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Liverpool eye move for Hamburg"s Son Heung-min

Liverpool eye move for Hamburg ace Son in attempt to solve forward crisis

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UPDATED:

21:50 GMT, 9 October 2012

Liverpool are keen on Hamburg's South Korea forward Son Heung-min.

The 20-year-old has started the season well with the Bundesliga outfit and can play either on the wing or up front.

Liverpool are in desperate need of firepower with Luis Suarez the only proven top-class forward available to boss Brendan Rodgers. Fabio Borini, a 10million summer signing from Roma, has not yet found the net in the Premier League.

On target: Son Heung-min celebrates a goal against SpVgg Greuther Fuerth

On target: Son Heung-min celebrates a goal against SpVgg Greuther Fuerth

Nigel Reo-Coker in talks with Crystal Palace

Reo-Coker in talks with Palace after Dinamo Moscow move collapses

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UPDATED:

00:22 GMT, 2 October 2012

Nigel Reo-Coker will hold talks with Crystal Palace after a prospective move to Dinamo Moscow fell through.

The midfielder, 28, has been training with Charlton.

Reo-Coker was hoping to secure a move
abroad in the summer after choosing not to extend his deal with Bolton
but interest from Sevilla and Hamburg did not amount to a firm offer.

Although he has since been training with Charlton, their
manager, Chris Powell, insists he will not be joining the Championship
side.

Not Russian in: Nigel Reo-Coker's move to Moscow is off

Not Russian in: Nigel Reo-Coker's move to Moscow is off

Meanwhile, Charlton have signed Rob Hulse on a three-month loan from Queens Park Rangers.

Nigel Reo-Coker in talks with Dinamo Moscow

Reo-Coker in talks with Dinamo Moscow after interest from Sevilla and Hamburg fades

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UPDATED:

21:57 GMT, 1 October 2012

Nigel Reo-Coker has held talks over a possible move to Dinamo Moscow. The midfielder, 28, has been training with Charlton.

Reo-Coker was hoping to secure a move
abroad in the summer after choosing not to extend his deal with Bolton
but interest from Sevilla and Hamburg did not amount to a firm offer.

Although he has since been training with Charlton, their
manager, Chris Powell, insists he will not be joining the Championship
side.

Russia adventure: Reo-Coker could be heading to Moscow

Russia adventure: Reo-Coker could be heading to Moscow

Meanwhile, Charlton have signed Rob Hulse on a three-month loan from Queens Park Rangers.

Brendan Rodgers hoping to protect Raheem Sterling

Staying Sterling! Rodgers hoping to protect Liverpool starlet Raheem from overexposure

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 5 September 2012

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Brendan Rodgers has held talks with the FA to ensure Liverpool’s exciting protg Raheem Sterling does not suffer overexposure.

The 17-year-old’s emergence over the past month has captured the imagination and England Under-21 head coach Stuart Pearce had given serious consideration to naming Sterling for the Euro 2013 double header against Azerbaijan and Norway.

Protection: Raheem Sterling has dazzled for Liverpool so far this season

Protection: Raheem Sterling has dazzled for Liverpool so far this season

However, after Rodgers spoke with Sir Trevor Brooking, it was decided Sterling would remain as part of the Under-19 squad that will play Germany in Hamburg tonight and the Liverpool manager is adamant the right decision has been made.

‘I think with young players you have to be careful,’ said Rodgers. ‘They can be elevated above their station too quickly. That is a part of it in this country. They have one good game and they get elevated into superstar status.

‘You then see them at 23 and 24 and wonder why they are not superstars any more. I spoke to Trevor Booking on the thoughts of where the FA believes Raheem is at. I said, in my opinion, of course he has got the ability to be in the Under-21s.

‘But I believe in many ways it is right for him to go with the Under-19s. He was involved with us on Sunday.

Future team-mates: Sterling was pitted against Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Sunday

Future team-mates: Sterling was pitted against Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Sunday

'He has met up with England squad now and travelled to play in Germany. It then allows him to come back and recover well before our next game at Sunderland.’

Rodgers had considered sending Sterling out on loan in July but such has been the transformation in his form that the winger has started the last two Barclays Premier League games against Manchester City and Arsenal.

