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West Ham latest: Winston Reid agrees new two-year deal

Reid all about it! A good sign for West Ham as Toon target agrees new two-year deal

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Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

10:29 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 15 January 2013

EXCLUSIVE

Winston Reid has agreed a new two-year extension to his West Ham contract to see off interest from Barclays Premier League heavyweights, including Newcastle.

Reid, the Hammers' best player this season, was out of contract in the summer and that alerted top-flightt vultures.

But Sportsmail has learned West Ham have invoked a two-year extension clause in his deal and club sources will renegotiate further in the summer with the lure of a five-year deal.

Promising signs: New Zealand defender Winston Reid has agreed a new two-year deal with West Ham

Promising signs: New Zealand defender Winston Reid has agreed a new two-year deal with West Ham

So impressed have the east London club been with Reid, they want him to become an Upton Park stalwart.

'There was never any chance of us letting him go,' said a club insider. 'We want to build for the future and Winston has a key role to play going forward.'

New Zealand centre half Reid has become a popular figure at West Ham and is rated highly by manager Sam Allardyce, who has built his defensive strategy around him.

Reid, 24, moved to Denmark when he was 10 and received Danish citizenship but always wanted to play for his native New Zealand.

Fans' favourite: Winston Reid won the acclaim of Hammers supporters after his decisive goal against arch-rivals Millwall last season at Upton Park

Fans' favourite: Winston Reid won the acclaim of Hammers supporters after his decisive goal against arch-rivals Millwall last season at Upton Park

West Ham signed Reid from FC Midtjylland and he was a mainstay of their promotion season – and even scored an important goal against Millwall for which he is revered for by the fans.

He was rested for the third-round FA Cup draw with Manchester United but may return to the side for the replay with James Collins injured. It could see Reid up against Robin van Persie, the hottest striker in the Premier League.

West Ham sources believe this deal is a sign of their ambition as they look to build on the squad through the transfer window. The club are looking for a left back to join Reid in the back four.

Max Chilton lands Marussia F1 deal for 2013

Max power! Chilton becomes fourth Brit on grid after landing Marussia deal

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12:05 GMT, 18 December 2012

Max Chilton insists he is 'already up to speed' with Formula One after Marussia confirmed the promising youngster as the fourth Briton on the grid for the 2013.

Chilton replaces Caterham bound Charles Pic for the 2013 season and despite having just two Formula One tests under his belt, the 21-year-old Reigate-born racer is convinced he is ready to make the step up from the GP2 grand prix feeder series.

'It's hard to put into words how I'm feeling today, with the announcement that I will be racing for the Marussia F1 Team in 2013,' said Chilton.

Done deal: Chilton has been handed a permanent drive with Marussia in 2013

Done deal: Chilton has been handed a permanent drive with Marussia in 2013

Max Chilton: Racing history

British Formula Three Championship (2007-09)

Chilton tasted victory at one race in three years, ending his final season 4th in the standings.

GP2 series (2010-12)

The Briton graduated to the F1 feeder series in 2010. After two largely lacklustre years, Chilton ended last season with two wins from the final four rounds finishing 4th in the championship.

'It comes at the end of what has been
a fantastic year for me, and those steps – my GP2 pole positions and
wins, my performances in the F1 Young Driver Test and in FP1 at Abu
Dhabi – have given everyone the confidence in my ability to compete at
the highest level of motor sport.

Behind the wheel: Chilton made his F1 debut at Abu Dhabi last year

Behind the wheel: Chilton made his F1 debut at Abu Dhabi last year

'I am very fortunate to have spent
the last six races with the Marussia F1 Team as Reserve Driver, which
means that instead of a standing start, I am already up to speed and at
ease with the people, the culture, the systems and of course, the 2012
package.

'During the period since the Japanese
Grand Prix, I have watched at very close quarters the incredible
commitment and determination to succeed that saw everyone in the team
pushing until the very last race. I feel very lucky to be able to embark
on my F1 racing career with this group of people.

