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Button can conjure the spirit of 2009 to reclaim crown, says new F1 presenter Suzi Perry

Button can capture the spirit of 2009 to reclaim crown, says BBC's new F1 presenter Suzi Perry

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

15:36 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 12 March 2013

Suzi Perry, the new female face of the BBC’s Formula One coverage, believes Jenson Button can repeat the heroics of 2009 to land this season’s coveted crown.

Speaking to Top Gear magazine Perry – who spent 10 years covering MotoGP for the Beeb – expresses doubt over Lewis Hamilton’s chances of landing his second title in his first year after switching to Mercedes.

And she also reveals how James Hunt first attracted her to the sport.

In with a shout: Perry believes Button, in his McLaren above, can reclaim the crown he won in 2009

In with a shout: Perry believes Button, in his McLaren above, can reclaim the crown he won in 2009

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Suzi Perry

Driving seat: Perry (right) is the face of the BBC's F1 coverage after taking charge of the MotoGP for ten years

The season curtain raiser in Australia takes place in five days’ time and Perry believes the changes to the tyres this year could see Button land his second championship, but there are number of other, less-fancied, challengers in the frame.

She said: ‘They’re quite a young crop really, when you think that Jenson’s now the most experienced driver on the grid.

'Then you look at the changes in tyre tech, and you’d have to say it suits Jenson, with the softer compounds and wider window of opportunity.

Long shot: Perry feels Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes may prove a stumbling block

Long shot: Perry feels Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes may prove a stumbling block

'Isn’t this the best opportunity for him to go out there and singing ‘We Are the Champions’ like he did in 2009

Top Gear

‘I’ve met the Williams drivers, and it was fascinating looking at their body language. But, Bottas… hmm, there’s something about him.

'He’s got this real-life Action Man thing going on, which is quite cool, something steely. Definitely a dark horse.

‘He also has a lot of fans already, and his girlfriend’s an Olympic swimmer – together they’re like Posh ’n’ Becks.

She added: ‘When I interviewed him the other day, he basically said they’re working towards a long-term goal. Put yourself in his shoes: you’ve come through McLaren since karting days, and that’s all you’ve known.

'It was purely that existence, with so many strong characters around him, so it’s no wonder he wanted to spread his wings. In his own words, he wanted to grow.

‘I think realistically there’s going to be a major shock if he challenges for the title this year, but there could be race wins. Why not’

She added: ‘As a kid, I remember always having F1 on the telly, going right back to James Hunt – I was six when he won the world championship.

'I remember it quite clearly – my dad was really into it, and my mum probably fancied Hunt.

‘Mind you, fair play, he was pretty handsome. When I was in my twenties, I took my bike licence and had a lot of friends who were bikers, so we used to ride together. Then I started covering MotoGP.'

Handsome: Perry remembers James Hunt, pictured in 1976, as the reason she became interested in motor-racing

Handsome: Perry remembers James Hunt, pictured in 1976, as the reason she became interested in motor-racing

The full interview appears in the latest issue of BBC Top Gear magazine, on sale now.

Darren Bent Stoke City transfer target

Get Bent! Stoke favourites to sign 10m Villa striker after Lambert hauls him off at half-time

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:38 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 30 January 2013

Stoke are leading the chase to sign Darren Bent after the striker was substituted at half-time during Aston Villa's 2-1 loss at home to Newcastle last night.

The England international has started just seven Premier League games this season with Villa boss Paul Lambert preferring to use Christian Benteke as a lone striker.

He was given a chance last night but Lambert was clearly not impressed.

Benched: Bent was ineffectual against Newcastle on Tuesday night

Benched: Bent was ineffectual against Newcastle on Tuesday night

Up to eight Premier League clubs are known to be monitoring Bent's situation but Villa, who fell into the bottom three after last night's defeat, do not want to sell to clubs near the foot of the table.

Stoke do not fall into that category and if they are prepared to meet Villa's 10million asking price then Bent could be theirs.

The 28-year-old's 75,000-a-week wage
demands could prove a stumbling block but with both Villa and Bent keen
to part ways a deal could be forced through before the transfer window
shuts tomorrow night.

