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South Africa 2 Morocco 2

South Africa 2 Morocco 2: Hosts secure top spot after snatching last-gasp leveller

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

19:29 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:47 GMT, 27 January 2013

South Africa grabbed a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Morocco on Sunday and take top spot in the final Group A table at the African Nations Cup.

Morocco, eliminated after drawing all three matches, were four minutes away from beating the hosts before defender Siyabonga Sangweni levelled.

Issam El Adoua opened the scoring for Morocco in the 10th minute at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Top of the group: South Africa's May Mahlangu celebrates his goal against Morocco

Top of the group: South Africa's May Mahlangu celebrates his goal against Morocco

South Africa players celebrate

May Mahlangu pulled South Africa level with a curling shot in the 71st minute only for substitute Abdelilah Hafid to restore Morocco's lead with a breakaway goal 11 minutes later.

South Africa will stay in Durban for their quarter-final against the runners-up in Group B who will be determined on Monday.

Close: Morocco came within minutes of earning their first win of the competition

Close: Morocco came within minutes of earning their first win of the competition

Close: Morocco came within minutes of earning their first win of the competition

Petr Cech applauds Rafa Benitez changes

Matt Barlow: Cech closes in on his 400th Chelsea game… and here's where I rate him among the Premier League's finest

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UPDATED:

11:25 GMT, 28 December 2012

Petr Cech has applauded Rafa Benitez’s tactical changes which have helped restore Chelsea’s traditional strengths of organisation and defensive solidity.

Cech has conceded eight goals in 10 games under Benitez, although three of them came inside half an hour of disarray at West Ham.

Overall, Chelsea have been more compact since last month’s managerial change and the players seem happier with the return to a system upon which they built so much of their recent success.

Scroll down for Matt's top 10 non-British keepers in Premier League history…

Resolute: Petr Cech has applauded Rafa Benitez's tactical change which has seen a return to Chelsea's traditional strengths of defensive solidity and organisation

Resolute: Petr Cech has applauded Rafa Benitez's tactical change which has seen a return to Chelsea's traditional strengths of defensive solidity and organisation

‘We look better organised, I think that is the difference,’ said Cech, who kept his 187th clean sheet in 399 games for the club at Norwich on Boxing Day.

‘We were very open and suddenly we are defending much better. I think that is the key because we were not defending well as a team.

‘We were conceding too many goals and now we are back to our ways where we are difficult to score against and that’s a big help.’

Benitez has made changes of personnel, using Branislav Ivanovic primarily as a centre half and shifting David Luiz into midfield.

David Luiz has moved into midfield

Branislav Ivanovic

Personnel: Benitez has moved David Luiz (left) further forward into midfield, while Branislav Ivanovic (right) has moved infield from his usual right back birth to play alongside Gary Cahill in the middle

The interim manager has also used Victor Moses more often, adding more power and industry to the forward department.

‘He came to us with slightly different ideas of what we were doing on the pitch and so far it has been working,’ said Cech. ‘Let’s hope this will continue.

Changes: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez (right) has picked up 11 points out of a possible 18 since his appointment

Changes: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez (right) has picked up 11 points out of a possible 18

‘What has improved is that we are pressing the ball much better so it gives us the time to re-organise.’

The decision to move Luiz forward into a defensive midfield role has been well received.

‘He is very good on the ball and, as he is originally a central defender, he defends the space and he can be a shield to the back four,’ Cech said.

‘When he gets the ball he is very creative. I don’t know if he’ll stay there long term. That’s a question for the manager.’

Cech will play his 400th game for Chelsea at Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, which promises to be the first big test for the improvements made by Benitez since the Club World Cup in Japan earlier this month.

‘We need a run of wins to close the gap to Manchester United and Manchester City,’ said the 30-year-old Czech.

‘Three points at Everton would be a big win.’

