at Galatasaray.But Mijatovic says: “I have said that so far Madrid does not convince me to think that this year it will win many titles. “We are in the month of Octoberetted after quarter of an hour against his former club, converting a Jacob Murphy cross to open the scoring. Russell Martin doubled the hosts’ lead early in the second half, and although Anthony Pilkington pulled two back for the Bluebirds, Norwich grabbed a third through Josh Murphy to claim all three points.Preston’s poor start to the season continued after Adam Armstrong scored a late winner for Barnsley at Deepdale. Sam Winnall put the visitors in front half an hour in, before Aiden McGeady pulled Preston level 20 minutes into the second period. However, Armstrong struck with 10 minutes left as Simon Grayson’s men lost their fifth game of the season.Blackburn remain without a win this season, after fighting back to draw 1-1 with QPR at Loftus Road. Tjaronn Chery put the hosts in front, before Sam Gallagher equalised for the visitors 20 minutes from time.Rotherham moved out of the bottom three after claiming a share of the spoils with Bristol City. Izzy Brown grabbed the opening goal after just six minutes, the Chelsea loanee tapping into the empty net from close range. Aden Flint sent the ball into his own net to double the hosts’ lead, but Tammy Abraham – also of Chelsea – and Bobby Reid pulled City level to keep the Robins in the upper half of the table.Will Grigg continued his fine form in the Championship by grabbing the opening goal of Wigan’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday. Grigg netted five minutes in, before Steven FleReports in Germany emerged on Thursday claiming Bayern Munich hadcontent_img reignited their interest in the 18-year-old winger.The Bavarian giants had four bids rejected for the England international, who is out of contract in 2020.However, the Telegraph says tcher netted his first goal for the Owls to equalise. Fernando Forestieri managed to put the hosts in front, and they held on to get back to winning ways after four games without victory.Will Miller netted in injury time to pull Burton level against Wolves and deal a blow to Walter Zenga’s promotion hopes. Burton star Lucas Akins missed from the penalty spot, Carl Ikeme saving the attempt 20 minutes in. Wolves finally broke the deadlock after a period of domination, Prince Oniangue thrashing the ball into the back of the net after 77 minutes, but as it appeared as if they were storming onto victory, Miller popped up to bring the Brewers level and secure a point.

Alan Brazil breakfast bite – Friday, May 5

Ray Wilkins and Scontent_imgun reporter Neil Custis clash over Marcus Rashford’s match-winning goal forMandzukic is not training with his first team squad as he prepares for a January exit.The Croatian striker has been tipped to join Manchester United when the transfer window re-opens and bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options. “Mandzukic is Manchester United on Thursday night and it makes for a brilliant listen!Each morning the Alaturn to France has never been considered.Hazard won the Ligue 1 player of the year award twice while at Lille, yet a return to France wasn’t on his mind and certainly not when PSG called.”They often tried to recruit me, but I didn’t want to return ton BrazilSports Breakfast team will share a top clip from the day’s show. Check back on Monday for another breakfast bite.

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: January 31, 2017

This Tuesday morning on Sportsday we bring you your essential round-up of the morning’s top sports stories.We look back on the FA Cup fifth round draw, preview a busy evening of Premier League action including Chelsea’s trip to Liverpool and bring you all the latest transftt.The Sun says the 21-year-old midfielcontent_imgder will officially leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the month and could head straight to St James’ Park.Scott has been with the Blues since the age of ten but failed to make the breakthrouger news and rumours on transfer dtico Paranaense have welcomed Arsenal’s interest in Bruno Guimaraes.Paranaense chief Mario Celso Petraglia confirmed Arsenal had been monitoring the player, but face competition from Portuguese giants Benfica for his signature.He claimed Benfica had eadline day.

