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Robert Guerrero arrested for attempting to take gun on a plane while promoting Floyd Mayweather fight

Guerrero arrested for attempting to take a GUN on a PLANE while promoting upcoming world title fight with Mayweather

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

20:38 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 28 March 2013

Robert Guerrero was today arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport following his attempt to board an airplane with a handgun.

The welterweight, who is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on May 4, was reported to to have brought the gun – a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson – and three bullet magazines with him for the flight to the same California location.

The southpaw, who had been in New York to promote the upcoming fight, is to be charged with one count of criminal possession of a firearm and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. It is thought the charges will not affect the fight's status but he could regardless face up to four years in prison if found guilty.

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Robert Guerrero

Controversial: Robert Guerrero was arrested while attempting to promote his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr

According to the police report Guerrero, who it is understood has a permit to carry a gun in California but is not licenced to do so in California, allegedly told the authorities that he had the weapon with him upon arrival in New York from Virginia.

'I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks,' said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

'For anyone who hasn't gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon — loaded or unloaded — into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges.'

Jack Rodwell ruled out for up to four weeks

Mancini set to be without Rodwell for up to FOUR weeks after hamstring injury recurs to haunt City midfielder yet again

By
John Curtis, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:37 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

01:28 GMT, 5 March 2013

Roberto Mancini's relief at Manchester City keeping their slim hopes alive of retaining their Barclays Premier League title was tempered by another injury setback to Jack Rodwell.

A first half goal from Carlos Tevez was sufficient to earn City a 1-0 win at Aston Villa and cut the gap on leaders Manchester United to 12 points.

But midfielder Rodwell suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury midway through the opening period and will be sidelined for 'three to four weeks'.

Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Mancini said: 'We are very sorry for Jack, because he is a good guy, a good player, but he is unlucky. It is his hamstring.

'I think it is impossible to resolve
his problem after six or seven months because he's had this problem for
five or six years and we need maybe more time.

'How long will he be out Maybe he will be back after the international break, three or four weeks. It is the same injury.

'I am very sorry because he is a
young player. He needs to improve but he has played very well against
Chelsea and was playing very well tonight.'

Mancini repeated his determination
that City will not give up on the title without a fight but admits they
probably have to win their 10 remaining games.

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

He said: 'It is difficult because we have 30 points to play for and we need to try to win.

'At the end, we will see what happens. In football everything can happen right up to the last second.

'We probably need to win all 10 matches that are left. We need to win all the matches.

'If they (United) lose three or four or five games…..it is difficult because they are too strong for this.

'When you have to win always, it is difficult to win every game. But last year we did this. Why can't we do it this year'

Sergio Aguero was also ruled out with
a knee injury and will also miss the weekend FA Cup tie with Barnsley
but Mancini is hopeful he will be available for the next league clash
with Everton.

Villa remain in the bottom three and
manager Paul Lambert admitted a mistake by defender Ciaran Clark proved
crucial in the build-up to Tevez's decider.

Not again: Rodwell looked disappointed after the recurrence of his hamstring complaint

Not again: Rodwell looked disappointed after the recurrence of his hamstring complaint

Lambert said: 'I thought we were well
in the game. The goal is a mistake. I wouldn't have minded if someone
had put one in the top corner with a bit of skill.

'But it's a mistake by us. It is easy
to be critical of Ciaran. The lad has been excellent all season. He
will learn from it, he won't make the same mistake again.'

Midfielder Fabian Delph will be
suspended for the next two games against Reading and QPR after
collecting his 10th booking of the season for handball.

Lambert said: 'He's playing extremely
well, really well. You are pressing forward, to try and get a goal back
and things like that happen.'

The Villa boss knows the significance of the next two matches.

He said: 'The next two games are massive for us. If we play like that, we will give teams a fright, that's for sure.'

Jack Rodwell suffers injury in Manchester City game at Aston Villa

Rodwell injury curse strikes again after Man City midfielder limps off at Villa Park

By
Alex Horlock

PUBLISHED:

20:37 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:58 GMT, 4 March 2013

Jack Rodwell suffered yet another setback in his injury-plagued Manchester City career after hobbling off the pitch at Villa Park this evening.

Little over 20 minutes into City's match against Paul Lambert's Aston Villa, Rodwell pulled up after letting fly with a powerful shot on Brad Guzan's goal.

