Saido Berahino – A third bid for West Brom forward? Click the arrow above, right, to read more Tottenham deadline day transfer rumours – It wouldnt be a transfer deadline day without Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy dipping into the market, with the White Hart Lane supremo expected to make a third bid for West Brom forward Berahino. The fee for the England U21 man could rise to £25m. 8 8 Erik Lamela: Tottenham man STAYING – click the arrow above, right, to read more Tottenham deadline day transfer rumours – Lamela is staying with Tottenham after Pochettino blocked his loan move to Marseille. The Argentine will remain a Spurs player until January at least as Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Andros Townsend are all injured, leaving the club short on options in the middle. Emmanuel Adebayor: Striker to be reunited with Tim Sherwood? Click the arrow above, right, to read more Tottenham deadline day transfer rumours – Tottenham do not want the Togo striker to remain at White Hart Lane and he has been in talks with West Ham and Aston Villa, while he was also reportedly offered to Man United. However, Louis van Gaals side are chasing Antony Martial from Monaco and the Hammers are closing in on Nikica Jelavic, leaving Villa in pole position to snap him up on loan for the season. 8 Alexandre Pato: Brazilian is happy at Sao Paulo – Noise about Pato’s proposed move from Sao Paulo has been coming from the player’s advisers rather than Tottenham. Now, though, it looks like he will be staying in South America. 8 It’s transfer deadline day, which means Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will be in his element.Late last week the club bought South Korea international Heung-Min Son, but now the real activity starts for Spurs, with Levy hoping for a bargain.FOLLOW TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY LIVE RIGHT HEREMany Spurs fans have been calling out for the club to sign another midfielder before the window closes, though all of them agree a new striker to help Harry Kane out is a must.Keep up to date with all the Tottenham news here. 8 Aaron Lennon: Tottenham winger willing to warm the bench if he can’t get Everton move – Daniel Levy reportedly wants £9m for the winger, who would like to return to Everton where he spent the second half of last season on loan. Lennon has 12 months remaining on his Spurs contract and is said to be prepared to wait out his contract on the bench. Ayoze Perez: Tottenham to test Newcastle with £15m bid – The Mail were reporting Tottenham were going to make a last ditch attempt for 22-year-old Perez, but the Magpies have confirmed there is nothing in rumours of a £15m transfer. 8 8 Cheikou Kouyate: West Ham REJECT Spurs bid – Click the arrow above, right, to read more Tottenham deadline day transfer rumours – Its not looking good for manager Mauricio Pochettinos hopes of bolstering his midfield, with West Ham rumoured to have rejected a £15m offer for their Senegal international, report the Mail. 8 Victor Wanyama: Southampton dig their heels on over midfielder’s transfer – Click the arrow above, right, to read more Tottenham deadline day transfer rumours – Tottenham could do with a midfielder of Wanyamas steel, but it appears he may be staying at Southampton for another season. Saints manager Ronald Koeman left him out of the team that beat Norwich 3-0 because Wanyama has lost some focus as a result of him wanting to leave, just as Morgan Schneiderlin did last season. However, the club stood firm, kept the France international who then earned himself a move to Man United. Maybe its good for Victor to talk to Morgan, Koeman said.
