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Big Sam has big plans for Hammers, but new rules could mean it takes a while…

Big Sam has big plans for Hammers, but new rules could mean it takes a while…

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

21:03 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:03 GMT, 5 April 2013

Sam Allardyce has declared his desire to build the ‘best ever’ West Ham team – but warned supporters that Financial Fair Play rules mean it will be a long process.

Allardyce, in negotiations over the finer details of a new three-year contract, is already contemplating the calibre of player required when the club move into the 54,000-seat Olympic Stadium in 2016. But, he says, vast improvements will not come rapidly.

To the skies: Allardyce has big plans for West Ham, but holds fears at the same time

To the skies: Allardyce has big plans for West Ham, but holds fears at the same time

The West Ham boss, who was yesterday sporting four stitches above a bruised right eye after falling into a marble work surface at home, said: ‘There is a big motivation for everybody to get West Ham to be the biggest club it’s ever been.

'When you’ve decided to move into a fantastic venue the size of the Olympic Stadium, that demands you try and get the best you possibly can.’

But he added: ‘The days of huge money thrown at transfers look like they might be restricted. So the growth of West Ham might not be as quick as we would all like.

Grounds for optimism: The Hammers' move to the Olympic Stadium has brought new hope for the future

Grounds for optimism: The Hammers' move to the Olympic Stadium has brought new hope for the future

Grounds for optimism: The Hammers' move to the Olympic Stadium has brought new hope for the future

'Certainly me. We have to be very aware that we might not be able to be as free spending as perhaps we’d want.’

Premier League rules, voted in earlier this year, will limit the total amount of television money clubs can spend on players’ wages to 60million by 2016, as well as capping losses at 105million for three-year cycles.

Allardyce added: ‘What we’re telling the fans now is that it might be a problem, because we can’t spend it (the TV money).

'We’re not allowed to. In the end the fans will take a while to understand that. I certainly know the players and the agents will.’

Tenure: Allardyce has been in charge at West Ham since June 2011

Tenure: Allardyce has been in charge at West Ham since June 2011, and hopes for a healthy future at the club

Samir Nasri could quit Manchester City for PSG

EXCLUSIVE: Unsettled Nasri is PSG target as City midfielder plots exit

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

22:30 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:23 GMT, 2 March 2013

Paris Saint-Germain are set to pounce on the uncertainty surrounding Samir Nasri’s future with a big-money summer swoop.

Manchester City sources have indicated to Sportsmail that the France international is keen to explore the option of leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer after a breakdown in his relationship with Roberto Mancini.

Nasri is said to have been shocked and angered by his manager’s decision to criticise him publicly last week.

Down in the dumps: Samir Nasri could quit Manchester City for PSG

Down in the dumps: Samir Nasri could quit Manchester City for PSG

Samir Nasri

And news of Nasri’s anger has alerted PSG sporting director Leonardo, who is a known admirer of the Frenchman.

The Brazilian failed in an attempt to snatch Nasri from under City’s noses when he left Arsenal in 2011.

And the mega-rich club want to revive their interest in Nasri when the summer transfer window re-opens, with the player said to be ‘more than open’ to the move.

PSG’s riches mean they will have no
problems matching Nasri’s current 170,000-per-week wages, though City
will want to recoup as much of the 24million paid for the attacking
midfielder as possible.

Whether or not Mancini remains at the City helm beyond the end of the season, will be a factor when Nasri decides his future.

But with champions City keen to lower
their wage bill significantly this summer, selling Nasri is
unquestionably an attractive option for them.

Unhappy: Roberto Mancini was publicly critical of Nasri last week

Unhappy: Roberto Mancini was publicly critical of Nasri last week

Manchester City's Samir Nasri jokes around in the dressing room during training

Luis Suarez posts picture with a snowman

Having fun Luis Diving charges may be snow joke but Suarez gave them the cold shoulder as he enjoyed the wintry weather

By
Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

18:32 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:44 GMT, 18 January 2013

Despite the recent handball ‘cheat’ claims and the self-confessed diving storm, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez showed things are still all white in his world.

The Reds star Kopped it from his manager yesterday but he gave the critics the cold shoulder today as he posted this picture of him enjoying England’s wintry weather.

While Liverpool’s impeding charges for diving against the striker may be snow joke, at least the Uruguayan was able to enjoy himself ahead of Liverpool’s match against Norwich tomorrow.

