Millwall set to re-sign former Chelsea man

first_img George Saville Millwall are closing in on the loan capture of former Chelsea man George Saville – two years after his first spell at the club.The Wolves midfielder has made just two appearances this season and is now set to leave Molineux on loan.And it appears that Millwall are ready to sign the 22-year-old for the second time.Saville, who came through the ranks at Chelsea, joined Millwall for two months while he was still on the books at Stamford Bridge back in 2013.He made just three appearances for the south London club but could be given the chance to build on that with a second loan spell now likely. 1last_img

West Ham to lose out to Fiorentina for transfer target?

first_img Danilo D’Ambrosio 1 Fiorentina are lining up a New Year move for West Ham target Danilo D’Ambrosio.The 27-year-old full-back was on Slaven Bilic’s radar in the summer but he eventually stayed put at Inter Milan.However, D’Ambrosio, who only arrived from Torino in 2014, is yet to feature in the league this season and he looks set to leave when the transfer window opens.The Hammers have been linked with a fresh move for the 27-year-old but now reports in Italy have suggested that Fiorentina are the new front-runners to land him.La Viola are hopeful of sealing a loan deal until next summer, when they will have the option to purchase D’Ambrosio, who is under contract at the San Siro until 2018.last_img

Klopp to pick this attack for Stamford Bridge trip? Predicted Liverpool line up v Chelsea

first_imgLiverpool will travel to Stamford Bridge with the aim of making it two wins on the bounce under manager Jurgen Klopp.Victory for the Reds at Chelsea would pile even more pressure onto Blues boss Jose Mourinho, and the German has been handed an injury boost ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.Christian Benteke, who missed the midweek League Cup win over Bournemouth, has been declared fit after a niggling knee problem kept him out of the Anfield win.His availability will please Liverpool fans, with Divock Origi being the only fit senior striker at the club.Roberto Firmino impressed against the Cherries, as did youngster Joao Teixeira, but the latter is unlikely to start.James Milner comes back from a one-match suspension and Simon Mignolet is likely to return in between the sticks after Adam Bogdan came in to keep a clean sheet against Eddie Howe’s side.Kolo Toure, who went off injured in the first half, is ruled out and Daniel Sturridge is not yet fit enough to return from a knee problem picked up in training.These sides met four times last season, producing three draws, with Chelsea winning at Anfield last November in the Premier League.Click the yellow arrow on the image above to see how we think Klopp’s Liverpool will line-up against out-of-form Chelsea, who are 15th.Read here: Five key battles at Stamford Bridge, including Christian Benteke against John TerryRead here: Will Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea continue to be the scourge of Liverpool?Mourinho v Klopp head-to-head: Who has the bragging rights ahead of Chelsea v Liverpool? 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10. Philippe Coutinho (attacking midfield) 9. Christian Benteke (forward) 11 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 18. Alberto Moreno (left-back) 23. Emre Can (midfield) 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) 7. James Milner (midfielder) 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre-back) 11 33. Jordon Ibe (midfield) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Liverpool line up 11 37. Martin Skrtel (centre-back) – Skrtel is without a club after having his time at Atalanta cut dramatically shortlast_img read more

Man United, Arsenal and Spurs players who went from zero to hero!

first_img 7 7 7 7 3. David De Gea (Manchester United) – David De Gea might just be the best goalkeeper in the Premier League right now – and we should revel in his brilliance while we still can with Real Madrid seemingly an inevitable next move. But his United career began extremely unconvincingly. In and out of the side, with Anders Lindegaard often preferred, people questioned Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to pay Atletico Madrid £18.9m for him. The manager remained confident in the Spaniard’s ability and something finally clicked for the player. De Gea has been named United’s Player of the Season for the last two years and the club are desperate to keep him. 2. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – To think Brendan Rodgers so nearly sanctioned a swap deal involving Henderson, plus £4m, to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham in August 2012. His £16m fee from Sunderland was excessive when he signed in 2011 but the midfielder’s journey from ostracised scapegoat to Liverpool captain is miraculous. His work rate has always been there but his penchant for long-range goals and developing passing range has certainly softened the blow since Steven Gerrard’s decline and hasty departure. The Reds have truly missed his leadership skills so far this campaign as he recovers from a foot injury. 7 5. Ashley Young (Manchester United) – Another United player to be galvanised under Van Gaal, Young’s United career appeared to be over considering he mostly made headlines for tumbling theatrically to the floor. But, out of nothing, Young was like a new player last season, with his performances so impressive they effectively ended Angel di Maria’s United career prematurely. Young’s versatility is now a real asset to Van Gaal with such a slender squad and his reliability played a major factor in United’s return to Champions League football this year. 4. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – Aaron Ramsey was one of the most coveted players in the Football League during his early days at Cardiff but, it’s fair to say, his fledgling Arsenal career never really took off. A devastating broken leg against Stoke in 2010 instigated a plateau in his development, with many questioning whether he’d ever recover and some calling for him to be sold. His form in the 2013/14 season expelled any concerns, though and until he suffered another damaging injury, Ramsey scored 15 goals in all competitions by the end of November. He’s now one of the most effective goalscoring midfielders in the top flight and a willing runner on the right to allow the more creative forces in the Gunners midfield to thrive. And the fans now love him. 1. Gareth Bale (Tottenham) – Real Madrid bought Bale for a club record £85m 7. Erik Lamela (Tottenham) – Lamela was linked with a return to Italy in the summer, having become a peripheral figure at White Hart Lane, but his resurgence embodies Tottenham’s newfound steel under Mauricio Pochettino this season. Unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the campaign, the former Roma winger has become an integral part of a side proving increasingly hard to break down. His work-rate has improved drastically while he still remains a creative force in attacking areas. 6. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – Another who has assumed new responsibility this season, Smalling has been heralded by his captain Wayne Rooney and manager Louis van Gaal as one of the best defenders in Europe in the past few months. Manchester United have gone 555 minutes without conceding in the Premier League and, while they might not be terribly exciting at the other end, Smalling has been the crucial component to their defensive rigidity. It’s a far cry from the days when he was castigated for his failure to nail down a regular position and his clumsiness. You would have been forgiven for thinking Erik Lamela’s Tottenham career was dead and buried in the summer.Rumoured to be returning to Italy with his tail tucked between his legs, the Argentine had become a peripheral figure and was lambasted for his failure to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.One of the seven signings acquired in the post Gareth Bale era in 2013, Lamela’s £30m price tag didn’t help with the weight of expectation.But this season he’s a changed man. His new found bullish and terrier-like approach suggests an element of reinvention and his performances are garnering wide acclaim.It’s been quite the turnaround for the much-maligned 23-year-old.But which other players have gone on similar journeys from zero to hero in Premier League history? talkSPORT takes a look at a few.Click the yellow arrow, above, right, to see our selection… 7 7last_img read more