Former Juventus attacker Sebastian Giovinco is fast becoming a superstar in MLS with 17 goals in 26 appearances for Toronto.His sensational skills are also catching the eye, including this incredible double nutmeg against New England Revolution.Watch the awesome move above…
Few will deny that John Terry, on the few occasions that we have seen him, is not the confident centre back he was last season.But the fact of the matter is: Chelsea are far more vulnerable without him.Without their captain, the Blues lack in composure, organisation and have no voice leading from the back.And as was painfully evident on Tuesday night, as well as at Newcastle, they are significantly weaker at defending set pieces when he is absent.However, perhaps more important than any of the above points, Terry has the club at heart.And right now, Chelsea need a player prepared to give it their all for the club.5. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy should be given a run 6 6 6 Perhaps more so than any other player, supporters are most bemused as to why Branislav Ivanovic continues to be named in Mourinho’s starting line up.Over the past few seasons, arguably no other at Chelsea has been more consistent in their performances than the Serb, yet he has quickly emerged as the unexpected weak link in the side.To sum up how dismal he was at the Estadio do Dragao, with Yacine Brahimi easing past him throughout the game, at one point in the game Cesc Fabregas even helped out his struggling teammate, shielding the ball out of play on the flank.It’s time for Mourinho to drop Ivanovic, before fans turn sour.4. Chelsea need John Terry What does Mourinho have to lose in doing so?Last season’s key performers haven’t turned up and do not appear to be taking responsibility for their current slump.While the more senior of the squad may wish to hide away from the action, Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy must be sitting on the bench each week itching for action.So, let’s see what they’re really made of. 6 Before the game, Mourinho insisted that no player in his senior squad was ‘untouchable’ and he made his point by leaving Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic out of his starting line up.With such big names being forced to sit out in the Champions League, the Portuguese manager certainly stayed true to his word.However, it mustn’t be ignored that it making such a bold move – and in being so public about his intentions – the spotlight remains fixed on his players.Mourinho is under pressure, but he is ensuring that the press’ focus is placed on the superstars underperforming in his squad.3. Branislav Ivanovic has surely run out of time 6 Chelsea continued their woeful form with a 2-1 defeat to FC Porto on Tuesday night, as the Blues’ performances continue to shock supporters.In response to their – let’s face it, unsurprising – loss to Jose Mourinho’s former side, talkSPORT has looked at five things learned from the clash.Have a read below…ALTERNATIVE CHELSEA XI – COULD THIS BE THE PERFECT BLUES LINE UP? Calling Chelsea fans – what do you make of your side’s current slump? Who should be held responsible – Jose Mourinho or his players? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.1. Blues stars must stop hiding Last season when the club were struggling, Eden Hazard stepped up and helped grind out the results for his side.However, the Belgian is far from his best, but perhaps even more worrying is that his teammates seem to have hidden away from filling his instrumental boots.Take Diego Costa, Fabregas and Pedro – this trio are capable of cutting open even the most formidable of defences, so why aren’t they?Even on social media the majority have kept their silence.All signs point towards a lack of character at Chelsea, leaving supporters wondering just who is willing to inspire the squad.2. Jose Mourinho is playing smart 6
1 FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has formally submitted his candidature for the FIFA presidency, and claimed the crisis that has afflicted the world governing body is an “opportunity for change”.The prince, who lost against Sepp Blatter in the election in May, has secured the five nominations needed to run but is not making public the names of those associations who have backed him.Prince Ali said: “This time of crisis at FIFA is an opportunity for positive change. Many good ideas have emerged in the current discussion over FIFA’s future.“A better future will only come if ideas turn into action – and that will only happen if FIFA has the right leadership. I am confident that FIFA can emerge from this difficult period with its reputation restored and become [an] organisation that is once again viewed with respect.”He has also emailed the heads of all of FIFA’s member associations saying the “dark cloud” over FIFA’s leadership should not overshadow the good work done.“I have never lost sight of the fact that there are so many good and honest people within the global FIFA organisation,” said the prince.“The crisis at FIFA is a crisis of leadership. I believe in this organisation. Together we will make it great again.”UEFA’s 54 member associations are meeting to discuss the crisis later on Thursday while Michel Platini is facing the prospect of a number of European countries – including the four British associations – turning their back on him as a result of his £1.35million payment from FIFA president Sepp Blatter.The disclosure that no written contract for the 2million Swiss franc payment has been provided to FIFA’s ethics committee – which has provisionally suspended UEFA president Platini and Blatter for 90 days – has caused consternation among those who had initially backed the Frenchman.Meanwhile, Asian football president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa from Bahrain is also actively considering now running for the FIFA presidency.
