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Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi

Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi in 29m move from Shakhtar

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

17:14 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 30 January 2013

Big-spending Russians Anzhi Makhachkala are set to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian for 29million.

Willian was close to joining Chelsea last summer and the Londoners have been keeping a close eye on the Brazilian's situation ever since.

Manchester City and Tottenham are also known admirers but Anzhi look to have won the race for his signature.

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

The capture of Willian should soften the blow delivered by the loss of Christopher Samba.

The big defender has travelled to London to seal a 12.5m move to Queens Park Rangers after the Premier League strugglers met the release clause in his contract.

Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink hit out at Samba over the way he left.

The former Chelsea boss said: 'It's a shame to talk about this but he didn't even say goodbye, he didn't explain anything to us.

'Whatever happens to you, you should take into account the people with whom you work.'

Luis Suarez handballs it to score against Mansfield

Not again, Luis! Liverpool striker Suarez gets away with brazen handball to score second at Mansfield… and it's not his first

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

17:56 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:11 GMT, 6 January 2013

There is a long list of football fans who aren't great admirers of Luis Suarez due to some of his on-pitch exploits. This afternoon, Mansfield supporters were added to that ever-growing list.

In the past he's been booked – sometimes wrongly – for diving, banned for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, and even received a seven-game suspension for biting an opposing player while at Dutch club Ajax.

As Ghana fans will tell you, Liverpool's talisman has also been known to handle the ball on occasion.

Deliberate Luis Suarez handled the ball before firing home Liverpool's second goal

Deliberate Luis Suarez handled the ball before firing home Liverpool's second goal

Back in 2010, the Uruguayan striker
was red-carded for deliberately palming the ball off the line during a
World Cup quarter-final against Ghana, which ultimately helped his side
progress to the semis.

Today, Suarez was at it again. Liverpool's top scorer – who replaced new boy Daniel Sturridge against Mansfield – found himself bearing down on Alan Marriott's goal just moments after coming on to the pitch.

At 1-0 up, the 25-year-old powered his effort into the flailing keeper, who did well to keep the ball out.

But as the ball popped up in the area, Suarez appeared to bring the ball back under control with the use of his arm.

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

Trademark: Suarez kissed his wrist, as he does after every goal

Trademark: Suarez kissed his wrist, as he does after every goal

By this point, Suarez needed only to
roll the ball into Marriot's open goal, doubling the visitors' lead and
setting them on course for a fourth round meet with Oldham Athletic at
Boundary Park.

After
scoring, amidst furious protests from the Mansfield players, Suarez
performed his trademark celebration, calmly kissing the tattoo on the inside
of his wrist. He does do this after scoring every goal, of course.

Matt Green set up a grand-stand finish for the Non-League hosts after netting in the 79th minute.

But Suarez's brazen handball is sure
to leave the most bitter of tastes in Mansfield manager Paul Cox's mouth, as the
Uruguayan's goal proved decisive.

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

Confronted: Suarez was approached by a Mansfield fan

Confronted: Suarez was approached by a Mansfield fan

Not the first time: Suarez handled the ball on the line in the 2010 World Cup

Not the first time: Suarez handled the ball on the line in the 2010 World Cup

Ryan Shawcross agrees new Stoke deal

Shawcross resists lure of Manchester City as Stoke captain agrees new contract

By
Eleanor Crooks, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 3 January 2013

Ryan Shawcross has committed his future to Stoke by agreeing a new five-and-a-half-year contract.

Manager Tony Pulis was desperate to tie his captain to a new deal with Manchester City known admirers of the 25-year-old.

Pulis said: 'It's fantastic for us as a football club. We're really, really pleased to have him.

Deal me in: Ryan Shawcross (left) has agreed a new contract to stay at Stoke

Deal me in: Ryan Shawcross (left) has agreed a new contract to stay at Stoke

'He's been the bedrock of what we've been trying to do over the past five or six years and we're really pleased that he's finally agreed.'

The two parties have been in talks for a number of weeks, with Shawcross indicating he was ready to sign a long-term deal in November.

He joined Stoke from Manchester United, initially on loan, in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength, making his England debut against Sweden earlier this season.

Shawcross brought his family to the Potters' Clayton Wood training ground for the signing of the contract, and the defender's three-year-old son Freddie accompanied Pulis to the press conference.

The manager said: 'It's a long
contract, Ryan has to get it right, the football club has to get it
right and they've managed to come to an agreement, which is great news
for everybody.

'I think the
world of Ryan. I think he's a great lad. We've just seen little Freddie
in here. They're a great family and they're part of this football club.