Benitez is also aiming to keep John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses until after cup ties against Southampton and Swansea before releasing them for the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Mikel and Moses, integral players since Benitez took control, are in the Nigeria squad which was due to report for a pre-tournament training camp in Portugal yesterday.

The Chelsea pair were given permission to stay in London until the New Year but Benitez is negotiating to keep them for as long as possible as his team are faced with a cluttered fixture list.

Chelsea launch their defence of the FA Cup at Southampton on January 5, four days before the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at home to Swansea.

Benitez accepts he is unlikely to have Mikel and Moses around by the time they play Stoke in the Premier League on January 12.

Wall: The clean sheet against Norwich was Cech's 187th in 399 games for Chelsea

Wall: The clean sheet against Norwich was Cech's 187th in 399 games for Chelsea

‘The tournament starts on the 19th, so they will go one or two weeks before,’ said Benitez. ‘Maybe we can manage to keep them a bit longer.

'They know sometimes the players do not need to go early.’

Nigeria’s first game of the tournament is on January 21 against Burkina Faso. The final is on February 10.

Chelsea have played 31 games already this season and could be close to 70 by the end of the season, depending on their progress in the cup competitions.

Steel and industry: Victor Moses (blue) has seen increased time under Benitez, adding work rate and a physical presence to the CHelsea frontline

Steel and industry: Victor Moses (blue) has seen increased time under Benitez, adding work rate and a physical presence to the Chelsea frontline

Meanwhile, the club are likely to come under fire from eco-warriors after they chartered a flight from Norwich on Boxing Day.

The journey by road can take three hours but Benitez and his men would not have been in the air for any longer than 25 minutes.

The team boarded a BMI Embraer jet after their 1-0 win at Carrow Road, touching down in London Gatwick at 7.30pm. Arsenal also flew to Norwich for their game there in October.

Sources close to Chelsea defended the flight, citing tiredness after their recent trip to Japan.

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Additional reporting: Laure James

THE 10 GREATEST NON-BRITISH GOALKEEPERS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE:

1. Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United, Manchester City, Aston Villa): For his sheer presence, personality and his contribution to Manchester United’s domination.

2. Edwin van der Sar (Fulham, Manchester United): Solved Fergie’s post-Schmeichel dilemma and one of the architects of the modern sweeper-keeper style.

3. Petr Cech (Chelsea):
Hero of Chelsea’s finest hour in Munich and one of the pillars of the
club’s success, all achieved despite fracturing his skull six years ago.

4. Brad Friedel (Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa, Tottenham): Matured into a Premier League legend who went eight years without missing a PL game.

5. Bruce Grobelaar (Liverpool, Southampton): Hard to imagine him in the era of the GK giants but brilliant, acrobatic and entertaining.

6. Jens Lehmann (Arsenal): Mad as a hatter and won’t get Manuel Almunia’s vote but an inspiration for Arsenal in the Invincibles era.

7. Pepe Reina (Liverpool): Another very modern keeper, athletic and good with his feet, who made an exceptional start to life at Liverpool.

8. Shay Given (Blackburn, Swindon, Sunderland, Newcastle, Manchester City, Aston Villa): No-one better when it came to reaction saves from close range.

9. Mark Schwarzer (Bradford, Middlesbrough, Fulham): Sixteen years and counting in English football, the Aussie is one who got better with age.

10. Kasey Keller (Millwall, Leicester, Spurs, Southampton, Fulham): At the vanguard of the American movement featuring Friedel, Howard, Hahnemann, etc.

Frank Lampard has plenty to offer Chelsea – Neil Ashton

To be Frank, Lampard still plenty to offer

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22:16 GMT, 23 December 2012

With both ankles heavily strapped in gauze and white tape, Frank Lampard made a late run for the East Stand reception a few minutes before kick-off on Sunday.

He was clutching match tickets for friends, arriving just in time for them to take their seats to watch his 500th start in the Barclays Premier League. He marked the occasion with another trademark finish, arriving unannounced – as is the norm – on the edge of Villa’s penalty area.

