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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.’

Wilfried Bony chased by West Ham, Fulham, Stoke and Everton

Trio of Premier League sides join West Ham in race for 12m-rated Ivorian hitman Bony

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

23:00 GMT, 24 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:20 GMT, 25 March 2013

Premier League clubs are bettling each other race to sign scoring sensation Wilfried Bony, who is pushing for a move to the English top flight next season.

The Ivory Coast striker, rated at around 12million, has been in prolific from for Vitesse Arnhem this season and is the top scorer in Holland with 26 goals in 24 league games.

His contract runs until 2015 but Sportsmail understands his agent is in talks with at least four Premier League clubs — West Ham, Fulham, Stoke and Everton — and hopes to complete a deal by the end of the week.

Strike rate: Bony (right), seen here in action for Ivory Coast, has scored 26 goals in 24 games this term

Strike rate: Bony (right), seen here in action for Ivory Coast, has scored 26 goals in 24 games this term

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The 24-year-old tried to leave Vitesse
in January, but the club held firm and insisted he continued to help
the club push for a Champions League spot for next season.

Since his 4million move from Sparta
Prague at the beginning of 2011, Bony has scored 46 times in 63
appearances for Vitesse — including an amazing recent run which has seen
him net 10 goals in his last six games.

Were West Ham to land him for around
12m it would smash their previous transfer record of buying Matt Jarvis
from Wolves for 10.75m.

Bony learned the game by playing
street football called ‘Maracana’, competing in city competitions before
spending three years at the Cyrille Domoraud football Academy located
in the city of Bingerville, in south-east Ivory Coast.

Options: Sam Allardyce will be looking for more firepower, with his side netting just 32 goals this season

Options: Sam Allardyce will be looking for more firepower, with his side netting just 32 goals this season

North London derby scores highest in Premier League games

Back of the net! North London derby averages most goals per game of ANY Premier League match… and here's some recent classics

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

12:24 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:57 GMT, 28 February 2013

Goals, dismissals, comebacks, bust-ups – the north London derby has had plenty of all of these over the years.

Now Sportsmail can reveal that the battle between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal provides the most goals per game in the Premier League when at least 10 matches have been played.

Of the 41 league games fought between the two sides, 121 goals have been scored, or 2.95 goals per game.

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And another: Robert Pires scores in Arsenal's 5-4 win at White Hart Lane in November 2004, just one of the classic games between the side's over the years

And another: Robert Pires scores in Arsenal's 5-4 win at White Hart Lane in November 2004, just one a number of classic games between the side's over the years

LAST SIX WHITE HART LANE MEETINGS

October 2011: Spurs 2-1 Arsenal

April 2011: Spurs 3-3 Arsenal

April 2010: Spurs 2-1 Arsenal

Feb 2009: Spurs 0-0 Arsenal

Sep 2007: Spurs 1-3 Arsenal

April 2007: Spurs 2-2 Arsenal

In the last five games alone, a staggering 28 goals have been scored. That's even before you get to belters like Tottenham's comeback in the 4-4 draw at the Emirates in November 2008 and Arsenal's 5-4 win at White Hart Lane in 2004.

With Arsenal going for broke for fourth place and Tottenham playing their best football of the campaign (helped by the scintillating form of Gareth Bale), there could be goals galore on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners may be short on firepower at the moment, but Theo Walcott will be looking to add to his four goals in the last four north London derbies.

On the other side of the divide, Bale has netted four PL goals against Arsenal, the equal-most for a Tottenham player alongside Rafael van der Vaart.

Coming in a close second on average goals per game is Manchester United against Everton, with 121 goals scored in 42 Premier League games, or 2.88 goals per game.

This means that if a single goal is scored on Sunday afternoon, the contest will become the highest-scoring match in the Premier League era.

The argument over which English derby is the fiercest, most entertaining and most important has been running for years, with each and every fan in the country convinced their special rivalry is the one and only.

