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Manchester City to sign Leeds Sam Byram

Mancini lines up 8m bid for Leeds starlet Byram to be long-term Zabaleta successor

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

10:39 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:39 GMT, 10 March 2013

Manchester City are set to spend 8 million on poaching Leeds' teenage sensation Sam Byram.

Energetic right-back Byram has been one of the first names on Neil Warnock's team-sheet this season despite only making his debut in August.

Mancini is revamping his squad in the summer after finding his side off the pace in the Premier League and crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage.

Tough tackler: Sam Byram, in action for Leeds yesterday, is a target for Premier League champions City

Tough tackler: Sam Byram, in action for Leeds yesterday, is a target for Premier League champions City

Looking to the future: Mancini, pictured yesterday, sees Byram as the long-term successor to Pablo Zabaleta

Looking to the future: Mancini, pictured yesterday, sees Byram as the long-term successor to Pablo Zabaleta

The Italian boss was impressed with Byram’s display in City’s 4-1 FA Cup victory over Leeds last month, and has been keeping tabs on the teenager since.

Byram is being lined-up as the long-term successor to Pablo Zabaleta, while Mancini sees former England defender Micah Richards’ future as being in the centre of defence.

Essex-born Byram has signed two new deals at Elland Road this season alone, despite interest from City and other Premier League clubs.

Young gun: Right-back Byram, 19 (right), has been ever-present for Neil Warnock's (left) Leeds side this season

Young gun: Right-back Byram, 19 (right), has been ever-present for Neil Warnock's (left) Leeds side this season

West Bromwich Albion, Stoke and Wigan are also interested in the 19-year-old, but should Leeds sell their prize asset the Premier League champions would be favourites for his signature.

Byram’s form this season has seen him touted as one of the hottest prospects outside the top flight and he can also play as a right wing-back.

Southampton want Gary Hooper

Adkins wants Hooper reunion as Saints boss prepares bid to lure Celtic striker to South Coast

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UPDATED:

07:20 GMT, 10 December 2012

Nigel Adkins wants Celtic striker Gary Hooper to join Southampton in the January transfer window to score the goals to keep the Saints in the Barclays Premier League.

Adkins was Hooper's boss during the Essex-born striker's time at Scunthorpe United and sold him to the SPL giants.

Hooper would now cost significantly more than the 175,000 he shelled out for the 24-year-old when he bought him from Hereford in January 2008.

Wanted man: Hooper's career has blossomed at Celtic

Wanted man: Hooper's career has blossomed at Celtic

His scoring record at Celtic Park has made Hooper one of the most sought-after strikers in Britain after bagging 63 goals in 108 appearances, with 12 this season.

Adkins wants Hooper to play alongside Rickie Lambert in the Southampton attack as they look to extend their spell in the top flight beyond one season, according to reports in the Mirror.

However, the Saints boss faces an uphill task to lure his former player back south with Celtic continuing their charge in Champions League.

Reunion: Adkins signed Hooper for Scunthorpe in 2008

Reunion: Adkins signed Hooper for Scunthorpe in 2008

Tottenham midfielder Sandro sings and plays guitar – video

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: The Tottenham midfielder as you've never seen him before… Sandro sings for Sportsmail

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 29 November 2012

Sandro is 23. He's played 16 times for Brazil and is quickly becoming the fulcrum around which Andre Villas-Boas is building his resurgent Tottenham side. And away from the training ground, he fancies himself as a budding guitar hero.

In an exclusive commission, to promote a big interview in Saturday's Daily Mail, Sportsmail chief photographer Andy Hooper has captured Sandro demonstrating his rockstar credentials at his Chigwell home.

His love of British pop music shines through as he belts out numbers from Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas at the recording studio he has had built in his Essex house.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN SATURDAY'S DAILY MAIL…

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Ipswich target Alan Curbishley to replace Paul Jewell

Ipswich target Curbishley after sacking Jewell for poor start to season

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 24 October 2012

Ipswich have spoken to Alan Curbishley about taking the vacant manager’s job at Ipswich after Paul Jewell was sacked on Wednesday.

Curbishley wants a return to management and Ipswich chief Marcus Evans is ready to give the 54-year-old the chance to revive his career.

Jewell left Portman Road after a sorry start to the season that has seen the club pick up just seven points from their opening 12 games – leaving them rooted to the bottom of the Championship.

In the running: Alan Curbishley has been linked with the Ipswich job

In the running: Alan Curbishley has been linked with the Ipswich job

Curbishley recently turned down the chance to replace Owen Coyle at Bolton, not wanting to uproot from his Essex base.

But the former Charlton boss sees the Ipswich job as a perfect route back into football given he will not have to move.

