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Wigan want 3million-rated Barnsley teenager John Stones

Stones could rock at the DW Stadium as Wigan race to sign 3m teen

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 22 December 2012

Wigan are set to beat Chelsea, Sunderland, Manchester City and Everton to sign 3million Barnsley teenager John Stones.

The 18-year-old right-back has been impressive for the Championship club this season.

Looking to strengthen: Roberto Martinez

Looking to strengthen: Roberto Martinez

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is
confident of bringing him to the DW Stadium in January by promising him
regular first-team football – something the big clubs are unable to do.

Martinez has already wrapped up a
deal for Honduras international Roger Espinoza and agreed to bring in
striker Chile Angelo Henriquez on loan from Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Michael Appleton's
problems as Blackpool manager continue, with former boss Ian Holloway
determined to take defender Neil Eardley to Crystal Palace.

Appleton, already facing a fight to
keep Tom Ince from Liverpool, does not want lose Eardley as well but
knows the player has a special relationship with Holloway, who signed
him soon after taking the job in 2009.

Gaston Ramirez can be the next Cristiano Ronaldo, claims Jose Fonte

Fonte: If he works hard enough Saints' Ramirez can be the next Ronaldo

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 7 December 2012

Southampton defender Jose Fonte watched Cristiano Ronaldo develop from a teenage team-mate at Sporting Lisbon to one of the greatest talents in the world today.

And he recognises similar traits in Southampton's record 12million signing Gaston Ramirez.

Fonte was 17-years-old when he started playing and training with 16-year-old Ronaldo.

The next big thing Jose Fonte claims Gaston Ramirez could be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo (above)

The next big thing Jose Fonte claims Gaston Ramirez (above) could be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo

The next big thing Jose Fonte claims Gaston Ramirez (right) could be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo (left)

He used to kick him in training because he was so quick and was startled by the desire from this teenager to be better than all of the older players.

The teenage Ronaldo wanted to be stronger and faster than everyone else and he was prepared to work harder to do it.

Fonte said: 'I've seen it with my own eyes – him doing press ups in the shower. I know he worked very hard to get where he is and I'm very pleased for him because he deserves it.

'He was the youngest but he wanted to be the best all the time.

'I'm fortunate to have worked with him and I saw his progress and he inspired me to be honest because of the way he always drives and wants to be the best at everything.

'I'm very pleased for what he has achieved and he'll achieve more because he has that mentality. He never stops.'

When Ronaldo was at Manchester United and Fonte moved over to England to play for Crystal Palace the pair used to exchange messages. But they have lost contact since, as Fonte said: 'he's too big now.'

Yet when 22-year-old Ramirez joined Southampton in the summer he started to spot similar ability and is sure with a similar work-rate to Ronaldo he can be up there with the best.

Whereas he used to kick Ronaldo off the park – he can't get anywhere near the Uruguyan in training.

Friend of the stars Fonte (right) used to play with Ronaldo at Sporting Lisbon

Friend of the stars Fonte (right) used to play with Ronaldo at Sporting Lisbon

Boost: Ramirez is likely to start against Reading despite spending the past week in Uruguay

Boost: Ramirez is likely to start against Reading despite spending the past week in Uruguay

And Fonte added: 'Ability-wise he's up there with the best I must say. His technique, creativity and vision of the game and understanding are better than everyone else in the team at the moment.

'He gives us something else. Creativity-wise Ramirez is up there, no doubt about it.

'Listen, you can have all the talent in the world but if you don't work sooner or later you're going to start going down in your career.

'You have to maintain that and keep improving. And that's what Ronaldo did. That's what I try to pass on the message, for example Ramirez is 22 he knows if he wants to go even higher he has to keep working.

'He has the talent but it doesn't mean anything if you don't work.'

UK Snooker Championships 2012: Luca Brecel beats Mark King

Teenager Brecel reaches quarter-finals after coming from behind to see off King

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 5 December 2012

Luca Brecel believes he can strip the absent Ronnie O'Sullivan of one of his proudest records by winning the williamhill.com UK Championship.

The 17-year-old Belgian is a surprise quarter-finalist in York, having come from 3-0 behind to beat Mark King 6-4.

And now fearless Brecel has the title in his sights, warning that his tough streak makes him a threat to anyone left in the tournament, including next opponent Shaun Murphy.

Sensation: Luca Brecel wants to break Ronnie O'Sullivan's record in York

Sensation: Luca Brecel wants to break Ronnie O'Sullivan's record in York

Before the tournament, Brecel was a 100-1 outsider. He would be the youngest winner of a ranking event, beating O'Sullivan's record of 17 years and 358 days, set when he landed the 1993 UK title.

O'Sullivan is taking a break from snooker, with speculation circling that he could return for the World Championship in April.

Brecel, who turned 17 in March, said of his chances this week: 'I can win, but we'll see what happens.'

The teenager felt he played to only 20 per cent of his ability against King and accepts more will be required to be competitive against an in-form Murphy.

But his confidence around the table at the Barbican Centre shone through today, as it did in the first round against Ricky Walden.

And providing that remains unshaken, he could trouble the 2005 world champion.