'We've signed Asmir (Begovic), we've
signed Marc Wilson and now Ryan, Steven Nzonzi's on a long-term
contract, so that's four top young players.

'And
that's what we want to do – keep improving it, keep getting younger
players and players who will grow together at the football club.

'We're
not going to do what Manchester City have done, we're not going to do a
Chelsea, we have to build gradually and steadily, and that's what we've
done over the last five years.

Delighted: Stoke boss Tony Pulis was desperate to tie Shawcross down

Delighted: Stoke boss Tony Pulis was desperate to tie Shawcross down

'We'll do it our way, in our fashion. A lot of people don't like it but who cares.'

Shawcross revealed the influence of Pulis and the ambition shown by the club were the key reasons behind his decision to sign such a long-term deal.

'I wouldn't have signed the contract if I didn't think the club was moving forward,' he told the club's official website.

'Throughout the talks with the manager and (chief executive) Tony Scholes over the past few months, they were very positive about what the club is aiming to achieve in the future.

'Hopefully, we can build on what has been achieved over the past five years. From what I've heard from them, I am confident we can keep on improving.

'The manager is probably the main reason why I'm where I am today. I've been here for five years now and he's been great throughout that time.

'I came here because I felt the manager could get the best out of me, and I just want to continue what I've been doing so far – keep on improving.'

Lewis Holtby to leave Schalke: Arsenal and Liverpool on alert

Holtby could return to England on a free as Arsenal and Liverpool tells Schalke he's off

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UPDATED:

12:55 GMT, 28 December 2012

Arsenal and Liverpool have been given the green light to move in for Lewis Holtby after the Germany midfielder scrapped contract talks with Schalke.

After months of negotiations with Schalke’s board, the 22-year old midfielder announced his intention to quit the Bundesliga club, in a development that will alert a host of admirers headed by the Barclays Premier League pair.

Both Arsene Wenger and his Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers have expressed an interest in him and will be keener than ever, now he can be snapped up for a knockdown fee next month or for nothing at the end of the season.

London calling London are on red alert after Schalke revealed Lewis Holtby intends to quit the German club

London calling London are on red alert after Schalke revealed Lewis Holtby intends to quit the German club

Signed from Alemannia Aachen in 2009, Holtby has developed into one of Germany’s most prominent young midfielders and was considered integral to Schalke’s hopes of challenging the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.

They were hoping he would follow another Arsenal target, Holland striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar, in committing his future to the club, but board member Horst Heldt was forced to concede defeat.

‘We had hoped Lewis saw his future at Schalke beyond the end of this season,’ said Heldt. ‘But he has made a personal decision that we respect.

Up for grabs: Holtby, who has an English father, has represented Germany three times at senior level

Up for grabs: Holtby, who has an English father, has represented Germany three times at senior level

We are sure he will give everything between now and the end of the season.’

Arsenal and Liverpool must now decide whether to battle it out over personal terms in the summer or part with a cut-price fee now to land him in the January window.

Holtby’s English father Chris is a lifelong Everton fan, and the Schalke playmaker recently admitted that he, too, has an allegiance to the Goodison Park club.

Though he chose to represent Germany at international level, rather than England, and has been capped three times since his debut against Azerbaijan 18 months ago, he has made no secret of his wish to play in the Premier League.

In demand: Holtby, who is also fancied by Liverpool, spent a successful loan spell at Mainz in 2010

In demand: Holtby, who is also fancied by Liverpool, spent a successful loan spell at Mainz in 2010

Mohamed Diame is wanted by Everton, Fulham and Newcastle

Everton and Newcastle are dazzled by West Ham ace Diame

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22:38 GMT, 13 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:38 GMT, 13 November 2012

West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame is attracting interest from rival clubs just four months after signing on a free transfer from Wigan.

The 25-year-old is understood to have a clause in his contract that allows him to talk to other clubs if 7million is offered.

Under the Hammer: Everton and Newcastle are both interested in Diame

Under the Hammer: Everton and Newcastle are both interested in Diame

The Senegal star was outstanding against Newcastle on Sunday and Everton and Fulham are among his admirers.

West Ham are hoping to extend the trial of Chelsea striker Walter Figueira, 17, after he scored for their Under 18s against Arsenal at the weekend.

Nathan Redmond puts Liverpool on alert as Birmingham contract talks stall

Liverpool target teenager Redmond as talks over new Birmingham deal stall

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UPDATED:

09:22 GMT, 19 October 2012


On alert: Liverpool are keen on Birmingham youngster Redmond

On alert: Liverpool are keen on Birmingham youngster Redmond

Nathan Redmond has put Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on red alert ahead of the January transfer window after talks over a new contract at Birmingham broke down.

