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Carlo Cudicini close to LA Galaxy move from Tottenham

Cudicini set for new challenge as veteran Spurs keeper edges closer to LA Galaxy switch

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UPDATED:

18:50 GMT, 31 December 2012

Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini looks set for a fresh start in America after Tottenham announced they have reached an agreement to sell the goalkeeper to Major League Soccer outfit the LA Galaxy.

Cudicini moved to White Hart Lane in 2009 but has found his opportunities limited due to the presence of Heurelho Gomes and the arrivals of Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.

Indeed, the Italian is perhaps now fourth choice in manager Andre Villas-Boas' plans so it is perhaps no surprise the north London club were looking to offload.

On his way: Carlo Cudicini looks set to join LA Galaxy

On his way: Carlo Cudicini looks set to join LA Galaxy

'We have reached agreement for the transfer of Carlo Cudicini to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy,' said a short statement on Tottenham's official website.

'Carlo joined us from Chelsea in January 2009 and went on to make a total of 37 appearances. We wish Carlo all the best for the future.'

Cudicini began his professional career with AC Milan in 1992 and had a brief spell at Lazio before being plucked from obscurity in 2000 by Chelsea, who signed him from Italian minnows Castel di Sangro.

It was at Stamford Bridge where he excelled after ousting Mark Bosnich and Ed de Goey as Chelsea's regular goalkeeper.

He was part of the squads that claimed several domestic honours under Jose Mourinho although he found himself increasingly marginalised when the Blues signed Petr Cech in 2004.

Competition: Hugo Lloris (pictured) and Brad Friedel are ahead of Cudicini in the pecking order

Competition: Hugo Lloris (pictured) and Brad Friedel are ahead of Cudicini in the pecking order

In the footsteps: David Beckham left Real Madrid for LA Galaxy

In the footsteps: David Beckham left Real Madrid for LA Galaxy

After making 142 appearances for Chelsea in nine years, he made the switch to Tottenham but he once more struggled to claim a regular starting berth.

The 39-year-old could now link up with former Tottenham team-mate Robbie Keane in Los Angeles, who triumphed in the MLS Cup earlier this month with a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in the final in David Beckham's last match for the Galaxy.

Exodus: Robbie Keane is currently leading the line for the MLS side

Exodus: Robbie Keane is currently leading the line for the MLS side

Juventus stars including Nicklas Bendtner dress up for Halloween

The Old Lady is scary! Buffon and Bendtner lead Juventus stars with Halloween horror outfits

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UPDATED:

18:47 GMT, 30 October 2012

They could be the side that give Chelsea nightmares in the battle to progress beyond the Champions League group stages, but for now Juventus are giving us a fright for different reasons.

Following the success of a similar campaign by the Serie A champions on their Facebook page last year, the Italian outfit are back with ‘Happy Halloween II’ – where some of the club’s top stars feature in what may be potential trick-or-treat attire.

Gunner scare you: Nicklas Bendtner (left), on loan from Arsenal, features as Frankenstein's monster, while goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon takes on the role of Freddy Krueger

Gunner scare you: Nicklas Bendtner (left), on loan from Arsenal, features as Frankenstein's monster, while goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon takes on the role of Freddy Krueger

Gunner scare you: Nicklas Bendtner (left), on loan from Arsenal, features as Frankenstein's monster, while goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon takes on the role of Freddy Krueger

Okay, maybe not at their age, but with mock ups ranging from traditional Halloween characters to modern day movie antagonists, all are great efforts and some may take you a while to figure out who they are.

Some even seem to play to stereotypes. Andrea Pirlo as the Joker from Batman easily fits to the way the playmaker made England’s midfield looked like fools at Euro 2012.

Modern day scares: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba masquerades as Phantom menace villain Darth Maul, while Andrea Pirlo looks a natural in the attire of The Joker

Modern day scares: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba masquerades as Phantom menace villain Darth Maul, while Andrea Pirlo looks a natural in the attire of The Joker

Modern day scares: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba masquerades as Phantom Menace villain Darth Maul, while Andrea Pirlo looks a natural in the attire of The Joker

While Paul Pogba’s Darth Maul appearance may reflect on a great talent departing an epic saga way too early, with the highly rated midfielder deciding to exit Manchester United last summer before he made any significant impact.

Perhaps most uncanny of them all though is Nicklas Bendtner. The striker on loan from Arsenal features as Frankenstein’s monster but some Gunners fans will argue that the slow, bumbling movement associated with one of Halloween's most favourite sons doesn’t describe the Dane’s time at the Emirates Stadium enough.

