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Didier Drogba set to sign for Galatasaray on 18 month contract

Turkish delight for Drogba with former Chelsea striker set to sign for Galatasaray

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

16:44 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 27 January 2013

Didier Drogba has signed an 18-month contract at Galatasaray, according to reports in Turkey.

The former Chelsea striker is currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast but Eurosport and official Turkish League broadcaster LigTV are reporting that Drogba has found the time to agree a move to Turkey from Shanghai Shenhua.

He is expected to complete a 5million move to the Turkish side and will receive a signing on bonus of 3m.

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

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

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

Drogba will also reportedly receive a bonus of 21,000 for each game he plays, up to a maximum of 425,000 a year, meaning he could earn 9.6m over the 18 months.

Eurosport Turkey reports that the 'agreement is not official yet but sources say it will be done in the next week.'

A spokesperson for the Sports PR Company said: 'They have made a formal bid for him.'

The 34-year-old has found it hard to
settle in China and with Shenhua's financial problems worsening they
have already offloaded Drogba's former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka
to Juventus this week.

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the trophy

AC Milan had been linked with a move
for Drogba but it appears he will be heading to Galatasaray to join
their recent 8.6million signing Wesley Sneijder.

Last month Drogba returned to train with his old club during the Chinese off-season in preparation for the African Nations Cup, in which he is currently competing in South Africa.

FIFA rejected a special request from the striker for him to join a club on loan outside the transfer window, amid speculation linking him with Juventus, AC Milan and Liverpool, among others.

Arsene Wenger hints at Stephan El Shaarawy move in January

Wenger hints at January transfer swoop for Serie A top goalscorer El Shaarawy after refusing to rule out move for Milan star

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UPDATED:

12:36 GMT, 18 December 2012

Arsene Wenger could be ready to bolster Arsenal’s front line in the January transfer window with an audacious bid for highly-rated AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old for some time and Wenger has expressed his admiration of the Italian striker.

Wenger believes the Italy international would effortlessly slot into his side and believes his technical ability and speed make him an ideal signing.

Admirer: Arsene Wenger refused to rule out a move for AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy

Admirer: Arsene Wenger refused to rule out a move for AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy

The Frenchman told Eurosport: ‘El Shaarawy is a very mobile, very technical young player. His philosophy fits perfectly with mine.’

But Wenger will have a fight on his hands if he wants to land Serie A’s top goalscorer.

Milan are reluctant to part with El Shaarawy, who has scored 14 goals so far in the league, and are keen to get value for money should the 25million-rated striker push for a move in January.

Another stumbling block for Wenger is that the youngster would be loath to leave the Rossoneri, as a life-long fan of the club.

But despite the remote prospect of landing El Shaarawy in January, Wenger refused to rule out a move.

This weekend he said: ‘You never know. I just say I love the way he plays.’

Despite El Shaarawy’s exceptional season, his side sit in seventh place in Serie A after a disappointing start to their campaign.

Hair raising: It is believed El Shaarawy would cost in excess of 25million

Hair raising: It is believed El Shaarawy would cost in excess of 25million

Wenger is ready for a busy January transfer window, and has already been linked with a move for Barcelona right back Daniel Alves to improve his side's defensive record.

El Shaarawy isn't the only striker he has his eye on. Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer Thierry Henry could make a return to the Emirates on loan in Januray, and Newcastle hitman Demba Ba could yet be persuaded to swap Tyneside for north London.

Meanwhile, Arsenal hammered Premier League strugglers Reading 5-2 at the Madejski Stadium last night, as they bounced back from last week's crippling defeat at the hands of Bradford in the Capital One Cup.

Returning hero: Thierry Henry may go back to the Emirates on loan

Returning hero: Thierry Henry may go back to the Emirates on loan

Goal from triple dummy at corner – video

Check out the triple dummy… is this the most outrageous goal from a corner ever

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UPDATED:

11:40 GMT, 3 October 2012

It's the sort of fixture that you are
likely to find on Eurosport and will only watch if the TV remote is
more than a foot away or you just watch any football that comes on the
box.

But if you was lucky enough to catch the highlights of Moldova's Under 17 match with Serbia, you
would have witnessed one of the more amusing set-pieces seen in recent
times.

Serbia Under-17s

Serbia Under-17s

From a corner kick, Serbia played a short pass to the edge of the penalty area, which resulted in three attackers performing dummies before Andrija Zivkovic buried his first-time strike into the bottom corner.

Three players performing the distraction seems a bit excessive, and the statue-like defending as well as the Moldovan keeper being anchored to the spot only aid the eventual goal.

