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Derby and Watford want Wes Thomas

Derby and Watford lead race to sign Cherries striker Thomas

By
James Andrew

PUBLISHED:

17:10 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:10 GMT, 9 January 2013

Championship duo Derby and Watford are chasing Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at Blackpool at the end of last year where he scored three times in nine games during his stay in the north west.

But Thomas has returned to League One Bournemouth and seen his first team chances at the Goldsands Stadium restricted by the return of Brett Pitman, and is attracting interest from the Championship pair.

On the move: Wes Thomas (right) is a target for Derby and Watford

On the move: Wes Thomas (right) is a target for Derby and Watford

Both Nigel Clough and Gianfranco Zola are keen to bolster their strike force as they try to mount a promotion push in the second half of the season.

Eddie Howe is looking get Bournemouth out of League One but Sportsmail understands he is willing to listen to offers for Thomas.

Southampton set to sign 12m Liverpool target Davide Astori of Italy

Liverpool likely to miss out on 12m Astori with Southampton set to swoop

when there were doubts over the fitness of Andrea Barzagli.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are also struggling to close a deal with Blackpool for Tom Ince over the Championship club’s 7m valuation.

The winger impressed through 90
minutes of the Tangerines 1-1 FA Cup draw with Fulham on Saturday,
further underlining his top-flight credentials.

Thomas Ince prepared to see out season at Blackpool as Liverpool argue over 6m fee

Ince prepared to be patient and see out season at Blackpool as Liverpool argue over 6m fee

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UPDATED:

09:44 GMT, 20 December 2012

Thomas Ince is prepared to sit tight at Blackpool and run down his contract if the Championship club fail to agree a fee with Liverpool.

Ince, 20, believed the deal with Brendan Rodgers' side was almost done, but there is hitch over the price.

The England Under 21 winger's contract at Bloomfield Road is up at the end of the season and an FA tribunal would have to set the fee.

Man in the middle: Liverpool want to sign Blackpool winger Thomas Ince

Man in the middle: Liverpool want to sign Blackpool winger Thomas Ince

Blackpool want 6m for Ince, but Liverpool are offering substantially less for a player they released 18 months ago.

Liverpool still have a 30 per cent sell-on clause in Ince's contract, but the Blackpool wideman is determined to return to Anfield.

He has scored 13 times for Michael Appleton's side and has contributed 15 assists from his position on the wing.

Blackpool are already in dialogue with Liverpool about the January move, but it is being held up by the Tangerines' playing hardball.

Rodgers, who is short of attacking options because of Andy Carroll's loan move to West Ham and the long-term injury to Fabio Borini, needs the deal done in the transfer window.

Raheem Sterling must sign new Liverpool deal, says Damien Comolli

Sign up, Sterling! Ex-Liverpool chief Comolli urges teenager to end saga

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UPDATED:

15:17 GMT, 19 December 2012

Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has urged teenage winger Raheem Sterling to sign a new contract at the club.

The youngster turned 18 earlier this month but negotiations over his first senior deal have yet to reach an conclusion over wage demands, and other clubs are closely monitoring the situation.

Manager Brendan Rodgers remains confident an agreement will be reached and Comolli, who was at Anfield when Sterling broke into the first team under former boss Kenny Dalglish, advised the player to stay put.

Sign up: Comolli believes Raheem Sterling should commit his future to Liverpool

Sign up: Comolli believes Raheem Sterling should commit his future to Liverpool

'My advice would be sign the contract and stay at Liverpool unless there is something which makes him really uncomfortable,' said the Frenchman.

'We tried to look after Raheem as much as we could – he was really a long-term project – and I think he should commit.

'I really don’t think money should be an issue. He is 18 and it is going to be one of many contracts he is going to sign and he is going to end up being a wealthy individual.

'The important contract, if you are money-orientated, is the one you sign when you are 31 not 18.'

Liverpool are closing in on deals to sign Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge and Blackpool’s Tom Ince, who left the Reds as a reserve-team player in the summer of 2011 having rejected the offer of a new contract.

The Reds have been criticised for their handling of the Ince situation but Comolli, sacked by owners Fenway Sports Group in April, insists the issue was not in their control at the time.

And he backed the 20-year-old, who has scored 13 goals in the npower Championship, to return a better player.

