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Kimi Raikkonen on Red Bull radar with Mark Webber"s future in balance after Sebastian Vettel row

Raikkonen on Red Bull radar as Webber's future hangs in balance after Vettel row

By
Simon Cass

PUBLISHED:

15:11 GMT, 2 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:14 GMT, 2 April 2013

Kimi Raikkonen is on Red Bull's shortlist to replace Mark Webber should the veteran Australian decide to retire at the end of the current Formula One campaign.

Webber could not hide his fury at losing out on victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix after team-mate Sebastian Vettel chose to ignore team orders to hold station in second place.

Vettel subsequently escaped sanction for his insubordination, a situation which appears to have backed up Webber's post-race claim that the triple world champion enjoys 'protection' at Red Bull.

In demand: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen could race at Red Bull next season if Mark Webber leaves

In demand: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen could race at Red Bull next season if Mark Webber leaves

In demand: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen could race at Red Bull next season if Mark Webber leaves

And should Webber decide he has had enough of playing second fiddle, then Red Bull's billionaire owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, admitted Raikkonen would be a strong candidate to partner Vettel next season

'Kimi is cool and fast and always a candidate,' said Mateschitz of the 2007 world champion who drives for Lotus and enjoys a close relationship with Vettel.

Civil war: Mark Webber's relationship with Sebastian Vettel is in tatters following the fall-out from Sepang

Civil war: Mark Webber's relationship with Sebastian Vettel is in tatters following the fall-out from Sepang

The same certainly cannot be said for Webber, but discussing the 36-year-old's future, Mateschitz appeared to suggest he would have the final say on whether he continued to drive for Red Bull.

'Whether he retires, only he will choose,' Mateschitz told Speed Week. 'Mark is definitely a candidate for 2014.'

Manchester United scouts watch Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay

EXCLUSIVE: The new Vidic Man Utd watch 15m-rated Benfica defender Garay again

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

13:14 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

14:11 GMT, 16 January 2013

Manchester United have again sent scouts to Portugal to check on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has identified the Argentina centre half as a possible new signing as he looks for long-term replacements for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

On the radar: Manchester United scouts have been keeping tabs on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay

On the radar: Manchester United scouts have been keeping tabs on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay

Sportsmail recently revealed that United had scouted Garay at games against Sporting Lisbon and Olhanense this season and it is understood that a United representative was back again at the weekend as Benfica drew 2-2 with Porto at the weekend.

Benfica are currently three points clear at the top of the Portuguese Liga but are under financial pressure to sell the 26-year-old this summer as they can’ t afford to continue paying his wages. Rated at about 15m, the South American is also being tracked by Juventus and other European clubs.

Garay’s former club Real Madrid are entitled to half of whatever fee he is eventually sold for. He has eleven caps for his country.

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Long-term vision: Manchester United are busy identifying prospective replacements for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United target Hector Herrera wanted by Porto

Man United in battle with Porto to sign 9m-rated Mexico midfielder Herrera

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UPDATED:

09:57 GMT, 21 December 2012

On the move Herrera is wanted by United and Porto

On the move Herrera is wanted by United and Porto

Manchester United will face stiff competition to sign Hector Herrera after his club revealed Porto and a French club are also interested in signing the midfielder.

Mexico's Olympic star Herrera was the inspiration behind Mexico's gold medal victory and has been on United's radar for over a year with Liverpool also very keen.

But the club will have to move swiftly for the player nicknamed 'Zorro', according to president of his club.

At this moment there is no concrete offer on the table, but there certainly is a lot of interest,' Pachuca president Jesus Martinez told ESTO.

'Porto are not the only side in the race. There is also a club from England and another one in France.

'Pachuca plan to sell Herrera in the summer of 2013.

But it will have to be a good deal for the club.'

Chris Hughton plans January move for Craig Mackail-Smith and Liam Bridcutt

Hughton plots January raid on Brighton for Mackail-Smith

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UPDATED:

08:47 GMT, 17 December 2012

Norwich manager Chris Hughton is planning a January spending spree, with Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith top of his list.