Brit of all right

Lewis Hamilton

Chilton becomes the fourth Brit on the grid next year, joining Lewis Hamilton (right), Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta.

With just three seats left to be confirmed next season, only Germany can boast the equal number of drivers. But with Adrian Sutil tipped for a return that could become five.

The other countries who will be represented in 2013 are France (3), Australia (2), Mexico (2), Finland (2), Spain, Brazil, and Venezuela.

'Pre-season testing is just a few
weeks away, so my focus now is to continue my physical preparation
whilst spending as much time as possible working with the technical team
to help develop the car I will drive in my debut F1 season.'

Chilton is the son of Grahame
Chilton, the non-executive chairman of insurance giant Aon Benfield's UK
holding company who is reportedly worth around 100million.

Eyes on the prize: The 21-year-old will drive for Marussia next season

Eyes on the prize: The 21-year-old will drive for Marussia next season

However, he has previously stated
that the estimated 9.5m funding he has secured to realise his Formula
One dream does not come from the family coffers.

Even so the funding boost will be
welcomed at Marussia who narrowly missed out 10m in prize money after
being pipped to tenth place in the constructors' championship by
Caterham at the season finale in Brazil.

Marussia team principal John Booth is
adamant that, funding aside, his young protege has the talent to help
the Banbury-based team build on the solid progress they made in 2012.

Booth said: 'We have spent a
significant amount of time evaluating his performances during 2012, both
in our own car in a testing situation and also from the pit wall as we
monitored his progress alongside the other members of our junior talent
pool during Grand Prix support races.

'We felt confident enough in his
ability and potential to appoint him to the role of Reserve Driver in
September and since that time his development has been rapid in all
aspects. First and foremost, he has shown himself to be extremely
capable in the car.

'Not only that, Max very quickly
embedded himself within the team, thanks in no small part to the fact
that he is a lively and affable character who we've enjoyed having
around. Having been integral to our race weekend engineering environment
for the past three months already – as well as having undertaken a
significant part of our simulator programme – Max has already found his
feet.'

Everton"s Phil Jagielka: We"ll miss tackling when they force it out of our game

Jagielka: We'll miss tackling when they force it out of our game. It's like telling a dribbler to stop taking people on…

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00:34 GMT, 15 December 2012

Phil Jagielka was once a reluctant centre half, utterly crestfallen when told by Craig Short, his former Sheffield United team-mate, that he could reach the very top if he moved into defence.

It was meant as a compliment, encouragement from a veteran for a promising youngster, but having been switched from centre forward to midfield in his teens and likened to Patrick Vieira by Neil Warnock, this seemed like the final insult.

A dying art: Phil Jagielka (L) slides in to tackle Bryan Ruiz of Fulham

A dying art: Phil Jagielka (L) slides in to tackle Bryan Ruiz of Fulham

'Centre back had never crossed my mind,' said Jagielka. 'I found it a little bit boring. You didn't get to run around as much or score and you'd have to jump in front of shots and make blocks. It was all a bit more painful.

'I was just gutted that a man with his experience, a great centre back himself, had told me I wasn't going to be a midfielder. We've had a laugh about it since because he was pretty much right.'

Over time Jagielka has embraced the role. Elite football has changed to a point where his pace, mobility and anticipation are arguably more important weapons for a centre half than muscle and aerial power.

At Stoke today, muscle and aerial power may be tested too, but he has learned to love the varied art of defending and protects its honour with the honesty he shows on the pitch for Everton and England.

This is why, while watching Wigan against Newcastle on TV, something started to eat away at him. It was a red card for Wigan's Maynor Figueroa, sent off by Mike Jones after a challenge on Papiss Cisse, and further evidence that contact is being airbrushed from the game.

