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Jack Wilshere to sign 20m five-year deal to stay at Arsenal

Jack's 20m Christmas present: Wilshere agrees five-year deal to stay at Arsenal

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UPDATED:

22:39 GMT, 15 December 2012

Jack Wilshere will provide a huge boost to ailing Arsenal — and under-pressure manager Arsene Wenger — by signing a 20million, five-year contract in the next month.

And the 20-year-old England midfielder — the country’s brightest young talent — has vowed that the new generation of Arsenal players will bring the glory days back to a club who have now gone seven-and-a-half years without a trophy.

Wilshere, who expects very soon to agree terms on the new deal, including a starting salary of 80,000 a week and staged pay rises, has also revealed that he wants to captain the club one day, indicating his commitment to a long-term career at Arsenal.

Sign me up: Jack Wilshere will remain an Arsenal player after agreeing a bumper new deal

Sign me up: Jack Wilshere will remain an Arsenal player after agreeing a bumper new deal

With 19-year-old winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expected to follow suit soon by signing his own new deal, the news will cheer Arsenal after a dismal week in which they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by League Two side Bradford City.

Wilshere said: ‘I’m talking to the club and I will probably be committing my future to them in the next couple of weeks. I know the team are going through a bad spell at the moment but that’s like any team. That’s not a problem for me nor is it a problem if the fans are booing us. We have to change that ourselves.’

His commitment is a significant coup for Arsenal after the recent departures of Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, and with Theo Walcott’s future after next summer in doubt. But Wilshere believes that he has time on his side as Arsenal attempt to become title challengers again.

Ones for the future: Wilshere (centre) believes the current crop, which features Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (second left), and the experience of Per Mertesacker (second right) and Lukas Podolski (right) will challenge for the title in years to come

Ones for the future: Wilshere (centre) believes the current crop, which features Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (second left), and the experience of Per Mertesacker (second right) and Lukas Podolski (right) will challenge for the title in years to come

He said: ‘Over the past few years the top players have probably thought they don’t see a bright future at Arsenal but it’s different for them. They were a bit older than me. I’m 20. I’ve still got a long way to go in my career. Players like Robin are older and maybe he thought: “I haven’t got time any more”. We’ve got other young players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs. In the next three or four years they can become top players and we can challenge for everything.

‘With young players, there is an enthusiasm that you don’t get with older ones. It’s natural that you feel excited about the future. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not just going to happen. We will have to work hard. We’re not where we want to be yet.’

Wilshere’s aim is to stay at the club for the long term and he even hopes that one day he will be lifting trophies as Arsenal captain. ‘I’d like to captain the club one day,’ he said. ‘I’ve been here since I was nine and I know the traditions and have been in the first team since I was young. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m ready now, but one day, maybe, I’d like to captain the club.’

Showing his displeasure: Arsene Wenger fumes at Valley Parade

Showing his displeasure: Arsene Wenger fumes at Valley Parade

Despite the unprecedented scrutiny Arsenal’s manager has come under in the wake of the Capital One Cup exit, Wilshere remains confident that Wenger, whose contract ends in 2014, is the best man for the club. ‘Every year we’ve been in the Champions League and there’s no other manager has done that,’ he said.

‘He’s built a legacy at this club. He came in 16 years ago and he changed everything. He brought the passing game to Arsenal and he’s been great to me. He showed great faith in me when I was young and stuck with me after my injury. So, for me, there’s no question he’s the right man for the job.

‘When you have a few bad results I don’t think you can start blaming the manager. The players have to look at themselves. It’s not the manager’s fault.’

Wilshere, who was talking at an EA Sports FIFA 13 Ultimate Team event, has revealed Wenger has rebuked his players at times in frustration after recent poor performances.

‘He gets angry if we don’t perform and he’s entitled to if players are not pulling their weight.

In the eye of the storm: Wilshere is disconsolate after Arsenal's defeat at Bradford

In the eye of the storm: Wilshere is disconsolate after Arsenal's defeat at Bradford

‘The way we played at Bradford, the manager deserved to be angry and upset. We knew it was going to be a tough game. It’s difficult for the foreign players, especially in their first season, to come here and know what playing Bradford away is going to be like. Maybe you think Bradford away is going to be easy but, trust me, it’s not. It’s quicker and maybe even more intense than the Premier League. They get up to you and close you down and maybe the foreign players don’t understand that. But they’ll adapt and learn.’