Fierce: North London derbies aren't just full of goals, with plenty of scuffles over the years, while Spurs have come out on top at White Hart Lane in recent years

Fierce: North London derbies aren't just full of goals, with plenty of scuffles over the years, while Spurs have come out on top at White Hart Lane in recent encounters

Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker and teammates Luka Modricand Gareth Bale celebrate after scoring a goal against Arsenal in 2011
PREMIER LEAGUE DERBIES

Liverpool v Everton: 92 goals in 41 games (2.24 goals per game)

Man City v Man Utd: 88 goals in 31 games (2.83 gpg)

Sunderland v Newcastle: 55 goals in 21 games (2.61 gpg)

But in comparison with the Merseyside, Manchester and Tyne-Wear derbies, North London's finest come out on top.

In the 41 Premier League games between Liverpool and Everton, 92 goals have been scored, equalling 2.24 goals per game.

Meanwhile, the Manchester derby has produced 82 goals in 31 games (2.83 goals per game), while Premier League encounters between Newcastle United and Sunderland have seen 55 goals in 31 games (2.61 goals per game).

VIDEO: North London derby classics from the past decade

Hull 1 Blackburn 0 match report: Rovers come back to earth as Gedo blaster keeps Tigers in the hunt

Hull 1 Blackburn 0: Rovers come back to earth as Gedo blaster keeps Tigers in the hunt

By
Richard Gibson

PUBLISHED:

21:59 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:36 GMT, 19 February 2013

Mohamed Gedo — remember the name. At this rate you’ll be hearing it a great deal more between now and the end of the season.

For the third time in a week, the 28-year-old Egypt international opened the scoring at the KC Stadium to put second-placed Hull on their way.

Following strikes in wins against
Derby and Charlton, Gedo altered the contest against Blackburn,
eliminators of Arsenal from the FA Cup. He ghosted in at the far post to
guide in Stephen Quinn’s dink to the far post.

Get in: Hull striker Gedo (centre) celebrates his third goal in as many games

Get in: Hull striker Gedo (centre) celebrates his third goal in as many games

Match facts

Hull: Stockdale, Chester, Hobbs, Bruce, Elmohamady, Meyler, Evans (Olofinjana 88), Quinn, Brady, Koren (Fathi 90), Gedo (Cairney 89). Subs not used: Jakupovic, Rosenior, Simpson, Proschwitz.
Booked: Evans.

Goals: Gedo 52, Elmohamady 67.

Blackburn:
Kean, Orr, Dann, Grant Hanley, Martin Olsson, Williamson (Campbell 59),
Lowe, Murphy, Rekik (Bentley 59), Rhodes, Kazim-Richards. Subs not used: Usai, Givet, Pedersen, Markus Olsson, Nuno Gomes.

Booked: Kazim-Richards, Orr, Martin Olsson, Rekik.

Attendance: 15,981.

Referee: Tim Robinson.

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His acquisition, on loan from Al
Ahly, has provided the East Yorkshire club with the firepower they have
lacked since top scorer Sone Aluko was sidelined through injury. Once
ahead there was only going to be one result, and it was no surprise when
another of Hull’s Egyptian trio, Ahmed Elmohamady, arrived to sidefoot
in Robbie Brady’s raking cross from the left.

‘We needed someone to come in and for
him to get three in three has been the icing on the cake for us,’ said
Hull manager Steve Bruce. ‘I know he’ll hit a wall but hopefully with
the sun shining as we get into spring, he will thrive.’

A fortnight ago, Hull trailed both
Cardiff and Leicester but results since have seen them narrow the Welsh
club’s lead to five points and return to the automatic promotion places.

‘It’s quite refreshing for the League
because nobody really fancied Crystal Palace, Watford and ourselves, so
it’s fair play to all three,’ Bruce added.

‘That’s the best we have played this
year. It was a complete performance from start to finish. There was a
hunger and freshness about us from back to front. We have good energy
levels and some of them look as if they can run a million miles.’

Two outstanding saves from young
Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean denied David Meyler in either half to
restrict Hull’s winning margin to two.

