WINDOW WHISPERS: West Ham informs about loan agreement for Roma star Steven Nzonzi and Inter Milan hold further talks about Manchester United star Tahith Chong
- West Ham has asked for a possible credit change for Roma star Steven Nzonzi
- Burnley may use Nakhi Wells as part of a swoop for Bristol City & Josh Brownhill
- Inter Milan held talks about an offer for Manchester United starlet Tahith Chong
- AC Milan has shown surprising interest in Nottingham Forest's Matty Cash
West Ham have requested about a possible loan deal for Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi.
However, the Italians want about £ 3.5 million for a loan and the player has a hefty salary.
Nzonzi, 31, is lent to Galatasaray but would like to move to London where he has family. Hammersbaas David Moyes is broad-minded about who he brings in, with Joe Allen from Stoke revisited on Monday.
Burnley can use Bristol City's interest in Nahki Wells as a lever in their attempt to sign Josh Brownhill. Wells, 29, will be recalled from his QPR loan amid interest from a number of clubs. He is without a contract in the summer, although Burnley has an option for a year, so will demand a fee of around £ 6 million.
Burnley like Bristol City midfielder Brownhill, who has a £ 7m clause in his contract that operates in the summer. Burnley has refused loan offers from Fulham, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield to defend Ben Gibson.
Inter Milan held further discussions on a contract offer for Tahith Chong from Manchester United. The winger, 20, is without contract in the summer and is struggling to agree conditions at Old Trafford.
He is also wanted by Barcelona and Juventus. Inter proposes a five-year contract. Inter confirms Wednesday the signing of Victor Moses from Chelsea after he has completed his medical training.
AC Milan has shown a surprising interest in Nottingham Forest's Matty Cash, 22. He has returned from midfield and has caught the attention of Milan and West Ham.
Forest asked Huddersfield for striker Steve Mounie a day after lending Adama Diakhaby from the Yorkshire club and discussing deals for former Arsenal midfielder Marcus McGuane, 20, and striker Julian Larsson, 18, from AIK in Sweden.
Forest defender Jack Robinson has completed his move to Sheffield United. Celtic has revived the interest in Blades & # 39; Billy Sharp.
& # 39; I was in the area! & # 39; Chris Kamara produces another memorable Soccer Special blunder when he confuses Southampton striker Michael Obafemi with former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins
- Soccer Saturday expert Chris Kamara again made a blunder in the show
- Kamara was at Selhurst Park to see Crystal Palace perform in Southampton
- Kamara got confused between Michael Obafemi and Obafemi Martins
- [1945 Obafemi plays for Southampton while Martins is a former Newcastle striker
Chris Kamara has a history of creating comic moments on Soccer Special, with his most memorable being that Anthony Vandenborre's red card did not recognize when Portsmouth faced Blackburn in 2010.
But the football analyst was again in the middle of another blunder after he confused Southampton striker Michael Obafemi with former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins.
Kamara was in Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening to see how the saints took over Crystal Palace and described the bright start of Ralph Hasenhuttl & # 39; s men when he made the howler monkey.
& # 39; In the first few minutes of this game it was all Southampton, they play in the Crystal Palace half, & # 39; said Kamara
& # 39; Obafemi Martins plays front instead of Danny Ings … not Obafemi Martins, what is his name? Someone obafemi, & he continued.
& # 39; Michael Obafemi, that's who! Haha! I was close! I knew there was an Obafemi somewhere! & # 39 ;.
The studio and Kamara itself burst t and laugh out for a good few seconds before presenter Jeff Stelling added: & # 39; Obafemi Martins is as old as Tommo (Soccer Special expert Phil Thompson) Kammy! & # 39;
And although Stelling's remark may be exaggerated, Martins' career is certainly coming to an end
The 35-year-old Nigerian represented Newcastle for three years between 2006 and 2009 and also played for Inter Milan and Birmingham City, and is known for its trademark acrobatic celebration.
Martins has not had a club since he left
Meanwhile, Southampton & # 39; s Irish international Obafemi is at the start of his career after turning 19 in July last year.
Obafemi was brought in by Southampton from Leyton Orient in 2018 and became the youngest scorer of the Premier League Saint when he scored against Huddersfield in December later that year.
The striker also made his Republic of Ireland debut in November 2018 in their 0-0 draw with Denmark in the UEFA Nations League.
Frank Lampard is justified in his decision to abandon David Luiz … after the Arsenal Center is SENT back after 26 minutes in a nightmare back to his former club
& # 39; It is something that I am definitely not looking forward to, & he said when asked about the goal in January Edinson Cavani . "Sometimes the young players need a little help."
However, what he saw coming out right in front of him in 26 minutes from Luiz, only justified his decision to abandon one of the seasoned campaigners he had to rely on when he was appointed last summer.
The 32-year-old's name was booed along with his every touch by the excited home fans, angry with his violation in London.
An early error was symptomatic of his uncomfortable start, as was the role he played in a number of unnecessary replays at the back of Arsenal, which gave him a tap from manager Mikel Arteta.