He added that he understands why fans have booed the team, notably after the 2-0 home defeat against Swansea two weeks ago. ‘We understand the fans’ frustration,’ he said. ‘They’re paying their money and if we’re not performing, they boo. We shouldn’t be losing games at home with the team we’ve got. We were disappointing in the Swansea game and deserved to be booed.

Champions Leagues hopes: Arsenal find out their opponents on Thursday

Champions Leagues hopes: Arsenal find out their opponents on Thursday

‘But our season’s not over. The Capital
One Cup was not one of our main targets. Obviously it’s nice to get a
trophy and we wanted to win it. It hurts a lot that we’re out but it’s
only December — there’s a long way to go and we’re still in the
Champions League and FA Cup. We’re a bit far behind in the Premier
League but football changes quickly. If we win three games and another
team lose a couple and draw one, we’re back in it.

‘We’re in the Champions League. That’s going to be difficult but we know we can beat anyone over two games. In the FA Cup we’ve got a hard game against Swansea but if we win that and a few big teams lose, then, in cup football, anything can happen.

‘With Chelsea last year, no one would have said at the stage they were at in December that they could win the Champions League. But they got a bit of luck and, with that in your favour, you never know what can happen in that competition.’

Wilshere concedes Arsenal’s seven-and-a-half year wait for a major trophy has placed an added burden on the team. ‘It’s something we have to change. It’s there and it just adds to the pressure,’ said Wilshere.

‘It’s too long for a club like Arsenal. We should be winning things. We used to in the past and there’s no reason we can’t in the future. We’ve got good players. Maybe there’s a mental block that we need to get over and, once we get our first trophy, then it will all start to happen for us.’

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Arsene Wenger rues sale of Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas

Wenger rues selling stars Nasri, Fabregas and Van Persie as quest for silverware goes on

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17:48 GMT, 12 December 2012

Manager Arsene Wenger will always regret not being able to realise the potential of his Arsenal squad over the past two years when key men were sold.

Arsenal’s quest for a first trophy since 2005 suffered another blow last night when they were beaten on penalties by npower League Two Bradford at Valley Parade in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

After guiding Arsenal to earlier great success, Wenger’s plans to build a team capable of sustaining a challenge for honours were shattered by the departures of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Alex Song.

Rueful: Arsene Wenger regrets selling star men over the past couple of years

Rueful: Arsene Wenger regrets selling star men over the past couple of years

In a wide-ranging interview with the January edition of Four Four Two magazine, conducted before yesterday’s loss at Bradford, Wenger admits there will always be a sense of what might have been if the club had been able to retain their talent.

'My regret is that we already had a great team two or three years ago which could compete on four fronts,' Wenger said.

'We just missed out in the Champions League [last 16 tie] against Barcelona, when we could have scored in the last minute, and then we just missed out on the Premier League too.

'But you could feel the potential was there, and I thought, ‘Okay, let’s do this together’. Then the team split up, sometimes after five or six years’ work, it is frustrating, you have to start all over again.'

Wenger added: 'We have lost recent players earlier in their careers – to lose Van Persie, Fabregas, Nasri and Song in just two years, it is a massive amount of potential, of course you worry.'

Following Arsenal’s decision to leave Highbury in 2006 for the 60,000-seater Emirates Stadium, the north London club found themselves having to battle the financial commitments to the move as well as the seemingly bottomless pockets of rivals including Manchester City and Chelsea.

Wenger turned 63 in October and his position has come under increasing scrutiny this season.

The
Frenchman, whose contract runs until June 2014, feels he must remain
true to the values he inherited when taking over more than a decade ago.

Out: Samir Nasri left for Manchester City last summer

Out: Samir Nasri left for Manchester City last summer

Him too: Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (right) left at the same time as Nasri, but for Barcelona

Him too: Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (right) left at the same time as Nasri, but for Barcelona

He said: 'I am not saying I never made mistakes. I was fortunate to work for this club for 16 years and I hope I respected the traditions of this club.

