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Rangers extend Scott Gallacher"s contract as Ally McCoist hopes to strengthen his keeper options

Rangers extend Gallacher contract as McCoist hopes to strengthen keeper options

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

20:58 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:58 GMT, 18 February 2013

Rangers have signed second-choice goalkeeper Scott Gallacher on a two-year contract extension.

The 23-year-old has not made a first-team appearance but has played for Cowdenbeath and Forfar on loan.

Gallacher told the club's official website: 'It's really good to sign another contract. This is a great club to be at and I grew up supporting Rangers so I'm delighted to be staying on once again.

Bidding: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist is hoping to sign several keeper soon

Bidding: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist is hoping to sign several keeper soon

'I've been here for seven years now and I'm still waiting for my chance but hopefully it can come soon.

'”We're not far from winning the league so hopefully we can do that and then I can get to play in one of the remaining games after that.

'It's down to the gaffer and (goalkeeping coach) Jim Stewart to decide whether that happens or not but I would love an opportunity to show what I can do.'

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is hoping to sign Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell on a pre-contract agreement and also trying to extend Neil Alexander's contract, stating he would send Gallacher on loan if both deals come off.

Gallacher added: 'I'm glad the management have the trust in me to offer me an extended stay and I'm looking to repay them for that.

'There has been a bit of speculation about goalkeepers lately and Rangers are a massive club so you're always going to have that.

'That's something you get used to and accept. You take it as it comes but all I can do is do my best and hope things work in my favour.'

Juventus hope to sign Didier Drogba from Shanghai Shenhua

Drogba to Juventus Club director reveals plans to beat AC Milan to striker's signature

By
Press Association Reporter

PUBLISHED:

18:32 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:39 GMT, 7 January 2013

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has confirmed the Serie A club have enquired about the availability of Shanghai Shenhua striker Didier Drogba.

The Bianconeri have already made an approach to sign Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente on a Bosman free transfer in the summer, but with Arsenal loanee Nicklas Bendtner sidelined through injury, the Italian champions are eager to bolster their immediate options.

Quoted on calciomercato.com, Marotta told television programme Domenica Sportiva: 'Drogba We are always making enquiries and we have made one for him.

In demand: Juventus hope to recruit Drogba this month

In demand: Juventus hope to recruit Drogba this month

'We have asked about his availability and after that we will look at the financial aspects and talk to the coach.'

Juve boss Conte had previously ruled out any approach for the former Chelsea striker, but player recruitment is overseen by Marotta.

A person claiming to be Drogba's agent, Carlos Arino Bajo, had claimed Drogba had an option to end his two-and-a-half year contract in China, a claim later rejected by the London-based Sports PR Company.

Bajo had told tuttomercato.com: 'Didier
has a termination agreement with the Chinese club and I think he has a
lot of possibilities to move to Italy in January.

Instrumental: Drogba was the key player in Chelsea's Champions League triumph

Instrumental: Drogba was the key player in Chelsea's Champions League triumph

'There is real interest from Juventus and AC Milan, and it is the same from Didier regarding the transfer.

'There have been contacts with both clubs and next week we will hear
from them again. He would love to compete in one of the world's best
leagues, such as the Italian Serie A.'

But the Sports PR Company, who count Drogba and several of his former
Chelsea team-mates among their clients, responded through their official
Twitter account.

On his way: Llorente could also join Juve

On his way: Llorente could also join Juve

The company tweeted: 'Please note, these quotes are not correct. This
guy is not Didier's agent, his sole agent is Thierno Seydi (a
FIFA-registered agent based in Senegal).'

Drogba has been training with Chelsea, with whom he won the Champions
League in May, in the lead-up to the African Nations Cup which begins in
South Africa on January 19.

Ashley Cole: Real Madrid and PSG in frame for Chelsea defender

Real Madrid and PSG in frame with new Chelsea deal for Cole yet to materialise

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 30 December 2012

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has been targeted by BOTH Real Madrid and PSG for a big-money move.

The Spanish and French giants will lead the European battle for Cole's signature, according to the Sunday Mirror, although he could keep his options open.

The 32-year old's contract is due to expire at the end of the season and both Manchester City and Manchester United will be keeping tabs on his situation.

On the move Cole's Chelsea future remains undecided

On the move Cole's Chelsea future remains undecided

Cole only has to wait until Tuesday until he can begin talks with overseas clubs, and if Cole is angling for a move away from Stamford Bridge, can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign outfit or wait until the summer when he can negotiate his own terms, on a free transfer.

Its thought both La Liga champions Real and cash-flushed PSG will offer Cole three-year deals.

He has stayed tight-lipped on his own future but is thought to be prepared to consider an offer if Chelsea can improve on their one-year extension, which was snubbed.