The 18-year-old is increasingly frustrated by the Championship club's refusal to offer him his desired terms and is ready to walk out when the transfer window re-opens for business in the New Year.

Liverpool head the queue of Barclays Premier League side's interested in the England youth international, who has just 18 months remaining on his current deal – which is his first professional contract.

According to the Telegraph, Redmond was due to negotiate new terms last September but upheaval behind the scenes at St Andrews' appears to have proved prohibitive.

It is understood Anfield boss Rodgers will now keep tabs over Redmond's ongoing situation.

Manchester City and Tottenham are also admirers of the rapid winger while West Ham were linked with a move for him earlier this summer.

Redmond has made 12 appearances for Lee Clark's outfit so far this season and is the club's second youngest player behind Trevor Francis after making his debut in the League Cup two years ago.

Mesut Ozil happy at Real Madrid despite Manchester United and Liverpool interest

Ozil not interested in United or Liverpool as German wants to stay at Real

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UPDATED:

06:36 GMT, 10 October 2012

Mesut Ozil insists he will fight for his future at Real Madrid despite interest from Manchester United and Liverpool.

The Germany international was handed a recall to Jose Mourinho's starting line-up last weekend in the 2-2 El Clasico draw with Barcelona.

But prior to that the 23-year-old had been dropped for the Champions League win at Ajax after the former Chelsea boss suggested Ozil 'lacks quality' in a dig at his dip in form.

Real deal: Mesut Ozil insists he is happy at Madrid despite interest from Liverpool and Manchester United

Real deal: Mesut Ozil insists he is happy at Madrid despite interest from Liverpool and Manchester United

Ozil has long-term admirers at both Old Trafford and Anfield, however he is happy to stay put at the Bernabeu for now.

'When you play for Real Madrid you can not think of anything else,' he said.

'I know nothing and I have no reason to leave.'

Despite Mourinho's apparent criticism last month, Ozil was lauded for his display at the Camp Nou last Sunday.

Missing out: Ozil was dropped to the bench for Real's Champions League win over Ajax

Missing out: Ozil was dropped to the bench for Real's Champions League win over Ajax

Yet the former Werder Bremen star, who will take on the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Friday with Germany, insists he has nothing to prove to anyone.

'I do not play football to prove something to someone, but because I enjoy football.

'I don't have to prove anything to anyone.'

Everton line up move for Bruges midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe

Everton line up second move for Bruges midfielder Odjidja-Ofoe in January

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UPDATED:

08:43 GMT, 5 October 2012

Everton manager David Moyes is ready to bolster his push for a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League with a New Year move for Belgium midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

A deadline-day bid for Odjidja-Ofoe in August was thwarted by red tape, but Moyes is back on the trail of the 23-year old after having him watched in Bruges’ Europa League tie with Maritimo on Thursday night.

Odjidja-Ofoe played the full 90 minutes and did enough to reinforce Moyes’ belief that recruiting him in the January window would help Everton maintain one of their most impressive starts in recent memory.

Wanted: Bruges midfielder Vadis Odjidja Ofoe (left) is an Everton target

Wanted: Bruges midfielder Vadis Odjidja Ofoe (left) is an Everton target

Everton believed they had secured the energetic midfielder on loan a month ago, until FIFA ruled the paperwork had been submitted too late and prevented the move going through.

That has not deterred Moyes from going back in for him and setting up a deal that could initially be on loan but would turn into a 5million permanent transfer, should he make a favourable impression.

He would be Moyes’ third Belgian signing, after Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas and would be a welcome addition to Everton’s midfield options.

With doubts remaining over Fellaini’s future, following clear signals he feels ready to step up to a Champions’ League team, Odjidja-Ofoe would also be capable of filling any gap that might appear.

Initially seen as a defensive anchor man, he has developed a reputation as more of a box-to-box midfielder and could step into the breach, should any of Fellaini’s many admirers try and prise him away when the window opens.

Rory McIlroy beaten to FedEx bonus by Brandt Snedeker

Brit of a shame! Snedeker beats McIlroy to $10m bonus and Rose to Tour title

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UPDATED:

22:47 GMT, 23 September 2012

It was supposed to be a two-horse race between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods for the $10million FedEx Cup, but nobody told the American Brandt Snedeker.

He headed for Chicago and the Ryder Cup on Sunday night with not only that mammoth amount in his back pocket for winning the four-event FedEx play-off series but also another $1.44m in loose change for winning the grand finale, the Tour Championship.

The 31-year-old American earned lots of admirers in finishing third at The Open in July. Asked about the fact that not many people in Britain would know who he was, he replied: ‘I don’t think many Americans know who I am either.’