One killed, two injured in Winnetka crash

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WINNETKA – A man was killed tonight when his speeding car overturned and hit at least two other vehicles at a backed-up intersection, police said. The crash was reported at about 9:10 p.m. at Mason Avenue and Sherman Way, said Sgt. Charles Swanson of LAPD’s Valley Traffic division. The driver, who was ejected from his car and died at the scene, was believed to speeding northbound on Mason Avenue when he approached Sherman Way, where several vehicles were stopped at a red light, Swanson said. “It looked like he was trying to drive in between,” he said. “And then he became airborne.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City Two others suffered minor to moderate injuries and were transported to area hospitals, said Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman.last_img read more

Fighting off online attack

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsTo someone with a beef against your business, a blog, chat room or other web forum is an inviting place. Some small businesses have been attacked via postings on AOL, Yahoo, MySpace, Angie’s List, Facebook and other major sites. John Dozier, who heads Dozier Internet Law and often represents businesses, recommends staying on top of what people might be saying about you online. He suggests using Google Alerts. Dozier’s firm has seen it all: A competitor posting another business owner’s credit report online. An ex-girlfriend publishing false information about her boyfriend’s businesss. A participant in a failed venture launching a derogatory replica of a company site and advertising it with pay-per-click. Responding to unkind comments can be tricky. The owner of a New York dry cleaning business faced a nightmare when a disgruntled customer sued and took the complaint online as well. Debra Guzov, with the law firm Guzov Ofsink, represented the dry cleaner, and suggests steps that a business should take when a customer has a complaint and takes it online: 1)Review the complaint for accuracy. Most of the time, once the issues are clear, there’s a simple fix to the problem. 2)If the complainer persists, search online for any further evidence of a smear campaign against the business. 3)Document what’s happened. Print hard copies of relevant online postings. 4)Explain the situation to your employees, and devise an approach if other customers ask about it. 5)If the problem threatens to move from irritating to damaging, seek legal advice. Register your domain name in all available extensions (like .net, .biz, .org, .info and others). Daniel Kehrer (editor@business.com) is editor of Business.com, the top business search engine, and Work.com, a “how-to” site for small business.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Question: Recently, an unhappy former employee of ours decided to take his grievance to the Internet. He posted complaints all over the Web, and we’re concerned his comments could give our business an undeserved black eye. How can we prevent this? – WEB TARGET ANSWER: Disgruntled customers, ex-employees and sinister competitors have unlimited options to undermine your business online. Complaints, rumors or lies that once passed orally are plastered instantly across the Internet, available for the world to see. Basically, if someone is intent on causing a business grief, the Web offers lots of ammunition. Many of today’s fastest growing Web sites are built around the concept of allowing anyone to contribute their own comments. last_img read more

Arsenal turned down chance to sign Dimitri Payet, reveals Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal scouted Dimitri Payet – before he joined West Ham.The Frenchman has taken the Premier League by storm since joining the Hammers from Marseille last summer in a £10million deal.However, Wenger has now revealed that Arsenal looked at Payet too but opted not to sign him due to the attacking talents already at the club.“I have known him for a long, long time. He played in St-Etienne and we watched him many times,” said Wenger.“I think he has all the attributes to be a top, top player but he is 29-years-old already. I had these kind of players, we had no need [to sign him].“Historically we have always had a great number of creative players. We have [Mesut] Ozil, [Jack] Wilshere, [Santi] Cazorla, [Aaron] Ramsey.”The free-kick specialist, who was recently recalled to the France squad, will bid to continue his fine form against the Gunners on Saturday. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down the chance to sign Dimitri Payet 1last_img read more