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Bent, who has 16 caps for England, cost
Villa 18m rising to 24m only two years ago but they are prepared to
cut their losses and let the former Sunderland and Tottenham man leave.

Stoke's pursuit of Bent has been stepped up as QPR attempt to lure Potters striker Peter Crouch back to Loftus Road.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis confirmed he received an inquiry from his QPR counterpart Harry Redknapp about Crouch.

'Harry has rung me up and asked me about the possibility,' Pulis said.

Wanted man: QPR are hoping to bring Crouch back to Loftus Road

Wanted man: QPR are hoping to bring Crouch back to Loftus Road

'I have spoken to Peter about it and
then it is up to Peter whether he wants to go. Peter is very happy here
and he has made that clear.

'The important thing for me is that if he does want to go, it has to be right for us and also we have to make sure we have someone who will come in and do the same job.

'To do all that over two days is going to be ever so difficult.'

Arsenal target David Villa scores two great goals

Are you watching, Arsene Villa shows Arsenal what they are missing with two great goals in 5-0 Barca romp

By
Tom Sheen

PUBLISHED:

00:06 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:46 GMT, 11 January 2013

David Villa showed Arsene Wenger exactly what he was missing as he scored two goals of real quality in Barcelona's 5-0 Copa del Rey win over Cordoba on Thursday night.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with the 31-year-old forward, but Wenger is believed to have reservations over a move for the Spaniard, as Villa is likely to be costly in both transfer fee and wages.

See what your missing: Arsenal target David Villa (foreground) scored two excellent goals in the 5-0 Copa del Rey win over Cordoba

See what you're missing: Arsenal target David Villa (foreground) scored two excellent goals in the 5-0 Copa del Rey win over Cordoba

Earlier this month Arsenal were quoted a price of 16million to bring Villa to the Emirates but Wenger does not usually spend big on players over 30, and has added concerns over Villa's long-term fitness as he suffered a broken leg last season.

Villa would also likely expect wages of at least 130,00-per week, which could be another stumbling block in any potential deal for the player.

His first goal tonight saw him beat two players on the byline before a neat chip over the Cordoba keeper, while his second was a very smart low drive down to the keeper's left.

One: Villa's first saw him beat two men before cheekily dinking the ball over the goalkeeper

One: Villa's first saw him beat two men before cheekily dinking the ball over the goalkeeper

Despite his high price tag and injury concerns, bringing Villa to England may not be as risky as it sounds.

In limited playing time this season he has seven goals in all competitions, while he has 53 in 85 appearances for Spain and 28 league goals in 61 games for Barcelona.

Villa himself is reported to be desperate for the move to go ahead, but Barca president Sandro Rosell ruled out a move just this week.

Two: The Barcelona striker's second was an expertly driven low shot into the corner

Two: The Barcelona striker's second was an expertly driven low shot into the corner

Speaking to Catalan radio station RAC1 on Tuesday, Rosell said: 'I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market.

'He is ours and we need him, there is a lot of the season left.'

Villa's two goals, as well as goals from Thiago Alcantara and two from Alexis Sanchez, sealed a 7-0 aggregate win over Second division Cordoba that sent Barcelona into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Reservations: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (pictured) has concerns about paying a reported 16m for a 31-year-old

Reservations: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (pictured) has concerns about paying a reported 16m for a 31-year-old

Daniel Sturridge move to Liverpool from Chelsea stalls after row over agents fees

EXCLUSIVE: Sturridge's 12m Liverpool switch hits skids after row over agents fees

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 19 December 2012


Moving on: Sturridge has been told he can leave Chelsea

Moving on: Sturridge has been told he can leave Chelsea

Daniel Sturridge's 12million move to Liverpool has hit a stumbling block due to a wrangle over agents fees.

Liverpool are stamping down on the money they pay agents after recently published figures showed their outlay since 2008-09 has been a staggering 31.3million – only Chelsea (31.8m) and Manchester City (39.02m) have paid more in the same period.

Liverpool had hoped that Sturridge – who has been told he can leave Chelsea after being left out of their squad for the Club World Cup – would have been in a position to complete a medical on Wednesday so that his switch from Stamford Bridge would be finalised in time for him to be unveiled on January 1.