On-loan Joe Hart does not see his future at Manchester City

Joe Hart admits he is expecting to be made available for transfer again by Manchester City when his loan spell at Torino finishes.The England goalkeeper is on a season-long loan with the Italian outfit after slipping down the pecking order at City following Pep Guardiola’s appointment as boss over the summer.The tone of a statement Hart, who has been with the Blues since 2006, released around the time of the move to Serie A suggested he believed he would not be returning to City.And in an interview with Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday programme this week, the 29-year-old said about next summer: “I don’t think City are going to be stand group stage clash with Besiktas.The Portuguese forward missed the win over Watford on Saturday due to a foot injury. But Nuno has revealed Jota will be assessed prior to the trip to Turkey.”Diogo had a knock before the game of Crystal Palace. He plaing in the way – if somebody really wants me, then I’m probably going to be made available.“So it will be about talking and working out what is next and what the best move is for whichever club that might be and for myself.“I’ve not been sent here to see how I do or see if I improve. I’ve been sent out because I wasn’t wanted.“I’m not here to prove what I can do, I’m here because I need to look elsewhere and I didn’t have a chance to sort anything permanently.&#822.The Croatia international is set to be sold by Barca in January after finding himself surplus to requirements this season.Movistar+ says Atletico have told Barca they will offer €40m for Rakitic ahead of the winter market.Just this week, Rakitic a1;Regarding Guardiola, Hart added: “I came in after the other players because of the Euros, and when we first had a conversation he said he had his reservations about me.“I shook his hand, I said it was professionally honest, but not what I wanted to hear.“I said I wanted to work for him and secontent_imge what happens but I got the impression that it wasn’t really going anywhere. I got the feeling I wasn’t going to play.“I spoke to the chief executive (Ferran Soriano) and said: ‘You want me to go don’t you?’ He didn’t stop me with what I was saying.“I’m up for a fight but you’ve got to be clever and pick your battle. It was the opinion of a guy who has got a lot of power at the club and I wasn’t on the right side of it.“The goalkeeper he signed (Claudio Bravo) was a good goalkeeper. He liked Willy (Cabellero) as well, he liked Angus (Gunn) and I wouldn’t say there was an awful lot coming in my direction so I thought I needed to go elsewhere and I’m really grateful to Torino for giving me the opportunity.“I would have backed myself but I prefer thinking about how I can help Torino now rather than ‘what if’ or ‘I could have done that’.”Hart insists he feels no bitterness towards City over the situation.“It’s football,” Hart said.“I’ve seen loads of mad stuff happen. I’ve seen people leave that I didn’t think were worthy of leaving and people staying that maybe shouldn’t. It just moves along and there is no point getting wrapped up in it.“My feelings towards City will never change. I feel really strongly towards them as a club and I really want them to do well.”

Andre Ayew to undergo scan after suffering thigh injury on West Ham debut

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is hopeful Andre Ayew will make a swift return to action.The Hammers’ £20m record signing suffered a thigh injury on his debut against Chelsea on Monday night and limped offless thanhalf an hour into He is now set to undergo a scan to determine the extent of the problem, although the 26-year-old is confident it is only a minor issue.“Ayew has a thigh injury, he told me it’s not a big one but you never know,” said Bilic.“He will have a scan and we have to wait for the result of the scan to know how long he will be nchez must cut his personal demands if he’s to stay permanently with Inter Milan.Sanchez is on loan to the end of the season with Inter, and has seen his season interrupted by reports the Chilean is still hopeful of making thout.”Ayew is unlikely to feature in Thursday’s Europa League trip to Astra Giurgui in Romaniawhatever the outcome of the scan results,while another summer signing, Sofiane Feghouli, is also set to miss out with a hamstring problem.Despite the injury problems in attack, Bilic insists he will not rush Dimitri Payet back into content_imgaction after his exploits with France at Euro 2016.The playmaker was left on the bench forMonday’s defeat at Chelsea having returned late to pre-season training.“Feghouli picked up something against Juventus which we didn’t think was an injury and he trler insists Western Sydney Wanderers are capable of beating all their A-League opponents ahead of Saturday’s clash with Melbourne City at AAMI Park.With eight games remaining, the Wanderers sit three points behind sixth-placed Western United with a gained for a week but he is injured,” said Bilic.“It was a plan for Dimitri to come on for not more than half an hour.“I spoke to him yesterday, he felt good and he looks good in training, but he’s not ready yet for 90 minutes. It was the plan to bring him on.“He gives you composure, he creates opportunities and space for other players.”

