Chelsea target pens long-term Dynamo Kiev deal, but admits he could still leave

first_img1 Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton target Andriy Yarmolenko has signed a new long-term contract at Dynamo Kiev – but admits he could still leave.All three English clubs are keen to sign the 25-year-old schemer, with Jose Mourinho rekindling rumours as he was spotted watching Ukraine’s recent international against Spain.Stoke City reportedly almost landed him during the summer, while Spanish giants Barcelona have been strongly linked to a swoop for Yarmolenko when their transfer ban is lifted in 2016.The Ukraine international’s contract was set to expire in June, when he would have been free to walk away for nothing.But now he has put pen to paper on a contract until 2020, meaning any of his admirers will now have to splash the cash to prise him away from Kiev.Despite signing the deal, however, Yarmolenko has revealed he could yet be open to a departure.He told the club’s official website: “I still want that [to test myself in the best foreign leagues]. I know that if Dynamo get really worthy offers we’ll find an option that satisfies everyone.“I want the club to get good compensation for me. I could have left for free in a while, but that would have been wrong.“I am 100 per cent a Dynamo player. Our team is like my second family. That’s why I keep doing my best to benefit the club.” Dynamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko last_img read more

Tottenham was ‘difficult!’ – Watford star relieved to move on from White Hart Lane nightmare

first_img Etienne Capoue Etienne Capoue says a new-found freedom at Watford has helped him move on after two “difficult” years at Tottenham.Capoue signed for Spurs from French club Toulouse in the summer of 2013 for a fee of £9million.But the midfielder started just 19 Premier League matches in two years and last featured for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in January.He subsequently moved to Vicarage Road for £6million during the off-season and has been involved in every game for the Hornets this term.Watford, who head to Leicester on Saturday, are 11th in the table and Capoue, signed by Quique Sanchez Flores, has been integral to their strong start to life back in the top flight.“I play maybe more freely than at Tottenham,” said Capoue.“I love my job and I do everything on the pitch. I have the confidence of the coach and the players. So I try to enjoy it on the pitch.“The manager said to me, try to take the ball, to give to your friends, to manage the game. I try that. I hope I can carry on like that.“It was two difficult years for me (at Tottenham), but now I try to improve my qualities on the pitch.” 1last_img read more

Liverpool blow! Ex-midfielder snubs Reds reunion

first_img Xabi Alonso Xabi Alonso is ready to snub interest from Liverpool and Real Madrid to remain at Bayern Munich.The midfielder is heading into the final six months of his contract with the German champions and fresh terms are yet to be agreed.It has led to rumours that the Spaniard could leave the club and return to one of his former employers, either Liverpool or Real Madrid.But now Bayern’s chief executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has rubbished such talk and insisted the 34-year-old is happy in Germany.“Recently, I had a talk with Xabi. He feels very good at Bayern Munich and in the city of Munich too,” Rummenigge told Bild.“He signalled to me he is interested in staying in Munich. Rumours he would plan to leave are wrong.” 1last_img read more