'When I arrived (at Liverpool in November 2010) Tom was at the end of his contract,' the Frenchman told talkSPORT.

One of the first things I did was meet him and his dad, and Paul was concerned the style of play (under Roy Hodgson) was not suited to his son, who was a quick winger.

Welcome return: Comolli says Ince's likely switch to Anfield is a good thing for Liverpool

Welcome return: Comolli says Ince's likely switch to Anfield is a good thing for Liverpool

'When Roy went I think we made four or five contract offers to Tom which he kept turning down…he didn’t feel it was the right place for him to stay.

'The last offer would have made him the highest-earning player beneath the first team but to be fair to him I don’t think money was the issue.

'We never released him. You don’t release a player like this, you can’t force him to stay.

'I am very pleased that he is doing well. If they buy him back, good for him and good for Liverpool.'

Blackpool have not yet received any firm bids for starlet Thomas Ince

No bids yet from Liverpool or United as fight for Ince moves into January

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UPDATED:

14:34 GMT, 15 December 2012

Blackpool are yet to receive any bids for Thomas Ince but are in talks with several clubs confirmed their manager, Michael Appleton.

The England U21 starlet has been in red-hot form for Blackpool this season, scoring 13 goals in the Championship as his side sit just four points outside the play-off places.

Ince, who was hit with a controversial one game ban for his part in the England U21 race storm against Serbia, has been heavily linked with re-joining former club Liverpool.

Speculation: Blackpool's Thomas Ince will likely join a Premier League club this January, with Liverpool and Manchester United leading the race for his signature

Speculation: Blackpool's Thomas Ince will likely join a Premier League club this January, with Liverpool and Manchester United leading the race for his signature

Blackpool's Thomas Ince

Liverpool let Ince leave just 18 months ago for 250,000 but have been rumoured to be preparing a 6million bid, with reports stating Blackpool are holding out for 7m.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers is planning to unveil a new strikeforce in January with Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge his other main target.

However, the Reds face stiff competition for Ince with Manchester United and at least one other club interested in his signing.

Michael Appleton has been pleased with how Ince has handled the speculation

Michael Appleton is pleased with the way Ince has handled speculation

'There have been no bids as far as I'm aware,' Appleton told Sky Sports.

'I think there have been conversations with a couple of clubs and the chairman, but nothing concrete.

'No-one has come in yet and set the marker in terms of price.'

Appleton has been pleased with the way Ince has handled the speculation.

'To be fair to Tom, he's put it all to one side,' added Appleton.

'He's just got on with his game and not let it affect him.

'He just has to keep on playing well for Blackpool.

'If he's got anything about him, he'll keep playing well and scoring for us.

'It's only fair for him and everyone else that he ignores the speculation.

'If the worst did happen in January, and we did lose Tom, then we have to make sure we have replacements ready.

'They will have to fill some very big shoes.'

Federico Macheda bound for Spain or Germany in January loan move

Macheda bound for Spain or Germany in January loan move

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UPDATED:

11:26 GMT, 15 December 2012


On the move: Manchester United forward Federico Macheda is heading out to Spain or Germany on loan in January

On the move: Manchester United forward Federico Macheda is heading out to Spain or Germany on loan in January

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is unlikely to move to another English club in January, instead favouring a loan move to Spain or Germany.

The 21-year-old Italian had been linked with Championship sides Blackpool and Hull City having fallen out of favour at Old Trafford.

Macheda has made just three substitute appearances in all competitions this season and is behind Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the pecking order.

He has had previous loan spells at Sampdoria and Queens Park Rangers, and now his agent Giovanni Bia has revealed he could be on the move again.

He told calciomercato.it: 'Federico obviously wants to play more and also Manchester United agree to let him go.

'Blackpool and Hull City No, he definitely won't go to one of them. We're talking with two or three clubs in Spain and Germany, which I don't want to name.'

Chelsea ramp up pressure on Arsenal to sell Theo Walcott as Blues rival United and Liverpool for winger

Chelsea ramp up pressure on Arsenal to sell Walcott as Blues rival United and Liverpool for winger

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UPDATED:

23:05 GMT, 13 December 2012

Chelsea are ready to challenge Manchester United and Liverpool for Theo Walcott.

It is looking likely that Arsenal will
sell the winger in January and that would put Chelsea in a strong
position.

