Aston Villa fail with shock move for former Arsenal man

first_img Gervinho Aston Villa have failed in an attempt to land former Arsenal attacker Gervinho from Roma.talkSPORT told you earlier on Tuesday how Villa were close to agreeing a move with the Italian side for Adem Ljajic.According to Corriere dello Sport, however, Ljajic was not the only Roma player on their radar – with the Midlands club also enquiring about the availability of winger Gervinho.But it is understood that Villa have now ended their interest in the Ivorian after holding talks with Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini.The breakdown in negotiations for Gervinho will not affect the deal on the table for Ljajic.Tim Sherwood’s side are looking to tie up a deal for the Serbian forward this week after positive talks with Sabatini over the 23-year-old. 1last_img

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Merseyside? Der Klassiker? Madrid derby? The game I can’t wait for is…

first_imgEverton v Liverpool is live on talkSPORT at 1.30pm on Sunday 4 October.There are HUGE games this weekend, beginning with the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.INGS RELISHING FIRST DERBY GAMEEverton manager Roberto Martinez thinks the visitors, with the money they have spent are favourites to win, while his opposite number Brendan Rodgers insists he is not worried about his future.So which game are you most excited about? 1 Fans are eagerly awaiting the reveal of the Premier League fixture list last_img

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Failure to qualify for Euro 2016 ‘a disaster’ for Holland, De Boer tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Netherlands international Ronald de Boer has told talkSPORT the Oranje’s failure to qualify for the Euro 2016 is a ‘disaster’ for the team.After progressing the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil last year, where they lost in a penalty shoot-out to Argentina, many expected it to be a straightforward task for the Dutch to confirm their European Championship spot.But after just four wins from their ten qualifying games, new manager Danny Blind – who was appointed as Guss Hiddink’s successor in June – saw his side fall short.Holland still held distant hopes of moving up to third and sealing a play-off spot ahead of their final game against group winners Czech Republic, but a 3-2 defeat on Tuesday – courtesy of a Robin van Persie own goal – meant they ended the qualifying campaign in fourth.And, with the side hampered by injuries and aging stars, ex-midfielder De Boer admits they suffered from a lack of quality.“It’s a disaster, of course,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Before the qualification started a lot of people already thought Holland would be at Euro 2016.“At this moment we don’t have the quality, we don’t have the players who can make a difference. We don’t have Arjen Robben [currently out through injury] and Robin van Persie, though I don’t write him off, isn’t the competitor he was at Arsenal and Manchester United.“We don’t have players who can really replace those guys.”With Blind now under-pressure after only a short time at the helm, Premier League side Southampton have been rocked by reports linking manager Ronald Koeman to the job.But De Boer believes Holland will stick with their current man.He added: “I think you have to stick with him now, I’ve heard a lot of good things about Danny from the players and he is a respectable coach who has a great idea about football, so I think he has to continue.“I don’t see another contender for the job. Koeman is very happy at Southampton, and I think his next step will maybe be to coach another, bigger, team in England.“And I have spoken to my brother [Ajax coach Frank] and he wants to coach a club, not another country. But he’s happy at Ajax now also.”Despite the disappointment of failing to make next summer’s finals in France, De Boer has hopes for the future of the team, with manager Danny Blind beginning to break through the next generation.“We have so much quality still, for sure,” he said. “They’re young but we have so much talent there, so I believe good times are coming our way.”last_img read more

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Fan favourite Nicky Bailey re-joins Barnet

first_img1 Barnet have resigned former fans’ favourite Nicky Bailey.The 31-year-old midfielder spent three successful years at the club between 2004 and 2009 before Southend paid £175,000 to sign him.After one successful season at Roots Hall, Charlton offered Bailey the chance to play Championship football and he moved to The Valley in 2008.He produced some of the best football of his career in south London, which prompted Middlesbrough to spend £1.4m to sign him.He then spent three years at the Riverside before moving on to Millwall in 2013 – but left the club during the summer.And he has now dropped back down to League Two to pen a short-term deal at the Hive. Nicky Bailey during his three-year spell at Middlesbrough last_img

