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Fabio Da Silva joins Queens Park Rangers on loan

Fab news for Queens Park Rangers as United defender joins on season-long loan

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UPDATED:

16:06 GMT, 2 July 2012

Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of Manchester United full-back Fabio on a season-long loan.

The Brazilian, who joined United in 2008, will meet up with his new team-mates next Monday.

'I'm so happy to be here,' said Fabio, who made only five Barclays Premier League appearances last season.

Welcome to Loftus Road: The youngster has agreed a loan deal at QPR

Welcome to Loftus Road: The youngster has agreed a loan deal at QPR

'This loan is so important for me in
terms of my career. I want to play as many games as possible here. I
want to play well and win games as well. It's a good move for my
career and for my confidence.

'Sir Alex Ferguson said that I'd enjoy it here and told me to play as many games as I can.'

He added: 'I know that QPR is a club with great history. I read about the history and that's why I'm here.

'I also came here because I'm ambitious. I want to help QPR progress up the Premier League.

On the move: Fabio has joined Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan

On the move: Fabio has joined Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan

'Hopefully the fans will enjoy watching me in action, because I'll do my best.'

Fabio joined United from Fluminense alongside twin brother Rafael – who today penned a new four-year deal at Old Trafford.

Manager Mark Hughes is confident the 21-year-old will be a hit at Loftus Road next term.

Speaking to the club's website,
Hughes said: 'It's a great opportunity for us to loan a good, young
player, who has decent experience of playing for a top club like
Manchester United.

'He's played a lot of senior games for United, so it shows the quality he's got.

'I know they think very highly of him and we believe he has all the attributes to be a success here next season.'

Chelsea scouts watch Jose Salomon Rondon

Chelsea send scouts watch Rondon as they line up 20m bid to replace Drogba

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UPDATED:

21:48 GMT, 12 June 2012

Chelsea scouts watched Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon play for Venezuela against Chile at the weekend.

The 22-year-old, who scored 11 goals in 37 La Liga games last season, is valued at 20m and the London club see him as a replacement for Didier Drogba.

Arsenal and Newcastle have also shown interest in the imposing Venezuela star, but have been put off by a 20million asking price.

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Rondon has scored 25 goals in two seasons since joining Malaga and was watched by Chelsea scouts when playing for his country on Sunday, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The 22-year-old is seen as having the physical attributes to succeed in the Barclays Premier League, but his performance at the weekend did little to boost his prospects of a move, as Venenzuela slumped to a 2-0 home defeat by Chile.

It is claimed that Chelsea, who are still chasing Porto striker Hulk, rate Rondon at closer to the 10m mark.

Chelsea told to pay 20m for Salomon Rondon

Chelsea told to cough up 20m for Malaga's Venezuelan striker Rondon

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UPDATED:

08:06 GMT, 12 June 2012

Chelsea are tracking Malaga striker Salomon Rondon as they consider options for replacing Didier Drogba.

Arsenal and Newcastle have also shown interest in the imposing Venezuela star, but have been put off by a 20million asking price.

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Rondon has scored 25 goals in two seasons since joining Malaga and was watched by Chelsea scouts when playing for his country on Sunday, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The 22-year-old is seen as having the physical attributes to succeed in the Barclays Premier League, but his performance at the weekend did little to boost his prospects of a move, as Venenzuela slumped to a 2-0 home defeat by Chile.

It is claimed that Chelsea, who are still chasing Porto striker Hulk, rate Rondon at closer to the 10m mark.

Bolton new bid for Wilfried Zaha

Bolton 7m Zaha bid rejected as Palace chairman says 'no chance' winger is leaving

Bolton have had an offer believed to be in the region of 7million rejected by Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle had confirmed his interest in the 19-year-old winger over the weekend and Palace chairman Steve Parish revealed a 'marginally increased bid' had been made on Tuesday morning.

That bid was rejected and shortly after Parish told the South London Press on deadline day that there was 'no chance' of Zaha leaving.

Flying high: Wilfried Zaha has enjoyed an electrifying season with Crystal Palace

Flying high: Wilfried Zaha has enjoyed an electrifying season with Crystal Palace

He added: 'I can categorically tell you that there are no bids from Bolton that will be in any way of interest to us.'

