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Arsenal keen to sign Nani from Manchester United

EXCLUSIVE: We let you have RVP, now sell Nani to us on the cheap: Arsenal set to swoop for United winger

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UPDATED:

22:57 GMT, 28 December 2012

Arsenal are using Manchester United’s swoop for Robin van Persie as leverage in their chase for misfit Nani.

The Gunners have opened talks with United over a January move for the Portugal winger.

The Old Trafford club want in the region of 20million for Nani, who has fallen out of favour with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Top target: Nani is wanted by Arsenal

Top target: Nani is wanted by Arsenal

But Arsenal want a cheaper fee and are highlighting Van Persie’s summer move north in their attempts to secure a lower price.

The Holland striker’s 24m move to Old Trafford was largely smooth and pain-free. And the north London club are using the fact they did not turn Van Persie’s switch into a drawn-out saga as a bargaining tool in their discussions for Nani.

Sportsmail revealed Arsene Wenger’s interest in the 26-year-old winger earlier this month. Chelsea are also emerging as contenders to sign Nani.

Meanwhile, Everton’s Nikica Jelavic is the latest striker Arsenal have looked at in their search for a new centre forward next month.

On the fringes: Nani has struggled to hold down a place in the United starting XI this season due to injury and poor form

On the fringes: Nani has struggled to hold down a place in the United starting XI this season due to injury and poor form

A senior scout ran the rule over the Croatia star in Everton’s 2-1 win over West Ham on December 22.

Arsenal also have a strong interest in Southampton’s 17-year-old left back Luke Shaw.

Wenger will continue to play Theo Walcott at centre forward as he attempts to repeat the conversion trick he performed with Thierry Henry.

Walcott has responded superbly upon getting his chance to play up front during the last two Arsenal games — key wins at Reading and Wigan which steadied the team after their shock Capital One Cup loss at Bradford.

On the radar: Arsenal are also considering a move for Everton's Nikica Jelavic

On the radar: Arsenal are also considering a move for Everton's Nikica Jelavic

‘I like the signs I have seen,’ said Wenger. ‘It is an interesting challenge. I think he can take it on. I always said that one day he would play through the middle and it grew in his brain.

‘He is now 23. I decided to play Thierry Henry at 23 through the middle because you have to learn a lot before.

‘The fact that you play in other positions as well helps your technique. On the wing you need a shorter technique against the line, once you play in the middle you can go on both sides. From the age of 19 to 23, Theo has learnt a lot. Now we will sometimes play him on the flanks, sometimes through the middle.

‘Let’s not put him under too much pressure. He has played two games and you have to be open-minded in our job and give people a chance. If they take it, it’s good. If they don’t, he will still be a fantastic winger.

Back again: Arsene Wenger (right) is considering a loan move for Henry, who trained at Arsenal on Friday

Back again: Arsene Wenger (right) is considering a loan move for Henry, who trained at Arsenal on Friday

‘I am confident he will do well. It’s a bit early to compare him to Thierry Henry but Thierry gives him advice. It’s always important. Theo’s a very intelligent boy. He understands very quickly when you tell him something. That’s why I think he can do very well in this position.’

Arsenal’s contract talks with Walcott have reopened but there is no agreement imminent. His deal expires in the summer, but he has rejected the offer on the table and from Tuesday will be eligible under the Bosman rules to agree a deal to join an overseas club on a free transfer at the end of the season.

‘I want him to stay and I have always been consistent on that,’ said Wenger.

Down the middle: Wenger is considering playing Walcott in a central role more often

Down the middle: Wenger is considering playing Walcott in a central role more often

In addition to Nani, Wenger is in pursuit of Barcelona’s David Villa, but he has not ruled out another short-term loan deal to bring Henry back to the club for a third time.

The 35-year-old New York Red Bulls striker, who scored twice in seven games on loan at the Emirates last year, trained with Arsenal yesterday as part of his programme to stay in shape during the MLS close season.

‘I’ve not lost interest in him,’ said Wenger. ‘He’s coming to practise with us. He’s in better physical shape than he was last time he was here. Our relationship is very close. I have not completely ruled it out but I have not spoken about it with him at all.

