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Andy Carroll wanted by AC Milan

Italian job for Liverpool striker Carroll as Serie A giants Milan declare: We want you!

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UPDATED:

06:37 GMT, 4 July 2012

AC Milan could be set to launch a shock swoop for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll after the Italian giant's transfer consultant revealed their interest.

Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi's son Pier Silvio – president of Mediaset, the holding company that owns the San Siro club – admitted he is a huge fan of the England international and wants to see him wearing the black and red Rossoneri colours in the future.

The Three Lions powerhouse was a British record transfer signing when the Reds snapped him up from Newcastle for 35million in January 2010.

Target man: AC Milan are interested in signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll

Target man: AC Milan are interested in signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll

The 23-year-old has enjoyed mixed fortunes during his time at Anfield in which he struggled early on.

But he enjoyed an encouraging end to the season last term and won a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad.

Heading off: Milan were impressed with Carroll's thumping header against Sweden

Heading off: Milan were impressed with Carroll's thumping header against Sweden

Carroll, capped by his country seven times, scored a fabulous header in England's 3-2 group stage win over Sweden – a goal which has prompted Milan's surprise interest.

'As a future target I’d like Andy Carroll,' said Berlusconi.

'I must admit that for his body build, and after seeing his header in the Euros, I would like to have Carroll at Milan.'

Italian job: Carroll came on a substitute in England's Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat to Italy in Kiev

Italian job: Carroll came on a substitute in England's Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat to Italy in Kiev

After waving farewell to a host of veteran club favourites this summer – including Rino Gattuso, Mark van Bommel and Clarence Seedorf – Milan are keen to usher in younger talent in their bid to wrest the Scudetto from last season's champions Juventus.

An audacious move for Carroll would certainly underline their intent and Berlusconi added: 'This is a new era for Milan.

'We will continue to get younger while maintaining the culture. Milan still has its superstars.'

Chelsea scouts watch Jose Salomon Rondon

Chelsea send scouts watch Rondon as they line up 20m bid to replace Drogba

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UPDATED:

21:48 GMT, 12 June 2012

Chelsea scouts watched Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon play for Venezuela against Chile at the weekend.

The 22-year-old, who scored 11 goals in 37 La Liga games last season, is valued at 20m and the London club see him as a replacement for Didier Drogba.

Arsenal and Newcastle have also shown interest in the imposing Venezuela star, but have been put off by a 20million asking price.

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Rondon has scored 25 goals in two seasons since joining Malaga and was watched by Chelsea scouts when playing for his country on Sunday, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The 22-year-old is seen as having the physical attributes to succeed in the Barclays Premier League, but his performance at the weekend did little to boost his prospects of a move, as Venenzuela slumped to a 2-0 home defeat by Chile.

It is claimed that Chelsea, who are still chasing Porto striker Hulk, rate Rondon at closer to the 10m mark.

Chelsea told to pay 20m for Salomon Rondon

Chelsea told to cough up 20m for Malaga's Venezuelan striker Rondon

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UPDATED:

08:06 GMT, 12 June 2012

Chelsea are tracking Malaga striker Salomon Rondon as they consider options for replacing Didier Drogba.

Arsenal and Newcastle have also shown interest in the imposing Venezuela star, but have been put off by a 20million asking price.

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Powerhouse: Rondon scored for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay last week

Rondon has scored 25 goals in two seasons since joining Malaga and was watched by Chelsea scouts when playing for his country on Sunday, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The 22-year-old is seen as having the physical attributes to succeed in the Barclays Premier League, but his performance at the weekend did little to boost his prospects of a move, as Venenzuela slumped to a 2-0 home defeat by Chile.

It is claimed that Chelsea, who are still chasing Porto striker Hulk, rate Rondon at closer to the 10m mark.

Leigh Halfpenny: Wales must go back to drawing board

Halfpenny concedes Wales need new blueprint to overcome Australia

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 10 June 2012

Leigh Halfpenny says battered Wales must go back to the drawing board if they are to have a chance of winning the series in Australia.

Powerhouse No 8 Toby Faletau is flying home with a broken hand suffered during the 27-19 first Test defeat in Brisbane.

On the run: Leigh Halfpenny (left) can't catch Australia's Will Genia

On the run: Leigh Halfpenny (left) can't catch Australia's Will Genia

Wing George North is nursing a dead leg and centre Scott Williams has a nasty cut to the face, although both should recover for Saturday's second Test in Melbourne.

