TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Youseff Msakni in England for talks with Premier League trioby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTunisia forward Youseff Msakni is attracting Premier League interest.Msakni, who currently plays for Al Duhail in Qatar, has been in England this week trying to finalise a move ahead of the January market.Talks have been held with Watford, Cardiff City and Brighton.The three clubs are reported to be considering an initial six-month loan for the 28-year-old, with a view to a permanent deal, after the striker missed the World Cup in Russia with a knee ligament injury.Msakni scored 23 goals and provided 14 assists in 20 league games last season.
Liverpool boss Klopp hints Lovren prime Van Dijk partnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted he sees Dejan Lovren as Virgil van Dijk’s prime defensive partner.Lovren has worked his way back into the starting line-up after an injury plagued start to the season.Klopp said, “I thought 2018 was one of the best years Dejan ever had.“Not only with us in the CL final but with Croatia in the WC final. After the WC he came back injured which was not cool. Since then he has been outstanding for us.“It is not a surprise [his partnership with Virgil van Dijk]. Last season we qualified for the CL final with this pair.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Wolves boss Nuno hails matchwinner Neves after Liverpool shockby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves stunned Liverpool to dump them out of the FA Cup on Monday night.Ruben Neves’ superb second-half strike sent Wolves through to the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of a Liverpool side that featured three teenagers making their full debuts.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to his starting XI, which included 17-year-old midfielder Curtis Jones and 18-year-old Rafael Camacho. They were joined by Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever – at 16, the club’s third youngest debutant – in the sixth minute following an injury to Dejan Lovren.Raul Jimenez fired Wolves ahead following an error by midfielder James Milner.Divock Origi levelled for the visitors six minutes after the break with the side’s first effort on target. But that parity lasted four minutes as Neves launched a venomous dipping shot from 31 yards that beat Simon Mignolet at his near post.Wolves boss Nuno stated: “I am very pleased, the team performed very well in a tough game. We took our chances.”He (Neves) has talent, he has done it before and we encourage him to shoot from range. It was a good strike and the fans were very special.”The draw is the draw, next we have Manchester City so we are focused on that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery reveals defensive trio set for Forest comebackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits their Carabao Cup tie with Nottingham Forest could mark several injury returns.Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are in line to play, along with Rob Holding.”We are going to decide tomorrow but the first idea is if we can, they will have minutes on Tuesday,” Emery said on Sunday. “This is the first idea, but it depends on tomorrow for their feelings and the decision for the first XI because we played today and we are going to play on Tuesday. “It’s not normal [to play again within] two days and we need fresh players and we need different players.”Holding for example, he will play on Tuesday and we are going to decide tomorrow with Hector and with Tierney [if] we will want to use them. I don’t know if that’s starting in the first XI or after from the bench, or if they are feeling well.”
Man Utd cult hero Anderson: I played through pain barrier for Sir Alexby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United midfielder Anderson has revealed he played through the pain barrier for Sir Alex Ferguson.Anderson admits he saw Ferguson as a father figure.He told Goal: “I was very lucky to meet Alex Ferguson at the beginning of my journey. He is the God of football. For his sake, I played through injuries, I remained on the field, even when it seemed that my leg was about to break. “I felt like he was taking care of me. When I was 18, he trusted me in top games, and I have no words to express my gratitude to him. My career at Manchester United ended with Ferguson’s departure. (David) Moyes did not trust me anymore.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say England coach Southgate insists he’s not tempted by Premier League returnby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland coach Gareth Southgate insists he’s not tempted by a return to the Premier League.A newspaper report recently claimed Tottenham were lining him up to replace Mauricio Pochettino.But he says: “You go to bed Saturday night and you wake up Sunday morning and the agenda’s set.”Look, I’ve said in the summer, I’m not somebody that needs to hedge my bets and needs to play cleverly and say, ‘I’ll keep this door open, that door open’.”I’m the England manager and it’s a massive privilege to do the job. There’s a lot of work to do here with the team.”We think the team can continue to improve, and until I’m told otherwise, 2022 is my contract, and that’s it.