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QPR want Frank Lampard; Chelsea interested in Miralem Pjanic

Lampard considering QPR deal as Chelsea legend heads towards January exit – with 14m Pjanic lined up to replace him

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UPDATED:

09:23 GMT, 16 December 2012

Out of favour: Lampard

Out of favour: Lampard

Frank Lampard is weighing up a move to QPR after falling out of favour at Chelsea.

The veteran midfielder is out of contract in the summer but he may hasten his exit after being snubbed by Rafael Benitez for Chelsea's Club World Cup semi-final against Monterrey, reports the Sunday People.

Despite Ramires being out injured Benitez opted to use David Luiz in an unfamiliar midfield role rather than turn to the 34-year-old England international.

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is looking to strengthen his squad in January and he is thought to be interested in a deal to bring his nephew to Loftus Road.

The Blues are interested in bringing Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic to Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Lampard. The 22-year-old Bosnian international is rated at 14million.

Highly-rated: Pjanic has starred for Roma this season

Highly-rated: Pjanic has starred for Roma this season

Darren Bent wanted by Aston Villa

Jol admits interest in Bent as striker edges closer to Aston Villa exit

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 30 November 2012

Out of favour: Bent (right)

Out of favour: Bent (right)

Fulham boss Martin Jol has hinted he may rival new Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp in a January move for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.

Bent is expected to leave Villa after falling out of favour with manager Paul Lambert and QPR are the initial favourites to sign him.

Jol, who signed Bent for Tottenham in 2007, was asked if he would be keen to re-sign the striker and said: ‘You never know, but we have three good strikers in Berbatov, Petric and Kacaniklic. We could maybe have one more creative player but you never know.’

Meanwhile, Fulham, West Ham, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton are all monitoring goalkeeper Paul Robinson’s situation at Blackburn Rovers. Albion have concerns over Ben Foster’s groin trouble.

Bobby Zamora should quit, says Tony Cascarino

Just quit! Zamora told to hang up his boots after admitting to falling out love with the game

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11:15 GMT, 5 November 2012

FALLING OUT OF LOVE

Read the interview with Bobby Zamora in which he discuss his feelings for football

Bobby Zamora has been told to quit football after admitting he'd fallen out of love with the game.

The QPR forward has endured a difficult 12 months since leaving Fulham for Loftus Road, and last found the back of the net in the September defeat to Tottenham.

Zamora was a late substitute in Sunday's draw with Reading – a 10th winless game of the season for Rangers – and missed a glorious opportunity to secure the points.

Chance gone: Bobby Zamora has admitted to falling out of love with football

Chance gone: Bobby Zamora has admitted to falling out of love with football

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday on the morning of the match, the former England international admitted that, off the field, he has little interest in football

He said: 'For so many years football has been your life and it’s all everyone wants to talk about, everywhere you go. I don’t like talking about it. I’m not a massive football fan, really. Quite a lot more players than let on are the same.

'I don’t watch games on an evening or anything like that. A lot of people find it strange [that I don’t like football].

'I’m not sure what I want to do after I finish playing but if it means watching football then I don’t want to get involved.'

But reacting to Zamora's surprise comments, former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland star Tony Casacarino believes the is no space in a squad for someone so detached from the game.

Writing in his Times newspaper column, Cascarino said: 'Bobby Zamora shoudl hang up his boots. The QPR forward admits he doesn't watch or even like football much.

'I assure you, players like him are few and far between. If your heart's not in it, Bobby, get out of the game.'

AC Milan want Arsenal"s Denilson

Arsenal could cancel Denilson loan as Milan plot bid for midfielder

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UPDATED:

21:17 GMT, 24 August 2012

AC Milan are considering a move for Arsenal midfielder Denilson.

The Brazilian, 24, is on loan at Sao Paulo after falling out of favour at the Emirates.

But a clause in his contract enables Arsenal to cancel the loan and sell him should another club make a suitable offer.

Milan bound Arsenal midfielder Denilson could be heading for Italy

Milan bound Arsenal midfielder Denilson could be heading for Italy

Joe Cole: I prayed Brendan Rodgers would be new Liverpool boss

I prayed Rodgers would be new Liverpool manager, admits Cole

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11:34 GMT, 16 July 2012

Joe Cole has backed Brendan Rodgers to bring the glory days back to Liverpool, predicting the former Swansea manager will be a success at Anfield.

Cole was shipped out on loan to Lille last season after falling out of favour under Kenny Dalglish.

But the former Chelsea and West Ham ace is hoping to re-ignite his career at Anfield and hopes Rodgers, who he worked with during his time at Stamford Bridge, will give him the chance to build on a largely successful season-long loan in France.

