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Brazilian star Kaka should make summer move to United States, says his brother

Brazilian star Kaka dreaming of summer move to United States, says his brother

PUBLISHED:

20:13 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:43 GMT, 28 February 2013

Real Madrid outcast Kaka has set his sights on a move to America, according to his brother Digao.

The former AC Milan playmaker has
been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the summer after the
Rossoneri failed to re-sign him in the January transfer window due to
financial reasons.

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

Kaka has expressed interest in moving to the MLS and younger brother Digao, a defender with the New York Red Bulls, has been taking steps to persuade him to join him.

'It's hard to say. Football changes very rapidly. It is a dream that he has, to come and play in the USA, and hopefully it will come true soon,' Digao told Goal.com.

'I think he's been very curious about football in the United States and New York and about my experience living here.

'I've been relaying good things to him. He's expressed his interest in one day playing in the United States.'

Peter Odemwingie in training ground bust-up with Albion teammate

Wantaway striker Odemwingie in explosive bust-up with Albion teammate over failed move

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

23:09 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:58 GMT, 8 February 2013

Peter Odemwingie and West Brom team-mate Steven Reid had a fierce bust-up after the Nigeria forward’s aborted move to QPR.

Odemwingie was yesterday fined 75,000 by West Brom after his appearance at Loftus Road on deadline day.

And the striker, 31, confronted Reid in the treatment room at the club’s training ground on Thursday.

Outcast: Peter Odemwingie (right) was summoned back to training during the international break

Outcast: Peter Odemwingie (right) was summoned back to training during the international break

Odemwingie was angered by comments attributed to Reid after last Sunday’s defeat by Spurs in which it was suggested that he would not be made welcome.

But Reid stood his ground, insisting the striker would have to work hard to win over the rest of the team.

Close eye: Steve Clarke watches Odemwingie in training

Close eye: Steve Clarke watches Odemwingie in training

Manager Steve Clarke said: ‘I don’t know what went on. If there has been a row between Steven and Peter, then I’m sure it was an honest row.

‘If you are telling me someone in this building is letting out stories, that fact is more upsetting for me than the fact that Steven and Peter had an exchange of words.’

Anger: West Brom fans are furious with Odemwingie

Anger: West Brom fans are furious with Odemwingie

Gotta keep the best! Pietersen takes to Twitter to demand Chelsea"s Lampard is given a new contract

Gotta keep the best! Pietersen takes to Twitter to demand Chelsea's Lampard is given a new contract

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23:21 GMT, 30 December 2012

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UPDATED:

23:21 GMT, 30 December 2012

As someone who knows how it feels to be instrumental to a team's fortunes but be ushered out, it's perhaps no wonder Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to remind everyone of the virtues of Frank Lampard on Sunday night.

The England batsman and Chelsea fan took delight in Lampard's outstanding performance – and two goals – in Sunday's 2-1 win at Everton and urged owner Roman Abramovich to renew his contract when it expires at the end of the season.

He wrote: 'Lamps shows who the boss is today.. YOU DARE, Roman! #gottakeepthebest' and posted it just after watching a re-run of the Chelsea win on Match of the Day 2.

Support: England cricketer Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to demand Chelsea's Frank Lampard be offered a new contract

Support: England cricketer Kevin Pietersen (below) took to Twitter to demand Chelsea's Frank Lampard be offered a new contract

England batsman Kevin Pietersen

The hashtag could be interpreted as a reference to his own reintegration to the England cricket squad after being outcast during the summer Test series with South Africa for allegedly sending defamatory text message to members of the opposition squad.

Pietersen was forced to make an apology to his captain Andrew Strauss, coach Andy Flower and other teammates after the text messages emerged and was reinstated for the tour of India this winter.

Food for thought: Lampard's double in an excellent performance at Goodison Park may prompt the Chelsea hierarchy to rethink not offering him a new contract in the summer

Food for thought: Lampard's double in an excellent performance at Goodison Park may prompt the Chelsea hierarchy to rethink not offering him a new contract in the summer

Lampard, 34, is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of this season and, with negotiations over a new deal seemingly a non-starter, his two goals against Everton were a timely reminder of his undiminished abilities.