Ice cool: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez poses with a snowman

Ice cool: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez poses with a snowman

Suarez recently admitted to falling in an attempt to win a penalty in a Premier League match against Stoke this season, a confession that landed him in hot water with manager Brendan Rodgers.

It was wrong to say what he said,’ said Rodgers. ‘It was not acceptable. This club has always kept its matters in house and that’s what we will do. But diving is not something we advocate here.’

He added: ‘I’ve spoken to Luis on it. I’m not sure it makes a big difference if we are saying he is fined one week’s, two weeks’ or four weeks’ wages.

‘This is a big club, bigger than anyone and whatever people say goes around the world. It certainly doesn’t help him but, more importantly, it doesn’t help the team.’

Suarez may be ice cool today but let's hope he warms up properly tomorrow.

Fun: Suarez and his manager Brendan Rodgers looking relaxed at Liverpool's Melwood training ground

Fun: Suarez and his manager Brendan Rodgers looking relaxed at Liverpool's Melwood training ground

Prolific: Suarez has scored 15 league goals this season

Prolific: Suarez has scored 15 league goals this season

Manchester United scouts watch Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay

EXCLUSIVE: The new Vidic Man Utd watch 15m-rated Benfica defender Garay again

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

13:14 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

14:11 GMT, 16 January 2013

Manchester United have again sent scouts to Portugal to check on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has identified the Argentina centre half as a possible new signing as he looks for long-term replacements for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

On the radar: Manchester United scouts have been keeping tabs on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay

On the radar: Manchester United scouts have been keeping tabs on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay

Sportsmail recently revealed that United had scouted Garay at games against Sporting Lisbon and Olhanense this season and it is understood that a United representative was back again at the weekend as Benfica drew 2-2 with Porto at the weekend.

Benfica are currently three points clear at the top of the Portuguese Liga but are under financial pressure to sell the 26-year-old this summer as they can’ t afford to continue paying his wages. Rated at about 15m, the South American is also being tracked by Juventus and other European clubs.

Garay’s former club Real Madrid are entitled to half of whatever fee he is eventually sold for. He has eleven caps for his country.

Nemanja Vidic

Rio Ferdinand

Long-term vision: Manchester United are busy identifying prospective replacements for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand

Theo Walcott ready to sign new Arsenal deal – Arsene Wenger

Theo's ready to sign! Wenger claims Walcott will pen new Arsenal deal this month

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

09:48 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:13 GMT, 11 January 2013

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that discussions with Theo Walcott over a new deal at Arsenal are going well and he expects the winger to sign by the end of the month.

The England international had been linked with a move away from the club with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, but in recent weeks has moved closer to extending his stay at the Emirates.

Wenger said: 'We are on a good road with Theo. I was optimistic last week, but even more optimistic this week.

Ready to commit: Theo Walcott is close to confirming a new deal

Ready to commit: Theo Walcott is close to confirming a new deal

'Do I expect him to sign by the end of the month Yes. Discussions are going smoothly.'

He added: 'I can see Theo Walcott
playing more up front, but he never made it a condition to sign or not.
He is happy to play on the wing as well.

'Walcott is a different animal now. His finishing has improved significantly and you can see a difference with the runs he makes.'

Wenger also commented on the ticketing debate which is raging over the price of admission to football grounds.

Tickets for the clash between Arsenal and Man City start at 62 – but the Arsenal manager insists the prices are fair.

He said: 'They have a choice. You can choose to go to the theatre or not. Of course it's fair.

Ticket debate: Wenger thinks the prices are fair

Ticket debate: Wenger thinks the prices are fair

'They can choose to go to Manchester
United. They can choose to go to Manchester City. They can choose to go
to Barca. Of course it's fair.'

But he conceded that it is an issue he has considered before.

'You'd like prices to be low as possible but the only way we can pay wages is through ticket prices,' explained Wenger.

'For visiting fans it's once a year. But I'm worried for our supporters. It's a delicate subject. We sell out.'

When asked if Arsenal tickets represent value for money, Wenger concluded: 'The only way you can answer that is whether people come back.'

The Gunners boss said it was unlikely that Arsenal would add to their squad in January but it was not because nobody wanted to move to the north London club.

He said: 'We have no problem in players wanting to join us. I'll give you my phone for 24 hours! We can afford 90 per cent of them.'

More to follow.

Arsene Wenger will decide if Theo Walcott stays at Arsenal

What are you waiting for Arsene weighing up Theo contract decision

By
Rob Draper

PUBLISHED:

22:33 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:33 GMT, 5 January 2013

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will decide if Theo Walcott wants to stay at Arsenal.