No ordinary Joe: Cole reckons Rodgers can lead Liverpool back to former glories

No ordinary Joe: Cole reckons Rodgers can lead Liverpool back to former glories

'When I was hearing about Liverpool looking at certain managers, I was praying it was going to be Brendan – not just because he's not an unknown for me and I know his philosophy on football, but I think for the club the owners have made the right choice,' said Cole.

Welcome to Anfield: The former Swansea boss has taken the managerial reigns at Liverpool

Welcome to Anfield: The former Swansea boss has taken the managerial reigns at Liverpool

'He has just impressed everyone so much since he's been here.

'It's been a breath of fresh air. 'A new manager always brings a lift, but the gaffer has come in and really impressed everyone.'

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Cole added: 'What you get from him is honesty – he's made that perfectly clear – and you're going to know where you stand.

'Tactically, he's very astute. You look at what he did not just at Swansea, but also when he was at Watford. He's been a success, he's young and hungry.

'I think a lot of clubs are steering towards that in English football now. He's going to be a success at Liverpool and if we all stick together and pull round, we can do some great things at this club.

'I know him from my Chelsea days when he was there and I can't see anything other than positive things.'

It"s no-go for Spur Defoe as AVB tells striker he must stay

It's no-go for Spur Defoe as AVB tells striker he must stay

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22:17 GMT, 6 July 2012

Jermain Defoe has been told he cannot leave Spurs by new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The England striker was keen to quit White Hart Lane this summer after falling out of favour with axed manager Harry Redknapp towards the end of last season.

No go: Jermain Defoe (right) has been told to stay at Spurs

No go: Jermain Defoe (right) has been told to stay at Spurs

But Villas-Boas will block any attempts by him to leave ahead of the new season.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are continuing with their move to sign Luka Modric.

Trouble: Andre Villas-Boas faces a fight to keep his assets

Trouble: Andre Villas-Boas faces a fight to keep his assets

Talks between Spurs and the Spanish club are ongoing but the main stumbling block towards a deal is the transfer fee.

Spurs value Modric at 40million, but Madrid only want to pay 30million. Tottenham, last night close to completing the deal for Ajax defender Jan Verthongen, are also stepping up efforts to land Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Wimbledon 2012: Johanna Konta beaten by Christina McHale

Konta heartbreak on SW19 bow as McHale edges epic encounter

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UPDATED:

16:54 GMT, 26 June 2012

Johanna Konta could not cause an upset on her Wimbledon debut as she lost to 30th seed Christina McHale in a marathon encounter on Court 17.

Konta, who was born in Australia but received British citizenship last month, won the first set on a tie-break but lost the second and play was suspended at 7-7 in the decider at 9pm on Monday night.

Konta, ranked 187 places below her opponent, had her serve broken in the third game when they resumed, and despite then setting up three break points of her own the Briton lost 6-7 (7/4), 6-2, 10-8.

Out: Johanna Konta could not get beyond the first round at Wimbledon

Out: Johanna Konta could not get beyond the first round at Wimbledon

Konta, 21, is the third British woman to be knocked out in the first round after Laura Robson joined Naomi Broady in falling by the wayside.

Britain's No 5 started the day well, winning her first service game, but a rain delay then forced the players off for just over an hour.

When they returned McHale held well and then had four break points, but Konta remained calm, firing off some solid returns to take the game back to deuce.

When she offered her opponent at fifth break point, however, McHale jumped at the opportunity, firing at Konta's feet, and she could not return over the net.

Done it: Christina McHale celebrates her victory over Konta

Done it: Christina McHale celebrates her victory over Konta

Konta mustered enough spirit to take McHale to 0-40 in the following game, but she wasted all three break points, her last effort a forehand that went way over the baseline.

A wayward backhand from Konta then sealed the win for McHale, who will now face Mathilde Johansson in the second round.

On Monday Konta came back from the brink of defeat in the third set when McHale was serving for the match at 5-4 up, but her comeback ultimately proved short-lived after the resumption.

Kevin Pietersen quit one-day internationals to keep love for cricket

I quit one-day scene before falling out of love with cricket, says Pietersen

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UPDATED:

08:45 GMT, 11 June 2012

Decision: Pietersen believes he made the right call

Decision: Pietersen believes he made the right call

Kevin Pietersen insists he had no option but to retire from one-day internationals – to make sure he does not 'fall out of love' with cricket altogether.

England's mercurial batsman will play no part in the forthcoming month of limited-overs cricket against West Indies and Australia, any more future 50-over fixtures – including the 2015 World Cup – or, as it stands, his adopted country's defence of their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka.

Pietersen still harbours hope of a compromise between him and his employers, who pointed out his contract does not allow him to pick and choose formats, so that he can return to Twenty20 at some point.