Wanted man: PSG and real Madrid are tracking Cole's position

Wanted man: PSG and real Madrid are tracking Cole's position

Theo Walcott believes Arsenal contract "will be sorted"

Walcott says Arsenal contract 'will be sorted' and he's shown Wenger his striking potential

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UPDATED:

23:09 GMT, 29 December 2012

Theo Walcott turned up the pressure on Arsenal in his ongoing contract negotiations with a stunning hat-trick in an extraordinary win over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.

Walcott, whose representatives are due to meet Arsenal’s chief negotiator, Dick Law, in the coming days, took his goal tally for the season to 14 in a frenzied second half which saw eight goals scored.

The 23-year-old England forward continues to thrive in the central striker’s role he covets and has made a major part of his contract negotiations.

Sign him up: Arsene Wenger is hoping Theo Walcott will commit his future to Arsenal

Sign him up: Arsene Wenger is hoping Theo Walcott will commit his future to Arsenal

Walcott said: ‘Talks are ongoing and I
am sure something will be sorted. I’ve been saying that I want to play
up front and I am showing the manager what I can do. I believe I will be
a striker and it’s about taking the opportunity when I get it.

‘I enjoy playing in whatever position but it was just telling the manager to give me the opportunities to play up front.

‘I’m not saying I’m always going to
play there but it’s just showing what I can do. Hopefully, I’ve opened a
few eyes and it’s provided a different option.’

With just six months left on his
current deal and Walcott free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a
foreign club on New Year’s Day, Arsenal will be expected to fix a firm
date for talks and to increase the 75,000-a-week offer that is on the
table.

Walcott departed the Emirates Stadium
yesterday with the match-ball held above his head and the crowd chanting
‘Sign him up’. After his side moved into fifth place in the Barclays
Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reiterated his desire to
keep the in-form forward at the club.

‘I think he loves the club and the club love him and reciprocity in love is the most difficult thing to find,’ said Wenger.

‘The intensity of my desire is exactly
the same as before the game. My desire is to extend the contract and I
think that he belongs here and, hopefully, we can do it.

‘Commitment to a club is a long-term
process. I don’t think it should depend on one game. If he had a
disastrous game today, it would not have altered my determination to
extend his contract and to sign him. That does not depend on one game.’

The most positive sign is that Wenger
has now trusted Walcott in the central striking role, something the
London-born player was keen to establish before he confirmed his
continued commitment to the club.

Walcott has benefitted from
practising alongside Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who is currently
training with Arsenal and is expected to sign a short-term loan deal
from the New York Red Bulls next month.

Walcott said: ‘I’ve learned a lot
from Thierry and just to have him around in training is great. You
learn from the best. He showed great qualities on loan here last season
so, hopefully, that can be sorted out.’

It must be love: The Arsenal manager was impressed with Walcott's performance against Newcastle

It must be love: The Arsenal manager was impressed with Walcott's performance against Newcastle

It was Arsenal's fourth consecutive Barclays Premier League win, which lifts them up to fifth, and midfielder Jack Wilshere insists they have not been stung by recent criticism.

'We just get on with it. We know we've got great players here and we showed it today,' he said.

'Theo was great and okay we conceded three and we're not happy about that and we'll look at that but to score seven in any game in the Premier League is a great achievement.'

Wenger was also quick to hail Newcastle's resilience, although he lamented his side's slow start.

'It was not as comfortable as the score indicated,' he added. 'We played against a good team. They were always a threat going forwards, they gave us many problems.

'I believe we started a bit nervous, not completely relaxed, and at half-time 1-1 was a fair result.

'Second half we were on the ball higher up and were much more dangerous but they always came back.'

Options: Wenger also likes to pick Olivier Giroud (right) through the middle

Options: Wenger also likes to pick Olivier Giroud (right) through the middle

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admitted his side had no energy left in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Despite scoring three goals apiece away at Manchester United on Boxing Day and today at the Emirates Stadium, Pardew's side have come away empty-handed on both occasions.

And the former West Ham and Charlton boss is aware some of his side's defending has been unacceptable.

'The last 15-20 minutes was a fresh team against a tired team and perhaps a bit of inexperience on our bench resulted in the scoreline,' he said.

'We're just so disappointed that we didn't get something out of it before then.

'The goals we conceded before then were not, not good and that's been our problem.

'For 70 minutes it was pretty tight, I thought we were giving a good account of ourselves but their freshness and the brightness towards the end of the game was just too much for us and we couldn't cope.

'The game really hurt us today but we know at the back we need to do better.'

