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Gianfranco Zola interested in Chelsea role but remains committed to Watford

Zola coy on Chelsea job as Blues legend admits club are still 'special' to him

having sold the Hornets to the Pozzo family.

The Hertfordshire outfit have this season sustained a serious bid for promotion to the Barclays Premier League and are currently third in the npower Championship table, just two points off the automatic promotion places, safe in the knowledge they have not received a points deduction.

They have, however, been hit with a transfer embargo of sorts, which still allows them to buy and sell players but only with prior authorisation of football authorities.

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

A statement on the Football League
website read: 'A Football Disciplinary Commission, in the case of The
Football League vs Watford Football Club and Mr Laurence Bassini, has
determined that both defendants breached Football League regulations
regarding the securitisation of future transfer fees and central
distributions.'

A further club statement on Watford's official website read: 'Following the publication today of the independent Football Disciplinary Commission's judgement, Watford FC is pleased to confirm that it has not received a points deduction or a fine.

'Former owner and director Mr Laurence Bassini has been banned from any participation in football for three years.'

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

The statement continued: 'The club has been made the subject of a transfer embargo, but wishes to emphasise that the embargo referred to falls under Regulation 19 of the Football League Regulations.

'This is not an absolute bar on transfers, but rather a mechanism by which transfer business can be conducted by the club provided that the prior authorisation of the relevant football authorities has been obtained.

'It is clear from the decision of the Football Disciplinary Commission that the offences which the club has been found guilty of were committed by one or two individuals who are no longer associated with the club – and without the knowledge of the full board of the club.'

Hatem Ben Arfa is Liverpool target with Andy Carroll on offer

Liverpool lining up Ben Arfa deal using Carroll as a carrot for Newcastle

By
Dominic King

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23:58 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:14 GMT, 6 February 2013

Liverpool are tracking Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa as Brendan Rodgers begins his plans for a summer recruitment drive.

The French international, 25, could be targeted as part of a swap deal that would see Andy Carroll return to St James’ Park.

Target: Liverpool are considering bringing Hatem Ben Arfa to Anfield

Target: Liverpool are considering bringing Hatem Ben Arfa to Anfield

Swap: Andy Carroll could be offered back to Newcastle as part of the deal for Ben Arfa

Swap: Andy Carroll could be offered back to Newcastle as part of the deal for Ben Arfa

Ben Arfa has not featured for Newcastle since December 10 because of a hamstring injury.

He has long been admired by Rodgers even though he represents a slightly older purchase than many Anfield transfer targets.

Ben Arfa didn't push for a Newcastle exit during the transfer window but his loyalty to the club is likely to be severely tested in the summer. He will certainly have plenty of people to prevent him feeling homesick, as Alan Pardew bought six French-speaking players during the transfer window.

Return: Carroll's career never took off at Liverpool and his was loaned out to West Ham in the summer

Return: Carroll's career never took off at Liverpool and his was loaned out to West Ham in the summer

Nonetheless, Ben Arfa has previously stated a desire to play for the rich, Qatari-backed club Paris Saint-Germain.

Carroll has been on loan at West Ham after the 35million signing found it hard to make a mark at Anfield.

He has scored twice in 12 appearances for the Hammers so far, the latest coming on Saturday when he headed the winner against Swansea having returned the side following a two-month injury lay-off.

Didier Drogba turns down Chelsea return to sign for Galatasaray

EXCLUSIVE: Drogba turns down stunning offer to REJOIN Chelsea as under-fire Abramovich tries to win back the fans

By
Neil Ashton

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16:44 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:52 GMT, 28 January 2013

Didier Drogba will turn down a sensational approach to return to Chelsea and sign an 18-month contract with Galatasaray.

Sportsmail can reveal that Roman Abramovich gave the go-ahead last week to offer Drogba a deal until the end of the season, with an option for a further year.