The midfielder, who made his first start for City since September during their 2-0 win
over Chelsea last weekend, was tonight making his 11th appearance for the champions
this season, but was replaced by the club's top scorer Edin Dzeko
having limped off clutching his hamstring and holding his head in his hands.

Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

The 21-year-old, who joined City in a
12million move from Everton last summer, spoke just last week about his
belief that he had put his injuries behind him.

The England international added that
he had harboured doubts about his ability to withstand the rigours of a
career in football having seen his short spell in the professional game marred
repeatedly by injury during his time on Merseyside and in Manchester.

Rodwell said ahead of City's clash against Chelsea: 'At Everton
last season I doubted whether I was built for it.

'To be honest, I did
think the worst but I had to take the positives and think I'm still
young and in a great position at one of the best teams in the world.

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

'I had between five and 10 setbacks,
and that's not just from the original injury. It's mentally hard. There
are times when you're set back again and you don't know what to do.

'Before the last five or six weeks I
used to go into training and was never confident. I was just praying I
got through it and that's just not the way to be at all.'

Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1: Carlos Tevez scores winner

Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1: Mancini's men made to toil for victory over strugglers

PUBLISHED:

21:53 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 4 March 2013

Carlos Tevez scored the decisive goal as Manchester City kept their title hopes hanging by a thread with a win at Aston Villa.

After a solid start from Villa, the visitors took control of the game. Edin Dzeko pounced on a Ciaran Clark error to slide the ball into Tevez, who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home on the stroke of half-time.

City struck the upright twice after through Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta, but couldn't increase their lead to kill the game off.

One up: Carlos Tevez (right) put Manchester City 1-0 up against Aston Villa

One up: Carlos Tevez (right) put Manchester City 1-0 up against Aston Villa

One up: Carlos Tevez (right) put Manchester City 1-0 up against Aston Villa
MATCH FACTS

Aston Villa: Guzan, Clark, Bennett, Baker, Lowton, N'Zogbia (Holman 65), Westwood (El Ahmadi 86), Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann (Dawkins 84)

Subs not used: Given, Lichaj, Sylla, Bowery

Booked: Benteke, Delph

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, K Toure, Nastasic, Milner, Garcia, Rodwell (Dzeko 25), Silva (Barry 90), Y Toure, Tevez (Nasri 75)

Subs not used: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Sinclair

Goal: Tevez 45

Referee: Mike Dean

More to follow…

Relief: City celebrate their goal on the stroke of half-time from the Argentina international

Relief: City celebrate their goal on the stroke of half-time from the Argentina international

Aerial battle: Edin Dzeko gets above Ciaran Clark (right) to win a header

Aerial battle: Edin Dzeko gets above Ciaran Clark (right) to win a header

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Up for it: Christian Benteke (left) made a nuisance of himself for City's back four

Up for it: Christian Benteke (left) made a nuisance of himself for City's back four

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Tussle: Fabian Delph (right) pursues City playmaker David Silva

Tussle: Fabian Delph (right) pursues City playmaker David Silva

Running the show: Yaya Toure (left) struck the post midway through the second half

Running the show: Yaya Toure (left) struck the post midway through the second half

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Out of this world: Two Aston Villa fans dress up to show their support for Christian Benteke

Out of this world: Two Aston Villa fans dress up to show their support for Christian Benteke

Out of this world: Two Aston Villa fans dress up to show their support for Christian Benteke

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Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

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Expressive: Frustrations boil over for Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Expressive: Frustrations boil over for Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Wigan defender Ivan Ramis ruled out for season with cruciate ligament damage

Huge blow for Martinez as Wigan defender Ramis is sidelined for season with cruciate injury

By
Simon Stone, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

16:27 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 15 January 2013

Wigan defender Ivan Ramis will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Fulham.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez feared the worst immediately after the game and scans have now revealed the Spaniard will be out until the start of next season.

'Nothing can disguise the fact this is a massive blow because Ivan is a key member of the group but we are relieved that the injury is not a severe as we feared it could have been,' Martinez said.

Down and out: Ivan Ramis will miss the rest of the campaign

Down and out: Ivan Ramis will miss the rest of the campaign

The news is a massive blow to Martinez as another senior defender, Antolin Alcaraz, is still to return after suffering a groin injury in August.

Wigan do have another alternative in Roman Golobart but the 20-year-old's relative lack of experience means Martinez may be forced to use Emmerson Boyce as an orthodox defender, rather than in the wing-back role where he has excelled over the past 12 months.