Flying home: Wales' Toby Faletau (centre) returning

Flying home: Wales' Toby Faletau (centre) returning

Full back Halfpenny said: 'We're massively disappointed. We've got to go back to the video, back to the drawing board and back to the training field.'

Struggling: George North has a dead leg

Struggling: George North has a dead leg

Victor Wanyama being lined up by QPR

QPR ready to pounce for Celtic midfielder Wanyama

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 10 June 2012

Queens Park Rangers are lining up a deal for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama.

The Scottish champions do not want to lose the Kenyan powerhouse, 20, who can also play in central defence and has become a huge fans favourite.

However, a bid of around 7million may be difficult to resist.

Wanted by QPR: Victor Wanyama (left) could be on his way to London

Wanted by QPR: Victor Wanyama (left) could be on his way to London

Euro 2012: Robbie Keane content for Ireland to be underdogs

Keane content for Ireland to be outsiders ahead of Croatia opener

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UPDATED:

21:58 GMT, 3 June 2012

Robbie Keane is happy for the Republic of Ireland to be cast in the role of underdogs at Euro 2012.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men will begin their campaign against Croatia in Poznan next Sunday evening, knowing reigning champions Spain and fellow powerhouse Italy are waiting in the wings in the battle for qualification from Group C.

No great expectations: Robbie Keane (right) happy to play underdog's role

No great expectations: Robbie Keane (right) happy to play underdog's role

Few outside Ireland are giving them any great chance of forcing their way out of the group, but within the camp, the belief is that they are far from outsiders.

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Captain Keane said: 'It's good for us that people think that because we know as a group of players, the confidence we have at this moment in time, from what I can see, is part of the team.

'I mentioned before about the Estonia game [in the play-offs] and the relaxed feeling we had before that game, it's very, very similar to now, to be honest with you.

'The intensity in training has been great, but around the place, people don't seem to be uptight or worried too much about next week, and it's always important as a player to have a calmness about you.'

Part of that relaxed air is down to the continuity Trapattoni has brought to his squad with the bulk of the 23-man party having done duty for their country for some considerable time now.

Continuity: Giovanni Trapattoni has a settled squad

Continuity: Giovanni Trapattoni has a settled squad

There is the odd exception – Sunderland winger James McClean could prove a handy wild card in Poland and Ukraine – but Keane knows how studiously he and his team-mates have been drilled by the 73-year-old Italian manager during his four years in charge and the benefits that has brought.

Keane said: 'That's been the case for the last few years, we have had really the same squad for the last few years now.

'In the last campaign, it was a very, very similar squad and the players with every game get better and better and they get more comfortable playing international football.

'The starting XI has been kind of the same for a long time now, so the players are very, very comfortable with each other, and the players who are on the bench or who come on know exactly what role they have to play when they come on to the pitch.

We know what's required: Captain Keane says the squad is comfortable

We know what's required: Captain Keane says the squad is comfortable

'For a player, it's very, very important to know that.'

Keane, sitting beside his manager at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest this evening, was asked to assess what Trapattoni had brought to Ireland, only to be prompted by the man himself.

The Los Angeles Galaxy striker responded with a smile: 'It's the balance he has brought to the team.

'He says it himself. How can I argue with that I want to play next Sunday.

'The experience he has and the way he goes about things – you can see the difference in the way we have played since he has come in and taken over as manager.

'The change has been incredible.'

Manchester United and Manchester City players rated – Jamie Redknapp

Which team is better, United or City All the players rated before the crunch clash

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UPDATED:

00:08 GMT, 30 April 2012

Sportsmail's Jamie Redknapp looks at the predicted line-ups for both sides before the Manchester derby and compares the two, giving each player a rating. Which side is better

Goalkeepers

Joe Hart – 9.5 / 10

The best goalkeeper in the world. Brilliant shot stopper, tremendous command of his area this season. He's amazing and will be England 'keeper for many years.

David de Gea – 7

He has improved as he comes to terms with the demands of the English game, but I still believe he is United’s weak link. This is his biggest test since coming to the club. Is he up to it

No 1: Is Joe Hart the best keeper in the world

No 1: Is Joe Hart the best keeper in the world

Defenders

Micah Richards – 8

City are unusual in that they rotate their full-backs. At home, Richards could get the nod ahead of Zabaleta. He's a powerhouse going forward but can tire and leave gaps behind.

Vincent Kompany – 9

Immense this season. City's leader and defensive kingpin. Needs to be on top of his game to mind Wayne Rooney. He will remember that gorgeous overhead kick from last year.