‘He has had a second spell at the club that was very successful. You have to be cautious that it’s not one time too many.’

Arsenal weighing up January move for Simon Mignolet from Sunderland

Arsenal weighing up January move for Sunderland's Mignolet as back-up for Szczesny

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UPDATED:

14:49 GMT, 23 December 2012

Arsenal are calculating a January bid for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, to give Arsene Wenger the back-up he needs.

First-choice at the Emirates, Wojciech Szczesny, is still one of Wenger’s favourites, but the Gunners boss has lost confidence in bench-warmers Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone.

Fabianski is free to seek a new club in January and while Mannone has presented competition for Szczesny, may opt to find first-team football elsewhere.

Target: Sunderland's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by Arsenal

Target: Sunderland's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by Arsenal

Still No 1: Wojciech Szczesny is still considered to be the first choice keeper at Arsenal

Still No 1: Wojciech Szczesny is still considered to be the first choice keeper at Arsenal

Wenger is believed to be prepared to lodge 5million for Mignolet, who is likely to be a more cost-effective target than preferred custodian, Liverpool’s Pepe Reina.

The Belgian has made 18 appearances this season, kept six clean sheets and is said to be a target for Chelsea.

Arsenal reserve stopper Damian Martinez has been singled out by Wenger as a key prospect and will be promoted to become the first team’s No 3, potentially creating a very attractive second-choice place.

Chief scout Steve Rowley has ruled out bidding for Wigan’s Ali Al-Habsi and Asmir Begovic of Stoke, on the grounds of their erratic and inconsistent performances.

Harry Redknapp plans QPR shake-up as Mike Rigg leaves

Redknapp hopes to add Ferdinand to backroom staff as Rigg leaves QPR

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UPDATED:

10:44 GMT, 21 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is stepping-up a shake-up of his backroom team after technical director Mike Rigg was on the brink of leaving the club yesterday.

Rigg arrived at Queens Park Rangers shortly after Mark Hughes' appointment as manager in January, but he is set to be the latest member of the sacked Welshman's staff to depart Loftus Road.

Shake up: QPR boss Harry Redknapp is planning to change his back-room staff

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is planning to change his back-room staff

And Redknapp, who replaced Hughes in November, will now look to install trusted aide Ian Broomfield as his new chief scout.

The 65-year-old is also closing in on former QPR striker Les Ferdinand, who he wants to join his coaching team.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed Redknapp's interest in both Ferdinand and Broomfield.

Redknapp (right) with trusted assisstant Kevin Bond, is looking to add les Ferdinand and Ian Broomfield to his staff

Redknapp (right) with trusted assisstant Kevin Bond, who has been with Redknapp at several clubs, is looking to add ex-QPR striker Les Ferdinand and Ian Broomfield to his staff

Bradford"s Phil Parkinson gets one over former employers Arsenal

From Arsenal scout to taking the Gunners' scalp! Parkinson was part of Wenger's team before inspiring Bradford cup shock

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 12 December 2012

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson showed little gratitude to his former club Arsenal in dumping them out of the Carling Cup last night.

Sportsmail revealed in April 2011 how the 45-year-old had taken up a role as a northern-based scout for the Gunners.

Happy man: Phil Parkinson

Dejected: Arsene Wenger

Mixed emotions: Bradford boss Phil Parkinson is all smiles after his cup scalp as Arsene Wenger looks dejected after the shock defeat

Parkinson is highly thought of within coaching circles having attended various courses and seminars across the country on his way to completing the UEFA B badge in 2005.

That, together with his good relationship with Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley, saw Parkinson join Arsenal's scouting set up after he was sacked as Charlton boss in January 2011.

Famous win: The Bradford players run towards goalkeeper Matt Duke as they celebrate their win

Famous win: The Bradford players run towards goalkeeper Matt Duke as they celebrate their win

Not that his time spent at the Emirates Stadium mattered one iota last night as he masterminded a euphoric penalty shoot-out win over his ex-employers to pile the pressure on Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal to make 9m move for Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace in January

Arsenal to test Palace's resolve with 9m move for wonderkid Zaha in January

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 2 November 2012

Football League blog

Arsenal will launch a 9million move to land Crystal Palace whizkid Wilfried Zaha in January.

