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John Murray wanted by BT Sport

BT want Murray to follow Humphrey as new boys plan second raid on BBC for Premier League coverage

By
Charles Sale

PUBLISHED:

14:19 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 29 January 2013

BT Sport are understood to be looking to the BBC for their main commentator after persuading Jake Humphrey to front their Barclays Premier League coverage.

Humphrey was the BBC's Formula One host last season but has signed a four-year deal with the new venture.

Radio 5 Live’s excellent John
Murray, who has the lead microphone role for the main radio football
match on the flagship Saturday programme, could be set to join Humphrey.

New recruit: Jake Humphrey has already signed his deal with BT

New recruit: Jake Humphrey has already signed his deal with BT

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Murray is high on the wishlist of BT,
who last summer won the rights to show 38 live games a season for three
years, including 18 first-choice matches.

They are paying 738million over three seasons while Sky are paying 2.28billion for their rights.

One man set to stay at the BBC is Gary Lineker. The Match of the Day presenter is expected to sign a new contract.

Microphone man: BBC Radio Five Live's John Murray is also wanted by BT Sport

Microphone man: BBC Radio Five Live's John Murray is also wanted by BT Sport

But it was announced last week that Colin Murray is to be dropped as the Match of the Day 2 frontman next season.

Murray, who has anchored the Sunday
highlights show for two years since Adrian Chiles moved to ITV, is to be
replaced by rising BBC star Mark Chapman.

Angelo Henriquez joins Wigan on loan from Manchester United

United striker Henriquez raring to go after completing loan move to Wigan

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

08:40 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:19 GMT, 2 January 2013

Angelo Henriquez is determined to use his time at Wigan to prove himself in the Premier League after joining the Latics on loan until the end of the season.

The Manchester United striker has been unable to force his way into the first team at Old Trafford, due to work permit issues, but has played for the Under 21 side.

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Chance to shine: Striker Angelo Henriquez has joined Wigan on loan

Chance to shine: Striker Angelo Henriquez has joined Wigan on loan

Angelo Henriquez fact file

Born: April 13, 1994, Chile

Appearances (Goals):

Universidad de Chile 17 (11)

Manchester United U21 6 (2)

Chile 1 (1)

Henriquez is expected to make his debut against Bournemouth in the FA Cup on Saturday.

'This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am really excited after the manager has given this chance for me to prove myself,' he told the club's official website.

'Now I need to work to try and earn my place in the team.'

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is confident the 18-year-old can make an instant impression at the DW Stadium.

'We’re really excited about Angelo because he is a very young man with a huge potential; he’s a goalscorer with clever movement inside the box and has had a very successful time with his former club Universidad,' he said.

'We hope to have a good partnership in terms of allowing Angelo to develop as a footballer and learn of the demands of the English game, because I feel he can bring us something different in the forward line.

'I’m sure the fans will give him a great welcome on Saturday and it will provide him with the perfect opportunity to begin his experiences on the pitch in English football which is very exciting.'

Henriquez becomes the second mid-season recruit by Wigan, who confirmed the signing of Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza from Sporting Kansas City last month and are waiting for the Honduras international to obtain a visa.

Wales expect Joe Allen to be fit for Serbia match

Wales boost with Liverpool star Allen expected to shrug off virus to feature in Serbia

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21:30 GMT, 9 September 2012

Joe Allen will fly out to Serbia with the Wales squad on Monday, giving Chris Coleman a welcome boost following the Red Dragons' defeat in the opening World Cup qualifier.

The Liverpool midfielder was a surprise omission from a below-strength team which was weakened still further by James Collins' first-half sending off against Belgium.

Allen was laid up in bed, suffering from a virus, but it appears he has shaken off the effects and he will board the plane to the Balkans after Wales' medics reported no new worsening in his condition over the weekend.

Fighting to be fit: Joe Allen is expected to feature for Wales in Serbia

Fighting to be fit: Joe Allen is expected to feature for Wales in Serbia

'At the moment, Joe is still in the squad to fly out with us,' a Wales' spokesman said on Sunday night.

With Coleman already missing a glut of players due to injury – he is missing seven who would otherwise consider themselves starters in his first-choice XI – Allen's potential return is a significant piece of good news.

Brendan Rodgers' new 15m recruit did aggravate a muscle. It was referred to as, 'a slight pull' by Wales's head coach but it was believed to be of insufficient worry to have sidelined him against the group A favourites on Friday night.