However, the medical never took place as problems emerged in the discussions between Chelsea and Sturridge's advisors over the terms of his departure.

England international: But Sturridge can't find a way into the Chelsea side

England international: But Sturridge can't find a way into the Chelsea side

There have also been some minor issues with Liverpool and Sturridge's advisors.

Though Liverpool remain confident the deal will eventually go through, manager Brendan Rodgers has other alternatives to turn to if discussions with Sturridge break down beyond repair.

Kevin Gamiero – a France international who is currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain – would be a potential target to come in on loan. The 25-year-old has not featured a great deal for PSG.

There are no such concerns, however, over Tom Ince's impending return from Blackpool. He should officially become a Liverpool player when the transfer window opens.

Winless QPR eye 10m January swoop for France and Marseille striker Remy

Winless QPR eye 10m January swoop for France and Marseille striker Remy

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UPDATED:

14:50 GMT, 12 December 2012

QPR are ready to spend in the January transfer window – and Marseille forward Loic Remy is the man at the top of manager Harry Redknapp’s wish list.

According to L’Equipe, Redknapp has been monitoring the progress of the French international for over 18 months and was keen to take Remy to Tottenham Hotspur last year.

French fancy: QPR are thought to be lining up a move for Loic Remy

French fancy: QPR are thought to be lining up a move for Loic Remy

Despite leaving Spurs at the end of last season, Redknapp has continued to track the striker’s development and is prepared to offer 10million for 25-year-old Remy.

It is unlikely that Marseille would allow Remy to leave the club for anything below their 10m valuation as the striker still has three years to run on his contract which expires in June 2015.

Off to a flyer: Remy is challenged by Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard

Off to a flyer: Remy is challenged by Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard

A further stumbling block could be the player’s own reluctance to join a club battling relegation, with QPR rooted firmly to the bottom of the Premier League table and eight points off safety.

Nonetheless, Redknapp will hope that the continued interest that he has shown in Remy could prove decisive in luring the Frenchman to Loftus Road as Rangers seek to bolster their survival hopes.

Tottenham and Chelsea face competition for Pedro Obiang

Spurs and Chelsea face competition from Spain and Italy for Sampdoria starlet Obiang

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UPDATED:

10:56 GMT, 26 November 2012

Tottenham and Chelsea are facing increasing competition from Italy and Spain to sign highly-rated Sampdoria youngster Pedro Obiang.

A number of clubs have watched Obiang, who is also known as Perico, including Rafa Benitez’s Chelsea and Spurs.

But the English clubs now have competition for the 20-year-old from the continent.

Wanted man: Pedro Obiang (right) is being tracked by Chelsea and Tottenham

Wanted man: Pedro Obiang (right) is being tracked by Chelsea and Tottenham

A further stumbling block for the Premier League sides to overcome is the fact that the Spanish-born midfielder’s agent has cooled talks of Obiang’s exit, and claimed that the youngster is happy at Sampdoria.

Jose Miguel Gonzalez said: ‘We know that several Italian, English and Spanish clubs are following him, but Pedro is a mature guy and is thinking only about Sampdoria.

‘We are excited about the interest of other clubs, there are many rumours, but we have not spoken to anyone.

‘It’s early to talk about the market, Pedro works with humility and wants to help the team to climb up the table. Among February and April we will see what happens.

‘Samp is the team which have focused on him and we will always be grateful to them.’

Growing intetrest: Spanish and Italian clubs are also keen on landing the Sampdoria midfielder, who says he is happy where he is

Growing intetrest: Spanish and Italian clubs are also keen on landing the Sampdoria midfielder, who says he is happy where he is

Both Tottenham and Chelsea have been impressed with the midfielder’s shining displays in Serie A behind 19-year-old striker Mauro Icardi.

Spurs have been monitoring Icardi, who could be available for 2million, but it is believed if the young Argentine does leave, it will be for a team where he will play regularly.

This could be a problem at Tottenham, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe already deputising up top for the Champions League hopefuls.

