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Andreas Weimann Aston Villa contract talks open

Aston Villa open contract talks with promising young striker Weimann

By
John Curtis, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

10:19 GMT, 26 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 26 January 2013

Contract talks: Weimann (right)

Contract talks: Weimann (right)

Aston Villa have held initial discussions with striker Andreas Weimann over a new contract.

Weimann has 18 months left of his current deal and Villa are hoping to secure the long-term future of the Austria international.

The 21-year-old broke into the first team last season and scored a vital injury-time winner against Fulham as the midlands club stayed up by only two points.

But it is during the current campaign that he has made a sustained impact and is their second top scorer with nine goals.

Weimann has formed a productive partnership with 11-goal Christian Benteke and the duo have kept record signing Darren Bent out of the side for lengthy periods.

Weimann's form has been one of the few highlights in a dismal season in which Villa are involved in another relegation fight and suffered a double cup exit to lower-league Bradford and Millwall.

His tally includes a double in the 3-2 defeat against Manchester United and another in the 3-1 win at Liverpool.

Impact: Weimann has been a standout performer for Villa this year

Impact: Weimann has been a standout performer for Villa this year

Villa boss Paul Lambert recently described Weimann as a 'natural finisher.'

He said: 'The way Andreas conducts himself on the pitch and in training is excellent.

'He has been really on top of his game and taken his chance in the first team.'

Weimann joined Villa as a 16-year-old from Rapid Vienna and had two spells on loan at Watford before before signing a new three-year deal with his parent club in August 2011.

He won his first senior cap for his country against Kazakhstan in October.

Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal as Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain follow

It's good to talk: Walcott makes peace as Arsenal agree deals with Wilshere, Gibbs, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jenkinson

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23:06 GMT, 18 December 2012

Theo Walcott has held peace talks with Arsene Wenger as Arsenal close in on securing the futures of their British core.

It is the first time since August 28, when the England forward turned down a five-year contract worth 75,000 a week, that formal discussions between player and club have taken place.

And in further good news Sportsmail understands Arsenal are set to agree deals with five of their other young British stars by Friday.

Crisp finisher: Theo Walcott hit the fifth as Arsenal demolished Reading, and the 23-year-old looks set to end uncertainty about his future by extending his Arsenal deal

Crisp finisher: Theo Walcott hit the fifth as Arsenal demolished Reading, and the 23-year-old looks set to end uncertainty about his future by extending his Arsenal deal

Made up: Arsene Wenger and Walcott

Sources close to Walcott insist the 23-year-old wants to stay at Arsenal. However, he is said to have made it clear he is still currently unwilling to pen fresh terms.

As well as wanting a deal closer to 100,000 a week, Walcott also wants assurances over his role at the club.

The former Southampton man felt he was being treated unfairly by Wenger during the early weeks of the season and spent the majority of Arsenal’s opening games sat on the bench. This decision is understood to have been motivated by the contract dispute rather than footballing reasons.

In addition, Walcott also wants assurances that he will be given more opportunities to play as a central striker — where he played against Reading on Monday and scored in the 5-2 win.

The main man: Walcott wants to be utilised as a No 9

The main man: Walcott wants to be utilised as a No 9

And while it seems there will be no quick resolution to the contract saga, the latest discussions are viewed as a significant step towards persuading Walcott to stay.

It is believed that a compromise solution of an 85,000-a-week contract may be enough to persuade him to sign.

Walcott may be some way from signing but Arsenal are convinced they have agreed new deals with Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson and it is thought they will sign by the end of the week.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on November 28 that England midfielder Wilshere was set to sign fresh terms — and he will put pen to paper on a new five-year contract worth 80,000 a week.

Staying power: Jack Wilshere will sign a new deal at the Emirates

Staying power: Jack Wilshere will sign a new deal at the Emirates

Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Gibbs and Jenkinson have agreed five-year deals worth between 40,000 and 60,000 a week.

Arsenal’s push to keep their best British talent indicates a deliberate shift in Wenger’s thinking.

After basing his sides around foreign players for years, the manager seems to have had a change of heart after the likes of Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy all left the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking after the thumping win at Reading, Wenger said: ‘We have a core of good young English players and I hope we will be able to build a team around them and that they can achieve something together.’