Incredibly the talks were so far advanced that Chelsea were convinced that the man who delivered the European Cup last season was on the brink of signing before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

It also appears that after unexpectedly re-signing Ashley Cole on a one-year deal last week, Chelsea are embarking on a major charm offensive supporters.

They were furious with Rafa Benitez yesterday as they drew 2-2 in the FA Cup at League One side Brentford at Griffin Park and chanted ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’.

Terms on the deal had been offered to Drogba — who joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in May — and there was a huge emotional pull to return to Stamford Bridge.

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Champions League trophy: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the trophy

Champions League trophy: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the trophy

He won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and his Chelsea career ended with that glorious finale against Bayern Munich in the Allianz-Arena in May last year.

Chelsea offered him a year’s extension on reduced terms at the time, but Drogba, 34, decided to quit after lifting the Champions League.

helsea have been struggling without him this season and Fernando Torres, who scored yesterday, is still struggling for form.

Drogba, whose family still live in Surrey and whose children attend Chelsea’s academy, has been training with his old team-mates ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and they initially began teasing him that he wanted to return.

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

Despite the temptation to relive the glory years with his former team-mates, he will guarantee Champions League football by signing for Galatasaray.

The big-spending Turkish side, who recruited former Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder last week, expect to announce the deal for Drogba this week.

Galatasary face Schalke in the European Cup next month and the lure of playing in the competition he won last season proved too much.

Peter Odemwingie transfer request rejected by West Brom amid QPR interest

West Brom reject Odemwingie's transfer request as QPR target desperately seeks exit

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:50 GMT, 25 January 2013

West Bromwich Albion have turned down a transfer request from striker Peter Odemwingie.

The Baggies rejected a bid from QPR for the Nigeria forward earlier this month and the club insist none of their core players are for sale.

Sporting & technical director Richard Garlick said: 'Peter is hugely popular with our supporters and it is disappointing that he has decided to hand in a transfer request.

Snub: West Brom have rejected a transfer request from Peter Odemwingie

Snub: West Brom have rejected a transfer request from Peter Odemwingie

'It was immediately turned down and has done nothing to change our stance during January.

'Peter is under contract until the summer of 2014 and we have no need or desire to sell our core players.

'We want to keep the squad intact to enable us to build on an encouraging first six months of the season.'

Waving goodbye: Odemwingie has expressed his desire to leave West Brom

Waving goodbye: Odemwingie has expressed his desire to leave West Brom

Odemwingie sent a mixed message to supporters after the final whistle against Aston Villa last weekend and said: 'It's normal that players move clubs.

'There has been an offer – I'm 31 now and I was thinking to secure my future in the Premier League which is my desire.

'I had a good talk with the owners of the club, I'm here and I'm happy, this is always my club that I love.'

Fabricio Coloccini could be set to play his last game for Newcastle United

Coloccini set to play at Norwich, but could it be his last game for Newcastle

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

07:32 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:04 GMT, 11 January 2013

Newcastle United are facing a battle to hang on to talismanic captain Fabricio Coloccini after he told the club he wants to quit the Barclays Premier League and return to Argentina.

Although the 30-year-old central defender, who helped guide the club to fifth place last season, has not handed in a transfer request, he has indicated he would like to return to South America immediately.

But options for Coloccini, who is understood to have cited personal reasons for his unhappiness, are limited. His former club San Lorenzo, where his father Osvaldo works, lead the chase for his signature but would not be able to afford Newcastle’s asking price or his 60,000-a-week wages.

Homesick Fabricio Coloccini wants to go back to Argentina

Homesick Fabricio Coloccini wants to go back to Argentina

The Argentina international, who
signed a new five-year deal along with keeper Tim Krul last season, was
on Arsenal and Liverpool’s radar a year ago and would be valued between
8million to 10million.

After a difficult first season in
England which coincided with Newcastle’s relegation, Coloccini returned
to form in the following season as the club gained promotion from the
Championship.

As well as leading by example in his
performances, he has become a strong captain for manager Alan Pardew
behind the scenes and has played an integral part in shaping the
Newcastle manager’s squad.