That does not mean, though, that he has any regrets about his controversial decision last week to call time on his ODI career.

'It's a shame I have to make the decision, but that's the schedule we've got,' he said, after making 78 for England on day four at Edgbaston where the third Investec Test against the Windies moved ever closer to a draw.

'If I played for another country, there are chances to be rested for a month or two maybe.

Target: Pietersen hopes to play on at the highest level for many years to come

Target: Pietersen hopes to play on at the highest level for many years to come

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'But you don't get that playing for England, so I had to make a decision on it – and you know what it is.

'I can't play at my peak and in every single game and enjoy it when I play all forms, train every day – you fall out of love with it.'

He hopes the break he will take after the end of the Test series today, and others in future, will allow him to play five-day cricket for another four years at least.

'I want to play until I'm 35,' he said, adding he has no intention at present of adding Australia's high-profile domestic competition to a Twenty20 porfolio which already includes the Indian Premier League and Surrey in this country.

'I'm not playing Big Bash,' he said.

Jack Charlton "recovering well" in hospital after hip operation

Jack Charlton 'recovering well' in hospital after hip operation

World Cup winner Jack Charlton was recovering in hospital after undergoing hip replacement surgery following a fall at his home.

The 76-year-old, who along with
brother Bobby was part of the England team which beat West Germany 4-2
after extra-time in the 1966 final, had the operation at Newcastle's
Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Scare: Jack Charlton hopes to leave hospital on Monday

Scare: Jack Charlton hopes to leave hospital on Monday

Son John said: 'He's fine. He had the operation this morning and the operation was fine. Everything went well.

'Basically, as everybody else would, he is just recovering from the anaesthetic.

'They will probably keep him in over the weekend and let him out on Monday if everything is fine. With hip replacements, which is what he has had, they don't tend to keep them in too long.

'They do hip replacements all the time and they said it's not a big operation and, as long as he came through it okay, they expected him to make a full recovery.

'He has come through it and now it's all about rehabilitation.'

Legend: Charlton celebrates winning the World Cup in 1966

Legend: Jack Charlton celebrates winning the World Cup in 1966

The Ashington-born former Leeds defender broke his hip after falling down the stairs at his home in Morpeth, Northumberland on Thursday night while his wife Pat was out, but eventually managed to get to a telephone to alert his son.

John said: 'When he rang me, he told me he had fallen and damaged his hip, and said, “You had better come around”.

'But it was surreal. When I got there, he was sitting in a chair watching the telly, although we then realised his hip was broken.'

Charlton senior, who also famously led the Republic of Ireland to successive World Cup tournaments as manager in 1990 and 1994, might have been home even sooner if he had got his own way.

John said: 'He wanted to get up and come out, although that isn't going to happen.'

Sebastien Bassong grateful for Wolves switch

Bassong grateful for Wolves switch after falling out of favour at Tottenham

New Wolves signing Sebastien Bassong admits he has gladly swapped a Barclays Premier League title battle for a relegation fight because of his desire for first-team football.

Tottenham defender Bassong joined Wolves on loan for the rest of the season just minutes before the transfer window closed on Tuesday evening.

Talk of the town: Bassong completed his move to Wolves on deadline day

Talk of the town: Bassong completed his move to Wolves on deadline day

And the Cameroon international will instantly be involved in Wolves boss Mick McCarthy's plans for Saturday's clash with QPR at Loftus Road.

Bassong said: 'I've been chatting with the manager and chairman at Tottenham to see how things stood and whether I would be coming out on loan. I think it is a very good move for me.

'There are some very good players at Tottenham and they are having a fantastic season, but I just want to try and play football and I am hoping this will be a good place for me to do that.

On the move Bassong will link up with O'Hara at Wolves

On the move Bassong will link up with O'Hara at Wolves

'Of course, it's a different challenge to Spurs, the different end of the table, but I know that there is a challenge ahead and I wanted to be a part of it.

'I am sure there is enough quality in the dressing room to stay up. You only stay in the Premier League if you deserve to and, if we do everything properly, then I think we will do it.'

Bassong will be reunited with midfielder Jamie O'Hara, who moved from White Hart Lane to Molineux last summer after a successful loan spell. He said: 'I've played a few games with Jamie at Tottenham. He's a very good player and it's good he's back fit.

'I spoke to him about coming here and he gave me a good reference! I'm looking forward to linking up with him again.'

Bassong is under no illusions about the challenge ahead at Loftus Road after the spending spree by QPR boss Mark Hughes during the transfer window.

He said: 'QPR did well in the transfer window and bought some quality players. We're in the position here where every game is like a cup final.

'We've got to take each game really seriously and give our best. If we do that we've got a chance of getting a result on Saturday.'