His performances have been a rare high point for Rodgers in a tough few weeks but that will not stop him from pulling Sterling out of the spotlight if he believes his long-term development is in danger of being damaged.

‘It is all about individual needs,’ Rodgers continued. ‘It might look great on the back pages that he is involved in the Under-21s but the reality is that this is a kid who has made great strides over the last few weeks; he was absolutely fantastic through pre-season.

‘You have seen his quality, courage and attitude in games – it has been fantastic. But, for the moment, let’s just stay calm.’

Hopeful: Brendan Rodgers is hoping to protect his prized youngster from overexposure

Hopeful: Brendan Rodgers is hoping to protect his prized youngster from overexposure

Fulham eye transfer deadline day signing of Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe

Fulham ready to splash out again with last-minute deal for 6m Odjidja-Ofoe

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UPDATED:

08:20 GMT, 31 August 2012

Martin Jol is launching a late bid to go down as the transfer window's busiest manager after lining up a 6million move for Belgium midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

Flushed with cash after selling Mousa Dembele to Tottenham for 15m, the Fulham boss has already hailed Dimitar Berbatov's 5m signing as the biggest in the club's history and earmarked Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson for the left-back spot at Craven Cottage.

Now he is hoping to strengthen the heart of his midfield by recruiting highly-rated Bruges anchor man Odjidja-Ofoe, who impressed in last season’s Europa Cup tie against Birmingham City and laid on a goal for Joseph Akpala in the 2-2 draw at St Andrews.

New Fellaini Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe is wanted at Craven Cottage

New Fellaini Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe is wanted at Craven Cottage

The 23-year-old, capped three times and hailed as the new Marouane Fellaini in his homeland, attracted interest from West Brom last season and could be on his way to the Barclays Premier League at the second attempt, if Fulham can reach an agreement.

The 6ft 1in powerhouse joined Bruges from Bundesliga side Hamburg for 800,000 three years ago and has established himself as their midfield mainstay during a return of 14 goals from 117 appearances.

Aaron Lennon future uncertain at Spurs

Lennon latest Spurs star under threat as Villas-Boas plots wholesale changes

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UPDATED:

06:56 GMT, 29 August 2012

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Aaron Lennon could be the next big name casualty at White Hart Lane as new Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas plots his revolution with a string of signings planned ahead of Friday's transfer deadline day.

Fulham's Mousa Dembele is set to be unveiled as a Spurs player on Wednesday following a medical to complete a 15million move from Craven Cottage.

Uncertain future: Aaron Lennon is facing a battle to stay at Tottenham, according to reports

Uncertain future: Aaron Lennon is facing a battle to stay at Tottenham, according to reports

Porto's
20million-rated playmaker Joao Moutinho is also on Tottenham's radar,
with swoops for Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Shakhtar Donestsk striker
Willian and CSKA Moscow midfielder Alan Dzagoev all in the frame.

That has left some of the north London club's senior stars facing an uncertain future with Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart almost certain to follow Luka Modric out of the exit door in a 9million move to former club Hamburg.

Michael Dawson was also granted permission to talk to QPR before the defender relented and now doubt surrounds 25-year-old winger Lennon.

According to The Sun the England wideman, who has spent seven years at the Barclays Premier League outfit following his move from Leeds, has a battle to convince Villas-Boas to keep him following the manager's failed attempt to sign Adam Johnson.

In the frame: Willian

Wanted: Alan Dzagoev

Wanted: Spurs are looking to do deals for Willian (L) and Alan Dzagoev

'There is a lot of anxiety in the dressing room,' a club insider reportedly told the newspaper.

'A lot of established names are starting to realise they are not safe with the new man in charge.'

Villas-Boas is desperate to make his mark on Tottenham and hopes to introduce a wave of new arrivals in time for this weekend's home clash against Norwich, where he is searching for his first win in charge.

Rafael van der Vaart to sign for Hamburg from Tottenham

Hamburg set to seal 9m move for Van der Vaart as AVB's clear-out continues

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UPDATED:

21:53 GMT, 28 August 2012

Hamburg hope an offer of around 9million will be enough to
tempt Tottenham to sell midfielder Rafael van der Vaart this week.