Coloccini has been included in the squad to face Norwich City and former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton at Carrow Road today.

Pardew hopes he can persuade his
skipper to stay at St James’s Park as he prepares to welcome back key
players such as Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa and add to his first
winter signing Mathieu Debuchy, the 5.5million full back from Lille who
will make his Newcastle debut today.

Coloccini’s first club, San Lorenzo,
said last night they hoped the player would be able to buy out the
remainder of his contract to return home. Club president Matias Lammens
told ESPN Radio Rivadavia: ‘Coloccini’s arrival is very difficult. We
can’t go out and buy him.

We have always said that we depended on the desire of the player to rescind [his deal at Newcastle].

Key: Coloccini has impressed at Newcastle during the last two years

Key: Coloccini has impressed at Newcastle during the last two years

‘We can offer him a very good contract but San Lorenzo have nothing left to do with regards to the negotiating.’

Meanwhile, Hughton insists his focus will be on getting Norwich back to winning ways tomorrow.

Hughton was unceremoniously axed by
the Magpies in December 2010, despite the side being in mid-table after
promotion. He is still held in high regard by the Toon Army and received
a warm reception when Norwich played at St James’ Park in September.

However, while he admitted he enjoys
the admiration from Newcastle fans, with Norwich having lost their last
four Premier League games Hughton is focused solely on picking up a key
win.

‘Of course it is a nice feeling, it is probably an appreciation of the job I did,’ he said.

‘But as soon as that whistle blows,
it is about trying to play well enough to get the points. Anything at
Newcastle is not my concern. My only concern is the job I am doing.’

Stunned: Alan Pardew has endured a tough season at Newcastle

Stunned: Alan Pardew has endured a tough season at Newcastle

PSG could move for Cristiano Ronaldo if we wanted, says Leonardo

We can if we want! PSG fire clear signal in Ronaldo pursuit but rule out moves for Evra and Cole

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

11:28 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:28 GMT, 9 January 2013

Paris St Germain chief Leonardo has given the clearest indication yet the club will move for Cristiano Ronaldo in the coming months.

The former Brazil international is in charge of player recruitment at the Ligue 1 leaders, who are bankrolled by the Qatari royal family.

Real deal: Cristiano Ronaldo's future in Madrid is far from certain after a contract dispute

Real deal: Cristiano Ronaldo's future in Madrid is far from certain after a contract dispute

Real deal: Cristiano Ronaldo's future in Madrid is far from certain after a contract dispute

Big bucks: Leonardo, posing with Lucas Moura, is in charge of player recruitment at PSG

Big bucks: Leonardo, posing with Lucas Moura, is in charge of player recruitment at PSG

Ronaldo sparked pandemonium around the
Europe last year when he openly criticised Real Madrid's dealings with
him as he sought to extend his current deal, which has less two years to
run.

Few clubs in world football are capable of stumping up the cash for the world's most expensive player, who has been at the Spanish club since his 80million move from Manchester United in 2009.

And speaking to L'Equipe, Leonardo suggested that, as part of the select group, PSG would be keen on striking a deal.

He said: 'Cristiano Ronaldo Paris St Germain have become a club where anything is possible. However, he still has an ongoing contract with Real Madrid and we have to realise that he will not leave Madrid for just any club.

'When we are discussing a possible transfer for a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, there are only four or five clubs that can be taken into consideration. PSG are one of those.'

PSG are on the verge of signing a sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) that will earn the club more than 200m a year until 2016, a move which will help them fall in line with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

Addressing other transfer targets, namely Premier League defenders Ashley Cole and Patrice Evra as well as Lionel Messi, Leonardo was more definitive.

'Cole or Evra No. With Christophe Jalley, Maxwell, Gregory van der Wiel and Sylvain Armand, I think we have what it takes. In the future we will talk abvout it, but not now.'