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Revealed! Top 20 fastest footballers in the Premier League this season

first_img 20 14. Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno has a top speed of 34.88 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season Joint 19th. Arsenal’s Theo Walcott has a top speed of 34.68 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 2, Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp has a top speed of 35.26 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 20 20 3. Liverpool’s Divock Origi has a top speed of 35.15 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season Joint 17th. Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin has a top speed of 34.74 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 4. Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has a top speed of 35.09 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 20 Joint 17th. Southampton’s Cedric Soares has a top speed of 34.74 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 20 20 20 20 5. Sunderland’s Billy Jones has a top speed of 35.07 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 13. West Ham’s Carl Jenkinson has a top speed of 34.89 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 20 20 20 20 Joint 7th. Leicester’s Marc Albrighton has a top speed of 35 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season Joint 19th. Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko has a top speed of 34.68 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 20 9. Bournemouth’s Joshua King has a top speed of 34.99 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 20 15. Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels has a top speed of 34.86 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 16. Leicester’s Wes Morgan has a top speed of 34.76 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season Joint 10th. Sunderland’s Mame Biram Diouf has a top speed of 34.97 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season Joint 10th. Norwich City’s Cameron Jerome has a top speed of 34.97 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 20 6. Man City’s Jesus Navas has a top speed of 35.06 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 20 20 Football at the highest level is seemingly faster than ever, as advances in sports science aid preparation and performance for professionals.So who is the fastest football in the Premier League?ChyronHego, a company that provides player tracking information to Premier League clubs, believe they have the answer.Take a look at the countdown above to see which players make the top 20.Statistics correct up to 21 November 2015 20 Joint 10th. Leicester’s Ritchie De Laet has a top speed of 34.97 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 20 20 Joint 7th. West Ham’s Victor Moses has a top speed of 35 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this season 1. Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has a top speed of 35.44 kilometres per hour in the Premier League this seasonlast_img read more

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Hazard needs to be the centre of attention and Costa could benefit from a break, but where’s Loftus-Cheek?