Worse was coming in the 26th minute when Tammy Abraham Bernd Leno and Luiz bypassed, trying to make up for a mistake by his partner in calamities Shkodran Mustafi, dragging him down to get a red card to earn.
Luiz waited in vain for a delay but it was not forthcoming. He went away. In reality, referee Stuart Attwell Luiz did a favor by taking him out of his misery.
The mocking of Chelsea fans continued after Jorginho converted the sentence – & # 39; David Luiz, he is one of our own & # 39 They are sarcastically and cheerfully girded.
While the nightmare returns to a former club, you'll have trouble seeing one as bad as this one.
While Luiz rushed away and accepted lucky hands from fellow Brazilian Willian and his teammates on the way to the tunnel, there was no flicker of Lampard, who remained standing in his technical room and did not seem to recognize Luiz as he did w alked.
They were once teammates, but as his manager, Lampard had to break the bad news for him last summer.
Lampard wanted to take a different path, with younger players. Luiz did not hang around trying to fight for his place and pushed on to Arsenal.
In reality, there was not too much resistance from Chelsea amid concerns of some that Luiz might not be the kind of character to stay in the background when he is not playing.
On Tuesday he was and it was not his character in question, more his quality, so Lampard had no regrets.
& # 39; I feel sorry for Arteta … when it was the last time they bought a good middle half? & # 39 ;: Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown and Joe Cole were in Arsenal's disaster duo Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz after giving Chelsea opener
- Shkodran Mustafi couldn't get enough of his back pass to goalkeeper Bernd Leno
- David Luiz tried the error of the partner to make up, but contaminated Tammy Abraham
- Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown and Joe Cole criticized the Gunners' middle ridge
Mustafi couldn't get enough of his back pass to goalkeeper Bernd Leno and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham first hit the ball.
Luiz tried to correct the error from his center back, but after Abraham had taken the ball around Leno, the Brazilian brought the attacker down with an open goal in front of him.
Luiz got a straight red card and Chelsea got a penalty on the half-ho ur mark by referee Stuart Attwell while Abraham was denied a goal chance.
Jorginho repented of the spot and in the break, former players Ferdinand, Keown and Cole Arsenal center back criticized.
We discussed Mustafi before the game, I feel there is a fear in this player, and you can smell it, & Ke 39 told Keown BT Sport .
& # 39; You have to put everything out of your mind, I sympathize with Luiz . Mustafi is waiting for an accident. I think that is definitely a red one.
& # 39; Arsenal needs an upper middle half to come quickly. & # 39;
Cole added: & # 39; I feel sorry for Arteta. If you have Luiz and Mustafi, you cannot win any games and this has been going on for Arsenal for too long. & # 39;
While the former United half Ferdinand on BT Sport said: & # 39; When was it the last time they bought a good middle half? [Laurent] Koscielny? It was a good punishment.
& # 39; I feel sorry for Arteta, he must continue to pick Mustafi. I regret that there is nobody else behind in the youth team. & # 39;
EFL clubs willing to fight for the existence of League Cup after Pep Guardiola claimed that competitions should be scrapped to reduce workload
- Football League clubs are prepared fighting hard for the existence of the League Cup
- Pep Guardiola put forward the prospect that a domestic competition could be deposed
- The Manchester City boss is worried about the number of matches in a year
- But the financial advantage for EFL clubs will mean considerable resistance
Football League clubs are willing to fight hard for de The existence of League Cup should talk about its elimination.
Guardiola is concerned about the number of games scheduled in a calendar year and suggested that the country's second trophy is one that England could do without.
The idea of that, however, would be considerably opposed by the EFL clubs, given the financial benefits that the Premier League offers.
The newest television offer from EFL, in force until 2024, is worth £ 595 million and the Carabao Cup makes up a third of that amount.
Championship clubs, League One and League Two made it clear on Tuesday that they would not support the prospect of scrapping the format.
Some outfits in the lower division have generated six – configure gains from stellar draws in recent seasons and see a run in the competition, as potential money spins in a time when clubs struggle for income.
I needed him to make the team one of my vice captains & # 39 ;: Padraig Harrington doubted Lee Westwood & # 39; s chances of Ryder Cup action before the amazing Abu Dhabi triumph
- Padraig Harrington thought Lee Westwood would not play at the Ryder Cup this year
- Europe's captain had Westwood down to put it down make team as vice-captain
- Westwood's chances increased after success in Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington freely admits that he thought Lee Westwood had no chance to make the European team for the September game.
& # 39; When the qualification started, people told me that Lee had a one percent chance & # 39 ;, the Irishman confided Sportsmail .
& # 39; I had brought him down to make the team, but as one of my vice captains. & # 39;
The odds of the 46-year-old have increased enormously after his moving success in the big money Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday.
Harrington is impressed – but still wants to see more. "I can't think of anyone who does not want in-form Westwood in their team, but continuing to play well is the key," he said. "It's one thing that plays well in January, but we need him, and indeed everyone who plays well in September."
Harrington, who is 18 months older than Westwood, added: & I was clearly delighted with a Ryder Cup position to see him win, but it was also inspiring on a personal level. It shows that people can still win my age on tour. & # 39;
Westwood hopes to continue his good form in this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic – the only event of the four that every year in the Middle East and which he still has to win.