A summer arrival from Real Mallorca, 28-year-old Ramis endured a difficult debut against Chelsea but has since come into his own, making 19 appearances. He had only just returned from a hamstring problem when he suffered the latest setback at the weekend.

'The most important thing now is to think of Ivan's welfare, get the operation completed, and for him to begin his rehabilitation,' said Martinez.

'Ivan is a very strong and positive character and he is determined to return to fitness as soon as he can.

'He will receive the best possible medical rehabilitation as the club ensures to have him return as an even stronger footballer.'

St Louis Rams England Patriots Wembley: Bill Belichick comes late to London"s NFL party

Gruff Belichick comes late to NFL party as Brady and the Patriots chase Rams victory

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UPDATED:

13:00 GMT, 27 October 2012

For the second time in franchise history, Bill Belichick is bringing the New England Patriots to London. But – in stark contrast to the St Louis Rams – the controversial head coach is in no mood to spread the transatlantic NFL love-in.

While the Rams have been in England since Tuesday, spreading the gospel of Roger Goodell, enjoying Arsenal's training facilities and hosting events at Nike Town, the Patriots have joined the party late.

Hours after landing, a jet-lagged Belicheck addressed reporters on Friday sounding distinctly underwhelmed to be here.

'It’s good to be in London… Excited to be here. We’re looking forward to the game and facing the Rams — and London. It’s always nice to be in London,' he said.

Stony faced: Bill Belichick faces the media after the Patriots' late arrival in London

Stony faced: Bill Belichick faces the media after the Patriots' late arrival in London

One could argue excitement would
prompt an earlier arrival, but Belicheck continued his terse mood,
swatting away questions about the potential of an NFL franchise in
London.

'I’m not really sure. I haven’t
really thought about it. I’m just trying to coach the team I’m on, and I
don’t know about all the rest of it,' he replied with typical vim and
vigour.

After all, he has a game to focus on. The Patriots are one of three AFC teams with a winning record and after stumbling to 4-3, they top a surprisingly competitive AFC East. The Rams, meanwhile, are 3-4 and prop up the fierce NFC West.

Both teams know a win could kick-start their season, and the Wembley crowd could be in for a treat.

After all, there is some history between the two franchises.

Cast your mind back to a decade ago when the unheralded Patriots beat the mighty St Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI to herald the beginning of a dynasty.

Belichick was in his second season as Patriots head coach, one year removed from a 5-11 record.

His
quarterback was a young Tom Brady, an unheralded sixth-round draft
pick, thrust into the team when Drew Bledsoe burst a blood vessel in the
second week of the season as the team were sinking to 0-2.

Wild scenes: Patriots players grab the Vince Lombardi trophy to win the first Super Bowl - two more would follow in 2003 and 2004 - in franchise history

Wild scenes: Patriots players grab the Vince Lombardi trophy to win the first Super Bowl – two more would follow in 2003 and 2004 – in franchise history

To reach the Super Bowl was unlikely enough. Nobody was giving them a chance against a Rams team dubbed 'The Greatest Show on Turf'.

But a new age dawned as the Patriots won 20-17. Power shifted, and the last decade has passed very differently in St Louis and New England.

The Patriots won two more Super Bowls as Belichick and Brady built a perpetual contender that has reached the playoffs in eight of the past 10 seasons.

The Rams snuck into the play-offs twice more before everything unravelled, but never again has their team carried the same aura.

The two teams meet at Wembley for the third time since that famous night in New Orleans, as evenly matched as they have been since 2002.

This season, the Patriots have stumbled to a 4-3 record while the Rams see cause for hope in their 3-4 mark.

It is exactly the kind of match-up the Wembley series needs in its sixth year.

The novelty value is gone, and fans need something more to keep them engaged.

At ease: Tom Brady addresses the media in London

At ease: Tom Brady addresses the media in London

From next year, they will have annual visits from the Jacksonville Jaguars to look forward to – not the most stylish of teams, but at least a common element for fans to hang their hat on and watch develop.

That role was supposed to belong to the Rams, owned by Arsenal chairman Stan Kroenke, but they withdrew from the deal to focus on stadium redevelopment.

One visit will have to do, but it is well-timed as they begin their re-birth.

'This is an opportunity for us to spread the word,' said coach Jeff Fisher. 'As I like to say, the Rams are back.'

The Patriots do not need a revival. They are just trying to see how long they can keep this going.

At 35, Brady's best days might be behind him, but he remains as driven as ever.