Watch the video

Still, it beats your over-paid Premier League right winger delivering yet another corner to be easily headed away at the near post and credit must be given to Zivkovic.

The pass to the forward took a ridiculous amount of bobbles before he found the sweet spot, making him a handy option for a number of Premier League sides facing tricky FA Cup away trips to the lower leagues in a few months' time.

Brian Barwick: Great Brit Bradley Wiggins a highlight for ITV4

Brian Barwick: Great Brit Bradley a highlight for ITV4

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UPDATED:

19:58 GMT, 12 July 2012

One of the real annual treats of sports television during the summer has become ITV4's coverage of the Tour de France.

Stunning scenery, cyclists getting into sprints, scrapes and scraps,
crazy road-side spectators and now, a British man very much at the front
of the field.

Stunning: Bradley Wiggins and the French mountain backdrop

Stunning: Bradley Wiggins and the French mountain backdrop

eleventh stage of the 2012 Tour de France

eleventh stage of the 2012 Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins is great television on and off his bike, even if his
press conferences can occasionally turn the air blue just like, say,
Westminster Magistrates Court.

But for the Tour's broadcasters in the UK, he is absolute gold dust,
just like his Team Sky colleague and last year's BBC Sports Personality
of the Year, Mark Cavendish.

At last we have our own riders to get
excited about, having lived on a diet of brilliant exponents of this
two-wheeled drama from much further afield.

ITV4, like British Eurosport, carry
large chunks of the Tour live, anywhere between three and five hours
daily, but for many it is their highlights programme at 7pm that is
required viewing. It is a little gem.

A comprehensive pull-together of the
best of the day's stage action, post-stage interviews and analysis, with
a regular feature on some unusual aspect of Tour life.

Chris Boardman

Marvellous: Chris Boardman

At the helm of the company, who put the ITV4 output together, are the vastly experienced Brian Venner and Carolyn Viccari.

Brian, a former BBC Grandstand producer, now in his late seventies, and his distinguished colleague Carolyn have been associated with Tour coverage since the mid-1980s when Channel 4's half-hour highlights show became a cult hit.

ITV took up the reins in 2001 and have benefited in recent years from an upsurge in cycling, both as a sport and a leisure pursuit, in this country.

In a team of long-termers, Gary Imlach has fronted the Tour coverage since 1991. A much underrated presenter, his journalistic instincts have served him particularly well over the years in the balancing act of rightly praising great sporting feats of derring-do, while also reporting with authority about the shadow of drug abuse that has plagued the sport.

He has become well practised in having to switch gears quickly.

Alongside him is the former Olympic champion and Tour veteran, Chris Boardman. His analysis often involves him getting on his bike himself – and the other night giving us a run-down on the use of elliptical chainrings, as you do.

Marvellous stuff.

Ned Boulting is a talented maker of short films and gets a lot into a little. He is also the man asking Wiggins and Team Sky the questions at the end of a stage.

In the commentary box, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen describe the action. Their commentary is taken by broadcasters the world over but you sense at the moment they are relishing the 'UK angle'. However, occasionally they could help the newcomer to this sport by way of a little more explanation.

Finally, away from the riders and their bikes, there is the programme's other great attraction – the stunning French scenery.

Somebody once told me that half the people who watched Ski Sunday tuned in to look at the beautiful snow-clad mountains.

During the Tour de France many viewers must just love France Television's gift of showing us their country's breathtaking summer face.

Edge of the Box: Chris Kamara spices up Carling Cup final

Old Spice Boy Kamara gives Carling Cup coverage the Chris of life

You know, it wasn't always easy like a Sunday morning for Lionel Richie.

Truly. Back when he was a team player as one of The Commodores, life was decidedly more down and dirty, and tunes like 'Machine Gun' and 'Brick House' was how he did his business.

Back in his playing days, when Chris Kamara was also one of a team – and he was, quite a few teams in fact – you could say the same about him.

Chris Kamara

Spice boy: Kamara

All white on the night: Chris Kamara at Wembley for the Carling Cup final

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But just like Lionel did when he went solo, Chris found a distinctly more relaxed way of going about his business when he became one of TV's most fun and insightful football front men.

Nowadays the only thing that anyone need fear from him is the all-guns-blazing shirt he's likely to assault our senses with for the Sunday morning romp through Saturday's highlights, Goals on Sunday on Sky Sports.

However, for Sunday's edition, TV's Mr 'Incredible Jeff' really did pull out all the stops to kick off a great day out at Wembley Stadium; even for those of us enjoying it from in front of the telly with Sky or the BBC's live coverage of the Carling Cup Final.

