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Stephen Kelly signs for Reading

Ireland defender Kelly switches Fulham for Reading as Jol chases Huddlestone

By
Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

17:01 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:35 GMT, 11 January 2013


On the move: Fulham defender Stephen Kelly

On the move: Fulham defender Stephen Kelly

Reading have completed the signing of right-back Stephen Kelly from Fulham – while Cottagers boss Martin Jol has admitted that he is interested in Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

Kelly was a main part of Jol's team last season but struggled for games this campaign. Fulham would not reveal how much the transfer fee for the Republic of Ireland international was.

The defender has become Reading's third signing in the January transfer window after the arrivals of Hope Akpan from Crawley and Daniel Carrico from Sporting Lisbon.

Jol said: 'We won't lose any other players. It's one single player who could go in this transfer window. Kelly is the only one.

'I thought it was good for him because he wanted to play. Last year he played all the games almost so I thought it was good for him to talk to Reading and they decided to take him and he decided to go there. I never say never but the players I want to keep here will be here after the 31st.'

Jol is still keen to strengthen his squad in the transfer window and clearly sees Fulham's midfield as an area he needs to improve.

On the radar: Martin Jol is still tracking Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone

On the radar: Martin Jol is still tracking Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone

He is still interested in defensive midfielder Derek Boateng, who is at Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and also Tottenham's Huddlestone, whom he has monitored for years.

The 56-year-old added: 'Over the last six years I had an interest in Tom Huddlestone but he was injured and then went to Stoke. I think he failed a medical there but I am not sure, so he went back to Spurs.

'If Tom is fit, he is always in the back of my mind but as I told you before, I won't speculate on names. I can't say Tom is not on my list because I like him.'

Stephen Kelly set for Reading switch but Martin Jol insists Fulham will make no more January sales

Kelly set for Reading switch while Jol admits he is still chasing Huddlestone

By
Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

17:01 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:01 GMT, 11 January 2013


On the move: Fulham defender Stephen Kelly

On the move: Fulham defender Stephen Kelly

Martin Jol revealed defender Stephen Kelly is having a medical at Reading today – and that he is interested in Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

Kelly was a main part of Jol's team last season but has struggled for games this campaign. Fulham have received a fee for the transfer but the club would not reveal how much it was.

If the move goes through the defender will become Brian McDermott's third signing in the January transfer window. Last month he said he was targeting two or three players the club could afford that had Premier League experience and Kelly fits that mould.

Jol said: 'It's a permanent deal. We won't lose any other players. It's one single player who could go in this transfer window. Kelly is the only one.

'I thought it was good for him because he wanted to play. Last year he played all the games almost so I thought it was good for him to talk to Reading and they decided to take him and he decided to go there. I never say never but the players I want to keep here will be here after the 31st.'

Jol is still keen to strengthen his squad in the transfer window and clearly sees Fulham's midfield as an area he needs to improve.

On the radar: Martin Jol is still tracking Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone

On the radar: Martin Jol is still tracking Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone

He is still interested in defensive midfielder Derek Boateng who is at Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and also Tottenham's Huddlestone, whom he has monitored for years.

The 56-year-old added: 'Over the last six years I had an interest in Tom Huddlestone, but he was injured and then went to Stoke. I think he failed a medical there but I am not sure, so he went back to Spurs.

'If Tom is fit, he is always in the back of my mind but as I told you before, I won't speculate on names. I can't say Tom is not on my list because I like him.'

Chelsea to sign Taison from Metalist Kharkiv

Chelsea set to add midfielder Taison to growing Brazilian contingent

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

09:25 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 2 January 2013

Metalist Kharkiv attacking midfielder Taison has revealed he has spoken to Chelsea after being linked with a January move and would welcome a reunion with former team-mate Oscar.

The Brazilian is closing on a move to Stamford Bridge after impressing for Metalist, who will play Newcastle United in the Europa League last 32, since his move there two-and-a-half years ago.

*Scroll down to see Taison's knockout Champions League goal

London bound: Taison (right) looks set to join Chelsea

London bound: Taison (right) looks set to join Chelsea

He joined the Ukrainian club from Internacional, where he played alongside Chelsea’s Oscar.

Taison says he recently visited Stamford Bridge and has spoken to owner Roman Abramovich over a potential move.