Exciting! 10 January transfer deals that really could happen

first_img 7. Fulham’s Moussa Dembele to join Manchester United? – Over the past few weeks, the 19-year-old has been heavily linked with the Red Devils and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the highly-rated teenager does make the move to Old Trafford in the winter window. Fulham would be wise to cash in should a big offer come in. 6. Tottenham Hotspur to sign Saido Berahino despite summer fallout? – Spurs and West Bromwich Albion’s relationship is tense after the former’s pursuit of the England Under-21 international in the summer but, ultimately, money talks. If Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to land the striker, then a sizeable bid could do the job. 2. Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho to complete move to Arsenal? – With Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin injured, the Gunners need cover in midfield and Carvalho, a long-term target for Arsene Wenger, could be the perfect solution. 10 10 3. Andros Townsend to swap Tottenham Hotspur for Newcastle United? – The England international will be looking to leave White Hart Lane, particularly with Euro 2016 coming up, and the Magpies are said to be leading the chase for his signature. 10 10 10 10 5. Loic Remy to end Chelsea misery? – There would surely be no Blues supporter begrudging Remy if he chose to move on from Stamford Bridge next month, with his playing time unlikely to increase. It’s uncertain where the Frenchman might go, but there could be plenty of interest. 1. Chelsea to finally sign Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann? – This rumour stretches back to the summer, but with their league form so poor, Jose Mourinho could persuade Roman Abramovich to, at last, cough up the cash for the in-demand France international. 10 With the winter window just weeks away, rumour after rumour is circulating in the news, but what deals could really happen within the next month and a half?Will Arsenal replace injured midfield pair Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin? Will Chelsea strengthen their underperforming squad?talkSPORT has listed 10 transfers that we could be confirming in January (fingers crossed).Click the yellow arrow above, right, to discover the imminent deals. 10 10 8. Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes to join a Premier League rival? – The former Barcelona goalkeeper is expected to finally leave Old Trafford in January, and reports suggest he is keen on staying put in England’s top flight. However, the Spaniard will surely take whatever offer comes his way if it means escaping the ruthless Louis van Gaal. 4. Liverpool to replace injured Mamadou Sakho with Nevan Subotic? – A current Borussia Dortmund player that Klopp is allegedly interested in is Subotic. Mamadou Sakho is out of action until the beginning of next year, and the German manager may therefore be targeting cover in this position. 10. PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign a short-term contract with Chelsea? – Samuel Eto’o did it, so why can’t Zlatan? Jose Mourinho and Ibrahimovic have an excellent relationship, and with Chelsea’s struggles and the striker continuing to deliver the goods for Paris Saint-Germain, despite being 34, he could be a superb short-term signing for the Blues. Chelsea fans can dream, at least! 10 9. Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy to leave north London? – The France international is another worried about missing out on Euro 2016, and the defender himself has admitted that he could be forced to leave the Emirates should he receive no assurances from Arsene Wenger over his playing time. He has hinted that he could join a Premier League rival or, failing that, return to Ligue 1. last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Arsenal close to £13m deal for La Liga, say reports in Spain

first_img1 Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Celta Vigo striker Nolito, claim reports in Spain.Barcelona were in contention to re-sign their former forward but talks have broken down due to the Catalan club’s reluctance to meet the player’s £13m release clause.That, according to Mundo Deportivo, has paved the way for Arsenal to make contact with Celta Vigo and talks are reportedly progressing well.The Gunners are keen to add a striker to their squad in January and see Nolito as the man to provide competition for Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.The 29-year-old has found the net eight times in 15 appearances this campaign to help Celta Vigo to sixth in La Liga. Nolito [left] last_img read more

No Messi or Ronaldo? 10 players with the most goals and assists combined in Europe’s top five leagues

first_imgWe’re rapidly approaching the halfway point of the 2015/16 season and some of the usual suspects have been racking up impressive statistics so far this campaign.With European leagues across the continent preparing to put their feet up over the winter break, Premier League players have the opportunity to continue their individual tallys.Only two Premier League players, both from the same club, currently make the top ten in terms of combined goals and assists in Europe’s top five leagues this season.Perhaps more astonishingly is that neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi make the top ten, with the latter’s injury-plagued season contibuting to a comparatively paltry return.So who has starred in their absence? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who tops the charts.Statistics correct up to and including 14 December 2015 10 6=. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 17 (13 goals, 4 assists) 4=. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – 18 (11 goals, 7 assists) 6=. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – 17 (15 goals, 2 assists) 9=. Michy Batshuayi (Marseille) has had key involvement in 16 goals so far this season (11 goals, 5 assists) – click the arrow above to see which players from Europe’s top five leagues can better these stats 6=. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) – 17 (13 goals, 4 assists) 10 10 10 10 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) – 20 (14 goals, 6 assists) 4=. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 18 (15 goals, 3 assists) 10 10 10 3. Neymar (Barcelona) – 19 (14 goals, 5 assists) 10 10 9=. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) 1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – 22 (18 goals, 4 assists)last_img read more