Playing away from their Isleworth base for the first time, the show opened on the turf that can now finally justify being called 'hallowed'.

Chris's ideally suited (and, indeed,
nicely suited) sidekick Ben Shephard clutched the Carling Cup, and Chris
did keepy uppies with the actual match ball in an appalling white suit
that had not been on that particular patch of north London since 1996.

And to be fair to him, you couldn't fault his touch, especially given the white leather slip-ons he was wearing at the time.

Silky skills: Kamara struts his stuff in front of Ben Shephard at Wembley

Silky skills: Kamara struts his stuff in front of Ben Shephard at Wembley

Dream team: Shephard and Kamara

As we were soon to discover in this extremely well-executed outside broadcast, this was the very ensemble worn by one of the guests for the morning, Jason McAteer, before the Manchester United v Liverpool FA Cup Final of 1996, and something 'that has never been out of the suit carrier since that day when I put it away in tears'.

And I think we can all say as one: and quite right too!

Aside from being nearly drowned out by a low-flying helicopter that was getting some tricky shots of the setting, this edition of Goals On Sunday was the usual slick mix of well-cut highlights, excellent analysis and knowledgeable guests (alongside McAteer were John Aldridge, Jay Bothroyd and Michael Chopra).

Let's get fizzy: The Liverpool players celebrate their big win at Wembley

Let's get fizzy: The Liverpool players celebrate their big win at Wembley

As a bonus we had the chance to look forward to the game with men who had both a professional and emotional investment in the day.

And the way the new stadium was looking on a gloriously sunny Sunday morning, who could wait

Well, given what was happening up the road between Arsenal and Tottenham, I'd guess quite a few of us were sticking with the 5-2 on Sky Sports as Gary Lineker welcomed the BBC audience at 3pm to thee Final show, enticing us with the notion that – with the national side's victory at Twickenham and Nathan Cleverly's title retention – the Welsh were on a hat trick.

This though was later echoed by Sky's commentator, Alan Parry, on their live coverage – at least that's what I assume he meant when he said we could be on the verge 'of a glorious threesome'.

Yes, well. Both the BBC and Sky decided the ideal man for their pre-match pre-recorded interview was Steven Gerrard, with the BBC sitting him down in front of a sepia image of Liverpool managers past for their chat.

Mersey paradise: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lifted the Carling Cup

Mersey paradise: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lifted the Carling Cup

However Sky must have thought that much too down to earth and instead opted for a glowing, bright, white background that was positively celestial.

Perhaps it was because they had Robbie Fowler as a studio guest

Of course in the end we were treated to a game that had no trouble emerging from the shadow of that earlier classic north London derby.

Indeed, it may end up being remembered as the game that finally helped define the new stadium as football genuinely coming home.

Certainly the weather helped with that, as well as the two sets of fans and the stage management of event.

But the arena itself, captured in some glorious aerial shots as a golden sun began to set, seemed to become a star in itself that day.

Mr BBC: Gary Lineker was steering the Carling Cup ship on terrestrial TV

Mr BBC: Gary Lineker was steering the Carling Cup ship on terrestrial TV

Equally compelling was the camera shot that tracked captain Gerrard and his team-mates up the steps and inside the stadium as they waited briefly, smiling and joking, before returning out into the light to collect their first piece of silverware in an age.

Alan Hansen had earlier sighed wistfully and said 'look at the pitch, look at the weather…I'd love to be out there', and you could see what the usually stoic old campaigner meant.

This was a great Wembley day we'd witnessed – easy!

WEDGIES

Sky Arts on Wednesday, and in First Love Alistair Campbell embarks on indulging one of his early passions – playing the bagpipes. Although the fact he kept them in a claret and blue Burnley FC bag suggests there's something else that competes for his affections…

Thursday on Sky Sports News and Stuart Pearce looks a natural in his first press conference as an England manager, explaining he picked Micah Richards because 'he makes me laugh..'

Also Thursday on Sky Sports and you can tell we're nearing the end of a long road trip as David Lloyd addresses the camera before the first Pakistan England T20 in a shirt he borrowed from a cameraman and a tie he 'hired by the hour' from Nassar Hussain…

Edge of the Box: Make your own Luck under Friday Night Lights

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You only need to think back over the last few days of not guilty verdicts, resignations and fall-outs from aborted handshakes to remind yourself that the drama of sport never restricts itself simply to the field of play.

Those white lines and ropes that surround our sporting arenas can be very thin and fragile, and as a result, on-field performances and off-field behaviour will inevitably go hand in hand.