'He continues to improve,' Belichick said. 'As a player each week is a different challenge for him. There are always new things to get a read on. He's very diligent, always looking for the little things that may prove an edge.'

The Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years starting in New Orleans, but have lost twice in the big game since – including last season – something that keeps Brady hungry.

Strong arm: Brady and back-up QB Ryan Mallett are in jovial mood in Foxborough earlier this week

Strong arm: Brady and back-up QB Ryan Mallett are in jovial mood in Foxborough earlier this week

'Sometimes you have to experience difficulties and challenges in order to move forward and be better at what you're doing,' he said.

'I don't think you ever get over really important losses. They stick in your mind, but at the same time you don't let them affect what you're doing.'

For Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, 11 years Brady's junior, Brady remains a role model.

'He's one of if not the best quarterback in the league,' Bradford said. 'He's been playing at a high level for a long time and any time you turn on the tape and watch him, it's very evident he's in total control.'

If Brady's work ethic is admirable, it pales in comparison to that of his coach.

Belichick borders on the obsessive, even though he has occasionally crossed the line – 2007's 'Spygate' scandal involving Patriots assistants illegally taping practice sessions of other teams will remain a stain on his legacy.

Coaching keeps him young and he shows no sign of slowing now he is in his 60s.

'I enjoy what I'm doing, I love the game of football,' he said. 'I love every aspect of coaching.'

Getting acclimatised: The Rams' Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis and Sam Bradford get used to the English elements

Getting acclimatised: The Rams' Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis and Sam Bradford get used to the English elements

Belichick's total commitment rubs off on his players.

'He's the only coach I've ever played for and the only coach I ever want to play for,' Brady said.

'Nobody works harder at this job than coach Belichick and what he brings in terms of preparation every single week, his commitment to the team, is exceptional.'

The rewards have been an exceptional record of success and a surefire place in the Hall of Fame one day. But nothing lasts forever, certainly not in the NFL.

The Rams have not beaten the Patriots since Super Bowl XXXVI.

If they can change that at Wembley, perhaps this will come to be seen as a game where power changed hands once more.

Europa League: Maribor 1 Tottenham 1 – match report

Maribor 1 Tottenham 1: Sigurdsson saves Spurs' skin as first Euro win remains elusive

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UPDATED:

19:10 GMT, 25 October 2012

Gylfi Sigurdsson helped Tottenham rescue a point in Slovenia tonight after an inept performance at NK Maribor saw them slump to a third successive Europa League draw.

The former Swansea midfielder has yet to find his feet since his summer arrival, but went some way to repaying the north Londoners' faith by lashing home to ensure his side did not leave the Stadion Ljudski vrt empty-handed.

It was a goal that saved Spurs' blushes in what was a frustrating night against a Maribor side that came into the match with a record of just two wins their previous 15 European games on home soil.

On the up: Gylfi Sigurdsson enjoyed one of his better days for Spurs, scoring the equaliser

On the up: Gylfi Sigurdsson enjoyed one of his better days for Spurs, scoring the equaliser

On the up: Gylfi Sigurdsson enjoyed one of his better days for Spurs, scoring the equaliser

MATCH FACTS

MARIBOR: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Arghus, Mejac, Mertelj, Cvijanovic, Mezga, Tavares, Ibraimi, Beric. Subs not used: Pridigar, Filipovic, Komazec, Ploj, Viler, Dodlek, Lesjak.

Goals: Beric 42.

Booked: Mezga

TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sandro, Huddlestone, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Townsend (Falque 46), Defoe Subs not used: Cudicini, Dempsey, Gallas, Livermore, Smith, Parrett.

Goals; Sigurdsson 58.

Booked: Naughton

Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

Click here for all the latest scores and live tables from the Europa League

The Vijolicasti lost home and away to
the npower Championship side Birmingham in last season's competition
yet took the lead three minutes from half-time when Robert Beric prodded
home.

Andre Villas-Boas brought on Iago
Falque at the break in a bid to change thing and the move paid dividends
13 minutes later, with the Spaniard playing in the cross that allowed
Sigurdsson to score during a penalty-box melee.

Tottenham pushed for a winner but
were unable to eke out another goal, with the point leaving them third
in Group J at the halfway point.

Andre Villas-Boas named a
strong-looking line-up in Slovenia, making just three changes to the
side that lost 4-2 to Chelsea at the weekend.

Hugo Lloris, Kyle Naughton and Andros
Townsend came in and would likely have been joined by Michael Dawson
had he not been ruled out with illness.

