Bayer Leverkusen want Liverpool defender in £7m deal

first_img Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho Bayer Leverkusen are lining up a £7m move for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho.The 25-year-old is yet to feature this season despite being fully fit and speculation surrounding his future continues.Roma were also interested in Sakho but they instead moved for Antonio Rudiger after failing to agree a deal with Liverpool.However, the Merseyside club are now bracing themselves for an offer from Germany.L’Equipe are reporting that Bayer Leverkusen have set their sights on the Frenchman and are ready to pay £7m to land him.Sakho is said to be happy at Liverpool however he is desperate to make France’s squad for next summer’s European Championships so will want to play regular first-team football this season. 1last_img read more

Key star returns? Tottenham team news v Crystal Palace – Predicted starting XI

first_img 11 15. Eric Dier (central midfield) 11 11 7. Heung-Min Son (right-sided forward) 11 20. Dele Alli (central midfield) 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted Man United team by leaving a comment below 11 Tottenham v Crystal Palace is live on talkSPORT at 1.00pm on Sunday 20 September.Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed a successful week as they earned their first two wins of the season.A 1-0 victory over Sunderland in the Premier League was followed up night with a 3-1 triumph over Qarabag in the Europa League.There has been good news on the injury front too with Clinton N’Jie making his first appearance for the club on Thursday, while Christian Eriksen, Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele may all be fit to face Crystal Palace on Sunday.Will this mean a first start for of the season for Clinton? And will Heung-Min Son start his first Premier League match after grabbing a brace against Qarabag? talkSPORT takes a look.Do you agree with this predicted line-up? Let us know your thoughts below… 23. Christian Eriksen (attacking midfield) 33. Ben Davies (left-back) 10. Harry Kane (striker) 11 11 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre-back) 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) 2. Kyle Walker (right-back) 22. Nacer Chadli (left-sided forward) 11 11 11 11last_img read more

Inspirational! Anthony Martial hailed as key to Man United’s charge to PL summit

first_imgAnthony Martial has proved to be an inspirational signing for Manchester United, according to ex-England star Trevor Sinclair.Eyebrows were raised when United paid £36million for the relatively unknown 19-year-old striker in the summer.But the Frenchman has made an instant impact at Old Trafford, netting four times in his first four games, and has helped his new club move to the top of the Premier League.He didn’t get on the scoresheet against Sunderland on Saturday, but more than played his part in the 3-0 win, and Sinclair believes he is bringing the best out of his team-mates.“His pace has given Man United an extra dimension,” said Sinclair, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They have not really had anyone for quite a while with that ability to make decent runs and with that explosive pace to stretch teams.“He has brought that to Man United and, all of a sudden, the likes of [Juan] Mata and [Wayne] Rooney are getting into acres of space because teams are backing off because they know what danger there is if they get too tight to Martial.“It has been a great signing for Louis van Gaal. He scored an amazing goal on his debut, he looks right at it and the players have been lifted. It has inspired the whole team.”last_img read more

Italian giants lining up January raid on Arsenal

first_img1 Mathieu Debuchy Juventus are lining up a move for Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy in January, claim reports in Italy.The French defender has lost his place to Hector Bellerin this season and is considering a move away from the Gunners to protect his place in France’s squad ahead of the European Championships next summer.According to Calcio Mercato, Juventus are aware of Debuchy’s dilemma at Arsenal and are keen to snap up the 30-year-old in the mid-season transfer window.Debuchy recently admitted he considered his future in the summer having been demoted to the bench by Bellerin and looks set to leave if his he doesn’t regain his starting berth in the coming months.last_img read more

Exclusive interview with Celtic legend Packie Bonner – Colin Murray podcast

first_imgCeltic and Republic of Ireland goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner was today’s special guest with Colin Murray and Friends.last_img