Joleon Lescott – 8

He has improved beyond belief to emerge as an excellent defender, helped by his partnership with Kompany. He has consistently delivered a high level of performance.

Gael Clichy – 7

Sweet pass for Aguero at Wolves showed what he can do. City could prefer Kolarov for his dead-ball skill but it's an area where United will try to get in behind.

Kingpin: Vincent Kompany is the key player in the City defence

Kingpin: Vincent Kompany is the key player in the City defence

Phil Jones – 8

Made a dynamic start but like all young players has suffered a dip in form. Can be a future England captain. Versatile defender/ midfielder but City will look to exploit him at full back.

Rio Ferdinand – 8.5

He's been one of the best defenders in England and has had a very good season, playing more than anyone expected. He will have his hands full tonight with Aguero and Tevez.

Chris Smalling – 7.5

Good defender but will be rusty after returning from injury. Set to stand in for Jonny Evans, who has a bruised foot. This will be a big test; City's little forwards will be in and around him.

Patrice Evra – 8

This will not be a defensive masterclass from any of the full-backs, who all play like frustrated wingers. We can focus on what he can't do but Evra is a huge weapon for United going forward.

Huge weapon: Patric Evra likes to go forward

Huge weapon: Patric Evra likes to go forward

Midfielders

Gareth Barry – 7.5
Very similar to Michael Carrick. He puts out fires and his job will be to stop Rooney from running the game. He needs to play well in what will be a big test of his concentration.

Yaya Toure – 9
When he accelerates, it is like a juggernaut running at you. He has had a massive season, with a small blip post-Africa Cup of Nations. United must stop him getting into his stride. A matchwinner.

David Silva – 9
Signs in recent games that his happy feet are back. Not in the form of his golden spell earlier in the season when he was in delicious form but he will look to get the ball and run at United.

Samir Nasri – 8
An OK season, but he came to life against Chelsea when City fell behind. Although he has been in Silva’s shadow, he picks out a lovely pass. This is a game to step up to the mark.

Rampager: Yaya Toure could shred United

Rampager: Yaya Toure could shred United

Michael Carrick – 8
I really like Michael. He doesn’t get a lot of credit, but he has had as much influence on United in the second part of the season as Paul Scholes. He keeps the ball. A lovely passer.

Paul Scholes – 9
The maestro. I played with him, against him and I now love to watch him. Stand off him and he will hurt you. City have to rush him and stop him from getting his head up. Do not give him time.

Ryan Giggs – 9
It is a night when calm heads are required and, if selected, Giggs will get on the ball and pass it to his own team. Like Scholes, City will want to hurry him. or else he too can run this game.

Antonio Valencia – 9
He has a huge frame for a winger and loves to bounce full backs around and bully them. He’s having a terrific season and has become United’s Kanchelskis. A real danger for City.

The maestro: Paul Scholes can pull the strings if given time

The maestro: Paul Scholes can pull the strings if given time

Strikers

Carlos Tevez – 8.5
This is not about judging his action earlier this season, but about judging him as a player. I’ve always liked him. He can set the tempo as he hunts the ball and can deliver devastating blows.

Sergio Aguero – 9
A brilliant first season. It looked as if he was running out of gas but then Tevez came back into the team and added petrol to the engine. Evans and Ferdinand will have a job with these two rascals.

Danger: Sergio Aguero can be lethal

Danger: Sergio Aguero can be lethal

Danny Welbeck – 8
I have a suspicion United might play 4-3-3, with Welbeck pushed out wide. If they play him down the middle with Rooney it will be a statement of intent. Scored terrific goals, needs to get more close-in.

Wayne Rooney – 9.5
If City could have one player, it would be Rooney. He’s the closest to a perfect 10 in this match. Looks to be loving his football and don’t tell me he plays better when angry. Calm and quality.

Perfect ten Not quite, but Wayne Rooney is the closest it gets

Perfect ten Not quite, but Wayne Rooney is the closest it gets

The result:Manchester City 92.5/110Manchester United 91.5/110

Harry Redknapp put off by Didier Drogba wages

Redknapp admits Drogba's wage demands make Tottenham switch unlikely

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UPDATED:

11:29 GMT, 21 April 2012

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp would be interested in signing Didier Drogba on a free transfer this summer but admits the Chelsea striker's wage demands may scupper any potential deal.

At 34 years old, many thought Drogba was past it, but he has provided his critics with a timely reminder of his talents over the past few days.