Coyle had said on Saturday: 'I think it is documented now that we have made an offer, which we have.

'I don't think it is to the value that the Crystal Palace
chairman (wants), but it is an offer we felt was fair for where a very
talented young player is at the moment.

In-demand: Zaha attracted interest during Palace's Carling Cup run

In-demand: Zaha attracted interest during Palace's Carling Cup run

'I always put what I think is a fair
value on a player and if we get to it, great. If we don't, then we have
to accept that we are not going to pay what we would believe would be
over the odds.

'But he is such a talented young
player and he will get better – there is scope for improvement. He has
got pace and unbelievable quality and natural attributes.

'We would love for that to come to fruition, but at the moment it looks as if we are a way apart in terms of valuation.'

Andy Carroll praised by Kenny Dalglish

Dalglish hails Carroll after Cup win despite reports Liverpool tried to sell flop

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists he is keen to continue working with striker Andy Carroll despite more suggestions the club have tried to offload their record signing.

Reports have claimed Manchester City turned down an approach from the Merseysiders about a potential swap deal with Carlos Tevez and the 35million England international.

That came on the back of speculation earlier this month – dismissed by Liverpool – that Newcastle were keen to take their former No 9 back to the North East if they could get a cut-price deal.

Back in favour Andy Carroll impressed against Manchester United

Back in favour Andy Carroll impressed against Manchester United

Liverpool have refused to comment on the story, insisting they never do on transfer speculation, but after Carroll played a part in both goals in Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup win over Manchester United Dalglish was quick to praise the striker, who has had a tough first 12 months for his new club.

'I thought Andy had a fantastic game,' said the Scot.

'He works really hard and gave everything he's got for us.

'He has a lot of attributes for us to work on. I am sure that (performance) will do him no harm whatsoever in terms of confidence.

'The individual awards are all well and good but collectively we want to start showing an improvement and winning things and if we continue with that commitment we have a chance.'

What a difference a week has made for Liverpool.

Last Saturday Dalglish openly criticised his players for the first time after a woeful 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Bolton.

Since then they came from behind twice to draw with Manchester City and secure a place in the final of the Carling Cup and then dispatched their arch-rivals United out of another knockout competition.

In front: Daniel Agger heads Liverpool into the lead at Anfield on Saturday

In front: Daniel Agger heads Liverpool into the lead at Anfield on Saturday

It has certainly lifted confidence levels at the club but with his side still not consistent enough in the league Dalglish will not be getting carried away.
He was, however, delighted with the response he got from his squad.

'We will have to wait and see what this week means for the season but it has got us in a Carling Cup final and the next round of the FA Cup,' added the 60-year-old.

'It started badly for us at Bolton and it is fantastic credit to the players, and shows how much pride they take in the club, that they got themselves back on track as quickly as they did.

'They were two enormous games and coming out on the winning side twice – once on aggregate – deserves great credit.

'It has been a really difficult week for us. To play two good teams like City and United is even more of a task – we've had a good week.

'It is much better than it was last Saturday. It is fantastic for us to progress from a very difficult week.'

Leveller: Park Ji-Sung (right) scored United's equaliser

Leveller: Park Ji-Sung (right) scored United's equaliser

All the pre-match talk had been about
the behaviour of players and supporters as Patrice Evra returned to the
ground for the first time since October's spat with Luis Suarez
eventually resulted in the Uruguay international being banned for eight
matches for racial abuse.

But the focus on Evra took a different shape as, with two minutes remaining, it was his error in getting caught out of position which allowed Carroll to flick on Jose Reina's goal-kick to Dirk Kuyt who fired past David de Gea.

Unusually for a match which still has the biggest rivalry in English football there were very few flashpoints on the pitch.

The main talking point before Kuyt's late winner was the performance of United goalkeeper De Gea, starting his first match of 2012, who was culpable for Liverpool's opener when he allowed himself to be crowded out at a corner – where Carroll played a major part – and Daniel Agger headed home.

Winner: Dirk Kuyt slams home Liverpool's second goal at Anfield

Winner: Dirk Kuyt slams home Liverpool's second goal at Anfield

Park Ji-sung equalised shortly before
half-time, though, and it appeared the tie was drifting towards a
replay neither side wanted until Kuyt struck only his second goal of the
campaign.