In control: Jagielka shows off his adidas boots

In control: Jagielka shows off his adidas boots

'For me, that isn't a sending-off,' said Jagielka. 'It possibly isn't a foul, but it's given and then they don't rescind it. It's almost becoming impossible. If you can't go shoulder-to-shoulder with someone in the box and go in hard enough to barge them out of the way, it's going to be hard to tackle anyone without the risk of being sent off in every game.'

It certainly was not like this when Jagielka, now 30, made his debut at 17 for Sheffield United against Swindon in May 2000.

'When I was starting out, in a game where there's a bit of needle, you'd want those balls that drop perfectly between you and your midfield opponent,' he said. 'You'd throw the kitchen sink in. If you got the ball and you took him out and he was in a heap, it was accepted.

'That was only 10 years ago. We're not talking back in the 1950s when people used to smash the hell out of each other.

'There were opportunities you were looking for and vice-versa. If you had a heavy touch and you saw the guy coming in, you'd brace yourself, thinking, “Here we go”, but you wouldn't have people jumping out of the way, scared or rolling around six times after they'd been, you know, flicked on the ear.

'Football's moved on. It's harder to tackle people, especially with any sort of force. I don't want people to get injured. I'm not saying you should hurt people on purpose or try to put them out for any length of time. I'm not asking the ref to let career-threatening tackles go but they should recognise the difference between dangerous tackles and aggressive ones.

Everton's Phil Jagielka

'It's like telling a dribbler you can't take a defender on more than twice because you're making him look bad. Different people have different skills. If you can win the ball and you're not studs-up, halfway up his leg, and your momentum takes the guy out and he ends up on the floor with a little bruise, then why shouldn't that be a legal tackle

'I think we're going to miss tackling when it's pretty much ruled out in the next few years. It can make the atmosphere so much better. When we play at Goodison and someone puts in one of those tackles and the fans get revved up, there's nothing better.'

Multi-angle, slow-motion TV replays have altered the landscape and defenders tread a high wire where one tiny miscalculation can mean a penalty or a red card or both.

'You've got to put the brake on and that can put you in a worse situation,' said Jagielka. 'You try to nick the ball and it comes off the attacker and he's through and you concede a goal. A few years ago, you'd have taken the lot and it would have been fine.

'On television, they slow it down to every footstep, every inch. They can make the nicest of tackles look evil. They'll say, “He's gone in with his studs up”, but has he really If you look in quick speed, all he's done is trap the ball. Slow it down and it looks like he's trying to break the lad's shin.'

Strikers, being strikers, prey on these uncertainties. 'Some people panic and jump out of the way and don't appeal for anything and that's perfectly fine if you don't want any contact,' added Jagielka.

Feel the force: Mario Balotelli is tackled by Jagielka

Feel the force: Mario Balotelli is tackled by Jagielka

'And I know if you're running at full pace and someone clips your heel, that's all you need to fall flat on your face. But if you're stood still and someone flicks your heel and you collapse, it's not the same is it My force hasn't caused you to fall but you've felt a touch and decided to throw yourself to the ground.

'If it happened in a normal workplace, you'd be laughed at. But sometimes in the box, you give someone the slightest of touches and that's it.

'It's never going to stop until something's done about it. And unless you can find an easy way of finding out which is which, this dive or no-dive debate is going to stick around for a long time.'

Three Jags

SHEFFIELD UNITED

After training with Stoke, Everton and Manchester City, he joined Sheffield United in 1998, aged 15, and made his debut two years later as a substitute against Swindon at Bramall Lane on May 7, 2000.

Apps: 287 Goals: 22

EVERTON

When Sheffield United were relegated in 2007, Everton bought Jagielka that July for 4million. He made his first-team debut as a substitute against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on August 14.

Apps: 175 Goals: 6

ENGLAND

After six appearances at Under 21 level, Jagielka made his full international debut, once again as a substitute, against Trinidad & Tobago in Port-of-Spain on June 1, 2008.

Apps: 16 Goal: 1

Jagielka talks straight, like he plays. He might be in his home town of Manchester on a photo-shoot for next year's adidas catalogue but no-one will accuse him of being one of football's posers.

