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STEVEN REID: Liam Ridgewell went to a Justin Bieber gig… he didn't even have the excuse of taking his kids – he went with one of the other West Brom lads!

PUBLISHED:

10:01 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:16 GMT, 11 March 2013

Steven Reid

Steven Reid is the kind of player everyone wants in their team. He played on with a fractured leg at the Emirates this season and took it upon himself to thrash things out with Peter Odemwingie following the striker's decision to drive to QPR on transfer deadline day. He has just celebrated his 32nd birthday and is now hoping his West Brom team can qualify for Europe… even if some of his team-mates are going to Justin Bieber concerts. Before you read his Footballers' Football Column, watch his video…

Footballer's Football Column: Steven Reid, West Brom

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I didn't know it at the time that I was playing with a broken leg against Arsenal. It happened after about 10 minutes when our keeper, Boaz Myhill, cleaned me out. I knew straightaway that I had a problem. His knee has hit my knee, which was my first concern.

I was struggling for the rest of the half. Then a penalty was given against me (following a 'tackle' on Santi Cazorla) and in my own head at least I thought: 'There's no way I'm coming off now.'

When you have just given a penalty away
and then you come off… you want to stay on the pitch and turn it
around, especially with 60,000 people watching you.

Taking a tumble: Santi Cazorla (19) goes down after a challenge from Steven Reid

Taking a tumble: Santi Cazorla (19) goes down after a challenge from Steven Reid

Penalty: Arsenal are awarded a penalty after Cazorla goes down after a challenge by Reid, who was playing with a fractured leg

Penalty: Arsenal are awarded a penalty after Cazorla goes down after a challenge by Reid, who was playing with a fractured leg

I didn't have anything done at half-time. I was too annoyed about the penalty decision. I went out in the second half and, to be honest, it didn't really affect me too much. I wasn't that conscious of it.

But for two days afterwards, I couldn't walk on it.

I went for an X-ray which didn't show up anything. Then I had a scan and that shows the bone in greater definition and it came up as a fracture and I ended up being five or six weeks out.

Failed move: Peter Odemwingie could not secure his transfer away from West Brom on deadline day

Failed move: Peter Odemwingie could not secure his transfer away from West Brom on deadline day

Starting out: Reid played for Millwall alongside Tim Cahill and Neil Harris in 2001

Starting out: Reid played for Millwall alongside Tim Cahill and Neil Harris in 2001

Irish eyes: Reid won 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland

Irish eyes: Reid won 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland

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Obviously when you are out for that long, you get the chance to watch a few games and
I went and sat with the West Brom fans at Wigan. I was under cover, a
big woolly hat covering my face, a big coat on. I was trying to keep
under the radar.

You don't
get to sit with the supporters too often, going to a game as a fan, it
gives you a different perspective. I didn't sing along with the songs –
but then I also shied away from giving the players a bit of stick.

I have played in different positions over my career, but I consider myself a right back now.
I'd like to think I could do a job in midfield if there was an injury
crisis but I feel that I have developed that side of my play.

Roy Hodgson was good for us, he did wonders for us. I was learning the defensive side of my game under him. I'm happy to play there.

Since the time I've been here the club has evolved and pushed forwards, that is why we are doing so well. They are getting a better quality of player, the right sort of player.

For example, G-Mac (Gareth McAuley) has been sensational since he arrived. He trains every day the way he plays every game – especially coming from the Championship because he hadn't played much Premier League football.

There are a few lads who have been here for a long time – such as James Morrison – he's arguably our player of the season.
The scouting department isn't going to go out and spend massive money
but we have brought in Claudio Yacob on a free. He's a tough
Argentine, a good character.

And then you have got the likes of Liam Ridgewell…he went to see Justin Bieber the other night! I'd like to offer up the fact that he went with his kids as an excuse – but he didn't…I think he went with George Thorne [West Brom's 20-year-old midfielder].