Bright young things Oxlade-Chamberlain

Bright young things: Kieran Gibbs

Bright young things: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) and Kieran Gibbs have also signed new deals

Arsenal rift over Theo Walcott as Arsene Wenger blocks January sale of contract rebel

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal rift over Walcott as Wenger blocks January sale of contract rebel

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22:42 GMT, 7 December 2012

Arsene Wenger will plead with Arsenal
not to sell Theo Walcott in January as it emerged discussions over a
new contract have come to a halt.

Publicly, the Frenchman insists talks with Walcott and his advisers over fresh terms are ongoing.

Eyes on the future: Arsene Wenger is frustrated by the on-going negotiations with his star man

Eyes on the future: Arsene Wenger is frustrated by the on-going negotiations with his star man

But Sportsmail understands no formal discussions between the two parties have taken place since August 28, when Walcott turned down a five-year 75,000-per-week deal.

And with just three weeks to go until the transfer window reopens, there are currently no plans in place for further discussions.

Therefore, it is looking increasingly likely that Walcott will go into January with just six months left on his contract.

The 23-year-old could sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January 1 or join a Premier League side on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The Gunners will look to sell Walcott, whose preference is to stay at the club, in January if a deal is not agreed to avoid him leaving for nothing. But Wenger would prefer Walcott to stay until at least the summer and will make his point to the Arsenal hierarchy.

However, club chiefs are highly likely to press ahead with plans to recoup as much money as possible for Walcott next month.

Wenger made similar overtures to the Gunners board during the Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie sagas — yet both were sold as they entered the final 12 months of their contracts.

Speaking yesterday, Wenger said: ‘I am frustrated, honestly. If you ask me will we sell Theo in January, no. I have always been hopeful he will sign.’

Liverpool want to sign Walcott in January, while Manchester City and Chelsea will offer the former Southampton forward lucrative free transfers in the summer.

Should I stay or go now: Theo Walcott is at loggerheads with Arsenal over his new deal

Should I stay or go now: Theo Walcott is at loggerheads with Arsenal over his new deal

Hearts could be bought by Angelo Massone

I'll buy Hearts! Massone fronts new 4.5m bid for stricken club

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00:12 GMT, 16 November 2012

Former Livingston owner Angelo Massone has entered the race to save Hearts after lodging a 4.5million bid for the club.

A Rome-based lawyer, Massone is mediating on behalf of an Italian consortium which has tabled a formal offer to lawyers representing Tynecastle owner Vladimir Romanov.

Sportsmail has been told the group will be headed by a professor of economics, with an Edinburgh-born Italian-Scots business figure also ready to invest.

In the running: Angelo Massone wants to buy struggling Hearts

In the running: Angelo Massone wants to buy struggling Hearts

Massone’s brief and controversial reign at Livingston ended in acrimony in 2009.

In a quest to reassure Hearts fans, however, the 41-year-old insists the investment consortium will sign a percentage of shares over to them and would appoint supporter representatives to a board of directors.

Facing outstanding tax bills worth 2.2m and a 2m annual shortfall, Romanov has already rejected an offer by the Foundation of Hearts fans group, led by businessman Alex Mackie, to pay the smaller tax bill of 450,000 in return for control of the club.

Informal discussions suggest the bid by the Italian consortium — tabled on condition of Hearts being delivered debt and liability free — will also fall short of Romanov’s valuation.

Awaiting a formal response to the offer however, Massone offered to pool financial resources with Foundation of Hearts in order to end Romanov’s seven-year reign.

Massone told Sportsmail: ‘Together with the other investors, we have written to Mr Romanov’s lawyer with a formal offer.

Will he sell Vladimir Romanov

Will he sell Vladimir Romanov

‘We do not know how much Mr Romanov wants for the club. But I believe there is no one else in Scotland who can match the value of the offer we have made.

‘But I will only come back to Scottish football if I have the support and trust of a club’s supporters. That is vitally important to me.

‘I am willing and able to bring serious, wealthy, respected investors to Scottish football. We want to save Hearts and develop the club and make them a strong force once more.

‘But we also want the supporters to have democratic representation on the board and be the real owners of the club.

‘There is an opportunity at Hearts to turn them into a major challenger to Celtic. With Rangers in the Third Division, we can help with the budget and use our contacts to bring important international players to the club and develop the youths.

‘In terms of money and budget we can put a team on the park which can compete at the very highest level.’