The Holland international, whose only other strike came in the Carling Cup against Brighton on September 21, was rewarded for his persistence as despite losing his place in the team he has never been found wanting for determination and work-rate.

'As a professional you just need to keep going,' said Kuyt.

'Sometimes things go very well and when things aren't going well you just need to keep working hard and that is what I did.

'I have the belief in myself but with the players around me supporting me we are all in it together.

'If you want to achieve things you have to do it together, it is not a one-man team.'

Sir Alex Ferguson tips Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace him at Manchester United

Ferguson tips Solskjaer for the top and realistic contender to replace him at Man United

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace him in the Old Trafford hot-seat when he finally retires.

The 70-year-old Scot is not expected to retire any time in the next three years and that could give Solskjaer the chance to build his name as a coach.

European heavyweights Pep Guardiola andJose Mourinho are among the favourites to replace Ferguson at United, but the current boss feels Solskjaer would be ideally suited.

Backing: Sir Alex Ferguson says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has what it takes to be a top manager

Backing: Sir Alex Ferguson says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has what it takes to be a top manager

And Ferguson says he is already a step ahead of other United greats such as Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce and Roy Keane because he always knew he wanted to go into coaching once he retired.

Ferguson said: 'I think the problem for a lot of footballers today is that when they get to the end of their careers they decide they want to become coaches because they have nothing else in their mind that they think they can do.

'Whereas Ole always wanted to stay in the game, so from an early age he was preparing stay in the game as a coach or as a manager, as he is at the moment. So he has given himself a better chance than the rest.

Perfect fit: Ferguson believes Solskjaer was always destined to become a manager

Perfect fit: Ferguson believes Solskjaer was always destined to become a manager

Doing it his way: Solskjaer takes training at Molde

Doing it his way: Solskjaer takes training at Molde

'Ole was always one of the professionals that used to take down all the notes from the training sessions and games.'

Solskjaer was the United reserve team manager before leaving to return home to Norway and leading Molde to their first league title in his first season as a manager last year.

And Ferguson believes the 38-year-old has all the attributes to become a top boss.

Special memories: Solskjaer played a huge part in helping Manchester United win the treble in 1999

Special memories: Solskjaer played a huge part in helping Manchester United win the treble in 1999

'He has got an inner toughness, there’s no doubt about that,' added the United manager. 'He is a nice man with a lovely manner about him.

'If you go to a club in Norway that have never won the league ever in their history and you win the league you have to have something about you to do that.

'He has brought in his own staff. He’s brought two coaches from United as part of his structure to the club so he knew where he was going. A useful thing to have in management is good decision making.

'It’s possibly one of the most important things and he has been decisive, so yes he has got a lot going for himself.'

Sir Alex Ferguosn tips Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace him at Manchester United

Ferguson tips Solskjaer for the top and realistic contender to replace him at Man United

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace him in the Old Trafford hot-seat when he finally retires.

The 70-year-old Scot is not expected to retire any time in the next three years and that could give Solskjaer the chance to build his name as a coach.

European heavyweights Pep Guardiola andJose Mourinho are among the favourites to replace Ferguson at United, but the current boss feels Solskjaer would be ideally suited.

Backing: Sir Alex Ferguson says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has what it takes to be a top manager

Backing: Sir Alex Ferguson says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has what it takes to be a top manager

And Ferguson says he is already a step ahead of other United greats such as Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce and Roy Keane because he always knew he wanted to go into coaching once he retired.

Ferguson said: 'I think the problem for a lot of footballers today is that when they get to the end of their careers they decide they want to become coaches because they have nothing else in their mind that they think they can do.

'Whereas Ole always wanted to stay in the game, so from an early age he was preparing stay in the game as a coach or as a manager, as he is at the moment. So he has given himself a better chance than the rest.

Perfect fit: Ferguson believes Solskjaer was always destined to become a manager

Perfect fit: Ferguson believes Solskjaer was always destined to become a manager

Doing it his way: Solskjaer takes training at Molde

Doing it his way: Solskjaer takes training at Molde

'Ole was always one of the professionals that used to take down all the notes from the training sessions and games.'

Solskjaer was the United reserve team manager before leaving to return home to Norway and leading Molde to their first league title in his first season as a manager last year.