It was Chelsea’s fourth goal, prompting the captain’s immediate substitution to save those aching limbs ahead of the Boxing Day trip to Norwich City.

Landmark: Lampard made his 500th Premier League start on Sunday

Landmark: Lampard made his 500th Premier League start on Sunday

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Trademark strike: Lampard fires home from 25 yards out

‘I’m proud of what I’ve done in my Chelsea career and I will just continue working game by game because I believe I still have a lot left in me,’ said Lampard. ‘When the fans sing my name, it means everything because they are the club – and I love them.’

Back in 2010, after Chelsea had won the title under Carlo Ancelotti, the Italian told Lampard he could prolong his playing career at the club ‘until you are 38 or 39’.

They had mapped him in pre-season, bringing the techniques used at the famous MilanLab – the ones that kept Paolo Maldini going like an old shire horse until he retired at 41 – to Chelsea.

Since Lampard made his 11.5million move from West Ham in 2001, he has been one of the most distinguished and disciplined players in the Premier League. Even at his statesmanlike age, options are still emerging for him.

With every touch in his refined position just in front of Chelsea’s back four, Lampard has Victor Moses, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Torres in his field of vision.

Holding role: Benitez has been deploying Lampard in front of his back four

Holding role: Benitez has been deploying Lampard in front of his back four

Off the pitch, he is being seduced by his former coach Claudio Ranieri, now at Monaco, and by LA Galaxy after David Beckham left at the end of the MLS season.

Although Monaco, now in French Ligue 2, cannot match his 130,000-a-week salary, they can offer him a huge tax free income.

It is appetising, as is the offer to replace Beckham as one of the marquee signings in MLS.

Although LA Galaxy’s season does not get under way until March, Lampard will wait until his contract ends before moving to another club.

His young children live in London and he has always made it clear they are his priority, but it is understood a move abroad is no longer out of the question.

Holding role: Benitez has been deploying Lampard in front of his back four

Decision time: The veteran has plenty of options

As he ticked over in Chelsea’s midfield alongside David Luiz on Sunday, it has become clear that the countdown is on.

It is incredible to think Chelsea have allowed this situation to develop after Lampard’s 11 amazing years at Stamford Bridge.

Just days after they lifted the European Cup in May, chief executive Ron Gourlay publicly claimed that Lampard’s contract would be extended ‘by September’. At the time, it appeared to be nothing more than an administrative issue, a matter for Gourlay’s in-tray as Chelsea became accustomed to their new status as champions of Europe.

Instead, it is still pending, put off until the owner Roman Abramovich decides one way or the other.

‘The club’s position is the club’s position,’ added Lampard. Undoubtedly, Chelsea are leaving it a bit late.

Roberto Martinez believes he can keep Franco Di Santo and James McCarthy at Wigan

Martinez confident he can keep hold of hot property like Di Santo in transfer window

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 14 December 2012

Wigan insist they will not be forced into selling key players like Franco Di Santo and James McCarthy in the January transfer window.

Di Santo, called up by Argentina last month, is out of contract at the end of the season but manager Roberto Martinez would rather let the striker leave for nothing in the summer than damage the club's bid for Premier League survival.

'It's not going to be a financial decision,' said Martinez, who adopted a similar policy with Mohamed Diame and Hugo Rodallega a year ago.

Lockdown: Roberto Martinez believes he can keep the likes of Franco Di Santo (right) at the club

Lockdown: Roberto Martinez believes he can keep the likes of Franco Di Santo (right) at the club

'I can guarantee that we're not going to
try and cash in early. We showed last season that if we feel a player
can give us something we'll keep him, even if he can walk on a free.

'To replace a player who can score 10 or 15 goals in the Premier League you've got to talk about 10million, so if you haven't got that sort of figure it would be foolish for us just to try and get a bit of money.'