Hearts averted a winding-up order by agreeing a payment plan with HMRC earlier this week. In tandem with Supporters Direct chief Paul Goodwin, Foundation of Hearts are continuing talks with Romanov’s representative Sergejus Fedotovas with a view to agreeing a fan-ownership scheme. Via a new website, the group have appealed to fans across the globe to pledge cash support.

Massone insists he is also keen to win
the trust of supporters after an ill-fated Livingston experience by
handing fans groups a 10 per cent stake in the club, with a view to
handing it over to them in the fullness of time.

Tough times: John McGlynn is prepared for an exodus

Tough times: John McGlynn is prepared for an exodus
‘If we are not successful with our bid, then I am willing to help Hearts supporters to own the club instead.

‘If Foundation of Hearts or Supporters Direct need financial help in terms of money to realise the dream of the fans owning the club, then I will speak seriously with them.’

Sportsmail understands that, despite reports, former Rangers bidder Brian Kennedy has no plans to move for the club.

Meantime, Hearts boss John McGlynn says he is bracing himself for a major January exodus of players whose contracts end in the summer — including Andy Webster, Marius Zaliukas and Andy Driver — as the club plans to further slash its wage bill to avoid going bust.

Bacary Sagna unhappy at Arsenal over stalled contract talks

Sagna joins list of disgruntled Gunners as talks stall over pay rise on 60k per week deal

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23:00 GMT, 8 November 2012

Bacary Sagna is the latest Arsenal star heading for a long-running contract dispute.

Initial discussions over an extension of the France international’s deal are believed to have stalled.

His current contract expires at the end of next season, but Arsene Wenger is keen to tie his first-choice right back down.

No deal: Bacary Sagna wants an improved contract to stay at Arsenal

No deal: Bacary Sagna wants an improved contract to stay at Arsenal

Sagna wants an increase on his current 60,000-per-week deal.

The 29-year-old is the latest Gunner whose future has come under scrutiny due to a disagreement over contracts.

Robin van Persie and Alex Song both left in the summer after failing to agree fresh terms, while Theo Walcott’s future is in the balance due to a contract dispute.

Sagna recently launched a scathing attack on the club, saying: ‘Everyone was expecting Robin van Persie to leave, but Alex Song — that was a surprise. I don’t understand that at all.

‘It is a big loss for the club. When you see two of the best players from last season leave, you ask a lot of questions.

‘I understand why the supporters are nervous. I am the only starting player left from 2007.’

Anton and Rio Ferdinand call truce with John Terry and Ashley Cole

Shake on it! Ferdinands call truce with Cole and Terry, saying: 'It's time for us all to move on'

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21:38 GMT, 24 October 2012

Rio and Anton Ferdinand have called a truce in their fight over racism — and they will even shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole.

In a statement, the Ferdinand family expressed their disappointment with the actions of the Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association during the last year.

Brothers in arms: Anton (left) and Rio Ferdinand have called for a truce

Brothers in arms: Anton (left) and Rio Ferdinand have called for a truce

But hours after PFA chief executive
Gordon Taylor responded to the threat of a breakaway black players’
union by announcing a new six-point action plan to combat racial
discrimination in the game, the Ferdinands agreed to call a halt to the
internal fighting and open discussions with the relevant bodies.

That, Sportsmail understands,
includes drawing a line under their public disputes with Terry and Cole
against the backdrop of the Terry racism controversy.

Snub: Anton Ferdinand declines to shake John Terry's hand last month

Snub: Anton Ferdinand declines to shake John Terry's hand last month

Only last month Anton Ferdinand
refused to acknowledge both Terry and Cole at Loftus Road and his older
brother was considering snubbing Cole when Manchester United meet
Chelsea on Sunday.

However, Rio will now shake the hands of Cole and Terry at Stamford Bridge in the Barclays Premier League match on Sunday.

Breakaway: Rio had considered creating a black players' union

Breakaway: Rio had considered creating a black players' union

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck issued a
public apology to the Ferdinands once Terry had decided not to appeal
against his FA ban and fine for abusing Anton Ferdinand, and Taylor’s
actions convinced them it was time to move on for ‘the betterment of the
game’.

In a statement, the Ferdinands said:
‘It has been a year since the incident at Loftus Road (between Terry and
Anton Ferdinand). In that time, some of the deep divisions that exist
in football have been exposed.