If we were to qualifying for Europe it would be an amazing achievement.
I was with Blackburn when we qualified for the UEFA Cup after finishing
sixth and it's one of the biggest achievements of my career.

It was a relatively small squad that we had at Blackburn, pretty much the same size as the one we have here at West Brom.

I think it would be the same here. When you are in it, it's tough.

Playing Thursday somewhere in Europe and then again on Sunday.

I don't think the fans get that. It's a
tiring week. It's one thing I can't have that you can't be tired if you
are playing three games in seven days. With the travel, it's hard.

Liam Ridgewell

Justin Bieber

Bieber-mania: Liam Ridgewell (left) went to a Justin Bieber (right) gig with Baggies team-mate George Thorne

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Gylfi Sigurdsson bid failed – Reading boss Brian McDermott

McDermott reveals failed deadline day move for Spurs midfielder Sigurdsson

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

12:38 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:00 GMT, 1 February 2013


Old boy: Gylfi Sigurdsson was a former Royals star

Old boy: Gylfi Sigurdsson was a former Royals star

Reading manager Brian McDermott failed in an attempt to sign Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson on transfer deadline day.

The Iceland international started his professional career with the Royals before moving to Hoffenheim in 2010 after impressing at the Madejski Stadium.

His stock continued to rise and after an impressive loan spell with Swansea last season, Tottenham signed him on a permanent deal in the summer but McDermott did his best to get him back in a blue and white shirt before the transfer deadline passed last night.

'We tried to bring him back. We had spoken to Spurs and we made three offers,' said McDermott, giving away that it was in fact Sigurdsson and not Blackpool's Tom Ince that his club were planning on paying a club-record fee for.

'I thought at one stage we had a real chance of doing a deal, but unfortunately, we couldn't manage to do it.

'Gylfi is a Tottenham player, but we've known him since he was 12-13 years old and it would have been great to bring him back.'

Tottenham boss Andrew Villas-Boas said Sigurdsson was happy to stay and fight for his place at White Hart Lane.

He said: 'Yeah obviously he’s a player that means a lot to Reading, from their academy. He’s a player that Brian appreciates and probably could have been a big boost for them. But he’s a player that we rate very highly, we brought him here after his amazing contribution for Swansea last year and he’s a player that we have high expectations for.

'Probably this season at the moment is not going to the level that he wants, but obviously the step is much more difficult than it was at Swansea last year. But he's a player that we believe a lot in, an d in his future here. We couldn’t allow him to leave.’

‘Players are happy when they play more but without disrespecting Reading, I think the ambitions for Tottenham are higher and I think the player appreciates that he has to overcome this tough environment where he lives – the competition that he faces to be in the team. And I think that’s what makes a player evolve in any circumstance.'

McDermott revealed on Tuesday that he
had lodged a bid for Ince, one of the most sought-after players in the
country, while he also signed Sheffield United striker Nick Blackman.

Benitez will have no more money to spend in the transfer window

Window of opportunity closing for Benitez as Chelsea tighten the purse-strings

By
Ben Rumsby, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

15:44 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:03 GMT, 29 January 2013

Rafael Benitez today admitted he does not think Chelsea will give him any more money to spend before the transfer window closes.

Interim Blues boss Benitez confirmed last week he had told owner Roman Abramovich that his squad was not strong enough to cope with the unprecedented fixture pile-up facing them this season.

But he appears to have given up hope of being allowed to add to the January signing of Demba Ba before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Benitez admits there are no more funds for transfers

The well runs dry: Benitez admits there are no more funds for transfers

Benitez isn't expecting to add any signings to Demba Ba

No more: Benitez isn't expecting to add any signings to Demba Ba

David Moyes is said to be a possible replacement for the manager next season

On the way out: David Moyes is said to be a possible replacement for the manager next season

Asked if he anticipated any movement in the final 48 hours of the window, he said: 'I don’t think so but my job is to improve my squad and manage the situation we have.'