And Hughton may raid the south coast side for midfielder Liam Bridcutt too, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Irishman is a long-standing admirer of Mackail-Smith, who has 10 goals in 19 Championship matches this season, and had a 3m bid rejected in the summer.

Transfer target: Norwich boss Chris Hughton wants to bring Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith to Carrow Road in January

Transfer target: Norwich boss Chris Hughton wants to bring Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith to Carrow Road in January

The frontman is a proven goalscorer in the second tier and also has six caps for Scotland.

Bridcutt, who started out at Chelsea, is also on the radar of Aston Villa and Fulham.

On the radar: Hughton is also interested in Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt

On the radar: Hughton is also interested in Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt

The 23-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer and has yet to agree a new deal.

Hughton was boosted over the weekend when midfielder Wes Hoolahan signed a new three-year contract.

Fulham and Southampton want Liam Trotter

Fulham and Southampton plan January bids for Millwall midfielder Trotter

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UPDATED:

07:38 GMT, 5 November 2012

Fulham and Southampton are leading the 2million race for highly-rated Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter.

The 24-year-old has impressed this season, notching six goals to help the Lions to mid-table safety.

Main man: Liam Trotter has impressed for Millwall this season

Main man: Liam Trotter has impressed for Millwall this season

And Trotter could now be on his way to the Premier League as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Fulham have sent scouts to watch the former Ipswich midfielder, according to the Daily Mirror, while Saints boss Nigel Adkins is also keen, having signed him at Scunthorpe.

Big fan: Nigel Adkins has been impressed with Trotter this season

Big fan: Nigel Adkins has been impressed with Trotter this season

He has been Adkin's radar since he scored in the Lions' shock 3-2 FA Cup win at St
Mary's in February.

Trotter scored again in Saturday's 4-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground as Millwall extended their unbeaten run to seven matches.

Arsenal to launch 15m raid for Spain striker Adrian Lopez

Arsenal boss Wenger to launch 15m raid for striker Lopez

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UPDATED:

21:54 GMT, 18 October 2012

Arsenal will make a 15million offer for Spain striker
Adrian Lopez when the transfer window re-opens.

As revealed by Sportsmail last week Arsene Wenger wants to
sign a new centre-forward in January after accepting he has not managed to fill the void left by former skipper Robin van Persie, who departed for Manchester United for 24m
during the summer.

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Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

Target man: Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

Wenger will dispatch one of his scouts to watch the Atletico Madrid forward play against Real
Sociedad on Sunday.

Hot shot: Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

The Gunners boss knows he must strengthen his attacking options after
privately admitting Olivier Giroud and Gervinho are not the answer to his
central-striking quandary.

Wenger has 35million to spend during the next
transfer window and is willing to use a hefty slice for that budget to bring a
top-level striker to north London.

Lopez's
international team-mate Fernando Llorente remains on the radar, while
the Gunners have also checked out Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, who is a
target for Manchester City.

Sam Allardyce delighted with Andy Carroll England call-up

Allardyce hoping Carroll's England call-up will help striker in fitness bid

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UPDATED:

17:06 GMT, 4 October 2012

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce welcomed Andy Carroll's international call-up as the perfect solution for both club and country.

Carroll has been named in the England squad to play San Marino and Poland, despite a hamstring injury limiting him to just one start for the Hammers this season.

Allardyce believes a stint with England will improve Carroll's match fitness – providing Roy Hodgson takes good care of him.

In the hunt: Andy Carroll has been selected by Roy Hodgson

In the hunt: Andy Carroll has been selected by Roy Hodgson

'I am glad (he has been called up),' Allardyce said 'Going off to England because he is short on match fitness would be a good thing for us and a good thing for him.

'I will liaise with Roy. Andy is in a position to play for him but (I want them to) just be careful about fatigue because fatigue is what brings injuries.

'Andy's match fitness is a little behind where we would like it to be.

'Helping him to perform for England and catch up on match fitness would be an ideal solution for the pair of us.'

Carroll played 23 minutes off the bench against QPR on Monday and Allardyce is weighing up whether to start his on-loan striker against Arsenal on Saturday.