'I went to England (some weeks ago) just to take a look. I talked to the president,' he told Diario Popular.

Join our club: Oscar, Lucas Piazon and Ramires are already strutting their stuff at Stamford Bridge, while David Luiz is another one bringing samba-style

Join our club: Oscar, Lucas Piazon and Ramires are already strutting their stuff at Stamford Bridge, while David Luiz is another one bringing samba-style

Join our club: Oscar, Lucas Piazon and Ramires are already strutting their stuff at Stamford Bridge, while David Luiz is another one bringing samba-style to west London

Taison added of Brazil international
Oscar: 'I see Oscar, who I played alongside at Internacional, and I want
to play with him again.'

The 24-year-old’s agent, Diego Dornelles, is not ruling out the midfielder leaving Metalist in January.

He said: 'The club want him to stay, but there are many things coming.'

Andriy Shevchenko could join Chelsea as a coach

Shevchenko may join Chelsea as a coach after Abramovich holds talks with former striker

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 6 December 2012

Andriy Shevchenko could be handed a role within Chelsea's coaching set-up.

The recently retired Ukrainian has spent considerable time at the club's Cobham training base as he works towards qualifying for his coaching badges.

And owner Roman Abramovich has held talks with the 36-year-old about a role at Stamford Bridge.

New skills: Andriy Shevchenko could join Chelsea as a coach

New skills: Andriy Shevchenko could join Chelsea as a coach

The Russian is close to Shevchenko and sanctioned his 31million transfer in 2006.

Shevchenko never came close to his AC Milan form in a Chelsea shirt and left the club on loan to the Italian giants in 2008.

Chelsea have a habit of bringing back former players to play coaching or managerial roles.

Former player Bolo Zenden recently joined the club as an assistant to new manager Rafael Benitez.

Eddie Newton and Benitez's predecessor Roberto Di Matteo were also former Chelsea players before they rejoined in a staff capacity.

Ricky Hatton is back in the gym

I must be mental! Hatton returns to gym two days into second retirement

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 26 November 2012

Ricky Hatton was back in his gym today after his comeback was cut abruptly short by Vyacheslav Senchenko on Saturday night in Manchester.

The Hitman was knocked out in the penultimate round by the Ukrainian and announced his retirement an hour later.

But Hatton, 34, has vowed not to return to the vicious cycle of drink and depression which blighted him after his brutal defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2009.

Battered and bruised: Ricky Hatton was beaten by Vyacheslav Senchenko

Battered and bruised: Ricky Hatton was beaten by Vyacheslav Senchenko

And he tweeted a photo of himself in his gym with the tagline: 'If I'm not sick of this place, ha ha. I must be mental.'

Hatton will now focus on his responsibilities as trainer and promoter as he guides the careers of the likes of Martin Murray and Scott Quigg.

'A fighter knows when it's not there, and it's not there,' he said on Saturday. 'I've had too many fights and burnt the candles at both ends.

End of the road: Hatton was knocked out (above) before retiring (below)

End of the road: Hatton was knocked out (above) before retiring (below)

Ricky Hatton

'I've lost four and half stone for this and my sparring was great but I'm not going to put myself through that torture again.

'I got the answers. I was crying in the ring and no doubt I'll be crying tonight but I'm happy. I had to go in there and find out and I did.

'I've no complaints. It's been three and a half years and you all know the story. I needed to put a few demons to rest and I said before the fight I felt I'd already won and that hasn't changed.'

Arsene Wenger ready to spend 30million on Edinson Cavani

Step aside City! Wenger ready to splash 30m on Cavani as Van Persie replacement

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UPDATED:

00:01 GMT, 11 November 2012

Arsene Wenger is ready to break the bank at last with a 30million bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani as the Frenchman bids to save Arsenal's season.

Wenger is ready to act after watching his side fall 11 points off the pace in the Premier League title race following a 3-3 draw at home against Fulham on Saturday.

The Arsenal manager has been under massive pressure from fans and shareholders to start splashing big money in a bid to end the club's eight-year wait for a trophy, and he has decided 25-year-old Uruguay forward Cavani is top priority after getting a glowing report on the player from chief scout Steve Rowley.