Abramovich and the board’s reluctance to back Benitez in the transfer market will reinforce the view that he has become a dead man walking at Stamford Bridge just over two months after succeeding Roberto Di Matteo.

It is understood there is currently no prospect of him losing his job before his contract expires this summer but reports persist that the club are already actively discussing replacing him next season.

Benitez shrugged off the speculation, which has included Everton boss David Moyes being linked with his job.

'My position is exactly the same,” he said, confirming he had held talks with technical director Michael Emenalo in the wake of Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round draw at Brentford.

'I was speaking about football with Michael Emenalo, as normal.

'I will try to do my job as well as I can, and try to do my best every game.'

Didier Drogba turns down Chelsea return to sign for Galatasaray

EXCLUSIVE: Drogba turns down stunning offer to REJOIN Chelsea as under-fire Abramovich tries to win back the fans

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

16:44 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:52 GMT, 28 January 2013

Didier Drogba will turn down a sensational approach to return to Chelsea and sign an 18-month contract with Galatasaray.

Sportsmail can reveal that Roman Abramovich gave the go-ahead last week to offer Drogba a deal until the end of the season, with an option for a further year.

Incredibly the talks were so far advanced that Chelsea were convinced that the man who delivered the European Cup last season was on the brink of signing before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

It also appears that after unexpectedly re-signing Ashley Cole on a one-year deal last week, Chelsea are embarking on a major charm offensive supporters.

They were furious with Rafa Benitez yesterday as they drew 2-2 in the FA Cup at League One side Brentford at Griffin Park and chanted ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’.

Terms on the deal had been offered to Drogba — who joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in May — and there was a huge emotional pull to return to Stamford Bridge.

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Champions League trophy: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the trophy

Champions League trophy: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the trophy

He won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and his Chelsea career ended with that glorious finale against Bayern Munich in the Allianz-Arena in May last year.

Chelsea offered him a year’s extension on reduced terms at the time, but Drogba, 34, decided to quit after lifting the Champions League.

helsea have been struggling without him this season and Fernando Torres, who scored yesterday, is still struggling for form.

Drogba, whose family still live in Surrey and whose children attend Chelsea’s academy, has been training with his old team-mates ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and they initially began teasing him that he wanted to return.

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

Despite the temptation to relive the glory years with his former team-mates, he will guarantee Champions League football by signing for Galatasaray.

The big-spending Turkish side, who recruited former Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder last week, expect to announce the deal for Drogba this week.

Galatasary face Schalke in the European Cup next month and the lure of playing in the competition he won last season proved too much.

Liverpool apologise to Fulham over Clint Dempsey tapping-up affair

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool issue grovelling apology to Fulham over Dempsey tapping-up affair

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UPDATED:

00:10 GMT, 12 December 2012

Liverpool have made a grovelling apology to Fulham over the tapping-up of Clint Dempsey in the summer.

A statement from Fulham, expected today, will confirm that in return the club have dropped their complaint to the Premier League over the affair.

The peace deal came only after a personal visit by Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner to Craven Cottage chairman Mohamed Al Fayed was followed up by a letter from Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre admitting that the club’s behaviour ‘was wrong’ and ‘simply never should have occurred’.

Centre of attention: Dempsey was courted by Liverpool in summer

Centre of attention: Dempsey was courted by Liverpool in summer

The letter, sent last Friday, confirms that a meeting took place between Werner and Fayed, during which the former apologised for Liverpool’s actions regarding Dempsey last summer.

Fulham blame Liverpool for unsettling the player and creating the circumstances that led to his move to Tottenham on transfer-deadline day.

Ayre wrote: 'Please also consider this letter from me to be an additional expression of sincere regret and apology from our club to your club for our actions last summer. Our club can do better and we pledge that it will.'

Fulham’s official complaint followed a series of clumsy bulletins from Liverpool and their owners, the Fenway Sports Group. The first was an announcement on the FSG website that Liverpool had signed Dempsey from Fulham.

This was followed by an interview on the
Liverpool website with manager Brendan Rogers, in which he talked of
the USA forward in glowing terms.