Pietersen is no stranger to airing his views on Chelsea's fortunes on Twitter – in November 2011, he called then manager Andre Villas-Boas a 'muppet' and gave him six months in the job. This turned out to be true, with the Portuguese sacked a few months later.

Arsene Wenger plans 10m bid for Bayern Munich player Luiz Gustavo

Wenger targets Bayern outcast Gustavo in 10m January raid

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 9 December 2012

Brazilian Luiz Gustavo could be on his way to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger added him to his January transfer shortlist.

The 25-year-old defensive midfielder has fallen out of favour at Bayern Munich this season, having joined the Bavarian club from Hoffenheim for 12m in January 2011.

Out of favour: Brazilian Luiz Gustavo (left) has seen his first team opportunities limited at Bayern Munich and could be heading to Arsenal in January

Out of favour: Brazilian Luiz Gustavo (left) has seen his first team opportunities limited at Bayern Munich and could be heading to Arsenal in January

With Bayern flying high at the top of the Bundesliga table, Gustavo's chances in Jupp Heynckes' team have been limited and he is keen to move as soon as possible, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Wenger, meanwhile, knows he must strengthen an Arsenal side sixth in the table.

I want him! Wenger has reportedly put Gustavo on his January shopping list

I want him! Wenger has reportedly put Gustavo on his January shopping list

The Frenchman believes he can secure Gustavo for a fee of around 10m.

Wenger has also earmarked Abou Diaby for a more prominent midfield role when the France international returns from injury.

QPR line up Joe Cole bid in January

EXCLUSIVE: Harry to go for Joe… But is Kop flop Cole the man who can keep QPR from the drop

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UPDATED:

17:15 GMT, 29 November 2012

Joe Cole is wanted by Harry Redknapp to save QPR from the drop.

The relegation-threatened club will explore the option of taking the former England international on loan until the end of the season when the transfer window re-opens.

The midfielder is an outcast at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers and needs a fresh challenge elsewhere.

Heading south Joe Cole is a January target for QPR

Heading south Joe Cole is a January target for QPR

That could come at Rangers, who are attempting to salvage their season under newly-appointed Redknapp.

The deal would be dependent on both club's striking an agreement over Cole's 90,000-per-week wages.

Although Redknapp has maverick midfielder Adel Taraabt on his books, he would jump at the chance to be reunited with Cole.

We've met before: Harry Redknapp brought Cole through at West Ham

We've met before: Harry Redknapp brought Cole through at West Ham

Cole was handed his professional debut by Redknapp at West Ham in 1998. He signed for Chelsea for 6million in 2003 before arriving at Liverpool on a free transfer in 2010.

However, he has failed to secure a regular spot in the Anfield line-up under his three different managers – Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and Rodgers.

Back to fitness: Cole has overcome his injury problems that blighted his early season

Back to fitness: Cole has overcome his injury problems that blighted his early season

He spent last season on loan at Lille and, despite enjoying success in France, he failed to secure a permanent switch across the Channel.

Now it seems he will be offered the chance to resurrect his career at Loftus Road in the fight for survival.

Joey Barton says he"s too clever for football before Marseille league debut

Really, Joey I'm too clever for football, says Barton as he prepares for league bow after getting 12 match ban

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UPDATED:

11:47 GMT, 25 November 2012

Joey Barton believes believes he has a higher calling in life after claiming he is 'too intelligent to be a footballer'.

The QPR midfielder, who is currently on loan at Marseille after being thrown out of Loftus Road in disgrace, regularly uses Twitter to quote famous philosophers and musicians.

Brainy: QPR's outcast loanee Joey Barton believes he is too clever to be a footballer

Brainy: QPR's outcast loanee Joey Barton believes he is too clever to be a footballer

The 30-year-old has a chequered history
both on and off the field, something he continues to claim is behind him
despite his last act in English football – a red card at Manchester
City and subsequent attack on two players – earning him an 12-game ban.