No thanks: PSG won't be moving for Premier League pair Patrice Evra and Ashley Cole

No thanks: PSG won't be moving for Premier League pair Patrice Evra and Ashley Cole

No thanks: PSG won't be moving for Premier League pair Patrice Evra and Ashley Cole

Ronaldinho to make film with Blackburn owners Venky"s

Venky's always said they'd get Ronaldinho… and now they've finally signed him up! (Sorry Blackburn fans, it's just for a movie)

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21:40 GMT, 28 December 2012

Blackburn Rovers owners Venky's persuaded Ronaldinho to put pen to, er, ball when he arrived in India to promote his new film.

The Brazilian World Cup winner has signed up with their film arm to make Ronaldinho versus Aliens, an animation inspired by Space Jam, which starred Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny.

The identity of the cartoon superstar to work with Ronaldinho is still a secret but if Venky’s, who are also poultry packers, haven’t signed up Rocky from Chicken Run, they’re missing a trick.

Ronaldinho was one of Venky's most ambitious transfer targets when they took over at Ewood Park in 2010, and now they've finally got their man. It's a shame for Rovers fans that he won't be playing any football, however.

This had better not be a Blackburn contract... Ronaldinho (second left) pens an autograph on Friday

This had better not be a Blackburn contract… Ronaldinho (second left) pens an autograph on Friday

Meanwhile, the appointment of Blackburn's new coaching team is on hold as a simmering boardroom battle at Ewood Park threatens to escalate into all-out civil war.

The club's global advisor Shebby Singh and managing director Derek Shaw have been at odds since Singh's arrival in the summer, and Shaw has flown to India to urge the club's owners Venky's to ditch the flamboyant Malaysian following this week's sacking of manager Henning Berg.

Toon idol: The Brazilian star unveils a poster publicising his movie made with Blackburn's owners

Toon idol: The Brazilian star unveils a poster publicising his movie made with Blackburn's owners

Toon idol: The Brazilian star unveils a poster publicising his movie made with Blackburn's owners

Singh is said to be unperturbed by events but the plan to install Kevin MacDonald as head coach alongside Judan Ali cannot proceed without Shaw approving the contracts.

Ali was at the club's Brockhall training ground on Friday and MacDonald expects to join him even though he is understood to have reservations about the arrangement.

Ali, who is set to become English football's first British Asian coach, is better known for his role in a Bollywood movie.

Mario Balotelli latest: AC Milan ready to sell Robinho and Pato to fund Manchester City striker bid

Milan ready to pack Pato and Robinho back to Brazil in bid to sign Balotelli

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UPDATED:

11:04 GMT, 28 December 2012

AC Milan are preparing a bid for Mario Balotelli, confident they will be able to offload both Pato and Robinho to Brazil.

Manchester City have hung a 20million price tag on their striker, who has been linked with a move home to Italy on numerous occasions, but the San Siro club are close to securing him.

Balotelli is desperate to flee Manchester and sources close to the striker told Goal.com: ‘The situation has reached a point where both player and club simply want his time at City to end as soon as possible.

Italian job: AC Milan are reportedly ready to step up their interest in Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

Italian job: AC Milan are reportedly ready to step up their interest in Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

‘Mario has told his representatives that he is ready to leave Manchester. He is just waiting for the call from Italy.’

The deal hinges on Milan agreeing transfers of their own and the club is currently in advanced negotiations with Corinthians over the sale of Pato, who is likely to join the Club World Cup winners for around €15m (12.3m) within days.

Milan have also received a number of offers for Robinho, although vice-president Adriano Galliani has said Santos are leading the race, after talks with Flamengo fell apart earlier this month.

Boys from Brazil: Milan may cash in on Robinho and Pato to fund a bid for Balotelli

On the move: Milan could sell Pato

Boys from Brazil: Milan may cash in on former Man City striker Robinho (L) and Pato to fund a bid for Balotelli

Just last week, president Silvio Berlusconi rubbished talk of Balotelli joining Milan, insisting neither the Italian nor Didier Drogba were transfer targets.