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Finally, pictures of Liverpool's new strip with Dempsey's name on the back were published.

The 29-year-old had been on a summer break in America when the FSG announcement was made, and Fulham’s complaint to the Premier League intimated that their relationship with the player who was last season’s top scorer had not recovered from that point.

Dempsey did not officially go on strike, but told Fulham he wanted to leave.

The club considered he was becoming a bad influence in the dressing room and he did not play a game for Fulham before signing for Tottenham.

On target: Dempsey scored in the recent defeat to Everton

On target: Dempsey scored in the recent defeat to Everton

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov ambling star lights up Premier League

As ambling Berbatov lights up the Premier League, here's 10 more strolling stars who bossed the big stage

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UPDATED:

14:32 GMT, 11 December 2012

Dimitar Berbatov has two speeds. Slow and slower.

The Fulham striker is a throwback to the days when strollers were all the rage, playing the game at their speed and a style of play that was more pipe and slippers than blood and thunder.

There aren’t many left in this modern age of speed and dynamism, but Berbatov is in imperious form and showing there is still a place for his ambling style.

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Berbatov signed for Tottenham in 2006 from German club Bayer Leverkusen and he scored 46 goals for Spurs,

Berbatov signed for Tottenham in 2006 from German club Bayer Leverkusen and he scored 46 goals for Spurs, including this penalty against Chelsea in the 2008 Carling Cup Final, before moving to Old Trafford in 2008

The Bulgarian signed for Manchester United on transfer deadline day in 2008 for a fee of 30million but he fell down the pecking order,

The Bulgarian signed for Manchester United on transfer deadline day in 2008 for a fee of 30million but he eventually fell down the pecking order, despite occasional flashes of brilliance such as this overhead kick against Liverpool

Berbatov has scored five goals this season since moving to Martin Jol's Fulham

Berbatov has scored five goals this season since moving to Martin Jol's Fulham

On a bad day, it would be described as being lazy, but former Manchester United striker Berbatov is having plenty of good days.

He’s a luxury player on top of his
game and he got us thinking of football’s other wandering minstrels. So
here are ten we have loved; let us know if you think of any others in
the comments below.

Matt Le Tissier

Criticised for playing a pass and then standing to admire it, he was good at both. Southampton’s ultimate stroller never left the South Coast, which implied he lacked ambition. But he is revered by Saints fans for his loyalty – like Sir Trevor Brooking at West Ham.

One club men are rare these days, but Le Tissier’s record of 162 league goals in 443 games suggests he was more than passing trend. He could pay and he could stroll.

Le Tissier spent his entire career at Southampton, scoring 162 league goals during his 16 years at the club

Le Tissier spent his entire career at Southampton, scoring 162 league goals during his 16 years at the club

The Guernsey-born forward retired in 2002 having made just eight appearances for England

The Guernsey-born forward retired in 2002 having made just eight appearances for England

Le Tissier's wonder goal against Newcastle in 1993

George Graham

The man they called stroller became a title-winning manager at Arsenal who earned a reputation for his discipline and Seargent Major style. It was at odds with his reputation as a player.

Journalist James Mossop once wrote of Graham’s playing style: ‘Stroller was a famous Scottish footballer who acquired that name through his gentle touch – a tender caressing of the ball as he stroked it around the pitches of the world with an art of his own.’

Graham’s playing career took him strolling from Aston Villa to Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Portsmouth, Crystal Palace and, finally, to the California Surf.

Graham scored 60 goals during his six years with Arsenal and later went on to manage the Gunners

Graham scored 60 goals during his six years with Arsenal and later went on to manage the Gunners

He was part of Arsenal's double-winning team of 1971, a feat the Gunners repeated in 1998 and 2002

He was part of Arsenal's first ever double-winning team in 1971, a feat the Gunners repeated in 1998 and 2002

Stan Bowles

He’s best summed up in his own words. I was renowned for being arrogant. I wasn't really. I just knew what I was doing on the pitch. When I was on my game I felt unstoppable and I let them know.