Naturally, the mediums of TV and film have been aware of this for decades and regularly exploit sport for plots and backdrops to characters' lives, both at home and away from the action.

Star man: Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman is in Luck

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In the next few days, Sky Atlantic will be doing their bit to prove they can match their sports big brother for thrills and spills with the launch of two drama series.

First up on Tuesday is a welcome return to British screens for the impeccable, edgy, award-winning American College football series Friday Night Lights.

ITV4 briefly whetted our appetites but it will now be served up in the full run of five series.

Originally a journalistic book, then film, this is the story of rookie head coach Taylor and his Panthers football team from the fictional town of Dillon in West Texas.

Shot on location in swiftly edited, pithily short scenes with juddering documentary-style camera work, this series sets out to be (and pretty much succeeds in capturing) small town Middle American reality.

However, with a cast of characters that includes the All American quarterback, his nervous back-up, the heavy drinking full-back, assorted girlfriends/cheerleaders and a whole town expecting their boys to win, Win, WIN, that reality is a dramatically heightened white-knuckle ride right along the raw edge of the emotions.

What's more, this up-close-and-personal filming style brings a sense of honesty to the football sequences that puts you right inside the action.

You'll cheer, you'll cry, you'll wince and rub your shoulder. In one scene, Taylor and a former coaching boss bat the phrase 'it's only football' back across to each other, both of them doing so through hollow laughter.

They know there's nothing 'only' about it, as indeed does this terrific series.

Next Saturday, the latest hit off the stellar HBO production line debuts here, brought to us by some serious showbiz heavyweights.

Luck is a horseracing drama series that combines the talents of actors Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, producer/director Michael Mann and producer/writer David Milch (NYPD Blue and Deadwood) and does not hold back in depicting the Sport of Kings as the sport of crooks, cheats and killers.

The opening scene shows us Ace Bernstein (Hoffman) leaving prison, but then takes no time in whisking us out to the track in the bright California sunshine, where lurking in the shadows are dubious agents, corrupt officials, questionable stable owners and sleazy punters.

But it also gives us Nolte (once the muscular star of arguably the best-ever film about American football, North Dallas Forty) as soft and gentle owner Walter Smith who retains a passion for his horses and belief in the beauty and purity of his sport – most elegantly illustrated with the handsome filming of these incredible animals when they are, in particular, around him.

Visually this couldn't be more different from Friday Night Lights, in particular with Saturday's pilot episode as Mann as a film director is the stuff of legend when it comes to sumptuous splashes of colour across a screen.

But when it gets to the action, Luck is also more than happy to get mud in your eye.

For the racing sequences, we are right in the saddle as jockey and horse do battle to get off the rail, take the outside line and ultimately put a flared nose first across the finishing line.

The sense of pace and power is extraordinary and works brilliantly in contrast to non-racing scenes, where much of the dialogue is mumbled, jargon-driven small talk, but all the more compelling for it.

Okay, these shows may not be able replace the drama of a 35-yard piledriver or steepling six, but (to paraphrase Tommy Lee Jones in No Country For Old Men) it'll more than do until the real drama gets here.

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Thursday on Sky 1, at Laureus World Sports Awards (recorded three days prior) host Clive Owen asks the audience 'to excuse me if I seem a little nervous tonight. Liverpool are kicking off in 20 minutes and we badly need the win'….

Bradley Walsh's character DI Ronnie Brooks was not so lucky in ITV's Law & Order: UK . Pesky murder case meant he missed out on a seat in a box at Upton Park and a former suspect then tells him 'we beat the Hammers 2-0.'

Sunday on ITV4 at half-time in Africa Cup of Nations and Matt Smith laughs nervously and says 'be careful with the hair there, Herve' as Zambia's preening coach Renard slaps one of his players across the chest in a slow-motion action replay…

Edge of the Box: Jim White smashes winter window again

Trust Jim White to smash the winter window as silver-haired showman reaches for the Sky

And so here we go again, another transfer window. But have you been out there Bitter, it is. You don't want to crack that window open too much or you might just catch something. Which in QPR's case, of course, is about 10million worth of strikers.

However, the chilly January night air is obviously not a problem for the folks safely ensconced at Sky Sports HQ, where the only issues were to ensure Bryan Swanson's big TV kept the 'totalizer' up to speed and that Natalie Sawyer was able to prevent Jim White exploding in what was an intensely short Transfer Deadline Day Show.

This was the result of a perverse piece of fixture scheduling which meant that Sky's now patented biannual bargain hunt was rudely curtailed by a bunch of football matches.