Prolific: Edinson Cavani scored all four of Napoli's goals against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League last Thursday

Prolific: Edinson Cavani scored all four of Napoli's goals against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League last Thursday

The Gunners' talent spotter travelled
to Italy last Thursday for a personal check on the player and he could
hardly have picked a more opportune occasion to assess his talents as
the striker scored all four goals as his side came from behind to beat
Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 4-2 in the Europa League.

Wenger has been criticised by Arsenal
fans disgruntled because he has not bought a replacement for Robin van
Persie, who scored the opening goal against Arsenal to set Manchester
United up for a 2-1 victory over the London club at Old Trafford last
weekend.

But it will take a major offer to
tempt Napoli to part with Cavani, especially as the striker has backed
up his decision to sign a new five-year contract last May by insisting
he wants to improve on his record of 79 goals in 108 matches.

He is chasing the legendary Diego
Maradona's all-time Napoli record of 115 goals. Cavani's goals on
Thursday earned him his sixth Napoli hat-trick.

He found the net against Chelsea and Manchester City in last season's Champions League.

City had been keen to land Cavani, whose four goals in midweek took him to 12 in 12 games for the season, before the striker signed his new deal.

Man of many talents: Cavani whipped in a free-kick to score Napoli's second

Man of many talents: Cavani whipped in a free-kick to score Napoli's second

I'll take him: Arsene Wenger signed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud before Robin van Persie's departure to Manchester United

I'll take him: Arsene Wenger signed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud before Robin van Persie's departure to Manchester United

Wladimir Klitschko faces taller, heavier Mariusz Wachin in heavyweight showdown

Wladimir Klitschko faces taller, heavier Wachin in heavyweight showdown

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UPDATED:

19:16 GMT, 9 November 2012

Wladimir Klitschko will fight a man
almost two kilos heavier and four centimeters taller when he defends his
WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts against Mariusz Wach of Poland on
Saturday.

Klitschko weighed in at 112 kilos (247 pounds) on Friday, while the 32-year-old Wach registered 113.8 (251).

Head to head: Wladimir Klitschko, left, and Mariusz Wach

Head to head: Wladimir Klitschko, left, and Mariusz Wach

The unbeaten Wach will be the first opponent Klitschko has faced who is taller than he is, despite the 36-year-old Ukrainian's height of 1.98 meters (6ft 6ins). Wach is a formidable 2.02 meters (6 ft 7ins) tall and the two-time Polish champion also has a longer reach.

Klitschko goes into his 22nd world championship fight with a 58-3 (51 KOs) record, while Wach has won 27 bouts, 15 by knockout, since turning pro in 2005.

Tall order: Klitschko (left) faces a bigger opponent for the first time

Tall order: Klitschko (left) faces a bigger opponent for the first time

Wladimir Klitschko (top) and Mariusz Wach

Wladimir Klitschko (top) and Mariusz Wach

It will be Klitschko's first bout since his longtime coach, Emanuel Steward, died last month, and his third defense this year after knockout wins over Jean-Marc Mormeck of France in March and American challenger Tony Thompson in July.

Actor and director Sylvester Stallone, famous from his role in the Rocky series of films, will attend the bout, part of the promotional campaign for the Rocky musical.

Klitschko and his older brother Vitali, together with Stallone, had a hand in the production of 'Rocky: Fight from the Heart,' which opens in Hamburg on November 18.

I"m A Celebrity 2012: David Haye to jet to Australia

Haye puts Klitschko on the backburner as boxer jets to Australia for I'm A Celebrity

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UPDATED:

17:02 GMT, 5 November 2012

David Haye is more accustomed to fighting off heavyweight boxers than creepy crawlies but the former world champion will be doing just that when he takes part in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The 32-year-old, who remains in training in the hope of fighting Vitali Klitschko next year, will join the likes of former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan, whose boyfriend is Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, and Doctor Who actor Colin Baker in the jungle.

And Haye made sure he made the most of his last night in London by partying into the early hours of Monday morning.

Heavyweight boxer David Haye enjoys a night at Whisky Mist night club

Heavyweight boxer David Haye enjoys a night at Whisky Mist night club

Night on the town: David Haye was at Whisky Mist nightclub in London before leaving for Australia

Once in Australia, Haye and his fellow celebrities will be offered the chance to stay in an eight-bedroom hotel which will have rats, scorpions, spiders and snakes lurking behind the doors.