Ronald Koeman identifies Southampton’s weakest point

first_imgRonald Koeman believes Southampton’s opponents now relish playing them because of a perceived defensive frailty.On Saturday they host Tottenham, whose head coach is Koeman’s predecessor at Southampton Mauricio Pochettino, after a run of five fixtures without victory in which they have conceded 12 goals.The Dutchman attempted to arrest his team’s declining form by adopting a more defensive shape last week at Crystal Palace where they lost 1-0, a result which followed a 1-1 draw with 20th-placed Aston Villa, a 6-1 home defeat by Liverpool and a 3-1 reverse at Manchester City.They have recently appeared far from the defensively-sound team they were under Pochettino, and Koeman is concerned that rival teams are now optimistic about facing them.“I think we are struggling in scoring goals, I think our opponents see in us mistakes defensively,” Koeman said.“The whole team performance, every individual performance of the players, is a little bit lower than what we expect, and what we can show.“As a manager you have always pressure. You know what can happen.“Of course, we speak, we have good training sessions, but everybody needs to realise that we play for a lot this Saturday and we have to improve.“Maybe (there is) some lack of confidence, but still we can play good football, still we create chances. The productivity is not good enough.” 1 Ronald Koeman last_img read more

UCLA’s Sutherland doesn’t fit the mold

first_imgBefore he made an official visit to UCLA during his senior season at Kellam High, Sutherland said Ohio, where relatives lived, was the furthest he traveled from home. “I love to travel,” Sutherland said. “It’s nice to see new things, and see different cultures. Even from one coast to another, it’s so different. It’s cool.” Sutherland’s soft side may have been developed from his infancy – literally. His mother, Barbara Kingan, said Noah weighed 10 pounds, 11 ounces at birth. When he was in fifth grade, he wasn’t allowed to play flag football because league organizers feared he would hurt the other kids, so he moved up to the tackle level, which was usually reserved for older kids. “And he was still the biggest kid there,” Kingan said. In grammar school, Sutherland was always being reprimanded. Not for bullying others, but for talking. It turned out Sutherland was finishing his work so quickly he had nothing to do. So he spoke to his other classmates, and kept them from finishing their work. “The teacher got wise to it, so she worked out with him that when he was done, he could go across the hall to a special needs class and help them,” said Kingan, who is flying in for Saturday’s UCLA game against Notre Dame at the Rose Bowl. “He helped out one of the PTA programs, and when he was done there, a special needs class did a Wizard of Oz play, and he helped with that. “He was the tin man, and (the other kids) had short attention spans, so he would go around and prod them to make sure they were doing things right. It was the cutest thing.” Even now, Sutherland’s soft spot for kids is evident. He has twin cousins, Alison and Bailee, who were born 51/2 weeks apart because of a pregnancy issue. Alison, the older, weighed approximately a pound at birth, and was given a 10 percent chance to survive. She is now nine, and suffers from autism. According to Sutherland, “she’s amazing, and she’s like a musical prodigy. She’s really good with keeping keys,” when it comes to singing. “And it makes her smile,” Sutherland added, “and that’s the best part.” As an offensive lineman, Sutherland’s accolades come from helping others, which is where the Peace Corps fits in. According to the organization’s Web site, the Peace Corps has “been invited by 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.” The 47-year-old organization is present in many third-world countries, and aids in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe, and a host of islands. “The way they make it sound, it’s a different job every day,” Sutherland said. “One day you might be digging a well. The next day you might be teaching someone how to use a computer, and the next day you might be teaching English, and the next day you might be building a school or helping a medical staff.” As Sutherland concludes his UCLA career, he is thinking about his next move. Football is an option, although he must become more consistent. Sutherland came to UCLA as a defensive end, but after two seasons was moved to the offensive line and started 13 games last season at tackle. But he was moved inside to guard this season, and is still getting used to the differences in the position. “I need to maintain good pad level because I get up too high sometimes,” Sutherland said. “You still have to have pretty good feet at guard. I’m working on pass protection because I never had to do it in high school. We ran a (run-oriented) wing-T.” However, Sutherland is athletic and one of UCLA’s strongest players, which will help him when it comes time to work out for NFL teams. Sutherland bench presses 430 to 440 pounds and squats 600 pounds, which will make an impression. “He’s one of the strongest guys on our team and he moves very well,” said UCLA coach Karl Dorrell, a former NFL assistant. “He just needs more technique. He’s been solid. He has a lot of upside. He just hasn’t tapped into it yet. He’ll test well. He’ll run (fast) and do a lot of things, which will open your eyes. He has a chance.” In December, Sutherland will graduate with a degree in history, which he may change if he enrolls in the Peace Corps. “I would like to play after this year, but I’m not the type of person who is thinking that is all I got,” Sutherland said. “Even if I do get a chance, there’s no guarantee it will be for long. Every chance I do get to play, it will be a blessing. I’ve got to be able to move on. “I don’t want to sound bad, but I see guys who have been here for three or four years, and they’re still working out and not moving on with their lives. I’ll play for as long as they let me, but when I’m not able, I’ve got things I want to do.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER The scraggly, light-haired but unfulfilled beard, and the shoulder length hair help create the perception of meanness. The sheer size – 6-foot-4, 295 pounds – helps with intimidation, and the quiet, reserved personality gives off a cerebral assassin vibe. Yet, down deep, within Noah Sutherland’s hearty frame, is a heart for helping others, especially kids. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySutherland, a senior starter at right guard on UCLA’s offensive line, has aspirations to play in the NFL, and a more noble desire to improve societies in impoverished countries. His plan after graduating in December is to get ready for the NFL draft, but his ambition beyond football is to join the Peace Corps. “I know I want to do something that helps others, and give back because I feel like I’ve had a pretty good life so far, with the scholarship and everything,” Sutherland said. “I want to be able to do something for people who don’t have it as good. “I have a soft spot for kids. I feel like you can help kids the most. You can really change a kid’s life. You can obviously change anybody’s life, but a kid, you can get to him and make a difference.” Sutherland, the big ‘ol softy, grew up in Virginia Beach, Va., but the family didn’t travel much (“I guess we didn’t have the money,” he said). He said the first time he stepped on a plane was to go to Universal Studios in Orlando, after his mom won a free trip from a radio station, but vacation usually involved packing up the family car and driving and driving. last_img read more