I'd go past a fella trying to tackle me, look back at him and say, “Come on, get up, I'll let you have another go”’.

Stan had flair and talent and took his skills from Manchester City to Bury, Crewe, Calrilse, QPr – where he made his name and played in 315 league games – Nottingham Forest, Leyton Orient and Brentford.

He played only five times for England and was similar to Le Tissier in that he was mistrusted by his peers.

Bowles spent seven years at QPR and was part of arguably their greatest ever team when they finished runners-up in 1975/76

Bowles spent seven years at QPR and was part of arguably their greatest ever team when they finished runners-up in 1975/76

What a player: Bowles with model Jenny Clarke in 1976

What a player: Bowles with model Jenny Clarke in 1976

Glenn Hoddle

A brilliant playmaker for Spurs and Monaco, Hoddle was a bit
more than a stroller, but – like Berbatov – he could be annoyingly frustrating
and fade in and out of games.

Hoddle could chip the ball beautifully and scored
a series of sensational goals, played out on Match of the Day, including one
chip of Watford goalkeeper Steve Sherwood that became one of his most famous
strikes.

He later managed England and appeared on Top of the Pops. But the less
said about that, the better.

Hoddle spent 12 years at Spurs and was part of the 1981 FA Cup winning team

Hoddle spent 12 years at Spurs and was part of the 1981 FA Cup winning team

Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle on Top of the Pops

Jan Molby

He was brilliant inside the centre circle… and didn’t seem to go much further than that. He was the Berbatov of the midfield, the Berbatov of the 80s.

But if you look at the video below, you will see he could travel too – with a stunning run the length of the field and a screamer of a finish.

Maybe it’s this run that took so much out of him that he didn’t move much after it. Played over 200 league games for Liverpool before moving to Swansea, where he also managed. Also had spells at Hull and Kidderminster.

Molby joined Liverpool in 1984 and scored 44 league goals in his 12-year spell at Anfield

Molby joined Liverpool in 1984 and he scored 44 league goals in his 12-year spell at Anfield

John Sheridan

Leeds and Republic of Ireland midfielder, who could pass and stroll with the best of them. Showed the best form of his career at Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday in a career that took him strolling around to Manchester City, Forest, Birmingham, Bolton, Doncaster and Oldham too.

Sheridan also played 34 times for his country. He has also managed Oldham and Chesterfield.

Sheridan spent seven years at Sheffield Wednesday and scored a rocket against Manchester United in the 1991 League Cup Final

Sheridan spent seven years at Sheffield Wednesday and scored a rocket against Manchester United in the 1991 League Cup Final

Sheridan's winner in the 1991 League Cup Final

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sweden’s favourite stroller, who recently destroyed England with four goals including his sensational propeller kick. He plays when he wants… and sometimes if he wants, he can really play.

We all know the CV: he’s strolled from Sweden to Holland to Italy to Spain, back to Italy and now to France and has wandered around (and produced explosive skills) for Malmo, Ajax, Juve, Inter, Barca, Milan and PSG .

Ibrahimovic has played for some of Europe's top clubs including Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan and now Paris Saint Germain

Ibrahimovic has played for some of Europe's top clubs including Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan and now Paris Saint Germain

Zlatan has scored 39 goals for Sweden in 85 caps including the overhead kick from 40 yards against England in November

Zlatan has scored 39 goals for Sweden in 85 caps including the overhead kick from 40 yards against England in November

Liam Brady

The brilliant Arsenal No7 was more than a stroller, but he could stroll. So we included him in our list. Brady played for four Italian clubs, including Juventus and Inter and they loved his style of play.

We did too. He finished his career at West Ham, playing 89 league games there. He strolled a lot at West Ham as his career drew to a close.

He then tried management at Celtic and Brighton, but that didn’t work out. He tried to be an agent, but that didn’t work out, either.