He confirmed Drogba was the player ‘only Russian and Chinese clubs can afford’ while Balotelli’s wayward behaviour turned the politician and media tycoon off him.

But after warnings from City boss Roberto Mancini, Balotelli is thought to be cleaning up his act and is prepared to take a pay cut from his 110,000 weekly wage to become a Rossoneri player.

Stan Kroenke has been accused of having no passion for the club by former shareholder Lady Bracewell-Smith

'Why he wanted to be part of Arsenal I do not know': Stan Kroenke accused of having no passion for the club

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UPDATED:

00:29 GMT, 14 December 2012

Former Arsenal director Lady Bracewell-Smith has accused the club`s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, of having no passion for the club.

The Gunners are currently attracting unwanted headlines for their on-field performances, while manager Arsene Wenger and the club`s board are feeling the heat from supporters regarding their transfer policies.

It is more than seven years since Arsenal won a trophy and questions are being asked about when that drought will end.

Accused: Former Arsenal shareholder Lady Bracewell-Smith took to twitter and accused majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke (pictured), of having no passion for the club

Accused: Former Arsenal shareholder Lady Bracewell-Smith took to twitter to accuse majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke (pictured), of having no passion for the club

Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke

Bracewell-Smith, who sold her shares in Arsenal to Kroenke last year but remains an honorary vice president, tonight took to Twitter to criticise the American amid the gloom that is surrounding the club.

'If making money was the motivating factor, surely there are better ways,' she wrote.

'Football is a business of passion and SK has no passion for AFC.

'(Kroenke) shows he cares very little. Why he wanted to be part of AFC I do not know.'

Arsenal were humiliated on Tuesday when they were beaten by Bradford in the Capital One Cup. During that match, Bracewell-Smith tweeted about striker Gervinho, calling him a 'flop'.

Liverpool apologise to Fulham over Clint Dempsey tapping-up affair

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool issue grovelling apology to Fulham over Dempsey tapping-up affair

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UPDATED:

00:10 GMT, 12 December 2012

Liverpool have made a grovelling apology to Fulham over the tapping-up of Clint Dempsey in the summer.

A statement from Fulham, expected today, will confirm that in return the club have dropped their complaint to the Premier League over the affair.

The peace deal came only after a personal visit by Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner to Craven Cottage chairman Mohamed Al Fayed was followed up by a letter from Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre admitting that the club’s behaviour ‘was wrong’ and ‘simply never should have occurred’.

Centre of attention: Dempsey was courted by Liverpool in summer

Centre of attention: Dempsey was courted by Liverpool in summer

The letter, sent last Friday, confirms that a meeting took place between Werner and Fayed, during which the former apologised for Liverpool’s actions regarding Dempsey last summer.

Fulham blame Liverpool for unsettling the player and creating the circumstances that led to his move to Tottenham on transfer-deadline day.

Ayre wrote: 'Please also consider this letter from me to be an additional expression of sincere regret and apology from our club to your club for our actions last summer. Our club can do better and we pledge that it will.'

Fulham’s official complaint followed a series of clumsy bulletins from Liverpool and their owners, the Fenway Sports Group. The first was an announcement on the FSG website that Liverpool had signed Dempsey from Fulham.

This was followed by an interview on the
Liverpool website with manager Brendan Rogers, in which he talked of
the USA forward in glowing terms.

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Finally, pictures of Liverpool's new strip with Dempsey's name on the back were published.

The 29-year-old had been on a summer break in America when the FSG announcement was made, and Fulham’s complaint to the Premier League intimated that their relationship with the player who was last season’s top scorer had not recovered from that point.

Dempsey did not officially go on strike, but told Fulham he wanted to leave.

The club considered he was becoming a bad influence in the dressing room and he did not play a game for Fulham before signing for Tottenham.

On target: Dempsey scored in the recent defeat to Everton

On target: Dempsey scored in the recent defeat to Everton