1 Daniel Sturridge New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was dealt another massive blow just a week after assuming the Reds’ mantle following yet another injury to Daniel Sturridge.The striker was left out of the matchday squad to face Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime after taking a knock to his knee in training.The news comes just days after Liverpool were struck by two season-ending injuries to Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, with regular first-teamers Christian Benteke, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino also still sidelined.Can Klopp recover despite the absence of his main goalscoring threat?Some Liverpool fans are losing patience with Sturridge after a year of debilitating problems, and some of the best reactions are below: [View the story “Liverpool fans bemoan Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury” on Storify]
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists he will not look to buy his way out of trouble in January.The Blues have endured a disastrous start to the Premier League season, with seven losses in their opening 12 matches leaving them just three points clear of the relegation zone and 15 adrift of leaders Manchester City.But Mourinho trusts his current squad to reverse their slump in form and sees no reason to make major additions when the transfer window re-opens.“I will not ask any change to the board for January. I am happy with my players, I trust the players,” Mourinho said.“I don’t need to clean the dressing room, like I heard was written somewhere. And I don’t need to ask the club to spend money in January.“We put ourselves in a great situation being champions. We have to be again together in ourselves to put it in the right place.“The situation is good in the squad so we really believe good things are coming for us.”Mourinho was the subject of the first managerial vote of confidence in Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5.The caveat of the board’s support was that results must improve, but Chelsea have won twice in seven games since ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Norwich.Sporting director Michal Emenalo reiterated the club’s support for Mourinho in interviews on Friday.“Nothing that went public is something that I didn’t know before,” added Mourinho, who signed a new contract until June 2019 in August.“We were champions four months ago, not four years ago or 10 years ago.“The manager is the same, the players are basically the same too. “Nobody gives a four-year contract four months ago if they don’t trust the person.“There is trust and there are reasons for that trust. The power is in the hands of the owner and the board.“It’s time also for us to give a positive answer, which I think we are giving, but not in the results.“It’s important for us to go to a good period, because the owner deserves, the board deserves, the supporters deserve so much. Even more than them I deserve, we deserve. We’re working a lot and fighting together.“I believe a good moment will arrive. Lots of matches are coming now. Four months without national teams.”Mourinho is experiencing the worst results of his trophy-laden career.He said: “When you play well and lose it’s more difficult to cope with it. We have to try to play well and hopefully get the result we need.“In football and in management every experience is positive, but I still prefer the experience of winning.”The season has been marred by disciplinary offences and Mourinho was absent from the loss at Stoke due to a stadium ban.He returns to the dugout on Saturday, but declined to discuss his banishment.Mourinho, who has a suspended one-match ban hanging over him after losing an appeal, said: “It’s over, let’s forget it.” Jose Mourinho 1
Arsene Wenger is hopeful Arsenal will complete the signing of Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny – but admits the deal is ‘complicated’.The Egypt international is on the cusp of moving to the Emirates after agreeing terms with the north London club.However, work permit issues have held up the deal and led to concerns that the transfer may collapse.Wenger has now admitted there are difficulties with the move, but he still believes it will get over the line.“It’s complicated a little bit but we work hard on it and I hope that in the next two, three days we will get to the end of it,” said Wenger. Mohamed Elneny 1
1 Arsenal were 1-0 up on Tottenham when the Frenchman lunged in on Harry Kane to earn himself a second yellow Francis Coquelin has said sorry for his derby-day red card.Arsenal were 1-0 up on Tottenham when the Frenchman lunged in on Harry Kane to earn himself a second yellow.Spurs took encouragement from the decision and went 2-1 up in the title showdown, only for Alexis Sanchez to earn Arsenal a point.Speaking to Arsenal TV, Coquelin said: “I didn’t really see the goal [because I was in the dressing room] but someone came and told me that we scored the second one – it was a relief for me.“I did not want us to lose today because at 1-0 I thought we were doing great.“A point today is a good point, it is a great result for us. I’m really sorry to all the fans for the red card, I think with 11 against 11 we could have won the game as we were playing really well. This red card changed the game. I’m really sorry to the club, to the team and all the fans.“I actually thought I could get the ball when I slide tackled [Kane] – that is why I went for it. I touched him and [the referee] gave me the second yellow.“But at the end of the day, it’s a good point and hopefully it will be an important point for the title.”