The manager is weighing up whether to recommend an 85,000-a-week deal to his board that would break the impasse in contract talks and see the England attacker sign for another four years.

Wenger, whose team take on Swansea in the FA Cup on Sunday, has almost unprecedented power as a manager at a club.

I'm in charge: Arsene Wenger (pictured) has said he will make the final decision over Theo Walcott's future at Arsenal

I'm in charge: Arsene Wenger (pictured) has said he will make the final decision over Theo Walcott's future at Arsenal

And he admits the current wage structure at Arsenal, which many fans feel undervalues their top stars even though the 143million the salary bill is the fourth highest in the Premier League, is directed by him.

Though Arsenal executive Dick Law would conduct negotiations with Walcott’s representatives, he acts on Wenger’s recommendations on salaries.

The manager is given a wages budget by the board, but then it is up to him how high or low the salaries are for individual players.

Wenger added: ‘I don’t know how it works at other clubs. But it’s not only me: it’s in cooperation with the board.

On fire: Theo Walcott (left) has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games

On fire: Theo Walcott (left) has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games

'When I want to go far [in setting a higher salary for a player], I ask the authorisation of the board.’

No substantial talks on Walcott’s contract were held last week other than the usual courtesy conversation between Law and Walcott’s representatives, so the issue is no closer to resolution.

But both parties hope this coming week will be more productive with detailed discussions.

Not losing Walcott is Wenger’s priority now, since the player has scored 14 goals after starting the season isolated and on the bench, when Arsenal attempted to pressure him into signing a 75,000-a-week contract.

Walcott held firm and might have paid for it by starting the season outside the starting XI.

But he has proved his worth since then and the club now realise it would be a public relations disaster to lose him in the wake of the recent departures of Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Alex Song.

Stand-off: Walcott (right) started the season on the bench but has become a key play for Arsenal in recent weeks

Stand-off: Walcott (right) started the season on the bench but has become a key play for Arsenal in recent weeks

QPR join race to sign Joleon Lescott

Redknapp enters race to sign defender Lescott from City with QPR ready to pay 90k wages

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

09:51 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:42 GMT, 5 January 2013

QPR have joined the race to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott as Harry Redknapp bids to beat the drop.

The west London side are looking to strengthen their defence and Redknapp is keen on England defender Lescott and QPR are understood to be prepared to meet his 90,000-a-week wages.

But he is not the only one as former club Everton and boyhood team Aston Villa are also keen.

One the move: Lescott has struggled to hold down a regular first team place at City this season

One the move: Lescott has struggled to hold down a regular first team place at City this season

If QPR miss out on Lescott then they will turn their attentions to Everton’s Sylvain Distin.

Yesterday, Aston Villa were linked with the defender as owner Randy Lerner is set to back Lambert in the transfer window and an experienced central defender is the top target.

Lescott
was born in the Midlands and grew up supporting Villa before playing
for Wolves, Everton and now City and is available for a move.

Villa bound Joleon Lescott could be set to leave Manchester City

Villa bound Joleon Lescott could be set to leave Manchester City

Villa are just one point above the relegation zone and have conceded 17 goals in their last four games.

The 10million rated defender would
have to take a drop in his wages if he were to join his boyhood club as
Lerner is trying to reduce player salaries, and Villa would face
competition from both Everton and Sunderland who are also interested in
taking the 30-year-old.

Lescott
would also have to negotiate a pay-off from City to leave the club –
just as Richard Dunne and Stephen Ireland did.

Joe Cole latest: West Ham to beat QPR to Liverpool flop

He's coming home! Kop flop Cole set to chose West Ham over old boss Harry at QPR

By
Matt Fortune

PUBLISHED:

14:36 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:06 GMT, 2 January 2013

West Ham are confident they can beat QPR to the permanent signing of Joe Cole from Liverpool, and want him back at Upton Park in time for the weekend FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

The midfielder has endured a torrid two and a half years since leaving Chelsea, and was farmed out on a season-long loan deal to Lille last season.

Cole's the goal: West Ham look set to beat QPR to the signing of Joe Cole

Cole's the goal: West Ham look set to beat QPR to the signing of Joe Cole

He returned with the hope of forcing himself into Brendan Rodgers' plans, but has once again fallen short of expectation.