Crunching: Corry Evans goes in hard on Colin Kazim-Richards

Crunching: Corry Evans goes in hard on Colin Kazim-Richards

In contrast, Blackburn’s attacking
players had a wretched night, particularly DJ Campbell, whose decision
to snub promotion-chasing Hull on transfer-deadline day three weeks ago,
drew boos for his every mistake after coming on as a substitute on the
hour.

Fellow striker Colin Kazim-Richards,
scorer of the winning goal at the Emirates, had the visitors’ solitary
chance but Hull goalkeeper David Stockdale parried his fourth-minute
effort before scooping up the rebound ahead of the predatory Jordan
Rhodes.

‘Obviously after the euphoria of the
weekend there was always a danger the players would not be able to pick
themselves up and repeat that type of performance,’ said Blackburn
manager Michael Appleton.

In fact, Turkey international
Kazim-Richards was fortunate to remain on the field until the interval
after escaping cautions for shoving Alex Bruce in the chest and
wrestling Meyler to the turf either side of receiving a yellow card from
referee Tim Robinson for an aerial challenge on Jack Hobbs.

Cardiff 1 Millwall 0 – match report

Cardiff 1 Millwall 0: Gestede ensures league leaders move five points above chasing Hull

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17:37 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 29 December 2012

Rudy Gestede scored the only goal of the game as league leaders Cardiff made it three in a row against Millwall to move five points clear of second placed Hull.

Manager Malky Mackay dropped striker Heidar Helguson in favour of 24-year-old Gestede who partnered Craig Bellamy while Aron Gunnarsson also came into the midfield.

And it was the former Metz forward who was quickest to repay the faith of his manager after just eight minutes when Craig Noone beat Shane Lowry with a mazy run before crossing for the Frenchman who tapped home from six yards.

Edged: Cardiff narrowly beat Millwall

Edged: Cardiff narrowly beat Millwall

MATCH FACTS

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Conway, Noone (Cowie 73), Gunnarsson (Mutch 45), Gestede (Helguson 77), Bellamy

Subs not used: Lewis, Connolly, Kim Bo-Kyung, Mason

Goal: Gestede

Booked: Conway

Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Lowry, Beevers, Smith, Malone (Feeney 18), Trotter, Henry, Abdou, Henderson, N'Guessan (Batt 64)

Subs not used: M Taylor, Dunne, Smith, Osborne, Wright

Referee: Mark Halsey

Attendance: 24,263

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The visitors' problems worsened 10
minutes later when winger Scott Malone had to be replaced by Liam Feeney
with the Bluebirds already in a rampant mood.

Former Aston Villa defender Lowry
made amends for his early lapse blocking a Bellamy effort inside the box
while goalkeeper David Forde was forced to deal with a flurry of tricky
deliveries in quick succession.

But they were showing no lack of
firepower themselves following 11-goal Chris Wood's return to parent
club West Brom. Lowry delivered for Darius Henderson on 24 minutes whose
header drew a fine stop from David Marshall.

Lions skipper Danny Shittu, who
requested not to be selected by Nigeria for the Africa Cup of Nations
earlier this week, had to be alert at the opposite end just after the
half-hour mark to get in the way of Craig Conway's goal-bound effort.

The hosts were forced into a change
of their own just before the half-time whistle when Aron Gunnarsson had
to make way for Jordon Mutch. The switch interrupted the flow of the
game and they had Marshall to thank again seconds later when he blocked a
stinging drive from Shittu with his feet to ensure they led at the
break.

Substitute Mutch went close to a
second 10 minutes after the restart but Forde produced a flying save to
keep out his long range drive.

Dangerous in attack, the hosts looked
susceptible at the back and Dany N'Guessan, recalled to the starting XI
following the departure of Wood, fired a warning shot into the side
netting on the hour mark after a swift counter attack.

Kenny Jackett's side were firmly on
top in the second-half and the impressive Marshall was again called into
action minutes later this time tipping Henry's free-kick round the
post.

His opposite number was keen to prove
his worth as the game began to open up in the final 20 minutes and
Forde kept them in it with a brilliant parry to deny Noone.