Man United star responds to claims he is ‘disillusioned’ at Old Trafford

first_imgManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has quashed claims he is unhappy at the club.The Spaniard, who has been sidelined for the past two games with a hamstring injury, has not always been a regular starter under Louis van Gaal.Recent newspaper reports suggested Herrara has become “disillusioned” with life at Old Trafford owing to his lack of game time and is seeking showdown talks with Van Gaal.However, the 26-year-old attempted to allay fears he is unhappy by positive a message on Twitter on Tuesday.Alongside a picture containing part of an interview he did with the club’s matchday programme for last week’s game against PSV Eindhoven, Herrera said: “Interview given last week. Very happy at Manchester United.”The image contains the pull quote: “I don’t want this dream to finish. I have to play as well as possible if I want to play as long as I can at this club.”Herrera, who has made 45 appearances and scored 11 times since moving to England, had stated in the interview that he was determined to fight for his place having moved from Athletic Club in the summer of 2014.“When I was in Spain, I always thought about the best teams in the world and maybe the biggest and most-supported club is Manchester United,” he told United Review.“So I worked very hard to be here. When I was in Spain, I was very professional and had to be very consistent to get here.“Now I am here, I always say the same thing: the most difficult thing is to stay at a big club.“Of course, it is difficult to arrive at a big team in the first place, but it is even harder to stay there. The club has the possibility to sign new players and it’s a very powerful club so all players want to play here. I have to fight for my position and gain my position and I will do it.” 1 Ander Herrera last_img read more

Team reaction: ‘Carrick and Blind v Alexis and Theo. This won’t be pretty!’

first_img1 Manchester United vs Arsenal, kick off at 14:05pm GMT, is live on talkSPORT.Old Trafford hosts the fiercest of Premier League clashes, and the teams have been confirmed – sparking much excitement ahead of kick off.In particular, the Red Devils’ defence has raised many an eyebrow from their supporters, with some already fearful over the possibility of Michael Carrick and Daley Blind – not renown for their pace – getting the runaround from Arsene Wenger’s speedy forwards as they start in the heart of defence.Here’s what United fans had to say in response to their back line… Michael Carrick and Daley Blind start in central defence for Manchester United against Arsenal last_img read more

Exclusive – Rangers boss feels sympathy for Celtic counterpart

first_imgRangers manager Mark Warburton admits he has sympathy for under-fire Celtic boss Ronny Deila.Deila is under pressure following disappointing European and Scottish League Cup campaigns, while Aberdeen are chasing Celtic hard at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.Warburton and his team could put more pressure on the Norwegian in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals, but the Rangers boss feels his counterpart is on the end of some ill-merited criticism. Warburton told Drivetime: “I referred to the goldfish bowl and it is a really passionate football city. I thought London was a football city and then you come to Glasgow and really they live and die for their football.“There’s 14-15 pages every day in the papers, there are radio shows every evening, and it’s scrutiny beyond belief. The fans phone in and it fuels the fire.“So, he’s top of the league. They had a difficult European campaign, okay, but what more can he do?“I do feel some sympathy for him but I think you know when you join a club like Celtic or Rangers, you know what you are putting yourself up for, that’s for sure.”Warburton, whose Championship leaders face Celtic in mid-April, added: “We took 9,000 officially to Kilmarnock on a Tuesday night, pouring with rain, on a Champions League night, but there were nearer 11,000 unofficially. It’s an unbelievable support.“This is the size of the club and we have got to enjoy it. The players have a responsibility, we have a responsibility and if we can get the environment right where they enjoy the responsibility, we will be in a good place. You have to thrive on it.”last_img read more

Priests asked to give up pay to fund settlement

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Bishop Robert Brom issued a memo this week asking priests in the Diocese of San Diego to contribute one month’s salary to help pay for the recent $198.1 million sexual abuse settlement. “We cannot ask of others what we are unwilling to do ourselves,” Brom wrote in the memo to about 280 priests, whose monthly salary can be as much as $1,535. Roman Catholics in San Diego and Imperial counties will also receive letters asking them to make “a generous contribution,” according to Brom’s memo. Packets will be sent no later than Oct. 26 and will include letters from Brom and parish pastors, along with a return envelope. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas Citylast_img read more