Click here to see all of the mock ups on Juventus's Facebook page.

Newcastle United superhero Whey Aye Man

Unmasked! New Geordie superhero 'Whey Aye Man' set to take the Toon by storm

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UPDATED:

10:49 GMT, 4 October 2012

Batman has been spotted speeding away to the hills in the Batmobile, and nobody's seen Spiderman swinging around the Toon for weeks.

Why There's a new caped crusader in town and with the speed of Hatem Ben Arfa, the strength of Shola Ameobi and the reflexes of Tim Krul, he's better than both combined.

Meet Whey Aye Man – the new Geordie superhero unveiled by Newcastle United this week.

Local Hero: Newcastle have released a Whey Aye Man costume as part of their fancy dress range

Local Hero: Newcastle have released a Whey Aye Man costume as part of their fancy dress range

With his black and white wig and mask, ripped physique and club y-fronts, Whey Aye Man is your favourite now.

Newcastle has released the outfit, priced at 49.99, as an alternative to the traditional matchday attire, or as a unique stag weekend costume.

The Whey Aye Man outfit is available to buy in Newcastle club stores and Shearer's Bar.

Whey Aye Man boasts the speed of Hatem Ben Arfa

Whey Aye Man boasts the speed of Hatem Ben Arfa…

...the strength of striker Shola Ameobi...

…the strength of striker Shola Ameobi…

...and the reflexes of goalkeeper Tim Krul

…and the reflexes of goalkeeper Tim Krul

Tottenham rejected Miroslav Klose bid, says Andre Villas-Boas

He didn't turn us down… we weren't interested: AVB says Spurs snubbed Klose

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UPDATED:

09:34 GMT, 19 September 2012

Miroslav Klose was offered to Tottenham during the summer transfer window – but manager Andre Villas-Boas insists HE turned down the Lazio striker.

The veteran Germany international is set to line-up for the Italian outfit at White Hart Lane as the two teams prepare to go head-to-head in the Europa League on Thursday.

Earlier in the summer Klose, 34, claimed that he rejected a move to north London, choosing to honour his deal at the Stadio Olimpico which runs until 2014.

Forward thinking: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he was not interested in signing Lazio striker Miroslav Klose earlier this summmer

Forward thinking: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he was not interested in signing Lazio striker Miroslav Klose earlier this summmer

He said: 'Tottenham came looking for me, but I signed for Lazio until 2014 and I intend to respect that contract.'

But speaking ahead of Spurs' showdown with the Serie A side, Villas-Boas revealed he had no interest in signing the former Bayern Munich star.

'Klose is an important player, but I have very good strikers. With Defoe, Adebayor and Dempsey I can feel comfortable,' he told Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Villas-Boas memorably won the competition with Porto in Dublin in 2011 before his short-lived spell at Chelsea and he is keen to emulate that success in charge of Spurs.

'Tottenham will face the Europa League with the spirit to get away and maybe to win it,' he said.

'The Europa League is not a minor cup, it is the entrance to the Champions League and it deserves the utmost respect.'

Go for it: Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to win the Europa League this season

Go for it: Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to win the Europa League this season

The Portuguese coach, however, is expecting a testing opening encounter to Tottenham's European campaign.

'With Lazio it will be a difficult match,' he added.

'The Italian league is one of the toughest in the world and those at the top of it need to be addressed with the utmost concentration.

'They have important players such as Ledesma, who is one of my favourite players.

'Then there’s Hernanes. I expected him to find a top club (in the summer) and instead Lazio have done well to keep him.'

Guly do Prado charged with drink-driving by police in Southampton

Saint to sinner: Do Prado hit with drink-drive charge after 4am police arrest

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08:45 GMT, 28 August 2012

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Southampton striker Guly do Prado was arrested in the early hours on Monday morning and charged with drink driving, Hampshire Police have confirmed.

The Brazilian was pulled over in his 70,000 black Porsche by officers concerned by his 'erratic' driving at 4am outside the Rancho Steakhouse on Southampton High Street.

A witness claimed that Do Prado's three passengers had to get a taxi home after the 30-year-old was driven away by the cops.

Arrest: Guly do Prado was charged with drink-driving in the early hours of Monday morning

Arrest: Guly do Prado was charged with drink-driving in the early hours of Monday morning

'There were three other people in the car, a woman and two men, who had to walk up to the taxi rank to get a lift home as the police parked up Guly’s car outside La Lupa,' the witness, who did not want to be named, told the Daily Echo.

