West Ham v Chelsea: Oscar dropped by Rafa Benitez with Victor Moses set to replace him

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar axed for Chelsea's West Ham trip as Rafa looks to harden up midfield

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17:34 GMT, 30 November 2012

Oscar, Chelsea's Brazilian box of tricks, is to be dropped for their game at West Ham as interim boss Rafa Benitez looks to end their slump.

But Chelsea fans will be alarmed that, after two 0-0 draws in succession, Benitez is axing one of their best flare players.

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And the Oscar goes to... the bench: The Chelsea midfielder will be among the substitutes for the London derby

And the Oscar goes to… the bench: The Chelsea midfielder will be among the substitutes for the London derby

In an attempt to bring more out of
Fernando Torres – Oscar is taking the blame for his lack of goals – it
is expected that Victor Moses will replace him.

Benitez will say he is rotating his
team ahead of another Champions League encounter, against Nordsjaelland,
as he looks to freshen up his line-up.

In charge: Benitez will make changes for Chelsea's trip to West Ham

In charge: Benitez will make changes for Chelsea's trip to West Ham with Oscar, to his right, dropping down to the bench

In training: Ashley Cole and David Luiz are put through their paces on Friday

In training: Ashley Cole and David Luiz are put through their paces on Friday

Oscar, whose spectacular goal against
Juventus earlier in the season is one of the best so far, is the victim
of a run of games that has seen Chelsea fail to win in the last six.

Back-to-back home game against
Manchester City and Fulham only resulted in two goalless draws, leaving
Chelsea seven points behind leaders Manchester United.

On target: Oscar scored a wondergoal against Juventus earlier this season

On target: Oscar scored a wondergoal against Juventus earlier this season

Benitez has had West Ham watched and
knows they can be quite physical in midfield. He is expecting a tough
London derby and wants more strength in the side.

He may go for a change of formation,
but will decide that in the build-up to the game. Oscar, who is fully
fit, will be on the bench and may well come on.

VIDEO: Rafa Benitez talks tactics ahead of Chelsea's match against West Ham

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NBA Christmas Day 2012 jerseys: Barclays Premier League won"t follow suit

NBA stock up with special Christmas Day kits (but don't worry, our Premier League clubs won't follow suit…)

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17:36 GMT, 30 November 2012

NBA teams will wear limited edition Christmas Day kits this year. But panicked parents in England must fear not – it isn't an idea ready to be embraced in the Barclays Premier League.

The NBA are certain to cash-in on the lucrative limited edition designs, which will be worn by all the major basketball teams on December 25.

However, Sportsmail understands it has never been on the agenda at Premier League HQ and such an idea for Boxing Day-only kits would have to be recommended and agreed to by the clubs.

Different ball game: NBA stars will wear special Christmas Day-only uniforms

Different ball game: NBA stars will wear special Christmas Day-only uniforms (below)

Different ball game: NBA stars will wear special Christmas Day-only uniforms

Premier League sides have their usual three kits approved in pre-season while officials granted special dispensation for them to wear the recent charitable Poppy kits (which clubs donated to raise funds for the Royal British Legion).

The NBA have explored the addition of one-off uniforms several times with previous themes including 'Latin Night', 'St Patrick's Day' and they will wear special training shirts for World Aids Day.

'The Christmas jerseys are fun,' said NBA commissioner David Stern, speaking exclusively to Sportsmail in New York.

'We're always doing throwback nights. We have Hispanic nights where the players' shirts will have 'Los Bulls' or 'Los Spurs' and sometimes we do a special uniform for some period of games. And so the idea for the Christmas Day jerseys came up and I was like, well let’s do it.

Standing firm: There are no plans to have Boxing Day-only kits in the Premier League

Standing firm: There are no plans to have Boxing Day-only kits in the Premier League

'The festive commercial we did, the cow of the bells isn't played actually because it is played by basketballs.

'These guys are bouncing basketballs and the idea was, let's do a limited number of Christmas Day uniforms (available at the NBA Europe store) and once they're sold out they are gone.