750 homes threatened in nagging Santiago fire

first_img“I wonder, frankly, if we didn’t have this arson-caused fire here how many of our resources might have been available to respond to other parts of the state and how many people might be alive today had our firefighters fighting fire here been able to be in San Diego,” Prather said. “This arsonist not only caused that but they prohibited us from responding to our neighbors to help,” Prather said. “And that is another reason that I am committed to capturing these people.” Yesterday, the reward for catching the arsonist who started the fire increased to $250,000 as the fire grew to 26,000 acres. Radio station KFI-AM (640) pledged $100,000 to boost the reward. “If we’re going to find the individual or individuals responsible, it’s going to take a clue from the public,” Sheriff Mike Carona said. KFI program director Robin Bertolucci expressed hope that the new amount “helps bring someone forward to solve this terrible crime.” Meanwhile, several groups announced fund-raisers to help victims. KCAL9/CBS2 news vans will be in the parking lot of the Stater Bros.. supermarket, 22351 El Toro Road, at 5 a.m. today and on Monday to collect money. Also today, the Anaheim Ducks, ABC7, KABC-AM (790) and KLOS-FM (95.5) are teaming with the American Red Cross and Honda Center to collect money from the public at the Honda Center, Parking Lot 5, 2695 E. Katella Ave., in Anaheim. In addition, the Samueli Foundation, Honda Center and Anaheim Ducks will make a $100,000 contribution, officials said. The reward also consists of $50,000 from the state government and $50,000 each from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI. At 8 a.m. today, the county will open a “one-stop” Local Assistance Center where representatives from multiple agencies will be available to offer assistance. The center, at 125 Technology Drive West, Suite 200 in Irvine, will be open until 7 p.m. tomorrow. Additional hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, according to the OCFA. Prather told reporters at the news conference that investigators have concluded that “there are two points of origin rather than three” of the fire set Sunday evening at Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads. The task force investigating the fire has expanded to include the OCFA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, ATF and FBI because “we have a number of leads to follow.” “This is a complex incident and we desperately want to catch the people or person that did this,” he said. “It is a confirmed arson,” Prather said. “There was evidence found at the scene.” More than 250 tips have been called in, Prather said, and authorities are “tracking down each of them.” A toll-free hotline — (800) 540-8282 — was set up to receive tips.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“If the wind stays normal, everything will be fine,” said Mike Rohde, an OCFA battalion chief. If not, it will be a totally “different story,” he said. As of 3:30 a.m. no homes had caught fire in Silverado Canyon, Angela Luedtke of the OCFA said. Flames were expected to reach Modjeska Peak about sunrise today, Luedtke said. “We’ve got a little over 1,000 personnel on the line, we have sufficient ground and air resources to handle this incident and we’ve got the plans in place to hopefully control it as it heads up into the wilderness area,” OCFA Fire Chief Chip Prather said. The arson affected not only Orange County but took resources from other fires, he said. IRVINE – Firefighters in the hills east of Irvine sought to contain the Santiago fire today as the it headed toward about 750 homes Silverado Canyon. The Santiago fire, set Sunday evening near Silverado Canyon and Santiago Canyon roads, was about 30 percent contained and moving east into the Cleveland National Forest. According to the OCFA, 14 homes have been destroyed and eight were damaged. Eight outbuildings were destroyed and 12 others were damaged. Fire commanders said the fate the fire depended on the winds. last_img read more