Obiang joined Sampdoria in 2008 from Atletico Madrid, and may be persuaded to make a move back to the country of his birth rather than the Premier League.

Not bad either: Mauro Icardi (right) has also been linked with a move to Spurs

Not bad either: Mauro Icardi (right) has also been linked with a move to Spurs

NFL want to beat West Ham to Olympic Stadium Americans

It was the home of Britain's greatest sporting triumphs, now the Mayor is in talks for the Olympic Stadium to be the new London home of America's NFL

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UPDATED:

19:29 GMT, 31 October 2012

The Olympic stadium in Stratford could become the London home of the NFL after talks involving Mayor Boris Johnson.

The ambitious plan is for NFL franchises to become the 'anchor tenant'. It would leave West Ham scuppered in their attempt to turn the East End venue in their new home.

'Sunday’s
game at Wembley, in front of more than 80,000 fans, further cements
London’s reputation as the natural home of American football outside of
the US,' the mayor's spokesman said.

Mayor Boris Johnson is heckled by protestors as he visits Bristol yesterday. West Ham fans may feel the same way about him.

Mayor Boris Johnson is heckled by protestors as he visits Bristol yesterday. West Ham fans may feel the same way about him.

West Ham's bid to take on the tenancy has hit a stumbling block and Johnson – the chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation who operate the stadium – opened talks last weekend when four NFL teams were in London playing regular-season games at Wembley.

A spokesman for Johnson added: 'Given the ever-growing popularity of gridiron this side of the Atlantic the mayor and his team have held a number of meetings with senior executives in the last few days to explore further opportunities for NFL in London.

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

'The talks were exploratory and we are at an early stage but the signs are encouraging.'

West Ham are also looking to take over the anchor tenancy but the Treasury’s refusal to hand over the 337 million Olympic-contingency underspend to help install retractable seating is hampering their bid.

The retractable seating is expected to cost in the region of 200 million and the Mayor will be expecting any anchor tenant to make a significant contribution.

It is understood West Ham are willing to offer more than 8million a year in rent and related payments in addition to a reported multi-million lump sum.

The club are understood to be unwilling to reveal the true nature of their financial package due to confidentiality issues.

Touchdown: The NFL arrived in London last weekend

Touchdown: The NFL arrived in London last weekend

West Ham also believe that as several other events will be taking place at the Olympic Stadium throughout the next few years – such as the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2017 World Athletics Championships – they should not be the sole party asked to foot the bill.

A decision on the future of the stadium was expected to be announced by the end of October but negotiations are ongoing. Other contenders for the stadium tenancy are Leyton Orient, a football business college and a group wanting to host a Formula One race at the Olympic Park.

The NFL proposition is an attractive one as the stadium would only be required up to 10 times per year – compared to up to 25 times a year for football. This would free up time for other events such.

Boris takes to the microphone with opera singer Katherine Jenkins at Wembley on Sunday

Boris takes to the microphone with opera singer Katherine Jenkins at Wembley on Sunday

Boris meets the officials before kick-off between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams in London on Sunday

Boris meets the officials before kick-off between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams in London on Sunday

Bringing in other sports such as gridiron to the capital on a more regular basis is something that the Mayor's office are keen on exploring.

'Only last week the mayor, in conjunction with the NFL, announced an expansion from one to two regular-season matches in London from 2013. That means in total an additional 44 million in revenue for the capital from next year,' the Mayor’s spokesman added.

NFL want to beat West Ham to Olympic Stadium

West Ham could be pipped to the Olympic Stadium… by the NFL

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UPDATED:

11:47 GMT, 31 October 2012

NFL franchises have entered the running to become the anchor tenant of the Olympic Stadium after talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson were revealed.

West Ham's bid to take on the tenancy has hit a stumbling block and Johnson – the chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation who operate the stadium – opened talks last weekend when four NFL teams were in London playing regular-season games at Wembley.

A spokesman for the Mayor told the Daily Telegraph: 'Given the ever-growing popularity of gridiron this side of the Atlantic the mayor and his team have held a number of meetings with senior executives in the last few days to explore further opportunities for NFL in London.