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say RB Leipzig fighting to keep hold of Arsenal target Klostermannby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal face missing out on RB Leipzig fullback Lukas Klostermann.Klostermann had been linked with a move to the Gunners after releasing Stephan Lichtsteiner as a free agent in the summer transfer window.But due to financial constraints, Unai Emery decided to make signings in other areas in the summer. However, the Daily Mail says it was reported that Arsenal were readying another move for the 23-year-old in January with Hector Bellerin still yet to make a Premier League appearance this season.Leipzig’s sporting director, Markus Krosche, told Bild: “We have said that we would like to extend Klostermann’s contract, and we are in talks. “But we don’t feel any pressure. It’s important for me that you talk to the boys early enough for them to have time to think about it.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley striker Chris Wood upset VAR denied equaliserby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley striker Chris Wood felt they deserved a point-saving goal in a controversial finish at Leicester City.Wood put Burnley in front with his fourth goal in as many games and then with the Clarets pressing for a late leveller, Jonny Evans bundled the ball into his own net under pressure from Wood, whose initial effort had been saved by Kasper Schmeichel.City centre-back Evans looked to have no chance of clearing the ball and went to ground yards after the two players had come together.But following consultation with the VAR, referee Jon Moss disallowed the goal for a foul by Wood – to the frustration of the striker and his team-mates, whose four-game unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat.“In my opinion it should stand,” said Wood to the club’s website.“The ball has bounced off Jonny and gone in and I hear there might have been a little accidental clip of the heels.“But my eyes are looking at the ball, straight ahead or up, nowhere near him. When the clip happens the ball is already on the line, if not over.“There is no way he is getting back to clear it and is it clear and obvious enough to overrule the referee?“In my opinion, no. I don’t think that was in the least clear and obvious and it’s frustrating.“I’m a big fan of VAR and it’s been brought in for a reason. When it is done right and it is clear and obvious, then ok.“But in my opinion, if everyone doesn’t see it as clear and obvious, them it’s not clear and obvious. Hopefully it will keep on improving over the years and we can go on from here.”
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti admits PSV winger Hirving Lozano is a player he “absolutely loves”, with a January transfer scramble for the Mexico international being mooted.Leading sides from across Europe are said to have ‘Chucky’ in their sights with the winter window open.Chelsea and Arsenal have been credited with holding interest in the Premier League, while AC Milan and Napoli are reported to be keen on taking him to Serie A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ancelotti has hinted that there could be interest from his side, with Lozano a player he holds in high regard.Several other options are on his radar, though, with Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella and Celta Vigo star Stanislav Lobotka also considered to be top targets.Quizzed on those being linked with Napoli, Ancelotti said “We negotiated for Lobotka last summer when we risked missing out on Fabian Ruiz due to his clause.“Barella is a good player, while I absolutely love Lozano.“But for now I am happy to keep my excellent squad. This group has not yet given 100 per cent of what it can do.“Fabian Ruiz hasn’t shown 100 per cent, neither have Arkadiusz Milik or Piotr Zielinski. Lorenzo Insigne gave even more than 100 per cent up until November, than had a dip in form.”Ancelotti is taking every opportunity to get a good look at those already at his disposal, with rotation being embraced at Napoli following an era of settled selections under Maurizio Sarri.“I have a pretty balanced selection of players here and make changes to ensure everyone feels part of the project. That pays off in the long run,” added the former Chelsea, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain boss.“For example, at Real Madrid I had players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Alonso, Di Maria, so there was too much of a gap between the first choice and second-string players.”Napoli’s class of 2018-19, who sit nine points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus, will be back in action on Sunday when they play host to Lazio.
The Iowa Hawkeyes finished the regular season 8-4. Let’s take a look at which bowl game the team is currently slotted for by most analysts.Iowa capped off the 2016 regular season by throttling Nebraska, 40-10, on Thanksgiving weekend. It was a good way to springboard into bowl prep for Kirk Ferentz’s crew.Looking ahead, it seems Iowa is likely bound for either the Music City Bowl or Holiday Bowl.According to CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, the Hawkeyes will face Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. The Sporting News foresees Iowa taking on Pac-12 foe Washington State in the Holiday Bowl.The Outback Bowl is also a possibility, depending on how many teams the Big Ten gets into the College Football Playoff and how the conference fills out the rest of its bowl slots.The Holiday Bowl will be played Dec. 27, while the Music City Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 30.