Snub: Anton was among several players who did not wear anti-racism t-shirts

Snub: Anton was among several players who did not wear anti-racism t-shirts

'During the coming months there will be
ongoing discussions, we are sure, on finding a way forward. We intend to
participate in these discussions with other current and
ex-professionals of all races, from the grass roots upwards.’

Last weekend, both Ferdinands joined a
number of black players in refusing to wear T-shirts supporting the
FA-sponsored Kick It Out campaign.

Snub: Rio Ferdinand declined to wear the Kick It Out T-shirt at Old Trafford

Snub: Rio Ferdinand declined to wear the Kick It Out T-shirt at Old Trafford

The statement said: ‘On the issue of
Kick It Out, we would like to go on record to say what fantastic work
they have done in the past regarding education and awareness. However,
times change and organisations need to change with them.

‘Although we have been left
disappointed by the PFA and the FA’s actions over the last year, as a
family we are committed to working with football’s existing
organisations towards the betterment of the game and to achieve
immediate action.’

Happier times (from left): Rio Ferdinand, Cole and Terry on England duty

Happier times (from left): Rio Ferdinand, Cole and Terry on England duty

Taylor welcomed the statement. ‘We’ll
be very happy to involve them in the process of talks,’ he said.

But
sources said a federation of black players remains a
possibility.

Racism in football – Six-point plan including Rooney rule

A Taylor-made plan to stop breakaway includes 'Rooney rule' and instant sackings

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22:30 GMT, 24 October 2012

Faced with the prospect of losing nearly half his members to a breakaway black players’ union, Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor attempted to avert such an outcome by announcing a radical six-point action plan.

Taylor made his recommendations after Sportsmail revealed that some of the game’s leading stars were about to set up their own independent body, called the Black Players’ Association, if football’s governors did not act.

The PFA proposals — which it is understood complied with direct recommendations made in private discussions with black players —include the dramatic prospect of firing managers, players or administrators if they are found guilty of racially motivated offences.

Centre of attention: John Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Centre of attention: John Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Taylor's six-point plan
Speeding up the process of dealing with reported racist abuse with close monitoring of any incidents.Consideration
of stiffer penalties for racist abuse and to include an equality
awareness programme for culprits and clubs involved.An
English form of the 'Rooney rule' – introduced by the NFL in America in
2003 – to make sure qualified black coaches are on interview lists for
job vacancies.The proportion of black coaches and managers to be monitored and any inequality or progress highlighted.Racial abuse to be considered gross misconduct in player and coach contracts (and therefore potentially a sackable offence).To
not lose sight of other equality issues such as gender, sexual
orientation, disability, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Asians in
football.

Taylor is also demanding an increase in the number of ethnic minority coaches in the game by adopting the ‘Rooney Rule’ — used in American football — to promote up-and-coming black managers.

The move sparked an almost immediate response from the Ferdinand family and so eased the threat of a breakaway union that could attract the 44 per cent of PFA members from ethnic minority backgrounds.

If the PFA receives support from Premier League and Football League clubs, those teams would have to interview candidates from minority backgrounds as part of the process of choosing a boss. Norwich’s Chris Hughton is the only black manager in the top flight.

Taylor said: ‘We need the football family together on this. No-one ever said racism was easy to deal with. We have got to do our best and we need the fire in the belly of a lot of young players and for them to be on board with us. If they want their own particular select group who they feel they can influence everybody more than the whole PFA as a union together, I would say they are seriously mistaken.

‘If we are not careful this will set us back years. It would not only set back the game, it would set back the anti-racist initiative.’

Stance: Rio Ferdinand

Stance: Anton Ferdinand

Kicking off: (clockwise from top left) Rio Ferdinand, Anton Ferdinand, Joleon Lescott and Jason Roberts all snubbed the Kick It Out t-shirt campaign in the Premier League last weekend

Stance: Jason Roberts

Stance: Joleon Lescott

The prospect of sacking a player, coach, manager or administrator for a racially motivated offence is one of the most striking changes proposed by Taylor. It means Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, banned for eight matches last season, and Chelsea skipper John Terry, serving a four-game suspension, could have been dismissed by their clubs instead.

For Taylor’s motion to be carried with the Premier League he needs the support of 14 of the 20 top-flight clubs. That will also apply to his call for the implementation of the Rooney Rule.