The club have watched the 19-year-old, who grew up as an Arsenal supporter, on several occasions this season.

And Arsenal’s interest in Zaha took a
step forward last weekend when chief scout Steve Rowley watched the
teenager put in a scintillating display
against Leicester.

The real deal: Wilfried Zaha is attracting interest from a raft of clubs

The real deal: Wilfried Zaha (left) is attracting interest from a raft of clubs

The winger is settled in London and is no hurry to leave Selhurst Park, but it is understood the youngster would find it difficult to turned down a switch to a top Premier League club.

Arsenal are likely to start their bidding with a deal worth 9m, an offer which will comprise of a number of performance-related add-ons.

But Palace, who were continuing with their attempts to name Blackpool manager Ian Holloway as their next manager, will not let their teenage sensation leave Selhurst Park without a fight.

Financially, the club are under no pressure to sell Zaha in January, while chairman Steve Parish has publicly insisted it would take a 20million offer for Palace to part with their Ivory-Coast born forward.

The south London club remained determined to keep hold of Zaha, particularly if they remain in the hunt for promotion at the turn of the year, and will inform their incoming manager their are no plans to sell the forward in January.

But that will not stop Arsenal testing Palace’s resolve. It is highly unlikely Palace will accept an 9million offer – but the the Gunners are determined to land the youngster.

An improved bid between 12m-15m could leave Parish with a serious question to answer.

Tottenham and West Brom want Celtic scout John Park

Tottenham and West Brom target Celtic scout Park for technical role

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 23 October 2012

Celtic chief scout John Park is among the contenders being considered by Tottenham and West Brom for their technical director roles.

Park, who was linked with Liverpool earlier this year, is regarded as one of the best in Europe and is responsible for finding top talent on a budget helping recruit the likes of Victor Wanyama, Beram Kayal and Emilio Izaguirre.

Wanted man: Park is being tracked by Tottenham and West Brom

Wanted man: Park is being tracked by Tottenham and West Brom

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool are all keen on Celtic midfielder Wanyama.

Sportsmail revealed United's interest in the Kenyan powerhouse in July and they are continuing to monitor his progress amid increased interest from other clubs including neighbours Manchester City.

Celtic have offered the 21-year-old a new contract but he is expected to weigh up offers in January, opening the door for a move away. Celtic will not sell cheaply, however, after rejecting an 8million offer from QPR in August.

United, meanwhile, have also been watching Bosnia fullback Ognjen Vranjes, 22, of Russian side Krasnodar. However, current reports back mean they are unlikely to make an offer.

Target: Both the Manchester giants are after Wanyama

Target: Both the Manchester giants are after Wanyama

Man City and Chelsea want Falcao for 46m

Man City ready to hijack Chelsea's 46m bid for Atletico striker Falcao

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UPDATED:

09:20 GMT, 21 October 2012

Hot property: Falcao

Hot property: Falcao

Manchester City are preparing a 46million bid to rival Chelsea's offer for Atletico Madrid striker Falcao.

Colombian hitman Falcao, 26, has scored 11 goals in just seven appearances this season and has quickly become Europe's most sought-after striker.

Chelsea are prepared to meet the release clause of the player who netted a hat-trick against them in the European Super Cup, but City scout Carlo Cancellieri has revealed that boss Roberto Mancini is also interested in the former Porto man.

When discussing City's striking options Cancellieri significantly did not mention wantaway Bosnia Edin Dzeko, while he played down talks of a move for Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.

'He [Jovetic] is an interesting player, he has quality. But in attack City are already good, we’re happy with Tevez, Aguero and Balotelli,' Cancellieri told tuttomercatoweb.com.

'Moreover, I believe that our players are better than Jovetic. He is a very good player, but he is not one who could make a difference such as Falcao.

Top form: Falcao celebrates scoring for Colombia against Paraguay last week

Top form: Falcao celebrates scoring for Colombia against Paraguay last week

Top form: Falcao celebrates scoring for Colombia against Paraguay last week

'I spoke about him in recent days with Mancini. If we were to take a player in January, we should take Falcao. He is an important player, the only one who could make us take the leap.'