Demba Ba can make 2.5million from Newcastle exit

Newcastle will receive just 5m for Ba as it emerges Liverpool and Arsenal target will pick up whopping 2.5m cut of clause fee

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UPDATED:

08:35 GMT, 28 December 2012

Alan Pardew's hopes of persuading Demba Ba to ditch his release clause look doomed after it emerged the Newcastle striker stands to pocket an incredible 2.5million from it.

Angered by the constant speculation caused by the 7.5m exit clause in Ba’s contract, Pardew challenged him to drop it and negotiate a new deal or be put up for sale.

The ultimatum looks like having only one outcome, following news of the windfall awaiting Newcastle’s top scorer once the contractual agreement kicks in.

Sign up or leave: Alan Pardew wants to rid Demba Ba of his 7.5million transfer clause

Sign up or leave: Alan Pardew wants to rid Demba Ba of his 7.5million transfer clause

Anyone offering the stipulated amount
will not only land one of the Barclays Premier League’s most
accomplished finishers but make him 2.5m richer, according to The
Sun, with just 5m going to Newcastle.

It is a nightmare scenario for
Pardew, who already feared he would be ill-equipped to recruit an
adequate replacement with 7.5m at his disposal. With the figure
trimmed to 5m, he will find it even harder to fill the boots of
the Senegal marksman, who now seems certain to be heading out of
Tyneside when the window opens next week.

Ba has stubbornly resisted all
efforts to draw him to the negotiating table, and the reasons why are
now evident after it transpired a third of the fee will go directly to
him.

Final plea: Newcastle boss Pardew doesn't want Ba's transfer situation to drag on

Final plea: Newcastle boss Pardew doesn't want Ba's transfer situation to drag on

A free transfer from West Ham 18
months ago, the 11-goal marksman has attracted strong interest from
Arsenal, QPR, Liverpool and Paris St Germain, who will all be alerted to a
development that signals his imminent departure.

The 27-year old is thought to favour a
move to The Emirates, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has
reservations over his 80,000-a-week wage demands, particularly given
the knee problems that deterred other clubs from moving for him when he
arrived from the Bundesliga.

Pardew is already making plans for life without Ba and is lining up a move for Marseille’s Loic Remy.

In demand: Ba is wanted by a host of top European suitors including Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain

In demand: Ba is wanted by a host of top European suitors including Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain

Bacary Sagna is PSG target

PSG set sights on Sagna with Arsenal defender still refusing to sign new deal

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UPDATED:

13:29 GMT, 8 December 2012

Paris St German want to offer Arsenal contract rebel Bacary Sagna a way out of the Emirates.

The French right-back does not want to sign the Gunners' offer of a one-year extension to his contract, which runs out in 2014.

PSG will make a 10million bid for the 29-year-old defender in the summer, according to The Sun.

No dice: Bacary Sagna does not want to sign his one-year deal

No dice: Bacary Sagna does not want to sign his one-year deal

Arsene Wenger lambasted the defender in September after he questioned Arsenal's transfer business.

In French publication L'Equipe Sagna questioned the club's decision to sell Robin van Persie and Alex Song, while also bringing his own future into doubt.

'Did I speak to Sagna Yes,' admitted Wenger.

'I believe any player or any employee always has to defend the company he works for. And if he is not completely happy with it then he has to go somewhere else.

'That is basically what I think. That is what I say to everybody.

'You have the freedom to say what you want in life but it is also important you understand what people feel about the club.'

Frustrated: Arsene Wenger is having trouble tying his players down

Frustrated: Arsene Wenger is having trouble tying his players down

England winger Theo Walcott's talks have also broken down after he rejected a 75,000-per-week five-year deal.

The 23-year-old can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January 1 or move to a Premier League side on a free at the end of the season.

Pep Guardiola will usurp Roberto Mancini at Manchester City and will NOT take Chelsea job, claims FIFA agent

Guardiola will usurp Mancini at City and will NOT take Chelsea job, claims FIFA agent

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UPDATED:

10:46 GMT, 30 November 2012

A FIFA agent has claimed that Pep Guardiola has a preliminary agreement to take over at Manchester City in the summer.

The former Barcelona manager quit the club in the summer in order to take a year out from football and enjoy some time out in New York.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich failed to lure Guardiola to Stamford Bridge after sacking Roberto Di Matteo – instead employing Rafa Benitez on a temporary basis – but City manager Roberto Mancini has also had the figure of Guardiola looming over his spell at the Etihad.

Sabbatical: Pep Guardiola is taking a year's break after quitting Barcelona

Sabbatical: Pep Guardiola is taking a year's break after quitting Barcelona

In the hotseat... but for how long City manager Roberto Mancini (right)

In the hotseat… but for how long City manager Roberto Mancini (right)

The Barclays Premier League champions appointed former Barcelona executive Txiki Begiristain as their director of football in October, to work alongside another former Barcelona chief executive Ferran Soriano.