Hammers midfielder Matt Taylor expressed his surprise on Twitter that Carroll was not joined in the England squad by Matt Jarvis, Mark Noble or Kevin Nolan.

Noble produced a man of the match performance in West Ham's 2-1 win at Loftus Road and Allardyce revealed he is on England's radar.

Pleased: Sam Allardyce is happy about the call-up

Pleased: Sam Allardyce is happy about the call-up

'I think it depends how Mark plays this season,' Allardyce said.

'I don't think it is about Mark Noble playing for England after three or four good games.

'He has pressed the buttons to alert Roy and his staff to come and have a look at him and see if he continues the good form he has shown in the Premier League up to now.

'There is a transition going on in the England set-up and Mark at 24 is an experienced Premier League player now.

Potential: Mark Noble (right) might be called up if he keeps up his form

Potential: Mark Noble (right) might be called up if he keeps up his form

'If he is the public eye and doing well then I think England will continue to monitor him and see how it goes.'

Allardyce expects defender Winston Reid, who has been integral to West Ham's promising start to the season, to be fit to face Arsenal after he was knocked out in the win against QPR.

But West Ham are less certain about the fitness of left-back Joey O'Brien, who was forced off with a hamstring injury at Loftus Road.

Gareth Bale would leave Tottenham to move abroad

I could quit Spurs to move abroad, admits in-demand wing wizard Bale

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UPDATED:

07:52 GMT, 29 September 2012

Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale is keen on playing abroad at some point in his career.

The 23-year-old Wales international signed a new four-year contract with Spurs this summer preventing speculation of a move overseas, but it is something he would consider in the future.

Hot property: Gareth Bale is on the radar of Barcelona and Real Madrid

Hot property: Gareth Bale is on the radar of Barcelona and Real Madrid

'I'd never be scared of it,' he told The Guardian. 'It's something I'd like to experience. It's in the future but if something did come up I would obviously look at it with interest.'

Bale also gave his backing to new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, who replaced the popular Harry Redknapp this summer.

Backing: Andre Villas-Boas (right) is the right man for the job, says Bale

Backing: Andre Villas-Boas (right) is the right man for the job, says Bale

'He's very approachable,' said Bale. 'If there is a problem, or something we feel is not right, his door is open. He wants us to work that way: together, the players and staff, and if there is a problem we can always share our ideas with him and he will take it on board.

'For example, if we feel we are working too hard in training, if we say that to him, then he'll ease it off. He's still learning as well as a manager but he does all the coaching and everything himself, which is great.'

Manchester United target Domenico Berardi

Sir Alex planning raid for Italy Under 19 starlet Berardi

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UPDATED:

09:10 GMT, 12 September 2012

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Sassulo's Italy Under 19 striker Domenico Berardi.

Berardi turned 18 earlier this summer and has made an impressive start to the season.

The club, based in northern Italy have
maximum points and sit at the top of the table in Serie B after three
games of the season.

Impressed: Sir Alex is keeping an eye on Berardi

Impressed: Sir Alex is keeping an eye on Berardi

Berardi has featured two and scored once and is now on the radar of the Old Trafford outfit, according to reports in The Mirror.

United have a wealth of attacking options, but the club continue their search for young stars of the future.

Sir Alex Ferguson has asked scouts to assess the player further before making a move.

Kevin Feely wanted by Everton

Feely on Everton radar as Toffees ramp up bid to sign Bohemians star

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UPDATED:

14:29 GMT, 11 September 2012

Bohemians manager Aaron Callaghan claims Everton have expressed an interest in teenage defender Kevin Feely.

The 19-year-old has made 19 appearances in the League of Ireland having previously played at minor inter-county level for Kildare.

Wanted: Everton are interested in Feely (left)

Wanted: Everton are interested in Feely (left)

'There is definite interest there from Everton,' Callaghan told Ireland's Evening Herald newspaper.

'It's just a matter of what they do with it, but they are keen on Kevin.

'[Everton] are not the only ones interested. Charlton had Kevin over for four days and while he didn't play in a match when he was there he impressed in training and they'd like to have a second look.

'I would hate to lose Kevin but if we were able to sell him and bring in some finance for the club it would be positive all round as he really wants to further his career.'