Although City have more financial clout than Chelsea, Blues owner Roman Abramovich is determined to add Falcao to his strikeforce and is unlikely to give up his quest without a fight.

Newcastle watch Holland U21 goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet

Toon turn to 'next Krul' as chief scout Carr watches Dutch U21 stopper Zoet

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 15 October 2012

Newcastle scouts watched Holland Under 21 international goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet on Monday night as they consider a bid for the young star.

Chief scout Graham Carr and coach Andy Woodman were in Rotterdam to watch the 21-year-old against Slovakia, a match won 2-0 by the Dutch.

The 6ft 3in keeper is on loan at RKC Waalwijk from PSV Eindhoven, where he conceded 12 times in eight games.

Ballsy: Jeroen Zoet is a target for Newcastle United after impressing for RKC

Ballsy: Jeroen Zoet is a target for Newcastle United after impressing for RKC

Kettering Town FC on brink of extinction

Kettering on brink of extinction as club fail to turn out for fixture for second time in a week

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 12 October 2012

The first: Derek Dougan wearing his Kettering's shirt adorned with the first shirt advertising in England

The first: Derek Dougan wearing his Kettering's shirt adorned with the first shirt advertising in England

One of non-League football’s best-known clubs are on the brink of extinction after failing to fulfil a fixture for the second time in less than a week.

Debt-ridden Kettering Town were unable to raise a team for their midweek game at Leamington Spa and called off Saturday’s home meeting with Bideford because there is no electricity at their Nene Park ground.

Pioneers of shirt sponsorship in the 1970s, they are facing liquidation, unless agreement can be reached with at least one of two would-be buyers in the next few days.

Chief scout Alan Doyle was thrust into the manager’s job after former Cambridge United boss John Beck was escorted from the ground, shortly before the start of the recent 3-0 FA Trophy defeat by Concord Rangers.

He has inherited a squad decimated by player departures, due to unpaid wages, and a stadium without electricity, after suppliers EDF cut them off earlier this week due to unpaid bills.

Kettering, who defied FA rules by sporting a sponsor’s logo across their shirts in 1976, lost their last game 7-0 at home to Bashley, after taking the field with 10 men.

Doyle thought he had 11, after promising to pay reserve keeper Ben Gathercole out of his own pocket to play left-back, but Gathercole failed to turn up.

Hamstrung by an embargo on new signings, Doyle summed up the despair at a club with a 140-year history by saying: ‘It’s very much in the lap of the gods what happens next.

'I know there are a lot of people who believe the club should be put out of its misery, but there is no way back at all, once that happens.

‘We were down to five or six players for the Bideford game, so there was little option. Still, at least I only had half-a-dozen calls to make to tell the lads it was off..’

Damien Comolli leads race to be West Brom director of football

Ex-Liverpool man Comolli in pole position to become West Brom director of football

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UPDATED:

10:28 GMT, 12 October 2012

Damien Comolli is the leading candidate to become the director of football at West Bromwich Albion after settling his Liverpool pay-off at an employment hearing on Wednesday.

He left the club in April by mutual consent after being appointed in September 2010.

Comolli oversaw the spending which brought Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to Anfield.

Pole position: Damien Comolli is favourite for the West Brom role

Pole position: Damien Comolli is favourite for the West Brom role

West Brom's current sporting director Dan Ashworth is leaving to take up a role with the Football Association.

Former Chelsea chief scout, Lee Congerton, rejected the role to stay at Hamburg which has left Comolli, who has also worked at Tottenham, in pole position.

Ben Foster praised the departing Ashworth, saying he is ready for the opportunity to work with the national team.

On the move: Dan Ashworth (left) will be leaving to work for the FA

On the move: Dan Ashworth (left) will be leaving to work for the FA

'It's a huge opportunity for Dan and he's deserved this chance. He's shown in the work he's done for us how capable he is,' said the goalkeeper.

Bad news for Liverpool arrived on Thursday night with Fabio Borini suffering an injury with Italy's U21s.

The striker broke his right foot and is likely to be out for several weeks at the least.