According to the Mirror, Gallardo has told a Spanish radio station that City are already plotting to replace Mancini.

‘Guardiola has a pre-deal to be the next manager of Manchester City,’ he said. ‘No matter if Milan or whoever make offers to him.’

The agent also claimed that City are looking to replace England No 1 Joe Hart with Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.

He said: ‘It will be an offer to stun your mind. If I were Barcelona, I would be very concerned.’

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is also ready to take over the City hotseat this summer, according to The Sun.

Another option: City could turn to Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho

Another option: City could turn to Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho

The former Chelsea manager's agent, Jorge Mendes, met with Begiristain in Portugal recently, according to the report, which claims the Special One also has the option of taking over at Paris Saint-Germain but would prefer the City job.

Mourinho still has four years of his deal to run at the Bernabeu but is eager to return to England, where he enjoyed huge success with the Blues.

Portsmouth takeover latest: Pompey Supporters Trust have conditional agreement

Pompey Supporters Trust close in on takeover as administrators sign over sale agreement

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 15 November 2012

Portsmouth's administrators have signed a conditional agreement to sell the npower League One club to the Pompey Supporters' Trust.

Trevor Birch, of administrators PKF, confirmed they have signed an agreement with the PST which is subject to receiving permission to sell Fratton Park.

The move comes after the administrators withdrew preferred bidder status from Portpin, the largest creditor in the Portsmouth Football Club (2010) administration, more than three weeks ago and named PST as the preferred bidders.

Up for sale: Administrators have handed Pompey Supporters Trust a signed conditional agreement to buy the League One club

Up for sale: Administrators have handed Pompey Supporters Trust a signed conditional agreement to buy the League One club

'We can confirm that we have signed a sale agreement with the PST to acquire the business of Portsmouth Football Club,' Birch said in a statement.

'Portpin has rejected the Trust's offer for Fratton Park, so the sale has to be conditional on receiving the Court's permission to sell the ground. We are therefore in the process of submitting an application to the Court.

In talks: Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch

In talks: Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch

'I'm sure every member of staff, every player and every supporter will join with me in wishing to see a speedy resolution of what has been a protracted administration.

'Everyone involved in the transaction has worked incredibly hard to get the deal to this stage and, although there is still much that needs to be done, today's announcement marks what is hopefully the beginning of the end of the process.'

Liverpool and Spurs on red alert over Dutch hot shot Huntelaar

Liverpool and Spurs on red alert over Dutch hot shot Huntelaar

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UPDATED:

08:34 GMT, 7 November 2012

Liverpool are closing in on Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as boss Brendan Rodgers seeks to bolster his attacking options.

Spurs are also tracking the 29-year-old, who scored in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Champions League.

Hot shot: Spurs and Liverpool are tracking Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Hot shot: Spurs and Liverpool are tracking Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Liverpool are keen to push through a 9million deal after the 29-year-old postponed talks on a new contract with the German side.

Huntelaar will be free to sign a
pre-contract agreement with another club in January, as his current deal
is due to expire at the end of the season

The Reds are currently struggling to cope with Luis Suarez as their only fit striker.

Klass act: Huntelaar scored against Arsenal in the Champions League

Klass act: Huntelaar scored against Arsenal in the Champions League

Spurs have looked at Huntelaar twice before — when he left Real Madrid to join Milan in 2009, and again when he was made available by the Italian club the following summer.

Andre Villas-Boas is also looking to boost his forward ranks with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe his only senior
forwards and Adebayor will be absent for some of January while he is
playing for Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Fulham keen to sort Brede Hangeland future out before Christmas

Fulham set for crunch Hangeland talks to prevent him leaving for free

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 5 November 2012

Fulham want to call key defender Brede Hangeland in for showdown contract talks before Christmas in an attempt to prevent him leaving the club on a free transfer.

The Craven Cottage club are keen to tie down their 31-year-old captain to a new and improved long-term contract.

But if Fulham are not able to agree an extension with Hangeland then they are ready to listen to offers in January for the Norway skipper, who is understood to earn in the region of 40,000 a week.

Up in the air: Fulham want to sort out Brede Hangeland's future before the transfer window opens

Up in the air: Fulham want to sort out Brede Hangeland's future before the transfer window opens

Manager Martin Jol has made sorting out Hangeland’s future a top priority for the club’s board — but the centre half has so far resisted their efforts to begin negotiations.

As the situation stands, Hangeland — who has made 169 Fulham appearances since joining in 2008 from FC Copenhagen — can sign a free transfer pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.