I need a dollar: Brandt Snedeker poses with the trophies after winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup

I need a dollar: Brandt Snedeker poses with the trophies after winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup

In the money: Brandt Snedeker has won the Tour Championship and the FedEx bonus

A lot more will know him now, and a heck of a lot more will be hailing him as a hero if the man with the demon short game continues his form on and around the greens at Medinah and helps the US win back the Ryder Cup.

Having holed three long birdie putts, Snedeker made sure of victory with a fabulous chip in at the 17th to secure a three-shot victory.

Woods fell away early, as his inconsistent form of late continued with a terrible start that saw him register two bogeys and a double in his first six holes.

Missing out: Rory McIlroy was in pole position for the bonus going into the Tour Championship

Missing out: Rory McIlroy was in pole position for the bonus going into the Tour Championship

As for McIlroy, his wonderful run of 11 straight rounds in the sixties came to a rather abrupt end with an error-strewn display in breezy conditions at East Lake.

Four bogeys and a double added up to more mistakes than he usually makes in an entire tournament these days, let alone 18 holes, as he signed for a disappointing 74 that saw him fall from tied fourth overnight all the way down to tied 10th.

The bottom line is it cost him the breathtaking sum of $7m, since the runner-up prize in the FedEx is $3m. Let us hope Rory takes out his frustration on the Americans at the Ryder Cup this week.

Close but no cigar: Justin Rose made a challenge for the title but fell short

Close but no cigar: Justin Rose made a challenge for the title but fell short

Snedeker had gone into the final round tied for the lead in the Tour Championship with Englishman Justin Rose, but he did not have his best day either on a curiously flat afternoon. Rose finished with a 71 to finish second.

If this all sounds disappointing news for European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, then he can console himself with the fact he will not need to bring anyone down to earth in time for Friday’s first matches.

There was also the encouraging form of Luke Donald to cheer him, as he put a month of inconsistent form behind him to turn in his second 67 in a row yesterday to finish in a tie for third place.

Gearing up: Luke Donald was in fine form ahead of Europe's bid to win the Ryder Cup

Gearing up: Luke Donald was in fine form ahead of Europe's bid to win the Ryder Cup

‘I don’t think I needed this good tournament before the Ryder Cup but it certainly doesn’t hurt in terms of confidence,’ he said. ‘I think the first three events in the play-offs were held on long courses that didn’t really suit me but I have a good record here at East Lake and it has been a very satisfying weekend.’

Lee Westwood finished last in the 30-man field, and regretting his decision to go home last week, where he found himself practising on greens a world away from the lightning pace of these surfaces.

His playing partner was American Nick Watney who suggested on the sixth tee they have a private game to keep themselves interested. Westwood won that one on the 18th green to collect $100.

‘That match was good practice for this coming week,’ he said, smiling. In the tournament itself, he finished with a 74.

Tough times: Tiger Woods struggled during his final round of the Tour Championship

Tough times: Tiger Woods struggled during his final round of the Tour Championship

Manchester United join 24m race for Nelson Oliveira

Manchester United join 24m race for Benfica hot shot Oliveira

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UPDATED:

05:30 GMT, 18 September 2012

Manchester United are the latest club to declare an interest in Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira.

Chelsea and Manchester City have made
repeated checks on the 21-year-old, who has scored two goals in four La Liga games since joining Deportivo la
Coruna on a season-long loan.

Hot shot: Nelson Oliveira

Hot shot: Nelson Oliveira

And now Oliveira is on the radar of United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, according to reports in Spain.

Chelsea have been tracking Oliveira since he impressed as a substitute for Oscar Cardozo at Stamford
Bridge in the Champions' League last April, while City have begun
monitoring his form after a clear signal Benfica may have to cash in on
him at the end of the season.

Barcelona are also keen admirers, while Real Madrid are aware of a likely scramble to sign him next summer, with Jose Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes representing him.

Eye-catching: Oliveira impressed against Chelsea

Eye-catching: Oliveira impressed against Chelsea

At 6ft 1in, Oliveira has been likened in
Portugal to a taller version of City striker Sergio Aguero, for his
mobility and link-up play as well as clinical finishing.

A surprise selection for this summer’s European Championships, after being voted second-best player at the under-20 World Cup 12 months earlier, he made four substitute appearances and followed up with his first senior international goal, in a 2-0 win over Panama.

Oliveira is currently on a season-long loan at Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna. His Benfica deal runs until 2017 and contains a 24million buy-out clause.

Prospect: Oliveira played for Portugal at Euro 2012

Prospect: Oliveira played for Portugal at Euro 2012