Slow out the blocks: Robert Beric gave Maribor the lead, capitalising on several Spurs mistakes

Slow out the blocks: Robert Beric gave Maribor the lead, capitalising on several Spurs mistakes

Slow out the blocks: Robert Beric gave Maribor the lead, capitalising on several Spurs mistakes

The visitors dominated the early
possession in Slovenia's second city and took two minutes to get away
their first shot, with Sigurdsson shooting wide after collecting a cross
from Kyle Walker.

Maribor's main threat came on the
counter attack and they found the net four minutes later through Beric,
although the striker had already been flagged offside much to the home
support's audible frustration.

The game settled down after a frantic
opening as the hosts started to make inroads forward, only to be let
down time and time again by awry passing.

Agim Ibraimi saw a looped effort denied by Lloris as the home side looked for a surprise opener in a first half of few chances.

Grim battle: Tottenham were rarely at their fast-paced best having rested several key men

Grim battle: Tottenham were rarely at their fast-paced best having rested several key men

Grim battle: Tottenham were rarely at their fast-paced best having rested several key men

Walker lashed a 20-yard effort
harmlessly wide and Jan Vertonghen saw a tame header easily caught by
Jasmin Handanovic as Tottenham pushed for the evening's first goal.

Sandro came close with a fierce
25-yard drive that drifted just wide, before Jermain Defoe directed over
from the Brazil international's cutback.

Villas-Boas' side almost paid for
their profligacy in front of goal after 39 minutes when Ales Mejac found
space to hit a hopeful 30-yard strike just wide.

Heads we win: Jermain Defoe led the line, and had added height with the support of Sigurdsson

Heads we win: Jermain Defoe led the line, and had added height with the support of Sigurdsson

Heads we win: Jermain Defoe led the line, and had added height with the support of Sigurdsson

It was a warning Tottenham failed to heed and three minutes later Maribor made them pay.

Dejan Mezga did superbly down the
left and skipped past Huddlestone's challenge, before dinking the ball
over Lloris for under-pressure Beric to stab home.

Villas-Boas replaced the ineffective Townsend with Falque for the second half but it was Maribor who were first to threaten.

Mejac ran down the left four minutes
after the restart and played through Tavares, whose goalbound prod was
easily denied by Lloris.

The hosts, clearly buoyed by their
first-half goal, saw Goran Cvijanovic fire over from distance as they
again came close moments later but by the 58th minute the score was
level.

Try as they might: Spurs did have plenty of the ball but failed to really test the goalkeeper

Try as they might: Spurs did have plenty of the ball but failed to really test the goalkeeper

Try as they might: Spurs did have plenty of the ball but failed to really test the goalkeeper

Substitute Falque's cross from the
left fell for Defoe, whose thumping effort was somehow cleared off the
line but fell straight for Sigurdsson to score from close range.

Ibraimi struck the side-netting as
Maribor looked to make an immediate response, before Defoe and Walker
produced strikes at the other end.

Naughton was booked for diving as
Tottenham desperately searched for a winner, which left them exposed at
the back and saw Beric come close to directing home.

Sub Dempsey tested Handanovic as Spurs
desperately searched for a winner, which never came despite
Vertonghen's best efforts late on.

Atletico Madrid target Javier Hernandez in 12m deal to replace Falcao

Atletico Madrid want 12m Hernandez to replace Chelsea and Man City target Falcao

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UPDATED:

05:56 GMT, 22 October 2012

Heading for the exit: Hernandez

Heading for the exit: Hernandez

Atletico Madrid are hoping that Manchester United's Javier Hernandez can be the man to fill Radamel Falcao's boots should the striker depart as expected in January.

Falcao, 26, has become the most sought-after striker in Europe and Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are queuing up to meet his 46m release clause in the next transfer window.

The Colombian has already expressed his
desire to leave the Spanish capital and Atletico hope to lure Mexican
Hernandez as his replacement, according to Metro.

The 24-year-old arrived in England for a
fee of around 7m in 2010 but despite making an instant impact at the
club he has fallen behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and summer arrival
Robin van Persie in the Old Trafford pecking order this season.

Bench-warmer: Hernandez (right) has started just one Premier League game this season

Bench-warmer: Hernandez has started just one Premier League game this season

Hernandez – who netted 20 goals in
his debut campaign at United when he started the Champions League final –
has just started just one Premier League game this season and has
netted just once in seven appearances.