'I feel fortunate, but I think somewhere as well I tried at least pay the club back with the trust they had in me.'

Arsenal have long championed their self-sustaining business model.

And another one: Robin van Persie was the highest goalscorer in the Premier League last season, but was allowed to leave for Manchester United

And another one: Robin van Persie was the highest goalscorer in the Premier League last season, but was allowed to leave for Manchester United

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis maintains it is a philosophy which will give Arsenal an edge on the pitch, with UEFA’s financial fair play regulations soon to kick in.

'Let’s be clear – we don’t see Champions League qualification as enough, we are proud of our record, but we want to do more, and we will,' Gazidis told Four Four Two.

'Irrespective of financial fair play’s impact, we will be among the top five most financially powerful clubs in the world by 2014, that is when we will really start competing.'

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Harry Redknapp calls on Les Ferdinand and Clive Allen for QPR: EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVE: Old Rs Ferdinand and Allen called in to help Redknapp's rescue mission

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UPDATED:

01:40 GMT, 3 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is considering handing Les Ferdinand and Clive Allen places on his Queens Park Rangers backroom team.

The duo worked with the QPR manager at Tottenham and the 65-year-old boss is plotting a reunion at Loftus Road as he continues to put his stamp on the relegation-threatened club.

Redknapp has already added Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan to his staff, though their appointments will not be officially confirmed until Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki’s departures are approved.

Sign them up: Harry Redknapp is piecing together his backroom staff at QPR

Sign them up: Harry Redknapp is piecing together his backroom staff at QPR

Should Ferdinand and Allen join Redknapp, it would signal returns to the club for the two former favourites.

Ferdinand spent 12 years at Loftus Road, scoring 80 goals, while fellow striker Allen hit the net 40 times in 87 games for Rangers.

If Redknapp was under any illusion about the enormity of the task facing him in trying to keep QPR in the Premier League, a biblical message from Joe Royle quickly reminded him.

‘Joe Royle sent me a text saying keeping us up would be like turning water into wine or feeding the 5,000 or something,’ said Redknapp. ‘I have never read the Bible but he meant it would be a miracle. We will try but it is going to be hard.’

Royle was speaking from a position of experience, having fought top-flight relegation battles with Oldham in the early Nineties.

QPR are still waiting for their first win of the season after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa, when Jamie Mackie cancelled out an early effort by Brett Holman.

Incoming: Les Ferdinand

Incoming: Les Ferdinand and Clive Allen have been approached by Redknapp

Incoming: Les Ferdinand and Clive Allen have been approached

Redknapp said: ‘Not winning causes anxiety, it always does when you are bottom of the league.

‘Football is like life — it is about confidence. When things are going well, you win games and you come off and think, “We were rubbish today but we won again”.

'Sometimes, like us at the moment, you play well and come off and can’t get a win.’

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Davide Santon says Newcastle worried about Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan on returns

Santon admits Newcastle are worried about threat of returning stars Carroll and Nolan

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18:29 GMT, 10 November 2012

Davide Santon and his defensive colleagues have been put on red alert as Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan head back to Newcastle.

The pair, who proved so destructive in black and white shirts as the Magpies fought their way back into the Barclays Premier League, are now back in harness at West Ham, who visit St James' Park tomorrow.

They will need no introduction to the current crop of Newcastle players, and full-back Santon knows stopping them could prove the key to the home side's chances of extending their five-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Clucky return Kevin Nolan might unleash his celebration on Sunday

Clucky return Kevin Nolan might unleash his celebration on Sunday

The 21-year-old Italian said: 'West Ham will be a difficult game. They have some good players.

'They have Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, so we have to be careful.

'It is very important for us to win the game. We are only playing for a win.

'We have to stop them. We know they are coming here to score. However, we know we have a great defence here. We have a great team and we can stop them.'

Carroll and Nolan both left the club in controversial circumstances, the former in exchange for a staggering 35million from Liverpool and the latter after his hopes of securing a new long-term deal were dashed.

But while midfielder Nolan has gone from strength to strength at Upton Park, where he arrived in June last year, Carroll has joined him by a circuitous route.