first_img 5. So, what has happened to Ruben Loftus-Cheek? – Why is Loftus-Cheek not breaking into the first-team? Mourinho insisted that the England Under-21 international would get a run of games with the senior side, yet since this was said by the Portuguese, he has played just 45 minutes against Aston Villa. With Dele Alli and Eric Dier thriving at Tottenham Hotspur, the signs are not promising for Loftus-Cheek, with suggestions that perhaps Mourinho is not convinced by his performances in training and on match day. Norwich City and Maccabi Tel Aviv will be two of Chelsea’s easiest opponents this season, and surely these fixtures would have been the perfect opportunity for Loftus-Cheek to have been handed back-to-back senior appearances. 7 7 Chelsea put an end to their winless run in the Premier League by sealing a 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon and followed this up by closing in on progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League.Diego Costa scored his first goal in seven games to clinch the three points against the Canaries, while Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas finally expressed signs of confidence returning to their performances.And there were more talking points against Maccabi Tele Aviv, including Willian’s sublime free kick record. But what has really been learned in the Blues’ back-to-back wins?Take a look at seven things learned about Chelsea over the past five days by clicking the yellow arrow above, right… 7 7 3. Baba Rahman has a long way to go towards a regular run in the side – The Ghanaian must have found watching Kenedy start ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta at left back hard to stomach over the weekend. He was, however, thrown into the starting line up in Israel, and while impressing in the final third, he is still yet to really convince supporters. Performing well against a poor Israeli side shouldn’t be that difficult for any player plying their trade in England’s top flight. Mourinho isn’t a manager renowned for persevering with a player that fails to impress quickly – take Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah as recent examples – and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it’s now some time before we see Rahman again. Supporters must now be questioning the decision to sell Filipe Luis in the summer. At £14m, the signs are that Rahman could turn out to be another ill-judged investment. 2. Diego Costa needs a break – Costa ended his goalless run in scoring the winner against Norwich, but was there was little else to discuss in his performance. As said before, the Brazil-born striker is the quintessential player for Chelsea and for Mourinho; however, the signs are that he needs a rest, despite being the match winner at the weekend and delivering another hard-working shift in Israel. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has previously spoken of the exhaustion that results from an over-reliance from club management, and perhaps it is a similar story for Costa, as the centre forward remains one of the first names on the team sheet. With it clear, however, that Mourinho does not trust Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao to lead the attack, it could be one long season for the former Atletico Madrid man. 6. Willian is a set piece specialist… but that’s about it at the moment – The Brazilian has quickly emerged as the the best free kick taker in Europe, with six of his 12 attempts, and four out of five in the Champions League, having hit the back of the net this season. However, take away his attribute as a dead ball specialist, and here is a player that, in reality, doesn’t offer enough for Chelsea going forward. It’s great that he’s scored another free kick, but wouldn’t it be even better if he started scoring and assisting from open play as well, as a winger should do? Nearing on two and a half seasons in the Premier League, Willian has eight goals and six assists to his name in the Premier League, and this simply isn’t good enough. 1. Eden Hazard needs to be the centre of attention – find out six more things we’ve learned about Chelsea over the past five days by clicking the arrow above – The Belgium international has spent much of the season disappointing on the left wing, but in the 1-0 win against Norwich, Mourinho handed him the no.10 role – and it looked to have had a significant impact on his confidence. The Portuguese manager, however, opted to play Oscar in the attacking midfield position against Maccabi Tel Aviv, with Hazard returning to the left wing and, consequently, he had a far quieter game than at the weekend. As with all players with a sizeable reputation, they need to be the focal point of the team – which is why Cristiano Ronaldo may have been left frustrated by Gareth Bale’s arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu – and out on the flank, it’s all too easy for Hazard to drift out of the game. Mourinho may therefore have to play the 24-year-old in a no.10 role if last season’s PFA Player of the Year is to return to form. 7 4. Kenedy, however, deserves his place – The 19-year-old may not have been expecting as much playing time in his first season for the reigning Premier League champions as he has done, but he has quickly caught the eye of Mourinho – and this is an achievement in itself. Kenedy earned his Premier League debut at the weekend, and his confidence could see him handed plenty more such opportunities this season. What it may make supporters wonder, however, is why Ruben Loftus-Cheek is no longer being considered in the senior squad when Kenedy is. 7 7 7. Do not get carried away by the recent victories… the reigning champions are not back yet – No one should get carried away with Chelsea’s back-to-back wins. While both were comfortable victories, they came against, on the one hand, a side still adapting to the intensity of England’s top flight following promotion, and the other, a club playing at a far inferior level to the Blues. Chelsea are not back, they have not arrived and have certainly not silenced any critics. The tension has not left Stamford Bridge and the smiles on the faces of supporters haven’t returned. If they impress at White Hart Lane, then perhaps the prospect of Chelsea rising up the table can be discussed, but not a moment before.last_img read more

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Claudio Ranieri insists Man United-linked Leicester star will NOT be sold

first_img Riyad Mahrez 1 Claudio Ranieri says there is no chance Leicester sensation Riyad Mahrez will leave the club in January.The 24-year-old has been among the Premier League’s standout performers this season, with 13 goals and seven assists to his name already.His sensational form has helped turn the Foxes into unlikely title challengers and has led to speculation of a big-money swoop by Manchester United in the New Year.But Ranieri has no concerns he will lose the Algerian, telling reporters on Tuesday: “He wants to stay with us, we want to keep him and that’s it.“He has to improve and when he improves, the team improves and when that happens why would he want to go away? He’s a king here.”Mahrez is currently one of the favourites to be crowned PFA Player of the Year, but Ranieri has warned he must learn to deal with the adulation coming his way.“He can grow with the team because if you stay at the bottom and fight no-one knows you but now everybody is talking about you and that is maybe a bit of pressure,” said the Italian.“You have to manage this kind of pressure. It’s important for him to manage this stress. It’s important he understands on the pitch is one thing and the TVs and newspapers are another thing.”Amazingly, 12 months after being bottom at Christmas, Leicester head into the festive period two points clear at the top of the table.They are third favourites to go on and win the title, but Ranieri is not getting carried away.He said: “The pressure is on the big teams. Leicester had the pressure last season in this period, bad stress. Now they must enjoy it. They must play free, without pressure. It’s stupid if we have pressure. Why? Enjoy it. All the world are speaking about you.“When we achieve 40 points we’ll stop for one second and have a meeting. Maybe they want to go one side, I want to go one side, we have to go together.”last_img read more