Brady scored 43 league goals in his seven years with the Gunners before moving to Juventus in 1980

Brady scored 43 league goals in his seven years with the Gunners before moving to Juventus in 1980

Adel Taarabt

QPR’s modern-day Stan Bowles. Taarabt has all the skills, but sometimes he doesn’t show them all the time.

When QPR were in the Championship, Jamie Redknapp once wrote of him: ‘Get along to see Adel Taarabt of QPR; there isn't a better footballer outside the Barclays Premier League.'

He sometimes needs a ball of his own, which is why Spurs let him go, but the Moroccan is a magician. Where does he play Everywhere! His positional discipline is not the best, but he has dazzling skills.

Moroccan Taarabt joined QPR in 2009 on loan from Tottenham

Moroccan Taarabt joined QPR in 2009 on loan from Tottenham and he was instrumental in Rangers' promotion season before moving to Loftus Road on a permanent deal in 2010

Gordan Cowans

We can hear the complaints. How can you have Gordon Cowans on the same list as Zlatan Well, Gordon could stroll too and was good at it for Aston Villa and England.

Graham Taylor once picked him for England, ahead of Paul Gascoigne.

But that didn’t end well. Cowans was a playmaker and could slow down the game with his passing skill during his career which saw him take his mullet hairstyle to Villa (three times!), Bari, Derby, Wolves, Sheffield United, Bradford, Stockport and Burnley.

Cowans had three spells at Aston Villa and he also played for Blackburn, Wolves, Derby and Sheffield United

Cowans had three spells at Aston Villa and he also played for Blackburn, Wolves, Derby and Sheffield United

Joey Barton has TV presenters in stitches with comedy French accent

Game for a laugh! Barton has TV presenters in stitches with comedy French accent

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UPDATED:

13:49 GMT, 27 November 2012

The immediate reactions across the
nation would have been mixed.

Stunned silence, head-in-hands, a wry
smile and maybe a few belly laughs.

But not even the professional
broadcasters inside the Sky Sports News studio could hold it together as
they showed footage of Joey Barton's cringing French accent live on
air.

VIDEO: WATCH JOEY BARTON'S HILARIOUS FRENCH ACCENT

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The footage of Barton, who is on loan
at Marseille from QPR, in a press conference became a viral sensation
over the internet on Monday and caused presenter Kirsty Gallacher to
hide behind paper notes on the desk to try and mask her laughing.
Co-presenter Jim White didn't seem to help.

The transfer deadline day favourite
reacted by going into his own French accent which did little to calm the
giggles that had got the better of Gallacher.

White is arguably more convincing
with his take on the accent and using it was keen to point out to Barton
that he is a long way off mastering the French language.

Gaffe: Joey Barton spoke in a French accent at the press conference after his league debut for Marseille

Gaffe: Joey Barton spoke in a French accent at the press conference after his league debut for Marseille

Funny side: Sky Sports News presenter Jim White

Funny side: Sky Sports News presenter Jim White

White said (in a French accent): 'The
thing is Kirsty, is I think Joey thinks by talking like that by going
up at the end of every sentence and doing the shoulder bit he is
actually speaking French. But Joey, you're actually not.'

Barton's accent has already been
compared to Steve McClaren's Dutch accent which was quickly adopted by
the Twente boss shortly after joining the club during his first spell in
charge in 2008, following his dismissal as England boss just months
before.

VIDEO: Kirsty and Jim can't help but have a laugh!

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Links have also been made with 'Allo! 'Allo! character Officer Crabtree.

Barton responded on Twitter soon after his accent video emerged.

The midfielder said: 'Steve MaClaren
(sic) eat your heart out…'In my defence, it is very difficult to do a
press conference in Scouse for a room full of French journalists. The
alternative is to speak..like a 'Allo Allo!' character which is choose.
Its simply a case of you had to be there. #youstupidwomen!'