He fought hard to rescue his own career after Everton rejected him at 16, learning to identify pitfalls with help from his brother Steve, who was four years older and spent six years at Shrewsbury before hopping around non-League.

Phil reflects on this big-brotherly influence as a key factor in his development. Steve would return from youth-team training sessions at Manchester City or Stoke and drag his younger brother outside to pass the ball and improve their weaknesses. 'I'd want to go to the park and play headers-and-volleys but we'd do some sort of long-range passing drill or work on our weaker foot,' said Jagielka. 'It wasn't something I wanted to do. I was 12, I couldn't wait to find my goalie gloves and dive around for an hour.

'But he gave me plenty of good
advice. He didn't have the breaks I did. He did his cruciate early on
and it didn't work out well, but he's always been there for me with
advice and warnings. It has made a lot of my decisions easier just by
knowing what he's been through.'

Sheffield United found Jagielka,
nurtured him for eight years and sold him back to Everton for
4million. He has not stopped improving under the gaze of David Moyes,
another from the union of centre halves.

The signed shirt from his England
debut, in Trinidad in 2008, hangs framed in his home. 'The game may not
have meant much but that was my first game for England and it's still a
very proud day,' said Jagielka.

'I was gutted when I got home and realised it might not be allowed as an international because we had made something like eight subs instead of seven.'

There's less anxiety these days. The era of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ledley King and Jamie Carragher is over for England and Jagielka stands firmly among those competing to be Roy Hodgson's defensive leader.

For a reluctant centre half, his case is a good one. He continues to improve and shoulder responsibilities at Everton. He studies football, reads the game and his attitude is never questioned.

And he loves a tackle.

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Owen Farrell wants to play at No 10 for Saracens

Farrell wants to be a perfect 10 after wayward kicking display against Munster

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22:30 GMT, 9 December 2012

Owen Farrell fixed a kicking glitch just in time to snatch a vital bonus point for Saracens in their 15-9 defeat to Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday, then revealed he has held talks with the club over his limited access to the No 10 shirt.

Seven days after playing a central role in England’s epic win against New Zealand at Twickenham, where he ran the show at fly-half, the 21-year-old reverted to centre in Limerick.

However, when Charlie Hodgson was replaced during the second half of this blood-and-thunder encounter, Farrell carried out the conductor’s duties with considerable aplomb, in a late rally by the visitors.

Tough day: Owen Farrell's kicking form was erratic for Saracens

Tough day: Owen Farrell's kicking form was erratic for Saracens

It would be in the national interest
for him to play regularly at stand-off, rather than at outside centre,
but he has started just four games there for Saracens this season. ‘I
want to do my job for the club, first and foremost,’ said Farrell.

‘I’ve had a sit-down with Mark
(McCall, director of rugby) and we’ve put a plan in place. I will play
some games at 10 and some at centre, but I don’t think it really matters
because when I play at centre at the club; I’m playing like a second
fly-half anyway.’

Farrell’s goal-kicking was wayward at
Thomond Park, with a final return of three out of seven. The last miss,
from a promising position five minutes from time, suggested Saracens
would leave Ireland with nothing, but when another chance came with a
minute to go, Farrell scored to ensure his side took a point to go into
the return tie at Vicarage Road on Sunday tied with Munster at the top
of Pool One.

Showdown: Farrell (left) admitted to holding talks with the club

Showdown: Farrell (left) admitted to holding talks with the club

Arsene Wenger hits out at huge wages and spending in football again

Wenger hits out at footballers' salaries and insists he'll spend 150m of sponsors money 'the right way'

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16:09 GMT, 27 November 2012

Arsene Wenger has hit out at football's lavish spending once again as he criticised excessive wage demands.

The Arsenal boss has 150million in sponsorship cash from Emirates which he wants to spend 'in the right way'.

The club agreed a deal with long-term partners Emirates Airlines last week which sees a lucrative sponsorship extension earning the club around 30m a year.