Martinez accepts that McCarthy is destined for bigger things in the future but insists that Wigan will take the same stance as they did with Antonio Valencia, Victor Moses and Charles N'Zogbia by keeping the 22-year-old midfielder until they feel it is the right time for him to move on.

He added: 'James is a player who represents what we are as a football club. I've always said that he has the potential to play anywhere in the world, but has he fulfilled his potential with Wigan Athletic Not yet.

'I think there are many things he needs to experiment and improve. Once he does that maybe he will confirm what we expected three or four years ago; that James McCarthy can be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League or European football, but there is a long way to go.'

Wigan travel to Norwich on Satuday after dropping into the bottom three in midweek, but Martinez is not particularly concerned by a situation with which he has become all too familiar during his four seasons in charge.

'We would prefer to be in the top eight, there's no two ways about it, but I think we're close to being a really good team.' he said. 'I don't think we've performed as a bottom three club.'

Confident: Martinez believes Wigan's place in the table does not show their true ability

Confident: Martinez believes Wigan's place in the table does not show their true ability

Gambler wins 190k after 11 Champions League bet

How's your luck Punter bags 190k after placing 11 bet on four Champions League games

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 8 November 2012

A lucky punter scooped 190,000 from an 11 bet on four Champions League games played on Wednesday night.

Dan Field placed a Yankee bet on Manchester United to beat Braga 3-1, Benfica to beat Spartak Moscow 2-0, Chelsea to beat Shaktar 3-2 and Valencia to win 4-2 against BATE Borisov.

Winner: Lucky punter Dan Field placed an 11 bet on Wednesday night

Winner: Lucky punter Dan Field placed an 11 bet on Wednesday night

Amazingly, all four bets came in and he won a total of 189,597.50.

Writing on Twitter on Thursday, the lucky punter, who is in his 20s, said: 'Hasn't sunk in yet. 11 bet returning 189,000 doesn't happen too often.'

Head boy: Victor Moses scored Chelsea's winning goal

Head boy: Victor Moses scored Chelsea's winning goal

Sealed with a kiss: Hernandez scored United's third goal on Wednesday night

Sealed with a kiss: Hernandez scored United's third goal on Wednesday night

He then joked with pals on Twitter, telling them: '(I'll) treat my mates to a 5 curry and a pint prob – expecting change from a 20 note.'

Even former Wales international and BBC pundit Robbie Savage congratulated Dan on his win, tweeting: 'Wow mate – unbelievable bet, well done.'

Victor Moses winner for Chelsea "crucial", says Roberto di Matteo

Di Matteo lauds 'crucial' win after last-gasp strike from sub Moses against Shakhtar

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01:39 GMT, 8 November 2012

Roberto Di Matteo described Chelsea's win over Shakhtar Donetsk as crucial after watching Victor Moses' last-gasp strike.

Moses only came on in the 80th minute and his header was the last action of the match as the Blues won 3-2 after Willian had cancelled out strikes from Fernando Torres and Oscar.

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Head boy: Moses scores the winner for Chelsea with 94 minutes played at Stamford Bridge

Head boy: Moses scores the winner for Chelsea with 94 minutes played at Stamford Bridge

Celebration: The substitute is mobbed after scoring the vital goal in Chelsea's victory over Shakhtar Donestsk

Celebration: The substitute is mobbed after scoring the vital goal in Chelsea's victory over Shakhtar Donestsk

'It was crucial for us to win this home game,' Di Matteo told Sky Sports 3.

'It was obviously going to be a tough game that would be decided by the little details.

'They
are a very good side and they showed tonight how good they are. It
(qualification) will probably go down to the last game and probably the
last kick.

'We knew
the kind of pressure we were under and it was must-win for us. We didn't
want to expose ourselves too much. We knew we could have scored a goal
with the last kick and that is what happened.'

The Blues showed the kind of fight which helped them win last season's
competition and Di Matteo was full of praise for his side.

'The spirit the group showed again to keep going until the end,' he added.