Producers are said to have lined up
their most gruesome Bushtucker trials to date, with stars set to dine on
kangaroo testicles and raw shark brains.

The show begins on Sunday November 11.

In tow: Helen Flanagan and Scott Sinclair

 Helen Flanagan

In tow: Helen Flanagan (left with Scott Sinclair) will be joining Haye in the jungle

Meanwhile, Haye must wait until the end of the year to discover whether his desired showdown with Vitali will materialise.

Bernd
Boente, manager of the WBC world heavyweight champion and his brother
Wladimir, insists Vitali will take his time over deciding whether to
retire.

The 41-year-old's
UDAR party was elected into the Ukrainian parliament with 13 per cent of
the vote and now the wrangling over the formation of an opposition
coalition begins.

Knockout: Haye was last in action when beating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July

Knockout: Haye was last in action when beating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July

David Haye to star in I"m A Celebrity

Haye puts Klitschko on the backburner as boxer jets to Australia for I'm A Celebrity

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UPDATED:

11:42 GMT, 5 November 2012

David Haye is more accustomed to fighting off heavyweight boxers than creepy crawlies but the former world champion will be doing just that when he takes part in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The 32-year-old, who remains in training in the hope of fighting Vitali Klitschko next year, will join the likes of former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan, whose boyfriend is Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, and Doctor Who actor Colin Baker in the jungle.

And Haye made sure he made the most of his last night in London by partying into the early hours of Monday morning.

Heavyweight boxer David Haye enjoys a night at Whisky Mist night club

Heavyweight boxer David Haye enjoys a night at Whisky Mist night club

Night on the town: David Haye was at Whisky Mist nightclub in London before leaving for Australia

Once in Australia, Haye and his fellow celebrities will be offered the chance to stay in an eight-bedroom hotel which will have rats, scorpions, spiders and snakes lurking behind the doors.

Producers are said to have lined up
their most gruesome Bushtucker trials to date, with stars set to dine on
kangaroo testicles and raw shark brains.

The show begins on Sunday November 11.

In tow: Helen Flanagan and Scott Sinclair

 Helen Flanagan

In tow: Helen Flanagan (left with Scott Sinclair) will be joining Haye in the jungle

Meanwhile, Haye must wait until the end of the year to discover whether his desired showdown with Vitali will materialise.

Bernd
Boente, manager of the WBC world heavyweight champion and his brother
Wladimir, insists Vitali will take his time over deciding whether to
retire.

The 41-year-old's
UDAR party was elected into the Ukrainian parliament with 13 per cent of
the vote and now the wrangling over the formation of an opposition
coalition begins.

Knockout: Haye was last in action when beating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July

Knockout: Haye was last in action when beating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July

Nathan Cleverly will not fight Ryan Coyne

Cleverly's LA date hangs in the balance after Coyne withdraws due to legal battle

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 30 October 2012

Nathan Cleverly will not defend his WBO world light-heavyweight title against Ryan Coyne in Los Angeles on November 10.

The unbeaten American withdrew from the contest after it became apparent his legal battle with his promoter Don King would not be concluded in time.

The pair were set to go to court on Thursday with King threatening Coyne and Frank Warren with a lawsuit, but now a new opponent will be sought with an announcement due on Wednesday.

Delay: Nathan Cleverly is waiting to discover who he will fight in Los Angeles

Delay: Nathan Cleverly is waiting to discover who he will fight in Los Angeles

Warren has drawn up a short list of three possibilities, although they would have to be ranked inside the WBO's top 15 in order for it to remain a title fight.

'Much as I hate to say it, this fight will not be going forward with myself involved in it,' Coyne told BBC Wales.

'This is the biggest disappointment of my career.

'I trained very, very diligently for this fight and I was devastated when I got the news.

Meeting of minds: Cleverly (left) with aspiring boxer Andrew Flintoff

Meeting of minds: Cleverly (left) with aspiring boxer Andrew Flintoff

'I want to apologise to the fans in the United Kingdom and the United States that this fight won't be going ahead, but hopefully we can get it on at a later date.

'We just have to let the managers and attorney's sort this out.'

Coyne's withdrawal is hugely disappointing for Cleverly, who opted for the LA date instead of a bout with Ukrainian Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Cardiff on October 27.