Sticking to his guns: Arsene Wenger says a 30million deal now can cost up to 60m factoring in wages

Sticking to his guns: Arsene Wenger says a 30million deal now can cost up to 60m factoring in wages

But Wenger believes many transfers are now being blown out of proportion by players' salaries rising.

He said: 'If we get that amount of
money from sponsors it is not charity, it is because the sponsors feel
that we act in the right way and with the right values. They reward
that.

'Afterwards it is down to us to spend the money in the right way.

'There are two aspects to any deal; one is the transfer [fee] and the other is the wages.

'The transfers for these kinds of
players are not at 30million today, they are at 50million or
60million and what has gone through the roof is the wages of these
players.

'That is why people plead for
financial fair play. Some clubs even pleaded that the new television
money (for Premier League clubs) should not be used to increase wages
because it gives huge problems to everybody.'

Wenger is likely to move for a forward
when the January transfer window opens, with a short-term loan move for
Thierry Henry remaining a possibility as well as a bid for Crystal Palace’s promising
youngster Wilfried Zaha.

As always, Wenger stressed any new addition must bring added value to the group.

'If we find the real top, top, top
player then we will be on the market,' he added. 'We have no fixed
number, we look just at quality.

Is Arsene speaking from experience Theo Walcott is a contract rebel

Is Arsene speaking from experience Theo Walcott is a contract rebel

'We have a good squad, I believe that these players have a fantastic attitude. They deserve success and they will have success.'

Some sections of the Arsenal support
would appear not to share that faith as Wenger came in for criticism
during the goalless draw at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Chants of 'You don’t know what you’re
doing' greeted the 86th-minute substitution of striker Olivier Giroud
for defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin, but Wenger’s focus remains
unmoved.

'My job is to give full commitment to this club, with integrity. That’s what I always do without expecting any return,' he said.

'I don’t want to comment on that (the chants). I just make sure that I do my job properly, that’s what I do.'

Struggle: Arsenal will face a gritty Everton team at Goodison Park

Struggle: Arsenal will face a gritty Everton team at Goodison Park

The Gunners head to Everton tomorrow looking to close up on the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

After a positive start Everton have
struggled for wins in recent weeks, with Norwich’s last-gasp equaliser
on Saturday making it five draws in seven games.

Arsenal are a point behind the fifth-placed Toffees and Wenger urged against any complacency.

'They are always serious, Everton,
because they can give anybody a game,' said Wenger, who should have
forward Theo Walcott back from a shoulder problem tomorrow night.

'I don’t think any big team in the league goes to Everton and thinks it will be a walk out there.

'For us it’s a vital game every year.
They fight at the top of the league every year. They are one of the
contenders for a Champions League spot as well.

'Everton have gone through a more difficult spell recently, but it will just be down to us and the quality of our performance.'

Italy 10 New Zealand 42: Match report

Italy 10 New Zealand 42: All Blacks beat Azzurri into submission in Rome

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17:53 GMT, 17 November 2012

New Zealand were made to work hard in Rome before completing an ultimately comfortable win over battling Italy.

The All Blacks led only 13-7 at half-time, with Kieran Read's try drawing an Italian response through Alberto Sgarbi.

But second-half tries by Ma'a Nonu, Cory Jane and two for Julian Savea gave the scoreline a lop-sided look as Italy's resistance dissipated in the final quarter.

Over you go: Julian Savea scored two tries for New Zealand as they beat Italy in Rome

Over you go: Julian Savea scored two tries for New Zealand as they beat Italy in Rome

New Zealand had to wait 13 minutes for their first points, which came courtesy of Aaron Cruden's close-range penalty.

But their first try followed soon afterwards when a fast-flowing move ended with Conrad Smith scooping up a loose ball and sending number eight Read over. Cruden converted and soon added his second penalty.

A promising position for Italy slipped away when Mirco Bergamasco could not find Tommaso Benvenuti but they came again and their pack set up a first Test try for centre Sgarbi. Luciano Orquera converted.