The 23-year-old found himself surplus to requirements at Anfield in the wake of new manager Brendan Rodgers' appointment and, having been linked with a move back to Newcastle, eventually joined the Hammers on loan for the season in August.

But while both played key roles during their time on Tyneside, Alan Pardew's men have gone from strength to strength since their respective departures and finished fifth in the league last season to earn a return to European football.

Way back when: Nolan and Andy Carroll playing for Newcastle

Way back when: Nolan and Andy Carroll playing for Newcastle

Indeed, they very nearly gatecrashed the top four and the race for Champions League qualification, and that remains an ambition.

Santon said: 'Last year, we had a really big chance to get there.

'We finished fifth in the end, but we have a very good team and have a good chance of getting there.

'We just have to get back into the winning mentality every game. We are in a great position to move forward.'

Newcastle are yet to produce their best form on a consistent basis so far this season, but are unbeaten since they lost 3-0 at home to Manchester United on October 7.

They extended that run in Belgium on Thursday evening when, after carelessly conceding twice to Club Brugge within the opening 19 minutes, they fought back to claim a draw which edged them closer to the knockout stage of the Europa League.

Careful now: Davide Santon (left) knows Newcastle have to watch out for their former stars

Careful now: Davide Santon (left) knows Newcastle have to watch out for their former stars

Santon said: 'I think it was better that neither ourselves nor Brugge won the other night. It is better for our mentality.

'We can still get through in Europe, but we are now ready to win tomorrow.

'This game is very important. We have a lot of confidence and we can win. Now we have to focus on the Premier League again.'

However, Pardew will be without key men Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote through suspension, while full-back Danny Simpson remains a doubt with a shoulder problem.

Mike Williamson, who was withdrawn early from the 2-2 draw at the Jan Breydel Stadion, will start alongside Steven Taylor, who replaced him, in central defence, while Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba are likely to return.

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Crystal Palace reject Bolton approach for Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming

Crystal Palace reject Bolton approach for caretaker coaches Lawrence and Fleming

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10:37 GMT, 30 October 2012

New Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has revealed that Crystal Palace have turned down an approach from the Championship club for coaches Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming.

Freedman left Palace for the Reebok Stadium last week and is keen to bring his backroom team of Lawrence and Fleming with him.

But the duo are currently in caretaker charge at Selhurst Park and it is thought Palace are unwilling to negotiate their departures until they have found a new manager.

Bid: Freedman (above) hopes to be reunited with Lawrence (below right) and Fleming (below left)

Bid: Freedman (above) hopes to be reunited with Lawrence (below right) and Fleming (below left)

Bid: Freedman (above) hopes to be reunited with Lawrence (below right) and Fleming (below left)

'In Lennie and Curtis's situation, they [Palace] feel that, right now, it's not the right time to let them talk to us,' Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester.

'We've made the call and it's been rejected. We'll just watch this space.'

Freedman added: 'There's been discussions but I want to do it the correct way and the professional way.'

Perfect 10: Palace extended their unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at Leicester on Saturday

Perfect 10: Palace extended their unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at Leicester

Lawrence, 64, and Fleming, 44, have guided Palace to a win and a draw from their two games in caretaker charge so far, extending an unbeaten run that started under Freedman to 10 games.

Palace currently sit in fourth place in the Championship, 14 places and nine points clear of Bolton, who welcome Cardiff on Saturday in what will be Freedman's first game in charge.

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Bobby Julich leaves Team Sky for doping past

Sky reaffirm zero tolerance policy as coach Julich leaves team after admitting doping past

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16:27 GMT, 25 October 2012

Team Sky have announced the departure of race coach Bobby Julich after reaffirming their zero-tolerance policy to doping.

American Julich admitted to having taken a banned substance in the late 1990s during his racing career and his two-year spell at the British team has now come to an end.

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said: 'Bobby has shown courage in admitting to the errors he made long before his time with Team Sky.

Out: Bobby Julich, pictured during his racing days in 2006, will no longer be working at Team Sky

Out: Bobby Julich, pictured during his racing days in 2006, will no longer be working at Team Sky

'We understand that this is a difficult step for him and we've done our best to support him.

'It's important to emphasise that there have been no doubts about his work with us or his approach as a coach.