'It was like a kick of excitement. The commercial has over 5 million views within a week. That's crazy. I really do get a kick out of it.

'I wasn't really a big fan of all these changed uniforms. I came of age at a time when you looked at the TV set and you knew the Bulls were in red, the Celtics were in green, the Knicks were in blue, the Phoenix Suns had some orange configuration and the Lakers were the only ones who didn't wear white at home, they wore yellow.

Big seller: Miami Heat forward LeBron James is the most-purchased shirt by NBA fans

Big seller: Miami Heat forward LeBron James is the most-purchased shirt by NBA fans

'Then, all of a sudden New Orleans started wearing yellow in their home uniform and it was like, “Oh my God, everything's changing. Take me back to the good old days!”

'But you know what now – like with the Christmas uniforms – I think it's great. If you try it and you fail, you might look stupid but if you succeed then great.

'You've just got to let it go and don't take yourself too seriously.'

Miami Heat star LeBron James, meanwhile, was revealed as the biggest-selling shirt seller earlier this week.

'It's an honour to be No 1,' said James, who last had the league's best-selling jersey in April 2011.

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Queens Park Rangers, Manchester City and Liverpool pay highest agents" fees

EXCLUSIVE: Man City, Liverpool and rock bottom QPR top chart of highest fees paid to agents

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18:03 GMT, 30 November 2012

The Premier League club payments to agents over the last two transfer windows demonstrate the extent of the desperate financial gamble to keep QPR in the Premier League.

QPR paid out an astonishing 6.8million to the middle men – the third largest figure behind PL champions Manchester City (10.5m) and Liverpool (8.6m) – and a rise of 300 per cent from the last agents accounts (2.5m) which has still left them marooned at the bottom of the table.

Sky high: Julio Cesar joined Queens Park Rangers this summer after Inter Milan sought to offload him because of his lavish wage packet

Sky high: Julio Cesar joined Queens Park Rangers this summer after Inter Milan sought to offload him because of his lavish wage packet

New boy: Javi Garcia joined Manchester City from Benfica

New boy: Javi Garcia joined Manchester City from Benfica

THE FULL LIST OF CLUBS' FEES TO PLAYERS' AGENTS

1. Man City 10,537,982
2. Liverpool 8,600,444
3. QPR 6,818,688
4. Tottenham 6,595,905
5. Chelsea 6,490,382
6. Arsenal 5,580,873
7. West Ham Utd 4,436,992
8. Manchester Utd 3,681,580
9. Newcastle Utd 3,485,503
10. Everton 3,092,891
11. Aston Villa 2,730,539
12. Fulham 2,581,208
13. Sunderland 2,173,762
14. Reading 2,167,833
15. Wigan Athletic 1,974,305
16. Stoke City 1,717,266
17. West Brom 1,341,301
18. Norwich City 1,248,725
19. Swansea City 1,100,845
20. Southampton 646,106

TOTAL………………. 77,003,130

The combined 20-club fortune ending
up in the pockets of agents from October 2011 to September 2012 was 77million
-an increase from the 71.8million going out of the game from the previous
two windows.

During the elapsed period, there were 806 transactions in the English top-flight, however not all of which would have included agents' fees.

There is not much surprise that the
Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City head the agents fee table.

But more so
that Liverpool outspent Chelsea (6.4m) and Manchester United (3.6m)
by considerable amounts.

Tottenham, who just
missed out on Champions League football were the fourth biggest
beneficiaries to the agents with a 6.6m outlay.

In contrast to the clubs bankrolling
the agents to the tune of multi-millions, Southampton only handed over
646.106 whose chairman Nicola Cortese is the hardest of negotiators.

