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Ricky van Wolfswinkel could back out of big-money Norwich move if they go down

Van Wolfswinkle move to Norwich could be scrapped if they fail to survive

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

12:42 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 17 April 2013

Norwich's swoop for Ricky van Wolfswinkel will come under serious threat if Chris Hughton's side are relegated.

The Holland international is due to join the Carrow Road club in the summer after the Canaries struck an 8.6million agreement with Sporting Lisbon.

Big money: The Dutchman agreed an 8.6million move to Carrow Road from Sporting Lisbon

Big money: The Dutchman agreed an 8.6million move to Carrow Road from Sporting Lisbon

But Sportsmail understands the forward, who is due to sign a four year deal with Norwich on July 1, has a clause in his contract that allows him to pull out of the move if the Norfolk club are relegated.

Van Wolfswinkel is a long-term target of Hughton, who will be desperate not to miss out on the 24-year-old.

After a worrying start to the season, the Canaries have managed to improve their form and currently sit in 14th place, four points off the drop zone.

But a poor end to the season could easily see them slump back into relegation trouble, which will leave Van Wolfswinkel's switch in jeopardy.

Goal machine: Van Wolfswinkel (above centre) would bring Hughton's men much-needed firepower next season, having scored just 31 goals this campaign

Goal machine: Van Wolfswinkel (above centre) would bring Hughton's men much-needed firepower next season, having scored just 31 goals this campaign

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Back in March, the 24-year-old was impressed by Hughton during discussions and became convinced Norwich is a team with potential.

‘The club is in the middle of the table and very ambitious, this summer they will be debt free and will get on strong,’ Van Wolfswinkel told Dutch magazine Voetbal International in March.

‘I had a good talk with the manager, Chris Hughton. He was very specific about my qualities and wants to build a strong team around him. That gives good trust.

‘The plan is also to bring in an attacking midfielder and two wide players this summer. With that, Norwich can look to play in the top half of the table.’

Robert Snodgrass

Grant Holt

Lacking up top: Robert Snodgrass (left) and Grant Holt (right) have just eleven goals between them all season

Hughton, who tried to sign 6ft 1in Van Wolfswinkel in January, wants more attacking options after having to deploy Grant Holt as a lone striker this season. Norwich have scored just 31 goals in 33 games, with top scorer Robert Snodgrass having netted just six times.

‘That a club would spend so much money, in these times, shows their faith in me,’ he said.

‘I have been to Norwich to look around and spoken to the manager and chief executive over their plans for the future. I don't know much about Norwich, but the city and the club surprised me – the stadium has 25,000 (capacity) and there are 5,000 fans on a waiting list for (season) tickets on top of that which shows the status of the club.’

PSV Eindhoven"s Jeremain Lens and Feyenoord Joris Mathijsen brawl in tunnel after game

VIDEO: Extraordinary scenes as Dutch title race gets heated after PSV's Lens sparks tunnel brawl with Feyenoord defender Mathijsen

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

06:52 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:53 GMT, 25 February 2013

Feyenoord may have cut the lead at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie to three points after a 2-1 win over league leaders PSV Eindhoven – but the main talking point came off the pitch.

PSV goalscorer Jeremain Lens waited for Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen in the tunnel – and a brawl occurred.

The two players had been involved in a row on the pitch and Lens was keen to continue the row after the game.

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PSV Eindhoven Jeremain Lens

Feyenoord's Joris Mathijsen

Head to head: PSV Eindhoven Jeremain Lens and Feyenoord's Joris Mathijsen squared up in the tunnel

Come here: Jeremain Lens waited for Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen in the tunnel and squared up to him

Come here: Jeremain Lens waited for Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen in the tunnel and squared up to him

Getting heated: Lens and Mathijsen become embroiled in a row

Getting heated: Lens and Mathijsen become embroiled in a row

The incident, which was caught on video, shows Lens waiting for Mathijsen in the communal area and squaring up to him when he appeared.

Lens grabbed a chunk of Mathijsen’s shirt, players from PSV and Feyenoord both piled into the mix to separate the warring pair.

That, in turn, sparked a physical melee between the sides whilst the officials were in close proximity.

Earlier, on the pitch, Feyenoord had came from a goal down to win the game and cut the gap at the top of the league.

VIDEO: Watch Jeremain Lens and Joris Mathijsen start tunnel brawl

The Feyenoord fightback put the Rotterdam club in third place on 47 points, just three points behind PSV.