The Ivory Coast frontman belted a stunning volley past Carlo Cudicini to help Chelsea cruise past Spurs into the FA Cup final last weekend and then hit the winner in the first leg of the Blues' Champions League semi-final against Barcelona three days later.

The long goodbye: Didier Drogba is out of contract at Chelsea this summer

The long goodbye: Didier Drogba is out of contract at Chelsea this summer

Drogba could leave Stamford Bridge this summer after failing to agree a contract extension. And, although Redknapp is interested, he expects the former Marseille man to be tempted to China, where he is being courted by mega-rich Shanghai Shenhua, who are managed by Drogba's former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka.

Redknapp said: 'He is a free but I was just reading in the paper about him going to China. It seems the money in China at the moment is incredible. Players can go there and make a fortune.

'He would be a great player for Chelsea to keep or for somebody else to take. Anyone would be interested but you would have to be able to afford his wages. That is going to be the key. If he is on a free you are going to have to pay him a fortune.

Making a point: Harry Redknapp

Making a point: Harry Redknapp

'But he is a powerhouse when he is on his game. He is strong and almost unplayable when he is really at it. It was an amazing goal he scored against us. He smashed it from an angle.

'His strength in holding (Spurs defender William) Gallas off and then hitting the ball from where he did, there aren't too many players who could have done that.'

Redknapp yesterday received public backing for the first time from an FA board member – Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, who claimed the Tottenham boss would do an 'outstanding' job as national coach.

The 65-year-old claimed he was unaware of Gartside's comments yesterday but what he does know is his team have only won one Barclays Premier League game since Fabio Capello resigned.

Redknapp's side could drop to sixth by the time they face QPR this evening but denies Capello's resignation has anything to do with his team's poor form.

'Other people talk about (England) but I don't talk about it,' Redknapp added. 'I just concentrate on my job here and never look beyond Tottenham.

'Recently it was only the Norwich game really (where Spurs played poorly). Arsenal did not lose to Wigan and QPR because they were concentrating on Arsene Wenger going to manage France, were they'

London Irish sign George Skivington from Leicester

Leicester lock Skivington seals move to London Irish next summer


Powerhouse: George Skivington

Powerhouse: George Skivington

London Irish have signed lock George Skivington from Leicester in a three-year deal.

The 29-year-old former Saxons skipper will head to the Madejski Stadium during the summer after 40 appearances for the Tigers over the last two seasons.

Exiles head coach Toby Booth said: 'George is a powerhouse.'

London 2012 Olympics: Ethiopia ban 35 athletes for missing training camp

Ethiopia ban 35 athletes and put their Olympic places in jeopardy

Ethiopia have banned 35 athletes indefinitely and put their chances of competing at London 2012 in doubt.

Olympic men's 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion Kenenisa Bekele is the most high profile name to be banned.

Ethiopia's governing body are angry over flagging results in the past few years and summoned 200 athletes to a training camp two months ago ahead of the World Indoor Championships in March and the Olympics.

Banned: Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele is one of the high profile athletes not able to compete

Banned: Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele is one of the high profile athletes not able to compete

But Bekele and other athletes including Olympic women's 5,000 and 10,000 gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba ignored the call-up, technical director Dube Jilo said.

'We have banned 35 athletes, including Kenenisa and Tirunesh, from competing in any event,' he said.

'It has been two months now since we summoned every athlete in contention, but this group has so far failed to respond.'

He said the ban would be reconsidered as soon as the athletes reported for training.

No show: Tirunesh Dibaba did not turn up to the training camp

No show: Tirunesh Dibaba did not turn up to the training camp

Bekele, who has yet to decide if he will compete in London anyway, was not immediately available for comment. Neither was Dibaba.

The 29-year-old Bekele, who had not raced on the track since 2009 because of injury, dropped out of the 10,000 metres at last year's world championships in Daegu, South Korea, after 10 laps.

However, he was back to his best at the Brussels Diamond league meeting later in the season, setting a year's best for the 10,000.

For years a powerhouse in long-distance track events, Ethiopia has lost ground in recent years with local commentators concerned by a lack of talent coming through the ranks to replace the likes of the great Haile Gebrselassie.

After a disappointing World Championships in Daegu, the country's athletics chiefs decided to revamp their preparations for upcoming events.

'There is a lack of commitment, and our preparations haven't been up to standard so far,' Dube said.

'We have to distinguish who is in good shape ahead of events.'