Surprised Tottenham came in fourth in the agents' fees list after signing the likes of Mousa Dembele

Surprised Tottenham came in fourth in the agents' fees list after signing the likes of Mousa Dembele

Import: Esteban Granero joined Rangers from Real Madrid

Import: Esteban Granero joined Rangers from Real Madrid

Another one: Brazil right back Maicon (left) also left Inter for the Premier League

Another one: Brazil right back Maicon (left) also left Inter for the Premier League

David Beckham: I wear No 23 because Michael Jordan was my hero… now he gives me restaurant tips

Beckham: I wear No 23 because Jordan was my hero… now he gives me restaurant tips

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13:37 GMT, 30 November 2012

David Beckham has revealed one of the perks of being famous in America: Getting restaurant tips from Michael Jordan.

About to leave the MLS after six
seasons, Beckham has always worn the 23 shirt that Jordan wore for the
Chicago Bulls basketball team.

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Ready for action: Galaxy team-mates David Beckham and Robbie Keane

Ready for action: Galaxy team-mates David Beckham and Robbie Keane

Leading the way: David Beckham in training for the 2012 MLS Cup

Leading the way: David Beckham in training for the 2012 MLS Cup

Now – in an interview with ESPN – the former England captain has admitted that he has begun to use the friendship to his advantage.

'I actually spoke to him the other day,' said Beckham.

'I was at their party and he said: “You know let’s just exchange numbers and we’ll speak to each other”.

'And then I called him up, I think I was in Washington, and I said: ‘I know you’ve spent a bit of time here, I need a restaurant. Can you tell me a nice Italian restaurant’

'And he told me a great Italian restaurant.

'My friend was like: “C’mon really Really Usually you call a directory for a restaurant. Now you are calling Michael Jordan”.

'It’s funny.'

Beckham wore the number seven for many years at Manchester United but switched to the number 23 when he moved to Real.

Plenty to ponder: Beckham has had many offers

Plenty to ponder: Beckham has had many offers

David Beckham at a LA Galaxy

David Beckham at a LA Galaxy

'I chose the number 23 because of Michael Jordan,' Beckham admitted.

'When I first joined Real Madrid, I’d worn number 7 for many years for Manchester United.

Hero: Michael Jordan

Hero: Michael Jordan

'And when I moved to Real Madrid, Raul wore number 7 so there was no way that I was even think about taking it off of him and I don’t think it would have been accepted very well if I had even asked that question.

'So 23 was available and I’d always been a huge fan of Michael Jordan and I’ve loved him as a player and a person.

'Everything that he represented. Everything that he did in his career. I was a huge fan so yeah it was a no brainer. And then when I moved over here…it was just kind of a number that I wanted to keep because I’ve been successful with it with Real Madrid, and like I said being a fan of Michael Jordan.'

As he prepares to move his family back from America and accept a new football challenge, Beckham has paid tribute to his wife Victoria.

He said: 'My wife’s amazing.

'She’s really understanding.

'The other halves always go through difficult times because we’re always away, we’re always playing in different countries and different parts of the world and it’s difficult, so my wife she just wants what makes me happy and she knows that playing this game makes me happy.

'And she’s always left those playing decisions down to me.

'Family decisions we’ve done as a couple always.

'Whatever’s the best for our children, you know that’s always our first priority.

'But with my playing side, she’s always helped me out with the decision but it’s always down to me.'

ESPN will have live coverage of the MLS Cup on Saturday at 9:45pm. The full interview with Beckham will air on ESPNFC Press Pass: Beckham’s Goodbye to Hollywood on Friday at 10pm

VIDEO: Beckham talks about his future ahead of his last MLS match…

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Manchester United on alert as Inter Milan tell Wesley Sneijder to accept pay cut or find a new club

United on alert as Inter tell Sneijder to accept pay cut or find a new club

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14:22 GMT, 30 November 2012

Inter Milan will consider selling Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United after talks over accepting a wage cut stalled.

United are on red alert after Sneijder was told he won’t be playing for Inter again until he accepts a cut to his 200,000 a week wages.

Sneijder is newly-frugal Inter’s top earner but again looks set to be left out of their match with Palermo on Sunday.