Fiorentina are also interested in a
January move for the man nicknamed 'Chicarito' but they are only willing
to pay 8m and will be gazumped should Atletico be funded by the sale
of Falcao.

Hot property: Falcao celebrates scoring the winner against Sociedad on Sunday night

Hot property: Falcao celebrates scoring the winner against Sociedad on Sunday

Falcao took his tally for the season to 12 goals in just eight games with the winner against Real Sociedad on Sunday night.

The former Porto striker scored a hat-trick in the European Super Cup win over Chelsea – who are the favourites for his signature despite oil-rich PSG and Man City both expressing an interest.

Liverpool target Jurgen Locadia from PSV Eindhoven

Liverpool plot move for Dutch youngster Locadia after debut hat-trick

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UPDATED:

07:03 GMT, 18 October 2012

Liverpool are monitoring young Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia as a potential solution to their striker crisis.

The 18-year-old announced himself in some style after he scored an 11-minute hat-trick on his Eredivisie debut for PSV Eindhoven in their 6-0 defeat of VVV Venlo last month.

Wanted man: Jurgen Locadia is a target for Liverpool

Wanted man: Jurgen Locadia is a target for Liverpool

Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is currently reduced to just one recognised striker in Luis Suarez after 10.5million summer arrival Fabio Borini was ruled out for three months.

The Italy international will undergo surgery on a fractured foot after sustaining the damage on Under 21 duty last week.

Uruguay star Suarez is due to arrive back on Merseyside ahead of this weekend's Barclays Premier League clash against Reading.

Rodgers will be hoping the forward is sufficiently recovered from his long jaunt from South America.

But without Borini, Rodgers is relying on Suarez to provide the goals and stay injury-free for the next 12 weeks.

Lone striker: Luis Suarez is now Liverpool's only recognised forward

Lone striker: Luis Suarez is now Liverpool's only recognised forward

Liverpool's other main striker Andy Carroll was loaned out to West Ham in August on a season-long deal.

The Reds will now continue to keep tabs on PSV starlet Locardia in their search to bolster their options when the January transfer window re-opens.

Respect the rules, says Roberto Di Matteo to Chelsea players

Respect the rules! Di Matteo issues warning to Chelsea players

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 7 October 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has issued a warning to his Chelsea players, reminding them of the standards he expects and the value of the club’s public image.

‘I come from Switzerland, I like rules,’ said manager Di Matteo. ‘They are there to be respected. I wouldn’t say I’m a disciplinarian but you need rules to be able to live and work together.

‘The image of the club is very important to us. We have rules and if anybody breaks them there is disciplinary action taken against them.

Laying down the law: Di Matteo has stern words for the Chelsea players

Laying down the law: Di Matteo has stern words for the Chelsea players

‘We have standards. We strive to have high standards. Hopefully going forward we can be better in showing those.’

Di Matteo will fine Ashley Cole for abusing the FA via Twitter and John Terry could face internal disciplinary action when the legal process dealing with his verbal attack on Anton Ferdinand finally ends.

Terry has until October 18 to decide whether to accept the FA’s four-match ban for aiming a racial insult at Anton Ferdinand. Chelsea insist this decision is down to the captain.

The club will stand by secretary David Barnard, who they feel has been unfairly smeared by the 63-page report published by the independent commission, which cast doubt on evidence he provided to the Terry hearing.

The Chelsea board remain quiet but they are acutely aware of the club’s image. Chairman Bruce Buck made a point of listening to Di Matteo’s post-match press conference on Saturday.

It is a different kind of image problem but Di Matteo also fears Eden Hazard is not winning penalties because of a reputation acquired soon after his summer arrival from Lille for falling over easily in the penalty area.

Highs and lows: Chelsea's success on the pitch is not being mirrored off it

Highs and lows: Chelsea's success on the pitch is not being mirrored off it

Highs and lows: Chelsea's success on the pitch is not being mirrored off it

Hazard had a strong penalty claim overlooked against Norwich, as he did last month at QPR. ‘The first three penalties he got in the first few games were clear-cut penalties,’ said Di Matteo.

‘But there were a few others where he didn’t get them so I wouldn’t want the officials to have a prejudice against him. If it’s a foul, it’s a foul. Sometimes they get them right, sometimes wrong.

‘I wouldn’t accuse my players of going down too easily. It’s a different culture. In England you need to try everything to stay on your feet.’

Twitter ye not: Cole has landed himself in hot water

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