Mackay
introduced Helguson in place of Gestede 13 minutes from time as the
Bluebirds used all their experience to hold on for a vital three points.

Chris Wood will sign for Leicester for 1.5m

Foxes snare 1.5m West Brom hitman Wood to aid promotion push

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UPDATED:

17:10 GMT, 27 December 2012

Leicester have won the battle to sign Chris Wood after
agreeing a 1.5million deal with West Brom for the free-scoring New Zealand
striker.

Wood has been in prolific form during a loan spell with
Millwall, who were anxious to turn his temporary stay into a permanent transfer and were competing with Leicester, Huddersfield and several other
clubs for his signature.

But the 21-year old has opted for Championship promotion
chasers Leicester and will be confirmed as a Foxes’ player shortly.

Goal machine: Chris Wood has been in fine fettle for Milwall

Goal machine: Chris Wood has been in fine fettle for Milwall

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson bemoaned his side’s lack of
a cutting edge after seeing them follow a 1-0 home defeat by Cardiff with a
goalless draw at Hull on Boxing Day.

He was adamant that the addition of more firepower could
prove vital to their promotion prospects and admitted he was hopeful of a
transfer breakthrough in the next few days.

Though he played down speculation
that he was closing in on Wood, the burly West Brom target man was always his
main priority and is now heading to the East Midlands to bolster Leicester’s
promotion push.

David Villa is Chelsea loan target

EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea fight to bring in Barca striker Villa on loan in bid to help Torres

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UPDATED:

08:24 GMT, 26 December 2012

Chelsea are preparing to join the dash for Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa as Rafa Benitez seeks firepower to complement Fernando Torres.

Having restored the goal instinct of Torres within a month of taking over from Roberto Di Matteo, Benitez is keen to provide more support and cover for his only established centre forward.

Target: Chelsea want Fernando Torres's compatriot David Villa to move from Barcelona on loan

Target: Chelsea want Fernando Torres's compatriot David Villa to move from Barcelona on loan

Bayer Leverkusen’s versatile young
striker Andre Schurrle remains a serious target but Villa is available,
possibly on a loan deal until the end of the season, which means he
would not interfere with Chelsea’s long-term pursuit of Radamel Falcao.

Benitez accepts it will be difficult
and expensive to prise the Colombia striker Falcao from Atletico Madrid
next month but this swoop — or even a move for Newcastle United’s Demba
Ba — may be more achievable in the summer.

Villa provides an attractive short-term solution for Chelsea. At 31, Spain’s record goalscorer does not
fit their ideal profile for young players with their best years ahead of
them but he is fading from favour at the Nou Camp and knows how to
dovetail with Torres after their years together at international level.

Villa is understood to earn 110,000 a week, which is near the top of the Stamford Bridge pay structure but not out of reach.

He can operate at centre forward if
Torres is unavailable or play from wide either side, giving Benitez a
valuable option in his quest to rotate his support strikers and keep
them fresh.

Arsenal are among other clubs
interested in Villa, who has not started a La Liga game for Barcelona
since mid-November, but the Champions League will not provide any
incentive for the striker because he is already cup-tied in that
competition. However, he would be free to play for Chelsea in the Europa
League.

Support: Villa could play with Torres or replace him up front if he needs a rest

Support: Villa could play with Torres or replace him up front if he needs a rest

Daniel Sturridge’s proposed move to Liverpool means that Chelsea must recruit in January.

The back-up option is to recall
Romelu Lukaku from West Bromwich Albion, although it is widely agreed
that the best thing for the teenager’s continued development is to spend
the rest of the season at the Hawthorns.

Radar: Demba Ba and Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle are both other options for Rafa Benitez

Radar: Demba Ba and Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle are both other options for Rafa Benitez

Radar: Demba Ba and Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle are both other options for Rafa Benitez

Winger Victor Moses played as a
centre forward for the last 23 minutes of the 8-0 romp against Aston
Villa on Sunday but he has been named in the Nigeria squad for the
Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria have also selected John Mikel Obi and
have asked players to report to a training camp in Portugal on Thursday.