Tankers, choppers grounded as fires spread

first_imgLOS ANGELES – As wildfires were charging across Southern California, nearly two dozen water-dropping helicopters and two massive cargo planes sat idly by, grounded by government rules and bureaucracy. How much the aircraft would have helped will never be known, but their inability to provide quick assistance raises troubling questions about California’s preparations for a fire season that was widely expected to be among the worst on record. It took as long as a day for Navy, Marine and California National Guard helicopters to get clearance early this week, in part because state rules require all firefighting choppers to be accompanied by state forestry “fire spotters” who coordinate water or retardant drops. By the time those spotters arrived, the powerful Santa Ana winds stoking the fires had made it too dangerous to fly. The National Guard’s C-130 cargo planes, among the most powerful aerial firefighting weapons, never were slated to help. The reason: They’ve yet to be outfitted with tanks needed to carry thousands of gallons of fire retardant, though that was promised four years ago. “The weight of bureaucracy kept these planes from flying, not the heavy winds,” Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher told The Associated Press. “When you look at what’s happened, it’s disgusting, inexcusable foot-dragging that’s put tens of thousands of people in danger.” Rohrabacher and other members of California’s congressional delegation are demanding answers about aircraft deployment. And some fire chiefs have grumbled that a quick deployment of aircraft could have helped corral many of the wildfires that quickly flared out of control and have so far burned 500,000 acres from Malibu to the Mexican border. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state officials have defended the state’s response, saying the intense winds prevented a more timely air attack. “Anyone that is complaining about the planes just wants to complain,” Schwarzenegger replied angrily to a question Wednesday. “The fact is that we could have all the planes in the world here – we have 90 aircraft here and six that we got especially from the federal government – and they can’t fly because of the wind.” Indeed, winds reaching 100 mph helped drive the flames and made it exceedingly dangerous to fly. Still, four state helicopters and two from the Navy were able to take off Monday while nearly two dozen others stayed grounded. Thomas Eversole, executive director of the American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association, a Virginia-based nonprofit that serves as a liaison between helicopter contractors and federal agencies, said valuable time was lost. “The basis for the initial attack helicopters is to get there when the fire is still small enough that you can contain it,” Eversole said. “If you don’t get there in time, you quickly run the risk of these fires getting out of control.” The first of the 15 or so fires started around midnight Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, fires were raging in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties. At the request of firefighters on the ground, at 4 p.m. Sunday the state Office of Emergency Services asked the National Guard to supply four helicopters. Under state rules, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection “spotter” must accompany each military and National Guard helicopter to coordinate water drops. The spotters have 24 hours to report for duty, and it took nearly all that time for them and the National Guard crews to assemble. By the time they were ready to go, the winds had made it unsafe to fly. The helicopters finally got off the ground Tuesday. Mike Padilla, aviation chief for the forestry department, acknowledged the Guard’s helicopters were ready to fly before the spotters arrived. He said state officials were surprised. “Typically we’re waiting for them to get crews,” Padilla said. The delay was even longer for Navy and Marine helicopters. They were ready to fly Monday morning but didn’t get airborne until Wednesday morning, a period when the acreage that burned quadrupled to more than 250,000 and the number of homes destroyed jumped from 34 to more than 700. Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray was among the lawmakers who learned late Tuesday night in a briefing with state officials that 19 military helicopters were not in use because there were no spotters. Alarmed, he quickly helped broker an agreement to waive the spotter requirement, allowing flights to begin Wednesday. “We told them, `You don’t want the public to be asking why these units weren’t flying while we had houses burning,”‘ Bilbray told the AP. The criticism helped prompt the forestry department’s director, Ruben Grijalva, to abandon the state’s long-standing policy to have a spotter aboard each aircraft and instead let one spotter orchestrate drops for a squadron of three helicopters. “I directed them to do whatever was necessary to get those other military assets into operation,” Grijalva said. He said he could not explain why more spotters were not deployed before the flames spread to ensure that every aircraft ready to fly could take off. Padilla said state spotters do training exercises with the Navy and National Guard and are used to working with them on fires. That’s not the case with the Marines, so when helicopters from that branch were made available, the state was caught off guard and had no spotters available. Regardless, he said, safety – not availability of spotters – was the overriding concern in determining when to allow aircraft into the skies. “I’m not going to risk people’s lives for a bunch of vegetation,” Padilla said. “We know you have lives and property at stake, but you don’t throw away firefighter lives like that.” The C-130 saga is a much different story. More than a decade ago, Congress ordered replacement of the aging removable tanks for the military planes because of safety concerns and worries that they wouldn’t fit with new-model aircraft. California’s firefighting C-130 unit is one of four the Pentagon has positioned across the country to respond to fire disasters. New tanks were designed, but they failed to fit into the latest C-130s. Designers were ordered back to the drawing board. Republican Rep. Elton Gallegy said Congress was assured the new tanks would be ready by 2003. Four years later, the U.S. Forest Service and Air Force have yet to approve the revised design. Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Paula Kurtz said “technical and design difficulties” have delayed the program. Rohrabacher and Gallegy are angered by the delay, which has left no C-130s capable of fighting fires on the West Coast. The last of the older-model C-130s with an original tank was retired by the California National Guard last year. “It’s an absolute tragedy, an unacceptable tragedy,” Gallegy said. The situation meant that rather than deploying C-130s from inside the state, Schwarzenegger was forced to ask Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to call in the six remaining older C-130s from other states as far away as North Carolina. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img