Deputy Joe McHughDONEGAL Deputy Joe McHugh has welcomed a multi-billion euro in payments to farmers.Minister Simon Coveney announced tonight €12.5 Billion in support for the Agricultural sector, sanctioned through the Irish Government and the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Pillar II Funding programme “I welcome today’s announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Simon Coveney, T.D., that €12.5Billion of funds will be sanctioned through the Irish Government and the CAP’s Pillar II programme,” said Deputy McHugh. “With approximately 85% of produce from Irish farms being exported, it was imperative that our allocation was in line with these requirements in order to maintain and sustain our farming sector.“Over the Christmas period, I was in regular contact with both large and small farmers, and in particular the suckler and beef famers, who are experiencing serious challenges at the moment and need considerable encouragement and support over the coming months. But one thing that all farmers have in common across the sector is a clear and consistent message – distribute the money to farmers and they will spend it!“I have been working closely with Minister Coveney over the past year to ensure a fair distribution of funds are sanctioned for Pillar II and I am grateful to the Minister for all the hard work that has been involved in securing this funding.“I particularly welcome the focus on encouraging young farmers to participate in the agriculture sector, as per the following provisions: the full 2% of the national ceiling will be allocated to young farmers, providing for a 25% ‘top-up’ on direct payments on up to 50 hectares for farmers under 40 years of age (worth more than €16,000 over the period where payment is made on the maximum area for the full five years of the scheme); educational criteria will ensure payments are made to genuine young farmers; young farmers will be prioritised in the allocation of payment entitlements from the national reserve. “The funding includes €1.9 billion in national funding and €2.2 billion of EU funding, including €8.5 billion in EU money, which will be distributed in direct payments to farmers, and also includes around €4 billion allotted for the Rural Development Programme until 2020.” McHUGH WELCOMES MULTI-BILLION EURO WINDFALL FOR FARMERS was last modified: January 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:agriculturebillions of euroJoe McHughwindfall
As usual the weekend has thrown up some interesting stats for fans to digest.One in particular caught talkSPORT’s eye and that concerned Chelsea and Diego Costa. VIDEO: FIVE AMAZING DIEGO COSTA STORIESThe striker’s fiery nature on the pitch stands him out as a player opposition fans love to hate.So we were surprised to learn his red card against Everton in the FA Cup was his first for Chelsea since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2014.And here are a few more top stats from the weekend. 8 1. Diego Costa received his first ever red card for Chelsea when he was sent off against Everton in the FA Cup – click the arrow above, right, to see more great stats 3. +216 – This is PSG’s goal difference over the last four seasons in Ligue 1. It’s 128 better than Lyon’s 88 6. 27 – Sergio Ramos is now level with John Terry in terms of headed goals from current defenders across Europe’s top five leagues (Spain, England, Italy, Germany, France) 8 8 8 8 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 27 Ligue 1 goals this season, which is six more than the entire Troyes team, who Paris-Saint Germain beat 9-0 to seal the French title. 4. 2002 – this was the last time Arsenal lost three home games in a row in all competitions. They’ve just lost to Barcelona, Swansea and Watford. 5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has directly contributed to 27 goals in 25 Bundesliga games this season 8 8 7. 26 – the number of assists credited to Dani Alves for Lionel Messi’s goals since the Argentine’s first league game. It is more than any other Barca player, with Xavi second on 21 assists for the little magician 8 8. Five of Dele Alli’s eight Premier League assists have been for Harry Kane, who now has 19 league goals this season