However, speaking in France, Barton
said: 'Perhaps I shouldn't say it, but I'm maybe a little too
intelligent to be a footballer.'

The claims in a French newspaper attracted derision from former Arsenal and Manchester United player Mikael Silvestre.

On Twitter, he wrote: 'The uneducated Joey Barton is fascinating for the degree of his stupidity, his ego and his megalomania!'

The former Newcastle and City man also revealed his move to Loftus Road was motivated by money.

'When I went to QPR it was a choice dictated by money,' he told the Sunday People.

'I didn't like what I had done, and I swore I'd never do that again.

'It was the first time in my life that I had taken a decision for money. I did it because my partner was due to give birth – but I did not feel good about it.

Poised: Barton is likely to make his debut against Lille this evening

Poised: Barton is likely to make his debut against Lille this evening

Exile: Barton was loaned to Marseille after being suspended for 12 games for QPR

'The more money you have, the more problems you have.

'When I was in prison I got €8.60 (7) a week and that [was] simpler – you'd use it to buy food and that was it.'

Barton is eligible to play in his first league game for the French side this evening.

The Englishman has only played in Europe for Marseille, but is set for a league berth when Lille visit on Sunday evening.

Nicklas Bendtner open to Spurs move

I'd be happy to move to Spurs: Arsenal outcast Bendtner open to White Hart Lane move

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UPDATED:

13:30 GMT, 18 November 2012

Nicklas Bendtner has opened the door to a controversial move across north London from Arsenal to bitter rivals Spurs.

The Danish striker, 24, is currently plying his trade in Italy on a season-long loan at Juventus, but has struggled to make a significant impact at the Italian champions.

And the Arsenal outcast – who spent last season on-loan at Sunderland – looks set to leave The Emirates on a permanent basis next summer and says he would have no problem in following in the footsteps of William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor by moving to White Hart Lane as he is keen to stay in London.

Keen to earn his Spurs: Nicklas Bendtner is playing for Juventus this season, but says he would not rule a move to Tottenham

Keen to earn his Spurs: Nicklas Bendtner is playing for Juventus this season, but says he would not rule a move to Tottenham

'History is filled with examples of players moving between rival clubs and I can't rule out clubs due to where I might have been in the past,' Bendtner said.

'It might not be the best idea but if the project matches my ambitions I would have to be interested.'

Crossing the divide: Emmanuel Adebayor has played for both Arsenal and Spurs

Crossing the divide: Emmanuel Adebayor has played for both Arsenal and Spurs

He added on bold.dk: 'I still have a great relationship with London, which is a city that I adore.

'I have a lot of friends in London and there are a lot of great clubs in London, so I wouldn't rule out a return.'

Newcastle"s Xisco kid gets rare chance to shine in Bruges after recall to Alan Pardew"s squad

Newcastle's Xisco kid gets rare chance to shine in Bruges after recall to Pardew's squad

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UPDATED:

23:26 GMT, 7 November 2012

Newcastle outcast Xisco could be given the chance to revive his career in Belgium after he was recalled to Alan Pardew’s Europa League squad.

The 5.7million striker, who was a Dennis Wise/Kevin Keegan signing, has
travelled to Bruges.

Although likely to be among the substitutes, as Pardew turns to Ameobi
brothers Shola and Sammy to start the Group D clash, Pardew has recalled
the former Spain Under 21 striker after he impressed for the club's
reserves in the last month.

Second chance Xisco (right) could be set for a return to action

Second chance Xisco (right) could be set for a return to action

Xisco has been on loan at former club Deportivo La Coruna and Santander
in the last two season and last played for Newcastle in August 2010
against Aston Villa. In fact he has played just three league games since
his 5.7million move from Deportivo and scoring in his debut against
Hull City.

Pardew said: 'He has worked hard, we feel he has contributed to the group and therefore we have included him on this trip.

'The future for Xisco, hopefully, is a return to playing. Like all
players, he wants to play and he has not really done anything wrong
other than not reach the level of the first team since he has been here.