It is understood Curbishley also wants to bring Mervyn Day, with whom he worked with at the West Ham and the Valley, with him to the Suffolk club.

Gone: Paul Jewell was sacked by Ipswich on Wednesday

Gone: Paul Jewell was sacked by Ipswich on Wednesday

Meanwhile, Mick McCarthy is emerging as a contender for the vacant Crystal Palace job.

The former Wolves manager is being considered by Palace chairman Steve Parish, who lost Dougie Freedman to Bolton on Tuesday.

Parish has confirmed he will speak to Steve Coppell about rejoining Palace in some capacity, be it as new manager or director of football.

Shanghai Masters: John Higgins beats Ali Carter to reach semi-final

Pot luck: Higgins sees off Essex boy Carter to reach last four in Shanghai

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UPDATED:

16:29 GMT, 21 September 2012

John Higgins held off a comeback from Ali Carter to reach the semi-finals of the Bank of Communication Shanghai Masters.

The Scot, seeking a first tournament win in China since 1999 and playing his first ranking event of the season, looked poised to wrap up a convincing success when he established a 4-1 lead.

However, World Championship finalist Carter made Higgins pay for missing the final red in the sixth frame, compiling a 32 break to overturn a 19-point deficit and seal a 73-60 success which kept his hopes alive.

Pot luck: John Higgins is through to the last four at the Shanghai Masters

Pot luck: John Higgins is through to the last four at the Shanghai Masters

The 33-year-old Essex potter, who is fighting an ongoing battle with Crohn's disease, built a 47-point lead in the seventh frame and wrapped it up with a knock of 35 to move to within a frame of his opponent at 4-3.

However, Higgins kept his composure to complete a 5-3 success – having started the contest with a break of 103 in the opening frame.

Former world champion Mark Williams joined Higgins in the semis, beating Joe Perry 5-4 in a match where there was never more than a single frame between the players.

The left-hander from Cwm was taken to a decider after a 131 clearance by Perry squared the contest in the eighth frame.

However, Williams – beaten by Mark Selby in the final of this tournament last season having held a 9-7 lead – held his nerve in the ninth frame with a match-winning break of 75, after Perry had earlier sportingly called a foul on himself after feathering the white.

Alastair Cook: England can beat India without Kevin Pietersen

England can beat India without Pietersen, says Test captain Cook

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UPDATED:

22:32 GMT, 20 September 2012

Alastair Cook has admitted England are a better team with the ostracised Kevin Pietersen but the door for his return remains only slightly ajar.

Speaking formally for the first time about the issue, new Test captain Cook confirmed he had talked to Pietersen and had other meetings on the impasse prior to the squad for this winter’s four-match series in India being announced.

Discussions between Pietersen and ECB chiefs Hugh Morris and David Collier are on-going.

Captain's job: Cook believes England can prosper in India without Pietersen

Captain's job: Cook believes England can prosper in India without Pietersen

Cook said: 'The issues have not been resolved which is why he is not available for selection at the moment. Time, hopefully, will be a healer and we will be able to move on.

'It is a given that Kevin — who has proved himself in conditions all around the world — is a world-class player.

'His record suggests that in all forms of the game. He will be missed in that way but it gives another person an opportunity.'

Watching brief: KP is watching the World T20 unfold from a TV studio

Watching brief: KP is watching the World T20 unfold from a TV studio

Cook has first-hand experience of filling big shoes on the subcontinent: he struck a century on debut in Nagpur six years ago after being called in for Marcus Trescothick, who had withdrawn with depression.

'When I got called up people were probably thinking: “Who is this 21-year-old from Essex He will never be as good as Tres.”

'And I wasn’t, but it gives another person an opportunity to go out and do well for England.

'We have to look forward now as a side. We have 16 players getting on the plane and we have to look forward to the two months coming up and not look back.

'The guys coming in have nothing to fear about going out there. We are going out there to win a series.'

Alastair Cook is supporting Buxton’s Less Is Best campaign. To win 2013 Ashes tickets go to: www.buxtonwater.co.uk

Jonjo Shelvey reveals talks with Scotland

Liverpool midfielder Shelvey reveals he's had talks with new team… Scotland!

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UPDATED:

10:53 GMT, 2 September 2012

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has revealed he has been in talks with Scotland representatives over the possibility of him being selected for the national team.

The Essex-born West Ham fan captained England at Under 19 level and has four caps for the Under 21s, but could be persuaded to change allegiance.

Switching allegiance Shelvey could be persuaded to play for Scotland

Switching allegiance Shelvey could be persuaded to play for Scotland

Shelvey's grandmother is from Edinburgh
and says he will give consideration to the offer, but is happy to
concentrate on his club form for now.