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Wanted man: Chelsea and Manchester United are in the race to sign Theo Walcott

Wanted man: Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are in the race to sign Theo Walcott

United want to sell Nani to make room for Walcott – Roma are
interested in the Portuguese winger – while Liverpool want Walcott for
free in the summer.

They thought Arsenal would not sell in January and have earmarked most of their January budget for Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge and Blackpool's Thomas Ince.

Out of favour: Manchester United could offload Nani to make room for Walcott

Out of favour: Manchester United could offload Nani to make room for Walcott

Nani is out of favour at Old Trafford after a bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson and an impasse over a contract extension, while Wenger looks to bolster his squad for the Champions League and Premier League run-in.

Nani believes his relationship with Ferguson is beyond repair and has privately conceded his future is elsewhere, but United have not totally shut the door on the player, whose contract expires in 2014.

The winger, who missed Sunday's Manchester derby through injury, had a bust-up with promising United midfielder Davide Petrucci earlier this season. He has not played since he was hauled off during the Champions League match at Braga in early November.

Ian Holloway blasts Arsene Wenger over Wilfried Zaha – EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVE: Why is Wenger talking about Zaha Palace boss Holloway with fierce
'hands off' warning

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 28 November 2012

Ian Holloway has blasted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for acknowledging an interest in Wilfried Zaha and warned other January suitors off his prized asset.

Zaha has been centre of attention this November, a month in which he turned 20 and also made his England debut as a substitute against Sweden, and Wenger is one of a number of Barclays Premier League managers monitoring his exploits in the npower Championship.

When asked specifically about his interest in the 20million-rated winger on Tuesday morning, Wenger said: 'We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad – but he is not more on the list than anyone else.'

On the run: Zaha is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs after impressing for Crystal Palace this term

On the run: Zaha is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs after impressing for Crystal Palace this term

Fury: Holloway is angry with the Arsenal manager for seemingly declaring his interest in Zaha

Fury: Holloway is angry with the Arsenal manager for seemingly declaring his interest in Zaha

While the Arsenal manager didn't mention his name, it was widely received at the time that he was declaring his interest in Zaha.

Crystal Palace manager Holloway, who was due to sit down with the Selhurst Park hierarchy today to discuss their own transfer window strategy, retorted: 'Why is he talking about my players I don't think that's right and proper, with the greatest respect.

'I don't think anybody who manages any other club should actually admit who he likes and what he should be doing. I think that's totally bad etiquette. He can say what he likes but about his players, not mine.'

Holloway, who is less than a month into his tenure with the south London club, expects Zaha to spend some of his current five-year deal representing Palace in the Premier League.

But should that dream not materialise, the former Blackpool manager has already proposed his next destination.

'I have told Wilf what I would do if I was him, and we have got such a strong contract they can go and whistle to be honest,' Holloway added, of clubs preparing to make bids.

'I have just walked in on this, it wasn't my party, but I have to have some sort of say in it.

'I think the boy is learning, and learning in our first team. He has been here since he was 12, and the chairman has a grip of what he wants to do.

'At the end of the day I just want the best for the boy and I can guarantee he will get that: I know where I want him to go if he doesn't play for us in the Premier League next year, and I have already told him.

Interested: Arsenal manager Wenger is poised to make a move for the Crystal Palace winger

Interested: Arsenal manager Wenger is poised to make a move for the Crystal Palace winger

'But at the minute he probably will not be available no matter what the price is in January.

'I have been delighted with my few weeks here and at the end of the day Wilfried is a big part of this season.'

Palace are well placed to return to the top-flight and their position would have been enhanced further when Zaha released the manacles imposed on him by fellow promotion chasers Hull on Tuesday night only to be denied what would have been his fifth league goal of the season, and a last-minute winner, by home goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Your country needs you: Zaha made his full debut against Sweden earlier this month

Your country needs you: Zaha made his full debut against Sweden earlier this month

A dozen minutes earlier, he had been clattered to the turf via a robust challenge from Hull's on-loan Manchester United midfielder Robbie Brady.

As displayed by the peerless Lionel Messi, however, to dust down and carry on is the best policy, according to Holloway.

'He gets kicked all over the place but that's what he has got to get used to. He's got to stop gesticulating and get up like Messi does, and in the meantime the more he does things like he did in those last couple of seconds of the match, the more people will be chasing if he becomes available,' Holloway said.