Manchester United FC news: Jose Mourinho hopes Lyon-bound Memphis Depay can return to Old Trafford one day

Jose Mourinho hopes Memphis Depay performs so well at Lyon that the outgoing Manchester United winger one day returns to Old Trafford.Expectations were high in the summer of 2015 when the 22-year-old arrived in a big-money deal from PSV Eindhoven, but an underwhelming first season was followed by a difficult second campaign.Depay has made just one United start since Mourinho’s arrival and is now joining Lyon in a deal which is understood toUnited have inserted a sell-on clause into the deal and an option that could see them one day buy back the winger – a move Mourinho would be welcome to if things work out in France.Put to the boss that the club have got some security built into the deal if Depay comes good, the Portuguese said: “Of course because potentially he is a very good player.“I think when Mr Van Gaal decided to buester City midfielder David Silva would love to leave the club an FA Cup winner.Silva is determined to win more trophies with City in this, his final campaign with the Club.The City skipper shone during the 4-0 victory over Fulham, and he is hoping ty him, he did well. He knew him very well from the national team.“He was very young when in the Woe celebrate excessively if he scores against Manchester United.It will be the third time Rooney has faced United since leaving the club in 2017.Rooney kissed the United badge when he returned to Everton as a youngster, but that won’t be happening at rld Cup. He had flashes of top quality.“He was playing well in Holland – we know that thcontent_imge Dutch league is not the same but he was showing very good things.“I think Mr Van Gaal and Manchester United they did well to buy him.“He didn’t succeed in this 18 months, I would say, but he is very young so I think it is important for the club to keep control of this talent.“And we all wish that he plays very, very well at Olympique Lyon and why not to come back because everyone here likes him.”

Championship round-up: Newcastle go top of the table while Ipswich beat Bristol City

Dwight Gayle took his goal tally for the season to 19 as Neule out of a move this summer.Dembele left Celtic for Lyon last season and has scored 20 goals in his debut campaign.His performances have caughcontent_imgt the eye of Manchester United, who have reportedly lined up a £40m offer. And the 22-year-old admits a mwcastle bounced back top the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with victory over 10-man Nottingham Forest.Gayle’s 63rd-minute volley and a scruffy seChristian Eriksen is a late market target for PSG.Le Parisien says Eriksen is a target for PSG as a replacement for Neymar.The Danish midfielder is out of contract at the end of next season and looks set to leave Tottenham within the next year.Barcelcond 10 minutes from time eventually settled a tight encounter after Nicolao Dimitru’s first goal for Forest had cancelled out Matt Ritchie’s early opener in front of a crowd of 52,228, the biggest of the season at St James’ Park.The win, coupled with the postponement of leaders Brighton’s home game with Cardiff, saw Rafael Benitez’s side leapfrog the Seagulls to finish 2016 in pole position.However, Forest left Tyneside aggrieved after skipper Matt Mills was sent off on the hour in controversial circumstances four weeks after Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett suffered a similar fate in a 2-1 defeat at the City Ground.A superb overhead kick by Brett Pitman gave Ipswich a priceless 2-1 victory as Bristol City’s struggles continued in the Sky Bet Championship.The Town striker brilliantly grabbed an 88th-minute winner, one that Ipswich ultimately deserved after finishing the game on top.They went in at half-time a goal ahead thanks to Kevin Bru’s deft finish but Bristol City hit back when Tammy Abraham scored his 12th goal in 24 league matches following a defensive mix-up involving Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski and defender Christophe Berra.It was left to Pitman to steal the show and relieve some of the pressure that had been mounting on manager Mick McCarthy.

Exclusive – Redknapp hails ‘class act’ Ferdinand after ex-England captain’s retirement