At 3-0 down to King lesser players would have crumbled, but Brecel won five frames in a row, making two breaks of 65, a 78 and an 80.

'I'm a fighter, so I wasn't surprised. I was surprised how badly I've played in the first two matches,' he said.

Brecel bears few physical characteristics of a pugilist, but struck a fists-up pose when his claim was questioned.

'I am,' he said. 'I'm very tough.'

Eyes on the competition: Brecel watches Mark King line up his shot

Eyes on the competition: Brecel watches Mark King line up his shot

Romford potter King, 38, was hopelessly off his game in the closing stages and admitted as much.

'It was awful,' King said. 'I just didn't get going at all today and that is one of the main reasons I've never won a ranking event.

'One day I'll play really well and the next I'm like a bag of spuds. He half got going. It's my own fault – end of story.'

King had a parting shot for Brecel, saying: 'If he plays like that against Shaun Murphy he won't win a frame.'

A brilliant long red from Brecel made victory certain, and for King it was a second painful and costly defeat to the youngster this year, having been beaten 10-8 in April in the final round of World Championship qualifying.

The second win for Brecel was as sweet as the first, which took him to the Crucible.

Brecel said of the success: 'It's amazing, unbelievable. After three frames I was feeling very bad and I wanted to go home. But in the fourth frame everything changed.

Wonderkid: Brecel came from 3-0 down to win the match

Wonderkid: Brecel came from 3-0 down to win the match

'It was an amazing moment at the end. I'm still not playing well so hopefully in the next game I can play a bit better.'

Mark Selby came through his second-round test in similar circumstances, sliding 3-0 adrift against Wales' Ryan Day but recovering to win 6-4, and the Leicester man will replace Judd Trump as world number one if he reaches the final.

Like Brecel, Selby struggled to pot a ball early on, but he found form and come the closing stages it was Day missing regularly.

'The way the match started I don't think it could have got any worse,' Selby, 29, said. 'I was expecting the light to go off halfway through, I thought I was at a social club.

'I feel as if my game is there and it's all about having the confidence and belief to take it out on the table.'

Neil Robertson and Barry Hawkins were in action tonight, vying for the right to play Selby, with John Higgins taking on Mark Davis on the other table as the second round came to its conclusion.

The ultimate ringer? College swimming team call on four-time Olympic champion

The ultimate ringer College swimming team call up four-time Olympic champion

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 29 November 2012

A college have sparked controversy by naming an Olympic champion in their team for their next swimming gala.

For Regis Jesuit High School team in America have included four-time champion Olympic Missy Franklin champion in their line-up.

Sensation: Olympic champion Missy Franklin

Sensation: Olympic champion Missy Franklin

The American teenager blitzed the world's best to claim gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke, 4 x 200m freestyle and 4 x 100 m medley.

And Franklin also broke two world records at last summers' games.

Now the 17-year-old sensation has decided to make her comeback for her school team in Aurora, Colorado.

And the move has divided her team-mates and opponents, with some critics saying her presence
would be unfair on school friends and opponents, and others that not to
return would be disrespectful.

'The hardest part for me is I really have no gut feeling on this,” Franklin said earlier in the month.

High point: Franklin will make comeback for college team

High point: Franklin will make comeback for college team

'It’s so hard when I have so many people who are really wanting me to do it and so supportive, and I have other people who are saying it’s not fair, saying: “Why would you do this to other girls” And I feel so bad thinking that they would think that.

'It’s hard, because I feel like no matter what I do, it’s going to be opposed in some way or form.'

But the school’s athletic director, John Koslosky, said that Franklin, in her final year at Regis Jesuit before leaving for the university of California, has now decided to participate in some of the scheduled events.

'She’s doing this because of her team, her school and the other girls who swim in high school,' he told the Denver Post. 'And she wants to. They all want her there.'

Koslosky confirmed that, given her training schedule and other demands on her time, her appearances will be limited, and the school would try to minimise the disruption caused by interest in watching her compete.

'It will be limited,' he said. 'Last year, there were all sorts of cameras everywhere … Missy was concerned about it, and I think that’s what made her struggle in making this decision.

'But she said she wanted to pass on turning pro and attend college, and she signed to do that, and she said she wants to swim with her teammates and her school. I think it’s great.'

Paul Pogba dropped by Juventus

Ex-United youngster Pogba dropped from Juventus squad for turning up late to training

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UPDATED:

08:17 GMT, 10 November 2012

Paul Pogba has been dropped from the Juventus squad ahead of tonight's Serie A clash with Pescara after twice turning up late for training.

The former Manchester United midfielder has been a regular for the Italian side and featured in their 4-0 thrashing of Nordsjaelland in the Champions League on Wednesday.

But the 19-year-old has paid the price for his poor timekeeping and will remain in Turin while his team-mates bid to maintain top spot in the league.

Late: Paul Pogba has been dropped by Juventus for poor timekeeping

Late: Paul Pogba has been dropped by Juventus for poor timekeeping

Pogba signed for Juventus after a protracted battle with Sir Alex Ferguson who claimed the youngster was being
disrespectful by leaving United in the dark over a new contract before
he quit in favour of a 20,000-a-week four-year deal with the 'Old Lady'.