Is that the way to Manchester Wesley Sneijder looks set to leave Inter

Is that the way to Manchester Wesley Sneijder looks set to leave Inter

The Dutch midfielder has refused to accept a contract with reduced wages at Inter and club director Marco Branca has said he will not be involved in the Italian giants’ plans until he accepts the terms of a less extravagant wage package.

Sneijder, who led Jose Mourinho’s Inter team to the league, Champions League and domestic cup titles in 2010, was courted by a number of clubs, including United, in the summer, but Sir Alex Ferguson put the brakes on any deal due to the high wages he would demand.

But it now appears the Dutchman could also be shipped out in the January transfer window if a resolution is not reached quickly.

'Sneijder isn’t playing because the coach (Andrea Stramaccioni) doesn’t think he’s at his best, above all psychologically,' said Inter president Massimo Moratti.

The future's orange: Sneijder is a long-term target for Sir Alex Ferguson

The future's orange: Sneijder is a long-term target for Sir Alex Ferguson

'For us it’s natural to look for a way to not be forced to sell him and he has the right to not accept our offer. If it stays like that, the solution will be on the transfer market.'

The 28-year-old signed a five-year 200,000 a week deal in 2010, but Inter have made efforts to scale back their spending, which resulted in the sale of goalkeeper Julio Cesar to QPR this summer.

Branca issued a statement about Sneijder on the club website.

Branca said: ‘We’ve been negotiating with him for a while and we need to modify his contract.

‘We want to give him time to think about it and so we won’t be using him for the time being.’

Title-chasing Inter are without a win in three games after Monday’s 1-0 defeat at Parma and have dropped down to fourth place, but are only four points behind leaders and champions Juventus.

FA Cup second round: Harrogate and Hastings one game away from Premier League payday

Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge all await… but first minnows must get through FA Cup second round ties

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14:49 GMT, 30 November 2012

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver is refusing to put pressure on his side as they prepare for their FA Cup second-round tie against Hastings.

A potentially mouth-watering match-up against a Premier League club awaits the Conference North team if they can beat fellow non-leaguers Hastings, who are the lowest-ranked team through to this stage of the competition.

'A lot of people have tried to put words in my mouth saying 'You should go through',' Weaver told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

One win from the big boys: The Chelmsford City players celebrate their win over Colchester and will face Crawley

One win from the big boys: The Chelmsford City players celebrate their win over Colchester and will face Crawley

'But we've gone to a new level here. The club's never been this far in the FA Cup and everything here on in should be treated as a bonus.

'Obviously, we'd be disappointed if we lost but we've still achieved something here.

'We should take heart and confidence into the game and enjoy the moment.

'Obviously, we know we'd enjoy it more if we win and that's what we're going out to achieve but there's no pressure.'

Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson believes his players should continue to express themselves on the pitch, even if it means they could miss out on crucial games through suspension.

Blades midfielder Kevin McDonald will miss Saturday's tie against npower League Two side Port Vale at Bramall Lane after he earned his fifth yellow card of the season against Brentford.

Looking for the cutting edge: Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson will hope his side can overcome Port Vale

Looking for the cutting edge: Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson will hope his side can overcome Port Vale

Wilson said: 'We never tell the players about the number of bookings they are currently on because we wouldn't want it to affect their displays.

'Sometimes you could tell a player not to do something, ie make a tackle, to avoid getting booked but ultimately you are in the hands of the referee and their interpretation.

'We want the lads to express themselves and play their natural games. We will deal with what happens in terms of suspensions.'

Sheffield United will also be without Mark Howard (thigh), Dave Kitson (hamstring) and Lecsinel Jean-Francois (knee) while Vale could hand a start to recent signing Calvin Andrew alongside Tom Pope in attack.

Preston take on Gillingham at Deepdale and captain John Mousinho is hoping to go on another decent cup run as he has done at some of his former clubs.

Mousinho told the Lancashire Evening Post: 'The FA Cup is a competition I like.
'Stevenage got to the fifth round last season and played Tottenham, taking them to a replay.