He told the Sunday Mirror: 'I have had a few meetings with the Scottish FA. My grandmother is from Edinburgh.

'We will see. At the moment, I am concentrating on my club career, but if the time comes that I am not playing for England, then it is something I might not turn down.

'I am still young, so I don't have to make a decision yet. I haven't spoken to Craig Levein properly, only to say hello when he has been at the training ground visiting Charlie Adam.

'When I was on loan at Blackpool last season, I had a meeting with a few of the Scotland scouts – I liked what they said, but we have to wait to see what happens.'

Carlton Cole racist Twitter abuse: Police make arrest

Police make arrest following racist Twitter abuse of West Ham striker Cole

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UPDATED:

14:02 GMT, 26 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with racist twitter messages aimed at West Ham striker Carlton Cole, police said.

The man, from Southend in Essex, was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence, the county's force said.

The footballer highlighted the
messages on the social networking site, which he received following his
side's defeat at Swansea.

Target: Carlton Cole (left) received racist abuse on Twitter

Target: Carlton Cole (left) received racist abuse on Twitter

The 28-year-old player was targeted by
the supposed Hammers' fan in two foul-mouthed postings after the side
lost 3-0 in south Wales.

The comments, which the player
retweeted from his @CarltonCole1 account, questioned his performance and
used a racist term to describe him.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said:
'Police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Southend on suspicion of a
racially aggravated public order offence following tweets sent to
@Carltoncole1 (West Ham player Carlton Cole) on Saturday, August 25.

'Investigations are ongoing.'

Following the postings Cole took to the social networking site himself to criticise his aggressor.

He said: 'Listen, I take racism a lot
lighter than others and I do understand the banter that comes along with
it to get under people's skin, but it can sometimes be hurtful and
insulting.

Target: Kevin Nolan was also abused

Target: Kevin Nolan was also abused

'I don't mind when people criticise me for having a bad game or they think I'm crap at football but just say that.

'Whether I am crap or had a bad game has nothing to with my race, creed or religion. lets just keep it FOOTBALL. Kapeesh'

Fellow West Ham players Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan, and Guy Demel were also subjected to abuse.

Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter called for police to investigate the racist rant.

He posted on his Twitter account: 'I
hope the police take action over the racist abuse aimed at @CarltonCole1
on twitter tonight.'

In 2009 Cole was also the subject of
racist abuse when Millwall fans at Upton Park aimed monkey chants at him
during a Carling Cup clash.

London 2012 Olympics: James Huckle and Jonathan Hammond crash out

No final fling for Huckle and Hammond as British shooters miss their target

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12:24 GMT, 6 August 2012

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British shooting duo James Huckle and Jonathan Hammond bowed out of the Olympics after failing to make the final of the 50m rifle three positions.

Huckle, 21, from Essex, and 31-year-old Scot Hammond were unable to break into a strong top eight who will compete for the medals on Monday afternoon.

Huckle went into qualifying with high hopes in what is his preferred event, having missed out in both the 10m air rifle and 50m prone earlier this week. But his three-round total of 1162 left him ranked 25th.

Bowing out: James Huckle did not progress to the final

Bowing out: James Huckle did not progress to the final

Not this time: James Huckle is out of the 50m rifle three positions

Hammond started superbly with 395 in the prone, his strongest discipline, but his standing section let him down badly, scoring just 361 before finishing with 386 in the kneeling.

His late rally was not enough to prevent him finishing last of the 41 competitors.

Niccolo Campriani of Italy topped the rankings with a score of 1180, a new Olympic record, while America's Matt Emmons, who famously missed out on gold with his final shot at the last two Olympics, qualified in second.

Shot down: Jonathan Hammond could not make it through to the top eight

Shot down: Jonathan Hammond could not make it through to the top eight

London 2012 Olympics: James Huckle out of 10m air rifle final

Royal support can't help Huckle as Brit misses out on shooting final

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10:29 GMT, 30 July 2012

Olympics 2012

British marksman James Huckle has missed out on a place in the Olympic final in the 10m air rifle.

The 21-year-old from Harlow, Essex, was cheered on by the Duke of Kent among another sell-out crowd at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

Huckle looked to have given himself a
chance of a place in Monday afternoon's final with two perfect rounds of
100 – 10 bullseyes from 10 shots.

Target man: Britain's James Huckle missed out on a place in the Olympic final

Target man: Britain's James Huckle missed out on a place in the Olympic final

Target man: Britain's James Huckle missed out on a place in the Olympic final

The Duke even had some words of encouragement, saying: 'He's shooting very well, isn't he'

But Huckle's final total of 593 out of 600 was not enough to secure a top-eight finish.

He was eventually placed 24th, while the qualification round was won by Italy's Niccolo Campriani, the world No 1.