Former Aston Villa and England striker Dion Dublin supported Taylor’s plans, saying: ‘The only arguments we have are: are there enough black and ethnic minority people applying for these jobs If there are the same amount as there are white people, then there is a problem. There must be a problem in the decision-making process upstairs somewhere.

Plea: Gordan Taylor wants black players to stick with the Professional Footballers Association

Plea: Gordan Taylor wants black players to stick with the Professional Footballers Association

‘We don’t know those stats. If there are equal amounts, then there is a race problem somewhere, but we don’t know that, so it is just hearsay — there might only be five per cent of black people wanting those jobs. I think there is a lack of black people as managers and coaches.

‘There are so many black and ethnic minority players that may have been good enough to have been managers but have they applied for these jobs We don’t know. If they have and have not got them, why not It is either they are not good enough, or there is a race issue.’

Leading the way: Norwich's Chris Hughton is the only black manager in the Premier League

Leading the way: Norwich's Chris Hughton is the only black manager in the Premier League

What is the Rooney Rule

So why do people want a new rule about Wayne Rooney

It’s not about Wayne. It’s actually named after Dan Rooney, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers American Football team and the chairman of the NFL’s diversity committee.

Why’s that then

The rule was named after him because the Steelers are well known for giving African Americans senior roles at the club.

What does it mean

The Rooney Rule only currently applies to American football and requires at least one black or ethnic minority candidate to be interviewed for a head coaching or senior operation role for a team.

Has it worked

It was introduced in 2003 and within three years the number of black NFL head coaches went from four per cent to 22 per cent.

What are the figures like over here

Only four per cent of managers in the top four tiers of English football are black or from an ethnic minority.

Total clubs in the Premier and Football League: 92.

Black and ethnic minority managers in the Premier and Football League: Four — Keith Curle (Notts County), Chris Hughton (Norwich), Chris Powell (Charlton), Edgar Davids (Barnet — joint head coach).

Oussama Assaidi to join Liverpool for 3m from Heerenveen

Assaidi to join Liverpool for 3m from Heerenveen as Rodgers continues to strengthen

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18:06 GMT, 16 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Liverpool have completed a 3million deal for Heerenveen winger Oussama Assaidi, subject to the Moroccan international passing a medical.

The 24-year-old is in the final year of his contract and will move to Anfield after turning down an offer to stay in Holland from Ajax. He was also wanted by Spartak Moscow and Galatasaray.

Fulham had expressed an interest in the pacy Assaidi, who can operate on the flanks or through the middle, earlier this summer but he is expected to be unveiled by Liverpool within in the next 24 hours.

On the move: Assaidi will join Liverpool

On the move: Assaidi will join Liverpool

Assaidi will triple the 7,000 per week wages he was being paid by Heerenveen and will sign a four-year contract on Merseyside, plugging the gaps in the squad that have been left by the departures of Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez.

Once the formalities of Assaidi’s deal are completed, Liverpool – who have not received any bids for Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam – will hope to finalise a move for Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin on a season long-loan.

Liverpool have conducted lengthy discussions with Real Madrid over releasing Sahin, who had indicated he had wanted to play in the Champions League, and hope they have convinced him to move to the Barclays Premier League.

Robin van Persie transfer: Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger hold talks

Exclusive: Ferguson makes RVP peace call to rival Wenger over United's move for ace

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21:45 GMT, 13 August 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has held private discussions with Arsene Wenger over Manchester United's attempts to complete a dramatic swoop for Robin van Persie.

And Sportsmail understands Arsenal are expecting an improved offer following personal contact between the two managers which took place recently.

In the air: Van Persie trained with Holland on Monday uncertain which club he'll be playing for this term

In the air: Van Persie trained with Holland on Monday uncertain which club he'll be playing for this term

Fantasy football 2012

Sources say that a deal to take the Arsenal captain, who got 30 goals to win the golden boot last season, to Old Trafford could be completed by the time the season kicks off this weekend.

It is understood the Arsenal manager repeated his insistence to Ferguson the 29-year-old would not be allowed to leave for United for a penny under 30million – but the Gunners will listen to offers starting at 20million with add ons.

Ferguson's personal intervention into the proposed deal to sign Van Persie underlines the club's determination to land the Holland international.

Moving on: RVP made his first appearance for Arsenal in pre-season on Sunday replacing new signing Podolski

Moving on: RVP made his first appearance for Arsenal in pre-season on Sunday replacing new signing Podolski

However, the Old Trafford club would not be willing to meet Arsenal's inflated asking price, placing serious doubt over the protracted move.