A crucial tackle from Bergamasco, helped by Simone Favaro, prevented Hosea Gear going over in the corner as Italy stayed in touch at the interval.

Fearsome: Ma'a Nonu and the All Blacks eventually won the match comfortably

Fearsome: Ma'a Nonu and the All Blacks eventually won the match comfortably

Come here! Liam Messam is pursued by the Italians

Come here! Liam Messam is pursued by the Italians

But a deliberate knockdown after a brave goal-line stand allowed Cruden to extend the lead five minutes after the restart and wonderful passing then sent Nonu barrelling over for his side's second try. Cruden's routine kick made it 23-7.

The Azzurri enjoyed a spell of attacking field position and Orquera's drop-goal took them into double figures.

But as they sought to build up a head of steam, their handling became sloppy and knock-ons twice checked their momentum.

And having battled so hard, they allowed replacement Jane to stroll in far too easily and put New Zealand out of reach at 30-10 with 11 minutes to go.

Luke McLean was credited with first contact on a bouncing ball to deny Cruden a try but Savea dived over in the left corner shortly afterwards, despite losing a boot in the build-up.

Cruden missed for the first time but strong running from Jane sent left-winger Savea coasting in behind a tired defence for a converted score to make it 42-10.

Crunched: Leonardo Ghiraldini made his best effort to stop Hosea Gear (right)

Crunched: Leonardo Ghiraldini made his best effort to stop Hosea Gear (right)

Ashley Cole is Jose Mourinho Real Madrid target

Battle of the ex-Blues: Jose hoping to pip Carlo to Chelsea defender Cole

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11:39 GMT, 17 November 2012

Jose Mourinho wants to beat Carlo Ancelotti to the signing of Ashley Cole by picking him up in January.

The 31-year-old Chelsea left-back has been strongly linked with a free switch to Paris St-Germain when his contract expires in the summer.

Options: Former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti both want Ashley Cole to sign on the dotted line

Options: Former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti both want Ashley Cole to sign on the dotted line

But with Marcelo injured with a broken
foot until at least the new year, Mourinho is hoping to beat his fellow
former Chelsea boss to a reunion with the England star, report The
Mirror.

Chelsea do not want to offer Cole a deal that stretches longer than 12 months as per their new club policy on players over 30.

Cole took to Twitter on Friday to say 'Just want to take a moment to thank you all for your endless support. Couldn't have made it this far without you and I sincerely appreciate it.'

The unprompted message has been taken by some Chelsea fans as a sign the player's time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end.

In true Cole style he added: 'And to all you non-supporters out there, I definitely couldn't have made it to the top without climbing over you!! #HatersCantBreakMe.'

The defender is still performing well for the Blues but, with promising youngster Ryan Bertrand emerging, Chelsea are willing to take the risk and let Cole leave.

Cole may be fit for Saturday's game
against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns after missing the previous
two Chelsea matches with a hamstring injury.

John Terry misses out after Luis Suarez landed on his leg during last Sunday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

The Chelsea skipper is set to be out for three weeks.

Come join me: Mourinho would love to bring Cole to the Bernabeu

Come join me: Mourinho would love to bring Cole to the Bernabeu

Arsenal transfer latest: Wilfried Zaha, Charlie Austin, Liam Trotter and Will Hughes scouted

Revealed: Zaha, Austin, Hughes and Trotter – the four stars Arsenal scouted last week

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11:39 GMT, 13 November 2012

Arsenal spied on four of the Football League's most promising stars on Saturday.

Liam Trotter, Charlie Austin, Will Hughes and Wilfried Zaha – a quartet of England's best emerging talent outside the top-flight – were the subject of Arsenal's attentions last weekend.

Influential chief scout Steve Rowley attended Millwall's 2-1 win over Derby at the Den to cast his eye over Trotter and Hughes.