Window watch: Jim White was the star of the Sky show once again

Window watch: Jim White was the star of the Sky show once again

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The pair were forced to play their own personal game of countdown in the space of just 45 minutes – from the rather ordinary 10.15pm to the somewhat nondescript 11pm – rendering Jim's opening gambit of 'this is going to make Djokovic/Nadal look like a quick catch up' a bit of a stretch.

Yep, this is not the window that our high-octane Scot is really at his best with.

Jim is clearly much more your man for the summer windows – nice, big French ones that he can burst through and proclaim: 'Anyone for Sebastian Bassong on a season long loan'

Instead, he was forced to cram his usually adept and engaging scene-setting into such a short space of time, it never got the chance to build to the usual operatic climax – especially as the fat lady that sang for us on this occasion was nothing more than the thrilling news that Keith Andrews would be joining West Brom on a short-term loan from Blackburn.

This is of course not to say that it didn't have it's usual moments, as all the chaps on their regional beats did their utmost to draw some last-minute blood from the stone of a frankly underwhelming mid-season shopping spree.

Of all the road team, it was probably Gary Cotterill who had the jammiest assignment as he basked in the warm glow of the Loftus Road reception, surrounded by an array of potted palms, like the Robinson Crusoe of Shepherd's Bush.

It was from this balmy location that he registered his surprise that Bobby Zamora 'is not as young as he used to be'.

Gary, it happens to us all, fella. Even to those of us stranded at QPR's desert island foyer.

Easy for you to say: Fulham's new signing Pavel Pogrebnyak

Easy for you to say: Fulham's new signing Pavel Pogrebnyak

Across the border, Charles Paterson brought us news of Celtic signing Pawel Brozek, who we must assume is a real belt-and-braces kind of guy as the pictures showed him greeting the Hoops faithful in a Celtic shirt, waving a Celtic shirt.

We then saw Harry Redknapp, looking much more at home than he has done in the last few days, in front of the post-match cameras, but without the usual car window that is part and parcel of his deadline-day interviews.

Somewhat out of kilter therefore, Harry mentioned a couple of potential movers before muttering to himself absent-mindedly 'that's it as far as I can think. There was nobody else, was there'

Meanwhile, back in west London, the cold night air was definitely beginning to play tricks with the mind and the tongue as Ian Bolton brought us news of events at Craven Cottage.

As he told us of Fulham's day, he took a lingering look at his notes before launching into an attempt at 'Pavel Poooo (studied pause) – Grebniak' before admitting: 'I've struggled with that all day.'

Back in the studio, Jim sympathised with his buddy by saying 'when you're frozen to the marrow, all you need is a name like…'

Earned his stripes in the trenches like the rest of them, did Jim. And so before you knew it, and before Ian Dowie and Dave Beasant had a chance to chew over any of the albeit meagre scraps of transfer news, it was time for Jim to turn to the 'big guy', also known as the clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, and proclaim the transfer window….closed….about a minute early, so by then adding a few hastily gathered thoughts as to what had gone on until BONG – Big Ben rescued him, the window came to a close, and we all got to go away and learn how you actually say 'Poooo-Grebniak'.

See you next window, big guy.

Carlos Tevez closer to AC Milan move

Tevez moves closer to Milan move as Galliani prepares to meet City officials

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani expects to meet Manchester City officials on Thursday to discuss the possible transfer of Carlos Tevez.

Striker Tevez is currently in his native Argentina having flown home without City”s permission last month.

His representatives have been speaking to officials at Milan about a possible move, but a sticking point has been the terms of the deal, with Milan wanting Tevez on loan initially and City keen to sell the player immediately.

Here come the girls: Man City striker Tevez is AWOL in Argentina

Here come the girls: Man City striker Tevez is AWOL in Argentina

Galliani said, according to Italian Eurosport: “On Thursday we have an appointment with Manchester City for Tevez but it will probably not be the decisive one to conclude negotiations.”

Galliani told Radio 1 Rai: “We”re not going to take him outright: we”re offering a free loan with the right to buy in June.

Long time ago: Tevez hasn

Long time ago: Tevez hasn”t trained with Manchester City for weeks

“The player wants to come to us and not PSG (Paris St Germain) and we hope City accept the offer.”

Galliani also said signing Maxi Lopez, currently at Catania, was a “standby” option if Milan are unable to agree terms with City for Tevez.

Catania are expecting Lopez to leave during the January transfer window, with general manager Pietro Lo Monaco saying the club had received several offers for the Argentinian forward.