Harry Redknapp paid a glowing tribute to one of the Premier League’s all-time great defenders, after The former England captain called time on a trophy-laden 19-year career – including six Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Champions League – .Ferdinand, who started his playing days at West Ham and moved to Leeds and Manchester United , has enjoyed great success on the pitch, but the 36-yearth admits this season’s success is the culmination of 15 years of commitment.Bath is delighted seeing so many graduates get their chance under manager Frank Lampard.He told “When you’ve known the players and their families since they w-old endu feared he had KILLED Chelsea legend John Terry.The Gunners are preparing to face London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final later this month. Playing in the 2007 League Cup final, Terry was knocked out when Diaby tried to clear a corner kick. redtragedy off the field earlier this month; sadly losinghis wife Rebecca to cancer at the age of just 34.And former West Ham and QPR manager Redknapp not only hailed his ability as a footballer, but also his decency as a person.“Rio’s just a class act,” Redknapp told Weekend Sports Breakfast.“I signed him for West Ham when he was 14 and I remember talking to him and he’d always ask about the first-team players.“How they prepared, what they ate, what boots they wore, what Paulo di Canio does to warm up…hecontent_img just wanted to know everything about the first-team.“From day one we knew he was going to be a special talent. He had absolutely everything and he was so quick too.“We used to do a lot of 1-v-1, attack versus defence, drills and I remember one time Eyal Berkovic came up to me and said, ‘Gaffer, I’ve been here two years and I’ve never seen anyone beat Rio, it’s a waste of time!“Even Di Canio, he’d get the ball off him every time, he was incredible.“You just couldn’t fault him, he’s a genuinely great lad.“I think he’s doing his coaching badges now – he’s got a real football brain, he understands the game – and hopefully he’ll get into coaching now.”

Fastest players in the Premier League from matchday 24

Pace is a quality much prized in modern football, but who are the quickest players in the Premier League?We’ve got the stats from the latBayern Munich wing-back Joshua Kimmich admits he’d welcome Pep Guardiola back to the club.The Manchester City manager is being linked with an end of season return to Bayern.And Kimmich stated, “I owe him a lot. He took me as a second division player and he made me play in the Bundesliga and Champions League. “We did the double and then I became international. “So obviously I would not complain.”est round of top flight matches, courtesy of .Check thennar Solksjaer woulcontent_imgd not solve the problems at Manchester United.The Red Devils slipped down to 12th with last weekend’s dismal loss to Newcastle United.But Berbatov believes Solskjaer isn’t solely to blame for the club’s fall from grace.”Honestly fom out in the gallery above.

DONE DEAL! Burnley sign Ashley Westwood from Aston Villa on three-and-a-half year contract

Burnley have completed the signing of midfielder Ashley Westwood from Aston Villa.The 26-year-old has signed a three-and-a-year contract [with the option of a further year] and joins for an undisclosed fee.His move brings to an end almost five years at Villa Park, where he made 162 appearances for the club – including 124 in the Premier League – and he could make his debut for Burnley when they travel to Watford at the weekend.“I’m delighted to be here. It’s happened fast but I’ve been made to feel very welcome and I can’t wait to get going,“ Westwood told Clarets Player.“It feels like a proper football club and homely and that’s what I like. I like to be appreciated and I think I will definitely get that here.“The manager at Villa said I could speak to Burnley and for me that was perfect – a fresh start because things had got a bit stale at Villa. It’s a ys they won’t be moving for Sporting CP ace Bruno Fernandes.Fernandes scored one goal and created another to help Sporting Lisbon earn a 2-2 draw against the Reds in New York’s Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Having been asked about the possibility of Ffresh start and I want to show people what I can really do.“I have had some great times at Villa but recently it’s not been too good. I’m back in the Premier League and I’ve got another chance – coming here into a dressing room like this, full of British talent, and people who want to do well.“I fit that bill and hopefully we can grow as a team and keep on improving. For any club to stay in the Premier League is a big achievement. Burnley are doing very well and hopefully that can keep improving.“I have watched Burnley and they look a bunch of people who work hard and have definitely got enough talent and hopefully I can add to that.“Westwood began his car is backing his old club to win the Champions League tonight.The Uruguayan spent three seasons at content_imgSpurs before bringing his playing career to an end in 2004 and the club is still close to his heart.Ahead of tonight’s final against Liverpool, Poyet saeer at Crewe and joined Villa in 2012. He helped the Midlands club reach the 2015 FA Cup final, where they lost to Arsenal, and was part of the Villa squad relegated from the Premier League last season.

Premier League club stadiums: From newest to the oldest – can you guess which ones are over 100 years old?