'He has done a good job and been a good colleague during his two years with us. Bobby has our best wishes for the future.

'We've made clear our commitment to being a clean team and been open about the steps we're taking.

'Although it's never easy to part, we believe this is the right thing to do.'

Julich worked closely with Briton Chris Froome, runner-up in the Tour de France to Bradley Wiggins.

Hard line: Team principal Dave Brailsford has said that Julich showed 'courage' in admitting to doping in the 1990s

Hard line: Team principal Dave Brailsford has said that Julich showed 'courage' in admitting to doping in the 1990s

Necessary: Team Sky rider Chris Froome (right) says that in order for the team to go forward, the likes of Julich are right to leave

Necessary: Team Sky rider Chris Froome (right) says that in order for the team to go forward, the likes of Julich are right to leave

Speaking at the launch of the 100th Tour on Wednesday, Froome predicted departures from the British team after Brailsford reiterated the zero-tolerance policy to doping in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

Froome told BBC Sport: 'That's going to be part of the losses the team has to make to be able to go forward.

'I wish it was that simple for everybody on the team. (But) we have staff and riders who rode in that time (the Lance Armstrong era).'

Brailsford and sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters are in the process of interviewing all riders and members of staff at Team Sky and asking them to sign a statement to confirm they have never been involved in doping.

Stained: Lance Armstrong was finally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for systematic doping

Stained: Lance Armstrong was finally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for systematic doping

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Giorgos Karagounis signs for Fulham

Greece captain Karagounis joins Fulham on free transfer

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UPDATED:

14:38 GMT, 11 September 2012

Fulham have signed midfielder Giorgos Karagounis until the end of this season.

The 35-year-old Greece captain joins on a free transfer, having been without a club since his contract with Panathinaikos ended earlier this year.

Fulham manager Martin Jol said: 'Giorgos Karagounis has a wealth of club and international experience and I'm happy that he's joined us for this season.'

Done deal: Karagounis has arrived at Craven Cottage on a free transfer

Done deal: Karagounis has arrived at Craven Cottage on a free transfer

The veteran, who has also played for Inter Milan and Benfica, will help to fill the void left at Fulham by the summer departures of Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele to Tottenham.

Karagounis told his new club's official website: 'I'm delighted to have signed for Fulham Football Club and I am excited by a new challenge in England and the Barclays Premier League.

Come in No 14: The Greece captain parades the Fulham shirt

Come in No 14: The Greece captain parades the Fulham shirt

'I'm looking forward to working under Martin Jol and playing alongside some fantastic players at this club.'

Manager
Jol added: 'Giorgos Karagounis has a wealth of club and international
experience and I'm happy that he's joined us for this season.

'He's
been an influential player for his club sides and is a renowned player
in world football as he's about to become the most-capped player for
Greece.

'He brings many certain qualities to our squad.'

Euro 2012 saw Karagounis earn a record-equalling 120th cap for Greece
before missing the outright record after being controversially suspended
for their quarter-final defeat to Germany.

He
has not played for his country since and was left out of the squad for
their opening World Cup qualifiers this month, ostensibly because he was
without a club.

Liverpool offered Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique and Jordan Henderson for Clint Dempsey

EXCLUSIVE: Rodgers offered to swap Enrique, Downing AND Henderson in failed Dempsey bid

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UPDATED:

05:38 GMT, 5 September 2012

Brendan Rodgers’ determination to land Clint Dempsey has been laid bare after it was revealed he attempted to broker the deal by offering several Liverpool stars in exchange.

Rodgers had agreed a swap in principle with Fulham for Jordan Henderson but it now appears that Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique were also mentioned as possible departures.

Escapee: Clint Dempsey moved to Spurs not Liverpool

Escapee: Clint Dempsey moved to Spurs not Liverpool

Swap deal: Stewart Downing considered as part of a deal for Dempsey

Swap deal: Stewart Downing considered as part of a deal for Dempsey

Agents circulated the players’ names to
rival Barclays Premier League clubs in the hope of raising the money
that would clinch a deal for the United States forward.

Liverpool’s manager was also attempting to land an experienced left back — either as a rival to Enrique or as his replacement — as the clock ticked down towards the end of the transfer window.