'We knew we needed to score a goal probably from a set play. It was good Victor got on the end of it.

'I think in the first half we put them under pressure and we managed go ahead with good pressure.

'Then
in the second half we tried but they were a good side. We probably
didn't have many chances as normal, but sometimes need a goal like
that.'

Moses felt his
side were well worth the victory. 'Particularly in the second half, we
dominated,' Moses said. 'It was great to get the winning goal, we
deserved it. We are delighted with the three points.'

In charge: Di Matteo has lauded Chelsea's 'crucial' victory over the Ukrainian outfit

In charge: Di Matteo has lauded Chelsea's 'crucial' victory over the Ukrainian outfit

Substitute: John Terry was left on the bench for the Champions League tie

Substitute: John Terry was left on the bench for the Champions League tie

VIDEO: Di Matteo: “We deserved to win”

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Lee Mason and his men come through Chelsea 5 Manchester United 4 unscathed: Graham Poll

Mason and his men come through Stamford Bridge test unscathed

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01:29 GMT, 1 November 2012

The game went as smoothly as Lee Mason could have wanted and that is largely down to the exemplary attitude of both sets of players.

Apart from one show of petulance late on from Ryan Bertrand and some handbags between Nani and Oscar, everyone was well behaved and clearly heeded the advice from their clubs.

Quiet evening: All things considered, the game went well for Lee Mason

Quiet evening: All things considered, the game went well for Lee Mason

It was eight minutes before Mason had to blow for a free kick. He was also helped by his assistants getting the big decisions right, in stark contrast to Mark Clattenburg on Sunday.

John Brooks correctly awarded Chelsea their first penalty for Alex Buttner’s foul on Victor Moses and Jake Collin got the night’s big decision correct, seeing that Gary Cahill’s header had crossed the line.

Tripped: Alexander Buttner clips Victor Moses for penalty No 1

Tripped: Alexander Buttner clips Victor Moses for penalty No 1

If you have good assistants, it makes a huge difference.

Mason’s movement and positioning were poor but fans and players just want the big decisions to be right — and they were.

Fernando Torres loves playing with Eden Hazard at Chelsea

Torres admits he's having a blast playing alongside Hazard in new-look Chelsea

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UPDATED:

13:24 GMT, 26 August 2012

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says it is a privilege to play in the same team as the likes of new Stamford Bridge favourite Eden Hazard.

Both Torres and Hazard had outstanding games in the 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday evening.

The 28-year-old Torres won the Blues a penalty that was converted by Hazard who then teed up the Spaniard for the second goal with a clever back-heel.

Super duo: Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres set up each others goals

Super duo: Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres set up each others goals

Torres has struggled for goals since his 50million move from Liverpool to Stamford Bridge but a change in mentality, plus the additions made over the summer, means he is now in a better position to find the back of the net on a more regular basis.

He told ChelseaTV: 'We have showed to everyone how strong we are when we have to defend like we did last season but we have another way to play as well – I think it is important a big team to have different kinds of ways to play.

'We are enjoying ourselves, I think we are having a really good start to the season and everyone can see from the stands we are enjoying it and I think the fans are enjoying it too.

'We are playing really good football for the moment so lets keep building on it.'

Chelsea lifted the FA Cup and Champions League last season under Roberto Di Matteo playing with a somewhat defensive set-up but with Hazard, Marko Marin, Oscar and Victor Moses all being added to the squad a more attacking philosophy has now been adopted and Torres is pleased to be a part of it.

'A player like him (Hazard) can make a difference,' he said. 'It is a privilege for a striker to have a player like him or Eden or Juan (Mata), Oscar or Lamps (Frank Lampard) behind you.

'I think we are having the ball more than usual and that is important, we are not as worried as last season about defending because we have the ball for most of the time.

Cool: Hazard slotted home his penalty superbly after Torres was felled

Cool: Hazard slotted home his penalty superbly after Torres was felled

'It is difficult to start wining games when you change your style but we are doing it and we must be proud of that.'