West Ham’s first season at the London Stadium marks the first time since 1904 that the East London club have called a ground other than Upton Park their home.The Hammers are the latest in a list of Premier League clubs to leave a much-loved ground in favour of a modern stadium.By contrast, Liverpool are set to open a brand new main stand at Anfield, having decided to refurbish their existing ground rather tnsideration ahead of the summer market.Tuttosport says Chelsea are eyeing a €50m (£43m) move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and have liMauricio Pochettino is tied to Tottenham until the end of the season.The Mirror says Pochettino’s Tottenham exit package has given under-fire Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more time.If the Argentine lands another job before the end of tned up Brescia teenager Sandro Tonali as a back-up option.The young duo are also said to be of interest to Juhan start form scratch.Which got us thinking, which is the oldest stadium in the Premier League? Find out in the slideshow above.NB. In some cases current Premier League stadiums were in use for other sportscontent_img before hosting football, but we are counting only from the year in which the ground began hosting football matches.

Premier League, Super Bowl, Six Nations… it’s a ‘Magnificent Seven’ sporting feast

It’s that time of the week again… the time for talkSPORT 2’s afternoon show to pick its ‘Magnificent Seven’.Each Monday afternoon, hostcontent_img Ray Stubbs and his guests, Dan Windle and Ian Cruise,dissect the weekend action to come up with a list of sporting excellence.There are no real rules, everythin insists they’ll play to win against Liverpool tomorrow.Wolves will finish seventh in their first season back in the top flight and have also beaten all four of England’s European finalists. “We prepare ourselves for the gamemprove next season.The Brazilian finished with a league high 21 clean sheets in his debut season at Anfield.While Alisson has impressed mightily, Achtenberg says his game can go to another level.”When you come new into the Premier League, you always like we always did in thg and everyone is up for grabs.This weekend we had standout performances in the Premier League,the Six Nations, the Davis Cup, European tour golf and, of course, the Super Bowl.So who made the cut? Have a listen to find out…

Liverpool FC news: Premier League title is not unrealistic, says Bolo Zenden

It will be an exciting season for Liverpool fans in terms of theed with their 2-0 win over Getafe.Arturo Vidal and a Djene own goal gave Barca the points after they had been dumped out of the Champions League last week.”There’s nothing like making a recovery,” Valverde said. “I think it has had an effect on us al Premier League title race, according to former midfielder Bolo Zenden.The club have scored 18 times this season, one fewer than Arsenal and Man City, and their dangerous attack is going to be key to their chances of a first crown since 1990 given the frailties they have in defence.However Zenden, part of the Liverpool team that reached the 2007 Champions League final, acknowledged it was still too early in the season to discuss them as possible champions, though they have the opportunity to put more daylight between them and Man United on Monday night.A win for Jurgen Klopp’s side against their north west rivals will sed team-mates after scoring a hat-trick in their 4-2 win at Burnley.Pulisic has endured a difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge after losing his place in the starting XI before being reinstated by Frank Lampard at Turf Moor.”The first few monthsee them go level on points with Man City and Arsenal at the top of the table.“If you let Liverpool play they can [challenge],” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT.“I have to admit I’m more of a fan content_imgof the middle and front because I think they still struggle at the back a little bit too much, but then again that’s the beauty of football: if you score one more than the opposition, you still win the game.“That’s the way they set out; they just want to go out and score one more and I think everybody’s a winner.”

Chelsea FC transfer news: Blues willing to loan Cesc Fabregas to AC Milan

Chelsea have offered AC Milan the chance to sign Cesc Fabregas on loan.The Spaniard is yet to nail down a first-team spot under new manager Antonio Conte and speculation is rife that he may leave.The midfielder was reportedly offered to Real Madrid earlier in the summer, but the Spaker Erling Haaland, it has been revealed.United are adamant that demands over the future of Pogba will not be made as part of transfer negotiations for Haaland. The two players share the same agent in Raiola, a figure who has endured a turbulent relanish side opted against signing the former Barcelona man.And now, according to SportItalia, Milan have been given the chacontent_imgnce to take Fabregas on loan for the season.The Italian side would pay the whole of the 29-year-old’s w defeat to Everton.Theo Walcott struck an injury-time winner as 10-man Everton came back from two goals down to stun Watford in a topsy-turvy encounter at Vicarage Road.Pearson reflected: “To play very positively in the first 44 minutes, to go two ages and as a result Chelsea are willing to reduce any loan fee.