The incident happened less than 36 hours after Do Prado played a full 90 minutes in Saints' 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at home to Wigan.

A Hampshire police spokesperson said: 'Police are able to confirm that a 30-yearold Southampton man was arrested and subsequently charged for driving a motor vehicle while over the prescribed limit.

Bailed: Do Prado faces a hearing at Southampton Magistrates' Court next month

Bailed: Do Prado faces a hearing at Southampton Magistrates' Court next month

'The arrest followed after police officers noticed a vehicle being driven erratically in the High Street, Southampton, at approximately 4.35am.'

Do Prado, who has scored 22 goals for the club since he joined from Italian outfit Cesena in August 2010, has been released on bail and is set to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court next month.

Steven Pienaar signs for Everton from Tottenham

Pienaar heads back to Everton in 4.5m deal just 18 months after leaving for Spurs

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 31 July 2012

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Everton have confirmed the permanent return of Steven Pienaar from Tottenham for 4.5million on a four-year deal.

The South Africa international spent the second half of last season on loan at Goodison Park after failing to impress under then-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

He only signed for Tottenham last year for a reported 3million fee after spending four years, the first of which was on loan from Borussia Dortmund, with Everton.

On the move: Steven Pienaar in action for Spurs during pre-season this month

On the move: Steven Pienaar in action for Spurs during pre-season this month

Opportunities were limited for Pienaar at Tottenham, where he started just five Barclays Premier League matches.

But he excelled on his return to Everton, scoring four goals in 14 league games to help them finish seventh, with boss David Moyes stating at the beginning of the month one of his aims for the summer was to re-sign Pienaar.

'We are keen [on Pienaar] and I hope in time we would be able to conclude that deal,' he said.

'I don't know if the situation has changed (with Andre Villas-Boas coming in as new Spurs manager) but Steven has made it very clear he wants to come back here and my understanding is that hasn't changed.

Fans' favourite: Pienaar spent the second half of last season on loan with Everton

Fans' favourite: Pienaar spent the second half of last season on loan with Everton

'My next job in the coming weeks is to get Steven Pienaar here as well.'

Pienaar made no secret of his desire to return to Merseyside and Tim Cahill's move to Major League Soccer outfit the New York Red Bulls paved the way for the 30-year-old's comeback.

He told Everton's website: 'I am happy to be here. It took a few weeks to sort out but I am delighted to be back and excited to play for Everton.

'There was no doubt in my mind that I would be back here. At the end of the season I told the manager how I felt and I am happy now it is all done.'

Paul Pogba set to leave Manchester United for Juventus

Manchester United star Pogba says 'Yes' to Juventus switch

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22:46 GMT, 5 May 2012

Teenage sensation Paul Pogba has decided to quit Manchester United and sign for Juventus.

The France Under-19 midfielder has turned down a lucrative contract at Old Trafford to join the Italian outfit.

His decision was made known in a letter from his agent Mino Raiola to United chief executive David Gill, but there has been no contact between Pogba, 19, and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Italian job: Paul Pogba looks set to quit Manchester United for Juventus

Italian job: Paul Pogba looks set to quit Manchester United for Juventus

The player’s departure brings the long drawn out battle to keep him at United to a controversial conclusion.

Pogba was rated one of the best young products in the club’s academy, which he joined from French outfit Le Havre in 2009. He made his Premier League debut when he came on as a 72nd-minute replacement for Javier Hernandez against Stoke City in January.

Treviso 20 Saracens 26

Treviso 20 Saracens 26: Farrell ensures Sarries reach last eight after nervy show

Saracens were made to sweat before eventually overcoming Treviso to secure their place in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

Needing just a point to safeguard their passage through to the knockout stages, the English heavyweights laboured against the Italian outfit and had to erase a 17-13 half-time deficit before pulling clear in the second half.

Mouritz Botha and David Strettle both touched down for Sarries and Owen Farrell added 16 points with the boot to set up a home quarter-final tie.

Made it: Saracens qualified for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup

Made it: Saracens qualified for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup

Mark McCall's men are now the only English side left in contention in Europe's top tournament, but will know that they will have up their game several notches when the knockout stages commence in early April.

They came into the match hoping for a bonus point win to seal top spot in Pool Five and a home quarter-final, but Treviso, unbeaten in their previous two pool games at home, were in no mood to lie down.

Farrell struck first blood for the visitors with a penalty after 10 minutes but they were rocked on their heels when Robert Barbieri dotted down for the opening try moments later, which was converted by Kris Burton.