Sunday evening his attempt to keep a dry January came to an end. "I was a cheap date for someone, because after almost three weeks without a drink I flew after four beers," he said. & # 39; I watched Liverpool beat Manchester United with Thomas Bjorn (a Liverpool fan), so he was happy when I saw how my American football team, the San Francisco 49ers, reached the Super Bowl. It was the perfect sports day. & # 39;
He has gone through hundreds of congratulations. "It was great that it went beyond golf," he said. "I got them from everyone, from Gary Player and Greg Norman to Ronan Keating and Robbie Williams, from friends from years ago when I was in school. I suppose it has reached an agreement, the guy who is almost 47 and he is hanging there still has the drive. & # 39;
Six Nations to remain on free-to-air TV … with BBC and ITV delivering record ratings when they see the challenge of Sky and BT
- The Six Nations seems likely to remain on free-to-air TV in the UK via BBC and ITV
- The current deal is worth £ 90 million and provides record number of view numbers
- Last year's Wales victory drew an audience of 8.9 m
- Sky Sports or BT Sport could still bid high for one of the packages offered
New Investors CVC Capital Partners had hoped to win a larger contract by bringing part or all of the tournament to satellite television, starting with reclaiming part of their proposed investment of £ 300 million.
But the purchase of a 15 percent stake in the Six Nations has yet to be completed prior to the approaching auction of rights.
CVC & # 39; s long-term strategy is the bundling of all natio National and international competitions from the home countries together in one rights package to increase value – their discussions with the Six Nations follow previous investments in the Gallagher Premiership and the Pro14 – but that plan may have to wait.
Although the domestic rights for the autumn internationals, Six Nations, Premiership and Pro 14 are all available from the 2022 season and will all come on the market at the same time, such a bundle is also likely to be complex, given the need for a deal in the coming months.
The power brokers of Six Nations are also largely satisfied with the existing deal with BBC and ITV, which is worth between them £ 90 million and yields a record viewing figures.
As a result, the broadcasters are confident that they will retain the rights they currently share, although Sky Sports or BT Sport may still try to outbid them for one of the packages.
Wales & last year's win over England in Cardiff drew a peak audience of 8.9 m over the BBC, more than a FA Cup draw between Manchester United and Chelsea in the same week.
Covering the Celtic countries is especially important for the BBC, as it contributes to fulfilling their task of being a national broadcaster, fundamental to maintaining funding with license fees. live rights to the fall series of England, through which the Six Nations leave for terrestrial canals.
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Barnsley defender Bambo Diaby & # 39; fails drug test after being tested after a defeat at Blackburn on November 23 & # 39;
- Barnsley defender Bambo Diaby reportedly failed a drug test
- The 22-year-old did not play in the 1-0 defeat last weekend against Bristol City
- Diaby was supposed to have been tested after Barnsley's defeat against Blackburn
- Diaby has vowed to erase his name and has his Innocence advocated by teammates
Barnsley defends Bambo Diaby reportedly does not have a drug test endured
The 22-year-old is believed to have been tested on November 23, after Tykes' 3-2 defeat against Blackburn in Ewood Park.
The defender born in Spain has pleaded his innocence for his teammates and he will adamantly erase his name, according to Mirror .
Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber called his team for a team meeting to break the news last week before telling the group that Diaby would not play against Bristol City last Saturday.
Positive drug tests can take a while to process and come with a maximum four-year ban, but still remain a rarity in football.
Diaby is allowed to continue playing while the drug test processing continues.
The FA cooperates with UK Anti-Doping to provide players after matches, during training and to test at other random intervals.
Former Southport defender Mike Phenix is considered the last soccer player to have tested positive for a banned substance.
Phenix tested positive for cocaine in September 2018, but only got its four-year ban in May last year.
Leyton Orient & # 39; s last-minute equalizer of the spot against Northampton descends into 17-man BRAWL as two players are sent away in fiery scenes on Brisbane Road
Josh Wright & # 39; s late equalizer for Leyton Orient against Northampton led to a 17-man fight in which a player from either side was eliminated.
The penalty saved a point for the home team on Brisbane Road, but in the immediate aftermath a fight broke out between two players before members of both League Two teams stacked in the melee.
The fight was eventually aborted before referee Orient winger James Dayton and Northampton defender Scott Wharton rejected – the game ended 1-1.
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The fight started between Dayton and Wharton when the Orient player tried to remove the ball from the goal, while looking for a winner.
Dayton then seems to grab Wharton by the neck and turn him before Wharton piles on his opponent next to the billboards.
After 17 players became involved in the fight, referee Alan Young chose to fire the instigators, with Dayton and Wharton both receiving their marching orders before the game resumed.
Northamp ton had previously taken the lead on the stroke of rest time t by Ryan Watson for the late drama in the League Two clash.
The result means that Orient is in 19th place in the table, six points safe and at the bottom of Morecambe.
Meanwhile, Northampton continues to place on the play-off, in sixth on 46 points but only two points on Crewe in the last automatic promotion spot.