And Ferguson believes the 38-year-old has all the attributes to become a top boss.

Special memories: Solskjaer played a huge part in helping Manchester United win the treble in 1999

Special memories: Solskjaer played a huge part in helping Manchester United win the treble in 1999

'He has got an inner toughness, there’s no doubt about that,' added the United manager. 'He is a nice man with a lovely manner about him.

'If you go to a club in Norway that have never won the league ever in their history and you win the league you have to have something about you to do that.

'He has brought in his own staff. He’s brought two coaches from United as part of his structure to the club so he knew where he was going. A useful thing to have in management is good decision making.

'It’s possibly one of the most important things and he has been decisive, so yes he has got a lot going for himself.'

Gary Cahill wanted by Liverpool

Liverpool ready to swoop for 7m Cahill as Chelsea deal hits the skids

Liverpool have entered the race to sign Gary Cahill.

The Bolton defender, who is out of contract at the end of the season, looked set to join Chelsea after a 7million fee was agreed on Friday.

In demand: Liverpool have entered the race to sign Bolton defender Cahill

In demand: Liverpool have entered the race to sign Bolton defender Cahill

But the highly-rated 26-year-old has failed to settle on personal terms at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea bossAndre Villas-Boas saying that the two parties were some way off finalising the deal

Villas-Boas said: “We”re still miles apart regarding agreement with the player.

“We will continue to monitor this situation and other targets for this position. I think we can sort it out. It should be no problem.

No deal: AVB says Bolton defender Cahill hasn

No deal: AVB says Bolton defender Cahill hasn”t agreed terms with the club

“The best outcome for us is for the player to join us. His technical attributes are immense. His pace is fantastic as well. He”s been playing magnificently at international level, normally alongside John Terry, and he can add to this squad or any squad.

“He can make this jump. But we are still far away in terms of agreement with the player.”

And According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool are ready to vest their interest.

Manager Kenny Dalglish is a huge admirer of Cahill and is prepared to swoop, with the defender reportedly preferring to stay in the north.

Cahill joined Bolton from Aston Villa for 5million in January 2008 and has emerged as one of the country”s finest central defenders, forcing his way into Fabio Capello”s England squad.

Stephen Ireland warned over Twitter conduct

Tweet turns sour for Ireland as Villa boss McLeish questions midfielder”s commitment

Stephen Ireland has been warned about his future conduct by Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish after embarrassing pictures of him smoking a Shisha pipe and drinking appeared on Twitter.

The Villa midfielder was spoken to by McLeish after his girlfriend, Jessica Lawlor, posted an image with the tagline: ‘Shisha, alcohol and Xmas songs — doesn’t get better than this.’

The picture appeared just 24 hours after Ireland had been substituted with an injury against Arsenal and in the same week that fellow Villa midfielder Barry Bannan fronted a drink-driving campaign.

Taking it easy: Stephen Ireland appeared to be smoking a a Shisha pipe

Taking it easy: Stephen Ireland appeared to be smoking a a Shisha pipe

McLeish admitted he had confronted Ireland, 25, about the issue, saying: ‘I’ve spoken to Stephen but it’s not something I want to be discussing. My opinion on it will be delivered to him rather than discussing it in public. I don’t, however, think you want to be bringing attention to yourself like that.’

Asked to clarify what Ireland was trying to achieve, McLeish added: ‘I don’t know what he was doing. Was he using a Shisha pipe I don’t know what that stuff is. For all I know he could have been blowing bubbles. I have to say it’s not my world, the way players live nowadays with tweeting and posting pictures of themselves.’

Ireland was signed for 8million at the start of last season and claimed he was regularly the best player at training with Manchester City.

Frustration: Ireland (left) has failed to make an impression at Aston Villa

Frustration: Ireland (left) has failed to make an impression at Aston Villa

However, Ireland has not delivered at Villa, where McLeish has said his midfield is an area of concern.

Ireland has hardly endeared himself to Villa fans either by describing Birmingham as a ‘c**p city’ during an interview.

‘We all know he has a decent touch and he showed other attributes in the Arsenal game with his closing down,’ said McLeish.

‘He has to do more. He has been training well and he put in a shift the other night. He’s got to take that attitude into other games. He has not done himself justice in a Villa shirt.’