'We have tried to give him some direction and some hope that he can
forward his career. I don't know how much pain he has gone though, if I
am honest, I have not really sat down and spoken to him about that.

'My purpose at this football club is to try to get the best out of every
individual, and I am trying to do that with him. I am not sure if he
will be included tomorrow, if I am honest, but I wanted to bring him
into the group just so he felt part of it.

'He causes us no problems, he is well-liked within the group, he gets on
with his work and we are trying to help him.' Pardew has decided to
leave Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez in Newcastle to rest, while top
scorer Demba Ba nurses a sore shin. Yohan Cabaye, who came off with a
tight thigh at Anfield on Sunday, has travelled and the Ameobi brothers
will start up front together for the first time.

More than 2,500 Newcastle fans are
expected in the Jan Breydel Stadium, but around double that number could
travel to the Belgian city without tickets.

After warnings last month that
ticketless fans will be arrested near the ground, local police have
relented and are hoping bars and the city squares will provide enough
screens to watch the game.

Pardew added: 'We know what our fans
are like. When we take anything over 600, they start sounding like a
whole stadium, so I am sure we will have very vocal support tomorrow.

'Tickets are at a premium – we can't
get tickets for everyone we want. It's brilliant that they have come and
followed us. We are absolutely delighted.

'I hope they conduct themselves in
and around the city in the right manner – that's important too because
we have got fantastic supporters.'

Chamakh seeks to escape Arsenal nightmare by returning to Bordeaux

Chamakh seeks to escape Arsenal nightmare by returning to Bordeaux

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UPDATED:

10:54 GMT, 7 November 2012

Arsenal outcast Marouane Chamakh is eyeing an escape route back to Bordeaux.

The striker has started just one game for the Gunners this season, in the Capital One Cup against Reading.

Frozen out: Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh

Frozen out: Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh

The 28-year-old scored twice in that thrilling 7-5 Gunners comeback win but was back on the bench for Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Chamakh may now push through a January return to his old club, reports the Daily Mirror.

He said: 'After Robin van Persie left, I thought I'd play more. But in two or three months, if nothing changes, I must make a decision.'

Russia coach Fabio Capello has left another Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin out of a 26-player squad to face the USA next week.

Arshavin has been frozen out by Capello during the team's perfect four-win start in World Cup qualifiers.

Kevin Pietersen to play for England against India A

He's back! KP's England exile over as outcast is called up to face India A

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UPDATED:

13:33 GMT, 29 October 2012

Kevin Pietersen's exile from the England team following the row over provocative texts sent to South Africa players will come to an end when he faces India A on Tuesday.

Pietersen was dropped in August during the series against the Proteas and was forced to apologise for sending messages about
then Test captain Andrew Strauss – as revealed by Sportsmail.

Pietersen is en route to India to join up with the national side ahead of a four-Test series, having not played with them since the second Test in August.

Back in the fold: KP will play for England once again on tour in India

Back in the fold: KP will play for England once again on tour in India

The high-profile rift was at the start of a chain of events that saw Pietersen placed in the international wilderness.

He is back on board now, though,
having worked things out with the England and Wales Cricket Board,
Strauss and the other players.

And this return has been well received by many the England camp, including spinner Graeme Swann.

Swann said: 'More than anything it is a good thing it is done and dusted.

Keeping busy: KP has been playing Twenty20 cricket while waiting to make his England return

Keeping busy: KP has been playing Twenty20 cricket while waiting to make his England return

Keeping busy: KP has been playing Twenty20 cricket while waiting to make his England return

'A line has been drawn under it and the actual cricket can go back to doing the talking rather than off-field antics.

'I am sure it can get back to how it
was. I think a lot depended on Kevin. He seems in a place now where he
is happy to play again, he has committed himself to the team and that's
good moving forward.

'I think that everyone is singing
from the same hymn sheet now. I think there has been a bit of honesty
and a bit of contriteness from certain parties. I think everybody is fed
up with it and that's why we just want to play cricket.'

Apology: KP has drawn a line under the controversy and will now make his return

Apology: KP has drawn a line under the controversy and will now make his return