Fight on their hands: John Mousinho and his Preston side take on Kieran Richardson

Fight on their hands: John Mousinho and his Preston side take on Kieran Richardson

'The season before that I was in their side which beat Newcastle 3-1 – that was obviously a big occasion.

'When I was at Brentford they got to the fourth round. We beat Sunderland in the third round and then got Charlton, who were a Premier League side at the time.

'That season was the early part of my professional career and the FA Cup run certainly made an impression on me.'

Elsewhere, MK Dons host Wimbledon in what is set to be an emotionally-charged match while Lincoln face Mansfield, Accrington take on Oxford, Barrow host Macclesfield and Bury take on Southend.

League One's Carlisle play Bournemouth while Morecambe travel to Coventry and Chelmsford will be looking to get the better of Crawley.

Crewe will look to book their place in the third round with a win over Burton while Fleetwood play Aldershot, Luton host Dorchester, Oldham play Doncaster and Rotherham face Notts County.

The other games see Tranmere at home to Chesterfield and Alfreton host Leyton Orient.

NFL viagra secret: Chicago Bears star Brandon Marshall reveals on-field boost

Why are NFL stars so pumped up They take VIAGRA, claims Chicago Bears ace

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11:49 GMT, 30 November 2012

Professional sportsmen have been glugging Red Bull and popping caffeine pills for some time now in a desperate attempt for a last-minute pick-up before a match.

But it seems American footballers have taken that drive for peak performance to a new level, at least according to one player.

No wonder, he's smiling: Chicago Bears star Brandon Marshall claims NFL players take Viagra to boost their on-field performance

No wonder, he's smiling: Chicago Bears star Brandon Marshall claims NFL players take Viagra to boost their on-field performance

NFL Viagra secret revealed

Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall claims NFL stars are taking Viagra before games to boost on-field performance.

Marshall told the Mirror: ‘Some guys will do whatever they can to get an edge. I’ve heard of some crazy stories.

‘I’ve heard of guys using Viagra, seriously. Because the blood is supposedly thin, some crazy stuff.

‘It’s kind of scary with some of these chemicals that are in some of these thins, so you have to be careful.’

Up for it: Viagra is legal in the USA, provided it is prescribed by a doctor

Up for it: Viagra is legal in the USA, provided it is prescribed by a doctor

From a sports science perspective, the pills would work in a similar way as they do in the bedroom. The pills relax and widen blood vessels, in turn speeding the flow of oxygen to the muscles and boosting performance.

Viagra is legal in the USA provided it is prescribed by a doctor — it is even advertised on American television by former NFL coaches.

Rafael Benitez and Clint Dempsey set for frosty receptions

10 things to look out for this weekend: Benitez and Dempsey braced for frosty welcomes as Everton set to battle at Etihad

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12:57 GMT, 30 November 2012

As another weekend of Premier League action approaches, Sportsmail's Dominic King offers a break-down of things to keep an eye on.

From Rafael Benitez's latest frosty reception to Everton's bid to snatch three points at the Etihad, it's all below in our comprehensive list.

1. What type of ovation will Rafa Benitez receive

Chelsea managers travelling to Upton Park don’t tend to be warmly welcomed but the barbs are usually directed from the home end.

The Spaniard needs a win to settle things down but not even a victory in this grudge match will endear him to Chelsea’s supporters.

Not again: Rafa Benitez is set for another frosty reception when he takes his team to Upton Park

Not again: Rafa Benitez is set for another frosty reception when he takes his team to Upton Park

Banners: Chelsea fans have booed Benitez in both of his games in charge so far

Banners: Chelsea fans have booed Benitez in both of his games in charge so far

2. Home sweet home for Arsene

Arsenal’s urbane manager remains confident that this season will end with Champions League qualification being secured once more but he could do with his side producing a result and performance like the one that blew Tottenham away earlier this month.

But will the goals flow Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny (85 per cent) and Swansea stopper Gerhard Tremmel (81 per cent) have the best save percentage in the Barclays Premier League.