Sarries responded impressively and hit back with a try of their own, Botha barging over from close range after the Saracens forwards had pummelled the home pack.

Battle: David Strettle of Saracens is challenged by Kristopher Burton

Battle: David Strettle of Saracens is challenged by Kristopher Burton

Farrell made no mistake with the
conversion but again the visitors were found wanting in defence, and
conceded a second try more or less off the restart.

Barbieri was once again instrumental, punching a massive hole in the Saracens midfield before the ball was spun wide to Tommaso Iannone, who touched down in the corner.

Burton added the conversion, and then an opportunistic drop goal to leave Treviso with a 17-10 lead 25 minutes in.

Things went from bad to worse from Saracens after they lost both Kelly Brown and Steve Borthwick to injury in quick succession, and with pool rivals Biarritz by this stage 17-0 up against the Ospreys, the wheels were in serious danger of coming off.

Farrell reduced the deficit to four points just before the break, but at half-time Saracens' cup prospects were still looking touch and go.

Kicking king: Owen Farrell of Saracens

Kicking king: Owen Farrell of Saracens

Thirty seconds into the second half, however, the game took a seismic swing when Strettle blocked down an attempted clearance and strolled his way over the line for a gift-wrapped try.

Farrell converted and then traded penalties with Burton to keep his side just ahead at 23-20.

Irish veteran Peter Stringer then came to the rescue for Saracens, somehow holding up Antonio Pavanello when Treviso looked certain to touch down for a third time.

Tobias Botes, meanwhile, looked to have scored a perfectly good try, but it was mysteriously overruled by stand-in referee John Carvill, who had replaced the injured Alain Rolland in the first half.

Saracens at this stage were hanging on by their finger nails, but the accuracy of Farrell allowed them to keep the scoreboard ticking over, another three-pointer on the hour mark stretching the lead to six points.

Rather than kicking on in search of the bonus point which would have guaranteed their status as third seeds, Saracens spent most of the final quarter on the back foot simply trying to protect their lead, which they just about managed to do.

Clermont Auvergne 30 Leicester 12: Tigers left to rue indiscipline

Clermont Auvergne 30 Leicester 12: Fofana at the double as Tigers lose unbeaten record

Former European champions Leicester surrendered their unbeaten record in this season”s Heineken Cup, and their position at the top of Pool Four, to Clermont Auvergne.

Leicester were second best for most of the game and now need to win the return clash at Welford Road next weekend.

At full stretch: Fofana scores a try for the home side

At full stretch: Fofana scores a try for the home side

The Tigers, who had won their previous two pool games against Italian outfit Aironi and Ulster, paid a heavy price for their own indiscipline.

Hooker George Chuter and England centre Manu Tuilagi were both sin-binned in the 50th minute for dangerous play, leaving the Tigers with 13-men for 10 minutes.

Stiff word: Leicester centre Tuilagi is sent to the sin bin

Stiff word: Leicester centre Tuilagi is sent to the sin bin

Clermont made the most of their two-man advantage to record their 35th consecutive home victory in front of a partisan 18,000 crowd at the intimidating Stade Marcel Michelin.

Leicester scored the first try of the game totally against the run of play when Clermont”s fly-half Brock James had his grubber kick charged down.

Toby Flood”s fly-hack deep into Clermont”s territory created confusion in the home side”s defence and saw scrum-half Ben Youngs run in at the corner to give the visitors an improbable 5-3 lead.

Brutal: Leicester were punished for their indiscipline throughout the match

Brutal: Leicester were punished for their indiscipline throughout the match

Scrum-half Morgan Parra calmed the home side”s nerves when he slotted over his second and third penalties to reclaim the lead midway through the first half.

The home side then stretched their lead when burly wing Julien Malzieu barged his way through some weak tackling and crashed over from short range to make it 16-5 at half-time.

After the break the Tigers were under extreme pressure and lost two players to yellow cards, hooker Chuter and centre Tuilagi, for dangerous play.

Down an out: Flood and Co were left to reflect on a disappointing afternoon

Down an out: Flood and Co were left to reflect on a disappointing afternoon

The pair were punished for high tackles on Para and Vincent Debaty respectively in the same attacking move and the Tigers never recovered. Clermont turned the screw when impressive centre Wesley Fofana crossed for the French side”s second try midway through the second half.

Fofana rubbed salt into the wounds with his second try before the visitors were awarded a consolation penalty try after Clermont collapsed a scrum in the shadow of their own posts.