In demand: Arsenal have scouts watching Wilfried Zaha

Hot shot: Burnley striker Charlie Austin

In demand: Arsenal have scouts watching Zaha and Burnley's Charlie Austin (R)

Gunners spies have kept close tabs on Lions' box-to-box midfielder Trotter from the start of last season, with his performances this term earning rave reviews.

Rams midfielder Hughes, 17, has been hailed as a future England international and has made 15 starts for Nigel Clough's side this season as well as breaking into Stuart Pearce's Under-21 set-up.

Meanwhile, a senior Gunners spy ran the rule over Burnley goal-machine Charlie Austin in the Clarets' 2-1 defeat against Ipswich.

Wanted: Derby ace Will Hughes

Interest: Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter

Wanted: Derby ace Will Hughes and Millwall's Liam Trotter are also being tracked

Austin, 23, has scored 20 goals in just 18 appearances for the Lancashire club this season.

The Gunners have found the lower leagues a productive talent pool in recent years with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Carl Jenkinson all plucked from either the Championship or League One.

Plans: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his squad in the January transfer window

Plans: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his squad in the January transfer window

Giancarlo Poveda rejects Arsenal for Barcelona

Blow for Arsenal as promising Colombian kid Poveda chooses Barcelona

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15:51 GMT, 1 November 2012

Barcelona look to have beaten Arsenal to the punch on exciting young Colombian Giancarlo Poveda.

The 14-year-old winger had been training with Arsenal for a number of weeks after leaving Puerto Malagueno and looked set to sign but Barcelona have stepped in.

Poveda has already figured in a couple of friendlies for the Spaniards and played for Barcelona’s youth side against Jabac on Tuesday. They are now confident he is ready to commit to the club.

Teenage kicks: 14-year-old Colombian winger Giancarlo Poveda has opted to join Barcelona despite having a trial at Arsenal

Teenage kicks: 14-year-old Colombian winger Giancarlo Poveda has opted to join Barcelona despite having a trial at Arsenal

His family are based in Malaga and that has helped convince him that Barcelona is the ideal place for his career to develop.

The two clubs have locked horns over players frequently in recent seasons.

Barca are still upset at losing Jon Toral and Hector Bellern to Arsenal last year – rated as two of the most promising talents to emerge from their famed La Masia academy.

Now the potential signing of Poveda is being hailed as a retaliatory blow.

Manchester City v Swansea live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Manchester City v Swansea – as it happens from the Etihad Stadium

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16:59 GMT, 27 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester City take on Swansea at the Etihad Stadium to conclude Saturday's action. The Premier League champions will hope to bounce back from their Champions League defeat at Ajax mid-week when they take on Michael Laudrup's side who returned to winning ways against Wigan last Saturday. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Manchester City 0-0 Swansea (5.30pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

Man City: Hart, Richards, Nastasic,
Kompany, Clichy, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Barry, Kolarov, Tevez, Aguero.
Subs:
Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolo Toure, Evans, Sinclair, Dzeko, Balotelli.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico,
Williams, Davies, Ki, Routledge, Britton, de Guzman, Hernandez, Michu.
Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Graham, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

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All the latest from the Championship

27min: From InfostradaLive:

Manchester City have scored exactly one first half goal in six of their previous eight PL matches this season.

They have not scored more than one first half goal in a match since April 14 (in their eventual 6-1 victory at Norwich).

24min: Play was stopped for a couple of minutes, after Michu banged heads with Richards inside the box following a teasing cross from Swansea's right flank.

Joe Hart immediately waved for medical attention as the forward looked out cold, but I'm pleased to say the Spaniard has come back round and should continue.

21min: Strong play from Carlos Tevez to barge Chico off the ball on the left flank, but the Aegentine wastes the promising position by crossing low straight to Vorm.

20min: A very even game and I have to hand it to Laudrup. The Swansea boss drummed in pre-match about how he wanted to keep possession and his team are certainly doing that well so far.