Applause: Barton is on loan to the French team from British side QPR

Applause: Barton is on loan to the French team from British side QPR

Oh 'Allo! Barton sounded alarmingly like Officer Crabtree from the hit television series

VIDEO: WATCH STEVE MCCLAREN SPEAK IN A FAUX DUTCH ACCENT

Joey Barton wants Marseille stay

On-loan Barton desperate for Marseille stay (… and your probably not alone, Joey)

PUBLISHED:

22:21 GMT, 13 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:21 GMT, 13 November 2012

Joey Barton wants to make his loan move to Marseille permanent.

The midfielder moved to the Ligue 1 club on transfer deadline day, putting a temporary end to his turbulent spell at Loftus Road.

French fancy: Barton has enjoyed his stint with Marseille

French fancy: Barton has enjoyed his stint with Marseille

'I still have a lot of respect for my team-mates,' he said.

'I do not play for money but for my club. If I were the one to decide, I would stay at Marseille.'

Didier Drogba move to Liverpool set to be thwarted

Liverpool set to be thwarted in attempt to bring Drogba back to England on loan

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21:55 GMT, 27 October 2012

Wanted man: Drogba

Wanted man: Drogba

Liverpool have explored the possibility of bringing Didier Drogba to Anfield on a two-month loan when the Chinese season ends next month in a bid to solve their striking crisis – but look like being defeated by red tape.

Drogba finishes his season with Shanghai Shenhua next month and will return to England for two months of training before heading off the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast in January.

Drogba will train with a Premier League club to keep in shape in November and December – but would need permission from his Chinese club to play and would need additional permission from the Premier League Board to join a club outside the transfer window.

Red tape: The striker is unlikely to join Liverpool

Red tape: The striker is unlikely to join Liverpool

Liverpool, who failed to sign Clint Dempsey on the August transfer deadline day after having loaned Andy Carroll to West Ham, would view the possibility of signing Drogba as a potential short term solution until they make a permanent move for a striker in January.

But the contractual issues of playing in England and the additional burden of receiving permission from the Premier League to recruit a player outside of the transfer window is likely to make it difficult to process the move in time.

Theo Walcott could be offloaded by Arsenal in January

No new contract offer for Walcott… and Arsenal could offload forward in January

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22:34 GMT, 24 October 2012

Theo Walcott's future has been plunged into deeper uncertainty after he was excluded from a contract renewal drive.

And the Gunners are preparing to offload the forward in January if a resolution to his contract dispute cannot be found.

Arsenal chiefs have started a concentrated effort to sign a number of their first-team stars to new deals.

Out in the cold: Theo Walcott

Out in the cold: Theo Walcott

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Emmanuel Frimpong are all in line for improved contracts, having held recent talks with the club.

But another round of formal talks over fresh terms for Walcott have not begun – casting a huge shadow over his future in north London.

Walcott, whose contract expires at the end of the season, rejected a five-year deal worth 75,000-per-week in August.

And the club were preparing to sell the England international before the summer transfer deadline, before a training ground summit between manager Arsene Wenger and Walcott ended with the forward committing his short-term future to the club.

Fresh-faced: Arsene Wenger brought Walcott to Arsenal in 2006

Fresh-faced: Arsene Wenger brought Walcott to Arsenal in 2006

Walcott told Wenger he wanted to stay at the Emirates Stadium, but was not prepared to sign the contract offered to him – wanting a pay deal worth closer to 100,000-per-week.

However, it is understood Arsenal chiefs are unwilling to stretch any further, with discussions now at deadlock.

Wenger is still hopeful of tying Walcott down to a new deal, but is in agreement the club should not increase their offer.

But the club are ready to sell Walcott in January to ensure they do not lose him for nothing next summer if he does not sign.

The Gunners manager already feels he has a ready-made replacement for Walcott in highly-rated youngster Serge Gnarby, while he is also interested in Crystal Palace teenager Wilfried Zaha.

Walcott is wanted by Liverpool and Chelsea, while Juventus – who could sign the ex-Southampton man on a pre-contract at the start of next year – are also interested.