Second-place Ajax wasted a chance to draw level on points with PSV when it had to rely on a late goal by Lasse Schoene to salvage a 1-1 draw with ADO The Hague.

In-form forward Lens gave PSV the lead in the 34th minute, finishing off a one-two with Tim Matavz after Feyenoord midfielder Jordie Clasie had needlessly given the ball away.

Getting stuck in: Players from both sides got involved in the brawl

Getting stuck in: Players from both sides got involved in the brawl

Brawl

Clasie made amends early in the second half when his pass freed winger Ruben Schaken to draw Feyenoord level. Graziano Pelle sealed all three points for Feyenoord with a 68th-minute strike.

‘We were behind at the break, but didn't deserve to be,’ Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman said. ‘We lacked conviction in the first half, particularly in attack. We managed to put that right in the second half. We were better, more aggressive, won more tackles, were more threatening and in the end we deserved to win.’

Luis Suarez handballs it to score against Mansfield

Not again, Luis! Liverpool striker Suarez gets away with brazen handball to score second at Mansfield… and it's not his first

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

17:56 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:11 GMT, 6 January 2013

There is a long list of football fans who aren't great admirers of Luis Suarez due to some of his on-pitch exploits. This afternoon, Mansfield supporters were added to that ever-growing list.

In the past he's been booked – sometimes wrongly – for diving, banned for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, and even received a seven-game suspension for biting an opposing player while at Dutch club Ajax.

As Ghana fans will tell you, Liverpool's talisman has also been known to handle the ball on occasion.

Deliberate Luis Suarez handled the ball before firing home Liverpool's second goal

Deliberate Luis Suarez handled the ball before firing home Liverpool's second goal

Back in 2010, the Uruguayan striker
was red-carded for deliberately palming the ball off the line during a
World Cup quarter-final against Ghana, which ultimately helped his side
progress to the semis.

Today, Suarez was at it again. Liverpool's top scorer – who replaced new boy Daniel Sturridge against Mansfield – found himself bearing down on Alan Marriott's goal just moments after coming on to the pitch.

At 1-0 up, the 25-year-old powered his effort into the flailing keeper, who did well to keep the ball out.

But as the ball popped up in the area, Suarez appeared to bring the ball back under control with the use of his arm.

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

Trademark: Suarez kissed his wrist, as he does after every goal

Trademark: Suarez kissed his wrist, as he does after every goal

By this point, Suarez needed only to
roll the ball into Marriot's open goal, doubling the visitors' lead and
setting them on course for a fourth round meet with Oldham Athletic at
Boundary Park.

After
scoring, amidst furious protests from the Mansfield players, Suarez
performed his trademark celebration, calmly kissing the tattoo on the inside
of his wrist. He does do this after scoring every goal, of course.

Matt Green set up a grand-stand finish for the Non-League hosts after netting in the 79th minute.

But Suarez's brazen handball is sure
to leave the most bitter of tastes in Mansfield manager Paul Cox's mouth, as the
Uruguayan's goal proved decisive.

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

Confronted: Suarez was approached by a Mansfield fan

Confronted: Suarez was approached by a Mansfield fan

Not the first time: Suarez handled the ball on the line in the 2010 World Cup

Not the first time: Suarez handled the ball on the line in the 2010 World Cup

Wesley Sneijder rejected by Arsenal and Chelsea

Sneijder snubbed by Arsenal and Chelsea over gargantuan 200,000-a-week wage demands

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

08:39 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:21 GMT, 2 January 2013

Both Chelsea and Arsenal have turned down the chance to sign Wesley Sneijder – despite the Dutchman potentially being available for free.

It's the Inter Milan midfielder's massive 200,000-a-week wage demands that are proving a turn off.

Unsurprisingly, the Italian club want Sneijder, 28, off their wage bill but agents contacting Premier League clubs on Inter's behalf have failed to drum up any interest.

Snubbed! Agents have tried to drum up interest in Wesley Sneijder, but Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea are appalled by his 200,000-a-week wage demands

Snubbed! Agents have tried to drum up interest in Wesley Sneijder, but Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea are appalled by his 200,000-a-week wage demands

The Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported over the weekend that Liverpool had made a 9.5m offer for him.

But Sneijder quickly rubbished the rumour, telling a press conference: 'Again, no truth.'

Speculation: The Dutch international midfielder was linked with a 9.5m move to Liverpool over the weekend - but he personally rubbished the rumours

Speculation: The Dutch international midfielder was linked with a 9.5m move to Liverpool over the weekend – but he personally rubbished the rumours

Sneijder, who was signed from Real Madrid for 24m in 2009, has snubbed suggestions from Inter that he take a 1.6m pay cut and has been dropped from the first team.