The Germans
will offer the 29-year-old Holland player a three-year deal.

Wanted: Rafael van der Vaart looks set to return to Hamburg

Wanted: Rafael van der Vaart looks set to return to Hamburg

Rafael van der Vaart to join Hamburg in 9.5m deal

Spurs exodus set to continue with 9.5m sale of Van der Vaart to Hamburg

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UPDATED:

08:05 GMT, 23 August 2012

On his way: Van der Vaart (right) could have played his last game for Tottenham

On his way: Van der Vaart (right) could have played his last game for Spurs

Fans' favourite Rafael van der Vaart is on the verge of completing a return to former club Hamburg as Andre Villas-Boas continues his radical restructuring of Tottenham's squad.

The Spurs boss has already sanctioned the departures of six first-team players, with more set to follow Van der Vaart out of the exit door.

All that is left to be agreed to complete the deal is a transfer fee, with Spurs holding out for 9.5million, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Van der Vaart arrived at White Hart Lane two years ago in an 8m deal from Real Madrid and quickly achieved cult status, scoring valuable goals for the club in the Champions League and Premier League.

Recent arrival Gylfi Sigurdsson assumes the attacking midfield role in Villas-Boas' new-look side, and Van der Vaart had to make do with a place on the bench in last week's opening day defeat at Newcastle.

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With the 100-cap Dutchman's first-team opportunities to continue to be limited this season, Spurs have decided to cash-in on the 29-year-old.

Van der Vaart played for Hamburg between 2005 and 2008, netting 48 goals in 112 appearances for the club.

Ton-derful: Van der Vaart won his 100th cap for Holland against Belgium

Ton-derful: Van der Vaart won his 100th cap for Holland against Belgium

Sebastian Bassong, Vedran Corluka, Steven Pienaar, Niko Kranjcar, Ryan Nelsen and Louis Saha have already left White Hart Lane this summer, with Sigurdsson, Jan Vertonghen and Emmanuel Adebayor the only arrivals so far.

Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson, Heurelho Gomes, Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley also look set to leave the Lane before the close of the transfer window next week, allowing Villas-Boas room for manouevre in the transfer market.

Nigel de Jong rules out Bayern Munich switch from Manchester City

De Jong rules out Bayern switch as Dutch ace targets more silverware at City

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UPDATED:

10:04 GMT, 30 July 2012

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Nigel de Jong has ruled out the prospect of a summer switch to Bayern Munich after the Dutch midfielder declared he is happy to stay at Manchester City.

The 27-year-old has just 12 months remaining on his current four-year deal deal and is yet to pen to paper on a contract extension.

Bundesliga giants Bayern are keen to offer the former Hamburg star a return to Germany but De Jong insists he wants to fight for his place at the Etihad Stadium and help Roberto Mancini's Barclays Premier League champions compete for honours on all fronts this season.

Happy to stay: Nigel de Jong has ruled out the prospect of joining Bayern Munich this summer

Happy to stay: Nigel de Jong has ruled out the prospect of joining Bayern Munich this summer

'I don’t want to talk about that at the moment, it’s not in my mind – however, I’m playing football and I’m happy here,' De Jong said, speaking to the Manchester Evening News.

'I’m happy when I’m on the pitch and when I’m playing; football’s the most beautiful game in the world and you have to enjoy every moment.

'We set ourselves the goal of taking it step by step. We won the FA Cup last year, then the Premier League last season, so the next thing is the Champions League.

'However, that doesn’t change the fact that we’re in for all the titles this year – Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

'We want to win them all but we have to maintain our focus.'

German Tennis Championships 2012: Juan Monaco beats Tommy Haas

Monaco edges victory over Haas in Hamburg to claim sixth career clay title

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 22 July 2012

Argentine Juan Monaco beat German veteran Tommy Haas 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg to claim his third clay-court title of the year.

The third seed edged out Haas in a thrilling encounter to win his sixth career titles, all of which were won on clay.

Another clay king! Juan Monaco has won six career titles, all on clay

Another clay king! Juan Monaco has won six career titles, all on clay