'What he has to learn to do – the more famous he becomes, the more people will talk about him – is to produce.

'I have got no doubts that he will. I just have to make sure that he looks right to those sitting in the stand. If he gesticulates to the referee then those people watching might be put off. You just have to get up like Messi, get on with it and do it again.'

Liverpool want Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince

Liverpool pin hopes on 12m Sturridge and 6m Ince after hitting Walcott hitch

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 22 November 2012

Liverpool are confident of finalising a 6million deal for Blackpool’s Tom Ince and will look to add Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge for a further 12m.

Arsenal’s reluctance to sell Theo Walcott in January, regardless of his contract negotiations, will delay any possible move from Liverpool until the summer, although the player may yet receive offers from elsewhere with Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester City keen.

Young Lion: Tom Ince

In demand: Daniel Sturridge

Wanted: Blackpool's Tom Ince (left) and Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge (right)

Ince, 20, left Liverpool for 250,000 compensation in August last year and has 18 months left on his contract. He has attracted attention from other clubs but Liverpool are willing to pay the asking price.

Blackpool, who have signed Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas, 25, until January 1, have allowed another forward, Adda Djeziri, 24, to join Scunthorpe.

Hard to get: Theo Walcott may not be lured from Arsenal's clutches

Hard to get: Theo Walcott may not be lured from Arsenal's clutches

Kevin Davies quit Twitter after abuse gave him sleepless nights

Bolton talisman Davies quit Twitter after abuse gave him sleepless nights

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 14 November 2012

Kevin Davies has revealed Twitter abuse stopped him sleeping at night.

The Bolton striker – who hardly uses Twitter anymore – believes the social networking site is an unnecessary distraction that can play on the mind of young footballers.

'If it was me, I would advise not to go on it. I enjoyed my time on it because it gave you the opportunity to have conversations with fans and people and charities – that was fantastic.

Abuse: Kevin Davies (right) was forced to quit Twitter

Abuse: Kevin Davies (right) was forced to quit Twitter

'But when it gets to the point where you get abuse and stuff I think it can play on your mind, it can affect you.

'If you’re not sleeping at night wondering what you’re going to be waking up to, I don’t think you really gain anything out of being on there.'

Davies, who made his 600th career appearance in Wanderers’ 2-2 draw at Blackpool on Saturday, was an active participant on the social media site until May 2011.

The 34-year-old took exception to abusive messages aimed at himself and wife Emma and although he still uses his Twitter page, it is predominantly to retweet information on charitable causes.

Marvin Sordell was the subject of vile slurs on the site after claiming he was racially abused while warming up as a substitute during Bolton’s defeat against Millwall last month.

Abuse: Marvin Sordell was subjected to slurs on Twitter

Abuse: Marvin Sordell was subjected to slurs on Twitter

An offensive banner about the England Under-21 forward unfurled at the New Den last weekend in the wake of a 13-year-old fan being banned over the Sordell incident stands as the latest fall-out.]

On the barbs thrown his team-mate’s way, Davies said: 'I’ve heard a few things. I don’t really go on Twitter anymore so I can’t really comment. Not that Davies thinks Twitter is without its merits, having enjoyed the opportunity for fan interaction that the modern game often denies.

'When I was on there I had some great conversations with people,' he said.

'Sometimes after games you can’t sleep and you’re having random conversations with a fan – that side, I absolutely loved it.

'People say it’s only ‘the one per cent’ but one per cent of 180,000 people following me, that’s still a lot of stick to be getting.

'If you get family and things brought into it like that I just don’t think you need that in your life.'

Still going strong: Davies remained with Bolton despite their relegation

Still going strong: Davies remained with Bolton despite their relegation

In the wake of Bolton’s 5-0 FA Cup semi-final thrashing against Stoke in April 2011, seasoned-pro Davies found the slings and arrows difficult to deal with – making him ponder the detrimental effect of Twitter on younger players like Sordell.

He added: 'After semi-finals and stuff I was hurting and everyone else was, and it just comes to a point where you’re constantly checking, wondering if you’re getting stick.

'Why do you need that Just concentrate on your football. What you are gaining out of it as a 21 or 22-year I old, I don’t know.

'I came off it and I felt a big weight off my shoulders because you’re constantly having to wonder what you’re tweeting or having to justify yourself.'