On-loan Swansea City striker Eder hoping to make Lille move permanent

first_img1 Eder has scored five times for Lille, laying on four assists Swansea City striker Eder has hinted he may make his loan move to Lille permanent.The 28-year-old joined the French side in January after struggling for action at the Liberty Stadium.Eder has rekindled some form at Lille, finding the net five times and contributing four assists.The Portugal international only moved to Swansea in June of last year for £5m from Braga, but admits he could remain at Lille.“It’s possible that I stay, even though I don’t have the answer,” Eder told Lille’s official website.“If this is the case, I will do everything to continue my momentum, but also to improve and try to bring still more to the team. I like it here.”last_img

Which nine Arsenal players will be representing their country at Euro 2016?

first_img Granit Xhaka – Switzerland – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… Hector Bellerin – Spain – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… 9 Mesut Ozil – Germany – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… Olivier Giroud – France – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… 9 Some of Arsenal’s star players will have a busy summer representing their countries in various tournaments. The likes of Alexis Sanchez and David Ospina are playing in the Copa America tournament with Chile and Colombia respectively and then there is the Euros. With a team of international stars, the 2015/16 Premier League runners up have NINE players in France for this summer’s tournament. They will be representing the likes of England, France, Spain, Czech Republic and Germany. So who are those Gunners hoping to impress for their country this summer?Click the arrow above, right, to see the full list of the nine Arsenal players competing at this summer’s European Championship. 9 Jack Wilshere – England – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… 9 9 9 9 Laurent Koscielny – France – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… 9 Tomas Rosicky – Czech Republic 9 Petr Cech – Czech Republic – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… Aaron Ramsey – Wales – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… last_img read more

Pressure on two Cup vets

first_img “Only time will tell as to what we’re really going to be capable of this year,” Gordon, the four-time champion, said. “But right now I feel like we’re as good as anybody out there.” Gordon felt that way about the same time last year, and he went on to win the Daytona 500. But despite four victories, Gordon missed a spot in the 10-car field for the Chase because of a midseason slump. He finished in 11th place over all. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Along the way, Gordon dropped Robbie Loomis as his crew chief and switched to Steve Letarte, who is only 26. The move helped Gordon win at Martinsville late in the season, and the team showed enough improvement to encourage Gordon for this year’s Daytona 500, on Feb. 19. It is the first race of the season. “I don’t know if we had to go win a championship in February, if that was the final event, that we’d be ready for that,” Gordon said. “But I really believe just in the last 10 races of last year, what I saw in Steve was unbelievable, and that really has me excited about getting this season started.” Earnhardt, whose relationships with crew chiefs are seemingly always on edge, is facing fewer questions about the transition back to the crew chief Tony Eury Jr. Earnhardt and Eury are cousins and worked together for years on the No. 8 Chevrolet before a falling out late in the 2004 season. Management at Dale Earnhardt Inc. separated the two last year, moving Eury to the No. 15 of the former DEI driver Michael Waltrip. The move failed; Earnhardt struggled and finished 19th in the standings a year after challenging for the title. Earnhardt and Eury were reunited late last season. The offseason never lasts long in NASCAR’s Nextel Cup racing series. The time for celebrating Tony Stewart’s 2005 championship, or for commiserating over the unexpectedly poor showings by Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr., officially ended last week. Testing for the Daytona 500 began last Monday at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, and already expectations are being raised throughout the Cup series. Few will face more pressure this season than Gordon and Earnhardt. They missed the season-ending Chase for the Nextel Cup last year and changed crew chiefs late in the year. Each has higher hopes for 2006. center_img “It feels good working with Tony Jr.,” Earnhardt said. “It feels good to go into the shop and talk to him about the cars, and know when he is talking about his cars, he is talking about my cars, too. “It feels good and I’m looking forward to getting some races under our belts, getting into victory lane as fast as we can.” DEI will have to produce engines that Eury and Earnhardt can win with, another issue for the team last season. Stewart had every answer last season when he dominated the Chase and captured his second career title. An Indiana native, Stewart also won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Stewart has not run out of goals. The only major Nextel Cup race he has not won is the Daytona 500. This could be his year. Stewart dominated for much of the last two Daytona 500’s, finishing second in 2004, and he won his first Cup race at the speedway when he captured the Pepsi 400 last July. “Our No. 1 goal this year is to go win the Daytona 500,” he said. “We’ve led enough laps the last two years combined to win the race outright. Obviously, our run in July there was something that was pretty special to us. “But once we get through Daytona, whether we win, lose or whatever happens there, you never stop wanting to win races. Obviously, I’m going to want to come to Indianapolis to win the Brickyard back to back. And we want to win another championship.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more