3 Welcome back, Clint

Players who move to pastures new after giving their all for a club are usually guaranteed a warm reception on their first return but 64 goals in 224 games for Fulham is unlikely to be enough to save Clint Dempsey from a barrage of boos when he sets foot on Craven Cottage wearing a Tottenham kit.

Get ready: Clint Dempsey is also preparing to be booed when he returns to Fulham with Tottenham

Get ready: Clint Dempsey is also preparing to be booed when he returns to Fulham with Tottenham

4. Can anyone else find the net for Liverpool other Luis Suarez

Since September 29, Liverpool’s highest scorer behind the Uruguayan is own goals. Brendan Rodgers keeps enthusing that his side’s play has been “terrific” but until some steps up to support Suarez, their difficulties will persist.

A more startling statistic is Liverpool are chasing back-to-back home wins for the first time since September 2011. Southampton, meanwhile, are chasing a first clean sheet of the season.

5. All guns blazing at the Etihad or another ‘Alamo’

When Everton last ventured down the M62 to this part of Manchester, David Moyes felt like he was “walking into a gun fight armed with just a knife”, such was the disparity and depth of talent between the two sides.

Now, though, Everton make the same journey imbued with confidence. Roberto Mancini is sure to be twitchy as he only won one game in six attempts against Everton.

Travelling band: Everton will visit the Etihad to try and take three points back to Merseyside

Travelling band: Everton will visit the Etihad to try and take three points back to Merseyside

6. Is he really Harry Houdini

After serving up a goal-less draw for starters at Sunderland, QPR fans will head to Loftus Road anticipating their first victory of the season in Harry Redknapp’s first home game.

He might be a top class manager but it will take more than just a couple of training sessions to transform QPR – or does he really have a magic wand

Houdini Harry Redknapp is preparing his team in a bid to earn their first win

Houdini Harry Redknapp is preparing his team in a bid to earn their first win

7. Which Michael will we see

Since joining Stoke, Michael Owen has been spotted more in television studios than he has on the pitch but Tony Pulis is hopeful he will recover from a hamstring problem to feature against West Brom.

The big question if he is spotted at The Hawthorns, however, is this: will his Village People-esque Movember moustache remain or will he be fresh faced again

Which Michael Owen (left) will be hoping to be among the goals for Stoke this weekend

Which Michael Owen (left) will be hoping to be among the goals for Stoke this weekend

8. Will Red Robin emulate Eric the Red

It is two decades since Manchester United completed one of the most remarkable transfers in the Barclays Premier League era when bringing Eric Cantona to the club from Leeds; 20 years on, Robin van Persie has made an assured start to life at Old Trafford following a similarly contentious move.

Will he maintain his good form in Berkshire.

9. The perfect farewell or the long goodbye

Away from the Barclays Premier League, one of the biggest narratives is David Beckham’s final game for Los Angeles Galaxy.

History has shown his last games for clubs tend to be spectacular – league championship wins with Manchester United and Real Madrid – and would you put it past him scripting a Hollywood ending in the MLS Cup

Fond farewell David Beckham is ready for his final game for LA Galaxy this weekend

Fond farewell David Beckham is ready for his final game for LA Galaxy this weekend

10. Which numbers will be the lucky ones

Every year we hear that the FA Cup has lost its old sheen and lustre but the excitement will be the same as always when the third round draw is made on Sunday afternoon. What are the odds that a real blockbuster tie will be plucked out… perhaps even a return to Anfield for Rafa Benitez

He would certainly be guaranteed a good reception then.

Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll to face off as West Ham host Chelsea

Who can be top of the flops Torres and Carroll set to battle it out as West Ham host Chelsea in London derby

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12:41 GMT, 30 November 2012

They moved for a combined fee of 85million on the most spectacular day in the history of the transfer window — January 31, 2011.

The world of football was shocked when Fernando Torres quit Liverpool to join Chelsea for 50million and Liverpool immediately reinvested the fee in paying 35million — a record fee for a British player — for Andy Carroll.

Tomorrow, when West Ham host Chelsea, Torres and Carroll go head-to-head — two strikers who have spectacularly failed to live up to their respective price tags.