Sources at Liverpool are hopeful a deal can be agreed for the severance from the 18 months left on Cole's 90,000-per-week deal. If West Ham want Cole to play this weekend, he must be registered by midday on Friday.

Last week, Harry Redknapp admitted his interest in luring the former England international to Loftus Road

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

'I’ve got a lot of time for Joe as a
player and as a person,' said Redknapp, of the player who have him his
competitive debut in 1998. 'I’d like to bring Joe here if I can but the
deal would have to be right for the club.

'We couldn’t do a deal as it [Cole’s
wages] is at Liverpool. I’ll have to speak to Brendan Rodgers. We’ll
have a chat when the time’s right.'

But now the Hammers, Cole's first
club, have jumped ahead of their London rivals in the race for a player
with 56 international caps to his name.

The No 26 shirt, worn by Cole during his time in east London is currently vacant in Sam Allardyce's squad.

But what will Harry say: Cole get his chance under old boss Redknapp

But what will Harry say: Cole get his chance under old boss Redknapp

Demba Ba latest: Alan Pardew says Newcastle coped with losing Andy Carroll and can do same again

Wages row wrecks Ba's transfer to Chelsea as Newcastle bid to keep him

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UPDATED:

15:23 GMT, 31 December 2012

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was defiant in the face of the ongoing transfer saga surrounding striker Demba Ba.

He said that the club had coped with the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool and would be able to do the same again if Ba leaves.

The Senegal international has been offered a new deal by the Magpies but was involved in talks with Chelsea last night because they activated his 7m release fee clause.

Sticky spot: Alan Pardew feels sorry for Demba Ba (centre)

Sticky spot: Alan Pardew feels sorry for Demba Ba (centre)

But the deal broke down because of the
hitman's wage demands.

Pardew said: 'I've been in a situation where we lost Andy Carroll, and to a great extent, maybe we were weaker then than we are now.

'So we've coped with it before and we'll cope with it again if we have to. But ideally we want him to stay, and hopefully he will play on Wednesday and play well. Then we go to Brighton on Saturday.'

He continued: 'I feel bit sorry for
Demba because people out there fuelling it are not involved. The contract
is what it is and as manager I want it to be resolved.

'There is a contract for him to sign
and it is getting close to the point where we say no more but the offer
is still there. I want him to stay.

'It has been a saga since the summer
and the way the contract was drawn up at the time means we can't get out
of it, but I understand why it was that way at the time.

'I still think in this window he will stay because of the situtation we are in, but that will be up to him.

'The contract terms have been bandied
around which has not helped and people are getting involved who have no
right to be involved.

'It is difficult for our fans because
they love him and they want him to play in a black and white shirt – we
look potent again.'

The Magpies signed the striker from West Ham after the east London side were relegated in 2011.

Ba scored 16 goals in 34 Barclays
Premier League appearances last season but his relationship with
Pardew soured in September.

Hopeful: The Toon boss would love to keep Ba on Tyneside

Hopeful: The Toon boss would love to keep Ba on Tyneside

He felt he was being played out of position while Papiss Cisse took the central striker's spot in Newcastle's team.

However, despite his frustrations and
the uncertainty over his future, he has still managed an excellent 13
top flight goals this term.

Pardew continued: 'One thing I don't have to worry about is Demba's mental state. He is one of the strongest footballers I have ever come across.

'He had disappointments in his early career with bad injuries and the way some clubs treated him but he can have no complaints about how we have treated him.

'We have been brilliant for him. I hope he rewards us by staying for another couple of years.'

Queens Park Rangers want Joe Cole from Liverpool

Redknapp planning Cole reunion as QPR boss plots survival mission

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UPDATED:

12:49 GMT, 30 December 2012

QPR are hoping to secure the loan signature of Joe Cole from Liverpool as they look to boost their Premier League survival bid.

Rangers manager Harry Redknapp gave Cole his breakthrough at West Ham and he is hoping to be reunited with the former England international when the transfer window opens in January.

On the move Joe Cole (right) is a target for Queens Park Rangers

On the move Joe Cole (right) is a target for Queens Park Rangers

According to the Sunday People, Liverpool are prepared to cover a large percentage of Cole’s 90,000-a-week wages and are willing to let the 31-year-old join QPR permanently should they avoid relegation.

Cole joined Liverpool in the summer of 2010 from Chelsea but he has struggled to hold down a first-team place under both former boss Kenny Dalglish – who loaned him out to Lille last season – and Brendan Rodgers, who has preferred the likes of Raheem Sterling and Sus