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REINA HITS THE £23M LIVERPOOL JACKPOT

Posted Sunday, January 24, 2010 by NOTW.co.uk

£90k a week for top keeper PEPE REINA is close to signing a new five-year deal at Anfield. Liverpool opened talks with the keeper earlier this month and have put a £23million package on the table. The deal would put Reina on around £90,000 a week. The club expect an agreement to be reached shortly with the player having already committed his future to the Merseysiders. Rei...Full Story »

UNITED EARMARK CHIELLINI AS VIDIC REPLACEMENT

Posted Sunday, January 24, 2010 by NOTW.co.uk

Italian hard-man is Fergie's favourite CHIELLINI: Always strong in the tackle SIR ALEX FERGUSON will allow Nemanja Vidic to join Barcelona this summer - with Giorgio Chiellini his replacement. Both Manchester clubs have been tracking the Juventus defender this season and the player's agent, Davide Lippi, was present at the Carling Cup semi-final on Tuesday. United boss Ferguson has given...Full Story »

Gary Neville faces censure for middle-finger gesture at Carlos Tevez

Posted Thursday, January 21, 2010 by theguardian.com

The Manchester United substitute Gary Neville gestures with his middle finger after Carlos Tevez scores his first goal. Gary Neville could be in trouble with the Football Association after he reacted to Carlos Tevez's first goal in the Carling Cup semi-final by raising his middle finger towards the Manchester City striker. The FA wrote to Neville to warn him about his provocative celebration ...Full Story »

Chelsea lining up January swoop for Wolfsburg striker

Posted Sunday, January 10, 2010 by BBC.com

Carlo Ancelotti has identified Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko as Chelsea's first choice striker target in this transfer window. The Bosia Herzegovina striker, who has been watched by every top club in Europe, was thought to be heading to Milan. But the Italian club last night admitted a deal could be scuppered by the late interest of the Stamford Bridge club. Milan cannot meet the £36m b...Full Story »

Football transfer rumours: Vincenzo Iaquinta to Chelsea?

Posted Friday, January 08, 2010 by theguardian.com

Today's fluff can't feel its extremities Vincenzo Iaquinta feels that knee twinge. Photograph: AP Some things, of course, just have to get through. Not necessarily important things, like the post, or bread in the Mill's clinically depressed local Tesco Metro, or people who have to go to school, or fat blokes in lurid yellow coats employed to shovel snow off the pitch at major football stadiums...Full Story »

Gunners chief linked with Higuain bid

Posted Friday, January 08, 2010 by teamtalk.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked by the Spanish press with weighing up a move for Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain.  Wenger is short of options in attack as Robin van Persie is out for most of the season with an ankle injury and the extent of Nicklas Bendtner's groin problems will not be known until the Denmark striker undergoes a series of tests this week. West Ha...Full Story »

The worst January transfer signings

Posted Wednesday, January 06, 2010 by The Independent

Afonso Alves (Heerenveen to Middlesbrough, £12m, 2008)Being a top scorer in the Dutch league seems to prove nothing. For every van Nistlerooy at Manchester United, there's a Mateja Kezman at Chelsea. And being Brazilian is no guarantee either. Perhaps Boro manager Gareth Southgate thought that one or the other would prove his huge investment in Alves right. But no - from 45 goals in 39 ...Full Story »

Charm, luck and hard graft: how Mancini began with a bang

Posted Wednesday, January 06, 2010 by The Independent

So far, so good – but tomorrow City's new regime faces its first major test, against United. Tim Rich on how it all went right, and whether it can last 1. Drill the defence As they entertain Manchester United in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final tomorrow, City have renewed confidence in defence. Internazionale were the club that invented the art of "catenaccio" – or protec...Full Story »

God! Show Me Magic

Posted Tuesday, January 05, 2010 by theguardian.com

The DW Stadium crowd enjoy Wigan's emphatic FA Cup third round win over Hull City. IT'S A KIND OF MAGIC When a metaphorical mob of pitchfork and torch-waving football hacks converged on FA HQ this morning to inquire about the dismal attendances at assorted FA Cup third round fixtures over the weekend, the blazers missed a trick. Asked to explain the 5,335-strong crowd at the DW Stadium for Wi...Full Story »

Giant among Imps: why Chris Sutton is loving life at Lincoln City

Posted Saturday, January 02, 2010 by theguardian.com

Chris Sutton won league titles in England and Scotland but has started at the bottom in his managerial career with perennial strugglers Lincoln City. It can be strange sometimes watching an ex-pro trying to make the transition into becoming the gaffer and, initially, it takes some getting used to seeing Chris Sutton, this tall, familiar figure synonymous with big-money transfers and the inaugu...Full Story »

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