He said: 'Clearly it's best for everyone concerned that in January I am transferred. If that doesn't happen then I will stay. I have a contract with Inter until 2015.'

Peter Charles and Nick Skelton defeated in FEI World Cup qualifier

Charles and Skelton still riding high despite defeat

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 22 December 2012

British Olympic heroes Peter Charles and Nick Skelton just missed out on the perfect climax to an unforgettable year when they were pipped for glory in the FEI World Cup qualifier at Olympia.

The Netherlands' Marc Houtzager thwarted home hopes by claiming the 30,000 first prize and gaining some revenge for his Olympic heartache.

Top form: Marc Houtzager rides Sterrehof's Tamino

Top form: Marc Houtzager rides Sterrehof's Tamino

Houtzager was a member of the Dutch team beaten to the Olympic gold after a nerve-shredding jump-off by the British quartet of Charles, Skelton, Ben Maher and Scott Brash at Greenwich Park less than five months ago.

Malin Baryard-Johnsson of Sweden finished second yesterday with Charles, riding a recent addition to his string, Murka's Odie de Frevent, third and Skelton fourth aboard his Olympic mount Big Star.

Charles flew the British flag with one of only three double clear rounds despite his performance coming just three months after he underwent surgery on his groin.

'I have been off for a long time and this was the horse's first proper grand prix,' Charles said.

Best of British: Peter Charles on Odie de Frevent

Best of British: Peter Charles on Odie de Frevent

'The course was plenty big enough today and you certainly needed a very quick horse towards the end of the course.'

Charles, though, admitted that his partnership with Odie de Frevent remains in its infancy.

He added: 'I am still trying out new bits with the horse. I don't know how fully I can go with her, but I think I will run her in the grand prix tomorrow.'

Then, reflecting on an unforgettable season, Charles, who will be 53 on New Year's Day, added: 'This year has been what dreams are made of.

'I didn't think I was going to be fit enough to ride at this show. To do that today was really nice.'

Steve McClaren wants FA coaching role once club management career ends

Are you sure, Steve 'Wally with the brolly' McClaren eyes FA coaching role

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UPDATED:

11:07 GMT, 23 December 2012


Home run McClaren wants an FA coaching role after his club management days have finally ended

Home run McClaren wants an FA coaching role after his club management days have finally ended

Former England manager Steve McClaren is keen to work for the Football Association again and would like to take on a role where he would coach the coaches.

McClaren, sacked as England manager for failing to qualify for Euro 2008, wants to work in England when his club management career is over.

Currently managing Dutch side Twente for a second time McClaren, who has also managed at Wolfsburg in Germany, wants to work at St George's Park on what he terms a 'coach education Programme'.

McClaren told The Observer: 'When I'm
past being able to run around the field, I've got a lot of experiences,
good and bad, which I think I can pass on.

'Ultimately, I'm teacher, I'm a coach, and I like to coach players and I like to coach coaches.

'We have to coach the coaches better and that will improve the English game and the English player.'

McClaren believes he can coach in England against despite Aston Villa cancelling an interview in 2011 and then only lasting three months at Nottingham Forest before resigning.

'My next job was going to be overseas after that, for sure,' said McClaren.

Brolly bad show: McClaren led England's dismal Euro 2008 qualification campaign

Brolly bad show: McClaren led England's dismal Euro 2008 qualification campaign

'I just felt the feeling within England, time had not healed enough. I thought it was the right time to go back to England (after leaving Wolfsburg at the start of 2011) but it was too soon because of the reaction obviously from supporters.

'It was about an acceptance of myself in England after the England job, so I think that will take time.'

Ryan Babel rapping in Ajax chairty single

He's at it again! Rapper Babel lands starring role in Ajax's charity single

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UPDATED:

13:18 GMT, 20 December 2012

Ryan Babel didn't exactly set the world alight during his three-and-a-half years at Liverpool – but he could yet make his mark… as a rapper.

The 25-year-old, now playing for Ajax, landed the starring role in a charity single released to raise money for the Dutch club's foundation.

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That's a rap: Ryan Babel (centre) starred in Ajax's charity single

That's a rap: Ryan Babel (centre) starred in Ajax's charity single

Ajax legend Frank De Boer also lends his voice to the cause but Edwin van der Saar opts not to sing along.