17min: Very harsh for Angel Rangel that. The defender is booked for diving but all he did was bounce off Micah Richards following a strong challenge from the Manchester City defender.

It's his fifth of the season so he will be suspended for the next match.

On the run: Swansea's Jonathan de Guzman (right) attempts to escape the attention of Vincent Kompany

On the run: Swansea's Jonathan de Guzman (right) attempts to escape the attention of Vincent Kompany

14min: Swansea win a free-kick on the left flank following a foul by Vincent Kompany. But although Joe Hart comes and fails to collect Jonathan de Guzman's delivery, a free-kick is given to the hosts for an infringement inside the box.

12min: A few grumbles from the home fans as the ball is wastefully put out for a throw in by their side.

It's been a very poor and slow start so far. I don't think even Serie A fans would put up with this.

9min: Signs of life as Carlos Tevez tries to escape inside the box, but Chico Flores is on hand to make a superb last ditch tackle to stab the ball away.

6min Swansea are camped inside their own half but there is no threat from the hosts yet who are yet to test Michel Vorm with a shot.

3min: A quiet start which has seen Manchester City take control of the ball but not a lot else as the sun sets over the city.

Kick-off: We are underway in Manchester.

Just don't touch the hair: Manchester City players flick the ears of team-mate Mario Balotelli

Just don't touch the hair: Manchester City players flick the ears of team-mate Mario Balotelli

17.28: The players are out at a slightly subdued Etihad Stadium.

17.25: It's been a tough week for Roberto Mancini, with questions raised over the relationship with his Manchester City players.

Before kick-off why not read Sportsmail's Des Kelly and his excellent column, where he claims ultimately that the buck stops with the Italian.

17.20: Swansea boss Michael Laudrup spoke to ESPN before the game and I think ruled out any kick-and-rush tactics:

'We have to be wary. It’s a great team who have lots to choose from. They want to show everyone a good performance but we are on alert.

'We have to keep the ball and we like to have the ball and we won’t want to give it away to players who can change a game at any moment.

'Michu is top scorer and that is very important but the most important thing is to keep the ball today.'

17.15: From the Etihad Stadium:

Man City v Swansea
Man City: Hart, Richards, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Barry, Kolarov, Tevez, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolo Toure, Evans, Sinclair, Dzeko, Balotelli.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Ki, Routledge, Britton, de Guzman, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Graham, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Dropped: Edin Dzeko (right) was replaced by Carlos Tevez in the Manchester City starting line-up

Dropped: Edin Dzeko (right) was replaced by Carlos Tevez in the Manchester City starting line-up

17.10: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini spoke to ESPN before the game:

'I expect a reaction but it is clear this is a difficult game.

'Joleon Lescott has played a lot of games and we need something fresh.

'I don’t know if Edin Dzeko is a super sub but he is a top striker. I don’t know why there is a fuss being caused about my relationship with the players because it’s not true.'

17.05: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini makes three changes as he looks to put his midweek Champions League misery behind him against Swansea in the Barclays Premier League.

One key change comes in defence where Matija Nastasic replaces England centre-back Joleon Lescott while Aleksandar Kolarov comes in for the suspended James Milner.

Carlos Tevez returns up front for Edin Dzeko while Swansea go into the game unchanged.

There was some minor disruption when part of the inside of one stand, including the media centre, was evacuated after a fire alarm went off about 40 minutes before kick-off.

A turnstile was temporarily closed but it proved a false alarm and people were allowed back in moments later.

17.00: It may be all going wrong in the Champions league for Manchester City, but as far as the Premier League is concerned it has been a strong enough start for Roberto Mancini's men, who are are one of just two unbeaten sides in the division.

Or so it seems anyway. Are Swansea going to be on the end of a Manchester City backlash or are cracks starting to appear in the champions Team news on the way.

Saturday climax: Manchester City host Swansea at the Etihad Stadium

Saturday climax: Manchester City host Swansea at the Etihad Stadium