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Real Madrid move to tie down ‘new Raul’ wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea

first_imgReal Madrid are ready to offer teen starlet Borja Mayoral a new contract in an attempt to ward off interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.The 18-year-old is tipped for a big future by those in Spanish football and has been likened to the great Raul.Mayoral has shone for Real Madrid’s youth teams under Zinedine Zidane and the Frenchman wants to integrate him into the first-team.There had been fears, however, that the striker may leave the Bernabeu over disputes regarding a new contract.Real Madrid have been unwilling to meet the youngster’s demands, while the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea are said to have offered him a pay rise.But, according to AS, Mayoral is set to receive a bumper deal until 2021 in the hope it will end all interest from the Premier League. 1 Borja Mayoral last_img

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Former Man City and Man United star snubs mega-money move to China

first_img Carlos Tevez 1 Former Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham forward Carlos Tevez has reportedly rejected a move to the Chinese Super League. Tevez has become the latest player to be linked with a lucrative switch to China and reports have suggested he’s considered following fellow South American stars Jackson Martinez and Ramires to the Far East. The 32-year-old only left Juventus for La Bombonera last summer but Shanghai SIPG were said to be willing to offer the forward a huge sum of money to play for them for one season.However, according to Argentine newspaper Ole, Tevez has now decided he wants to stay in his home country and finish his career with boyhood club Boca Juniors.last_img

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DONEGAL BUSINESSES TO GET €1.2M TO MAKE THEM MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT

first_imgA total of more than €1.2 million in funding has been awarded for energy efficiency projects to be carried out in Donegal.Dinny McGinley TDThe move will see a number of local companies benefit to make their businesses even more cost effective.The grants have been welcomed by Deputy Dinny McGinley. Donegal is to benefit from part of a €1.2 million in energy efficiency funding in 2015. The Better Energy Communities scheme is designed to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, businesses, sports clubs and homes.A project led by Údarás na Gaeltachta will see various works including; air compressor and fan upgrades, boiler upgrade, boiler relocation, pump replacement, lighting upgrades, roof insulation, tank insulation, attic insulation, internal drylining, window replacement, heating controls and zoning, solar thermal domestic hot water and air tightness testing at a number of locations.These works will take place at RA Pascaisti Teoranta, Bainistiocht Aras Gaoth Dobhair Teoranta, Snath Dun na NGall Teoranta, Feidhm Mara Teoranta, Faisc Miotail Éireann Teo, Udaras Oifig and Aisleann Gaoth Dobhair.“Glen Dimplex will also see measures including installation of Quantum space and water heating systems, smart controls, electrical wires upgrading and smart meters, cavity wall insulation, roof insulation and upgrading to efficient lamps implemented in a number of Donegal homes. “With this funding for projects across communities in Ireland, the Government is showing it takes energy conservation seriously. Nationwide, the grants total €18.6 million for 29 community energy efficiency initiatives. To date the Better Energy Communities Scheme has awarded over €62 million to community energy efficiency initiatives. Our public buildings should be leading the way on energy efficiency, but it is also up to all of us in society to conserve energy and mitigate against the effects of climate change,” said Deputy McGinley.The announcement on funding for community energy efficiency projects coincides with the Government appointing Ireland’s First Advisory Council on Climate Change.The group, to be chaired by Prof. John FitzGerald of the ESRI, will comprise eleven members to advise Government Departments and agencies on the actions required to significantly decarbonise the Irish economy by 2050.The Government has also launched a public consultation on the development of Ireland’s first National Low Carbon Transition and Mitigation Plan. The consultation period will run until Friday 31st July 2015 and submissions should be sent to: NationalMitigationPlan@environ.ieDONEGAL BUSINESSES TO GET €1.2M TO MAKE THEM MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by StephenShare 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

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