The moves came to nothing as Dempsey agreed a late switch to Tottenham, scuppering Rodgers’ attempt to land one of his prime targets of the summer.

However, Joe Allen, one of his main captures, said that his move to Anfield had given him confidence to perform at the highest level he can. ‘The level of faith shown in me has been flattering,’ said the 22-year-old midfielder.

Swap shop: Jordan Henderson

Up for grabs: Jose Enrique

Swap shop: Jordan Henderson (L) and Jose Enrique were offered to Fulham

‘It inspires me to go out and perform. From a confidence point of view, it’s been beneficial.

‘What I have seen is that you have to be confident, bordering on arrogant, and you see the difference it makes to the top players.

‘I told myself at the start of the season that I’m going to give it everything I can for club and country. I can’t really do any more.’

Blow: Brendan Rodgers was disappointed not to secure his targets in the transfer window

Blow: Brendan Rodgers was disappointed not to secure his targets in the transfer window

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Brendan Rodgers tried to swap Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique and Jordan Henderson for Clint Dempsey

EXCLUSIVE: Reds used Henderson, Enrique and Downing in Dempsey deal

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UPDATED:

22:33 GMT, 4 September 2012

Brendan Rodgers’ determination to land Clint Dempsey has been laid bare after it was revealed he attempted to broker the deal by offering several Liverpool stars in exchange.

Rodgers had agreed a swap in principle with Fulham for Jordan Henderson but it now appears that Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique were also mentioned as possible departures.

Escapee: Clint Dempsey moved to Spurs not Liverpool

Escapee: Clint Dempsey moved to Spurs not Liverpool

Swap deal: Stewart Downing considered as part of a deal for Dempsey

Swap deal: Stewart Downing considered as part of a deal for Dempsey

Agents circulated the players’ names to
rival Barclays Premier League clubs in the hope of raising the money
that would clinch a deal for the United States forward.

Liverpool’s manager was also attempting to land an experienced left back — either as a rival to Enrique or as his replacement — as the clock ticked down towards the end of the transfer window.

The moves came to nothing as Dempsey agreed a late switch to Tottenham, scuppering Rodgers’ attempt to land one of his prime targets of the summer.

However, Joe Allen, one of his main captures, said that his move to Anfield had given him confidence to perform at the highest level he can. ‘The level of faith shown in me has been flattering,’ said the 22-year-old midfielder.

‘It inspires me to go out and perform. From a confidence point of view, it’s been beneficial.

‘What I have seen is that you have to be confident, bordering on arrogant, and you see the difference it makes to the top players.

‘I told myself at the start of the season that I’m going to give it everything I can for club and country. I can’t really do any more.’

Raul Meireles transfer: Chelsea in talks with Fenerbahce

Meireles edges towards Chelsea exit after club open talks with Fenerbahce

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UPDATED:

12:50 GMT, 3 September 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Turkish side Fenerbahce are in talks with Chelsea over Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles.

The transfer window in Turkey does not close until September 5 so he would be able to leave Stamford Bridge if a deal was struck.

Meireles has been unhappy at Chelsea since the manager who signed him in the summer of 2011, Andre Villas-Boas, was sacked last season.

On the move: Meireles spell at Stamford Bridge could be coming to an end

On the move: Meireles spell at Stamford Bridge could be coming to an end

He has not been first choice under Villas-Boas’ successor Roberto Di Matteo and bar the occasional good performance the 29-year-old has struggled.

Fenerbahce announced on Monday morning that they were conducting negotiations with the west London side.

His finest hour in a Chelsea shirt came during the side's battling 2-2 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final last season.

Meireles put in a tireless display but picked up a careless booking which saw him miss the final in Munich.

If his move goes through it would appear that Ramires’ days as a right-winger are limited because Chelsea are light in the middle.

With the acquisition of wide men Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, and the loan departures of central midfielders Michael Essien and Josh McEachran to Real Madrid and Middlesbrough respectively, the Brazilian should be utilised in his natural position again.

Finest hour: Meireles was involved in Chelsea's Champions League winning run

Finest hour: Meireles was involved in Chelsea's Champions League winning run