This is not the first time Babel has shown off his rapping skills, having teamed up with artist Sway on the UK hip hop star's album, The Signature 2.

He also featured with compatriot Daryl on his track Eeyeeyo, featuring Ali B and Soumia.

Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England

Struggling Kalou's unrest alerts Redknapp, Allardyce and Moyes

PUBLISHED:

21:50 GMT, 19 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 19 December 2012

Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England with Lille ready to sell in January.

The 27-year-old joined for free from Chelsea in the summer as Lille beat West Ham, QPR and Everton, among others, in the race to win his signature.

Looking for the exit: Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could return to England just months after signing for French club Lille

Looking for the exit: Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could return to England just months after signing for French club Lille

Those clubs could be tempted to take a look at Kalou again come January, but his high wages could prove prohibitive.

Lille, who came third in Ligue 1 in 2011/12 and won the doube in 2010/11, have endured a tough campaignthis season, and are currently languishing in 11th place, nine points off the leaders, Paris Saint-Germain.

Kalou has hit just three goals in 17 appearances so far this season.

The Champions League winner attracted the interest of Everton, West Ham and QPR in the summer and could be on those clubs' shopping lists again

The Champions League winner attracted the interest of Everton, West Ham and QPR in the summer and could be on those clubs' shopping lists again

Everton are also keen on out-of favour Ajax winger Miralem Sulejmani, who snubbed a move to West Ham in the summer.

The Serb joined Ajax for 13.8million two years ago but has only played six times this season.

Out of favour: Miralem Sulejmani (right) is a target for Everton. The Serb winger cost the Dutch club 13.8m just two years ago

Out of favour: Miralem Sulejmani (right) is a target for Everton. The Serb winger cost the Dutch club 13.8m just two years ago but has only played six times this season

LA Galaxy interested in Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini

Spurs stopper Cudicini wanted by LA Galaxy after seeing first-team chances slip

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 11 December 2012

LA Galaxy are showing interest in Tottenham's other veteran goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.

The 39-year-old is eager to play after falling behind Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.

Although 41-year-old Friedel is set to join Blackburn in January, Cudicini is interested in the idea of going to Los Angeles and following former teammate Robbie Keane.

United he stands: Carlo Cudicini could be on his way to LA Galaxy

United he stands: Carlo Cudicini could be on his way to LA Galaxy

Tottenham's other experienced keeper Heurelho Gomes is attrcating interest from Brazil but his wages and expected 3.5million transfer fee are so far proving too exspensive.

Spurs, meanwhile, have again been linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

However, the 28-year-old's high wages would provide a major obstacle to any permanent deal for the Dutch international, who has not played at Inter since September.

Funeral of Dutch linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen

Funeral of Dutch linesman beaten to death by three teens during amateur football match takes place

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UPDATED:

15:01 GMT, 10 December 2012

Members of Dutch soccer club SC Buitenboys, dressed in the club’s blue and white strip, paid their respects to linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen, who was allegedly beaten to death by players of SV Nieuw Sloten earlier this month.

The club lay roses on the hearse as it arrived at the crematory in Almere, Holland.

Three teenaged males have been charged with manslaughter, assault and public violence after the atrocious attack that shocked the country.

Last respects: Players of SC Buitenboys, dressed in the club's colors blue and white, pay their respects to Nieuwenhuizen

Last respects: Players of SC Buitenboys, dressed in the club's colors blue and white, pay their respects to Nieuwenhuizen

Mr Nieuwenhuizen's team, Buitenboys, have not announced the exact cause of his death, but Dutch TV station RTL said he had brain damage.

The linesman left after Sunday’s match and was not aware anything was wrong. He returned to his club later that night and collapsed.

After the incident, the Dutch Football Association, the KNVB, cancelled all amateur games after the incident, while professional matches were preceded by a minute's silence with all players and referees wearing black armbands.

Shock: Nieuwenhuizen died after being attacked by three young males

Shock: Nieuwenhuizen died after being attacked by three young males

Shock: Nieuwenhuizen died after being attacked by three young males

At the time KNVB director of professional football Bert van Oostveen said: 'It is inconceivable that anything like this occurs on a football field.

'These are the volunteers that we build our sport on, that we cannot do without. Without respect, no football.

'That is why we in professional football want to show our support in this terrible situation.

'Our thoughts go out to the family of Richard Nieuwenhuizen.'

Respects: All amatuer game swere cancelled in Holland after the tragedy

Respects: All amatuer game swere cancelled in Holland after the tragedy