Eden Hazard featured at centre forward
in a disastrous experiment away to Juventus in the Champions League.
Chelsea lost 3-0, a defeat which virtually sealed their fate in the
competition, and Di Matteo was sacked a few hours later.

Didn't work out: Eden Hazard played up front for Chelsea against Juventus

Didn't work out: Eden Hazard played up front for Chelsea against Juventus

Andy Carroll out injured for two months at West Ham

No Christmas Carroll with West Ham striker out for up to two months

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UPDATED:

13:45 GMT, 1 December 2012

West Ham have suffered a big blow after Andy Carroll was ruled out until at least January.

The England striker, on loan from Liverpool, twisted his knee in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.

And scans have shown that Carroll will be on the sidelines for between six and eight weeks.

Pain: Andy Carroll was taken off in the defeat against Man United

Pain: Andy Carroll was taken off in the defeat against Man United

Pain: Andy Carroll was taken off in the defeat against Man United

He is out of today's match against Chelsea and will also miss the hectic festive schedule.

Allardyce told BBC Sport: 'It's pretty severe. We didn't expect it to be quite as severe. It's going to be about six to eight weeks. It's a blow for us and Andy.'

Having already missed a month due to a hamstring injury suffered against
Fulham in September, Carroll had netted only once in 10 games for the
Hammers.

Allardyce will now turn to Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga for firepower as they aim to continue their impressive start to the season following promotion from the Championship in May.

Chelsea set to beat Manchester City to signing of Rademel Falcao

City pull out of race to sign Falcao leaving Chelsea favorites to land Colombian striker

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UPDATED:

09:50 GMT, 18 November 2012

Chelsea look set to win the race to sign Atletico Madrid striker Rademel Falcao after rivals Manchester City turned down the chance to bid for the Colombian hitman.

Cash-strapped Atletico were hoping that a bidding war between City and Chelsea would force up the price of a player who has a 28million release clause in his contract.

Atletico Madrid General Manager Migel Angel Gil Marin and Falcao’s agent Jorge Mendes met with City’s new sporting director Txiki Begiristan after the Premier League champions’ 2-1 win over Spurs last Sunday.

Heading to the Bridge: Radamel Falcao is wanted by Chelsea

Heading to the Bridge: Radamel Falcao is wanted by Chelsea

But according to The Sunday Mirror, both men arrived at the Etihad without receiving an invitation from City and were told that Roberto Mancini’s interest in Falcao would not be firmed up with an offer.

City’s stance may change if they can offload Mario Balotelli in the upcoming transfer window, with PSG and both Milan clubs understood to be keen on the Italian international.

Falcao, 26, scored 36 goals last season after being recruited to replace Sergio Aguero in a 35m deal.

Looking to strengthen: Roberto Di Matteo could turn to Falcao as Fernando Torres continues to struggle

Looking to strengthen: Roberto Di Matteo could turn to Falcao as Fernando Torres continues to struggle

Mancini feels his team lacks firepower despite the presence of Aguero, Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko in his squad.

But Chelsea have an even greater need for a striker, with Fernando Torres still struggling.

Norwich want Marouane Chamakh and Carlton Cole

Chamakh and Cole top Norwich hitlist as Hughton searches for more firepower

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UPDATED:

22:27 GMT, 14 November 2012

Norwich manager Chris Hughton has put a new striker at the top of his January shopping list.

The Canaries boss is set for talks with chief executive David McNally over his budget ahead of the forthcoming transfer window.

Unsettled: Marouane Chamakh has struggled for form at Arsenal

Unsettled: Marouane Chamakh has struggled for form at Arsenal

And Hughton will plead with Norwich chiefs for enough January cash to purchase a proven Premier League striker.

The Norfolk club have scored just eight league goals so far this season, the second lowest tally above Sunderland.

Wanted: West Ham's Carlton Cole is also a target for Norwich

Wanted: West Ham's Carlton Cole is also a target for Norwich

Arsenal misfit Marouane Chamakh and West Ham’s Carlton Cole are early targets for Hughton.