The Gunners are willing to listen to offers starting at 20million, but Wenger is desperate not to sell his talisman to a Premier League rival – hence the sky-high price quote.

United were quoted 30million during initial talks between the two Premier League heavyweights earlier in the summer and it seems Arsenal's stance has not changed despite Ferguson's private chat with Wenger.

Not committed: Van Persie has signalled his desire to leave the Emirates this summer

Not committed: Van Persie has signalled his desire to leave the Emirates this summer

A shock move to Old Trafford now seems the only viable option for Van Persie in his attempts to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer after Manchester City and Juventus both stalled on their interest.

And it seems Wenger is facing a fight to keep hold of another one of his stars after Alex Song said Barcelona are interested in signing him.

The Spanish giants are huge admirers of the Cameroon midfielder, identifying him as a potential target.

Arsene Wenger

Sir Alex Ferguson

Crunch talks: Wenger and Ferguson have held discussions over Van Persie's future

Sources in Spain have indicated that Barca will attempt to open talks with the Gunners this week.

And when asked about interest from Barcelona, Song said yesterday: 'I am not going to lie if I said there is no interest, but I am at Arsenal and I am happy at Arsenal.

'Barcelona are the best team in the world, and speculation will always continue until the window closes.'

The La Liga club's interest in Song is another unwanted headache for Wenger in the build up to new season – though the club are growing increasingly confident of signing Theo Walcott to a new contract.

Meanwhile, the ankle injury that has ruled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of England's clash against Italy is not understood to be serious.

The midfielder withdrew from Roy Hodgson's squad yesterday, but his removal is precautionary. Gunners winger Ryo Miyaichi has joined Wigan on a season-long loan.

Steven Gerrard and Pepe Reina pictured on Ibiza beach

Have you heard who the boss is buying Gerrard and Reina in Ibiza beach reunion

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08:12 GMT, 10 July 2012

Fancy seeing you here Liverpool team-mates Steven Gerrard and Pepe Reina have been spotted in conversation on a beach in Ibiza as the pair continue their summer holidays following long seasons for club and country.

Gerrard has already been partying in Las Vegas with superstar DJ Calvin Harris and has now moved on to the Balearic island, which has also played host to the likes of England team-mates Joe Hart, Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck and Jordan Henderson in the last few weeks.

And who should the 32-year-old midfielder bump into but Liverpool goalkeeper Reina, fresh from helping Spain triumph at Euro 2012, albeit as a squad player. The 29-year-old gloveman is on the island with his wife, Yolanda.

Team talk: Steven Gerrard (right) and Pepe Reina (left) have a chat on holiday in Ibiza

Fancy seeing you here: Team-mates Steven Gerrard (right) and Pepe Reina (left) have a chat on holiday in Ibiza

The Reds team-mates were seen chatting on the beach, possibly about new Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers' dealings in the transfer market.

Fabio Borini is set to become Rodgers' first signing, as the Liverpool manager challenges Carroll to show he can be part of the new Anfield regime.

Having worked with the Italy striker at Chelsea and Swansea, Borini has been on Rodgers' wanted list for some time, and Liverpool have held lengthy discussions with his current club Roma over a deal that could be worth 10million.

Life's a beach: Gerrard is enjoying a break after leading England at Euro 2012

Life's a beach: Gerrard is enjoying a well-earned break after leading England to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals

Carroll, meanwhile, could yet be heading out of Anfield and on loan to AC Milan, but Rodgers is confident of getting improvement out of the Liverpool players he inherited, Carroll included.

The England forward has endured a turbulent 18 months since his 35m move to Anfield from Newcastle and it had been assumed that Carroll will struggle to adapt to the intricate system Rodgers favours.

Down time: Reina and his wife on the beach

Water life: Reina in Ibiza

Water life: Reina and his wife relax on holiday after the goalkeeper's role in Spain's Euro 2012 triumph

Though Rodgers has not handed Carroll
any assurances about where he will fit into the team, he is prepared to
give him the necessary chances.

Gerrard
and Reina are two players virtually guaranteed to be first-choice under
Rodgers. Reina did not enjoy his best season under Kenny Dalglish last
term but his class is unquestioned. Gerrard, the Liverpool and England
captain, was named in UEFA's team of Euro 2012.