However, the French teenager insists he simply left in search of more first-team opportunities in Turin.

‘I don’t know why he said that,’ claimed Pogba. ‘A 19-year-old player who said no to Ferguson – maybe he took it badly

‘There
are things about which we failed to agree. I don’t regret anything. But
you have to be part of it to understand my decision.

Hitting the headlines: Pogba has impressed since joining the Italian side

Hitting the headlines: Pogba has impressed since joining the Italian side

‘It’s
a feeling I had with the coach. He trusted me but he didn’t play me,
saying I was too young. He said “your time will come” but it didn’t.

‘I’m impatient. Now I want to become one of the best players in the world

He made just seven senior appearances
for United after joining from Le Havre in 2009 but was regarded as one
of the best emerging talents at Old Trafford.

Pogba recently scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over title rivals Napoli and was named man of the match against Bologna.

He was on the bench last weekend when Juve's 49-match unbeaten run was brought to an end by Inter Milan.

Aston Villa invite Swedish teenager Ihab Naser to train after Chelsea spell

Villa offer training spell to Swedish teenager following Chelsea stint this year

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17:02 GMT, 6 November 2012

Aston Villa have invited former Chelsea trialist Ihab Naser to train with them.

The 15-year-old Swedish youth international forward, who plays for Gunnilse IS, figured for Chelsea in a friendly against Crystal Palace back in September and scored.

Of his pending trip to England he said: ‘I’ll be there for a week, it’s really fun to get to go again.’

Training offer: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert (centre)

Training offer: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert (centre)

Manchester City want Connor Hunte from Chelsea

Man City plan raid on Chelsea for England Under 17 playmaker Hunte

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UPDATED:

14:37 GMT, 30 October 2012

Manchester City are plotting a move to poach Chelsea’s highly-rated teenager Connor Hunte.

The Blues are facing a battle to keep hold of their teenage midfielder – whose style of play has been likened to Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil.

City scouts have kept a close eye on the 16-year-old and are now ready to step up their interest in Hunte.

Top talent: Hunte (right) has been compared to Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil

Top talent: Hunte (right) has been compared to Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil

The starlet has played three times for England Under 17’s and has been tipped for big things by Academy staff at Chelsea’s Cobham HQ.

Chelsea will be keen to keep hold of Hunte given his vast potential.

City would be required to pay the Blues a compensation fee should the switch come to fruition.

Fulham"s teenage star Kerim Frei joins Cardiff in loan deal

Fulham's teenager Frei joins Cardiff in one-month loan deal

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 26 October 2012

Fulham midfielder Kerim Frei, 18, has joined Cardiff on an emergency one-month loan.

Frei is expected to be in the Cardiff squad for their clash with Burnley.

The Turkish teenager said: 'This is a really good opportunity for me and I want to help the team achieve success.

Loaned out: Kerim Frei in action against Chelsea last season

Loaned out: Kerim Frei in action against Chelsea last season

'The move happened really quickly, everything seemed to be done in a day or so between Cardiff and Fulham.

'I can’t wait to get started. I’m the sort of player who will take defenders on and look to create for team-mates around me.'

Elsewhere defender Matthew Briggs, 21, has joined Bristol City on loan.

Jermaine Jenas seals Nottingham Forest loan

Spurs outcast Jenas seals month-long loan return to first club Forest

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11:34 GMT, 27 September 2012


Return: Jermaine Jenas is back at Forest

Return: Jermaine Jenas is back at Forest

Forgotten Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has signed for his first club Nottingham Forest on a month's loan.

The Championship club were keen to re-sign the one-time England star in time for Sunday's clash against arch-rivals Derby.

Both clubs have agreed a loan fee which sees the 29-year-old return to the City Ground on an initial four-week deal.

Jenas, who Forest sold to Newcastle for 5million as a teenager in 2002, last started a match for Spurs in April 2011.

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He has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League under new boss Andre Villas-Boas so far this season against West Brom.

The midfielder's loan spell at Aston Villa was cut short last year after he suffered a season-ending achilles injury.

But Forest are hoping to help him get over his fitness problems while boosting their push for promotion.

Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse miss Newcastle trip to Maritimo

Pardew calls in teenager Campbell as Cisse and Ba miss trip to Portugal

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UPDATED:

10:11 GMT, 19 September 2012

Alan Pardew will be without his two leading strikers against Maritimo after Newcastle travelled to Portugal without Senegal duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.

Pardew has been forced to call-up 17-year-old homegrown forward Adam Campbell for the club's opening Europa League clash after Cisse was forced to withdraw from the squad with illness.

Cisse's strike-partner Demba Ba was also missing from the party which flew out from Tyneside on Wednesday morning a day after his agent suggested he does not understand his current role at the club.

Missing: Demba Ba

Illness: Papiss Cisse

Missing: Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse (R) have not travelled to Portugal

However, midfielder Sammy Ameobi was on the plane after confirming his return to fitness by playing in the Under-21s' 2-2 derby draw with Sunderland on Tuesday night.

Steve Harper looks set to continue in goal with Dutch keeper Tim Krul also missing through injury.