Coleman is unlikely to appeal against Collins's sending-off, despite arguing afterwards that match official Stefan Johannesson's decision was harsh.

Under pressure: James Collins' red card has given Chris Coleman a problem

Under pressure: James Collins' red card has given Chris Coleman a problem

The coach believes that contesting an automatic two-match suspension would leave Wales open to losing the West Ham centre-half for additional matches.

Meanwhile, Gareth Bale has spelled out the importance of the trip to Serbia, saying that Wales had targeted a minimum of two victories in their opening four matches.

Another defeat in Novi Sad on Tuesday night will add extra pressure ahead of Scotland's visit to Cardiff next month.

'We don't want to be chasing,' he said. 'We wanted to get off to a good start but Belgium have found an unbelievable team.

'We definitely need to pick up two wins from our first four matches. Anything we get away from home is normally considered a bonus, although of course, we will be trying to win.'

Lukas Podolski insists Arsenal can challenge for Premier League

Podolksi promises Premier League title charge with Arsenal pal Cazorla

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UPDATED:

07:49 GMT, 4 September 2012

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Lukas Podolski is confident of firing up Arsenal's Premier League title challenge with fellow new recruit Santi Cazorla.

Podolksi was set up by Cazorla for the Gunners' opener at Liverpool on Sunday and returned the favour for the Spaniard to seal a 2-0 win.

Off the mark: Lukas Podolski sent Arsenal on their way at Anfield

Off the mark: Lukas Podolski sent Arsenal on their way at Anfield

The victory came on the back of two goalless draws and Germany international Podolski insists it is just the beginning.

'If we can play like we did at Liverpool, then we will fight for the title,' he said.

'We are happy with the way we played. But it must be the start for us.#

'The Premier League is very hard to win. It is not like Spain, where you have only Real Madrid and Barcelona fighting for La Liga.

'In the Premier League, you have five or six teams who want the title. We are one of those teams and we must fight for it.

'We can be in the top four for sure if we play like this.'

Former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie was also on target on Sunday, scoring a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Southampton.

Podolski, an 11million signing from Cologne, added: 'I won't say we will forget Robin van Persie because he is an amazing player.

Cheers pal: Podolski celebrates his opener with Santi Cazorla

Cheers pal: Podolski celebrates his opener with Santi Cazorla

'But the fans want to win every week and if we are successful in doing that, they will be positive about us.

'I've loved the way it has gone with Santi in training. I like the style of his football.

'All the time we work on this, one and two touches – and you could see that for the goals. But we've only played three games, so we must keep improving.'

Anything you can do: Cazorla weighed in with a goal after Podolski played him in

Anything you can do: Cazorla weighed in with a goal after Podolski played him in

Kieran Richardson signs three-year Fulham deal

Richardson signs three-year Fulham deal after leaving Sunderland

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 31 August 2012

Kieran Richardson completed his move from Sunderland to Fulham.

The 27-year-old, who was born in London, signed a three-year deal, with an additional year's option, for a undisclosed fee.

He told Fulham's official website: 'I'm delighted that my transfer to Fulham has been completed and now I'm eager to start training for my new club straight away and pulling on the white shirt for the first time.'

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New recruit: Kieran Richardson (right) has signed for Fulham

New recruit: Kieran Richardson (right) has signed for Fulham

Liverpool sign Samed Yesil

Liverpool seal 1m deal for Germany youth international Yesil from Leverkusen

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UPDATED:

18:51 GMT, 30 August 2012

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Bayer Leverkusen forward Samed Yesil in a deal worth 1million.

The 18-year-old German attacker, who has represented his country at U18, U17 and U16 levels, won the 'silver shoe' at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup where he bagged six goals.

Hotshot: Yesil banged in six goals at the U17 World Cup

Hotshot: Yesil banged in six goals at the U17 World Cup

Like new Liverpool recruit Nuri Sahin, he is Turkish born.

He told the club website: 'The first thing is that I have to train and
then in one or two years I hope, step by step, to be in the first team.
It is my dream to play for Liverpool and I will give my all.'

Liverpool set to snap up 1m Leverkusen youngster Yesil

Liverpool set to snap up 1m Leverkusen youngster Yesil

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UPDATED:

14:15 GMT, 30 August 2012

Bayer Leverkusen forward Samed Yesil looks set to be the latest player to join the Brendan Rodgers revolution.

The 18-year-old German attacker is expected to cost the Anfield side in the region of 1million.