Torres was obviously happy to score but believes the victory, which saw Chelsea return to the top of the Barclays Premier League with three successive wins, is more important.

'Two nil at the end is the main thing, you helped the team by scoring and winning the penalty for Eden and that is good,' he added.

'Always the striker has to score and I have said many times it was one of the things I wanted to improve and I have done so far this season.'

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew praised both Torres and Hazard following the match but put his side's slow start to the game down to the fact they had played only 48 hours earlier in a Europa League qualifier.

The Magpies drew 1-1 with Greek side Atromitos on Thursday night and, despite making nine changes to his starting XI for the Chelsea fixture, Pardew feels it took its toll.

Back in business: Torres was superb against Newcastle

Back in business: Torres was superb against Newcastle

'I think today it was a little bit unfair to us that we couldn't get the game on the Sunday,' he said.

'It would have been nice to have had that extra day's rest it would have made a difference – we know from our own stats and information we take that a professional player cannot play at the same level in two games in two days, he can't. I don't care who you are it makes it difficult.'

The former West Ham manager also reckons it is unlikely there will be any more transfer activity before the close of the window but also refused to rule out a return to the north east for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.

New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claimed earlier in the week that Newcastle's loan move for Carroll earlier in the month was a 'liberty' but Pardew remains interested in the England striker, even if the deal is out of his hands.

He said: 'That is above me that deal, it is a financial deal that will be done at board level if Liverpool agree.

'If I was saying on a playing level would I like him in the squad, of course I would he would add a nice dimension to us.'

Roberto Di Matteo says Barcelona cannot bully Chelsea over David Luiz

Chelsea are too big a club for Barca to bully, insists Di Matteo over Luiz interest

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07:53 GMT, 25 August 2012

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Roberto Di Matteo has declared Chelsea are too big a club to be bullied by Barcelona into selling David Luiz.

The Spanish giants are interested in Luiz, allocating up to 30million to sign the Brazil centre-back who returns from a knee injury for todays's Barclays Premier clash with Newcastle.

But unlike Arsenal, who have seen Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song depart for the Nou Camp in the last year, Di Matteo insists his European champions have nothing to fear.

In demand: David Luiz is back in training after injury

In demand: David Luiz is back in training after injury

'Luiz is part of our future. It's normal that he'll get interest because he's a Brazilian international centre back,' the Italian said.

'There have been no approaches for Luiz and he's not for sale at any price.

'It doesn't concern me, the player will be here for the long term.

'I believe we can withstand Barcelona. Personally we don't feel any pressure from them. This club has been very successful in the past.

'I don't see why any players would want to leave us for anywhere else.

'We always compete for trophies. We're an ambitious club with an ambitious owner. We have great facilities.

'We have a great group of players who over the years have won a lot and still have the hunger to win more.'

Visit: Luiz went to Barcelona to watch the Supercopa

Visit: Luiz went to Barcelona to watch the Supercopa

Chelsea completed the signings of Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille and Victor Moses from Wigan, taking the club's summer spending up to the 80million mark on Friday.

The challenge now facing Di Matteo is integrating his new players – who also include Eden Hazard and Oscar – into a winning team.

'It's going to be slow progress to get the players into the team, it won't be a revolution,' he said.

'We want to build a team for the future. We have increased our creativity in midfield and have more pace.

'I'm happy with our signings. We've invested in the next cycle for four or five years.'

Chelsea bid for Victor Moses accepted by Wigan

Moses closes on Chelsea switch as Wigan accept Blues bid for forward

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UPDATED:

18:23 GMT, 23 August 2012

Wigan have confirmed they have accepted a bid from Chelsea for Victor Moses and have given the player permission to speak to the London club.

More to follow.

Audition: Wigan forward Victor Moses (left) in action against Chelsea last Sunday

Audition: Wigan forward Victor Moses (left) in action against Chelsea last Sunday