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

'The talks were exploratory and we are at an early stage but the signs are encouraging.'

West Ham are also looking to take over the anchor tenancy but the Treasury’s refusal to hand over the 337 million Olympic-contingency underspend to help install retractable seating is hampering their bid.

The retractable seating is expected to cost in the region of 200 million and the Mayor will be expecting any anchor tenant to make a significant contribution.

Despite remaining favourites to take
over the tenancy of the stadium, West Ham are thought to be unwilling to
cough up funds to help convert it into a football-friendly environment,
believing that it should be the responsibility of the landlords and not
the tenants.

Touchdown: The NFL arrived in London last weekend

Touchdown: The NFL arrived in London last weekend

West Ham also believe that as several other events will be taking place at the Olympic Stadium throughout the next few years – such as the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2017 World Athletics Championships – they should not be the sole party asked to foot the bill.

A decision on the future of the stadium was expected to be announced by the end of October but negotiations are ongoing. Other contenders for the stadium tenancy are Leyton Orient, a football business college and a group wanting to host a Formula One race at the Olympic Park.

The NFL proposition is an attractive one as the stadium would only be required up to 10 times per year – compared to up to 25 times a year for football. This would free up time for other events such.

In talks: The Mayor's office are keen to keep bringing the sport back to the capital

In talks: The Mayor's office are keen to keep bringing the sport back to the capital

Bringing in other sports such as gridiron to the capital on a more regular basis is something that the Mayor's office are keen on exploring.

'Sunday’s game at Wembley, in front of more than 80,000 fans, further cements London’s reputation as the natural home of American football outside of the US,' the Mayor’s spokesman added.

'Only last week the mayor, in conjunction with the NFL, announced an expansion from one to two regular-season matches in London from 2013. That means in total an additional 44 million in revenue for the capital from next year.'

Ashley Cole backing Rio Ferdinand for England recall

Cole ready to bury the hatchet after backing Ferdinand for England recall

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UPDATED:

07:52 GMT, 26 September 2012

Ashley Cole is ready to call a truce with Rio Ferdinand to help England's bid to reach the 2014 World Cup finals.

The former friends fell out after Chelsea full-back Cole supported team-mate John Terry when Terry was prosecuted for allegedly racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton Ferdinand.

Ashley Cole

Brothers in arms: Ashley Cole ready to share dressing room with Rio Ferdinand

Rio was then fined 45,000 by the FA for
re-tweeting a comment which described Cole as a ‘choc ice’.

But Cole is willing to bury the hatchet and share a dressing room with Rio, aged 33, if he is recalled for for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, reports The Sun.

England boss Roy Hodgson is considering the move following Terry’s decision to quit international football.

And Cole is sure his strained relationship with Rio could be overcome if that was considered a stumbling block.

 Rio Ferdinand

Big decision: Roy Hodgson may turn to Rio Ferdinand after John Terry's international retirement

Cole appeared for Terry’s defence when he was cleared in court of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton.

Then Rio was fined 45,000 by the FA for re-tweeting a comment which described Cole as a ‘choc ice’ – a term claimed to mean white on the inside, black on the outside.

Cole wants to put the issue behind them, although he is again speaking up for Terry at his FA hearing this week.

Abiola Badirou: West Ham waiting on FIFA confirmation of signing

West Ham waiting on FIFA confirmation that Badirou signing has been completed

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UPDATED:

14:48 GMT, 11 September 2012

West Ham are waiting for confirmation from FIFA they have completed the signing of young French prospect Abiola Badirou.

The 19-year-old free agent has spent the summer with the Hammers and has made two appearances, both as a substitute, so far for the club's development squad.

Badirou spent time with French side tours – who play in the second tier of football in France – but has now impressed sufficiently to earn himself a contract with the east Londoners.

Waiting game: Badirou is waiting to complete his deal with Allardyce's Hammers

Waiting game: Badirou is waiting to complete his deal with Allardyce's Hammers

But the current deal is in doubt as Badirou never signed a professional deal and was actually an amateur and the required paperwork did not arrive from France in time.

The stumbling block is not expected to completely scupper the deal as a fresh offer will be drawn up in January.