New recruit: Brendan Rodgers is looking to seal the deal for Samed Yesil

New recruit: Brendan Rodgers is looking to seal the deal for Samed Yesil

Hotshot: Yesil banged in six goals at the U17 World Cup

Hotshot: Yesil banged in six goals at the U17 World Cup

He has impressed for his country at U18, U17 and U16 levels and for the price appears to be somewhat of a coup.

Yesil bagged six goals for Germany at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup and was one of the stars of the tournament, winning the silver shoe. He has 19 goals in 21 games at that level.

Like new Liverpool recruit Nuri Sahin, he is Turkish born.

Manchester United 3 Fulham 2: Robin van Persie opens account

Manchester United 3 Fulham 2: Van Persie opens account with stunner as Fergie's men hold on for victory

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UPDATED:

15:58 GMT, 25 August 2012

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Robin van Persie marked his first start for Manchester United with a fine goal as Sir Alex Ferguson's side saw off Fulham at Old Trafford.

Van Persie, who came on as a substitute in Monday's defeat at Everton after completing his 24million move from Arsenal, was given the nod with Wayne Rooney starting on the bench.

Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt was paraded on the pitch before the match but it was Damien Duff who made the fast start and grabbed a third-minute opener.

But the lead didn't last long as Van Persie opened his account in superb style with the equaliser seven minutes later.

Pick that out: Robin van Persie scores his first goal for Manchester United

Pick that out: Robin van Persie scores his first goal for Manchester United

Another new recruit, Shinji Kagawa, fired United ahead ahead 10 minutes before the break, pouncing from close range after Mark Schwarzer blocked Tom Cleverley's shot, and Rafael got in on the act with a header.

United were in cruise control but they gifted the visitors a lifeline when Nemanja Vidic put the ball into his own net with 25 minutes left.

Rooney made his entrance just after Fulham's second, replacing Kagawa, but it was the Cottagers who stepped up the pace in search of the leveller.

United were forced to defend late on but they hold on for their first points of the campaign.

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MATCH FACTS

Manchester United: De Gea, Da Silva, Carrick, Vidic, Evra, Cleverley, Anderson (Giggs 81), Valencia, Kagawa (Rooney 68), Young (Welbeck 68), Van Persie

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Evans, Hernandez, Scholes

Goals: Van Persie 10, Kagawa 35, Rafael 41

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Briggs, Duff, Diarra (Baird 81), Dembele, Kacaniklic (Sidwell 62), Ruiz, Petric (Rodallega 72)

Subs not used: Stockdale, Kelly, Kasami, Halliche

Goals: Duff 3, Vidic (og) 64

Booked: Hangeland

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Attendance: 75,352

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United front: Van Persie is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring for Manchester United

United front: Van Persie is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring for Manchester United


Slide rule: Robin van Persie enjoys his big moment after scoring his first goal in a Manchester United shirt

Slide rule: Robin van Persie enjoys his big moment after scoring his first goal in a Manchester United shirt

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Jumping for joy: Damien Duff shocked United with an early opener for Fulham at Old Trafford

Jumping for joy: Damien Duff shocked United with an early opener for Fulham at Old Trafford

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Show us your medals: Usain Bolt was on the pitch at Old Trafford before Manchester United played Fulham

Show us your medals: Usain Bolt was on the pitch at Old Trafford before Manchester United played Fulham

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Get shirty: Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt with a special United shirt at Old Trafford

Get shirty: Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt with a special United shirt at Old Trafford

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You don't miss from there: Shinji Kagawa pounces to score for United after Tom Cleverley's shot was saved

You don't miss from there: Shinji Kagawa pounces to score for United after Tom Cleverley's shot was saved

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On top: Shinji Kagawa celebrates after firing Manchester United in front against Fulham

On top: Shinji Kagawa celebrates after firing Manchester United in front against Fulham

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Head boy: Rafael (No 2) was on target to put Manchester United 3-1 up just before the break

Head boy: Rafael (No 2) was on target to put Manchester United 3-1 up just before the break

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Here we go again: Rafael peels away after scoring his goal

Here we go again: Rafael peels away after scoring his goal

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Pitch invasion: Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer had enough to worry about without a bird in his box

Pitch invasion: Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer had enough to worry about without a bird in his box

Eden Hazard will improve, says Roberto Di Matteo

Hazard hasn't even started yet! Di Matteo tips new recruit to improve with Chelsea

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UPDATED:

14:51 GMT, 21 August 2012

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Roberto Di Matteo has backed Eden Hazard to get even better for Chelsea following the 32million man's stunning Barclays Premier League debut.