Oh dear: Fernando Torres holds his head in his hands

Oh dear: Fernando Torres holds his head in his hands

Dejected: Fernando Torres

Flop: Andy Carroll has only scored once since his arrival at West Ham

Flops: Fernando Torres (left) and Andy Carroll (right) have both struggled since leaving for big money moves

Since their big-money moves, they have scored only 18 goals between them in nearly two years of Premier League football.

In Europe, Torres has scored only four goals in 20 Champions League appearances, meaning he has received the same number of yellow cards as he has scored goals.

Struggle: Carroll moved to Liverpool from Newcastle for 35million

Struggle: Carroll moved to Liverpool from Newcastle for 35million

In the Premier League he has scored only nine more goals than he has had red cards.

Carroll has struggled with injury since moving to West Ham on loan but he fits into Sam Allardyce’s style of football.

Here are the key stats since their big-money moves:

HOW TORRES AND CARROLL HAVE FARED

Flop Fernando Torres

PREMIER LEAGUE
Appearances: Carroll 54; Torres (right) 60.
Starts: Carroll 35; Torres 42.
Goals: Carroll 7; Torres 11.
Subbed off: Carroll 13; Torres 12.
Yellow cards: Carroll 7; Torres 8.
Red cards: Carroll 0; Torres 2.

EUROPE
Appearances: Carroll 2; Torres 20.
Starts: Carroll 1; Torres 14.
Goals: Carroll 0; Torres 4.
Subbed off: Carroll 0; Torres 6.
Yellow cards: Carroll 1; Torres 4.

FA CUP
Appearances: Carroll 6; Torres 6.
Starts: Carroll 4; Torres 5.
Goals: Carroll 4; Torres 2.
Subbed off: Carroll 0; Torres 2.
Yellow cards: Carroll 0; Torres 1.

LEAGUE CUP (OVERALL)
Appearances: Carroll 6; Torres 2.
Starts: Carroll 4; Torres 2.
Goals: Carroll 1; Torres 1.
Subbed off: Carroll 1; Torres 1.
Yellow cards: Carroll 0; Torres 0.

Andre Villas-Boas hits out at Luka Modric after Gareth Bale comment

Worry about your own team, Luka! AVB blasts Modric as former Spurs favourite urges Bale to join him at Real Madrid

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11:55 GMT, 30 November 2012

Andre-Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric to mind his own business and to worry about his own team.

Modric has told former Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale to leave the club and join him at Real Madrid.

But Villas-Boas responded by telling him to concentrate on Real Madrid, who have their worst points tally at this stage in the season since 2005.

Time's up: Bale has been urged to leave the north London club by Modric

Time's up: Bale has been urged to leave the north London club by Modric

He said: 'Modric has to worry about his own team. He has to worry about the next round of the Champions League when the draw comes. He has to worry about Madrid. I think he should focus on his club rather than ours.

'The club has to protect our assets regarding our objectives. We have to qualify for the Champions League, as Luka says. For that to happen we need the players who make a difference. We're not looking to sell we're looking first to obtain our objectives and that's the most important thing.'

The Spurs boss admitted earlier in the week that he faces a fight to keep hold of the Welsh winger.

But he does not expect him to be going anywhere in the January transfer window. The 35-year-old added: 'It's extremely difficult if not impossible [for the transfer to happen]. Modric is aware of Gareth's performances because of his love for Tottenham and his connections here. [But] it's completely impossible.'

Moving on: Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer

Moving on: Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer

Bale continues to attract interest with his performances on the pitch and has netted 10 times in only 23 appearances in all competitions this season.

He scored the winner in Tottenham's 2-1 victory against Liverpool on Wednesday, his third goal in four matches.

But Villas-Boas has absolutely no intention of letting him go in January and sees him as crucial to Spurs' attempts to qualify for the Champions League.

He called the next three matches important in the club's pursuit of a top four place.

They face Fulham tomorrow at Craven Cottage and in the league away to Everton and at home to Swansea.