Chief Bratton enters his last term on an emotional note

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Crime is down. Crime is down for the last five years and will continue to go down. There are those who question the numbers. They shouldn’t. The numbers are accurate and reflect what we have been able to accomplish.” The pointed criticism was directed at City Councilman Bernard Parks, who preceded Bratton as chief and was refused his bid for second term. But Parks, who did not attend the swearing-in ceremony, did not back off. “The fact of the matter is, the LAPD is cooking the books,” Parks said later, adding that he believes crime rates are showing drops because the department no longer includes domestic abuse cases in the most serious crime categories. “Go on any street corner in this city and people will tell you they don’t feel safer.” Thursday’s ceremony was emotional for Bratton, whose badge was pinned on him by his father, William E. Bratton. It was the first time his father had performed the ceremony in Bratton’s 37-year police career. As part of the day, guests received a commemorative coin and a 30-page tribute book. Titled “Transition of the LAPD, Past, Present & Future,” the book focuses on Bratton’s past and present with pictures of him on nearly every page. The book was paid for by the Police Foundation. Also in attendance at the swearing-in were officers who served with Bratton in Boston and New York. The event also had a bit of Hollywood with actors Angie Dickinson, James Caan and Sylvester Stallone. Dickinson, who starred in the TV show “Police Woman,” was mobbed by fans. When the show aired in the 1970s, it was credited with helping police recruit a record number of female officers. If Parks is looking over his shoulder these days, he might also see state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas. Ridley-Thomas last week took out papers for an exploratory committee to determine whether to challenge Parks for the seat on the Board of Supervisors being vacated by the retirement of Yvonne B. Burke. But there really is no doubt about the intentions of Ridley-Thomas, who served on the Los Angeles City Council and built up the 8th District Empowerment Congress that continues to operate as one of the top organizations in the area. “Needless to say, the race has been joined,” Ridley-Thomas said. “The filing just gives me permission to begin raising money. Once the official filing opens in December for the seat, I will be there.” The race is expected to draw strong local attention as one of the few contested offices up in the June primary election. There can be an outright winner if any candidate receives a majority vote. But a number of other candidates also are expected to vie against Parks and Ridley-Thomas and could divide the vote and force a November runoff. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is close to both men, said the race will be a face-off between articulate officials representing different aspects of public life. Parks rose through the ranks of the LAPD to achieve its highest post and became a symbol for many in the African-American community. Ridley-Thomas came up through the grass-roots political movement of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and its effort to organize communities into political forces. With California’s early presidential primary drawing more attention to Democratic and Republican candidates, it is also serving as a way to get more money from activists. The Democratic National Committee last week, for example, sent a survey to “selected” Democrats asking for their opinions on a handful of issues. And, it noted, that if you really want your opinion to count – please send along a contribution of $25 or more. An underlined note from DNC chair Howard Dean said the money will go to “get America back on track … to fix the mess created by George W. Bush and his Republican cronies in Congress.” It won’t take long for Republicans to counter that they need similar amounts to stop Dean and his Democratic cronies. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was a day for Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton to take on all critics and set the record straight. At his swearing-in ceremony last week – when he became the first L.A. police chief to serve a second five-year term – Bratton defended his crime-reduction record. “The city has changed in my five years,” Bratton told family, friends and officials gathered for the ceremony. “The city was coming off a divisive election. A divisive decision over my predecessor and whether he would get a second term. Officers were leaving in droves. The badge of this great department was tarnished. last_img read more