Hazard made a dream start to life in England's top flight during Sunday's opening 2-0 win at Wigan, claiming two assists inside the opening seven minutes at the DW Stadium.

And Blues fans only have to wait until Wednesday to see the 21-year-old's home debut when Reading visit Stamford Bridge.

Winning start: Roberto Di Matteo was pleased with the performances of Eden Hazard and Oscar

Winning start: Roberto Di Matteo was pleased with the performances of Eden Hazard and Oscar

Reflecting on Hazard's performance on Sunday, manager Di Matteo said: 'He left his mark on the game. In pre-season, he showed that kind of quality in training.

'Now, in the Premier League, hopefully there's more to come from him.'

That could depend on how Hazard deals with the kind of rough treatment dished out to him by Wigan on Sunday, something he shrugged off afterwards.

Di Matteo was also unconcerned that his new playmaker could find himself a marked man.

He said: 'He was certainly targeted, but I don't think there was any malicious intent by the Wigan players. It's just difficult to mark players like that.'

It is just as well Hazard looks like settling in so quickly, with Oscar having only arrived at Chelsea last week and fellow new boy Marko Marin sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Di Matteo revealed that Marin may have to wait almost another month to make his debut.

'It won't be long for Marin, but it might not be before the international break,' he said.

Good on the ball: Eden Hazard impressed on Sunday

Good on the ball: Eden Hazard impressed on Sunday

He added of Oscar: 'We're slowly looking to integrate him, like we did with the other new signings. He's not been long with us, so we need to give him the right time to get him used to his new team members and the team, and our tactics, and slowly put him into the team.'

That could mean minimal changes to the side against Reading.

Di Matteo said: 'Sometimes, you look at it and think, “Don't change a winning team”, but it doesn't always work this way.

'We'll see. I haven't made our final decision yet. I have to think about it.'

Two players who may be anticipating that decision more than most are
Florent Malouda and Yossi Benayoun, neither of whom have been in Di
Matteo's matchday squads this season.

Malouda
was a target this summer for Brazilian side Santos – who claimed they
were put off by his wage demands – while Benayoun spent last season on
loan at Arsenal.

Asked
about the prospect of either being allowed to leave permanently or on
loan, Di Matteo would only say: 'We'll have to see until the transfer
window closes. At the moment, they're with us and part of it.'

Di Matteo also insisted there was no news when quizzed about
suggestions Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta was poised to
complete his protracted move from Marseille.

The
Italian added there would be no new arrivals before Wednesday's
fixture, which was brought forward from the first weekend of September
due to Chelsea's involvement in the UEFA Super Cup a week on Friday.

The
scheduling gives the European champions a chance to steal a march on
their Premier League title rivals and they will go top of the table
providing they do not suffer a shock defeat.

'It's
probably better to play this game before rather than being a game
behind,' said Di Matteo, who refused to read too much into the
opening-game defeats of other big teams.

Forward thinking: Fernando Torres is put through his paces ahead of Chelsea's clash with Reading

Forward thinking: Fernando Torres is put through his paces ahead of Chelsea's clash with Reading

'The first game in the league often has crazy results. They even themselves up a bit as the season goes along.'

But he added: 'It's always crucial to get off to a good start. It gives
you a bit of confidence and makes you believe you can have a good
season.'

Chelsea will be
expected to brush aside npower Championship winners Reading but Di
Matteo knows enough about them from his time at West Bromwich not to
take them lightly.

'I always found it very hard to play against Brian McDermott's team,' he said.

Tony Pulis chasing Charlie Adam, Reto Ziegler and Liam Trotter

Pulis looking to strengthen by making triple swoop for Ziegler, Adam and Trotter

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UPDATED:

22:59 GMT, 19 August 2012

Stoke are considering a loan move for Juventus left back Reto Ziegler, 26.

Manager Tony Pulis is also working on deals for Liverpool's Charlie Adam, 26, and Millwall's Liam Trotter, 23.

Charlie Adam was left on the bench as Liverpool slumped to a humiliating opening day defeat, losing to West Brom 3-0.

New recruit: Charlie Adam (centre) is being monitored by Tony Pulis at Stoke

New recruit: Charlie Adam (centre) is being monitored by Tony Pulis at Stoke